Mind, Body, and Spirit Wellness with Kelsey Sunflower

A balanced mind and body is the key to living in connection with Spirit Source. This connection is what establishes a vivacious and fulfilling life with a conscious awareness of Love. Love is the ultimate gift, when we are present and balanced in life. When balancing the mind, body, and Spirit, forms of healthy energy are integrated naturally. The union of the self in man with the Self of the universe is called yoga, the yoking or joining together of the finite self with the Infinite Self and the process or method for attaining this union is also called yoga.

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In Ayurvedic medicine, a traditional practice rooting from Ancient India, balance is the key to rejuvenation, longevity, and self-realization. Ayurveda teaches about the doshas, or subtle universal energy fields within the body. These doshas are Vatta, Pitta, and Kappa, which together comprise an individual’s constitution. Vatta controls movement. Pitta controls metabolism. And Kappa controls structure. Ayurveda shows what is natural for each of these dosha types and recommends the best food, medicine or healthy behavior to contrast a natural state, in order to bring more balance to the body, mind, and Spirit.

Physically, listen to the body. The bodies we are blessed with are temples. Exercise is vital to the health of the body and organ systems, as well as to that of the mind. The more we take care of our physical being, the more likely the mind will stay in tune with our wants and needs and differentiate more clearly between the two. Exercise decreases stress hormones and increases endorphins, which are the body’s natural feel good chemicals. When these chemicals are released during exercise, then one’s mood is naturally boosted. Yoga works with endorphins through releasing tension, thus improving mood. Pranayama, or yogic breathing exercises, help to increase the awareness of breath. Naturally, humans breathe in a shallow fashion so increasing awareness towards the depth of one’s breath benefits the organs and systems of the body (circulatory, respiratory, etc). Yoga helps to increase lung capacity for deeper breathing. It can also have benefits of opening the nasal passageways and calming the central nervous system, which has both physical and mental benefits. And according to Kundalini yoga, opening the nasal passages also has spiritual benefits. In terms of consumption, eat what feels right, but be conscious of what is consumed. Be aware of the energy that is put into the body through food choice and how that can affect one’s energy. Treat everything as sacrament. Take the sacrament not only for your body, but also for mind and Spirit and the beneficial purposes of learning and loving Self. Embrace this process.

Mentally, sit in stillness. The mind knows nothing but tapes and labels formed from past lives, present situations, and the dissecting of emotions. Stillness, especially in the form of meditation, brings awareness to these senses more easily without being controlled by them. Many brain waves are scientifically proven to light up during meditation. Theta waves are most abundant in the frontal and middle parts of the brain, which indicate deep relaxation (more experienced meditators). Alpha waves are most abundant in the posterior parts of the brain, which are a characteristic of wakeful rest or awareness. These brain waves increase when the brain relaxes from intentional or goal-oriented tasks. This is a sign of deep relaxation but does not mean the mind is empty. Delta waves are most active during sleep. Very few delta waves are produced during meditation, proving that it is different from sleeping. Beta waves are goal-oriented thoughts, which also prove to be very few during meditation. The combination of waves that occur during a meditative state cause the mind to relax in a different form than sleep. The intense physical aspect of yoga, or asana, brings so much focus to the mind that it is stilled and therefore, more calm. Focusing the mind also helps one become more aware of spontaneous mental wandering and activity. In turn, this brings a more practiced and controlled awareness of thoughts. Seek to learn. Everything is interesting if one chooses to listen with the right ears. If time is taken to listen and learn, common ground is found in every interaction, or at least a lesson is presented. Every being has a different gift to exchange in a teacher/student relationship. Culture imbeds in us that in order to be successful we must be educated by schools. This is not true if one takes on the role of a teacher. Some tend to rely solely on social interaction due to lack of confidence with mental stimuli, but if you learn to become an educational seeker; fully growing in that space of mindfulness of the intellectual Self, the natural teacher will feed all humans with knowledge of the Universe. Eventually, the mind will become more and more still as the breath becomes the main focus of living yoga. This stillness energetically overviews various experiences and emotional endeavors, putting them into perspective and letting them settle with rest.

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Spiritually, have a sense of a higher Self. It is not about praising a God or Allah. We are Source Energy! Joy and sadness are one in the same when living in a state of Bliss. It is all part of the journey. Think of the emotional state of being as your indicator in every moment of your relationship with nowness. This powerful now and listening is Spirit. Access it however you please, but access it fully! That is the yummy dish that satisfies more than any external object will feed. The benefits for Spiritual development are limitless and can be achieved through yoga and meditation. Certainly, one develops an individual practice. When on a mat doing asana, a development for internal focus is practiced and the Self (individualized and universal) is reviewed and managed through exceeding the mind patterns with breath. This guides us to open the channel of Divine awareness. We receive insight without thinking, it is brought energetically simply by intentional focus. Take time to maintain this aspect of BEing and life will merge with the awareness of Source energy. Breathe, and know that you are God.

Living in balance, embracing the sun and moon, the yin and yang, even the dark and light is all about the pulsing of nature. One cannot be happy 100% of the time. We must accept the inevitable, and learning to see that challenge is the most subtle form of growth. “As individuals following a collective consciousness, if you become aware and cease the resistance in admitting imbalance, we come to balance! This is real time manifestation. Training yourself to the creation frequency of who you really are… In alignment with Self: Universal Truth.” Abraham Hicks

For more information on Ayurveda and the doshas visit: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-1117/Ayurveda-Dosha-Types-for-Beginners.html

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Kelsey Sunflower, Union Yoga Teacher, Asheville, NC

About the Author:  Kelsey Sunflower has been an active yoga practitioner since 2009 and received her RTY-250 hour training from Asheville Community Yoga Center in 2012. “Yoga has taught me to be aware of my breath in any situation, for it is my compass home. When breathing through life, I can accept and activate all the Infinite awareness that Divine Spirit channels through me.” Sharing her practice with the world to improve and motivate the health and growth of others has been her dream since she was a child. In finding yoga, she has found this shared Oneness-bliss that transcends consciousness to a realm of fruition.

Non-violent Communication

“We have to change our language if we our to change the stories we live in every day” – paraphrased from sacred language guru Mark England, Transcendyourstory.com

My partner and I have recently begun studying non-violent communication and it has been doing wonders to shift our relationship and, perhaps more importantly, our perspectives on the nature of all interpersonal interactions in a radically positive direction. I’ve heard about NVC for a while now, coincidentally from some of the most conscious and healthy people in my life whom I look up to very much, and I am so glad I finally got around to researching it.

Here is a video of Marshall Rosenberg, the founder of NVC, giving a seminar in San Francisco.  Rosenberg is a hilariously wonderful character, and I love the hand puppets to illustrate the different ways of communicating, “jackal” and “giraffe”. They are just too effective and appropriate! The video is divided into four 45 min segments. I highly suggest you watch the whole thing. Once you make it 30 minutes in (it was 10 minutes for us), I guarantee you will be hooked. These are simple, yet deeply profound teachings that will radically change you entire life. Really. Watch it. I dare you.

Here’s the NVC website if you are interested in finding a group or training near you. And there is an abundance of great NVC training for free on youtube.

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The Temple of Sound and Light, Akira Chan

Whether or not you’re interested in sound healing, there’s no denying how cool this video is. Akira Chan did a great job with the production on this video, and I am very much looking forward to the four part documentary on transformational festivals that he is filming around the country as we speak with Jeet-Kei Leung.  Check the kickstarter page for that amazing project and be sure to check the final product out. In the meantime, enjoy this video, learn something about the nature of sound healing vibrations, and imagine receiving a sound healing session in this guy’s yurt in California. Blessit!

The Temple of Sound and Light from Akira Chan Arts on Vimeo.

“Whether we are aware of it or not, information is constantly being transmitted and received through sound waves.”

This film presents master intuitive energy healer, Richard Learmont, and his practice of channeling Synergetic Forces of healing energies and transmitting them through instruments of Sound.

for more information, visit: resttherapy.com
*If you are in San Diego, or plan to visit, I encourage you to schedule a session at this exciting new space.

filmed and edited by Akira Chan
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God is in the Neurons

This video provides excellent neurological explanations of many things such as the link between our beliefs and our body chemistry, the biochemical benefits of practicing self-awareness, and how we are really a “momentary expression of an ever-changing unity with no center.”  It is so cool! Neurology is one of the numerous fields today that are turning out findings that point to the same ultimate truth: We are the creators of our own realities.  The illusion of separation between spirituality and science continues to fade and with it fades the illusion of our separation from the people and world around us…

In Lak’ech (You are another me and I am another you)

Spirit Science – The Human History Movie

I recommend watching the entire Spirit Science series of short videos on youtube.  These are great introductions into a variety of metaphysical and spirituality topics and they are packed with a ton of information, so much so that sometimes I have to watch them twice to get it all. I have found it an efficient use of my time to get the overall ideas and key points on all these topics about which I’ve always wanted to learn, but don’t want to spend time sifting through tons of resources and material.  Spirit Science has already done this for you and does a great job of condensing the key points.  Also, the animation is funny and sometimes cheesy. The information in the entire series is information that needs to be spread far and wide so please share the videos in their series all the time with everyone you know! Each time you take 10 minutes out of your day to watch an episode, share it on your facebook or email it to some friends.

Infinite Blessings

QOD – David Lynch

“If you have a golf ball size Consciousness, when you read a book you will have a golf ball size Understanding, when you look out a golf ball size awareness and when you wake up in the morning a golf ball size Wakefulness.

But if you could EXPAND that Consciousness, when you read a book MORE Understanding, when you look out MORE Awareness and when you wake up MORE Wakefulness.

And there is an Ocean of Pure Vibrant Consciousness Inside Each One Of Us.”

-David Lynch

TC Gets Interviewed by Sparkleberry Lane

Sparkleberry Lane’s Richard Edens recently asked TC Co-Founder & Coordinator, Clayton Gaar, some questions about Tribal Council’s roots, influences, and overall vision.  This is a comprehensive interview which offers some deeper insight into what Tribal Council is, where it came from, and what makes us tick. Enjoy the read!

Interview with Sparkleberry Lane

2012: All Signs Point to a BIG Change, Especially Astrophysics and Crop Circles

I hope you like your crop circles and merkabas served with a side of astrophysics. I suggest getting a cup of tea for this one.  I rarely watch feature length videos on youtube, but my mother and I agreed this one was well worth it.  Andov packs a ridiculous amount of information into this video, and it’s quite….well….er, better just watch it than me try to say anything about :)

I had an internal conflict about whether to post this for fear of reactions from skeptics who may label me as a “doom and gloom 2012 fanatic” or one of the countless others judgements people assign to those who talk about aliens and the topics in this video. Well, my internal dialogue was short as I quickly came to the conclusion that this information is far too important to not be shared for any reason, especially something as silly as fear of judgement!  Andov connects the dots masterfully well with an abundance of research and science to back up his claims and predictions.  The information in this video resonates deeply within my being.  I know many people would rather watch superbowl commercials or Lady Gaga’s award acceptance speech. This video is for those who know deep in their core that there are galactic events going on that we as a people as largely unaware of for a variety of reasons.  And it’s for the superbowl and MTV watchers too. It’s for everyone.  After all, you are me and I am you.

The message is simple. Now is the time to awaken to our true selves and activate our highest potential.  If you get this message, then you will understand that this is not a doom and gloom video.  Thank you, B. for posting this!

Youtube video description:

“Magnificent presentation by Pane “AstralWalker” Andov about the mega event that will take place at the end of year 2012 and beginning of the 2013. He explains that thousands of years ago from the galactic centre of the Milky Way, there was a powerful release of an enormous amount of energy, which like a huge, shining, circular wave is spreading across the galaxy from its centre to its edges.
The released energetic pulse is already affecting the whole galaxy including the little dot we call our solar system. Very soon it will reach us and hit us with full strength. He explains what kind of implications this spreading wave of energy will have on our solar system, especially to our star and our planet and how it will affect the DNA of life.
The way that Pane connects the dots makes it clear what our planet will face soon and what we as humans can do about it. He is also a contactee and delivers important messages which he backs up with scientific data. For the record, his DNA was changed when his biological body was only seven years old, enabling him to utilize abilities such telepathy, remote viewing, astral travel and to make contact.
He claims that from time to time numerous ET races communicate and deliver important messages to him as a result of alternations to his DNA in early childhood. One of those races is the positive race that is delivering the genuine crop circles, and they explained to him what the complex geometries mean. That’s how Pane was able to translate the complex geometric designs which contain the solution to the equation regarding what humanity is facing, when it’s going to happen and what can be done about it.

For more reference please visit his website:
http://www.paneandov.com
http://www.paneandov.com/2012-pdf/
http://www.paneandov.com/sun-goes-red-giant-23-dec-2012/  “