Exercise: Power of Affirmations

March 29th, 2013 | Posted by Velda in AFFIRMATIONS

writing affirmations

Louise L. Hay is the guru of writing affirmation books.  In her book Experience Your Good Now! Learning to Use Affirmations.  She includes numerous exercises on different ways to work with affirmations.  In chapter 3, Affirmations for Health, she has five exercises to practice. Her EXERCISE: The Power of Affirmations, she writes the following: “Let’s discover the power of written affirmations!  Writing an affirmation can intensify its power.  Write a positive affirmation about your health 25 times.”  She recommends that you create your own affirmation or use one of the following she includes in her book:

writing affirmations

“My Healing is already in process.”

“I listen with love to my body’s messages.”

“My health is radiant, vibrant, and dynamic now.”

“I am grateful for my perfect health.”

“I deserve good health.”

“I restore and maintain my body at optimal health.”

chi exercise the monkey dance

Here is a fun relaxation technique to increase your Chi energy by doing the following Monkey Dance exercise:

START by standing up with unlocked knees, rounded back and the upper part of the body relaxed.  Remember you are imitating a monkey.

NEXT start to make your body shake slightly with no effort.  This movement comes from the heels.  Try to create an inner vibration that releases tensions from all parts of the body: back, shoulders, arms, hands, face, brain….shake and release tensions.

MOVE your weight from one side to the other.  Try different angles, which will help release the tension in different areas.

ADD SOUND if you feel like it.  Monkey’s are great at “aaahh… aaahh…aaaahhhh…aaaahhhh”…the sound comes out with no effort from the deepest parts of their body.


chi exercise the monkey danceNOW IMAGINE the body is full of water and feel how the vibrations move this water and makes it flow easily.  Try to hear the noise of the flowing water in the body and have fun like a kid. Try making the sound of the water jiggling around in your monkey body. What does it sound like?

This relaxation technique is also a great way to balance your body and mind.  I doubt if you have seen many stressed out monkeys.  So keep on shaking and releasing all that bottled up tension.




Seeing Color Purple Can Heal

March 27th, 2013 | Posted by Velda in COLORS

healing color of purple with crocus

The following poem reminds me how much seeing colors can be healing:

The Crocus

I saw a purple crocus today,

though it barely could be seen,

while all around was white,

and the landscape seemed to gleam.

I saw a purple crocus today,

the sky was bright and clear,

and yet I know it meant for me

that the spring season was near.

I saw a purple crocus today,

that protruded through the snow,

it triggered a moment of excitement,

and meant a lot for me to know.

≈ By Joseph T Renaldi

Purple promotes strength, is good for emotional problems, reducing pain, helps re-balance one’s life, is associated with imagination, and psychic inspiration.  LOVE THAT PURPLE!

Aquamarine Is A Stone Of Courage

March 26th, 2013 | Posted by Velda in GEMSTONES

aquamarine healing stone of courageAquamarine known as a stone of courage was carried by sailors as a talisman against drowning.  Aquamarine is named from its beautiful green-blue color resembling the sea. This stone was also once prized as a protection against shipwrecks.  Aquamarine calms the mind, promotes self-expression, and helps bring unfinished business to a conclusion.  Spiritually, this stone sharpens intuition, opens up clairvoyance, and is a wonderful stone for meditation.

Aquamarine is excellent for energizing the immune system, useful for sore throats, swollen glands, and thyroid problems.  It aids the eyes, jaw, teeth, and stomach by placing it on or near an infected or inflamed area.  This lovely stone can also be used to align the chakras.


meditation health benefits

There is a small book I picked up by Vikas Malkani called, The Little Manual of Meditation, 15 Ways to Discover Your Inner Self.  Today I would like to concentrate on how meditation influences our physical health rather than how it influences our emotional and spiritual by sharing the following 11 very important benefits the author discusses in chapter 4, pages 44- 49:

Benefit 1:  Reduction of blood pressure – A study observing people with an average systolic blood pressure of 146 lowered their borderline high to normal blood pressure range after practicing meditation for several weeks.

Benefit 2:  Improved sleep – Those who meditate regularly tend to fall asleep quicker and sleep deeper, which mean they get a better quality of sleep and wake up feeling more energetic and calmer throughout the day.

Benefit 3:  Increased circulation to organs and glands – Relaxed blood vessels allow increased blood flow to the brain, which means we think more clearly.  This helps to prevent strokes.  Better flow of blood helps the digestive system to function better.

Benefit 4:  Balancing of the two hemispheres of the brain – Studies show that meditation has a balancing and harmonizing effect on the right (emotions)  and left (thinking) hemispheres of the brain.

Benefit 5:  Controlling Asthma - A clinical research reported that 94% of a group of asthmatic patients showed less air passage resistance after practicing meditation.

Benefit 6:  Reduction of mental tension – Up to 74% of all health problems are considered psychosomatic.  Meditation reduces stress which helps with the cure of many of these disorders.

Benefit 7:  Keeping you young – Meditation stimulates your hormones.   Hormone levels in those who meditate are similar to people that are 10 years their junior.  Meditation also causes a reduction in the production of stress hormones.

Benefit 8:  Reversal of ageing – According to a USA study, those practicing meditation for more than five years were physiologically 12 years younger than their chronological age.  Short-term mediators were five years younger than their chronological age.

Benefit 9:  Increased Alertness – A French study reported in their EEG studies that during meditation there is a unique combination of deep relaxation and increased alertness.

Benefit 10:  Optimizes brain function -  Reports published in the International Journal of Neuroscience claim that higher levels of EEG coherence, measured during the practice of meditation, are significantly correlated with an increased fluency of verbal IQ.

Benefit 11:  Decreases dependency on drugs – A study on the effect of meditation on drug use was done by Dr. R.K. Wallace and Dr. H. Benton and associates.  There were about 1,800 participants that were using marijuana, hashish or both.  After 21 months of meditation, only 12% continued the use of drugs.  When questioned why the mediators gave up drugs, the general response was that they enjoyed the profound feelings from meditation more than the feelings aroused by the drugs.



qoute by Patanjali inspired by som great purpose

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds, your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new great and wonderful world.  Dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

Patanjali (He is credited with the creation and compilation of the Yoga Sutras).

Peppermint Oil’s Healing Properties

March 22nd, 2013 | Posted by Velda in OILS

peppermint essential oils usesPeppermint herbs with their strong, clean, fresh, and minty aroma have always been highly regarded  for soothing digestion. Young Living Essential Oils list the following healing and helpful attributes for Peppermint Essential Oil™.  Healing Properties: Anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal.  Research:  Shows that Peppermint supports liver and respiratory systems.  Dr. William Dember found that inhaling Peppermint Oil increased mental accuracy by 28 percent.  (I don’t know about the percentage, but my classmates and I always passed around the Peppermint bottle before our tests).  Inhaling Peppermint also helps relieve nausea and headaches. Peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals also studied.  Cautions:  Avoid contact with eyes, wounds, infants younger than 18 months.  It is recommended to dilute 1 part EO with 2 parts vegetable oil when applying to skin.

Healing Properties of Citrine

March 20th, 2013 | Posted by Velda in GEMSTONES

healing properties of citrine

Citrine is said to have healing properties to help physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

 Physically:  Citrine energizes and recharges the body, cleanses the chakras, stimulates digestion, the spleen, and pancreas. It can reduce ulcer flare-ups, balance the thyroid, and increase visual ability. It stimulates the brain, strengthening the intellect.

Emotionally: Citrine can calm and soothe distressed conditions, relieve depression, self-doubt, and eliminate negative ideas.  It also helps release anger, irrational mood swings, and self-destructive behavior. This gemstone is emotionally balancing.

Spiritually: Citrine is said to heighten psychic awareness and help increase spiritual development. It enhances concentration and encourages self-expression.


Balancing Chakras While Doing Dishes

March 19th, 2013 | Posted by Velda in CHAKRAS | COLORS

We all need to relax, meditate, or exercise to balance our chakras, but it seems impossible to find the time. However, most of us generally have to spend time at the kitchen sink doing dishes. We can take this boring sometimes tedious chore and turn it into a visual balancing chakra exercise. Don’t worry if you don’t complete all the chakras. There are always other chores to do that might call for continuing this exercise for distraction. Please take your time, enjoy, and feel free to print this out if you need a reminder of locations and colors of the chakras.

chakras locations and colors1.  Root Chakra:  As you pick up the first dish, picture in your mind’s eye visualize and feel the vibrant red energy at the base of your spine.  Stay with this color until you feel you’ve had enough.

2.  Move to the Sacral Chakra about 2 inches below the navel and visualize a brilliant orange energy and as you are rinsing off dishes soak up this color until you feel you’ve had enough.

3.  You are now at the Solar Plexus, visualize a field of lovely yellow flowers bathing in the sun as you feel the warmth of the dish water.  Soak up this energy until you feel you’ve had enough.

4.  Move up to the Heart Chakra.  Visualize all the luscious greens in nature and soak up the healing green energy.  Stay with this color until you feel you’ve had enough.

5.  Now you are at the Throat Chakra.  Visualize and bathe your hands in the glorious blue energy while continuing your dishes until you feel you have had enough.

6.  Move to Brow Chakra visualize a beautiful flower opening up it’s petals revealing wonderful indigo energy.  Stay with this color until you feel you’ve had enough.

7.  Move to Crown Chakra visualize this wonderful violet energy flowing into and balancing this chakra. 


First lets review Chi (pronounced chee and also spelled qi or ch’i). It is the life giving, vital energy that unites body, mind, and spirit. Simon G.Brown states in his book, Chi Energy Workbook: ”Imagine the flow of Chi as a radiating energy ‘field’ that runs through you and around you transporting thoughts, beliefs, and emotions, but mixing in with other dynamic influences around you as well.”

conception vessel 6 for chi functions

By applying acupressure to Conception Vessel 6 (CV6), this can help regulate the Chi functions and Chi circulation in your body. This is one of the most empowering acupressure points on the body. Location: Two finger widths below the navel (see above illustration).  Technique: Using the middle finger, apply pressure perpendicularly and use gentle rotating movements with the fingertip. Benefits: 1.  Develops vitality, strengthens immune system, urinary system, benefits kidneys, and sexual reproductive system; 2. Good for relieving stomachache, abdominal cramping, gas, irritable bowel syndrome, and menstrual cramp; 3. For constipation press CV6 two or three times a day to relieve or prevent constipation and irritable bowel (also include deep breathing); 4. Good for emotional stability, deepening spiritual awareness, sense of self, used for self-abuse, addictive behavior, and co-dependency issues. I generally do not include this many attributes for an acupressure point, but today it seemed appropriate to cover the majority.