Do you resist being Present?

We have an epidemic in our Western culture... most of us, most of the time, are not Present.

Why does this matter so much to me? 

Because I believe we live more fulfilling lives when we listen to our intuition. And, when our intuition speaks to us, it's not loud. It's very, very quiet. So we must be Present to notice it.

How many times have you had the experience of saying to yourself after the fact: "I knew I should have/shouldn't have... (insert decision here)"?

Maybe you had the urge to turn left but instead turned right at an intersection and ended up in a traffic jam. Maybe you thought about running back inside when you left home, but didn't, finding when you arrived at your destination that you forgot something important. Whatever the circumstance, you did know... you had an intuition that you ignored, because it wasn't very loud, and when we're not truly Present it's easy to ignore. 

We resist being Present for all sorts of reasons, but generally, all the reasons distill down into one: it's just not comfortable. In fact, for some, it's downright painful. Because we carry pain and trauma in our bodies from a lifetime of experience, it's often a place we don't want to be.

And so, instead of allowing ourselves to feel what it's like to be Present in our bodies, we distract ourselves... by spending time in our heads worrying, thinking about our to-do lists, putting our attention on the needs of the people around us instead of ourselves, buried in our work, focused on our screens (phone/tv/computer..) etc., etc., etc...

But here's the thing.. this space of Presence (what Ekhart Tolle calls the Now)... is the beginning of everything. This is where you hear the small voice, feel the subtle nudge, that puts and keeps you in alignment on your path.


I would invite you to consider... where do you avoid being Present? Do you constantly distract yourself with to-dos, media, taking care of others? Perhaps you have a Presence practice... meditation, yoga, writing, making art.  If so, wonderful! You might still think about where in your life you avoid Presence... In a relationship? Dealing with money? We all do it in one way or another, so where can you bring more Presence?

Because to have truly joyful and purposeful creation in your life, Presence is key. Not just in your mind, but in your physical body, the receptor for your intuition.

This is why I'm so excited about a new process I've mentioned briefly to you before, Fire&Water. It assists you in becoming Present in your body, gently shifting any places of discomfort.

I'll share more soon. If you're curious to find out more right away, you can check out the details here.

 

Are you tuned in to Gratitude?

How are things feeling for you right now?

I've heard from so many people who are feeling unsettled, overwhelmed by information coming from all angles, having difficulty focusing on their work and their families, and finding themselves unexpectedly awash in emotions at unpredictable times.

And all of this as we head into our first holiday of the season this week.

Many of us will be gathering with extended family, some of whom may have differing opinions about the political landscape, or may come with their own anxiety that connects with and heightens our own.

It's going to be super helpful to stay grounded, present, and focused on the true Spirit of the holiday this week.. Gratitude.

BUT HOW? You might ask.

As I shared recently, there are some simple grounding practices you can do. (If you didn't see it or would like a reminder, click here.)

And, to support you in releasing some of that stress and anxiety, I highly recommend the Holiday Clearing Series.

Clearing is like a deep sigh when your body is holding stress and tension. It makes a palpable difference in the way you feel, and so in the way you interact with the information and people around you.

Take a peek at the Holiday Clearing Series, see what people are saying about it. (One client recently said "I could feel it so much when you cleared for the group on Facebook, I want more!")

I am wishing you and yours a Thanksgiving filled with Love and Gratitude.


In Light,
Natanya

Feeling the Intensity?

 

It's one week after the election... How are you feeling?

The energy this past week has been off the charts. Whether you're in the United States or not, each person is having their own response to the US election outcome. And, the result is that there's a whole lot of emotional energy bouncing around the collective.

So if you're feeling the emotional intensity, know that it's not just yours.
And, there are things you can do about it.

One of the most important things to do for yourself is to stay grounded. You can do this very simply by taking the time to notice your feet touching the ground, your bottom in a chair.. the ways your body is naturally supported by the earth. Another helpful grounding technique is to hold a rock in your hands, or carry one with you (not a crystal, a rock that you can pick up from the ground outside.)

Energy clearing is also super supportive at a time like this, to help release some of the intensity which may have built up in your system. I offered clearing on my Facebook page since the results started rolling in on Tuesday night, and one participant said this:


"I haven't felt this good emotionally in a long time. On Wednesday morning I woke up feeling awful, I was exhausted, I felt like my bones even hurt. Then I got present to the emotional stuff around everything going on in the world. I started to feel better yesterday afternoon, I had thought it would take quite some time for me to get to feeling good. I had great sleep, not usual for me. I woke up feeling good and the day has progressively improving, both emotionally and in my level of energy. I usually take a nap most days out of necessity but today I didn't. I'm so grateful."

I'm so grateful to be able to offer something of benefit. Taking action in this way has helped me too, as I integrate my own response to events.

And, I have something coming up to help you with your energetic experience...

It's an Energy Clearing series, built around the holiday season (which has no regard for politics ;)) Given recent events, these holidays may be even more charged and stressful than ever. So, I invite you to consider how clearing can support you during this time.

The series will begin on the week of Thanksgiving (here in the US) and go through Christmas week. If you'd like to know more, go here: www.natanyalara.com/holiday-clearing-series


Be gentle with yourself. Rest if you need to, and don't hesitate to reach out for support if you don't want to wait until Thanksgiving.

You'll never believe what I did to myself..


It's been such an eventful autumn! And wow, do I have some stories - and messages that have come with them - to share with you.  

I'll start with a BIG one... something unexpected that came with many lessons. Of course, it started out like a regular day; a really good one, in fact...

I was making lasagna on a Monday evening... Gabriel was doing his homework at the kitchen table with Isaac reading over his shoulder. As I put the noodles in the pot of boiling water, I had a flash ~ you don't really have to boil the noodles first, they'll cook in the lasagna ~ ah well, they were in the water already... (Lesson 1, listen to the nudges... not a new lesson, but one that always bears repeating.)

Five minutes later it was time to drain the noodles. I picked up the pot of boiling water with both hands, talking with Gabriel about his current events homework as I carried the pot to the sink. Suddenly, my left hand slipped from the handle and boiling water spilled down my right arm...

I dropped the pot...
Boiling water spilled all over the floor...
It happened in slow motion....

As soon as the water hit my arm, three things happened:

First, I left my body. I was so stunned by what had happened, and the pain was so intense, that my spirit managed the shock by moving away from the pain of my body.

Next, my instincts kicked in... I knew my kids were safe (thank goodness they were on the other side of the room when it happened) so I could focus on caring for my own body.

Finally (or maybe first, in the order of things) my guides and angels lined up to support me. This is how I know:

As I called for my kids to help, they immediately moved into action. Isaac drew an ice cold bath, Gabriel started calling my friends to find a ride to the ER. My dad, a doctor, was available by phone to guide us through taking steps to care for the early stages of the burn. A friend arrived to take me to the ER. My brother came to stay with my kids, feed them, and put them to bed. The support I needed arrived with ease.

The ER experience is a story in itself, but there's one vital piece that I'll share here... My friend wasn't able to stay with me, and as I sat there alone, I moved between two states of being: knowing clearly and without question that I was fine and all would be well; and feeling overwhelmed, upset, alone, and (at times) hysterical.

My conscious mind (you might call it ego) needed to point to something that was wrong... the length of time I was waiting, the fact that I was alone, that I didn't know exactly how I'd get home, that my phone was at 20% battery and I didn't have a charger... but in my core, I knew everything was and would be fine. (Lesson 2, don't always listen to what your mind tells you.)

When I returned home my kids were asleep and my brother and I talked for a while. During our conversation he said to me: "you do realize it's fire water that burned you?"

Light bulb moment.

Fire is transformation.
Water is re-birth.

Because of that realization I was able to re-frame the experience as a gift, rather than a trial. And this has since proved to be true. (Lesson 3, look for the gift.)

My arm is nearly healed and I'll have no scarring. But my perspective and my work have been transformed... I look forward to sharing more with you about this over the next weeks and months, as I tell stories about how energy plays out in life and unfold new ways I can support you and your energy... so excited!