Posts Tagged ‘Consciousness

25
Sep
14

4 ways to reduce stress

6Meditative Management Consulting

Radical Emergence

I loved this post shared by Petra Umann petraeamu@gmail.com, September 2014. Petra covers the bases of what happens to us when we are stressed. She includes meditation and breath (and we know kundalini yoga includes both!) as 2 of the top 4 ways to reduce stress levels…

When we look around in the world today, everyone seems to be experiencing ever more escalating amounts of stress on a daily basis–from disgruntled airline passengers fighting over a few inches of legroom and reclining seat issues, to emotionally draining exclamations of impending doom by the media, to the egregious stress of war and fighting. Whether we are consciously aware of it or try to downplay the amount of stress we experience, stress is a seemingly normal part of life.

In addition, we all know that we live in a visual world. This is a powerful realization that advertisers, news outlets and individuals of media-driven markets have long ago internalized. On a purely physical level, we are drawn to messages and imagery that trigger an adrenaline boost; e.g. fear- and panic-inducing key words and visuals that prompt us to react with a “fight-or-flight” response, which is a form of highly “effective” stress.

When we are stressed or afraid, the hypothalamus is activated and sends signals to the adrenal glands via the sympathetic nervous system to flood the body with adrenaline, cortisol and DHEA. These hormones, in turn, cause the heartbeat to quicken, respiration increases, pupils dilate and every muscle slightly contracts. In short, the body produces extra energy to deal with whatever potential challenge we might be facing.

This “fight or flight” response is a psychogenetic, historic imprint that conjures the energy necessary to either “fight” or “flee”. If you were suddenly being attacked by a a large animal, you would have felt a surge of excitement to either fight harder than you’ve ever fought before or to run faster than you had ever run before. In today’s world, if a large truck came speeding towards you, you would have the same response. This energy of “excitement” can create “hysterical strength” in cases of extreme duress, e.g. I’m sure you’ve all heard of the seemingly impossible feats of a woman lifting a car to free her entrapped child or the, at times, superhuman accomplishments of professional athletes. These examples are a testament to what the human body is capable of under the influence of adrenaline and when the extra energy that stress/fear creates is being used.

This goes to show that our bodies are actually quite well equipped in dealing with “regular” stress. Once our bodies have adapted to or have dealt with the unusual or threatening circumstances that triggered the adrenaline production, the body calms down again and the adrenaline is being metabolized.

Problems often arise from many of the chronic mental stressors that we are exposed to. E.g. worrying about financial issues and uncertainty, being afraid of losing one’s job, family issues pulling us in a million different directions, etc. The problem with this form of mental stress is that there is no obvious course of action available (like running away or fighting the tiger that’s attacking you), thus the extra energy that the body created to “fight or flight” becomes stagnant and causes contraction, while leaving the adrenal glands in a continuous cycle of over production. This chronic “jolt” very quickly becomes a poison causing a myriad of physical problems ranging from high blood pressure, headaches, weight gain, insomnia, depression, addiction issues, autoimmune diseases and allergies, among other issues.

Fortunately there are quite a few, very effective ways to not only manage but also reduce stress levels.

1. Meditation – “Exercising your inner muscles”

Sending color to your adrenal glands

Sit comfortably. Close your eyes and take a deep breath into your body. Imagine drawing white light from the cosmos down through the top of your head and let it fill your body. Then, begin to radiate the white light out through your solar plexus, out through the ceiling and into the sky. Keep radiating this white light, noticing how it creates a “blank/clean slate” in your body and how it expands the auric field while activating all of your senses.

Now, rub your hands together to create heat and energy. When you feel a buzzing or palpable energy in your hands, place them on your lower back (above the pelvic bone), more specifically, on your kidneys and adrenal glands (your adrenal glands are situated on top of the kidneys). Feel how the warmth of your hands nourishes and replenishes your kidneys and adrenals.

Bring your consciousness into your adrenal glands, now. As you tune into your adrenal glands, ask them what color they need to be balanced and to function perfectly. (If you are stressed, you can specifically ask your adrenal glands what color they need to produce the perfect amount of adrenaline/cortisol to deal with the given situation.) Take the first color that comes to mind and imagine that you draw that frequency from the cosmos directly into your adrenal glands. Keep filling your adrenals with that color until they feel balanced to you.

Bonus: In a stressful situation, imagine/envision a solution.
If you are stressed about financial worries, imagine having all the money you need.
Health related issues: visualize healing or a healthy body. Conflicts/arguments: concentrate on a peaceful solution.
Relationships: focus on something you love/appreciate about that person/the people you are having problems with.

When ever you feel ready, take another deep breath and open your eyes again.

2. Breathing and Being Present

Deep breathing counteracts the effects of stress by lowering blood pressure and slowing down the heart rate. Try this:

Sit comfortably, close your eyes and begin to breathe deeply into your body. On each inhale, count to 3 or 5 (depending on lung capacity and what you feel most comfortable with), hold your breath for 3 to 5 counts and then exhale using that same 3-5 count pattern. Continue for a few minutes until you feel a sense of calm and nourishment.

You have to be present when you focus on your breath, as your breath draws your attention inward. When you feel the space that you’ve created for yourself in this present moment, take a moment to perceive your surroundings; e.g. notice how the air feels on your skin, if you are outside, or enjoy the texture and taste of each bite of food. The applications are really limitless. You’ll be surprised by how many things you don’t notice on a daily basis because you are too stressed or busy to pay attention to them.

3. Exercise

Physical exercise is a wonderful way to release and utilize all of those stuck energies created through fear or stress. When you work out or participate in a Yoga class, the physicality of the tasks at hand demand your presence. When you use the energy of fear and stress, it will ultimately liberate you. Exercise also has the added benefit of releasing endorphins into the brain, which improves your mood.

4. Sleep and B Vitamins

Sleep is probably the most important stress reducer. So when you are stressed, do whatever works for you to get a good night’s sleep.
B Vitamins are typically found in eggs, dairy products, beans, peas, nuts, liver and in the bran of cereal grains and help induce relaxation, support the brain and nervous system as well as help fight fatigue.

Of course, eating healthy, limiting cell phone and internet use, getting a massage or acupuncture treatment, or using essential oils are all great stress-reducing factors as well.

Choose any of the above methods when you feel stressed. Especially sending light to your adrenal glands can be used as an effective precaution and a way to set the tone for a peaceful day.

Petra Umann, M. Div.

Facilitator

Cranial Therapist

petraeamu@gmail.com

Post also reprinted and shared at The Temple of Entrada

About the meditation and yoga at The Temple of Entrada

Advertisements
29
May
13

TEN LIFE CHANGING TIPS BY RUMI

Listen To Me

Here are ten life changing tips inspired by quotes from the great Sufi poet, Rumi:
1. Challenge Fear
“Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.”
2. Be Bold
“Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth.”
3. Have Gratitude
“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.”
4. Take Action
“Why should I stay at the bottom of a well, when a strong rope is in my hand?”
5. Have Faith
“As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.”
6. Embrace Setbacks
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?”
7. Look Inside
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
8…

View original post 65 more words

05
Feb
13

Two Kinds of Eyes

Goggle Images

@Google Images

In all of your endeavors, particularly your business,

use your physical set of eyes, as well as your spiritual, inward set of eyes.

With your physical eyes you see the material world and act accordingly, based on what you see. Typically, this is the set of eyes we use when we plan and take actions in our business.

But, as we know, there is more to life than the material, external world.

With your spiritual eyes, you see beyond external appearances. Instead of allowing appearances to determine what you think is real and reacting to it, you can decide what is beyond the appearance and calmly continue to invoke what you choose.

A meditative practice, applied to your business, enables you to routinely turn your gaze and focus inward, thus stopping reactive thinking. Tapping into inner resources that allow you to to respond to external events with a powerful integration of both your external and internal set of eyes, gives you more awareness and clarity, and hence, changes the business results that you deliver over time.

Every time you choose to act from a balanced perspective of both material and spiritual, every time you invoke rather than react, you get closer and closer to the real you and the real world.

Commit to “being here now” as Eckhart Tolle teaches. Look compassionately and calmly on all rising conditions and situations, whether of a global nature or a personal level. Face them as if they are presenting themselves to you for some much needed transformation. Put on your spiritual courage and do not turn away from what presents itself.

Learn to discern between what is and what only appears to be.

As you align more and more with the real you and the real world, this higher reality will permeate and expand all aspects of your business, your life, and the world around you.

Source Inspiration : Marianne WilliamsonReverend Angela Peregoff

Contact me ruby@strategystream.com to receive $200 off upcoming Strategic 7 Groups; supporting your consistent ability to design and implement your business with two sets of eyes

Ruby Renshaw, Meditation & Business Facilitator, MBA and founder of Strategy Stream, has been speaking and writing about how to integrate business and spirituality for over fifteen years. During that time, she has worked with several hundred entrepreneurs and corporate leaders to transform mindsets and achieve sustained desired goals.

Related Posts

Be an Unstoppable Source of Good

Meditation & Business

Two Kinds of Intelligence ~ Rumi Poem

12
Nov
12

Seeds of abundance & unlocking encodements

by Christan Hummel ….added encodement info by Ruby 11/17/2012
Abundance is the true nature of the Universe.. and universal love is the true currency.. yet most of the planet is living in an artificially constructed grid of scarcity, greed, and fear and the wars, crime, and violence that lower chakra.. survival.. consciousness engenders.
These energies are subsequently carried through the grid lines, or the meridians of the planet.
By shifting the energies of this planetary grid matrix and unlocking embedded encodements planted long ago, the consciousness reflected in it is also shifted, allowing for new possibilities to emerge, ones more consistent with the higher realms which the Earth is entering into right now. When humanity is able to shift from the solar plexus orientation of I, me, mine, to the heart chakra orientation where universal love is the currency that flows between us, then the new economic models will be able to emerge on the planet.
This is a key time on the planet for new economic perspectives to flourish.

Anahata chakra symbolizes the consciousness of...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To do so, there needs to be a fertile space to receive the wisdom from encodements to expand into and seed new and revolutionary ideas. It is time for a new idea to be born, and the Earth grids are where such ideas first take root before manifesting into action and ultimately new systems.  By working with the guiding spirit of these grid points and ley lines in key areas of the planet which hold a part of the economic paradigm for the planet, we offer Spirit an opportunity to plant in the matrix those new seeds of thought where they can sprout into action and new economic models of right living.
Read the full article  Planting Seeds of Transformation by
Christan Hummel, a pioneer in earth energies exploration, has established a grassroots network throughout the world focused on planting new seeds of consciousness in the Earth grid through our actions and thoughts. Christan provides a unique synthesis of modern science and ancient wisdom in an easy and understandable manner.   Her website is www.earthtransitions.com
Related Posts:
21
Sep
12

Expanding Value

Ruby 9/18/12 I found this particular excerpt thought-provoking:

“In capitalist societies, the goal is making profit, the expansion of money value, rather than the pleasure of using or consuming the commodities acquired through the exchange.  In capitalist societies, value is continually being transformed from money into commodities and then back into a larger sum of money; value becomes capital by virtue of the fact that it is involved in the process of expanding, of creating extra value.  However, there is only one commodity that can actually create extra value:  human labor power.”

Perhaps we need to expand the concept of capitalism with an expanded view of value. We know that expanding money value in a vacuum is not working. Integrating consciousness and measures beyond profit ensures that value expands to include such things as making a difference in people’s lives and being respectful of ALL resources.  When we view value from this view point, we are able to incorporate a concept of expansion that serves all of humanity, yet fundamentally rests on right use of individual power.  

Capital + integrity = Profit with increased human power as an exponential

On Sep 11, 2012, at 1:37 PM, Cindy Leinweber <cindyaleinweber@earthlink.net> wrote:
I’d appreciate any insights you have.

Civilization and Its Discontents:The Archeology of Capitalism 
The price we pay for our advance in civilization is a loss of happiness ~Sigmund Freud
It is hard to call capitalism successful, when two-thirds of the world’s people live in poverty.  (Placard in Guadalajara Mexico)
The drive to political accumulation, to state holding, is the precapitalist analogue to the capitalist drive to accumulate capital. Robert Brenner The state is the distinctive collective misrepresentation of capitalist societies… It is a bid to elicit support for or tolerance of the insupportable and intolerable by presenting them as something other than themselves, namely legitimate, disinterested domination.  The study of the state, seen thus, would begin with the cardinal activity involved in the presentation of she state:  the legitimating of the illegitimate ~ Philip Abrams
Capitalism as an economic system is concerned with the production and sale of commodities in markets.  Commodities are goods that are produced for sale rather than use by the people who made them.  The roots of modern capitalism lie in the sixteenth century with the expansion of commerce and markets that eventually enveloped the entire world.   Commercial or merchant capital is different from the barter, or traffic in goods, that occurred, and still takes place among precapitalist communities.  In these societies the circulation of goods is aimed at the satisfaction of wants or needs.  In capitalist societies, the goal is making profit, the expansion of money value, rather than the pleasure of using or consuming the commodities acquired through the exchange.  In capitalist societies, value is continually being transformed from money into commodities and then back into a larger sum of money; value becomes capital by virtue of the fact that it is involved in the process of expanding, of creating extra value.  However, there is only one commodity that can actually create extra value:  human labor power.
“Archaeology   The Historical Development of Civilizations”Author – Thomas C. Patterson
10
Feb
12

So we began and will never cease ~Rumi

 

I stood before a silk worm one day. And that night my heart said to me,

“I can do things like that, I can spin skies, I can be woven into love that can bring warmth to people; I can be soft against a crying face, I can be wings that lift, and

I can travel on my thousand feet throughout the earth, my sacks filled with the sacred.”

And I replied to my heart, “Dear, can you really do all those things?”

And it just nodded “Yes”

in silence.

So we began and will never cease.

Picture originally uploaded by BlueBirdBaby

More about the pics

Why Poetry?

27
Nov
11

A Beautiful Walk Inside You ~ Rumi

Through this blood veil, the lover sees a beautiful walk

Reason says, There are only six directions: north, east, south, west, up, and down.

There is no way out of those limits.

Love says, But I have many times escaped.

Reason comes to a marketplace and begins haggling prices.

Love wanders away with other business to transact, something to do with incomparable beauty.

There are secret things happening.

Hallaj listens to whispers and walks off the speaker’s platform onto a scaffold.

Dreg-drinkers have love perceptions that reasonable men fiercely deny.

They say, we cannot go barefooted in that courtyard. There is nothing but thorns through there.

Love answers, The thorns are inside you.

Be silent, and pull what hurts out of your loving’s foot.

Then you will see gardens with secluded rose bowers, and they will all be inside you.

Shams is the sun obscured by this cloud of words.

Maybe he will burn the overcast off and let love clear and brighten.

Why Poetry?

Heart-Centered Strategy

Related Posts:

The mighty ocean in the drop

Once in a while, drag yourself around by the hair

Be an unstoppable source of good




Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Source of Good eBook

7 simple success practices to transform your business and the world

Blog Stats

  • 44,004 hits
Advertisements