Breathing and wellness

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Breathing is something we do without realizing it; another one of the body’s spontaneous functions that keeps us going. The respiration is a natural process and without it, we would not exist.

I love this quote: « A breath is a beginning as well as an end. Life begins with an inhale and ends with an exhale – a breath. » These words underlie the importance of proper breathing because it is a source of life and energy.

As natural and “automatic” as breathing is – to the point of forgetting about it – have you ever done this action while being intentionally aware? In fact, deliberately or not, the breath can be managed to reap optimal benefits. This simple action we repeat throughout our lives is a true ode to the essence of life and to the entire universe.

Women often feel more connected to their breath when they are carrying a child. Especially when they are about to go into labor: deep inspirations and long expirations help reduce pain by calming the body before, during and after childbirth.

At this time when every one seems to be on the run – rushing into yoga and meditation classes – we are all basically chasing after wholeness and peace of mind. So why not start by simply trying to learn how to breathe consciously?

Awareness of the breath implies being conscious of the physical process (every inhale and exhale); at the same time, try to chase away any recurring thoughts that disturb the mind. By accomplishing this, it is possible to enter the subconscious part of your mind where much is hidden.

We know that the breath is strongly connected to emotions. As stress and agitation take over, breathing simultaneously becomes sharper which feeds the negative vibes thus keeping them alive in us.

To our great benefit, there are solutions to address this kind of harmful interference. We all have an ability that gives us the power heal ourselves by reaching the ideal state of mind: the state of nirvana. How? By taking control over our breath. This is a wonderful habit that we should all adopt. It soothes away the stress that the soul and the body face everyday.

Who has never detected feelings of nervousness or relief by noticing a sudden change in the flow of their breath?

Everyone agrees to say that feeling irritated or angry is often accompanied with an increase of the breathing rate characterized by short breaths that come in gasps. Besides, the famous phrase “breathtaking” is not to be taken lightly. Some situations literally take our breath away and others give it back. Letting out a heavy sigh in relief to what we faced is also evidence of the benefits of breathing thoughtfully. Therefore, we must be aware of the signals sent by our breathing rate and do everything to manage them to let go of negative vibes.

Deep inhales and exhales will allow you to manage all sorts of feelings whether they are thoughts, emotions or physical pain; a conscious and profound breath will ease them.

It has been proven that managing your breath deliberately can have a major impact on overall wellness. Among other benefits, it helps with balance issues, gives willpower, stabilizes the mood, emotions, stress and the energy level, it clears the mind by enabling a higher level of concentration and creativity in addition to regulating the nervous system.

In depth, breathing with awareness strengthens the cardiovascular and the immune system, lowers blood pressure and regulates the level of hormones. Basically, a breath has the power to nourish us mentally and physically thanks to the profound oxygenation of the red blood cells that travel through our tissues and our organs. According to several studies, one of direct benefits of breathing deeply is the increasing level of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). A field study based on people who practice breathing and relaxation exercises about thirty minutes à day showed that their level of DHEA (also knows as the “fountain of youth” hormone) could increase by 100% (The Instinct to Heal: Curing Depression, Anxiety and Stress Without Drugs and Without Talk Therapy by David Servan-Schreiber). This is incredible!

Obviously, we must not neglect any steps of the process of respiration. It is essential to be equally aware of inhales and exhales; energizing yourself before letting go of all tensions thus relieving your mind and body.

By recognizing the importance of a conscious breath, it is possible to achieve cosmic harmony; a level of dream where we feel all the frequencies of the universe.

Anyone seeking to follow the path of wisdom characterized by spirituality, wellness and understanding will value the importance of breath.

Yoga is recognized for being very healthy. One of the key elements of the practice is the undisrupted flow of the breath. Yoga is a great option to learn how to breathe consciously while following your own pace and respecting your limits.

Breathing is a true gift from heaven as it carries life. In addition to its calming qualities it can also awaken chakras and stimulate one’s spiritual growth.

Discovering the different aspects of spirituality in a state of serenity and well-being are undeniable steps to reaching the most mystical part of us. If desired, it is possible to explore specific dimensions through astral travel or other sacred experiences like acknowledging the existence of an “invisible” world.

Yogis throughout the World are aware of the benefits related to breathing consciously and have been since ancient times. They value this action and consider it to be the secret to mental, physical and emotional wholeness. This form of meditation caked “Prana Vidya” would be the key to unlocking the doors to a world of wonder!

The average person takes sixteen inspirations per minute. In a state of meditation, this number can drop to six and, believe it or not, the great yogis from India can reach a state where only one breath per minute is necessary.

Now, you must be wondering why you are reading about yoga?

Well, Indian yogis have found something amazing through the practice of breathing consciously: a basic energy called “Prana”. This would be the sum total of all the energy manifested in the universe. Among other roles it plays on the body, one of the most powerful is related to the nervous tissue along the spinal cord.

“Prana” means life force. This energy connects everything in the universe. According to the Chinese, it is the equivalent of the IQ; the Polynesians refer to it as the “mana” and the European healers, they call it the “subtle energy field”.

This valuable energy is entirely related to the breath: to maintain your “prana”, exercise your breath.

Everything is connected. Emotions influence breathing, therefore they affect vital energy! “Prana” is thus disturbed as quickly as emotions trigger a change in your breath. So managing your breath in all situations is a natural remedy. This is why the yogis call it “Prana Vidya”: a practice that has the power to heal and cure!

Take the time to breathe and realize how simple and salutary this act is.

On this note, here are two mottos that have become my philosophies of life: “We are what we eat” and “our breath is also the mirror of what we are and how we live”.

So eat and breathe consciously!

Love

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Smile

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How great is it when you’re exploring some unknown territory and all of a sudden you encounter a unique, kind and sincere smile?

Consider the value of a smile. This simple gesture has the power to reassure you and give you peace of mind, a state of wellness that is worth everything in the world.

Unconsciously and consciously, a smile can make a difference on your state of mind. Indeed, whether you are stubborn or not, your mood can shift in a second, brightening your day.

I’m sure you’ve heard this quote before: “What goes around comes around”. The positive vibes that you freely and thoughtfully send out will ultimately end up somewhere. Whether you are an advocate of the law of attraction or the Butterfly Effect, both are related to this saying.

I’ve always been a strong believer that everything and everyone in the universe are connected, generating a divine energy imbued with love: a marvelous energy capable of healing wounds.

I know all this can seem a little farfetched and unreal, but these phenomena are based on scientific theories and observations. A growing number of scientists interested by these concepts are studying them through a branch of physics known as quantum mechanics. A prominent proponent of such beliefs is a man named Vadim Zeland. He wrote a fantastic book – which I strongly recommend – called “Transurfing”.

I believe there are two types of people on Earth:

– Those who presume human beings are someone or something’s puppets. Thus, victims of an insignificant experiment.

– Those who think humans are here to embrace universal love, to learn acceptance, to discover pain, to develop empathy and comprehension…

Don’t get me wrong – I am not stating these as absolute facts. After all, who knows?

However, I refuse to accept that the first theory, the one stating that humans are in the hands of a puppet-master, may be my leitmotiv!

If the first theory is correct, what is the meaning behind my existence? How could this world be so rich in possibilities if we are mere puppets in a grandmaster’s set plan?

My solution for not letting these types of existential questions drive me crazy is to focus on the present moment.

I choose to be the best version of myself. I open my heart to others, I choose to help, to be positive, to see the bright side of things, to believe that every experience has a purpose… to keep things simple. I chose to LOVE.

The list is very, very long and everyday I put in as much efforts as I can to follow it. My goal is to be at the heart of universal love.

This is why I can assure you that every smile is a gift, every laugh is meaningful and every wink is stimulating. Surround yourself with positive vibes and radiate them.

Try! Smile at someone random who seems grumpy and you’ll see their reaction. The result isn’t guaranteed, but usually people find it hard to resist a charming gesture. So let’s join forces, let’s create an egregore of love.

Give. Never stop giving… It is free and it will have a great impact on you and the entire universe…

Lots of love

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An Extra Health Benefit: Chlorophyll

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Everyone has heard of this green substance called chlorophyll, but how much do we truly know about it?

First and foremost, this substance is responsible for the green pigment of plants. Secondly and most importantly, it catalyzes the chemical process called photosynthesis, by which organisms synthesize sunlight into energy.

It is often referred to as the “green blood of plants”.

Indeed, the only difference between the molecular structure of chlorophyll and our red blood cells is the center atom. Our blood cell’s center consists of iron (Fe) whereas chlorophyll’s is magnesium (Mg).

Chlorophyll has many health benefits and therapeutic qualities.

Among others, it is rich in:

* calcium

* iron

* zinc

* chrome

* phosphor

* potassium

* magnesium

* selenium

* protein

and in many vitamins:

* pantothenic and folic acid (vitamin B complex)

* tocopherol (vitamin E)

* vitamin K

* retinol (vitamin A)

* biotin (vitamin H)

* ascorbic acid (vitamin C)

Chlorophyll is known to improve well-being. A regular consumption of it will increase its benefits, especially for those living in temperate climates.

Benefits of chlorophyll:

* alkalizes our blood (fights acidity)

* reverses anemia

* stimulates the immune system

* has powerful anti-oxidants properties

* has a positive effect on the muscular system

* regulates the menstrual cycle

* has a powerful detoxification effect on the body

* improves functions of the liver, the lungs and the colon

* improves the digestion process (constipation)

* promotes healthy intestinal flora (protects from carcinogens)

* improves glandular functions

* relieves the symptoms associated with cystitis

* supports wound healing of the skin and of mucous membranes

* lowers high blood pressure (hypertension)

* has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties

* combats fatigue

* fights germs

* deodorizes (eliminates bad breath)

* oxygenates the blood

* regulates our body’s blood sugar level (glycemic control)

* strengthens the circulatory system (replenishing and increasing the red blood cells)

Why not include it into your diet on a daily basis? It’s so invigorating!

It is available in the form of a liquid supplement. You will find it in health food stores. Often, the mix consists of purified water, by-products of alfalfa and copper, but natural mint flavoring is also added for the sake of our taste buds.

Not drinking enough water? Adding a few drops can help increase your daily intake!

Transform that dull glass of water into a refreshing, minty and hydrating glass filled with health benefits! It’s too good to refuse!

Love

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Living Food

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Hippocrates once said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. To me, these are words of wisdom, spoken mindfully by a man who predicted the faith of our present world. A world where epidemics and new diseases are always surfacing and where cancer constantly takes lives. This is why it is particularly important to understand the components of a nutritional diet.

In love with life, I’ve always wanted to know more about nutrition. I slowly adopted new habits until the memorable day where I was inadvertently introduced to rawism (eating raw food), which I prefer referring to as the living food diet. This discovery changed my life forever.

 Keep in mind that food is a source of energy; it is imperative to nourish our bodies carefully. A healthy diet can protect it, strengthen it, and optimize bodily functions in the long-term. It’s like fuelling a vehicle: would you power your car with something that could destroy it?

What is living food? It is the solution for preserving all the nutritious elements present in the food you eat. When cooking fruits and vegetables, you deprive yourself of many vitamins, crucial enzymes and nutritional values in addition to causing an arduous digestive process. The human body will have to work twice as hard, using up more energy and its own enzymes, to digest cooked aliments. This results in fatigue and heaviness because the body is burning more energy than it is gaining.

Food can be classified into four categories:

– Biogenic: generates life (sprouted seeds, spirulina, superfoods…)

 – Bioactive: sustains life (fresh and raw fruits and vegetables…)

 – Biostatic: slows life down, responsible for aging (cooked fruits and vegetables, pasta…)

– Biocidic: depletes life, responsible for devitalization (refined sugar, gluten, pasteurized products…)

The more devitalized products you ingest, the more you increase your odds of becoming ill. Heating kills the natural benefits in organic matter. So how do you expect to survive by eating dead food? Don’t you think it’s quite a funny paradox?

Indeed, this diet is strict, but on all other levels, it could hardly be any better. Imagine making peace with your body and what’s on your plate. one of the main advantages to eating raw is the possibility of enjoying succulent juices, delicious smoothies, colorful salads, and guilt-free deserts in unlimited quantities at any given time. Superfoods are incredible substances that will boost your immune system instead of tiring it. Imagine a satisfying plate of zucchini spaghetti with pesto, a tasty raw chocolate mousse, or crispy kale chips…

 The evidence is already out there. In many places across the globe, there are healing practices based on the raw food diet, like Hippocrates Health Institute. Follow these recommendations and feel the difference! Live in harmony with your body and nurture yourself consciously. This is the answer to going back to our roots.

As I said before, ever since I discovered living food, my life has changed. My senses have increased tenfold, my palate is more discerning, my skin is brighter and clearer, my hair is silkier, my metabolism is more efficient, my mind is more focused, and overall I’m more organized. I feel amazing, and so can you!

Full of love

(Translation by Emilie Marceau-Briggs)

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Sun benefits

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This article is particularly important to me! Just like every one I write… but seriously, if you knew how the Sun influences my well-being and my present throughout my daily life, maybe you’d understand the reason I started this article this way.

The Sun is my love, literally. I can’t live without its energy, its heat and its soothing effect.

The Sun and I work in harmony. When it honors us with its light, I always feel safe and I see life through rose-colored glasses. The Sun is my source of energy, it gives me wings, and it makes me feel alive and inspired. The Sun sustains me mentally and physically: it restores my soul, it brings me warmth and comfort. In this way, it cares for me by sharing everything it is.

Sunshine is the best medicine. Cautiously, one sunbathe a day keeps the doctor away! For a glowing healthy looking skin, no one can deny its revitalizing effect – especially not women! Once again, inside and out, the Sun will make you feel radiant. A ray of sunshine – especially UVB – helps the body synthesize vitamin D3, which is essential for good health. It has the ability to improve the skin’s elasticity, restore its youth and protect it against dangers that come from outside.

Many suffer from vitamin D deficiency for which sunlight is the best remedy. It is vital for the proper development of bones and teeth. It prevents illnesses such as osteoporosis and rickets by improving the fixation of calcium in the bones. In addition to playing a key role in cell development, vitamin D fortifies the immune system; therefore, it reduces the incidence of catching a cold, other viruses or diseases like cancer. Finally, it influences over 200 genes.

Did you know the sunlight also stimulates the secretion of melatonin? This hormone improves the quality of your sleep hence, the rhythm of your life and your psychological balance. How is this possible? Light affects the level of melatonin in your system: decreasing it by day and increasing it by night. So the daylight will enable you to be active and motivated and then, after dusk, have a good night’s sleep.

Endorphin levels also change and rise with the Sun. These are natural antidepressants. Endorphins are responsible for happiness and pleasure thus they will lift your spirit and calm your anxiety.

Seasonal affective disorder, also known as seasonal depression, is a common mood disorder which results from the lack of sunlight notably during the winter, when there are fewer hours of daylight. Its different causes include the rise and the fall of the levels of melatonin and endorphins secreted.

Despite the fact that the Sun is the star around which the earth orbits, it is one of those things we take for granted and for which we are never quite grateful enough.

In my opinion, it is one of our best assets. Taking advantage of it demands no effort and is completely free.

According to me, abundance is the word that best describes the Sun.

What’s your relationship to it?

Thank you,

Love

Translation by Emilie Marceau-Briggs

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