I recently got poisoned from eating fish (ciguatera). Not pleasant at all. It caused pains in my legs, arms, and joints. Just awful. When I put my feet up, the pain lessened. It caused me to want to stay still and do nothing. Moving equaled pain. But I understood from being physically active and working out that the more static I was, the more the pain would remain. So instead of moving away from the pain, I moved towards it. The initial movement hurt but as I soldiered through, it lessened and lessened.
This is a wonderful metaphor for what we feel when faced with emotional and mental challenges. They can be overwhelming. We want to move away from them. We want to avoid the hurts, pains, and fears that arise. Or we end up wallowing in them when we are not able to move through them and feel stuck. To go towards the challenges, fears and pains, we are forced to feel whatever it is that we are trying to avoid. That is where we can get stuck. Mastery is our ability to move through challenges and come out on the other side stronger.
I offer you my web series and the tips below to provide support in the journey to own more strength and empowerment and gain greater self-mastery and empowerment.
Out on the Limb with Dr. Nicola Bird
Every Monday, I debut an exciting new show with electrifying guests. Tune in and watch the shows at Out on the Limb with Dr. Nicola Bird.
I am also co-hosting an on demand radio show with Mike Long called Journey into the Light that broadcasts every Monday at 5 pm Eastern Standard time. Guests can call in throughout the hour long show. The show is archived, so you can listen to it anytime.
Never let your feet touch the floor in the morning without creating a positive intention as to how your day is going to unfold.
Have you ever experienced the connection between your mind and your body? Like feeling butterflies in your stomach when you’re nervous? Today’s guests on Out on the Limb with Dr. Nicola Bird are Dr. Kevin Morrison, the founder of the Awakenings Technique, and his partner, Vonda Smith, who are experts on how the body holds emotional pain that causes us to be sick. There are here to help us understand what we can do to create wellness for ourselves.
Here are some of the amazing tips they share with you so you too can empower your life:
(1) Never let your feet touch the floor in the morning without having first created a positive intention within your mind as to how your day is going to unfold.
(2) Journal for ten minutes every day before you go to bed describing in detail how you see your life unfolding as if it is already happening.
(3) Spend your time thinking and feeling about what you do want and not what you don’t want.
Sound Bite for Success: Breathing
Feel stressed? Busy? Worrying too much? I have a simple technique to reduce stress and increase relaxation that costs you nothing, that you can do anywhere and anytime and is already something that’s already part of every second of your life: breathing. We’ve all heard how important it is to breathe deeply but most of us don’t exactly know how it is done or put it into practice in our lives. So let’s start simple. Let’s learn belly breathing.
- Place your right hand on your abdomen below your belly button and your left hand on your chest. Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose into your lungs, focusing your attention on where your right hand rests below your belly button. Your chest should not move, while your stomach expands like a balloon, pushing your right hand upward. Your left hand on your chest should not rise. If it does, imagine that your left hand is keeping your chest still. You are trying to open and expand only your belly or abdomen with your breath. Count to five as you do this.
- Pause for a second after the full inhalation, and then exhale fully through your nose. The exhalation should be a bit longer, so count to six as you let the air out of your body. If you feel tightness around your diaphragm, do not be concerned. This just means that your muscles are taut from improper breathing. They will loosen and relax as you practice.
- Make sure that your breathing—inhaling and exhaling—is smooth and flowing, rather than choppy. It should be one slow, long, and continual inhalation and exhalation. Do it through your nose only as a form of natural breathing. Focus on the feelings of relaxation that goes alongside it.
I now invite you to be your own best friend and for the next week, take a minute or two at least once a day to try this technique and see how you feel. You can build positives in your life by routinely practicing simple habits to empower yourself. Remember: you’re all you need to succeed. And if you want more insights into how you can lead the healthy, happy and successful life you deserve, check out Out on the Limb with Dr. Nicola Bird. And don’t forget to spread the joy and share this with your friends. As always, be good to YOU and to those around you.
Total Life Transformation
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