Instant Calm : The Wise Woman Way
an article by Susun S. Weed
her updated best-selling classic, New
Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way, Susun Weed
offers a number of approaches women can use to calm
jangly nerves, achieve greater overall calm, and
cope on-the-spot with stressful situations.
For instant calm, Weed suggests one or more of the
following simple calming exercises, herbal allies,
or movements, and can give you more details on how
and why they work :
Unfreeze yourself : Curl up in a fetal position
(on your side with keens drawn up), breathe deeply,
and hum. You may want to rock back and forth. Concentrate
on what feelings want to emerge. Do not be surprised
if grief is what you are really feeling.
Focus your eyes : Look at anything, steadily, with
concentration, and breathe deeply. Feel a warmth
in your upper abdomen; breathe; focus. . Conjure
an image of safety: Imagine a huge image of safety,
such as a cowrie shell, the palm of Buddha or Christ,
a giant mother's lap, or a cloud of pink light.
Surround the object of your anxiety with this image.
Fear locks up movement and speech; a clear visualization
can unfreeze you.
Take an herbal calmative : Tincture of red clover
is a profound relaxer and soothing calmative. Its
salicylic acid content (similar to aspirin) makes
it an excellent pain reliever, too. Motherwort is
also effective. Motherwort is not sedating, but
calming, leaving you ready for action, not flying
off the handle or bouncing off the walls. Try 10
to 20 drops as soon as you feel your nerves starting
to fray or just before a stressful event. Repeat
every five minutes if needed.
Try yoga postures : Yoga postures, yoga breathing,
and quiet, focused medication soothe the sympathetic
nervous system instantly. Regular practice alleviates
anxiety, often permanently.
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and involved, Susun Weed has garnered an international
reputation for her groundbreaking lectures, teachings,
and writings on health and nutrition. She challenges
conventional medical approaches with humor, insight,
and her vast encyclopedic knowledge of herbal medicine.
Unabashedly pro-woman, her animated and enthusiastic
lectures are engaging and often profoundly provocative.
Susun is one
of America's best-known authorities on herbal medicine
and natural approaches to women's health. Her four
best-selling books are recommended by expert herbalists
and well-known physicians and are used and cherished
by millions of women around the world. Learn more
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S. Weed 2002 - Republished here with kind permission.
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