5 Things You Can Do to Feel Better (and each takes less than 3 minutes)

by Donna Stellhorn

Sometimes I just wake up in a funk. Maybe I didn’t get enough sleep. Or I’m feeling behind on my projects. Or sometimes I spent a little too much time on news headlines and suddenly I realize I’m depressed.

There are plently of things that can happen these days to leave you feeling down. But there are also ways to light the spark of hope and have it blazing within you. Here are five things I do to feel better right away and each take just a few minutes. (And you only have to do one to feel good).

  1. The Meditation of Loving Kindness.  I learned about this in Tim Ferriss’ book Tools of the Titans (which is an amazing book  by the way). He got it from Mingyur Rinpoche. Here’s how I do it. I sit comfortably in a chair or on the floor. Close my eyes and for 30 seconds or so I picture someone I care about having everything they ever wished for (health, wealth, happiness, etc.). Then for the next 30 seconds or so I picture an acquaintance or a colleague I know and that they have everything wonderful under the sun happen to them. Finally, for another 30 seconds I choose a stranger or a person in the public eye and wish them happiness, love, joy and success. And that’s it. I have found this amazingly effective for lifting the mood and it lasts all day.a woman meditating
  2. Dance. I put on some happy music and dance. Zumba works great for this. Exercise shifts our body chemistry and dancing is great exercise. I let go and dance like no one is watching.  Three minutes of dance and I feel better.Zumba
  3. Make a Clean Spot. This is what I call “spot decluttering”. I find a few items that can be tossed in the trash or put into the donation pile. Or I shred a small pile of papers. When you open up any space, even a tiny one, it feels like you can breathe. There’s a YouTube channel I enjoy called “Clean My Space”. I put on a quick video while I’m cleaning for inspiration.YouTube Channel Clean My Space
  4. Go Smudge Yourself. Smudging is a Native American-inspired method of clearing a person, place or object. Take sage (you can use whole leaves, ground sage or a smudge stick). Light the sage and move it around your body. You may feel an energy shift or that something is being lifted from you. You may not feel anything in the moment but in just a few minutes you feel better. I have a website on smudging with more information.Small Sage Bundle Burning
  5. Do Something For Someone Else: For me, depression happens when I focus inwards instead of outwards. It’s when I start thinking too much about myself and not about my service to others. I need to redirect my power (my gifts or just my energy) out into the world. So I pick up the phone and call or text other people offering to help them with what they need. Miraculously, this helps me most of all.Three Women Holding Hands

Let me know if you found this helpful. What you do to balance your energy and feel better?

Past Life Regression

by Kelly O’Tillery

I’ve asked many people over the years about their perspective on life and if they think people experience just one life, or multiple lives? I’ve heard “Yes”, “No”, and on occasion, “I don’t know?” In my experience most people have an opinion on this topic and it’s rarely up for debate.

Your upbringing, faith, and experiences all influence your beliefs and perspective about life and whether you give credence to the concept of past lives, or not.

For those of us who subscribe to the concept of past lives a past life regression can be a fascinating and enlightening experience. I think most people would agree that life is an opportunity to learn about themselves, a past life regression can render lot of information about who you are.

When a person tells me they want to experience past life regression my immediate response is, “Why?” What do you hope to discover or learn about yourself? What are your expectations and fears? Usually people have a few concerns about the process or experience.

Past life regression opens communication between your subconscious, where past life memories are stored and your conscious mind where those memories can be organized and analyzed in relation to your current life experience.

A past life regression can be helpful in discovering the root cause of fears or phobias, challenges that seem to repeat themselves like: difficulty holding a job, maintaining a relationship or bonding with people. Or, you may be curious about why you feel drawn to a specific area of the world, why you feel passionate about a cause, or what your mission is this lifetime.

If you’re looking for information from a past life regression that will facilitate changes in your life it’s important to remember that information alone will not generate change, you must take action. Awareness and understanding come with responsibility.

You make evaluations about yourself, your partner, your career and your life based on current knowledge and experience. New information and understanding can create the need for reassessment on many levels.

Upon completion of a past life regression it’s important to write about your experience. You want to document what you learned–insights and awarenesses–and how they relate to your life now. Like a dream the memories which seem so fresh in the moment will fade over time.

Consider how this new information influences your life, your work your relationships. Do you now have a better understanding of fears or phobias, habits, or patterns of behavior? What do you have the power to change now and how will you make those changes?

A past life regression is not for everyone; if you don’t think you’ve had past lives, attempting a past life regression will not change your mind. If you have lots of fears about the process or what you might discover, your mind will not allow you the experience.

If you trust you’ve had past lives and you are open to learning more about yourself and your history, consider taking the opportunity to enhance your current life experience.