We live in a society that craves change. We want everyone to change, often to our perspective to how we view life. However, the deep reality is that we are the only ones who can change ourselves.
Often times when seeking change, most relate to the softer voices in life rather than the harsh, "pull yourself up by your boot straps," approach. However, I do think a mix of both energies are necessary to light the fire to ignite change.
Change is an opportunity to grow, and ascend from tough to better situations. The path to change isn't always easy, but know the journey is one worth taking.
So if you are seeking a change, here are some powerful questions to ponder upon to inspire change or awakening in your life.
Am I sick and tired of being sick and tired? Or am I "sick" of my current situation?
What situation in your life are you sick and tired of dealing with? Is it poor health? Is it constantly being broke? Is it chronic negative thinking?
Whatever it is, bringing awareness to the situation is the first step making a change. Once you bring awareness, you are conscious or cognizant on the situation or problem.
Once you have the awareness, what was the "a-ha" moment that made you realize you needed a change?
One of my former morbidly obese clients said his "a-ha" moment occurred when he took a flight and couldn't fit into the seat. That was his moment that he realized he needed to change his life as he couldn't do many things before of his weight.
What situations or life event led me to this point?
Most people have a trigger event, unresolved trauma, childhood trauma or a string of chaotic events that led them to a certain situation or down a path of self-destruction.
Common causes include: death of a spouse / family member, abuse from a parent / spouse, divorce, loss of finances (job or bankruptcy), bad breakup, or hitting rock bottom.
In the event of becoming morbidly obese, this change did not happen overnight. It took years of overeating to get that person to the point of becoming 350-500lbs. Most morbidly obese people I worked with used food to cope with their emotions to make themselves feel better.
What is your deepest "why?"
As a personal trainer for 15 years, I've noticed that there are various surface level responses to change, and then there are deeper ones that hit the core of our emotional body.
Discovering your deepest why, is like peeling back the onion layers.
One example I see in fitness is that people want to lose weight. Okay, so why? Many will respond with "to look better," and after each response I keep asking, "why?" Many people on the surface want to look or feel better, but deep down there is something inside of them such as they want to be able to play with their children. Or have energy to participate in their kids life (like playing baseball) instead of having the passive experience of just being on the sidelines.
What is stopping me from achieving these goals? Or are there any barriers to my success?
These questions bring awareness to potential challenges or barriers that may hinder growth or our goals.
I suggest writing down 5-10 potential challenges. Do you work long or erratic work hours? Are you a busy parent? Do you self-sabotage your situations because of unresolved trauma?
Many people are eager to change, but don't realize it is a journey. They want to automatically jump from Point A to Point B. They fail to realize that living our daily life may cause barricades or stepping stones that may make life go up and down.
Change isn't linear and sometimes the road blocks pushes the pause button in our path to growth, but know that this moment is temporary.
What am I willing to let go of to make space for change?
Many people want to keep the same habits and try some program or teaching, expecting the same results.
As an example, people want to lose weight, so they decide to exercise and expect to be thin while continuing to eat fast food and drink lots of alcohol. Many people don't realize that its an entire lifestyle change. They don't want to let go of the same habits or addictions that will take them down.
However, in order for something new to begin, the old ways must be let go, removed or decreased to make space for something new.
What did I try in the past? What worked and what didn't?
Many people have tried "life altering" programs, but unfortunately did not see any results or change. Many mass marketed programs offer false-hope or unrealistic results in a short amount of time. Sadly, most of like doesn't work like this.
Nature doesn't plant a seed and then in 7 days a flower blossoms. Good things that grow take time.
I recommend not being discouraged from past efforts, but rather sit and reflect on what worked and what didn't. This time around one can adopt a better or a different game plan to navigate towards success.
Who is my support system?
We all need support. That is why community is so powerful and friends and family are so valuable. They are our cheerleaders to encourage us through difficult times.
We cannot be codependent upon people and shouldn't overburden individuals as that is where professional help is necessary to navigate the deeper parts of our change.
So ask yourself, "Who is part of my support system?" Friends, family, co-workers, church/community groups, neighbors, coaches, trainers, psychologists, doctors, nutritionists - somewhere out there, there is at least one support network for everyone.
YOU CAN DO IT! YOU CAN GROW! YOU CAN HEAL! YOU CAN LIVE A BETTER LIFE!
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As stated in former blogs, life on planet earth is an incarnation of polarity. We cannot have the north pole without the south pole, and we cannot have positive energy without negative energy.
Everything on this planet from the minerals to the animals to human beings are consciousness. From a spiritual perspective, everything is sending and receiving vibration, frequency and the most evolved energy, love.
Animals are biologically programmed to perform a function, which is not always kind. Luckily, humans are equipped with a consciousness that can depict the difference between moral and immoral. However we are losing that channel or intelligence.
Because of continuous programming of the mind, people have become so disconnected from basic understanding of human physiology. They'll believe in marketing commercials and lies sold to them from billionaire corporations, but refuse to listen to people who've spent their careers analyzing and studying various forms of science.
In terms of understanding how this applies to this topic, the more we fuel the ego, the more we set off our sympathetic nervous system. The adrenaline pumping through our body ignites the fight or flight response.
When grounded, calm, cool and collected, one taps into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the rest and digest phase of the nervous system (opposite of fight or flight).
We have the choice everyday to fuel the ego and the polarity, or switch or consciousness to focus on the light and trust the path that the truth will be exposed one day.
In other blog's I've also stated that the truth lies somewhere in the middle. In today's collective environment, much lower frequency consciousness is being sent and received to the masses. The media is rarely uplifting, constantly promoting the sludge of the earth.
In today's current situation, we are losing the path of our divine nature and the true consciousness of love. As planet earth is polar, we are witnessing the rise of polar opposite energies that have two fundamental different beliefs.
Like Moses parting the sea, the waves on each side is getting bigger and bigger. This is scary, but this also provides a path to walk in divine nature. It is important to be aware but not get lost in the sludge or lower consciousness. It's a place ofego and lower brain frequency that destroys other people for their opinion or belief.
What happens when two tidal waves collide?
When two waves collide it creates a form of chaos. Think of a medieval war. Two opponents from opposite sides run and collide into one another and create destruction.
In physics, when two or more waves meet, they interact with one another. Wave interference happens when two waves that are traveling in opposite directions meet. When the two waves meet, they create an amplitude, which is affected by the interference. There is a constructive or destructive interference.
The constructive interference is when two waves meet, the crest or highest point of one wave overlaps another to produce a greater, or larger amplitude.
When thinking about war, the energies collide, scatter and eventually one side becomes the winner.
Why is this important?
It is important because we need to ground ourselves and realize the severity of rising polarities.
One side cannot rise in energy without the same polarity rising on the other side. That is in part of the lessons or "nature" of life on planet earth.
If we cannot ground ourselves, come in the middle and meet with reason and diplomacy, the unpredictability from two tidal waves crashing into one another will ignite a sense of chaos. Particles will spurt in the air, going in every which way and direction.
Water symbolizes emotion, and the emotional mess and chaos will lead to a clash like we've read in the history books.
As the polarity rises, this creates an opportunity to ground ourselves on the earth and with our emotions, and keep focus on the light.
Yoga, meditation, prayer, nature walks and journaling are simple tools to ground ourselves in difficult times. These tools also allow us to maintain awareness without getting lost in the sludge and the lower mind.
From my experience over the last several months, the energy is dense, chaotic and negative.
We are lost in the heads and really need to ground ourselves. Like a balloon, we need to root our tether. If we don't ground eventually the balloon will get lost in the sky and pop.
The lower mind fuels the tidal wave. The higher mind grounds ourself in spirit and walk in accordance to our higher self.
What is interesting about the tidal wave image, is that in the far far distance one sees the light. As the wave curves, it almost creates a heart formation.
If anything changes, I hope it is in the direction of the world adopting a heart-centered culture.
What are your thoughts? Other readings you may find significant during this time.
It's no secret 2020 has been a challenging year. No matter what situation you are in, just know that obstacles are here to challenge your soul's growth and potential. With the right mindset, these mantras help you during difficult times.
When under emotional stress, mantras calm the body and channel the thoughts back to a more positive state, to be in control of one's thoughts.
"I accept the situation and can only control my own thoughts, actions and behaviors."
When going through a difficult situation, we must learn to make peace with the situation and understand how we can control actions and reactions.
"Take actions on the things that I can change."
To piggyback on the first quote, every situation in life has a learning lesson. Whatever the lesson may be, just know only you can control your actions and any changes that need to be made. Sometimes we have to endure loss in order to learn the most important things in life.
"I have two wolves that live inside my head. The wolf of the light. And the wolf of the dark. Right now, I choose to feed the wolf of the light."
We can control our thoughts and fuel positive, healthy thoughts or continue to spiral through negativity to keep ourselves down in the dumps.
"I have been put into this situation to strengthen my soul's growth."
All of these thoughts pertaining to this mantra have been mentioned above.
"Today I will do my best. I will let go of any self doubt, criticism or self-inflicting thoughts or harm."
We are our own worst critic. We can be hard on ourselves but we must realize we can only do so much in one day. For today, try to do your best and be proud of that.
"I trust in my life path and my life's journey."
Trust in your life's journey. Trust in God. Make smart decisions that benefit you, and do not tempt you.
"Everything in life is temporary. The feelings and emotions I am experiencing right now are temporary."
Nothing in life is permanent. Not the seasons and not your life. There is beginning and there is an end. The hard times too will pass, and know that your current emotions are temporary.
What is your favorite mantra to say during tough times?
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About a year ago, I posted this blog, "Sunspiration #121: Emerging of the Artificially-Induced Consciousness." Now that we are in the COVID 19 era, it is apparent how much more the artificial world, and its consciousness, is on the rise.
Natural law and spiritual law follows the God-given grain of movement, flow, or action that is biologically driven or created the natural way.
The way the humans lived and what the ancients preached through spirituality is much of the natural way of living. Natural law (i.e. what goes down, goes up), ebbs and flow, love, family, gardening, community, farming, nature - these are some examples of things that are natural to our human existence.
Artificial living are things that are man-made or created by man. Think about it. Pharmaceuticals, fast food, pornography, war, division, hedonism, artificial food, internet, social media, reality TV, synthetic fibers, photoshopping - all of these things are artificial constructions created by man, which for the most part does not always benefit mankind.
Unbeknownst to most humans they are in a battle between the artificial and the natural world.
Much of today in this, "spiritual war," is really a battle between the artificial and the natural world. The natural ways of living are being impeded by artificial methods. For example, for many years doctors have prescribed meds to patients with high blood pressure. They were not encouraged to change their diet, or their exercise habits, which vastly affects their blood pressure.
The same has been seen in the weightless industry. Everyone wants to be gluttonous and take a magic pill, but not actually make lifelong changes to their health. The irony is that many ingredients in meds are properties that come from whole and natural foods.
When you look at the "S.A.D." or the "Standard American Diet," one notices how much processed food is a part of everyone's daily living. There is no life or vibrancy in that food. And when you analyze the difference between natural food and artificial and processed foods is that both are created under two different light forms.
The light you seek is the light you reap.
Spiritual law knows what you reap is what you sow. The old adage, "you are what you eat," rings true in many ways. You become a byproduct of the type of light and products you consume. Today, most people get most of their light from the television, and not actually from the light of day.
The television has numbed people's ability to critically think and altered their subconscious mind. They say curiosity kills the cat, and the television has made people curious many self-destructive ways. In addition to changing people's behaviors and the way we interact.
There is truth to God and natural law, and everything else is man-made or created by egos. This is not to discard anything man-made or artificial. But as we notice the rise in psychopathy and narcissism, the many man-made tools have enhanced this shadow side in humans.
Humans are like a computer. The physical body is like the hardware or the actual computer and the mind is like the software. You choose what to download into your conscious and subconscious mind.
If you analyze society as a whole you can notice the difference between behaviors and actions with the rise of the artificial world.
Spiritual people understand that everything, or everyone is connected. And the complex web of a world we live in, spiritual people understand that many artificial things are part of the path of self-destruction. People's behaviors weren't like this twenty years ago when technology was just used for email and some research.
We can't escape the artificial world. Some blessings like medical advancements have greatly benefited mankind, but most of what has been created in the social media realm has affected our behaviors on a scale that most people don't realize.
Mindset is everything. Psychologists say that the "link is what you think," which gives precedence to how the mind affects our bodies and wellbeing in a positive or negative way.
We all go through ebbs and flows in life. Some time periods are good and flow with ease, where others are difficult and feel like one can't see the light of day. Whatever you're going through, just know that it is important to process the emotions, but not get stuck in a negative mindset.
Here are various mindset tips to help you navigate through difficult times.
Every Experience is Temporary
All time periods are temporary and those feelings and emotions will eventually diminish with time, healing and life experience. Even now during Coronavirus, this time period will end and things will go back to the life we know (hopefully).
Whatever negative or difficult cycle you are in, just know that this too shall pass. If trying for something better, know that life eventually works out in the right timing, and that persistence leads us to a better place.
Difficult Times are For Your Higher Good
Difficult times are not easy. Whether you've lost a job, had a bad dating experience or grieving a death, just know that every experience is for your greatest good.
Every person, situation or event that happens to you is there to make you grow, heal, purge wounds or make you reflect. Most people see hard times as something that is happening TO them, not FOR them. Some opportunities in life are also tests to see if you'll go back to old ways, or walk forward and away from the difficult people, job or situations that bring you down.
At the time none of it makes sense, but our souls are here to grow. We are put through difficult times in order for our souls to learn, grow and evolve. There is a lesson in everything, and for some going through hardship, the lesson is to learn gratitude, humility or appreciation for the things you once had.
Know You'll Have a Great Life
During tough times it is important to stay positive. Part of manifestation is knowing what was stated above, and that no matter what is happening around you in the world, you'll have a great life if you stay focused.
Blocking out social media and hardcore opinions is not easy. It is important to be aware, but not get sucked down the rabbit hole of negativity. Aim that arrow of focus to the things that serve you the most, which maybe healing, refocusing business pursuits, or getting your finances back in order.
So much of our lives we waste watching television or arguing on social media, that we are no longer focused or productive on the things that serve you in life, or can help you get to the next step.
Focus on Your Circle of Influence + Concern
A Circle of Concern encompasses the wide range of concerns we have, such as our health, our children, problems at work, the amount of government borrowing, or the threat of war. A Circle of Influence encompasses those concerns that we can do something about.
You cannot control other people, but you can control your thoughts, actions and behaviors. For those in activism, they can get lost in a world of negativity because they want to police everyone's opinions, or actions, but know that the awareness you raise helps, but there is a boundary to what you can control.
Focus on the positivity that your work or awareness does for the community. It is important not to get lost in the complex webs of the circle of influence or control especially during difficult times.
We have been bred to want to change the world, but only a select few souls will actually do that. The point is don't lose control of what you can't control. This will make difficult times a bit easier by having the awareness of what you can control, or what you let influence or control you.
Find Gratitude in What You Have
When going through a difficult time, it is easy to focus on all the things that are going wrong in your life. This is a time to practice gratitude and give light to the good or positive things or people in your life.
Write a list of what is going well. Did someone buy your coffee? Are your parents supportive of you? Do you have a reliable car? Do you have a pet that loves you unconditionally?
One of the most important parts of success is knowing how to recognize the negative, but not allow the mind to ruminate. One must recognize the negative, but also focus on the positive.
In summation, life is a series of peaks and valleys. Life is like the stock market. We are on a trajectory in life but go through highs and lows. When we are realistic in life, and understand that life is not always positive we can better mentally set ourselves up to navigate hard times by knowing it's a temporary experience that won't get the best of us.
How do you mentally navigate hard times?
Whether you're struggling, or in a good spot in your life, it is easy to forget the things that really matter in life. We can get caught up in social media and pleasing everyone, that we are left exhausted, and eventually forget the simple things in life that we should be thankful for. Here is a list of short reminders of what to be thankful for in this world.
Nature & The Natural World
Nature is our true artist and the greatest healer in our life.
God / Our Creator
Whatever belief system you have, just know that God wants the best for you. He may put you through hard times, but know it is for your growth.
My dad has always said there is nothing more important than your health.
Wisdom Gained Through the Years of Age + Experience
As society grows, we tend to become more intellectual but what we need today is more wisdom. Spiritual wisdom is what people are lacking.
Your Parents, Family & Support System
Not everyone is blessed to have a healthy family, but for those who have parents, loved ones or support pieces who care and help you, that is something to be thankful for every day.
Being in Love
Life is not easy whether one is single or taken, but there is something magical about being in love, especially living in a world where people crave love and the human heart.
Money in Savings
Most people live pay check to pay check, so it is important to be thankful for that savings for that rainy day, or retirement account, or that 401k that your company contributes towards.
Kindness in Strangers
Whether its getting a donation, or someone holding the door, we should appreciate those small acts of kindness.
Art is a form of therapy and escapism to help us appreciate the beauty of the world, or one's creativity.
Waking Up Everyday Day
In reality, everyday you wake up, live and breathe is the greatest gift from God as we never know when our time will expire.
Sunrises + Sunsets
Not only are sunrises and sunsets beautiful, but it reminds us that there is a beginning and that there is an end. It also reminds us that each day is an opportunity for a fresh start.
No one wants to go through a hard time, but if you analyze those hard times know it puts you in a better position and somehow your soul needed that experience in order to grow. Those hard times can lead us to better places.
For those who have the ability to walk, walking and movement is healing. Walking is symbolic to moving forward in life. We have the ability to walk away from things that no longer serve us and to walk forward in life to heal.
Even if you're struggling, there are free services out there for nearly everything. Free food. Free counseling. Free fitness classes. Be thankful for the people who volunteer or provide monetary donations to provide free services.
Pets or Animals
Even if you don't have a pet, sometimes sitting in nature and admiring nature like a bird singing songs, or a seal swimming in the ocean is something that brings immense joy to humans. We have a connections with nature and the natural world, and we can all find gratitude in the beauty of animals.
What are you most thankful for in life?
Most people do not understand how the human anatomy functions, and the important role that the nervous system plays in our wellbeing.
According to the NCBI, "The nervous system is made up of all the nerve cells in your body. It is through the nervous system that we communicate with the outside world and, at the same time, many mechanisms inside our body are controlled. The nervous system takes in information through our senses, processes the information and triggers reactions, such as making your muscles move or causing you to feel pain. For example, if you touch a hot plate, you reflexively pull back your hand and your nerves simultaneously send pain signals to your brain. Metabolic processes are also controlled by the nervous system."
The nervous system contains nerve cells that are called neurons, and fire to do a certain task when a "message" is communicated through the nervous system.
In exercise science, we learned that "neurons that fire together, wire together," and that healthy and unhealthy habits are learned, but also retrainable through retraining the neurons.
There are two parts of the nervous system, which includes the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the Peripheral nervous system (that connects the CNS to all other areas in the body).
Under the division of the PNS is the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and the somatic nervous system.
What we will discuss today are the parts of the nervous system that is under the ANS, which include the parasympathetic nervous system, PNS, (rest and digest phase) and the sympathetic nervous system, SNS (fight or flight).
The ANS is responsible for involuntary body functions such as blood flow, heart beat, digestion and breathing. Thus, it controls parts of the body that are not under voluntary control.
The PNS & the SNS are opposites and perform two different functions. One gets you ready for rest and digestion where the other stimulates the body to respond to stress.
Parasympathetic Nervous System
This part of the nervous system aides the body in normal functions and conserve physical resources. When activated, most of the blood flow goes to the visceral organs and allows the body to function at normal levels or homeostasis.
When we sleep, meditate or do yoga, we are activating the PNS.
Sympathetic Nervous System
The SNS is opposite where it activates the body to expend energy and respond to external threats and fears. Approximately 85% of the blood flow moves away from the visceral organs to the working muscles of the body and the limbs. When triggered, heart rate and breathing increases, sweat secretion activates and the pupils dilate.
In reality, we need both parts of the nervous system to function properly. The SNS can save your life if responding to an immediate dangerous situation. And we need the PNS to keep us rested and restored so that you can function in daily life. Both areas of the nervous system encounter biochemical reactions that release certain types of hormones depending on the (lack of) stress or demand on the body.
However, there are ramifications of being in "fight of flight" for long periods of time.
And Why is This Knowledge Important?
It is important to note that the body and the brain receives a biological signal and trigger from physical, emotional, mental or psychological stress. What is important is that the body and brain receives a signal, but cannot tell or discern if that threat is physical or emotional. It is just a biological response, so the brain has no clue the trigger, it just knows its response.
The brain sends warning signals through the central nervous system. The adrenal glands begin producing hormones (adrenalin and noradrenalin) which are recreated into the body. This causes the heart to beat faster and breathing to become more rapid. Muscles tense and pupils dilate.
So whether you're watching a scary movie, or escaping danger, it is important to know that today, we are under chronic stress response.
If you think about society right now, look at all the stress we respond to in our daily life. Traffic, fighting opinions on social media, horror or action-packed movies, news and media reactions, political disagreements, we are constantly triggered by emotional chaos, fear and stress. On top, things like exercise, which is healthy for the body, is also stress and demand on the body.
WE NEED TO SLOW DOWN!
What are the Consequences of Chronic SNS Activation?
Physiologically, this is what people need to understand about the consequences of too much stress on the body. YOU BASICALLY "BURN" OUT OR SECRETE NUTRIENTS THROUGH YOUR URINE.
When under chronic stress, the nutrient calcium doesn't go to it's function, but rather gets secreted through the urine. When cortisone releases, it leads to a dip in calcium absorption and spikes excretion.
Long term nutrient release leads to additional health issues. And when this happens things go south mentally, physically and emotionally. When stressed long term with certain hormones constantly secreting, we crave more comfort food to emotionally fulfill our mental and emotional state. Most of this food lacks nutrients so its a vicious cycle that never ends. The two main hormones released when in the SNS is cortisol and adrenalin (epinephrine).
According to the Stress and Eating Behavior research study posted it states, "Uncontrollable stress changes eating patterns and the salience and consumption of hyperpalatable foods; over time, this could lead to changes in allostatic load and trigger neurobiological adaptations that promote increasingly compulsively behavior. This association may be mediated by alterations in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, glucose metabolism, insulin sensitivity, and other appetite-related hormones and hypothalamic neuropeptides. At a neurocircuitry level, chronic stress may affect the mesolimbic dopaminergic system and other brain regions involved in stress/motivation circuits. Together, these may synergistically potentiate reward sensitivity, food preference, and the wanting and seeking of hyperpalatable foods, as well as induce metabolic changes that promote weight and body fat mass. Individual differences in susceptibility to obesity and types of stressors may further moderate this process."
Chronic SNS activation will eventually put wear and tear on the body. This can lead to injuries, disease, malnutrition, lack of sleep and impaired judgment. Stress is the main reason for SNS and in today's society, we are bombarded with too much stress, especially now emotional chaos.
We don't feel good about ourselves when under chronic stress. We feel good about ourselves when in homeostasis and living in harmony with the body and mind.
Do you have thoughts to share on the PNS & SNS? If so, please share them in the comments below!
Welcome to the start of my wellness week. As the season of rebirth transitions closer to spring, I wanted to dedicate one week of wellness tips to better help readers initiate positive change in the life.
Change is the one thing that is constant in life. And now we've seen life drastically change over the last several weeks. This blog is dedicated to planting the seeds into your brain on how to change ones life.
Most people have a laundry list of things they want to change, but it all starts with one step, and that first step is sometimes the smallest change. Big results come from the accumulation of small amounts of change overtime. And here are 3 easy ways to make a change in your life.
Prioritize: Make a List
So many people are seeking change. Whether they want to lose one hundred pounds, not be broke anymore, or not end up like their parents, there are many layers and factors that go into the world of personal growth and development.
Like anything in life, change is a journey, and sometimes not an easy one. So many people desire so many changes that they try to change several things at once, but end up quitting because they are frustrated and not seeing fast results.
The false promises of today are simple white lies to get people hooked into programs, systems and cycles. Make a list of what you want to change.
Sure, it may be to eat healthier and lose weight, but underneath those macrocycles are micro-goals. Do you need to actually stop skipping lunch? Do you need to exercise? Do you need to drink more water and less caffeine? Do you want to live in a cleaner household?
Write a list of the many things you want to improve.
After you write a list, you can prioritize what is most important. What is something simple and easy that you can do today? Drinking more water is a way easier goal to reach right now than becoming a vegan overnight.
People who have chronic issues, drama or chaos in their life are unorganized in one or more aspects of life. For some people organizing their house is actually the first, necessary step.
Because the inner and outer world are usually a mirror reflection of eachother. Not always, but usually. When the space is clear, the mind can think more clearly. This is an old yoga philosophy that has stuck around for centuries. Have you ever felt better after a spring clean or declutter? It is because there is something refreshing and renewing about that "clean sweep."
For those who are alcoholics, there life is messy with relationships not only with themselves, but with others. One way to get organized is to remove yourself from people who no longer serve you. Getting organized is not easy, but necessary.
Take Action & Make a Plan
Do you need to go to counseling? Do you need to talk to a pastor? Or maybe you need to hire a health coach or personal trainer? Do you need to invite God into your life?
Most people can't walk forward in their path of change alone. Most need a support system, and friends or family to encourage them during this time. Support systems are huge and remind us of how or why we are on this journey.
Getting from point A to B will not be a straight trajectory, but it is a path. For those who believe in God, know that God may throw some trials and tribulations your way to see if you'll revert to old patterns or grow into new ones. Pressure and challenge is necessary to grow. It is how a diamond forms.
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Are you fit enough to survive a crisis?
It seems like crisis and chaotic events are becoming the new norm. It shouldn't be like that, but somehow it seems to be. Between terrorist attacks, mass shootings, natural disasters, and now a pandemic disease that is destroying immune systems, it is evident we need to self-reflect and take our health more seriously.
America has long been destroyed and dumbed down for too long. What do you get when you make a city car dependent that is surrounded by fast food and inundated by chronic marketing from the television and doped up by pharmaceuticals?
The result is what we see today. A nation that is overweight, sedentary and broken down mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.
This pandemic should be the awakening process to how our health has suffered for ages, and how we need to rethink about health from the inside out. People need to realize (or get mad enough to make a change) that they've been sold lies for a long time, and now its time to stop and take a stand against your health.
In fact, what most humans seek - beauty - actually comes from taking care of your health. When you glow inside, you glow outside.
Beauty does not come from makeup. Beauty comes from within.
In terms of getting "fit" it is not a superficial change. We need to develop baselines to increase our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing. So how does one do that?
We have two areas of fitness, cardiovascular and then muscular strength and endurance. To build a baseline all you need is simple body weight exercises and also to start walking or doing low impact exercise like a bike to build a baseline. For cardio fitness, aim for a sustaining a cardio session for 20 to 30 minutes.
MENTAL / EMOTIONAL WELLBEING
We've become very reactive in modern society because of technology. To build a baseline we need mind and breath control.
The breath is everything and can make or break us in moments of chaos. Deep breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the rest and digest phase (opposite of fight or flight). The diaphragm is a muscle and needs exercise too. Exercise the diaphragm with deep breathing like inhaling and counting mentally for five seconds, and then exhaling and mentally counting for five seconds.
Spiritual wellbeing is difficult in times of chaos. Most find "R&R" in moments during peaceful times of reflection in quiet spaces. Quiet spaces maybe difficult at this time, but know that spiritual wellbeing is directly linked to mental and emotional wellbeing since the breath controls our state of being.
Spiritus (Latin for "spirit" or "breathing"), is our spirit, which is our breath.
I discuss more in the PART 2 video, but take this time to plant the seeds in your brain on how your physical health is thriving or suffering.
Right now, COVID 19 is teaching us that our health is so much more complex and deeper than the superficial look of just having muscles and six pack abs.
One way to increase your health IMMEDIATELY is by eating more fresh produce and spices.Check out my recipe list for more ideas on how to consume more healthy foods.
It's time to rethink our health, and sometimes it takes getting mad or pissed to make a change. Now is the time for that change.
Hello Mind Body Soul Food Followers,
Today I announce the grand opening of my Etsy shop, The Elizabethan Closet, a place to discover vintage clothes, antiques and funky finds. While living in Germany between 2014-2015, I created a self-published vegan cookbook. During this time, I needed props for my recipes and discovered a love and passion for pastime relics. That love grew when I moved back to the states.
During some years after Germany, I noticed I needed some outfits for a couple weddings and randomly chose vintage clothing from Goodwill. It was a subconscious buy, as at that time I didn't know how to look for vintage clothing or did not realize the worker union tags.
The year 2019 was rough, and during this time I found estate sales to be my sanctuary and my sadness was channeled into my photography for this blog. I became inspired by vintage dresses and antique glassware, which ignited many recipes that you see here today.
Now I must part with my collection, and I hope that all the joy these dresses and plates brought me, it will light your home up with some joy too.
It's a bit of an awkward time to post this considering the coronavirus is on the rise in the states. But with this being the season of rebirth, I too have to shed my skin and start a fresh.
Here is just a preview of somethings you'll find on The Elizabethan Closet. I will be uploaded new items weekly. I have been a bit slow at uploading due to the stress of losing employment because of coronavirus and just figuring things out.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me! Thanks for your support!
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com