“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
To many of us, 2020 proved to be an exceptionally challenging year, full of opportunities for learning and growth on many levels. Personally for me, it was a year that provided experiences leading to profound understanding of key truths related to human behavior under pressure and the healing efficacy of nature.
"There is growing evidence that being grateful may not only bring good feelings—it may also lead to better health."
In this post I would like to share a practice I find very beneficial to my overall well-being that some of you might like to try out for yourselves.
We don’t stop having fun because we get old,
There are numerous ways one can boost their immune system, but not many of these are as simple and cost effective as taking oneself outside to unwind in nature. The nearly endless list of health benefits includes key factors such as reduced levels of stress hormones, lowered blood pressure, improved physical fitness, elevated mood, etc, but the most important one for me has always been the FUN factor.
"Regular practice of these exercises relieves muscular tension and nervous stress, improves respiration and digestion, benefits the cardiovascular system, and leads to deep relaxation and well-being. The Five Tibetans can be a powerful vehicle not only for enlivening the senses but also for generating and harnessing vital energy for self-transformation."
Have you ever heard of The Five Tibetans? Luckily, they are not a bunch of some old guys from Tibet. They are believed to be a 2500 year old set of 5 yoga like movements used by Tibetan Monks and brought to the West in the 1930s by a retired British Colonel. Is this true? Who knows? I decided to give them a whirl anyway.
“Water is the driving force in nature.”
"There is no drug on the market that can rival the number of beneficial physiological effects that water is capable of producing, and it is widely available (unless you happen to be in a desert) and cheap. In fact, there are no substances known to man that possess as many remedial and health-promoting qualities as water. Its therapeutic qualities include sedative, antipyretic (reducing body temperature), anodyne (analgesic), anticonvulsant, astringent, tonic, anaesthetic, and derivative.” Source: Internet Health Library
For millennia. the various healing effects of water have been known throughout the world and its many cultures. Water in a balanced combination with salts/electrolytes is a conductor of electricity which is required by every cell of the body to function properly.
Did you know that there is a natural healing modality called earthing, also referred to as grounding? It involves a simple, but mostly ignored practice of walking on the ground barefoot.
It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts,
Did you know that there is a special kind of bath you can take whose effects will last at least 7 days and sometimes up to a month? If not, let me introduce the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku also referred to as forest bathing.
Volumes have been written about the benefits of drinking sufficient amounts of water to prevent dehydration, but did you know that unless your intake of sodium is adjusted to compensate for the increase in water consumption, you might actually be hurting yourself and even end up with hyponatremia - a condition that occurs when the level of sodium in your blood is abnormally low.
I decided to dedicate my very first blog post to SUNSHINE, which I consider the most important preventative measure against disease. We have all heard of the various benefits of Vitamin D, particularly the D3 component, however it might soon become widely accepted that the plain old sunshine 'taken' through the skin is far more beneficial to our overall health than the best D3 out there. Moreover, Vitamin D is a steroid hormone which is meant to be obtained through our skin's direct exposure to the Sun and not via any diet or supplements.