Speaking From the Heart

November 15, 2018

The heart is the perfection of the whole organism. Therefore, the principles of the power of perception and the soul’s ability to nourish itself must lie in the heart.

Aristotle, philosopher, and scientist, 384-322 BC

Stress, anxiety, frustration, overwhelm and dis-ease are at an all time high.  Life is moving so fast and change is happening so rapidly that if you don’t have the tools, strategies and techniques to navigate through all the uncertainty you will wind up feeling totally out of balance. Your heart is more than an amazing pump circulating blood throughout your body. We have discovered that it is a brain that sends signals to your head  letting you know when you are out of alignment by increasing your heart beat, raising your blood pressure and downloading stress hormones that flood your body producing all kinds of negative feelings, thoughts and toxins.

 

90-95% of all illnesses are stress related.  That’s HUGE!!! Really, I can feel when I am getting out of my natural rhythm of joy and happiness. I’m sure you can too. Allow your heart to open. Take some deep slow breaths and slow down. Focus on someone you love and you will begin to sense your heart and mind getting into a coherent state. Practice this often. The more you do the more joy and health you will bring into your life.

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Cry Baby Cry

October 25, 2018

 

When you hold back your tears, you only amplify the emotions your body is trying to release through crying.

Source Unknown

 

I just recently came back home from visiting my daughter out in Seattle Washington. What a beautiful part of the country! We went camping in her tiny RV home Big Foot.

We explored Olympic National Park and the coastal region. It was pure bliss to be engulfed by nature. After we settled back to our vacation home overlooking Mount Rainier. The view was absolutely spectacular.

Every morning I woke up to the howling of wolves that were at a wildlife preserve near by and this majestic mountain. I witnessed an eagle soar down to catch a fish and an otter who graced us with her presence now and again. It was truly magical. I had tears of joy being present to all natures bounty.

However, I also had tears of sorrow, hurt and emotional pain over an encounter my daughter and I had. Some old feelings and wounds were brought up that really felt awful. We both felt the separation and disconnect from our different interpretation of an event.  My eyes filled with tears over this.  Crying is a healthy release of emotions. It releases stress and actually makes you feel better afterwards.  My baby girl is so strong, independent and and a beautiful free spirit. After expressing my hurt to her and letting her know what I was feeling, both our hearts expanded. The love poured open and tears of joy now gushed out.

You see, when you are open and honest with your feelings and able to communicate how you feel in a healthy way, you will uplift the pain and emotional bondage that keeps you blocked from the love you have to give and the love that is there for you to receive.

So if you feel like crying, let it out!

 


Lift and Shift

September 27, 2018

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”—Confucius

What are you capable of? Do really know? Can you let go of the life you think you ought to live for the life that is waiting for you to fulfill? You see we all have a burning passion within us, ready to be unleashed, explored and discovered. But it will never be revealed to you until you allow yourself to let go of the known and step into the unknown.

It is in your greatest fears  that this secret is hidden. Facing them will uncover your strengths, vulnerability and courage. When your heart opens and connects with your spirit, you will know that nothing is impossible.

 

When you lift and embrace the enormity of what is possible, you will shift and believe in yourself like never before. Each time you take a step out of your comfort zone and shift into the blueprint of the unknown, magical things being to happen. It is as if the universe coalesces to bring you any possibility. All you must do is surrender and be open. A new life is waiting for you if you are ready to lift and shift. Are you ready?


I Am Because We Are

September 20, 2018

In Africa there is a concept known as ‘ubuntu’ – the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we are to accomplish anything in this world it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievement of others.

Nelson Mandela

“One day, a western anthropologist went to Africa to study the social behavior of an indigenous tribe. He proposed a game to the children and they willingly agreed to be part of it. He put a basket filled with fruits underneath a tree and told the children that whoever would reach the basket first would win the whole basket and could eat the fruits all by him- or herself.

 He lined them all up and raised his hand to give the start signal. Ready. Set. Go!
The children took each other’s hands and started running together. They all reached the basket at the same time. Then they sat down in a big circle and enjoyed the fruits together, laughing and smiling all the time.
The anthropologist could not believe what he saw and he asked them why they had waited for each other as one could have taken the whole basket all for him- or herself.
The children shook their heads and replied, “Ubuntu, how can one of us be happy if all the others are sad?”

 

What if we all lived our lives with this in mind? What if you opened your heart and mind to embracing the human in humanity? Our world will change when we realize that we are all a part of each other. We live in a holographic universe. There is no separation between you and I.

Call to action: Do one thing today that benefits someone else. If you could do one thing that uplifts another person, not only will you feel so good, you will be paying an act of kindness forward…….. Spread the love!


Every Day Is Extra

September 13, 2018

 

Life is short, and if we enjoy every day, then we will be happy no matter what happens or what changes along the way.

Gretchen Bleiler

Former Senator John Kerry’s memoir was recently released entitled “Every Day is Extra”. In it he writes about the struggles he had during his life and how he was able to forge ahead with a positive attitude, courage and faith. He faced many setbacks, family illnesses, crisis and tough decisions.

Let’s face it, life can be tough at times. Not every day is going to be a great day. Sometimes you may have days, months or even years of challenging times. Maybe you are being faced with a family member diagnosed with a serious illness, addiction or crisis. Maybe we ourselves are confronting a personal battle. I know what its like. Both my parents were Holocaust survivors and I have a daughter with addiction issues. It ain’t always easy.

However, if you wake up every day and realize that every day is extra, that every moment is another chance to create and do something better than the day before, you will be able to navigate uncertainties with faith and courage.

 

Look, no one gets out alive. Your time here is limited and you will be confronted with tough days. The storms, droughts, and other unexpected mishaps will come. But with an attitude of gratitude, knowing that every day is extra, you can turn any rainy day into a a day of appreciation and goodness.

What can you do to appreciate every moment?


Filling Your Retirement Free Time with Fun New Skills

August 16, 2018

 

Learn These Life-Enhancing List Skills Online

 

When you are punching in from nine to five, you yearn for free time. But then by the time retirement rolls around, you’re so used to adhering to a strict schedule, seeing your day ahead of you so wide open can make you ask yourself “OK… now what?”

 

The answer to that question is a resounding “Whatever you want!” However, if what you want is to sit around and watch cable news all day, maybe you should reconsider.

 

The secret to filling your free time in retirement is to do the things that help stimulate your mind while also being fun. It’s important to continue learning in later life to help improve cognitive function and keep your brain sharp. To make it easier–and affordable on a fixed budget– look for activities and lessons you can do for a minimal fee– or even free!– online.

 

Here are some great ideas to help inspire you to fill your free time while sharpening your mind and tapping into your natural creativity.

 

Plant a new garden

 

During the spring and summer months, it’s hard to resist the urge to go outside to get a few minutes of sunshine. While you bask in the sun, you can consider learning how to enhance to look of your home’s exterior with beautiful landscaping. Planting a floral or vegetable garden easy to learn and satisfying as you gather the right tools to improve the health of your soil. Over time, your garden will flourish and become a conversation piece with your neighbors and other passersby.

 

Improve Your Skills in the Kitchen

 

When it comes to culinary skills, there is always more to learn.

 

Learning how to cook has so many benefits. You get to know exactly what’s going in your food which is especially helpful for retirees with restricted diets that help manage medical conditions. It saves you money and cuts down on the amount of calories, fat, salt, and artificial ingredients you consume. It’s also a great way to express your affection and friendship– nothing says “I love you” quite like a homemade meal.

 

There are so many new skills and techniques you can pick on with online cooking lessons:

 

  • Make a roux
  • Sous vide
  • French cut (or julienne) produce
  • Bake a tiered cake
  • Brown butter
  • And more!

 

Learn to Play an Instrument

 

Maybe you played a bit when you were younger but could use a refresher course to get back in the swing of things. Or maybe you want to try to play an instrument you always wanted to learn and you just now have time for it. Whatever your experience, there are online music lessons out there ready for you.

 

Playing an instrument in your senior years does so much more than fill your home with music. It gives your mind a workout and helps improve mental health as you build self-esteem. Playing music makes you more social and helps facilitate new relationships. Plus, it’s a great form of self-expression as you choose an instrument that you want to learn. Playing a woodwind instrument has the added benefits of strengthened breathing and improved posture. Check online for affordable woodwind options.

 

Turn Your Free Time into a Work of Art

 

If learning how to paint in retirement is good enough for ex-presidents, it’s certainly good enough for you! Art is a perfect activity to pursue in retirement because you don’t have to be rushed and you can do it anywhere– whether traveling abroad or simply sketching in the comfort of your own home.

 

You can pick your favorite medium or try something out new altogether. Taking art lessons online helps you gain some basic skills that you can then carry over into your own original works. Your friends and family will be dazzled by the masterpieces you create.

 

When you finally enter retirement, your days are full of free time. Don’t spend your golden years wasting away in front of the television. Instead, pick up new skills and learn something in order to keep your brain sharp. Cooking lessons are a great way to eat healthier and teach you to make dishes your friends and family will love. Learning an instrument fills your home with music while improving your mental health. Finally, art lessons are perfect for seniors as you can go at your own pace while expressing yourself creatively.

 

Julie Morris, is a Life and Career Coach, and a guest blogger. Her E-mail is: at julie_morris@juliemorris.org and website: juliemorris.org


From Depression to Expression

August 2, 2018

Depression begins with disappointment. When disappointment festers in our soul, it leads to depression.

Joyce Meyer

I was talking with a client the other day whose life was always  filled with much joy, prosperity and purpose.  He is two years away from retiring, from a job which he has always loved until recently. Now, somehow he has become disconnected and his fears are over taking him. Like many people who feel depressed, he is going through the motions without the passion and purpose in life. It is a tough place to be. It is debilitating.

I know, in my younger years I too felt alone, anxiety, sad and disconnected. I understand the grip of pain that latches on to your soul. This darkness grabs you and doesn’t want to let go. I put on a happy face but underneath I was a totally mess.

What I did was turn my mess into a message. That is what my client is now doing as well. It doesn’t happen over night. Our society has become so dysfunctional that it kind of reinforces depression, suppression, and oppression.  Addiction is now considered a pandemic. Everyone has their heads down looking in their phones. No one is communicating face to face any more. The word communicate comes from the word commune, to come together. To commune with nature, to commune with our spirit, to commune with divine intelligence and even commune with our bodies in a healthy way. Through neuroscience we know that the brain can rewire itself. We know that the brain has plasticity. Which means that with the proper help, understanding and support we can reconnect to our true self and divine energy to lift ourselves out of a state of depression to an expression of joy!

Finding your joy and releasing your pain is the greatest gift you can give to yourself and to the world. When we do, we are actually creating a more peaceful place for all humanity. That is how big this really is! Here’s to you’re happy self.


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