Abundance vs. Scarcity

Do any of these sound familiar to you? …

“There is never enough time”, “I never have enough money”, “Money goes out faster than it comes in”, “All the good ones are taken”.

These words come from a scarcity mindset.

A scarcity mindset makes you believe that there will never be enough.  It keeps you holding on to things that you don’t need.  It makes you jealous of others.  It makes you afraid. 

You worry about your bank account, so you wait until the last minute to pay your bills.  You worry about how much you spent at dinner and you under-tip the server.  You envy your colleagues because they make more money than you.  You don’t share ideas because you believe someone will ‘steal’ them from you.

Hoarding.  Overbuying when something goes on sale.  These are actions based in fear.

You may think that buying 10 cases of water when they go on sale will fill your home with abundance.  Bear with me as we unpack that thought.  It can actually be related to fear. Overbuying items on sale often originates in scarcity mindsets-hoarding the items because there will not be any left for you.  Another related thought is the belief that when the item is at full price, you will not be able to afford it. Again, this is scarcity thinking.  The thoughts are buried under layers of defense and rationalization mechanisms.  After all, we are just being ‘smart’ consumers, right?  However, over buying actually feeds the same consumerism that is filling our planet with plastic waste.

Scarcity is a learned concept.  It forms part of the survival instinct.  At one point in our ancestry, humans had to compete for the necessities of life- food, water, shelter.  Even in our recent family history our parents and grandparents may have struggled to feed their families and make ends meet.  The fear that there will not be enough money or food may trigger an acute stress response because our brain perceives that our survival may be compromised.

Consider this:  The universe is infinite.  In fact, it is actually expanding.  It is getting bigger and it has no end.  There is so much wealth on the planet that nobody is really able to tally it and yet poverty exists.  There is so much food in the world that 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted each year.  Just one quarter of the wasted food could feed 795 million undernourished people (foodtank) and yet people are starving.  What is really lacking on earth is love, compassion and generosity.

This blog is called Abundance.  Why am I writing about Scarcity?  Well, because the first step to achieving abundance in all things is to change the scarcity mindset that is blocking it. The way to change the mindset is by examining the thoughts and beliefs that are keeping you stuck.

I would like you to examine your beliefs and introduce the idea that you are able to change the thoughts that are keeping you stuck.  Below are two exercises that will help you get started.  The results will be remarkable. They are based on Louise L. Hay, You Can Heal Your Life

Abundance Exercise #1

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, your arms outstretched, your face to the sky and say, “I am open to receiving all good”.  How does that feel?  Do you feel any resistance in your body? Your mind? Your heart? Do this exercise several times per day for at least a month. Begin and end your yoga practice with it.

Abundance Exercise #2:  Exploring our Beliefs

Every thought we think and every word we speak creates our reality.  Often, our beliefs are not really our own, we heard them from someone else.  As children, we were ‘taught’ by parents, older siblings, teachers, relatives how to view the world and we believed them.  Now we are adults, capable of deciding for ourselves.  Is it time to let some of those beliefs go?

Please complete the questions with whatever words or sayings come to mind.  Take your time, try to think back and imagine all the adults in your life and those who interacted with you.  Begin with your parents and write down everything they said about the topics below.  Once you have your list-look at it objectively, without blame and say-“So that’s where that belief comes from”.  Notice what you feel in your body.  Make the connection between the themes you were taught and your life events, beliefs, circumstances.

What did they say about money? About love? About your body? Limiting or negative messages?

You have a choice now, you can choose to hold on to the belief, or you can choose to let it go. You can begin by simply deciding that you are willing to change. You can decide that it makes no sense to you in your life at this time.  You can decide that you need new, loving and positive beliefs.

Written by: Pina Marino, Self-Care Educator

Stay tuned to our blog and emails as Pina dives deeper into abundance concepts and how to continue the change.

Feel free to email Pina if you need help or guidance with the above topic or if you have any questions: feathersnmoonbeams@gmail.com

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What the blood moon means for you

This story is ending and a new one about to begin. What remains in your life after the blood moon eclipse is meant to be there….for now.

July 27th marks a much anticipated event for scientists and mystics alike. The longest lunar eclipse of the century, an enchanted red blood moon, full moon, Mars on a close approach to Earth goes retrograde, and all of this in the constellation of Aquarius. July’s full moon is also called the Thunder Moon, Buck Moon or Hay Moon.

Historically, seeing “blood” on the moon was something to be feared. Today, we know that it’s actually refracted light from the Sun. Nothing scary about that, right?

Spiritually, the event is expected to awaken our inner Warrior, stir our Karmic wind, take from us what we have refused to give up and propel us towards change.

Mars and the moon will form a conjunction in Aquarius, merging the powers that each possess. Here, the Moon represents clarity, reflection, desire; Mars our anger, aggression or passion in Aquarius, the sign of social consciousness, revolution, inspiration, change. Since Mars is retrograde our passionate anger at the injustices in our lives or the world may turn to compassion-the place where change is truly born.

Eclipses always signify change and the powerful changes expected at the blood moon eclipse can be heart wrenching if one does not practice release. My blog often talks about release, letting go, and relinquishing control. And although the concept may be simple, it is not easy.

There is a Zen saying, “When he comes we welcome. When he leaves we do not pursue”

The effects of the eclipse can last up to three months.

Here is what you can do in your own practice of release:

1. Stop criticizing yourself-right now

2. Stop finding fault in others

3. Stop reacting-stay centered and let conflicts live out their own lives

4. Have a Spiritual Bath- Water is a medium that can transfer energy. Use 3-4 cups of Dead Sea salts, Epsom salts or a few drops of lavender, peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil in the water to cleanse the spiritual body. A shower will cleanse your aura just as well. Breathe deeply, feel how ancient the water is-as old as time itself, recycled, rebirthed. Let the water absorb all your pain, grief, negativity, guilt. Imagine each emotion going into the water and being carried down the drain. Feel the water’s strength, depth and purity. Feel the water surround you and comfort you. Emerge from the water now, cleansed, renewed, reborn.

You can find info on the science behind the eclipse here.

- Written by Pina Marino, Self-Care Educator

For help and support during these events, you can find Pina at the studio or email her at feathersnmoonbeams@gmail.com

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5 Reasons Why Every Woman Should Strength Train

If there was something that could help keep you strong and healthy, burn calories and reduce signs of aging, would you do it? It sounds too good to be true, but it’s the exact opposite. Strength training can help you achieve all of what I mentioned above – and the best part is you can have fun doing it.

Today I am sharing the top 5 reasons why EVERY woman should strength train.

1. It will support bone health.

Strength training puts a good ‘stress’ on your bones that helps improve bone density and reduces risk of osteoporosis.  Studies show that those who strength train over a period of time prevent bone loss and stimulate new bone formation. When you maintain muscle strength, not only are you helping strengthen your bones, but you are also working on your balance and coordination (both important to preventing falls and fractures).

This is especially important for women, as 1 in 3 women will suffer from an osteoporotic related fracture in their lifetime and 2 million Canadians are affected by osteoporosis.

2. Preserves muscle mass

Muscle mass diminishes with age, in fact every decade after 30 you lose 3-5% of your muscle mass. You can help counteract this loss with regular strength training.

Strength training will help you preserve and gain muscle mass as you age. 

3. Enhance your overall quality of life

Not only will you have preserved muscle mass and healthy bones you will also have an improved quality of life. Strength training will allow you to move better each day and improve your ability to do every day living activities. This might mean less pain, ease in moving up and down stairs, and better posture.

Ultimately, when you build muscle you help protect your joints from injury and improve your overall coordination, balance, and daily living movements.

4. Empowerment

With strength training you will notice the change in your body almost instantly. Each time you strength train you will get a little stronger. Seeing the results in your body will help keep you motivated, positive, and most importantly empowered. Getting stronger on the outside also brings strength to the inside. Many women who engage in regular strength training talk about its confidence boosting effects.

5. Controls weight

The more muscle you have the harder your metabolism works. This means your body will continue to burn calories even after the work is done. Mixing cardio with strength training is extremely important to help lose and maintain weight. Strength straining will help tone and tighten your naturally beautiful shape.

Common concern: Will I bulk?

This is one of the biggest misconceptions women have about strength training.

When women strength train the change in muscle is typically related to toning, endurance, and strength (not size). You would have to be following a particular training program to allow bulking to occur (which I promise is not easy).

-  Angela Wallace, certified personal trainer and TRX Pilates instructor

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What is TRX Pilates?

Pilates is a system of exercises designed to improve flexibility, posture, physical strength and the mind-body connection. Pilates has an emphasis on core strength, which includes the abdomen, oblique’s, gluts, inner thighs, and lower back.

It is low impact but challenging total body workout that uses tension within the body to strengthen and stretch muscles. Pilates improves your posture while creating strength in your body and a lean toned shape.

TRX suspension training is a full body strength workout that uses your own body weight instead of machines or dumbbells. The workout is centered around core strength and challenges endurance and cardio.

TRX Pilates combines these two amazing workouts into a fun and challenging core focused class.

Healthletica is now offering TRX Pilates classes with certified personal trainer and TRX Pilates instructor Angela Wallace. This class is an open level class appropriate for beginner and advanced students.

Classes take place on the following dates and times:

Tuesdays 6:45-7:45PM + 7:45-8:45pm

Fridays 9:30-10:30am

Saturdays 10:30-11:30am

FIRST CLASS PROMO: $10.00

Learn more and sign-up by emailing Angela at angela@eatrightfeelright.ca

 

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Kundalini Meditation

Kundalini yoga is a meditative and spiritual practice. It’s for people seeking to connect deeply with something greater than themselves. In Kundalini yoga, we breathe, chant, move, laugh, and cry as emotional blocks are released from the body.

Kundalini yoga is often called the yoga of awareness.

Each class includes breathing techniques (pranayam), an exercise set (kriya), deep relaxation, chanting, and meditation to help the practitioner strengthen the nervous system, and achieve mental clarity.

We’ll work on reducing stress, increasing vitality, reversing negative energy, healing heartbreak, building intuition, preventing burn-out, alleviating anger or resolving inner conflict.

In 1968, Yogi Bhajan came from India to the West to teach Kundalini yoga openly for the first time in history. His first stop was Toronto. He trained teachers to share these teachings with others. As such, Kundalini yoga is presented to you as it was originally taught by Yogi Bhajan.

If you are ready to feel free, change self-sabotaging habits, clear the unconscious patterns holding you back, and are looking for support along your spiritual path, Kundalini yoga is for you. Expect to experience big shifts!

Join us at Healthletica every Thursday at 7:15pm for our Kundalini Meditation classes.

Meditation classes are included in the 1-year and monthly auto-renew memberships. All others are welcome to pay a drop-in rate and join. Classes are non-heated. Space is limited.

 

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