Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

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brain-rgb-sm-300x300“Your brain is the organ of your personality, character, and intelligence and is heavily involved in making you who you are.”  Daniel Amen said this. Learning about his work, helped me make a connection  I have never made before.  The health of our brain determines the quality and longevity of our lives.

Unhealthy brain = unhealthy life.  Fact.

Take a minute to take this in, it may be the single most important bit of information you ever learn.

Most of my posts at Self Blisscipline focus on what I hope,  helps to create  healthier brains. I am talking about the energetic mind as well as the physical brain itself. Did you know that 1/3 of the nutrients we eat go directly to the brain? Did you know that negative thoughts actually affect how our brain functions in every moment? Did you know that being overweight has as much affect on damaging our brain as physical brain injuries?  I did not know any of this until I saw Daniel Amen’s TED Talk.

In order to create a life we love, we need to start thinking about our brains and how our everyday actions affect its development.  And…if you are concerned your brain may not be in the best shape, don’t fret. You can begin reversing the damage in as little as two months!  There is no time like the present to start doing just that.

So, take little time to watch this TED Talk. By sharing this information I hope to have taken a step towards making my own brain healthy AND yours as well.  Here’s to healthy brains and lots of Self Blisscipline in 2014! Enjoy.

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Making a Dream Board in 20 Minutes

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Step One: Cut out pictures of things you love.

Step Two: Paste them onto paper.

Step Three: Realize your life’s ambition?

It may not work exactly like this, but its not too far off.  I’ve made many dream boards in my adult life. I used to call them vision boards because I would sit down, make a five year plan, outline goals, look at material items I desired, then culminate it all into one big pile of images and paste them on a board. I found this method tedious and sometimes – oftentimes – not heart felt.   What I came to realize is,  it is how I feel when I look at the images which helps to alter the flow of energy around me.  It is not the image itself.

So, I started going through magazines quickly and with intuition only pulling images that I got a big “ah-ha or ooh” feeling from. Once I had a big pile, I went back through and did the same thing again.  What resulted is a board full of images that made my heart sing.

Doing this is a very fun and creative meditative practice which helps to align your higher self with your physical body, which is how manifestation of dreams is seeded.

Now, normally, I love paper and magazines and cutting and pasting and getting messy. However, this morning I found this really cool digital tool on Oprah.com. It lets you make a digital vision board (and no you don’t have to be a photoshop pro to do this) easily AND its super fun.  I took about 20 minutes this morning to make one and it changed the outlook on my whole day.  It helped me remember who I am and what I want right now in my life.  This my dear friends, is how dreams are made real.

Check it out…

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Click HERE to make a digital vision board now.

If you want to read a complete article by Martha Beck on “How to Make a Vision Board” click HERE

 

Loving Your Lady Parts as a Path to Success

joyFriday afternoon everyone around me was looking forward to the three day weekend. I was coming down with a cold. Instead of cookouts, live music, and warm sunshine by the pool I spent three days on the couch blowing my nose and catching up on computer work.

This included watching many Ted talks and serendipitously coming across a lady who is now one of my new heroines, Alisa Vitti.

This video was perfect timing. It is all about how aligning our “lady parts” as she calls them will inevitably and naturally help align the rest of our lives.

(and, no she’s not talking about our junk, she’s talking about our internal system that makes us creators – uterus, ovaries, hormones, etc…)

This is eye opening information that every woman should be taught from a young age.  Click the link below to change your perspective and possibly your life. Enjoy!

Does Your Business Squeeze The Joy Out of Your Passion?

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I love my career….and sometimes I want to bang my head against my desk while saying “why did I have to start my own business – I just want a regular job and weekends off!!” 

This morning I was grateful to wake up and see this very appropriate article in Christine Kane’s e-zine and I wanted to share it with you.  

Seth Godin once wrote: “In order to monetize your work, you’ll probably corrupt it, taking out the magic in search of dollars…”

In other words, when you choose to follow your passion, and make it into your business, there will be a point when the magic and heart will take a back seat to commerce.

It’s enough to stop you in your tracks, isn’t it?

It almost stopped me way back when I was contemplating going full time as a performer and songwriter.  The “business vs passion” thoughts raced through my head at top speed when I was first debating that leap.

These same thoughts worry many people I meet who are just beginning their businesses.

The deeper truth is that until you decide to do something, all the deliberating in the world means nothing.  Your business, as it turns out, is a lot like marriage.  You’re entering into a relationship with something – be it music, consulting, marketing or coaching.

When you enter a relationship with something, you are almost certainly going to love it sometimes, hate it sometimes, obsess sometimes, and want to take a one-way flight to Anything-But-This sometimes.

This is what most people would call “taking the joy” out of it.

Click HERE for the complete article

How To Imagine Your Way to Wealth

I am a strong believer in utilizing visioning to create what you want in your life. I have done this and I KNOW it works. Those of you who know me, know I am pretty damn good at manifesting.

Sometimes I create a vision board. Sometimes I write affirmative notes and put  them in places in my house where I can see them every day. Sometimes I take 2 minutes to imagine I already have something that I want – this is what I want to share with you today.

For many of us these days, what we want is money.  And, you know what? That’s okay. It’s not only okay, it’s great!

 

It is your right to live abundantly and it is your task to create your own abundance. 

The key to moving energy in this direction is to envision you already have it then take action to get it.

Do you want more money in your life? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try this fun and quick technique to get your brain switched from lack to lush.

  • Close your eyes and hold your hands in front of you as if you are holding a big bowl.
  • Begin imaging gold coins dropping into your hands. Feel the coins. Hear the clink clink clink of them. Feel the weight of the coins as they begin to fill up your open hands falling faster and faster.
  • Imagine seeing them falling – glistening in the light – turning over and over in the air and finally landing in your receiving hands until the gold coins begin overflowing.
  • When your hands are nice and full, throw your hands up into the air and shower yourself in abundance.
  • Make this exercise more fun by doing it with a friend – take turns guiding each other through this visioning practice.

I promise you will have a smile on your face when you are done and that, my friend, is the first step to opening the door to abundance.I’m smiling just thinking about it.

Happy Visioning!

Michael Beckwith on the Status Quo

Without the Reverend Michael Beckwith,  I would probably not be writing this blog or creating art for a living. He is the first person I ever heard use the word “blisscipline” and was the spark that helped me ignite this new phase of my life.

I was thinking this morning about how I got where I am right now and how freaking scary it was (and sometimes still is) to jump out of my safety net. It is no wonder that most people stay “stuck” in their current  life situation because they falsely believe it’s safe. This belief comes from the idea, that  if what we are doing comes with a steady paycheck and is reflective of the status quo then it is safe – our bills will be paid, our 401K will be secure and there is surely a place in Florida for us to retire nicely at the ripe age of 65.

Here’s a little secret…we are not here to strengthen the status quo, we are here to move mountains. We are here to share our talents and gifts with humanity because this is what creates evolution – emotional, spiritual, global, personal. And…we do not have to give up abundance to do it. In fact, when we are following our bliss there is no limit to what we can create.

 I think Michael Beckwith says it best in this video  – “Everyone is here to find their little way to stretch the mind of humanity…you may be the person who creates a movement.” 

Yes you can do what you love AND make money – no shit.

Me with one of my commissioned murals for a restaurant in South Carolina.

Twelve years ago I was a freelance artist but my business skills were crap and I had no confidence. What I did have was a 5-year-old boy who needed to be fed, everyday. So, I put down my brushes and picked up the want ads. A few years and a few jobs later I found myself in the position of Vice President of a Public Relations firm.

Then, twelve months ago, I had a melt down.  My authentic self ( who had been buried deep inside for 12 years! ) said “NO MORE! LET ME OUT OF HERE!” – I popped.  Long story short, I decided to enroll in a self guided program, recommended by a friend, that literally changed my life. I figured out what I wanted and got clear on how to get there. I left the job I hated and started my own art and creative interiors business – the right way this time. (Senn City Studio – website coming, I promise!)

I AM doing what I love with success, finally! And the best part is I am making a good living doing it.  I want you to know it is possible to follow and live your bliss.

Christine Kane, one of my mentors, who created the program I did last year, is providing a free conference  call coming up on  March 1st where she is going to share specific steps to gaining success even when times seem uncertain. I’m proof that her programs work and if you know me and my story, then you know it’s true.

Click this link HERE  to learn more about the call. See you there!