This Thanksgiving I am so grateful sharing with women helpful exercises for increasing their energy, health and well-being. Today lets honor Gratitude by practicing Gratitude Sacred Breathing: Take time for yourself to breathe deeply into your abdomen. Breathe in to the count of 6, hold for 1, and breathe out to the count of 6. On the in breath, speak silently “I am so blessed,” and on the out breath, speak silently “I am so grateful.” Repeat this for 5 minutes, and notice how energized and positive you feel. This is a great way to start your day on a positive, high-energy note.
Oh my aching feet, or not. This might not be a pretty picture but it represents something amazing. The red dot graphic foot marks the Kidney One acupressure point on the Kidney Meridian. If you were to take a hold of your foot and place the thumb on that location, it would definitely relieve an aching foot. What else can benefit from applying pressure to the Kidney One acupressure point? It can help regulate blood pressure, relieves dizziness and faintness, clears the mind, improve memory, concentration, and mental alertness. It can help hot flashes, relieving anxiety, restores energy and increases general vitality in the body.
IT IS TIME TO PRESS THE RED DOT
Yes, it is up to you to interpret your drawing. Here are a few questions: 1. How empty or full is the picture? 2. What colors did you choose? This drawing represents your life and the tree represents you. 3. What does your drawing say about how you feel about your environment and yourself? 4. Are you blooming? Are you waning? 5. How important are you in the scheme of things?
I hope you keep this drawing to refer to when we start exploring the chakra system. This can be a important clue to chakra energy healing needed. Stay tuned.
I like Dr. Bernie S. Siegel’s Exercise 58 in his book 101 Exercises for the Soul. This is fun homework.
Get yourself a big box of crayons and a drawing tablet.
This is a wonderful tool for self-expression.
Step One: Draw a picture of an outdoor scene, and include a tree in your art piece.
Let your inner-child come out to play.
Oh, yes and Step Two: “What does creative vision say about you?
Tune in Tomorrow!
Here is a quick breathing technique to help ground yourself, clear the mind and helps alliviate headaches. You will use calming, grounding statements as you breathe, like:
Inhaling (through left nostril, closing right nostril with right thumb), “I am breathing in calm” or “I am breathing in good energy.”
(Close left nostril) Exhaling (through right nostril), ”I am breathing out anxiety” or “I am breathing out bad energy ,” or “I am safe.”
Repeat rounds 6-10 times, focus on keeping breath smooth, deep and rhythmic. You will not want to practice this exercise if you have a cold. If pregnant, please check with your healthcare provider.
Watch for future grounding posts using gemstones, essential oils and my favorite, hugging trees!
This grounding technique is called, balancing the brain hemispheres. Many of my clients and I practice this exercise because it is so relaxing. Place both hands on the sides of your head so the palms are resting on the temples and the fingers cradle (wrap around) the crown of your head. The fingers from both hands will possibly touch at the top of the head. Hold firmly but not too tight. Close your eyes and take several deep breaths. This is an opportunity to become aware of what your body needs regarding how many seconds it takes before you feel grounded and balanced.
Look for another grounding tip tomorrow!
Many of you are probably too young to remember the character Tarzan, or had little brothers running around the house pounding the center of their chest like a drum pretending to be Tarzan of the jungle. Now I know that they were doing some great energy healing. Tapping the area over the thymus gland is a simple technique that awakens the body’s energies, helps the immune system, and increases your strength and vitality. This is especially true if your immune system is being challenged if you are catching a cold, fighting an infection or if you are feeling a little down.
The Tarzan thump is a simple technique: Take the four fingers of both hands and tap the center between the breasts, or you can make like Tarzan and tap with one fist. Tap firmly, breathe slowly and deeply, in through your nose and out through your mouth for two or three deep breaths. This is one of those exercises that you can repeat throughout the day which will help stimulate and reset the thymus gland. Happy thumping.
Chanting OM is recommended to release blockages that might be present in your throat region. The OM sound is believed to have a positive effect on the nervous system, to strengthen the respiratory system and to energize every part of the body. Chanting its three syllables sets up rebalancing vibrations in your body. Here are the components of OM – AAAH OU MMMMM and directions on how to chant:
AAAH -open mouth wide and begin to loudly chant the initial syllable, AAAH, letting the sound begin in the pit of your abdomen.
OU - Gradually round your lips to allow the sound to morph into OU. Feel it move up through your chest and throat region.
MMMMM - Continue rounding your lips more tightly to form the final sound, MMMMM. Let the sound vibrate in your head and face, especially in your sinus cavities.
Feel free to repeat OM Chanting slowly, making each part of the sound as long as possible. The sounds can become softer and softer until you are whispering or humming the chant. Then begin to make the sound gradually louder again.
Are you grounded? At times we all experience stress, emotional irritability, not feeling connected, a little spaced out, and an inability to focus. This is when we are definitely not grounded. Here is a quick grounding technique that can be done in a few moments:
Stand up, give your body a doggy shake to loosen up. Then start bouncing up and down on the balls of your feet for about 20 seconds. Relax, close your eyes, if you choose, and feel the earth energy entering into your feet. Doing this as often as needed during the day is very beneficial and you will start to realize your increased awareness of the grounding energy. REMEMBER be open. This an excellent exercise to do as soon as you hop out of bed. It is energizing. Then before you drop into bed at night, a few up and down bounces will help you sleep.
More grounding tips tomorrow!
Jeanne Acherberg, in her book Women as Healer, reminds us of the following concepts, which contribute toward a balanced view of healing:
Healing is remembering what has been forgotten about connection, and unity and interdependence among all things living and nonliving.
Healing is embracing what is most feared.
Healing is opening what has been closed, softening what has hardened into obstruction.
Healing is entering into the transcendent, timeless moment when one experiences the divine.
Healing is creativity and passion and love.
Healing is seeking and expressing self in its fullness.
Healing is learning to trust life.
When we are underdeveloped in any of these concepts, we find a closed door to our physical, mental, and emotional well-being.