Can You Really Feel the Aura?

The presence of what is known as the human energy field is a controversial topic. You have those who say they can actually see the human aura and then there are the skeptics who say there is no such thing. There are those who can feel with their hands the energy around a person. Then there are those who can not feel anything. Who is right?

Varying sensitivities of people

I wonder how someone figured out that they could make beautiful sounds by putting strings over a box with a “handle” you could hold. Someone who was talented in just the right way could pluck those strings and make beautiful music. Then there would be someone like me who has little if any musical talent and would think it crazy that pleasant sounds could come from such a contraption. Of course now we have violins, dulcimers, harps, cellos, violas and more.

There are those who are very sensitive to sound. They can hear frequencies others can not. Could not this be true for the ability to feel or see different frequencies? When I first began my work as an energy healing facilitator I could feel very little. If I actually really hard I might think I felt something as I moved my hands across someone's body. After almost 20 years of doing this work I am very sensitive and can experience subtleifts.

Just because you can not see it does not mean it is not there

When the concept of germs was first proposed, people did not want to believe it was true. Men, women and children died by the millions simply because doctors did not wash their hands between patients. When an experiment provided that washing dramatically cut the mortality rate in a childbirth hospital, the doctors quit washing when the experiment was over. People did not want to believe in something they could not see. Now everyone is told to wash to prevent colds and flu.

What does this say about the human energy field? No, it does not prove it is real. There are people, however, who can feel it. Some can see it. There are cameras which can take photographs of the colors around your body. Does that prove they are there? Many say “yes” and others give explanations of how this can not be true. Is it a grand illusion, or, perhaps, delusion?

The role of the hands in energy healing

I was in my early twenties when I experienced my hands becoming hot while praying with someone. The leaders of the group said I was experiencing God's love. Now that I am an alternative healing facilitator I tell people that my chi or prana begins to move. For people who are religious I still say it is God's love and grace. Myfield interactions with the other persons chi and a resonance begins to occur. As I move my hands I can detect the “lumps and bumps” within the other person's aura. As I smooth it out the individual begins to relax.

You can do this also even if you can not feel the aura. Simple move your hands in a gentle manner a few inches from the person's body. Use a gentle stroking motion as if you were gently smoothing the air around them. Notice what the other person experiences and what you experience.

Personally I believe there is an aura. Someday there will be better instruments to measure it then everyone can experience it just like anyone can see germs in a microscope and hear beautiful music from a violin.

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Does Your Energy Field Hold Your Life Path?

People often come to a spiritual adviser to discover what their life path is. They feel lost and, in a way, treading water not knowing what to do with their life. They want guidance and, often, someone to tell them why they are alive.

The Human Energy Field Hold Keys to Your Life Path

Consider the fact that people who see auras view a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. This is the same for the chakras. True, there areorms, just as there are averages in medical tests. Within these norms are a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.

The spin of the chakras and the colors in the aura change according to what is happening in the individual's life. If you snapped a photograph of someone's energy field, you are getting a picture of that moment in time. Liken that to how there are those photos of you that saved your image with your mouth in a funny position. In the next instant you would look wonderful. What you think and what you feel will make immediate changes in what your energy looks like.

Consider that the various components to the electromagnetic field around you say something about what you came to this earth to do in life. For instance, nurturers usually have a great deal of blue, visionaries have purple. Someone who is rather mental and detailed may have green or tan.

What to Do with Information

If you find yourself happy with what you are doing it may be due to you being in a field not suited to you. You could take a series of aptitude tests. These will give you concrete data on what profession would take advantage of your innate gifts and talents. You could also go to someone who is clairvoyant and is able to see the range of colors surrounding you. This individual can give you general tendencies you may have. You will not be given specifics. For instance, you may be a healer, but you will not know whether or not you would practice that path as a medical doctor, massage therapist or a psychotherapist.

The information you gain, be it from testing results or from an intuitive is information for you. You are the one to take the data and decide how to use it and in what direction to move. The responsibility for your mission in life is yours to discover. Others may give information and advice, but you are the one who job it is to live out your path.

How Do You Know What to Do?

Gather all the information you have and do this little exercise. For each possibility form a concrete image of you doing it. Attempt to bring in all your five senses. How do you feel when imagining this possibility? Are you excited, at peace, in fear or some other feeling? Select one or two alternatives and gather more concrete data such as education, salaries, duties, how much paper work is involved, whether you will be working from a desk or traveling and other information. Now make a decision about what to do next.

Be fearless. Trust yourself.

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Healthy Lifestyle: It’s Your Choice

A few weeks ago one of my regular clients was having a bit of a break down. “Why is losing weight so hard?”, She asked. She felt it was unfair that she could not go out to eat and order anything she wanted. She felt it was unfair that she had to squeeze in her daily workout into her busy, and stressful day.

Thinking things are irrefutable, or that you 'have to do something' is a defeating mindset and extremely a waste of energy- a precious resource for most people. It leaves the impression that you are a victim of your surroundings. And, it's simply not true. You do not have to do anything.

In reality every action you take, every decision you make is a choice. The knowing that you choose your course of action puts the power back in your hands. In extreme circumstances, the alternative choice can be so negative that making the right choice does not require much thought. For example, making the decision to get out of a freezing cold lake after you fell in.

When it comes to weight loss and leading a healthy lifestyle, remembering that you have the power to choose can be very liberating.

For example, if you're out at a dinner party and someone offers you a chocolate cheesecake, you can either think 'I can not eat that' or 'I choose not to eat that'. In the latter thought, you're acknowledging that you have power over your decision.

Another example is your thought process in relation to exercise. You can say 'I have to workout this morning' or 'I choose to workout today'.

Acknowledging that you have a choice is a simple and very powerful tool in your weight loss success. There are a few necessary steps to make it easier to make the better choice. First, pick a program that is proven to be successful. Do your research, and learn what you need to do in order to be successful. There's no point making choices that will not yield results. Next, make changes in your environment to help you make the better choice. This could include throwing out the junk food in your house, stocking your fridge full of fresh fruit and veggies, or rearranging your work schedule so you have a long lunch break (long enough for a brisk walk!). Finally, enlist a coach or support network to keep you accountable to your action plan.

No matter where you are today, you have the power to change where you are tomorrow by the decisions you make … So make good ones!

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Understanding Phobias, Unexplained Symptoms, Incurable Diseases and Other Mysteries

The unconscious mind that produces your dreams is a natural doctor. You can trust the information contained in dreams because the unconscious mind has a divine origin. The unexplainable unconscious wisdom provokes God's existence to the atheistic and materialistic world.

Your dreams reflect your psychological problems and the dangers of the outside world, which are threatening your peace of mind and happiness. You learn how to positively transform your personality and protect yourself from all dangers.

The fact that your dreams are produced by God has also a religious importance that can not be disregarded, being being a scientific truth. You must be grateful for being able to become a wise and sensitive human being thanks to the unconscious guidance in dreams. This is a true privilege.

The impressing wisdom of the unconscious mind puts a definitive end to all mysteries. You learn how to eliminate negative reactions and always control your behavior. You are able to predict the future and change your destiny. You understand that you have superior guidance in dreams.

Your dreams protect your sanity and your dignity. You learn how to clearly discern what is good or bad. You also learn how to read people's minds. You are able to avoid facing various dangerous situations, and to achieve difficult goals.

Your dreams help you organize your life. You understand what is important for you and how to create the basic conditions that will help you lead a meaningful life.

Your dreams help you understand all mysteries. You understand how the human brain works and what determines the human behavior. Every incomprehensible aspect of a mental disorder is clearly explained thanks to the information you have in dreams.

For example, phobias are clearly understood when we translate the symbolic meaning of what causes fear to the individual.

Here are a few phobias and their psychological explanation:

Acrophobia- Fear of heights. Individuals who suffer from acrophobia are afraid of committing suicide because they made many mistakes in life, or because they are in a difficult situation.

Bathophobia- Fear of depth. Individuals who suffer from bathophobia are afraid of the wild content exhausted of the bottom of their psyche. This wild content is about to imprint their conscience into the labyrinth of craziness and they are afraid of this tragic end.

Catoptrophobia- Fear of mirrors. The mirror in dreams reflects the content of the dreamer's psyche. Individuals who suffer from catoptrophobia are afraid of the unknown content of their psyche.

Dromophobia- Fear of crossing streets. The street in dreams represents a dangerous place. Crossing the street in a dream has the same meaning of crossing a river, with the difference that crossing the street is more dangerous than crossing a river. The dreamer will meet his / her anti-conscience at the other side.

This meeting will help the dreamer understand that the largest part of his brain belongs to the wild side of his conscience, what means that he will lose his pride. Those who are afraid of crossing streets are afraid to verify their animal nature.

If the individual is afraid of a street intersecting a main street (usually at right angles) and continuing on both sides of it, this means that the individual is afraid of his negative destiny. The crossing streets represent the two different directions that his life can take.

There is a positive and a negative destiny previously traced for everyone, depending on the psychological functions that are developed in their conscience.

The positive destiny is the destiny of the individual who will transform his personality and develop all his psychological functions. The negative destiny is the destiny of the individual who will be individuated to his absurdity and will become mentally ill.

We have to translate the meaning of what causes fear based on the dream language in order to discover why someone is so afraid of something, and how they can stop being tortured by fears. Depending on the fear of each individual who suffers from a phobia we can understand their psychological condition and what kind of treatment they need.

We can also understand unexplained symptoms by analyzing the symbolic meaning of the part of the body of an individual that was affected by pain or irritation. We have many explanations in dreams about why someone suffers from certain symptoms, and what they have to do in order to stop having problems.

Everything is related to our mental health because our planet planet works like a place of transformation. We live in order to transform the absurd and evil satanic nature of our anti-conscience into peaceful and wise human nature through consciousness.

Dream translation works like a process of mind empowerment and spiritual purification because we typically acquire consciousness of our mistakes. Subsequently, we transform our personality and we learn how to always act based on wisdom and goodness.

Carl Jung's mission was to discover the healing power of dreams and all the alternatives we have at our disposal when we learn how to accurately translate the meaning of the dream images.

My mission is to prove God's existence to the atheistic and materialistic world. I have to help God put an end to terror and violence on Earth by convicting everyone that we must obey the divine guidance in dreams, instead of doing what our selfish and ignorant conscience desires.

We are unable to fight the absurdity imposed by our anti-conscience alone, and we are also unable to fight the absurdity of the world without superior guidance.

This is a sad situation, but when we obey the guidance contained in dream messages we are able to make miracles.

If you can not believe in miracles because you have never had this experience in your life and you find it difficult to believe that miracles can happen, you have to translate the meaning of your dreams according to the scientific method of dream interpretation. You will verify how you can see many miracles happening in your life.

You must prepare the field for them. Miracles depend on work and faith. A miracle does not happen by chance. It is a reward given to you when you obey the divine guidance.

If you suffer from an incurable disease, now you know that this incurable disease is the result of your erroneous attitude. My discoveries show you that whatever happens to you is the result of your attitude. So, now you know how to prepare the miracle you need.

A miracle depends on correcting many mistakes at the same time. This is not a simple matter. You must have real faith in God's wisdom, and patience.

However, now that you can clearly understand God's words in dreams, you will gradually prepare the necessary conditions to make any miracle happen. Everything only depends on your obedience and seriousness.

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Master This and All That Life Has to Offer Will Be Yours!

Today we see it all the time in the media, one person is upbeat, happy and see the glass “Half full” even though they've had a life full of hardship, poverty and health problems, while the person next to them may have wealth, fame and notoriety but is miserable and living a life filled with drug and alcohol addiction, bankruptcy, broken homes and families.

How can this be you ask?

The answer is- It's all in the power of the subconscious mind!

Unbeknownst to us at the time as we grow up we are given rules and parameters, “programming” if you will, with which to interact with the world around us. This “programming” begins at a very young age and helps us navigate our relationships with our family, friends, teachers, employers and how we see the world as a whole. This “programming” begins as a child and continues through our teen and early adult years. By the time we are 18-20 years old, this matrix we use to interact with our world has formed and become who we are as a person. By changing our “programming” we change how we interact with the world around us. Simple you say … not so fast, the software of your life will take some work to make this change possible, used this step process to begin transforming your subconscious and change your life.

1. Determine what you want to improve and accomplish- Part of any transformational journey is to have a plan. Do you want to get better at public speaking? or maybe improve the relationship with your teenage children? Egypt may perform better at work, all are possible with the right subconscious training.

2. Write your goals down- Until you write it down, you're just making wishes. By writing your goals down along with the date by which you want to accomplish them you begin to tap into the power of having a deadline. This is what will things get going for you.

3. Tap directly into the subconscious mind- to change years and years of “Programming” you will need to speak directly to the subconscious mind, there are several ways to do this. One is hypnosis, some people can benefit from hypnosis to help make a new “Matrix” by which to see the world, while others can benefit by meditation and subliminal suggestion. Take some time to try several techniques to find which one you feel comfortable using.

Programming of the subconscious mind is not new, it's been around since the time of the ancient Greeks. Use the transformational power of your mind and the world shall be yours!

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Why Do I Feel So Tired? Hormonal Balance, Adrenal and Thyroid Dysfunction

In Part I of this series, “Glands, Hormones & Chemical Messengers: Restoring Balance,” we looked at how glands secret hormones, and their vital role in health and wellbeing. In Part II, we will focus on thyroid and adrenal function, outlining how to detect and balance common sub-acute or subclinical hormonal dysfunction.

The adrenal glands lie above each kidney. Their main purpose is to produce the right amount of stress hormones, allowing y ou to respond appropriately to perceived stressors. There is an intrinsic link between the thyroid and adrenal glands, creating a negative feedback loop, often referred to as the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-thyroid (HPAT) axis, or sometimes simply HPA. It acts as the body's stress management system, which extremely controls the level of cortisol and other stress-related hormones. HPA suppression can result in fatigue, depression, dehydration, and reduced immune function.

Signaling for release of these hormones starts in the hypothalamus , an area of ​​the brain that sends hormonal messages to the pituitary , a tiny gland in the brain. Any excess metabolic activity is perceived as a stress by the adrenal glands, and this affects the actions of the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and thyroid. When the adrenal glands are too weak to handle the stress of the body's normal metabolic energy, they force a down-regulation of energy production, and you feel fatigued.

The pituitary gland also plays a vital role in regulating body function. It is called the “master gland,” because of its control over the activity of most other hormone-secreting glands. The thyroid is considered the “master gland of metabolism.” Located on the neck, this small butterfly-shaped gland's main purpose is to produce the right amount of thyroid hormone, which sends a message to cells on how fast to burn energy and produce proteins.

A dysfunctional thyroid can affect every aspect of health, and in particular metabolic and energy use. This hormonal misfiring will create vague and uncomfortable symptoms, such as fatigue, exhaustion, depression, brain fog, weight gain, dry skin and hair, cold intolerance, constipation, muscle cramps, menstrual problems and fertility issues as seen in an under-active thyroid . An over-active thyroid can cause nervousness, irritability, racing heart, panic disorder, shaky hands, brittle hair, sweating, heat intolerance, insomnia, and muscular weakness.

Thyroid and adrenal dysfunction create low metabolic energy in the body, which interferes with the communication between cells and their ability to receive nutrients and hormones. Since every process inside the body requires energy, when the body does not have enough for proper functioning, each will malfunction in its own distinct way, resulting in unwanted symptoms.

Nutrition plays a key role in all gland / hormone function. Try to limit, or avoid:

  1. Gluten
  2. Soy
  3. “White” food such as refined sugar, flour, rice, and grains
  4. Food sensitivities or allergies
  5. Highly processed foods
  6. Carbohydrate heavy meals

These small changes in diet create the valuable nutritional support that can help rebalance glandular health, and reduce symptoms. Because even the healthiest diet can not supply the complete spectrum of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients needed for optimum balance, it is recommended that a multivitamin and mineral supplement be taken daily to support gland / hormone health. Look for supplements including beta-carotene, zinc, copper, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, riboflavin, niacin, and others.

Many nutrients and herbs, including iodine, selenium, sage, ashwagandha, bacopa, ginseng, and others, help the body manage the adverse effects of fluctuations in hormones. Phytotherapy involves the use of plant extracts to provide natural support for hormonal health. Daily use of a phytonutrient support formula has been shown to alleviate moderate to severe symptoms in some users.

To allow for more optimal thyroid function, try consuming:

  1. Adequate depths of protein at every meal
  2. Foods rich in selenium
  3. Foods rich in iodine
  4. Whole natural foods
  5. Balanced nutritional vitamin, mineral, and phytonutrients supplements
  6. Cruciferous vegetables, such as cage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, turnips, or Brussels sprouts, cooked or steamed to reduce the goitrogens found in the raw version.

Maintaining emotional wellness plays an important part in overall hormonal balance. Because of the effect of stress on hormonal function, finding ways to de-stress, unwind and deal with tension are essential. Things such as reading, yoga, prayer, meditation, or focused relaxation can be better than medication to help you stay in balance.

Exercise also plays an important role in glandular health, by allowing the body to work at optimum efficiency. Because fatigue is such a problem, finding a gentle form of exercise that you can do consistently, and that you find enjoyable, will improve not only body functioning, but also mood.

From this overview, you can see the vital role that glands and hormones play in how you feel each day. Learning to support your hormonal health can make a significant difference in your mood, comfort, and energy levels. For some, the cure may seem more painful than the cause, and they will continue the lifestyle choices that create their hormone / gland dysfunction.

Neverheless, for those who are sick and tired, of feeling sick and tired, here is yet another reason to manage your stress, eat smarter, move more and take nutritional supplements. It is not all in your head! Invest in yourself daily. Managing your hormonal balance, by consistently supporting glandular function, will pay dividends in your daily energy, attitude, and mood.

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Pursue Happiness – Health Will Follow

Deepak Chopra says “Health is not just the absence of a disease.

Health must be first and foremost a state of being.

Is the person who eats very healthy food and exercises every day, but hates his job and is constantly critical of himself, healthier than the person whose diet is at best average, but loves what he does and feels contented with his life?

We are made up of a mind, a body and a spirit, and each part of us is affected by all the others. Someone who is happily married, laughs often and has the support of friends and family is probably going to live a long happy life even if he is a few kilos overweight.

The ancient Vedic sages knew all about the power of our emotional state. The Ayurvedic texts encourage us to only eat when settled and happy so as not to disturb the internal digestive processes. In fact they believed the experience of enjoyment and pleasure was considered important in every aspect of life.

Modern research now tells us that the heart actually sends more messages to the brain than the brain sends to the heart . The heart has its own intrinsic nervous system and communicates with the body in 4 ways: nervous system (electrical), the pulse (pressure wave), hormones (biochemical), and energy (electromagnetic).

Our emotions direct our heart to send messages to the cells and organs of our body, either messages of dis-ease or messages of health and healing.

If we think we will be happier when we are healthy we have it back to front. We will be healthier when we are happier!

How do we find happiness?

We can practice it. Happiness is simply a particular feeling in our body where we are thinking happy thoughts, feeling happy emotions and doing happy actions. We are 'feeling' good about something.

We most often wait for a situation to occur in our lives to give ourselves permission to be happy, whether it is being with someone special, going on holiday, being out at a social occasion. We are simply focusing on enjoying the experience rather than focusing on not enjoying the experience. Our minds and body's respond to whatever you choose to focus on.

It is very important to our health to 'learn the skills' of how to be happy with who we are and what our life is about. Even if it means changing some things we are doing, we need to do it, because it can literally mean the difference between life and death for us.

We all have our own 'stories' to explain why we are not happy. Something that happened in the past, some unfulfilled need, that person who is treating us badly, the unavailability of life, a parking ticket or not enough sleep. It may be totally true but making it a part of who we are and what our life is about is not going to give us the abundant energy, health and healing we want.

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Three Most Effective Ways Laughter Heals Stress

Our lives are subject to super size stress and sometimes that stress leads to disease.

Laughter is the best medicine for stress.

“Not much to laugh about!”, You say? Looking at the world around us I can see your point.

So what Laughter Yoga suggests is that when you laugh a number of processes occurring in your body without your having to think about it.

Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of Laughter Yoga, calls it a wonderful gift from God, the capacity to laugh. He says laughter is not just amusement or entertainment. Laughter has to come right from within, from one's soul. Laughter becomes more meaningful when it is intended not only to make oneself happy, but also to make others happy. According to Dr. Kataria, this is what is known in Laughter Clubs as the “Spirit of Laughter”. I can personally attest to how lovely the feeling of “out of control” laugh feet to my whole being. It is priceless.

Laughter creates three major changes in your body and mind.

Firstly, breathing is related to our state of mind. Our breathing can become shallow (top of the lungs), faster and irregular. If we are being chased by a tiger it will happen for sure but there are more subtle stresses in our lives that capture our well being and hold it host until we do something to quell the uneasiness. It could have some sort of mood-modifier. Relationships, world events, financial worries or time restraints can crush our attempts to feel better. So our breathing is the first indicator that something is wrong. Sometimes people will even hold their breath when confronted with fear. Our breathing patterns alter drastically and holding our breath will lead to an accumulation of carbon dioxide in the blood.

Our sympathetic branch of the autonomous nervous system is so sensitive to carbon levels in the blood it creates mental stress. The residual air in the lungs is replaced during laughter sessions with oxygen-rich air. Carbon dioxide in the lungs is reduced which causes the stress arousal system.

Laughter Yoga is diaphragmatic breathing. Dr. Kataria says, “One of the prime objectives of Laughter Yoga is to learn how to move the diaphragm and shift the awareness of breathing from the chest to the deep abdominal breathing. With the movement of the diaphragm we can bring our emotions under conscious control.”

Secondly, Laughter Yoga changes you mood by elevating your mood state. We are using unconventional laughter that does not rely on humor or comedy, which makes it the EASIEST and SIMPLEST exercise to rejuvenate the body-mind system.

Laughter exercises are ideally suited for young teens as it quickly helps to change the mood state by releasing endorphins, natural opiates that generate feeling of comfort and safety. It helps one to cope with difficult situations and releases pent up emotions through the process of catharsis (ie the process of emerging and thereby providing relief from strong or repressed emotions).

The body has a chemistry laboratory set up to create healing biochemicals. The chemicals produced by the body would be very expensive brain altering substances if you had to buy them. You can make your own brain altering drugs with no cost to you just by laughing. Just 10 minutes of Laughter Yoga produces all your body needs and we do it for 30-45 minutes.

Endorphins, seratonin and dopamine are the chemicals that are elevated. They are the feel good chemicals. The less beneficial chemicals, the cortisol and adrenaline, which we need if a tiger is chasing us, are diminished and your mood is lifted.

Personally, I feel my heart open when I experience laughing with others. It affirms my life and lifts me up. I have to admit there have been times I would have rather gone home and put my tired body on the couch rather than lead a group in laughter. Pete, my husband and co-leader, would agree with me on that one. When we finish a session we both say, “That was so much fun!” and we feel great.

Lastly, Laughter Yoga helps you stay in the present moment, which is critical to well being. When I am remembering a time that felt good I am peaceful. When I am dwelling with a memory that is painful or guilty-ridden I'm learning to recognize it and come back to the present moment, knowing everything is perfect in this moment. This takes practice and being patient with myself.

When I am worried about the future I'm not present to what is happening right now and I am missing it as well. If I'm stuck in fear my body is producing those cortisol and adrenaline chemicals that are stressing my body.

When Pete, and I are doing exercises we are moving from one to another to keep people from getting into their heads so they are present. We tell them “We are here to drive you out of your minds!”. There is no time to be in the past or the future. I am totally present with the person that is in front of me. I do not have to work at it. It is easy. To be present with another person is the highest compliment you can give them and Laughter Yoga makes it so simple. You do not have to think about it.

We also tell our participants that we are all accessing our child-like behavior that is a divine being. So I double-dog dare you to have that child-like playfulness and remember what a divine gift it is to laugh. The side effects are physical, mental and emotional well being.

If you would like to know more about Laughter Yoga you can visit http://laughteryoga.org or http://www.laughteryogaamerica.com . You can search for clubs, classes, research, books or DVDs about the subject.

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Can You Shrug It?

As Atlas held up the sky (aka celestial sphere), no doubt he started noticing how his upper back muscles started aching, his legs felt like buckling at the knees, and his spirit felt trodden on knee all the weight. Perhaps the thought passed through his mind, “Now – is this a healthy way to live? Is it worth the sacrifice? Zeus, get a life!” Zeus, by the way, is the one who punished Atlas with the task of holding the sky up on his shoulders.

People face this world everyday, trying to keep both health and life beating and vital amid a sea of ​​challenges, rough patches, and the wheel of ups and downs. The hard part is, many of us also feel the additional responsibility to hold the world on our shoulders as we journey. It may ache, our feet may start shoveling into the ground, but we keep going this way regardless of the backlash we see – especially to our health.

A person can only take so much! That's a fact that does not need to be tested in a lab, each of us knows this in an innate way. Attempt to hold the sky (or world) up long enough, and your body will tell you blatantly that you're hurting it. “But do not I have to go to work?” Yes. “Do not I have to pay the bills?” Of course. “What about tax season coming up? Yikes!”

No doubt, these types of road signs pop up along the way, always reminding us of something we need to do. Pay a parking ticket. Visit the dentist. Update the planner. Buy juice. Renew car tabs. And of course – taxes. But there are also expectations we place on ourselves, almost willingly, above and beyond these everyday mundane responsibilities.

What are examples?

“I want to show everyone how great I'm doing and feeling, regardless of how I'm actually doing and feeling.”

“It is better for me to treat others better than I treat myself. Somehow I deserve this type of punishment … I do not know why.”

“When my body's showing me that I'm tired and beat up, it's time to start doing better.

“That person says there's something wrong with me. It must obviously be true.”

“I can never do enough, or be enough for anyone.

These are all examples of common human tendencies, those of piling more weight on the shoulders than can actually be physically or mental-emotionally handled by one person … at least not while they're trying to live their own life.

Sometimes it's worth asking, “Can I shred it?” or “What can I shred at the moment?” Not all of it is important, it just feels like it is because it's made out to be that way. Do you really believe it? Do you believe that you have to be everything for everyone, all while trying to reach your life's goals and stay healthy? Do you think it's possible to do it that way, or desirable to do it that way?

These are all questions we must ask ourselves. We go through schooling, but there comes a time when someone else can not tell you or show you how to do it. That's when you ask yourself what you're made of, and ask yourself what weight is worth shaving off.

What weight do you want to shrug off today, or this upcoming week, so you can continue to live your own life and stay healthy while doing it?

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Healing DNA: Can We Heal Wounds From the Past?

A dear friend and I were having a conversation about illness, hereditary illness, genetics and the possibility of healing of our DNA. Coming from Native American perspective where entire nations and communities suffer from diabetes, heart disease and multi-generational trauma, it's a question I've long considered in my mind.

I made a radical statement that we, in our minds, could heal such things – our DNA. And the walls came up. I could feel the tension coming through her keyboard through the ethers and across to me. What the ble ** p was this lady talking about? Healing our DNA? How is it possible?

Coming from Native American perspective where entire nations and communities suffer from diabetes, heart disease and multi-generational trauma, it's a question I've long considered in my mind.

Is it possible to heal where ever our minds can go?

I know it causes all kinds of havoc in our minds but is it possible to heal anything with the power of our minds? With the research that quantum physics is finding about the power of the mind, is it possible to heal where ever our minds can go? Are there limits, actual hard defined limits or is it a matter of stretching the boundaries of our mind? Can we go into the genetic link that connects us to the past? Our DNA? Will it change the DNA we pass onto future generations? Is it one and the same? It really challenges our concepts of … well everything. It does mine, but I think it's worth it.

When we think of the “magic” of pharmaceuticals, we take this little pill, and it goes away. Our ancestors would have been in hysterics over it. Some of them at least. We know that many indigenous cultures practice mind healing techniques that have yet to be understood, but they've worked for thousands of years.

Our mind does not really have to understand what's in the pill or how that it really works. We do it and it works. I'm more of a naturalist and believe in the healing power of herbs and natural medicines, so I'm not advocating you go out and take more pills. What I'm trying to point out is our thinking … we know the pill will work. And we act as if it will. We do not get caught up in the confusion of what's behind it and we've conditioned our minds to just go with and allow it to work.

But when it comes to alternative healing or healing with the power of our minds it seems to overload our sense of order in this culture. We do not understand it so our brain goes in overdrive and we shut down. Now science and quantum physics is pushing us to open the envelope to our thinking about our bodies and the world we live in.

We've all seen miracles. People cure them selves of disease with guided imagery, visualizations, affirmations, herbs, faith and the power of the mind. Cured. Cancer gone. No need for the heart surgery Mr. Smith, it seems you're arterial block is .. clear! Some think of it as a fluke, once in a lifetime. Yet alternative health practitioners and many common people like myself believe that the power of the mind can be used to help heal. Quantum physics is showing that it can do much more than we can even imagine.

So here's the push … Do we think that a genetic disposition to heart disease can not be healed, because it took longer to make it happen? Or because something has existed for generations that it can not dissolve in a heart beat?

It's certainly something to consider. What would it mean to you, to the next generation if this kind of healing were possible? Is not it worth finding out? Is not it worth opening the envelope and at least reading the damn letter? For the future generations, I hope so.

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God’s Promise of Healing – And How to Get It

Doctors do not know everything really. They understand matter, not spirit. And you and I live in the spirit. ~ William Saroyan

Divine Healing. A blessing beyond measure! And a challenge in today's medically-focused culture (how many TV ads do you see on diseases and drugs?). So, how do you get from Biblical promise to physical reality?

I explained the process of finding God's answers to life's problems in last week's article, How to Deal with Difficult Questions . It's basically simple: know God's Word, accept it as your own Truth, and do not let the devil steal your faith. You must know , like faithful Abraham, that what God promised, He is also able to perform (Rom. 4:21).

You remember Abraham's story. He and Sarah had never had children. She was barren; he was almost 100 years old. God led him away from his relatives & friends (maybe so they would not short-circuit his faith or tell him “you can not, you'll never …”). He prospered Abram inadmissiblely, but … so far, no kids.

Yet God had promised him that he would become a Father of many nations. God even changed Abram's name to Abraham so that Abram would start to speak of himself as “Father of Many Nations”. With no children?

Now, in Abraham's case, it took years for Sarah to finally conceive and bear a child. Lots of time for doubt, unbelief and frustration to steal the blessing God promised. But Abraham stayed with it. When he surprised, he looked at the sky and count the stars, remembering God's promise. When he doubted, he looked at the shore, imagining the grains of sand as future generations. Abraham told his ancient body and Sarah's barren one, “I do not believe you, I believe God.”

Simple, not Easy

It sounds simple, does not it? But I do have to admit, it is not easy. If it was, everyone would be completely healed, prosperous, whole, well and blessed beyond measure! So why are not we? Because we would rather take a pill, trust a diagnosis, or fill our time with things other than the Word. You can not undo the devil's grasp on the world (or your part of it) with a few trite confessions. Faith comes by HEARING; in other words, study, meditation, time spent with God.

Here's a simple truth. You can not have a deep relationship with God if you will not spend time with Him. Can you trust an acquaintance as deeply as you do a treasured friend? Would you expect the same level of commitment from a neighbor that you do your spouse or loved one? Relationships and trust (faith) take time and effort.

In my case, I've spent years studying God's Word, listening to trusted teachers and absorbing the stunning fact that God loves me (and YOU!) And wants to give us everything we need for a joyful life. It's the very reason why Jesus came to earth.

He never told anyone that they could not be healed or delivered. As a matter of fact, the Bible states in numerous placed that healed them all! He also said, I am come that they might have life and have it more abundantly, to the full, until it overflows! (John 10:10 AMP).

Where's Your Faith?

Today, I'm trying to build your faith. You need to understand that whatever you need is available to you. With God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God will be without power or impossible of fulfillment (Luke 1:37 AMP). But, do you know that is true? Or is there some doubt in your mind that

  • maybe not this time …
  • maybe not for me …
  • maybe I have not been good enough …
  • maybe I'm asking too much …
  • maybe I've done too many things that I'm fired of …
  • maybe God just is not ready for me to receive …

That last word in the key to God's bounty. Receive. Not beg. Not hope. Not wonder.

Did you ever try to give anyone something that they would not take? “Oh, no. I do not need that,” they might say. Or, “I could not. It's too much.” Or some other variation of denial. Not only are they condemning themselves the blessing you are trying to share, they are condemning you the pleasure of doing or giving it. Yet, we do that with God all the time.

  • I do not need much God. (Did you ever think to ask for abundance so you could give away what you do not need?)
  • If You just give me this, I'll never ask for another thing. (Right! We both believe that, do not we?)
  • I do not want to bother God with my problems. He got bigger things to deal with. (As a parent, what problem of your child's would you consider so insignificant that you would not want them to ask you for help?)

Where's Your Relationship?

So, we've established that you need FAITH – the kind that comes from studying His promises and trusting that His Word is Truth. Truth will change the facts of your present situation if you believe it will change .

Let me ask you another question. As a parent, how do you feel when you tell your teenagers something – and they roll their eyes and say, “yeah, right!” They do not believe you. They do not trust that you know more than they do. And they sure do not believe that you want what's best for them. They just think you're trying to be mean, to keep them from having fun or getting what they want.

So, how do you think God feels when you will not trust Him with your problems, pains and predicaments? How must it feel to know that His children believe the doctor or banker or neighbor more than Him?

Have you spent enough time with Him to know that He wants to bless you? Consider these promises.

  • My cup runneth over . Surely kindness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life …
  • Fear not, little flock, for it is your father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
  • The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
  • They shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and all the prosperity that I have provided.
  • He preserves all who love Him.
  • The Lord will take away all your sickness.
  • For I will restore health to you and heal you of all your wounds.

There are hundreds of Biblical reminders of God's goodness and mercy, His desire to see His children healed and whole and well. Beloved, I wish [pray] above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers (III John 2) . Does that sound like a God who wants you ill, broke and miserable?

Stay in School

Why do you think it takes 12 grades to graduate from school? Then 2, 4, 6, 8 or more to get additional education, skill and training? Learning is progressive. Each day, each class, each revelation expends your thinking and your understanding.

God's Word is no different. The more time you spend with His Word, the greater your faith, wisdom and understanding.

Consider this lesson in Faith. John 1: 1 tells us that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. Later in that chapter, John explains that the Word became one of us in the person of Jesus (v. 14). Well, the Bible is also 'The Word'. Time spent studying and learning about The Word is time spent with Jesus. He's the ultimate Teacher.

Avoid the Devil's Deception

Why do we blame God for every bad thing? We call disasters 'acts of God'. We say “God took him” when there's been a death. Our idea of ​​God too often is a God of punishment and denial. Yet the Bible clearly tells us in the first part of John 10:10, that it's the devil who comes to steal, kill and destroy. So if anything is broken, missing or out of kilter in your life, do not blame God. Whatever negative or evil you may face, do not allow yourself to believe that God may have caused it.

The Process

As you study to know and understand how much God loves you and how much He wants to give you, your faith with grow until it overflows from your spirit. It consumes your mind and comes out of your mouth as faith-filled words. That's the point where you've made a divine connection. You've plugged in to God's power.

  • Know God's Word
  • Accept it as your own Truth
  • Speak and act only in faith, in agreement with The Word
  • Do not let the devil steal your promise or your power
  • Use thanksgiving and praise to reinforce your faith

Divine health is yours. (So ​​are prosperity, peace, joy, or anything you need for an abundant life as God's child.) If you will take the time necessary to receive the abundance and blessing God has already planned and provided for you.

Faith tells the devil, the doctor, the disease, the doubt and the fear, “I do not believe you, I believe God.” Take His Word like medicine for your spirit and be healed!

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Physical, Mental, Spiritual Health Benefits of Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a form of Chinese martial art and is primarily practiced for health benefits which include ways of dealing with stress and tension. There are two basic types of martial arts, the hard type and the soft type. Tai Chi is a type of soft martial arts and is similar to meditation and emphasizes complete relaxation. The characteristics are soft, slow and flowing movements of force instead of brute strength. The movements must be executed slowly and precisely.

History of Tai Chi

The history of Tai Chi is shrouded in the mists of Oriental antiquity. While it is difficult to differentiate between fact and myth, It can trace its roots back to ancient India, in which yoga was practiced. Yoga made its way into China and became what is known as Saolin Chuan. Chuan means a type of boxing. A Taoist monk named Chang Sang Feng in the 13th century developed the art of Tai Chi. This form of soft martial arts thereafter became associated with different families in the region. These various family names designated different styles to Tai Chi. A young man named Yang studied martial arts and created the Yang style. This is the most traditional and common style practiced today.

Psychological Benefits of Tai Chi

With obvious physical benefits, this type of martial art offers psychological benefits as well. Being similar to meditation and its intention is to help one understand oneself better and deal with others in a more effective manner. Tai Chi will place emphasis on learning to control oneself. This control can be effectively used in the real world.

Six Health Benefits

China has long recognized Tai Chi for its benefits on one's health and its curative and restoration properties after an illness or injury. The western world is more accepting of It as a valuable source of self healing and restoration. The Chinese perspective states that all sickness and illness results from an imbalance of life energy. According to Chinese tradition, to regain one's wellbeing the energy flow must be corrected. Healing is based on body-mind medicine and rebalancing of the Chi energy. Tradition believes that imbalances and irregularities can be corrected if the correct flow of energy is encouraged.

Tai Chi on Pain Control

Life force energy is said to determine one's health and well being. This is the role of Chi in your life. When the Chi is blocked or stagnated this leads to various diseases, pains and aches in the body. The aim of Tai Chi is to allow the Chi energy to flow freely by moving your body in an energetic way. Tai Chi is known to assist in pain control, including abdominal discomfort, backache, colic and limb pain. The pain is sometimes linked to tension. Tai Chi promotes relaxation and helps assist in pain control.

Mind, Memory and Concentration

Tai Chi is known to relax the muscles of the neck and shoulder, which normalizes one's upper torso. This movement expands the chest and relaxes the throat. The rotary movements relax the lower and mid spinal muscles, the lower rib cage and diaphragm. The diaphragmatic movement helps readjust the spinal post, which increases lung expansion. The movements also increase the flow of oxygen into the body clearing the respiratory system of accumulated mucus and inhaled particles. Improved oxygen flow enhances the brain function and adds more vitality to mind, memory and concentration.

Bowel and Digestive System

Tai Chi helps the diaphragm move correctly. This stimulates and massages the abdomen and pelvic organs, ensuring digestive and bowel problems are not unduly caused. Tai Chi encourages proper diaphragmatic breathing, which may reduce or eliminate certain digestive and bowel disorders.

Balance and Falling

The areas of balance and falling relate mostly to senior adults. This area is important because in older adults fall-related injuries can lead to death. The most serious of these is hip fraction. Typically, older adults seeking treatment for hip fraction never recover to their normal function levels. Tai Chi movements are deliberate and slow, where one shifts the body weight from one leg to another in perfect coordination with upper body movements. This not only challenges balance, it also helps improve it.

Combating Stress

Life in general is stressful for people of all ages. People who practice It, did report that mental control was an immensely satisfying health benefit. Individuals who practice It, must have proper breathing, movements and mental concentration. Tai Chi becomes the perfect distraction you require to get away from a stressful lifestyle. The mind-body energy desires attention. When one practices It, there is a sense of inner peace and calm, which is indisputable.

Strength and Endurance

A recent study was done on adults in their 60s and 70s. These adults practiced It for 12 weeks at a 60 minute class and were subjected to various physical fitness tests to check for muscular strength, balance, endurance and flexibility. Significant improvements were found after six weeks in endurance and flexibility, and these elements had increased further at the end of 12 weeks. The study concluded that it plays a vital role in improving upper and lower body balance, strength, endurance and flexibility in older people.

This appetite requires only a few feet of space, either indoors or outdoors. You can enjoy it in a group or alone. This practice is fascinating, fun and convenient. Practicing it early in the morning is refreshing. Its not thought of as a workout, but more as a recess. It is self paced, gentle and non-competitive and does not require you to have good health to begin. The exercise is immensely satisfying. The experience is fulfilling, whether you are a late bloomer or a professional in soft martial arts. The slow, gentle and flowing movements will bring out a sense of deep and well well being. It offers respite from outrageous daily hassles, tension and stress .

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Glands, Hormones and Chemical Messengers: Restoring Balance (Part 1)

Glands release hormones, which regulate practically every essential body function, from brain activity, blood pressure, cell metabolism, and reproduction, to how well you sleep at night. They play key roles in cell repair, growth, metabolism, appetite, fertility, and the regulation of pain. Produced through the body, they act as “chemical messengers,” sending signals between cells.

Hormones help maintain harmony and balance through their communication with organs, and one another. As a result, dysfunction in one system will affect other systems. The messaging begins with release of the hormone from a gland (an organ that both synthesizes the messaging or signaling molecules, and secretes them). There are two kinds of glands, exocrine and endocrine. Their regulation and function affect much of how you feel on a day-to-day basis.

  1. Exocrine glands release hormones into ducts to deliver them to their destinations.
  2. Sweat
  3. Salivary
  4. Sebaceous
  5. Endocrine glands release hormones directly into the bloodstream where they must then travel to the appropriate target organ.
  6. Sex glands (ovaries and testes)
  7. Thyroid
  8. Parathyroid
  9. Adrenal
  10. Pituitary

Each hormone has a specific receptor on its target organ, which fit together like a lock and key. When bound together, the targeted organism senses the hormone, and responds to the signal by changing the balance of the body's chemistry. Hormone release is regulated through feedback from the body, allowing it to stay in balance.

When this balance is disrupted, such as in menopause, diabetes, adrenal fatigue or thyroid dysfunction, there can be a variety of physical and emotional symptoms. Although vital to health and wellbeing, hormonal dysfunctions are often overlooked, because they:

  1. Produce vague symptoms, that are easily ignored
  2. Are difficult to test for, until symptoms become acute
  3. (Symptoms) are often seen as being “all in your head”
  4. (Sub-acute dysfunctions) are treated with lifestyle changes and nutritional supplements, not medication

On the wellness spectrum there is “feeling good” (wellness), and there is “feeling bad” (acute illness), but in the middle you can still feel “not well” (sub-acute) and have your life altered significantly. Listening to the body and raising sub-acute hormonal dysfunction can improve quality of life. Learning about the cause of nagging vagu symptoms and understanding their hormonal origin, is a start. From there, you can make informed choices on restoring hormonal balance to improve wellbeing.

One of the most common hormone dysfunction happens to women. As middle age approaches, women are at risk for hormonal imbalances associated with the onset of menopause. During this time, hormone fluctuations create an imbalance in estrogen and progesterone. Often women between the ages of 30 to 50 may experience estrogen dominance, where a she has more estrogen than is needed or healthy. This can happen in numerous ways. Progesterone and estrogen have opposite roles in the body, buy them work together for health.

Estrogen is produced in the first two weeks of a woman's cycle and progesterone in the last two weeks, if ovulation occurred. If there is no ovulation one month or the woman no longer ovulates, progesterone will not be made. This excess estrogen and insufficient progesterone is a common cause of hormonal symptoms manifesting in mood changes and uncomfortable symptoms. Women who have suffered severe PMS, post-partum depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD) earlier in life are more likely to have difficulty in pre-menopause, perimenopause and post menopause.

Because progesterone balances the effects of estrogen in the body, “estrogen dominance” can cause mild to severe mental and physical symptoms, as the two hormones are no longer able to balance and oppose each other effectively. Progesterone supplementation can help correct this imbalance. An easy an effective form is natural progesterone cream, applied directly to the skin, where it is absorbed into the underlying fat layer. Note: (Always check with your physicist to determine what supplements are appropriate for you.)

Hormonal imbalances can occur anytime the demands made on the body, overwhelmed the support provided. Imbalance occurs when the body is forced to cope with those demands at the expense of healthy hormone synthesis and metabolism. Poor nutrition, stress of all kinds and toxins in the environment are just a few of the many sources of “demands” on the body.

Hormone balance requires adequate support. Simple measures such as taking nutritional supplements, small changes in diet, managing stress, and improving fitness habits can all provide this much needed support. These lifestyle behaviors can either assist or inhibit proper hormone functioning, leading to either symptom relief or exacerbation. In Part II of this series on hormonal health, we will look at thyroid and adrenal dysfunction and how to detect and balance these common sub-acute imbalances, to improve overall wellbeing.

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Wellness Coach Vs A Health Mentor

Forgive the tone here, but I cringe when I see many health assessments. A real assessment should be just as much a road to self discovery for the client as it is insight for the health coach. It is our duty to get the client not just to trust us and open up about health behaviors that they probably do not wear proudly on their sleeve, but we should be helping them be strong enough to look at themselves from an analytical perspective. We help them realize this is the golden reboot to dealing with those little voices lurking within, chanting what they should and should not be doing. This is not about guilt and self torture, this is about go forward to liberation, pride, fulfillment and happiness.

There is no such thing in proper health mentoring as a predetermined, set nutrition program, weight management, exercise … the nutritional needs drastically vary between clients. Maybe nutrition for Brian, who eats a good clean diet most of the time, so he has great eating habits but binges on donuts, cookies and cheeseburgers and loses control. What if Kelly is a mom, works full time, stressed out of control and spins like a maniac on weekends and too much of her food is ordered from a drive through … can we tell her to take a couple of hours each day to make the perfectly balanced meal … we have to go with the demands, and work with the clients needs.

Do we know if the client's frustrations are due to their circadian rhythms dancing to a totally different beat? How bout using smoking as a stay thin strategy, but they do not consider themselves a smoker because its only a couple a day “and I could quit any time I wanted”.

What if Susan is suffering from high blood pressure and can not figure out why … maybe she is in a very stressed out marriage, her adrenal fatigue and stress hormones are totally out of whack?

Traditional health coaching packages can have serious holes, and allow for critical health saboteurs to continue ravaging the health of the person. So it's not just about knowing how to eat healthy, telling people to go to a gym they're just not going to make it to more than once a week, if at all, it's working with strategies to get what I call a behavioral scan, reach those personal scary points, deal with them, try out and provide many paths. The more paths a person has to succeed, the more confident and empowered they feel.

If you are planning a corporate program for many … please think about this. MANY providers proudly claim that they are offering the exact same program in Toronto, Seattle, calgary, Phoenix, Halifax … really that that necessary, or is it better to know that your employees from Seattle to Halifax are all offered a thorough program which will unforgettable the employees' needs and they will get the guidance to really achieve positive health outcomes.

The R in relapse is for reality. Understanding that failure is only a failure if we did not learn from it. From experience grows wisdom. Our goal is show you there is no sacrifice at all … but a welcome to an inner peace and exhilaration, driven by your own physiological rewards. Your sense of freedom, self control and empowerment drives your energy, focus and desire to conquer. We turn the cacophony, into a symphony!

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5 Ways to Keep Yourself Grounded, Positive and Energized

In the busyness of our everyday lives, Mom often comes last. But, it does not have to be that way. There are a number of things that you can do for you through your day. I really believe that when you make time for you, you become more grounded and happy and you also become more fully present for your children.

Happy Mom = Happy Kids

When you are cranky from a bad day or situation, kids will often follow suit resulting in a spiraling-down effect, which can cause some tension in the home. It can leave you feeling drained and can even make you feel like a terrible mother for preventing the situation to happen. By ensuring that your head is clear, refreshed and calm, the positive energy passes to your children, making for a much happier home.

Of course, it's not always that easy, as kids also have their own personal energy and their own daily issues. This can mean that your kids may have their own negative energy built up inside of them, but as the Mom – the “grown up” – you can attempt to turn things around and have meaningful conversations with them about what's going on in their world. By doing this, your kids will be more likely to open up to you, which is extremely important.

Here are 5 things you can do through your day to ensure you keep yourself grounded, positive and energized:

# 1 Sneak out for a walk. Getting out for even just a 10 minute walk can get you re-energized and ready to take on the rest of your day.

# 2 Listen to motivational CD's. Put them on an MP3 player and listen to these during the day when you can.

# 3 Take 3 minutes to stretch. If you work in an office and sit at a desk all day, it can be so easy to get cooked up in your work that you forget to take a break. At least every 45 minutes, stop what you're doing, get up from your chair and do some minor stretches, like bending over to touch your toes and reaching your arms up high in the air. Feel your body rejuvenate as you do this.

# 4 Keep a gratitude journal. Taking just 5 minutes out of your day to write down things that you are grateful for is a very powerful exercise. It allows you to focus on the positive things in your life, making the negatives appear a little less important.

# 5 Take a lunch hour yoga class. Grab some friends and head over to your local yoga studio for an exhilarating class that will get the cobwebs out of your mind and get your zen back on!

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