10 Tips for a Fabulous Summer

Feel Connected, Wherever You Are

summer tips Transport your home office to the park, beach or lake for the day. What better place to brainstorm or get organized than out in nature, inspired by the natural beauty and order of things!

Make room for spontaneity. From May onwards, I have a picnic blanket in my trunk, hiking shoes, maps, and yoga gear all ready for spur of the moment fun. If you’ve never stretched out a map, closed your eyes and pointed…you have to try it for a fabulous day trip! It’s an amazing reminder of the fun we can create along the journey.

Try at least one thing that scares you, but secretly thrills you in a zest for life kind of way. WOW, will you feel good after, when you feel some mastery over your fear, and have been taking steps to live your life so fully!

Create a neighbourhood bucket list of all places you’d like to check out or revisit. In many trips abroad I was always surprised by how many locals hadn’t been to the most fabulous places in their own back yard, and made a note to explore the local treasures right under my own nose too. Each item you check off can bring more appreciation of where you are right now, and feeling more connected to your community.

Engage all your senses consciously for at least a few moments every day. Literally stop and smell the roses, the scent of rain on its way, your fresh laundry. Notice what visually catches your attention too, as that’s what will harmonize you. Recently I’ve been drawn to pink and orange — not usual colours for me, but they seem to be bringing healing waves of unconditional love and joy. I’ll take it!

We have a universal need for touch, protection, and connection. Self-help expert Laura Day invites us to check in on these themes day to day. What texture do you want to wrap yourself in or how do you want to touch or be touched? What step would make you feel more protected right now? How are you being urged to connect?

Reflect on memories of pleasure. Allow 1 or 2 pleasant memories to come forward, remembering everything you experienced moment to moment…taste, touch, sounds, scents, and visuals. Now try to bring some of those ideas into every day tasks, and watch yourself enjoy them more!

Meditate to reconnect with the real you. Beginner meditators learn relaxation techniques to let go of stress and and enjoy a pleasant escape from the pressures of life. What’s so amazing, is that as our journey progresses, we’re able to experience those sweet moments more and more often whether we’re in meditation or not. Instead of meditation being an ‘escape’, we actually experience what’s real — no longer disconnected and ruled by fear, but aligned with the peaceful wisdom of our soul and the innate freedom within.

Spread the love and good cheer! The next time someone asks you how you are, if you’re feeling just how sweet life is, truly share your enthusiasm (and theirs). Have you noticed that we can’t help but smile when we see others laughing and having fun? Throw your arms around the world, and let those giggles out!

“I create pleasure and the state of love in my life every day.” I love this affirmation from Laura Day! Can you feel the words come to life in your body? Try writing the affirmation you love on a sticky note so you see and repeat it often.

Here’s to a fabulous season! If you’re nearby, I’d love to see you at InnerVitality’s Summer Series in Toronto!

Kerri McCutcheon,
InnerVitality Founder

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A Love Affair with the Universe

vitality torontoShakti Gawain beautifully writes, “As we deepen our acceptance of and open ourselves to the infinite love of the universe, a new power flows through us, releasing us from the bondage of our old way of life.” When we connect with universal consciousness we can tap into all the wisdom, love, healing, and creationary power of the universe. Let go of the ego’s need to do it all, and embrace your wholeness and oneness with the most incredible resource bank available! Pure bliss resides here…and you are part of it. The world is our beloved.

Holistic Health Tip:
Creative visualization and affirmations during meditation can work wonders in our bodies and in balancing our mind, emotions, and spirit. I share this simple and beautiful meditation from A Woman’s Book of Meditation. It’s described as a “meditation for love without attachment, for kindness, forgiveness, sweetness, and knowing that God is within you.” That sure sounds like bliss to me…and by the way, men will enjoy it too! Blissful Meditation >>

Inspiration:
“You are beautiful souls, and one-by-one you are transforming. One-by-one you are becoming more whole and will inherit the Earth. This is living in accordance with spiritual and natural laws — inheriting the Earth is experiencing the beauty and the truth of all that is around you on the Earth plane.” FROM SATYASOUL (OUR ANGELIC BLOG): Avenue of Love >>

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Home Remedy Corner for Your Back

Home Remedy Corner for Your Back ~ InnerVitalityFirst Aid*
Arnica Montana Homeopathic Remedy can be used (while waiting for medical attention) for joint sprain/strain inflammation, head traumas, and internal bleeding after concussion. Keep it in your first aid kit! Also, if you feel you can’t get your head comfortable on your pillow ~ this may your remedy.

*Consult your homeopathic doctor for information.

Back Aches & Pain
For a Compress, find some gauze or a clean piece of fabric. Dilute/mix Eucalyptus (if daytime) or Benzoin Essential Oil* with a carrier oil such as Grapeseed Oil; add to the fabric. Press and hold.

A Soothing Bath is another option. Try a good quality Lavender or Roman Chamomile Essential Oil* diluted and mixed with a carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil before adding to bath water.

*Adults: 5 E.O. drops max per 15ml carrier oil. Consult your holistic health practitioner for contraindications.

Letting Go, Moving Forward
Our back can be associated with our past ~ if you’re living there, remembering a time of great happiness or ambitions not realized, try Honeysuckle Bach Flower Remedy.

For Strength & Vitality
The back also represents what we carry ~ if you feel you have insufficient physical/emotional strength to carry the burdens of life (or daily affairs, though you often succeed), try Hornbeam Bach Flower Remedy.

Musculo-skeletal Juice
From Herbalist Peter Laker, blend: half a carrot, half a celery stalk, a wedge of apple, and a little parsley. Yum!

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Your Healthy, Happy Spine

body-mind symbolism

Your Healthy, Happy Spine ~ InnerVitalityYou may have experienced some of these common phrases:

Was someone a ‘pain in your back’? Are you ‘breaking your back’? Who is the ‘backbone’ of the family? Have you ever felt ‘spineless’ or that someone else was? Did a friend ‘bend over backwards’ for you, or did you for another?

It’s not hard to imagine how these expressions came to be when we examine the emotion we feel in connection to these statements. We can further get at the root of the body-mind symbolism associated with the spine by also looking at its structural function:*

• strength, support, ability to stand upright with dignity
• encases the central nervous system & central blood supply
• upper back ~ assists expression through activity, eg. out arms
• middle back ~ holds centre of body in balance, enables bending
• lower back ~ supports the weight from above

internal dialogue

If you have pack pain, discomfort or misalignment, ask yourself the following questions:*

Do you feel supported? Carrying a heavy weight? Do you stand up for yourself? Are you too rigid with yourself or others? Are you turning your back? Are there repressed feelings you don’t want to look at?

What activities does your back ailment cause you to avoid or what do you get to do as a result? Is this symbolic in your life in any way? What inner change is needed to heal? How do others view people who are pain free and move with ease? With a ‘good’ back, what becomes possible in your life? See this now….

guided visualization

Imagine your spine filling with a radiant glowing light, spiraling and moving with ease from top to bottom, and bottom to top. Know that you are already on your way to a healthier, happier spine. Your body knows how to heal itself. Feel the radiant light filling each limb now…see yourself moving with joy and ease.

When we look within, we can decode the positive message from our soul ~ presented as unease in our body ~ as a tip that we are out of alignment. When awareness, action, and positive expectation are combined, we ultimate play a very empowered and far-reaching role in our health and vitality.

Copyright © 2009 InnerVitality, all rights reserved. | Visit our website at www.InnerVitality.com and we invite you to follow us on Twitter! *Source: Your Body Speaks Your Mind by Deb Shapiro; published by Sounds True.

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You are the Epicentre

This channeled article also appears on our sister blog site, SatyaSoul ~ your loving source for spirit messages and intuitive development tips!

You are the Epicentre @SatyaSoulBelieve us when we say your self-care and your physical body are to be your utmost priority in life. All else flows from this. Don’t you see? The other matters, your family and career ~ mean nothing without an optimal you at its centre. Many don’t believe this within completely yet. But we cannot stress this enough. Put yourself first. Trust your body. Listen when it says it needs to stretch, to move, and the foods that suit it and fuel it for your highest function and good.

how charged is your internal battery?

You are like the epicentre. And everything you create in your life, everything you seek, even your inner clarity ~ is more focused, abundant and dynamic with a whole you at the centre. Every situation you find yourself in, even your friends, family and other relationships around you…are part of the web that you spin from your inner resources. What kind of web are you creating? How charged is your internal battery? Recharge it, and your entire web and how you relate to it is affected. Stay charged, continuously maintain your vitality, and so much more than you currently realize is possible.

step into your power, embrace all that nourishes you…

Self care has been a roadblock for many throughout their life. Isn’t it time to make a plan…a commitment to yourself and finally follow through? You see many more joys and discoveries await!

But naturally, you must be ready and able to embrace these new opportunities. What doors will open when you truly take care of yourself and put yourself first? That is after all, your duty to yourself. Think of the power you have when you put yourself directly in the epicentre, the centre of the web, instead of haphazardly directing your life from the sidelines. Step into your power. It is time. Embrace all that nourishes you. Live life.

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Quieting the Mind with Bach Flowers

Quieting the Mind with Bach Flowers ~ InnerVitalityBach Flower Remedies were originally created by Edward Bach in England, after his discovery of the emotional/mental healing properties of flowers in the fields where he lived, and later published in 1933. The Remedies are based on the concept that as we heal our cares and anxieties, we free ourselves from the susceptibility to illness, as well as bring about more inner peace.

You’ll still find these wonderful remedies today (created under the same name) at your neighbourhood health store or herbalist. Consult your natural health practitioner for usage or have a peek at the bottle…usually 2 drops in water, sipped at intervals, repeated at least twice a day as needed ~ brings about a gentle shift with powerful results. For quieting the mind, the following Remedies* are recommended:

Cerato ~ For lack of confidence in making decisions. Encourages inner trust and certainty.

Cherry Plum ~ Beneficial where there’s fear of the mind/body giving way. Brings openess, composure.

Mimulus ~ Fear of known things, privately bearing dread. Encourages bravery, courage.

Red Chesnut ~ For those who are anxious for others. Opportunity to cut free, release concern.

Rock Water ~ For rigidity in work and living that denies joy and pleasure. Brings flexibility, softness.

White Chesnut ~ When it feels you can’t shut your mind off. Helps with clarity and tranquility.

Copyright © 2009 InnerVitality, All rights reserved | Visit our website at www.InnerVitality.com and we invite you to follow us on Twitter! *Source: The Twelve Healers and other Remedies by Edward Bach, published by Dr. Edward Bach Centre

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