Hay House Radio Episode Recap
- Episode Name: “Boosting Your Winter Energy & Willpower”
- Live Broadcast: January 30th, 2018 at 12:00 pm Pacific Time
Episode Summary Re-cap
In Chinese medicine, winter is the time to heal our adrenals and kidneys — our key organs for energy and willpower. Unfortunately, many people do the opposite of what is needed to capitalize on this important time of year so that you can heal. Today, we’ll show you how to nourish and nurture your kidneys and adrenals with energy medicine, Native American medicine and nutritional remedies!
Special Guest: Dondi Dahlin
Dondi is the daughter of Donna Eden a leader in the field of Energy Medicine and founder of Eden Energy Medicine. Dondi has a diverse background, having grown up in the world of Energy Medicine and show business!
She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and won the titles of both “Belly Dancer of the Universe” and “Outstanding Speaker in the Nation.” She has performed in over 30 countries, and is one of the few American dancers to have had a successful career in the Middle East. She has even performed for celebrities, such as: Omar Sharif, Angie Dickinson, Peter Fonda, and Jimmy Buffet.
Dondi is author of The Five Elements, published by Tarcher in 2016. She also co-authored The Little Book of Energy Medicine with her mother, Donna. Dondi created “The Wednesday Energy Minutes” which are 60-second clips based on Energy Medicine techniques and filmed at locations across the globe.
Dondi travels with her Mom, Donna Eden spreading Eden Energy Medicine and the Five Elements through international workshops, and she is a sought-after speaker and MC for conventions and conferences.
Join Dondi Dahlin, Donna Eden and David Feinstein, Ph.D. at the 20th International Energy Psychology Conference
Are You Low On Energy or Willpower this Winter?
Do you feel like you have low energy or no willpower? Maybe your New Year’s resolutions are failing?
Some of the symptoms commonly experienced in the winter season are:
- Adrenal fatigue
- Bladder issues
- Cravings for sugar or salty foods, overeating
- Fatigue or tired and wired
- Feeling like you can’t keep up
- Feeling stuck, overwhelmed or more stressed
- Hormone imbalance
- Increased sadness, depression, fear, or anxiety
- Low libido
- Trouble sleeping or insomnia
- Urinary tract infections
If you are experiencing these symptoms, welcome to the winter season! There’s a reason you’re feeling this way – on a physical-emotional level and on an energetic level. We’re going to talk about exactly why you’re feeling out of sorts this winter and what to do about it. You’ll learn energy medicine techniques, Native American medicine nutritional remedies, and more!
Why Is Winter So Hard?
Chinese medicine, an ancient system of health and healing, is based on keen observation of the patterns in nature. The five elements of Chinese medicine describe how these patterns manifest. The five elements are water, wood, fire, earth and metal.
Each season is associated with one of the elements and winter is a water element season. The qualities of water element are dark, deep, mysterious, cold, and inwardly focused. During winter, nature is telling us to slow down and hibernate. When our ancestors lived close to the land, they would heed this call, slowing down, sleeping more, and spending time indoors with family. These days, however, we continue through the winter with busy schedules, pushing ourselves to keep moving. Electricity and technology fuel your ability to stay up late and get more done, even if your body craves more rest.
If you are going against nature – against the natural energy of the winter season and your body’s deep desire to rest and renew – your body is under an increased amount of stress. And when it comes to your health, stress is the number 1 perpetrator of illness and disease.
Because water is at the beginning of the elemental wheel, water is the only element in the elemental wheel that doesn’t have another element to feed and nourish it. For this reason, water element people can feel like they don’t have unlimited resources. Water element people can feel like they don’t have support, or motherless. During winter, and especially if you are a water element person, it’s important to find out what brings you joy, what allows you to rest and renew, and what brings your energy back to life again.
To find out which element you are, take Dondi’s 5 Elements Quiz
Winter is the Time to Nourish Your Kidneys and Adrenals
The organs associated with winter are your kidneys, bladder and adrenals. Your kidneys and adrenals are your chief organs of energy. They are involved in your hormone balance and response to stress. Your kidneys also govern your willpower. Willpower is one of the most studied subjects in social science, because it has to do with your ability to achieve the goals you set.
Studies show that the vast majority of people in surveys feel they lack willpower, which is evident as most New Year’s Resolutions fail within the first month of setting them.
So how can you slow down and take advantage of the winter season to rest, restore and renew your kidneys and adrenals?
Seven Tips for Nourishing Your Kidneys and Adrenals
#1 – Listen to Your Heart and Your Body’s Call For Rest
The energy of winter invites you to go inward and reflect on what your body needs. This is the ideal time to put other people’s rules and agendas aside and find out what your heart desires. If you start to get aches and pains at the end of the day, could it be a signal that you’ve done enough work and it’s time to go home? If your energy feels drained just thinking of doing that thing your friend just asked you to do, perhaps your body is saying it would rather stay in and rest. Allow your body to lead, it knows what you need!
#2 – Eat Foods That Nourish You
Ideal foods for winter are warm soups, cooked greens, burdock root, winter squashes and roasted nuts. Add healthy omega-3 fats, like grass-fed butter. Or unrefined oils, like coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle real sea salt on your foods for added minerals. Just like #1, make sure to listen to your body when it comes to the food you feel will nourish you. Keeping a food journal to learn the foods that feel the most satisfying and grounding can be very helpful.
You can also get added minerals by using Anderson’s Sea MD. One dropperful per day across all of your glasses of water can help build your energy, reduce the feeling of stress, support your moods and sleep. It can also help relieve constipation and improve gut health.
Bladderwrack seaweed is another great source of minerals for your adrenals and thyroid. Here’s a recipe for bladderwrack tea, along with a constipation remedy.
#3 – Use Eden Energy Medicine to Support Your Adrenals
Here’s a wonderful technique to support your adrenal health. Learn how your adrenals work, how stress affects them and what you can do!
#4 – Restore and Invigorate Your Kidneys
This Eden Energy Medicine video helps calm your kidneys and supports them in filtering toxins.
#5 – Use the Mingmen Eden Energy Medicine Technique for Your Kidneys, Adrenals and Lymph Flow!
#6 – Reduce Gut Pain, Relieve Constipation, and Reset Your Third Chakra
#7 – Keep Your Blood Sugar Levels Stable
While willpower was once considered something you could control with your mind, researchers found that willpower is actually connected to your blood sugar! Keeping your blood sugar stable actually helps you reach your goals and make decisions, since decision-making is also connected to your blood sugar levels. If you are feeling overwhelmed, over-stressed, hangry (hungry and angry), or if your moods go up and down like a roller coaster, your blood sugar is not stable. This can happen if you have gut issues, like leaky gut, candida, SIBO, food allergies, or constipation. It can also happen if you skip meals or go on a low calorie diet. If you’re energetically sensitive, you may also find your blood sugar levels fluctuating as you pick up energy. Here’s more on willpower and your blood sugar levels, including some tips.
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