Are You Sabotaging Your Healthy Efforts?

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 Your vitality is in direct proportion to how brightly and how frequently you let your light shine.  To be clear, your light is always shining; you simply have to let go of what’s dimming it from being seen – the veils or filters that conceal the brightness of who you really are.

Let’s talk about this in terms of healthy behaviours. There are many activities you can do to increase your physical and mental health – clean eating, active movement, quality sleep, medicine when necessary, meaningful relationships, enlisting support, therapy, researching alternatives, relaxation, self-care, etc. We all know about these opportunities and activities that lead to greater health and vitality.

Once you decide on what activity you would like to add or remove from your life, and once you get to the point that you are ready to make the change, or maintain it, the key to success in this endeavour is your mindset. As it turns out, your mindset is largely, I’d say primarily, a result of your vibration (how brightly or dimly you allow your light to shine). Vibration precedes everything else.

For example, when you eat your greens because you think you should or must; when you pay no attention to it, shovel it down, or just get it over with; your body cannot benefit from it the same way it would if you were focused on higher vibrations such as the enjoyment, satisfaction, or gratitude of this otherwise healthy activity.

When you eat under duress (stress), your nervous system shifts to preparing to fight or flee; it slows or stops your ability to fully digest and assimilate the nutrients to heal your cells because all the body’s energy and attention goes to your survival needs instead of your regenerative, restorative, healing needs. When you’re focused on how much you hate what you’re eating, that you don’t have time to eat, or when you judge something as bad for you, you ensure that you’re not getting the nutritional benefits you could be getting from it.

Alternatively, when you apply your attitude and mindset to mindfulness, gratitude, appreciation, enjoyment, savouring, and focusing on the pleasure of what you’re eating (no matter if it’s a green smoothie or chocolate cake), you increase your body’s uptake of nutrition and ability to heal your cells, thereby increasing your physical vitality, while also increasing your mental-emotional vitality.

Bringing it back around now, your job is to let your light shine by being mindful of your thoughts, behaviours and limiting beliefs (beliefs are simply repetitive thoughts, which you can choose to change). Instead, focus on what brings you joy. Do things (including eat) deliberately, with positive intention, awareness, presence and gratitude. The longer you can stay clear of those low-vibe filters, the easier it gets to keep your light shining bright, and the more vitality you feel.

TAKE ACTION TODAY:  Eat your next meal without distraction (no TV, cell phone, reading, computer). Really pay attention to each and every bite, savouring the flavour and texture, and being grateful for the nutritional healing that is being delivered to your cells. Notice how your body feels, breathe deeply to relax, and stop when you feel satisfied. Notice how your behaviour, needs, and desires change when you do this. Let me know what you discover!

Peace and ease,

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The Buzz About Balance

There's a lot of talk about work-life balance. So let's get into it!

What is it, really? How can you achieve it?

I bust a couple myths about it on this short episode.

 

 

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The Flow Zone and the Daily Grind

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When you're on vacation - especially the kind where you're travelling around a lot - it's such a great feeling when you get into that zone where you stop planning and just go with the flow.  Coincidences lead to amazing experiences and opportunities that are perfect for you. 

Then you come home and you suffer a bit of culture shock because you don't quite fit back into your old box anymore. You notice that you have to try harder, push a little more, repsonsibilities drag you down, and that awesome sense of ease and flow is gone. Wouldn't it be great to keep living in the zone at home?

It's definitely easier to be in the zone on vacation than back in the daily grind, but it CAN be done.

WHAT is that flow zone?

It's when you are living in alignment with your true self, when you stop worrying about the details, when you follow your intuition and it leads to the next cool experience or new friend. When you feel great and everything happens easily and perfectly - even the so-called challenges turn out for the best.

WHY does the flow zone happen more easily on vacation?

You are living in the present.

  • this is easier to do on vacation because everything is about the now. You're there to enjoy yourself and fewer details are pre-planned - you just do what you feel like (more on this in a minute).
  • in real life, you have a schedule that is not entirely up to you because you are responsible to others. Detailed planning is required to get everything done.

You are aligned with, and stay in, what Danielle LaPorte calls your core desired feelings - the 3-5 emotions you want to feel 90% of the time.

  • this is easier on vacay because that's what we have vacations for - to feel happy, relaxed, excited, engaged, free, etc.
  • you don't know how you will achieve these feelings specifically, you don't plan it, you just expect to feel great and you know it will happen, so it does.
  • you have no need to control every detail and instead, surrender to whatever happens as part of the adventure.

HOW can we live in the zone in everyday life?

Staying in the feeling you desire is at the top of the list. The rest of it comes easier if you just do this.

  • define what your core desired feelings are and then ask yourself what you can do to feel that way throughout the day. You may find ways to make a mundane task feel better, or choose a different task altogether and delegate what doesn't feel good sometimes.
  • instead of focusing on specific tasks, to-do lists, or goals, you might try focusing on your bigger intentions based on your core desired feelings and then design your actions based on moving towards your intentions. In other words, allow yourself to be more flexible in how you get there.

Living in the now is another key way to stay in the zone. You've heard all the hype around mindfulness? Being present in the moment is key because it helps you let go of the how. Trying to constantly define the how is basically worrying about the future.

  • when you live in the moment, you have an opportunity to appreciate instead of trying to control. Appreciation and gratitude is not only a statement that "I like this," but also that "I already have this." In terms of the Law of Attraction, this is a powerful mindset because that feeling of appreciating what you have is the Truth/Aligned and because there's no resistance to that, you will attract more of that high vibration.
  • In the now, you are open to noticing more coincidences, signs and opportunities, which make you feel good and grateful, which fuels more positive experiences, and keeps you in the flow zone.

As with anything you want to change in your life, you need to implement a daily practice to get good at it. The key components to practice are:

  • staying in your core desired feelings
  • letting go of controlling the how
  • living in the now
  • appreciating or being grateful for what is
  • expecting greatness - know it will happen

 

Peace and ease,

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P.S.  If you're interested in exploring the possibility of working with me one on one - to let go of stress & overwhelm and slip into the flow zone of peace, ease, health and happiness - I have space for a couple new coaching clients! To see if we're a good fit, simply click here to fill out a short questionnaire.If you're not quite ready for that, why not click here and request to join my private FB Group, where I will answer any questions you have about being your best self and optimizing your whole life wellness!

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Impostor Syndrome

 

DO YOU EVER SUFFER FROM THE IMPOSTOR SYNDROME? Feel like you're not good enough or don't know enough?

I spent a lot of years there and one of the side effects was that I realized I was a HOARDER of information.

Are you a collector, gatherer, hoarder, of other people's wisdom that you often don't implement? You'll love this short rant.

If you can relate, I'd love to know what you do for a living (or did) where this was an issue for you.

Add to the conversation below!

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How to be Happier and More Successful

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Today as I listened to Oprah interview Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, on the Super Soul Podcast, I of course had to ask myself, “What would happier look like for me?”

Lately my message has been dancing around the mantra “Be YOU!”

Being YOU is the only way to be truly happy… and successful, and fulfilled, and balanced, and healthy, and ON purpose…

I believe that everyone’s purpose here on this planet is to be the first-rate version of themselves and in sharing their best self, to enrich the world in some way – hopefully by doing what they’re passionate about (because that’s the easiest way to be your best self).

But what does it really mean to be your best self?

Gretchen Rubin has a list of “commandments” for herself. Here are some of them:

  • Be me
  • Let it go (negativity of any kind)
  • Act the way you want to feel
  • Do it now
  • Be polite and be fair
  • Enjoy the process (which allows you to let go of the outcome)
  • No calculation (let go of “score-keeping” and the need for praise)
  • There is only love

You might want to create your own self-identified “principles to live by” to help you get clear on what’s most important – your core values, strengths, weaknesses and interests. It creates a great foundation for determining what specific actions you could take on a daily basis to increase your happiness levels and be more YOU. It helps you strip away the things that don’t align with your core values.

But what came to me today that I really want to share, is that the underlying piece of it all is SELF LOVE.

In order to be our best self, we have to love our self… right?

What does it mean to truly love ourselves?

I think typically, we say, “yeah sure, I love myself” – but it’s a superficial love.

To help understand the difference, consider the way you love your child, or the way you loved your partner in the early days of your relationship – when they could do no wrong.

You saw beauty in their flaws and it only made you love them more. You felt loving compassion for the whole of them, even when – especially when – they couldn’t have compassion for themselves.

What does it take to feel that way about yourself?

Well, first you have to acknowledge and OWN all of you. The good, the bad and the ugly too. When I say “own it” I mean you have to ACCEPT it. Which is NOT to say you have to continue to choose to be this way or that way forever more (we always have choice), but you have to recognize its role in making you who you are today and be able to say “yeah, that’s really me” and have loving compassion for yourself, without judgement.

When you’re looking at the not-so-admirable aspects of yourself, be careful not to confuse compassion with a pity-party. This is NOT about feeling sorry for yourself. That’s a waste of time and energy. When your child is facing a challenge because of something they said or did, do you feel pity for them? No. You feel compassionate. You know they are learning an important lesson and they have the strength to come out the other side as a better person because of it. Feeling sorry for someone doesn’t help them learn anything.

Pity restricts: it's a roadblock; it shuts down choice and learning; it proclaims that where you are is only negative; it stops the flow of energy. 

Compassion flows: it guides; it sees many sides; it allows for learning; it allows for a shift; it allows choice.

So when you are looking at your so-called flaws, remember to use THOSE eyes – the same compassionate eyes that you use to see the beauty in the flaws of your child or your honeymoon-phase lover.

Life was never meant to be a struggle. Love yourself wholly and be YOU. Happiness flows from that core.

Peace and ease,

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P.S.  If you're interested in exploring the possibility of working with me one on one - to let go of stress & overwhelm and slip on a life of peace, ease, health and happiness - I have space for a couple new coaching clients! To see if we're a good fit, simply click here to fill out a short questionnaire.

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