Chapter One – What do we know about the face?
When we look at a face, what do we see?
We see the shape of the face and its features – eyes, ears, nose and mouth – and maybe an expression appearing glad, sad or mad. Maybe they are excited to be there with you!
But what if there is much more you could be reading in that face? This book will help you interpret a person’s character and emotional history – and life potential – simply by looking carefully at the shape, features and expressions of their face. That’s the promise behind
Siang Mien (translates to face reading), a Chinese Ming Dynasty system of interpreting faces.I have created this easy-to-use guide with a modern, Western audience in mind. Read on and learn what your face is saying about you….
How did the Siang Mien masters do that?
That is a very interesting question. The elaborate Siang Mien system was created over many centuries of observations
and practice. The masters were certain the human face records every emotional reaction you’ve ever had, from birth. Emotional responses to situations – for example, think of a smile or a frown – create muscle memories that over time create deeper facial lines. The stronger and more pronounced the line, the more often that emotional reaction has occurred in that person. The masters also taught that certain birth characteristics indicated karmic (previous life) patterns. So each person’s face reveals a combination of pre destined and acquired character and potential. Siang Mien masters isolated the facial features and contours into categories inspired by the four elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth. After many centuries of observations, they could attribute a meaning or pattern to each facial characteristic.
We’ve all heard of stress and we’ve all experienced stress at some point in our lives. In fact stress may be a significant part of your life right now. As a Respiratory Educator and Founder of The Breathing Clinic I see the effects of stress on a regular basis and was inspired to write this book to help inform my clients and members of the community about the different things that can trigger stress and how stress can affect different systems in the body, paying particular attention to the respiratory system (and breathing patterns) as well as the digestive system (and gut microbiome), the endocrine system (and hormones produced by the thyroid and adrenal glands) and the relationship between stress, addiction and nutritional deficiencies.
This book however is not just about the effects of stress; it also provides recommendations and resources to help relieve stress and restore balance, giving you more control from the inside-out to manage future stress more effectively. Along the way, this book reveals some fascinating insights about the effects of stress and invites you to consider the ways in which stress might be affecting you.
For example, if you are fond of caffeine or other “stimulants” and the way they make you feel, have you ever wondered whether your daily indulgence is simply one of life’s little pleasures, or could your daily indulgence be compensating for low energy levels associated with stress-induced adrenal fatigue or hypothyroidism, or a lack of internal motivation and inspiration associated with low dopamine levels?
Most people are aware that stress can cause cortisol levels to rise, which can compromise sleep quality, immune function and sex hormone production, but did you know that elevated cortisol is also associated with depression? Did you know that prolonged stress can also cause cortisol levels to become abnormally low leading to “burn-out,” which is characterised by mental, emotional and physical fatigue and a lack of personal motivation, which can also be accompanied by physical symptoms including body aches and pains, episodes of breathlessness and other respiratory symptoms?
It’s commonly known that stress puts digestive functions on hold but few people realise that stress also changes the internal environment of the gut causing an imbalance in the microbes that inhabit the gut and an imbalance in the immune system and a condition called “leaky gut”, which is associated with symptoms and conditions including burping, bloating, cramping, flatulence, diarrhoea and constipation as well as inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, autism spectrum disorder, chronic fatigue, respiratory conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, some forms of cancer and sexually transmitted diseases.
Did you know that the adverse effects of stress on the gut are worsened by poor diet (especially fast foods, processed foods and commercially baked foods) and other lifestyle factors such as smoking, antibiotics, proton pump inhibitors and certain other medications? It may not come as a surprise that poor gut health and poor diet can lead to nutritional deficiencies, which can compromise your ability to deal with stress, however nutritional deficiencies can also reinforce addictive habits involving sugar, caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, and can also increase the risk of stress-induced addiction relapse.
Stress also triggers subtle changes in breathing patterns, which can lead to:
• Thoracic-dominant breathing
• Rapid breathing
• Mouth breathing.
At first glance, these breathing patterns may seem harmless enough but on closer examination these breathing patterns can actually compound stress and trigger an extensive list of transient symptoms, as well as compromise exercise and sports performance and worsen symptoms associated with a range of medical conditions including:
• Panic attacks
• Chronic bronchitis
• Cystic fibrosis
• Sleep apnoea
• Chronic heart disease
• High blood pressure
• Pulmonary hypertension
• Chronic lower back pain
• Sacroiliac joint pain
• Failed back surgery syndrome
• Gastro-oesophageal reflux.
Looking closely at the subject of breathing in the context of stress, I explain why “deep breathing” (which people are often encouraged to do when feeling stressed), can actually worsen stress. This naturally leads into an explanation of the real breathing antidote to stress, which includes a FREE downloadable guided relaxation that incorporates the 4 key elements of the breathing antidote to stress. Although the breathing antidote to stress is but one piece of the puzzle when it comes to managing stress effectively, it is an important piece and it pays to get it right.
This book is illuminating, but is not a “light read”. This book is detailed and covers a lot of ground, so if you want to start delving into the substance of this book you can turn to Chapter 1 now, however if you want to learn more about the specific topics covered in each chapter, take a look at the outline below.
First of all I would like to mention that this book is not intended to diagnose or treat illnesses/diseases and must never take the place of professional advice. This is simply my own personal life experience and how I have dealt with obesity and finally reached my goal weight.
Please Note: I am not a nutritionist, dietitian or health care professional. I am simply just sharing my experience and hope to inspire everyone I can to live a healthier, happier life. Consult with your doctor before you decide to change your life-style and diet.
I do not guarantee any results of any kind. My 35 kg weight loss took me 15 months and a lot of daily hard work, focus & dedication.
Ok, you are probably thinking ‘Not another weight-loss book again! I have read so many and so far none of them have helped’. Before you decide to close the book and throw in the towel I am letting you know that there is hope for anyone that is genuinely willing to change his/her life for good and it can be done.
It took me 18 years to figure it out and learn from mistakes and if I can do it, anyone can. I decided to write about my experience so that others can learn from my mistakes over the years.
You probably scanned the table of contents and looked at my list of ingredients for natural weight-loss and thought “Well I already know all this, why should I waste time reading this book?” Yes, you probably already know that water is important in weight-loss along with patience, perseverance etc. I try to dig deeper into each ingredient and explain the benefits and write about my own experience. I also write a bit about my childhood years and how food has always been precious to me (especially treats) as they were very rare in a communist country.
English is my second language so expect this book to be written in simple English. I was born in Europe and only came to Australia when I was almost 9 years old, I didn’t even know 1 single English word.
Grade 1 and 2 were studied back in Europe and when I came to Australia they assessed me and placed me in grade 4 along with my twin sister. I remember we were teased everyday because we didn’t know any English. We took part in special English sessions each week and slowly started to pick up the language.
We must of sounded ridiculous trying to pronounce different words and repeating them over and over in order to remember them. Kids were teasing us everyday at school but it didn’t stop us, we kept persevering. It was exciting – A new country – A new language!
Why does success always seem to be so elusive — just beyond your reach?
The answer isn’t just trying harder, getting more education, or trying to play the corporate games. Sustained happiness and success in all ten categories of life Including Relationships, Career, Family, Friends, Finances, Health, Life Balance and more, can be yours, if only you know some of the secrets that are already working for others.
The Law of Attraction Shortcut Secrets is far more than a book. It is a complete system to implement the universal laws in your life. The system includes five core Cogni-Fusion MP3s and three Bonus MP3s. It incorporates a multi-disciplinary approach with insights from hypnotherapy, creative visualization, relaxation techniques, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), BWE (Brainwave Entrainment), and subliminal messages with positive affirmations and meditation. This system equips you to produce amazing life changes from the inside out.
By reading this book and applying the Cogni-Fusion Mind Expansion Technology system, you will learn:
• How to identify and break free of self-limiting beliefs
• How to transform your thoughts to attract and to achieve your life goals
• How to maximize your experiences with the universal laws of gratitude, attraction, and abundance
• How to avoid and overcome the all-pervasive “shiny object syndrome” plaguing us today
• How to begin attracting the abundance you deserve in the areas of love, money, health, self-esteem, (or all of them)
• How to overcome the seven critical blocks to your Law of Attraction success
• And so much more…
Kimberlee Bethany Bonura
Pelvic Yoga: An Integrated Program of Pelvic Floor Exercise to Overcome Incontinence and Support Overall Pelvic Floor Health
Kimberlee Bethany Bonura, PhD, E-RYT
Overview of Pelvic Yoga
Pelvic Yoga facilitates optimum health of the urinary and reproductive systems by strengthening the pelvic floor. The focus is on preventing urinary incontinence, enhancing sexuality, and maintaining pelvic health. Men and women of all ages will benefit from a preventative program of pelvic exercises. For women who are pre- and post-pregnancy or pre- and post-menopause, the program is essential to overcome natural weakening of the pelvic floor caused by weight gain, stretching of pelvic muscles during pregnancy and delivery, and/or hormonal changes. Because male incontinence does occur, men will also benefit from Pelvic Yoga.
The program integrates pelvic floor exercises into a yoga practice designed to strengthen, tone, and increase flexibility in the muscles of the pelvis, abdomen, lower back, hips, and thighs. Pelvic floor exercises are a vital component of any health program and are particularly important to support reproductive and sexual well-being.
ALL BOOKS NEED MORE REVIEWS
• “My book needs more reviews!”
• “Even after I had my book on Bookbub, less than 1% of people who downloaded the book reviewed it.”
• “I want better/longer/more exciting reviews.”
Comments like these can be found in authors’ discussion groups on many social media platforms. Less frustrated-sounding social media postings ask to “Save an Author”, “Support an Author”, and “Hug an Author” by reading and reviewing independent authors’ books. And, it is true, it is not easy to get book reviews and even more difficult to get good book reviews.
On the other hand, there are at least two books in Amazon’s web store that have amassed more than 30,000 reviews. While books can be uninteresting, boring, so-so, great, brilliant, and phenomenal, surely these two books aren’t 30,000 times more brilliant than a book with only one review.
Surprisingly, people add even more reviews to these 30,000+ existing reviews. One of these two books received four new reviews and the other one five new reviews since yesterday. Reader-reviewers cannot really have too much hope that their review will be found among the 30,000+, yet they keep posting.
Reviews follow the law of attraction. Once reader-reviewers see that a book has received many reviews, they probably read a few of them and then decide to add their own opinion, even though their thoughts may have already been expressed somewhere among these thousands of opinions.
Though I have read neither one of these two books, I know about
them. I have seen both books/covers pop up in my Goodreads newsfeed.
That is one way how news about books spreads. We see book covers pop up in our social media newsfeeds. While we can overlook one, two, or three reviews of the books easily, once we have seen them often enough, most often we decide we need to find out more about these books since apparently ‘everybody else’ is reading them. Depending on how interlinked readers’ social media feeds are, book reviews pop up at Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, and other websites. Talk about a domino effect!
The situation in which one event causes a series of related events, one following another
Alluding to a row of dominoes, each standing on end, all of which fall when one is pushed