“When we think of nonverbals, we think of how we judge others. … We tend to forget, though, the other audience that's influenced by our nonverbals: ourselves.”
This was a new idea for me recently: Maybe it's not just that our state of mind can influence our bodies... maybe this is a two way street. It's interesting to consider that we might also be taking cues from our physical body. It reinforces my perception that we have an internal relationship with ourselves that is very much like relationships we have with other people, only we fail to recognize it because we can never remove ourselves from it. It FEELS like it's us talking to ourselves, but really, it's what we've learned talking to us. It's what other people have told us, synthesized into a single voice in our heads. Anyway... it seems it's appropriate to add our very own body as another "voice" in this relationship.
I'm also going to admit that I've started standing in power poses in the morning. So far, I haven't been caught by my husband or my children, so they have no idea that I've been re-patterning my brain. They, maybe haven't noticed anything at all. But I sure have. My ability to continually deal with situations as they come up unexpectedly, the routine interruptions of trying to work at home over the summer, and to find ways to be productive (historically I've battled old family dynamics of being unproductive)... it's all been so different the last few days since I saw this TED talk!
I can't remember which of my incredibly awesome friends or colleagues posted this on Facebook, but I do have much gratitude for the things they post. This practice of standing powerfully is quickly becoming part of a 5-minute morning ritual where I stand tall, feel the power within (meaning that I summon words like capable, confident, strong, resilient...). I breathe deeply, receiving that sense of my essential self, and I release what no longer serves me. I give myself some appreciation for things that I know that I do well. And in less than five minutes I feel supercharged, positive, energetic, and totally ready to do what needs to be done for the day!
I'm still playing with my "daily" rituals (because I've admitted before that it's a challenge for me, right?). I'm actually taking an e-course about it. I'll share more about that as I work it out.
Click here to go to Amy Cuddy's TED talk about body language and it's influence on our perception of ourselves.
I've done a lot of posts about heart healing... about finding our truths and living from them. That's great... and that kind of work takes time. I've spent all summer in a bit of an airy space, being contemplative about greater truths and all... but I feel the indian summer in the air. There's a thread of coolness in the warm air... something that portends of change... of turning within. In the Chinese Five Element System this time of late summer and early autumn (indian summer) corresponds to the Earth Element. So, for this season (from now, until early October) I thought I'd throw out some address-it-now options for dealing with some common physical (particularly perimenopausal) complaints on Fridays. If you have special requests let me know, I'll post what I know.
I've recently had some bloodwork done and found out, that like many, I'm extremely deficient in Vitamin D. While I do take my vitamins (sporadically...) I admit that I have my doubts as to their efficacy. I mean, how much of any particular substance can your body absorb at once? I imagine that's at least part of why we have taste buds and enjoy variety in our food... to get a variety of vitamins and minerals little bits at a time!
While sunlight is something of an obvious answer... I actually spend more time outside than the average person given that I have a flexible work schedule and I have children that keep me on the move. I'm also fair skinned, so I'm not the perfect candidate for a bunch of sunlight. So... with that out... I'm wondering how to get a good dose of D. Do you know what foods contain Vitamin D? Here's a short list:
It's becoming obvious to me that I'm not going to eat my way through enough Vitamin D. So... what other options do I have? Well... I've been looking into herbal support and here's what I've found:
I think my approach is along these lines: I'm going to make sure I get some sun, and I'm going to start making an herbal infusion of the above herbs each day, and see if I can't get my Vitamin D up. I like starting with herbs... if they don't do the trick then I'll move on to a supplement... but from what I understand most supplements are not able to be fully absorbed. I'll let you know how it goes.
Herbal infusion: combine equal parts of the herbs, enough to make a full cup. Place in a quart jar, cover with boiling water. Let steep at least four hours, ideally overnight, and drink over the course of the next day. It's a good way to remember your fluids, especially since they're doubling as your vitamins!
Last, I'll just throw out there that I likely need to do some work asking my body wisdom about why I'm not making enough Vitamin D in the sunlight. I imagine there's a block in the manufacture process there somewhere. But, until I get to the research to figure out how Vitamin D is synthesized in the body and find some quiet time to work on myself or get a session with one of my colleagues, I will try the infusions. If you try them, let me know about your results!
Things to keep in mind:
1. I'm not a medical doctor... so... well, keep that in mind.
2. Vitamin D is fat soluble, which means that you can get too much. Never consume more than 4,000 IU per day (recommended is 600 IU per day, I believe). Too much Vitamin D can be toxic. Please consult a physician if you have any questions or concerns about your vitamin intake.
3. If you are on cholesterol lowering medications, steroids, or some anti-seizure meds these can block Vitamin D absorption.
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