It never ceases to amaze me when that certain person finds a happy experience, then brushes it off just as quickly as it appeared. Sometimes, I find that person to be me. That then becomes my cue to get back on the happy trail.
Why do we chase away the happy, joyful, and peaceful moments in our lives with grim, fear-based thoughts? Psychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness, Dr. Rick Hanson, calls it the negativity bias, our default to dwell in the negative and to avoid enjoying positive experiences due to a primitive brain feature still hanging on. I call it annoying.
No one wants to be the Debbie Downer or Negative Nancy in the room. No one (that I know of) wants to hang out with them either. And that's why I teach and practice these techniques daily. Much like your exercise program keeps you in shape, a daily sensory practice keeps your brain in shape and stops you from thinking you need to defend yourself from, well, anything.
Awareness of your body, of your senses is the ultimate mindfulness practice.
We need daily sensory reminders that we are well, happy in some cases. Thinking it and talking about it just isn't good enough to make that sensory candy stick. Embodiment of feel-good feelings is healthier in every which way you view it - on the physical, mental, spiritual, and social self. There's no longer a need to sweat the small stuff, to continue feeding that stress pattern, or to stress ourselves out for things and people we cannot control.
If you believe you can change your brain, it's never been easier to do so. If you're already practicing sensory awareness or mindfulness, drop me a line and let me know how you're doing.
Health food, junk food, paleo, vegan… it doesn’t matter. It’s all the same to someone who has fallen into an energy-draining pattern of using food as anything but nourishment. We know it's really about the disconnect with our inner self.
Can you relate to the longing for comfort and connection in every bite? Do you eat more during times of stress, loneliness or dis-ease? Do food-centered events make you anxious? Are you tired of those uncontrollable binges?
Sign up for this workshop, which is about mending that one true relationship that mirrors all others - the relationship with ourselves.
Connection in the highest form is what it feels like when our inner self is well-nourished. We feel well, secure and in harmony with life and those around us. Relationships flourish. We understand our purpose and life flows with grace. It's the connection we're born with and that helps us feel interconnected with others, the material and non-material world. Take away all the drama, traumas and stresses and what you have left is your Self.
We're not going to feel that connection through food but you know that already. As a matter of fact, if you've answered yes to the questions above, you know all about food too. I can relate because I’ve been there myself. For nearly two decades, I tried to find that inner self connection through food only to feel dis-empowered and beat down each and every time. My relationships suffered and my health was going downhill. When I managed to make that connection with my inner self, I vowed to help others break that unhealthy cycle.
If you’ve noticed yourself stuck in energy-draining patterns around food, you’re ready to heal. Trust that awareness. Food will soon cease to have control over you because your inner self is knocking. Of course you'll need a different tool now - one that will help you go inward and make that connection with your inner self in more loving, respectful and health-promoting ways. No more food logs, binge eating/exercising, counting calories, or anxiety about what to eat. You'll discover what, when and how to eat simply by understanding the language of your body. It's really that simple and just like any other language, it takes lots of support and practice to get fluent. But you'll get that here.
Learning to feed your body while nourishing your Self is no small feat but completely doable and totally worth it. You will still be there for your family and no one will suffer in the making of this connection. Actually, the better you look and feel about yourself, the better others will look and feel about themselves. That, in itself is a connection worth making.
To be the change you wish to see, you've got to feel it in your bones.