Saturday, August 30, 2014

Making Acid Out of Nothing at All

Craving Annihilation

Frequently, I find myself desiring things to go away, stop, or be done. Sometimes I desire this vigorously. This, of course, creates stress and pain, because mostly things don't go away, stop, or be done when I need them to (which is actually a want rather than a need).
Annihilation - © 2005
This desire (sometimes called a desire for annihilation in Buddhism) contributes to the pain or maybe even creates it in the first place.

Beware! It's just another acidic cycle!

Craving the annihilation or removal of something--even a stressor--creates pain.
Why? Because we aren't dealing with the stress--we're just wishing, hoping, and engaging with the pain.

This reminds me of a great quote I first read in Stephen King's memoir: "Wish in one hand, spit in the other--see which one fills up faster!"

The way out of this cycle is two-fold:

(1) Mindful Awareness and (2) Taking Action

Mindful Awareness

For me, the awareness recently has come from my morning walking meditations (formerly known as "walks"). When my mind and thoughts were a jumble from overwhelming stress, the awareness came from using the Wild Divine software (Relaxing Rhythms), which taught me meditative techniques and mindful awareness to calm my mind.

Taking Action

For me, the action has been to focus, think about and "do" more alkaline behaviors and activities. I hope these videos inspire others or at least create some curiosity, but my initial thought was that this is an alkalizing action I can take and hold myself accountable to.

What do you do to make yourself feel accountable in a positive, non-shaming, non-blaming way?
If you want to comment on that, I'd be interested to know what others have tried that works or didn't work--no failures here, just learning.

Thanks, and have an alkalizing day!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Power Questions for an Alkalarian Lifestyle

Power Questions and Positive Mental State (PMS)

So, my body feels slightly better, but my mind feels "more better" (I used to have a client who would say that, lol). The improvement came to me by a reminder from Tony Robbins' Facebook page (his influence is showing up in many of my blog posts, huh?).

The Power of Questions

Tony recommends using Power Questions to point you in a direction you want to go. Usually, we ask ourselves negative, circular or pointless questions such as "Why can't I do more alkalizing activities?" However, a better question for that topic is "How can I have more alkalizing activities in my life?"
Can you see the difference the wording makes? Sure, it's a technique, but so is the negative way to frame a question.
Power Questions for Alkaline, Alkalizing, and the Alkalarian Lifestyle
Power Questions for the Alkalarian Lifestyle

Power Questions

So a Power Question is a question that points you in a deliberate direction toward a state of mind you want or need to embody.
Power Questions I developed back in 1998 are listed below, and they still work for me. When I remember, I use 5-10 minutes in the morning (or whenever) to ask myself these questions, waiting until I get concrete answers floating into my head before going to the next one.

  • What am I proud of?
  • What an I excited about?
  • What makes me feel loved?
  • What am I grateful for?
  • What makes me feel happy?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Alkalarian Breathing

Do You Really Know How to Breathe?

I used to think I knew how to breathe, and even recommended controlled breathing to others in my practice. But I didn't know what I was doing. There are three main varieties of breathing style I use (besides unconscious breathing, which happens most of the time), and today I'll teach the one I learned from Tony Robbins back in 1997 or 1998.

  • Breathe in as you count to 4
  • Hold the breath as you count to 12
  • Release the breath as you count to 8
  • Repeat 5-10 times in a row throughout the day as you think of it

You can count quickly or slowly or whatever pace in between works for you, but just stay the same pace for each of the steps until you complete a single cycle. Try to stay consistent, but if you feel any discomfort, then obviously stop or speed up the pace. Obviously, do not try this if you have any breathing problem or suspect that you might.

You may well feel a little dizzy for a few seconds if you don't regularly breath deeply. This is simply your body getting more oxygen. Take a pause until it passes, then continue. (If dizziness or discomfort persists, then please consult your healthcare provider.)

Alkalizing should be a gentle process at this stage.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Walking Meditation for My Alkalarian Journey

Hurry Up and Slow Down!

I was first introduced to walking meditation about four years ago (I know... I'm often late to things like this) at the New York Insight Meditation Center, which I visited on a lark one day. I'd already had a little experience with insight meditation from a neurofeedback specialist and an acupuncturist, but the walking meditation opened more doors.
If you'd like some advice about it from somebody way smarter than me, then click for Thich Nhat Hanh's Guide to Walking Meditation.

What I Noticed on My Walking Meditation

But was already there the many times I'd walked that way before during this summer:

Monday, August 25, 2014

Acid-Alkaline Rating Scale (AARS)

Acid-Alkaline Rating Scale (AARS)

Maybe something like this has been done before--and if so, I apologize--but I haven't seen one so I just created this handy scale to track your subjective acid-alkaline feeling sense.
This isn't scientific, and it may change some, but for now it's a Zero (0) to Ten (10) Likert scale:
  • 0 = The worst, most acidic you have ever felt with significant disease
  • 5 = Mid-Point: not feeling terrible or stressed but knowing/suspecting you can feel better
  • 10 = The best, most energetic with complete vitality you have ever felt
Today in the video, I gave myself a five, but after working out the scale numbers, I would revise it to a four. As I continue on the Alkalarian Journey, I'll try and revise it and fill in the number gaps in between these three benchmark points.

Rapid Total Body Detox Cleanse

This is working okay--not too strong, not too weak. A full-out SuperGreens cleanse is stronger than this (so far), if you're wondering about a comparison. (Here is info on the 7-Day SuperGreens Cleanse.)
Rapid Cleanse detox (used with my SuperGreens)
Total Body Rapid Cleanse detox product I used with SuperGreens

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sick & Tired of Being Sick & Tired

Today I noticed--again--that I had to "warm up" my muscles, my mind, my body, my heart...

But today, I also noticed that I'm tired of that. And I think I'm also sick of it.

Seems like the time to start a change.

Do we usually wait for something dramatic to happen--like a breakthrough moment maybe--before changing? The thing is, this might just be the breakthrough. Maybe I found it amid life's chaos, in the stillness of a city park while taking a random break from an early morning walk.

The little things add up. So I'm going to add up a lot of small alkaline choices over the next few days and see what happens.