Rami's Blog

Like the Yin-Yang, Eastern Martial Arts and Western medicine are two halves of a whole. My mission is to preserve the ancient mind-body tools, and pass them on to you.


Evoking the Spirit While You Relax

When you are marching in place, it is easy to evoke the spirit of the warrior. And when you are performing graceful Qigong moves, it is easy to evoke the spirit of whatever animal the move is based on. But when you are doing a relaxation, it is harder to get that inspiration for what your mind and soul should embody in that moment.

The best way to jumpstart your spiritual progress during relaxations is to do them in a natural area that has a spirit of its own. For my money, the best place for this is the Dead Sea. People have been visiting the Dead Sea to experience its healing powers for a very, very long time. Science has only just begun to study the effects of the Dead Sea on the people who visit, but there is no doubt that the combination of Earth's lowest land elevation, very dry and clear air, extremely high level of mineral salts, and long history can be felt.

But you don't have to fly to Israel to feel the spirit of an area! There are countless parks, forests, lakes, mountains, and so on that are probably near you. And it doesn't have to be a place that scientists are interested in studying. All that matters is that you connect with the area and can achieve a greater level of relaxation there. Perhaps there is a pond by your childhood home that holds many great memories of simpler times and sunny days. If you feel at home somewhere, and can ease your mind for a while, then you are 90% of the way to healing already.

Something else you might try is looking for natural products from these special places, such as a sea salt. Incorporating a special mineral salt into your Hot Foot Bath is a great way to take your healing routine to the next level. Some people call it the Placebo Effect, I call it the power of the mind. Either way, if you aren't using it in your mind/body routine, you're missing out!

Happy Stretching and Deep Breathing!