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I have an art degree from Rhode Island school of Design. My visual arts background has expanded into the healing and transformational arts. I am a life/spiritual coach and wellness consultant. I have walked the shaman's path. I practice and teach Eastern and Energy Medicine, Shiatsu, Massage and Yoga. It is my experience that the power of touch and movement can access ones heart, soul, inner truth, unique expression and creativity which is a vehicle to living a joyful and fulfilling life. My blog will include my poetry, photographs, art, insights, experiences and suggestions for living a life that you love! If you are new to this site, please review my older submissions as well as the new ones for they all contain information and concepts that I wish to share and keep alive.

Monday, February 28, 2011

How is Energy Effected by Technology?

We live in an era of constantly changing electronics. We are surrounded by radio waves.  Just like air pollution there is energy pollution that can effect your health and well being. Our bodies absorb frequencies and very often can be overloaded with vibrational static.

I have been in the personal inquiry around this as I often feel technology steals my time and energy. It is so easy to waste away the hours of time sitting in front of the TV or surfing the internet.  I notice when I use my elliptical machine with the TV on that I go much slower and do not burn as many calories as when I have silence or music on. Listening to different styles of music also affects overall performance. Listening with earphones also slows me down.

Can this also effect our performance in every day life? I know when I personally spend time without much exposure to electronics that I am full of vitality and have endless energy. When I do my seasonal cleanses I also cleanse myself mentally and energetically by not watching TV or by using my computer or phone as little as possible. Each year this is more of a challenge to do as TV, computers, smart phones, and other electronics have become such an integral part of life. 

What about eating in front of the computer or TV? Can this effect metabolism and digestion? According to eastern medicine your focus should be on the process of eating, chewing and savoring your food without distractions for proper digestion and assimilation. I have also noticed that if I check my email or get on the computer before I go to bed that I have trouble falling asleep and get less sleep in general. 

Technology is suppose to save time but it actually takes time. Of course this is all part of the evolution of life. It all gets back to having a sense of balance. To find that balance I suggest leaving time in the day to enjoy the simple things. To experience moments that take your breath away. Get out for a walk and leave your cell phone at home. Take time to connect to nature, and view the natural environment that god has bestowed upon us.  Close your eyes and look within to connect to your personal wisdom and  acknowledge the beauty of who you are. Try to give yourself a break from TV one day a week.  Find peace within silence. Experience the balance between  simple living and the high tech world.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Three Treasures of Eastern Medicine

The eastern mindset on healing is multi-dimentional. The goal is to see the bigger picture of health. To treat the body-mind-spirit as an inseparable  whole. Eastern healing is based on the balancing of energy within the body including the meridians and chakras. The different aspects of energy within us are known as the three treasures; Ki, Jing and Shen.

Ki (Energy)

KI (CHI) is the vital life force that the body derives from air, water, food, movement, sleep and meaningful relationships. It exists throughout the body and contributes to overall well being.

Jing (Vital Essence)

JING is Essence or Power. It represents the core energy. It is stored in the kidneys and adrenals as well as in the abdomen (Hara) It can be explained as the battery of the body. Jing represents a person's potential and genetics. When you become adrenally exhausted you are wearing down the internal battery which leads to fatigue and ill health.

Shen (Heart/Spirit)

SHEN is our spirit, the energy of the Heart, Emotions and Conscious Mind. Within the individual, Shen is manifested in personality, thought, sensory perception, and the awareness of self. It is connected to passion and what gives life meaning. When this energy is off balance it can lead to depression and emotion/mental issues.

Eastern Medicine believes that all illness or disharmony is related to an imbalance in one or more aspects of energy. The goal is to seek out the root cause of a particular symptom and release it. To move and balance energy and work on core issues to facilitate deep healing. The body/mind needs loving support and guidance to get it back to a state of balance and homeostasis. Transformational Healing techniques such as shiatsu, acupuncture, craniosacral and energy balancing can assist you in this process.