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Flower Power

Flower Power  flowers1

Many people do not consider themselves a “morning person.” Participants of a Harvard behavioral study admitted that they feel least positive in the early hours. However, they reported being much happier and more energetic after seeing flowers first thing in the morning.

Keeping flowers around the home greatly reduces a person’s stress levels. Flowers are soothing to people, and keeping ornamental flowers around the home is a great way to lower stress and anxiety. People who keep flowers in their home feel much happier, less stressed, and more relaxed. Thus, the chances of suffering from stress-related depression are decreased as well. Overall, adding flowers to your home makes you feel more relaxed, secure, and happy. Flowers can help you achieve a more optimistic outlook on your life helping you increase your happiness.

Being around flowers also helps people concentrate better. Studies have shown that tasks are performed better and with greater accuracy when the person is near flowers.  Being outside in a natural environment can even improve memory performance and attention span by about twenty percent

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Increase Vitality with Qigong

QiGongThe National Qigong Association (NQA) states “Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention.”
According to the NQA, The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe.
The second word, Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality.

I use Qigong to center and ground myself.  It helps with focus and concentration as well.

Many fitness clubs offer Qigong.  Why not take a class?


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Want a Stress Free Holiday Season? Try My Quick Meditation!

In just a few minutes you will be feeling relaxed, refreshed and ready to take on the world!

Let’s begin:

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• Find a quiet place where you can completely relax. Allow yourself to sit or lie in a comfortable position. Tell yourself you will awaken refreshed after 10minutes. (5 minutes will work!)
• Begin by focusing your eyes upward above your line of sight. Take in a long, slow, deep breath. As you slowly exhale think “relax, relax within”. Another deep breath in and on the exhale repeat to yourself “relax, relax within”. Repeat approximately six more times. Your eyes should start to become fatigued. Close them.

• Imagine relaxation beginning in your toes. You may imagine it in the form of a color, such as a soothing aqua blue liquid. Allow that relaxation to spread upwards into your feet and ankles. Allow that feeling of relaxing to spread upward into your shins and calves, knees and hollow of your knees, your thighs and back of your thighs. Allow that relaxation, that soothing liquid to flow up into your abdomen, your chest, heart and lungs. Continue this process throughout your entire body.
• Next, imagine yourself in a special place of relaxation. We’ll call it “your place.” It might be lying on a beach on a warm summer day, or relaxing in the country by a peaceful river or stream. You might prefer being in your backyard or garden or even in your home.

• You may repeat the phrase quietly to yourself “ ”I am calm, I am relaxed, I am in control.  Stress bounces off and away from me…off and away.”
• Count yourself up with 1-10 giving suggestions for well being, energy, happiness.