I and many others are embarking on a health and wellbeing journey. It has not been easy, but it has already reaped rewards and it’s because my resolutions are in alignment with my values (finally!).
Weight Management: I am not particularly interested in calorie counting or counting pounds. In fact, I am not going to weigh myself until my biometric screening in June. Counting lost or gained pounds are counterproductive – especially when one is building muscle mass as they work out.
Others find solace in seeing lost pounds, whereas I find solace in feeling great, having tons of energy and sleeping well at night. I want overall wellbeing – few to no colds, a general sense of great health, and a knowing that my body is thriving.
There’s no right or wrong way to look at weight management. What’s most important is whether or not your weight management styles are in alignment with your true values.
Nutritious Diet: I value consuming lots of fruits and vegetables. My mother gifted me a NutriBullet for Christmas and I now I am cultishly juicing/extracting everyday. I’m hooked. Now I crave fruits and vegetables over chips and cookies. Juicing assists with my value of consuming a large amount of fruits, vegetables and nuts. I don’t beat myself up over having a meal at a diner or a dessert. I know I am in the land of the living and sometimes I want to indulge. I make all the conditions in my life to allow me to easily eat or drink when and what I want.
Moderation is key. Because I am on blood thinners, I can only consume a small amount of alcohol, so I save drinking for special occasions. I eat everything in moderation and never feel compelled to finish everything on my plate. I am a lifelong naturally slow eater, which I’m told is a good thing (a pain for my friends and family, but a good digestive/metabolic thing for me).
Exercise: I was the biggest gym rat ten years ago – going five to six times a week. Before that, I would rally up friends to take belly dancing classes with me. I do not have a gym membership presently, but I do have my beloved elliptical machine in my garage, some great 1980s ab workout videos and YouTube exercise How-tos. I also have my sneakers and long, suburban blocks to walk. There are several parks in walking distance that I can jog to. I may get a gym membership, but I have exercise at my fingertips right now, free of charge.
So many of us think we have to go to the gym and that there’s one way to fitness. Fortunately, there are many paths to great physical fitness that can be aligned to our personal values – not just what’s the latest fitness fad or what others are doing to stay fit.
Meditation: My relationship with meditation has strengthened over the last year. I carve out ten to fifteen minutes of my lunch break most work days to meditate. I book an empty conference room, turn down the lights, tune in to my YouTube meditation channels on my cellphone and I meditate. Sometimes, it feels like I’ve left my body, the building, the planet, only to become aware of reentry into my physical being when the music or chants stop. Meditation is what grounds us and at the same time releases us from the clutches of worry, anxiety, and earthly issues. I am most proud of myself for continuing to meditate on a regular basis, even at work.
Singing: I don’t sing for others, I sing for myself. I sing when I’m happy, when I’m sad, when I’m driving, and when I’m feeling silly or serious. Singing is a form of exercise and meditation for me, all mixed into one. After losing my breath during my pulmonary embolism episode, I value feeling good and breathing. I can breathe, damn it!
What makes us beautifully human is our ability to sing, dance and be merry. Love your body, this earthly vessel that carries you. When we forget to love ourselves, our body communicates to us what is needed to get back into alignment. Sometimes that communication is illness, injury, or depression.
When we start to recognize and honor our values, our goals naturally flow and align to and from them, effecting lasting, positive changes in our lives.
~Your Curator of All Things Abundant, Kimberly Jo Cooley
The Podcast, Everyday Attraction, hosted by Rae Zander and Heather McKay Novak is always chockfull of Law of Attraction wisdom. Their February 6, 2015 Podcast, titled The Path of Least Resistance, moved me to write a blog post of the highlights from their show. They always find the most delicious, awesome Abrahams/Esther Hick’s recordings and distill it into something palatable and easy to digest.
Here are some highlights and discussion points of the Podcast:
Resistance is like going up-stream when everything around and through you is pulling you downstream. Resistance is the constant railing against what is naturally trying to just be. Where are the currents trying to steer you to go? Likely not upstream – so why be so hell-bent on going that way when there’s an easier way to go?
Resistance is vibrational noise, distracting all of your senses.
Once we let go of and stop resisting, we become what we want and what we want comes easily to us. There’s no efforting or trying to force what we want to come – it’s all about reducing resistance and allowing it to come to you. What you want is always coming to you. You do not have to effort towards it.
Our job in the manifestation process is to be joyful. Our resistance barometer is how we feel – if we feel good, then generally, our resistance is low and what we want will be able to easily move into our realm of possibility. If we are angry and frustrated, this tells us there’s some resistance in a particular area(s) that needs to be examined and eradicated.
Resistance is trying to tell you something! Listen and move accordingly.
It’s not about waiting to be okay, or about being worthy to get what you want. It’s about having compassion for ourselves and having some perspective on any and every situation that comes up. It is having open perspective that allows you to see a situation for the blessing it really is.
What is your point of attraction (POA) set on? Are you focused on what you don’t want? Is it time to shift your POA focus to something that feels good instead? Just because you are letting go of something that is angering/depressing/frustrating you, doesn’t mean you’re giving up. It means you’re shifting your POA to what it is you do want to attract.
I loved when Rae said we need to become expert soothers for ourselves. Ask yourselves in any given stressful moment how you can sooth yourself. Having compassion for yourself by allowing your emotions to guide you and your self-talk to steer you back to focusing on what it is you do want.
Compassion for one’s self leads to having gratitude for what has caused us to resist. There’s valuable information we can glean from when we are resisting – pay full attention so you can know what it is and how to let go of it.
Remember, things always work out for your greater good. It is up to you to allow the Universe to bring that good to you – whatever it may be. Learn to release and loosen the grip on having to control everything. Your life of ease depends on it.
~Your Curator of All Things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley
How’s your New Year treating you? Or, better yet, how are you treating your New Year? Does your New Year already feel like something you’re ready to put behind you? Are you struggling to find inspiration to push you into a New You and a New Way of Being? Well, look no further than my list of must-hear Law of Attraction Podcasts – they will blow your mind, and all of them are worthy of two listening sessions per show – guaranteed. Keep a notepad and pen handy, so you can catch all the enlightened jewels that will surely change your life’s trajectory.
Flowdreaming with Summer McStravick:
- December 16, 2014 – What Did I Make, And Why Did I Make It?
- January 6, 2015 – Going Big In My Fertile New Direction
- January 13, 2015 – G0ing Big: Totally Scared of Success
- January 20, 2015 – Flowdreaming: What Is My Next Step After the Basics?
Everyday Attraction with Rae Zander Heather McKay Novak:
- December 19, 2014 – How to Feel Better Fast!
- January 16, 2015 – How You Are Feeling Right Now Is Everything
- January 23, 2015 – Sensual and Spiritual
- January 30, 2015 – How to Push Your Reset Button Every Day
- February 6, 2015 – The Path of Least Resistance
Receive Your Life with Janice Campbell:
- December 18, 2014 – Expanding Your Giving and Receiving Flow
- January 15, 2015 – The Blessing in Divine Discontent
- January 22, 2015 – Enhancing Your Life One Thought at a Time
- January 29, 2015 – Solving Problems Through Inspiration and Love
- February 5, 2015 – Are You a Rebel or a Conformist?
Think, Believe and Manifest Show with Constance Arnold:
- December 27, 2014 – Setting Intentions for an Extraordinary 2015
- January 9, 2015 – Greg Kuhn – Intentionally Creating a GREAT Life
- January 16, 2015 – David Gikandi, Happy Pocket Full of Money
- January 25, 2015 – Cali Gilbert – 4 Steps to a Life of Bliss
- January 31, 2015 – The Power of Thoughts, Attention and Words
- February 6, 2015 – How to ASK, Believe and Receive – Peter Adams
~Your Curator of All Things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley
Retooling your Self-talk to serve you as opposed to hurting you, is the way to a new inner and outer life. Lynn Crocker’s Create Your Life Podcast is a must listen to show. This week’s show will have you becoming more aware of how you are talking to yourself – and with awareness comes the ability to see what needs to change.
To be present in this moment is golden, and what makes life so sweet. Thank you Sheri, for such a beautiful letter to humanity.
Be present. Be aware of the emotions you’re emitting and experiencing. Is that emotion in alignment with your desires for yourself and your life? Or, something else? If you are feeling good, take note, and savor that moment. Blessed Be.
Don’t you love it when you happen upon a peaceful easy feeling? An unexpected moment when everything feels aligned?
Doesn’t it feel like a dream come true when you find yourself in a place where you are encouraged? Where you are not forgetting all the bad things of the day, but instead remembering all the good?
These are the NOWS that count.
And here is the surprising thing. These NOWS are happening always. In the middle of any thought, activity or action. You need but stop for a moment and there you are. Right smack dab in the middle of awareness.
And in that place of mindfulness, I promise you, there is beauty, peace and utter ecstasy to be found.
For in that state of being you are perfectly aligned.
My Pinterest board, Boho Love and Gypsy Soul (https://www.pinterest.com/syryn22/boho-love-and-gypsy-soul/) has over 3200 pins of countless images of bohemian style pieces for the gypsy spirits. One clothier who is a constant on pin status logs is Free People. Free People’s bohemian inspired clothes have a vintage feel, yet also has a very modern, 2015 edge to them, making their clothes sought after by the rich and not so rich. Free People’s models and design inspirations take me to Coachella Music Festival, back to the colorful and vibrant streets of San Francisco and Berkeley.
I am always scoping their website to see what they will come up with next in bohemian and wanderlust fashion. Here are some of my favorite Free People pins (it was hard to choose which ones to showcase!):
~Your Curator of All Things Modern Bohemian, Kimberly Jo Cooley