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Lunch Date talk – What the heck is Reiki?

Have you discovered the Reiki healing touch system? Do you even know what it is? I’ve been meeting lots of folks who don’t know, or don’t really get it, so for this week’s “Lunch Date” call I answered the question, “What the heck is Reiki?”

You can listen to this call  below.

Have you ever had a Reiki session? What was your experience? I’d love to hear about it. Please comment below. And, if you’re local, you can schedule a Reiki session with me!

“Lunch Date” talk – 5 ways de-stress your workday

Please enjoy this talk when I share five tricks I’ve learned to keep workday stress under control, wherever you work. These are techniques I used when I worked in public accounting and then in corporate finance. I still use them now, in my home office. My intention is to show you how to be calm, centered and much less stressed at work.

Join me for another lunchtime webinar every other Monday at 1:00 PM Eastern Time. Upcoming topics will include yoga, nutrition, aromatherapy and Reiki. Get the call-in information by signing up for my email newsletter or liking my Facebook page.

Why I write 3 pages about anything every morning

Cover of "The Artist's Way: A Spiritual P...

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I purchased my copy of Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way, about 15 years ago. Working my way through the book was an enlightening experience, and the start of many small changes that have, over time, transformed my life.

The tool that I used most consistently, and kept up the longest, was the Morning Pages. From Julia Cameron’s website:

“Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. *There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages*– they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page…and then do three more pages tomorrow.”

I did my Morning Pages for nearly a year after finishing the book. I have started and stopped a number of times since then. The latest lull lasted a couple of years. Then I started my Health Coach training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

One of the many fabulous things about IIN’s training is all the non-food-related things that support wellness. Early on in the training I was reintroduced to the Morning Pages during an awesome talk by Julia Cameron. (She is a great storyteller.) I dug out the notebook I had been using during the last round and started again.

When my alarm goes off at 5:00 a.m., I am usually already awake. I sit up in bed and grab my notebook, a pen and my book light (so I don’t wake my husband). My brain gets very busy first thing, so I never struggle to think of something to write. It takes approximately 30 minutes to write three pages longhand. By the time I’m done, my mind is much quieter and I can get on my yoga mat focused on my practice.

I have sorted out lots of issues in my Morning Pages and my yoga practice feels much more centered. Try the Morning Pages for a couple of weeks and see where they take you.

I will be including the Morning Pages as part of my 6-month Health Coaching program. Contact me and let me know you’d like to be on the list for a free initial phone consultation during which you can find out how a Health Coach can guide you on the path to wellness.

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