Beth Lambdin
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Articles

These are some of my recently-published articles that provide an overview of several facets of my work.

Balancing the Chakras With Food


ListenOn a recent show, Dr. Oz said that our energy centers, the chakras, power health, something Tibetan monks have known for centuries. The show featured Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary, an expert in the chakra system.


The word “chakra” comes from the Sanskrit and means “wheel”. A chakra is a vortex of energy that spins in relationship to the amount of energy present in our system. Dr. Chaudhary points to the sun as an important source of energy. When the sun’s rays fall on the earth at different vibrations, colors are expressed through the hues of plants, vegetables and flowers. Each color holds an energy or vibration, which nourishes a specific chakra, and eating a variety of colorful foods is an easy and effective way to help balance these vital energy centers.


Practitioners generally work with seven main chakras, which are located at the bottom of the pelvis, the navel, the solar plexus, the heart, the throat, the forehead, and at the top of the head. Each chakra correlates not only with physical organs, but a major endocrine gland, and psychological functions. For example, the first, or root chakra, relates to the large intestine, colon and rectum, the adrenal glands and is our source of grounding and connection to the earth.


A host of physical and emotional ailments may result from a blockage of freely flowing energy in the chakra system. In addition to physical activity and practices like yoga and Tai Chi, eating with a particular color in mind for each chakra, can help balance these energy centers. To remember the correspondence between the chakras and colors, use the mnemonic for the colors of the rainbow, ROYGBIV: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, which correspond to the chakras rising from root to crown.


To balance the 1st chakra, eat root vegetables like beets and rutabagas, as well as red fruits like apples and pomegranates.


The navel chakra, associated with the reproductive system, the bladder and kidneys, is the source of sexuality and creativity. To balance this chakra, drink lots of water and eat orange foods like oranges, tangerines and carrots.


The third chakra at the solar plexus governs organs of digestion: the liver, gall bladder, stomach, spleen, small intestine and pancreas. This chakra relates to our identity and self-esteem. To balance this chakra, eat yellow foods such as sweet peppers, lentils and corn.


The heart chakra bridges the lower and upper chakras. In addition to the heart, this chakra supports the arms and relates to our ability to give and receive love and compassion. According to Dr. Chaudhary, love is the most nourishing energy of all, with the amazing ability to balance all the other chakras. To balance the 4th chakra, eat green foods like broccoli, kale, chard and other leafy greens.


The throat chakra influences the sensory organs including the lips, tongue, nose, mouth and ears as well as the larynx and pharynx, and corresponds to the thyroid gland. The throat chakra links our hearts and minds and is where we express our truth. To balance this chakra think blue; kelp, blueberries and blue raspberries.


The forehead chakra reflects the brain, the face, nose and eyes as well as the pituitary gland and the sleep/wake cycles. It is also our intuitive or psychic center. To balance this chakra, eat indigo foods such as purple potatoes, blackberries, and purple grapes.


The crown chakra, associated with the pineal gland, is our connection to our higher self and our individual expression of divinity. The crown chakra infuses the body with life force and oversees the central nervous system. To balance the 7th chakra, eat violet-hued foods like plums and eggplant.


Consciously eating for your chakras can be an easy and effective way to keep those good vibrations nourishing body, mind, and soul.


This article appeared in the June 2012 edition of Natural Awakenings.


Listening to Our Intuition


ListenAs the New Year takes hold, intuition, that mysterious “sixth sense,” is in the news. A current New York Times bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Nobel-prize-winner Daniel Kahneman, and a recent article in Whole Living discuss this ancient inner wisdom available to all of us. Intuition can be a powerful guide – if we listen to it..


But, before exploring ways to tap intuition, let’s take a moment to “define” it and consider its origins. Webster boils it down to “quick and ready insight.” Intuition is an inner power, made up of initial impressions and gut feelings, the sense of knowing something without knowing why we know it. The intuitive “hits” we all get can take many forms: a physical sensation, a vivid dream, words or phrases that appear out of nowhere, or just knowing that something is right for you. Intuition is a phenomenon that fosters creativity and may even be life-saving. Many believe that intuition springs from a mystical or divine origin, while others argue that intuitive feelings spring from memories and experiences.


David G. Myers, a social psychologist and author of Intuition: Its Power and Perils calls intuition “an ancient biological wisdom,” and associates it with our more primitive, limbic brain. As humans evolved, so did the prefrontal cortex which is the seat of conscious thought. Myers suggests that the mind works on two tracts: a conscious rational, explicit level, and an unconscious, intuitive, automatic level. New studies suggest that the intuitive level may be bigger (and more powerful) than we originally imagined.


Maureen Hancock, a popular medium and author of The Medium Next Door: Adventures of a Real-Life Ghost Whisperer, compares intuition to the navigational system in our cars: “It’s connected to a satellite that always knows where you are. Punch in the direction you want and voila! – the GPS guides you step by step.”


Many of us yearn to tap into our intuition to better understand ourselves, be more at peace and improve our lives. But, in a world rife with distractions, how do we cultivate our intuition?


According to Hancock, decluttering the mind is key. “When you clear the clutter in your mind, you can hear an inner voice that might help you go for the right job, get out of the wrong one; be clearer about the path to take and the one to avoid. We all have gut feelings and nudges from our higher selves. If you learn to quiet your mind and listen to them, everything flows more easily. Go with the first thing that pops into your head. It’s usually right.” Myers agrees that first impressions are powerful indicators of intuition at play. He says that quick judgments have been found to be superior to analyzed ones.


Psychiatrist Judith Orloff, who lectures widely on intuitive healing, says that we can all sharpen this tool. She trains her patients to “awaken” through meditation, dream interpretation and body awareness. Hancock encourages her clients not to overthink things, and instead measure their intuitive hits in their hearts. All agree that it’s important to listen to the wisdom knocking at your door.


Beth Lambdin, MBA, MS, Brennan Integration Practitioner and Licensed Massage Therapist, offers a variety of body-mind-energetic therapies that help tap into intuition. She practices at the Cocoa Beach Wellness Center, 236 N. Atlantic Avenue. To reach Beth or for more information call 321-298-2743, e-mail her at beth@bethlambdin.com, or visit her website at www.bethlambdin.com.


This article appears in the January 2012 issue of Natural Awakenings Melbourne / Vero Beach edition.


The Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) Hits the Mainstream


“You’re too sensitive. Toughen up. Relax. You really shouldn’t let that get to you.” Many people may have heard these admonitions, implying there is something wrong with them. But, thanks to a recent article in Psychology Today, a wider, mainstream audience now has the framework to better understand the Highly Sensitive Person (or HSP), introduced by Elaine Aron, Ph.D., in her 1996 best seller, The Highly Sensitive Person, How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You.


Science is finally validating what Aron said 15 years ago: a significant percentage of the population, about 20% (equal numbers of men and women), are Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs), people whose nervous systems are biologically wired to experience the environment with heightened awareness.


Aron’s HSP work grew out of personal experience. In 1991, Aron’s therapist suggested that her “outsize” reaction to a minor physical problem was just because she was highly sensitive. Light bulbs flashed, and ever since Aron has championed this “condition,” not as narrowly pathological, but one with gifts as well as challenges.


The thin skin of HSPs covers a highly sensitive nervous system that may include a heightened sense of touch or smell. Dr. Judith Orloff says, “It’s like feeling something with 50 fingers as opposed to 10.” HSPs tend to have rich, internal emotional lives that shape not just their personalities, but all aspects of their personal and professional lives.


HSPs typically need extra time to sort out and process experiences. Psychology Today provides practical tips for HSPs, as well as non-HSPs, to navigate life and relationships more easily. For HSPs: Designate Downtime by limiting stimulation and using meditation to de-stress; Talk Yourself Calm by using techniques like a checklist of rote questions to gain clarity in the midst of emotional turmoil; Change Your Interactions by cutting off energy drains; Arm Yourself by using methods like visualization to keep negative input out; and Rewrite History to acknowledge and have compassion (not condemnation) for your sensitivity.


And, for the Non-HSPs: Skip the Tips and be aware that observations may sound like put-downs; Modify Your Views to consider that you may be making inaccurate assumptions about your partner or colleague; and finally, Respect Their Space to allow HSPs plenty of time to recharge, rebalance and replenish.


This article was published in the September 2011 issue of Natural Awakenings Melbourne/Vero Beach Edition.


Integrated-Energy Massage Therapy Gains Notice


An Integrated session of energy healing and massage therapy brings together the best of two worlds: energy healing and therapeutic massage. Increasingly, even hardened skeptics are beginning to acknowledge that these types of treatments, often labeled as Complementary or Alternative (CAM), are useful in reducing pain.


In early March, Time magazine devoted its cover story, “Understanding Pain,” to reporting on the latest scientific studies, which indicated that a variety of CAM treatments, such as massage therapy and bio-field therapies (which includes energy healing), are effective in reducing pain. In some cases, they are even more effective than standard drug treatments – and with few, if any side effects.


There is certainly some satisfaction to be gained in seeing scientific evidence supporting what clients have been reporting anecdotally for years: that these kinds of treatments help and that they value them.


A combination of energy healing and massage therapy may be indicated for clients who are not finding significant relief from other types of treatment. A typical session runs about 90 minutes and includes an assessment; noting problem areas, degrees of pain, and energetic imbalances, followed by hands-on work while lying on the healing table. Clients can expect to receive a full-body massage, and energy work integrated within the treatment to clear, charge and balance their field.


Often, clients find significant relief with a single session, but sometimes several sessions are needed, depending on the severity and longevity of the discomfort. Other clients, free from pain, seek this type of treatment as part of their wellness routine, as a tune-up to keep body and soul in perfect synchronization.


This article was published in the June 2011 issue of Natural Awakenings Melbourne/Vero Beach Edition.


A Brennan Healer Reflects on the Usefulness of Character Structure


While creating Brennan Healing Science (BHS), a comprehensive system of energy healing, Dr. Barbara Brennan, renowned healer, visionary, clairvoyant and NASA-trained physicist, drew on the ancient model of the Sanskrit chakra system and the modern model of Character Structure developed by Drs. Wilhelm Reich, Alexander Lowen and John Pierrakos. Working with Dr. Pierrakos, Brennan added her own unique energetic interpretations to the study and application of Character Structure.


What exactly is Character Structure? Why is it one of the foundational pieces of Brennan Healing Science? And, most importantly, how do Brennan Healers use Character Structure to help their clients?


Character Structure is a term that BHS practitioners and other body-mind professionals use to describe certain physical and psychological “types” that result from energetic imbalances, blocks and patterns of chronic holding. This is a developmental model that suggests that childhood experiences, illnesses, traumas, accidents, and the slings and arrows of modern life have an effect, showing up visibly in the physical body and invisibly, but no less present, in the energetic system, influencing thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Energetic blocks, which Brennan Healers are specifically trained to address, may take physical form, (such as back pain or thyroid imbalances), or manifest as emotional distress (depression and anxiety commonly), distorted beliefs, or a disconnection from spiritual sustenance.


There are five main character subtypes or structures: the Creative, Lover, Endurer, Challenger-Defender and Achiever (these are the less clinical labels used by psychologist and healer, Anodea Judith, Ph.D.), with corresponding challenges revolving around the five main issues of: existence, abandonment, control, betrayal, and being one’s authentic self. While clients may identify primarily with one specific subtype, they are often a unique and fascinating mix of several types.


Brennan Healers carefully look at and listen to their clients noting such things as: posture, ease of movement, breathing, head position, muscular tone (or lack thereof), where the energy is dominant or missing, the timbre and intensity of verbal expression, and the quality of eye contact. These physical expressions provide valuable insight about a client’s type and are helpful clues about what may be interfering with balance, good health and nurturing relationships.


Unfortunately, ingrained blockages and patterns of holding are often locked beyond clients’ conscious awareness, where they exert powerful (usually negative) influence over their health and well-being. Fortunately, Character Structure provides a compassionate way to venture into these unknown territories and to find the treasures buried under years of defense.


For over thirty years, Brennan Healers have helped their clients unlock years of stuckness and flourish in their lives – and to restore what Dr. Reich intended: “a flow of streaming energy within the body.”


This article was published in the January 2011 issue of Natural Awakenings Brevard/Indian River Edition.