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When we find ourselves frequently stressed, we can forget to have fun and lighten up. We often don’t recognize the long term effects of stress until we face an illness or health crisis. By then we have quite a bit of backtracking to do.

The good news is that we can start now to incorporate some fun into our lives. Fun is certainly subjective, but it can be anything from small gestures to big events that help your heart and soul to smile. The key is remembering to have fun as we travel along in our lives and along our journeys.

When we engage in activities that are fun to us, it’s a way of lightening up our energy. Raising your energy and vibrations helps your body to function more optimally. Just like eating healthy foods, drinking water, or getting exercise, we can help take care of our bodies by finding or creating fun energy.

Fun can be an easy way to leverage better health and higher energy. Gelotology is the study of laughter and its effects on the body. Some of the studies show that laughter can help alleviate stress and pain and assist with cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. So basically laughter is good for the heart! There are even therapies dedicated to laughter, ranging from humor and laughter therapy to laughter meditation and even laughter yoga.

The important point is to notice how often you are having fun in your life. Are you laughing frequently? Do you get to experience activities that lift you into that lighter energy? Many people have stressful jobs and schedules packed with responsibilities. It can be easy to get bogged down and forget to have fun or simply be light-hearted.

If you aren’t experiencing much fun or laughter, it’s greatly important to your health that you try to do so as soon as possible. To allow some space when you can for things you enjoy, love, or just find funny. It doesn’t always have to take a huge hunk of time. You can incorporate the small things. Like cutting off the news to watch a comedy, play in the yard with the kids, or go to the pet shelters and give those animals some love. Better yet, rescue an animal to play and spend time with.

Donate some of your time to things that bring you joy. A good belly laugh with friends. Perhaps there are some things that you used to do for fun but have since left behind. We can easily put ourselves last and not create any time for our inner child. We all have one, and there is nothing immature about nurturing that self. It directly relates to your well-being.

When was the last time you laughed so hard that you cried? Danced? Got lost in fun? Felt your heart soar? Your soul smile?

Be easy about it. Let some stress go. Allow some fun and lighter energy in. Just having some fun, laughing a little bit more, and feeling more ease creates a healthier environment for your cells to thrive in. Fun can be a win-win situation for your body, mind, and soul!

Just remember yourself. Remember that little one inside who needs out sometimes. Don’t keep your soul cooped up or let stress keep you bogged down for too long. Fun lifts the fog, even if just for a bit. Taking a break from stress is fuel for the body to do its own magic.



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Sitting outside at the beginning of a warm spring day, I find myself soulergizing. Like a bear coming out of a long winter’s hibernation, I feel the warmth warming up my soul. Feeling the fresh air illuminate my lungs, the sun energizing my skin, and listening to the healing sounds of nature.

To me, this is soulergizing. Yes, I made it up, but I was trying to find the perfect word to describe how being outside in the warm sun gives me life. It revitalizes me. Soulergize is just an act of re-energizing your soul. As I sit outside and soulergize, I find a space that connects me within. The more I can turn down the noise of the world, the more calm, peaceful, and creative I can be.

Practicing the art of writing, I find I have to fill my well to create. To keep these creative juices flowing, I need soulergizing. I find it necessary to the quality of art I produce. I can tell a huge difference between when I can make the time for this space and when I have to force deadlines when I’m not feeling “creative.” Not only does soulergizing help my writing, but it helps me to be a kinder individual as well. I’m better to my family and clients when I soulergize.

Now, you certainly don’t have to sit in the sun to soulergize. You can do anything that brings you to this place of peace, love, and balance. Your method may be going for a walk in the evenings, taking a mineral bath, or maybe setting aside some time to be creative in your own art.

The importance is that you schedule or squeeze that time in. You may need to put yourself on your calendar if you struggle with finding the time. In a busy world, time for ourselves doesn’t often present itself. So we have to set boundaries or create the time.

I also find we don’t encourage each other enough to take this time for our souls. It’s as if sometimes we wait for the approval of others before we allow the space and time for ourselves. I feel the more we can encourage and empower each other, the more we clear the space for ourselves as well.

Be kinder to yourself and give yourself the time and permission for soulergizing. It can mean the difference between filling up with premium gas and filling up with regular. Deposit energy into your soul so it carries your through your working days. It’s like paying you forward.



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I would like to blog about what we could use more of in our culture: authenticity. The reason I feel this topic deserves a whole blog post instead of just a sentence or two is that I feel we are craving it more than we are feeling it from others. We are moving in a fast-paced world with many changes that happen quickly. As we try to gain footing on all that we are exposed to, many times we only have our own Intuition and discernment to filter through it all.

I know when I am on social media to conduct business or catch up with my loved ones, I am exposed to many things that are being created and sold. I’m all for vision and innovation, but I also find myself bombarded with information and many people selling products (whether it be for the purpose of primary or secondary incomes). We can find ourselves pulled into conflicting advice, getting swamped by information, and not knowing what we need from the burden of overwhelment.

Did I mention that everyone is an expert these days? I say this jokingly and lovingly. But it often feels like the elephant in the room metaphor. I think it’s great to share information. We can be very helpful to one another in so many ways. However we can also be unhelpful to think we know what is best for another. It can be tricky to figure out our own health and balances, much less think we know what is best for everyone else. Most things are trial and error with no guarantees. So if we can come from a place of our own authenticity, we can help others by getting our ego out of the way.

I know this is a delicate dance when you are in a business for yourself. Whether it is selling and moving products, making a brand for yourself or your business, we can take some notes and hints at what is taking place for people now. We can’t duplicate another’s success. We can learn from it. And take some helpful giveaways, but we can’t recreate any exact environment, place, or time. So the best we can do is to give and receive information authentically.

I will admit the word “authentic” has been thrown around like “happiness.” There can be a variety of definitions and opinions. For the sake of this blog, I would like to defer towards representing our true selves and nature. When we present our true self and story, we represent more of our whole self, not just our best shiny parts we only want others to see. It comes from a place of not just honesty, but who we are from within.

People resonate and feel your resonance better when you are authentically you. No one else can be you, no matter how hard they study. So be your best you! When I say the best you, I don’t mean “absolutely-no-mistakes” you, but the real you! That is what we all want…the real you!

In my experience, when I have intentionally came from my authentic self, I sell more, do better, and find deeper connections with people. I think that is what many of us are looking for and enjoy doing business with. And my authentic self doesn’t come perfect or shiny, much less completely successful at everything I do. My authentic self loves, fails, hurts, helps, gets frustrated, experiences joy, experiences loss, and most importantly learns.This authentic self weaves a beautiful tapestry full of story and experience. We all have so much to offer others being our authentic selves.

Give out what you’d like to get in return. If you offer your authenticity and you don’t get a bite or feel rejected, see it as a blessing. Aim to spend time with and do business with those you align with. I find it makes for higher experiences. Your authenticity and true self has its own magic to work in your favor.

As you move though your daily activities, goals, and media posts, ask yourself if it comes from your true authenticity. Not what “sells, what “sounds good,” or what gets the most hashtags, but what truly reflects who you are deep down. It’s a small and powerful place to start. There is a time and place for facts and research when someone is interested. But to get a foot in the door with others and the pleasure of their communication, I suggest offering your authentic self. See how much deeper you connect and if you are more successful in what you do.

Sensory overload

Sensory Overload

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With all the technology and media many of us are exposed to daily, we often don’t step back and notice when we may be experiencing sensory overload, much less create some space to balance out these triggers.

Some of our daily interactions and social media habits can create a stir of emotions for us. When we are exposing ourselves to many megaphone blasts of opinions and information, we don’t always acknowledge the need to process before reacting and exposing ourselves to more.

I know our various forms of media provide a wide range of help, from having fun and keeping up with our social calendars, to granting us opportunities to be more flexible in regards to our work and responsibilities. Like most good things, however, there are some downsides to balance out a little or contend with. What we don’t always pay attention to is how much time we may be losing in upsetting or unserving outlets. This can pile up emotionally, affecting our happiness, health, and relationships with others.

Our emotional health directly affects our physical health. When we frequently spend time being overstimulated, we can lose balance in our mental and physical health. We can get so caught up in our busy lives that we may not recognize how much drama we introduce into our energy from our exposure to multiple medias. I’m not saying you have to avoid all media, but we can learn to regulate and add some filters when we start getting stressed and feel our senses starting to overload.

Once we start becoming more aware of how often we are getting upset and triggered when we engage with technology and social media, then we can start to be creative in making some space for breaks and balance. Just like someone with a desk job that requires them to sit for hours at at time; they could really use some movement and stretch breaks from the constant sitting sitting that can cause many problems with the neck, shoulder, and lower back.. We could heed this advice when spending hours browsing multiple medias.

I would guess many of us have enough distractions in life that we don’t pay attention to what stresses we may be adding as well—kind of like how we may gain weight if we don’t pay attention to what and how much we’re eating. If we can measure how much time we spend on social media, especially if it is causing some angst or stress, we can take some steps towards moderating how much time, energy, and attention we give it. I’m not suggesting you have to abandon things that bring you joy; just that you make your life simpler with the tools at our hands. The stress is controlled by how we use and navigate it.

It can take a little time and awareness to notice what causes your triggers and when you are experiencing sensory overload, but the more you pay attention, the more you can balance daily stress and emotional health. Whether you take steps to lessen your exposure to these sensory triggers, or limit the time you give it with some boundaries, you make big steps towards more joy and less stress. At least start noticing when you feel the stress building, or the anger being triggered, or the temptation to argue with another rising. Could it be that you are experiencing some sensory overload?

You could step back and ask yourself, “Is this worth all this stress and energy?” Could you be giving your balance and power away to unnecessary angst? These are personal questions only you can feel for yourself. Once you notice what overloads your senses and triggers your stress, you can create some options for yourself to handle them. Perhaps that means limiting how much time you spend on social media or reducing how many forms of social media you interact with. Perhaps it means walking away from media altogether, even if just for a short while. We are often taught that we need an online presence in so many forms of social media for success, but perhaps being spread too thin may be getting in the way of what you’re actually getting done.

It’s a lesson we often learn directly in our work environments, but don’t apply to our relationship with technology. When you get home from a stressful day, you may be the type of person who needs a hot bath or something to unwind. You can set some time away from your technology for some unwinding boundaries as well. Just like our waking life needs balance from sensory overload, we can apply more helpful techniques to our virtual world as well!



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As the end of the year creeps on in, it is a time many of us find for reflection—looking back thoughtfully at the past year, where we are now, and where we’d like to head as we move forward into the new year. Many of us zero in on our flaws and add these to the top of our New Year’s resolutions. There is nothing wrong with aiming towards improvement and wanted goals. There is great power in momentum.

What I would like to suggest is to add all you’ve accomplished and can be grateful for into your reflection. Many times we can be more powerful and add leverage to our New Year’s momentum when we can come from a place of abundance rather than a place of deficit. We might not be in what we consider the perfect place, but when we can acknowledge our strengths and what we need more from ourselves, we can change the energy of how we go about setting new goals.

Often I find people setting goals on things they dislike about themselves. When we can take some time to value ourselves, we can be more empowered in the New Year. Be easy about your new goals. You may set yourself on a path that leads you further to your goals instead of a path that causes you to crash and burn a few months down the road. Our habits are tricky to turn around, so when we approach goals with positive reflection, our goals aren’t so unattainable.

Reflection can take us on many journeys. We can fill ourselves up with disappointment and regret, or we can approach our lives and situations with more patience, love, and understanding. Perhaps it depends on the way you decide to reflect.

You could change your inner dialogue to reflect upon more empowering questions. What lessons did you learn this year? What worked well? What opportunities does your soul yearn for? Are you balancing time that honors yourself and your family? What things could you do to add more happiness in your upcoming New Year?

Take some time to listen to your inner self. Your body and Intuition communicate their needs when we tune in. It can be very beneficial to listen to what your self needs more of from you. Do you seek more peace? More time to enjoy life? Better self-care? When you can fill your own cup, you can serve others better. When you are depleted, you have less to give to yourself or anyone.

The more I deposit into myself, the more I am inspired to do for others. Not only do I feel a deeper connection with myself, I actually feel more connected with the world around me. Many people do not take the time for themselves because they are afraid they won’t do enough for others. I find the opposite to happen. I find the deeper I go within, the better I am to myself and others. It’s a domino effect.

I encourage you to be gentle and understanding with your reflections. Maybe even take some pressure off the new goals. Set some goals that you look forward to and enjoy. See if you can move into your new year with more joy and enthusiasm. The more you can do this, the more you can empower each goal you set. Guide your reflections towards positive direction. You always have a choice in whether you empower or disempower yourself with your thoughts.

Be the Peace

Be The Peace this Season

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It’s that time of year for much busyness that leads to stress, but you can also take the time to “be the peace” this season. I find the holidays a stressful time for many. Whether it’s because of emotional or financial reasons, so many people struggle when dealing with the extra stress and pressures that accompany this time of year.

On top of our regular busy lives, we start shopping, decorating, and attending parties and family gatherings. Though many look forward to this fun time of celebration, we all feel the stress and added pressure of trying to get it all done.

It can be so easy to get caught up in our to-do lists and lose sight of the the present moments that call for peace and kindness. We never know the strain others may be carrying during this time of year or whom among us could use that extra smile or a helping hand. When we take the time for peace, we can be a light for others. It can be a time of giving. Not just monetarily, but with our actions.

It can be hard to enjoy the holidays when you have too much added to your schedule. I know I am already looking for ways to balance out all the to-do lists that finish up the year. One of the easiest and most do-able steps is to find time-outs each day. A time-out can be simply taking a few minutes to center ourselves or add some extra self-care to carry us through.

Now is a perfect time to schedule a massage, a day at the spa, or even just turn your technology off for an hour or two to relax and regroup. We need to add some extras to help us maintain our inner peace. The more little moments we can carve out for de-stressing, the more peaceful we can feel and the more we can give back to those around us.

It is not only important to experience peace within ourselves this time of year, it’s also important to radiate peace in our families and especially when we are out interacting with others. There are more people out and about shopping and we may need extra patience in dealing with others, whether we are shopping too or just running our everyday errands. When we can feel more peaceful, we can be more inspired to kindness within the hustle and bustle.

If you have the opportunity and abundance to give more, I’m sure there are many people and organizations in need. And what a wonderful way to spread love and peace! We do, however, forget the small moments and deposits we can make each hour of each day. Peace and kindness are also treasures to share. They can be one of the biggest gifts you give to others.

Put peace on your to-do lists. Be at peace, give peace, and demonstrate peace. It is a gift that keeps on giving.

I Wonder

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I wonder how much better we could be if we changed some of our ideas and labels when we speak. What if when we used the word “race,” we replaced it with “humanity”? What if when we address someone instead of referring to their status or class, we replaced it with “our fellow citizen”? What if instead of referring to one’s specific religion, we replaced it with their spiritual practice? I think we can honor one another in the way we speak and address others respectfully even when they may come from different places and opinions than our own.

The way we start a conversation can set the tone for how we respond to and work with one another. When we use slang and labels, we may put others on the defense, preventing further constructive communication. Whether we are looking at someone face to face or communicating via technology, we can step back and be more aware of the words we use with one another.

Although habits can be tricky to break, if we can pay attention to the energy we bring to one another, we can further a healthier humanity. You may not agree or understand where someone else is coming from, but you can civilly put some differences aside to listen to one another. We can misunderstand from our own egos. Our ego can certainly limit us from love, friendship, and opportunities when we are too stubborn with it. We all have an ego; we just don’t always take the time to notice what loops it may be running in.

Many times our differences and prejudices are learned behaviors. We don’t always question if that is the best way to interact with others. Nor do we always look at ourselves more closely to see if we are contributing to negative or harmful energy. It isn’t always easy to take a deeper look at ourselves and our habits. Just like the patience and love we can give to others, we also need to give ourselves the time and patience to work through our own biases and misunderstandings. Often our prejudices simply come from lack of experience.

Maya Angelou once said, “When you know better, you do better.” We may not always initially know better, but we are all capable of learning. Learning from one another. Learning from others’ experiences and points of view. I feel like we live in a culture that is quicker to judge than understand. Though actions may initially look cut and dry or perhaps black and white, often I find it’s only one small piece of the story. Sometimes people perform certain actions based on the best knowledge they happen to have at the time. Under their circumstances and experiences, they are moving from their life knowledge.

Currently I have a daughter who is 18. She is the at the ripe age of having some interesting observations based on her 18 years of life. She thinks anyone over 30 is old. I could easily try to argue this point with her, but like many times I’ve encountered individuals this age, I can’t give them my perspective. They may embrace it or think it’s foolish, but until they arrive at 30 will they find out if that is really old or still yet young. I love my daughter and at times have to remind myself of some of the perspectives I had at her age so that I can be more loving and forgiving toward her. What if we could also do this for one another? Outside of our families, outside of our circle of friends, outside of our communities, and outside of our comfort zones?

It isn’t always easy, and I’m sure many times I fail. But what I do know is I have the daily choice to try to choose better words and ways to communicate with her and others. This may seem like a small silly example, but we can actually apply this metaphor to the larger issues we face that are dividing us as a civilization, country, and world.

We can take some time and space to question where our labels, definitions, and judgements stem from. Were they taught? Are they based on personal experience? Are they really true? One example that comes to mind that I experience from time to time is that I get a new client who received a gift certificate to my services. At times they arrive with ideas that are scary and with a mindset that they aren’t going to like it. It can make it a little more challenging to navigate. Since I have experienced this many times, I’ve learned to take some extra time to explore why they feel this way and how we can address their feelings and needs.

Often it is because either their imagination ran into a strange place, or they simply had a bad experience with another practitioner which left them with the feeling or opinion that all practitioners in my field were the same way. I’ve been fortunate; by taking the time to work with them on their anxieties by carefully explaining more about myself and my services and giving them space to express their fears and worries, I’ve found that we come out on the other side with a positive experience. And I’ve gained a loyal client. I could address these instances in many ways including my own biases, but it certainly doesn’t appear to help me or take me far in business. I wonder how many times we do this ourselves?

In many fields and situations, whether it be personally or professionally, we come across prejudices, narrow-mindedness, and viewpoints based on others’ experiences. We have a choice whether we rise above them to create a new or better experience, or whether we meet it with our own discrimination.

Although there are times to have healthy boundaries and not accept abuse or inappropriate behavior, I find these instances very few and far between when I am more cautious with how I use my words with others and handle the situation.

I would just like to introduce an idea into your mind. What if we paid more attention to how we address others, use our words, and communicate from a positive and loving intention? I can’t promise you will always get the same results, but based on my experiences working with the public, I can say you can leverage your experience with how you choose your labels and words. In this new day and age, we certainly can take this concept into our virtual worlds of communication.

Encourage and inspire

Encourage And Inspire

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We often have opportunities to use our energy to encourage and inspire others. I find many of us stepping out on limbs to follow dreams and passions cultivated by inspiration. Whether it be from ourselves or from close friends and family, it isn’t always easy to stay the course of the journey. You encounter many twists, turns, and detours along the way. Having some cheering and encouragement may be one of the biggest things that helps us to continue to move forward.

When I left the medical field to start my first business, I was often met by doubt, fear, and worry from others. I was certainly aware of the risks and didn’t have all the answers. I felt I had to dig deep into my passion to drown out many naysayers. I can also say that you have enough of your own doubts and worries when you take leaps of faith. I find that most of us have bigger battles within ourselves. We certainly don’t need extra layers of doubt and negativity applied by others.

It took me time and experience to look back and realize when people offer fears, worries, and negative feedback, it really is driven by their own insecurities. It can help to keep your circle small. Consult and confide in people that are helpful and encouraging. There really is a line between helpful advice and discouragement. Form your own support group of go-to people to bounce your ideas off of when you need to.

I find often that people aren’t always aware that they are not offering helpful advice. We can get into fearful habits of thinking which spill over into the advice we offer others. For example, there have been times I’ve shared ideas or plans with someone and all they offered in return was a list of problems they could find or ways it could go wrong. Without any encouraging advice to add to that, they may be a negative sounding board you don’t need at that time. I know often these folks mean well, but they are also expressing from their own fears.

When we are stepping into unknown territory, we may need to choose the people we bring into our counsel more carefully. It helps to find others who have been successful in that area. Often they know what it feels like to step out and need courage. They can be great mentors and counsellors. A friend or colleague who is strong in his or her own confidence can be a great cheerleader to help us through.

I’m not saying there will not be times when you need constructive feedback and help to steer down bumpy roads, but we can also choose supportive and more suitable counsel.
And not only that; when a friend or colleague shares their ideas and dreams with us, we can take the opportunity to encourage them along the way. When someone shares their ideas, hunches, and dreams, it often comes from a vulnerable place. Having the courage to speak your dreams isn’t always easy.

Rather than being quick to judge or find fault in their idea, we can step back and encourage their inspiration. You may not understand it to begin with because it’s not your dream. We often get in the habit of giving what we may think is practical and reasonable advice. However, what may be practical and reasonable for you may not be helpful to them. We can first give them the space to express their ideas and listen attentively with an open mind. You may not think their plan is a good idea, but as a friend you may be more helpful to keep that to yourself.

Years ago I spent about 5 years counseling people in my community in how to manage their small businesses. What I learned more often than not is that no matter what kind of help or advice they were needing on any subject, they first and foremost needed support and encouragement through the steps. As long as I could offer some support and reassurance, they could better handle the challenges they were facing.

We all need encouragement. Our inspirations need safe spaces to germinate and a positive environment to come to fruition. In these endeavors that feel scary or big, it can be very helpful to be selective in who you invite to your table. When the time comes to make announcements and share with the world, you can come from a more prepared and confident place. Not only do we need this support, we certainly can be better encouragers to others.

Electrical freqeuncies

Electrical freqeuncies

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More and more of us are living in environments where we are surrounded by technology and electrical frequencies. Whether or not you subscribe to the wifi signals and technology, they are still zipping through our homes, cars, and work environments. We are exposed to many layers of noise and frequencies not seen by the naked eye.

We run our lives, homes, and appliances on these invisible frequencies. We can be affected mentally and emotionally when we don’t create some balance for ourselves. The solution can be as simple as turning off some of our technologies and going out in nature. Just taking a break from the screens and the buzzing. It can give your eyes a chance to rest and even serve as a respite from the emotions stirred up by conversations.

Did you know that going outside barefoot for a few minutes can benefit your health? Research suggests that electrons from the earth have antioxidant effects. When you are barefoot and walk directly on the earth, the earth’s electrons are conducted through your body. Many people refer to this as earthing and grounding. Some evidence has shown a direct link between earthing and a reduction in heart rates, inflammation, cortisol levels, and overall stress. .

I know I can easily lose sight of how much I use my smartphone for scheduling clients, asking questions, communicating with friends and family, and even writing and posting blogs. Though my writing is therapy, I still have to utilize technology in order to engage in it. I have learned I have to take breaks from these things.

I’ve met some people who are very sensitive to this electronic field and who become sick due to overexposure. Which leads me to question whether or not we are all at risk of overexposure to the technologies that now play such a huge role in our everyday lives. We don’t all have to study research and science to notice how we feel when we disconnect from technology and take the time to enjoy nature.

Every small step we can do to help us feel better each day aids in our overall health. And for the days we may not have ample amounts of time for a hike or doing something fun in nature, we can do little things like going outside and taking off our shoes for a bit. Taking in some fresh air and tuning into ourselves and our frequencies. It constantly amazes me what a difference a few minutes of these activities can make.

Now when you can do a little more, jump on those opportunities as well. It can be a hike, a yoga session, a day at the lake, a relaxing massage, or simply a cup of tea. Carve out some time to deflect these bombarding frequencies and energies. When I was growing up, I often played outside and spent quite a bit of time in nature. It sure helped my immune system, my mentality, and my balance in life. Now being “plugged in” seems to be the new normal and we have to remind ourselves about the health benefits of being in nature.

I know many of us in the health fields talk about the importance of balance. Initially that may feel too big to accomplish regularly, so it can be helpful to acknowledge that many little things in each day can contribute to our health and balance when we run up against time. If you can sign up for a regular class or commit to a regular action that is unplugged and helpful, that is great. I find many people not taking any time to unplug and unwind because they put too big of an expectation on themselves.

Start with small, simple, and doable things. As these small moments add up, you can feel the benefits which greatly outweigh doing nothing. At least try to spare yourself five minutes to walk in the grass barefoot. Take a deep breath and relax. Balance some of these electrical frequencies floating more and more in our spaces.

Unite together

Unite Together

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As I reflect on my desire for peace on our planet, I keep coming back to thoughts of our potential power when we unite together. Together in our sovereign rights. Regardless of what race, color, religion, or lifestyles we engage in, we are in so many ways more alike than not. We are living on this earth currently and sharing this planet with billions of people.

Together we are inhabiting our mighty earth in our galaxy. When we take our focus away from our squabbles, arguments, and fears, we can see a much bigger picture. I believe in our potential and I believe we have the possibility for peace. However, peace on earth can feel a bit big for our logical minds to understand. How can we achieve this state when we see war, strife, cruelty, and horror in the media? I think this question is currently crossing many of our minds collectively.

First, we have so many ways to focus our attention and energy. We are powerful in numbers. The more of us that can practice peace within ourselves and in our everyday lives, the more we can impact our globe in a major way, but we have to be committed to this peace. We can fall short quickly when we allow ourselves to be easily triggered in anger. This can be a challenge when you turn on the TV, radio, and Internet. We are constantly getting reminded of the worst of circumstances, which in turn challenges our place of balance and clarity.

If our news media doesn’t want to take responsibility for the energy it airs and spreads, we have to take care of what we allow in and how often. We have the power in our focus, energy, and attention. We have the opportunity to fuel as much good as possible. I believe 20 peaceful people are more powerful than one bully in the room. Remember the loudest person doesn’t have to always get his or her way. We may have bullies. We may be experiencing some negative influences. This doesn’t take away our power.

Together, united despite our differences, we can harness the biggest power known to man. When we feel triggered by our emotions, we can take a step back to see where this is coming from. Is your reaction based on personal experiences? Could it be a belief taught to you? Could it be a form of fear? I think once you can give yourself the attention to identify what is upsetting to you, you are better able to work on these triggers. As we each work on finding peace and forgiveness within ourselves, we share that energy in the world.

Inner peace may require a little work, but it’s worth asking what kind of world you wish to live in. What kind of world are we creating for our loved ones and children? How can we ask our offspring to act peacefully when we aren’t demonstrating it ourselves? I don’t expect us all to live perfectly, but we can all be working on our inner peace. We are all exuding some type of energy. We can choose whether we want to work on anger or peace.

Treating ourselves with love and respect empowers us to give that to others. Treating each other as individuals with the same respect we wish for ourselves is one of the most empowering things we can do for each other and the planet we inhabit. Rather than treating people by the labels they represent, we can remember our humanity and respect our differences. We will all have differences at some point.

How do we accomplish this? We do it each and every day by how we treat ourselves and each individual we come into contact with. Whether it be in person, on social media, or through our thoughts, we can radiate better thoughts and emotions towards one another, even when we don’t understand them. It’s hard to understand everyone else when we have only walked in our own shoes. Honoring each other’s paths and feelings can allow some light and peace to enter our interactions.

We can meditate, focus, or sit in prayer for peace and positive thoughts. It is a power we can bring into our everyday lives. Not only are we affecting ourselves, but we affect others in the world. There was a study a few years back showing that when a large group of individuals sat in meditation for peace in planned locations, they were able to measure the crime going down 71% in those areas. Imagine how much more we can do together.

I hear so many friends, family, and clients express their desires to see more peace and less crime in the world. We can be active participants. Let’s unite together and demonstrate the peace we wish to see in the world!