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Staying Well in Unsettling Times

Fear is raging in our world like we’ve never seen before. These are uncharted waters for almost everyone. So, what can we do to stay healthy and sane in this most challenging time? Self-care has never been more important. Here are some tips:

  • Sleep! It is a vital, often neglected, component of every person’s overall health and well-being. It enables our body to repair and be fit and ready for another day. Statistics show that most adults need 7 or 8 hours to be at the top of their game. A good night’s sleep should leave you revitalized and ready to go in the morning without the need for stimulants to kick start your day.
  • Avoid foods that weaken the immune system. There’s a delicate balance between our state of mind and the functioning of our natural defenses. This is an especially important time to eat “high octane fuels” to maximize our health. Lean toward the purchase of nutrient dense foods – fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, and mostly plants vs. fatty and highly processed packaged foods laced with sugar, preservatives, and artificial ingredients.
  • Stay hydrated. We want to flush toxins including bacteria and viruses into our digestive tract. For that water, not soda or alcohol, is vitally important. Fluids carry nutrients to your cells and are crucial to staying healthy and maintaining every system of the body including digestion and elimination. Sipping water throughout the day is more beneficial than drinking large amounts periodically.
  • While what we eat and drink makes a difference. According the oldest known health science, Ayurveda, what’s equally important is how we eat and when we eat. A positive development coming from this scary time of isolation and social distancing is that more people are eating home-cooked meals with their families. Eating in a settled environment aids digestion and health. Consider the difference between eating a leisurely lunch or dinner with the family vs. gobbling down a burger or candy bars as you drive to your next appointment.
  • Try your best to get adequate exercise, movement – especially if you can get outdoors in nature. I walk for at least 20 minutes each day, and on most days do 15 – 20 minutes of yoga. You don’t have to pump iron in order to benefit from exercise. If you enjoy exercising, you are more likely to do it! In the last few weeks, I’m enjoying watching parents playing outdoors with their children.
  • And finally, a catalyst or complement for all these wellness approaches is the practice of Effortless Meditation. It is an antidote for health enemy #1, stress. During this time, we can all benefit from more peace in our life. I know of no better way to do that than with a regular meditation practice.

In this most unsettling time, we need to be gentle and treat ourselves well. Millions watch and read COVID-19 news on their TV, computer or on your cell phone way too much. During this our heart and respiration rates rise, our muscles tighten, stress hormones spike, and our immune systems take a hit. We become the news!

Relax. A meditation client said his meditation is a mini vacation that he takes every day. To be healthy, we need balance in our lives so meditate to enliven the peace and joy of your core self. We suggest 15 – 20 minutes twice a day for maximum benefits, however 5 minutes is much better than nothing.

We will get through this, and when we do, we will have hopefully learned some big lessons – one of those is the importance of self-care, and how to effectively do it. Be well.

Greg Schweitzer, MBA, D.Ay

Wellness Coach, Meditation Teacher, Speaker

Learn more about Effortless Meditation™ 

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.

TP Van Main CPD Chart 2

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