Grounding Exercises to Help You Feel Secure and Balanced

Grounding Exercises to Help You Feel Secure and Balanced

One of the reasons we experience extreme mental and emotional health challenges is because oftentimes we aren’t grounded or centered within ourselves. To help us manage our thoughts, moods and emotions, we can practice grounding and centering exercises.

When we don’t feel grounded, it is often because we have an imbalance in our root chakra. This energy center governs our sense of stability, security and safety. When our root chakra is balanced, we feel rooted in our purpose, confident about who we are, centered in ourselves. We feel stable and secure in our daily lives. When our root chakra is out of balance, we often feel highly anxious and depressed. We can feel lost, confused, distracted and unmotivated. We might feel overwhelmed and stressed. We might feel like we don’t have a sense of direction or purpose, we might not feel at home in our own skin, and we might be struggling to feel at peace within ourselves.

Everything in our lives can knock us off center if we allow it to. Interpersonal dynamics, daily stresses, challenging life experiences. When we are grounded and centered within ourselves, we feel a stronger sense of resilience. We feel better able to handle our thoughts and feelings. We feel confident facing challenges. We can bounce back more easily from setbacks. We can better protect ourselves from extreme breakdowns in our mental, emotional and physical health.

Here are some simple grounding exercises you can try.

Walking barefoot in nature is a powerful grounding tool. Feel yourself connecting to the power of the earth underneath you. Embrace the magnificent beauty of the natural world and remind yourself that you are a part of it. Know you are being supported by the universe. Walking meditation is a wonderful healing technique you can easily incorporate into your self-care routine.

Visualize yourself rooting downward into the earth. We are connected to the land. Allow yourself to feel that connection and let it help you heal. Visualization is a powerful healing technique. Visualize roots extending downward from your body into the core of the earth. Feel the earth’s strength empowering you.

Practice repeating affirmations like “I am safe. I am secure. I am balanced. I am being guided and protected. I am loved and supported.”

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The Importance of Holistic Healing

The Importance of Holistic Healing

Sometimes when we’re dealing with mental health issues and addictions, we tend to focus on treating symptoms rather than addressing the underlying root causes. Sometimes our treatment options are temporary quick fixes rather than long-term healing solutions. What we perceive as mental health problems often also have spiritual, physical and emotional causes. Transforming our lives in real ways requires working with our whole selves to get to the root of those causes and find ways to heal that work for us on a deep level.

We carry within us all of our fears, insecurities and pain, our traumatic experiences and limiting beliefs. All of our coping mechanisms, avoidance strategies, distractions, addictive behaviors and negative self-talk take us away from facing our fears and our pain, all of which only exacerbate them. When we try to slap band-aids over the gaping wounds, we don’t actually heal the wounds. We might delay having to face them, but eventually they catch up with us, sometimes in drastic and catastrophic ways. For example, the hurtful relationship patterns you’ve continued over the years catch up with you, and you’re left devastated and hopeless. The painful thought patterns you’ve tortured yourself with for years are worsening, causing worse depressions, anxiety, insomnia and addictive behaviors. To get to the root of it all, holistic healing brings together the mind, body, heart, soul and spirit to achieve real healing that is powerful and transformative.

When we do the difficult work, we’re going to dig up some very painful stuff: our deepest fears, our most painful shame, our biggest regrets, buried memories, unresolved issues, unhealed trauma.

To heal on a deep level, we have to move past our minds and work with our whole selves: our chakras, or energy centers; our bodies and the trauma we store within; our hearts which hold the capacity for love, self-love and forgiveness; our souls- our unique gifts, talents, stories and dreams, who we truly are deep down under all the different ways we identify ourselves as people- and our spirits, our connections to a higher power and that power within us. Meditation, breathing exercises, affirmations, writing, practicing gratitude and self-care, and spending time in nature are a few examples of holistic healing that have helped people tremendously and that you can learn and implement in your own recovery.

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Aromatherapy: What You Need To Know Before You Start Your Own Practice

Aromatherapy: What You Need To Know Before You Start Your Own Practice

Aromatherapy is all the craze in 2018 for a good reason. Essential oils have healing properties powerful enough to adjust mood and heal wounds. Here are three things you need to know about essential oils before you start your own aromatherapy practice.

 

Not all aromatherapy oils are created equal:

Hidden beneath a labyrinth of layers from the products you see on the shelf is an entire industry and science dedicate to smell. Smells can be created from synthetic chemicals and mirror the real thing almost identically. Many ‘aromatherapy’ companies use synthetic smells and advertise them as essential oils. Rubbing these chemical laden oils into your skin or breathing in the vapor after using them in a diffuser can be dangerous for your health and certainly has none of the healing properties essential oils has. Do your research before you make your purchase. Aromatherapy is popular these days and many companies are trying to profit. Google their name, check reviews, and be willing to spend a little more for real essential oils.

Essential oils aren’t regulated by the FDA:

One of the ways you can sort out the fake essential oils from the real ones is by the way they are marketed. You might see terminology like “medical grade” or “therapeutic quality”. These are nonsense claims. All essential oils, in their natural state, can act as medicine and they are therapeutic. The reason essential oils are so popular and have been relied upon for so many years is due to their medicinal and therapeutic properties. Lavender oil, for example, is considered a “wonder drug” of nature. Essential oils can be antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, and much more. However, the FDA does not currently have a say on essential oils. Any terminology which infers the contrary should be a product well avoided.

Aromatherapy is not a replacement for other medical or psychological therapies:

In an anxious situation, lavender oil can help instantaneously calm your nerves. Does that mean you should cease to see your therapist who is helping you work on your anxiety? No. When you are congested in your sinuses, eucalyptus oil can help clear your nasal passageway and help you breath. Should you avoid seeing your doctor to make sure you don’t have a sinus infection? No. Aromatherapy is not a replacement for professional therapies. Aromatherapy can act as a supplement to these treatments and aid the therapeutic process. For example, lavender oil can help with a therapy session which brings up a lot of anxiety. Eucalyptus oil can help soothe the symptoms of a cold while other remedies help remove a virus.

 

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Bathing In Sound For Transformational Meditation

Bathing In Sound For Transformational Meditation

Sound bathing is a practice more than 2,000 years old and is regaining popularity in the holistic health movement of the new age. Bathing in sound is something we actually do all the time. At the beginning of every Headspace meditation, Andy, your mindfulness guide, encourages you to take a moment to listen to the sounds around you. He asks you how much you can hear and how far away. You quickly realize that there are sounds happening all around you all day that you don’t notice because you aren’t mindful of them. Sometimes we are unintentionally bathing in sound. Too often, that sound is cacophonous rather than harmonious.

The battling sounds of everyday life provide a certain ambience, but can confuse and excite our energy. There is a distinct difference between listening to the noises outside during traffic and listening to the intentionally tuned hum of a Tibetan Singing bowl. Sound bathing is the practice of using intentional sound like singing bowls, gongs, tuning forks, and more, to bathe the body in harmonized, balancing, invigorating energy. The wavelengths created by the vibrations of sound bathing penetrate the body and restore a flow to the body. Participants in sound bathing simply lie on the floor or on a massage table and let the sound bath practitioner wash over them with sounds and vibrations. Recipients of sound bathing have reported feeling less anxiety, reduced stress, improved mental clarity, more energy, deeper sleep, and a greater sense of wellness.

You can go to a yoga studio or a sound bathing event to participate in sound bathing or you can set up a sound bathing session yourself. Many sound bathing sessions or musics are recorded. Online, you can find a wealth of recordings that are just the sounds of Tibetan singing bowls, crystal bowls, “Om” chants, gongs, and more. You can also find recordings created with specific binaural beats, curated to tune into the wavelengths of your brain and promote calm.

Create a quiet, comfortable space for yourself and find a laying down position. To set the mood, light some incense or put a calming essential oil, like lavender, into a diffuser. Turn off the lights and choose ambient lighting like candles or Himalayan salt lamps. Turn on the music and start focusing on your breath taking deep inhales then releasing deep exhales. Don’t worry if you fall asleep The sounds are still creating the vibrations your body needs to heal.

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Reiki: Everything You Wanted To Know About Energy Healing

Reiki: Everything You Wanted To Know About Energy Healing

Reiki is becoming a buzzword in 2018 and it seems everyone is becoming a reiki practitioner or master. The holistic practice of creating healing energy was developed by Mikao Usui in 1922 in Japan. Since the 1920s the practice has expanded around the globe. People everywhere are trained in the ability to tune into their own energy and provide energy healing to others. A survey from 2007 found that at the time over one million adults in the United States had tried a reiki session. Today, reiki healing is being used in rehabilitation for addiction, to treat patients undergoing chemo, and many other medical as well as psychological settings.

Eastern philosophy believes that we have channels in our bodies, called meridians, through which energy flows. When our channels get clogged up our blocked, our mental and physical health suffers. We might have something blocking the flow of energy through our chakras, our meridians, or other parts of our body. Reiki healers can tune in and find out where our energy is blocked. They won’t necessarily be able to tell us why. However, each meridian and each chakra relates to components of our life, as holistic theory would suggest. We can take a hint from these metaphors and find awareness in how we can open ourselves up to more energy flow.

Though healers are moving energy, they are creating a wealth of benefits. Reiki has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation, cravings and difficult emotions, and symptoms of many other diseases. By moving and releasing energy, reiki healers can conduct their healing.

People who receive reiki healing report feeling different sensations during their sessions. Feelings of warmth or coolness in the body are common. Some are able to visualize the energy moving through their body and can see exactly where the reiki practitioner is releasing blocked energy.

For men and women who are in treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, reiki healing is especially helpful. Addiction tears apart the mind/body relationship and disconnects a person from themselves. Being in such heightened states caused by stimulant substances or depressed states caused by depressant substances, alters the energy flow of the body. Releasing old energy helps those in treatment release emotions which they have held onto for some time. Reiki directly encourages the therapeutic process for healing mind, body, and spirit.

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Can Yoga Improve Body Image?

Reasons to go on a Yoga Retreat

When a person sobers up, there can sometimes be the conception that there won’t be anything fun to do anymore. While in the disease, there were many reasons to use and that meant every situation and every excuse one can think of. This is just how the mind had been set to function, if you can really call that functioning. Once sobering up, there are many sober things to do including a good spiritual retreat.

There are many reasons why these getaways can be life-changing. There will be lots of yoga and meditation on the schedule. Some might find this tedious at first, but once the person can begin to quiet the mind, serenity and peace will become evident. Without the distractions of daily life, it’s a good opportunity to take it all in and get spiritual. Finding who it is on the inside will give people more self-esteem and guidance from a higher power.

Retreats are great places to detoxify the body from toxins we might ingest through foods and other sources. Retreats will often have food supplied for its guest and this means it will probably be healthy. This is fantastic because there are chefs doing all of the cooking! It’s also an opportunity to learn about healthy foods that could become a staple back home.

Retreats are also an opportunity to detoxify from the digital world. Signing onto facebook and other social media outlets can almost become second nature at times. Making it a point to put the smartphone away can be stressful at first, but it’s amazing how the mind will recover from its annoying cellular friend.

Lastly, being around likeminded people is a nice way to connect. Many people make lifelong friends while in retreats. There are options to travel to beautiful islands and countries around the world. It’s a once in a lifetime experience and one of the best gifts someone in recovery could be given. Once people can live in gratitude, life's troubles will slip away. Life will never be perfect for anyone, but becoming in tune with the body mind and soul in such an amazing environment, will forever give life a new meaning. Now go get your zen on!

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