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I cannot let my fear dictate where I go or how I live

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Is It Safe To Go On Retreat These Days? As I’m gearing up for my trip to Mexico, two earthquakes struck in the past 2 weeks. Participants quickly messaged, “Is the trip still on?” The first earthquake hit 6 hours away, the second struck closer to “home” in Mexico City....
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Is It Safe To Go On Retreat These Days?

As I’m gearing up for my trip to Mexico, two earthquakes struck in the past 2 weeks.

Participants quickly messaged, “Is the trip still on?”

The first earthquake hit 6 hours away, the second struck closer to “home” in Mexico City. Our base for the trip is on the outskirts of the city, at the pyramids of Teotihuacan, about an hour away.

Yes, I reassured everyone, we are going… and we all sent prayers to the affected areas.

Then I caught my husband mumbling under his breath, “It’s safer to stay close to home these days and not go out of the country.”

While I appreciate his protectiveness and concern, I have to wholeheartedly disagree with that kind of thinking.

Was it safe for the folks who live in Florida or Houston to stay at home during the hurricanes?

Has it been safe for the people of London who have lived through multiple terrorist attacks?

 Is it safe for the millions who live anywhere a natural or manmade disaster hits?

The truth is that nowhere in the world is “safe” these days. One person’s home is another’s destination. Your destination is someone’s home. And truthfully no matter where we live or travel to is “safe.”

The idea of “safe” is simply our mind trying to reassure ourselves against the unpredictability of life.

So whenever I plan a retreat, I go where I feel called. Of course I calculate the potential risks and use common sense – I would not be inclined to go to certain war-torn areas right now.

But I cannot let my fear dictate where I go or how I live – and I pray that you don’t either.

After all, I may think it’s “safe” to stay at home in my small mountain town and not get on an airplane.

And yet when the US National Safety Council compiled an odds-of-dying table for 2008 comparing driving accidents versus air travel, it calculatedthe odds of dying in a motor vehicle accident to be 1 in 98 for a lifetime. For air and space transport, the odds were 1 in 7,178 for a lifetime. Even in absolute numbers, driving is more dangerous, with more than 5 million accidents compared to 20 accidents in flying.*

I’ll take a plane any day even though my mind feels it’s safer to get into my car!

Just this week, I only have to remember one of my husband’s fellow firefighter’s brothers who died in a truck accident, just a few miles from our home. My heart goes out to him and his family.

As a retreat leader, it’s part of your responsibility to educate your clients on the risks and rewards of travel (and that’s just one reason why we stress the importance of legal forms!).

Just as you might help your participants overcome doubts or fears in other aspects of their lives, you also need to help illuminate the irrational fears that come up when traveling.

After all, isn’t that the part of the beauty of traveling?

That you put yourself in a different environment and get to see the world through different eyes?

That new perspective then helps you see your life (or your business) from a new point of one – one that could bring more joy or success or transformation to yourself and those you touch.

As for me, and my participants, we’re headed to Mexico. We’re heading the call and we’ll face any fears or situations as they come.

I believe in following my heart and living my life to the fullest. And that involves the risk of waking up and walking out my front door every day – whether I’m driving down the street to my office or hopping on a plane to an exotic destination.

What about you? How do you educate your clients on the safety and risks of retreats? Comment below!

* Source: http://traveltips.usatoday.com/air-travel-safer-car-travel-1581.html

This post originally appeared on Wanderlust Entrepreneur.

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Meghan Gilroy is a shamanic healer, life & business coach and mindful mama filled with practical spirituality. She untangles relationship, career, health and money issues by nurturing intuition and simple self-care.

The Light is Intense. Right now.

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It is as if a bright spotlight or a laser is being trained into every dark corner of our psyches – personally, nationally and globally. A very bright, unrelenting, burning, take-no-prisoners Light. It’s uncomfortable. It’s painful. It’s violent and fiery. It’s frightening and frustrating. It’s transformative. For it is in looking...
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It is as if a bright spotlight or a laser is being trained into every dark corner of our psyches – personally, nationally and globally.

A very bright, unrelenting, burning, take-no-prisoners Light.

It’s uncomfortable. It’s painful. It’s violent and fiery. It’s frightening and frustrating.

It’s transformative.

For it is in looking deep into the lurking Shadows we discover the cosmic junk that impedes us on our journeys; those beliefs, attitudes, patterns, fears and anxieties that keep us from Freedom.

Freedom to be our True Selves, to step into our inner Power – whatever our unique selves bring to the communal table – and open our Hearts to all that Is. Freedom from the limits of our lifetime(s) of Ego learning, our story, what we believe and think we are. What we “need” to survive. How we’ve become hurt and even “damaged goods”.

The butterfly, with its capacity to completely shift physical form in one life-cycle, is one of the oldest symbols of transformation. I recently had someone tell me they fancy being one, because you get to eat as much as you want, go to sleep, and wake up beautiful.

In relating this to my friend Deb, she remarked, “But how do we know it doesn’t hurt? They’re growing wings for heavens sake, don’t you think that is painful?”

I don’t know. I don’t know if growing wings is painful or as effortless as the way they allow a flutterby to float upon the air currents. I know that sometimes my own transformation is extremely painful and takes attention and work, and at other times it’s effortless.

This Light of transformation is not waning, but rather gathering strength, culminating with the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. We had a full moon with a partial lunar eclipse a week ago, on Aug. 7.

A Shadow portal opens and expands. New awareness and opportunities arise out of the darkness.

In addition, Mercury went retrograde yesterday, Aug. 12, in it’s own house of Virgo – known for it’s exacting nature in service to others and the greater good. Always an opportunity to re-view the old in our lives and choose how to move forward.

We are breaking open, like a Chrysalis.

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Hold fast to the Light. Hold fast to all that is Good.

Try not to resist.  You can resist, but there is no redemption in resistance. Root into the ground. 

Hold onto the Lions mane and ride if you can’t walk – the sun is in Leo, lending it’s innate attributes of playfulness and creativity to help bring us through.

Hold fast to unconditional Love for all Beings to the best of your ability. Respect the dignity of every human being.

Lean into the Light. The Light will carry us through.

Focus the Goodness in the Light, if you can, and re-direct it to all people and places, including and particularly to Kim Jong-Un, Donald Trump, Venezuela, Charlottesville, Syria, etc., in whatever form works for you.

Lightworkers, the world needs you!

And for Goodness sake, give a hefty dose of that unconditional love to yourself!!!

One on hand I can receive this encouraging message during my meditation this morning and follow the directive to share it, writing from the detached place of The Observer. I can also take a step back and marvel at the way in which the Universe brings up my personal Shadows into my awareness so that I myself have the opportunity to transform.

On the other hand, I am human. I am the person who wrote this on FB Friday – “On my mind:I’m f-inh done with this “transformative” energy today.” I am the injured inner child at 9 years of age that devolved into tears on Saturday, followed by the angry teenager who threw her phone so hard on the counter that she cracked the screen. I am able to hear the words of a friend, sit with them, explore them, acknowledge the problem, vow to change it, and still erupt in the F-bomb on Sunday morning on my way home from church in exactly the situation that needs to shift.

I am all of these, as are You. We are in this together. Please practice kindness.

At yoga yesterday the teacher asked “Are you okay.” I responded, “define okay.” She thought a moment and said “In intensity but surviving.” “Yes”, I said, “We (my body/mind/spirit) are okay.”

I hope you are too.

God/dess bless us, sustain us, and help us to embrace these possibilities for Change.

 

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Janeen Barnett is a Massage & Energy Therapist and the Founder of Au Soleil Healing Inc. As an interpreter and translator between your body and your conscious mind, she helps you reconcile and release experiences for deep healing.

Come Play with me in Mexico!

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Come play with me in Mexico as I co-facilitate this retreat with Shamanic Healer and Business Coach Meghan Gilroy. Here’s the short scoop, in Meghan’s words: If you want to: Have the confidence to create and facilitate your own sacred ceremonies and retreats ANYWHERE in the world Amplify your ability to use hands-on healing…...
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Come play with me in Mexico as I co-facilitate this retreat with Shamanic Healer and Business Coach Meghan Gilroy.

Here’s the short scoop, in Meghan’s words:

If you want to:

Have the confidence to create and facilitate your own sacred ceremonies and retreats ANYWHERE in the world

Amplify your ability to use hands-on healing… while mastering the art of creating guided meditations for your clients

Make the time to do your own inner work and soul-care FIRST so you can support others at the level you KNOW you are capable of AND

Expand your capacity to deepen your intuition and gut knowing while calling in new energetic support and guidance…

Then join me and your new soul sisters for a heart-centered soul-powered retreat at the pyramids (aptly named “the place where man awakens to become god”).

 

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Janeen Barnett is a Massage & Energy Therapist and the Founder of Au Soleil Healing Inc. As an interpreter and translator between your body and your conscious mind, she helps you reconcile and release experiences for deep healing.

Summer Diet/Lifestyle for Pitta Dosha

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DIET: To pacify out-of-balance pitta, and especially in the summer months, one should eat sweet, cooling, bitter foods that are liquid and moist. Avoid hot, spicy and dry foods. The tastes sweet, bitter and astringent are best for pitta…avoid salty, sour and pungent tastes (hot chilies and spices). Choose a...
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DIET:

To pacify out-of-balance pitta, and especially in the summer months, one should eat sweet, cooling, bitter foods that are liquid and moist. Avoid hot, spicy and dry foods. The tastes sweet, bitter and astringent are best for pitta…avoid salty, sour and pungent tastes (hot chilies and spices). Choose a vegetarian diet…avoid meat, eggs, alcohol and salt. Most of the diet should be vegetables and whole grains, such as…barley, oats, white rice, wheat.

Avoid vegetables that are too sour or hot, such as…radishes, chilies, garlic, raw onions, tomatoes, hot peppers, carrots, beets, eggplant and spinach. Eat vegetables, such as…asparagus, cucumber, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables, pumpkin, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, okra, lettuce, green beans and zucchini. Salads and raw vegetables are OK in the summer months when eaten at lunch time. Avoid sour fruits, such as, grapefruits, lemons, apricots, berries and any unripe fruit…limes are ok. Eat sweet ripe fruits, such as…grapes, melon, cherries, avocado, mangos, coconut, pomegranates, pineapples, oranges and plums.

For protein…all legumes are ok except for red and yellow lentils, which can be eaten minimally. Best is black lentils, chickpeas and mung beans. Chicken and turkey are ok, eggs and seafood minimal.

Sweet dairy is best…non-homogenized organic whole milk, unsalted butter, ghee, soft unsalted cheeses. Whole milk yogurt is best with spices, sweetener and a little water. 

Most nuts and seeds have too much oil and heat….but coconut is cooling, sunflower and pumpkin seeds are good. Use small amounts of sunflower, olive and coconut oil in your diet.

Sweeteners are ok for pitta, such as….maple syrup, dark brown sugar, dates. Avoid honey and molasses.  Avoid hot (pungent) spices and decrease salt intake. Cooling spices that are best for pitta are…cardamon, fennel, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, tumeric and some black pepper. Black tea is ok with milk and a pinch of cardamon. Avoid coffee, alcohol and tobacco.

Foods to balance pitta should have “neutral energy”…whole grains, bland foods, simple whole fresh organic foods, that are cooked.

LIFESTYLE:

For pitta that is out-of-balance and especially in the summer months…anything that creates too much heat inside or outside of the body…high humidity, steam baths, hot showers, the sun, hot and spicy food, too much exercise, a busy mind, constant doing, a fast pace, ingesting a lot of salty foods and oils….should be avoided.

Cooling foods and activities balance pitta. Exercise should be gentle and slow and done in the coolest part of the day, morning and evening…gentle yoga, walks in nature, swimming, chi gong, etc.

Slow deep breathing exercises help calm pitta. A regular practice of meditation, alternate nostril breathing and self-massage daily with sunflower or coconut oils calm the body and the mind. Pitta can then adapt an attitude of surrender, calm awareness and moderation in all things. A regular daily routine of eating, sleeping and doing is helpful to balance pitta and create loving care for oneself.

Stop – Sit – Breathe is pitta’s mantra. Eating in a peaceful environment, without multitasking…sweet, kind association, soothing music, smells and scenery….heal and balance pitta.

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Nancy Carlson, Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coach, brings a multi- dimensional approach to her work by combining her experience as an RN in conventional western medicine with holistic healing modalities.

Resiliency and Ayurveda

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Resiliency and Ayurveda By Nancy Carlson What is resilience, how do you get it? How can we cultivate and maintain resiliency in our daily life? How can we adjust, within such constant changes in life? Can we re-create oneself, body-mind-spirit, allowing passion and joy into one’s life and work? Do...
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Resiliency and Ayurveda

By Nancy Carlson

What is resilience, how do you get it? How can we cultivate and maintain resiliency in our daily life?

How can we adjust, within such constant changes in life? Can we re-create oneself, body-mind-spirit, allowing passion and joy into one’s life and work? Do we want to just survive, or to live well?

“Resiliency is generally considered to be a positive trait involving the capacity to cope with stress and adversity.” -McCraty & Childres, 2010

When we believe in ones-self, we have the capacity to “bounce back” in changing times. This comes with practice, bringing a deeper understanding of insight around lifestyle behaviors, awareness and choice.

To develop the capacity to be resilient is to take time for self-reflection, identify what’s important and live in a way that reflects that. Build your resilience slowly but surely.

By developing ones-self to be sensitive, non-judgmental and respectful of self and others, we can truly be present. Practicing self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, balance and mindful-awareness are the qualities of resiliency. It is a positive attitude in the face of suffering.

By observing, with intelligence, our own action becomes self-awareness. Daily insight, self-inquiry, being fully present with self and others, builds resiliency.

Reactivity vs Resilience

Do you react instead of observing your thoughts and feelings? Do you react in the fear of change? Can you pause, thoughtfully, before you speak? Can you bring yourself to center, before you react?

By using the tools of contemplative practices, we learn to receive compassion, to stay connected with others and develop self-inquiry thru an Ayurvedic lens…bringing awareness and choice to our decisions. We find meaning in change, and in connection by creating a new understanding of life in sync with nature’s rhythm.

What is important, your priorities, why are you here, what are the gifts you can share, what are your connections and how do you seek guidance?

Do you feel gratitude, optimism, joy, love, meaning and an inner hold on life?

“To live is to suffer, to survive is to feel meaning in the suffering, the ability to see something good in adversity is the central trait needed by all of us.”    ~Victor Frankl

Ayurveda, as a holistic healthcare system, follows the rhythm of nature, change of seasons, time, ageing and emphasizes mind-body-spirit wellness.

By cultivating a deeper understanding thru the view of Ayurveda, we can be in relationship with the world around us and adjust within the ever-changing times in life. Change is inevitable, constant, birth and death, illness, loss and suffering. We learn to respond in a healthier way of how to live in our lives, everyday.

Ayurveda teaches how to maintain balance by connecting with nature and it’s rhythms. Ayurveda promotes self-care, self-love, wellness, and true self-knowledge. Ayurveda re-balances our imbalances, builds resilience and brings us back to center.

In the practice of dinacharya, new daily routines are integrated slowly, creating positive change in our choices and intention. By observing the qualities of our food, environment, thoughts, emotions and senses, we build strength, awareness and resilience.

By being aware of our senses…sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch…we learn what is best for our constitution. Through our senses, we digest all that we take within, deciding what serves our wellbeing and what does not.

With knowledge of the 5 elements…space, air, fire, water and earth…that are found in all matter, including our-selves, our own unique constitution is understood. We notice that what is within, is also without…the connection of our microcosm and the external macrocosm.

This understanding brings the importance of our relationships…of self, others, the earth, plants, animals, countries, the world…it goes on and on. How we care for ourselves, determines the nature of all our relationships…healthy or not healthy.

Practices….

A daily routine is essential for maintaining balance by being inline with the cycles of day and night, seasons, age, environment and food. When disconnected to these natural rhythms, we can experience imbalance, illness, disease, isolation and suffering. The littlest of things are so important for prevention and maintenance of our health and wellbeing.

Ayurveda practices:

Seasonal lifestyle and diet

Walking in nature

Regular meals and betimes

Mindful eating, thoughts and acting

Exercise

Observing the qualities of the mind

Healthy digestion

Meditation – the witness, clarity, passive awareness, decreased reactions, healthier responses

Yoga – opening channels, decreased tension, flow

Pranayama – the vital breath, life force, vitality

Herbs, spices and fresh organic foods

Change can be seen as harmful, fearful, or change can be seen as adaptive, new beginnings, meaning, intelligence, health and wellbeing.

Ayurveda grounds, nourishes and rejuvenates to create balance in change. It is a holistic individualized healthcare system. It teaches to listen to ones true self and self-knowledge. Gradually, by growing one’s awareness, the light of one’s inner knowing and intelligence is seen. Listen….

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Nancy Carlson, Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coach, brings a multi- dimensional approach to her work by combining her experience as an RN in conventional western medicine with holistic healing modalities.