Meditation and Relaxation Isn’t Enough?

December 15th, 2005

We’ve unwittingly scheduled our time so that it’s difficult to get off the roller coaster long enough to take stock of our lives and see that we are doing too much – we have too much on our plate.

We are making sure we take that thirty minutes per day for ourselves, praying or doing Meditation, eating as well as we think we can, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, playing sports and numerous other things we’ve read about that might reduce Stress. We’ve used time management skills in order to accomplish more. Tomorrow we wake up and repeat the entire process again. It’s no longer unusual – it’s accepted and expected.

We live in a society that values activity. A friend calls on the phone and asks what we’re doing. We answer, “Keeping busy.” We’re so busy being active that we haven’t taken the time to consider alternatives to the methods we’re presently using to manage Stress.

There might be a better way to manage if we could slow down long enough to recognize it, analyze it and plan for it. Our emphasis has shifted from prevention to relief.

I’m going to introduce some new concepts to you regarding prevention. I want to shift your thinking from Stress relief to Stress management. We are going to have stressors in life. Life happens. It’s unrealistic to expect otherwise but there are steps we can take to make it manageable and realistic.

In addition to the relief measures we use in our day to day life, we are going to shift our way of thinking to bring lasting change. I’ll admit it’s easier to Concentrate on short term, immediate gratification with measures such as Relaxation and Meditation but unless we evaluate the root causes of our Stress, we will continue to suffer. We can continue to go with the flow or we can choose to be proactive.

We are now familiar with the havoc that having chronic Stress in our lives does to our bodies. It’s time to turn off that switch and feel our heart rates come back to normal.

I’m going to ask you to complete a different kind of Stress assessment. Give it some thought and take the week to work on it. Be aware of how you react to situations, be perceptive. How you think you react may be entirely different than how you actually do.

Stress Assessment

* Do you find yourself easily irritated?

* Do you fail to see the humor in situations others find funny?

* Do you feel you have the time to complete your to do list?

* Are you in a supervisory position at work or a parent of under age children?

* Do you find it irritating when others have an opposing view?

* Would you prefer to finish tasks yourself instead of asking for help?

* Are you currently unemployed or underemployed?

* Do you have a spiritual life?

* Do you frequently find yourself using the terms: “Awful” or

* Catastrophe?”

* How often do you think to yourself, “I can’t do this.” Or, "I can’t stand this.”

* Are you going through a divorce, break up of a long term

* relationship or grieving the loss of a loved one?

* Have you recently relocated or are you planning to?

* Do you find yourself waiting until the last minute for

* deadlines?

* Do you take care of yourself, ie: diet, Exercise, grooming?

* Do you have supportive relationships with family and friends?

* Do you have difficulty saying “No” to people?

* Do you have teenage children?

* Are your surroundings organized, clean and comfortable?

* Do you follow a budget or have a plan to pay expenses?

* Are you satisfied with your relationship with your significant other?

* Do you frequently feel your boss asks too much of you?

* Do you have Insomnia?

* Do you eat too much or too little?

* Do you frequently find yourself pacing or wringing your hands?

* Do you or someone close to you have legal matters pending?

* Do you or someone close to you have health issues?

Print this page out and use the assessment to determine the stressors present in your life. The greater number, the more you need increased strategies for management.

Watch for additional articles that suggest the methods we encourage for lasting management.

About the author

Cathy Gariety is a Registered Nurse and CEO of Gariety Group Consulting - a firm specializing in Stress management providing services to individuals, corporate and healthcare facilities. She is also Editor of their Stress Buster newsletter. Email for a complimentary Mini Stress Management E-Course delivered to your email address once per week for four weeks

Stress Management Tip: Physical Exercise

December 15th, 2005

Any form of physical Exercise can be a great way to reduce Stress. By regularly going to a gym, for a run or competing in a team sport, an outlet is created that gives you the opportunity to Focus on an enjoyable activity and literally forget about the day to day events that may contribute to Stress in your life.

By doing physical Exercise the body will inevitably get fitter and stronger. A fit person is less likely to get sick and tired especially during stressful periods. As a person becomes fitter, their Self Esteem and self worth will naturally increase. This also reduces the likely hood of succumbing to Stress and in fact will typically have a better chance of coping with stressful situations.

Competitive forms of Exercise can also help reduce Stress. Normally, competitive sport will require participants to regularly train, set Goals and work in a team. They are also required to learn how to cope with stressful moments during a game as well deal with both victory and defeat. Such activities emulate real life situations and therefore will help you to deal with the challenges that life may bring you.

Some physical exercises which involve repetitive movement, such as running or riding a Bike, can have a meditative effect bringing on change in your the state of consciousness. Like any other form of Meditation, the result is usually an increase in mental alertness and feeling calm yet more alive.

On an “etheric” level, it is believed that physical Exercise has a cleansing affect on the energy body. All the dirty energy that contributes to Stress is automatically expelled during physical activity. The energy body will naturally replace this with fresh energy freely available in the air and the earth.

About the author

David Tomaselli is the creator of the Wholistic Development Exchange. The Wholistic Development Exchange is a web site focusing on Stress Management. Here you can access frequently updated tips, news and resources on how to reduce Stress and manage Stress.

Yogic Pranic Healing Home Study Course

December 15th, 2005

In the Yogic Pranic Healing Home Study course you will learn how to balance your subtle energy and feel better. You will be introduced to esoteric anatomy and physiology.

Then you will learn self pranic healing via the active pranic healing technique and the passive mandala.

As well you will be introduced to group pranic healing and distant pranic healing.

Attn: RYT Yoga Teachers–This course may be applied toward Yoga Alliance continuing Education non-contact area 3 anatomy & physiology requirements.Suggested non-contact CEU =1.5.

Yogic Pranic Healing Course Lessons

  1. Lesson One: Esoteric anatomy and physiology definition - The Student will be able to define the subtle body structures.
  2. Lesson Two: Major esoteric anatomical structures - The Student will be able to list the major anatomical and physiological characteristics of these structures. The structures that are to be described are: 3 bodies; 5 sheaths; 7 chakras; 3 bandhas; 3 primary nadis.
  3. Lesson Three: Yoga’s impact on esoteric anatomy and physiology - The Student will be able to describe how various components of Yoga, such as asanas and Pranayama,affect these systems. Discussion of the general influence of Yoga over the function and composition of these structures.
  4. Lesson Four: Subtle energy control theory overview. - The Student will be able to describe pranic healing theory base. Here, the basic approach to pranic healing is described.
  5. Lesson Five: Pranic healing methodology - The Student will be able to perform self pranic healing This lesson describes the technique of pranic healing.
  6. Lesson Six: Group pranic healing methodology with introduction of distance healing - The Student will be able to describe group pranic healing exercises. The Student will learn about beginning level group and distant healing work.
  7. Lesson Seven: Passive energy balancing - The Student will be able to create mandala as one passive form of pranic healing. This lesson describes mandala as a passive energy balancing method and gives directions on how to design your own mandala.
  8. Lesson Eight -Summary - The main points of the class are highlighted in a brief summary lesson.

Optional Certificates Awarded

  1. Certificate of Attendance
  2. Certificate of Class Participation
  3. Certificate of Appreciation
  4. Certificate of Merit
  5. Certificate of Outstanding Achievement
  6. Certificate of Academic Excellence

Why wait to enroll? This is an Online Course and you can begin receiving instruction online from Instructor Heather Johnstone right now. Don’t miss out on instruction from a real expert in the field, giving you personalized assistance, and documenting all of your progress which you can add to your resume or portfolio.

Learn more about the Yogic Pranic Healing Home Study Course.

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