Most talk therapy places emphasis on the capacity of the cognitive rational brain to conquer our irrational survival brain. Neuroscience has helped us understand that you can’t talk yourself out of being in love, or being angry, or disliking particular people, because these are not rational processes, and reason has a limited capacity to override these more primitive survival issues. Instead of relying on reason, we need to rely on connection to our body, mastery of our body, safety of our body, and finding peace in our body.
Chakra is sanskrit for wheel or circle. It is a spinning energy vortex interacting with various physiological and neurological systems in the body. The entire universe is made of energy, and we are no different. There are seven main chakras, or energy centers which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through the crown of the head. When our energy centers are out of balance, our prana doesn’t flow well. Since mind, body, soul, and spirit are intimately connected, awareness of an imbalance in any area is important in keeping your energy flowing.
Dance Like No One Is Watching
Sometimes it feels like all of our worst thoughts about ourselves are true. However, feeling negative about ourselves has nothing to do with who we actually are. This is evidenced by people who by all accounts are beautiful human beings, but who feel ugly and worthless.
Dealing With Negative Emotions
Negative emotions are not bad. There is actually no such thing as a bad emotion. Emotions are all just sensations that course through our body. We judge things in our mind. Our ego says something is bad and our thoughts cloud the truth.
Healing Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain is one of the most common chronic ailments in America. This is partly because of all the sitting we do. One of the consequences of sitting is shortened psoas muscles. This can cause pulling on the lower spine, leading to chronic back pain.
How Breathing Affects Our Emotions
How many times have you heard, "just take some deep breaths"? What does this actually do?
The Power of Our Microbiome
Losing weight is more complicated than calories in/calories out. We now know that given the same exact food, one person can gain weight and another won't. Much of this has to do with our microbiomes.
What are our microbiomes? These are the billions of micro-organisms that live on and in our body. We acquire them at birth and they change throughout our lives depending on our environment. The human microbiome includes the genes of the microbes. Why is this significant? Because they outnumber our genes by 100 to 1, and while our genome is fixed, we have quite a bit of control over our microbiome.
These billions of organisms that our body hosts have an incredible capacity to influence how many calories we extract from food, our insulin and hormone production, and even what we crave. We used to think weight gain/loss was as simple as calories in versus calories out. We now know it is much more complicated than this.
Our Traumas Do Not Define Us
Lori was sexually abused as a child and didn’t tell anyone until she was an adult. Without anyone to guide her or help her make sense of what had happened, she tried to get rid of any residual sensations herself.
Life isn't always kind. Things happen. Illness happens. Our bodies age.. The way you feel on the inside doesn’t match how your body is feeling on the outside.
We are not always comfortable in the skin we are in. Maybe you’re in pain, you feel less energetic, or you feel stiff and inflexible. Your body keeps you from doing activities you love.
I write about human behavior, meditation, body awareness, and a variety of other things that pique my interest.