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Day 24 of the Challenge

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Thank you to all for another beautiful day.  I am grateful to be here and to share it with you!

I am on Day 24 of my yoga challenge, and  I have learned a few things:

1. Yoga is amazing.

I continue to experience the benefits.  My body continues to strengthen and become more flexible.  I am more grounded and connected to my body.  Even my cycle has changed a bit for the better.

2. It is still hard.

Though I’ve gotten MUCH farther in this yoga challenge than in the previous attempts, it hasn’t been easy.  I’ve almost missed days, I’ve cut out a few minutes from a few sessions.  However, the determination to stay faithful to the challenge and to my body has kept me going.  Matching my days to the calendar days has been extremely helpful as well — I don’t want to get behind!

3. Adaptations are OK.

I can’t always do the moves.  I can’t always do the whole session.  That’s ok.  I’ve really internalized this.  The most important thing is that I’m consistently putting this loving attention on myself — and on my body in particular.  If a body part is feeling strained, I leave the pose.  If I’m running short on time, I skim through the video and cut a little out (while still maintaining the balance within the practice).

4. The current challenge usurps all other habit-building attempts.

I’ve attempted to build a few other habits while focusing on this one.  As anticipated, my consistency has been sporadic.   No matter what, this habit comes first.  This is my foundational habit.  I build from this habit because it is the most important to me at this time.

5. It’s time to start thinking about my next challenge.

I’ve discovered that I can be very successful with these  multi-day challenges, completing at least 3 others in the past.  There are a few challenges that I’ve been contemplating, but I intend to use the Law of Proper Perspective to pick the one that will be the most enjoyable and motivating, as well as personally beneficial.

Have you picked a challenge?  How are you doing?  If not, might you give it a try?  Please share in the comments below! Much love and many blessings.

Make the Morning Routine Sacred

 

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My morning routine is critical.  Period.  I need it for balance.  And I realized 2 Things:

1. If I miss one part of it, the whole line of dominos comes crashing down.  (Overused, isn’t it?  What else could I use besides dominos?  Hmm. . .)  My first wake up stuff doesn’t count.  I take the dogs out.  I make sure the dogs and cats have food.  I do the litterbox.  But then I walk.  This is the critical piece.  Yesterday it rained, so I decided not to go, but I’m thinking about deciding to go, no matter what.  I was really off yesterday.  Was I off because I didn’t walk?  No.  But could I have helped myself stabilize by walking?  Yes.  I walk, then I journal/blog and do my Chalene challenge for the day.  Then, I do yoga and shower, do face and teeth, and dress for the day.

2. I must avoid ALL news and communication during my morning routine time.  (Anything potentially rabbit-holey.)  Last night I was in bed and received some text messages AND this morning I was in bed and received text messages (This is not normal, by the way).  AND I still have not responded.  I know I would have been super resentful if I had done so.  (I’m waiting until after my routine!)  I’ve responded immediately in the past and completely lost my morning time.  And YET even in this very moment I am still off from my routine! Rabbit-hole ahead. . .  —>  

I felt the need to check into Doreen Virtue on youtube and to see what her angel cards had said for the week to see if she said anything about the moon cycle/astrology/world energy, whatever, that might help me understand the emotional dips I’d had this week (and that others have experienced as well).  A 5-10-minute visit to youtube turned into 45-minutes of research and phone conversation because Doreen is no longer doing the angel card readings and is going through her own transformation.  (That threw me into a bit of a tizzy.) HOWEVER, I think I got the answer I was looking for in searching for her in the first place:  This is yet ANOTHER sign that I need to turn back in toward myself for my own answers, which I talk about in next workshop “Soul Fascination” with Beth Majerszky on October 28thEverything continues to point me in this direction!   If I don’t think the answers are available, the angels are gently hitting me over the head to remind me!

Much love and many blessings.

 

44 Days ’til el Camino: Diet

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A domino effect? Sometimes when one thing changes. . .  it all changes.  Changing my exercise is affecting my diet!

I’ve been bothered by my diet for quite some time.  Though I probably eat healthier food that in the typical U.S. diet,  my eating times were erratic, and often I would not eat enough. Sometimes a lack of food sooner would lead to unhealthy binges later.

I’m finally starting to implement a plan.  Breakfast is eggs and potatoes.  Morning snack is a Shaklee shake.  Lunch is either a large salad or hummus and cheese sandwich (with spinach and using gluten-free bread).  Snack is nuts/peanut butter/cheese — not sure what else yet.  Dinner is either bean tacos, chicken (on wing night), spaghetti, or a dinner mixing some of these ingredients: cous cous, rice, beans, and lentils. That’s the plan to start.

My most recent intuitive health analysis said the following about my physical health and food:

“We see optimal health within the physical body. We see there is an understanding that this one has in regards to how to feed the body and what to feed the body.  This one is balanced in this regard, and we do not see much change needed there.”

It went on to suggest just more iron and iodine. So, I have since been more consistently taking my supplements and looking for ways to add more iron to a mostly vegetarian diet.

Yesterday I noticed a few other things related to diet.  I had been marveling that I hadn’t had any stomach cramping/gas for some time, and then . . . soon after I did!  I reflected back on what I’d eaten differently and concluded it must have been some chocolate I’d eaten.  I’d had similar stomach rumblings in response to chocolate in the past.  Bummer!  Less or no chocolate, then.  Then, my bank was having an anniversary celebration, and I had one mini cupcake and an Oreo cookie.  20 minutes later I felt an energy drop in my system.  Yikes!  Was it the sugar?  The breading?  Probably both.

Will this mean an end to sweets for me?  Probably not.  But I will be mindful of my choices, aware of the possible consequences of my decisions.  Maybe if I cut back on sugar I will finally embrace and eat the fruits I keep buying and not eating! 

A healthy diet has also been in my vision since last year.  Some things just take more time, I guess!  It gives me hope to keep the faith in my dreams.

Ending thought: While listening back to my last intuitive report, I came across a part that I realize I’ve been neglecting, and I thought it might help you as well.  It matches what’s been on my mind a lot this week, as I continue to reflect on judgement, acceptance, and neutrality. I was given these affirmations, advised to repeat them daily for a period of 3 months:

“Everything that occurs is for my benefit.  Every experience, every person, every interaction is here for my good.   I am fortunate to receive experiences that bring me joy.”

Much love, many blessings. ❤

I Miss This

I miss blogging.  So, here I am.  I’ve felt very overwhelmed lately.  I’ve made some huge changes in my life, and I realized today that I just can’t do it all at once.  Baby steps.  I’ve tried to do too much, and  last week I began to shut down. Thankfully, my body is still supporting me!

I kept having frustrated, angry feelings.  I wanted to blame everyone and everything for the stress I was feeling.  The funny (ironic) thing is that I am the one who creates my own environment.  I am the one with the thoughts who manifested the reality that I face from day-to-day.  So, who was I really upset with?  Clearly, myself!

#3 on my 10 Most Wanted List is faith.  Faith that everything will work out.  My angels continually encourage this.  I saw 1144 today:

(from Joanne Sacred Scribes)

“Angel Number 1144 is a message from your angels that you are to look to new ways to go about getting your work done more efficiently.  Listen to your intuition as your angels are ushering positive energies towards and around you and giving you information about your next steps.

Angel Number 1144 tells you to keep your thoughts positive and optimistic as you undertake an important new role or venture.  Your positive energies, intentions and actions will manifest your expected results. Trust your angels to deliver all that you will need in your endeavours.

Angel Number 1144 encourages you to keep striving ahead, and don’t take ‘no’ for an answer.  You are on the right path so do not let anything deter you.  Expect miraculous answers and solutions to appear as you need them.”

It is a beautiful day today.  Perfect weather. I feel more relaxed.   I’m enjoying the fresh air and a fresh start.  I’m brainstorming some longterm goals.   I will be clear, concise.  I will tier my activities, create my own plan.  The universe is a facilitator, not a dictator!  I will align with my true self and watch the magic enfold!

“Withering Away”: A Lesson In Being Comfortable with the Physical Self

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Image courtesy of ponsulak / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I’ve become more sensitive to comments about my weight lately.  I’ve been reflecting on it because I can’t decide if the comments are a bit stronger lately or if I’m just more sensitive to them now because I’m insecure about my body.  Many people have commented that I have lost weight.  That is a fact, and I think that’s why that isolated comment doesn’t affect me.   But I’ve gotten some other comments, too.  One person told me I was “withering away”.  Someone else called me a “bean pole.”  Another person asked if I was sick and  hoped I would have some meat.   I have noticed that it’s just a few people, though, so I question if I’m overreacting.

So, I have lost a lot of weight.  You’d think that would be great, but I’ve never had any intention of losing any.   I’ve been perfectly happy with my weight; it’s stayed static since high school (except for junior year in college when I got a belated “freshman 15”).  I mean, sure, I’ll go up 10 pounds or go down a few pounds, but I’ve always hovered around the same number.  I used to be a teacher, and I’d always lose weight during the school year from stress and on-the-go breakfasts and lunches.  Then, in the lazy summer I’d get it back again.

Ever since I’ve started working at a warehouse, though, I’ve lost even more weight.  It may have been aided by my vegetarianism, but I doubt it — that was a half a year before I noticed any real change.  I was concerned for a while, though.  My weight was even less than I’d been in high school, and I thought I could see more of my ribs.  My pants were falling down; my shirts were looking sloppy.  Standing in my regular clothes and looking in the mirror, it looked like I was shrinking.  I was also pretty hungry a lot.  So, I began to worry that maybe I wasn’t taking care of myself.

But then I came to accept myself and realized I was fine.  I have a very active job — a lot of walking, lifting, and pushing —  and I satisfy my hunger by snacking more throughout the workday and preparing sturdier lunches.  I’ve noticed that my back legs have become solid muscle, and I can actually see my abs (although I think they’ve retreated again after 2 weeks off and a ridiculous amount of Christmas goodies!)  Also, my weight has been stable for a while.  It has stopped dropping and has even gone up some.  Most importantly, I’ve been getting protein and vitamins, I’ve never felt a drop in energy, my coloring has been good, I haven’t gotten sick, I’ve had a healthy appetite, and I’m stronger than ever.  (Can someone who is unhealthy bike 100 miles in one day??)

So, the important thing is that I feel secure in myself.  Before this year, people would call me thin and skinny, and I would laugh it off, knowing my body was fine.  But I would like to share that it can hurt be be judged as “underweight,” just as it’s hurtful to be judged “overweight.”  I know that I myself can learn from this lesson, and I intend to.

Hay House World Summit (3 Days In): 3ish Points

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“Light Background” courtesy of digitalart/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net 

Ok, so basically I’ve become obsessed with this Hay House  event, and I’m still trying to figure out how to fit all those hours into my life.  Fortunately, it fell in perfectly between when I was ending my school year and when I was going to begin an intensive Spanish tutoring situation.  So, between some tutoring, yoga, sleep, visiting, helping my sister in her classroom, going to my metaphysics class, going to a Sox game, and dinner with my parents, I’m trying to fit in 110 hours of audio by some of the most well-known spiritual gurus of our time.

Ok, so it’s not really 11o hours — I’ve skipped some — but I’m the type who wants to learn it ALL, so I’m trying to catch as much as I can each day.  The problem is that it’s all starting to blend together.

But it also means that there must be some universal truths involved in here because I keep hearing the same messages over and over again:

  • Meditate. Meditate, meditate, meditate!  I keep hearing this in audio interview after audio interview.  To do whatever we want to do, we have to get in touch with our true self, and the way we do that — besides through dreams at night — is by connecting to our true self through meditation.  There are many ways to meditate, and I’m still trying to figure out which way is best for me.  I think it will involve walking in nature, using music,, or group meditation.
  • Self-loveEveryone talks about the importance of unconditional love for one’s self.  This will lead to peace in all aspects of your life.  Love yourself, respect yourself, know yourself.
  • Miscellaneous info. —  I don’t know if these are assumed by every speaker, but these are messages I’ve gotten across the clips: life is supposed to be fun; we are here to learn; we create our own reality (for better or for worse); everyone has psychic potential; life does not end with death; choose forgiveness — including of ourself; and we can heal ourselves.

So, that’s the tip of the iceberg.  All for now!

Conscious Connection Conference: Auras, Moon Signs, Rising Signs, Channeling, and Healing

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“Blue Bokeh Background” courtesy of Victor Habbick / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I feel really fortunate to have shared the Conscious Connection Conference experience with my mom yesterday.   I’d been planning to go for weeks or more, but it just occurred to me the day before that my mom and my sister might be interested in coming, too.  (My sister might check it out with us next time.)  It was great to have someone to share with.  Mom and I had a great bonding experience at the conference and also shared a scrumptious vegetarian lunch of spinach, black olive pizza; french fries; and red wine.  What follows is a commentary on some of my experiences.

Auras

The Touch healing person told me I had a pale aura.  That sounded bad, but I think it’s actually an ok thing.  (I wish I could remember which color she said I was.  Blue?)  Here is some information about pale auras from Reiki-for-holistic-health.comPASTELS: A sensitive blend of light and color, more so than basic colors. Shows sensitivity and a need for serenity.”  A lot of the pale colors I found when looking around talked about intelligence, intuition, shyness, modesty, etc.

Moon Signs

I called up my mom to get my time of birth, and she told me I was born during a Simon and Garfunkle concert!  (Love those guys!)  So, that put me at between 5 and 5:30 in the afternoon.  My moon sign is Gemini.  (My sun sign is Virgo.)  Supposedly the moon sign is even more important the sun sign, but it’s harder to get because you  need to know your exact time of birth.  Here’s a site to find your own moon sign: Lunarium Moon Sign Calculator.

And THIS is what I’m finding about my Virgo/Gemini combination, which is mostly untrue, though I see some things that make sense to me (I checked more than one site) from Astrology-Numerology.com :

“The combination of your Sun and Moon signs makes mind power your greatest strength. Quick, brilliant reasoning is the hallmark of this configuration. You are rational, capable of figuring things out analytically, and of grasping details and intricacies. Because you are so inclined to live by reason, the emotional side of your nature is not nearly so responsive. It isn’t that you’re not sympathetic or emotional, but cold logic sometimes gives that appearance. You can detect underlying motives and feeling with ease, thanks to your careful perceptions. Your responses to what you have perceived may not be particularly emotional or sympathetic, as it is difficult for you to mix or integrate your logic and your feeling. You are a natural student with a thirst for knowledge, and you do almost equally well with definite, detailed work and abstract, philosophical thought. In a sense you may appear fickle and too changeable because of the variety of mental interests that appeal to you. Physically, you may have a tendency to “go to pot” if you don’t make a special effort to keep in shape. You’ll never be fat as nervous energy burns the necessary calories, but your muscle tone may deteriorate, and you may grow pale and wan from lack of exercise. In your youth, active sports were important to you, but as you mature there is too much of a tendency to become sedentary. You’re inclined to take to a good book or to any number of hobbies that are passive in nature. Exercise is the best medicine for the enormous amounts of nervous energy associated with this configuration.”

Rising Signs

And as I’ve been researching this stuff, I found out we have a Rising sign, too.  This description makes more sense to me.  Here’s a description after using the rising sign calculator from horoscopeswithin.com:

“You are particularly sensitive to the values of friendship in the sense that you see yourself as a link within a chain, certainly a different and original one, but with no will to flatter your ego or to individually assert yourself. On the contrary, your aim is to immerge yourself in your friendly relations and to participate in projects and ideals of the whole human community.

With this Ascendant, you come across as idealistic, altruistic, detached, independent, original, surprising, gifted, contradictory, innovative, humanistic, likeable, friendly, self-confident, impassive, quiet, intuitive, creative, charitable, elusive, disconcerting, generous, tolerant, paradoxical, and you cannot stand any kind of constraint. But you may also be marginal, resigned, distant, utopian, maladjusted, eccentric and cold.”

Part of me thinks having all these potential signs is just a way to make sure you end up with a description that you like, but I’m a newbie to astrology, so I know little about how it works.  While I was sitting in on a lecture by Kelley Hunter, something that she said about Pisces really resonated with me, so I really hoped I would find some kind of Pisces in my signs.  Not so much.  Maybe I could figure it out from an astrologer or from further study.

Channeling

I missed half of the channeling session with Judith Monahan, because I was attending a healing session, but what I heard made a lot of sense.  Some of it I’d heard from the likes of other spiritual teachers like Eckart Tolle and Dr. Wayne Dyer, like focus on the positive and on your own present, and if you’re participating in something that society tells you is bad for you (like a piece of cake), keep your thoughts positive (i.e., this is a GREAT piece of cake!  I am really going to enjoy this wonderful piece of cake.)  I was surprised that the spirits said that the U.S. would still be a big leader in the world because it’s such a melting pot. (I was thinking the U.S. was going to go the way of the other large empires.)  And I was disappointed that the facilitator didn’t choose my extraterrestrial question.  Who better to ask about aliens than the spirits who are can see everything?

Healing

I tried Cranial Sacral Therapy, Reiki, and Touch Healing.  I liked the Cranial Sacral Therapy the best and am interested in learning more about it.  The Reiki was very similar in that involved touch along certain points of the body, and you could feel the warmth coming from the practitioners’ hands.    Touch Healing focuses more exclusively on chakra work, and though I feel I benefited, I am a touchy-feely person, and I particularly enjoyed the contact from the first 2. At times I could  feel waves of energy with all three practices I experienced.  Fun fact: when I was originally choosing among possible sessions, I had narrowed it down to Denise’s Cranial Sacral Therapy and another, and both practitioners were booked, so I got a Pranic Healing session instead.    When I showed up for my Pranic session, somehow my session had been double-booked, and the Cranial Sacral session was open.  It was meant to be!  In fact, I feel drawn to this practitioner who happens to live/ work in a town near me.  So, I think the universe may be putting us together.

I took quite a bit of notes yesterday, and it was a nearly 12-hour day, so this is probably not my last post on this experience.  So, more to follow!  Enjoy!

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