Let’s Chant!

This is not a comprehensive guide to chanting.  Rather it is a suggestion to empower us as we are quarantined at home during the Covid-19 event.  Many of us have lost our income, some of us are not allowed outside of our home, people are sick and our world will forever be changed.  Despite all of this, we can make a difference.  We can change not only our own environment at home as well as our mental state, but we can make a positive impact on the world simply by chanting.

Chanting.  Now, you can chant out loud and if you’re like me and live alone, I can do it out loud anytime and not have to worry about disturbing anyone.  BUT you don’t need to chant out loud, you can chant at a whisper level or even just in your head.  You decide what you feel most comfortable with.

Why should you chant?  It is a form of meditation and some people enjoy it.  Chanting improves our parasympathetic nervous system and this is what strengthens our immune system.

Our immune system is our first defense against Covid 19.  A strong immune system will fight it off and as studies show most people that have been infected have NO symptoms.  Why no symptoms, because their immune system knocked it out.  Most people that do have symptoms experience mild symptoms.  But, if you have an impaired immune system, which can occur due to stress, disease, insulin resistance, etc, your immune system will have troubling fighting Covid 19 off.  These are the people that especially need to quarantine to protect themselves.

However, all of us can strengthen our immune system by chanting.  Chanting also lowers blood pressure, slows your breathing, decreases release of cortisol as well as many more benefits. And it’s FREE!

So you can chant whatever you would like to chant, but my suggestion is let’s send out some positive energy into the universe.  Whenever we say a word, its vibration continues on even after we have said it and can no longer hear it.  If you’re not chanting out loud, our thoughts are energy and travel out into space and all around the world so we can change our world by chanting!

My suggestion for chanting today is the Sanskrit saying:
Lokah samaste sukhino bhavantu

Don’t know how to say those words, no worries.  Say it in English:
May all beings we happy joyous and free!

Isn’t that what we all need now?  We can send that energy out and help the world heal.  Would you please join me and chant this?  I will be chanting everyday for at least 1 minute, probably longer.  Can you chant for a minute every day?

Hope you found this helpful.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

May all of you be happy joyous and free! Emoji

Namaste 

Patricia

Everyone Can Practice Yoga

I had a 90 year old woman in one of my Chair Yoga classes this week.  And this was her first yoga class ever!  So what’s keeping you from trying yoga?  Think you’re too old?  Think you won’t be able to do it?  Worried about what others will think?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re operating from your ego.  A fear based place to be.  I create a positive and encouraging environment in my classes.  You do what you can do.  There is no judgment.  You are not in competition with anyone else not even yourself.

Why?  Because our bodies are always changing. One day you may be able to bend over and touch your toes then the next day you can barely reach your knees.  One is not good and the other bad.  The important thing is that you are creating a good habit and moving your body.

So now, what’s your excuse?  You can do it and once you do, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner! In case your excuse is that you don’t know when my classes are, here is a link to my schedule: Class schedule See you in class.

Namaste!

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day isn’t happy for everyone.  Maybe your biological Mother died recently and this is a sore reminder of that loss.  Maybe you’re trying to start a family but having fertility issues.  Maybe your Mother abused or neglected you.  Maybe your biological Mother gave you up for adoption and you struggle to understand why.  Whatever your reason for not wanting to celebrate Mother’s Day, it’s alright.Whatever emotions you experience, don’t judge yourself.  Allow yourself to experience them. Watch them come and go.  Once you’ve let your emotions pass, let’s see what we can be thankful for.

Maybe you’ve had other females in your life that took over the roles of a mother. Maybe they encouraged you and listened to you.  Maybe they were just there for you.  Maybe they taught you how to cook.  The possibilities are endless.  These women are the ones that should be celebrated today.  If another woman you know helped you, reach out to them and thank them.  Let them know what they meant to you.  They may not realize it and they may need to hear what you have to say.

So we just turned a not so happy experience into a more positive experience.  Has anything changed?  The only thing that changed was your focus.  What were you focusing on when you weren’t happy?  What you didn’t have.  What were you focusing on to make it a positive experience?  What you did have.  That’s it, just a shift in your attention.  Meditation can help us to improve this.  When we meditate, we focus on something.  It may be our breathing or a mantra.  But that is our focus that is all that matters while we are meditating.  Meditating on a regular basis makes this become easier and more natural.  To learn more about meditation join us Saturday, May 21st at 8:30am.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Sugar Addiction

Sugar is an addictive substance.  Do you crave sweets?  Once you start eating something sweet do you have trouble stopping?  It’s not a matter of willpower, sugar is highly addictive.  I’ve read sugar is as addictive as heroin.  There was another study with rats that were addicted to cocaine.  They then gave the rats a choice cocaine or sugar.  Guess which one the rats chose?  Sugar!  Also, when people stop eating sugar they experience withdrawal symptoms.

So if you are trying to stop eating sugar and are having trouble, don’t feel bad.  Your body is addicted to the substance and will crave it.  The best thing to do is treat it as an addiction and decide to give it up completely.  At first, you’re not going to feel well.  You’ll experience withdrawal symptoms and will feel like you are willing to do anything to get your sugar fix.

What can you do to help yourself give up sugar?  Find alternative foods to eat such as fresh vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, plain yogurt, kale chips.  Also, make sure you stay hydrated if your stomach is full (even if it is water) you will be less likely to eat empty calories.  Meditation can also help.  When the cravings come, take a deep breath in thru your nose and out thru your mouth, slowly and deeply.  Take 10 breaths like this and by the time you finish the 10th breath, your craving will have passed.  Finally, one last suggestion: exercise.  This will distract you from the craving plus you’ll burn calories and increase the release of your feel good hormones.  Exercise can be as simple as going for a walk, doing some push ups or sit ups, or just stretching.

Hope you’ve found this helpful. Please leave your comments below.

Namaste!

Mindful Eating

I’m drinking my first cup of Organic Dandelion Root tea.  It is delicious! I notice the warmth of the cup in my hand.  I feel the steam rising from the cup warming my nose.  The smell and taste remind me of coffee.  Now mind you, I’ve never been a coffee drinker so this would probabley be a very, very mild coffee for you coffee drinkers.  Noticing the warm liquid slide down my throat and warming my belly,  I realize eating can be a form of meditation.

Nowadays, we’re so used to eating on the go, we don’t take the time to enjoy our food.  First of all, we should sit down to a meal.  Not eat in front of the computer or the television> Just you and your food (and maybe some friends or family).  We should be mindful of what we are eating.  What are the colors and textures of the food you your eating?  What do they smell like?  When you put the food in your mouth, what does it feel like in your mouth?  Hot or cold?  Wet or dry?  What about the taste?  Bitter or sweet?  Sour or salty? By being aware of these things we will slow down and enjoy your food.  We also will consume less calories and improve our digestion.

Part of the reason we overeat as a nation is because we eat mindlessly.  We’re not aware of what we’re putting into our mouth.  That means we’re also not aware of how much we are eating.  Why not try mindful eating at your next meal?  I’m sure you’ll experience a difference. The meal will be more enjoyable and you’ll probably feel more relaxed afterward.

Plus, this is a form of meditation.  By doing this, you will be fitting meditation into your already busy schedule maybe even three times a day if you practice this at each meal.   If you’d like to learn more about meditation, join me next Saturday, April 16th at 9:45am at the J Bryan Floyd Community Center in North Myrtle Beach.

TheTruthAboutCancer.com

I just barely escaped skin cancer.  There was a growth on my leg and I went to a dermatologist.  She took one look at it and said she was going to remove it.  They had it biopsied and I received a phone call informing me it was abnormal and I needed to see a surgeon to cut more out.  I did that they said they told me they got it all.  When I saw the dermatologist for my follow up appointment six months later she asked me if I realized how lucky I was.  I just looked at her with a quizzical look on my face because I didn’t know what she was referring to.  She said what they had removed was on the verge of becoming cancer. I knew I was truly blessed and God was watching over me but cancer could be a possibility in my future.  1 in 2 males and 1 in 3 females will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

A few months ago, I watched a docu series on the internet and it opened my eyes.  I now am doing everything I can to strengthen my immune system in order to prevent my body from allowing cancer to develop.  Intuitively, I’ve always known chemo and radiation would kill me.  But now, after watching this docu series I know that is a fact.  I also know that I have choices and alternative therapies exist.  I highly recommend taking the time to watch this series.  Here is a link so you can watch it too:

https://go.thetruthaboutcancer.com/?ref=2747062f-5d6a-48c2-a569-df94a77cf980

It’s FREE.  It will only cost you your time. But it may save your life.

Thanks for reading!

Namaste!

TheTruthAboutCancer.org

 

I just barely escaped skin cancer.  There was a growth on my leg and I went to a dermatologist.  She took one look at it and said she was going to remove it.  They had it biopsied and I received a phone call informing me it was abnormal and I needed to see a surgeon to cut more out.  I did that they said they told me they got it all.  When I saw the dermatologist for my follow up appointment six months later she asked me if I realized how lucky I was.  I just looked at her with a quizzical look on my face because I didn’t know what she was referring to.  She said what they had removed was on the verge of becoming cancer. I knew I was truly blessed and God was watching over me but cancer could be a possibility in my future.  1 in 2 males and 1 in 3 females will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

A few months ago, I watched a docu series on the internet and it opened my eyes.  I now am doing everything I can to strengthen my immune system in order to prevent my body from allowing cancer to develop.  Intuitively, I’ve always known chemo and radiation would kill me.  But now, after watching this docu series I know that is a fact.  I also know that I have choices and alternative therapies exist.  I highly recommend taking the time to watch this series.  Here is a link so you can watch it too:

https://go.thetruthaboutcancer.com/?ref=2747062f-5d6a-48c2-a569-df94a77cf980

It’s FREE.  It will only cost you your time. But it may save your life.

Thanks for reading!

Namaste!