{Breathe} How To Heal: Loosen Your Grip and Love From Within

My healing process has shined a glaringly bright light on the many emotions I experience each day. Two that seemed to show up quite regularly (and still can), are fear and criticism.  I was white knuckled and extremely hard on myself, especially when it came to my desire to heal faster. I thought if I controlled every little thing, including my emotions, that I could will anything undesirable away. This would make my whole body tense, like my grip on life was literally so tight I couldn’t breathe. I was drowning in fear but the thing is, I couldn’t will or reason any of it away. I could not steer the ship no matter how tight I held on. It just made the whole journey harder. The breakthrough moment came when I decided to let go. It’s cliche, but it’s everything. I threw up my hands, exhaled and surrendered to the ride. Then I made the choice to truly love myself which I now realize was something I had never done. Continue reading “{Breathe} How To Heal: Loosen Your Grip and Love From Within”

{Breathe} Mindful Monday: Everything is Going Your Way

Mindful Monday | Everything is Going Your WayWe are what we think. Our reality is a snapshot of the things that we choose to see and believe. We can choose to float in the light or drown in the darkness. It’s truly a choice you see. I went to sleep a few nights ago with the intention to choose the light the next day–ALL DAY, No matter what was thrown my way. It’s an experiment of sorts as I wanted to see how often I tended to dip into a negative place. Want to join me?  Continue reading “{Breathe} Mindful Monday: Everything is Going Your Way”

Mindful Monday: How to Heal by Embracing Our Brokenness

How to Heal by Embracing Our BrokennessI turned 38 yesterday and my greatest gift was one that I gave to myself. It’s the opportunity to continue to re-write my story. To un-knot my chains. It’s a rebirth of sorts. One that I aim to offer myself daily with compassion and love. A surrender to my brokenness that is coupled with gratitude. Gratitude for each day which offers me the chance to gently pick up the pieces and, one by one, put them back together in a more authentic and loving way. You see, three years ago, on my 35th birthday, my body gave me a wake-up call. An array of random symptoms that included stomach troubles, nephropathy, migraines, joint pain, vision issues and all around fatigue. This led me on a difficult year long journey that ended with a diagnosis of Chronic Lyme a few days before my 36th birthday. I spent that year frenetically jumping from doctor to doctor, trying EVERYTHING I could to beat this disease. Trying to will it away with determination. Then, the stress of it all along with the high-dose antibiotic protocol I had been on for a year, landed me in the emergency room the eve of my 37th birthday. Sadly, I said hello to my 37th year in a hospital gown feeling helpless and broken. It was defeating to say the least. I hit rock bottom. But, the good thing about being that broken is that the only way out is up. I was ready to surrender to my brokenness and to give myself the chance to rebuild. Continue reading “Mindful Monday: How to Heal by Embracing Our Brokenness”

{Breathe} Mindful Monday: How Gratitude Can Curb Weight Gain

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It’s the perfect time of year to embrace the joy of living and eating. Yes, eating can and should be joyful, no matter the time of year. And yet, we count calories and sips of eggnog, and torture ourselves with a guilt-laden combination of weigh-ins and self-loathing. There is nothing joyous about it.

To find the joy, shift your intentions away from weight-loss and the number on scale and focus on nourishing your body instead. When you strive to create a nourishing plate of food, you naturally crowd out less-nourishing foods without feeling deprived. You’ll feel quite empowered. Positive intentions create positive results.

 

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{Breathe} Mindful Monday: Self-Love Challenge

youSelf-love is awkward. It feels indulgent and strange. The thing is, self-love is the foundation of any wellness practice because you will not be motivated to care for yourself in a thoughtful way unless you truly love and respect yourself. Let’s start now. We can do this together because, honestly, it feels just as vulnerable for me… Continue reading “{Breathe} Mindful Monday: Self-Love Challenge”

{Breathe} Mindful Monday: A 5 Minute Meditation

5-minutesStop what you are doing and take one really juicy breath. Right now. I’m not kidding. Close your eyes and settle into its beauty. I am always amazed at the power of one purposeful breath. It can completely transform your energy in a positive way and considering the chaos of the holidays, this is the perfect time for a reminder to hit pause and reset so let’s do it. Right now. No excuses. Continue reading “{Breathe} Mindful Monday: A 5 Minute Meditation”