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?

The Past Isn’t Always in the Past

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Do you ever look at old photographs of yourself as a child? The photos may be tattered or worn, and that image of you from so long ago may seem like a distant memory. But for many of us, that person in the photo, that you thought left you a long time ago, is still there and more present in your adult life than you could ever imagine.

Your childhood may seem like a lifetime ago. But, for many people, their childhood experiences carry into their adulthood; like those tattered old photos of the past. Many issues that you are struggling with today, such as overcoming bad habits or self-destructive patterns take root in our childhoods. And when we don’t get past them, or we mask them with the harmful activities, we are burying the trauma deeper. It’s sitting there bubbling under the surface like a volcano ready to explode. 

Your adult life IS impacted by the inner child issues of your past. Guilt, anger, sadness, self-loathing are common feelings in people struggling with childhood trauma. And these feelings lead us to behaviors that hold us back from becoming the person we were born to be.  

Research shows negative childhood events and emotions can trigger emotional and even physical reactions in our adult selves. They can be responsible for your current physical and mental health conditions, and put you at greater risk for life-threatening illnesses, like heart attacks, strokes, obesity, diabetes, and different types of cancer.

The important thing to remember is that there is hope. Those issues from your past do not have to continue to shape your future. Working with a trained professional can help reconnect you to your true spiritual self and help you break free from the chains of the past and increase your self-worth.

Reaching out is the first step in building a deeper connection with the innate unconditional love for yourself and your life that you were born with, but lost through no fault of your own. You will begin to experience less fear and more happiness and will pave the way to living the life you always wanted, free from the shackles of the past.
Learn more about how I can help you take that fearful first step, and walk hand in hand with you on your journey.

Girl Power: Find Strength in Your Tribe

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We all have a go-to person or persons. You know who I mean. The friends that you know you can call at any time of day and will always have your back. Maybe you have a circle of girlfriends that have become your tribe. Oprah once  said, “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” When we are surrounded by the people that know us best and support us, even at our worst, we can take on the world.

Women take on everything: the care of the house, the care of children, striving to be the best in the corporate world that undervalues them. We put everyone else first and ourselves last. That’s why the connection to other women is so important. If you don’t have that much-needed connection, think about joining or starting a Women’s Circle. These powerful gatherings are a place for women to come together in a safe and supportive environment and help us get in tune with our feminine strength. 

There are no rules or guidelines for these powerful, connecting events. Maybe use yoga or meditation as a way to connect. Have each participant voice their intentions and just listen… really listen without judgment to what each person has to say. Women have been gathering together since the beginning of civilization, and the results are extraordinary!

Today’s women feel disconnected, alone, and inferior, and seem to carry those burdens on their own. But, your tribe is a place to heal and feel inspired. You’ll find your voice and be empowered by the voices of others. I cannot stress the importance of these healing spaces, and that’s what I create in my retreats. A safe haven for women to heal, transform, and expand themselves, guided by me and supported by others. My next Breathwork Retreat in Agua Dulce will be full of female connection and transformation. I hope you will join us!

PS: Last chance to register for the breathwork retreat in Agua Dulce, only 1 day left! Register here!

Listen Closely: The Power of Sound Healing

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When you feel sad, do you listen to sad music? Or what about when your favorite song comes on the car radio- do you turn up the volume and sing along? We all have at some point in our lives. Music heals, and that is the power of sound healing.

Sound healing isn’t new. The Ancient Greeks realized the power of music and sound. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, played music for his patients. Study after study shows that music heals us on the molecular and emotional level. 

There are many forms of sound healing from the use of singing bowls to mantras and meditation. But, no matter the way in which sound therapy is delivered, the result is the same: healing. Sound therapy is effective for a wide spectrum of conditions like Autism, Depression, Anxiety disorders, Stress, PTSD, and Pain.

Sound therapy helps you gain clarity, relax better, improve your concentration and memory, and give you a heightened self of self. Think about those times that music helped you relax or when a beat stirred you to get up and dance! I truly believe in the power of sound and music, which is why I utilize it in my healing practice. My next Breathwork Retreat in Agua Dulce will feature daily sound baths to help take participants’ transformative journeys to the next level.

PS: Registration for the breathwork retreat in Agua Dulce is closing in 7 days, don’t miss it! Register here!

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!:

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.