For those who have trouble meditating

Do you have trouble meditating?

There is this one little physical thing you can do (that a massage therapist taught me years ago), when you are wanting to meditate, but feel that you can’t because your mind is racing.

I learned this one move, and have taught it to many other since, that helped me in the beginning when I couldn’t seem to meditate because my mind was always ON.

Try the following procedure and let me know if it helps.

Trouble meditating?

The procedure

Start by closing your eyes and rubbing two fingers (of each hand), up the bridge of both sides of your nose, and while maintaining the same pressure, move your fingers over and above your eye brows to make circles around yours eyes.

You can do this several times, and even go in reverse circles, lightening the pressure as you go.

As you notice your thoughts slowing down, you can stop this motion and relax your hands to your sides and then simply focus on your breathing.

The outcome

This one move really can ease the mind racing or mind chatter, especially when one begins learning meditation. Namaste. OM ❤️🦋🌀

Reach out

If you would like some help learning more about simple living, independent thinking, meditation, social media marketing, naturally attracting your best life (and dream clients), comment below.

Check out my previous article about meditation:

https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2015/12/12/why-i-meditate-daily/

And here is a morning meditation audio that may help you:

A bit about us:

My husband is an award-winning illustrator, plus he is a seasoned guitarist, bass player, and songwriter (of over 400 original songs). You can view some of his artwork and listen to all of his songs on http://RichardMurrey.com or check out his latest 24 songs here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC53E21F-JlTW2iQmPcEIWkQ

I’m an Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon. Plus, I’ve written a new book (in the making for 13 years), Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format). Buy it here.

As well, you can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

Be the person your soul beckons you to be and let us promote you!

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

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Your diet: Crushing it!

Diets. Crushing it!

I have been crushing it in the IT, BA world! But what about when it comes to my diet? I may not yo-yo diet, but I have observed that my diet changes based on certain cycles, whether it be due to the weather, change of seasons, or other environmental factors. Yet, I suffer from a loss of self esteem because I lack some level of self control. Ugh! Does this happen to you?

Parts integration

Well, now, I’m thinking that it is all about parts integration—as I want to live from the WHOLE of me! It’s not simply a matter of calories in, calories out, as it is becoming increasingly clear that one can’t exercise away the effects of poor quality food. Junk in, junk on the tummy, hips, and thighs is more like it.

It’s hard not to notice that vast numbers of people have gained weight over the last 70 years since eating more man-made and processed foods. Simply by changing the food choices we make to eating whole, seasonal, organic foods can begin to settle our hormone levels.

Hormones and weight loss

Ghrelin, Insulin, and Leptin are 3 hunger hormones that cause us to want certain foods.

Look up True North, as they suggest eating from the whole plant. They propose we eat foods without sugar, oil, or salt.

Look up Brightline eating also, as they are proponents of not eating sugar and grain flour.

Hormones such as, cortisol, ghrelin, IGF-1 (a growth factor similar to insulin), insulin, leptin, and thyroid hormones can be causes of why we gain or lose short-term weight and why keeping our weight balanced can be difficult.

  1. Researchers at Cornell University studied three groups of people, where each group consumed 1,800 calories per day, but at different levels of hormonal helpfulness. The most hormonally helpful group lost 86.5 percent more body fat than the least helpful group.

Energy expenditure

When McDonalds first put in a drive thru they did 70 percent of their business through it. People didn’t want to expend the energy to park the car and walk into the restaurant.

It’s going to take more energy to plan your meals for the week, go grocery shopping and prepare your food for the week, but it’s nearly half of the battle. I’m up for the challenge, what about you?

Self Sabotage

Sabotage – yes, the sabatour takes over when we set the bar of our expectations too high. Say we win an award. We’ll always feel the need to reach that pinnacle again. And what happens when we do our best but not reach that height again? We suffer esteem loss!

That leads us to do something no other animal does, adaptive self destruction. We set ourselves up for procrastination so we don’t let down all the people who told us, we’re smart, just do it.

We don’t want to fail, or appear average, so we don’t even try. Food is not like drugs to a drug addict, or alcohol to an alchoholic though, somewhat as it lights up the same dopamine centers of the brain, but not with the same intensity. A B player with food can be healthy. It’s the C and D players who see their health decline.

Cram circuit

You see, there is this physiological thing in us called a Cram circuit (or cram factor). It’s what happens when there is rich food around—we will cram it in even after we have eaten past our full point, because our ancient ancestors were hunter gatherers. And most of us know that story. Hunter gatherers only ate meat once every 3 weeks or so. So, this is in our nature.

Special breakfast: Fried green tomatoes eggs benedict

Breaking the cycle

When we try to change our behaviors toward eating, we may get cravings.

The act of “craving” is a classicly conditioned response / Compensatory response to cramming food at the same time every night, just as someone can overdose from same amount of drugs as before but during different conditions. Think of the Segal rats heroin clinical study of the 1980s. Your body is expecting the rich food, so that’s why you eat the butter, peanut butter or chocolate vs carrots or celery.

As I wrote in, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, my mom had this happen to her at 4pm everyday in the insurance agency when her boss would have a coke. Her boss began buying mom a coke and everyday for several months they would have a coke at 4 in the afternoon. When mom quit the agency she said for a week or more she craved a coke at 4pm and the cravings got worse before they reduced. Now we know it was because her body had built up a conditioned response and when she didn’t fulfill it (meet it’s expectation) it fought harder – the extinction burst.

If you get through that and get to extinction (of the habit) at some point in the future you will experience a spontaneous recovery (think Ivan Pavlov’s dog and bell study response) without any environmental cue at all, you’ll want to eat the rich food again. Just like a smoker that typically goes through the extinction burst 8 times before they finally beat their cigarette addiction.
You shouldn’t feel one moment of shame or embarrassment for experiencing this normal cycle response when dieting.

Want to beat the cycle of yo-you dieting with me?

Celebrate together

A friend of ours was able to get her insulin under control by changing her diet, and adhering to the South Beach Diet.

I have been doing intermittent fasting and incorporating bone broth into my day with smoothies from the Green Smoothie Girl (I have been doing their Fast Flash 3 Day modified fast the last couple of months.)

I am a big believer in measuring as much as we can for ourselves: To reach my weight loss goal, I measure my waist each morning.

Fasting actually gave me some additional unplanned benefits of:

  • Reducing puffiness/inflammation
  • Allowed me to do something together with my daughter (who lives out of state) to feel close during COVID-19
  • Allowed autophagy in my body to heal a couple minor issues

Autophagy is the natural, regulated mechanism of the cell that removes unnecessary or disfunctional components. It allows the orderly degradation and recycling of cellular components. Three forms of autophagy are commonly described: macroautophagy, microautophagy, and chaperone-mediated autophagy.

My current plan

  • Eat 5 times in 8 hours
  • Water only until 11am M-F
  • Then 100-150 cal breakfast/protein shake or bar
  • Noon: Another 100-150 cal
  • End at 7pm – no night time snacking! Period.

Snacking at night put 4 or 5 inches on my waist in 3 months!

Would you like more articles like this? Or join a group where we could be accountable to each other? Comment and let me know.

Would you like to try fasting with me?

Be the best version of who you want to be and let us promote you!

A bit about us

After 13 years, my newest book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format). Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

As a (mind, body, spirit, and soul) holistic health researcher, I can point you to life-enhancing alternative health methods too! So, if you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email and keep in touch.

My award-winning artist husband and I help small business owners, movement makers, and entrepreneurs to identify the highest vibrational words to craft the content to reach their ideal clients in fun, engaging, and mindful ways, while raising our collective consciousness! Reach out to me if you need a branding boost, or a design reboot, to attract your dream clients and you back in charge of YOUR well-being.

You can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Natural fiber clothing review: Synergy Organic Clothing is sexy and chic!

Natural fiber clothing review of Synergy Organic Clothing

Wow! What a fantastic organic clothing line! Synergy Organic Clothing is aWEsOMe, sexy, chic, and sizzling hot! I felt like a million bucks while wearing a Synergy dress and walking down the red carpet, during the launch of my first co-authored book. Confident to the max!

Wears like a breeze

I have purchased several Synergy Organic Clothing ladies tops, dresses, and other items for myself to replace some non-organic and other non-natural fiber items in my wardrobe. And I love how the Synergy clothing wears.

Synergy tissue light weight shirts are Cruise perfect!
Hamsa design.
Here’s a bit more of the design, close up.
Moon phase Synergy tissue weight is perfect as a cover top.
Better view of the moon phase design.
Synergy T-shirt. Love the longer length of the short shirt sleeves.
These Synergy Organic tops packed so well, I took several with me when we went to Ireland, England, and Scotland in June-July 2019, and even to layer when we went back to Ireland in December 2019!

Here’s how my review stacks up:

  • Yes two thumbs way up – Synergy Organic Clothing is so wonderfully comfortable and soft, it FEELS great!
  • Yes two thumbs way up – Synergy Organic Clothing collections are versatile, SEXY, and sizzling hot! (I heard nothing but rave reviews of this dress on book launch night!)
  • Yes two thumbs way up – Synergy Organic Clothing styles are perfect for living the yoga lifestyle – or even if you’re just into healthy natural fiber comfortable clothing!
  • Yes thumbs up – Synergy Organic Clothing is now available in more stores and of course ONLINE so it’s now getting easier to find and buy!
  • Yes – the Synergy Organic Clothing company is becoming a LEADER in ladies organic cotton, yoga, and health mindset clothing!
  • Yes – the team at Synergy Organic Clothing company is SUPER helpful and FUN to work with!

Sizing

I reached out to Synergy Organic Clothing about writing some blog posts of their fantastic clothes but told them that the French Terry Isis dress I had ordered (size: XL) was too small and that I had planned to wear it to my book launch for Transform Your Life! Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice. The kind folks at Synergy Organic Clothing offered me options, one being that I could choose another dress from one of their other lines that may fit better for my blog review – they assured me that they wanted me to FEEL confident at my book launch – and I did!

To make things a bit easier for them (knowing I may not get my first pick) I selected two styles and mentioned two colors, thinking that if they only had an XXL or such of one of those styles, it would be easier for them to send me one and I was ecstatic to receive one! But the sweet and gracious team over at Synergy Organic Clothing didn’t send me one dress, they sent TWO! One of each style and color! And to ensure that at least one of the dresses fit they sent a size larger and indeed, after I’d attempted to lose weight for three weeks to fit into the first dress I bought (they didn’t know that), the larger size was no problem at all! Both dresses are super cute and fit loose!

The French Terry Isis dress is made from a bit heavier material, so the XL size of that dress fit me more like a ladies size 8-10 dress would fit from a big box store. Just something to know when you’re ordering, you may want to buy a size larger than you normally would, if you’re choosing from the Fall collection.

I am enjoying wearing many other pieces in my existing wardrobe due to losing about ten pounds, and also, I’ve ordered more tops and items from Synergy Organic Clothing due to their kindness and also because I love the look and feel of these clothes! I also love the soft feel of the cashmere poncho and scarf!

Some of their clothing comes in different fabric with a little more stretch and that’s what they sent me. I did order now from one of their previous collections (and they’re on sale) where their sizing goes through XXL. The Summer Plus line is also great if you’re a size 14 or 16 and would like extra wiggle room in your clothes. The Melissa Tie in charcoal is the dress I am wearing in the photos. It was super comfortable, soft, yet chic, and loose fitting. The flow of this dress was fantastic. XXL would have worked but this was a plus size. The Piper Dress in aqua (check it out on their website) in XXL will fit you well (and loose) if you wear a ladies size 12 in other dresses.

Be sure and check out their Plus size line for yourself or anyone on your gift list!

Improving lives

I love the story of how the Synergy Organic Clothing items are made and how many women’s lives are improved by making these clothes.

Synergy Organic Clothing company makes their clothing using Certified Organic Cotton and other eco-friendly fibers. Organic cotton and eco-friendly fibers greatly and directly help our environment by reducing pesticides, lessening damage to fresh water resources, and cutting down the health risks for global farming communities.

We know about 1/5th (17-20%) of industrial water pollution comes from textile dyeing and treatment. Synergy uses low impact dyes and plays down finishes, which decreases water pollution before, during, and after garment production.

Where to buy

You can browse and order Synergy Organic Clothing at: https://synergyclothing.com

Check Synergy Organic Clothing company out on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/synergyorganicclothing/

Why natural fiber?

Why natural fiber clothing? I am a firm believer in possible health benefits we can achieve by wearing organic fiber (and natural dye) clothing. Great things come to those willing to do the right thing.

Aside from the soft and comfy feel of the garments you only have to go as far as the natural skincare aisle at Whole Foods, or other health food stores to see that people are becoming more aware that what they put on their skin matters. Healthy clothing – yes it exists when manufacturers choose natural fibers! I continue to read about the many health benefits we can achieve by wearing organic fiber (and natural dye) clothing. Wearing organic natural fiber clothing is a must if you live in hot and humid climates or sweat a lot- think about the entertainer Liberace and the ill he suffered once from the dry cleaning solution people had been using to clean his performance attire! When the pores of our skin are open we are more at risk to absorb chemicals from “killer clothes”.

If you are suffering from a chronic disease you seriously need to consider wearing only natural fiber clothing to aid your body’s natural wellness abilities. Countless people with allergies do not even consider that it could be the rayon, nylon, elastic, and polyester they’re wearing that is contributing to the problem.

For a deeper explanation about why synthetic and chemical laden fiber clothing is bad for us – check out my previous article:

Got allergies? What are you wearing?

A bit about us

After 13 years, my newest book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format). Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

My award-winning artist husband and I help small business owners, movement makers, and entrepreneurs to identify the highest vibrational words to craft the content to reach their ideal clients in fun, engaging, and mindful ways, while raising our collective consciousness! Reach out to me if you need a branding boost, or a design reboot, to attract your dream clients and you back in charge of YOUR well-being.

You can view some of his artwork and listen to all of his songs on RichardMurrey.com or check out his latest 24 songs here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC53E21F-JlTW2iQmPcEIWkQ

As well, you can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

Be the best version of who you want to be and let us promote you!

As a (mind, body, spirit, and soul) holistic health researcher, I can point you to life-enhancing alternative health methods too! So, if you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email and keep in touch.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

It’s just hair

It’s just hair

I don’t know why we make such a big deal about hair. So, it frames our face. So what? And why all the countless hours, and money, spent on curling, smoothing, straightening, coloring, styling, cutting, combing, brushing, cussing, fussing, ranting, raving, and crying about it? Ugh! And then, ugh again.

I wonder how many of us would love to shave our head and start fresh and new again as when we were babies?

Well, when my son’s girlfriend recently suggested I explore the freedom of a shaved head, I asked myself that question and more! I considered my dear friends going through cancer treatments who had lost their hair. I remembered my desire to shave my head in support—but that I had chickened out. After all, I had been growing my hair long for about the last 5 years and it was below my bra strap in the back. Could I part with it?

The last time my hair had been really short was July 2015, after I had asked my amazing stylist friend, Yu-Lee, to cut off all the blonde from when a previous stylist had left the bleach on my hair for too long and fried it.

Fried white hair
The big cut to remove all the damage

But, let me back up a bit.

Before a one time stylist in Clermont, Florida fried my hair white, I had grown my hair quite long in the late 2000s to donate 11 inches of hair to Locks of Love. And I loved the cute style my long-time stylist, Lisa, had given me.

Before the white hair misadventure
Loved this style by Lisa

I wore my hair short for awhile and really enjoyed the ease of it. It was so manageable and I didn’t have to struggle with tangles. Easy breezy!

Short hair is cute and looks so professional for the office.
Short hair was easy to care for all the time—especially on vacation.
I could add a feather clip to jazz it up and boom—style!
Or just let it be wind blown at the beach.
Short hair was quick to care for on festival days.
Just add a feather barrette.

At one point, I asked Yu-Lee if she did hair extensions. She explained how extensions worked, but said, “The best way to get long hair, is to stop having it cut.” And that is exactly what I did. Not because I didn’t love seeing her once or twice a year, but because we moved and I couldn’t find an expert curly hair stylist! As well, I was “busy-busy,” seemingly all the time.

At work.

During the time that I worked in an office environment, I would see Yu-Lee for my hairstyle reshaping. Plus, we had become friends BEFORE she started her hair business in St. Pete and I genuinely enjoyed our meaningful conversations and time together.

Then, my world changed. My mom passed away.

On the road. In WV. To comfort dad after mom died. To see family. Connect to what was left of my roots.
There are times our hair is the last thing on our mind.

If you are experiencing hair loss:
You could take 1500mg Saw Palmetto and 500 mg Ashwaganda and drink Green tea every morning (as water revitalizes hair), or try the Jayld hair treatment. But, if you can become unattached to your hair, it is a much more freeing life. ❤️😉

A month after my mom died, I’m with my granddaughters. Re-discovering Love is all that is important.
No time or concern for my hair.
Just BEing. Getting back in touch with what makes me, ME.
BEing present (at my mom’s memorial service with loved ones). Knowing all that matters. Joy in the moment. The ever present moment.
Working from home.
After my work day, making videos. No time for fussing over hair. Too busy.
On a cruise.
With my son and dad. Didn’t give s shit about my hair—thankfully.
Walking the dock. Windblown. And not happy with my hair.
Really enjoying the moment, but directing hubby to catch the wind just right for my hair. Ugh.
With my daughter in New Hampshire. I wasn’t happy with my hair in this picture either. Ugh. The judgment and self criticism!
Richard caught me in an off moment. I had been pulling my hair back (often) in a clip.
It was long, but hard to see here. It sure wasn’t worth the effort I was putting into it, to keep it out of the twins’ mouth, combing it, and dealing with shedding hair all over the house.
Okay, so here you can get some idea of how long my hair was.
And here, while shooting s Facebook Live for our business.
This had been for another Live video. All the detangling and such. So much wasted time.

By the time we went on our Sacred Celtic Journey (which I had paid for and was planning on going on for nearly a year), my dad had passed away.

In Europe.
At Stonehenge.

Looking at my face here, I see my grief. I felt such a powerful presence at Stonehenge though. I was overwhelmed with emotion and raw, deep, feelings. I could have cared less about my hair, that’s for damn sure.

Something I never did. As a sign of not giving a damn about my hair, I had been hot and sweating on our bus ride through Europe, so I grabbed up all my hair, clipped it, and took a video (this pic is a still image capture from the video). Normally, I would have pulled out bangs or bits of tendrils on the sides. Not anymore. I didn’t care. I only cared about my comfort (cooling down), and enjoying the moment.
Richard took some pictures of me that I could use professionally for profile pics. I recall all the knots I had pulled out of my hair, how much hair was coming out from combing, and if the wind was blowing, instead of enjoying the moment—more.

And now? As of April 18, 2020…

The new life begins:

BEing in nature. A couple weeks after my son shaved my head. Living the off-grid life. Loving the ferns, family, moon, stars, and gardening. Letting go. Living my Wholly Vibrant Life.
❤️🦋🌀🙏☀️🌱🍀🌿🌳🐝🎼🎵🎶🎤😉😘

It’s just hair. It will grow back.

Peace. Out. ❤️😘

P.S. – After a sister bestie wrote me a message about loving this article, I replied to her: I hope to inspire and empower women—though I am not exactly sure why. I guess because my mom always wanted to be more for my dad, and didn’t see her own beauty. I had a low self esteem/image most of my life. And we all know the problems that can cause. 😘

It can’t hurt

It can’t hurt

“It can’t hurt” has been a guiding principle for me for many years. A philosophy that I have applied in many areas of my life, in particular to new strategies in business and in health matters.

Health strategies that can’t hurt

Eat more nutritious food

One of the easiest and best things each of us can do to live a healthier life, is simply to eat more nutritious food, preferably quality organic, local, fresh foods. It can’t hurt.

Move more

Another easy way to improve our health is to move more. I’m not talking about going from couch potato to marathon runner overnight, but start with 5 minutes and increase your movement (calisthenics, walking, dance, yoga, qigong, or such), everyday until you can build up to 40 minutes of movement. Measure and monitor yourself. If you ease into movement, it can’t hurt.

Meditate

Yes, the opposite of moving is stillness. Take control over your mind and body to sit quietly for a few minutes each day and focus on your breath. The new science is showing positive results, yes, physical improvements, from simply meditating. Try it. It can’t hurt.

Detoxify

A grand strategy that everyone can do is to detox. Pick your favorite detoxifying method and do it regularly. Once a year, quarterly, or monthly. We all get too many chemicals in us, via breathing, food, water, what we wear, and what we put on our skin. It can’t hurt.

Holistic health & Holism

I was telling my daughter the other day that pharmaceutical drugs always have side effects. That’s one reason I don’t take any—and if I have to, then I always make pharma meds a last resort. My health plan is to always go with the least toxic option first, because it can’t hurt.

Try some new self-care techniques. Speak loving and kind words to your body. The cells of your body are listening! And it can’t hurt.

Connection matters.

My self-care tip: When you go to the bathroom, give yourself a foot massage! Cross one leg over the other and massage your foot including your toes! Switch legs and repeat on the other side. If you work involved standing all day, I bet you’ll thank me for this tip! And if you sit all day, this re-establishes blood flow. It can’t hurt.

Hug yourself. Hug someone everyday. And put your hands together when you pray. It connects the circuits—our circuitry. It can’t hurt.

Sound and light therapies can ease tense muscles, relieve headaches, and improve many ills. Look for some of these to try. It can’t hurt.

Whenever you have a minor health issue, reach for your essential oils, Renew28, ASEA, CBD oil, or other health supplement. Sometimes I find I have the solution to whatever ails me, in my bathroom cabinets! And it doesn’t hurt to apply most of these remedies in new ways—consult your trusted holistic health team for advice if you’re unsure.

Measure & Track your progress

Measure and monitor yourself. Save some money and coach yourself. Yes, I know a personal trainer can show you the proper form and ways to exercise, but once you learn the basics, all they do is motivate you by measuring your weights and time. And you can do that for yourself. Same with personal coaches too.

Write 3 things down on a whiteboard that you want to improve about your life. Assign a number from 1-10 how you feel about each of those things. Give yourself a date by which to accomplish the change you desire. Figure out what steps you need to take to achieve those results. Break the goal into bite-size, measurable chunks, and stay focused on reaching your goal by reminding yourself why you want to change. You got this. And it can’t hurt to try it for yourself before you hire someone else to coach you. You may find that you were more capable than you thought!

Trying to lose weight? Try intermittent fasting. Also a form of detoxing, fasting for 12-16 hours a day or skipping a dinner every other day, has worked for me. And fasting can be especially wonderful for women over 40 (as it resets the metabolism). It can’t hurt to give it a try.

How health impacts business

Stress impacts us before we know it.

You know how business owners and entrepreneurs often get stuck working with clients who drain their energy, demand perfection, or make them feel less than the authority they really are?

Well, what we do is help our brilliant clients naturally attract their dream clients, so they are less stressed and actually are able to love what they do again!

Yes, we help our clients reduce their stress by helping them with their business advertising and marketing. If that sounds interesting to you, check us out at: https://murreymakers.godaddysites.com

A bit about us

After 13 years, my newest book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format). Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

My award-winning artist husband and I help small business owners, movement makers, and entrepreneurs to identify the highest vibrational words to craft the content to reach their ideal clients in fun, engaging, and mindful ways, while raising our collective consciousness! Reach out to me if you need a branding boost, or a design reboot, to attract your dream clients and you back in charge of YOUR well-being.

You can view some of his artwork and listen to all of his songs on RichardMurrey.com or check out his latest 24 songs here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC53E21F-JlTW2iQmPcEIWkQ

As well, you can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

Be the best version of who you want to be and let us promote you!

As a (mind, body, spirit, and soul) holistic health researcher, I can point you to life-enhancing alternative health methods too! So, if you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email and keep in touch.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Gloves, masks, sanitizer? Oh, my!

Gloves, masks, or both?

Thankfully, I was schooled by an RN when all this COVID-19 pandemic started—on the ways to wear a mask (if nothing else, a mask discourages one from face touching), and when and how to wear gloves.

HINT: One doesn’t need to wear gloves all the time when you are out and about. Plus, you can sanitize your gloves and reuse them to save money and landfill space. As well, you can double-glove (as doctors do), as an extra precaution during certain circumstances.

Gloves, masks, or both?

I have worn the mask, not the gloves, and use essential oils or Illuminent Results hand sanitizer (when I return to my car after grocery shopping or pumping gas), followed by good hand washing and applying Primal Life Organics Hand Repair when I get home.

Illuminent Results sanitizer and Primal Life Organics Hand Repair

I use the top of the canvas bags I carry into the store and place in that small area of the cart, to cover the cart handle and push the cart. And I use the little veggie baggies while shopping and picking up items to put in and take out of the cart.

When I unload the groceries at home, I wash down the packages, bottles, and cans with dishwashing liquid—the soapy bubbles are enough, before my hubby (who is over 65), touches any of the items.

Here’s a link to my nurse friend’s proper hand washing video: https://youtu.be/ZhbTbtljFmY

More than six weeks into this pandemic, I see people doing all sorts of things at the grocery store, but still about half take their children with them and don’t use any form of protection (and these are families, not single parents). But, I don’t want to judge them or live in fear either.

So, I get it. I can only manage my own Energy.
❤️🦋🌀

Why I bought a pulse oximeter

Why does one need a pulse oximeter?

After trips to Las Vegas NV and Sedona AZ, last October/November, I had picked up some kind of upper respiratory infection and felt ill for a few days. I had flown many times throughout the year though, and had not been sick, so perhaps I had begun to take my good health for granted.

It took about two weeks for me to fully recover, and believe me, I really wanted to feel tip top fast because I had won entry into a neolithic chamber in Ireland (I had filled out a lottery application when we had visited the site in July), and we had everything set to go—including flying over and back with friends! I couldn’t let everyone down by being sick—I had to be there in order for one of our friends to gain entry into the chamber as my guest, as it was one of the contest conditions.

Thus, in December 2019, when my husband and I went back to Ireland for the Winter Solstice at Newgrange (more on that here), I felt fit as a fiddle! And until our last day there, the weather had been cold, but beautiful with no rain.

However, 3 days after we returned I came down with a fever and bad chills that lasted for 2 whole days! I was so sick, that my upper back hurt when I coughed and that had never happened to me before in my life. Because I was so miserable, my husband decided he should take me to a walk-in clinic.

Walk-in clinics use pulse oximeters

The particular walk-in clinic I chose to visit had an x-ray machine. And at that point, I felt I might need a chest x-ray because of the stabbing back pain I felt when I coughed. I was scared that I might have pneumonia or pleurisy.

At the clinic, the physician’s assistant (PA) asked if I had any shortness of breath. That was December 26th. No one had even heard of the coronovirus at that time, but looking back, I wonder if the doctors knew. At any rate, because the PA checked my oxygen level with a pulse oximeter and it was 98%, I made a mental note to pick up one of those devices because my thought was, had I known my oxygen level was that good, I wouldn’t have gone to the clinic!

I rarely have any need to shop at a pharmacy

I don’t often shop at a pharmacy, but at the time, we lived near a little neighborhood one, which had a post office inside—maybe that’s their tactic to attract more clients (and it worked in this case). The next time I went to ship a package, I happened to spy a pulse oximeter on the shelf, so I purchased it. $24.95. What a deal, as now I hear they go for about $50.00!

Leader brand pulse oximeter

Since I have had a history of asthma (though I have been asymptomatic and not needed any pharmaceutical medications since 2005), my daughter always worries about me when I pick up a respiratory bug. I guess my husband just gets nervous whenever I am sick, no matter what.

So, we do a lot of preventive things for ourselves (like take ASEA, vitamins, eat clean, fresh, and local foods, and supplements), but one can self test to ease worrying thoughts. That reason alone, to ease anxious thoughts is reason enough to add a pulse oximeter to your medicine cabinet—right alongside your handy dandy thermometer.

And while I may err on the side of skepticism at times (I am analytical by nature), I couldn’t help but notice where this device was made! Oh, the irony!

Made in China

Focus on health

Focused on holistic health and wellness since 2005, I continue to practice all the methods and use all the protocols that made a difference to improve my health and life. The bottom line is that when we help our cells repair and rejuvenate, the rest elegantly falls into place. Would you eat toxic, synthetic food? Not knowingly I bet. That’s why I promote non-toxic products, both for internal and external use.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

A bit about us

After 13 years, my newest book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format). Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

My award-winning artist husband and I help small business owners, movement makers, and entrepreneurs to identify the highest vibrational words to craft the content to reach their ideal clients in fun, engaging, and mindful ways, while raising our collective consciousness! Reach out to me if you need a branding boost, or a design reboot, to attract your dream clients and you back in charge of YOUR well-being.

You can view some of his artwork and listen to all of his songs on RichardMurrey.com or check out his latest 24 songs here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC53E21F-JlTW2iQmPcEIWkQ

As well, you can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

Be the best version of who you want to be and let us promote you!

As a (mind, body, spirit, and soul) holistic health researcher, I can point you to life-enhancing alternative health methods too! So, if you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email and keep in touch.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Say, “Yes” to more!

Yes to more

Saying yes to more isn’t always about instant gratification or huge manifestations. It is about allowing yourself to open to new ways of thinking and thus, becoming more.

Less choice, less freedom

The less choices we have, less ease, or less space in our lives, the more constrained and constricted we live our daily lives, which equates to less freedom. This is problematic because as life changes, if we are not open to learning—we stop growing. When we stop growing, we grow old and weary before our time.

Mind twist

Without new thoughts and growth, we twist our cognitive mind into knots. If we don’t understand the first time—it is up to us to gain more information and grow our knowledge. Every limiting point of view (POV) we have about a situation, every computation about it, will prevent us from understanding. What we can actively promote is to mindfully destroy and uncreate harmful thoughts and return them to the senders with consciousness attached.

Conclusions limit us. This is why I believe it was written that Jesus the Christ instructed his followers to approach him with the mind of “a little child.”

You can’t say the wrong thing to the right person.

My thought: Every WORD you say is putting vibrations into the unified Field! As a pebble into the ocean. Ripple returns to you and effects all.
How did we get the mental notion of lock down, or being dominated? Was it based on lies? Because I was dominated by a narcissist, this hits home for me.

All life evolves and LIFE is waiting for us to evolve. Were we implanted here (on the Earth), with a fear of freedom?
Do our limiting thoughts go all the way back to our soul, oaths, vows, family roots, past lives? Were we programmed with fear (when we were born), and obtained this particular “spacesuit” body?

Veiling over our true self

When we feel we are not connected, we live in fear, and tend to live in a down mindset. When we think we are separate from source, it is a challenge to rise above it. Are we neophytes? We are part of Omniscience God. All of creation is a part of Omniscience.

Evidenciary contrivance

So again it comes down to finding a reason to change. I have also been through all of those struggles – and chose joy.
It is possible to grow one’s understanding of others situations and life choices if you have lived and learned from the eastern Asian masters, and acknowledge our own creative capacity. Ask yourself,
“What would it take for you to…”
Is there something in your life that you don’t like and want to change? It is there because you keep choosing it!

What would you like to change?

What would you like to change about yourself? It is possible! What level of of understanding do you need? What is showing up for you in your daily experience? Everything comes down to choice!!
What stupidity am I using for the not knowing (or blank desire) I am choosing? Why must it make me or others bad or wrong? It is really just something to destroy and uncreate the stupidity that surrounds us.

About your blogger (me):

Focused on holistic health and wellness since 2005, I continue to practice all the methods and use all the protocols that made a difference to improve my health and life. The bottom line is that when we help our cells repair and rejuvenate, the rest elegantly falls into place. Would you eat toxic, synthetic food? Not knowingly I bet. That’s why I promote non-toxic products, both for internal and external use.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years, my newest book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now. Concept Wordsmith | Entertaining Speaker & Educator : Profoundly raising consciousness to ease us into living a Wholly Vibrant Life!

My award-winning artist husband and I help small business owners, movement makers, and entrepreneurs to identify the highest vibrational words to craft the content to reach their ideal clients in fun, engaging, and mindful ways, while raising our collective consciousness! Reach out to me if you need a branding boost, or a design reboot, to attract your dream clients and you back in charge of YOUR well-being.

You can view some of his artwork and listen to all of his songs on RichardMurrey.com or check out his latest 24 songs here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC53E21F-JlTW2iQmPcEIWkQ

I’m an Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon. Plus, I’ve written a new book (in the making for 13 years), Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format). Buy it here.

As well, you can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

Be the best version of who you want to be and let us promote you!

As a (mind, body, spirit, and soul) holistic health researcher, I can point you to life-enhancing alternative health methods too! So, if you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email and keep in touch.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Career writer speaks! Discover your most valuable words: WordPLAY

A career writer speaks: WordPLAY by Sheila Murrey, Embodiment Wordsmith 

Workshop: Release the WORDS that no longer serve you; Exchange those words for uplifting, inspiring. and empowering ones that raise your consciousness and benefit ALL. 

A writer speaks: Words Workshop has been evacuated and rebranded as WordPLAY and sessions are being scheduled.

Audience: Wellness business owners, small business owners, teachers, speakers, managers, and parents.

In the WordPLAY Playshop

We will:

Identify the words we USE and when we speak them with an intention and tone that carries the frequency of a “to destroy” curse, such as the words typically spoken when we’re angry, upset, or in pain;
Use an intentional and elegant process to release the WORDS that no longer serve us, such as, low frequency, negative ones.
Playfully explore how we can replace lower vibration words with higher, more purposeful words to uplift, inspire, and empower ourselves and others to raise your consciousness and benefit ALL by expanding and elevating our collective consciousness.
And we’ll mine for words that resonate higher (and reach farther into the ether) to become aware of the empowering CHOICES we have when it comes to improving our health and wealth with our powerful words. Yes, voice matters (in multitudinous ways)!
As well, we will let go of words we overuse, that are unnecessary, or those we say because we think we need to fill empty space.

About the Process

During the WordPLAY playshop, you’ll be encouraged to play with thoughts and words in this interactive workshop (where the facilitator will be using a whiteboard and 3×5 index cards).
This will be an empowering exercise in Awareness, by a writer with over 33 years of career experience and two degrees, both in science (aviation business) and the arts (visual communications).

Bonus

We will uncover brilliant SEO keywords to expand our reach in the Mind, Body, Spirit, Soul Internet space! 

Send an email (Subject line: WordPLAY class) for class dates, times, and fees. Package discounts are available. Group sessions in person and online are available.

Both subtle results (new awareness) and tangible will be achieved.

A bit about us

My husband is an award-winning illustrator, plus he is a seasoned guitarist, bass player, and songwriter (of over 400 original songs). You can view some of his artwork and listen to all of his songs on RichardMurrey.com or check out his latest 24 songs here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC53E21F-JlTW2iQmPcEIWkQ

I’m an Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon. Plus, I’ve written a new book (in the making for 13 years), Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format). Buy it here.

As well, you can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

Be the best version of who you want to be and let us promote you!

I am currently setting appointments to speak at bookstores, libraries, crystal shops, acupuncture and chiropractic offices, and other holistic, natural healthy lifestyle businesses.

Embodiment Wordsmith | Entertaining Speaker & Educator : Profoundly raising consciousness to ease us into living a Wholly Vibrant Life!

Specifically, I connect with small business owners and entrepreneurs to identify the highest vibrational words to craft the content to reach their ideal clients in fun, engaging, and mindful ways, while raising our collective consciousness! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being.

As a (mind, body, spirit, and soul) holistic health researcher, I can point you to life-enhancing alternative health methods too! So, if you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email and keep in touch.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Overwhelmed by Information?

Are you overwhelmed by information?

Original illustration by Richard Murrey Original illustration by Richard Murrey

Email

The influx of emails, yes, including all the stuff we subscribe to, can become unmanageable, even unwieldy at times.

I have a couple of tips on how to cut down on this glut of information, and bring more ease into your life.

First, think about and consider how much time you spend sifting through emails, reading, and responding. Become aware of that for a few minutes. Awareness is key.

Next, take advantage of the search feature with your email program. Search for specific senders and if you notice they send you more than one email a week, unsubscribe from them.

No one person or business should inundate you with that many emails. Some, when you go to unsubscribe, provide an option to limit sending more than one a week, or roll up daily emails into a weekly summary. If you love them and don’t wish to unsubscribe, at least limit them to once a week.

Social Media

Yes, you can reduce the time you read scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and others. Turn off the notifications.

If you don’t want to miss a comment someone made on something you posted, go to your own page or profile and scroll through everything YOU have posted.

It can be physically and emotionally draining to keep up with all your friends and followers. Find some balance in all of that.

I have recently unfollowed almost all of my followers on Facebook and changed my settings to see family posts first. However, I still get notifications–even from unfollowed friends! I have a love hate relationship with Facebook, I really do. See my previous post as to why I had quit it years ago.

I rejoined to feel closer to faraway family and friends, and stayed when I started a remote job. Now, my husband and I are launching a new business. However, whenever I feel engulfed by the drama of it, I set new boundaries.

I tweet sporadically, and it doesn’t seem to have the near addictive hold over me that Facebook does, hence the stronger I need to be when it comes to how much I check it.

Don’t worry if no one “Likes” your post or tweet either, because really, you can’t say the wrong thing to those who love you. ❤️😉

You can’t say the wrong thing to the right person
You can’t say the wrong thing to the right person

Classes

I have paid for so many classes in my life, I can’t even tell you! Not inly college classes, but online courses, seminars, and summits. Many PDFs, ebooks, video links, and resource materials reside on our computer hard drive or on the “cloud” unopened, because I don’t have time to study or watch them.

I’ve made a fresh commitment to myself not to buy one more, until I open and finish the ones I already own. I’m not a procrastinator, but allowing things like this to pile up, sure makes me feel like one!

For example, Mindvalley offers an excellent bundle of classes from vetted and well-respected teachers, trainers, authors, and leaders. Yet, I must stick to my new rule and follow my gut. I am not subscribing.

My goal this year is to watch all the digital and online summit materials and videos that I have bought.

Books

Last year, I set an intention to read one book a month. I completed 4.

This year, I intend to finish 4 books I have in progress and 5 that I was gifted or won in 2019 (Thank you, Wellness Universe!) Some are quite lengthy, while others are short, and one I have used as a reference for years, but never read cover to cover.

My strategy, over the last few years, has been that when I finish reading a physical book, I give it away. We live in an RV and I can’t deal with much clutter.

If one of these books interest you, post a comment and I will mail it to you when I’m done.

Here’s my list in no particular order:

  • Living Pain Free With Acupressure by Dr. Devi S. Nambudripad
  • Emissary of Light by James F. Twyman
  • Messages from Your Angels by Doreen Virtue, Ph.D.
  • Write to Heal by Linda Goldman
  • A Life to Die for by David D McLeod, D.D.,Ph.D.
  • Letting Go So You Can Thrive by Moira Hutchison
  • Live with the Lights On by Katy Bray
  • Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts
  • Our Bodies: The Optimal Design by Elizabeth Norlin

I have about 100 PDF books, ebooks, and books on Kindle to read though. And seeing all of those when I open the folder on our computer for a reference (because I do a lot of health and wellness research), overwhelms me. I think I an reaching my saturation point!

Should I buy a tablet or Kindle dedicated to reading these? I had one years ago and rarely used it. Thanks to technology, I have a Kindle reader app, and others that afford the capability of reading via my iPhone.

Coaching

Everyone seems to be a coach these days, and many of us have more than one!

Coaching can be very helpful at times, even if only to remind us and validate information we already know, inspire us, or hold us accountable to do what we say we want to accomplish. Is it any wonder we pay more for coaching these days? By investing more, we feel we’ll really stick to it “this time.” Ugh!

We can make our own lists though, organize goals on a calendar or whiteboard, mark tasks completed on a spreadsheet, planner, or app, and set timers on our phones to self-motivate though. Why must we pay money and have someone look over our shoulder to get things done? Yes, I get it. There’s a psychological component involved.

At any given time, many of us have a personal trainer, life coach, massage therapist, hair stylist, and so on. And if you own a business, you have more of these! (Think business coach, certified public accountant (CPA) or tax advisor, financial advisor, attorney, etc.)

See if you can streamline the number by seeking multi-faceted coaches–because remember, you receive advice and suggestions from all of these well-intentioned professionals!

The aim is to reduce all of that to live with more ease, as explained on the home page of my site: SheilaMurrey.net and in my book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life.

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, to order, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

I am currently setting appointments to speak at bookstores, libraries, crystal shops, acupuncture and chiropractic offices, and other holistic, natural healthy lifestyle businesses.

My book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (Multiple E-reader formats available).

Embodiment Wordsmith | Entertaining Speaker & Educator : Profoundly raising consciousness to ease us into living a Wholly Vibrant Life!

Specifically, I connect with small business owners and entrepreneurs to identify the highest vibrational words to craft the content to reach their ideal clients in fun, engaging, and mindful ways, while raising our collective consciousness! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being.

As a (mind, body, spirit, and soul) holistic health researcher, I can point you to life-enhancing alternative health methods too! So, if you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email and keep in touch.

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.