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The ultimate trilogy: mind, body, spirit

August 24th, 2014

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“My job is a pain in the neck.”

“Your news broke my heart.”

“I’m worried sick over it.”

People often use idioms to make their language more interesting or dramatic. But our language and choice of expressions often give clues to a deeper meaning.

Have you ever received bad news, and suddenly felt as though you were going to throw up? Or injured yourself and spiraled into a massive depression? Ever been weighed down by responsibilities and unexplainably gained 10 pounds?

True wellbeing encompasses all our parts, not just the physical body. When our emotions are in turmoil or the mind is bombarded with obsessive thoughts, our health is compromised. The human body gives cues and feedback all the time. Sometimes we sense the signals immediately—upset stomach, aching back, pounding headache—but we are so often distracted that we miss the warning signalsWhen this happens we remain unaware that something is amiss, sometimes becoming seriously ill. It is possible to develop such conditions as heart disease, high blood pressure or cancer, from not listening to your body.

This is not to say that all illness is “caused” by our thoughts. The relationship between the mind and body is complex, and sometimes things happen at a physical level for which there isn’t a plausible explanation. We may have an inherent tendency for health or imbalance; in some cases, genetics is the major factor underlying an illness. At the same time, we all have an amazing potential to heal and transform ourselves through our thoughts, perceptions, and choices. The body is a magnificent network of intelligence, capable of far more than what science can explain.

Maintaining balance between the mind, body and spirit is necessary to live a happy and fulfilled life. The three so are interconnected that when one aspect is off, so are the others.

Mind

Emotional health and wellbeing is a crucial part of the wellness equation. Stress can distort decision-making, disrupt emotional thought processing and compromise the health of the human spirit. Depression, anxiety and emotional disorders can prohibit people from living happy lives.

Body

One of the easiest ways to maintain physical health is through proper nutrition and regular exercise. Those who make caring for their bodies a priority tend to have more physical and mental energy, sleep better and are often able to enjoy excellent mobility well into old age. Exercise can significantly aid in emotional wellbeing, while depression is often relieved by an exercise routine. There are many different forms of exercise—from walking to Tai Chi—and any form of consistent physical exertion can be beneficial.

Spirit

The spirit or soul has a great effect on happiness and how people tend to view the world around them. Some people achieve a balanced condition through religious practices or services. A sense of spiritual connection contributes to a positive outlook and can give comfort and strength in times of adversity. Spiritual happiness can also come from secular sources, like meditation or a connection to nature. Spirituality brings humans closer to their true selves.

Rebalancing activities

Here are three places to start as you seek to align and balance your mind, body and spirit.

Practice gratitude. Every day, maybe even starting today, commit to writing down 3-5 things you’re grateful for. Eventually, you can make your list any length you want, but to start, set a small goal and stick to it. Write your list in full sentences such as “I am grateful for …” or “I am grateful that …” This way, it’s a complete thought, and you’re not just listing things or people, but actively associating them with giving thanks.

Release it. Many of us harbor emotional toxicity in the form of a destructive habit, a frightening worry or unresolved anger. This contributes to emotional waste that needs to be eliminated. Ask yourself, “What am I holding onto from the past that no longer serves me?” Explore ways to release these unproductive feelings, such as seeking counseling or having a ceremony to say goodbye to the negativity.

Exercise. Find a way to move your body that you enjoy and then commit to it. A complete fitness program includes movement to provide flexibility, cardiovascular conditioning and strength training. If you’re just starting out or re-introducing exercise to your life, refrain from judging what you’re capable of doing or deeming it “not enough.” Just get up and go!

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Will you help me bounce back?

July 11th, 2014

DVD_coverI recently suffered a defeat. The demand for Season One of Fork in the Road with Sheree Clark was strong in our local television market, so we made the commitment to put it on DVD. Then, I got brave and decided to approach a major retailer to ask that they the carry it in their stores nationwide. We almost made it to the final cut, but in the end, they passed. I was dejected. So I called my contact at the retailer’s headquarters and asked what we could do to be reconsidered. She invited us to submit Season Two on DVD, but recommended we build a sales basis as proof that that we have a following and that a demand for the show exists.

I accepted the challenge and now have a goal to sell 1000 copies of Season One between today and the start of Season Three.

And so, now I am asking for help.

Without a significant retail presence, the work needed to sell one DVD at a time is daunting. That said, I have personally participated in “crowdfunding” types of events and know how good it feels to help something I support to become successful. I am hoping that like me, you believe that hard work (and a few well-placed asks) will pay off. I promise you, our entire production crew has worked hard to bring you quality content and a great show. So I hope you will respond favorably when I ask you to go to www.fork-road.com/store and spend $29.95 (+ shipping) to help us reach the finish line and sell those DVDs, so we can be taken seriously in the retail world.

Thank you for listening, and for any support you can offer. I’m ready to bounce back and I know we can do this!

Also note that organizations that are interested in offering the DVD as part of an employee or customer program are eligible for quantity discounts.

 

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Big Forkin’ News!

March 24th, 2014

IMG_4566_editedThe last episode of Season One of Fork in the Road with Sheree Clark aired Sunday, March 23, and we are now about to begin production on Season Two. I am really excited about the changes and improvements we have made since our humble beginning just six months ago.  Among our accomplishments:

  • Season One is now available on DVD and is selling here and overseas
  • We have upgraded production capabilities: you’ll see a difference in lighting, more close-up shots, etc.
  • We have kept all but one of our first season sponsors and added several other fabulous companies to our partnership team, including a supermarket chain, a bank and an insurance company
  • Perhaps the biggest news of all to local area viewers is that we are moving the show to KCWI, giving us a broader reach. Now, regardless of how your household receives TV in the Des Moines Metro Area, you can get Fork in the Road with Sheree Clark via over-the-air, DISH, DirecTV, Mediacom and 48 other smaller cable systems

For loyal viewers who have been watching our show since we first aired last October, the only change will be that you’ll now tune in to KCWI at 11:00 on Sunday mornings beginning in May (the exact date will be announced soon). In addition to the regular Sunday half-hour show, Fork in the Road will have a special segment one day a week on KCWI’s Great Day morning show. We will be announcing the day and time of that segment soon as well.

I am simply beside myself with excitement about this growth and I want to take a moment to thank the people who have made getting to this point possible.  Brooke Benschoter produces the show. Marah Weigel is our production assistant. Cooper Smith & Co. provides our graphics. And of course a big thank you to our sponsors and their support to make it all possible. To these people (and many, many others as you might imagine) I say thank you for your past, present and future contributions. And I welcome Diesel Productions—who will be shooting and editing Season Two—to the Fork in the Road family.

Finally, the show is only valuable if it has value to its viewers. I sincerely hope you will take a moment to share with us what you’ve liked so far as well as what you hope to see in the future. We are soliciting your suggestions for guests, topics, places to visit, recipes to explore and more. I promise I will read and respond personally to each suggestion you send to info@fork-road.com. In the meantime, may all your forks in the road be healthy! ~ Sheree

 

 

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