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Times of Intense Changes

Something Wonderful (c) Elen Lauper

Something Wonderful (c) Elen Lauper

Over the last week or so I have been looking at the intense changes that are occurring around me, both environmentally and in the world.  It can be overwhelming and frightening.

So during my meditation this morning two ideas emerged. One thought was the need for me to continue to bank my energy/reserves through some kind of daily meditation and breath-work. The other thought was that this is an important time to de-clutter.

What does clutter have to do with anything?

If you look at nature and notice the circular and meandering ways plants grow, you might realize that this is the way energy moves. And in order for that movement to flow properly, it needs space. Where there isn’t that space, stagnation occurs. Where there is no free flow of water, a pool of water becomes sludge, accompanied by bugs and germs that cause illness around it. The same is true of our homes, our offices, our lives.

Times of intense change may be nature’s way of decluttering, so perhaps it is wise to participate in the process, rather than resist it. And since we live in a society of collecting/buying things, this can affect all aspects of our lives.

For some this has meant moving their house or apartment. For others, it may involve having their desk or office location moved. And for some, the change is more severe: the destruction of their homes through mudslides, winter storms, or the threat of war.  In any case, it is a time for re-evaluating what is important for us. What has value and meaning and what have we kept around for the sake of nostalgia, security, or what we think belongs to us, perhaps even what preserves our self-image.

In Traditional East Asian Medicine the sorting process takes place in the small intestine;  the de-cluttering or emptying process takes place in the large intestine. Where those processes work smoothly, we are able to assimilate the proper nutrients to supply our needs and achieve health. When we practice de-cluttering on a regular basis, our bodies, our health, and our lives can be less chaotic. When we tend to accumulate, stagnation occurs. In the body that can manifest as bloating, nasal congestion, problems with lymphatic drainage, or bowel inflammation or disease.

To find remedies click on large intestine, and small intestine . For lymphatic drainage of the ears click here; with permission Heather.  In the meantime, try practicing deep breathing with meditation or some kind of quiet time, or even taking a meandering walk.  And of course, make time for decluttering, even a little at a time.

You might find more space in your life for … “something wonderful”…

Living with the Seasons

(c) Elen Lauper 2013

Welcome to my site and blog. The  purpose of this site is to give people a few ways to find relief, find balance, and cultivate health. It is a reflection of my practice, using sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch to develop habits that support wellness.  Finding that balance is my ultimate goal – for myself and for others.

First, a little orientation

The Coping with Change pages give brief descriptions of the demands and challenges of each season as well as recommendations for relief. This blog page will be used for timely observations as well as additional suggestions, and periodically video links to interesting topics.

In addition, the sidebar has a link to my YouTube channel which has videos I have made and others I watch regularly; a link to the Five Flavors Alchemy website of an herbalist who cooks, balances the flavors energetically, and shares recipes; and a link to an astrologer who uses the language of the stars to explain the cyclic patterns we find ourselves in.

And now for the in-between season we find ourselves in

It’s the end of  May. We seem to be between seasons.  The temperature has fluctuated often and quickly. Yet we haven’t had a lot of rain over the spring.  And we have already had big fires. Seasons in Southern California are different than the rest of the country.  Our biggest challenges at this time of year are dryness, pollen from the non-native blooms, smoke and fire retardants in the smoke, and air pollution that sits in the valley too long. We are grateful for some rain to wash it all away, yet complain about the traffic when it comes.

So what to do?

While the weather is changeable soups are great. During all of the changes, hydration is key. Keeping up with all the changes requires some flexibility so stretching can help.

If you have been hydrating and stretching over the spring, then this in-between stage will be easier. Hydrating means drinking more water than you are used to, but also hydrating the nose with saline and a Neti Pot, or some other nasal rinse technique.

Look at  the No Time/Space for Self tab under the Coping with Change menu page.  There you will find more symptoms and relief suggestions for the season between seasons.

For now… Imagine Peace