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!)
Are you ready for the new energy?
The theme for January is "You". Its time to step into your own power and take charge of your life. Its time to believe in yourself and surrender the need to always be in control, after all, the Universe has your back...January should be a good month of positive growth and adventures, for more watch the video or book your own private reading.
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.
Hello dear friends!
Today I just had to share with you a short and fun video I received! I love to see how people color the mandalas in the coloring books. Aren't these gorgeous? I love how she used a soft color palette and still made the designs pop. Have you tried coloring? It really is a relaxing and fun hobby.
People often ask me which is my favorite coloring book, of the three out so far? I think this one pictured in the video, (Vol I) is my fav so far. I love the others too, but they feature simpler designs intended to help you relax quickly and drift off to sleep. When I was drawing the mandalas for this book I wanted them to be a bit more intense, so that you could spend more time with each drawing, but also not so intense that you ended up frustrated. I love the way zen tangles look, but often they are impossible to color! So these may have some small spaces, but nothing so tiny you are using a magnifying glass, lol.
Anyway, if you want to get your own coloring book or read more about them, they are here or on Amazon.
I appreciate the kind comments and keep the pictures and videos coming!
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.
Good Morning Dear Friends,
We all know reiki sessions are wonderful for relaxing and getting back in balance, but what else can you do with Reiki? I have complied a quick list of 15 things you can do with reiki beginning today:
I left off the more obvious uses for reiki, like cleaning and clearing space, charging your cards and crystals and intended to show you more everyday uses you may not be familiar with. What else do you use reiki for? I’d love to hear!
Good Morning Dear Friends,
When we think of November we image winter and pulling inwards. But life and all it's mystical workings are constantly beckoning us, pushing us towards new lessons and growth. Every step we take, we move closer to our highest selves, even introspective times like these.
We do this my using every experience, (both what we have deemed good or bad), and every lesson to shape us. We all experience cycles of intense accelerated growth and slower cycles where we shift our focus inwards to assimilate the lessons and experiences. It is through these cycle we truly transform. So even though you may feel that you are slowing down now, realize that your still growing and moving forward. Relish this time and know that you are healing.
May the next few months be a period of magnificence transformation for all of us!
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!
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.”