How to Avoid Making A Fool of Yourself in the Gym: Part Two

Never mind “Me Too”. I’ll kick your ass! 

Just a few more gems of wisdom to prevent you from being the fool in the gym! Since my last related post I’ve really been doing well at fitting in with all the gym rats. Four to five days/week I’m there doing my thing and it’s definitely improved my body’s contours and fitness level.

It’s so uncomfortable staring at myself in the mirror in front of the whole gym population so I took some selfies at home. I haven’t gotten the hang of posing yet!

Despite the overall positive outcome here’s what to watch out for:

How to avoid making a fool of yourself in the gym.1. While you are handling this Plate (that’s what they call this 45lb. circle of iron) be careful not to get distracted by beautiful creatures working on the machines around you lest you might drop this thing on your foot as I did. This will result in massive bruises on your foot or feet and will keep you from your workout progress!

How to avoid making a fool of yourself at the gym.
Beautiful Creature

 

 

2. Don’t be deceived! Just because your trainer has heretofore only had you working on stationary exercises does not mean he won’t surprise you with a requirement to jump around for some aerobic conditioning. Make sure then that you are wearing form fitting undergarments so that you don’t hurt yourself and attract all kinds of attention.

How to Avoid making a fool of yourself at the gym.
Form-fitting garments required!

3. If you’re still relatively young and in decent shape you may not need additional supplements to support you body while you build muscle. For my age I am in decent shape but I still noticed that my muscles and joints were not recovering as quickly as they have in the past. To combat this I asked around and did some research and have put myself on a regimen that has quickened my recovery time. So in addition to my previously recommended supplements here I have added:

Workout supplements for joint and muscle support.

Myo Malate

Clinical application according to Manufacturer:

  • Supports Optimal Energy Production
  • Boosts Key Enzymes for ATP Synthesis
  • Support’s the Body’s Detoxification of Aluminum

Clinical application in my words:  Makes my muscles less achy.

Collagen Powder

Clinical application according to Manufacturer:

  • Protects and Promotes Connective Tissue Biosynthesis
  • Supports the Body’s Processes of Cartilage, Tendon, Ligament and Fascia Self-Repair
  • Supports Joint Lubrication, Joint Cushioning, and Normal Connective Tissue Inflammatory Response
  • Supports Normal Rejuvenation of Healthy Hair, Skin and Nails

Clinical application in my words: Makes my joints less tender and weak.

BCAAsBranch Chain Amino Acids

Clinical application according to Manufacturer:

  • BCAAs exert an anticatabolic effect by reducing the breakdown of protein, thereby protecting muscle tissue.
  • Glutamine is a preferred source of fuel for the intestinal cells and is in high demand by skeletal muscles following physical exertion.
  • Vitamin B6 enhances amino acid metabolism.

Clinical application in my words: Gives me more energy to push through a tough workout and meet the challenges I set out for myself instead of collapsing and petering out mid-way through.

How to avoid making a fool of yourself in the gym.

4. I usually wipe the machines down after I use them and always do that if I’m sweaty so that it won’t be gross for the next user but I rarely wiped the machines before I use them. All that changed this past April when I got the dreaded Flu Virus! I can’t say for sure that I contracted it at the gym but I am taking no chances from now on since I ended up in the hospital. I am wholly recommending to wipe any equipment down before you touch it! And get the flu shot! I just got mine today. Didn’t hurt at all and I’m a baby about these things.

5. Well, I don’t Spin (bad knees!) but if you do, don’t fall off your bike! Jeesh. This looks painful!  Anyway, make sure you use the equipment properly. If you don’t know how something works just ask a trainer or a knowledgeable fellow workout-ee. Also make sure your shoes are tied!


 

 

 

 

 

Go get it people!

Love, Lisa purple_heart

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Beat The Blues (Quickly!)

6 ways to beat the blues

Autumn. It’s the time of year I begin to feel that old familiar melancholy come upon me. It feels  like a film of some sort comes between me and the vibrancy of life. Ugh! What I do as soon as I feel this sense of doom is panic because I know where this can lead. It can take me deep down into the dark rabbit hole of depression and and that is scary!  Scrambling to head this off I:

  1. Stand on my head. For at least 5 minutes/day, more if possible. Any inversion where your head is below your heart is helpful. Handstand, Downward Facing Dog, Tri-pod, Standing Forward Bend. Inversions are shown to improve brain function, release neurotransmitters, balance hormones, and release endorphins.
  2. Practice Breath of Joy 5-10 rounds/day. The strong inhalations and synchronized arm movements, awakens your entire system increasing oxygen levels in the bloodstream, temporarily stimulating the sympathetic nervous system, circulating more prana (energy).  Here’s an example to watch if you’re not familiar with this breath.
  3. Pamper myself. I immediately schedule Massages, Reiki, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Restorative Yoga Classes, etc. For you the pampering may look different but whatever it is that calms you and makes you feel cared for or joyful, do it at least 1x/week. If the items I mentioned are too expensive you can find Groupons or engage in less pricey activities like seeing a movie or take a Bubble Bath. Today I took myself to the zoo because animals make me happy! I used a Library pass and it only cost me $9.00 for 2 hours of pleasure..

    This Black Handed Spider Monkey was in love with me. He was showing of his aerial skills and would cry every time I said Good Bye and pretended to leave.
  4. Increase aerobic activity. More days of Elliptical or TreadMill and HIIT and less of Weight Training and Stretching. This activity releases endorphins and other natural brain chemicals that can enhance mood and energy.
  5. Increase Omega 3 ingestion in the form of supplements (Fish Oil) and foods like Wild Caught Salmon.  Increasing omega 3’s has direct effects on serotonin levels.
  6. Take or Increase St. John’s Wart or anti-depressant meds (if you’re on them and with the approval of your physician of course) which effect serotonin and dopamine levels.
6 ways to beat the blues
My Depression Personified

If I catch this gloomy, blue feeling soon enough these 6 actions usually take me back to equilibrium within 2 weeks. I  have come to terms with the fact that sadness is a perpetual companion of mine. Sometimes he stays in the shadows and other times he is a ferocious beast taunting me.  So if you haven’t yet, try ‘making friends’ with this melancholy creature.  I talk to him, tell him, “Oh hello again. I know you’re about to visit me  and it’s ok. I’m sure you will teach me something new about myself and my purpose here on earth so thank you ahead of time. Let’s go!”

 

Love, Lisa purple_heart

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DE-STRESS FEST! 30 Fool Proof Ways to Chill

30 Ways to de-stress

Stress. We all have it whether you acknowledge it or not. It is impossible to live in this crazy world and stay calm without making a conscious effort to diminish it.

The issues of stress and anxiety are brought to my attention everyday as people of all ages come into my office looking for some bit of relief from their often chronic anxious state.

Facts About Stress

As we know, the stress that comes with the Flight or Fight response is a safety guard to protect our lives but living in this constant state of hyper alertness results in imbalance, ill-health and disease.

2017 studies done by The American Institute of Stress shows just how widespread and detrimental stress is:

U.S Stress Statistics Data
Percent of people who regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress 77 %
Regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress 73 %
Feel they are living with extreme stress 33 %
Feel their stress has increased over the past five years 48 %
Cited money and work as the leading cause of their stress 76 %
Reported lying awake at night due to stress 48 %

And according to National Institute of Mental Health approximately 1 out of 75 people may experience panic disorder! This is serious people!

 Detrimental Effects and Symptoms of Chronic Stress

Effects of Chronic Stress, 30 ways to de-stress

  • Inability to concentrate or make simple decisions
  • Memory lapses
  • Acne
  • Easily distracted
  • Less intuitive & creative
  • Worrying
  • Pervasive Negative thinking
  • Depression & anxiety
  • Tearful
  • Irritable
  • Mood swings
  • Extra Sensitive to stimuli and criticism
  • Feeling out of control
  • Lack of motivation
  • Angry
  • Frustration
  • Low self-esteem
  • Aches/pains/Body SorenessEffects of Stress, 30 ways to de-stress
  • Chest Pain
  • Racing Thoughts
  • Frequent colds/infections
  • Allergies/rashes/skin irritations
  • Constipation/diarrhea
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Indigestion/heartburn/ulcers
  • Hyperventilating
  • Dizziness/palpitations
  • Panic attacks
  • Strokes
  • Nausea
  • Physical tiredness
  • Menstrual changes
  • Loss of libido/sexual problems
  • Heart problems/high blood pressure
  • Prone to accidents, forgetfulness
  • Increased reliance on alcohol, smoking, caffeine, recreational or illegal drugs
  • Self neglect/change in appearance
  • Social withdrawal
  • Relationship problems
  • Insomnia
  • Recklessness
  • Aggressiveness/angry outbursts
  • Weight gain/loss
  • Auto-immune issues: M.S., Lupus, Graves, etc.
Let’s reduce and even prevent all this nightmarish nonsense shall we? Here’s how.

My Favorite Ways To Shield From Stress

If you can prevent the stress from entering your life so much the better. Stress prevention is the ideal. Some of the items listed below will help you with this. I know though that it is not always possible to prevent stress or to even know what it is that is causing the stress. Sometimes it feels like there’s nothing there that should be stressing you out and sometimes it feels like everything is causing the stress. Some of the items listed below will help you once the stress has entered your life to either reduce your reaction to it and/or to reduce the stress itself. Check it out!

30 ways to to de-stress, 30 ways to prevent stress

  1. Identify Triggers. Recognize what situations or people make you less than happy and do your best to avoid them. I would say this is my most trusted defense in the battle against stress/anxiety/depression. 

2. Exercise. Ideally your’e exercising 3-5 days/week. If you do this you will feel better, calmer and stronger inside and out. Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. Even five minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate anti-anxiety effects. If you are unable to exercise regularly then at least try it when you feel particularly anxious or had a very difficult day. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is efficient and effective. There are free Apps to help you. Try Keep Trainer or SworkIT.

3. Sleep. The amount of sleep you need to function your best differs at different ages and between individuals but 7-8 hours is consistently recommended by scientific studies. Even if nothing is taunting you, you know you get cranky if you don’t have enough sleep!

4. Eat Well. You know what this means. Lean meats, vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes. This item and some of the others on this list are shoring up your body, mind and spirit to be able to cope better with any discomfort that comes your way.

5. Vacation Often. It doesn’t have to be a grand vacation. Just a couple of days will do nicely but do it often. At least every 2 months at a minimum but more certainly will not hurt.  In America we tend to take merely 2-3 weeks of vacation per year and we save that up to take it all at once so we’re just waiting and waiting all year for that release time. Not good for the stress. I have learned over the years that I need to have significant down time at least every other month. Your thresh hold may be different but once you know what you need, make it happen and you will be so much happier and less stressed.

6. Meditate or be in stillness. Can you be in stillness? Quiet and alone? Try it. It might be scary at first but eventually it’s beautiful., calming and peaceful.  And if you’re not already meditating you might consider beginning a practice. Read here.

7. Gratitude Journal. When you’re feeling anxious try thinking about 1 thing you are grateful for. Write it down, write about it and then think of it throughout the day and especially anytime anxiety comes to call.  This takes the mind out of the negative spin that it tends to enter when we become tense. Learn more about starting a Journaling Practice.

8. Tap in to and listen to your inner guidance system.  Intuition, gut, psychic knowledge – we are all born with these gifts which most of us have lost over the years. To strengthen these important  skills you simply have to use them. Pay attention to what your body is saying to you and when you get brave enough start acting on that voice.  It takes a while to trust this knowledge but it will not steer you wrong and will ultimately lead you onto the ‘right’ path where stress will rarely exist.

9. Take actions toward your goals. Dreaming and imagining the life you want to live is an excellent first step but second, third and 4th steps, etc. must be taken to  prevent these dreams from becoming another sources of stress. Small baby steps each and every day will get you there and make you feel more empowered along the way. Just do something. One little thing! And another tomorrow and soon it’ll get easier and before you know it you’re right where you want to be.

10. Increase physical human contact. Yes, more sex will reduce that stress! Yay! If that’s not up your alley then at least hug someone every day and if touching humans is is unappealing then give some love to a pet.

11. Unplug. At a minimum shut your phone and computer and TV off at least an hour before bed. Too much stimuli, too much information bombarding us day and night! We don’t even realize how much it effects us or how much negative information we are exposed to by these electronic ‘miracles’. Have you tried counting how many times/day you check your social media accounts?! Or how much time you spend being exposed to EMFs? It is scary.  Try one day a week to not watch any TV or listen to any news radio or access any social media. It’s very peaceful.

12. Yoga Mudra. Mudras are just hand positions that control energies. The one I like best for relaxation is Vayu Mudra. Do it with both hands at the same time for 5 minutes or longer. If possible practice this with your spine erect but you can really do it anywhere. Use it to prevent stress from effecting you as deeply and also to reduce it once it hits you.Yoga Mudra for relaxation, 30 ways to de-stress, reikiofgreaterboston

13. Yoga.  A yoga practice is key to maintaining balance and calm in the face of stressors. If you can hook into a class that is convenient to your home/work then I would do this. If time and money is limited then find some free on-line classes and if that is too difficult for you then at least practice Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall Pose) daily for at least 5 minutes. Upon going to be or waking up are convenient times of the day to practice: Yoga for relaxation, 30 ways to de-stress

14. Reiki. Reiki resets, balances and aligns your body and its energies so that you are in the best state to heal yourself from stress or any other unpleasantness that comes your way. Read more about this healing energy here or book your appointment with me here.

15. Clear and Organize. Living in a messy, cluttered space is not conducive to maintaining a clear, calm state of mind. Get rid of shit that you don’t use, don’t like, don’t want (even though someone nice gave it to you). Keep only things that bring you joy! Taking this thought further you can set up a special place in your home for de-stressing. Read here and here.

16. Crystal Therapy.  To combat stress and anxiety the crystals that clients seem to find most helpful are: Blue Lace Agate, Rose Quartz, Clear Quartz, Amethyst. healing crystals for relaxation, 30 ways to de-stressOnce you get them you can wear them in the form of jewelry or carry them with you in a pocket or a bra, hold them in your hands while meditating or just sitting. They do need to be cared for so if this method of relaxation is of interest to you please text or email me and I will let you know where to purchase, more about how to work with them and care for these magical stones.

17. Supplements. These supplements have been shown to relax an anxious soul: Melatonin Magnesium,Valerian Root. Follow directions on the bottle. Try one at a time and give each a good 2 week shot before you assess its efficacy.

18. Essential Oils. I mention these oils and how to use them in ‘You’re Getting Sleepy’. Look there for more information. Lavender, Rose, Chamomile.

19. Listen to music or make your own music. I’d give you some music that I find relaxing (like this) but you may not find it so. Some clients tell me they find hard -rock, heavy metal or Blues relaxing and these make me more anxious so we are all needing something different. Identify music that calms you down and listen to it daily or specifically when you’re stressed. Making music may calm you too even if you’re not ‘musical’ you can bang on a drum which you can find inexpensively or if you already play an instrument do that or SING! Everyone can sing. You don’t have to be on key, just enjoy the beat, the rhythm, the emotion, the lyrics, etc.

20. Do things that make you happy and bring you joy. It makes me so sad when I ask people what it is that brings them joy and they really have no idea! If you don’t know, it’s worth investigating. These are things that make you feel free, light and joyful with not a care in the world. Engaging in these activities regularly (at least 1x/week but preferably daily!) will keep stress away. Is there something that you’ve always wanted to do but never tried or something you’d participate in if you had more time or something that you used to do as a kid that made you happy but you haven’t done it for years? Do those things and see how they make you feel.

21. Say No.  And say no regularly. Only say yes if you really want to, if what you’re saying yes to is going to add something to your life. Saying yes to every invitation you’re extended will likely be a waste of time and cause lots of anxiety.

22. Spend time with people who make you laugh/happy. If you don’t have any of those people in your life then you must find some but until then spend time alone instead of with people who add nothing or negativity to your life.

23. Forgive. Holding on to anger or resentment is a major cause of stress. Do yourself a big favor and forgive. Yes, they’re wrong and they should apologize but most times it’s not worth the effort to talk sense into these perpetrators. Move on for your own health. Read more on Forgiveness.forgiveness a way to de-stress, 30 ways to de-stress

24. Let Go of Control. Are you a control freak? I know it’s hard to let go especially when you’ve likely been trying to control things all of your life. It’s a waste of time because it takes much  more energy to control than to let go and most of the things you’re trying to direct are not worth your energy. Things will work out as they should. This does not mean that you can’t be involved with things that you care about and do your best and then let it go. This one can be complicated and involve many steps to get to letting go but at least start by acknowledging that this is an issue for you. 

25. Express Your self. Holding your feelings and emotions in is not ideal! Eventually these feelings will eat you alive. Somehow they will be released and not in the most productive way. Let them out somehow before they control you. Journaling is my go to release. If you are the artistic type draw or paint your feelings, dance it out or write a poem or song or maybe a letter to the person who you feel caused the feelings. You don’t have to give it to them but getting it out on paper will free you!

26. Spend Time in Nature. Ahhh. One of my favorite things to do to calm down. I understand that not everyone is the ‘outdoorsy’ type and if that is the case then being in deep nature may cause you panic with all the bugs and animals milling about you. Consider then just sitting on a towel on the beach and breathe in the salt air, listen to the waves. If you are open to the forest setting I would recommend going deep into the woods alone. Get lost even. Try Forest Bathing -retreating to nature to immerse in the forest atmosphere.

27. Herbal Teas. Try Chamomile, Lavender or Cup Of Calm (Traditional Medicines Teas).

28. Breathe. A 5 minute a day breathing practice will help you to learn to inhale and exhale completely training the body what to do should you begin to hold your breath in times of stress. If you do not want to commit to this daily practice then just implement complete breathing when you begin to feel anxious, making sure to release all the breath completely when you exhale.

29. Squeeze & Release. This method does nothing for me but some people swear by it. My anxiety prone clients recommend this Squeeze Toy. Squeeze away your stressIt has a harder consistency than most. Almost like a clay. Another option is to carry a small smooth stone with you. Whenever you feel tense, put the stone in the palm of your hand and then squeeze the stone and then slowly release. Do this a few times and feel the tension leave your body.

30. Let Only Good Thoughts In. This takes practice but along with #1 is most important for me personally in preventing stress, anxiety and depression. The moment you notice your mind spinning with a negative thought or image switch it out with a beautiful image or happy thought. You will have to do this over and over again until the positive thought state is your norm. This method will be supported by many of the other items previously listed especially limiting your exposure to negative people/situation and limiting your exposure to News through TV, Radio, Social Media, and to engage in activities that bring you joy.

Tests to assess your stress, 30 ways to de-stress

Here are a couple of fun Stress Tests you can take to assess your level of stress: 1. , 2. even though you likely already know!

Well, try some of my recommendations and let me know how they do for you!

Love, Lisa purple_heart

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A Spirit of Forgiveness. Forgive Yourself, Forgive Others

There are myriad benefits of Forgiveness for both sides of the act. Things like lower heart rate, lower stress and anxiety, less depression, lower blood pressure, increased friendships, increased spiritual well-being, etc. have been shown to result from forgiveness.

On the other hand, lack of ability to forgive self and others eventually leads to depression, anxiety, fear, shame, anger and all kinds of other mental and emotional unrest. 

In light of the recently publicized suicides by well-known, seemingly well respected and high functioning celebrities I wonder what part non-forgiveness played in their desperate state. Forgiving ourselves is often more difficult than forgiving others and then we’ve got to live with that guilt every day if we can’t reconcile it. It can certainly wear on us day after day, year after year.

Spiritual practices help us to forgive and I do practice daily but forgiveness is a tough nut to crack for me related to both myself and to some family members. Along comes Turkey Totem! (Read more about Totem Animals here.)

TURKEY: A SPIRIT OF FORGIVENESS

Turkeys, turkeys they’re everywhere! All of a sudden these dinosaur looking birds seem to be all around me. Everywhere I go I see one or a group or I come across a Turkey feather like this one:

My cat plays with 2 Turkeys every day. They follow each other around the yard and just hang together!

I take their overabundant presence in my life as a sign. I then begin searching for the meaning of this sign. In my research, I kept reading that Turkey symbolizes:

  • Abundance
  • Connection with the spirit of the land, with Mother Earth
  • Blessings from the Earth
  • Forms of nourishment in our life
  • Harvesting the fruits of your efforts and your work
  • Importance of community
  • Generosity, sharing
  • Having enough in our life, satisfaction

Very nice. I love all of this but it did not prompt me to do anything or have an enlightened moment. Then I received an email from my Shamanic Society (CSEE) containing an article about Turkeys! In brief it said,

Turkey suggests that clearing ancestral patterns through forgiveness practice would help to ease triggers. Currently, there are lifetimes of very old, ancestral patterns surfacing with a lot of pain highlighted through the genetic code. You inherited your ancestors’ beliefs in fear, separation and suffering via your genes and through the imprinting of your culture. Your wounded ancestors are dramatically calling out, through the body, for help in getting unstuck.’

Bam!  Majorly resonant for me. So, I’m off working with Turkey Medicine and am feeling more ease around these issues as well as things I’ve done in the past that I am not proud of.

If you feel you might benefit from the heart softening, forgiveness inducing spirit of Turkey give this 10:00 minute meditation a try. I love it! It at first may sound odd but stick with it and eventually it will feel like a lullaby and a blessing. I would recommend experiencing it several times (maybe once a day for 5 days). I hope you enjoy and come to peace within yourself and toward others who may have wronged you. Gobble, gobble! Thank you kind Turkey for coming into my life.
Turkey Meditation

Love, Lisa purple_heart

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WRITING YOUR WAY TO HEALTH – A Beginner’s Guide to Journaling

I am so happy when clients come in to see me for some spiritual or physical healing through Reiki, Yoga, Meditation and other services but these methods work best when you engage in supportive work at home. You cannot expect a few sessions to ‘cure’ what ails you when you’re dealing with chronic issues. To just go home to the same environment and patterns that made you imbalanced in the first place makes not sense! Right? Of course I’m right. After your first appointment with me I will likely give you homework to do. If you are ready to heal you will follow through. Journaling is one home exercise that can support you in your Journey to Health and Happiness. Here’s how.

There is something about writing things down that is just so cathartic.  Yes, it’s good to type lists and ideas on your phone, get it off your mind and onto the digital paper but even better if you take out that old fashioned instrument called a pen and get it down on real paper! You will notice that more things will come to you as you transfer your thoughts and ideas, feelings, inspirations from your brain to your hand, fingertips and out onto the page through a pen.  I don’t know what it is exactly that makes that stimulation happen but it always amazes me. Now, going deeper than lists we move into Journaling.

Write Your Way To Health & Happiness

Did you know that Journaling can bring Joy, Clarity and Calm?  It’s true!

Journaling can also help you to:

  • Clarify your thoughts and feelings.
  • Know yourself better.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Solve problems more effectively.
  • Resolve disagreements with others.
  • Pay ­attention to life.
  • Practice mindfulness.
  • Puts things into perspective.
  • Stop obsessing.
  • Keep your memory sharp.
  • Lower depression and anxiety.
  • Strengthen immune cells (T-lymphocytes).
  • Strengthen critical thinking.

How To Get Started Journaling

First Step: Obtain a notebook to write in!

This sweet journal depicting one of my Spirit Animals just about jumped into my shopping cart just as I was finishing the last page of my old journal. Perfect! TJMaxx – $3.49!

Any old notebook will do but I do enjoy choosing a beautiful specimen that makes me happy to look at and to work with.

Second Step: Grab a pen.

I like to use a special pen that is pretty and writes easily like a smooth glider, uni-ball, fine tip but as long as it writes you’re good to go.

Third Step: Write!

Do not fear that you have to write pages and pages of pretty looking script. No! Just a quick note will do as long as you get started. It can be quite messy as you see mine is. No worries. No one is going to read it other than you. Oh and you don’t have to concern yourself with spelling either. Usually I’m on top of my spelling but sometimes when I’m journaling I am in kind of a trance/meditational state and the way I spell things is very creative.

Some people find it helpful to choose one time of day to Journal. Most choose either morning upon awakening or in the evening before bed but you can choose any time that’s convenient. Until you get into the swing of things it is helpful to write at the same time of day, consistently. Just do the best you can. We don’t want Journaling to be just another thing on your To-Do list.

Ideally you will Journal undisturbed in a quiet place but if that is not always possible just grab some time and pop on your noise cancelling headphones. Ahhh. Peace amid chaos.

What in the world do I write you ask? You write anything you want to write. Here are some ideas:

Gratitude

Every day write just one thing you are grateful for. It can be a short one sentence blurb like” I am grateful for my health”. If you write in the morning you can think about this statement through the day. You can also extrapolate on the blurb by writing down all the things that good health allows you to do, etc.

Successes

At the end of the day write down something you did well that day, something you are proud of or an accomplishment.

Struggles

Write down any struggles or concerns you’re working through. You can go on about how it came to be a struggle and/or what you might want to do to improve the situation. Do not be surprised if solutions come out of the blue!

Ask a question

Simply write down a question that you’d like an answer to. Continue by writing your own answers to the question. New answers that make sense may appear as you write.

Stream of Consciousness

Just start writing. “Hello. How are you? What am I doing? I don’t know what to write about but I’m giving it a shot. I could use a shot. A shot of tequila would be helpful… ” and on and on and if you keep going you will get to some good stuff!

Dreams

If you’ve never written down your dreams you are in for a wild ride! Write down whatever you remember as soon as you wake up. Dreams are all in symbols which can be confusing as to what it all means but as you begin writing down your dreams meanings will come to you. For me they usually come in the form of a gut feeling but you may get clarity via visions or other sensational data.

Prompts

Some days you will know Journaling would be beneficial for you to do but you can’t come up with anything to write about. On those days you can use prompts. Here are a few to get you started but you can always google ‘Writing Prompts’ if you need more. Here’s a link I found for 1 prompt for each day of the year.

  1. I am here on this earth to…..
  2. The earliest memory I have is…… and it makes me feel…..
  3. The top five things I want to accomplish this year are….
  4. I am inspired to…

So there you go. ABC, It’s easy as…1, 2, 3, Or simple as… Do-Re-Mi, A, B, C, 1, 2, 3, baby you and me girl! (Yes, I’m a big Jackson 5 fan!) Get going now! Journal your way to health and happiness and let me know how your’e doing. HAVE FUN!

Love, Lisa purple_heart

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Giving Is Good For Your Health! 30 Ways To Do So (Money Not Required).

Recently I did a quick social media post about giving and it got me thinking about all the ways we can give and the benefits of doing so.  Here’s the post:

Lisa Hassett, Reiki Master, Reiki of Greater Boston, Giving is Good For your Health

“Don’t you just love my new scarf given to me by my open-hearted client McCaela?! I love receiving but if you really want to feel fabulous try giving. You don’t have to spend money to give. The other day I let a man go in front of me in line at the grocery store because he was clearly in a big hurry. He was so grateful and it only cost me 5 minutes. There are lots of creative ways to give and the more you give without expectation the better you’ll feel. Really! Try it. 💜
#giving #happiness #sharing #thanks #thankful#kindness #love #health #reiki #reikiofgreaterboston”

Wondering what’s in it for you?  Here you go:

BENEFITS OF GIVING

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Decreased depression
  • Lower stress levels
  • Longer life
  • Greater happiness
  • Strengthens faith in humanity, love and Higher Power
  • Evokes feelings of gratitude
  • It’s contagious and has a ripple effect in your own life and those of others
  • Adds meaning to your life
  • Gives a feeling of empowerment and control/making a difference
  • And I can’t promise this one, but for me, a feeling of euphoria!

Most of you will simply trust me when I tell you that all of these benefits have been shown in various studies. You know by now that I am not big on ‘proof’ when I know and feel the truth but if you are scientifically minded you can just google: ‘studies showing benefits of giving’ and Ta-da- there you’ll find all the proof you need. Or, even better, do your own experiment by trying some of the giving methods listed below and feel first hand the benefits!

Giving is good for your health, Ways to give without money, Reiki of Greater Boston

There are many creative ways to give. Money is not needed. In fact I have given many times in the monetary form and continue to do so for causes dear to my heart but I don’t feel the rush that I  do from a more intimate form of giving. For me, to be able to see the joy and happiness in the receiver’s eyes is the best part!

Ways To Give

  • Grant Forgiveness. This can be most difficult at times but the results are highly beneficial to all involved. It is still challenging for me but I’m working on it!
  • Volunteer
  • Donate Time
  • Babysitting
  • Elder Sitting
  • Donate Items You Are Not Using-Books/Clothes
  • Do Chores for someone struggling such as an elderly neighbor or one recovering from surgery.
  • Smile/Say Hi to everyone including strangers Lisa Hassett, Reiki Master, Reiki of Greater Boston, Giving is Good For your Health
  • Give compliments.  I love to be complimented! Here are two of my favorite compliments: . 1.”You are a Warrior.” 2. “You are so brave.” These comments have stuck with me through the years and I rely on them when I’m low. I am grateful that those people spoke their thoughts. Lisa Hassett, Reiki Master, Reiki of Greater Boston, Giving is Good For your Health
  • Pet Sitting
  • Teach someone to read
  • Teach a skill at a jail or an after school program
  • Buy a stranger’s coffee (small amount of $ required)
  • Fill a parking meter that has expired (small amount of $ required)
  • Send a greeting card through the mail telling someone you’re thinking of them
  • Offer someone your seat if you take public transportation or when shuttling at the airport
  • Be present when someone is speaking to you and try listening without judgement
  • Help someone in need of assistance: changing a tire, car broken down on the highway,
  • Hold the door for someone
  • Offer to help put someones groceries in their car if they seem physically challenged. Occasionally this will insult someone but it’s ok because intentions are pure and most of the time people are so grateful.
  • Give a blessing/say a prayer for someone you notice that is clearly struggling. I go back and forth about giving money in this situation so I usually opt for the blessing.
  • Give some food to a homeless person. I always carry nuts, bananas and nectarines with me because I eat all day. These are easy and healthy items to share. (Hopefully they don’t have a nut allergy!)
  • Let someone go ahead of you in traffic. Ooh, not Bostonian like character!
  • Let someone go ahead of you in grocery line or department store line. This is so easy if they’ve got 1 item but challenge yourself here.
  • Pick up trash that is not your doing. Read more about being kind to the Earth.
  • Invite someone over for dinner or coffee/dessert
  • Amazon Smile -Click link to learn more. Part of your purchase is donated to your choice of charitable organization. Mine is Shamanic Education and Exchange.
  • Help someone cross the street
  • Help someone clear their car of snow/ice
  • Make people feel welcome and/or comfortable wherever you are as if you are the host of the Universe.
  • Give hugs! Lisa Hassett, Reiki Master, Reiki of Greater Boston, Giving is Good For your Health

That’s all I’ve got for now! I’m sure there are many more ways to give. Get creative and you won’t regret it. November 13th is designated as World Random Acts Of Kindness Day which is great to build awareness of these simple but fulfilling actions but for those of us who are already aware of the positive vibe they create in ourselves and the ripple they create in the world it seems criminal not to practice Random Acts of Kindness each and every day. Rock on awesome people!

Love, Lisa purple_heart

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Your Power Animal Is Calling You!

Benefits of Knowing Your Power Animal*

Power animals reiki of greater boston walthamIt would behoove you to pay attention to this call from your Power Animal because these animals can be of great help and guidance to you. And it’s FUN!

Spirit Animals can:

  1. Help you identify parts of yourself that could be developed further and to understand yourself and your purpose more clearly.

2. Help to open your mind and heart.

3. Lead you in the right direction when making important decisions.

4. Connect you more deeply with earth, nature and your own instinct.

5. Make you feel comforted and supported. This is my favorite benefit and one that’s happened for me with each of my Power Animals. Once you acknowledge your Power Animal you will begin noticing it’s presence in your daily life. When I’m having a particularly hard time or difficult day and all of a sudden my Spirit Animal pops up in some form I feel better. It makes me smile and know that I am protected and being watched over. After that encounter I am able to deal much more effectively with any problems that come my way.

Ways to Identify Your Power Animal

Power Animal, spirit Animal at reiki of greater boston, waltham

First let me say that in my experience Power Animals come in and out of your life based on what you are going through and what you need in your life at the time. Throughout your life you may have many animal guides. To date I’ve had a Spirit connection with Owls, Hawks, Foxes, Hummingbirds and Dragonflies. I love them all, I’ve learned from them all and I expect to meet many others on my journey. Here are some methods you can use to find your Animal Guide:

  1. You may already be familiar with your Power Animal!  Have you always been particularly drawn to a certain animal or feel some kind of connection to them? Perhaps you’ve just always been intrigued or drawn to its Spirit for some reason. Revisit this affinity by trying to define what it is that draws you to it. Study this creature: watch it in its natural habitat if possible. If not then do some research on its habits and see what it can teach you.
  2. Set an intention to meet your spirit animal. You can do this by saying or writing just that each day when you wake, “Today I intend to meet my Spirit Animal.” Then, stay open and alert to your surroundings and notice what images, feelings or animals show up. Give this process a few weeks to gel.
  3. Before you go to sleep, ask to meet your power animal in your dreams. I would spend about 5 minutes requesting this. While doing this requesting you may start having animal images appear even before you’re asleep!  When you wake in the morning write down the dreams/images that came to you (even if the dreams are not animal related) and see what comes up.
  4. Spend some time outside preferably in a natural setting like a forest or meadow. If this is not possible just a walk outside somewhere will be fine. While outside, be aware of your surroundings. Notice all stimuli hitting your senses: smells, sounds, sights, etc. See what, if anything speaks to you or if any patterns emerge.

    I bring you sweetness and miracles. Bzzz.
  5.  Try automatic writing. Simply sit down with pen and paper at the ready, close your eyes for a few minutes and set your intention to have your spirit animal totems revealed to you. Open your eyes and start writing. Let the pen flow. If you’re feeling stuck you can start with something like: ‘I’m sitting down to do some automatic writing with the intention of meeting my Spirit Animal.’ and just keep going. You may start writing about things seemingly not related to animals. That is ok. Go with the flow.
  6. Experience a Shamanic Journey specifically a Quest to Find Your Spirit Animal. Here is one short Journey that you can start with.You can find others on line too if this one does not speak to you.
  7. Come in for a Reiki Healing and prior to and during we will work with intentions surrounding the emergence of your Power Animal. Lots of Magic happens on the Reiki table!
  8. You can identify what it is you are needing at this time and then search for an animal that exhibits that quality. For example if I am in need of courage right now I would search ‘spirit animals that exhibit courage’. Several will turn up (Tiger, Lion, Panther, Eagle, etc.) note which ones appear and start learning about each one to see if any resonate with you.
  9. Take a free on-line test or 2 and see if the results make sense to you. Here’s one you can try. Most of them require your email to be supplied for results.

Once You Identify Your Animal

I can see in the dark. Hoot!

Once you have made a connection with your Spirit Animal you can strengthen the bond between you. Here are some ways you can do this:

Feathers and images on towels, plates and ornaments.

Keep your Animal in mind daily. To help you do this you can add pictures of your Animal in the spaces of your life: your car, your work place, your home, etc. Here are some of my personal reminders:

Wear clothes and accessories that bring you closer to your Animal. If your Guide is a bird you can wear some feather earrings or pin a few feathers somewhere on your jacket/shirt. If your guide has Fur you can get a faux piece to attach to a collar or something or add the Animal’s colors or fur patterns somewhere on or around you. A rabbit’s foot key chain is an example.

Study the lifestyle of your Animal and if possible act like them in some way. If your Animal is a snake you can get down on your belly and see the world from that perspective, slither around a bit!

Come to a private Yoga Class and we can create a pose or 2 or 3 dedicated to your special Animal. If your Animal is a Wolf we might incorporate some howling at the moon or if an Eagle we might to some flapping of wings and flying!

Write and/or recite a daily prayer to your animal. Here is an example to the Badger (which is my husband’s guide at this time-ahh, I’m scared. He is fierce!):

If you’re interested in learning more this is a basic yet thorough book that will get you started:  Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small by Ted Andrews. You can also just google Totem or Power Animals/Spirits and learn, learn, learn!

*As you read more you will see that some people differentiate between Spirit, Power and Totem Animal definitions. These differences do not concern me but may be of interest to you. I see them all as magical connections to spirit.

Love, Lisa purple_heart

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