Last night on my way home from work I received a phone call from my husband that he and my children were at the emergency room. My daughter had fallen and hit her head. They wanted to be sure she did not suffer a major concussion. I felt my feet on the gas and floor of my car and said a prayer. Walking into the hospital, I kept my awareness in my feet feeling the firm ground beneath each step. When I met up with my family back in the room I told my daughter to feel her feet and I placed my hands on her feet. She closed her eyes and her breathing slowed as did mine. When the doctor examined her they thought everything was mild but wanted to do an x-ray of her neck because of her neck pain. This entire experience was all new to my daughter, luckily, she has never had to go to the hospital. Once in the lab room for x-rays, I saw her anxiety increase. I once again told her to press her feet into the chair and she calmed. I was amazed how calm we both were throughout the entire ordeal. To all of our relief, everything looked good and we were sent home. Today she is feeling better and we are all grateful for this new day! Life is so precious! These simple words have been the most powerful tool in my life that I learned from my Urban Zen Training. Whenever I’m feeling anxious or scattered, I feel my feet. Whether I’m standing or sitting, I bring my attention to my feet and I really notice the firm ground under my feet. From this planted place, my breath naturally slows and my mind quiets allowing me to think clearer and to be present. When I’m working with a patient or client that is experiencing anxiety, nausea and or exhaustion, “feel your feet” are often the first words out of my mouth. When we feel our feet, we drop into our body and can immediately feel a sense of connection to the earth and a feeling of calm presence. Allowing us the ability to proceed with conscious awareness.
Give this a try. I would love to hear in the comment section below how this affects your life.
“When you take your attention into the present moment, a certain alertness arises. You become more conscious of what’s around you, but also, strangely, a sense of presence that is both within and without. Eckhart Tolle
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It is popular in our culture to say how busy you are. As a parent, we can feel pressured to be on every committee and sign our children up for several sports, piano lessons, art lessons and, encourage them to achieve top grades. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know there are many well intentioned people and parents out there and we are all doing the best we can. Employers are expecting more work out of fewer people and, with technology, we can stay connected 24/7. Just writing this, makes me feel a bit anxious and exhausted. I thrive with a full schedule of teaching yoga but realize I need some down time to be by myself and with my family and friends. I’m encouraging you and myself to find balance. Consider your schedule and your children’s schedule if, you have children, and, see what, if anything, can be removed. What are the things that you dread doing or what activities do you have to beg your children to participate in. These are the items to extract first. Then notice how you feel. Make note in this process of what it is you really want to do and make time for that. Simplifying our schedule offers us more time to do the things we love and spend time with our family and friends. I highly recommend Laura Thompson Brady’s Class again this week as she helps you with this process as well.
I also recommend the book Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne for the parents out there. Have a lovely week. I hope you have some time to enjoy the Spring weather!
“In the tapestry of childhood, what stands out is not the splashy, blow-out trips to Disneyland but the common threads that run throughout and repeat: the family dinners, nature walks, reading together at bedtime, Saturday morning pancakes.”
― Kim John Payne
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Clutter can leave us feeling bogged down energetically as well as mentally. When I have clutter, I have trouble focusing and getting things done. I feel a sense of underlying low level anxiety and stress. I, like many of you, do not have entire days off when I can clean and de-clutter so I’m left with where to start?! Recently I completed Laura Thompson Brady’s e-course “Hectic to Harmonious”. http://www.thenourishedhome.com/ This course was amazing and really helped me to set small achievable goals. One part of the e-course was simplifying your home. She suggested to pick one small corner or one small area and envision what you want it to look like and feel like and de-clutter or reorganize that one small area. WOW! This had a huge impact on me and my family’s energy level and mental health. I started with bookshelves as I love books. I reorganized and gave away books that were no longer age appropriate or ones that were no longer of interest to me. The energy I obtained from this small task encouraged me to continue this process when I had even just 15 spare minutes. My son’s art table was my most recent project. This table is in our kitchen and is one of the first things I see when I walk into my home from the laundry room. It is a “catch-all” for my son. If he doesn’t want to take the time to put it away, he puts it on the art table. I found some great ideas on Pinterest for organizing pencils and crayons and placed a large piece of white paper on the table. It looks wonderful and it feels so great to walk into my kitchen now. I invite you to pick one small corner of your home and de-clutter. I would love to hear how this affects your life!
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Happy Spring! Well, maybe it’s finally starting to feel a bit more Spring-like. Spring time often brings a sense of renewal and growth. A time to release what is not serving you. A time to plant and grow the things that will serve you. With the change in temperatures, we often start craving fresher, lighter foods as well as venturing outdoors more to play and work. I’ve decided to blog about Spring Cleaning for the month of April. Spring Cleaning our bodies, our homes, our schedules and our minds. I hope you will join me on this Spring Cleaning Journey to discover what new seeds you can plant in your life and how you will blossom.
Week 1: Spring Cleaning my diet. Our liver works hard all winter to clear toxins as we eat heavier creamier foods and more sweets during the holidays. Spring is a time when we can thank our liver for the job it has done and eat foods that support detoxifying the liver. Foods like dandelion greens, arugula, lemon juice and beets. One of my favorite salads this time of year is made with arugula, beets, (peeled and diced small), with a dressing of lemon juice and olive oil, sprinkled with a bit of oregano. If you would like, you can add a few crumbles of goat cheese and enjoy!
The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.
– Thomas A Edison
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