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How Can the Holidays Hi-Jack your Inner Peace?

Come Join Our Conversation on Mindful Living Through the Holidays
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST (details below)

Mindful EssentialHz Talk Radio - Mindful Living Through the Holidays

As Valentine's Day approaches, the silent influences of our belief systems are deep at work. Some of us may have unspoken expectations building, while others may be at the mercy of their inner critic as they face the upcoming holiday alone or with someone, yet still alone.

Mindful Living is based in intentionally monitoring the thoughts and beliefs of the mind. We are helped by remembering that belief systems create our thoughts and thoughts create our feelings. I like to say that feelings are simply like a traffic light to our thoughts, and the thoughts are just indications of how outdated our belief systems may be.

What expectation might you already have in the back of your mind for Valentine's Day? Our expectations can lead us to our greatest disappointments. The power of an expectation builds in the subconscious mind similar to a "fact". However, an expectation is truly a one sided conversation in the mind. Our Mindful Living Call will encourage you to think about what expectations you may have, and where your imagination may be taken these first thoughts. Are these reasonable expectations? (That can be a judgment, not a fact.) Can you express these expectations? Think about if you would like to be on the other side of non-expressed expectations. Whether we are not in a loving relationship during Valentine’s Day, the day may bring on sad feelings --and, even when we are in loving relationships, our expectations of what this day should be, often times can disappoint.

What if we could identify some mindful living techniques, that could empower us to avoid the pitfalls that can hijack our inner peace during the holidays? The good news is We Can! - and that is what we will be talking about on our upcoming Mindful Living Call.

We hope you will join us for our first of many Mindful Living calls. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, the focus of this week’s call is about our expectations surrounding this holiday of LOVE. Since these calls are really for YOU…we encourage you to send questions in ahead of time, by leaving a comment below -- or feel free to ask questions during the call.

Update to this blog post, here is the recording replay.

Recording of our call "Mindful Living"

February 9, 2017 - Keeping Your Inner Peace Through The Holidays

A Path from Grief to Inner Peace

A Path from Grief to PeaceWe recently held our first Mindful EssentialHz Talk Radio call, and our first conversation was "The Other Side of Grief". The call discussed how we experience grief, and recognized that grief can show up in our lived in many ways. Participating in the call was myself, Catherine Morgan and Lisa McGitty. We also invited callers to call in and participate in the conversation.

We discussed the different aspects of grief, first talking about the grief from a loved one passing. Death can be an extremely devastating experience for the survivors. We discussed how death can many times take two lives for the price of one. My 23 year old son passed in 2012, and Lisa's 24 year old son passed just last October. We are intimately familiar with the journey of grief, and we shared about our journeys.

I also shared insights from a hypnotherapy standpoint and the power of the mind. Feelings are so important to feel, however without a road map, we can be lost in the feelings of guilt, and deep despair leaving us hopelessness and numb. Part of the intent of this call was to encourage and enlighten listeners in ways they could process their grieving feelings to finding the other side of grief.

Some other conversation was also held recognizing that grief could show up in our lives in many ways. I work with many people who are experiencing grief about their lives. We may have experienced a divorce, a loss of a job, a loss of a home, the loss of sacred and dear friendships. These are just some of the other ways grief can show up in our lives. Either I read this or a person said to me early in my journey that "grief is not just one feeling, rather it is a multitude of feelings." I think its especially important to recognize that even the idea of grief usually creates a deep sinking feeling, and often times it is not something people will easily discuss.

The underlying belief systems we hold about grief greatly impact our experience with grief. In hypnotherapy we recognize that beliefs create our thoughts, and our thoughts create our feelings, and our feelings create our experiences. We understand that emotion is energy in motion. We can easily be truly overpowered by grief, just like we can with fear. We discussed some ways we could observe our feelings, however, provided insight on ways not to give all of our power to these depleting feelings.

Another type of grief we discussed was that of a passing of our dear furry friends. Animal lovers are lovers, and their furry friends are just like furry kids. We bond with animals in a very special way. Just after this call, Catherine's 11 year old Chihuahua, Snickers, crossed over the rainbow bridge. It created trauma, despair and a grief for her that is just as real and heart hurting as any other grief.

My personal lesson on grief has taught me not only does grief create a wound in the heart, but it also creates a scar of the soul. It has also taught me that I can give all of my power to these grieving feelings, or I can recognize them, experience them, but not become them. I realize that I don't say I Am a headache. So I am mindful to use words such as I feel very sad, instead of giving all of my power away in the statement of I Am sad. The Laws of the Mind teach us that emotion is stronger than thought, and the strongest emotion will always win. Being aware to allow those grieving feelings, yet not become them, can be some of the helpful ways we can grieve.

Whatever journey of grief you may be on today, it is our deepest wish to let you know you are not alone. It was our hope this call provided a path to finding relief in your journey. We have recorded the call so it can be listened to again for anyone needing understanding and compassion in their journey of grief, please see the link below. If you have listened to the call and found it helpful, please share your comments as others may benefit as well from your words.

We wish you blessings of peace along your journey.

Recording of our call "The Other Side of Grief"

Real Change vs Goals

The Mindful Art of Lasting Change

"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world...
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself..."
-Rumi

Making Real Change versus Setting GoalsMany of us start the new year with a large desire to make a real lasting change. We set strong goals and tap into a stronger part of our core being for assisting us with this change, as we are empowered by the promise of a new year. Often times, change is impacted by our everyday circumstances. These individual, very real circumstances can provide many challenges just in a single day. As the days move on, we become somewhat tired and worn down. Our resolve may begin to slip, and as the days move by we do not feel as motivated. When we are tired or worn down from our day to day circumstances, the desire to change is lessened simply by the deeper need to feel better, happier, supported.

The Laws of the Mind state that emotion will always overpower logic. What does that really mean? The fact that we are made up of cells indicates that we are essentially energy. Some of our greatest teachers including Albert Einstein and Nikola Tesla knew fully these basic facts. Our conscious mind is the "logical mind". Its the part of our mind that helps us plan, organize and goal set. Our subconscious mind, also known as the emotional mind, stores our memories and our emotions. Studies have been done showing the energy of a thought (a brain wave) goes about 10 feet from the body, while energy from the heart (a heart wave) can go as far a 50 feet from the body, supporting the idea that emotions out power logic.

So while a desire to change is emotionally charged, sometimes the challenges we face may have other emotions that have just a bit more of a charge. The bottom line is the strongest emotion will always win. This information is very useful to help us understand that the power to lasting change is not a matter of strength or willpower - rather it is a connection to a stronger, more powerful feeling - to be em-powered.

A first step to real change then is to recognize what feeling is dominating your inner world. Understanding that condemning that feeling is to condemn a part of yourself. Working from "what is" instead of trying to force "what is currently not" can be a real powerful element in making real life change. One of my favorite sayings is "what we resist persists and suffering is resisting what is". If there is a stronger, more dominating emotion that's challenging your deep desire to change, accepting whatever it is by recognizing it, honoring it and understanding it rather than forcing or wishing it away is a key to making real and lasting change. The magic of change is born from accepting that emotion within you and embracing the whole of you.

The idea of acknowledging our emotions or accepting them generally goes against much of what we've been taught most of our lives. Many of us have been taught not to honor nor value our inner most emotions. Many of us have been taught that emotions are a sign of weakness. However, as energetic human beings, emotion are simply "energy in motion". So when an emotion pops up it's like a traffic signal giving you a sign, a piece of information of what's going on in your inner world. Often times we feel over powered by our emotions because we use words like "I am sad" or "I am angry". What if we just changed our language to say "I feel mad " or "I feel angry". Those small changes in words allow us not to become the feeling and give our power away. What if we didn't judge our feelings such as good, bad, or a sign of weakness? What if we just observed the feeling as if it were just trying to give us more information? Working with an approach of patience, and loving acceptance of your whole being can be used as keys of the path to real change. Honoring and accepting who you are in this very moment is your greatest asset to helping you develop into the change that you desire.

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