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8 Great Reasons to Meditate Today

You can enjoy positive effects from even just one meditation, and the long-term benefits multiply with continued practice.

Recent studies show that meditation not only reduces stress—which would certainly be enough reason to try it—but it actually affects our DNA, protecting the life of our cells and slowing aging. One study showed that just one meditation session can have a positive impact.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health.”

Scientists are just beginning to understand how and why meditation works, but its mental, physical and emotional benefits have been appreciated since ancient times.  It has been proven to lower stress and to help combat illnesses such as:

 

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Pain
  • Sleep problems

The greatest benefit comes from a daily practice, and there are many forms of meditation to try. From Mindfulness and Transcendental Meditation to Tai Chi and yoga, it can involve movement or stillness, attention or transcendence.

Meditation is something that helps you turn the volume down internally, and shift away from the stress response toward a parasympathetic response. It may include breathing in a purposeful way, using guided imagery and your imagination or focusing on an object. I often coach patients in meditation techniques to address their particular situation.

The effects can be very powerful.

Here are eight scientifically proven benefits of meditation:

  1. Stronger immunity. Multiple studies show that meditation improves immunity in a variety of ways, from boosting antibodies to slowing down the production of CD-4 cell counts to stimulating the brain areas that control the immune system.
  2. Less pain. Meditation can reduce the experience of pain and lower activity in the brain’s pain-processing regions.
  3. Stronger and faster mental function. Meditation strengthens the connection between brain cells and may lead to increased gyrification (cortical activity linked to the brain’s ability to process information more quickly).
  4. Brain restructuring. It’s amazing to consider, but meditation can change your brain structure—brain scans of longtime meditators show increased gray matter, which is associated with intelligence, sensory perception, emotional stability and stress response.
  5. Increased learning ability. Research shows that students who meditate have better test scores, improved attendance rate, increased intelligence and creativity and less stress.
  6. Emotional stability. It appears that when exposed to stress, long-time meditataors show less activity in the right amygdala—the part of the brain that plays a key role in processing emotions.
  7. Better focus. A University of Washington study conducted by Dr. David Levy showed that those who are trained in meditation experience less negative emotion in multi-tasking tests and can switch tasks less often and more effectively. Meditators also showed improved task-related memory.
  8. Weight control. It turns out that meditation can actually help reduce belly fat. Increased stress increases certain hormone activity that can lead to weight gain, and study after study shows that meditation can significantly reduce the body’s response to stress as well as increase serotonin, a hormone that influences sleep, mood and appetite.

Meditation, in whatever form we choose, can play an effective and enjoyable role in our health and wellbeing.

If you participate in our upcoming LA retreat Radiant Health + Radiant Energy, you can experience the benefits of meditation in a fuller context. Or join us in Amsterdam in October!

A Path of Love, a Path with Heart

My name is Kale Amber, I come from a lineage of disciplined, strong beings from Costa Rica. My ancestors had a passion for music, which I carry. Music is seen as the intentional use of the vibration and creates with its counterpart silence the perfect vehicle for emotions. Since early childhood, I’ve lived in a world of sublime emotions, enthanced by music, that my mom cultivated in me through her refined taste for classical music.

As a young boy, I spent countless hours disassembling things with the sole purpose of finding out how they worked. I now disassemble more ethereal things, like the person, the egos and the stories which I believe are the source of all emotional pain.

My biggest passion now is to write about the human journey. My focus is the deliberate balance between body, mind and spirit that we can achieve when we learn to master our emotions. I intend to teach the evolution and awakening of awareness through emotional intelligence. My interest in this work centers on dealing with emotional pain and helping other beings to acknowledge and understand pain as the utmost tool for bringing us to the present moment.

I came in contact with Carlos Castaneda’s teachings through his books when I was in high school and in the past ten years have worked more with the teachings through the practice of energy movements. In this work, there was a pivotal moment in my life—I recall it as the beginning of my journey in the path of the warrior. I was in a public library and found the book Magical Passes. I did one pass from the book and from that little gesture, magical changes unfolded that have led me to the present moment. Everything that has happened to me since can be connected backwards as if to a master plan.

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I am grateful for the life I am experiencing, for the human beings, places and experiences in my journey and for the wonderful possibility of waking up to enhanced awareness every day.
In the past five years, Being Energy has been the structural backbone for my journey. Through the regular practice of movements, breathing, recapitulation and silence, I have discovered my true self, my purpose and the joy of being.

My purpose in life is simply to be, but beyond this, I feel an urge to teach fellow travellers how to live easier, more meaningful lives. Being Energy has provided me with a nurturing environment to discover myself, navigate the unavoidable challenges of life and transcend my own boundaries.

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My father passed away a few years ago, while I was attending Being Energy’s Path with Heart classes. The energetic web created by all beings participating in these classes carried me over my grief with beautiful waves of energy, and I could experience the many layers of my father’s death in awe and wonder and also with presence and flow, allowing the pain, too. For this I will always be grateful to my dear teachers Miles and Aerin.

Currently, I am actively teach the daily Being Energy Mind + Body + Spirit classes, teaching Recapitulation and The Ancient Seer’s Code from my home in Florida. I also conduct classes and workshops for groups of practitioners in Costa Rica. Teaching Being Energy opens avenues for me to connect to my true self and to Silent Knowledge, and provides tools for the manifestation and transformation of one’s life in a beautiful organic way that only can be achieved when we learn to love ourselves, our dear families, our partners, our mentors, teachers and friends. From there we can manifest everything else.

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Intending Your Power Within

“In the universe there is an immeasurable, indescribable force which shamans call intent, and absolutely everything that exists in the entire cosmos is attached to intent by a connecting link.” ~ Carlos Castaneda

Everything begins with intention, including connecting to your true power.

With so much to do every day, our energy gets dispersed and we can easily become overwhelmed—especially with increased activity in the summertime. When we’re overwhelmed, we forget about our intentions and start getting ruled by outside demands.

We may even find ourselves repeating old patterns of pleasing others and spending our energy on unhealthy habits. How do we avoid this and hold to the intentions that help us live more fully? At Being Energy, we believe that consistent practice is KEY. Because of this, we have created daily and weekly classes to help us stay connected to ourselves and to what is important to us.

Our intention with our next Path with Heart series is to explore and share with you, over 12 Sundays, how to acquiesce to and command your personal power, to bring focus and attention to the here and now. What does it mean to submit to your own power? To liberate yourself and become your full, luminous self?

We have learned that awakening is a process rather than an event. To shed limiting perceptions of yourself and discover what really matters to you is really a process of surrendering to Intent, to the force that gives direction and intention to your life, to your own power.

When you command your true power, the forces of nature support you, and the world around you responds—and it all begins with intention.

As stated in the Upanishads, ancient and classic Vedic texts, “You are what your deepest desire is. As is your desire, so is your intention. As is your intention, so is your will. As is your will, so is your deed. As is your deed, so is your destiny.”
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Setting intentions, and reflecting upon them throughout the day, helps connect your body, mind and emotions in a simple, yet powerful way. The understanding of this power goes far back in our human history. Yet you can employ this age-old wisdom to create positive change in your life right now.

When you consciously set forth your intentions, you take greater grip of your mind and your life. It’s but one aspect of what we’ll work with in our 12-week Path with Heart course, and something that you can try out right away.

Ask yourself: What sort of intentions might benefit me and those around me?

This is individual. But to get you started, we’d like to share some of the intentions and self-observations we recommend in our Being Energy Detox Program.

Intention: “Today, I release all actions in which I punish myself. Today I choose to Be kind to myself”

Associated self-observation: How have I punished myself? How do I beat myself up? How and When I am being Kind to myself?

Intention: “Today, I let go of any negative words I use to put myself down. Today I choose to appreciate my mind, body and spirit with lovely words of appreciation”

Associated self-observation: “What damaging things have I said to myself? How many of these toxins are within me? I release them.” What words are you using to love and appreciate yourself?”

Intention: “Today, I reclaim all my personal power.”

Associated self-observation: Review the ways in which you’ve given up your power away by pleasing others or saying yes when you meant NO. Release your guilt or shame and consciously reclaim your power for the good of all.

May your intentions lead you to even greater joy, health and empowerment!

Learn more and register for Being Energy’s Path With Heart XVII: Personal Power.

Find out more about our Detox Program.

Additional Resources: Ultimate Guide to Mental Health and Education Resources

7 Foods (and a Recipe!) to Strengthen Your Joints

Create a strong foundation for health by nourishing your bones, muscles and tendons. Not only can you do this in simple ways, you can also do this in delicious ways.

These seven common foods can help revitalize your joints and tendons:

  • Tomatoes
  • Kale
  • Eggplant
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Blackberries
  • Basil
  • Brussels Sprouts

The bonus? This is the season for most of these fruits and vegetables—at least in California. Head to your local grocery, farmer’s market or even your own garden to gather up ingredients for a supercharged meal.

Here is a tasty, easy recipe that incorporates some of these key ingredients. For more nutrition tips, join our information-packed Nutrition + Health classes or purchase past classes from our BE online store.

Summer Garden Pasta
Serves 4

Pair this with a raw kale, shaved Brussels sprout and blackberry salad, and you’ve got the perfect meal for joint health.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium eggplant (1 lb), cut into ½-inch dice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, plus a pinch for the pasta water
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb cherry tomatoes, stems removed
  • 8 plum tomatoes (1 ¼ lbs), peeled, cored and quartered
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 4 red bell peppers
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 lb spaghetti or perciatelli
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 ounce parmesan cheese, grated or shaved

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine eggplant, 1 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; toss to combine. Spread in a single layer in a baking pan.
  3. In a second baking pan, place all tomatoes and garlic cloves.
  4. Transfer both pans to heated oven. Roast garlic and tomatoes until garlic is soft and tomatoes are shriveled, about 30 minutes. Roast eggplant until brown and tender, about 40 minutes. Remove from oven, and set aside to cool.
  5. When cool enough to handle, squeeze soft garlic from cloves.
  6. Meanwhile, place peppers over a gas burner with a high flame and roast until charred on all sides, turning as needed, about 5 minutes. Place the hot charred peppers in a metal bowl and cover with plastic wrap for 20 minutes.
  7. Using a paper towel, rub charred skin off peppers. Remove and discard seeds and stems. Place 2 peppers, and any liquid collected in the bowl to a the bowl of a food processor. Add roasted garlic, plum tomatoes, vinegar, cayenne, remaining tablespoon olive oil, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 3/8 teaspoon pepper; process until smooth.
  8. Cut remaining peppers into 1/4-inch-thick strips; set aside.
  9. Fill a large stockpot with salted water; bring to a boil. Place pasta in water; boil until pasta is al dente, about 11 minutes. Drain in a colander; transfer to a serving bowl. Pour puree over pasta; toss to combine. Add basil, roasted eggplant, cherry tomatoes, and reserved pepper strips; toss. Serve immediately, garnished with grated or shaved Parmesan cheese as desired.

Enjoy!

Good Vibrations: Elevate Your Energy in Minutes

Energy is vitality. It is expressed in our bodies, in our moods and in the way we relate to others.

We might say someone has “good energy” or “bad energy” for example, or that we are energized by an idea. This all has a physical expression—as scientific studies continue to reveal, the physiology and the mind are intricately connected—some would say inseparable. This is great news. It means that we have the power to influence our health at all levels with our thoughts and actions, and that each influences the other.

The other great news? When it comes to movement, a little bit can go a long way toward your health and vitality. Combine this with intention, and watch your energy lift in just minutes.

In terms of exercise, the standard recommendation is to aim for 30 minutes a day, five days a week (hello BE daily Mind + Body + Spirit classes!). If this seems daunting, try starting small. Choose the stairs over the elevator, for example. Or park at the far end of the parking lot at the grocery store. Take five to fifteen minutes to enjoy an extra walk around your neighborhood or workplace, or try some squats or pushups before jumping into your other responsibilities—it will be time well spent, helping you function more effectively mentally, physically and emotionally.

Ideally, you want to get some cardio, stretching and strength training in each week. The main thing is to do things that you enjoy, both so that you keep moving and because that sense of joy is also gives your immune system a boost. Maybe you like to garden, or dance, or jog or play catch with your kids. Work those things into your week. Or go to the gym and make it your time for you.

The sense of joy touches on what we think is key: Intention. Our thoughts influence our energy instantaneously. Our movement also influences our energy levels and our thoughts. When we move with intention, this has an even more dramatic influence.

Being Energy’s daily Mind + Body + Spirit classes are all about moving with intention. Here is a sample to try (about 35 minutes)—why not give it a go and see how you feel afterward?

Remember that taking the time to move is like putting energy in the bank, and when you move with intention, you add interest to that account that you can draw on to accomplish more in your life.

Consider joining our daily classes—you’ll enjoy:

  • 30 minutes of movement each day
  • Improved posture, flexibility and focus
  • Connection with a vibrant global community

Wishing you a fun, playful time,
Dr. Miles Reid

3 Days to Reboot, Renew and Realize Your Dreams

What are your dreams? What do you wish for your life? You have more power to create your life than you may realize.

From September 4 – 6, Being Energy presents Radiant Energy + Radiant Health—a retreat designed for you. Over three days, we’ll work with you one-on-one and in dynamic group classes to help you:

  • Detoxify your mind and body
  • Renew your energy and vitality
  • Rewrite your story about who you are and what you can accomplish

This is something completely new! Our signature Los Angeles retreat is designed to deeply nourish you and liberate your full potential. The retreat will be personalized to support each participant, and space will be very limited to support an individualized experience.

Why are we doing this? What ripples out from each of us matters in the world. Starting with our bodies, research clearly shows that our lifestyle choices do make a difference in our health, even at the level of our DNA. Take these three days to reboot your system, reduce your biological age and learn simple things that you can incorporate into your daily life to positively affect your DNA.

figure-03-05-02Modern science, ancient wisdom and the bridge between the two will play into the content of this very special retreat. It is an experience for the whole of you: body, mind and spirit.

For a taste of how fundamentally this may affect you, think about your dreams for your life. Are you living your dreams? Even going back to the beginning of this year—did you set any New Year’s resolutions? If so, how have they been going? For most of us, nearly six months later, those resolutions are but a distant memory.

Now is our chance to consciously steer our life experience. There are many things that may influence the course of our lives. But the simple truth is that there is nothing that we wield greater control over than our conscious goals and intentions. These make way for the direction of our individual paths in life.

You can certainly float along and navigate through life as it comes, but why not use a paddle to steer your boat in the direction you want to go? Or even better, hoist a sail and travel with speed? Your conscious intentions put the paddle in your hands or—when they are clear and strong—the wind in your sails.

In our Being Energy Detox Program, we include potent daily intentions and observations as a key part of the program. Maybe they are ones that you’d like to consider setting for yourself so that you may more easily sail toward your dreams? Maybe give them a try and see what happens! For even more joyful sailing in life, consider joining our LA retreat in September.

Intention: Today, I can formulate what I want to dream for my life.
Associated self-observation: What do I want for my life? What do I long for? What are my inner desires?

Intention: Today, I dare to tackle any challenge that faces me.
Associated self-observation: I accept that every challenge in front of me is an opportunity for growth. It is a chance to evolve and reclaim my power.

Intention: Today, I am a happy boat on the river, traveling toward the ocean of infinity.

Associated self-observation: I am thrilled with the fluidity of life, and am as light as a feather.

RB_Sail_Boat_1Every day is full of possibility.

We wish you well on your journey through life and are here to support your health and well-being through all of the classes, workshops, retreats and products that we offer.

Dr. Miles Reid

Jump the Gap! How to Live Fully Right Now

“If your mind stops on the sword your opponent is swinging at you, a gap opens up; and in that gap your action falters. If there is no gap between your opponent’s striking sword and your action, the sword of the adversary will become your sword. A mind like a spark means the state of mind where there is no gap. When flint is struck, sparks fly at once . . .  There is no interval for the mind to linger . . .  If attention lingers, your mind is taken over by others.” Zen Master Takuan (1573 – 1645), from The Unfettered Mind

Taiso_-_Ronin_fending_off_arrows_cph.3g08655Are you living the life you want to live? Is there a gap in your mind? A falter in your action?

For many of us, there is a divide between the life we are living now and the life that we want to live. How do we jump that gap? A state of joy, balance and harmony involves the body as much as it does the mind, spirit and emotions.

As a healthcare provider, I look at helping my patients fortify their bodies to bring greater joy to their lives.

I advise all of my patients to have an annual physical that includes systems-based laboratory testing. This type of testing gives you and the doctor a comprehensive picture of your current state of health, and identifies nutritional imbalances and toxicities that underlay chronic disease.

  • Are you getting enough of the basic nutrients for maintaining optimal health?
  • Are you absorbing what you take in through your food?
  • Is your body eliminating toxins properly?
  • Are your systems in balance?

The answers to these questions can be found through some key medical tests. For example, an Essential and Metabolic Fatty Acids Analysis evaluates the level of red cell membrane fatty acids. Imbalances in these fatty acids significantly affect inflammatory and other disorders.

Knowing your baselines will act as the guide for making important changes in your dietary and lifestyle choices, and reveal the nutritional supplements that will help you feel and be your best. Fortified with this information, I can recommend specific supplements and an acupuncture protocol that will help you thrive.

Doing this testing once a year is a key step in closing the gap between the life you’re living now and enjoying the life you want to live, with energy, clarity and balance.

LA_Featured_2We invite you to experience a state of being where there is no gap. We’re offering our first Los Angeles Being Energy retreat, September 4 – 6. This retreat is unlike any we’ve ever done. Each participant will have personalized health treatments as well as enjoy dynamic group classes.

Take just three days to revitalize and close the gap to live more healthfully and joyfully. Learn more and register.

6 Tips for Healthy Summer Fun

Summer is here, and at Being Energy and Being Energy Medical, our minds are on the things we can do to enjoy it to its fullest. This week, I’d like to share my prescription for healthy living.

These six, effective tips for energy and wellness are simple to incorporate and sustainable, no matter the weather. Adapted from Dr. Oz and sprinkled with my own protocols, these are scientifically validated ways to build a strong foundation for health and vitality.

1. Get physical!

Aerin-Miles-4316There’s no better time than now, with the longer summer days making so many of us feel like we want to get out and play. Recommendations:

Daily
∼ Take 10,000 steps a day (30 minutes of walking is about 3,000 steps)
∼ Stretch for five minutes a day to increase or maintain your flexibility

Weekly
∼ Do an activity that increases your heart rate for 60 minutes a week
∼ Engage in a strength building exercise for 30 minutes each week

 

2. Five foods to add to your diet (allergies and sensitivities permitting):

  • Tomatoes
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  • Blueberries
  • Artichokes
  • Beans

3. Avoid these five ingredients:

  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Sugar
  • Enriched flour
  • Trans-fat (partially hydrogenated oil)
  • Saturated animal fat

4. Fiber is fabulousAim for 25 grams a day.

5. Omega-3’s rule. Omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to help reduce inflammation throughout the body and more. Good sources include:

  • Flax seeds
  • Salmon
  • Walnuts
  • Scallops
  • Squash
  • Soy

6. Olive oil is “Youth in a Bottle,”says Dr. Oz, and I agree. Just one tablespoon a day is all you need to enjoy its benefits.

olive-oil-356102-640In addition to those six tips, there are special things to consider to make sure you stay healthy at every stage of life.

Throughout Adulthood:

Have an annual physical
Get an eye exam every two years
Go to the dentist every six months
Women should have an annual PAP and pelvic exam
Men should have an annual testicular exam

For Women over 35:

Have an annual mammogram
Do a breast self examination monthly 

Everyone from Age 50 up:

Have a colonoscopy every 5 – 10 years
Schedule a yearly skin exam
Have an echocardiogram and stress test as needed

From Age 60 up:

Make sure you have your hearing examined regularly
Have a bone density test
Get regular rectal exams

To keep at your healthy best, we always recommend a regular consultations with your doctor. Interested in scheduling an appointment for a consultation? You can contact our clinic at admin@tilomedical.com or 310-231-3500. To read what our patients say, visit our website’s Testimonials from Our Patients page.

To good summer health,
Dr. Miles Reid

One BE Precept in Real Life: Death as an Advisor

Dear Community,

This is a story of the unexpected. It is about how the tools and practical wisdom from people of Mexico and Mesoamerica, as transmitted and enriched now by Being Energy, have helped me meet difficulties.

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This is a photo of my mother, which I wanted to share with you.

There was a turning point for me back in February 2000. I was headed from my home city of San Luis Potosi to Málaga Spain to get a PhD in education. At the same time, my mother’s health had been deteriorating. She’d suffered from diabetes for 30 years—a disease that is often very aggressive and devastating in its later stages.

What should I do? I felt that going abroad would mean leaving her alone. I had been living with her and caring for things. My brother and sister were each married, and my father was older. So I talked with my brother, sister and father so that we could all decide together what was best. They agreed that it was best for me to go to Spain, and that they would help care for my mom.

So it was decided, and it was also set that I would return to Mexico on a certain date for a few days for reasons connected to my work with the University of San Luis Potosi

Once in Málaga, when the date arrived for my brief return to Mexico, I phoned home to tell my family that I was preparing for the trip. My father answered the call, and gave me the news that my mom’s health had entered a critical state and she had to be hospitalized. I was worried and also somewhat amazed and grateful at how this event was coinciding with the trip that had been planned some time ago. The trip involved my picking up some money for work from the University, which would also allow me to deal with the hospital expenses.

By that time, I had practiced the teachings of Carlos Castaneda for five years. I think I had already redistributed and accumulated enough energy to allow me to realize the truth of what at another time I would have called coincidence. It really was a magical gesture that spirit had given to me, because everything was flowing to favor my being able to travel home to Mexico so that I could say goodbye to my mother.

I recognized then how important it is to live in a purposeful and disciplined way—to make way for our bond with the Spirit. Far from a mythical tale, I now knew that now it was a clear and tangible reality.

IMG_0613I can say without a doubt that it was the gift of the Spirit to be able to be there with my family just, as it turned out, three days before the death of my mother. Being there also allowed me to participate in one of the most important decisions I’ve ever faced.

Shortly after I arrived, the doctor told our family that biological and clinically, my mom and had no chance of improvement, and asked us to decide whether or not to prolong her life artificially. The doctor told us this and then stayed in silence, watching us and waiting for an answer. My siblings and my dad, turned and looked at me, and I had the sense to say, “All we want for my mother is for her not to suffer.”

There can be no worse suffering than to see a loved one suffer, and it feels so powerless to know there is little if anything you can do about it.

In my imagination, I had thought of such a moment with great concern and anguish. However, in the moment of the reality of it, I felt different about death, more clear and grounded, thanks to trying to live the premises of the ancient seers and learning about death as an advisor. I also drew upon a memory of having heard years earlier that with the death of a member of a Chinese family, far from being a drama or tragedy, it is treated as a loving if solemn farewell serene.

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Here I am with two of my great loves: My partner Mary and felines. We are at a Zoo in Puebla, Mexico, where animals are not in cages, but in open spaces. Their philosophy is focused on the care and preservation of species.

To my surprise, I found that I was facing losing my mother with much serenity. Of course I experienced pain and sorrow. But I can say that I was privileged to mourn my mother, in time, place and form of my predilection, and without suppressing my emotions and feelings.

I also know that this was a magical moment because I realized and fully understood why it is important to gather and redistribute our energy to our vital centers. In this case, specially the center for feeling located on the right side of our body, consisting of the liver and gallbladder. I am sure that maintaining my energy levels and awareness was what allowed me to get sober in managing my emotions in this process.

But the story is not over.

A year after my mother’s death, another significant event occurred. One afternoon I was taking a nap, and I had a dream of my mother. She was standing in my living room—clearly there—and without words, she gestured and pointed to the right, where my sister was sitting on a chair. My mother wore an expression of concern and sadness.

I woke up startled by the vividness of the dream. No sooner had I finished waking up, than the phone rang. A lady called me to tell me that my sister and her husband had had an accident on the road. The vehicle they were in had crashed against a rock wall on a curved slope.

My sister came away from the crash with severe injuries and blows to her head. I’m still impressed by the way my mother—or the image of my mother—told me of the accident in the dream, almost at the same moment that it happened.

This event with my sister left me with more questions than answers. One of these questions is: Why did I choose this story to share?

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I have no doubt that real love is the one that is offered unconditionally. I have always been convinced that dolphins are magical beings, that show us how to be generous and give our affection. This photo is taken in Riviera Maya.

Thank you very much for reading my story,
Javier Guerra Ruiz – Esparza

P.S.  I’ve included pictures here of being with animals because they represent moments of great happiness. Since I was a child, I always wanted to be able to connect with and touch these creatures, and being able to be with them is a dream come true. Such a blessing. It’s something I pursued after my mother died—her death inspired me to go for my dreams and follow deep desires for connection and love.

In daily life awareness, we may consider pain and happiness as contrasting and contradictory feelings. However, from a higher state of consciousness, I appreciate pain and happiness as part of a same process, as Octavio Paz said, “The darker the night, the closer the dawn.”

5 Ways to Get the Most out of Exercise

Whether we love it or hate it, we all know that exercise is important to our health and longevity. Given that, why not have some fun with it and maximize our exercise routine for faster results?

Physical activity helps both your body and mind stay strong, healthy and resilient. It helps you detoxify, oxygenate and think more clearly.  Studies show that regular exercise:

  • Reduces stress
  • Combats disease
  • Boosts brainpower
  • Improves memory
  • Controls weight
  • Increases energy
  • Releases endorphins
  • Improves mood
  • Promotes good sleep

The great news is that you don’t have to climb a mountain. There are simple things you can do to stay physically fit (which also helps you stay mentally fit), and you can start from wherever you are now on the fitness spectrum, at whatever your chronological age may be. The important thing is to get moving.

Maybe you already have an exercise routine that you enjoy. Great!

Girls_jog_along_Morro_Strand_State_BeachIf you don’t already exercise regularly, you can start today and you’ll instantly add to your energy bank account. Choose something that’s fun for you. If going to the gym is intimidating or boring for you, head outside. If the weather is uncomfortable, find an indoor activity that you’ll enjoy (maybe give our Being Energy Daily Mind + Body + Spirit classes a try).

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to a regular exercise routine, there are five things to keep in mind. For best results, you’ll want to incorporate the following elements into your routine to make sure that your body is getting everything it needs. Your weekly routine should include:

  1. Cardio activity two to three times a week. This can include energetic walking (vs. strolling), jogging, running, bicycling, dancing, tennis or other active sports, or other exercise that gets your heart pumping.
  2. Stretching and movement for flexibility two or three times a week. This can include basic stretches, yoga, etc. It can be simple.
  3. Core strengthening exercise and/or weight-bearing activity. Gyrotonic (we offer sessions at Tilo) and Pilates are great choices. The important thing is to strengthen and maintain the strength of the deep muscles in your abdomen—your power center.
  4. Energy redeployment. Gyrotonic is again a great choice., as are certain types of yoga; the idea here is that you want to reorganize your energy toward your center of vitality to nourish your internal organs.
  5. Set your intention clearly. Align with what you are doing so that your activity and intention match. It may sound odd, but it is very powerful, effective and enjoyable to have clear intention in what you do.

dt.common.streams.StreamServerThe greatest benefit from all this physical movement will come with a joyful mindset. Exercise can be fun! Have a good time with it. Try something new. Shake it up.

In good health,
Dr. Miles Reid