The study of genes and heredity has come a long way since first discovered in 1865 by Gregor Mendel and furthered by C. H. Waddington in 1940 when he coined the term epigenetics. He saw changes that affect gene activity may result from external and environmental factors. Epi is rooted in the Greek word which means; upon, near to or in addition.This field picked up speed in 1970 all the way up to today with the study of why certain genes turn on and turn off. Current research has proven that behavior and lifestyle are the determining factors of whether or not a gene will be expressed.
The ancient practice of Ayurveda as a lifestyle medicine has promoted this for thousands of years. It is true that as humans we must live in accordance with nature. Ayurveda is a life science with particular practices and routines for each unique body type. There are approximately 7.9 billion unique ways for an individual to be put together in body and mind. Wow!!!
I’ve been a Wellness Coach in Ayurveda and Yoga for over 20 years and have taught hundreds of people as well as traversing my own healing milestones. I see some people take quantum leaps toward a more peaceful way of life while others do not. These same struggles are inside me. “On the path, off the path, on the path, off the path”. Underneath this are the habits and limiting beliefs we hold. It isn’t always easy making the suggestions I make. People live in a whole world of considerations for why they Can’t make Changes: shame, pride & fear of being found out, are a few.
The basic premise of Epigenetics is simple; change the way you think, eat whole food, drink clean water, handle emotions with less reaction, be flexible, change behavior, get more aligned with natural rhythms. Create an environment in the body so health can exist.
This should be easy right? Ha! not at all. Look around you when I say ”natural”. There is nothing natural about the world we live in. I recently had an awakening moment. I saw piles and piles of “not natural”....houses, synthetics, plastics, chemicals, industrialized food. I felt generations of behaviors, attitudes, eating habits, addictions, deprivations. Invisible patterns and limiting beliefs, all working against us/me. The experience continues to be profound.
This led me to a new phase in my work as a Healing Artist and Wellness Coach. I found the key to influencing the Epigene, changing behavior and releasing the True Self back into flow with nature. Accredited in Neuro Linguistic Programing (NLP) as a Certified Coach with the Global Academy of Excellence, these profound techniques are now at my fingertips. Time Line Therapy, Parts Integration and so much more. A real habit buster tool.
Created in 1970 by Richard Brander and John Grinder they found the connection between neurological processes (neuro-), language (linguistic) and behavioral patterns learned through experience (programming), can be changed to achieve specific goals in life. In just one session I was able to see how I picked up a limiting belief in childhood that became a core belief. I was set free in just 10 minutes. I would like to share this with you as it is a true miracle tool! I am offering a free discovery session to determine your unique body constitution, what is and isn’t working for you and what you would like to create for your future. Don’t wait to make the changes. Time moves too quickly. There is no better time to transform than Springtime.
It’s not something I think about often. My last kiss. With my kids, my mom, my husband, my friends. I felt it strongly the other day. I was triggered by the billboard on the side of the freeway. Two people facing each other with masks on. The words read Stay Away From Each Other. As I passed the sign I contemplated whether there was a number six in it or not. Such as six feet apart? I quickly shrugged the question off and felt sad anyway.
Today I learned about love.
Is it Time for a Sensory Cleanse?
What is coming from outside of you to the inside of you through your five
senses influences every aspect of your life.
If you're feeling stuck, tired, anxious or angry; having feelings of sadness,
worry, digestive disturbance or pain in the body, how you’re being
influenced by your senses may be the reason.
Keep in mind our senses enable us to interact with life. Our senses are like
antennas picking up cues from the outside world, governing our emotional
responses. Have you ever done a sensory cleanse? If you want to reboot
your hormones, emotional health, recharge your nervous system and
increase creativity try these simple strategies.
Sense of Taste
Eat bland food for a week and remove salt, oil and sugar to reduce
cravings, allowing for the taste buds to reboot. Give your gut a break.
Notice what you have a taste for; such as fine things, or if you have a sour
or metallic taste in your mouth. Tasteful talk means kind and skillful
Sense of Touch
Wear cotton or silk clothes so that your skin can breathe. You will feel
lighter, your skin will feel softer and you will gain energy. Take your shoes
off and feel the nature under your feet. Walk on dirt or sand. Go barefoot on
the grass, step into a stream or find a nice smooth rock to cool your feet.
You can even lie on your back and raise your legs up a wall to let the soles
of your feet face up to the heavens.
Sense of Sight
Limit the amount of screen time. Leave your phone at home, give your
computer a bedtime. Stay off of television. Meditate with your eyes closed
and focused up or meditate on a candle flame. You can also use an eye
mask to reduce light when sleeping. Enhance your living space with soft
Sense of Sound
Try humming to reduce stress and stimulate the vagus nerve; play
delightful or classical music with no words in your house even when you
are not home. Take a day off from complaining. Speak only warm and
tender words. Or try taking a day of silence. If outside sounds are
disturbing your environment when you sleep, try a white noise machine or
listen to 432 or 528 hertz sound frequency.
Sense of Smell
Aromatherapy is a wonderful mood enhancer. Whether it is from your
garden like jasmine or roses or essential oils diffused throughout your
home can have a powerful effect on the environment such as cleansing
and enhancing the air. Take time to breathe in good clean air from those
two holes in the center of your face. Mountain air, rivers and the ocean
have wonderful cleansing and healing abilities.
The essay below was inspired by a conversation with my wife Karen. We talk about everything under the sun, sometimes all in the same conversation. We found ourselves talking about competition and how it gets in the way of relationships. We’ve talked about it before but this time something stood out for me. When Karen invited me to write a blog post as a guest on her site I had a subject ready to go. I shared with Karen what I wrote and it sparked her imagination too. Her feedback became part of the piece. It occurs to me now that what could have been a competition became a collaboration. I am so grateful for her inspiration and insight.
W. Peter Collins
Competition is a natural part of life. It permeates our culture so deeply that sometimes we don’t even recognize it when it’s present. Have you ever wondered how it might affect your physical and mental health?
We all recognize competitiveness in organized sports, in business and our work environment. It’s the everyday interactions with family and friends where competition can be so subtle yet powerful. Hiding in plain sight, it can be corrosive to our relationships, our happiness, and our health; even our sense of self, who we are in the world can be affected.
The more I studied this the more I wondered if it really is competition or if there is something underneath that, something deeper. I was on a Zoom call the other day observing two people vying for attention to get their point across. What appeared to be a display of competition was confusing to me. We’re all on the same team. Why is competition showing up? Then it hit me. What both people had in common was the desire to be seen. As this became clear I noticed a profound difference in how I perceived the exchange. Before I thought they were being selfish, consuming all the time and energy in the group. This brought up resentment for me. Once I realized they simply wanted to be seen I felt compassion and empathy for them. Honestly, I had to admit I saw myself in them and I probably engage in that way of being more than I realize. This triggered a painful emotional response in me.
I suddenly got it that the tension and anxiety I noticed in their voices and body language was present in me. I went from being a detached observer to an active participant. Then came the realization that the world wasn’t out to stop me from expressing myself. It was all a story I made up. I thought I was asserting myself in a world that didn’t care and I got energized by that. This energy was actually stress and it weighed on me. It was like the fight-or-flight, acute stress response that happens in moments of feeling under attack. The difference was that it was constant. It was running my life and causing disease. This is a fascinating word. It literally means dis-ease. My desire to be seen was manifesting as competition which in turn was making me sick. I was also losing sleep and friends in the process. I saw that it even affected my identity, my sense of self. Fortunately, I have people in my life I can talk to about this. People who are willing to let me fall apart in front of them and still believe in me. In sharing this I’ve discovered how common it is. Friends and family that I talk to noticed this in me. They also saw it in themselves. So many people who appear competitive really just want to be seen and heard.
Of course this begs the question why? Why is this so common? Perhaps it’s a remnant from childhood, something to overcome as we grow and mature. There could be something in each person’s history, a particular event that leaves a scar. The root cause is most likely unique for each individual, something to discover through examination. Whatever the case, viewing the world as an obstacle to being seen and heard is a path to dis-ease in our health, our relationships, and the larger community. It’s easy to see the connection between this point of view and the disfunction in our culture. Letting go of this opens up a world of freedom, self expression, and the ability to be truly present with people.
This year has taught us that health is one of the most precious things we can have...Ayurveda, Yoga & good Nutrition are key elements for a strong immune system.
Begin wrapping up this year at the Winter Solstice on December 21st. Eat light on this day, meditate on surrendering to the darkness. Set an intention on what you would like to germinate for the coming winter months. Give strength to the growth and the power of this year by moving forward with a vision.
Karen Barbarick-Collins is a Certified Ayurvedic Technician and Wellness Coach, an Accredited Neuro Linguistic Programming Coach and a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher. She is the founder of Bending Blade Healing Arts.