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All Is Well

6 Sep
All is Well , Heal Your Body

All is Well , Heal Your Body

 

We live in a time where sickness and disease are common occurrences and are almost expectations of getting older. With the rise of holistic medicine it seems there is a battle between traditional solutions and new age remedies. All Is Well is the solution to the question – Do I follow the instructions of my doctor or my herbalist? The authors seek to integrate medical advances with holistic approaches to find long-term solutions so we can become healthy people.

All Is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations, and Intuition by Louise Hay and Mona Lisa Schulz M.D. Ph.D. goes more in depth with healing the body through the mind body connection. Armed with medical knowledge we look at the origins of medical issues. Louise then guides us to wholeness and wellness with affirmations designed to heal us from the inside out and exercises that empower us to nature ourselves and knowledge.

All Is Well separates the body into groups of organ or emotional centers that are interconnected to our emotions. Based on these emotional centers the authors offer us probable causes to mental and physical issues that we are experiencing.

Whether you are a believer or just curious about the whole mind body experience you can’t help but evaluate and examine your own beliefs about what you are experiencing or have experienced in regards to disease in your life. As I read the book it struck me how the symptoms I once had in my lower back so closely fit the profile of the person Louise described in the chapter on back pain. I remember being stuck during that time and feeling pressure to stay in a situation that I no longer wanted to be in. That is when the back pain started. Once I began to change my situation and make choices that truly supported who I had become the back pain left.

The book remains true to Louise Hays’ core philosophy – we can heal ourselves. We are responsible for our lives. We are also guided to look more ineptly at life situations as we experience issues in our body. What circumstances, core beliefs or life patterns have allowed us to be in this current situation?

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking a new way of being free from disease and sickness. You truly can be well.

 

Purely yours,

Melisa

Melisa Alaba is a Spiritual Life Coach, Speaker and  Author of Live Out Loud, 52 Ways to Reawaken Your Spirit and Live a Life of Purpose. Melisa can be found walking on a trail or sampling chocolate along the coast. You can connect with her on-line via her social media outlets or join her in one of her  classes or retreats. Learn more at  www.melisaalaba.com

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Mindfulness for Kids

2 May

Mindfulness is usually reserved for adults, but it does not have to be. Children of all ages experience stress and tension physically, the inability to focus or concentrate, as well as distressing emotions (i.e anxiety, anger, sadness). The great thing about children is that they can adapt easily to mindfulness as well.

You may be asking, what is mindfulness? How can I get my child to sit still long enough to practice? The best way to conceptualize mindfulness is the ability to be present and to be in the here and the now. It is a way of observing, describing, and fully engaging in the moment. Now, how can we get our children to fully engage in the moment? Here are some techniques:

 1. Be mindful of the breath: Observing the breath is the simplest way to start mindfulness. For example, if I tell you to not think of the color red, you are definitely going to think of the color red. So if you help the child think about breathing, it will be easier for them to focus on their breath. If you have younger children, right before bed have them get their favorite stuffed animal. Encourage them to rock their toy to sleep. Have them place the toy on their belly and as they take deep breaths in and out, they will create a wave of relaxation for themselves and their favorite toy! Your child will have a nice sleep and their first lesson in mindfulness.

2. Be mindful at school: Homework can be a trying and frustrating task for many children and parents. Be mindful that your child is learning this information for the first time and focusing long enough on something that may not be fun as playing their video game or watching TV, can make it difficult for them to concentrate. Before engaging the homework assignment, take 4 deep breaths counting to 4 and then begin the work. You can breathe in pairs, such as Inhale… Exhale one. Inhale… Exhale two. The child’s job is to stay concentrated in spite of everything else going on around them.

3. Make it a family Affair: Studies show that children are more mindful if their parents are more mindful. I suggest parents practice with your children. Often times, we rush with all the things we have to get done in the day, but slowing down is very beneficial so that you can pay attention. At meal time, be mindful of the food with your child; what it smells like? Feels like? Tastes like? Sounds like? Before rushing out of the house in the morning, take 4 deep breaths as a family and then head out to the car. If you are driving home from school and work, challenge your child to a song duo where you both know the lyrics, and see who can sing it the craziest and the juiciest! The point is to be creative and have you and your child become more mindful each day.

Overall, mindfulness can be what you make it for you and your child. It can be as entertaining, raw, and spontaneous as you can come up with. I encourage you to live your life fully; embracing the moments you can create.

As always, I wish you peace and light on your wellness journey,

Evanye Lawson, MA, NCC, LAPC, CHT
Holistic Counselor

Do you like this article and want to reprint or share? You can, as long as you include this in its entirety: Evanye Lawson is a  Holistic Counselor who specializes in working with children and teens at Vision Works Counseling and Coaching. Evanye also leads a Mindfulness kids group on Saturday morning.  Set up your personal appointment at  www.visionworkscc.com today or contact her at (404)913-4450.

Is Positive thinking a choice?

8 Apr

Yes it is very true.  Some people are born with a positive outlook on life, and others have an innate ability to see the negative side to every situation.  In fact, research shows that it is easier to pick out the negative aspects of any situation.  For example, think back over your day.  What is the first thing that comes to mind? I bet you identified something that went wrong.  Maybe you remembered that you were late for work.  Perhaps getting stuck in traffic comes to mind.  Or maybe someone said something to you that didn’t settle right with your spirit.

It takes a special type of a person to automatically name the good things that went well.  That positive thinker might say: “It was a beautiful day outside” or “Because there was a lot of traffic I was able to enjoy my favorite CD”.  Positive thinkers tend to see the good in every situation.  And research shows that people who think positively live a more healthy and productive life. They are able to fight stressors off easily and have a great social network. Surprised?  You shouldn’t be! People like being around happy people.

So can a person change?  Can one decide to be more positive and therefore reap these healthy effects? YES!  Yes, you absolutely can. Here are a few strategies that I use to help my clients to transform their minds. With practice, you will soon see the class half full too.

  • Reprogram your mind.  Listen to positive music, lectures or sermons.  Take in more good news than bad news.  Limit the time you watch the news or political channels.  These dooms day programs will keep you from seeing the good in the world.
  • Rebuke Negative thoughts.  Our minds are programmed to see the negative but you can stop it.  Every time a negative thought jumps in your head kill it with three positive thoughts.   Then repeat them out loud.
  • Meditate on good things.  I love to meditate on the words :  Peace, Love, and Joy.  It’s amazing how just thinking of those words brings about a beautiful feeling in my soul.  You can also meditate on bible verses.  If you truly are feeling depressed, tired, and sick or any other ailment meditate on one bible verse that speaks to that situation.  You will soon find relieve.
  • Have positive friends.  We are who we share time and space with.  If everyone in your circle is a downer, please get some new friends today.
  • Become Affirmation Friendly.  Use affirmations that represent and solidify your new positive behavior and outlook.  Try these on for size:   “I am happy”, “I am loved”, “I see the good in all situations”, “I encourage others by seeing the brighter side to every situation”.  Now it’s your turn to write a few affirmations down. Place them in your purse or wallet.  Each day take a few minutes to call them out.
  • Clear the clutter.  Our physical environment plays a large role in how we feel and think.  Organize your space.  Then decorate it with beautiful things.  This little change will help you to feel emotionally better.
  • Become Solution Focused.  Many times people become stagnate or negative because they let many small situations build up over time.  Soon they feel overwhelmed which results in feeling negative towards life.  Whenever a situation arises began to look at it as a problem that can be solved.  See yourself as a problem solver.  Addressing issues head on will allow you to feel freer  and happier about your life

Finally, start a “Guess What Happened to Me Today “ Journal.  Every evening before you go to bed record all the positive things that happened to you throughout the day.  Making this conscious effort to notice the goodness of life will transform your thinking.

Take time to celebrate the good that is happening in your life and I promise you will soon notice that more beautiful things are happening for you each day.

As always, I wish you peace and joy on your wellness journey,


Melisa Alaba
Vision Coach

Do you like this article and want to reprint or share? You can, as long as you include this in its entirety: Melisa Alaba is a Holistic Life Coach and Counselor. Melisa founded Vision Works Counseling and Coaching to empower and inspire you to live your best life. Melisa helps her clients to discover their vision and purpose for life by providing holistic and traditional coaching methods. Melisa specializing in helping her clients; heal from brokenness, find balance in their personal or work life, improve  family life, revive a dream or  let go of past issues. Set up your personal appointment at  www.visionworkscc.com today or contact her at (404)913-4450.

Is your life balance out of Whack?

13 Mar

chaos momRecently I had an explosion of beautiful new things that were and are happening to me. I am excited about the new projects and developments in my life. However, I soon realized that my life was quickly getting out of control.  As a coach and counselor, over the years I have assisted folks with creating the life they have always wanted.  It is because of this background, I understand what an unbalanced life can do to you and for you.  But knowledge does not make you immune to living an unhealthy lifestyle.

So in the midst of my very productive season I have had to sit myself down and take some of my own medicine. To live a life of purpose requires that we be in divine connection with our creator.  That connection often takes a sacrifice of us getting in touch with our mind, body and spirit.  So how do you know when you are no longer in balance with God, with the Universe, with your own life?

Here are a few clues:

  • You are often rushed. You seem never to have enough time to completely be anywhere. Your schedule is often overbooked. Or you schedule your events or task too closely together that you don’t have any buffer time.
  • You often skip meals. You may also eat more fast food then home cooked meals.
  • You don’t work out because your schedule is too full.
  • You often cancel important appointments with your doctor, counselor or dentist because of other last minute commitments.
  • You don’t schedule important appointments because you believe you do not have enough time.
  • You finish the sentences of other people because you want them to get to the point.
  • You find that you get easily offended or you are snappy with people.
  • You experience road rage.
  • You wished you had more energy.
  • Your home and/or car are unorganized.
  • You want to take care of yourself by meditating, praying or getting quiet but just don’t have the time.
  • You have put on weight lately or you have a difficult time maintaining your ideal weight.
  • You drink alcohol alone.
  • You have chaotic relationships or you do not have the time to maintain friendships.
  • You purchase educational programs or exercise equipment but you never use them.
  • You work six to seven days a week.
  • You take your work home regularly.

You may have some of the signs or all of the signs. But whatever the degree of severity may be for you, you can still find balance for your life.  Getting your life in order is a process but with a sound plan you can do it!  Begin by asking the questions, “What do I really want?”, “What does balance look like for me?” or “What is the main cause of this unbalance in my life?”.

I am happy and joyful to report that last month I decided to get my peace back! I invite you to read my blog post “8 Powerful Strategies to Jump Start your Morning” for great tips on starting your day off right and specific ways to get your balance.

I am so excited about your future and I look forward to walking on this beautiful journey with you. Contact me today to learn how I can help you achieve your goals or speak at your organization .

As always, I wish you peace and joy on your wellness journey,

Melisa Alaba
Vision Coach

Do you like this article and want to reprint or share? You can, as long as you include this in its entirety: Melisa Alaba is a Holistic Life Coach and Counselor. Melisa founded Vision Works Counseling and Coaching to empower and inspire you to live your best life. Melisa helps her clients to discover their vision and purpose for life by providing holistic and traditional coaching methods. Melisa specializing in helping her clients; heal from brokenness, find balance in their personal or work life, improve  family life, revive a dream or  let go of past issues. Set up your personal appointment at  www.visionworkscc.com today or contact her at (404)913-4450.

8 Powerful Strategies to Jump Start your Morning!

4 Mar

Morning Routine photoImagine how different your life would be if you had a morning routine that ensured a good day. Does your morning routine consist of staying in bed as late as possible while barely making it to work on time?If you’re like most people, your morning is probably rushed or busy before you even hit the floor. This can lead to unhealthy behavior such as yelling at the kids, kicking the family dog, eating an unhealthy snack or skipping breakfast all together.Having a wonderful morning and an impactful day just takes a few adjustments to your mindset and routine. Long lasting results requires a shift in your patterns.  So let’s jump in!

Here are a few simple ideas to implement so you can have productive and peaceful mornings:

1.Wake up earlier.  You’ll need some extra time in the morning to accommodate your mindful changes. Going to bed earlier makes this task easier. Set your alarm for an half an hour earlier each morning until you build up to an hour or ninety minute.

2.Visualize and Imagine good things. Right before you get out of bed. Begin to imagine how well your day will go. Visualize yourself being productive, happy and peaceful. Take some time to thank God for this new day that you will embark on.

3. Meditate . Take 10 minutes to practice meditation. Meditation brings awareness, focus and it allows us to get direct spiritual downloads. This will allow your day to have a peaceful glow to it.

4. Enjoy a little exercise. Take a walk, jump on the treadmill, or dance to some beautiful music. Focus on positive thoughts and get your body moving.

5.Shower on Affirmations. While taking your morning shower repeat affirmations to yourself. Use this time to shower yourself with positive thoughts and energy. Affirmations can truly transform your thinking and your life.  

6.Eat a nutritious breakfast.  Having a green smoothie, vegetable omelet or oatmeal with fruit will get you off to a great start. It is amazing how we feel when we take care of ourselves. Soon you will notice that you make better eating choices throughout the day. During your meal, take time to be mindful of the flavors, colors, smells and texture of your food. This practice of being mindful will add to your eating experience.

 7. Drink a glass of water. Keep water by your bed and in your car. Drinking water the first thing in the morning compels your body to function at its optimal best.  Drinking water keeps your body and mind hydrated. Yes your brain needs water to function at its optimal best. So drink up.

8.Write out your Agenda for the day. Be sure take a few minutes to write and review your agenda for the day. Writing a list of priorities will assist you in making good decisions with your time throughout the day. Placing the most difficult task at the top of your list will help you to prioritize your daily tasks.  Having a daily agenda will empower you to be more productive each day.

Now you’re ready to get out there and accomplish something. How could you not be successful? The keys are to practice meditation, eat healthy and to have an agenda each day. A well thought out morning routine can have a significant impact on your life, peace, joy and success. Give it a try and see how it changes your day.

I am so excited about your future and I look forward to walking on this beautiful journey with you. Contact me today to learn how I can help you achieve your goals or speak at your organization .

As always, I wish you peace and joy on your wellness journey,

Melisa Alaba
Vision Coach

Do you like this article and want to reprint or share? You can, as long as you include this in its entirety: Melisa Alaba is a Holistic Life Coach and Counselor. Melisa founded Vision Works Counseling and Coaching to empower and inspire you to live your best life. Melisa helps her clients to discover their vision and purpose for life by providing holistic and traditional coaching methods. Melisa specializing in helping her clients; heal from brokenness, find balance in their personal or work life, improve  family life, revive a dream or  let go of past issues. Set up your personal appointment at  www.visionworkscc.com today or contact her at (404)913-4450.

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