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    Like a Lotus Blossom

    Like a Lotus Blossom, muck and mud in life can bring beauty and joy…

    This morning I took my coffee outside to sit on a bench by the pond. Like a montage set on a loop, my whole life began to roll thru me. This is what happens when you set time aside to be still.

    The Soul knows what needs to rise up and be seen! A private moment where I could allow every blue and pink and red memory to spin inside of my chest like some watercolor masterpiece. A quiet moment where I could allow myself to feel it all.

    Then, I noticed an almost imperceptible movement. A Lotus blossom just beginning to open in the morning sun. I sat and watched as she slowly opened petal after petal and offered her nectar to the bees who gently landed on her before she was even finished. The Lotus behind her, still beautiful, but already spent. She will drop her petals soon.

    With memory and surrender still rolling inside of my chest…it all began to connect and blend. The energy of this moment…the offering in this moment…this time of life.

    I am aware that I was the only person on the planet who was watching this display. A private show. I am also aware that the Lotus blooms in the muck and the mud. She is not like the other flowers that need just the right kind of soil and amount of sunlight.

    If I were to drain that pond, it would smell like a sewer.

    Nothing is wasted in Creations economy.

    Sometimes the most beautiful things rise up out of the rot!  So, make peace with your past.

    Consider even the most difficult seasons of your life a type of joy…for without them, you would not be who you are todaya Lotus blossom rising out of the mud!

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    Energetically Balanced

    Energetically balanced – what does that even mean? Being energetically balanced means that you are very “in tune” with your nervous system. You sense, you feel and your intuition is in play.

    When you become energetically balanced, the old saying, “You can feel the tension in the air…” becomes real. There are other sayings that are ages old, like “You felt him walk into the room…” or “You could cut the tension with a knife…”

    It means that you can literally feel where your energy and the energy of others are either in-sync or clashing.

    With it, you begin to realize there are people around you that lift you, and likewise, those people in our lives that suck our energy right out. I call the second kind an “energetic vampire”.

    These are the people that “really want to go to lunch and hear about where your life is going…” and then dump all of their problems and frustrations on the table. I marvel at the abrupt, “I always feel SO much better after talking to you!” THEY leave feeling great and you are left feeling fatigued and drained.

    Most people are not even aware of this energy infusion or big energy-sucking going on. But, it’s real!

    Take a moment and think about a time when you truly shared with a friend. Positive energy flowing both ways. Each person able to hear some and share advice – from the heart. Remember how you walked away with the feeling of being complete?

    Turn your palms face-up and shut your eyes. Can you sense the gentle radiating energy that is in them? In yoga, we call this your Prana, your life force and guess what? It has an expiration date!

    What if you could actually track the amount of energy in and out of your Prana? If you only had an allotted amount of energy to run your household for a year, how would you use it? You’d pay attention to how it is being spent because you wouldn’t want to run out before the year is up right?

    Well, the reality is YOU ONLY HAVE SO MUCH ENERGY. Allow yourself to say No, at times. And, look for those people that help you find energy and renewal.

    Allow the energy vampires to find someone else to suck energy from…Spend your Prana wisely!

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    What is Chi?

    How does one explain energy? We cannot see it with our naked eyes, tho we can easily see the effects of it. I cannot see the energy that is lighting up the light bulb, but I can see that the bulb is lit up.

    Although we can appreciate the effects of energy all around us at any given time, for the most part, we never really stop to think about the invisible life force that is fueling virtually everything.

    In Yoga, we call this life force Prana.

    In Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and other Eastern practices and disciplines, this energy is called Chi.
    There are many meridians and Nadis, or channels, that this energy uses to flow thru your body.
    The Eastern healing arts have been using these meridians for acupuncture and other practices for centuries.

    But this energy is not just alive and flowing thru your body. Chi is everywhere. It is in every single created thing. It is the energy that holds the stars in the skies, that makes the waves come to the shore in sets of three, it keeps your heart beating. It is the energy that grows the trees, and the vegetables in your garden, and even grows your children.

    It is Chi, Prana, the life force energy that sustains us all.

    The Earth has its own wonderful energy and so does the sun… is literally what life is made up of.
    So, as you start to think about this and how energy is fueled in your own life, here is a small challenge for you to ponder…..

    1. What activities or people are draining you of Chi, Prana, energy? I call these “energetic vampires”
    2. Are the foods that you are eating full of life force? Or are they processed and dead?
    3. What habits do you have that are stealing or draining your Chi and do you engage in activities that fulfill and inspire you? Are you able to make changes to habits that drain you or are you going to grip onto them and ….WHY?

    Sometimes it is simply being aware of the shifts of energy in our own hearts, minds and body to begin to wake up to where we may be sabotaging ourselves.

    It is a subtle work, a subtle awareness that no one can feel or see for you. But I believe in you! I know that if you slow down and think about where your energy is going, about whether or not you are fueling your Chi with energetic foods and getting enough rest and inspiration…I know that just becoming aware is enough to spur on the changes that you need to make. They may even be much more simple than you thought.

    Remember, we are in this together and ‘inch by inch it is a cinch’. Before you know it, you will have this energy thing wired….(pun intended).