The Calm after the Storm

The Calm after the Storm

Spring gives rise to moments of renewal essential to the perpetual rhythm of life. The energy it provides is powerful as it awakens nature from its winter slumber. Springtime means days grow longer, until the summer equinox, giving us opportunity to enjoy an evening stroll again, rejuvenating our senses with the sights of nature blooming and the sounds of new life at every corner. It marks a period in nature when drastic oscillations between cold and warm air currents meet generating great storms. We see in nature the effects of a dynamic system where disruptive patterns bring new synergy and growth. But we also know, through the rhythmic patterns of the Earth that it’s cyclical. We can prepare for it. We can do our best to mitigate it, but in the end we have to ride out the storms and pick-up the pieces where necessary. 

Each of us experiences similar disruptions in our mental and emotional states of wellbeing. We are not immune to the stresses that bombard us from all around. There are moments of disruptions that are equally important for our growth and development for they challenge us and help us develop our strength of character. Adversity leads to growth, but must be tempered by a holistic perspective to see the patterns that emerge. With awareness and appropriate action, we are able to mitigate the stresses as best we can. Yet, in the end we need tenacity to ride out the storm, and then learn life’s valuable lessons as we pick-up the necessary pieces. 

Love, support, and self-forgiveness are crucial components to mitigate these emotional storms. And the holistic perspective we need comes from honoring our mind-body-spiritual connections that shape us and influence how we experience our life. When we strengthen our minds we are focusing on our inner wellbeing using introspection to learn from our daily experiences – growing our relationships and love of self and others, and all that supports us. When we strengthen our bodies we provide it the energy to thrive through nutrition and exercise, and our physical connections with nature and its source. We feel good when our bodies are in tune in all facets. When we can bring balance to our mind/body connection with a deeper understanding of the interplay between myself, others around me and the environment that shapes us, we grow our spiritual ground. This holistic balance allows one to develop a strong sense of self and purpose in daily life that springs forth meaning and happiness out of the everyday.     

Traumatic stress, and at times the structures of our own minds and bodies, compromises us and makes it hard to benefit from the disruptive flow that is a necessary part of life. We all need support to mitigate the storms, yet some individuals have tried various kinds of support and still have not found their path to wellness. Ketamine Health Centers can help you find your path through alternative treatment methods for depression, pain management and a myriad of ailments. Ketamine infusions are proven to generate new states of awareness that led to more holistic perspectives. Please contact us today for a free consultation and learn how Ketamine Health Centers can help you, or a loved one, find new effective forms of support. 

   

The Love Challenge

The Love Challenge

Belonging is a deeply rooted human drive. We are social creatures after all. We require love and physical touch to survive and thrive. We seek others not only for our evolutionary needs, but for our self-growth and altruistic behavior that provide meaning in our lives. Often times we sacrifice our own self-identity for the sake of feeling accepted by specific groups of people, rather than shining out who we are with confidence and letting others gravitate to us. The reason why we tend to do this often is because genuine belonging requires vulnerability, yet societal pressures have taught us to be cautious and protective rather than open and transparent about who we are. One of the secrets to happiness that many enlightened people have come to understand, and thankfully share with us, is knowing that in order to feel at home with others, no matter the setting, you must feel at home with yourself. 

During this month of love and friendship, I challenge you to open your arms and give yourself random acts of kindness. Forgive yourself your faults and know that you do the best you can. If you find you aren’t putting your best foot forward, congratulate yourself for recognizing it, own it and know that you can make that change with intention and love of self. That is the challenge of self-growth. Accepting yourself fully is the doorway through which others can join you while also revealing their true self. Together with that interplay of openness one can generate the necessary social dynamics that opens a space for authenticity and true connections.

There are many obstacles to establishing this level of openness and vulnerability, it is a difficult task for every individual. The great challenge of creating meaning and carving out our space in an unyielding world is THE quest. If in addition to the challenges that existential living produces one is also contending with mental health concerns, it becomes almost untenable to reach a place of belonging and self-acceptance. According to national data, over 16 million Americans experience major depression disorder, with nearly one-third finding little to no relief from traditional treatment methods. Depression (and tangential epidemics such as the opioid crisis) tops the greatest public health concerns globally. It is the biggest challenge we face to establishing wellness both internally with psychological and spiritual well-being, and externally by establishing social and environmental rebalance. 

Too many individuals are suffering from lack of self-love and emotional wellbeing, and other reasons that go deeper into the neurophysiology of an individual. Yet others are further suffering from the lack of effective treatments for depression. Ketamine infusion and TMS treatment methods provide much needed new approaches to healing, and have shown remarkable success with treatment-resistant patients. To date, however, one drawback regrading Ketamine infusion has been the duration of its effects. Now, there is a new development that can address this shortcoming. Esketamine is a newly developed drug derived from Ketamine that is on the fast track for FDA approval. It is a nasal spray to be administered still within a clinical setting that can provide the necessary boost between treatments for greater efficacy. Providing greater potential for Ketamine infusions to help the millions of Americans with treatment-resistant depression find their path to sustained emotional wellbeing. Ketamine Health Centers can help put you on that path. Reach out today and set up a free consultation to discuss which treatment method may work for you or your loved one.

To an Amazing New Day

To an Amazing New Day

Happy New Year! I do hope the year welcomed you with excitement for new possibilities. A nod, at least, to the importance of creating new plans, new paths to wellness. I hope you also entertain the possibility of having an amazing day ahead! I was beautifully reminded that it is in my power to have an amazing day. As I go about my routine being mindful of what I see and say, and especially how I feel, I notice how my reactions to all that surrounds me can shape my mindset. With an open mind I take on challenges and find the beauty in all things that I encounter, perhaps even the possibility of something shifting my course for the better. When I recognize the smile that comes over me as I witness a sweet moment unfold, I feel the renewed energy that a specific connection provides me. I draw from that energy all the possibilities that exist in the universe. I become open to the world and find that being in the moment helps bring about the positive things I seek out in my life. What is even more inspiring is recognizing that an intentional mindset also generates that energy for others around me. I can be a catalyst for others I encounter throughout my amazing day to take notice and be more mindful of their own powerful place in the world. This sort of energy exchange happens on such a subtle level that sadly we often ignore it. Yet, we have the advantage of the collective that gives great potency to the power of possibility and openness. We grow immensely when we recognize our power to influence not only our own reactions and attention to life’s moments, but by simply living with greater intention we help those around us focus on their own states of wellbeing and character development. The core of that state of psychosocial development rests on relationship and fellowship building, creating a collective energy that leads to synergistic growth, and above all establishing a healthy balance in all aspects of living. More often than not, when we develop our core beings we are rewarded with a cosmic connection in life that helps us navigate this difficult world with more patience and love. And so I hope to carry the energy of the holidays through the fellowship that was shared into the new year.

In order to feel one with the created world we must be open to possibility. The possibility of change, the possibility of something new and unexpected. These moments of deeper connections with the life source that moves through all states of being are not difficult to establish, but they do require an openness and flexibility of mind that our hectic lives and social structures do not encourage. Some individuals have a lower tolerance for change, for difference, for flexibility. Some see only black and white. It makes it hard to grow in a society that shines as a prism light if you can’t appreciate its colorful array. We at Ketamine Health Centers recognize this and provide new treatment methods, Ketamine infusion and TMS treatments, to help loosen the rigid perspectives that often grips the mind. The neurophysiological effects that these treatments aim to produce in large part help the mind escape entrenched pathways and create subtle new circuitry that allows for that needed flexibility for core wellness. Please connect with us today through our various modes of contact, and schedule a free consultation to explore the possibilities that Ketamine Health Centers can provide you or your loved one.

Reshaping the Mental Health Field

Reshaping the Mental Health Field

We live in promising times as we begin to better understand the role of energy frequencies in the development of our wellbeing.Patterns and established pathways, as well as the deviations from set patterns that occur, play a central role in the richness and diversity of life. What is most exciting within the field of mental health is the integration of a multifaceted approach to wellness. A holistic approach to help one establish a healthy and robust development of mind-body-soul work that grounds our happiness in this challenging world. The history and development of mental health as a discipline in medicine is fascinating, yet grim, and fraught with difficult challenges in the face of great suffering. When psychiatric medications known as SSRIs emerged in the late 1980s, there was immense promise for the treatment of countless psychiatric conditions. This revolutionary chemical approach to treatment provided a lifeline for patients suffering from mental illness and the very methods used to treat them. However, as in all things, there must be a balance. Thankfully, the psychiatric community is finally beginning to incorporate the necessary holistic approach that robust mental health and social development requires. There is both a greater awareness of the role that patterns and entrenched neurological pathways play in the development of mental illness, and a move towards using this knowledge to help develop better, and more efficacious treatment methods.

Over the last two decades we have more fully integrated the various approaches to wellness from nutrition, to exercise, to relationship and fellowship building. As well as via various modes of therapeutic approaches to relieving stress and anxiety (and traumatic suffering) provided by music therapy, art therapy, movement meditation, and other interactive modes of energy release. More recently, with a greater understanding of the role of energy frequencies through the profound perspective that quantum physics offers, we have well-documented the benefits of acupuncture, Reiki touch, vibrational therapy, and the like. But even more profound for the psychiatric community is the development of therapies within this new scientific and medical paradigm, using our knowledge of the role of frequencies to develop more effective treatments.

The new treatments of Ketamine infusion and TMS provide patients and clinicians renewed hope. Hope for relief from debilitating symptoms for patients who have tried a multitude of approaches to treatment. And a profound sigh of relief from psychiatrists who see very promising results for their patients. The continued development of Ketamine-infused treatments to target depression, PTSD, pain management and relief, among other targeted illnesses, has shown to provide immediate relief of symptoms for most of our patients at KetamineHealth Centers. Our patients’ testimonials highlight the impact of the field’s current transformation on an individual and personal level. Ketamine treatment has proven to be a lifeline over the last several years for patients facing treatment-resistant depression.

One of the newest methods available is a cognitive science-based process known as TMS, or Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS): A non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain that improve symptoms of depression.Ketamine Health Centers is excited to announce this new treatment method will be available very soon. We are committed to providing our clients the highest standards of treatment available, and encourage you to set up a free consultation today to review the benefits of these new FDA approved treatment methods. Our care team will help you will determine which path to healing works best for you or your loved one.    

Movement Meditation and Dynamic Healing

Movement Meditation and Dynamic Healing

The season has changed and energy begins to stir with an autumn breeze. As temps begin to drop over time, we experience the effects of entropy on our bodies. We require more movement to stay warm and keep our energy levels maximized. Entropy, one of the properties of matter that allows for dynamic change in our world, is at play in all aspects of nature. Our bodies are no different. All open systems move towards equilibrium, towards balance for stability and sustainability. A heat source will always move from hot to cold in order to establish equilibrium. As temperatures drop externally we require intervention in the form of more clothing, friction through movement, or heating apparatuses to maintain our body temperatures higher than the surrounding air. Equally important in nature for growth and development is spontaneous dynamic movement towards disorder (higher entropy) that requires energy transformation to establish some level of organization. Our minds must also find a delicate balance between stability and dynamism for healthy development. A system that is too stable has low entropy and cannot move forward without a substantial influx of energy. And a high entropic system is too disordered to establish the rhythm and patterns that we need for sustainability. Nature develops along the state of criticality that lies between order and disorder, between stability and dynamism.

Life is a balancing act of establishing stability and activity in our lives for healthy development. We need routines, but we must also create a momentum of flow that keeps us active, keeps up our energy levels, and strengthens our emotional and physical core. We must act to create these conditions in ourselves. That is the role of hobbies, activities and relationships that bring us joy. Our need to balance stability and dynamic growth is made more favorable by the multifaceted ways in which we can energize our soul, our mind, our body in a routine manner. There are countless of ways to inject energy in our lives, and they don’t all require movement, such as reading a fantastic novel. But movement does offer a degree of energy infusion that when coupled with meditation or attentiveness can generate a charge that carries us forward through our day. A wonderful practice to explore for the activation of mind, body and spirit in tandem is the movement meditation practice of Tai Chi. The slow graceful, at times forceful, movements undertaken in Tai Chi help one create calm, focus the mind, strengthen the body, and increase attention to and flow of one’s energy center. During the practice of Tai Chi one can feel the energy between one’s hands at the Dantian point in particular. With its focus on the five elemental forms of energy: Wood, Metal, Fire, Earth and Water, Tai Chi highlights the tension between high entropic and low entropic systems at play in our world. The highly organized, less entropic states of wood and metal, juxtaposed with the more chaotic, less organized states of fire and water, highlight this balance. Tai Chi can heal through breathing and meditative calm and focus on one’s energy center to recharge at all levels – emotional, physical and spiritual.

For some individuals these activities of wellness and centering are not sufficient to bring about the necessary influx of energy; to move one out of a psychic or traumatic cycle that grabs hold of an individual and keeps the entropic levels so low as to be unable to generate a forward momentum towards healing. One becomes stuck, literally unable to move towards higher states of energy, of intervention to create dynamism. Ketamine infusion treatment produces a psychic and biophysical state that leads to an increase of entropy, or disorder in the brain that may help create new neural connections through the dislodging of well traced pathways. This influx of energy generated by a higher state of entropy in the mind can carry one through into making lifestyle changes that will continue to create an influx of energy flow and momentum towards healing. Our goal at Ketamine Health Centers is to help you find ways to recharge on your own over time. For more information on how Ketamine infusion treatment may help you, we encourage you to set up a free consultation today.

By: Isbel Cruz-Chaudhry Oct 9, 2018

 

					

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