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Life without a Uterus

Many of us have lost various parts due to disease, injury, or less-than-healthy conditions. It’s a sad fact that we humans spend years ruining our bodies. No matter how healthy our behaviors or how much we run each week (not me, mind you), stuff still breaks or dies or changes. We accept this gradual (and sometimes immediate) decay as a condition of life and regardless of where you fall in the spectrum of beliefs, your body will eventually fail. It really sucks, but this is the gig of being human.

In the last year or so, I’ve conversed with several women who lost their girl parts and in fall 2012, I, myself had life-threatening challenges with menopausal bleeding, a huge blood clot in my right leg, and multiple lung embolisms in both lungs. While I didn’t lose my darling uterus (her name is Uti, by the way), because I fought hard to keep her, I did end up having emergency gall bladder surgery. My gall bladder was named Gill, as in “Gill Bladder”. And, I miss him so much. Honestly, I’m still processing everything that happened during that time. But, that’s a story for another post. ūüôā

This post is in response to a recent conversation I had with a sister-blogger, Joanne¬†from¬†Food Gurly. (Side note: Be sure to check her out; she’s got a mad-awesome blog that makes my stummy growl every time I go over there). Anyway, Joanne was telling me about some of her health challenges from 2007. I mentioned to her that I know of a great way to help with the loss of a body part (or any bodily condition that’s not to one’s liking) and I promised to share it.atom

So, how can we better cope with the loss of an organ or body part (or deal with sickness)? Two words: energy medicine. What is energy medicine? Chiefly, it is a variety of methods that work with the body’s energy anatomy or the etheric body to release blockages, create greater flow of Chi through the body’s meridians, and improve conditions or in lots of cases, outright heal diseases.

Evidence suggests that when we get to the point where we have lost an organ, it is due to chronic blockage in energy flow in one or more areas of the body. Blockages often result from habitual low-frequency or damaging thoughts and beliefs, less-than-ideal diet, lack of exercise, dehydration, stress, and so on. All bad stuff. And, it happens to the best of us.

Energy medicine encompasses a wide variety of ancient modalities from different cultures; most of it greatly predates Christianity and Western medicine and has been used successfully for countless numbers of people over thousands of years. Energy medicine, also known as “Eastern medicine”, is the umbrella term for working with: chakras, energy meridians, acupuncture, reflexology, Ayurveda, Shiatsu, distant and hands-on healing,¬†Reiki, sacred geometry, color and sound healing, magnetism, homeopathy, intentional healing, and more.

Our bodies are electromagnetic or energy. Everything in the universe is made up of energy or vibrating particles. Every bit of matter, including our bodies, is an active soup of swirling energy that expresses itself as patterns, information, sound, thought, etc., but none of it is actually solid. Everything is comprised of subatomic particles that move and interact and change constantly and which make up the seemingly solid planet and all of its “stuff”.

Energy medicine works on the level of the subtle body, or the energy body to clear blockages. It is a holistic approach, in that it treats the entire physical organism, not just parts of a physical system and it really works to clear the pathways that are vital to greater health and well-being.

I’m in no way qualified to advise you on actual exercises for activating or working with the subtle bodies, but I can give you pointers to some awesome resources and a first-hand account of how it’s worked for me. I’ve been taking a class for a few weeks now on the meridians and WOW! What an incredible experience this has been. Seriously, with some very easy and fast exercises, many of which don’t even involve touching the skin, I’ve had huge shifts in my energy stream. I can feel the changes. I can feel my energy flowing through my body in an even greater capacity and I feel so much more vibrant and alive. While doing the exercises, I get radiating chills up and down my body. I can feel heat building in certain spots and a truly succulent flush of energy through me the entire time; it’s wonderful. And, all with just the use of my two hands, help from some cool chicks in class, and a loving, wonderful body-worker/instructor/healer,¬†Teri Starr.

I encourage you all to explore this further and see how it works for you.¬†Following are excellent resources on energy medicine. FYI- I actually own all of the books and resources listed here and have read them/used them, so I can vouch for their “goodness”. ūüôā

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Feng Shui for the Body

Feng Shui is a fascinating, ancient, and mystical practice for attracting greater health, wealth, and well-being into one’s life by addressing certain aspects of the energy in one’s home and/or place of business. The practice can include altering the furniture placement, colors, accessories, or objects in your environment and even addressing the position of one’s home or building on its site. Feng Shui is a practice tied to Chi, or the universal energy, that’s inside of and flowing through and around everything on the earth plane, including our bodies.

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Feng Shui, literally translated, means “wind and water” and refers to the movement of energy through nature’s topography: valleys, mountains, oceans, rivers, rocks, plants, and all planetary forms and expressions, such as our weather, atmosphere, and our planet’s energy meridians. So, reduced to its simplest forms, Feng Shui is about energy, the movement of energy. It stands to reason then that greater, more-balanced energy in our direct environment improves our relationships and¬†feelings and¬†contributes to a more healthful life.

If, for example, a room is dark, stale, and dusty, this carries an energetic frequency, one of a more negative bent. This kind of room weakens the Chi and, depending on the circumstances, can negatively affect your health and relationships. If, on the other hand, a room is sunny, clean, and the layout invites one to enter and relax, this contributes to brighter, more free-flowing thoughts, feelings, and expressions. This is a healthier room and will affect us in more positive ways. In Feng Shui, certain regions in the home, based on a specific geometric grid, directly affect various areas of your life: Health, Career, Relationships, Success, and so on.

Feng Shui fascinates me and although I’m a complete lay-person in the practice, several times per year, I’ll grab my Feng Shui books off of the shelf and leaf through them with an eye toward improving the energy in my home. When I recently pulled down one of my favorite books on the topic, Lillian Too’s coffee table book, it occurred to me that it might be interesting to think about how Feng Shui principles could be directed to one’s body. ¬†A quick Internet search revealed just a few books (with not great reviews, honestly) and even fewer practitioners of this aspect of Feng Shui, not the wealth of information that I honestly expected. So, this post contains my anecdotal ideas for how to apply Feng Shui to the body.

  • fruitDiet –¬†It probably goes without saying, but I’m a gonna say it anyway: ¬†cleaner, higher-quality food contributes to greater health. Eating a balanced diet is vital to good Feng Shui for the body. Foods vibrate. They do. If you are even moderately sensitive, you can look at various foods and feel their level of vibration. For some, fats and heavy foods are a vibratory match, while for others, a diet of leafy greens and vegetables are the right vibration for their body. Your body tells you what foods are a better fit for you. Ask yourself: “How do I feel when I eat this?” What gets my energy moving best? Proteins? Carbohydrates? Ask your body for its opinion. It will tell you.¬†For me, lean proteins and vegetables do the trick. But, this differs for every person. Not everyone can or even should be vegan or vegetarian, but you might do well to monitor the way you feel after eating different foods and eat more foods that match your vibration.
  • exercizeExercise – Again, I’m harping on a similar refrain that we hear from society all of the time, but there is a good reason for it. Moving our bodies is simply one of the best ways to get energy moving inside of us. Feng Shui is all about moving energy and actively creating environments and situations that augment instead of hamper your energy. It’s about creating more opportunities for Chi to flow. Exercise is a great way to do that. I’m all for moving the body because I feel better when I move. Good body Feng Shui has to include exercise and the resultant deep breathing and healthfulness that it engenders.
  • clothes2Clothing¬†-Clothes that restricts blood flow and shoes that throw our spines out of whack are bad Feng Shui. Period. High heels damage our feet, change our gait, and hurt our hip and back alignment.¬†Yes, current fashion rules dictate ridiculously tight, skinny-jeans, high-heels, and corset-tight tops, but this stuff is not good for our bodies and we know it. To have good body Feng Shui means that we do not force our bodies to wear things that are harmful to it or that will throw our system out of alignment. Again, ask yourself how you feel in different kinds of clothes, fabrics, and even colors. Your body will tell you.
  • peopleFriends and Acquaintances – This is a biggie. Feng Shui for the body has to include an analysis of the people with whom we surround ourselves and the kinds of relationships that we maintain. Some good things to ask: Am I happy with the people in my life? Am I maintaining any relationships that drain my energy or flat-out damage my sense of self-worth? Am I secure, loved, and supported in my relationships? People often maintain relationships for less-than-ideal reasons, two of the biggest being fear of hurting others or fear of being alone. But, our closest relationships reflect the quality of our lives, our decisions, and processes in life. Higher-quality people around us means that we’re making healthier decisions and inviting better energy.

Feng Shui for the body makes perfect sense. If we are going to use various methods to address the energy flow in our environment, it stands to reason that it’s a good idea to use the same, or similar, methods to address the energy in our bodies and personal lives. Addressing the areas where we can clean up the flow of energy is a good idea for all aspects of our lives. If we create more harmonious, healthier circumstances for the body, it improves the quality of our expressions; it clears the path for greater abundance, compassion, and peace. We are clearer and brighter and happier. Now, let’s go get our Chi on and do some Feng Shui for our lovely bodies!

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