Sometimes, out of a seeming snafu, the best things can happen. Last month, the Angel Hour had a HUGE technical glitch which resulted in 99% of the callers being on one conference line, and me being on another.
WHAAAAAAAT? Initially, my reaction was very human. "HOW are there so few people on this call when so many signed up?" "What if this subject matter is not interesting to people and I am the only one perceiving things this way?" (The topic was Creating Balance in an Imbalanced World.)
I got my head together by reassuring myself that the Angels have NEVER in my life steered me wrong, no matter how strange the directive seemed at the time. This steered me back to the reason that I was doing this in the first place. The Angels had some very important information to share with those who wish to create the world as they want it to be. When things don't go according to plan, it is how we react that makes all the difference. Life is unpredictable and sometimes the only thing that you get to choose is your own behavior. In this particular situation, I knew that the show must go on and that I would figure it out later. The time and date were given to me by the Angels, so the information needed to come through, no matter what. I went on with the call and shut off the thoughts involving self doubt and self judgement. It ended up being a beautiful call with incredible messages coming through.
Peace and balance in the outer world come from peace and balance in the inner world. The Angels really drove that message home to me by requiring exactly that to get me through this call. They were calling me to live my medicine. Without being able to balance, center, and re-focus, I would not have been able to hear the messages that they were giving me and share them.
The Learning Sometimes, it takes a bit of an extreme situation to enable you to learn things that you might not have known otherwise. Had this not happened, I might never have realized:
1. How many people care. Even though we are surrounded by people, we don't always realize this. I cannot tell you how many emails, calls, texts, and messages I had when I finished the call. All from lovely people who were checking on me. Remember...in their world, I just didn't show up. They had no idea I was leading the call on another conference line!
2. How responsible people know I am. If I say something is starting on this date at one, people know I will be there waiting for them at exactly that time. This is good to know, because it wasn't always this way.
3. How much Peace and Unity are actually desired in this world. If you listen to the mainstream media, you would most likely think the exact opposite. When the angels give us an opportunity to center and re-balance out inner world, so many of us show up. Remember, it only takes 1/2 of 1% of the population to shift our consciousness and hold it to create a huge shift in the consciousness of the entire world.
4. No matter what, we are human first. As humans, we naturally thrive in community—and with the help of others. We can't manage everything on our own, and just being in community with like-minded people helps us to come out feeling better, stronger, and more supported. (And, on a personal note: Having an assistant to manage details is a lovely place to start.)
5. Every moment is a new opportunity to practice ahimsa, or non-violence in thought, word, and action. When things go wrong, it is very easy to jump into self-criticism, which usually involves some aspect of violent language. "You are such an __(insert expletive of choice here)__." Knowing that absolutely everything happens for a reason, and the silver lining will be shown to you afterwards is a great place to start to shift your energy from judgement to compassion. (If this seems difficult for you, know that I FULLY trust it and have been shown that this is the case over and over again in my life.)
What I want you to know is that I SEE YOU. I have heard your desire to make the world a better place, and I am fully committed to bringing you any information that I can to enable you to do just that. I am so grateful for you, and your willingness to stand up in strength and service on behalf of the world as it is now, and all future generations.
For that reason, I am re-doing this call on Thursday so these messages to be brought to you LIVE. The angels will also be answering your questions, so bring them if you have them. If you are working at the time, sign up anyway—you can always just listen in if you have the chance.
There are moments in life when each of us all feels separated from our humanity. To be honest, by the end of last week, I was living from that space—feeling disconnected, existing to run from appointment to appointment, place to place—a slave to my calendar. This often happens when I get caught up in the humdrum routine of the day-to-day for too long, forgetting to make the time to look around and remember the things that bring me enjoyment.
What I notice about myself and my clients is that we have a LOT of responsibility. We are good at responsibility. We take it on willingly because we are able to handle and juggle more than most people. The hard part is when we are focused on all of those responsibilities, we sometimes forget to factor ourselves into the mix.
When we make the time—even if it is just 5 minutes—to do something that we enjoy, it makes us feel more alive. We are instantly brought back to a place where we can breathe deeply and remember why the heck we are so passionate about helping other people in the first place—because we are all connected.
I remedied this situation in the fastest way I know how. I spent my entire 4-day weekend outdoors. I'm not talking about camping, because glamping is actually more my style. I'm talking about sitting under a tree while reading, paddle boarding, handstands in the grass, eating outside with friends and family.
Getting back to nature is a really great shortcut to bringing your entire system back into the most balanced state it can be in at any given time. Over the course of the weekend, I remembered that I am at my best and most functional when I spend about 75% of my time outdoors.
Here are just a handful of the health benefits that venturing into the great outdoors (or onto your balcony) hold for you:
Vitamin D: The fastest way for your body to absorb the Vitamin D it needs to keep you healthy is through the skin. Being out in the sun, even if only for 15 minutes in the morning and late evening will boost your Vitamin D levels. Note: If you are wearing sunscreen, or makeup or lotion containing sunscreen, your skin will not be able to absorb Vitamin D from the sun.
Better Sleep: Spending too much time inside and away from natural light can alter your circadian rhythms, thus disrupting sleep patterns. Exposure to sunlight has been shown to help recalibrate these sleep cycles and improve sleep quality overall.
Fresh Air: Indoor air pollutants are far worse for your health and are at far greater levels (25-62% higher) than outdoor air pollutants in almost every area of the world. Being outdoors also naturally causes us to take deeper breaths because we are away from the things that cause us stress—unless you are being chased by a bear. So if you are taking that lunch walk, leave your smartphone at your desk.
Grounding: Put your bare feet on the grass and tell me you don't feel more grounded! Scientifically speaking, not only does standing barefoot on the earth help regulate the polarity of your body, but it has an anti-inflammatory and energizing effect on it, as well.
Exercise: Let's face it, if you are outside, chances are that you are going to get more exercise than if you are sitting inside. This can look as simple as walking in and out of the house (probably up and down stairs) to get the food you've prepared for your guests, or an impromptu game of frisbee. [True Story. This happened this weekend and ended with me chucking the frisbee over a fence.]
With all of these health benefits, how did I FORGET that I needed to spend a lot of time outdoors in order to function well? This sort of thing happens to each of us when we are able to focus on the Whole. We sometimes forget about ourselves.
When we see and know the Connectedness of all, it is a really beautiful thing. It is important for us, however, to remember that each of us is also a piece of that Whole. When we are in a state of happiness and bliss, things flow better, we are better manifestors, we ripple those feelings out into the Collective, and we become living examples of Balance.
In order to show up as our best selves to have and hold the energy for all that we have to do each day, we need to remember to connect in with what brings us joy. Remember, at any moment, you can begin to return to center and health by getting outside and taking some breaths.
More than any other aspect of food, Ayurveda pays attention to its qualities – hot/cold, heavy/light, moist/dry, etc., because these qualities make all the difference to your health. An example of this is how the qualities in a glass of water will make all the difference in how it affects your health. A glass of ice-cold water has the potential to worsen allergies, weaken digestion, hamper circulation and may even cause you to lose your voice. A glass of warm water, on the other hand, has exactly the opposite effect – reducing congestion, strengthening metabolism, improving circulation and clearing the voice. During the cold winter, it is always a better choice to opt for a warm or room temperature glass of water.
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Ayurveda also focuses on combining the six tastes in each meal, which makes your food tasty, delicious, balanced and medicinal. These tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, astringent, and bitter. When they are successfully combined, you are completely satisfied and not left craving anything after the meal.
The concept of eating seasonally grown foods is a cornerstone of Ayurveda. Nature is wise and produces fruits and veggies which create balance in each season. Root veggies, squash, pumpkin, nuts and beans are readily available in the fall and store well for winter. Because the foods are heavy, sweet and moist, they balance the qualities of Vata (which are light and dry) prevalent in the winter. Therefore, if you follow nature's lead, you will stay healthy and balanced.
Need more reasons to eat seasonally?
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Just as you change your clothes with the seasons, so must you adjust your diet. If you start making seasonal to your foods according, you will be able to prevent many dis-eases.
We each have an innate intelligence which most of us have learned to ignore. If you are craving cold foods ( in temperature or quality) in the winter—such as eating watermelon cubes during a Christmas party or having a bowl of ice cream on a cold winter night—it is a good indication that your body has become out of balance. A good way to start to re-balance yourself is to eat the foods that are at local farmer's markets in the winter.
Not sure what is growing in your area at a given time of year? Check out your local farmer’s market and talk to the farmers!
Coach's note: I've been contacted by so many people recently who "never get sick," yet who are currently sick. One thing that they all have in common is that they are on a cleanse of have just completed one. I cannot stress this enough...winter is NOT the time to cleanse. Winter is the time to be dormant, to rest, relax, and renew for all of the new life coming in the spring. It is a time where your body is supposed to hold weight for warmth and insulation.
Once winter is over and the first berries and dandelion roots of spring appear, it is time to cleanse and release all the winter brought you (fat, mucous, cold) from your system.