May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so let’s focus on our emotional well-being with some Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) Techniques. EEM not only helps to enhance the health of our physical bodies, it can also help to balance our emotional bodies.
One of the most important aspects of energy is that it needs to move in a crossover pattern for us to maintain a healthy balance. The Crossover Shoulder Pull and Cross Crawl reinforce figure eight and crossover patterns throughout the body, and help us to have more energy, enhance coordination and balance brain function to think more clearly. Start with a shoulder pull by placing your right hand on your left shoulder. With a little pressure, push in and drag your hand across your body to the opposite hip. Repeat on both sides a few times, and then move to an exaggerated walk as you cross over each hand to the opposite knee. If your left knee is up, your right hand should cross over to touch it. Continue this cross-over march for at least one minute.
The Wayne Cook Posture, which was originally created to help stutterers, can help with unscrambling your mind and bring your emotions back in balance. Sit in a chair and place your right foot over your left knee, with your left hand around your right ankle. Next, wrap your right hand around the bottom of your foot. Breathe in slowly through your nose and raise your body along with your foot on the in-breath, release as you breathe out through your nose. After several breaths, switch sides and do the same pattern again. Lastly, place your fingers together, and put your thumbs right between your eyebrows. Complete the exercise by breathing in and out a few times in that position, and then bring your fingers to the middle of your forehead. Push in and pull them across your forehead to your temples.
Holding Neurovascular Reflex Points (NV) is an easy way to calm down and get centered. Place one hand on your forehead right above your eyebrows with a light pressure and breathe. While holding this posture, you can also hold specific points with the other hand depending on the emotion you would like to balance. Place your other hand directly behind your eyes to alleviate any thoughts of fear, or behind your eyebrows to lessen panicked feelings. You can also hold the Main NVs with points just underneath your cheekbones in line with your pupils to alleviate any feelings of worry. Be sure to breathe and hold these points for as long as it takes to feel a sense of peace.
Heaven Rushing In helps us tap into the bigger picture and bring more inspiration into our lives. Place your hands on your thighs and take a few deep breaths to ground yourself. Then on an inhale, raise your hands to your sides and over your head, touching your hands above it. On an exhale, bring them down to a prayer position in front of your chest. On the next deep breath, open them wide to the sky above your head and open yourself to receive inspiration. Stay in this posture as long as you need to. When you are ready, bring your hands to your heart and breathe a few times.
All of these exercises can help us to maintain a better emotional balance, and when our emotions and mental health are in check, we can help our physical body maintain better health as well.
(Published in Front Porch Magazine- May 2018)