I often think about my 10-day stay at a Vipassana retreat in 2014, where we were encouraged to feel everything with “equanimity”. That meant accepting ALL the feelings, including rage, grief, fear, boredom, and every little spinal ache and muscle pain from sitting for prolonged periods while practicing Adhiṭṭhāna (determined sitting). This involved not moving a muscle while I observed the intense emotions that such stillness was bound to bring to the surface.
Often we are too busy to consider how our health is ranking or how we can make a simple change to improve our energy, immunity and general vitality. It begins with taking a look at your daily habitual choices and discovering areas you can make improvements.
It’s not about guilting yourself for making bad choices, but it’s about being open to new options…
A daily self-care practice that’s actually a part of your “to do” list on your calendar is a great way to stay committed and set yourself up for success!
Some easy places to begin:
Are you eating a good protein packed breakfast? If not, try incorporating a quick energizing protein smoothie packed with veggies, fruit & a good quality protein powder.
How are often are you eating throughout the day? Focus on eating something with protein every 3 hours so your blood sugar stays regulated which can help reduce cravings for caffeine, sugar or white flour/gluten laden foods that are high in calorie.
I am grounded in a way that I have never been before. I have learned to recognize my body’s signals and to embrace the lessons she is asking me to learn. I can stand in a place of clarity and neutrality that allows me to be the observer and no longer the reactor, but it wasn’t always that way.
When I was in my late 20’s, my world was quickly unraveling. On the outside, I presented well, but on the inside, my life had reached a crossroads of epic proportions – my marriage was dissolving, my first business was failing because the market changed and I failed to adapt and bankruptcy was imminent because of crushing debt. I desperately tried to cling to what I knew, but every joint in my body was screaming out for change – literally, I was in unbelievable pain that kept me awake at night – endlessly allowing me to mull over my many failures.
Life can be challenging, especially during these uncertain times. In the year since the pandemic began, I have noticed the number of referrals grow exponentially in my clinical counselling practice. It appears that isolation, uncertainty, fear, and frustration have brought up many people’s issues and past traumas to the surface.
How are you coping right now?
People tend to cope with stressful situations in a variety of ways. Some people become angry and bitter, pointing fingers, and wanting to blame others. Other people try their best to ignore their issues and just hope it goes away. Then there are those who seem to rise to the occasion with focus and clarity and try to learn from the situation and grow.
Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice, full of wisdom that applies now to the modern world more than ever. Translated into ‘yogic sleep’, it is a restorative practice that allows the participant to disengage from the mind’s busyness of thought and come to a place of observation. With ongoing practice, one learns to be the observer of the thoughts as opposed to the believer of the thoughts. Over time, it cultivates a state of equanimity. Sometimes this practice is described as ‘active rest’ or ‘mindful rest’, as it teaches the participant to be aware while at rest. Yoga Nidra is not a religion.
Homeopathy is a natural medicine that is based on the philosophy of “like cures like”; the Law of Similars. It is the strongest energy medicine known to man. Homeopathy has been in practice for over 200 years and is gaining in popularity as people search for something that does not create side effects, and is effective in treating all types of different health issues.
In Homeopathy we treat the person and not the “dis-ease” and so with that perspective we believe any dis-ease and anyone be helped with Homeopathy. Homeopathy’s effectiveness lies in the body’s ability to cure itself. Many people use remedies for ailments without any knowledge of Homeopathy, but for chronic issues you should always seek the guidance of a professionally trained Homeopath.
This might surprise you. Your heart is the most powerful source of electromagnetic energy in your body (even more than the brain – which is the your mind.
Let me show you why your heart’s magnetic field is your superpower, and then I have a simple heart-focused practice you can try.
Scientists at the HeartMath Institute have been researching something called the “heart-coherent state” — which is supported by an incredible amount of evidence.
Does this sound familiar to you? I’ll bet you’d like to be saying this:
“My team is a powerhouse. They took the ball and ran with it, with very little supervision needed. They even found new ways to deliver above and beyond what was expected — we were recognized for the great value we delivered to our customers.”
The difference in those two teams isn’t the employees, it’s the manager. More specifically, the manager’s leadership approach. Many of us land into management roles because we are good at what we do, but that doesn’t mean we automatically understand what it takes to be a great manager. We’ve developed 3 simple tips for managers to incorporate leadership skills and achieve breakthrough results!
“Pisco Sour mate?”
“Uhhh, ok” I reply!
An always smiling Ozzie says to me as he hands me a drink.
I think to myself….”I wish everyone was this friendly, confident, welcoming and genuine. Wouldn’t we all be a lot happier?”
Like everyone does. I immediately fell in love with a guy named Pete.
Not because he was powerful, wealthy, or because he was in a position to benefit me professionally, but because he was genuine, sincere, authentic and keenly interested in me as a person!
Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize, understand and manage our own emotions and; recognize, understand and influence the emotions of others. Are you listening to your emotions? When we use our emotional intelligence we see and choose more clearly. We respond instead of react.
There are 15 skills involved in emotional intelligence and we all have them to a greater or lesser degree. Men generally use their emotional intelligence to solve problems and make decisions. Women generally use their emotional intelligence to build relationships, nurture and empathize. Most this comes from the differences in how boys and girls are brought up.