If you’re looking for a book to assist you as you navigate the ups and downs in life while you peel away the layers of worldly expectations, this read may be for you.
Have you ever wondered about your life’s dreams and what happened to them? Have you ever had dreams for your life? This book is a wake-up call. A reminder that it is never too late to fulfill that desire burning deep down inside of you. The piece of your soul that is ready to shine and light up your life! Inside the pages of Living, Loving, & Unlearning, I’ve created an easy to follow guideline for you to do just that. As you discover the purity of your own soul, and purpose of your existence here on earth, you will begin to feel the freedom to live your life, your journey, and your truth.
To listen to my talk at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA, please click here. This will give you an inside look into Living, Loving, & Unlearning, how it came about, and how it may help you in your own healing. As an added treat, my brother, Norm Weintraub, also performs a very special song about our Dad and his impact on our lives.
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“When there is silence one finds the anchor of the universe within oneself.” ~ Tao Te Ching
Sitting in the quiet may be a daunting task for some, but when practiced the world opens up to the inner seeds of your consciousness. Every thought, every emotion, and every extension toward Source creates the sunflower yearning to grow inside your soul. The most interesting part of sitting in silence is noticing where your thoughts take you, for it is energy that we extend is energy we receive.
We are what we seek. If we seek light, love, kindness, positivity, then that is likely what will surround our environment. That’s not to say that difficulty and darkness doesn’t creep into our lives, but it does speak to the question of how you deal with the darkness. Do you recognize it, wrestle with it, and push it into the space where it belongs, or do you gather it in and allow it to create fear in your heart? There is no right or wrong answer, we all have a shadow side, and we all learn from that side of ourselves. Where you are on your journey of life will likely answer that question for you. Are you still exploring and learning from your shadow or have you learned, and unlearned, and released its hold?
Funny how life twists and turns in so many directions. Just when you think you have it all figured out, another lesson presents itself. Especially when the most difficult lessons hit us, we must ask ourselves, what is the meaning behind this one? What am I meant to learn, and how am I to handle this situation so that I may water the seedling growing inside of me? That’s when surrendering into the silence brings you back to oneness with the universe.
When we trust the surrendering side of ourselves unexpected miracles begin to evolve. I find it so very interesting that it’s in the release that we find that anchoring center of our being. Through practice, over time, this trust becomes a knowing. With patience, time dissipates the fear and reveals the love beneath it all. With every breath and conscious thought you breathe life into the wilting flower that trusted you all along. All it asks is for you to trust yourself enough to move through the process and bring your being into the synthesis of the sunflower.
I forgot. I forgot balance is the key to everything. So when I injured my knee, it not only woke up the interconnected muscles and vessels within my body, it woke up my mind. I had already been nursing an achilles tendon injury when I received this second wake-up call, so it became very clear that something needed to change in order for me to unclog my pathway to health.
I love my walks. Experiencing nature with the sun warming my shoulders brings joy to my soul. The only problem is it became too routine. Too much of anything can tip the balance bar and throw you into the abyss if you’re not careful. I forgot to mix up my exercise and stretch other parts of my body, and stretching was exactly what I was missing. Remember the day when you could stretch for two minutes before a run? Now, learning the hard way, I’ve discovered I need to stretch 20 minutes before a walk! My new routine consists of some yoga poses, breathwork, stretching, and fascia rolling. Yep, good old fascia rolling. I remember my chiropractor suggesting this years ago. I felt uncoordinated trying to roll on this hard tube, not to mention it hurt, so I gave up. Not a good decision. If I had kept it up, along with stretching, I may not be in the position I am now. I’ve also discovered a wonderful hand held fascia roller that gets into the tight spots a floor roller cannot. The combination works wonders.
By definition, fascia is a thin casing of connective tissue that surrounds and holds every organ, blood vessel, bone, nerve fiber, and muscle in place. The tissue does more than provide internal structure; fascia has nerves that make it almost as sensitive as skin. When we have stuck energy in our body, it can’t help but clog that connective tissue, creating pain in the body.
Many of you reading this may be experiencing, or have experienced, similar injuries or ailments. You understand the patience that is required to heal. When I had my frozen shoulder 10 years ago I embarked on a similar journey. It’s so important that we listen to our bodies. Our minds may try to trick us and tell us to ignore the pain and move on, but wisdom tells us otherwise. It’s not easy for me to take days off from walking but I’m learning to accept that my yoga/stretching routine may be all that my body requires that day. When I listen, my pains respond with relief.
In doing my own research on fascia I’ve learned a few things that have helped me release the sticky stuckness. I talked about this in my last post, Back in the Saddle!, addressing the emotional side of feeling stuck. When we store stress and unresolved emotions how can it not stick to your bones? In my case, literally. It’s when we make the decision to really do something about it that release is possible. Here are some wonderful fascia busting tips that can bring fluidity back into your body, mind, and soul:
*Stretch at least 10 minutes a day.
*Add collagen to your drinks/smoothies.
*Hydrate with water. Recommended amount is half your body weight in ounces.
*Practice a relaxing yoga such as Yin Yoga.
*Meditate and practice breathwork 5-20 minutes daily. Diaphragmatic breathing (breathing from deep down in your belly rather than your chest) is optimal.
*Roll out your tight spots with a fascia roller.
*Mix cardio into your exercise. Swimming and biking have been great for me! Less jarring on the tendons.
*Take saunas. Especially after a workout.
*Practice Block Therapy. A wonderful new practice in breaking up the fascia.
*Get a nice deep tissue massage (if deep tissue is too painful for you, ask for lighter pressure) and drink lots of water afterward. I had an amazing one recently and felt so much better.
*See an acupuncturist. This has really helped me with healing and with sleep. I also get a shot of B12 on my visits.
*Work with your chiropractor/physical therapist on proper form for stretches.
*Be true to yourself. Express your thoughts and feelings. Honor YOU.
With all this very valuable information being noted, I will never give up my nature walks. I only need to remember to keep them in perspective. Reminding myself it’s the joy of the walk in moderation, along with other forms of exercise. If I walk a mindful mile feeling at one with nature it is far more beneficial than racing through five miles. After all, what value has life if it isn’t enjoyed?
Click here for some valuable information on diaphragmatic breathing and block therapy.
A special thank you to my friend and energy healer, Marci Lubore, who kindly directed me toward this wonderful fascia roller and block therapy. She works wonders through many healing modalities including essential oil blends and energy work. For more information and scheduling, she can be reached at Healing Touch Energy Therapy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To listen to my show on Self Realization, Yoga and Meditation with Adam DeYoung, simply click on the link below. This show will also be archived under the category, “AM WWLZ820 Talk Radio” and titled, Self Realization, Yoga & Meditation with Adam DeYoung.
Thank you so much, Adam, for bringing Joy and Light into the hearts of so many!
Join Adam DeYoung and I on Help, Hope & Healing, WWLZ820am, Saturday, May 21st, 12-1pm EST. We will be discussing a path to self-realization, kriya yoga, karma yoga, meditation, Christ consciousness, the aum vibration, healing through the 7 chakras, monastic life and more. Sit back, relax and tune in… Calls are welcome during the show at 607-732-4820 or 1-866-732-4820.
Have a beautiful day, my friends…Namaste…
Adam practices Reiki to heal others of any physical, emotional and spiritual ailments that may be blocking the person from manifesting health, abundance and the state of well being. He is a Reiki Master in the Usui Shiki Ryoho practice. Along with Reiki he also practices Kriya Yoga, which is the art of moving energy through the chakras for higher awareness. He is a devotee of Paramahansa Yogananda for over twenty years and has served in his Ashram for nearly two years. His spiritual practices are based on Yogananda’s teachings. In his spare time he enjoys gardening as part of his meditation practice. Throughout his life on his spiritual quest for Self Mastery he had many interesting life experiences that had led him to the Realization that life is just a journey to remember one’s divinity. Whichever path that you resonate with most is the one for you, no right or wrong, just that which will bring you bliss and helping others to find their own bliss as well.
To listen to my show on Soul Connectors, Meditation & Self Healing, simply click on the link below. This show will also be archived under “AM-WWLZ820 Talk Radio” , titled, “Soul Connectors, Meditation & Self Healing with Cynthia Brennen, LMSW”.
Join Adam DeYoung and I on Help, Hope & Healing, WWLZ820am, Saturday, April 16th, 12-1pm EST. We will be discussing a path to self-realization, kriya yoga, karma yoga, meditation, Christ consciousness, the aum vibration, chakras, monastic life and more. This will be an hour where you can sit back, relax and tune in to your own calming center. Calls are welcome during the show at 607-732-4820 or 1-866-732-4820.
Have a beautiful day, my friends…Namaste…
Adam practices Reiki to heal others of any physical, emotional and spiritual ailments that may be blocking the person from manifesting health, abundance and the state of well- being. He is a Reiki Master in the Usui Shiki Ryoho practice. Along with Reiki he also practices Kriya Yoga, which is the art of moving energy through the chakras for higher awareness. He is a devotee of Paramahansa Yogananda for over twenty years and has served in his Ashram for nearly two years. His spiritual practices are based on Yogananda’s teachings. In his spare time he enjoys gardening as part of his meditation practice. Throughout his life on his spiritual quest for Self- Mastery he had many interesting life experiences that had led him to the Realization that life is just a journey to remember one’s divinity. Whichever path that you resonate most is the one for you, no right or wrong just that which will bring you bliss and helping others to find their own bliss as well.
Among the fast paced movement of the world, I’m noticing more and more exhaustion rolling around me. People are running through life, and spinning so fast, they aren’t able to breathe, center, and connect to the nourishment of Source. When we listen to the signals our bodies give us, there is a high probability we are preventing illness, injury, inefficiency, poor decision-making, and poor performance. When your body speaks, listen!
How does your body speak to you? You walk around tired all day. Your extremities actually tingle with exhaustion and your muscles ache. Your memory is impaired. You’re irritable and have less patience with others. You feel depressed, angry, sullen. When we love ourselves enough to administer self-care, we are feeding the temple that carries us. Pay attention!
Sleep when your body cries for rest. Meditate when it screams for calm. Rest when it can’t carry you anymore. Replenish the emptiness within and you will accomplish what is needed in your life with ease. When you are exhausted every movement is an effort, rested and life flows effortlessly.
Treat yourself with the love, care and nurturing you deserve. You are porcelain walking this earth, protect your beauty within and you will never be without.