“Energy runs in established patterns or habits. Left to their own devices in the modern world, your energy systems must rely on patterns out of resonance with the environment. If you are to thrive, you must participate in the evolution of your body’s energy patterns.”
– Donna Eden, Energy Medicine: Balancing Your Body’s Energies for Optimal Health, Joy, and Vitality.
Our bodies are continually trying to adapt to an environment that they did not choose. In fact our bodies still have energy software to live in the wilds, yet our daily modern life is anything but that for most of us. We are blasted daily by electromagnetic radiation, artificial chemicals in our food, and high concentrations of pollutants in our air and water systems. This means that our immune systems are continually on alert – or emergency response – which drains our energy and depletes our vital life force. In addition, the constant stress of modern life activates the “fight or flight” response of the sympathetic nervous system which puts everything in overdrive and depletion.
This constant activation has costs to it. There is a chronic request for more and more energy for the immune and fight-or-flight response which then undermines overall health, vitality and a feeling of well being. The normal pattern of healthy and balanced energy systems become chaotic and reversed. We feel drained, our breathing is shallow, and we are open to mental and physical illness and disease taking over.
It is time for harmonizing with the forces of nature and a return to practices that are natural, friendly, and familiar to body, mind and soul. As we evolve by returning to balance within the natural energy systems of our own bodies, we communicate that to everyone and everything we touch.
The deep interconnection between matter, spirit, and subtle energy informs not only our health and well being, but that of the planet we inhabit. These subtle energy systems operate outside of the mind and are perhaps THE mastermind, if you will, behind the evolving universe. Everything is energy!
For a 5-minute daily practice that will keep your energy systems healthy and flowing (and your breathing alive and full) I invite you to explore these practices taught by Donna Eden. For more information on her and her husband, David Feinstein, Ph.D. please go to:
The Daily Energy Routine with Donna Eden
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In celebration of World Kindness Day I dedicate this post to the breathing space of gratitude which is intimately linked with acts of kindness. It is the experience of most that when one is in a place of gratitude that everything “lightens up”. This relaxed and grateful place of “wealth” stimulates our breath to deepen and our natural innate expressions, love, and creativity to come out and play. It is here within this breathing space of gratitude that we remember why we are here. It is here in this breathing space that we are innately inclined to practice acts of kindness.
My day yesterday reflected this in every moment from first awakening to my last eyes wide open moment. The aromatic scent of cardamon and cinnamon awakened my taste buds in the cup of green tea chai that I was sipping while writing within the light of a candle lit to celebrate the unfolding of the days possibilities.
Aligning a place within us in gratitude before we start each day, and at night before we go to bed, naturally evolves into acts of kindness whether you are doing them, receiving them, or giving them to yourself. It was my intention to come from this place in every moment of my day no matter what was happening.
Everywhere I went I remembered to smile and make eye contact being grateful for the connections that were essential to the tasks before me. Entire conversations lasting only moments had significance because we touched each other in a personal way. Everything felt easeful, even when waiting in traffic or in line.
When I found a long line at the post office I was grateful that I had a way to send the payments, personal correspondence, and donations that I held in my hand. Out of this place I relaxed… and out of this place the man in front of me had me go ahead of him because he stated “I am going to take a long time”. This man had lost teeth, was a little unkept, and could possibly have been homeless, but he practiced an act of kindness. I made certain to give a light touch on his shoulder when I left and thanked him again for his kindness.
Walking out of the athletic club that I belong to after a satisfying weight training session (acts of kindness to oneself!), I gasped in appreciation as I saw the sky filled with feather like clouds. The man who was limping out with me heard my gasp, looked up and said “it is like God’s paintbrush!”. We both smiled and felt blessed to be able to witness the beauty…and to share it with each other.
Even looking at the money that had been deposited in my bank account that day I realized that there was more than enough to share in acts of kindness to Women for Women International (sponsor a woman for $27/month!), Nature Conservancy and to become part of the solution of tolerance in our world at Southern Poverty Law Center. The feeling of wealth that I had within me must have radiated out because it was at the post office where I was mailing these donations that I was ushered to “please go ahead”.
It is moments like these that add depth and fulfillment to our lives and remind us that everyone is “doing the best they can with what they have”. These acts of kindness come when we open our hearts, come out of hiding, and look into the eyes of God standing right in front of us. They are spontaneous most often, although sometimes planned, and leave us breathing more deeply and embracing life.
As Maya Angelou said so eloquently: “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. People will never forget how you made them feel.”
I am in appreciation to Sherryl Frauenglass of A Woman’s True Voice (FB) and Robin Rice of Awesome Women Hub for the video below by Humanity Healing Network.
Random Acts of Kindness with music by Enya
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“Sympathetic Breathing” brings to my mind many possibilities. I see two people embracing each other, matching breath and bringing support and love. I also am aware that we feel the breath rhythms of everyone around us and actually breathe the air that all that went before us have breathed – including the plant and animal worlds. This “intermingling” of breath…although some of you may not want to consider that…speaks to the deep interconnectedness that we mindfully, or unmindfully, play in every day.
There is also a natural breath rhythm that can calm the sympathetic nervous system in our body. The sympathetic system is a system that activates during stress, worry, fear, or anxiety. It is our fight or flight system that was beautifully created for us when we needed to run from the tigers (or whatever was chasing us in the moment) to survive. The chemicals that are stimulated to flow, and the physiological activation of muscles, reflexes, heart, and breathing to “survival mode” wear our body down over time…but certainly saved us from danger in the past.
The video for this week uses beautiful images in nature and mindful guidance to instruct on our natural blueprint of breathing. This breath is one which calms and balances the sympathetic nervous system and stimulates the parasympathetic system,which is our deep relaxation response. Mindfully breathing in this manner can not only bring more peace and health into your life, but can also affect those around you as they align with your breathing.
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For many, many years now Thich Nhat Hanh as been a guide for me…suggesting a path back to the deepest parts of myself that know no struggle, and are free to co-create a life of joy and alignment with thriving. I am still practicing this gentle form of mindful awareness. This week I bring to you a beautiful song by Phap Niem and Gary Remal on Thich Nhat Hanh’s – The End of Suffering.
Observe the water flowing around the barriers that may attempt to obstruct its path…freedom of movement, of life, of breath…suffering no more…letting go of all but the moment of the next inhale…the next exhale…be present to the opening of breath and creative force that brings life to everything around you and within you….breathe love…breathe compassion…breathe joy…breathe release from any struggle that comes into your mind…let go…
Next post look for a breathing meditation and movements, also by Thich Nhat Hanh. His compassionate and loving Presence has moved millions. He is You….
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All around and within us lies the beauty and sacred patterns of life. As visionary artist Pamela Turczyn states in her artist statement “Ancient teachings and quantum theory teach us that the universe is comprised of vibrations consisting of light, sound and information. I believe that everything carries a unique identifying vibration, somewhat like a genetic code. “
The strands of our DNA, the cornea of our eye, snow flakes, pine cones, flower petals, diamond crystals, the branching of trees, water crystals, a nautilus shell, the star we spin around, the galaxy we spiral within, the air we breathe, and all life forms as we know them emerge out of timeless geometric codes or geometrical archetypes.
Spending an entire afternoon exploring sacred geometry I was lead in what seemed like spirals of understanding as I delved deeper into the patterns of life. It makes sense that even our breath is moving in patterns that support sacred design and breathing space to thrive in. If this is so, then I wonder if we place ourselves in architecture built upon the patterns of sacred geometry; immerse ourselves in visionary art; create gardens that reflect back to us the fabric of our being; and seek out practices that open and align us with our deepest knowing and understanding of these geometric archetypes – that the mystery of life will reveal more to us, and we will come to a greater understanding and functioning of the fullness and resonance of who we are.
As Bruce Rawles (www.geometrycode.com) states, “It is this principle of oneness underlying all geometry that permeates the architecture of all form in its myriad diversity. This principle of interconnectedness, inseparability and union provides us with a continuous reminder of our relationship to the whole, a blueprint for the mind to the sacred foundation of all things created.”
There are many sites dedicated to Sacred Geometry – some of which will give you theory and mathematics, and others that will take you into the heart of creation. I invite you to take a peak at Charles Gilchrist in the video and P.C. Turczyn at the blog link below. Here are two amazing artists that are reminding us of the interconnectedness of life by “using sacred geometry as expressed in nature, light, color, rhythm, sound, and intention.”
Lillian Sizemore, mosaic artist, educator and independent scholar, has written a comprehensive article for her blog/newsletter about the work and unique studio practices of Pamela C. Turczyn. Follow this link for the article on her blog and then visit Pamela’s website from there: http://sfmosaic.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/pcturcyzn/
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