Today is the first day of summer, and we only have a couple of days left in Gemini season before we move into Cancer! Gemini is an air sign, which is connected to our lungs (anxiety) and heart (joy)!
This playlist I’m sharing below has definitely brought me joy over the last week, and I wanted to share it with you too. Each of the songs are uplifting and most use mantras that are directly connected to opening the heart center. And of course, you can still use it when we move into Cancer (water element).
I want to share with you an awesome tool from Wild Light Warrior…because it’s so simple and quick, but also effective. Try it at least once! ☺ I discovered it kind of randomly. It all started one night before bed. I felt excited and recommitted to using positive affirmations while reading a book.
The next morning, as I was starting to wake up, this voice inside of me went on a 30 second positive affirmation spree, which I now call a Shine Spree. Because I literally felt an extra burst of happiness throughout the day. Like I was shining and glowing all day, despite what circumstances popped up. There’s only one trick to it…
Over the last two weeks I was tempted to eat a massive amount of food via mindless grazing and snacking. I was focused on launching my online program, which is kind of like finals week in college, when you temporarily live and breathe your work while in your pajamas. But, not only did I not eat the massive amount of food, I actually lost weight.
I noticed I kept thinking about food. When I felt blocked with the material I was working on, I thought about food. When I felt stressed about a technical challenge, I thought about food. When I felt relieved from an insight, I thought about food. Food was the automatic response.
Several years ago I was told to cut gluten out of my diet related to hormone issues. As I look back on the journey, it is filled with highs, lows, struggles and laughs. Today I’m going to share a few patterns that make me laugh (now), a few tools that saved my sanity, and how this turned from feeling like punishment to feeling like a gift.
Let’s start with the early-stage patterns that make me laugh…
For a solid couple of months I bought crap that I hadn’t consumed in YEARS. OMG, Trader Joe’s has gluten free Oreos! YESSS!!! It was an exciting new world realizing there is actually SO MUCH gluten free stuff out there. Except I think I actually gained weight and felt no different from eating much more processed food than I had in years.
People often ask me what my daily wellness and/or spiritual practices are…today I’m sharing them with you in case any of them are helpful to you and your health and wellbeing! I want to make sure you understand though that what works for me might not work for you. Play with any that interest you and then check in with your body to see how it is responding…your body is the #1 expert, not a blog!
Even though there were some incredible highs, like getting married, last year was one of the most challenging years of my life. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto Hypothyroiditis (hypothyroidism), adrenal exhaustion and leaky gut (candida). I went from being a vibrant, athletic, social, creative, happy person to someone who felt like she was merely surviving. The healing process ended up being long and full of many lessons and lifestyle changes.
And guess what? Meditation helped me through all stages of my recovery. Even if you don’t have direct experience with the stress-related conditions I mentioned above, I bet you can relate to a time when you felt sick, stuck, a little hopeless, frustrated, sad or confused. If so, let me share with you how meditation helped me through all of those feelings…
Our high expectations plus the desire for instant gratification can lead to an unpleasant meditation experience. 🙁 Have you ever noticed that it’s easy to live for those peaceful moments in our meditations and begrudge the moments of struggle? While we want that instant gratification, it’s often those moments of struggle that lead to the greatest peace, if we can hang in there! Plus, a lot of amazing processes, such as stress release, occur in those moments when we want to scream and give up. In today’s vlog I talk about how our ego is creating those expectations and what you can do to release them!
P.S. If you’re interested in learning more about meditation, click here to enroll today in my program, Naturally High Meditation and Mindset Series! 🙂
I want share a funny way (or embarrassing…ridiculous…genius way???) I use meditation. Many years ago, when I was still in the corporate space, I created a meditation I call “Bitchy, and About to Snap,” and it TOTALLY WORKS!
Because no matter how patient and kind you are, we all have those moments where we feel like our horns are going to prevail over our halo. And it may or may not have aaaaaanything to do with the person in front of us.
Everyone has heard they “should” meditate. The benefits are well known, buuuuut the image of it might be scaring you off or leaving you with some misconceptions. Normally we see the image of the peaceful yogi at sunset with a blissful facial expression. Sound familiar?
Well, while I have MOMENTS of that when I meditate, often it’s quite different. It usually starts with some racing thoughts, then I experience some emotions I’ve been avoiding. But it’s how I handle those thoughts and emotions that create the meditation experience. 🙂 In this week’s video I describe what the meditation process is actually like. Hint: It’s not about having no thoughts.
And P.S., if you’re curious about mediation, or want to learn more about it, I’m launching a new meditation series next week, Naturally High (because that’s how I often feel after I meditate)! Click here to get on the list (and receive 25% off). In addition to meditations, I’m sharing my best meditation tips. You don’t have to be a yogi, or a vegan, woo woo, or anything else to allow the benefits of meditation into your life. Mediation is for everyone, and I’ll show you how during Naturally High. 🙂
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