How I Started and Kept My Exercising Habit (18 Years Ago)

How are the New Year’s Resolutions going?

If you said “Huh?,” you’re not alone.  I found these interesting statistics at statisticsbrain.com:

Percent of people who are successful in achieving their resolution 8%
Percent who have infrequent success 49%
Percent who never succeed and fail on their resolution each year 24%
People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions

http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/

According to this data, only 8% of people are successful in achieving their resolution, with 49% with infrequent success and 24% who fail on their resolution each year.  However, notice the importance of making a resolution; it says you are 10x more likely to attain your goals if you do!

However, let us not be in category 3 where we make the same goal year after year!

I was inspired to write this post after watching Master Co’s February Full Moon Meditation video.  He always gives a lecture on a spiritual topic before leading a meditation.  I particularly liked his discussion of willpower.  He was talking about sticking to a meditation schedule:

“When it comes to spiritual practice, the secret is not love.  It’s will.”

This is what that means to me: we sometimes confuse being loving toward ourselves with letting ourselves off the hook in doing what we know is right and healthy for us.

For instance, I make a plan to exercise regularly and after a few days, it goes out the window.  I am advised to be kind to myself, so I relax about it and don’t push myself with the result that I don’t exercise much, if at all.  This is not the intention of that advice to be kind to ourselves!  Or if it is, it shouldn’t be!

We are to be loving and forgiving toward ourselves as opposed to beating ourselves up when we miss a workout or don’t meditate as we planned.  That doesn’t mean we change our goals or stop trying to achieve them.

Achieving goals takes willpower.  You can be willful in achieving your goals and kind to yourself at the same time!  But if you are kind without will, you simply won’t make it to the gym or the meditation room.

Master Co also says in the video students ask him all the time for advice or a trick on sticking to their meditation schedule.  He says there is no trick.  There is no technique.  You just do it.

There are so many situations where we massively over complicate things, and this is one of them.  We will read every article on the Internet about working out before we actually walk outside and go for a run.  We will read and study how to create a habit without doing that thing we want to be habitual more than a couple of times!

You DO have to do things in life you don’t like that much.  Yes, I am stating the obvious.  But have you applied that fact to your exercise or meditation schedule?  Sometimes it’s the obvious that we avoid.

(If you are reading this, thinking about exercising, stop reading now.  Put on a grubby old t-shirt and sweatpants, and go jogging outside.  Not in shape?  Jog until you can’t anymore, then walk.  When you have recovered, jog again, and repeat the process for 30 min.  Come back home, take a shower, and finish this post :))

I was looking back this morning and realized I have been exercising regularly for almost 20 years.  I joined a gym at 16 and, aside from a few breaks, I have pretty much been exercising a few times a week since then, though I will freely admit it’s less frequent than before I had a baby.  Do I love going to the gym?  Heck no!  I do it because I care about being healthy–and yes, looking good–and exercise is simply required.

Naturally, it will help if you find something you like at least a little.  When the weather is decent, I go for a run outside, and I do enjoy that a lot.  The gym isn’t the greatest, but it’s easy, they have everything there, and at this time in my life, the childcare is more than useful as well.

So how did I ingrain this habit into my life?

Do it every day for 3-4 weeks.  Every. Single. Day.

Extreme?  No.  I am not suggesting you run a marathon every day.  If your goal is exercise, just do SOME amount of exercise every single day for 3-4 weeks.

Here’s why:  When you do something every day, you don’t ask yourself each morning if you will do it that day.  If your plan is to exercise 3x/week, it is way too easy to see that there are 7 days in a week so you can always start the next day.  Procrastination is extremely easy.  Pretty soon the week is done and you have exercised once or twice.  The next week, you’ll be lucky if you get there at all.

When the plan is every day for 4 weeks, it simply silences excuses and stops procrastination in its tracks.  There are no mind games with yourself.  It’s so simple, it works.  By the time the 3-4 weeks is up, you are so used to going to the gym (or whatever the new habit is), you feel positively weird when you don’t.  I know, because this is how I did it!

You will also learn that even when you are tired, in a bad mood, had to put in extra hours at work, had a bad latte, or whatever else happened that would have otherwise thrown you off and made you put it off, you can still make it to the gym.  You can still do what you need to do, and these small things in life are really just excuses.  So when you do create a schedule for yourself later that may only be 4x a week or whatever, when you are stuck in extra traffic on the way home from work, it doesn’t turn into an easy excuse not to go.

Some of those workouts might be ridiculously short or simple, but that’s ok.  It absolutely counts.  If your workout is at the gym, all you have to do is go and make sure you do something for 10 or 15 min.  That’s your minimum.  You are ingraining the routine into your life as long as you are going, and that’s your only goal right now!

It works the same for meditation.  When the question changes from, “should I meditate today?” To “when will I meditate today?” you are miraculously fitting it in.  You have to change the question you ask yourself!

Master Co also said in a class, “You don’t practice spirituality when you feel like it.”  I wrote that down, typed it up later and printed it out in big bold letters.  Then I hung it on my bedroom wall.

If you miss a day, you still don’t beat yourself up.  If you beat yourself  up, it’s so damaging and disheartening, you won’t continue.  Why would you, with such abuse from a simple mistake?  That is key.  Notice you missed a workout, figure out how to prevent it the next time, and then just literally forget about it.  Next day, keep going with the plan.  There is no other way, and I don’t care how fancy/exotic/exciting people make their plans or their tricks come across.  In the end, you are either doing it or not.

By the way, when you start exercising, the biggest hurdle is not learning all the things you “need to know” about how to work out or lift weights.  That stuff is so ridiculously easy and simple compared to your first task of simply getting to the gym or outdoors to exercise daily in the first place.  Don’t procrastinate yet again by telling yourself you need to learn more first, you need to learn how to workout, you need to learn the best workout first.  You DON’T.  It doesn’t matter if you are doing hopscotch for 10 minutes some of those times, as long as you are doing something!

Putting a new routine in place is difficult, and remember that the hardest part is (unfortunately) the first step you have to take, which is creating the new routine.  It can be incredibly hard!  But once you have that down, the rest is so easy.  Then you can study about what workout is best for you and tweak your routine.

You are not hurting yourself to push yourself.  You are not being unkind to yourself to aim high and force yourself to achieve a goal you know is good for you!  We’re not talking about pushing yourself to do 2 hours on the treadmill here!  Just pushing yourself to move your body every day until it is a natural part of your life.  Getting yourself out of one routine and into a different one takes a push for everyone.  That is ok!  This is good–this is empowering!

I hope this post wasn’t too boring, and I apologize for lack of lightning bolts and wand-waving, but I guess I get a bit annoyed with all the fluff and math that I read about accomplishing simple things, and though I guess this concept will be a lot less exciting, as least you can rest assured it’s honest and functional. And let me add that self-honesty is not a given and not easy.  Master Co also says sometimes we need a “psychic slap,” I believe was how he put it….  At least, I can tell you it works for me!  🙂

 

 

 

The Easiest Three Steps Ever to Starting and Keeping an Exercise Routine

Originally Published February 18, 2013

I am very excited to post my very first video!

(Now, videos are not my forte, nor is public speaking in general, so do forgive the imperfections… :))

Here I talk about how to get started and stick to an exercise routine–the most important part of exercising!  While we often jump the gun and get entrenched in detailed information about how to exercise to achieve our fitness goals, what we should instead be doing is starting from the beginning.  Here I describe what the first step really is in getting started with exercising, and how and why you will be far more successful by implementing these three steps.

Do You Know What You’re Getting From Your Healthcare Practitioner?

Originally Published March 05, 2012

There is a slightly erroneous perception among many people in regards to conventional and alternative medicine that requires some attention and clarification.  The differences between the conventional and alternative health paradigms are deeper than most people understand.

Most consider the scope of getting alternative treatments as making a visit to an alternative healthcare practitioner such as a naturopathic doctor, herbalist, energy healer, massage practitioner, aromatherapist, or other non-conventional healer.  We think of traditional medicine as involving a visit to the doctor, usually resulting in drugs and/or surgery.

While this is true at a superficial level, there is far more going on with these two types of visits, which I lump into the categories of conventional and alternative treatments.  These two forms of treatment are coming from completely different medical or wellness paradigms, and understanding these paradigms is crucial for getting the type of care you expect as well as the results you expect.

Here are the main differences between the two paradigms:

Conventional/Allopathic Paradigm

In the allopathic medical paradigm, patient involvement is minimal.  The doctor is seen as the ultimate authority and source of information.  The patient follows “doctor’s orders” which involve drugs and/or surgery, both patient-passive solutions.  The patient complies and waits to get well.  It’s straightforward for both doctor and patient, and there is no active participation required for the patient.

Causes are not necessarily discussed, and the patient’s lifestyle is examined minimally, if at all.  Lifestyle, if discussed, would involve physical aspects such as diet and exercise.  Every solution is the same for every patient with that ailment.  For the doctor, it’s a simple “ailment –> prescription” approach or equation.  The patient’s opinions and feelings generally interfere with this process rather than assist it.

Prevention  is usually not discussed, or minimally touched upon.  The focus is disease-care rather than health-care.  There is not a lot of learning that goes on, except about the ins and outs of the particular disease being addressed.  Conversation is mostly minimal.  The underlying belief is that the body is broken and needs to be fixed.  It needs new substances and elements introduced to destroy any threat.  Body parts that are not functioning well may need to be removed.

After their experience, the patient may feel fear of the unknown, feel a lack of control, and wonder what other bad things could randomly pop up into their lives in the future.

Holistic/Alternative Paradigm

In the holistic medicine view, everything is opposite.  The individual person is an integral part of healing, their uniqueness is examined and taken into account when designing treatment, and patient involvement is required for treatment to be effective.

What they are experiencing mentally, emotionally, and physically are all not just listened to to make the patient feel good, but necessary information for designing proper treatment.  Two patients with the same ailment could have different causes and completely different treatment programs.  Lifestyle factors are thoroughly examined and investigated so causes can be narrowed down.  This includes physical, mental, and emotional factors such as family responsibilities, workload, relationships, and other factors that can contribute to stress, exhaustion, and the body’s lack of balance.   The mind-body connection understood by the practitioner and taken as a matter of fact, and they assist the patient in understanding it as well.  In fact, the patient often knows the reason for their illness (it is often related to a stressful event that has occurred or other difficulties in their lives), and this information is invaluable because finding the cause of any given illness is considered crucial for finding its solution.

Causes could be inadequate nutrition, toxicity, stress, depression, lack of exercise, isolation, and a hundred other things in between.  If the cause is unknown, all areas of the lifestyle will be improved and addressed to facilitate healing and prevention of any future ailments.

The underlying belief is that the body is the expert on healing itself.  The body is already working toward healing itself, and all we really need to do is get out of the way and support it as best we can.  Getting out of the way simply means to stop introducing harmful substances, whether this is nutritionally-empty food, negative thoughts, toxins, or other forms of pollution.

Holistic healing practices are a team effort, and always result in deeper understanding of the nature of disease and how the way we live our lives ultimately affects our bodies.  It results in a better understanding of our minds, bodies, and spirits and how these are all inextricably linked with one affecting the other and leading to unexpected changes in health.  This methodology usually ends in the patient feeling empowered, educated about taking care of their bodies, feeling more in touch with themselves, and feeling increased control over their bodies and lives.

Getting What You Expect From Your Practitioner

How is it we attempt to take a holistic approach with an allopathic practitioner?  We think the doctor is ready to listen to us, take our personal thoughts and emotions and life circumstances into account.  That he or she will consider our opinions about causes and care.    The problem is that even if a caring doctor listened and did his or her best to take this information into account, how much can they do with it?  Their training does not prepare them to contextualize this information, and has mainly taught them it is irrelevant.  The body-mind connection, while shown scientifically valid in many ways, has still not made its way into the conventional medical model.  The body is seen as a machine in need of repair.  A patient hoping to learn about future prevention may be surprised to hear their doctor may know little about answering that question, as, again, their training does not focus on it.

In this case, the patient can feel let down and disappointed.  They may feel that their side of things or their innate wisdom about their body has not been heard or taken into account.  They may also be disappointed to be given a narrow list of options for healing, as medical doctors are trained only in drugs and surgical options.

Conversely, how can an energy healing client think they are getting one style of treatment when they have signed up for another?  While a client may know they are receiving a non-traditional form of treatment, their mentality can still be 100% allopathic.

They may not expect to participate in the healing process by talking about their lifestyle or making any changes to it.  They may not expect to do personal investigation into mental or emotional causes of their ailment.  They may not know about the mind-body connection and therefore see relevant personal information as irrelevant and not want it taken into account or discussed.

They may think that showing up for their appointments for treatment is all the work that is needed and be surprised when they do not get excellent results from that alone.  I would say that while a doctor may make some lifestyle suggestions, a holistic health practitioner more likely makes lifestyle mandates :).

The good and bad news is that YOU are the most powerful person in their healing scenario, NOT your practitioner.  The good news is that you have the power to heal, and the “bad” news is that it will require some effort.

It is understandable that we would not realize this because we are taught nothing of the sort growing up.  We are taught that our health is basically a random situation for us to be in, and all we can do is cross our fingers and hope.  Causes and lifestyle factors are not taught to us at any point in our lives, so how can we understand their importance?

While it can be a relief to see a practitioner who does not ask us about our lifestyle, mental health, or spirituality–or challenge us in any way–if there is one thing I would urge any reader to take away from this article, it’s that nothing is more important in healing than the above factors!  Any practitioner who does not inquire into them is unaware of the most powerful causes of disease as well as healing forces available.  These are the forces of our own bodies and minds being fully and healthfully supported and nourished.  No human-made potion can come close.

It can be scary to scrutinize ourselves in these areas and admit those small shortcomings that can add up.  “I always meant to start exercising, but somehow it never happened….”  “I’m still angry at him/her, but I don’t ever think about it consciously, so what could it have to do with my disease?”  It’s in these intimidating conversations with ourselves that we find the easy answers we were always looking for!  It just doesn’t feel easy to get started, and sometimes it’s so close–right on the end of our nose–we can’t see it.

However, no skill will be more useful in our lifelong quests for health and happiness than that simple one of honest introspection.

Remember, as always, I encourage everyone to get a surface-level health “education” in the three main access points to health.  These are the leverage points where a little goes a long way.  You don’t need to be an expert in any of them, but only understand the basic underlying mechanisms.  See my blog “The Triumvirate of Health” for more information on this.

We first have to understand what we are and what we have before we can change the state of our health.  In the literal sense, we are a soul, and we have a physical body and energy bodies.  (Yes, there are several layers of energy bodies that overlap and interpenetrate each other, though I won’t go into detail on that today.)

In a nutshell:

Your Physical Body is affected by how you treat it physically:  Nutrition, Exercise, and Toxins exposure.  This next affects your energy body as those changes, for good or not-so-good, filter to the next level.

Your Energy Body is instantly and immediately affected and changed by your thoughts and emotions.  The thoughts and emotions you create and experience are your energetic “food.”  If the food is poisonous, the energy bodies are poisoned, malfunction, and this eventually filters to and affects and alters the physical body, causing malfunction.  Your energy body is the blueprint for your physical body which must follow that blueprint.  This is the quick and easy way to understand the mind-body connection.

As you can see, the physical and energy bodies are inextricably intertwined and both have to be treated healthfully for the body to heal and stay healthy.

I hope you have enjoyed this long-winded explanation of the two different wellness paradigms currently practiced!  Our choice of practitioner is very personal and up to the individual, so I hope this gives you a better picture of these two healing methodologies as well as added to your understanding of why a holistic view is inclusive of many critical factors in health.  Your comments and feedback are always appreciated!  Blessings for your good health!

Will This Year Be Different?

Originally Published December 27, 2011

The average New Year’s Resolution is remembered or adhered to for three weeks.  This is virtually never enough time to accomplish it.  I am speaking, of course, of the most common resolution which is to get healthy and/or lose weight.

Will this year be different for you?

Will you stick to the commitment you made to yourself to exercise, eat better, get more sleep, and meditate?  Or will you get gung-ho for a few weeks and then gradually lapse back into old routines, forgetting every thought you had about change?  I’ll talk here specifically about beginning an exercise routine and sticking to it–an all-to-common and forgotten-about goal.

I want to make this blog short and simple because I feel that something like starting an exercise routine and sticking to it is put under the microscope and made into a science that people study for years without ever starting.

Exercise is a subject where  mountains are made out of molehills.  Just move your body!  Sweat a lot!  No matter how little you think you know about exercising and fitness, you know enough.  I promise.  I personally promise you that you do not have to read more articles, subscribe to a fitness magazine, find what fabrics to wear for which activities, buy the latest diet book, or read the latest research on fitness, burning fat, building muscle, or anything else to put an effective exercise routine into your life.  If you simply replaced a fraction of the time you spent thinking about exercising or reading about exercising with actual exercise, you would probably have reached your goals by now.

Those that sell fitness products and information would love for us to think we needed them.  That makes them money!  We don’t need them.  We don’t need one single scientific study to put on some sneakers and go run around the neighborhood.

How much time have you spent shopping for fitness attire?  This includes studying it in your copy of Shape magazine.  Do your tops go with your shorts and pants?  Is it flattering on you?  These things take up our time and attention without offering anything toward our ultimate goals.  (I still wear the old t-shirts I got in high school which have holes in them).  I actually read an article saying that you should get some fancy workout gear to get you more encouraged and excited to exercise.  I think this is sheer nonsense!  If you need toys to get you out there, then as soon as the gleam wears off of them, you won’t go anymore.  All the bells and whistles, equipment, clothes, research articles, magazines, and “latest health information” are sophisticated ways to dilly-dally and procrastinate on this for the rest of your life.

Another barrier is this massive collective resistance to exercising.  It’s made to sound like the most excruciating activity known to man.  It’s a favorite of topics to complain about.  A couple of sore muscles is described as the end of the world by some people.  I strongly feel that we have all taken on the collective negativity that millions have generated around these subjects, and it has caused many of us to feel negative about exercise and dread it before we’ve even tried it for ourselves.

We hear it’s awful, painful, and smelly, and we’re already turned off. No one ever says how fantastic it feels!  (Exercising feels fantastic!!)  Giving up junk food and going for a run in the morning do not ruin our fun.  They do not deprive us of our happiness.  They are not excruciatingly painful.  But the way you hear people talk, you’d think they had to go in for major surgery every day!  Don’t give in to others’ negativity by believing it, and don’t let yourself mimic it.  Nothing could be more natural and pleasurable for our bodies than to exercise them.  It is yet another sign of modern culture that something we are made to do has gotten a completely bad rap.

I will sum up my most sophisticated fitness advice to you here: Just Do It.

Stop thinking about it, rationalizing it, analyzing it, creating spreadsheets on it, or any of our many delay techniques.  Put on some sneakers and go for a run or a simple run/walk around the neighborhood.  Do it every day.  Do it for longer periods than before.  That’s it.  That’s all you have to do.

If you are doing this to see results, that is fine, but be patient.  It takes time.  Just because the fad diet books are geared toward results in 30 days or less does not mean this is normal or natural or going to work for you.  These diets and programs are designed for quick sells and exploding popularity (i.e. making money) which they will only achieve if everything happens at the snap of a finger.  Rarely are these plans healthy or sustainable because it is not usually natural for bodies to lose a lot quickly and be able to keep it off.

Start exercising with the mindset that this is for LIFE.  This is not to do it till you look better and then to stop.  This is not simply the means to one end.  Embrace it, love it, and do it every day for the rest of your life.  This is health maintenance that you simply cannot live without.  Keep one eye on your goals, but keep another eye on the long-term health of your body.  You need to exercise whether you want to lose weight or not.  You body is made to move, exercising is for everyone, and you don’t need anything else to start right now.

The Three Pillars of Holistic Health

Originally Published 9/20/10

It’s very important to understand that not all healthy habits are created equal.  I see people very often get really focused, even really educated, on one or two aspects of a healthy lifestyle.  They go deeper and deeper into detail in this area.  They believe that when they have a health problem, the root of it is in this area where they know the most.

As wonderful as it is to learn and gain expertise in an area of health, it does not serve us to get too involved in just one area, seeing everything through that lens.

For instance, there are people who are very religious or spiritual.  Every problem is, in their eyes, due to a lack of spiritual practice or commitment.  Other people are extremely focused on nutrition and every health ailment is a result of a missing piece of nutrition.

There are three critical aspects of a healthy lifestyle which each and every person should practice.  Leaving one out, no matter how perfected you are at another one or the other two, will inevitably leave you with holes and less-than-ideal health.

For anyone suffering from ANY health problem, whether physical, mental/emotional, or spiritual, I would ask them: Do you include all three critical components in your lifestyle?  It is far more efficient and effective to add daily meditation, for instance, than to change a minor aspect of your diet.

Start with the basics!  They are the massive leverage points in your health.  You can then refine from there.  Before perfecting each one, practice all three every day or almost every day.  You will doubtless see your health improve rapidly, maybe almost overnight.

1.  Exercise

You simply cannot leave this out.  You can be as spiritual or nutritionally-perfect as you like, but you are selling yourself short if you leave out exercise.  5 days a week is great, but 3 very intense sessions is probably sufficient for many of us.  It is a minimum and required for vibrant health.  We are all aware of the physical benefits, and I won’t get into them here.  There are at least as many energetic benefits, and your energy body cannot be ignored if you want to live a healthy, vibrant life.  Exercise flushes out dirty, congested prana from the chakras and aura, giving you a powerful energetic cleanse.  Dirty, congested energy causes any physical or mental health problem you can think of and is extremely debilitating.  The body can expel it on its own, but when it gets so overwhelming, it can clog and congest you and will harm your health.  Exercise rapidly and powerfully expels this congestion, on top of the whole host of physical benefits.

2.  Meditate

Believe it or not, meditation is not just for spiritual people.  Sound strange?  While meditation powerfully strengthens your Divine connection, plugging you into the endless source of energy, not to mention wisdom, peace, joy, and much more, it also has powerful positive consequences for your health.  There are many different meditations.  I focus on the Meditation on Twin Hearts, developed by Master Choa Kok Sui because it is so powerful.  This guided meditation flushes out dirty and congested energy (yours and others’ which can easily “stick” to you) from the aura, including stress, anger, resentment, and negative thoughts.  This helps to create space in you for peace and calmness as well as a better functioning mind (dirty energy really clouds our thinking, it creates that “mental fog”).  By flushing out this congested, dirty energy, you are literally getting rid of the cause of many diseases, lack of energy, bad moods, sleep troubles, and everything else you can think of.  You are then filled to the brim with clean, highly-vibrating prana instead.  This is the energy that your body runs on and which charges your entire system.  Over time, the effect is compounded and you will notice significant changes in all aspects of your life–physical, spiritual, and everything in between.

3.  Eat Healthfully

Proper nutrition is starting to get the attention it deserves.  Without proper fuel, how do you expect your body to run its trillions of necessary processes?  How do you expect your immune system to do its job and keep you well?  Lack of simple proper nutrition, mainly vitamins and minerals, is literally killing many people.  With our affluence and general belief that we have it all, we have forgotten the simplest rules of health, nutrition being perhaps the biggest one.  Without going into massive detail, eating well is really just about the simple concepts of eating whole, fresh, organic foods and removing any “foods” which contain chemicals, additives, and anything that was not at some point living.  Guess what other essential component is contained in food which we need?  You guessed it: prana.  Dead foods have no prana, or have such distorted energy due to cooking, processing, or just age that they offer no vital energy to us at all.  Fresh whole foods must be the basis of any diet.

These are the three requisite practices for good and balanced health.  If you have anything lacking in your physical or mental health, look to see which of these is missing.  It is not necessary to get a Ph.D in any one of them.  Just practice the simple steps in utilizing each of these as often as possible, and don’t think you can make up for one area by over-compensating in another.  (For example, I can’t make up for lack of protein by consuming more carbohydrates!)

Blessings of good health!

Meghan

Exercise: 3 Reasons to Do it You’ve Never Heard!

Originally Published 9/15/10

We all know we’re supposed to exercise 3-5 days a week, yeah, yeah, yeah.  If you even occasionally read a health magazine or women’s magazine, you have heard it all so many times, you can recite scientific studies in your sleep.

However, there is another component to exercise you are not aware of.  There are powerful  energetic benefits to exercise which promote health on this very important level.

1.  When you move a part of the body, for instance, your legs, for an extended period, the nearby chakras start turning rapidly and expelling dirty, used-up prana, or energy.  By doing a full-body workout for 30 minutes, you have significantly cleansed your energy body without even having to do Pranic Healing or other energy work.  To clean all these chakras one by one would take hours and hours!  This is one of the many reasons we feel so good after exercising–we just automatically received an energy healing session.

2.  Exercising cleanses your overall aura as well.  Have you ever noticed how, after vigorous exercise, your mind seems extremely clear and peaceful?  The bothersome and repetitive thoughts we endure throughout the day are usually “stored” or floating around in the aura in their energetic form.  By exercising, you flush out this old energy and get rid of it.  If I go more than two days without exercising, I feel un-clean and mentally irritable, and it is due to the lack of energetic cleansing that I am so used to experiencing.  Do you want to be mentally calmer and sleep better (a big reason we struggle to fall asleep is those incessant thoughts)?  Exercise!

3.  Exercising combined with regular meditation is extremely powerful.  By exercising, you clean your energy body and get rid of old, used up energy and even thoughts.  By meditating, you then take in tons of fresh prana and Divine energy.  It’s like giving yourself a daily energy transfusion!  Nothing could be healthier and more revitalizing.

I urge you to combine these powerful and ultra-simple practices into your daily life: exercise and meditation.  You will feel better and see benefits almost immediately.

*  I highly recommend Master Choa Kok Sui’s Meditation on Twin Hearts for beginner, intermediate, and advanced meditators.  This healing meditation cleanses and energizes the energy field as well as forges a profound Divine connection for the meditator when practiced regularly.  Available at www.pranichealing.com.