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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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Calm the Cravings with EEM

Summer is here, and like many beach and pool-goers (including me), you might be trying to shed a few pounds to look your best. Eden Energy Medicine can be used along with a healthy diet and exercise to help balance the body, so that it works as optimally as possible. Why not try a few of the following EEM techniques to help you out in the weight loss department?

An oldie but a goodie, the Triple Warmer Smoothie does many things to calm the body, and it can also help us calm cravings and make an informed choice about our eating. Try this before grabbing that second piece of pie and see if it makes you think twice. Rest your face in your hands with your palms at your chin, and fingers at your temples. 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 breath for two breaths. Finally, drag your hands down to cover your heart and take a deep breath.

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Eden Energy Medicine Favorites

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Summer is upon us and that means vacations, spending more time outdoors, and a little more relaxation in our lives. This month, I decided to pull out some of my favorite Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) techniques to help us relax a little more and bring some extra balance to the next few months. The following exercises help to bring a sense of calm and peace into my life, and I hope you will try one or all, and see if they do the same for you.

Whenever I feel overwhelmed, the exercise Heaven Rushing In brings me back to noticing the bigger picture and gives me inspiration to move forward with more balance. Place your hands on your thighs and take a few deep breaths to ground yourself. Then on an inhale, raise your hands up and bring them together above your head. 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 stay there as long as you need to. When you are ready, bring your hands to your heart and breathe a few times knowing that all is well. Repeat this as many times as you need it.

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EEM for Emotional Well-being

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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.

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Spring Detox for Better Health

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Spring has sprung and just like we spring clean our houses, it is a valuable time to do the same for our bodies. Luckily, Eden Energy Medicine offers many ways to help detoxify the body and move old, stagnant energy out in order to help the body maintain a healthy balance.

Working with the Neurolymphatic reflex points (NL) can help balance the meridians (energy pathways in the body), the organs, and the entire lymphatic system. Stimulating these points helps to support the flow of lymph throughout the body and get rid of any built-up toxins. Be sure to rub these points with deep pressure, and if they are sore, that is a sign that they need to be worked with.

There are many NL points, but some of the ones that you may want to start with include the ones under each side of the collarbone and where the body and arm connect to stimulate the Central and Governing NL points. You can also work with the Liver Meridian by rubbing under the right breast, and Kidney by rubbing down the outside of your upper arm on both sides. See the diagram for more points, but only work with a few at a time, so that you don’t release too many toxins at once.

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EEM for Your Heart

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Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day and is constantly working to keep you alive. Unfortunately, we sometimes take it for granted, so why not show your heart a little love with Eden Energy Medicine (EEM)? The following simple exercises can help strengthen, support, and balance your heart, so that it can feel a little more loved.

The Chest Stretch Protocol for the Heart helps to balance the Heart meridian (energy pathways in the body) and the organ itself. While sitting on the edge of a chair, place your palms over your kidneys on your back. On a deep breath in, lift your chest and try to pull your elbows together. Hold this pose for ten to fifteen seconds, and then release your breath. Repeat this a few times.

Pressing and buzzing acupoints on the body, can also help balance the heart. The Power Point is at the back of your head at the base of the skull. It is in the dip you feel in the center where your head meets your neck. Working with this point, can help calm anxiety, balance blood pressure, and support heart health.

The acupoint, Heart 7, can increase the flow of energy to the heart. This point is in line with your pinky finger where your hand and wrist meet. The Liver 3 (LV 3) point helps to balance the Liver meridian so that it can help support the heart. It lies in a dip in the “webbing” area between the big toe and second toe.

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