Body-Full- Ness

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.


 

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How to Reduce Joint Pain Without The Use Of Medication

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.

 Exercise

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.

 Meditate

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.

 Acupuncture

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.

References:

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/

Author Bio:

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.

FROM SMART PHONES TO SMART REST

Written by The Art of Living Foundation.

A phone is only a phone, until one has packed some intelligence into it so that it becomes smart and powerful. Rest is also only rest, until one has packed some intelligence and awareness into the process to make IT smart and YOU powerful! This kind of smart rest, which is done consciously, is meditation.

For most of us rest means Sleep. Sleep is a universal phenomenon. I have never heard a single debate on whether humans aught to sleep. I don’t think we even have a choice there, for when the body and mind is tired, sleep envelops our consciousness and makes us unconscious, whether we like it or not… approve or disapprove. The body and mind dips into rest, and kick starts all the physical and mental processes of rejuvenation. Any medical doctor will tell us that the physical growth in children takes place when they are sleeping. That could be the reason infant and toddlers sleep so much. Lot of accumulated toxins are eliminated by the body in sleep. Our body has a natural intelligence to heal itself and for most of us sleep is the only opportunity it gets to heal.

All of us have experienced the energy of rejuvenation that comes from a good night’s rest and the energy of depletion that comes from sleepless, troubled nights. A sleepless night is usually followed by lack of energy, irritability, mistakes, lack of clarity or creativity, obsession towards supposedly comfort foods and drinks, incorrect perception/ assessment of situations. If ever there was a devil… that devil is probably you on a sleep-deprived morning. After a few sleepless nights even the smallest goal can be difficult to achieve and even a pious person forgets to be kind!

I talk about sleep because everyone can relate to it and look at reality from a fresh perspective. Although this phenomenon is with us since birth, we have rarely given it enough introspection. Our worldly goals have taken up so much of us that we may have lost sight of the foundation on which it all rests. That foundation is literally rest. The more rested you are, the more successful you can be in every aspect of life.

Now, if you decide to concentrate your sleep, you will experience a concentrated form of rest, which will give you a taste of the panacea of meditation. Simply put, the difference between sleep and meditation is – sleep is relaxing unconsciously and meditation is to relax consciously. Doing any activity consciously, concentrates it. Learning a technique to relax with awareness and consciousness helps one to systematically dive deep into our source – which is abundant with energy, peace, joy and love. Even our most ambitious goals are small compared to the capabilities that our consciousness possesses. We are designed to do big things. But due to lack of knowledge about oneself, we get stressed with even small things in life.

It is said that the rest from a twenty-minute deep meditation is equivalent to four hours of deep sleep. I have been meditating for 9 years, using the Sahaj Samadhi meditation technique and can corroborate this with my own experience. Whatever benefits we have experienced with sleep multiply with meditation. Silence is the mother of creativity and also the seed of all the talents that we aspire for. This does not mean that meditation can replace sleep altogether. A balance of both is needed in our well-being and effectiveness.

Sahaj Samadhi meditation is a mantra-based technique as taught by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Each participant is initiated into a personal mantra (appropriate for him/her) and taught to use it, so that they are able to dive deep into the different layers of their consciousness. Through this process they are able to eliminate all the deep rooted stresses stored within. It comes from the Vedic tradition of masters from ancient ages, who have brought this knowledge to our generation in all its purity. The power of this technique lies in its simplicity and could be the reason why it is gaining popularity all over the world. Sahaj means effortless in Sanskrit (ancient Indian language) and Samadhi means a state of bliss, heightened awareness and peace. This technique can be learned from a trained Sahaj Samadhi instructor and takes 9 hours over 3 days to learn and will last you for a lifetime.

In order to sleep we require a comfortable bed, lights dimmed out, maybe some soothing music, a nice pillow and a prayer of hope that sleep will come! For meditation, you simply need an authentic technique, initiated in a pure tradition and a place to sit and meditate! In this jet age, this seems like a jet solution to realize all our goals happily.

Our phones have become smarter, it is time for us to get smart(er) too.