THE QUALITY OF YOUR PRESENCE,
THE MOST PRECIOUS GIFT OF THE HEART!
“I had been afraid of the awful presence of the river,
which was the soul of the river, but through her
I learned that my spirit shared in the spirit of all things.”
~ Rudolfo Anaya
The most precious gift that we can give to our surroundings, to a love one, or to our self, is the gift of our presence, well rooted in the present moment. Have you ever heard the saying: ” Where there is fear, there is no love, where there is love, there is no fear?” Albert Einstein said that we can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. Fear is not the solution to a world that seem to be lost in confusion, chaos and mere disconnection.
Fear just does not work. It has kept us disconnected, constricted, breathless, hopeless and powerless. It keeps us away from our present moment, from the opportunity to be connected, from the power of our heart, intuitions and visions. Look at our history and look at how countries and societies from around the world were successfully intimidated, paralyzed and defeated by fear. On the other hand, look at the power of faith and the successes of many individuals and movements of resistances who succeeded to overcome systems of segregation and discrimination. Think of Alice Paul,Mary McLeod Bethune, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandala,think of Rachel Carson etc… There are so many women and men whom by their visions, greatly influenced the betterment of our world. Did you know that right now on the planet, there are unprecedented number of organizations driving social changes? In 2012, the number of NGOs (non-governmental organizations,or not-for-profit), world wide was estimated to be 3.7 million. It is an exciting time!
In his book: ” Man’s search for meaning”, Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist and holocaust survivor Viktor E. Frankl wrote: “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way…The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.” And most poignantly, from someone who has lost his entire family and loved ones to the horrors of the concentration camps, is Frankl’s conclusion: “For the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth – that Love is the ultimate and highest goal to which man can aspire. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love.”
Through love and in love lies our connection to the self, the world and the universe. Quantum leaps, thanks to modern technologies ( see below in the health tips of the month), is now revealing what the ancient and indigenous communities knew for thousands of years. Gifted by the strong magnetic field of the heart, our body is wired to communicate with every cell of our body for health and self-healing as well as with the world around us. Not bound by the linear laws of physics as we thought, we are now learning that we do have the ability through the quality of our presence and consciousness, to affect the field of our physical and surrounding reality.
It is now time to shift to a new paradigm of love, creativity and abundance, where we can stand dignified, committed in taking full responsibility for our experience with genuine compassion and with the precious gift of our presence!
“If your mind carries a heavy burden of past, you will experience more of the same. The past perpetuates itself through lack of presence. The quality of your consciousness at this moment is what shapes the future.”
~ Eckhart Tolle
HEALTH TIPS OF THE MONTH
The Electromagnetic Field Of The Heart
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
Are you aware that the heart can produce an electrical field 100 times greater than the brain and a magnetic field up to 5000 times greater? Conventional science has taught us that the main role of the heart is to pump blood to all the systems of our body. However, the heart has an intelligence of its own. Different research helped to demonstrate that our heart can have a greater impact on our physiology than our brain. Every cause of disease first begins with an imbalance in the body’s energy systems, specifically the interaction between how the heart communicates with the brain and the body. We refer to the term energy for what we can not ear, see or touch, like our intuitions, thoughts, and emotions. When we realize that the verbal language is probably a mere percentage of our human communication, it is hard to believe that we never acknowledged this in our culture, and that we have not learned to consciously perceive, with the help of our body ( which is talking to us at all time), the large part of the remaining information that we are registering or sending out. According to the science of neurocardiology, 60 to 65 percent of heart cells are neuron cells, not muscle cells. Its neurons have short term and long term memories and their signals sent to the brain can affect our emotional experiences. Therefore, it is easier to understand how our perceptions can have a powerful influence on our state of well-being. The intuitive energetic heart is what people have associated with, as their inner voice throughout history, our instinct, 6th sense…or our truth! And either it may guide us unconsciously or not, it is a powerful energetic resource that gives presence and coherence, when we take the time to consciously connect with this inner voice. As demonstrated by 20 years of research by the team at Heartmath Institute *( see the inspiration of the month below), our psycho physiological coherence ( harmony, quality of forming a unified whole), is what determines our heart rate variability and what shall affect our other body systems and functions. Thoughts and emotions such as stress, frustrations and anxiety affects the pattern of the heart beat in a chaotic manner, depleting our energy and whole organism. Fear and stress affect us on a cellular level contributing to hypertension, indigestion, chronic back problems, anxiety and depression, autoimmune diseases, heart diseases, cancer etc.. Contrarily, emotions of love, compassion and gratitude harmonize and soften the cardiac rhythm while enhancing our general health. Our mind and heart feelings are powerful energetic sources and most likely the primary drivers of our biological systems. Which one are you choosing to use to heal?
2. Every day, think of someone who has helped you and thank them in your heart. When you can, find ways to help someone around you, and make her or him feel that you care.
3. The most precious gift we can offer to someone is to be fully present, deeply listening.
4. Before starting any work, pause a moment to see how you are feeling about your current tasks. See and feel what you want to experience, the desired end results and feelings that will come with this.
5. What is it that you yearn to create or experience in your life? A new project? With whom? For what purpose? Imagine it in details, be specific about colours, feelings, textures, emotions, sounds, smells. Feel everything…not just how it looks, but the feeling of completion and success regarding the experience being manifested. Entertain the feeling of celebration that arises in your heart. From this space of clarity, you can take the appropriate steps to make it happen.
6. Celebrate every little successes. We can be so critical and so hard on ourselves, and it can prevent us from seeing our own accomplishments. We compare ourselves to others…but really, who would be us?
7. After your tasks of the day, or before sleep at the latest, give thanks and clear any stressful or unresolved emotions. Do not take them home or push them down for the next day to come.
8. Smile – The ultimate adaptation to the fast pace of our world is to be in complete peace in the midst of chaos. Learn how to smile like a child. Why do we feel happier around children? Because they smile a lot, around at least 40 times a hour. While most of us smile only few times in one hour, the average of us smiles only 20 times a day! Smiling can change your brain, through a powerful feedback loop. It reduces stress-induced hormones that negatively affect your physical and mental health, generating more positive emotions within you.
“If the presence of electricity can be made visible in any part of the circuit, I see no reason why intelligence may not be transmitted instantaneously by electricity.”
- HeartMath Institute: https://www.heartmath.org/
RAW CACAO NUT AND CARAMEL BARS.
This is a sweet recipe for a sweet occasion! Made with raw cacao, the number one source of antioxidants, cashews and almonds. Each of these ingredients are a very rich source of the alkaline magnesium, which is important for the relaxation of the muscular and cardiovascular systems. Raw cacao and nuts have been praised since ancient times for their capability in increasing brain capacity, intellectual ability and longevity. Considered the “tree of life” in the eastern part of the world, the coconut tree offers too many beneficial properties to enumerate here, but lets say that its food is an other important ally of the heart and nervous system by helping in balancing our cholesterol and providing direct energy to the brain. Lastly, maple syrup though it is a sugar ( always best to keep it minimal), is said to contain up to 24 different antioxidants.
2 cups of cashews
2 tbs of coconut oil
2 tbs of maple syrup
Pinch of Himalayan salt.
1.Blend cashew into flour in food processor.
2. Add in coconut oil, maple syrup & sea salt. Blend.
3. Pat down into a rectangle on wax paper, freeze.
1 cup of almonds
1/2 cup of maple syrup
1/2 tsp of vanilla
2 tbs melted of coconut oil
Sea salt to taste
Reserve for topping:
1/2 cup of chopped almonds
1. Blend nuts into a fine powder in a food processor.
2. Add in dates, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, vanilla & Himalayan salt and blend into a sticky caramel.
3. Spread caramel out over frozen cashew base. Press in 1/2 cup chopped almonds. Freeze for 1 hour.
Raw Chocolate Layer:
1 cup of melted coconut oil
1 cup of raw cacao powder
1/3 to 1/2 cup of maple syrup ( adjust to taste)
1. Melt coconut oil in double boiler.
2. Stir all 3 ingredients together, into a smooth melted chocolate sauce.
3. Cut cashew/caramel block into small bar pieces.
4. Dip each bar into the raw chocolate, then set on wax paper and freeze to firm. When the first layer of chocolate has hardened, double dip each piece again.
5. Store in the freezer until time to serve. Allow 5 minutes at least before savouring.
INSPIRATION OF THE MONTH
To continue to be inspired about the quality of our presence and how it can bring psycho physiological coherence and healing, not only individually but also globally, here is a short film from HeartMath Institute. Since 1991, the HeartMath Institute has researched and developed reliable, scientifically based tools to help people bridge the connection between their hearts and minds, and deepen their connection with the hearts of others.
And again, it is with a true Sense of Love and Humility, that I find myself of service in this big picture of life, where to understand our own health, it is often valuable to understand our place in our surroundings, living consciously, with an awareness of our own nature and of the world around, how it affects us and how we, in turn, can affect nature and the world.
Please, accept my gratitude for the possibility to share, and for the precious and endless teachings that I receive from each and every one.
We are truly interconnected!
In Gratitude, Love, Health and Happiness,
And in loving memory of our beloved little Lulu
Dogs are our virtual connection to the heart! Little Buddhas, real inspiration…and also teachers of unconditional love and presence. They teach us how to navigate the relationship we have to the self. They give us way more than we can ever imagine giving to anyone else, or even to our own self, in terms of quality of unconditional love and presence. Constantly connecting to our emotions through the field of the heart, dogs remind us of the importance to play, and to live in the moment.
“Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living.”