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How to Tap Into Our Intuition

How to Tap Into Our Intuition

We all recognize that feeling we get when in our gut we know that something is right for us, or maybe even wrong.  There is no concrete reason for this, other than a deep feeling.  This is our gut instinct or intuition.

“Intuition is the key to everything, in painting, filmmaking, business- everything. I think you could have an intellectual ability, but if you can sharpen your intuition, which they say is the emotion and intellect joining together, then a knowingness occurs.” David Lynch

A while back I wrote about eating intuitively, and I decided today to expand on this concept of intuition. Intuition is about acknowledging, listening to, and following those feelings we know as gut-feelings, inner knowing, or awareness.

I recognize that the more I listen to my intuition, the better my life turns out. In fact, I chide myself when I don’t follow my intuition, because it regularly comes back to bite me- in a sense.

Our gut, among other parts of our bodies, is essential to our intuition.  Intuition guides us and helps us make decisions. I’ll tell you how to do it, but first give you a reason why it benefits us.

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How to Stop Comparing Ourselves to Others

How to Stop Comparing Ourselves to Others

Measuring ourselves against others leads to feelings of insecurity and that we are not enough.  Comparisons are draining and keep our focus on others rather than on ourselves.  In the long-run, they hurt us.

There will always be people who have more than us, who can do more than us, and who have what we desire.  Similarly, there will always be people who have less than us, do less than us, and are in situations we don’t desire.  It is inevitable.  It is a fact of life that we are better off accepting and not indulging in.

Don’t get me wrong, even though I realize comparisons aren’t healthy, I struggle with comparing myself to others.  I have done it my whole life and continue doing it still, but I have gotten better at managing it.  Here is how I have learned to reduce the desire to compare.

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The Little-Known Power of Dynamic Phytotherapy

The Little-Known Power of Dynamic Phytotherapy

I first learned about Dynamic Phytotherapy (DP) when I was attending the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS).  I could take a few elective courses as part of my Master’s in Complementary Alternative Medicine.  I signed up for the course on DP because I was interested in Herbal Studies and anything relating to plant therapy or Phytotherapy.  This class was about Phytotherapy of the Dynamic kind, which I found particularly intriguing.

It turns out that there is not a lot of information available on DP, apart from what ACHS provides. They are not well known outside of New Zealand, where the approach was developed, and perhaps Australia.  They are gaining popularity in the United States and the United Kingdom, but are still not commonly found.  And, DP remedies were originally known as Homeobotanical (Hb) remedies, which complicates matters even more.

But these remedies deserve more attention, and I am going to share with you some of what I know.

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4 Worthwhile Books on Wellness

4 Worthwhile Books on Wellness

A couple of weeks ago I provided a list of five books that could transform you.  Those books were about self-development.

This time I have decided to give you a list of four books on wellness that are worth your while.

Each book provides a plan or insight to improve health and wellbeing, and although each book presents different approaches, there are similarities.  They all involve some type of shift to habits and practices that involve more care- care for our health, ourselves, our communities, our tribe, our planet or other.

Read all four books on this list and take the parts that resonate from each.  Or go through my descriptions below and select the healing approach that you most identify with.

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What You Need to Know About Crystals

What You Need to Know About Crystals

I have had an interest in crystals since I was a child.  But, I must admit, my interest started because of my brother.  He was interested in all types of stones and had a geological curiosity about stones.  I simply thought they were pretty.

Over the years my attraction to crystals has evolved into an esoteric curiosity.  Crystals have energy, and can benefit us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, and provide us healing and wellness.

I have a small collection of crystals at home and in my office, and I also wear them as jewelry.  I have learned a bit about crystals along the way, but I am in no way an expert.  I decided to read up about them and share that with you.  Much of this information I gathered from Judy Hall’s The Crystal Bible.

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How We Can Tell Which Chakra Needs Attention

How We Can Tell Which Chakra Needs Attention

Last week I explained why balanced chakras are the key to vitality, and what it means when our chakras are in harmony.  I also gave you a description of each chakra.

The lower chakras, namely the root, sacral, and solar plexus, affect our wellbeing and our ability to relate to our self, our sense of self, and the tangible world.  The upper chakras, namely the throat, third eye, and crown, affect how we connect with the outside world.  The heart chakra brings both together, as it foments our ability to lovingly connect with ourselves and others.

When one or more chakra is out of balance, we can bring them back to center by engaging in activities, behaviors, practices, thoughts, and intentions that allow energy to flow freely.

To know what to do, it is first important for us to recognize which chakra needs attention.  I will share how we are likely to feel physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually when our chakras our out of balance.  These are generalizations but hopefully can help to bring awareness to what we may be experiencing.  Symptoms can stem from over expressing the energy of a chakra, and other times from under expressing it.  I share a bit of what happens in both cases.

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Why Balanced Chakras Are the Key to Vitality

Why Balanced Chakras Are the Key to Vitality

I have explained chakras in the past, and provided basics on how to balance them.

Chakras are energetic forces in and around our bodies. Different schools of thought claim a different number of chakras, some located within and some just outside our bodies. There is no dispute, however, that there are at least seven chakra points within our bodies.  These seven chakras are the ones I focus on.

Chakras work on us on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level.  The epicenter of each chakra sits in the midline or center of our body, and they rotate forming vortexes or wheels around our being.  The word chakra is Sanskrit for wheel.  I will tell you the vitality we experience when our chakras are balanced.

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Poems on Fear & Letting Go

Poems on Fear & Letting Go

I have been reading Michael Singer’s The Untethered Soul, and contemplating on what he shares about how to find inner peace and freedom, and how to let go.

This time I am doing something different.  I am part of a writing group, and we have been discussing bravery.  Particularly, we talked about doing something we have not done before, something that scares us, but we do it anyway.  For me that is poems.

Poems are not “my thing.”  I don’t feel I’m good at writing poetry.  Sometimes, I simply don’t get them. So, my act of bravery was first to write a poem, which I did.  The second act was to share it.

I am sharing two poems.  These poems are my reflections on some of Singer’s (2007) valuable lessons.

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Why Forgiveness is Important for Healing

Why Forgiveness is Important for Healing

Often, we think of forgiveness as something we do for the other person- the one who caused us hurt or harm.  But, forgiveness does not have anything to do with them. Whether or not we forgive them, their lives are not likely to change.  But, ours are.  Forgiveness is something we do for ourselves.

Forgiveness means we are freeing ourselves from holding on to feelings and emotions that no longer serve us.  We do it so that we may feel more peace and calm.

I have been focusing on forgiveness over the past year, and I wanted to share with you some of the lessons I learned through the process.

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What it Means to Connect

What it Means to Connect

I have heard mention that connection is the emotion that we seek the most.  We are beings of love and are naturally driven to connect with others.

That must be the reason why, although I read an article written in Elephant Journal nearly two months ago, it has stuck with me.  Renee Dubeau wrote about a woman she met at the gym- a complete stranger- whom she connected with, and who shared a story of deep sorrow (2018).

I find it fascinating that two strangers can connect in such a deep and meaningful manner.  And this is something that has happened to me in the past.  I had a conversation with a taxi driver who spoke about the struggles with his teenage child, sat next to a 90-year old woman on the plane who shared her journey of immigration to this country, and met someone at a cocktail party who told me all about his soulmate.  And, I have heard this happen to many others.

It got me thinking about connection.  I decided to delve deeper on what it means to connect.

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