Written by Marni Levitt
Mindfulness has become a popular word, used widely to describe the mind’s awareness of what is happening in the present moment. A state of being that can improve our health, relationships and work. I believe it should be called ‘Body-Full- Ness’. Part of the reason the word has become so popular in modern western life is because we can relate with the word ‘mind’ that is in ‘mindfulness’. We love anything to do with thinking and cognition. Mind over matter. What I have learned from my years of self-study and learning in mindfulness meditation and personal growth, is that my emotional experience resides primarily in my body. ‘Mindfulness’ is a paying attention, not just to thoughts, but (perhaps more importantly) to the direct physical experience that locates itself in the body.
The body is the resonator for emotional experience. Like the body of my guitar that reverberates when I pluck the strings, my bodily experience resonates and responds along with my thoughts, perceptions and experiences. When I really pay attention to what is going on in my bodily sensations, and the emotions swirling inside, I have a natural built-in compass that directs my course in the day-to- day and in life. Easier said than done in a culture that so values the cognitive (thinking) aspects of experience. It is all related and interconnected. When I practise ‘mindfulness’ in my modern western lifestyle, I am getting acquainted intimately with my thoughts, but even more importantly, tuning into my body and the multiple facets of emotional experience and knowledge. Every time I do that, I access a whole self, with a full range of awareness – not only of what is going on inside myself, but what is going on around me. You could say my ‘Body-Full- Ness’ is a key that opens the door to a whole universe.
Today, see how many times you can notice physical sensations: the air going in the nostrils, the abdomen rising and falling, the feeling of your foot touching the ground with every step, the feeling of your hand touching a doorknob, the taste of the food in your mouth. Simple. Not easy, but simple. This basic awareness sets a baseline for noticing when emotional ups and downs come rolling through the body like waves in a storm.
Marni Levitt B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed. OCT, RYT
Founder Move-N- Music
Wellness Educator, Animator, Speaker
Ignite the potential for your body and mind
Written by Sophie Addison
The modern world is defined by agitation and stress, with those things taking a toll on those who have a frail frame of mind. Mental disorders are a common staple of modern days but, unfortunately, not many people are open to admitting that they have a problem. In the paragraphs below, you will find five surprising signs and symptoms of mental disorder. Read the information presented on them and stay informed, so as to be able to help the person (or persons) in which you will recognize these signs.
Here, we are talking about those people who exhibit a lot of energy, out of nowhere. They are the ones who pick up one idea after the other, always being on the edge and searching for a new stimulus. The energy that you see on the outside might be accompanied by a racing mind on the inside. This may be a symptom of a mental disorder, and it is important to acknowledge it for what it truly is before it is too late.
Such a person will not recognize that he/she has a problem, stating that his/her energy is simply there because you are talking to a creative person. There is also the risk of that person hiding their energy and displaying a peaceful appearance in front of others. In such situations, it is important to talk to that respective person and find out about his/her thoughts and feelings.
Depression is indeed one of the most common mental disorders throughout the entire world. When you read about the symptoms of depression, you find out a lot of useful information. But no one tells you about the people who manage to hide their depression in an excellent manner, pretending in front of others that everything is fine. This often happens because those people consider that society would not accept them if they were to show their real feelings.
Putting on a brave face might work out for a short period but not forever. It is always important to get to the root of the problem and discover the real reason for why the depressive feelings have appeared in the first place. The more time a person pretends, the harder it will be to get in touch with his/her real feelings and solve the problem.
#3 Social isolation
Society has always shunned those who had a mental disorder. When a person experiences such symptoms for the first time, it can be a genuine shock. As the condition progresses, social isolation appears as a natural consequence for that person. He/she will begin to avoid social outings, either because such experiences are too aggressive or because that person fears he/she will be judged by his/her, peers. Moreover, when a person goes through such problems, mood swings are common, and they can prevent the respective person from fully enjoying social interaction.
#4 Affected sleeping or eating patterns
While it is normal for every person to suffer from insomnia or indigestion from time to time, a person who suffers from a mental disorder might present such problems more frequently. It is possible that they sleep for a prolonged period or, on the contrary, go on days without sleeping. As for eating, the same extreme situations are found, suggesting that intervention is required for that person in question. Because of such extreme changes, one might easily resort to alcohol and drugs, to compensate for such problems. Only immediate intervention can prevent a drug overdose or alcoholic intoxication in that case.
#5 History of brain injury
Brain injuries can range from easy to serious but, nevertheless, they cause certain changes in the way a person thinks or acts. A lot of people who have been diagnosed with a mental disorder have had a brain injury at some point in their lives. When you encounter a person who is suspected of a mental disorder, the most important thing is to take his/her personal medical history. Inquire about accidents that might have led to brain injuries and recommend imaging studies, to find out if there are any sequelae to worry about.
If you know a person who might have a mental disorder, watch out for the signs and symptoms we have presented in this article. Inquire about his/her medical history, obtaining information on similar cases within the immediate family and also about accidents that might have caused brain injuries. Based on this information, you can recommend a specialist for that person to visit.
Sophie Addison is a popular blogger and skincare expert. She is very passionate about writing on skincare and beauty. She has posted articles on tips for fine lines under eyes, top memory pills, weight loss and fitness news. Apart from work she likes gardening and listening music. You can also contact her on Facebook, and Pinterest.
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Written by Marni Levitt
I can’t underline the importance of music enough. In education, in wellness, in life! In my 10 years experience teaching within the school board (and the past 5 years of private work), I have found over and over again that when I use rhythms, a musical way of talking, call and response dialogue etc., then kids listen! They literally TUNE IN when they hear the phrases I am chanting or singing. Sometimes they tune in EVEN MORE when I add some simple body movements. Adults are more reserved at first, but the effect is still the same. They love music, and want MORE of it. Yesterday I shared some of my newest original songs for kids at a special summer camp – they loved them!
Listening and tuning in can be a particular challenge for some, (and for many kids and adults alike these days, we are so distracted with technology!!!!). When the kids knew I wrote the songs, and they felt the melody, rhythms and even the meaning of the words (words designed to instill positive self-image, relaxation and stress-reduction) – the calm and joy in the room was palpable.
That being said, you DON’T have to be a musician, a songwriter or a dancer to share music with kids. Any teacher, education professional, social worker, yoga teacher or parent can learn some simple fun rhythmic phrases to engage young people. I have seen it work over and over again – I would even say that children these days are CRAVING more music. Humans need music, like we need water and food. Our bodies are made up mostly of water, and water responds to sound vibrations, by vibrating in response.
Want more information? check out this article on the scientific benefits of music!
Like what you read? I would be happy to speak with you about professional development opportunities for teachers or anyone who works with children.
May the music find you!
Wellness Educator, Animator, Speaker
Written by: Sophie Addison
Whether your joint pain is just temporary, due to a weird sleeping position or working out incorrectly, or more chronic, like the kind that comes from arthritis, it interferes with your daily routine and makes even simple movements more difficult. Although your first instinct might be to reach toward the medicine cabinet, many of the medications used to treat joint pain have unwanted and potentially dangerous side effects.
Taking an ibuprofen now and then is probably okay, but doctors warn these anti-inflammatory drugs can cause stomach bleeding and ulcers over time while stronger medications to manage chronic pain often include steroids or prescription opioids. Given the recent warnings about over-prescribed addictive opiates and an increase in overdoses in recent years, finding natural solutions may be the safest and longest lasting way to manage joint pain.
Physical activity is “crucial” to relieving joint pain advises the Mayo Clinic. (http://www.mayoclinic.org/arthritis/art-20047971) It helps manage weight, and those extra pounds can put more pressure on your joints to aggravate the pain. However, the benefits are much further reaching. Studies have shown vigorous exercise that gets your heart pumping release endorphins that bind to pain receptors in the brain, actually reducing pain. The key is finding safe exercises that won’t put pressure on delicate areas. The Mayo Clinic says to stay away from high-impact activities like running and jumping and stick to low-impact activities like walking, cycling, swimming, and stretching.
Get a massage
Many people see massage as an alternative medicine or simply a way to indulge and relax, but not as a necessary medicine. However, for those with joint pain, massage may be a much-needed relief and natural remedy for joint pain. Even the Arthritis Foundation says regular massage is a powerful tool to reduce pain, increased range of motion, better grip strength, and many other psychological and physical benefits. Specifically, the American Massage Therapy Association writes that studies have shown massage to be particularly effective in reducing lower back and neck pain.
Practice Gentle Yoga
If you’ve been following Glozine health news updates, (https://www.glozine.com/lifestyle/health) you know yoga has many physical and mental benefits, and relieving joint pain may be one of them. Some are concerned some yoga poses may be difficult or dangerous for people with joint pain, especially because many require a good sense of balance. However, John Hopkins Arthritis Center published a recent study showing gentle yoga poses, typical to what you’d find in a beginner class. They determined yoga was safe and beneficial, even for people with arthritis as long as the positions were gentle and the participants used adaptions to meet their individual flexibility, like blocks and straps.
Although many people find it hard to focus, that’s exactly why meditation is beneficial. Sitting down to notice your body, thoughts, and breathing might not come naturally at first, but over time, meditation can change your brain to reduce pain dramatically according to Psychology Today. Studies show meditation activates and develops the brain so much so it can reduce chronic pain intensity by 57 percent and even up to 90 percent of people who meditate regularly throughout their lives.
Get enough omega 3s
Omega 3s are an essential fatty acid, one our bodies can’t produce naturally. You can get it from fish, and some plant based products like flaxseed and olive oil. However, most Americans don’t get enough of it and load up on omega 6 instead, which can contribute to inflammation according to the Arthritis Foundation. They go on to explain that studies have documented the importance of omega 3s to reduce inflammation and some of the stiffness and tenderness that come along with joint problems. To get the benefits, and all the omega 3s you need to stay healthy, they recommend eating two 3-ounce servings of fish a week and to talk to your doctor about taking additional supplements.
Many see acupuncture as an alternative medicine, one not completely backed by science, as demonstrated by Harvard Health Publication’s advice that it’s “worth a try.” Although not a particularly encouraging suggestion, studies do show acupuncture helps relieve pain for many people. An analysis of 29 studies involving about 18,000 people found that acupuncture provided joint pain relief for most, (https://www.jointhealthmagazine.com/jointrelief )even reducing it by 50 percent and the Arthritis Foundation also recommends it as a natural treatment.
Take turmeric supplements
The New York Times blog Well interviewed Dr. Minerva Santos to find natural remedies for joint pain, and turmeric shows lots of promise. Curcumin, an ingredient in turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that studies show work as well as ibuprofen in treating pain, and at least one study showed taking curcumin in capsules daily for up to three months was safe. Dr. Santos recommends 1,000 milligrams a day and choosing a capsule that also comes with piperine to aid in absorption.
Sometimes joint pain is so unbearable people need the instant relief medication can bring. However, in most cases medication doesn’t treat the underlying cause of pain – it just gets rid of it temporarily, so when you stop taking the medication, the pain returns. These natural solutions may provide a more lasting, and safer way to treat joint pain, whether chronic or temporary. If you have chronic pain or an injury, make sure you speak to your doctor before starting a new supplement or trying a new workout.
1. http://dealpain.net/2016/03/10/7-ways- to-reduce- joint-inflammation- and-relieve- joint-pain/
2.www.socialandhealthservices.com/general-health/stiff- knees-7- simple-ways- you-can- banish-joint- pain-for- good/
Sophie Addison is a popular blogger and skincare expert. She is very passionate about writing on skincare and beauty. She has posted articles on tips for fine lines under eyes, best eye creams, weight loss and fitness news. Apart from work she likes gardening and listening music. You can also contact her on Facebook, and Pinterest.
Written by Marni Levitt
One of the greatest teachings of Yoga that I learned through my teachers at Sivananda,and have been learning experientially as I live life – is the infinite capacity of the heart’s intelligence. On the first day I learned to meditate, at least 10 years ago, on a Yoga retreat, one of the teachers explained to me the difference between the way the mind and the heart process information. The conscious thinking mind has a certain capacity to think, understand, analyze and process, but that capacity is limited. It can only go so far. For sure, the mind can help us understand and achieve many things – but there is another kind of intelligence that goes way further. WAY further. That is the intelligence of the heart.
I remember my teacher at the retreat drawing a picture on a piece of paper – a circle that represented the intelligence of the mind – then, he drew another far bigger circle around that, encompassing the mind….he said, ‘the bigger circle represents your heart’.
The heart can understand, sense, intuit, and connect with a vast amount of information (in many different forms) that cannot possibly be understood or processed by the conscious mind. The conscious mind naturally has to be selective about what information is taken in, processed and used, in order for us to be able to live our daily lives. The heart, however, can hold, and connect with limitless volumes of material.
Sometimes all we can do is ‘sense’ that it is there, without fully understanding all the bits and pieces. This large capacity allows us to love, to feel compassion, empathy – and to hold another person’s perspective, feelings or experience in the same space that we hold our own. WOW. Incredible.
Time and time again Yoga practise has helped me tap into that larger, intuitive intelligence – as a result I have made connections with information, or with others that I would not have otherwise. I have created magnificent works of art (songs, paintings, poetry), and have been able to come to very useful decisions that I would never have arrived at simply through logical reasoning. The implications of heart intelligence are phenomenal. The Dalai Lama certainly agrees – have a look at this quote – as does the Heart Math Institute.
May your heart open to its potential this summer.
Much love, Marni
Marni Levitt B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed. OCT, RYT
Founder Move-N- Music
Wellness Educator, Animator, Speaker
The 10 Steps To Happiness by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
1) Reduce Your Needs & Increase Your responsibilities
If you sit and make a note of all your responsibilities and all your needs, and if you find that your needs are more than your responsibilities, then life will lead to misery. But if you take more responsibility and have fewer needs, then you will be happy. This is the secret.
When you take more responsibility and your needs are less, everything simply comes to you – enthusiasm, happiness, creativity, etc.
2) Look At People Who Have Bigger Problems Than You
Once a wise man drew a line on a board and told his student to make the line shorter without touching or erasing it. How would you do it? You have to shorten a line without touching it.
The student then drew a much longer line underneath that line. So, the line automatically became shorter. The lesson here is that if your difficulties appear to be very big, lift your eyes because you are only focused on yourself.
If you lift your eyes up and look at those who are in a worse condition than you, you will suddenly feel that your burden is not as bad as you thought it was. If you think you have some big problem, look at people who have a greater problem. Suddenly, you will get a confidence that my problem is much smaller, and I can manage it.
So to be happy is to see those who have greater problems, then your problems will appear smaller. The moment your problems appear smaller, you will get the energy and confidence to deal with it or solve it. In simple words, serve those who are in greater need.
3) Don’t Be Unhappy About Being Unhappy
Never mind if you are unhappy for a little while, so what? If you think I should never be unhappy, then that becomes a cause of unhappiness.
4) Drop Unpleasant Memories Of The Past & Live In The Present Moment
How can you be happy if you’re holding onto unpleasant memories of the past? Unpleasant memories are the biggest hindrance for you to be in the present. The nature of the mind is such, it leaves all the pleasant memories and it grabs onto those few unpleasant events and chews on it. We have advanced in technology but we have not used that technology for our mind. If you are happy now, the past will not torment you and the future will take care of itself.
5) Know That Everything Is Temporary
None of the events are permanent; pleasant or unpleasant, all pass and move away. When you realize that everything is temporary, and it all fades away, then you can be perpetually happy.
6) Dedicate You Life To A Larger Goal
The key to happiness in life is to not stay stuck in ‘Me, me, & mine’. Dedicate your life to some larger goal or to the service of others around you, then you will find that only happiness flows through your life.
7) Take The Decision That ‘I Will Not Allow Any Situation To Bog Down My Happiness’
You Have To Take This Decision, Nobody Else Can Take It For You.
There is nothing great in smiling when everything is normal, and when everything is going the way you want. But if you awaken the valor inside of you, and say, ‘Come what may, I am going to keep smiling’, you will notice tremendous energy rise from within you. Then problems will feel like nothing; they just come and disappear.
Being happy, keeping the environment around you happy, and not losing your smile come what may, is the real sign of enlightenment.
8) At All Costs, Save Your Mind!
In your day to day life, people come and put some negativity in you, and that makes your mind and your determination shaky. Don’t let this happen. Put a filter to your ears and just smile through it.
It is natural and common that people will put out some negativity, but when you are deeply connected with your Self, and when you have intuition, then you will just smile through all such incidents. You will put a filter in your ears.
That is how the world is. There are some pleasant and some unpleasant things. How we manage them and keep our direction, that is what is most important.
9) Have Faith Because Faith By Itself Can Make You So Happy
What you need to remember at all times is this, ‘There is someone who loves me very dearly, and is taking care of me at all times. He cannot be without me and He is capable of removing any lack that I have’.
Knowing this too brings such joy in one’s life.
10) Share Your Happiness With Others & It Will Grow
When you are content; when you are happy, you want to share it.
The nature of joy is to share with others. Joy has the tendency to spread, and whenever a person is genuinely happy and joyful from within, they want to just share it with the whole world.