You know that breathing is necessary for life, but you may not have thought much about how you actually breath. How you breath is an indicator for what's going on inside of your body. For many of us, we breath fast, shallow and high in the chest because we are so stimulated, stressed, and constantly in go-go-go mode. This is the adrenaline mode of our sympathetic nervous system that causes us to be in "fight or flight". In our modern world, this is kiiiiinda how we're programmed to be.
We are rarely taught to take daily time for ourselves or to do other things that held us balance the two sides of our nervous system: the stress side and the relaxation side. When our nervous system is balanced, we are constantly moving between different degrees of stress and relaxation depending on what's going on. For instance, if you are crossing the street and a car is about to hit you, then you'll be happy that your stress respond kicks in and you leap out of the way. But you wouldn't be so...
Right now, I am suffering. We were hit by a bad storm and we have no idea when our power is going to be back on. The worst part is that it's getting into near freezing weather at night annnnnd our emergency generator is almost out of gas.
My suffering made me start to question if it was even necessary. Can I be happy regardless of my cold little hands knocking away at this keyboard? The old me would have said no, that warmth is necessarily for happiness! But the new me is starting to think that isn't true. Let me explain...
In Buddhism there is a story about two arrows. In this story, the Buddha asks a student, "If a person is struck by an arrow, is it painful?"
The student replies, "Yes, it is painful."
The Buddha asks, "If the person is struck by a second arrow, is it even more painful?"
The student replies, "Yes, it is more painful to be struck by two arrows"
The Buddha then went on to explain, "In life, we can’t always control the first arrow. However, the second...
Cleansing a home is not the same as cleaning a home! Clearing a home is about the unseen elements of your home that impact you and your family in ways you may not notice. It's about the energy that your home is transmitting-- sometimes it's subtle and sometimes it's, well, not.
Cleansing is great in general because it's like a fresh start. The energy of your home won't be impacting you or your family. Instead you get to start anew with your intention for your space. You don't need a fancy reason except you're worth it.
Buuuut it is pretty amazing when you're doing big life changing things like trying to sell/buy a home, when you're trying to kick an old habit, when you introduce a new family member to the home, or after an emotionally difficult time. And let's be honest... it's 2020. The world is pretty cuckoo. We need all the help we can get.
The late and great Mr. Albert Einstein said that energy cannot be created nor destroyed. And you just happen to be a...
So many people have been coming into my practice lately with an imbalanced root chakra. Can you blame them? The world is a bit crazy and it can often feel unsafe.
The root chakra is the center of security. It desires to feel stable and safe above all else. To the root chakra, the goal of life is survival. It is concerned with food, water, a roof over your head, money, health, and even toilet paper.
When we see people on social media who are demanding that one person or group behave a certain way to make them feel safe, you better believe that is the root chakra talking. When it starts to wobble, our whole lives can feel imbalanced. It is the foundation of all the other chakras and all parts of our lives. That's why when you see people hoarding all the toilet paper or buying all the bread-- they aren't thinking of others. They just can't. They are in survival mode.
Of course, the root chakra isn't always that extreme. It can also surface as irritability, stress, tension,...
A few years ago Clint and I moved to our dream house in the mountains. We were lucky enough to find 7 acres outside of Asheville, NC (a super hippie town) and start a small homestead.
Almost immediately after we moved, I felt an unsettling energy in the upstairs office. I diffused essential oils, smudged sage, placed every crystal I owned in that room and nothing worked. I even used Reiki to clear the room. No change. I was floored as to why this energy was so persistent!
A few months after we moved in, the previous owner's son came by to get a ladder he left. He told us that his father, Frank, died in the upstairs office in the exact spot that I felt the unsettled energy! I knew what it was! Frank was still in our home!
Once I knew, I had a better idea of what to do, but I'd never worked that kind of energy before. As I was learning, he kept coming back looking for his wife. Through the Akashic Records, I was able to help Frank move to the other side,...
I won't even try to sugar coat it, I had a rough week last week. I was beating myself up for days over my shortcomings. I felt like I was blocking myself and being too controlling. I had this unrealistic idea that when I fully let go and surrendered, then everything would melt away and life would be perfect.
Why wasn't I there yet? Welcome to my pity party!
A good friend was kind enough to help me out at 1 am and through her energy work session, I felt so much release and clarity. I want to share this with you today, but it's a doozy so get comfy!
As my fear lifted and I started to settle into this new energy, I began to feel like a little hippie buddha. Suddenly!! I was hit with so much belief and love. Not just in myself, but in YOU. Yes! YOU!
I was dreaming and I saw a message that you are born with a gift. Society often doesn't nurture those gifts because we are all expected to fit into the same little boring box so many of us diminish our...
A lot of people swear by aromatherapy for emotional release. This is because aromatherapy is one of the few things we can do that has a direct impact on the mind.
You can test this theory by think of a smell that jogs a memory. For me, its the smell of old lady rose perfume. My great-grandmother always smelled like that and her bedroom was an explosion of it. Now whenever I smell some a rose scent, I'm transported back to her.
Do you have a smell like that?
Sometimes these scents are so ingrained into our brain that they cause an emotional response instead of a memory. For instance, simply think of smelling fresh peppermint and noticing how it makes you feel?
Smells can do this because they directly impact the limbic center of our brain. The limbic system is the emotional center of our body and it is responsible for the experience and expression of emotion. To think that smell can do that! It's amazing, isn't it?
A lot of people ask me why I include Reiki in my coaching programs, but it's because I've seen how powerful it can be.
Trust me-- I was skeptical of Reiki when I was introduced to it in 2015. I thought it was a bunch of people doing all kinds of crazy stuff to rip off others, but then I found out that my good friend was a Reiki Master. We talked and that day I joined her Group Reiki Circle.
In that session, I found so much calm and peace... until my stomach started to feel weird. For 3 days, I vomited. At first, I didn't put them together, but after talking to my friend she said that when we have a huge energy shift we often can have a physical manifestation of that energy leaving our bodies.
Well, vomiting is definitely symbolic of that!
She recommended that I take a bath and try to let go of my feelings of control and have faith in the process. And as soon as I did that-- my vomiting stopped. In an instant and never came back.