True power is not about force or control…

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” Most rarely align with their true power, because it seems illogical to them that there is power in relaxation, in letting go, or in love or joy or bliss. Most people do not understand that their true power lies in releasing resistance—which is the only obstacle to their true power.

Most people do not expect their path to great abundance to be one of ease and of joy. They have been taught that struggle and hardship and sacrifice are requirements that must be met before the reward of great abundance can be realized. Most do not understand that the very struggle they deliberately involve themselves in, in their quest for success and advantage, actually works against them.

There are so many things that you have been taught to believe that are counter to the powerful Laws of the Universe that it is difficult for you to think your way out. And that is the reason that we present this path of much less resistance.

We want you to breathe rather than try, to relax rather than offer effort, to smile rather than struggle, to be rather than do. For your true power is experienced only from inside.” Jerry and Esther Hicks

I have experienced this first hand, when I push or force things to happen, I find it hard, difficult or a struggle as they stated in the quote above. The amazing thing was when I actually tried the other way by connecting deeper with myself and letting go of trying to control things or people around me to see it my way, I realized it was much easier and everything I needed was there…

For example, have you ever had the experience when you want something that when you let go of the outcome, you often get it? Think of a business situation or personal relationship where this has been true for you – remember that sale you really let go of and you got it or that relationship where you were true to yourself first and then it worked out for the best. This is the power of aligning with your inner understanding rather than being effected by the events or situation outside of you.

 

Just one breath

Abundance guy - growing your breath grows your abundance

In my abundance work,  where I assist others in creating their own unique abundant life, one of my key tools is a very powerful breath technique called Transformational Breathing.  However, I am still truly amazed by the power and effect of just one deep full belly breath provides every now and then to ones body.  For me, to slow down or stop everything I’m doing for just one deep breath is pretty easy for the wave of peace that usually comes with it.

As I’m writing this, I’m on an airplane, and after just one deep full breath I found that my shoulders relaxed, I felt a bit calmer and clearer after a number of days of traveling.  It is really great to remember your actual breath has incredible energizing and relaxing power.   Most of us take our breath for granted and do not realize it is our bodies most important fuel.   About 75% of our bodies fuel comes from the oxygen we take in!   So, a deep breath is literally bringing more fuel into the body with a side effect of relaxation.

Try it now, just one breath……. Close your eyes, take a breath, deep into your belly first then expanding your lungs as fully as you can and let the exhale just relax completely………… Do you notice any difference?

One breath is a great tool to remember any time whether your waiting in line, running late, anxious about a meeting, transitioning from work, after a stressful phone call or just after waking up.

Amazing, one breath!

 

Feel better by shifting your focus from problems to solutions

Focus on solutions instead of problems - Abundance Guy

“The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking that created them.”

 

Read this quote somewhere and reminded me that when we are in our problems we are often focused so much on them, that our thinking becomes self fulfilling……Focus on problem, the problem remains, gets bigger or more problems surface…..When we are stuck in/on the “problem”, we are in the “energy” or thinking of that problem. We think over and over about the problem.  Play it over in our mind, again and again, I believe staying in the “problem energy”.

Let’s say we have a problem with a person that “created” a problem for you. What someone said or did. Staying in what was said or done, will not change anything of course. What was said or done is over and in the past. Talking consistently about it will only keep you in the situation of the past. That situation has an energy to it, like a vibration, and I believe affects not only your thinking, but your body and its health and vitality. Think of the difference you feel and your energy you have when you have a pleasant conversation versus an argument. One you feel fresh and light and the other drained, sometimes physically AND emotionally.

I Kinda like to think that each old thought of this “problem” as you are bring it (the thought of the problem) into the present like an anchor. Having to bring the thoughts (the anchor) of the past forward into the present. If we had no judgement on the issue, we would just move on, right? But, sometimes we instead carry the burdens of the past forward or we choose to be right versus happy and free. We love to blame things on others, it’s easy, their not there to speak the other side, so we talk about how THEY have affected our lives. It’s their fault. Of course, this gives our power away as now the problem can only get fixed if someones else does something. Good Luck on finding long term happiness when others actions determine your happiness!  I get caught up on that one personally sometimes. Also, we can be often be just unconsciously stuck in negatively. I occasionally see people that seem to like stress and negativity over peacefulness, almost like an addiction, without being aware of it.

In situations like I’m describing are conscious, we know where the “problem” came from, however, there are also unconscious thoughts and beliefs that we have built up over the years that we are repeating. It’s like we are in a circle or whirlpool that can be difficult to get out of without a new way of looking or thinking about the problem. Sometimes these “circles” can last for a long time, a lifetime, dragging the negative energy of the past into your present moment. In my breath work, I see this all the time. Energy that is stuck from old issues, literally stored in the body, even though the “mind” thought it has cleared the problem. The breath is just one tool that can help move this.

Another simple one, is to focus on solutions. Forget the past (easier said than done with our egos), and just focus on what you need to do NOW………..I am not saying to suppress or not feel emotions. Expressing emotions are healthy, getting stuck in those, in my opinion, is not. My view is, let your emotions move and complete and move on. I believe that can start by just the focusing and thinking about the solution over and over. Solution, solution, solution……Just that shift in awareness alone is so powerful. Maybe it will take some small steps to get started towards an eventual solution. I believe ANY small step can get progress flowing in the right direction.

I have a friend that had some health issues in the past and I always admired how she refused to see herself as “sick”. She focused on the solutions to her “issues” even when it was and sometimes is challenging for her when solutions were foggy. Among other things, she is just repeating to herself, “I am healthy”, over and over, again and again. She continues to improve to this day even though doctors do not really know what’s “wrong” with her. Our thoughts and actions are so powerful!

Like anything else its a practice and my clients and myself find we just feel better when we focus on the solution.

 

 

 

Unique event in Denver : "Free Yourself"

Do you know you have a set of beliefs from your upbringing and culture that drives your thoughts and behaviour every day! Up to 92% of these beliefs are programmed in your unconscious mind and you are unaware that they create your fears, desires and experience of life..

Are you experiencing the life you want? Are you feeling free and fulfilled? Do you feel like you have an abundant life, or are you feeling stressed and out of balance? Is there an area in your life where you feel stuck or you just keep struggling?

John Woods, The Abundance Guy, will be joining Natalie Gentry and Leah Secrest as part of their ongoing “TB breath series” to create a unique event where you:

Discover how breathing 4 mins a day will align your beliefs with your intentions AND take you closer to what you want to get you in balance.

In this 4 1/2 hour personalised experience you will:

  • Understand what is a belief and how beliefs get programmed in your unconscious mind and cellular memory.
  • Learn how these unconscious beliefs drive you everyday.
  • Discover a unique way to get you in the centre of your life, set clear intentions and start aligning your beliefs with these intentions.
  • Experience a full Transformational Breath™ session.
  • Uncover how to reprogramme your beliefs through breathing and create more online casino au abundance in your life.

Inspired and motivated to share new ways to empower yourself, Natalie, Leah and John are all certified Transformational Breath Facilitators™ who facilitate your experience to discover, learn and grow in an exciting and fun way.

Dates:25 March 2012
Time: 1pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Studio Soma, 2540 W. 29th Ave.
What to bring: Pillow, blanket, journal
What to wear: Loose, comfortable clothing
Fee: $ 75 (we accept all major credit cards, cash or checks).

Register: Leah Secrest on 303-995-7606 or by email at healingroots@comcast.net before Tuesday 20th March. Payment required to hold space..

Truly learn to improve the effectiveness of your intentions and breathing when you learn how to utilize the Transformational Breath™ technique daily. Experience a strengthened immune system, better supported brain function, the clearing of suppressed and repressed emotional blocks, reduced worry and anxiety, greater connection with yourself and others, increased enjoyment of life and fuller expression of love and joy.

How closely are you listening?

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I received as a gift recently a book called “Five good minutes with the one you love” (Brantley & Millstine). I like its format of “100 short practices to deepen & renew your love everyday” put in a very simple and easy way. They give a short description of a topic regarding relationships and then give some suggested steps towards improving and/or renewing it. I have read and played with a few of them and find they can be used in most of our relationships. So far, from the ones I have read, the common theme I see is to be mindful or present with who you are with. This is easier said than done. For example, how many of you while on the phone are practicing multi tasking? While talking, are your checking emails, organizing, cleaning the house, driving or making something in the kitchen? How about the classic of talking to someone and at the same time looking who’s on Facebook or Skype to talk/chat with? I have my hand raised for all of those, except, cleaning, which I avoid, unless I’m REALLY avoiding doing something I need to do!

Are we really listening while we are multi tasking or carrying on 3 conversations at once? Are we sometimes craving to be heard, but do not listen ourselves?

Their practice on this subject, number 35, is titled “affectionate listening”.

They offer – How often is your attention elsewhere when your partner is speaking?
A deeper connection and more joy are close at hand when you replace inattention with affectionate listening.

They give these steps to practice:

1. When your partner is speaking to you, notice where your attention is. Notice also any feelings of impatience or mental “stories” that may be going through your head. Acknowledge them and let them go.
2. Take a moment to breath mindfully for a few breaths.
3. Set your intention. For example: “May I be more present for him”
4. As he speaks to you, focus mindfully on the sounds. Notice tone, pace, and volume, as well as meaning.
5. Look more closely at him. If you are on a phone, close your eyes and picture him.
6. As you listen, let gentle feelings of warmth and affection flow within you.
7. Let attention and affection guide your own words in response.

I like this practice as it brings us back to connection, being present with someone. I think if we were more present, that phone call might not need to last as long so you would not feel like filling the “space” doing something else at the same time. Of course, if you not able to be present in the moment or only have a certain amount of time to be present, communicating that to someone is just as important. For me, this builds relationships in a clear, conscious way.

Heading out to relieve stress

Adundance guy - dealing with stress through exercise

Playing out in nature has been apart of my life since I was a child. I was fortunate as a child to have woods out my back yard to roam and play in. From feeling my hands in the dirt to playing make believe, nature was grounding, expansive and full of freedom for me. Many years later, it still is that way now. When my mind get busy, I like to go for a walk or a bike ride outside to clear my head and get some clarity. At times, it just relieves some stress or allows for a bit more clarity on how I am feeling and what i am thinking?

Also, exercising outside is great as there are less distractions. Try leaving the Ipod/i phone at home if you heading out for a walk or jog. Try notice any differences?  Sure is nice “disconnecting” from everyone else sometimes in this “connected” world and just being with me. For me, I can sometimes get too “connected”  with other people and tasks that need done and and I begin to loose my connection to the more important things. Nature is one of my re-connecting zones.

I am fortunate where I live, nature is on my doorstep, so its harder to make excuses to NOT go outside. When I have lived in cities, it can take a bit more effort. Though, sometimes I even will “make” myself take a step outside and just take a few breaths when life is so busy or I’m feeling low in energy.  Just a few breaths outside will release some stress.   Sometimes a few breaths will turn into walking around the block and more stress reduction or a reminder how awesome and beautiful nature is.   A tree, a flower, the sky, the smells, colors, ect. Its all there whether in the city or country.

So take your time to appreciate nature through my eyes, I decided to take you out with me on one of my latest bike rides……just sit back watch and notice how your body reacts or how your breathing pattern changes by just watching this video…..feel better? imagine this was you……your chance……just one thing – go for it!

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Fall colors in Breckenridge – video

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I took this video on my way back home from lunch nearly a month ago. I’m in the heat of Cabo now, so the mountains feel pretty far away right now. However, I really love watching this as it was like a mediation as I was filming it.  Watching the video and seeing the bright Aspens of that fall day and listening to the music is like a short 3 1/2 minute meditation now. A simple mental time out.

The various curves in the road, like thoughts coming and going. We can’t control the curves in the road or our thoughts, though we can learn to control how we react to them. In meditation, the practice of coming back to the present moment after a thought is a normal and some say necessary part of meditation. Of course, a peaceful drive in the country is not always possible, however, use my video for that peaceful drive if you need one. Take a couple of deep breaths and grab the wheel.

 

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Is mountain biking like life?

A friend of mine came out for a visit last week.  We both enjoyed the “guy time” that two long time friends have together. We have a lot of history together, which started all the way back in nursery school! He has remained one of my closest friends over the years despite 1,000 miles in between us. We work in the same industry so we talk a lot, however we also just make the effort to spend face-to-face time together and be there for each other during the “ups” and “downs” of life.  With busy lives it can be hard to create time together, but so worth the “effort”. We spent a lot of time mountain biking while he was here and the video below is a fast snapshot of our biking time together.

I sometimes think about Mountain biking and it’s similarities to the ups and downs of life. Okay, I know, it maybe a stretch. But give me a little leeway. Biking has the challenge of the climbs, lot’s of effort, sweat and exertion, the time when we literally break down old muscles to build new, stronger ones.  Then the trail inevitably must turn downhill and the often effortless coasting, joy (or relief, after the challenge) and exhilaration. Like in life, our challenges make us stronger and certainly it’s easy to appreciate those times when we take a break from “growing” and life is like a sunny day.

On one ride we took, the uphill was steep enough that we got off and pushed our bikes up. We probably could have pedaled through some of what we walked, but we felt the extra exertion would have drained to much energy for the trail ahead. We dropped our egos and walked and talked.  A good life lesson……….when we might be expending too much energy and draining ourselves too much for the moment to “get off” and catch our breaths, slow things down a bit or build our energy up.  And know that everything that is meant to get done will and the “trail” or life will still be there.

How to get your oxygen levels up

john woods - transformational breath facilitator

I teach a breathing technique called Transformational Breath (TB). See my website under the “tools” tab or the TB website for more details. The primary goal of the technique is to get more oxygen in the body, for which there are many benefits, that I won’t go into now. However, I had a great reminder of the power of the technique today. I had a call from a friend that had just had his gall bladder taken out. He was laying in a hospital bed a few days ago, with his oxygen level at 80 and the doctors were saying “you aren’t getting out of here until your oxygen levels go up”!  I had facilitated him in the Transformational breathing technique a few times about 4/5 years ago. When he heard this from the doctors, he instantly knew what he had to do. He said to them “I know what to do!” Forty minutes of TB breathing later, his levels were at 100 and they let him out of the hospital shortly there after! It brought a tear to my eye to have shared a tool that helped him in that moment when he was scared and not feeling very well. He said after that experience he has been using the technique daily to help him stay calm and oxygenated.

For me this breathing technique and mediation have been the two most powerful, trans formative tools in my life. If you want a tool that easy to learn for managing stress, giving you more energy, more joy or just overall better health please consider investigating the Transformational Breath technique.

Home air quality – Plants that help and other ideas

I’m always looking for ideas to keep my home healthy. I was just reading an article from Dr. Mercola, who I feel is a good resource for all kinds of alternative health advice (I’m signed up for his daily email), about air quality in the home. I have a part of that article below. Though I have good ventilation in my home, I really like the ideas of 10 kinds of plants that can help with air quality in my home and home office. See what you think.

What’s the First Thing You Can Do to Improve Air Quality in
Your Home or Office?

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Household plants like this African violet can help to
enhance your indoor air quality.

Bringing a bit of nature indoors with houseplants is an excellent idea and can help make you feel a bit more cheery

Living closer to nature may actually even help increase your quality of life.

“Household plants like this African violet can help to enhance your indoor air quality”

It was NASA, along with the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA), that conducted a classic study on the benefits of plants on indoor air.

NASA reported that houseplants were able to reduce up to 87 percent of air toxins in 24 hours. They recommended using 15 to 18 ‘good-sized’ houseplants in 6 to 8-inch diameter containers for an 1800 square-foot house.

And not just any house plants will do… here’s a list of the top 10 anti-pollutant plants rated best by The New Ecologist.com…

  1. The Feston Rose plant
  2. Devil’s Ivy
  3. Phalaenopsis
  4. English Ivy
  5. Parlor Ivy
  6. African Violets
  7. Christmas Cactus
  8. Yellow Goddess
  9. Garlic Vine
  10. Peace Lily

NASA, at the Stennis Space Center, also constructed what they called a BioHome, which incorporated bioregenerative technology with the ultimate goal of providing a life support system for permanent human habitation in space.

And inside the BioHome structure are common houseplants, which NASA says act as living air purifiers to absorb as much chemical pollutants as possible from synthetic materials in the living area.

If houseplants are capable of cleansing the air in the BioHome, imagine what they could do in your home!

Mold Is a Common Issue in Many Homes

One of the major motivating factors for me to seek to identify the highest quality home filter is that my home had a leak in the basement due to a crack in the foundation and the end result was mold.

Unfortunately this is all too common. Many homes are contaminated with mold as a result of flooding, water leaks from indoor plumbing, leaky roofs or leaky basement foundations.

You can use the search engine on this site to find recent detailed articles I have written that comprehensively addresses this, but I want to share a key principle that I learned that will save you loads of grief and potentially many thousands or tens of thousands of repair bills.

Please understand that no air filter in the world will eliminate mold problems. You must find the source of the water leakage and stop water intrusion into your home and make sure you control the humidity. The other key is to jump on this problem the moment you find it, do not delay as the longer you wait the more expensive the repairs will likely be.

Once you have been able to get the mold under control then you can introduce an air purification system based on the discussion below.

9 More Actions to Take Now to Enhance the Indoor Air You Breathe

Here’s more of my extensive list on some of the important and straight-forward things I recommend you do to help improve your indoor air quality…

Indoor Air Enhancement Action: Justification and Improvement Details:
1. Put a plan in place to keep your home clean naturally Using only natural plant-based types of cleaners will help eliminate potential air pollutants. Even your laundry detergent can be a source of air fumes. That’s one of the reasons why I decided to source my own brand of natural plant-based enzyme laundry detergent.
2. Redo a portion of your home with a natural material You may not be able to build a new natural home or office like I did, but you can make small changes using natural, healthy materials… like bamboo flooring for example.
3. Keep carpets vacuumed and cleaned using natural ingredients Your carpet can be a breeding ground and saturation point for dust and pests that can eventually spew pollutants into your indoor air. Keeping your carpet clean with vacuuming and natural shampoos can help keep your air cleaner. Central vacuum cleaners are best
4. Avoid potential toxi fumes from unfiltered water Unknown by many people, unfiltered chlorinated tap water is a potential source of toxic fumes. And it’s not just drinking water you need to be concerned about. Your shower can be up to 20 times worse than drinking unfiltered tap water. The solution here is quite simple… obtain a high-quality water filtration system for your home. If you’re interested in more info here, you can check it out on my site where I show several well-researched options from single faucet… to shower systems… to whole-house filtration units.
5. Utilize nontoxic cookware when preparing your food In addition to leaching potential chemicals into your food, non-stick cookware made of synthetic perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) can release toxins into your air. When heated to only 446° F, the coating begins to break down and releases fumes. My recommendation is for you to use cookware made from ceramic. You can also check out my site for more info on the types of cookware to avoid.
6. Don’t allow smoking inside your home This seems pretty straight-forward. But many folks worry too much about possibly offending smokers and allow them to smoke inside their homes. Don’t do it. Exposure to second-hand smoke can build up inside your home .
7. Ensure pets are kept well-groomed and clean Pets can be a breeding ground for pests and parasites that can become airborne in your home. Keeping your pet well-groomed is key to avoiding adding potential pollutants into your indoor air. You can go to my healthy pet site, hosted by an integrative, proactive, wellness veterinarian, Dr. Karen Becker, to get simple tips on how to keep your pets in healthy shape.
8. Get expert help if you have a mold problem due to a leak or water intrusion This is a serious issue and requires a remediation expert to solve. As I have had to deal with this type of major issue before myself, I speak from experience, and strongly recommend you seek a local remediation expert to resolve ASAP.
9. Avoid poor indoor ventilation issues Poor ventilation and filtration worsen your indoor air by trapping air pollutants All you have to do is open windows on open sides of your home for ten minutes every day and the cross ventilation will radically improve your indoor air quality

There is another step I recommend you seriously consider taking to help improve your indoor air quality… and that’s to install an air purification system.