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The Burden of Trying to be Balanced

Seriously ladies, balance is a self-defeating concept that continues to elude (even torture?) women around the globe. I even believe it chips away at our self-esteem and our sense of worthiness (more on that in a moment). Today I’m encouraging you to get off the balance bandwagon >>> ditch any associated guilt trips >>> and try something else instead.

 

Balance has become one of those concepts we use to measure how well we’re handling life.  (We may even equate balance to giving 100% to all areas of our lives?) Regardless, we don’t live in a balanced society. The nature of our lifestyles, whether you’re a stay at home mama or a boss lady (or both), pretty much guarantees a lack of balance. We’re basically set up for failure. So why do we idealize balance, and what can we do instead?  

 

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Not feeling good enough? Try this…

Today I want to give you a taste of my secret sauce for overcoming moments of feeling like you’re not good enough. Obviously feeling unworthy is something that affects all of us, some more than others, but did ya know that it actually affects highly successful people as much if not more than the average Jane? Yup, it’s true.

Because for some of us (ahem, moi), we developed a pattern of striving for outward success to compensate for what we felt was lacking internally. Which on one hand is pretty cool – go us – we didn’t just sit on our butts and do nothing. On the other hand, it’s not so bueno because it leads to a constant cycle of joy sucking and exhaustion. If a key pillar of our worth is based on success, then we are fulfilled only when we’re winning, achieving, succeeding. Make sense?

So, here’s a few ways I’ve learned to deal with the “unworthies” (as I call them) when they come knocking…

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Anti-Breast Cancer & Lymph Cleanse Exercise

Happy Happy National Women’s Health Week! In honor of this week, I wanted to share an exercise I’ve been doing recently to send some love to your heart chakra, breasts, lymphatic system and heart!

As several clients this year have found lumps on their breasts, I carefully paid attention during my 300-hour Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training when our teacher shared an exercise he called “Anti-Breast Cancer & Lymph Cleanse.”

Little did I know that a week later my doctor would find a lump on my breast…

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Happiness is an Accomplishment

And so is finishing your meditation…

At a workshop over the weekend I heard that Yogi Bhajan quote: happiness is an accomplishment. And I found myself thinking, so is meditation! Because if you meditate, I know you’ve been there. And by there I mean being completely in the flow and feeling great in some meditations. In others, seconds feel like minutes, and you want to scream EFFFFFFF at the top of your lungs. (Or is that just me?) So how do you stay engaged in your mediation?

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#1 Food That Causes Inflammation

If I asked you what is the number one food that causes inflammation, what would you say? Would you answer based on what a health expert or a spiritual teacher said? Or would you answer based on your unique body? Most people would answer based on the latest study, not their own body.

So what if I told you green juice (even the healthiest, no-sugar version) creates an inflammatory response in your body? Would you believe me? I’ll give you the answer, but a little story first…

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Using Intuition to Heal

If you’ve read any of my stuff, you know I’m a fan of using a blended approach when it comes to healing. Today I’m going to share how I used my intuition to help my healing process (Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism). It’s a little on the woo-woo side, but I often get asked about it…so here it is…

But first, let me be clear. One key piece of healing any condition is having a good doctor and the correct testing and diagnostics…that’s a non-negotiable in my book. I actually cringe when I hear someone say, I know I can do some mindset work and heal. Yes, your mindset is a huge piece of it, but it’s not the whole pie. Now that we’re clear on that, let’s get a little woo-woo…

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Release anxiety within moments

As I’ve shared in a previous blog, Anxiety, Sleeping Pills and a Free Meditation, I am no stranger to anxiety. I received a formal diagnosis in my late 20s, and a couple of years ago I experienced it again through thyroid disease (anxiety is a symptom of thyroid disease). These days the only kind of anxiety I typically experience is occasional, mild anxiety while navigating through life’s ups and downs. However, recently I felt that all-encompassing, completely gripping anxiety start to creep in. How I responded to it enabled me to completely shift out of it within minutes.

Before I share how I did that, I want to share some behavioral tendencies I’ve noticed that lead to the anxiety. Because often times when I’m aware I’m engaging in one of these, I can choose differently and prevent the anxiety all together. (Side note: I’m going to be talking more about these in upcoming blogs.)

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Sunglasses, Hormones and Sleep

Even though it’s always sunny in San Diego, and wearing sunglasses is as common wearing clothes (plus they’re a great fashion accessory), I’ve recently been consciously leaving them in their case. Why? Because light (both natural and artificial) affects our hormones, energy levels, sleep and overall health.

Things as simple as alarm clocks, windows, sunglasses and iPhones affect the functioning of our bodies! Whaaaat?!!! It’s true! AND, honoring the body’s natural rhythms helps our bodies perform its various functions and stay healthy and happy. I’m going to share a few ways you can do that, but first a few helpful concepts…

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Better meetings. Greater productivity. More fun.

You may have read my blog from last week, Drop the struggle, Get more flow and energy, and thought, well, it’s great that there are certain times of the month that are ideal for managing my finances or getting in intense workouts, but what if I want to do those things more regularly than one week out of the month? What’s the best time to do them each week?

I have some more information to help you with that! In my yoga training, we learned that each day is connected with a specific planet, each of which provides specific energy. For example… The moon rules Mondays (emotions). Tuesday is connected to Mars (drive and energy). Wednesday is connected to Mercury (mind and communication). Thursday is connected to Jupiter (luck, growth, wisdom). Friday is connected to Venus (love and attraction). Saturn rules Saturday (fears, challenges, discipline). And finally, Sunday is related to the Sun (personality).

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Drop the struggle. Get more flow and energy…

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share with you some things that have completely shifted how I live and run my business, which has resulted in less stress and struggle and greater flow and ease. I AM SO EXCITED to share this stuff…because who doesn’t need a few tricks to make life easier?!

It all started once my energy and strength started returning after my thyroid ordeal. I had a whole new respect for my energy and became interested in understanding how to maximize it. I became conscientious about how I was using it. I wanted to know how I could put less pressure and stress on my mind and body while growing my business and living a great life. In other words, how could I create what I want in life without burning out again?

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