A little truth telling and the FMMP

Step away from the junk food, the refrigerator, and maybe even the glass of wine (always one of my go-to stress reducers).

This is a time of high anxiety for many of us. Even if you are enjoying being home and loving having some time for yourself, there is an underlying current of global panic that we cannot help but feel.

And if you are still going to work every day or working long hours from home, there is a heaviness and burden being carried that you cannot help but feel.

It is difficult to sustain healthy practices during a pandemic – of course we have never lived through a pandemic so how would we know that?

Sure many people are walking their dogs, their children, and themselves into oblivion, but then coming home to potato chips and chocolate (again, truthfully, I tend towards the chocolate).

I also tend toward 5-8 cups of vegetables a day, good healthy fats, low protein, and no sugar (even my chocolate is stevia sweetened – somehow that makes me feel better).

I was not always this way, but with the gentle (ok, knock me over the head) nudging of my sister, Louise, and many other wonderful life coaches and therapists, I stopped taking care of everyone else, abusing myself, and started taking care of myself.

I still take care of many, many people, but I also know how to stop, slow down, practice what I preach, including the occasional indulgence in chips and wine (especially in the early stages of a pandemic – I’m off that now and back on track –  thanks for wondering)!

As my good friend says,” progress not perfection.”

It has been an 8 year journey and certainly not a straight line, but I have been consistent in one thought: I matter, no one is going to take care of me, and I am worthy of my love ( that is actually 3 thoughts, but you get the point).

The journey had to begin somewhere and sometime. It had to begin with something and someone.

Maybe this is your moment?

Mine began with the Regeneration Diet and moved deeper from there.

I do not know where I would be without this journey. I was so crippled with back pain and self- destructive habits around food, etc. My 20’s and 30’s were constantly filled with pain on all levels. My 40’s (admittedly not my best decade) were going in the same direction until I took control of my life and changed the course of it forever.

This is what we are offering – a course correction – a program to begin something just for you. If you know you have to change, want to change, are struggling to change, or feel a small slight nudge to change, then our FMMP is for you! It begins with the Regeneration Diet, moves to a 5-day fasting mimicking diet, has meditation and mindfulness woven throughout, and ends with help to move into the new life you desire.

Plus during this unprecedented time of COVID-19, we are offering it at a sliding fee scale of $100-$200, with no one being turned away for lack of funds.

Please consider joining us. Reach out here.

With love,

Anita

PS – look for tomorrow’s blog on Demystifying the FMMP – what it actually entails.

Please trust yourself



We understand the need for extra care at this time in our community and our world. It can be challenging to sift through all of the information coming at us from the news, internet, family and friends, and maybe even people we meet at the grocery store! Who we trust is important and at Wellspring Holistic Center, we know that many of you put your faith and trust in us.
Thank you for that. We do not take that for granted. We are reading as much as we can about that COVID-19 virus strain and taking the added precautions at our office. You can be assured we will continue to do so as we take your precious care into our hands.
Your personal, preventative health at this time is so important. Trust in your Inner Authority is crucial. No matter what we or anyone in your life says, listen to your gut (it is way more reliable than you mind). If you have a feeling in your deep belly that tells you to stay home, or you feel uneasy about anything that you are committed to right now —- listen.
Inner Authority tells us that we can trust ourselves. We do not need anyone to agree with us, or tell us that our experience is wrong.
We support you. Give yourself the credit you deserve for knowing more about yourself than anyone else does. Take deep and full breaths. Sink down into the lower part of your abdomen. Stop. Turn off your phone, computer, and other devices. Get quiet. This will take a few minutes.
You are worth it. You need yourself right now. There is a still small voice waiting to tell you what it knows. Breathe again and again and again.
With honor, respect, and gratitude,
Anita and Louise

 



 

Just do it.

 

Many of my patients are weary. Most days I understand. These are tough and turbulent times. What is making this time in history different from other times? One thing I muse is that in this age of technology, we have so much available to us 24/7. We can access news, sports, information about anything and everything all the time. And we do. It is overstimulation. We are too tired most days for self- care.

There are many reasons to give up. There are many reasons to stay in the game. Picture one of those reasons right now. Stop reading to do this. Take a deep breath and exhale into the image.

Yesterday a patient asked me, “how do I get myself to do ______?”

I replied, ” how do you think you get yourself to do _______?”

She chuckled and said, “I just get up and do it!”

Yes, unfortunately and most fortunately it is that simple most of the time – we just have to do it – the thing that we say we want to do and keep falling short of accomplishing.

For me it is late night snacking.

For her it is taking a walk in the morning.

For you?

Some things are harder. Some things are out of our control. For today we can pick one thing that we can do and then we can do it.

I know. I know. This is not helpful because you already know it and it is helpful because you already know it.

Time to do it. Simple sentiments for complicated issues and stressful times.

Trust me. Even if you do not know me, I assure you, you will feel better. One small step today because today is all we have.

Just do it.

Let me know how it goes.

Incrementality

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When INCREMENTALITY takes a trip he packs a big bag, knowing that it may be awhile before he gets where he is going. He likes to take the road less traveled so that he can breathe deeply, notice, and enjoy the journey.  He doesn’t usually wear a watch, choosing instead to go at the speed of the body.   Once, in the black of night, he got lost.  Instead of panicking, he just used tiny steps to retrace his path and led himself out of trouble.  “One step at a time” is the advice he can be heard giving anyone about anything.

Incrementality is one of twenty-one cards in the Interplay Inspiration deck created by Anita Bondi.  Each card has a symbol and a story to help you unlock the wisdom of your body and remind you that life doesn’t have to be so hard!

inspiration-deck

This deck’s round cards and trendy tin packaging are easy to use and fun to carry around everywhere you go!

As you pick a card, feel free to be silly or serious. Have a practical question in your mind, a sacred intention in your heart, or a whimsical feeling in your body! After choosing your card, read the story on the back (unless it is a WHEEE! card), and then look up the card in the booklet. The story on the card will offer imagery and analogy. The text in the booklet will provide teachings on the particular principle from The InterPlay System (developed by Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter). The booklet will also invite you to “try this”, suggesting practical applications for your daily life. What are you waiting for, jump in!

Decks are sold at Wellspring Holistic Center or online.

Stillness

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When Stillness is around everyone has a different response.  Some people are able to relax instantly by her side, while others seem to squirm and wiggle, uncomfortable with her lack of movement.  She doesn’t have trouble with any of it.  In fact, she completely understands.  At one time she was a Type A personality who ran a Fortune 500 company.  She worked 16 hours a day, and rarely took a vacation.  When her sister was diagnosed with a serious illness, she stopped everything and went with her to a retreat center for a month of silence and meditation.  That changed her life.  Now stillness owns a small bookstore.  She reads, writes, naps, and has never been happier.

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Stillness is one of twenty-one cards in the Interplay Inspiration deck created by Anita Bondi.  Each card has a symbol and a story to help you unlock the wisdom of your body and remind you that life doesn’t have to be so hard!

inspiration-deck

This deck’s round cards and trendy tin packaging are easy to use and fun to carry around everywhere you go!

As you pick a card, feel free to be silly or serious. Have a practical question in your mind, a sacred intention in your heart, or a whimsical feeling in your body! After choosing your card, read the story on the back (unless it is a WHEEE! card), and then look up the card in the booklet. The story on the card will offer imagery and analogy. The text in the booklet will provide teachings on the particular principle from The InterPlay System (developed by Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter). The booklet will also invite you to “try this”, suggesting practical applications for your daily life. What are you waiting for, jump in!

Decks are sold at Wellspring Holistic Center or online.

Morning Inspiration

stillnessI like to get up early so that I can have time to be still, quiet, contemplative, and yes, so that I can make my lists!

I am a chronic list maker.

I admit to actually doing something “NOT” on my list and then going to my list to add it just so that I can cross it off.

There is some feeling of accomplishment and some sense of peace that comes over me when I go down my list and see all the things that I have done that day.

Here is the rub: lately I am also noticing the feeling of tightness and the sense of dis-ease that comes over me when I go down my list and see all the things that did not get done that day.

This has become a theme recently – the “not” getting done and the stress that I notice in my body.

With the computer age sitting heavy upon us, there is so much more to do. We have access to so many people or maybe better put, they have access to us.

I can’t keep up with everyone. I can’t read everyone’s blogs or Facebook posts or even respond to everyone’s emails or messages.

Well, I could but then I would not really be in my life – I would just be talking and writing about my life – and that is not living my life.

This is a problem that I am sure many of us are feeling and facing. What do you do?

I sure could use some help with this one.

Please share your wisdom as it helps all of us.

I always say to my students, ” make sure to ask your questions because if one of you is wondering, guaranteed others are as well.”

For me, I know it is a choice. I must choose me. This is the most difficult thing for me. I am a caregiver. I am a lover. I am a healer.

To care for myself. To love myself. To heal myself. This requires that I make space and time for the things that will keep me healthy and well on all levels.

I do different things on different days. Today, I am turning off the computer, reading a poem (this one from my brother, Gregory’s new book), and meditating for the next 20 minutes.

See you on the other side.

A snippet from the poem, Oneness

This morning I was a light socket again

Yesterday I was the clock on the wall

and the ticking of the time

Tomorrow who knows what I may become,

maybe a night bird

or a blade of grass