Our bodies need to stay warm and dry with the weather turning cold and damp. When we are cold we naturally contract our muscles and tend to move less. This in turn creates aches and pains in our bodies. Staying loose and flexible becomes more of a challenge during winter.
Layering in our clothing choices becomes one solution, but how? If our clothes become too cumbersome we feel heavy and sweaty. We can even get a chill from trapped moisture and feel lethargic in thick wool sweaters and leggings.
Silk is a wonderful alternative keeping our body warm while providing freedom in movement. Benefits of wearing silk are: it preserves the body’s heat in the cold, it has moisture wicking properties keeping you dry and comfortable, it repels mold and mildew, it is hypoallergenic, and it is light and smooth making silk easy to layer under clothes.
“Silk contains natural protein and 18 essential amino acids. Studies have shown that amino acids calm the nervous system and fight against the effects of aging, especially on the skin. Silk also contains cellular albumen which helps speed up metabolism of skin cells therefore will reduce sign of aging. Silk pillows and sheets therefore are good for your facial skin and body.” For more information go to http://www.redkora.com/silk-fast-facts.html
And… when I am wearing silk I feel lighthearted!
How do you stay warm?
“IN A FEW DECADES SCIENTISTS HAVE GONE FROM A CONVICTION THAT THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ENERGY FIELDS IN AND AROUND THE HUMAN BODY TO AN ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY THAT THEY EXIST.”
-James Oschman Ph.D.
Energy Medicine, The Scientific Basis, 2000.
All around our visible physical body is the presence of an invisible energy body. And like the physical body our energy body can become out of balance too.
Using specific techniques, a trained therapist can bring balance back into the client’s energy field. Sometimes the therapist will lightly touch the physical body. Sometimes the therapist will work directly in the energy field itself. Common experiences felt during energy work sessions are total relaxation, warmth, release of emotional and/or physical pain, a feeling of calm, spontaneous laughter, and an overall sense of well being. Clients leave with sparkles of light in their eyes.
What is actually transpiring is still largely unknown. I started using energy work shortly after beginning massage school over twenty years ago and have integrated the work into my massage treatments. What I observe when I use energy work is an amazing element of soothing and healing energy is felt by the client; described by some as “feeling loved.”
How do you experience healing in your life?
On Sunday, October 5, early in the morning a dear friend of mine died. We all had known for some time that Richard’s death was imminent and so many loving friends and family had literally been waiting for this news. And it came…
When I found out a huge wave of relief permeated my whole body and soul. I quickly resumed my schedule of activities for the day until subtly at first and then louder I felt in my body a demanding urgency to sit and be still! Now I could feel the pain and ache in my belly.
My friend Richard taught me about the power of silence in sitting and meditating. As I opened to a deeper awareness through stopping all activity and quieting my mind, something wonderful began to emerge within me. I now felt warmth spread out from my center – love. Tears began to fall.
Jack Kornfield shares in his book, The Wise Heart: A guide to the universal teachings of Buddhist psychology, ‘When we are lost in our worst crises and conflicts, in the deepest states of fear and confusion, our pain can seem endless. We can feel as if there is no hope. Yet some hidden wisdom longs for freedom…Awakening this inner freedom of spirit is the purpose of the hundreds of Buddhist practices and trainings.’
Now is the beginning of my next phase in Richard’s illness and now his death. Death is final but life is here, now, and I am experiencing this one breath at a time.
What is your experience with stillness?