Growth is not Optional

Growth is not Optional

Have you heard the statement, “Life is change, growth is optional?” I do not agree that growth is optional; it is a must. Many people struggle with change, some more than others. I believe if you start to shift your thinking to growth rather than change, which is ultimately how each of us expand and become better people, the changes that happen in life can be a little bit easier. Beginning your journey of development and personal growth can be overwhelming. I hope to cover some ideas that have helped me navigate it with grace, through some of my own personal experiences. You will falter at times, as I have. Having a good support system is critical.

 

Growth

 

I have actually just begun a new journey, one that is a bit overwhelming at times with multiple possible endings, but I have found that staying in the present as much as possible, and allowing short periods of reflection has suited me well. I set a time limit about thinking about the future possibilities and problem solving.  I journal about these and other things to help to get them out of my head and off of my heart, then move back to the present moment, which is the only moment that any of us has to be happy in.

 

The first step in growth and personal development is to firmly make a decision that you are THE most important thing. Whether you are a mother, father, have a big responsibility at your place of employment, or anything else; the first thing to understand is that you come first. Working to constantly become a better version of your former self is one of THE most important things you can do in this life.

 

There are a few things that I recommend in the growth process, it is not necessarily step 1, 2, 3, and so on. In the larger picture, the first thing to be aware of and try to do is step out of your comfort zone. No growth or change happens within that space of comfort. You can come back to a comfort zone of sorts when needed: meditation, guided imagery, time in nature, etc. Whatever helps for you to become centered again is not falling back into old habits at all and is quite necessary to rest your heart, body, and mind.

 

Before you jump into a crazy list of expectations for yourself and things that you want out of life, start with really getting to know yourself. A better list whether in your head or on paper is knowing what you don’t want. As you begin to drop away old patterns of thought and behavior that is not for your higher good, you will begin to shed some light on what it is that you do want. This is a discovery process that will unfold as you contemplate what it is that you want to leave behind. Growth involves changing your inner world more than the outside world around you. Keep a firm grasp on the fact that you are the only person you have control over and understanding that those around you may not be along for the ride is a risk you have to walk through because your growth is not optional.

 

Once you have figured out what it is that you do not want, and you are beginning to realize what it is that you do want out of life, what you are passionate about…begin to set small goals to move in that direction. Everything does not need to happen all at once, you can move slowly or quickly, whatever suits you. I received wonderful advice from a beautiful friend recently, she said, “Whatever happens, move through it with infinite love for everyone involved and affected”. Thinking and acting this way will help everyone involved, but in the end knowing that you always acted the best that you could in every situation with love and grace will only serve you well.

 

Take the First Step

 

Some steps will be easy. Others may be painful. Continue forward, taking brief respite in things that make you calm and centered. Remember, you do not need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

 

Whether it is something small or something life changing, growth is not optional. Starting in your journey of development and personal growth will be one of the most important ongoing things in your life, and if you know yourself, what you don’t want, set a few goals, and most importantly continue to step out of your comfort zone often, you will be able to make changes in the area of your life that are needed.

 

 

 

Please note that I am not a medical practitioner. The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider. By using this website, you assume full responsibility and liability for your own actions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Ways to Feel More Grounded Every Day

10 Ways to Feel More Grounded Every Day

This blog first appeared on the ACHS health and wellness blog here

Developing a wellness plan sounds overwhelming, but it does not have to be. Like most plans for wellness, the hardest part is staying on course.

Before we get started, I want to emphasize that wherever you are on any given day is exactly where you should be. There is no room in life for self-sabotage or limiting beliefs. Always love yourself! Look for the positive in every situation, and you will be on your way to wellness.

This article will not be about eating or exercise. The “wellness” that most of us struggle with is our thoughts: our emotional and mental wellness. The goal is to master your mind instead of being its slave.

Here are 10 ways to foster mental and emotional wellness and a stress-free life that work for me:

1. Accomplish Your To-Do List

Many of us have incredibly long to-do lists. Sometimes it feels as if the list never gets shorter.

I recommend picking three things from your to-do list every day, and focus on those three things. Narrowing your focus helps you to feel less overwhelmed with all there is to do. At the end of the day, look at the three things you completed and enjoy your accomplishment.

2. Evaluate, Don’t Dwell

When encountering a problem in life or a change of plan, it’s important to take a step back and evaluate. If you step out of a situation and give yourself time to calm down, you may realize it was not much of a “problem” after all.

Once a problem is identified, think about possible ways to solve it. Ignoring the problem is not the answer. Once you have made a decision on how to handle the issue, move on. Don’t dwell on it.

3. Sidestep Drama

You can probably identify things in your life that trigger stress or negative feelings. This could be a person, place, or situation. If there are people or things that throw you off course, I suggest avoiding them altogether.

If it is something that cannot be avoided, try creating a mantra to repeat when needed, such as “I can handle whatever comes my way.” It’s simple, yet can be very effective. Surround yourself with people that lift you up.

4. Remember: You’re Responsible for Your Own
Happiness

If you work with clients everyday this section is especially for you!

So many of us spend our days working hard, doing what needs to be done, and graciously helping others, but not spending much time on ourselves. I have an exercise for you. It’s time to make a list.

Make a list of all the things you can think of that make you happy. Spend 15 minutes on this exercise. Do you like to read, paint, sing, dance, do yoga, spend time in nature, read a book, or take a bath? Make the list as thorough as you can. When you are done, look it over. How many of those things do you do everyday? You are responsible for you own happiness; start doing things every day that make you happy.

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” – Joseph Campbell

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5. Don’t Forget to Breathe

Let’s face it; there are times when a problem cannot be fixed. When you hold on to things for too long, it can become an energy leak.

One method I use to let things go, stay present, and reset my mind is through my breath.

Try a technique called the 4–7-8 breathing technique. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, “The 4-7-8 Breath (also known as the Relaxing Breath) is the perfect, portable stress antidote, as it puts the practitioner in a relaxed state almost immediately. It takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere.” [1]

Breathe in through your nose slowly to the count of four. Hold that breath to a count of seven, and then slowly exhale through your mouth to a count of eight. Perform this exercise five to ten times for maximum benefits.

“You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.” – Wayne W. Dyer

6. Take Electronic Vacations

By electronic vacations, I don’t mean take all of your electronics and sit on the couch all day. What I mean is put them away. There is plenty to see around you. Turn off your electronics and look around. Do not let the beauty of real life pass you by. Electronics have their purpose, but our society is addicted. Getting back to nature would do all of us a lot of good!

7. Practice Guided Imagery

Guided imagery or guided visualization is a great tool to utilize when you need to take your worried mind to a quiet, blissful sanctuary. Do you have a favorite place that helps all the stresses of life melt away? This may be a place you went on vacation or a place that resides only in your imagination.

To utilize this relaxation tool, get comfortable either sitting or laying down, and begin to focus on your breath. Close or soften your eyes and transport yourself to your favorite place. Take in all of the sights, smells, and sounds. Five to 10 minutes in your happy place will leave you both relaxed and energized.

8. Forgive Yourself

We all make mistakes, but how we recover from them is important. Replaying mistakes over and over again is exhausting. You cannot go back and change it, so you have to move forward. Realize you did the best you could, and move on. Mantras work great as does tapping or the Emotional Freedom Technique. A great website that can teach you just how this works to diffuse negative feelings is: http://www.thetappingsolution.com/ [2]

“Love yourself—accept yourself—forgive yourself—and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.” – Leo F. Buscaglia

9. Take an Aromatherapy Bath

An aromatic bath is a nice treat at the end of a busy day and can help promote restful sleep.

Recipe:

1 cup quality Epsom salts

1T carrier oil such as jojoba oil OR full fat milk/cream

3-5 drops essential oil (Try lavenderLavandula angustifolia and Roman chamomile Chamaemelum nobile)

Directions: Mix together in a non-reactive container. Fill your bath and add a few drops into the water.

10. Pay it Forward

Contribute to your community or your field. Selfless compassion for others is very rewarding. Helping others lifts you up like nothing else can.

In the words of Helen Keller: Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Incorporate some of these ideas into your wellness plan, and I believe you’ll find yourself more grounded and at peace. If you can work to calm your mind from the busyness of life, you will be better equipped to help others and on your way to improved wellness.

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. This article has not been reviewed by the FDA. Always consult with your primary care physician or naturopathic doctor before making any significant changes to your health and wellness routine.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a student of American College of Healthcare Sciences, the Institution that publishes this blog. However, all opinions are my own. This blog may contain affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

References

[1] Breathing Exercises, 4-7-8 Breath. Retrieved from:http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/VDR00160/Dr-Weils-Breathing-Exercises-4-7-8-Breath.html

[2] The Tapping Solution. Retrieved from: http://www.thetappingsolution.com/

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Digestive Sense: Defining How Our Emotions and the Food We Eat Affects Our Gut Health

Digestive Sense: Defining How Our Emotions and the Food We Eat Affects Our Gut Health

A big factor in determining our overall health involves an organ system that many of us ignore and disrespect. This system does so much for us but does not get the respect it deserves; that system is our gut. However, once our gut is in a state of distress, we are not likely to ignore it any longer. There are many things that can disrupt the function of our gut, which has also been dubbed our second brain. There is a strong relationship between the food that we eat as well as our levels of stress in regards to how our gut functions, and our overall health.

Have you heard that term your second brain before? Contrary to what most know to be our one and only brain located in our head, our gut actually holds what is called the “second brain”. Dr. Alejandro Junger explains that “your first brain serves as your intellectual hardware and your second brain-the gut-is your spiritual and emotional GPS” (1). Each of us has a digestive brain, or ENS (enteric nervous system), that contains millions of neurons which, have the power to influence not only our digestion capabilities but our psychological state as well (2). So as Dr. Junger states, your second brain, or your gut, is where you’re spiritual and emotional center is. Perhaps this is why we say to trust out gut, our deep seated intuition? That “it”, not our head, never fails us? Another interesting fact is that 90% of our serotonin levels are produced there, with the remaining 10% being produced in the brain in your head (3). Therefore, if your digestive system is out of whack, your feel good hormones will also be disturbed.

Stress, tension, never ending work, no vacations, and the standard American diet (SAD) exhaust the body and the mind and cause the systems of the body to become compromised—beginning with our digestive system. Do you show symptoms of stomach upset when you are under high levels of stress? How about when you make a less than healthy meal choice? Both of these things can result in the exact same symptoms. These can include but are not limited to:

  • Stomach upset
  • Constipation or diarrhea, gas, bloating
  • Cramping (IBS)
  • Indigestion
  • Heartburn
  • Acid reflux
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Excess mucous
  • Sinus pressure
  • Skin eruptions
  • Joint pain
  • Inflammation of any kind

If you have many of these symptoms your digestive system is likely struggling. Gut issues have also been linked to seemingly unrelated conditions like: obesity, arthritis, cancer, vaginitis, and even mental conditions including depression, attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder (ADHD), and bipolar disorder (4). Hippocrates stated that all disease begins in the gut. I think he was on to something.

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Even if you do not have some of the many symptoms mentioned above you may find yourself in another situation, that of developed food allergies or sensitivities.  I have had to learn, and troubleshoot health issues in the past this way. I did not have any of the classic digestive symptoms, but in the past have been under extremely high levels of stress. Even though my diet was cleaner than most, organic, vegetarian, no GMO’s, etc…I had endured the loss of a parent, a severe car accident resulting in years of chronic relenting pain, two emergency surgeries within two weeks of eachother, and the common life challenges that a mom of two young boys and being a full time student brings. My health issues started in the gut, but did not show it until I was way beyond a simple fix. You see, once the digestive system is under constant assault with stress, and then add to that bad food choices, etc., the gastrointestinal (gut) microbiota is negatively affected, and this is the cause of the various possible health issues listed above.

It is important to sit and observe your gut, as it is trying to speak to you. Once symptoms arise such as painful bloating, cramps, and diarrhea, your gut is beyond talking and is now yelling. Observe your gut signals when there is no pain, both on an empty stomach and after meals. Is there rumbling, dull aches, throbbing, emptiness, or minor bloating? Listening to your gut can help to identify foods that are irritating, as well as our guts overall state of health during any given moment of the day.

It is equally important to observe your stresses. Everyone is stressed, and there are many ways to cope. Many are surprised when they learn that the amount of stress they are under directly correlates to the health of their gut. Stress is a normal part of life, but it is important to recognize and observe it, as well as to do things to find relief. When you are under undue stress, pay attention to how your feel. Is your stomach tight and in knots? Do you have more indigestion? Constipation? General stomach aches?

Meditation

Try to sit in silence and see what your gut is telling you when you are in a stressful situation. Maybe you have never paid attention before. You may find the sensations are very strong. This is the gut-brain connection at work.

Have you ever heard the phrase over 70% of your immune system lies in your gut? (5) This is our gut microbiota, or gut bugs. For the most part we live in harmony with the bacteria, viruses, and fungal organisms that typically inhabit the gut (called the gastrointestinal microbiota), and these have played a vital role in maintaining human health. Gershon stated that “the rigors of the modern lifestyle, overuse of antibiotics, and the SAD diet have done much to restructure the once symbiotic relationship, resulting in significantly disrupted gut environment” (6).

Some indicators of a happy and healthy gastrointestinal tract include 2-4 bowels movements per day, feeling good and energized not only after eating but all day long, sleeping well, and having no extreme mood swings or food cravings. These indicators are pretty rare; do you have all of them? What can we do to help to restore the gut microbiota of our gastrointestinal tract as well as our health? A good first step is to avoid processed foods; eat less from a box, bag, or can.  The main culprits of food sensitivity include but are not limited to: wheat, gluten, yeast, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, nuts, and coffee. Taking a high quality probiotic is critical to keep the balance of your microbiota healthy. Digestive enzymes are naturally produced in the body but are on the decline as we age. It is important to eat plenty of raw uncooked fruits and vegetables to get enzymes naturally; cooking kills the enzymes in our food. If you are having digestion issues, taking an enzyme may prove to be very helpful. Drink plenty of water and eat plenty of fiber. Equally crucial to overall health is reducing stress. Do something every day that makes you calm, happy, and brings you back to what is really important in life.

Some simple ideas on how you can improve digestion when eating a meal:

  • Eat in a relaxed state (happy is best with smiles and laughter)
  • Take time in between bites
  • Make sure to chew your food thoroughly
  • Do not drink a lot of liquid just before or during your meal
  • Bless your food before eating if this resonates with you

Another great recommendation is to keep a food journal. Recognizing what you have eaten before you became bloated, gassy, and irritable will be very helpful to finding out what is not working for you.

I hope that this short explanation of how our digestive system “works” has led to a better understanding of why it is vitally important to provide your body with the good food and good attitude it needs; and what can happen if you don’t. Remember, your digestive system is very complex, and is there to protect you; but it needs your constant care so be sure to pay attention to it. 

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References:

(1) Junger, A., M.D (2013). Clean Gut-The Breakthrough Plan for Eliminating the Root Cause of Disease and Revolutionizing Your Health. New York: HarperCollins Publishing Inc.

(2) Matveikova, I., M.D (2014). Digestive Intelligence. Scotland, UK: Findhorn Press

(3) (6) Gershon, M. (1999) The Second Brain: A Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestines. New York, New York. HarperCollins Publishers

(4) Wallace, TC., Guarner, F., Madsen, K., Cabana, MD., Gibson, G., Hentges, E., Sanders, ME., (2011) Human gut microbiota and its relationship to health and disease. Nutr rev. Jul;69 (7); 392-403

(5) Allergy and the Gastrointestinal System. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2515351/

Please note that I am not a medical practitioner. The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider. By using this website, you assume full responsibility and liability for your own actions. 

 

 

The Most Common Cause Of Fatigue That Is Missed By Doctors

The Most Common Cause Of Fatigue That Is Missed By Doctors

Your adrenal glands are each no bigger than a walnut and weigh less than a grape, yet are responsible for one of the most important functions in your body; managing stress.

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So what happens to you body when you are under constant stress for a long period of time? Your adrenal glands can no longer keep up and well…they simply get tired. What does that mean for you? Adrenal fatigue arises when your adrenal glands cannot meet the demands of stress, chronic unrelenting stress. Whether you have an emotional crisis such as the death of a loved one, a physical crisis such as major surgery or accident, or any type of severe repeated or constant stress in your life, your adrenals have to respond to the stress and maintain homeostasis. If their response is inadequate, you enter into what is termed adrenal fatigue, in it’s various stages.

It’s estimated that up to 80% of adults experience adrenal fatigue during their lifetimes, yet it remains one of the most under-diagnosed illnesses in the United States.

As part of your endocrine system, your adrenal glands secrete more than 50 hormones, many of which are essential for life and include:

  • Glucocorticoids. These hormones, which include cortisol, help your body convert food into energy, normalize blood sugar, respond to stress and maintain your immune system’s inflammatory response.
  • Mineralocorticoids. These hormones, which include aldosterone, help keep your blood pressure and blood volume normal by maintaining a proper balance of sodium, potassium and water in your body.
  • Adrenaline. This hormone increases your heart rate and controls blood flow to your muscles and brain, along with helping with the conversion of glycogen to glucose in your liver. (Endocrine Web)

 

 

These hormones in these tiny little glands work together to perform many functions including:

 

  • Maintaining metabolic processes, such as managing blood sugar levels and regulating inflammation
  • Regulating your body’s balance of salt and water
  • Controlling your “fight or flight” response to stress
  • Maintaining pregnancy
  • Initiating and controlling sexual maturation during childhood and puberty
  • Producing sex steroids such as estrogen and testosterone

 

When we are under constant stress of face a major life event our flight or fight is constantly turned on. Our body no longer recognizes how to turn it off and as a result cortisol floods our body at high rates all day long.  (Stage 1) This can only go on for so long before the glands totally poop out and cortisol plummets (Stage 2/3)

 

So what are some signs and symptoms of adrenal insufficiency or adrenal fatigue? (You may exhibit some but not all of the following):

 

  • Tendency to gain weight around the middle, difficult to lose
  • High frequency of getting the flu and other respiratory diseases and these symptoms tend to last longer than usual
  • Tendency to tremble when under pressure and feel shaky inside
  • Loss of libido
  • Lightheaded when rising from a horizontal position or standing up to quickly from seated position
  • Unable to remember things/brain fog
  • Lack of energy in the mornings and in the afternoon between 3 to 5 pm.
  • May temporarily feel better after a meal
  • Need coffee/caffeine to get going in the morning.
  • Cravings for salty, fatty, and high protein food such as meat and cheese.
  • Strong PMS symptoms (AF symptoms also increase during PMS)
  • Feels better when stress is relieved, such as on a vacation.
  • Muscle pain, weakness, and fatigue
  • Decreased ability to handle any amount of stress
  • Depression
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Low body temperature
  • Gut issues
  • Nervousness

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This can all be very overwhelming. If some of these symptoms sounds like what you might be dealing with, I recommend contacting an ND, integrative, or functional medicine doctor. It is difficult to list out what you can to to heal because every stage of adrenal fatigue benefits from different supplements.

There are a two things that I can share….sleep, A LOT……and reduce stress.

Sleep

 

We need sleep to heal, to restore and help our adrenals rest and rejuvenate. 8 hours or more is optimal when you are suffering from adrenal fatigue.

Our ability to handle stress, physical or emotional, is a cornerstone to human survival. Therefore, the one thing that is consistent to healing  is stress reduction. Changing your thought process and taking care of #1…you.

A few other tips:

  • Eat healthy
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol
  • Add a small pinch of sea salt to your water
  • Eat food plentiful in vitamin C
  • Magnesium before bed can help get you a good night sleep.>>This is the one I use
  • Include probiotics in your daily diet as well as digestive enzymes
  • Anti-Inflammatory herbs such as turmeric and ginger help with chronic inflammation

Here are a couple of links to other blogs that I have written in regards to stress reduction, relaxation and techniques to help get through rough situations. (see a theme here?)

Tips for relaxation

 Stressed Out?

EFT-Emotional Freedom Technique

Here are a couple of great books that I have read and recommend to you:

 Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome

Overcoming Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome-Reclaim Your Energy and Vitality with Clinically Proven Natural Programs

References

http://www.endocrineweb.com/endocrinology/overview-adrenal-glands

http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/adrenal-info/

Please note that I am not a medical practitioner. The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider. By using this website, you assume full responsibility and liability for your own actions. 

 

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Positivity…Moving Forward Towards True Happiness

Motivation…very difficult to master and sometimes even harder to maintain. Equally difficult is remaining positive when you slip up, make a mistake and falter. Who can say that they love themselves all the time, faults and all…no matter what. We can be talking about exercise, eating better, giving up soda or negative self-talk or even just being happy.

I chose this topic today because these things are difficult for me as well. I strive to do the best that I can every day….and when I falter I am often hard on myself. I am my worst critic, and sometimes I need to pull myself back in to reality. Does any of this sound familiar to you? We are all human and we all have ways of dealing with these situations. Once you falter, do you pick yourself back up and start over…or do you let negative self-talk take over and quit? Although I have issues of negative self- talk and worry more than I should…I never quit. I always start over. Giving up is just not an option.

Here are some of the ways that I handle these difficult situations.

I am all about affirmations. I write on post-it notes and place them on the bathroom mirror, the fridge and in my car. I change them frequently…except for one.  My white board on the fridge reads: I love you. You are doing the best you can. This brings me back to reality when my kids are out of control and I find myself saying “you are failing as a Mom.” I read that and can immediately turn that statement around to I am a great Mom and kids will be kids. Just like that this statement turns things around. Affirmations are very positive tools.

I practice EFT or tapping. Please take a moment to read my instructional blog on tapping, a wonderful tool to diffuse negative patterns, thoughts and habits.

I work to eliminate self-criticism.  When I catch myself thinking unkind things I work to change the statement around. Instead of saying I really messed that up I say you are doing the best you can. Try to make it a habit to praise yourself every day, while in front of the mirror. A great place to start is every time you pass in front of a mirror start by simply saying “I love you”…then say whatever comes naturally after that, as long as it is not followed by BUT or IF ONLY.

I also work on forgiveness. Everyone makes mistakes, but the biggest mistake of all is not being able to forgive it and move on. There really is no need to beat yourself up over them. Equally important is forgiving others. By not forgiving others you are hurting yourself. Forgiveness is not condoning others for anything that they might have done…it is setting yourself and them free.

This is one of the things that I have worked on for a long time….I feel that this is so important for everyone..that is to fall in love with yourself. Think about what makes you YOU. Just like a flower that needs sunlight and water to grow, we need to learn how to nurture ourselves every day. Love yourself for all the good and accept yourself for all your flaws and know that you are perfectly imperfect.

Be truthful to yourself-Loving yourself requires you to be truthful about your own feelings. If you are happy acknowledge the joy. If you are sad, acknowledge the sorrow. Acknowledging what you feel provides a good guide to what your thought are. As we know, thoughts can be changed, so that healing and self growth can take place.

My beautiful friend and mentor gave me some of the best advice I have ever had. Once small piece of her advice was this-make a list of pleasures. What are you passionate about, what makes you happy, makes you tick, makes you YOU.  Is it painting, singing, dancing, reading books, gardening, building something? Do something that gives you pleasure every single day.  Do not let the daily struggles of life get in the way of what life is really all about…being happy.

 

Please note that I am not a medical practitioner. The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider. By using this website, you assume full responsibility and liability for your own actions. 

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Energy Medicine-The Three Thumps

Energy Medicine-The Three Thumps

Donna Eden is an Energy Medicine master and an intuitive. This exercise comes from the book Energy Medicine (pgs. 74-80).

This exercise is called The Three Thumps. When doing The Three Thumps you tap on three different meridian points. Tapping these points works to give you energy if you are drained and tired, increases your spunk and strengthens your immune system. This is a part of my morning routine, but you can do it anytime of the day that you need a lift.

1) K-27 Points

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Your K-27 points are juncture points on the left and right side of your kidney meridian and they affect all other meridians of your body.

To locate these points, place the pointer fingers on the two inside corners of your collarbone.  Drop straight down from these points to about an inch below your collarbone.  You should feel a soft spot or indentation there.

Tap these points for about 30 seconds while slowly breathing in and out through your nose. Take long deep breaths. Be sure to use diaphragmatic breathing which is your belly expands on the inhale and goes down on the exhale. No shallow chest breathing please, (this just increases anxiety.)

Tapping these K-27 points will:

  • Give you increased energy
  • Help you to feel more alert
  • Help you to focus if you are having difficulty concentrating

 

2) Thymus Gland Point

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Do you know how important your thymus gland is and its function? This small, butterfly-shaped organ is made up of two lobes that play an integral role in producing immune cells called T-lymphocytes. These special T-cells are modified by the thymus gland so they can protect the body against foreign pathogens such as bacteria and viruses.

The Thymus Gland is located in middle of the chest. The easiest way to find the point is to draw a V down from the K-27 point to the chest center.   This is also called the Tarzan Spot.

Tap on the center of your sternum for about 30 seconds while breathing deeply in and out through your nose. Take long deep breaths.

Tapping the Thymus Gland point will:

  • Boost your immune system
  • Increase your vitality

You can tap on the thymus gland anytime on its own if you feel like you might be coming down with something.

 

3) Spleen Points

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 What is the spleen’s job? It actually has a few including:

• Acting as a filter for our body. Daily it filters 95 gallons of blood

• It filters out red blood cells and stores white blood cells. These white blood cells then can fight off dead cells, bacteria and foreign matter that enter the body

• It helps the body maintain platelets that helps our blood to clot

• The spleen helps to fight off bacteria

The easiest way to find your spleen points is by placing your pointer fingers right over your nipples and move straight down directly below each breast right over your ribs. Make fists to be sure to make contact with the points and tap for 30 seconds while breathing deeply in and out through your nose. Take long deep breaths.

Tapping the Spleen points will:

  • Help to increase your energy level
  • Helps to balance your blood sugar level
  • Strengthens your immune system

Do not be too overly concerned about finding the precise points. I use my three middle fingers to tap so I know I have it covered. You do not need to tap really hard, firm without causing discomfort. I find it is a great way to start my day, hopefully you will too?

I will be creating more blog’s about the different kinds of energy exercises that you can incorporate into your day. Here are a couple of other products that might be of interest to you on the topic of energy and our bodies:

The Energy Medicine Kit
Introduction to Energy Medicine
Energy Healing for Beginners

 

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