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“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you so you can be what you were meant to be in the first place.”

Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you so you can be what you were meant to be in the first place.
— Unknown

This week the idea of “beliefs” has come up in a variety of situations and conversations with clients and friends. The word Belief can be defined as follows: “an opinion or conviction; confidence, faith and trust; and confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof.” So where do we get our beliefs? Many of our beliefs are not actually our own. They are learned or passed down through our family, the schools we attend, and the communities we are a part of. In his book, "The Biology of Belief," Dr. Bruce Lipton talks about how the conscious and the subconscious play integral roles in our lives.

[The] conscious and subconscious are interdependent. The conscious mind – which represents the seat of our personal identity, source, or spirit – is the creative mind…[it] holds our wishes, desires, and aspirations for our lives…the subconscious mind is primarily a repository of stimulus-response tapes derived from instincts and learned experiences…[it] is fundamentally habitual.

Knowing this, we can begin to separate which beliefs come from us and which beliefs have been programed from others. Our subconscious is actually developed between the years of 0-7. If we remember back to that time period, we were all little sponges just soaking up everything around us. We didn’t have the autonomy to choose or the ability to really question the beliefs that were being instilled in us. Unfortunately, many of our fears or limiting beliefs are housed in our subconscious.     

The title quote of this blog popped up in my timehop the other day and further confirmed the importance of writing about this week’s topic. Our lives and finding our way is really about figuring out which beliefs we have that work for us and which beliefs work against us. Once we acknowledge the ones that don’t work for us, it is then our job to release them and replace them with ones that do serve us. We have so many tools for us to use in order to achieve this: thought stopping/positive replacement, journaling, and visualization are just a few. As previously discussed, these tools are not a one shot deal; they are to be used as a practice in the process of undoing in order to be fully realized as we were intended.  

As we go through this process, there will undoubtedly be times when we get frustrated by our limiting beliefs and where they came from, whether it be a parent, a teacher, or a mentor. It is important to remember that it is not helpful to our journey to hold anger or resentment toward that person. They were only doing what they knew to be true and what beliefs had been instilled in them. However, we can break the cycle. We have the power in ourselves to create the beliefs that support us, allow us to be our best self, and help us to manifest the life we want and deserve.

Take some time to think about which beliefs are working for you and which beliefs are not. Here are some categories and questions to get you started: your beliefs around money – How much do you believe you deserve? Is the energy you bring to money open or resistant? Your beliefs around work – What jobs do you value? What does it mean to be successful in your work? Can your passion be your work? Your beliefs around relationships – Do you believe in a partnership? Are you settling because you don’t believe you deserve more? Once you have written down the beliefs that don’t serve you, re-write them to be beliefs that will serve you. Then, take the old beliefs and burn them. They are no longer a part of you. These new beliefs are your mantras and affirmations.

Your beliefs and thoughts are what create your reality. YOU are in charge of your own beliefs so CHOOSE to believe only that which lifts you up.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

“10 things to help you enjoy the holidays”

10 things to help you enjoy the holidays

1. Take time for yourself. This could be through guided meditation, visualization, journaling, or just sitting still. Taking 10 min a day for yourself can change your mindset and keep you balanced. 

2. Practice mindful listening. Being present in your conversations will make your time spent with family and friends more meaningful. 

3. Connect to your breath. Your breath is your life force. Breath exercises can help to relax, energize, and balance you. 

4. Redirect your negative thoughts. The holidays can be stressful at times and your negative self talk can start to take over causing a downward spiral. You can choose to stop the negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones.  

5. Be thankful. Gratitude is the greatest gift you can give yourself and those around you. There is always something to be thankful for. 

6. Stay hydrated. Drink a glass of water when you first wake up. Try to get to 8 glasses a day. You can always add lemon or cucumber to make it more exciting. 

7. Be active. During the holidays our routines are altered and we tend to be less physically active and more indulgent of the goodies around us. Take the time everyday to stretch or do 20 min of cardio or yoga. Moving your body helps to clear the stale energy out. 

8. Rediscover your inner child. The holidays are a perfect time to connect with your inner child and remember that life is truly magical. Play a new game, laugh with friends and family, make something, etc. 

9. Be kind. Do something everyday that gives back to the community. Maybe it's small like helping someone with their bags or maybe you volunteer at a local shelter. 

10. Smile. Smiling will not only make you feel better but you never know when it will brighten up the day of someone around you as well. 

 

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“Relax the mind; Renew the body; Revive the soul.”

Relax the mind; Renew the body; Revive the soul.

Happy Thanksgiving! The holiday season is officially underway. The next few weeks will be filled with decorations, Christmas songs, holiday parties, family and friends, shopping, acts of kindness, and love. Though it is a wonderful season, it can also be overwhelming and stressful at times. It is important to take care of ourselves first so that we can then take care of those around us. Using our visualization practice for relaxation can help to calm the mind and release the tension our body is holding. 

To begin this type of visualization, I like to start with the breath followed by a body scan. My favorite breath technique for relaxation is Yogi Breath, also known as 3 Part Breath. Laying on your back or sitting in a chair with a long spine, close your eyes and begin to observe your natural breath. Once you have settled, start to lengthen your inhales and exhales. Begin by inhaling through your nose and filling up your belly, then, ribs, then chest. Pause for a moment and then exhale through your nose chest, ribs, and belly. Continue this for at least five cycles. With every inhale you breathe in health, happiness, and harmony; with every exhale you breathe out tension, toxins, and troubles.

A body scan allows us to go even deeper in relaxation. I like to start at the crown of the head, the 7th chakra, and imagine a white light radiating above me. Invite this white light into your body and visualize it flowing, swirling, and filling up every nook and cranny. As this peaceful white light travels through your body, it gently massages and releases the tension and any negative emotions that do not serve you anymore. Once the white light has reached your toes, do one more quick scan and send your breath to the parts of your body needing a little extra attention.

For some people, this may be enough to relax your mind, body, and rejuvenate yourself. For others, you may want to go even further and begin to visualize a place that brings you peace and comfort. For example, walking on a beach at sunset, feeling the sand in between your toes, hearing the soothing sounds of the waves, smelling the cooling salt water, and seeing the beautiful colors of the sky as the sun goes to sleep. Continue to be vivid with your images and control outside and negative thoughts. Experiment with the perspective you are using and continue to use your breath as your foundation. The more you engage in this practice the stronger the impact the images will have on your mind and body. You can begin to use the words like beach, sand, or waves as trigger words for those times when life gets overbearing. A reminder that trigger words can be a single word or phrase that initiate a process or course of action. In this situation, the word “beach” initiates the feelings of relaxation, peace, and balance because of your visualization practice.

This week continue to keep your visualization log, but this time focus on relaxation. Begin with your breath and body scan. Then experiment with imagery. Try to maintain the 3 min a day or challenge yourself with longer sessions. This will increase your ability to focus and concentrate. At the end of the week, observe how you feel. Do you feel more grounded? Maybe more able to manage the stresses in your life? Maybe you can make it a habit to take at least 5-10 min a day to step away from the chaos and connect back to yourself.

 

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“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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“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.

 

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