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 Maintaining Continuum of Awareness for Health, Healing and Restoration #22 comments
picture6 Jul 2015 @ 13:57
Our Gestalt Approach for Maintaining Continuum of Awareness by Gerald W. Vest, ACSW/LISW/LMT, Emeritus Professor

As awareness grows, our thought patterns can become our partners and our friends. When we experience pain or discomfort, we can consult with our own intelligence to find a way to release ourselves from the pain. If we find ourselves holding on stubbornly to frustration and dissatisfaction, we can question ourselves more closely. Where can the holding on to itself take place, if not in our thoughts?" Tarthang Tulku, Knowledge of Freedom-Time to Change.

I am participating in “My Continuum of Awareness” on this beautiful morning sitting outside my Health Studio. I feel the wind brushing my arms and feel the coolness in my hands as I type…birds are chirping and singing all around us…Alley and Jack are basking in the sun in a space they carved out for themselves…seems they also enjoy chasing the birds out of their territory and the birds know they are in this together….our pecan tree is one of their feeding areas so they return often and several are born in her secure and protected areas.

Now I notice that I am expressing whatever comes to my mind without planning or editing….space is behind every sentence….continuing to fill this space with these letters forming words and sentences. And, I remind my brothers and sisters to maintain an awareness of our Breath...remind them of a great quotation by Tarthang, "Let Your Breathing Chart Your Rhythms." Gesture of Balance

Now the birds are interacting with everyone and everything…so many different voices….many very high pitched sounds vibrating my Pineal Gland and nervous system. Feeling the red fire in my feet and palms of my hands as I remind my mind that we are going to leave her and join our Being in Nature as a Unified Whole….All is in Interaction and Relationship whether we are aware or not….

Now I (this observer) is moving on to my belly where my Center of Equilibrium lives as when we leave her, we lose our connection to Mother….what the Mind wants the Body doesn’t…so this Point of reference and balance with our Whole Being is essential….not a good feeling lost in Time and Space without any source of connection to feel “safe and secure” (Self Preservation Instinct) with our feet shoulder width apart in the Strength and Courage Position as in the Mudras. (see Ichazo)

Now I am leaving the mind following this introduction or conversation about Being Present while experiencing Life’s and Nature’s Presentation…we are all in this Play together, however, we tend to live in a shell and keep ourselves so very occupied we lose “sight” and all of our senses of our goals and of our Mission. May take many life times to discover what our Mission is as we could be in the Beginning, Middle or Completion Phase of our Destiny…if there is such a place to end our Journey and say, “Way to Go, Jerry.” You did the best you knew how and took lots of challenges physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and socially throughout your life.

Being is filled with love, compassion and hope for Humanity while working to express myself with Courage, Understanding, Respect and Loving everything and everyone….working to learn to balance my passion of protecting humanity from Psychiatry and learning that Western Psychology is lost in Time and Space with the labeling and naming everything that does not fit their linear tests and thinking. You know, must not have enough brain power and strength so must be separated from other beings and given a Disorder Shadow, with a Code # sticks with everyone for their life (like a prison, a dark Shadow or jail sentence), and psychotropic chemicals mixed together to cover over the stress, anxiety and depression caused by War Trauma, with Being threatened 24-7 for much of the Warrior’s lives…forever and ever….perhaps why so many won’t own up to their multiple injuries that affect every system of the body, mind, spirit, emotions and social relations….to the Maximum Capacity…to the cellular level that requires lots of Breathing and Health Exercises daily for several years to strengthen and restore our immune system, relations and find Meaningful Work….like school or special training programs for certification and licensing practices.

Now I am observing my breath and its patterns…very slow and full, breathing into my belly the red flame of strength and courage to stay here and now--allow my mind to settle into itself and just Be relaxed, at ease with self, feeling the blood move through my channels, my back is tightening up and needs movement will close this for Now….

Note: Picture is son Patrick: Director, Manager and Actor, Shakespeare by the Sea, LA, CA

Gerald W. Vest, ACSW/LISW/LMT
Injured Warrior Practitioner--Individual, Couple, Family & Group
Holistic & Integrative Health Practitioner & Professor Emeritus NMSU
Las Cruces, NM 88005  More >

 Living and Being without Borders and Boundaries8 comments
picture11 May 2015 @ 23:39
Consider Life without limited Borders and Boundaries for Humanity One by Gerald Vest, LISW/LMT

How do I start a new relationship while still having feelings about my life partner? Change is where I LIVE as this is our Nature and our source for Nurture….am awakening my consciousness to the Natural Laws that we must observe and follow or we suffer. Big Laws like gravity, love, healthy touch, peace, compassion, understanding, whole health, self-preservation, essential relationships, parenting, mothering, fathering and just Being our True Selves and being human.

In other words, our Basic Human Need Requirements must be met and secured for us to fully experience and be Mindful of our interactions and relationships. Freedom from Fear, Pain and Suffering is my goal.

Montagu, A. (1981). Growing young. NY: McGraw-Hill. (My favorite resource for staying young & learning about our basic human need requirements for living a healthy and complete life)

Montagu, A. (1986). Touching - The human significance of the skin. NY: Harper & Row. (Touch is essential and most of our helping professionals are cowards and charlatans as they won't touch their clients and are fearful of liability.) See our guidelines for healthy and safe use of touch.)

Humanity is One body, mind, spirit and social creature, totally dependent and interdependent upon All that Is, especially the air we breathe, food we eat and water we drink and one another….everything on our planet and Earth herself are All Created…unique, with meaning and purpose for being and living together as ONE on our “Space Ship Earth” (B. Fuller).

Too bad we have guarded borders designed to separate, exclude and deny opportunities for everyone to share God’s and Nature’s needed and required resources for living healthy and complete lives.

Let’s live our lives together beyond borders and boundaries with our brothers and sisters from our country and all others. It is very obvious that undeveloped beings in leadership positions only care about themselves and interest in protecting their corporate sponsors and campaign funding-- greed, prejudice, fear, competition, ignorance and pride are some major inhabitants.

Where do we go from Here? Now? What is our purpose for being here? Is it enough to maintain an awareness of our “being” so we can continue moving through Space and Time with our curiosity, enthusiasm, interests, thoughts and imagination-creativity—let’s become open, honest, accepting and allowing of our limiting Borders and Boundaries?

Picture is our SNM Alliance Team introducing integrative and holistic health practices to support ourselves as we return from wars, injured to the Core-Corp.

Gerald W. Vest, ACSW/LISW/LMT

Injured Warrior, TRICARE Provider--Individual, Couple, Family & Group
Holistic & Integrative Health Practitioner & Professor Emeritus NMSU
Las Cruces, NM 88005

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 Learning to Give Safe, Skillful and Loving Touch15 comments
picture29 Mar 2006 @ 14:53
We are very pleased to update and report on our Global Touch Project using our 15-Minute StressOut Program to support the health and well being of our Elders. [link]

On Friday, March 17, 2006, our newly formed Las Cruces Health Promotion Team with Elders conducted a county-wide workshop for caregivers and professionals interested in learning how to give and receive “safe, skillful and loving” touch. We had over 50 participants attend our 3hr. workshop and established a core team of volunteers to become certified and to administer our ‘chair type’ massage program.

Following our workshop, our administrative team met to review our project and to plan for follow up workshops in nursing homes and other resources and to conduct regularly scheduled meeting with elders interested in reducing their stress, anxiety and depression. In our city, there are three sites established to give diabetes examinations weekly as this disease has reached epidemic proportions here in New Mexico and West Texas. In the US it is reported that there are over 21 million people who have diabetes.

Because of our successful 'Best Practice' research related to using touch to reduce blood sugar levels and to promote health and wellness of this population our new volunteers are preparing themselves to administer our stress management program weekly in these diabetic centers.[link]

I am hopeful that NCN members and other communities will join with us in developing and administering our healthy touch program for elders on a global scale.  More >