Rewired Life Blog Tour: Self Love

I am deeply honoured to be part of the ReWired Life Blog Tour. This amazing tour is all about exploring the concepts of Self Love, Healing your Body and Mind and Celebrating Life. Join the tour deepen your knowledge of personal growth here.

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I invite you to do something radical; each morning when you wake up make a choice. Choose yourself, as you go about your day make decisions based on your comfort and your boundaries. Take a step back and objectively look at each situation you are involved in and ask yourself, “How does this serve me?”
I know what your thinking,  “wait a minute….how can I do that, its selfish/self serving/wrong”.
It is easy to get caught up in the rat race of constantly providing support for others. We are surrounded by outside messages that promote selflessness as the right path, we are indoctrinated with the concept that to be a good person we must always think of others first.
You can keep going down that path, but it leads to burn out.   The key to being a truly engaged, caring and supportive individual is by taking care of and loving you first.

The only way to be truly loved by others is to first love yourself;  if you cannot find the joy in your every quirk and all aspects of who you are how can you expect others to as well? The first step to achieving self love is taking the time to look within and truly explore your whole self. Your quirks, your boundaries, your strengths and your weaknesses.

Steps to Support your Self Love:
1) Forgive- forgiveness is a huge aspect of learning to love yourself. Often when we hold a grudge or hold onto anger/sadness/fear it is because we cannot forgive ourselves. To learn more you can join my free Introduction to the Forgiveness Process
2) Allow Vulnerability- Not everyone is going to dig your vibe….and thats okay because your not going to dig everyone’s vibe either. However, when you are authentically vulnerable you attract a tribe that truly matches you
3) Understand that without Darkness there cannot be Light- The mistakes that you have made are not who you are rather they are all shining lessons. For every mistake, there is a positive lesson that helped you grow. So without that mistake, you wouldn’t be the wonderful you of today.
4) Set Boundaries- know your limits. It is okay to say “no” if you are not feeling well. It is okay to turn off your phone and enjoy a day of silence if that is what you need. Give yourself permission to set boundaries in your life and relationships that are comfortable and authentic to you
5) Let go- Know that as you shed light on and decide to truly love your authentic self, not everyone in your life will stay on board and that is okay. It is natural for relationships and situations that are stagnant in your life to start to shift and move away. Allow yourself a moment to grieve if you need to then look around and see what new adventures have come by making space for them
We are all part of a beautiful journey, it is time to wake up and see it for what it is. When you decide to love yourself, you will see your world in a whole new light!

Tomorrow  be sure to check out Laura Murphy with Love Your Life on the #Rewired Life Blog Tour!Website www.loveyourlife.ie  

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 Ps Get your free sample chapter of ReWired Life here http://www.audreymichel.com/sample-chapter/  
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Healthy Alternatives to Coffee

Caffeine is a integral part of North American society, most of us drink anywhere from 4-6 cups of coffee per day. But, is there long term ill effects? There is still some debate, but what is for sure is that caffeine does cause spikes in blood pressure, heart palpations, heart burn and feelings of anxiety.

 

How can you reduce the amount of coffee you drink per day?

 

1) When trying to cut down, or cut out coffee make sure you do it gradually to avoid symptoms of withdrawl…. yes it is true a sudden stop of coffee to the system does cause symptoms!

 

2) Supplement Coffee for green tea. Green tea does have caffeine in it, but is a gentler energy boost than the sudden spikes of energy brought on from coffee. Green tea also has added benefits of increasing metabolism and can help create emotional calm.

 

3) Try Ginko Baloba supplements. Ginko is known for its ability to increase blood flow to the brain and extremeties of the body. This creates a similar uplifting effect to what occurs in the body when you exercise. The increase in blood flow will allow for more chance of oxygen consumption and therefore provides a natural energy boost.

 

3) Gingseng is an extract that works much like Ginko, it increases blood flow and acts as a gentle stimulant. It has been used for centuries in Asia to relieve depression, stress, and treat type II diabetes.

 

4) Vitamin B12: make sure you are getting enough B12 as it is a major component in brain and nervous system function as well as aiding in increasing energy levels.

 

5) Fresh Fruit: having fresh fruit in the morning will ensure you get the energy boost you need to start your day!

 

6) Cayenne: Cayenne has long been known for its strong stimulant properties. Add a little to your food and see the difference for yourself!

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Meditation

Meditation has long been practiced to alleviate stress and anxiety, and is noted for its calming effect. A distraction is often what is needed to combat the nervous muscular tension that builds up in our bodies over time. There is also the mental element to consider, as stress and anxiety often lead to mental exhaustion.
What is Meditation?

Meditation is a discipline that utilizes controlled breathing and mental focus or visualization techniques to bring about deep and profound relaxation. These are typically undertaken in a relaxed pose in a quiet location, and will be more effective if undertaken on a regular basis. Posture is essential to effective meditation, and though there are a range of recommended positions, being comfortable is more important. There are a number of different types or styles of meditation, including:

* Mantra – some people find chanting a simple mantra helps them to focus
* Breath – concentrating on every inhalation and exhalation
* Empty mind – mental clearing or mindfulness
* Walking – focus on every motion and step taken, including the sensations experienced; and
* Spiritual – some people may treat meditation as a form of prayer

Follow these steps to help you begin a simple form of meditation:

1. A typical meditation pose is for the client to be lying or sitting comfortably
2. If sitting the spine should be erect and the shoulders relaxed
3. Each breath taken should be deep and come from the lower abdomen or stomach
4. The entire focus of your mind should be on each breath you take
5. A session can last as little as 15 minutes, and should be undertaken regularly

The benefits of meditation include:

* Physical and mental stress relief
* Pain management
* Improved posture
* Reduction in blood pressure
* Mental resilience
* Relief from depression; and
* Improved sleep patterns

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Staying Active in the Winter

 Its hard to stay active and feel energetic in the cold snowy winter months, here are some easy tips and trick!

Feeling Energized:

Experiment with aromatherapy:

Balsam pine – clean, purifying, vitality-promoting

Lemon – uplifting, anti-depressant

Orange – mood-elevating

Peppermint – refreshing, mental stimulant

Rosemary – invigorating

Thyme – refreshing, purifying, herbal, peppery

*Remember to dilute your essential oils with a base oil if you are applying directly to the skin!

Avoid sugars

Although you may be tempted to reach for high sugar or high caffeine goods and drinks, these will ultimately leave you feeling more drained. Turn to energizing herbal tea blends and foods that have lots of greens and protein for a balanced meal!

Spritz.

Keep a spray bottle of cool water handy in your desk, briefcase, purse, or car. A quick spritz of cool water on your face will instantly revive your flagging energy and hydrate your skin.

Sleep

It is important to get the right amount of sleep year round! To avoid getting into a slump get into a routine. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day!

 

Keeping Active

There are many cold weather activities to keep you moving in the winter months like: Skiing, Skating, Tobogganing and Snow-shoeing. What can you do if the cold is not for you? Try joining an exercise class, if you have stairs in you home go up and down twice each time you need to use them, do some early spring cleaning, try a gym membership or buy a couple exercise videos to do in your home.

 

Just because its winter don’t become a couch potato, get outside whenever you can and stay active while indoors at least 30 mins a day.

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Axiatonal Alignment

Imagine when you sit in the same position for awhile and your legs start to feel numb or experience ?pins and needles?.  When you shift your position and the circulation is restored, your legs start to ?wake up?. Well, your “energy circulatory system” can disconnect and fall asleep too.

Humans have a field of subtle energy which is often referred to as the auric field, aura or etheric body.  This energy is made up of emotional, spiritual and mental particles.  We also have Axial line,s similar to acupuncture or meridian lines, which are energy pathways that supply our physical bodies with vital energy. This energy extends from the ground, into the atmosphere and out into the universe.

A few terms for this are the “Cosmic lattice“, “Universal grid” and “Living Universe“.

 

An Axiatonal Alignment is a simple yet powerful “tune up” of the energy system.  This powerful healing tool  works to re-connect and align the energetic circulatory system  of the body. It enables your energy system to function smoothly, and rejuvenates all levels (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual).  A session will balance all of your Chakra’sand the left and right sides of your body and brain.

 

Benefits of  Axiatonal Alignment

  • Opens and aligns your meridian channels, and remove any blockages
  • Balances your chakras and the polarity of your body
  • Releases any physical, emotional or spiritual limitations
  • Balances, centers and focuses your mind
  • Clearing negative emotional patterns
  • Deep relaxation and sense of well-being
  • Powerfully boosting the effects of other therapies such as Reiki, Massage and Reflexology.
  • Improves physical mobility and mental alertness

If you are in the KW area, Danielle is teaching this amazing course January 16, 2016! https://www.facebook.com/events/647567735384007/

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New Years Resolutions

The New Year can create pressure to change. Everyone is focused on new intentions, goals and achieving new dreams, but what if you fall off the wagon?

It is tough to make changes. We are generally creatures of habit and it can be challenging to suddenly drop all of your “bad habits”and create new ones. It becomes more challenging when you

  1. Don’t have a clear intention or goal
  2. Don’t know where to start on your goal
  3. You have a big dream and want to be there NOW
  4. You are only doing this because everyone else is

The first thing you need to do is really look within yourself, are you ready to make a change? It doesn’t matter what everyone else is doing- look deep within are you ready and truly willing to do what it takes

If you truly want to make a change then it is time to decide what you want- be healthier, start a business, write a book etc. What is the big dream?  When you look at the big picture of your life,  what do you want deep down?

Hold the picture in your mind of what you want. It can be helpful to write it down, draw it or create a vision board.  Are there smaller goals within your big dream that you break it down? For example: You want to be healthier- this could look like many things- cooking more, working out, self care. What are all the pieces you need to become healthier?  Again write them down or add them to your vision board.   Now how can you break down those goals in to doable steps? If you want to cook healthy meals you can buy a new recipe book, attend a class or workshop etc.

These changes will take time, effort and your will to accomplish.  Allow yourself a reasonable amount of time to achieve them- set a date that you want to have the smaller steps completed by. Once you know when you can reasonably have the smaller steps completed, you can set a reasonable final date to accomplish the “Big Dream”.

If your like me, you may need to find an accountability partner. Someone who will check in with you, talk about your progress and act as general cheerleader. Choose someone supportive or you may want to seek out a coach/mentor to support you.

Remember, when you are ready to take one your Big Dream it is important to break it down, make it doable and allow yourself the space and time to stumble or even fall once in awhile.

 

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2016 at a Glance

Are you looking forward to 2016? Hoping for a little guidance and insight? Oracle Card Readings are a great way to get a feel for the energy of the upcoming months! From now until January 15, 2016 you can purchase your Year at a Glance Reading for $35.
You can choose between The Goddess Oracle, Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle or Earth Magic Oracle! Each deck has its own feel and energy that will help guide you in what lessons and blessings are coming up this year. The readings are done by distance and once booked you will recieve your reading via PDF in your email so that you can access it any time and reflect back.
Contact Danielle to book your report! motherearthwisdoms@gmail.com
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