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 HUSH: A documentary on Black Mental Health
"WHAT WE DON'T SAY IS WHAT HURTS THE MOST."

Black Woman and Men

Published September 2022

Produced and directed by Antwon Lindsey, HUSH is a documentary about the origins of generational trauma and access to mental health resources within Black communities. As the founder of A38 Films, Antwon is devoted to changing lives through storytelling.

Join Antwon and the cast at the upcoming Fort Myer's, FL premiere screening on September 17, 2022, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Alliance of Arts. Every one of every race, ethnic background, and age is encouraged and invited to attend the Fort Myers premiere. Tickets for the event are $35 and can be found at a38films.com/tickets.

"This documentary is transformational and needs to be experienced in person," said Antwon. One attendee shared, "This film has completely changed how I want to do my job as a therapist" after watching HUSH at a private test screening event. Read entire article.

 Ellie's 28 Day Water Fasting Experience

Ellie with Dr. Daniel Stanciu

Published August, 2022

Ellie conducted a one hour Zoom webinar that was recorded and on the linked blog page. In 2008, my appendix was removed, and cancer was found. Since that time, I have had other cancer-related surgeries. Understanding how the mind and body work prompted me to make lifestyle changes like quitting drinking, healthier food choices, feeling more of my emotions and learning how to express them in healthy ways. In May, 2022 when my blood results came back with alarming #'s, I told Dr. Daniel Stanciu that I was no longer going to follow the western protocols like colonoscopies and surgery. He said, "Then we will have to find another way" and handed me information about Tanglewood Wellness Center located in Costa Rica where they conduct water fasts. As soon as I took the paper, I knew I was going and began organizing my travel plans.     Read entire article.

 Gain Confidence in Yourself with Meditative Movements

Published at Cancer Care Parcel

Ellie Quote

In 2008, I was diagnosed with appendix cancer, which brought my mortality into clear sight. Along with that, my deep fears of living and dying surfaced. On a visceral level, I came to understand that life gave me no guarantees. Many of us not only fear dying, but we also fear living: we fear success, we fear failure, we fear others and ourselves. My focus was to be confident in life knowing its inherent uncertainties.

As a person who believes in the mind-body connection, it was difficult for me to follow my Western medicine doctorís recommendations relative to my future health decisions. They wanted me to have a right hemicolectomy - a portion of my colon was to be removed and tested for additional cancer. This meant that perhaps a healthy part of my body would be removed. Success to the doctors was finding no cancer in my cutout body parts. To me that was a failure. Fortunately for me or unfortunately, not sure which, appendix cancer is rare. This meant that I had little access to others whose cancer experience was like mine.    Read entire article

 Claiming My Greatness & Peace Within Myself

Sonya Johnson

Published March, 2022

I had surgery for a ruptured aneurysm and spent three weeks in the hospital. Because I had a 15% chance of survival, I had to really focus on my health. My top priority was not getting upset because it causes my blood pressure to be too high and puts me in a dangerous place. My daughter, KaNesha, received her Meditative Movements teaching certificate. What a gift it was to both of us! She showed me how to practice the movements during my daily routine as I healed. The simple, 2-4 minute long, easy to follow movements strengthened my body, mind, and soul. It was such a relief to find something that was adaptable to my abilities. Practicing made me feel soooo good about myself.

The I Am Strong Meditative Movement™ is my favorite. As I practiced, I listened to my own body and mind in a new way. Hence, pain was not a part of my experience so that encouraged me to continue to practice because I wasn't really sure that it was going to work.

"When I got out of the hospital, as a black woman, I felt lost in many ways. My memory was spotty and there were expectations for me to return to my various roles as mother, wife, sister, oldest daughter, and co-worker. I heard messages like you know how the world works; you need to push through it. My heart was hurting with the lack of sympathy and understanding for myself from family and friends." Read entire article

 Kudos to Natalie Lu

Published May, 2022

Kudos to Natalie for completing the Meditative Movements™ facilitator training in December 2020 even with the additional stresses of COVID and her full-time nursing job. To date, she conservatively estimates that she has over 200 hours practicing personally and teaching professionally. We met when a mutual friend introduced us in 2016. Since then, Natalie has been a champion supporter coordinating a mini-retreat and participating in Leanne Meier's interview on the Once a Nurse, Always a Nurse podcast.

For her current personal practice, she likes to start her day with the I Am Supported Meditative Movement™ before even getting out of bed. Read entire article

 Sonya Renee Taylor

The Body is Not An Apology Movement

Sonya Renee Taylor

Published January, 2022

Have you heard of this movement? I was introduced to The Body is Not An Apology Movement when I was a presenter at the Love is the Key & It Begins with Me conference in Duluth Minnesota. Sonya Renee Taylor delivered the keynote address from Australia. She is the Founder, and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology, a digital media and education company promoting radical self-love and body empowerment as the foundational tool for social justice and global transformation.

You are invited to explore and see how her message may benefit you. She is a former National and International poetry slam champion, author of three books, and provides videos such as Bodies As Resistance and When The Shotgun Questions The Black Boy, podcasts, and events that you can participate in from her website. Read entire article

 Worthy to Receive: Release Unworthiness Feelings

Published December, 2021

At the beginning of the year, I choose a word that best describes what I want my main internal focus to be. For 2021, I chose receiving.

As I explored how I receive, it became clear my feelings of unworthiness were an obstacle. During my formative childhood years and into the first part of adulthood, I attended Catholic Mass. As part of the service, the congregation states, "I am not worthy to receive you. Only say the words and I shall be healed." For some, this may seem arbitrary. For me, stating these words had a profound impact on me. This unworthy feeling permeated most of my existence because I took their meaning to heart and internalized it.

To heal and know that I am worthy has taken some dedicated time and effort. Sometimes I seek outside professional help when the wounds are deep and I want added support. Other times, I know what I need to do. Awareness is the key to affecting any change within ourselves. Then taking the time to replace any negative self-talk with positive, nurturing messages brings instant results. Connecting with my true nature, I am no longer fighting life. That feels fantabulous. Read entire article

 Candle in Your Heart: Faithful Sense Candles

Shavon Danea

Published December, 2021

There is a candle in your heart,
Ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul,
Ready to be filled.
You feel it, don't you? (Rumi)

Candles have been a source of light and part of celebrations for over 5,000 years. Nowadays candles are decorative and considered a luxury item. Some candles have medicinal properties because of their ingredients. How do you use candles today?

As a quiet kid, Shavon Danea struggled with self-identification. Her voice was often suppressed. To connect with her voice and gain emotional support, she liked to read, create stories, draw symbols as well as utilize scents & fragrances. As part of her self-exploration, she started buying different kinds of candles. She enjoyed the way the flame flickered and moved yet struggled to smell them. Read entire article

  3 Holiday Stress Tips for a Better You

Angel

Published November, 2021

Use holiday stress to become a better you. Here are three tips to get you started.

First: Blindly repeat your past holiday activities even if they cause you stress and undue anxiety. NOT. Perhaps the COVID pandemic is giving you a way to break old patterns that need to change. Be creative and come up with fun ways to enjoy yourself and others. As your adult self remembers that the holiday season can bring many happy events; you know that unrealistic expectations can also be part of the package. Start a new tradition that brings you joy.

Second: Find activities that get you moving. What if you gave an accountability gift to a family member or friend? Here is how it works.

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 Thoughts Scare Me, Not Halloween

Halloween Witch

Republished October 29, 2021

Halloween was one holiday I shunned as I was growing up. Trick or treating for candy was its only redemption. Because I found daily living scary enough, I did not enjoy seeing witches, skeletons, bats, dismemberment, zombies, blood and death. Hearing haunting noises exemplified the frightening, horrifying thoughts that were swirling in my head. Having my fears validated by the Halloween reminders accentuated my unease in life.

Today Halloween does not elicit these same responses. Although I still have disturbing thoughts, they no longer have the same power over me. Just last evening, I was having a quiet meal alone and thoughts continually bombarded me. It was as if I was helpless to defend myself. What kind of thoughts you may ask. Well, they ranged from you aren't capable of living a healthy life to life is too hard and it doesn't make sense anymore.

At any age when you have scary thoughts, what options do you have? Read entire article

 Recovery & Healing from Addiction

Recovery Road

Updated September, 2021

September is Recovery Month. Minnesota Recovery Connection (MRC) states, "Recovery is a life-long journey." Can you join MRC vision of a world where recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs is understood, promoted, embraced, and enjoyed and where all who seek it have access to the support, care, and resources they need to achieve long-term recovery?

Let's all say yes. Whatever role you are playing relative to the world of afflicted addiction: the addicted one, parent, sibling, co-worker, friend, child of the addict, you can bring healing to everyone impacted.

May you dedicate this month to expanding your awareness of recovery. Remember, healing starts with yourself. As you explore, ah, ha moments show up so be ready to take more responsibility for your own health and well-being. This healing requires education, practice and patience. As you grow, you can learn how to let go of blame, resentments, anger and fears which are the obstacles to your own happiness and wholeness.    Read entire article

 Frustrating False Beliefs

False Beliefs

Published Aug, 2021

"Illnesses are not our fault! Thinking that they are can be frustrating to anyone who's sick. But I am saying that our biology responds to our awareness; our children, animals and surroundings do, too." Dying To Be Me by Anita Moorjani

As Anita's quote states, we need to release the frustrating false belief that we caused our illness. Rather if a disease has appeared, you can use this opportunity to see how your mental and emotional messages are impacting you and others. When we are aware of our thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations, we can consciously move through life making healthier choices.

Caring for ourselves means nurturing our mind, body,and being. Mental Health America offers ten proven tools for maintaining your mental health and our Meditative Movements™ technique incorporates three of them. Read entire article.

 Embracing Death Frees

Jimmy Pierce

Published July, 2021

Death comes in threes my Mom said. When I was seven and a half years old, my brother Jimmy died. Shortly thereafter, my Mom's Uncle Roy died. Who would be next? How does death decide whom to take?

Jimmy got ill when he was about one. After that, he was in and out of the hospital. If he had lived, he would have been one of the first to receive a kidney transplant. Not much that I remember about him. Only snippets remain in my memory.

Standing outside the hardened brick building, my Dad pointed up to Jimmy's fifth floor hospital room. Did I see my Mother and Jimmy waving? Not really. My other siblings were looking up and moving their hands. Like a robot, I motioned mine too.

In our darkened small living room, Dad delivered the news that Jimmy was not going to come home again. I wasn't sure what that meant and had no idea what I was supposed to do. Feeling lost, I followed my oldest brother out the back door only to be told not to follow him. For me a heavy sadness descended and spread into my heart.    Read entire article

 Prescribe Laughter: Awesome Self-care Medicine

RX Prescribe Laughter

Published June, 2021

Since my cancer diagnosis, I have prescribed 5 minutes a day of practicing the I Laugh Meditative Movement™ as part of my healing plan. It is fantastic because it is a natural remedy that makes me feel hopeful and playful. Most of all, I feel empowered to be in the present moment, enjoying life as it presents itself to me.

Laughter produces an amazing feeling in your body, releases stress from your mind and connects you to your carefree self. It is a wonderful medicine that you can prescribe for yourself. And it is totally free so there are virtually no excuses. There are, however, great side-effects.

Laughter allows the body to release physical tension and relax, which you may find difficult to do. It also impacts your immune system by decreasing stress hormones and increasing immune cells in addition to infection-fighting antibodies. In this way, your immunity is strengthened. A good thing as we navigate the COVID pandemic. Read entire article

 Your Presence is Important: Validate Your Own Worth

It's a Wonderful Life with Clarence

Published May, 2021

In a previous blog, Believing You Matter to Reach Fulfilling Success, the It's a Wonderful Life film was mentioned because it conveys how important each individual is, whether one is able to acknowledge their own value or not.

"Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?" – Clarence, the Guardian angel (in the film It's a Wonderful Life).

When we are small, we rely on others to validate our intrinsic worth. Do you feel like your childhood caregivers gave you all you needed? If yes, you have a solid foundation and know that you matter. For those of us who did not receive this kind of confirmation, we will struggle more with this concept. However, as adults, we can learn how to affirm our own worth today so we can be healthier, happier, and feel whole. Read entire article.

 Choose to Relax

Pixabay Stress Relax

Published April 5, 2021

Our powerful minds can replay any past event as well as imagine our future. When your mind is chaotic and untrained, it causes unwarranted anxiety, harmful stress and depression. In this state of confusion, you are no longer in touch with the reality of the present moment.

Our bodies need to rest, play, and move. When we become imbalanced, it's easy to choose fast remedies for relief. Unfortunately, we can become trapped in unhealthy patterns like drinking excessively, overeating and smoking. This behavior causes us to feel lost and anxious.

This kind of prolonged stress leads to disease, contentious relationships and unhealthy habits. Life becomes a constant struggle, and everyone suffers. Most of all you! When this happens, the natural joys and enthusiasm in life are not part of your daily reality. You want to be happy, you are just not sure how to accomplish this.

Perhaps Meditative Movements™ can be part of your solution. Read entire article

 Success - Failure - Letting Go

Published March 02, 2021

   There are cycles of success, when things come to you and thrive, and cycles of failure, when they wither or disintegrate, and you have to let them go in order to make room for new things to arise, or for transformation to happen. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Dishes in Sink

Allowing this cycle to happen in my life takes practice and patience. When I try to control my outer world, pain and suffering ensue. These are good clues that it is time to let go of my fears and worries.

On a personal level, the most impactful way this shows up is when a relationship ends. For example, when a dear friend has drifted away. Often my mind tries to figure out what happened. Taking dedicated time to reflect is helpful. Having the thoughts show up while I am washing dishes is not. It takes concentration to focus on the simple task at hand. So I give myself the space needed to process this change so my brain is at ease as I go about my day.

Taking the time to journal gives me a way to get my thoughts out of my head and onto the paper. Feeling the corresponding emotions relieves my body of the stress. Thoughts and emotions are meant to acknowledged, felt and allowed to flow through the mind and body. If the ending of the relationship is painful, it usually takes more time to process all of the aspects of letting go so I can move on.

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Leaf Heart

Defining Love

Published February, 2021

Love is a word that is hard to define yet used in our everyday language in many different ways. If we want to feel love, we need to open to loving ourselves first. Then we can experience love from others. Here are some suggestions to making love more real in your everyday life.

Looking within. You are loved and your true self is wanting to be acknowledged. Meditation and practicing Meditative Movements™ are fantastic ways to connect with your loving self.

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Cover of Magic of Thinking Big

Smile BIG
Practice I Smile Meditative Movement™

Published January 4, 2021

In the Magic of Thinking Big by Dr. David Schwartz, he encourages his readers to SMILE BIG. Smile until your teeth show. No half-hearted wimpy grin. Smiling is great medicine for any confidence deficiency. Have you ever thought of smiling as a confidence booster? He claims people don't believe smiling works because they haven't smiled when they feel fear. Try putting a foolish grin on your face and see if you can feel defeated. Here is what a real, genuine smile can do for you.

1) give you confidence
2) roll away worry
3) cure despondency
4) melt away the opposition of others

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 As Flawed as Everyone Else

Published December 7, 2020

Owl with Eyes Closed

My daily morning spiritual practice includes a reading. Some of my favorite books are One Day at a Time in Al-anon and The Four Agreements. What I love is that the messages seem to give my heart and mind exactly what they need for that day. It has taken me awhile to accept this. Afterall, I use to think my job was to enlighten others about their character flaws. It feels so much better to know that I can change my perspective if I really want inner peace and happiness.

Hence the passage I recently read from Days of Healing, Days of Joy by Earnie Larsen & Carol Larsen Hegarty stated: "I permit myself to be as flawed as everyone else." Have you ever had that thought? There is a part of me that finds comfort in believing this. Joy even that I do not need to do or say everything perfectly. Another part of me contracts and I feel hopeless. With everyone making mistakes, how are we going to get this world right? Read entire article

 Thanksgiving Family Tradition Could Become a Corporate Tradition

Published Nov 26, 2020

The music rings in my ears, as a ring passes through my fingers. The Swedish Ring Game, a Thanksgiving family tradition, is better than the apple and pecan pies for dessert. When I was a little girl, my Mother would tie the turkey's legs together with 3 inches of string to keep the stuffing inside. After dinner, more string was needed for the Ring Game. My Dad would slowly count the seated adult family members; then quickly add up all the energetic moving youngsters. Gauging the amount of string needed for thirty-five people was an art.

Then my Dad would take his smooth wedding band off his finger and place it on the string. As he tied a knot, squeals of joy and excitement filled the air as the children anticipated the ensuing fun. Chairs were rearranged to flank the sofa and create a circle. The middle of the circle was free from any furniture.

Whichever child got to Dad first was now waiting in the center of the circle. As the family members gathered and sat down, they grabbed a hold of the string and placed it between both hands. The child in the middle, the guesser, sat down as well and closed her eyes. Then the singing and the passing of the ring would begin. Read entire article...

 Meditative Movements™ for Active Aging

People standing with hands in prayer position

Published October 4, 2020

Running, swimming, and group activities such as pickle ball are great ways to stay active. However, for many people, and for many reasons, these activities are not always the best fit. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; regular physical activity is one of the most important things a person can do to stay healthy.

If you want to give Meditative Movements a try, not only does your physical body benefit, your mind and spirit do too. A 2017 University of Minnesota research study found Meditative Movements reduces anxiety, depression and fatigue while improving emotional and functional well-being. Here is what you can expect from this empowering new technique. It: Read entire article

 I Breathe Meditative Movement™

Published September 3, 2020

Breath . . .our gift of life. If you have had the awesome opportunity to be a part of the birthing or dying process, you know that the breath brings the body to life and what finally leaves when death occurs. When I am reminded of these two miracles of life, I pause. Sometimes I am afraid because I cannot control how this works. Other times, I marvel at this gift and am okay with life's mystery.

George Floyd, a black man from my hometown, uttered the words, "I can't breathe" as a white police officer's knee was on his neck. As I write this, I pause again and take a breath. It is hard for me to comprehend. Conscious breathing is a way to keep me centered and in the moment. My heart wants to be open as my mind and body fight to understand many of the happenings in our world. Read entire article

 Spiritual Emptiness

Circle of Care Webinar

Published July 06, 2020

Saladin Ambar, PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University-New Brunswick was interviewed on the Circle of Care webinar, Understanding racial disparities in the Covid-19 pandemic. This webinar series was created by Amy Wright Glenn, founder of The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath and Death. He stated that the true viral contagion confronting us is white supremacy, unfettered capitalism, and spiritual emptiness.

My expertise surrounds spiritual emptiness. What is it? Religions are the handed down traditions and establishments that profess a certain belief system and worship style. Spirituality is the cosmic intelligent energy that animates our body and mind so we can experience life. Read entire article

 Is Your Energy Moving?

Is Your Energy Moving with lightening behind

Published June 13, 2020

My heart goes out to all of us. We are in life together. If you feel helpless right now, what can you give to make heaven on earth? I am sharing Connie Hertz's M.O.V.E. philosophy to remind us to take responsibility for our life experience.

M-Move your physical body.
O-Open to receive your lessons or messages.
V-Verbalize what you are thinking and feeling with someone you trust.
E-Expand yourself inter-personally and spiritually.

Move your physical body. Enjoy whatever movement you choose. Walking outside, dancing, yoga, weight training, and of course Meditative Movements™ are great options. Join us for our FREE Saturday Summer Meditative Movement classes on Zoom.   Read entire article

 Release Anxiety and Stress Naturally

Published June 04, 2020

Pixabay Stress Relax

Our powerful minds can replay any past event as well as imagine our future. When your mind is chaotic and untrained, it causes unwarranted anxiety, harmful stress and depression. In this state of confusion, you are no longer in touch with the reality of the present moment.

Our bodies need to rest, play, and move. When we become imbalanced, it's easy to choose fast remedies for relief. Unfortunately, we can become trapped in unhealthy patterns like drinking excessively, overeating and smoking. This behavior causes us to feel lost and anxious.

This kind of prolonged stress leads to disease, contentious relationships and unhealthy habits. Life becomes a constant struggle, and everyone suffers. Most of all you! When this happens, the natural joys and enthusiasm in life are not part of your daily reality. You want to be happy, you are just not sure how to accomplish this. Read entire article

 Grieving Your Grievances

Published April 21, 2020

Chipped Owl Ear CupHave you noticed your mind complaining more? Are there nagging, unsettling feelings that need your attention? Now could be an opportune time to grieve your grievances. Before the pandemic hit, I purchased a colorful mug contoured to resemble an owl's face with protruding ears. My heart sank the day I opened the cupboard to find a chipped ear.

Briefly, sadness and anger co-existed in my body. Growing up in a family of nine, my thoughts quickly searched for who was to blame. Now that I live only with my husband, the list of possible suspects is short. Focusing on the culprit derailed my ability to simply grieve my loss.

You may be experiencing significant losses right now. Your job, relationship changes, your inability to go wherever you want and your health. Often the most difficult losses are those in the mind like unmet dreams and expectations. For many, our natural ability to grieve needs to be relearned. Taking the time to experience grief probably isn't on your to-do list. Therefore I'm reminding you of the potential benefits: Read entire article

 A New Year's SMILE Resolution!

Published February 11, 2020

Green Frog Smiling

How do you feel about a New Year's resolution that is easy and completely financially free that makes a huge difference to your mood, health and happiness? Ecstatic? Curious? Apprehensive?

First, a little background. When I went to a public event, I looked for an open chair amidst the already seated circle of eleven women. No one seemed to notice me. Feeling sheepish, I sat down, put my purse on the floor and turned my attention to the facilitator. This is kind of normal behavior in Minnesota. Yet when a woman with a baby sat down, everyone turned her attention to that child and smiled.

My first thought was, "What would our adult lives be like if we were greeted like that baby?"

Welcoming! The giver of the smile feels happy. They are acknowledging the other person. The receiver of the smile gets a sense of belonging and feels the good intentions. Smiles are freeing for both the giver and receiver.

Yes, smiling is simple. Yet I invite you to practice the I Smile Meditative Movement™ because it gives you an opportunity to pay closer attention to what a smile does for you and to you. You can mindfully explore this powerful movement that enhances your precious moments. Read entire article

 Competitive Thinking When Exercising

Grandma Marathon Finisher Shirt

Published January 21, 2020

According to Robert K. Cooper in his book, The Other 90%, we are to "abandon competitive thinking during exercise. Performance improves when you take pressure off of yourself." He states that even thinking competitive thoughts can interfere with best performance and increase the release of negative stress hormones. In studies on athletes, competitive words caused more than double the levels of stress hormones such as norepinephrine.

When I was running 26.2 mile marathons, I consciously examined how I was going to view my fellow runners. Were my thoughts going to be competitive? Was my success to be determined if I beat others? My decision was to view my fellow runners as helping me to achieve my goal which was to finish the race.

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 Move With Your Mind: Mantras Matter

Monkey from Africa

Published November 11, 2019

To live in harmony with life, you need to be aware of your mind, your body and your being. You are an amazing person who has unlimited potential. If you have tried to change a behavior unsuccessfully, I invite you to examine what lies behind your actions. When you do, you will become more confident and happier. You will no longer feel out of control. You will be free to exercise your personal power in healthier ways.

If you watch sports on television, you rely on the commentator's interpretation of the events. You listen and trust what is being said. Unfortunately, many of us are listening to our mind's commentary and believing it to be true. In fact, when we are unaware of our moment to moment thoughts, our past perceptions take over and distort our current reality. When this happens, our physical, mental, and emotional health becomes infected. We suffer unnecessarily. We are constricted and struggle painfully trying to reach our goals and our dreams. Read entire article

 Channeling Your Addictive Energies: Enabling Possibilities

Blue Mauve Colors

Published September 2, 2019 in The Phoenix Spirit

When we are immersed in recovery, our healing journey is a moment by moment experience. Over forty years ago, I was introduced to the Twelve Step program because I wanted my husband to quit drinking. It was evident his behavior was destructive. The Al-Anon program revealed that mine was crazy too. Unaware that my fears were at the heart of my co-dependent behaviors, I was sure that if he changed, I would be happy.

When I started recovery, I wanted simple things like having enough money to support me and our three children. Often on Friday nights my husband would stop at the bar and cash his paycheck. He would give the bartender a portion (so he could go back the next day and get it) and drink the rest. Sitting on the front stoop of our house feeling forlorn and beaten, I would hope that this night would be different. My prayers focused on him coming straight home from work. As I recall this memory, I feel compassion for all of us. That is not what I felt at the time. My actions were fueled by the hurt, fear, and self-pity that was stored in my mind and body. Read entire article on Phoenix Spirit website.

 A Movement Prescription : Movement Medicine

Medicine Spelled Out Pills

Published August 29, 2019

Have you heard that some doctors are writing out exercise prescriptions? Instead of waiting for your doctor to give you one, here is a simple remedy to get you more active. Although I'm not a doctor, I have been successful helping individuals integrate movement into their daily lives.

First, I remind you that movement as medicine heals your mind, body and soul naturally. The side effects are feeling proud of yourself, having more energy, and increased confidence. When you take time to care for yourself, you are giving yourself the message that you are valuable.

Here's a simple treatment plan.

1. Start by knowing why you are doing this activity. Write ten times on a piece of paper. I choose to deliberately move during my day because I value my health and well-being. I can. This is an important step because most often our thoughts are the obstacle to our success. Feel free to modify so it reflects your why. Even if it feels silly, give it a try. Read entire article

 Old or Rather Old-Thinking

"The freedom from self is made impossible by holding on to fears and secrets we've harbored all our lives, the way of strength, paradoxically, is in becoming vulnerable." Big Book Alcoholics Anonymous

Riding Bike

Published June, 2019

As I was bike riding on the smooth path while enjoying the sweet summer breeze, I innocently whizzed by two men. Within seconds, I heard one of them say, "We must be old, a woman just passed us." My inward response started with surprise, moved to anger then giggles. I laughed aloud to myself and thought, perhaps old thinking is more appropriate.

When we have old thinking, life passes us by. We are no longer in the present moment where everything is fresh and new; we are entrenched in a past that no longer exists. This reminds me of the Zen Mind, Beginner Mind philosophy. "The mind of the beginner is empty, free of the habits of the expert, ready to accept, to doubt and open to all the possibilities."

If I had heard the men's comment thirty-five years ago, I would have been engrossed in a seething, hidden anger response and never gotten to the giggles. Inwardly, with pleasure, I would have bashed the men for their blunder. Then the Catholic guilt would admonish my anger and set me in a remorseful tailspin. Feeling helpless, I would walk down the well-worn road of pain and suffering. Read entire article

 Anxiety: Most Common Mental Health Concern

Rocks and Earth Connection

Published April 30, 2019

We all experience anxiety sometime during our lives. Have you recently felt anxious? Was your anxiety a result of trying something new like meeting unfamiliar people, starting a new project, taking an important test or you had to speak in front of people? While anxiety sensations in the body may be uncomfortable, it is important to feel them and then let them go. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), when feelings of intense fear and distress become overwhelming and prevent you from doing everyday activities, an anxiety disorder may be the cause. They say, "Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concern in the United States. An estimated 40 million adults in the U.S. (18%) have an anxiety disorder. Meanwhile, approximately 8% of children and teenagers experience an anxiety disorder. Most people develop symptoms before age 21."

The National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week is May 12-18. It is designed to provide education and information about the disorder and to help reduce stigma. Anxiety disorders may be the result of genetics, environmental factors, brain chemistry or life events. The 2017 University of Minnesota research study found that my Meditative Movement™ technique reduces anxiety, depression and fatigue while improving emotional and functional well-being. I am sharing the I Release Anxiety Meditative Movement™ during the awareness week so you can give it a try. Read entire article

 You Matter. You Matter. You Matter, Matter, Matter!

Published Jan 20, 2019

On December 13, 2018 many local area high school students attended the Future Makers Coalition Dream Summit. They received FAFSA and scholarship information, student resources, prizes, and inspiration to follow their dreams. The event was held at the Collaboratory which houses Southwest Florida Community Foundation's new regional offices and offers meeting, tenant, and social gathering places, special event venues, and shared working and collaboration spaces.

Bobby Petrocelli, the motivational speaker, told his powerful story. His main message was that "You Matter." There is no one exactly like you. And because you are here, you have a purpose that only you can fulfill. Like Bobby, I have found that when we do harm (to our self or others) it is because we feel inadequate and are hurting inside. Healing occurs when we acknowledge the pain and forgive.

When it was my turn to present, I shared the I Matter Meditative Movement™.   Read entire article

 Pedaling with Roosters

Bike along Lake Brienz

Published Nov 4, 2018

One thing I noticed during my recent Germany/Switzerland vacation was the number of bike riders. There are approximately 73 million bikes in Germany, which is almost one per person, while the U.S. has 66.5 million cyclists and bike riders.

German cyclists riding on the cobbled stoned streets would easily weave between walkers. Many of the paved roads have dedicated bike lanes making it easy and safe travel. Other road signs showed when riders needed to share the sidewalk with pedestrians.

When a rider whizzed by us, we noticed that they were usually using an e-bike. According to the Wall Street Journal, e-bikes lower the barrier to daily cycling and are great for work commuters. Most battery powered electric bikes are pedal assisted so they are still a good form of exercise. Read entire article

 Being In the Flow Improves Mental Health Naturally : Exercise Your Body & Your Mind

Person Viewing Sun Rise

Published August 01, 2018 by Edge Magazine

The World Health Organization's definition of mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. Wow!

Let's start with exploring a state of well-being. Life is continually changing. A state of well-being means you accept impermanence as you allow the life force to flow in and through your body and your mind. For this to happen, you need to:

1. Be present in your body. Moving your body is a great way to increase your awareness of your physical nature. I recommend finding a movement practice that fits your daily routine, physical ability and personal preferences. Mindful movements like Meditative Movements™, Tai Chi and Qigong may be a good fit and have been found to release anxiety and depression naturally. Exercise is a natural prescription for good mental health.

2. Be aware that thoughts come and go. When our subconscious thinking patterns are uncovered, we can exercise our personal power in a new way. We can detach from the negative habitual cycles and experience more freedom. As a result, difficult thoughts and emotions flow.

What is possible in your life? How does one realize it? Read entire article

 Happy To Do Lists

Happy To Do List

Published July 12, 2018

A to do task list clarifies all of the things you want to accomplish. A happy list states all the activities that will bring you joy. What would your day be like if your to do task list and your happy list existed together? If you think, I wouldn't get anything done, it is time to ask yourself why.

When I first started my business, on Monday I would enthusiastically write all of the things I thought I should accomplish for the week. As I became more aware of my daily frustrations, I realized the culprit was my to do should list. One day my anger mounted so high I looked at my list in disgust. Who wrote these down? I had a hard time admitting to myself that I did. My unreasonable, should list was robbing me of fun. So I decided to alter my to do task list and make it a happy list too. No more shoulding on myself. Read entire article...

 Creating Order Out of Disorders

Published May 1, 2018

Mental illness feels like a two hundred pound weight securely fashioned around my neck forcing my eyes to stare blankly onto the hard earthen ground. The brilliant sun's rays shine brightly, yet my limited view sees only the looming shadows of my past. My future burrows further towards the cold madness as I succumb to the emotional pull of self-destruction. Ellie Peterson, Apr 15, 2016 Complicating Complaining Necklace Entry

May is Mental Health month and I have been reflecting on all of my pre-qualified disorders. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Major Depressive Disorder. Eating Disorder. Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders.

Is there a limit to the amount of disorders one person can have? I'm not complaining although if I live long enough a Complicating Complaining Disorder may be identified. I can see it now. Once diagnosed, the person would wear a bright red necklace. When the complaining thought arrived at the back of the neck, just prior to being spoken, the necklace would flash like an emergency vehicle strobe light and the siren would sound its menacing alarm. In addition, the complainer would receive an electronic shock to the tongue. If the jolt intensity did not deter the negative thinker from speaking the thought, than anyone in the vicinity could see the light, hear the amplified warnings, and get out of the way.

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 Importance of Being Mindful in the Workplace

Mindfulness in Workplace

Published April 6, 2018

The Time magazine Mindful Revolution article provides insights into the importance of being mindful. Researchers have found that multitasking leads to lower overall productivity. Workers who constantly and rapidly switch between tasks have less ability to filter out irrelevant information and they simply make more mistakes.

Acting mindlessly, we treat ourselves and others more like human doers than human beings. Mindless interactions zap an individual's creativity, motivation, and focus which are required for healthy productive workplaces. Trust is easily lost. When we act mindlessly, we neglect to see possibilities, we avoid new ideas, and we aren't able to manage our own thoughts and emotions.   Read entire article.

 You Can Move Past Painful Moments

Salon Door

Published September, 2017

After finishing our evening meal at a restaurant in town, my husband and I were walking back to our car. Along the way I stopped and picked up a salon brochure. Going to catch up to my husband, two elderly gentlemen started talking to me. Because I sensed they had been drinking, I moved briskly to get to our car.

As I walked ahead of them, I overheard the two of them talking. "Well, what number would you give her?" My thoughts wheeled in stunned disbelief. Was this really happening? It brought me back to my high school days. At that time in my life, the only thing that really mattered was what young men thought about my body. Getting in the car I told my husband about their comments. He responded casually, "So what rating did you get?" Feeling alone and lost, I rode home in silence.

The next day while journaling, my heart opened. This form of free flow writing brought enlightening revelations onto the paper. Then I noticed my own angst. My thoughts went to how rude others could be and how I had to put up with individuals who judged my appearance. Surely they saw my own physical imperfections which caused me to feel out of control and insecure.

It seems easier to reprimand the men and go down the well worn path about how hurtful this can be and when will men stop treating women as objects. Instead of focusing on the men's behavior, I paid attention to how I was feeling. What was I thinking? A deep sorrow and sadness followed.

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 WE LEARN FROM MISTAKES SO WE DO UM ON PRUPOSE

Billboard with words WE LEARN FROM MISTAKES SO WE DO UM ON PRUPOSE

Published March 20, 2017

We learn from mistakes so we do um on purpose? Is this true for you? How do you view mistakes?

Logically I know that without mistakes, new ideas and innovations aren't possible. Mistakes invite us to move outside our comfort zone and enable us to grow personally and professionally. We get to try something new. If we didn't meet our objective, we can try again. Being philosophical about mistake making is one thing. Experiencing them is quite another.

My morning coffee ritual reminds me of my Italian vacation taken five years ago. Making Italian coffee is easy. I put water in the lower chamber of the pot. As it heats up, water magically pushes through the coffee grounds. Presto coffee!

On one particular morning, I told my husband I couldn't chat, I needed to get to the stove because the coffee makes a gurgling sound when it's ready and I was too far away to hear it. As I approached the stove, instead of the normal aroma of fresh brewed coffee, there was a pungent burnt odor.

How could this be? The answer was simple. I made a mistake. I forgot to add the water.

I felt embarrassed even though I was alone. What course of action did I take? Automatically, I grabbed the pot and burned my fingers. After retrieving a hot pad, I quickly emptied the grounds into the trash. This compounded my problem because the plastic garbage bag melted onto the pot's hot side.

My own "heated" frustration rose. Then I moved to fear. I became aware of my thoughts and heard my own self talk recriminations. "How could I be so stupid? As a mindfulness teacher, I obviously wasn't practicing what I preach. I'll never be able to make coffee again." I felt my confidence shatter.

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 Work Families?

Published February, 2017

Mary Tyler Moore hugging work family

Does your idea of family extend to the people you work with? The last episode of the Mary Tyler Moore show is a great example. Mary said that sometimes she thinks she gives too much importance to her job. That the people she works with are just the people she works with and not her family. Then she asked herself, what is a family? They are people who make you feel less alone, and really loved. She goes on to tell her co-workers that is what they have done for her. She thanks them for being her family.

Like Mary I have experienced loving work families. In each, I have learned valuable life lessons.

My first was at a grocery store. When I responded to the loudspeaker page "Ellie to the deli," customers smiled as I walked briskly through the store. Having worked at the St. Paul deli for ten years, I was on a first name basis with many of the regulars.

Many times Jayne, a daytime cook, had my favorite dishes cooling on the stove. Like a schoolchild greeted at home with milk and cookies, I felt her welcome me to my afternoon shifts. The food's warmth extended all the way to my heart. Read entire article

 Enough Hands: Simple Self-care Exercises For Busy Moms & Dads

Published January 26, 2017

Baby and adult holding hands

Feeling agitated, angry, and frustrated are normal human emotions. Healthy individuals feel difficult emotions when they occur. Their body and mind awareness then enables them to consciously choose how to respond to life's events instead of reacting and most importantly overreacting.

Meet Judy, a young woman who derives her sense of self by being a super powered mom. As she frantically gets dinner ready, the green kitchen walls seem to close in on her. Katie is whining and pulling Cassandra's hair while the newborn infant cries and wants to be held. Looking at her own hands, she wonders how many she needs to properly take care of everyone else. Easy answer. More hands than she's got.

Because her husband arrives home late, they have started eating. As he brushes the smashed, errant cheerios off of his chair, Judy places a hot baked potato on his plate. He casually states, "No potato for me tonight." Her mind explodes. Her mouth follows. With no warning, she unleashes her pent up, charged frustrations. Yelling at him uncontrollably, her tears stain her worn out t-shirt.

What happened? Simply put Judy's inability to release her emotions as she experiences them is the cause of her outburst. When we are unaware of our feelings and thoughts, they actually get stored in our physical bodies. The energy then builds up to the point that it has to come out. Just like a tea kettle. When the pressure inside gets hot enough, the steamy air whistles indicating it's ready. Well, we can get too hot when anger, frustration, and disappointments are kept inside. Unfortunately we don't whistle. We blow up and hurt ourselves and the ones we love.

The solution. Judy needs to start taking care of her own needs. Understandably, it is difficult for a young mother of three to take time for herself on a regular basis. Yet it is crucial for Judy's health and her family's well-being.

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 Empowering You to Heal: Every day Practices for Brain, Body and Spirit

Published December 26, 2016

Practices for Brain, Body and Spirit

Trauma alters lives whether the cause is a catastrophic situation like a war, a natural disaster or overwhelming everyday occurrences like health problems and car accidents. The Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that one in five Americans was sexually molested as a child; one in four was beaten by a parent to the point of a mark being left on their body; and one in three couples engages in physical violence. A quarter of us grew up with alcoholic relatives and one out of eight witnessed their mother being beaten or hit.

My personal trauma manifested a divorced, co-dependent, depressed mother of three small children with a smoking addiction living in poverty. Because trauma is imprinted on the body, brain, and spirit, complete healing needs to encompass all of them. This is why I created the Meditative Movement technique.

1. Brain: The brain works to ensure our survival. With repressed trauma, it is on constant alert. Becoming aware of past thoughts and feelings as well as future fears starts the healing process. Our own energy becomes depleted when we try to deny and avoid our pasts. When I acknowledged my thoughts and felt my emotions, I began exercising my personal power. The book, You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay, gave me insights into the root cause of my distress. It revealed the impacts my own negative self-talk was having on my well-being. Affirmations are a positive way to rewire the brain.

Other Practices: Meditation, prayer, support groups like AA and Al-anon, talk therapy, writing/speaking affirmations, and journaling.

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 A Limited Edition

Published November, 2016

Limited Edition: Enjoy Your Life

Yes I admit I am an adamant dark chocolate lover. My husband is a milk chocolaty one. That's why the Christmas limited edition of the Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Collection is heaven sent. Luscious squares of peppermint in dark chocolate for me and an equal amount of milk chocolate for him. Each piece individually wrapped in its own special silvery smooth packaging. No mistake about what's inside. No need to hoard or overindulge to ensure I get my fair share. Is that because there are only the two of us, not like growing up with my eight other family members?

Everything about the experience is inviting. The shiny colorful bag is perfect. Feeling the slenderness of the individual bar in my hand, assures my mind of its sleekness. Combining the eagerness of youth with adult reverence, I unbind the paper. Freed from their temporary confines, the coca and mint impart their scent which swiftly wafts up to my awaiting nose.

In delightful anticipation, I close my eyes as the bar reaches my lips. Pure ecstasy! As the chocolate melts, my tongue searches for another morsel of joy. Taking one more bite, the pleasure lingers and then is gone. Do I dare have another?

Could this be a simple yes or no answer? Not for me. Instead of considering the number of calories or the need to eat them all before they expire, my judging mind diligently enlightens me.

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 3 Positive Ways to Release Presidential Election Stress

Published Aug, 2016

Is the Presidential Election giving you stress? If you answered yes, let's explore why and more importantly what you can do about it.

In God We Trust

Stress is often categorized as positive and negative. Positive stress allows you to become a better version of yourself whereas negative stress removes or depletes your ability to effectively live your life.

Positive stress examples: You are excited about your upcoming vacation adventure yet planning it adds more tasks to your to-do list. You get promoted at work and your new responsibilities mean a change in your behavior and daily activities. Both desired situations may overwhelm and stress you out.

Negative stress happens when you discount your own self-care needs. If you become too busy to exercise or sleep properly, you will get into a negative cycle. When you try to control things that are not controllable (like the election), you will feel imbalanced.

How can the election be a positive stressor? First, you would need to see it as a personal growth opportunity. It can stretch you beyond your current belief limits. You can learn how to be happier in any situation. Here are 3 mindsets to consider.

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 3 Proven Ways to Enhance Your Mental Health: May Mental Health Month

Published May, 2016

10 Tools for Mental HealthMental Health America offers ten proven tools for maintaining your mental health. Meditative Movements, a new exercise technique, incorporates three of them. Stay positive, get physically active and take care of your spirit. Healthy living means you are able to cope with everyday stressors and hassles with a calm confidence. By practicing this program, you can learn how to exercise your own personal power in a new way so you can be in control of your own health and well-being.

1. Stay positive by changing any unhealthy self-talk. My life started changing when I became aware of the impact that my thoughts were having on my current life situation. Over time, I came to understand that my repeated, destructive self-talk was causing an overall unhealthy state of being in me. Because I internally repeated, accepted, and identified with toxic thoughts like "I am useless, I am not good enough, and I am a failure", I was essentially destroying myself.

That is why each Meditative Movement uses a positive affirmation as a way to easily change any unhealthy self-talk. The affirmations begin with the word "I" so that you take ownership of the thoughts you think. Based on what you need for that day, a centering or energizing affirmation follows. As a twenty-three-year-old divorced mother of three small children, the "I Can Meditative Movement" helped me get through the day. It was a simple way for me to redirect my negative, harmful thinking.

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 Exercise Your Self Love

Picture of heart

Republished April, 2016

Love is a word that is hard to define yet used in our everyday language. If we want to feel love from others, we need to be open to loving ourselves first. Here are some suggestions to making love more real in your everyday life.

Looking within. You are loved and your true self is wanting to be acknowledged. Meditation and Meditative Movements™ are fantastic ways to connect with your loving self.

Overlooking fear. To live with inner peace, you need to see past the fear to where the perfection in life exists. Focusing your attention on loving thoughts and feelings is the answer.

Valuing your voice. What you say internally to yourself and to others creates your reality. That is why the affirmations spoken during your workouts are best stated out loud.

Embracing your whole self. Acknowledging that you are more than your mind and body frees you to feel love totally in your being.

 The Perfect Equation for a Life Lesson

Life Lesson: Learn Something New + Overcome Fear Equals Inner Satisfaction

Published March, 2016

When our garage roof needed repair my three children and I took on the task of reroofing it. Why you ask? You can bet so did my children. My response to my 15, 13 and 10-year-old kids was that their education costs took a big chunk of the budget. As a single parent, it was exciting to save money on something I thought we could do. How difficult could reroofing be? Lay one shingle down, then another.

As "Ellie-from-the-deli", making $10 an hour and teaching fourteen workout classes a week, I was doing all I could to meet our financial obligations. So I had my motivation. Reroofing the garage seemed like a simple enough task except for the fact that I was afraid of heights. No way would I have attempted my house roof because of the sharp incline plus I'd heard of people breaking body parts after falling.

This was the perfect equation for a life lesson: learn something new + overcome a fear = inner satisfaction.

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 Explore Meditation Practices

Ellie Meditating by River

Published October, 2015

The earliest written records of meditation, around 1500 BCE, come from the Hindu traditions. Today meditation is being practiced in our Western culture because of its physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits.

Mindfulness meditation is the practice of being in the present moment fully. The meditatorís mind expands in an openness to embrace each unfolding moment. As the meditator deepens their practice, they gain more wisdom, truth, compassion, and interconnection with all things. These insights guide the meditator in living their daily life in ease and love.

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 Are you your own best friend today?

Written by Paul Batz

Competitive golfers are encouraged to journal about their thoughts in the heat of the battle. The most common trap is negative self-talk. Sports psychologists say 'beating you up' is the job of mother nature and your opponent: your job is to be your own best friend, so you can stay positive and keep your best golf possible.

Can we agree sometimes it's hard to avoid beating ourselves up? We're all living in the same movie..it's easy for unpredictable plot twists to trigger the negative self-talk. That's why I'm so pleased to introduce you to my coach: Ellie Peterson.

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 Invite a Mouse into Your Home?

Mouse in House

Published May 1, 2014

Yes Minnesotans, it is snowing on May 1. Are you feeling sorry for yourself? Does that self-pity extend to the outdoor creatures and would you consider inviting a mouse into your home? Of course not. According to Deepak Chopra self-pity is the opposite of self-esteem. So why invite self-pity into your home (your being). Let's treat self-pity as we would the outdoor creatures and keep it out of our lives. During times like these I remind myself of the the Alcoholics Anonymous big book that promises:

We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which use to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

So keep believing in yourself and your ability to take charge of your emotions.

Click here to read Deepak Chopra entire response to How to Stop Feeling Self-Pity.

 Finding Peace After Horrific Events

Finding Peace After Horrific Events

How do we feel peaceful when horrific events like a local school shooting and the Boston marathon bombing occur? We all need to feel safe and confident amidst the stresses in our external world and believe that everything is well. Inner peace can be achieved by following these three simple daily practices.

First, you need to take time for yourself. It can be 5 minute intervals taken throughout your day or extended periods of time that you scheduled for yourself. Every Sunday you can take 3-5 minutes scheduling that week's Me time. Remember to view this time as an investment in your own well-being. Each evening before retiring for bed, ask yourself if you spent quality time just for you today. If the answer is no, take that time now. For me, the best time is right away in the morning. Because I want to give and be my best self for others, I need to be filled up to be impactful.

Second, be aware of what you are thinking and feeling. There are many ways to help you get in touch with your inner self. We respond all day to life's interactions; many times out of habit versus conscious thought about how we want to be. Therefore connecting with ourselves is the key. Meditation is a fantastic way to become more aware. Because it can be completed virtually anywhere, it appeals to busy individuals. Feeling more in tune with life is one of the results of practicing.

Third, you can affirm yourself as you move your body. When an event like this occurs, many people repeat the images and messages from the television and radio in their minds. Instead of feeding the pain, it is necessary to focus your attention on what is within your own control. The I Am Safe Meditative Movement™ and I Forgive Meditative Movement™ support and nurture your human needs, especially at these unsettling times. These simple movements bring your mind, body and being in alignment in the present moment and inner peace can be experienced.

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