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“You thrive in all ways when you come into Energy Balance with you.”

You thrive in all ways when you come into Energy Balance with you.
— Abraham Hicks

Daylight Saving means longer days and Spring is coming. Many people will begin “spring cleaning” by physically clearing out their living spaces, which is a great idea, but what about also clearing out the negative and stale energy in our body?

Everything in life is made up of energy. When people talk about “auras,” they are referring to the invisible etheric field our physical body is a part of. This field is made up of pathways called meridians or nadi lines, where energy flows in and out of. The points where these meridians intersect are called marma points. These energy lines and marma points are used in several holistic medicines including acupuncture and reiki. In the Tantric Yoga philosophy, the three most important of these lines are Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna. The points where these three lines intersect are the seven chakras.  

There are many ways we can balance our chakras: using intention with crystals, using essential oils and incense, holding specific yoga poses, vocalizing/singing, and meditation. Below is a basic breakdown of the seven chakras followed by a simple meditation you can practice to help balance them.

First Chakra: Root Chakra (Muladhara) is located at the base of the spine right below the pelvic floor. Red is the color associated with this chakra. When the chakra is balanced we feel self-motivated, abundant, connected to the earth, grounded/strong foundation, connected to our tribe/community. It is commonly blocked by fear.

Second Chakra: Naval Chakra (Svadisthana) is located below your belly button in your low belly area. Orange is the color associated with this chakra. When the chakra is balanced we feel creative, in touch with our feelings, connected to our identity, sensuality, and sexuality. It is commonly blocked by guilt.

Third Chakra: Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura) is located above your belly button below your ribs. Yellow is the color associated with this chakra. When the chakra is balanced we feel confident, have mental clarity, and feel strong in our personal power. It is commonly blocked by shame.

Fourth Chakra: Heart Chakra (Anahata) is located in the center of your chest. Green is the color associated with this chakra. When the chakra is balanced we have acceptance of oneself, the ability to forgive, and compassion/love for others and ourselves. It is commonly blocked by grief.

Fifth Chakra: Throat Chakra (Visuddha) is located around the neck, ears, and nose. Blue is the color associated with this chakra. When the chakra is balanced we truthfully express ourselves/our beliefs, we have loyalty and the ability to trust, we feel organized and heard. It is commonly blocked by lies.

Sixth Chakra: Third Eye Chakra (Ajna) is located on the forehead between the eyes. Indigo is the color associated with this chakra. When the chakra is balance we trust our intuition and insights, release hidden and repressed negative thoughts, and become more self-realized. It is commonly blocked by illusion.

Seventh Chakra: Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) is located right outside the body on the top of the head. Violet is the color associated with this chakra. When the chakra is balanced we have a strong spirituality, we trust and are connected to the universe or higher power, we are integrating our consciousness and subconsciousness into the superconcsciousness. It is commonly blocked by ego attachment.

 

To begin working with the chakras, try this simple mediation. Sitting in a comfortable position, close your eyes and observe your breath. Begin to lengthen your inhales and exhales. After a few cycles, visualize a flame on the screen of your mind. It is easier to visualize a bigger, moving flame than a smaller, stagnant flame. Once you have a clear visual of the flame, move the flame to the top of your head (seventh chakra) and surround the flame with the associated chakra color. Take several breath cycles for each chakra as you move the flame down until you finish at the root (first chakra). Some chakras may be easier to visualize than others. If this happens you can begin to explore light movement in that area of the body. Remember meditation and visualization is a practice; the more you engage in the practice, the more powerful the benefits.

 

Do you need help clearing the clutter both physically and energetically? I would love to guide you and support you in your journey! Email me at steph_e_simpson@yahoo.com to set up your FREE 30 min discovery call and to hear more about packages.

“Taking care of yourself is the most powerful way to take care of others.”

Taking care of yourself is the most powerful way to take care of others.
— Bryant McGill

Last weekend and this weekend, I have had the great opportunity to lead workshops as part of a Ladies Getaway Retreat in VT. This is my second year being part of the retreat. There are many things I love about these weekends. First, it is all women. With the occasional male workshop leader or resort worker, everyone there is female. That may not seem like a huge deal, but it does give a different energy. Second, there are women of varying ages. I love being able to sit back and observe how different generations interact with each other. Many of the participants are family members, whether they are mother/daughter, sisters, or cousins. Third, some of these women have been coming back for 15 years. You can tell they prepare for the weekend with their elaborate snack set up and matching group shirts. Last and most importantly, each woman is there to take time for themselves, whether that means engaging in goal setting workshops or taking a yoga class or learning more about wine through a tasting session. As the participants are leaving, they are always talking about how refreshed they feel, how they have learned at least one thing they can implement into their lives, and how much fun they had relaxing and enjoying their friends.

In general as a society, but even more specifically for women, we forget how important it is to take time for ourselves. If we don’t fill our own “tank” up, we won’t have enough of the proper energy to be there for the other people in our lives. So many times, we give all our energy out to others and then we are left with nothing for ourselves. Have you ever noticed that when you are feeling drained the littlest things can set you off? That is because you have let your own energy tank get too low. One of the themes I talked about in all my workshops this past weekend was that life isn’t about eliminating annoyances, it is about maintaining your inner peace and not allowing the annoyances to get the best of you. This philosophy can be used in all aspects of your life. In your relationship with a significant other when your tank gets too low, you may become more needy or get irritated more easily. While at work, relationships with colleagues can become tenser when your own inner peace is comprised.

So the question is how do we keep our tank full? Giving yourself the gift of going away on a retreat is a perfect way, but we don’t always have that opportunity. Each of us will have a different way to fill our tank, but some common ways are meditating, exercising regularly, reading, being creative, allowing yourself to veg out and watch your favorite show, etc. If we don’t take the time and energy we deserve to help ourselves, we won’t be able to effectively be there for the people that are so important in our lives.

 

Aside: The story of how I got connected with this retreat is an interesting one. I had decided about 2 years ago that I wanted to lead more group workshops at retreats, but didn’t know how to actually go about doing that. About a year and a half ago, I was attending The Big E (the New England version of a state fair) with my family as I have for many years of my life. We were walking through the VT building and I happened to pick up a paper for “Ladies Weekend Getaway.” When I asked the woman behind the counter for more information, I learned that she was the event programmer for the weekend. We got to talking and a month later I was booked to teach 10 workshops over 2 weekends. This just proves that when you get clear about your goals and intentions, the Universe will answer. It may not be quite on your timetable, but if you stay open and say YES (even with the doubts and fears in the background) you will always be provided for.

 

Do you need help maintaining your inner peace and keeping a full tank? I would love to guide you and support you in your journey! Email me at steph_e_simpson@yahoo.com to set up your FREE 30 min discovery call and to hear more about packages.

“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.

 

“Visualization is daydreaming with a purpose.”

Visualization is daydreaming with a purpose.
— Bo Bennett

As a child, I used to pass the time during church or when I was bored in class mentally running through the various dances I was learning at my studio or rehearsing for a show. Sometimes, I would even fantasize what my life would look like living in NYC and being immersed in the hustle and bustle of the musical theatre world. In high school, when I was stressed or overwhelmed and had trouble falling asleep I would close my eyes and imagine each muscle of my body relax starting at my head and ending at my toes. Little did I know at the time, but what I was doing in each of these situations was building a foundation for a practice that continues to change my life on a daily basis.

Last week, I talked about making a plan using proper goal setting techniques in order to make the changes we want in our lives. This week I would like to offer a very powerful technique to help throughout the process, visualization. Visualization is a cognitive process where one uses mental imagery to simulate or recreate visual perception. Visualization can help improve self-confidence, manage pain and stress, acquire new skills, and manifest changes in our lives. Like everything else, visualization is a practice. It may come easier to some than others, but the good thing is that through repetition we can become more skilled in it.  

When teaching visualization, the first thing I talk about is being able to close your eyes and practice seeing vivid and clear images. Think of the five senses (see, hear, touch, taste, and smell) as a starting point. Be as detailed as you can when visualizing the images or the scenario. Next, implement your mental and emotional feelings into the visualization. This allows the visualization to penetrate and connect the body, mind, and spirit. Finally, make sure that you are controlling your mind by not allowing outside thoughts to distract you or negative thoughts to creep in.

For the next week, try to visualize once a day. Set a timer for 3 minutes and close your eyes. Start by noticing your breath and lengthening your inhales and exhales. Then, begin to imagine a place you know well, your bedroom, office, etc. See that place in as much detail as you can using the five senses as your guide. It may be difficult at first to complete the 3 minutes without outside thoughts coming in, but go until the timer goes off. If you find 3 minutes is becoming easy, extend the time and start to zoom into specific areas of the room so you can get even more detailed in the picture you are creating. Keeping a visualization log reflecting on each session will be helpful in observing your progress. In the log, write down if outside or negative thoughts crept into the mind, whether you were able to access all five senses, and how specific you could get when zooming in.

Once we have the foundational skills for a strong visualization practice, we can use it in all areas of our life. Next week, I will go into more specific ways to use visualization. For example: how to use visualization when preparing for an audition, interview, or big presentation; and how visualization can be combined with trigger words to help with stress and anxiety.

 

Are you ready to manifest the changes you want in your life? I'd love to help you! Email me at steph_e_simpson@yahoo.com to set up your FREE 30 min guided meditation or discovery call!

 

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