A Balanced Approach to Wellness

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Buffet of personalities

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Last night I was very privileged to attend a gathering of like-minded people. People who are open to spiritual possibilities, people who are conscious of connection to the earth and to its inhabitants. My heart felt open and expansive.

As I connected with them, I sensed the commonality among us and the nuances of each very different individual. Each person with his or her own struggles and talents, each person striving for meaning and relevance. I felt their combined empowerment and individual contributions. Personal achievements feeding on the achievements of the assembled.

The gathering was not for a cause or a spiritual meeting. The gathering was a birthday party of one of the like-minded people. A cause for celebration and a reason to connect. Food was bountiful, but considerate of the environment (organic and humanely obtained). Disposable dishes were nowhere to be seen—only real plates and glasses and cutlery. We took turns washing and drying after the meal, which offered more opportunity to connect around the kitchen sink. The gathering was all the more joyous because its impact on world resources was minimal.

So many people in the world and so many personalities. If only we could all feel our place in the whole that is our environment, and strive to sustain it rather than abuse it. Each person, with his or her own struggles and talents, feeling responsible for the world in which we live.

Uneven breathing—the balancing breath

Breathe

–    Inhale, exhale. Inhale, exhale.
The rhythm of breathing.
–    Inhale, exhale. Inhale, exhale.
The motivator of healing.

Releasing with the exhale.
Circulating with the inhale.
–    Body well.
–     Health urged.

Rhythmic breathing is natural. Inhalations and exhalations of equal length are usual when the body is at rest. When the body is in motion, the rhythm changes, but the lengths of the inhalations and exhalations remain relatively equal.

Rhythmic breathing of unequal lengths can be used for developing greater breathing capacity and healing. In general, when the exhalations are longer than the inhalations, healing is encouraged, if this rhythmic breathing is for an extended period of time. For example, inhalations to a count of six and exhalations to a count of eight, when rhythmically done for at least 15 minutes, start various balancing mechanisms.

Each person has a capacity for uneven rhythmic breathing depending on physical condition, age, breathing habits, and current sleep situation (slept enough or sleep deprived).

Daily uneven rhythmic breathing can be a tool for balance and well-being.

–    Inhale: 6, exhale: 8. Inhale: 6, exhale: 8.
The rhythm of uneven breathing.
–    Inhale: 7, exhale: 9. Inhale: 7, exhale: 9.
The path towards healing.

Releasing with the exhale.
Circulating with the inhale.
–    Body well.
–    Health urged.

The basic tests for maintaining health, Test #4

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The post “Monitoring Health” (https://energy-guidance-complete.com/2014/08/24/monitoring-health/) brings awareness of the seven tests that should be performed in order to evaluate health.

Here is Test #4.

Test #4: Rhythmic breathing

“The more varied the breathing, the less chance for illness to set in..” -from the post “Aging is manageable when done properly” (https://energy-guidance-complete.com/2014/05/12/aging-is-manageable-when-done-properly/).

The importance of breathing cannot be overstated. Not only does breathing sustain us in life, but it sustains us in good health. Breathing that is appropriate for the activities we do is necessary for the body to refresh itself.

For this test, use the following descriptive words to describe how you breathe during the activities presented in the list:

*tight    *quick     *neutral     *deep

1 working/concentrating at the computer or smartphone

2 singing/playing an instrument/talking

3 reading/cooking

4 moving briskly through exercise, sport, rhythmic movement, work, or walking

5 laughing/talking with friends/playing with grandchildren, children, young siblings, or young children in one’s charge

For each of the activities that you do, pay attention to your breathing.

  • In general, tight breathing is reserved for tense emotions. If your breathing feels tight at other times, you should consciously relax more often.
  • In general, quick breathing occurs during brisk movements. Out-of-breath during brisk movements can be a sign of too little water in the body, too much movement at the current time, or illness.
  • Neutral breathing is appropriate for most activities. It is not the right rhythm for brisk movements or moments of deep focus.
  • Deep breathing requires conscious effort until it becomes habitual. Deep breathing is the most cleansing and strengthening of all the types of breathing, but is not necessary during brisk movements. Deep breathing strengthens the organs, flows, and spirit.

Allowing your body to breathe deeply and variedly is good for your health!

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The huff ‘n’ puff balancing cardio exercise

Here is a video showing how to do the huff’n’puff, an exercise that strengthens and balances the four components of health—physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. It was described in an earlier blog post: https://energy-guidance-complete.com/2014/05/15/aging-is-manageable-when-breathing-is-huffnpuff-post-4/

This video presents the basic steps of the huff’n’puff. You can modify it to suit your physical abilities and concentration. It is a cardio exercise. Be sure to be well hydrated before doing the huff’n’puff.


Strengthening all four components of health at once is a way to age wisely.

Happy huffin’n’puffin!

Aging is manageable when breathing is huff’n’puff, post #4

Post 131-huff'n'puff flowers This post is a continuation of the information I have been receiving from Spiritual Presence about aging well. Physical exertion is necessary for aging well. The breathing that accompanies physical exertion strengthens the body and prepares it to handle unexpected traumas and illness. There are many types of physical exertion that induce strengthened capabilities. Each person is drawn to different types of physical activity. Most physical activity builds and maintains the physical component of health. Some types of physical activity also affect other components of health—emotional and intellectual. Less often, physical activity affects all the components of health, which includes the spiritual component. Achieving physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual strengthening and balancing through a single type of physical activity is possible through the following exercise that I am going to teach you (as given to me by Spiritual Presence). It is called the huff’n’puff. It’s sort of a marching exercise.

How to do the huff’n’puff

This exercise must be done outside. While doing the exercise, you should look at a flower or flowering plant that is low so that your chin will be held slightly downward. If the plant is too high and your head is held straight forward or higher, then your breathing will not be correct and balance will not be achieved. If there are no flowers, then look at an interesting low plant.

  • Before you start, become aware of the physical and spiritual balance points on your body. One point is located in the middle of the ascending colon and one point is located in the middle of the descending colon. My simple diagram will give you an idea of where they are located:

Post 131-huff'n'puff diagram As you do the exercise, try to physically support these points (basically, that means to suck in your gut. Actually, it’s more than that, but sucking in your gut is a good start.)

  • Stand opposite the flower with your feet comfortably apart, with your chin slightly down and look at the flower.
  • Your feet will be doing a sort of march in place: one leg marches and the other leg kicks forward. You will alternate the marching/kicking whenever you feel like switching leg activity.
  • As you march, your arms will swing energetically as if you are walking at an energetic pace. Every so often you will raise your arms over your head and wave them from side to side. Alternate the two arm motions as you like.
  • The entire time you do this exercise, you focus on the flower, noticing its characteristics.  To add the spiritual dimension to the exercise, while you are looking at the flower, marvel at its wondrousness.
  • Do this exercise for as long as you feel comfortable. Each person is at a different physical activity level.

I will aim to make a video explaining how to do the huff’n’puff.  If my instructions are clear to you, go ahead and try it. I’ve done it and it’s not hard.

Update: Here is the video: https://energy-guidance-complete.com/2014/05/25/the-huff-n-puff-balancing-cardio-exercise/

Strengthening all four components of health at once is a way to age wisely!

Aging is manageable when breathing is contented, post #3

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This post is a continuation of the information I have been receiving from Spiritual Presence about aging well. It was inspired after I watched a report about people living into their 90s.

The key to good health throughout life is breathing as designed. We are designed to breathe rapidly, slowly, at a neutral pace, and contentedly. Contented breathing is the subject for this post.

What is contented breathing?

For contented breathing to occur, several emotions must surface in a short space of time. These emotions can be satisfaction, caring, serenity, devotion, joyousness, and transcendence (also other emotions that are similar). Contented breathing requires three of these emotions to be felt within minutes of one another.

What leads to contented breathing?

Typical actions that can lead to contented breathing are 1) feeling a part of the world while being in nature, 2) having sexual intercourse with a person you love and in the course of the contact orgasm is achieved, 3) for women—breastfeeding in a relaxed and nourishing environment, 4) for men—total immersion in a challenging and interesting endeavor, 5) taking part in family or community events that bring joy and feelings of generosity, and 6) taking part in children’s views (which means feeling a child’s view when interacting with children).

Participation in sporting events sometimes leads to contented breathing, but mostly to rapid and neutral breathing. Same for dancing and attending performances. Creating music can lead to contented breathing depending on the feelings of the musician at the time.

Contented breathing: breathing that is all-components

When contented breathing takes places, all the components of health are nourished. The breathing exercise from yesterday’s post teaches contented breathing. Contented breathing connects the physical with the spiritual with the intellectual with the emotional.

 

That’s it for now. We’ll explore breathing more in the next post.

Aging is manageable when breathing is understood, post #2

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Breathing is key to longevity and quality of life. The rhythmic movements of the diaphragm and lungs determine vitality. Supplying oxygen, supplying force.

Many people attempt to lengthen their life by eating well or by seeking purpose. They misjudge sometimes.

Eating well?

Eating well is important; however, people who focus on the food they eat as if it is the answer to all their problems and they lose sight of proportion often breathe narrowly. They are too worried about each morsel that enters their mouth and they create an opposite effect–>the worry alters breathing negatively which then alters quality of life negatively.

People should eat wholesome and nourishing foods because the body requires them to function properly. The over-focus about nutrients and the under-focus about joyful eating create breathing that is stifled. Not good for aging wisely.

Looking for meaning?

Searching for meaning in life is uplifting, but can create havoc for the body when the focus on spirituality outweighs body care. Spirituality is just one aspect of living. Health of the body, emotions, and intellect are important as well. Deep breathing performed in meditative mindset is beneficial—yes, very beneficial.  But it is just one type of breathing that the body needs for creating good health.

Purposeful living brings many benefits, and one of those benefits can be longevity. Purposeful living combined with varied breathing (deep, neutral [neither deep nor quick], quick, intensified, and happy [when the emotions produce feeling of contentment]) lead to aging that is less troublesome.

An exercise to reach all four components of health

“When you breathe, you do so much more than fill the lungs with oxygen. You fill the body and soul with life-giving force.

Each day when you awaken, breathe deeply and remind yourself that your breathing adds oxygen to your lungs, adds hope to your emotional being, ignites your thinking abilities, and connects you to spiritual possibility.”

-from Vitality!—How to Create a Life That Is Healthy (to be published soon)

 

That’s it for now. We’ll explore breathing more in the next post.

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