Holiday Helper – week six

Practice

Last night we had sleet and freezing rain and the temperature went from “no coat” to “scarf, hat, and coat” in about 2 hours.

I want to just curl up in a blank and sit by the fire but practice has me lacing up my sneakers and getting ready for a 4 mile

run.

Here is a simple but profound truth:

to change your life, you just need to change your practice (or practices).

Suppose you had some new practices to help you to overcome the old practices that are not working for you anymore?

The Holiday Helpers are a great start! New simple, accessible ways to begin to change your life. practiceblog

I am not kidding. It is truly that simple!

From the InterPlay Inspiration Deck we have the wisdom of the Goddess Practice:

When Practice gets a hold of you, watch out! She is a goddess and knows what is best for you. Practice believes in self-improvement through the power of daily affirmation and repetition. Every morning for six months she brought a beautiful amber colored mat to her best friend’s house to do Pilates because the friend wanted more strength and flexibility. Practice is committed and dedicated. She knows that to change your life, you just need to change your practice. And she is willing to take your hand and walk with you every step of the way.

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Holiday Helper – week five

just a note…somehow this never went out last week…..ahhhh…technology…..

Yesterday was Black Friday and the malls were packed, the newspaper was stuffed with sale circulars, and my inbox was jammed with emails offering me sales, sales, sales.

For some people, all of the hustle and bustle and stimulation is FUN. If you are one of them, now is the time to charge full steam ahead into the holidays.

If you are like me, all of the fervor makes me want to take a long nap and wake up sometime in January.

Breathing in and out helps. (Exformation)

Slowing down and focusing on people more than things helps. (Easy Focus)

Making lists and not packing too much into the day helps. (Body Wisdom)

Letting go of having to get it all done perfectly helps. (Get on it. off it. over it)

scout holds it all loosely and lightly!

scout holds it all loosely and lightly!

And

Holiday Helper number five can help with its InterPlay wisdom:

Hold it Loosely and Lightly

Life doesn’t have to be so hard!

Today you are invited to hold things loosely and lightly.

Soften your grip and relax.

Use this FREE PASS to let everyone around you know

that you are moving from fixation to exhalation!

This week, find

your happy place, take a family member or friend along for the ride, and together we will make it to 2014 with more EASE, FLOW, and LOVE!

Holiday Helper – week four

The InterPlay Inspiration Deck

The InterPlay Inspiration Deck

Well, the first holiday is almost upon us and I am feeling the ‘heat”. How about you?

Seemed like an excellent time to bring in Holiday Helper number four : Body Wisdom.

Over the course of our lives we accumulate lots of information and collect details and data about our lives: what we like and dislike, and what is expected of us versus what we want to do.

Much of the information that is stored in our bodies comes from outside sources: family, religion, society, etc.

It is our individual Body Wisdom, if we give ourselves a chance to access it, that can help us to discern what we truly want, need, and desire. We can separate from outside influences and begin to listen to the voice of our Body Wisdom.

In InterPlay we teach people to access their Body Wisdom and invite them to honor the truth the lives inside of them instead of constantly making decisions from old patterned responses and behaviors.

Try this:

See if you can notice what is giving you energy or joy these days. See if you can do a little more of that today.

Also notice the things that are draining your energy. Is there any way to shift those things or make a small change so that there is less stress and tension today?

Small steps are the way to handle anything!

We are in this together, so let’s bring in more JOY.

Holiday Helper – week three

Stop and take a breath. Look at the water, soften your gaze, and take an Easy Focus.

NJ shore

NJ shore

List in your mind, out loud, or on a piece of paper the top three things that are bothering you in this moment. These can be little or big; important or not; things that you would tell everyone or tell no one. There is no judgement or need to change or fix anything. You are just Exforming what is keeping you from being calm in this moment.

NJ Shore

NJ Shore

Does the water look different now?

If not…

InterPlay offers another tool in case you are struggling with the letting go part:

Get on it. Get off it. Get over it.
 
The InterPlay Inspiration Deck

The InterPlay Inspiration Deck

The message:

Have fun today as you watch yourself get on it, get off it, and get over it! Use this FREE PASS to let go of over thinking, holding on, and taking yourself and others too seriously. Now is the time to practice letting things flow in and out of your body and mind.

 
 

Holiday Helper ~ week one

Our recent Wellspring Holistic Center newsletter was titled, Fall….ing Behind as that is the way we have been feeling for the last few months.

My promise to our clients, patients, and readers was to give one Holiday Helper per week for the next nine weeks (YES, YES…only nine weeks until you know what?!)

I will be using the principles and practices of InterPlay, a wonderful, fun system to help UNLOCK THE WISDOM OF THE BODY.

These Holiday Helpers will also feature the InterPlay Inspiration Deck.

Week One

Easy Focus  The InterPlay Inspiration Deck

Easy Focus
The InterPlay Inspiration Deck

Easy Focus

Take a moment to stare at an object that is close by.

Now, soften your focus and your gaze and take in more of the scene around the object without moving your eyes.

Release your shoulders and jaw.

Expand your soft focus even more and bring in more of the scene around the object. Keep your eyes on the object.

Notice your breath changing?

Notice more quiet inside and outside?

Take a deep breath and let it out with a gentle sigh.

And

if all else fails, take your forefinger and thumb, grab that scrunched up place between your eyebrows, (you know that one that gets all tight when you are focused and stressed?!) throw your hand up into the air, and yell, WHEE!

Repeat as necessary.

This will take only a minute and it is as effective as any candy bar or glass of wine. Give it a try.

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