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Get Outside and Connect With Your Bliss!

There are moments in life when each of us all feels separated from our humanity. To be honest, by the end of last week, I was living from that space—feeling disconnected, existing to run from appointment to appointment, place to place—a slave to my calendar. This often happens when I get caught up in the humdrum routine of the day-to-day for too long, forgetting to make the time to look around and remember the things that bring me enjoyment.

What I notice about myself and my clients is that we have a LOT of responsibility. We are good at responsibility. We take it on willingly because we are able to handle and juggle more than most people. The hard part is when we are focused on all of those responsibilities, we sometimes forget to factor ourselves into the mix.

When we make the time—even if it is just 5 minutes—to do something that we enjoy, it makes us feel more alive. We are instantly brought back to a place where we can breathe deeply and remember why the heck we are so passionate about helping other people in the first place—because we are all connected.

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I remedied this situation in the fastest way I know how.
I spent my entire 4-day weekend outdoors. I'm not talking about camping, because glamping is actually more my style. I'm talking about sitting under a tree while reading, paddle boarding, handstands in the grass, eating outside with friends and family.

Getting back to nature is a really great shortcut to bringing your entire system back into the most balanced state it can be in at any given time. Over the course of the weekend, I remembered that I am at my best and most functional when I spend about 75% of my time outdoors.

Here are just a handful of the health benefits that venturing into the great outdoors (or onto your balcony) hold for you:

Vitamin D: The fastest way for your body to absorb the Vitamin D it needs to keep you healthy is through the skin. Being out in the sun, even if only for 15 minutes in the morning and late evening will boost your Vitamin D levels. Note: If you are wearing sunscreen, or makeup or lotion containing sunscreen, your skin will not be able to absorb Vitamin D from the sun.

Better Sleep: Spending too much time inside and away from natural light can alter your circadian rhythms, thus disrupting sleep patterns. Exposure to sunlight has been shown to help recalibrate these sleep cycles and improve sleep quality overall.

Fresh Air: Indoor air pollutants are far worse for your health and are at far greater levels (25-62% higher) than outdoor air pollutants in almost every area of the world. Being outdoors also naturally causes us to take deeper breaths because we are away from the things that cause us stress—unless you are being chased by a bear. So if you are taking that lunch walk, leave your smartphone at your desk.

Grounding: Put your bare feet on the grass and tell me you don't feel more grounded! Scientifically speaking, not only does standing barefoot on the earth help regulate the polarity of your body, but it has an anti-inflammatory and energizing effect on it, as well.

Exercise: Let's face it, if you are outside, chances are that you are going to get more exercise than if you are sitting inside. This can look as simple as walking in and out of the house (probably up and down stairs) to get the food you've prepared for your guests, or an impromptu game of frisbee. [True Story. This happened this weekend and ended with me chucking the frisbee over a fence.]

With all of these health benefits, how did I FORGET that I needed to spend a lot of time outdoors in order to function well? This sort of thing happens to each of us when we are able to focus on the Whole. We sometimes forget about ourselves.

When we see and know the Connectedness of all, it is a really beautiful thing. It is important for us, however, to remember that each of us is also a piece of that Whole. When we are in a state of happiness and bliss, things flow better, we are better manifestors, we ripple those feelings out into the Collective, and we become living examples of Balance.

In order to show up as our best selves to have and hold the energy for all that we have to do each day, we need to remember to connect in with what brings us joy. Remember, at any moment, you can begin to return to center and health by getting outside and taking some breaths.


Want to make the world a better place? Here are 5 things you probably forget to do.

As people who feel called to serve the world in a very deep way, we often burn the candle at both ends—alternating between states of superhuman productivity and hiding under a blanket with the blinds drawn to re-charge our batteries. This is often because our Work does not feel like work. We feel accomplished and balanced when we are working toward a goal that makes the world better in some way.

The fact is, that our Work IS work. It requires our focus, and very often a lot of energy movement. We are often working for what we LOVE on top of, or in addition to, a job that we already work full-time. This means we are sometimes already tired, but that we are so devoted and dedicated, that we forget about ourselves and our physical bodies in the process.

Image courtesy of Michael Elliott at
Image courtesy of Michael Elliott at

The key here is to see ourselves as pitchers full of water. We pour our water into all of the glasses around us—people, work, situations. When we run out of water, we are depleted and we have absolutely nothing to give to others. The goal is to always have water (energy) in your pitcher. Whether your Work is parenting, social justice, channeling, healing, or anything else, the principle is the same.

Here are 5 things to remember to that can help you to remain balanced and give you more energy to accomplish your Work:

1. Eat. Sometimes, when deep in the throes of working on something we are passionate about, we forget to eat. Sometimes, we just feel we "don't have time to eat." Other times, we forget that we are as important as the people and causes we are nurturing and don't make the time to be sure that we have the proper foods prepared and available to us. We get to the point of "I NEED TO EAT NOW" and grab whatever is fast and/or on-hand—EVEN if we are allergic to it!

You will see, maybe in the mirror, that a lot of people out there who you perceive as having a huge life mission either hold extra weight, are out of shape, or look emaciated and drained. Many even alternate between these stages. (Aside: food is not the only reason for this. There are energetic boundaries to be addressed at a later time that come into play here, as well.)

Taking the time to feed ourselves properly does a few things:

• It changes subtle lack-mentality that sabotages us. Saying that we don't have enough time or that there are not enough hours in a day for what we need to accomplish keeps us living in the illusion of lack.

• By fueling ourselves with the proper foods—as fresh and seasonal as possible—we create the most potential energy for our bodies to function and remain healthy.

2. Sleep. Many times, we ignore the signs that our bodies are tired and need to rest. (This is especially common in those of us who have spent a lot of time working in an office environment.) Forcing ourselves to continue working when our bodies say otherwise is actually a form of violence against the self. At the very least, it makes us less productive and we can easily spend an hour or two on something that should only have taken 10 minutes.

Getting a full night's sleep strengthens out immune system, allows the nervous system to re-set itself properly, and helps mood. Plus, resting when we need to rest allows us to come back to our Work with sharper focus and be much more productive.

3. Breathe. This is normally the first thing to go out the window when we are being challenged or are working on something that requires our undivided attention and focus. Simply put, our bodies need oxygen to function—each cell, organ, and neuron. When we are constantly breathing in a shallow way, we are depriving ourselves of a basic nutrient that we need to function properly. Just taking pause and breathing a couple of deep breaths is enough to calm the nervous system and re-focus the mind.

What I've learned is that if I am not breathing properly, I am exerting more of my own will and energy, instead of allowing the Guidance to flow to and through me.

4. Move. Many of us are dawn to spiritual practices (like kundalini yoga and meditation) over other kinds of practices and would rather invest time there. This is great, and these things may be necessary to your growth and development, but they often involve long periods of sitting or being still. The truth is, we are all in a physical body, and one of the things the physical body needs to function properly is movement. For this reason, it is important to balance these periods of sitting with periods of movement—whatever that looks like for you.

Moving the physical body is also a quick way to get energy moving. If you feel resistance to moving, take it to meditation and ask yourself, "Where is it that I am resisting change in my life?" and you will very likely unblock yourself!

5. Ground. It seems that we highly sensitive people spend a LOT of time disconnected from our bodies.

There are many reasons why we become ungrounded, but the hard part is making sure that we take the time to ground again. We can only really be strongly rooted in what we are here to do if we have both feet firmly on mother earth. This grounded energy is what needs to be harnessed for manifestation and it is the missing ingredient for so many of us.

As we feel called to go out and help the world, it is easy for us to lose sight of ourselves and what we need in and from it. As highly spiritual people, we are used to going "upward" for guidance and not grounding downward into the earth, but this is what is necessary in order to manifest our big plans and dreams in this reality. As we practice groundedness, we will naturally become more in-tune with our bodies and hear what they are asking for. Taking good care ourselves in the physical reality ensures that we will have the strength and energy to go forth and carry out the Work we know we are called to do, as well as all of the other things that require our time and attention.