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Time to take the quiz!
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Emotions are powerful. This is one of my new favourite ways I help them move up and out of me.
Fear appears to be the dominant emotion currently surrounding us. It comes in all shapes, sizes and for a number of reasons. The secret to releasing fear is to identify the fear, find out the reason it is present and then choose how you wish to proceed.
The fear never goes away. It's the relationship to fear which changes. -click to tweet it!
Fear is a reaction from our nervous system designed to keep up from harm. When this lovely mechanism was designed, its purpose was to make sure we didn't get eaten by a bear, be too lazy to gather food or find safe shelter. With our modern lives fear is not usually a life or death situation, it's a fear of the unknown. Reactions to fear have three outcomes:
- Initiate us into action,
- Move us in the opposite direction of what is causing the fear, causing us to cower,
- Keep us stagnant.
Write out the answers to the following questions:
- What fears are currently present in your life?
- Which of the 3 reactions are the having inside you?
- Are you happy with the reaction, or do you wish to change it?
If you are happy with your reaction to all of your fears, then great! If you want to move forward with releasing more of the fear to aid in eliciting a new reaction, then watch the video below. In this video I give you 3 amazing tools to help you release your fear. It's worth the 10 minutes. You don't want to miss it!
A quick recap of the 3 tools:
- Change your story around the fear
- Release the physical response with fear
- Train yourself to tame your reaction to fears
Next Action Steps:
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The beauty about the holidays is it has the opportunity to shine the light on generosity.
To me the holidays have nothing to do with gifts. It's the attitude of kindness and compassion which sparkle to me. Compassion for ourselves and those around you. The following are my 4 guides to holiday giving. These guides will help nourish your light, as well as, those you are generously sharing with.
Tell people one thing you admire or appreciate about them. Whenever at a party, writing on a holiday card, or simply in passing, tell them something wonderful you notice about them. This moves beyond the standard, 'you look good' comment, and makes an impact. They get a glimpse of the beauty inside themselves and you get a fantastic reminder of why you enjoy this person so much. Try it with your loved ones, and move to extend it to people you pass buy like a sales clerk.
Listen. We love to jump in to someone telling a story and put in our own opinions and experience. Try simply listening to a whole story, move forward with asking them questions about how they felt about that, or asking them to dive into more information about a particular section or topic which peaked your interest. Give them the attention without needing to add anything. You will be surprised at what you learn and how lovely they will feel being heard. After being filled with your wonderful listening, they automatically listen more to you afterwards.
It's easy to fall into the negative speech pattern of what is going on around the world, with the weather or in life in general. Especially when we are in groups. This can be a subtle trap we fall into, maybe it starts with a minor complaint on the weather, or dismissing a comment on how lovely you look, to full blown gossip about something or someone which bothers you at work. Instead of feeding the negative speech pattern, can you validate concerns with love, or turn the thoughts around to focus on what is beautiful. Examples: replace 'Brrr it's cold' with 'oh it's so lovely and warm inside!' Simply say thank you when some one compliments you. Instead of feeding into a negative conversation with comments such as, 'that must be rough', or 'oh you poor thing', just listen without comment or replace with comments like, 'you are strong to move through this'.
When we live abundantly we receive abundantly. There are more ways to be generous than with money. Give from the heart and you will feel the love return.
To help you move into the spirit of giving, I have included a Meta Meditation, (Loving Kindness meditation) for you to listen to. Click the image below to download.
May your holidays be filled with gratitude and generosity!
In the spirit of giving this season, remember that the best person to give to first is YOURSELF! If you are nourished, then you won't be able to sustain your holiday generosity and thrive yourself.