Spring is here and spring cleaning is a fabulous habit! Remember how well it feels when the windows are clean, unnecessary stuff removed and fresh air sweeps through every room? Your own body can feel that good!!!! This season treat your body as your home and practice your inner spring cleaning. Follow me by tracing your meridians, one at a time. Not only will this help get your energies flowing, it will help refresh and rebalance your body’s internal energy pathways. Have fun and do it every day!
Eye health is important for people of all ages, and we usually don’t think about it until we experience changes in our vision. Here are some simple exercises you can perform every day to help you maintain healthy eyes!
Do you feel suddenly excited about new possibilities? Do you feel like you’re being ‘pulled up’ by the light – the light of spring? Many of us do! Such is the power of spring season which is considered part of the WOOD element in the Chinese tradition.
Before we can really experience the unusual and quick “wake up” from winter sluggishness our bodies will often go through a few week period of discomforts. Many people get a simple cold, some get indigestion, while others can’t seem to shake down a general sense of agitation.
The energy of spring is uprising; excited and moving upward but sometimes chaotic and disturbing. From heavy winds to the seesaw of temperatures, from cold rain or snow one day and warm sun the next, the weather outside can be dramatic and throw us into a state of frustration. As it is with weather outside it is with our bodies inside! We imitate nature because we are nature.
Spring is about speed, competition and clarity. Energy is available for planning, seeing the big picture of life, and clever judgment. After a few weeks of transition life buzzes with creative energy because spring wakes up motivation in us.
Everything stretches its head towards the light. Light is life.
Have you noticed that New Year’s resolutions do not hold for long? That’s because there is no percolating power to support those resolutions. There is no strength to move forward or carry on. But spring resolutions have great power as energy is there to support our ideas and endeavors.
Observe what you are pulled towards. What thoughts keep bubbling up? What desires suddenly well up inside you out of the blue? It is from your depths that a force raises you up and demands action. It may even feel like an inner shout. Things we plan in spring have a chance to materialize themselves sometimes effortlessly. Take advantage of this rhythm within you. It will masterfully affect your whole year so you can reap the best rewards later.
The Liver and Gallbladder organs and meridians are most active during springtime. Remember, your liver performs over 500 functions in your body, like blood regulation, toxin breakdown, and metabolism of carbs, proteins and fats. It also contributes to your immunity from harmful intruders. In energy terms the liver system supports smooth flow of blood and energy. The smoother the flow, the better emotional and physical balance you have. Continue reading “Spring Into the Light!”
The winter season may seem energetically passive and in many ways it is. Shorter days, reduced natural light, cold temperatures and less color all affect us. If you are someone who doesn’t enjoy winter sports and shoveling snow you might find yourself trapped indoors.
Wintertime changes how we feel, what we eat, how we sleep, where we travel, who we spend time with and activities we do. Being tired becomes the norm and it’s easy to complain of lack of vitality, energy and stamina. You may even notice a strong desire to withdraw from your social activities. Our productivity drops and the exhaustion from day to day living can become overwhelming. Yet these are not symptoms of sickness– we are simply in a slower state forced by nature to protect our reserves, to recuperate, to relax and hibernate for few months.
Nature has its way – and it is very persistent! If you do not follow natures’ agenda in winter your body will drain itself from the little energy it has and you will increase your chances of getting sick. Winter invites you to rest and recuperate. Its rhythm has a slower pace. Winter recharges your life batteries by slowing you down.
This is the time to dive into your inner-self. This is the time to be less action oriented and more internally focused. Being quiet in the winter is in harmony with its rhythm. Winter is when I most enjoy listening to music in solitude and when I allow harmonious notes take me into the world of imagination. Before I go to sleep I love listening to the Shakuhachi flute. The frequency of the energy transmitted through the Shakuhachi helps to tune our frequency and brings us to a place of peace and calm.
I am extremely pleased to let you know about a very special live ZOOM class presented by Monique, a small-business consultant and money wiz!
Get your business finances organized for 2019
- How to get and stay organized in your personal/business taxes
- General financial tips
- Great software recommendations to help with invoicing for clients and keeping track of your expenses
- The personal side of saving, budgeting, and dealing with credit
- Other topics of interest and time for your personal questions
This is certain to be a very valuable training event you do not want to miss!
The class is available on two different dates:
Tuesday, January 29th at 7:00 pm to 7:45 Eastern and
Monday, February 4th at 6:00 pm to 6:45 Eastern.
To sign up for either class contact Eva!
Janice is a yoga teacher and a psychotherapist, she emphasizes the exploration of bodymind wisdom and cultivating relationship with our Essential Nature.
Considering you breathe approximately 20,000 times a day and that the quality of your breathing has a direct correlation to how you feel, think, digest, and sleep…. I think it’s worth paying attention to.
Working with your breath is medicinal. Dedication to understanding & deepening connection to breath can offer up the following benefits:
* boosts immunity
* lowers blood pressure
* helps insomnia
* lowers oxidative stress that causes aging
* lowers anxiety, overthinking, pain
* balances the nervous system
* impacts physiology & cellular health
* unites body, mind & soul
How you breathe is largely affected by emotional reactions to life, plus your posture and habits have an effect. How you breathe is also an indicator of longevity and general health. Poor breathing puts you at risk for, or exacerbates a host of imbalances:
* low energy
* acidity (imbalance in your chemical composition which can eventually cause a host of medical disorders)
* sleep issues
* increased pain
* digestive issues
* spinal health issues
* hyperarousal of nervous system
* cognitive issues – difficulty concentrating, memory
Your smile carries a very powerful energy. This summer, when walking down the street a random person smiled wholeheartedly in my direction leaving me blissfully transformed for a moment. I felt the positive force multiply in my heart creating a lovely sensation of softness and ease. My eyes filled with radiant light and in no time, I was perfectly content. One innocent smile from a stranger generated a series of smiles I in turn naturally sent to others.
As my face beamed out a radiant smile to the public, I felt my whole body smiling within. Whoever came across my path was gifted a smile as I had been gifted a moment before. From the innocent smile of a stranger a simple positive message nested in my heart which I carried through the rest of the day.
In some cultures, a smile is considered a powerful pacifier to the nervous system. When we smile our parasympathetic nervous system overrides tension and stress.
The energy of smile carries a high vibration. Your heart picks up energy of smile and quickly infuses its message on every cell as it pumps oxygenated blood around your body.
There are many simple gifts one can receive practicing conscious smile. In EEM we focus on Radiant Circuits and use energy of the smile to create inner peace and balance, and to experience a natural sense of joy.
Radiant Circuits can be compared to inner healers whose function is to regulate the flow of energy in meridians. When there is an unimpeded flow of energy through all the organs, tissues and cells it’s much easier to overcome everyday physical, mental and emotional challenges.
One of my favorite balancing techniques is the “smile meditation” I have learned from practicing chi gong. It helped me create a conscious connection with my inner organs and made me feel like there was a whole universe of relationships inside of me. Exploring those relationships opened me to deeper insights about life and my purpose.
If you would like to try, follow the simple steps listed below.
SIMPLE SMILING MEDITATION PRACTICE
Tune into your 3rd eye and see happy, smiling energy reaching out to you. Breathe in and out. Feel the inner-embrace of your smile and direct its energy to your heart.
Hold your tongue at the soft pallet and smile to your yin organs (liver, pericardium, spleen, lungs and kidney) one by one according to the 5 elements cycle (see the list below).
Focus on your HEART
Lay your hands on your heart in the middle of the chest and slightly to the left. As you smile to your heart put a positive message inside it. For instance: forgiveness, joy, peace, appreciation, or gratitude. Make your heart peaceful, soft, and loving. Feel your lips smiling.
Smile to your yin organs in order:
HEART TO LIVER: With one hand on the heart and the other on the liver envision a beautiful, soft and gentle energy of smile reaching from your heart to your liver on the right side of your body under the ribs. See your liver smiling back to your heart. Stay here for a few breaths.
HEART TO PERICARDIUM: With both hands on the heart envision a beautiful, soft and gentle energy of smile reaching from your heart to the pericardium (heart’s protective sac). The heart and pericardium are situated behind the sternum. Pericardium is considered a “coolant” to the heart, a protector of the heart. See your pericardium smiling back to your heart. Stay here for a few breaths. Enjoy the peace of the moment.
HEART TO SPLEEN:> With one hand on the heart and the other on the spleen envision a beautiful, soft and gentle energy of smile reaching from your heart to your spleen on the left side of your body under the ribcage. See your spleen smiling back to your heart. Feel open and accepting of this inner connection. Hold your tongue at the soft pallet as your mouth holds a soft smile.
HEART TO LUNGS: With both hands flat across the upper chest envision a beautiful, soft and gentle energy of smile reaching from your heart to your lungs. Breathe in and out tenderly seeing your lungs relax. As your lungs open up fully see them emanating the energy of smile to your heart. Heart and lungs are the closest neighbours among the yin organs. Peaceful breath, peaceful heart.
HEART TO KIDNEY (last step): With one hand on the heart and the other hand on the right kidney envision a beautiful, soft and gentle energy of smile reaching from your heart to your kidney on the right side of your back in line with your elbows. Take a few breaths. Feel the right kidney smile back to your heart. Switch hands. Send a smile from your heart to your left kidney (in line with your elbows and next to your spine). Send smile energy from your left kidney to your heart. Feel the gentleness of this moment. Take a few breaths.
End with both hands on your heart. Keep a good message in its center. Feel embraced by love. Bathe your organs with gratitude. This is your inner universe. You are never alone. Feel the inner joy and strength. Feel your inner sanctuary.
ONE of the most popular exercises in Energy Medicine as taught by Donna Eden has many more benefits than meets the eye. “Connecting Heaven and Earth” is an exercise that is simple to learn and simple to practice that promotes stretching and movement of energy through the joints. Donna believes it can help prevent arthritis.
Let’s take a deeper look into this whole-body practice.
If you have done the exercise already, then you’ll know that it is crucial to point the palm of one hand to the sky above (Heaven) and simultaneously point the palm of the other hand down to the Earth below.
As we do Connecting Heaven and Earth we mostly focus on the benefits of stretching but did you know that there is a very wise reason for the palms to be exposed to the forces above and below? These are the forces of Heaven and Earth. Don’t let yourself get distracted by the term ‘Heaven’ as it is simply a poetic name used to describe the cosmos or universe above and around us. Just imagine our beautiful planet floating, spinning, and rotating through space. Heaven is above our heads but also under our feet. We are immersed in energies of the universe day and night. It is a mighty force which holds us in space and is charging our batteries! Human beings receive a positive charge from the cosmos. We call this charge Yang. The negative charge enters the body from Earth through the soles of the feet. We call that negative charge Yin.
When we practice Connecting Heaven and Earth we are telling our body to open and receive Yin and Yang forces. The palm stretching up soaks in Yang (positive charge) energies from the cosmos and the palm facing down soaks in Yin (negative charge) energies form the Earth. As we stretch we are making space for stagnant energies to move out and release. We also exercise all of the meridians and replenish them with a positive and negative charges that will get circulated through the body to balance deficiencies and excess. The Liver and Spleen meridians benefit greatly from this exercise, yet Heart and Lung meridians get a good workout too. When we bend forward to hang like a rag doll our spine gets a nice stretch but also our Bladder meridian releases accumulated tension.
Finally, Finally, Finally WE DID IT!!!
One of the best programs in the field of Energy Medicine is making its debut in St John, New Brunswick this spring. Atlantic Canada has been waiting for many years to have its own EEM Foundations Classes. During the last four years, we have been trying to support local communities with quality energy education and ideas for balance and wellness in the Maritimes. This year students are finally getting to attend Foundations classes near home, which is so very beneficial. With minimal travel costs the program is more affordable. No jet lag to deal with, no exhaustion and no wasted time. For me, I get a great chance to travel to a beautiful part of Canada four times a year and share Donna’s most sought after ideas of healing. I can’t wait!
Sue Hooper, my assistant and the pioneering EEM practitioner from Hampton, NB put a lot of energy to help make things happen. She popularized Eden Energy Medicine in New Brunswick offering all kinds of classes and providing EEM sessions at Lifestyles Health and Wellness Centre. Sue will be the TA for our Foundations class this year. She is fun to work with and she has a beautiful way of sharing her knowledge and skills. As a Foundations student in Toronto four years ago, she is very aware of the hustle of travel, hotels, and being in a new city. It was our dream to bring Eden Energy Medicine Education closer to her home and give other people a chance to study with financial ease, joy and comfort. And now, in 2018 our dream has come true!