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Carrie’s Blog

by Carrie Jost, Founder of Creative Kinesiology.

I am new to this – writing weekly – about aspects of my work as a Creative Kinesiologist and teacher.  The prospect is both exciting and a little daunting.  I am taking excerpts from the book I am writing for these blogs.

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The Darkest Days

Today – as I write this, the new moon makes its appearance. A total solar eclipse has happened.  And we are a week away from the darkest day of the year – the winter solstice. We are rapidly dropping into the depths of winter.

And this year we have a major astrological conjunction taking place at the solstice – as well!
So, what does it all mean?   For me this is the time of year to take stock. 

And taking stock of the year we have just had – I aim to find:

  • Its gifts and wonders

  • Its challenges, trials and difficulties

  • Those things I can be thankful for

  • What could do with a change

 

Next up is how I would like the next year to be:

  • For myself

  • For my family friends and loved ones

  • For the human family

  • For the world I live in

I tend to make these wishes for the coming year fairly general rather than too specific – I really don’t want to rule out things that I haven’t thought of but that may be great.

And this year my biggest wish is for us – my human brothers and sisters – to acknowledge and act on the fact that we are all of one humanity.  And in our common humanity, that we act with compassion, kindness and consideration for others.  And not just for other humans but for all of life and for our Earth.

These are the dark days where we can envisage ourselves emerging from the hibernation of winter, beginning to live our dreams for the year ahead and joining with those collective dreams that aim for peace and joy as we live on this beautiful earth.  And this year my dreams are for hope – that we can come through the difficulties as a collective and emerge stronger and clearer about our place in the greater scheme of things.

I am dreaming the insects to pollinate the plants and the soils being enriched with nutrients, compost and those little creatures that make the soils fertile.  I am dreaming plants growing in abundance to feed all of nature – including the people.

I will do this as I plant my garden – my new wild-flower meadow and my new vegetable growing area.

There are many ways to dream changes in our lives and in the life of our communities and countries.  Perhaps at this time our dreams will be heard as prayers and answered.

Love and Connection
Carrie

 

 

Morning Check-in – Greeting the New Day

It is not hard to feel isolated in these lockdown times.

And as we know only too well it is not good for our health – mental or otherwise. When
thinking about this it seemed that there are so many ways that we can connect to the world
outside of our four walls each morning. And it is good to remember that human contact is
not the only form of connection. When we can feel the connection to all forms of life and
be thankful that we share our world with all manner of beings, including spiritual beings, the
trees, animals, and rocks as well as sun, moon and earth – then we can discover that we are
not alone – nor is it possible!

I have had a way of doing a morning check-in for many years now, and it is not about just
connecting to people. It goes something like this:

Greet the day:

  • With thanks to our beloved Sun for bringing light and warmth, which means
    we can see all that is around us

  • Greetings to our Earth for supporting and sustaining us, giving us stability and
    grounding in our lives

  • Thank you to the plants that nourish us and beautify our world and the
    waters that make this possible

  • With three deep breaths take in the offering of the air that inspires us and
    provides oxygen for our bodies.

Greet myself:

  • Place myself in the middle of the circle of sun and fire, earth, waters and air

  • What do I need today to balance and sustain myself?

  • Am I grounded and connected to earth?

  • Am I centred and balanced?

  • I usually need something to find a good balance!


Some physical exercise always helps me
:

  • Deep breathing

  • Cross crawl – exaggerated walking with opposite hand touching the knee

  • Arm stretches – above the head – to the sides of the body – towards the

  • Find a way of moving the body that feels good.

  • I can feel my three-dimensional self as I do it.

  • Or you may do some yoga, meditation, chi gong, tai chi or other form of
    regular practice, to bring you into a state of readiness to embark on the day
    ahead.

Then I check in with myself – is there anything else that I need? Best done with deep
breathing into the belly, feet planted on the ground and making a link between the centre
of the earth and the centre of the cosmos, a lightning rod of pure connection. This can be a
great affirmation to yourself that you are there for you!

This reminds me of the way that the elders in many tribal communities would greet the
dawn and sun each morning – giving thanks – and setting up the day to be in connection
with their people and the world they live in. Thankfulness goes a long way towards
connection. And you don’t have to be an elder to do this! 

Enjoy finding your way with this, adding in the exercises, thanks and reflections that are good for you.

With love and connection
Carrie

 

Photo courtesy of Vic Jenkins https://thesoulsjourney.co.uk/

Loving Yourself

Apart from being a practitioner of Creative Kinesiology, I am also very keen to translate some of the recent scientific studies – ones that are relevant to us as kinesiologists – into a usable format.  This means that we can use the information with our clients and not just keep it as background information.  It can certainly help with healing for ourselves and for others.

My first blog was about building and maintaining our resilience – a crucial element of our physical, emotional and mental health in these times.

This time I am expanding on one aspect of this – our heart health and the capacity to love ourselves and others and all of life.  Spending so much time alone during the first lockdown and now well into the second one I have been reflecting on this.  It is a tricky thing to manage, when we don’t get feedback from our family and friends – the feedback that normally gives us a sense of ourselves and how we fit in to our world.  This can take a heavy toll.

Our hearts are central to our wellbeing.  We may know this intuitively – it is backed up by acupuncture theory and the Institute of HeartMath. 

Let’s look at some facts:

  • Our heart rhythms stretch out around us and take up 8 to 10 feet (3 to 4 meters) of our personal space – affecting all beings within near range.
  • The heart has at least 40,000 neurons – equivalent to major parts of the head brain, making it a brain in its own right.

  • It affects the body by secreting neurotransmitters, the nervous system’s messengers, into the blood and on into the body.

  • In addition, the heart sends pressure waves, rhythms and pulsations to the rest of the body – affecting mental states and feelings. As these waves spread throughout the body, they bring the pulsations of the other organs into alignment with them.  If the heart is in an erratic state, then the effect on the other organs is to create disharmony and incoherence.

  • The heart appears to receive intuitive feelings moments before the brain in the head. It is speedier than the rather slow apparatus contained in our skulls.

So, how can we help ourselves in these, sometimes, lonely days?

  • Can we find things to appreciate about ourselves? Anything makes a difference – like singing in the shower, making a tasty bowl of porridge or when the cat jumps up and blesses us with a purr.

  • Finding thigs to appreciate and be thankful for every day is a way of harmonising the heart’s rhythms. And in turn this brings harmony to the body, mind and emotions.

  • When the going gets tough – remembering good things to appreciate from the past can make a difference to our heart rhythms in a very positive and coherent way.

  • Breathing a little bit deeper can increase a sense of calm and coherence, changing anxiety to calm. It is worth having a go to experience what happens.

  • Having a project or two can bring some purpose to the everyday as well as to our heart rhythms. And this can be helpful if it is outside of any work you are doing.  Even turning out and rearranging kitchen cupboards can be a great project that leaves a feeling of achievement – my job for this week!

You might be interested in ‘The HeartMath Solution’ by Doc Childre and Howard Martin.  Piatkus, 2011 edition.

Love and connection
Carrie

 

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