The Spiritual Divide

I recently spent 4 days in ceremony where my intention was to bring the “two parts” of myself together.  The corporate part who has operated so well in the business world and the spiritual parts of myself.  During the ceremony I had an amazing visit with mother spider which I will write about soon, but in order for her to begin to weave me back together some lessons had to be learned. The first lesson to arise was that of the ego.  The need to release comparison and judgement energy came roaring forward.  First comparison and judgement of myself and then the comparison and judgement energy I was carrying against the world around me, the world beyond my spiritual bubble.

Fast forward one week to when I was traveling to a consulting engagement with a client who provides parts to enable the oil industry.  Now this is a client that I wouldn’t typically encounter in my “Spiritual” business, but one that is common in my corporate consulting business.   I was prepared by my colleague before heading out to the client that these people wouldn’t necessarily align with my spiritual “values”.  But I kept hearing that this trip was really important and that the universe sent me here for a reason.  

Well cut to the night before my first in person session with this client and I am awakened at 12:30 am by a bombardment of energy in my hotel room.  This energy felt overwhelming and somewhat scary, so I stepped out of my sleep induced state and began to tune into it.  First I tuned into the energy of the hotel I was in.  I began clearing the space and grounding the building so I felt safe again.  Then I began working with my spiritual team and they showed me that the entire county needed to be grounded and cleared, the entire place needed a healing. Then we moved beyond the county to the entire state and then they showed me why I was really here.  The oil industry and the company I am working with needed a deep healing as well.  The karma being created with the Earth had created struggle for the people working here.  The people who are kind and big hearted but are a part of a machine much bigger than they even realize.   So I began my work to clear the company and their connection with the Earth.  And to my surprise after I moved through the clearing process, the real download came in. 

My willingness to show up to this client and do my “corporate work” and trust in the universe enabled me to be presented with an opportunity to learn, to grow and to heal.  They showed me that without dropping my judgement this great healing wouldn’t have been possible.  They reminded me that no matter what, I am doing my spiritual work in the world wherever I go.  It doesn’t matter what job I am doing or if the people know they are getting a healing, my work is being done.  

I was reminded that we must step outside of our spiritual bubble from time to time to really move beyond the things that are blocking us.  We must connect with those around us who don’t share our values and we must realize that the more we judge, the more we separate, the less likely this entire planet is to shift.  All of us "spiritual" people need to take a step back, we need to practice what we preach, we are all one, we are all connected.  Stop judging and do our work in the world, shine our light because we may not always know how or why its needed, but it is.  Its more important now than ever that we don’t separate from one another, that we stay connected and open to transformation.  You see if we sit in judgment of something it can’t shift.  Its time we close this spiritual divide and open our hearts to one another.

Dancing with the Universe

"Allowing is like breathing into all 5 senses at once".  As I sat with this new Pisces moon on Saturday that was the message that dropped in for me to ponder.  As I dug in I was shown how the patterns of impatience and forced forward motion were holding me back from being in flow with the universe.  I know intuitively that when I am in what I call "force forward mode" I am working against the universe as it tries to support me.  Energetically it feels like I am pushing a rock up a hill and I know that isn't how you create abundance, that isn't how you create spiritual freedom and awakening but that doesn't mean I don't still fall into those patterns.  

When I examine these patterns they are worn into my being from years of feeling that I was the only one who could make it happen for me, I was the only one who I could rely on to create the life I wanted.  And while that is partially true, it's also partially untrue. Yes we are the makers of our reality but we are surrounded by a support system, both physical and spiritual that is co-creating with us.  Even those we think are our detractors, our deflectors are serving their purpose in their own way to help illuminate the proper path for us.  

So how do you release this pattern?  How do you break free of something that you have honed over many years of living?  Well the first step is awareness.  As we become aware of the pattern we can begin to heal it.  We can begin to become mindful of how the pattern is presenting itself in our daily lives.  As we become aware of those small moments in our life where the pattern is surfacing we can begin to release ourselves from the stronghold these patterns have on our joy and on our expansion.  

So I begin again this month, with the intention to shift, with the intention to expand beyond these old patterns and truly live my life in harmony with the universe and this vast support system that surrounds me.  Its a process and I will continue to hone and shape it to be exactly right for me in every moment, but the awareness is 90% of the battle and so I move forward dancing with the universe rather than pushing against it.  

"Allowing is like breathing into all 5 senses at once".  And so it is...

Why Your Psychic Reading Should Include a Side of Surgery

Why Your Psychic Reading Should Include a Side of Surgery

If you've ever had a psychic reading you might have walked away feeling less than satisfied.  Even if the reading was great you might have felt overwhelmed by all the information shared and weren't sure what to do next.  Sometimes psychic readings are just that, an intuitive gives you a reading on your energy in present time and attempts to give you information about certain areas of your life.  Those are all well and good and may be exactly what the doctor ordered from time to time.  However, if you want to really move the needle and take your experience to the next level, you should ensure you psychic reading comes with a side of psychic surgery.  

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5 Reasons Your Meditation Practice is Failing

Images of monks and priests sitting atop a mountain might be the first thing you think of when someone mentions meditation. However, the uncomfortable reality for most of us is anything but a serene mountain practice.  Many people struggle to meditate or make comments like "Meditation just isn't for me, I can't stop my mind from racing".  With so many health and wellness experts touting the benefits of meditation, it may be time you gave your practice another shot or at least re-invigorate a potentially stale practice with some new techniques.  After working with clients as a meditation and self healing coach for the last 2 years I have crafted a list of the top 5 reasons why you might be failing at your meditation practice and what to do about them.  

You tried to clear your mind

Clearing your mind is the worst advice a beginner or even an experienced meditator can receive.  Its simply not possible.  In order to fully embrace a practice of meditation, we must also embrace, not vilify the mind.  Over the years the ego and the mind have been interwined as teachers and gurus have spoken about the evils of the ego.  These two are not synonymous.  The use of the mind is necessary to help bring about our evolution as a society, don't vilify it.  Instead as you sit to meditate, embrace the mind, check in with it, understand what's happening in your mental landscape and allow the thoughts to float through the sky like clouds on a beautiful day.  Some of my best meditations have been those where I let my mind wander but didn't let it take control of my practice.  

You didn't move enough

Many teachers say that you must meditate first thing in the morning to reap the benefits and that simply doesn't work for everyone.  Many of us don't have good take off and landing practices when we go to bed and wake up in the morning so we awake first thing in the morning groggy and unfocused, not exactly the best time to meditate.  Many of my clients find that some movement like a gentle yoga practice or walk around the block is needed before they can't sit down to meditate.  Other clients might choose to break up their day by meditating on their lunch break and even more will choose to do their meditations at the end of the work day to help clear out any energies that might have crept in during the day.  The point is that there is no one size fits all in this equation, find what works best for you and have some fun experimenting with different combinations of movement/activity and meditation.

Your meditation practice had no purpose

Sitting down to meditate because we've been told its good for us doesn't work for most people.  In order to create a practice and a habit we need to be motivated, that's just the way humans are built.  So if you have no intention or purpose for your meditation practice then you haven't set a goal for yourself and developing a consistent practice may be difficult.  When I work with clients I teach them purposeful meditation practices in the vein of self healing techniques that will have an impact on their lives.  You may choose to adopt a meditation practice to reduce stress or help you sleep better, whatever the goal, make sure there is a purpose or intention in mind when you sit down to meditate.  This will help keep you motivated and will also help you to tailor the tools you adopt to assist you in your meditation practice (see next section).

You have no meditation tools

There are so many resources available today to help you build your meditation practice.  Online apps like Headspace and BrainWave are a dime a dozen now and if you have a purpose or intent behind your meditation you can begin to hone in on the best tools to fit your practice.  You can also hire a meditation coach or teacher to help you develop your meditation practice into something that is truly transformative.  Even just some light trance style music or binaural beats can be used in the background to aid your brain as it relaxes into meditation.  Don't suffer through in silence.  

You gave up too soon

They don't call it a meditation practice because everyone can be a pro the first time at bat.  Some days you may have the most glorious of meditations and other days you may struggle to maintain a simple seated position with your eyes closed.  In order to make a habit out of something you must give it a valiant effort day after day, but not push yourself so hard that it becomes something you dread.  Meditation is one of the best forms of self care I recommend to my clients and if done properly it can truly reshape your entire life.  So keep at it and don't let your current mental state of frustration with meditation affect your potential future self.  You too can be heavily meditated and relaxed like the guru on top of a beautiful mountain without ever having to leave your living room.

I'm offering a free guided meditation that is purpose built to help you ground your energy, clear out any blockages and call in calm, ease and peace into your life.  Would you like access to it?  Click below to sign up to receive it.  

The Art & Importance of Ceremony

I used to be so intimated by the word ceremony.  It always sounded so ominous and serious.  As I have stepped further into my purpose and path, I now see that ceremony was something missing in my life.  Its not about your credentials or qualifications when creating ceremony, its all about the intention.  I find myself yearning for ceremony now.  I no longer sit down to just meditate, I light a candle or some sage, I bring flowers or a new crystal to my meditation altar, I set an intention and then I meditate.  It only takes me about 30 more seconds but the results are exponentially greater.  As this practice has started to become habit I noticed other ways ceremony has crept into my life.  As I lay down for bed, I no longer just blindly fall into slumber, I set an intention about what I want my astral experiences to be.  As I prepare a bath I add some sweet smelling essential oils or bath salts and when the water drains away after my bath is complete I visualize my troubles and worries draining away with the water. Ceremony doesn't have to be something you do only on special occasions you can do it any time of day with little or no preparation.  The added benefit of creating sacred space for yourself via ceremony is a deeper appreciation and mindfulness in your everyday life.  You become more present and grateful for your experiences.  So set an intention and create some ceremony in your life.  Its one of the best forms of self care out there and it will transform your life.  

Matcha Green Tea Power Drink

If you haven't tried matcha yet you should get on the green tea train.  Starbucks is even serving these lovely drinks now (with about 35 grams of added sugar).  I decided to make my own.  Its my go to snack in the afternoon when I need a pick me up, especially when the weather is as warm as it has been lately.  The benefits of matcha are numerous including energy + calm due to its mix of l-theanine + caffeine, high level of antioxidants to help your heart and brain, and its an excellent source of chlorophyll which may help eliminate heavy metals from the body.  This power drink is worth a try.  

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 can light Coconut Milk
  • 1 - 2 tsp honey (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of Match Green Tea Powder

Recipe

Place the ingredients into a blender in the order listed.  Blend until smooth.  Add more ice to reach desired consistency. Enjoy!

Notes

Invest in a good quality high potency Match Green Tea powder.  I like this one from Amazon.  Follow the directions on the box for how much to use.  More potent = use less.  You could also try amping up the nutrient by adding MCT Oil for good fat, turmeric for anti-inflammatory or a dash of cinnamon for added flavor and metabolism boosting effect.

Freedom and Your Shadow

I am fresh off a big experience and I want to share it with others.  A couple of weeks ago, I moved through a big release triggered by some happenings at my day job.  The details of the happenings aren't important but what came up for me is.  I was able to pull up a deep dark part of myself to be examined and re-framed.  Shadow work is the term used to describe the work we do with those parts of ourselves that we like to keep hidden or that we are ashamed of.  I once had a teacher tell me that her greatest asset in her acupuncture practice was at one point her greatest shame as a person.  That stuck with me and its something I reference often when I am beating myself up about my lack of patience, intense drive to execute or propensity to do more all the time.  When this release happened a couple of weeks ago, I grieved the loss of a structure my ego had created that said I only have worth if I am seen and appreciated by my superiors.  Wrapped up in that was a big part of my shadow self, the things I didn't want to let go of, but desperately wanted to re-frame.   A step beyond that was my connection to the collective feminine consciousness.  A collective that for years has been oppressed and persecuted by patriarchal hierarchy.  Such complexity arose when I began to dive more deeply into my shadow work that I had to break it apart and patiently examine each piece to see what should stay and be re-framed and what needed to be released entirely.  It wasn't an easy process, it involved 4 hours of deep grief and emotional release, another hour of just sitting and writing about what had been released and then an hour of fire ceremony to burn away those pages and with it the remnants of that energetic release.  On the other side of that purging came an important gift.  A release of the fear that was holding me back from more fully transforming and stepping into my Zen Within business, a set of practical next steps I could take to move things forward and an overwhelming since of peace about my path.  It's not about freeing yourself from your shadow, but rather being free to embrace all of who you are, including those shadow parts.  What egoistic structures are you ready to release?  What shadow parts can you reclaim and re-frame?

Katie's Freedom Fudge

I love chocolate and I have always loved dessert.  Rather than deprive myself I've learned to adapt some of my favorite foods into healthier options.  Enter my raw, dairy free, gluten free, vegan and guilt free Freedom Fudge.  This recipe is super simple to make and also free of refined sugars.  It also includes dates and raw cacao two of my all time favorite healthy dessert ingredients.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1 1/2 cups loosely packed pitted dates
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil

Recipe

Combine the dates, walnuts and cashews in a food processor and pulse until relatively smooth.   Add in the remaining ingredients and continue pulsing until completely smooth.  Scrape down the sides as needed.  Mixture will be very thick.  When desired consistency is reached (adding more water if necessary a splash at a time) transfer to a square pan lined in wax paper or lightly greased.  Refrigerate for 2 hours and then slice.  Keep in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 2 months.  Enjoy!

*Tip: Lightly greasing your spatula will make the process of transferring to the dish go more smoothly.  

Energetic Hygiene

We learned in grade school how to have good physical hygiene.  But no one ever taught us about taking the same care with our energy.  You know those days where you just feel foggy, unhappy or sluggish and you can't quite put your finger on it?  Well most likely that is because you've picked up someone else's energy and like a splinter in the physical body your energetic body is trying to expel that foreign object.  Most of us who experience wild swings of emotions believe we were just born that way, but that is not entirely true.  Our natural state is neutral and happy.  Of course life throws us curve balls and situations that upset that balance but if you can't pinpoint the source of your emotions it may be someone else's baggage you are carrying.  When I work with clients on releasing other people's energy and increasing their own, the shifts are profound.  They experience better relationships with others, improved physical health, and are able to move through those stuck places in their life.  They find it incredibly liberating to learn that they can gain freedom and control of their energy which in turn provides greater freedom and control in all aspects of their lives.  If you would like to learn more about how to gain control of your energetic hygiene, check out my new Spiritual Self Healing Program.  

The Perfect Spring Smoothie Recipe

We are transitioning from winter, the most yin season of the year to spring, the most yang season of the year. Nature is bursting with the beauty of spring. We too may be catching "Spring Fever".  Moving from a time of stagnation and hibernation to a time of increased activity and emotion.  Springtime is also the right time for the liver to get out of balance.  Its important that we incorporate chlorophyll rich and bitter foods into our diets to help support the liver during this transition period into spring.  I've been testing out smoothie recipes and found one that is as good as a cup of lime sherbet.  Its filled with liver supporting foods such as spinach, lime and honey as well as healthy fat from avocado.  This is sure to be a crowd favorite, even if you have little ones in the house.  

I Love My Liver Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 - 2 tsp honey (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup fresh spinach
  • 2-3 tbs of milk (any milk will do)

Recipe

Place the ingredients into a blender in the order listed.  Blend until smooth.  Start with less milk and add more to reach desired consistency. Enjoy!

Boosters

Try adding some MCT Oil or some Blue Majik for a nutrient boost.

5 Ways to Channel the Energy of Spring

Spring is a time of great renewal and transformation.  Typically, you may think of spring cleaning for your home, but you can also harness the energy of spring to cleanse your spirit. The transitional time between seasons is a perfect space for tweaking your lifestyle. Here's how you can harness the energy of spring:

1.  Follow your cravings (within reason)

Spring is a good time to evaluate your diet.  Have you noticed that you are craving more fruit and lighter foods?  That's your body telling you what it needs.  Honor those cravings and overhaul your pantry and fridge with lighter foods. Pack your plate with cooling vegetables like sprouts and greens. Top off your salad with nuts and seeds. Fill your fridge with citrus fruits and berries that are tart and sour - leaving the heavier foods like root vegetables and stews behind.

2. Get outside and get moving

Take advantage of the warmer weather and get outside and enjoy nature.  Many of us naturally go into hibernation mode during the winter months by resting and recharging our bodies.  Spring is the time to burn off that stagnant energy and get moving.  Go for a walk in the park, ride your bike in the sunshine, and admire all the gifts spring has to offer, 

3.  Reset your Intentions 

Check back in with those New Year's intentions you set.  How are you stacking up?  If you haven't made much progress, now is the perfect time to hit the reset button.  Re-evaluate those intentions and if they still hold true, give yourself a pat on the back. Then, reinvigorate your daily routines to help you achieve your goals. If the intentions now feel flat or unproductive, don't fret, release them and craft some new ones.  

4.  Plant a seed

Spring means new growth for you and your surroundings. Go out into the community and make new friends, join a team, volunteer at your local animal shelter, or try Aerial Yoga with me. By getting out of your comfort zone, you can meet new challenges head on and limit anxiety and depression.

5.  Release pent up emotions and beliefs

Carrying baggage of emotions and beliefs that aren't serving us limits our ability to step forward in our lives.  Seasonal shifts are a perfect time to examine our emotional landscape and release what's pulling us backwards. Make a list of things that you want to stop doing and what you want to start doing to improve your daily life. Start up a meditation practice, get on your yoga mat or schedule a targeted healing session with me to get back on track.

Why Grounding is Good for Your SOUL

Think back to the last time you spent the day at the beach. After walking barefoot in the sand, how did you sleep? How did you feel the next morning?  If you have attended a workshop recently, I have stressed the importance of grounding and connecting with the earth. But why is it so important?  Part of the reason we feel so rested after connecting with nature is that our internal systems get a direct charge from the earth.  Planet earth is like a giant battery being constantly replenished by the sun's ray, lightning, and energy from its hematite core.  Our bodies are also like giant batteries filled with water and cells that need to maintain an electrical current.  On a spiritual level, the earth can be a source of release and replenishment helping us balance out our energy by releasing foreign energy(any energy that isn't your own) and refueling us with new positively charged energy.   If walking barefoot in nature isn't something that's easily accessible for you, try earthing mats and cords from earthing.com or you can practice metaphysical grounding by meditating on a connection with Mother Earth.  That is what I do to gain my spiritual balance with the mother nature. Every client I work with learns the basic tools of grounding, releasing and replenishing their energy.  If you would like to learn more about these meditation techniques, contact me for a private session today.

 

 

 

My Go To Power Snack

Chock full of vitamins, minerals and good fat, these energy bites are tasty and oh so good for you.  I whip them up once a week and have a snack at the ready anytime I need it.  They also make a great breakfast option when you are in a hurry.  You can vary the dried fruit and seeds as much as you like and substitute other nut butters if you have a peanut allergy.  

Cacao, Blueberry & Tart Cherry Energy Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter 
  • 1/4 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/2 cup flax seed (whole)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 tbs chia seeds (whole)
  • 1 tsp vanilla Extract

Recipe

Pour all ingredients into a food processor and mix until ingredients can be formed into balls (about 1-2 minutes).  If ingredients are too dry, try adding 1 tbs of peanut butter at a time until balls begin to form.  Use your hands to form dough into bite-size balls and place in the refrigerator.  Energy bites can be kept in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks or frozen for several months.  Enjoy!

I tried 3 of the most popular meal delivery Services so you don't have to.....

So I am super busy.  Like working 4 jobs busy.  Between seeing private clients, teaching yoga, seeing private clients in my wellness practice and doing weekend sound healing journeys I don't have a ton of free time.  So any kind of life hack that is good for my body and saves me time is like nirvana for me.  I also spend a lot of time recommending things to my clients that they can outsource.  As a general rule, anything that you don't love to do but can afford to outsource is an easy win in my book.  Enter meal delivery services...I've always been a good cook, but deciding what to cook and shopping for the ingredients.  I had been seeing all these advertisements for these meal delivery services where they send you all the ingredients and the recipe and you do the cooking.  I finally jumped on the bandwagon last November and have been testing out different services ever since.  Below is my quick and dirty review using some key criteria of what I liked and disliked about each service.  I don't have a one size fits all favorite because I think each of them could be better for some people than others for different reasons.  Enjoy the review and comment with any other services you have tried.  

Blue Apron

Cost: $59.94-69.92 (per week)

High Level Review

  • Freshness Level: Excellent
  • Taste: Excellent
  • Time to Prepare: Moderate
  • Variety available: Moderate
  • Ability to Customize: Minimal
  • Accommodates Dietary Restrictions: Minimal
  • Organic: No
  • Sustainable and locally sourced: Yes

Comments: Overall I loved the flavor of Blue Apron over all the others.  However, I did feel like it tended to be a bit heavy on the things I try to avoid (Dairy, gluten, etc) and I didn't love that I could only choose 2 meat and one vegetarian dish every time (see my comments on Hello Fresh).  The main drawback to this service was the time to prepare, lots of chopping and mixing of ingredients, but that made for a much fresher tasting meal in the end.

Green Chef

Cost: $60.00-89.00 (per week)

High Level Review

  • Freshness Level: Moderate
  • Taste: Moderate
  • Time to Prepare: Excellent
  • Variety available: Excellent
  • Ability to Customize: Excellent
  • Accommodates Dietary Restrictions: Excellent
  • Organic: Yes
  • Sustainable and locally sourced: Yes

Comments: Overall I was amazed by the ability to customize these meal plans and meet my dietary restrictions.  However, the quality of the ingredients was never as fresh as the other two services, mostly I think because they pre-chop their veggies and pre-make a lot of their sauces.  

Hello Fresh

Cost: $59.94 (per week)

High Level Review

  • Freshness Level: Excellent
  • Taste: Excellent
  • Time to Prepare: Excellent
  • Variety available: Excellent
  • Ability to Customize: Excellent
  • Accommodates Dietary Restrictions: Moderate
  • Organic: No
  • Sustainable and locally sourced: Yes

Comments: This one I think combines the best of both Green Chef and Blue Apron.  The quality is really good but I still don't have to do a ton of prep.  Everything comes nicely boxed for each meal so there's no danger of forgetting an ingredient in the fridge.  They also offer you the ability to pick from six different dishes in any combination you want and have the ability to do an upgraded "premium" meal for just $5-10 more.  

My Journey back h'OM'e

For my 18th birthday my mom took me to get a tattoo. I chose the Om Symbol. The sound of “OM” is the sound of creation and symbolizes the infinite. It connects our inner world to the greater outer and beyond, it aligns our energy and creates a feeling of openness and expansion. The symbol was significant for me because I found yoga when I was in high school and I developed a strong practice. So significant that I wanted to carry it with me all the time. But when I went off to college I stopped practicing regularly, the pressures of my studies and my social activities were just too much for me to make time to get on my mat. I graduated from college, got a big job in corporate America and I dove in head first. I focused solely on my career and I forgot all about that symbol tattooed on my back. For years I worked hard and placed the value of my self-worth on how others saw me, how much success or money I had and how many possessions I was able to acquire. I started to suffer from one illness after another the most serious of them being a debilitating thyroid condition called Grave’s disease. It’s a nasty disease that has terrible side effects, not the least of which is making you have uncontrollable stress responses moving between fits of rage and utter despair. I discovered I had this disease when I reached up to touch my throat one day and felt a mass. I knew something was off with my health, but I had always assumed it was just my reaction to what was an all-consuming and very stressful job. It wasn’t until I felt this mass that it became clear to me, I had to figure out what the heck was wrong and get my body back in balance. I tried traditional medicine, but all the doctors ever did for me was prescribe pills that made me worse. I began a search for alternative treatments. I went to my first acupuncture session and it was like someone had let the air out of my over inflated balloon. I was able to get enough relief from my symptoms to start to get a handle on the disease. Fast forward to 4 years later, I am still symptom free but my thyroid levels weren’t back in balance and I was still not handling stress well. My husband suggested we go back and try yoga. I had hit the odd yoga class or two at my local gym, even taken some meditation classes, but really hadn’t found my way back to my yoga mat on the regular. We tried a few studios and then we walked into one that felt like home. We started taking classes 3-4 times a week. I tried a few different styles and then I found aerial yoga. A class where I could hang upside down, do some traditional asana and breath work while still being challenged physically, I fell in love. Fast forward another 8 months and I was a certified aerial yoga instructor. Not long after I became an instructor I went in for my usual thyroid check and for the first time in my seven year journey it came back normal. The doctor said, “Ah well you probably just wore out your thyroid”. Never mind that after starting yoga I had completely changed my diet and my entire lifestyle. It didn’t matter what the doctor said, I knew that the changes I had made, the work I had done healed me. I took charge of my health and went on a journey to help myself. Now I work with other people who are trying to take charge of their health, shining a light in the dark so they can find their way on the winding journey back to their best self. I don’t wish for a different journey, it brought me more knowledge to help others. But I do laugh about the fact that the map for my journey back to myself was tattooed on my back the whole time.

Walking Away is So Hard to Do

Walking Away is So Hard to Do

"Gone are the days of working against the grain and being the only one fighting for something that isn't even my cause.  Universe, I give up, I admit defeat, I cannot change the unchangeable, those people who don't value me, those situations where you can't win for losing, those political battles that only bring about hurt feelings and emotional trauma.  I surrender to the process of letting go." 

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Eliminating Tolerance

In today's ever-changing and diverse world, we spend a lot of time talking about tolerance.  We talk about tolerating other people's religious beliefs, political views, parenting styles, race and so on.  I am all for allowing people to be people with their diverse backgrounds and views, what I am not for is the perpetuation of tolerance for the things that are lacking in our own lives.  Have we become so conditioned by the media and other outlets that we are now tolerating things that aren't in our best interest?  I'm talking about the things in our every day lives that take away from our happiness, that take away our ability to be the best version of ourselves.  The boss who always expects us to work nights and weekends, the friend who discounts or downplays what's important to us, the negative self talk we subject ourselves to.  These are just a few examples of things we tolerate.  So how do we combat or eliminate these little tolerances?  We set boundaries. Boundaries for ourselves and boundaries for others.  Boundaries keep others(and sometimes ourselves) from walking all over us. They empower and enable us to say no.  Boundaries are not about punishing other people or ourselves they are about eliminating tolerance for the things that don't serve us.  So how do we set constructive boundaries?  

Step 1: Clarify your boundaries

What are your non-negotiables in life?  What are your must haves?  Translate those non-negotiables and must haves into your life boundaries.  

Step 2: Clearly set and communicate your boundaries 

What areas in your life are you compromising those values?  Who or what are you tolerating that don't align to your values?  For each of those areas, what boundaries could you set to eliminate or greatly reduce those compromises?  

Step 3: Enforce your boundaries

How can you communicate those boundaries to those around you in a positive way?  What changes can you make in your life to enforce the boundaries you have set?  

Draw that line in the sand for yourself and don't let yourself or other people cross it. It may be a bit wavy at first, but with practice and determination you will get the hang of it.  

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