Spring Cleaning Your Life for More Clarity, Energy, Joy, and Peace

Spring Cleaning Your Life for More Clarity, Energy, Joy, and Peace

Spring cleaning your life inside and out can give you more clarity, energy, joy, and peace.  Have you ever thought about it that way?

When in sync with spring, you naturally feel restless and you want change.  You want to eliminate what’s in the way, no longer serves you, and/or is cluttering your space.  You want a fresh start, to feel alive, and to welcome “the new”.

Those impulses apply to your life, not just your material world.  The same way cleaning your home, office, car, etc. helps you feel refreshed and rejuvenated, with space for “the new”, cleaning your life can bring you new clarity, energy, and peace.

What does Spring cleaning your life mean?

Eliminating the “obsolete, detrimental, old, toxic, and/or outdated” ways of thinking, doing, and BEING.

You know…. the things that zap your energy, distract you from what’s important, keep you in unhealthy patterns, and keep you stressed.

Spring cleaning your life frees you

How do you know where to start?

Knowing yourself is key.  Be clear about, and honor, your values and Soul’s intentions.  Taking a good, honest, unfiltered look at yourself and your life and drilling down to the core will help you discover what you need to see, know, and do.

Your heart is your source of power and motivation.  It’s the seat of your Soul.  It embodies your Soul’s intentions, values, desires, and Purpose.  Listen to your heart, and then allow your intellect to serve your highest good in bringing what’s in your heart to Life.

Some questions to ask yourself when spring cleaning your life:

Trust your first instincts, your first response, then go deeper.  There’s no “right or wrong”, just your answers ….. for YOUR clarity and guidance…..

Spring cleaning your life for change for the betterIs stress interfering with my quality of life?

What are my biggest “button pushers”?

What nags me most frequently?

Where in my life are my values lacking?

Am I aligned with my Soul’s Intentions?

What do I want to improve?

Am I willing to improve it?

Can I improve it?

How can I begin NOW to be a better version of myself?

What do I commit to changing?

Follow the steps in letting go…..

  1. Identify the need to change
  2. WANT to change
  3. Decide to change
  4. Make the plan – baby doable steps with support
  5. Follow the plan – to DO and BE different
  6. Actually LIVE it – be kind, patient, and consistent with yourself over time to develop new habits
  7. BE the new change – rewired by living it long enough that it IS you. For now.  Until you hit #1 again…

The litmus test:

Do your current life, your current ways, your current possessions embody your values?

Do they support you in realizing your Soul’s Intentions?

Decide what you are ready, willing and able to let go of as you begin Spring cleaning your life.  What’s keeping you from the clarity, energy, joy, and peace you want?

Think about what you are ready to incorporate in your “cleaner” life as well that can bring you more clarity, energy, joy, and peace.

Is it time for more FUN!!! ?

I know its time for me to include more FUN!!! in my life.  I have been getting rid of some of the “old” to make room for more “FUN!!!”.

And, isn’t change is always easier, and more FUN!!!, when you don’t go it alone?

I find it is. So, I am creating a new opportunity as my gift to you.  AND, you have the chance to participate in creating that opportunity with me.

It will be a program to help us get out of our own way, and create a plan for FUN!!!, and have mutual support to keep us on track, ending this Mother’s Day.  A gift to the parts of ourselves that give to, support, and care for others.

If you would like to include more FUN in your life, and are interested in learning more, possibly creating and participating in this with me, click here to receive more information.     This time-sensitive opportunity ends April 7.   Click here now to learn more.

Spring cleaning your life for freedom and letting go

 

5 Tips for Managing Overwhelm

Overwhelm – 5 Tips For Managing It

When feelings of overwhelm creep into your daily life, do you ignore them and just keep pushing through your day?  If you’re like me, and many of my clients, you do.   But, if we don’t recognize overwhelm as the warning sign it is, we can end up crashing.

Our daily routine and habits give us our comfort zone, and perhaps a false sense of being in control.  They can keep us from realizing that we really DO need to tend to our stress.  And, we can, therefore, miss a rich opportunity for improvement to ultimately impact our health and well-being.

Until…..  a crisis hits, and feelings of overwhelm are an understatement.

The reality check of a crisis can really push us to the limit, as we are drawn into survival mode, with its own set of dynamics.  It forces us to re-examine our priorities.  Unless we value our wellbeing enough to prepare in advance….. without hitting the wall first…..

Our recent snowstorm here in the Northeast was a great opportunity for me to appreciate all I’ve gained in my ability to handle the tough stuff, as well as discover that, well, let’s just say….. I still have a little work to do……

My home can quickly become inaccessible in poor weather.  That’s bad enough, without also considering: a dairy herd, barns, equipment, two homes (father-in-law next door), and a nearly-96 legally blind grandfather living alone 20 minutes away.  Add in: being a one-person business with no paid time off, and no way to recoup lost client time.

My husband and his aging dad run the farm.  I mostly watch, encourage, and empathize, occasionally handling the dumb end of a shovel, or trying to look imposing while running around waving my arms and yelling (usually to chase cows, sometimes to flag down one of the guys … marginally effective at either). But, when there’s a crisis, I’m often called upon to “girl-up”.

Back to the snowfall, and overwhelm.

It seems like everything needs to be done at once in the morning.  Starting stubborn diesel tractors.  Creating access for the milk truck to pick up our milk (luckily – every other day).  Plowing space in the field to spread manure.  Clearing the manure collection area for the wagon and tractor.  Breaking free the frozen barn cleaner.   Clearing the barnyard so the cows can go out so the guys can clean the barn, or exit in an emergency.  Monitoring roof loads.

In the meantime, water bowls must be thawed so the cows can drink (equivalent of a bathtub of water a day), and silos unfrozen and cleared so feed can be put out.  Then, birthing happens…..

Waiting patiently are the houses, roofs, vents and chimneys, driveways, etc.  Not to mention, access to, and fueling of, the outdoor wood furnace. If lucky, we find our vehicles and clear them off.  All while praying we don’t have an emergency or breakdown……

Not done. I still need to check on my grandfather and his home (as well as other family), cancel and re-schedule appointments, hope my office is still accessible and intact, and remember to eat, drink, bathe, sleep, etc……  Get my drift?  Yes, a pun.

Overwhelm? Definitely.

Overwhelm.  Where do I begin dealing?

Better question: where do you begin?

Here are 5 tips I find useful, and share with my clients, for dealing with overwhelm:

  1. Notice how you’re feeling, and tend to your self-care first.  You’re no good to anyone if, well, you’re no good.  Right?
  2. Be present and mindful, “in the moment” to stay focused, clear, and open to what you really need to know.  Listen to your heart, and gut. Then, you’re more likely to notice important changes, and respond appropriately.
  3. Prioritize calmly, objectively, yet intuitively.  Obviously, a crisis necessitates different prioritizing than daily stress management.  Remember, knowing your values is key in setting priorities that keep stress under control, and get you through a crisis. Let your heart and mind partner-up.
  4. Break tasks into smaller steps, focusing on what you’re doing, not on what else is still waiting for you.   Acknowledge your progress and stamina along the way.
  5. Find a silver lining.  Some joy, accomplishment, awareness, experience.  Try to have fun, and appreciate something or someone…..
What overwhelm?

Birdwatching in the sunny, warm window.  Art, skill, both? Or, just adorable?

I find times of overwhelm are excellent opportunities to remember what is REALLY important to me.  It’s a time to bolster my self-care, be in the moment, acknowledge myself for the small things, find pleasure and joy in the simple things, feel connected to something Greater, and be grateful.

One thing that stands out for me, too, in a crisis, is pulling together in community.  Nothing is more heartwarming to me than seeing everyone do and BE their best to help each other and make the world go ’round.  How about you?

Needing support in times of overwhelm, or managing stress? Apply today for a complimentary Discovery Session.   We’ll hop on the phone for about 30-40 minutes and get you on your way! Talk with you soon!

 

 

Create a balanced life for fulfillment and well-being

Create a Balanced Life for Fulfillment and Well-Being

Do you desire a more balanced life, but feel stuck when it comes to creating one?

A balanced life means something different to everyone.  What would a balanced life look and feel like to you?

To me, it means feeling calm, grounded, clear, focused, and on-track with a sense of connection, purpose, and meaning.  It also means having a handle on your life without being pulled too much in one direction.

How do you know if your life is out of balance?

Only you truly know how you are feeling and what you are thinking.  Being honest with yourself, listening to, and heeding those persistent whispers calling for change, before they become shouts, will help you find balance.

What is your Inner Guidance telling you?  Is it whispering “imbalance” to you through feelings of stress, discontent, agitation, being spread thin, and/or irritability? Fatigue? Depression? Health issues?  Simply a persistent desire for things to be different?

If you are experiencing any of the above, ask yourself if there are certain areas in your life needing more, or even less, attention.

Where do you start?

Assess if you have a balanced lifeAssess your life, state of mind, and how you are feeling.  Where would you like to feel more balance? What are you neglecting?

Would you like more balance among:

  • Doing vs. being
  • Giving vs. receiving
  • Being responsible, vs. being care-free
  • Being alone vs. with others?

Delving a little deeper, do you feel balanced in time and energy spent on your inner vs. your external world?

Inner World:

  • mind/thoughts,
  • emotional life,
  • spiritual life, and
  • physical health and wellbeing

External World:

  • work life,
  • social life,
  • family life, and
  • recreation/fun time

Are you so focused on the activities of life that you are unaware of what is going on inside of you?  Conversely, are you so focused on what is going on within you that you are missing out on living life?

Going deeper…..

You may feel balanced between those two main areas, but desire to balance out the aspects within one or the other. For example, you may feel a need to spend less time thinking, and more time feeling, and connecting to spirit.

Within one or more of those aspects you may desire more balance. For example in the aspect of family, you may desire greater balance between fulfilling family responsibilities and creating healthy boundaries.

Spending time and energy in any of these ways can be positive.  However, excess in any one area can turn that positive into something detrimental to your well-being in the end.

Living a balanced life decreases stress, improves health, and increases well-being.

A balanced life is less stressful and healthier

How do you find your balance?

Knowing what values you hold close to your heart is key in creating a balanced life.  Ultimately, it is the value within that you instinctively seek in your most fulfilling choices. Do what you love.

I teach my clients a process to get their head out of the way, and listen to what their hearts value. Choosing to spend their time and energy in ways that embody those heart-held values helps reduce stress, and increase their fulfillment.

Make a list of your values, and verify that the ways you spend the majority of your time and energy embody those values. Are your values present or absent in the aspects of your life in which you have chosen to create more balance?

How do you create a balanced life?

Commit to being balanced, and embodying that commitment in every decision.

Set intentions.

Make a plan.  Identify tasks needed to achieve your intentions daily, weekly, monthly, annually.  Start with small, baby-step changes.  Then, when you start seeing results, its easier to maintain and build momentum.

Make time to check in with yourself and reassess on a daily basis.  Notice what has and hasn’t worked.  What changes, if any, do you choose to make?

Empower yourself ahead of time to thwart the negative voices and challenges.

Know ahead of time what inner stuff will get in your way so you can be prepared when the resistance rears its head.  It always does.

Know:

  • how you stayed focused in the past when you accomplished the most important things
  • what you need to remember to overcome those worries, fears, doubts, anxieties, and self-sabotaging thoughts
  • how it felt to have succeeded despite the parts of yourself that had a difficult time
  • what you need to tell those parts of yourself
  • how to be kind to yourself so that being balanced feels good

Connect with someone who can be your cheerleader, witness, and support person to keep you focused, supported, motivated.

If you feel you could use an objective professional to fill the gaps your friends can’t in supporting you, consider working with a transformational life coach.  Apply today for a complimentary Discovery Session to see if this may be a dynamic resource for you.

A balanced life

As with any change, it takes time and practice to create new habits.

Give yourself a minimum of 3 months to establish new habits and patterns.  If you stay on track with this intentional process for that long, chances are good you will create lasting new habits and feel more balanced and fulfilled going forward.

 

An overlooked secret to keeping your New Year's resolutions

An Overlooked Secret to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

Despite your best intentions and efforts,  do you still fail to keep your New Year’s resolutions?  If you said, “Yes”, you are likely missing an overlooked secret to keeping your New Year’s Resolutions.

You are not alone. Research shows that about 50% of all Americans make resolutions.  Yet, of those, only about 8% are successful in keeping them.

If you are like most resolution-makers, you choose goals related to health and fitness, finances, or improving your of life.  You may want such changes, but still not be successful despite your best intentions.

If you find it difficult to actually keep your resolutions, here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Am I making resolutions based upon my “shoulds” and “musts”?
  • Are my resolutions the same as what everyone else is doing?
  • Have I made this resolution year after year with no real progress?
  • Am I still falling short despite an accountability or buddy system, and breaking my goals into small steps?

If you answered “Yes” to any or all of the above questions, you may be missing the overlooked secret to keeping your New Year’s Resolutions.  You are likely making them from your “head”, i.e. what you “think” you “should” do.

What’s wrong with that? Well, let me ask you this: do you actually feel good about, and enjoy taking the action required?  If not, how likely are you to stick with doing something you don’t like doing, or feel passionate about?

If you don’t feel good about it, you are likely missing the overlooked secret to keeping your New Year’s Resolutions.

What IS that overlooked secret to keeping your New Year’s Resolutions?

secret to keeping your resolutionsHere it is: Following your heart.

If your heart isn’t in the game, you lack the passion, drive, and desire that provide lasting momentum and energy needed to keep you going.  Your motivations come from other sources that don’t last, like willpower.

You are created of something greater than your personality self, designed to be and live a certain way YOU-nique to you.  Your heart knows what that is, and shows you your path in the form of love, joy and passion.

Positive loving, joyful emotions are life-sustaining Source energy flowing freely, and abundantly within and through you.  When you TRULY love what you are doing, it is a sign that you are on your path to living fully aligned with your Purpose.

Align with your Purpose. Follow your Soul Intentions.

secret to keeping your New Year's ResolutionsYour Soul Intentions for this lifetime are your Purpose.  Your heart knows what your Purpose is, and is guiding you with its love, joy, and passion.

You come into this life designed perfectly to live YOUR Purpose.  When you set goals aligned with your Purpose, you will find you enjoy accomplishing them and that you have the resources needed to do so.

That doesn’t mean it is always easy because there will likely be some tests to support your growth along the way.  But, you will feel less like a square peg in a round hole, and feel less stressed as a result.  You will love your life, and feel like your heart is in living it.

The overlooked secret to keeping your New Year’s Resolutions IS following your heart, thus aligning with your Purpose, i.e. your Soul Intentions for this lifetime.

Don’t make resolutions.

That’s right. Don’t pledge to do those cliché things that you always SAY you should/must do, but your heart isn’t in.   Isn’t it easier to “do it if your heart is in it”?

You are built and resourced to live your Soul Intentions, and when you attune yourself to, and align yourself with those, you will find you have better results. Set goals aligned with your Soul Intentions instead of making cliché resolutions you think you should.

The common tips and tricks to keeping your resolutions still have value.

Most people benefit from breaking goals down into doable, practical steps.  It also helps to celebrate reaching each of those mini milestones.

It can also be helpful to have support in community with others who have similar goals.  You can lean on each other and hold each other accountable.  You also can benefit from suggestions others find helpful.

Another very useful tip is to focus on the feeling of having accomplished your goal.  The feeling is actually the motivator behind it all.  The path you take to get there can vary, and the end result may end up being different than the goal you set.  What matters is the feeling you have at the end showing you whether you ARE on your path, or not.

Choosing the optimal time for changes can also help you succeed in creating them.

The urge to start fresh, commit to change, and begin anew is natural at this time of year.

secret to keeping your New Year's resolutionsIt is related to the cycles of light, and dark, and forces greater than you (remember the Rich Spiritual Symbolism in the Holiday Stories ?).  It is an optimal time for aligning with your YOU-niqe path, choosing the changes you will make, and setting your plan in motion.

Above all, have fun and be gentle with yourself in creating your plan for 2017.  Tune in to, and honor your heart.  See what you notice and enjoy the journey.

How do I align with my Soul Intentions?

Meditation and Imagery can help you align with your soul intentionsI meditate, and use guided imagery to listen to my Inner Wisdom, i.e., my Higher Self communicating my Soul’s path to me.

Meditation and imagery can be powerful tools to assist you in aligning with your Soul Intentions, and choosing your goals.  They help you open to the possibilities in your heart, while allowing your “head” to rest in its proper place – out of the way.  These are the same skills I teach my coaching clients to develop.

If you need help discovering your Purpose, or aligning with your Soul Intentions, apply for a complimentary Discovery Session today. Transformational life coaching can help you transcend your “shoulds and musts” to discover your heart’s desires and bring them to Life.

Happy New Year!

Simple Self-Care During The Holidays

Simple Holiday Self-Care for Less Stress and More Energy

Simple self-care during the holidays can reduce stress and keep you energized. Is your own self-care even on your holiday list?

If you are the type to put everything and every one else first, you probably do so even more at holiday time, and your answer to that question is likely “NO”.   Simple self-care during the holidays can help reduce stress, and energize you.  Then, you may even find you get more done in less time because you are more effective and efficient.

Putting yourself on your list can be simple and effortless.

You don’t need to buy anything, schedule hours into your day, nor go anywhere.

There are some tips for simple self-care during the holidays you can incorporate effortlessly into your routine that will help minimize the effects of stress.

Simply minimizing the effects of stress can help short term.

Minimizing the effects of stress does not have the lasting effect that getting to the roots of your stress does.  But, it can help short term until you take the needed time to resolve your issues at the roots for long-term, lasting results.

First, it is important to recognize some of the signs that you may be stressed.

Though it may be easy to blame the weather, and being around others, you can’t ignore that these “symptoms” can be directly related to the stress of this very special time of year.  You may be experiencing the fallout of holiday stress if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Feeling run down, fatigued, irritable, overwhelmed
  • Getting sick
  • Headaches
  • Neck, shoulder, hip, low back pain/tension

During the holidays, you are likely:

  • doing more
  • spending more
  • eating more (and more poorly)
  • sleeping less
  • socializing more

Your innate drive to serve and care for others is likely amped up, fueling your desire to make the holidays perfect and wonderful. For others.

Yet, feeding your deep desire to make the holiday wonderful for others may not be enough to nourish all of your own needs for self-care during the holidays.   You may feel good about what you have done on one hand, yet drained and irritable on the other.

Sound familiar?

If you identify with this, or simply desire to add in some effortless self-care this holiday season, here are 10 tips for simple self-care during the holidays:

Simple Self-Care During the Holidays

  1. Breathe deeply. Deep breathing can trigger a natural relaxation state.
  2. Ground and center yourself.  Take a moment to really feel present, in the moment, connected to Source, and to Earth.
  3. Smile.  This actually tricks your nervous system into a state of feeling happy.  Did you just smile?
  4. Turn on the music. Sing or whistle an inspiring or upbeat tune. Dance as if no one were watching.
  5. Savor your morning routine.  Start your day off positively. Really savor your morning routine – a cup of tea, meditation, prayer time, your shower, applying a favorite moisturizer, the sunrise, the promise of a new day.  Really take it in. Have fun.
  6. BE in the moment.  Find something you can appreciate with your senses, such as a new pleasant scent, something beautiful in nature, a new sight, a new flavor, the coziness of your sweater, the sounds, the silence, etc.
  7. Be gentle with yourself and realistic with your expectations. Don’t beat yourself up for your choices and outcomes.  It is great to notice your feelings around your perceived shortcomings.  Holidays aren’t the time to change dramatically (though you can choose to feel gratitude for the insight into your own ways).  HINT: Set your intention to dig deep here at a better time for handling it – say in the New Year? Request a complimentary consultation for a Discovery Session with me to explore how life coaching may help with expectations, intentions, and goal-setting in the New Year.
  8. Know and honor your values, and set your priorities according to them.   What is REALLY important?  If you honor your values, you will feel more fulfilled, confident, and less stressed.
  9. Eat and drink as healthy as possible, focusing on what you DID eat “right”.  Have an extra glass of water to maintain your hydration.  Try smaller portions, and eat mindfully.   If you give yourself a minute to really savor that one cookie, or piece of candy, you may not really want another…..
  10. Choose the feeling you DO want to experience when all is said and done, and create it for yourself.  How? First, identify the feeling.  Perhaps it’s gratitude, peace, joy, or even can’t be put into words.  Then, using your imagination, assuming anything is possible, imagine actually having that feeling, being in the situation that would create it.

These tips for simple self-care during the holidays can help mitigate the effects of stress short-term, but you need to get to the roots for lasting results.

Ultimately, your beliefs about your situation, expectations, choices, options, experiences, etc., are what create stress, and must be dealt with realistically to resolve stress at the roots.  Taking the plunge into exploring what makes you tick takes time, and commitment, but has its long term rewards in satisfaction, health, joy, and peace.

Put yourself on your list…..

Consider being as generous with yourself as you are others.  Your health matters.  You can’t give as much, as well, to others from a an empty box….

Gift yourself a copy of my free “Quick-Start Guide to Release Anxiety, Chronic Pain and Stress” to start.  Grab your copy here.  You will also be among the first to be able to register for my upcoming free program in 2017 for long-term stress resolution!

5-step Quick-Start Guide to Release Anxiety, Chronic Pain, and Stress

 

Fatigued, tense, drained? Craniosacral therapy helps your nervous system re-set to a healthy new de-stressed way of being.

Overwhelmed?  Time for a change? Transformational life coaching helps you think and BE in healthier less stressed, more energetic and peaceful ways.

Feeling the need to stop, take a breath, get some perspective, and start fresh with healthier new ways of BEING?  A well-being program combining the two approaches can help you not only feel better short term, but BE better long term.

Contact me for a complimentary Discovery Session today to discuss your needs and possible solutions for long-term stress resolution.

Which tips resonate best with you?  Which do you find most useful?  Feel free to comment below!  Love to hear from you!

Gratitude

Gratitude Helps Reduce Holiday Stress

Being aware leads to being respons-able for your life and health

Being Respons-ABLE for Your Life and Health

the wisdom of your mind and body can help you get to the roots of what ails you for lasting change

The Wisdom of Your Mind and Body

Do you know you have one of the greatest gifts from nature within you? Did you know that gift is there to guide you on your journey to lasting change, great health, and well-being?  It is waiting for you to listen, and follow it to the roots of what ails you.

Did you know that gift is the wisdom of your mind and body?

What do I mean about tuning in to the wisdom of  your mind and body?

Without a doubt where I am in my life, my dominant thoughts, fears, feelings, issues, show themselves in my physical health and well-being. I know that my body won’t BE better until whatever is at the root of what ails me is uncovered and resolved. Therefore, I continually check in with myself to note how I am feeling and doing on all levels, spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical. I take the wisdom of those experts and personalize it with a good, deep, honest look at myself and my life.

When my body is out of sorts, of course I triage to “stop the bleeding”, and/or relieve the pain, if needed, before I take my journey to the next level.  As I tell my clients, when you have a freight train parked on you, you don’t really care at that moment how or why you ended up there.  You just want out from under it, right?

Wouldn’t it be better to stop the cycle?

If you don’t look at what got you where you are, and change your course, then how do you know you won’t end up there again? Wouldn’t you rather get to the roots of what ails you and stop it in its tracks?  Perhaps there are pearls of wisdom within that are waiting to enrich your life……

Dig deep.  Be Honest.  Be willing to get at the roots of your problems why, when, and how you are ready so that you don’t repeat those unpleasant patterns.   Don’t most great parents want that for their children? In other words,  be healthy, live well.  Stop living the patterns that hold you back. And, LISTEN to those whispers before they become shouts that hit you up side the head and sideline you.  Or, derail you…..  And, aren’t you the parent for your Inner Child, and all other parts of yourself now?

What is your body trying to tell you?

It pretty much boils down to looking at metaphors.  May I illustrate?

Have you ever had pain or tension in your neck?  If you are like most people, you have at some point, right?

Did you question what you “did” that may have caused, or at least contributed to it?  Maybe you postulated that you slept on it wrong.  Or perhaps you suspected your pillow was the culprit.  Or, maybe you thought you worked on the computer for too long.  Maybe you craned your neck to watch your favorite little performer on stage in the school play.  And, yes, those may have played a part.

the wisdom of your mind and body may help you discover that your sore neck isn't just from your sleep position

But did you ask what was going on in your life at the time?  Did you question what your dominant thoughts and resulting feelings were?  Did you consider that perhaps your pillow, sleep posture, computer use, or “spectatorship” were just the proverbial “straw”?

Let’s look at the naked truth of your anatomy.

Above your neck is your head, which is generally considered to be the area in which your intellect resides.  It is the “thought center”, where the brains behind your operation reside.  Right?

And, below your neck is your heart (among other things, but bear with me here).  Can you relate to your heart as the more “feeling” center?  A part of you that guides your decisions from a more love-based, passion-driven, feeling oriented place?

Do your head and your heart always agree when there is a decision to be made?  Is your heart always in it?  Does your head always yield to your heart’s desires?  Or, is there a tug-of-war going on?

What might it be like to be your neck living in between the two? Is it caught in that debate?  Isn’t your neck the proverbial rope?

And, what if you have been sticking your neck out for others, or struggling to hold your head up high? What takes the brunt of those “efforts”?

Doesn’t pondering those questions take you in a very different direction than simply changing out your bothersome pillow when you get to it – again and again?

Are you listening to the wisdom of your heart, now? Is your head objecting?

Many people tell me they hold their stress in their neck.  Asking the deep, tough questions can reveal much.  But, being TRULY willing to listen to, and honor the answers, is how you resolve those cycles in terms of how you deal with your life.

Bodywork that supports resolving the physical patterns at the root will help more directly with the physical effects of stress.

What does the wisdom of your mind and body say? What opportunities are there for you to approach your life differently so that you not just feel better, but are actually BEING better?

Are you ready to tune in to the wisdom of your mind and body?

Tuning in helps you get to the roots of what ails you to create lasting change.  It is a first big step toward re-writing those programs in your mind that are holding you where you are.  It also is a huge step toward releasing those patterns as they play out in your body.  Furthermore, the wisdom of your mind and body IS within you – a gift from nature awaiting your attention.

the wisdom of your mind and body can help you get to the roots of what ails you for lasting change

There are various resources and experts on the mind-body connection, each with their own expertise.  They may talk of chakras, energy medicine, your intuition, etc.   I have drawn from several perspectives over the years myself.  Carolyn Myss, Barbara Brennan, Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, Dr. Christine Page, Anodea Judith, and Louise Hay to name a few.

It is a matter of deciding its important, learning to listen, heightening your awareness, and learning to decode all of the wisdom, signs, and signals along the way.  It is a process, which works for me, and many others just like you.

Your inner wisdom, the wisdom of your mind and body, is aware of what lies in all aspects of your mind, even beyond your conscious awareness.  It can help you to resolve those unresolved emotional issues, and create new patterns of believing, thinking, and BEING.

You have the POWER within you to create your life and health.

You have the wisdom of your mind and body guiding you in doing that.  And, all you have to do is….. Listen.

If you’d like a refresher on the role your mind plays in your health, please refer to my earlier posts.

If you’d like to go beyond that to a more in-depth resource on the power within your mind, and the roles its various aspects play in running you, you may want to check out: http://themindunleashed.org/2014/03/conscious-subconscious-unconscious-mind-work.html

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The Power Within You

The POWER Within You

You have the POWER within you to create your health, and your life.  You can awaken to it, and align with it. It is waiting for you.

Granted, opinions vary as to how much you can create, and how much is destiny, fate, pre-determined, etc. Regardless, you can control how you view your circumstances, and the choice of where you place your focus.  And, you can improve upon that skill with practice.

The Ability of Your Conscious Mind

The ability of your conscious mind differs from the subconscious and unconscious minds in 2 key ways:

  1. It is able to direct your focus.
  2. It is able to imagine something that is not real.

You can use these abilities of your to help re-write the obsolete programs that are holding you back in your subconscious and unconscious minds.

The Key to the POWER Within You

This ability to re-program and train your subconscious and unconscious minds is a key part of the power within you to create your health, and your life.

You can learn to think, act, and respond differently.  You can help update the “knowledge base” of that primal, survival part of you so it “knows” which threats are “REALLY tigers”, and which ones aren’t.  You can make new choices to think and act differently with new awareness.  Thus, you stress less and improve your quality of life.

In other words, you are RESPONSE-able for your health, and your life, by choosing to respond, think, and act differently.  You can BE differently.

The power within you is the key to changing your mind

The Superconscious Mind

We also speak of the Superconscious Mind.  This is considered to be that part that transcends the normal human conscious mind, and would be referred to as the experience of a spiritual consciousness, God-consciousness, Christ-consciousness, etc.

I think of the Superconscious as “MIND”,  greater than myself, something I can’t control or change, yet with which I can partner, align, and co-create.  In other words, I see that as the aspect of “mind” that decides or creates destiny, fate, the non-free will aspects of my being.

The Superconscious Mind is the part over which you have no control, but which creates you, LOVES you unconditionally, which you can embrace, and with which you can partner and align to live On-Purpose.

The power within you includes the Superconscious Mind

You Are Response-Able

You DO have the ability to change your perspective and outlook.  It is easier for some than for others, yes.  Focusing on the positive alone does not necessarily change what is happening in the sub-/non-conscious minds, but it is a start.

There are many ways to address those old programs helping to erase and re-pattern them into something empowering and useful.  First, you have to know they are there, and determine whether or not they are serving you well.  If not, you are RESPONSE-able – you can choose to heal them and grow, or keep them…..

You Have the Power Within You

As I have said before, those patterns exist not just as energy in the form of thoughts, but also as energy, processes, and patterns of tension and being in your body as well.  They create changes in your tissues and organs in response to your thoughts as filtered through your beliefs.  Remember? That is how they influence your health, pain, etc.

The resulting physical health and life changes depend upon the nature of your thoughts and beliefs. This is explained and exemplified very well in the concept of chakras, as well as Louise Hay’s work and something for future articles.

You have the power within you to change

You have the power within you to change….

A Wholistic Approach Uses the Power Within You

The more engrained the patterns are into the fabric of who you are, the more beneficial it is to utilize a wholistic approach to addressing them in mind, body, and spirit. This is where the field of mind-body medicine comes into play with concepts set forth by such leaders as Carolyn Myss, Donna Eden, Barbara Brennan, Mona Lisa Schulz, Christine Page, Anodea Judith, Louise Hay, and others. A wholistic approach uses the power within you to create change.

I have found combining craniosacral therapy with the tools and concepts of transformational coaching, including meditation and guided imagery, invaluable in my own journey.  That is why I love using those in my practice with others.

Those transformational coaching and craniosacral therapy have helped reveal and release the patterns that are meant to change exactly when, at the rate, and in the way, that is best for me.  They do that organically, naturally, by tapping in to my inherent healing capacity.

You Have the Ability….

You have the ability to change your journey, change your course, just like the captain of a ship. You may need to give new orders.  You may need to re-train your crew to work in new ways.  You also may need to give them new tools and resources.

You have the power within you to choose

You have the power within you to choose….

As with any seasoned captain and crew, there is a gut instinct available to follow.  That gut instinct is your inner sense about how to best follow the course.  That course is also your healing journey.

You have an inherent capacity to heal yourself, don’t you? Wouldn’t it therefore make sense to support and resource that capacity? That capacity IS your POWER and potential.

Therefore, you have the POWER within you to create your life and health.

We will take a closer look at nature’s healing gifts and your inner wisdom in my next post.

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Nature has gifted you the power within you……

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Mind-Body Continuum

Mind-Body Continuum

What do I mean “mind-body continuum”?

We often talk of the mind-body connection, as if mind and body are separate, but I have come to think it as a continuum: mind=body. Different aspects of the same……

This is similar to how vapor and ice are different states of water.  As the kinetic energy, i.e., energy of motion, within changes, so does the physical state of the water.   In the right set of circumstances, all states could exist at the “same time, same place”.

Your Mind Is Your Body like water is ice

I find this “mind-body continuum” model better serves me in understanding how “I work”, in managing my life and health, and in working with my clients.  I suspect it can serve you well, too.

Explaining “Your Mind is Your Body”…. Mind=Body

Let’s assume for argument’s sake here that it is true, as quantum physics now says is proven, that you (like everything) ARE energy (the scientific debates around this kind of do require a degree in rocket science to understand……). Matter = physical substance, i.e., your body.  Matter IS energy. It is simply energy in a very condensed state, which behaves in its own ways.  Like ice is very condensed water vapor and behaves differently than water vapor….  And, the water can contain other substances and components.

Wouldn’t you typically say thoughts are energy, not matter? They have a vibration, a quality that lifts you up, brings you down, or is somewhere between – neutral.

But wouldn’t you also agree that they also fuel creativity, whether it be the next greatest invention, dinner this evening, or peace in the world.  Aren’t the thoughts that created those things still embodied in those things?

When you think of “mind”, don’t you think of “thoughts”?  Your mind is thoughts, memories, etc.

Thoughts with that have a connection to feelings also make you calm, nervous, laugh, or even cry. They fuel responses in your body to make you sit up, run, stand, walk, etc.

Talking, laughing, relaxing, crying are all your body in motion, a state of being.  What if that were the same as water being liquid, snow, or ice based on the conditions, i.e. the “thought” at the time….?

What if it is thought, a function of “mind”, that is creating your body?  All of your body as you know it…… In other words, what if your body still embodies the thoughts that created it.

Suppose some of that “thought” creating you, is higher, bigger, greater than what you think of as “you”, or your conscious mind/Ego/intellect?  Even bigger than your subconscious mind…. What if that bigger, higher, greater “MIND” is what is meant by the term “superconscious”?

I am using these terms simply to represent an idea, a neutral conceptual framework for contemplation. It is not intended to have any affiliation with any spiritual or religious beliefs, and is intended to neither support nor negate any such beliefs.   These are paradigms that we are contemplating, exploring, researching, each in our own way.  The term “superconscious” can be substituted with the term for your higher power, for example.

What if you, and Life as you know it, are simply a beautiful, complex, awesome THOUGHT based in the superconscious MIND?

Why Do I Share the “Mind-Body Continuum” With You?

Why do I continue living my deep desire to inspire you to think out of the box, and open your heart to new possibilities?

For one thing, this IS what finally changed my life and health for the better when:

  • a traditional medical model alone did not help
  • that medical model not only didn’t feel like the “right fit”, it actually could have made me worse
  • that medical model disempowered me
  • I had no idea that it was time for a change in my life, until I listened to the now louder whispers of my non-conscious mind
  • I discovered “I” indeed had way more to do with what was happening than I realized
  • I realized how the past was still actually “my present” in unresolved patterns and emotional responses
  • I feared my condition would continue to worsen, and I may become disabled
  • I knew my life would lack meaning if I didn’t have the opportunity to bring the same awesome, life-changing awareness and opportunities to others

Another reason I persist?  I have already done the work, the learning curve, the trial and error, and I can save others from tripping over themselves, wasting valuable time and money trying to find their solutions. Not only can I help them find relief from their symptoms,  I can help them get to the roots of their problems so they have TRUE lasting change.

The information out there is vast, and it can be challenging to digest it all.  I can help you cut to the chase, take control of your life and health, get to the roots of your issues, dig for those pearls of wisdom in your stress and pain, and live your second chapter on your terms.  You CAN live your healthiest, best life yet.

Our beliefs influence our perceptions.  They can be limiting, or open us to new possibilities.  And, they tend to find evidence to reinforce themselves, unless we are willing to open ourselves to new ideas when the old ones aren’t working.  If you are stressed, your old ideas aren’t working…..

Mind-Body Continuum

Going Deeper into the Mind-Body Continuum

In my next article I will dig deeper into the different aspects of the mind, and the roles they play.  I trust that it will make this concept of the mind-body continuum even more intriguing, and understandable…..

In the meantime, I do believe you have enough to think about for now……

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