I very much enjoyed this uplifting, heartfelt Tedx Talk. “Change your lens, change your life,” says former National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones. I hope you enjoy it too!
Once again, we are being strongly advised to remain at home to protect our health and prevent the medical system from being overwhelmed. I’m hearing from all sorts of people that stress levels are skyrocketing, along with fears for self, family, and the future of this planet. Tragically, this combination of feeling restricted, isolated, worried, and anxious is a drain on the immune system.
It wouldn’t be such a big deal if it were temporary. Clearly it is not. This pandemic is a marathon, not a sprint. If only we knew that back in March, maybe we could have prepared ourselves mentally and emotionally. But we didn’t.
Moving forward, let’s do the best we can to stay healthy and sane through this challenging time. For me, it begins with acceptance of that which is beyond my control. Fighting against reality is a constant drain of my life-force energy and weakens my body’s ability to defend itself from foreign invaders, including.
Next step? How do I make the most out of the situation? Creating maximum comfort at home, connecting with friends in any way available, sharing resources with my community, and taking extra super- good care of my health continues to be my strategy.
There are many ways to boost your immune system from home by cultivating life-force energy and managing stress. Guided meditations are a great starting point for beginners. Insight timer is a free app for sleep, anxiety and stress. There are countless yoga, tai chi, and qi gong videos available online that are suitable for all levels of experience.
Watching funny or heartfelt movies is a surefire way to take a break from doomscrolling and lift your vibration. Dancing and singing always shift my mood when I’m in a funk. Music is a powerful healing tool for whatever ails. Creative projects (the fun kind, not the pull-out-your-hair kind!) can do wonders for the soul.
If you feel like you need support from the outside, long-distance Reiki treatments fit the bill. Recipients relax at home while the provider transmits powerful healing energy from afar. Reiki has been shown to boost relaxation, and reduce stress and pain. In turn, this allows the body to move towards balance and enables the immune system to have the energy it needs to keep us well- physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
It’s a service that I especially enjoy providing as it’s so effective at getting to the root cause of symptoms and is so easy for clients to absorb. During this time of social distancing, I’m not accepting new clients for in-person sessions, but everyone is welcome for a remote treatment. If you’re sick or immuno-compromised, unable to get in to see your usual provider, or simply playing it safe, I’m here to offer support.
Please contact me if you’d like to make an appointment or schedule a free 10 minute phone consultation. Or if you have any recommendations for funny movies. 😉
Here we are at the beginning of another holiday season. These can be rough times for some of us. All the faux merriment imposed from the media can feel like a lot of pressure and make isolation or loneliness seem even darker. The competition to post the shiniest selfies on social media can weigh down even the most cheerful folk.
I’m here to remind us all that however we’re feeling is ok. Judging ourselves harshly for the way we feel just increases our suffering needlessly. Please be kind to yourself especially today! If you’re able to find one small thing to feel grateful for, no matter how simple or mundane, it could really help shift your mood.
If that’s just not happening, I offer this video of laughing quadruplet babies. It’s just darling. Cracks me up every time.
Wherever you are and however you’re doing, I wish you the peace that comes from within and allows us to accept ourselves exactly as we are. Laughter and gratitude are simply two of the many portals to get there. May you find your own way when the time is right.
“Change me, Divine Beloved, into One who honors my emotions. Let me have my feelings without judgment, and then release them. May I feel deserving to say no when needed. Show me how to be kind and loving to the child inside who needs care.”
This little gem comes from Tosha Silver’s book Change Me Prayers. It resonated with me deeply this morning and intuition tells me that others can benefit from these wise words as well, so I’m sharing them here.
My emotions are all over the place these days, and I hear the same from people of all walks of life. I’ve observed that the simple practice of noticing and accepting whatever comes up without attachment, denial, or aversion contributes tremendously to my ability to return to peace with greater ease.
Witnessing all the parts of myself is essential for reclaiming wholeness. I cannot be whole if I’m rejecting any aspect of myself, including inconvenient or uncomfortable emotions. I’ve spent decades and loads of money and energy avoiding grief and anger only to discover it controlling my behavior from the shadows. Now I’m choosing to face it head on and allowing it to flow through me.
It is my hope for all of us to cultivate and enjoy inner calm despite the turmoil of the outer world. Tosha’s book, and this prayer in particular, are simple tools for spending maximum time feeling as serene as possible. Why not give it whirl and see what happens?