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During my many years of study, this simple wisdom was the #1 lesson my teachers aimed to instill within us and me in you.
The way you feel is known as your energetic condition. Think about it like this. If you feel tired, the dull-heaviness of lethargy will impact your actions and thoughts. The same if you feel overwhelmed or sad. It's not to say these emotions are incorrect; they are not a permanent state.
If change is in constant flux, then we have the power to influence its direction.
When a person lives this, she is a sva-tantriya—one who is self-mastered. She can live in a chaotic world and be above the turbulence, not by spiritually bypassing, but by being in charge of her energetic condition.
The power to change how you feel is YOURS. By knowing this wholeheartedly inspires action in all of your decisions and alters the trajectory of your life's purpose.
The best, most impactful way to change how you feel is through conscious breathing exercises. The breath trains your nervous system to turn on and off on command, purifying the mind from distractions and fear, granting you discernment. It is the chief operating guide linking all neuroendocrine responses, perceptions, and actions.
I want to give you the tools to influence how you feel on the regular. Let's face it if a glass of wine or a handstand were enough; we'd all be enlightened.
Check out this simple instruction for nadi shodhana--alternate nostril breath. I most often see people doing it incorrectly, and in this short video, you'll learn how to do it efficiently, maximizing your benefit.
It is one of my absolute favorite breathing practices to create BALANCE. Krishnamacharya would practice 108 rounds of nadi shodhana every day, breaking it up into three practices of 36.
There's a missing link in diabetes care; it's a strategic rest.
"Sure I rest," you may say, but let me assure you I'm not talking about sleep, although it will help you sleep better. Creating a ritual of rest is an essential pillar in upping your diabetes health game. In this video, I'll go over in more detail why and how!
Here's why it's important:
-Helps to reduce the perception of stress & stress hormones, making you insulin resistant.
-Improves your discernment, i.e., clarity of mind to adapt to diabetes' changes or rewire your habits.
-Gives you the power to bounce back. Whether that is recovery from an undesirable BG fluctuation or the ability to build a reserve of extra energy.
It's not a secret. You know you should be doing it, but for many reasons, you're not.
-time- we have less and less of it
-prioritization - there are so many things to check off your to-do box. It's the last on the list.
-lack of direction - you know that breathing, meditation, and relaxation are essential, but you do not know how to do it.
If you've been living long enough with type 1 diabetes, you know that it's simply not enough to exercise your body, eat nutrient-dense foods, and take the proper amount of insulin.
It is my mission to help as many people with diabetes as possible learn how to not only PRIORITIZE self-care but also CREATE it for themselves.
Want to learn more + experience it for yourself? Join me on September 29th at 5pm MST for a free masterclass + mini practice: The Diabetes Rest Ritual.
Can't make it live? No problem. We'll send you the recorded practice if you sign up.
Evan Rachel Soroka