NIGHTLY CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICE
While we may run as a meditation, sometimes our thoughts can have a mind of their
own. At the end of the day, check in and contemplate. Ask your “Self" how you behaved
today. Were you positive and constructive
in the way you communicated with yourself
and others, or were you destructive in your
thoughts, emotions, and actions? How did
you speak to yourself on the trail, on the
road, on the mat? Were you encouraging or
disparaging? This can affect how your body
recovers after exertion. Checking in allows
you to observe and recognize this and to
make a mental adjustment for the next day,
the next practice session, the next training
run, and the next race. This is a deep and
powerful spiritual practice to help repair and
regenerate any one you may have harmed or
has harmed you (including yourself).
One of the most loved medicinal herbs in
Ayurveda, turmeric has a multitude of uses,
which are being backed up by modern scientific research. Related to ginger, another
renowned anti-inflammatory agent and immune system stimulant, this is also a culinary spice, one that provides the deep yellow
color for many Indian curries. One of the
most potent anti-inflammatories, turmeric
outranks the performance of non-steroidal
anti-inflammatories without the side effects.
Turmeric is used for everything from liver detoxification, to clearing up the skin, fighting
colds and flus, drying up congested lungs and
sinuses, to easing joint aches and pains.
Research studies show that the active ingredients in turmeric speed up muscle recovery.
It is also demonstrated to have anti-mutagen-ic effects as well as tissue healing properties.
Recent studies show that turmeric even has
a positive effect on alleviating depression,
making it a powerful recovery aid. Traditionally in Ayurveda, black pepper is combined with turmeric to enhance its medicinal
effects; this interaction has been confirmed in
modern research studies.
The greater the number of healthy cells in
the body, the greater the expression of health
will be. While activities like running a marathon or participating in a yoga retreat or
teacher training program may help us sing in
tune, they also require some extra effort to
keep all the cells healthy and vibrant.
Dr. Jeremy Brook, DC is a Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner and the author of The Spinechecker’s Manifesto. He is an
avid yoga practitioner when not adjusting people to better vitality
at The Life Center Chiropractic in LA. Spinechecker.com