Time, Values, and Living

How many instances have you started doing something benign, uninteresting, or unimportant (ie. searching the internet, scrolling through social media, watching an uninteresting show or movie, or reading an article in a trashy magazine about the Royal Families new addition) only to find an hour, an afternoon, or a whole day has slipped you by? Time which is permanently lost due to an unchecked habit or a desire to leave the present moment. This is where suffering begins. Suffering because you didn’t get the relaxation you needed, or your work done, or spend time doing the things you love with the people you love. This suffering more clearly defined as any action taken which is contrary to one’s own belief or value system.
A slue of questions then arise. Do we know our own belief and value system? How do we know they are not from others or society as a whole? How often are we prompted to adopt the value systems of others, values the social construct hands down to us all, such as the pursuit of power, money, and objects over mental, physical, and spiritual wellness?
It takes the dedicated and ongoing practice of defining what we believe and what we value, then taking action to move in that direction. We have to counteract the perpetual pull away from ourselves (the external) and move toward developing the self (internal). This can feel difficult in the beginning, moving upstream in a river. But eventually it gets easier, the water becoming increasingly placid and easy to maneuver as one moves toward the head water.
But how to start or correct ourselves when we find ourselves spending our time acting or participating in activities contrary to our values and beliefs? Below are some questions to ask yourself. If you are serious in wanting to live in accordance to your own beliefs and values, take a few minutes everyday to reflect on these questions and take action (great or small). You’ll be better because of it.

-Deep down, what is important to you?
-What do you want your life to be about?
-What sort of person do you want to be?
-What sort of relationships do you want to build?
-If you weren’t struggling with your feelings or avoiding your fears, what would you channel your time and energy into doing?


If you have questions or comments, writer me or leave a comment below.

Questions were taken from Chapter 24 of The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris. 

Using Substances to Support Creativity? I’ve Got Something Better… A Clear Mind.

How many times have you heard people discuss their use of substances as opening the door to feeling or experiencing a different state of consciousness? A more innovative, unfiltered mind? Maybe you yourself have tried to alter your state with drugs, alcohol, or food to tap into the free flow of imaginative thought, experiencing something you thought was otherworldly or a new layer of consciousness. You are not alone. Been there, done that! …too many times to count.

The memories which most stick out in my mind: smoking marijuana before seeing The Killers perform during their 2005 Hot Fuss Tour in Oklahoma City and later describing how I really “felt the music” to friends, a lame-as-hell comment (judgment…sorry!) I cringe admitting now. Four years later I was filling my wine glass while working on my Bachelor’s Degree to assist in writing papers, claiming the alcohol “let it flow out of my fingertips and onto the page”. The outcome? Mediocre ideas, illogical ordering and sentence structure, and horrendous punctuation. Needless to say my professors were less than impressed and definitely weren’t praising me for my creativity.

In a more broad context, at the societal level we see the justification of mind-altering experiences as a way to heal and touch into (or escape from) our consciousness with the legalization of marijuana, utilizing LSD to cure the maladjusted mind, and Ayahuaska to “open the consciousness to experience the universe”, not to mention the abundant access to alcohol, tobacco, and refined foods which line every super-market, gas station, and eatery across the nation. It seems obvious there are false notions surrounding the use of substances as keys to accessing the inaccessible. I’m reminded of an instance in which Albert Einstein was offered a drink by a colleague, to which he famously declined by stating, “My mind is my laboratory”.

Another great mind who addressed this issue was Rudolf Steiner in this discourse entitled The Origin and Meaning of Wine. In this he states,

“Wine was that which separated man from everything spiritual. He who takes wine cannot arrive at the spiritual. He can know nothing of Manas, Buddhi, Atma. The whole course of humanity is one of descent and ascent…the direction alcohol guided us – downwards”.

If these two great minds don’t make it clear enough, that consciousness is a gift to be cherished and refined, then take it from modern day creatives who are clean and clear minded such as Steve Jobs, Russell Brand, Daniel Radcliff, Lady Gaga, Eric Clapton, Elton John (I could continue but won’t).

Poignant and hilariously the creators of South Park address this issue in the episode entitled Quest for Ratings. In it the main characters “get high” on cough medicine in order to come up with ideas. Upon waking they revisit their ideas which they had written while intoxicated and Cartman describes what is scratched on the page, “squiggly line, circle”. The extent of the “good ideas” I read in my own pre-sobriety writings.1522609937986

The notion that substances allow one access to more creative states of consciousness is false. In reality, what we are experiencing while altered are glimpses into our subconscious and unconscious mind, not something external and otherworldly at all. Quite the opposite. The experience comes from the mind, and one should develop the mind to the extent where access is unlimited. But doing this takes time and effort which isn’t for those wanting a quick-”fix”, pun intended.

Most clients I see who are recovering from addiction are the most intelligent, hard working individuals I’ve ever met. And I mean that completely and seriously. They know sobriety and habit change take an incredible about of mental energy and effort. There are no days off. Vigilance and longevity are the keys to success. The same effort it takes to change a habit ingrained in our society is the same effort necessary to develop the truly creative consciousness. It isn’t though bypassing the consciousness by use of substances which taps you into a reservoir of creativity. One must utilize the enormity and complexity of the mind to harness ideas. Doing this will lead to clearer, more focused, sustained creative thought, leading to astounding innovations and works of art.

So drop the joint, put down the booze, and start developing your connection to the conscious mind. It will lead you to the depths of the unconscious, a reservoir of creative thought, tapping you into a truly amazing gift; originality.

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Finding Peace Among Chaos

“People wish to be settled; only as far as the are unsettled is there any hope for them”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Being unsettled means being in a constant state of becoming. Growth, a never ending process, can be exciting. It can also be scary, exhausting, and anxiety provoking. A re-frame of this thinking may be all one needs to find peace in this state of unsettled-ness.


Choices, Not Obligations

Instead of feeling this constant state of evolving is forced, or an obligation, one might choose to actively participate in the process. Co-creating each day and living with intention sets one’s life on a path, a trajectory, toward purpose and peace. When we are actively participating in life, without forcing our own narrowed will, and allowing change to occur, we live happy, balanced, and joyous lives.

When we do this, we are able to become open and curious about each day. Curious about what experiences, learning opportunities, and discoveries will occur. Rather than resisting, controlling, and minimizing this life experience, curiosity sets the tone for non-judgmentally allowing for participation without expectation.


Rejoicing in the feeling of being unsettled, one can acknowledge that nothing is for certain and permanent. Embracing this constant state of evolution can help one grow and evolve. Remembering you don’t have to be who you were yesterday is the path to true freedom and happiness.

As I embrace this sense of unsettled-ness as a choice, I see the positive evolution in myself. Each moment, each day,  and each year that I intend to be better than I was previously allows me choice, to decide on purpose who I will bring to the world while allowing the universe to do the rest.


May you find peace among chaos.

Daily Routines for Healthy Living

Jacqui Terra and I are so exciting about the upcoming workshop, Wellness Weekend at Pure Body Bliss in Hailey, November 4th and 5th!

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Transitioning from fall to winter and into the holiday season can be demanding on one’s body and mind. Practicing self care during this time will support mental clarity, compassionate communication, and physical wellness.

Jacqui and I are here to help!

Below you will find how daily routines will support healthy living, which we will explore more in Session One of the Wellness Weekend, along with the schedule, description and sign up form for the workshop.


Daily Routines for Healthy Living

Starting the morning with a short, invigorating routine to wake up the body and mind, dusting off the cob webs, which will provide you energy and clarity though out the day.

MORNING ROUTINE
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Dry Brushing: An ancient practice of awakening the skin and simulating the lymphatic system to drain, supporting the immune system. Similar to brushing your hair or teeth, dry brushing is the brushing of the skin in a specific manner with natural bristles. Other benefits include increased energy and blood flow, cellulite reduction, and exfoliation of the skin. You can purchase a dry brush at most stores which carry health and beauty supplies. Amazon also carries several options (click here).

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Tongue Scraping: During the night the body begins eliminating unnecessary mucus from the body through the mouth. This build up, if left on the tongue, can be re-ingested and assimilated into the body which can compromise the digestive and immune systems. There is a simple solution: tongue scraping. There are several types of tongue scrapers on the market which are available at  Read More

The Reflective Yogi: How Journaling Can Deepen Your Practice

By becoming The Reflective Yogi one can acknowledge patterns and break through limiting beliefs and thought patterns. During this workshop we will discuss journaling 101 and how to begin a journaling yoga practice. Most importantly we’ll put this knowledge into action by practicing, reflecting, and sharing. I hope you’ll join me for this transformative workshop!

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Ready to create the life you’ve always wanted, break free from destructive habits, overwhelm, and anxiety? Work with me privately! Choose from two programs:

21 DAYS TO A HEALTHY, HAPPY YOU

12 WEEKS: CREATE THE LIFE YOU WANT

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