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8 Ways To Release Anxiety Mentally And Physically

We all have times when stress,anxiety and sleeplessness enter our lives, especially with everything that’s going on these days. The rhythm of our lives can become quite fast-paced, and at times it can all become overwhelming. If that is happening, we need to pay more attention to our bodies, respect and honour them.

The body, heart, mind – they are all linked together. Stress and anxiety are not not only in your mind! They can manifest in our bodies as well! 

Put simply, anxiety is a sense of fear and apprehension that puts you on alert. Biologically, it’s meant to put us in a heightened sense of awareness so we’re prepared for potential threats. Unfortunately, when we start to feel excessive anxiety, or we live in a constant state of anxiety, we’re in trouble. Our bodies never turn off our fight or flight response, and we live with the physical and emotional effects of anxiety on a day to day basis, even when there’s no reason or cause for them.

On its face, anxiety can look like stress; but the reality isn’t so simple. Anxiety can arise as a result of stress, but stress can manifest in other ways. Stressors can make a person sad, angry, worried, or anxious, while anxiety is specifically that feeling of fear, dread, and apprehension we mentioned. You may never even know what’s causing your anxiety, or in some cases, it can manifest on its own, without any real “trigger” or cause. Stress is often caused by external influences, while anxiety is an internal response. That’s part of what makes anxiety intrinsically different than stress, and also what makes it so difficult to manage.

However, there are many ways to not only manage stress and anxiety, but release it, or at least reduce it till the point where it no longer impacts our day-to-day lives.

As I’ve mentioned above, we can’t heal an imbalance only on a physical level, or only on a mental level. It’s all connected, which is why I’m going to provide with information on remedies for the physical(body), as well as for the mental (mind).

Here are the natural remedies to heal anxiety and stress:

4 remedies for the body
  1. Chamomile Tea – The most recent study, from the UK’s University of Nottingham Medical School, found that chamomile significantly relaxed blood vessels and smooth muscle fibers. This effect was indicated specifically with the application of three of chamomile’s central constituents, apigenin, luteolin and bisabolol – all hydroxylates. Traditional herbalists will typically recommend the use of anti-anxiety herbs such as chamomile, lavender, St. John’s wort and others over a period of three months to a year in order for them to reach their full effectiveness. After that, they are often recommended to be continued at least periodically or as needed. The good news about chamomile, as evidenced by this and other studies, is that it has no known adverse side effects and is non-addictive. This is in stark contrast to anti-depressant pharmaceuticals, some of which are known for being significantly addictive in addition to having numerous other adverse effects.
  2. Exercise – Exercise will not only make you feel better about yourself, but will flood your body with feel-good endorphins. Some researchers even believe that increasing your body heat, a natural result of exercise, may alter neural circuits controlling cognitive function and mood, including those that affect the neurotransmitter serotonin. Researchers believe this response can boost your mood, increase relaxation, and alleviate anxiety.
  3. Natural sunlight – This is the best way to naturally increase your vitamin-D levels, which can decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety. A short 15 minute break will not only take your mind of stress, but also let you reap the benefits of outdoor activity. And the greener the better—one Japanese study found that people who walked through a forest for 20 minutes had lower stress hormone levels after their walk than those who took a comparable walk in an urban area. If you’re stuck in an urban area, look for parks or quiet tree-lined streets to take a stroll.
  4. Eat foods that reduce anxiety – Asparagus, Blueberries, Avocado, Almonds, Oranges and Spinach are some of the foods that dissolve anxiety
4 remedies for the mind
  1. Face the fear. “If something makes you scared, face it,” says Cassiday. If you feel shy, go out to social functions, she says. Scared of clowns? Go to the circus. It can help, too, to understand that when you worry about what might happen — such as no one will talk to you at the party — your anxiety just rises. Your anxious worry is about the uncertainty, she says. “What a worrier really wants is a promise that everything is going to be OK.” But uncertainty is part of life, she says. Exposure therapy, or facing the fear, helps you learn to live with risk and uncertainty.
  2. Ground yourself. When anxiety hits, ”do something tangible,” says John Tsilimparis, MFT, a marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles and adjunct professor of psychiatry at Pepperdine University.”Take your house keys out, run your fingers along the keys,” says Tsilimparis. “That sensation will give you ‘grounding.’ Pick up a paperweight, hold it in your hand. Or, get an ice cube. Hold it as long as you can do it.”Why does this work? “Your brain can’t be in two places at once,” he says. The activity distracts you from the anxious feelings. “Your mind will shift from racing, catastrophic thoughts [that accompany anxiety] to the cold ice cube in your hand,” he says.According to some research, using a virtual reality distraction system can reduce anxiety during dental procedures. Patients immersed in VR — a computer-generated realistic environment — reported less pain and anxiety than when they didn’t use it.
  3. Laugh it off. Cultivate a good sense of humor and laugh, says  Karen Lynn Cassiday, PhD, president-elect of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and a clinical psychologist in Chicago.  “Even if you do a fake laugh, you get an instant hit of dopamine,” says Dr. Cassiday. Dopamine is a brain chemical that controls feelings of reward and pleasure.If you’re too tense to laugh on your own, try using technology, she suggests. For example, find a laugh track phone app. Just google phone apps for laughing.In a study presented at a medical meeting, Loma Linda University researchersfound that even anticipating a mirthful laugh reduces the stress hormone cortisol, which increases when you are anxious.
  4. Schedule relaxation. “Sit down and look at your schedule,” says Katherine Raymer, MD, ND, associate clinical professor of naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University, Seattle.”Is there a time to put in a half hour to do whatever you do that is relaxing?” Dr. Raymer asks. That can be a walk, meditation, yoga, tai chi or anything you find relaxing. Click here for good meditation to release anxiety.Researchers trying to help shy men with social anxiety found that a period of relaxation helped them, lowering their heart rates after they interacted with people.

 Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Sources:

www.everydayhealth.com

www.rd.com

lifehacker.com

www.realnatural.org

Full Spiritual Documentary: Mind Science – We Are Vibrational Beings

You can choose the reality you want to live in!

Make the transformation internally and shift into it because that reality/your dream already exists.

All the information below is connected to “The Law Of Attraction.” We are all and everything is vibrational and interacts/manifests via frequency.

An extraordinary film by Producer, David Sereda and James Law. For more information and access to other essential films please proceed to website: http://www.voiceentertainment.net/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQNWDV2R-bI

Thank you for reading and watching,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Guided Meditation: Spoken Meditation For A Clear Mind – Clearing Mental Fog

This guided meditation will help you clear your mind and relax deeply. Great to set new goals with a clear mind.

As we journey into this new year, it is important to attain a clarity of mind as that will help tremendously in our day-to-day life. By becoming more clear of our intentions and purifying them, we let the universe know what we truly want and eventually the universe will respond by shaping our reality as we intended. (Not to confuse intention with expectation).

Thank you for reading and watching,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Mental Projections – What Are Those ?

The concept of mentally projecting onto others is a major block in relationships of all sorts, that lead to misunderstandings, misconceptions and misperceptions of us and others. As I have said before, relationships are an outer expression of us, of our desires, goals, purposes, lessons, of who we are and inevitably of the vibration and frequency we are holding within. They are simply an outer manifestation of our inner universe, a facet of our existence.

Often times, other people are mirrors of ourselves. When we look in a mirror, we see ourselves. Sometimes the same thing happens with people in our life – we see us in them. We see aspects of ourselves in them. The way we see others could be influenced by belief systems we hold onto, judgement, social programming, dualistic perceptions, unresolved “issues” we resist letting go of and other things that have yet to be released from our psyche. As a result of that, we get a distorted image of the person that sits in front of us and then we buy into it so bad that we think that person is exactly the way we see it. But is it so ?

In order to be able to see clearly, we have to be clear within of all those things I have mentioned above, to crystallize our vision, to purify. The key, as in most cases, is awareness. We can only release something from our psyche, if we know it’s there, if we acknowledge it. That’s why meditation and all other forms of increasing awareness are highly recommended, because becoming aware is the first and most important step and facet of our evolution.

Projections serve their purpose as everything else in creation. They are showing us things about ourselves that aid in our personal transformation. For example, we may be seeing aspects of ourselves in other people that we may have not yet fully acknowledged, embraced and unified within the whole that we, which is the purpose of these projections. That is the reason why people in our lives are the greatest teachers we will ever have on our journey, because they are teaching us about ourselves. In the end, it all comes down to us, if we are willing to learn. And these lessons are priceless. It’s like finding a gold treasure, but a lot more valuable.

At the same time, projections are still a dysfunctional mental program we need to transcend. Getting a distorted image of others, or the opposite, getting projected onto, can lead to a lot of misunderstandings, of unnecessary drama, inner/outer conflicts and it’s just a  waste of time and energy to constantly create it when there is a much more effective way to discover and learn about yourself – through awareness.
We achieve a greater clarity and are able to see other people exactly how they are, when we know ourselves, when we become aware of who we are, of all parts of ourselves and when our awareness expands enough for our vision to not to be influenced by outdated mental patterns.
Projecting onto others creates a discordant energy, a fog, a veil of illusion, of separation that can create blocks to Unity Consciousness. That is why it is important to be able to acknowledge and transcend this program. Dissolving the projections or at least being able to identify can bring a lot of happiness and clarity not only within us, but in our relationships as well. It is key to being able to create transparent, transcendent and higher vibrational relationships of any form.

So, know thyself.

Thank you for reading,
Love and Light,
Eddie

What Is A Medicine Wheel And How Can You Create Your Own ?

Medicine wheels were constructed by laying stones in a particular pattern on the ground. Most medicine wheels follow the basic pattern of having a center cairn of stones, and surrounding that would be an outer ring of stones, then there would be “spokes”, or lines of rocks, coming out the cairn.

Almost all medicine wheels would have at least two of the three elements mentioned above (the center cairn, the outer ring, and the spokes), but beyond that there were many variations on this basic design, and every wheel found has been unique and has had its own style and eccentricities.

The most common deviation between different wheels are the spokes. There is no set number of spokes for a medicine wheel to have. The spokes within each wheel are rarely evenly spaced out, or even all the same length. Some medicine wheels will have one particular spoke that’s significantly longer than the rest, suggesting something important about the direction it points.

Another variation is whether the spokes start from the center cairn and go out only to the outer ring, or whether they go past the outer ring, or whether they start at the outer ring and go out from there.

What do they mean ? 

Medicine wheels have been built and used for so long, and each one has enough unique characteristics, that archeologists have found it nearly impossible to tell exactly what each one was for, and haven’t had much success at making broad generalizations about their function and meaning.

One of the older wheels has been dated to over 4,500 years old; it had been built up by successive generations who would add new features to the circle. Due to the long existence of such a basic structure, archeologists suspect that the function and meaning of the medicine wheel changed over time, and it is doubtful that we will ever know what the original purpose was.

It is not hard to imagine that medicine wheels, like most large stone structures, would probably have served a ceremonial or ritual purpose. There is evidence of dancing within some of the wheels. Other wheels were probably used as part of a ritual vision quest.

Astronomer John Eddy put forth the theory that some of the wheels had astronomical significance, where the longest spoke on a wheel could be pointing to a certain star at a certain time of the year, suggesting that the wheels were a way to mark certain days of the year.

The Hopi Medicine Wheel

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In the Hopi Medicine Wheel of the Hopi prophecy of the four peoples of the Earth, the cardinal direction North represents the body, plants and animals, the color white and ‘white skinned peoples’, and Childhood. (can also represent birth, and/or meeting a stranger and learning to trust as in infancy, explained in Erik Erikson’s stages of Psychosocial development).

The East is held to represent the mind, air, the color yellow and ‘yellow skinned peoples’, learning the groups to which people belong and Adolescence.

The South holds the heart, fire, the color red and ‘red skinned peoples’, and Adulthood.

Finally West holds the spirit, water, the color blue or black, and ‘black-skinned peoples’ and Elderhood. West also represents the final life stage in the wheel, being an elder and passing on knowledge to the next generation so that the wheel may start again just like the circle it takes after.

In many other tribes, however, the Northern direction corresponds to Adulthood (the White Buffalo), the South represents Childhood (the Serpent), the West represents Adolescence (the Bear) and the Eastern direction represents Death and Re-birth (Eagle). In terms of social dynamics, community building and the use of Circles in Restorative Justice work, the four quadrants of the circle correspond to Introductions.

How To Make A Medicine Wheel

The most widely used version of the Medicine Wheel comes from the Lakota tradition. At its most basic, it consists of a large or special center stone to represent Wakan-Tanka, the Great Everything, and four smaller stones to represent the cardinal directions (N, S, E, W). Sometimes four even smaller stones representing the ordinal directions (NE, SE, SW, NW) are also used.

The Medicine Wheel can be of any size. Outdoor Medicine Wheels can be made large enough for a group of people to sit within it. It can be made much smaller so that only you can sit within it. Or it can be made in a small travel-size which you sit outside of and that can be taken anywhere and set up anywhere.

To learn how to make a small, portable and powerful medicine wheel using crystals, click here.

Also I have found this video that shows how you can create a larger medicine wheel:

Conclusion

No one Medicine Wheel is the Medicine Wheel for all of Native America.  The differences as mentioned are extremely wide.   One must also remember that the Medicine Wheel is exceptionally individual.  A person can develop their own Medicine Wheel that has their own Animal/Spirit Helpers. This knowledge may happen in ceremony, visions, or dreams and other.  This type of Medicine Wheel can be so private that only the person and The Creator are aware of its existence.

Some information has been taken from:

 http://www.crystalinks.com/medicinewheel.html

https://crystal-cure.com/article-medicine-wheel.html

http://www.powwows.com/2014/04/08/native-american-medicine-wheel-comparison-in-life/

Thank you for reading and watching,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Natural Remedies To Cure Anxiety

With all the the changes that are happening on every level, may it be physical, emotional, mental or spiritual, anxiety might arise more often and more intense than usual. I’m not saying this might be the case for everyone, but for the ones who are experiencing more anxiety than usual, I’ve done some research and gathered some of the remedies that I feel are more beneficial and effective.

Please note: I feel that anxiety has different branches. If your anxiety levels are high, try to understand what’s causing that anxiety in the first place and let it go.

If you simply feel anxious without knowing why, try these remedies, they will definitely help the body to be rid of anxiety and stress.

These remedies are most helpful on a physical level, as in when the body is integrating and processing certain light codes that are currently coming in, he might feel like he’s overstimulated therefore reacting with impulses we call “aches. ” The light waves coming in might feel overwhelming to the body, because we haven’t been feeling them for eons. They are powerful, but also come in as a fine vibration as well. It’s important to take care of ourselves during times when light codes are coming in more strongly than usual.

This is the list of remedies I’ve gathered to cure anxiety:

  1. Chamomile – According to health.com, if you have a jittery moment, a cuppa chamomile tea might help calm you down. Some compounds in chamomile (Matricaria recutita)bind to the same brain receptors as drugs like Valium.You can also take it as a supplement, typically standardized to contain 1.2% apigenin (an active ingredient), along with dried chamomile flowers. In one study at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, in Philadelphia, patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) who took chamomile supplements for eight weeks had a significant decrease in anxiety symptoms compared to patients taking placebo.
  2. St. John’s WortAnxietyuk.org.uk says St John”s Wort (Hypericum perforatum L) has been used as a remedy for nerve disorders for more than 2000 years.  This bushy perennial plant, which has bright yellow flowers, grows wild in many parts of the world including Europe, Asia and the USA.  The petals and leaves of the plant contain a number of unique substances such as hypericin and hyperforin. The herb is a popular herbal medicine for the treatment of low mood, with at least 30 studies on more than 1,700 patients showing that St John”s Wort can be an effective remedy for mild- to-moderate depression without the side effects of more conventional anti-depressants. While it is not clear exactly how St John”s Wort works, it is thought that is helps to prolong the action of serotonin, a brain neurotransmitter, which when deficient can result in low mood.  It also often used for symptoms associated with sleep problems, SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and PMS.
  3. Valerian – Valerian is found growing in North America and Europe and is recognisable from its pinkish flowers that grow from a tuberous rhizome and its distinctive rather unpleasant smell.  Throughout history, Valerian has been used medically to treat nervous anxiety, reduce muscle tension and relieve mild insomnia. Valerian is now widely cultivated for medical use as it contains several unique substances, such as valerenic acid and valeranon that have a relaxant action that is particularly effective in treating stress and anxiety. Valerian is also widely used for sleep problems, particularly sleep disturbances due to anxiety.  Valerian helps to calm the brain and body rather than inducing sleep directly, allowing sleep to occur naturally.  It is often combined with other herbs such as lemon balm and hops, both of which are well known for their calming properties. – See more at: anxietyuk.org.uk
  4. Exercise – Exercise is safe, good for the brain, and a powerful antidote to depression and anxiety, both immediately and in the long term. “If you exercise on a regular basis, you’ll have more self-esteem and feel healthier,” says Drew Ramsey, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University, who blogs at www.DrewRamseyMD.com.”One of the major causes of anxiety is worrying about illness and health, and that dissipates when you are fit.”
  5. Yoga and/or Meditation– Regular yoga practice can help you stay calm and relaxed in daily life and can also give you the strength to face events as they come without getting restless. Yoga practice ideally includes the complete package of asanas (body postures), pranayamas (breathing techniques), meditation, and the ancient yoga philosophy, all of which has helped several anxiety patients recover and face life with new positivity and strength.

    Taking your attention to the breath can help free the mind of the unnecessary clutter of thoughts that breed anxiety. Try the following breathing practices:

    • Kapal Bhati Pranayama (Skull-Shining Breathing Technique)
    • Bhastrika Pranayama
    • Nadi Shodhan Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing) – effective in releasing stress from the system (where the exhalation is longer than the inhalation)
    • Bhramari Pranayama (Bee Breath)

There are a lot more remedies in nature to ease anxiety, but these are the ones I found to be working best.

Some information from this article has been taken from:

http://www.artofliving.org/yoga/health-and-wellness/yoga-for-anxiety-disorder

http://www.livestrong.com/article/18814-yoga-breathing-exercises-anxiety/

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20669377_10,00.html

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Regaining And Maintaining A Balanced State Of Being

Embodying a harmonious balance within our beingness can be one of the most beautiful and useful gifts we can give to ourselves. You will be filled with happiness and experience a constant state of bliss. When you achieve a certain level of balance, being mindful and in a constant relaxed state is the only way, even through these pretty turbulent changing times.

Often times, reaching a certain level of balance and maintaining it can be quite challenging, but I hope this article can bring some light to the subject.  Each person has a different way of balancing themselves and it all depends on their awareness and the way they are seeing the balance in everything. I don’t think there’s a specific way to integrate a balanced state within, there’s no manual. This depends strictly on the individual and their ability to recognize and embody balance, but there are some guidelines.

It is really important to bring your focus on yourself fully, to connect within and flow from there at all times. We can never find true balance outside of ourselves, whether it is in a person or a thing. Most people think there’s something missing, that that can balance and complete them, but in truth, the thing that’s missing is balance itself. No one and nothing can give you that other than yourself. The only way to create balance in your outer life is from the inner. When you are balanced internally, it will reflect in the outer as well, through your relationships, through your interactions with All that is, energy exchanges, through your experiences and just day-to-day life.

Regaining your natural state of harmonious balance requires a lot of dedication and persistence, because there are many levels, facets and aspects of self that need to be balanced.

Firstly, we need to acknowledge and become more conscious of the areas that need balancing, whatever those are ( emotional, mental etc. ) and then internalize it, reflect on it, maybe learn its purpose and how it served us, as all imbalances are in truth learning lessons we put on our path specifically for that purpose. They are not coincidental. At time we are thrown off balance and that is always an amazing opportunity for soul growth. Learn what there is to be learned, get back to your balanced state/your center and don’t be hard on yourself. At times, it’s necessary to be thrown off balance as that triggers a bigger expansion.

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These imbalances are usually caused by the social programming – fear and its many branches, so the easiest way to naturally regain your balance is releasing it.

The easiest example of balance I can use is the balance of the masculine and feminine energy within us. When we release the blockages related to any of those aspects of ourselves and consciously intend to embody a more harmonious balance, we naturally manifest it through our beingness. It feels like the masculine and feminine merge and become one within us and that is pefect balance. It is this perfect balance that is changes Humanity tremendously. For example, my friend Stephanie, due to her upbringing of emotionally absent parenting learned to be very capable, good at making decisions, active, etc. This did not allow the more feminine part of her nature to express itself, she was able to balance this by consciously focusing on allowing, letting go, allowing others to act, decide at times, to receive, such as accepting help, love, affection, opening more to intuition, letting go of trying to please others and honouring feeling, to not always feel she had to ‘do,’ to imagine flow and connect to that.  All types of receiving were a big part of this.

She balanced herself through that, you see ? It all depends on the situation, the individual’s ability to follow his inner guidance, his heart and will to expand and evolve. Some experiences may be similar, but in the end, it all comes down to the individual, so always trust yourself, doubting leads nowhere anyways. Know you have all you need within to return to your natural harmonious state of being, it’s in your DNA.

That is where we are headed collectively – perfect balance, which is true harmony. Enjoy your day!

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie