Webster defines a meme as "an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture."
Wikipedia says, "coined in 1976 by Richard Dawkins, refers to a unit of cultural information that can be transmitted from one mind to another. Dawkins said, Examples of memes are tunes, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches. A meme propagates itself as a unit of cultural evolution analogous in many ways to the gene (the unit of genetic information).
My precious friend Phylameana lila Désy, who is the Guide to Holistic Healing at About.com and the owner of Spiral Visions, has asked me five questions intended to promote a "Nourishing Meme" in the blogosphere. This meme originated with Joanne Hay.
The five questions, with my responses, are:
What is the most nourishing thing you frequently do for yourself? Every day, I take at least 30 minutes of "me time" to pray and meditate. This is quiet time that is never to be interrupted. The phone is off the hook, and my husband doesn't interrupt me. One of my favorite things to do during this time is to focus on a lovely golden yellow citrine sphere I have and visualize exhaling dark negativity and illness and inhaling the golden rays of God's healing energies.
For your health, what will you never compromise on? Good health care. I firmly believe that optimal health is achieved only when doctors and patients work together as treatment partners in an atmosphere of mutual respect, and I will settle for nothing less. A doctor who doesn't have time to spend with me, won't answer my questions, or who won't pay attention to what my body is telling me is not my doctor very long.
Where do you get most of your health information? From a combination of sources -- my doctors, medical journals, colleagues, and the Internet.
What single whole food or supplement has turned your health around the most? Coenzyme Q10. Coenzyme Q10 has turned out to be an excellent Migraine preventive for me. It also has increased my energy levels and is good for my heart.
What is your favorite natural therapy? Aromatherapy.
Now comes the part where I ask others to participate in the Nourishing Meme and answer these same questions on their blogs. So, I'm asking Kerrie at The Daily Headache and and Melanie with her blog Life in my head. I hope everyone will find this as thought provoking as I have. You don't have to be invited to participate. Feel free to do this meme on your blog, and if you do, please let me know!