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The Power of Awareness: A Journey Through Breathing

Every year or two I get a cold which turns into a cough which turns into bronchitis.  Until it hurts to breathe, I don’t pay much attention to my breathing on a day to day basis.  Same is true for most people …  Unless it affects our quality of life, we take breathing for granted.  Yet we do it– inhale and exhale—20,000 or so times a day. I found that figure astonishing when I first read about it.  Is there anything else we do that frequently, ever? …Approximately 70 percent of our body’s waste is excreted through our lungs, breathing affects all sorts of physical conditions from Renaud’s disease to blood pressure and breathing expands inner awareness to the point where it becomes a form of psychotherapy. Read more about the power of our breath in The Power of Awareness – A Journey Through Breathing in Sibyl Magazine May edition.

 

The Power of Awareness: Witnessing Without Judging

We live in a world where we make judgments every day.  We decide when to cross a street and when not to, when to speak to a stranger and when to pass by…  This good/bad judgment can keep us safe.  But what would it be like if, outside of these essential discernments, we were able to accept what is as it is – not good, not bad, not beautiful, not ugly, not right, not wrong.   Most of all, what would life be like if we didn’t judge ourselves quite as much as we normally do.

Read more about Awareness without Judgment in The Power of Awareness – Witnessing Without Judging or in Sibyl Magazine’s March 2016 edition.

The Power of Awareness: Liberate Your Inner Witness

We develop filters through which we see reality from the moment we’re born—some would say from the moment we’re conceived. Like the lenses opticians try out when we go for a sight test, our filters either blur or clarify our view of the world. And like my client, we often grow up unaware that we even have filters. We accept what we see as being an accurate assessment of the way things are and we action based on those assessments. Our precious lives are shaped by those actions. Being able to stand back and recognize that we’re seeing through filters is quite a skill, the skill of Awareness.

Read more about how to see life more clearly in The Power of Awareness – Liberate Your Inner Witness published in Sibyl Magazine

 

The Power of Acceptance: Growing From Suffering

In our western society we grow up pushing pain away.  We distance ourselves from pain through legal and illegal drugs, shopping, eating or not eating, caretaking, blame and even obsessively positive thinking.  The list is endless.   But every spiritual and wisdom tradition tells us that the dark times can be the most fertile periods of growth, the incubators of new life.  Almost every day life throws up growth opportunities disguised as something we’d rather do without.  Read more at  Growing from Suffering – Sibyl Magazine October 2015 or at Sibyl Magazine.

Be Empowered Group Radio Interview: Awareness and Connection

Listen to my conversation with Graeme Hopkins, host of Be Empowered Group Radio about Awareness, managing life, being happy and connected.

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Conversations that Heal Interview

Conversations that Heal is a great podcast out of Seattle, Washington.  Join Susan and me for a conversation about Awareness on Wed. June 10 at 12.30 pm Pacific Time.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/…/getting-to-know-you-through-…

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7 Ways to Silence Your Inner Critic

Self-Criticism can be lethal for our health and happiness.  Here are 7 ways to silence your inner critic quickly.

  1. Write it Down:  Keep a daily list of all the critical things you tell yourself.
  2. Tell and Imaginary Child:  Imagine a child standing before you.  Criticize them from the list you’ve made for yourself.
  3. Visualize:  See your critical thoughts floating away in bubbles, on clouds, whatever resonates with you visually.
  4. Create a Stop Sign:  settle on a signal to yourself that will act as a stop sign for self criticism when you catch yourself in the act.  Example:  press your thumb and middle finger together while taking a deep breath.
  5. Comfort Yourself with a Physical Gesture:  It could be anything – rub the back of your hand gently, touch your face with soft fabric, skip, jump – whatever sooths you.
  6. Replace the Criticism with something affirming.  Create the affirmation that resonates with you and have it handy when self-criticism strikes.
  7. Practice Awareness (Mindfulness):  Become aware of your critical thoughts  but detach from them.  Let them float by as if they were boats on a river passing before you.

Stress is Contagious

A new study from the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig and the Technische Universitat in Dresden, Germany, had found that stress is contagious.  Just watching someone experience a stressful situation can raise our own levels of the stress hormone Cortisol by as much as 40% if we are in a relationship with that person, and by 10% when they are a stranger to us.  The study found no differences between men and women.  This means that even the most relaxed, stress free individuals can suffer second-hand stress on a regular basis.  The solution is a radical expansion of awareness.  This works on two levels. Read more

What Awareness Does to Your Body

Get Creative: An Exercise in Empty Space Awareness

If creativity thrives in an uncluttered inner space, here is a simple breathing exercise taken From Rebirthing and Breathwork  to create that uncluttered space.  Fill it with whatever your imagination produces:  Read more