Calibrating Ourselves- Changing Old Habits

Hope this message finds you well and in good health- physically, mentally and spiritually.

It has been a while since my last message to you as life keeps happening with great intensity for many of us. As some of you know I have reopened the studio for in-person individual sessions. I am contemplating the possibility of soon reopening for in-person classes and workshops.

Today I will share again a post I wrote 8 years ago and it seems to be very important in today’s world and at every step of the way in our lives:

All of us have heard numerous times the importance of taking care of our bodies and minds so we can live a healthier and longer life.
Why is it so hard to get started?

Maybe because the habits that we have created for so long, sometimes even from childhood, are so ingrained in us and seem incredibly difficult to change. The overwhelming thought of change repeatedly keeps us stuck where we are, added to the excuses for them.

What if…we took baby steps while being loving to ourselves?

Today we can decide to drink one more glass of water, or instead of having a cup of coffee midday, eat a handful of almonds and a piece of fruit for an energy boost. Or take a vow of silence one night a week when all electronics are turned off and put away. How about starting a 10 min walk around the block after dinner? How about mindful breathing?

In truth, the changes we can make to a healthier life will be guided by our internal settings that tell us on a regular basis exactly what we need. If we keep the automatic pilot off and stop accepting to live life like robots, with no sense of where we are, why we are there and where we are aiming to be, we will be able to touch the wise being that lives within us all.

Questioning habits and the role they play in our well-being is a wonderful way to start change for the better in our personal, familial and social lives. Integrating body, mind, and spirit is critical in this quest, especially because we have human bodies that feel to the core the physical and emotional pain as well as the mental tribulation.

A phoenix comes to new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.

The phoenix is a symbol of rebirth, strength, hope, renewal, and progress…all possible to achieve when we look within and decide to transform ourselves into a better version of ourselves.

Art by Gabriel Strafacce (aka my son)

While it is easy for others to tell us what to do, it will be amazingly more powerful to silence all the noise and opinions from the world outside and calibrate our inner compass to this immensely abundant universe that lights up the path to follow…if we open our EYE. ☺

Maria Helena

To schedule a session with me please send me a text or give me a call. I am not currently using Schedulicity for that purpose.

CLASSES & ONLINE SESSIONS

This past week we tried the first tentative schedule for the month of January. I will keep it as it is for now and hope that more of you can join the classes! Please, reach out to me if you would like to join but you have a conflict in your schedule. I will do my best to accommodate new classes.

I intend, in the next few weeks, to add a class for healing and strengthening the liver and heart meridians. This is very important, especially nowadays, as the energies of the world outside are carried with anger, frustration and hatred. Energies that directly affect (the outside magnifies the inside) the liver and heart. Anger and hatred, if not addressed on an energetic level can truly cause havoc to the physical body.

According to Tradicional Chinese Medicine, if there is a blockage in any energy channel of your body, this blockage can grow bigger and eventually make the body sick. “The physical body has intelligence for healing itself because it was designed that way. The 5 Element Healing Movements can activate this intelligence.” Master Chunyi Lin -founder of Spring Forest QiGong.

Let’s keep taking care of ourselves at an energetic level, so our physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies’ health can keep improving.

This past Friday I offered an introductory free session on TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique) to release trauma, PTSD, and heavy emotions. I will keep offering this session throughout the month of January (Fridays @ 6:30 pm) and the fee will be $15/ session/per person. Also, I continue to offer individual virtual healing sessions (Qigong healing and other techniques might be used).  Please, contact me if you want to get more info about it.

You can let me know via email (maria@corpoealmahealing.com) or text (805-728-5573) if you would like to participate in the classes so I can send you the link to zoom.

“Energy moves in waves. Waves move in patterns. Patterns move in rhytms. The rhytms gave me a way to map the movements of my own psyche as well as the ever-changing state of the universe.” Gabrielle Roth ( Sweat your Prayers: Movement as Spiritual Practice)

Much love, and let’s keep moving and breathing consciously, praying and taking care of one another.

 

Maria Helena

 

 

Let’s Teach Our Children How To Relax…

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I have noticed recently, in my massage and energy work practice, more and more visits from children and young adults.

It’s truly an honor to be trusted to care for the little ones and teenagers. I love them and feel that they have a much deeper connection to the source, to this vast Universe, than most of us adults.

What has been surprising to me is the amount of tension, pain, and intense alertness in those kids, mostly due to the overuse of electronic devices like video games and cell phones .

As a natural reaction of the body during a massage, the muscles tend to relax, the blood pressure drops and a gentle heaviness and well-being takes over the body with the release of endorphins. The mind slows down, the shoulders drop, and—at least for that moment—all tension goes away, giving the mind and body a break from stress. However, if our mind is constantly being stimulated, the process is much more difficult .

I believe that we adults still have the power to lead our children with more awareness, the power to rethink values and priorities, the power of making decisions regardless of what has been followed by the great masses and the insatiable consumerism that goes around us. It makes sense to think that the change might start with us…adults. How we perceive the world, how we relate to it affects directly how our own children will connect and feel the world around them.

Why not question, once in a while, our habits of living and gradually introduce into our family a more relaxing and healthier routine? One that involves more quality time in interaction with humans and nature and less time in interaction with machines…maybe then our children will drop the weight of the world that we are unconsciously placing upon their shoulders.