One of the more frustrating experiences for long-term Lyme patients can be that they feel too sick to exercise. They read in Burrascano’s guidelines and elsewhere that exercise is critically important for healing. Yet, many are too debilitated to get up out of a chair, or in some cases, even out of bed. When merely crossing the room requires Herculean effort, the concept of exercising for health can seem utterly unobtainable.A new book called “Sunlight Chair Yoga” may help. It’s written by Stacie-Saraswati Dooreck, a long time yoga instructor who some years back experienced her own bout of serious illness. Unable to exercise or do yoga the way she used to, she decided to try adapting her yoga practice so that she could do her poses sitting down.“The first time I tried chair yoga for 10 minutes,” she recalls, “I felt some of the healing energy I used to feel during a full yoga practice before I got sick.”Encouraged by that experience, she continued with her chair yoga practice as she convalesced. She has since gone on to teach these adaptive yoga strategies to people who are too sick, injured, or otherwise limited to undertake regular yoga poses. What she learned in this process is now incorporated into the book.She advises anyone who is quite ill and hasn’t exercised in a long time to start slowly.“Some yoga and exercise or meditation—even a minute—is better than none,” she says. “I learned to let go of comparing how I used to exercise, and listen to the limits of what my body and mind is comfortable doing in that moment.”Although the book is called “Chair Yoga,” some of the exercises can be done lying in bed. There are breathing techniques, hand movements, even yoga for your eyes. Breathing exercises alone can bring more oxygen to the body and promote feelings of vitality, Stacie points out.“With simple meditations, breathing exercises and gentle movements you can help restore your body and mind to wellness.”
I really have an amazing life. Still, the autoimmune BS and da’ menopause monster is truly getting old fast! Yet, I will NEVER let BS and or temporary things hold me back or down. I affirmed a long time ago and I reaffirm today… I will live in faith EVERYDAY as I have been gifted much Wisdom as a true Believer!!! If goats can climb trees-I don’t see why I can’t deal with a little pain along my beautiful journey… a journey of joy, peace,kindness, recovery & discovery. Amen. Namaste. 🐝💕🐾✌🏽️🙉🙈🙊🤗
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring,
One smile can begin a friendship,
One hand can lift a soul,
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal,
One sunbeam can light a room,
One candle can wipe out darkness,
One laugh can conquer gloom,
One hope can raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care,
One voice can wake up everybody,
One life can make the difference.
Be that one.
When you examine your fear, if you look beneath the veneer of your nervousness, you find sadness. Nervousness is cranking up, vibrating, all the time. When you slow down, when you relax with your fear, the sadness is calm and gentle. In the Shambhala tradition, discovering fearlessness comes from working with the softness of the human heart.
“It’s not impossible, but it takes courage. It takes courage to be and to think differently. But the act of being and thinking differently is only different to those looking at you from the outside.
If you make up your mind that you’re fully in control of your destiny — if you decide to choose what you want to believe in — then you’re not being different. You’re being you.
Recognize that those who say you’re crazy, or those who try to stop you from being or thinking differently, are only confronting their own demons; they’re trying to reaffirm their own beliefs.
If others give you advice, listen. If they tell you what you should or should not do, listen. But decide for yourself. Believe in yourself. Be yourself.
The only risk in being yourself is the risk of learning something about yourself. If you’re not willing to take that risk, then go ahead, follow the crowd; follow the well trodden path that so many others follow. On the other hand, if you’re willing to learn, and to explore, and to discover, then step up to the plate. It’s your time to take charge. It’s time for you to shine. It’s time for you to take action and decide what you really want from life. It’s time to accept responsibility for being you.
Don’t be afraid. You can do this.You will definitely make mistakes. Everybody does. Making mistakes is part of growing. It’s part of what it means to be human. If you’re afraid of making mistakes, then you’re afraid of being human! Doesn’t that sound silly? Why should you be afraid to be human?
Stop taking a comfortable, laid back approach to life. Stop taking it easy. Know that you are unique. And beautiful. And powerful. And smart. Know that you are capable of so much more than you currently believe. Know that as a human being your only limit to growth is the limit you decide to set for yourself.
Could you find happiness quietly settled in a mold that society expects you to sit in? Could you find happiness being like everybody else? Absolutely. But could you reach your full potential; your full potential to be happy, to love, to live? Absolutely not.
Your potential is limitless. Free yourself from false beliefs.
Those who love you will understand. Deep down inside they want you to be happy. They want you to be yourself. They want you to be real.
Be honest with yourself. Follow your intuition. Follow your inner compass.
Do you have a dream? Then follow it. Believe in it. Make it the driving force behind every single action; every single step. Dedicate every single breath to achieving that dream.No dream? Then free yourself from anything that prevents you from exploring and discovering your dream.
And if you don’t discover your dream, maybe your dream is to simply live. To live happy. To live healthy. To live free. To laugh and to love.
This life is a one-way ticket to a wonderful journey. If you’re not being yourself, then you’re giving that ticket away to somebody else.
My inner child feels listless. And my adult feels ready to put the out of business sign on the door. I really REALLY think I’m running out of gas. I know how to get thru the day, yet at the beginning of it and at the end of it… I’m like “WTH?” Why do I justify BS? Onion Rings are NOT French Fries. Muffin Tops are NOT OK. I CAN’T handle loose change or single dollar bills in my pocket. There is NOTHING in the kitchen at work that is OK for me to consume. The only things that I can lagitamtly buy at a WAWA is coffee, ice or water! At the diner an omelette or a Greek Salad with Chicken. And I’m NOT able to go to the market without a list. Why do I give my power away when I know better? Why do I get pissed when people who love me call to JUST make small talk? I just don’t feel grounded? Why don’t I do something about how I’m feeling? It’s like I’m always on the path and I’m not getting anywhere! I just keep walking, tripping, regrouping and walking. And when I feel close to “anything” I get interrupted! I get told by someone or something that this is what I want or this is what someone wants or needs from me. I seriously, need a break from EVERYTHING! Like an EAT. LOVE . PRAY. Journey. If I could just go and have no time tables, no need to check in… If I could just journey and swim, explore, rest, dream, rejuvenate…spend time with me!!! As I write, I am realizing I have maybe painted myself into a corner. I feel trapped! I don’t feel like I want to rush out… I just want to slow down have my own space not defend my needs. I would love to just carve out a space that is just mine- just me and DottieDawg’s, something that is not connected to anyone else or anything else. WHY NOT? Blah Blah Blah…