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“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” ― Joseph Campbell

6 Steps to Unblock Body Wisdom

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Your physical body is an entrance to secrets you hold within your wisdom there. At the same time, your physical structures can hold memories or builds blocks that separate you from your body wisdom. Sometimes the block becomes more of a focus than the wisdom.

Blocks come in various forms. Some show up physically as tension, areas of pain, illness and chronic illness, poor sleep, fatigue, or as impulsivity, addictions or as toxins, allergies and food intolerances.

Some are emotion based such as incongruent emotional reactions, subconscious memories, emotional pain, sadness, numbing, and anger.

Others are energetic blocks such as restricted blood flow leading to headaches, sluggishness, difficulty with focus and comprehension, confusion and indecision, unmotivated, and fearful or anxious. You get the picture.

Blocks can overlap and often do, reeking greater discomfort or none at all, that you are aware of. Instead you have a sense of being stuck, stagnant, unclear about the whats and whys of your life. Making decisions and getting out of your own way seems harder to do in a particular area of your life than it used to.

In order to help you get unblocked, one way I use with clients in therapy is via guided visualization into your body’s blocks to help you to retrieve your wisdom within. Often this makes more sense than entering through your thoughts which can be clouded by self-doubt and defenses. Thoughts also add another layer of blocks which are formed by habitual patterns, cognitive biases, fears, and beliefs. You can do this yourself. Here’s how in 6 steps.

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Magnesium, Anxiety and Insomnia

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Magnesium Helps Relieve Symptoms of Anxiety and Insomnia. Our bodies use magnesium in more than 300 metabolic reactions. A lack of magnesium can alter electrical activity in the brain. Stress depletes the magnesium in your system.  Magnesium helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, steadies heart rhythms, and supports our immune systems. Additionally magnesium regulates blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and enhances metabolism. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency may include agitation and anxiety, restless leg syndrome, sleep disorders, irritability, nausea and vomiting, abnormal...

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Finding Tranquility

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Where do you find tranquility in your life these days? How will you know you found it? What does tranquility feel like to you?
Here are my thoughts on where you find ranquility. Tranquility feels like a still lake. It’s alive, organic, and in motion, yet appears still. Still, as in serene, intact, whole, connected and dynamic.
When rain comes, the motion on the lake’s surface reacts appearing to divide, detach and upset the wholeness, disrupting the stillness.

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How to Get Unstuck

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Flexibility is the key to getting unstuck and to avoiding getting stuck.
Let flexibility become a way of living as you begin this new year. You’ll become healthier, resilient and prepared for most things if you embrace the constancy of change in your life. As Carl Jung put it, the only thing you can count on is change.
What does this mean exactly? It means it is necessary to continually adapt to whatever is happening in the present. Yes, continually.

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Upping Life Satisfaction Now

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Be choosy, it’s your life! As the new year begins you’ll probably be making a change or two intentionally. Here’s an easy technique or approach you can do to feel more satisfied and be effective in making changes to up level your life.

Keeping in mind that there are only 168 total hours in a week, 7 days, how you chose to spend your discretionary time is a big deal. So much of the time is spent sleeping, working, taking care of yourself and others, your home and responsibilities life entails, there isn’t much left over for you to fill from your heart’s desire, if any some days, some months, some years.
How much better could your life feel overall if the have-tos didn’t feel like burdens and therefore left you with more me time, free-time and needed energy to do something other than sit on the couch to recoup?

On a scale of 1 – 10, 1 being only a burden/no satisfaction from it and 10 being totally at choice/completely satisfied from it, rate how satisfied you are in each of these major life areas:

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How to Overcome Obstacles

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Video: “How to Overcome Obstacles” A recent visit to the central coast of California inspired me to make this video. I hope it leaves you feeling a little calmer and gives you a technique to try the next time you see obstacles in your way.

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Why Sing your Own Song

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Why Sing your Own Song

Are you plugged into singing your own song or someone elses? Are you in tune with your true nature or tweeting on the internet instead? John Mackey said “Life is short so don’t cheat yourself.” Retweet this until it sinks in.

Sometimes we don’t feel plugged in at all. Instead, we feel lost, we can’t seem to cut a break, and don’t feel like we fit in anywhere. As a result, we can get depressed. We can get mad and blame ourself, then our depression turns despondent and hopelessness sets in. Others turn to a substance like alcohol, food, TV or shopping to numb the disconnected feelings, the flat unceasing tone of our life.

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How to Build Confidence

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How to Build Confidence

Why is that we can have confidence in some areas of our life and not others? Confidence is learned, and learning follows from practice. You have to do something to give your brain the chance to learn it, encode it, and get better at supporting you in doing it in similar situations down the road. This is why something that was at first a little (or a lot) uncomfortable is eventually no big deal.

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Are You Done with Antidepressant Medication?

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Have you been considering going off your anti-depressant medication? I help my clients with this once they are ready to go it alone and have the cooperation of their prescribing practitioner. It is done slowly by taking less and less medication over weeks or months so that any symptoms that could arise can be well tolerated and overcome. It may be time to slowly but surely stop depending on anti-depressant medication if it’s at all possible for you. Read on: “Antidepressant-Induced Liver Injury Underestimated All antidepressant drugs may potentially cause liver injury, even at...

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Lose Weight the Mindful Way Class 2014

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In this 2-part workshop we will discuss and practice my version of mindful eating with the purpose of losing weight while being happier and less stressed out as you do. This is not a one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss. Mind-body Health, stress reduction and eating enjoyment are what also bring about the weight loss you desire. Get ready now for the holiday dresses and parties by knowing your body and your plan beforehand to keep your weight from getting out of control.

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