The Heart Whisperer: Sweet Breath

The Heart Whisperer: Sweet Breath

I've used variations of this practice for years and it is very effective for helping to create a tactile experience, a somatic experience, of what it feels like to sit with a soft, unguarded heart center.  It brings us back and forth between physically posturing ourselves so our chest oscillates between over closing and over opening. 

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Metta Is A Mood Lifter

Metta Is A Mood Lifter

Research has shown that Metta Meditation Increases Positive Emotions & Decreases Negative Emotions.

In a landmark study, Barbara Frederickson and her colleagues (Fredrickson, Cohn, Coffey, Pek, & Finkel, 2008) found that practicing seven weeks of lovingkindness meditation increased love, joy, contentment, gratitude, pride, hope, interest, amusement, and awe.

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Welcome Change & Learn to Trust the Flow

Welcome Change & Learn to Trust the Flow

Change, self-initiated or not, moves us through a transition zone which creates a sense of groundlessness. The scary in-between state of letting to go of what we’ve always known and/or done to allow for something new (a new habit, pattern, way of thinking or acting) to emerge. It’s like being in flight between trapeze bars. It takes skill, dedication, and courage to relax and trust into this groundless state. 

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Land. Arrive And Relax into the New Year.

Land. Arrive And Relax into the New Year.

Tension has a psycho-neurological component. We need to realize that our bodies respond to everything we hear and experience around us, as well as to what we think and experience on the inside. Every time we don’t feel okay about something, we tense up in our body and it doesn’t release until we feel grounded, slow down, take a deep breath, and soften our body. Our tension can be from an hour ago or a decade ago. What makes a difference is how we meet our tension.

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Brighten Up Your Winter Blues

Brighten Up Your Winter Blues

This is one of my personal go to mixes to lighten up winter heaviness. Mix 10 drops of lavender and 5 drops of grapefruit and 2 drops of eucalyptus (or peppermint) in an unscented base such as jojoba oil. Lavender is calming, grapefruit is a mood elevator and stimulates digestion, and eucalyptus is excellent for opening the respiratory system.

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