Fill Your Energy Tank
By Cindy Clemens, Life Coach
These are challenging times we are living through. Bad news on the financial picture assaults us at every corner. The pain is definitely spreading to Main Street. Yet in the midst of this negative swirl, there are several tools you can use to cope with the stresses and strains from these tough economic times.
First, do whatever it takes to keep your energy tank full right now. You need it to be full – you are spending lots of extra energy dealing with your own worries and concerns as well as those of your co-workers, family and friends. Plus, you need to be able to do your best thinking and processing in the days and months ahead. Curveballs may very well come your way, and you need to be strong and well. Focus on getting plenty of rest, moving your body, and nourishing yourself with healthy and delicious foods. You may not be able to change the macro conditions, but you can exercise control over how well you are treating yourself.
Second, decide to minimize the negative drama and fear mongering in your life. Get the smallest dose of news and information possible that you need to keep afloat of your finances and make prudent decisions. Resist the temptation to dwell in negativity all day long. Find something that is working in your life, put your energy in that direction and feel some joy and happiness. Decide to forgive yourself if you have made poor past decisions, and commit to righting your ship. Spend time with as many positive and uplifting people as you can, and certainly avoid the doomsayers and critics right now. Choose to feel good, even now, and have love in your heart for yourself and others.
Third, keep the flow of abundance open and operational in your life right now. Tempting as it is to tighten up our belts and excuse ourselves from giving because of the economic conditions, this sends out the exact wrong message to the Universe. It says there is not enough for all of us, there is scarcity, and we cannot share our few crumbs. Because we manifest more of what we focus on, whether positive or negative, we manifest more of not enough, scarcity, and fear. We become clogged up, by our own beliefs, and the Universe must abide by those beliefs and send us more of what focus on. To change this process, we need to demonstrate that we believe in abundance and share with others when we are inspired to do so. Try starting your day by acknowledging what you do have and asking for guidance in how you can share your time, talents, or treasures during the day. At night take a couple of minutes to reflect on how accomplished this. This will act like roto rooter in your belief system pipes and get the abundance flow going again.
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De-Stress Your Holiday Eating
By Dr. Reema Sayegh, Nutritionist
Sometimes what we want and what we need are two different things. Case in point: food choices when we are stressed.
What usually calls out to us is some form of sugar and caffeine. What we really require is a more complex form of carbohydrate, PLUS a protein so that we do not get a sugar rush (which is inevitably followed by a sugar dip).
Therefore, a good de-stressing pick-me-up could come in the form of fresh fruit and natural nut butter, or a serving of cut-up veggies, raw nuts and one ounce of low-fat string cheese. If you're multi-tasking, in other words, trying to grab something at the mall, try having protein and vegetables, like a teriyaki unbreaded chicken breast with stir-fried vegetables, or, even better, a salad topped with chicken or fish, and a nice vinaigrette on the side.
These foods will give you staying power, and provide the stress-busting nutrients your body really needs without sabotaging your good eating habits. That way, the cute new outfit you're out buying for the holiday party will still fit when the time comes!
An Interview with Shaman Spirit Guide Betina Lindsey
Red Mountain’s nationally awarded author and spiritual guide, Betina Lindsey is known for her Shaman Spirit Programs which explore personal writing, healing sound and the rediscovery of our personal and planetary soul.
1. How would you describe what you do at Red Mountain?
I offer spiritual guidance for those on the path of rediscovery of our personal and planetary soul. Whether it is healing sound, soul retrieval, or a life path reading, Shaman Spirit is for those who are looking for balance, harmony and peace in their lives. For example, “Writing Your Life” is a three day workshop adventure on how you became the person you are. We walk the spiral of experience where you create a timeline of your life so you can step into your destiny to bring healing and beauty to yourself, to your loved ones, and to the world. You might be walking your destiny, but are you aware of it?
2. Are your offerings popular with guests, and if so, why?
Yes, I so enjoy the guests who come to my sessions…they are spiritual explorers who want to bring balance to the body, to the soul and to the earth.
3. What is the most spiritual offering you provide?
In a trusting environment, I pass on what has been passed on to me from the ancient healing lineages, energies that support us to live protected and free of fear in our transcendent natures.
4. What do you think spa guests are looking for these days from services such as yours?
I feel they are looking for sustainable spiritual ecology that supports a sane and healthy human community.
5. What is the best part of your job?
Hands down! The resilient, gifted people I have met! You might ask what is a shaman? It is those who have the courage to find, heal and change what is not working. The people I meet are the earth keepers, the wisdom keepers and the creators that envision their selves and the world as healed. These are the shamans!
6. How does what you do complement Red Mountain and vice versa?
Shaman Spirit is a spiritual adventure where we not only climb rocks...we listen and talk to them...now that is complementary!
Foods to Help Ease PMS Symptoms
While the medical community is not in complete agreement about the causes of PMS, there is little doubt that the mood swings, energy drain, cramping, aching breasts and belly aches are a severe problem for many women. If your symptoms are interfering with your life, you may need help from your physician, but many women find relief with self-help, food & lifestyle changes.
Many experts suspect that the fluid retention associated with the menstrual cycle is either directly or indirectly responsible for a great deal of symptoms. This is good news to some extent, because there are several lifestyle and dietary habits that may help modulate fluid retention.
The primary goal would be to develop overall healthy habits to achieve a good fluid balance. The basic recommendations would include: regular exercise, drink plenty of water, avoid sugar, salt and too much caffeine. Also, for most people a boost in the quantity of fresh fruits and vegetables (5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily) will improve digestive regularity, provide powerful nutrients and help regulate fluid balance.
Furthermore, there are several foods that have a significant diuretic effect. By including these foods during the time of the worst symptoms, some relief may be provided: celery (seed and plant), parsley, dandelion greens, asparagus, artichoke, melon (all kinds), watercress, and to a lesser degree: cucumbers and strawberries.
Caffeine is also a powerful diuretic, but should be used with caution during menstrual distress because too much caffeine may increase stress levels and contribute to irritability. Many teas have a diuretic effect, such as: licorice, astragulus and teas especially formulate as PMS supportive. These are generally safe, but use in moderation (2-3 cups per day) because too much diuretic may back-fire and cause a craving for salty foods.
A modest increase in protein consumption also serves as a mild diuretic, and when combined with carbohydrates, may have the added benefit of providing sustained hunger satisfaction and energy.
One of the best ways to calm carbohydrate cravings is to consume the right amount of good, whole grain, complex carbohydrates. While the high protein trend has moderated, many people still shy away from eating adequate complex carbohydrates and then find themselves craving sugar.
Find and use a reliable tool for estimating an appropriate amount of wholesome carbohydrate foods like MyPyramid.gov. While you may not consume that amount of carbohydrate foods on a regular basis, you can use the amount as a guide during the difficult time of the month to provide some “insurance” against craving sugars and other simple carbohydrates.
There are many wonderful complex carbohydrates that are naturally sweet, packed with beneficial nutrients, high in fiber and provide sustained blood sugar energy: sweet potatoes, brown rice, oats, winter squashes, quinoa and all types of legumes.
Essential fatty acids have shown positive impact on the balance of blood sugar and there is some evidence that they may help fight depression. Essential fatty acids can be taken in supplements, but are found in many wonderful foods, such as: nuts, seeds, flax seeds and fatty fish.
Having an appropriate amount of healthy fats daily will also keep your hunger satisfied, aid in regularity and keep you from craving “bad fats.”
Sample Meal Plan for PMS
Breakfast: 1 cup oatmeal, 1 cup of strawberries, 1 hard boiled egg, Licorice tea
Snack: Cucumber & watercress sandwich on 2 slices whole grain bread with light mayonnaise, 12 cashews
Lunch: Big salad: mix 1 cup of dandelion greens with your regular greens, tomatoes, celery, any other veggies, 2-3 ounces of lean protein, ½ cup of any type of bean (garbanzo, kidney, pinto), 2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds and 2 Tablespoons of a light salad dressing
Snack: Chocolate, 2 whole grain crackers with ½ Tablespoon almond butter & a protein shake (1-2 scoop of protein powder and 8 oz. of skim or soy milk)
Dinner: 3-4 oz. Salmon, ½ cup sweet potato, 1 cup green beans, 1 cup broccoli (optional - cook up the rest of the dandelion greens - 1 cup cooked)
After dinner treat: ½ cup sorbet, 3-4 graham crackers, 1 cup fresh fruit
While this type of menu will not cure all your symptoms, it may help to minimize the discomfort. The mix of good, complex carbohydrates, substantial protein, high fiber, high nutrition, essential fatty acids and diuretic foods should help ease symptoms.
Red Mountain Quiz
Today's quiz has two parts. Be sure to answer both questions.
1. Red Mountain Resort is at the edge of which desert?
2. Red Mountain Resort is in which time zone?
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Acupuncture & Zero Balancing as Supportive Therapies in Cancer Recovery
By Mark Montgomery, L. Ac., Dipl. Ac. Certified Zero Balancer
A few years ago one of my clients was diagnosed with uterine cancer. She eventually received a complete hysterectomy at the Huntsman Cancer Center in Salt Lake City and has done well ever since. What struck me about her experience was that when I went to see her at Huntsman, I learned that the doctors there had performed several additional procedures on her because of prior medical conditions which posed a higher risk to her during surgery. Nearly a decade earlier a clot from her leg had gone to her lungs and nearly killed her. So a day or two before her hysterectomy, surgeons opened the femoral vein in her leg and threaded an intricate steel filter up into the inferior vena cava, the large vein just above the area of the surgery, to prevent any clots from the surgery from traveling up to her lungs or heart during or after the operation. A few weeks after the surgery they removed the filter, this time by going in through the jugular vein in her throat, traveling down through her heart and pulling the filter out through her heart.
As a practitioner of Chinese medicine I found this astounding because it shows so clearly the technological advances of Western medicine, which Chinese medicine has never even approached. And yet, at the same time, I was also astonished to hear from her that during the entire time she was at the cancer center not a single physician, nurse or staff member talked to her about the lifestyle changes she could make to help her avoid recurrence of the cancer.
This story, to me, summarizes one of the main differences between Western and Chinese medicine: the ability to perform miraculous high-technology interventions versus a strong emphasis on understanding the influences, both external and internal, that lead to disease and on learning how to lead a life that minimizes those influences.
The foundation of Chinese medicine is the idea of balance, the idea that the body automatically regulates and heals itself in ways that are far too complex for human understanding. From this perspective the job of a healer is not to perform miraculous interventions but to understand what got the body off track in its healing processes and to gently support it in getting back on track - “to remind it of what it already knows,” as acupuncture students often hear from their teachers in acupuncture school.
Cancer is a disease that occurs when this ability of the body to monitor, regulate and heal from cells growing out of control somehow breaks down. Added to the challenges of the disease itself, the process of healing from cancer using conventional western medicine can be a disempowering and frightening experience, traumatizing survivors and often leaving them feeling alienated from their bodes.
Acupuncture and related bodywork therapies like Zero Balancing can facilitate the process of healing from cancer in many ways.
1. They can help survivors to “de-stress,” to shift from the “fight or flight” mode into the “rest and digest” mode. This promotes healing and smoothes the process of re-entry into day-to-day life.
2. Acupuncture and Zero Balancing can help to clear the energetic blockages that in Chinese medicine are considered responsible not only for pain and constriction in the skeletal system and the internal organs but also for emotional imbalances like depression, anxiety and “inappropriate “ anger or sadness. Many patients report that after the insertion of the needles they feel a sense of “flow” or “something opening up” or, on the emotional level, a feeling of “a load dropping off my shoulders” or “letting go” of issues they were struggling with.
3. As the “flow” begins to reassert itself, patients often begin to feel as if their bodies are “waking up.” It’s not unusual for patients to make remarks like, "Those flowers outside the building that I barely noticed on the way in seemed so bright they shocked me when I left my treatment.” This, again, is a function of heightened energy flow leading to greater consciousness of one’s environment. And it also works on the inside as well, as the body’s heightened awareness leads it to respond more effectively to the drugs and other therapies or techniques the patient is using. In fact, patients frequently discover that, under the advisement of their physician, they are able to begin reducing their medications after starting acupuncture.
Coming back to the story at the beginning of this article, this heightened awareness also helps cancer survivors to become their own best lifestyle consultants, not needing as much to rely on the advice of doctors, nurses or even acupuncturists. As they continue with their healing they are often able to more quickly sense what it is they need in their lives and whether or not something they are doing is working well for them. This allows them to make the necessary “course corrections,” making changes that benefit them. And this creates a “virtuous circle” by which they move to higher levels of wellness, in turn heightening their awareness and making even more progress possible. This sense of helping patients to develop an inner compass is what the ancient masters of acupuncture meant when they said, “The inferior physician treats disease after it has occurred. The superior physician treats illness before it has even begun.”Add a comment
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Where would you be at Red Mountain Resort if you could see what is in this photo?
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Clearing The Way For Joy
By Andrea Hanson, CEHP, Energy Therapist Trained & Certified by Deepak Chopra
Pranayam is the use of the breath/lifeforce to balance and heal. Here is a wonderful pranayam to assist the real you in clearing negativity out of your physiology which is necessary in order to allow Joy to live and breathe within you.
Mudra: Sit cross-legged, in easy pose or lotus with your spine comfortably straight. Make your hands into a cup with right hand over the left, fingers crossing each other. Lace the cupped hands at the level of the heart center.
Breath: Meditate on the thought you would like to eliminate as you inhale deeply through your nose. Exhale through your mouth, puckering your lips and spitting out the thought into your hands with the breath in a long, slow motion.
Eyes: Looking into the cupped hands. Repeat this for 3 to 11 minutes. To End: Inhale deeply, exhale, and with your eyes close, begin to concentrate on all 26 vertebrae from top to bottom of your spine. Feel your spine as if you are feeling a stick in your hand; the more you can feel it, the more energy flow and relief will occur.
This is a Kundalini Yoga Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan.Add a comment