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Your body's saying, "Be YOU!"

Your Body’s Saying, “Be YOU!”

Your body’s saying, “Be YOU!”  It begins with a whisper, and if you don’t heed its message….. it gets louder.  First, you have to know enough to listen. Are you listening?

I’m pleased to share with you my first article from the newly launched international online magazine, Luminous Wisdom – Sophia “Follow Your Heart, Your Purpose: Your Body’s Saying, “Be YOU!”: 

Your Body's Saying, "Be YOU!"

Your body’s saying, “Be YOU.”

If you’d like to learn to listen to it and follow its guidance to resolve your issues at the root joy, peace, purpose, fulfillment,  apply here for a complimentary Discovery Session.    Questions?  Email me today.

It’s an honor to be a contributing author for Sibella Publications’ newly launched Luminous Wisdom – Sophia online magazine.  If interested in a subscription, you can learn more here.

You shouldn't lose weight

Why You Shouldn’t Lose Weight

I often have requests for help with weight loss.  The first thing that comes to mind when I hear that is: “you shouldn’t lose weight”.

Why you shouldn’t lose weight….

Did you know your non-conscious mind automatically takes action to help you find something you lost?   So, if you lose weight, your non-conscious mind will naturally try to help you find it and get it back……. Hence, you shouldn’t “lose” weight.

And, when focusing on weight loss, where’s your focus?  On the excess weight?  We know from the Law of Attraction, you get more of what you are focused on….  excess weight.

You shouldn't lose weightAdditionally, deciding to “lose weight” can set you up for feeling guilty and upset with yourself, especially if your head is in charge. You may have an ideal diet, size and weight in mind.  All numbers, and very heady.  And, if your head is in charge, you may be setting yourself up for failure because you are missing the underlying issues.  Your heart is what really provides the momentum to carry you to your destination. Your head should follow your heart’s lead for optimal success.

When your head’s in charge, you’re likely relying on willpower to get your through.  “Willpower” is really just saying “no”. “NO” doesn’t work well.  Why not set yourself up to succeed from the beginning by creating the right environment, and having the right internal momentum to maintain your progress and deal with guilt that arises?

Your heart needs to be in it, and your mind needs to be open….

Powerful invitation: adjust your thinking.

Consider “releasing” weight, i.e., that which no longer serves you, vs. “losing” weight that your non-conscious will then try to help you recover.  Let it go to where it best serves, wherever that may be, which is beyond you.

Focus on what you REALLY want, and you will have more success.  What you REALLY want IS NOT a certain weight, or a certain size, or even a certain look.  Nope.  Your motivators for any change are the feelings you will have when you acquire or achieve those “externals”.  Feelings come from the heart, not the head…..  Transformational coaching 101.  Just sayin’.

You should aim for balance, you shouldn't lose weight

Your weight’s a result of many complex interrelated factors.

It’s important to get to all of the underlying issues to achieve your ideal healthy weight.  Genetics, physiology, diet, lifestyle, emotional factors, other health issues, medications, etc. are some of the factors that play a part.

If your weight’s an issue for you, I invite you to expand your perspective.  Assess yourself and your life holistically. What is out of balance?  Commit to restoring balance, and your health as a result.  Your weight will follow.

You shouldn’t lose weight.  Aim for balance in your life for optimal health.

If you wish to begin addressing your weight by focusing on your food intake, check out: “Put Your Best Fork Forward”.  Or, “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”.

Your answers ARE within you.

Everything I do with my clients is based upon the idea that within each of us there is wisdom that is guiding us to become who we are designed perfectly to BE.  Learning to tune in to that Inner Wisdom of the body/mind can help you discern what’s holding you back and blocking you, and choose what’s best for you going forward.

It’s about living intuitively.  It’s neither hocus-pocus, nor saved for the “special ones”.  Living intuitively IS in your design.  That applies to living your life in all respects, which is ultimately interrelated with your health and well-being.  Being your ideal healthy weight is no different.

If you’d like more help living intuitively for a balanced life and well-being, just click here to apply for a complimentary Discovery Session, and we’ll set up a time to talk.

I see your Light!  I see your Greatness! Do you?

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.

 

Spiritual Symbolism in the Holiday Stories

There Is Rich Spiritual Symbolism in the Holiday Stories

Spiritual Symbolism in the Holiday StoriesThere is rich spiritual symbolism in the holiday stories.

Taking your cue from the spiritual symbolism in the holiday stories, and aligning with the seasonal cycles of nature, can enrich your own journey through spiritual growth to self-actualization. Each of the holiday stories in their own way, and the cycling of the seasons, symbolize the same process: your spiritual growth through illumination of your soul and its growth in consciousness.

The holy days and the winter solstice embody significant stages in our personal and spiritual growth. This is the season of rest, i.e. hibernation, in preparation for renewed life to begin its next phase in Spring.

You likely feel instinctively inclined to connect with your Soul intentions for the coming year at this time.

Many people manifest this inclination by making “resolutions”.

Yet, your Soul intentions are deeper and more meaningful than traditional resolutions.  Your Soul intentions are related to your Purpose, which is connected to your soul’s growth, and is what those inclinations to make resolutions are REALLY about.

Looking deeper at the spiritual symbolism in the holiday stories….

To manifest, i.e. birth,  your Soul intentions, there must parents.  The father figure is the mind, the spirit, the masculine principle.  The mother is the heart, the soul, the feminine receptive principle.

In part, the holiday stories symbolize preparing and purifying yourself by transcending your Human Ego, harmonizing your mind and your heart. In other words, opening to your pure heart and mind working together to manifest your Highest intentions.  Opening in this way, you are birthing the Light within you into your earthly self and existence.

You are birthing your Soul intentions – YOUR Purpose.

Spiritual symbolism in the holiday stories - your inner lightWhen the heart and soul are pure, then the “Child” is born not of the mind, but of the Universal Soul, or the Holy Spirit.  It occurs in the form of Divine Love, entering the human heart and soul. (You know that feeling, don’t you?  The one where you feel deeply inspired, awed, connected, and at peace)?

As Divine Love fills your heart, your Inner Light shines brighter, and your connection to your Purpose is stronger.  You are manifesting your Soul intentions.

As you enter this time of rest and preparation for renewal, reflect upon what you have manifested thus far, and the infinite possibilities awaiting manifestation.

The shortening of days represents the veil of forgetfulness about why you came here and what your purpose is.  As the daylight again increases, your Soul is released into the light, making its way back to Source.

Thus, you have a rich opportunity now to re-connect with your purpose for this lifetime, and set your intentions for the coming year.

Which seeds will you “resolve” to plant?

As you connect with your Source, and open to your Soul’s intentions for this lifetime, do so without reservation or judgement.

Recall the importance of your mind and intellect supporting and protecting that Soul connection through your heart as needed, unconditionally.  Invite your human mind to accept that there is more to your Being than it alone can create, or even understand.

It is a rich time for feeling and experiencing “awe”, which is the most relaxing, stress reducing human emotion. “Awe” is associated also with experiencing unconditional love in the deepest, most profound sense.

Letting your Light shine – more spiritual symbolism of the holiday stories.

Spiritual symbolism in the holiday storiesWhen you are too busy eating, drinking, amusing yourself in the human materialistic sense, there is “no room at the inn” for the one who has received the Divine within.  In other words, your connection to Source isn’t as open, strong, and clear.  Your higher self is not as “welcome”.

When shifting to a “poverty of material conditions” (a.k.a. “the manger”), the connection is made clear, and this inner divine Light is projected from you.  Others can see it from afar, and will be drawn in.

Your Inner Light is there to support, nourish, comfort, heal, and revitalize you on your journey.  It is always within you, and available to you lighting your way.

How will you let your inner light shine more brightly?  What will you bring forth in the new year to bring your Purpose to Life?

I invite you to spend this holy time of solstice reflecting upon your own journey, and opening your pure heart to the possibilities within.

What infinite potential lies within your pure heart, your Soul’s intentions to be birthed in this lifetime?  How can your mind best support this process without your Ego’s judgement interfering?  How will your masculine and feminine aspects harmonize to birth your Purpose?

I find this a very deep, interesting, and complex topic to ponder.  I do not pretend to be an expert in it at all.  What I do profess to be an expert it, is doing my personal best to live my own version of that.  No one else can do it for me.

You are an expert in living your own journey.

Only you could have gotten to exactly where you are, the way you did.  The path you are following is You-nique yours to follow.

You are exactly where you are meant to be, how you are meant to be at all times.

You meant to experience not only the joy, but also the feelings of fear, doubt, and judgement around yourself and your journey.

Spiritual symbolism in the holiday stories - guiding you(I bet you even objected in your own way, if only a little, to the idea of being “an expert in your own journey”, didn’t you?).

Those difficult feelings are your friends and guides.  They are showing you the opportunities for your next steps in your personal growth: to dissolve those fears, doubts, judgements and further purify yourself.  They are showing you where you are blocked from more fully BEING YOU.

The purification process opens you to receive even more clearly from Source, and let your inner light shine even brighter.  In terms of the spiritual symbolism of the holiday stories, it is purifying your heart so that you can experience spiritual birth, and hence renewal.   In so doing, you move closer to living in alignment with your Soul intentions.  Intentionally.

Thank you for BEING You.  In BEING YOU, you fulfill your Purpose, filling your space in the WHOLE.

In the spirit of the spiritual symbolism in the holiday stories, I invite you to devote some quiet, quality time to going within. Connect with stillness, and allow yourself to listen to your own Inner Wisdom. It is guiding you to your next steps with energy, joy, and peace.

During this sacred open time, let your Inner Wisdom help you determine your Soul intentions for 2017, and resolve to align with those to the best of your ability.

The world needs you now more than ever to bring your Purpose to Life, and Life to your Purpose.

Do you feel stuck, anxious, stressed, or even have some chronic pain?  Get your copy of my free  “5-Step Quick-Start Guide to Release Anxiety, Chronic Pain, and Stress” today.  It will help you move forward.  That will also connect you with me to receive free on-going tools, resources, and support for optimal energy, joy, peace, and well-being.

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In the spirit of the spiritual symbolism in the holiday seasons, I see your Light!  I see your Greatness!

May you and yours have happy, healthy holiday and winter solstice seasons!  Thank you!  I love you!

 

who you are is your best resource

Your Best Resource is Who You ARE

Intuition - Your Key to Health and Well-Being

Intuition – Your Mind-Body Key to Health and Well-Being

What if you had intuition?

And, what if intuition could improve your health and well-being?  How might your life be different if that were true?

Like many people, I used to think that intuition was reserved for “the gifted”, and produced insight into the future or situations in a mystical way.  Does that resonate with your belief, too?

Though I had a gut feeling that was “true” at times, I always considered it to be a fluke, or a fleeting moment that may or may never happen again.  I never used to think of myself as intuitive.  Sound familiar?

And, I certainly never thought of it as a capacity I could develop, that could enhance my health and well-being.

But, then I learned I was…. uh….. wrong.  Yep.  W-R-O-N-G.

We ALL have the capacity for intuition.

We all have intuitionThat includes you and me.  Yes, ALL of us.  The capacity for intuition develops to a greater extent in some people than others, but we all have it.

When we perceive facts directly, independently from any reasoning, and outside the function of our other 5 senses, we are using intuition.  Still sounds like a stretch, though, right?

Intuition is part of the mind-body network that you can learn to tap into,  and develop. It is no different than your other senses and functions as a transmitter of mind-body messages that you can use to guide your choices and actions for a happier, healthier life.

Why is this important?

I have shared information with you in previous posts regarding the mind-body relationship, and how you can use that to your benefit.  That relationship IS part of your innate intuition network, which I call your Inner Wisdom.

Your experiences, and the emotions relating to them, get encoded in not only your brain, but your tissues and organs as well.  Your memory of those experiences is thus, not only “brain memory”, but “tissue memory”.

Because of that “memory”, those experiences can continue to influence your life, health, and reality.  Not only do they influence your conscious mind, they communicate messages to you through “symptoms” of physical disorders and disease.  The trick is in learning to LISTEN and respond differently, in order to create a new outcome, i.e. a new reality, for yourself.

NOTE: Please remember none of this is intended to substitute for necessary medical care.

So, how do you connect with your intuition?

You have to screen out interference and be aware to connect with your intuitionYou have to increase self-awareness, and learn to screen out the “interference”.  It comes with practice.

Practices that support reaching a deep, quiet, relaxed state naturally support developing your capacity for intuition.  These practices help you discern what really “matters”, and what is non-serving, distracting “chatter”.

When my messages, a.k.a. “symptoms”,  grew loud enough that I couldn’t ignore them, I sought out craniosacral therapy.  At the time, I had NO clue that there was anything for me to “hear”.

How does craniosacral therapy help?

By receiving craniosacral therapy regularly, I began to:

  • relax in new, deeper ways;
  • let go of the messages and patterns that were no longer serving me; and
  • open to what I REALLY needed to know.

My system released all of the distracting, non-serving noise making that deeper, clearer listening easier.

As I began to listen, I learned to respond in a way that improved my health when nothing else did.  My life grew richer when I didn’t know I even wanted that.

I had a greater connection to my life, and to the choices that were best for me.  I experienced a deeper “knowing” that transcended reason and aligned with a Higher plan. And, through that knowing, I instinctively aligned with, and cultivated, the changes in my life that were an inherent part of this rewarding outcome.

What support is there for this concept?

Intuition = body + mind + spiritOne HUGE key in my process was the work of medical intuitive, neuropsychiatrist, and neuroscientist Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, M.D., PhD.  Her book  Awakening Intuition: Using Your Mind-Body Network for Insight and Healing (read an excerpt), helped me understand what was happening with me in ways nothing else had.  It confirmed what my intuition was telling me, supporting me in taking my process to the next level. And, it fascinated the daylights out of me, too…..

The work of Carolyn Myss, Christine Page, Barbara Brennan, Anodea Judith, and many others also provided the support and confirmation I needed to understand, embrace, and follow my intuition.

My experience and training during my craniosacral therapy and transformational coaching certification processes deepened my capacity for intuition, too.  This work developed my faith, trust, and relationship with that which is Higher than our Ego selves, which helped me increase my capacity to support not only my own, but the inherent healing journey of others.

How does Transformational Coaching help?

Transformational Coaching transcends the traditional goals and accountability coaching model.  It helps you connect to what is in your heart, and to your own YOU-nique journey to being who you are truly designed to be. Transformational coaching helps you discover what is and is not working for you, filter out the “noise” and “distractions” to hear your TRUTH, so that you can make the best decisions, and take the best actions for YOU.

It adds the benefits of working in a systematic, yet organic way, that keeps you on track and accountable.

Bottom line, what does Intuition do for health and well-being?

Developing your capacity for intuition can reduce stress, and help you discern your best choices for YOU by listening to your Inner Wisdom, i.e. utilizing your mind-body network.  That network IS a part of your design as a human being.

Your body responds to input received and processed in your nervous system.  That includes input from all of your senses, including your gut, your intuition.  And, processing that input, listening to it, can guide you to new awareness, perspectives, beliefs, and choices for more energy, joy, and peace.

All of my work with clients helps them learn to discover the pearls of wisdom, and listen to the messages, in their symptoms, pain and stress to create the energy, joy, and peace they seek.

Are you listening?

Here’s to Higher Knowing and “Gut Feelings”!

If you would like help learning to listen to your body, and developing your capacity for intuition, grab your FR*E copy of my 2-page Quick Start Guide: 7 Steps to Release Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Tension, and Stress to get you started. You will receive that gift, as well as on-going resources and support to keep you on track.

So, ARE you listening?  What does your gut tell you now?

 

 

 

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

Being Respons-ABLE for Your Life and Health