Unlock Your Inner Power: Harnessing the Heart-Brain Connection for Optimal Well-being
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In this episode of Breakaway Wealth, Jim engages in a conversation with Kimberly May, a life and wellness coach, licensed HeartMath provider, and functional nutritional counselor.
Kimberly shares her expertise in helping individuals take control of their health, well-being, and peace of mind. She emphasizes the power of the heart and its connection to the brain, highlighting the importance of managing stress and cultivating gratitude. Jim and Kimberly delve into the significance of thoughts, actions, and decision-making in shaping our lives. They also explore techniques like heart-focused breathing and Havening to promote calmness, centering, and clarity of mind.
Note: For more in-depth information on HeartMath, the heart-brain connection, and the Havening techniques, refer to heartmath.org and the book “Transforming Stress” by the HeartMath Institute, as recommended by Kimberly.
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Imagine a life where you are free to express yourself without fear of judgment or criticism, a life where your unique ideas and perspectives are celebrated. Embracing self-expression is the key to unlocking this world of fulfillment and creativity. By allowing yourself to be authentically you, you not only enrich your own life but also inspire those around you.
In this journey toward self-discovery, you will find that the more you embrace your true self, the deeper your connections with others become, and the more vibrant and fulfilling your life grows.
So, with the help of Inspire Wellness, let's explore how harnessing the power of self-expression can transform your life into a masterpiece of your own making.
Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say
One of the most significant benefits of self-expression is the development of stronger communication skills. When you express yourself openly and honestly, you learn how to articulate your thoughts and feelings more effectively. This helps you connect with others on a deeper level, which can lead to stronger relationships and a greater sense of belonging.
As you practice self-expression, you'll also become better at listening to others, understanding their perspectives, and empathizing with their emotions. This will make you a more compassionate friend, partner, and colleague – ultimately contributing to your overall well-being.
Fiercely Face Life Challenges
Life is full of challenges, and sometimes it can feel like you're constantly being pushed to your limits. However, when you cultivate a habit of self-expression, you develop a greater ability to bounce back from adversity. By expressing your emotions and experiences, you allow yourself to process difficult situations and gain valuable insights into your own resilience.
When you share your struggles with others, you also open yourself up to receiving support and encouragement. This network of support can help you navigate challenging times with more ease and grace, ultimately leading to a more balanced and fulfilling life.
Know Immeasurable Growth
Self-expression is a powerful tool for personal growth. When you express your thoughts and feelings, you gain a deeper understanding of yourself, including your strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement. This self-awareness can help you set goals, make positive changes in your life, and ultimately become the best version of yourself.
As you grow and evolve, you'll find that your self-expression also evolves. You may discover new ways to communicate your experiences or find new creative outlets that resonate with you. This ongoing process of self-discovery can help you lead a more authentic and fulfilling life.
Living In the Moment
Cultivating self-awareness is a crucial aspect of emotional intelligence and mental well-being. Engaging in self-expression allows you to connect more deeply with your feelings, thoughts, and actions. This heightened awareness enables you to pinpoint life patterns that might impede your progress and identify opportunities for growth.
As your self-awareness expands, so does your comprehension of your core values and principles. This enhanced understanding empowers you to make deliberate decisions about your time management, social circle, and personal objectives – all of which significantly impact your overall happiness and wellness.
Better Mental Health
Asserting your emotions is a crucial component in sustaining robust mental well-being. Concealing your sentiments or stifling your emotions can pave the way for stress, anxiety, and potential depression. Conversely, when you embrace the expression of your feelings with openness and sincerity, you grant yourself the chance to process and liberate negative emotions.
There are numerous avenues for self-expression, including journaling, painting, dancing, or confiding in a close confidant. Regardless of the chosen method, giving yourself permission to convey your emotions contributes to alleviating stress, enhancing your mood, and fostering a healthier mental state.
Spark Innovation and Creativity
When you give yourself the freedom to express your thoughts and feelings, you're also fostering an environment where creativity and innovation can thrive. By exploring different ways of self-expression, you might discover new talents or interests that can lead to exciting personal or professional opportunities.
Furthermore, when you embrace self-expression, you're more likely to think outside the box and approach problems from a fresh perspective. This can lead to innovative solutions and creative breakthroughs.
Get Out of Your Creative Comfort Zone: Go Digital
Stepping outside of your creative comfort zone can be both exhilarating and transformative, and with the advent of digital tools like Adobe Express, it's never been easier to dive into the world of digital creativity. This powerful, free platform empowers you to explore new creative avenues, experiment with various design elements, and unleash your inner artist without the constraints of traditional mediums. To help you get started, here are just a few of our favorite tools:
Elevate Your Photos
Novice photographers can make their pictures stand out using free Adobe Express photo editing tools. With easy-to-use features such as filters, cropping, and adjustments for brightness and contrast, you can effortlessly transform your photos into stunning images that captivate viewers.
The Power of Video
If you possess skills or knowledge that you'd like to share with the world, the Adobe Express YouTube video tool is an excellent resource. This feature enables you to create engaging and professional-looking videos, complete with customizable templates, text overlays, and animations.
Designs By You
For those who aspire to design their own T-shirts, Adobe Express offers a custom T-shirt design tool that allows you to bring your ideas to life. Choose from a wide range of templates, fonts, and graphics to create unique and eye-catching designs.
Words with Style
Writers can take advantage of Adobe Express blog post templates to craft more engaging and visually appealing content. These templates provide a professional and stylish foundation for your writing, allowing you to focus on delivering valuable insights to your readers. With Adobe Express, you can elevate your blog posts and attract a larger audience to your website.
As you can see, Adobe Express is an invaluable resource for individuals looking to explore and enhance their digital creativity. With a wide range of tools and features catering to various creative pursuits, Adobe Express empowers you to create stunning visual content and share your talents with the world.
Remember that embracing authentic self-expression is an essential step toward achieving holistic wellness and unlocking your creative potential. Don't hesitate to explore your unique voice, let your passions shine, and unapologetically express your true self. As you nurture this self-expression, you'll not only find more joy and fulfillment in your life, but you'll also unleash a wellspring of creativity that will enrich your personal and professional endeavors.
Let Inspire Wellness inspire you to be your authentic self fully expressed!
What is Havening?
The Havening Techniques are healing modalities designed to help individuals overcome problems that are the consequence of traumatic or stressful encoding. They belong to a larger group of methods called psychosensory therapies, which use sensory input to alter thought, mood and behavior. The system is comprised of protocols and methods that use touch as a therapeutic tool we call Havening Touch®. This touch generates a delta wave in the brain and as a consequence we also refer to Havening Techniques as Delta Techniques™. Havening can be used within a psycho-therapeutic setting with professional mental health-care clinicians who have been fully trained and certified in the Havening Techniques. These techniques can also be used by non-licensed and /or allied health care professionals as a protocol for coaching, wellness and stress reduction.
I used to work with a Dr. that said the liver is and can be the root cause of many health conditions and diseases. So what is it that harms the liver and can lead to further health issues and what helps to heal the liver?
1. Too much protein in the diet can stress the liver. The liver has to metabolize proteins into simple compounds, and the greater the protein amount, the greater the stress. High protein diets are poplar right now. But the truth is that the liver has to process those proteins, so too much protein in the diet can stress the liver. And you can consider what that means if the stomach isn’t breaking those down properly to begin with.
2. Too much sugar and simple carbohydrates in the diet can stress the liver. The body actually converts excess sugars into triglycerides, which are stored in the liver as fat. And this is the major indicator of heart disease, and why sugar is a bigger factor in heart disease than fat is.
3. Overeating can stress the liver.
4. Too much enzyme-deficient food can be taxing to the liver. And this is where the raw foodies are going to proclaim that their diet is higher in enzymes and therefore better for the body. If we can process them, then we do want to think about getting in some raw, sprouted, fermented foods to get more enzymes into our diet.
5. Drug residues, whether they be from medicinal, recreational, or residue from chemotherapy, need to be processed and purified for elimination from the liver.
6. Alcohol causes inflammation in the liver. I think we all know this. The liver has a more difficult time filtering when it’s inflamed, and when the liver is clogged up with fat, it increases the level of inflammation and this can lead to cirrhosis, which is the hardening of the cells in the liver. And that leads to the inability of the liver to regenerate itself.
7. Certainly too many toxins, heavy metals, or pesticides damage or stress the liver.
8. Lack of exercise forces the liver to do the elimination that should be relegated to the lungs and the skin.
Diseases of the liver, like chronic hepatitis C, harm the liver and thwart its function.
So ultimately the symptoms that we’ll see from impaired liver function can lead to anything as broad ranging as: digestive troubles, constipation, low energy, allergies, hay fever, arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and infertility and more. So what can we do to help the liver? Here's 10 Tips To Champion Your Liver!!
*From Functional Nutrition Alliance
In December of 2020 I signed up for functional nutrition training and started studying gut health and all the body's systems. My husband was dealing with some health issues that all seemed to be gut related and we couldn't seem to the bottom of it so I did some research and found the Functional Nutrition Lab/Full Body Systems. After many discussions I felt it would really make a difference for me, my family and my clients.
Full Body Systems is a program that teaches you to be a Functional Nutrition Master. It gives you the skills you need to truly get to the root causes of health issues and guide others to health and healing, even if they’ve been everywhere and tried everything.
Practicing functionally is the future of healthcare. That’s because it’s one of the few methods that gets to the heart of what’s going on with your body, no matter what the signs, symptoms or diagnosis. A Functional approach creates individualized diet and lifestyle plans that actually works. The powers of nutrition, “food as medicine” is used to help people finally feel better. We have been practicing the 10 Tips to Improve Digestion and things are improving! I am excited to share this with you and create a plan to get to the heart of the matter! I look forward to sharing more with you as I go!! Take care! Let me know if I can help!
Solstice energy strong
Celebrating the return of greater light
Star of Bethlehem bright
Pulling me outside under a black sky in search of remembrance
Spirit of colorful Christmas lights warming the bitter chill, with recall of Christmas’s past
This brilliant star will last, never to be forgotten
We need this sign now more than ever to lead the way
to unite our world with peace, joy, healing, and love
New world hope for 2021
To ignite our own inner light, reconnect, remember this eternal power within
We are the star
We have the spark to begin again!
Don’t hold sorrow there
be like air
use your words
breathe in diamond light of morning into dew through your heart
find a seed of new wings to start again
erase the veil that hangs before your eyes
rise take up with nature to roll into a place of rebirth
a rose blooming in the sun honeysuckle strong
a fawn comes to visit
watch flowers open petals of possibility
this miracle is for you
don’t you see you are greater than you know
let nature show you how to grow
As Winston Churchill was working to form the United Nations after WWII, he famously said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste”. I recently heard fashion designer, Tori Burch also say this about dealing with her businesses closing down during the pandemic and how she is dealing with how to recover.
Here are a few of her comments from Emerging from the Crisis from Harvard Business Review:
How has Covid-19 changed the nature of what you do and how you do it?
Burch: We’ve learned that we can adapt and run the business from home virtually. We have a great team, and to see the amount we can get done is inspiring. One thing that isn’t easy is the creative process. Design is tactile and collaborative work, and to design collections on a computer is really difficult.
Burch: Trends come and go, but being casual and interested in health and wellness was a trend before the crisis. That’s going to continue. At the same time, people are going to want to go out and dress up again. So I wouldn’t throw away any of your good pants or jackets. But let me make a larger point. People often think of fashion and apparel retailing as a “lite” industry, and when this threat struck, it was clear that no one was advocating for the government to help us. But our sector represents 11 million American jobs and $2.5 trillion of GDP. This idea that fashion is frivolous is a misperception.
As we adapt and try to move forward how can we learn from this crisis, is a question I ask myself and my clients daily. Here are a few other questions to ponder:
If I can help you on your journey, let me know. I would love to hear from you!
Do you want to watch, hear and see other people’s words, ideas, songs?
What if they could be watching, reading, listening and being inspired by your works of art?
We all need time to create, be self-expressed, to move, dance, breathe and flow with divine creation
Capture your inner voice and share it.
Someone will relate to this and hold on to it, others will not.
It doesn’t matter.
The act of doing it could save your life and the lives of others.
Grab a pen, a paintbrush, an instrument, your voice, your body and let spirit move it and groove it until you can’t move it no more.
Then share it, if you feel so inspired!
This is living large, being fully alive, present and engaged in life!
You make the space, the creator does the rest.
You’re the vessel, the clay, the divine does the spin, it’s a win/win.
If you need help getting inspired on moving forward in your life, I would love to work with you on taking inspired action! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the contact page. Co-Create and GoCreate!
I woke up early the other day, well, I've been waking up early for awhile now so I get up and write. Here's what I wrote on 4/13/20, as we are all on pause, and taking greater time out-
What could the gifts of this downtime be?
-stretching and doing yoga in the morning with my husband with no hurry to get out the door
-more time to meditate and deepen my spiritual practice and study time
-really slowing down to enjoy the miracle of spring, watching all the birds sitting in the trees as they are blooming and flowering each day
-having more time in nature, to garden, and watch the plants grow and nurture them
-taking more walks with my husband and enjoying all the spring flowers and trees and taking pictures of them
-having long talks with my husband about what really matters in life and for us, feeling closer to him than ever before
-writing poetry, journaling, reading, listening to podcasts
-being more relaxed about producing results
-not having to put on makeup or get dressed up each day for work
-being able to help coach others through this time on zoom, Face-time, etc...
-catching up with friends/family on zoom, and Facebook messenger
-Cooking soups, trying new recipes, having more time to cook together and slow down to eat lunch outside together, when it's nice out
-greater self-care time, baths, cups of hot tea, facials, just resting and unraveling from all the years of pushing myself
I hope this inspires you towards more downtime, time for your self-care and dropping any expectations of what you should be doing, and just undo and relax more, listen to your inner voice, you are wise. You have all the answers for you. Just stop, breathe, and listen. Let yourself feel whatever is going on and give it time to be released, then later there will be a space for something new or maybe an action step or not. This time does not have to be filled with doing. You are enough, simply in your being you!
Here's one of my poems from the early am writing sessions
Love in the time of Corona
What do you really value?
What needs to fall away
What truly needs to stay
How do you play on this stage of fear and panic?
Will you give in to the manic of the virus?
Take this corona and break it down
It is showing us something
What is it?
Can you find the inner temple of peace and love?
We created all of this
We can make it go away
You get to say
You signed up for this, you’ve been preparing for it your whole life
You have the answers for you, and you know what to do
Be still and know from moment to moment, surrender and trust
Remember you have a virus protector built into your heart with all you need to know
A few photos from my walks and home