Moonset at our Florida house. Here is why I often write, sitting outside at dawn, while watching the moon.
This is Part IV in a series about the 13 qualities of resilience. See links to Parts I through III below.
A cool temperament is one of the foundations of resilience. A temperamental style that is fluid and easy, as opposed to erratic and brittle, acts as a facilitator of social involvement, adaptability, coping, belonging, and resilience.
The world is heating up literally and figuratively. More and more of our lives are directed by hotheads. We need to remain chilled and stay cool.
Ayurved, the Indian science of life and the Andean shamanic wisdom look at health as a balance between three physical elements, motion (air), material (water) and digestion (fire). Both (late night news and Tabasco) should be avoided.
Reducing fire in a heated world is beneficial for health because fire rules digestion. When out of balance, we do not digest any information correctly, whether we get it it from what we eat, feel, hear, smell or see. Watching the fiery news at 10pm gives us as much (or more indigestion) as a hot meal covered in Tabasco.
Fire also rules beauty because its imbalances are reduced by the body through the skin. Too much fire creates rashes, acne, blemishes, poor skin luster, dull hair and much more. The fire reducing trick below not only enhance health, but also help clear your skin and make it glow.
Here is a trick that can help you reduce the fire. Instead of watching TV at night, try Moonbathing. This can be romantic as well as healthy.
Often when the sun sets in lavender glory, Merri and I take a walk in the cool evening air. We’ll hike into the woods, start a camp fire to warm the cool night air… and listen to the katydids as we bathe in moonbeams.
Merri and our son, Jake, during a moonbath. This is cool… and cooling.
We soaked in the moon’s creamy reflections filtered through the forest. Then we stroll in the moonlight back to the house glowing its welcome in the night.
Our Blue Ridge front porch at night.
This may sound even crazier than eating watermelon for good health, but try it. I find the moonlight to be not only beautiful but calming.
The foundations of this idea… though less romantic than the pure beauty of moonlight are imbedded in both ancient and modern scientific terms.
Moonlight impacts the area of the body called, in Ayurved, the crown chakra. The Andean indigenous wisdom acknowledges this area at the top of the head as a key to balancing all the Rios de Luce (Rivers of Light) or main energy processing points in the body.
This center is located in the top of the head, is associated with the brain, and the entire nervous system.
The subtle frequency of moonlight is soothing and calming… which helps mitigate fire imbalances.
The crown chakra is said to affect what one experiences when in the deepest part of their being, as a point of consciousness glowing with intelligence called “White Light”.
Metaphysically, this is considered the most subtle element of which the entire physical universe is created.
This fits nicely with a science if we view the endocrine system as a series of frequency receptors.
The crown chakra is believed to regulate the pineal gland which connects the endocrine system with the nervous system and converts nerve signals from the sympathetic system of the peripheral nervous system into hormone signals.
The pineal is involved in several functions of the body including, secretion of melatonin and conversion of nervous system signals into endocrine signals.
The popular science website has an article entitled “Moonlight Magic” (1) by Alan M. Petrillo that tells how a successful businessman spent $2 million to build a 50-foot-tall moonlight collector, a 30-ton array of mirrors called the Interstellar Light Collector and invited scientists nationwide to put his device to the test.
The article says: Biologists at the University of Arizona have expressed interest in using the collector to study moonlight´s effects on plant growth cycles but not yet on people. If nothing else, the collector offers a unique research opportunity.
Although moonlight is reflected sunlight, its frequency and spectrum are unique and, so far, irreplicable, which makes it difficult to examine in a controlled, clinical fashion. “It´s a hot area to understand the spectral effects of light on human health and physiology,” says Michael Gorman, a University of California at San Diego Biopsychologist who has studied how hamsters react to light.
However, we choose to view it… romantically as the soft glow that washes a moonlit path… as an ancient wisdom or a scientific reaction in the pineal gland.
Moonbaths can help cool us and balance our fire, water, air equilibrium.
Secret of the HogberryMore than 100 studies have found that physical activity can lower cancer risk and even help cure cancer. Fortunately researchers asked why and one answer became clear. Body fat.
Studies showed that those who were most active have a 25% lower chance of developing cancer because reduced body fat is possible pathway to lowering cancer risk. Time Magazine has some good information on the relationship between exercise and reducing cancer. Have a look below if you want to research more deeply (1).
Graph showing benefits of intermittent fasting.
Fortunately there is a little known way to reduce body fat that does not even require exercise. I’ll share more on this secret in a moment.
First, body fat and cancer? Let’s ask why?
Part of the answer is toxicity.
Healthy bodies naturally and regularly remove water-soluble toxins from the body. Our blood and kidneys flush them away.
Fat-soluble toxins such as metals, pesticides, preservatives, other pollutants are harder to flush out of the system. Fat-soluble toxins must become water-soluble before the body can get rid of them. The liver can do this conversion (bile emulsifies fat-souble toxins into water-soluble). This process requires healthy digestive and detox pathways. When they become imbalanced, fat-soluble toxins are stored in fat cells and brain cells instead. These toxins can remain for decades and create health problems.
The fat stored toxins cause oxidation (free radical damage) and degeneration as well as mutation. Toxins in the fatty tissue of the brain become neurotoxins that can cause cognitive problems and a host of mental and brain imbalances.
The way to avoid this storage of deadly toxicity is to keep stress down, while digestion and detoxification pathways remain good.
Burn Fat to Burn Toxins
When you burn fat not primarily for weight loss, (though you will lose weight) but for purification, you can turn on the body’s detox fuel. Fat metabolism is the body’s natural form of energy. Fat metabolism provides a more steady energy than glucose metabolism and flushes fat cells free of toxins. As the toxicity drops, the nervous system has reduced stress and will naturally burn fat instead of sugar.
Intermittent fasting is one way to get the body to burn fat. There is a way of eating that helps reduce weight, improve energy and purify the body as it returns to a state of natural health.
This is a simple easy way to improve and restore feeling good, but works best when combined with better nutrition, moderate exercise and a purification program that helps make sure that the body is not overwhelmed with too much purification at once.
This is why I have written a short report entitled “The FAST Way to Better Health” that features one special tea so an intermittent fasting routine becomes doable and enjoyable.
The Key is in the Hogberry
Intermittent fasting is guaranteed to work, if you have even reasonable nutrition, moderate physical activity and stick with it. The problem is in the sticking. When the brain is hooked on metabolizing sugar it can be very demanding. When we try going an extended period without a sugar, the brain will have a hissy fit and demand that we eat or drink something sweet or starchy or alcoholic.
Sticking through a fast just does not work when the brain pulls out its bag of tricks, from sweet whispers (just one chocolate won’t hurt- but it will!) all the way to chills sweats and dizziness. Intermittent fasting, without help, can require enormous discipline that most of us cannot maintain long enough.
I know, I tried intermittent fasting several times and failed. Then I accidentally stumbled across the secret of the Hogberry that not only stops hunger but more importantly speeds up the process of switching from sugar metabolism to fat metabolism AND assists in the purifying process. Once I tried using this support for the pancreas (among other things), intermittent fasting became satisfying and enjoyable. I am passing 45 days in this routine, and the steady energy just gets better and better. I am not minding the reduced weight and better fitting clothing either!
“The FAST Way to Better Health” explains how intermittent fasting is not real fasting. One does not stop eating with an intermittent fast, not even for a day. You learn why this is such a healthy way to lose weight and detoxify fat cells to reduce risks of cancer, heart disease diabetes and senility.
More important you learn how to feel better almost from the very first day. Reduce stress, gain smooth steady energy without 10:30am and 3:00pm droops. Find out how to avoid being hungry right after you eat and how to make the cravings for sweets and junk food all but disappear.
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Part I – II and III looked at three factors of resilience. You can read Part I at The Joys and Necessities of Taking Risk.
Part Three The Benefit of Self Awareness.