Focusing on what we CAN do

I recently felt like everything around and within me was being turned inside out. Like I'd been living in the upside down (an alternate parallel universe that's like living in the shadow land.)

Chaos during shifts and changes on a personal level, professionally, and within my community all at once.

Sheesh - REALLY?!



Living in the air like a balloon instead of grounded as a human on the earth is disconcerting for a Capricorn like me, as I'm pretty sure it can be for you too at different times in life.



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How do we ground when the stars rock our boats (as this past astrological cycle did?)


How do we ground and reconnect to our inner selves when life feels like a carnival ride and we really want to check out or throw darts at everything triggering us instead of coming back to the well-adjusted people we are?

Man, I tell ya - sometimes the simple act of sipping a good beer flopped in a chair looking at the sky works - and sometimes - well, usually most times - it doesn't work that easily...

Most of us require a bit more to reboot and re-orient to life. (from losses and pretty amazing pull-throughs, to embracing the newness of who we are because of all we have experienced.)



How can this be accomplished?



By focusing on what we CAN do right now.

How do we do this, you ask?

I'm going to let you in on a little secret -
Alone time.

A mini break!

yep.

Savoring those times when you're alone to catch-up with yourself, and your surroundings in life so that you can allow everyone around you to catch up as well. (It's nice to be clear with those you love.)



I have a lot of little rituals I like to pick from.

My latest favorite has been re-orienting in the moment.
It's NOT an intellectual or methodical exercise but it IS a listening, feeling, and visualizing exercise.

It goes like this -

* Find a space where you can be alone; away from work colleagues, friends, family... (on your way to work is good too)
* Then - breath at your own pace with your eyes closed for a few breaths.
* Begin to open your eyes slowly looking at the space you're in right now. 
Let your eyes wander slowly all around until you focus on an object that pleases you in some way. Describe that visually and in sensate words, (warm/cold, vibrating/messy... - The white daisy in the vase makes me feel tingly, warm and giddy)

* Close your eyes again and allow 3 words to come to mind, just let them come and write them down. 
(Mine are Ease, Connection, and yellow.)

* Now, get up and walk around with these words in mind. This is a very important part of the exercise - Movement has been proven to clear energy and solidify new connections being made in the brain and body.


Come back to the space you needed a break from and act on these words.

How can you take action on these right now? In this moment?

Do you need to walk more slowly into your work space and savor that time? Do you need to pop your sweetie a text? Do you need to eat lunch outside on a bench?

Just do this one little thing for yourself and see how you feel afterward.

I'd love to know if this helps you to ground more to your inner self and works for you.

Please share your insights if you'd like to.

 

Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Visionary Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tikiphile, digs jazz (well, all types of music really!), double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.


 

Easy to Feel Levels of Transformation

Aloha! I’m super geeked to connect with you deeply today about our inner selves and connecting even more to this magical place of inner knowing that ultimately leads to deeper alignment for more reflective decisions, healthier relationships, and through the ripple effect, a more balanced flowing life in the world.
your world specifically.
Who doesn’t want that?
Sign me up sister - I’m all for being more deeply aware for all of my life!

This is such a super easy way to notice different levels of awareness within the body.

Ok - we’re on…

Let’s start with what we already know.
When you receive bodywork, the most obvious change you notice is relaxation.
I’m not going to insult you with the science of how all this happens because I believe you already know that “stuff”. But man, doesn’t it just feel good to have loving hands knead away that physical stress? That neuromuscular relaxation is so healing at the purely physical level… right?

So then, what happens after the physical relaxation?
Probably for most of us, some stillness.
You know - our thoughts recede a bit, we feel overall calmer, possibly more clear and spacious, and we really want this feeling to last as long as possible :)
Stillness is so rare for us; with our phones, TV, computers, radio, and all the other obvious distractions, it’s nice to feel still.

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Think hammock in the shade on a warm afternoon with your eyes closed. Letting thoughts drift out of your brain and sporting a Mona Lisa smile….


Now, we’re relaxed and feeling some sense of stillness.
What comes next?
Hmmm… that tangible feeling of being more present - awareness at a deeper level of mindfulness that it almost seems limitless.




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To the hammock vision: add noticing your soft breath, any feelings that arise, a light breeze on your skin and your hair blowing in the same direction as the breeze.

Webster’s dictionary defines presence as: the fact or condition of being more present, the part of space within ones immediate vicinity.
This can read as: our inner self and it’s immediate surroundings - body, room, emotions, thoughts, feelings, magnetic field and everything and everyone we interact with outside of ourselves.

As sentient beings, our bodies and magnetic fields know innately how to soak in, decipher information, and then find and maintain its natural state of balance/inner alchemy.
That we’re all wired to know innately if something is right or not for us and with some relaxation, stillness, and presence, is a lovely gift of feeling the inner alchemy of your inner knowing/intuition working in-tune with your outer self and world.

This lovely teeter-totter balancing dance of the alchemy of body, mind, and spirit helps us to evolve and embody our wholeness. This, without any other change, is in itself, healing.

Let’s transform ourselves, Transform for yourself, Transform for your loved ones, Transform for future generations and Transform for the world by fine-tuning our glow and flow to feel and live our most high vibration life!

 

Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Visionary Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tikiphile, digs jazz (well, all types of music really!), double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.


 

Energy of Spring

The energy of spring is one of emergence.
Of feeling ready to get out and do things.
Things are taking shape
You’re getting out into the world again - with all the projects, lists, and NEWNESS!

Push up and through and surround yourself with those to support you.

Push up and through and surround yourself with those to support you.

Since I dig energy in all it’s vibrations (fascinating creature, Energy), I feel the excitement and fruitfulness, but also the opposing, less loved feelings of distraction, avoidance, and general uncomfortableness of the season.

Spring is about emergence, and also about shedding old skin and letting go to make room for the new growth and transformation.
Just like seeds shedding the shell as the sprout comes out, humans need to shed what’s no longer working and shift perspective and walk into that cramped space of uncomfortableness.

If not, those unwanted energies may show up as indecision, procrastination, constipation, headaches, TMJ, a pain in the neck or butt, premature failure, and even lethargy when getting up in the morning because the day is too daunting. (This is different than depression or chronic fatigue or a serious illness.)

Maybe we just need a simple change in routine - that yoga at 6am too much, what’s another time you can practice?
Or maybe there’s a bigger change we resist because we like our comfort zone?
Whatever is happening for you - Those new intentions need a space to crawl into to germinate and flourish.

Whatever it is, we cannot avoid the change that comes with the spring emergence.
It’s a total package.
Yin/yang, dark/light.. there isn’t one without the other.
(It’s one of the Mystical Laws - the Law of Polarity)

What do you think? I’d love to know.

 

Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Visionary Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tikiphile, digs jazz (well, all types of music really!), double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.