"Be grateful for the sleepless nights because they help us awaken..." - Stephanie
What is spiritual awakening?
Why does it hurt so much at times?
How can we live our current life while also moving and growing into new ways of being?
In this week's Mind the Gap Podcast episode, Stephanie shares how to use life as a spiritual practice, and what is required to build a foundation of support as you begin to "wake up".
She shares that sleepless nights point to underlying things that are trying to get our attention... Stress doesn't wake us up. Stress is simply a result of what is out of balance in our life.
Stephanie also gives ways to navigate the gap while growing from where you are -- to where you want to be.
Let's go! Listen Here.
Therapeutic Sports Massage
Another way to take care of your healthy being is with a therapeutic sports massage. Summer tends bring increased physical activity. Our body needs to re-balance all the output of energy and exertion with nourishing input that comes from massage. Our therapeutic sports massage is designed to release tension and restore blood flow. The added benefits of sports massage include restoration of energy and soothing healing touch.
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Your Next 6 Months by Stephanie
As we embark upon the second half of 2019, it's a wonderful time to stop, look, and listen.
Where is your energy and attention going?
Who and what are you focusing on?
Is it working/making you happy/bringing you peace/moving you toward your dreams?
No matter the current weather pattern (sun/rain/storm/wind) in your life situation, your life is still moving forward.
In fact, life always moves forward, and it does so with or without you.
Do you want to be a participant in your life?
If so, perhaps it's time to revisit the questions above.
Take time and space away from people, phones, and yes, even pets.
Get busy writing/reflecting/asking.
Then decide what am I going to do about "it"?
"It" meaning the actions you will take to advance your dreams, vision, goals...whatever words you choose.
Keep in mind your dreams can be grand or small. As long as they resonate true with you, that's what matters. And they change over time. Allow and accept the unfolding. You may be pleasantly surprised that what makes you happy is simpler than you "think".
As for me, my focus for the next 6 months is love.
Being Love. Doing Love. Love in Action.
Cause what I am learning is that my intention to be love and do love points me toward what I need/want to do...where I need to be...and who I need to be with. Got the henna (pictured below) to kick it off!
With love and support,
Summer Self Care by Stephanie
“What you do for yourself-any gesture of kindness, any gesture of gentleness, any gesture of honesty and clear seeing toward yourself-will affect how you experience your world.” -Pema Chodron
Nourish Body, Mind & Spirit
Summer is the perfect time to slow down and notice where you need to be "fed", aka, practice self care. Nobody can do this for us. And if we don't do this for ourselves, we risk becoming resentful, contracted, and unhappy! We must feed ourselves in order to feed others.
As I spoke about last week, we are in charge of our own happiness and this includes on going self care. Give yourself permission to do what makes you feel good. You're worth it.
Top 5 Picks to Nourish Body, Mind & Spirit:
Massage - From therapeutic and deep tissue massage to relaxing massage, it's one of the oldest healing modalities. Massage can relax muscles, soothe aches and pains, release energy blockages, rejuvenate body, mind and spirit.
Yoga - Yoga promotes inner and outer health & well-being. In addition to improving physical health: flexibility, strength, balance, pain management, yoga is a powerful tool in personal transformation. Yoga has been shown to decrease stress, helping with anxiety and PTSD, while improving our mood and outlook on life.
Meditation- We get 2 choices: medicate or meditate. From managing stress, anxiety, and PTSD to cultivating a deeper sense of inner peace and well-being, meditation can help.
Energy Healing - Chakra Balancing is an energetic healing technique that works holistically on the body, mind and spirit from the inside out. Major systems of the body are restored with life-force energy to promote body's natural ability to heal. Chakras will be cleared and re-balanced so you feel lighter and empowered.
Reading List - Self-enrichment is one of the keys to growth.
Our top 5:
-Untethered Soul by Michael Singer -- We are all trying to be okay. Guess what? You already are!
-Reclaiming Joy by Stephanie Filardi -- 4 Steps, when applied, to live happy, healthy, free.
-A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle -- Awakening to your life's purpose and then some!
-A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson -- Love is a potent force and the key to peace...in relationships, work, life...
-Women, Food & God by Geneen Roth -- How we eat teaches us volumes about our life. Time to stop the battle with food and deeply listen.