Self Care Sunday – Trust Your Gut Instinct

Gut instinct intuition

For me, Self Care has a lot to do with following and trusting my intuition. It’s not always easy to trust the small voice inside when external forces are trying to manipulate and apply pressure. It’s not always easy to remain true to myself and honor myself while others are trying to mold me into something else. Nope, It’s not always easy to be a round peg in a world of square holes. However, I learned this week that my intuition and gut instincts have been spot on lately! I learned the value of trusting that small voice even though I started to doubt myself under external pressure.

Intuition

It all started with me basically turning down a job offer this week from the group I’ve been working with over the last year. The offer was premature. There are problems and challenges in a Program I’ve been working on during the last year that are above my level of responsibility; they need to be addressed before any long term commitments on my part can be discussed. When the topic came up, I hit the breaks HARD to force the conversation.

Well, apparently folks were shocked that I didn’t jump at the permanent opportunity and I also nixed the request to extend my temporary assignment😉It’s time for me to settle into a permanent spot that is a good fit for me on all levels. This set off a series of events culminating in my DC based Acting Director traveling up to my office to talk to me in person on Thursday 😂 For the record, I have a fabulous relationship with this Acting Director. She leads from her heart. She is authentic and honest; I genuinely like and respect her. I also love her individuality; she rocks a nose-ring that looks fabulous with her Indian skin💁🏽‍♀️ My Outreach Program would not have been able to get off the ground without her. Every read-ahead briefing I sent her in the last year came back red-lined and with comments, lots of comments 😂 She challenged me and made me better. We get along very well 👍

A few minutes into our conversation she noticed I was speaking cautiously and that’s when she gave me the green light to speak openly. I explained that I couldn’t accept a job to continue in my current role because we haven’t had any discussion about the inherent challenges to the program now that the year is over. I explained how those challenges will limit any future success. I gave her detailed information on all of the “internal” challenges including a perception from LEADERS that it is only a “vanity program” for my Sponsor. I can’t ethically represent a program I feel is disingenuous and lacks authenticity unless these challenges are addressed at a level higher than me. Well…that was a lot to say 😂😂After taking a deep breathe, she knew I was speaking the truth to her. She’s been sensing the same but wasn’t sure if her perception was right. It was during our conversation we realized we both were concerned and uneasy and I was looking out for her by slowing things down…She wants to rethink things a bit. I walked her to the van waiting to pick her up. When we hugged, she whispered in my ear that she still wants me to work for her and said our conversation isn’t over yet😂😂😂

All I am saying is that if I didn’t listen to my intuition, I could have gotten myself stuck in a program that has a hard road to future success. I would have also been stuck doing “transactional” financial work that I don’t really enjoy. Lastly, I would have been setting her up for a potential failure too. That doesn’t mean she won’t find a path to success; something could change. I actually wouldn’t mind Budget Formulation work because it is more strategic in nature but I am not interested in “approving” transactions every day for living. Nope, no thanks! Now some would say I should have leveraged this offer to get something in my old group before returning. That felt disingenuous to me. I had absolutely no intention of pursuing the opportunity the way it was presented. If my bluff was called, I would have been screwed. There was no reason to play that game with people I actually like. If the other group comes back with an offer that I would seriously consider pursuing, then I will contact my boss before accepting and have a authentic conversation. I am not a game player😉

On the other side of things, I actually feel good about going back to my old group too. I realized that I was just burnt out when I left them a year ago. I shut down to all conversations and wanted to take a break from them because I was exhausted and burnt out. I am refreshed now. I am also better at enforcing boundaries and taking care of myself now. I recognize that I need to speak up when I am approaching burn out. The problem was that group was in one crisis after another for a long time and I didn’t see an end to it. I took the opportunity to have a different experience and take a break from it. I had a great year and great experience but if it’s time to go back, it’s time to go back. I am looking forward to helping them again. I am just going to trust my intuition.

Intuition

I am still not sure how this all is going to work out in the coming weeks. In meantime, I’ve decided to disconnect from it for a bit. I have four day weekend from work. I am in training on Tuesday and off on Wednesday to go back to Jefferson Hospital for a follow up. Hopefully, I’ll have until next Thursday to take a break from the stress of this situation.

My other exciting news from the week is that I finally applied for Board Certification from the American Association for Drugless Practitioners. Once this done, I can call myself a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and add CHHP after my name. I can still call myself a Integrative Nutrition Health Coach but this will let me order hair and mineral tests for clients as well as state credentialing. I am also interested in taking a professional development course for Executive Coaching certification. I am still looking into this. The course I want is expensive. I am not ready to finance this just yet; nor am I ready to go back to school just yet. I need my career situation to settle down a bit before committing to that. This is all part of my plan to build up my second post-retirement career in Coaching under my own LLC while working on my first career.

ACTION
The Action this week is to spend some time tuning into your intuition. Your intuition is the small voice inside of you that often tells you to do things that are scary 😂 Your intuition is the small voice that tells when something isn’t right for you. Your intuition is the small voice that knows what is in alignment with YOUR highest good. Your intuition is what prevents you from being manipulated!

How to tune into your intuition?
✨ Trust & follow your instincts. The more you do this the stronger your intuition will be!
✨ Limit your use of alcohol and drugs. They numb your inner voice!
✨ Surround yourself with people who are positive and uplifting! Negativity is draining!
✨ Disconnect from noise & distractions. Take a break from the TV, phone and radio!
✨ Meditate and Pray. Some of my best inner wisdom comes to me while sitting in prayer!
✨ Talk to your Guides & Angels – Ask them for help. Ask them for a sign.
✨ Speak your truth even when your voice shakes!
✨ Open your Heart Chakra so you can hear the wisdom of your heart. Wear green and google “Heart Chakra”. Heart opening Mantra is below.
✨ Open your Third Eye Chakra. Wear Indigo and educate yourself on the Third Eye Chakra. Third Eye opening Mantra is below.
TRUST YOURSELF!

Chakras

Heart Chakra

Third Eye Chakra

As Always – I will be including the Loving Kindness Prayer on every post going forward because I believe love can and will triump over evil. Light will prevail over darkness. I believe we need to put LOVE into the Universe. Love each other…

Remember to put a little love in the world by saying the Loving Kindness Prayer for someone special. I often like to say it for special people in my life as well for groups such as my family, friends, coworkers and all beings.

Loving Kindness Prayer💙
May you be safe
May you be healthy
May you be happy
May you be loved

I claim love as my vibration for 2019.
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Everything is always working out for my highest good 💙🦋

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In My Dreams

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I had a wonderful dream on Monday night 😊 It was so vivid and clear that I could have sworn it was happening in real life. Around 2:30am on Tuesday Morning I had the below dream…

I walked into a room and found BlueLove sleeping. He was on his back with one arm over his head. I kissed his cheek and said, “Wake up, I’m here. It’s time to wake up.” He was startled when he opened his eyes. He slowly sat up in the bed with more or less a “WTF is going on” look on his face. He looked extremely confused and oh so cute with bed head. As he rubbed his eyes and shook his head, he looked at me and asked me “Where am I?” I said, “You are with me. You needed me. So I am here. Do you want me to get you anything!” In his grouchy morning voice, “YES! COFFEE; I need Coffee!” 😂😂☕️ I started laughing and replied, “You want me to make you coffee NOW?” He said, “Yes!” 😂 We exchanged a few other cryptic sentences in the dream which I won’t get into. Then I kissed his forehead, told him I loved him and went to go make him coffee. The dream ended with me walking away 🤔

Any professional Dream Intrepretors want to take crack at this one? I will say it’s interesting because it felt so real. His expressions were so real and him being grouchy before coffee was absolutely perfect 😂😂 Well, he wasn’t actually so much grouchy as he was confused and had no idea where he was with me😂 After I woke up, I had to wonder. You see, I believe it’s possible for people who share a deep spiritual connection to communicate subconsiously in dream state and in reality. Perhaps we did need each other and found each other in our subconscious while we were sleeping💙 In this particular dream, it seems I was sent to reassure him and calm him. It also seemed like he was brought to show me he can hear me when my heart talks to him. Who knows, maybe it was just dream…

This all made me think about dreams vs. reality. I’ve always been a dreamer, an idealist. My family would often joke that I was off chasing rainbows. I never felt like I was chasing rainbows. I truly believe the human heart and human mind are very powerful. I believe we can create amazing things in this world and our life by harnessing the power within ourselves. That’s what the last few years have been about me. I’ve been working to harness my own personal power. Every change I’ve made in the last few years has been about finding the best within me. Every decision I made, every friendship I stepped away from, every relationship I ended, every professional decision I’ve made has been making me stronger, better and wiser. While friends and coworkers say I’ve changed, the truth isn’t that I’ve changed – it’s that I’ve grown.

I’ve been relying upon intuiton more than logic to make decisions lately. I was getting signs that it was time to figure out where I am going after my temporary assignment is complete in February. I applied for a job one pay band higher in the Organization I am working in now. I made the referral list that went to the Managers😊 I did have an interview. It was good but it’s not a great fit for either of us. They prefer someone based at HQ and I don’t want to move. I actually only applied to see if I was qualified to get on the higher payband referrral list – and I was 😊 That’s been helpful. So two other opportunities came up but they will both take some time to be worked out. That actually works out fine because I still have get some advance testing on my stomach since my biopsies came back suspicious but not conclusive. I go to Jeff on 10/24. Having a delay at work will actually give time to do all that and have everything figured out before my temp assignment is done. In the meantime, I will trust everything is always working out for my highest; the love I give is returned 💙🦋

I am sharing Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” because it’s one of my favorite songs. It’s a song about dreams vs. reality. It talks about how a dreamer looks at the world versus how a realist looks at the world. I am definitely a dreamer.

Tears and fears and feeling proud
To say “I love you” right out loud
Dreams and schemes and circus crowds
I’ve looked at life that way

But now old friends are acting strange
They shake their heads, they say I’ve changed
Well something’s lost, but something’s gained
In living every day

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Love Over Fear ~ Love, Sex And Poetry

Love Over Fear ~ Love, Sex And Poetry
By: Linda A. Long

I carry
The light
I carry it
In my soul
It shines
From my heart
I carry
The light
Of unconditional love
For myself
For my soulmate
For my soul tribe
For humanity
I follow
The light
Shown before me
By my
Angels
Guides
Ascended Masters
And God
I follow their light
And answer
Their call
To be love
In the darkness
To offer hope
To the desperate
To serve as a guide
To those around me
I carry
The light
And work to
Turn the darkness
To light
By choosing
Love over fear
In choosing
Love over fear
I help to create
A miracle
And shift
Us collectively
Into a higher
Vibration
Once you see
The light
Once you feel
True love
You will no longer
Be able to
Live in the darkness
I carry
The light
And illuminate
The path
For those
Who choose to awaken
To awareness
For those who
Choose love over fear
In awareness
You will see
The truth clearly
With intuition and
Through divine messages
You will be
Protected, guided and supported
In the light
The light of love
You will be love
I carry
The light
In my heart
And shine it
Into your
Beautiful eyes
Calling to you
Will you
Choose
Love over fear
Will you
Choose love
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She Whispers Love ~ Love, Sex And Poetry

She Whispers Love ~ Love, Sex And Poetry
By: Linda A. Long

Love
She whispers
Love
Into my ear
And swells my heart
With gratitude
For the reminder
That it is time
To accept
A miracle
In my life
It is time
To choose
Love over fear
No longer
Holding back
I slip into the flow
Of intuitive energies
Swirling around me
And ride
The good fortune
Of my heart
Beating once again
Pumping the blood
The blood
Of my love
My Blue Love
Into my body
As if we share
One heart
Joined together
He nourishes me
Intuitively
Sensing my desires
Knowing my passions
He shares
My soul’s flame
As if we are one
Not quite
Understanding how we
Wrapped around each
Other’s minds
It is the angel
Who whispers
Love
Into my ear
And reassures me
Blue is the color
Of your love
As I see
My heart flicker
In his eye
We light our flame
Of creation
And Synchronize
The compass of our souls
To accept
A miracle of
Love
Love
She whispers
In my ear
Choose love
Over fear
Choose love
Blue is your Love
Love Blue
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Soul Contract ~ Love, Sex And Poetry

Soul Contract ~ Love, Sex And Poetry
By: Linda A. Long

Are you
Breathing in me
Or am I
Breathing in you
Is it my fire
Lighting your soul
Or your fire
Lighting my soul
Am I joining in
Your soul’s journey
Or are you
Joining on my path
Did you write
These words
Into my mind
Or did I
Pull them
Out of your heart
Are you
The source
Of my passion
Or I am
The breathe
Of life in your heart
Breathing
The fire
Of my love and passion
Into you
Until you
Feel it burn
Through your body
With the flames
Of my desires
Licking the tip
Of your manhood
Into erection
Awakening
Arousal
In both of us
Awakening the power
Of our shared truth
The truth
That only exists
Between us
And lies
In between
My thighs
Wet and hot
From the touch
Of your energy
To mine
I asked God
How he wrote
Our story
I asked for a sign if
We fit together
I prayed through doubt
And he showed me
You are my story
I am your story
Our story
Is developing
Over time
Growing stronger
Deepening in trust
As we carry
The promise
Our souls made
In a secret meeting
Of your beautiful eyes
To mine
We contracted to share this
Our souls
Journeys together
Slowly opening
To each other
And accepting
The higher purpose
God chose for us
God knew
We were stronger together
Than apart
As I am directed
By Angels
And shown
Their wisdom
It is the contract
Your soul made
With mine
That is my
Fire
And the source
Of my creation
I create
Through you
Your soul
Contracted with
My soul
To share our fire
It’s in the
Contract of
Our souls
We share fire
It’s our
Contract
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Intuition – Love, Sex & Poetry

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Intuition – Love, Sex & Poetry
By: Linda A. Long

I wish
I could explain
I wish
I could
Put into words
But
Words wouldn’t
Make sense
It’s deeper
Than the surface
It can’t be explained
It’s felt
It’s not seen
Nor touched
It’s sensed within
My soul
It’s a knowing
It’s a feeling
It’s a vibration
I am still cautious
What if I am wrong?
What if my instincts are off?
What if I am reading
Into something
That isn’t there?
Hard to know
What to think
Without confirmation
But
There is a feeling
A feeling within
My soul
That we are
Connected
And
That you hear me
And know
How I feel about you
It’s a knowing
A feeling
A hope
That my words
Reach you
And fill your heart
With hope and desire
Affection and restless desire
Traveling
Spiraling
Through the Universe
Landing
Wildly
Passionately
On your soul
I have no confirmation
Of receipt
Only an intuition
An inner voice
That says you
Are connected to me
So I write for you
Until
We are in
That moment in time
When everything falls away
And it’s just us
Together alone
I will write for you
It’s a knowing
A feeling
An intuition
A hope
That we are connected
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NOTE:
As I stated before, I don’t always know where my poetry comes from. This poem is another example of words just flowing out of me easily and effortlessly. I don’t plan it out. I don’t think very hard about what I write. The process for me is more instinctual than intellectual. It’s more organic in nature. It just happens. I write in the moment based on feelings, intuitions, senses and energies that I feel. A friend called my poetry “channelings” – meaning that I am channeling spiritual energy into words. I liked that explanation. It makes sense to me because that is how I feel sometimes when I write. I feel like something is moving through me, like someone needs my words and my intution answers their call.

Here’s a true story about intution that happened to me about two weeks ago.

A couple of Fridays ago, I was really stressed out. I promised a friend I would attend a seminar about living with Cancer with her on Saturday morning. From the moment I woke up Friday morning, I had a strong sense that going on Saturday to that seminar would not be emotionally good for me. I was feeling sensitive, meaning I was feeling very open to energies,  and I felt the highly charged anxious energy that would be in the room on Saturday would not be good for me on this particiular day.

I hesitated telling my friend that I wasn’t up for going with her. I wanted to be her support and didn’t want to disappoint her as many others have.  I was going to go anyway. I was planning to meditate and light some sage the night before in preparation.

As the day went on, my anxiety grew. I kept thinking. “I need to tell her how I feel. I need to just say it. She knows how supportive I’ve been. I need to be honest with her about how I feel. She knows I am sensitive to energies. I just feel like tomorrow won’t be good for me.” I decided I would call her after work and explain how I felt. But, throughout the afternoon I was thinking about what I needed to say to her and how to say it without disappointing her. I was just trying to take care of myself. Well, she beat me to the punch. Around 3:00pm that day, she sent me a text message that said in essence, “I was thinking if you are not up to going to the seminar tomorrow, it’s ok. We can just meet for dinner afterwards. I’ll be ok by myself.”  

My eyes welled up with tears when I read the text. I couldn’t believe what I reading. She got the message I was trying to send – telepathically – she got it! Over a Sushi Dinner the next night we talked at length about it. She said she just kept getting a sense from me that I wasn’t up to it for some reason.   Once I explained why I wasn’t up for it,  she understood.  She knows my abilities and knows when I feel extremely sensitive(open to energies) that I need to protect myself.  The funny part was – I said to her, “I’ve been working on sending people telepathic messages – testing it more or less.”  She said,  “You are doing a good job. It worked! I got it. Loud and and clear. I got it!”   This was a confirmation to both of us of the strength of our connection and of the power of the bond that we have.

Embracing and nurturing my intutive nature changed my life. I make better decisions. I am more in tuned with those I love. I am relaxed about life. My focus is actually sharper because I’ve learned to shut off the noise around me and only hear what I need to hear. Everyone has intuition. It’s just a matter of learning to trust your instincts. As you learn to trust your instincts, your intuition becomes stronger. I encourage everyone in my life to tap into this ability. Embrace it. Develop it. Nurture it!

Photo Credit:
Malcolm Liepke
 

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http://www.tuttartpitturasculturapoesiamusica.com/2012/12/Malcolm-Liepke.html

 

The Heart’s Intuitive Intelligence (Heart Math)

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The Heart’s impact on our life is far greater than just pumping blood and giving us life. There is actually a very strong connection between the heart and the mind.  By learning how to listen to your Heart’s intuitive wisdom we  can harness the power of our hearts to neutralize stress and empower our minds.

In a nutshell, the Heart Math Quick Coherency technique is : 

When a negative thought enters your mind or if you are stressed, focus your energy on the area around your heart. Think of a happy joyful memory or thought, take five deep breaths into your heart. Feel your spirits become uplifted as you think of something that makes you happy and gives you joy. After the five breadths, ask your heart a question. Ask your heart for its wisdom or direction.

I just learned this technique over Thanksgiving weekend so I am still working on it. But, I’ve already noticed some success in reducing anxiety and hearing my heart’s true wisdom.

Here’s the link to website and below is a seven minute video about the practice.

http://www.heartmath.org/free-services/tools-for-well-being/quick-coherence-adult.html?aid=AD05