Keep it moving to stay in the flow

Goshawk watercolor paintingQuick thought for the day:

Spirit is energy. When energy moves freely through things, it tends to make them vital and alive.

If something is not working in your life, you almost certainly have some stuck energy at some level.

Try to encourage flow in your life whenever and wherever possible.

Even the little things: changing your sheets, getting up and moving every hour or so, remembering to breathe. If you keep a little altar somewhere in your home, rearrange the items on it every couple of days. And don’t forget to dust! 😉

Yes, sometimes it’s the little things that count the most.

What little things do you do to keep your energy (or the energy in your home) moving in a positive direction?

 

 

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Banish insomnia now! Natural sleep aids for creative women

bear hawk and poppies spirit animal painting by Christie MichelsenEver have trouble sleeping?
It was never a problem for me when I was younger, but lately some nights it seems like I spend more time trying to sleep than actually sleeping.
Insomnia is actually a common problem for creative women. We have so much going on in our heads it’s hard to turn it all off long enough to go to sleep!
If you have trouble sleeping, too, try saying this affirmation to yourself starting about an hour or so before bedtime:  “I fall easily into deep, refreshing sleep.” It seems simplistic, but it really can help.
Besides affirmations, here are some natural sleep aids I’ve found helpful:
  • Melatonin – a safe, natural supplement that promotes restful sleep.
  • Extra magnesium, taken before bedtime.
  • Avoiding stimulants after noon. (This includes Vitamin B.)
  • Essential oils. I’ve been using Young Living’s Peace and Calming. Lavender is good for promoting sleep, too.
  • Staying off the computer before bedtime.
  • A nice warm bath.
  • Massage. Take turns with your partner. It’s relaxing for both of you!
  • Meditiation/journeying.
  • Breathing exercises. One I like is a 4/4 rhythm: breathe in for four counts, hold for four, out for four, hold out for four. Helps if you’re being kept up by a racing mind!
  • Energy work. Reiki and other energetic clearings can do wonders!
Here’s to sleeping well tonight! (And here’s to having awesome dreams!)
Oh, and if you have anything else you’d like to add to the list, I’m all ears! Share below.  🙂

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Angry? Nervous? Stressed? A simple technique to help

U turn signAnger, impatience, resentment, nervousness…These nasty emotions have their place. They help us realize that something doesn’t feel right, and may need to be changed.
But if they are allowed to persist, they become the psychic equivalent of speed or cocaine.
They may give you a momentary rush.
They might even make you think you feel more alive, in a perverse sort of way.
But most of the time, they just poison your system.
And they can definitely turn your day – or your life – into a train wreck. Not to mention the days and lives of everyone around you.
The problem is that fighting them often backfires. You can’t fight fire with fire. And trying to “stuff it” can lead to an explosion.
What to do instead?
Think the opposite.
Imagine something that reminds you of peace or joy. Holding a little kitten, for example, or a baby’s first smile. Or, think of somethingbaby smile

you are especially grateful for.

Hold that thought in your mind (excuse yourself if you have to) until you can calm down and deal with the situation from a more balanced perspective.
Of course, if you have a lot of anger, fear, or resentment, you may need to use other techniques, too. But this is a simple one that can be extremely effective, especially for those ‘little’ annoyances that put a crimp in your day.
Try it, and let me know how it works for you!

 

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