If you are having one of "those days" - you know the kind of day where things aren't going as planned or everything seems like an "uphill hike"... Remember we all have the ability to slow down and find sacred moments in day-to-day life. We don't have to become monks or meditate for 8 hours a day. All of us can find a few minutes to slow down, get calm and recenter. Even five minutes can help!
Slow down, breathe and ground. Your body will thank you for it!
Today's message from Spirit:
Your feelings are expressing themselves in ways you never dreamed possible. This could be the beginning of a major breakthrough for you. Everything you have been praying for is close now. You may spend the next several days going back over past relationships, looking for clues or answers that were long buried in your unconscious. Make sure you don't get so caught up in the past that you miss what is right in front of you.
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!
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.
Yesterday I tweeted about Medicinal Smoke and research showing it removed harmful bacteria.
Here is the link to the study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17913417
"This study represents a comprehensive analysis and scientific validation of our ancient knowledge about the effect of ethnopharmacological aspects of natural products' smoke for therapy and health care on airborne bacterial composition and dynamics, using the Biolog microplate panels and Microlog database. We have observed that 1h treatment of medicinal smoke emanated by burning wood and a mixture of odoriferous and medicinal herbs (havan sámagri=material used in oblation to fire all over India), on aerial bacterial population caused over 94% reduction of bacterial counts by 60 min and the ability of the smoke to purify or disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained up to 24h in the closed room. Absence of pathogenic bacteria Corynebacterium urealyticum, Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens, Enterobacter aerogenes (Klebsiella mobilis), Kocuria rosea, Pseudomonas syringae pv. persicae, Staphylococcus lentus, and Xanthomonas campestris pv. tardicrescens in the open room even after 30 days is indicative of the bactericidal potential of the medicinal smoke treatment. We have demonstrated that using medicinal smoke it is possible to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air within confined space."
We have just loaded a new video up on the clinic youtube channel.
How do you know if your vibration is rising? And how on earth do you cope with the changes? Watch the new video for a few tips and leave me a comment below of your own experiences.
Life can be frightening. Between threats of terrorism, natural disasters and media overload we can easily get caught up in fearful thinking, I think we tend to forget that fearful thoughts of danger can trigger feelings of vulnerability and anxiety. Often the key is to remember they are just “thoughts” not facts.
Today's card on the (almost) daily card pull on Snap Chat summed this up. We get caught in fearful thinking and it is difficult to move past it. We then manifest more anxiety by worrying. The key is to remember that we are safe and to trust our own judgement. Listen to your intuition and your body, if you feel something is a bad idea, then don't go. But also don't let fear from the media or other people stop you from living your life.
The affirmation for this card is: “I am safe. I am secure. I am completely protected at all time.” Repeat as needed throughout the day to dispel anxiety and fearful thoughts.
The card is from the Fairies Oracle Deck and the stones pictured are green aventurine and tumbled quartz.
If you need a bit of direction or support today you can book a mini card reading for guidance with me or one of the gifted card readers here at Serenity. (Email or message for a special deal!)
I usually begin my guided meditations with several deep breathes, I’m sure you’ve heard me in class or on audios, “Breathe in through the nose and gently exhale through the mouth, like you are blowing out a candle. Nice, easy and gentle.”
Deep breathing helps to slow the mind and relax the body. It also supports your overall health. Did you know deep breathing can be done on its own or in mind-body exercises? Some of these exercises include meditation, yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi or QiGong.
Deep breathing included with mind and body exercises can help you lose weight, feel great, reduce stress, and stay mindful. The oxygen that you bring in through deep breathing from your abdomen helps to generate new cells, and you are also releasing toxins when you exhale. #Win
Meditation is breathing in stillness, without movement, making it an ideal activity for everyone. This less strenuous approach to deep breathing uses breath to help focus the mind towards calm and peace.
In a world of stress, mediation is a very valuable mind-body practice for balance and sanity. If you are not meditating yet, you can begin today. Click here to see easy, guided meditations Serenity offers or here to the Youtube channel to meditate along with Lady Roxanna.
The ancient practice of yoga continues to be popular in the modern world. In our hectic world, it is easy to get lost in stress, anxiety and all its side effects. Yoga and the deep breathing that goes along with it helps you stay present, calms the mind and provides more than a hundred different health benefits for mind, body and spirit.
Yoga helps keep your body strong, your mind focused, and your soul peaceful, as you shift back into balance. An integral part of yoga is structured breathing, which includes a high level of mindfulness in conjunction with taking deep breaths. The breath is an important part of yoga, and not only induces a state of calm in the mind; it also supports the poses that promote physical health.
The deep breathing used in Pilates is similar to yoga, but is more rapid and typically increases the heart rate more so than yoga does.
If you would like a more intense workout, yet still enjoy the mind and body connection in your workout, then you may want to learn more about Pilates.
Tai Chi And QiGong
Tai Chi and QiGong are a variety of martial arts. They both involve slow, meditative movement that is synced with the breath. Imagine a slow dance, where you flow from one move to another, in stillness and balance.
Like yoga, the breathing patterns and methods in these practices are very specific. When done properly they move you into a state of calm, peace, and balance. I love both Tai Chi and QiGong and could go on and on about the many benefits of each. If they interest you, do look into starting a daily practice.
Deep breathing is used in all of the above practices. It is the process of intentional inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth. This provides oxygen for positive cell regeneration and the elimination of toxins in the body, as it calms and centers the mind.
Simple deep breathing exercises can be done anywhere, at any time and requires no special equipment or physical effort. I’ve listed one example of a simple deep breathing exercise below.
Simple Deep Breathing Set
Deep breathing practiced every day in the form of any of these exercises, or by simply taking the time to repeat the above sequence several times a day, can have a positive effect on your physical health. Another perk of deep breathing is it promotes calmness and emotional wellbeing.
Used with regular Reiki sessions, a healthy diet, and exercise, you can easily move into a state of internal balance and calmness.
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.”