En France en tout cas, et dans d’autres pays d’Europe.
Même si cela peut être triste pour certains d’entre nous, c’est également une bonne opportunité pour commencer à travailler et à apprendre de nouvelles façons … encore.
C’est aussi simplement l’opportunité de s’habituer à la nouvelle ère qui se dessine devant nous. Et peut-être même réaliser ce qui se passe devant nos yeux et que nous n’étions pas prêt à voir.
Toutes les nouvelles choses sont géniales.
Souvenez-vous de ce moment où vous étiez enfant et que vous découvriez ce que voulait dire sortir de la maison tout seul. À quel point c’était génial d’être simplement avec vous-même, avec personne pour vous surveiller.
Ce fameux sentiment de liberté.
Vous aviez tellement de belles idées sur ce que vous pouviez faire, où vous pouviez aller et ce que vous pouviez découvrir.
Comme si vous pouviez aller n’importe où dans le monde simplement en courant sur la pelouse.
Un peu comme pendant le premier confinement.
En dépit de l’angoisse générée par la menace d’avoir une amende quand on sortait, on était heureux d’avoir cet avant-goût de vacances et nous avons utilisé ce temps pour faire des choses que nous n’aurions pas faites autrement.
Aujourd’hui c’est différent. Vous êtes fatigués et vous ne savez plus vraiment quoi faire.
Évidemment que vous voulez profiter au maximum du temps qui vous ai donné à la maison et que vous voulez continuer à faire du mieux que vous pouvez mais vous ne savez pas réellement quoi faire.
Peut-être vous réveillez-vous tellement tard que vous ne voyez même plus la lumière du soleil. Peut-être que vous travaillez bien trop ou alors que vous consommez trop de jeux vidéos.
Et ce n’est pas grave.
Je ne suis pas là pour vous dire d’arrêter et de commencer à travailler, à planifier et à organiser votre vie pour l’après corona.
Je veux simplement vous dire une chose :
Vous n’êtes pas seul.
La plupart d’entre nous s’ennuient.
La plupart d’entre nous avons envie de faire un tour dehors.
La plupart d’entre nous avons envie (ou même besoin) de voir nos amis ou notre famille « en vrai ».
La plupart d’entre nous voulons arrêter de vivre dans la peur.
Devinez quoi, malgré tout ce qui se passe : vous pouvez.
Vous pouvez être cette lumière dans votre propre chambre, vous pouvez aller dehors et profiter du soleil quand il sort, vous pouvez profiter de vous ennuyer et de ne rien faire, vous pouvez vivre dans la joie et le bonheur. En se concentrant sur les choses pour lesquelles vous pouvez être reconnaissant.
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“Le secret du bonheur c’est la liberté … Et le secret de la liberté c’est le courage.”
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.
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.
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.
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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Have you ever tried to eat a piece of wood? Or maybe a leaf on the ground or a stone? According to a cook I follow, eating meat might just be the same as eating those.
I used to eat fast-foods every two days or so, I was raised to eat meat at every meal, except for breakfast. And I used to love to eat meat. I come from a Spanish family so you can guess which kind of meat we like to eat, that one that is really fat.
That cook and naturopath who I follow is Irene Grosjean and I think she’s one of the wisest people I’ve heard talking about food in the past decade. Actually, since I heard her talking on a video on YouTube called “La Vie en Abondance” – Life in Abundance – my way of seeing food has totally changed.
And I must say that since the pandemic happened, we should all start to take responsibility for the part we all have to take in the wellness of the world. Don’t you think the planet has been calling out to us? We all can take a little step towards more awareness considering what is good or bad for it.
More and more people seem to decide to stop eating meat. Why so? There are different views on the subject, some people might stop for environmental reason, others ones could lessen their consumption because of health issues ; some even take that step just to live better.
1 – The planet has tried to tell us to eat less meat
Not enough people realise it yet but when we talk about climate change this isn’t only about our cars, planes and private consumption of gas.
The fact that a majority of people eat meat make some other people want to product a lot to sell more and have loads of money. And when you produce a lot of meat, you produce too much greenhouse gas only by feeding the animals, so just imagine what it takes to medicate them, to make them drink, or just to let them live outdoors – for the least that can.
The production of meat leads to the pollution of our oceans. Do you really think that nitrogen, phosphorus, antibiotics and pesticides are good for our water, aquatic or even human life? I’ve never heard anyone tell me that we should eat those everyday in order to be healthy.
More than 25 billion animals are killed by the meat industry each year. Every second, one football field of rainforest is destroyed in order to produce 257 hamburgers.
Do you realise that 70% of all agricultural land is used for rearing farmed animals? Don’t you find that crazy? I’m not saying that we should all stop eating meat but if we could all lessen our consumption, it would do a lot of good to the planet, I’m sure of it.
I’ll come back another day on this point, but you can still go to this website if you’re interested.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
2 – My body needs healthy food
As I said earlier on my article 4 Different Ways Our Body Ingest Energy, we’re not supposed to eat chemicals. When an animal you’re eating has had antibiotics for its entire life, be sure to eat them at the same time.
It is easy to lecture someone who has decided to become vegetarian/vegan and tell them that we have to eat meat for our own good. But have you ever consider the fact that you are eating meat only because you were taught to? What if that was just a matter of tradition?
As a matter of fact, as Irene Grosjean says it in La Vie en Abondance -with English subtitles-, our body can’t make life happen by eating dead things. If we must eat meat, we therefore have to have a body that can digest it. However, we do not have a carnivorous digestive system but an herbivorous one. Our intestines are long and could even be ones of a frugivore.
We are indeed eating corpses. When I realised what Irene was saying, it hit me. Of course you can argue that you won’t find all the nutriments you need in a plant-based diet ; are you really sure? I’ve heard that B12 vitamin for instance is only found in red meat. Guess what, I get mine in malted yeast, which by the way also replaces cheese since it has the same smell and taste. What about the proteins? Look for red beans, chickpeas, lentils.
I have a friend who’s been sick and that is feeling better and has less medications to take thanks to her plant-based diet ; she hasn’t eaten any animal product for 12 years. I’m far behind and I’ve stopped eating meat for 2 years now. We are both incredibly healthy!
“Deprived of veterinary care, exercise, sunlight, and even the feel of grass beneath their feet, these living, breathing, thinking, feeling beings, whose senses are so much like our own, suffer and die at the rate of millions per day just so that we can have burgers, patties, nuggets, and wieners. Deciding what we will eat means choosing between the horrors of factory farming and respect for animals.”
Some people, like myself, have to stop eating meat for health issues. I know I get really really sick if I come to eat something made with cow milk, which narrows down what I can eat and subsequently led me to stop eating meat, because I realised that it is far from good for us. My physiologist advised me to stop eating meat because I had back problems and guess what? They’ve disappeared now..
When you start becoming a vegetarian, you start by looking at all the label of the things you used to buy and realise that there is meat – or lactose for people with my case – everywhere, even in candies. And then you think about all the animals that must have died to produce that food.
We see in this article that the vegetarian diet is better for us, no matter your health issue and even if you don’t have one.
“A plant-based vegetarian diet is healthier and can prevent diseases. According to the American Dietetic Association, vegetarians have a reduced risk of heart disease, obesity, colon cancer, adult-onset diabetes, osteoporosis, gout, gallstones, kidney stones, lung cancer, and breast cancer. A low fat vegetarian diet, combined with regular exercise, helps reduce blood pressure and can control, or even eliminate, non-insulin dependent diabetes.”
May your food be your medicine
3 – I am curious
It might be a shock for some people but eating vegetarian helped me to discover new kinds of food and I’m not eating the same things everyday, not at all.
The start is difficult, like anything else, because you need to know and look for some recipes. But as soon as you do, you start getting what you need and have everything in your house. You do have to cook – in the same way as meat – but trust me, it’s really good.
You don’t know what to do? Start cooking some vegetables, add rice, let simmer for a minute or two, water that, add some spices that you like and you get a home-made “paella”.
You like to have a kebab or something fat? Trust me, you can have that as well. And I’m deploring the fact that we don’t have a lot of vegan option in France because in the US they do.
But it is still important to eat well. It’s not because you’re going vegetarian that you can eat whatever you want because you’re just eating vegetables. Eating pizzas and veggie burgers everyday is still considered not eating well. But eating vegetables is a good start towards a healthier life.
The fact is that there is enough food in the world for everyone. But tragically, much of the world’s food and land resources are tied-up in producing beef and livestock-food for the well-off, while millions of children and adults suffer from malnutrition and starvation.
Dr. Walden Bello, executive director of Food First, Institute for Food and Development Policy.
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Of course you know how much it is important to watch what comes into your mouth. Everybody knows that eating fast-food everyday is bad and that we need particularly a certain amount of oligo elements to go out through our days. But more than that, we are influenced by anything that comes in contact with us, not only about the food we eat but also the things we watch or listen to. Look at how it feels to be outside those days, you start to feel anxious when you have to leave home even if you’re not used to feeling like everyone else.
Didn’t you know that as soon as your body – or being – comes into contact with something – anything – , it starts to mirror it a little more ? That something you were watching or listening ; or even that person you’ve spent time with is making you look a little more like them. It’s just as if that something or someone was glowing power into you so as so you would become a little more of them?
We are what we eat.
You might have heard that saying so many times. But it doesn’t keep away the fact that it is true. And we are going to uncover it more today. It is true in at least 4 different ways : (1) I eat what (2) I watch in order to (3) listen to what (4) I feel.
<p class="has-primary-background-color has-background" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>1 – In order to be healthy you need to eat good food</strong>1 – In order to be healthy you need to eat good food
<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">That one is the most understood I think. But did you know why? A study about the <a href="https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)30041-8/fulltext" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Health effects of dietary risks in 195 countries, 1990–2017</a> reveals that <em>“findings show that suboptimal diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risks globally, including tobacco smoking”.</em>That one is the most understood I think. But did you know why? A study about the Health effects of dietary risks in 195 countries, 1990–2017 reveals that “findings show that suboptimal diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risks globally, including tobacco smoking”.
<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">If I should say one thing about this, try to eat as much as fruits and vegetables as you can, and choose as much organic foods as you can. Just because they’re better for you than foods soaked in pesticides. They’re more expensive, that is true, but sometimes you just have to put more money in order to be well and live at the fullest of your capacities. Even the plastic wrapping some of your foods can be harmful to you.If I should say one thing about this, try to eat as much as fruits and vegetables as you can, and choose as much organic foods as you can. Just because they’re better for you than foods soaked in pesticides. They’re more expensive, that is true, but sometimes you just have to put more money in order to be well and live at the fullest of your capacities. Even the plastic wrapping some of your foods can be harmful to you.
It’s the same for GMOs, if you just take time to look at what you put into your mouth, you might realise that some labels specify that what you are eating is bad and is created artificially – thankfully the law still says that companies have to be transparent. It’s exactly what it is, we eat things created from chemical products, therefore something artificial. How can we think that it could be at least good for us? It’s proven that pesticides change our DNA! Look for those label showing something that you don’t know, there’s a chance it’s just because it doesn’t exist. Such as E385, E200, soy lecithin and so on.
The US NEWS tells more : “Paying attention to what you eat isn’t only about controlling weight; the need for certain vitamins and minerals increases with age. One is calcium, necessary to protect bones. Another is B12, since some older adults make less of the stomach acid required to absorb the vitamin. More vitamin D also is required. « The skin gets less efficient at converting sunlight into this vitamin, so more is needed from other sources, » Lichtenstein says. Fewer than 7 percent of Americans between ages 50 and 70 get enough vitamin D from the foods they eat, and fewer than 26 percent get enough calcium.”
And this meat you’re eating everyday also contains drugs that the animal took… I’m just saying it’s really important to know where your food comes from.
<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">And for the ones who smoke, some might even say that the plant you smoke even take control of your own body. You’re not the same when you do smoke. And believe me when I say this. I stopped smoking recently and I realised what it took from me. Stopping actually brought me back to my “real self”, or at least it gave me back my energy and fuel for life I so much needed. But since I was smoking cigarettes every day I didn’t even realise it since it was always the case. And for the ones who smoke, some might even say that the plant you smoke even take control of your own body. You’re not the same when you do smoke. And believe me when I say this. I stopped smoking recently and I realised what it took from me. Stopping actually brought me back to my “real self”, or at least it gave me back my energy and fuel for life I so much needed. But since I was smoking cigarettes every day I didn’t even realise it since it was always the case.
It’s the same for the things you eat or anything you drink, sometimes we don’t even realise how bad it can hurt us because we ingest it everyday and we don’t know how we are feeling when we’re out of it. Choosing good food is a way to showing your body that you worth more than cheap.
I could go on and on about this but we’ll come back later with an article about Ayurveda and about how and why I became vegetarian.
What can we remember about all this today? This article might give us an idea :“Rich in vegetables, fruit, cereals, nuts, regular ‘splash’ of olive oil, and occasional glass of wine, the Mediterranean diet has multiple beneficial health effects, such as decreasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, and cognitive disorders. The effect seemed to be clear-cut in Mediterranean populations, but it wasn’t so consistent for the non-Mediterranean regions, probably because of the use of different Mediterranean diet scores.”
2 – What we watch is digested in the same way as food
You know how Facebook is taking time out of you. We are in quarantine so we’re all more on our screens but don’t you realise that all the notifications you’re getting are made to take time out of you? I know you do. They actually want you to spend more time on your phone so you’re able to see their adds and so they get your money. Again, it’s all about money.
Furthermore, as I told you in my article about the benefits of coronavirus, we need to concentrate on the good things happening around us and I don’t think concentrating on the news every single day won’t help us to feel good. And if one doesn’t feel good, one is not happy.
As a matter of fact, mainstream medias don’t always tell the truth, they are known for arranging the truth. Especially right now, where it’s easy to feel overwhelmed ; they shouldn’t lie to us but they do. We heard in France that all the hospitals were full and that it was hard. I get that it is hard but then I hear from one of my friend who is working as a nurse in hospitals in the south of France that there hospitals are not full at all and even that some nurses need to take vacation because they’re too much people working…
“Repeat a lie strong enough and long enough and people will believe it.” Adolf Hitler
I won’t go into asking why they do that but it’s still interesting to realise it. When we watch the news, we are soaking up the fear that they want to give us. We should therefore be aware of what we watch as much as what we listen.
Watching is the same as playing. Many years ago not far from my hometown, we all heard about that teenager who killed his parents after playing too long at video games that were not supposed to be played by someone his age. There’s also children going mad after playing “Slender Man ». A women even killed his 3 month old baby just because he was too much crying while she was playing “Farmville”. I don’t know about you but it’s enough for me to try to not play too long.
Therefore, we can naturally see that what we are watching is ingested by our body and has an effect on our wellbeing. Of course change doesn’t happen overnight but by becoming aware and conscious of the situation, we all can start to change our habits into good ones.
3 – You soak up what you listen to
We all had that experience where music just changed our mood. We listened to that one music we liked because we were just feeling down and wanting some alone time. That music sheered us up and made us rock the end of the day. I know I love to play a mantra in the morning (read my article about mantras here if you didn’t already) to wake up gently and then I put some loud music to start my day energised.
Listening to a podcast might be a good thing to do as well. I also talked about this in my article about what to do during lock down, you can read it here.
Moreover, we all experienced a lie that affected us. My sister for instance, she still remembers me saying that we were on our mother’s womb at the same, except we’re 10 years apart… Joke aside, it’s the same for secrets, they might be hard to keep or even bear and it can affect our wellbeing and even the way we think.
For instance I will always remember those pictures or clips I watched and heard when I was a teenager and decided to do like the others and watch what everyone was watching. Even though you knew you shouldn’t have had watched it, you did and it became part of your life for quite some time.
It is the same for the radio shows you used to listen to. Why don’t the good things tend to stick to ourselves more than the bad things? It is much easier for something bad to get remembered later. It is how life works and how we are made to function. Our brain follows patterns he knows. In meditation, we learn the cycles of life. Which are “Action – Desire – Memory”. Even if we think we have a free will, most of the time we are following the same patterns over and over. And that’s not just me saying it, scientists too. If we want to think about good memories, we first need to concentrate on creating good action so our desires change and we keep living in an energy of love more than an energy of fear. For this, believe me when I say that mediation is going to help you come across those different feelings, you can read my article about meditation, Stop Running and Listen to Yourself.
4 – I feel good
My feelings start to go up as long as I keep doing what is making me feel good. The more I eat things that are good for me, the more that I watch interesting things and the more I listen to things that uplift me, the more I will feel happy.
Let’s take a look at Hawkins Scale of Consciousness. It tell us that in order to live Enlightenment, we need to be « logged » in the higher ranks of the scale. If I’m showing off and therefore live Pride, I’m feeling Scorn and I vibrate at 175 on the scale, and we also get the emotion to help us recognise where we are, here is Demanding. Hawkins is a psychologist and Nobel Price, his worldly estimate of humanity’s evolution is « courage ».
I find this scale really interesting. If we transpose what I’m saying into it, we see that if I watch something frightening, I get feelings of anxiety and therefore live at only 20 on the scale of consciousness. I told you in previous articles that life is made of vibration and that we all vibrate something. That scale represents the energy we are vibrating and therefore attracting to us.
Don’t we all want to live at the highest of our potential and attract good things to us? We therefore should try to vibrate at a certain energy, at least control the most of it that we can. What we can control is what we eat, what we watch and what we listen to.
I know that it is easier said than done ; don’t worry, everything take time and change doesn’t happen overnight. Be gentle with yourself and start being aware of your life.
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As promised, let me now introduce you to yoga. I will share the history of yoga, how I went to it and how I find it really beneficial to anyone who wants to improve their life and wellbeing.
Yoga is both a physical and spiritual practice originated in ancient India. The word ‘yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit (ancient Indian language) yuj – to yoke and samadhi – concentration. Therefore, the one who practice yoga wants to connects one body, mind and spirit and go toward liberation. You can find many different interpretations of what yoga is and we can speak about more than 20 different types of yoga, each with its own practice and goals.
As a matter of fact, yoga was originally created in order for one to be able to stay seated longer while meditating. The more you’re comfortable in your body, the more you’re able to stay still and listen to yourself. Originally, Indus practiced yoga in order to grow spiritually speaking. The yogis encourage union with the finite jiva (transitory self) and with the infinite Brahman (eternal self). Brahman is a term used by the Hindus to mean “God”. To say that in another way, yogis want to connect to the inner God everyone holds in their being in order to find peace. Yoga is ancient path to spiritual growth, a system created to rejuvenate the body and prolong life.
For a beginner, I would suggest starting with restorative yoga, which is a very relaxing and grounded type of yoga. Everybody can do it and everybody should do it, because you don’t even have to do the effort or have to use your muscles, you use the ground and the gravity to help you go deeper into the relaxation. Yes, you read well, I’m talking about relaxation, I’m not telling you to force yourself into building muscles. And it is really good for recovery, healing, anxiety, helps you stretch and even practice patience! If you want to build muscles, then there is another type of yoga that is available for you.
In addition, yoga is known to be therapeutic and really good for all sorts of health and mental issues. Studies have shown its effectiveness for back pain, anxiety, schizophrenia, self acceptation, to name a few.
Actually, I think yoga is a very good way to come into contact with your being, with your body. I know there’s a lot of people showing off the postures they’re doing on social medias and I think that’s the opposite of what yoga should be about. Yoga is about working on your impatience and listening to what your body is trying to tell you. It’s a good thing to want to be good at what you do but it’s another thing to help yourself going there.
When you do yoga, you want to be in tune with your breath. As everyone knows, the breath is where life flows, so as long as you breath, you will be able to tune into your body and your dharma (purpose).
Even if your goal is to build strength, you always tune to your breath to be aware of your muscles. The more you do it, the more you’re able to recognise where your body can go and where you want to lead it.
The mind is a calm meditative flow. The more your mind is steady, the more your body will be as well. The mind is a meditative calm steady flow when you do yoga, the body is an expression of that inner state. So here we are, we use this exercise to always build more steadiness in our mind. That’s where yoga is a meditative practice.
The methods used in the yoga techniques cannot be separated from its philosophy. Because yoga is considered to be a practice of psychosomatic exercices. The more you practice the exercices, the more you are inclined to feel the benefits. In the repetition of the movement, the magic arises.
A yoga teacher once told me :
“We’re not here to suffer through the experience but really grow as a result of the experience. Not only growing physically but also growing mentally and emotionally. As you learn to relate to experiences of discomfort, this skill translates directly into your daily life, when you encounter challenging or uncomfortable situations you can remain relaxed there and interact in a much more functional way with the different experiences of your life.”
And that’s what I actually find magical about yoga. Where one comes into the mat, one is dedicated to doing good to oneself. By deciding to show up and just be here with yourself, you come into contact with your own being, discovering what keeps you away from fulfilling your deepest desires.
It’s like an analogy of life, you come into the mat as you would come into your life. Some days you’re lazy and you just want to relax and some days you want to be as good as you can be and build strength. Of course, the more you practice, the more you will find yoga intense, and that’s when you will have to allow yourself to remain relaxed within this intensifying experience. Discomfort is perfectly normal in the context of yoga and in the context of life, if you feel pain, that’s when you know you have to stand back and change your position – or experience if we still talk about life experiences. When having challenging experiences, you learn to breath, to relax with discomfort and learn from it.
Furthermore, I would advise anyone who wants to start this journey to alternate any type of yoga they’re doing. If you want to build strength, it’s good for you to work on your core and always challenge you but it is also good to know when to relax and listen when your body is asking you to stand back. And if you’re doing yoga only to relax yourself, challenging you might be beneficial.
As you move through the body, there is a lot of energy that we are transmuting. We are playing with the energies coexisting with us, breath, life, laughs, tears, gifts, chakras …
Though the body is how you get to discover your spirit. Even faster than reading books. You drop into the very present moment. Mind starts to go away when you’re in the movement part. Naturally you connect with your heart more and the present is what allows your spirit to blossom, because you’re connected with your body and spirit and the mind is not doing this chatter thing. I find moving in general to be one of the most helpful ways to connect to your spirit.
We are made to move, because if we don’t, we fall.
Personally, I know yoga and therefore meditation has been really beneficial to me. I used to have panic attacks, to speak too fast to be understood and to move through life even faster than my mind was even able to articulate. I come to yoga/meditation as often as I can because when I don’t I feel that my body is not in tune with my being anymore. When I start to articulate my movement with my breath, I am able to come back into my true essence, I encounter myself every time a little more. And it is always a pleasure to discover another part of myself. That’s where I find the magic in life. It’s magical to look at a tree when you remember that it was only a little seed in the beginning. And it is magical to see that one can be even better everyday. I used to think that only self-centered persons could think that way but now, I think that it takes courage and maturity to be able to live in peace with oneself.
Let’s continue our exploration of what the world has to offer us. And what is the world offering us all today?
We all asked for some spare time to continue the work we were doing, we all had a voice asking for vacation or even just asking to be left alone. There we are.
This time offered to us is as an answer to all those “prayers”. When you ask or wish for something, it can be considered as a prayer. And since we do have the time to think, the earth might be trying to tell us something it has been trying to say for a long period of time.
What if someone or something was trying to show us things from a different perspective? What if the world was just trying to show us the way things have to be done? If we think about it, we can learn a lot with Corona Virus apparition. It can teach us a lot of things, besides all the death it has cost.
And what is death but the start of something new? It gives room for something new, for an evolution. We should honour it, and yet also consider it as a part of life.
First of all, we should all think of all the people dying right now from Covid 19 and pay tribute to them. They didn’t ask for anything and yet it happened suddenly, no one was even ready for it.
And then again, it gives us the opportunity as a member of the earth to connect to one another and to remember that we are all connected and living on the same planet. Frontiers do not have the power to take that away from us, we the people are more than powerful when it comes to working together.
Connectedness is what is going to make us stronger after this crisis has passed.
We will learn how to work independently as well as with the other, realise that it is possible to work on our own, from our own house. And if difficulty appears, it’s also an opportunity for us to be humble and ask for help, when it is needed. We have to work together and ask for help and I believe it’s also a benefit we can gain from this crisis.
We will always know crisis in our lives. As individuals, where we will need to work on ourselves and learn from it. But this one is the same for everyone in the world, we will therefore still have to ask for help and work on ourselves as a community. A community composed of all the people in the world. It’s an opportunity for us to remember that we are all connected and living on the same earth.
Therefore, if we want to live happily and peacefully, we need to concentrate on the good things happening around us. It doesn’t take apart the fact that horrible things are still happening. But if you are like me, you might tend to be really anxious with the situation. I must say it, I’m kind of scared when I have to go shopping and I can’t stand to watch the news everyday, if I do so, I know I’m going to feel, sleep and think bad. Television only brings us fear. Fear is the opposite of love. And if we want to be happy in our body and soul we do have to be full of love.
In order to take care of one body and mind, one need to be focused on the good things. Because life is still going on for a lot of us and we should be ready and powerful enough to face what is coming for us and also as a way of paying tribute to everyone that has died ; for us.
We’re in this together, all of us.
And even if some people might tell you that economy is bad, that people are using this historical event to gain from the pain of others and that we will never be the same ; I believe we will indeed be different when everything has passed but in a good way.
I know it is easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious, but this feeling doesn’t have to take all part of your being. You can start to work and listen to yourself in order to feel good.
If I am well, my neighbour will be well, we are talking about energy here, even if we are all confined we still can elevate the vibration of the world, by helping others in one way and by helping ourselves. And this is the subject of the movie project I’m working on at the moment, you can find out more about it here on my last article.
We still are an example for the people around us, but not in the same way we used to be for the moment.
You have to feel good, because if you don’t, you’ll die. Feeling good is like your way of saying to your body that it is strong and healthy.
You have to keep dreaming, if you don’t, you’ll die. A bicycle will never be up by being still, it’s because it’s moving that it is able to stay up. So keep moving, even if you can’t move outside of your house.
This virus is giving space for us but above all, for the planet.
Look at it, almost the whole world is on pause right now. Which gives space for nature to take back its rights. There is less pollution than ever, animals come back to some cities, wars are stopping in some parts of the world … Moreover, it helps us reconnect with our loved ones and refocus and essentials, this virus doesn’t care how rich you are …
Scientists even tell us that our post corona virus lives will be even better. Here’s a quote from an interesting French article (link here) :
“The impact of the epidemic will force us to slow down, to not take planes, to work from home, to only go out with our close ones and to learn to be auto-sufficient and conscious. All of a sudden, fashion shows seems weird and out of context, commercials for travel agencies entering ou web pages appear intrusive and ridiculous, the idea of futur project is vague and indecisive : but does this really matter? Everyday, we question systems that we know since we were born and have to think to its eventual disappearance.”
It’s not because we are confined that we have to let our body down. On the contrary, it’s an opportunity to show ourselves that we can do better and take care of ourselves.
I wanted to tell you about how I keep myself going during this time but it seems like I had to tell you other things before.
What about you? Can you share about one thing this confinement brought you? Don’t hesitate to do so in the comment section below.
If there is one thing that helps me keep growing indoor besides my loved ones, it is yoga. I learnt a lot from this simple activity and I really want to share how it is beneficial to me. And since you’ve been reading for quite some time now, let’s keep this subject for another article.
In the meantime, remember to listen to yourself, you own intuition only wants what is good for you and that will be the better way for you to be healthy and strong.