BALANCE

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At The Retreat At Zion (RAZ) we believe optimum health is found through “BALANCE”.

We all need to balance the needs of both Body & Spirit, and Heart & Mind to fully have integrity and congruency in our life. When we embrace our authentic self, healing occurs.

RAZ is a multidisciplinary Health Recovery Center that offers Programs for Balanced Wellness, Health & Addiction Recovery, and Optimum Performance. Our focus is to provide the very best (progressive yet practical) medical care anywhere, combined with unrivaled therapeutic support. This goal is accomplished by also integrating leading nutrition and fitness services, advanced methods for healing, an enlightened behavioral modification model, and incomparable lifestyle management education as vital parts of a complete health recovery program.

“Our mission is to provide the best education, resources, and support for the prevention, intervention, and recovery from chronic health. RAZ is committed to the research and development of better methods to overcome limiting health and fitness conditions. We aim to lead the fight for better preventative and longevity medicine through integrating traditional and complimentary treatment methods that are proven to greatly improve the health and lives of our patients.”

New scientific research and technologies are providing great breakthroughs in health recovery.

By combining advanced treatments to change the chemistry and synapses patterns of the brain and body, with the best energy medicine; cellular balance and optimum health of body, mind, heart and spirit are restored. As physical health is restored, mental processes shift, emotions are released, and self-reclamation occurs. With a new awareness patients can take the right actions & anchor empowering new behavior patterns. Better life strategies get better results, which motivates the permanent adoption of a healthier lifestyle. This supports a balanced life and continued long-term improvement of health, productivity, and meaning.

One great method of “balancing” is through Yoga practice. It becomes a metaphor for life. In Yoga the Sun and Moon are representative symbolically of the Masculine and Feminine Energies.

The Yoga we are most familiar with – the practicing of physical poses or asanas – is often called Hatha yoga. In Sanskrit, Ha = sun, Tha = moon. Together, Iyengar defines hatha as “force or determined effort”. Combined with the meaning of yoga (to ‘bind, join, attach’, and also ‘union’ or ‘communion’) we reach the understanding that the practice of hatha yoga is a joining or balancing (of the sun and moon energies in the body) by determined effort in order to achieve union or communion. (To what is up to you!)

In theory when we practice Yoga we are trying to join the masculine and feminine energies of our body, thus becoming ‘whole’ and achieving “a poise of the soul which enables one to look at life in all its aspects evenly.” I participated in a Yoga workshop a few years ago, in which the Teacher discussed this balancing principle. He discussed masculine energy as muscular energy. It is that energy which is powerful, energetic, and giving. When you push up from plank pose (kumbhakasana) to downward-facing dog (adho muka svasana), that would be masculine energy. But once you arrive in the pose, you invoke your feminine energy to soften the upper back and the shoulders and sink gracefully into a deeper stretch. The feminine energy is what allows us to be creative, countering the strong but rigid masculine energy with a gentle breath, flexibility, and an open heart.

What amazes me is that after years of practicing Yoga, I was only just discovering this concept. How did I miss it? It’s fascinating (to me!) that in Western Yoga, which is so female-dominated, the feminine principal of Yoga seems to play second fiddle. Is this because the main styles of Yoga we practice today were male-initiated? Or is it because I myself get so logical and task driven in my “Male” thinking, or that Western society is full of those rigid, energetic masculine principles? Because we are so focused on the individual, or on attaining instead of letting go? One example is our typical Yoga mat – straight and narrow. Why did it take me 10 years of Yoga practice to hear a Teacher say: “go ahead and go outside your mat” be more creative!

Simple, yet it can change the whole way you practice Yoga &/or life. It feels like coming home.

From this we learn a valuable lesson. Yoga is neither masculine nor feminine but both. It is strong yet soft, rigid yet fluid, it is fixed in a moment but flexible and changing always. Somewhere in there is a balance – a moment when time stops, when the ego dissolves, when our own internal Yogini or Yogi just is. Not in the doing but in the being. And that is Yoga.

And so goes life!

~Namaste~

 

Love & Light  and most of all  find “Balance & Meaning”.

 

Kevin Brough

 

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Inner Voice IV

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Part IV of a series on Empowering Language Patterns:

Get rid of the word “TRY” in your vocabulary. “Try” pre-frames going through the motions. It gives us not only permission to fail but permission to exert efforts of far less than 100%.

Quit using the word CAN’T or add to the word can’t…“do it yet” which shifts it to the place of possibilities instead of no possibility. Ask yourself …What would happen if I could? What will happen when I do? This will shift the negative limiting belief as you visualize or imagine!

STAY AWAY FROM GENERALIZATIONS – they are all lies… “always” and “never” “hardly ever” are absolutes that only exist in our mind. Generalizations discount our belief in our personal possibilities. They also undercut our faith in humanity and the power to change and grow.

Remove the word “DON’T” from our speech patterns, because whatever happens next in the sentence comes across as a command to “do it”   Example, “Don’t stop” “Don’t tell” “Don’t eat the cake” This is literally how our brain functions. Our brain dysfunctions in regular patterns. We fool our brain all the time and it fools us!

Examples of brain dysfunction:

  • Negative hallucinations – (not seeing , hearing or feeling what is there) Honey, where are the keys. What did you do with the keys?
  • Positive hallucinations – (seeing, hearing or feeling what is not real) imagine someone is talking about us…. imagine the boogie man under the bed.
  • Time distortions – The three hours waiting in line at the bank was really 30 minutes, or the 5 hours at the wonderful party seemed like 30 minutes.

“The fact that we already fool ourselves, means we are capable of doing it in a positive way. We already have these skills, we just need to use them to our benefit.”

LETS LEARN TO HAVE OUR BRAIN SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS INSTEAD OF SABOTAGE THEM!

Inner Voice III

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Part III of a series on Empowering Language Patterns:

Get rid of the word SHOULD.

Using statements like I should meditate…. solicit guilt, rebelliousness and maybe even shame…Thoughts like “Dammit why didn’t I, I was supposed to!!” soon follow. These shame and fear based thought patterns do not take you to a powerful place, but often undermine motivation and positive intentions/thinking.

Find another word that elicits better responses:

Wish – won’t motivate most people

I would like to – nope won’t bring urgency

I need to – not quite there to bring about action

I want to – getting closer to a commitment

I have to – to authoritarian for most (defensiveness and rebellion follow)

I must – sounds too desperate

I am going to – will work for some.. gives me a way out…

I will – a personal agreement is made…much closer to getting me to do it (I can visualize it and imagine myself doing it, and based on that feeling and imagery I actually may do it!)

Another powerful method is to take what you want to do and turn it into an action verb.

“I am meditating tomorrow morning at 7 AM”.     This should cause you to imagine not only doing it but the positive feeling, results, and benefits of doing it.

Questions: Do I see myself doing it in a certain place? Is it a movie, a video or a still picture? If it is a still picture, then I want to find better wording!  I am meditating tonight! Turns it into a video clip. You can play with words and get it into a vibrant, colorful movie which will flow ( a little short movie) – chances are that you are 10 times more likely to do it. An emotional/physical state of being shift actually occurs and you can see the benefits of what you will gain from that, and then make a decision or commitment to do it.. The more detail to your imagery and the deeper you see, hear, feel, taste, and smell the difference the more energy you will have in your motivation to take action.

We do this from the negative side too creating negative video tapes…but the more positive imagery tapes we make to offset the negative the more empowered we will be to take right actions!