Archives for the month of: September, 2012

One Month Down, Eleven to Go!

I did it!  As planned, I did the Self-Chakra Connection every day for the entire month of September.  (Insert applause.)

I experimented with doing the SCC in the morning, during the day as needed, and in the evening.  Hands down, I prefer morning, since I felt calm and peaceful until at least lunchtime.  As a high school teacher, feeling calm and peaceful is a good thing!

I also followed these other suggestions that the Healing Touch International Level 1 Student Workbook recommends for self-care.

  1. Hydration (6-8 glasses of water/day, provided no medical restrictions)
    I managed 5 glasses a day, plus an evening tea and lots of high-water content food.  I’m aiming for 6 glasses a day in October.
  2. Movement (build up to 30 minutes/day)
    There were only three days this month that I didn’t move for a consecutive 30 minutes. I really like to walk, so walk I did,  part way home from work, in my neighbourhood, and to the grocery store with my husband.  I also just bought new walking shoes which will keep me moving into October.
  3. Nourishing food
    I upped the fruits and vegetables, hence the lots of high-water content food.  Since the first of month, I have lost 6.5 pounds.  (Insert more applause).  I eat three meals a day, plus snacks, and I am never hungry.  More details to come about food and how I have lost the weight.

Thanks, September, for a great start to my year of self-care.  I am excited for October.  Tune in tomorrow to see what I have planned.

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I have finished each of the past eight days doing the Self-Chakra Connection in bed.  Once, I fell asleep doing the technique but awakened enough to finish.  Once, I made it as far as my elbows, before giving up, turning over and falling immediately asleep.  The other evenings were uneventful, with a few lapses in concentration, not to mention a few deeply relaxing moments when I had to remind myself to keep the hands moving.  Since I rarely have trouble falling – or staying – asleep, it’s unlikely I’ll continue with the SCC as preparation for sleep.  Instead, I find that mornings are the best time for me to use this wonderful technique.

Self-Care Circle Part 5 of 5

Think fast.  Name five things you are grateful for.
Today, I’m grateful for:
1.  Friday
2.  a delicious dinner salad
3.  the fact it’s not my turn to do the dishes
4.  a great walk home after work
5.  my husband

Giving gratitude is one way we can nurture the SPIRITUAL aspect of ourselves.  Remember Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy?  I used to love writing down five things I was grateful for before going to bed every day.  Maybe I’ll revisit that habit.

Here are other possible ideas for spiritual nourishment.

  • Simplify your life.
  • Find your community.
  • Determine who or what your higher power is.
  • Honour the song of your heart.

Self-Care Circle Part 4 of 5

If I were grading myself on how well I support my mental functions, based on the list below, I’d have to assign a C+.  I get top marks for reading; I am a voracious reader, from Nora Roberts to Harlan Coben to anything on the Healing Touch International Booklist.  I also get top marks for learning something new.  Since becoming a certified Healing Touch Practitioner in 2009, I’ve learned hot stone massage, Swedish massage, foot reflexology, and Spa Facials.  Most recently, I completed my Healing Touch Level 1 Instructor training and I am now a Certified HTI Instructor.  As for the positive self-talk, I do a pretty good job for the most part and I am very careful what words I throw out into the universe.  Finally, I try to visualize my life in the future, where I am doing exactly what I want, but it can be rather challenging to imagine any real changes occurring.

So, based on this list, what grade would you receive on how well you support your MENTAL functions?

  • Read.
  • Learn something new.
  • Engage in positive self-talk.
  • Visualize.
  • See yourself in the future.

Self-Care Circle Part 3 of 5

How do you nurture yourselves EMOTIONALLY?  Do any of these ideas make you sit up and say, “A-ha”?

  • Choose to be happy.
  • Confront your losses.
  • Journal or write.
  • Claim (or reclaim) your joy.

Self-Care Circle Part 2 of 5

Healing Touch is all about paying attention to our holistic natures – our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-beings.

If you filled out your self-care circle, what did you put in the PHYSICAL quadrant?

Here is my list, many ideas which came from my Healing Touch Instructor Training in Colorado in July 2011.

  • Eat well.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Get enough rest.
  • Dance, run, stretch, ski, bike, or just get that body moving!
  • Play.
  • Sun your aura.
  • Walk barefoot on the ground.

Self-Care Circle Part 1 of 5

Let’s take a moment to think of what we do to nurture the different aspects of ourselves.  How do we care for ourselves
-physically
-emotionally
-mentally, and
-spiritually?

You might want to take a piece of paper, draw a circle and divide the circle into the quadrants shown below.  Then take as much time as you need to fill in the ways you nurture yourself in each area.

Tomorrow I will give a list of possible ways we can take care of ourselves physically.  It’ll  be interesting to see how your list compares to mine.

I didn’t even bother sitting up in bed last night.  I stretched out and visualized my hands connecting from my feet up.  Visualization isn’t my strong suit so I kept repeating   “left foot, left foot, left foot”, “left ankle and knee, left ankle and knee, left ankle and knee”, etc.,  until I reached my hips, when I could comfortably place my hands on body.  I was able to stay awake from start to end even though it was close a few times.  If you have never tried the Self-Chakra Connection in bed, give it a whirl.  I’d love to hear what you think.

On a different note entirely, I had the most amazing day.  For the first time in I don’t know how long, I felt calm, peaceful and, for lack of a more exciting word, happy.  Even when I got some news which should have been disappointing, I felt calm and peaceful and, yes, happy.

Last night, my first attempt at the Self-Chakra Connection as preparation for sleep..
9:40:  I climbed into bed and propped my pillow against the wall.  My back was unhappy in this sitting position, which forced me to stretch out once I had finished connecting my hips .  Much better.  I remember wondering, as my hands were on my solar plexus and spleen,  if I would be able to stay awake.
10:20:  I was awakened by my husband coming in the room.   My hands were still on my solar plexus and spleen.
10:30:  Lights out.  Maybe tomorrow evening I will be able to finish the technique before falling asleep.

Dr. Oz + OprahRadio = A worthwhile ten minutes and twenty-three seconds

On July 10, 2008 Dr. Oz interviewed Dr. Kathleen Hall, director of the Stress Institute.

For the entire radio interview, visit www.oprah.com/oprahradio/Self-Care-and-Balance_1

Here is my summary of what Dr. Hall claims are the FOUR ROOTS OF SELF-CARE.

Serenity
Do any activity that will quiet your brain, such as affirmations, guided imagery, or sitting quietly.  I think Dr. Hall would approve of the Self-Chakra Connection.  🙂

Exercise
Move three to four times a week for at least 20 minutes, whether aerobic or low-impact.

Love
Keep in weekly contact with friends for at least 20-30 minutes .  Pick up the phone or join a club together.  Maintain your community and group support.

Food
Look at food as nourishment, as medicine.  Eat a balanced diet and take supplements when necessary.