AKA : An antidote for overwhelm
AKA : An antidote for overwhelm
It's not surprising in our modern world that our relationship to self-worth is tenuous -- often pinned to our credentials. Worth is something that we’ve been taught to hustle, prove, and purchase our way closer to. Here’s a different take.Read More
I’ve heard it said that it’s hard to heal in the same environment where we get sick and that the most effective way to dislodge anything that feels stuck, stiff, or stagnant is to physically move to a different location.Read More
What I love about the internet: everything belongs here and there's a sense of gazing back at our own minds. Both our wisdom qualities and our neurotic qualities are reflected here. Heightened, Even.Read More
When we understand that our relationship to our circumstances -- not the circumstances themselves -- is the pivotal piece in the equation, we can crawl out from under the pillow-fort of “no bad vibes” and get curious about our relationship to ‘unpleasant’ instead.Read More
Three fun facts that I know about the “gut”:
• The acid in your stomach is strong enough to burn your skin. (woah.)
• Up to 90% of your serotonin (ie: the chemical responsible for feelings of wellbeing and happiness) is produced — not in your brain — but in your belly.
• Your “Gut” is a wonderful analogy for all things ineffable that we feel but cannot measure. Intuition. Instinct. Sixth Sense. Butterflies.
(Okay, that one is an opinion, not a fact.)
I also know that I’m super excited to invite you to the Trust Your Gut Summit produced and hosted by the delightful and insightful Melissa Patruno, CHHC and featuring 21 presenters (including yours truly) on “GUT” topics ranging from the medical to the metaphysical and all things in between.
Melissa knows a thing or two about taking a multi-dimensional approach to healing:
In her early 20s, she was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition, ulcerative colitis, anxiety, and depression. Doctors told her she had to be on medication for the rest of her life, but her gut told her there had to be a different way.
She knew, deep down, that there was a different approach to her diagnoses, and after tons of research and practice, effectively healed herself.
Which, in my eyes, makes her the perfect person to be hosing this summit — because she knows exactly what she’s talking about, not only as a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, but also through her own direct experience.
In this summit you can expect topics such as :
• How to live an authentic life by learning to trust your gut.
• Reasons why you can't lose weight and are always short on energy--- and what to do about it.
• Which foods create which symptoms -- from anxiety and skin conditions to weight gain and chronic illness --- and which foods nurture your wellbeing.
• Tools for MORE energy, less anxiety, and healthy weight (without medication).
--- As for us, we jam on meditation, the relationship between self-awareness and self-trust and learning how to identify potentially harmful inherited narratives.
You know, just a nice, light afternoon chit-chat.
The Trust Your Gut summit begins next Monday, May 22 and runs through June 1.
I hope to see you there!
What if we treated our ideas like tender little saplings that need the fertilizer of quiet tending, quality input, and consistent scratching at the soil... rather than quick bits for public consumption?
One of the greatest urban legends about meditation is that our experience should be all bliss, butterflies and serenity with no thoughts and a calm mind. While that *might* be your experience, the other 99% of us will probably encounter things like tight hips, unwanted distractions, strong emotions and a busy mind in meditation.
This is not only common, it’s wonderful. Because the kicker is that this is precisely how we develop a calm and spacious mind over time.
Our purpose in meditation is not to get rid of thoughts and distractions, but rather to become a bit more intimate, aware, and accommodating of them when they do arise. With practice, they become less charged, less of a problem. And we in turn become less reactive when challenges (big and small) arise off the meditation cushion.
If your mind is busy in meditation, trust me— you’re doing great. The practice isn’t just about fleeting serenity. This is where we learn to hold our seat.
---- Via MNDFL Meditation :: Wind Down Wednesday