The Power of Breathing

The Power of Breathing

Breath is Life

The most important nutrient that we take in every minute of every day is air.  Breath is life.  Your life begins with the first breath in and ends with your last breath out.  Without breath/air, you would cease to be alive in 3-4 minutes.  You can live for up to 3-4 months without food and up to a week without water, but you cannot even live 5 minutes without air.

Breathing and Life Energy

Modern research shows that slowing down and deepening our breath shifts us from the stress response to the relaxation response.  Slowing the breath down slows the heart, normalizes blood pressure, increases blood flow to the digestive system, deepens sleep, increases energy, focus, concentration, and memory.

Conscious movement of breath can be applied to achieve a state of relaxed vitality so that optimum health is reached and maintained.  The breath is one of the few body systems that is both voluntary and involuntary.   We can use the training of breath as a tool to achieve heightened energy and awareness and to resolve specific problems such as lowering blood pressure, stop smoking, and lower stress.

The Natural Breath

Have you ever watched a sleeping baby?  Its little tummy moves outward easily and fully as it breaths in air.  This is how we all breathed as a child, fully and deeply.  A full deep breath will bring in as much as 2 quarts of air with each breath, which includes energy, oxygen and other nutrients for the body.

For a minute place your hands on your belly and inhale slowly, and deeply letting your abdomen expand like a balloon.  Let the abdomen fall as you exhale slowly; you are releasing old stale air.  Inhale easily; feel your abdomen expand again.  Press the air out as you contract, as you pull your belly toward the spine in while exhaling.   How do you feel?

Reversing the effects of stress through deep breathing.

The abdominal breath is a first step in reestablishing healthy breathing. Here are some of the benefits:

  1. Increases the flow of oxygen to the body
  2. Exercises, relaxes and strengthens the diaphragm.
  3. Massages the abdominal organs
  4. Releases toxins from the body
  5. Helps the body to relax and release tension.
  6. Release trapped emotions from the body.
  7. Grounds and centers you.
  8. Breaks up the constant flow of thoughts.

This week’s practice

This next week, experiment with the following practices and notice what happens. 

  1. Upon waking in the morning, before you get out of bed, place your hands on your abdomen and take several slow deep abdominal breaths. You can stop after several breaths or continue for 5-15 minutes.
  2. Several times a day take a belly breathing break. Stop what you are doing and place your hands on your belly.  Take several deep belly breaths.  Don’t force, just do what is comfortable for you.  Once complete, stop for a moment and notice the difference.
  3. Before you go to sleep at night, place your hands on your belly and take several deep abdominal breaths. Then let your breath find its own rhythm and pace.  Continue to watch the breath for a few minutes.  If you have difficulty falling asleep, break up the flow of thoughts by bringing your attention to the breath.

 

Until next week, happy breathing.   ❤Bindu

A Major Factor in Insomnia that Nobody Talks About

A Major Factor in Insomnia that Nobody Talks About

A major factor in insomnia is negative cellular memories. They act like a virus in the human body/energy system to steadily disrupt the mechanisms of the body to heal itself.

Negative Cellular Memories

I am sure you have been told it is all in your head. I heard that many times in my life. When we hear that, we tend to think that they are saying we should be able to control what is happening to us.  Obviously, that isn’t true, or we wouldn’t have the physical symptoms that torture us every day.

However, there is a sub-conscious mind and an unconscious mind that does control what we think and do. And that is beyond your control.  Until it is not . . . keep reading!

In our sub and unconscious mind are stored negative cellular memories. These memories have a negative element to them that is constantly sending a message to your nervous system telling you to stay alert and be prepared to fight or run. When this is going on in your subconscious memory, your body simply cannot relax enough to sleep. And the little sleep you do get isn’t deep and restful.

 What is a negative cellular memory

We all have negative cellular memories. It is a fact of life. Every experience we have in our lives is imprinted into our cellular memory banks. Positive and negative memories are both stored.

Negative cellular memories are the memories where you felt afraid, angry, unloved, threatened, ignored, neglected or hurt. We all have them. These memories impact our health when we were not able to resolve them due to the situation we were in.

For example, you were constantly criticized by a parent.  It was not safe in your household to even stand up to the parent.  You were subjected to further abuse if you spoke back.  No resolution possible.  This is the kind of memory that undermines your self confidence, self love and your health.  It will interfere with your health and happiness until you can neutralize the energy.

Science is now beginning to prove this.

In his book, The Biology of Belief, Bruce Lipton, PhD, presents scientific discoveries about the biochemical effects of the brain’s functioning that show that cells of your body are affected by your thoughts.  This doesn’t mean that you have control over this.  Most of the ‘thoughts’ that we ‘think’ are happening beyond our conscious mind and the negative cellular memories are the driving force that keeps those thoughts in place.

In his book, Love Your Disease, It’s Keeping You Healthy, Dr John Harrison, describes the process by which we internalize messages from our parents, siblings and others in the womb and our early childhood years. These subconscious messages form the basis of our identity and predispose us to illness.

Even more detailed information is coming out now that indicates that how the individual interprets the experience can create specific symptoms in the body or impact specific areas of our physiology.  German physician, Ryke Geerd Hamer, spent years researching and documenting with great specificity the connection between trauma and physical illness. He calls his finding German New Medicine.

Bummer! Now what do I do?

This may seem discouraging or may even seem to condemn you to a life of misery. But that is not the case.  These ‘subconscious memories’ can be healed and resolved.  By healing them and resolving them, you can recapture the essence of who you truly are without the taint of your negative conditioning. When that happens, you can not only ‘heal’ your body, but discover joy and happiness and fulfillment from within. You can reclaim your power back from the events, situations and people who you gave your power to in your childhood out of a need to survive.

This knowledge gives us the opportunity to explore, heal and resolve the impact our past experience has had on us.  With the proper tools, we can use this information to heal our bodies, our hearts, our emotions and our minds.

Wow! How do I do that?

The first place to start is by connecting with a calm, clear space within. For most of us, our busy mind keeps us in fight or flight. We cannot unwind our cellular memories from the mind.

I have created a free mini course called Connect to Calm. It includes a guided breathing experience designed to create mini vacations from the mind and connect to the calm that lives within us all. Listened to on a daily basis will progressively strengthen your connection to the calm clear center within. Click here to receive your guided experience.

May you connect to the calm within, ❤️Bindu

Connect to Calm

A free guided experience designed to take mini vacations from the mind and nurture your connection with a calm still Presence within.

This calm still Presence holds the qualities of calmness, clarity, wisdom, equanimity, compassion, creativity and connectedness.

5 Stages of Moving Beyond Fibromyalgia

5 Stages of Moving Beyond Fibromyalgia

My goal in life was to move beyond the experience of fibromyalgia.

As I moved through my experience of living with fibromyalgia, with that as my goal, I noticed 5 distinct phases that I went through.  They were, in essence, 5 steps of empowering myself in relationship to fibromyalgia.  These steps are:

  1. Understanding Fibromyalgia
  2. Living with Fibromyalgia
  3. Managing Fibromyalgia
  4. Healing Fibromyalgia
  5. Life beyond Fibromyalgia.

Understanding Fibromyalgia

In the simplest of terms, fibromyalgia is an experience of multiple physical, emotional and cognitive symptoms including (but not exclusive) to widespread pain, heightened and painful response to pressure, fatigue, sleep disturbance, joint stiffness, difficulty swallowing, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome, bladder abnormalities, numbness and tingling, brain fog, depression, and anxiety.  The exact symptoms and severity of symptoms vary from individual to individual.  Fibromyalgia is estimated to affect 2-4% of the population and effects 9 women for every man.  The term “fibromyalgia” literally means “muscle and connective tissue pain”.

There is no cure for fibromyalgia.  Fibromyalgia is not fatal.  My experience is that the symptoms do increase over time if not managed and addressed properly.  Diagnosis can be difficult and even after diagnosis, finding a practitioner that truly understands fibromyalgia is rare.

Treatment for Fibromyalgia

Generally treatment for fibromyalgia is management of symptoms via medications and lifestyle management.  In the holistic arena you will find acupuncture, herbal treatments, “miracle cures”, chiropractic treatments, diet and exercise recommendations galore, and many countless modalities.

Personally I think that rather than focusing on treating or healing fibromyalgia, we need to focus on healing the individual.  I believe that the underlying cause of fibromyalgia can be different for each person so the idea of healing or treating fibromyalgia or the individual symptoms may bring some temporary relief, but do nothing to create permanent or lasting change.  Treating symptoms can also detract the attention from identifying the underlying cause and thereby making real progress.

Living with Fibromyalgia

Living with fibromyalgia is a difficult endeavor.  In my experience, the symptoms can change radically from day to day, leaving me unsure of what I would be capable of accomplishing on any given day.  Fibromyalgia can impact every area of your life including career, family, relationships, hobbies, finances, and self-esteem.

It is difficult if not impossible for someone who does not have fibromyalgia to understand what you are experiencing.  Many times I heard, “it is all in your head”, “everyone experiences pain”, “you’re just too sensitive”, or “just get over it”. 

People rarely understood why I couldn’t keep up with everyone else or often had to say, “I am just going to stay home” simply because I needed to rest.  Many times, I would push myself to do more than my body could handle, and end up in extreme pain and miserable. 

Truthfully, it took me years of suffering before I understood how to live with fibromyalgia.  Trying to push through isn’t helpful.  In the years that I did that, I did more damage to my health and paid dearly for it. 

Managing Fibromyalgia

Slowly, I began to listen to my body and understand the limitations that it imposed on me.  When I fought the limitations, I suffered.  As I learned to respect my body and the messages it sent me, I began to be able to manage my symptoms so that they were tolerable and that I could maintain a consistent level of functionality.   By listening to my body, I found foods that were more supportive and exercise routines that worked for me.  I discovered how much sleep I needed and what would disturb or enhance my sleep.  I found the kind of regular schedule that would support me in keeping the symptoms at a tolerable level.  I discovered what kinds of activities I could engage in and others that I needed to avoid.  I could tell when my emotions and anxiety were spiraling out of control and learned ways to pull back to take care of myself.  I found tools that helped my body to relax and release pain and tension.

As I listened, I began to hear more.  I became aware of unresolved emotional experiences and how to release them.  I learned to listen to my mind and become aware of the kinds of thoughts I fed to myself and then slowly rescript my inner dialogue.  I learned to how to take care of myself the times that I was severely depressed.  I learned how to take my power back and communicate effectively with other.

I think I have learned more from listening to my body than from any book I have ever read.  Although, the outside information was valuable and if I asked for it, I would receive information that was helpful to me.  I found that most medications did not work for me so I chose a more wholistic approach.

Rebuilding Your Health

Once I accepted the limitations that fibromyalgia imposed on me and learned to manage my experience, I was in a more stable position.  From there I could begin to research and experiment and look for the underlying cause of my symptoms.

I had the belief that I could heal myself and I needed/wanted to do that.  With this approach, I have been able to root out the underlying causes of my fibromyalgia and put myself on the road to healing.  Finding the underlying cause was one step, applying the needed protocols to my life a second step and then re-balancing, detoxing and rebuilding my body was the third step.

Out of my own experiences, I have pulled together the tools and methods that work most effectively as well as an understanding of how to evaluate others as to how to guide and support their exploration.

Life Beyond Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia can be an all-encompassing experience.  It can become the center point of our life.  While dealing with fibromyalgia, it can be helpful to remember that it isn’t the whole of our life.  We need to find outlets for ourselves and our expression that bring love, peace and enjoyment into our lives while on the journey to healing.  We also can look beyond the experience of Fibromyalgia and see or envision ourselves whole, healthy and fulfilled.

As a result of having fibromyalgia I explored areas of myself and experiences in my life that have brought me great peace, contentment, empowerment and inner strength.  I am a more whole and complete person as a result of my illness.  I have learned a great deal about human behavior, health, wellness and spirituality.  I have found my own unique voice and each day give way to my authentic self.  This is a result of the inner work that I did along the way.

I am grateful for this and love the person who I have become.  Healing all parts of myself, physical, emotional, mental, expression and spiritual, became the journey.  That journey will continue as I grow and evolve.

My wish for you

When I talk with women who have fibromyalgia, I can fully relate to their pain and their experience of fibromyalgia. I have no doubt of the real pain, physical, emotional or mental that they experience. I was there. While I didn’t experience exactly where you are what you experience, I know what it is like to be in massive pain and suffering on all levels.

My with for you is that you find your unique path to the experience of Beyond Fibromyalgia. My commitment to you is to share my experience and what I have learned in my long and agonizing journey with fibromyalgia. I often think that if I knew then what I know today, I could have saved many years of pain and suffering.

I will continue to offer free information and reasonably priced offerings to assist you on your journey to wellness. Check out my Free Fibromyalgia Support Group. A private group away from the prying eyes of social media. Join the conversation with other men and women exploring natural solutions to the experience of fibromyalgia.

Feel free to ask for assistance.

May you be on a journey to beyond fibromyalgia,

❤️Bindu

Beyond Fibromyalgia Support Group

This is a community for the engagement and support of men and women with fibromyalgia as we explore wholistic solutions for the challenge of fibromyalgia. 

It is a safe place where men and women with fibromyalgia can come together and learn from each other. Free.

The Power of Awareness

The Power of Awareness

A lot of what I teach is awareness. Perhaps it would be helpful for me to describe what I mean by awareness and why it is so important.

What is Awareness?

We are very complex beings. We are multi-dimensional. By multi-dimensional, I mean that we have a physical body, emotional body, mental body, energetic body and a spiritual body. Within each of these dimensions are many energies and processes that function to give us the experience we have. Most of these processes and functions go on behind the scene and beyond our conscious awareness.

That is part of the grand design of a human being. Our heart beats without us needing to do anything. Our lungs breath without us knowing how this happens. We feel things, emotionally and energetically. Our mind thinks without our volition. We have cellular memories of our past that are subtle images playing continuously. All this and more is going on in the background creating what we experience moment to moment. Most of this we are not consciously aware of.

When we build awareness, we are choosing to bring into awareness some of these “programs” running in the background. We become more aware of our thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, energies, memories and soul.

 

Why is Awareness Important?

Awareness is important because it is these background happenings that create our experience of life. By becoming more aware of what is going on behind the scene, we can and will change the experience of our life. We can become the co-creator of our experience rather than the victims of our past and our conditioning.

Does this sound intriguing? Interesting? In my experience, becoming more aware has been a wonderful experience for me. I have changed and evolved in many ways that I could never have imagined. With increased awareness, we can impact our physical health, improve our relationships with others, improve our mood, get better sleep, enjoy life and more. We will experience a fullness of life that isn’t possible without increased awareness.

That is all I will say for today. But I will continue with this in future posts.

May your awareness grow,

❤️Bindu

Stay Tuned – Coming Soon

Designed for fibromyalgia and beneficial to everyone. Revitalize your body, calm your mind, embrace your heart, discover inner peace. Includes: 

Integrative Movement – yoga, tai chi chi gong, inner dance, joint freeing and more. 

Relax, Meditate and Rejuvenate – guided relaxation, breath work, and meditation.

Is your food making you sick?

Is your food making you sick?

Fibromyalgia is a very complex syndrome.  I have lived with it for many years and explored many various treatments, and approaches to healing.  One of the factors I have found to be very important in reducing fibromyalgia symptoms is the food we put into our mouths.  What we eat can help our bodies to heal or to exacerbate or cause symptoms. 

I am inspired to write this today because of a flare up of symptoms that I had not experienced in years. I was very baffled about what was happening.  It took me a few months to realize what was happening.  I had became too lax in my diet and began including foods that I have previously expelled from my diet.  With the removal of the foods, my symptoms quickly resolved.  That completely reaffirmed my belief that diet is a MAJOR factor in fibromyalgia. 

There are 4 major components to consider when considering diet:

  1. Eating whole, unrefined foods free from additives and preservatives.
  2. Eating the right foods for your unique body type
  3. Eating from a place of gratitude and presence.
  4. Identifying and eliminating foods that your body reacts to. 

 

Symptoms that can be caused by the wrong diet include (but not limited to):

  • Physical tension, aches, and pains.
  • Burning, itching on the skin and internally.
  • IBS, crones, constipation, diarrhea
  • Depression and anxiety.
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • obesity

 

Eating whole, unrefined foods free from additives and preservatives.

Fresh fruits, vegetables, animal foods, nuts, seeds, grains, and oils are the foundation of a healthy diet.  Dairy if your body can tolerate it, some bodies cannot tolerate dairy.    These foods provide the body with important nutrient to build, repair, provide energy, enhance cellular communication, hydrate, and nourish cells, balance hormone activity and more. 

Refined foods are often loaded with chemical preservatives to extend the shelf life and additives to give it back some flavor that is destroyed in the refining process.  The refining process destroys important nutrient that the body needs to thrive and heal and can add empty calories (calories deficient of nutrition) that can lead to weight gain and malnourishment.  The added chemicals can build toxicity in the body and interfere with the body’s natural chemical processes. 

 Animal food free from hormones, antibiotics, and other chemicals are preferable.  The added chemicals can impact your hormone levels, create a desensitization to antibiotics when truly needed, and create imbalances and toxicity in the body. 

Organic vegetables are preferable but start where your feet are, and your budget can handle.  Fresh vegetables are preferable, then frozen and lastly canned (which are the most deficient in nutrients)

 

Eating the right foods for your unique body type

Just as different plants have different needs such as amount of sun and water, temperature, the Ph level, and the right blend of soil and fertilizer, our human bodies have unique needs.  If you place a pansy on a hot dry area with direct sun in the middle of the summer, it will shrivel up and die.  But if planted in the fall it can thrive all winter.  If you give a geranium a lot of water it won’t do well, but many philodendrons love water.   

Some people do well on a high protein, high fat diet.  Some people do better on a high carb, low protein diet.    If you discover the right diet for your type, you will feel a greater sense of well being and balance, reduce food cravings, have a steady flow of energy, and maintain a stable weight. 

Different body types do well with different vegetables, fats, and protein as well. 

 

Eating from a place of gratitude and presence

Taking time to eat in a quiet space and chewing your food improves the digestion and assimilation of the food.  It allows for full digestion and improves elimination as well.   Focusing on the taste of the food and the process of eating assist the body in digestion.  Eating in a rush or while multi-tasking reduces the benefit of food and creates digestive issues.  It also creates a tendency to overeat as you are unaware of when you body is signaling that it is full, which leads to obesity and further insults the digestive system.

 

Identifying and eliminating foods that your body reacts to

This aspect of diet is more difficult to identify.  Different bodies react strongly to certain foods.  Here are some common intolerances: Dairy, gluten, gluten free grains, eggs, corn, soy, Legumes, tree nuts, citrus fruits, and night shade vegetables, shellfish, and coffee.   There are also categories of food that contain high levels of natural chemicals in foods that can cause reactions. These include salicylates, amines, sulfites, fructose, oxalates. 

 

Steps improve your diet to enhance your health.

  1. Improve the quality of your diet by transitioning toward whole foods and away from processed foods. Moving towards organic foods rather than conventional and factory farming.  Improve the quality of the animal foods you ingest by finding meats that are free from added hormones and antibiotics.  Then discovering animals’ foods that include a healthy environment for the animals as they grow.  
  2. Set aside a time and place for eating that provides a calm and nurturing environment in which to eat and enjoy the process of nurturing your body. Focus on the experience of eating.  Tasting the foods, chewing well, savoring the flavor, eating slowly and consciously.  This will enhance digestion and can be a mini meditation away from the busyness and concerns of your daily life.  Expressing gratitude for the food you ingest, feeds you the emotion of gratitude along with the nurturing foods. 
  3. Discover your unique body type. There forms of body typing that focus on different aspects of our physiology.  I have explored many different types of body typing and I find the Metabolic Typing Diet by Bill Wolcott is the most inclusive.  His book, the Metabolic Typing Diet is a good place to start.  The book educates you as to the importance of body typing, provides a questionnaire to identify your oxidative type, how to implement, and instructions as to what foods to eat and how to refine your diet.  He has an advanced questionnaire that offers a more complete assessment by including nervous system type, blood type and hormonal type that is available through a certified practitioner.  (If you are interested in that, you can contact me.)
  4. Explore food intolerances and sensitivities. Educate yourself.  There are many good articles on the internet about food sensitivities that include lists and instructions.  You can experiment with your own body.  Remove one offending food for a week, notice if you feel a difference.  Then put the food back in and notice how you feel.  This is a very powerful way to use your body to discover exactly what does not work for it.  There are blood tests that can identify food sensitivities.  (If you are interested in this, contact me). 

 

Learning to feel your body and listening to it is very powerful. 

Your body knows what it needs and does not need.  By tuning in and listening to your body, you will create a very powerful alliance with your body.  It can become your guide and friend, rather than an enemy that is causing you pain.  Remember, your body is also suffering.  It does not want to be in pain.  It also wants to be healthy and can guide you in that direction. 

 

May you discover the healing properties of food,

 

Bindu

The Joy of Water

The Joy of Water

The Importance of Water

Drinking adequate water is an important part of rebuilding our health and staying healthy.  Although we look pretty solid, more than half of the human body is actually liquid – a briny fluid, much like sea water.  This fluid keeps us in good working order, cushioning and hydrating our cells, tissues and organs, transporting nutrients and eliminating waste from the body.  Water hydrates our body and is essential for many of the functions of the body including digestion, immune function, hormones, communication between cells, mental function, elimination.

 

Dehydration Impacts our health

When your body fluids are depleted, you are dehydrated.  It is as simple as that.  Yes, we would know if we were severely dehydrated as we would end up in the hospital.  The problem is that most of us suffer from minor dehydration and don’t even know it.  We do not understand how essential water is to well-being. We do not understand what happens to the body if it doesn’t receive its daily water requirements.

Minor levels of dehydration can cause you to feel grumpy and tired and make it hard to concentrate.  It can contribute to constipation, aches and pains, asthma, hypertension, ulcers, allergies, arthritis, fibromyalgia, insomnia, depression, anxiety, cancer and many other diseases and illnesses.  Now, that is something to pay attention to!

 

Staying hydrated

Minor dehydration can be easily avoided by drinking adequate fluids throughout the day.  Don’t allow thirst to be the only motivation for drinking water.  By the time you are thirsty, dehydration has already set in.  Feeling hungry between meals is another sign of dehydration.

It is important to have a steady influx of water throughout the day.  We get water from beverages that we drink and the food we eat.  A good rule of thumb is to divide your body weight in half and that is the number of ounces of water to drink daily.    Ideally, you want to spread the amount of water you drink over the day.  Drink a full glass or two of water upon waking in the morning and then a full glass 30 minutes before each meal or snack.  Add another full glass of water between each meal and you have a good supply of fluid going into your system.  Some say it is ideal to drink about 1/2 cup of water every half hour to spread the water intake out evenly throughout the day.  Another water tip is to stop drinking fluids about 2-3 hours before going to bed.   This will allow a full 8 hours of undisturbed sleep.

 

Be mindful of what dehydrates you 

The body loses about half a gallon of liquid every day through sweat, exhaled air and urine.  On a hot day, you lose even more.  Exercise vigorously and you sweat off up to an additional quart per hour. 

It is important to remember that as with everything we put into out body, there are good fluids and bad fluids.  Some beverages dehydrate you and some hydrate you.   Fluids to avoid include coffee, sodas, alcohol, sweetened fruit juices, city tap water and many sports drinks.  These fluids can contain empty calories, toxic substances and can lead to further dehydration.

 

The best water to drink 

The best fluid intake is pure water.  You can get spring water or filtered water.  There are many varieties of bottled water on the market, but the best value for your money is simply pure spring water.  Another option is to purchase a good water filter for your home.  It is more economical and you have more control over the quality of the water you are drinking.  Purchase a good water bottle and carry it with you so that water is handy throughout the day. 

Water temperature is also important.  Excess cold water can be imbalancing to the body, especially the kidneys.  Room temperature water provides enhanced health benefits. 

 

Want some creativity and variety? 

Infused water can be fun and provide additional nutrition to your beverages.  Here are some links to discover fun and delicious infused water recipes.  Or get creative and discover your own. 

Infused Water Recipes to Upgrade your H2O – Shape

8 Infused Water Recipes – Culinary Hill

10 Refreshing Infused Water Recipes (with Fruit and Herbs!) Wellness Mama

 

Introspection and tools to increase the amount of water you are drinking.

  1. Reflect on the amount and types of fluids you currently take in each day.
  2. Do you drink enough fluids?
  3. What is the quality of fluids that you drink?
  4. Are you drinking the right kinds of fluids?
  5. What baby steps can you take to increase the amounts of healthy water intake?
  6. What are some fun and creative ways that you can add more healthy fluids into your diet? 

 

May you enjoy the health benefits of water, 

Bindu