Pain can be a tricky thing to deal with. It's hard not to let it take over your life and make you feel like you can't do everything you want. I know how that feels—I dealt with a bad back issue for a while, and it was tough to get up and go about my day when all I wanted to do was sit the pain out (never works).
I always wanted to get up earlier and have a routine but I didn't 'have to' do it, but now I do. Without my morning yoga routine, my days would be sedentary, and there's no way I would go down that path. Imagine not going for walks and being active in the paradise I am living in!
So now, every morning before work, I have an early morning routine that is helping me feel better mentally and physically. It's all part of creating a long-standing, sustainable mental and physical health routine. Now I have the morning routine that I always wanted, which came packaged differently, so be careful what you wish for lol.
“Chronic pain is not all about the body, and it’s not all about the brain – it’s everything. Target everything. Take back your life.” -Sean Mackey
The Johari window concept was developed by American psychologists Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham in the 1950s, and it's becoming increasingly relevant today.
The Johari window concept is sometimes referred to as a self-awareness disclosure and feedback model. The Johari window is essentially a tool for processing information, but it's also a great way to look at how people can be affected by their thoughts and actions.
In terms of self-awareness, we all have blind spots—things about ourselves that we don't see or understand. These blind spots make us human, but they can also make it difficult for us to grow in certain areas. The Johari window helps us recognize these blind spots and develop strategies for overcoming them.
The Johari window concept is based on the idea that people have different levels of self-awareness and can be classified into four groups:
1) Open (things known by self and others),
2) Blind (things known by others but unknown by self),
3) Hidden / Facade (things known by self but unknown by others), and
4) Unknown (things not known by either self or others).
Most communication takes place in the open area, meaning we share our thoughts and feelings with other people. As this area gets bigger, our relationships become more involved and meaningful. The "feedback solicitation" process involves understanding and paying attention to another person's insight to reduce our blind spot. By doing so, we can increase our open area horizontally while also sharing our thoughts and feelings with another person to reduce their hidden area. By sharing one's thoughts and feelings with another person, one can expand the open size by eliminating hidden parts. I have always been a fan of this model.
Cleaning your house is a big task. When you let things pile up, it can get overwhelming. But it's not just your physical space that needs to be cleaned.
We're talking about removing the fungus and mold that have taken up space in your heart. This is about the people who still irritate you even after all these years. It's about those little hurts and pains from the past that continue to nag at you and make you feel like things aren't right in the world around you. The longer we put off cleaning our hearts and minds, the more urgent the situation becomes.
So take some time today or this weekend and clean out those nooks and crannies of your brain! Clean out those cobwebs in your heart! You'll feel better when you're done. This cleaning is done to learn to appreciate what you already have and to make room for something new.
The world is your oyster.
You can do anything you want—anyone can. It's not about who you are or what you've done; it's about what you're going to do, who you'll be, and what you'll accomplish.
There are people less qualified than you doing the things you want to do simply because they believe in themselves. Start fighting for your dreams and go out there. At the end of the day, if you fail, it will be forgotten by the audience but not by YOU—you will remember how hard it was and what it took to get there. If that doesn't make you stronger, nothing will! And since other people will not remember your failures, go out there, stand up straight and face your fear: say next!
Negative beliefs are a tough thing to get rid of, but you can do it!
To start, observe your negative beliefs. What do you say to yourself when you're feeling down? What do you tell yourself when life gets hard? Think about the situations where these thoughts are most likely to come up and write them down.
Next, create an affirmation that counters each negative belief. If you fear making mistakes, use an affirmation like this: I am strong, capable and well-known as an expert in my craft. That will be pushed back by another negative belief in your mind (that's how the brain and ego work), such as nobody cares about what I do. Then repeat your affirmation: I am strong, capable, and well-known as an expert in my craft. Another negative thought: Nobody will come to my events. Then repeat your affirmation: I am strong, capable and well-known as an expert in my craft. And continue until the negative beliefs are cleared and gone. It will take time, but it's worth it!
Make two columns: one for your affirmation and one for your negative beliefs. You will use the same affirmation but the negative beliefs will present differently.
I am always striving to be more present in my life. How often do we get lost in our thoughts of the past or future? We want to be happy, but somehow we never get there. One great way to stay present is by creating a mantra that allows you to be grateful for what you have.
This week's mantra was "I love my life, I love my life. Thank you." I can say it repeatedly when feeling down and out until my mood is lifted. I also wanted to observe how I felt by trying to remain present for a full day. It is hard, as negative thoughts tend to sneak in when you least expect them.
Another way to stay present is by doing something you love daily. This can be anything from reading a book, listening to your favourite podcast, painting, walking or taking a yoga class at your local gym. Whatever makes you happy when you do it regularly will help keep your mind from wandering into the past or future. It is all about quieting that monkey mind.
Have you ever been in the shower and suddenly had an idea that just popped into your head? Or maybe you were driving, and it hit you: "I can make this work!"
That's what we mean when we say magic—it happens when you least expect it.
We're here to remind you that when your dreams share ideas, it's a sign to remember the spiritual quality of inspiration. You've experienced it: suddenly, ideas start to flood your mind and heart as you're walking, taking a bath, or driving. You feel like your hope might explode. These are gifts from Spirit, which you may refer to as the Divine, Source, the Conscious Universe, or any other name you prefer. These unexpected gifts may solve a question you never thought to ask.
So the next time you wake up from a dream, ask yourself: "What do I need to know right now?" Then: "How can I make this dream happen?" Then go back to sleep! You'll be amazed at what happens next.
If you're unsure what you need to know, that's okay—think about it in an unattached way until the answer comes. Maybe it's an old memory that comes back or a new idea for something you want to try. Sometimes it takes some time and effort, but the answers are always waiting for us.
If you're not opening the door, who will?
You can't change the world if you're unwilling to take risks. And you can only take risks if you're willing to open doors that have never been opened before.
The world is full of doors that need to be opened—and it's up to us to do it. But we can only do that if we're willing to open our own doors first.
What door are you waiting for someone else to open? What door has been closed in your life but could be opened with some elbow grease? It could be a career door, an opportunity for romance, or a kick in the pants to get some work done! Whatever it is, don't wait around for someone else to do the heavy lifting. And it might be an easy door to open but open it and step through into whatever lies beyond it.
It could be scary at first—opening a new door can be like stepping into a dark room full of unknowns. But once you've taken that first step and have a better idea of what lies behind that door, more doors will likely open. And each one leads to something new and exciting—something only YOU can do! So don't let fear hold you back: take advantage of every opportunity at your fingertips and make them count!
Vibration is a tricky thing.
It's not like you can just decide to vibrate at a higher level if you want to and then suddenly be there. It's not like you're going to put in some headphones and suddenly be able to hear better or you can put on a special hat and suddenly become brighter.
Vibration is more of an experience than it is a thing. It's a way of being, of interacting with the world around you—and when you connect with someone with a similar vibration, it feels like magic. It feels like the two of you are on the same page, like your words are coming from the same place in your beings like you're speaking each other's language.
But sometimes, we meet people who don't have the same vibration as us—and it can be tricky when we do! If you're not where they are, that doesn't mean they aren't worth connecting with; it means their vibration level isn't compatible with yours right now. And vice versa! If someone else isn't where you're at either, that doesn't mean there isn't a way for you to connect and help each other grow. But it might mean that you need to spend some time apart so that you can both come back together at a point in time when your energies are aligned.
We live in a world that teaches us to put on a mask.
Society teaches us not only how to mask our feelings but also how not to express them openly, which leaves us feeling lonely inside even though many people around us might be going through similar situations as ours but can't express themselves freely because they don't want others judging them negatively or thinking they're weak or pathetic just because they can't mask their feelings.
So what do we do? We become scared and start fearing what others might think about us, so instead of being genuine, we put on a mask. And this is the problem with today's world.
We need to stop doing this and start expressing ourselves openly without worrying about what others might think of us because, at the end of the day, it's your life, your choice and nobody else has any right to judge you for it.
You know what's better than being fake? Not being fake lol. When you're genuine, there's no need to fear being judged or that people won't like you. You know that your friends and family love you for who you are, and it gives them the courage to be themselves too. In turn, that courage breeds more courage. It's a cycle of positivity that is much needed in today's world.
In the words of Leonardo da Vinci, "Your body is the instrument of your mind." The truth of this statement is more apparent than ever before. As we become more aware of our energy and its impact on others' energy, we can use our bodies as a barometer for how well we vibrate. When we are vibrating high, we can profoundly affect the world around us. By increasing our frequency, we can affect ourselves and those around us.
If you're looking for a way to increase your frequency, there are many things you can do. One easy way is through meditation and prayer. Both allow you to connect with your higher self and align yourself with what's going on in the universe. Another way is through exercise—you'll find that when you get moving, not only does your body feel better, but so does your mind.
Another great way to raise your vibration is by surrounding yourself with people who have similar beliefs. This could mean joining a club or taking classes together. It could also mean connecting online with people who share your passions and interests! And don’t forget breathing and nature-instant gratification and high vibration in a good way.
When you vibrate high, your body will be healthier, your mind clearer, and your spirit lighter. Your heart will beat stronger and your lungs will breathe deeper. All of which will impact your patience level.
Sometimes you have to go back to your roots to find the strength you need to move forward. This lesson in attachment and trust is about being open to love and letting yourself be loved, even if it means that you're vulnerable or hurt.
If you didn't get the opportunity to acquire this lesson in attachment and trust when you were young, you might already be too terrified to view these kinds of trust issues as anything other than a threat. Your entire existence is planned so that you never have to rely on anyone. You take precautions to ensure that you are never taken by surprise or let down.
But you discover there is room for all of you in this world, including or perhaps especially the aspects you dislike. Being loved indicates that there is suddenly nowhere else to go. Nothing further needs to be done. There's nothing to fix. Nothing to get right and no one else to be but yourself.
You learn how to give yourself a break and how to receive love without being afraid of it. You can take risks, be vulnerable again without fear of being hurt, and that is all you have to do.
Sound is vibration. And vibration is energy. And energy is everything.
Sound healing works with these concepts to create a harmonic frequency that aligns your body and mind to the universe's natural order. This can profoundly affect your health, spirituality, well-being, and physical appearance.
Each chakra (or energy center) has its own frequency, which is determined by the elements associated with that chakra: earth, air, fire, water and ether/space. Each element corresponds to a different sound frequency. These five tones form a musical scale called the Solfeggio Scale—and when played together in harmony, they create an incredibly powerful healing force that can shift you into alignment with the universe's natural order.
The six main Solfeggio frequencies are;
The 396 Hz for liberating one from fear and guilt
The 417 Hz frequencies for facilitating change and undoing situations
The 528 Hz for miracles and transformations like DNA repair
The 639 Hz frequencies for relationships and reconnecting
The 741 Hz solfeggio frequencies for getting solutions and expressing themselves
The 852 Hz frequencies for returning one to a spiritual order
It's so important to remember that there's always something to be grateful for, even in the midst of all the chaos and misery in the world.
The point is: there are always little things happening around us, even if they don't seem like much at first glance—and those little things can add up into big happiness if we just take time out of our day to notice them!
The other day, I was listening to an online influencer recommending a jar of happy colours—the little things that make up our lives. She said something about body lotion, and honestly? When I went home and took a shower, slathered myself with this stuff, and felt my skin just soak it up like… well, like a sponge? It was like heaven. And then I realized: so many other things out there can give us the same kind of pleasure! I decided to continue to treat myself better. It makes a difference.
What are some of the small pleasures in your life?
Sometimes, we can get so wrapped up in our thoughts that we forget to listen to our bodies and hearts.
This is a problem because our bodies are always speaking to us. Our emotions constantly tell us what we need and want; if we don't listen, we might feel overwhelmed or distracted by stress.
Focusing on other people's emotions makes it easy to forget your own needs and wants, but they're just as important as those of anyone else.
We must remember that we are all unique individuals with different perspectives on life—and each of us is entitled to our own feelings, opinions, and experiences!
Three techniques to move from the mind to the heart :
1. Accept your feelings and thoughts. Allow your thoughts and any associated emotions to join you as you sit, and practice sitting with them. Asking your thoughts or emotions to dissociate from you will give you some breathing room. But rather than shoving them away, lean in and show interest.
2. Make bodily motions. You can shift from your mind and become more embodied by bringing movement into your body through qigong, yoga, dancing, sound bath, walking in the woods, or even simple movements in your hands and feet. You may move and breathe in unison, as we do in many yoga classes, or simply direct your attention away from your head and towards another part of your body.
3. Train your awareness to be heart-centered. Discover easy techniques for entering your heart core and becoming present. You'll allow mental chatter to exist as you connect with your higher self, but you'll also be able to relax while staying alert from a place of genuine compassion.
My name is Annica Johansson and I am an Art Life Coach, Certified Sound Healer and Artist. I am writing about personal development, daily musings, spirituality and depicting mother nature's amazing beauty. Welcome!