Money—the lack of it, the fear of losing it, the dread of not having enough—tops the list of concerns of many people these days. That’s because the economy is in bad shape, you may say. But didn’t those fears predate today’s bad news? And even when the economy is flourishing, we are still a debt-ridden nation. What’s going on? Our ability to create sufficient money in our lives is anchored by our financial attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors—what you believe can be true for your life. When these beliefs and values remain unexamined, they can get in the way of a sense of wellbeing and security. Here are a few of the more common attitudes that get in people’s way: I Don’t Like Money; I Don’t Care about Money This attitude is held by people at all income levels. It can have its origin in religious beliefs, political beliefs or guilt at inherited privilege. Pam is a child of the 60’s who says she doesn’t really like money. She never allows herself to have what she truly wants and always buys … Continue reading
Ancient Romans named the month of January for Janus, their god of gates, doors and beginnings. Always pictured with two faces—one looking toward the future, the other back at the past—Janus is a fitting symbol for the turning of a new year. As we step through the doorway from one year to the next, it’s natural to do as Janus does: look back and ahead. But this year, instead of just reflecting on the past year or making New Year’s resolutions, consider using this first part of the year to take stock of your life. Who are you? What do you believe? What do you really need? When we discover who we really are, we stop living on auto-pilot and start to live with intention, focus and purpose. Our choices become clearer. We begin to make active choices in our life, instead of making excuses or passively living with the status quo. Here are a few questions to get you started. Have a journal or some way to record your thoughts. (Writing by hand keeps you in touch with your … Continue reading
As the year speeds to its end, we begin to mentally prepare for next year. But don’t forget to take time to assess your personal and professional challenges and accomplishments THIS year. I know how busy these next few weeks can be, but make space, perhaps between Dec 26th -Jan 2nd to give yourself some alone time with your journal, pen, (maybe even some hot chocolate!) and write out your most honest answers to these questions: 1. What have I accomplished this year? Be specific. Write it all down. Schedule some time to celebrate this! 2. What have I learned this year? What skills did you pick up? What emotional lessons? 3. What got in my way? This is where your work will be next year. Be honest if it was your own self that got in the way. 4. Who contributed to my successes? What can you do to recognize these members of your personal or professional team? 5. What mistakes did I make, and what did I learn from them? Writing these down is a good refresher for … Continue reading
Ah! The holidays! As a child there is nothing like the anticipation of all the joy that the holidays bring but as we grow older, it seems as though we take on some stresses that we would rather not have. Here are some tips that can help relieve the stress and tension: Take Care of Yourself Get regular exercise; take it easy on the caffeine, sugar and alcohol; get enough sleep; eat healthy food — all the things that are good for our well-being -you know this stuff. Take a mini-break to get grounded Visualize your feet being connected to the earth, those connections going through carpet, cement, etc. and down into the earth. Also the healing energy of the earth coming back up through your feet to the top of your head and beyond connecting you to the heavens, keeping you strong and balanced. This can be done anywhere, even standing in a line! Let go of expectations That things need to be a certain way That people around you need to behave a certain way That you need … Continue reading
Take a big, deep, beautiful breath: the holidays will be here before you know it. For many of us, this time of year brings with it the joys—and challenges—of family gatherings, gift exchanges, and holiday festivities. The good news is that with a little planning and thoughtfulness, you can navigate the holidays with grace.Take this self-quiz to see how ready you are for this year’s holiday season. True or False? 1. I start planning for the holidays early so that I’m not on overdrive throughout December. 2. When my family is making plans, I make a point of negotiating what I really want to do and where I’d like to spend each holiday. 3. If my family exchanges gifts, I joyfully give what I can afford and enjoy giving. I stick to my budget. 4. I make sure that I eat healthy food that I enjoy every day. This may require me to take care of my own meals or contribute to meal planning and preparation. 5. When I accept a party invitation or a request for my time, it’s … Continue reading
Last month we had a great Group Phone Session on Weight Loss. Sticking to a weight loss plan or ANY GOAL is much easier when your energy has been cleaned up and rebalanced. However, an energy clearing does not mean from here on out everything will be effortless. That’s not the way it works, and besides…that would make life so boring! YOU still get to follow through and take accountability, that way you get the great feeling of accomplishment when you get to the other side of that goal –yay you! Clearing the energy makes it much easier because you no longer have the extra tethers holding you back, and once fresh, positive affirmations are planted, you get to nurture those new seeds as they grow and become your exciting, new way of being. It often helps to set up systems to help with your new goals, because unfortunately, it’s all too easy to weasel out of a commitment after a few weeks (or even days) if there is no “answerability” (hey, it’s a real word, my thesaurus says so). … Continue reading
Got Clarity? Replenish with your own mini-retreat! One of my husband’s very favorite things to do is lie on a beach with no schedule to have to conform to (isn’t that everyone’s?). This isn’t always feasible, since we have busy schedules and live in the desert of southern Utah. So last week I took him to Jamaica for his birthday, and for six days, that’s what we did- enjoyed the beautiful Caribbean water and weather with no phones, computers, or agendas to stick to. Ahh…it was heaven! It got me thinking…why don’t I add little mini-retreats like this into my life on a more regular basis? Well, I mean without the amazingly clean smell of the ocean air, the sand between my toes, and meal prep all taken care of for me. But I can still derive some of the benefit of big get-aways like this by finding ways in my everyday life to retreat and renew. Here is my list I came up with of things I can do to replenish my soul when my cup is nearing empty-or … Continue reading
The sound may be faint as the stirring of butterfly wings or as loud as a brass band on Fourth of July. Or you may not hear a sound at all, but feel an urging, an inner pull, a sense of excitement and longing that resonates from within. This is the call to create, and it is universal, bidding each of us to bring something new into being. “Creativity is the Self searching for itself,” said George Gamez, Ph.D., author of How to Catch Lightning in a Bottle. We create in order to express our unique visions and perceptions. We create to communicate and to form a bond with our fellow human beings. Creative expression helps us feel connected to the world and builds bridges of understanding. It nourishes us and helps us grow, provides insights and deeper understandings. Creativity is fun, exciting and playful. It relieves stress and releases tension. It provides a way of communication when normal channels may be blocked or are insufficient—when we must speak in colors and textures and shimmering visions and music. Creativity is … Continue reading
Happy New Year! To say goodbye to the old year and ring in the new, below are the top ten most-read blog posts of 2011. Enjoy!
Question: Why don’t I feel like the energy work that’s been done on me in the past isn’t working like it should?