When is the last time you stared into the eye of your partner? Or anyone for that matter?
I spent this past weekend replenishing my mind, body, and soul at a wellness spa.
The body was the easy part - fun workouts, good clean food, and some great massages always do the trick for me.
Taking a break from the news and social media did it for my mind.
The soul, however... that was the tricky part.
You see I have been feeling a little off-kilter lately. Not really sad. Not really happy. Kind of like just going through the motions without the joy. You know those times, right?
I signed up for every service that I thought could help me dive deep, could crack open my heart, and could help me unblock what was holding me back.
I tried a Soul Journey, and an Inner Journey, and lots of quiet reflection. I meditated, I pondered, I came up with so many theories...
Maybe I am working too hard...
Maybe it's the weather...
Maybe it's the political situation or menopause or not eating enough carbs???
I couldn't figure it out.
But it wasn't until the very last day that I had a breakthrough. It was during my energy healing session that I felt it.
I felt PAIN. Excruciating, almost couldn't breathe, chest exploding pain that was buried so deep. In fact, I didn't even know the extreme level of pain I had been feeling until it released.
I missed having a mom.
This was not the grief of losing my mom. This was the eternal grief of not being mothered.
And this pain was blocking my joy.
Truth be told, my mom was not the greatest mother for me. She was not that comforting or wise. She hardly ever visited and didn't seem particularly interested in my life.
But she was still my mom. And I will always love her and know that she loved me even if she had trouble showing it sometimes.
I had worked so hard to mindfully grieve that I thought I was through it. But, not being mothered is a hole that can not ever be filled.
So what now?
I know that my life is filled with so much love and joy that I will be damned if I don't appreciate it, feel it, and rejoice in it.
My soul is feeling much freer already but I know to truly break through this period, I must keep up the work. I must continue to peel away the layers buried deep inside and I must actively pursue joy as if my life depended on it.
Because, truthfully, it does.
And, I can think of no better tribute to my mom and to my own children than to choose joy.
Have you spent a lot of time with family these last few weeks?
If so, are you feeling a little off balance? Confused? Wondering why all of your coping skills that you’ve been practicing for months just fell by the wayside.
Are you sick of making New Year’s Resolutions that only REMOVE things from your diet or life in general? You know, the “I want to lose 5 pounds” or “I want to clean out the pantry” or “I want to get rid of those toxic relationships”? I know I am!
Here it comes — that stretch of holiday festivities that bring endless opportunities to overindulge. While it ’tis the season to be jolly, everywhere you turn you come face-to-face with all those tempting holiday foods. Are you worried that the constant exposure to goodies will start to weigh on your willpower like so many choruses of “The 12 Days of Christmas?”
Do you ever bloat so much that you look 8 months pregnant?
Well, sometimes I do, and I have for the last 25 years. YIKES!
If you saw me on the street, you probably wouldn’t notice my bloated belly because it is usually stuffed inside my tight jeans or spandex undies. However, if you happened to be present with me as I unzipped my jeans at the end of one of those days, you would crack up and say “whoa - she wasn’t kidding!”
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Mass shootings. Natural disasters. Death. Accidents. Terrorism. Political unrest. Heath. Safety. Money. Relationships….
There is so much intensity in the air right now.
Intensity that rips our hearts open with fear.
How can we cope?
The truth of the matter is, we live in a crazy world where we can be connected through email, voicemail, Facebook messenger, texting, Instagram, Snapchat, and so many more ways. However, we still feel more disconnected than ever.
Yes, you can stay healthy while traveling for business, but it takes careful planning and hard work!
I had made myself vulnerable.
I had shared my stories of pain, not-good-enoughness while growing up, and how for most of my life I had distracted myself from feeling my feelings.
Now I felt naked.
I needed to hide from the intense feelings...
So, I crafted my escape plan.
When my birthday rolls around this year, you will find me indulging in life rather than cake. After all, Isn’t that what celebrating birthdays is all about?
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I'm getting ready to lead a meditation circle tonight and I am struggling to find the right words to convey what I am feeling.
As a Healthy Living Strategist, I help many people eliminate or reduce the sugar in their diets to help them move from feeling like, “I can’t have it” to “I just don’t want it”. I have learned that different approaches work for different people. Some people like to take a break from sugar and get quick results from my “Ditch Your Sugar Itch” program, but others prefer a slow and steady approach.
A client of mine shared her breakup letter with me the other day. I loved it so much that I had to share!
Let's face it, we all know what we are supposed to eat healthy, but actually doing it is another story...especially while on vacation.
The bread, the wine, the cheese, and the gelato.... they all call out to us. Eat me! Eat me! No, Eat me!
Are you a busy, stressed person who doesn't have the time or patience to meditate?
I get it. I used to be that way too.
When starting to meditate, it doesn’t matter if you meditate for a minute or for an hour; just that you take the time to commit in whatever way you can to this beautiful practice.
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