Ara Wiseman

Ara Wiseman

Aging Well with Grace, Vitality and Fulfillment

Aging Well with Grace, Vitality and Fulfillment

Let’s celebrate aging and the beauty and wisdom that comes with the passage of time. As we age, we inevitably witness loss, illness, and profound shifts in our lives. It’s not just about enduring those times, but rather about how we weather them that truly makes all the difference. Recently, I’ve found myself experiencing lower back pain. Whether it’s physical discomfort or emotional turmoil, pain serves as a gateway to deep introspection, bringing awareness to areas in our lives that need change, growth, and transformation. It reminds me of a favorite quote of mine by Dr. Fabrizio Mancini: “The doorway to perfect health opens inwards.” As we grow older, our bodies undergo various changes, including a decrease in muscle mass, changes in metabolism, and increased susceptibility to chronic diseases. By prioritizing proper nutrition and exercise, we can optimize our health, vitality, and overall well-being as we age. How you age is within your control to a significant extent. While genetics does play a role, your lifestyle choices, particularly in nutrition, can profoundly impact how you navigate the aging process. In this article we shed light on ways to navigate this journey with grace, vitality, and fulfillment. Cultivating Healthy Habits Aging well begins with nurturing our bodies and minds. Regular exercise, a balanced diet rich in nutrients, proper hydration, fresh air, sunlight, along with adequate sleep all contribute to our physical well-being. Engaging in activities that stimulate the mind, such as learning new skills or participating in creative pursuits, helps to keep our cognitive functions sharp. Social Connections: The Fountain of Youth Human connection is a powerful elixir for a fulfilling life. As we age, maintaining social ties becomes increasingly important. I have seen a lot of clients and friends that have been impacted from the isolation the pandemic created. Whether through family, friends, or community involvement, fostering meaningful relationships provides emotional support, combats loneliness, and contributes to a sense of belonging. Lifelong Learning The pursuit of knowledge is a lifelong endeavor that keeps the mind vibrant and engaged. Embrace new challenges, explore hobbies, and continue to learn. Whether it’s picking up a musical instrument, learning a new language, or delving into literature, each new skill acquired adds richness to the tapestry of our lives. I recently started listening to audio books while driving, travelling, or preparing meals. It’s a great way to learn. Mindfulness and Mental Well-being Practicing mindfulness can be a transformative tool for aging well. Taking time for meditation, practicing Qigong and breathwork or simply enjoying quiet moments of reflection can promote mental clarity, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being. Mindfulness encourages living in the present and appreciating the beauty of each moment. Embracing Change Aging is undeniably a journey marked by change, and the key to aging well lies in our ability to embrace these changes. Resilience in weathering the storms shape our journey, allowing us to emerge with greater insight and deeper empathy for what others are experiencing. This phase of life presents a unique opportunity to re-evaluate priorities, set new goals, and discover joy in our existence. Gratitude for the Journey “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened” – Dr. Seuss As we age, let’s cultivate gratitude for the experiences, relationships, and lessons that have shaped us. Each wrinkle tells a story, and every gray hair is a testament to a life lived fully. Aging well is not about defying the passage of time but about embracing it with open hearts and open minds. You will be happy to know that I have been formulating new products for Ara Essentials to help us age well. Stay tuned!

Aging Gracefully: Embracing Qigong for a Vibrant Life

Aging Gracefully: Embracing Qigong for a Vibrant Life

(Written by Steffi Black) “We believe that living a healthy and happy life is something that should be experienced by everyone, and that the moment you choose to move your energy your transformation of a better life begins.” Spring Forest Qigong It’s inevitable: we will all age. The choice lies in aging with vitality or facing numerous challenges. It often depends on your commitment to your inner and outer health, and there are always tools to help us age more gracefully. I’m a devoted fan of the ancient practice of qigong. It aids in emotional and physical healing, encompassing the entirety of the individual. It’s a branch of Chinese Medicine and a powerful form of self-healing. I practice every day. It’s energy medicine rooted in unconditional love, and we’re discovering that as vibrational beings, the more we engage in energy practices, the greater our shift into heart coherence. “Love is the strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is humblest imaginable.” Mahatma Gandhi There are numerous advantages to this holistic system, which centers around breathing, mindful movement, meditation, and fostering uplifting emotions. I specialize in sharing Spring Forest Qigong, which emphasizes the alignment of body, mind, and heart. Let’s delve into the benefits: These exercises are gentle yet powerful. They contribute to strength, balance, and flexibility, thereby reducing the risk of falls and injuries. The deep breaths and intentional movements foster relaxation in both body and mind, a necessity in our fast-paced world where we frequently find ourselves in our heads too much. The mindfulness component enhances focus and mental clarity. Studies have shown that Qigong improves memory and overall cognitive function. A deeper connection with nature is nurtured as we engage with the five elements, recognizing our inherent connection to the natural world. It fosters social connectedness as our healing communi-qi brings people together for healing and community. It’s appropriate for both introverts and extroverts as cameras can be on or off. Qigong has stood the test of time and is accessible to all, regardless of experience. All that’s needed is an open heart, and I guarantee you’ll experience a touch more happiness ❤️ Steffi Black is a certified Spring Forest Qigong practice group leader and trainer. She is also a proud Love Radiator. A name all Spring Forest Qigong practitioners are called:) She teaches at community centers and her online sessions are Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. You can reach out with any questions to steffi@steffiblackcoaching.com or visit her site.

The Energy of the Solar Eclipse

The Energy of the Solar Eclipse

“Every storm runs out of rain” – Maya Angelo Have you been feeling the energy shift since the eclipse? Celestial events like eclipses can serve as potent catalysts for personal reflection and growth by shedding light on aspects of ourselves that we may need to address. It’s a time when hidden emotions and deep-seated truths rise to the surface. This is very helpful when it comes to our health. In my work with clients, getting to the root cause of what precipitates overeating, cravings, restricting, and our inner dialogue helps us to understand ourselves on a deeper level and catch ourselves before we fall into our patterned behaviours. It is an opportunity to cleanse our emotional body and release the deep wounds and pain that we’ve subconsciously stored in our tissues. All that baggage we’ve been carrying around can weigh us down, inhibiting our growth and wellbeing. This energy offers us a chance to transcend our negative patterns and liberate ourselves from what we’ve outgrown that no longer serve us. It’s a time for deepening our connection with ourselves and tuning into the wisdom of our souls. I have been noticing 11:11, 10:10, 1:11 and other synchronicities, signalling a need to realign my priorities, maintain a positive mindset, and trust in the spiritual guidance available to us. These moments serve as reminders to stay present and attentive to the whispers of our inner selves and the universe. I remember seeing a sign on a church years ago that said, “Change is inevitable, growth is optional.” It’s a poignant reminder that we have a choice in how we respond to life’s experiences—we can simply go through them, or we can actively grow through them. Stepping out of our comfort zones can indeed be challenging, but it’s essential for our personal evolution. We need to release the FEAR (Forgetting Every Available Resource) and realize that the universe has our back. Recognizing and acknowledging our old patterns is the first step towards allowing an emotional upgrade—an internal “software update” that enables us to embrace new perspectives and possibilities. That’s where our specialized nutritional counseling programs help. Most of us have lost the connection between what we are eating, why we are eating and how we feel inside. My life’s work is in helping people transform and heal through diet. xo Ara

Feeling Energized

Feeling Energized

In this third part of my inspiring interview with United Network News, we discussed feeling energized. When we say the words “I Am” we need to be mindful what we say after that. I Am feeling healthy, energized vs. tired and sick. Grounding and being exposed to the Earth’s natural frequency of 7.83 helps us to feel regenerated and restored.

Food Cleansing

Food Cleansing

In this fourth part of my inspiring interview with United Network News, we delved into cleansing with food and learning how to lighten your load. Food should give you energy not take energy from you. When we truly relax we are able to let go of what is now longer serving us.

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy

In this fifth part of my inspiring interview with United Network News, we delved into Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) and how it works and the benefits: Reconnecting to the earth by walking barefoot has many powerful effects on your wellbeing. Let’s remember to never take our energy for granted. Energy allows us to accomplish what we need to.

Ara Wiseman Speaking on Stress and Mental Health

Ara Wiseman Speaking on Stress and Mental Health

Ara Wiseman speaking at the 2013 Addictions & Mental Health Ontario Conference in Toronto. Stress is implicated in every symptom we have. When we are under stress we tend to do the opposite of what our body and mind needs. 92% of what we are thinking about isn’t real, our brain doesn’t know if something is real or perceived. You are causing damage to your body just by thinking the thought that hasn’t occurred yet.

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