Do you realize we live our lives much differently than people did 20 or 30 years ago? Yep, life has changed and with it our stress levels. Even though we are constantly developing new technological to make life simpler, we are also carrying the burden of being alert and accessible 24/7.
So while we have everything at our fingertips now, from ‘track my friends’ to weather apps, we have very little down time. You open your laptop or smartphone and the whole world is at your disposal. Unfortunately, it is a 2-way street which means that just as you can get in touch with anyone at anytime, they can also find you wherever you are and whenever they please. This keeps us constantly “on”. We are constantly engaged and have very little time to destress or relax. As a result, we become overworked and stress-related tension builds.
This is why nearly 80% of all doctor visits are stress-related.
While some stress response is good for you, having it all the time leads to major physical, psychological and emotional problems.
Medical experts are calling it “Chronic Stress Syndrome” with the following symptoms:
Honestly we all suffer from one, or a combination, of these symptoms or know someone that does. And since stress does not look like its going to end anytime soon, its up to us to learn healthy ways to manage and lower stress levels. Here are 5 natural ways to alleviate tension and stress you can put into motion today:
1. Eat right.
What you eat is more important than you think! Foods high in magnesium, calcium, vitamin B-12, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids all help uplift the mood, protect the heart and boost brain power. Avoid foods rich in processed sugars and fats, all carbonated sodas and baked goods. Also too much caffeine and alcohol will increase anxiety, fatigue and inflammations.
Meditation has been used for centuries as a way to calm the nerves and become in tune with your inner self. And the best part is that it can be done anywhere and at any time. Pick a quiet corner in your home, sit in a comfortable chair and focus your attention on your breathing for 5 - 10 minutes. To enhance your meditation, you can use essential oils, burn incense or listen to nature sounds. I have guided mediations free on Youtube and my site to also assist you as well as online and live meditation classes.
Getting regular exercise is a natural stress-buster because your body releases endorphins; feel-good hormones in the brain which lift your mood as well as act as natural pain killers. Your blood sugar levels and metabolism are boosted, helping you eat less and burn more calories at the same time. Exercise also regulates your sleep cycle, what experts refer to as your circadian rhythm, so you get quality sleep and wake up early, energized and ready to start the day.
Want to double the benefits? Exercise outdoors, preferably where you are surrounded by nature. Studies have proven that getting direct sunshine stimulates the release of endorphins, the feel-good chemicals. Add to that the soothing effect nature has on you, and your mood is sure to soar, decreasing levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
4. Practice Mindfulness
To effectively manage stress and anxiety, you need to calm down your fear and panic responses and mindfulness practices can be key. Mindfulness means being present in the moment. Too often we are stressed because we are thinking about past events or stressing over the future. With mindfulness practice for stress and anxiety, you learn how to sit peacefully with your thoughts and feelings in the present moment, creating an inner calm. This will help contain and reduce stress and anxiety as you refocus on this very moment.
Make time to do something you enjoy. When you do, you are disconnecting from social media, slowing down and using your senses to take in everything in the present moment. This is also a great confidence booster, whether you like playing games or reading, or engaging in a hobby like painting, knitting, coloring or race-car driving. Play and have fun, just for the shear fun of it. Don’t try to create something to sell or give away, but create and play just for the experience.
Stress is unfortunately an integral part of our lives now. If it is left unmanaged it can lead to serious health problems. Luckily, with some patience and a few simple lifestyle changes, you can move from stressed and frazzled to a happy, well-balanced life.
If you want to learn more natural ways to alleviate tension and stress why not take a meditation class or book a relaxing energy session today. Let's discuss!
If you have wondered what the monthly full moon meditations were like, this month we are sharing one on Youtube. Every month Ms. Sarah teaches a Mini Master Class on Astrology. This includes a forecast, a suggested crystal/stone list for the month and a guided meditation based on the distinctive energies. She has been teaching these classes monthly for over 5 years! Read more about them here, But you can trust she knows whats the most important lesson each month and how we can use these energies to the fullest!
The featured meditation is under 8 minutes and easy to follow. You can listen as often as you like, but it has the most power during a full moon. GIve it a "thumbs up" or comment if you would like to see more meditations on the clinic Youtube channel.
Also you can sign up for next months class here and be sure and follow the Reiki clinic on Youtube so you don't miss anything!
On June 18, 2018, NEPTUNE RETROGRADES IN PISCES (until November 24th) and we can expect some surprise.
When Neptune is Direct it produces the urge to daydream, fires up our creativity, and gets us thinking about spiritual matters. But when Neptune goes retrograde it can cause distorted reality, uncontrolled imagination and "odd events" around us and in the world at large. Sometimes we breeze through, other times we are not so lucky.
The good news is this Neptune Retrograde will be an ideal time for spiritual self-development! So if you have been wanting to take a spiritual class, now is your ideal time!
The bad news is, if you are an Empath, this could be a very trying time for you. (Find out more here)
Did you know About 40% of people have Neptune retrograde in their birth chart? Yep, so it is less feared and potentially less harmful than having a retrograde inner planet. But that being said, Neptune Retrograde still influences your souls growth due to the spiritual nature of the planet. Thats why I’m doing a mini class on it this Sunday, June 10, 2018. There was too much to cover to include this in the monthly Full Moon Classes. Astrology is in constant flux and this class will help you make the most of each, unique cycle.
Find out more here. This informative class cost $28USD (until June 16, 2018 then it goes up to $37) and also includes “what to avoid” during this time and best stones to help you make the most of this retrograde.
The class will be in video form and you can watch any time or as many times as you like.
Are you ready for the first blue moon, total lunar eclipse in 150 years (in the Americas)? Pretty exciting stuff! We started January 2018 with a full moon on the 1st, and now, here we are again. So let’s start with the facts:
What makes this a ‘Blue Moon’:
When there are two full moons in a calendar month it is commonly called a “Blue Moon”. January 2018 stormed in with two full moons, but sadly February will have none. :(
The last Blue Moon occurred in July 2015, but 2018, we'll experience two of them, a phenomena that won't happen for another 19 years. (The second Blue Moon this year will occur in late March.)
What makes this a ‘Super Moon’:
A super moon occurs when the moon is full or new, and closest to earth. The full moon on January 31st will be the third full super moon since December 3rd. The full super blue moon on the 31st will pass through the earth’s shadow, giving us a total lunar eclipse.
A Blue Moon combined with a Super moon is rare. Super moons generally only occur once every 14 months and will not happen again until January 2019. The last time all of these events occurred simultaneously in the Western hemisphere was 1866. You remember 1866, right? The US House of representatives passed the 14th Amendment - The Civil Rights Act, Andrew Johnson was President, and Jesse James completed his first robbery.
Wait, Isn’t this also a ‘Blood Moon’?
Lunar eclipses are always interesting, though the "blood moon" is a much rarer event. Instead of a total eclipse, the moon is bathed in a red-orange hue of refracted light coming from around the Earth. Although some people think of this as a bad omen, but according to Indian mythology, a red Moon is luckier than a regular Full Moon. (We will discuss this further in this months Full Moon Class.)
What this means for you:
Full moons are times of awakening and completion, and everything is magnified. January 31st is a powerful time to recognize the amazing opportunities before you and celebrate your recent success!
The upcoming moon will be the regal sign of Leo. This moon will foster and increases your desire for strength, equality and good things. Some people are calling this event “The Superwoman Full Moon” - this full moon will emanate special and rare feminine lunar energy, infused with the creativity, leadership, and dignity of fire sign Leo.
This moon is also about ‘who you are’ and who you are becoming. You will probably find yourself more willing to try new things, be more open and honest about your true feelings and feel more driven to be the best you, during this powerful phase.
And heads up Empaths!
It’s likely this coming full moon/lunar eclipse, will bring heightened sensitivity and more intuitive dreams. Eclipses affect our personal fields just as they change the earth’s electromagnetic energy field. So expect to extra intuitive and more emotional than normal. Overall, this will be a dramatic time for most people as the lunar eclipses bring up emotional and internal issues to be examined and healed.
If you want to learn more join us for the Full Moon online class. There will be a guided meditation, pdf of best stones to use during the next 28 day cycle and of course a deeper forecast.
Can you believe it's December already? This year has just flown by!
So how are you? I hope well, but I just wanted to let you know it's okay if you aren't.
We are finishing out a turbulent 2017 with a Mercury Retrograde, plus the stress of the holidays and most of us are already on overload. The good news is that the Mercury energy will bring up past issues for us to work on, but of course that's the bad news too!
Just remember healing isn't an overnight process. Past hurts resurface when we are ready to further heal them. But no matter what, allow yourself time to heal. Also know it's okay to feel the way you feel. Actually its quite a paradox, but when old wounds resurface and you realize that they never were fully healed, they will then begin to heal. Sometimes just the act of acknowledging these past traumas and allowing yourself to feel your feelings is enough to trigger a huge, multilevel healing.
So plan on including self-care time in your schedule this month. If you want to know more about Mercury Retrograde I recorded a video class here. You can watch the 30 minute video and learn what each sign can expect in terms of lessons. Also I have a video going up shortly on Youtube, in the meantime you might want to watch the Tips for Highly Sensitive People Video for extra holiday support.
Stay warm and take care of yourself. And remember you can't pour from an empty cup, so to give your best you need to take care of you too.
Do you know your life’s purpose? If not, how would your life change if you did? Would life be easier? I find it is and I think it would also be more straight forward for you, too. #LifeWin
When you know your purpose making decisions becomes easier. You know what you are doing so you are less likely to second guess yourself or become distracted by other people’s whims. Life flows and there is a new ease to everything. Life becomes fun and satisfying again.
Want to know more? I am beginning a new 30 Day Challenge today on finding your purpose. There is still time to get in and grow with us.
Read more and sign up here: 30 Day Challenge
If you have any questions or want to know more, email me!
If the solar Plexus chakra is blocked, then you likely feel easily depressed and rejected and possibly wanting to blame others for your feelings. You may not have much self-confidence or self esteem. You may feel that life is happening to you, not with you. Life has little to no meaning and you may feel your just “going through the motions.” Life is joyless and becomes something that must be endured or overcome.
Most people with a blocked third chakra are emotional chameleons. These people are always willing to change to suit the needs and wants of others around them, putting their needs last. This usually results in their own needs never being expressed, much less met. If this behavior continues it can lead to less than balanced or satisfying personal relationships.
Most of us are taught from early childhood to repress our emotions and feelings. We must always be polite, think of others and repress what we feel for fear of hurting to angering someone else. Many of us are taught to put other people’s needs before our own. Servitude is taught or at least implied as a means to a fulfilled life.
Society also teaches us that we must always be practical and wary. Always guard against people trying to take advantage of us or exploit others. We are taught that we live in a restricted society where people will often take advantage of one another. The media reinforces this ideal so this problem is very difficult to overcome.
By repressing the solar chakra, you place yourself on auto-pilot and this can cause severe emotional problems. Doubt and mistrust will eventually destroy your vitality if this continues. You may miss out on life experiences because of this blockage and find yourself becoming bitter or resentful of others.
If you want to work further on these and other third Chakra issues, read about the intensive 5 Week Chakra Course here or if you just wish to work more on finding your own way or your life's purpose then join me for a 30 day “Living Life with Purpose” challenge in November. The price is $39.99 but it is on offer until September 20 for only $31.00. Sign up today to get this great price.
Why is living a purposeful life import?
It Gives Your Life Meaning
When you decide on your life’s purpose, it gives what you do a lot of meaning. Every step along the way, and all the work you do towards reaching your goals, serves to bring you one step closer. It becomes much easier to get things done, when they are done with purpose and with a firm goal in mind. Life then flows and joy can return.
To learn more and discover your life’s purpose join me for a 30 day challenge.
Do you ever feel like you’re just "going through the motions" in life? Are you tired of feeling tired all the time? Or like you’ve become a passenger in your own life, being swept away by some unseen current? Do you no longer feel like you are in charge of your own life?
Maybe you made a decision to put others first and or to put your dreams on hold for your spouses career or your children's needs? And now there is an unsettling feeling of frustration and it could be growing into anger and quiet resentment. Have the children or perhaps your spouse left and you are attempting to redefine your life or are you feeling a bit lost or unsure on the route to take to get your fun loving, happy self back? Are you ready to celebrate “me time" but don’t have a clue where to begin? You are not alone. And the reason for these bewildering feelings may not be what you think...
Did you know "off balance" or blocked chakras can cause mental as well has physical maladies? Literally leaving you feeling burned out, anxious, fearful, apathetic or lost? Or that a few simple changes can make a huge impact on your wellbeing and ignite your love of life again?
But let me clarify this - I’m talking about REAL, LONG LASTING CHANGE, not temporary fixes or the same repeated advice you see copied and pasted over and over on line; but real information that is key to true, lifelong change. So if you are feeling empty, frustrated or generally like something is missing in your life or if you have studied the chakras and know has be more to it, then don’t miss this new course!
In the newest Chakra Master Course we will begin an in-depth five (5) week immersion of the wisdom of chakras and of balancing the third chakra to restore harmony to your life. During this course we will analyze and overhaul this ancient power center. Working together we will examine and repair life long damage, as we learn affective ways to reignite your passion for life.
The third chakra governs issues of willpower, ambition, self and action. It is the seat of our ego and is responsible for our ability to achieve goals. This energy center is weakened by all forms of shame, embarrassment and self-consciousness. Our mental clarity, as well as the ability to learn new things or have new adventures/experiences are also part of this powerful energy centers functions.
Suffer from panic attacks? Bouts of bitterness, anger, rage, apathy or find yourself constantly overindulging in things? These are also indications of third chakra impairments and can be addressed and rebalanced. Did you know anxiety and low self-esteem often accompany an under-active Solar Plexus Chakra? And if we let these emotions fester, it can and will affect our other chakras, and by extension, our physical and emotional states? This often overlooked powerhouse can have a long lasting affect on our mental and physical health.
Physically, it supports your liver, pancreas, gallbladder, stomach and spleen. So it has a HUGE impact on how we experience life and the quality of life we live.
Really, all of your chakras work together to bring about a state of health and vitality. Thats why I have developed these Master Chakra Classes. Because balancing your entire chakra system will help to resolve blockages or imbalances in any one chakra and give you back the life you deserve!
For more information on the next course or to read about past classes click here and be on the look out here (Serenity’s Youtube Channel) for videos on the chakras with tips and techniques you can use to get these powerful energy center back in balance.
What lessons can we expect during this amazing month? Watch the video and find out!
The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.
Reiki Master Teacher,
"Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity."
“To teach is to learn twice.”
“Because you are alive, everything is possible.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh
"The purpose of a spiritual teacher is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon."
- Sarah Mercer
“Instructions for living a life.
Tell about it.”