Greetings! The arrival of autumn and the hint of a chill in the air reminded me that it was time for another seasonal newsletter! Seasons change from one day to the next in the south, it seems like we were just sweating our way through the Indian Summer...
The turning and falling of leaves brings a theme of letting go of the past and clearing the way for future growth. Exploring this theme from the perspectives of Mindfulness, Coaching and Energy Medicine led to some interesting overlaps and distinctly separate insights. At the link below you'll find my latest newsletter with three takes on the theme of 'Letting Go.' In it, you'll find pratical advice on approaching this topic from the perspectives of Mindfulness, Coaching and Energy Medicine, as well as exercises to try yourself.
Don't forget to savor the good things that the year has brought you before you move into winter hibernation and preparation for the new spring!
Come to the public library on October 27th between 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm to find out more about alternative and holistic health options in Tallahassee.
Members of the Healing Arts Alliance of the Big Bend will be present to explain what they do and share information. I will be there to do some demos of Energy Medicine. Light healthy snacks will be served.
Leroy Collins Public Library
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 27th
The Omega Institute has posted a wonderful article authored by David Feinstein, on the topic of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and more broadly, Energy Psychology. If you are interested in the scientifc research being done in this area, this one is for you. Here's the link:
"You surrender to a lot of things which are not worthy of you. I wish you would surrender to your radiance, your integrity, your beautiful human grace."
I recently received this email story about some wonderful healing work that is being done by Dr. Lori Leyden in Newtown, CT with family members of children who were killed in the shooting in December of 2012.. It is also a story about children healing other children, from across the world. It will warm your heart!
Also See www.projectlightrwanda.com for more incredible stories.
I just returned from a vipasssana meditation course. I lived in silence for 10
days in the sweltering heat of the South Georgia woods, and meditated for 10
hours each day. I am amazed at my own accomplishment, not having realized until
I was well into day 3 exactly what I had gotten myself into. At that point I had
already spent upwards of 20 hours focusing all of my attention on my nose.
Before I left, I thought that I would have some wonderful insights to share in
this blog post. I eagerly anticipated the earth-shattering awareness that
would flood my consciousness, completely alter my perception of myself and the
world, and solve all the unresolved issues in my life as an added benefit. But,
that didn’t happen. Ok, maybe I was being just a tad unrealistic. Maybe on
some level I felt I deserved this complete and total transformation as reward
for the hard work of sitting for hours on end. Yes, I know how ironic that
sounds. Some of you are probably smiling, thinking ‘Since when is sitting hard? Try running a marathon!’ My answer to you is simple – “Try it, you’ll see what I mean.”
A good friend commented today that the unique subset of the population willing to do this kind of thing must be quite small. “I’d compare us to marathon runners” I said,“except that we run mental marathons, you’ll never see us out in action.”
Don’t get me wrong, insights did come, but not in the way I’d expected. As the focus of the practice was to remain unattached to what arose, they became fleeting glimpses of wonder that drifted through my consciousness, tempting me, but I did not indulge. Not most of the time, at least.
The most stunning part of this experience was the altered state of consciousness brought on by the combination of extended periods of meditation with the lack of interactions or distractions. The silence was beautiful, comforting and so incredibly peaceful. I resisted leaving this place of deep internal peace and ‘rejoining the world,’ reluctant to re-enter the environments of noise and chaos that typically surround us. But, alas, such is life.
After ten days of silence, I have only this to
In the very early morning,
from the chill in the air,
the energy of the new day slowly emerges.
As unique as a fingerprint,
as impermanent as a breeze,
it arrives, only to leave again.
If you are not aware, you will miss it.
You will be there, but not there,
in it, but not of it.
So be aware, be very aware!
Lest it pass you by
and be just one more moment,
one more day,
one more year,
one more lifetime,
lost to you forever.
This summer, be the light that shines on another!
Though numerous scientific studies have already proven the positive health benefits of practicing meditation, it's always nice when another one comes out, especially when it was conducted in a medical setting. This latest one, from the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, was co-authored by Herbert Benson, a well-known figure in the area of mind-body research, and author of The Relaxation Response. Here is the link:
Sharing a cool video from The Institute of HeartMath, wouldn't it be great if we spent more time thinking from our hearts?
Welcome to my new website! Please feel free to say hello and leave any comments or feedback you may have. Check back for tips on balancing your body's energies, creating the life you really want and living more mindfully. And, sign up for my email list if you'd like to receive these in a seasonal newsletter!
To kick things off, here's a little coaching inquiry for you:
It's spring, time to plant the seeds for this year - what will you be growing in your life this year?
Paige Continentino is a Transformational Life Coach and Energy Medicine Practitioner, who also teaches Meditation and Mindfulness.
This website, www.soulslightenergyhealing.com, (www.paigecontinentino.com, www.tallahasseeholistichealth.com) does not purport to diagnosis, treat, operate on, or prescribe for any human disease, pain, injury, deformity, or other physical or mental condition. Paige Apgar is not a licensed mental health professional and does not practice, or purport to practice, medicine.
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