After experiencing a year full of so much change, challenge, and uncertainty, many are looking to manifest positivity as we enter a new year. And one of the best ways to do this is by creating a peaceful home environment.
So to help you bring more positivity, peace, and zen to your home, we reached out to experts across the country – from Portland, OR to Salem, MA – for their best advice. From being more mindful of the energy in our homes to incorporating crystals and calming scents, here are 15 simple ways you can create a more peaceful home this year.
1. Begin the day by focusing on your heart until it feels relaxed and open. Then visualize light emanating from your heart with the intention of connecting every being, every inanimate object, the rooms, corners, floors, ceiling, and yard with this energy. You can play around with color in your home, such as blue light to calm anger, pink light to attract positivity, or green light for health and prosperity. – Sacred Transformations
2. Use crystals to harmonize your home. Place Black Tourmaline by your front door to protect and repel all negative energy. For your bedrooms you can use Red Jasper and Green Calcite to help your energy relax and feel grounded. At your work table place Citrine, Pyrite, or Green Aventurine to bring vibrations of prosperity, growth, abundance, and success in your career. Lastly, add Shungite near your laptop to protect and shield you from EMF. – Sugar, Be Crystal Clear
3. Minimize energetic clutter in your home by limiting items to only things that you love and bring you joy. Take a look around your home. If there are things that trigger negative feelings as you look around, extend gratitude to that item, and then release it – no matter how much it cost, who gave it to you, or the sense of obligation you attach. You’ll feel a significant increase in your sense of personal peace when you release the things that are no longer serving you or bringing your joy. – Brenda Winkle
4. It’s all about the energy and intent you set for your space. Simply setting the intention for a more peaceful home, the energy will shift naturally. It doesn’t have to require buying or rearranging furniture if you don’t want it to be. I love lighting candles, a fire, or some incense and setting the intention for the space to become more peaceful, the highest frequency possible and zen, and even more loving if you’d like. You’ll be amazed at how powerful this simple practice can be. – Crystal Heinemann
5. Diffusers can help create a more peaceful home. Set up a diffuser in your bedroom and in other areas where you spend most of your time. Great scents for relaxation include lavender, bergamot, vetiver, and chamomile. The sense of smell is one of the key ways to quickly calm your nervous system. – Heart Fire Healing
6. Self-care is key to creating a more peaceful home. Start by creating a space in your home that is just for you. A space where you can meditate, breathe, practice yoga, qi gong, state affirmations, or whatever you feel will bring you peace. Make it easy for yourself to take a minimum of 10-20 minutes out of your day to focus on self-care. Be sure to pick a place that can be dark when you need grounding and relaxation or bright when you need to feel uplifted. – Chi For Healing
7. Leave technology at the door. Encourage yourself and those who live with you to detach from their cell phones and social media in certain rooms of the house. Technology has become another layer of stressful distraction, and we need to take periods of digital detachment to properly observe ourselves and our experiences. Perhaps you can make the kitchen a phone-free space to ensure organic and distraction less connect. – Erin Doppelt
8. Find a quiet spot to surrender. Create a space with a comfy chair you can sink into to clear your mind and let go of your worries. This spot can include a pillow and blanket, a favorite crystal to hold, and be sure the space is free of clutter. Then settle into that comfy chair, hold your crystal while closing your eyes, reconnect your breath with your body to notice any tension, and then release stress with each exhale. – Jessica Roth, Jess Kay Crystals
9. Open up your living space and let the positive energy flow. A tight, crowded living space not only encroaches upon you physically, but also mentally and spiritually. So cast out the clutter, embrace wide-open spaces, keep flat surfaces clean and clear, and place objects that delight in your line of sight. These shifts help promote peace of mind, engage your focus in the moment, and create beauty and harmony. – Krishanti
10. Clear the energy in your home and fill it with love. Energy clearing is one of the most powerful ways to make your home feel more comfortable, bright, and beautiful. The simplest method is to use your voice to speak your intention and request. For example, saying phrases such as, “Please help make this home a sacred space for rest and nourishment, where I naturally let go and relax. – Isa Dona, Spiritual Healer & Transformation Coach
11. Learn Reiki. Reiki is an easy method of energy healing that you can use to calm your mind, heal injuries, and make yourself feel better whenever you want. Anyone can learn Reiki in just 2 days and then you can send yourself pure positive energy just by placing your hands on your body. You can also help heal your family and friends, your pets, and even your plants. – Healer Source
12. Be the sage and smudge. This is an ancient technique of clearing and lightening up not only one’s energy, but the energy of your environment. Simply light sage and wave the flame out gently, allowing the smoke from the burning of the sage plant to softly billow into the room. Stand at the center of the room and waft the smoke around yourself and the room with your hand; clearing your energy and the energy in the room. – Gwendolyn C. Natusch, M.Ed., MSW, The Center for Personal Evolution
13. To feel more supported in your space, try grounding it. Grounding is a common exercise for bringing your energy back into your body but you can do it for an energetically scattered home as well. Sprinkle some salt on your floors to connect to the element of Earth, and soak up any negative energy at the same time. Then just sweep or vacuum it up. For hard surfaces, you can follow up with a magical mopping by adding a few drops of an essential oil that brings you back to your body when you smell it. – HausWitch
14. Scent is a powerful way to calm and soothe. During these challenging times where many people are working and learning remotely, your home can retain odors you’d prefer not to have linger. Lighting a soy candle in your favorite scent or diffusing lavender essential oil or a refreshing citrus blend can make your home more relaxing and peaceful. – Jenn Aubert
15. Increase your home’s positive vibes by adding green plants or fresh flowers. Then pull open the blinds and let the light of the moon and the rays of the sun clear negativity and energize your home. Healing stones can also make any room vibrant and feel more zen. – Gabrielsen Healing Center
Originally published by Redfin
Did you know…. Only 3-5% of all disease is believed to be caused by our genes?
So what accounts for the rest of the reasons we get sick?
In this short video, I explain more about the fascinating science of epigenetics.
Don’t worry… if you’ve never heard that term, I will give you a SIMPLE explanation of what it is AND, more importantly, what it means for your health!
I’d love for you to take a few minutes to watch and learn more about how so much more of our health is under our control than we were led to believe for many years!
After you watch, let me know what your biggest takeaway was in the comments! 🙂
This morning, I stepped on the scale and it was down 17 pounds from the beginning of this year. Each time the number goes down, I feel an internal sense of celebration.
My weight has been something that I have struggled with since my teenage years but in the last 5 years, I’ve gained an extra 25 pounds. For me, it really isn’t about getting to a certain number on a scale, it is how I feel about my body and how my body feels at a certain weight.
With the weight I’ve gained in the past 5 years, I have felt uncomfortable in my body. I feel like I get tired more easily, like it is harder to get around… even my feet were starting to hurt more if I stood or walked for a significant amount of time. I also looked at myself in the mirror and didn’t feel my best, and I was frustrated when trying to buy clothes that nothing seemed to fit or look good.
In January, I started working with one of my BodyTalk teachers who has developed a specialized way of working with BodyTalk tools and hormones connected to weight and metabolism.
After having tried to lose weight for several years through some dietary changes (mostly cutting down but not completely eliminating carbs) and seeing more of a yoyo effect, I had grown frustrated. I could lose 10 pounds but not more than that and after a month or 2, the weight would go come back.
Since I’ve struggled with weight since even my teenage years, despite being a very active and health-conscious teen, I have always felt like there was something about the way my body was made up that didn’t allow me to lose weight or be a weight that felt healthy for my body. I guess you could say I felt that I had “fat genes.”
Through working with my teacher for the past 4 months, I have easily released 17 pounds and the number just keeps going down from week to week. I’m losing inches in places and most of my clothes are now way too big. The best part is this is not some crazy fad diet or I’m not having to workout for several hours a day to see results. It is instead through healing an imbalance in my body that has probably been there most if not all of my life.
For the past 4 months, the main changes I’ve had to make are to exercise more days a week (but usually for around 20-30 minutes a day and I’m doing something that is enjoyable) and to decrease eating (but not completely eliminate) certain foods like potatoes that my body doesn’t easily metabolize.
The primary focus of the sessions I’ve received instead has been on numerous imbalances in my own hormones that help with metabolism. We have reset the gateways in my brain that have been thinking I’m in danger of starving to death tomorrow when in reality I have plenty of excess fat to burn should disaster occur.
These metabolic issues have stemmed from things like being exposed to toxins over the course of my lifetime, belief systems about being satisfied in my life and how much of that I was allowed, and also from things like ancestral exposure to toxins or having ancestors who have lived through things like famines or limited food supplies.
By addressing these root issues that cause an imbalanced metabolism, my body is now able to easily let go of weight and I’m not spending my time focusing on counting calories (that model has been proven not to work), feeling like I’m starving, or living at the gym.
I’m so grateful for these tools that can help my body return to a healthy weight and a healthy metabolism.
BodyTalk has changed my life in the past 6 years. It got rid of pain in my left knee that seemed to come out of nowhere and which nothing else seemed to get rid of (this was how I found BodyTalk!). It has helped me be able to sleep without taking a sleep aid, made me a less anxious person, and it has even shrunk an enlarged spleen due to a blood disorder (something doctors didn’t think was possible- at least without me taking some new medication which I refused to do). And now it is helping me release weight and feel healthy once again.
Yesterday, I interviewed a dear friend of mine. Annabel is one of the most inspiring people I know and I wanted to share her journey with ovarian cancer with more people, as I believe it is inspirational no matter if you are dealing with a health challenge or not.
Hear her wisdom on:
- the power of community for our health
- just how impactful our mindset is on our health
- how it isn’t really helpful to say yes to helping a friend if you are exhausted or unable to show up fully
- how she manages “bad days”
- and so much more!
Today I feel inspired to share with you a case study of a client who I have been working with consistently for the past 6 months.
Dee (name changed to protect privacy) came to me last fall seeking support to heal from several major chronic health conditions, including an autoimmune disease that attacks the tissue in the brain called Churg-Strauss Syndrome and also from a seizure disorder.
Dee has been dealing with these health issues for a number of years and has been on a disability as a result of them but she reached out to me because she believed that her health COULD improve, despite what doctors were leading her to believe.
Through our twice monthly sessions, Dee has been able to get off of 5 different medications (including prednisone) and decrease her anti-seizure medication. She has more energy than when we started working together and she also says she has more tools to help her when she is stressed out, anxious, or dealing with symptoms.
She told me recently that she’s finally feeling human again after over 3 years of flares and lack of proper treatment by doctors.
Dee has healed many layers of old traumas from her past, is shedding old belief systems and patterns that no longer serve her and, as she says, “I’m going back to who I am, which is the healthiest me to be.”
One of the biggest changes that I’ve witnessed in Dee is that she is much more empowered in terms of how she approaches her health. She recently shared with me that she has started working with a naturopath because she feels like her Western medicine doctors weren’t really listening to her or solving the real problem.
She is becoming her own best advocate in dealing with the medical system (she already was a pretty good advocate when we met but she continues to grow in this area) and she sees how her emotional state and her being an empath has a profound effect on her current health situation.
One of the things that I am most passionate about as a practitioner is that my clients feel empowered and able to feel in charge of their own health, that they are able to advocate for themselves when dealing with doctors, and that they learn to take charge of their own health and healing.
Dee has been a shining example of how an individual, even one faced with what can seem at times like an “overwhelming” diagnosis, can step up and take charge of her own healing. It is through becoming empowered to take charge in this way that further/deeper healing can truly happen.
One evening, before dinner, Sylvia guided the group through a breathwork practice. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, as there are many kinds of breathwork techniques out there and I have experienced a good number of them but I was open to the experience as I already felt a strong connection to Sylvia and her work through the speaking program we had both just completed together.
Sylvia guided us to all lay on the floor in a circle and began to show up how to do this breathing technique, which consists of an inhale into the belly (through the mouth) followed by an inhale into the chest (again through the mouth) and then an exhale out through the mouth. After demonstrating, Sylvia guided us to start working with the breath at our own pace.
I remember the first few minutes of laying there when I started coughing and feeling like something was trying to clear from my throat. Then after a few minutes, my hands and face started to tingle fairly intensely.
I was immediately brought back to a body memory of the migraines I began getting as a teenager, which would bring a similar numbness, and I could feel a wave of panic and a desire to stop doing this breathwork practice.
Through Sylvia’s guidance and support and also through having a conversation with myself in my head telling myself that this was different, that I knew energy moving can also create tingling, I was able to work through the resistance and keep going… and I’m SO glad that I did.
After the first 5-7 minutes where I absolutely hated the experience, I then dropped into a very deep and profound space where I experienced insights about certain patterns and tendencies that I have in my life around my health which dated back to early childhood patterns…
And then I felt myself surrounded by all of the most important people in my life who are no longer with me on the physical plane but who I know now serve as guides for me (my maternal grandmother, my best friend and my “aunt” all made their presence known).
I cried and cried as I felt myself supported by these key people in my life and as I saw the truth of a deep pattern that I had never observed before unravel before my eyes.
I would say that this breathwork experience at the retreat was one of the most profound experiences of my own healing. To have these insights and “downloads” flow through me so quickly was a new experience for me and despite having cried for almost 20 minutes, afterwards I felt amazing!
After the retreat, I scheduled several one-on-one breathwork sessions with Sylvia via Zoom and then last fall, I was so intrigued that I asked her where she had learned this way of working. She told me about her teacher, David Elliott, and I knew that I needed to go to study with him. The confirmation came when the next level 1 training was the weekend after my birthday.
Now that I have done the level 1 training, I am trying to do my own breathwork practice at least 4-5 days a week and I find there are many profound experiences that happen for me when I do this work. I release a lot of old emotions, I feel energy moving in a way that I’ve never felt before, and I sometimes get clear information about the exact next steps I need to take in my life or my business.
I’m very excited to now be offering this as another way to support my clients in my practice as well. So far the results have been pretty cool as a friend of mine told me she me she felt completely amazing and the best she’s ever felt (despite a huge and intense emotional release during the actual session) and another friend shared that she felt doing this work “changed her life.”
If you are interested in learning more about this type of healing work, reach out with questions or let me know if you’d like to try a session. I have a special introductory rate going on for these breathwork session through the end of April 2019.]]>
Check out this interview I did with Simone Mitjans where I share part of the story of my misdiagnosis, I talk about my new book, and I share some simple ways to make sure that you take control of your health when dealing with your doctors.
Learn how to tap into the power of your mind for healing and transformation in this short video!
Check out this great short interview with BodyTalk Practitioner Karen Atkins that will help you gain a quick understanding of what BodyTalk is and how it works!
The human body has an amazing potential for self-healing when we supply it with the right conditions. If our stress level is kept at a reasonable level, we eat good quality, nutrient rich food, and we get good rest (among other factors), our bodies are designed to be able to keep themselves healthy and functioning well.
Think about how your body immediately begins to deal with a minor injury like when you nick your finger while chopping vegetables for dinner. Do you stop to tell your body to clot your blood or to fight off any potential infection in the area of injury? Do you think about regenerating the tissue in the area? No! And yet the body immediately goes to work self-healing and doing those things. And this happens on a larger scale than just minor cuts, bruises and scrapes- our bodies are always working to keep us healthy.
The problem comes when our bodies get overloaded by stress and don’t have all the resources they need to resolve our health problems and self-heal. When I talk about stress, I like to use the analogy of a fuse box. When we are too stressed, it is like the fuses in our fuse box get blown and then it becomes hard for our body to continue to keep itself healthy or to heal from whatever health issues (big or small) that we might be having because our circuits are “blown”.
This is where getting support from BodyTalk can help. BodyTalk is an amazing tool to reset the body’s fuse box so that it can begin to heal. BodyTalk can also support things like improving your digestion so you absorb all the nutrients from your food more efficiently and can help you get better quality sleep too.
If you are curious about how BodyTalk can help “reset your fuses” and improve your self-healing ability, give me a call at 503-347-0258. I’d love to talk to you about what is going on with your health and how BodyTalk might be a great support for you! I don’t charge for phone consultations so give me a call today.