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Its a Wonderful Life

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I have been feeling like Jimmy Stewart in the movie It’s a Wonderful Life” !

This summer, I was given the chance to go back in time to visit my college roommate, my family, and my grade school friends and through this journey, I realized the impact I have had on other people.  Don’t get me wrong, I never thought I was useless, but I also never realized how a smiling, positive child who wrote this in her yearbook “ I still believe in love, the best is yet to come” could have left an indelible positive impression on so many people.  It was a reminder to me (40 years later) that all of us put out energy every day that either improves people’s lives including your own or makes them worse.  And through our positive energy we can  affect physical and emotional  health and well-being.

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Here are a ten ways (some may surprise you) to keep your energy positive for you and all around you.

  1. Be grateful – as Mindvalley Founder,Vishen Lakhiani author of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, says, Gratitude is the key part of advancing your Blissipline practice. Quoting now, in a study by Robert Emmonds, PhD and Michael Mccullough, PhD “people who simply wrote down five things they were thankful for from the previous week showed a 25 percent difference in happiness levels compared to people who wrote down five negative things from the week.”
  2. Forgive everyone who has hurt you. You don’t have to tell them, but you really do need to release the anger from inside you, which ends up hurting your energy more than the person you are angry with. Lakhiani also has some interesting evidence of the power of this practice.  According to Lakhiani, forgiveness has been shown to increase the Alpha waves when looking at brain scans and it turns out that Alpha Waves are linked to higher levels of creativity, empathy and compassion.
  3. Surround yourself with beauty – flowers, cute dogs, music that inspires. It is hard to stay unhappy when you are surrounded by beauty.
  4. Turn off as many of the negative messages that you can, including TV and social media. I do not read any rants anymore.  It upsets me and I really don’t believe ranting ever leads to positive change.  I once read getting angry about things is like stabbing yourself. Especially if someone else has figuratively stabbed you with whatever action you didn’t like.  Why do you want to put a second knife in your belly?
  5. Do kind things for other people, whenever possible. It is amazing how good you feel when you are charitable to others. A recent study quoted in Mindbodygreen showed that random acts of kindness lead to longer feelings of happiness than shopping.
  6. Figure out what it is that you like about yourself and remind yourself of your good qualities daily. “I have a nice smile.  I make people laugh.  I work hard” are some of the qualities I like about myself.
  7. This is the surprising one. Be careful of what you eat.  All food has energy.  Make sure the energy from that food is clean and positive.  In other words, the food should be made with love and should be grown in a way that does not put toxic energy into you.
  8. Make your home a sanctuary —keep it clean and uncluttered when possible. I have not studied Feng Shu, but I know I feel better when my home looks, feels and smells clean.
  9. Make sure your relationships, your career and your creative energy bring you joy. Nothing is perfect, but you are much more likely to attract and manifest positive energy if you are engaged in what you are doing. (In other words, find something that allows you to get into the flow) Lahkiani calls this “Bending Reality”
  10. Exercise and meditate daily – take a walk in nature, do yoga, sit in silence and breath and allow the collective positive energy of the Universe to infuse every cell with this living breathing sphere we live on known as earth.

I am pleased to have three opportunities to spread my brand of happiness to you.   Check out my yoga classes, my jewelry designs or my health tips using doTERRA  essential oils. Connect with me at andrea@heavenlanecreations.com.

 

I wish you health and joy in your day!

Namaste, Andrea

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Learning to flow with life instead of fighting it

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Dealing with life in a healthy way takes practice and the Yoga mat doing asanas and meditation is a great place to get that practice.

Yoga is HappinessA New Harvard Study shows that Meditation actually increases the part of your brain associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection. “The participants spent an average of 27 minutes per day practicing mindfulness exercises, and this is all it took to stimulate a major increase in gray matter density in the hippocampus,” according to the article in Feelguide.

“Participant-reported reductions in stress also were correlated with decreased gray-matter density in the amygdala, which is known to play an important role in anxiety and stress. ” In other words, people who meditate  or participate in mindfulness activities like yoga  have more brain matter that helps them feel good and improves their quality of life.  Not a bad outcome for 27 minutes a day.

If you need more reasons to practice yoga, read on:

1. Development of flexibility is probably the first and most noticeable effect of yoga. Maybe when you started you could not touch your toes. With slow, careful and consistent practice, your muscles will loosen up. Eventually, your connective tissues and ligaments will feel more lubricated, which then could help alleviate back pain and pains in other joints.

2. Strong muscles – Many of the yoga poses look beautiful, but you might not know that yoga is considered one of the safest ways to develop strength. The strengthening is accomplished Andrea Yoga Blogwithout the loss of flexibility as is often the case with weight training. And because every pose is done equally on both sides, you remain balanced.

3. Lubrication of the Joints –When practicing yoga your joints are in motion, which helps to prevent degenerative arthritis. Joint tissues are a bit different than muscles tissues. They don’t have the range of motion that muscles do. In fact, they look different than a muscle, more like a matrix of fibers. A good analogy for joint tissue could be cotton candy.  Without moisture, they get stiff, but add moisture and they act like a sponge, absorbing fresh nutrients during the squeezing and gentle release. By keeping them lubricated, we are preventing them from developing a glue-like quality which over time further restricts movement.

4.Yoga can improve blood circulation. Yoga and other forms of exercise help supply cells with oxygen, in connection with which they perform their functions better. Twisting during yoga help to “squeeze” the venous blood from the internal organs and allow the oxygenated blood to flow more freely through certain Asanas such as twisting. Inverted postures help the flow of blood from the legs and pelvis to the heart and lungs, where it is enriched with oxygen again. There is a growing body of evidence that yoga can increase the level of hemoglobin and red blood cells, which deliver oxygen to the tissues, possibly reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

5. Yoga lowers cortisol levels. Normally, the adrenal glands secrete cortisol in response to an acute crisis, which temporarily enhances immunity. If the cortisol levels remain high even after the crisis, it could negatively affect the immune system. A temporary increase in cortisol levels improves long-term memory, but if your level of cortisol is kept at this level constantly (which occurs in people who feel stress much of the day), it may lead to a number of medical problems including major depression, osteoporosis (cortisol leaches from the bones of calcium and other minerals), high blood pressure and the body’s resistance to insulin. In addition, increased cortisol leads to overeating. The body converts extra calories into fat, contributing to diabetes and ailments associated with being overweight.

6.Yoga makes you more aware of where you are holding stress. The more you practice yoga, the more you become aware of your habits off the mat — like holding the steering wheel or tennis racket in a “death grip” or keeping your brow wrinkled or your face in a permanent frown. Many of these unconscious habits lead to chronic stress and muscle fatigue, and painful sensations in the hands, wrists, shoulders, neck and face. By practicing yoga, you start to notice which parts of the body have accumulated stress. It may be in the language of the eyes, the muscles of the neck and face. Gradually, you learn to relax those muscles.

7.Yoga gives our nervous system a break. The rhythm of modern life may force us to be in a state of constant excitement, which adversely affects the nervous system. Yoga can help you relax and calm down. Yoga practices such as yoga nidra (a relaxation process), Savasana (Constructed rest), pranayama (breathing practices) and meditation all give your nervous system a break, sometimes allowing you to stop focusing on your problems. This, in turn, may improve your ability to handle those problems and can lead to better habits such as eating better and getting enough sleep.

To sum it up, regular  yoga practice can  improve your body and your mind….reduce susceptibility to stressors (fear, anger, anger, regret, etc.) and make you a happier, nicer person.  Adapted from a post written by Anshul Malik of India in the Facebook group, The Yoga Room.

Catch me teaching yoga at Happehatchee Wednesdays at 11 am and Fridays at 9 (weather permitting). I teach ata Fyzical on Metro every Thursday at 8 am.  For more of my offerings, check out my yoga page.

I wish you health and joy in  your day.  Namaste,  Andrea

 

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