Finding Flow

When the rhythms of our body-mind are in sync with nature's rhythms, when we are living in harmony with life, we are living in the state of grace. To live in grace is to experience that state of consciousness where things flow effortlessly and our desires are easily fulfilled. Grace is magical, synchronistic, coincidental, joyful. It's that good-luck factor. But to live in grace we have to allow nature's intelligence to flow through us without interfering. ~ Deepak Chopra

Going with the flow means allowing life's waves to come and riding them with ease, allowing events to come in and not entirely knock us down when they are unexpected BUT actively living in our natural state of flow is a bit different.  

We still ride the waves but we often don't even realize they have been thrust upon us because we are absorbed and totally focused on the work at hand.  

It's amazing what can happen when we learn to harness the energy needed to access our natural state of flow.  One great way to find more flow is to learn how to surrender in areas of your life where you are stuck or being pulled down vibrationally. 

Grab my 7-Day Surrender to Succeed series to get clear on the things in your life that are holding you back from succeeding in every way, shape and form! 

 

3 Ways to Ground with Doterra Balance

Doterra Balance is a combination of 5 essential oils in a base of coconut oil.

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I use it almost everyday as it's soothing, grounding and honestly just smells amazing.

The ingredients in Doterra Balance are: 

Blue Tansy

Thought to help detoxify the liver and lymphatic system, which is closely related to the emotions of anger and depression. Promotes a deep mind-body connection and allows this oil to be beneficial while promoting well-being and self-control.

Ho Wood

Ho Wood is a powerful sedative, offering grounding and calming effects on the nervous system.

Spruce

Spruce is a herbaceous scent and helps expand our bronchials which is key for allergy and asthma sufferers like myself.  It helps to release tension, deepen your breathing and release  emotional blocks in the chest, jaw and throat. 


Frankincense

This oil has been used for centuries in physical and emotional healing. It contains sesquiterpenes, which oxygenate the pineal and pituitary gland, passing the blood brain barrier to promote brain health. It promotes cellular regeneration (*bingo ladies: to prevent the appearance of aging).  It is mood balancing and often thought to be "king of the oils."


Blue Chamomile 

A calming and sedative oil, Blue Chamomile has also shown properties of being pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory, which helps when dealing with stress, joint support and muscle health.

Three ways you can start using Doterra Balance in your daily life.

1. Rub on the bottoms of your feet (or your childs) before going to bed at night. 

Why the bottom of the feet?

Because they have the biggest pores and the oil is quickly entered into the blood stream (20-30 seconds). and for oils that are a bit more intense like Oregano, our skin is tougher on the bottoms of our feet and won't get irritated like on other areas where our skin is thinner.

(*If you ever feel an oil is too intense - dilute it prior to putting it on or if already applied rub more coconut oil/carrier oil onto the area - not water as it won't mix with the oil).

2. Breathe it in.

Put 2 drops in your palms, rub them together and then inhale deeply for 5 breaths when you need a "brain break" in front of the computer, are rushing around and overly amped up or maybe just waiting for someone in your car and need to kill time - this will help get the edge off if they are running late:) 

3. Diffuse it. 

Diffuse it in your car when you know you are going on a long ride, in your hotel room when you are far away from home or in your office to promote perseverance and groundedness. 

Bonus for the kiddo's - make balance play-doh!

Grab a recipe for homemade play-doh (pinterest has hoards of them) and add 5 drops of balance after it cools!  Kids will love it and so will you! 

Grab your own bottle of Doterra Balance by following the steps below! 

Getting Grounded

"As soon as you start observing the movement of your breath, you become more aware of your inner world, more alert to the here and now. It is also a first step toward developing concentration."

"Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents)" by Eline Snel, Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

Ever since childhood my thinking has always been more loopy than linear.

In the creative space, I've always thrived.  

When it came to logic subjects in school and college like math, physics, etc. I struggled.  

My mind moves about 1,000x faster than my feet. 

I've always struggled with focusing on one thing at one time because my brain is constantly pinging and making connections. 

Concentration, to say the least, is a skill that has never come naturally to me.

Being able to ground myself is a key component to me accomplishing my goals. 

But it's because of my nature and struggle and not in spite of it that I am good at helping others get and stay grounded. 

When we're not grounded, we overthink things, we lose the present moment

and the opportunity to take action that will move us forward. 

When we're not grounded, we overthink things, we lose the present moment 

and the opportunity to take action that will move us forward. 

If we are "up in our heads", our thoughts tend to run in circles and if we don't pull ourselves out of that cycle there's a good chance we'll get absolutely nothing done. 

Whereas if we stop, breathe and center - we will look down for a moment and be reminded by our feet that in order to go anywhere – we can only get there by taking one step at a time. 

We must start from where we are and the next logical steps.

Here are a few pieces of advice to help you get grounded throughout the day. 

1. Get your immediate needs met - immediately.

You know when someone says 'calm down' at just the wrong time?

How can I calm down, you think, when I've got five million people pulling at me and a million things to get done.  

It's like giving a homeless person a pamphlet that talks about the importance of nutrition before giving them food.

Gee, thanks.  

For us to be grounded our most basic needs must be met before we can think about anything else. (Think Maslov's Heirarchy of Needs) 

If we haven't slept in days because of a big project, no amount of trying to ground yourself is going to get you feeling present and in a state of flow. 

Make sure our immediate physical needs are met. 

2. Establish rituals that bring you into the present moment. 

I've got a bunch of little rituals throughout the day that help me stay grounded. 

The first is my cup of coffee, and the moments I stand in front of it as it brews and I close my eyes and breathe. 

It has become automatic, and before anything else happens, I get a glimpse of my internal landscape early in the day. 

As the day moves on and the world starts to buzz - my yoga mat is the place I go to land when we need a moment.  

Maybe for you it's that afternoon cup of tea, those few minutes in the morning before the kids get up where you stretch or meditate or maybe you've got one later in the day like closing your office door for 5 minutes to listen to classical music with your head in your hands at your desk.  

Grounding is a process that gets easier and easier the more you do it.

The more time you commit to finding what works for you in the beginning, the less time it will take you to drop in when you really need it later on. 

3. MOVE! 

Grounding is all about getting into your body - which means at some point you have to move your body. 

Sometimes stepping away from the present moment into the next one can mean the difference between sitting for 3 hours and accomplishing nothing or going for a run and sitting for 2 hours and finishing more than you expected to do that day.

Instead of getting frustrated when you struggle to calm your mind down, just stop and move.

Go for a run, get on your mat, get that cup of tea, close your eyes and breathe... whatever you need to bring yourself back down to earth again.

If you liked this article you'll love our 7-day email series "Surrender to Succeed". It's all about shedding the idea that we need to push through and control every little thing in our lives (because that's exhausting) and it teaches you what you need to release in order to receive.

Perfection in the Present

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Finding Perfection in the Present

 

 
The present is a synthesis of the past.
The physical universe never lies.
Perfect isn't necessarily ideal or desired.
When you can see perfection in the present, even in a very difficult situation, you are properly oriented to improve or resolve it.
There is a gift in the present.
The Attraction Program by Thomas Leonard

How often do you say (or think) “I’ll be happy when….. I get the job, find that special person, lose the weight, etc?”

Shawn Achor, a Harvard Research Analyst who led the largest study on happiness (ever!) found out we've been looking at this success and happiness equation all wrong.

Shawn found that happiness is what FUELS success as opposed to the other way around.

Think about it…. When we are constantly grinding in an effort to secure “success” and the goalpost looks like it is a mile away from where we are at each moment in time - there is a heaviness and exhaustion that comes.

The goalpost represents the finish line at the end of a long stretch, rewarding us with “happiness” only once we have scored the “big goal.”

If all we do is look ahead and only expect to be happy once we're successful - we miss what's right in front of us.

We miss the ball between our feet and lose it to the other team. 

We miss the life we are living - right here, right now.  

But when we focus on what is in front of us that goal post appears a lot faster than we had expected.

The minute we see how close we are, all of our fatigue is replaced with excitment.  We tap into a reserve of fresh excitement and energy and we score the goal. 

We must respect the present moment and even more, we've got to stop thinking so much and start doing.  

Find perfection in the present.

Find it in your surroundings, your relationships, your work and while you can and should plan for the future and take action, don’t let it detract from the beauty and joy that is today.

Celebrate the small achievements on a daily basis, do things that will make you happy today and watch as the magic unfolds. 

Why Yoga?

People are living longer and retiring later.  

I have an 87 year old student in my yoga class who practices daily (sometimes two or three classes), a woman who got her law degree at 73 years old and continues to have more energy than people half her age.  

She credits yoga for bringing more space to her body, skip to her step and clarity of mind (and no she didn't start as a young woman but later in life).  

The benefits of a regular yoga practice are boundless yet so many seem to skip the studio and head to the gym.

While yoga classes may be an investment of time, money and energy there is a reason the practice has stood the test of time as opposed to the fitness fads that come in one minute and go out the next (Ahem...Tae Bo)

Practicing yoga for 30 minutes a day, twice a week, for one month has been proven to increase cognitive function significantly in older adults. 

Focused breathing maximizes oxygenation and blood flow to the brain, according to Graham McDougall Jr. PhD. (Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, June 2016)

Additionally, yoga reduces stress and anxiety by modulating the stress response systems. 

Just 15 minutes of yoga-like relaxation techniques trigger a biochemical change in the brains and cells of both long-term and novice yogis.

Practicing yoga regularly helps us cultivate mental clarity and calmness, relieves chronic stress, sharpens concentration, and helps with early preventative action of physical problems.

Hatha yoga boosts brain function in older adults.

By practicing Hatha yoga three times a week for eight weeks, sedentary older adults' improved their performance on cognitive tasks that are relevant to everyday life.  

Yoga asana (poses) are movements that send juice through the joints so they are able to articulate with ease and spare us from a lifetime of joint pain and replacements. 

There is no better time to start than today.  

If you are new to the practice and uncomfortable walking into your first class, just remind yourself that we are all beginners at some point.  

Have patience if the first class was not all you hoped for and try another teacher, studio, style and I promise, with all the options out there, you will find one that speaks to you.  

Let the teacher know you are new before class and any injuries you may have today or have had in the past.  

Another great option is to book one or two private sessions with a teacher so you have the opportunity to practice and feel the poses in your body before you join a group.  For those with a short time budget, private sessions where the teacher comes to you may be the answer you need to fit in.  

Regardless of how you get to the mat, enjoy the ride once you are there and remember we are all beginners at one point in everything we do.