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Some people are just good for your soul

Have you ever noticed how the world just seems like a better place when you are in the company of certain people in your life? It doesn’t matter what you are doing or talking about or where you are, just their presence gives you sense of peace. It’s like you connect on another level…like your souls are connected. Like everyone, there have always been people who’s company I enjoyed more than others but I never realised how much of a positive effect it had on me physically until a year or two ago.

About 3 years ago I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetics. It was weird because my day to day sugar levels were normal but my glucose tolerance test said otherwise. Nonetheless, I cut out sugar and made some dietary changes to stay off medication. At the time, my life was running smoothly and I had your usual day to day motherhood/girlfriend/work stress affecting me. None of was obvious in my daily readings and I was sleeping soundly.

Things started changing at the beginning of last year. My stress levels began to rise above the norm. It was a combination of work stress and personal issues in my life and I started to see my blood glucose readings rise. This probably added to my stress as i had been determined to stay off medication and now it looked like I was starting to lose that battle. I started to notice something else though. When I was around certain people, my blood glucose levels dropped to normal. It didn’t matter what I ate, my levels would be normal the next day. Sometimes it is not a specific person but an experience that produces the same result.

Now note that this is by no means the output of a conclusive scientific study but just my observations based on my experiences. Let me give you a few examples of what I mean. Last month I spent the evening with my Dad, my son and my baby sister and her family. We started the evening attending my niece’s ballet concert and then had dinner at my sister’s home. What did I eat…oven baked chips and crumbed chicken. Not exactly what the doctor ordered but it was good so I ate and enjoyed it and ignored any guilt pangs that came knocking. We spent most of the evening sitting in the cool air outside just chatting about the goings on in our lives and our hopes and aspirations for the future, I even managed to do a bit of consumer research on my sister about her skin care regime. (She always helps me see things from a different perspective😁) The drive home was quite stressful so I expected my readings to be a little high the next morning. I was pleasantly surprised to find them pretty close to normal instead.

The week before I had spent the day with my best friend of over 30 years and then spent some time with my cousin who is like my sister from another mother. Once again, my dietary choices that day would have caused my doctor and dietician to shake their heads in dismay but once again, both visits were relaxing and filled with general chatter and laughter. On both occasions I would say that I was also fully focused in the Now. Yesterday was gone and tomorrow wasn’t even a thought. Needless to say, the next morning, my reading was lower than it had been in weeks. Even a night just playing cards or monopoly with my son has the same effect.

I truly believe that the effect is due to a combination of the people I have spent time with and the fact that when I am with them, I am “all in”. I am so focused in the moment on just enjoying their company that there is no space for my mind to dwell on the usual sources of stress. In each of these cases I have not deliberately focused on the Now but the benefits of doing so are clear. I also believe that the people I am with play a huge role in reducing that stress. In each example I am with people who love and accept me as I am (warts and all) and that I love and accept in the same way. Every time I am with them they teach me something new as well. I love spending time with them! There is no doubt in my mind that they are good for my soul, my soul mates and I am blessed to have them in my life. Thank you for being my soul mates guys.

A true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. –

Elizabeth Gilbert
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Make time for the soul mates in your life. Appreciate them and be open to the experiences that they bring. They are on your soul path for a reason. ❤

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