3 Ways to Work with Stress Workshop

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It seems like everyone is messaging me about stress lately. The world is a bit crazy right now and we need all the resources we can to help us feel calm and centered. This video workshop will give you three easy ways that you can work with stress as well as a short meditation that you can join us in to bring it all together at the end. 

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Frequency and Feelings Workshop

 

In this workshop, we discuss what is frequency and how outside frequencies can impact you. We also discuss Hawkin's Frequency chart as a basis for understanding emotions and thoughts so that we have a better understanding of how to move through negative feelings or thinking patterns.

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Sending You Some Love...

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Sending You Some Love...

Recently, I was feeling a bit bad for myself. I tuned into my body -- my stomach was tight, my shoulders were by my ears, and my jaw was sore. My body was trying to tell me something and I was so busy being in my head -- I ignored it.

I began thinking about all the people who suffer like I did that day: the people who ignore the messages of their bodies and get carried away by the stories and doomsday prophecies in their heads. What if I wished for their happiness? So I did.

I imagined all of humanity smiling and feeling blessed for the gift of life. And you know what? When I was done -- I felt like a changed person.

In December, I have made it my own practice to send love and compassion to someone every day. Today, I choose you. Do you accept?

This is my wish for you.

May you be safe

May you be happy

May you be healthy

May your days be filled with ease

If you would like to receive this blessing with Reiki energy attached, just say "I accept this wish"....

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The Foundation For Self-Healing

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What is the Foundation for Self-Healing?

It's not a secret and it's not rocket science. You may not even believe me when I tell you, but it is the foundation of healing. Without it, it's like building your house on sand. As soon as you are challenged, the house crashes down and you're left with a mess.

The foundation to healing is being kind and compassionate to your present moment situation, which, by the way, includes you and every component that created this situation. Lemme give you some examples:

  1. When I healed my body from autoimmune disease, I quit fighting it, complaining about the pain, and wishing my situation was different than it was. Instead, I decided to try to be kind to this broken body and work with what was happening in the present moment. 
  2. After my assault-- and if I'm being honest, many, many years after my assault-- I quit blaming myself, I quit blaming him and I quit carrying around rage and regret that my life had become something different than...
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Lessons from COVID

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Lessons from COVID

 Last Sunday, I felt a little tired so I took a nap and I woke up with a temperature of 102.4 F and a migraine. I did what most people do when they feel awful: complain, try to find ways to make it go away, and dream about better days.

After a couple of hours of attending my own pity party, I realized what I was doing. I was resisting my experience. 

Did you know that some research has shown that as much as 80% of our pain and discomfort can be caused by our own resistance? That resistance can present itself physically as severe muscle tension, exaggerated symptoms, guarding, and so much more. If it's emotional pain, we may start to make it worse through casting blame, wishing things were different than they are, feeling regret or anger, etc. 

But accepting pain is scary, isn't it? For some reason, we think that if we accept it, then we are opening the flood gates to pain, but this isn't true. It's actually the opposite. 

Relaxing...

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Do People Suck?

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Do People Suck?

Our modern world follows a lot of Newtonian thinking. If this is broken, do that. If you want this to happen, do this. It's a simple, mechanical view.

A + B = C

But with people, it never seems to work out the way you think it will. You may plan and prepare for weeks for a family event and you even send out the "Family Rules" to be absolutely sure no drama is going to happen, but then Uncle Ted starts talking politics -- a no-no on the rules list!

Or maybe you want to spice up your romance with your partner, so you get your hair cut, buy a new outfit, and even do your makeup, but they act like you're still in 2-day old sweatpants. No compliment. No sexy looks. Not even an acknowledgment.

People are complicated and they are definitely not mechanical. With relationships, A + B definitely does not equal C anymore. In fact, it is an unanswerable question. We can never find a constant answer. If I do X, sometimes it goes well and other times it implodes. You may have all...

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Gratitude Is A High Vibration

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Gratitude is One of the Highest Vibrations

Science tells us that everything vibrates. The chair you're sitting on vibrates and the device you're looking at this email is vibrating. You are vibrating.

In fact, if you're healthy, you're vibrating in a very particular range, but if you're unwell you are below that range. Many people are looking towards vibrations to be one of the new technology in healing modalities.

The cool thing is that you don't need some fancy doctor or expensive tech to change your vibrations. Science is showing us that we can alter our vibrations through thought, emotions, and intention. In fact, the entire range of emotions has been studied and we know what we call "positive emotions" actually vibrate faster than "negative emotions". 

What do you think about that?

This goes back to mind over matter and the idea that how we think, feel and react to the outside world is what causes us to be well or unwell. This is not to say that we...

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Wrapping Empty Boxes

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Wrapping Empty Boxes

I'm gonna make this simple. I had a bit of an existential crisis on Christmas Day.

You see, I decided to spend the morning in a 4-hour mini-retreat with meditation and Reiki which was meant to be relaxing, but I ended up questioning all of my entire existence. These things happen.

I should've known things were going to go wonky when I was meditating and my college ex-boyfriend's face popped up. Let's just say we had a dramatic relationship and towards the end of our time together I probably suppressed a great desire to thwack him in the dangly bits.

Repeatedly.

Anyhow, person after person, connection after connection, emotion after emotion just began to arise in waves and I was given an opportunity to make peace with it all. So I did. And it felt GREAT as those relationships were let go and the energy was freed... but then the stories around them began to crumble. Well, let me tell you that I have apparently built a lot of my identity around those old stories...

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How Breathwork Can Help Manage Stress

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...

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Why We Us Suffer

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 necessary 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...

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