Natural Healing with Nature Gratitude

Nature opens us to the possibilities of healing.                                                                                       Gratitude shifts that magic into action.

I am reminding you that You are Nature. Just as that tree, rooted deeply into the Earth, is a dynamic part of the flow of Nature, natural energy, so are you.

When we connect to this energy, deeply like the roots of the trees, deep self-healing begins. With this Earth connection comes a profound sense of gratitude that changes the way you function, right down to the way your individual cells function.

Take a Mighty Tree for example. Go outside, barefoot, and hug a Tree closely.  Let go of all other thoughts, yup, Tree Meditation begins now. Allow yourself to experience how the roots run deeply into the Earth, how the branches reach high into the Sky, and how every leaf on the Tree is engaged in photosynthesis and breath to benefit every being on this planet.

The Gratitude We Can Express to the Trees:

  • Deep roots pulling up minerals and nutrients from deep in the Earth’s soil. Those nutrients will eventually decay into the top soil enriching it. No instant gratification here, Nature requires us to be patient and think of and for long haul. Maybe the Wisdom of the Native Americans has value:
      “The Peacemaker taught us about the Seven Generations. He said, when you sit in council for the welfare of the people, you must not think of yourself or of your family, not even of your generation. He said, make your decisions on behalf of the seven generations coming, so that they may enjoy what you have today.”

    Oren Lyons (Seneca)
    Faithkeeper, Onondaga Nation

  • The breath of all Trees on this Earth are the Breaths gifted back to you. Oxygen is created by the Green Beings on this planet. Next time you hug a Tree, thank that Tree and every Tree on this Earth, for the breath of your life.
  • Shade: oh the cool Magic of shade on a hot summer day. Need I say more?

When we walk the Earth, literally, with gratitude for every gift She gives us daily (food, medicine, shelter, water, air, light…) we begin to interact differently with ourselves, others, and the Earth as a whole.

This very energy is a gift of Self Healing.

Homework: Hug a Tree, barefoot. Now turn around and hug a tree backwards, spine to spine with the tree. Every day, find at least one being in your natural environment to thank for being there. Deeply think about that beings purpose in the web of life as you are thinking of reasons to thank it. Payoff of this homework: your life will be ripe with the Magic of Gratitude.

 

“If you ask me what is the most important thing that I have learned about being a Haudenosaunee, it’s the idea that we are connected to a community, but a community that transcends time.

We’re connected to the first Indians (people)* who walked on this earth, the very first ones, however long ago that was. But we’re also connected to those Indians (people)* who aren’t even born yet, who are going to walk this earth. And our job in the middle is to bridge that gap. You take the inheritance from the past, you add to it, your ideas and your thinking, and you bundle it up and shoot it to the future. And there is a different kind of responsibility. That is not just about me, my pride and my ego, it’s about all that other stuff. We inherit a duty, we inherit a responsibility. And that’s pretty well drummed into our heads. Don’t just come here expecting to benefit. You come here to work hard so that the future can enjoy that benefit.”

Rick Hill Sr. (Tuscarora)
Chair, Haudenosaunee Stabding Committee on NAGPRA

*(people) The word people is my addition because we are all one with all other beings on this Earth.

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Weight Gain Prevention – Retoration of Healthy Weight As We Age Gracefully

weight loss apple with measuring tape, small

Calories count but they aren’t the whole story. A 55 year old woman, 5′ 6″ and 125 pounds is going to look, feel, and gain weight completely differently with these two 1500 calorie scenarios:

  • whole foods, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • soda, chips, pastries, and a daily salad for her “dose” of veggies

As we age we burn fewer calories for many reasons. I will share a few here:

  1. Decreased activity level – hey, we were all more active as kids!
  2. Muscle tissue declines with age and muscle is more metabolically active than fat (that means muscle burns more calories than fat tissue does).
  3. Hormone levels slowly decrease as we age (not just our male – female hormones but all glandular levels of hormones) slowly lowering our natural metabolic rate.
  4. When we are young and growing, our bodies need substantial calories and nutrients to keep up with this crazy growth schedule. As we age, face it folks, we are no longer growing. The amount of calories required to maintain – sustain our adult bodies is lower than what the average child or teen needs for healthy growth. (Unless of course we are training for triathlons!)

To counter what most people consider the inevitable weight gain of growing older, a few simple lifestyle practices can be put into place. These practices will ensure growing older with gracefulness, thriving wellness, and maintaining (restoring balance) to your body’s normal weight.

apple with health words

Try these habits on for size!

  1. Whole food eating habits. With reduced calorie needs as we age, making 100% certain the calories we do consume are dense with nutrition is imperative for maintaining whole body health and vitality. We cannot afford to waste calories on junk foods.
  2. Eating only what you need, avoiding overeating. Those huge meals we could burn off in our youth, nah, not so much anymore. Overeating (excess food and calories) is a #1 contributor to adult weight gain.
  3. Avoid refined sugar like the plague. Yes, this include artificial sweeteners, corn syrups, and refined sweeteners like white stevia powder.
  4. Move your body every day.
  5. Positive attitude creates positive energy in your body. A positive person is less likely to turn to food, and usually the choices are not nourishing foods, for comfort.
  6. Change the way you function around food. Give up the habit of allowing food to consume your life.

Yes, there is more to it all than this simplicity… However, simplicity is a great place to start and advice to personally tweak things for your health needs is always at hand.                   PaulaYoumellRN.com

Sending love & light for gracefulness & vitality as we walk our wise years,                                                                                                              Paula

Life’s Seasons

 

The seasons of life follow a pattern, the same pattern that everything in nature follows. As humans we are nature!

Spring is a time of growth and building, an infant grows to be a child; explores, learns, and grows.

Summer is radiant juiciness! Humans are in the prime of their reproductive years sending hormonal messages to the world and radiating health and vitality.

Autumn arrives in our life cycle and things start to change. For women, we ease into peri-menopuse and then menopause. We are at a threshold to embrace and empower our wise woman ways. Reproduction is no longer nature’s or our body’s goal.

Winter flutters down like brilliant, beautiful snowflakes; different for each of us as we all are unique in our human likeness. We enter our senior years, vibrancy is ours when we care for ourselves in whole health ways.

I have to chuckle about these seasons as I stroll along getting closer to claiming my wise woman place in this world. How foolishly fun we are in our youth… thinking we will always be youthful!

Maybe I should have titled this: Body Composition Shift! Female friends, older than me, have commented over the years about the body shifting and changing with age. Funny how this is not a reality until, well, it is a reality!

As I move from maid to wise woman I am noticing some subtle shifts (some are not so subtle!):

At an impressive 5 foot 5 1/2 inches tall, I hover between 118 to 122 pounds. This is nothing remarkable as it is the same weight as when I was 23 years old. This was 26 years ago however… it is looking different these days

The things I notice while I am in my daily in downward facing dog yoga pose:

  • skin texture has changed… Am I getting old?
  • around my knees the skin is looser… what is up with that?
  • a breast cup size migrated downward to cover my once wash board abs

Oh well, here I am… I love my body and have taken great care of it for at least the last 25 years. Thankfully I had a Mom who gardened and took care of me with good food, year round, when I was too young to think or care about it all.

Despite the slow, downward creeping of my body tissues, for where I am at 49, I am ok with me.

I am still out there biking hills (leaving my kids in the dust!), mountain climbing, and I can do more push ups, hold the plank yoga pose longer, out run my kids in distance and sprints and they are 12 & 15! Thank Goddess and God I did not grow up in the computer gaming era!  I do not think technology is doing good things for them or anyone sitting sedentary.

On that note… time for a ‘lil yoga and body movement!

Happy day to you. Embrace your beautiful body and care for it well… throughout all the seasons of your life!

fall leaf

 

Fall Renewal of Body, Mind, & Soul!

 

Fall Renewwww.PaulaYoumellRN.com

Cramp Free Periods, Naturally!

Uterine cramping is a normal process of a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle. The uterine muscle, the myometrium, contracts to help dispel the monthly moon blood.

uterus 2

The above picture is a bit detailed but does show you the myometrium.  Above the myometrium is the endometrium.  This is the layer, inside your uterus, that builds up monthly with blood, blood vessels, and tissue.  When an egg is fertilized, this pumped up endometrium is a fine place for the egg to land and implant. No fertilized egg and the built up endometrium must be shed.  This is your menstrual period.

Cramps, ah those nasty, painful cramps. I remember my mom making me tea with whiskey in it.  As a young adult, I changed the recipe a slight bit.  Black tea was swapped out and chamomile tea brought in. I would add a good full dropper of black cohosh tincture into the tea, with a bit of local / raw honey, and sip away. What a fabulous, and tasty, way to calm the pain of the uterine cramps. Herbs to the rescue!

Black cohosh is an antispasmodic to your muscles, nerves, and blood vessels and is a muscle anti-inflammatory. Black Cohosh contains the anti-inflammatory salicylic acid (the active ingredient in aspirin), among several other natural chemical constituents that create the anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory effects.

Native Americans and traditional community herbalist have used black cohosh, from the beginning of time, to ease female reproductive concerns and aid in labor and delivery.

When American Physicians still practiced plant-based medicine, they administered black cohosh for female reproductive problems, including menstrual cramps and bleeding irregularities, as well as uterine and ovarian pain.

I am offering chamomile and black cohosh as a suggestion to avoid using over the counter and prescriptions drugs that are synthetic.  Nature knows best.

Other aids for menstrual cramps are living a natural lifestyle:

  • Whole food eating: our bodies function best when not polluted by factory made food products and instead nourished by 100% whole foods.  Every organ functions as it should when it is nourished and healthy.
  • Movement: a female who is physically active has less or no problems with menstrual cramping
  • Age: young girls, just starting their moon cycles, are more apt to feel the pain of heavy menstrual cramps.  As we move through adolescence and our bodies develop, hormones balance out, the cramping lessens.  After I had my first son, no more menstrual cramps!
  • Switch from tampons to a menstrual cup.  Many women report far less cramping when they stop using tampons and use pads or a menstrual cup.
  • Take herbs to nourish and balance the female reproductive organs so they function in the way nature intended.
  • Yoga: is an amazing healing tool. Yoga brings body, mind, and soul together and balances all body functions.
  • Acupuncture: this helps balance the flow of healing energy in your body. I can not recommend it enough!

These are good recommendations to get you started on your female healing plan. As you are working towards healing your body and bringing balance back to your physical, emotional, and spiritual self, rely on the chamomile tea and black cohosh to ease the monthly uterine contractions that create painful energy.

If you have natural ways you use to deal with menstrual cramps, share here please.

PS  Some more thoughts:

From a reader:  CLARY SAGE essntial oil!! 2 DROPS ON A TOWEL/HOTWATER BOTTLE COVER, held close to area..best pain relief ever!

Post to come: Avoiding birth control pills as a means of “covering up” cramps. In the past few months I have had contact with 4 female’s families, women in their early to late 30’s with breast cancer.  All had been “put on” birth control pills to deal with cramps, irregular cycles, etc. as a teen and each had been on the pill for 20 plus years.  No coincidence here ladies; synthetic hormones are not good for your beautiful breasts!

I will elaborate on this in another post.  No PILLS to “band-aid” menstrual cramps!

the pill

Power of Yoga to Heal the Feminine Divine

yoga

Yoga is an amazing tool for pulling us back into ourselves. This inner thoughtful-ness creates awareness of where we need to work on personal health challenges from a space of loving kindness.

Are you a Go-Go-Go kind of girl? No, not Go-Go girls of the 60’s!  I mean the over-energized kind of gal… doing, doing, doing, all the time.  I suggest a more relaxing form of yoga to create introspection and calm.                                          (I need to practice my advice!)

Or, are you a gal who moves through the day and daily tasks in meditative motion? (I envy you!)  An upbeat, energetic style of yoga to stir up your yang energy would be more your style.

Yoga has a fine way of balancing the human body; physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Yoga can help ease the symptoms of an unbalanced female cycle and move healing energy throughout your body.

A great pose, exercise, for easing PMS, menstrual headaches, menopausal symptoms, irregular cycles, heavy bleeding, painful periods, lumpy breasts, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and other menstrual related symptoms is the Deer Pose Exercise.  It is a simple routine and takes about 10 minutes.

deer exercise

 

Part 1

 

  1. Sit upright (in a straight back chair if you need the back support) so that you can press the heel of one foot against the opening of your vagina.  A steady and firm pressure against the clitoris is required.  If it is not possible to place your foot in this position, then place a fairly hard, round object (such as a tennis ball) against the vaginal opening and hold in place with your bent legs. This makes it easier on your knees if you are not used to yoga poses.
  2. Rub your hands together vigorously.  This will create heat in your hands by bringing the energy of your body into your palms and fingers.  Place your hands on your breasts.  Relax and feel the heat from your hands seep through your skin and into your breasts.
  3. Rub your breasts slowly with outward circular motions.  Your right  hand will turn counter-clockwise; your left will turn clockwise.
  4. Rub your breasts in this circular manner for a minimum of thirty-six times. Rub a maximum of 360 times.  Do this exercise up to two times a day. The longer breast massaging can create menstrual cessation. Staying at the level of 36 circular breast massage rotations will not create menstrual cessation.

When you practice the Deer Exercise, try to avoid touching your nipples.  A woman’s nipples are very sensitive and easily over-stimulated.

Part 2  

  1. First, tighten the muscles of your vagina and anus as if you were trying to close both openings. It will feel like you are trying to draw your rectum and outer vagina upward inside your body. This is a kegel exercise.   Hold these muscles tightly for as long as you can comfortably.
  2. While doing kegels, place your tongue on the roof of your mouth, just behind the upper front teeth, and hold it there gently.  Leave tongue in this position all the while doing kegels.
  3. Eyes are closed and focus your attention, your inner vision, to the space between your eyebrows.  This draws healing energy to your pineal gland.
  4. Relax and repeat the anal and vaginal contractions, with tongue in place and inner eye focus.  Do this as many times as you wish.

You may feel energy sensations up and down your spine and throughout your body as healing energy goes where it needs to go to heal areas in need of healing.  These energy sensations may be different each time you practice the deer exercise.  You also may not feel these energy shifts.  Both experiences are normal.

breast massage

The outward rubbing of the breasts (as described above) is called dispersion. This breast massage motion may reduce and prevent lumps and possibly cancer of the breasts. Massage is an amazing healing tool as it keeps energy and body fluids moving. Dispersion massage also helps to decrease the size of breasts that are large and flabby.

The reverse this direction is an inward motion. Now the right hand circles clockwise and the left hand circles counter-clockwise.  This is called stimulation massage.  The effect of stimulation massage is to enlarge undersized breasts. Some practitioners say to avoid the stimulation massage if you have a history of breast cancer in your family.

Do this exercise in the morning upon rising and at night before retiring.  It is an amazing tool to have in your female healing toolbox!