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Internal Guidance System

5 May

Internal Guidance System

You’ve all heard of GPS (global positioning system), that voice in your car leading you around.  These days, most folks have a variety of navigation devices they can choose from.

In fact, so common is sat-nav that while we may depend on it, we also have the luxury of ignoring it.  For example, when we take a little side trip but the device keeps saying, “Please proceed to the highlighted route.”  Occasionally it’s, “Recalculating route.”

Well did you know we also have an Internal Guidance System?  Everyone does.  Instead of words or even thoughts, it uses emotions to guide us.

So first things first, if you are suffering then you can be assured your internal navigation is ON & functioning properly.  Not that suffering is the only indicator but it’s one of the loudest, for sure!

I refer to it as the Internal Guidance System because it behaves just like the Central Nervous System.  When you touch a hot stove, before you’ve even had a conscious thought about it, your hand has already reacted & pulled away fast!  That’s because the sense of heat/pain was signaled directly to the spinal cord & bypassed the brain for quick action.  No thought required.

So it is the same with emotional responses.  They don’t have to make sense intellectually. In fact, they often don’t.  That’s fine, they’re a completely different & highly attuned operating system.

Call it a “gut reaction,” or a “funny feeling.”  It heightens your senses & puts you on alert.  Again, not a bad thing.  The more we trust those emotions, the more in-tune we are with ourselves.  The problem is, ignoring our gut instinct has been glorified by so many people saying something’s a coincidence or thinking they’re just making it up in their head.  But you can’t deny the gut.  Repressing it only disconnects you from your true self or numbs the positive benefits it’s trying to signal to you.

Sometimes your emotions feel like you’re being punched, beaten, HIT.  That’s not surprising since the *Sympathetic Nervous System ignites first response impulses traveling up to 250 mph along your synapse.  Talk about a train wreck INSIDE YOU.

All that stress can lead to Osteoporosis, now dubbed a stress-related disorder, as well as Type 2 Diabetes, brain damage, hypertension, sleep deprivation, & even darker scenarios.

The good news is your conscious mind has the ABILITY to change automatic emotional reactions.  That’s the beauty of neuroplasticity!

Some of my clients say, “Well, how can I turn it off??”

That’s a rational question when you’re taking the physical hit of your emotions over & over & over.  Just remember that the only people in our society with NO STRESS RESPONSE are referred to by modern medicine as Psychopaths, unfeeling & incapable of guilt or remorse.  Often born-in, but can also be trained-in.

So don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.  Your Internal Guidance System is necessary for knowing the difference between danger & safety, aching & soothing, harming & helping.  Blessed mechanism that works so brilliantly.

Appreciate your Internal Guidance System & don’t be surprised if there’s not a lot you can do to talk yourself off the ledge in the throes of it.  It’s in the moments between that we can learn ways to cope, manage, & handle our own stress & inner dialog.  It’s definitely worth every effort.. but no beating yourself up along the way.

Your Internal Guidance System is functioning perfectly.

*Precedes reported emotions by 400-550 milliseconds before conscious awareness.

** USER GUIDE: Internal Guidance System

Meditation or Madness

15 Jul

buddha mugshot / online credit“.. meditation is not against action.

It is not that you have to escape from life.

It simply teaches you a new way of life:

You become the center of the cyclone.”  Osho


Conscious thought is the beginning of awareness; what moves us, what brings clarity, what gives hope.

In a world where madness is acceptable and meditation is questioned, it’s time we give some serious thought to our personal values.  It’s time to give importance to our true selves instead of holding back because of feeling outcast or unlovable to others.  You are perfect as you are.  You can do this.  If you survived the difficulty, you will survive the recovery.

Just be you.

Here are a few more of Osho’s thoughts on what meditation truly is..

“Your life goes on, it goes on really more intensely — with more joy, with more clarity, more vision, more creativity — yet you are aloof, just a watcher on the hills, simply seeing all that is happening around you.

You are not the doer, you are the watcher.

That’s the whole secret of meditation, that you become the watcher. Doing continues on its own level, there is no problem: chopping wood, drawing water from the well. You can do all small and big things; only one thing is not allowed and that is, your centering should not be lost.”

House of Healing

14 May

Austin, Texas Therapy Office

Here’s an insider’s view of my Massage Therapy office in Austin, Texas.  It’s oh so relaxing & surrounded by Acupuncturists & Psychotherapists.  I’ll have to take some insider’s view pictures of my Crockett & Galveston offices to share with y’all, soon.

Message me for your appointment today.  Choose from Massage Therapy, Iris Analysis, & One Brain Stress Defusion for re-balancing mind & body.  I’m also offering Stress Defusion over the phone or by Skype, in case you can’t make it into one of my offices.



along the way

13 May

along the way

“You can’t stand still and you can’t go back.”  Abraham


A Lesson in Letting Go

11 Mar
Plaid 50's by CastawayVintage

Once upon a time, I only had one dress.

I was 29 years old and living like a gypsy during the most difficult time of my life.  One of my friends offered me a place to stay; a tiny little bedroom, twin bed, and a small closet where I hung my one dress.  I placed a pair of dress shoes just beneath the dress on the floor and a stack of work clothes up on the shelf.  Having come from a situation of abundance to this spartan existence, that simple dress hanging alone seemed appropriate.

I was grateful for the kindness offered me and I lived there for 2 months before I found a place of my own again, a new closet to populate.

Growing up, I always had lots of wonderful dresses; special occasion dresses, play dresses, new dresses, old dresses.  Even now, I have more dresses than I have closet space for.  But I remember that one dress so well.  Not because it was anything special but because of what it represented.

Being stripped down, layer by layer to a single dress, a single bed, being “single”, this single moment, such awareness of every single breath.

During this time, I spent a weekend in Dallas, Texas helping a friend deliver her baby.  When I came back to my bedroom, the little closet was empty.  The dress and shoes were gone.  I noticed right away.  The urge to panic arose.  Had I now literally lost everything?

It wasn’t so much about losing one little dress but losing my one and only dress.  A microcosm for how I felt about my entire life.  I had lost my new car, my whole big house, the kitchen I loved cooking in, my office tucked into a real high-tech grown-up treehouse.  Most of all, I had lost my husband.  And now… my last dress.

I did not know whether to laugh hysterically or cry.  So I let go.  Most likely I laughed and cried.

My day went on in a sober way and I did not utter a word about the dress.  Later that night, my friend casually mentioned that she let her stepdaughter use my dress and shoes.  She said “I didn’t think you would mind.”

The lack of boundaries in my life were never more obvious.  It had been an illusion to think that my little haven was actually mine, boundaries intact.  A text or call asking, would have been lovely.  A note that it was taken, common courtesy.  I reasoned to myself, are not all us girls in the house the exact same dress size?  Surely there were other dresses available.

Still, no matter.  Sometimes others take your choice away simply because they assume you will be fine with their decision, or they don’t see the importance of respecting boundaries.

I knew that no harm was intended but it had still been a shock.  And to my surprise, I heard myself calmly say “I’m glad the shoes and dress fit her.  She can keep them if she likes.”

With that, I practiced the lesson I had been learning with every breath… I let go.

She did, in fact, keep the dress and shoes and that made me happy.  Trying to contest or explain boundaries often requires much more than a single conversation, it’s a life-long lesson.

Sometimes things get taken from us.  Some things we give away, throw away or just let go of.  We all experience loss in our own way and some losses are more profound than others.  Ultimately, everything changes and embracing change is grace and a gift beyond compare.

Accept that life includes loss and it matters very much, to our quality of life, how we choose to handle loss.  We can do this the easy way by allowing, trusting, accepting and breathing into the pain or we can do it the hard way by resisting, struggling and holding on long past the point of healthy.  I know, easier said than done, but it is a personal choice every time.

My favorite affirmation is “I release, I relax, and I let go.”  Say it, sing it, write it, pray it.

Take a deep breath and remember, one thing’s for sure, “this too shall pass.”

WELL BEING: Breathe Out the Old, Breathe in the New

30 Dec

Note To Self:  Stop paying so much attention to what you’ve yet to accomplish and see how far you’ve come. ♥ Lynn

Thanks for all the emails since you didn’t hear from me over the holidays.  I was in bed, sick as a proverbial dog.  I’m sorry I couldn’t write a holiday note.  Even with the benefit of eastern and western medicine, it still had to run its course.  While all of you were out spreading cheer, I had loads of time to lay around and think; and cough and sleep.  You get the idea.

Ready or not, the new year is here!  Looks like last year raced to the finish line when some of us weren’t ready to start the new one.  Ah, but then, new beginnings are beneficial, even if a bit abrupt.

So here we are in a brand new year.  Time to push the big re-set button on life.  Our chance for a fresh start.  Breathe in the new.  Weed out the old useless thoughts, adopt a new hopeful set of beliefs and affirm the vows we intend to keep to ourselves and others.  Now’s your formal opportunity to change and grow.

Let’s face it, we have all come a long way since last new year’s day.

So maybe you did not accomplish all your new year’s resolutions last year.  I suspect you accomplished more than you ever set out to.  As a dear friend told me, “Sometimes it’s better to trade your To-Do list for a Did-It list.”

That’s it!  Make a “Did It” list and look at all the wonderful things you did, got to do, things you had no idea to even hope for.  Really pat yourself on the back about the distance you covered last year.  Surely that’s a lovely foundation to build a new year on.  Self confidence, love and appreciation.

One constant in life is our breath.  We are breathing every moment of every day.  Quantum Physics suggests that all life is expanding and collapsing, over and over.  Think of the ocean waves and how like breath they are.  The waves roll in and out; constantly, effortlessly, gently.  Standing by the sea always seems to regulate my breathing, even if I’m anxious.  Just watching the waves roll in and out, again and again.  I fall into the rhythm of the ocean, without thinking about it.

After all the stresses and suffering, pain and disappointments that crop up in our lives, sometimes even during the holidays, it can literally take our breath away.  So for the new year, I encourage you to focus on your breath.

When we get upset or don’t feel well, we tend to hold our breath.  Our breathing gets so shallow that when we go to consciously take a deep breath, it’s a bit of a surprise to the body.  You may find that you can’t get a deep breath or your ribs feel too tight.

Those of you who have been on my massage table have heard me gently say, “breathe”.  I use words like “inhale” or “let go” when the muscles are especially tight.  The sooner you get a good deep breath, the sooner the pain lightens up.

Stress, good or bad, can affect us negatively if we don’t consciously choose to relax our body and breathe through it.  I know, easier said than done.  But trust me, your mental and physical health are worth every effort to change an old pattern.

Out with the old as you release the past, painful and cumbersome with every exhale.  Embrace the new with a deep and easy breath of love, forgiveness and acceptance of yourself today, and everyday of this amazing, silver lined new year.

WELL BEING: Ho’oponopono

23 Aug
Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len

Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len

Several years ago, I was introduced to a Hawaiian meditation called Ho’oponopono.

My interest was piqued when a story surfaced about a Hawaiian therapist.  As the story goes, Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len took a job working in a mental hospital filled with criminal violence.  The patients in this maximum security facility were extremely dangerous, heavily medicated and required shackles.  There was a regular turn-over of employees as the staff of doctors, nurses and handlers were afraid to go to work each day.

Dr. Hew Len refused to see a single patient.  As part of his job, he would sit in his office day after day, reviewing patient files while practicing this Hawaiian healing art called Ho’oponopono.

It was reported that after a few months of practicing this meditation, Dr. Hew Len’s patients were healing, behaving more peacefully and many who had no chance of ever being released were being freed.

What exactly is this ancient meditation practice?

Ho’oponopono is defined literally as hoʻo meaning “to” and Ponopono as “set to rights, put in order or shape, correct, revise, adjust, amend, regulate, arrange, rectify, tidy up, make orderly or neat.”  The Hawaiian Dictionary calls Ho’oponopono a “mental cleansing: family conferences in which relationships were set right through prayer, discussion, confession, repentance, and mutual restitution and forgiveness.”

How does this meditation work?

It is suggested that the pain and trouble we often see in others is simply a reflection of what is unwell within us.  By focusing compassionately on someone who is suffering and meditating on 4 specific powerful phrases, we are practicing Ho’oponopono.

What are the 4 life changing phrases that are the basis of Ho’oponopono?

  • I’m sorry.
  • Please forgive me.
  • Thank you.
  • I love you.

That’s right.  Dr. Hew Len would sit in his office each day looking over each individuals case file while repeating these phrases again and again.  He claims that by looking within and healing himself he was then able to affect others in a positive way, thereby healing his patients.

I’ve never met this Hawaiian doctor nor have I read any evidence that substantiates his claims but there has always been truth in compassion and the acceptance of self-responsibility.

In terms of illness as a society, be it physical, mental, spiritual or emotional; there are times when difficulties become unbearable and those are the times people most need to be loved, understood and accepted.  Even when we feel we are “in the right,” we too are part of society and that means we may be part of the solution.

Practicing this thoughtful meditation may be as easy as extending love to those we meet, appreciation to someone we pass in the street and an apology to a loved one when confusions arrise or we make a mistake.

The 4 phrases of Ho’oponopono may unlock the secrets we keep that can make us heart-sick as well as physically and emotionally unwell.  By taking personal responsibility and confessing our heart through words, thoughts, or even a written meditation, we can free ourselves and potentially free others by restoring dignity and good relationships.

Read more of Joe Vitale’s story about Ho’oponopono.

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