Gratitude

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This past week I have been working on connecting with my Root Chakra. With that there is a level of reflection necessary to understand from where it is that I come from. As I join my family this morning in front of the tv to watch the parade I take it all in a little differently. I am thinking about them next to me on the couch and we as a unit, but also them – when they were young and in front of the tv with their siblings and parents this holiday, and what their mornings may have felt like. What was cast aside to make the day special? What was done differently to make the day special? For whom was this truly a special day, and why?

Some of the Root queries I reflected on this week invited me to investigate the beliefs I have aquired, and to recognize and appreciate every person in my family in the same way. My Root is calling me to Action, challenging me to nurture my self. To take inventory of my basic needs and balancing that with what I have. It’s calling me to be present and in awareness in every moment.

I also happened to be reading a book right now called The HIdden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben (I highly recommend it!). On page 82 Peter propositions Do trees have brains?  It is widely accepted that the root network of trees is in charge of all chemical activity, including chemical messages and neurological activities. Trees can learn, they plan ahead, they strategize against toxicity, and they require fair living environments. Trees live as family units. Trees also don’t thrive when they are isoloated.

My Root Chakra governs my basic survival needs, and because it carries the quality of my ancestors, my culture and my connection to mother earth, it requires a present day foundation of stability. It is my job to hold this awareness, to reunite my energy so that I may draw upon the earths wisdom. I am to RECONNECT, RECLAIM, and INTEGRATE. So I explore creatively a few generations back – the ones before tv and the broadcast parades, before big cities and telecommunication, before cars and highways. I acknowledge my present day mood and my beliefs and I honor the struggles of those who came before me to better understand  ME. For this I am grateful.

 

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The Awakenings Project

The Awakenings Project

returns to Maryland!

For 2 days Marissa Southards returns to Columbia MD. Appointments are limited – reserve your space today.

October 20th and 21st at Nourishing Journey

The goal of the project is the empowerment of women, girls, and woman identifying individuals through body positivity and self-actualization. Participants are asked to think of a word that best describes them and place on the body. A photo is then taken of the participant.

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Why Shake?

When we find ourselves shaking as a result of being in a highly emotional state – it’s a good thing. Shaking is a natural primal instinct that our body wants to do to calm us down. Examples of charged energies include those moments when you are 1) Excited! 2) angry 3) afraid 4) nervous.

Unfortunately as we’ve grown up and grown older, we’ve learned to shut this mechansim down. “It’s a sign of weakness to show your emotions” we’re told. “Don’t do that, you look like something’s wrong with you.” “Control yourself.” “Pull yourself together” or face judgement.

NO! There’s nothing wrong with you! You are actively engaging in self-care when you shake. TRE® (as it’s referred to) or Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises – IS a safe way to bring your body back to alignment and inner harmony, to bring you back to yourSelf. By resisting the urge to “let it go” you are programming your body and physiology to hold onto chronic trauma – you store your charged energy. But by allowing your body to properly maintain a sense of balance and shake – you reduce the risk of future ill-ease. You’re also taking your body back in time, and allowing it to let go of what’s perviously happened to it : physically, emotionally, neurologically, biologically, cognitively … do I need to go on?

Remember – your body is a system of systems, and it’s good practice and management for optimal Health and Wellness. TRE® is one of many modalities to help you achieve overall Health and provides you a healthy sense of Wellness. I always remind people – don’t put all your eggs in one place – it’s good to have one more modality in your toolbelt, to know what your body needs and when. Once you begin your TRE® practice, you will begin to feel when it serves you best. TRE® is a great modality for letting go of attachements and stored charges from old injuries, surgeries, emotional upsets and events. With practice, you’ll learn how to “let go” in the moment, and not store your energy – thus it becomes a preventative measure, and a guarantee for better health.

The most commonly reported benefits from TRE® :

  • decreased anxiety
  • the release of chronic tension
  • the discharge of emotional and physical trauma
  • improved sleep, mood and digestion
  • decreased aches and pains
  • improved flexibility
  • a decrease in symptoms for sciatica, fibromyalgia,

…. and other chronic conditions.

I am a TRE® Certified Failitator. I offer private sessions, and I also lead group classes (for a list of my class locations and times, visit my events page). TRE®, along with my other services – addresses you as a Whole person.

 

 

“Who you are when you eat” affects your whole being

You have no idea how many drafts there are – how many times I have sat down, and taken hours, days – of revisiting, editing, eliminating, rewriting, deleting … this article. Pretty much it’s been a resident draft here since I bought the domain. I’ve always known what I wanted to say – I was just having trouble articulating it. I’ll admit, my writing – some days it flows easily, and other days it’s a real struggle. Never did I imagine one day I would have my own Blog. It’s still a tad outside of my comfort zone. I don’t aspire to be a writer, I aspire to be a Great Coach. And being a recognized professional now-a-days means there’s a lot to convey, and a lot of people to reach. So when I feel that flow – and I sit down to write, and something good comes out – I Love it! I really truly do want to give you something that’s worth your time and effort. Yes, I have my reasons for why I think you should want to hire me as a coach – na-huh don’t go there – please get to know me first, my true reason just might surprise you.

According to NeuroScienceNews.com, research has now determined that the gut (your gut) is now recognized as a major regulator of motivational and emotional states. If any of you have attended my Eating Psychology Coaching classes you know this is primarily what we talk about – how you see your food, how you feel about food, what you crave, why you binge ….  Raise your hand if you’ve heard me ask “who are you when you eat?”

It says it right on the home page of my website – My mission is to help those struggling overcome that which is not necessary. I’ve been there, I have struggled. I’ve told you my story, my traumas; you’ve witnessed in real time with me how I went from vulnerable just a few years ago – to empowered – coaching, and guiding you.

I know how my personal relationship with food, how my body image, how my BODY was affected by the trauma I went through, and with all the stress around it, and all that I dealt with over time. I know what my body went through, and what it needed in order to recover. I am not too shy to share with you about the damage, repair and rebuilding process my body, my whole person condition experienced; and how I still feel the affects from those years, what I need to do now. It’s because I’ve been there – that I can make such a statement and say that My Mission . IS . To help those struggling . To help them Overcome . That which is not necessary.

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Years ago and just starting out I didn’t realize the impact of my statement. Now my Mission statement has a whole new meaning, a whole new life of its own. I wasn’t an Eating Psychology Coach long before I began on my next certification – Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®). For me it was more like: I needed this – you might too! I’ll admit, I was more emotional back then. I was still living in the practical feelings of why I wanted to help you. But between the two courses I kinda became a bit nerdy about it all. All the facts, the science of it all – biologically, physiologically, neurologically, emotionally, spiritually — yea, I geeked out. But I try not to be a geek with you, instead I try to be practical, informative, helpful. I do my best to make it personal – for you. Hopefully in a way that there’s a connection so you understand and possibly relate.

Then I came across this article – and finally the draft, thee draft – I was able to open it with a sense of YES! I can do this! It’s the right time. I finally feel what I want to be expressing. And here we are. So here’s the link to the original article from NeuroScience News.com – so you can go and be geeky in your own way, at your own pace, in your own space, with your own time. Then I want you to go back and re-read a few of my posts, reacquaint if you will – on Facebook, on Medium, here, my newsletters if you’re a subscriber (*btw if you like the content here, but want more, and want to experience truly how I pull it all together – write “subscribe” in the subject line and email it to me, and introduce yourself too please, at info.LK.CEPC@gmail.com) (Yes, I know that there’s a way to put buttons on my sites and all that jazz – but again, it’s just me! I’m a one woman show, and I’m not aspiring to be a tech professional either. Accept me for who I am and that is me who is quite non-tech savvy. I am here to Coach).

What am I going on and on about you ask? Ok. So this article talks about how our “reward center” in our brains affects our mental state, and how the gut-brain connection is in fact a real thing. It’s a shout out to all the dinosaurs who aren’t updating their ways of thinking and accepting the facts that hey – you are a Whole Person. And yes, you are in fact made up of an intricate and highly complex set of systems, within systems, within systems. And people – YES! = YOU it’s time to look at yourself as a system of systems, intertwined, dependent, and expectant of eachother. Why this article? SHRUG I honestly don’t know – something clicked so hey, let’s take it.

And yes, while I was obtaining my certification in TRE®, I set off on another journey too. It brought me to this point of having the 3 come together, of me tweaking my tag line, my logo, and my title – to finally feel confident in pushing out this article and what I envisioned it to be. Because all along I saw you as a Whole Person. All along I knew your journey is a complex and highly peronalized one. All along I respected the truth that no two paths are the same. Everything is a process. Trust in the process. I honor mine, let’s honor yours just as delicately, and with the same devotion. How? Bring in the Spiritual component. Spirituality is for you however you define it. It doesn’t have to be something that someone else is doing, it doesn’t come with an instruction booklet and protocols you must uphold. Spirituality to you is what Spirit is for you. There’s no need to question whether or not we jive, we do! Spirit is my mental state. My belief system. What’s yours?

Finally – the three are coming together, can you see it? I was really onto something when I picked my 2018 theme to be Coming in to Focus 🙂  Again, it’s just pulling together for me now – unfolding before your very eyes.

You have this thought. And you have it again. Then again. It’s like a switch you flip. Take a bunch of these switches and flip them and you have a pattern – hint, hint: This is your projected behavior. Then you repeat the behaviors until they become subconscious for you – and voila!, you have created a belief system. Only, what if one day, you no longer like this belief you have – always thinking about it, letting it weigh on you, trying to fix it, change it –  help! Eeek. Your spirit has dropped. What is this doing to your body!? What is this doing to YOU?!

So yea – let me teach you how to let go of that stress, shed that guilt, find a new perspective – let me help you heal your body, your self.  Let’s get you into the Mind Body Spirit you’re meant to be in. Oh Yeah!

And, with all of this said, and I don’t really feel like making a big deal and seperate announcement just yet (I will once all of the figuring has been figured) – I am hereby announcing that in a short while I will be offering new service packages – to make it easier for you too to Come in to Focus. Because You Deserve A Healthy Self Relationship.