3 Foods to Clear Morning Soreness and Stiffness

Have you ever gotten up in the morning and your body feels so stiff and sore? You are immediately reminded that the extra 3 miles you ran or the 30 minutes of yard work was not your greatest idea.

Fortunately, the 3 substances listed below can help allow your body to correct the issue.

The cause is what is known as “blood stagnation.” As the name implies, when body “pools” in a given area, pain, stiffness or discomfort is the end result. The goal is to move the blood and allow the inflammation to clear and the healing to occur.

Here are 3 ways:

  1. Foods high in antioxidants. Fresh fruits such as papaya, mango and pineapple along with dark green vegetables are great sources of antioxidants. They help heal tissue damage and move the blood, and thus clear inflammation.
  2. Omega-3s. The omega-3 fatty acids are also great ways to move the blood and clear the inflammation. They also directly impact the joints in a favorable way. Think salmon and deep water fish. You can also add walnuts and some seeds into the mix too.
  3. Herbs such as turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon.  These herbs are warming in nature and herbs that are warming in nature will move blood in an effective and safe way. (Spicy is the flavor that moves blood best.) Thus cooking with it or adding to soups or in tea form is highly recommended.

How to Release Guilt

Is there a person alive who has not experience guilt in one form or another within their lifetime? If so, please let me know who they are as they will be authoring the next blog post.

In the event you do not find one, there is relief coming. First, a few things.

Guilt is one of those emotions that has little to no value. Sure, it helps “remind” us that certain actions like killing or stealing or abusing your spouse, drugs or the dog are completely unacceptable, but seriously, we already knew that. Even those that engage(d) in said behavior(s) knew it but decided to do it anyway. They did not need guilt to remind them. They needed a compassionate, strong voice to remind them that they matter. So does the other person.

Other than these and other obvious ones, what is the point of guilt?

Take a few minutes. I’ll wait.

And the answer is. . . . . . ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Exactly. There is none. There is this notion that if we are less than ideal, anything other than perfect, we are then “required” to engage in some self-punitive behavior. If we do this long enough (who knows how long enough is), then we can probably be “forgiven.” Assuming we are perfect from here on out of course.

As you can see, it is an impossible task. Completely and utterly impossible.

We do our best and sometimes, magic happens. We do our best and sometimes we fail miserably. We sometimes do not always do our best and maybe we can learn from this. Guilt and punitive actions/words are not the vehicles to teach. Just the opposite. They lessen our will and sap our energy, often leading to the same self-destructive behavior that initiated the guilt to begin with.

Then What Do I Do

Make a commitment to practicing forgiveness, making amends when needed and being kind to self and others. Then change behaviors.  Make it a lifelong practice, knowing full well that “failure” will, in fact, visit on more than one occasion.

Now, find a quiet spot. Everyone tells you this prior to a special exercise because silence in the outer world brings silence to the inner world.

Once you have your spot, put your right palm directly under the right chest/breast area. It should feel like half the hand is feeling your ribs and half the hand is below then.

Rub across to the other side (chest/breast area). Depending upon the size of the person, it will be around 12 inches or so. Make the movement linear.

Start slowly and increase the speed of moving back and forth from the right side where you started to the left side/chest/breast area. By doing so, you should begin to feel a sense of a line of heat in the middle of the torse.

Do this for 3-5 minutes. Vary the speed and remember to focus on your breathing.

Doing this is a 2-fold benefit:

  • The Liver is like a “trouble-maker.” Its energy is often abrasive and confrontational. The Spleen, on the other hand, is the “peacemaker.” By rubbing and thus connecting the liver and the spleen chi (energy), the balance is restored. The liver gets subdued and the spleen is energized. The end result is a sense of deep peace and comfort.
  • Guilt arises from the liver and when the energy becomes balances, Guilt leaves and its energy is transformed into something more useful, often creativity.

It is about a simple method as you can get but one that has surprisingly quick and deep effects. Typical results include a sense that “I can finally breathe deeply now” or a release of soreness and/or stiffness in the solar plexus.

Mostly, it is the freedom from guilt and the joy of experiencing our most natural state – love.

Use This Point to Release the Past

Are you troubled by your past? Haunted even?

Do you live in the past or which things “were like they used to be. . .  in the good ole’ days.”

You know being in the present is where life happens yet staying there is a challenge, insurmountable at times.

You try meditating, doing Tai Chi and have even befriended Eckerhart Tolle. Still, you find the past is like a magnet, continually drawing you back.

How are your lungs?

Don’t bother answering. I already know.

They are weak. Maybe not a disease but I guaranteed you they are weak. When the energy of the lungs is weaker than what it should be, one does not inhale and in particular, exhale as they should. This is where the clinging to the past enters the picture.

The past, in the form of stagnant energy (called Chi) accumulates in the lungs and traps the person in memories of the past.

In the meantime, life is flying by and you are not even getting to participate in it.

Fortunately, there is one point on the body that can make a huge difference with this issue. It is called Tai Yuan or Lung 9. It translates as “the Great Abyss” which when this point is weak, a person feels trapped in this “Great Abyss” of the past.

The point is easy to find. If you look at your palm (either hand), it is on the thumb side, right on the crease of the wrist. When you palpate, you will find strong sized tendon there. (see featured image).

Press into it and massage it clockwise for 60 seconds, a few times a day. As you do so, notice exactly how you feel with each circular movement. Pay extra attention to your breathing, focusing mainly on the exhale.

In a short period of time, you will find yourself focusing on the now and releasing the past, regardless of what has occurred (or not occurred).

Life is happening now. Use Lung 9 to be an active participant.