Handling the Changes of Covid-19

Handling the Changes of Covid-19

For Health & Well-Being

Feeling off, or strange?  Noticing that the people you love are a bit touchy?  Just about everyone in the world is experiencing mourning, loss, and a huge change.  Have you noticed their collective reactions?

The research of Dr. Kubler-Ross’s Mourning Cycle has long been recognized by a variety of researchers and therapists as applicable to mourning, forgiveness, and change management.  This cycle is built into human DNA.  You do not have to be consciously aware of it.  It automatically functions.  Mourning, forgiveness, and change all deal with a significant loss. Fortunately, your movement/mind system has a built-in process to deal with it.  Think of it as the “Human Loss/Change Cycle.” Being aware of it helps.

All human behavior is both physical and mental. However, most people have no idea of their need to deal with the physical/movement aspects of behavior. You might “feel” angry or depressed, even as you say, “I have the will to forgive, or be at peace; therefore, but you just can’t  will it.  Or, you may realize that you get an uncomfortable “zing” every time you think about “the incident.” You might even realize that stress reactions are making your head, stomach and/or back ache.  This cycle is a psychosomatic (mind-body) event and not just “all in your head.”  This is not a time to “suck it up, and get on with life.”

The physicality of the Loss/Change Cycle is real and is caused by your bio-electric, neuromuscular, movement-mind link.  Moreover, the physical and mental are one at your deepest core self.

Since 1971, I have developed Coordination Pattern® Training and Dynamics which among other concepts shows the connections and how to use knowledge and physical exercises to support people experiencing this Mourning or Loss/Change Cycle.  It also explains how physical, habituated stress reactions can get locked into the body, prevent or stop the progress of the Cycle and how this type of block can be released.  These blocks cause physical injury, high tension and more.

The basic connection of the Loss/Change Cycle and the Coordination Patterns can be essentially stated as:

  1. Denial – Hang Pattern: go with the free-flowing movement; letting go, random, intuitive, Tai Chi, improvisation
  2. Anger – Thrust Pattern: press, strike, force movement; “do it,” sensing, Karate, Hip Hop
  3. Bargaining – Swing Pattern: back and forth, interactive, playful movement; feeling, Hula, Belly Dancing
  4. Depression – Shape Pattern: placed movement; formal, correct, thinking, Yoga, Ballet

Acceptance uses all four Patterns. Each one of us has one of these four Patterns as our “home” Pattern, which is the Pattern of our relaxation, awareness, creativity, and alpha brain waves.  Thus, it dominates our style of forgiveness.

Use these Patterns to support your Loss/Change Cycle process during this challenging time.

You will become healthier both physically and mentally if you do.  There are also easy exercises that can be used to help, but for now “wiggle, giggle and play every day!”

You can also do pretend Tia Chi, Karate, Ballet and Hula.  Or you can listen and move to Bobby McFerrin for Hang, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring for Thrust, Beethoven’s 9th for Shape, and Aloha Oe Hula music for Swing. They can all be found on YouTube.

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Betsy Wetzig, Founding Director of Coordination Pattern® Training & Dynamics

www.TwinPondsCenter.com

How We Create

During this time where perhaps there are so many unanswered questions, how do we take care of ourselves?  We may find the tendency while going through something very challenging to resort to unhealthy patterns. This is the time where we need to become stronger, more resilient.  How can we do this when we may feel fear, sadness, frustration?  Give yourself permission to feel the emotions as they arise. The acknowledgment will often transmute the intensity of the emotion.

We can also open the energy around the feeling by bringing what is known as ‘higher frequencies’ into our awareness.  This can be achieved by an activity such as:

  • walking outdoors
  • yoga
  • stretching movements
  • deep breathing exercises
  • we can also include a devotion of meditation and journaling
  • there are so many profoundly gifted souls providing guided meditations as well as higher frequency music available on YouTube.

How we come through this unprecedented time in history needs to be our responsibility. We can collectively put out a strong message that we deserve to have our needs met along with our freedoms.  Our physical and emotional bodies are being over-whelmed and having a regime that invites renewed health and joy into our lives is vital.

Each day may bring different emotional feelings that need attending and if we have gathered numerous resources, our bodies will be continually restored.  This is the time we are being asked to truly be with ourselves and excavate what we carry within our emotional world.  And if we are unwilling to allow ourselves to feel and notice what is present, we may miss the opportunity to learn more about Who We Are.  Please dear friends, take care of yourself so we can come through much stronger than when we entered.    

Diane DuPre’, Intuitive Energy Healer, Reiki Master Teacher

484-719-2560   www.intuitivehealer-dd.com

Well-being in Close Quarters

In Challenging Times of Crisis

by Betsy Wetzig, BA, CCPT

Even one person by themself can feel stifled by staying in for two weeks or more.  How big a space you are in and the human desire to be in a variety of spaces is important. Another issue is how we each use time. Finally, there is the problem of how we interact with others.

Our styles of functioning and personality types have a great deal to do with how we cope. All behavior is both physical and mental and we are all different. For instance, we each have different space and time needs. In my DNA, training as a dancer, cultural family background, and extroversion, there is a need for: (1. a lot of space with a great deal of random stuff around and (2. lots of interaction.  I also need my time to be flexible. Too much organization and rigidity of schedule drives me nuts, i.e. a high tension, stress state.

Many people are just the opposite. They need clear, confined space and if introverted a lot of time to themselves. They may need a very fixed schedule. There are many variations of use of space and time.

Now is a great time to think about your space/time needs.

  • Does your body use a lot of space or do you hold yourself together?
  • Are you an introvert (dealing with the environment and information as it comes into you)
  • Or extravert? (dealing with your environment and information as an outward function)
  • How much time and when do you need to be by yourself?
  • What kind of schedule makes you comfortable?
  • Does a neat clear space make you feel good?
  • Do you prefer the “lived in” look and feel?
  • What is your most comfortable personal space?

When you are in a confined space for a long time with others, your time/space needs can become a problem.  If these are not understood and discussed, they can cause a great deal of friction.  For everyone there will be occasional friction…lol.  But, understanding your needs and sharing these with others can prevent friction or at least help keep the volume down!

The answer is to understand and discuss your space / time needs and those of others. Be graceful to others for there will be occasional friction for everyone.

Hope this helps:  Wiggle, Giggle and Play 3 times a day!

 Betsy Wetzig, Founding Director of Coordination Pattern® Training and Dynamics and author of “Move for Greatness: Four Essential Energies of a Whole and Balanced Leader”

 

“Here Comes the Sun” – in local Business News

The Business Weekly supplement of the Reading Eagle just gave us some great coverage about our meditation teaching. You can check it out here. Notice the photo of Beatle, George Harrison.

So why are business leaders and readers interested in meditation? Some might ask why wouldn’t they? This is not rocket science.

Essential Need for Personal Hygiene, Self-Care

Consider this. At a minimum, most of us go to the dentist at least twice a year to have our teeth cleaned and examined. If all goes well, we leave not needing any additional work. However, it doesn’t stop there, does it? We need to brush our teeth every day for maximum oral health – ideally twice a day says our dentist. The same is true for daily meditation. This is self-care, and the results of doing it are magical.

Those who practice Effortless Meditation regularly notice that they are more alert, less tired, happier, calmer, and more resilient to the stressful encounters of the day. An executive of a large corporate client said, this is a life-long tool we’ve given people. It helps you think more clearly. You can isolate a problem and then, it’s gone. The HR Director said this is good for the company – you’re more alert, more productive. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

One employee said her sinus headaches decreased by an estimated 70%, and it has helped her sleep more restfully. It’s common to see significant drops in blood pressure, cholesterol, anxiety, and depression.  Others commented that the meditation training was building trust between management and staff while improving communication and relationships.

Effortless Meditation™: an Antidote for Stress

It’s no wonder that meditation training is routinely provided as a wellness offering. It is an antidote for stress and so much more as briefly mentioned here. If you know someone with an interest in enhancing the well-being of their staff, I’d love to talk with them and discuss how we can help them. We’d all benefit from having a healthier, happier and engaged workforce and world. I welcome your feedback.

“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The seat to your success is found in your daily routine.” – JOHN C. MAXWELL, author, leadership expert, and pastor.

Greg Schweitzer, MBA, D.Ay

Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center

Effortless Meditation Teacher

Wellness Coach