Tuesday, 31 May 2016

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ME sufferer coming to the end of her step-by-step charity challenge | The Argus, Brighton | 31 May 2016

From The Argus, Brighton | 31 May 2016 | Story by Siobhan Ryan.

imgID68054507.jpg.galleryA TEACHING assistant struck down by a debilitating illness with no known cure is set to finish a year-long challenge.

ME sufferer Alison Woodland made a pledge to walk 250,000 steps in 12 months, one for every person in the UK with the condition.

The condition causes extreme fatigue that does not go away with rest or slee and can leave some sufferers housebound.

Ms Woodland, 27, from Worthing, was diagnosed in 2009, 11 months after falling ill with a flu-like virus.

She had been suffering from total exhaustion, weakness, breathlessness and a high heart rate.

At her worst, the former Sussex U-18 table tennis player was left so weak by everyday tasks that she struggled to get out of bed, go to the bathroom without help and felt too ill to read a book.

Ms Woodland said: “I had very mixed emotions when I was first diagnosed.

“Part of me was very relieved to finally have a name for it after a year of tests and appointments and the other part of me felt daunted, as I knew there was no real ‘fix’ and a lot of uncertainty lay ahead.”

Ms Woodland took on her challenge in aid of the ME Association, which supports those with the condition, which is also known as chronic fatigue syndrome.

The former Chichester College student has already walked more than 230,000 steps and expects to finish her challenge in June.

She has raised more than £550 so far.

Ms Woodland said: “As I have ME, I needed something that I already do on a day-to-day basis so that it didn’t have a negative effect on my health – something simple that everyone can identify with.

“I have really enjoyed doing it. It has come with some unexpected challenges – I did not expect there to be days when I was walking too slowly for the pedometer to count my steps”

The NHS recommends that a healthy person walk 10,000 steps a day, meaning that most people could achieve Ms Woodland’s challenge in a month.

ME Association fundraising manager Helen Hyland said: “Alison is one of our fundraising heroines.

“Many of our fundraisers push themselves to the limit in marathons and more extreme physical endurance races but we know that there can be no greater physical, emotional, or mental challenge than the ‘pacing’ that is vital to manage life when you have ME.”

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Home Remedies for Kidney Stones

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7 Decluttering Tips: How to Release Your Attachment to Your Stuff

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“To change skins, evolve into new cycles, I feel one has to learn to discard. If one changes internally, one should not continue to live with the same objects. They reflect one’s mind and the psyche of yesterday. I throw away what has no dynamic, living use.” ~Anais Nin

I’m attempting to fit my life into ten large boxes (and one red suitcase).

As I enter a new phrase in my life I’ve decided that now is the time to reduce the stuff that has been sitting in my storage unit while I’ve been house sitting and declutter my world as much as I can. The process has been both satisfying and exhausting.

Satisfying because I’m finally able to get rid of things that I no longer need, from an ironing board to a box of fifty-plus rubber bands. (I’ve no idea when my rubber band hoarding began!)

Exhausting because every item of my belongings requires a decision. Keep or release? Sell or gift? Friends or family?

I found that while some things were easy to be rid of, there were others that I moved from pile to pile, unsure where they should rest.

I knew that I didn’t need them but felt unwilling to let go. This feeling came up the most with clothes, as it turns out I’d attached a lot of meaning to fabric and thread.

Like my pink suit. It’s that rare shade that suited me perfectly. The shape was flattering—a random woman once came up to me in the street to say how great my legs looked. I wore it in a corporate law office where black, accessorised with grey, was the norm. (I never did like to conform!)

That suit reminded me of a time in my life where I lived in an exciting city and felt successful. That beautiful suit also has a stain down the front that dry cleaning won’t remove. It now looks dated, not to mention that I don’t wear suits anymore. Yet I cling onto it.

Part of my reluctance was due to my scarcity mind set. “What if I never find another suit in that colour that makes me feel as good?”

Do you do that when you are trying to let go of your things?

We ask ourselves, “What if I give it away and then need it in a month?”

Even though we haven’t needed it in the past year and, in most cases, we could borrow or buy a new one if we really needed to.

As I decluttered I found that following steps helped me. I think they’ll help you too, whether your aim is to empty your junk drawer, your garage, or your wardrobe.

1. Start with an easy area or the area that annoys or distracts you the most.

Starting with an easy area is great for instant satisfaction and giving you the motivation to continue. Those old shoes that are so scuffed you can’t see the original color? Out. Those shoes that are lovely but don’t fit you? Out. Give them to a friend and make their day.

Tackling an area that annoys or distracts you is a fantastic way to free up energy. The garage that you can longer fit the car in. Start there. The sock drawer that you have to push and shove to close because it’s so full of mismatched socks. Start there.

2. Give yourself a time limit.

Having a time limit will stop you from being sucked into the time vortex that is your closet. Or garage. Or pantry.

Focusing on the time limit that I’d set myself to go through a box meant I was less distracted. If I found myself looking through a photo album when I was mean to be sorting through a box full of things for the kitchen, a quick look at the clock got me back on track.

3. Give yourself a challenge.

This step may only work if you’re a competitive soul like me. I decided to reduce my boxes from sixteen to ten. Why ten? I thought it was achievable and a stretch. Having that set number really helped me with my decision-making, as I knew I had a set amount of space to work with.

4. Only keep what is essential or beautiful.

Imagine having a home that only contained things that were essential or beautiful, or both. That idea fills me with a sense of calm and pleasure.

This step was the best way for me to make a decision on whether to keep something, as having that guiding idea took away the constant questioning. “Should I keep it? It could be handy in the future.” “You can never have too many pairs of black trousers, black socks…”

A friend gave me another helpful tip when decluttering clothes and accessories. Does it make you look or feel like a million dollars?

I love that the bar is set so high. Most of us have far more clothes than we actually need. Having a wardrobe full of things that make you feel like a millions dollars is simplistic luxury.

This doesn’t mean that you keep the most expensive things either. I own necklaces that I bought for a few dollars while on holiday that I feel like a million dollars in.

5. Get some help.

Who says that decluttering your world has to be a chore or boring? Invite some good friends over, put some music on, and combine laughter with letting go of what no longer serves you.

6. Give your things a second life.

Have you thought about giving some of your stuff a second life? I had a pile of t-shirts that I no longer wear, some sixteen years old. I’d bought them while on traveling adventures, and they reminded me of those trips.

I decided to get inventive. I sent them to my young nieces and included a set of stories telling them where in the world the T-shirts were from and what I’d been doing there. When my nieces called me, I was thrilled because the youngest said, “Thank you for the T-shirts. I especially loved the stories you told us.”

Is there another life that your possessions can live?

7. Connect with your emotions.

Letting go of possessions can be like letting go of a part of ourselves. When I came across things I knew I wasn’t going to use or wear, but was struggling to release, I deliberately sat down with them and dove into the emotions/memories they raised.

Dig into why you’re hanging onto that item. What does the item represent to you? What memories have you attached to that item?

Connecting to those emotions helped me to know that those memories are always with me and don’t need to be triggered by a thing.

I began to thank those items for helping me to create those memories. That might sound a bit odd, but it really worked. I could then release those things with a smile and a thankful heart.

I love the way I feel when my possessions have been reduced. There are less distractions and I feel so much lighter and more in control of my stuff rather than having it control me. The same can happen for you.

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More Information is Not the Answer; More Action Is

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“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” ~Bruce Lee

We live in a world where information is literally at our fingertips, twenty-four hours a day, every day. As wonderful as this can be, it can also lead to a number of challenges.

With so much information available to us it can be difficult to know which way is up.

The more we read, the more confused we become.

One source makes a logical argument for one way to do something. Then we read a completely opposing view that is backed by another logical sounding theory.

This can lead to us freezing. Like a sprinter waiting too long in the blocks for the gun to go off, we have lost the ability to react. We have lost the ability to go.

Too Many Choices Can Lead to No Choice

Too many options and choices laid out in front of us can lead to a strange problem where we struggle to make any choice at all.

What should be a positive suddenly turns to a negative. We’re worried that choosing means we miss out on something else. Or that our choice will not be the perfect choice.

Distraction Attraction

The floodgates of information can cause their own form of addictive behavior. We have become attracted to distracted. Constantly checking for updates and new information. Obsessively checking for the latest word from this expert or that.

Strangely this constant activity feels like progress. The truth is we’re busy, but we’re not focused. Nothing much is getting done.

The Answer – Positive Constraints Followed by Action

Another road that can be taken is one where we deliberately limit our choices. We commit to choosing from a more limited pool of information, then we follow through with a healthy dose of action.

If this works out well, we stay committed to the choice. If not, we go back and choose something else that will work for us. Importantly, we don’t jump around just because there is more on the table.

Ironically, limiting choice can improve our chances of actually making a choice at all. We put the mental blinkers on and fully commit to what is in front of us instead of flitting from this to that looking for perfect.

Personal Experience – Subtraction

In my own case, I have benefitted from limiting choice in several areas of my life.

My fitness is something that is very important to me. However, I can read too much on what I should be doing by this fitness expert or that. This can lead to confusion and frustration when these experts contradict each other.

With my training this has led to me chopping and changing programmes too often and not giving a particular program or exercise time to work its magic.

Worse, I’ve also tried to perform exercises, or follow programs, that are not a good fit for my goals, just because a particular expert says they are “must do” moves.

With the above in mind, I now limit the information channels I read—fewer fitness blogs, fewer magazines. Instead, I dig deeper into a few sources that I get most enjoyment/benefit from.

In terms of my actual training, I have limited my exercise selection down to a small pool of big return exercises that suit my body, temperament, and goals.

Importantly, these are exercises I also enjoy trying to perfect over the long term, and that seem to do my body good. I find them challenging but equally I am happy to do them again and again, with no sense of dread.

This has left me enjoying my workouts more, results in less confusion, and provides more focus on the goal at hand—a winning combination!

An Experiment for You

If you struggle with too many choices at times, try the following:

1. Choose from a restricted menu.

Over the next few weeks, stay focused on limiting choices in one area of your life. This could be the blogs you read, the foods you eat, or anything in between.

Using diet and the foods we eat as an example, it could mean for the following few weeks you will choose to eat only plant based foods. No meat at all.

Whatever it is, intentionally limit your choices in this area. Focus on a few options only, the ones that are likely to give you maximum enjoyment or results in relation to others.

2. Block out distractions.

Once you have your small pool of choices to work from in your chosen area, block everything else out. This will not be easy initially and will require discipline, but it is essential.

Carrying on our example above of changing our diet, if we’re going plant-based for a few weeks as an experiment, we will ensure all meat products are removed from our home. We will tell friends what we are doing so others know to prepare us plant based fare only if we visit and, if at a restaurant, we only look at the vegetarian options on menus. Out of sight, out of mind.

We need to cultivate some selective ignorance for this to work. Ignore the strong temptation to let the information floodgates remain fully open.

3. Commit.

Fully commit to your choice. Enjoy it, explore it, and revel in the process of making it.

4. Review—did it work?

Is your choice having the desired effect?

In our example of intentionally reducing food choices to plant-based only, are you feeling better and more energized? Have you lost some fat? Are you feeling and looking healthier?

If not, it’s time to go back to your limited pool of choices and try something else.

Maybe in this example we add a fish or meat dish once or twice a week only, start the process again, and re-evaluate. Maybe we try staying meatless longer but adding more protein sources, or varying our foods a little more (more green veggies etc.).

The important thing is we give our choice time to work, rather than staying stuck in making no decisions or in flitting from one thing to another.

An Information-Driven World

The world has been opened up to us with the technology now at our fingertips. That should be a wonderful thing if we use it appropriately. How we use it is up to us.

Try intentionally limiting choice for a while and see if it helps you get out of the blocks.

Sometimes less really can be more.

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Monday, 30 May 2016

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Emptiness True Health, by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

The medicine which cures the disease is the knowledge and practice that gives birth to emptiness. When emptiness has appeared it will be the cure of the disease and alter recovery from the disease there will be nothing save emptiness, the state void of Dukkha and. void of the mental defilements that are the cause of Dukkha

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You Don’t Have to be Shaken Up to Wake Up

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” ~Andy Warhol

I’m in my late thirties now, but I remember getting my first car like it was yesterday.

Even though I would have loved a shiny new car, my dad had suggested I go for a reliable junk box instead. Since I had been known to take out a few mailboxes and was somewhat of a menace on the road, I begrudgingly agreed.

Dad had a friend who worked on cars, and I proudly purchased my first clunker for $1000.

The catalyst for wanting my own set of wheels was the dreaded bus ride to my job. Day after day, I would stand at that overcrowded city bus stop in the cold, waiting for the bus to arrive like it was the second coming of Christ.

Unfortunately, when it did come, the 7,000 other commuters and I would pile in like a pack of sardines. Was that handsome guy putting the moves on me, or were we just packed in too close? I guess I’ll never know.

The only upside to the overcrowded bus was that the body heat kept us all warm.

I’d stand there, hanging on for dear life, praying that a nice old lady or a woman with a baby carriage didn’t need to board. Don’t get me wrong—I love the elderly, and babies too, but those were the kind of situations that would delay my already late behind!

When I’d finally arrive at my destination, I’d file out with all the other happy campers, smooth my wrinkled skirt, and be on my way.

During that time, the commute was just the start to what I already knew would be horrible day. Not that anything bad or dramatic would happen at work; it was just the simple fact that I just didn’t want to be there. Just like I didn’t want to be on that crowded bus.

My office job certainly paid the bills, but it came with a hefty price. I was unhappy, like really unhappy. 

Sitting in my less than comfy chair, typing away on my keyboard, my body was there, but my spirit was somewhere else. It was like a daily out of body experience and I spent years living that way.

Eventually the unhappiness got to be too much, and I was more than willing to make the sacrifices I needed to make in order to escape. Translation: I left my very comfortable paying job, moved back in with my parents, and took a job at a local animal shelter.

And you know what? I was broke, but more importantly, I was happy.

Instead of having to endure those previous out of body experiences, I was now fully present. I loved that I had traded in my desk and computer for pooper scoopers and leashes.

My days now consisted of walking dogs and making sure that the cats in my care felt comfortable and safe. I didn’t have all the answers on what direction my life was heading in. But the wagging tails and licks on my face confirmed that I was on the right track.

Making the move from my spirit-draining job gave me time to contemplate what I wanted to do with my life. Eventually, I went on to open my own pet sitting business and it became a great success! In fact, I made much more money than I did at my office job.

When I look back now, I wonder why it took me so long to make a move. Why is it that when we find ourselves feeling unfulfilled, we just accept that this is just the way things are?

Why is it that we get so stuck in such a rut that we become zombie-like and don’t question things or contemplate a different way of living?  A different way of making a living?

Unfortunately, it usually takes something negative to happen in our lives for us to look for a different solution.

Sometimes it comes in the form of a layoff from our job, the death of a loved one, (life is short, what the heck am I doing?), or a scary health diagnosis. Things like these tend to shake us up and wake us up.

The good news is that you don’t need your beloved Uncle Harry to die or your boss to fire you before you can make a change. I’m living proof of that. If you don’t like the way your life is going, decide to change it. Simple as that.

Sure, it might take some initial sacrifices, but just like my days riding the bus, those are only temporary.

You don’t need to know all the steps you need to take just yet; you just need to give yourself permission to contemplate something different. Ask yourself, what are the things that bring me joy?

That was my first step. I simply thought about what made me happy. The answer wasn’t too hard to find—it came in the form of my cat sitting on my lap. Purr

Once we declare that we want something better for ourselves, we get help in the ways we need. Ways we might not even see coming. The Universe is funny that way.

Looking back, I realize how fortunate I was to be able to move back in with my parents during that time. Not everyone has that option, but your path to change doesn’t have to look like mine. In fact, it should be uniquely your own.

Most times it’s the little, everyday choices we make that end up having the greatest impact over time.

Maybe it starts with just taking a class or trying a new hobby. Or maybe your path to change involves letting something go—a bad habit, negative self-talk or the pressure to please others.

It’s these small choices and actions that end up leaving us a trail of breadcrumbs to follow. One action, one decision at a time will eventually get you to where you need to go. And the best part is that you don’t need your life to be shaken up before that can happen.

Take it from me, you don’t need the 7.0 earthquake to hit before you decide to head to safety. When you first feel the ground shake, that’s the time to make your move.

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How to Thrive at Work (Even If You Don’t Love Your Job)

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” ~Jim Rohn

We spend so much of our days at work, it makes sense that we should enjoy it, but many of us are not that lucky.

Too many people work in jobs they dislike or for people who make them unhappy.

Perhaps we don’t get the meaning of our jobs or are caught up in the corporate rat race. So quit, our friends say, but it’s not that easy. I have bills to pay, kids to feed, or things I need the money for. So how do we strike the balance? What’s the secret to thriving at work?

I learned the hard way. Working long hours, if I wasn’t in meetings I was in the car driving. I’d grab fast food because it was quick and I could eat in on the run. After getting in late I was so exhausted that exercise was the last thing I felt like doing, so I’d crash on the sofa and then get my laptop to catch up on emails.

I spent my weekends sleeping in and catching up on all the housework I’d let slide during the week, and I was usually sick during my vacations, as my body struggled to cope with the constant demands.

I knew it wasn’t healthy, but wasn’t sure how to change it, how to find balance. When I looked around, I realized everyone else seemed to be doing the same. Eventually, I hit a wall and burned out. This ultimately led to a fork in the road where everything changed.

I quit the corporate world to follow my dreams and became a writer and yoga teacher. It’s something I love, but it doesn’t pay well, so I found myself having to pick up contract work to put food on my table and a roof above my head.

I still write and do what I love, but I also have to have a day job back in the office to pay the bills. The difference now is that I’ve learned the art of balance. Here’s how I thrive at work, and how you can too.

 1. Adopt a healthy routine.

I found that adopting a healthy routine made things easier. I get up early so I can meditate and do a bit of yoga. This sets me up for the day and makes me feel good before I even get to work.

Getting up early means I have time for breakfast and to walk to my office. It’s a challenge at first, and the snooze button is always tempting, but once we feel the benefits, it’s a no brainer. And after a few weeks of doing this, it becomes a habit.

2. Take care of your body.

Work can be stressful, which is why paying attention to the basics of good health and prioritizing this makes our workdays better.

What we eat, how much water we drink, how much we move, the lighting, ventilation, how we sit—it all adds up. It may seem simple, but it’s also important.

The meals we chose fuel us throughout the day; we know we can feel lethargic and short of energy if we’re not eating right. We are what we eat, so it’s critical we’re putting the right things in to help us thrive both at work and at home. It has a direct impact on our mood and how we concentrate, and therefore, how much better we’re likely to deal with stress and colleagues.

Exercise is also key, especially for those of us who are deskbound. I ensure I get up and move around regularly, either to get water, talk to a colleague, or when I’m on the phone. I also make sure I get outside every lunchtime for a walk and some fresh air, and head to the gym some evenings to counteract all the sitting my job requires.

3. Make it a priority to have fun with your coworkers.

Human beings are social animals, and our colleagues can be the source of great company (or sometimes irritation!) Taking time out to ask people how they’re doing over the water cooler, chatting about your plans for the weekend, or asking about their latest trip is a pleasant addition to the workday.

There are many ways to bond with your colleagues—Friday night drinks after closing, lunchtime walking groups, social sports teams, quiz nights, and office morning teas (where everyone brings something in). It’s a great way of getting to know your colleagues better, without the pressure of work.

 4. Treat yourself.

Every week I treat myself to dinner at my favorite restaurant, or a take away if I’m tired. It’s usually on a Friday, and I often spend the week looking forward to this.

I also have a massage once a month, partly to offset the sitting at a computer, but also to treat myself and show my body some love. It’s the little things that I look forward to, that my wages allow me to buy, that makes working more worth while.

5. Spend time in nature.

This one makes a big difference, particularly if we live and work in cities, as many of us do, and may be confined to the indoors for most of the day, without natural light or ventilation.

Get out during lunchtime for a walk in the park, or spend the weekend camping at the beach or in a cabin in the woods. Whatever it is, make sure you get some time in nature. It helps us unwind, relax, and reconnect, not just to the natural world around us but also to ourselves.

Science is proving that nature really does have healing powers, and I know it’s a vital part of helping me thrive at work.

6. Strive for balance.

I learned the hard way, and now work/life balance is one of my top priorities.

I see many people who seem defined by their jobs; this is their life and who they are, and this mantra often takes over their life.

If we spend all hours at work, there are areas of our life we’re neglecting—perhaps time with loved ones, time to ourselves, or social events or hobbies. Work/life balance is so important. After all, one of the reasons we go to work is so we can afford to have a life!

7. Do what you love.

They say that if you love what you do you’ll be successful. While not all of us have the jobs we’ve dreamed of since we were young, we can often find things within our jobs that we enjoy—dealing with people perhaps, training others, designing posters, solving problems, or organizing events.

If there is that long-time ambition you’ve had that involves a change of career, then think about how that may happen. It’s all about small steps, as I’ve found out, and can often mean we’re doing two jobs simultaneously for a while as we transition or retrain. But the important thing is that we start taking those small steps toward our dreams.

When the hard days at work come, I put them into perspective and ensure I find a positive. I also make sure I find time to do something I love, whether it’s writing, walking outside in nature, or having lunch with friends.

8. Never forget the why.

Probably the most important thing is to not lose sight of our reasons for going to work. Yes, we need to earn money, and preferably we could do this doing something we love. But sometimes we have to do X in order to get to Y.

Remember your “why.” This could be your kids’ education, that trip of a lifetime, your first home, or a medical treatment for a family member.

Put a photo up on your desk that’ll remind you every day what you’re working for. It’s not that boss that shouts at you or the company that cares more about its bottom line than its workers; it’s for your hopes and dreams and all the things we do each month with the wages we’re lucky to earn.

We spend so much time at work, it makes sense that we make it as happy as it can be. It doesn’t have to be detrimental to our health. By mastering the art of balance, we can thrive at work.

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After a successful career in the corporate HR world Jess decided to follow her passion in Health and Wellness as a coach, speaker, and author. A qualified yoga instructor who has trained in Buddhist meditation and mindfulness, living and working in many countries Jess draws her life experience into her work to share the principles of health and happiness.

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TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 27 May 2016

From Arthritis Care and Research (Hoboken), January 2016.

Gene Expression Factor Analysis to Differentiate Pathways Linked to Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Depression in a Diverse Patient Sample.

Iacob E, Light AR, Donaldson GW, Okifuji A, Hughen RW, White AT, Light KC.
University of Utah, Salt Lake City

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To determine if independent candidate genes can be grouped into meaningful biologic factors, and whether these factors are associated with the diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), while controlling for comorbid depression, sex, and age.

METHODS

We included leukocyte messenger RNA gene expression from a total of 261 individuals, including healthy controls (n = 61), patients with FMS only (n = 15), with CFS only (n = 33), with comorbid CFS and FMS (n = 79), and with medication-resistant (n = 42) or medication-responsive (n = 31) depression. We used exploratory factor analysis (EFA) on 34 candidate genes to determine factor scores and regression analysis to examine whether these factors were associated with specific diagnoses.

RESULTS

EFA resulted in 4 independent factors with minimal overlap of genes between factors, explaining 51% of the variance. We labeled these factors by function as 1) purinergic and cellular modulators, 2) neuronal growth and immune function, 3) nociception and stress mediators, and 4) energy and mitochondrial function. Regression analysis predicting these biologic factors using FMS, CFS, depression severity, age, and sex revealed that greater expression in factors 1 and 3 was positively associated with CFS and negatively associated with depression severity (Quick Inventory for Depression Symptomatology score), but not associated with FMS.

CONCLUSION

Expression of candidate genes can be grouped into meaningful clusters, and CFS and depression are associated with the same 2 clusters, but in opposite directions, when controlling for comorbid FMS. Given high comorbid disease and interrelationships between biomarkers, EFA may help determine patient subgroups in this population based on gene expression.


From Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise, published online 16 May 2016.

Fatigue Exacerbation by Interval or Continuous Exercise in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Sandler, Carolina X.; Lloyd, Andrew R.; Barry, Benjamin K.

Abstract

PURPOSE

To determine if the typical exacerbation of symptoms in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) following a bout of exercise differs between high-intensity interval training (HIIT) or continuous (CONT) aerobic exercise of the same duration and mechanical work.

METHODS

Participants with specialist-diagnosed CFS performed two 20-minute bouts of cycling in a randomised crossover study. The bouts were either moderate-intensity-continuous (70% age predicted heart rate max (APHRM)) or high-intensity-interval exercise, separated by at least 2 weeks. Self-report questionnaires capturing fatigue and related symptoms, and actigraphy were collected across 2 days before and 4 days following the exercise. Comparisons between exercise bouts were made using paired sample t-tests.

RESULTS

Fourteen moderately affected participants who were unable to work, but not bed bound, completed the study (9 female, 32 +/- 10 years, 67 +/- 11 kg). Mechanical work was matched successfully between the exercise bouts (HIIT 83,037 vs CONT 83,348 J, p=0.84). Mean heart rate (HIIT 76 +/- 5 vs CONT 73 +/- 6 %APHRM, p<0.05) and RPE (6-20) in the legs (HIIT 15.4 +/- 1.4 vs CONT 13.2 +/- 1.2, p<0.001) were higher for the interval compared to continuous exercise. Mean fatigue scores (0-10) were similar before each exercise challenge (HIIT 4.5 +/- 1.8 vs CONT 4.1 +/- 1.7, p=0.43). Participants reported an increase in fatigue scores following both challenges (Mean difference: HIIT 1.0 +/- 1.3, p<0.01; CONT 1.5 +/- 0.7, p<0.001), but these exacerbations in fatigue were not statistically or clinically different (p=0.20). CONCLUSIONS High-intensity interval exercise did not exacerbate fatigue any more than continuous exercise of comparable workload. This finding supports evaluation of HIIT in graded exercise therapy interventions for patients with CFS.


From the American Journal of Case Reports, 11 May 2016.

Reversal of Refractory Ulcerative Colitis and Severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms Arising from Immune Disturbance in an HLA-DR/DQ Genetically Susceptible Individual with Multiple Biotoxin Exposures.

Gunn SR(1), Gunn GG(1), Mueller FW(2).
1) Department of Genomic Pathology, Targeted Genomics, San Antonio, TX, USA.
2) Family Practice, Huebner Family Medicine, San Antonio, TX, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Patients with multisymptom chronic conditions, such as refractory ulcerative colitis (RUC) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), present diagnostic and management challenges for clinicians, as well as the opportunity to recognize and treat emerging disease entities. In the current case we report reversal of co-existing RUC and CFS symptoms arising from biotoxin exposures in a genetically susceptible individual.

CASE REPORT

A 25-year-old previously healthy male with new-onset refractory ulcerative colitis (RUC) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) tested negative for autoimmune disease biomarkers. However, urine mycotoxin panel testing was positive for trichothecene group and air filter testing from the patient’s water-damaged rental house identified the toxic mold Stachybotrys chartarum. HLA-DR/DQ testing revealed a multisusceptible haplotype for development of chronic inflammation, and serum chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS) biomarker testing was positive for highly elevated TGF-beta and a clinically undetectable level of vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP). Following elimination of biotoxin exposures, VIP replacement therapy, dental extractions, and implementation of a mind body intervention-relaxation response (MBI-RR) program, the patient’s symptoms resolved. He is off medications, back to work, and resuming normal exercise.

CONCLUSIONS

This constellation of RUC and CFS symptoms in an HLA-DR/DQ genetically susceptible individual with biotoxin exposures is consistent with the recently described CIRS disease pathophysiology. Chronic immune disturbance (turbatio immuno) can be identified with clinically available CIRS biomarkers and may represent a treatable underlying disease etiology in a subset of genetically susceptible patients with RUC, CFS, and other immune disorders.


From the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, June 2016.

Why patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis improve or deteriorate with graded exercise therapy

A. Cheshire, D. Ridge, L. Clark, P. White

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Graded exercise therapy, GET, (along with cognitive behaviour therapy, CBT) is one of only two treatments recommended by the 2007 National Institute of Health Care Excellence (NICE) CFS/ME guidelines as having an evidence-base. NICE describes GET as an “approach to CFS/ME that involves physical assessment, mutually negotiated goal-setting and education”. However, lay surveys show that GET is considered unacceptable or harmful by many patients. Further investigation is needed to understand why some people seem to benefit from GET, and not others.

AIMS

The study aimed to answer the question, “What are the differences and similarities in treatment perceptions and experiences of GET, among participants who improved and got worse in a pragmatic randomised controlled trial of Guided graded Exercise Self-help (GETSET).”?

METHOD

This qualitative, one-to-one interview study was situated within the GETSET Trial. A sub-sample of patients were stratified into improved and deteriorated and recruited: 9 were better, 10 were worse (according to Clinical Global Impression (CGI) scale). Interviews were semi-structured to ensure all participants discussed all relevant topics to the study. Interviews were transcribed in full and a thematic, “constant comparison” approach was used in the analysis, using NVivo software to ensure all relevant data were analysed.

RESULTS

Participants generally found GET challenging, especially during initiation, as participants had to wait considerable time for any benefit. The deteriorated group reported experiencing more barriers to GET, including a worse exacerbation of symptoms in response to GET, which interfered with their life commitments (e.g. work, caring duties). They also reported greater interference with GET from comorbid conditions and other things happening in their lives. Additionally, they had had CFS for considerably longer than the improved group. The improved group on the other hand reported more facilitators to doing GET (e.g. using other therapies), and were more likely to report exceptionally high levels of motivation. Paradoxically, GET engagement could be supported by having worse levels of CFS/ME, as participants felt too ill to do activities that could distract them from GET.

CONCLUSION

Our findings flesh out the deeper meanings behind polarized experiences of GET, pointing to the specific conditions under which GET is most likely to work, and how health professionals could assist patients to benefit from GET.


From Biological Psychology, published online 17 May 2016.

A potential biomarker for fatigue: oxidative stress and anti-oxidative activity

Sanae Fukuda(a,b,c),Junzo Nojima(d), Yukari Motoki(d), Kouzi Yamaguti(c,e), Yasuhito Nakatomi(c,e), Naoko Okawa(a), Kazumi Fujiwara(a), Yasuyoshi Watanabe(b,c), Hirohiko Kuratsune(a,b,c,e).
a) University of Kansai Welfare Sciences, Kashiwara, Osaka 582-0026, Japan
b) RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0047, Japan
c) Department of Physiology, Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka 545-8585, Japan
d) Department of Laboratory Science, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine, Yamaguchi, 755-8505, Japan
e) Department of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Molecular Medicine, Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka 545-8585, Japan

Highlights

• Fatigue is a frequent symptom in both healthy individuals and patients, therefore, biomarkers indicating several differential levels of fatigue would be needed for evaluating fatigue and its improvement.
• Following the hard work term, the mean values of oxidative stress increased; however, anti-oxidative activity did not decrease, except only one case.
• Measured of oxidative stress (d-ROMS) and anti-oxidative activity (BAP) might be useful for discriminating acute, sub-acute, and resting fatigue in healthy people from patients with CFS, or for evaluating fatigue levels in healthy people.

Abstract

We sought to determine whether oxidative stress and anti-oxidative activity could act as biomarkers that discriminate patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) from healthy volunteers at acute and sub-acute fatigue and resting conditions.

We calculated the oxidative stress index (OSI) from reactive oxygen metabolites-derived compounds (d-ROMs) and the biological antioxidant potential (BAP). We determined changes in d-ROMs, BAP, and OSI in acute and sub-acute fatigue in two healthy groups, and compared their values at rest between patients with CFS (diagnosed by Fukuda 1994 criteria) and another group of healthy controls.

Following acute fatigue in healthy controls, d-ROMs and OSI increased, and BAP decreased. Although d-ROMs and OSI were significantly higher after sub-acute fatigue, BAP did not decrease.

Resting condition yielded higher d-ROMs, higher OSI, and lower BAP in patients with CFS than in healthy volunteers, but lower d-ROMs and OSI when compared with sub-acute controls.

BAP values did not significantly differ between patients with CFS and controls in the sub-acute condition. However, values were significantly higher than in the resting condition for controls.

Thus, measured of oxidative stress (d-ROMS) and anti-oxidative activity (BAP) might be useful for discriminating acute, sub-acute, and resting fatigue in healthy people from patients with CFS, or for evaluating fatigue levels in healthy people.


From Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews, 18 May 2016
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Dysregulated stress signal sensitivity and inflammatory disinhibition as a pathophysiological mechanism of stress-related chronic fatigue

Jana Strahler (a), Nadine Skoluda (a), Nicolas Rohleder(b), Urs M Nater(a)
a) Clinical Biopsychology, University of Marburg, Gutenbergstrasse 18, Marburg, 35037, Germany
b) Health Psychology, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Nägelsbachstrasse 49a, Erlangen 91052, Germany

Highlights

• We review stress signal sensitivity of immune cells in chronic stress and fatigue.
• Chronic stress seems to result in resistance of immune cells to stress signals.
• Findings on stress signal sensitivity under acute stress were inconclusive.
• Pathological consequences (self-maintaining inflammation, fatigue) are discussed.

Abstract

Chronic stress and its subsequent effects on biological stress systems have long been recognized as predisposing and perpetuating factors in chronic fatigue, although the exact mechanisms are far from being completely understood.

In this review, we propose that sensitivity of immune cells to glucocorticoids (GCs) and catecholamines (CATs) may be the missing link in elucidating how stress turns into chronic fatigue.

We searched for in vitro studies investigating the impact of GCs or CATs on mitogen-stimulated immune cells in chronically stressed or fatigued populations, with 34 original studies fulfilling our inclusion criteria. Besides mixed cross-sectional findings for stress- and fatigue-related changes of GC sensitivity under basal conditions or acute stress, longitudinal studies indicate a decrease with ongoing stress.

Research on CATs is still scarce, but initial findings point towards a reduction of CAT sensitivity under chronic stress. In the long run, resistance of immune cells to stress signals under conditions of chronic stress might translate into self-maintaining inflammation and inflammatory disinhibition under acute stress, which in turn lead to fatigue.



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How to Stop Living on Autopilot and Make Life More Exciting

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“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.” ~Stephen Hunt

Isn’t it funny how metaphors for life exist in all of our everyday experiences?

I found myself on a mountain the other day (no, that’s not the metaphor), where the route through the particularly rocky bits was marked with cairns. (For those non-mountain runners, a cairn is a man-made pile of little rocks indicating the pathway.)

Even though I was following a fellow runner, I liked to lag behind to enjoy the solitude and absorb the surrounding energy of nature. That’s the hippie in me.

There were a few times when I found myself gazing around, feeling lost, hands on hips, looking for those all-important cairns.

I yelled, “Where’s the path?” to my patient partner far up ahead, who replied, “You’re always looking for the path! Just come straight up!”

And there it is… my metaphor!

My personal epiphany was that in my life, I’ve always looked for that proverbial path. The straight and narrow. The safe way. The known route traversed by many. Need I go on?

Looking for the known path narrowed my focus to the immediate surroundings. It kept my world and experience small.

Had I forged straight up the mountainside, I would have had to navigate through unknown territory on high alert, and with extreme attention and interest. I would have seen different views and experienced a sense of accomplishment and exhilaration.

Yet, I followed the path.

How often do we do the same in life?

Ten years ago I ricocheted in and out of a volatile, toxic relationship.

Each time I left I would vow to have a clean break and move on. Yet many times (way too many times) I found myself back in this destructive relationship simply because it seemed easier than finding the courage to venture into something new.

I felt comfortable and safe, as I knew what I was getting. It didn’t matter that I was unhappy; it was the known path.

We can get from A to B on the known, safe, predictable route, or we can explore a new route and open ourselves to new experiences, adventure, and opportunities.

So where do we start?

Acknowledge the Mundane

Become aware of your daily routines and how they make you feel.

Start noticing those things you do on automatic pilot, things as simple as your grooming routines. Do you brush your teeth the same way every day? How about what you have for breakfast and lunch? Do you make the same thing because it’s easier and quicker?

And what do you feel when you’re doing these things? I’m guessing very little.

Identify the New Possibilities

Look at ways to do things differently, yet achieve the same (or better) results.

Ever tried brushing your teeth with the other hand? Trust me, it’s more of a challenge than you think. (And it’ll make you laugh!)

How about a completely new flavor of coffee? Or tea?

Or step it up: try yoga in the park instead of the monotony of the gym.

A spontaneous road trip somewhere new instead of yet another weekend of Netflix.

The options are endless. Let your imagination lead..

Plot a New Course for Excitement

Decide how you’re going to forge new “paths” into your current everyday existence.

Start with small steps and jot down a few things you can do differently every day.

Take a different route to work or try a completely new recipe for dinner.

Try soya milk. Or almond milk. You get the picture.

Again, observe your feelings as you try new things. Any intrigue? Fascination? At least a bit of interest?

The Benefits of Switching Things Up

And now the good bit: You get to reap amazing benefits when you make changes.

It encourages mindfulness.

You’re more present, which means your life experience becomes richer and more relevant.

If I run the same route every day, I fall into autopilot and lose myself in my head. I don’t notice my surroundings at all.

In today’s chaotic existence it’s not unusual to spend most of our conscious day either looping helplessly in thoughts of the past or fretting aimlessly in thoughts about the future. Both are essentially useless and serve only to create (mostly) bad feelings.

Being present is calm, interesting, and open.

It fosters a sense of accomplishment.

Can you imagine that sense of exhilaration inspired by something new and exciting?

Go on—think of the last time you felt exhilarated by achieving a new goal. Can you?

I remember when I completed my first ultra trailrun. I was completely undertrained, yet managed to drag myself through 80kms of mountains only to finish at the back of the field.

Yet I was completely exhilarated! I’ve never felt more alive and able to conquer the world.

Absolutely anything has become possible to me as a result of that achievement. I was Super Woman! (My version, at least.)

I know, it’s a big example, but the message here is to seek out that sense of accomplishment. Daily.

Smaller goals, more regularly.

It inspires a sense of adventure.

When you try something new, there are no habits and fewer rules in how you approach it. The task becomes an avenue of adventure. It’s like a blank slate. Perfect!

When we repeat things over and over again, it’s human nature to start comparing ourselves.

If I run the same route every day, I always start comparing my daily performance.

Was I as quick as yesterday? Do I feel as strong?

Unfortunately, this generally comes with a hefty helping of self-judgement. Not cool.

If I’m slower I feel despondent. Down. Flat.

Who needs that? Really?

Varying my routes (and leaving my watch at home) leave me interested and open. Far better.

Leaping into the unknown can be scary, but it can also be exciting!

Which leads right to the next point…

We get to overcome our fears.

Most of us follow the same paths because they’re safe. By diverting ourselves into the unknown, we’re facing our fears and challenging ourselves to be more courageous.

I once entered a trail running event that scoured three peaks of a glorious mountain—at night!

That in itself is a challenge, but add awful weather (gale force wind and horizontal rain) to the mix, and it becomes almost ridiculous!

Yet I sucked it up and forged forward. Six exhilarating hours of being battered by the elements (did I mention it was dark?), with all my senses on extreme high alert, was nothing less than exhausting. But I cannot begin to describe the multitude of feelings I felt when I finished.

Stimulated, rejuvenated, accomplished, simply brilliant!

And if I can do that, what is there that I can’t do?

Who’s afraid of the dark now?

Our world expands.

We know there’s no growth without expansion. When we look for new options we have no choice but to grow.

To say that my little adventures into the mountains have had a domino effect on the rest of my life would be an understatement.

Over the last five years I’ve made more changes and taken more risks than I would ever have imagined! Some worked out fantastically and some were more challenging, yet each time I’ve stepped onto a new path my world has expanded. Literally and figuratively!

I’ve changed careers, relationships, and cities. In that order.

It was scary, risky, and some would say stupid. Yet I feel great! And that’s just the beginning.

Ultimately, the question remains: Why waste time doing something uninspiring? Life is simply too precious not to feel good feelings as often as we can.

Are we actually aware of how much of our day falls into the category of the mundane?

It’s easy to change.

And it can be fun!

Just “get off the path.”

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Jacky helps people break away from the mundane and embrace living lavishly! She’s an avid trailrunner and yoga enthusiast with a love for everything authentic. You can read more of her musings or enlist her help at www.jackyexton.com.

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10 Ways to Cultivate a Positive Mindset and Change Your Life

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“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” ~Buddha

I remember how I used to think; it was always, “People suck” and “I hate (fill in the blank).” I was constantly focusing on the bad side of humanity, so that was all I could see. It cast a shadow, which took the joy out of life.

It should have been obvious that I was creating my own misery, but I wasn’t able to see how my own thoughts affected my mood.

I had to change my entire outlook by training my mind to see things in a new light. It would have been easy to stay on the same path. After all, I had chronic fatigue, no money, and nothing to look forward to because I didn’t have a compelling vision of the future. I felt the present situation was permanent.

Eventually, I’d had enough and started thinking about what I could do to change my situation.

Change was slow, but a new path that wasn’t clear to me before started to appear as I worked on my mindset. As things progressed, my goals and dreams became bigger and more ambitious. I started imagining being fit, healthy, running my own business, and traveling the world.

These are some of the things I did to change my mindset and my life.

1. Seek positive friends.

A negative social circle will act as an echo chamber for bad ideas. A positive social circle will also act as an echo chamber, but one that supports your dreams, so choose your friends carefully.

Find people who reflect the values you want to adopt. Join groups online and go to networking or social events focused on personal growth. As your own mind starts to change, it’ll become easier to connect with more positive people.

I’m not suggesting that you ditch friends who are going through a hard time and need your support, but rather that you evaluate whether some of your relationships are persistently draining and unhealthy.

I left my old social circle because it was an echo chamber for negativity. Instead of focusing on a great future, everyone was talking about the things they didn’t like about life.

It was hard to make new friends at first. The problem was that I couldn’t offer any value to people with much more positive mindsets—the kind of people who I wanted to emulate.

That changed, but it took time. Once you find your “tribe,” progress will come much more quickly because of your new influences.

2. Challenge your thoughts.

When old thinking comes up, as it will, it’s not enough to try and ignore it. We need to challenge our beliefs.

Is everything too expensive, or is it just that I can’t afford it? Do “people suck,” or am I just looking for things to criticize?

Weigh your thoughts against the evidence. If they crumble under scrutiny, then explore why you believe them in the first place. By challenging your thoughts, your mindset will begin to evolve.

3. Consume positive media.

Consuming positive media daily will alter your perspective through osmosis. “Positive media” is anything that emphasizes the good in life, or how to improve our living standards and the living standards of others.

We all know that the best way to learn a new language is through immersion. If you hear this new language every day, it starts to stick and become easier to remember. Soon, you’ll not only understand that language but you’ll speak it too.

New mindsets are exactly the same; if you immerse yourself in personal growth content every day, it will change the language of your mind. That language is your self-dialogue, the way you speak to yourself at every moment, and it’s habitual.

Learn a positive self-dialogue and you’ll see the world in a different way.

4. Volunteer.

Volunteering to help other people can make a huge impact on how you feel about yourself and your view of the world.

By focusing on how you can help someone else, you’ll draw your attention away from your own woes. It becomes easy to develop a positive mindset when you’re looking for new ways to make someone else’s situation better.

You can’t focus on the bad while focusing on the good.

5. Abstain from all “bad news.”

Wars, murders, and politics all add baggage to our thoughts.

It makes sense that most of the mainstream media focuses on bad news, though, because tragedy sells. It doesn’t make sense for us to sit around stewing over this bad news. It’s certainly not going to allow for an optimal mindset, one that’s focused on the best that life has to offer.

By tuning into the news about a plane crash thousands of miles away, we’re putting our mental energy into something that won’t help. We can’t change the bad things happening at any given moment, but if we put our attention into things we can change, our lives will improve.

6. Write out your action plan.

This is about looking at the possibilities and then doing something to make it happen. Forward thinking will move your focus away from where you don’t want to be to where could be.

But it’s not enough to simply write it out, because we only grow when we take action. It’s just a thought until we do something to make it happen.

Don’t know what the right steps are? Don’t worry, just identify the first thing you could do to start on the path, then do it. Even if it’s a mistake, you’ll still make progress, and that will keep you focused on creating positive change. Never allow paralysis by analysis. You have the vision; go with it.

7. Adopt a healthy lifestyle.

A healthy body will support a healthy mind. During the most difficult time of my personal struggles, bad health was a major obstacle. Chronic fatigue could wipe me out for whole days.

Nonetheless, getting into action, changing my diet, and working out set the foundation for all other changes to take place. Slowly, my energy levels started to rise till the point that my health no longer was an issue.

Look at how you sleep, what you eat, and your activity levels to identify anything that could be sapping your energy. Sometimes laziness is just fatigue.

8. Send thank you notes.

The simple gesture of sending a thank you note can be empowering. Not only does it feel good, a thank you note creates goodwill in other people.

Thank you notes will also strengthen your relationships and connections, because people like to feel appreciated.

It doesn’t really matter what they did; any small gesture you appreciated, from good service to a favor, is a candidate. Send a quick email or a card in the mail to let them know you appreciated it.

9. Create a morning mindset routine.

A great way to start the day is by making a mental list of each thing we’re looking forward to; it creates a feeling of anticipation and excitement that creates momentum for the entire day.

Every morning I play personal growth videos or audio books. By focusing on the positive messages coming from this content at the beginning of the day, it’s much easier to be happy and focused. My work gets done more quickly, and it doesn’t seem so hard either.

10. Write a wins checklist.

So you started on good note; now finish on a great note by making a mental list of the day’s wins. It doesn’t have to be monumental; the point of the exercise is just to keep your focus on the best your day’s experience.

Keeping track of losses can help you improve, but dwelling on them will kill your motivation and momentum. Finish strong and it will be much easier to wake up feeling happy.

Improving your life starts with improving your mindset. Like me, you may find that these steps are a great start.

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Eddy Baller is Vancouver dating coach who focuses on personal development for long-term results. He also teaches men how to meet women the old fashioned way.

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Thursday, 26 May 2016

Using A Pendulum To Communicate With Spirit

About using a pendulum Why would you want to use a pendulum? Learn how to get help to get answers from your higher self about important things in your life.

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Support in Service of Sweetness

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One of the most famous yoga sutras—the short aphorisms in yoga attributed to Patanjali—is sthiram sukham asanam. The phrase means essentially that your asana, your seat or yoga posture, should be both steady (sthiram) and sweet (sukham). Some interpretations of the phrase indicate that we should set up our seated postures with appropriate support to allow for a comfortable meditation. Others suggest that our yoga postures need a balance of work, muscular energy, and proper alignment in order to find the sweetness of a stretch or a deep breath. Yet another interpretation is that we must take care of our bodies, the seat of our very existence, so we can enjoy our lives.

After spending an intensive weekend working on hands-on assists in yoga practice, I’ve been thinking a lot about sthiram as support. The best hands-on assists are the ones that simply offer support; a hand on the low back or a bit of pressure on the feet is often enough to allow the student to find the stability to ease himself more deeply into a pose. Assists aren’t about manipulating someone into a specific shape, but rather they provide that little bit of extra solidity and safety so that the student can go as far into the pose as feels right. The support, the sthiram, is what makes the sweetness, the sukham, accessible.

This isn’t just about assists, of course, but about support of all kinds. This is obvious in the behavior of children whose parent has disappeared—she is anxious, and unlikely to be willing to play and explore until she can locate her parent. On the other hand, if a parent is too involved with the child, doing everything for her and refusing to leave her alone, the child can’t develop the skills she needs to trust her own instincts and take any risks. She can’t learn to play and explore for herself. If the child knows, however, that the parent is nearby, accessible but not controlling or manipulating the child’s behavior, she’ll happily play and explore and try things and have fun out there. When we know we are supported, then we can play.

As we grow into adults, many of us have to learn how to parent ourselves, to provide our own sources of support. That might mean eating healthy food because we know it makes us feel better, or carving out time to go to yoga class even though the kids want us home. It might mean finding ways to make enough money to afford healthy food and yoga classes. Support means expressing appropriate boundaries and standing up for our needs. It isn’t always easy.

The thing we sometimes forget about support is that it’s in the service of sweetness, of sukham. We don’t do the hard things because they are hard or because routine is inherently good. We do them so that we can enjoy our bodies and our relationships. We do it to remember what it is we go to work for.

So perhaps now is a time to consider how we are supporting ourselves, and perhaps more importantly, why. What joy do we make possible when we set boundaries? How is our hard work providing sweetness? Is some of that hard work making us miserable with no joyful effect? Have we forgotten what we are working so hard for? How can we rebalance so that our strong, solid support can lead to delightful ease and play?

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Lepa Kalpana: Ayurvedic Dosage Forms For External Application

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My story

My story and how Holistic healing, Buddhism and Spirituallity has helped me.
I decided to put this blog together to aid my teachings and help other people lead a holistic and spiritual lifestyle.
I am a lightworker and holistic healer as well as an artist, photographer and graphic designer.
My art work emits energy and healing vibrations and is filled with love and light.
I am inspired by colour and I use my images for colour therapy and colour healing.
I thrive to help and inspire people and to spread the light, love, peace, knowledge, empowerment that I have learned.

My story started when I discovered crystal healing at the age of  6. My godmother is a crystal and holistic healer and she taught me lots on my visits with her.
When I was 12 I started buying spiritual and Buddhist books and studied them intensely.
I joined a spiritual development group and started mediating regularly. Shortly after this I joined a meditation and Buddhist teachings group that I still go to regularly now.

During the 41 years that I've spent on this planet I've had times where I forgotten about Buddhism and Spirituality and have then faced big problems.
I believe a lot of my problems have come from stress and anxiety which could have been elevated if I'd remembered and practiced the Buddhist lessons that I'd learned.
I also believe you have to live through hard times to learn from them so looking at the bigger picture life wouldn't be the same if circumstances were different and I needed those lessons to get to where I am today.

Hard times

I learned how to cope with my anxiety and stress by learning more about myself and what triggered the emotions I was feeling.
I got to know my inner child and myself as an adult and have realised my younger years weren't easy.
My first boyfriend died, then my young cousin died on my 18th birthday. I also lost a lot of friends at a young age in car accidents and from illness.
I didn't have the happiest days at school and got in to a few abusive relationships when I was a teenager.
I got married very young which was a big mistake and had two very unhappy marriages. Both my ex-husbands were alcoholics and gave off very negative vibes.
I need peace harmony and positivity in my life and  have found that again now.

When my second marriage ended I decided to do some holistic health courses to learn some new techniques and remind myself of the things I learned in my younger years. I thought this would be very helpful for my own journey and I'd also be able to help other people dealing with illness, anxiety and stress related problems like mine.

My health problems 

I had a lot of health problems in the past and have found the holistic lifestyle really helps along with meditating and relaxing regularly.
I started having problems sleeping just after my first boyfriend died. I had vivid dreams and nightmares for several years and was put on medication for this.
I also had bad psoriasis until the age of 25.
I was in a car accident at 18 and have had back problems on and off since then.
Stomach problems came next to food intolerances, then I was diagnosed with Hidradenitis Suppurativa.   I'm sure this was brought on by having a lower immune system from all the sickness and stomach problems.
I was put on literally hundreds of types of antibiotics and tablets but nothing seemed to work and the side-effects were terrible. I lost all my hair and my skin completely dried out, I felt tired and achy all the time and when this didn't stop I was then diagnosed with CFS/ME as well.
After this experience I had had enough and decided to stop all medication and look in to more natural remedies.
My doctor referred me to a physiotherapist who thought i had fibromyalgia, the symptoms are nearly the same and as there are no tests I guess no one will ever really know for sure. There is also no cure so have been researching  and learning about holistic ways to treat this to.

A few things I've learned that help me

  • I do yoga and tai chi regularly to build up my core strength
  • I go for short walks whenever I can. 
  • Eat a healthy diet with at least 50% raw food.
  • I drink pleanty of bottled spring water.
  • I take up to 8 natural suppliments a day.
  • I spend as much time being creative and spending time in nature as possible. 

Buddhist Teachings 

  • I realised that nothing is permanent in life and nothing can last forever. 
  • I've learned to let go of anger, fear, worry and guilt. 
  • I've learned not to give power to anyone to control my emotions. 'The only keeper of your happiness is you. Stop giving people power to control your smile, your worth and your attitude'.
  • I've removed negative energies, thoughts, people and emotions from my life that were draining my energy and have replaced them with positivity and the good things in life.  
  • I've learned that life is suffering and to live means to suffer.  
  • I've learned that we shouldn't worry about the past or the future, as we can't change what has happened or control what will happen. 
Through practice we can live in the here and now, put an end to cravings and suffering. Learn acceptance and experience extreme peace and happiness.