never say never
Life works in mysterious ways.
The minute you say, oh that never happens to me; life decides to put that card in your wheel house of experiences. Life is quite the comedian when it comes time for your "never" experience.
I will say this, when it does happen it creates the space within us to have empathy for those who are currently experiencing or have experienced the same situation. And what better time than now to hold space for empathy.
This world could use more of it.
My "never" this week isn't that serious however it is none the less annoying.
As the forces of life collided they decided to hit me with some not so discreet pimples. They are in prime eye catching places. One nicely planted on my cheek and the other grouping with its leader is on my forehead. I should note that I have had these annoying little friends before but it has been a long time since they have shown up in this way.
These "friends" are taking their sweet time to see themselves out the door. Sometimes you just can't rush nature and need to surrender to it running its course.
During my workshop last weekend we discussed the number 2 and its meaning. Two is the mirror self of One. Thinking about mirrors and reflections, I had a thought as I walked my dog around the block wearing my favorite uniform #sweatpants.
My thought was this, how would we feel about ourselves or move through this world if we never saw our own image? Really stop and think about that one. I am still pondering it as the week goes on.
Right about now, if I wasn't able to see myself, my feelings of self confidence and beauty wouldn't be compromised. And I know all those sayings about how beauty comes from within, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, beauty is only skin deep, etc. While those are all very true statements, they aren't really holding weight with me right now.
Your face can provide insight into what is going on internally. Below is a handy diagram that explains what your outbreaks are telling you.
1 & 2: Digestive System — Eat less processed or junk food, reduce the amount of fat in your diet, step up water intake and opt for cooling things like cucumbers.
3: Liver — Cut out the alcohol, greasy food and dairy. This is the zone where food allergies also show up first, so take a look at your ingredients. Besides all this, do 30 minutes of light exercise every day and get adequate sleep so your liver can rest.
4 & 5: Kidneys — Anything around the eyes (including dark circles) point to dehydration. Drink up!
6: Heart — Check your blood pressure (mine was slightly high) and Vitamin B levels. Decrease the intake of spicy or pungent food, cut down on meat and get more fresh air. Besides this, look into ways to lower cholesterol, like replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omegas 3 and 6 found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seed. Also, since this area is chock-full of dilated pores, check that your makeup is not past its expiry date or is skin-clogging.
7 & 8: Kidneys — Again, drink up! And cut down on aerated drinks, coffee and alcohol as these will cause further dehydration.
Zone 9 & 10: Respiratory system — Do you smoke? Have allergies? This is your problem area for both. If neither of these is the issue, don’t let your body overheat, eat more cooling foods, cut down on sugar and get more fresh air. Also keep the body more alkaline by avoiding foods that make the body acidic (meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, sugar) and adding more alkalizing foods like green veggies and wheatgrass juice. Another thing that most of forget – dirty cell phones and pillow cases are two of the top acne culprits and this area is what they affect the most!
Zone 11 & 12: Hormones — This is the signature zone for stress and hormonal changes. And while both are sometimes unavoidable, you can decrease their effect by getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy veggies and keeping skin scrupulously clean. Another interesting point: breakouts in this area indicate when you are ovulating (and on which side).
Zone 13: Stomach — Step up the fibre intake, reduce the toxin overload and drink herbal teas to help with digestion.
14: Illness — Zits here can be a sign that your body is fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Give it a break, take a yoga class, take a nap, take time to breathe deeply, drink plenty of water and know that everything always works out!
After reading this, it all began to make sense!
In addition to the helpful tips provided above some Jin Shin self-help you can use is the following:
- Hold your Thumb -
By holding your thumb you help disharmony that takes place on the surface of the skin. Very good for rashes as well.
- Hold your Ring Finger -
By holding your ring finger you help any disharmony that takes place in the deep skin. Common ailments of deep skin are acne and cysts.
- Palm your Calves -
By holding opposite calves we help the appearance of our skin and its quality. This is also a wonderful hold if you get any type of burn.
Also know to help decrease wrinkles aka a natural face life.
Hold any one of those self-helps for 10-20 minutes a day to improve your skin quality.
My favorite has been the palming of the calves :)