A Guide to Meridians.

Following on from one of my previous posts talking about Acupuncture I wanted to share with you a bit about Meridians and Meridian points as these are what Acupuncturists talk about and work with.

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Meridians

Meridians have a long history. The Chinese discovered the meridian system approximately 3000 years ago and it has been going from strength to strength. It is a logical progression to incorporate meridians into the realm of holistic therapies and an understanding of meridians can help holistic therapists to understand the disease pathway more comprehensively.

A basic knowledge of how they work can be of enormous benefit in pinpointing problems. Meridians are an energy force that can be felt but not seen. They can be described as channels of energy, or pathways through which energy moves through the body. They have been described as containing a free-flowing, colourless, non-cellular liquid that may be partly actuated by the heart.

These meridians have been measured and mapped using modern technological methods, electronically, thematically and radioactively. With practice, they can also be felt. There are specific acupuncture points along the meridians, upon which the practices of acupuncture,
acupressure and reflexology are founded. In all these techniques, pressure is applied to specific points to clear blockages from the energy channels. These points are electromagnetic in character and consist of small, oval cells called Bonham corpuscles, which surround the capillaries in the skin, the blood vessels, and the organs throughout the body. There are some 500 points that are most frequently used by acupuncturists and therapists practising acupressure and reflexology; each point is worked upon in a definite sequence depending on the action desired.

Meridians are named by the life function with which they are associated. In most cases this name is similar to the name of a body organ with which we are familiar, for example, the liver meridian and the stomach meridian. Chinese physicians can detect imbalances in meridians by feeling the pulses, but this is a sensitive touch and it may take 10 to 20 years to develop proficiency with it.

Meridians are classified yin or yang on the basis of the direction in which they flow on the surface of the body. Meridians interconnect deep within the torso, but we work with the part that is on the surface and is accessible to touch techniques. Yang energy flows from the sun, and yang meridians run from the fingers to the face or from the face to the feet. Yin energy from the earth flows from the feet to the torso, and from the torso along the inside of the arms to the fingertips.

Since the meridian flow is actually one continuous unbroken flow, the energy flows in one definite direction, and from one meridian to another in a well-determined order. Since there is no beginning or end to this flow, the order of the meridians can be represented as a wheel. A blockage in any of the meridians will have a knock-on effect on all the other meridians.

When this energy flow in unrestricted, the body harmonises the flow to optimise body functioning. Sometimes, however, the life we lead and the abuses we heap upon our bodies cause stress, and sometimes the stress is so intense or so constant that, in effect, it overloads the circuit, and a blockage occurs this has an effect on all the other meridians.

 

The six main Meridians  are those that actually penetrate the major body organs

  • Liver
  • Spleen
  • Stomach
  • Gall Bladder
  • Bladder
  • Kidney

The other six meridians  are situated in the arms and do not actually penetrate specific organs 

  • Lung
  • Large Intestine
  • Pericardium / Circulation
  • Triple  Warmer / Endocrine
  • Small intestine
  • Heart

These 12 meridians can be subdivided into six main meridians that actually penetrate the major body organs and six other meridians that are situated in the arms and do not actually penetrate specific organs.

Closer study of the meridians reveals that the six main meridians are found in the feet, specifically the toes. Thus, massaging the feet is, in actual fact, stimulating and clearing congestion in the meridians. When congestion is cleared, energy is able to flow freely and the body is able to achieve a state of balance. With the six main meridians being represented in the feet, it is no wonder that reflexology treatments often report such dramatic positive results after treatment.

The Chinese maintain that the Qi circulates in the meridians 24 times a day and 24 times a night. In a sense there is only one single meridian that goes right around the entire body (the wheel effect), but many different meridians are described according to their positions and functions. There are the 12 main meridians, which are bilateral (paired) resulting in 24 separate pathways. Each meridian is connected and related to a specific organ from which it takes its name. It is also connected to a partner meridian and an organ with which it has a specific mutual relationship.

Within our bodies the yang organs are those that are hollow and involved in absorption and discharge such as the stomach and the bladder; the yin organs are the dense, blood-filled organs such as the kidney, which regulate the body. There is constant interaction between yin and yang forces, and if the yin/yang balance between the organs is interrupted, the flow of Qi throughout the body will be affected and the person will be unwell.

Rachel x

My favourite vegan pancake recipe.

Since it’s Shrove Tuesday I thought I would share my favourite quick and easy recipe for making light and fluffy vegan pancakes.

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Ingredients

  • 5oz / 150g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 300ml water
  • 1 tbsp oil

Method

  1. Sieve all dry ingredients together into a bowl and mix.
  2. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, in which you add the water and oil. Mix thoroughly until all blended – folding the mixture will create more lightness.
  3. Heat up a lightly oiled frying pan before dropping the mixture, in small balls, onto the pan. Cook until lightly browned on underside then flip the pancake over and repeat on the other side.

 

Rachel x

 

 

 

Recipe taken from BBC Good food, no copyright infringement intended.

 

 

 

 

 

How to ease anxiety with the ‘54321’ mindfulness trick.

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When anxiety threatens our peace of mind, it can be difficult to stay in the moment. But one mindfulness tool has the ability to pull our brains free from anxiety by grounding us back in the present.

The “5-4-3-2-1” tool is a simple yet highly effective method for regaining control of your mind when anxiety threatens to take over – and it consists of a little more than just counting backwards from five.

Rather, the tool helps bring us back to the present by relying on our five senses – sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste.

The first step encourages those suffering in a moment of anxiety to look around at their surroundings and identify five things that they can see at the moment.

Next, identify four things you can hear, three things you can feel – which can be anything from your feet in your shoes to the sun on your face, then two things you can smell.

And lastly, one thing that you can taste – which can even be your tongue as long as you can taste it.

The steps can be done quickly – and the effectiveness of the tool has been widely backed by many psychologists

The trick, which relies on sensory awareness, brings your attention to your senses grounded in the present and counting the items interrupts the spinning of your thoughts. Apart from anxiety, it can also help treat depression and relieve stress.

So the next time you are feeling anxious, focus on what you can see, feel, and touch – and ignore the insecurities that exist inside your head.

Rachel x

 

Liebster Award Nomination: About The Award & A Bit About Me.

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I have been nominated for a Liebster Award, to be honest before my nomination I had never heard of the award, however I am so very touched and grateful that Isabelle thought of my blog and nominated me!

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is an award that gives bloggers the power to recognize and nominate other blogs to gain exposure and increase blog traffic. Nominations are given all year, starting in January, and a winner is declared in December. This is an opportunity for bloggers to support one another as well as a chance for bloggers to gain recognition and a shout-out for their amazing content and hard work.

The Rules

  • Link to the following post in your post: https://theglobalaussie.com/liebster-award-2018/
  • Answer the questions given to you
  • Add questions for your nominees to answer
  • Comment on this post with a link to your Liebster Award post– Entries start January 1st and end December 25th 2018. The winner will be picked on December 31st.

The Instructions

  • Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award.
  • Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you.
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nominations. I choose to nominate as many people as I want. I also want to give my nominees this freedom, too.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

My 11 Questions from Isabelle 

Q: If you could be living in a different time period (like the Victorian era, the 70s etc.) what would best fit you?

A: 1960’s London because of it’s counterculture and revolution against social norms such as clothes, sex, music and other formalities.

Q: What is your favourite comfort food?

A: That’s a tough one! I love food but for comfort I would have to say Indian food. I love all the flavours, spices and being able to mix and match so many different dishes.

Q: What is a country that’s still on your bucket list and why?

A: Too many! But Australia probably tops the list because I like the laid back vibe and I think Australians have been more switched on to health and wellness for a longer period than here in the UK.

Q: What’s the last book you read?

A: The 5 languages of love by Gary Chapman. Highly recommend the book, even if you are not currently in a relationship.

Q: What’s one of your all-time favourite movies?

A: Probably ‘Untouchable’ directed by Olivier Nakache. It is based on a true story and depicts an unlikely friendship. Very uplifting and funny!

Q: What’s your favourite way to wind down (yoga, meditation,sleep etc.)?

A: All of the above mentioned! I also find gardening very therapeutic, I love walking along the sea front, which I am lucky enough to be able to do in Brighton. I get a huge amount of enjoyment from cooking and I like curling up with a good book.

Q: What’s the last picture of yourself you’ve taken? (paste here)

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A: This photo was taken last December and it is of myself and one of my oldest and dearest friends, Daz.

Q: Do you feel your age, younger or older?

A: Sometimes older, sometimes younger. I think in many ways age is irrelevant.

Q: What song are you listening to right now?

A: Set the tigers free – Villagers.

Q: Had you heard of the Liebster Award before I nominated you?

A: No, I read your blog post and then Googled!

Q: What’s some life advice you want to give anyone out there that’s reading this?

A: Always and unapologetically be yourself. Life is too short to be anything but and by being your authentic self you will attract like minded people to share in your journey.

11 Random facts about me 

1 – I am a very curious person and love learning new things.

2 – As clichéd as it is, I would love to travel more! I visited Colombia a couple of years back and would return there in a heartbeat and then make my way across Latin America – just for starters!

3 – I am a vegetarian and I am also dairy intolerant.

4 – I am currently re-watching and slightly obsessed with Gossip Girl.

5 – Right now I am training to become an EFT Practitioner.

6 –  I have always wanted to learn to ride a motorbike.

7 – I have two sisters and a brother – all are younger than me.

8 – I love dogs and would love to have my own. I would rescue one from a shelter, as that is what my parents have always done.

9 – I love plants! I have so many houseplants and enjoy gardening.

10 – I have very eclectic music taste. All eras and genres and have even been described as a music geek!

11 – I wear glasses to help my eyes focus.

My Nominees

– https://veganandherbooks.wordpress.com
– https://fulfilledwellness.com/
– https://wendyjennings1610.wordpress.com/
– https://pinkiebag.com/
– https://staceybnaturalhealth.co.uk/tag/stacey-beattie/

Questions for my Nominees

1. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

2. Who’s the last person you called?

3. What country is still on your bucket list, and why?

4. What’s the last movie you watched?

5. What’s one of your all-time favourite books?

6. What’s your favourite way to relax?

7. What’s your favourite food?

8. Do you feel your age or do you feel older or younger?

9. Had you heard of the Liebster Award before I nominated you?

10. What’s the best or most helpful piece of advice you have been given?

11. What advice would you give to anyone that’s reading this?

Rachel x

My Favourite Crystals For Healing.

By now most of you will know how much I love crystals and that I am a qualified Crystal Healer, I wanted to share with you a few of my favourite crystals to work with and their properties.

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Amethyst

The purple power stone of the earth, amethyst allows us to relax our minds, enabling us to meditate at a deep level. It protects us from others’ thought forms and any negative energies that could intrude on our own private space.

Amber

Amber has important healing properties and is a stone of purification. Amber cleanses the mind, body and spirit as well as the aura and one’s environment. It helps to combat disease, healing and renewing the nervous system.

Rose quartz

The gentle, pink translucent form of quartz, this is an important stone for the heart chakra, and for giving and receiving love, which is most important when we work with others. It helps to dissolve all burdens and traumas.

Smokey quartz

This stone, which is the colour of frozen smoke, is an excellent grounding device which is often used at the end of a healing session. It helps to relieve stress and anxiety, disperses fear and lifts depression and negativity, encouraging positive thoughts and actions.

Clear quartz

This is known as the master healer and can be used to stabilise any chakra and to bring clarity to meditation and dreams. It increases our energy fields because of its powerful vibrational ability. Clear quartz is particularly beneficial in healing headaches and drawing out pain from other parts of the body.

Rachel x

A Beginners Guide To Meditation

Meditation has proven health benefits and has been shown to reduce addictive behaviour and improve your relationship with yourself and others. Many of us struggle to find the time or motivation to meditate, but this need not be the case. It can be done any time and anywhere.  

 

FOCUS ON YOUR BREATH

The moment you move your attention from your thoughts to your breath you have started meditating. Begin to feel your breathing by observing the sensations that arise in the nostrils, chest, diaphragm or abdomen as you inhale and exhale. Your breathing is always available for you to use as a meditation, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

OBSERVE SENSATIONS

As well as being aware of the feelings you experience as you breathe begin to notice other sensations that arise. Take a little journey around the body, making sure to cover every part. What can you feel in each area? You may feel hot or cold, tension, aches, tingling, perspiration or heaviness. The list is endless. But try not to label any sensations that you find; simply observing them is good enough.

DON’T EXPECT ANYTHING TO HAPPEN

Meditation is the opposite of excitement. When we are excited we are anticipating something in the future. When we meditate we are simply being in the present moment, here and now. Do not expect some flash of insight or transcendental moment of enlightenment. Simply be with the sensations that are arising for you now. Stop searching for anything.

DO NOT JUDGE THE SENSATIONS

Accept every sensation that arises anywhere in your body with equanimity; no sensation is good or bad. If we judge our sensations then we will begin to crave those sensations that we label ‘good’ or generate aversion towards ‘bad’ or ‘painful’ sensations.

DO NOT REACT

Allow aches and pains to be there and move your attention to observe another part of the body. You may even find that some time later that ‘unbearable’ sensation has completely disappeared.

STOP LISTENING TO YOUR THOUGHTS

People say “I can’t meditate because I can’t stop thinking”. Want to know a secret? Nobody can. Every time you notice that you have stopped meditating and are thinking again, move your attention away from thought into feeling breathing sensations in the body. You have started meditating again. You’ll probably need to do this many times in just a few minutes.

START LOVING YOURSELF

As you spend more and more time observing bodily sensations, you’ll begin to notice which thoughts cause you to feel negative, unpleasant sensations in the body. Start turning angry or hurtful thoughts into loving thoughts and feel the difference these make in your body.

SET A TIMER

Once you start to see the benefits that meditating brings to your life, start making more time to do it. Set a timer (for ten minutes initially) and do not stop your meditation until the buzzer rings. Of course there will be times during the ten minutes when you will go off into the world of thought, but that’s okay. Every time you notice you are thinking, move your awareness away from thought and back into the body.

The more you practise meditating, the more able you will be to resist the temptation to listen to your own mind’s endless chattering.

Rachel x