WHAT IS PERSONAL AWARENESS MEDICINE?

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YOUR PRESCRIPTION FOR A VIVID LIFE

Personal Awareness Medicine is a process to aid in the elimination of persistent health problems such as weight gain, fatigue, depression, stress, and insomnia in a more comprehensive and natural way.

Personal Awareness Medicine has led many people towards better sexuality, more energy, less insomnia and a greater sense of strength and well-being.

Your life reflects your thoughts and beliefs.  There is a link between our inner conversations and our physical experience. If we have negative beliefs, strong negative emotional anchors(hate, shame, blame, anger, distrust etc) , and destructive conversations within our minds then we will notice our environment magnetizes this energy and we are surrounded by people who express shame, blame, anger, and distrust. Because energy, both positive and negative, that is generated by our intent is expressed externally. If we are abusive and negative to ourselves, our lives are filled with abusive and negative people. It’s that simple.

Let’s look at this in terms of our physical vitality. If we wake up in the morning with thoughts of feeling unhealthy, in pain, and stressed, then we attract situations and symptoms that support this inner conversation. The key here is awareness. We are responsible for our own health and well being. The starting point is your thoughts and beliefs.

"Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom."

—Aristotle

PERSONAL AWARENESS MEDICINE IS DIFFERENT

This unique system developed by Dr. Bowlin combines accountability with holistic health practices. Personal Awareness Medicine:

  • Combines meditation, intuition, and awareness to find out what health habits are working and what’s not
  • Provides a complete health toolbox that uses tools from many different wellness practices
  • Draws a far more complete picture of total health than present day Allopathic Medicine practices.
  • Utilizes recommendations from a real life, award winning doctor
  • Focuses on all components of total health, not just one
  • Identifies hidden, underlying causes to chronic problems

PAWAR, pronounces "POWER", stands for "Personal Awareness and Responsibility". In the practice of medicine, I believe PAWAR means you claim and participate in Personal Awareness and Responsibility for your care of your physical, mental, and spiritual health.

To express PAWAR in your health means to be empowered as a person. PAWAR means to claim and own your thoughts, feelings, and actions and to recognize the link between yourself and your ability to potentially eliminate disease from your mind, body, and spirit. This is important because once you understand the role you play in the creation of illness and disease; this is the first step to feeling better. In our culture, there is a medicinal mindset that symptoms can be cured quickly with prescriptions. However, many illnesses are the result of a long-standing habitual decline of health and require awareness, persistence, and responsibility to resolve.

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

C.G. Jung

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Q.I really noticed a change in my energy level recently. What’s causing this?

    A.This is often times one of the most difficult complaints to manage because it’s typically very multi-factorial. Fatigue can result from internal diseases such as anemias, congestive heart failure, diabetes, but more often than not a common sense approach can typically unravel the potential causes of tiredness and fatigue. Think about things that you do and don’t do before bedtime. For example, are you on a caffeine roller coaster or drinking alcohol before bed? Are you going to bed too late? Are you under a great deal of stress that’s making you exhausted and choosing not to change things to improve this state? Are you eating a diet that is high in processed unhealthy products and poor nutritional quality foods? Try adopting healthier habits and see if your energy levels improve.

  • Q.I have chronic pain, but after several appointments, no one can find anything wrong with me. What should I do next?

    A.Because pain is such an individual experience and can be coming from so many different thing. My recommendations for people with chronic pain who have not been helped by other practitioners it to assess their motivation in the recovery of their pain. If the motivation is there, many healthy options exist, including nutritional counseling and physical therapy, that can alleviate pain symptoms.

  • Q.It’s difficult for me to get a good night’s sleep. What do you recommend?

    A.Set a sleep schedule and stick to it , even on the weekends! Eliminate distractions in the bedroom, such as light and noise. Consider a sleep mask and ear plugs several times a week in order to assist in minimizing distractions. Get animals out of the bedroom. Make sure the temperature of your bedroom is consistent. Please exercise regularly but not within 2-3 hours of bedtime. Also consider whether you may have sleep apnea and seek professional help if this is a possibility.

  • Q.I know what to do to make myself look and feel better, but I’m having a hard time getting motivated. Where should I start?

    A.It is important to remember when looking at our progress that success may be measured in very small moments in time.  Many times we look at the long-term goal without recognizing that each moment in our life is important and valuable.  When we make small mistakes, sometimes we allow these moments in time feel like they are the end-all and be-all of our success and then allow ourselves to convince ourselves that it’s okay if we stop trying to succeed because we seem to never get past these moments.

WHY AREN'T WE GIVING OURSELVES
PERMISSION TO GET BETTER?

Giving yourself permission means we give ourselves the authorization or the approval to do something. Sounds simple right? The interesting thing is unfortunately in our culture giving ourselves permission to do things that will make ourselves feel better do better act better sometimes feels like taboo. It feels selfish. In our culture selfish has a very negative connotation. So why is it selfish to take care of yourself? There are so many people in their daily lives that we respect, honor look up to and in some cases worship that practice self-care self-love and what you made think of as being selfish behavior. Let's look at Superman. Superman a strong. He's fast. He's good-looking. In other words, he's clean well-kept and practicing self-care.. Exercising probably to stay strong and staying up in his education and awareness n. Does that sound like something that's inappropriate? Why is it that so many people do not give themselves the permission to be selfish in their personal wellness and self-care issues. I like to call this sagacious selfishness. This is the kind of selfishness that's important. The redirection of care towards oneself in order to have a healthier, wealthier and more successful life is a good thing! Selfishness is only negative if it's impacting other people in a negative way. I mean this very strongly. To practice good selfish sagacious behavior in self-care is not a bad thing , and in my opinion it's the responsible thing.

“True bliss occurs when our mind is at peace, our bodies don’t talk to us, and our spirit is connected to those around us and to
the universe”

Dr. Julia Bowlin

I KNOW WHAT TO DO, BUT WHY DON'T I DO IT?

Just the other day I had a patient come into my office.  She was tired, exhausted and wanted to have something to improve her overall energy.  "Doc, I'm just so tired I don't know what to do.  I need you to give me something to help.  " This is a very common scenario for me on a daily basis.  When I asked her questions about how she is sleeping, how she is eating, and how she is exercising; It's interesting that there's a common denominator in many of my patient cases.  "I'm just not sleeping well."  “ don't have time to exercise"  “I don't like vegetables” or vegetables are too expensive or my spouse or children don't like to eat them."  So when I asked patients like this “are you willing to do what it takes to feel better?”.  The answer is most often a resounding “absolutely”!  But when I tell them they need to play an active part in learning  to change the way they think, feel and act rather than receiving prescription.  Many times I get a blank look and sometimes I get flagrant anger emanating from the patient.  Even more commonly, is the patients brought to tears.  So what I'm proposing is that many people don't lack the education about what they should do in fact most of my patients no they're not doing these things.  But unfortunately when they are called upon to recognize their role in how they feel it very often times it's a sensitive nerve.  They suddenly realize their own personal part and how they don't prioritize their healthcare needs according to how their thinking how they're feeling and how they're behaving.

So the basic steps in answering the question why don't I do what I think I should be doing to make myself feel better”is answering several questions.

  • Am I important enough to be my number one priority?
  • What have I done to cause possible illness?
  • What have I not done to have possibly caused illness?
  • Am I willing to claim responsibility for my part in improving illness symptoms?
  • Do I deserve to be happy, healthy and live a vivid life?
  • Do I give myself permission to do what it takes to feel better?
  • What are my motivating factors to feeling better? i.e. living longer, being here for my children etc)

“Many people suffer from the fear of finding oneself alone, and so they don't find themselves at all.”

Rollo May, Man's Search For Himself

HOW DO I CHANGE MY INNER CONVERSATION?

When you see two people in public who are speaking together negatively or in horrible tones and worse yet, using profanity towards each other, How does it make you feel? You think that's just wrong? That they're doing an injustice to each other? Well, I should hope so, because that kind of behavior towards another individual is both a type of abuse. Not to mention highly disrespectful. But have you ever sat back and thought about how you speak to yourself? What kind of language are you using when you think about how you have thought felt or behaved? Do talk negatively to yourself? Do you tell yourself you can't do that, why do you think you could be able to do such a thing? Do you give up in your inner conversations because you failed so many times the past? I've never been able to do that before. Why should I do that now? Our inner conversations not only lead us and how we behave but they guide us as well. If we tell ourselves we cannot do something we will never be able to. If we callous we do not deserve to be happy that we probably will not be happy. So the question is, is how do we change our inner conversation? I would approach this as how you would change a child's behavior. First of all, you have to become aware that the behaviors inappropriate. You need to tell yourself talking to yourself is not okay. It is not good. It is not healthy and that you must stop it now. You must tell yourself that you deserve to be talked to and a nicer manner. Once you've accomplished the awareness of how you're talking to yourself then you must become persistent and catch yourself when you are having poor conversations in your head. Any time that you come up with a negative statement in your own head about yourself then you must come up with to positives to counterbalance it. So in other words if in my own conversation. I'm saying to myself you so ugly you don't look very pretty and you're having a bad hair day that I have to turn the conversation around you. My shoes are so pretty. I feel wonderful and I deserve to be happy. Flipping your conversation from a negative to positive is one way to start beginning to build self-esteem and self-worth. They flip it exercise can be used in many different ways in your life. For every negative that you think see and feel try to flip it into to positives. As mentioned before positive thinking leads to positive behavior. Negative thinking lead to negative energy which leads to negative living. In many times living a more vivid positive life is a matter of practicing the flip it exercises on a regular basis until it becomes natural and healthy. Give it a try. Keep working on it and I promise that you will in the long run have a much better perspective in taking care of yourself.

WHO IS JULIA BOWLIN, MD?

When Dr. Julia Bowlin is not seeing patients in her rural medical practice, she could be seen hanging out with her physician husband Dr. Rick Bowlin and her children, Josie and Britton. Always the seeker of new information and talents,   she enjoys running and exercise, reading and writing, listening to audio books in her car, photography( typically involving an activity of her children) scrap booking, cooking new recipes, and working on new content for self -motivation and Personal Awareness Medicine.

Dr. Bowlin’s long-term dream is to help assist other people shorten their learning curve when it comes to learning to love, honor, and trust themselves. She believes that the most common form of abuse in many cultures is that of self-neglect and in many cases active self- abuse. If through her medical practice, writing, and professional speaking she can assist other people towards a healthier state in their mind, body and spirit towards loving, honoring, and trusting themselves then she feels that she's fulfilling one her primary purposes her on this earth.

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