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  The Guest House     This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice. meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whatever comes. because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. — Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks  

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Thu, December 13 2013 By:  JC Peters Injuries often happen in the silliest ways. We are intelligent adults; we look both ways before crossing the street, we don’t run with scissors or swallow toothpaste. But we badly sprain our ankles while walking innocently down the street, get black eyes from slipping in the bathroom and landing on the tub edge, or throw out our backs lifting up a teapot. Everything seems to be going so well, and then BAM! You are down for the count, for such a mundane reason, you want to tell everybody that they should have seen the other guy. I imagine my body, trying for weeks to knock on the door of my attention, unable to get it even in my yoga practice, waiting for my mind to wander off like a guard falling asleep with

Your Body is Talking. Are you Listening? read more

Touching Trusting Togetherness

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December 18, 2012 Gut instincts: The secrets of your second brain When it comes to your moods, decisions and behaviour, the brain in your head is not the only one doing the thinking IT’S been a tough morning. You were late for work, missed a crucial meeting and now your boss is mad at you. Come lunchtime you walk straight past the salad bar and head for the stodge. You can’t help yourself – at times of stress the brain encourages us to seek out comfort foods. That much is well known. What you probably don’t know, though, is that the real culprit may not be the brain in your skull but your other brain.Yes, that’s right, your other brain. Your body contains a separate nervous system that is so complex it has been dubbed the second brain. It comprises

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Scientists have published the first physical evidence of how green tea improves memory, paving the way for its therapeutic use among people with memory problems like dementia.  In addition to its well-documented benefits for the body, like cancer protection, heart health and weight loss, a number of studies have shown that green tea can boost cognitive performance and that regular drinkers of green tea are less likely to develop brain degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s as they age. Now researchers from the University of Basel in Switzerland have used brain MRI to uncover how it exerts this remarkable effect on our brains. They gave healthy volunteers a drink containing green tea extract or a placebo, and then asked them to complete a task that tested their working memory while their the changes in blood flow to their brains was

Memory is a terrible thing to loose; green tea can help! read more

Guest post by St John Miall, facilitator of Take a Stand for Life. This is the second in a series of Blogs addressing the question “What does it mean to Take a Stand and what is worth Taking a Stand for?”  In the last blog I looked at what it means to Take a Stand. It was about the need to develop strength, courage and backbone to Take a Stand for what’s important in your life. And that’s true. But I don’t want to give the wrong impression. It’s not all about will power, gritting your teeth and getting on with it. We need to make sure we bring along our hearts and not only to bring our heart along but to actually be prepared to be led by our heart. All the latest research into the heart by organisations such as the HeartMath Institute, confirm that our hearts

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“It’s a transformative experience to simply pause instead of immediately fill up the space.  By waiting, we begin to connect with fundamental restlessness as well as fundamental spaciousness”. I only wish I had written this, as  it’s exactly what I observe and feel with in my body when I work with my clients. It’s beautiful to watch a client let go of the tension they care in their body and soul.  As I’m working with a client I centre myself with my breath.  A client who is knew to Karool will initially struggle with their ‘monkey mind’ a term used in Buddhist traditions that really epitomises how the mind jumps around, every moving from one thought to the next, like a monkey swinging from branch to branch.  As the mind settles,  the external struggle with the physical body eventually calms.

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  The root of all health is in the brain.  The trunk of it is in emotion.  The branches and leaves are the body.  The flower of health blooms when all parts work together. – Kurdish folk wisdom  

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As a body worker I am forever in awe of the interplay between body and mind.  The body gives us lots of hints, nudges, and even shouts at us to pay attention, but often it falls on deaf ears until things go wrong.  When I work with the body I try and approach this amazing machine holistically, looking at what’s going on with the person from an emotional as well as physical level.  As you will read below, different emotions are expressed not only on our face, or felt in our head, but throughout our physical body.  Perhaps you’ve had the most amazing day – all bright and sunny, this will show up in how you present to the world and how you feel inside your body.  The same can be true of other emotions: anger, fear, sadness. . .

Karool Reflections on Mapping Emotions . . . read more

Sit less, move more: new physical activity guidelines   If you’ve been sitting for an hour, you’ve been sitting for too long!  Australians should aim for around 60 minutes of physical activity per day, double the previous recommendation, according the new national physical activity guidelines.   7 February 2014, 6.24pm AEST  For the first time, the guidelines urge the 12 million Australians who are sedentary or have low levels of physical activity to limit the time they spend sitting.  The recommendations aim to prevent unhealthy weight gain and reduce the risk of some cancers. Physical inactivity is the second-greatest contributor to the nation’s cancer burden, behind smoking. The guidelines emphasise that doing any physical activity is better than doing none, but ideally adults will get 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week. This includes brisk walking, recreational swimming, dancing and household tasks such

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When and Why to Get a Massage During Pregnancy Nov 12, 2008 Jessica Burde More women are becoming interested in prenatal massage to help make a pregnancy easier. It’s important to know the benefits and risks of prenatal massage. Prenatal massage is designed to relieve the discomfort and stress of pregnancy while making special adjustments to normal massage practice because of the changes pregnancy makes in the body. Prenatal massage therapists are specially trained not only in the techniques of prenatal massage, but also to recognize signs of prenatal disorders, such as preeclampsia, that can endanger the mother or child. In general, prenatal massage has far more benefits then risks, but it is still worth considering both benefits and risks before scheduling an appointment. What is Prenatal Massage Like In the early stages of pregnancy, prenatal massage is very like a

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Most of us spend our lives sitting down.  Many of us regard ‘exercise’ as something we do recreationally and outside our normal working day. This may form only a small part of our daily activities, if at all. Compared with our recent ancestors and from an evolutionary perspective, this is something of an aberration; our hunter-gatherer relatives would have in effect been exercising all day long. Physical activity is what we are designed for and what we repeatedly need in order to condition us for the demands of physical stress. It should therefore be no surprise that functional disorders, including pain and disability of the musculoskeletal system are associated with how we habitually use our bodies and our level of conditioning. The shark, an animal that moves with grace and has lived through the ages having no predators other than

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By Melissa Breyer, Senior Producer, Care2 Green Living Many of us are deficient in magnesium, and by simply soaking in a relaxing bath with magnesium-rich Epsom salt we can boost our levels of this important element. “Magnesium,” you might wonder, “what’s the big deal?” Find out the importance of magnesium and discover the many surprising health benefits of using Epsom salt in your bath. We all know about the importance of iron and calcium, but what about magnesium? It is the second-most abundant element in human cells and the fourth-most important positively charged ion in the body. Surprisingly, it helps the body regulate over 325 enzymes and plays an important role in organizing many bodily functions, like muscle control, electrical impulses, energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins. According to the National Academy of Sciences, most Americans are magnesium

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WA neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke… totally . He said the trick was; recognising, diagnosing, and getting the patient medical care within 3 hours, which is tough. RECOGNISING A STROKE Thank God for the sense to remember the “4” steps, STRO . Read and Learn! Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognise the symptoms of a stroke . Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking FOUR simple questions: S * Ask the person to SMILE. T * Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE(Coherently) i.e. It is quite sunny today) R *Ask the person to RAISE BOTH ARMS O * Ask

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Muscles present in the upper back include the rhomboids (which can be found between the shoulder blades) and the trapezius (which can be found on the top of the shoulders, down to the midback). The trapezius muscle mainly raises the shoulders, as in shrugging. The rhomboids function to the shoulder blades together, as in drawing the shoulders back. Along the back of the neck are the upper paraspinals, which lay on either side of the spine and are used in supporting the head. Along the sides of the neck are your splenius and sternocleidomastoid muscles which are responsible for bringing your ears to your shoulders. Stretches must be specific to the muscle groups and must be done daily. These muscles develop tension and result in soreness when the body isn’t use to exercising. To alleviate the tension and soreness, it

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Cryotherapy – Ice Therapy Why you should apply ice for just 10 minutes Here’s some chilling news about icing an injury: The next time you or one of your athletes inflame a knee joint, strain a muscle, or twist an ankle during a sporting activity, make certain that you ice the area correctly; inappropriate icing can sometimes make an injury worse rather than better. ‘Many athletes spend 20 to 30 minutes continuously applying ice to an aching joint or throbbing muscle, but that can really be counterproductive,’ states cryotherapy expert Dr Romain Meeusen of the Free University of Brussels. Meeusen’s interest in the sometimes surprising effects of icing the human body began when he was growing up in the northern part of Belgium near Antwerp. As he played with snow as a child, lobbing snowballs into the grey waters of the

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  Sometimes you’ll hear me speaking about the body in an approach that is more eastern then western. Although I don’t expect everyone to embrace this perspective, it usually evokes curiosity and for some a greater understanding of the body/mind connection. Below Brandon Raynor explains his interpretation of these two key areas of healing. What is Chi?  Chi or Qi (Chinese) or Ki (Japanese) with the closest English translation being “life force”. To understand Chi means to look back to the beginnings of Oriental Medicine to Taoism (dow-ism), which means The Way. Taoism is the most influential root of Oriental Medicine. ‘In ancient Chinese philosophy, all things are believed to combine the two opposites, Yin and Yang. Yin is negative, cold, dark, heavy and feminine, while Yang is positive, light, bright, warm and masculine. The symbol for Yin and Yang

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July 28, 2008 by journeytocrunchville Red Raspberry Leaf Tea is an herbal tea that should be in the kitchen of every pregnant woman and even those who aren’t (it’s actually good for everyone). I should preface this post by saying that I was not a fan of tea, herbal or otherwise prior to learning about Red Raspberry Leaf tea. I have never, ever cared for tea and have never found myself compelled to drink it because every time I’ve tried it I thought it was nasty. I have to admit that drinking herbal teas still takes some getting used to for me. I am finally starting to actually enjoy the earthy taste of the Red Raspberry Leaf tea (which tastes NOTHING like raspberries, by the way) and it is actually something I am starting to find comforting. I also find it

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