Tuning Inward

To Your Whole Being

When you make the time to go within yourself where does your focus go?

  • What speaks to you? The mind, body or spirit?
  • Does the left-side or right-side of the brain or both sides kick in?
  • Are you one part or a sum of all parts with your whole being?

The left side of the brain controls the right side of the body. The right side of the brain controls the left side of the body. The left side of the brain helps us perform tasks that have to do with logic whereas the right side of the brain taps into the creative side.

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Left Side vs. Right Side

I know for me when I am questioning I usually engage the left side of my brain to think logical. I tend to look at the micro and get stuck in the details. However, I am discovering a fun approach by engaging the right side of my brain to engage my creative side. I need to focus in on the macro at times and really see the big picture.

How does one engage the right side of their brain? By thinking outside the box and coloring outside the lines. Journaling, coloring, doodling, etc. There is something about taking a creative approach to decision making, problem solving, finding opportunities, etc.!

Being . . .

It is about being with less doing and engaging the whole being! Nuturing and cultivating all aspects of your being. Nourishing and motivating all aspects of your being. Tuning and tapping into your needs for your whole being!

“We are all already winners of the overdoing award. We need to start winning the over-being award.”~Michael Taylor

Let’s face it we could be busy doing all day long and sometimes all that doing feels like an act of getting nothing done!

  • Think about using your energies efficently to be effective.
  • Think about being more to catch your breath and come up for some much needed air.
  • Think about your health and happiness.
  • Think about creating a space for yourself to be one with your whole being.
  • Think about making time to relax and rest.

Really think about how you want to spend your time and energies in living your life each and every day!

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Creating . . . Reflecting . . . Being . . .

Prioritizing . . .

Ask Yourself . . .

  • What is your 1st priority when you start your day?
  • What is the 1 thing you want to DO today?
  • What is the 1 thing you want to BE today?
  • Do you make the time at the end of the day to release and let go?

Do you wish to wake naturally by the light of the day versus the alarm clock. What would your “utopian” morning be like? Relaxing, exercising, meditating, reading, etc. Talk about starting the day with a mindful and present mind set! 

Do you wish that when your head hits the pillow at night you are fast asleep. Do you detox from technology before going to bed? Creating that space to relax and then rest for the night. Imagine the reboot to reenergize yourself in a more natural way then loading up on caffeine and sugar to start the day. 

Try starting and ending your day with a little creativity! Think about how you are filling your mind. Think about how you are filling your heart. Think about how you are using your energy, especially the creative, to charge up and release throughout the day!

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Drawing a Line in the Sand (Photos by RSheridan)

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Doing Nothing

Breaking the Routine of Go, Go, Go

You can call it a slack, a slump, a rut, etc. We all have experienced one and maybe are even in one now. Have you ever thought that it is your body’s way of slowing you down before you just crash! When your body gives you that kind of signal you may want to listen to it.

You go within yourself to introspect and reflect! It can be a bit self centered, however; you are able to center yourself when you make the time to take care of your whole being and its needs. It comes full circle though. When you do for you then you can do for others! That always feels good.

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I usually start to clue in when the simple things seem hard to do! Especially those things I know I am good at doing. I am not focusing and I am making mistakes. I am not motivated or energized. I am not communicating and at time just reacting. I am doing things half way or if completed my efforts were sub par. I am not operating at my optimal level!

Do you struggle in keeping the distruptions and distractions to a minimum? I know I do. Do you find your to do list never ending along with your e-mail inbox? Yes and yes. Think in terms of – What’s the one thing I can do today? Then tackle it!

We just need to reboot to start fresh again! Reprioritize all those plates up in the air by delegating or doing away with a few. Reenergize by taking time for yourself as well as spending some much needed quality time with your greatest someones. Reflect on what truly matters and what makes you a healthy and happy being!

That is why making time for yourself is important! The act of doing nothing or at least embracing some down time is needed is key. You give back to yourself in nuturing and nourishing your whole being by becoming aware of your needs. You put yourself back in control again!

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My Top 3

  • Escaping to the Great Outdoors To Reconnect and Wander
  • Letting My Big Kid Out To Play, Laugh and Have FUN
  • Celebrating By Treating Myself

I find myself and reconnect to my whole being in escaping to the Great Outdoors! Especially with my camera in hand. I love to wander and enjoy a slower pace! 

Sometimes you need to turn down the noise in your world to hear yourself and your needs! To tap into your senses and intuition. To reflect and release as well as to let go and forgive. To being true and truly honest with who you are. To dream and desire as well as hope and believe in the opportunties out there waiting for you to grab hold!

Have FUN! There is no better mood booster than having a good laugh. I enjoy letting my big kid out to play too!

Remember to Celebrate! Especially by treating yourself. You get reenergized as well as inspired and motivated. You are deserving and it is rewarding too!

Find your sense of adventure to get your adrenline pumping again! Find your sense of wanderment and get lost for a while! 

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(Photos by RSheridan)

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Making Progress

In Practicing

Do you remember the first time you tried to go down the slide, take off on the swing or ride a bike? You needed a little push and the encouragement to take off on your own, right. Do you remember being fearless or a little fearful? Maybe you were a bit of both.

Building

Well I needed that push recently to set a project for myself. To take action and start to make it happen. To give back to yourself to experience life’s opportunties. To give back to yourself to experience that richness of abundance by being passionate and sharing your gifts and talents! 

I am now starting on that project and it is a mix of emotions, feelings and thoughts at times. Where does that fear and insecurity come from. It is from embarking on change!

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Making Time

I am learning as I age that time is truly a precious gift! I am making time for myself. I am not saying it is easy to do, but it is doable if you make it a priority. Especially in doing more of what you love!

Slowing Down

Make time to stop and breathe . . . Make time to pause and slow the pace down . . . Make time to connect through communication and interaction . . .

  • To be mindful. To live in the present.
  • To learn and develop. To experience growth and gain life experiences.
  • To come from a place of love to follow your heart as well as your intuition.
  • To be true to yourself by valuing, believing and trusting in yourself.
  • To pursue your dreams by going after what you desire and crave.
  • To release your sense of adventure and take some risks.
  • To make mistakes and fail in order to grab greatness and success.

To slow down and soak it in! 

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(Photos by RSheridan)

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Your Worth It!

Self Worth

There is a difference between being selfish and having self worth!

“It’s Not Selfish To Love Yourself,

Take Care of Yourself,

and To Make Your Happiness a Priority.

It’s Necessary.”~Mandy Hale

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Practicing

  • Communicating and interacting with your self.
  • Connecting and loving your self.
  • Being kind and compassionate to your self.
  • Being caring and nurturing to your self.
  • Tuning and tapping in to your emotions, feelings and thoughts.
  • Transitioning and transforming yourself by embracing, changing and accepting yourself.

Basically practicing each and every day to progress your whole being!

Personalizing

Think for a moment how you personalize yourself and your space! Do you project that personalization from within to your outer world? Does it promote you and your self worth, especially in what you value and what matters to you? By making the time for your whole being you value yourself and you can and will continue to build a solid foundation to live your life! 

  • What are you dreaming about?
  • What are you desiring?
  • What are you creating?
  • What are you deserving of?

Everything you do for you adds to your worth and how you value your whole being! Learning, experiencing growth and gaining life experiences. Doing what you are passionate about and love to do. Being open to the possibilities and receiving them. That creates a life of abundance!

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Promoting

Get to know who you are and love yourself wholly! Nourishing and nurturing. Loving and caring. Communicating, interacting and connecting. You become your own inspirer and motivator as well as encourager and supporter! 

You learn to promote your worth and value from within yourself! Being aware of your behaviors and habits. Being mindful of your attitude and ego. Really value your worth of self!

  • Checking in with yourself and your needs.
  • Really asking yourself what you want and desire.
  • Being mindful of how you want to be treated.
  • Creating those boundaries to value your space.
  • Coming from a place of love to put your fears on the down low.
  • Finding the inspiration, motivation and passion in living your life.

You can . . . You will . . . You do for you!

Another side of promoting is to be around the people that get you! Someone you can share with. Someone that encourages and supports. Someone that is receiving and giving. Be there for each other no matter what!

I picture that team huddle in my head to get pumped up, inspired and motived to get out there and give it my all! It is empowering and gives me a boost of strength. It is creating that community of support. It is expanding in stretching your comfort zone to try new things and to gain new experiences!

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(Photos by RSheridan)

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Resilience

Self Building

Accepting who you are helps you build the foundation to learn, grow and gain experiences!

  • To expand yourself versus keeping yourself small.
  • Doing what is best for you versus perfection and what is right.
  • To making mistakes and having failures and learning from those experiences.
  • To celebrating the successes and the milestones.

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A key piece in being a resilient being is to value who you are as well as believe and trust in yourself! That self acceptance and self respect. That self love and self forgiveness. Being there for YOU!

Think about building yourself up versus breaking yourself down to develop, improve and be the best you can be.

  • Being your biggest encourager, motivator and cheerleader.
  • Discovering more about who you are and how you tick.
  • Looking into the expectations you have and the standards you set for yourself.
  • Creating space to experience development and growth.
  • Being more resilient and developing your coping skills toolkit.
  • Changing . . . weaknesses to strengths . . . learning lessons into life experiences, etc.

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Learning good self talk to inspire and motivate as well as encourage and cheer yourself on! Think about how you criticize, judge and interrograte yourself, especially those things that have become habits. Make good changes that work best for your whole being! Remember to do a self check of your whole being, including your current mood, ego and attitude. Become more loving, caring and kind in your self talk!

Learning to create space and set boundaries for yourself in order to show self value and self worth in how you want to be treated! You start tuning into your whole being in listening to it and knowing what it needs. You start to come from a place of love instead of fear. You start to know what matters to you and what is most important in living your life fully!

Learning to bounce back is a great life skill to practice, learn and develop! It can be a building process as well as a freeing process. You find better ways to communicate, interact and connect to your whole being. You go after what you need and what works best for you!

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(Photos by RSheridan)

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Tapping Into Your Inner Energies

To Tune Out Fatigue and Brain Fog

There is nothing better than making time for yourself to practice self healing when your whole being is running on empty!

My Top 5

  • Stretching (i.e. neck rolls, shoulder shrugs, etc.).
  • Breathing.
  • Taking a break.
  • Having someone or something to look forward to.
  • Rewarding yourself.

Stretching and Breathing

For me the best energy booster to wake up my whole being is too stretch! It clears out the brain fog too, especially if I have been sitting too much and/or are on technology overload. I feel the blood flow circulating again. It is like a restart and a reboot all wrapped into one through stretching!

Remember to focus on your breath when stretching! Breath in . . . breath out . . . Inhale up . . . exhale down. Breathing through tension is key for release! Sometime being vocal helps too, like sighing, chanting, moaning, etc. Make sure you have a private space to be vocal though! 

A good majority of us carry the weight on our shoulders and the stress and tension in our necks! You have to practice releasing that in order to find calm and peace as well as to relax and rest.

Get the energy flowing again! Connect with your breath. Release and let go of the stress and tension. Really focus in on relaxing and healing your whole body!

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Taking a Break

Remember to take breaks throughout the day! Everyone needs a chance to reset and reboot. Everyone deserves a breather; basically come up for some much needed air! 

What is your favorite way to take a much deserved break from the action?

Really tune into what your body needs, wants and craves and remember to give it not just think about it! Give yourself something to look forward to. Reward yourself in your achievements and accomplishments. Remember to celebrate YOU and your goals, milestones, learning lessons, successes, etc.!

It keeps you fresh and focused!

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Looking Forward To . . .

Remember to give yourself someone or something to look forward to! It is inspiring and motivating. It helps you power through!

Really tap into your dreams and desires! It gives you something to think about that really moves you. It helps move you forward too. Especially in going after what you really want!

Think about what makes you light up! What makes you smile as well as just makes your day. What makes you want to play and have fun. What makes you laugh and feel like a kid again!

Do more of that (playing, laughing, having fun, etc.) and especially do more of what you LOVE! 

ALWAYS have someone or something to look forward to!

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Rewarding Yourself

A very important reminder is to reward yourself! You can do something free or treat yourself a bit. When you do for you then give back to your whole being by making time to do something nice and kind for yourself!

I think back to grade school and waiting to see what sticker my teacher placed on my homework! It was motivating and up lifting. It was an expression of a job well done! 

You EARNED It & DESERVE It!

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(Photos by RSheridan)

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Generosity

Being Kind

I recently read an article by Susan Verde on 3 Simple Ways to Raise Generous Children. It got me thinking that as adult am I still a generous and kind being. Between juggling, multitasking and stressing I am sure I am less than human some days. We all have a lot on our mind and a list that seems never ending day in and day out!

 Susan’s 3 Simple Ways
  1. Start Small.
  2. Take a Mindful Approach.
  3. Catch Them in the Act.

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Small & Simple

When I think start small I think simple too. 

  • Holding a door.
  • Lending a hand.
  • Giving a greeting or a compliment.
  • Treating people how you like to be treated.
  • Making someone’s day.

Being kind is a great place to start in setting the tone to have a good day! To really make a difference in being genuine and generous. Saying hello, sharing a smile, expressing a compliment, holding a door open, etc. Those random acts of kindness! I know it makes my day.

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Mindful & Present

How do you approach being generous and being kind with a loving heart and generous spirit?

  • How do you feel in that present moment?
  • How do you feel when you are on either the giving or receiving side?
  • How do you communicate, interact and connect?
  • How do you keep the judgements, perceptions and expectations in check?

When I think taking a mindful approach I think about being mindful of the experience too.

My trick when the going gets me down is to remember to smile and/or even laugh! It helps me get back on track to having a good day. It reminds me to slow the pace down and just breathe. It makes me take time out for myself and my whole being!

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Action

When I think about the act of being generous and being kind I think about . . .
  • Are we walking the talk?
  • Are we instilling that within ourselves and sharing that with others?
  • Are we generous, kind and compassionate beings at the very essence of it all?

A thank you. Providing praise. Recognizing some one for helping out, being kind, a job well done, etc. It makes a difference and can have an impact on the person you approach as well as yourself!

Coming from a place of love . . . to know that I am loving and loved, to know what I need and want, to be grateful and thankful, to be supportive to myself as well as others! I am practicing coming from a place of love every day. To listen, to belief and to trust in myself. To value myself by making the decisions and choices that are best for me. To follow my heart and do more of what I love! 

Ask Yourself . . .

  • How do we open up to what we need let alone knowing what others need?
  • How do we love and support ourselves as well as give that back to others?
  • How do we show gratitude in what we do have?
  • How do we shift that mindset and change the perspective on a daily basis?

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(Photos by RSheridan)

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Downloading

Of A Different Kind

No Technology Needed

Do you find yourself needing to download your mind? To clear it out. To reboot to start fresh. When we do get a minute or two to pause our minds are still clicking along! Stop already and give me a break-ha!

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Living . . .

How do you tune into the thoughts in your head?

Being Aware . . . Paying Attention . . . Practicing . . .

  • It can be healing from the inside out.
  • It can help you tap into your emotions, feelings and thoughts.
  • It can help you tune into your heart to come from a place of love.
  • It can help you find passion to discover what you love to do.
  • It can be calming in finding your sense of balance and peace again.
  • It can help you become aware of your emotions, feelings and thoughts to communicate, interact and connect with yourself.
  • It can help you be in the present moment where you are communicating with your mind, interacting with your body and connecting to your heart.

“During practice, experiment with expanding your awareness to include not only your thoughts and feelings but also your breath or heart center.

As you expand your awareness to include everything, you’ll release your grip on any one thing and begin to relax into the stillness.”~Suzanne Heyn

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Expanding . . .

Thinking is like wandering it is GOOD for your whole being!

  • Allow your thoughts to flow.
  • Allow your body to wander.
  • Allow your heart to love.

Give yourself permission to do what is best for your whole self!

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Giving . . . (Photos by RSheridan)

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Embracing Failure

With Grace & Humility

I am a confident being, however; I still struggle with failure, especially those embarrassing moments of failure! I do not know if I have the grace and humility to be willing to make a fool of myself to become great at times. I have had plenty of practice – ha! 

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  • How do you embrace failures, especially the embarassing ones?
  • How do you find the courage to overcome and move on?
  • How do you care, especially about yourself in those failures?

Is it confidence that keeps you going in those moments! It is a lesson in humility and being humble. How seriously do you take the situation as well as yourself in the situation!

When I do an embarassing fail I try to take a comedic approach to it all and laugh at myself! That is where the humility comes into play. However, I still take a punch to my confident self! It can be a humbling experience at times.

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It is courage that powers you through! It is a lesson in how you handle the situation. Do you have control or not? Do you have something to prove or not? Do you embrace it, accept it and keep moving forward? So far it is a survivable event and tomorrow is a new day to start again!

I know when I have failed I try to learn from the experience and try really hard to never repeat it again! I know I have gained new skills. I know I have strengthened my weaknesses. I know I have gained a valuable life lesson and experience!

It is strength and resilience that helps you handle everything life throws at you! To cope and to forgive. To grow and discover your strong. It makes you into the person you are today, especially the belief and trust you have in yourself. 

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It is mind over matter! Listening to your mind and overthinking things. Making assumptions and thinking people are judging you. Taking it personally. The mind can play tricks on you!

Instead listen to your heart and come from a place of love to help you through those tough situations! In learning to help yourself you can help others. Being patient and embracing life lessons. Learning to forgive yourself by valuing, believing and trusting in yourself.

Ask Yourself . . .

  • Are you on the path you need to be on?
  • Do you need to make a decision to change direction?
  • Do you need to make a choice or choices for the better in doing what works best for you?

Remember you are in charge and need to be the Captain! Do what matters to you. Do more of what you love to do. Do for YOU!

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(Photos by RSheridan)

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Making Time

To Put Your Dreams Into Action

  • Make time to get curious and explore.
  • Make time to break out of your comfort zone.
  • Make time to find your motivation and discover your passions.
  • Make time to dream, imagine and vision.

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Journeying . . .

Ask Yourself . . .

  1. What do you really enjoy?
  2. What is important to you?

Take the time to define your passions and really go after what you want! It may require being open . . . to the possibilities . . . to change . . . to the opportunties, etc. Communicate, interact and connect with your whole being to define and determine what you want, need, crave, etc.! Really tap into your power and tune into your energy. Develop a healthy and happy relationship in what you want!

Take the Time For YOU!

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Dreaming . . . Loving . . . Living . . .

Ask Yourself . . .

  1. What is not showing up for you when you ask for it?
  2. Why?
  3. What can you do to change that?

There are times you get what you ask for, but it comes in a different form. There are times you do not get what you ask for, but it is exactly what you needed though. There are times you have to think outside the box and get creative to get what you ask for. There are times you need to have a Plan B to your Plan A.

You ask and create your successes, milestones and experiences! 

Make the Time for YOU!

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Relaxing & Resting

Ask Yourself . . .

  • What do you envision?
  • What can you do to obtain and achieve that vision?
  • What skills and tools will you need to use?

In knowing who you truly are you can reach outside of yourself! To stretch yourself and your comfort zone. To expand yourself to go after “IT”. You are the only one that can do that for you!

To be open to learning to gain those skills! To gain the knowledge to develop. To gain the experience to grow. Find a mentor to guide you and a buddy to journey along with you!

Remember to check in with yourself! What is your reason for going after “IT”. That vision gives you inspiration and motivation. That vision gives you a mood and energy boost! 

Narrow down the details and get specific in what you want and need!  

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Focusing In . . .

Ask Yourself . . .

  • What is stopping you from going after “IT”?
  • Why?
  • How do you clear it out?

There are usually two clear blocks; fear and limits! Before you run and hide or even flee just stop and pause. You cannot just ignore or wish away what is blocking you. You have to deal with it and deal with it head on! 

You have to tune into and tap into the inner you! What do you believe and value? What matters and is important to you? Do you trust in yourself and have the confidence to go after what you need, want or crave?

You need to use your power to your advantage and do what is best for you! Really tap into your fears as well as your feelings. Really ask yourself the tough questions to get to the bottom of things for yourself and your whole being. That will help in releasing, letting go and clearing it out! 

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Going for “IT” (Photos by RSheridan)

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