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S.D.E = Self Defined Expectations
On a subconscious level, undefined expectations may be the root cause for unbalance and unhappiness. It's so easy to get caught up with the labels and roles that we unknowingly take on. But how many of these expectations of who we define our Self with are really made by you? Did others or society put these expectations in your life, which you then took on as your own? Or did you choose to start with your own purpose defined expectations? Begin to explore your relationship with each role in your life. Here are some reflections that may be helpful to your exploration: How many roles are you playing right now? Start with the obvious ones – For example: Son, Brother, Sister, Mother. Give your Self this time to look into all the labels or roles that you play in your life. Write down the most obvious ones to get the flow started. Then, begin to write down the ones that may not be so obvious, the roles that you subconsciously find your Self in. If you find this difficult, try thinking your way through your daily routines or weekend journeys and remember the connections you have with the world around you. Sometimes, these subtle roles were not something that you would normally associate with or are only through society's views. For examples: The listener, the peacemaker, the shy person. Which ones speak true to you? In the list you made, begin to group the roles into Love, Dislike, Hate and Explore Further. Love - These are the roles that make you feel positive and happy. You enjoy these roles. These roles are aligned with your purpose and passion. These roles express you in all forms. Dislike – These roles make you feel slightly negative, slightly restricted or/and there feels to be some tension with going forward with it. If you feel any form of slight resistance towards the role, this is the category. Hate – These roles are not aligned to your Higher Self or purpose. They suppress you from being who you are. Distracting and cause you to feel stress and completely negative. You repel from this role. You find your Self avoiding this role.
Explore Further – Uncertain of these roles. The roles which you may have just discovered through reflection and need some more thought. These roles are usually subtle and will need more time to express their Self with you. Making the connection. Some roles interact with others. From your list, highlight each role by connecting with others. Pair them up to their nearest connection. Some roles stand alone. Notice if each role in each pair is in different categories or not - and why. Notice the roles that are on their own – and why. The S.D.E list begins. With these lists and connections, you may find it easier now to explore your Self Defined Expectations from each role. Go through each role and ask your Self: Do I need this role in my life? If yes/no, why? What am I getting out of it now? For the negative roles - What can I change in my actions/perception so this role is now positive instead of negative? Is this role negative because I simply do not want it? Which expectations are truly my own in my relationship with this role and the world? Which expectations are not my own? – And do I accept it as an adopted Self purpose expectation of my own? What can I do to put my Self forward in a positive way with this role? Can I improve the way I do things in this role? – And how? This may take time and journal work may help to string all the thoughts together. Please keep in mind that a healthy Self Defined Expectation is one that brings you back into purpose with who you are. It is about you and what you think you can do as a contribution to this role. Don't use your expectations to blame others or situations – Self Defined Expectations are about how you choose to take responsibility for your own actions and reactions to the outer reality. Your Self Defined Expectations are pro-active in changing your visions/actions first. The rest (in the outer reality) will follow. By beginning the active process of re-assessing your own expectations of each role, you will be able to bring purpose into your daily life. By re-writing your Self Defined Expectations, you will find that you can now choose how you wish to move forward with each role.
Begin the chain reaction to a new way of living your life – one that you choose to be happy with your roles in positive growth.
Tune In To Instinct
The words 'instinct' and 'sixth-sense' seem to be used more and more these days, but how do we know if we are really tuning in to it? Many of us are taught that the reality of life should be logical and based on solid facts - which is not a negative thing to work with. However, that perception is just one side of the coin. All the focus on this side may be hiding the potential for another part of us to truly awaken into real life situations. Our instinct can guide us, sometimes much faster than waiting for the evidence to appear. Watch out for intention. Let's start from the very beginning of your connection with a situation, person or place. Intention from the start is a sensible first step to determining what your instinct is telling you. What was the real intention behind your connect? Examine it from your side and from the side of the situation or people involved. Are you feeling any selfish reasons behind it? Is it a one-way gain situation? Are there any feelings guiding you in the direction that what you are connecting to is purely for the sake of the other? If yes, are you happy with this? Be honest with your Self and the intentions involved. Use your instant feelings to decide whether or not you like the intention that brought you to this place. If you haven't made up your mind, seek for more information.
The chances of intention changing are usually slim so work with the initial feelings. It is not selfish to want to gain from it, but it is selfish if your intention is to drain the other. If you aren't gaining in a two way mutual connection, something or someone will be drained of their own energy source. Attraction or distraction? Yes, there are many attractive things in this world that may or may not be good for you. If you have already worked out what the intentions are and what you feel about it is positive, then now is the time is to tune into your thoughts on whether this attraction is simply a distraction from the path you wish to take. Healthy attraction to anything is there to help you move along your journey in a positive way, not to pass time away from the ultimate goals. Procrastinating by doing other activities (that seem attractive) is a perfect example. Is this attraction to a situation or person something that will enrich your life for the better? How do your goals fit with this? Do you see this as a positive step towards what you truly want in your life right now? Sometimes, we find our Self attracted to something and don't quite know why. With time, patience and keeping in touch with your feelings, you will figure out whether this is a positive attraction. Is there any resistance? This is probably the most important feeling to watch out for. If, for any reason, there is resistance (big or small), ask your Self why? Is this fear of the unknown and change? Or is this really a feeling that is telling you to stay away for your own good? Be still, watch and listen. Trust. If you are willing to explore you're your instincts further, you will need to examine how much you really trust your Self and the decisions you make. Are you influenced by others easily? Do you go by others expectations or are you comfortable with making your own decisions, even if you are alone in it? Trust that what your instincts are telling you are there for a reason. Once you establish trust in your own choices, you are ready to explore what instinct has to offer. With a little patience and observation, you will be able to tune in and find out how valuable this tool is. Enjoy the learning process!
Self Healing Meditation For Self Assessment
I think it is safe to say that nearly everyone goes through a point in their life where they feel that they need to re-evaluate their Self position – this could be at times during the Self transition or when we are experiencing a 'rough patch' – and can involve many emotions that surface as signals. Such examples of emotions can be restlessness, uncertainty, feeling low in confidence, in need of grounding. Sometimes I think we (as individuals) put more pressure on our Self than anyone/anything else, especially in regards to this stage – Are we expected to always feel happy and great? Is it ever ok to feel low or emotionally negative? Do we always need to feel as though we are on top of things – able to go through every challenge with no signs of doubt and looking fabulous? What if I were to suggest a new approach? Would it be so bad to just accept that this stage is normal and that it is perfectly human to not always feel at our best? Let's ease off the pressure of being in tune all the time and embrace this stage as a time of renewal – where we have time to reflect on our next move and what we need to let go of in order to do so. If emotions and negativities are signals, this might just be what you needed to feel before you can move forward in your life. This meditation is aimed at just that – Embracing your Self and taking the time to see your reflection: Sit or lie in a comfortable position – try to keep your spine straight. You may choose to keep your eyes open or closed at this stage. Begin to slowly adjust your feelings and just surrender. Whatever you are feeling right now is perfectly fine – even if you are feeling terrible! Mentally say this in your head or out loud – "I feel the way I feel – and I embrace this with my heart". Begin to work this affirmation with your breathing – let it flow and watch as your breath works with it. Is there a pattern? Do you feel that you are beginning to relax with your breathing? 6
When you are ready, let your mind focus on what is in front of you. Close your eyes and in your mind, see your Self opposite you. This reflection is looking right back at you and a mirror to your body language and position – It is not just a physical reflection, it is a Self reflection and what you feel. Your Self pr-Essence. Observe this image in your mind. Look at this image as though you are a separate person from he/she. What are you seeing? What are you feeling from them? What is the body language telling you? What are the expressions in this person's face? Evaluate their Self position right now. Take a mental note and accept them for what they are – even if you don't like what you see and feel. It's ok. This person is your friend now. If you feel that this reflection in front of you needs love, talk to them. How would you treat a friend who is not feeling too great? Speak to this pr-Essence that is you and tell it how you feel. Your pr-Essence needs love and understanding at this stage. While you are sitting opposite, use your heart to open up your words. Discuss what it is that you feel is the next step and explore any fears. When you are ready, be silent and begin to imagine that you are now passing light from your heart and into the pr-Essence's heart. Feel it returning back at you. You are giving your pr-Essence love and understanding because this is what you would do for a real friend. Do this for as long as you feel you need to. The next stage is to see where it will take you – Some people feel that they need to continue to build with this pr-Essence further. Others feel much better and loved afterwards. All reactions are normal as there is no right way. Trust your instincts to lead you. Continue to do this meditation for as long as you need. If you find this meditation difficult, it might take a little practice. It might be helpful to keep paper and a pen near you so you can write down your thoughts and observations. Right now, it might not make sense but it might later on. And those signals that don't seem like much during your first sessions, might just be important later on or click in place! Keep it open, your subconscious will work through it with you. It helps to do this meditation often and any time you feel you need to send your Self some love and when you are in need of evaluating your position in your path.
Acupuncture: An Ancient Holistic Practice
Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, acupuncture is one of the oldest and most commonly used holistic medical procedures in the world. The word 'acupuncture' describes a variety of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by using a variety of techniques. Most practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan , Korea, and other countries. Acupuncture points are believed to be points that allow entry into channels. This is to redirect, increase or decrease the body's vital substance, Qi (pronounced Chi) and restore balance on an emotional, spiritual and physical level. Many people would assume that inserting a needle into the skin would be painful. However, during the treatment, different sensations, such a warmth or pressure, may be felt but the energetic sensation differs from pain. Clients often comment that the feeling is unfamiliar, yet pleasant and relaxing. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation. The needles are extremely fine, about the size of a thick hair. The needles are solid and nothing is injected through them. Over the centuries, very refined needle insertion techniques have been developed which enable the skilled acupuncture practitioner to place a needle with little or no sensation. In some cases, the needles are not used. This may occur during the treatment of sensitive adults or children. The use of electronic stimulation works with equal effectiveness as the needle. Acupuncture has been shown to stimulate the immune system. It also has affects the circulation, blood pressure, rhythm and stroke volume of the heart, secretion of the gastric acid and production of red and white cells. It stimulates the release of a variety of hormones that help body to respond to injury and stress. Other uses of acupuncture are: Body Aches and Pains Allergies, Sinus Problems and Headaches Chronic Fatigue & Insomnia Joint Pain & Sport Injuries Back and Neck Pain/Stiffness Stress & Anxiety Related Disorders Digestive Disorders (Acidity, Constipation, Gas, Bloating) Acute and chronic pain relief Migraine headaches Tension, cluster and sinus headaches
Trigeminal neuralgia Bladder dysfunction Bed wetting Cervical (neck) pain Mid-back pain Low back pain Shoulder pain Tennis elbow Post-operative pain relief Gastric problems Asthma Allergies Skin conditions Hemorrhoids Abnormal blood pressure Chronic fatigue syndrome Anxiety Neurological syndromes Finding the right practitioner is not always easy. This process is important and should be thought through carefully. This may take time but be patient and you will find the right practitioner. Follow these helpful tips to guide you through your search: Ask your doctor Many doctors are now providing information to their patients regarding alternative medicine and natural therapies. If you are looking for an acupuncture practitioner, ask your doctor to get tips and advice on where to look. Always check with your local acupuncture association. National acupuncture organizations (which can be found through libraries or Web search engines) may provide referrals to acupuncturists. These associations and organisations are there to provide a professional service and usually check the listed practitioners for qualifications and experience before allowing the practitioner to join. You may like to take this opportunity to learn more about this natural therapy through these organisations who are very helpful with information. Check a practitioner's credentials. An acupuncture practitioner who is licensed and credentialed may provide better care than one who is not. Although proper credentials do not ensure competency, they do indicate that the practitioner has met certain standards to treat patients through the use of acupuncture. Do not be afraid to ask questions 9
before agreeing to any treatment. The practitioner should be open to answering your questions and providing information. Do not rely on a diagnosis of disease by an acupuncture practitioner who does not have substantial conventional medical training. If you have received a diagnosis from a doctor, you may wish to ask your doctor whether acupuncture might help. It is always advised that you ask your doctor first, especially if you are taking prescribed medicines or have a health condition. Trust your instincts. Take your time in finding the right practitioner for you. If at any time you do not feel 'right' about your practitioner, trust your instincts and keep looking.
Beginning The Vegetarian Journey
Starting out the journey to a vegetarian lifestyle is a big step and each person will have their own reasons for wanting to do it. If you are curious to learn about it or to try it, here are a few helpful hints on how to get started! Be a healthy vegetarian, not a junk food vegetarian! Just because you are going to eat a vegetarian diet, it doesn't mean that you will be healthy. There are many junk food vegetarians out there too! The key is everything in moderation. Stick to what you know is good for you. It can be easy to make the mistake of eating too many of one particular food type when cutting out meat or fish. There are still plenty of choices out there for vegetarians, don't limit your Self.
Take it slow. Not everyone will start the process overnight. This may be a gradual process so be gentle with your Self to begin with. Like everything new, this will take time to adjust to and to learn. You may find that there needs to be a few adjustments to your habits and food desires. You might even find that your appetite changes. This is all normal. Have fun exploring and don't feel the need to pressurise your Self to rushing into this new way of eating and living. Gradually replace your food for vegetarian options. A good way to start is to gradually replace certain foods for vegetarian options. You may choose to start off by cutting out on certain meats first or just eating fish to begin with. You might find it helpful to gradually increase your vegetables and fruit intake. A fun way of discovering what you like to eat is to go out shopping and exploring new things for your Self! Take a visit to your local health food shop and watch out for the vegetarian label. Taking a trip to your local health food shop is a sure way to begin the process of learning. There is so much to take in as you will discover. Feel free to ask questions too as there is usually always someone nearby to give advice on the foods and products that they sell. You might like to take a few leaflets too. Supermarkets also have a wide range of foods for vegetarians. Watch out for the green V sign on the packets which indicate that this is suitable for vegetarians. Do an online search. An easy and cheap way to look up for information is to do a search online. There are many websites out there to enjoy learning about the vegetarian lifestyle. Packed with helpful tips, ideas, community forums and recipes, you are bound to find something that you can use on your journey. Share with loved ones! As with every new step, it's a great joy to be able to share with family and loved ones in your life. Have fun, enjoy the process, be patient and with time you'll discover if this is the right journey for you!
The Holistic-Urban Lifestyle
Balancing the big city with a natural lifestyle may seem impossible. When I first moved to London, I was overwhelmed by the mass concrete, the smell of pollution and noise as I went about my daily business, asking my Self – How can anyone begin their journey in such an urban setting, where nature seems to be so cut off from everyday life? Is it even possible? As excited as I was about this new place, I was unsure where to begin about the new steps I wanted to take. Slowly and surely, I was to discover that city life was not that bad after all – behind all the mesh of what seemed to be solid city wall lay a wide and thriving community of holistic and natural places and spaces. The perfect blend of creative holistic crowds and artists. Here are some ideas to get you started on your holistic-urban adventure: Visit your local health food shop. I love these shops! Apart from the wonderful products they sell, there are bound to be leaflets and event flyers posted up all over the shop. A brilliant way to find out what holistic events are in your area is to take a few flyers and leaflets in every visit to the health shop. Every visit is guaranteed a new lesson if you take the time to read, ask questions and browse the shelves for ideas. Search online. No matter what city you are in, I'm sure you will find an online source of holistic events in your area! Take the time to browse the web for holistic directories in your area- this is probably the most likely place to find out what events are going on that may interest you.
Green hands. Nature is everywhere - it has a funny way of showing up where you least expect … creeping between pavement tiles, over-riding the train tracks, climbing down street walls - look around! Just when you thought you were isolated from it, it will remind you that it is still present and alive. One way to begin the holistic journey is to start your own gardening at home. Maybe you could start having potted herbs and plants indoors to brighten the space you live in. Plants have a beautiful way of energising any space, cleansing the air and softening the city landscape. The city can be chaotic and crazy at times - make the place you live a space where you can come home and relax. A haven within the city space - an inner sanctuary to grow. That way you get the best of both worlds! Bring the outdoors, indoors! Festival fever. All year around, the city continues to live and expand. During the summer months, there are usually many events and festivals – this is a sure way to find stalls and people selling and promoting their holistic work. Network, ask questions, collect flyers and enjoy meeting new people! Even during the winter months, there are many chances to visit outdoor and indoor markets. Take every chance to look around and explore these spaces and I'm sure you'll find new opportunities! Ask your local holistic therapist or association. Every holistic therapy is connected to a professional association or organisation. Get in touch with a local holistic therapist or association for information on events in your area. Some associations like to offer free tester events where the public can try out the services on offer. They are usually very helpful with questions and information. Grab that copy. Any place that sells magazines and books will have a health section. Grab your copy today of magazines that are related to holistic, natural or health conscious material. Practical and useful, these magazines have a large selection of adverts and directories of places to visit.
You are who/what you attract. To begin a new journey, work on you. Work on your visions, work on ways to explore your ambitions and the reasons behind it. Become the new person you wish to be. Allow your Self to be this new person. Accept transition and the tests that come with it. And don't forget to be gentle with your Self as you go through change. You will attract people and places that reflect who you are. Shine bright and attract the best! It may take some time and patience to begin with – just as all new journeys do! Enjoy the process and be open to meeting new people. As with all new steps, you might find that this is not only a time to explore new places to visit but also a time for reflection about how you wish to live your life. With the holistic lifestyle, you will grow with everything new you find!
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