Year End Reflection by Stephanie
Looking to reflect on the year and seed intentions for 2018?
If so, get cozy and carve out some time to do this 3 part year end reflection practice: Connect, Reflect and Redirect...
First, find a place that nurtures you. It could be sitting up in your bed or at a local coffee shop. Put your phones on "DND" = do not disturb. Take 10-20 breaths and center yourself.
Next, sit quietly and reflect on the past year in the key areas of your life such as: health, relationship, career, life purpose, overall well-being.
As it relates to these areas, ask yourself questions such as:
What am I proud of?
What have I learned?
What am I grateful for?
What was challenging for me?
Where are my growth opportunities?
Write down anything and everything that comes to mind, as it comes. No judgment.
Based on your replies above, consider what you desire in 2018 in each of these areas.
Ask yourself questions such as:
What do I want more of?
What do I want to improve and or change?
What do I want to let go of?
What support will I need?
Write down your replies. Choose one area you would like to focus on starting in January.
As the year progresses, revisit your notes and gradually adjust as needed. Keep in mind that sometimes priorities change and that too is part of life...growth. I support you!
Light As A Feather by Stephanie
Have you ever noticed some of the greatest wisdom keepers, peace proponents and those who have endured excruciating circumstances often have an amazing sense of humor? They teach us to be light as a feather...so the winds of change carry us forward with ease rather than keep us stuck :)
Last night at our manifestation meditation I was reminded of this concept---that while we may have lots going on in our life, and in the global community at large, it's vital to find ways to let go, laugh, and lighten up.
More than ever the world needs us to be light... To help with this, I want to share a book I recently finished, Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. It was inspiring, enlightening, and a big time reminder to be light as a feather! I went from tears to laughter and everything in between. In truth, the words in this gift of a book brought me back to one of the teachings from Patanjali's 8 limbs of yoga that I aspire to experience, "a peace that passeth all understanding...bliss". I highly suggest reading this book. It now has a permanent place on my night table.
"Reforming You" Panel: Celebrating National Mental Health Awareness Week
You're Invited to Attend
a discussion about self-discovery and wellness with:
Stephanie Filardi, Rochelle Rice, Lindsay Fertig-Johnson and Jacqui Justice
October 2, 2017 at 7pm
Sommer Center at Concordia College
Click here to register
Stephanie Filardi, author of Reclaiming Joy is a speaker, mentor, co-founder of Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary and the creative visionary behind www.thrivingyouthrivinglife.com, her online educational and private mentoring platform dedicated to the advancement of her mission to help more people consciously create joy filled thriving lives.
Rochelle Rice is a speaker, author and educator - with a passion for moving women toward their highest potential.
Deaconess Lindsay Fertig-Johnson was consecrated in January of 2017 with the Lutheran Deaconess Association. She serves as Campaign Coordinator for Institutional Advancement at Concordia College New York.
Jacqui Justice is a nutritionist specializing in Weight Loss Resistance, Digestive Wellness and Energy Enhancement.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
@ Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary
Ever feel like you aren't being heard?
Do you want to speak your voice yet aren't sure how to do it without being explosive?
Let's face it, open, honest, respectful communication is the foundation for all healthy & enjoyable relationships!!
Yet so many of us were not taught skills on how to engage someone in conversation when the subject matter is emotional or challenging.
In this workshop led by Stephanie you'll learn a model of conscious communication to help you get your message across, and get what you want, without all the drama.
Kindly Note: Space is Limited.
Payment of $50 is due upon registration.
Register Online or Call Us: 914.337.9356
Solitude Is Essential by Stephanie
Last week I share with you a video about viewing stress as growth.
This week I want to share with you a fantastic lecture delivered to the plebe class at the United States Military Academy at West Point in October 2009 about how solitude is essential for leadership, and quite frankly for success in life.
Why am I taking the time to share this? In my experience, the ability to be quiet and listen to our own voice is the most powerful way to transform our life = success.
It's why I love to practice, teach, and share meditation...
PS: Did you know that Eric Ripert, chef at the well known Le Bernardin says time for himself and meditation are the keys to his success? The New York Zagat Guide has recognized Le Bernardin as top rated in the category of “Best Food” for the last nine consecutive years, and in 2015 was rated by the guide as New York City’s top restaurant for food and service. When you start to look, across all fields- sports, business, medicine, some of the most successful people attribute it to the benefits of meditation.
Your Energy is Your #1 Asset, by Stephanie
As I've delved deeper into my being, freeing myself of that which doesn't bring me JOY, I realized something.
Your energy IS your #1 asset.
Think about it. If you have all the means in the world, yet you lack energy to live your life, what's the point?
If you don't (yet) have the means you want, and you lack the energy, now that's a harder path.
I break down energy flow as input and output.
Input = energy you take in. Output = energy you give out.
If you are engaging with life and taking in energy which makes you feel "good/energized/expansive", yay for you! You are more likely to give out the goodness too!
On the contrary, if you are engaging with life and taking in energy which makes you feel "bad/drained/contracted", you may want to delve deeper as to "what and why". In this case, you are also more likely to give out this "bad" energy.
Yikes, right!! Don't fret. The key is to understand energy. With understanding you regain control.
For simplicity, how you engage with life in the 3 main areas below will reveal how you are either feeding your energy or depleting it.
Body - Physical Stuff
Examples Include: Food, Vitamins, Sleep, Movement, Self Care Routine -- Think nourishment for your body!
As a rule, the better quality your food, vitamins and sleep, the better energy you will have. As for movement-- the key is consistent, often and enjoyable!! Movement is the fastest way to shift your energy. For self-care routine- these are the ways you take care of your "vessel" with rejuvenating practices like massage, yoga and energy healing.
PS: If you're a vitamin person like me, check out this Healthprint Assessment from Shaklee. I've been waiting over 13 years for Shaklee to come out with it!!
Mind - Mental / Emotional Stuff
Examples Include: Mental discipline, Emotional Regulation -- Think calm mind and balanced emotions
For many of us, the amount of mental and emotional energy we expend on stress, worry, fear and doubt is draining. This area is often the hardest to "get under control" and yet with practice, it's the most powerful. How to reign it in? Practices like meditation help tremendously. Yes, a good workout often shifts your mood, yet I have found it is short term. For long term success, a consistent meditation practice is suggested. Note: If mental and emotional stuff is a result of relationship challenges, which is often the case, meditation in combination with energy work is profound. Think of the weeding your internal garden of that which doesn't serve as I wrote about last week here.
Spirit- Connection to Yourself / Life Purpose
Examples Include: Practices that nourish your connection to your self and your life purpose
Many of us are so busy in the doing, we neglect to notice how we are being. We end up feeling disconnected and lose sight of why we are "here". Discovering and then consistently feeding your spiritual self will feed your energetic well and replenish you. Examples of this include anything that brings you a sense of peace, well-being and joy. Petting your cat, cooking for your family, calling instead of texting, meeting up instead of facebook-ing it...and so much more. Go play and discover!!
As you reflect on each of these 3 areas- body, mind and spirit- notice the places where your energy is fed and the places where your energy gets depleted. Managing your energy starts with awareness. With awareness you have choice as to where you focus your attention -- your energy.
Where your attention goes, your energy flows!!
Vision, Purpose & Mission by Stephanie
As we have shared previously, when we opened Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary in 2011 we intentionally chose the word, "sanctuary" instead of "spa".
Why? Simple. Peter and I had a vision to provide not only awesome massage and facials, we also wanted to create a healing space. Our vision was and still is to create an environment that feels like a sanctuary: peaceful, safe, joy-filled, inspirational and educational...a place people come to renew and nourish body, mind and spirit.
Our vision led us to create 2 things-- our purpose and our mission. As many of you know, owning a business is a responsibility - both to ourselves and to all those we serve. We don't take it lightly. We felt in order to run a successful business, our vision had to inform 2 things for execution.
First, we wanted to create a purpose driven business. Purpose guides us. Purpose is the "why".
Second, we wanted to have a mission. Mission drives us. Mission is the "what".
While we speak about our purpose and mission often, we have not ever shared it publicly or put it in writing...until today.
Today, we want to share with you exactly this.
Why? First, because together we grow. Second, we want to inspire you! Our individual vision, purpose and mission fuels our business one. It's all connected :)
Our Purpose: We're here to guide and support one another further along on their personal journey.
Our Mission: To provide the space for all beings to thrive.
The path we choose to execute our purpose and mission is the "how". Our how continues to evolve and grow as we do. The "how" includes everything we offer from our services and workshops to our newsletter, writing and snacks. Everything we offer is mindfully guided by our purpose.
As we continue to evolve and walk this path with you, our offerings will expand. For example, I will be offering virtual programs and gatherings starting this month. As many of you know and already experience, the ability to connect from the comfort of your home, office, (or even a beach) is powerfully convenient in this time of busy-ness and constant motion.
We are deeply grateful to you and for you. Thank you for allowing us to share. It's a pleasure and a privilege.
Reclaiming JOY Speaks
Many of you have been kindly sharing with us your learning from Steph's book, Reclaiming JOY: Your 4 Step Guide to Happy, Healthy & Free:. We thank you!! Please keep it coming -- and if you have something to share, please write a review on Amazon.
Here's what one reader had to say -- thank you Dana...pictured left, ENJOYING life!!
"The foundations of joy really resonated with me. In a time of personal change and growth it's interesting how these foundations evolve. Being aware of the change around you and always resorting back to my definition of joy, helps me ease into the change and not be scared of it. As I looked at each foundation intensely, my health, my relationships, my career and my life purpose it made me realize how much I've changed over the years in a good way, which then led me to be open to who I may become." -Dana M.
Exits and Entries, by Stephanie Filardi
As the summer winds down, my body begins to feel this time of transition happening. Even though it's not a new year chronologically, for many of us, the school calendar is encoded in our being as a new year of sorts.
I don't know about you-- for me, at times it feels unsettling. Other times it feels exhilarating-- as if another adventure has been taken with more to come. I often wonder why it is that I feel such a range of emotion from happy to sad. I feel happy for the memories...lazy bike rides, stunning sunsets, fun times with family & friends, the warm sun kissing my skin, a sense of slowing down and going with the flow. I feel sad as I notice myself clinging to what has been.
And then I remember...I am also feeling the collective energy of those around me and the various exits and entries that are happening: for many of our children, summer jobs/internships, travel experiences are ending...and they are embarking on another school year, while some are entering the workforce...and still others are unsure of exactly where to be. In the midst of this, we too are experiencing our own exits and entries...perhaps our children moving away--or moving back-- and for some of us our jobs and/or relationships are shifting as we embrace a more conscious way of being.
Wherever we find our self, may we remember that peace comes from within. We are responsible for creating our own peace. As we collectively ride the wave of emotions, my wish for all of us is that we find the JOY in all of it and enjoy the ride.
Turtle Medicine, by Stephanie Filardi
Something magnificent happened last Friday morning. I don't usually get up early to be on the beach running before 6am. Today was different. I was up and out! Also, usually my sister Christine is on the beach before me with her dogs. Today she wasn't. It was only me and the surfers and... So... I was almost done with my run and I see a turtle. A turtle! Then I see it is caught in a tarp. I immediately panic. I start to cry. Gosh I am so sensitive!
First thought is- where is my sister the animal whisperer (author and owner of BowMeowRaw) when I need her! Second thought is, I need to ask for help because I am frozen. I ask a lovely girl, Jessica, who was walking her dog to help me (Jessica is on the left in photo and Christine is on the right). As Jessica bravely began to investigate how we could set the turtle free, I called Christine and told her to bring scissors. Mind you Christine decided to sleep in. She was in bed. Needless to say, she was there in 10 minutes to help.
I stood by and watched. It was magnificent.
There are many lessons in what happened that day including what turtle medicine has to tell me about the connection with cosmos. Right now I'll say - we live on a beautiful earth and we are ONE. When we open our eyes , our hearts, and we look-- we will see it.
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