Ten Minutes Just for You: Letting Go

Here’s the first installment of Ten Minutes for You. Really, just do these exercises ten minutes a day and your inner peace and joy will grow expedientially. Here goes – just 10 minutes…

I am reminded again of the  importance of letting go. It has almost become a trite phrase in our culture, “just let go.”  If it were that easy, why is it SO hard? Consider this. Our cells actually store our life experiences – good, bad, or neutral.  That’s why you can walk into a room and smell something and a memory comes right back to you.  Plus, we carry the imprints of  the beliefs, realities, and opinions of our parents, our church, and our schools in our cells. Kinda a double whammy! You react to these imprints and memories without even knowing it, because “it’s always been that way.”

You may not have gone through the Depression or a war, but your parents or grandparents probably did.  So, you carry the trauma of that and thus, scarcity rules your finances.

Always worried about money? Always get irritated when you don’t get your way? Afraid of death? Afraid to really live your dream? Afraid of losing someone you love? And the list goes on. Take a moment – it’s worth it – to write down what’s “always been that way,”  for you.

Now, with your list: sit quietly, take a breath (there it is again – breathing!), and ask for a shift of perception about each item on your list, one at a time. Feel and listen for the shift. Now, say “What can I do different to make 10 times more money, work less, and enjoy it more.? What else is possible? Or “What can I do different ….(fill the blank).

If it doesn’t shift for you, give me a call, and we can do a mini 30 minute clearing over the phone -828-299-8800.

Stressed? Overwhelmed?

Tension seems to mount unbearably sometimes and now with the stress of winter weather, sub zero temperatures…what to do?

We are hard wired to react to danger with our adrenals pumping out fight or flee hormones. Unfortunately, we don’t fight or run, so our bodies are searching for ways to express this extra energy. Keeping constant contact with our electronics adds to the tension, as the brain never has a moment to rest.

The key is relaxation. I know – “you can’t relax!” But it may be easier than you think. Here are three simple tips:

Breathe. Yes, really, try taking a deep breath when the computer doesn’t work, the news pounds at you, or any other stress trigger. The key here is to intend to be AWARE of when you have stopped breathing and are tensing up.

Exercise. Dance, swim, ride, run, jump on a trampoline… Do something, and do a little each day. Try the 15 minute workout. Just get into the gym or down to your trend mill.

Eat: Food affects your moods. REDUCE starches – breads, pastas, potatoes, chocolate, pastries, candies, alcohol. Their relief is temporary at best and then after the crash, you are back at it, powerless. Stop the “cycle of crave, consume, and crash.” INCREASE spinach, lettuce greens, kale, broccoli, squash, cabbage, bok choy and protein. Whatever protein you like; eggs, chicken, beef, fish, beans… Protein will help break the carbohydrate cycle.

As William Ernest Henley says in his poem Invictus: “I am the Master of my fate; I am the Captain of my soul.”

And as I say, “Be the Master of your body and your  mind.” 

Here’s to your freedom!

Optimal Breathing for Health

Breathing is the key to relaxation and to life, but we don’t know how to really have an optimal breath.

Try this:

Sit with your eyes closed and feel where your breath is in your body. Just notice for a few breaths.
Now, breathe your breath down lower into your body. With each breath, drop it down until it is in your belly and hips. Ahh, enjoy for a few moments!
As you inhale your belly extends. As you exhale your belly contracts. Keep your shoulders down and relaxed.
Feeling better all ready? Now, drop your mental chatter into your breath. Breath deeper, slower…
As you breathe, think “breathing in, breathing out.”
Do this every day for ten minutes or more and notice how your life improves.
And finally, share this with a friend. You may change their life.

Freedom for You

“We are not our feelings. We are not our moods. We are not even our thoughts.” Stephen Covey from Seven Habits of Very Effective People. Our feelings and our moods are just energy-in-motion. E-Motion. As Buddha explained, they arise, then fall away.

Now, just take a deep breath if an unpleasant emotion, thought, or mood arises. Feel it fall away. It may take a moment or two. No rush. This practice keeps you aware of what is happening inside of you. Keep breathing.

For three days, watch, listen, feel how your emotions, moods, and thoughts arise and then fall away. Remember the breath and be amazed. You will realize that you are not your feelings, moods, or thoughts. They are transient. More on getting free next time.

Motivational Speaker for you on the Secret to Inner Peace

The secret to inner peace lies in your true treasure. Where is your treasure? I bet each person reading this has a different response. “Well, maybe in hidden in the back yard.” Or, “I treasure my family.” I treasure my friends, job, house, security, safety… You can discover where and what your real treasure is by looking at where you spend your time. On the computer? On facebook putting in your new photos or looking at others? Making money? Watching your stocks and bonds, trading? And where are your thoughts? Most people don’t really know what they are thinking all day. It is a quick and continual stream of consciousness, or is it? Maybe it’s just a stream of old audio tapes from the past or fear thoughts of planning for the future. Knowing what you spend time thinking about will give you a clue to where your treasure is. Take a quiz. What do you think of first thing in the morning as you awaken? How does that set the tone for the day? Okay, you don’t know what first comes to mind. Tomorrow morning, check it out. Then pay attention to your thinking throughout the day. You may be surprised. Now, add up how many fearful or negative thoughts you have per hour, by noon, by dinner, by bed. Shocking isn’t it?

Our great spiritual teachers asked this question. Where is your treasure? Christ said, if your treasure is outside of you, then you will create trouble, pain, and suffering. But if your treasure is within you, you will create peace and harmony. Okay great. Sounds terrific doesn’t it? But what does it really mean? What’s inside of you? Maybe alot of turmoil about this recession, or your spouse, or the kids, or your job… Or is that all about your exterior environment? Inside you, means the Divine Center within you. The Divine Seed within you. This seed may not have sprouted yet, but it’s there. How to water it, nurture it? Breath and silencing your mind. In the center of the now is presence, the presence of the Divine. Try sitting with your feet flat on the floor, your back straight in your chair, eyes closed and just listen to your breath. Drop your breath down to your belly, way down. Keep breathing. Now, tell your mind to let go, to empty. ‘Mind empty now of all the thoughts from the day.’ Do this ten minutes a day, and you will begin to find your real treasure. Your treasure with your higher self. Your treasure of inner peace. Cost? Ten minutes a day. Are you worth it? Is your family worth it? Is your bank account worth it?