Category Archives: Balance

Suspend Our Beliefs

We have all been in a situation that didn’t go well and most of us have been in a situation that didn’t go well, but where we had the presence of mind to take a break and do something we really enjoyed. This short video, an excerpt from the ICWIB Instructional Guide, explains how taking a short break when things aren’t going well affects your mind and enables you to create a more positive outcome.

I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB art activities and videos for FREE because they are a fun and scientifically sound way to help both children and adults learn how to activate their conscious mind and create more positive outcomes.

If you enjoy these messages, Like us on Facebook and share it with others to enjoy. If you would like to read previous posts, you can find them under resources.

Land Where We Want to Be

This short video, an excerpt from the ICWIB Instructional Guide DVD, explains how our conscious and subconscious mind are designed to work together to help us create the life we really want. When they work together in harmony it is easy to create this life.

With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB art activities and videos for FREE because they are a wonderful way to help both children and adults learn how to shift from one mind state to the other autonomously and subsequently create an authentic and joyous life.

If you enjoy these messages, Like us on Facebook and share it with others to enjoy. If you would like to read previous posts, you can find them under resources.

You Are Braver Than You Believe

Research has shown that 70% of our thoughts are negative or redundant. Research has also shown that stress activates the subconscious or reactive mind, which is where the fundamental beliefs about life and ourselves that we acquired from our parents, siblings and peers are stored. So whenever we are stressed, our tapes, not our authentic self, are creating our life.

In this season of high stress, I think it is important to remember this and to also remember the wise words of Christopher Robin. For when we do, we are able to activate our conscious mind, suspend our subconscious mind and create a life filled with goodness and love.

The holiday season tends to be more stressful than usual. I attribute this to the fact our culture does not encourage us to stop, become still, and go inward during this season, which is what most of nature does during the winter season. Instead, we are encouraged to go shopping and over-extend ourselves. This misalignment with nature is stress-producing.

I am not suggesting you not enjoy the holidays. What I am suggesting is that you pay attention to your stress level and find ways to help your system adapt and enjoy the holidays.

With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the FREE ICWIB art activities and videos, because they are a wonderful way to help you destress and create more goodness and love in your life.

If you would like to go deeper with the program, we are offering a 30% discount on both the I Create What I Believe! Deluxe Kit and the ICWIB Just Materials Kit between now and December 31. Use this coupon code: self30

Click here to order your kits now!

If you enjoy these messages, Like us on Facebook and share it with others to enjoy. If you would like to read previous posts, you can find them under resources.

 

 

Quiet and Silent are Not the Same


I grew up in a generation when children were taught to be seen and not heard. At an early age I learned to bite my tongue and not correct, contradict, or challenge anyone even if it meant I didn’t get what I needed. As a result, I became silent and lost touch of myself.

I remember walking home from school when I was in third grade. The distance was about a mile and during the walk I would hum, sing, and drag a stick across the picket fences along the way. I remember noticing the changes in people’s gardens and talking to the plants and animals along the way. When I look back, I can see that my slow repetitive movement and my connecting with nature helped me cultivate “quiet” within myself.

That was many years ago, but as an adult I still turn to walking and observing the changes in people’s gardens as a way to restore my inner quiet. The slow, repetitive motion of walking silences the chatter in my mind and brings about a profound sense of stillness within my whole being. In that stillness life reorders itself. This stillness is not something I have to do or have to think about, the insights and ordering happen spontaneously the minute I become quiet. I can feel my shoulders drop, my breath get fuller, and a sense of peace and contentment wash over me.

As a child, I didn’t know that my walks home from school were activating my conscious mind or that I was also suspending all of the negative tapes stored in my subconscious. Nor did I know that this process was encouraging my brain to dump oxytocin and dopamine into my blood stream. I just knew that walking in an ambling pace and connecting with the natural world, and myself, made me feel good and happy inside.

With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB! art activities and videos for FREE because they are also wonderful way to activate your conscious mind, quiet your inner chatter, and help you feel good and happy inside.

If you enjoy these messages, Like us on Facebook and share it with others to enjoy. If you would like to read previous posts, you can find them under resources.

 

The Greatest Weapon


Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University found that people’s self-reported stress levels have increased 10%-30% in the last three decades. This is not good because high stress has been linked to a large range of health conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic.

So what can we do? I think it is important for everyone to know how it feels when their body is stressed and have tools to help them restore balance quickly and effectively in any situation.

When I was much younger, I had the time to hop on my bike whenever I was stressed, but that is not the case anymore. Instead, I need to turn to simple ways of restoring balance that I can do in tandem with my other tasks. Now, I might go for a walk, doodle, paint, or do one of the I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB!) activities while I am on a stressful phone call or in a demanding meeting. I also might focus on deep abdominal breathing while I am stuck in traffic or turn vacuuming into a moving meditation. Basically I will do anything I can to keep myself out of stress and in my conscious problem-solving mind.

Since this time of year tends to be more stressful for many, I would like to invite you to explore some of the FREE ICWIB art activities and videos, because they are a wonderful way to reduce stress and restore balance in your body.

If you would like to go deeper with the program, we are offering a 30% discount on both the I Create What I Believe! Deluxe Kit and the ICWIB Just Materials Kit between now and December 31. Use this coupon code: self30

Click here to order your kits now!

If you enjoy these messages, Like us on Facebook and share it with others to enjoy. If you would like to read previous posts, you can find them under resources.

Winter is a Time

Winter is the time when all of nature takes a deep breath and goes inward. It is a time for self-reflection, deep healing, changing of perceptions, and gaining clarity about who we are and what wants to be born through us in the spring. It is during this winter cycle that many people make News Year’s resolutions. I did this as a teenager, but by the time I was in my mid-twenties I found it was more beneficial for me to practice deep listening to what wanted to be born in the upcoming year.

This was not a quick process in the beginning, rather it required me to learn how to use my breath and subtle movement in my body to still my mind and become deeply rooted in the present moment. In recent newsletters, I have talked about how I accomplished this with my artwork, aerial movement, and sound-and-movement meditation. I have also mentioned how activities as simple as scribbling or even vacuuming your living room can be used to pull you out of discord and into alignment with yourself and your purpose.

Life is really quite simple, but we are bombarded with so many distractions and such an overwhelming amount of stimulation, it is easy to lose our focus and in the process lose track of our chosen path and ourselves. At the same time, if you take the time (and it can be as little as five minutes every hour) to go inward and still yourself, you will find that you are far clearer and more productive throughout your day. You also might find that your life is filled with a deeper richness and sense of purpose.

You don’t have to set aside a special time to meditate. You can just focus on deep abdominal breathing every time your car is stopped at a red light. You can also turn washing the dishes, making the bed, or vacuuming the living room into a meditation. You can scribble, doodle, draw, knit, sing, or do a million other things to still your mind. It is not what you do, it is how you do it that decides if you are going to create more stillness or more internal chaos in your system.

The reason I find stillness so important is that it is in the stillness that I am reminded of my innermost needs. I also become more aware of my tolerance or intolerance for the opposite states of chaos (unpredictability) and order (predictability).  I used to resist and try to override my innate sensitivity, but now I use it as a barometer or gauge to help me stay on course. This awareness is a steady reminder to let go of my agenda, listen deeply, and make appropriate choices for me. When I don’t, my system gets out of balance, and I lose my clarity and my health and vitality diminishes.

With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB! art activities and videos for FREE because they are also wonderful way to activate your conscious mind, and bring about stillness into your life and yourself.

If you enjoy these messages, Like us on Facebook and share it with others to enjoy. If you would like to read previous posts, you can find them under resources.

The Wrong Road

This short, very concise video clip from the I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB!) Instructional Guide is a great reminder of how our emotions let us know when we are making a wrong choice.

For those who are unfamiliar with the I Create What I Believe! Program, endorsed by Dr. Bruce Lipton and based on his research, it is fun and scientifically sound way for both children and adults to learn how to transform inaccurate beliefs and behaviors that hinder their ability to thrive. With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB art activities and videos for FREE!

If you enjoy these messages, Like us on Facebook and share it with others to enjoy. If you would like to read previous posts, you can find them under resources.

In Times of Stress

When my son was young I spent many an hour watching Mister Rogers with him. I loved Mister Roger’s slow and easy manner, his clear intention to instill great values, and strong self-esteem in young minds. I also loved seeing the many wonderful ways he conveyed his core statements: “There is only one you!” “I like you just the way you are!” “You are perfect every day and in every way.”

We all need to hear those words. Why? Because many of us live in a culture that teaches us from a very young age to look at what is wrong or missing in the picture. This conditioning then leads us to become adults who perpetually look for what is wrong with another person or situation and then try and change it. This is not living, nor is it a way to encourage our children, or us, to live a vibrant life.

So how can we change this pattern?

Begin by paying attention to your thoughts and what comes out of your mouth. Then at the end of the day rate yourself. What percentage of your day was positive and supportive and what percentage was negative and destructive. If you don’t like the percentage, make a conscious choice to change it. The subconscious mind learns through hypnosis, habit, and super-learning, so what I am proposing is using “habit” as a tool for changing your behavior and the end result.

If you would like to learn some other ways to change your beliefs then I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB art activities and videos for FREE.

If you enjoy these messages, like us on Facebook. If you would like to read previous posts, you can find them under resources.