Today’s “Note To Self” (In a fog)

 

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This path looks a little dodgy, full of cracks & patches, with a side of greens & a water trickle. Yep, that about tells the tale. But when will I make the grade, Mr. Mountain Top?
(Photo by Maggie Begley)

I’ve fallen & I can’t get up. I feel like a commercial for my worst case scenario.

This has been a long haul. When weary panic ensues…quiet the voices. 

Note to Self:

“Even though for the last 6 months you’ve felt like a cloistered nun on a vision quest, my dear,  you have no choice but to stay present to your healing process. You must exercise, stillness. Practice Patience, with head held high in the clouds of unknowing. You shall over come. You have displayed Courage, by submitting to that which you’ve been gifted. Let Gratitude be your platitude. Surrender, your saving Grace. Compassion & Acceptance, your wound-poultice.

You are safely protected. Bit by bit, you will suddenly see. You will emerge from the underground tunnel with a pop. You will get the green light from the setting sun as the old you fades away into the ‘dark night of the soul’ (Q & A with Eckhart Tolle on the subject). A new day is dawning, mixed metaphors & beloved cliches fully exposed.

Muddy & triumphant, your Spirited Soul WILL make it to the Promised Land. Fractal parts unfractured. With all three bases having been contacted (& it IS a contact sport), you will score a home run on home turf.  Your Fundamental Field® of dreams. Live it & share it.

You are in good company as you encounter many a fellow ‘S.A.S.S.I.E.’ along the way. One step up at a time, by crawl or by fall, you will all go the distance. Long distance on the fast track, sprint included. No hurries, no worries, at any pace it’s a win-win. Stay on track. Go Team.” 

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This image is dedicated to my dear friend, Kathy Emery (RIP), a teacher who schooled me in the wonders of the green flash at sunset. You can see this phenomenon evidenced in this photo. This is the first time I’ve seen it as a green dot refracted on the ground, as opposed to a flash at the horizon. It’s as if to say, “Stay grounded in the Light”.
(Photo by Richard Metz)

Click here for more info on the ‘green flash‘ at sunset. 

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A Life in the Day (Now. And Then.)

Time, she fleets.

On the Western front we’re already two months into our first trimester, & counting. 🍀🍀🍀  With every passing second we are the youngest we are ever going to be. That is an important & sobering thought, one which we hear more clearly as time whispers on. And cries out Every New Year. Faces change. Facades change. Family leaves. Friends pass. It’s hard to let go.

If time teaches us anything, it’s that anything & everything can change on a dime. For me it has been a fistful. I am currently in the most challenging season of my adult life. Fallout is a solitary experience with global ramifications, & vice-versa. A phenomenon as unique to us individually as it is universally.

So let’s flip for it, fear or hope, what will it be? Depending on the day, I can see one, & sometimes the other, or both. Only two sides seem simplistic, but maybe those are the only two that matter when our banks burst? Like with anger, fear can give us information about ourselves…our strengths, our weaknesses, areas that need our love & attention.

Hope is the light that propels us forward in fear’s darkness. Hope is our savior when we are held hostage in dark places. I cling to the hope that my next series of big changes are going to be as a result of facing my challenges head on, with faith that I will evolve to a better version of myself, coming from wholeness…from health not injury, to a place where I can better serve & love others without self-detriment.

Thus, I am choosing to adopt this revelation as my resolution, one flipping blip at a time:

“With every passing moment, let me see the Divine Love that comes with each Present.  It IS there with every coin cast in my path, be it clearly written on the surface or a lesson deeply imbedded. May my path grow me, in ways everlasting.”

  • What are the coins that have landed in your path, now & then?  Famine or Plenty?
  • And what is your resolve…your approach for maintaining balance in the face of change? 
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A Life in the Day (Calming Waters, Rolling Sky)

A fortunate & unexpected outing, a serenade. Our beautiful California coast, as it lives & breathes, revives me with every expiration, & inspiration.


 

 

 

 

Rolling sky, reach down & touch me as you pass by, calm me at water’s edge.

What glorious respite art thou to I. A tortured Spirit with tender Soul, held high.

What natural phenomenal phenomena soothes your Spirit & enlivens your Soul?

 

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A Life in the Day (Late Nights)

My best time of day is late at night. Somehow troubles fade off into the darkness for awhile. Luckily, to keep me company & to bring much needed levity, there is still a selection of up-to-date-old-school-styled-late-night-shows on network tv.

Two of my favorite companions are James & Jimmy. So talented, charming, clever, funny. Recently each had musical guests on their shows that I quite enjoyed. I am posting the clips here.

Have a watch/listen. If you’re anything like me, you’re sure to enjoy the diversion:

Who are your favorite late-night companions?

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Letting Myself Be Held

CAPTIVE

a Chrysalis in the cocoon

a Phoenix in the ash

a Cloister in the abbey

Cradled

On the ground

I bathe in furry

Raging waters

Cleanse

Purify

Tenderize

Strength Worn Vulnerability …

Complete

Total

Surrender

Insides on the Outs

SOFTLY FALL

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Centered At The Center

I’ve taken leave of my senses. They needed a break even before our parking lot repaving was put on the ‘to do’ list.

At times, one’s senses can be easily overwhelmed, even on a good day. Highly Sensitive Person (via Dr. Elaine Aron), Wounded Healer (a previous post of mine) types in the biz, such as myself, need to step back once in awhile to recoup from losses & consolidate gains. This is a common part of ongoing personal growth…by tending to ourselves we can better serve others. This urge to retreat & go internal is a centuries old proclivity by certain types of folks in every society.

Our modern culture doesn’t support or understand these things much. (See my previous post on the subject). Maybe it’s because this sort of inner dredging is only afflicted on a small percentage of the population, no matter the time or place? Again, the blessing-curse dichotomy.

This cosmic timing has also corresponded in part with our Center for Advanced Energy Medicine & Richard Metz Chiropractic Clinic joint office parking lot going under construction. A bit of non-relaxing ruckus has kept me at bay. I would have had to take time off anyway, & even though I’m on the edge (losing income & such), it also makes this an even greater test of faith.

I believe that when we’re doing our soul work, we will have our needs cared for while we’re at it, if only (& usually) by the hair of our chinny chin chin. (Now that I’m in my fifth decade, I am becoming more as one with that reference, lol). All for the Good, I must believe.

It pains me to have left my dear peeps in the lurch…I have to trust that there is a larger synchronicity, that God is capable of taking care of all of us at the same time, in a way only God could coordinate & accomplish.

It is only in the physical world that any Soul is distanced from another, or from our Source. Our Faith in a greater power simultaneously outside & within ourselves, is where we must ultimately build our strength & endurance.

As for the Energy Medicine Practice, for several years now we have had side-by-side office buildings. Dr. Metz in one & me (& seminars) in the other. Now that reconstruction is in process, personally AND professionally, I’m hoping for better days ahead.

May we all be centered at the Center!

God bless us, every one.

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From Beirut, This Is Paris: In A World That Doesn’t Care About Arab Lives 

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Originally posted on A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares:
When a friend told me past midnight to check the news about Paris, I had no idea that I would be looking at a map of a…

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Rain, Fire, & How You Can Help

We received rain yesterday in Paso Robles, which is great with us being in the state of California, but ironically, our grapes needed more time as mildew can arise depending on tightness of the cluster (we’ll just have to see!). The agricultural community is used to fighting unusual weather. We are used to having to […]

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On the Run – Blogging the European Refugee Crisis

The blogging community has been actively engaged in the ongoing humanitarian crisis across (and beyond) Europe.

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Let’s Hear It (& Sing It) For The Atheists!

Now here’s some good fun & musical goings on, by Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, featuring Edie Bricknell.

It’s true…Atheists ain’t got nuthin’. They just sing the Blues, & have questionable grammarly practices, lol.

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When I’m Wiser and I’m Older

Indeed, Wake Me Up when it’s all over…and Love is the Prize!

Enjoy Avicii’s beautiful video, featuring Aloe Blacc, who graced us here with his lyrics and vocals:

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How to act around introverted people

Calling all introverts, & those who love them…Hmmm, that would be everyone. 😝

If you’re an introvert & you know it, clap your hands… If applause falls & no one is there to hear it, is it still applause?🌲 You betcha!

Give yourself a hand, & stand tall. 🌲We all need support at every stage of our development.

In my work as a Fundamental Field® Therapist, I know that there are energetic causes (‘Energenetic’, even) as to why we evolve the way we do. The diagnoses that we get, & give ourselves, are often based on the symptoms of those causes. In my mind, this evidence supports the cause & gives us hope for change of symptoms.

Acceptance of where we find ourselves is the launching pad to healing…whenever & wherever that may, or may not, lead is the mystery yet to unfold. (Hmmm, that sounds like some good solid ground on which to stand, LOL).

Here’s some helpful advice for navigating the journey…from an Ellen Vrana interview at the blog, Read an Interview:

The Longform Interviewer

The interviewed: Ellen Vrana, age 35. Grew up in Michigan, USA, but lives and works in London together with her husband. The interviewed: Ellen Vrana, age 35. Grew up in Michigan, USA, but lives and works in London together with her husband.

Where do you get your energy from? Does social interaction increase it or do you crave more alone time than your friends do? In this interview London-based writer Ellen Vrana – an introvert herself – shares her personal experience and how hard it can be when people just don’t get it.

“There is nothing lonelier than being in a room full of people who don’t understand or care to understand me,” says Ellen Vrana. I partly recognized myself in some of her writing and reached out to clarify my own thoughts and feelings in an interview with her.

She goes on, and her insights continue to amaze me: “Introverts are not uniformly shy, socially inept, or anti-social.”

“I’m not speaking for others, this is my experience with introversion,” she points out.

Whether you’re…

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Quotog: A claimer of my disclaimer

Definition of Term: 

Quo·tog /KWO-täg/

noun, formally informal.

1. a term that connotes an original quote paired with an original photograph, created by any given Spirited Soul who possesses artistic proclivities & sensibilities. 🙂

Origin: As far as I can tell, that would be me, Maggie B., 2010.

Example Usages: What a lovely Quotog you posted.” “You are quite the Quotog.”  Or, “Allow me to share that oh so clever Quotog.” LOL.

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The ‘Wisdom I was Born With” is in you

Michael C., your inner child is a collectively cute & wise little sonofabitchen. (:

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When I write, I try to tap into the child within. I try to “feel” something that I can share with another, be it humorous, educational or shocking. I have stories to tell from my past that brought me to this point, and I think they may help another to feel what I feel and to take action even if that action is simply to refrain from acting or even thinking.

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Why quiet is essential to your creative practice

Damien Walter

For the last 15 days I’ve been writing a series of posts on creative fear, to take myself – and anyone else who wants to follow – past the barriers that keep us from creating. The series began with a personal essay on the need for quiet if we’re to be creative at all.

Originally published with the support of my backers on Patreon.

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We live in a very noisy world. Even putting aside all the noise we can’t control – the party next door, the six lane highway a block over, plane flight paths, the tinny rattle of somebody elses iPod on the daily commute – many, perhaps most of us,  choose to soak our senses in a 24 hour a day noisefest. Hands up who has a radio on all night? TV in the morning? Podcasts while at the computer? Led Zeppelin in the shower?…

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Spirit & Soul: At My Side

For me, a comforting image & presence…amongst the pillowy softness & protective sheath…formed itself directly by my side:

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Quotog: Spiraling 

Definition of Term: 

Quo·tog /KWO-täg/

noun, formally informal.

1. a term that connotes an original quote paired with an original photograph, created by any given Spirited Soul who possesses artistic proclivities & sensibilities. 🙂

Origin: As far as I can tell, that would be me, Maggie B., 2010.

Example Usages: What a lovely Quotog you posted.” “You are quite the Quotog.”  Or, “Allow me to share that oh so clever Quotog.” LOL.

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Our World Through a Lens: Photography Blogs to Follow Now

I’m presently an armchair traveler. If you are too, here are some interesting & beautiful sites to explore. ~ Maggie

The WordPress.com Blog

Some of the best photographers and professional photo organizations maintain their homes on WordPress.com. See the world through their eyes.

Paul Zizka at Paul Zizka Photography

Paul Zizka is a professional mountain landscape and adventure photographer based in Banff, Alberta. His photographs celebrate the power and beauty of the outdoors, from the sprawling backcountry of Canada to hard-to-access locations in the wilderness. His night landscapes are spectacular.

Haffner Creek, Kootenay National Park.Haffner Creek, Kootenay National Park, Canada.

Emerald Lake, Canada.Emerald Lake, Canada.

Susan Portnoy at The Insatiable Traveler

Travel photographer Susan Portnoy focuses on wildlife and indigenous cultures and contributes to various outlets, including Yahoo Travel. She’s based in New York, but as her readers know, she’s usually off exploring a faraway destination. Her recent photo essays from Namibia on her blog, The Insatiable Traveler, are worth a peek.

Himba toddlers in their village near Serra Cafema Camp, Namibia. Himba toddlers in their village near Serra Cafema Camp, Namibia.

Susan Portnoy-Elephants A pair of elephants, intertwined.

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Portraits of the World’s Vanishing People by Jimmy Nelson (on TED)

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Sleep, Play, Glove: Baby Knows Best

We must attend to ourselves, like a babe in arms. Babies are super tough in their own way. They take in SO much, put out so much, & are instinctively wired for sleep… & play. Growing like weeds, we pull on the garden gloves to tend the field; rubber gloves to clean up spills; oven mitts to protect from burns; & Kid Gloves for loving care. In any scenario, the cycle of life seems to be: Approach & retreat, rinse & repeat.

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These days, our baby within gets no respect. In the U.S., for instance, our Protestant work ethic coupled with a greater divide between rich & poor has spread far & wide. This is making life unbearable for lots of folks including actual babies, & children of all ages. With the unprecedented pressure cooker we live in, all age groups are starved for a break. The new crop of burgeoning adults, our teenagers, are especially at risk. They are sorely lacking in this department, at the time they need it most. The older crop is burning at both ends & also needs a dowsing of downtime.

There is no substitute for sweet slumber. For example check out All Things Considered featuring Dr. Maiken Nedergaard, professor of neurosurgery, discussing how it is that our brain cleanses itself while we are asleep. Sleep is mighty. It is highly underestimated & undervalued in our so-called ‘modern’ society. This is counter-intuitive, given how critical it is for the regeneration & repair that we so desperately need, & that cannot happen unless we are in a sleep state. This is relevant, no matter our age. Sadly, many of us are so out of balance that we can’t even give into it if we try &/or are so deprived of it that we literally, & figuratively, risk falling asleep at the wheel. Getting through the day without stimulants? Unheard of. Getting through the night without relaxants? Unheard of. I worry about us, collectively, as a species.

For we humans quality AND quantity of sleep has been, & still is, a non-negotiable requisite for survival. Check out the TED Radio Hour featuring a discussion of Psychologist Abraham Mazlo’s Hierarchy of Human Needs. According to Mazlo’s hierarchy, sleep is the most important survival basic (for memory, judgement, immune system, physiology, & protection against infection, to name a few). Surprisingly, it is usually the first thing to be sacrificed, with subsequent bragging rights. There’s a certain status that comes with being so busy that one doesn’t have time for such lazing about. Some of us have no choice but to stock our shelves with multiple jobs just to make ends meet. Whether we’re trying to stay ahead or just keep up with the race, it’s a problem that doesn’t discriminate. Rich or poor, sick or well, young or old, we must find a way to achieve some sort of balance, even if it’s just 5 minutes 3x a day to ‘hit pause & set refresh’, in any small way we can. Stop, stretch & stare out the window (not at your phone). Enjoy a tall drink of water. Nibble a handful of protein. Close your eyes & go to that happy place in your mind’s eye. (I’ve heard it’s just as valuable as physically being there). Take a walk around the block. Dawdle, or doodle. The more balance we achieve during the day, the better off we’ll be in bed, when it comes to rising & setting.

Doesn’t my doodle just scream, “Creative Play”?? LOL.

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In addition to sleep, nothing can replace the release we get from uninhibited fun & creative expression, which of course varies based on one’s idea of such. Nothing can replace a hearty serving of divested downtime (a.k.a., wild abandon), where there is no agenda, no pressure, competition or restraint. Nothing can replace the freedom of oft overlooked SIMPLE PLAYTIME. It doesn’t have to be messy, OR neat. It’s whatever constitutes a comfortable digression from your normal routine. The point is to lose one’s self in fun & creative play that disengages us from stress & engages a unique part of our brain. Playful fun is a state of mind with which you approach the mundane. It doesn’t have do be formal. It can be spontaneous…dancing around the living room in your pajamas; making a joke or hearing one & having a good belly laugh; goofing around with your kids or your pets in the backyard. This process of loosening our grip actually improves our sanity, helping us to be better problem solvers & to be more ‘productive’ in the long run…in all those other ways upon which society demands/requires. Check out what Sociologist Christine Carter had to say on Forum with Michael Krasny, discussing her new book The Sweet Spot ~ High Productivity & Low Stress.

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The Universe projected itself into my not-so-clean back porch, with a smiling rainbow. 

So no worries… Creatures of habit that we are, I’m here to pass along the Encouragement Reminder: Today’s the day to Re-Create! It’s never too late to reconfigure. You are still being productive even while you’re down (for a nap) & out (playing). Life is a juggling act, for sure. This chef cautions you to feed yourself by focusing on just one plate at a time. Many dishes, one plate. As I always say, everyone’s circumstance is different & everything has its time & place in the big scheme of things. In that vein, honor creativity as your life-blood, your birthright. It’s the spice that makes life palatable, & extra-ordinary. So season well, with gusto. Try new taste sensations. Carve out a little space & go ahead…play with your food! Don’t waste it.

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with wild abandon or not at all. ~ Harriet Van Horne

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The Creative Force is the Source. Don’t outsource your Force!

The importance of rest & recreation is especially true if you are in the process of deep-healing, &/or other life transitions. As a Fundamental Field® Therapist, I see this in my Energy-Balancing Bodywork practice all the time. I share the opinion that stress & its effect really is our primary downfall. Check out Stressful Lives: Components, Causes & Solutions, from the website of my mentor, Dr. Richard Metz. I’ve learned to honor & encourage rest & recreation in myself & others, ways both solitary & social. When one is experiencing deep-healing & major life changes, personal energy reserves & coping capabilities are at risk. If you are in such a state, an individually tailored energy evaluation/session is recommended, for extra support & nurturance as well efficiency! I know that there are many contributing & complex factors regarding these topics, that’s why I don’t usually give blanket advice. But sometimes we just need a blanket, not a total remodel. It’s empowering to be a do-it-yourselfer. Therefore, I came up with my first test-case of blanket assessment & advice, as follows.

As with our deep-seated issues, most surface strain can be attributed to issues of excess &/or depletion.  I’ve noticed that when clients come to me presenting with everyday stress, I tend to concentrate on Fundamental Field reflex points on the head & feet which usually have to do with Ether & Fire elements in the Positive Pole (Conscious Mind), as well as in the Negative Pole (emotional warehouse of the Unconscious Mind). In addition to other qualities, these energies have to do with physical & psychological interaction, boundaries, order & organization. In addition, I work  Air in the Negative Pole which has to do with speed, mental acuity/support, & the immune system. I usually gravitate towards working Ether, Water & Earth elements in the Negative Pole to connect clients with relaxed creative expression & play. In addition to other qualities, these energies have to do with expansiveness, self-expression, flowing yet grounded. Stress & work-a-day life is especially depleting to these & all energy centers, on top of whatever other life issues (chronic or acute) with which we make be dealing.

Since this is such a common problem I came up with an antidote, two mini-treatment Protocols for you to sample. Self-care is not selfish.  Just as the common example of the flight attendant who says in their safety talk as you’re preparing for takeoff…the best way to come to the aid of others, especially our dependents (pets included), is to help ourselves first. We set the standard & relieve them of taking on the needs projected by our unbalanced energies. Thus, when we interact with others, we are better able to address their needs from our own more balanced state. The following recipe for self-care is designed to help you deal with stress, thus inducing sleep/relaxation, which feeds back to foster your creativity. If it doesn’t put you to sleep it should help you feel more relaxed, in compensation for its lack; &/or it may address deeper issues behind your surface stress.

So here we go:

Ideally the 1st Protocol would be completed ~2 hours before the 2nd. You can do it while meditating, listening to music, watching TV, or my favorite…while steaming in the tub.

If you’re unable to do the 1st Protocol ~2 hours in advance of the 2nd, you can squeeze it in sooner. The least amount of pause would be 5 minutes, between the end of the 1st Protocol & start of the 2nd Protocol.

If you can’t do both Protocols, at least do the 2nd, which can be repeated throughout the night/day, if necessary.

Ok, I think we’ve covered all contingencies. Lol…

 1st Self-Care Protocol: Pre-Bedtime (Hold each step for at least 30 seconds):

  1. Place palm of right hand vertically between eyes, while left hand held to throat.
  2. Grasp left index finger with right hand.
  3. Grasp right index finger with left hand. 
  4. Ideally you would do this one while sitting cross-legged yoga-style:  Simultaneously clasp together, & grasp, big & index toes on each foot with hand of opposite side (i.e., right hand to left foot, left hand to right foot).  If you can’t manage that, an alternative would be to reach for & contact one set of toes at a time with one hand, while contacting forehead with the other. To do so: Lay down with knees bent (or sit in a chair cross-legged), clasp together & grasp left side big & index toes (with left hand), while placing palm of right hand vertically between eyes. Repeat with other side. Each side for 30 seconds, or so.
  5. With palms of hands, simultaneously massage sides of head at temples, circling up & forward.
  6. With fingertips, simultaneously rub temples slowly up & down.
  7. With fingerpads, simultaneously hold temples gently still. 
  8. Place palm of right hand vertically between eyes, with left hand over belly button.
  9. Simultaneously place index fingers inside ears, thumbs clasped behind ear lobes, with remaining middle, ring & pinky fingers resting at each temple.

2nd Self-Care Protocol: At-Bedtime (Hold each step for 30 sec, or as you like):

  1. Place palm of right hand vertically between eyes, while palm of left hand to throat.
  2. With palms of hands, simultaneously massage sides of head at temples, circling up & forward. 
  3. With fingertips, simultaneously rub temples slowly up & down.
  4. With fingerpads, simultaneously hold temples gently still. 
  5. Simultaneously place index fingers inside ears, thumbs clasped behind ear lobes, with remaining middle, ring & pinky fingers resting at each temple.

Most of us have trouble turning the off switch on our obsessive thoughts. If you’re struggling with this, try focusing on body sensations as you move through the steps; &/or the stillness between your eyes where the energies of the spiritual & physical body ‘meet & greet’. Deep breaths will come naturally as the subtle energies move & balance. If they don’t come naturally, it wouldn’t hurt to coax it a bit…

While taking an inward breath you can say to yourself, “Breath is Life. Yay, Breath is Life.” On the outward breath, “Breath is Life. Breath ends all Strife. 

The Key is to not force anything. (Now there’s some blanket advice for you). 🙂

If you’re already on sleep medication or supplements, I recommend taking them about a half hour before you administer the shorter bedtime Protocol. For best results, follow the entire recipe with consistency for at least 1 week before reaching an initial verdict. Please do let me know if you experience a shift, or not. I’m interested in any constructive feedback you may have. (Of course you realize that this is not a substitute for medical advice from your own doctor, rather a suggestion based on my own knowledge & experience).

*And in case you didn’t notice, the title for this post was chosen in homage to one of my favorite authors, Elizabeth Gilbert & her book:

Eat, Pray, Love.

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