Author: Dr. Reid

Harness Your Sexual Energy

Does engaging in sexual activity energize or deplete you?

Becoming aware of how your energy level rises or falls in relation to sex can help you increase your vitality bank account.

Outside of cultural or moral ideas of sex, there is the reality of how it is in your body, for you uniquely and individually. Sexual intimacy can be a wonderful thing, and yet the physical implications of orgasm may or may not serve us at a given time.

Considering your energy in relation to sexual intercourse is a practical, functional approach to your overall health and wellbeing. It’s very useful to take an account of your energy in relation to intercourse. It’s also easy to do.

So let’s put some attention on it. A little awareness can go a long way to energizing our bodies, minds and spirits!

Think about:

  • How often and with whom to you have sex?
  • What time of day?
  • How do you feel afterward?

How you feel immediately afterward is one thing, but how you feel an hour or two or three later, and how you feel the next day can tell you whether sex energizes or depletes you.

Did you know that sex at night can be more draining that sex earlier in the day? This is because at night, the body restores yin energy in the kidneys and orgasm is a release of yang energy, which can disrupt this energy restoration. It has less impact on your kidneys if you have sex in yang time of day—the morning time.

If you have kidney challenges (inflammation, for example) or kidney yin deficiency, this is especially important to pay attention to. Examples of kidney yin deficiency include dizziness, poor memory, low back pain, knee pain, ringing in the ears or hearing problems, spontaneous sweating, constipation, dry mouth and throat and aversion to cold.

If these symptoms sound familiar, you might want to experiment with favoring the morning over the afternoon or evening for sexual activity. Or if orgasms make you feel drained, you might consider abstaining for a period of time.

In contrast, if you run hot, and tend toward restlessness and a fiery temper, a release of yang through sexual intercourse can be centering and calming. You might need a sexual release to keep your energy from stagnating.

Like everything else, what is best for you is a personal, individual thing, and something that you have the power to discover for yourself.

So when you take an accounting, does an orgasm give you a boost in energy, or does it drain you? Does the time of day make a difference in your experience?

While our experience has a physical reality unique to each of us, social and religious ideas can have a distinct impact on our experience of our sexuality. What mental noise do you have about sex? What energetic entanglements restrict you? How do ideas of power play into and affect your experience?

Becoming aware of your stories about sex gives you the power to embrace or rewrite those scripts for your mental, emotional and physical benefit. Adding this to what you learned about whether you feel energized or depleted physically gives you a wealth of information to move forward with for energy.

You might want to alter your patterns, and even:

  • Have time away from sexual activity for a while to see what happens with your energy or
  • Engage more often in healthy sex

There are definitely things that you can do to enhance your libido and your sexual organs and essences. Learn more about herbs, supplements, exercises and more in the Nutrition + Health class Sexual Energy: Our Life Force.

The class airs live on March 7, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Learn more and register.

Boost Your Immunity in ONE Simple Step!

Imagery for Immunity

Research shows that our thoughts and feelings impact our physicality, from increased cortisol levels when we’re stressed to lowered immunity if we’re feeling depressed. Most of the time, we don’t consciously direct our thoughts for the benefit of our health, but we do have the power to do just that.

Visualization is a practical tool we can use at any time to deliberately and positively influence our immune system. When we say “visualization,” we really mean much more than seeing with internal eyes. Some of us are not visually oriented, and may not connect to the idea of seeing images with our eyes closed. Instead, let’s think of visualization as image-feeling. The feeling, whether we can cognize images or not, is really what we’re after. The emotion is what has the greatest influence on our health. (For more on that, see Dr. Reid’s blog post: The Power of Words.)

For example, visualize a tree. If you can’t see the trunk, branches, etc. in your mind’s eye, then cognize the feeling of a tree. In either case, when we imagine a tree, there is a feeling that we likely associate with concept of tree. This is what we mean here by visualization. So even if you can’t see that tree, you can still use visualization techniques for your benefit.

How does visualization impact us physically? It becomes part of the chemical conversation going on in our body, creating a blueprint that influences our neuro- and immunotransmitters.

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From our earliest moments of life, the brain and immune system are engaged in a constant dialogue. Each influences the other by means of chemical messengers. In fact, the immune system has neurotransmitter receptor sites in white blood cells, lymph nodes and elsewhere, and the brain has receptor sites for immunotransmitters called cytokines.

Three important cytokines are:

  • Interferons
  • Interleukins
  • Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)

Examples of neurotransmitters include:

  • Seratonin
  • Norepinephrine
  • Dopamine

Neurotransmitters circulate throughout the body with specific immune system receptor sites, as mentioned. Emotions impact neurotransmitters and thus affect immunity specifically, and our health generally.

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The immune system responds to messages from the brain formed by images or emotions. We can deliberately create mental images or encourage emotions to impact our immune systems in a positive way. Instead of letting our unconscious thoughts steer our health, we can consciously direct thoughts and feelings for greater energy and vitality.

You can use visualization in any moment to influence your experience, or you can use guided visualization for a different and often deeper effect. One of the simplest approaches is to use a counterbalancing visualization. Let’s say, for example, that you feel nervous—you can imagine yourself being calm and strong. Or maybe you feel tired—consciously imagine yourself being active, feeling what it feels like to have more energy. If you’re cold, you can imagine sitting in the sun on a tropical beach, or if you have high blood pressure, you can visualize your blood pressure going down.

If a person is dealing with cancer and thinks “I’m doomed,” it certainly doesn’t help the immune system. Indeed, fear may be the most weakening emotion for immunity.

If we let negative thoughts run unchecked, they can weaken us, versus consciously visualizing life and vitality. We can use the tool of directed visualization on the spur of the moment when there is a need or when we notice an unhelpful thought.

We can also use guided imagery to potent effect. Being Energy, our educational program on health on vitality, recently released the CD Into Your Heart, a guided visualization from Dr. Reid.

The visualization is designed to help you regulate the flow of your hormones and neurotransmitters in a way that reduces stress in your body and increases happiness. Dr. Reid guides you to opening yourself to the energy of your heart, to heal emotional hurts and find out what really matters to you.

Available for purchase from the Being Energy online store, it’s a tool that you can turn to again and again. Listen to a sample:

Dr. Reid also created a wonderful CD entitled Guided Explorations to Our Internal Organs, which is also available from the Being Energy online store.

In addition, you can try this guided visualization, or “recapitulation” for resolving past hurts. It guides you to evoking the feeling of safety and nourishment that one experiences in the mother’s womb for greater energy and vitality in daily life:

Remember that you can use visualization to benefit your life any time you like, whether it’s a quick image that you form in your mind to help you manage a situation, or whether you sit down.

What Is Your Perfect Weight?

Your perfect weight is an individual expression of being in harmony with your soul. Ideals of beauty change through time and among cultures, but what is best for each of us is a unique matter.

While obesity is a serious health issue that is tied to various diseases, the idea of optimal body weight can also be tied to a feeling of being accepted by others.

A trip to an art museum immediately brings to light that different cultures at different times have had very different standards of beauty—from plump Rubenesque figures to the hour-glass shape of the Gibson Girl to the more boyish figure of the Flapper or 60s Twiggy eras.

To not get caught in the vicissitudes of popular culture and enjoy the weight that is best for you comes down to feeling connected to your body—feeling vital and energetic. Your perfect body weight supports this experience of vitality.

Some may naturally feel best with a thinner frame, especially if they have a hotter constitution, while others who tend toward feeling cold do better with more body fat to keep warm and grounded. Some people need more muscle tone because they require a stronger structure, and others need more flexibility to combat a tendency toward stiffness.

Feel for yourself what makes sense for you. Your body is an indivisible twin of your mind, and when mind and body work together, there is clearer pathway for a joyful experience of life. This is the functional approach to body weight.

A dysfunctional approach is trying to meet an external ideal–especially today in the West, with the widespread presence of extremely thin fashion models (many who reportedly struggle with bulimia and other health troubles including digestive difficulties and ceasing of menstruation).
We may judge ourselves because we see our body weight in a certain way. We may have unresolved issues of self-worth or self-confidence, and our weight on some level is an expression of our level of comfort with ourselves.

Whenever you have a critical thought about your body weight, try asking yourself: “What unresolved issues do I have in my life? How can I feel better?”

It is true that eating is often an emotional activity—we sometimes seek to satisfy our emotional needs and resolve emotional knots through food. In this case, it’s not about the food. So we can look to what satisfies us on a deeper level, makes us feel self-love and self-respect—makes us feel connected.

It’s also true that healthy eating and exercise habits promote your unique perfect weight. It’s an interesting phenomenon that the more nutritious food that you eat, the more you want to eat nutritious food. The more movement you engage in, the more you want to move.

The body wants more of what helps it feel good. The key word here is “more”—vs. deprivation or restriction. So instead of trying to eat less sugar, aim to eat more greens. Instead of sitting less, look to walking more. Focus on the “more” of the healthy habits rather than on the “less” of the unhealthy habits.

When you do more of what is good for you, you’ll naturally want less of the things that don’t support your wellness in body and mind. When you eat better, you’ll naturally have more energy for activity and feel better in your body.

When you feel vital and connected, you are in harmony with your soul.

New Paradigms and Timeless Wisdom

Food: New Paradigms and Timeless Wisdom

We all know that diet plays an important part in our health and wellbeing. But how what we eat affects our biology isn’t so clear, as evidenced by the diverse and often opposing diets promoted by trustworthy physicians. Should you eat for your blood type? Follow the Paleo Diet, Atkins plan or Mediterranean diet? Take notes from Dr. Oz? New research suggests that we may have been looking at the subject through too narrow a lens. Food may actually act like a hormone.

As Karen K. Ryan and Randy J. Seeley point out in their Science article, “Food as a Hormone”: “Nutrient substrates derived from food can activate intracellular signaling cascades to regulate metabolic health.” This finding could change the way that specific diseases are treated, as well as the way we think about our daily diets.

Looking at food as a hormone cocktail reframes what we thought we knew about food’s role in obesity, for example. Focusing on fat and sugar could well be misguided. Instead, it may be more accurate and effective to consider the signaling properties of foods and “food metabolite-receptor interactions.”

Food certainly provides us with necessary fuel and nutrients. Yet it now seems that there’s more going on. The components of food “travel through the blood, and nutrient substrates can act as signaling molecules by activating cell-surface or nuclear receptors.” In this way, food acts as a hormone. Hormones are chemicals released by certain cells, glands or organs that travel through the blood to affect cells elsewhere in the body. They can be thought of as chemical messengers that send signals from one cell to another, altering cellular metabolism in the process. Apparently, this is also what food does.

The intricate complexities of the body are astounding, and the more we learn, the more amazing it all becomes. New scientific findings are changing how we look at things as basic as our daily diet, and very often also highlight the value of ancient wisdom. In our next Nutrition + Health class on January 17th, Restore Your Body Weight and Your Soul after the Holidays, you’ll gain some insightful and useful information, followed by more tools throughout the year as we address the latest research and share traditional wisdom to help you be your most vibrant self.

We hope to see you there!

Realize your New Year’s Resolutions in 2015

Most of us start each year with one or more resolutions that we hope to accomplish. Maybe you want to shed extra pounds gained over the holidays, or to get to the gym more regularly. But by the time March rolls around, these resolutions can seem like a distant memory.

What happens? Usually, other things take our attention. To successfully meeting our goals, it helps to have support and information to inspire us to continue to improve our lives.

Being Energy is here to support and inform you! Our community is diverse and its members often far distant from one another, but we come together with the goals of realizing our potential and feeling our best.

Each year, for example, regulars return and new people jump on board for our group Detox Program. Though you do Being Energy’s Detox Program anytime of year, the group support seems to make it all the easier to stick with it so you can enjoy its benefits. The results from the detox are often amazing—more clarity, better focus, deeper sleep and more.

The group Detox Program is part of our Nutrition + Health online class series. We also have new great classes planned throughout the coming year to give you tools and practical information for improving your health and wellbeing.

Find out about your ideal body weight, how to apply your sexual energy to activate your life force even more, what it means to breathe for greater vitality (with a special guest teacher) and what neuroplasticity means and why it’s important, and more.

In fact, the research is in—our lifestyle choices do make a difference in our health, even at the level of our DNA. Learn simple things that you can incorporate into your daily life in our online Nutrition + Health classes. Plus we’ll have time for questions and answers after each class.

Recordings of past classes are also available in our online store for purchase.

The Key to Feeling More Energy? A Healthy Thyroid Gland!

Movement is the key to energy. It really is true! Of all the things we can do to stay energized and healthy, keeping our bodies moving is right there at the top—even, and maybe especially, when we feel sluggish.

There are many reasons why we might not feel like being active, but a major one is due to thyroid disorder. Because of this, we’ll focus on the thyroid in our next Nutrition + Health class on November 22nd—the last one of the year!

Of course, the class will offer in-depth information and tips all about how to keep the thyroid functioning at its best. But right now, to help you energize right away, we want to put the spotlight on the role of exercise and the thyroid.

Your thyroid gland may not be very large, but it has a big influence on your health and wellbeing. It affects your body temperature, metabolism, heart rate, mood, bowel function and energy levels. If it’s not functioning well, you probably won’t feel like getting out there and getting the exercise you need to stay fit and happy. So what can you do? Start with small steps. Every little bit of exercise you get each day makes a difference.

There are little things you can do to increase your daily activity, and it all counts! Take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator when you have the chance. Park at the far end of the parking lot at the grocery store. Take five to fifteen minutes to take an extra walk around your neighborhood or workplace, or do squats or pushups before jumping into your other responsibilities—it will be time well spent, helping you function more effectively and think more clearly.

The thyroid produces a hormone that regulates your metabolism, and exercise boosts metabolism, helping you reduce or maintain weight.

Studies show that exercising just 30 minutes a day, five days a week helps reduce the symptoms of both an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) and underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). The irony is that if you have hypothyroidism, you likely don’t feel like being active. Just take it a step at a time!

Ideally, you want to get some cardio, stretching and strength training in each day. The main thing is to do things that you enjoy—gardening, dancing, jogging, sports—and work things into your daily life, like walking the dog, or doing jumping jacks before sitting down in front of the computer or television, or taking a 30-minute time-out for one of our daily Mind, Body + Spirit classes.

Try it out, pay attention to how you feel in the moment and reflect on your energy at the end of the day, and end of the week. Making time to move may end up giving you more time and energy for all of the other things in your life.

Sexual Energy – How can you nourish your body and mind with sexual energy?

Dear BE Community,

There is much taboo and ignorance on the topic of sex. We live in a world where prostitution and visual sexual stimulation as a lucrative global business market is in the top 3. Sex becomes a “visual” thing that doesn’t involve the totality of the self.

Sex, as a product for immediate pleasure and gratification, only leads to more depletion of energy. It may sound like “grandma” talking, but it is something you can verify for yourself.

Because of beliefs and traumas hidden in the physical body, some individuals are scared of physical contact, let alone sexual interaction.  We would like to start with ourselves first, by reviewing our ideas and our own taboos, to broaden our perception and consciousness on the topic of sex.

When you hear the word sex, what do you think?  What are your judgments about it?  We often respond in a way that describes instant gratification and satisfaction.  We want energy, and yet we use sexual energy without realizing that unconscious behavioral responses may ultimately deplete our vitality.

For those of us on a path of awareness sexual energy is access to life force that is meant for our spiritual evolutionary journey.

In the Nutrition class this month on Saturday, April 19, we will learn ways to nurture and nourish sexual energy and to reinforce and maintain a healthy balance of our sexual hormones.  We will learn practical ways to foster the shine in the eyes and a mood of curiosity and presence, indicators of strong sexual energy.

We will use a loofah scrub or glove in class to learn to move energy through the largest organ of the body, the skin.  We will learn how to bring energy up from areas of the sexual organs and bring it to the throat, the thyroid, where we lose a great deal of energy as we age.

Please join us!

In our first class on January 25 we presented a 21-day detox program that helps to eliminate toxins and revitalize your body. If you missed the class, you can still watch it here.

In our second class of March 8 we focused on the many reasons for weight differences and fluctuations and how to find your ideal body weight.  If you missed it, click to watch it here.

Have a healthy and joyful week.

Click here to register

Finding your Ideal Body Weight

Dear Being Energy Community:

We are launching a new series of Being Energy weekly newsletters. We look forward to sharing practical ideas, experiences, relevant research, and guidance for creating and maintaining a vital, healthy and strong body-mind. We intend to focus on four areas, one each week: 1) Nutrition and Food, 2) The Wisdom that guides the Path With Heart Classes, 3) The Being Energy Community, and 4) Topics of Interest on the warrior’s journey, based on the knowledge and teachings of the Seers of Ancient Mexico.

This week our focus is on Nutrition. Our Nutrition classes this year will address specific topics to help raise awareness of the choices we make, our relationship to our bodies, and the behavior associated with thoughts, emotions and choices.

Finding Your Ideal Body Weight

One of the challenges we face in determining the most beneficial choices for mind-body health is the onslaught of theories, opinions, beliefs and views from the greater healthcare community, the media and society at large.

We believe in empowering individuals to find their own center amidst what may feel like an overstimulation of data and information, to better understand their unique bodies and experiences. Through the process of refining and strengthening individual health in community, we share experiences, recipes and results of healthy new choices.

In our first class on January 25 we presented a 21-day detox program that helps to eliminate toxins and revitalize your body. If you missed the class, you can still watch it here.

In the upcoming class this Saturday, March 8, we will share information and guidance to find your ideal body weight. There are a variety of reasons for weight differences and fluctuations, for example, our bone structure, our genes, our food history, changing emotional needs, age, and the climate we live in. You can learn about how the body stores and designs your weight and shape, about the relationships between weight and energy, and how to understand and determine your ideal body weight, which is not a standard formula but an individual expression. The upcoming nutrition class is also a maintenance follow-up to the detox program.

Have a healthy and joyful week.

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Being Energy at the Benjamin Center, Los Angeles, CA Presentation by Dr. Miles Reid

We are excited about our recent Being Energy presentation to the Cancer Support Community at the Benjamin Center in West Los Angeles, CA. The audience of cancer patients, their relatives and educators, enthusiastically received the three-part series.

We introduced the basic concepts and philosophy of Being Energy to first-time listeners, and shared an introductory set of Being Energy® movements. We explained the essential elements of the practice and origin of Being Energy, emphasizing both the physical and energetic benefits of the movements such as increased vitality and optimism.  We focused on how these movements shift our thoughts and perceptions, enhance a state of well being, and benefit the immune system.

We filmed the presentation and have divided it into several parts for your convenience and enjoyment. The videos offer a useful introduction to what Being Energy is, making it easy to share with family, friends and the community.

Here is a first-glance experience of Being Energy!

A complete introductory practice that you can follow:

Three Being Energy principles presented in five-minute segments:

I: Physical Body and Energy

II: Using Intention to Change the Body

III: We Shape Our Bodies with Our Thoughts

View the Full Presentation

Can Movement Define Emotion?

This fascinating study looked at how posture and movement can effect one’s emotional state. The study measured the effects of movement, motor imagery and observation of whole-body expression (body language) of emotions—happiness, fear, sadness—on the affective state. The findings show that the deliberate control of motor behavior can regulate feelings.

These findings highlight a key element of what Being Energy incorporates into every class and workshop. Read the full article here.