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We are entering that lull brought on by the intense heat of midsummer that forces you to slow your Self down; to breathe more deeply, more intentionally to break through the malaise.  Despacito (slowly) and purposefully, let’s take a moment to reflect on the way in which our rhythms, that of our bodies and of our days, respond to energy around us.  This time of year it is important to eat more fresh, cold fruits and dishes that juxtapose against the slow simmer of a summer day. Especially with the ever so hectic rhythm of our daily lives which take us away from moments of reflection and calm that refresh our mind and soul.  A cold fruit drink to spring our bodies back from the slump of the heat, embracing the coolness as it coats us, is one way to re-energize our body.

So too can we help our minds refocus on the present when we let go of our preoccupations with the what-ifs of our past and those restless moments of anxiety.  For some of us, finding the peaceful calm to enjoy life’s present moment can be a greater challenge.  It eludes us, or moves over us too quickly to positively harness it to our psychic needs.  Often times we simply do not hear the rhythm of our spirit loudly enough to know what those needs are.  Establishing a space to hear our bodies and minds speak our spiritual truth is a lifelong process. Creating that meditative rhythm takes time and practice.  But it is by virtue of surpassing that threshold that one reaches a state of embodiment, when our mind, body and spirit begin to align and create a synergistic energy within us; one that provides new perspective of our Self and our surroundings.  That meditative state can come from many pleasurable activities beyond what you think of when meditation is mentioned, it’s not just the cross-legged yogi stance.  Meditative walking, walking with a focus on one’s breathing and body rhythm is a great way to enjoy nature and harness additional health benefits.  Music and art therapies bring the mind into focus, aligning our energies with expressive modes of being.  Eating slowing, with purpose, mindfully enjoying each texture, each flavor brings a new pleasure to what can be a mundane activity.  Despacito, slowly enjoying the pleasures of life with mindfulness reenergizes us.

Still for others, additional help may be needed to open up our synapses to the anticipation of pleasure, and Ketamine infusion treatment can help.  A press release put out by the National Institute of Health a few years ago highlights the promising treatment that Ketamine infusion provides for individuals who suffer from anhedonia (the loss of the ability to look forward to pleasurable activities) by boosting activity in the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex and related circuitry.  Creating that space for meditative and pleasure-seeking activities is possible for individuals who have a greater challenge.  For more information on the symptoms that Ketamine infused treatments target, and additional research related information, please contact us today for a free consultation.

Isbel Cruz-Chaudhry

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