Firstly, when people hear the word chakra, they often dismiss it as being too ‘woowoo’, but listening to Deepak Chopra who is a major authority on eastern philosophy he has reported research that shows that there are different vibrational frequencies that relate to the chakras, so western science has proven that chakras exist, eastern science goes one step further and says that each chakra corresponds to different levels of consciousness.
“When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace”
When you are stressed your muscles tighten up and your breathing becomes quicker and more shallow…We are all faced with challenges and impossible deadlines now and then and it’s too easy to ignore the signs and pick up another Costa coffee instead of taking a deep breath! Deep breathing is the simplest tool that you have anytime you need it, all it takes is a deep breath.
Prana as I have said before, is our life force energy and does not only come from the air you breathe. I already spoke about the environment and how you can loose your energy when around lots of people, especially people who are in a negative state of mind. Now I want to combine being around positive inspiring people with healthy food and introduce my breakfast club! Over the last 25 years of personal development, I have met some extremely inspiring women and some of those women have become very close peers. Health has always been a hot topic of ours and when Hazel, my dear artist friend (www.hazelmorgan.com) started inviting everyone for her broccoli breakfast, it became the highlight of the week. It was bring a ‘broc’ to Hazel’s house! It always starts with a green juice comprising of spinach, carrot, celery, cucumber, avocado, apple, a dash of Udos Oil (omega 3, 6, 9) and a teaspoons of greens powder. We do a cheers with that while the broccoli is steaming, hummous is being pulled out of the fridge and the rye bread is toasted.
Life force energy……Sounds good doesn’t it? Sounds like we need lots of it right? Well to live a healthy, balanced and fulfilled life you do. It will affect how you feel, how much energy you have, how creative you are and how well you sleep.
Next question…what is ‘life force energy’, well the yogi’s call it prana and I often describe prana as that sense of intense well being you feel when you are firing on all cylinders, inspired and full of energy.
Sleep is a very complex issue and is completely holistic. If the whole system is in balance, you will sleep well, and if not you won’t, it is that simple, yet when it’s happening to you it’s a very uncomfortable experience to put it mildly.
One of the most powerful detoxing system of the body is the breath but we just don’t realise it. Shallow breathing leaves the internal organs starved of nutrients and oxygen which means they can’t function to their optimum. If you have ever worked with your breath at a deep level, especially belly breathing, you will have noticed that your tummy starts rumbling…its saying thank you!!!
Bad night? We all have them now and then, some of us more than others though, right? Very frustrating when you roll over and your better half is sleeping like a baby!!! So what happens when you are tossing and turning, getting more and more agitated and upset that sleep is eluding you and tomorrow you have an important day?
“If you are not breathing, you are not sleeping and if you are not sleeping you are not breathing” Anandi
I know this sounds simple and you may be saying, “but I am breathing”. I can probably guarantee that you are not!!! Insomniacs will have a restricted, shallow breath…… the breath that I am talking about is a profound deep breath where you are actually surrendering to the breath and allowing your body to accept and use the breath as it is meant to.
Would you believe me, if I suggested you forgot about not sleeping to get you to sleep!!! Well sometimes, that is all it needs, a change of focus and a new passion!!!
This morning I have been going about my business thinking about the children that I sponsor at an orphanage in southern India. I usually go every winter to see them, but this winter what with one thing and another, I can’t get there which made me so sad this morning as I thought about them and their Christmas Day. Usually, Pastor Jay (who runs the orphanage) organises a party where they have special food and the girls get new dresses. This orphanage relies completely on donations, and along with the rest of the world, there is less money available. If you feel like doing something in the new year outside of yourself, get in touch and I can chat to you about helping out. In the meantime, here is last year’s visit! Enjoy!
I would like to wish you love light and rainbows for 2013.
“If you can’t fly, then run…If you can’t run, then walk…If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, KEEP MOVING!” Dr Martin Luther King, Jr
I know that if you are not sleeping well or not sleeping at all, you are developing insomnia, you will become more and more lethargic as the days, weeks and months go on. The temptation is to vegetate on the sofa in front of the TV and make a coffee, hoping that you will be revived soon. Unfortunately, its just a sensory diversion and not a very constructive way to combat lack of natural sleep. The body becomes more and more sluggish and the vicious cycle continues until you just don’t want to move!
When we become inactive, unfortunately the ageing process takes hold, we loose muscle tone, our bones become weaker, our immune system goes down and we are more susceptible to depression. The body is simply suffering from disuse!!!!
From my standpoint, I am talking mostly about the lungs and flexibility and I wanted to introduce you to someone who knows all about natural sleep remedies, Swami Yogananda Saraswati from India!! Swami Yoganananda Saraswati is now coming up to 105 years old and is a great role model for keeping active. He gets up about 4pm every morning and does his healthy breathing, posture and meditation practise. When I was in India, he was doing his practise first, then teaching us, and believe you me, we could not keep up with him. His skin is smooth and soft, if you trimmed up the hair and the beard, he would look little more than 85 years old. He is a perfect example of the benefits of keeping the lungs […]
If you are pulling your hair out because you are not sleeping and your insomnia is getting worse, and you seem to have developed a problem in your neck too, there might just be a clue you had not thought of!!! THE JAW!
The Massetter muscle in the jaw, which apparently is the strongest muscle in the body having the capacity to produce a bite strength of 974 pounds (measured in the Guiness book of records). Mr and Mrs average, however (that is you and me) have a bite strength of between 117 and 265 pounds. That is still very, very strong!!
Although you may not be aware of grinding your teeth when you sleep, you could be. If you are stressed, you might also be clenching your teeth more and more.
When the Massetter muscle becomes tight it starts to create all sorts of problems, especially with sleep as everything, including your neck, will start to be affected.
I recommend winding down as much as possible by using restorative yoga as a natural sleeping remedy and healthy breathing techniques (see my DVD, How to get rid of Insomnia, The Practise of Sleep), and some jaw massage.
Try this simple jaw massage for about 30 seconds 5 times a day, and before bed. Insomnia could be a thing of the past!!! Find the corner of your jaw bone with your middle finger (careful of long nails!) and move the fingers in small circular motions as deeply as possible. It will feel uncomfortable, but that is because the muscle is tight. After 30 seconds open the mouth as far as possible and then relax, then see if you feel a sensation of lightness?
Have a go…and do check out my DVD!