Embrace Your Prana!

 

Embrace Your Prana - HSP Health

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Have you ever stood outside and allowed yourself to just be in the air?

Do you know what I mean? Standing in the flowing expansiveness and enjoying it?

That’s prana.

What Is Prana?

What is prana? Prana also called chi is something that we feel all around us.  It is elusive, flowing, and it is our home. Prana is what we take in when we breathe. It is the universal life force.

Prana is not oxygen and it is not air.  It exists in oxygen and air but it is not the same thing.  It is the natural intelligence that activates the oxygen, that moves with the air.

The Natural Intelligence Of Prana

Prana, the life force, activates the natural intelligence in all things.  Every living thing has natural intelligence including each human being.

The intelligence of prana exists whether we recognize it or not.  Prana just is, and is always there for us. It is inescapable. It is active even if we decide to ignore it.  If  we ignore it we harm ourselves and others. When we embrace prana, we allow it to define our lives, because when we live to support our natural intelligence, we are creating our  health and well-being.  When we live in a way that does not support our natural intelligence we are essentially hastening our death.

Prana is subtle.  It moves through our bodies all of the time unless it is blocked.  There are any number of reasons for blockages, from poor quality food  to difficult emotions, poor mental states and  pollution.  The opportunity for prana disturbance and imbalances in the body are substantial.

How To Support Our Prana

Prana wants to flow freely. Therefore, the  optimal way for prana to move through the body is to clear the body of all the blockages in all parts of the physical system.

In order to clear all blockages we need to detox in every way.  One way is through energy medicine which clears the energy centers in the body called meridians and chakras from Eastern medicine.  Ayurveda has the term nadis which is similar to meridians. Meridians, nadis and chakras are all energy points in the body that need to be clear for us to be healthy.

Under the Ayurvedic system, all practices are designed to maximize the movement of prana in the body to ensure excellent health and optimum well-being.  Because all things have natural intelligence in them, the quality of that intelligence is extremely important. Food can have excellent natural intelligence if it is organic or poor prana if it is processed fast food or junk food. Anything that is polluted in any way detracts from our own life force by harming our own prana, making it difficult to live in our bodies.

You could say that one of our jobs in life is to make a home for prana.  To make our natural intelligence welcome we need organic food, pure water, pure air, good health habits, supportive exercise like yoga, healthy constructive relationships and positive purpose. The more we are able to incorporate prana supporting practices into our lives, the more natural health and bliss are ours.

For More Information:

What is Prana? Sri Aurobindo Center of Los Angeles

Cultivating Prana by Dr. Svoboda 

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Subtle Energies – The Path To Health

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Subtle energies are what you notice when you are in stillness.

Subtle energies are precious information.

Subtle energies have truth in them, but they don’t scream and yell their message. They are there to be discerned.

Subtle energies are where highly sensitive people live.

A Lost Skill

Subtle energies require good listening skills. Somewhere in the progress of the human race, we seem to have stopped listening.

Our early ancestors may not have had our material sophistication but they knew how to listen to the energies around them. A tracker for a tribe, any hunter, and shaman or medicine man knew about subtle energy and what the various energies meant. Their knowledge was a matter of life and death.

Subtle energies are fluid and moving. They are not tied to anything. They just are.

Subtle energies are present everywhere and in everything. They include everything. They include time, space, materiality, qualities – hard, soft etc., attitude, and direction.

Subtle energies are our path to the flow state. They are also our window to the connection of mind and body that many of us have lost.

Subtle Energies At Work

One of the best examples of a great use of subtle energies is Ayurveda, the ancient holistic healing system.

Ayurveda categorizes everything by subtle energies.  Each of the three human body types of doshas is a group of subtle energies.  All three exist in each of us in different combinations.

When Ayurveda suggests food for a dosha, it is recommending the best subtle energy choices that will support health in a particular individual. Each of the seasons and stages of life represent different subtle energies as well. This is the reason that Ayurveda has become a great resource for people seeking a way to manage their health themselves.

Understanding subtle energies can help us respond intelligently and in a life affirming way to what is in front of us, in our culture and in our daily lives.  Ayurveda and the energy healing fields are pointing us increasingly towards effective methods of health and healing by helping us relearn and master subtle energy skills lost by our cultural disconnection from nature.

3 Steps To Emotional Health

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If you struggle with processing your feelings you are not alone.

As an HSP, it is often difficult to handle so many strong, overwhelming emotions. When too many  emotions remain unprocessed they can lead to emotional blocks.

However, we sensitives are blessed with the gift of introspection.  It may seem like a curse at times but it is actually an advantage.

Why?

Because for highly sensitive people the mundane task of processing our emotions is what leads us to wisdom.

Step 1: Learn Where Energy Blocks Come From

According to Yogi Amrit Desai, founder of Kripalu Yoga in a June, 2010 article in Natural AwakeningsHealing the Root Cause of Addiction with Ayurveda A Natural Cure for Unhealthy Dependence by Linda Sechrist,  “…stressors—thoughts and reactions to our lifestyle, relationships, work environment and family life—are introduced through the ego mind.

Emotionally charged thoughts and feelings of blame, shame or guilt then get metabolized into our biological body system. Stored in the form of toxins and neuro-glandular imbalances, these feelings create energy blocks that prevent the free flow of energy, or prana, the body’s self-healing wisdom.

Energy blocks may take the form of muscular tensions and weakness in liver, kidney and digestive functions. Gradual decline results in a progressive deterioration of biological processes and consequently can manifest in external symptoms of fatigue, fear, anxiety and insecurity.”

Step 2: Embrace Emotional Metabolism

Metabolism comes from the greek word ” metabole” for change or transformation.

At any given time as we interact with our world we are in the process of metabolism – of perceptions, thought, feelings, emotions as well as material substances such as food and water.

All forms of life engage in metabolism, from plants to humans. When we are unable to metabolize a food it will clog our bodies. When we are unable to metabolize or process emotions, they will clog our system as well.  Ideally we process all food and experiences each day so that we are in a state of flowing with life.

If only it were that simple!

Step 3: Create A Daily Emotional Health Plan

It is often not  possible to process all information and feelings when they occur.

  1. you may be too busy
  2. the feelings may be too much to process in one day. Grieving a loss is a good example of that.
  3. you may have experienced long-term abuse which requires a long time to reach forgiveness and release.

There are a number of daily practices that you can engage in to help you with your emotional health:

  1. meditation like Transcendental Meditation is excellent.  It moves you into the more detached space of universal consciousness and therefore helps you release and heal negative emotions including those from the past.
  2. visualizations are a great way to change your emotions.  You can visualize a time of forgiveness, a time of joy in your life to move you forward, when feelings are keeping you stuck.
  3. journalling is one of the best emotional healing methods.  When you journal you release feelings out of your system onto a paper (or computer).  In doing so, you have taken them out of your body which frees you to work and enjoy your day. Journalling is particularly useful for healing the effects of abuse since you can keep releasing the hurt or angry feelings each day until they dissipate.
  4. energy healing practices like reiki and eft are also very useful for healing emotional problems because they release energy blocks and create a wonderful feeling of well-being.

Step 4: Finding Perspective

It can help to think of feelings as information and to notice when your feelings come from past or the present experiences.  When the feelings are the result of a past experience transferred onto the present, it is a sign that there is unfinished business in the past that must be dealt with.

The body has its wisdom and in some individuals who have experiences exceptionally abusive situations it will “store” emotions to be processed at a later date if that is what is needed to survive. Severely abused individuals, therefore, will have a lot of blocked energy and a great need for therapeutic solutions.  It is not a fault of people who have been badly abused that they have long-term issues including addiction and take a long time to heal.

Highly sensitive people and severely abused people should accept their healing process as a way of being generous to themselves which may be a new and uncomfortable experience. Engaging in healing practices reduces the potential for long term destructive addiction and other illnesses that are the complications of long term abuse. They also feel good and help us to be at our best.

Anyone who takes responsibility for their healing is part of a larger effort everywhere to reduce abuse and emotional harm on the planet. It is something to be very proud of.