All of us have experienced the nagging of our critical voice. My theory is that this is the function of the ego trying to keep us safe. It can be annoying, discouraging and persistent, I know. Ahhhh… And we are fully capable of becoming more aware of the inner criticand redirecting that conversation. 1. Begin by observing what you are saying to yourself inside your head all day long. Warning – this can be shocking! 2. Be grateful for the part of you that is keeping you safe. Pat your heart and say, “thank you for keeping me safe – I’ve got this”. 3. Set an intention to catch yourself and shift to a more positive, encouraging thought. 4. Be gentle with yourself as you … continue reading
The Amazing Vagus Nerve Complex
The Amazing Vagus Nerve Complex The Vagus Nerve is a cranial nerve that extends up into our brains, even though it is not shown in this image. Following is a somewhat technical description of our amazing vagus nerve complex. This is a cranial nerve which, quite elegantly, travels from within our brains, down through all of our major organs, and into our gastro-intestinal system, governing taste, speech, circulation, digestion and so much more. I am suspecting that our so called gut-brain is influential in so many of our chronic illnesses and conditions. In our practice on Monday, let’s see if we can imagine sending loving kindness and appreciation to this wonderful and complex part of our bodies. The vagus nerve is the 10th cranial nerve. Sensory: Innervates … continue reading
Total Lunar Eclipse on Friday – Transformation or Chaos?
“The full moon on the night of July 27, 2018, presents the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. The total phase of the eclipse – called the totality – spans 1 hour 42 minutes and 57 seconds.” www.earthsky.org That’s exciting news! And, unfortunately, we won’t be able to see the eclipse from north America this time. I did find a place in Israel that will be live casting at www.bareket-astro.com, if you would like to follow the event. If you are in Asia or Africa – enjoy! I’ve also been hearing a lot of conversation about the astrological and emotional implications of this full moon and the eclipse. So I got curious to see what I could learn. 1. Be aware that we will feel the emotional … continue reading
What is Visioning Guided Meditation?
The purpose of Visioning guided meditation is to open a place in our consciousness for fresh ideas to be revealed. We center ourselves in the silence, establishing awareness of the Divine within us and opening to our inner wisdom, intuition and guidance. Visions may appear in the form of images, colors, sounds or feelings. At times nothing may be revealed. We accept whatever comes or doesn’t come without judgment, knowing that more will be revealed. The questions: 1. What is the HIGHEST VISION for my life/health/career? 2. What must I RELEASE to fulfill this vision – what am I releasing or transforming that no longer serves me? NOTE: This is the perfect time to utilize your EFT tapping practice to release whatever wants to be released or forgiven so … continue reading
Powerful Questions To Reduce Your Stress
Here is a simple practice to reduce stress, when traveling or when you are home: 1. Begin with a few minutes of Energization exercises, stretching or yoga postures. 2. Sit quietly in Meditation and visualize how you want to feel in your daily life. Really notice the sensations, the energy in your body when you are feeling calm, relaxed and healthy. 3. Ask yourself – What do I need to STOP doing to feel better? What am I saying NO to? And write that down. 4. What do you need to START doing to feel better? What are you saying YES to? And write that down as well. 5. Choose one action you can take this week and commit: ________________________________________ 6. Resistance to change is a nature part of the process of … continue reading
Releasing 2016 – Your Best Year Ever in 2017
Happy New Year! I hope that your holidays were warm and wonderful and that you enjoyed some time of rest, play and connection with loved ones. January is a wonderful time to reflect on the past year and to set intentions for the new year. How will you create your best year ever? I am a big believer in the power of intention. I recently read that those of us who write down our intentions are at least 50% more likely to receive what we desire. Wow! That’s very encouraging. In January I love to return to the VISIONING practice that invites us to meditate and create a vision for our lives that includes asking the following questions: What is the VISION for my life? … continue reading
For Pain Relief – You Might Ask Yourself- What Am I Avoiding?
If you, like me, live with chronic pain, you might want to ask yourself – what am I avoiding? Is there someone you are avoiding seeing or speaking to? Are you putting off an important health care appointment? Where in your life are you procrastinating? Are you pushing yourself and avoiding rest? What is the last thing you are willing to pay attention to? OK, confession time. As I sit here at my desk, gazing out at the humming birds zipping in and out of my garden this morning, I am looking at the piles all around me on my desk and, once again, putting off (procrastinating!) doing my filing and organizing. Ahhhhh… I know that the stuff is taking up space in my consciousness. … continue reading
Calming Down the Fight or Flight (or Flee) Response
This week I thought we might practice calming down the stress in our lives. There is plenty of scary stuff happening in our world and maybe not enough reminders to slow down, breathe deeply, move mindfully and ask for support. Ahhhh… Causes of Stress The flight or fight response in the body is an automatic function designed to help us survive when we are in danger. When every day experiences keep firing the stress response our immune system is impacted, which can lead to fatigue, insomnia, depression and illness. I believe that we always have a choice about how we respond to life. As we move into the fall and winter months, give yourself permission to slow down, nurture … continue reading
Self-Care for Caregivers
IT’S ALL ABOUT BALANCE No one wants to ignore their loved ones when they need support and it’s simply not healthy or practical to completely ignore our own needs either. This week I worked with three different clients who are caregivers. One taking care of a spouse, another helping with her 90+ year old mother-in-law and another young person taking care of her grandmother. All of us will be called on, at one time or another, to be a caregiver for a loved one. This can be one of the most challenging responsibilities we ever take on. I don’t have children, however I imagine that caring for your own children is different, although filled with it’s own challenges, than caring for a parent or spouse. … continue reading
Forgiveness & Letting Go of the Past
We are all affected by the world around us, as well as our own thoughts and beliefs. Sometimes the world feels like a scary place and we are not sure how to respond or maintain our balance. This week I want to share some thoughts on forgiveness with the hope that these suggestions will help you return to your center, open to wisdom, insight and clarity and gain peace within. Ask For Guidance to Healing When centering in Meditation, you might ask to be guided to a memory from the past that will assist you in your healing. Trust where you are guided and work with that information with tapping, journaling and in forgiveness practice. EFT tapping is very effective to help us re-imagine and … continue reading