Making Space for Stillness

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Meditation, presence, and quieting the mind have all been central themes in my work and personal life lately.

There seems to be this franticness that a lot of people are carrying around with them. A franticness that they need to figure out something big– like a career path or finding a partner. And the franticness serves to speed up the process because it must happen very soon or else…..

They might die. Their life will be over. They will never the thing they really want in life. 

This all sounds really dire and tragic, right? But is it true or real? Will you really die if your career path doesn’t look as planned? Will your life be over if you don’t find a partner before age 35? Is life really not worth living if you don’t have the bank account you thought you would by now? 

Picture spinning a top (the toy). Imagine that with each spin, we dive further and further into our own head and thoughts about how life should be, the things we should have, and what you need in order to be happy. And with each spin, you are fed more and more marketing about what society tells you that you should want and need. 

How would you get out of this situation and stop the spinning? 

This place is bred from scarcity and fear. When we feel we don’t have enough or are afraid, we are much more susceptible to messaging from the outside world and trust that more than ourselves. You have to disavow scarcity and fear within yourself to overcome the spinning.

How do I do that?

Before you can replace the scarcity and fear with something that actually serves you, you must first create the space for the inspiration and exploration of something new. The space will first be filled with stillness- a quieted mind, free from judgment and franticness. In the stillness you will find new ideas, feelings, and sensations coming up for you. Look, listen, and feel those things for all they can offer you. 

Find the stillness through meditation, yoga, prayer, singing, dancing or any other way that serves you. 

Share your practice below to inspire others 🙂

 

Be your best self today,

Brittany

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What is Harvard saying about nutrition?

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In the midst of the Holiday season, what are you doing to try to avoid an eating overload and sugar comas? We know you can’t say no to mom’s home cooking and Aunt Susie would be totally offended if you didn’t try her pound cake! So how do you deal?

Make a schedule. Find out when all those holiday gatherings are and write them down. Then make all non-party days the time to recover, restore, and reset for nutrition’s sake!

Don’t just take my word for it. Harvard Medical School’s vast scientific and social research has produced the following tips to make your holiday meals a success – without adding extra pounds to work off after New Years! 

– Change your perspective! Good eating is not a punishment, but an opportunity. If you know why it’s important and what to do, you’ll find it enjoyable and satisfying. 

– Change slowly. By the time you are 40, you’ll have eaten some 40,000 meals — and lots of snacks besides. Give yourself time to change, targeting one item a week.

– Snack on unsalted nuts, trail mix, fruit, raw veggies, Rye Krisp, or graham crackers. Try eating a few handfuls of a crunchy fiber cereal such as Kashi, or nibble on a cereal bar.

– Experiment with new recipes and meal plans. Be creative and take chances. Instead of dreading your new diet, have fun with it.

– Take a long-range view. Don’t get down on yourself if you slip up or “cheat” from time to time. 

What is your plan for Holiday survival plan? How do you keep your nutrition in check? Share below!!

Core Energetics

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I am so excited to report that I have started the Core Energetics training! It is a two-year program that will make me a better therapist, better understand my own blocks in achieving my goals, and allow me to be my best self for you clients! 

Based on the fundamental teachings of Freud, bioenergetics, and body work, Core Energetics was born to marry the concepts of talk therapy and internal conflict resolution using the body. See GoodTherapy.Org definition below:

Core Energetics is a method of therapy that strives to achieve transformation through self-discovery. Developed by John C. Pierrakos, this technique differs from traditional talk therapy in that it engages the body’s energy source through physical activity including kicking, hitting, muscle flexing, extreme posturing, vocalizations and expressions, and joins these outlets to statements. By doing so, the client is provided with a cohesive conversation between body and mind. Core Energetics allows a client to deeply feel his emotions and conflicting feelings, and often times the client discovers the sensations of true healing more rapidly than with traditional talk therapy by itself. Core Energetics can be difficult, but it inspires creativity, surprise, excitement and uniqueness and offers immense physical and emotional healing. 

Have you ever experienced an intense emotion in your body? What do you love about your body? What do you wish was different? Core Energetics can help you LOVE your body and better understand your life and shape your future!

Find out more about Core Energetics now:

http://www.goodtherapy.org/core_energetics.html

http://psychology.wikia.com/wiki/Core_Energetics

http://www.coreenergetics.org/about-core-energetics/what-is-core-energetics/

How are your body and mind connected? In more ways than your thought! Explore your body and deeper consciousness now with Core!