Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Miracle Morning

You might be asking yourself what is a miracle morning? I never knew what a miracle morning was either but I did practice a version of the miracle morning before I even had a name for it. Some also call is a Sadhana or daily spiritual practice. Usually and preferably done in the morning. There is a reason why so many religions talk about having a daily and morning spiritual practice. It sets the tone for the day and like Hal Elrod says "You can get more done in a morning then some people get done in a week." It can seem overwhelming at first especially if you don't know where to start. But, that's why I love The Miracle Morning because it breaks it down for you and gives you a starting place.

The S.A.V.E.R.S as Hal Elrod calls them are 6 daily practices. How and when you practice them might be different than mine. But, I will share with you what and when I do my S.A.V.E.R.S.

First the S.A.V.E.R.S stand for Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise,  Reading, and Scribing.

I like to do my Exercise first thing in the morning. It gets my blood pumping and get's me ready for the day. Plus, then I don't have an excuse to not do it later when I might be tired or if something comes up. I like cardio and my yoga practice. I've been practicing Kundalini yoga for about 4 years now.

Then I like to Scribe or also called Journaling. I started doing Morning Pages about a year ago. After reading The Artist's Way. Now morning pages are apart of my daily practice. I notice a difference when I do them and when I don't. Morning pages are three pages of writing. You write whatever comes to your mind in the morning. Julia Cameron recommends doing them before meditation. She recommends as soon as you get up but for me I like to do them after my workout. I feel like if I meditate (or go into silence) Without journaling I take all those unwanted thoughts with me into my silent time. Unwanted thoughts are anxious thoughts, worry thoughts, ect.. So, I like to get it out on the page before doing my meditation. 

Then I go into my silent time. For me this includes prayer and meditation. I've been practicing Kundalini Yoga which includes A kriya for physical movement and meditation. I usually meditate to the Kundalini Yoga chants. It is easier for me to meditate with a mantra versus sitting in silence. And then I read from Illuminata: A Return to prayer: By Marianne Williamson. As well as study A Course in Miracles.

Then for Affirmations I read from You can Heal Your life By Louise Hay. Sometimes I will read the affirmations out loud and other times I will write them down in my journal.

Then for Visualisation I have two vision boards. I plan on creating a third. I will look at my vision boards and envision my goals. I usually spend 5-10 minutes doing this. 

For the last part Reading I always do some personal development. which is either reading a book or listening to an audiobook. I will do this anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on how much time I have that day. 

I know it seems like a lot but most of these things can be done in 5-15 minutes depending on how much time you have available. Even spending 5 minutes jumping on a trampoline can be enough to wake you up and get your blood pumping and energy up. These do not need to be long and strenuous activities. 

Tony Robbins would run in the morning while listening to personal development and repeating his affirmations as he was running. So depending on time they can be combined as well. Sometimes when I meditate if I am short on time I will do my visualization as well. 

The order is not a major factor either. Some people prefer to workout first others will prefer to do it last. I like to experiment and see what works best for me. 

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Oola For Women: Find Balance in an unbalanced world by Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl

Oola for Women: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World 
By Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl

I had recently heard about Oola from a Facebook group I am in. I don't believe in coincidences. So, I had just looked up Oola and all about the #Oolalife before I had a chance to review this book. When I got the opportunity to do so I jumped at it. I've been struggling with balance and juggling everything lately as so many women do. Mothers, career women, single gals, married women. It can be so hard to balance career, friends, our boyfriends/husbands/spouses, family, finances, and fitness. Some days it seems like we will never get anything done with a mile long to do list. So, when this book fell into my lap I knew it was just what I had been looking for. I mean who doesn't want more Oola. 

There are 7 areas of Oola:

As I was reading the stories from different women I laughed and I cried. I could relate to so many stories in the book. They all touched my heart in some shape, way, or form. We all have different lives yet we all have so many parallels as well. And the biggest struggle is with balance. 

The chapter that touched me the most was the chapter on Oola Blocker Fear. If you've been reading my blog you know I suffer from anxiety. It's been apart of my life for so long and I feel like it's held me back from so many things in my life. Fear is my biggest Oola blocker. I let it stop me for so many years. And still do at times. I suffered with bad anxiety through most of my 20's. Some of these Oola's have helped. Fitness and Faith the most. As well as Family and Friends. 

The last section of the book is figuring out what you want to focus on and what Oolas you are out of balance with. I see the ones I've been doing well in and the ones that need some help. Then you can create goals around these different Oola areas. There are quizzes in the last section that help you figure this out and can help you narrow down your goals. 

This book is something I will be reading again and again. The stories touched me and I love that it gives you tools to put Oola into practice. 

Oola Life Here I Come! 

Oola for women is officially released May 2nd 
You can find out more here Oolalife

You can pre-order and buy the book upon release here Oola for Women

*I did receive this book for free to review. I was not compensated for writing this review and I am not affiliated with Oola Life. This is my honest opinion of the book. 

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