How do you generate energy?
Are you feeling checked-out or fully charged?
The tension we feel in our bodies often comes from weak & dysfunctional breath patterning. When our breath is powerful & balanced, it creates a sense of ease throughout our physical & emotional body.
When we are not breathing well, our spine is collapsed & the diaphragm is weakened, so we begin to rely on neck & back muscles to hold up our structure & help us breathe.
Weak breathing habits lead to poor posture, which causes tightness & tension as muscles assume the burden of functions they are not designed to perform. It is no longer just the elderly who show signs of poor posture, as habitual slouching & poor alignment increasingly affect young people as well!
If we focus on changing patterns through core breathing, our body will naturally feel light, & our mental energy will be free to express itself. 💫 We can become enslaved in a stress cycle simply from poor breathing & the resultant bad posture & negative feelings that this cycle can create. This is an example of carrying “issues in our tissues.” When we are aligned & breathing well, it is actually difficult to frown.
Utilising YogAlign core breathing to align our spine & balance our muscular-fascial web, we can positively impact our reservoir of mental & physical energy & the quality of our thoughts.
Your breath defines your movements, your posture, your mood, & eventually determines your lifespan. Learn to breath with purpose & passion, in order to re-create who you are - a vital, passionate & loving being 💛
Mahalo Michaelle @yogalign#movementmatters#breath#energy#vitality#fullyalive#activate#passion#posture#alignment#livelongdieshort#yogalign#love#reiki#efttapping#yoga#bethemasterofyourmind#gypsetlife ✨
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a handstand in the desert. Or yoga for that matter.
But I meditate here all the time. I lay flat on the rocks and press my hands into the ground until I feel myself sinking into Her.
I breathe out here like I don’t breathe anywhere else. Shit, it’s powerful.
I collect all my pieces and heal endless layers of myself here.
The desert, and therapy, and essential oils, and CBD, and yoga, and self care, and the healing practice of self love have changed me. I am permanently different.
And nothing was wasted.
Not a single relationship or risk of my heart. Not one inch of my fumbling around in the post divorce dark. Not the depression I battled with for 28 years. Not the nights I woke up with panic attacks and a deep fear that I wasn’t resilient enough. Not the anger. Not the loss. Not the sting of betrayal. Not the versions of who I thought I was. Not the shift in public perception.
Nothing was wasted.
In one way or another it all led me here, to this desert and to this moment. I want to let it be my teacher rather than my master. I want to learn and grow and flow freely rather than crystallize bitterness into my spine. I want to release and willing open my fingers to let it all go rather than cling to a false sense of security.
This year has been a brutiful gift and I have never, not once, regretted this path 🤟🏽
7 4411 hours ago
The chasm isn't fixed yet
Take this water
Drinking even deeper
M O R N I N G R O U T I N E
Last month, I started getting up at 5:45 to read and study my Bible....Truth? 😳 The first week wasn’t easy, I honestly wanted to stay in bed, I was tired...and staying in bed would have been easier...but by week 2, I found myself looking forward to this time in the morning.
The house is dark, quite and still. I get up, pour a hot cup of coffee, choose what oils to diffuse, play worship music, spend time in prayer, and dive into my Bible. #todaysdiffuserblend was 6 drops orange, 3 drops rosemary + 2 drops Christmas Spirit. AMAZING!
This time has quickly become one of my favorite moments in the day...because this is when it’s just me and God. My mind is still, there’s no noise, no distractions and
I’m fully present...not to mention watching a sunrise while deep in the Word is something every person should experience. .
I take my time and look up the meaning of the words, I break down the verses, I write the scripture...and just soak it all in. .
I don’t rush this time. I sit at my table until my kids get up. Some mornings it’s until 7...other days it’s 9....and each day I’m learning the importance of this dedicated time.
This is where my relationship with Jesus is nurtured, this is where I’m filled with knowledge, this is when I’m the least anxious, this is where I’m getting to KNOW Jesus...not just know about Him...this is how I’m learning to live #fullyalive and how to have a life that overflows with joy. .
Y’all. Is waking up before the sun the everyone’s cup of tea? Nope. Do YOU need to wake up at 5:45 and do exactly what I’m doing? Nope! BUT, I do encourage you to dedicate and have quite time...just for you and Jesus...each day. Start somewhere...even if it’s just 10 minutes...OPEN YOUR BIBLE. If you’ve never read your Bible before, or it’s overwhelming to you...please don’t let that distract you...that is the enemy trying to confuse you. Y’all, the Scripture nourishes our spirit...just like food to your body. We need nourishment! BUT....it’s also so exciting to read of God’s promises!♥️
Did you read your Bible today? What verse spoke to you?
“You will fill me with JOY in your presence...” Psalm 16:11
1 2212 hours ago
Recent studies have shown that the typical American diet exceeds the recommended intake levels from sugars; refined grains; sodium; and saturated fat.
@elizabethbohammd, a registered dietician, and medical physician joins me to discuss how the foods you eat can heal or harm, and impact both your energy and your emotions. Link in bio!
This was a hard share. #raw Even more #transparent than I like to be... A monster lurks in my family. #huntingtonsdisease ... and like most parents, you want your children spared. You want them passed over. You want them to not have this burden to bare. But sometimes.... God allows... and so you learn to trust him with the “new” story, the one you didn’t want written... and you learn to trust as you watch your loved one fight and grow and contend in ways that blows your mind at their strength and you realize how strong they are ... how brave... and how badly the world needs to see this kind of warrior.
The battle in my mind at first tho,
Whew... it was real.
The devotion over at @joyfullifemagazine depicts my cries, my pleas, my anger, my confusion and finally - my surrender.
I can trust Him.
Do not make yourself so big, you are not so small. Many of us are so used to being competitive that, even when there is nothing at stake , we exaggerate our qualities and boast of our accomplishments. We sometimes display what we may call a “grandiose ego’ - pretentious and false. This is particularly true of sex addicts because we often feel the need to hide behind an inflated image of ourselves. Why? Because we’re afraid of being found out. We think we can prevent people from knowing all about us. As we move into recovery we find that we gain insight and confidence about ourselves. We are no longer shame-based people, and so we don’t need to hide behind a mask. Our sexuality is now ours to delight in and not a source of fear and shame. We gain a sense of proportion in our lives and a viable perspective on who we are. We are now neither angels not beasts, and we can be proud to be human. ——————————-
Fears of failure and success will leave us, as we intuitively make healthier choices. While most folks believe they want to be successful, we know that many ACA’s fear success. This is a fear born from years of regular servings of failure with side orders of abandonment, shame and humiliation. To be successful means that the spotlight can be turned on us, which recalls painful memories of never being good enough. As we learn to connect with our inner Loving Parent, our Inner Child, and our Higher Power, our intuitive sense is sharpened. No longer dependent on old tapes or the critical voice inside our heads, we are free to use the intuitive sense to make healthy decisions. At the same time, we are clear that we are on a spiritual path and that every situation is a spiritual lesson. —————— #god#spirit#joy#recovery#unity#service#freely#mornin#forgiveness#honoring#affirming#worth#forgive#boats#essaouira#sea#fullyalive#serenity#12steps#addiction#recovery#slaa#grouptherapy#aa#blue#cat#fisherman#painter#recovery#health
Dear Beautiful, nothing Is going to benefit your Life and your/our world more than taking a moment to Seat with your Soul and therefore to seat with The Love Within You... 👁️ Take a seat with Love, with love for your Presence, which originates in your Timeless Powerful Soul Source which is vibrating right Now in your entire physical body...
🌫️Have silence, release thought for a moment and inhale deeply , exhale long, see how this extremely simple action of just Being Will provide your human existence with so much more clarity, peace and Kindness besides more true Health, Joy and Wealth. 💙
~ NT. In Deep Appreciation for YourSelf and your adventurous journey.
Ein Prosit! Oktoberfest was a fun night for everyone with music, dancing, food, and pumpkin carving contest! Here are some snapshots of the evening! Now DM us your photos from the night and we will feature them on our story!
I didn’t want to run today! For the past three months or so, my nutrition and exercise has been pathetic. I know what to do, I just haven’t been doing it.
Maybe this is your story, you “know” what to do, you just don’t do it. Well this is my encouragement to you to Change something today, right now, that gets you going the right direction. Tell someone you need accountability, whatever, but do something.
Many years ago I would have said “next year I’m going to get back in shape,” and spent 2.5 months getting more unhealthy. We’ve got over 70 days left in 2019! Let’s go, use them wisely, 2020 is going to be a banner year and I’m committed to hit the ground running!! #dontquit#letsgo#2020vision#fullyalive
26 22914 October, 2019
I am guilty
Ashamed of what I've done, what I've become
These hands are dirty
I dare not lift them up to the holy one
You plead my cause
You right my wrongs
You break my chains
You gave your life
To give me mine
You say that I am free
How can it be. #shalom_boston#fullyalive
What’s up, your girls are back on the podcast! Talking through John 8, The woman caught in adultery, and hashing out the difference between conviction and condemnation. Check it anywhere you get your Podcasts! (or see link in bio)
. #kenziesbible #womenofgod #womenoftheword
Red flags that warn that a bottom or relapse is coming involve: dropping out of meetings and isolating; being argumentative or unreasonable; gossiping; losing focus and returning to one of the family roles of hero, lost child or mascot; general noncommitment to recovery; avoiding the Steps and intellectualising; failing to give service to ACA; binging on sex, drugs, food or other compulsive behaviours; and acting with perfectionism and failing to talk about feelings and critical inner messages. ACA deals with deep attitudes and behaviors that sometimes are difficult to stay conscious of. Sure, the blaring ones are easy to recognise and to admit into our consciousness. But others lie beneath multiple layers of self-deception or socially-celebrated attributes. When we miss meetings on a consistent basis; it may seem like a way of avoiding unwanted pain and disappointment. But it also provides the opportunity for our critical parent to distract us from our healing journey. This false self is masterful at finding ways to avoid doing the work that gives us a lifeline of hope. In ACA, one way that keeps us coming back is to give service from a space of love. This is sure-fire way of keeping ourselves turned into our True Selves and our inner loving parent, which leads to taking care of our Inner Child. By having consistent check-ins with ourselves, we can stay focused on what is right with our program and how to best help fellow ACAs begin their recovery process. ———————-
In me there is darkness. But with you there is light. A speaker at a meeting said, “To continue something when I ‘m making mistakes takes emotional courage. “She was talking about making a decision to turn her will and life over to her Higher Power, and how it works in her life. To keep turning our wills and our lives over to God’s care moves us into unknown territory. CONTINUES BELOW #healing#god#spirit#joy#stmary#recovery#unity#service#freely#butterfly#forgiveness#honoring#affirming#worth#forgive#sky#movie#eye#fullyalive#father#serenity#12steps#addiction#recovery#slaa#grouptherapy#aa#blue#sky#cloud
1 214 October, 2019
More than most, ready to smile, and love life
Fully alive and she knows
How to believe in futures #givetomorrowachance
48 2,82814 October, 2019
The real question is not whether life exists after death. The real question is whether you are alive before death.
People wake up in the morning because they did not die in their sleep.
When the shock of this answer dissipated, we began a most interesting and engaging inquiry into what it means to be fully alive.
A comfortable life is not the path to being fully alive. It’s a ticket to boredom and despair.
What adjustments and changes are you willing to make in your life to cause you to enthusiastically and energetically bound out of bed each morning?
What one action will you take immediately to build this into a life-changing habit?
The path to being more fully alive comes down to alignment, commitment, feeling fully, and self-acceptance.
Each day is a new life, another chance.
And life today?
It’s a gift, not a guarantee.
I love that this morning’s sunrise does not define itself by last night’s sunset.
Who wants to be FULLY ALIVE??? To discover the life-giving power of the Holy Spirit is one of the greatest experiences a human being can undergo.
"I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh." (Ezekiel 36: 26)
. . . #shalomboston #shalom_boston #FullyAlive
Hey All! STECI Queens Youth Union is thrilled to present - “Fully Alive” a worship night on Sat, Nov. 9th @ 6:30 pm! Our goal is to make this event a blessed experience for all who attend. This is a free event for all and dinner will be provided at the end of the night! We encourage you all to share this flyer with family and friends! Get ready for a life changing experience - hope to see you all there! #steciqueens#FullyAlive#ForGodsGlory
If we are blind, not Fortune. Denial is one of the hardest parts of our illness to overcome. It is because many of us deny our addiction, and our addiction thrives on denial. We deny we are ill if we project our behaviour onto someone else or something outside ourselves. We may have said, “My mother stiffed me and that’s why I sometimes act out with prostitutes”. Or, I can’t help my compulsive behavior; it runs in the family”. Or, “It’s fate, it’s my destiny to be different”. If we say things like this, we not only deny our conduct, we deny our responsibility. And that prevents us from seeking help and getting well. Denial is like a web that entangles us and keeps us from being free and from making choices. We need to accept responsibility without feeling shame; we need to make a ‘fearless moral inventory of ourselves’, and then articulate the good and bad points of our character. Only if we remain blind to ourselves will we remain in bondage to our addiction. ————-
Breaking the ties. As children we are tied to our families by our physical needs. Many of us lived our childhood thinking what happened to us was our fault. But we existed at the whim of others. We were able to eat, but the price was being shamed by an angry parent or ignored by one who was self-involved. Some of us felt we were only given a place to sleep if we didn’t talk about the sexual abuse going on in our house. #god#spirit#joy#recovery#unity#service#freely#mornin#forgiveness#honoring#affirming#worth#forgive#boats#essaouira#sea#fullyalive#serenity#12steps#addiction#recovery#slaa#grouptherapy#aa#blue#cat#fisherman#painter #
Sin and Salvation: In God's infinite mercy, there is no sin that God cannot wash away, there is no sin that the blood of our Savior cannot overcome!
Course1: " Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit" 1 Cor 12:4
In our baptism we were all given the gifts of the Spirit for the growth of the whole community. Lord come into our hearts, for only YOU can heal our us, only you can set us FREE. In your embrace there is LOVE and MERCY. #shalomboston#shalom_boston#FullyAlive
0 15613 October, 2019
Let us not be held back by false barriers or fear. "We should never allow our fears or the expectations of others to set the frontiers of our destiny." JOHN O'DONOHUE, Anam Cara ..
Alive, yes, we are,
But truly, fully alive?
A ways to go still...
Low quality pic, High quality Pep Rally.
This picture is almost as blurry and out of focus as my brain is after coordinating a million events for my first Spirit Week as Student Government Moderator. Hoping the kids had as much fun as I did; but definitely hoping they aren’t as exhausted as I am.
Come Holy Spirit, open our hearts to be FULLY open to living this experience with YOU, to receive EVERYTHING that you want to pour out upon us throughout this weekend! #shalom_boston#shalomboston#FullyAlive
Asking for help. ACA recovery begins when the adult child gives up, asks for help and then accepts the help offered. Many of us grew up in families where it wasn’t ok to give up, much less ask for help. We were just supposed to know how to do it and if we didn’t figure it out, then we were punished in some way. As adults, we knew we had to do it all ourselves because we didn’t know how to rely on others. To ask for help would make us seem inadequate, or maybe it would give people a reason to think we weren’t smart enough. So we kept at it and at it until one day we just couldn’t do it anymore. Something gave way and we hit bottom. We couldn’t manage life anymore, we were never given the right tools. We are the lucky ones in our families because we found help in an ACA meeting. We learned that it’s ok to ask for that help - we were never meant to do it alone. We were given the wrong messages. ——————————————————
Time cools, time clarifies; no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours. It’s good to occasionally ask ourselves, “How do I feel right now this moment? Am I confused, angry, discouraged? Am I hopeful, happy, content? Am I all of these or more? “ No matter what our emotional state is, we belong there. The present is always the right place to be. When we came into recovery, our emotional vocabulary may have been limited by our addiction to sex. But now we see how wonderful is to have a range of emotions.
CONTINUE READING BELOW... #healing#god#spirit#joy#recovery#unity#service#freely#wc#forgiveness#honoring#toilet#stream#clean#affirming#worth#forgive#pure#fall#coldness#fullyalive#serenity#12steps#addiction#recovery#slaa#grouptherapy#aa#morning#end#flush #
1 112 October, 2019
“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.” -Pema Chödrön
I used to hunger for control. I wanted predictable outcomes, and I was willing to force a square peg in a round hole if it meant I was in control. Or thought it was. It was all a facade. Control is ridiculous illusion.
Throw yourself out of the nest today. Feel the rush of humanity. Be vulnerable to it.
"God didn't come to make bad people good. He came to make dead people alive." - Darryl Smith
10 1,05224 July, 2019
One of the hardest things to do for many of us is to accept our own perfection. So often we look at ourselves, our lives, our life situations...etc & we expect them to measure up to some goal or idea that we have been domesticated to believe is true for us. When we don’t live up to those impossible expectations, we put ourselves down and negativity sneaks in. In this way, we create suffering to feed our minds addiction to it...
You are perfect, EXACTLY as you are. Celebrate it!!! #FullyAlive 🤟🏾
127 2,57916 August, 2019
The goal is to die with memories not dreams...🤟🏾📸🛫 #FullyAlive
58 1,22615 August, 2019
A friend is someone who brings out the best of you and helps you fulfill your purpose in this world.
A friend is someone who will be there for you when you won’t be there for yourself. -
A friend is someone who will let you be your authentic self without judging, condemning, or seeking anything.
A friend is someone who helps you become fully alive by sacrificing for you and choosing to remain with you despite your flaws.
A friend is someone who will help heal your wounds with shallow and deep talks and being your goofy self.
Happy birthday Justin! Wanted to be the last because the last shall be first 😉You’re all those characteristics brother! The worlds got a lot to offer both of us and I’m glad to have been part of your journey and vice versa. Crazy all of the bonds we’ve had together man. Wow. Many more to come on to the new stage of our lives. You know I love ya brother...the smile doesn’t lie. Jesus blessed me with you in my life these past 4 years! Maybe when we’re 80 you’ll finally beat me in ping pong and basketball! ❤️
Busy bee and the last days before the winter.
Nature does not rush, yet all things get done and there is a harmonious rhythm to it all.
Makes you truly wonder what higher intelligence is driving it all.
Got me to realize, do I want to have my personal mind run my life or do I want to live from my soul in harmony and alignment with this greater force?
1 1,4855 October, 2019
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