Living a Sacred and Balanced Life

July 2010

Susan Smith Jones, Ph.D.

Susan Smith Jones speaks on health, healing, Daily Word, and affirmations

Making extraordinary contributions in the fields of holistic health, optimal nutrition, anti-aging and balanced living, Susan Smith Jones, Ph.D., is the author of 25 books, including most recently, The Joy Factor (Red Wheel Weiser) and her Blissful Living three-book set published by Hay House. Listen to an interview with Susan Smith Jones featured on Unity's online radio program, Spirituality Today with Jamie Sanders

God said, "See I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food."--Genesis 1:29

When I was 17, I learned the secrets to living a sacred, balanced life from my grandmother Fritzie who taught me to invite joy and vitality to be my daily default positions in life.

A year prior, my dad unexpectedly passed away and my way to deal with the tragedy was by, really, not dealing with it at all. Instead, I stuffed all of my feelings and numbed myself with food—loads of fatty meat products, sweets, breads, pastries and pastas. During that year of grief and overeating, my health took a nosedive. As a result of my diet, I developed allergies, asthma, acne and arthritis, not to mention a rapid weight gain and deep depression.

Being a high school student, I rapidly lost any semblance of confidence and self-esteem. I became the subject of jokes around campus and was bullied by people I thought were my friends. My heart was heavy, and I was emotionally sinking. It was not a pretty picture. Seeing me in so much pain prompted my grandmother, Fritzie, to take me to the doctor.

My family doctor apprised me that I would have to live with my newly developed allergies, asthma, arthritis and acne the rest of my life because, as he said, “It was in my genes.” Leaving his office with a handful of prescriptions, my grandmother in all her wisdom instead took me home with her and had a heart-to-heart talk with me.

Feeling even more depressed and powerless after my visit to the doctor, I listened to her every word. Fritzie told me that, if I followed her suggestions 100 percent, she guaranteed my health problems and depression would disappear within 30 days. She said my acne would clear up; my asthma would dissipate; my energy would soar; the extra weight I gained would melt away; and my attitude would change from negative and powerless to positive and hopeful.

Needless to say, she had my attention, and for the next several hours and days, she taught me a variety of health practices and natural home remedies that not only worked beautifully, but also were simple and inexpensive. A wise person once said, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear,” and this was definitely true for me with my grandmother’s loving support. I was ready.

The first thing she taught me was to set the tone for my day by reading Daily Word each morning—a simple and easy first step. Every day since, I have celebrated each morning with my quiet prayer and meditation time and, of course, reading Daily Word.

Fritzie was also a big believer in maintaining an attitude of gratitude and positive thinking, which also includes speaking only positive words and affirmations, even when appearances indicated the opposite. Ingrained in my mind is her voice saying, “Attitude is the mind’s paintbrush; it can color anything, so always keep it fragrant with positive, loving thoughts.” With the healing power of Daily Word, prayer and meditation, visualization and gratitude, this is truly possible.
She suggested that I recite these two affirmations daily: “I behold the Divine in everyone and everything,” and “Only the best for me.” Added to these, I also am fond of one my dear friend and mentor Louise Hay suggested: “I bless and prosper everyone in my life and everyone in my life blesses and prospers me.”

Through Fritzie’s guidance, I also learned about the salubrious benefits of natural, colorful foods, sprouts, fresh juices, living foods, sleep, exercise and time spent in nature. Fritzie was an advocate of eating foods as close to the way nature made them as possible. “In nature,” she would opine, “we won’t find ice cream trees, potato chip bushes or doughnut vines.” I learned that vibrantly colorful meals are much more likely to have an abundance of healthy nutrients—essential to boosting immunity, protecting the body from disease, accelerating fat loss and promoting radiant health and youthful vitality.

With all her wisdom and down-to-earth common sense, she enlightened me as to the benefits of taking great care of my body from head to toe, inside and out. She taught me how to live a sacred, balanced, vibrantly healthy life. I would often hear her say, “The body reflects the mind and the mind reflects the spirit.”
My grandmother was my greatest mentor and because of Fritzie’s teachings, I learned to listen to my body’s whisperings and intuition and look to God’s bounty of natural remedies. As a result, to this day, I have never taken any medication. It is a glorious way to live—in God’s hands with nature’s treasure trove as your partner.