Energy and Social Media

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I am easily affected by my surroundings. The slightest hint of different emotions can sway me and throw me off balance. It’s the same for my social media feed. The things people posts whether it is about me or not can change my mood. It can be very uplifting or very negatively impacting. This is who I am. Yes, I take things to heart. Yes, I am emotional. Yes, other people’s emotions affect me. I definitely try to pretend it does not bother me, but why? Why should I pretend? If it is not doing anything good for me, I should not succumb to accepting it. 

You should do the same. Surround yourself with good energy – even in your social media feeds. You may not consciously be aware of how it is affecting you.

Send good energy out into the universe…or I am going to look the other way. It is my choice and it is my life.

Warm regards,

Darlene

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The Power of Chanting

I attended a yin yoga class last night and it was very spiritual. It was very intimate with 2 others including the instructor. Before we started the yoga session, we were asked to chant OM three times. This was the first time I’ve encountered this in a class. As we chanted together, I realized how calming it felt. It quieted my busy mind, and I felt relaxed. Relaxed! Being a mother of 3 and a full time worker, relaxing is something I can rarely do. I can try to sit and relax, but my mind will continue to go. Not this time! Chanting OM with two others proved to be quite powerful.

Maybe the power of chanting can release your worries and carry you somewhere peaceful, even just for a little bit.

This takes me back to a memory of my father’s funeral. This was such a hard time for me…and the day of the funeral I remember the monks sitting in one corner of the room – to the left my of father’s casket. They began their chants. I couldn’t help but remember how it relaxed me. I closed my eyes and let the sound travel through my body. Maybe I was super exhausted from crying and trying to hold it together, but their chanting made me feel a sense of peace. It was beautiful. I felt like I was floating. Again – possibly because I was super exhausted but who knows Maybe the power of chanting can release your worries and carry you somewhere peaceful, even just for a little bit.

I felt this same relaxed feeling as I chanted OM with my instructor and fellow yogi. It then dawned on me that it works to quiet my busy mind. All I could hear was OM. All I felt was calmness.

So maybe you can try it. When you’re feeling a bit crazy and everything just becomes a little unbearable, find a quiet and private spot for yourself. Sit down, close your eyes and say OM. Let the sound vibrate through your body and let it calm you.

Acupuncture for Allergies

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My allergy season starts in late August until the end of October, or whenever it starts to get cold. It’s never fun, I get the full blown itchy throat, eyes, nose and ears. While mentioning this to a coworker, he recommended I try acupuncture for allergies. He said a few of his relatives swear by it. Hmm…I was a bit skeptical. My first experience with acupuncture didn’t go so well. I went in for treatment on my shoulder and neck pain and I didn’t get any relief.  Bummer! It was a disappointment. But, my allergies started to kick in. My sinus pressure was bothering more than enough to convince me give it another go.

There’s a lot of information out there on what acupuncture is, ranging from pure traditional to modern beliefs tied to scientific evidence.

In a nutshell, needles are used to release energy to allow qi (energy) to flow correctly. When the flow is interrupted, it causes pain and disease.

Here is a definition from livescience.com:

In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is linked to the belief that disease is caused by disruptions to the flow of energy, or qi, in the body. Acupuncture stimulates points on or under the skin called acupuncture points or acupressure points, releasing this qi. The qi then travels through channels called meridians.

Some people believe it’s more of a placebo effect. Well I was out to see!

After reading reviews for a few places, I decided on a place where people actually claimed it works. It was in the heart of Philly’s Chinatown.

The treatment

The doctor did a quick assessment by checking my pulse and mouth and asked what the issue was. He then stuck needles throughout my face and I was told to relax. It wasn’t painful at all. Right away, I felt my sinus pressure lessen. To be honest, it felt like he released some air bubbles! Hey, good enough for me, because my head was killing me from the pressure at this point. Any relief was fine by me. After about 15 minutes (I believe) he came back in and adjusted the needles. This was a bit uncomfortable, but bearable.

acupuncture for allergies

At the end of the treatment (about 20-30 minutes), the doctor removed the needles and I was good to go. He informed me that it would be best if I tried to return weekly for a few more treatments.

The Verdict

So did it work? As mentioned, right away I felt my sinus pressure lessen and my headache lighten. This was definitely a good sign. I also felt my nose clear up a bit. However, as soon as I stepped outside I sneezed a bit and still felt the itch in my throat. I thought…bummer!! BUT, a day after this treatment I didn’t have it anymore! It was amazing. My sinus pressure was gone as well as my stuffy nose and itchy throat!

My sinus pressure was gone as well as my stuffy nose and itchy throat!

I am amazed to be honest. I am a true believer that acupuncture can help seasonal allergies. My seasonal allergy is pretty bad. Normally, I would have to take allergy medication daily and face the side effects! This season, I didn’t even take one! So yes, I am a believer.

I say give it a try with a reputable doctor. If you do, leave a comment! I want to know if it works for you too!

Office I visited:

Shennong Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
926 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

215-627-2220

(I saw Dr. Andy)

More information:

http://m.livescience.com/29494-acupuncture.html

Finding Courage

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Supernatural gets it! This is probably why it’s my favorite show. The advice and guidance that is offered in the show are amazing.

Why am I so excited about this? Because it’s exactly what I needed to hear. I’m at a point in my life where I need to make decisions that will make me happy. It may come to no surprise to those that know me, I like to do what’s right even if that means sacrificing my own happiness. It’s honerable if appreciated, but not always the best way to live every day. I have learned that I must be happy in order to help make others happy. I cannot neglect myself because then I will not be able to help anyone. Once I fall into depression, I cannot help others. I’m sure many selfless people can relate.

So here’s to having courage to do what I truly want and facing it. I’ve always been scared of failure. It’s really scary to really go after something and fail isn’t it? But here’s to having courage and to not be afraid. I’ve learned that no one’s going to do it for me…and I shouldn’t expect someone to try.

Darlene

Apache Tears

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Sometimes life gets really rough, and sometimes it hits a person all at once. I have a friend that is going through a really tough time and has been for a while. Honestly, it’s really hard to know what to say or to comfort someone. I remember going through a really rough time in my life as well…and it just felt lonely.

So…I want to give her a gift…just a “I hope things get better” gift. I am a spiritual person and has always believed in the higher power, energy, etc. I’ve started to think…wouldn’t it be nice to have some kind of lucky charm? I know we have these as kids and some of us grow out of it. Why not get a gift that can ward off the negative energy or at least stands for it? I know it may seem silly to others…but I tend to think it’ll be a great gift.

What are Apache Tears?

They are a type of Black Obsidian Stone, named after a Native American legend. A tribe was pursued by the Cavalry and was outnumbered. They jumped to their death to avoid being captured. A woman that belonged to the tribe cried tears of grief and formed these black stones when it hit the Earth.

Apache tears are best used for grounding and protection. It lends support during times of sorrow and sadness. It wards away negativity and helps clear negative emotions that can cloud your judgement and hold you back.

Rounded shoulders!

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Do you suffer from tech neck and rounded shoulders? I definitely do. I have chronic pain in my upper left back and shoulder. I usually see a chiropractor and get a massage monthly. Yes it helps a bit but then it returns. 

It’s because of the way I sleep and my posture. Okay, and working at the desk all day. I’m sad to admit that I have round shoulders! My sister took a candid picture of me and yes…my shoulders are hunched up and over. Not attractive! More than that, it causes me pain. Honestly, if you see me standing like that please remind me to stand correctly.

Ew! Here are my rounded shoulders

 
So, I was in search for an easy to do exercise that can help. Why easy? Because I know if it involves any equipments or anything that requires a lot of effort I won’t don’t it!

I came across this video and this stretch works! It seriously takes really little effort, even less of an effort on the floor. It works! My neck and shoulder feels less tensed and  relieved. I’m going to try this every day…here and there. The site has other great tips as well. Link to site

Steps:

  1. Stand against a wall looking straight forward and feet away from the wall
  2. Slightly bend knees
  3. Push out the space in your back so nothing can fit through and your back is against the wall
  4. Put your elbows and hands against the wall at a 90 degree angle
  5. Raise your arms along the wall making sure your elbows and hands stay against the wall (moving your arms up to make an I shape and coming back down into a w)

Easy! Well easy steps, I’m so tensed I can barely raise my arms.

What do you do to relieve tech neck and round shoulders? Anything that just work wonders? Please let me know.

Credits: fix-knee-pain.com

Choosing yoga

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I am sharing my intimate journey in becoming a dedicated yogi. Why? Simply because it’ll help me along the journey and hopefully touches one other person.
I’ve been lost for a big part of my life…and I still am. I’ve been through a lot in my life, which I will share throughout my posts. It’s been crippling and time has stood still for me but life keeps moving. So I decided I needed to find myself again.
So why yoga? I love being physically healthy. I used to dance in high school and it made me happy. I am also a very spiritual person, and I also need to heal my depression. I feel that yoga offers the mental and physical balance I am looking for.
Now I’m on the search for a mentor…a teacher that can show me the way. So this is the start of my journey…