2008 QUEST FOR HEALTH SEPTEMBER 2008 NEWSLETTER I’ve been holding my stomach in create a program which would interest me in strength training again, and I have him almost my whole life. As a child, my make me a new one every 3 months or so mom and I lived with her family for some to keep me challenged and motivated. I time, and one or two of her teen brothers quit coffee for 2 weeks in May, but found I (my uncles) had Playboy pinups on their was still foggy brained anyway and bedroom walls. This is my earliest memory decided to restart for clarity of mind! I did of “media influence” regarding body more gardening and lots of weeding, and image, and I remember looking at these used the weeding metaphor for shrines to the female form and envying the eliminating unnecessary obligations in my beautiful flat stomachs they all had. The life and nurturing/tending what was relevance of this will become clearer to important to me. Along the way, a couple you later as you read on. of angels gave me books that were very meaningful for me. The first one is “A New Some fairly personal health stuff I’m going Earth” by Eckhart Tolle – thank you Eric to share with you … Peters! Eric is a local and very In January ’08 (right around “resolution” experienced yoga therapist, and you can time!) I was looking at turning 40 this year find out more about him at and had to start making some changes in http://www.hopeformyback.com/ my life. I wasn’t sleeping well, and had The second book is “The Introvert dark circles and the beginnings of bags Advantage” by Marti Laney – thank you under my eyes. My face was puffy, I was a Lianne! These books taught me that: few pounds overweight, and often felt • I need to live in the Now and to live bloated and “thick in the middle”. My Now with acceptance, enthusiasm and upper body was achy and tight, and I had enjoyment to do massage on myself quite frequently • it’s a common human affliction to have especially after a day’s work. I acquired mind chatter and to always be looking red, flakey bumps around my nose, was to the future for happiness (ie: I’ll be quite annoyed that I had to take truly happy when I finally have that flat medication for cholesterol issues, and stomach) some mornings I had a very subtle rattle in • it’s okay to take breaks and have quiet my lungs when I inhaled deeply – odd for time for myself • I finally now understand why too much a non-smoker, yes? Recent blood work noise bothers even me, a hearing indicated my kidneys were functioning at impaired individual! only 63%, yet ultrasound results showed Another angel is my friend Bill, who came them as being normal. Many little things to see me with “proof” of how effective were adding up and I didn’t like the way it Tim Wu’s treatments are. Tim is a was heading. Traditional Chinese Medical Therapist http://uniquetherapy.com/tim/ whom I’ve First thing, I enlisted a terrific exercise seen for 6 sessions, and on his advice, I quit physiologist and personal trainer, Jonathan coffee again and switched to red tea. I Chant of http://fitnessforfreedom.com/ to also cut back wine consumption from 4 2008 QUEST FOR HEALTH SEPTEMBER 2008 NEWSLETTER glasses a week to 1 or 2, and am taming the effect of it on the people I work on my sweet tooth yet again. Tim’s been every day. Heck, I even did a newsletter teaching a group of us qigong (chee- on the diaphragm back in March! To gong) lessons at Bill’s new business centre experience the difference in myself is http://www.shaklee.ca/billmcburney and another thing altogether. Many of these I’m finding this, this, THIS! to be the most musings in this article have come from life and health changing thing of all, and mind wanderings in my daily hour of probably what I’ve been seeking for a focused breathing – which means that I long time. There is a lot more to the still have a ways to go in controlling the qigong lessons than what I’ll get into here, mind! but the fundamentals are about A new client asked me recently if getting breathing. Tim says that when you control regular massages will make her more the breathing, you control the mind. So “healthy”, and I had to explain that I’ve been practicing for an hour a day, vibrant health, vitality, and energy is a and it took me almost a week to realize combination of many parts, often what that I was mainly chest breathing, which is seem like puzzle pieces. As humans, the why I felt so light headed afterwards, basic pieces are the same, but might look couldn’t get a regular rhythm going different for each individual. Look during, and my neck, shoulders and left carefully at the quantity and quality of arm felt so tense! When it finally occurred what you’re ingesting for food, drink, to me to push my belly out as far as I could chemicals, alcohol and medications. Are with my diaphragm to fill my lungs (instead you getting regular exercise? Are you of raising my chest), I was amazed at how managing your stress? This means cutting relaxed my shoulders, arms and neck back on obligations and dealing with became. What?!?! Push my belly out? other stressors where possible, NOT just But I’ve been holding it in all my life, trying coping with them. And of course, how are to achieve that flat, maybe even you breathing? Practice makes perfect in concave look!) But the proof was in how all these areas. much less effort breathing was and more rhythmical, and the hour flew by faster I hope that story of my journey this year motivates you, or helps you in yours. There instead of dragging on forever. I’m are many messages I wished to convey in all beginning to notice and correct my this, but an important one is this: breathing patterns accordingly throughout If you keep seeking, you will find; and if your the day as well, but it’s still not easy or ears and heart are open and listening, you will automatic after a lifetime of doing it my hear. We have the answers within us (which way. I realize now that I was taxing myself we tend to ignore or doub), and so the additionally by chest breathing while universe sends people our way to help guide doing physical labour as a therapist! As an us. In the meantime, as my 40th birthday RMT, I know intellectually that chest draws ever closer, I’ll continue to contemplate breathing takes a lot of work and effort for my navel, but with more acceptance, many muscles to lift the ribcage, and I feel enthusiasm and enjoyment.