I told you sometime before the advises on how russians stay warm in cold, freezing winters.. when i say freezing I talk about 30-35 below zero... so here we go - some more advises you can follow to stay hot (now - serious ones!): - go to the warmer places on earth - warm up your relationship - wear warm and dry clothes (remember Kramer warmed up his shirts in the oven) - sweaters knitted by hands out of camels wool, angora scarfs, socks made out of dogs fur, fur knickers and valenki, grelki, varezhki and of course shapka-ushanka... one of the items i listed is just a joke - you guess what... make sure your clothes is full of layers: it can be as many of them as you want on any part of your body... - take hot bath or even hot sauna - smell some warm aromas: cider, ladan, cassia, ylang, majoram, basil, carnation, mandarin, orange, - have a massage - yes, baby! - eat warm types of food: hot soup or borsch, spices, alcohol, pumpkin, cabbage, any nuts and seeds, goat cheeses, coffee, seafood (I do not eat meat so for meat consumers - any types of red meat), oats, hot teas, buckwheat. cherries and plums etc etc (look up the tables of Yin-Yang food groups). - use your mind to create a thought form that you are warm by running a hot lightning - like a red or bright white or golden ball - up and down your spine (my dad taught me how to do it back in russia when we could spend hours waiting for a bus at the station and even a warm fur coat was not enough to save you from cold) - make sure your thoughts are pleasant and positive no matter what as your good thoughts also warm you up - grow up a long beard (for men only I suppose although - who knows...) and dont go to a hair dresser in winter - extra hair (even on your body!!!) will help to warm you up too (now I feel for any baldies...) - dont go outside if you do not need to... especially fishing or hunting! - use oily creams on your face and hands - dont wear any metal on your skin - if you think vodka can warm you up - just drink it so you will find out for yourself... - make love under the blanket and not in the snow! - use your heater for god sake! - take a deep deep deep breath in... and dont breath out for a long time... repeat if required... - stay cool!!!
how to get warm in Melbourne cold weather although Russian frosts when the temperature drops down to 35 degrees below zero in the country where for 3 months a year it is cold and the other 9 months - it is very cold... and of course can not be compared to Australian winter... but Russians share their experience, they recommend how to stay warm and talk about some sensational advantages of the cold weather: 1. your car might not start so automatically all the issues with traffic will be solved - no traffic on the roads and lots of free parking spaces 2. your walk out with the dog will be very fast and efficient, actually you do not have to take your dog for a walk at all - she/he can actually go half-way, basically half of the dog can go out - his/her back part only... or your dog can learn to use the house bathroom and the loo... and finally staying at home for long hours she/he can start playing and solving all newspaper crosswords... . 3. bicycles and cyclists. should be aware that riding in such conditions can be a real heath hazard: and the question is not in riding the bike but getting off the bike as you might not notice that the saddle will freeze to your bottom part completely and you might accidentally take it with you inside the house. 4. love making in the streets and in the open air should be avoided for many obvious reasons 5. your heaters might be overworking at this time of the year. please use an ancient remedy for warming up: one child can heat an average room of 20 square meters, the more children you have at home the warmer it will get... 6. if Yarra river freezes take it as your advantage: don't use public transport from home to work, you can easily skate down the river to your work place in the city... 7. and one more thought that will keep you warm - Russian summer can be colder than Melbourne coldest winter. hope you will enjoy the rest of the winter too...
WHY SUNLIGHT AND SUNGAZING IS SO GOOD FOR YOU?
SUNGAZING: DISCOVER THE BRIGHT REWARDS OF THIS ANCIENT PRACTICE by Carolanne Wright
Reserved for the elite priests and shamans of ancient sun worshiping civilizations, sungazing was considered a powerful tool for spiritual and physical transformation. Today, the practice has been revived and embraced once again - gaining popularity with those who seek heightened vibrancy and joyful states of being. Proponents also believe sungazing reduces hunger and helps to maintain a slim body.
How to feast on sunlight
The fundamental sungazing protocol is quite simple. During sunrise or sunset, stand barefoot on the earth and gaze at the sun for 10 seconds. Each day, look 10 seconds longer until you build up to 44 minutes - about 10 months' worth of daily practice. Remain relaxed and calm, do not squint or strain. Once you have reached the 44 minute mark, the program is complete, further sungazing isn't necessary - although many continue the practice throughout their lives.
Physical, mental and emotional merits
Scientific research supports the advantages of sungazing. According to Dr. Edward F. Group III of the Global Healing Center, a few perks of the practice include:
ENHANCED PRODUCTION OF MELATONIN AND SEROTONIN - Research has found when direct sunlight enters the eyes, it moves through the retinal hypothalamic tract and continues into the brain. The pineal gland is then stimulated to secrete both melatonin and serotonin, two hormones that regulate sleep/wake cycles and positive states of mind, respectively. Melatonin is also a potent antioxidant which slows the ill effects of aging.
INCREASED PINEAL GLAND SIZE - Bombarded by fluoride, toxins and electromagnetic pollution, the pineal gland shrinks and calcifies as we age - compromising melatonin and serotonin production. Sungazing has been shown to enlarge the gland. Brain scans of a long-term, 70-year-old practitioner revealed a pineal gland three times the size of an average man.
MORE ENERGY - Sungazers report heightened vitality. Dr. Group believes this is due to the release of melatonin and serotonin.
Sungazing also curbs the appetite and aids in weight reduction. When we don't receive enough sunlight, vitamin D levels drop which leads to weight gain. Cravings for carbohydrates and sugar also increase due to low serotonin, triggering false hunger signals.
The benefits of the practice are substantial, but it isn't for everyone. As Dr. Group points out:
"Sungazing is an interesting practice that touches the spiritual and psychological realms, which are very personal things. Everyone is wired a little differently ... If you choose to partake, do your own research, be careful, be cautious, and document your experience."