After a break from meditations and hypnosis due to the birth of my new baby girl, I’ve been invited to offer a 5 week meditation class for Moms at a new center in Huntington Beach – Blossom OC. It will begin on Saturday May 26th @ 10 am and run every saturday until June 23rd. I wanted to offer this class because I suffered from extremely high blood pressure after my baby was born and was put on medication. This made me even more anxious and stressed which of course raised my blood pressure. The anxiety combined with the raging hormones made for a major craziness between my ears I couldn’t control! Finally, in full desperation I called a colleague to work with me on relaxation hypnosis and guided meditation. Within a week I noticed a huge difference in my anxiety and after another 10 days of guided meditation I was off the medication all together.
It is amazing how a major life change caused me to forget all of my tools as a hypnotist and mediation instructor. However the experience also gave me the opportunity to reach out for support…something I am not accustomed to doing. This experience really inspired me to offer something for other moms who feel stuck, alone, overwhelmed and anxious. New Moms need to know they are not alone and there are options available. Meditation is the perfect medicine-free technique to balance the hormones, calm the mind and heal the spirit. In this class you will learn:
~ Effective Meditation Methods
~ How the mind works
~ How your mind learns and meditates best
~ How to return to a relaxed state on your own
~ How to relax again!
If you are a new mom, a 2nd, 3rd or 4th time mom and feel overwhelmed, anxious or having difficulties breastfeeding or dealing with the never-ending to-do list, come and relax and calm down for an hour. Get your center back, find your groove and relax! If this doesn’t resonate with you but someone came to mind while reading this, please forward the info to them!!! Can make for a great Mother’s Day Gift.
May you be well and at Peace!
I get out of bed on Tuesday morning feeling peaceful and refreshed. Life seems to have slowed down a bit and I deal with my daughters sluggish movement with patience and creativity. We actually leave the house on time and she makes it to school a few minutes early. Whew, that was a breeze! I handle work tasks easily and efficiently and notice I have extra time to meet a girlfriend I’ve not seen in ages for lunch. Feeling very happy and pleased, I confirm our lunch date.
I’m on the 5 freeway headed back home, minding my own business and listening to NPR. I’m cruising at a cool 75 mph. There is an SUV in front of me and I see it suddenly tap its breaks and I notice debris on the road and see a ladder fly out from under it. I feel like scene is happening at 1,000 mph, yet I notice every detail. The ladder is parallel with the lines in the road so I figure I should hit it in the center of my car so as not to hit a tire or axel and loose total control of my vehicle. Maybe, just maybe I will clear it. Well, no such luck! I hit the ladder and it makes the most horrible crushing sound in the front and under my car, and dust/smoke comes in through the vents. My heart begins to race and I can’t seem to grasp any details. Somehow I make my way to the emergency lane without hitting anyone as my car makes this ugly scraping noise over the pavement. I wonder if the ladder is still stuck and dread seeing the damage. Is the radiator smashed? OH man!
One of my worst fears is to be a sitting duck on the freeway. My lovely mind decides to replay every scary image I’ve seen on TV where a semi careens off the road and hits a parked car in the emergency lane. I’m nervous and terrified. My hands shake uncontrollably as I dial for help. I make all the necessary phone calls while I keep my eyes fixated on the rear-view mirror. I put the phone down and begin to worry that I’m too nervous and 4 months pregnant. I need to calm down, if not for me, then for the baby. I take inventory on the meditation/prayer tools I have and start with some deep breathing, focusing on the exhale. With my eyes closed, I feel a little better. I start to pray, begging for safety and help! A story about Faith pops into my head and I suddenly remember that I do not have to be in control of this, there is an entire Universe of things out of my control. I remember I can give this up to my Higher Power and rest in faith. My prayer shifts to, “Ok God, I trust no matter what happens You will take care of me. If I’m suppose to get hit, will you just make it as painless as possible?” Physical shifts begin to happen… my heart is finding its pace, my hands are beginning to steady and my breathing is easy. I take a few seconds to do the creative meditation I teach and love.
I open my eyes and tentatively take a peek at the rear view mirror. My mouth drops in astonishment when I see a CHP doing a round robin to close off the freeway about 1/2 mile back. No way! I could hardly believe how quickly that worked! Instantly, I was calm and focused.
I have to admit, this prayer and meditation stuff really does work! It doesn’t always happen instantly, but it does happen. Today, I am eternally grateful to my Higher Power and the tools in my bag.
May you find peace and faith in the tools you have acquired!
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Its a typical Tuesday morning, and I wake up with a feeling of anger and frustration. My typical M.O. is to take it out on those closest to me – subconsciously – or at least I tell myself so. Instead, on this particular Tuesday, I decide to lie in bed for an extra 15 minutes and repeat the Serenity Prayer over and over again. Each time breaking it down into smaller bytes. First, I go over each sentence, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change”. I realize the things I cannot change are all things outside of me – people and their behaviors in particular. I feel a little deflated because my ego is sure I know it all and can offer others – especially my significant other some pointers. Then I go to the second sentence, “The courage to change the things I can.” I become painfully aware that the only thing I can change is ME! My ego wants to suggest I am perfect and everyone else has the problem, what could I possibly change about myself? I move to the third sentence, “and the Wisdom to know the difference.” This is the topper and I slow way down. “Know the difference”, what does that mean exactly?
I repeat the Serenity Prayer in this manner over and over again, and suddenly out of left field, I feel this incredible sense of peace. I begin to “get it”. The ability to accept the things I cannot change, means I don’t have to change anyone or any situation! WOOT! WOOT! I can give it to my higher power and leave it alone. As a result, I get to increase my peace by having the courage to change my MIND about the whole thing! Yes, changing my perspective takes courage because my ego is strong and constant but, I can and do. As time passes, especially in this meditation, I receive the Wisdom to know the difference. So long as I make time for my higher power in my life, the wisdom comes naturally and I can make decisions and choices elegantly.
I open my eyes 15 short minutes later and feel like a whole new person. I did not have to figure out the answer to everyone’s problems or my own, I just had to stay focused on something positive for 15 minutes. That is about the length of time I’ve waited in line for coffee or lunch. I LOVE THIS!
May you give yourself the opportunity to take 15 minutes out of your day to celebrate in your connection to Source! Much peace and love.
Last week, on the way to pick up my Biggest Little Teacher (BLT) from school, my significant other (SO) and I got into an argument that left me very angry. So angry that I’d quit speaking and went into pouting mode. We pick up BLT from school and she is immediately angry because I did not pick up her finished pottery at the pottery shop as I said “I might”. I let her know I was sorry I did not get to it but the traffic was insane and there was not enough time. I tried to console her by reminding her that she had just been allowed to stay at school and extra 2 hours to be part of an extra curricular activity she loved. She didn’t care and proceeded to throw her backpack around the backseat and not speak to either of us. Great, now we had 3 people in the car pouting.
The entire 20 minute ride home I am biting my tongue because I want to tell her that she is a spoiled brat and should be grateful she got to enjoy the extra curricular activity at school. But, then I look over at my SO and remember I’m already angry because of the way he is and can’t take it out on BLT. Ultimately, its everyone else’s fault I am unhappy – of course! Poor me.
We get home and SO gets in the house first, leaving BLT and I to reach the porch alone. BLT turns around and says to me, “You know, I’m starting not to be so mad at you, but you really should have picked up my pottery.” That was it! I lost it, and I said, “Oh really, I’m not sure what you’re mad about, you got your way. You got to stay at school and have fun like you wanted. What do you have to be mad about?!!” BLT glared right at me, stomped in the house and ran into her room. I thought, “oh boy this pouting may last a decade.”
I decided that I was not going to give in. I felt completely justified with the anger I felt. So, I went on my merry way doing the tasks I needed to do while pouting. I was not going to run to either of them and make amends after all, it was not my fault! Poor me.
Ten minutes pass and BLT comes into my bedroom where I’m folding clothes and sits on the bed. She looks at me and without hesitation says, “Mom, I want to apologize for pouting and being bratty. I just thought you were going to get the pottery and I feel… oh I don’t know…” I suddenly felt ashamed for my behavior all afternoon. Here in front of me was a 9 year old kid who had more humility, love and awareness than most adults I know, including me. I felt the icy hot anger melt away as my heart began to open again. I found my voice and talked it out with BLT and later with my SO. Amazing how quickly a crappy day can be turned around when the pride and pouting are identified and then over-ridden! I guess I do have a choice and power over my own happiness. Thanks again BLT!
Gosh, as an adult, I think I know what I’m doing and tend to justify all my fits of anger and my pouting stints. Then, along comes a 9 year old girl to whip me into shape! Thank God!