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Jamie Oliver is at it again with Food Revolution.
If you’ve got to learn the fundamentals of reading and writing so you can support yourself later in life. Doesn’t it make sense to learn about the very thing you put in your mouth everyday ?
The body experienced from within, aka somatics, also has to do with how your body feels.
Food Revolution at school
How your body can be a barometer in what you eat and how it makes you feel wasn’t particularly addressed in any of the schools or university I attended.
OK, that was awhile back when we had real – not REAL – food devoid of many the insidious ingredients that many of us can’t pronounce or actually know what it is.
So Jamie has a petition where you can sign:
to help kids know how to simply prepare a meal and find out what ingredients – like tomatoes, asparagus, and apples – are actually about.
Food Revolution Question?
Did you know one of the definition’s of food says this: any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth.
What is necessary for health and growth is one thing. You probably know or have an idea of what it takes to thrive and feel great when it comes to food or its next level of nutrition.
It’s almost hard to believe in an abundant society, there is a need for a food revolution – but what do your eyes see at schools today?
Do you think a food revolution makes sense today?
Mom & Dad kept telling me to drink milk. There are billboards and commercials telling me to drink this stuff to get enough calcium to help our bones.
Oddly enough, cows don’t drink cows milk according to Jason Vale from Super Juice Me.
He says a bull elephant with those great big tusks drinks no milk, yet maintains their big pearly whites with another source.
They get all their calcium from green leafy vegetables and fruits..
Fruits and vegetables like the ones in the list below – can make a fantastic juice and help supply your calcium needs.
They may even be a better source too.
Here’s the list in case you want to give Jason Vale’s Calcium Refresher juice a try.
1” or so of Broccoli stem or the tops
1 Lime peeled
1 Handful of Fresh Mint
1 Handful of Spinach Leaves
This cow’s milk alternative juice comes with magnesium, sulfur, iron, vitamins a, b & c.
Plus he says the pear is good to help lower cholesterol and is in rich in pectin.
That cucumber is a natural diuretic and rich in silicon to help your hair, skin and nails too.
Plus when is the last time you juiced a turnip and some mint together?
So happens, Jason’s movie, Super Juice Me is Free to Watch until midnight February 15th, otherwise you can get a copy of it and watch how people go through a 30 day juice fast.
In the meantime, hope you enjoy the bull elephant’s cow milk alternative in a juicy way.
A somatic check-in is how you normally start doing somatics exercises or when you want to simply notice your feelings or sense perceptions right now.
It’s simple, all you have to do is notice yourself in the present moment.
For instance, how or what are you feeling right now throughout your entire body?
So let’s do a somatic check-in.
When you check-in, you can lie on the floor and let your body sink into the surface and then wait.
While your waiting, this is the time to sense or feel what you can right now.
The time can be short and sweet or last up to a couple of minutes or more as you take the time to feel, notice, sense and appreciate what your body is telling you.
As you lie on the floor and check in – How do you make contact with the floor?
How did you choose to arrange yourself on the floor? Knees bent, legs straight, legs crossed?
Do you feel your breath?
Do you feel or notice any aches, pains or stiffness?
Taking an Internal Inventory to Self Sense & Appreciate
Your simply taking an internal inventory to feel what signals, both good and bad arise in the present moment of now.
As you lie there:
Do your legs feel the same?
Does one side feel longer or shorter than the other?
Does one feel heavier or lighter?
How do your hips feel?
Do they feel the same or a little different?
Take the time to linger, compare and contrast.
Notice how you positioned your arms.
Are your arms at your sides?
Do you have them folded in a comfortable or familiar way?
Are your palms facing the same direction?
Are your shoulders lying level on the floor?
Do you feel tilted on one shoulder more than the other?
Now, focus your attention on your spine.
Feel the length of your spine from your tailbone all the way to your head.
Then feel how your entire body makes contact with the surface.
You’ve now checked in somatically speaking. The body experienced from within is available any time you choose. It’s a matter of you giving yourself the precious gift and time to check in now.
So many people do not check in and feel themselves unless there is pain. The more you check-in, the easier it is to take a moment here or there as life speeds busily by.
Watch and listen to this somatic check-in.
Doing Nothing is All Right
If someone were to see you lying there, they wouldn’t necessarily know the flashlight of awareness your shining on or within yourself.
You could have checked in with your 4th toe on your left foot for instance. How often do you that?
Then you might decide to travel up to your right eyebrow and feel its length, width and breadth.
So whether you choose to focus on certain specific parts of yourself or your entire self, this flashlight of awareness uses your brain and body in a more conscious manner.
Leisurely checking in lets you feel any stress, tension, stiffness or tightness. Then you can feel or see if things let go on their own accord.
If not, then you can use your brain-body with some wonderful somatics exercises to change discomforting signals into ones of pleasure.
Then at the end, you can check-in again and feel what changes have taken place or what new sensations or feelings you are now aware of.
So, let me know if you took a moment in now to lie down and check-in.
What did you feel?
How would you describe your sensations, feelings or perceptions now?
The somatic athlete knows how to recover and rejuvenate simply using the brain and body together.
You don’t have to be an athlete. Having the desire to master your body’s signals lets you take care of most any pain, discomfort, and stiffness.
After all, it’s our natural birthright to move well.
Of course, you have to maintain this ability which is afforded through the act of pandiculation or in the ways we’ve systematized somatics exercises.
Not having the range of motion you think you oughta have?
Is the stiffness, lack of mobility getting in the way to feel free again?
Are you’re left limping or struggling to move comfortably?
You see, a somatic athlete knows to pandiculate out stiffness and high tension levels more quickly so she can return to her favorite activity or have less down time recuperating.
A somatic athlete plays the inside game of going into the body and the nervous system where the flow of information can be managed and updated like software.
Starting with your brain’s motor cortex, you can regulate tension levels along feedback loops of information.
You can feel and watch how a certain intention to move is followed by the movement you’re focusing your attention upon.
Much like an advanced athlete who uses visualization, guided imagery and meditates on a particular course or series of purposeful actions or movements which could occur.
The brain is now highly engaged.
Your intention to move sets up the brain’s motor cortex to learn how to move more successfully. You can program better movement by going cortical.
After the learning has occurred, the program shifts to the lower brain so you can use it without as much thought.
A somatic athlete uses her brain to change the output of the negative signals she feels.
She’ll go cortical by using her intention and get out of discomfort and improve her feelings of well-being since she is at the place where you can change and affect the output of information the brain sends down to the muscles and movement system.
In time, you can master life-long comfort and the maintain the ability to use your body wisely and happily.
The opportunity to use using the brain’s cortex so you can feel fully relaxed, recuperated and rejuvenated is available on any moment’s notice when you set the power of intention as your starting point.
This is the realm of the somatic athlete.
Having a quiet confidence in knowing how to reset tension and stress so the hobbling, limping and altered walking after some physical activity doesn’t happen can be yours.
You’ll know what to do and how to take care of negative signals quickly.
Besides, once you begin to incorporate this in your daily life, you return to those childlike feelings of freedom when you could wield your body and do new things even as you age.
Discover the Secrets of a Somatic Athlete in our somatics athlete series.
Then let us know if you are a somatic athlete too?
Ever feel like your body, brain or mind is close to the tipping point when it comes to pain?
Small injuries or minor physical setbacks might not seem like a big deal when they happen.
Yet your brain might go haywire and instead of helping, it works against you.
See, your personal history of injuries, infections, emotional set backs, and traumas can lead a brain to over respond even as a small injury heals.
The brain can go hyperactive and keeps sending chemicals of inflammation to the rescue, after the fact.
Cells called microglia acts as the immune system of the central nervous system.
To protect the brain, they swell up to create a buffer while they take care of the bad cells.
The good cells, however, can keep turning “on inflammation”, which is what we see happening in anxiety, chronic pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, etc.
In other words, when we keep getting stressed or tensed out, the microglia show up and create inflammation. Not nice at all.
Stress can magnify the situation and this period of activation can remain “on” for extended periods of time. Then this gets set as the program and many medical conditions such as chronic pain become the norm.
No wonder some of us struggle with discomfort, injury or stiffness longer than we think it oughta be around.
As the program continues to go haywire–say an accident happens–followed up by surgeries, pain medications and having to cope with the stress of getting it together undermines our ability to completely get over it.
Even though we think we oughta be able to handle it, we aren’t addressing the physiological mechanism to change and reverse the course back to our more comfortable self.
This can further make us feel down and bums us out.
Getting Pushed Past the Tipping Point
The sum of our life experiences add up to push us past the tipping point so the brain replays its response and you get your negative experience yet again.
Can the tipping point be reversed?
When we go back to what mother nature affords us to restore and revitalize our central nervous system, then we have a chance to reverse the tipping point and successfully climb out.
In many cases, you can reprogram both the brain and body so it can create comfort instead of amplifying pain and discomfort.
This reprogramming act is called a pandiculation. This works with the central nervous system to reset tension levels so you can feel comfortable and in control of your well-being.
When we go about pandiculation systematically, then we can re-right the ship and help get things back in order and in balance.
The reverse on-off switch to turn back the tipping point
You see, you have the inherent ability to decrease stress and lower tension by increasing it consciously using your awareness.
This concept may sound backwards or counter-intuitive, yet in practice – physically speaking – this is how you turn what is negatively “on” positively “off”.
By consciously turning “on” the central nervous system. You change the painful, stiff or discomforting “on” signal “off’ by detuning or fine tuning it down so you can idle more in neutral and restore tension levels back to the comfort zone.
Your nervous system can be reprogrammed to aid you rather than keep the on going program working against you. Pretty neat.
While it isn’t easy to live in pain or with high stress levels or chronic discomforts since they take away our normal relaxed attention and focus. If you can consciously tune into what it is you’ve either become accustomed to – or what is not healing in the way you think it oughta – like taking a little no big deal tumble or not being able to sit comfortably.
Force won’t help, so instead you use power the brain and body to reach a personal comfort zone which can be achieved with a little conscious practice.
By dialing into the haywire signal, you can fine-tune the pain activating signal or mechanism so it can reverse course.
The resetting and recalibrating begins to happen with what some have called conscious micro-movements. Oh happy days!
While this sounds simple, there is both an art and practice to get back to your former happy pain-freer self which nature has set up for you to access at any minute.
Through a series of trial and error easy, gentle movements, the ability to feel relaxation returns.
The fact is you can tune down what is turned “on” because the switch has been activated to inhibit and the message to reset begins as you turn it up with a micro-movement or conscious thought to do so.
Afterwards the nervous system acts to decrease the output or charge so those relaxing feelings return. It’s like giving yourself a hot tub treatment using your brain and body.
In nature, this is why all healthy animals with a spine self-regulate in this manner. They use the brain to change the body to move well with daily reprogramming.
When the human animal gets back to restoring this lost art or natural process to calm the system, you get the:
and the knowledge you can replicate feelings of comfort.
You can do this as often as you need or when necessary to take out stress and tension from everyday life events which accumulate in the course of our busy lives.
While you can’t escape stress, you can take control of your central nervous system as best as you can and further the possibilities of a comfortable felt-sense of living.
When you remember how to do this – you can let things roll off of you like a duck ruffling its feathers.
You’ll have what appears to be uncanny ability to regenerate, yet this is how nature sets it up for us to learn how to wield it and not be held outta control.
There is evidence that your microglia cells “remember” prior assaults and turn things up painfully when necessary. They can stay up and fire up more quickly.
Same goes in the opposite direction. The better you get at using the brain and body, you can bank on turning on those chemicals of relaxation on much faster too.
According to Dr. Gary Kaplan, these 3 things seem certain:
√ The source of inflammation are tiny cells called microglia.
√ Your history of physical & emotional assaults add up and increase inflammation.
√ Chronic pain and depression are neurodegenerative conditions.
Fortunately, we’ve systematized an approach to use both brain and body with gentle, small or micro-movements of coordination done with a certain level of awareness to restore the nervous system and your body’s basic feeling of comfort and well-being.
Now that you have a better understanding of the tipping point, you can choose to naturally heal, self-protect, prevent and maintain your healthy state of living.
What causes us to tilt or walk with a hitch in certain ways? How do we get out of it?
Traumas, falls and accidents can leave you whomp sided, although you will do the best you can to move as well as you can afterwards.
Even habits–such as driving a car and sliding the leg long to depress the gas pedal over and over again or the way you sit or work creates certain patterns.
Our unconscious habitual ways we stand or motion or move ourself can reinforce patterns which serve us to a point. When things become uncomfortable or we’re held in a titled or shifted manner, we’re left compensating.
The simple act of standing and feeling yourself can reveal comfort or discomfort. You can stand as you normally stand and wait. Feel whatever sensations or feelings come up as you simply stand and feel from within how you are feeling in the moment you take to check in.
When you take a moment to consider how you move your entire self or parts of yourself doing any physical activity, you might uncover certain surprises which can open both the brain and body to new possibilities and you’ll certainly learn how coordinated you are or aren’t.
For example, by driving a left hand drive or right hand drive car, you’d certainly feel a shift of a learned habit by fumbling for a moment on a new habit or physical activity to learn.
This can let you know how one sided, how predominant and how whomp sided you may have become over the years of doing a physical movement in a certain way.
There is nothing wrong with specializing a movement pattern or doing regular exercise over and over, unless we feel certain discomforts.
But what if you went inside and fine tuned your nervous system so it could respond in a different un-whomped, less cattywampus manner?
Regaining conscious voluntary control with the muscles and your movement system–a system of coordination–starting with signals from the brain to generate a movement can unlock cattywampus tendencies and patterns.
The lower brain does learned movement and acts to balance or coordinate a movement. It becomes unconscious and automatic so you don’t have to think about it.
The signals up and down the nervous system to self-adjust tension, compression, extension, rotation–mostly go un-noticed.
The sense receptors of the tendons, ligaments, joints, bones, muscles and the fascia tune in and shift to move you around.
Imagine having to pay attention to all of that on a minute to minute basis. It would almost be incomprehensible. Your descriptions of all the senses you notice could be all over the place as to the what or how this feels like to you.
The inner game or inner knowing of our internal connections is a place where many no longer visit. The price for not visiting and checking in can result in discomfort and the feelings of pain being generated.
Your inner self is waiting to be explored. The act of pandiculation is your natural birthright to self-correct. The system of somatics exercises uses the act of pandiculation to target the brain’s motor cortex. This is far different than regular exercise since the movements are done with a greater consciousness.
How you either evolve or de-evolve physically is a choice in the inner game or somatic mastery of yourself.
By not playing in the inner realm, you can lose contact with yourself, your own vitality, and your own sense of well-being. Your memory can fade and most obviously, you may not move or feel as well as you used to.
This has nothing to do with age, it is simply abdicating the inner self. The painful or discomforting signals we feel have an opposite in the pleasurable signals, feelings and sensations you can regenerate.
To be able to walk comfortably can be set up by feeling and self-adjusting your joints, the smaller muscles, and the smaller parts of walking itself. Then when you walk, you can feel at a deeper level whatever you want to tune into as you walk.
You might even feel the shifts which can occur as you walk when you quiet your internal dialogue and simply feel how your body moves and changes as you walk.
This type of inner knowledge is invaluable since it serves to keep you connected to yourself and to the earth as you navigate without walking sticks, special shoes, knee braces, taping your muscles, etc.
In other words, to move like a comfortable human animal is to fully feel the sensations of walking itself and how this grand act changes during a simple walk.
Instead of focusing on how far or how fast you walk, you could tune into the adjustments which take place when you walk on the cracks in the sidewalk, how your foot turns over a cobblestone path, or how your hips shift if the hill or slant is a bit sideways.
You can even play one of our favorite somatic games – place your fingers on your ears and close them. Then walk and listen as you walk on some pavement. Can you hear your own internal sound?
Then find the earth and listen now to how your body speaks to you.
Please join us in a different somatics exercise walking class.
You’ll begin with our normal somatic way of exploring movements on the ground. You’ll get to reset tension back to comfortable levels. Then you’ll shift to our normal upright ways and play with walking in a way you may not have for some time.
You’ll gain greater awareness and ultimately better control which you can bank on, even as you age.
You can go from cattywampus and back to somatic mastery by joining us in our online somatics exercise class which is available for immediate access.
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Are you in the Nap Zone?
Want to remember more easily, be more productive and have better health?
Then take an afternoon zzzzz according to Brain Rules author, John Medina.
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NASA found pilots performed better when they took a short afternoon siesta. No wonder why my dogs use this same strategy and somehow continue to move well in a moment’s notice.
In the afternoon, your brain will try to get you to go down. In our hectic, busy, everyday life, our mind has got to keep us going so we can go-go-go and do-do-do. In the middle is a battle of the brain cells telling you one thing and you getting your brain cells to do another.
Or is it you ate too much pasta for lunch and you just wanna lie down with a fully belly?
The loss of sleep can harm you. You can get in a foul mood, your logical reasoning can slow, and your attention can drift.
Napping On the Job
While it may be hard to convince your boss, napping on the job or napping during the day may help. People like Pablo Picasso and many others knew napping, increased productivity.
The evidence is gaining and we can all benefit just like other countries or regions which understand how nature has some of the answers to better health built in. Or you can watch or ask Fido.
Check out John’s book, Brain Rules, and find out more napping benefits and other cool brainiac things which can lead to a healthier and fun productive life.