Go within. Or…  shhhh 😉

Yes, I can be bossy.  Just try it. Come on.

Even if it’s for only five minutes a day, just be quiet with yourself. I know it can be difficult. Try it for one week. I know many of you don’t think you have time for that. I understand. I was raised in a poverty thinking household. But there are 86,400 seconds in every day. EVERY day. And if you just quiet your brain for 300 of those on a regular basis, I’m sure you’d notice a difference.

Sometimes it’s necessary to step back and let go of the outside world.  Be still. If you’re someone who’s near a panic attack at thought of this, then start with just one minute a day.

Here are a few ideas:

Set a timer for 1-5 minutes. That way you might not watch the clock. 😉

Pet your dog or cat.

Hold a rosary, prayer beads or seashell.

Watch a burning candle or bird feeder.

Slowly and softly rub your palms together, noticing what you feel and appreciating these fine tools of yours.

Close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you, gently allowing these sounds to disappear into the background of your own breathing.

There is plenty of information about meditation on the web, including at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Like anything else, meditation and mindfulness get easier with practice.  Keep trying and find what works for you. And keep me posted!

Blue skies,

Diane

PS: This is #3 in the thirty-one day challenge. Yes, I noticed the theme is similar to post #1. Wasn’t intentional, just happen to both be important topics.

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There is a big river of change happening in my world right now! Some very exciting and delightful stuff! And yet, ‘bad’ or ‘good’, stress is stress… so my body is reacting in the expected ways…

elevated blood pressure

increased muscle tension

decreased digestive activity

…and more. However, all that aside. I can’t wait!

I am moving my practice. Again. Yes, turns out I’m one of those therapists who moves around. In counting them up, this will make #6 in 9 years, plus the few clients I had at two different homes, so technically it’s 8… I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that, and yet, so what. I have always had a small practice with both short- and long-term clients. Life has happened and I have made choices. And am continually amazed and honored with how far clients will travel to see me. To be clear, I always wanted a small practice. I enjoy only seeing 10-12 clients a week, it allows me to really focus on them. That’s one of things I’ve always loved about massage therapy, the ability to work a part-time flexible schedule and do other things. Turns out mostly what I’ve done is teach massage therapy. Not exactly what I envisioned or thought I wanted, and yet clearly where I’ve belonged.

Having admitted all that about the moves, my blood pressure is higher thinking about this post. Is it cocktail time?

In all of my forty-five years, the longest I’ve lived in one place is six years, the shortest, one night. So, I suppose I’m not really surprised my practice has moved around so much. As it gets slightly less painful to think about, I lean into this new relocation. A true blessing. A home for my business. My soul.

Worth the wait. A place where the land is peaceful and the air fresh. A place where community matters and collaboration count. Something I’ve dreamed of in so many ways. A place to retreat, learn and share. If you’re wondering about the Center:

We are a cooperative of independent, holistically minded practitioners, educators, and service providers.

We come together because collaboration and community are important to us.

Together we can provide for our community, and each other, in a way no one of us could alone.

Movers, know that amazing things are possible! Each experience gives us valuable lessons. Enjoy your steps along the path, and let me know how you’re doing. I’ll keep you posted on my changes too.

By the way, this Bliss Report/Confession is post #2 in a thirty-one day challenge.

I have missed two days of blogging for the inspirational Business Blogging School Challenge. Oops! How did that happen?! 

The past two days have been full of other things. Still, there has been a lot of blog talk & more happening around here! You can read more about that at Beyond the Massage Table though. This post is about Community. And Love.

It is Valentine’s Day, after all. 😉

two things

First: Thank You

With 23 years in Columbus, and 10 years in the Massage Therapy field, I am thoroughly blessed with an amazing community. Friends, neighbors, colleagues, students, clients, and family of choice. So many of you have added to my Life in more ways than you know, and I am lucky enough to meet wonderful new people every day! Thank You. For what you have brought, and what you will bring. We are all connected. Knowing that you are there, witnessing and holding space for each others’ sorrows & joys makes my heart sing. Thank You.

Second: You Are Love

And loved. All of you. Exactly as you as are. Perfectly imperfect. Human. And SO much more. Which brings us back to my original statement: You are Love. In other words… you are made of Love. You have the capability to love. Unconditionally. It’s not always easy. It can be done. Love. WMade with Loveithout reservation. That doesn’t mean you have to like everyone, or everything. You don’t have to tolerate or condone. But. You can love. You are Love.

Love. Such a powerful word. So many meanings. Try this one on:

 

love = a reverent attitude for every being

It fits? Great! Wear it around. Like a good pair of jeans, it gets more comfortable every day.

Doesn’t fit? Okay. Grab another pair and try again.

Happy heart day to you and yours. Today and every day.

Be Love, Diane