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We are all so busy living in our heads that we forget about this wonderful body we’ve been given that has and will do the most magnificent things. I know I’ve mentioned the mirror exercise before but to restate – stand in front of a mirror and look at your body. Familiarize yourself with who you are. Sometimes I’ll notice I’m stressed out and not sleeping or eating right and then I think about what I’m doing to my body that is trying to do its best keeping me healthy and vibrant (on a good day!) I also try to remember the awe of when I had my two daughters. Imagine a body pulling that off!! Isn’t that crazy?!? So – give yourself some time to feel yourself inside your glorious body.

One powerful exercise that I ask my clients to do is to look at themselves in a mirror. In most cases, it’s a really hard thing to do. Stand in front of a full-length mirror (clothed or unclothed) and look at your body. Then, look at your face. What is your expression? Is it pride? Is it looking “lost” or confused? Is it sadness? Have you already criticized yourself within the first minute of looking at yourself? Why is that? This is you! It’s your amazing body that keeps you alive and well. It’s your beautiful face. I know I have said things about myself that no one would ever say to me, without any compassion. Do you really know yourself? Look into your eyes. What are you trying to say to yourself? Honestly, a lot of people can’t even do it for two full minutes. If you can, write down what comes up for you in a journal. Try the exercise again when you feel you can. The goal is to end up loving who you are as you are.

Hopefully the person that said this to me won’t read this post!! I know I’m taking a chance here but I think it’s important that if she feels this way, others might as well. I was telling her that my husband and I are producing guided meditations and she said she’s not interested… she has her own religion. Imagine that! So, let me set the record straight…

According to the Mayo clinic:

Meditation, considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine, produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process results in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.

as to the power of meditation:

Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don’t end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and improve certain medical conditions.

No time to meditate? That’s a tough one – but, how about 5 or 10 min when you get into your car at the end of the day BEFORE YOU START TO DRIVE play a guided visualization. Wake up 10 min. earlier? Concentrate on your breath and how the water feels while in the shower? While at work, stop and close your eyes for 5 min. Personally, I think it’s critical to overall health. So – close your eyes and mull this over a bit – and breathe…

~ Sonia
Get a *FREE* visualization meditation at http://www.enlightenedmeditations.com

Mayo Clinic article:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meditation/HQ01070

 

 

There are so many times when we are so focused on what we have to do or where we need to be. One of the best ways to catch ourselves from being too “narrow minded” is to look ahead and then open up your peripheral vision. Look at all the space around you! What happens when your vision widens? It’s a good practice to remember. And, in the least, it brings you to the present moment enough to rest a beat and notice where you are. 🙂
~ Sonia

We are now going to look at how you can be sensitive to the energy of strangers. In some respects, this is the easiest one. I had read people’s energy, of course, as we all do – noticing facial expressions, stance and how they dress, etc. It’s something a lot of us do without thinking – but not everyone. I think it has to do with looking beyond ourselves. Some people just read people as a means to their own end. They think people are reacting to themselves and that’s all they care about so they don’t notice how other people are feeling, of course.

So – for starters, you have to look beyond your own nose! You have to SEE people, even those you don’t know. Everyone has something worth seeing. That person is actually not responding to you. If you really approach a person with the intent to see them they will give you a glimpse of their true selves – even if it’s just a vibration or a feeling.

I think it has been a bit of self-preservation for me. I moved all of my life, switching schools nearly every year. When I was meeting new people, I was usually in a hurry to make friends and, so, I’d look for them. I’d look for kindness, funniness and I’d get a read in just a few days on who I’d like to be friends with. Sure, there were other obvious things like choosing people who were friendly enough to approach me and/or offer to show me around. But, still – it was clear who was genuine and who was not.

I organize several trade shows a year where I work. This past year I started to realize that I had some very clear feelings about people that I didn’t know. I think it actually began with a man who approached the booth and said nothing, actually. He was uptight to be sure but the anger eminating from him made me actually step back A LOT – like to the back of the booth. I thought that was pretty interesting so I decided to try and “read” people. Perfect venue, right? Here are actual strangers approaching me without me even having to go scouting around.

Sure enough, there were a few – not everyone – that had such powerful and distinct energy. There was one woman who smiled and had friendly eyes but her sadness was so strong I had the urge to stop her and ask what was wrong.

As I said, not everyone can read the energies of others and not everyone is “clear” enough to have their energy “readable”. Here’s how to try to see if you can! First step that I mentioned before is that you have to completely put yourself on the back burner. If you are at all concerned about how you look or what you want for lunch you aren’t going to be able to do it. Try to look past what the other person is wearing and doing. Try to look in their eyes. Then, you yourself put out a silent message of “I’m here – it’s ok to be yourself.”

From my experience… bingo. That’s all you need. Be sensitive to very slight feelings. Just keep practicing and have fun with it!!

“Most people assume that they make about 15 food-related choices a day. In reality, that number is more like 227. It’s not just a matter of choosing the soup or the salad; it’s Do I add croutons? Do I finish the whole bowl? Do I go back for seconds? Since we’re not always conscious of these decisions, we’re easily swayed by cues in teh environment – and the environment almost always nudges us to eat more than we really need to. The good news is that once we become aware of these cues, we can nudge them to work for us rather than against us.”

Quote from: Brian Wansink, PhD and author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think

I really wince when I say this, but since I’ve crossed over the line of 40 I feel every injury I’ve ever had when I’m run down. I also happen to be really excited about this whole “raw food thing” and the program I’m offering as well as others I’m thinking of and my FREE 10 min. meditation that will be live by the end of the week. [you can claim your free meditation at www.enlightenedmeditations.com. There is so much information out there about raw vegan life, recipes, programs, articles, communities… I could spend all day reading about it.
Honestly, it’s all good stuff but I had a panic attack of sorts yesterday. All of all of it swirling around in my head so fast I couldn’t focus on any one thing. So, I decided to write it all down and that helped a lot. I also find that yoga helps me to focus on things one at a time – it’s really great and helpful. Sleep is another thing that is a must.
I do find that eating a clean diet of mostly vegan & raw makes my head so much more clear and I have more energy. My point is that my stress & exhaustion go way beyond that and I tend to be a little hard on myself for not getting things done or being too tired to complete a task… Worse yet when there are actual deadlines – like the holidays!!
So – let’s all remember that we are human beings. There is only 24 hrs in a day, hopefully sleeping at least 8 of them! My body is going to feel tired on a good day and my aches and pains are going to show up.
Here is a quote from Pema that I came across today and I love it. I think it speaks to the point that we are humans and to stop for a bit and notice our bodies. Maybe we can send some love to our aches and pain. Maybe we can honor our tired bodies with a hot bath (got any epson salts?)
Ahhh let’s give ourselves a break….

“It’s also helpful to realize that this body that we have, this very body that’s sitting here right now in this room, this very body that perhaps aches, and this mind that we have at this very moment, are exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, and fully alive.”
— Pema Chodron

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