Be your quirky, unique self- Aquarius Full Moon

Empathic helpers often have difficulty stepping outside of their shell. With great sensitivity comes a tendency to go deep within. Couple this with others insensitivity, it takes a lot of courage for these people to shine their inner light. Today, I am writing and including a video reading about the Aquarius full moon, which occurs July 23rd.

Full Moon Energy

Empathic helpers, being sensitive to energy, are often influenced by lunar and planetary changes. The good news is the more you are aware of these shifts, the better you can manage your moods and thoughts.

A full moon is a reminder to surrender to the Divine. You can let go of physical items, emotional baggage or creative blocks. Whatever is getting in the way of what you want in life, release it all. You can focus on letting go during the full moon and up to forty-eight hours afterwards.

The Aquarius Full Moon

The full moon in Aquarius supports the energy of showing the world the real you! If you have been following my previous months videos, we had the message from the Cancer moon of speaking your truth and coming out of your shell. The previous Gemini moon’s energy, encouraged you to assert yourself, be courageous and follow your gut instincts.

Now is the time, to express your feelings from your heart, without blame and take responsibility. Your thoughts may be more towards humanity. You may be thinking, what is my life’s purpose and what is getting in the way of my helping humanity?

Allow life to unfold, without becoming too detached. Aquarius energy can get stuck in thoughts. Don’t detach from you, be yourself! This means your unique, quirky self. We need everyone’s light to shine bright on this planet.

With the full moon, be prepared for letting go. You may need to move on, in order to make room for the new. What needs to go? Listen deep within. Remember, your answers may not be conventional. When it comes to the emotions, expect the unexpected and unusual. Calm any nervous energy at this time, through meditation, prayer and being by the water.

Video Reading

We are right on the cusp of cancer and Leo. Leo/Cancer and Aquarius people and other empathic souls, this reading may resonate with you if you have a birthday in Cancer sun, moon or rising sign. I always say, all empaths, no matter what your astrological sign, can be affected because you are sensitive to energies.

Listen to the video for the full reading and to see what cards I pick. These are what you most need to focus on during this full moon in Aquarius.

What is something about you that makes you quirky or unique? Let’s celebrate our differences!

Lisa Hutchison LMHC is a licensed psychotherapist and writing coach. She works for caring professionals, who want to prevent or treat compassion fatigue. Her specialty is teaching stress management, assertiveness and boundary setting. Lisa is the Amazon bestselling author of I Fill My Cup: A Journal for Compassionate Helpers and the kindle book Setting Ethical Limits for Caring & Competent Professionals. Get a FREE 10 page E-book; Why Compassionate People Run Out of Energy and What You Can Do About It at http://www.lisahutchison.net

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6 Facebook Behaviors that Suck Out Your Energy

There are many ways empaths can feel depleted energy wise and one is sitting in front of you in the form of your phone or computer.  As human beings we have a healthy drive to be social and desire connection. From my clinical work, I am observing increased social media use with disconnection and energy depletion especially among sensitive souls.

I decided to write this blog as a way to increase your awareness around these Facebook behaviors that suck your energy dry, if you let them. It isn’t fair to blame Facebook as it is a neutral entity. It is you who gives social media a positive or negative experience through the thoughts and actions you create about it. You can take your power back by choosing how to use it and listen to your feelings as guides. Sometimes you need outside help such as a psychotherapist to do this and that is okay too. When I was on a recent retreat and shut off my Facebook for an entire week, these behaviors that I have seen in myself and others became crystal clear.

  1. Eye Rolling at Other’s Posts- When your judgment towards other’s self-expression sets in know that it isn’t so much about them but about you. This irritation has to do with a lack of keeping up with social media boundaries. Simply you are on it too much, otherwise these type of posts wouldn’t bother you that much.
  2. Increased Checking- Watch for this behavior when you are bored or trying to avoid feelings of loneliness, sadness, grief, anger, etc. Do you find that you are watching TV and scrolling through the news feed at the same time? Most likely you missed the ending or an important part of the movie or show. Your friends and loved ones may not tell you but they feel unheard when you are checking your phone during conversations.
  3. Posting Everything!- Are you telling everyone what you are doing all throughout the day, reporting in on every place you visited, who you were with, what you ate? You may believe that you are experiencing the moment when you are doing this. In actuality, you are commentating upon your life which removes you from the present moment experience. You are no longer a participant but an observer of your own life once you begin checking for likes and responses.
  4.  Sharing to Receive Validation and Recognition- When you share anything whether it is family photos or your creativity, check in with yourself first. How am I feeling? If you are feeling good, go ahead and post. If not, are you looking for love in all the wrong places?
  5. Just Browsing- You may not be a poster but more a window shopper, going into Facebook to see what everyone else is doing. If your browsing is taking up more and more time, it can be due to a fear of missing out. “The fear of missing out is defined as a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent, FoMO is characterized by the desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing.” (Przybylski, A. K.; Murayama, K.; DeHaan, C. R. & Gladwell, V.,2013)  Similar to the serial poster, you are not connected to your own self and missing out on your own life.
  6.  Adding More & More Friends– You may think that adding more friends will equal more connections, yet it only equals more people who aren’t liking and commenting on your posts. Stick to people you know, have met in person or have a common interest. Otherwise don’t add to gain numbers, in the end does it really matter?

To learn about the psychology behind this behavior and tips you may also want to read my previous blog How To Stop Falling into the Social Media Habit.

Lisa Hutchison LMHC works for empaths who want to recharge and refill their depleted energies in order to heal themselves and others. As an intuitive psychotherapist and certified angel card reader she helps her clients find realistic life solutions that work whether it is health concerns, work or relationships. To Get her FREE 10page E- book, 8 Simple Things That Release Chaos Now visit www.lisahutchison.net

References: Przybylski, A. K.; Murayama, K.; DeHaan, C. R. & Gladwell, V. (2013), “Motivational, emotional, and behavioral correlates of fear of missing out.”, Computers in Human Behavior, 29 (4): 1841–1848, doi:10.1016/j.chb.2013.02.014

How to Maintain Your Energy When Helping Others

Holding the space is a healthy way of interacting with others who are hurting, without getting depleted energy wise. It is a type of boundary for sensitive healers that benefits both parties because you are not getting entangled or engulfed in another’s emotions. Trust is built through the consistent action of keeping limits on the energy being exchanged and not on the words that are spoken.

How does it work?

Holding the space is about mindfulness. When you are in your body, in the present moment you become a witness to what is happening. Sounds simple, it takes practice to be in this frame of mind and a lot of people cannot offer this because they don’t remember how to slow their energy down. Being hectic, anxious and on the go with your thoughts and actions has become a habit for many people today.

It means letting go of the ego who thinks she knows best and allowing the feeling process to unfold without trying to fix it or make it better. Feelings don’t always make sense, drop any judgments as to what is the right or wrong way a person can express themselves. Remember these 3 words; Listen, allow and be present.

Choose carefully who you allow in your energy field to help you heal. Trust your instincts and get recommendations from others that you trust. I have been blessed with friends who also happen to be therapists, like myself, (no surprise) who hold the space for me. I hold the space for them and for all of my clients. We have learned that there is a time and place for professional suggestions but also a time to be silent and in the moment. By saying minimal at emotional times of releasing, it lets the person know you are with them and that she can share the pain that is in her heart. This is empathy in action! If you feel compelled to say something, validate what she is saying by rephrasing important points and ask her to tell you more about an important part of the story.

What are the benefits?

When a person receives the space, you feel seen, honored and acknowledged for who you are, not who someone wants you to be. In the heart space, you are comfortable in your skin and who you are. This helps you maintain your energy while you are healing and helping others.

It has to be all about YOU!

Whenever I say it is all about you, empaths cringe. The last thing an empath wants is to be considered selfish or self-absorbed, like that could ever happen. Focusing on you is about being healthy. In order to give space to others, you have to work on yourself. This means getting your own healing and therapy in order to take care of yourself and your energy first. Therapy helps you uncover patterns and learn about your gifts and how they work, in addition to setting boundaries and being assertive.

Claim your space

As a sensitive person, are you taking up enough space? Often empaths close off their physical space in an effort to protect from other’s energy invading your thoughts and feelings. You may find yourself sitting with crossed arms or hunched over. This type of protection works temporarily to a point, unfortunately, over time you close yourself off from receiving the good stuff, meaning love. I recently read Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges By Amy Cuddy:  a great resource to show you how to take up more space through power poses with lots of  interesting research and case studies(if you are into that kind of stuff like I am). For those that are interested, you can buy your copy by clicking the title link for the book.

Lisa Hutchison LMHC also known as the therapist’s therapist, actually works with all sensitive and compassionate healers/helpers. Whether it is an angel card reading or counseling session, Lisa holds the space and gives you useful information that helps you protect your energy in your life’s work and personal life. To learn more and GET 8 Simple ways to Release Chaos visit http://www.lisahutchison.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Ways to Outsmart Creative Saboteurs and Be Successful

Creative saboteurs are sneaky and underhanded due to the subconscious fears they project. Often like the boogeyman in the closet, these fears lose power once faced head on. Whether they appear from your family, a friend or even a colleague, their main goal is to block your progress. The biggest saboteur that I have encountered is within myself.

 

Lisa Hutchison Connecting Empathic Helpers & Artist to Spirit (c) 2016

My personal journey

I have been enjoying a great flow of creative success coming off of two bestselling collaborative books, obtaining a contract for a CEU I have written for licensed therapists and hearing that Chicken Soup for the Soul is publishing my story, Focusing on What Have in a second book devoted to Mom’s. In addition, I accepted an opportunity to speak at my women’s business networking group presenting a creative group activity. At first, I was happy and then scared sh*tless. I felt off physically, mentally and emotionally which was different than the normal performance anxiety. To dig deeper and release what I no longer needed, I scheduled a healing session.

During my session, I received the following messages from my angels; “You are doing good and you can do this.” These reassuring statements put me at ease, which allowed me to hear the next message delivered in the form of one word, “saboteur.” That message struck a chord of truth within me. I told this saboteur energy, I know you are trying to protect me but I can do this. After I spoke up and faced this inner demon, I heard snippets of various lyrics all featuring the word “love.” Through this Reiki healing session balancing my energies and my inner awakening, I felt 100 % better!

Let’s look a little deeper at the saboteur energy

The saboteur energy causes disruption when you are experiencing a flow of success. It is based on subconscious fears that we all have within our psyche. Some people turn this energy outward to destroy another person’s success, while others turn it inward to block their own success.

As an empath, you always need to ask is this me or someone else’s energy I am absorbing and living out? Often times it is both and here is why. When you are around a person who is jealous or insecure of your success they speak comments or show behaviors to you that are less than supportive. If you are not protecting your energies and keeping a present moment awareness, you take the ball and run with it, believing these fears and blocking your own success.

What is a creative to do?

  1. Awareness– Get to know your inner saboteur and make friends with him or her. Listen and observe how this energy shows up in your life.
  2. Acknowledging– When this energy shows up, talk to the fear and thank him or her.
  3. Action– Take action to show you can do this! Step into your power and take the next step with confidence and ease.

 

If you get hung up on any step, seek support.

Every successful, happy and healthy creative gets support from others. Healing sessions are wonderful for releasing old patterns as you grow as I have demonstrated in this piece. Psychotherapy sessions are essential for uncovering hidden motivations such as the saboteur and bringing them to light.

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More about Lisa: Lisa Hutchison is a licensed mental health counselor with over 14 years of experience offering therapy sessions in person and by phone. As an international bestselling author, she understands the ups and downs of the creative life and will show you specific ways to get you unstuck. As a certified angel card reader she channels the angels messages to help you move forward in clear, gentle ways. http://www.lisahutchison.net

 

Exercise for Empaths: Let’s Get Physical!

There are a lot of posts after the new year touting exercise.  Yes, exercise is great for keeping in shape and losing those extra pounds put on because of holiday eating. Exercise for empaths has added benefits because it can improve your mood by discharging the excess energies absorbed from others.

Energetic Sponges

Empaths absorb a lot of energy from others and easily get swept up in the emotions of guilt, depression, anger or physical pain. As an energetic, compassionate sponge you soak up whatever emotion is around you.

Empaths who are clairsentient feel, sense and know other’s emotions without being told any information. This energetic communication is taken in through the second chakra to be processed. When you do not have boundaries in order to protect your own energies, you develop an energy overload from others in this area of your body. Over time you may gain weight in that lower abdomen region, experience digestive disorders and other health issues. In order to stay a healthy empath, you need an outlet to release that extra energy. Health for an empath is about releasing the energy that is not yours and protecting the precious energy that is your own. This is why it is essential for you to have some sort of physical activity as part of your wellness routine.

My Journey

I began walking for my health. My health could motivate me yet weight never could. Luckily, I have been blessed with a high metabolism and a lot of energy. I found that this past year walking was not cutting it because I was feeling emotionally drained and fatigued afterwards. I was absorbing not only other people’s but also a lot of spirit energy because I have gone deeper into my psychic skills giving more angel card, mediumship and intuitive readings. I learned through a healing session that the proper exercise needs to feel rejuvenating overtime.  At this stage of my life, I required something more to get my body moving and shaking off what I no longer needed.

I began to dance which was good however I missed being around the healing aspects of nature. I then added into my routine a run/walk. I ran in high school, in fact I was captain of the cross country running team. Based on this past experience, I  thought that I would easily get back in the sync of running. That is not the case, with age, I have new chronic pains and more weight than I did back in high school. Simply running was out of the question. I compromised by creating the run/walk. I enjoy this form of movement because each time I push myself a little bit more beyond my comfort zone. An interesting thing happens when you run, your mind starts to tell you that you can’t go on, it’s hard etc. As in any life challenge, you find that you can go beyond that point and a little further if you dig deep inside of yourself. Each time I do this, I feel successful.

Maybe my run/walk will turn into a straight run, maybe not. It’s all good whether it stays at this pace or goes beyond. I like testing the limits, releasing the energies and connecting with nature. What ways can you challenge yourself to go beyond your comfort zone and release the energy that you absorb?

Lisa Hutchison LMHC is a licensed psychotherapist and writing coach who helps sensitive souls not just survive but shine. She is the Amazon bestselling author of I Fill My Cup: A Journal for Compassionate Helpers and the kindle book Setting Ethical Limits for Caring & Competent Professionals. Get a FREE 10 page E-book; 8 Simple Things That Release Chaos from Your Life Now at http://www.lisahutchison.net

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Your Soul’s Messenger: Authentic Voice

Your authentic voice emanates from your heart and soul.  It is within that you find your unique frequency and essence seeking expression in the outside world. Speaking up sounds easy yet that expression is often the most challenging task for empathic helpers and artists to do because their focus is outward onto others.  Since, an empath’s natural tendency is to tune into others first it takes time, effort and support to switch gears; listening within.

As an empath, I easily identify authentic voices because of my ability to sense and feel a person’s energy and intentions.  More importantly, I know what it is like to not express my authentic voice.  I grew up being told to be quiet with the idea that children were to be seen and not heard.  I was very good at being invisible and not creating waves.  In the first grade, I required speech therapy because I could not pronounce the “th” in the word three, yet I could pronounce it with every other word.  When I said three it came out as free.  “One, two, free!”  Now as I am older I can appreciate that my true expression was emerging as I longed to be free.   How did this holding back affect me?  I experienced anxiety, depression and a host of physical illnesses.  What gets repressed gets expressed one way or another.

I got on the road to authentic expressions by first going to therapy.  Therapy taught me to identify my thoughts and feelings. I learned how to assert myself, stand behind what I said even when others did not like it.  I was at the point in my life that my health was more important than others approval.  I began to feel better physically, emotionally and spiritually.  These passions lead me to help others express themselves by becoming a licensed psychotherapist. In that position, I hold the space for others to connect to their sensitivity because I know that is your greatest strength. I honor and acknowledge that on a very deep level.

It wasn’t until I connected to my inner spirit and that of the Divine that I hit gold and got down to my soul.  Connecting within to your authentic self is important because it will give you the confidence, joy and ease that you are seeking in life. When I am expressing my inner self, yes sometimes my voice still shakes.  Other times I am confident and at ease.  Both expressions are beautiful because I am speaking about my inner most thoughts and feelings.  Whenever a person can do that, it is a victory!  No matter what comes out I will keep speaking and working with all of you creative helpers and artists who desire to find your authentic voice, protect your energies and trust your instincts.

51qv+AXDVwL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Whether you are feeling disconnected or plugged into your soul and are looking to deepen your connection there is a new book out called 365 Ways to Connect with Your Soul that may interest you.  This #1 internationally best selling book provides lots of easy and fun ways to align with your soul and that of the Divine. Topics include: gratitude, nature and animals, wellness and self care, and the topic I wrote about detachment through the use prayer in a story entitled, I Trust In You. Click here to purchase through Amazon.  Get it for yourself, your workplace and for holiday gifts!

Also, Get 10 Ways to Connect To Your Spirit FREE, a 15 page E-book at http://www.lisahutchison.net

This is a part of the 365 Ways to Connect with your Soul blog tour! Want to keep going for the ride? Stop and check out this blog from my co-author today http://www.cindiechavez.com/connect-soul/and these 2 blogs for

December 2nd:

Heather Nardi – http://www.heathernardi.com

Heather Boon – http://www.heatherboon.com/blog

 

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5 Ways Empaths Protect Their Energy & Enjoy Hotel Travel

Travel can feel stressful for sensitive souls.  Encountering new environments, cultures and time changes can throw anyone off-center.  As an empathic free spirit, I am often at odds balancing my psychic energies with my desire for wanderlust. Through the years, I have found ways to cope with travel and enjoy it which I will gladly share with you in this blog.

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1.) Research your hotel and book ahead of time to decrease overwhelm –

Prior to travel, know where you are going and make a rough schedule of places to visit.  The more details you can attend to prior to travel the more relaxed you will feel.  Research your hotel to make sure it is in an optimal location in regard sites and restaurants.  Next, read the reviews of that hotel.  If a lot of people complain of noise, choose another place to stay. Trust your instincts; what is the vibe you get from this place?  Also, look up your hotel on bedbugregistry.com. You do not want to bring home any extra souvenirs or feel uncomfortable sleeping.

When you find a hotel that suits your needs, book your room and put in the following request: a top floor quiet room if possible-thank you!  The majority of the time my request has been filled either with a top floor room or a room that is quiet. I have learned in life that you will not get what you want unless you ask.  The reason why I ask for a top floor room is I won’t have anyone above me stomping their feet.  You will feel grateful for this request when you are trying to rest or sleep.

2.) Bring sleep essentials –

Sleep is essential for sensitive souls and you know what you need for a good night sleep.  Some items to consider are a set of earplugs, a sound machine, comfy PJ’s  and an eye pillow.  You may want to think about bringing your own pillow.  I have done this a few times in the past.  For the sake of suitcase space, I now leave that at home.

 3.) Space –

If traveling with others get your own room.  This will allow you to have time to recharge your energy without other people around.  Some benefits of this are waking up when you want to and having quiet for writing or meditation.  If you are sharing a room and are a restless sleeper, you may want your own bed to help detach from other’s energies.

4.) Bring your IPOD –

Your IPOD is the music that you love and resonate with.  It is also great for meditation tracks to relax and unwind with. You can listen if you are having trouble falling asleep or as a way to cope with loud plane or train rides.

5.) Bring healthy snacks and water –

It is important to stay hydrated and stave off hunger.  When you are hungry you are more vulnerable to other’s energies. Pack snacks that are good for you. I have brought an empty refillable water container with me in a suitcase and purchased a gallon of water in a local convenience store to refill that one bottle with during my trip.

There are times that plans go awry, no matter how much you organize ahead of time.  If you follow these steps it will increase your likelihood of a pleasant trip.  The more you travel, the more you will learn about yourself and how to protect your empathic abilities.

Many Blessings!

Lisa xx

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10 Ways to Support Your Favorite Creative

Creativity does not get the same validation in society as other professions.  Where would you be without beautiful works of art to decorate your home, music that reaches in and soothes your soul after a long hard day or the inspirational words of your favorite writer giving you the encouragement to reach for your dreams?  Let’s face it, the creative arts keep us all going in tough times often expressing an inner yearning that we can not yet reach through our own words and expressions. In order to honor those who have given so much, here are ten ways to acknowledge and support those who work in creativity.

  • Buy her products, artwork, books, classes and articles

Money is an energy that you can use to support your favorite creative.  This world is a material one and your creative will need cash flow in order to continue the work that you and she loves.

  • Leave a kick ass review/testimonial

Putting your appreciation into words is a great gift.  When you write a review state what product you bought and how it has changed your life in a positive way.  One way to do this is to describe a before and after scenario.

  • Like/Share and Comment in Facebook posts about her blogs, business & products

Social media works great when others like, comment and share.  If a post has no likes, comments or shares it will not last long in the news feed.  Likes are wonderful, consider also leaving a comment which makes a more personal connection. Facebook places items with lots of attention into the news feed for more people to feast upon.

  • Tweet!

Use your 140 words or less and give a shout out to your creative.  Tweet about their products, blogs or ask others to follow especially on Fridays with #FF.

  • Pray & send her positive blessings

Your thoughts are a powerful energy.  When you send up prayers for your creative and her business it make a difference and is greatly appreciated.

  • Comment on an actual blog post

When you comment on the actual blog post, others who are bloggers on that same system will get an opportunity to read it and follow future blogs.  This helps your creative get noticed and build a loyal base of followers.

  • Become a benefactor/make a donation to her

If you have the money and want to donate to a good cause, consider the creative in your life.  Most creatives are not classified as non –profits, your money most likely would not be tax-deductible.  Although, you could support a mission or cause that you believe in on a deeper level.

  • Send her a thank you note or card for service well done

Thank you notes and cards are original ways to connect with your creative and give them a boost of encouragement.  This becomes a keepsake for the creative who can look back and read these positive messages on those dark days.

  • Refer your friends and family to her

There is no bigger compliment than telling others that you trust and like a certain creative’s products.  You may not realize that one of the best ways to boost a business is through word of mouth like yours.  You have a power, go out and use it for good.

  • Encourage her when she feels down

Be a kind ear and motivator.  It is tough work being a creative.  She has to learn how to ride the biggest waves of success and the lowest points of no responses or rejections.  There are many times your creative will want to give up, don’t let her!

In the next 3 months, I am asking you to commit to supporting your favorite creative even more.  This could mean adding in a couple of new ways to help that you have not tried before or doing what you are currently doing on a deeper level.  As a creative, I thank you.  For what you do to help one creative helps us all.

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4 Unforgettable Life Lessons from Mom

My mom was a teacher by profession.  It was not surprising that she taught me so many lessons about life.  As I am approaching the four-year anniversary of her death on August 31st, I wanted to remember four life lessons that she taught me and share them with you.

In March 2011, my mom had a severe stroke which left her partially paralyzed on her entire right side.  I felt devastated thinking she could no longer be the independent woman that she was.  She had many deficits and needed a wheelchair.  That first night, I could not imagine her new life or my own.   In my visits from March 2011 until August 2011, she taught me a lot, including these four unforgettable life lessons.

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  • Be in the present moment. I learned from this experience to focus on what we have.  Both of us were grateful for the capabilities she had and for the time we spent together.  She did not dwell on her losses but focused on being with me in the moment; first through writing then through talking. This crisis made it clear what was important in life; that was being together.

 

  •  To be connected to your own spirit and that of the Divine.  My mom often talked about her faith in God, even before the stroke.  After the stroke, she expressed to me that she thanked God every day that she was alive through prayer.  She had a great faith in God and what God could accomplish in her life.  Prior to her death, we were shown one miracle.

 

  •  To have acceptance.  Mom taught me that no matter what your circumstances are that you can enjoy your life.  She accepted her condition with peace; she did not let it affect her mood or positive attitude.  When her physical rehabilitation ended, I thought she would have had a setback because she gave it her all.  Instead she accepted it gracefully.

 

  • To remain curious.  Mom was open to learning.  She signed up for all sorts of activities at the nursing home and would tell me all about them.  In turn, she wanted to know all about my life since our last visit.  Limitations did not stop my mother.  She was determined to find creative ways to accomplish tasks that many stroke victims would do on their own.  She was an inspiration not only to me but also many others.

These practices did not heal her condition, although they freed her spirit.  Mom naturally expressed a positive attitude, which was never forced or feigned despite her challenges and hardships.  Her body was handicapped yet her will was not.  She never gave up on living that is my greatest lesson of all.

For that I thank you Mom,

With Much Love and Gratitude,

Your Daughter Lisa xx

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How Chaos Can Be Good

I have a confession; I used to hate chaos with a passion.  I am not a huge fan of it still.  However, I am learning to see some positives of it.  As an empath, chaotic energies stress my system out and overwhelm me.  I wanted to make friends with my enemy, knowing that the more I resisted this force of nature, the more it would persist and bother me in my life.

Growing up, I lived in a chaotic abusive environment which kept everyone distracted from the real issues and stuck.  Being one of the few in the family who had awareness of this fact, I wanted to “fix it” yet I was met with great opposition.  I wanted more organization to feel in control.  Some of these skills helped me in my work as a therapist, while other skills drained me because I felt too responsible to change other people’s lives.  Through my many years of practice, I learned how to set boundaries and not take on other’s responsibilities, which helped me and I am sure others enormously.  I began to see a need to go beyond merely controlling symptoms and into the deeper patterns that exist.  This is a part of what led me to my current work combining mental health, creativity and spirituality.

What’s so good about chaos?

 

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As I was sitting in a garden at a library, I pondered chaos and what could be good about it.  In front of me was this fountain.  I noticed the water in the pond was mostly undisturbed.  Right where the fountain’s cascading water fell things were getting stirred up.  The bubbling action caused the water to spill, ripple and bubble forth in random patterns.  Not only did it sound relaxing, it looked beautiful.  The fountain was creating change and making the water dynamic.  Yes! That is how I want to view my life.  I want to freely bubble forth learning to relax within the movements.  I want to observe chaos without getting all caught up in it.

A part of getting more comfortable with chaos is learning how to accept and embrace change.  That is what life is all about growing beyond your current comfort zone.  Perhaps some of us need a chaotic push to move forward?  This multi-dimensional energy helps people get out of black and white thinking to live in the wondrous vibrancy of now.

As creatives in life, it is the chaos that often inspires your writing, painting and art.  As an artist, I know I work to bring a sense of order and meaning to my chaotic life experiences for myself and other empaths. I often write about grief, loss, stress management, assertiveness and personal self- care boundaries.

Chaos appears to be disorganized without a structure.  Don’t let outward appearances fool you.  There is an actual structure within chaos.  Perhaps this is the Divine’s plan unfolding, which I or you cannot see yet.  Trusting in this, I feel my sense of breathing deepens as I let go and relax.  This is not only about letting go but also about embracing uncertainty with the faith that it is for everyone’s highest and best good.

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