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Zen Relaxation



The most powerful relaxation method (according to me).

What you need.

  • A warm room
  • A quiet room
  • Your Zen Cushion: 2 tennis balls in a sock.
  • Somewhere reasonably soft to lie down. A yoga mat will do! Your bed or couch will NOT do.
  • Soft relaxing Music, preferable without words or memories

The Zen Breath
The diaphragm is a powerful muscle that assists breathing. It is a large, dome shaped muscle located between the lungs and the abdomen. Your abdominal muscles help move the diaphragm and giving you more power to both fill and empty your lungs. When you use your diaphragm to assist breathing, you allow more oxygen to fill the entire lung and you completely empty the lungs expelling toxic CO2.

To start, place one hand on your upper chest and the other just below your rib cage. This will allow you to feel your abdomen move in and out as you breathe.

Breathe in slowly through your nose so that your stomach moves out against your hand. The hand on your chest should remain as still as possible.

Tighten your stomach muscles, letting them fall inward as you exhale through slightly open lips. The hand on your upper chest must remain as still as possible.

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Mindful Meditation


The Benefits of Mindful Meditation

There are many benefits to mindful meditation. Some people believe that it can be the difference between life and death. I would say it is the difference between happiness and despair. The following are a collection of benefits as recorded in scientific research papers that I have read. I do not believe that this list is finite and I’m sure many of you reading this article would add more benefits to this list.

Unconditional loving-kindness and compassion

This has to be one of the best benefits of Mindfulness. Studies have shown that practitioners of this method generate a state of “unconditional loving-kindness and compassion”.  The ability to find compassion when everything around us seems to be rushing towards destruction.

Focused Attention


Neuroscientist Richard Davidson did research on a monk showing his brain producing Gamma waves link to attention, meaning that practicing Mindfulness enables you to listen more carefully, concentrate, and focus a lot better.

Focused Learning

Smiling Body Mindfulness allows the mind to become uncluttered and clear enabling you to learn faster with a higher retention of knowledge. Smiling Body Mindfulness allows our natural innate wisdom to consider this knowledge, access its relevance and efficiently store it for longer term memory.

Better Memory

When you have control over your thoughts it helps create fewer thoughts. Which gives your brain more room to really take in what is going on around you and store information in such a place where it’s easier for you to access because your ATTENTION is zeroed in on what you want to remember thus giving you better memory. In general it puts you in the moment and when you are in the moment you enjoy things a lot more which can help you remember things easier.

Consciousness

A better understanding of who you are always helps. When you practice Smiling Body Mindfulness, you experience an awareness of the real you, your body and your connections to life. Observing your breath, your consciousness develops and expands, giving you a better sense of you and your place in life. In this calmness, you feel connected in a peaceful way to all around you.

Feel less emotional pain

Smiling Body Mindfulness allows you to organise and manage your thoughts more effectively in a balanced way. Emotions are manageable and we can direct the influence they have on our lives with simple brain exercises that can be practiced anywhere at any time.

Manage pain or eliminate pain

Pain is a message from our body warning us to be careful, to take care of a trauma or other organic damage. When organic damage causing the pain has healed and when investigation reveals no organic trauma, sometimes residual pain is felt. Regular practice of Smiling Body Mindfulness allows us to manage that pain and effectively heal the area to a point that no pain if felt.  Monks can withstand intolerable pain from self inflicted injuries after practicing qigong.

Balanced

Each of us knows people who are confident and courageous, who are balanced in times of stress and pressure. This characteristic is generated by regularly practicing Smiling Body Mindfulness. Feeling good about yourself, having the courage to tackle life’s trials is a distinct benefit of Smiling Body Mindfulness.

Brain ages slower

The cortical thickness with meditation. Which the cerebral cortex, it is the outermost sheet of neural tissue of the cerebrum of the brain in some vertebrates. It covers the cerebrum and cerebellum and is divided into left and right hemispheres. The cerebral cortex plays a key role in memory, attention, perceptual awareness, thought, language, and consciousness. One study has found some positive association between the cortical thickness and intelligence.

Sleep Better

Smiling Body Mindfulness meditation puts you into such a relaxed state it’s hard not to fall asleep after a few sessions. Smiling Body Mindfulness meditation increases the production of melatonin which creates a super awesome sleep. Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland. The melatonin signal forms part of the system that regulates the sleep wake cycle by chemically causing drowsiness and lowering the body temperature.

Benefits Anxiety

Mindful Meditation keeps you in that relaxed state of mind and in the moment creating fewer thoughts to distract you and make you nervous. Mindful Meditation also increases electrical activity in the left side of your brain which is the part that controls positive emotion and anxiety.

Reduces Stress

Putting our bodies in a deep relaxation in which our breathing, pulse rate, blood pressure, and metabolism are decreased. Training our bodies on a daily basis to achieve this state of relaxation can lead to enhanced mood, lower blood pressure and reduction of lifestyle stress. When you focus in meditation you release stressful thoughts and remove yourself from the daily pressures and demands on your body, mind, and emotions. This creates a more positive state, increasing oxygen, blood flow and general feelings of relaxation, love, trust and well-being.

Enhances immune system

Research has shown that meditation increases antibodies and enhances brain-function which will both strengthen your immune system. Meditation also increases electrical activity in the left side of your brain which also acts as a command centre for you immune system. Increased activity in this area of the brain helps make the immune system act faster and produce more defence cells. The immune system responds to negative and positive thoughts, meditation creates conditions in which the immune system can strengthen and increase.

Music Engagement

A study was done that showed doing meditating before listening to music improved focus engagement. Just imagine what you could do better if you meditated beforehand.


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Raspberry Mint Healthy Beverage


Raspberry Mint Delicious Detox


This is one delicious healthy drinks that keep us on the healthy path and allows the body to detox and cleanse gently. This slightly sweet, slightly tangy drink helps to bust sugar cravings. I recommend sipping it throughout the day, it will fill you up, preventing you from overeating and helping you towards that healthy weight and Smiling Body.

Why not make several batches of this excellent detoxifying beverage, and drink it before meals and sip it throughout the day.

Note: If sparkling water doesn’t agree with your stomach, makes you feel too full or actually makes you feel bloated, simply substitute it with water.

Ingredients:

  • 1 liter sparkling water
  • 8 raspberries
  • Sprig of mint
  • Juice of 1/2 lime (optional for alkalizing drink)

Directions:

Pour water in a jug, add raspberries and mint. Leave in refrigerator overnight and drink at room temperature.

Enjoy!



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Benefits of a Cleansing Detox


Nutritional Cleansing Detox


The question on most people’s lips would probably sound something like “Are Cleansing Detox programs really good for you?” and there would seem to be an equal amount of cautions and recommendations for cleansing or detoxing, which can make it confusing for the person looking for a better way to achieve wellbeing and a healthy weight. It is possible to get it wrong, however when completed correctly you can help your body and mind in several different ways. This article outlines some of the benefits you can expect by following some of the more well-organised Cleansing Detox programs out there.

Boosts Your Energy
There is no doubt that when Cleansing Detox correctly and properly, many people report feeling more energetic with some reporting excess vitality and mental clarity. When you think that while you are engaging with a correctly prepared Cleansing Detox program, you’ll be stopping the intake of the foods and other things that caused you to need a Cleanse Detox in the first place. By cutting out the sugar, caffeine, trans fat, saturated fat, and replacing them with fresh fruits and vegetables, you’ll be getting a natural energy boost, one that comes without a consequential crash. It’s vital to stay well hydrated while on any Cleansing Detox program, and that can also be a source of increased energy if you typically don’t get enough water throughout the day.

Eliminate Excess Waste from the Body
Probably the most important benefit of a Cleansing Detox program, is assisting the body to purge itself of excess waste, usually stored in the colon (intestines). Most Cleansing Detox programs are designed to stimulate the body to cleanse itself, helping the liver, kidneys and colon (intestines) do what they do naturally. Cleansing the colon is an important part of the detoxing process because the toxins found there need to exit the body and a clogged colon can cause these toxins to multiply and cause us to become ill, rather than exiting as nature intended. Consuming fruits and vegetables during and after the Cleansing Detox program is a good way to keep things moving.

Helps with obtaining Healthy Weight
A properly created Cleansing Detox program can help you to lose weight and it is the start of establishing positive long-term eating habits, and relieve yourself of unhealthy habits. In the media, there is an emphasis on drastic reduction in calories and rapid weight loss however these short-term results won’t last if you don’t make it a habit to replace bad foods with good, and use your newfound energy to exercise more and be more active overall.

Stronger Immune System
When you have completed your Cleansing Detox program, your organs function more effectively. They are more efficient, more energetic and more useful. This helps to give your immune system a boost since you’ll be able to absorb nutrients better, including all the essential vitamins and minerals. Many of the herbs you take while on a Cleansing Detox program will help the lymphatic system, which plays a huge role in keeping you healthy and toxin free. Many Cleansing Detox programs also focus on light exercises which help to circulate lymph fluid through the body and helps it to drain, strengthening your immune system in the process.

Increased Mental Clarity
A good Cleansing Detox program will pay attention to your state of mind. Being mindful during eating helps us to be aware of the foods and beverages we are actually eating and drinking at the time, so the use of mindful meditation is recommended as a way to get back in touch with your body during this time of purging and cleansing of toxins. People say that they lose that sense of mental cloudiness, and are able to think more clearly during a detox than when not on it. It makes sense, since much of the foods that contain sugar and fat will cause us to feel lethargic and can feature heavily in the quality of our thinking.

Improved Skin
Your skin, being your largest organ, also benefits from your Cleansing Detox program. One way to help your cleansing efforts is to take a sauna to help the body sweat out additional toxins. You can expect clearer, smoother skin as you proceed with your program. It’s also been scientifically reported that a Cleansing Detox program can help with acne, although the condition may worsen before it gets better as the toxins are released. You may find that your skin itches or gets patchy before clearing up, but this is part of the process and is a sign that you’re on the right track with your program.

Better Breath
Follow a Cleansing Detox program that includes a colon (intestines) cleanse because those toxins need to be released from the body. When the colon is clogged, the resultant stench can back up to the mouth and result in bad breath. When your colon eliminates efficiently, your digestive system benefits by functioning well again. You may find that your breath improves. Be aware that your breath may actually worsen during the detoxing process, but when it’s finished it will be better. This is natural, and occurs as toxins are released from the body.

Promotes Healthy Changes
It’s hard to change a long-standing habit, and a Cleansing Detox program, no matter how long, is one way to put a wedge between your old ways and your new ones. If you have addictions to sugar, caffeine, fried, or crunchy foods, you can use a Cleansing Detox program to help you deal with those cravings. Often trying to eliminate these foods and beverages from our diet can be difficult unless we completely change our nutritional habits. This is where a Cleansing Detox program comes into its own by cleansing the body and replacing poor foods with healthier choices, you can retrain yourself and be more likely to stick to your new habits.

Healthier Hair
You’ll see and feel the difference in your hair, when your hair is able to grow uninhibited by internal toxins. By the time you can see your hair, it’s already considered dead, as all of its growth occurs within the hair follicle. This is why it’s important to keep your body functioning at its full potential through a Cleansing Detox program. In many instances hair gets shinier, and feels softer to the touch. Cleansing isn’t enough to stop male pattern baldness, but many report that their hair grows more quickly, a sign of healthier hair.

Lighter Feeling
One of the reported benefits of Cleansing Detox program is a feeling of being lighter. There are several reasons why this would be the case, especially if you’ll be doing a colon (intestines) cleanse as part of the program. When you stop eating foods that weigh you down, and replace them with fresh organic fruits and vegetables, a lighter feeling is bound to occur. It’s also important not to overeat while on your Cleansing Detox program, which will yield a lighter feeling, and will give you the energy you’ve been missing.

Anti-Aging Benefits
Ever heard of free radical activity. This is the activity caused by toxins and poor food and drink. many scientists now believe that aging is the result of free radical activity and that where we introduce “Anti oxidants” into our diet while eliminating poor nutrition, we could live longer and healthier. The constant barrage of toxins that the body has to deal with is one contributing factor to the aging process. By reducing the amount of free radical damage done to the body, you’re going to see not only short term benefits, but also long term benefits in an increased longevity. When you finish your Cleansing Detox program, it’s very important not to go back to the lifestyle that was causing the toxicity. Sticking to a improved diet and getting daily activity are great ways to make sure that you feel good each moment of your life.

Improved Sense of Wellbeing
The best Cleansing Detox program leaves you feeling great and certainly not worse. When you cleanse your digestive system, you feel good, and when you feel good, good things happen. Cleansing is often used strategically to lose weight or to start a new nutritional program, but really there’s no better reason than just to feel better. When you set the stage for wellbeing, you are going to improve all areas of your life, and you should see better relationships, better productivity at work, and a newfound or renewed zest for life.



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Orange Lemon Detox


Thirst Quencher

When your looking for that anytime refreshing drink either during a detox or just as a thirst quencher. This recipe is one of the simplest I have ever made and is particularly effective after overindulging in a hectic social activities. This drink will flood your body with phytonutrients that help to restore, rejuvenate and recharge the body with all of its beneficial properties. And while our bodies do an excellent job of detoxifying on their own, certain nutrients help it in its detox process!

So with this simple beverage you’ll flood your body with anti-aging and disease-fighting phytonutrients and bloat-fighting potassium and water and those phytonutrients will help to mop up damage caused by free radicals and toxins from processed foods, pollution and stress!

Enjoy!

Makes: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 liters still water (or sparkling water)
  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • 2-3 mint leaves (optional)
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon apple-cider vinegar

Instructions

In a large pitcher combine all ingredients. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving. Serve at room temperature in cold weather. Drink throughout the day



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