DAY 293: Freedom

 

freedomAre you intrigued by the dancing skeleton?

It looks quite free in its dance, doesn’t it?

What I have come to know is that freedom in your body will not come by exercising alone.

Building strength, increasing your flexibility and stamina are only one part of what your body needs in order to be free, move with ease, heal, stay healthy and feel alive and vibrant.

The freedom and health of your body depend on many things.

What you eat and drink, as well as how much good quality sleep you get contribute to how you feel in your body as well.

But this is still not enough for your overall freedom in the physical body.

The way you FEEL is crucial!

Your emotional health, the way you think of yourself, the way you treat yourself weigh a lot more in the balance of health than you might realize.

I met many very fit people, who took great care of what they eat and how much they exercise and yet, they were bound in their bodies by tightness, restriction, constriction and discomfort.

Your inner balance and peace are paramount for the freedom you experience in your body.

So start by looking inside and finding out what is it that you need to do in order to heal on the emotional level first.

By doing so, you will allow your body to heal and experience freedom and joy.

Love,

Rucsandra

DAY 252: Press The Reset Button!

change the plan

You don’t like what is happening in your life right now? Are you struggling with decisions for the future? Do you want some things to be different?

I have news for you: YOU CAN CHANGE THE PLAN!

And, even better, you do not need to do anything special in order to change it.

Here’s what Michael Neill says in his book ” The Inside-Out Revolution”:

“The return to this “original grace” of life is always available to us, and takes no particular effort to attain because it is in fact a return to our natural way of being. Here’s all you need to know: there is nothing you need to do, be, have, get, change, practice, or learn in order to be happy, loving and whole.”

Goes against pretty much everything most of us were taught, doesn’t it?

Well, THIS is the truth. Not what we were taught.

Love,

Rucsandra

DAY 251: Is There A Storm In Your Head?

quiet your mind

The storm in your head prevents you from feeling calm, fulfilled and content with your life.

It is not the experiences in your life that bring you turmoil and unhappiness, but the thought processes related to your experiences.

“Well-being is our nature. That doesn’t mean we always feel good – any one of us can get caught up in thought at any time, and in so doing become instantly subject to every emotional color in the spectrum. But to say that means that well-being comes and goes would be like saying that because there are clouds, the sun isn’t always present. Even in the darkest hour the sun is still there – it’s just that sometimes there something between us and our clear seeing.”

– excerpt from  “The Inside-Out Revolution” by Michael Neill, published in 2013

Stay calm.

If you allow it to, the storm in your head shall pass.

Love,

Rucsandra

365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 227: The Domino Effect

dominos

Is your body in need of some healing? Is your life in need of healing?

Every single change you make for the better counts a lot. Your decision to pay attention to yourself, to your body, to your feelings and your thoughts will add to your overall improvement.

Like pieces of domino arranged to create a domino effect, each little step will make the next one possible.

Although this might seem like something too small or too obvious, each step counts.

So wherever you are in your body and in your life, whatever challenge you are facing right now, take one small step and envision its power for the future steps, which might not be possible without you making the very first one today.

Love,

Rucsandra

365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 226: YOUR Emotions Matter

emotional intelligence

The way you respond to other people’s actions, to events and circumstances, to challenges you come across and life in general is determined by your underlying emotional state. Your emotional state is in turn defined by the total sum of everything you’ve experienced in your life but not fully processed up to this point.

If we are to think in this paradigm, then you have to wonder what part of your actions is truly conscious and what part is just a reaction.

What I know for sure is this: unless you allow your emotions to come to the surface and be examined and then fully released, you will continue to react to outside stimuli in ways that you might not understand.

Here’s my invitation to you: express your emotions fully; allow yourself to feel, to have an emotional opinion. All you need to do is acknowledge your emotions, sit with them, allow them to be. As you do so, they will clear, dissipate and you will feel free.

Love,

Rucsandra

365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 223: Feeling Like A Pressure Cooker?

pressure cooker

What happens when a closed pressure cooker is heated on the stove? Simple: there is  a lot of pressure created inside the hermetically closed pot.

If you try to open it when hot, you will get burned and the stuff inside will splatter all over your kitchen.

A hot pressure cooker: this is how people who cannot express emotions, who do not communicate how they feel and what they want, get to feel on a daily basis. They are ready to explode and sometimes they do in violent, inappropriate ways, angry with random people or unrelated events.

Did you ever feel like that? Did you ever lash out at the person in front of you only to be left exhausted, confused and drained once it was all over?

If you did, then there are things inside you that you are keeping hidden even from yourself. Until you get in touch with them and heal your hurt and anger, you will continue to function like a pressure cooker.

And here’s the thing: the building pressure of the burning hot steam will hurt you physically, emotionally and mentally.

Take the pot off the stove, let it cool off completely and then open the lid, willing to look inside.

Examine what you find with compassion and love for yourself.

Let go. Heal. Don’t let the steam burn you.

Love,

Rucsandra

365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 222: Mothers And Daughters

mother and daughter

Before you were born, YOUR CELLS were FEELING everything that your mother’s cells felt. When you were formed as a new life potential in your mother’s womb, your continuously growing number of cells were nestled at the core of your mother’s body, surrounded by HER CELLS. Your cells were PART OF HER BODY. Do you get this? This is BIG. This is POWERFUL. What it means is that your cells were already responding to her emotions, to her feelings of joy or despair, fear or love.

Most of what we believe to be true might not be a personally formulated opinion, but rather a transfer from our mothers. Unless we decide to live an examined life and become conscious in our thoughts, emotions and actions, we live in a pre-programmed, unquestioned manner.

Here’s what Dr. Christiane Northrup says about this:

“The mother-daughter relationship is at the headwaters of every woman’s health. Our bodies and our beliefs about them were formed in the soil of our mother’s emotions, beliefs, and behaviors. Even before birth, our mother provides us with our first experience of nurturing. She is our first and most powerful female role model. It is from her that we learn what it is to be a woman and care for our bodies. Our cells divided and grew to the beat of her heart. Our skin, hair, heart, lungs, and bones were nourished by her blood, blood that was awash with the neurochemicals formed in response to her thoughts, beliefs, and emotions. If she was fearful, anxious, and deeply unhappy about her pregnancy, our bodies knew it. If she felt safe, happy, and fulfilled, we felt that, too.” –  excerpt from Dr. Christiane Northrup’s article  “How Mothers Influence Their Daughters”

My deepest wish for you is to be free of any limiting beliefs, thoughts and ways of being you inherited from your mother, before you had the option to choose your own thoughts and formulate your own opinions.

Love,

Rucsandra

365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 214: The Iceberg Of Your Mind

iceberg

Imagine an iceberg: a small portion is found above the water while the massive rest is hidden below the water surface.

This image gives you the scale of how the conscious mind (above the water) and the subconscious mind (below the water surface) relate to each other and the power they have in shaping your inner life.

The CONSCIOUS MIND  represents about %15 of the total mind’s capacity and can only process a limited amount of information at a time and therefore it can only hold one single thought at a time. This is your thinking mind; it knows how to think in abstract terms, set goals, judge results and compare information. This part of your mind is what you are using right now to focus on reading this post.

The SUBCONSCIOUS MIND represents 85% of your brain’s capacity. Think about it as being a massive computer system that controls and monitors body operations, such as heart beat, breathing, metabolism, hormone productions and so on; this means that it can deal with thousands of events at a time. These are all things beyond your conscious thinking capacity.

This powerful computer is also in charge of long-term memories and past experiences, attitudes, values and beliefs as well as all the information regarding how you feel.

Most of the subconscious programming was done when you were very young, before you reached the age of seven, before the filter between the subconscious mind and the conscious mind developed in  your psyche, before you had ample reasoning and judging power.

Emotions are controlled by the subconscious mind.

Your subconscious mind is your INNER CHILD.

See how it all ties together?

Love,

Rucsandra

365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 208: Make It Happen!

shutterstock_186527588Do you believe that unless you started exercising when younger and more energetic, you have no chance of returning to a state of well-being?

Some of the physical changes that impede the freedom of movement in the joints might be considered to be irreversible (degenerated discs, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, etc.), but if you believe that nothing can be done to alleviate the discomfort created by these conditions then nothing will help.

I have seen dramatic changes in strength and mobility, stability and stamina in clients of all ages and varying degrees of health.

What made these changes possible was their decision to start believing in the possibility of a better state of health.

They decided that they had control over their bodies. They took responsibility for their own health. They refused to fall victim to conditions they were told would continue to deteriorate their joints, their tissues and their spines.

They claimed their birthright to health.

They made it happen. And it all started with the decision to take the helm.

Love,

Rucsandra

365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 207: Emotional Health And Your Spine

emotions

Do you believe that the state of emotional health cannot possibly have serious effects on your spine?

You might know that stress is not good for the heart and that the risk of heart disease increases with higher levels of stress hormones, but do you extend the thought beyond that?

You’ve learned from doctors and media that your digestive system can be affected by elevated stress levels, but do you connect the dots?

Stress affects everything in your body!

I will say this again: Stress affects everything!!

Your connective tissues become tighter and your posture changes dramatically when you suffer emotional distress.

I am sure you have felt yourself shrinking and falling inward when you are in distress or emotional pain; your posture changes: your chest caves, your shoulders lift and move forward and you look shorter.

Sustained stress affects your spine and its health.

Is there anything in your life that has been causing you a lot of stress for a long time? If there is, please stay open to the possibility that there is a solution. Nothing is carved in stone and you have the power to change a stress creating situation into a more aligned circumstance.

You want a healthy spine in a healthy body?

Start by acknowledging the things that create substantial stress in your life.

Love,

Rucsandra