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Happy to be in new digs here at wordpress. The make over was navigated by Trish Cassling, who I consider to be a Social Media Specialist. Check out Trish’s blog below (dem0na) to read about the interesting sights and event happenings at the Toronto Botanical Gardens and around Toronto. And thanks again Trish for your assistance!  

Transformation of Inflammation

There’s been quite a lot of talk about this year, 2012, and how it has powerful potential for bringing transformation into our lives. With this in mind I look to how I am noticing in my practice that some of my clients, who I have known for several years, are now making healthy choices to aim for a more balanced lifestyle.

One of the positive choices I am seeing is a focus on reducing inflammation in the body. Inflammation creates such a painful burden on the physical body. The negative effects created by inflammation is experienced in the body as cellular imbalances, disintegration and pain. And these physical effects on the body can ripple out to impact all levels of being.
Eliminating foods that cause inflammation is one way to curb this impact. Foods that cause inflammation promote a more acidic body environment. Balancing out the body’s pH so that the body is overall in a more alkaline state is important to avoid the ravages of an acidic environment. By drinking more water and reducing/avoiding foods that cause inflammation the body can begin to balance out.
Foods that cause or worsen inflammation ( you guessed it they are the ones we tend to love):
-fried foods
-meat (not fish)
-processed, packaged foods
-white sugar
-salt ( use Celtic sea salt instead )
-synthetic sweeteners
-dairy products
-wheat products
-alcohol
Including fiber and healthy snacks between meals will also help to balance blood sugar levels and conversely help to reduce inflammation.
Foods to consume more of are dark greens like spinach and omega 3 fats found in flaxseed oil, walnuts and some fatty fish would be beneficial. Omega 3’s actually help to decrease inflammation and pain in the body. Another excellent choice to decrease inflammation and pain is to eat more berries. Blueberries, raspberries, and sweet cherries along with other berries are all good inflammation fighters.
For further education and guidance seeing a naturopath doctor is a great way to help oneself set out on the path of making healthier choices in 2012.
Addressing stress levels on a more mental, emotional level is also important to keep the physical body calm. Stress management exercises like yoga, breathing, and meditation will further help to relax the body.
I believe that when choices are made to reduce physical inflammation that this has a positive domino effect in one’s life that can lead towards a wholistic transformation.

Many times I have spoken to my clients about the detriments of sitting for long hours while working at their desk. Unfortunately all to many people become so engrossed in their work that there are no breaks in their prolonged sedentary position. If you are a client of mine you may have heard me speak of how I see prolonged sitting eventually compromising posture and weakening pelvic floor muscles, which all then leads to a loss of core vitality and aging of the body. This month the Globe and Mail printed a piece on this:

So if you find yourself sitting for an extended period of time you may want to consider what you can do to break up the time you have being sedentary.

As I sit down to write I am reminded of those letters received around the end of the year that give a summary of the writer’s year. Specifically the ones that ramble on. 

And I think to myself, will I carry on like that?
What is the essence of what I want to express? 
That I am so sad, and yet so happy and grateful to have a friend as good as the one who just recently began her move back to B.C.  Her presence, just doors away from my place for 10 years, has been a real gift in this urban setting.
The idea of her leaving gestated for a year. We spent a lot of time warming up to the idea of her leaving. And I will miss walks in the park, True Blood at her place, potlucks in the torrential rain and making supremely funny faces together.
I admire her consistent plugging away at all the necessary details to haul herself and her dog up and out of T.O. in her packed up car.  And I admire her reasons for moving out West.
When walking down the street now to Garden Fresh Supermarket (what we call Not So Fresh) I find myself looking up to the darken windows of her recently vacated apartment.  Her leaving has me thinking about where I am at with Good byes- but look, I’ve been texted- she’s just outside Regina now.

I remember a long ago friend speaking about initiation as walking through the fire till all the soft bits are burnt off. The purification of a habit or belief- of some outworn yet still clinging lived pattern- this process to become more conscious can feel like that fire.  Though I’d like to keep some of the ‘soft bits’ in the wake of it. LOL

For me, this walk has meant holding the paradoxes within myself- feminine/masculine, dependent/independent, ugly/beautiful, spiritual/physical, love/hate, judgemental/non-judgemental…. And giving them space to be.  Holding them both. To show me where I am on the line between, and where I could go.
Healing, I believe brings one to a threshold, a place where initiation to a new state of being can take place.  Back in January 2010,  I was lying on the step in front of this threshold. Literally, lying down on a step at Good Life Fitness of all places. Just waiting for a group exercise class to start. And suddenly I’m looking up into the eyes of a modern day Joan of Arc-burning eyes filled with visions- “You’re going to be going through an initiation.”
I glibly replied that this sounded great. 
 Seriously, this can’t be happening to me at Good Life Fitness?!  I signed a contract to just change my physical body….didn’t I ?
Joking aside, at the time the words did ring true to me, and I have total respect for the messenger. We since have participated together in Native healing sweats.  (In time I ‘ll back track to experiences of Native shamanic healing).
Since last January I’ve come now to believe that writing is my initiation. I feel like it is activating an aspect of myself that I have not lived out yet.  So I am in the fire, or perhaps the ocean.  Nebulous again.
The gain of a greater sense of who I am- the synergy created from a reconnection to my self- at a higher level with a greater internal balance is worth the ride.

Before I continue down the proverbial rabbit hole any further I have to admit that writing this blog has me feeling vulnerable, unbelievably so.  I understand that the drive that compels me to follow this form of expression is leading me to ask questions of myself.  What is this drive about? 

Right now I feel it is demanding me to define myself more, which can only be helpful as in the past I have tended to be a bit too nebulous.  “A bit”, is that being nebulous?! Aggghhhh.

Now I am reminded of a wonderful quote by Rilke:
” i beg you…to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. don’t search for the answers, which could not be given you now, because you would not be able to live them. and the point is, to live everything. live the questions now. perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without ever noticing it, live your way into the answer…”
Ok, so I let go of my hold on this root here to slide down into the darkness of the rabbit hole. In the darkness the word synergy flashes bright.  Synergy- the union of two or more principles, qualities that when combined, can create a greater whole. 
Synergy- why did I choose this word as the name for the healing work I give and receive? 
Long, convoluted story, so I imagine the words will come to me to give it shape, that definition that is being evoked by the blog master ( blog master- that inner task master in my head?)

While walking down the Danforth I came upon two identical sculptures that combined the head and upper body of a lion with the tail of a fish.  This brought to mind the alchemy of bringing polar opposites together to forge the inner gold of our highest Self.  The moment felt synchronous as I had just decided to name my work Synergy Healing.

 Walking contradiction that I can be, I have for many years been like a fish in a spiral swim, up and down into shallow and deeper waters.  Sometimes swimming can get exhausting, so I have learned to float.  Floating…… back crawl, breast stroke, treading water!…..floating again. 
 These times are intense and I am one traveller welcoming others to engage in a dialogue on healing.  So to avoid a continuous blog monologue I will at times interview others on- What are your healing experiences? What is healing? What heals?
 And other topics like Tesla sex (your best- electric- really none of my business- but sometimes its fun to swim in the undertow to see where it goes!)  
I joke, but we are so multi- faceted that what heals could fall into a wide range, from modalities specifically intended to heal like energy work or massage to the creative arts and sexual energy.  And so much more I imagine…..