I know it’s happened to you. And it happened to me just last week. Let me take you there:
The week has been kinda busy, but not too bad. I am heading out for a yoga training, and truly excited to be going. I gather all my stuff and a good friend arrives to take me to the airport. As we open the door to take my luggage out, my dog Finley, who is typically very well-behaved, decides this is the best possible time to run out the front door! Seriously?!?! She’s off like a shot and we can’t find her anywhere. We walk down the street, we drive around the neighborhood. No dog. And it’s time to go! I can’t spend anymore time looking for her, so I call my husband who’s at work and THANKFULLY someone has already found her and just called him to let him know. Whew. We make it to the airport in time and I get on my flight. I arrive at my connecting airport, have a fantastic dinner and get on flight number two. Once I arrive at my destination, I get my rental car. I can’t locate my phone charger right away, so I opt to use the car GPS instead. This creates the first snafu (that I’m aware of). The darn thing doesn’t work very well and I end up getting lost three times. Ugh. It’s late and I need to get to bed! I (finally) arrive at my hotel. As is my common practice, I get all my materials ready before calling it a night only to realize that I have left MULTIPLE items on one flight or the other! Including my phone charger (brand new, of course) and other items that I could really use this weekend. Sigh. I won’t bore you with the rest of the weekend, but suffice it to say that this first evening on the way to my hotel was only the TIP of the iceberg!
So what did I do? How did I survive the craziness (mostly caused by myself)? It took all my efforts and, honestly, it has taken me a few days to recover. I took out all the stops and went immediately into nurturing mode!
If you have felt this way, and wondered what to do, perhaps some of these ideas will help as you develop a nurturing environment:
I know this list isn’t exhaustive, but hopefully you found at least one tool you can use to help you get over “one of those days!” It has taken concentrated effort, but I am definitely on the mend and I am feeling very nurtured by my steps towards this level of loving care.
I’d love to hear from you! What’s your favorite way to care for yourself in the middle of a crazy day, week, or time of life? We have all discovered ways to work through difficult times. Let’s share them together!
On Tuesday I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of the OM Wisdom Summit 2016! In that interview I talk about Absolute Lifestyle Revolution and many ways you can find true transformation in your life today! (Watch the replay!)
In the interview I also discuss several ways to start your morning off with love. But before I get ahead of myself – have you ever had a morning like this…
The alarm goes off. Your first thought is not, “Good morning, bright and beautiful world!” but something closer to, “Seriously? I can’t do it. I’m EXHAUSTED.” You roll over and grab your phone and start scrolling through Facebook with bleary eyes. After you get “caught up” on what’s happening, you stumble out of bed and start rushing to get ready. So many things to do and not nearly enough time! Maybe you forgot to get the stuff for the kids’ lunches at the store, or you left your own lunchbox at the office. Argh. Now you’re behind and need to squeeze in a stop at the grocery to grab something quick and easy. Or not. Is it really THAT bad to eat out of the vending machine? Again? In your rush out of the kitchen, you grab your coffee mug and head out the door. You set it in top of the car while you throw your stuff in (like always), and then it tips over and you now have coffee all over the clothes you have to wear for your first meeting or appointment of the day. Sigh. Why does this ALWAYS happen???
Why DOES this always happen? That’s a great question. It can be hard to chase down the exact cause sometimes, but regardless of what got you here, I have some great tips to start the morning a whole different way. With love. And peace. And calm.
Doesn’t that sounds good? I know I like to mornings that start with intention and peace.
A couple of years ago I took my first Ayurveda training and felt like it revealed the secrets to the universe! Now I realize that this is quite a statement, but all the same, I think it’s true.
Perhaps I should start at the beginning…
Ayurveda is the sister science to Yoga and brings balance to our bodies using diet, herbs and yoga. After having completed my Yoga Teacher Training through YogaFit Training Systems, I wanted to start exploring the “squishy” parts of yoga. I didn’t even really know what that meant, exactly. I just knew how much I loved what I had learned and experienced with yoga and thought if there was more to learn, then I wanted to learn it! So, the first training that caught my eye was Ayurveda I.
Well about an hour into the training, I was so blown away by the intro, that I wanted to stop right there and just let it soak in! I felt like the overview about the three aspects of each of our own constitutions had unlocked the secrets of life. Having someone explain how my body constitution also gave insight into my behavioral aspects and tendencies, and those of my family was life-changing! I finally understood why I act the way I do sometimes, and why my husband and kids act the way they do sometimes and how that ties so directly into our body-types and our diet. Lifelong secrets revealed!
The information just kept coming and I learned so many things about how my daily care routine can set my day up for success (sign up to hear my upcoming interview with Renee Li on the OM Wisdom Summit on this very topic here). I learned about how it’s not just a clean diet that best serves our bodies, but how even among whole foods, there are some that are better than others at balancing each of our constitutions.
And I learned even more about breath.
Have you ever thought about how breathing is 50% work and 50% relaxation?
I know that’s a big obvious, but really, THINK about that!
I believe that so many of life’s lessons can be learned from the breath. We can discover how we respond to stress, we can relieve stress. We can breathe shallow or deep. We can hold our breath or hyper-ventilate. We can breathe on purpose or let it happen passively.
But when I REALLY thought about how breath is 50/50 on the work and relaxation, I was so inspired I wrote a poem. It’s called Ode to the Breath.
Yes, I KNOW. It’s SUPER cheesy. But I gotta tell ya, this breath revelation was revolutionary for me! Here’s what was so magical about it for me – I realized that if our most basic building block of life, the breath, needed as much rest as it needed work, then why did I think I was any different?
Why did I think I could work more than half the day and only rest a little? How was that ever gonna work out? Well I have a little secret –
From there it just kept branching out. I started to look at my morning routine and what was working and what wasn’t. I started to incorporate things that created an environment for beautiful starts to my day. And then I started looking at my evening routine. What I found there was that the simplest things (foot massage, evening meditation, cup of tea) helped me transition from a busy day into a relaxed state for sleep. It turns out that the “secrets” aren’t so secretive after all!
Do I knock it out the park and do these things every single day without failing. No way. But I do them more often than I don’t. AND, when I’m feeling out of sorts, the first thing I do is check my routines. If I’ve fallen off the wagon of practices that I KNOW work for me, then that’s where I start to put it all back together. Tools in the toolbox are the ticket to climbing out of overwhelm for me.
If you’re intrigued by all this and would like to learn some more of the secrets that have revolutionized my life, watch my interview with Renee from the OM Wisdom Summit where I unpack a great morning routine and discuss several other tools to find your calm in the middle of a random Tuesday. Enjoy!
Whatcha been doin’ lately? Have you been running around like crazy trying to get everything done? Sacrificing your own needs to take care of people around you? Yep. Me too. Sometimes we just need to pull back and take 10 – like a 10 minute break to get it back together!
So, earlier this week I decided to re-group a bit and revitalize my daily routines that nourish my mind, body and soul. Even the great routines can start to feel tired if we keep on doing the same ol’ thing without keeping it fresh, right? So, here’s a few of the things I changed up.
I like to use a mantra or positive affirmation when I meditate. When I evaluated, I realized that I have gotten into a habit of just repeating it without REALLY paying attention to what it means. So, I purposed to pay attention and consider my affirmation with each repetition. AMAZING the difference this one simply step can make! Ready to meditate? Check this one out – I made it for you!
There are a few things I like to do to take care of myself each morning, you know, besides brushing my teeth and applying deodorant! Lately, I’ve been kinda lazy about my routine though. I really like to begin the morning with my tongue-scraper, and then move on to dry-brushing before my shower and then finish up with applying sesame oil to moisturize. I ran out of oil a couple weeks ago and hadn’t replaced it. I was using regular lotion, which is fine, I guess, but something about using the oil makes me feel like I am really taking care of myself, so I got a new bottle for myself. It’s so great!
It’s true – sometimes I waste time scrolling through FaceBook when I could be taking a nice break from screen time and general busy-ness. I know I’m not alone here. So, this week, I reminded myself to put my phone down when I realized I was using it to fill up mind-space. It’s amazing how much more beautiful real life is than keeping your head in cyber-world! If it’s been awhile since you’ve taken a screen break, I highly recommend it!
While completing my yearly workbooks from Leonie Dawson, I came across Leonie’s recommendation to read The Art of Extreme Self-Care by Cheryl Richardson. It’s great! Some of the things I already do, and some I have decided to try. If you are looking for some ways to bring more love from yourself into your life, this is a great read!
What I’ve realized over the years is that taking care of myself isn’t hard. It’s just that it takes some thought and planning and an intention to follow-through with it. If you’d like to hear more about this, catch my interview with Renee Li on the OM Wisdom Summit 2016. It’s coming up in just a couple weeks. Click here to see the full schedule of interviews. There are several wonderful speakers this year! Here are some things you can expect:
Develop stronger intuition to access peace and clarity
Power up your body with healthy aging and preventative care
Adopt healthy habits that offer you perfect health
Clear blocks to create full color transformation
Utilize Crystal Magic for well-being
Align with your Greater purpose for fulfillment
Awaken your inner Healer
So, tell me, what is your favorite way to “take 10” and take care of yourself?
Do you feel it? That restlessness that comes with the transformation of the seasons. Perhaps your schedule changes a bit, or daylight saving time throws your off for a few days. You may become nostalgic or feel fancy-free. At the very least, your wardrobe is probably turning to some warmer options. Who else loves sweater weather???
Change is in the air and I don’t know about you, but I can feel it in every aspect of my life.
One thing I have noticed for myself is that autumn is the time when I am most likely to engage inner transformation. Just like the way the leaves begin to show their true colors, I sense mine emerging with cooling temps. I usually enroll in a course, or adopt a new practice, or journal more frequently.
What is it that you embrace during this time when the earth embraces such deep transformation? Do you clean the garage? Look up new recipes to try? Get all crafty? Find a hiking group? Make s’mores by the fire?
Whatever you choose – Does it soothe your soul? Does it rearrange your inner closets? Does it change you?
Would you like to purposefully embrace something this year that has the potential to transform you on the deepest level? You know, that level where we talk to ourselves.
If you would like to transform that inner dialogue from hateful to helpful or from depressing to inspiring, you are so in luck right now!
I have been consolidating all I have learned over the past couple of decades about transforming inner dialogue into a 5-week course that will guide you through the process of changing your inner voices from down-right mean, into the encouraging, loving voices we all wish to hear.
Are you interested in this course? Let me know!
Change is in the air! Can you feel it? Some places are starting to cool off (or so I hear…it’s still pretty hot here in the desert!), football games are on TV, all those cute posts of decorated pumpkins are all over Pinterest, and I’ve seen lots of people on Facebook talking about doing a fall cleanse (myself included).
Something about the change in seasons stirs us to action. We want to clean the garage, wear different clothes, cook different food, get a new haircut, etc. We are motivated to DO SOMETHING!
Would you like to make some changes on the inside too?
Wouldn’t it be nice to change some of that negative self-talk into colorful, beautiful, loving self-talk?
Well, Dragonflies, I have something that I made just for you.
This mini-course is free and just for you!I am so excited to share it with you!
In this course you will receive a few tips and tools for changing your mind-chatter from negative, boring or just plain mean, into something encouraging, loving and over-the-top awesome!
Check it out and let me know what you think. Pass it along to your friends, too – we can all use a little boost sometimes!
Hey Dragonflies! Today we have an extra special treat! Renee from Om Wisdom and Wellness has recently published a wonderful book called Peace of the Heart. This book is transformational in many ways – especially if you have ever experienced a deep loss. I found myself weeping and able to access and release deeply held emotions using the steps Renee recommends. So, I HAD to share this with you all! To give you a better idea about the book and learn a little more about Renee, I asked her a few question. Here’s an inside peek!
Jenn: What are your hopes for those who read Peace of the Heart and are experiencing a deep loss or find themselves in an unhealthy pattern of life?
Renee: My hope is for readers to realize that it is possible to be free from the emotional pain of the past. Even if the pain is very recent, we can still release it once and for all by using the high vibration practices I recommend in the book. I share specific steps and practices the reader can perform to facilitate that emotional healing and release. Once released and love is integrated in the cellular memory, we can attract our heart’s desires into our lives. Ultimately, I want the reader to feel inspired to dive deeper into their healing journey and empowered to actively work towards realigning themselves with the energies of peace and love. Emotional healing is a process and one that reveals deeper layers as we move through it. But the payoff is fulfilling lives with the freedom for us to create what we want and no longer live a life dictated by our past.
For someone who is just noticing an unhealthy pattern in life, I want to say “Congratulations” to them! It takes the power of stillness and awareness to make such an observation about oneself. So it is a great step in the right direction. The next thing I would suggest for that person is to meditate on what they believe could be the root of that pattern. The answer is usually around some childhood memory and the unhealthy pattern in life is simply an old wound that keeps resurfacing. But this resurfacing is a blessing because the old wound can only be healed and released when it rises up to the surface. Even though some emotions can be difficult to face, it is necessary to reclaim the peace and love that is your birthright!
Jenn: I know there are lots of hills and valleys when working to transform some part of life. Sometimes it even seems like the journey takes a step backwards. What words of encouragement can you offer when the end is not in sight and the terrain is difficult to navigate?
Renee: Yes, sometimes it does feel like you are trying to heal the same issue over and over again. I’ve been there myself! You feel like you’ve put in the work to resolve an emotional issue only to find it come up again six months later because someone or something triggered it. But this new occurrence of the old emotional issue or pain is actually a different layer of the old wound. It is best to see our healing journey as an onion with many layers to peel back. Only after you work to peel back the top layers can you finally access the deeper layers. This is the healing process and it’s a good process because you might be overwhelmed with the deeper pain if you had not gone through the practice of working through the top layers of the onion first.
With this perspective, we can see how getting into the deeper layers and progressing on our healing journey could feel like we are actually not making progress at all. But it is exactly the opposite. We should be grateful for the opportunity to heal all the layers of all the wounds we have unnecessarily held onto for so many years. The old pain does not serve us but rather holds us back in the past.
The message I have for those people who feel discouraged along their healing journey is this: You are an amazing Being of light and child of God. Allow your true authentic heart and light to shine, not only for your own peace and joy but also for the greater good of the world. You can do this by removing the dense energies of the past that have, basically, held you captive from showing the love that You are! Stay committed walking through your journey with love and compassion for yourself. And feel free to call on the Angels and your Spirit Guides for extra support if desired at any time along your journey.
Jenn: Now that you are on the “other side” from the traumas that you write about in the book, are there still days and times when you go back and re-visit the practices that helped you move out of that repetitive mind space? Does the process of healing have a clean ending, or is it something that pops up from time to time?
Renee: There are times when I do feel like I am revisiting some of the same issues. I think the most common recurring issues for majority of folks out there are usually with family members. Oh, there’s so many layers with our family members, aren’t there? For me, it’s always with my mother. When the same old emotions come up for me, I do use the high vibration practices that I share in the book. But I use it two-fold, so I send love to myself to transmute the anger or sadness that I may be feeling and I also send love to my mother. This compassion for her as well as myself helps to return the situation back to peace and love more quickly.
As for a clean ending to the healing process, I would say a clean ending would be ascension or enlightenment and that is certainly the goal. Our entire life is simply a healing journey. Again, it’s like that onion with layers and layers to work through. At the core of that onion, is the core of who we are. It’s our God essence and our divine spark. This core is made up of only love and peace. However, as we peel back each new layer, we get to experience a small level of that love and peace which we could not have experienced before we peeled the layer. So while it may not be a “clean ending”, there are smaller happy endings sprinkled throughout our entire journey. We can be grateful for that.
I highly recommend this read! Here’s a link to Renee’s page. You can learn more about Renee and the book here. Pick up this book today! If you want to just get straight down to it – here’s the link to Amazon where Peace of the Heart is already an Amazon BEST-SELLER!
I ask this question at least once a week when trying to schedule a phone call or meeting. It’s a nuts-and-bolts sort of question. It helps get things done and establishes a routine that (hopefully) makes things run like a well-oiled machine.
Schedules are great. We can set them up, and then they just keep going. It’s super easy to get comfortable with the way things are. We establish our routine. We have our friends. We shop at our favorite grocery store. We go to our favorite class at the gym. And it all works.
And when we realize it’s not working anymore, we have a choice. We can shrug our shoulders and just keep on, keepin’ on OR we can make some changes.
I recently realized that something needed to change in my life. Last year after I quit my job, one of my biggest desires was to not have such a strict schedule. I had lived on a VERY tight schedule for several years and I was exhausted. So, after I quit my job, I decided to let things be more free-form. I let each day unfold as it wanted to.
Then somewhere in the last few weeks, I realized that this way of moving through my days and weeks wasn’t really working for me anymore. I was starting to feel adrift and directionless. Even though that space and freedom was exactly what I needed this time last year, it’s wasn’t working anymore.
In my wandering and wondering, I was scrolling through social media. As you do. But this time, it was exactly what I needed! I came across something in Instagram posted by my long-time friend and mentor, Ron Martoia (@ronmartoia, wildlybetter.com) that quickly and simply put it together for me.
Rhythms and Rituals are
Patterns and Practices.
What are your “Rs” & “Ps”?
That’s it! That’s what’s been missing! In my effort to give myself some space and freedom, I had thrown the baby out with the bathwater! I had thrown out even the great parts of having a routine. I was still meditating and reading and writing and taking care of myself and all those things that are important to me, but because I had let go of the rhythms of my life, I ended up feeling like a blob with no form.
So, I spent some time listing out what is important to me and then I sat down with my calendar and decided when to do each of those things. I also put relaxation and reflection time in the schedule. This is super important for me right now. Otherwise, I will let something take that place and it won’t happen. I will find something else to do: something urgent, or something fun, or possibly even something mundane.
The first week of my new rhythm and rituals felt so. . .liberating! Isn’t that interesting? I had been all anti-schedule in fear of feeling trapped. But when I re-established a rhythm to life, everything inside that had been feeling all out-of-sorts calmed down. I knew what I was doing and when I was doing it and
So, Dragonfly – I’d like to encourage you to spend some time with your schedule and see if there are any changes that you would enjoy and find rewarding. Is your schedule working for you? If not, why not? Spend some time with that one and figure out what would work for you.
Let me know how it goes! I’d love to hear about your transformed rhythms and rituals!
So when was the last time you took a day off work to have the experience of a lifetime…um…tidying up the garage? Yeah, I’ve never done that either. And while I do like for things to be all tidy, I don’t particularly enjoy spending the day going through piles of stuff and choosing what stays and what goes. However, I LOVE the result! To look at my freshly-organized closet or desk or garage and feel that sense of lightness and satisfaction of work well-done is such a great feeling. I feel like clearing the stuff out of my home creates more room in me. I may be crazy, but I don’t think so (well at least not on this issue!).
I have recently realized that when I am feeling heavy and weighed down, a pretty simple way to lighten my outlook is to tidy up an area of my home that has been neglected. Have you ever done this? In a way, I have actually come to see this as an act of self-care.
I have heard and seen a couple things on this recently that I really like to make the job easier.
There are a couple guys called The Minimalists who talk a lot about simplifying. My favorite piece of their advice is the 20-20 rule. If you find something you haven’t used in awhile and you can replace it for less than $20 in less than $20 minutes, get rid of it! Obviously there are a few exceptions, but this works most of the time. Yay!
Another one I just saw was this great little video posted by the Today Show where they highlight The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.
This simple trick will change the way you tidy up your house – and your life – forever. The gem in this book is in getting rid of anything that no longer brings you joy. Thank it for its service, and send it on its way! I LOVE that!
Why not spend 30 minutes or two hours clearing some space in your house and in your life? After you’re done, I’d love to hear about your experience! How did you feel after it was done? Did you find some space in your mind along with the space in your home?
Yep. That’s right. PTSD from being tickled.
Perhaps it would be best to tell the back-story on this one!
When I was a little girl, I think maybe around 4-6, I was over at my aunt’s house. It was around the holidays (as best I can remember) and I was playing with all my cousins. I was the youngest in the room and also one of only two girls in a sea of boy cousins. We were all having a great time when one of my cousins picked me up to fly me like an airplane. I thought that was AWESOME! So, there I was in the air and pretending to be Wonderwoman, when my cousin thought it would be fun to tickle me. And it was fun! For a little while, anyway. But then it got to be overwhelming and I wanted down. I started yelling at him to put me down. But I was also still laughing, because how can you not laugh when someone is tickling you, right? So, he didn’t realize how serious I was. I started to panic because I couldn’t do anything to escape the (now) awful tickling! I couldn’t hit or kick or run. My body had one defense left to get me out of the situation. It was not pretty, and this is not for the squeamish…I vomited. All over my cousin. Eww.
But ever since then, when someone tickles me, it isn’t funny. I get downright ANGRY. The “I can’t think about anything except for how much I want to hit this person” kind of angry. In fact, I have a really hard time not punching the guilty party! If you know me, you will recognize how out of character this is for me. I would feel bad for hitting a punching bag under normal circumstances.
This entire event came up for me at a yoga conference where I was attending a training on how to use yoga to help resolve PTSD and move it through and out of the body. It was fascinating. The YogaFit for Warriors program addresses PTSD, but it also gives us tools to work through all kinds of trauma. I have come back from this training a changed person and a better yoga teacher/trainer.
When I realized during this training how I am STILL carrying this incident with me and how deeply it STILL affects me, I realized something else so much more important. I realized on the tiniest of scales how deep and awful PTSD from war or abuse or severe accidents can be. This realization deeply moves me to do what I can to support the healing process for others. I know how much transformation I experienced in just one weekend of training, so I can only imagine how transformational regular classes could be to work out those deep-seated traumas.
These things are kind of funny, aren’t they? I went to this training wanting to learn how to help other people and I ended up finding transformation first. I guess that’s how it works though, huh? My instructor Shaye said it beautifully,
Thank you Shaye, for sharing your countless hours of work. I am forever changed for the better, and I know a host of others are, too.