Imagine Soul

Here, you'll find weekly inspiration, information about energy healing and reiki, and ways to practice nourishing the soul. 

 

Dr. Lisa
Dr. Lisa
Thu, May 22, 2014 10:56 AM

HuffPost: How Trying to Become a Mother Led Me to a More Mindful Life!

Here is an excerpt from my first blog for the Huffington Post:

I always knew I wanted to be a mother. At the age of 39, this became crystal clear. I had a new husband and we wanted a family, so we started "trying." Infertility treatments soon filled my days and left me completely off balance in body and mind. After months of attempts with "reproductive technology," I woke up one morning and said "no more."

It was a creative, expansive moment in which I listened deeply to my soul.

From that point on I chose practical action toward adopting my children. It was a choice in living body mind and soul and brought me into alignment with my true desire, body, mind and soul.

What the heck am I talking about?

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Read the rest at The Huffington Post!


Dr. Lucy
Dr. Lucy
Thu, Apr 3, 2014 11:36 AM

Love: The Benefits Are Endless!

Loving relationships can clear up your skin, make you physically fit, and help you live longer. The give-and-take of marriage or living with a partner, is linked to lower risk for cognitive impairment. Research shows that socializing, including getting together with friends, belonging to a club, or doing volunteer work helps older adults keep their brain sharp.

Dr. Lucy
Dr. Lucy
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 11:24 AM

Dr. Lucy Series

Love and Your Immune System

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University showed that people who exhibit positive emotions are less likely to get sick after exposure to viruses. Those who are in stable long-term relationships and have support have fewer doctors visits, shorter average hospital stays, and wounds that heal nearly twice as fast!


Dr. Lucy
Dr. Lucy
Thu, Mar 6, 2014 9:54 AM

Deep Love Means More Dopamine (Dr. Lucy Series)

Love and Mental Health

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study from Rutgers University found that when participants looked at photos of people they deeply love, they had an increase of dopamine brain activity. Dopamine is a chemical associated with optimism, energy, and a sense of well-being. There was also less activity in the area of the brain that produces anxiety for individuals in successful long-term relationships.

Photo: Jens Langner/Wikimedia Commons 


Dr. Lucy
Dr. Lucy
Fri, Feb 28, 2014 3:54 PM

Health Benefits of Love: Part Two

Love and Pain

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Fact: the comfort of holding your loved one’s hand can minimize your feelings of pain. In

one study, women subjected to the threat of an electrical shock experienced less pain

when they were holding their husbands’ hands. And these feelings of pain decreased

more where there was higher marital satisfaction. Perceived pain was also reduced when

subjects held the hands of close friends.


Dr. Lucy
Dr. Lucy
Tue, Feb 11, 2014 9:02 PM

Health Benefits of Love: A Dr. Lucy Series

February, the “Month of Love,” is upon us. Let’s celebrate. Letting Love in leads to health benefitsgalore. All month, I am going to be posting about some of the many different ways satisfying, long-term relationships help us fare better with our health! Here's the first:

 

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Love and your heart…

People in happy relationships can see improvement in cardiovascular health. In 2008, researchers concluded that happily married people had the best blood pressure. They were followed by singles with a strong social network. Those who were married but unhappy in their relationship fared theworst, emphasizing that when it comes to relationships, it’s quality not quantity that matters.

 

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Tina
Tina
Fri, Jan 10, 2014 8:32 AM

The Elusive Reiki Making Its Way Into the Public...Even Christina Aguilera Is Doing It

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What is Reiki anyway? And can Reiki help me? I hear these questions almost every day from people wanting to know what  reiki is all about. You may have heard that reiki helped your loved one while they were battling cancer, or another serious medical condition. Or maybe you heard that a friend has used reiki to help anxiety and depression, or even to get through a divorce. People seem puzzled by how reiki can help them. Regardless of your age, ailments, shape or size, reiki can revitalize your life!

Reiki, pronounced ray-kee, is a healing modality originating in Japan. This hands-on healing technique is given by a reiki practitioner who has been attuned to the energy and trained by a Reiki Master Teacher. In a reiki session, the practitioner passes energy to the client with various hand positions. The client then receives energy to balance, relax and stimulate his or her body's self-healing mechanisms. Reiki allows us to live in greater health, well being, harmony and balance. And it is not only for people with serious medical conditions. Everyone can try, even celebrities.

Christina Aguilera reportedly used reiki to lose weight! A source told the National Enquirerer "Christina also credits a low-carb diet and yoga workouts for her new look, but Reiki puts her mind in a good place and gives her the discipline to eat healthy and maintain weight loss. She sees a Reiki mater for private sessions three times a week.'' Since Reiki helps us to feel more balanced, it is a valuable addition to a weight loss program.

Reiki can do a lot of wonderful things; here is a short list of benefits to get you started:

Create a sense of calmness
Help you to feel more centered and connected to your inner self
Help control emotional eating
Reduce stress and encourage a need to take better care of yourself
Bring more clarity to your life and help you make more mindful choices in your life (whether that be about food, love life, career etc.)
Give you more energy (which typically leads to more exercise)
Create better sleep patterns and quality of sleep 

Intrigued? Come give it a try! I am a RMT (reiki master teacher), and I invite all of you to sign up for reiki sessions with me by appointment here at PRACTICE. 

Dr. Lisa
Dr. Lisa
Wed, Jan 1, 2014 1:55 PM

Body Mind Soul Intentions in the New Year

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IMAGINE, New Year again! The close of one year and the opening into another is a wonderful opportunity to reflect, to meditate, and to set intentions for ourselves in the upcoming moments, days and months ahead. I prefer to set intentions rather than "making resolutions." Setting an intention is a more "yogic" frame for possibility, opening AND action, versus a more stressful "have to" frame that often accompanies resolutions. Perhaps this year you might set an intention that places you on the path towards whole hearted Body Mind Soul living. You might intend to be mindful and open to new experiences: to love, to connection, to happiness. Hafiz, an ancient Sufi love poet, wrote about exhilarating oneness of the union with the divine. His poem "All the Hemispheres" beautifully expresses the beauty of being open to the wonders of life. 
All the Hemispheres
 
Leave the familiar for a while.
Let your senses and bodies stretch out
 
Like a welcomed season
Onto the meadows and shores and hills.
 
Open up to the Roof.
Make a new water-mark on your excitement
And love.
 
Like a blooming night flower,
Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
And giving
Upon our intimate assembly.
 
Change rooms in your mind for a day.
 
All the hemispheres in existence
Lie beside an equator
In your heart.
 
Greet Yourself
In your thousand other forms
As you mount the hidden tide and travel
Back home.
 
All the hemispheres in heaven
Are sitting around a fire
Chatting
 
While stitching themselves together
Into the Great Circle inside of
You.

 


Dr. Lisa
Dr. Lisa
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 6:14 PM

Inspiration From the Akashic

At this time of year, I've been reflecting on and being inspired by the meaning of "Christ Consciousness." Christ Consciousness is a particular form of energy, often confused with the soul of and the human being, Jesus. As I understand him, Jesus, through his human life, embodied the consciousness of Christ. "Christ" can be thought of as a title so to speak. According to the Keepers of the Akashic, we can all embody Christ consciousness, but there is one way only:
 
"You must first and foremost realign your own heart with your own spirit, then to help everybody else to do the same. The way that is done, the only way that is done, is through love.  The only way it is done is by developing, establishing and developing a capacity for unconditional love and then exerting that capacity or offering that love in every circumstance you possibly can, in every way you can possibly come up with. You came here to love." --Akashic Transformations
So this week, regardless of our religious beliefs, let's be inspired by the man Jesus and the consciousness he brought to bear on Earth; let's  each of us align our hearts and spirits and offer love in every moment we live and breathe, to each other and to ourselves.

Lisa B.
Lisa B.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 2:44 PM

Winter Solstice: The Hero's Journey from Darkness to Light

 

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“The black moment is the moment when the real message of

transformation is going to come.  At the darkest moment comes

the light.” – Joseph Campbell

 

As we move through the darkest days of the year and toward the winter solstice

and the light, I am thinking of the hero’s journey. I am thinking of the stellar

culmination of our first fall Practice 200 hour yoga teacher training, and I am

thinking of transformation.

 

The winter Solstice marks the shortest day/the longest night of the year in the

northern hemisphere. From this day moving forward each day becomes longer.

Hooray! Solstice celebration marks the returning of the light, the warmth, the

growing season.

 

To be fair, the darkness affords us the opportunity to come inside and take

stock of ourselves. It is a time to turn the attention inward and explore our own

shadows. To clear out the cobwebs and to bravely go where we may not want to

go! Courage and commitment to walking the path of truth is founded in darkness.

Darkness is fertile ground for the seeds of change.

 

This journey into and out of darkness is one of transformation. It is a hero’s

journey, because it takes a heroic effort to manifest change. The Practice

Teacher Training just ending is a perfect example of such a journey. Each of

these beautiful heroes stood bravely and slayed dragons that had surely held

them hostage before. Each found ways to shine so bright that they certainly

surprised themselves. They/we began as a group of individuals and ended as a

sacred circle of friendship, support and commitment to personal and collective

integrity. It is a proud moment for all, for PRACTICE!

 

(The next teacher training begins in February! It will surely change your life!)

 

To me, ultimately the hero’s journey is everyday of my life on and off the

mat. It is the Practice of cultivating awareness of thoughts, words and actions

in relationship with my loved ones, my community, and myself. It is living on

my growing edge and working all the time to be connected to infinite love and

compassion and not be limited by fear. It is the commitment to being awake and

present in each moment of life, grateful for the gifts before my very eyes.

 

This Native American Parable speaks volumes:

 

The Creator had this precious gift and needed to hide it somewhere where

no one would easily find it. So he gathered the animals and asked their advice.

The eagle said” I know I will fly it to the moon. No one will find it there. The

creator replied, “Good idea, but I don’t know I think those people will build rockets

and get it.”

 

The Buffalo said, Oh I know I will dig a deep hole in the earth and bury it.

They will never find it. The Creator shook his head, well, I think they will. The

salmon said, “ok I’ve got it:” I will swim it to the bottom of the ocean and hide it

there. “Not bad really” said the creator, “but I just know those people will find a

way.” Finally the little mole spoke up. “ I know”, he said, “Hide it inside of them.” 

 

"Perfect!” the creator replied, “It is the last place they’re going to look."

 

The hero’s journey insists on the looking. Looking is key! Opening

the eyes and the heart! Waking up! The very idea of looking is revolutionary!

Transformational!

 

As Guruji said, “Eyes are closing, Sleep is coming.”

 

“The main sin is inadvertence, not being attentive to life,

to the moment you are in, to its mystery, to what is happening

right here now. When that is there, and realize that the whole

mystery and void is shining through at you, you are there." 

                                                                       –Joseph Campbell