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Newsletter August 2010

Hi all!

Those who have visited our website www.eiriu-eolas.org will notice that we are now published with the same format. We love the layout and colours and hope you will enjoy our new, improved newsletter.

This month brings you some new thoughts on reducing your stress and increasing your enjoyment of life. And when you start working on one part of your life, often other parts come more into focus. Sometimes our feelings of stress and anxiety can (surprisingly) be related to diet. If you are one that has decided to cut sugar from your diet, we have an article on one fantastic nutritional supplement that help ease the craving for that ultra-fudge chocolate cookie!

In the months ahead, we will also be introducing our Éiriú Eolas instructors from around the world. This month features Eric Burt, who teaches in Hawaii.

Have a great rest of the summer!

The Éiriú Eolas Team

Meet the teacher: Erica Burt

My Name is Erica M. Burt. I am a long time resident of a small country community on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. I graduated Suma Cum Laud from Chaminade University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. In addition I have a teaching certificate from the Hawaii State Teachers Association.

Here in Hawaii our family currently runs a small organic farm and sustainable agriculture consultation business. Our current focus is educating the public about food security and safety. Having been involved with health food and organic farming for the past ten years, I have gained a wide range of knowledge about the importance healthy living, healthy eating, and being an informed consumer. For the past 2 years I have been researching organic food and farm policy, and overall health and wellness for the Signs of the Times website.

I first discovered Eiriu Eolas on line in July 2009. As a parent of two teenage girls I was researching ways to deal with stress associated with parenting, marriage and work life. I was pleased to discover the Eiriu Eolas Breathing and Meditation program and I began practicing the Eiriu Eolas techniques with my husband. After several months of practicing Eiriu Eolas regularly I was asked to attend a teacher – training workshop in the North East, I gladly accepted. In February of 2010 I was given an official Eiriu Eolas teacher certification from the Fellowship of the Cosmic Mind.

Eiriu Eolas has changed my life in many ways and I am excited about bringing this life-changing program to others in my community and to the world. My overall health and wellness has improved tremendously over the last year and I am thankful to have gathered a wealth of knowledge about detoxing the body, the mind and the spirit. In combination with regular practice of Eiriu Eolas I have learned so much about the importance of detoxing the mind of negative emotions and past emotional trauma. And with regular Eiriu Eolas meditation I have begun to cleanse my spirit, breath life deeply and accept my unique role in the universe.

This entire experience has organically unfolded over the past year and has led me to naturally share the Eiriu Eolas program with others. I am working on actively living the information I share with others, being the change I want to see in the world. Currently I share this program with families in the community, most families I work with have young or teenage children and many are feeling the stresses of juggling everyday life and raising children in these uncertain times. When I consult families I take time to bring up the importance of breathing and living a more informed existence. I find myself sharing many resources about proper diet, proper breathing and relaxation techniques. The knowledge I have gathered from Eiriu Eolas, Signs of the Times and The Fellowship of the Cosmic Mind has created a cohesive whole in my understanding of what it truly means to BE. In Hawaii we call this state of being HA or the breath of creation. The word ALOHA – known world wide as the Hawaiian word for LOVE, means the joyful sharing of life energy (ha) in the present. When we say ALOHA in the islands we are sharing the breath of creation and life with another – recognizing and revering the spirit that exists with all things and is the highest form of connection between beings. As a teacher of Eiriu Eolas in Hawaii I hope to share this Breath of Life with others!

My future plans include holding regular classes at the local community center, and bringing the relaxing and regenerative breathing exercises shared in the Eiriu Eolas program to enlisted army soldiers returning from war. Most of all I want to help others reclaim true health and wellness and share the spirit of ALOHA.

The Healer Within

From Dr. Rodger Murphree’s book, Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

We are born with an innate ability to heal ourselves. If this were not true, we would quickly succumb to the millions of deadly microbes that inhabit our lungs and digestive tracts. These bugs are monitored and kept in check by the inner healer, the autonomic nervous system. It also controls how fast your heart beats, the rate of your breathing, how you walk, how you stand, and how fast blood pumps through your veins. It coordinates all functions of the body, including the immune system. Do you have to think about healing a broken bone?

No. Your inner self maintains a constant vigil, overseeing every bodily process. We are truly amazing organisms. You have a new liver every six weeks, and 98% of the atoms in our bodies are renewed every year. The power that made the body is ultimately the power that heals it. Understanding this concept can be intimidating. Medicine has been blinded by science and has largely neglected the profound influence of our higher self. Health professions are known as the “healing arts,” yet the art of medicine has been too often replaced with brain scans and drug therapies. But true health is more than the absence of disease. It is optimal physical, chemical, and spiritual well-being. I suggest a new paradigm, one that considers the role of our inner self in determining our state of health.

Mind Chatter

Our minds never stop chattering. We–consciously or subconsciously–take in, sort, analyze, and respond to billions of thoughts each day. This constant chatter, if not checked, begins totake its toll on our mental and physical well-being. Negative thoughts can create a blueprint for the subconscious mind to rely on. A few negative thoughts a day aren’t so bad, but 30 years of incessant worry shapes who we become as people, our personality.Your script is being written and rewritten every day by every thought you have.

I could write a lengthy chapter about all the mind-body studies and how they relate to emotional, mental, spiritual, physical, and chemical health, but I think it’s really this simple. Do you feel better or worse when you are laughing? How about scowling? It doesn’t take a scientific study of brain scans and heart monitors to know the answers.

Have you ever tried to stay sad or angry when smiling at yourself in the mirror? You can’t do it. This is because the muscles in the face, when contracted into a smile, trigger the brain to release happy hormones. I’ve found I feel and look my best when I’m physically and mentally rested. When I make the time to tone down the mind chatter and begin to listen to my inner voice, health, vitality, and joy are the rewards.

I’m not implying that you can think, meditate, or even pray yourself free of ailments. I know how debilitating FMS and CFS can be. These are not illnesses to be taken lightly! However, finding and tapping into your inner self only increases your chances of getting and being well in its truest sense.

Sometimes we have to dig deep to find the courage to overcome life’s tragedies. Consider Stephen Hawking, the famous physicist who has no use of his arms or legs. Some would have given up and been content to slowly die.

We can’t always control life’s obstacles, but we can control how we respond to them. Neglecting your inner self–your life essence–while attempting to overcome something as potentially life squelching as FMS/CFS is like trying to use a magnifying glass to watch a big-screen movie. Remove the magnifying glass and take in the big picture. Don’t just focusing on covering up symptoms with chemicals or physical therapies. That ignores the third pillar. Can you have optimal health without personally experiencing love and inner peace on a daily basis?

In order to heal yourself, you must begin to realize that true health comes from within. Your state of health is largely determined by how well you recognize this concept and your willingness to listen and trust your inner self.

The Healing Power of Prayer

Although 95% of Americans believe in God, most doctors are uncomfortable discussing spiritual matters. This is sad, since 60% of the population would like to discuss spiritual issues with their doctors and 40% would like for their doctors to pray with them. The effects of prayer are numerous: less anxiety, stress, and anger; lowered resting pulse rate and blood pressure; increased production of happy hormones; and increased pain threshold. In addition, prayer and other spiritual practices tap into the mind-body connection. They have a calming effect that involves every system in the body, including the nervous system, immune system, endocrine (hormonal) system, digestive system, and cardiovascular system. One study involving individuals with HIV showed that participation in religious or spiritual activities substantially improved immune function.

One of the most talked-about studies evaluating the positive benefits of prayer was published in /The Southern Medical Journal/ in 1988. It involved 393 hospitalized patients who were equally divided into two groups: one group served as the control and was treated with traditional medical care alone. The second group received prayer along with traditional medical care. Neither group, nor their doctors, knew who was receiving prayer from third parties. The group receiving prayer had these remarkable results: they had fewer congestive heart failures (8 versus 20), fewer of them needed diuretics (5 versus 15), they experienced fewer cardiac arrests (3 versus 14), they had fewer episodes of pneumonia (3 versus 13), fewer of them were prescribed antibiotics (3 versus 17), and they generally required less medication than the control group, who received no prayer from the volunteer third parties.

Tapping Into Your Inner Self

One of the healthiest things you can do in this lifetime is to learn to rise above the constant mind chatter by quieting your mind and allowing your inner self to flourish. You’ll start to realize how negative and self-destructive thoughts sabotage your innate desire to be healthy. Life’s true game is less about controlling your surroundings and more about letting go of unwanted negative thoughts–much like shedding layers of clothes when entering a warm room. The ability to control our minds by understanding, acknowledging, and choosing which thoughts, emotions, and feelings serve us best is perhaps the key that unlocks optimal health. Below are just a few ways to quiet the mind and tap into your inner self.

Conscious Breathing

Conscious breathing is one way to integrate your mind and body. Focusing on breathing, using mantras (repetitive sounds), and/or visualizing a word or a soothing scene are central to most meditative practices. In basic breathing exercises, all you need is a quite place and a willingness to quiet the mind. Conscious breathing reduces stress and allows you to filter out the constant mind chatter. Quieting the mind offers the opportunity to get in touch with your inner self. A conscious breathing exercise can be done any time of day and as often as you wish. Use it as a powerful stress-busting tool when you are feeling overwhelmed:

Bring your attention to your breathing. Notice the flow of breath in and out of your lungs. Take a deep breath in through your nose, allowing the air to fill your lungs. Slowly exhale through your mouth. Observe the rhythm that naturally occurs. Acknowledge any distracting thoughts, and simply let them go when they appear. Return your attention to the rhythm of your breathing. Continue to take deep breathes in and out. When it feels natural, try allowing more time between each breath. Pause when appropriate, and feel the inner peace. Enjoy the freedom from mind chatter.

Refocusing Technique

This technique is designed to allow you to take control of your mind. Too often we find ourselves at the mercy of our emotions and have knee-jerk reactions that don’t serve our higher self. When facing a stressful situation that threatens to overwhelm your best intentions, stop and take time to consider the wisdom of your inner self. This allows you to avoid being at the mercy of old negative habits and to write a new positive script that serves you better.

  1. Stop. Call time out. Take several deep breaths. Remember that with the help of your inner self, you can take control of a situation.
  2. Look. Rise above the situation and just be an observer. Notice how you feel, your thoughts, your surroundings, any other people involved. Be objective. Take it all in.
  3. Listen. Take a few minutes to focus on your breathing. Listen to what your inner self is saying. Pay attention to your chest area. Notice how you feel. Is this how you want to feel? Listen deeply. What is your inner self, your inner voice, telling you about thissituation?
  4. Choose. Make an affirmative statement about what you wish to choose in light of this situation “I choose to feel calm, balanced, and open to positive experiences.”
  5. Let it go. Choose happiness, peace, and serenity over having to be right. Choose acceptance of not knowing over having to understand. Choose love over hate. Choose thoughts of improving health over nagging reminders of disease.

Meditation

Meditation can generally be divided into two categories: concentration methods, which emphasize focusing on your breathing or a specific object, and mindfulness meditation, which usually uses chants, focused breathing, or repetitive thoughts. The goal in either case is to allow thoughts, feelings, and emotions to appear moment by moment without placing any attention on them. Simply let the thoughts enter. Acknowledge them and let them go, allowing yourself to tap into your inner self. Meditation may be especially helpful for chronic pain. Others studies have shown the effectiveness of meditation for anxiety, substance abuse, skin ailments, and depression.

Yoga

Yoga has been practiced in India for over 6,000 years. Hatha yoga, based on a system of physical postures, is the best-known form in America. Yoga means “yoke,” or union of the personal self with the Divine source. Others describe yoga as a way to join mind, body, and spirit to enrich one’s life. Yoga has made its way into several large hospitals around the country and continues to gain in popularity. Used on a regular basis, yoga offers a unique way to exercise and tone the physical body while at the same time quieting the mind.

The Hour of Power

Taking time on a daily basis to quiet the mind is a crucial component of living the lives we want to live. I try to find an hour of power every day. My hour of power involves prayer, meditation, and exercise. I also use some of this time to listen to positive subliminal tapes on such topics as abundant energy, laughter and happiness, and stress management.

Dr. Rodger Murphree is a board-certified nutritional specialist and chiropractic physician who has been in private practice since 1990. He is the founder and past clinic director for a large integrated medical practice located on the campus of Brookwood Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. The clinic, which combined prescription and natural medicines for acute and chronic illnesses, was staffed with medical doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, nutritionists, and massage therapists. Dr. Murphree is the author of five books, including /Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Kick Your Sugar Cravings with L-glutamine

(quotes from Beating and Treating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome )

L-glutamine can also be extremely helpful in eliminating sugar cravings. Animal studies have shown it quite efective in lowering both blood glucose and insulin levels.

Glutamine helps heal intestinal permeability. It is converted to glutamic acid in the brain. Glutamic acid increases neuronal activity, detoxifes ammonia (an abundant waste product in the body) from cells, and like glucose, is used to feed the brain. Glutamine plays an important role in intestinal maintenance and repair and is the major energy source of the intestines. It is one of the most important nutrients for the cells that line the colon.

Individuals with intestinal problems, including Crohn’s disease, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal permeability, yeast overgrowth, and food allergies, especially need glutamine supplementation. Studies in Britain and Canada show that when individuals with infammatory bowel disease (IBD) were given glutamine, their symptoms, including abdominal pain and diarrhea, improved dramatically. In another study, children who took glutamine supplements showed increased mental abilities and tested higher on IQ tests. It also helps reduce sugar cravings and acts as an appetite suppressant.

Glutamine is one of the three amino acids that form glutathione. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant and plays an important role in the detoxifcation system of the body. It helps clear unwanted toxins through the kidneys and liver.  It is also the precursor to two very important neurotransmitters: glutamic acid (glutamate) and GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). Glutamate is excitatory; GABA is relaxing.

Usual glutamine dose is 500–1,000 mg. twice daily on an empty stomach. Higher doses are necessary to repair leaky gut syndrome.

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