Thursday, April 18, 2013

Knowledge is a Powerful Tool!

To all my female friends out there please watch this!
I've been studying this huge rise in breast cancers over the last 10 yrs and the estrogen dominance condition that we all are effected by in our country combined with toxicity from over 80,000 chemicals introduced into our environment since I've been alive. All this makes up the perfect cocktail for many diseases not just breast cancer. Nadine Artemis speaks with more clarity and compassion then anyone I've heard speak on the subject....Knowledge is power....pass this on to all the moms and daughters you know so the real facts about the nature of this disease can be known and a new discussion can take place because if the medical establishment and the pink campaign really wanted a cure, the awareness of the cause needs to be given to the public.
B Well and seek the truth.
Watch part 2 following this one, part 3 coming soon!
 





Proactive lifestyle will be the only change you will ever need!

Live well,


Lucy

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

When tragedy strikes.....


I tend to keep quiet when tragedy strikes. Mainly for the reason that I find it overwhelming how people respond; while I am not trying to belittle people's reaction I am loathe to feed into the sensationalism that tends to rise out of it and the sense of morbid fascination people find themselves caught up in.  While I've been raised Christian I find that I struggle with how many Christians react in general.... to anything.  A sense that they are right and everyone else is wrong, a sense some times I feel that they are overlooking the purpose of why we are here and what it is we should be doing and honestly it's not just christians. If people took the time to read what Jesus taught and practiced exactly that it would be such a different view or what their own religion taught they might view it differently. Even in my yoga practice I meet some very judgmental people which can be marred by the indignation of their opinions.

 Laura Plumb today stated this on her Facebook post: "Ahisma is a Yoga word for Non-violence. In fact, it is the first step into Yoga. The step Yogis are invited to take before, between, after, beyond...in every breath, with every thought, ahimsa! The opposite of violence is compassion, connection, love. We all have a part to play. Let's Love!" Jesus said this as well, Love your neighbor as yourself. But how often do we really love others like we love ourselves? I can clearly recollect reading in the Bible Jesus ate with the sinners, the prostitutes and the tax collectors. He didn't isolate himself with only the "good" people he wanted to associate with.  He also said we should have love like a child. The post I'm sharing by Kevin Gosztola is showing that- by two Iraqui children- Love. Children whose lives are every day effected by such violence. They are true examples of love, regardless of race and creed and we would be well to remember it.

Live a life worthy of such love,

Lucy


Empathy for Boston, from Iraqi children

Two Iraqi boys express their solidarity with the marathon victims -- and offer an example for Americans to follow

Empathy for Boston, from Iraqi children
This piece originally appeared on firedoglake.com.
On April 15, 2013, in Boston, three people were killed when two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon. Over 144 were wounded. Doctors performed at least 10 amputations on those injured.
The same day, in the cities of Baghdad, Fallujah and Kirkuk in Iraq, there were “serial blasts.” Fourteen car bombs and three roadside bombs went off. Thirty-three people were killed and over 160 were wounded.
The two boys understand far too well what it is like in the immediate aftermath of a terror attack. In their lives, there has been numerous acts of violence as a result of terrorism and U.S. forces waging war and occupation.
The boys not only stand in solidarity with the victims of the Boston explosions, but they also empathize because this is what they’ve experienced. Part of this message is being shared with Americans because they want them to know they understand the pain Americans are going through.
The Boston explosions received far greater attention than the attacks in Iraq yesterday. They continue to receive much more attention than the car bombs that went off in Iraq today.
In Iraq, bombings are too regular to be news events, which U.S. pundits and news crews respond to by flying to the location of the attacks. They also are happening over there, not here.
Few Americans ever stand up and snap a photo when bombs went off in Iraq. They rarely show solidarity with citizens of other countries that are feeling deep pain from violence. They wish, after events like this, that people recognize, “We Are All [the Name for People in That City Just Attacked],” when residents of U.S. cities are hit by attacks. People stand up and say things like, “We are all Bostonians today,” and, perhaps, there is a part of these Iraqi boys that would like to see that from the world.
America is, also, one of the greatest purveyors of violence. The political motivations behind this state-sponsored violence that we call counterterrorism or warfare can be just as hard to justify as the violence that kills people in terror attacks in America. The sadness that an event like a marathon would be disrupted should be coupled with reality that there are people in countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, etc., who embark on daily errands and are swept up in violence.
All of which is not to suggest that people not mourn the dead and wounded. It is not to suggest that people do not wish that life was not marked by such acts of terrorism. It is rather to highlight, in the moment when people are most paying attention, that there are other people around the world who suffer from violence daily.
These others are willing to show empathy toward us in tragedy. What if Americans could follow the boys’ example and acknowledge the victims of bombings in other countries daily? What if every now and then more individuals posted photos showing empathy with others impacted by violence?
One can be cynical and offer a snarky retort, or one can brush this off as left-wing hippie nonsense, but it’s a rhetorical question that the two Iraqi boys in the photo should force all Americans to confront.
We are all citizens of the world, and our pain can bring us together.
Kevin Gosztola is a civil liberties blogger for Firedoglake

Monday, April 15, 2013

Always Change.... Always Grow..... Always Live.....


"If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't living..." 

My favorite tree.... if I were a tree this is the
tree I "wood" be. Punahou School, Manoa HI



Lucy

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Psoas: Muscle of The Soul

While this is not written by me nor is it my idea the Psoas is one of my favorite muscles to work for a number of reasons.  I was estatic to find come across BODY DIVINE YOGA's Blog and wanted to share it.  Her link is below and I've learned many things from it regarding my own yoga practice.
Enjoy!

~Lucy


I was delighted when I first came across Liz Koch’s amazing work because it confirmed much of what I’d been intuiting on my own. I had begun to open and close my yoga practise with hip opening poses with the specific intention of releasing tension in my psoas and hip flexors. I’d breathe and imagine tension flowing out of constricted muscles to be released as energy into the torso.
It worked, I’d feel my body soften yet somehow grow stronger.
Reading Liz Koch I instantly realized what I was doing – by learning to relax my psoas I was literally energizing my deepest core by reconnecting with the powerful energy of the earth. According to Koch, the psoas is far more than a core stabilizing muscle; it is an organ of perception composed of bio-intelligent tissue and “literally embodies our deepest urge for survival, and more profoundly, our elemental desire to flourish.”
Well, I just had to learn more. Here is just a sprinkling of the research that Liz Koch and others have uncovered regarding the importance of the psoas to our health, vitality and emotional well-being.

The Psoas muscle (pronounced so-as) is the deepest muscle of the human body affecting our structural balance, muscular integrity, flexibility, strength, range of motion, joint mobility, and organ functioning.
Growing out of both sides of the spine, the psoas spans laterally from the 12th thoracic vertebrae (T12) to each of the 5 lumbar vertebrae. From there it flows down through the abdominal core, the pelvis, to attach to the top of the femur (thigh) bone.
The Psoas is the only ‘muscle’ to connect the spine to the legs.  It is responsible for holding us upright, and allows us to lift our legs in order to walk. A healthily functioning psoas stabilizes the spine and provides support through the trunk, forming a shelf for the vital organs of the abdominal core.
The psoas is connected to the diaphragm through connective tissue or fascia which affects both our breath and fear reflex. This is because the psoas is directly linked to the reptilian brain, the most ancient interior part of the brain stem and spinal cord.  As Koch writes “Long before the spoken word or the organizing capacity of the cortex developed, the reptilian brain, known for its survival instincts, maintained our essential core functioning.”

Koch believes that our fast paced modern lifestyle (which runs on the adrenaline of our sympathetic nervous system) chronically triggers and tightens the psoas – making it literally ready to run or fight. The psoas helps you to spring into action – or curl you up into a protective ball.
If we constantly contract the psoas to due to stress or tension , the muscle eventually begins to shorten leading to a host of painful conditions including low back pain, sacroiliac pain, sciatica, disc problems, spondylolysis, scoliosis, hip degeneration, knee pain, menstruation pain, infertility, and digestive problems.

A tight psoas not only creates structural problems, it constricts the organs, puts pressure on nerves, interferes with the movement of fluids, and impairs diaphragmatic breathing.
In fact, “The psoas is so intimately involved in such basic physical and emotional reactions, that a chronically tightened psoas continually signals your body that you’re in danger, eventually exhausting the adrenal glands and depleting the immune system.”
And according to Koch, this situation is exacerbated by many things in our modern lifestyle, from car seats to constrictive clothing, from chairs to shoes that distort our posture, curtail our natural movements and further constrict our psoas.
Koch believes the first step in cultivating a healthy psoas is to release unnecessary tension.  But “to work with the psoas is not to try to control the muscle, but to cultivate the awareness necessary for sensing its messages.  This involves making a conscious choice to become somatically aware.”

 A relaxed psoas is the mark of play and creative expression.  Instead of the contracted psoas, ready to run or fight, the relaxed and released psoas is ready instead to lengthen and open, to dance. In many yoga poses (like tree)  the thighs can’t fully rotate outward unless the psoas releases. A released psoas allows the front of the thighs to lengthen and the leg to move independently from the pelvis, enhancing and deepening the lift of the entire torso and heart.
Koch believes that by cultivating a healthy psoas, we can rekindle our body’s vital energies by learning to reconnect with the life force of the universe. Within the Taoist tradition the psoas is spoken of as the seat or muscle of the soul, and surrounds the lower “Dan tien” a major energy center of body.  A flexible and strong psoas grounds us and allows subtle energies to flow through the bones, muscles and joints.

Koch writes “The psoas, by conducting energy, grounds us to the earth, just as a grounding wire prevents shocks and eliminates static on a radio. Freed and grounded, the spine can awaken”…“ As gravitational flows transfer weight through bones, tissue, and muscle, into the earth, the earth rebounds, flowing back up the legs and spine, energizing, coordinating and animating posture, movement and expression. It is an uninterrupted conversation between self, earth, and cosmos.”