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The 3 ways to stop feeling trapped and get what you crave

Mar 23, 2021

It sucks to feel trapped. I know, I felt it for a long time. I was shackled by the roles and responsibilities I thought I had to the life I created (from the outside looking in anyway). When I finally let go of them, I discovered freedom… until I found myself in a relationship that threatened to make me feel trapped again, and I realized I fell into the same trap. 

Each of those times, I realized that I leaned into the safety and comfort of protecting what I thought I had...

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2 ways to improve your digestion immediately

Mar 23, 2021

Having digestion issues is tough, I’ve been there. I’ve suffered from it since I was a child. 

When you’re not digesting your food well, your body’s attempts to do so takes up a lot of energy.It can be painful, embarrassing, and socially crippling. 

I’m going to share with you two simple, powerful habits that you can start today to improve your digestion. 

1. Hot water sip - it’s exactly what it sounds like. Taking two to three sips of hot...

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What happens when you get up early and why successful people do it. 

Mar 16, 2021

There’s a different energy getting things done early morning versus in the middle of the night after everyone goes to bed. It’s about getting a head start on the day versus catching up. It’s about running on nourishment instead of on fumes. It sets the tone for a more proactive rather than reactive mindset.

 

There’s a circadian rhythm you follow by getting up early that allows you to bring your clearest, shiniest, most creative, and brightest side forward rather...

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Recode over your b.s.

Mar 09, 2021

Pay attention to how you talk to yourself. 

Take the next 48 hours and observe what you say to yourself. Is your self-talk loving and supportive, or is it harsh and critical? Maybe it depends on the circumstances, but take time to notice what’s happening, because unchecked negative thoughts about yourself are damaging. Bringing awareness to your thoughts creates opportunity to stop the thought, check it for accuracy, and change it. 

Your self-talk is your mantra. The word...

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What yoga & meditation to practice when you don't have the time

Mar 02, 2021
Here’s a Zen proverb you might have heard: 

 

You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day. 

Unless you're too busy; then sit for an hour.

 

The real reasons why most of us are too busy: 
  1. We lack clarity, so we're all over the place.
  2. We lack focus and concentration. So we take weeks, months, and years to “unpack” instead of days, hours, or moments. 
  3. We lack healthy boundaries. We say yes to what’s not ours, which is so...
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How I became a trumpet-blowing burlesque dancer

Feb 25, 2021

I used to be very involved with community musical theatre companies on the north side and North Shore area years ago. I had done some acting in high school and college, and although a music major, never considered myself a singer. I sang in my church choir, and in choirs at school, but never considered myself “soloist” material. I always felt safe blending in with everyone else.

I began doing community theatre on a dare and found a whole new amazing community of creative friends....

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The one healer

Feb 23, 2021

"When we are training in the art of peace, we are not given any promises that, because  of our noble intentions, everything will be okay. In fact, there are no promises of fruition at all. Instead, we are encouraged to simply look deeply at joy and sorrow, at laughing and crying, at hoping and fearing, at all that lives and dies. We learn that what truly heals is gratitude and tenderness.~ Pema Chodron

 

When all else fails, turn to gratitude. 

 

Feeling anxious,...

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Don't meditate when you're anxious

Feb 17, 2021

I know it sounds like the perfect time to meditate, but it’s not. 
Meditating when anxious can work, sort of, but it's very temporary, and often it’s just one big struggle keeping still (in mind & body).

That’s because when you’re stressed or anxious, you’re in fight-or-flight mode. Try closing your eyes, getting still, and focusing on your breath, or a mantra, or a visualization technique while your house is on fire. 

 

You can’t.

At...

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All you have to do is remember

Feb 16, 2021

“I realized I hold my breath... ALL the time!”

Said a beloved community member.  

Can you relate? 

I know I can. 

If you live in an urban area and you look up at the night sky, you might see a few stars… maybe even a constellation or two, and you notice how beautiful it all is.  

Drive a few hours away from the city and look up. It takes your breath away when you realize how MANY stars there are! The contrast between the two creates awareness...

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Living large and ever-expanding

Feb 15, 2021

I’ve been so caught up in working on my Heart Chakra for the month of February that I almost forgot about two other very important dates in February! I taught my very first official yoga class on February 4th of 2020-- right before the world turned upside down and I needed my practice more than ever, it seems. I remember being very nervous, but having a lot of fun and laughing through much of that first class. My teachers were there, as were family members and friends. They made my...

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