Simple Steps to Wellness

We are so busy racing through our day to day lives that we do not take the time to look after ourselves. It is really no wonder that so many of us are tired and run down. Here are some simple things that we can do to improve our quality of life.

In the fast-paced world that we live in it can be easy to neglect our health and wellness. We are so busy racing through our day to day lives – family, friends, work, social engagements – that we don’t take the time to look after ourselves. What are some simple things that we can do to improve our quality of life?

You have heard it a million times and you will probably hear it a million more – drink more water!

Think about it: The human body is 72% water. A 5% drop in fluids creates a 25-30% loss in energy. A 15% drop in fluids causes death! At this point in time 66% of us are not drinking enough water, so over half the population isn’t running on all six cylinders to begin with – before things like bad air, bad food and stress take their toll.

It is not really a difficult thing to remedy. Just drink one glass of water every half hour or so – or 10-12 glasses of water per day – and you will notice a huge jump in your energy levels.

A little-known fact is that heating food above 116°F destroys much of the nutrient content. Considering that we already are not eating enough veggies, that is a substantial problem. Nutritionists recommend five servings of fresh vegetables per day. How many of us are following that advice?

A great way to get the nutrients found in fresh veggies without spending all day at stove or eating raw celery sticks is to juice your veggies. Make sure that you own a good juicer (some juicers expose vegetables to heat created by friction during juicing, which breaks down important enzymes), grab some fresh vegetables and drink your way to good health. It takes a fraction of the time (there is no cooking involved, for one thing) and it is convenient. You can take your juice to work and even give some to the littlies for school lunches!

Wheatgrass in particular is an excellent source of nutrition. It is high in chlorophyll (sometimes described as ‘plant blood’ because it closely resembles human red blood cell molecules) and has over 100 elements that the body needs. Fresh grains are another excellent source for vitamins and minerals.

Exercise is another dirty word for most of us. The thing is exercise does not have to be horribly time consuming or mind-numbingly boring. There are plenty of options

Years ago, gyms usually offered weight rooms, aerobics classes and maybe yoga. Now you can add water aerobics, yoga, pilates, dance-exercise, step classes and a whole range of new workout options.

If you do not really have the time or money for the gym or prefer to spend your mornings/nights at home, then try an exercise bike or walker. You may set it up in front of the television and peddle away merrily during your favorite shows.

If you suffer from illness or injury or your level of fitness is quite low, you might like to consider some invaluable advice that I got from my doctor:

Once you are physically unfit, and particularly if you are also unwell, it can be a mammoth battle to just do the most minimal amount of exercise in a day. The danger is that inactivity leads to further loss of energy, which becomes a self-perpetuating cycle until you can barely get off the couch.

An excellent way to get back into a physical routine is to start slowly. Ridiculously slowly, it may seem. For the first couple of weeks, walk/ride for 5 minutes per day – exactly 5 minutes, no more, even if you think you could continue. When the 2 weeks are up, increase to 7 minutes, then 10 minutes, 12 minutes… continue to gradually increase your activity until you are at a level that you are comfortable with.

It may sound a little silly, but it works. In effect, you trick your body into producing more energy. You are building your exercise time up so slowly that your body does not really realize what is happening. Follow this method and, before you know it, you will be comfortably exercising within your limits every day.

So, folks, that is the basics. If you can rearrange your life a little to allow for better eating habits and a little exercise, and if you remember to just drink a glass of water every half hour or so, you’ll be well on the way to living a healthy life. On a final note, do not forget to take some quiet time for yourself. Meditating is an excellent way to minimize stress. You don’t have to sit around for hours, just give yourself 5 minutes of quiet time every day – even in the shower, if that’s the only place where you can get time out – and have a little catch up with yourself.

And, last but by no means least, laugh! In fact, laugh like a loon – the louder the better! You will be amazed at how much such a simple thing can lift your spirits!

REIKI

There is a non physical ever-present energy that gives life to every living organism. For many thousands of years we have known of this energy and have sought to develop ways to harness its power to heal and influence our lives. The Japanese call this energy Ki. It is also known as Chi by the Chinese, Prana by a number of Asian cultures and the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost by most of the western world. We carry this energy in and around our bodies from the moment we are conceived. Science has established its existence, and with the aid of Kirlian photography we are able to see this energy that encompasses all living things. Ancient Eastern cultures have harnessed and applied this energy for healing since before the birth of Jesus Christ.

Many successful disciplines such as Reiki, Tai Chi, Feng Shui, Meditation, Yoga and Acupuncture have been developed to control and greatly enhance the flow of this energy in and around the body. The energy itself is pure and has omniscient wisdom.

 Reiki is a form of hands on healing, with its origins in India and the East dating back many thousands of years to the time before Christ and Buddha. The original name, disciplines and techniques of Reiki were lost due to the traditional method of passing knowledge from generation to generation by word of mouth. Exactly when this ancient art of healing disappeared is difficult to determine. However, we do know that it was rediscovered by a Japanese Scholars and monk. Reiki is Japanese word. Word Reiki (Japanese pronunciation is RYE-KEY, it has been westernized to RAY-KEY) has two words; Rei means Universal and Ki means life energy or life force energy. Many cultures understand and recognize the importance of Ki energy and how it impacts our lives and well-being. Thus Reiki means universal life energy or universal life force energy. Reiki is based on the philosophy that there is universal life energy that supports the body’s inherent self healing abilities. Reiki is a system of energy healing introduced to the Western world by a Japanese Tendai Buddhist named Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 1900s. The US National Institute of Health has recently acknowledged and categorized Reiki as a “Biofield Medicine”. Reiki is a form of therapy (energy healing modality) that uses simple hands-on, no-touch, and/or visualization techniques, with the goal of improving the flow of life energy in a recipient.

Reiki is holistic; it works on the body, mind and spirit by stimulating a person’s own natural healing abilities.

There are seven main energy centres in the body that control the flow of the universal life force. They are called the Chakras. Each chakra is responsible for supplying energy to specific parts of the body. When they are blocked or clogged the body becomes sick and the flow of energy is diluted.

A full Reiki treatment reopens the chakras and re-balances the flow of the universal life force around the body. A person will normally need four full treatments on four consecutive days to boost the flow of Reiki energy. This will stimulate the body’s immune system and natural healing abilities. Normally the body will begin by cleansing itself of toxins. As the toxins are removed, the body becomes re-balanced and the healing process can begin.

Anyone can practice Reiki, as it requires no special skills, nor does it interfere with religious doctrines. Reiki training is simple, affordable, and can be acquired in a brief period of time. Once an individual is “attuned” to Reiki, the ability to channel healing energy is available for life. Reiki instruction and attunement can be obtained in person or by distance, and both options are equally effective. Those wanting to receive Reiki instruction can choose individual (one-on-one) training, group/class training, or remote/distance training. Each Reiki Master chooses the teaching method that best resonates with her or his own personality, and likewise, each person seeking Reiki instruction is free to choose the instruction format and Reiki Master that resonates best with him or her personally.

Whether you choose to acquire Reiki in order to give healing treatments to yourself, family, and pets, or you want to incorporate Reiki into a health or wellness practice, Reiki offers each of us an opportunity to connect with our own innate ability to improve the quality of our lives.