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The Power of Scent

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Fall is approaching, and it seems like pumpkin spice everything is out in the stores. You can’t pass a store without smelling a whiff of that spicy and comforting scent. 

What do you think of when you smell this autumn tradition? Does it make you think of your childhood and your grandma’s pies baking in the oven? Maybe you feel calmer and a bit happier. Scents can be powerful gateways to memories and emotions.

That’s where aromatherapy comes in and it can be a key to promoting health and well-being. Aromatherapy, or essential oil therapy, uses oils to improve both physical and emotional health. Recently, this treatment is gaining more legitimacy in the medical community.

Human beings have been using aromatherapy for thousands of years. Ancient societies utilized fragrant plants in oils and balms. And various cultures have long understood the benefits of botanicals in their medicines.

Today aromatherapy is a technique that many people use to find balance in their lives. Essential oils can be beneficial with merely scents coming from a candle or a diffuser, or oils can be used topically and applied to certain points on the body.

When we breathe in the various scents of essential oils, the limbic system in our brain, which controls emotions, kicks in. The smells also activate our central nervous system. Different scents offer us various benefits. Some can boost our mood, reduce anxiety, help with relaxation, relieve pain, or help us concentrate.

I’ve worked with aromatherapy for years and use it with my clients to help them feel less stressed and increase their happiness. At my next breathwork retreat in Agua Dulce, CA, I will teach participants on the benefits of essential oils and how to insert them into their daily lives to reap the most benefits.

If you register for this transformational retreat before September 27th, you will save $200 with my early bird special. I hope you will join me! Register today!: https://journeystoheal.com/retreat/breathwork/

Just Breathe

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I want you to stop right now and take a deep breath.

Go ahead!

Can you remember the last time you really stopped for a minute and did that? We have been conditioned by today’s society to win by any means necessary. We are told to be the best, do the most, and never stop. But, how does that pressure manifest in our bodies?

The pressure of this toxic energy that builds up over time shows up as stress, anxiety, and depression. Depression is the energy that keeps us stuck in the past and anxiety makes us fearful for the future. When we are in this cycle of fight or flight, how can we enjoy life? How can we live the best life as the best version of ourselves?

Your breath is the pathway to permanent peace and healing.  Breathwork transforms depression into inner peace, stress into relaxation, anxiety into harmony, emotional turmoil into peace, and contraction into expansion. You take your existence to a whole new level.

We, in this modern society, have forgotten how to breathe. While babies and children breathe through their bellies, which is the best way to truly oxygenate your mind and body, adults use shallow chest breathing, which depletes the mind and body from oxygen, hence leading to stress and anxiety. In times of stress and anxiety, we tend to breathe more shallow, or experience moments of not breathing at all, which over time takes a toll on our bodies.

Try this breathing exercise every time you feel overwhelmed. Or better yet, add it into your daily routine at least once a day. It can be done standing up, sitting, or lying down. However and wherever you feel the most relaxed. 

  1. Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose with your shoulders relaxed. Make sure your abdomen expands.
  2. Exhale slowly through your mouth, pursing your lips as you blow out. Focus on this breath. Breathe out until all of the air leaves your lungs.
  3. Repeat this exercise for several minutes.

There is no overstating the importance of proper breathing. The effect this simple change can have on your body, mind, and spirit is profound. 

If you are looking to expand and reconnect spiritually to your truest self, breathwork is one of the best and most successful ways to do it.  I frequently witness my clients have deep spiritual experiences that transform their lives in ways they never imagined. 

PS: I am so moved by the transformations I witness every day with breathwork that I am planning a weekend retreat in a stunning location 30 minutes from Burbank. I will be offering an Early Bird Special and spots are limited, so make sure you reserve your spot ASAP!! Click here to learn more…

Reconnecting with Mother Earth

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Do you remember when you were a little kid and you would run through the grass with bare feet? It didn’t matter if it was cold or rainy, the feel of the grass on your feet made you feel free, made you feel alive!

I bet it’s been a long time since you’ve felt the cool grass on your feet or gone outside without shoes and truly connected with our planet. Our modern lives have left us with little direct contact with Mother Earth. Think again about how amazing it felt to be a child running through your backyard with your feet and the energy you could feel transmitting from the ground into your body.

This is a process that is called “Grounding” or “Earthing.” It, by definition, means any direct contact a human body has with the earth’s surface. The thought is that the earth holds a very mild negative charge and our bodies, under the influence of modern technology, builds up a positive charge that needs releasing or it will begin to affect our mental and physical wellbeing. Any direct contact with the earth can help our bodies return to a more neutral state.

That’s why you felt the way you did when you were a child playing in the yard, splashing in a mud puddle, or walking on the beach. If you really think about it and the way we live, you could probably go years without ever physically touching the earth. These modern habits have left our bodies and souls out of whack and continue to contribute to illness and burnout.

Practicing grounding doesn’t take any fancy equipment or expensive memberships to gyms. It’s just a matter of taking time every day to walk outside and connect with nature. The next time you go outside, kick off your shoes first! If you are near a lake or a stream, dip your toes in the water.

Make it a habit to commit to physically and directly touching the earth every single day and you’ll soon begin to notice the subtle changes in your life and maybe even start to feel like a kid again!

What’s holding you back?

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Think about the last time you took a vacation and all the luggage you packed. Now, think about the vacation before that, and the one before that, and so on. Now imagine, you had to carry along all the bags from EACH vacation to your summer vacation this year. 

How would you even try to board an airplane or get in a car with all those bags holding you down?

Now, imagine each of those bags is an experience from your past. Each bag represents something that has happened in your life. And each one is holding you back from becoming the person you were meant to be.

Every day, we carry around baggage that we don’t even consciously realize. Those things become part of who we are and affect our lives in countless ways on a daily basis. These old ways become our norm and mold us into creatures of habit who just perpetuate our self-limiting cycles.

In order to let go of all the things that hold us back, we must first acknowledge that they exist. Many of us carry around our past without even realizing it. Once we know they are there and confront them, we can become better equipped to overcome them and finally let go.

I encourage you to think about the baggage that you carry around every day. How does it affect your daily decisions? How is your past holding you back from living in the present and creating a beautiful future? 

Join me on August 3rd for a 3-hour breathwork workshop at our beautiful Agua Dulce retreat home for a celebration of healing, transformation, and growth. Breathwork takes a deeper approach to self-exploration. It is a powerful tool that can clear years of emotional blocks and trauma in a single session. And stay tuned for information about my upcoming international retreat where we take a deep dive on these limiting beliefs and old habits that are preventing us from moving forward.

Being honest with yourself is a scary process, so my goal is to create a safe environment where you can put a voice to your self-limiting beliefs and finally release them once and for all. It’s not just about what happens in our time together, but taking the skills I teach and putting them into practice in your daily life.

Isn’t it time to put down those heavy bags and see where you can go without all that weight holding you back?

Being in the Now

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You hear the word “Mindfulness” all the time, but what exactly does it mean and how can it help you?

Thich Nhat Hanh said that mindfulness “is what brings us back in touch with what’s happening in the present moment in our body, in our feelings, in our thinking, and also in our environment.”

Mindfulness allows us to live in the present moment, fully aware of what is going on in our bodies, our minds, and the physical space in which we presently exist.

We spend the majority of our days rushing from one thing to another, crossing item after item off our to-do list, barely stopping to breathe or take a minute to really think about what we are doing or how we are feeling.

When we practice mindfulness in our daily lives, it allows us to really feel the moment and get in touch with who we are.

Connecting with your heart and soul on a deep level can be the first step in changing your life into something that is meaningful, not only to you but to everyone you come in contact with. Personal mindfulness creates a ripple effect that leads to global mindfulness, but it all starts with you.

You have the power to not only change yourself, but the world as well. But, to be that change, you have to take the first step.

When was the last time you took time for yourself? To sit and be mindful in that moment? To feel every breath in your body? To smell the scent in the air and listen to the sounds of nature?

We all need to take some time away from our daily grind, to spend time getting reacquainted with our deepest self, the self that is hidden in our daily lives under all the different hats we wear.

If you’re ready to disconnect from the stress of your daily life and find the time to reconnect with your true self, join me at my next retreat on the magical Island of Holbox. The soulful, relaxing retreat can be just the first step in your journey of mindfulness.