The weeks seem to be flying by as I progress through the MKMMA programme. I have learnt so much about myself and continue to grow within. A wonderful feeling to know there is more to come. Feel so much more freedom to express myself as well. Liberation is happening, this is one of my PPNs.
Incredible kindness and warmth is all round me, shown in various forms and by people, who either I know well, or have stumbled into my life for maybe only a small moment. Feeling more grateful than ever and embracing each moment with enthusiasm, no matter how small. Before this program, I would have been less appreciative of these moments. Even had the chance to meet and share with fellow Masterminders who live nearby.
I am that flower which Trish talks about. My reality is growing, as the flower grows from a seed, my new reality blossoms as I focus on harmony. It will return what we plant (Earl Nightengale).
I love hugging! Mark J encourages hugging! A fantastic way to give more, get more. Virginia Satir, a respected family therapist, says, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.” Many wonderful benefits, as research shows, hugging is a powerful way of healing. Hugging (and also laughter) is extremely effective at healing sickness, disease, loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress.
Research shows a proper deep hug, where hearts are pressing together, can benefit in these ways:
1. Nurturing touch of a hug builds trust and a sense of safety, which helps with open and honest communication.
2. Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger.
3. Holding a hug for an extended time lifts one’s serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness.
4. Hugs strengthen the immune system. Gentle pressure on the sternum and the emotional charge this creates activates the Solar Plexus Chakra. This stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body’s production of white blood cells, which keep you healthy and disease free.
5. Hugging boosts self-esteem. From the time we’re born our family’s touch shows us we’re loved and special. The associations of self-worth and tactile sensations from our early years are still imbedded in our nervous system as adults. Cuddles we received from our parents while growing up remain imprinted at a cellular level, and hugs remind us at a somatic level of that. Hugs, therefore, connect us to our ability to self love.
6. Hugging relaxes muscles, release tension in the body, take away pain; soothe aches by increasing circulation into the soft tissues.
7. Hugs balance out the nervous system. The galvanic skin response of someone receiving and giving a hug shows a change in skin conductance. The effect in moisture and electricity in the skin suggests a more balanced state in the nervous system – parasympathetic.
8. Hugs teach us how to give and receive. There is equal value in receiving and being receptive to warmth, as to giving and sharing. Hugs educate us how love flows both ways.
9. Hugs are so much like meditation and laughter, teaching us to let go and be present in the moment. Hugs encourage us to flow with the energy of life. Hugs get you out of your circular thinking patterns and connect you with your heart, feelings and your breath.
10. Energy exchange between people hugging is an investment in the relationship. It encourages empathy and understanding. And, it’s synergistic, which means the whole is more than the sum of its parts: 1 1 = 3 or more! This synergy is more likely to result in win-win outcomes.
Taking the time to relax completely as suggested in Master Key lesson 17:
33. Relax completely, avoid any thought of anxiety as to results. Remember power comes through repose.
34. If you wish to eliminate fear, concentrate on courage.
35. If you wish to eliminate lack, concentrate on abundance.
36. If you wish to eliminate disease, concentrate on health.
37. Always concentrate on the ideal as an already existing fact; this is the germ cell, the life principle which goes forth and sets in motion those causes which guide, direct and bring about the necessary relation, which eventually manifest in form.
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