I Feel Skinny!

I have a friend who jokes that when she catches sight of her rear-end in the bathroom mirror that she reminds herself that she has great hair.

While this got a laugh during a recent group lunch, she’s actually onto something.

When you consider the foundation principle that “Energy Attracts Like Energy,” also known as the Law of Attraction, it becomes clear that focusing on the problem truly just creates more of the problem.

A subtle mental shift towards something you appreciate is a powerful way to shift the negative catabolic energy generated by looking in the mirror and feeling miserable about what you see.

You will know that you’ve successfully made the shift to a more positive anabolic place when you experience a feeling of genuine appreciation for another part of your body.

A woman I am working with used this technique during her journey to lose 40 pounds. Whenever she caught sight of her stomach, which she judged fat and unattractive, she would quickly shift her focus to appreciating her lean and muscular legs.

I used a similar technique on my own weight-loss journey. Whenever I was conscious of my body, I would turn the song “I Feel Pretty” from the Broadway play, West Side Story, into “I Feel Skinny,” and would play it loudly in my head, letting myself truly feel it.

When you look in the mirror, do you love or hate what you see? What can you do to focus more on what you love?

Imagine the impact that positive anabolic energy is having on your body and overall wellness.

Together we can do it!

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What Are You Giving Back?

How do you feel when you watch the news? Does it seem like the world is broken? How much of your mental focus is spent on the problems of the world, or your life, or the lives of those around you? Do you feel uncaring if you lift your mind’s eye from the problem?

As a former newspaper reporter, I used to be a news-junky. I felt others measured my intelligence by how “up” I was on the most current events. I measured my level of caring by how much empathetic pain I felt. A part of me literally believed that if I took my eyes off the problems they would somehow grow worse. I felt the need to vigilantly fight against the woes of the world—and the problems in my life.

Never letting up on the fight was mentally and physically exhausting. When I look back at that time with my current understanding of negative catabolic energy and the toll it takes on our body, mind, and spirit, I realize it’s no wonder that I was depressed most of the time and plagued by chronic back and neck pain.

I was a victim of the world’s tyranny and saw no other acceptable way to be.

This began to change when I realized that my fighting against things that were outside of my control didn’t actually make a difference—and in fact were harming me. I began to separate those things that were within my control and those things that the Universe (God, Source Energy, All-That-Is, Higher Coach—whatever works for you) would have to take on. When I stopped trying to control the uncontrollable, my life began to change.

As I began to understand the foundation principle that “Energy Attracts Like Energy,” also known as the Law of Attraction, I began to realize that my focusing on the problem truly just created more of the problem. It was the solution that was important, and that the subtle mental shift towards what I want was a much more anabolic and powerful stance to take.

And I began to see that an even more powerful place is to take your gaze and attention off the problem all together. To focus on what is right in the world. To contemplate those things you appreciate and rejoice in, and the things that you love.

When you focus on love and appreciation, that is what you create in the world. That is the energetic-gift you give back.

The power of the Law of Attraction is such that when you allow yourself to focus on what is right and good and all that you love and adore, the more you see to appreciate. Your list of positive things grows and you begin to remember that the world really is an amazing place. You find yourself falling in love with life the same way you fall in love with a person, regardless of their problems or flaws.

And just as you can watch a baby fall as it is takes its first steps and not fuss about the missteps, but instead rejoice in the forward movement, you recognize that your own falls and missteps are part of the growing process, and that the events of your life have led you exactly to where you’re supposed to be.

You know in your heart that life is good, and that the better it gets the better it can get.

Today, notice how often you can turn your focus towards what you appreciate. Does that match up with how much you are willing to fall in love with life? If not, what’s holding you back from creating the life of your dreams?

Together we can do it!

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Thank You for the Gift

I’ve had a lot going on lately and I’ve been distracted. The Universe has been giving me some subtle and not so subtle reminders to be present.

Stop right here and pay attention to how you feel. Notice your surroundings as you are reading this. What do you see and hear around you? Is there a taste of anything lingering on your tongue? What textures do you feel under your hands? What can you smell?

What can you appreciate about right now?

Maybe it’s that you have eyes to read these words, a beautiful view outside your window, a moment to call your own, or a job to take a break from. Perhaps it that you have something tasty to eat, or a computer or smart phone to read this on, or that the sun is shining or the rain or snow is falling. Even if it is only that your heart is beating and that you are alive, seek out every gift in this moment.

How often do you do that throughout your day?

It’s easy to get caught up in our days and the whirlwind of our lives. There are deadlines to meet, appointments to get to, times where we have to be somewhere or doing something, and people, animals, or things that we have to care for. We move from task-to-task just trying to get everything done. Or maybe it is that we have pain that we wish to numb.

But where is the exhilaration, vitality, and interest in doing that? Living life is a moment-by-moment experience. It’s not meant to only get your attention during the climatic scenes. Your present is being given to you right now.

I appreciate that the Universe has been tapping me on the shoulder and reminding me to be open to my present, and that this moment is a gift full-of-life to appreciate.

Moment-to-moment is where life is to be lived. It is where you are awake and conscious and presented with the opportunity to choose your focus, which is truly how we create our lives.

Take time today to open your eyes and your heart and look for the gift in this moment. Expect to see it. Look for ways to fully receive it.

I know I will.

Together we can do it!

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Shift That Thought

“I don’t really like vegetables.”

Until recently, this was a thought that I believed to be true. I had lots of evidence. Over my lifetime there has been a veritable trail of vegetables that I had eaten and thought, “Blagh.”

My New Year’s resolution to improve my nutrition meant more fruits and vegetables. The fruit I was down with. Heck, I even adore some of the summer vegetables. But January? As far as I was concerned, January is the peak of the winter-vegetable doldrums.

When I shared my goals for 2012 with my Life Coach (yes, us coaches have coaches because we know the power of coaching!), I boldly stated my limiting belief about vegetables. She asked me a key question that helped me shift my perspective about vegetables just enough that I was able to see a path around this obstacle.

Her brilliant question was, “How could you make eating vegetables more fun?

I determined that I could look for some new recipes. And I also could push past another limiting belief I had about drinking anything green and add some spinach to my protein shakes.

It turns out that I love vegetables! I especially love my Green Protein Shakes. Who knew that spinach, banana, vanilla protein powder, and cinnamon could taste so good? (Well, I guess lots of people did, but I had to overcome that limiting belief myself.)

How often do we limit ourselves because of an opinion, judgment, thought, idea, or past experience that we just assume is true?

For instance, how many of you have ever heard, “You have to clean your plate because there are starving children somewhere in the world?

Do you think that’s a limiting belief?

How true is it that your cleaning your plate is going to benefit any of those starving children?

How can that belief actually be harmful to you?

  • Cleaning your plate teaches you to disregard your body’s guidance that it’s had enough.
  • Eating too much food is at the heart of being overweight, which has serious health consequences.
  • People are often concerned about wasting food. Extra food will either go to waste in the garbage or will go to waste in your body. You can either waste it, or you waist it.
  • It contributes to a lack mentality. The feeling that “there isn’t enough so I have to eat more than I need.”

A lot of times, helping people see the flaws in their thinking is enough to help them move beyond it. But changing a long-standing belief system can impact underlying values.

If you’re upset by the idea of not cleaning your plate, what are the values you have that may be being challenged?

  • If it’s wanting to help those in need, what would be a more constructive action than cleaning your plate? Maybe donating to charities that feed the poor?
  • If the value is being sustainable, maybe you’ll want to start a composting system?
  • If it’s really just fear or lack, then maybe you have some work to do about trusting the abundance of the Universe?

Whenever you notice a thought that is holding you back in any way, ask yourself if that thought is still true. Unless it is a Universal Truth—a thought that is true no matter what, no matter who, and no matter when—what is it that you need to do to shift it?

All it takes is challenging those limiting beliefs just enough so that doors open, paths unfold, and obstacles disappear.

Together we can do it!

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