The struggle to define a fibromyalgia diagnosis has been a long one. It is an example of a reversal of scientific disbelief in the face of consistent reports of unexplained symptoms. Fibromyalgia doesn’t show up on tests. For many years, the mostly women were dismissed as hypochondriacs, or hysterical. Although it was called “muscular rheumatism” in the mid-1800’s to distinguish it from “joint rheumatism,” or arthritis, it wasn’t identified as a distinct syndrome until the last 30 years.… Read the rest
I once heard a minister say, “Whatever happens, praise God and thank Him. If things are going well, they will continue. If things are not going well, they will improve.” I practiced this attitude.
One time, I was hauling a heavily loaded cart at an elder facility where I worked as the Organic Gardening Coordinator. I was approaching the elevator of the newest house, pulling hundreds of pounds of organic produce, to deliver to the chef.… Read the rest
Beliefs and emotions in the body
Your thoughts may become embedded physically or stuck as emotions in the body. Thoughts are powerful. And mindfulness is a vehicle to change them. As Louise Hay says, “Life is really very simple. What we give out, we get back. What we think about ourselves becomes the truth for us.”
Your body reflects your negative self-talk: sometimes by contraction, making yourself small; sometimes by inflation, puffing up.… Read the rest
Most of our breathing is automatic, and we are usually not aware when and how we restrict it. However, we can use the breath as a unique vehicle to responsibly meet and heal from tension, emotional or physical pain, and trauma.… Read the rest
Dr. John Whitman Ray, N.D., developed the Emotional Tone Scale as part of Body Electronics. Dr. Ray’s teachings encompassed the physical and electrical systems of the body, and their relationship to emotions, thoughts and word patterns, and our spiritual evolution. His teachings spread to Portland around 1982. This was largely due to Thomas Chavez, one of his earliest students, and later the author of Body Electronics.… Read the rest
“Senior Moments”, or a new lease on life?
Did you resign yourself to inevitable decline, “I’m having these senior moments?”
Do you find yourself saying, “it’s getting hard to pick up my grandchildren”, “I have this pain that won’t go away,” “I can’t reach up”, or “I feel stuck”?
Are you only in your 40’s or 50’s and already have mobility issues, digestive problems, or your spouse is complaining you aren’t remembering things the way you used to?… Read the rest
How we show up: power to influence for the common good
When we live with integrity and authenticity, it is obvious from our posture and attitude: how we show up to family, friends, and colleagues, and our resiliency to stresses. We can change our bodies, heal from within. As another Ortho-Bionomy blogger says, “If you observe how your body functions when you are feeling happy, in control and safe, then you have the basis for changing when you are feeling sad and insecure.” (Ortho-Bionomy with Tracy, Posture and Emotions).… Read the rest
Posture Power is a class in mindful awareness with movement and awakening to the effects of our self-talk to improve posture. It developed from the works of Barbara Conable, Marion Rosen, Stanley Keleman, and Thomas Hanna.
Posture Power teaches awareness of your body’s unique structure and function. When your body is stuck in an old pattern, your shape may reflect your beliefs as a child.… Read the rest
Where is your body stuck?
Do you have pain or trouble moving easily because of stuck jaw, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, back, hips, legs, knees, ankles, or feet? A simple release of muscle tension might not be enough. You might also need to sweep out the crumbs of old emotions and stuck beliefs to discover what is behind your body’s creakiness.… Read the rest