Still Living With Energy – Writing and Facebook – Joan Small

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Joan Small

Photo April 2013

You may be wondering what I have been doing while I have neglected my blog. On the other hand, I may have neglected it so much that you have stopped following me.

Let me give you an idea.

Yes, I am still Living with Energy – while coping with the usual small valleys of life – those ‘Ground Hog Days when I think everything is the same. But then I examine what I have done and find that I am making progress.

What am I feeling energized doing:

Writing my latest book ‘Feeling Young While Growing Older’ soon to be released in Ebook format.

Posting on Facebook – loving the participation of some of my followers in my photo competition to win a free Ebook from my store at http://joansmallpoetryandbooks.com/JoanSmallBookStore.html

Enter your comments below, and tell me what you are doing to feel younger in 2013. If you can’t see the Comments link below, click on the title of this blog and it will take you to a page where you can scroll down and leave your reply.

Live With Energy
Joan

 

 

Are You Being Energized and Feeling Younger?

Feeling Young  - Joan SmallBeing Energized is Part of Feeling Younger

My theme for 2013 is ‘Feeling Younger While Growing Older’

How young do you feel, leading into January 2013? How Energized do you feel?

Do you buy into the brainwashing we are subjected to that we have to succumb to ‘losses’ as we age in years? Loss of hair, hearing, sight, memory. Do you believe that our chronological age – our age in years – should determine how young or how old we feel, and how energized?

Or are you of the school I belong to that says:  ‘It is my choice how old or young I feel’?

I believe the mind is one of the most powerful forces in determining youthfulness at any age, and I also believe that the body can heal itself. All we need to do at the best of times is get out of the way and let it do its thing. At other times we may need to give ourselves an energizing boost with extra healthy foods, exercise (movement) and of course a clear and healthy mind with large doses of gratitude, love, forgiveness and confidence.

Emotions can have a damaging effect.

For instance, recently I got a cold. It has been so long since I had a cold that I was caught un-awares and was annoyed with myself for being ‘vulnerable’.

Most people will say, ‘There was a germ going around’.

To this I say, ‘Well der! There are always germs around us, in the air, the water, what we eat and what we touch. It is our emotions – stresses, worry, self-doubt etc – that make us vulnerable and allow the germs to take hold.’

When I came down with this cold I realised that I was experiencing ‘fear of loss’. A situation in the present had reminded me of a series of rejections from the past, and whammo – along came the cold.

This is a phenomenon that I recognise – whenever I have a ‘loss’ emotion (grief, fear of loss etc) I become susceptible to the cold and flu germs.

This time my nose was running. Louise Hay says this is ‘inner crying’. It sure was. But as soon as I realised the loss was not real, I was able to start the recovery process, and two days later I was in perfect health again.

Naturally, the body was able to heal itself, and I helped it along by sleeping more and drinking lots of water, but basically it healed itself once the emotion was healed.

What has this to do with Feeling Energized and Younger?

Being Healthy and Being Energized - Joan SmallFeeling healthy and well ensures that we are being energized all the time. Also being in control of our own health and well-being keeps us healthier mentally, emotionally and physically.

I suggest to you that you take control of your own health and well-being, and allow your body to heal itself by using your mind and instincts, rather than reaching for that pill or medicine, or racing off to the doctor.

This is a beginning in being energized and feeling younger on a daily basis.

Being Energized and Feeling Younger - Joan SmallEnter your comments below, and tell me what you are doing to feel younger in 2013. If you can’t see the Comments link below, click on the title of this blog and it will take you to a page where you can scroll down and leave your reply. Visit:  http://howtobeconfidentwoman.com/ to find out about my book, ‘How To Be A Confident Woman’ or http://www.theenergybook.com

 

 

Energize at Christmas 2012 and for the New Year 2013

Christmas Lights Joan SmallRing Out The Old And Ring In The New – Energize Anew

‘Ring out the old and ring in the new’,
A saying that’s trite, but one that is true.
It could mean a day or a month or a year,
Or a life that is new, dispense with old fear.

Get rid of old habits, old useless emotions,
Old thoughts and frustrations, old tears and old notions.
Welcome new energy, pleasure and fun,
Contributionand giving. Include everyone.

Be open and honest. Believe and be true
To new thoughts, commitments and all that you do.
The past’s not the present. It’s useless today.
Change is easy and instant. You’ve only to play.

Say yes to excitement, adventure and daring.
Who’s this new person here?  What’s that smile you are wearing?
Just ‘Ring out the old and ring in the New’.
Happy Christmas to all and the Best New Year too.

© Joan Small

Joan Small and energized Christmas 2012

Joan Small and energized Christmas 2012

A wonderful Christmas with my son and his family in Orange NSW – lots of good food, fun, activity, love and sharing. So energizing and just perfect.

The New Year 2013 will soon be upon us – we all made it past December 21st 2012, so now is the time to plan a ‘better than ever’ year to come.

I have bought myself a new ‘Vision’ book and am getting excited and energized about what is before me.

Before Christmas I attended my friend Anna Muller’s goal-setting workshop, and this put me in the right energized mindset for gettting into it now. One of the things I decided to do was to change my name to Joanne for my close friends and personal life. Not an easy thing to do when you are all over the net as ‘Joan’.

Check out my testimonial here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b07BACtTQ1A

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A New Home Creates New Energy

An Energizing Move – A Change Is As Good As A Holiday

Moving House Joan Small - an energizing moveMoving house is never easy, but I have to say that my move was just about as good as it gets, and yes, it was energizing in many ways. Why?

Because I had  wonderful help from my friends – in helping me pack boxes, move my gear to the new place, clean my previous home, and even unpack once I had moved. What had I done to deserve all this wonderful help?

I was worried – just a little because I don’t worry much about anything these days – about the thought of carrying heavy boxes up stairs, but my prayers were answered with some strong men (and women) who happily helped me.

After a few days of to-ing and fro-ing, packing, cleaning, carrying, walking up stairs my poor body was aching. Each night I fell into bed wondering whether I could do the same again the next day, but each morning my aches had almost gone away and I was able to arise feeling fresh.

The removalists were efficient and cheerful too, and nothing was damaged in the move. Sue, my housemate, shared everything with me, and that made it easier also.

Now I am settled into my new home – the beautiful ‘Castles in the Sky’ – light and airy, spacious with a view and surrounded by easy care garden.

I am truly blessed – and yes, you guessed it – energized by being here. I am living in the moment with much to look forward to.

Already I have had visitors and clients come to share my home.  I am feeling very lucky.

 Live with Energy
Joan

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An Energized Move – Moving Out and Moving On

Moving House with Energy and Moving On with Anticipation

Moving House with Energy

Moving House with Energy

Recently I received the news that I would have to move out of my lovely home. Although I was expecting it for some time it was still a shock.

I have lived here for 3½ years and have treated it as my own.  Many friends and family have visited and stayed, I hosted a book launch, held workshops and a ‘Celebration Party’ here where 50 of us shared what we were celebrating. Many contributed to the entertainment so it was a celebration of the talents and abilities of those present also – singing, poetry, acting and more.

I love the house, and  I have beautiful memories to carry with me as I go through the process of moving.

Although Moving House is only # 32 in the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale it can still be stressful.

First there is the de-energizing effect of facing up to the impending change.

Second is the challenge of having to find somewhere else just as nice to live.
Thank goodness for the internet and realestate.com.au which allowed me to ‘shop online’ first. I looked at several houses and nothing inspired me, then I checked out the area where I used to live and ‘Lo and Behold’ the ideal house turned up.

Apart from being the size and style I liked, the view and the garden there were several extra bonuses; in the complex are two swimming pools (one is heated) so I can keep fit by swimming all year round. Then there is the gym and tennis court. I might even take up playing again. How does it get better than this?

The Third Stress Factor: organizing all the changes, redirections, re-connections, and notifying friends and relations, etc etc.

A long long list to get through.

Fourth: Cleaning, lawn mowing etc at the house I am leaving to make sure I hand it over in pristine condition.

Fifth: Pacing myself physically, emotionally and mentally so that I maintain my energy throughout the time.

I am so lucky and energized that I have wonderful friends (and my brother) who are helping me in so many ways with this move.

It looks like there will have to be another party coming up – a House Warming one.

Castles in the Sky

Castles in the Sky

The name of the complex I am moving into is ‘Castles in the Sky’ – and that is what it feels like – Somewhere Over the Rainbow – where I will be living with my friend Sue. How does it get better than this.

So – Moving House and Moving On can be energizing.

This is where the ‘anticipation’ comes in. I am so looking forward to this new beginning, and even the challenges it throws up. We don’t grow unless we move through new challenges with ease and joy. So far it has been easy and joyful for me, and I anticipate it will open up new opportunities and adventures. I do hope some of you can share them with me.
I am trusting that it will energize me to be more regular and consistent with my blog posts too.

A Poem – Moving House and Moving On

Sometimes we require a shove or a push to get us to move right along
A move that is physical brings on a change that can be a dirge or a song.
By leaving this place where I’ve known fun and love I’m facing some challenges new,
But the house that I’ve found that will soon be my home is one with some height and a view.

I’ll be up ‘In the Sky’ in a ‘Castle’ it seems,  as the name says that’s where it’s located.
Good fortune with follow me there I am sure for the ‘Place’ is ‘Fortuna’ – so stated.
Facilities many, a garden around, where the birds can join in with my song.
I’ll move there with energy, share lots of love and invite all my friends – come along.

It’s symbolic I’m sure of the change in my life, where I’ve done it at times rather tough.
My belief is that life should be easy and smooth, of roughness I’ve had quite enough.
From now I resolve to put out what I want – and what I am wanting for me
Is the same as for you – to receive as you give, that beautiful life energy.

© Joan Small June 2012

Live with Energy
Joan
 Visit:  http://www.confidenceiskey.com/ to find out about my book, ‘Confidence Is Key’  or http://www.theenergybook.com

Hawaii – An Energizing Holiday

Hawaiian Way Inaugural Tour 2012

Hawaiian Way Inaugural Tour 2012

An Energizing and Relaxing Holiday – Hawaii and Back

I cannot believe we are now into May and I haven’t written a post since I took off for Hawaii in March. It is almost as if I got into holiday mode and couldn’t get out of it. Do you know the feeling?

Not to say that I have done nothing since I came back – I just haven’t been back in contact with you, my online friends. I am so sorry. Easy to get out of the routine of blogging every day.

Hawaii was Energizing in every way.

Receiving a welcoming Lei

Receiving a welcoming Lei

We did so much – exploring the Big Island from Kona and getting to know Aunty Josephine and her wonderful family.

I will upload some videos soon so you can see the personal hula demonstration we had from Aunty’s grand-daughter, the beautiful Summer, and Kumu Wayne. ‘Kumu’ means teacher or leader in Hawaiian, and our regular Kumu was Dean, who arranged everything.

We drank Pina Coladas by the pool at the luxurious King Kamehemehe Hotel, snorkelled with fish and turtles, visited the refuge and the original palace of King Kamehemehe I, and subsequent kings and queens, flew over the still active volcano and viewed the contrasting scenery of the Hilo side where rainfall is 140 inches a year (compared with only 7 inches on the other side).

We dined at a variety of restaurants, and one night sat on the Lanai (verandah) overlooking the bay.The night at Bubba Gump’s Shrimp restaurant themed for the Forest Gump movie, was special as it was Coral’s birthday and she was serenaded by the wait staff. Our last night on the big island was a sunset meal overlooking the bay at the Canoe Club.

With Coral, Pina Coladas by the pool

With Coral, Pina Coladas by the pool

Shopping in Honolulu

We shopped till we dropped at the markets, Walmart, Hilo Hattie’s and the specialty shops along the boardwalk, and when we flew to Honolulu the shopping continued at the magnificent Ala Moana shopping centre, while staying for two nights at the Hilton Hawaiian Hotel – the famous one with the Rainbow.

On our second day we took a bus tour around the island of Oahu, where we saw Barack Obama’s former home, the beach where Elvis starred in the movie ‘Blue Hawaii’ plus magnificent scenery, a ranch, the Dole Plantation and more. So much to see and do.

What can I say – it was a wonderful experience and I am still enjoying it as I review the photos and recapture the spirit of the island.

At the Refuge

At the Refuge

Dean is conducting another tour in July.

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Live with Energy

Joan

Visit:  http://www.confidenceiskey.com/ to find out about my book, ‘Confidence Is Key’  or http://www.theenergybook.com

 

 

New Energy from Hawaii – The Excitement of Anticipation

Anticipating a Holiday is Energizing

dolphin smiling Joan SmallOnly five more sleeps until we leave for Hawaii, and I am as excited as a child looking forward to Christmas. I am beginning to anticipate what might be, because of some synchronicities that have occurred this week.

I say ‘anticipate’ rather than ‘expect’ because expectations can lead to disappointment, and I want to be open to whatever is offered to me on this brand new holiday. Anticipation is energizing, because it is like ‘creating possibilities’ that may occur.

Another Joan – and a Surprise

On Wednesday I went to Yoga with my friend Bev – a fantastic Yoga teacher, and I always feel energized by it. Afterwards we have coffee and talk about all manner of things. This time it was about Hawaii, and she told me of Joan Ocean, ‘The dolphin lady of Hawaii’ who lives on the big island where we are spending most of our time, and how you can swim with the dolphins there. Bev said she would lend me Joan’s book to read.

When I came home, I looked up Joan Ocean on the Internet. What I discovered first, was not all about dolphins. It was instead about the Sasquatch – America’s Big Foot, and her encounters.

You could have knocked me down with a feather. I had just finished writing Maggie’s and my book about Australia’s ‘bigfoot’, the Gooligah, and here I was, reading what this other Joan has written about the Sasquatch!!

When I went to the main part of her website, which was about the dolphins, I found she is conducting two dolphin and whale seminars at the exact time we will be in Hawaii. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend, but the wonderful dolphin energy will be all around, and I will put it out there that I can swim with dolphins somehow.

I have written to Joan Ocean, and hope to receive a reply from her before I go.

The Book – The Day of the Gooligah

Gooligah

Gooligah

It’s been an exciting week. My friend Maggie Meyer, with whom I am collaberating to write this book, came to visit on Wednesday to have a celebratory meeting on finishing writing ‘The Day of the Gooligah’. She brought me gifts – beautiful coffee mugs and a plate with the Blue Wren and Fairy Wren on them. (I love pretty coffee mugs and plates). She didn’t know that the town where I was born – Bridgetown in Western Australia) has the Blue Wren as its bird emblem.
More Synchronicity!

Then yesterday, I received word that The Day of the Gooligah had been shortlisted in the competition we’d entered with Morris Publishing, and so is one of eleven books on the shortlist from which five will be selected to be published. Maggie and I are over the moon.

What an energizing week it has been, and I anticipate more to come.

Anticipation – What an Amazing and Energizing Word.  I invite you to use it, and bring ‘anticipation and imagination of good to come’ into your life to energize you.

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Joan

 Visit:  http://www.confidenceiskey.com/ to find out about my book, ‘Confidence Is Key’  or http://www.theenergybook.com

 

 

 

 

Happy Toes and Energy to Dance

Toes for energyWhy Do Happy Toes Energize Me?

Nobody takes toes seriously!

I woke up this morning with happy toes! Some of you will know I went for a cropper last week, and at the time I thought my knees were the worst problem,  but when that pain subsided I realised it was my toes causing the most pain – the two smallest toes on my right foot.  

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You would think toes didn’t matter that much, especially the little ones, but it is surprising how pain and injury in these small bodily parts can be limiting.

This morning I awoke without toe pain – Happy Toes meant a happy and energized me.

Louise Hay, my wellness guru, says in ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ toes represent the minor details of the future. Her affirmation is ‘All details take care of themselves’.

Had I been worrying about the minor details of my Hawaii trip? Certainly, the past week has been one of re-scheduling because of the collapse of Air Australia, and we have only just received our new flight details,  so at last I can truly relax and get excited about the holiday. We are now travelling on Hawaiian Airlines, which means we are going ‘The Hawaiian Way’ – and the bonus is we get an extra night in Honolulu paid for by the travel agent.

So my toes can heal now – the details of the future are taken care of.  With happy toes I will be able to learn to dance the hula. What can be more energizing than that?

Band Aids and a Kiss

On a physical level I did very little to help heal my toes. I wrapped them in bandaids.

How comforting the good old bandaid is! It reminds me of my childhood, and also reminds me of when I lovingly applied bandaids to my children’s minor injuries. 

People talk about ‘the bandaid treatment’ but let’s not knock it. It works!  Just as the ‘kiss it better’ treatment works for small children. There is something magical about this. Is it because the child believes it will get better that the bandaid and the kiss  take away the pain?

What We Believe Becomes Real – The Energizing (or de-energizing) Power of Belief

Last night I watched a movie called ‘The Invention of Lying’, with Ricky Gervais, about a town where nobody lied about anything. Then the lead character, Mark Bellison, discovered he could lie.

Of course I am not advocating lying, but what this movie illustrates is the power of the mind and belief. When we are told something with enough autority we will believe it.

Doctors have a tremendous amount of authority and respect, and many people believe what they say. This can be a recovery or cure, but is more often a ‘sentence’ to lifelong dis-ease and dosing up on more and more drugs.

 How Does Belief Help Healing and Energy?

Most of us believe that the external body heals itself. We see new skin grow where grazes have turned to scabs: we even take it for granted that broken bones, once set in place, will knit together without medication.  Hence it was natural and normal for me to believe that my little toes would recover over time.

Time is a Great Healer

We often use the saying, ‘Time is a great healer’.  So how come many of us don’t believe that the internal organs will heal over time?

Don’t we know that the best thing we can do for the body is build up the immune system and then ‘get out of the body’s way’ so it can do what it is designed to do – heal itself. 

This means not focussing on the illness. Like Makia, in the Hawaiian Way says: ‘Energy flows where attention goes’, and ‘ focus on what you do want, not on what you don’t want.’ 

Natural and Normal

On Dr Oz this week he was talking about how to reduce bad cholesterol. He has some great blog posts on the subject of using natural means to change cholesterol levels.

Me, I don’t buy into all the attention to the numbers relating to cholesterol – to me it is focussing on what I don’t want. But I have to admit Dr Oz’s diagramatic explanation of how cholesterol is made and what its purpose is was very interesting. With the focus on cholesterol  we get the idea it is all bad, but in fact it is a natural, normal  and necessary building block for our cells.

Give it No Thought

Staying healthy is easy – just as ‘Life is meant to be easy’ – and energizing. All we have to do is follow some simple basic principles and then get out of our own way so that the automatic healing system that comes naturally to our bodies and minds can work. 

I’ve mentioned my friend Richard Grant before, with his book ‘Give it No Thought’. If you can give no thought to illness and focus on wellness – ease rather than dis-ease – you will find you are happier, healthier and more energized every day.

So this week I am looking forward to ‘all the details taking care of themselves’, having an energizing time as my toes get happier, and focussing on all the exciting energizing things coming up.

I hope you can do the same. 

Sickness Or Health
All around me every day
The world is sick. These people say
‘I’ve got the flu, my knees are sore,
My heart is weak. I’m feeling poor.

‘Unknown syndromes, doctors named them.
On the health scheme, pills, I’ve claimed them.
Two I’m taking when I rise,
Another two, the docs advise,
And ere I sleep there’s three or four.
I cannot guess how many more.

‘I wake up feeling good and bright,
Then take my pills. Oh what a fright.
I fall asleep, I’m feeling sick.
Is this the cure?  I need help quick’.

These medications make no sense.
Try good nutrition, good thoughts. Hence
The cure’s within me, body, mind.
True ‘wellness’ every day I’ll find.

© Joan Small

Let me have your comments, and tell me about how you are energizing your life with natural healing. If you can’t see the Comments link below, click on the title of this blog and it will take you to a page where you can scroll down and leave your reply.

Live with Energy

Joan

 Visit:  http://www.confidenceiskey.com/ to find out about my book, ‘Confidence Is Key’  or http://www.theenergybook.com

 

 

 

Are You Paying it Forward? A Wonderful Energizer

 Pay it Forward to Energize – Hawaii

hawaii
Hawaii

When I arrived home yesterday I found my lovely friend Franki mowing my lawn. She has offered to do it for me to save me money until I go to Hawaii, as I had been paying to have my garden maintained.  I don’t have a lawn mower, and she is very good at it, and quick too. What an amazing gift.

Franki has been reading the book ‘Pay it Forward’. I saw the movie and found it so inspirational that I wrote about it in my books.  Even the movie trailer is inspirational and energizing  Watch it Here 

Pay it Forward is something I like to live by, but every now and then I have to be reminded of how it works.

To Hawaii – or Not?

One reminder recently was to do with the Hawaiian trip I am going on in March. I say ‘going on’ very positively because it has been challenging. You see we were caught up in the Air Australia demise, where the Airline suddenly announced on Friday morning that it was no longer flying anyone anywhere.

Air AustraliaOur group was booked on Air Australia. Suddenly we were without a means to get to Hawaii.

The barbecue that was planned for yesterday to get to know each other and handover travel wallets etc, turned into a strategy planning meeting. However, we still managed to enjoy the ambience of the lovely tropical garden and the beautiful Gold Coast weather. Our energy picked up and we separated on a positive note.

A lot of activity took place over a couple of days, and the trip is still going ahead.

‘Pay it Forward’ clicked in.

Qantas airlines offered a low airfare to Air Australia passengers. I was one of the ‘lucky’ ones, with a long term good friend, also going on the trip, offering to pay the extra money needed to obtain this new airfare. What a generous gesture! I will do my best to pay her back in time, one way or another – but perhaps I am meant to ‘Pay it Forward’ too.

I could easily have refused her offer, and Franki’s lawn mowing, but I chose instead to be grateful and accepting.  They both enjoy sharing and giving to others, and I believe in the power and energy of ‘receiving’ as much as the energy of ‘giving’.

I also believe that I have ‘paid it forward’ by giving freely of my time and energy to help others – most recently in helping Dean Callaway get his book ‘The Hawaiian Way’ into print with extras to help him promote it, because I support his message. Dean is also paying it forward with the time and energy he has put in to making the trip the best he can and the extra things he does for people all the time.

Balance – Exchange of Energy

The world is built on balance, and the balance of ‘exchange of energy’ is an important concept. This doesn’t mean we have to exchange it with the same people. It simply means we put out in big doses and it comes back in big doses – if we are able to receive it.

People who receive too much and never give are out of balance, but so also are people who give too much and cannot receive. 

Is Your Energy Balanced? Check your ‘ometers’

Check your receive-ometer against your give-ometer, and see if you are allowing yourself to receive.

An Energy Block – What Did it Mean?

With Dean’s Hawaiian trip, we had a good feeling about how everything would go smoothly and it would be an amazing experience for all ten of us, and then suddenly there was a ‘spanner in the works’ with the Air Australia collapse. This got us thinking?  What’s going on here?  Why this sudden block in our path?

In a former job I had, one person said to me, ‘We never promised you a bed of roses’. Well, I guess we could say this about life. Even though I believe ‘Life was meant to be easy’, I also know we are going to be tested from time to time – tested on our focus, determination, and maybe on the ‘7 Principles of the Hawaiian Way’ also – Ike -Awareness, Kala -No Limits , Makia – Focus, Manawa – Living in the Now, Aloha -Love, Mana – All power comes from within, and Pono – Effectiveness is the measure of truth.

Perhaps this was what was happening – it was just a test to see which of us was applying all the principles and who could move through the blockage and make it go right.

Everything is coming right, and I will give you an update when I find out how many are still going on the trip.

GIVING AND RECEIVING
They say it’s more blessed to give than receive.
But that’s how they see it, how they perceive.
For giving is one thing that’s easy to do.
It makes me feel good when I’m giving to you.

But better than this is receiving a gift.
By thanking the giver, I give you a lift.
When gratitude shows for the thing you have done,
You’re rewarded because you’re  the most special one.

By giving I show that I selflessly live. When receiving I bless you,
Not just when I give.

(c) Joan Small

Let me have your comments, and tell me about any incidents you have had of ‘Paying it Forward’. 

Live with Energy

Joan

 Visit:  http://www.confidenceiskey.com/ to find out about my book, ‘Confidence Is Key’  or http://www.theenergybook.com

New Energy in February – The Tummy Tuck System

The Tummy Tuck System – Energize Your Body Naturally

In my last post (yesterday) I talked about the ‘Interim’ – the period over the holidays, and how it has enabled me to re-focus and get started back into life with New Energy. But relaxing for this amount of time had a downside.

Letting the Body Go

The biggest shock for me was to discover the way I had let my body go. However my latest activity, my Yoga Class, has led me to an energizing breakthrough, and I am excited to share it with you.

The Breakthrough – Yoga and Lightbulb Moments

My friend Bev conducts the Yoga Class and she is an excellent teacher. Afterwards we have coffee and a chat, and last week I mentioned to her how disgusted I was to see a photo which showed my very fat tummy. Her casual response was, ‘You know, a flat stomach is the natural state for the body’.

This was Lightbulb Moment #1

It hit me like a ton of bricks. ‘What a great affirmation’, I thought. A flat stomach is the natural state for the body.

What I had been doing was looking at myself in the mirror and and in photographs and telling myself how much I didn’t like my fat tummy. I was doing this despite the fact that I know about ‘what you focus on you create’,  and my thoughtw were simply exacerbating the problem. 

It was time to change my focus.

Lightbulb Moment #2 occurred when I thought about what I had been doing. For about 2 years I have been focussing on breathing into my stomach to fill my lungs with air, and then pushing the air out by pulling my stomach in. This has helped me to relax and be more calm, and it has kept my body healthy. However, I have been focussed on the wrong part of the cycle – the in breath.

My realisation was that I must focus on the out breath – tighten those tummy muscles and push all the CO2 out. Only when all the air has been pushed out can I then take a deep breath in (letting the stomach out) to fill up my lungs with fresh new air and oxygen. The outbreath is much longer than the inbreath. This means that the tummy muscles are being contracted for much longer than they are being relaxed.

Lightbulb Moment #3 was the understanding that toxins are being released from the body with the outbreath, and this also aids health and helps to decrease the swelling in the belly. (My  Meditation guru – Chris Dorje Walker – and Bev were both saying the same thing.)

Joan Small Tummy Tuck

Left: Before - 12th Jan 2012 Right: Feb 4th 2012 After 10 days of tummy tuck breathing

The Result:

Look at the photos at right to see the result in just one week of practising this new breathing technique –  tightening my stomach muscles with the outbreath. I am amazed. My clothes are looser around the waist and stomach area, and I am standing and sitting taller and straighter.

Why don’t you try it too?

I told one of my friends about this, and she said, ‘I wonder what I have been telling my body?  She picked up on the affirmation part of it and is changing her thoughts.

I am looking for people to give it a try, because I am keen to see if it will work for others as well as it works for me.

It is not easy to do, because it is essential that you maintain a relaxed state in your shoulders and arms (so that the body is not getting the message to send adrenalin through the systems), and all you are contracting is your stomach. It takes practice, but is worth the effort.

This is what you do:

  1. Say the affirmation A flat stomach is the natural state for the body as often as you remember. I have also added The body’s natural state is at ease, healthy and toned.
  2. Drop your shoulders down and relax your shoulders and arms
  3. Contract your stomach muscles as you breathe out, pushing all the air out of your lungs until you feel there is none left (eliminate what the body doesn’t need to create a vacuum)
  4. Then allow your stomach to relax and the incoming breath to fill up your stomach and lungs. This should take less time than the outward breath and should feel wonderful – all that beautiful fresh air expanding your lungs.
  5. As you again push the air out by contracting your stomach, imagine the toxins leaving your system.
  6. Get into the habit of breathing this way all the time – practice while driving the car, sitting in front of TV, at your computer etc.

You will find that you are energizing your body by allowing the waste to be expelled and the life-giving breath to fill your lungs.

You automatically sit and stand straighter and taller.

If you are like me, you will find that your cravings for food are reduced. You are receiving the energy from the oxygenated air, and by contracting your stomach you are giving it the signal that it doesn’t need that ‘full feeling’.

 I would love to hear about your experience with the  Natural Tummy Tuck system.

To see a video with Narelle Stratford on how to do the breathing Click Here

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Live with Energy
Joan
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