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May 2015

Creating Balance…Learning The Seven Chakras

7 Chakras Balance

The word “Balance” has seven letters – one for each Chakra…

I continue my journey of self-discovery and development with choosing studies that fit into my path. I am starting a study of the Chakras this coming week, with choosing to research and learn about each individual Chakra, each week I will study and practice each Chakra. They are the energy centers of the body. When one, any, or all are out of balance it can effect you emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Finding and creating balance in my life has become ever-more important to me and with the Mercury Retrograde in progress and changes on the horizon this feels like the perfect place to put my focus. I found a quiz on http://www.eclecticenergies.com that helped me get a general idea on how my Chakras are currently sitting. It seems my Throat Chakra is pretty balanced; which seems to make sense with my background in sales and customer service in that I would have had a need in my career for good communication skills; however I’m finding I am off kilter in many other areas. I know this short study will not give me all knowledge and understanding of The Seven Chakras but I hope it will give me the basis for me to get started on growing that insight and open up a whole new world for me. My plan is to study and focus on one Chakra each week and use practices and therapies to develop more balance in each area. I hope you will enjoy my experiences as I go through this process.

Wish me Luck!!!

“I am strong, I am capable, I will succeed.”

“I am strong, I am capable, I will succeed.” – my daily mantra.

As I reform my life and my direction I continue to create a routine to create strength, courage, and calmness to help me achieve my goals. How I start my days now:

1. Pour a cup of coffee – I saw a quote online the other day that read, “Coffee is my spirit animal” – that is so true for me!

2. Clean out my emails – delete junk mail, read immediate pressing matters, and organize inspirational/project ones into a folder for quiet time later.

3. I read three inspiring quotes or articles. Then I retweet/tweet one, post on facebook, and post on instagram. This helps me to keep my presense in the world (social media world) and helps me to work towards one of my end goals – hopefully inspiring others.

4. I then go complete my morning Yoga & Meditation – today I did it outside, it is a beautiful morning!

5. I take a picture of something beautiful and share – “Find Beauty in Something Every Day.”

This is part of my mother’s garden with her serenity cat statue – perfect for doing Yoga & Meditation next to!

serenity cat

This routine calms me and focuses me and fills me with inner strength to take on whatever the day may bring.

“Carpe Diem!”

Monday is only 24 Hours long

Oh Mondays… I would have thought that Mondays would feel different now that I’m unemployed but they really don’t. That awful “Monday Morning Stress” feeling still creeps up on me. I still have that “should I have embraced the weekend differently, could I have gotten more done?” thought on my mind when I wake up.

I find myself now not in a routine to get up, get dressed, and go to the office and left feeling slightly empty without it. I’ve been considering a life and career change for awhile but wasn’t anticipating the decision to be placed in front of me not by my own hand. The biggest challenge I’ve been facing is in creating a new routine for myself. For years now, I’ve been the kind of girl that 90% of my life is my work and now I am feeling a little without purpose.

So I’ve started practicing Yoga (and am very much in the beginning stages, anxious to jump to the next stage) and meditation which has been a great addition to my day. I downloaded a free app called 7 Minutes Yoga and have been adding a pose per day from The 31-Day Yoga Challenge from http://www.skinnymom.com (Love this site for fitness and health tips and advice!). I’ve been at it a week now and am already feeling more strength and flexibility, however I think the most benefit I have been receiving from the practice is through the meditation. I am generally a very positive person and I strive to continue to find opportunity and joy in everything. Adding meditation to my day has helped me continue that thought process even through the stress.

This time has been giving me the chance to really evaluate my life and what I really want out of it. Though losing my job is causing financial stress, I’ve gained in more ways – more time for my son, more focus on myself, and the chance to redirect my life towards I path that will be fulfilling to me spiritually.

Today I awoke with the “Ugh Monday” feeling but by the afternoon I have changed my outlook…and tomorrow is Tuesday!

P.S. always open your drapes and let the sunshine in!

catching sun on the back patio

Transformation: change in form, appearance, nature, or character

Transformation is a funny thing. The process not always so beautiful. Take the caterpillar for example. It wraps itself in a gooey pouch and sits until it emerges as a beautiful being. That’s kind of how I’ve felt for the past few years. I’ve had heartache, I’ve been knocked down, and I’ve suffered more loss in the past two years than I have my entire life. I’ve had ugly moments, I’ve cried, and at times I’ve felt hopeless. Today though I sit feeling reborn, saved, and given the chance to make fresh changes. I’ve never felt healthier, or prouder of who I am becoming. I am opening my eyes to seeing myself come out of my cocoon and growing into a beautiful being.

I know I still have much stumbling to do in my life but the treasure of that is that I know I have the strength to get back up when I fall. Self Discovery and Growth are the two most powerful things to experience.

I am excited to take on life’s challenges and am learning to take on one day at a time, to relish every moment and to find joy in everything everyday.

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Moving Forward…

That shocking, dark spiraling feeling left me choked the evening I was sat down and told I didn’t have a job anymore. I could feel the tears well up in my eyes. I had plans…these plans had just come crashing down in a single moment, with only ten words my life had taken a whirlwind of a turn.

A part of me just wanted to sit, to wallow in the doubt, the wonder of how I was going to survive this hit. I went home that night, I cried, I drank a glass of wine, I prayed, and I went to bed…

The next morning I awoke with an amazing inner strength, a burst of hope, and a promise of positivity.

My last day at the office was nothing other than pleasant. Though some sadness of leaving, also knowing I would be missed by my co-workers gave me joy  to know they cared for me as I had for them.

I had decided that maybe this tough situation wasn’t happening to knock me down but rather to give me the motivation to climb. I knew there were challenges ahead but I also 100% felt sure I was going to overcome them.

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