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  • Spread @6:27AM, 2017-03-24
    Tags: hands, healing, mudras, yogi   

    Healing hands 

    You can create different posture from your hands. They are called ‘mudras’. It is said that mudras can influence the physical, emotional and spiritual energies of your body. It’s a very common practice in the east, and they are used by spiritual leaders in both Hinduism and Buddhism. In the modern era, yogis and other meditation practitioners use mudras.

    Here for some of the most common mudras: Detechter

  • Spread @4:18AM, 2016-07-04
    Tags: , healing, ,   

    Five Ancient Breathing Exercises 

    Via Marga Odahowski/ The Healers Journal

    1. Five-Minute Weekly Hammock Relaxation Practice

    • Find a place of quiet and silence in your hammock (or bed).
    • Lie down and get comfortable.
    • Start with yawn breathing. (See yawn breathing nudge.)
    • Open your jaw and make some fake yawns.
    • Allow the mind to wander and relax.
    • Let your eyes close and soften.
    • Relax and do some soft belly breathing.
    • Notice the rise and fall of the belly as you relax.
    • Let go of any tension in the body and worries in the mind.
    • Shift your focus onto your senses, feeling your body breathe.
    • Shift or stretch your body.
    • Shift from thinking to feeling or sensing.
    • Connect with the beauty of your breath.
    • Watch the wave of the breath.
    • Allow gravity to hold you as you relax deeply.

    2. Belly Breathing

    Belly breathing is the first step to begin to relax the mind and body. The immediate benefits of this breathing are that it quiets the mind, reduces cravings, and relaxes the body by balancing the nervous system. The long-range benefits are greater emotional control, increased perceptual sensitivity, and increased mental clarity. Practice this exercise throughout your day for feeling your best.

    One Minute Of Belly Breathing

    • Sit quietly and comfortably in a chair, settle in, and feel your pelvic bones.
    • Lengthen your spine. Lift, release, and relax your shoulders.
    • Feel your feet flat on the floor.
    • Place your hands on your belly.
    • Follow the rise and fall of the breath.
    • Let the belly rise on the in breath.
    • Let the belly fall on the out breath.
    • Allow the sides of your rib cage to expand and contract just like an accordion.
    • Let go of any tension on the out breath.
    • Remember that every out breath is an opportunity to let go and relax.
    • Enjoy the feeling of calm energy.

    3. Aware Breathing

    Aware breathing builds on belly breathing and is so easy. We manage our energy through awareness. Having a breath-awareness practice hones the ability to reduce stress and annoying fear-based thinking. When we are centered during awareness, we are open and receptive.

    The benefits of an awareness-breathing practice are that it brings you into the present moment and relaxes you. Awareness breathing is helpful in conversations to increase your ability to be a deep listener, remain calm in heated situations, and enhance clarity and decision making.

    One Minute Of Aware Breathing

    • Begin by bringing attention to the feeling of breath.
    • Feel the breath as it flows in and out of the nostrils.
    • Notice there is a slight touch of coolness on the inhalation.
    • Notice a slight touch of warmth on the exhalation.
    • Allow your breathing to be even and relaxed.
    • Stay with an even breath.
    • As your mind wanders, gently bring it back to the awareness of breathing.
    • Breathe comfortably in and out through the nostrils.
    • Throughout the practice of breathing, become aware of sensations in your body.
    • Stay with these observations with kindness and curiosity.
    • Notice your thoughts wander in, and come back to your breath.
    • Enjoy the sensation of breathing with awareness.

    4. Yawn Breathing

    We know that stretching helps reduce stress and tension in the body that builds up throughout the day. The benefits of yawn breathing include released muscle tension, increased oxygen, and supplying the body with more energy. Conscious yawning generates a deep sense of relaxation, calmness, and alertness.

    One Minute Of Yawn Breathing

    • Begin by taking some slow, deep breaths.
    • Relax the jaw by stretching your mouth open.
    • Do this a few times, and then make a long, sighing sound.
    • Make the action of yawning. After about four or five fake yawns, some real yawns will come.
    • Notice what happens in your mouth, throat, chest, and belly.
    • Release the tension in the jaw. Relax and loosen all the facial muscles.
    • Allow for more oxygen as you breathe.
    • Repeat for ten yawns. Pause in between for a few seconds.
    • Allow yourself to stretch your arms and shoulders as you continue yawning.
    • Now just relax into your natural breath.

    5. Smile Breathing

    Everyone is more beautiful with a smile! One way to get grounded is to just smile and breathe. It is simple self-care. The mind-body connection is powerful, and a smile floods the body with chemicals and hormones of happiness as you crinkle your eyes and curl the corners of your lips upward.

    Smile breathing is a simple shifting of the body with a smile and breath focus. You can begin by allowing a smile to enter the mind creating an inner smile. Then allow the smile muscles to brighten as you continue to breathe. A small but powerful shift like this can be used anytime and anywhere.

    One Minute Of Smile Breathing

    • For one minute, focus on gentle breathing.
    • Begin with observing where you feel the breath in the body.
    • As you inhale allow a smile to enter the mind—an inner smile.
    • Invite the smile muscles to brighten as you continue to breathe slowly.
    • You may find memories of generosity, laughter, and gratefulness follow the breath.
    • Drop the thoughts and stay with the feeling of smiling.
    • Allow the feelings of the smile to cascade throughout your body.
    • Finally, bring a smile to your face and continue feeling and observing.
    • The jaw naturally relaxes as you smile.
    • Breathe in calm, breathe out a smile.
    • Begin to notice the body and senses as you relax and smile.
    • Take this smile into the rest of your day.

  • Spread @5:48AM, 2014-11-07
    Tags: healing, , mind science, placebo. nocebo   

    Is there scientific proof we can heal ourselves? 

    Lissa Rankin, MD explores the scientific literature, reviewing case studies of spontaneous remission, as well as placebo and nocebo effect data, to prove that our thoughts powerfully affect our physiology when we believe we can get well.

  • Spread @1:03AM, 2014-03-31
    Tags: alt health, coconut, healing   

    Earth’s Healthiest Oil 


    Modern medical science is now confirming the use of coconut in treating many of the above conditions. Published studies in medical journals show that coconut, in one form or another, may provide a wide range of health benefits. Some of these are summarized below:

    –Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
    –Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
    –Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
    –Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
    –Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.
    –Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
    –Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
    –Improves insu in secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
    –Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
    –Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
    –Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
    –Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
    –Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
    –Helps protect against osteoporosis.
    –Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.
    –Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.
    –Improves digestion and bowel function.
    –Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
    –Reduces inflammation.
    –Supports tissue healing and repair.
    –Supports and aids immune system function.
    –Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
    –Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.
    –Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.
    –Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
    –Functions as a protective antioxidant.
    –Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.
    –Does not deplete the body’s antioxidant reserves like other oils do.
    –Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
    –Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
    –Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).
    –Reduces epileptic seizures.
    –Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
    –Dissolves kidney stones.
    –Helps prevent liver disease.
    –Is lower in calories than all other fats.
    –Supports thyroid function.
    –Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
    –Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.
    –Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.
    –Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.
    –Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
    –Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
    –Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
    –Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
    –Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
    –Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
    –Helps control dandruff.
    –Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.
    –Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.
    –Is completely non-toxic to humans.

    Too good to be true? Do your own homework. Dig deep and dig wide. Play devil’s advocate and go decide for yourself:

    You can start by debunking this: “The Coconut Oil Miracle: Where is the Evidence?”

    Or any of the studies listed here: “Abstracts from Peer Reviewed Research on Coconut Oil and Derivatives”

    Or here: “The Coconut Research Center”

    —Image courtesy of kyron via clker.com

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