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The Power of 7

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If you are like most people I have spoken to, you’ve been feeling a bit out of sorts lately, with the weight of the world sitting firmly on your shoulders. Many of the negative feelings we hold in our bodies can be traced back to our chakras. Chakras are the energy centers of your body, so they are the vessels that store positive and negative energy.

There are seven major chakras and each runs along the spine, containing bundles of nerves. If one is blocked or unbalanced, the energy will not flow throughout your body.  These blocked channels lead to physical and emotional ailments.

Here’s a quick overview of each chakra and what they affect:

First or root chakra: Self-preservation and security; your fear responses.
Second or sacral chakra: Pleasure and relationships: your passion and energy levels.
Third or solar plexus chakra: Self-acceptance and acknowledgment; your sense of pride and self-worth.  
Fourth or heart chakra: Love and connection; your inner peace and forgiveness.
Fifth or throat chakra: Creativity and self-expression; your interaction and openness with others. This is a very powerful center that can block the flow of energy throughout your entire system.
Sixth or Third-Eye chakra: Mental clarity and vision; your inner knowledge of your true self. 
Seventh or crown chakra: The spiritual center; your connection with the Divine Source.

In-balances in any of these chakras can influence your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. The interconnectivity of these energy centers means that when one gets thrown out of whack, its effects will be felt in other chakras. 

Knowing what these chakras affect and how to use self-care practices to keep them balanced is an essential part of good health and well-being. 

How familiar are you with the chakra system? Are you interested in learning more?

Kindness is a Boomerang

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Neighbors having sing-alongs from their balconies.

Crowds gathering every night in parking lots honking their car horns and cheering for medical personnel.

Strangers paying for the nurse’s groceries when she checks out at the grocery store.

In today’s world of social distancing, it is easy to feel isolated, alone, and fearful. But, when you look around, you can still see people finding new ways to connect and touching the lives of others. These connections, no matter how large or how small, don’t just have an impact on the person receiving these random acts of kindness; they open the hearts of those on the giving end as well.

Think of kindness like a boomerang. What you send out, comes back to you. You give and you receive the kindness back from the universe, sometimes tenfold. The simple act of doing something for someone else and expecting nothing in return transforms us as human beings. It makes us more compassionate, more empathetic, more…human.

And that simple act you gave to the stranger doesn’t end there. It begins to multiply and create a chain reaction. That person that received your kindness decides to pay it forward and reaches out the next time they see a stranger or a friend in need. Now, you’ve created this wave of love and kindness that elevates the collective positive energy. And we need that now more than ever.

So, on the days when you’re feeling lonely or sad, think about how you can help someone else. It’s a surefire way to raise your spirits.

Here are a few easy ways that you can reach out during this difficult time.

-Call or text a friend to check in on how they are doing.

-Have a virtual cup of tea with a family member you haven’t seen in a while.

-Give the delivery person an extra few dollars tip.

-Pay for the order of the person behind you in the drive-through line.

-Send a struggling friend an inspirational article you read.

-Donate to your local food bank.

-Pick up groceries for your elderly neighbor next time you’re out.

What you put out in the world always comes back to you. Practicing simple random acts of kindness helps you find your way in a world that seems to be upside down at the moment. Maybe that one act of kindness will not only change their life but yours as well.

Earthing: Becoming the Best You

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Walt Whitman once said, “Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”

As we are at the beginning of a new year, and a new decade, it’s the best time to commit to self-care, and connecting with Mother Earth is a fantastic way to do that.

I’ve written about Earthing or Grounding before, but I think the clean slate that comes with the new year is the perfect time to dive a bit deeper into this life-changing and life-affirming practice.

Just a quick reminder about what Grounding/Earthing means. By definition, it 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, build up a positive charge. 

The positive electrons, which are harmful and hold a negative connotation, cause chronic inflammation and an increase in free radicals. When we have too many free radicals in our bodies, our cells and DNA become damaged. 

Earthing can also reduce circulatory inflammation and support our cardiac health. 

When your body directly touches the Earth, your entire being changes; both inside and outside. Studies show earthing calms our nervous system and helps reduce stress and anxiety. 

Make a New Year’s intention to go barefoot on the Earth for at least 20 minutes, twice a day. If that’s too much, try for 10 minutes on your lunch break. 

It will quiet your inner talk and bring you back to the center of your being. You’ll be able to see the world, your life, and yourself in a whole new way.

It’s All in Your Mind: Make Self-Love a Priority

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How did you take care of yourself today? Maybe you spent the first 15 minutes after you woke up in meditation? Or you took a walk or jogged to clear your head before starting your workday?

Or maybe…you didn’t do anything to take care of yourself…to show yourself the love that you need and deserve. You may, in fact, do just the opposite. Instead of being your own best cheerleader, you may be your worst enemy.

Each and every soul on this Earth needs to feel love and to be loved. But, the harsh truth is, that love needs to start within. We need to begin the process of caring and loving ourselves first and foremost before we can love another.. Once we do that, the ripple effect just carries out into the world, touching those that feel it and lends its healing to the earth as well.

For me, I begin each day with the intention of being of service to others and sharing my unique gift with those I come in contact with throughout my day.

The practice of self-care allows us to begin healing the wounds of the past, by allowing ourselves to begin to let go of past hurts and bad experiences.

Everything that we do day in and day out starts with a thought. Our thoughts are the sparks that light the way for everything we do–good and bad.

Take some time when you wake up tomorrow morning and every morning thereafter and be KIND to yourself. Just take a few minutes and set the intention to be of service to others, by first, being of service to yourself.

Listen to my recent podcast interview with Kyrin Dunston of Her Brilliant Health, where I talk about how the mind has the ability to transform our lives.

We Are Mother Earth

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If you have seen the news at all recently, I’m sure you know all about the current wildfires raging in California. This has been a recurring issue for residents of the state; myself included. Lately, I’ve been feeling all the emotions of all those who have been directly affected by the fires. It seems like the fires that burn Mother Earth are also burning inside of me as well.

The sadness I feel isn’t directly mine, but being an empath, I feel the collective sadness of not only California but our planet too. My empath clients have also been telling me that they are having a rough time emotionally as well. 

Being an empath means we are a sort of emotional sponge that soaks in emotions from the world and the people around us. We not only feel the emotions; we take them in as if they are our own.

The more our home (Mother Earth) is harmed, the more we are harmed emotionally and physically because we are an extension of the planet we live on. It’s time that people wake up to the fact that our actions are causing massive destruction to the planet, and ultimately to ourselves.

We can see the physical manifestations of damage to our planet such as; global warming, pollution, etc. But what about the spiritual toll? Humans have a spiritual connection to nature and we need to take a stand to heal the wounds of our planet and protect Mother Earth from further damage.

There are many things you can do to help our planet and yourself:

  • Make physical connections to Mother Earth a daily habit: spend time in nature. Walk barefoot in the grass. Go stargazing. Take a swim in a lake.
  • Eat clean, healthy foods: ingest what our beautiful planet has provided us, and eliminate processed foods.
  • Start an environmental conservation event in your town: Hold a fundraiser for an environmental non-profit group. Head up a recycling drive. Ask for donations for those affected by natural disasters or volunteer at a group that provides assistance.
  • Take time to educate others on how important it is to take care of the Earth: Join an advocacy group. Participate in a protest or write to your local lawmakers.
  • Add daily environmentally-friendly activities: Use reusable bags when you’re grocery shopping. Conserve water. Use a refillable water bottle.

We can’t save the planet all on our own or stop natural disasters, but we can contribute to the ultimate healing of ourselves and Mother Earth. Our well-being is connected to the planet, and it’s time that we all started understanding that. If we don’t take a stand, who will?