Energy Tips for Everyday

WOW! It has taken me a month to get back to my writing! Having a new job, along with my parenting duties and other responsibilities in my life, has left very little time for my writing. Sometimes life’s duties takes us away from those things we really enjoy doing… But today I am back with a post on Energy Tips.

I recently listened to an interview with Donna Eden, author of Energy Medicine: Balancing Your Body’s Energies for Optimal Health, Joy, and Vitality. Donna has been working for 35 years, teaching people how to use energy in order to improve their health. Based on the premise that we are energy and that our bodies are governed by the flow of this energy, by working with this energy flow we can have a lot more control over our health and well being.

Energy medicine has been part of our history as human beings for as long as we have existed in this planet, many ancient civilizations have used it. I won’t go into lengths to explain our energetic body because it would take too long, but I wish to share a few interesting and useful tips that you can start using right now and that can benefit your life. One important thing to know is that our hands, especially our palms can gather energy in a very powerful way, so we can use our palms to bring forth that energy.

If you think of it, “the laying on of hands” is a religious ritual that accompanies certain religious practices, which are found throughout the world in varying forms, and they often represent the imparting of spiritual blessings, power, authority, and healing. Many energy healing practices known today, like Reiki, use the palms of the hands to balance the energy and clear the blockages of another person, the practitioner doesn’t even need to touch the patient to channel their energy. Other eastern medicine practices like Acupuncture, are based on stimulating the body’s energy points called the Meridians, through the use of needles, but those can be also stimulated with the use of tapping, as in Tapping or EFT, you can read more on EFT on the resources shared below.

According to Donna, we still carry within us, some instinctive gestures related to the knowledge of energy healing, because they are engrained in our DNA. For instance, when our belly hurts we often rub it with our hands, or when we are stressed out or worried we may bring our hand to our forehead, even if it is just for a few seconds.

Now, lets take the last example (our hand pressing our forehead when we are stressed), and explain the mechanics of it: When you get stressed you can loose up to 80% of the blood in your forebrain, so, it becomes very hard to think clearly when the blood is not flowing into your thinking brain (also called the prefrontal cortex). This withdrawal of blood happens in order to bring more blood into our feet and our body, so that we can run and escape, because this automatic reaction comes from our origins, when we faced dangers such as: being eaten by a lion, so our body still has this automatic responses, this one is called the fight or flight response.

The problem is, nowadays, we face another kind of stress that is not immediately life threatening but unfortunately, it is more of a constant in our lives, so it keeps triggering the flight of fight response, where we don’t really need it and this can create a lot of complications in our lives and in our health. When our blood leaves our forebrain, we tend to use our back brain more (also called the reptilian brain) which is our primal brain function that helps us survive in life threatening circumstances and that we share with all reptiles and mammals.

That said, when you are under “modern” stress you may react in less than optimal ways, as you cannot think clearly. So, coming back to our gesture of pressing our hand to our forehead, why do we do this? Well, by bringing our hand to our forehead, we can draw the flow of blood back into our forebrain, and we will be able to find our calm again and we will be able to think clearly again. The problem is, most people just make the gesture and then take their hand off.

So here is Donna’s first tip on energy medicine:

When you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed or, worried: do bring your hand to your forehead and KEEP it there for a few minutes, as you do this, try to also take deep breaths, and little by little you will feel more in control. I often tell my kids when they are out of control to take a deep breath, but that isn’t easy when you are crying desperately or totally scattered, so the forehand tip, paired with the breathing, is a much more powerful and faster tool to regain our calm.

Donna also shared a 5 minute energy routine to bring your energy back up and keep it flowing in your body, this is a good thing to do as a daily maintenance practice, especially useful at that time of day when you feel your energy dropping, this usually happens around 3 PM for most people, but everybody is different. So try to tune into your body and feel which would be the time of day, where your energy drains, this may also vary everyday.

This routine is short and easy and can really help you maintain a better flow of energy throughout your day, it takes only 5 minutes, once you learn it, you can do it anywhare! So, why not try it today!

If you want to see it, click on the image below and you will be taken to Donna’s video.

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Donna has a lots of great tips in her books, recordings and videos, but for now, I just wanted to share these 2 that you can start using right now and can make a big difference in your days!

So, next time you feel stressed, remember to keep your hand on your forehead and breathe…

Have a Great Week and keep the energy flowing!

Related Articles and videos:

EFT:Emotional Freedom Technique (Inspired Post)

What is Reiki Energy and how does Reiki work? (Video)

 


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A Glimpse into Ayurveda

I deeply believe that we need to be responsible, proactive and inquisitive about our own health, and we need to work with our doctors as a team, as opposed to just believing and following blindly what they tell us. The fact is: nobody knows our body better than we do, even if we are not aware of that fact.

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With that in mind, I am always looking for new ways to improve my health and be more aware of the state of my body and my mind. In my constant exploration of alternative medicine, I decided to learn a little more about Ayurveda and I took a workshop a couple weeks ago, which is what inspired this post! So today I would like to share some of what I learned with you, as I find it helpful and fascinating!

Ayurveda, which translates to “knowledge of life” is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that originated in India. According to this system, the foundation of good health is in maintaining balance in the body, mind and spirit, by living in tune with one’s unique constitution or nature.

One of the things I really like about this approach is the total respect for every individual as a whole and unique being, the holistic approach to treat each person as the vast combination of many aspects, which is very different from the often narrow view of traditional medicine that sees the body as a mechanical system and that treats an organ or a symptom as separated from all the other aspects of a person.

According to the holistic approach of Ayurveda, each one of us is born with a unique constitution, and we are not only part of nature but we are one with nature, so our unique constitution is made up of a combination of nature’s five elements and their related qualities. These elements are: space, air, fire, water and earth. These 5 elements are combined in 3 main groups: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Vata reflecting the elements of Space and Air, Pitta of Fire and Water, and Kapha of Earth and Water.

For instance: a person with a predominantly Vata constitution will have physical and mental qualities that reflect the elemental qualities of Space and Air, a Vata type will commonly be quick thinking, thin, and fast moving. A Pitta type, on the other hand, will have qualities reflective of Fire and Water, such as a fiery personality and moist skin. A Kapha type will typically have a solid bodily frame and calm temperament, reflecting the underlying elements of Earth and Water.

Our basic nature, called “Prakruti” is a unique formula that combines these 3 main groups: Vata, Pitta and Kapha, with one of them being predominant, the predominant element would determine our “Dosha”. “Prakruti” is our base point, when we are not in harmony with our basic nature we can become sick or distressed in many different ways.“Vikruti” in contrast is the current state of imbalance in an individual’s doshas. To stay healthy or regain our health, it is important to be aware of our doshas and how they may be out of balance. So if you go to an Ayurvedic Practitioner, they will focus on your vikruti or state of imbalance and will try to bring it back to balance.

By knowing your dosha, you can make more informed choices that will help you keep it in balance and enjoy better health, mentally as well as physically.

Would you like to find out what is your Dosha? Here are a couple resources:

Yoga Journal Online Quiz

Dosha Quiz from Eat Taste Heal (this is a PDF you can print)

Ayurveda also acknowledges the impact nature cycles have on us: day and night, seasons, etc. These cycles are also associated with Vata, Pitta and Kapha qualities. If you want to read more about the cycles of nature and the doshas, here is a good article: http://www.whatsyourdosha.com/articles/calendar-clock.html

Ayurveda places great importance on food and uses it as medicine. A healthy and balanced diet in the right amount and at the right time is very important. We all get into the trap of eating the wrong foods during the wrong seasons, at the wrong time of day, and thus continue to create disturbance. Ayurveda gives us tools to avoiding this trap.

A famous Ayurveda phrase is “like increases like, opposite heals” this means that too much “like” will cause aggravations that could lead to disease, so it is important to counter-balance. For example, if you are a Pitta person (who naturally has more heat) and you are eating spicy foods in the hot summer, your Pitta Dosha will increase and could create heartburn or maybe a skin rash (heating diseases) or more irritability and anger. To balance it, you would use the opposite qualities by eating cooling foods and cooling drinks.

If you liked what you read and want to learn more about this fascinating healing system, or if you took the quiz and want to know more about your dosha, I suggest you read the articles listed under Resources.

Have a great and healthy week!

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Health and Spirit, the connection that matters!

As I was listening to some friends talk about illness and health… I got inspired to write this post.

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I first would like to share with you that one of my worst fears used to be the idea of loosing my health.

I was not only scared about loosing it, I was rather obsessed about it. Every time I saw a weird stain or pimple on my skin I would start to worry; every time I had any kind of pain or sensation in my body that wasn’t normal I would start to panic and consider all the possible worst-case health scenarios out there. It was exhausting!

It wasn’t until my first exposure to the idea that our thoughts have an enormous impact on our health that I started to change this obsessive pattern, until it completely disappeared, to my great relief. After seeing this incredible shift in my own life, I started to pay more attention to the way people see and manage their health.

Health is one of the most important elements in our human existence. Some people take it for granted, others obsess about it, others abuse it, others believe they have no control over it, others feel responsible for it, etc. The list can go on and on and on, we all have a different attitude towards it.

Can you think of the way you see your own health? the way you manage it? Why don’t you take a minute and think about it… What does your health mean to you and what are your thoughts about it?

I was recently with a friend that was diagnosed with a progressive illness. She seemed to be totally resigned to her fate since it was, as the doctors put it, “genetic.” So in her mind, she was bound to get it and there was nothing she could do about it, except for alleviating the symptoms with drugs. That was that!

This is not uncommon, in fact, many people believe that if their parents or close relatives had an illness, there is a great probability of them getting it as well, and doctors support this point of view, unfortunately. The part that nobody tells us is that genetics plays a very small part on developing any disease, very small.

There are people who are diagnosed with a terminal disease, and they resign themselves, even worse, if a doctor tells them how long they have left to live, they believe it without question, because Doctors know best or because the statistics say so. They see no way out.

On the other hand, there are people who challenge their diagnosis, who fight the disease, who take an active part on their fate, and some become those lucky cases that make it, that beat the disease. Finally, there are the so-called miracles, when people heal completely and beat the odds without any medical explanation for it. There are as many scenarios as there are people alive.

One of my favorite phrases from Deepak Chopra (who was a Medical Doctor too) was: “You can accept a diagnosis but never a prognosis.” And this is very important to keep in mind. Having a diagnosis is one thing, but what will happen after, is a completely different one, and it depends on many factors that are unique to each individual.

As for medicine, we can’t deny that traditional western medicine has helped increase life expectancy and fight disease, however, this does not take the responsibility of our health away from us. In fact, the more complex and sophisticated medicine has become, the more we need to get involved in healing our bodies. Also, we should never dismiss other ancient, and more modern types of medicine such as: Oriental medicine, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Herbal medicine, Energy medicine etc. There is a great amount of knowledge and wisdom in each and every one of them.

But aside from the realm of medicine, there is one major truth, and that is: nothing controls our health more than we do… can I say it again? nothing controls our health more than we do…

A lot of people will strongly disagree with this statement, and I totally understand, a lot of people may even find it offensive, and that too, I understand.

Nevertheless, if we come to grasp the complex workings of our health, we start to see the truth in this statement. Our health is the result of a balance between our physical body, our mind and our soul, if we disregard any of these three inseparable parts of us, we are not seeing ourselves as a whole and we fall out of balance. This imbalance is what creates disease, and even accidents (yes, believe it or not!). In fact put in one phrase: our health depends solely on the level of harmony and connection that we have with our soul, that is all.

We could write volumes on the last paragraph, but to keep it simple and short for this post lets say this:
Emotions are deeply implicated in the causation of illness or in the restoration of health. When we have negative emotions, and we do not know how to handle them, or we are not even aware of them, they can create blockages in our body, if not dealt with properly, these blockages will create disease and later death.

Now, emotions are caused by our thoughts and our thoughts are mostly based on beliefs that are often unconscious. If we can disconnect form our thoughts and connect with our soul (our true consciousness) we can be in control of our emotions, and therefore our health.

The particular symptoms or diseases are quite irrelevant, as long as we are dealing with symptoms, we will always have symptoms to deal with (in different organs and different diseases). In other words, handling the symptoms is not the right way to restore a person’s health.

Being in good health means being in balance, so what a sick person needs is to regain his/her balance, and there are many ways to do this, and there are many types of healing techniques available, including of course traditional medicine, but the ultimate outcome will depend on the person’s awareness of their own body-mind-spirity connection.

This is a simple yet also very complex statement. Awareness means we need to “unlearn” a lot of things and we need to open up to a totally different point of view and devote the time and effort it takes to embark in this journey, probably the most important journey you will ever take in your human lifetime.

Just some food for thought…Take care of yourself and consider what you just read…

Have a great week!

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