Friday, April 24, 2015

What is Real Love

Image: Unconditional Love, Maria Ng

Love has been philosophized about and analyzed since the beginning of humankind and I am not sure it's that much more clearer now looking at how things are in general, today. Maybe because of its immensity and profound nature, words and understanding are difficult to find. I believe however, that we just need to simply remember.
Here with a little help from some great masters, are a few reflections.

 Real love does not judge. For how can one look outward and pass judgments when It knows we are all part of the great oneness of All that is.

Real love does not think it is better than. It knows that the more you learn and come to understand, the more you realize how much you still don´t know.

Real love knows we are not in control. It knows that the sooner we stop struggling and just fall into Love, the easier and more profound existence will be.

Real love does not hold grudges. Because its bitter flavour just keeps returning endlessly to be tasted again and again. Better to taste the sublime sweetness of Love forever.

Real love knows that nothing is expected in return because Loving is all that matters 
and It is all we need.

Real love knows it is limitless...the more you give, the more you have to give.

Real love will only accept real Love in return. It see things as they really are. Illusory veils of hipocracy, envy, anger and manipulation are cast away.

And finally, 
Real love is infinite. It knows it is ever expanding and it´s warmth is never-ending
thus feeling simple, pure, freedom and bliss.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Forest Bathing and Earthing

forest bathing trip, called Shinrin-yoku in Japanese, Sanlimyok in Korean, is a leisurely visit to a forest and is regarded as being similar to natural aromatherapy. One walks slowly and consciously, fully experiencing the surroundings and aromas, perhaps stopping to sit, touch and meditate. Its allows one to practice mindful meditation in a vibrantly alive environment, enabling a deeply recharging re connection with mother Earth.

When I am among the trees,especially the willows and the honey locust,equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,they give off such hints of gladness.I would almost say that they save me, and daily.I am so distant from the hope of myself,in which I have goodness, and discernment,and never hurry through the worldbut walk slowly, and bow often.Around me the trees stir in their leavesand call out, “Stay awhile.”The light flows from their branches.And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,"and you too have comeinto the world to do this, to go easy, to be filledwith light, and to shine.”–Mary Oliver, “When I Am Among the Trees” from "Thirst," (Beacon Press, 2006). 

Touch the Earth.
Traditional healthcare systems like Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine have promoted the health benefits of skin-to-skin contact with the earth for hundreds, if not thousands of years. If that’s not reason enough to consider this therapy, there is also now a growing body of research not only proving what those wise physicians knew all along, but showing exactly what happens when we perform this simple act.

What are the most basic, fundamental recommendations you can think of in terms of how to improve your health and prevent disease?
Sound familiar?  That’s what I learned in school and that’s what I teach to my patients and clients on a daily basis.  Some might argue other steps like exposure to sunshine and fresh air, stress reduction, quality social interaction, living a purposeful life and even hydrotherapy are equally necessary and fundamental, and I really wouldn’t argue against any of them.  What I would, however, argue for is the inclusion of an additional step; one that, until recently, has been fairly unrecognized, certainly by the conventional medical system, but also by most alternative health practitioners.  What is it?
Wait a second, you say. Unless I’ve had this whole gravity thing wrong all along, I thought we weretouching the earth. Well, we are, but not like we should be. It just so happens that humans are actually meant to touch the earth with our bare skin, and that doing so may be as fundamentally healthy for us as any other health promoting habits you’ve learned about along the way.
The most common term used these days to describe this simple, yet powerful healing technique is Earthing.  Another term is grounding. If you have yet to explore this technique, you are all missing out.  In fact, these days, from what I have seen in my own practice, I would now rate it as on par with all other basics requirements for optimal health we know so well.
What is known for certain is when you touch the earth with your skin or through material that does not insulate you from its energy field you immediately begin absorbing a significant amount of electrons from its surface into your body.  The key questions are whether or not this matters to you and what exactly happens to you when you do it. My experiences, having recommended this treatment to patients now for years, have been nothing short of astounding in some cases.  I like research and reproducible “proof” as much as the next doc, but for me, the responses I see in my own patients trump all.  Nonetheless, for other obvious reasons, research and the proof it can provide are important.  Here are some highlights from what we know so far:
1. Touching the earth is calming, reduces many negative effects of stress and can help you sleep
Have you ever arrived at your favorite park or beach, taken your shoes off and felt a seemingly instantaneous sense of calm overtake you?  You’ve probably never even thought twice about it.  Being at the beach or in a park is just nice, so of course you feel calmer right?  Nope, it appears there may be something more to it than that.
Recent research into the effects of grounding is showing that it leads to an increase in parasympathetic nervous system activity, and reduces sympathetic activity.  The fact that most of us walk around in a state of nearly perpetual sympathetic overdrive, anything that encourages parasympathetic activity is beneficial. Beyond that, additional research into other parameters of stress has shown that grounding also directly normalizes both cortisol secretion, a hallmark of stress activity in the body, and melatonin secretion, which is of course crucial for a good night’s sleep and possibly much, much more.
2. Touching the earth is anti-inflammatory
Chronic inflammation is now understood to be a primary, causative factor in seven of the top ten leading causes of mortality in the United States. It is beyond the scope of this article to review the details of chronic inflammation, how and why it happens, but it is important to realize that chronic inflammation is not a good thing, and Earthing may be a simple way to reduce it, whatever the cause may be.
As we know, an inflammatory response in your body begins with the production of free radicals (electrically charged particles) in an injured area, which help prevent infection and stimulate the healing process.  However, when an inflammatory response becomes chronic, the excessive free radical activity begins to damage healthy tissue in the surrounding area. Depending on the tissue in question, this process could result in cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis or one of many other types of chronic disease.
Earthing, which saturates the healthy tissue in your body with negative electrons, literally works to create a barrier through which these free radicals cannot pass, in turn protecting you from the outlying damage they would otherwise cause.
3. Touching the earth helps keep your blood flowing
For blood to flow efficiently through your veins, arteries and capillaries, the cells need to move freely amongst each other, and not get stuck together. To aid in this process the surface of your red blood cells all have a negative charge to them, known as a zeta potential, literally causing them to repel each other. The greater the negative charge is around your blood cells, the greater the zeta potential, and the better your blood cells will bounce off of each other and continue flowing along. The electrons you absorb from the earth’s surface are negatively charged as well, and contribute to a greater zeta potential.  The end result then is that touching the earth helps to naturally encourage blood flow. This discovery has far-reaching implications for the field of cardiology, and some of the most cutting edge, brightest minds in it have begun to take notice.  Dr. Stephen Sinatra of is one of the more well-known and respected physicians in the field of integrative cardiology.  He is also a huge proponent of earthing and encourages it to as a preventative health measure for all cardiology patients.
There are many more reasons why reconnecting with the earth is good for you, some of which I’m sure have yet to even be discovered. Perhaps the most obvious explanation though, is that it is simply natural.
With our technologically advanced world changing at such an astoundingly fast pace, it is easy to forget where we have come from and what our bodies are adapted to. What it all boils down to is that chronically ill people have literally become that way specifically because of how unnatural their lives are and how far away from nature they have moved both literally and figuratively.  Time and again we all see proof that the reintroduction of simple, natural necessities like whole food, movement, and sleep into their lives, helps our patients get better.  Adding Earthing to your list of preventive health practices will undoubtedly serve to further enhance your vitality and add an entirely unique angle of support for your long term health.

So tell your patients to start putting their bare feet on the ground and reconnecting, and recommend utilizing some of the additional equipment now available to help them do so when touching the earth is impossible or impractical. They will thank you for it.

Friday, March 20, 2015

SOLAR ECLIPSE New Moon in Pisces + EQUINOX March 20th 2015

I had a dream that I was flying last night...its been a long while since I have had one. Its also been a while since my last post and in general my rhythm has been quite slow and internal as of late.. maybe it is the energy of 
today´s celestial movements.

When I was young, I dreamt I was flying, often, and had recurring flight dreams over familiar terrain.
Such exhilaration, these dreams...thank you, I feel blessed.

And I am feeling the magic of Quan Yin so here is something lovely I found...

“Kwan Yin’s themes are children, kindness, magic, health and fertility.  Her symbols are a lotus, black tea, rice and rainbows.  Kwan Yin is the most beloved of all Eastern Goddess figures, giving freely Her unending sympathy, fertility, health and magical insight to all who ask. It is Her sacred duty to relieve suffering and encourage enlightenment among humans. In Eastern mythology, a rainbow bore Kwan Yin to heaven in human form. Her name means ‘regarder of sounds’, meaning She hears the cries and prayers of the world.
If you hope to have children or wish to invoke Kwan Yin’s blessing and protection on the young ones in your life, you can follow Eastern custom and leave an offering for Kwan Yin of sweet cakes, lotus incense, fresh fruit and/or flowers. If you can’t find lotus incense, look for lotus-shaped soaps at novelty or import shops.
For literal or figurative fertility, try making this Kwan Yin talisman: During a waxing-to-full moon, take a pinch of black tea and a pinch of rice and put them in a yellow cloth, saying:
 ‘As a little tea makes a full cup
so may my life be full
As the rice expands in warm waterso may my heart expand with love and warmthThe fertility of Kwan Yin, wrapped neatly within.’

Tie this up and keep it in a spot that corresponds to the type of fertility you want (such as the bedroom for physical fertility).”
(Patricia Telesco, “365 Goddess: a daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess”.)

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