and possibly might for you too!
The end of summer: back to school activities, cooler weather, perhaps a little regret over the things we didn’t get to, smiles over the things we did.
Did you get to that project you were saving for the summer? Were you able to make a getaway to a nature-filled place to renew (if only for a few long rambling walks)?
What did you learn this summer?
I would say my summer was very much defined by three things: a kick-off at the West Coast Dowsers Conference in Santa Cruz, camping with colleagues at the Acutonics Summer Camp at Mt Shasta (for both of these I enjoyed presenting and sharing) and working on my health and movement. I’m grateful to have worked again with Peruvian Sound Healer Tito la Rosa, and I have also been deepening my experience with singing for the soul and circle singing as a transformational activity.
Three small but quite influential things I have been working on that I invite you to try for self-care:
Raw organic apple cider vinegar.
I used to do this years ago, and now it’s making a come-back and rightly so. Our diet generally creates an acidic environment in our bodies, which leads to inflammation. (think sugar, processed foods).
First thing in the morning, add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a tall 12 oz glass of water, and drink it down. It would also be beneficial to then drink another glass of water right away. Your stomach is on the move in the morning and this will help it do its work. You may be thinking “hey, isn’t vinegar acidic?” Yes, but evidently it works!
I really learned a lot about my body when I quit coffee. First, it wasn’t the first thing on my mind when I woke up in the morning.
Next, I like coffee with half and half and honey…well that adds up.
Third, I’m really noticing the beautiful subtleties of teas….like my taste buds are more sensitive, rather than the rich, deep coffee bitterness.
Finally: (this is a big one) I’ve lost that “on edge” feeling from the push on the adrenals and noticing I have more energy during the day. Huh. Who would have thought?
But don’t stop cold turkey: work your way down to one cup in the morning, then substitute with a deep rich black tea, then you will more appreciate the various types of teas. (I know there's new research on the benefits of coffee, however everyone is different..in other words: Listen to your Body.
The Hunching Syndrome: Some of us may have developed the habit of hunching over at computers, reading, whatever…leading to pain in the neck and upper back. Here’s a fabulous yoga “rest” I learned in Yin/Yang Yoga: The Fish.
- lay on your back on a mat with a yoga block flat under your shoulders lengthwise, with the bottom of the block at about where your bra strap would be.
- Make sure you have a pillow or blanket to support your head, especially if you have neck issues. Arms at your side and relax. Breathe.
- Breathe in through the nose, out the mouth. Relaxed, deep breathing. Notice if you are hunching or tight anywhere, breathe into it and release.
- Breathe, and release.
- I’m told if you work up to this 5 minutes a day you can relieve much of your neck and upper back pain.
- (of course, if you have structural issues, check with your health care provider first)
- So a little self-care goes a long way!
- On top of seeing some dear friends at these gatherings from all over
- (Alaska, East Coast, even local that I don’t get to see often) I learned a lot of other cool things this summer too. So all in all: a pretty good couple of months!!!
- What have you been doing this summer? What did you learn?