How To Be An “Energetic Sensei” : Part 1

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Every day we come into contact with a lot of people, places + things. We are in touch in person, over the phone, through email, while watching TV…the list goes on. That doesn’t even include the places we go. And that is why Energy Clearing is so important.

Connecting with others, being active + overall, being involved in the world, is a normal, daily + vital occurrence. It can’t be eliminated because to be fully functioning + healthy human beings we are meant to be social.

We’re also incredibly energetic beings. I don’t mean ‘energy’ as in the level of physical energy we have. I’m talking about our emotional energy, which can be positive or negative. As we all know, some times we’re happy, at ease + positive. Other times, sad, stressed + negative. When interacting with others, our energy can easily transfer onto them. Have you ever been able to sense the mood someone is in without them having to tell you?

To clear energy that’s on me, I do a very, very brief verbal meditation that Anne Van De Water taught me. She calls it being an “Energetic Sensei”.

How does it make me feel? When asking for external energy to be removed, I instantly feel weight lifted off of me. When I ask for my energy to be given back to me, I feel more inner strength + completeness.

Note: It’s not that it’s not beneficial for other’s energy to be on you. There’s amazing energy out there, BUT it’s not your energy + can make you feel scattered. So, in order to be truly you, you need to remove the energy that doesn’t belong to you + vice versa.

HOW TO BE AN “ENERGETIC SENSEI”:

When: Good to do in the AM to set the tone for the day, during the day if you feel you need to + always at night.

Where: ANYWHERE. That’s the great thing about it! In bed, in the car, at work…

How to do the Energy-Clearing Verbal Meditation:

*Can be said out loud or quietly to yourself.

To give energy back in a positive way:

“ANY ENERGY THAT’S ON ME FROM OTHER PEOPLE, PLACES, OR THINGS, LIFT IT UP TO THE SUN, PURIFY IT, AND GIVE IT BACK TO THEM.”

Then, to take back your energy that’s out in the world:

“ANY OF MY ENERGY THAT’S ON OTHER PEOPLE, PLACES, OR THINGS, LIFT IT UP TO THE SUN, PURIFY IT, AND GIVE IT BACK TO ME.”

Try out being an Energetic Sensei!

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Dry Skin Brushing – Stimulate + Invigorate

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For a little more than a year I’ve been Dry Skin Brushing. When I first heard about it from an Ayurvedic Specialist, my first thought was, “What is this? Oh yeah, of course it’s to get rid of dry skin. Makes sense.” But, not until I started “dry skin brushing” properly, did I realize how absolutely amazing it is!

So, What Is It? In Dr. Jack Soltanoff’s book, “Natural Healing”, he explains that “dry skin brushing is based upon ancient Chinese principles of acupuncture & acupressure. By applying pressure to the acupuncture points, the entire nervous system is stimulated & invigorated. The beneficial aspects are directly conveyed to every organ, gland, muscle and ligament in your body.” THE BOTTOM LINE: Dry skin brushing affects your entire body in the best way.

The skin is an organ – it’s actually the largest eliminative organ of the body. Every day it has the potential to eliminate about a pound of waste products in the form of sweat. Dry brushing helps to open up the pores to release this waste or toxins.

The Benefits:

  • buffs away dead skin
  • reduces cellulite
  • tones & tightens the skin
  • stimulates blood flow, which helps move oxygen to all parts of the body
  • increase energy level (so especially helpful to do in the AM.)
  • improves breathing as the lungs are able to open more fully
  • improves mental clarity
  • helps with digestion
  • strengthens immune system
  • if you skip a workout or don’t eat so well,  dry brushing will help you feel significantly better

Now that it’s a part of my daily, morning ritual, I do it first thing when I start to get ready for the day. After sleeping & being stagnant, it helps me feel energized & refreshed. On the days I forget to do it, I don’t feel as great & I miss it!

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You Need: A brush made with natural, hard bristles. I bought mine at Whole Foods & this is a good one.

When to Do It: Preferably in the morning when getting ready for the day. Skin must be dry so do before working out and/or taking a shower.

Where: Standing up in the bath or in the shower.

How To: (Note: Always brush towards the heart)

1. The Legs.

  • Brush 15 strokes from toes to ankles over both the sole & top of foot.
  • Brush 15 strokes from ankles to knees – front & back of leg.
  • Focus on the back of the knee.
  • Brush 15 strokes from knees to thighs – front & back.
  • Make circular movements over thighs & buttocks (cellulite tends to accumulate in those areas). *Repeat on other leg.

2. The Arms.

  • Brush 15 strokes from fingers to wrist – front & back of hand & between fingers.
  • Brush 15 strokes wrist to elbow – front & back of arm.
  • Circular movements over shoulders & armpits.
  • Brush 15 strokes elbow to shoulder – front & back. *Repeat on other arm.

3. The Stomach.

  • Careful circular clockwise brushing.

4. The Neck.

  • Brush down towards the heart.

5. The Back.

  • Brush long firm strokes downwards towards the groin.

Post-Dry Brushing: Skin tends to be a little drier after brushing, so moisturizing the skin with an organic, cold pressed oil, like coconut, olive, jojoba or sesame oil, is perfect. Massage into the skin in the same direction as you did while brushing, always moving towards the heart.

I hope you enjoy! I’d love to hear your comments + questions.

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