Yearly Archives: 2016

A 6-Step Guide for Less Stress and More Joy This Holiday Season

“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down. “
~ Lily Tomlin

500x50011-15-2016unsplash333286-svetikIn our busy, often filled to the brim lives, the approaching holiday season can bring more stress and dread, instead of the peace and joy we all crave.

The demands of the season are abundant. Shopping, baking, cleaning, entertaining, and parties, are just some of the many additional things “to do” from November until the end of the year. Added into all that is a covert expectation to be cheerful and it’s no wonder stress is in the air!

It doesn’t have to be that way.

You can experience more joy and less stress this year by following a few simple guidelines.

  1. Acknowledge your feelings
    • Awareness is the first step in changing patterns that no longer are working for you.
    • If you are feeling overwhelmed and can’t imagine feeling happy about the holidays and all there is to do, talk about it with someone who can really listen or journal about it. Doing so begins to release the pressure.
    • Instead of thinking you “should” feel a certain way, allow yourself to know what it is you are feeling first.
  2. Be proactive and intentional in creating your holidays
    • Instead of falling
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This Healing Resource Changed My Life

“The results of Network Chiropractic go beyond the physical body. If you want
to change your body AND your mind, this is a tool you’ll want to use.
The relief is profound and the results are incredible.”

 The year was 2009 and the day was rainy. I took a walk, exploring my town while waiting for some car repairs to be completed. You can learn a lot about your town when you get out of the car and walk around in it. The learning on this particular day was exceptional.

For the past few months I’d been suffering with acute body pain. My left arm hurt so much that frequently I’d need to support it with my right arm. I was experiencing back spasms that took my breath away. And on top of that, I had vertigo that was becoming increasingly troubling.

I was a mess and didn’t know where to turn for help. I didn’t want to be medicated; I wanted to get to the cause of the pain and heal it. And I had no idea where to turn.

As luck would have it, I wandered past an interesting building I’d seen a thousand times before, without knowing … Read the rest


In Search of Gratitude: Start Here

“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also
 in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.”
~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Recently, I witnessed with awe as a friend struggled through a year of grief, unexpected legal problems, financial distress and more…..alone. These three biggies can trigger depression and bring us to our knees. She felt the full gamut of expected emotions: sadness, fear, anger and loneliness.

And yet, with incredible grace and resolve, she faced her challenges and made her way through the most difficult period of her life. You see, my friend lives with gratitude. It isn’t something saved for when the going gets good. It is why the going gets good.

Every time we talk, my friend speaks of gratitude. And today, she has not only survived the accreditedgratitude-appreciation-articlepositivepsychologyprogram11-10-2016challenges, she’s thriving in ways she never expected. Her life is better than it’s ever been before and not for a moment does she take it for granted.

If you asked her today how she felt about her year of hell, she would undoubtedly answer “I’m grateful for it. Without those experiences I wouldn’t be where I am today.” … Read the rest


How I “Found” a $100 Using the Magic and Miracle of Law of Attraction

“The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.”
~Wayne W. Dyer

It’s true! I found a $100 bill … on purpose, by design and using the principles of the Law of Attraction.

With commitment, trust and a ‘let’s see how this LOA stuff really works attitude, my $100 bill was promptly delivered – lying in a theater parking lot – less than 36 hours of starting my manifestation process. It was a powerful and transformative experience that forever changed the way I create my outcomes and live into the magic life can offer.

I’ve been fascinated with, and by, the Law of Attraction long before it became the mainstream concept and trendy topic it has become. Matter of fact, it was back in 1989 when I first read Wayne Dyer’s then newest book, You’ll See It When You Believe It, that introduced me that very provocative possibility; we are the creators of our lives.

Until then I was living the outside-in thought process of “I’ll believe it when I see it”, sporting a skeptical and spiritually immature prove-it-to-me attitude.

But what I’ve always known about myself is that I get serious, really … Read the rest


Grief and Gratitude

“The greatest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.”
~Thornton Wilder
The month of November and Thanksgiving mark the arrival of the holiday season for Americans. It also marks the onset of the hard-core push to do more, more, more time of year. And, for many, many people, feeling thankful is simply out of reach.

pixabay-public-domain-11-3-2016copy-of-rainy-83136_1280The emotional landscape of twinkling lights, soulful music, visions of sugarplums and clinking glasses in a roomful of beautiful, smiling people is in dark contrast to the reality of the experience of the masses of people who are swimming in the murky waters of grief.Grief can come from many sources – most commonly the loss of a loved one. But, job loss, end of relationships, family dysfunction, a health crisis, experiencing a tragic event – are also examples of additional forms of loss that can trigger the grieving process as well. It is a universal emotion that everyone experiences. And we don’t get to pick a convenient time to be thrust into it. Nor can we predict how we’ll respond. It’s as individual as every other human emotion we experience.

The truth is that we will all be the cause of someone else’s

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Let’s All Take a Deep Breath

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With this highly-charged election season coming to a quick close, here’s what I know for sure:

Regardless of the outcome, each and every one of us can trust that this benevolent Universe we live in is always conspiring for our highest good, moving us forward at this time in our individual, collective and national evolution. We are invited to live into the truth that we are here and designed to chart these very waters of change and paradigm shifts by tapping into awareness, trust and transformational thoughts and behaviors.We are the creative forces in our own lives. We are are meant to be here. We are capable. We are blessed.

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Network Chiropractic: A Wellness Tool Connecting Your Body, Mind and Nervous System

Network Care is the combination of Network Spinal Analysis (largely discussed here) and Somato-Respiratory Integration. It’s an innovative approach which encourages the body to develop new strategies for dealing with everyday life and bodily stress. Network Care is the primary clinical approach that we take at Way of Life Wellness Center because if its ability to break the cycle of stress, pain and negative health effects. Through gentle touches which are applied at certain Spinal Gateways, the brain can be trained to create better connections with the body and, in particular, the spine. Because of this revitalization of the relationship between the brain and the nervous system, Network Care can empower you to use the energy built up in spinal tension to actually fuel and benefit the healing process.

What can Network Care do for you?

Network Care has helped many to enjoy a higher quality of life in their everyday experiences. They report that this happens because their Network Care treatments provide them with:

  • Better physical wellness— Because the network connecting your body and mind is nurtured, the mind’s powerful healing nature can more easily be applied to bodily suffering. Also, releasing tension through the cooperation of mind
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To Anyone Grieving this Holiday Season

Reprinted with permission from: http://theconsciousdyingnetwork.com/to-anyone-grieving-this-holiday-season/

“She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it
like a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts.”
~George Eliot

This December marks seven years since my dear friend and lover passed away. Nothing about that winter felt merry, and I certainly didn’t feel in the “holiday spirit.” My heart was breaking while the rest of the world carried on singing carols and exchanging gifts, putting on their best holiday game face. That whole season was a blur.

The mentor at the local grief group suggested “this Christmas will be different and the most important thing is to let it be.” She guided us to do what felt right for others ordered take-out and stayed in. I’ve learned that both are completely okay.

That year I participated in the family Christmas shindig in a zombie-like state, simply going through the motions. It was simply too much, too soon.

shutterstock_115638607I want to offer anyone who may be grieving the loss of a loved one, the opportunity to take the holiday’s off – if that is what feels right. People around you may not understand, but I support you … Read the rest


A Blanket of Grief

“…Though grief can seem like a cloak that never, really, disappears – it does evolve.
And I believe that’s because grief isn’t meant to be shrugged off. Grief honors loss.”

mom-and-me-aug-05More than eight years after my mother’s painful death, grief clings to pieces of me. It’s not constantly present. Often it comes out of nowhere. One day I find myself tearing up upon seeing a small family of her beloved quail scampering across a dusty path where we used to hike. Just last year I broke down sobbing in a remote village on the other side of the world after witnessing an elderly Vietnamese woman, hunched and frail like my mother in her last days, tending to her son.

When I say the word “grief” aloud – or even to myself – it sounds like a great tear. A gash. The brevity of the word, the harshness, evokes the sound of fabric being quickly stretched and then ripped apart. And that’s what it often feels like to me. Deeper than sadness. More invasive than anger. These emotions – as difficult or painful as they may be – seem temporary. As if they show up immediately in relation to circumstance … Read the rest


PERSPECTIVES ON THE UPCOMING ELECTION

“We are all energy and connected to each other. Love is what will save us.
We must all love each other because on the inside, we are all the same.”

Wise words, spoken in broken English by the middle-aged, Egyptian driver reflecting on the election while taking me to the airport last week. Words that sent shivers up my spine.10-27-2016-purchased-from-shutterstock

Here in the US, we are on the eve of one of the most divisive elections in modern times, exposing some of our greatest current social challenges, highlighting moral differences and shining a light on the importance of the myriad of choices and decisions made daily on our behalf.

What appears to be playing out more dramatically in this election than in past elections, is the human factor. We hold our leaders to a higher standard of ethics and behavior and rightly so. But it’s also important to remember that the government is a combination of the same thing that comprises every family, community, business and country in the world: people.

As my Egyptian driver stated so simply, ”on the inside we are all the same.”

And, I would add, we are all energetically connected to each other and the … Read the rest


THE BEAUTY OF INTUITION

“The only real, valuable thing is intuition.”
~Albert Einstein

I was 19 when I was first introduced to the art of Intuition.  I had been living away from home and had grand world travels planned. I was spending time with my parents in the small country town in Australia where I’d been brought up before spreading my wings to go and find my way in the bigger world.

It was an auspicious day. I had just passed my driver’s licence and took the family car for a drive to a nearby beach town where I found myself in the small crystal store staring at a flyer for an Intuition workshop.

chistian-article-image-10-27-2016Signing up for that workshop was the beginning of the next 22 years of my life.  Not only did I meet my future husband and the father of my 2 children but I had a whole world of knowledge about conscious creating and intuitive living open up before me.

Intuition is described in the dictionary as ‘A natural ability that makes it possible to know something without any proof or evidence’.  Most people have had an experience of having an intuitive hit.  But have you ever considered that your intuition … Read the rest


Announcing! Rumblstrips Expands its Level of Service

“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground.
There’s no greater investment.” ~Stephen Covey

Rumblstrips has turned a corner. From a start-up experiment a little over a year-and-a-half ago, to a legitimate online business with potential for growth, we’ve covered a lot of ground and are ready to take it to the next level in every way.

Toward that end it is imperative that Rumblstrips is prepared for the long-term with a solid monetization plan in place to fund its future. The costs to run the business to date have been shouldered personally. But, Rumblstrips, like any other business, needs to stand on its own legs financially in order to continuing evolving and serving.

So today, we announce the first step in the process of building a healthy business by welcoming a new partnership with the independent multi-media publishing company, Sounds True. [Affiliate]

They are veterans in the personal growth marketplace, offering products from a wide variety of experts in the industry at reasonable prices. They are a reputable, conscious company comprised of like-minded thinkers aligned well the Rumblstrips Mission and Purpose.

What does it mean for you?

 Access to a wide variety of products offered by … Read the rest


International Volunteering: Healing The World – Healing Yourself

“Some travel to see the difference. Others travel to be the difference.”
~Unknown

About ten years ago I was at work, staring at my computer, eating yet another, bland, microwaved Lean Cuisine lunch at my desk. And then my life changed with the click of a button. I was searching the web for something to hold my attention and stumbled upon an article about a woman.

A woman I wanted to be. She had decided to travel the world and volunteer with animals. image1 She had landed in Africa. And volunteered with lions. Several months later … I was doing the same thing.

International volunteering comes in all shapes and sizes. You don’t have to hang out with ferocious lions. You can teach English, play sports with kids, conduct environmental research and yes, hang out with wild animals. The possibilities are virtually endless.

What you do need to do is make the decision. Do your research. Buy your plane ticket. And get out there. Life is short. People and the environment and the animals need your help. But it’s really up to you to pull the proverbial trigger.

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Does Your Comfort Zone Have a Hold on You?

“In an increasingly competitive, cautious and accelerated world,
those who are willing to take risks, step out of their comfort zone and into
the discomfort of uncertainty will be those who will reap the biggest rewards.”
~Margie Warrell

As adults, we human beings are definitely creatures of comfort. There is safety in knowing what to expect. When we abide by established rules governing our thoughts and behaviors, stress and risk are minimized and we experience a state of mental security; we’re in our comfort zone.

Our comfort zone is the creation of our life experiences. Babies are born with a clean slate and day by day, year after year, life experiences begin to fill the energetic space in our mind where our comfort zone resides. Our perceptions and beliefs are formed and become the habits of thought that govern our lives.

But, we live in a world full of uncertainty. And sometimes things happen to us by chance or by choice that require a response outside the boundaries of our existing comfort zone parameters.

We are called to change, to act in ways that are perceived as risky and challenge the well defined limits of our comfort zone. This … Read the rest


Lessons from the “Wild”

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile,
and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
~John Muir

 Many people are familiar with Reese Witherspoon’s role in the movie “Wild,” based on Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir Wild. If you saw the movie, you know the journey she took was no walk in the park

I recently had my own “Wild” experience backpacking a section of the John Muir Trail injackiefoskett-johnmuir3 California for 6 days. And although it was nowhere near as theatrical as the movie “Wild,” it certainly contained many moments that caused me to reevaluate the drama happening in my own head!

Even though I trained and prepared for this trek with my husband for a good 6 months, I still was caught off guard at how much of a struggle it was for me. We were in high altitudes and doing lots of climbing on trails that were strenuous. I was surprised how labored my breathing got going uphill and was sure something was “wrong” with me!

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Tips and Tools for Giving Your Overworked Brain a Break

“I need to be good to myself, creatively, and refill my own creative well
before I can be any less than a brain-dead zombie.”
~Mary Kole

It starts with each of us individually. Setting some personal boundaries and putting our own oxygen mask on first will create a chain reaction that will have a positive impact on those around us as the ripple effect is set in motion.

Here are a few ideas for giving your brain a chance to restore and rejuvenate on a daily basis:

  • Set your personal and work email address up so they don’t feed through the same email provider on your devices. That way you can still receive personal ecopy-of-unplug-9-22-2016mails without being distracted by work email during non-working hours.
  • Stop checking emails first thing in the morning and right before you go to bed. Establish “working” hours that are reasonable for your work situation and add them to your email signature, if necessary, to set expectations.
  • If you need to check in while on vacation, schedule a time once daily and state that in your out-of-office message. Then stick to it.
  • If you need to work on weekends, establish a timeframe and stick to
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Where Are You Going?

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.”
~Alice in Wonderland

Where are your thoughts aimed, and what are you moving toward?

Are they your thoughts or those of your parents, teachers, friends, the news feed, or even spirits? And are those thoughts helpful or counterproductive to your life and your purpose?

I met with a client recently who was driving herself into a frenzy everyday trying to accomplish all the obligations and duties in front of her. She was in tears talking about how there was never time for herself, and that everyone came before her. Of course, even in saying it she realized that she was complicit in this daily merry-go-round.

She desperately wanted to find space for herself in her life. Time to relax, play, take up a hobby, and create joy in her household. But that voice in her head kept pointing out all the chores to be done first, and goading her to be perfect in the eyes of all she encountered. She thought others may be impressed with her striving and deeds, but deep inside she knew she was miserable and unfulfilled. And as much as she would cover … Read the rest


Giving My Epiphany a Window of Opportunity

“We need to work against that culture of always being busy and develop
more realistic expectations of what our brains and bodies can handle.”
~Ruth Wolever

A couple of short vacations over the summer months opened my eyes to the importance – no, the necessity – of resting my brain while experiencing a change in environment and routine, i.e., taking a vacation.

giving-my-epiphany-a-window-of-opportunityA recent bike ride through a beautiful, golden valley in Colorado provided the perfect backdrop for my epiphany.

After just a few days (mostly) disconnected from my laptop and connected to outdoor activities, I began to feel my shoulders drop, my mind open up, my worldview expand and creative energy building.

I heard the voice inside speaking very clearly. What both my body and mind want and need is time for rejuvenation.

Being a soloprenuer of this young business adds an additional layer of challenge in taking time off. There’s always work to be done. And, having grown up on a Midwestern farm where work was required 7-days and 52 weeks a year, work has been part of my routine since I was 8 years old. I know how to work. It’s not working that’s harder for me.… Read the rest


A Book Review: The Surrender Experiment

 “What would you be doing if you weren’t being
influenced by the reactions of ‘like’ or ‘dislike?’”
~Michael A. Singer

The Surrender Experiment is a true story of what life can be when we surrender our personal opinions about the right or wrong of our experiences and simply allow what life puts in front of us to lead the way.

Best-selling author, Michael A. Singer’s life has played out while living the majority of his adulthood in solitude in a remote, wooded area in the heart of Florida while simultaneously building a thriving meditation center, and a billion-dollar software company. Not without challenges, his remarkable life began to reveal itself after experiencing a spiritual awakening that changed the course of his life completely.

The glue that held his life together through the unexpected circumstances playing out in front of him was his steadfast commitment to a meditation/yoga practice, that evolved as time passed, just like everything else.

His story is about creating a space that allowed a dichotomy to exist; to establish a relationship between his inner world and outer world where both could co-exist peacefully while surrendering to the flow of life. A daily practice to quiet the mind … Read the rest


Life Lessons in Vulnerability

“Healing yourself is connected with healing others.”
~Yoko Ono

After several years of practice and teaching massage therapy, I was bored with “relaxation” massage and began specializing in advanced clinical techniques for injuries and difficult cases.

In the late 1980s, there were few massage practitioners working at this level on the west coast in United States and I felt I had quickly climbed near the top of my field as a clinical massage teacher. As much as I tried to be humble, I thought I was pretty hot stuff back then, with many tricks and techniques in my medicine bag.

One day a new client came into my office for a massage for his back pain. He was a soft-spoken, lean-built man in his early 60s. He showed me where his pain was and described how he felt he needed to relax and wanted a healing massage.

His eyes9-15-2016 looked fatigued, but held a gentle and caring quality. I nodded confidently and assessed his posture, leg length and other details to come up with a “treatment plan.”

I’d recently taught these techniques to my clinical students and felt so pleased to have a client who could benefit from this treatment. … Read the rest