Chill vs. Lean In

I find that navigating through life without a lot of undue stress is about being able to stay pliable through its many ebbs and flows. Sometimes you just have to plant your feet, ground yourself and lean in. While other times laying back and meditating on the rhythm of the waves is just what you need to float the currents before moving forward on your path.

The ability to feel in your gut the time to act and the time to be still is inherent within us all.  It is up to us individually to pay attention to the signals that our intuitive selves sends us.  But we must learn the language of Self.  Sitting in silent contemplation is vital to learning this language and helps to develop our creative selves.  But we must also apply to the outside world what we have learned in stillness in order to create a positive change.

Over this last decade our society has gotten even more preoccupied with busy-ness. We pride ourselves on working non stop throughout the day and often remark how there just seems not to be enough time in our days to fit in even more things to do.

But there is a balance. The balance between To Do and Not Do is so essential to our wellness. Doing too much, we risk our physical and emotional health. Doing too little, we risk creative expansion.

What can we do to find balance:

1. Take a break if you’re feeling blocked creatively.  Sometimes creative blockage is intuition speaking to you.  Even if it’s only five minutes every hour while at work to focus on your breathing or stretching and checking your posture can help your creative flow.

2. Stay hydrated.  It’s amazing how dehydrated we can become during the day. One sign is brain fog.  Have a drink of water every hour to help replenish and refresh your body.

3. Take 5 – 10 minutes upon waking and before bed for meditation or reflection.  What did you accomplish today… What do you want to accomplish tomorrow? End your meditation or reflection with another 5 or 10 minutes of stillness. Focus on your breathing, heartbeat or nothing at all. Don’t hold on to any one thing when you’re done.   Either get up and start your day or let your mind relax even more and drift off to sleep.

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4. Get up and get out! If you’re feeling stagnant MOVE! If you can’t leave the house, put on some uptempo music and dance… Get your blood pumping and let the child in you out to play! If mobility is an issue, do a craft or play a game with a child, play with your pet, nurture a plant!FB_IMG_1524136592560.jpg

5. When you are feeling overwhelmed… Be Still.  Do nothing at all.  Have a day of silence. Take a quiet walk in nature.  Or help someone else accomplish a goal they’ve been struggling with.  You’ll be amazed at how sometimes helping someone else in their accomplishment will create a spark for your own creative flame.IMG_20180312_075309_849

In the mean time… Stay Balance and Be Well!

Ellavate7 ❤



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Carol A. Price-Cook

Hello, Hmm... What to say? I always hate filling in these "About Me" sections of the profile. I never quite know what to say. Or I'll start writing only to find I've gone over the character allotment and half the things I've typed are not there. Ok, I just looked... I don't see a character limit so here goes... My name is Carol, although sometimes I refer to my middle name (Andrea) which is the name that my family calls me and people whom I grew up with from a wee tyke. Anyway, I just quit my retail job. Did I mention it was in retail? Right... I was there for seven years until I finally decided I had, had enough... that my sanity, and my emotional and physical well being were far more important to me than a biweekly paycheck. Don't get me wrong... I am thankful to have had the opportunity to have had a job. It was exactly what I needed and where I needed to be at that point in my life. but right, this is exactly what I need and where I want to be at this point in my life. Being "jobless" can be a scary thing at times. But not having to punch a clock everyday allows me the opportunity to do what I love... Cultivating what makes me happy... Creating quiet beautiful spaces in my home... Learning about different ways of being and and reconnecting with Self. I am in the latter half of my fifth decade and finding it to be one of amazingly beautiful growth. I embrace my true voice and my own sense of style while finding different ways of cultivating my personal well being and sharing what I learned works best for me. I hope you stop by from time to time to say hello and join me on my journey. Be Well!

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