“Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
—Written from jail by the Apostle Paul, Philippians 4:8
New Meditation Class: Mondays, 7:30 p.m. FREE!
Everybody knows that my life’s work is about empowering other people to be healthier and happier.
In keeping with that goal, I am pleased to announce that beginning on June 24, I will be offering a FREE meditation class every Monday night at 7:30.
Leading the class will be my neighbor Steven Hart.
Steve has taught meditation for 13 years. His dedication to his practice is self evident to anyone who interacts with him, as his calmness and wisdom comforts all those around him. We are very privileged to be led in meditation by someone who has developed his own practice to such a profound degree.
Even if you have no previous experience meditation, you are welcome to join us.
Here’s what you need to know about our FREE Monday night meditation:
If you are new to meditation: Steve will be offering instruction. If you are completely new to the practice or have sat daily for 20 years, you are welcome to join us.
When: Please show up a few minutes early, generally no later than 7:20 p.m., as our practice will start promptly at 7:30. It is generally good etiquette not to arrive late, otherwise you disturb others who have begun their practice. Please arrive ahead of time so you can settle in.
Where: My studio, 1951 Northside Drive. You can find the map with directions at www.totalfitness.net or www.catherinecarrigan.com.
What to wear: Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes. I like to wear one of my hand-knitted shawls when I meditate. When you arrive at the door, you will be asked to take off your shoes. I generally wear socks to keep my feet warm.
What to bring: The only thing you really need to bring is yourself. I will be providing blankets, yoga eggs or yoga blocks to sit on. If you happen to have a zafu (a meditation cushion) or yoga bolster, please bring it along if that would help you be more comfortable.
What we will do: We will be sitting in silent meditation for 25 minutes, following by five minutes of silent walking meditation and concluding with another 25 minutes of zazen (silent sitting meditation). The entire practice will last about an hour.
Who is invited: Everyone who wants to develop a meditation practice. Meditation is available to people of all religious backgrounds. It is a practice of quieting the mind that has been heavily studied by neuroscientists for its many benefits.
Meditation And Your Mental and Physical Health
Much has been written about the countless benefits of meditation.
I would like to add my observations.
In my work as a kinesiologist, some of the most important transformations that I empower my clients to make include clearing faulty beliefs.
There’s a very simple way for you to understand your emotions.
Activating Events + Your Beliefs=The Consequent Emotions
This is a theory of basic psychology developed by Albert Ellis, a cognitive therapist.
Many times in life we feel that it’s the stressful events that are our problems.
In fact, it’s not what happens to us, it’s our thoughts and beliefs about those events that causes our emotions.
For one person, a divorce can be a great tragedy.
For another person, the same event could be a personal liberation.
For you, an illness may be an opportunity to take better care of yourself, to get to understand your body better, to slow down and smell the roses.
For another person, that same illness may be an affront and an inconvenience to their entire lifestyle.
If you study acupuncture and the emotions, as I have, what you will find is that the scientific research shows that every thought and feeling that you have lights up a specific acupuncture meridian, which in turn activates particular glands, organs and specific related muscles.
In other words, your thoughts and feelings have instantaneous corresponding effects on your physical body.
When we want to become physically healthier, we must clear the thoughts and feelings that caused us to get sick or overweight in the first place.
There is no true physical recovery without corresponding mental/emotional clearing.
If you have been trying for years to become physically healthier and not gotten anywhere, it’s probably because you have not learned how to change the thoughts and feelings that made you sick or overweight.
One way to begin to heal yourself is to interrupt our thoughts and feelings with the process of meditation.
Simply by practicing stilling our mind, we can pause the flood of energy and emotions that have been driving a disease process.
Some people will actually make the connection between their thoughts and feelings and physical problems and others never will.
Whether you face your feelings and belief systems or ignore them completely, the practice of meditation may initiate a profound transformation simply by interrupting the train of thoughts long enough for other possibilities to emerge.
Instead of anger, which drives the liver, we could experience creativity and happiness.
Instead of rage and indecision, which backs up the gallbladder, we could suddenly know the right choice to make.
Instead of hatred, which shuts down the heart, we may experience love and compassion.
Instead of suppression and repression, which congest the small intestine, we may allow our feelings to flow with greater self acceptance.
Instead of constant stress, which causes the triple warmer acupuncture meridian to steal energy from other meridians, we may calm down and feel a deep sense of inner harmony.
Instead of rejection and isolation, which constricts the heart protector meridian, we may feel a deep sense of connectedness to all humanity.
Instead of worry and anxiety, which depletes our spleen, we may relax and go with the flow.
Instead of discontent, which saps the strength of our stomach, we may feel satisfied with the blessings we are already experiencing.
Instead of low self esteem and depression, which make our lungs heavy, we may find ourselves feeling lighter and breathing more easily.
Instead of guilt, shame and blame, which block our large intestine, we may let go and open ourselves to beneficial change.
Instead of controlling ourselves, trying to control events and other people around us, which strains our bladder, we may recognize that we are guided by a higher power.
Instead of being gripped by fear, we may experience the gentleness of our spiritual life and trust our process more easily.
Depending on how attached we are to our point of view, belief systems and the grip of our emotions, we could need many sessions with a highly trained kinesiologist or therapist to let go of all our negative programming.
Or, we could simply sit in meditation and allow a totally different experience of life to emerge in the peacefulness.
Frankly, both approaches may be necessary.
But meditation is simple, free and available to you anytime, anywhere if you learn how to access the freedom inside your own mind.
Solution: Join our free meditation class Monday nights at 7:30 with Steve Hart.
If you would like to free yourself of repetitive thoughts and emotions that you know have been making you sick, make an appointment with Catherine Carrigan to clear them by calling 678-612-8816 or emailing email@example.com.
Audiobook Version Coming Soon!
John Mahoney of http://www.ravenaudiobooks.com/ has just completed the audiobook version of What Is Healing? Awaken Your Intuitive Power for Health and Happiness.
Production is just beginning on a small number of CD sets of the book. You will also be able to download it through my webstore, http://shop.totalfitness.net, or www.amazon.com or www.itunes.com or www.audible.com.
Early Reviews: What Is Healing? Awaken Your Intuitive Power for Health and Happiness
Madeline Deleski, Atlanta
Healing & High Energy the Natural Way!
What is Healing is one of the best book I have ever read, and I read a lot. This gem is filled with insightful information that is practical and easy to apply. It’s a quick read – with 84 short chapters. Some of my favorite topics are about opening your heart, unconditional love, recognizing your gifts, and the 5 levels of healing. Catherine Carrigan has a very personal way of writing. It felt as if I was reading her personal journal about the wisdom she has earned in all her years of being healed and healing others. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a healthy, energetic lifestyle the natural way.
Peek inside intuitive healing
We all have a range of talents including intuition, at least to some degree. However, if most people are like me we tend to ignore our internal guidance in favor of intellectual musings and positions. By highlighting the path to greater intuitive awareness this book sheds light on the path toward receiving messages from the best source possible: the true self within. I’m now working on paying greater attention to developing and following my own guidance after having neglected it for far too long.
This easy to read compilation of short chapters about the author’s life and sessions with clients provides an attention grabbing peek at the inner workings of a highly intuitive healer. Recommended.
Thomas Hill, Cody, Wyoming
Access to Personal Power, Access to a Fulfilling Life
What is one of the first things we do when we get a cut, scrape, or burn? We look for ways to take away the pain and, if we’re smart, we make sure to protect our bodies from harmful infections that could potentially make our injury worse. But are we as savvy or as forthright about healing ourselves when it comes to emotional or spiritual wounds? Psychological ones, even? These and other questions are addressed in Catherine Carrigan’s latest book, What Is Healing? Awaken Your Intuitive Power for Health and Happiness.
In terms of our internal health and happiness–not just our physical health, but our mental, emotional, and spiritual health as well–it’s important to know that we have the power to address key components of our lives simply by turning within and asking the body what it needs to improve. But this cannot be done willy-nilly, as Carrigan writes, and it can’t be gone if we have not first learned to be in-tune with our bodies. While this does take some practice and discipline, the important thing is that we come from a place of neutrality: a safe place where our emotions and thoughts do not have weight enough to influence the outcome. Once we have established a way to reach a state of neutrality, we can learn to see everything from a heart-centered place, what Carrigan believes gives us access to our intuition and, therefore, our gateway to true, meaningful happiness and joy.
Catherine Carrigan calls herself a health intuitive and kinesiologist–someone who uses intuition on a daily basis to assist her clients in dealing with pain and suffering of all kinds. Her first book, Healing Depression: A Guide to Making Intelligent Choices about Treating Depression (Heartsfire Books, 1997), revealed scientific studies and personal anecdotes about how depression and other forms of mental illness may be linked to environmental, nutritional, and other external factors. The factors are often not discovered by doctors. By offering alternative diets and new perspectives on how one can address mood disorders, she created a platform for honest discussion about the role of anti-depressants in the treatment of mental illness.
In her latest book, she shares many more stories about working with her clients while sharing with readers how she was able to overcome some major setbacks in her own life. Personal growth–and thereby personal transformation–is not a linear process, according to Carrigan: it first starts with the intention to heal and then providing the space for a person to make intelligent choices that lead to a happier and healthier life.
While Carrigan’s extensive knowledge of Eastern medicine, bodily energy systems, and spiritual vocabularies are compacted into an easy-to-understand format for any reader, the message is very simple: when we approach all that life has to offer from the standpoint of unconditional love, we can dramatically affect the amount of love that comes to us. And we have access to higher vibrational gifts that can assist us in any situation that life has to offer.
This book is designed for anyone who wants to have a deeper relationship with themselves. Since happiness is the end goal of all human life–at least according to some philosophers and thinkers today–it seems to be a foregone conclusion that the better we know ourselves the happier we will be. The tools provided in What Is Healing? provide such access. It encourages us to ask the right questions (i.e., How much love is in a particular object?) and provides pathways for us to achieve our ultimate goals in life. Anyone who is actively seeking to improve the state of their lives, is dealing with pain or suffering of any kind, or who is ready for a new outlook on life, is strongly encouraged to read this book.
Nina Lynn, Los Angeles, California
Catherine has written an insightful look at the power of the human heart, mind and body. Her personal experiences enrich the journey she takes you through. Using common sense and wit, every page delivers useful and beneficial advice to promote healing. This is a very enjoyable and easy read, which will leave you well informed and inspired to use your own intuition through unconditional love, to better yourself, and all of those around you.
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Purchase My New Book, Take $5 Off Nutritional Supplements
When you purchase your signed copy of What Is Healing? Awaken Your Intuitive Power for Health and Happiness through our webstore, take $5 off your order of nutritional supplements.
Just use the code WHATISHEALING JUNE. Offer ends June 30, 2013.
Exercise Of The Month: Don Tigny Mobilization
You can view FREE exercise videos by visiting the following link: http://unlimitedenergynow.com/exercise-library
Your exercise of the month is Don Tigny Mobilization.Visit this link to watch how to do it:
You can do the Don Tigny mobilization any time your lower back is bothering you. What’s so great about this exercise:
1. Many people have a locked sacroiliac joint and don’t even know it. Your S.I. joint connects your sacrum to the lower back. This exercise is a very simple way to unlock the base of your spine. If your S.I. joint is locked, you may feel very stiff in your lower back, have trouble balancing with one foot off the ground, such as in yoga poses, or feel frustrated that you can’t seem to get rid of the ache in your lower back.
2. You can do this exercise first thing in the morning, either lying in bed or on the floor next to your bed.
3. I recommend 10 repetitions each side, then switch to the other side. Keep repeating until you gently release the pain. You may be locked on one side of your sacroiliac joint but not the other.
4. Incorporate your breath by inhaling as you lift and exhaling as you lower. In this way, you will be relaxing your mind and body.
5. This is a basic exercise that anybody can do to help their lower back feel better.
Once you have unlocked your sacroiliac joint, you will need to learn how to stabilize it. This will require a combination of core stabilization exercises. Once your core is strong and stable, you will free yourself from lower back pain, enjoy better balance, be able to walk comfortably and perform athletic movements with grace.
To set up an appointment for personal fitness training in Atlanta, email me at Catherine@totalfitness.net or call 678-612-8816 to set up an appointment today.
Radio Show Archive: Catherine Carrigan Interview With Maxine Taylor
In early June, Maxine Taylor interviewed me on her radio program, “Move Into The Magic.”
You can now listen to the entire radio show at the following link:
We talked about my new book, What Is Healing? Awaken Your Intuitive Power for Health and Happiness (Atlanta: Total Fitness, 2013).
One of the things we discussed was how we can stop our habit of judging ourselves, other people and the events in our lives.
Thank you Maxine!
Thank you for reading my June newsletter.
May you be inspired to experience health and happiness!
Love and light,