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Paddleboard 2Here is a little Guided Meditation I put together this year:

So, its been an enlightening, frightening, and soul loving journey. The last 8 years after my Western Medicine diagnosis of “probable Stroke”, I have been lead to all sorts of holistic healing modalities.  From John of God, to Ayurvedic medicine, to Naturopaths, to Reiki and Energy Healing, to EFT, to Hypnosis, etc. I have also been keeping a watchful eye on the Peer Reviewed Journals of Medical Testing and the cold hard science.  I would say its been a very “integrated Medicine” type of path.  Last week I received a new “diagnosis” and to be honest, it came from my inner knowing.

I have been praying for 8 years to find a reason for the numbness in my left side and why at times it gets a little worse and then there are times when its almost non-existent.  Years of chiropractic were helpful for the symptoms, yet I could not get to that place of permanent healing.  I had always felt I needed more work in my spiritual and mental arena.  I am a firm believer that my subconscious beliefs and patterns are very powerful and can either elevate me or hinder my success.  With that said, I have been on a strong spiritual path this year.  I have become very tuned into my body and my emotions as they come up – not after I am knocked down on the ground by a major illness!

This year I also became very aware of how many people I knew were being diagnosed with Lymes Disease.  Two weeks ago, I asked my Naturopath to test me for it.  She asked me, “Why”?  I told her because this illness keeps coming into my awareness and I do exhibit some symptoms.  My naturopath muscle tested me and it was a “maybe”.  She sent me to the lab saying, “We can test you for the antibodies, but I don’t sense you have it.”  A week later in her office, she says, “You should really trust your intuition because the blood work shows you have signs of Lymes Disease.”  Because the accuracy of the Lymes Disease tests are full of False Negatives, it is difficult to assess.  But, the route she took shows there is definitely something depleting my immune system.  More testing will need to be done, and we are starting with some herbs to clear and heal my body.

When I was told about the results, I had a combination of feelings; depressed, sad, scared and relieved!  I was depressed that I had waited so long to find out this information and what I could have done 8 years ago for my healing.  I was  scared to find out there is something physically “wrong” with me.  I am sad, just because I feel sad and yet, I was relieved to my core to have some sort of answer.  Needless to say, I have been an emotional wreck this week. 

On a positive note, I am deeply grateful for my body’s natural ability to heal, because for the last 8 years I have done Cross-Fit, learned to Surf, played plenty of basketball, gave birth to a baby at age 41 NATURALLY, hiked to the top of Cathedral Rock in Sedona, started a WellBeing Practice, taught classes on meditation and reiki, spoke at Hoag Hospital about the power of meditation and healing, and went back to work full-time to solely support my family of 4!  Holy Moly!!!  If I can do all that with this illness, I can surely heal it and feel 100% consistently!!!

I have honestly LIVED more of my LIFE in the last 8 years than I have in all of my 44.  I have come to appreciate what I have more deeply than ever before.  I feel completely supported and ALIVE as I move through this next journey to the Sunlight of the Spirit!  I am eternally grateful for my DEEP RELATIONSHIP WITH MY HIGHER POWER!  If I were to have this type of diagnosis even 2 years ago, I would have been terribly anxiety ridden and simply drowning in fear.  Today, although a bit emotional, feel very peaceful.

Thank you for reading.  My intention with all my blogs is to ignite a part of your soul that leads you to the journey within.  To the place of utter joy and peace.  May we all come to know who we are without all the shells we picked up along the way, and live FULLY!

Love, Peace, and Excellent Health
Jennifer

Well, its a new year and it feels like a new World.  The energy has shifted and whether you believe in all that “Woo-Woo” stuff or not, its hard to deny it.  Do you ever notice how things show up that match how you are feeling or thinking about?  I know when I’m in a space of self pity and “woe is me” that is exactly the stuff that shows up.  Unseen costs like the car breaking down or a household issue or problems in my relationships.  When I’m in a state of pure gratitude and love that is what shows up too.  The other day someone out of the blue gave me a sincere compliment, and last week when I showed up to teach my meditation class, the students clapped and voiced their joy in seeing me!  I had been praying on my way to the center because I was late, you can imagine my surprise when I received such a warm welcome!!!   I once heard Wayne Dyer say, “Life will always prove your beliefs to be true.”

Because I have been studying the power of the subconscious for a decade and learning more and more about energy fields, the connection between the state of our health and our belief systems has intrigued me.  When I was very young I never wanted to say out loud I was sick or not feeling good because I felt it would then be true.  I remember being really careful about what I said out loud about my health.  I was recently reminded about my wisdom at a young age while reading an amazing book written by a biologist Ph.D. who taught as a professor of anatomy at the U.W School of Medicine.  His name is Bruce Lipton and his book is, “The Biology of Belief”.  He states:

Because we are not powerless biochemical machines, popping a pill every time we are mentally or physically out of tune is not the answer.  Drugs and surgery are powerful tools when they are not overused, but the notion of simple drug fixes is fundamentally flawed.  Every time a drug is introduced into the body to correct function A, it inevitably throws off function B, C, or D.  It is not gene-directed hormones and neurotransmitters that control our bodies and our minds; our beliefs control our bodies, our minds, and thus our lives… Of ye of little belief!” ~p.xxvi

This statement got me thinking and inspired me to meditate 1-2 times a day – every day!  Being a slave to the “health care system” and the crazy costs is a great motivator.

Just think for a moment where your thoughts are most of the time… are they empowering uplifting thoughts or are they negative and heavy? Either way its ok, just notice it as a sign showing you where you are right now.  If you want to change something, then Meditate!  An easy and powerful meditation is to find a short sentence that is positive and resonates with how you want to live or feel.  Write it down and commit it to memory.  This becomes your affirmation.  Close your eyes, take a nice easy breath in and out and begin repeating your affirmation over and over to yourself for 10-20 minutes.  Of course your mind will wander and many thoughts will come.  Don’t resist them, simply notice them and go back to your affirmation.  Mediation is not a thought eraser, it is a powerful alternative to your normal mind set.

I invite you to create an affirmation that feels good to you and practice it in your next mediation.  If you have the stamina to use it every day for a week, I guarantee you will feel an increase in your energy and more peace of mind!

Namaste!
Happy Meditating!

If you want something guided you can check out these downloadable guided meditations or jump onto a phone meditation at your convenience here.

I fell apart sitting here today looking at pictures of my dad (who has been recently diagnosed with early signs of Alzheimer’s)…. I simply lost it.  Maybe its the crazy energy today or its just time to really grieve.  I’ve been loosing a lot of people… at least in the way I’ve known them, and it hurts.  I am devastated still by the events at Sandy Hook elementary school.  Its not just the fact that little kids died, but its how crazy and far from love our world has become.  It hurts me deeply.  That may sound sappy or overly dramatic but its really true for me.  I sat and talked to God while in tears today and came to my truth…. the world is hurting, and I can’t help but feel it.  I try to over ride it with positive thoughts and intentions, but sometimes I really need to feel it to the core.  I need to recognize the truth that is happening inside me as a human and a spiritual being and then I can move forward.  But, when I hold it in, I am held back.  I can’t be loving or supportive to others or my family when I am lying to myself.

I came across an article noting a recent study published in Psychological Science regarding the 19,200,000 adults in the US who suffer with a phobia.  The researchers discovered the best way to conquer a phobia is to talk about what is bothering us.  A study was done with 88 people who had a fear of spiders.  Each person was asked to approach a large live tarantula two times.  The people who expressed their fear/emotions about the spider in the first round were able to get closer to the spider a week later than those who kept the fear to themselves.  They also found those who expressed their fear had dryer hands the second round.  So, its not just some fluffy idea to talk about your fears, it actually reduces the negative emotion.  There is a lot of power in standing strong in our truth, even if its not what society, friends or family may want to hear!

It is becoming crystal clear to me that NOW is the time to honor the TRUTH –  all truths. Even those that are horrible and ugly.  Its time to honor both sides of the coin, to recognize the things that don’t feel good as true too.  I can’t turn a blind eye to tragic event anymore than I can to my own daughter having emotional or homework issues.  I do need to manage my energy and often I hand it all over to God.  My biggest challenge is knowing my part and deciphering whether my ideals and desires are coming from my ego or my God.

Meditation tends to bring me massive peace and clarity where I had none previously.  Prayer goes right along with it.  And certain days I struggle with knowing what is my part.  What do I need to be doing?  I was not created to stand by and watch, I just wasn’t.  I am the one who goes in and asks the hard questions, I am the one that stirs the pot when things are not right, I am the one that bruises my tongue on harsh words that I meant to be helpful, who makes people uncomfortable, and who soothes the pain when it becomes too much.  God put so much fire in my make up its really uncanny…  Not to mention, birthed me in the year of the Rooster who is known for stirring the pot!  There is so much, and it feels like I am opened wide today with all of it.

For today, I let the God of my understanding know I am willing to be a servant of the light and the Universe.  I am willing to do what is shown and asked of me even if it seems like a lot- or not enough.  What I know today, is that I don’t know.  I also see how much I want to know.  I am aware that its all about God and letting Gods will be done, however all miracles are done through people……so…where am I a miracle worker?

Today, I send my love and my good energy to the world in pain, to those with broken hearts and broken lives.  I send light into that darkness and ask that the darkness shrink as the candles continue to burn in each of us.  There are no mistakes, therefore neither are you nor I.

Truth, Love, Light, and Acceptance be in you and me.
Jennifer

To learn to Meditate or listen to a guided meditation, click here.

For some deep healing listen to Marianne Williamson’s talk from last Monday, December 17, 2012.

Hello Everyone!

I’ve decided to share my interview with the StressEraser after revisiting it last week because it contains some basic yet powerful information regarding meditation, hypnosis and stress relief. I thought it may assist anyone who might be thinking of moving in this direction but not quite sure what its all about.

The interviewer (Evan Birkhead) had never experienced meditation or hypnosis and asked me to do a quick relaxation session with him for stress relief.  It was fun witnessing his responses to the session which ranged from surprise to incredible satisfaction.  In fact, for a couple weeks after the interview he called asking for another session because of how well it worked.

The interview identifies what meditation and hypnosis are, how it works, how it can help with stress, the parts of the mind, brain wave patterns, etc.  It is a longer interview so if you want to review the mini session with Evan, its toward the end.

It is my highest intention you find this interview informative, useful and fun.  I’d love to hear your feedback!

If you feel inspired to give it a try, please contact me!

Click here to download the interview.

All my best!

Jennifer

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best to make you just like everybody else means to fight the greatest battle there is to fight and never stop fighting- the battle to be yourself.”EE Cummings.

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