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This Week’s FREE Exercise:
This week’s exercise is called Clearing the Emotions. I has proven to be very beneficial for me and for my students. Sitting in a comfortable chair in a quiet place will enhance the feelings of relief when you practice this exercise. Additionally, if you are facing a particular problem or have an ongoing challenge that has taken over your life and is causing your level of stress to increase, daily use of this exercise may help to balance your mind, body and spirit.
Clearing the Emotions:
- Begin as usual sitting in a comfortable chair in a quiet place. Your feet should be flat on the floor, back straight and fully supported by the back of your chair.
- Breathe in and out through your nose slowly and with concentration for 6 to 12 breaths.
- When you feel sufficiently centered, breathe in again through your nose as you lift your hands off your lap and bring them up to mid-chest level. Arms should be relaxed.
- As you breathe out through your mouth, push your arms forward, tensing your muscles and visualizing the movement of energy from your shoulders down to your hands and then out through the palms.
- To achieve a greater level of release, consider the source of your stress and emotional upheaval. Envision all the negative emotions flowing out through your fingertips as you push your arms forward. Know that they are moving away from you, no longer able to effect your life or interfere with your well-being.
- Repeat the exercise several times and then repeat step #2 to complete this session.
Three Mile Point (St 36):
- Find the acupressure point labeled St 36 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Aupressure’s Potent Points.
- Press firmly on this indentation on the outside of your leg for at least a full minute.
- You may use this point whenever needed to relieve emotional distress.
Benefits: This highly effective point helps to balance the emotions, relieve tiredness and will counteract depression. This point is also very helpful for nausea and indigestion whatever the cause.
Don’t forget to drink water after you finish the exercise or at any time you feel thirsty. Word of Caution…If you have kidney problems, follow the advice of your physician as to the amount of water you can safely drink.
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This week’s emotional health article: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-02/cums-wed021213.php
This week’s words of wisdom and healing:
“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them — every day begin the task anew.”
Saint Francis de Sales
This blog is intended for educational purposes only. Please consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.