Nap-itate in Color to Revive Your Energy

        Nap-itate is a combination of the words Nap and Meditate. It fully describes my almost daily practice. Nap:  I lie down and relax deeply. Meditate:  I use a simple color breathing exercise to balance my complementary chakra colors (see below) as I stay open to ideas, messages, or pictures that surface. I wake up totally revived! Often, I write down what came to me or I dive into a creative project that came to me while nap-itating. I have known for at least a week that I wanted to write a blog post for a newsletter I would be sending out. I couldn’t seem to settle on a topic.  Then, my friend sent me an article about how napping can be extremely healthy for the body. That was it! I felt a desire to share how nap-itating has helped me. Those of you who have busy lives may wonder how you can take that time at work or even at home to nap-itate. While I was in training to be a Spiritual Guide and Healing Facilitator, I worked for a small manufacturing company.  I noticed that I was very productive in the morning, but felt like the air had gone out of my energy balloon after lunch.  I had to push myself to finish the day. I had been used to nap-tating at home before I took the job, but now it did not seem feasible to continue this practice. At some point, I decided I had to find a way to revive my energy! I started leaving the office after I ate lunch.  I...

Between the Poles

Are you feeling fatigued by the flood of changes, disruptions, and sense of chaos in the world around us? Has it spilled over into your personal life? Recently, I found myself saying, “ I need a vacation!” Nothing in my life seemed to be flowing. I planned; things changed.  I was ready to throw up my hands and get out of town. Taking a break can be very beneficial. Opting out in frustration, not so much.   A quote in an article sent to me by a friend helped me put things into perspective: “If you do not trust life to unfold, the mind takes over and it becomes a game of strategy, motivated by anxiety. This mistrust is unfair. Life has given us so much, and yet we do not trust it.” http://hackspirit.com/15-quotes-modern-day-zen-master-will-blow-mind-wide-open/ I’ve learned that trusting doesn’t mean sitting around waiting for the Universe to rain down all things good. I’m still the one in human form that needs to act when the time is right. However, action out of frustration or action intended to kick the ball forward with no attention to the game, usually ends badly. I find that I am learning a new way of being. We don’t need to operate from one pole that is frustrated- action or the other pole that is trust that it will all be taken care of. There is a balance somewhere In the middle. In between frustration and blind trust (of an outside force) is a place of awake, aware action guided by inner trust. How do we get to that in between place? Here is a...

Clarity and Courage

What does clarity look like to you? Does it mean you have a clear life path–a sense of what you are here in this life for. Or perhaps clarity means you see who you are, not from another’s perspective, but from getting real with yourself. And sometimes that comes because you have said, “No, that’s not who I am.” Clarity can also mean that you have cleared away old messages about life, it’s meaning, your obligations to others, and all the many “should’s” that were heaped on you. This can leave you with a clean slate–a place to start that doesn’t have all the puzzle pieces of life already assembled for you. Then, you can fill that slate with what seems real to you; what makes you happy; what stokes your passion without expecting others to have the same things on their slate. In other words, you don’t have to compare yourself to others or to measure up to some imaginary yardstick that says, “Be this, do that, think this so you will be acceptable.” That’s where courage comes in. With nobody else’s parameters defining you, this new kind of freedom can be daunting.  “What if I leave behind something that is important? What if I am just kidding myself? Can I be this capable, this able to navigate my own life?” “Will I lose family and friends because I am not conforming? Will I have those in my life who are willing to listen to me and want to share ideas without telling me what’s right and wrong?” The color Yellow, along with Purple, give us tools for clarity...

When You Feel Outrage, What Do You do?

During the craziness of the political scene in the US, I have been able to remain in my observation mode. That is, until a few days ago. As I heard what was being done to the Affordable Care Act, I found myself losing my inner balance, feeling outraged. Fortunately, I was aware enough to do what works best for me—journaling. I ask questions of my Inner Spirit. The answer I received seems helpful so I decided to share it with you     “Dear One, we understand your outrage. It’s mirrored in many across your nation. But now is the time for sober contemplation. Remember, you create in an instant so what your rage against will become stronger. This chaos is part of the plan. It reveals every unaligned person, event, situation, plan, and intention. Sit in meditation with your vision of a nation and world in alignment. What does that look like? How does it feel? What color represents this harmony of the polarities that make up your experiences? Trust your knowing that tells you there is more going on than meets the eye. The Christ consciousness is working in the cracks—the places of concern, questions, and doubt. These cracks are what will topple the old structures. Christ Consciousness works as a wave of awakening. You first see beyond the veil that seeks to get you to focus away from what is happening. This sleight-of-hand keeps humanity in an uproar. You just experienced that. Now, breathe into your center. Align with a favorite color. Become that frequency. Adjust your vision to see through the veil; to see what...

Finding Your Authentic Center

As humans we have lived in a duality of separation. This is good; that is bad. I want this; I don’t want that. I value this; not that. This has led to wars, family feuds, personal self esteem issues, and so much more. This kind of separation makes finding your authentic center nearly impossible. So how do we make a change?   An important part of finding your authentic center is to be able to embrace both the active masculine part of you and the receptive feminine part. These may look quite different in people, so finding what that feels like for you and how that shows up in your life will also be unique. The active get-it-done masculine energy has dominated most cultures on earth for a very long time.  It has left us with beliefs about ourselves and others that may not seem authentic to you. Here’s one limiting belief I took on: If you don’t get things done, you are lazy. Of course having my astrological sun sign in Aries, which is a fire sign, adds to that propensity. Before I learned how to work with the Aries energy, I would push myself to exhaustion and burnout. My moon is in Pisces which is a water sign. Pisces is intuitive and flowing. In my life I have often bounced back and forth between making things happen and going with the flow. I never felt settled into my authenticity by going from extreme to extreme. Over the years I have seen this quandary in many others besides myself. We are in a time of finding that place...

Balance Your Colors through Coloring

Have you joined the coloring book craze? Or do you think coloring is just a pastime– something to do when you’re bored or need a timeout?    Our mandala coloring book is different. You color with a pair of color complements in all their stunning hues.  Red/Green Orange/Blue      Yellow/Purple   And then you can color with the rainbow of all three pairs. Along the way, you create your own mandalas (no art talent required). This coloring book offers a simple way to  increase your energy, bring out your creativity, sooth your emotions, and bring balance to your life.  Using  complementary colors will give you new insights to shift your energy and transform your life. The difference is in the balance of the complements. The warm colors (Red, Orange & Yellow) paired with the cool colors (Green, Blue, and Purple)  create a Tao of Coloring. The warm colors open the flow in your human understanding and the cool colors highlight your deeper understanding.  Together they remind you that you are more than human and, at the same time, being human is important. Here’s how I used this coloring strategy to balance my colors: Earlier this month I had myself tightly scheduled between workshops, presentations, and a holistic fair. Early on a Saturday morning, while it was still dark, I was carrying the last box of products to my car. Instead of calling my daughter next door to turn on the light, I started down the porch steps in the dark. Next thing I knew I was tumbling down the stairs. A neighbor, out with his dog, heard my startled...