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Take a Break Before You break

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Keys to taking Charge of The stress and Keeping Life In Balance 

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  •  Define Your Intentions and Goals Body. Mind. Emotions. Spirit. 
  •  Create a Plan to care for yourself physically Nutrition,Creative Movement,exercise etc.
  • Assess Your symptoms and Solutions. Evaluate. Decide and Act. Respond rather than React. 
  •  Postive Affirmations, Attitudes and Language 
  •  Practice Forgiveness each day. 
  •  Daily Rituals of Letting go
  •  Eliminate negative language about yourself, others and situations 
  •  Journal your feelings and Intentions. 
  •  Practice Meditation and Deep Breathing. 
  •  Affirm your life and your work as Sacred and Holy

EXERCISES TO HELP YOU CREATE A SELF-CARE PLAN FOR TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR STRESS IS THE FOCUS OF

 'BREAKTIME'

 WHICH IS AVAILABLE AT SINGING STONES RETREATS  

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CREATIVITY BEGINS WITH THE WAY YOU BREATHE

 

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The breathing pattern of someone who is under a lot of stress is likely to be shallow and rapid. This type of breathing lowers the amount of oxygen that can get into your bloodstream and up to your brain. Decreased oxygen can cause dizziness, headaches and heightened feelings of stress. Learning how to breath properly is one of the most important things you can do to help relax yourself. It's for this reason that controlled breathing is a part of almost every type of meditation practiced in the world. Proper deep breathing starts with your diaphragm. Instead of puffing out your chest, try to puff our your belly as you breathe. Use your entire lung capacity. Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. Whenever you feel stressed, take a full five minutes to concentrate on deep breathes. This type of breathing will increase oxygen flow to your brain and release endorphins and hormones that act to sooth your nerves. This in turn releases your energies to focus and follow those creative forces that are a part of your natural flow.
 

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"Flexible strength is better than inflexible. Let the storm flow over you, and then pop back up."
--Michael Kabotie, HOPI

Flexibility is taught by nature. You will see the trees bend in the wind. You will see that tree branches are flexible. To be rigid is to break. When we have life problems it is good for us to be flexible. Sometimes we need to flow with what is going on. If we resist, it becomes more painful. We need to be on the path of least resistance. Water flows down the mountain through the path of least resistance. Electricity flows through the path of least resistance. Power flows through the path of least resistance. As Indian people our strength has always been our flexibility.

Creator, I will be flexible and allow the natural flow to find its way and strength.

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KNOW YOUR INNATE, NATURAL TALENTS
by Lisa Jimenez, M. Ed.

You have all you need to make your life work. Look to your natural talents to guide you in life. You know, those things you do so well that you don't even have to think about it. It is those abilities that come naturally to you that will help you build your confidence in other areas of your life. Begin with your strengths! Too many times people focus on what they need to work on their weaknesses. And get burned out. How much better it is to begin with your talent. Your God-given talents can give you the courage to bridge over to the areas you need work on.

Do you even know your innate talents? Can you name seven of them in less than a minute? Try it. Take a minute right now to list seven innate abilities you have.

Rethink how you think! Okay. Now, write down seven one-word positive qualities about yourself.

I am.....

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HOW Are you using those talents every day in work, at home, in your relationships? If not, why not? You are missing out on a powerful process of building courage, cultivating faith and conquering fear!

Know Your Innate, Natural Talents and Use Them Every Day!
They are the greatest expression of yourself.
Have a great day!

It has been proposed that after the Oklahoma City Bombing and in particular September 11 that the vast majority of people are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress. From my observations as both a Pastor and Therapist, this is very true. Health Care Workers and Clergy are very much at-risk. The continuation of the War and the ethical conflict which is inherent adds to the inner and outer stresses. The following link has very helpful information. Check it out
Engaging Art as a Spiritual Practice is a proven effective way of addressing the issues that are present. The healing ways of the Arts connect us with deep inner sources of Healing and Recovery.