A 4-week live program with Stephanie designed for deepening the practices of Meditation & Energy Healing shared in her Empowered Video Series...
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Starts: Tuesday, 11/27/18
Ends: Tuesday, 12/18/18
Location: Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary
14 Studio Arcade, Bronxville, NY
Every Tuesday for 4 weeks, Stephanie will use meditation and shamanic tools such as journeying to help you cleanse and renew.
End 2018 calm, cool, collected & clear. Seed intentions for 2019.
Kindly Note: Class size is limited.
Registration & Payment Required in Advance Here.
Last week I spoke about catching myself colluding with the "negative" and shared that Life Goes On. Whatever we decide to see (obstacle or opportunity), we get.
This week I am reminded that my body is a gift and I am entitled to nothing. I am not entitled to the air I breathe, the water I drink, the food I eat, the thoughts I have or my connection with others. Humbling really.
Rather, I am entrusted with this body. I am given this body as a gift to treat it with respect and reverence.
Why am I saying this?
As the year comes to an end, and the holiday season arrives, many of us feel stress in body, mind, and spirit. We "push" through to the end of the year, promising ourselves in the new year we will make "positive" changes.
Perhaps we are neglecting our body by making poor food choices, skipping our movement routine, and not sleeping enough.
Some of us feel mental stress-- work, family/relationship, money issues.
Others of us feel spiritually distressed-- the above plus feeling alone or disconnected.
This is a reminder to stop, look, and listen. Don't wait until January.
Take an inventory of how you are presently caring - or not caring for your body, mind and spirit.
Then choose one small action step to take. Maybe you will join my FREE, 3 Day Refresh which starts next Monday, December 4th.
My friends, we are entrusted with this body. It's a gift we are given. From this perspective we begin to make choices that naturally support our well being. Meaning, we begin to replace bad habits that negatively affect our physical, mental , emotional and spiritual health with ones that help us thrive.
We shift from seeing healthy/positive changes/choices as "work", "should", "have to"... to seeing them as taking responsibility for this gift we have been entrusted with..that we are not entitled to.
Taking responsibility for our body, and in turn our life, is powerful way to live. And in my experience, the most powerful motivator for lasting change.
3 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Body, Mind & Spirit
Group Meditation- 4 Part Series, Starts Tomorrow, Tuesday, 11/28. Learn More.
An Evening of Nourishing You- Harness the Power of Good Health, Wednesday, 11/29. Learn More.
3 Day Refresh- Rejuvenate Body, Mind & Spirit- Starts Monday, 12/4. Learn More.
Last week I spoke about life is how we see it. I talked about whatever you focus on, you get more of. What are you noticing? Are you the type to see the glass half full or half empty?
This week I want to share a story where I caught myself colluding with the glass half empty.
I planned to be back in Long Beach, NY yesterday to run the 10K Turkey Trot (yes with "the" turkey hat!). I've been training for it. I've run it a few times in years past and love it (picture above left)
So...I've been training for this 10K that happened yesterday in NY. A week ago my plans changed and I realized I am not going to be back in NY until after the Turkey Trot.
I felt a surge of frustration as my mind began indulge in "story". I got myself all worked up with the emotion of wanting to be back in NY, yet it not being the right time, and also all the training I have done for what!! And friends, running with that turkey hat...it brings me great joy :)
So, I tried looking for a Turkey Trot here in IL where I spend half my time these days and the only ones are on Thanksgiving Day which is when I will be back in NY. Argh!!!
Many of you know my relationship with running. I love to hate it, yet it loves me and I am at my best in my life when I am running. Running helps me feel at peace when the weather gets colder and the days have more darkness.
So, after realizing I would not be participating in a turkey trot this year I felt disappointed, down, aggravated. I allowed myself to collude with the negative-- giving my energy and attention to the seeming obstacle.
Then it hit me!
I asked myself: What is the opportunity here? What is the glass half full approach?
The answer I discovered:
I will run my own 10K turkey trot here in IL on the same day it is taking place in NY!!
Decision made I set out to find a turkey hat to wear because of course mine is in NY and I must trot in the hat..
Guess what? I couldn't find a hat in time. Party City, Target, not even Amazon Prime!!
And so... I realized once again, I must be agile and open. If not a turkey hat, then what??
I realized while at Target there was a reindeer hat. AHA. Got it. I must shift my plan.
The story ends with me running my own, solo 10K Reindeer Hop in IL yesterday with my reindeer hat (picture above right). It was exhilarating and I beat my goal for time. I felt the energy of the trotters in Long Beach, NY.
What's the lesson here? And quite frankly it's the BIG lesson for me this year:
Trot. Hop. Crawl. Soar. Scream. Laugh. Cry. Whatever. Life Goes On. Whatever I decide to see (obstacle or opportunity), I get. Choose Wisely.
And while this example is "light", the principles can be applied to even the most challenging of circumstance in life.
As we come to the end of this year...begin to think about:
What is your big lesson this year?
How will you start to grow from it now- here - today?
How will you give thanks for the wisdom?
Wisdom + Gratitude will prepare you to start 2018 ready to THRIVE!
Speaking of THRIVING...
3 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Body, Mind & Spirit:
Group Meditation- 4 Part Series, Starts Tuesday, 11/28. Learn More.
An Evening of Nourishing You- Harness the Power of Good Health, Wednesday, 11/29. Learn More.
3 Day Refresh- Rejuvenate Body, Mind & Spirit- Starts Monday, 12/4. Learn More.
3 Day Refresh Program
Rejuvenate Your Body, Mind & Spirit
Starts Monday, December 4, 2017
One of the other things I was reminded of while on retreat in Tulum is how important connecting body, mind & spirit is in order to really THRIVE.
As such, starting Monday, December 4th I am offering a FREE 3 Day Refresh Program to Rejuvenate Body, Mind, & Spirit.
The program is FREE & self guided for you to do from home via email.
Each day over the 3 days, starting Monday, December 4th, you will take time to restore yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. This program is also a nice "reset" after Thanksgiving!!
You will disconnect from technology, tune in to what your digestive system is telling you, and practice mindfulness to help slow down your busy mind.
Each day, starting Monday, December 4th until Wednesday, December 6th you receive an email with a simple action. Each action is designed to rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit.
Committing to something like this can be overwhelming in itself, so I want to assure you – each action will be simple and easy to incorporate into your day-to-day life regardless of how busy your schedule is.
If you want in, please email me here.
Feel free to pass along to loved ones as well.
It's only 3 days, you can do it!!
On Saturday during our protection workshop I realized something rather profound.
It occurred to me that as we start to awaken to our life, whether we embark on a spiritual quest, or simply begin to see with new eyes, often the person we need to protect our-self from most is....our self. Yes!! Shocking to some.
Yet, I have found unless I know myself fully---the triggers/hot spots as well as the sweet places, I am more open to absorbing/taking on the dark energies. Know what I mean?
This is one reason I advocate meditation for everyone as a daily practice (even if only 5 minutes).
Why? To get to know our-self and therefore be able to discipline the unruly mind.
Once we get to know who we are, then we have an advantage.
How so? We can manipulate our own thoughts (which are energy) in the direction we want. Thoughts become words, words become actions, actions become habits...and habits make our life.
Who cares? Well, if you want to be in charge of your life, you must be able to direct your attention...mental, energetic...etc. You must be in charge!! Not your mind, your mom, spouse, boss, etc.
As we embark on this journey of knowing thyself, often it requires many cycles of letting go/release. My shamanic mind says, the letting go and releases are mini deaths of the old self: ways of thinking, doing, being, seeing, etc. Little deaths so we may live our life fully and when the "final" death comes, we will be free and unafraid...because we have truly lived.
Having said all this, the New Moon happens to be today!
If you are interested in a simple New Moon Ritual to release, try this:
1. Light a candle. Disconnect from all distractions.
2. Take a few minutes to meditate / write about what you wish to release. For example, feelings of unworthiness or fear...old patterns that no longer serve...
3. Say out loud as many times as you need to "I release all thought forms, words, actions and energies of unworthiness and/or fear".
4. When you feel "complete", say "thank you", and blow out the candle.
Notice what shifts over the next 2 weeks. Keep a journal.
Repeat this process as often as needed, varying what needs to be released.
PS: Save the Date Thursday, Oct 5, 2017.
I will be hosting a Full Moon Ritual @ BWS. To stay in the know, email me.
Last week invited you to play with another concept: do what makes you feel good!
How is it going? Do you know what makes you feel good?
This week I encourage exploration into YOU, also known as self-discovery with the question: do you know who you are?
In my coaching practice, this question is one of the first things I ask clients. Do you know what I usually hear as the reply? Prolonged silence. Then, " I don't know" which leads to, "I am a parent, spouse, worker", etc.
These replies lead to my next series of questions that do not include our roles and responsibilities. Those questions lead to replies such as, "I am a lover, peace maker..." See where I am going? It's beyond what we do in the world.
So, why do I ask you this question? In my experience, knowing who we are beyond what we do gives us peace when our roles change and shift. Who are we when our children grow up and no longer "need" us the way they use to? Are we able to let them go or do we hold them too tight because of our neediness? This can also happen in intimate relationships when one person is growing and healing and the other is seemingly "not". What then? Do we stay? Or go? Or learn new ways of being? Hmmm....
And, who are we when we retire, change jobs, move, get divorced, experience loss of any kind?
These are deeply powerful life transitions that naturally shape the foundation of who we "think" we are. It's not a bad thing. It's simply something to be aware of so when we find ourselves lost in the fog of doing life, we are able to return being life.
How do we return to being life? By asking "Who Am I" without all the labels.
And by taking the class, reading the book, getting the support we need to navigate the new territory.
In exploring who we are, and perhaps more importantly, who we are becoming, we must allow our defenses to ease a bit. We must stop fighting with our self!!!
Fighting our way back to who we have been is depressing, dis-empowering and won't work. Instead, the empowering path forward is the one where we accept who we are.
The past several months have been a time of major transition for me on all levels so I am having lots of practice at this!! When I accept who I am, and who I am becoming: a change maker, instigator, provoker of truth, passionate lover, peace maker, risk taker, intellect, inspired action oriented person, then peace prevails. And yes, I also accept the challenging/shadow parts of my personality which also make me who I am: impatient, controlling, complicated, judging, highly sensitive. These shadow parts create the polarity that makes me be me. I can't "delete" them. I can only be aware of them and balance them out. Many of you are nodding :)
When I resist who I am because I am afraid to be myself or I am afraid of making someone else uncomfortable, I feel depressed and dis-empowered. Trying to fit into someone else's idea of me, quite frankly, has not ever worked. Yet at times I have lapsed and fallen into that dance since I am human too. Sometimes reality bites and yes, loss hurts. Bad. And yet...
In the dizziness that comes with big change, having the courage to be who we are ultimately puts us exactly where we need to "be" in order to "do" that which we were born for. It's freeing my friends!!
We step into the fog and eventually move through it...until the next phase of self-discovery returns and the fog rolls in yet again. It's a cycle we experience often when we accept.
A final note in case my writing isn't (yet) clear enough. A movie, "The Last Word" with Shirley MacLaine speaks so beautifully to this idea of how much of our life we spend fighting who we are to realize at the end, it is exactly who we are that was the most blessed gift to those around us and to our selves.
Perhaps the key is to realize this before "the end", you know? Or perhaps not? Some of us, perhaps myself at times, thrive on the polarity and the dance of dark and light. Meaning, my challenging traits of wanting to be in control enable me create massive movement in the direction I desire. Not good or bad. Simply is...and I am aware of it.
Know thyself. Be true to you.
Upcoming Events to Explore YOU!
Em-Path Workshop, Bronxville, NY on THIS Saturday, Sept 16th 2017
Sweet Retreat: Tulum, Mexico, October 31st-November 5th, 2017
Last week I shared a simple and practical paradigm for understanding what it takes to move from thinking about something to taking inspired action toward that something: Rest Root Rise
This week I invite you to play with another concept: do what makes you feel good!
What do I mean?
Many of us force ourselves to "do" things that don't make us feel good. Something or someone else is the CEO of our life. You know what I mean?
We engage in behaviors that either don't give us energy or even worse, dis-tress and drain us. These "behaviors start with our thoughts and end with our actions (or non-action). It happens in all areas of our life from relationships and personal health to hobbies and career.
Why/How does it happen?
Many reasons. Often it's because we have seen others "suffer" and perhaps we feel it's how life ought to be. Maybe we don't know what makes us feel good!! And sometimes it's simply that we don't value our self enough to find out and promote our self to CEO of our life!! In short, we are afraid to fully be our self.
Doing what makes us feel good is actually so simple most of us miss it.
I am a prime example of missing it at times
How? My tendency to over do: over think, over analyze, over complicate; and sometimes the over doing is me putting someone or something else in front of what makes me feel good.
Are you relating?
While this way of being has certainly reaped its rewards for me, it doesn't last and it really does not make me feel good!
A good example of this happened over the summer. Some background-- I love teaching group yoga. Since splitting my time between NY and IL earlier this year, the logistics have been a bit challenging and I haven't been teaching as much. I miss it! It makes me feel good. So, after exhausting myself trying to figure out how to teach in one place every week, I came up with a short term solution. Teach yoga every Sunday on the beach in NY. I knew I would be at the beach July and August and I was able to commit. I decided to make it free, and spread it by word of mouth. All that was needed: beach towel, water bottle, good vibes...simple. Well, it was an amazing experience (see picture above). Teaching yoga on the beach combines everything I love!!! Hence the upcoming Tulum Retreat with me :)
What to do?
Reflect on an area of your life that doesn't feel good. Perhaps you are working really hard or feel dis-engaged from your work and you want/need to take time off yet feel unworthy/afraid to ask, etc.
Perhaps the time off will reap big rewards like re-connecting you to your life purpose. Or maybe you simply need rest and relaxation to feel renewed. Whatever it is, go for it.
Commit to doing what makes you feel good in one area of your life. It doesn't have to be a big thing. Start small if that is your comfort zone. And like me, maybe it's a short term solution that will lead to a longer term one. The key is to choose something, one thing, and do it. Remember, the universe rewards action.
Watch, "Hello My Name is Doris". This movie made me feel so good!! It was a reminder that whenever we say, "Impossible", what we really mean is "I'm possible". Believe in you, I do!!
Last week I invited you to consider how living life is an endless opportunity to practice peace. I also shared that peace isn't an absence of conflict. Rather, peace is being calm amidst all of it and choosing to respond with love.
How is it going? Tell me here.
This week I encourage you to take the next step: Revisit the garden of your life and prune it.
Life is too short to live otherwise...and as I mentioned last week, in addition to the challenges you may be facing in your own life, you are perhaps also feeling the collective depression/anxiety that is occurring on the planet (em-path?). Absorbing all this intense energy creates distraction, complexity, and ultimately depletes your precious energy. By pruning your inner garden, you will begin to simplify your life and amplify your energy so you are able to focus on that which brings you JOY.
By the way, if you know you are an em-path, I suggest you attend my workshop this Saturday.
How do you prune your garden?
It's 2 parts.
You must first weed the dead. After that, you seed that which brings you joy.
Set a timer for 5 minutes. Close your eyes.
Ask yourself the questions:
What makes me come alive/energizes me?
Upon opening your eyes, jot down what came to mind.
As you do jot down what came to mind, also think about:
1. What needs to be weeded from the garden of my life so I have more energy to seed?
Example: Weed negative behaviors such as gossip, negative thinking, people...
2. What do I wish to seed instead?
Example: Positive thoughts, nourishing, positive friendships...
Make sure you list at least 2-3 things for each question.
Say thank you to yourself and commit to taking small steps over the next 7 days to weed and seed.
What kind of small steps?
Weeding- When you notice yourself in the gossip or negative thought, stop it. Distance yourself energetically and physically from negative people.
Seeding- Commit to getting support (a mentor, class, book, etc) around weeding these behaviors and people. Attend a social activity with the intention of meeting a new friend.
As in nature, when we nourish our garden - by the consistent activity of weeding and seeding, we bloom.
Remember to be courageous and compassionate as you face the facts.
I will check back with you next week.
Questions/Support? Connect with Me.