We all have defense mechanisms that we've developed over time, often without being aware of it. In times of trouble, the behaviors that have worked to get us past challenges with the least amount of pain are the ones that we repeat; even when part of us knows they no longer work. Such behavior is a natural response from our mental and physical aspects. But because we are spiritual beings as well, we have the ability to rise above habits and patterns to see the truth that lay beyond. And from that moment on, we can make choices that allow us to work directly from that place of truth within us.
Most of our defense mechanisms were developed in childhood; from the moment that we realized crying would get us the attention we craved. Passive aggressive ways of communicating may have allowed us to get what we needed without being scolded, punished or laughed at, so we learned to avoid being direct and honest. Some of us may have taken refuge in the lives of others, discovering ways to direct attention away from ourselves entirely. Throwing ourselves into projects or rescuing others from themselves can be effective ways to avoid dealing with our own issues. And when people are truly helped by our actions, we get the added bonus of feeling heroic. But while defenses can keep away the things we fear, they can also work to keep our good from us.
When we can be honest with ourselves about what we truly desire, then we can connect our desires to the creative power of the spirit within us. Knowing that we are one with the energy of the universe allows us release any need for defense. Trusting that power, we know that we are exactly where we are meant to be, and that challenges bring gifts of growth and experience. When we can put down arms raised in defense, then we are free to use our hands, minds, hearts and spirits to mold and shape our abundant energy to create and live our #lives . #fitfam#fitsporation#fitnessmodel#fitness#program#health#believe#selflove#selfcare#selfie @exhilar8pt @tars03 @elizawilliamsfitness @fatburnersonly @mbunaifbbproleague @ifbbproleagueoz @anne_t_fitness @tonydohertyoz @scottgoblebodybuilder
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Life of Kaylah Isabelle: Listening to @blackgirlinom, @girlboss, or @jerico.mandybur podcasts.. while still searching up ways to become one of the best entrepreneurs to date.. in the midst of trying to still remain creative and get a little workout in. And of course, coffee. 😂🤗 artist: @kaylahisabelle
Gosh my kids alway remind me how to simply play. Sometimes I wonder where my inner child is hiding all the time? Maybe it's up a tree where I left it back in primary school?
Did anyone else love climbing trees like me?
Sometimes it's in the smallest people I our lives who are our best teachers.
Want help reconnecting with your inner child? Ylang Ylang reminds us to simply play and connect with that innocent carefree child within us all. Why not put it in the diffuser with some elevation or citrus oils this afternoon.
It's been well over 6 mo since husband's last TBI plus Lyme blackout... Over a year since a rough one. This is day 6 of one of the most severe episodes he's had in over 3 yrs. It is terrifying, but it was also our normal for 2015-2016. Lack of accurate diagnoses, a broken medical system, isolation from family or friends for any real physical support... It has not been easy to say the least. I lost myself there for a while, barely grasping on to any shred of sanity I had left - while my health rapidly declined. I made the decision earlier this month to CONSCIENTIOUSLY prioritize my mental & physical health every single day. I know I'm not alone when it comes forgetting about self-care while caring for (and sometimes literally trying to keep alive) sick/disabled loved ones. This week has been an enormous setback, but this time is different simply because I refuse to let it break me down ever again. Whether we are able to go or end up staying, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I broke up with negative behavior patterns and we're never ever ever getting back together. As soon as my love is medically stable in the next few days, I'm excited about working toward the next comeback, whatever that may be. 💚💚💚💚💚 💚💚💚
Mask Off... @masqueology & @sooae.official have some intriguing masks at @walmart!
• Intensive Moisturizing with Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid
• Collagen Lift & Firm with Hydrolyzed Collagen
• Hyaluronic Acid Modeling Peel Off Mask
• Hydrating Cucumber Slice Mask
• Skin Recovery Biocellulose Mask
Which ones sounds like a WIN too you? Ever use any of these brands? #maskoff#kbeauty#skincare#selfcare
It’s been a rough four days!!! 🤧🤧😪😪 BUT today I managed to wash my hair!! 🙏🙏
Practicing Self-Care is so important, I talk about it all the time, but, just like you, I’m certainly not perfect at it, especially when it inconveniences other people. I’m still learning every day that I need to look after myself more. It doesn’t come naturally to me and even though I have improved massively, I still have work to do. And that’s ok, because I’m not perfect and never claim to be!!
Even though I lead a healthy lifestyle, I’m still regularly exposed to toxins and germs and will still be susceptible to illness. In the past I would have gone running to the Doctor 💊💊but knowing what I know now I just couldn’t bring myself to resort to pharmaceuticals!! My eyes have been opened 😳😳
I’ve been contemplating getting into Essential Oils for awhile and after this I’ve decided to put in a Young Living Oils order and get myself a starter kit. I’m planning to use them not just on myself but in my massages too so I’m pretty excited for it to arrive 🤗🤗
In the meantime, I’m trying to practice as much self-care as I possibly can so I can get back into the swing of things. I’ve got shit to do, including a new gym to build 😂😂
The past five years have been a pressure cooker of life experiences. I often joke with Brett that in our 5 years of marriage we’ve lived the equivalent of 15 years of life. The journey we’ve committed to, the love we share in reciprocity, and the space we hold for each other’s growth is everything I’ve ever wanted in a partnership
Brett you challenge me to push myself in ways I never thought possible. You inspire me to be a better human and to help others in a larger capacity. The balance we co-create while holding a massive vision for our family is dynamic and powerful. You are my greatest mirror, friend, and spirit adventurer as we both continue to ask big questions of ourselves and the universe
Thank you for boldly loving me, even when it’s not easy, and providing infinite space for that love to deepen and grow
Happy Anniversary! .
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Excited to be sharing about this outstanding journey that's transformed a HUGE LIST of things in our life over the past 2.5 yrs. It's an absolute honor to be speaking at Lexus of Wexfors this Thursday. I can't imagine where I'd be without this crazy adventure, but I definitely know the beach this past week wouldn't have been 1 of them. My health wouldn't have allowed it. But today, I'm drastically different than where I was the previous decade in an ongoing #healthjourney . I'm not 100, but man have I seen myself & others have transformations like I could've never imagined! If you want one of my exclusive spots, please let me know in the next day or 2. I need to prepare for your special arrival 😊.
Hello hair...I love you strands...I do!
The weave is out. I wore it as a protective style, and it becomes so convenient. But, leaving it in too long, I believe does more damage than good. And it sure feels great to feel the summer breeze blowing through my hair to my scalp! It's grown like 5 inches, it's healthy, and this is the natural color.
Now, let's see how long this will last cause I'm back in the gym sweatin' and...hmm, 🤔 I feel Summer braids forthcoming! Yesss, you know how we like to switch it up!
Listen, no matter what you are going through, show yourself some love, take good care of yourself mentally, and physically from the inside out...from your hair to your toenails. I guarantee you'll feel better!
Happy Summer Beautifuls! ☀
We love coming across unusual ingredient decks to help our skin look and feel its best 💫. Maybe that’s why we’re loving the @hannes_dottir Mineral Mist so much! Let’s get nerdy 🤓 :
NaPCA (sodium PCA, short for pyroglutamic acid) serves different purposes depending on where it’s extracted from. The Hannes Dottir one is extracted from algae giving it excellent water binding properties meaning it’s the perfect humectant 💦. It prevents our skin cells from losing moisture and drying out. NaPCA occurs naturally in our skin but levels drop as we age so we’re thankful we can top up topically! 🙌🏻
Choline is one of the building blocks of cell membrane and having a surplus means our skin is in a better position to fight off 👊🏻 free radicals and quickly repair any damage caused by UV rays and environmental pollution.
Silica promotes collagen production and helps connect collagen and proteoglycans. Proteo-what? They are a major component of the space between cells helping to bind water for better hydration and making collagen-rich structures stronger 💪🏻
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