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Originally Published in Front Porch Magazine- Sept. 2017

We are hard wired for joy, though it may not always feel like it when the daily grind of life happens. Throw in a look at the news, and it’s easy to forget that life is supposed to be a happy existence. Fortunately, there is a way to reignite joy and happiness through Eden Energy Medicine techniques that awaken The Radiant Circuits.

These energy pathways help us to experience strength, vitality, and exhilaration. When we strengthen this system in our body, we ignite joy, gratitude and love, and working with them on a regular basis can help create new habits that keep us in a healthy and happy place.

There are many ways to activate these energies that were first described some 4,500 years ago in Chinese texts. Smiling, laughing, walking in nature, or listening to music naturally activates them, but there are also exercises that can help as well.

A great first step is to release any negativity, and a combination of exercises called the Blow Out, Zip Up, and Hook Up will help us. To begin, bring your arms to either side of your body and make fists, imagining that all your frustrations and negative feelings are in your hands. On an inhale, bring your arms above your head, and on an exhale, bring them down quickly and open your fists, either using the “shhh” sound or the name of what is upsetting you. Repeat three times and on the last movement, bring your hands down slowly and deliberately and let it all go. To Zip Up, place both hands over your pubic bone, and trace straight up the center of the front of your body to your bottom lip. Then, imagining a lock and key, lock the meridian you just traced (Central Meridian) at your bottom lip. For the last exercise in the combination, The Hook Up, place one finger in your belly button and the other between your eyebrows on the bridge of your nose, push in and pull both points up. Breathe a few times and you have not only helped get your Radiant Circuits online, but aided all the other energy systems in your body.

The Triple Warmer/ Spleen Hug not only awakens your Radiant Circuits, it also helps anytime you feel overwhelmed. Place your right hand on the left side of the rib cage, and the left hand on the other arm with the pinky finger at the indent at the tip of your elbow. Wrap your hand around the elbow and stay in that position for about two minutes. Switch sides and repeat.

Another type of hook up helps to Harmonize Triple Warmer, a meridian that oversees our fight and flight response, and bring it in line with our adrenal response system. Place one hand on your forehead and the other hand above your naval. Hold this for at least a minute and breathe.

Heaven Rushing In helps us tap into the bigger picture and bring more inspiration into our lives. Place your hands on your thighs and take a few deep breaths to ground yourself. Then on an inhale, raise your hands to your sides and over your head, touching your hands above it. On an exhale, bring them down to a prayer position in front of your chest. On the next deep breath, open them wide to the sky above your head and stay there as long as you need to. When you are ready, bring your hands to your heart and breathe a few times.

I hope these exercises allow you to know your truth- you are a beautiful, radiant being and joy is your natural vibration!