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Modern Science Has Turned Us Into Wimps,Push Through The Pain with the Martial Arts

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Universal to All Martial Arts

Although style and philosophies of martial arts vary, there are some universal benefits.

  1. You will become more fit.  Your heart rate will improve and your stamina will increase.
  2. You will lose weight.  An average martial art workout can burn up to 500 calories an hour while providing a full body workout.
  3. Your body will become more toned and your muscularity better defined.
  4. Quickness and reaction time will improve.
  5. You will develop a better mental attitude and be less prone to depression.

But what is most important you will realize that your body is capable of so much more.  Obviously, the martial arts may not be suitable for some, but if you are already somewhat physical and leery of pharmacology as the cure for pain and depression, then, perhaps, the martial arts are for you.

Interested?  Read my article!!

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Why Reiki?

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I have to admit after reading about Reiki I quickly started to analyze what healing energy “felt” like, if it could in fact help my spiritual, mental, physical, or emotional ailments. To further frame my inquiry, I asked friends and family members what they thought about Reiki as a New Age treatment, only to be met with more questions. I realized that I was not alone in my exploration, and that queries about Reiki have even been discussed on mainstream television shows including The Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Oz  discusses New Age treatments such as Reiki, holistic diets, acupuncture, and the 5 Tibetan Rites  in which balance your chakra, meridians, and aura, as well as revitalize your energy and heal ailments. So, before letting skepticism get the best of me, I sought to truly understand Reiki by experiencing it firsthand. I attended the Victory of Light Expo in Cincinnati, Ohio, in which I participated in an universal life force energy seminar and met various Masters/Teachers of Reiki. This is where I obtained the information that many Reiki healing practitioners believe that the universe is full of energy, which currently cannot be detected by any scientific instruments, but can be felt by individual receivers and administered by healing practitioners. I also personally experienced Reiki therapy including the use of essential oils (i.e., aromatherapy) and crystals to clear blockages, in order to rebalance my chakra, meridians, and aura, as well as heal spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional ailments. I went into this venture with a critical and even skeptical mindset, but was extremely shocked at how the Reiki healing practitioner knew the exact places on my body that I was experiencing stress and pain (since as a true skeptic I said nothing about pain or stress prior to laying down on the massage table), and how surprised I was that I could feel the healing energy in both warmth and movement. I was not the only individual inquiring about Reiki therapy or experiencing the healing energy, as there were many others at the Victory of Light Expo receiving Reiki therapy. After these aforementioned emprise, it was apparent that living in pain, whether that be emotional stress or physical pain, is not at all easy and can make individuals extremely unhappy, as they are unable to enjoy life or live life to the fullest. Reiki therapy can assist in stress reduction, relaxation, healing of pain or trauma for ailments such as depression, anxiety, acute and chronic pain, and stress. There are various testimonials that describe how Reiki aided in individual’s medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS) and medically unexplained symptoms (MUS). Examples of MUPS and MUS include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), unexplained headaches, unexplained back pain, anxiety, depression, and acute and chronic pain.

We should realize that there are no side effects (i.e., headaches), risk (i.e., death), or restrictions (i.e., age) for receiving Reiki like there are in the medications we take, the surgeries we receive, or the procedures we have performed in Western Medicine in the attempt to feel better and be healthy. Also demonstrating that there is little to lose and a great deal to gain (e.g., happiness, a healthy life, more energy, and balance) through the experience of Reiki. This does not mean that we discontinue visiting medical professionals. It simply means that if there is a way to be a more balanced, happy, and healthy individual we should embrace the method that supplies us this opportunity. Those who are in pain, stressed, unhappy, or ill should seek out a Reiki healing practitioner to receive Reiki therapy. For those of you who are skeptics, I was one of you until I was a receiver of Reiki therapy. So before letting skepticism get the best of you, try Reiki as this experience will pivot your perspective of both Eastern Alternative Medicine, as well as provide a more balanced and healthy outlook on life. After all what do you have to lose?

To Schedule A Reiki Therapy Appointment Visit: http://www.goodjourneys.net/SERVICES.html or

http://my.clevelandclinic.org/departments/integrativemedicine/reiki_therapy.aspx

Also, if you are in Cincinnati, listen to the Waves of the New Age, Tuesdays from 3-5pm on WAIF 88.3FM. 


How Is Reiki Performed?

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Reiki therapy is performed with the receiver laying on a massage table or sitting in a chair. The person receiving Reiki therapy simply lays or sits during the therapy, while the healing practitioner transmits universal life force energy to the receiver. Essential oils (i.e., aromatherapy) or crystals can easily be incorporated into Reiki therapy to strengthen the healing energy. During the Reiki therapy session, the Reiki healing energy is directed to the appropriate areas, including both the physical bodily symptoms (i.e., headache), as well as the deeper-rooted causes (e.g., stress or trauma) that often exist within the spiritual, mental, and emotional levels. For example, the physical bodily symptom could be a headache, but the deeper-rooted cause could be stress from work-life balance or trauma from a recent death in the family. As a holistic health and New Age treatment, Reiki would aid in both the releasing of the pain and tension, as well as resolve the stressful or traumatic situation. In addition, some receivers feel Reiki through warmth or heat, while others feel it as energy or movement. This is due to the fact that energy transfer causes the temperature to rise at the molecular level and atoms to increase their vibration, in turn causing whole atoms to move which creates the feeling of both warmth and movement. After receiving Reiki therapy, many individuals will sleep well that evening, as the Reiki healing energy will stay with these individuals throughout the night and continue to heal their bodies, minds, and spirits. Many individuals notice the most change from Reiki therapy, the following morning. Reiki therapy can help adults, children, and even animals. Moreover, since the channel, or healing practitioner, is not working with his/her own energy, they do not undergo energy drainage; but also experience energy movement and balance illustrating that Reiki therapy benefits everyone or everything involved.

Furthermore, Reiki is practiced in various forms, and by unique and different individual healing practitioners. However, to be a true Reiki practitioner one must have received an attunement, as one has to learn which Reiki symbols (e.g., Cho Ku Rei, Sei He Ki, Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen) to use, when to call up the universal life force energy, and how to heal a spiritual, mental, physical, and/or emotional ailment. There are three levels of attunement: Reiki Level 1 –Teaches the basic understandings of Reiki to perform with others or for oneself; Reiki Level 2 –Teaches the three Reiki symbols and their uses; Reiki Master/Teacher (Level 3) –Teaches the final symbols, how to perform classes and attunement for others/students, and how to start your own Reiki practice.

Reiki Attunement Video: 

What Is Reiki?

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Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is an ancient Japanese energy healing technique that works within the spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional levels to assist individual persons with holistic health and healing based on their specific needs (e.g., stress reduction, relaxation, healing of pain or trauma). The word Reiki is derived from two Japanese words: Rei which means “higher power,” and Ki which represents “life force energy.” Therefore, Reiki translates to mean “universal ‘life force’ energy.” Reiki encompasses the understanding that the universe is composed of energy, and that all living things are moving and vibrant beings of energy. This is due to the fact that everything we can envision is made-up of energy, and according to Reiki healing practitioners, that energy moves in “rhythms that make up the seasons, the stages of the life cycle, the developmental phases of growth, the tidal rhythms of breath, the drumbeat of the heart, and the vibratory dance of the smallest particles inside each cell.” In turn, Reiki therapy is based upon the premise that energy moves through all living things.

Reiki  was popularized and “re-discovered” in 1922 by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Christian Minister/Monk, as a vibration healing technique that engages the body’s natural physical and energetic healing processes. Reiki therapy can be further described as a combination of the synthesis of modern quantum physics and ancient metaphysics. Additionally, even though Reiki has been practiced for hundreds of years, as Jesus Christ himself has been thought to be a Reiki healer, it is recently becoming widely recognized as a popular form of New Age treatment. Reiki is currently prevailing among many New Age spiritualists, and even used in a number of Western Medicine facilities (e.g., Cleveland Clinic, Children’s Hospital in Boston, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore). Reiki is a complementary therapy to conventional-traditional Western Medicine. Reiki healing practitioners believe that individuals should visit medical professionals, while using Reiki in combination with Western Medicine as an additive, not a replacement.

Reiki Therapy Video: 

Reiki , a physical-touch base system, utilizes a healing practitioner as the channel, a conduit, of energy that transfers and flows divine energy from a higher source―universal life force energy―through the palms of the healing practitioner’s hands (i.e., “laying of hands”) to the receiver’s body. Therefore, the sole source of the energy is derived from the universe, not the healing practitioner. This ancient method of “laying of hands,” transmits healing energy from one person to another through touch. Reiki uses energy-healing, also known as healing touch, to remove energy blockage, as well as create balance, harmony, and revitalization within the chakra (energy centers), meridians (energy pathways), and aura (light force energy fields) which are inside all of us. The reason this is valuable is that when life-energy is blocked, it needs to be freed, in order to heal the problems caused by that blockage (e.g., depression, anxiety, acute and chronic pain, stress). Consequentially, when the energy circulates freely through the body, people are balanced, as well as healthy and happy further forming a connection between the body, mind, and spirit. Reiki enhances the receiver’s aura and chakra, allowing the body to naturally discover health and balance with both speed and strength through utilization of increased energy frequency.

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Be a Locavore Ecofeminist and Eat In Season

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To explore the nexus between humankind and the environment, I am becoming a locavore and embracing ecofeminism in order to live a healthier inclusive lifestyle through the preservation of all life within the environment. This includes eating produce that is regional and in season from farmers’ markets, bin deliveries, Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), or even your own garden. Below are five palpable adaptations that can be made in your everyday life to embrace your ecofeminist from within:

1: Eating in Season 

Research your local seasonal produce at http://www.eatwellguide.org/i.php?pd=Home .

2: Visit Your Local Farmers’ Market

Find your local farmers’ market at http://www.localharvest.org/.

3: Have Locally Grown Organic Food Delivered to You

Visit http://www.greenbeandelivery.com/ to place an order.

4: Join a CSA

Locate your Community Supported Agriculture farm at http://www.localharvest.org/csa/ .

5: Grow Your Own Garden

Learn how to grow your own produce garden at http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/beginners-guide-organic-gardening-farming .

 

It is essential to acknowledge that local organic farming allows us to build an accepting community that is environmentally aware, and emphasizes shared power between nature and humankind to prosper an equal and healthy relationship.

To learn more about these adaptations watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhaG_Zi6izU&feature=related

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What is Ecofeminism?

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My family’s desire to eat local, organically grown produce in the hopes to live a healthier, inclusive lifestyle through the preservation of all life within the environment illustrates the primary foundation of ecofeminist ideals. Ecofeminism , a meta-feminism  of twin oppressions, is based upon the parallels between the destruction and exploitation of the environment, and the oppression and marginalization of women within the same worldview. Components of the feminist movement, the peace movement, and the environmentalist and green movements are intertwined within ecofeminism. Ecofeminism, a global multi-issued movement, assumes patriarchy, as well as anthropocentrism  and speciesism are the root causes of hegemony that impacts even the world’s most remote inhabitants and ecosystems. Patriarchy , anthropocentrism , and speciesism  establish the dominant binary of “man” as superior to all other entities, as they are seen as the most significant entity of the universe. Western society arbitrarily creates binary dichotomies that consider nature to be inferior to culture, and humans as being divergent from, and often superior to, the natural environment. According to Rosemary Radford Reuther, feminist theologian, patriarchal understandings define “nature as a reality below and separated from ‘man,’ rather than one nexus in which humanity itself is inseparably embedded.” These understandings are grounded in Western patriarchal , which is founded by “dualism” as a viewpoint that organizes the world by artificially segmenting it into polarized pairs of binaries (e.g., culture from nature, mind from body, spirit from matter, male from female) that develop imbalanced power relationships. Therefore, the duality of these dichotomies places one binary against the other, assuming that they are polar opposites and that one is inherently superior. This in turn, labels the marginalized binary as the “other,” often causing discrimination and oppression through hegemony because the “other” is viewed as inferior by the dominant binary. Consequently, ecofeminism rejects any form of hierarchy, and demands a radical analysis of the categories of “nature” and “culture” as one entity, not artificially segmented binary dichotomies employing power. Additionally, alternative bounded emotionality of feminist ways of organizing, such as emotion, nurturing, social support, and co-operation could create an accepting and environmentally aware society, as well as emphasize shared power. Shared power includes finding power from within compared to imposing the manipulation and control of power over one binary, as power must be restructured to incorporate collaborative relationships in order to establish an interconnected community, absent of all forms of hierarchy. Ecofeminists  undertake issues such as agricultural development and sustainability, animal rights , water pollution , and deforestation . Through ecofeminism, humankind should pivot and renounce the current division from nature to equally value all life. A major step in achieving this goal is eating local, organically grown produce to manifest a sense of community  (e.g., visiting a farmers’ market  or joining a CSA ), in which views the human species and nature as one nexus. Local farmers  abridge that “when you buy organic you don’t just buy a product, you buy a way of life that is committed to not exploiting the planet,” as Americans eating local organic food  would reduce the amount of water, land, and chemicals utilized to produce the food we eat, as well as the prevalence of health-related diseases (i.e., diabetes), and greenhouse gases from industrial agriculture production.

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Where Did My Produce Come From?

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After a long day’s work, eleven hours to be exact, I come home only to aimlessly stare into the open refrigerator and kitchen pantry, attempting to answer the age-old question: “What’s for dinner?” My blank, empty stare continues as I search through the fridge, the pantry, and then back to the fridge again. Finally, I decide to roast some flavorful vegetables, and cook some rice to create a quick stir-fry dish. I use a few handfuls of organic, locally grown snow peas and swiss chard from my bin delivery (i.e., Green BEAN Delivery ), a few handfuls of diced organic zucchini, shredded carrots, and yellow peppers from my local grocery store’s organic section, as well as a pinch of fresh basil from the garden. In addition, I heat-up a serving of Seeds of Change  multi-grain rice. Then, as I stand over the stove tossing the vegetables to achieve an even consistency, I start to think, “How far did this produce travel to make it to my plate, and at what expense to the environment?” According to Michael Pollan , who premiered in the documentary Food, Inc. , an average U.S. dinner travels around 1,500 miles from its source to our plate, while locally grown food only travels around 100 miles (see diagrams on pages 3-4). I continued to question the food chain  and the environment in which produced the very food I was about to consume. I reach for my iPhone first to check my Locavore and Eat Local  apps to understand what produce is in season in Kentucky, and then to call my father. As a farmer, he would know where zucchini and yellow peppers are being grown and harvested this time of year. Throughout our call, my father describes the process from harvest to processing plant, to distribution center, to grocery store or even a restaurant. He explains that in conventional farming techniques , which use pesticides , insecticides , and fertilizers , vegetables like lettuce (one of the dirty dozen  relating to pesticides and produce), can take twenty-one days to go from harvest to end consumer. I question how this is possible, and why so much time is necessary. My father reveals that it is possible because modern methods  are used to slow down the growth process once harvested, and that, ironically, time is needed to properly wash the vegetables for safety since pesticides , insecticides , and chemical fertilizers  were utilized. I ask what the process is like for locally grown produce, and he quickly says that the time from harvest to end consumer is about eight to fifteen days. I am still not satisfied, as there has to be a way to eat healthy without negatively impacting the environment from conventional farming techniques. Although eating local aids in limiting the transportation  of food  for the sole purpose of eating produce out of season , to the point that seasons  do not exist within the food chain, it is not a holistic approach. This curiosity eventually led me to the environmentalist  and green movements  that are intertwined within ecofeminism . I want to explore the nexus between humankind and the environment, and follow in my father’s footsteps by growing my own organically raised garden . In turn, I will not have to question where my produce comes from, and instead I will adapt to be a locavore, whose produce comes from a local resource: my family’s own backyard. I will know that no pesticides, insecticides, or chemical fertilizers  were used, that gallons of oil  were not wasted to supply my food, and that the earth was not destroyed in order for me to have produce on my plate.

 

Food, Inc. Videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eKYyD14d_0 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXmF_erEv1o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmrfrsnWng8&feature=relmfu

          

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