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“I believe you are never past the point of creating opportunities for yourself.”

I believe you are never past the point of creating opportunities for yourself.
— Felicia Day

The birds are chirping and buds are starting to appear; Spring is definitely trying to make an entrance. Last blog, I talked about energetic “spring cleaning” by clearing out negative and stale energy using the chakras. This week, I would like to go further in offering tools to help plant the seeds of your intentions/goals so that your dreams can also bloom.

A few months ago, I wrote about proper goal setting and how to create a plan to help you succeed. I always advise my clients to start with brainstorming all the things they may want to shift in their lives. I have them think about the different categories of their life: family/friends, career/income, travel, health, etc. Goal setting is a great practice to have when really focusing on a couple these major changes you want to achieve.

Another way to brainstorm in a more creative way is to make a vision board. A vision board is a collage of images of the things you want to manifest in your life. The images can be found, created, written out, etc. This week, I spent time re-creating my own vision board. I took a trip to the craft store and bought some glittery, fun supplies to help. Then, I went through some of the magazines I was planning to throw out and cut out images/words that jumped out at me. I felt there were still some images missing, so I went to the pile of cards I was also planning to discard. Not only did I have a nice trip down memory lane, but I also found the perfect visuals to represent what was missing. What I love about this is that I am also incorporating the positive energy from a thank you or a birthday card from loved ones (which also made me feel less guilty about throwing them out). Now comes the fun part! You get to arrange the images however you want. I even added some chakra inspired colored gems to mine. Once you are done creating the vision board, make sure you hang it somewhere in your room that you will see it every day. Your intentions have now been given to the Universe.

The other change I made to my home this week was to add the color red to my door. In Feng Shui, red doors are thought of to be very powerful. They protect the residents and also provide prosperity and abundance. Because I live in an apartment building, I am not allowed to paint my door red, but I can hang something on the door. I spent the week looking for a red ornament or wreath I could hang, but I couldn’t find anything I felt drawn to. So I decided to make my own. Though I consider myself to be creative in many ways, crafty is not high on the list. However, I did find a wonderful “no-stitch” tutorial to making a wreath on pinterest. I had such a fun time picking out what fabrics I wanted to use and then putting the wreath together! Not to mention, I felt very proud and accomplished once I finished it.

What I love most about these two tools is that you get to be creative as you take steps towards manifesting the life you deserve. As adults (or teenagers), we don’t always give ourselves the time and space to be creative and make something with our hands. Both of these activities don’t take a lot of time out of our lives; in fact they are actually therapeutic and energizing. Plus, you get to see the beautiful creation you made every day, which will continue to allow positive energy to flow through your home.

 

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“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.”

An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.

I first heard this quote a few years ago while taking a yoga class. The teacher was leading us through a beautiful vinyasa flow class and used this quote while we were in warrior II so we could visualize something we wanted to release or manifest in our lives as we pulled back our imaginary bow and launched it into the universe. I found this physical, visual, and meditative sequence to be so empowering. We came back to it a few times throughout the class and each time I loved it even more.

Many times throughout our journey, we feel we are taking steps backwards. No matter how hard we try, it just doesn’t seem like we are making any progress. Most of the time we are focusing on concrete changes or feedback to validate whether we are being successful in our goals: for example, being recognized for a job well done at work in the hopes of getting promoted or getting on the scale and seeing a lower number. When these things don’t happen we may begin to loose motivation.

However, change is a process and many times there are major shifts energetically and internally that need to happen before we see a physical manifestation. Just because a boss doesn’t verbally recognize you doesn’t mean she/he doesn’t appreciate your hard work and have more in store for you. Not losing pounds doesn’t mean that your body isn’t getting in better shape. Muscle weighs more than fat.

When working towards one of your goals, if you find you are losing motivation think of this quote. Use it as a mantra to help you stop the downward spiral and trigger you into thinking more positively. You can go even further by making the mantra physical. Warrior II is a pose that everyone can access (video tutorial). When you are in this pose, take your front hand and hold the imaginary bow in front of you. Visualize your goal or anything you feel is standing in your way. Then, take your back hand and pull the imaginary arrow back to your cheek and when you are ready, let it go. Do this sequence a few times on both sides. Remember to connect your breath to your movement.

The more we, “the arrow,” get pulled back the harder we fight against it. Persistence and hard work due pay off. Keep building your foundation, staying present in the work you are doing, fall back on your tools if necessary so that when that arrow finally launches you are fully ready to receive all that you deserve!

 

 

The New Year is a great time to get clear on our goals and make the changes we have always wanted to make. I would love to help and support you in your journey! Email me at steph_e_simpson@yahoo.com to set up your FREE 30 min discovery call.

 

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. “

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.
— Bill Vaughn

I always find it interesting (especially now with social media) that in the matter of a few days people’s posts go from pictures of family and friends, holiday decorations, words of love and encouragement to posts of desperation for the current year to end and proclamations for what has to be a better year to come. Why does this shift happen? Are we programmed to look back at things and only see the negative when an “end” is coming?

A few years ago when I was reading a lot about energy frequencies and the Law of Attraction, I began to think about New Year’s differently. I used to be one of those people who couldn’t wait to get rid of one year and truly believed the New Year would provide all that was lacking. However, it became clear to me that even though the ball dropping is a magical moment that I love watching, that ball doesn’t have the power to help me release my negative feelings and help me focus on positive ones. Only I was capable of doing that. If I truly wanted to step into the New Year and attract new opportunities, happiness, health, etc., I needed to leave the previous year radiating on a high/positive energy frequency. This meant I needed to make a major change in the way I viewed my life on a daily basis.

The easiest way to start shifting our mindset is gratitude. There are several ways to start a gratitude practice, which I have already highlighted in a previous post. However, there is one practice I started specifically in relation to New Year’s. Each year, I start with an empty mason jar and throughout the year I write on little note cards and post-it notes enjoyable moments. They range from vacations I went on to professional achievements to impromptu game nights with friends. On New Year’s Eve before celebrating, I read each moment and spread them out on my bed. It’s amazing the amount of things we forget even over one year, but truly incredible to be reminded of them. You can’t help but feel happy, full, thankful, and excited to continue to live this journey you have been given. This practice is so simple and easy to do on a daily basis, yet its payback is so great.

A new practice I am starting this year is to write myself a letter with the intentions I would like to set forth for the New Year. I am not a big fan of “resolutions” as I believe many times resolutions are just statements and not actual goals. This letter will serve as the basis for the goals I would like to set, but more importantly will be a private letter to myself reflecting on this past year and giving encouragement for the intentions I set for the New Year. I will then seal this letter and open it at the end of the year. Reflection is a useful tool in our journey and this letter will be a fun new way for me to do that.

I hope you all have a safe and happy New Year! I leave you with this link, which I hope helps to inspire your positive energy frequencies as you approach 2016.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/2015-was-okay

 

And don’t’ forget, I’m currently having a special on Intro Packages. I would love to help you get clear on your goals for 2016 and support you in your journey! Email me at steph_e_simpson@yahoo.com to set up your FREE 30 min guided meditation or discovery call and to hear more about the package.

 

“Visualize the things you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.”

Visualize the things you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.
— Robert Collier

This week a few of my clients had auditions for college Musical Theater programs. Many of them get very anxious for the dance portion, specifically being able to pick up the choreography quickly and be able to execute it properly in a small group. When we get to visualization in our sessions, I teach them the many beneficial uses of a strong visualization practice, one of them being skill acquisition. In this case, they use visualization to remember the sequence, to be able to practice the combination even when they need to be still on the sidelines, and to increase their confidence. I am happy to report that they all felt very proud of themselves post the dance audition and fingers crossed they all get accepted to the program of their dreams!

Last week, I talked about the foundations of a strong visualization practice and using the 5 senses to create vivid pictures in our head. In addition, it is important to control the amount of outside thoughts and negative thoughts that enter the visualization. This week, I would like to discuss the different lenses we have to look through when we visualize. This becomes very important when we are trying to see what it is we want and then be able to embody what it is we want.

There are three lenses we have when visualizing: external, internal, and external/external. In the external lens, you step outside of your body and see yourself engaging in the action you are visualizing. In the internal lens, you are inside of your body, feeling what it is like to be in the action, and seeing everything around you. In the external/external lens, you see someone else executing the action you hope to embody. This lens should really only be used if you are having trouble visualizing yourself. For example, maybe you are trying to learn how to serve the ball in tennis and you can’t quite imagine yourself doing it correctly, but you can imagine your instructor executing the form perfectly. You may visualize this way for a little while until you feel more confident. However, it is crucial that you switch to seeing yourself executing the activity at some point.

In the external lens, you get to see yourself fully engaged in the activity of the visualization. You can even slow the visualization down or speed it up. By being able to see yourself being successful in your visualization, you begin to become more confident and your goal becomes more real. It is important to be able to switch the lens to internal after a while. Being able to visualize through the internal perspective allows your mind and body to connect. You begin to embody that which you hope to manifest. You can start to feel what it means to obtain that goal, emotionally and psychologically.

You can use the visualization technique for many aspects of your life. For example, maybe you have a big presentation coming up at work. By visualizing yourself externally and internally, you are able to practice and embody your presentation without actually verbalizing anything. You can zoom your lens to be able to see even the smallest details. You can make changes to the things you think are not working. And most importantly, you can see yourself being successful, which enhances your confidence and will help you to perform optimally when the time comes. Or maybe you just want to improve your golf game for the next time you go out on the course with your friends.

This week, continue to keep your visualization log, but this time pick one of the steps of the goal that you created during our goal setting week. Begin with the external lens (external/eternal if you need to) and set your timer to at least 3 min. When you are done, write down your reflections, taking note of how vivid you were, if you could stay consist in the lens perspective, if you were able to control outside and negative thoughts, and things you would like to improve upon in your practice. After a few days, switch the lens to internal and do the same. At the end of the week, observe (without judgment) how your practice is going.

 

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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
— Lao Tzu

This past weekend I had the privilege of watching a few friends run the NYC Marathon. To be honest, it was my first experience watching at marathon in general. I never understood the purpose of going just to watch. However, within 5 minutes of standing in the first location I went to I was in tears. I was overwhelmed with the determination and perseverance of each runner and the amount of support and positivity each spectator was giving out. It was amazing to see people genuinely cheering on runners they didn’t even know at all. When talking to one of my friends who ran the marathon the next day, she tried to articulate the feelings she had throughout. She, too, was overwhelmed by the support from friends, strangers, and fellow runners. During the miles where she felt she might not be able to do it, it was this support that helped her through it.

It’s obvious that running a marathon not only takes a lot of physical preparation, but also a huge amount of mental training as well. If a runner goes into the process only focusing on the 26.2 miles that can become daunting and seemingly impossible. They need to set up a training program that takes them step by step and mile by mile over a period of time. If they stick to this plan, chances are they will reach the finish.

The same goes for manifesting the changes we want to see in our lives. Proper goal setting is the key to seeing our dreams become realities. When working with clients, I guide them in creating a plan made up of SMART goals.

          S – specific

          M – measurable

                                A – attainable

                  R – realistic

                  T – time sensitive

We begin by creating a macro-goal, a larger goal to be achieved over a period of time. Next, I have them list all the things they need to achieve this goal. This could include learning a new skill or an increase in finances. One thing everyone always needs is support. Even if we are extremely independent, it is crucial to have a support system to help you through those rough patches. The support can come in a variety of forms, whether that is a coach that is there to hold you accountable and help you to strategically work through obstacles or family and friends that are there to love you unconditionally.  Then, I have them list all the possible obstacles and distractions. By recognizing the problems we may encounter, we can then make a plan to overcome them. Many times these obstacles are not physical, but are actually rooted in mental and emotional blockages. Finally, I guide them into making medium size goals and then micro, or small, goals for each of the medium goals. When that is done, we now have a step by step plan, similar to the marathon training program, to achieve that long term goal. The impossible just became possible!  

 

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