I want you to take two fingers — your index and ring finger — and hold them together. With these two fingers, I want you to find your pulse. You can look anywhere to find this, but the neck and wrist are two of the easiest places to locate your pulse.
Once you find it, close your eyes and just listen for 10-20 seconds to the beat. No distractions, music, TV or noise if possible. Just listen to your heart pulsate. If it’s beating fast, take a deep breath into your body to slow it down and repeat listening for 10-20 seconds.
Do you feel the pulse, the rhythm of your heart pumping blood through your veins? That’s you. That’s your heart, your breath, your ability to think, your privilege to choose. You are the operator of your own being and your future. Breathe in the power and possibilities — do you feel the strength coursing through you?
Now meet the incredible Linda Tellington Jones, founder & creator of the T-Touch, a bright star illuminating our world through her work with the animal kingdom. Her joy and love of life is infectious.
In this interview, she distills her knowledge of animal whisperings and a lifetime of learning into practical and holistic healing techniques.“Count your blessings,” she reminds us, “and surround yourself with the simple beauty of animals and flowers to create that state of gratitude.” Linda teaches we make a difference with simple breaths & moments.
What can You Do Today
to Improve all Tomorrows?
Choose health & positivity. It takes a lot of energy to think/act/be negative, therefore there is no room left for good vibes. When you are negative, you tire yourself out. Through this exhaustion, you damage your mental health and immune system; therefore when you choose gratitude and beauty, you choose health, love and light for your life and body.
Hold & create a vision of your future. Hold a place in your body, mind and soul for what you want your future to look like. This can come in the form of a vision board, praying, intentional thinking, volunteering, etc. Don’t listen to doubt, fear, and frustrations that will distract you from this vision. When you create a space for your future to manifest, it will come into form.
Honor Nature. We are part of the whole – animals, plants, the elements. Create space in your life to connect to nature. Walk in the park. Take a hike. Listen to the wind. Spend time with animals and learn through their consciousness. Speak to animals as if they understand. Be in nature with understanding and gratitude.
Linda and her work have been featured many times for more than 35 years in prime time television in North American, Europe, United Kingdom and Australia and featured in innumerable publications. In North America these include, including Equus; Practical Horseman; Modern Horse Breeding; Horseman; Good Dog; Trail Blazer; Arabian Horse World; Massage Therapy Journal; New Age Journal; Woman’s Day; ASPCA Report; American Way; American Kennel Club Gazette; Horse Illustrated; United Airlines Magazine. Major newspapers and magazines and well as horse, dog and cat publications in Europe, United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Hungary, France have covered the Tellington Method over the past 35 years.
It has already started. I am referring to the holiday season: the Black Fridays, the Christmas songs, and the dusting off of the lights and decorations. Festivities are beckoning as the countdown begins for the end of the year.
Usually, during this particular holiday season I tag along with the traditions and merriment: the giving and receiving of gifts, the fabulous food, the walks in the snow.
But this year, I feel a stirring towards something more revolutionary. My spirit is yearning for something else. It is searching for a deeper pulse into which it can dive and ride with my soul’s wingspan.
I know it doesn’t have to be an either/or situation but I find myself leaning towards these stirrings and listening attentively because I know I am hungry. I am hungering for the nourishment that profound connection and soulfulness can bring.
I have arrived at this point in my life where little bits of connection or fleeting moments of soulfulness are not enough.
I want my spirit to feel home in my body, to be anchored and nourished continuously so that it can flourish in my daily life.
Do you crave that?
(When I am talking about my spirit I am speaking about that part of me that is the dreamer, the light lover, the one who believes in possibilities, the one who giggles easily and is free. We all have that spirit within us – remember that wide-eyed child you were?).
My heart has been whispering to me for quite some time and now I feel untethered enough to actually prioritize creating environments (places, emotions. thoughts, actions, relationships) that feed my spirit with nutrient-rich consciousness, awakenings, oohs and ahhs.
I recognize that some areas of my life still need pruning while others need more sunlight, but here are the guidelines that I will be using for nourishing my spirit this holiday season. If it takes your fancy, join in!
- Create a roadmap. Make clear choices emotionally and mentally on how you want to feel during the next 25 days before actually embarking on the journey. Visualize yourself consciously navigating past obstructions or challenging situations thus creating a template in your consciousness for guiding you towards your desired experiences.
- Check in with your spirit every day. By doing so, you can gauge how your spirit is doing; in turn, you can prioritize your actions to make it feel brighter, more engaged and uplifted. For me, looking at the light in the sky and immersing my senses in the immensity of it relaxes my being and makes me feel at home.
- Create space. Clear out clutter, disruptive thoughts and emotions by being mindful and choose emotions and thoughts that bring light to your spirit.
- Strategies for when you fall off the wagon. Create go-to strategies that can help you get back on track. For example, breathing exercises, going for a walk, etc. Commit to following your strategies.
- Limit device time. Get off the internet and your smart phone. Spend this extra time being with you even if it is uncomfortable to begin with.
- Pacing. Know when to pull back from activities, emotions, thoughts, relationships so that you are not straining your nervous system. Be gentle so that it feels wonderful for your spirit to be in your body. When we squeeze, we strangle our spirit.
- Solo. Set aside some solo time every day. The earlier in the day the better. Being with yourself is a treat. Learn to enjoy your own company for longer and longer periods of time (without the distractions of TV, phones, selfies, reading or social media).
- Creativity. There has to be creative expression. Write, draw, doodle, dance, tell stories, engage others with your passions. Step out of the comfort zone daily.
- Laugh at your struggles. Doing so will help to rebalance your priorities by bringing light to the matter at hand.
- Dance and sing everyday. The easiest way to connect to your spirit is through movement and sound. Allow yourself to become lost in the experience even if only for a few moments at a time.
- Reach out to family and friends. Speak from your heart and say what is true for you. Stay connected to the light and your spirit as you mingle with family and friends. Remember your first commitment is to yourself, so make sure you feel connected within.
These are my little nuggets of wisdom, listed here to help you nourish your spirit during the holidays and beyond. When we live, breathe and share from a place of being anchored in ourselves the gift to our families and friends is the presence of our whole being. And it is radiant and vast!
You can practice all or a few of the suggestions, whatever you decide remember to uplift your wonderful spirit.
As it is the holiday season, I wanted to give you a little kiss with this audio meditation I recorded for my Tenderlogic Consciousness Community.
For this month only, I would also love to extend an invitation for a free month in our TenderLogic Consciousness Community group. We have monthly meditations, light exercises and hangouts just like the one above–come join us in light + inspiration!
Are you ready to meet a passionate advocate for organic foods & GMO awareness? Between “organic” labels and all the crazy diets, the politics of health and good eating can be confusing.
I interviewed Elizabeth Kucinich, the Director of Policy for the Center for Food Safety to help you get to the bottom of this confusion. You will learn about the effects of GMO foods and how we can make a difference through choosing food consciously. But she goes deeper than scientific reasoning. She elaborates on why our food choices today will affect us tomorrow and all futures to come. She states that, “You are responsible for the future.”
It is a great deal to digest. But don’t worry, Elizabeth helps us navigate this very charged topic with ideas on how to easily make the right food choices for ourselves, our families, and our communities.
What can You Do Today
to Improve all Tomorrows?
Understand your are responsible. It is overwhelming to think about changing a whole government, nation or world. Don’t think of the overwhelming factors instead focus on the things you can do to be an advocate for the causes dear to your heart. Small changesare big changes.
Look for the positive in your community. Get involved and see what’s happening. You are not alone. Take care of your ecosystem by taking care of yourself. Volunteer at a local chapter or grow your own garden. Small changes are big changes.
Be conscious of what you eat. Be knowledgeable about where your food comes from and how it’s grown. Putting chemicals in your body is hurting yourself (your ecosystem), which hurts the world.
Elizabeth Jane Kucinich is a British organic food and vegan advocate, a champion for peace, animals and the environment.She is the director of policy at the Center for Food Safety, the producer of two documentaries,(‘Hot Water’ and ‘GMO OMG’) and a socially conscious business owner. Married to former 8-term U.S. Congressman and two time Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich. Kucinich splits her time between Cleveland, OH and Washington, DC.
Kucinich is executive producer of ‘GMO OMG’ a documentary exploring genetic engineering, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2013, and producer of ‘Hot Water’ which premiered at the DC Environmental Film Festival, 2013. It is a documentary exposing the harsh realities America faces as a result of uranium mining, from cancer to uncontrollable costs to tax payers.
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