Riding the Waves of Transition
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Life often presents us with opportunities to elevate ourselves and choose something that would be in our higher good. If we choose to align with our higher selves and energy, we end up experiencing dramatic shifts that lead to a sense of purpose and fulfillment. 

Keeping a "high vibe" state isn't easy for many of us. All of the negative feelings associated with our ego can get the best of us - whether it's fear, a lack of faith or addictions to living in a way that isn't serving us well. 

It's even harder to embrace a higher way of being when you're in a period of transition - you know the old isn't working for you anymore yet the new has not yet arrived. However, because you attract what you are, it is important to assume the feeling of what you'd like to be by believing wholeheartedly that you can accomplish your desires. 

Here are some signs of recognizing that you're experiencing a shift in consciousness that can lead to change: 
- some relationships that may have once worked for you will begin to fall away
- you become disengaged with what normally held your attention
- you start to crave new experiences that are unlike what you would have done before
- you feel the need to shift your outer environment (such as your home or workplace) or your inner environment (such as your diet and physical body) 

The feeling of wanting to do these things may at first be subtle, but will gradually grow to the point of occupying your mind more and more. In my experience, embracing it earlier makes for a much smoother transition ride. 

The chakras that you can focus on to assist you with transition are: 

1) The Third-Eye Chakra - this energy center plays an important role in providing you with insight about what living authentically means for you

2) The Solar Plexus Chakra - this energy center helps you to take action to create change in your life

3) The Root Chakra - this energy center often needs extra attention during times of transition because it is affected by feelings of instability and insecurity. The best way to focus on nourishing this chakra is by keeping a healthy diet and lifestyle. When balanced, you will feel comfortable in adapting to change.

You can work with an energy healer or you can listen to guided chakra meditations to keep these energy centers in a balanced state. By doing so, you can minimize any feelings of discomfort and create change at a manageable pace.

Enjoy riding the waves of transition!

10 Reasons Why - How to Deal with Disappointment
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We've all had to deal with disappointment at some point in our lives - maybe we didn't get the job we wanted or a relationship that we hoped would have worked out fell apart. Occupying space in the gap between what we wanted that has not come to fruition and what will eventually manifest can be difficult. 

The way I like to deal with such experiences is to create a "10 Reasons Why" list. So, if I don't get something I really want for myself, I try to think of the blessings in the situation and jot them all down. I then keep this list close by me - I keep copies of it in my purse, at work, and at home and read it whenever I find myself going back into the feeling of disappointment and the thought of "why didn't this work out!"

In coming up with 10 reasons, I suggest focusing on the things that weren't optimal about the situation. For example, if it was a job that you wanted that didn't work out, there could have been some downsides to that particular position - maybe you would have had to move to a location you didn't want to be in, or maybe the compensation wasn't as a high you would have liked it to be or maybe you would have had to trade off other aspects of your life that were important to you. You basically want to create a list of all the negatives in the situation and then thank the universe for the blessing of not having to deal with them. Then you have to keep the faith that the right thing will come along in divine timing - which I know, is this super annoying force but it always operates at the best time and in your higher good. So it's annoyingly smart and you just have to trust that :). Also trust that if something is not happening for you now, it's because there's something else you are meant to be focusing on and learning from. Energy healing can be a powerful tool in helping you attain this insight and removing any energetic blockages that might be tampering with achieving your desires. 

By doing this exercise, you will be able to focus on gratitude as opposed to the feeling of lack or victimization and keep centered in your faith that the universe is your co-conspirator in creating the best possible outcome for yourself. And then when what you want finally comes around, just say "thanks universe for having my back!"

I hope you'll try this exercise! :)

When You Don't Get What You Want
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I have a sweet tooth. I have always had a sweet tooth. And while I am very health conscious and don’t have sugar on a daily basis, there are times when I really need a cookie or cupcake and I make sure that I get the best I can find.

I was at a conference this past week. Being vegan, conferences are always entertaining (in a sad way). You barely get any food (salad and rice, anyone?) and dessert is almost always out of the question.

Throughout the day, people were grabbing cookies and small pastries and there was absolutely nothing for the vegans (aside from some dried out fruit). I really wanted a baked good and by the end of the day had a major craving. I decided that after the conference, I would stop by a shop that has these delicious vegan breakfast cookies. After the conference, I speed walked in excitement to the store. Much to my disappointment, they did not have the cookie I was looking for and the others were chocolate based, which I have never been much of a fan of.

I thought that perhaps the universe was sending me a “not today” sign. So I headed toward an evening appointment I had. On the way, there was a vegan bakery that usually only sells cupcakes and loaves. However, I noticed that they had put out a bunch of flower shaped, raspberry jam cookies. It wasn’t what I was craving, but I bought one just to satisfy my sweet tooth. I took a bite and was in utter delight – this was quite possibly the best vegan cookie I ever had! It was definitely better than the one I was searching for earlier.

I chuckled to myself and thought – how often do we so badly want something when in fact, the universe knows that there is something better for us? And we get upset and disappointed and loose our faith because unlike my cookie story, for the bigger things in life, “the better version” doesn’t arrive as quickly as we would like it to and it isn’t until it arrives that we realize the blessing.

I heard the saying once that “what is rightfully yours can never be withheld from you.” My cookie experience reminded me that when I don’t get what I want, instead of sulking, I should say “thank you”. 🙂