Practical Guide: How to Cultivate Body Regeneration

And Stop Wasting Away Day After Day

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As a new lockdown begins in France, it is legitimate to wonder about health.

Is it really possible de live in full health? Moreover during a pandemic? Or are we simply destined to live in a non-ending anxiety?

Do we really have to suffer these headaches over and over again, to maintain these pains that have been lingering in our bodies for so many years?

Surely you know my answer : NO WE DON’T.

It is quite possible to live in full harmony in one’s body and mind, and that is the subject of today’s article.

Don’t you know that our bodies have the power to heal themselves?

Those that say that we start to waste away from the moment we are born are wrong. In fact, when we are born, we start to heal.

We are not dying but healing beings.

And fortunately for you, by the end of this article you will know :

It is very easy to fall into the trap of self-destruction and even if as a human being we are necessarily looking for the most complicated way to solve a problem, let me show you that in life

Simple things are often the best. (And the more efficient)

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What is the mind-body connection?

When we talk about the connection between the body and the mind, we talk about this capacity we all have to control our body with our head. Consciously or not.

When we are afraid, our whole body is alert : our heart rate is accelerating, blood flow is saturated and directed to the muscles to be ready to flee from danger. In short, once we send fear signals from an exterior event, our body translates it in a way, and increases the production of certain hormones, regardless of the subsequent consequences.

On the contrary, if we meditate for example, the opposite effect is happening in our bodies. Sweating decreases, heart rate and blood pressure also, breathing is slow, stress hormones are produced very little while the production of anti-aging hormones increases thanks to the production of dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin. In short, by choosing to meditate and to send signals of « well being » to our brain, it will take the responsibility of maintaining this well-being to our cells.

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This mind-body connection would then be this « power » that is available to us and that would link our heart with our head in a way.

By sending well-being signals to our body, we will therefore also send healing signals at the same time. Gregg Braden explains it in his research. If we strive to synchronize our head with our heart, then we restore the inherent capacities of our body.

Bodily healing, and more precisely healing by thought is therefore the capacity, available, free and unlimited that we all have, to be able to heal our body with our thoughts. As if our thoughts were simply that same force of vitality that we want to give to our heart. A force that would therefore be translated into energy.

How is it efficient in the self-healing process of the body?

Our body is made of energy. We must therefore heal this energy. It is not necessarily useful to understand how our body is scientifically energy and how it regenerates; our body will succeed, whether it comes to our consciousness or not.

The only thing that would certainly be necessary to do is to bring a certain consciousness to the body, a consciousness that is still here translated into energy. This energy would even emanate from our thoughts and emotions.

To bring consciousness to the body simply means to deliberately choose to secrete positive energy in our body, sending signals of well-being or fear for example as mentioned above.

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As we saw in the article 4 Different Ways Our Body Ingest Energy, our emotions can be classified on a scale of consciousness from shame for the lowest feeling in energy to enlightenment for the highest feeling. However, these emotions do not necessarily have to create negativity. And it is this negativity that we must distance ourselves from in order to lift ourselves up and to heal. And I am not necessarily speaking here of spiritual elevation.

From the moment we create resistance within ourselves, we create negativity. This negativity can even go as far as to create a bodily feeling of suffering.

The problem with negativity, as Eckhart Tolle so aptly put it, is that « there comes a point where you don’t want to get rid of it, once you’ve identified with it and on a deep unconscious level, you don’t want any positive change, because it would threaten your identity as a depressed, angry or unfairly treated person. Therefore, you will ignore, deny or sabotage what is positive in your life. It is even a very common phenomenon.

Therefore, if you give yourself a moment to synchronize your heart with your head and simply become aware of it, you allow your cells to move freely in your body and thus allow your being to vibrate to its full potential and to express all the magnificence of what it is capable of.

Regenerative medicine is a medicine increasingly recognized for its actions. The best known research is done at the McGowan Institute, USA and at the University of Poitiers, France.

We are beings who are healed all the time and these institutes prove this day by day. Through research, and over the past 40 years, researchers have discovered the extraordinary power of stem cells. They might be able to regenerate almost any part of our body. They might be able to heal us completely, to regenerate us.

Abilities that are shared by several animals and that the magazine Science et Vie quotes as the “advent of the lizard man” so promising are these discoveries. But it is not only the lizard that has the power to regenerate when it loses a limb but the starfish that is ready to drop one of its arms during an attack. What if this power was already within us, present long before this research began? Do we not know that it is possible to remove the liver of a person who has it ill so that it can regenerate?

Why then, if we already have this power within us, could it not be inscribed in other cells of our body?

The natural state of our body is a state of health, that is what it wants to strive for. It is not logical to think that we are always sick or that we would always have to improve in our health. Our body is made to be well and if it is well fed, in every possible way, it has no reason to malfunction.

In what circumstances is it ineffective?

Of course, I’m not saying that these techniques should replace allopathic medicine, but I’m certain of their positive effects on the development of stem cells and the regenerative capacities of our bodies.

Little by little, it will even be possible to function again without drugs. Some techniques even boast of curing mental illnesses. I am far from saying that, but once again, with time, patience and a little goodwill, mountains can be moved.

This is where the body-mind connection will not be effective. When we only have negative thoughts about ourselves and are convinced of the malfunction of our cells.

As I say it in my article On Being Childlike, we must cultivate this unique curiosity that all children hold and that allows us to rediscover the magic of life day after day.

It is like this moment at the end of a yoga session, after the final position Shavassana, or the corpse position, where we take for a moment the shape of a fetus before we can sit again and be reborn to a new day. Discover my article Yoga as a Path to Transformation.

We have the power to be reborn and to create infinite possibilities, everyday. On the spiritual level for one part but also on the physical level.

What prevents it from functioning properly?

As mentioned above, and even if many of us have already heard it and we have not necessarily believed it, a bad lifestyle will definitely prevent the proper functioning of our body.

If I eat badly, I will also feel bad, if I listen to music too loud for too long I will necessarily hurt my ears, if I only watch horror movies my body will be on alert most of the week ; If I do not shower at least a little I will store viruses and bacterias… Ultimately, if I cultivate negative energies, they are the ones I will reap.

If I focus on my pain, I will give it more importance, and as we have just seen, it is one of the ways in which pain is encouraged to stay. Let us not forget that a good diet does not need medicine. This Ayurvedic proverb seems simplistic. And yet, the day we all manage to free ourselves from our destructive habits towards ourselves, we will truly realize it. Find out more about Ayurveda in my article Ancient Science and in more depth soon on the website.

Are there simple exercises to encourage this self-healing process?

The only exercise that is beneficial “simply” requires presence. Simply put, these are the steps:

  • When you feel an illness coming, enter deeper into that state of being which dwells in the body, be present in that state, remain in that state. Sit or lie down somewhere and be completely present in the body. 10 to 15 minutes, for example, until you feel so alive that the symptoms of this disease are gone. This technique, given by Eckart Tolle in his book Even the Sun Will Die One Day, only works if you react quickly, that you listen to the warning signs. By being more present in your body, you will intensify the light of the presence, he says.
  • Be present to yourself and allow yourself a daily time to breathe and synchronize your heart with your head. It sounds complicated but just sit down and listen to yourself breathe. Feel your whole body and how full of life it is. You will then be in direct contact with your cells and you will therefore send them positive energies, healing energies. Discover my article on meditation Stop Running and Listen to Yourself.
  • Listening to oneself also means listening to one’s desires and needs. Sleep when you feel it’s necessary, eat fruits and vegetables that your body asks for.
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In these cases, believe me, you will be more resistant to the disease or just ready to welcome it when it knocks on your door.

Yes, I said welcome, not face the disease. Do not try to create more suffering by being in conflict with yourself about this disease. It is there, so let it be and strive to trust your body in the healing it will offer you.

What are the other techniques that exist?

The following techniques may seem simplistic to you but as stated at the beginning of the article, it is the simplest things that prove to be the most effective. Kind of like grandma’s medicine.

Among these techniques we think of meditation, essential oils, food, sleep – find my article Tips for Better Sleep -, binaural beats – this will be the subject of a future article, here is an example with this music to start -, visualization, personal hygiene; and many more.

Life is made to enjoy, to live in joy and to surpass oneself. Do not believe this voice in your head that continually demeans you. It is more or less present in each of our minds and it is simply there to make us grow.

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Start now, practice breathing consciously and share the benefits below in the comments.

I sincerely hope that this article has been useful to you and that it has shown you how much we all have the ability to surpass the trials – physical trials in particular – that we encounter.

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Is Meditation Really Helpful?

FRANÇAIS PAGE 2 – La Méditation Est-Elle Vraiment Utile?

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Are you used to feeling anxious? Scared? Does anyone tried to help you in this matter but did quite the opposite?

In the last article The Mind-Body Connection introduced the subject of always being connected to what we do. This means being aware of our own emotions and desires and acting upon them.

I can assure you that meditation can be a powerful tool for addressing those issues.

Brain balancing heart by ElisaRiva

Why?

Because I have been practicing meditation on a daily basis for 7 years now.

People fail to help you because they are not in your shoes and might address the problem from an angle you don’t really need and therefore, the problem still exists.

Meditation can be your medication.

It can help you overcome your issues, if you know how to use it.

How does meditation can help me?

Why doesn’t it work on me?

Is there a simple tool I can use for helping me meditate?

Those are the questions we are addressing today.

How does meditation can help?

Meditation is simple and practical. 

Research shows that simply by sitting down and closing your eyes you can access a level of relaxation that is deeper that deep sleep.

It reduces stress hormones by 30 to 40% where a good night sleep reduces it by 10 to 12%.

It increases serotonin, prolactin, oxytocin and reduces blood pressure. It even increases the production of anti-aging hormones.

It is more effective that any other relaxation techniques.

brain connection by Gerd Altmann 

Research also shows that it makes new connection in the brain. If you scan the brain of someone that is meditating, you will see connection happening in the left and right side of his brain as well as in the back and front of it.

Which results in making us make better decisions, have better judgment because we allow the part of the brain responsible for this -the pre frontal cortex- to be well fed in oxygen particularly.

Meditation helps us become our best self.

When I was starting meditation, I encountered a wonderful teacher that helped me understand that I was embodying letting go thanks to meditation.

After a 45 minute mediation I had with him, we all shared our experience. At that time I had a hard time staying still, I always had to readjust my position or even just was disturbed by my own clothes. I explained him that I finally was able to tell myself during that single meditation that it could wait, that for this moment I was able to stay still and wait for the end of the meditation for moving or even for thinking about something else I had in mind.

He congratulated the effort and showed me that my meditation journey was on the good path.

Meditation doesn’t always work

Meditation can work for everyone, but it can also worsen the very thing you’re trying to meditate for. This is because there are several types of meditation.

Of course, if you look online, everyone is going to tell you that their technique is the best one there is but this is just a lie. Unfortunately those are the ones that are going to be the closest to sectarianism.

As a matter of fact, you can choose what type of meditation you want to do according to what you’re doing it for.

meditation by Gerd Altmann 

Before choosing the type of meditation you’re going to dedicate yourself to, you should ask yourself those questions :

  • What is the goal of my mediation? Do you want to feel more free, let go a situation in particular, understand something …
  • Which sense do you prefer? Some meditation will be more visual when others might be more auditory …
  • Which aspect do you want to develop the most? Patience, love, spirituality, memory, focus …

We will go through the types of meditation in a later article but for now I would suggest any beginner to try and start with those types of meditation :

  • Yoga nidra : this is actually the simplest one I was given to try. You just lay down on your back and let yourself be guided by the voice of your meditation teacher.
  • Spinal breathing : which will help your anxiety as well as mantra and mindfulness meditation.
  • Inner silence : lead you to know yourself, deal with your confusion or restlessness.

Now that you know of some meditation techniques, remember that the key to finding peace with mediation is consistency. We talk about this with a guest I had in the blog in the article Meditation Series : Mantras with Carrie Grossman.

Learn to overcome your fear thanks to a simple tool

I’m using fear as an example here and the tool I’m going to share with you can be used with any emotions you’re having difficult times with.

The tool I’m sharing with you comes from another meditation teacher I had and uses the technical memo RAIN.

Tiger under rain by ArtTower

RAIN stands for Recognise, Allow, Investigate, Nurture.

Recognise : name your fear.

Allow : do not judge it but instead allow it to be here. 

Investigate : feel where it lives in your body and what sensation it brings you.

Nurture : use your own kindness and care to begin being present with the fear.

After the rain, feel the shift that has happened from the fearful self when you started to that space of compassionate presence.

Want some help?

I can now tell you that soon, an online meditation course will be available on the blog. It is a 21 day challenge designed for discovering meditation where I teach you the fundamentals of mediation in a progressive way. The first day of the challenge will include 1 minute of meditation the second day 2 minutes, the third day 3 minutes and so on until 21 minutes of meditation for day 21.

Be sure to stay tuned, more information about this in a few weeks.

I hope you enjoyed this article and that it gave you a clearer idea of what meditation can do for you.

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In the meantime, remember that everything you do can be turned into meditation, from sitting to making dishes and running. It only takes conscious presence in what you are doing.

Love

Ben

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The Mind-Body Connection

FRANÇAIS PAGE 2 – La Connexion Corps-Esprit

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Do you always feel connected to what you’re doing? Do you wish to be more connected and aware?

As promised in one of my last articles, On Being Childlike we’re going to start talking about this mystical connection that is always available to us…

The mind body connection.

When you’re used to driving the same road everyday, you might find yourself being caught up in driving, it can even sometimes happen that you forget the way you just drove through.

Take a deep breath with me.

Hold it.

And then release it.

Here, you’ve just made a step further into connecting your mind with your body.

Connecting your body with your mind have many meanings. One of them is to bring life into some parts of your body that you tend to forget.

Your tongue for instance. If you think about it, you’ll realize that you have a tendency to keep it up on the roof of your mouth. You do this without even thinking about it

Just like when you’re used to driving on the same road everyday. And it is proven that what is happening is that you are hypnotizing yourself for a short time. That’s called auto-hypnosis, which will more likely happen when your mind isn’t connected to your body.

You will tend to loose focus on yourself.

Take another deep breath with me. 

Bring your attention to your mouth now, are you able to relax it even more than it already is? Where is your tongue? Up or relaxed at the bottom of your mouth?

Don’t you feel more relaxed now?

The first step into connecting your mind with your body is simple. Breath and realize that you have a body, notice all the parts of it and learn to relax it more and more everyday.

That’s called meditating.

Meditation deserve a whole new article but you can still discover the first one I wrote about it, Stop Running and Listen to Yourself.

If one looses focus on oneself it is more easy to stop controlling what one is doing. I told you in the article 4 Ways Our Body Ingest Energy that I stopped smoking. What will happen if I’m not in control of what I do? 

What will happen if my mind isn’t connected to my body?

I will forget the benefits of stopping smoking, I will loose myself into listening to the voice that tells me to enjoy things and to loose the benefits of my efforts. 

Which takes us back to saying that when we loose our mind-body connexion we stop being our best self, we stop stepping into ou power and therefore loose our time, efforts and energy.

The next article will teach you more clearly about meditation and its benefits. You will also learn about a new meditation course that will soon be available on the blog.

Thanks for reading this article, I hope it introduced you well to this topic and made you even more curious to know more.

Being more aware can be considered as being magical in so many ways. We’ll see that soon enough.

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In the meantime, stay connected to your surroundings by simply trying to notice all that exists in your field of view, all that you’ve never noticed before and more specifically all that is alive around you, from plants to humans and animals.

Love

Ben

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