HEALTHY HAPPENING Healthy Happenings February 2018
Healing With Subtle Energy
by Christina Myers
- You think of a friend and she calls!
- You walk into a room of people and you sense tension, not knowing that moments ago an argument occurred.
-You sense the presence of someone approaching behind you before you know they are there.
Most people have experienced these are common examples of our innate ability to sense subtle energy – the subtle energy that emanates from a field around us called the aura and from the earth’s electromagnetic field.
This same energy has been used to evolve hands-on healing arts practices: approaches that map the flow of chi or use the chakra system or techniques such as Reiki and Therapeutic Touch. These energetic healing arts are based on the practice of the healer directing “subtle energy” through their body into that of the client in specific ways to influence the client’s energetic, emotional, and physical functioning. The “subtle energy” in practice creates a palpable sense of relaxation, flow, ease, connection, awareness, warmth, and embodiment for the receiver.
Optimally, we all have an adequate supply of this subtle energy flowing throughout our systems to ensure healthy functioning and vitality. Stress, injury, disease, trauma, and other conditions can create lack of consistent energy flow, depriving and depleting some areas. Thus, the entire energetic system can become clogged, distressed, and diseased. In practice, the practitioner is trained to sense these tensions and restrictions and restore the body’s natural flow of energy, creating ease, openness, and awareness – physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
Subtle energy work can bring comfort from pain, fatigue, anxiety, and depression by restoring calm in the nervous system and balance in the increased flow of energy. This practice can help the distress and hyper-reactivity from all forms of trauma. This work also helps build body awareness, grounding, and insight to inform changes in thinking, feeling, and behavior. It is gentle, powerful, and profound healing work.
Free Class: Healing with Subtle Energy with Christina Meyers. Join me to learn more about energy healing as
I teach and demonstrate this practice at Moonflower Coop on Monday, Feb. 26th 6-7:30PM. Or call me directly at 937-284-2190 for more information and to schedule an appointment.
9 Signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Terri Harris MA, BS, BIT - Integral Brain Health
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a complex mental health disorder that can affect your child’s success at school as well as their relationships. It can also affect adults in the working world.
1. Self-focused behavior
An inability to recognize other people’s needs and desires. They have trouble waiting their turn. They may interrupt others while they’re talking.
2. Emotional turmoil
Have trouble keeping their emotions in check. They may have outbursts of anger. Children may have temper tantrums.
People with ADHD often can’t sit still.
4. Unfinished tasks
A person with ADHD may show interest in lots of different things, but they may have problems finishing them. They may be forgetful or lose things.
5. Lack of focus
A person with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, even when someone is speaking directly to them. They’ll say they heard you, but they won’t be able to repeat back to you what you just said.
6. Avoidance of tasks needing extended mental effort
This same lack of focus can cause a person to avoid activities that require a sustained mental effort.
People with ADHD can have trouble following instructions that require planning or executing a plan. This can then lead to mistakes, but it doesn’t indicate laziness or a lack of intelligence.
People with ADHD aren’t always rambunctious and loud. They may be quieter and less involved than others. A person with ADHD may stare into space, daydream, and ignore what’s going on around them.
9. Trouble getting organized
A person with ADHD may have trouble keeping track of tasks and activities.
ADHD does not need to run your life, it is reversible. To learn more about irradiating ADHD go to www.integralbrainhealth.com today!
Chairs aren’t just for sitting! Basics and Gentle Yoga with Star Kolb
Are you sitting in a chair now? Slouching or hunching in your chair, couch, or car will cause you to put a additional couple of hundred pounds of pressure on your spine and digestion (that’s another discussion). So what can be done? Sit on the edge of your chair, feet flat, sit tall with your rib cage directly above your hips, lengthen the neck, and slide chin in lightly. Voila! You are starting to strengthen your back. If you are in a car, put a towel or a wedge in the bottom back part of your seat to level out your knees and your hips. Okay, I heard the Mom voice too, “Sit up straight”!
Now that Mom has left the room…actually bring your Mom with you to yoga and find new ways to use your chair. Using a chair in yoga makes the practice more accessible to people of all ages (teenagers to triple digits) and abilities. A simple folding chair can be used for balance, alignment, and support.
When I first started using chairs in yoga, it was out of necessity, as I was unable to get up and down off of the floor due to a spinal surgery. So I used the chair for support and balance. Instead of over-stretching and harming my lower back trying to touch my toes, I could stand in front of the chair and bring my hands to the seat, ahhh. Well, it continued from there. Put a blanket over a flipped chair, rest hips on a pillow and now I have a restorative inversion. Change the props a little bit and it turns into a supported back bend. How about a head hammock? You will have to come to class for this one—your neck will thank you! All of a sudden “simple” poses had greater alignment and stability and “challenging” yoga poses became available to myself and so many others.
Moab Yoga has the props you need to steady your body. Some people may be in a chair, while the person next to you is standing. Remember that the practice of yoga is unique to you. Learning to balance your mind, body, and breath will bring greater strength and clarity to your day to day life.
Star Kolb offers several classes, as well as, private classes each week at Moab Yoga, 37E Center St. Star typically uses chairs once a week in one of her classes. Feel free to call her and find the best fit. 406-291-6408
Gentle Yoga Mondays 10-11:30am Gentle Yoga Tuesdays 9-10:30am Yoga Basics Saturdays 10:15-11:45am
Check out www.moabyoga.com for more information and current class schedule.
An Incense-Making Ritual for a Joyful 2018
The excitement of the New Year motivates many of us to craft a list of resolutions, intentions, and hopes for the subsequent months. Often, these resolutions are written down in journals, penciled in our minds, or crafted for the social media world. However, sometimes tangible rituals can help us firmly and deliberately set these intentions.
On January 6th, Victoria White Eagle hosted a free class at Moonflower Community Co-op focused on incense making from an indigenous perspective. Victoria guided the roughly twenty participants through the process of creating a personalized incense ball infused with herbs, positive energy, and affirmations of joy, love, and gratitude.
The incense balls were crafted from a variety of herbs, including whole cloves, basil leaves, star anise, frankincense pebbles, sandalwood powder, cinnamon, and coriander. Victoria encouraged participants to smell each component to determine whether or not they felt drawn to include it in their incense concoction. Smelling freshly ground coffee, according to Victoria, can help clarify the nose and allow incense makers to distinguish smells more effectively. The participants used their own mortars and pestles to grind and blend their selected herbs. Victoria encouraged participants to include “gifts from the sun” in the incense balls, such as seeds, honey, and beeswax. However, she emphasized the importance of “wildcrafting in spirit,” which entails a deep respect for a nature. Indigenous spirituality instructs that nothing should be taken without giving back in a karmic balance.
The binding and shaping of the incense mixture requires a few special ingredients. Benzoin resin, derived from Styrax benzoin, a tree native to the Indonesian island of Sumatra, allows the different herbs to burn at similar rates and increases the durability of the incense ball. Using a burning beeswax candle, Victoria offered three drops of hot beeswax to help bind up the powders and resin in each mortar and facilitate the formation of the ball shape. Essential oils can also be added to the incense mixture to dilute the more pungent herbal aromas. If cone shapes are more desirable, maca root powder and water forms a gummy substance that will allow rolling of the mixture into a cone.
The completed incense ball or cone can be placed on a heated charcoal briquette sitting in a small, heat-safe bowl filled with sand. The burning of the incense may be done in your home or outside at the entrance of your home if the fumes are too overwhelming. During the burning process, continue to reflect on affirmations of joy, love, and gratitude. Think about where you can inject more love and gratitude in your life, and consider what brings you joy. Invite your housemates, partner, friends, and/or children to participate in this ceremony with you, and reflect on these important relationships in your life. We hope you all consider making your own incense and engaging in this ritual.
For more information on incense-making, visit Victoria White Eagle’s website at victoriawhiteeagle.com. For upcoming classes at Moonflower Co-op, visit facebook.com/moonflowercoop.