Book Review: Emotional Freedom

A Group of BooksWhat’s on the bookshelf? Well, currently Emotional Freedom by Dr Judith Orloff, MD. This book is great for finding out what emotional type of person you are. It aquaints you with all the emotional types from empaths to emotional vampires — those people who when you’re around you feel like they are sucking the life-force from you. There seem to be a plethora of self help books about emotions, ranging from the Emotional Freedom Technique which is basically just Eastern Medicine pressure points, to the exotic. This book is a happy medium in between the two extremes, while offering excellent advice.

The author brings up the importance of sleep in balancing out our psyche and for emotional well being. With interesting antidotal stories of the importance of the right mattress, and bed linens, which I can personally attest to. We often overlook how important sleep is to our well being.

The other thing mentioned in the book is a breathing exercise that helps neutralize the negative emotions that often plague our psyche and our physical bodies. The simple breathing in of the positive energy and breathing out of the negative energies in the body helps to neutralize. The oxygen breathed in also helps to alkalinize the blood which aids the body in it’s healing process. The body if given the right help always wants to go towards a state of healing and balance.

After reading the book from cover to cover, I would recommend this book to anyone looking to gain control of their emotions and understand them and be finally emotionally free.

Therapeutic Baths

The Dead Sea at SunriseHow many of us enjoyed taking baths as children? Both sexes men and women enjoyed taking baths as children. But as they grow older people want the “quickness” of a shower. But in order to truly relax a body a hot bath is best. Salt baths are the best for the skin, the skin is the largest organic surface on the body. Through the skin the whole body can be re-energized and cleansed. The heat from the water relaxes the muscles and eases the mind into a more restful state which helps stress to diminish.

One of the best methods of taking a bath is to get the water as hot as you can tolerate it, and then use equal parts of Dead Sea salt (high in minerals) and Epsom salt. Also using a few drops of your favorite essential oil like lavender, sandalwood, or myrrh also help to relax and provide extra help in cleansing the body and relaxing it. When you take a bath make sure you have time to devote to taking a proper bath. A proper bath is usually 20 minutes or so. This allows the body to fully cleanse and to release all the tension and energies that have attached to the body. You will find that after a 20 minute bath you will feel fresh and renewed, more so than say a hot shower.

What is Meditation?

Meditating Snow MonkeyWhat is meditation? Ask twenty-two people that question and you are bound to get twenty-seven different answers. The way I see it, meditation is a way to calm the mind and be, outside of time and space, and become aware of the present moment. Also for me I recognize the health benefits of even the simple 5 to 10 minute breathing meditation. Someday I would like to learn Transcendental Meditation, but the price tag on learning it puts it out of reach for now.

For me the 5 to 10 minute breathing meditation releases all the muscle tension and emotional stress that builds up in the physical and energetic bodies. This is one thing that many people could benefit from, releasing stress from the body also has effects on the heart rate, blood pressure, and my other aspects of our human physiology and psychology. The 3 minute meditation consists of being aware of your breaths as you breath in and as you exhale.

Om-Creations Pi Seiza BenchThe next thing to be aware of when starting to do a meditation practice is your environment where you will be doing the meditation. A quiet environment is preferable; without distractions. You can sit on a floor cushion with your legs in the traditional cross legged position, in the Zen seiza sitting position, or in a chair with your feet flat on the ground. I personally prefer the seiza sitting position and use a seiza bench like the one pictured to support my upper body so it does not compress the knees and thighs.

Some people light incense during meditation, but this is not necessary and depending on the practitioner it may even cause distractions.

With these basics you will find that meditation can be a very rewarding journey to start on.

Remember your dreams: How to keep a dream journal.

Setting the StarsMany people often overlook the power that their dreams hold. Dreams are a direct link to the most powerful source of problem solving and understanding that we have. Not to mention, while we dream our bodies are fast asleep and in healing and repair mode. Dreams are a link with the cosmic mind. The divine that pervades every atom of reality.

The key question for many people though is, how do I remember my dreams once I wake up? Well…

  1. You need to keep a Dream Journal next to your bed permanently. This can be any kind of diary or journal that you feel pulled towards. I personally use a Moleskine journal. The most important thing is that you must feel comfortable in writing in the journal. Another nice thing to have is a lighted pen to write with. A lighted pen will allow you to see what you are writing when you wake up in the middle of the night or in the morning and not be shocked by having to turn on a bright light in the room. Also, if you share your bed with another person or animal you will not disturb them while you are writing down your dreams.
  2. Before you go to sleep, optionally, you can write down a question that you would like an answer to or some clarification on.
  3. Before falling asleep set your intention to remember your dreams when you awaken.
  4. When you wake up in the morning, wake up slowly; and do not try to jump straight out of bed and rush for the coffee machine and expect to remember your dreams. Waking slowly while not moving around allows you to remain in the hypnagogic state longer. Then slowly open your eyes.
  5. Record your dream immediately in your journal when you open your eyes, while keeping the lights off, if possible — this is where the lightwriter pens come in handy.

Keeping a regular dream journal will provide you with more insights into yourself and others than you ever imagined, oh and it is fun!