Self-Care is not a Luxury

Everyone’s life has changed over the past year (plus some months) and no one welcomed this pandemic. The constant unknown and shifting territory affects us all. At this point, many of us are feeling exhausted.

The situation, however challenging, does give us the opportunity to deepen our engagements in habits that make us more resilient to illness and mental decline. 

It is critical to maintain our personal sense of safety and centeredness… to take the time for self-care. Self-care is absolutely not a luxury now. Without self-care we are much more susceptible to being impacted by the sheer volume of fear and exhaustive energies surrounding us.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent reminds us that moving our bodies remains key to mental sharpness and a healthy immune system. Simple, daily, self-care rituals.. a set bed time, meditative time, writing, taking a bath, exercise & movement time.. can make all the difference in our ability to not only navigate transitional times, but thrive in it.

Surrounding ourselves with affirmative people, those we feel best around.. those we feel safe around.. is also a form of self-care. The zoom platform, for example, has given us a tool to reach across many miles and bring us together. It is allowing us to combat isolation, fear, loneliness and giving us the ability to stay healthy both mentally and physically.

As you affirm and center within yourself, you not only improve your immune system and mental health, you enhance your ability to continue to be a light in the world. To act from a space of integrity and wholeness… to help lead the way for others… to make a difference in the world.

What habits do you need to let go of? What self-care habits can you add? What sustains and lifts you? Make these habits your priority and you will be amazed at the support, ease, and grace you experience.

Does meditation improve earning capacity?

water 8How does meditation affect our creativity, work and earning capacities?

-Meditation helps us to make choices based on action vs. activity… activity comes from the mind running rampant… action is aligned with vision and purpose.

-Meditation gives us insight, illumination and aha! moments of never before thought of solutions and action.

-Meditation ultimately makes us much more productive, thus improving our earning capacity!

Meditation can go a long way toward making us the people we wish to be; enabling us to “pause” and connect with our deeper, intuitive selves as we make a multitude of decisions throughout the day.

Often, we don’t adequately think an issue through; we may let fear rule a decison, digging ourselves an even deeper hole than the one we’re already in; we fail to connect deeply with people and situations around us, leading to all manner of negative results.

Between the twenty-four-hour blitz of often depressing world news and large issues rampant everywhere, many people feel like they’re barely holding on. Dysfunctional responses such as overeating, drinking and drugging to excess, and self-medicating through recreational or pharmaceutical drug use have become common responses to stress.

For millions of years our ancestors toiled with their bodies, worked the earth, and sat around campfires in the evening telling stories. Our challenge is to compensate for the wear and tear of moderninty’s assault on our nervous systems.

The benefits of meditation go beyond destressing the mind; meditation actually expands the mind and rebuilds our nervous system.

Making us strong and productive in fulfilling ways.

ReferenceThe Law of Divine Compensation – On work, money, and miracles ~ by Marianne Williamson

Strategy Stream frequently works in conjunction with Pause-Power, LLC to integrate intentional movement and meditation into the delivery of services.

Brain Buzz

Taking a break from rushing around, being connected electronically and “on-task” will positively serve you in the long run…. you can actually increase the gray matter in your brain and enjoy a brain-buzz (that is not induced by coffee!) by making sure your day includes meditating.

Brain buzz is not just a feeling; it’s the positive chemical reactions in the brain that are triggered by meditation and the accompanying breathwork. As meditation becomes increasingly more popular in Western culture, more attention has been centered on the science behind the peaceful practice.

In her marvelous article, 7 Ways Meditation Can Change the Brain, Alice Walton discusses the neurological benefits of meditation and how it “decreases brain cell volume in the amygdala, which is responsible for fear, anxiety, and stress.” Who needs stress and anxiety? You can boost levels of the feel-good brain chemicals like GABA, serotonin, and dopamine with meditation.

Sara Lazar, a Harvard University Researcher, found that mindfulness meditation can actually change the structure of the brain to improve learning, assist with memory processes, and maintain a balanced emotional state. Furthermore, existing studies have shown that meditation can alleviate depression, emotional instability, and cognitive functions.

Brain Buzz is accessible to everyone and it’s available at any moment.

Maintaining a deep awareness of the breath, devoting time to physical movement, and learning to slow down can have lasting effects on the brain. Remember to nurture your most valuable and complex organ, the brain and buzz on!

Read personal stories from people who have benefited from meditation

Power in the Pause

In this incredibly unique moment in time, we have all been given the opportunity to pause, reflect, and recreate.

We have been given the opportunity to dive deep into what really matters to us.

We have been given the opportunity to INHABIT the pause and emerge expanded into our authentic selves.

By choice, returning to “business-as-usual” will not be an option for many of us.

Grounding what we learn during this time.. into your body, mind, goals and actions… is key. When we integrate ripples of inspiration into the reality of our current and future day-to-day lives, we enter the territory of positive transformation that affects not just ourselves, but the world around us.

Strategy Stream, in conjunction with Pause-Power, LLC supports the weaving of expanded perspective and inspiration into nurturing, sustainable, holistic, integrated plans and action.

What is the experience YOU want to create moving forward?

Passionate Containment

One of the most useful creative laws I know is this: “The first rule of magic is containment.”~ Julia Cameron

Blazing passion is real power. It is the ying (feminine) and the yang (masculine) coming together. Passion can create anything you want and inspire you to accomplish the impossible.

Passion will move mountains and bring success. Passion is the energy blend of containment (ying) and force (yang) that results in a fire-building cosmic dance of creation.

Passion is the on-going implementation of your business (the container for your desire) from a space of still mind, penetrated with the force of conscious action.

Un-stilled mind will always think in terms of purpose, profit, and utility. Mind acting without pause will be aggressive and full of activity. When mind is stilled thru meditation, activity will disappear and action will appear –and there is a great difference between the two.

Activity has utility; conscious action becomes pure joy, pure beauty. You act not because something has to be achieved; you act because action is a joy, a dance. You act because you are so full of energy.

The Egoic Mind

The Egoic Mind is a state of mind in which the ego is in control of your thoughts and emotions.

The problem with this is the Egoic Mind is characterized by negative self-talk and unhelpful thinking patterns. It can lead us to feel dis-empowered, hopeless and pessimistic about our future.

Often, the Egoic Mind may take over as we experience the ups and downs and challenges of business.

Responding out of this non-productive negative state sabotages your intended goals and can jeopardize your long-term business destination.

The ego, by nature of its method of action, is interested in separation from the whole and seeks to defend and glorify the separate and separated self, ultimately obscuring the divine or higher self.

To help you rise above the hold the egoic mind has over your psyche, all Strategy Stream programs incorporate a meditative practice.

Meditation can help you spot your patterns, traits and habits associated with negative Egoic Mind. By consistently meditating, you will diminish the influence the ego has and have it work as a positive aspect in your business rather than to your detriment.

Set out on your authentic journey #itistime

Integrating body, mind, heart, and action.

In this incredibly unique moment in time, we have all been given the opportunity to pause, reflect, and recreate.

We have been given the opportunity to dive deep into the heart of what really matters to us.

By choice, returning to “business-as-usual” will not be an option for many.

Integrating what we learn during this time.. into body, mind, goals and action… is key. When we integrate ripples of inspiration into the reality of our current and future day-to-day lives, we enter the territory of positive transformation that affects not just ourselves, but the world around us.

What is the experience YOU want to create moving forward?

Move towards the stars

Once you start moving towards the stars, small things disappear on their own accord ~OSHO

Eight simple tips for getting started 

Sourced from The Positivity Blog

1. Choose something you really want.

Is your heart in it? If you set a goal but it isn’t your goal then it will be hard to achieve or even getting started with it.

2. Make a plan.

Creating a plan, writing down when you have to do this and that can calm you and lessen fuzzy anxiety and fear that can hold you back from getting started. With a clearer image of what you can do and how you should go about it, a big chunk of any negative feelings will become less powerful.

3. Ask yourself: What is the worst that could happen?

Imagine the worst scenario and then create a plan how you could get on your feet again if that scenario, against all probability, should happen. You’ll probably realize that whatever your fear is you can bounce back quickly.

4. Make it easy on yourself.

You don’t have to overcomplicate things. If you do there is bigger chance that you’ll give up before the miracle. Making it easier on yourself will make it easier to get started. Break down your plan into easy doable steps and map out the time to get each step done on your calendar.

5. Pump your emotional state.

If you need a boost in motivation, change your physiology to boost how you feel. Head to the gym, meditate, or listen to some inspirational material.

6. Find encouragement and help from other people.

Work with a coach, find a buddy who is also starting and / or moving a project to another level. You can also find motivation from others in other places. Start reading blogs and get involved in that community. Or start a blog of your own. Or start participating in a forum or two to find the support and help you may need.

7. Just do it.

If you are sitting around just procrastinating day in and day out, stop over-thinking. Shut off you brain. Just put on your clothes – or sit down at the phone, computer or wherever you need to be – and go and just do it. When our thoughts and feelings and constantly holding us back, sometimes you just need to stop listening to them and take action.

8. Learn about time management.

Manage your time effectively so you can work on that thing you’ve been wanting to do for some time now.

How do YOU connect Heaven and Earth?

Human beings are like acupuncture needles that connect Heaven and Earth.~M Kelley Hunter. It is up to us to figure out our part of connecting Heaven / Pure Source / Love to the Earth.