Rock Balancing is considered by some as a form of meditation and an activity similar to that of yoga. In yoga you have to breathe through the uncomfortable feeling of wanting to stop stretching and that of your practice in order to ease the discomfort you may feel. You use your breath and focusing on your breathes alone to ease you into your desired yoga position, thus silencing the mind and allowing the body to proceed. Rock Balancing is quite similar. You must find the natural positions a rock may rest using its grooves and lines to help position it, creating a sculpture as simple as a tall line or as dynamic as a sculpture with arches and the like.
If you have never seen a rock balancing sculpture please check out rock artist Michael Grab in this amazing video…
As you can see it’s a tedious job, and as Michael says can be “physically and mentally challenging”. However it’s about finding balance and keeping your mind calm so your body can take over and feel the rocks.
Art rock balancing comes with different techniques and styles. These are the 4 styles listed as follows:
Counter Balance: This is where the lower rocks of the sculpture use the weight of the upper rocks to keep the balance of the sculpture
Free Style: Known as the combination style because it uses both the Counter Balance as well as another type known as Balance Stacking. In free style you may create arches and different types of positions for the rocks….you’re free to do what you wish
Balance Stacking: Part of the free style way, rocks in this technique depend upon laying rocks flat and stacking them on each other.
Pure Balance: Each rock is balanced almost all by point contact
For some rock balancing is simply a hobby, while for others it’s a source of relaxation for the mind and body. This is the case for a friend of mine Dan, who owns www.garagedoorrepairaz.org . He knows that balance is crucial especially when it comes to garage doors. You have to evenly distribute the weight to allow optimal performance. After being out on a call in a mountain terrain area he saw different rock sculptures lined up and stopped to take a look. It fascinated him that such a technique could occur! He did some research on it and found that it was actually a hobby he would like to take up!
Many things can affect our mood and general feeling of well being, often causing anxiety and depression. What if I told you there is a vitamin that helps reverse anxiety and depression as well as play a role in overall brain and nervous system function? Well guess what….there is! Introducing vitamin B12. B12 is a vitamin that promotes a variety of healthful effects on many parts of your body such as…
Helps with energy
Aids in the formation of red blood cells
Strengthens the immune system
Promotes strong hair & nail growth
Aids in healthy brain function
Promotes heart health
Aids in clear skin
Supports proper healthy circulation
Responsible for numerous roles in nervous system and brain function
Helps with concentration & memory function
Supports adrenal gland function
There are so many things B12 can help to regulate in the brain and body, but how exactly does it work? Studies have found that B12 helps with the production of neurotransmitters. These little transmitters are responsible for emotional information that is communicated throughout the body and brain. In turn B12 works as a buffering agent with S-adenonsylmethioine. Together these two control the breakdown of the mood regulating chemicals melatonin, serotonin, and dopamine. If there is a lack of B12 in your body, it cannot do it’s part of the job therefore not properly releasing the neurotransmitters that help stabilize your mood and mental health. The recommended daily allowance or RDA of this vitamin is 2.4mcg daily. Scientists have also found that B12 has higher efficiency levels when combined with the other B vitamins such as, B1, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, and Niacin. All the B vitamins create a powerhouse known as B Complex. Where do we find our B vitamins especially that of B12? While there are vitamin supplements available you can find it organically in animal based proteins including fish and shellfish. Also in poultry, dairy products and eggs. The most prominent foods out of these categories include, wild caught fish, grass fed beef, beef liver and other organ meats, pasteurized eggs, and shellfish like crab. All in all B12 especially when taken in part of the B complex is beyond beneficial to your mental and emotional health. It helps promote a healthy nervous system and can aid in combatting anxiety and depression. It is all natural and part of the vitamin system the body needs to function at it’s best.
B12 for the win! Make sure you are not deficient in your B vitamins, your mood and emotions will thank you!
Nebula– A cloud formed of gas or dust particles found in space that may be seen either as a bright light against the dark sky, or as a dark shadow amongst radiant particles of matter.
Like a nebula we can all as human beings be seen either as a bright light or a dark energy casting shadow on the light around us. Whichever reference you may be partial to depends on the state you are in starting from within yourself. You, are The Seeker. In a perfect world we would all be able to say outright what makes us happy, fulfilled, and content. However in the real world there are lots of outside things, people, and circumstances that can all have a huge effect on our state of well being on a day to day basis. Different emotions, sensations, and the chemical make up of your brain play a key role in what is going on within. Even if we project a happy persona from the outside we can be locked in our minds fighting anxiety, depression, unhappiness, defeat etc. This is your time to take back your well being and seek out what you want and grab it! We can not be confined to the dark spaces that make us unhappy. Life is too delicate to put energy into the things that anchor us down. I know it is easier said than done, but if we as the seekers stand up and make the decision to re claim our well being we can also empower others. In your journal, on a blank piece of paper or in a notebook of some kind, heck even make a note in your phone answer these next 3 questions to the best of your ability.
What Motivates you?
What discourages you?
What enables you to achieve balance and well being?
Write the answers solely for yourself and keep them somewhere you can read them when you feel the need. The first step in achieving any type of goal is to be aware. Awareness is like laying everything out on a big table in front of us so that we may see the whole picture thus allowing us to see everything for what it is all together. Afterall different parts make up a whole picture. In this case our mind, body, and spirit all are contributing factors to our overall quality of life. However our mind is the strongest asset we have. Like in running a marathon our body tires long before the race is over it’s our mind that pushes us to keep our bodies moving to cross that finish line. So let’s start with the mind……