Monthly Archives: November 2011

Sunshine for the soul!

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Everything grows towards the sun. It is the light of life and so we exist. Not only does the sun provide us with a rush of warmth, but it also is crucial for the body to nourish and help us maintain our bodies.
Sunlight helps stimulate the body and energizes us within. Most importantly, sunlight helps us maintain a healthy immune system and promotes a good mood and mental wellness.

Right now, the shorter daylight hours of winter can negatively affect sleep, productivity and mood so it’s important to surround ourselves with positive energies. This could be anything that brings you joy. Friends, pets, your own quiet time, walk on the beach what ever it is just live in the moment. Live in the Now!

******Light therapy (also known as phototherapy)emits full-spectrum light to simulate sunlight. While still a treatment being investigated, light therapy has been shown to have positive benefits in addressing many health issues, including Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), severe premenstrual syndrome, bulimia, and as a non-drug treatment for depression. Seattle is known for its gloomy climates and may have benefited from this form of therapy.

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Recommended Reading

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Energy Medicine:

Vibrational Medicine, Dr. Richard Gerber, MD.

Touch For Health, John Thie, D.C.

Energy Medicine, Donna Eden and David Feinstein, PhD.,

Energy Medicine for Women, Donna Eden and David Feinstein, PhD.

Chinese Medicine:

Between Heaven and Earth, Harriet Beinfield, L.Ac., & Efrem Korngold, L.Ac., O.M.D.

The Web that Has No Weaver, Ted Kaptchuk, O.M.D.

Five Elements Six Conditions, Gilles Marin

PMS, Its Cause, Diagnosis and Treatment According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Bob Flaws

Wood Becomes Water: Chinese Medicine in Everyday Life, Gail Reichstein

Nutrition:

Food and Healing, Annemarie Colbin

The Macrobiotic Way, Michio Kushi

Your Body Never Lies, Michio Kushi

Spiritual:

Play of Consciousness, Baba Muktananda

Course in Miracles, Foundation for Inner Peace

Loving What Is, Byron Katie

The Heart of Meditation, Swami Durgananda

Disappearance of the Universe, Gary Renard

Power V Force, David Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.,

Miscellaneous:

Women Who Run with the Wolves, Clarissa Estes Pinkola

Western Body, Eastern Mind, Anodea Judith

Sacred Psychology, Jean Houston

Embracing the Beloved, Stephen Levine

The Tao of Lau Tzu, Translated by Stephen Mitchell

When Things Fall Apart, Pema Chodron

Breath

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Breathing is the bridge between mind and body, the connection between the consciousness and subconsciousness, the movement of spirit into matter.
Breath is life.It is the key to wellness of the body mind and soul.Once we can master breath regulate and develop increased awareness and improve our physical, mental and spiritual being.In otherwords we become to feel whole again.A relaxed state with focus and purpose.

This simple breathing exercise should be done for at least a few minutes a day.I recommend upon waking would be the best time. It sets your day to come in balance and harmony.The goal is simply to keep your attention on the breath cycle and observe.

Instructions:

1.Sit in a comfortable upright position with your back straight and your eyes lightly closed, having loosened any tight clothing. Let your tongue just fall back in your mouth and relax your face.

2.Focus your attention on your breathing and inhale deeply and exhale through your mouth. Make sure to take deep breaths.You want to get as much oxygen to your brain and internal organs. For those of you who do not normally meditate, you may begin to feel a little light-headed at first.This is because your oxygen levels are returning and are now flowing.

Fear and Anxiety Exercises

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Like most people I know, they have a lot of fear and anxiety triggered by stress.Your skin is your largest living organ in our bodies and we habitual absorb stress and negativity here.However, we can learn to flush this out before disease begins to take root.

Signs of stress or anxiety.
1. Soar Muscles
2. Muscles Twitching
3. Fatigue
4. Stomach Cramps
5. Constipation/Diarrhea
6. Dry Skin
7. Trouble Focusing
8. Insomnia

Exercise really work wonders. I love yoga nd Qi Gong the various forms of twists and breathing really balances you. However, we can’t always work out at out desk when we are having a stressful moments. However, here are a few tricks you CAN do while at work.

Temple Presses
Place your thumbs on your temples and let your fingers rest on your forehead. Put some pressure on your temples and breath in deeply and exhale deeply through your mouth.Do this all long as you need.You may feel a little light headed but that just shows you needed it.

Fear/Anxiety Taps

Take your right hand and rub the top of your left hand.Now do the same but using taps.Make sure you are breathing deeply through your nose and exhaling through the mouth.Now swithc hands and take your left hand and rub the top of the right hand.