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Published on November 30th, 2014 | by Christina Kuepper


Stress Less Makes for Healthier, Happier Holidays

Nothing weakens the immune system faster than stress. Meditation is highly beneficial, not only for the mind, but for the body. It helps to decrease our heart rate and breathing, lowers our blood pressure and increases the efficiency of oxygen. The adrenals produce less cortisol, the mind clears, creativity increases and the immune function improves. Meditators report a decrease in anxiety, fewer symptoms of depression, increased quality of sleep and enjoy greater satisfaction in relationships than non-meditators.

Meditation doesn’t require us to sit with our legs in a pretzel shape deep in a cave for hours each day. It can be as simple as taking a long, deep cleansing breath sitting at a red light. We can scan our body while standing in line and notice where we are holding tension and breathe it out. If we wish to deepen our practice, we can try sitting comfortably with a straight spine and breathe mindfully from our belly. Breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. For fun, try to count to 10, but each time a thought pops into mind, start with one again. Remember to laugh if we stay at number one for a while. Start with just five minutes a day and build slowly over time. It’s called a “practice” for a reason, but the benefits are worth it.

Another way to begin meditating is to listen to calming music. We feel it in our body and notice the effects as we breathe from our belly. If we’ve had our voice assessed by a BioAcoustics practitioner, we can try listening to musical keys we are lacking and feel our body come into harmony again. With BioAcoustics, vocal profiles are revealed by recorded samples of our voice run through specialized software that calculates which notes of the scale are present or lacking in our voice at normal levels, and which are out of balance. Often, listening to music in a key we are lacking is helpful for the body to absorb it and rebalance itself. Because the body is 75 percent water, sound and light travel quickly at a cellular level to affect change.

If there are people in our life that are currently causing our blood to boil, try a forgiveness meditation, such as Ho’oponopono, or seek out a Biophoton therapist that can use a chiren to help neutralize the people or even events that cause us distress. Bach and Bush flower essences are powerful in helping create change on an emotional level. One session can create a huge shift. It’s like the buttons they love to push on us have been removed. While there, we can also get our nervous system and hormonal system balanced, have our lung and lymph systems checked and make sure our liver, gallbladder and intestinal meridians are cleared before we indulge in holiday meals. Having our body balanced before the holidays begin will ensure our having a strong immune system, capable of fending off any viruses we come into contact with.

One of the best ways to reduce stress is to simplify our life. We should go through any to-do lists and honestly ask ourself if the chores are something we really want to do, and feel it in our heart. If it doesn’t bring joy to our heart, we shouldn’t do it, because it will only breed resentment later.

Finally, remember good self-care: get enough sleep, take walks in the fresh air, eat healthy, nutritious foods and count the blessings. Random acts of kindness bring us enormous joy, too.

For more information, call Christina Kuepper at 201-312-9223 or visit LightworkLady.com.

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Christina Kuepper can be reached at 201-312-9223 or by visiting LightworkLady.com.

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