Posts Tagged ‘balance’

posted by on Balance, Energy, Mental Clarity, Stress

When I was growing up, I remember my mom saying to me, quite often, “Jenny, I need some peace and quiet.” At the time, I probably responded by amping things up a few more notches, making things anything but peaceful! Now, though, the idea of craving a little peace and quiet resonates with me on a deep level, and there’s a good reason why.

As a culture, we hardly ever grant ourselves any time for plain, pure peace and quiet. I’m talking about the old-fashioned kind that doesn’t involve TV, internet or cell phones. We rarely enjoy the simple wireless, cordless and noiseless variety of checking out. This inability to truly unwind is costing us our balance and healthy energy flow.

The yin and yang symbol of Chinese philosophy represents half that is external and half that is internal. We’re supposed to have an equal balance between the two. In a 24-hour day, that means about 12 hours of putting ourselves out there and no less than 12 hours of recuperating, rejuvenating, rebuilding, going internal, taking in. Assuming you sleep for 6 to 8 of those hours, that still leaves at least 4 hours of your waking time in which you need to reflect and go inside in some way.

What could you do today to get a bit of peace and quiet? Adding even a few more minutes of downtime to your day will cause a noticeable shift. Give it a try.

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posted by on Birth, Featured, Fertility, Women's Health

Acupuncture Atlanta

Acupuncture during labor and delivery? Yes!

I’m in the midst of a post-graduate program, learning the nuts and bolts of acupuncture in the delivery room. The course is being held at Lutheran Medical Hospital in Brooklyn, where they’re also conducting related research that suggests acupuncture, when administered during labor and delivery, provides for a smoother labor and fewer Cesarean sections.

The medical center has also found that acupuncture treatment during pregnancy benefits both baby and mother. Regular balancing treatments throughout pregnancy — and after delivery — have been found to reduce pain.

“Katie Allison delivered an  8-pound, 4-ounce baby girl without any medication. Instead she chose acupuncture. The mother of three was selected at random to receive free acupuncture during labor. Lutheran’s promising new research suggests acupuncture, when administered during labor and delivery, provides for a smoother labor and fewer Cesarean sections…” Read More…

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posted by on Balance, Energy, Featured, Healing, Heart, Mental Clarity, Qi Gong, Stress

Acupuncture Atlanta

As I learned from my Qi Gong teacher, Paul Fraser, MAc, LicAc, the heart is our ultimate healer. It holds the key to realizing our destiny and manifesting our potential. As Paul Fraser explains on his website, “In Taoism, the belief is that the heart is a microcosm of the body, mind, soul and all of creation. Unhealthy patterns in another person can be balanced through a practitioner’s own heart. These patterns can range from the dense (the physical body) to the subtle (emotions) to the more esoteric (the soul).”

Acupuncture, Qi Gong and other opening and Qi-balancing practices enable us to look more easily and readily to our hearts for guidance and live more harmonious, connected lives.

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