This point is helpful for irregular periods, menstrual cramps, and vaginal discharge. It can also relieve gas, irritable bowel syndrome, headache, and general weakness. Hold SP8, the point that is four finger-widths down from the knee crease on the inner side of the lower leg. This point regulates menstruation and the uterus, and is useful for irregular menstruation, impotence, and lower-back cramps during menstruation. Hold SP6, the point that is three finger-widths up from the inner ankle, just behind the shinbone. You can think about this like a triangle shape in the bottom half of your face. When you're younger, the base of the triangle is at the top, with the definition at the two corners of your cheekbones, moving to a point at your chin. As you age, the definition - the base of the triangle - moves towards your jawline with the point at your nose. So, the products you're applying need to go from protecting to repairing and supporting. This photo is me in my 40s. The definition has all fallen towards my jawline. The collagen in my skin is massively depleted, therefore the structure of my skin has naturally altered. No amount of product will lift that cheek pad, no matter what the marketing on the packet says. The only thing that will lift this is a needle. LIFE HAPPENS We mistakenly believe that our interests are different from our neighbor's and act to oppose the so-called enemy. The changing nature of the world is forcing us to change our thinking. We live in a global economy and environment where all fates are interconnected. When rain forests are cut down in the Amazon, the climate is warmed in New York. What happens to my neighbor directly impacts my life.
Take time to meditate on the oneness of humankind. See yourself as a citizen of planet Earth as well as a member of the human community, not bound to any group or nation. We are one body. As each of us makes this shift in consciousness, ripples will spread through the group mind until we recognize the truth expressed by the comic strip character Pogo: ''We has met the enemy, and he is us. Affirmations If you want to move forward and make something happen, and you've mapped out the plan to get there, then you need to do that which it takes to make it happen. There's no duality. What you need to lead and what you actually put together must correlate. Challenging the old conversations requires that you stir the pot, not just for the sake of mixing things up, but to actually make a change. That requires action. There's a lot of literature suggesting that introspection and self-assessment are helpful tools of change. This concept is: be-do-have. I'm not into that idea. While good thinking is necessary, it's not sufficient. The key to change is action. Some things you can do to connect with what you're feeling include reaching out to your child or loved one and sharing a meaningful story that's been on your mind, looking through photos from the past that make you happy, and making a favorite meal from your or your child's youth. While we can never go back in time, we can honor our shadow emotions by giving ourselves permission to feel and to be compassionate with ourselves. At the Heart of Missing, Longing, and Yearning At the heart of the shadow emotions of missing, longing, and yearning is the intense desire for a sense of comfort, security, and connection and the ability to go back to a time, person, or place that represents a peaceful, calm, enjoyable, soothing, and happy time. When we experience these emotions, we are stuck between points of time: the past (we wish we could go backward in time) and the future (we want something to look forward to, a hopeful sign that things will be different and what we have lost will be made whole again).
At the core of these shadow emotions is a desire to be connected and to honor what is most important, meaningful, and valued in your life. Reframing Your Mantra Thoughts are powerful. Your self-talk has a deep impact on what you feel and how you respond. Keep this principle in mind and reframe problematic thoughts that increase your shadow emotions. This simple exercise reminds you that you are worthy and capable of receiving good things and gives you permission to open yourself up to them in the future. ALLOW OTHERS TO GIVE YOU FEEDBACK A great way to open yourself up to receiving is to practice receiving feedback from others. It can be scary to get feedback on something, especially if it's something really personal to you, like a work of art, but closing yourself off from feedback is not a good option. It keeps you from being truly open and vulnerable, and it robs you of some great ideas and advice. To practice being more open to feedback, give this meditation a shot. Think about what it means to get feedback from others. Does it make your efforts any less meaningful? Does it take away from the experience of creating whatever you produced? The answer is no, unless you allow that to happen. The goal of this organization is to promote the allocation of available sunlight and darkness in a manner that provides the greatest peace, safety and well-being to the citizens of Indiana by returning the state to its geographically correct Central Time Zone. Dillon became deeply involved in the issue after a terrible incident in her town. In January 2009 a local fifteen-year-old student slipped and fell under the wheels of his school bus, she explains. This accident occurred at six forty-five AM, and the boy wasn't found for another twenty minutes. That pushed me over from writing my annual letter to the editor to becoming an activist.
This student and his family had emigrated from China two years prior to the accident. He was an only son. They came to Carmel because its school system is one of the best in Indiana and they wanted the best for their son. Now he is dead and morning darkness was a major contributing factor. This is just one of many cases in which schoolchildren have been injured or placed in danger on their way to school in winter morning darkness. As you start to make sleep more of a priority, these steps will come more naturally (see the lifestyle guide )! Getting more exercise during the day can help you fall asleep easier as well as improve the quality of your sleep. If you are having trouble with your sleep and don't get much exercise, try starting a gentle exercise like walking or yoga. If you do well with more intense exercise, you can try running, cycling, lifting weights, or anything else that you find pleasurable that is also not too energy-depleting--just don't do these activities in the few hours before bed! We'll be talking more about optimal exercise in article 6 . Supplementation You'll need guidance from your health-care team here, but there are some supplements that can be helpful for troubleshooting issues with sleep, like magnesium, various herbal preparations, and other nutrients. Most people find that taking magnesium before bed helps them relax and fall asleep more easily. We don't recommend melatonin unless prescribed by a doctor because it can cause the body to make less of this essential hormone. There are other herbs and nutrients that can be helpful for balancing sleep. Scientists have long known that inulin and oligofructose prevent obesity caused by a high-fat diet as well as many of the gastrointestinal complications that normally follow, such as intestinal bacteria imbalances and leaky gut. Many recent human studies have confirmed animal studies of this phenomenon. Other studies have used higher levels, showing that sixteen grams of inulin-rich prebiotic fiber each day increases levels of two protective bacterial strains (Bifidobacterium and Faecalibacterium prausnitzii ) that are known to increase healthy SCFA. One study showed that prebiotic fiber reduced intestinal endotoxin and improved blood-sugar control. Researchers have also found that daily inulin (10 grams) improves blood-sugar control and antioxidant status in people with type 2 diabetes.
Lastly, the prebiotic inulin may help offset the formation of leaky gut. Italian scientists showed that inulin-enriched pasta (14 grams/day) reduces zonulin signaling--the peptide involved in leaky gut development--and also increases the gut hormone GLP-2, which is involved in the maintenance of gut barrier function. To minimize your burden of endotoxin, drink a high-quality protein shake that delivers 8-12 grams of inulin daily. Drinking extra inulin is especially protective before consuming high-fat foods when you dine out or when you drink alcohol. EAT THIS (NOT THAT) This point is effective for bloating, fluid retention, abdominal cramps, and vaginal discharge. It can also help with insomnia, vertigo, and dizziness. Do not use this point if your partner is pregnant, as it can induce labor. Hold LV3, the point in the webbing between the big toe and second toe. This point is helpful for cramping pain, breast tenderness, and emotional symptoms of PMS (including anger, frustration, hopelessness, and irritability). Advanced Massage: Trigger Point Therapy (light to medium pressure, 2 to 3) Warm up your partner's muscles using one or more of the basic massage techniques before moving on to trigger point therapy. Uncover their leg and tuck the sheet under their other leg. Bend their leg at the knee and place it down with the sole of their foot on their other leg so that their inner thigh is exposed. Find a spot on your partner's inner thigh (the adductor muscle) that causes pain (or that sends pain to another area of the body) when you press it. Hormones are potentially the biggest skin disruptor of all. Hormones, hormones, hormones. They have a lot to answer for, and at certain times of our lives they RAGE. When this happens, and when illness happens, there are things you can do to help tackle the effects they have on the skin. It just takes a few tweaks to your kit.