Life Is Precious/Save One Today, Part 1


There are many who curse the person who in a “selfish” moment take his or her own life. However, unless you’ve suffered through depression, especially severe depression, your judgments are misguided. Depression is not your usual sadness. It’s a touch of that, but much, much more. The mind of a depressed is fragile, at best. They often wear the mask of “all’s well,” but they haven’t found that to be so. They are often besieged with thoughts of worthlessness, and it often doesn’t take a lot to get to that place. There also may not be anything apparent in their lives that the average person would consider “bad enough” to even consider suicide. However, we must always remember that people wear masks to hide behind because often they have not received unconditional Love and support that

If you or someone you know is having a hardIMG_8993 time, please know there is someone out there on that same page. Please know that there are many of us who would hold your secrets and judge you NOT! Please know your mind can and does lie. You are NEVER worthless. The standards this society sets for worthiness are unreachable and unreasonable. We have become conditioned to see worth as a matter of possessions, not as a birthright.

When you’re in trouble, remember, there are suicide hotlines with people waiting to be attentive to your needs or to the needs of those whom you refer. Those ears are there to hear your problems. In my profession as a licensed acupuncturist, I have treated and referred patients who were suicidal. There were times when I was able to recognize the signs, and other times, I could hear it in their story. Folks go through a lot. I’ve often wondered, after listening to their stories, how some of them get out of bed in the morning. And, then, there are those who don’t have a tangible problem, but their mental/emotional wiring is a bit off. There is no difference between them and those who have lost a child or their job or their homes. Pain IS pain! When we know our value, nothing can take us down. KNOW THYSELF and to thy own self be true. How? Deepen your spiritual base. “S/he will remain in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee. Take thought inventory. From where do your thoughts derive? What tape keeps playing in your mind over and over again. Replace negative thoughts of self with positive ones. It’s a practice. You’re not going to believe them right away, but keep working with positivity. Smile inside. Warm your own heart. Hug yourself. Take small steps, but take steps to assure yourself that your life is precious, worthy and important, especially to YOU! And, no matter how it seems, your life is important to others, too. I know it’s important to me!

Here is the number to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. Keep it close and share it with someone you Love. If you have the heart to listen to people needing help through depression and suicidal thoughts, perhaps this is a good place for you to train.

Let’s choose to be present for each other. No, we can’t help everyone, but we can surely acknowledge when someone needs help and make every effort to assist them, as we are able. We are ALL in this together! Love is a big part of the healing, as is acceptance.

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Spring Forward (part 2)


"Awakening" photo by D. Kuficha

It has long been written that the world as we know it will be forever altered by 2012. The need for a global consciousness of global respect, love and appreciation for all life cannot be understated.  We have passed the time for only having recognition and concern for our own problems. Yes, the spiritually-disenfranchised of this nation continue to support devastating wars and conflicts around the world. In so doing, the propagation of fear and terrorism is being used to further us away from our goal of global harmony.  Spring is the season of new thought and new ways of looking at old situations.  We are charged with taking evolutionary steps in the direction of inner peace, then world peace.  We have many movements coming forth to allow bring this goal to its fruition. One such goal is A Day of Global Silence.  The first date is07/07/07.  Spread the world and read the article on this website that will tell you how to use silence to create inner and global peace. Please lend yourself to this effort and spread the word for Silence. Shhh…”Be still and know that ye are daughters and sons of the Most High!”

It is through honoring the truth in our spirits, taking care to rest, eat well, speak truth, speak kindness, think high thoughts, and by respecting all life that we are most likely to remain strong, centered, focused, loving, caring, considerate, enthusiastic, helpful, encouraged and encouraging, motivated and motivating, inspired and inspiring. Many of us will suffer through our own or through the sufferings of others. One thing is certain, no matter how difficult, ridiculous, or fearful things may appear, ALL IS IN DIVINE ORDER. Take quiet time to honor yourself, your thoughts, feelings, fears, or confidences and to attune with greater frequency to the Divine Self, whatever you name IT, God, Allah, Jah, Yahweh, Jehovah, Mother Spirit, Infinite Spirit, Wakan Tanka, Holy Breath of All Life, Jesus, Buddha,Krishna, and so on. Remember also to honor the ancestors of ancient or recent past without whose lives yours would not be. The old folks put it aptly, “always remember where you’ve come from.”

QI GONG EXERCISES TO CALM THE INNER SELF: 

In the Huang Ti Nei Ching Su Wen, the Yellow Emperor, Huang Ti, asks Ch’i Po, “How can one achieve a tranquil atmosphere?” She answers, “By avoiding transgressions of the laws of nature.” One of the ways to avoid (too many) transgressions is through proper use of the breath. Perhaps one or all of the following three qi gong exercises will lively up your qi.

HARA BREATHING TECHNIQUE

Two important reasons for performing Hara breathing technique are to relieve the body, mind, and spirit of any type of stress and to circulate and strengthen the body’s qi (vital energy).  If you feel weak, overwhelmed, scared, angry, or just stressed out, breathing into the hara region will ease these feelings.  Breathing into the hara allows you to contact your reservoir of energy, and then helps you root it.  In so doing, you are bringing in the vibration of optimal health to your being.

Find a place of quiet peacefulness. Make sure the clothes you are wearing are loose fitting, especially around your waist.  You may lie down, sit down or stand up to perform this breathing technique. I find it more comfortable to either lie down with knees slightly bent or place a pillow under them to take pressure off the lower back, or sit in lotus (crossed-legged) position. Begin with natural breathing, allowing your body, especially your jaws, neck and shoulders, to relax.

Yoga birds balancing postures photo: D. Kuficha

Take three deep, cleansing breaths, inhaling slowly through your nose, expanding your abdomen, and exhaling slowly through your mouth. Now, slowly inhale through your nose to the count of five (“one thousand one” and so on). Place your tongue at the roof of your mouth. Feel your inhalation all the way down to your hara, the place located about one inch below your navel. As you inhale, your abdomen is expanding and your diaphragm moves down in a full breath. Hold the breath for another five counts. While exhaling, remove your tongue from the roof of the mouth, and slightly open it. To the count of five, slowly and quietly exhale through your mouth likening the breath to a cool breeze. NOTE: If a feather were to be placed in front of your mouth during exhalation, it would not be moved, so quiet and calm is the breath of the exhalation. Breathe continuously without pause between inhalation and exhalation.

Practice this technique daily for at least ten to twenty minutes in the morning and evening.  You will soon notice improvement in your inner feelings and in your overall physical health.

Copyright 1996 Dafina Kuficha, L.Ac.

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