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Back to School

Believe it or not, for many students, early August now means back to school time. Sometimes this transition can be hard on kids, but never fear, Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) can come to the rescue to calm fears and anxiety, as well as help kids focus in the classroom. The following exercises can be completed at home or modified for school, and can also help adults in an office setting or anytime you need a little balancing throughout the day.

When we get or feel out of the loop and unfocused, oftentimes it’s because our energies are not crossing over. Think of how the left hemisphere of the brain governs the right side of the body, and vice-versa. Doing exercises and techniques that encourage that crossover pattern even more can help us maintain focus and better coordination, as well as give us more energy overall.  One way to do this is with the Crossover Shoulder Pull and Cross Crawl.  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. After repeating on both sides a few times, move to an exaggerated walk as you cross over each hand to the opposite knee. Continue this cross-over march a few more times to cement the pattern.

As a sixth-grade teacher, I realize that it would be mortifying for many students to get up in the middle of class to do this (though I sometimes have my students do it as a class). Luckily, there are some other ways to cross our energies when we are stuck at a desk. The eight pattern is a great way to crossover, and though you don’t want to draw them all over your paper, you can draw a few sideways eights or just trace over that pattern a few times. You can even trace that pattern with your fingers on your desk or imagine it in your mind. Simply crossing your legs and/ or hands is also another way to get that crossover pattern going.

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Balancing Energies for Summer

Summer afternoon, summer afternoon- to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” —Henry James

Summer has made its full force known, and if we follow the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) way of looking at the seasons through the Five Elements, we are in the Fire Element time of the year. The Five Elements, according to TCM, offers us a lens in which to view ourselves and the world around us. Many integrative modalities such as Acupuncture, Qigong, Feng Shui, and Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) use this Five Element Wheel to help balance our energetic systems in order to achieve good health and wellness.

An imbalance in the Fire Element can result in the feeling that you have run out of steam. It can even lead to feelings of being out of control and panic. However, when this element is in balance, we feel a passion for life, inspiration, playfulness, and joy. One way to balance the Fire of summer is through a few simple techniques taken from EEM.

The Triple Warmer Smoothie is a great exercise to do anytime, but even more so during “Fire time”. Rest your face in your hands with your palms at your chin and fingers at your temples. Take two breaths, and then, as you breathe in deeply lift your fingers a few inches above the ears. On an exhale, circle behind your ears and press down the sides of your neck to your shoulders. As you hang your hands on your shoulders, press in and take two more breaths. Finally, drag your hands down to cover your heart and take a deep breath.

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Calm Motion Sickness & Nausea

There is nothing worse than the feeling of nausea, especially if it occurs in the form of motion sickness that keeps you from enjoying all that summer has to offer.  I used to be famously seasick if I just looked at a boat, but with the help of Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) and other natural techniques, I was able to more than tolerate a trip on the ocean last summer without turning green. The following exercises can help to calm any form of nausea, no matter the cause.

The first thing I did was to make sure my energies were crossing, and I was grounded. Doing the Daily Energy Routine (DER) at least once a day balanced my energies, but two exercises from that routine that I focused on doing the most were the Hook-up and Cross Crawl.

For the Hook-up, place one finger in your bellybutton and the other in the middle of your forehead. Press in and up and hold it until you feel more grounded and together. You can also use a flat hand if this position feels funny to you.

The Cross-Crawl starts 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.

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Stay Grounded to Stay Healthy

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We live in a day and age where it is easy to feel disconnected from others, the earth, and even from ourselves. With technology all around and a breaking news story every day, our resilience can be tested, especially if we are not grounded.

In order to maintain good health and wellbeing and to withstand the daily grind that life can throw at us, we must be grounded. Like trees, we need to be rooted to the earth to balance our lives and withstand our challenges. Staying grounded affects us physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, and though I have written about it before (Front Porch, May 2017), I feel the need to offer a few more helpful techniques.

Mother Nature provides us with the tools to keep us grounded, and walking barefoot in grass or sand, or sitting with your back against a tree are great ways to feel a connection with the earth and with ourselves when we feel a little lost. Parts of the Eden Energy Medicine Daily Routine can also help us to get and stay grounded.

The Classic Hook-up connects two meridians (energy pathways in the body) which are like our “energetic spine” and can keep us grounded. Simply place one middle finger in your belly button and the other one on your forehead between your eyes. Push in, pull up, and breathe a few times.

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Get in Balance for Spring

Spring begins this month, and according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), we are entering the Wood Element’s domain. TCM’s Five Elements, or Rhythms model, offers us a way to look at chronic health, behavior, and emotional patterns through the lens of the seasons. Spring is associated with the Wood Element and connected to the Liver (LV) and Gallbladder (GB) Meridians (energy pathways in the body). Balancing these two Meridians can help us to balance our wellbeing and go a long way with helping us ease into the beauty of Spring.

When both LV and GB Meridians are in balance, the Wood Element thrives, and you tap into your inner strength, flexibility, generosity, and dependability. Just like wood acts in nature, you also can experience that same growth and expansion. However, an out-of-balance Wood element, can create feelings of anger, irritability, and frustration, along with physical problems such as issues with hormones, eye health, and Liver and Gallbladder problems. Fortunately, Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) has some techniques that can help keep the Liver and Gall Bladder Meridians in balance, and therefore also balance the Wood Element.

Holding what are called Neurovascular Points (NV) can help the emotional response of frustration and anger that you can feel when these two meridians are imbalanced. Simply place the fingers of both hands on your forehead above your eyes and put your thumbs on the points outside of your eyes about a half an inch out from where your lids meet. Hold with a light touch for as long as you want and take some deep breaths. You can also hold the area behind your knees to calm Gall Bladder and balance it a little more.

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Bring on the Joy!

We are hardwired for joy, so it is a shame that life and our reactions to it can sometimes take us to places that feel less than joy-filled. Though I have written about them before, The Radiant Circuits deserve another round of techniques, so they can help us live a joy-filled life.

Mapped out in Ancient Chinese Medicine texts thousands of years ago, these “circuits” distribute healthy energy wherever they are needed in the body bringing vitality, resilience, strength, and healing with them. Though they are naturally activated by living your life from a place of joy and gratitude, you can also turn them on with Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) exercises that make space in the body so they can easily get where they need to go.

The Crown Pull is an exercise that can help to relieve mental congestion and is also a great way to make space in your head for the Radiant Circuits to flow. Start with your thumbs on your temples and your fingertips in the middle of your forehead. With pressure, stretch your forehead by moving your fingers to your temples. Repeat at your hairline and move over your head until you reach the base of your neck. Pull across it and place your fingers behind your shoulders. Squeeze your shoulders and pull your fingers over them to the front. Take a deep breath and pull your hands off.

Connecting Heaven and Earth also makes room for healing, radiant energy to travel where it needs to go. Rub your hands together vigorously and shake them off. Place them on your thighs with your fingers spread and take a deep breath. On the next inhale, circle your arms out and bring them to a prayer position in front of your heart. Exhale out. On the next inhale, stretch one hand up and one down, stretching as far apart as you can, and hold your breath. Come back to prayer position on the exhale and repeat on the other side.  Do this twice on each side and after the last stretch, bend down as far as you can, letting your arms hang in front of you. Take two deep breaths, and then swing back and forth making sideways figure eights all the way up your body. 

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Keep Your Focus

A new year has begun, and you have probably made some goals or resolutions to fulfill in the coming year. Eden Energy Medicine exercises can help you maintain your focus on those goals, as well as on day-to-day activities. Try some of these and see if you gain more clarity and focus in the coming year.

Two tried and true exercises to help are taken from Donna Eden’s Daily Energy Routine. Both exercises will help you to think more clearly. To perform the Crown Pull, place your thumbs on your temples and your fingertips in the middle of your forehead. With pressure, stretch your forehead by moving your fingers to your temples. Repeat at your hairline and move over your head until you reach the base of your neck. Pull across it and place your fingers behind your shoulders. Squeeze your fingers over them to the front, and with a deep breath, pull your hands off.

The Cross Crawl can also help to improve coordination, as well as help with clarity. 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.

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Holiday Help Take Two

It is the season for giving and spending a little more time with family and friends, but it is also a time that may add a little more stress to our lives. Last December, I offered some Eden Energy Medicine tips for staying balanced during the holiday season, and this month, I would like to offer a few more.

It is easy during this season, to get a little scrambled and ungrounded. We need to maintain our grounding in order to stay healthy, and one of my favorite ways to do that is the Quickie Grounder. Do a Hook-Up by placing one finger in your belly button, and another finger in the middle of your forehead. Take a few breaths. Next, place your hands on your waist with your thumbs in the front and hands in the back. Slide them down your legs with pressure and then squeeze the sides of your feet. Take two breaths while holding the sides of your feet and really feel a connection to the Earth.

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Letting Go

Originally published in Front Porch Magazine– October 2018

Fall is a beautiful time of year, and just as the trees seek to find balance by releasing their leaves, we can also find balance this season with Eden Energy Medicine (EEM).  Thousands of years ago, the Chinese mapped out the Five Elements or Rhythms. This system offers us an understanding of the processes within nature, as well as within our bodies.

Metal is the element in this Five Rhythm model that represents Autumn. Just as the organs associated with this element, Lung and Large Intestine, are all about releasing things in the body that are no longer needed, the element itself is all about letting go.

Working with the Lung and Large Intestine Meridians (energy pathways in the body) can help us to feel more balanced during this time of year. Deeply massaging points associated with these two Meridians called Neurolymphatic points (NL) can help. Large Intestine NL points are located on the outside of the thigh and Lung NL points are in the middle of the chest. Rub the whole area that is associated with these points deeply (see diagram). If any point is sore, then you definitely need to work with them.

Another way to balance the Lung and Large Intestine Meridians is to work with the Source Points (SP) associated with them. Lung’s SP (which can also help with colds) is located on the inside of the arm where the thumb meets the wrist (see diagram). Large Intestine Source Point (which can also help with headaches) is located on the back of the hand at the webbing where the thumb and index finger bones meet. DO NOT USE the Large Intestine point if you are pregnant. Rub and hold these points for about 30 seconds. You can also trace figure 8s over them.

Another way to balance the rhythm of metal is to hold the Metal Neurovascular Points located at the very top of your head with the Main Neurovascular Points on your forehead above your eyebrows. Hold these points at the same time for as long as it takes to feel more balanced and release what you no longer need.

One favorite exercise of mine, called Human Touching the Divine, can help us to energetically release things we have been holding onto. Place your hands on the sides of your legs and ground your energies by feeling a connection with the earth. Inhale and bring your hands straight up to your sides and then, with an exhale and an “Sssss” sound, collapse your chest and round your arms in front with your fingers almost touching. Imagine holding your world and all your family and loved ones, and cradling them. Inhale, opening your arms wide and up, and letting everything go. Exhale and bring your fingers together a little closer, but not touching. Inhale and open up again, surrendering and trusting that all is well. Exhale and allow your fingers to touch in front of your body, cross your hands over each other, and draw them to your chest feeling surrender and trust. With your hands on your chest, imagine that every time you exhale, you are drawing in what you either love or are sad about, and on each inbreath, you let your grip on those things go and open to faith.

I hope you find balance this season as you make room for the beauty that is to come.

Pain Relief with EEM

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We’ve all been there- you start to feel some type of pain come on and you reach for the Advil or Tylenol to relieve it before it gets too bad. That option usually works, but why not try a more natural approach before you pop that next pill?  Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) is an integrative modality that offers natural techniques to relieve pain by balancing the energy in your body. Try one or all of these exercises and see if that pain goes away.

Breathing out the Pain is based on the idea that the breath moves energy and is a very simple technique that can relieve pain. While focusing on the pain and with your mouth closed, breathe in through your nose. I like to imagine the in-breath traveling to the pain site and collecting the pain. Then, breathe out through your mouth and imagine blowing out the pain. Do this several times, slowing down your breathing with each breath.

Stretching or Tapping on and around the pain site can loosen congested energy and make space for energy to move, which in turn can alleviate pain. These techniques work best with sore muscles or areas of inflammation. Please, do not do these exercises over or around an open wound. To use stretching for pain relief, simply stretch an inch or two beyond the site of the pain. To tap, use your fingers or even a hairbrush with plastic bristles to tap over the area of pain for as long as it feels good or until the pain decreases (about a minute or so).

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