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wellness practices and more. And I created this blog for wellness gift-giving options. And you can always check out my webpage on Self-Empowered Healing here.
Herein, my 10 favorite gifts of wellness:
Wellness gift #1: Essential oil diffuser and essential oils
Each essential oil has its own vibration and as such, the oil helps many aspects of our lives. My clients and I use essential oils for calm, for resting better at night, for alertness, for balancing their Chakras, and even for purposes such as infants’ teething pain and to build their self-confidence. You can give the gift of an essential oil diffuser for the home, or simply buy an essential oil or an essential oil blend to help loved ones reap its many benefits. You can read more in my Top 6 "Must Have" Essential oils blog here.
Wellness gift #2: Salt baths
Salt baths can detoxify the body, and especially when used with some essential oils, helps to relax your mind. It’s important for us to have the space and time to unwind, to get quiet as I talk about in meditation, below. And taking a salt bath helps us to do all of this. You can find many “bath bombs” online – many of them come complete with essential oils with the salts. I definitely use it as part of my ‘wellness’ routine in a week full of client work. I can be my optimum self when I pay attention to wellness. And, to get us to a place of calm with thoughts of nature, I have many nature-themed bathroom décor – towels, shower curtains, bath mats and more - within my collections on Zazzle and RedBubble.
Wellness gift #3: Movement
Whether it’s Chi Gong or Yoga, walking/hiking, or even dance(!), movement is important to our bodies. It keeps the energy flow within our bodies moving, it helps us process energy coming at us each day, and as a result, it helps with our mental, emotional and physical well-being. A gift of movement can take many forms but some of my favorites are on my Movement gifts blog.
Wellness gift #4: Meditation
Here again, just as we our unique, so are the ways we each enjoy meditating. And it’s all good. As you or your loved one begins a regular meditation practice, you and they may explore other ways to meditate. The important part is to start on the journey of meditation and watch what unfolds. Some of us appreciate complete stillness and quiet, others prefer some form of guided meditation, and yet others enjoy soothing sounds. A gift of meditation can come in many forms including mats and pillows for the practice, candles, beautiful crystals for their practice and/or their environment, a book of mantras, meditation music, and even guided meditation subscriptions and apps. I cover some of those in my Meditation blog. You can also read about one of the many ways meditation helps me - in my blog here.
Wellness gift #5: Mindfulness practices
This can be a broad topic so I’ll distill it to some of my favorites:
Wellness gift 6: Sound
Enabling wellness from sound is another fascinating topic. You can often listen to these on YouTube, Spotify and/or Apple Music and other streaming services, or simply download the digital versions or even CD versions if you prefer listening on a physical device. See my Pinterest folder here for more. Some of my favorite gifts of sound healing are:
These days, healthy cooking and eating doesn’t have to mean blasé’ and bland eating. Have you seen the number of healthy but delicious recipes online nowadays? The great thing about The Body Code is that I can test to see if there is a particular nutrient my clients need, and/or if there is something they are having an allergic reaction to. I also keep some go-to books at home for quick reference with my clients:
Wellness gift #8: Laughter!
There can be many stressors in our lives. I don’t need to write about that here. We can use laughter as a way to lighten the load, change the energy of our minds, our hearts, and our homes with more laughter in them! While businesses in 2020 aren’t fully operating right now, movies and comedy clubs may be unavailable but the gift of Netflix, Amazon Prime with comedy categories, or even a specific movie purchase on Vudu and any number of other streaming services can help lift the mood and lighten the day. Some of my Laugh Out Loud favorites that may help inspire you to come up with your own to recommend include:
Oh my – there’s a lot that I can write about media and the potential negative impact it’s been having on all of us around the world. But I’m not going to give it “air time”. Instead, I’m going to focus on the *many* positive forms of media that you can gift to others in your life. Herein, my favorites:
Of course, my list wouldn’t be complete without including the gift of energy work. To me, the gift of well-being is the ultimate gift of love. These sessions help adults, children and pets, and they address emotional, mental and physical imbalances within our bodies. Since my vendor doesn’t customize the certificates for each holiday, I’m happy to provide one from my photography collection to include with your gift: seals, whales, birds, flowers, landscapes, and more. The vouchers are available in $85 and $100 increments here.
Whatever you do, and however you celebrate the holidays, from my home to yours, I’m wishing you and your loved ones the very best in mental, emotional and physical wellness!
Having difficulty making a major life decision? Stopped by fear from making that decision – fearing that you’ll make the wrong one? Confused by lots of conflicting opinions coming at you? Perhaps everyone is telling you what you “should” do or the clear choice that you “should” make, but somehow you’re paralyzed to make a decision.
"Trust your own intuition. Another’s mind isn’t walking your journey, you are.” - Scottie Waves
The Good News
You can take a deep breath…..The good news is, you have everything that you need. You may just be stuck in a position of unconsciously letting everyone else’s opinions speak over your own. You may be allowing those voices to drown out your inner voice, or intuition. Yes, our inner voices are fairly quiet – after all, we’re used to the physical world and our actual voices. Those inner voices are “quiet” unless we’re tapping into them on a regular basis, or even know to tap into them. We may, in fact, ignore them completely simply because we don’t know they’re there to guide us. That’s your intuition – it’s your friend, your guide, your “life coach” of sorts. And it would be such a shame to miss its guidance – given how much it’s there to help you through life.
"I am who I am because I trust my gut more than anyone else's opinion, and that is my best advice to you." – Oprah Winfrey
Before we start …. Stressed out?
Before I walk through the exercise, I want to point out that hearing or feeling your intuition is a bit harder if you’re in a high state of anxiety. If that’s the case, focus first on calming your mind. There are wonderful tools – from music to salt baths to essential oils and other tools – that you can use to calm and relax your mind.
The fact is that when we’re under high levels of stress, our brains get very focused. You’ve heard “fight or flight”. In this mode, it’s a survival scenario. Your mind is focusing to allow you to fight off whatever is threatening you. Except that this time, it’s stress – not an attack. Unfortunately, the brain prepares you and reacts the same way in both scenarios. It’s best to be in this state of mind as little time as possible. Long-term, this will lower our body’s immunity.
“Don't try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition.” ― Madeleine L'Engle
Examples of your intuition
Your intuition can be quite subtle so if you are not used to tuning into it, the below examples will hopefully help:
“Intuition doesn’t tell you what you want to hear; it tells you what you need to hear.” Sonia Choquette
Tuning into your Intuition for the answer
It may be best to do this first thing in the morning before you’ve had coffee, read texts or email or even before reading or doing anything on your phone. You want to be in as close to a relaxed state of mind as possible. An alternative is to do it as your evening is winding down – before you get too sleepy.
Your goal is to listen to your body – notice any feelings, or subtle ways that your body gives you feedback to each scenario. Your goal is to get enough feedback that you know which scenario your intuition is helping you to choose– right here, at this stage in your life. The key is to picture yourself in each scenario as if you’ve already made the decision – think of it as watching yourself on a TV screen or on a video on your cellphone, living each decision
You don’t have to have a regular meditation practice to “listen” and hear your inner voice or intuition. You can tune in or tap into it simply by sitting in stillness, in a relaxed state, when you can be uninterrupted for at least 10 minutes’ time. You can use this exercise any time that you’re trying to make a decision, literally about anything in life. The trickiest part may be the subtlety of the answer. You can address that by being sure to take this quiet time to yourself without distraction. Think of it as a gift to yourself – an important one to help you with this life decision.
I will put a plug in for a regular practice of meditation, beyond these few moments of silence for big life decisions. It’s a wonderful tool to help bring clarity to your life on a regular basis, tap into your intuition to allow it to get “louder”, give you greater context for your life and many other wonderful benefits. Think of it as your regular 30,000 foot view of your life and the situation at hand vs. “on the ground” in the moment, sometimes clouded, view of your life.
Enjoy your new tool!
So now you have a tool that you can use to quiet out the “noise” and tune into the inner wealth of wisdom within you. You know the answers – it’s just allowing yourself to hear them that’s life’s challenge. And now you can overcome that one, too. ;-)
As always, please feel free to contact me if you would like assistance moving through energy blocks, need an alternative kind of career coaching, or are having other challenges where energy healing could help. I’d love to help you live your life to your highest potential!
Until next time, Blessings….
Pamela, Eyes4Nature's proprietor, enjoying life out in the field among the animals and the peacefulness of nature.