I have been given reviews that saying "Magical" conjures up ideas of occult. That so giggles me when we live in a magical world. I understand that people have many different ideas of words for I am a writer. Yet some words I will not give up because of others ideas of them. Mystical, magical, serendipity, coincidental, these are words and ideas I enjoy in life that make me feel like things are alive and thriving.
I am sharing an online course call "Awaken Your Magical Woman". I could call it "Own Your Sparkle", Other words I would use still instill that we are much more enticing and alluring than we currently experience. I can't give up this inspiring way I see the world because few think of witches or something dark. I consider it means we have a greater power to conjure life around us in a way that seems mystical.
When we are in the flow, synergy, synchronicity, unusual coincidence, Oh My God moments come in. It seems like a greater thing is going on here than we can perceive. This is what magical means to me. Things are moving each day in a way where there is wonder, support, kindness, giggles, happy moments even in strife and the world has a sense of hopefulness, love and possibility. We are held, cared for, filled and contented in more moments than not. This is how I experience our world. This is how the parasympathetic nervous system feels. Connected, relaxed, flowing, renewing, hopeful, feel good hormones, settled, rejuvenated.
What makes this possible in a world where there seems such challenge? No matter what time space continuum we are in, there will be challenge, hardship, transitions, shifts, uncontrollable issues. It is the experience to be alive. There is birth, life and then death as each of us rides this cycle, we see others at the beginning and others at the end and all the journey in between. So first we settle to know this is what is going on. There is nothing inherently wrong with this.
Second, we realize that we have a part in it We are creating and supporting this whole experience by how we add into it Our energy of possibility or doom supports this interactive world. We can participate by fear, separating, judging and participating in the negative view or we can support the hopeful views. This is our choice. We choose where we are involved, how we are and what we put our focus, ideas, energy and expression.
Thirdly, we need to be aware of ourselves and our body being. We are not puppets here although so many are unconsciously acting as such. If we allow the overriding negative view to control our picture, we are in adrenal stress of panic. When in panic, clarity, hope, reality, power, influence are not about. We play a victim role just by the body chemicals we experience. We feel disconnected, unable to find joy, fearful and judge the world as a scary place. Our hormones run our emotions, thoughts, views and visa versa. This is a huge contribution to the negativity. Our body is experiencing these lower vibrations and feelings all because of a proposed panic. This is what the sympathetic nervous system feels like. Yet, I haven't seen any dinosaurs lately!
Fourth, we can realize we are connected to the world in a way that has great power than just our body being. All of nature is becoming, surviving going in flow. We can just notice the beauty around us and relax into that. Our body is no longer disconnected and experiencing panic. Suddenly our view changes and our body can produce feel good hormones. We are refreshed. It is that simple. We feel connected and part of the beauty not the curse. We calm down, even smile, perhaps feel we are in charge of a few things and our physical, mental, emotional being gets a rest.
Imagine if we could find that state of connectedness, rest, openness, calm, settled feeling in the world more often? What if we rode in a more connected, comforted state than panic? What if flowing with life became buttery and gliding. All the same things occurring but our body state was not in full panic and protection? It had an allowing, open, clear way to deal with most things rather than rush into negativity, response, reaction.
This is how I experience the world most days and why I call it magical. I am supported, connected to a larger flow of life, things serendipitiously happen for me most days. I see miracles often. I giggle a lot. I am no so serious and afraid. I actually feel joy in my body throughout the day rather than pain or no recall of what I feel. I am consciously aware of my state and if it gets to negative, I do something to switch it and bring my body back into a easier ride of the parasympathetic nervous system. It is not hard. I must pay attention. I must control what and where I get involved in to keep my experience more pleasurable. All easy for the end result I get.
This is why I consider life magical. This is what I learned from the Himalayan masters about my body, energy and power. This is what my 6 week class is all about, "Awaken Your Magical Woman". We can live in this flow. We can feel like we have wands and wishes come in at the thought. Yes, there is still hardship but we don't let that run our experience all the time. We learn to work with our body and use it in ways that bring in the greatest experience of connection. In connection to things we feel good. Then we and all things work together in synergistic ways. Yes it is magical indeed! And this is my life's work to share how this can be easily!
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I teach others how to go from the stress/anxiety state that most of us are in, to a flowing state where you are relaxed and in what we call flow. It is the power of energy and how you experience the world. I am engaged, present and clearly absorbing or participating in the world fully in my body alot of the time. This allows for a greater experience, clearer awareness, a gliding experience rather than a rush through life. Prior to learning energy and vibration, I was mostly in my head thinking through life, basically outside my body as most all are.
When I learned about the 2 nervous systems, how our body operates and how to have more relaxed energy rather than be in cortisol and adrenal stress, it completely changed my experience. It went from what now seems to be a 1 dimensional experience to a full blown new way to engage in the world. We all get sensory, sensuous at times when we are in nature, on vacation or have these great moments of presence. What I learned and teach is how to have this type of feeling throughout your days and flow in the world as part of it. It is not a mind experience as most have, it is a full body experience that supports health, beauty, fun, pleasure and joy.
Part of this new shift in science that we actually evolve our DNA, our very code by our experiences as well as this multidimensional consciousness that is soaring in, we can experience life in a whole new way. It has been such a cool journey to be on the cutting edge of this learning and truly be able to experience more joy, more happiness, more relaxed way of rolling through the world that offers such a richer, playful, engaged living. After 8 years of really digesting what I learned from the Himalayan Masters, study of all types, I really understand it on a philosophical as well as scientific level the joy of our body that we seem to have missed.
We are trained to use our thinking tool of the mind above all other senses or references to the world and it is just isn't the highest experience here. We have emotions, a physical body with all these senses and a 6th one to boot, a mind, imagination or image making faculty and subconscious recordings and even an innate health system that is magical. We spent all our lives thinking, minding, chattering and have lost the experience of presence and now consciousness as they call it. Our world gets distorted only using the mind which is a catagorizing tool and doesn't really have experience as anything than words in our head. Kind of like a book, it is written about something but it is not the experience of something.
That is why we are in stress. We are not really experiencing the world with all our dimensions. We create panic with the mind running us as the master when we are to use our mind. We are the being behind the mind, that can have awareness and even watch the mind, the emotions, the imagination, the subconscious, the physical body, all our pieces, that is the actual experiencer. The witness it is called in yogic terms. We are the spirit that inhabits the bodies, all these faculties of reference. Without taking control from that spirit or observer position, we are run by the mind and it's endless judgement, chatter, often negativity and we are exhausted by this ruler of the house. It blows things out of proportion, operates in a patterned way, is not in full presence and actually behind what is occurring in the moment as it chatters, really kind of an insanity.
Once I learned practices to make myself be aware of the real inner master, pay attention to myself when I was in this adrenal state and learned how to easily shift back into a more parasympathetic state, the world changed. It changed so completely that I stopped growing organic flowers and began writing, educating and mentoring about this whole flow. My life took such a turn that even in the hardest situations, I can find my relax, clarity, calm my body, shift my energy and find even the silver lining in things with ease and grace. That is why I call it magical for it feels like that.
I encourage all to really tap into the true master of themselves that is beyond the mind, body, emotions and is the spirit or essence of you. There is so many systems out there, ways to gain greater presence and learn of the truth of ourselves and unlayer to really experience reality as we were designed. We have a body that serves us and has a survival instinct that can cure itself. We have emotions that are energy moving that get us up doing and senses the world, others and connected to all the energy around us. We have a mind that can dream up all kinds of things and one that can create order and systems when it is needed which is not 24/7. We are the spirits that inhabit it all and can sense the world using all these faculties!! Amazing!
So expand to this new way that is all around us for it is truly our nature. We are connected to all planes and can use one in unison with the others to really experience and make sense of the world. In doing so a flow occurs that is so delicious and relaxing as we walk through life. I inspire to support all those whom want to have this greater experience of joy, happiness, alignment and pleasure. it is what we are destined to do. And it is indeed a much more magical experience where synchronicity, serendipity, coincidence and gratitude for all that are with us every day as we ride the challenge and joy of this earthly life.
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I am enthused to share Awaken Your Magical Woman online course Feb. 20th! The first week we will go over the power of oxytocin and why it is the first step to feminine health. If you do not learn to spend more time in the parasympathetic nervous system, ill health results. Most woman have reproductive, heart, breast or thyroid issues. These organs are located in the feminine chakras and are not getting fueled properly with the adrenal stress.
Cortisol in the levels we ride, especially woman, shuts down these centers. Not only that but later when the ovaries stop working in menopause, the adrenals job is to regulate our hormones. If they are burned out, which is the issue, there is no organ to run the hormones. Thus the crazy imbalance in all these above systems, as well as insane emotional swings, ie. depression, anxiety. The issue is we must get out of the sympathetic nervous system of fight or flight. As a feminine body, we are not designed to be in this all day long. It kills our body literally.
Finding the slower, nourishing energy of the parasympathetic nervous system will heal our ails and these body imbalances. It is paramount to our basic health. There is no other way and it is actually easy for us and our body is designed that way. We biologically move slower, in more ease, communicate, negotiate, nourish, a few of our gifts that take more time and slower paces. We can still be productive in this other nervous system. In fact, we are more productive, feel alive, confident, happy, gliding, flowing through life in our natural pace.
If we don't honor the vehicle, the body deva of a woman and work how she works, we will not find true health or fulfillment. It goes against our biology. The solution is to find ways to get into this system throughout the day. 3 minutes here, 2 minutes there, truly feel our energy shift into this other nervous system. As we do that throughout our day, our body begins to reset naturally to this more healthy state. It wants health, it wants to ride in the right energy and it will do it for you. You must begin this reset though awareness.
Grace and ease are how we ride. We get just as much done if not more with this oxytocin and parasympathetic nervous system! We have greater health, less exhaustion, more joy and hormonal regulation. It just is how it goes in a feminine body.
This is the most important learning of health for woman. Learn and find ways to be in parasympathetic nervous system of tend and befriend! The video below explains it further with a health practice breath that supports you feeling and riding in oxytocin!! A short list above but the ways are endless for we each have our unique path to calm, settled, clear and relaxed. Make your list of them, play with simple ways to shift and join our class and learn more!!
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Have you noticed the shift in energy about. There seems a freedom rolling that requires less from us. Not that we do less or care less but that we conform less. I am finding this wonder of myself that maybe has to do with the 30 days of self care exploration. I don't really care as much about many things I thought I was to be. I don't really mind not being what I am supposed to be. I am finding a peace that all is okay, life is well and the world is opening up into a playful experience.
I inspire us all to take a greater position on the magnificence we are. There is only one like us in the whole wide world! We spent our lives trying to be this and that and none of it really matters if we are not being truly ourselves. We have to have a career that pays us alot, where these special clothes, act in ways that go against our emotions, keep quiet, hide our displeasure, have a big house and join these groups. Be beautiful and shapely, where our hair this way, each these foods and move these ways. It is so filled with pressure that I find overwhelming and exhausting. Most I encounter are in adrenal stress, tired, untended too and wondering where is the fun?
Suddenly the world seemed to change. I just don't care anymore how others think i should be or what I should do. I notice how others try to pressure me to think like them, desire what they do and act how they want. It is an impossible task to be that and certainly doesn't sound like a good time. Suddenly, I just don't care anymore. I don't feel the need to be other than I am. I want to have joy, play, be open and curious and invent things as I go. I don't have a plan but to love and live free. I want to decide what I like and want. I am not concerned anymore about how others see it, judge it, critique it or feel about it. They can do that with your world but not mine.
Consider the world, the energy of the cosmos is calling you to be you. We surely have lots of training that makes us feel like we are not doing what we should be. Let us notice this and do what we want anyway. Allow it all to float away into the nothingness from which it came. How could there be any right way for all the different flavors of humans here? Different lessons to learn, different levels of consciousness, different ideas of joy and happiness. I am done with the notion that anyone knows any better than me. It was an absurd belief to begin with.
I inspire you to find ways to really enjoy yourself. That is a goal worth having! Each day we awake we get to live 12 hours and do. Once it is over that time is gone. We get that time to enjoy the world, the nature around us, the people present and the opportunities to be alive. Why are we letting a society that appears quite a mess to tell us what is best and will make us happy, healthy and proper. It doesn't seem to be working, the ideas proposed. Time to make our own rules based on ourselves in a way of loving and listening to life. Our life. The truth inside. The desires, values and actions that make us feel good and vital.
I feel a lifting of some type of constraint or ring about me that seemed to dictate so much of what I was to do. Suddenly, it seems to be loosened. I feel as a painter or dancer that gets to do whatever I want. No longer held to the "normal" routine. Today seems like a creation of whatever I want. I can choose to do and be however feels good, open and inspired by my heart. It is a light fluffy feeling that fills me with joy. I don't have follow any rules or be in other than I am. That could shift and change, be fluid and alive. It is a beautiful awakening for a Sunday. I am thankful. I hope others feel this shift.
I inspire us all to be our sparkly gem selves. Our own true nature that is so needed right now. Creative, flowing, open and expansively you. The light in me sees and inspires the light in you!
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I have been separated over 5 years and divorced almost 3. Often people ask me for advice on men and I tell them I have no real idea. Having not dated for over 25 years and then dating only 4 or so men since I was divorced, my reference points are limited. 3 of the men I knew previously and only one was an introduction through mutual friends. They all have taught me such learning of myself and I am most greatful for the lessons in self care. Probably the one I didn't know at all taught me the most and it was very interesting to observe myself in that relationship. I chose this to share as one of my last self care blogs for it has been a real learning for me on taking care of myself first.
It seems that there is some personal growth for me before a more balanced relationship will come in. I have found that I attracted men who have some form of heart break still going as they stumble upon me. I am a very happy spirit and fun to be with. I laugh alot, I embrace my wacky ways so I am easy to be with and very entertaining. Each of these men dumped me and it was a good thing. I knew innately none of them were for me but I stayed in it much like I did with my marriage. Marriage is different to go the extra mile, I went that and beyond until the man or the universe just sliced me out of the picture. In each one as I said, I knew it wasn't going to last and often my being yelled "Leave this relationship". However, I am learning as a divorcee to truly listening to myself or default mode occurs. No one's ego feels good being ditched but it has been my path to learn self care.
I must also have some form of heart break or I wouldn't attract these men with that reflection. I guess we all have that in life as divorced or widowed scenarios. I was the first line, the first woman for all of them as a transition to dating. The first man, an old friend that I didn't remember really wanting to date him ever as he did me. That fizzled in 6 months. He a heavy drinker I discovered, very clingy and controlling. I was more neglected in my marriage so it felt good at first but I am not one to do everything with another. I am not in contact with him anymore.
The second lost his wife. I rolled in about 10 months after, which I have learned, that is the crash and burn after a death. He was very down and depressed, I felt my silliness and elixirs could support. We were very peaceful together but maybe too peaceful with no fire. His down moods and extended situations with his kids had him back off from me. It was best. He is still my friend. We have a very loving friendship that was good support but not a long term romance. He has found another.
The third I will share here, I learnt most from and was the one I called wild boy in previous blogs. We were extreme opposites and I think he may have began dating just to spike his ex and to support his hurt heart. We had a wild time together when we played with fun but as far as two ends of the spectrum, we took it. I knew the first time we went away together he was not going to last but rode it out for he was so different than any I had known. Curiosity inspired us both. He ended up dumping me by sending me a pic of him and his new girl, then blocking me from his phone. A first for both extremes but it was his way and it is a giggle to me. I knew that spirit was trying to redirect me long before.
He taught me the most for he showed me my shadow of acquiescing in a big way. I am a helper girl and it is hard for me to leave any relationship. I hold hard. I hate to let people go it alone. He showed me anger easily, I felt like I was always getting yelled at. I would astonish myself that I let anyone be like that to me but I did and often giggled that one was ok to be so honest and mean. Odd learning and karma for sure. We had this wild attraction energetically, our fields where like fireworks of opposites. He had no desire for spirituality and thought my elixirs and work were hocus pocus. How did I stay with one with such little value for my favorite things? Learning crazy that way and he cleared tons of shadow behavior from me.
He made fun of me in a jostling way kind of and I stuck around. We did laugh a lot. He was angry often, annoyed, pessimistic and I stuck around. He was a workaholic, I was neglected but I stuck around. He blew me off often for work yet I stuck around. He was uncompromising and ruling and I still stuck around. I surprised myself so much by all this and observed it inwardly. I know there was a purpose as all things for us both and my light energy as a minister keeps me in some odd places. It was clear it should and would end soon but I still stuck around until he rudely sent me the pic and then blocked me with final words of " Enough". Thank you, next is a good response. It was the height of an experience of true crazy girl of me. If ever I had one person bring out all shadows, wild boy did. It has much laughter though thinking of it as it did experiencing such insanity.
I tell you this for relationships are a huge a self care key. I am not savvy with dating. so this as well as friendships has been a huge learning the last 5 years. This experience has been quite fun and learning to go through with these other men. I saw how I stayed way past my self care. I saw how I flexed beyond my boundaries. I saw that I attracted wounded guys and felt like I needed to be there even if it wasn't good for me. I tapped into my anger finally with wild boy and really could express at being mistreated rather than meek. I honor them all and the lessons. I saw their light but that doesn't mean others will express that to me. I also had to learn, especially with wild boy that his hearts desire was to work. Mine to play. He felt good working so I couldn't take that personally. It was what he felt best doing.
The moral is that we will always be learning. As you can see, I learned a little in each one for slowly we progress up the ladder out of our patterns. Very similar they were in many ways and this is how we learn. We tweak, learn and try again to gain more ground. There are not leaps in most cases in patterns. It is a spiral. I largely learned that I myself must settle me with self care. Know myself and work on loving me, developing and listening to me. Then a greater match that is more centered can come upon me. This is the great value to know yourself through relationship and using it as a tool of self care. These all started out as self care. Even when I knew they were not, I kept going.
In the end, my inner voice knew I was not to be in any of them as long as I was. They got rid of me when I should of let them go long before. The end result is the same. I could of saved myself hurt and drama!? Or would I have learned: I could of honored my inner knowing and myself. We live and learn.
Self care is truly learned most through relationship. How do you care for self? Do you give up your thriving for another's? Do you listen to your inner voice? These are all great self care keys and lessons on truly honoring you! Each time you choose you, you are honoring you and your magic gets more grounded. I enjoyed them all! And if I ever run into wild boy, I am sure we will laugh upon seeing each other! I know I will! Teehee!
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As energetic beings with over filled schedules, our body awareness or energy, is important. I learned this so well and clearly from the Himalayan Masters. The most important thing is to find ways through out your day to get out of the cortisol of adrenal living and into the parasympathetic nervous system. We have trained ourselves to be in a level of panic all day that is not necessary. We only need that intense way of being when in intensity, battle, feel threatened or in a crisis. We can be aware of our body and create health through this simple practice
The parasympathetic nervous system is when we are in the flow. We feel connected, not rushed but moving in confidence, on the ball, open to new opportunities, creative and in the magic of life. Small coincidences happen, things show up, we are tapped into our intuition and feel good about our lives. Just being in this more relaxed state of oxytocin shifts our life tremendously, hourly, daily and in general. It is as simple as finding ways to get into this pleasure, relaxed nervous system.
How do we do this? There are so many ways. Most know of oxytocin as the pleasure hormone. It is released in giggles, sex, delicious eating, healing treatments, relaxation, vacationing, creativity, when doing something we love. The list goes on with all the things that bring you joy and pleasure. I tell people to create this list of small and large ways you could have more pleasure and joy in life. Reading a good book, being in nature, a good cup of tea, a great conversation with a child or friend, the list endless as we are.
We notice our state throughout the day, how our body feels by taking a moment to check in. If we are stressed or scurrying, we ask ourselves, "Do I need to be in this intense flight or fight state?" If not, and most times the answer is no, we find a way to bring ourselves back to a pleasure, relaxed state. I have a breath exercise that can shift us. You can play some good music, breath 10 deep breaths, take a break, slow down, stop outside somewhere and see the beauty, think of the blessings, find anything that can bring our energy back in line with this flow pace.
Body care is that simple and awareness supports us to health. Magically, as we do this, our body begins to operate the innate health system and bring us in that parasympathetic more often without us thinking. We listen and connect with our body and it shares a greater state. It is a natural way we are to move. Our body starts to eat right, move more smoothly, be more connected and aware of the world. If we are in rush and focus always, we are going too fast to really participate fully in the world, noticing the signs of our body and the things around us supporting our direction.
Noticing our state by paying attention, realizing we could create calm to move in flow and then doing something in that moment for a moment to shift us to that. This alone supports great health on all levels. We connect more to ourselves, know ourselves and patterns, and realize our power to change it in the moment. Health, bliss, beauty, joy, all these things begin to be part of lives easily by being aware.
I inspire you to make this the most important body care there is. Notice yourself, your state, your body, your emotions and mind. If it is not where you need to be, do something easy to shift you back toward what state you want. You give yourself a momentary pleasure, reset your flow and life begins to appear beautiful again. Positivity, possibilities, ideas, all these things come from this parasympathetic state of being. It is what we are meant to be riding in most all the time. The Yoga of Living, paying attention to yourself, your emotions and state throughout your day. All becomes easier and alert clarity is the result. As you do this, listen and know yourself through your daily life, all other things shift and change how we live. Life becomes sensually magical!
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Beauty is measured in such a different way than is the truth of beauty. It is subjective! Some plants and flowers I love as most beautiful and another thinks they are not and has different favorites. The world of beauty in all nature is very much in the eye of the beholder. Art the same way. Why we must be this way or that just doesn't make sense. Some people like slender woman and others like curvy gals. Some like blondes and others brunettes. It is not an across the board thing. Our culture is whacked out on this subject. All woman are beauty as are all flowers. That is why I named my book The Lotus Project. The lotus is considered the Queen Of Flowers. We all have that potential to be the beauty of ourselves uniquely and exquisitely.
I was trained a different way about beauty and the power of confidence and magnetism. Like the flowers or trees. Some will be drawn to adore and that match is perfect. Others will find it not so beautiful and that is ok. There is no one plant or flower that every single person loves. So I see beauty more as an energy, a magnificence one puts forth through the form of their hair or body. It is far more powerful than outward beauty, it is the essence of beauty and has more magic. There are poles of energy and certain things are just naturally attracted to certain things. There is no right or wrong about it.
As a woman, I learned to find what my beauty is and revel in it. I learned to embrace my body as it was and in connecting to it, give it direction to shape and enhance me in my most healthful way. These were very magical things to me for our world shares that not. Some people have great confidence and so they appear so beautiful. Others have great beauty but no confidence so their beauty doesn't emanate past the look. We see beautiful youth who have no ideas of their beauty. They have no confidence so it doesn't radiate the room as well.
I learned it as a vibration and that it starts with me. That I call myself beautiful and then the world shows me that. It took a bit to find that in myself but it is easy to do. I just reveled in what I like and I have posted videos on my site about this. You begin to expand that smallest honor or beauty in you out more and more. Next thing you know over time, you are in love with yourself. This is what I am finding now and it is delicious. Now when I go in the world, I hear I am beautiful all the time and I am not an innately beautiful girl. I just understand the principles and confidence of magnetic and alluring energy. It works greater than physical beauty. I own the beauty that I do have and that works magically in itself.
Self care is really an act that makes you more beautiful. It doesn't have to be botox or facials or nails. Infact, I did none of that this 30 day journey but a float tank in salt water. I didn't do the normal things I would consider self care and expanded my understanding of it. It was about caring for myself truly, richly and consistently like I did my daughter. Always making sure her needs were met, checking in to see if I could make things more cozy. I praised her for her good works and shared that mistakes were nothing to get in trouble for but to learn from. I didn't criticize her as I could do to myself. I loved her through all her tantrums and illnesses. I was just there for her. That is what self care is. Being there for yourself in full presence as you would a child or lover.
It may seem small but it is huge indeed for we do not care for ourselves as we do others usually. We sacrifice and give up things we wish for. That is good at moments and it fuels us but other times we martyr and it is very negative self care. We are motivated that one will thank us or like us or care for us because we did and that is not the way it works. We are to master and manage ourselves first. The line, "If mama isn't right, the whole house isn't right" is very true. We just lost the truth and action that we are to make ourselves right not others. We are the woman and masters at nourishing. We just have to do it to ourselves! Others are not as good at it!
So beauty shines when we feel cared for. If I feel pretty it doesn't matter who thinks I am. All the compliments or insults won't shift my beauty power. If I don't feel beautiful, all the compliments and attention will not make me feel that way. We have all had this. We won't hear or receive them. Beauty is truly an inside job. it is also a thing to realize no one is beautiful in looks to everyone. But energy of confidence and beauty within, attracts everyone. All want to be around one who feels good about themselves, men and woman for it is not so prevalent in our world.
I inspire you to care more and more fully for yourself even if your beliefs say not to. We have been trained to be martyrs. It is not real. The magic is in knowing what we need at any given moment and giving it to ourselves or seeking one to support. It is a responsibility that carries us far in beauty, health and life. I knew these things and with this 30 day expansion got a greater experience and understanding of true self care. It is easier than we think. Takes less time than we realize and it is in our small daily acts that the great transformation takes place.
Mmmmmm. Delicious self care!
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We are not reminded enough of the power that comes from our inward investigation. How could we possibly know ourselves without a great ongoing investigation through time alone and practices that support this? We are so busy in the world today, filled schedules until we drop to bed. How can we know ourselves with all this outside stimulation? No time to digest things, reorder experiences, check in with ourselves. Many things happen in a day and we keep going to the next, often forgetting what we did earlier. A moment to just consider the events of the day and how we feel about them is a good practice. Just to settle our thoughts and feelings, let them be complete.
My journey of self care has really given we the opportunity to take time alone with myself. I could be alone and not do this, stimulated by outward things. Instead I took time to sense what I truly need and give it to me. As you know it is many different things depending on where I am and what is happening. The key is to check in with myself. I learn more what I like, what inspires, what I don't really like and what annoys me with greater clarity. I am getting into the nitty gritty of me and who that is.
In a busy day we could go hours through so many events and never really see how we are doing. We are just doing, feeling, seeing, engaging, hearing, smelling and can get flooded. We go through emotions like water rushing, happy, tired, sad from news, elated at the song on the radio, upset from the reaction we got. A flowing stream of consciousness and activity continuously. Nothing will stop life. We must put on the breaks and gain a sensing of who we are truly and how we are feeling about the things around us. It doesn't take long, just a check in, notice, shift ourselves to center and move on.
Many things go unprocessed. I find it important to process the things in a way that settled me. Not go into great reflection, just notice what wasn't really complete, what was still in motion within me to allow it to be done. A conversation that was exciting to revel in. Bad news that hit me hard so a prayer toward that issue and release of it. An idea that came in so I consider if it is usable and what to do next. How too many people effected me that day. Did it drain me? How what I ate didn't sit well or was delicious. A moment to just go through what delighted, what didn't, what to take action on or what to put behind me. This is important self care. Important knowing of yourself so the whirlwind doesn't continue.
Over stimulation from all life without a check in can support us forgetting our true selves. How can we care for something that we are not understanding what it needs? We must listen, pay attention, follow our nuances. Ideally we should be doing this moment to moment. I found as I did this more at night or paused in my day, I found it happening often without my thinking. I was riding with myself rather than disconnected from what I was feeling, experiencing or doing. Embodied we call it. Actively connected to myself and my mind, body and emotions. Not just thinking here and feeling there and my body chasing along. Alignment became easy and natural.
Get to know yourself. Truly know yourself. It is continually unfolding. Don't be afraid to really be present with you, your feelings, your needs. So much activity is based on others needs, beliefs of what we should be or do and putting forth this idea into the world of who we are. Find out that real you. It is a mysterious unfolding that shifts, changes and occurs each moment. I learn deeper who I am and what I have just imitated as a child. Imitated is the perfect description for these patterns we watched and now do. It has none of me in it. It is some other persons way of doing. We mimic, copy cat or imitate unconsciously what we have seen and heard as children.
Time to get to know your really, With a little awareness, check ins each day along the way, we really experience ourselves and our feelings. Not always thinking but taking that break to see your energy level, your mood, you reactions, your body presence, your sense of self in that moment. Know thyself is the secret to all the love, care, nurturing, connection and fulfillment you ever want.
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Tomorrow at the Room at Meadowbrook we have a whole day of free Holistic Classes. I start the day sharing Tai Chi health at 9 am. All martial arts come from QiGong, the Chinese Medicine of movement. The Dragon Gate Line of Tai Chi I am in, uses Qigong movements for a morning awakening practice. They stimulate your organs and meridians in a gentle way to get your body going. You feel a smooth, alert energy that gives you peace and aliveness for the day. I use this as my movement rather than some challenging workout.
In the west, we are educated that movement must be hard, long and unpleasant to find health and that simply is not true. In the Eastern traditions, especially for woman, movement gives us connect to our body lovingly and supports health and detox. It doesn't need to strain us. Mostly connect us positively. Feeling good, alert, alive and activated in vitality. Hard workouts are more for men for they thrive on the muscle, competitive and adrenaline based activities. Woman like the flowing, gentle ways for their body is designed that way. Dance being the one activity that all woman should enjoy for health. Free flowing is the best, where the body deva, our innate health system gets to move as it wants to release unwanted emotions through grace and ease. It is sacred, easy for we can do our own level and certainly physical in a way that we enjoy in pleasure.
Self care involves moving our body in ways pleasing. Our lymph system has no pump and removes all the toxins so movement supports that detox. Often overweight people have issue with holding onto fluid which appears as fat when they are just not regulating the fluid in their bodies properly. Hard workouts put us in adrenal stress as woman when we are seeking ways out of that and into parasympathetic. Using movement not workouts fares better with feminine health. You may look healthy but inside, your body will eventually run into issues for our adrenals get burnt out from the masculine movements. It just is.
Using the outside as part of your movement connects you to mother nature which is filled with feminine vibes of beauty, becoming, nourishing and growth. Oxygen is fresh, the sensuality inspires and supports us to ground in our bodies. Negative ions are present to balance all the positive ions of our homes and technology. The spaciousness provides an opening of our minds, clearing the unwanted chatter. Presence is easy for us all there.
Our bodies need to move to detox, release emotions, burn stored up energy and shift about our energy field. It doesn't have to be hard for all these benefits can come from flowing in easy ways that inspire us to appreciate the body deva and give it support to do its work. The easier we move, the more we move, the easier it gets, the more we do it. These are important ways to adjust and shift ourselves. We don't need hard regimens or body building techniques unless that is an art that you enjoy. I like to use my body as efficiently as I can so when I want to play at skiing, hiking, bike riding or kyaking,, I am in good shape to support me. I do not participate in hard workouts. It is against my feminine body and I support me in health understanding this concept of flow for woman.
Do use your movements to support your emotional, mental and physical body in ways gentle and enjoyable. Working out doesn't get you to lose weight as fast as eating healthy amounts and good food. I spent my younger years doing all the extreme workouts and it will not reshape you. Food reshapes you. Movement strengthens your body in so many more ways than power. Power is not necessary for most woman. They just need to move to flow, feel good, release emotions and have health and beauty.
I highly suggest using movement in these ways if you want to feel magical, sexy and beautiful. These are the gifts of femininity that will help woman feel good, vital and magnetize their life into fulfillment.
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Friends, mentors, connections and like minded folks are so valuable. Self care is knowing who to keep around you in life and who to let go. I grew up in the community I now live. I had known many of the same high school friends for over 30 years and they were valuable for most of my life. We had an incredible loyalty and acceptance for each other that many never get to experience. I added people along the way but generally my community was the same until about 8 years ago.
Shifting directions for us all at some point changed things. Behaviors and interests became different and who knows what Karma was involved that the main system of support I had began to change and drop away. It was a big challenge for me. New people more in line with what I am doing and where I am going came along but having a group for so long made it a challenge to let go. Slowly, however from my spiritual study and divorce, things shifted dramatically. I went more inward, distance came between some of my greatest long time friends and lessons to be learned created new community.
I can only take all things as perfect and divine so I walked through this phase realizing things were different and what was so important at one point in my life was no longer so valuable to my self development. We all go through a change in friendships somewhere along the way so you know the hardship this can be. Trying to understand doesn't always have an answer so you find letting go of the old, honoring it, letting it be and calling it complete is a good support for yourself. Married clans hang out with married clans. Friends move away, another's husband passed, things change is the law. I speak with many woman and this is a challenge for us to allow this break in relationship as community holders.
Although this felt bad, harder when the same crew is as your network for so long, you keep walking and seek to find those people who will flourish you now. We all change, marriages end, new ones begin, careers change, where you live shifts, this is just how it goes. We are evolving and growing so we will change our environments about us. It is important we grasp this on all levels, allow it to occur and try to keep the emotions of these changes to a minimum. Feel the sadness, the loss but keep going knowing when one thing is lost another greater thing is made room for.
This eclipse has been true clearing of things for the last 9 or so years. I felt this most in my circle of people. New spiritual people and missions came in and over time, many of my normal supports have fallen off. I understand with my mind the value to these things, the changes within and without yet often our emotions, memories, loyalty and feeling of a clan mentality create deep loss. As I feel this, I direct myself to those that are support now. Seek greater experiences for yourself in the space of now rather than yesterday or way back when. It is no longer then. Life is fresh and new each day, there is no better or worse, just different experiences.
I inspire you to take inventory of those you have had in your life. Honor those that where there and those that moved on. Don't hang on to things that have shifted. It is a level of being in the past that doesn't support you forward. This has been a great lesson for me. Allow what is and has happened to be. Find peace and know there is purpose in it and that it will come forward down the road. Change is not always easy at first, but it is always occurring and we do great self care by flowing with it. Even if a part of us wants to hang on, it won't work. Keep going, seeking the next joy, the next connect, mentor, friend. We have more struggle and low energy going over the past, trying to hold onto it than we do by moving forward.
Self care is finding the right perspective for the people in your life. Maybe there are draining people in your life now that you need to re-evaluate and stop considering loyalty, past fun is the reason to stay connected. History is good but we change, evolve and we need our friendships and connects to be just that. People are powerful influences in our life. We need to only cultivate those relationships that fuel and inspire us to be our best. Those that hold the past against you or create more drama than fun are to be let go.
We have only so much time and if you have personal strife with one, maybe it is time to move forward to newer supports. Not as easy as it sounds but in the long run you are expanding with change and others that will love and support you in your becoming will show up. I have watched it happen for myself. The only thing that stops this being a joyous process is the hanging on.
Open yourself for the next leg of connections. It is time for our purposes to be expressed and often that will be different than the crew you grew up with, raised your kids with or lived in the same neighborhood. Soul families are coming forward to support us in our divine mission so make room for it. It is for the highest good and you will delight in it if you truly let go of what was. Say goodbye, thank you for all we had and open to those who you will be riding with next!
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