This has always been a challenge for me. We assume that it should be easy to be happy, and for some people it really is !
What is different for those people? Well a lot of time, they seem to expect things to work out, and guess what? In one way or another they do?
One of the biggest things that has helped me is using Neurosculpting ® techniques and gratitude.
Upon waking, I let myself wiggle my toes and I think of what I am grateful for, like health! Health is HUGE. As an Acupuncturist, I am exposed to ill health and dis-ease. Even when I am ill, I make so many promises to myself to be happier.
Last winter, I was sick twice! It was quite a doozy and felt like a roadblock (and a bit of a vacation).
So, Gratitude and thinking of how your needs might be met in this very moment are fantastic ways to shift from grouchy to at least feeling safe.
The first step in the five step Neurosculpting Meditation process is called the induction.
Even if you practiced that for five minutes a day it could create a HUGE Shift!
What is that?
We basically "down-regulate" our fight or flight system, stress response.
How do we do that?
We think of ways that we are safe in the moment.
When we don't feel safe, our survival mechanism turns on, the stress response.
It has it's place, like if you are being chased by a bear!
I invite you think of things that make you feel unsafe, it can be big or small, perhaps not enough money in the bank, or food, or a person in your life, too many spam emails and more.
Now, I invite you to notice your body, how are you safe in this very moment. For me, I love socks, socks help me feel safe, I love knee high socks, I love boots, they feel supportive, it's a silly thing, but it helps me feel safe!
Now Gratitude, it literally does help us to shift into the higher centers of our brain!
1. I am grateful to be alive.
2. I am grateful for a safe car.
3. I am grateful for my cup of coffee in the morning.
4. I am so grateful for my strong body.
5. I am so grateful that I am mostly healthy, for essential oils that help my asthma.
What are your five??
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How Essential Oils work and why they are so great for Immunity !
What is an essential Oil? And what is all the rage?
Essential Oils are volatile compounds found in many plants, trees and flowers.
The are mostly steam distilled to extract them from the plant. Their use dates back to Egyptian times.
Still, what exactly are they?
Plants make Essential oils to protect and/or attract predators or other things, like bees to flowers.
In Chinese Medicine the immune system is called the Wei Qi, it is a the Protective Qi, of the body. This is basically an energy that circulates around our skin to protect us from pathogens. When a pathogen is stronger than the Wei Qi it can infiltrate. Of course, there are other ways for pathogens to enter our bodies, but this is the basic idea.
Since Essential Oils main function is of a protective one, you can see why they are so great for boosting our immunity.
Examples are Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint for allergies, Lemon and Lavender are both anti-mucolytic and great for phlegm. Mints are arid, and they help open the pores in our skin to vent pathogens out of our systems. Lemon is cleansing and stringent, Lavender, is a calming sedative and also helps our lungs relax and clear out phlegm.
One of the major strengths of oils are aiding in the respiratory system for this same reason. They can help open airways, clear out the gunk, and phlegm, invigorate and improve circulation in the chest.
Melaluca is highly anti-bacterial
Frankincense, Helps to soothe the respiratory system along with the nervous system, helping our lungs to dilate
Copaiba is anti-inflammatory and extremely soothing to the respiratory system, decrease discomfort.
Breathe is a proprietary blend to help open airways and so much more.
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On a personal note, In the last five years I developed severe asthma, using oils has transformed my ability to Breathe. Please contact me for help, We give free consults and can set you up on a program with Oils to help you on your journey to wellness.
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It is astounding how in alternative medicine practices, these pathogens are commonly known about. We may contract viruses and they can live in our bodies, they can go dormant and get re-activated. Examples of this are Lyme disease and the Epstein- Bar Virus. These viruses can hide in our bodies and go dormant. Lyme diseases in particular creates a biofilm that is hard to penetrate so that it can not be killed off. https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/index.html
Lyme is a bacteria that is most often contracted from a tick, people do get in Colorado also. It then often exists with co-infections. Lyme disease is very hard to treat and in my opinion is best treated with Western, Eastern and Naturopathic Medicine. The best I can do for people is to help them detox, and support their emotions and immune system since it becomes exhausting and frustrating process. In treatment, as the biofilm gets penetrated, you have to help the body rid itself of the bacteria. It can be an up and down process, and the treatment needs to change with the symptoms and patterns, there is no "blanket" treatment.
Here is an interview with a famous Oriental Medicine Practitioner on how to treat Lyme fruehauf_lymeinterview-5.pdf
The Epstein- Bar Virus:
Also known as Mono. We may contract this at young age or in utero (also Lyme), This virus can go in-active and then stress, birth, diet or trauma may activate it.
In my experience this is a very un-diagnosed illness, though many in the Western Medical World do know about it, there is not much they can do for it besides use anti-virals. There is lot we can do with Holistic Medicine. We can boost your immune system, also use herbs to help fight the infection, give emotional support, also diet modification is key as the virus lives on certain foods, so detoxing and working with the gut is key.
Please message us with any questions.
For more about the common symptoms Read here:
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Coasting Vs. Paddling
My husband and I just came back from an awesome mini vacation in Florida. A vacation with him always involves a lot of fitness so we kayaked for two days.
Honestly, I didn’t think I needed the vacation, I missed two work events, and am very driven. Otherwise known as, FOMO (Fear of missing out), which
Contributes to adrenal exhaustion. Studies show how Social Media plays into this, as they feel left out of other activities. Social media tends to give us little bursts
Of dopamine, the “feel-good” neurotransmitters, it gets released with a reward response in the brain. Anyhoo, this can actually be hard on our nervous systems.
Once I got there, however, I realized how on edge I was, have been… The first two days, we were very active, I noticed my edginess in the evening,
And I was TIRED. I went to bed around 8 every night, on VACATION. I really didn’t want to be around a lot of people.
I am an acupuncturist and my husband, and I have three kids between us, three tweens, I have to add.
But, NO, I hadn’t been stressed, I wasn’t run down, I just needed to keep working.
Maybe it was being around a lot of retired senior, but within three days, I felt ready to retire. The problem is, was,
That I am only 41. How am I going to keep going, pushing and pushing? I have worked and gone to school most of my life.
I started a second business about a year ago, which involves learning a whole new product line, I am an Acupuncturist and I run my own business.
I have three kids and a husband.
I am on several coaches mailing list and feel bombarded with information every day. I think many can relate to that, people often unsubscribe to me
Newsletter, and I get, with social media and all these “go-getters” in the world, we are constantly being asked to DO, more more more.
If I don’t do it all, then where am I? Am I ok? Am I living up to my potential?
I can’t help but remember the feeling of gliding on a kayak.
My husband and I usually share one. I am actually quite strong, I dance, practice massage therapy, and do yoga. I am stronger than I thought!
BUT It is nice, when we kayak together, we can both paddle through the rougher currents, or we can both glide through the smoother parts.
When I got back, it felt very hard. I didn’t want to leave there. When we got home, my husband was sick, we came home to a dead car,
A dead refrigerator, and dishwasher on the fritz (yes, first world problems).
I started getting back into my business, but I just don’t feel like PUSHING, what happened to gliding? Can we get through rough patches, and just?
Glide. I am 41. I have worked so hard to get to a place of flexible nice lifestyle; do I need to keep pushing? When does it end?
Is this a sprint or a marathon?
So right now, I want to glide and see what happens. Today I was meditating on the idea of miracles. How about that? How about gliding and
Seeing new things with wonder, in Florida it was the crystal-clear reflection of the trees in the water, creating a perfect mirror and alternate
Upside down reality, mangroves with barnacles and birds sitting proudly in the trees, some waiting, some making noise, some with wings expanded.
My new story is to paddle and glide. How about ease? In our culture, why do we need to push so much?
Perhaps we can flow with nature more, paddling when we need to, staying strong, and gliding intermittently.
A limbic 5 block drive to Middle School:
Meditation & Neurosculpting ® are all FINE and dandy, until faced with a real-life aggravating situation.
Two of my kids are in Middle School, 5 blocks away. After a restless night, I felt some anxiety, something was off.
It was snowing but that doesn’t usually bother me. It is Colorado after all. But my tires aren’t the greatest.
I drove two of my girls to school. I got stuck in the parking lot and had to drive in reverse to get out. Fun.
Luckily, most people had stayed home, smart., so there was room for be to back out and drive out the wrong way.
Then I couldn’t make it up the tiny hill towards home.
I should have left my car there (oh, hindsight is wonderful).
Instead, I figured I would drive around and be able to get home. It was gridlock traffic everywhere.
I felt my blood boiling, and very angry. Why did I have such crappy tires? Now I was going to have to shell
out money for good tires, enough of this! I felt my shoulders tense, up, everyone was driving slowly.
I needed momentum to get up the hill. The guy in front of my stopped, He had room to go,
And he STOPPED. Great I was stuck. And, now I had to to go to the bathroom.
About halfway through this, I worked towards shifting my mind towards gratitude.
I have been adamantly practicing gratitude for a month or two, religiously. (I live a very
Privileged life, I am an upper middle-class white female, I am self-employed, I am mostly healthy. I don’t have much
I should complain about except teenagers)
Thankfully, the person behind me gave me space, I was able to turn into a gas
Station, there weren’t any good spots. I inched my way up a hill to turn left to another place
I could park. I got behind the tow truck, YAY! No such luck. I was stuck in the middle of the
Intersection. Everyone waited patiently for me to turn around.
I finally made it to park in front of the Grange, a small community building, I thought,
“Hey, If they have Zumba tonight, I’ll come get my car.! “! I looked down at my Grinch pajama pants. Yay, a
41-year-old mom walking down the road in Bright Green pants,awesome!!!
I got these pajamas for Christmas (let’s just say I am not a morning person, so the kids thought it was funny).
I sat shaking in my car. I let my body quiver, and re-set itself. Phew, that had been frightening, and had not felt
Safe. My thoughts began to shift, there was a battle a battle of my limbic (terrified, unsafe,
not having the right tires, tires are expensive, blah blah.) Then my Pre-Frontal (the more elolved part of the brain)
brain saying, This is good, you need to get new tires, so you can go skiing, and feel safe.”
After my pause (slight tantrum)in the car, I stepped outside. I started to walk, thankfully I had bundled up,
thankfully I had warm clothing on, thankfully I was walking and not in a car with all these are
Other cars sliding around, Grateful to not put myself and others in danger. The snow was hitting my face
face, I didn’t care, I was so happy to be out of my car, I embraced ( owned it)my bright green pants, I laughed.
I listened to the guy blasting punk, smoking a joint ( we all have our coping skills).
I saw four cars pulled over (I wasn’t alonein my struggle).
I finally got home. Home, Safe. The universe gave me a day to catch up on some projects, blogging,
Working on some passive income ( so buying tires isn’t stressful), preparing for a trip, building a snow man with my little step-daughter.
This is how we can work our limbic system in real life. Thank God, I have legs that could walk me
through the snow, warm socks and shoes to keep my feat warm and dry. The fear drained out of
my body and some joy, wonder eased its way in. Now I am at home blogging and making
chocolate chip banana muffins, warm and dry, with heat. Time to make a snow man!
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