Posts Tagged ‘distractions’

posted by on Balance, Heart, Mental Clarity, Qi Gong, Stress

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Stress can be a very sneaky, insidious thing. It waits silently in the background, showing no signs of the destruction it carries with it, while we work, pushing to get everything done in our daily lives. Even when we don’t think we’re letting stress affect us, it can accumulate in our muscles, energy and mind. Before you know it, you’re battling a migraine, backache, chronically troubling thoughts, etc.

It’s impossible to avoid stress in life, but it is possible to live with more peace, less pain and more balance by tuning in and staying in touch with the signals being sent all the time between the body, mind and heart.

One of our friends and partners, India Powell of Lightswitch Communications, has put together an online workshop designed to help you take better care of yourself and be more in tune with your own stress signals. Through the workshop, called Burnout to Balance, you can explore at your own pace seven steps for moving away from stress and toward more bliss in everyday life, and you’ll build your own a complete action plan for better self-care. It’s also full of local resources, recommended reading and other tools to help you on your journey.

Make sure you find time to do something today—however small—to care for yourself.

 

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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 Chinese Herbal Medicine, Energy, Mental Clarity

With all the constant demands on our attention these days (both electronic and interpersonal) it can be difficult to feel focused. Forgetfulness, lack of concentration and general fogginess can become the norm when we’re not devoting time, intention and action to keeping our focus sharp and clear. Chinese medicine techniques, particularly acupuncture and qi gong, can help keep body, energy and mind flowing freely and reacting with wisdom and clarity, while remaining centered and present. Specific techniques for maintaining mental clarity can be found on the site for The YinOva Center, a very informative resource for anyone wanting to learn more about the benefits of Chinese medicine.

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

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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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