Feel FREE and ALIVE

That’s what it means to really feel alive—to be so immersed in the passionate bliss of this moment that you don’t think about yesterday or tomorrow. You just enjoy what you’re doing and love every piece of it.” Lori Deschene

When we touch into our own state of freedom, we experience a deeper sense of Self. It’s the feeling of ease, joy and empowerment all wrapped into one. When we find freedom there are no shoulds or have-tos and the other things that make us feel bound. We let go of the need to know what is going to happen. We let go of the need to control. Freedom means feeling alive.

Dancing

When I dance I smile so much my face hurts . I love to twirl, sway, and jump. Dancing is freedom for me. 

When was the last time you felt free? Freedom is a state of being more than any set of actions but sometimes certain actions help to stir up those feelings. Here are a few freeing actions:

Do something you thought you couldn’t do, meditate, tell someone something that you know will make them smile, reflect on the most amazing parts of your life, dance away the night, play in the ocean, spread your arms wide and breathe deep, stand up for yourself, take a day off, book a trip, rent a jet ski, do the things on your bucket list, put on a pretty dress and twirl in the sunshine, jump up and down on a trampoline, do something that scares you, complete a task that weighs heavily on you, play in the ocean, climb to the top of a mountain, feel the wind whip as you sail into a sunset, star gaze, laugh so hard you fall over, imagine yourself tied up in ropes and then cutting all the ropes easily away, do something where you go fast (safely), or fall in love.

And when it was over nothing defined us, other than the moments that made us feel free.” -R.M. Drake

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A Cheat Sheet to Living Without Regret

“I try to live my life where I end up at a point where I have no regrets. So I try to choose the road that I have the most passion on because then you can never really blame yourself for making the wrong choices. You can always say you’re following your passion.”-Darren Aronofsky

Exploring my world...and myself...

Exploring my world…and myself…

I recently stumbled upon this list by Tina Williamson…

A cheat sheet to living without regrets 

Take care of your health

Make time to do the things you love, work less, laugh and play

Say what you need to say

Practice mindfulness

Change your perspective

Let go of the past

Accept the things you can not change

Stop thinking happiness is a future event

Stop chasing money and material wealth

Live authentically

Take off the mask

Follow your instincts

Practice gratitude

Don’t make your decisions based on fear

Love, love love!

I would add explore yourself and your world, let go of judgement, ask for help when you need it (because in my experience you will get to where you want to go so much quicker if you have the right support), and never stop learning. Other than that I think this list is pretty on point. I would love to hear what others think should be on the cheat sheet. If you have an addition please comment!

When the World Spins…

I woke up recently and my room was spinning…well, it wasn’t actually spinning, it just felt like it was. I waited a few minutes for it to pass, it didn’t. I woke up the next day and assumed it would be gone, it wasn’t. I kept dreaming I was on a ship and the seas were rough, I was being pitched all around. Vertigo is an interesting thing, it took me down and out. I could not drive, work, exercise, or even do small tasks. I had to rely on others for support, food, and, transportation. I was dizzy and nauseous, and increasingly irritable.

"Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall" -Salman Rushdie

“Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall” -Salman Rushdie

The lesson for me was around extreme self-care. I was busy at work with patients, traveling, launching products, writing articles, and more and it all felt wonderful. I really felt like I was on a roll. However, during this roll I was skipping meals, getting to bed late, exercising sporadically, and kind-of meditating. Vertigo was a wake-up call!

I truly believe that we get ill as a way for our bodies to get us back on track. If we do not properly honor our physical and emotional needs we get sick so it forces us to rest, re-set, and re-evaluate. The more off track we are and the longer we mistreat ourselves, the more serious the disease.Vertigo

Energetically vertigo is related to not having complete balance in life. Naturopaths have put forth that the people who experience vertigo may suffer unresolved feelings about taking their lives in new directions. As I work towards new goals this resonates with me. The symptoms I experienced made me slow down and practice a lot more self-care.

Self-care is about the simple things…Here is a list of self-care practices that are must dos:

Eat Well – Eat lots of vegetables, eat home-cooked healthy meals, eat mindfully (don’t just inhale your food), eat at regular times, don’t skip meals, avoid processed junk

Rest Your Body and Mind – Meditate at least 15 minutes a day, get to bed before 11pm, get rid of electronics in your sleep space, limit TV time

Move and Groove – Move your body, anyway you can, it will improve your mood, body, and energy level.

Emotional Upkeep – Ditch the emotional turmoil. Harboring fear, worry, anger, resentment, or anxiety can do a number on our physical bodies. Learn to forgive yourself and others, manage stress, hire a therapist or coach if you need to, but do not keep a bunch of feelings welled up inside. Foster joy and happiness and think good thoughts.