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Ancestral Soul at Solstice Part III

road-homeOur ancestral soul at Solstice time is geared for extra holiday joy but sometimes instead we plummet from seasonal stress, especially after the holiday. Is there a solution–even one for the whole year?

As described in my article in the Malibu Chronicle, (”Staying Balanced at the Winter Solstice, p. 49,) if our emotions are volatile and easily sabotaged, then we can look for cause and effect factors inside and out.  There IS an emotional vortex in our middle section that has the potential of being boiled into a block–even though this area is called ”the solar plexus” and should have sunshine flowing out of it.  Instead, this pressure cooker boiling in our middle causes heat to get trapped above.

This heat rising in the body is one of the main causal imbalances that an acupuncturist addresses. We can break up this quagmire to alleviate this polarizing of our energy.  Sometimes it is just shut down–a dormant area, stifling the normal circulation of blood and chi through the body.

This dam of emotional plaque now results in a hot head and cold feet. Hot upper symptoms are headaches, heartburn, tight muscles, and even ringing in the ears, as the excess energy is under pressure above. Meanwhile below we might have low back pain, weak flaccid intestines, low libido, varicose veins, and cold feet. Heartburn, acid reflux or a hiatal hernia occur right in the emotional center.

In Part IV  I will discuss how we can empty out the psychic plaque of our personal drama and be ready to refuel with these special cosmic energies pouring in all the time but especially at the Solstice season. Our solar plexus can again be a SUN radiating out to all parts of the body and out to others. The sunny chakra that knits the upper and lower halves back together. A bright solstice solar light to the world! Let’s drink to that Holiday Cheer and an amazing New Year!

 

 

 

Ancestral Soul at Solstice Time Part II

blue winter 2Our ancestral soul at Solstice time is designed to be a blessing, not a curse.  So how to avoid the Holiday blues?? While we carry on the traditions of gaeity and solemnity during this season, our emotional centers are often wrought with negative reactions to life’s (and the season’s) challenges, and we can become even more sensitive at this time of year. We may not be part of a circle of loved ones.  As a result, we might suffer resentment since our culture programs us to focus on drama and conflict—in films, TV and in our own lives, which requires dramatic tension, adversity, crisis, and lots of pathos.
diaphonous bodySo the effects of stress are equally traumatic for the body whether we expose our poor nerves to our own real life dramas or to fictional ones; to bad memories of our life time or to the echos of our ancestors’ plights.  Over the years the ‘plaque’ of so many griefs, grievances, and resentments collects in the heart and solar plexus area of the body, the center of our emotional life.  This build-up creates an armoring across the middle. The free circulation of blood and lymph that we experienced as a child is now cut off at a chest-high bottleneck and no longer flows freely up and down from head to toe.  In Part III, I will share how to address to create champagne from this bottleneck.

The Effects of Positive Thinking on Mental Health

white lightThe effects of positive thinking on mental health  is a popular subject as presented in the film ”The Secret.”  We have all become familiar with the idea that a positive internal state has a direct impact on how we view and respond to the world.  Now we are learning more about how it affects our resulting neurophysiology.  Researchers in physio-cognitive medicine report that when we think an emotional thought, a certain brain wave pattern sends information into the body in the form of nervous system reactions.  This affects our hormone excretions and other chemical reactions in the body. If we had a negative experience in the past and we think about it again and again, this will affect  the body and mind in the same way as if we were actually having the experience over and over again.  Each time the thought occurs, it incites the same negative biochemical and hormonal cascade in the body. This rethinking about a negative event is like a negative meditation and the body establishes a pattern based on this – a negative physiological pattern that gives rise to physical illness and suffering.

Luckily, the same is true conversely for positive thinking techniques: If we evaluate our life experiences positively and remember happy occasions, then these pleasant images trigger the same neuro-physiological responses as if we were actually having the good experience in present time.  Frankly, this gives me the impression that the body is quite indiscriminating.  I have a good imagination but I feel there is a difference between my memory of chocolate cake and eating it NOW.  Just as my opinion of ”God” has changed–if He does not understand that prayers of supplication—asking for what I DON’T HAVE, should not necessarily result in my now creating an energy of Lack that will now be imprinted further.  But the upside of looking at the upside outweighs all down sides..!  I invite your input on this subject!

I designed my Stress Relief CDs to emphasize how to do just that–get all the feel-good chemicals to flow. And they are available here on this blog site. For if the neuro science findings are true, then we can play with this new paradigm and see if it works–to relive the good times in our minds so that we can experience the positive effects of past joys on our bodies. And interpret present situations in the most “Glass half FULL” attitude possible so as to not set off a cascade of unhealthy chemicals in the body.  Instead we want the endorphins and the dopamine to flow….!

Let’s treat Veterans on Valentines Day with CDs & Gift Baskets

Remember the families

Help me help Veterans on Valentines Day with CDs & Gift Baskets! Yes, I invite my readers to help me support Veterans with PTSD, as well as the families of dying and fallen Veterans, in Southern California. Valentine’s Day is the day of the Heart.  And the heart IS the physical center of our emotional well-being.  The term ”Soldiers Heart” was the Civil War term for shell shock or PTSD.  SoldiersHeart.org addresses the spiritual wounds of Veterans and their families by developing a new and honorable warrior identity supported by community.  So I would like to send them my VETERANS STRESS RELIEF CDs for Valentine’s Day.  Can you help me do that?

Eliz me & baskets for Vets 2Over the holidays I provided 75 gift baskets at my own expense to HonoringOurFallen.org.  I also funded 200 Vets Stress Relief CDs and CDs designed for the general public for the widows and families.  My fundraising outreach was sabotaged by my collision with a drunk driver so I covered the outlays alone.  Here with Elizabeth England, we’d planned on 150 baskets. Now I’m continuing again for Valentine’s Day with CDs and gifts for three Vets group, including TheTwilightBrigade.org which helps Vets in their last days.
rose heart photo

If you donate toward this Veterans Valentine’s Day Outreach right here at BrainBodyBliss.com you will be helping support dying Veterans, grieving families, and the young returning soldiers who are struggling with trauma, toxic accumulations, excessive medications, and difficult economic circumstances.

The PAYPAL button is below and on the BrainBodyBliss.com Veterans page.  Another way to help this campaign is simply to purchase a Vet or non-Vet CD for yourself or to give to a friend.  The proceeds will go directly toward this campaign.  The Blind Veterans Association has ordered fifty CDs for their members.




EarthHarmonyFoundation.org is handling any large tax deductible donations for this cause.  I am currently Director of Community Outreach for EarthHarmonyFoundation.org [EFH], founder and manager of the organization’s food bank program and the Veterans PTSD Project.  EHF is a non-profit educational, environmental, and humanitarian organization dedicated to protecting the world’s marginalized, including Veterans, children, and the planet. A non-profit 501C3, it will accept donations towards our efforts for SoldiersHeart.org, TheTwilightBrigade.org, and HonoringOurFallen.org.

Soldier’s Heart, developed by Edward Tick, Ph.D., provides a unique and comprehensive model to address the emotional and spiritual wounds of veterans and their families. Edward Tick’s groundbreaking book, War and the Soul, explores ancient and cross-cultural warrior traditions that reveal the necessities for successful warrior return.

Honoring Our Fallen (http://honoringourfallen.org) was created specifically to aid families in the tragic moments of a fallen warrior’s return home and to continue support through outreach programs.  There are 743 Californians who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan wars, leaving behind devastated families. California is home to the largest number of military who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Twilight Brigade is one of the largest end-of-life care organizations, operating as an independent agency within VA hospitals and hospice care facilities across America. I have studied with founder, Dannion Brinkley, who has 5,000 volunteers.  His endorsement on my CD means a lot. We are intersupporting each other’s efforts.

VETERANS STRESS RELIEF CDs: Both versions of guided relaxation meditations encourage the release of endorphins and dopamine—our body’s natural ‘feel good’ chemicals—to spread them into receptor sites in EVERY CELL OF THE BODY. The easy self-help exercises and practical tools provide a self-healing empowerment for PTSD, depression, loss, and grief, or to rise from ‘Okay’ to higher states of wellbeing. STRESS RELIEF recordings are available for free listening on this website www.BrainBodyBliss.com. Thousands of young soldiers are suffering fatal heart attacks from too many meds for pain and mental suffering. We have to provide another answer.

Graham Nash and Dr. Kathleen RosenblattRenowned singer/songwriter Graham Nash has contributed generously to my project of acupuncture and  STRESS RELIEF CDs. It complements a Veteran’s ongoing therapies and helps restore well-being and good sleep.  I have lectured twice at the Combat Stress Conference about the science behind them and my work has been well-received and found many new supporters for cellular meditation for PTSD.
Happy Valentine’s Day!  May your heart shine…!

Sarcopenia–The Mystery of Muscle Loss

Sarcopenia–The mystery of muscle loss is no mystery. Just look at our sedentary life styles.  Even thin people are often found to be flabby! Why is it that our population seems to either gain excess weight or lose excess weight as they go through their middle years? Don’t the opposing influences ever cancel out and leave us happily in the middle??

It turns out that we have to exercise even if we do not tend to put weight on.  Studies indicate that adults who do not strength train LOSE on average at least a half pound of lean muscle tissue each year starting at about age 25. This process of muscle tissue loss is called ”sarcopenia.” The more lean muscle you retain, the more fat and calories you burn all day and night.  Therefore, less muscle means a slower metabolism; more muscle means a faster metabolism.  This muscle loss and its effect on metabolism is one reason why most people do gain weight as they get older.  Our assimilation of caloric energy–virtually our digestion–really occurs in our muscles. Strength training not only halts this lean muscle loss but can reverse the process and make your body biologically younger.  Now they tell us that exercise also helps our brain cognition and prevents depression.  So enjoy those endorphins as you let your body play!

Professionals claim that all you need are two 20 minute slow-motion strength training sessions a week.  But for those  who can’t afford the time and funds for gyms or personal trainers, here is a link for simple exercises that can be performed at home for no cost:   http://www.moneycrashers.com/strength-training-exercises-women/

ann olson strength exercises

Strength Training Exercises

All these exercises work one or more of your muscle groups, which improves your functional strength while also increasing your metabolism. By improving your functional strength, you’ll have a greater ability to do simple tasks, such as lifting heavy boxes or moving furniture. Try doing four or more of these exercises three times a week to start.

1. Overhead Squat

  • Item Needed: A weighted gym bag
  • Muscles Worked: The overhead squat is one of the best full body exercises you can do. It mainly targets the quads, but also targets the glutes, hamstrings, lower back, shoulders, triceps, and the abdominal muscles.

How to Do It
Stand up and hold the gym bag above your head, gripping the bag at the ends. You will hold this position during the entire exercise. Keep your arms straight. Your feet should be slightly wider than shoulder width.

Next, thrust your hips back and begin bending your knees for the squat. Keep your back straight at all times – resist the urge to slouch. Continue descending downward, envisioning that you’re trying to sit back into a small chair.

Once your hips are parallel to your knee joints, hold the position for one second. Now, rise back up into the starting position. This is one repetition. To build strength, aim for a minimum of 5 repetitions, doing no more than 12. Once you can easily do 12 repetitions, it’s time to add weight to the bag.

If you’re unable to bring your hips parallel to your knee joints, start with wall squats to build up strength. Otherwise, not going fully parallel can place stress on your joints and injure your knees. I didn’t go parallel when I first started weightlifting and seriously injured my knee. In fact, I had to lay off lifting for two months to allow it to heal.

2. Deadlift

  • Item Needed: A weighted gym bag
  • Muscles Worked: The deadlift is arguably one of the best lower body exercises, working most of the back, glutes, hamstrings, and quads.

How to Do It
Place the gym bag in front of your feet. Stand behind with both feet close to each other. Bend your knees while pushing your hips back to grab the ends of the gym bag. Make sure your back is straight.

Now bring yourself into a standing position by simultaneously straightening your back and legs. Remember to keep your back straight – do not let it slouch, as this can cause injury. Once assuming the straight stance, stick your chest out and contract your shoulder blades. This is one repetition. Do at least five repetitions to build strength and muscle. Once you can do these repetitions easily, add weight to the bag.

These are just two of their listed strength training exercises.  I personally find that gardening and landscaping gives me a good workout and lots of satisfaction.  But actual exercises are irreplaceable and make me stronger for that garden work.  Try it!

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