Happy Hulaween!

Hula girl jackolanternHappy Halloween everyone!  Tonite goblins, ghosts, witches and super-heroes will knock on doors for goodies, all having fun being someone or something else. Costume wearing got me thinking about how we can all be actors as we dress up in crazy outfits once in awhile.  It gives us a chance to play, pretend and be another entity, escaping from our real selves.  Reminds me of the multiple personality syndrome where one person exhibits several different personalities, at times each having different physical abilities or disease processes.  How can your body be diabetic in one personality but not in another? Can wearing a costume be a source of healing for us?  If research on facial expressions and correlating bloodwork can reveal what we do on the outside can affect us inside, what kind of person could we be that would heal our insides? To be someone who personifies freedom, fun, laughter and well-being might be a hidden Halloween gift we can all give to ourselves.  Who in your fantasies, storytellings, book characters or real heroes would you think optimize the best you could be?  Dress up as one of them, tonite and more often if you need to and FEEL what it is like to be a healthy whole being! Sounds like a fun way to prescribe treatment to me.  It would be a Halloween connection to our inner doctor. How about it? Have a fun and safe evening and enjoy the little ones but think of what costume you could render up to feel the best you can be! Exercise your inner Aloha spirit, today and everyday.  Have a great evening! With a Halloween Hug,  Hulaween Girl

Love cOMing hOMe?

 

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It is Mindful Monday everyone and yesterday I watched a Super Soul Sunday where Oprah was interviewing Jeff Weiner, former owner of Linked In, now CEO. Listening to this brilliant executive whose primary focus in business is mindfulness and compassion, he knows that in order for a company to become not only a wonderful and productive place to work, it is a place where you inspire others to be better by example. The one sentence that really characterized Weiner was, “ I love going to work every day and I love coming home every night”. My now retired husband lived a similar way so I related this to him and he said, “ I liked going to work every day, but I LOVED coming home every night. Wow. Of course I know his family always came first. Even when he was on call every other night, he was home for dinner, bathed the babies, and together we put them to bed. This is what life should be; practicing compassion while serving others in a job we like/love and coming hOMe to a place of gratitude and appreciation, even if you live alone.

A practice of compassion and mindful living starts with self-love and self-compassion.   When we learn to honor and take care of ourselves, from our physical bodies to our minds and spirits, we can then serve others in the most compassionate way. We can help others becOMe who they have always been, by nurturing their intuitiveness and coaching them to find their own truth, enabling their continued growth and evolution. Most of us fear change to such a degree that it paralyzes us to move toward the exact thing that will make us grow. A coach gives us baby steps, building courage and confidence in a compassionate way that helps us find our way to what we truly desire. Together they can mindfully navigate the ways that have blocked you or prevented you from practicing the self-compassion one needs to live the life they desire and deserve.   Imagine waking up each day with the anticipation of being in the life you designed and every evening being filled with gratitude for what you have and what lies ahead.

On this Mindful Monday, whether you are working or retired, can you set the intention to do something you love every day? Take care to serve yourself, then others, so tonight at the end of the day, you can say, “ I love cOMing hOMe.” Aloha.

Celebrating the Chance to Begin Anew.

 

 

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Shana Tova everyone!

Tonite is Erev Rosh Hashanah and it is a time for family, candles, challah, apples and honey. The rituals that mark this holiday are filled with the bittersweetness and the circle of life.  As we mark the end of the lunar Hebrew year 5777, we are reminded of how our behavior, attitudes, intentions and connections have served others and ourselves these past twelve months. This holiday gives us a chance to look back, take note of what was healing in our lives and what was not.  Tradition is we repent for our sins as well as those of others and we ask for forgiveness of any wrongdoing so that we may begin anew, slate wiped clean and ready to start over.  I choose to use the Hawaiian philosophy of Ho’oponopono  which says, ” I am sorry, Please forgive me, I love you, Thank you” to heal myself as well as others.  It is a prayer some native  Hawaiians use each night when we ask ourselves, ” Am I Pono?”, meaning, did I do what was right today? Did I say or write a healing word,  use a healing gesture or facial expression, connect to someone’s soul or my own? This way, each day is a chance for renewal, to begin again and to serve in a healing way. This holiday begins with the celebration of a new year, a sweet and good new year to come and stretches out for 10 days, culminating with the solemnity of Yom Kippur, a day of fasting, contemplation and prayer.  While the fast cleanses our bodies and our minds, it leads the way inward, nurturing our souls.  We ceremoniously remember our loved ones who have passed and this year I will stand for Mourner’s Kaddish once again, this time for my beloved Daddy, who left this realm in July.  We will stand hungry for peace, for compassion, for justice, for equality, for a better world and a better year.  And then, as the darkness begins to usher in the end of day, the lightness of our bodies, weights lifted off our minds and souls, starts to shine within, void of cloudy thoughts, emotions, feelings and our cleansed souls light the way to a new year.  I will be mindful of gratitude for the love of my family and friends and the blessings that are bestowed on all of us each day. May all of you be inscribed in the Book of Life and enjoy a beautiful, soul-full, sweet and healthy New Year. Shana Tova.

Why so many Hurricanes?

Happy Aloha Friday everyone!

There seems to be a plethora of hurricane activity the last few weeks, one after another spiraling their way in paths of shell-1186245_640devastating destruction. The spiral shape has always intrigued me since it is the shape of the universe, the shape of ferns, flowers, snails, sacred geometry and more.  It can signify continual change, holistic growth, surrender, release and it symbolizes the spiritual journey. So what have all these hurricanes come to tell us? I have mused on the bigger picture that might be happening in the world around us.  Are these massive churnings and storms reminding us we are ALL on this collective journey in the Evolution of the Universe?  Are these magnified spirals inviting us to go inward ourselves and see the connection we have to all things? The recent events in our country have been churning alright and the Harveys and Irmas are a massive indication there is a bigger picture to be observed.  We are in the middle of a unprecedented shift in energy and consciousness and these storms are our giant slap in the face. If one of the meanings of the spiral is to surrender and release, maybe we all must keep our intentions on the big picture and surrender to the little details that take us away or distract us from our larger path of life.  On this ALoha Friday as we think of our connections to mind, body, and spirit, what does the spiral shape mean to you? I know one thing for sure, the only constant in life is the promise of continual change.  Are you on the path to the best version of yourself? When we allow life to be our teacher and our practice to becOMe, we connect to everything alive. Every spiral in nature is a reminder to surrender our old beliefs and grow into our new ones.  Let the nature of these giant nature spirals bring us greater awareness that life never stays stagnant. “Be the change you want to see in the world”. For those of you who are close to the spirals, have faith, we are all in this together. Stay safe and strong. ALoha and love, Ceseli

Life’s Lessons for Well-Being.

Happy September 1st on this Aloha Friday! Every year when September begins, I think back to the start of school fobacktoschool1r my children. Remember the first day of Kindergarden and watching your children get on the bus? They were so excited and the mom’s are all holding back the tears. The years fly by and all of a sudden, instead of shopping for crayons, scissors and workbooks, you are in Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond buying extra long mattress pads, under the bed containers, trash cans and hooks that stick on the wall.  When we dropped my youngest off at college, I was so jealous of the excitement of starting school again, taking courses and being stimulated academically with likeminded peers. I wanted to stay on campus, live in the dorm and become a freshman all over again. Since that was not possible, I went back to school nearer to my home, finished a degree, continued on for my Master’s and lately I have just finished my grad program of Transformational Health Coaching.  Now I look at Life as our Lifelong Teacher, giving us challenges and gifts as we navigate the hallways of mid-life and beyond, experiencing loss, grief, career changes, illness, grand-parenting while taking care of aging parents, pre and post retirement, boomerang kids and boomerang parents.  This passage of life used to promise ” the Golden Years” but for many, those years are illusive.  We used to see ourselves relaxing on beaches, traveling and visiting friends and family, no worries or angst about life. Instead we are caretaking parents or traveling back and forth to the nursing home or assisted living facility. Our children are challenged with making ends meet, raising their own brood and needing our help.  We find ourselves visiting Doctors more often,  adding more medications or supplements to our cabinets, having more massages, taking more hot salt baths filled with essential oils to soothe our tired and sore muscle aches because we overdid it in the yard and we are definitely repeating our parents old adages, it’s “sh…ty to get old!” But we are the Baby Boomers and the next generations are counting on us to show them the way, be their role models and age gracefully.You might hear yourself echo the voice of Mickey Mantle, “If I knew I was going to live this long, I would’ve taken better care of myself!” Enter my expertise as a Health and Wellness Coach. It is never too late to go”back to school” and learn how to take better care of your body, your mind and your spirit.  I may have protocols for Weight Loss, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Hormonal Issues for Men and Women, Adrenal Fatigue, etc. and I can weave in any of these health challenges into Health Coaching but my passion is bringing one’s entire self into optimal Well-Being.  This is done by looking at all aspects of life that may be stopping or slowing one down from feeling her BEST and being the BEST version of herself! After losing my surviving parent, my beloved Daddy this summer, I am more aware than ever of life’s short timespan. The time is NOW.  As we learn how  to eat better, lose some of our middles, have more energy to care for elders and play with our grandbabies and become mindful in our daily meditations, we can be the pebbles that drop into the pond of possibility, spreading out and helping all those we encounter, helping them feel the delight of being in the moment, increasing awareness of life’s daily blessings and joy that we can share with our families and friends. We will then be enjoying and  living the legacy we wish to leave behind. Make it a fabulous weekend everyone, let your connections be filled with ALoha!

 

Living Well is a Practice!

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Happy Aloha Friday everyone! What a week it has been since the incredible experience of an eclipse! I am already looking at the calendar for 2024 and planning on a totality view this time! I realized that I will be a little older and also rockin’ my 70’s at that point.  Aging becomes more evident as I get older, noticing the effects on my body, my skin, my joints. This week I was told I needed a basal cell on my forehead taken off ( oh those Hawaiian days in the sun), I started PT on a rotator cuff issue but only after I had tried chiropractic, acupuncture and over 10 hours of bodywork ( I am the Integrative Nurse Coach after all )and as a result, sleep has been elusive. I remember my mother always saying, “It’s shitty to get old”. I vowed never to say that and age gracefully, maintaining my body through exercise, my mind through lifelong learning, my soul with deepening friendships and romance after 40 years together with my lovie.  I like to think that stretching towards all of these goals is a practice.  Living well is a practice. It is no different from any other learned behavior whether it be mindfulness, meditation, exercising, eating well, etc.  We don’t have to strive for perfection as we change behaviors, we just have to commit to practicing new ways of being as we move toward our goals, no matter what they are.  As my  coach mentor Vanessa Broers has said, ” You don’t get to miss your life”! After losing my beloved Daddy last month, my mortality is ever present and I am acutely aware of life’s short timeframe.  More now than ever, I want to be more mindful of the life I get to experience, the foods I get to eat, the people I get to help through coaching and the awe I get to express as my gratitude guides me to Being Well.  Aloha Fridays are about connecting to something that soothes your mind, your body, your soul. This Friday,  can you connect to your Life Practice? What  brings you awe, joy, love, compassion, well-being and fun? Make it a good one guys, life is short. Aloha!

JUMP INTO JULY!

Good MGet Ready to Jump into July!indful Monday Morning everyone! I have joined a collective challenge with my school, the Health Coach Institute, to get as many people up and Jumping into July as possible! This challenge provides an opportunity to get moving three times a day and although it encourages you to jump rope, I am using it as a metaphor for Jumping into not only physical movement but jumping into all ways you can experience whole health and well-being! When was the last time you jumped into caring for your body, mind and spirit? Let this half-year mark reignite you to Spark the Change as we coaches like to say.

 

Each day I will be posting a little motivation to get you going, a recipe for an energy meal, ways to relax and to have just have fun! Set yourself a goal for the month and follow along with our group for extra tips, fun, encouragement, accountability and support. You can sign up for the challenge and receive your packet  at www.healthcoachinstitute.com/jumpintojuly.   We Health Coaches know that when one person is motivated to become their best self, those around them benefit too. We would like to see the whole community and global community rise up to experience the greatest sense of Well-Being. Please join my Facebook Group for fun, support and sharing as we all Jump Into the Best Versions of Ourselves! Once you have signed up, You can join my facebook group at: (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1703004546662015/)

To celebrate the 4th, free yourself from old routines that are not getting you where you want to BE. Jump into Being Healthy, in Mind, Body and Spirit. See you there!

 

 

How are you nurturing your way hOMe today?

Finding your way hOMe.

Hearts continue to blossom into Spring…

Heart shaped flower As Heart and Valentine month come to a close and March signals the promise of spring, keep your heart centered practices strong! This is the fourth is a series of Heart Health blogs we have celebrated this February.  The four chambers of the heart have metaphorically been shared as mind, body, emotion and spirit.  Today we look at the spiritual component of heart health.  Healing means to become whole and for this reason,  anyone can heal even if they are on their death bed.   It is not about avoiding death, it is the feeling of connecting to hOMe.   Dr. Paul Pearsall, in his book, The Heart’s Code, shares, ” we heal in order to be whole with the systems around us and to be able to care for, heal, and protect these systems, including people, plants, animals, and places.”  We are all in a constant state of healing as our heart and body are always in a state of self-correction.  When we lose touch with our primary stabilizer, our heart, we are disconnected from what resonates with our soul.  When we feel connected to others and they to us, our heart feels re-enchanted and energetically reconnected with the world. Our heart opens to wholeness.  Connecting to our heart’s wisdom allows us to fall into a shared resonance with other hearts in a form of compassionate spirit.  We beat as one when we slow down and simply Be.

We can use a day or a month to bring awareness to any dis-ease or upset to our homeostatic state but the heart remains our center of gravity as we continue to navigate through the rest of the year, day by day. Remaining or attaining wholeness is  a daily practice that not only keeps our body at its optimal functioning but our mind and spirit in top shape as well.  Let the beginning of March, whether it comes in like a lion or not, start the breath of fresh air to our psyches. Think of new beginnings, little seedlings sprouting, pussy willows popping out, snow drops bursting out as soon as the snow melts. The time for growth is always now and let these beautiful promises of spring in the natural world touch our hearts so we may resonate  with a fresh new spirit to everything around us.  Get out and notice what might be rising out of the depths of winter, walk in the fresh air with a new lovie, write or call an old friend and make plans to get together this spring and summer Feel how this is what healing is and remember, Heart hugs are always welcome as is the spirit of ALoha. Make it a great week and let’s be thrilled it’s March!!!  ALoha!

Have you Thanked Your Heart Today?

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Happy Aloha Friday my friends!

 

Today marks the third Friday of Heart Health Month and Friday blogs are about connection to something concerning mind, body and spirit. The four Fridays this month have been devoted to mind, body, emotion and spirit, represented by the four chambers of the heart. Today we are appreciating the connection to our hearts, our beloved center of emotional expression.

 

How often do we refer our experiences to how it makes our heart feel? He sure is a “heart-throb”. That letter was “heartfelt”. My “heart is breaking”, I am ‘broken-hearted” and “my heart aches”. I could name a hundred of these that connect us to intense emotions we can feel from day to day and in a lifetime of experiences. We know our hearts can feel resonance and can experience entrainment, synchronizing heartbeat patterns with others. The HeartMath Institute has done fascinating research with this. Entraining can happen when we feel compassion and empathy and are able to feel what the other person is feeling.

In stress management using biofeedback, we can learn to slow down our heart rates, relax our muscles, breathing and blood vessels during the relaxation response. We can put ourselves into an emotional state from the kinds of thoughts we conjure up, linking feelings of joy, heartache, grief, separation, love , fear, etc. to heart health. These can be stressful states or feelings of eustress, or good stress. Our hearts don’t always know the difference. When a person suffers an extreme loss, especially an unexpected one, there is even a condition called “ the broken heart syndrome” where one can literally fall ill, sometimes fatally in response to intense grief. Many of us have personal stories of this or have heard of this happening. One such recent one may have been the death of Debbie Reynolds so soon after hearing of her daughter (Carrie Fisher)’s death.

 

The emotions and stress stirred up by recent political events are a cause for concern. Anger can be a positive way to move forward and fuel the energy needed for change but it can also reek havoc on our hearts. It can have the same effect of intense grief and cause our hearts to ache for another outcome. It is the feeling of deep disconnection that isolates us from three of life’s deepest human needs; love, safety and belonging. How do we mind and mend our hearts?

 

Making the mindful decision to take notice, slow down, take deep breaths and feel calm can be heartsaving, let alone heart healing. Take a yoga class, listen to music, go out and Dance! Reach out and be with a friend, a family member or a tribe who share your common values. Be present, hold space for each other as we try to navigate the sometimes uncharted waters. Let your hearts beat as one, feel the connection with yourself and with others. Keep a gratitude journal, your heart will thank you as you appreciate what hard work this little fist sized organ does for you as you put it through it’s workout. Turn this into a heart-centered meditation as you feel the energy and love your heart has for you and then turn that out into the world, letting it flow out like a pebble in a pond. We need this more than ever. Feel the intense joy in connecting with these other hearts, all beating in time with each other. Be the Aloha you wish to see in the world. See you next Friday for our final February Heart series where we will talk about Spirit and it’s connection to Heart Health. Have a great weekend everyone!

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