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Share Your (a little bit about you) World Sunday Week # 23

Cee says on this weeks Share Your World Sunday; “It sure was fun learning about all of us”

I am definitely in agreement here with her. This is a fabulous experiment in human nature and I find it quite fascinating. The variant responses are always creative, honest and fun. I am enjoying this exercise in ways I normally would not. I find this utterly intriguing.

I’d like to say to Cee how grateful I am for her  in ways that are more personal than is appropriate here. But let it be known that if you are need of an alternative treatment modality Cee may very well be the practitioner you are looking for. Even long distance.. Thank you Cee for all your exhaustive but rewarding and oddly enough energizing work you do. ~ Hugs Girl!

To my fellow and sister weekly Share Your World Sunday participants; Thank you for sharing with me/us, it’s not always easy to speak of things that may make us feel vulnerable. I am appreciating so much the trust I am building with each participant here and off on our own blogs. I look forward to this week, next week and into the year. Just Imagine!

If You would like to jin in the fun you may find this information,  other participants answers, and past weeks questions and answers here at Cee’s blog: http://ceeslifephotographyblog.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/share-your-world-week-23/

This Weeks questions and answers~

You are comfortable doing nothing? For long stretches of time?

Oh… Yes, sadly & happily at the same time I have become quite adept at doing nothing for long stretches of time. Like Cee I too have been forced by medical issues into not having the freedom of activity with no time limits. The body says no before the mind. However there is an awesome aspect of this that has taught me to become comfortable with my own company, doing nothing but being alone with my own thoughts. I recall a time when our daughters were young that I would have given almost anything for even enough quiet time to go to the bathroom alone. It’s best you be careful what you wish for?

To read about a very interesting experiment  about Doing Nothing:

http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2011/03/04/doing-nothing-an-experiment-in-norm-breaking-2/

  •   If you could inherit a vacation home anywhere in the world in which you could spend two months a year, where would it be?

I would like a vacation home on the Oregon Coast. I’ll not state exactly where because I am hoping that our lovely little coastal towns will remain just that. Little & Lovely. I’d be crushed if our little cove’s of beach towns all soon began to run into one another; being annexed to one larger town, after another, just like the coast of California. I’ll keep this beauty as a secret as long as I can.

      • If you were instantly able to play one musical instrument perfectly that you never have played before, what would it be?.

I have always sort of picked at the guitar, know some very basic chords. However it is on my bucket list to actually learn to play it, refresh the skill of reading music. I would love to be able to express myself through the strings on an old well used acoustic guitar. I also would like to learn how to play the Pan Flute, I am calmed instantly by its willowy instrumental song. It soothes my soul.

  • Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers

I’d have great issue with myself if there was a clause saying the money was meant for my own use. I would be selfish enough though to want a bit to help our two daughter’s buy homes. Not the entire purchase, just some help with a down. The rest I would rush to turn over to many different children’s charities. Charities that help support children who have been victims of abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment. If possible I’d rather prefer to also keep the monies local. It’s much easier keeping an eye on the management of donations when the receiver’s are local. I take great issue with charities that use the largest percentage (some up to 87 %) of donations for administrative expenditures. That’s not what my donations are intended for. Gosh, thanks for also listening to me up on my soapbox.

Until next week, have a good one~

©tjhelser 2012

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Sleep Angels……Don’t Deceive Me…

Sleep is a funny creature. All day long the fight to stay alert is hard pressed and the quiet thoughts of slumber are all that you can do to flush them from your mind. Thinking some time during the afternoon how simply amazing it would feel to lay your head down on a soft fluffy fresh smelling pillow for just a few minutes even. But it’s not something you indulge yourself in so that maybe tonight you’ll sleep. All night.

Rushing through evening obligations and dinner with one thing in mind. Evening tele within the family is almost more than you can bear, another repeat of Law & Order or CSI is certain to put this head into complete a nod by dessert time. Maybe just skipping dessert and heading off early is an idea?

No… going to bed before 11pm is likely to result in sleeping for maybe an hour, maybe two. Why when the body cannot hardly stay upright, eye lids refuse to stay open, and a head that sits on a neck that starts feeling thinner and weaker as each moment passes? The head feeling as heavy as the most righteous jack-o-lantern ever to be scored. Holding out to 11pm feels like  a hardship. Something seemingly impossible to achieve,

The clock hands ticking by and laughing all the while knowing its cruel and timeless game making it more difficult to keep them peepers open.

TICK-TOCK-TICK-TOCK

As the hour hand on the clock is approaching 9pm it occurs that a hot soak in a bubble bath will help along tonight’s agenda of slumber. Choices are always a women’s best friend. There are bath salts, bath beads, bath crystals, and bath oils in the stash for a soft body. There are also just as many fragrances if not more. Each creating its own special therapy provided by its aroma. lavender, chamomile, vanilla…. and the lovely brushes, sponges, and soft terry cloths that we use to scrub our skin till it shines are all the weapons of not just beauty alone, but for beauty sleep as well. Choosing the right one for an evening date with the Sleep Angel is not something that should ever be tampered with once your successful potion has been mastered.

After as many minutes wasted as possible setting up this beauty sleep routine; the bath ran with just the right temperature.

The room is set about with scented candles, and a cup of chamomile tea to sip while soaking up the hot scented and oiled water. Soft new age music playing ever so gently in the back ground. I personally like anything with the Pan Flute being played. A personal fave is by Ann Licafer her Cd  ” Wind and Butterfly ll”

  No hygiene rituals allowed on this night. No shaving the legs, manicure or pedi’s for this evening. This is all about relaxing. This is medicinal. making your body temp as warm as you can stand it, and for as long as you can stand it for. The idea is not a tub so hot that you are barely able to put a foot in let alone a body. The point is to have it as warm as you are able to stand it to get in, then once in let a bit of the water out. Its cooling off already and as your body aclimates  start adding hot water to get the temp up to where you can hardly take any more heat.

Lay back against the bathtub pillow and just soak and breath. If you have no bathtub pillow a rolled up bath towel will do just as nice. Laying back into the tub and relaxing requires you to be able to rest your head and neck too. This is the purpose of the pillow.

I have a neck and body pillow made just for the tub. And would never do without the neck.head pillow ever again.

There would be no point to this kind of bath without something behind your head and neck. The next thing to add to this bath requires that your head and neck are comfortably relaxed. No tight tense muscles in your upper torso are allowed. Defeats why you are doing this right from the get go. So if you find that after checking in with how relaxed your shoulders are. and find them resting just below your ears, its time to first do some relaxation techniques. Fine tune a bit of relaxation techniques first.

If you have shoulders like mine that tend to climb rather than descend I think you may find this simple 30 second tip something valuable. I did. You can do it anywhere you like. It may look odd to some, but there are few places I find formal enough that would stop me from practicing this pose. Either sitting or standing raise your arms above your head, clasp your palms together as if praying (you may add prayer to this pose, but that’s between you and spirit) Now holding your palms together press your arms together at the forearms. So that you are bringing your elbows in to touch. Hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 3 to 5 times.  You should feel a lovely gentle stretch across your shoulder blades and down in to your thoracic’. Doing this will make your shoulders fall back down where they belong, below your chin and neck. Really!  This is where they are supposed to be. I know, shocked me too.

Now that you are in the tub, muscles relaxed the next technique you’ll use is Deep Breathing. Yes, you read right, Deep Breathing.  If this is something you are familiar with feel free to move on down to the next paragraph. And I do mean slow deep breating folks.

Everyone thinks they know how to breathe until they find they don’t. Remember we hit on carrying your shoulders up to your ears? All chest breathers are notorious for carrying their shoulders to their ears. I know. I am one. If you are doing this I bet you also are breathing from your chest. This is causing you to not breath in the clean O you need, as well as you are not expelling the bad CO2. If you are dealing with any kind of chronic health issues this one excercise on breathing correctly could be beneficial in many ways.

To learn how lay on your back. Relax. Think of some place pleasant you like to be. Imagine being there. Close your eyes and begin to think of your place and just relax. Take one hand and lie it on your stomach. Is your hand moving up and down as you breathe? Or does it rest pretty steady in one place? Is your hand moving as you breathe? If so,  next moveyour hand to your chest. Relax, think of your place. Is your chest moving up and down as you breath? Yes?

If you are breathing from your chest as most o usf have done all our lives it will take just a minute to teach yourself to breathe instead from your stomach.  To breathe correctly. Doing so will be giving your body the proper oxygen in needs, but will also relax those shoulders. It’s almost impossible to breathe from your stomach and have shoulders to your ears at the same time. I’m not going to say it is impossible for someone will cleverly prove me wrong. But for our purposes I can guarantee that if you practice laying on your back, relaxing, and breathing from your stomach you’ll find you are able to relax easier. Using imagery it will take you to your fave spot faster and your entire body and mind will relax like you have never known it to. I taught my daughters this relaxation technique when they were young children. They never had one problem falling asleep.

Back in the bathtub. Practicing Deep Breathing. Imagining you are in that fave spot. In my case I am floating on my back in a warm ocean of water. I feel my body slowly falling more and more relaxed until I feel nothing but vast emptiness. Nothingness. My mind is blank, empty of all thoughts but one. The ocean water. ‘I’m soon feeling just the wave of the tide.

Once your body feels too warm to continue. This is the time to get yourself out of the tub and gentle dried off and into bed. This is key. Don’t dwaddle about cooling off. Don’t use this time to lay clothes out for the next day. Don’t even open your computer if your true goal is slumber. Monitor lights from computers can reset your circadian clock. So sleep and computers do not mix. Trust me, if you have to work, have a deadline per say, just accept that if you have trouble sleeping anyway that you’ll likely not be sleeping much on nights such as those. And don’t try to sleep for any real time.

Crawling into bed and under the covers is what is going to start the process in your body that will help bring on that much desired and needed slumber. As your body cools off its natural nerve-signaling chemicals called neurotransmitters control whether we are asleep or awake by acting on different groups of nerve cells, or neurons, in the brain. As our body cools the messages being given to our brain is sleep. Sweet and satisfying slumber.

Sleep well, Dream deep.