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The Now

In Practicing . . .

Where are you experiencing your heart’s desire?

  • Where you get to experience your passion come alive in the flow of the now.
  • Where you get to build your self confidence by trying, being, practicing, doing . . .
  • Where you get to show up regularly for you to experience growth and life.
  • Where you get to explore, experiment and experience.
  • Where you get to take and make the time for you and your “whys” in what you need, desire, want, crave . . .

I use to strive for perfection and found out I was barely thriving let alone living. Perfection had me stalled and stuck. Then I learned about practicing! The one caveat was discovering my “whys” in what I needed/wanted more of in living my life.

We are continuously learning, growing and experiencing! We are continuously building confidence through opportunities to try, be, practice, do, etc. We are continuously transitioning, changing, growing and transforming through those opportunities to learn and practice our skills, talents and gifts. Learning and practicing go together and once you figure it out it so makes sense as to why they pair well together!

The best part of practicing is making it your own! From stretching and stepping outside your comfort zone. From trying and learning the new. Anything and everything is a practice to progress and experience growth!

What are you practicing?

For me . . .

  • Trying new exercise programs.
  • Writing and photographing.
  • Learning about home design.
  • Exploring new foods and experimenting with cooking.
  • Making time for me.

When I am practicing and learning I keep one main thing in mind! What two things can I take away from those experiences. In doing so through development and personal growth you find your zest for living your life. The other amazing thing is what it teaches you about yourself!

I believe that in practicing and learning you expand your world as well as yourself from the inside out! You tune into who you truly are and the essence of your spirit. You tap into your intuition, heart and mind. You communicate and connect with yourself on a whole other level!

Practice to Learn. Learn by Practice. 

Practicing breaks up the norm and maybe even challenges you a bit! It can help you question your self judgment and criticism. It may help you see your self limiting beliefs and fears. It can be freeing and transformational!

Practicing builds your sense of self and being! It gives you satisfaction and joy as well as achievement and celebration. It drives and motivates you to discover your craves, desires and passions. It gives you vision and guidance as well as purpose and direction! 


(Photos by RSheridan)

How Are You Practicing the Now? Love to Hear, Please Share.

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Finding “IT” . . .

Connection versus Disconnection

A Sense of Belonging versus Isolation

How does one be a “social being” in a technological advancing world? To communicate and interact. To connect and engage. To find a common ground.


Grounding . . . Balancing . . . Connecting . . .

Where does that balance come into play between interactions with technology versus face-to-face? Balancing the real world with the virtual world.

I have been hearing a few buzz words lately that peaked my curiosity. Emotional intelligence, positivity, empathy, etc. I am curious. What do these words mean to you?

In one way I find it a little old school and in another way I am glad it is being brought to the forefront again. It got me thinking about finding that happy medium between face-to-face versus tech interactions. How does one find “it”! Especially with technology at our fingertips!

  • Are we time saving or time wasting?
  • Do you think we need to tune into and tap into our emotional intelligence, positivity and empathy?

Especially when it comes to those artificial intelligence interactions!


Can You Hear It?

I also see it as a way to perceive and look at all sides! To try and take the judgement and bias out of it. To gain a deeper understanding. To better inform your responses and actions!

Empathy is a way to identify with different types of people. Communicating, interacting and even connecting with others, our communities and with the world around us. Being open and cultivating understanding. Taking the time to listen with those conversations and interactions with others.

  • Listening, observing, focusing.
  • Being patient.
  • Asking questions to gain insight.
  • Opening the dialogue to improve communication and connection.
  • Making an environment more warm and welcoming as well as comfortable and relaxed.
  • Problem solving and decision making.
  • Practicing empathy towards others as well as for yourself.


Exploring . . . Opening . . . Being . . .

It is very much about being a teacher as well as being a student.
  • Learning to understand more about yourself and who you are. From your abilities and skills to your attributes and performance.
  • Learning your communication style to build better relationships. From your responses and reactions to your social and soft graces.
  • Practicing flexibility and humility. From your traits and habits to your emotions and behaviors.
  • Connecting to your personal identity and emotional intelligence. From logic to emotional and in between with your whole being, especially with your mind set and physical being.


Learning . . . Growing . . . Experiencing . . . (Photos by RSheridan)

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Crazy Calm

Kicking It Into Neutral!

How do you seek out the calm in the constant motion!

  • How do you stay neutral?
  • How do you find your sense of calm?
  • How do you just be?

Giving yourself the space you need! To remove yourself and not be so involved. To not add in the emotion or even the reaction. It gives you room to help yourself in order to help others.

Pausing

Take the time to pause or at least slow down! Just become one in the moment. Tune out the disruptions and distractions. Release whatever has you tensed up. Remember to breathe! 

Think about the pauses between inhaling and exhaling while breathing! Create the space you need to focus on one thing in the present moment. Take the time to relax and rest your mind and body. Make time to nourish and nurture you and your whole being!

  • Are you aware of the pause?
  • Are you adding in what you and your whole being need in that pause?
  • Are you aware of what your mind is doing in the pause?

Breathing

Take the time to be still and just breathe! In and out . . . create expansion aka deep breathing. Try some good strong sighing to really release whatever has you fired up (i.e. irritation, tension, frustration, overwhelm, etc.).  Release, reconnect and reset!

Think about breathing mindfully! 

Being Grateful

Take a moment in the pausing and breathing to be grateful! How do you connect mindfully and spiritually to ground your physical being and body? Palms together, feet to ground and saying what you are grateful for. It brings about awareness. It makes you more present. Just focus on the now!

Balancing

Finding that balance between ease and being challenged! The proper mindset versus the attitude. Open versus closed. The communication and connection between the mind, body and soul!

Think about a practice that you can do anywhere, anytime! To pause and breathe. To balance and ground.

Grounding

Think about reconnecting with your whole being when grounding! From head to hands to feet. It is like a reset, especially for your energies. Go within yourself to determine what you need at that moment!

When I need to ground myself and my whole being I do the following.

  • Daydreaming.
  • Going on a walk about.
  • Relaxing and adding in a little bit of ease.
  • Focusing and connecting with myself and my whole being.
  • Creating that space I need to close out the world for a moment.
  • Here’s a big one – Doing Nothing!

Think about awareness, especially your mood and energy!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Practicing to process . . . cultivating calm . . . letting go of the craziness . . . The hardest part is visualizing the calm within the craziness. Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share.


Practicing

The Process

Have you thought about practicing the process?

I think about the reading of a book. You can, but why would you just read Chapter 1 and then read the ending and call it good. You must get involved in the story and interact with it. You must get engaged in the story and experience it!

Is it about the journey or the destination?

  • Find that inspiration that moves you.
  • Find that motivation that drives you.
  • Find that passion that makes you fall in love with the practice to process!

I thought to myself one day as to why one of my expectations is to misstep, make mistakes and even fail! It certainly would make the blow a little less painful when it does happen. It is such a lesson in life and a growth experience too! Practice . . . Try . . . Get curious, explore, adventure, laugh, play and have some FUN!

There is the practice to process when you misstep, make mistakes and at times even fail! It is okay. It is part of the practice as well as the journey. It is about being humble and not taking everything so serious and to the nth degree!

Do you believe that missteps build character? I do. Self confidence, moxie, grit. Humbleness, humility and gracefulness. Gain experiences as well as determination and strength!

Failure does not mean the end! It can be the reset and restart. It can be a new beginning and/or way to get back on track. Challenge yourself, especially your perspective as well as your expectations!

Think about . . . What truly matters to you. What does it mean to give and/or do with your whole being. What do you dream about and desire. What do you CRAVE!

In knowing that it truly helps you journey along! Purpose and substance. Vision and making it happen. Achievement and celebration. Success and abundance!

Really get to the heart of the matter! Who are you and what are your beliefs and values. It is doable and survivable if you are the captain that steers your own life boat! You provide for you in knowing your whys in what you need. Only you! 

Own your self worth and do the worthwhile! Remember you are important and enough. Remember you do belong. It matters to BE and Do for YOU!

It is such a discovery of self as you practice the process to journey along!

  • Be open to who you are and who you may become along the way.
  • Stretch yourself and your comfort zone.
  • Try and try again.
  • Learn and relearn.
  • Develop and grow.
  • Gain life experiences.
  • Communicate and interact as well as connect and engage.
  • Deepen the relationship with you and your whole being.


(Photos by RSheridan)

It Is Your Choice In How You Practice to Process! Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share. Enjoy Your Journey . . .


Living Wholly

Whole Well Being That Is!

I am not sure if I started on a journey or one heck of an adventure back in mid-November! I had been a gym member for many years. However, it was no longer serving my best interests. I needed a change and found one that I fell head over heels in love with!

I enjoy the studio I go to. When I first started I did not think I would survive the first 50-minute class. I persevered and have been keeping my practice up for 8 months now. I find a good combo between challenging myself and having fun doing it!

The one major lesson I learned back in 2012 that still sticks with me today is that EVERYTHING is CONNECTED! 

  • Your health, wellness and happiness.
  • Your body in general has to work together to become one in motion and movement.
  • Your mind, body and spirit.
  • Your inner being to your outer being.
  • Making time for you and your whole being.

Practicing . . .

I am progressing in my practice. Learning to focus on the form more versus just going through the motions. Learning to embrace poses and accept that it challenges my body in a good way. Learning how to breathe better while exercising. Not only am I discovering my strong I am finding my sense of balance again!

Positioning . . .

The biggest change I have seen in myself is being able to properly position myself! Desk jockeying to mat work to walking and biking and everything in between. The ability to breathe easier, not crunching into your spine, being able to twist, rotate and pivot better and more fully, etc. Proper posture has so many added benefits!

Powering . . .

You learn how to power to perform and utilize your energies too! All that sitting makes your hip flexors short and tight and your glutes are limited in range of motion and may even weaken. Then your legs, hips and lower back take over and take the brunt. Think better blood flow too!

In looking back I think about all the hours and sweat I put into exercising and feeling at times the results were hit and miss. It is hard to explain the transformation unless you experience it. I went from sweating and burning to more focused in on motion, movement and breathing. I found I was more connected and that meant a more meaningful workout session. I also found compassion for myself and relaxation and rest for my whole being too!

For me it is about how I feel instead of look when it comes to my whole well being! Activating and engaging to a deeper and stronger mind body connection. All that bridging, working out on all fours and even squatting and planking. Stretching, increasing range of motion and of course balance (repeat what you did on the right-side on the left-side). It does a whole well being GOOD!


(Photos by RSheridan)

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Let It Be

“Words of Wisdom”

I recently read an article about letting things be! I know I have discussed releasing and letting go on my blog. However, this got me thinking. There is a difference when it comes to “letting go” versus “letting be”! 

  • Letting be versus fixing.
  • Loosening versus eliminating.
  • Easing versus “over” . . .
  • Simplifying versus complicating.

In letting things be you create space to respond and/or react to what is happening to you. Also, to what is going on around you. To actively listen in order to connect to yourself in how you receive and respond to yourself as well as others.

  • Do you have control?
  • Do you have a choice?

At the heart of it though is creating that space you need for you!

Think about tuning into your comfort levels too!

  • To love you for you through kindness, care and compassion.
  • To let yourself be who you are.
  • To be and do for you.
  • To take time to relax and rest.
  • To make time for you and your needs.


(Photos by RSheridan)

You may be surprised in what you discover about yourself! Love to Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share.


Manifesting Strength

Physically and Mentally

Do you believe in the correlation between your physical strength and your mental strength?

I do! I find that tapping into my physical strength means tuning into my mental strength. Also, tuning into my emotions, feelings and thoughts. I communicate and connect better to myself as well as at times to others too!

Then there is that realization of what your body can truly do when you put your mind to it too! Through your overall strength you find confidence and comfort. Safety and security. You may surprise yourself by taking a “I cannot do this.” to “I CAN do this!”.

Through your practicing you find your flexibility and adaptability.

  • You may find joy and pleasure in discovering what you like to do.
  • You may find a playfulness to have fun doing what you like to do.
  • You may find inspiration in looking forward to something and motivation in what excites you.
  • You may find passion and creativeness in tapping into your potential, talents and gifts.

Through your abilities you find your determination and drive! You may even fall in love with your whole body too. You are changing and transforming for the better!

When you appreciate what your body can do you start to enjoy the practice. You take an interest and challenge yourself. You stretch yourself to try a little harder. You may even try new things to see what you like to do!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s to Discovering Your STRONG!!!


Manifesting Purpose

Where Are You Going?

Do you feel like you are on auto pilot at times? Going through the motions to get the work done. Do you find it is a balancing act at times? Home, work, work, home, etc.

How do you manifest your purpose?

Practicing

Do you practice fulfilling or focus in on what is lacking?  Is there alignment or a disconnect? Can that disconnect be adjusted for better alignment. If not, it may be time to release, let go and/or move on. You have to do a self check from time to time to see if the work you are doing aligns with what is best and what matters to you!

One Step At A Time

Do you take baby steps or just jump in with both feet? Is it something you know you really want. Is it something with risk involved. Depends, right!

You have to know your “whys” in order to create, do, take action, etc.! Think about what inspires and motivates you. Do you know your loves and passions. Knowing that your doing what you can is a great first step to getting what you need! 

That is empowering and keeps you in charge of the controls! That gives you meaning and demonstrates what matters to you. That provides you with purpose in knowing that you are doing and working hard when it comes to what you need to live a fulfilling life. You are creating and journeying along!

Goodness

  • How do you give and receive?
  • How do you celebrate and reward?

There is no better mood booster then that feeling you get when goodness happens! Truly serving and doing with the kindness of your heart. Deepening those relationships that you are building by delving a little deeper in how you communicate and interact as well as engage and connect. That sense of love and support. That sense of belonging and sharing. That provides satisfaction, healthiness, fulfillment, and happiness! 

That brings depth and interest and gaining of experiences too! Reminding yourself to make time for you, especially to relax and rest. To do more of what you love to do and/or something you want to do for a change of pace. To take joy in enjoying yourself in everything you do!


(Photos by RSheridan)

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Manifest Grounding

When You Experience Change

Change happens, right! You feel like everything is in order and then SURPRISE! You either embrace it or it turns your world a bit. Especially when change really throws you for a loop and your life out of whack!

Practicing

Do you have a good practice in place to adjust to change? Yes, no or working on it. Change can be good or rock your world, especially those sudden and unexpected changes. Remember you have to do what is best for you in those times of change!

How will you practice going forward in improving your ability and capacity for handling change moments?

Put Your Oxygen Mask On First!

Practicing . . . To nurture and nourish. To communicate and connect. To tune into your emotions, feelings and thoughts. To tap into what you need!

Do you find yourself pulling away and wanting to take the stakes up?

Do you want to curl into a ball? Do you just want to hide out for a while?

Practicing . . . To be flexible to better adjust and become more resilient to change. To remain as calm and level headed as possible. To listen to what you need in those moments of change. To learn how to bend and not snap!

Do you find yourself “over” . . . whelmed, stimulated, etc.

Do you find yourself tightening and constricting?

Practicing . . . To release helps you center. To let go to find your balance, especially in those times when you have no control in the change. Making the time to tune into your whole being and its needs! 


Practicing . . . Nurturing . . . Growing . . .

Processing

When you are in that change moment you tend to react not relax into the experience (unless it is good change)! It is not easy to find an even keel let alone a positive mood/attitude in those moments. Sometimes we are not even ready for a “there, there” or here’s some good advice for you. More times than not we need to process the change!

You may need to create the space you need to process the change! Stress and anxiety leads to tension and that can constrict how your body functions. A space where you can be with yourself to just be and take a breather. To release and relax. To bring your focus inward for clarity and awareness to work through the change process!


Processing . . . Being . . . Flowing . . .

Grounding

Have You Tried Grounding?

I have been reading about grounding when it comes to experiencing change! That react/run and/or fight or flight reaction. At times it is just too much to handle and process. You almost feel like you are losing your sense of self. You may be able to ground and/or center yourself by rooting your whole being to the here and now!

Rooting to the here and now is a good process to start practicing for the whole of your being!

How Do You Ground/Center/Root In Change Moments?

I think about getting physically grounded! From your feet to your fingertips to the top of your head. Standing with your feet apart and spreading your toes. Interlacing your fingers and stretching your arms above you. Breathing in and breathing out!

I think about building a solid foundation to live from! To find that stability and self security you need in times of change. To become aware of inner being to communicate, interact and connect with your whole being again. To get out of that survive mode and know this is survivable! 

I think about taking a much needed time out! To relax and rest to balance your whole being again. To recharge and re-energize. To be aware of your whole body to do a self check to determine your needs in those moments of change!

Will you tap into grounding?

  • To better root your whole being.
  • To cultivate your balance to center.
  • To focus inward on your needs.
  • To manage your time and energy more efficiently.
  • To communicate and connect as well as interact and engage YOU.
  • To have your mind and heart work as a team.
  • To better cope and become more resilient.


Grounding . . . Releasing . . . Starting . . . (Photos by RSheridan)

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Practicing Healthiness & Happiness

At A Personal Level

Do you practice what really works or serves your whole, well being for the better?

Be selective when it comes to opening yourself up and inviting in the possibilities and opportunities! What are the pros and cons. What speaks to your heart and soul. What sparks interest and inspiration as well as motivation and creativity for you! 

Really make it your own! When you do that you are more likely to stick to it. Be choosy when it comes to additions because when you start piling more on it can become less fun and more like a chore. It takes time to build and to have patience in discovering what works best for you and serves your needs!

 

What are you practicing?

In practicing my health and happiness I approach it like I am putting together a puzzle. You just have to figure out where to place the pieces. For example, there may be a piece to start every day new and fresh. Then there is another piece to end the day by taking 30 minutes for yourself. You continue to build one piece at a time to create a personal practice for yourself! 

Finding that healthy and happy place! That place that you take time out to make time for yourself. That place of comfort and healing. That place you can release and let go. That place where you can just be!

Are you creating a personal practice out of that practicing?

A major part of arriving at a final destination is the journey to get there! A major part of creating a personal practice to live from is enjoying the process. A great place to start your personal practice is determining your loves and your passions. What truly brings you joy, pleasure and happiness!

You will be more likely to continue your personal practice too! Over time you will become adept in making additions and eliminations. Really take the time for yourself to nurture and nourish that practice. Remember to do what works best for you and your whole, well being. 


(Photos by RSheridan)

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