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For Your Next Rainy Spring Day....Gain Some Inspiration

       For a long time now, I have cleaned around an old receipt sitting on top of our microwave at home.  It was folded and placed under a gifted piece of pottery holding change and small lotion bottles and other random things.  I would look at the words, "path of freedom" and "mindfulness and meditation" and give those touching words a quick thought and let it pass just the same. What were these words even related to?  A book? That's what I assumed. I had a hard time recalling what conversation was connected to it.  Now, that's some mindfulness for ya   I could tell it was a recommendation from someone at work most likely.  The receipt came from "D's Six Pax and Dogz." The date is from October 2016. That's a long time to keep moving around a receipt. But the words seemed meaningful enough I suppose. Did a client tell me to write down these words?  Or maybe even Carrie McCann, our recently retired assistant manager? She did work outside of the center dealing with mindfulness and meditation with children. I knew that. 

        Finally, on a lazy afternoon, while Kendra was at a friend’s house and Matt and Theo watched a movie, I was wiping down the kitchen counters and got to the top of the microwave and came across the receipt again.  I gave myself that moment to type in the quoted words into a google search online.  There it was, "Path Of Freedom" from Go Project Films, just 9 minutes and 41 seconds long.  It truly captured me.  It starts with a woman talking about "a tough guy world" and talking about running a prison in Rhode Island. Images of prisoners fill the screen.  And then the viewer looks prisoners in the eyes and hear about why they are in prison and how long they will be spending time there. Their voices are not brash. These men are soft spoken individuals. They speak with good-intention. To follow, is a man named Fleet Maull who spent time behind bars as well but is free now, who relied on meditation and mindfulness to get him through his years as a prisoner. The video continues to teach the viewer about a program that Fleet Maull brings to prisons all over to guide prisoners through meditation to find peace within themselves and to teach these men how to re-enter the world outside of jail in a calm and productive manner.   As I watched this video, I felt so moved.  It was inspirational and positive and felt reassuring in a world that can sometimes not feel so much as that.

         So with this positive vibe that held onto me so tightly, I researched a little further.  Go Project Films is "the film production arm of the Global Oneness Project, an online multi-media educational platform."  "Daily Acts" on Vimeo is run through Go Projects Films and shows shorter films that boasts acts of kindness and shares good energy and good deeds for others.  These short films are really worth the watch. On your next rainy and cozy spring day indoors, grab a blanket and give yourself the time to veg out on these beautiful videos on spreading good energy to others in the world.  I can't believe it took me so long to find out what "path of freedom" meant.  What a good suggestion from whoever I can't remember. Thanks for that....to the unknown.  

http://www.goprojectfilms.com/

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Keep the Lymphatic System Healthy

I remember the first time I shared some information I learned in Massage School about the Lymph System to my father and he said "A what System?!" The Lymphatic System is not the most popular system but keeping it healthy can have lots of benefits to how you feel everyday.

It is a network of tissues and organs that rid the body of toxins. It's primary function is to transport lymphatic fluid. Lymph is fluid that is thicker than blood that contains white blood cells that fight infection all throughout the body. The Lymphatic System doesn't have a pump so it has to rely on the contraction in the vessels to move it along. 

So a healthy lymphatic system is clutch to a healthy body.

Some common blocks to the lymphatic flow are:

  • Inflammation
  • Feeling tired
  • Bloating
  • Soreness or stiffness when you wake up 
  • Rings too tight on fingers 
  • Weight gain and extra belly fat
  • Swollen glands
  • Low immunity 
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Constipation
  • Mild headaches

 

There are many reasons why the lymph nodes and lymphatic system get congested but there are ways you can take part in helping the flow. 

 

Exercise!

Jumping on a mini or regular trampoline can help get things moving. You can do this between 10-20 minutes everyday.

Dry Brushing

You can purchase a natural bristle brush and sweep briskly up the skin. Start on your abdomen in a counter clock wise direction and then sweep the front of the body. Start with your hands and sweep up towards your shoulders. Then begin at the feet and quickly brush upwards toward the hips. Sweep up the back of the body as best you can. Do this for 5 minutes before you get in the shower 3 times a week.

Essential oils

After a shower you can apply essential oils like cypress, grapefruit, or ginger root to the skin to aid in increasing lymphatic flow. I like to add 3 drops of grapefruit and 3 drops of bergamot with a tablespoon of coconut oil  and apply over my skin.

Massage

A massage will physically help the lymph to drain where it naturally needs to go by gliding upwards and compressing the legs and arms as well as a variety of techniques used to get the process moving. Castor oil packs on the stomach with added heat will clear out toxins.

Walking

It is important to get the body moving and the lungs functioning. Walking is something everyone can do outside or at home. Just take a break and walk. Breathe as deep as possible while walking.

Eat healthy and drink water

Dehydration is a leading cause of lymphatic system congestion. Drink plenty of water to keep it moving. Also, it is important to remove processed foods from one’s diet to keep as many toxins out as possible. Have warm drinks and soups in the winter and cooling foods such as cucumbers in the summer. Also, try eating raw fruit on an empty stomach rather than having any food in your stomach.

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