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Check In, Be Still, & Release: Your Fall Guide to Healing

Posted by on Oct 4, 2015 in Journal | 0 comments

Check In, Be Still, & Release: Your Fall Guide to Healing

Happy Fall! We are moving towards the peak of Autumn and that means more than just sweaters, jeans, and cute boots (although I love all of these things)! As we move deeper into the season, we will watch the trees shed their leaves and the plants begin to die. The energy all around is moving from outward to inward. Nature is grounding and going back to its roots. Whether we realize it or not, we are connected to nature and we find ourselves aligned with this energetic shift. Fall is a time to check in, get quiet, be still, and release the old. We prepare ourselves now so that in the spring we are ready to invite in the new. During this season, you may find yourself simplifying and tapping back into your center by shedding what’s no longer needed. If so, follow your intuition! There is a reason why you feel called to clean out the cobwebs from the crawlspace, both physically and energetically. After the excitement of summer, this shift always feels really good and completely necessary to me. Times of transition, like the change of seasons, are potent times to set intentions on what you’d like to release. These intentions may be physical (like a habit or clutter in your home), mental (belief system that’s holding you back), emotional (letting go of toxic emotions), or spiritual (what blocks you from connection to Divine). The releasing and healing process can take time and seeing it through can be a challenge for most of us. Here are some suggestion on ways to support your releasing process. The energy all around is moving from outward to inward. Nature is grounding and going back to its roots. *Meditation We become better listeners when we regularly quiet the mind and get still. It’s in the space between thoughts that our intuition and heart speak to us.  Meditation strengthens our awareness. When we’re aware of what creates density and unease within, we can begin to heal and release. It is our presence in the body and deep breath that offers the healing. Everything is energy. This includes sensations, emotions, and thoughts. Our breath and presence moves energy. Exploration: Set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier than you usually do. You can do it! Sit comfortably and focus on your breath. Notice what you feel. Where you are tight and where you are open? What emotion(s) is/are stirring within? Are you feeling anxious about your day? Is there sadness in your heart? Perhaps you are feeling joyful and light. Honor it all! Notice your thoughts. Witness the thoughts without judging them or becoming attached to them. Notice the ease or difficulty with which you are able to sit still and be present. The point is to become aware of your experience. There is no right or wrong. The experience you are having is always perfect even though it might be difficult.  *Journaling Writing is a source of release by getting the energy in the body out onto the page. Once you’re aware of your intention(s) for release, write about it/them. Journaling about your intention is like a declaration that you’re ready. This declaration can help jump start the release process and draw in the support that will be needed to help you through it. Exploration: Sit down with your journal and begin to write about what you’d like to release. Try not to over think it. Let yourself free write and write whatever shows up in the moment. Continue to check in a few times a week and write about your experience. What are the challenges? Proudly write about your progress. Be grateful for each step forward as well as for the lessons in the challenges.  *Be in Nature We are in the flow of nature whether we realize it or not. The more that we connect to what’s happening all around us, the easier it becomes to settle into the flow of our own lives. It can be challenging to let go of old patterns and habits. Get outside regularly and be inspired by the ease...

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Stop ‘Shoulding’ and Start Living Your Truth

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Journal | 0 comments

Stop ‘Shoulding’ and Start Living Your Truth

Summer tends to be the busiest time of the year for most of us. Before we know it, we will have transitioned into Fall and Summer will be behind us. In the past month I have become an Aunt (woohoo!), traveled to 2 different states, seen 3 concerts at Red Rocks, and filled my schedule with private clients and yoga classes almost daily. Whoa! I realize that if I don’t pause every once and a while to take it all in, I’m going to miss out on the goodness of what’s happening right NOW! We have all said or heard someone say, “Where did the summer go?” Or “I should have done more camping, hiking, relaxing, traveling, etc.” Well, perhaps your summer is unfolding just as it is meant to. Stop ‘shoulding’ and start enjoying what’s happening right now. When you say, “I should,” it holds a different energy than saying “I desire” or “I will.” ‘Should’ implies that you are not good enough as you are right now. We have all learned throughout our lives what we ‘should’ want or how we ‘should’ be, but we’ve forgotten about what we truly desire. The ‘shoulds’ have clouded our ability to distinguish between what we have been taught is right/good and what we actually desire for ourselves/our lives. Mindful Exploration Sit down with paper and a pen. Write down all of the ‘shoulds’ that you tell yourself (ex: “I should work more,” “I should travel more,” “I should have more fun”). Once you have your list, sift through all the ‘shoulds’ and check in with whether or not you actually connect to them. One way to do this is to change the wording from “I should” to “I desire.” With the new wording, does the sentence still resonate with you? Allow yourself to feel the body as you read the sentences. Notice if your body feels expansive when you read the sentences. Do you feel like it’s suddenly easier to breathe? If so, that is a good indication that it is truly a desire for you. If your body feels unaffected or contracted, then that’s probably a message to you that it actually is not in line with your truth. This is a supportive exploration that will realign you with the natural flow of your life. When I sat down and explored this, I had around 20 ‘shoulds’ but only 4 of them were truly what I desired for my life! It’s incredible what our minds will create to keep us from feeling like we’ve failed in some way. Whether we realize it or not, everything is always as it is meant to be. This includes the challenging times in life when we feel like we’ve lost our way. It’s the setbacks that give us the space we need to spring forward in order to learn, grow, and explore through life. When I feel like I’ve made it through a challenging time, I also feel like I’ve stepped into a higher level of awareness. I’ve become more conscious of my thought patterns and actions that trigger the setbacks. This is the healing process. When we can look back and be grateful for the experience, then we absorb all of it’s teachings. In light of the seasonal change that’s upon us, trust in the flow of your life. Wherever you are, it is exactly where you are meant to...

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Life is Good to You- All You Have to do is Ask!

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Journal | 0 comments

Life is Good to You- All You Have to do is Ask!

Asking for help or speaking our needs can be a challenge for many of us. Before we can do this, we have to feel comfortable with being vulnerable enough to vocalize our need for support. It’s when we open ourselves up to support that we find that we receive exactly what we need. True strength is in our ability to get vulnerable and simply ask. When we think about asking for help, we typically think about asking friends, family or perhaps coworkers. Have you ever thought about asking LIFE for what you need/want? Louise L. Hay says, “As I say yes to life, life says yes to me!” I agree with Louise. The Universe will always rise up to meet you to give you exactly what you need. There is likely a part of you that is resistant to trusting fully in this. So, let me break it down further. There is a difference between attaching to the way that your need/desire is satisfied, and focusing your intention on the energy that you’d like to manifest in your life. For example, rather that attaching to winning the lottery, focus your intention on creating more financial abundance in your life. Through this, you connect to the way that you will FEEL when this blessing comes into your life. Through releasing any attachment to the way it happens, we open ourselves up to the limitless possibilities for how our need/desire will manifest. What you decree will be, which means that energy follows intention. The practice of asking life for what you desire is just as much about trust in this process as it is about vulnerability. “As I say yes to life, life says yes to me!” -Louise L. Hay My yoga practice recently has been focused on mantra and connecting words to breath and breath to body/mind. I inhale what I want to draw in/what I need more of in my life, and I exhale what I can clear out to make more space for what I’m calling in. I feel the way the energy of the words shift the vibration in my body. Earlier this week I was feeling like I was on a bit of a roller coaster, so my mantra was (Inhale) I AM grounded, (Exhale) I AM FREE FROM uncertainty. Placing the “I AM” before the words helps me own the words as a part of me. I invite you to give yourself permission to ask life for what you need/desire. You may be surprised by what you receive! Mindful Exploration: Sit comfortably and deepen your breath. Follow your breath as it flows in and out of the body. Ask yourself, what do I need right now (in body/life)? And what can I release to create more space for my intention to flow in? Connect to the energy that you would like to invite in, rather that the way you want it to happen (ask for financial abundance vs. asking to win the lottery). Inhale, I AM…; exhale, I AM FREE FROM… Examples: I AM financially abundant; I AM FREE FROM financial worry I AM grounded; I AM FREE FROM uncertainty I AM compassionate; I AM FREE FROM criticism I AM joyful; I AM FREE FROM heaviness I AM at peace; I AM FREE FROM...

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The Body Communicates: What’s Your’s Expressing?

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Journal | 0 comments

The Body Communicates: What’s Your’s Expressing?

A few days ago I woke up really exhausted. It was like this weight was on my shoulders and my body felt achy with tension. The tension was worry and stress. It was my creation and I communicated it through physically tensing up my muscles and mentally allowing my mind to race with to do lists. This is the way that I chose to react to the experience. When we are in this type of state of reaction, the body uses a lot of energy and becomes exhausted. So, I honored that my body was tired and slept a bit more. When I awoke, I was guided to open the book The Way of Mastery, which is a beautiful, channeled book on living your truth. One of the lessons in the book is about communication. The book talks about how what we perceive will always be communicated. What we perceive are the energies that we allow to make a home in our bodies and minds. We communicate that through the manifestation of thought or action. The body is a teaching and learning device. The book says, “What you are choosing to perceive, believe, and accept as true will be radiated through you, through your communication devices- body and mind, that you might transfer your perceptions to another, that they might know who you are and which voice you are committed to.” In yoga, if you believe and create the thought, I’m not strong enough, every time you have the opportunity to try something new, your body will communicate that thought. It might show up as the body contracting or the muscles weakening. Because you believe that thought to be true, your body will support it and align with the belief. But, if you believe the opposite and you tell yourself, I am strong and capable of supporting my body in this pose, you will have a different experience because your body will communicate strength, expansiveness and stability. There is so much power in understanding the connection between what we believe to be true and the experience we have. I invite you to ask yourself, what am I committed to communicating? You communicate through every thought, action, and word. What do your creations express? What energy do your creations carry as they are communicated? We can use these questions to align ourselves with the power of positivity and affirmation in our yoga poses and in our lives. We are powerful creatures of creation! Exploration Opportunity Sit comfortably and begin to deepen you breath. Follow your breath as it flows in and out of your body. Ask yourself the questions below. See if you can allow your body to respond, rather than thinking about the answers. Give your body time to respond and create more space for the answers to bubble to the surface by breathing fully and deeply. Most importantly…ENJOY! What am I committed to communicating? What do my creations express? What energy do my creations carry as they are communicated? Is there an area of my life where I have started communicating an energy/message that is out of alignment with the truth of what I intend to...

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Spring Awakening

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Journal | 0 comments

Spring Awakening

Now’s the time of year when we have the opportunity to draw in the energy of rebirth. We spring clean in mind, body, and spirit to release the patterns and habits that no longer align with our truth. In turn, we move forward along a more clear path. You may feel the desire to spring clean in your physical space- sorting through the clutter and creating a clean, fresh environment. I’ve been feeling some of the sludge that showed up during the winter months start to move and clear from my body with a new sense of ease. Whether we realize it or not, we are all feeding off the energy of the season. We’re sorting through our ‘stuff’, both physically and emotionally. We’re checking in with all aspects of our lives and separating the elements that align with our truth from the elements that no longer do. By releasing the attachment to what’s in the ‘junk’ pile, you make more space to manifest what IS in line with your truth. What are you birthing into your body and/or life this season, and what must you let go of in order to make space for it to blossom to fruition? Think of when you plant flowers in your garden. If you plant them too close together, they won’t have enough space to reach their greatest potential. The clearer we are in body, mind and spirit, the easier it is for us to manifest our dreams. Support yourself and your process by drawing in the energy of the season- hope, light, joy, clarity, ease, and beyond! Allow this process to be as ease-full as the process through with nature comes back to life. There is no forcing or struggle about it. If you are in need of support in moving the clearing process along, here are some tips: Move your body- practice yoga– the more clear you are in body, mind and spirit the easier it is to manifest. Play outside- soak up the warmth of the sun, connect to your inner child and have fun. Be still- breath and stillness are the medicine for the spirit. Receive support- healing sessions treat the whole person and are one of the best ways to ‘spring clean’ on the...

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Surfing the Wave of Life

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015 in Journal | 0 comments

Surfing the Wave of Life

Begin to visualize you inner body as a wave. The energy of the emotions, the sensations, and your reactions create the wave inside of you. This wave changes from day to day. Sometimes it feels like a gentle, rolling wave washing up on the shore. Other days it feels like a tidal wave shaking you and uprooting you from your center. What are the qualities of the wave within you today?   In my experience, yoga is like a life raft that keeps me afloat on top of the wave. My dedicated practice has taught me to surf the wave, rather than allow it to crush me. Every yoga pose is like a mini wave that we have the opportunity to practice surfing. The life raft is made from the tools that yoga offers- breath, mindfulness, awareness, patience, trust, balance, compassion, self-love and care, and beyond. When we are in our life raft, we become the observer of the wave. We are connected to it, yet we are not the wave. We move with it on the surface without trying to change it or make it go away. When we’re reacting to and judging the wave, we are getting tossed in the wave and most likely feeling ungrounded. Yoga’s gift is to give us an opportunity to practice the art of surfing the wave in peace and ease.   Through visualizing your energy as a wave and building your life raft, you are connecting to the energies already within you that will bring a sense of ease as you ride the wave of life. Each time you ride out a big wave, you hone your skills and you tackle the next wave with less struggle. Check in with yourself and ask, what supportive energies will help me ride this wave today? Listen to you body and find out what it has to say. We are likely to fall out of our life rafts many times each day. It’s important to climb back into your raft without judgment or criticism for the fact that you fell out! As long as you keep climbing back into the raft, you will eventually spend more time in the raft than out of the raft. Like everything, it takes practice.   When we’re really working through something and the wave starts to get really intense, remember that we’re all made of the same stuff. We’re all riding a wave that when added all together make up a vast ocean. In this way we are never alone. One of my favorite affirmations that supports me in surfing the wave is, “this too shall pass.” Nothing is permanent and if you stay in the life raft, the waters will eventually...

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