Exercise

Exercise

  • My own prescription for health is less paperwork and more running barefoot through the grass.  ~Terri Guillemets

Just getting out into nature takes physical movement.   Never the less    The health benefits of all this movement are tremendous: A boost in circulation, increased bone density and muscle strength, increased flexibility, lymph fluid circulation, emotional stability and many more benefits are associated with “working out.”   Mike Adams

Qigong is the way I meditate and work out.   Qigong came to mind quickly after diet. I’ve been to China several times on qigong study tours with my teachers, Daisy Lee and Francisco Garripoli.    Merlin, a friend in Kauai, introduced me to  “Transforming Stress into Vitality” by Mantak Chia in 1980. This was the first book I read and it changed my life to learn and start practicing Qigong.    I kept practicing Qigong because  it improves my mental physical, spiritual and emotional health.

Basically qigong is a way of helping you gain more awareness of the energy flow between you and nature.  It is more than exercise, it is also meditation.  The focus on coordinating the breath and movement, while stilling the mind and sinking into the earth is very stabilizing and increases your life force, concentration, circulation, immunity and much more.  There are thousands upon thousands of kinds of qigong and ways to practice.  I’ve practiced many.  You can do standing poses, moving from your core to the rhythm of our breath or you can sit or lay down completely still and simply visualize your energy flowing with your breath.  I think once you get a few of the basics, like the stance, flow and focus, you will find a rhythm of your own with your qigong. cycles of life, the rhythms of nature, the forces of the elements.  I love to do my qigong facing the sun, feet planted on the earth.  Qigong has really helped me improve my mental physical and spiritual health.  Its so simple and easy to do I high recommend it.

it is well worth the time spent to practice qigong because the rewards in your increase in vitality and ability to handle stress and create healing for yourself is unlimited.  Because of having low thyroid, I was always cold natured. I hated cold weather.  After practicing Qigong for 10 years, I no longer am cold natured. I can always be comfortable in normal temperatures. This I attribute directly to my qigong practice.

You already know this.  That you know is not enough. Act!  Practice!  Get out and enjoy yourself in nature!

Natural Sounds

Natural Sounds

When Mozart was composing at the end of the eighteenth century, the city of Vienna was so quiet that fire alarms could be given verbally, by a shouting watchman mounted on top of St. Stefan’s Cathedral.  In twentieth-century society, the noise level is such that it keeps knocking our bodies out of tune and out of their natural rhythms.  This ever-increasing assault of sound upon our ears, minds, and bodies adds to the stress load of civilized beings trying to live in a highly complex environment.  ~Steven Halpern

Ever notice that the healing cd’s and dvd’s you buy use nature sounds to carry their subliminal messages?   The natural sounds of nature are, in and of themselves, healing therapy. Simply surrounding yourself with the sounds of real nature causes a scientifically-provable reduction in stress levels and blood  pressure.

You can mimic these sounds with “sound conditioning” devices that broadcast sound loops of natural sounds. They’re very effective machines, but still nothing equals the healing potential of real sounds experience directly in the real world.

Escape to a park or the woods where you can enjoy the birds singing and the breeze. Sitting by a running stream is also relaxing, so is listening to the lapping of waves at the beach.  How many romance novels begin talking about the wind in the hair or the birds singing.  Both are very refreshing and healing earth energies.

Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.  ~Pooh’s Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Milne

Fresh Air

Fresh Air

Fresh air impoverishes the doctor.  ~Danish Proverb

How many times have you hear someone say, you can live a month without food, a week without water, but only 8 minutes without oxygen?      Not only do you need air, but you need air with oxygen!  Stale polluted indoor air is simply not the same as fresh air.      Fresh air is made up of a number of different gasses with oxygen and nitrogen being the most abundant ones.

 

Often Indoor air not only stale it is contaminated

with chemicals that have been off-gassed from all the synthetic materials used in the construction of

homes and buildings: Carpets, furniture, paints, glues, dyes and so on. Plus, you often get mold spores

from indoor air ducts.

Fresh air  is full of negative ions, it has a good amount of oxygen.   An ocean breeze or the air beside a waterfall is even more healing!  Actually the amount of oxygen at sea level is decreasing.  Often the aire feels much more refreshing above 1000 feet elevation.

Nature’s smells are natural aromatherapy.   Getting outside into fresh air, smelling the grass, trees, and flowers reconnects us to the memories of other times in nature and enhances the healing that being in nature provides.

Houseplants indoors can dramatically help you improve the quality of your indoor air.  There are excellent indoor air treatments, such as Aranizer, however unless you live in a very polluted city by the highway or some industry smokestack, your outdoor air is probably better than treated indoor air.  I love to sleep with my window open next to my bed.

Diversity of Natural Colors

Diversity of Natural Colors

Get out in nature where you have the full spectrum of light and color.  Colors are certain wavelengths of electro-magnetic energy seen through our eyes.

The colors of nature striking your retina and

being interpreted as colors by your brain. The color we see is the part of the visible spectrum that is reflected back by a certain object.

It has been known for eons of time that color plays a major role in setting up a particular mood or state of mind. Color does affect one’s feelings, moods, and emotions.

Light is energy, and what your body needs to be healthy is exposure to a diverse assortment of those energy wavelengths. That’s

why looking at all the various colors of flowers, plants and animals is, by itself, a healing experience. It

also stimulates the brain to become more active and more intelligent.

 

Spending more time in nature allows your brain to explore a more diverse natural reality, causing it to

function at a higher cognitive level.   Dull people, in contrast, tend to spend a lot of time indoors where

the scenery never changes.

“In the near future, we shall become the next race of men/women. AT that time we shall operate upon mental energy, magnetic energy, sun energy. Scalpels and chemical agents will no longer be necessary.” The Tibetan, Alice Bailey’s teacher.

Color Therapy, now called Chromotherapy,  was written about as early at The Canon of Medicine written by the muslim scientist and physician Avicenna in 1025.   You know how enjoyable it is to see a field of colorful flowers. Its doing more good than simple relaxation for your body.   Just get out into nature and observe the variety of colors and notice how you enjoy them all.

Sunlight

Sunlight

I think you might dispense with half your doctors if you would only consult Dr. Sun more.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

When I remember the happy times of my life, many involve sunshine.  Once again, to prove my point, on TV commercials do they make it a beautiful bright sunny day?  Just like the rainbow,  sunlight has a magical uplifting quality to it.  It feeds our body in an essential way.. We know that  sunlight is the source of all life on our planet, without it there would be no life on earth!   Our food is captured sunlight.  All life on this planet relies on the sun.

Soaking up the sunshine helps our body make Vitamin D which helps prevents cancer, heart disease and diabetes..   Taking a dip in a cold stream or jumping in the ocean washes off negative energy and recharges us.    Walking beside or even in a beautiful clean flowing stream calms us and quiets our minds.

The sun is a big part of the mystery of life. Ideally the food we eat transfers the energy of the sun to our bodies. Chlorophyll one of the most healing of all nutrients is known as liquid sunshine. Drinking all the wheat grass and/or wild blue green algae in the world while sitting inside day in and day out  won’t give us the benefits of a walk through a green grassy field or a forrest.   Even in the 30’s and 40’s patients could go to sanitariums where their daily routine involved sunbathing.  Now, hospitals don’t even have windows that open.

Colors also come from the sun.  Besides being rare, rainbows are very beautiful. Nature divides the sunlight into all the colors that make up the brightness.  You eye has sensors for different light waves or frequencies.   If the colors we see are limited to the interior designs inside a small box, once again, the brain is not receiving the stimulation from the environment to signal your brain to properly set circadian rhymes contributing more stress to our delicate internal clock.  Insomnia, mood swings, depression, or decreased immunity could result.

Our body relies on light exposure to regulate its internal clock. This is called the circadian rhythm.  Circadian rhythm help us adjust all our hormones based on the time of year and time of day including the moon’s cycles and it’s gravitational pull on our bodies.   Our circadian system moderates our sleep and our appetite, telling us when to sleep and when to eat.

Our body regulates its timing for sleeping and eating are set properly when we get out in the sunlight and the moonlight away from city lights. Getting a sensible and reasonable amount of exposure to the natural light of nature, sunlight and moon light really feels good. It’s romanticized endlessly.  How about enjoying a walk today and tonight to check it out?

Everyone now knows that sunlight causes your skin to generate vitamin D.  Drinking vitamin D fortified milk, or taking Vitamin D supplements will not adequately replace what you are missing by avoiding the sun. Dr Oz says vitamin D deficiency contributes to low thyroid.  Supposably vitamin d deficiency is epidemic in America.   That translates into a lack of sun exposure!   The Nature Cure includes using natural foods and sunlight to supply vitamins minerals and nutrients to maintain the life in the body.

Nothing can replace the sunshine for us.   We need to get out into the daylight every day for a minimum or 30 minutes before 11 am or after 2 p.m..

Sunbathing longer than 30 minutes per day is OK especially if your skin is covered by clothing or you are engaged in activity.  30 minutes of sunbathing with intention, when you  actually getting nude to expose the most skin to the sun, with 15 minutes on each side would be a lovely daily ritual.  Perhaps this is a nice goal for your next vacation. You might travel to a location for its natural beautiful, healing waters, sun and air where you could sun bath daily.

I’d like to mention that taking the sun before 11 am and only after 2 p.m. is sensible.        The sun is too strong at other times.   Avoid  using chemicals.  Do use hydration, aloe, coconut or sesame oil on the skin and refrain from burning yourself.

Use your timing and clothing rather than chemicals to protect yourself from over exposure. Go outside in the morning or later in the afternoon, avoid the midday sun.   Starting out slowly, with short exposures and working up to longer exposures is sensible.  Exposing as much of your body as possible is desirable.  Nude sunbathing is healthy.  Did you ever see a mom relieve her baby’s diaper rash by getting his bottom some sun?

Using sunglasses is not only limiting your access to the benefits of the sun, but can actually be damaging so wear a hat instead if you feel the need.  The light going into your eyes is directly beneficial to your pituitary gland.

Since ancient times, SunGazing is known healing technique.  After learning the proper way to do this, and taking it slowly, you actually gaze into the sun at sunset and sunrise . This practice required building up for a few seconds at a time.  Please do not attempt sun gazing without following proper protocol. Start your research at www.sungazing.com or search for sungazing HRM.

Grounding 

Grounding

The number one cause of dis-ease is our disconnection from the earth.  David Wolfe

Touching our bare skin on the earth connects us to the grounding energy of the earth and allows the electromagnetic radiation pollution to drain out of us and back into the earth.  When we stand barefoot on the earth we flow with the great healing energy of our earth mother and physical elements composing our environment. .  When we stan barefoot on the earth we are connected to the earth.  The energy of our earth month helps us in more ways than I can list.

Just like the electrical system in a building must be grounded, you need to be grounded too.  YOu can ground yourself by touching your skin to the earth or a tree or rooted plant. Lying on the earth, siting on the earth, walking and standing on sand, grass, or the earth will help drain off much of the stressors that affect you, mentally, physically, physically and spiritually.

When we stand barefoot on the earth we receive the greatest healing energy of all. Touching our bare skin to the earth is our connection to our oneness with all life.  No doubt, this feels good, boosts our immunity, removes toxins and restores our homeostases.