How to improve your “Emotional Intelligence.”

Emotional intelligence is our capability to recognize our own emotions and those of others. This encourages the development of discernment between different feelings so we can label them appropriately. If we become able to structure our emotional information it will guide our thinking and behavior, towards easier transition into different type of environments facilitating us to achieve our goals.

While emotions are associated with bodily reactions that are activated through neurotransmitters and hormones released by the brain, feelings are the conscious experience of emotional reactions.

Feelings are sparked by emotions and shaped by personal experiences, beliefs, memories, and thoughts linked to that particular emotion.

Strictly speaking, a feeling is the side product of your brain perceiving an emotion and assigning a certain meaning to it.

In summary the difference between emotions and feelings are as described bellow…

Emotions are neuro-physiological reactions unleashed by an external or internal stimulus (emotions are physical). This explains why not being able to decompress trapped emotions as response to environmental stress can erode our cells tissue eventually creating physical and mental struggles.

Feelings are a self-perception of specific emotions, being a  subjective expression of emotions (feelings are mental).

Here are some tips to improve your emotional intelligence:

1. Reflect on your emotions.

2. Assertive communication, but still respectful.

3. Ask for others perspectives.

4. Accept criticism. Ask what you can learn rather than resist.

5. Press the “Pause” button. Allow your attention to your breath, press your tongue towards the roof of your mouth (behind the front teeth) inhale deeply through your nose and when you exhale allow yourself to let go of any resistant feelings that clouds your critical thinking (the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment) process.

6. Practice maintaining your positive attitude regardless of others.

7. Respond rather than reacting to conflict. (Review tip #5).

8. Practice self awareness. Keeping attention into the present moments protects from triggers rooted from unrelated past experiences that might unconsciously boost behavior projections.

9. Explore and understand the “why.”

10. Empathize, Empathize, Empathize.

11. Be observant.

12. Hunt for the good stuff (make inventory of each emotion, looking forward to find something good or a lesson out of each life’s event).

Example:

If a job interview was suddenly cancelled and rescheduled, focus your energy thinking that the Universe is giving you more time to prepare or that it could be heavenly protection from driving on the road that specific day.

13. Allow yourself to embrace yoga. The practice of yoga helps achieve a balance within the internal and external environment, thereby seeking to attain mental, spiritual and physical well-being.

14. Practice always. If you practice at least *21 days how to improve your emotional intelligence you will see the difference making it part of your daily routine.

Last but not least;

” See thru the eyes of compassion. Listen with ears of tolerance. Speak with the language of love.” -Rumi

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; RYT-200 hrs; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

* Scientific research has shown that 21 is the required amount of days to develop cellular memory in order to create a good habit.

Learning to Hunt For the Good Stuff.

I barely share negative experiences not because of denial of them, I do acknowledge their existence but just because as a person with strong resilience training and developed skills in addition to energy healing & holistic trainings, I’m not an encourager of nurturing the victim archetype through my work.

Nonetheless since gratitude is my subject today, I will share the reason based on a personal experience.

Last night on my way home another driver asleep or drunk (who never stopped the march) was driving on the opposite lane with the car’s light turned off. After realizing what I had in front of me I tried to pull over my vehicle to the right side but I lost control of my car.

I was so scared when felt the right side tires on the air with the attempt of turning my Jeep upside down. With the uncertainty of what was next, I closed my eyes asking God for help.

I thought (from the bottom of my heart) that it would be too hard to get out of this adversity test without physical damage, because a car is material stuff at the end of the road.

Within the darkness around the scene I started to see a blinding light out of nowhere which gave me the strength to get it together with an incredible courage in order to take control of the situation while suddenly felt both tires grounding back to the grass (and away from the lane’s spot, I found myself with the vehicle still in march).

I was able to push the brake literally in frozen mode and after calming down in the event that I felt like getting off the car & run away from it…
I started back the engine and kept my way back home (safely).

Incredibly the only damage my car received was at the left front wheel with some scratches. Which is something replaceable.

Last but not least;

I felt something on the rug around my feet and when looking downwards was the religious scapular of Archangel Michael, Don Roberto (a member of the Sacred Sacrament adoration group) had given me just 24 hours prior to this event at the Chapel where I celebrate mass, and which I posted (practicing gratitud) in my facebook page during Thursday evening.

Here is the only simple damage received to my vehicle.

Now how to make this a Grateful Day

First:

Be grateful for your life, because when you woke up not everyone made it this far.

Gratitude should not be just a reaction to getting what you want, but an all the time gratitude, the kind where you notice the little things and where you constantly look for the good, even in unpleasant situations.

Second:

Start bringing gratitude to your experiences, instead of waiting for a positive experience in order to feel grateful.

For example:

I wake up everyday in gratitude to God for another day of life and without covid-19, so what I explained above deepens my gratitude, but humbly I suggest not to wait for something bad to happen in your life in order to be grateful.

Third:

Hunt for the good stuff:

This is a resilience skill in which you notice everyday positive experiences or discover something positive through a set back or problem.

Reflect on the positive experiences to think more about and savor the experience.

Journaling exercise to hunt for the good stuff:

Journal to record minimum 3 good things a day…

An objective Example:

  1. Waking up alive is a gift
  2. Having food to eat everyday
  3. Having a source of income to pay your bills and survive

After that, write a reflection of at least one sentence about one or more of the following topics:

A subjective example:

a) Why this good thing happened to me?

In my case because if the good wouldn’t happened to me; I could have been killed or kill someone, which thankfully did not happen.

b) What this good thing means to you?

In my case I felt (and faith here is important) a supreme Divine force taking control of the situation, remember I had asked God for help desperately.

c) What you can do tomorrow to enable more of this good thing?

In my case to avoid during the night that route, which I took to avoid a bunch of stopping lights but is not as illuminated and safe than another route that would take me home.

What way you or others contributed to this good thing?

In my case, I prayed and it evidentially gave good results.

Have a grateful day

Author:
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

Conscious Breathing With Three-Part-Breath.

Three-Part Breath is often the first breathing technique taught to new yoga practitioners, it teaches you to breathe fully and completely.

The “three parts” are the abdomen, diaphragm, and chest. During Three-Part Breath, you first completely fill your lungs and chest. During Three-Part Breath, you first completely fill your lungs with air, as though you are breathing into your belly, ribcage, and upper chest.

Then you exhale completely, reversing the flow, repeat a few times.

Benefits of the practice:

Ineffective breathing is a common problem in today’s modern world, compounded by poor posture and long periods of sitting or driving.

When you breathe shallowly (called “chest breathing”), the air only enters your upper chest and very little enters your lower chest.

This causes a lack of oxygen to your blood vessels, which can create strain on your heart and lungs.

Learning to breathe deeply will increase your oxygen supply, which, in turn, will help to decrease stress and anxiety levels.

Additionally, focusing on your body during Three-Part Breath brings awareness to the present moment and calms your mind. Which is a quick and effective technique to practice mindfulness.

According to studies, you can inhale and exhale up to seven times as much air (and oxygen and prana) during a three-part breath than in a shallow, chest-based breath.

This deep breathing is the foundation for other yogic exercises, such as meditation and cleansing kriyas.

Three-Part Breath is often used at the very beginning of a yoga practice to settle in and prepare oneself for practice and meditation.

This technique is particularly beneficial in everyday life because it requires no special sound or position to achieve a grounded and relaxed state of awareness.

When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.

Let’s do a brief pranayama practice:

Allow youself to pause and connect with your breath.

Bring your attention at the present moment.

Grab a seat or get yourself comfortable.

Close your eyes gently. Feel your feet grounding to the earth like a tree.

Set your watch or clock timer for three minutes.

Soften your face and bring your tongue towards the roof of your mouth, behind the front teeth.

Take a short inhalation throughout your nose from the belly area, without exhaling take another inhalation from your lungs area (keep retaining your breath), take another inhalation from your upper chest area, imagine that your are inhaling from your shoulders.

Now begin to exhale from your upper chest, from your lungs area (imagine that you are cleansing your heart from any tension or sorrow), and allowing yourself to let go anything that doesn’t have to stay within your cells tissue exhale from your belly area.

Begin to inhale from your belly area and keep repeating the above guidance during three minutes.

Last but not least:

“Deep breaths are little love notes to your body.”

Author:
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

We are like a Snowflake…

We are different in our own beautiful way.

However, when you choose joy you feel good and when you feel good you do good… You do good and when you do good it reminds others what joy feels like and it just might inspire them to do the same.

This year has been a global wellness lesson for all of us. Having to embrace a pandemic, that pushed us to leave our comfort zone and even more how to learn to go and grow with the flow.

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.

Remember although we fall, we break and fail sometimes if we keep our thoughts focused on thinking; what is the best I will take out of this?

You will allow yourself to rise, to heal and overcome whatever is on your way.

Merry Christmas and thanks for so much support through so many followers of Semperlee Yoga Blog.

I feel so honored, humbled and grateful to be part of your choice as a blogger.

I also hope to serve you even better every single day.

Last but not least, may all our thoughts, words and actions contribute to the peace, healing and love of this humanity.

Namaste

Author:
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

The Night Before Christmas.

Greetings Beautiful Soul.

Take this gift from a Christmas Star.

A diamond shines no brighter than that lovely Christmas star.

It shines in all its brilliance its seen from near or far.

A symbol of the Christ child as he lays upon the hay.

It tells to all the waiting world a King was born that day.

See Bethlehem star shining like the chamber of your heart, free of pain full of faith, hope, love and new beginnings on your path.

Let us keep our thoughts forever turning to the savior and the light within our heart.

I hope you a beautiful day and wonderful Christmas Eve. With Love

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

When the tough gets going…

Life is a gift, but we need to make the best out of it and when the tough gets going the strong will work harder to meet the challenge.

Remember if you already survive your challenging delivery and arrival experience the day you were born, then look at yourself in the mirror and repeat “I am resilient.” In other words that you are born with the gift of facing life’s chances and adversities with its required surviving skills.

Decision making is the process of making choices by identifying a decision, gathering information, and assessing alternative resolutions.

TIPS FOR MAKING DECISIONS

• Never make a decision when you are emotionally charged whether happy or sad.

Never make a decision when you are hungry.

Take at least 24 hours to make any big decision.

Never agree to something when you are not sure if it’s the right thing for you.

Do not allow yourself to be pressured into a decision.

Never make a decision based only on one factor.

Last but not least;

“Life is a ten percent what happens to us and ninety percent of how we respond to it.” -Charles Swindoll

Author:
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

How to hear during silence.

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” -Ram Dass

What was meditation and Buddhist guru Ram Dass really implying?

The general goal of mindfulness and self-discovery is to quiet the endless parade of thoughts that march through our minds almost incessantly.

Self-discovery is extremely important when there is lack of grounding due to several events that during our lives, we have to face and react unexpectedly.

Also self-discovery provides support to develop resilience skills in order to deal with emotional trauma (when applicable) sometimes caused during childhood. Unfortunately it remains in the subconscious until another trauma or stressful routine triggers the mind and hence its resistance to deal with it.

Most of our errant thoughts are rooted in the past and future – thoughts of fear, fantasy, frustration, envy and regret.

Rarely are we completely rooted in the present moment. So when we learn how to control a phantom mind, through at least 15 minutes daily doing meditation, there will be multiple benefits that extend from the crown of our head all the way to our feet.

We connect with our breath and learn how to use it as a resource to pace the mind. People have gotten used to constantly talking, listening to television or music, or making noise in other ways. Creating noise just for the sake of noise will never let us understand the beauty of silence or appreciate the world around us.

Take 2 minutes and do nothing but listen, without talking or having any background noise, and you may be amazed at what you hear.

The sound of birds singing, insects buzzing, and all of the other noises that are going on are often overlooked because they are not clearly heard.

If you go into nature and you are silent you will find that nature can be quite noisy in a natural and appealing way.

The importance of silence is also a factor in relationships, because if you are always talking then you are not hearing what your partner is saying.

It is better to be silent and practice situational awareness, only speaking when this is necessary, so that you can truly hear what others are trying to tell you. Instead of standing in front of the person talking and instead of being present the mind is wondering somewhere else.

Last but not least;

“Meditate and let the light of the heart engulf you “ -G.C

Author:
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; RYT-200 hrs; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

How to be mentally strong.

In order to be mentally strong people, we need to recognize our tendency to develop certain patterns of self-sabotage thinking and behavior due to a belief” programming” we absorb from those around us during past experiences.

If this mental state stimulates unwanted anxiety and hurt (depending on the circumstances) we need to start doing something about it.

If we recognize that these old patterns of behavior are not working for us in our present we have the power to stop them from causing more harm than good.

Also accept that if we keep doing what we are always doing we will not be able to let go and move on towards a better state of positive thinking.

Below are some recommendations to improve mental strength:

• Don’t fear alone time.

• Don’t dwell on the past.

• Don’t feel the world owes you.

• Don’t expect immediate results.

• Don’t fear taking calculated risks.

• Don’t give up after the first failure.

• Don’t shy away from responsibilities.

• Don’t worry about pleasing everyone.

• Don’t resent on other people’s success.

• Don’t let others influence emotions

• Don’t waste time feeling sorry for yourself.

• Don’t waste energy on things you can’t control.

Last but not least;

“Your mind is a powerful weapon if you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change in a positive way.”

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; RYT-200 hrs; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

Spread Your Wings And Fly – SEMPERLEE YOGA

Until you spread your wings, you’ll have no idea how far you can fly. When the stormy winds of life threaten to knock you down, may you have the courage to spread your wings and fly! No bird can fly without opening its wings, and no one can love without exposing their hearts. You’ve to…
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Spread Your Wings And Fly

Until you spread your wings, you’ll have no idea how far you can fly. When the stormy winds of life threaten to knock you down, may you have the courage to spread your wings and fly!

No bird can fly without opening its wings, and no one can love without exposing their hearts.

You’ve to spread your wings if you really want to fly. Take risks, try new things, go places you haven’t gone, be willing to not know, be okay with making mistakes.

Death and love are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven. Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. Imagine what will happen to a child who’s not provided the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.

How to let go of what weighs you down?

Begin by learning to control your breath. Allowing yourself that awareness will provide you better physiological responses of relaxation in the midst of challenges.

Begin to meditate “To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrender.”

Embrace mindfulness, keeping yourself at the present will decrease unnecessary worries about what will happen tomorrow.

Embrace into the practice of yoga, it will help you to let go and release from mental and physical blockages that creates a sensation of carrying the world on your shoulders.

Becoming able to master both skills, is to surrender and winning at the same time. Because once you control the turbulence of you thoughts, you are able to let go anything that weighs you down. Hence you will go further than you could ever dreamed possible.

God will only push you off a cliff if He’s going to give you wings to fly.

Spread your wings of love, and let your mind fly to a distant land where love is the air of life.

Last but not least;

It was pride that changed angels into devils, it is humility that makes men as angels.

Namaste

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; RYT-200 hrs; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

How to embrace “The Hero’s Journey” in order to rebirth.

There are moments in life when we feel that we need to step out of something or someone that instead of nurturing our evolution towards a higher self, is dragging us back. Here is the thing, there is a gift we all have which is called discernment. We are energy and there is lots of scientific search and research that sustains it, you just have to navigate on the web in order to find it. So, I will not begin giving a class about that subject.

Being that said, when I took a course about Christ healing I learned about the existence of this precious gift we all have and I would like to share some of that.

Discernment works through our inner voice/intuition, awareness on this because sometimes our ego (representing our inner shadow struggles) https://wp.me/p7G3QF-qv, posted in mindfulness, yoga), begins to operate from our inner vulnerabilities to confuse us within a back and forth loop generating energy of self guilt and drama. That way this hold us back from letting go and move on towards a better version of ourselves finding a state of wellness anywhere else.

When you feel that something or someone brings to your life enlightenment, self-grow, self-love and even encourages any spiritual or religious practice that contributes to your resilience in a positive way; that… is an energy of high vibration which is closer to our “Higher Power” or “God”.

However, if it happens creating you disorientation, anxiety, guilt with self punishment orientation, constant isolation then is an energy that has roots from a low vibration which is obviously dragging you away from your “Higher Power” and source of inner and external love which as result ends up driving you into sorrow and unhappiness.

From my military background I learned about personal courage as an army value, that does not states there is absence of fear, instead teaches us to transmute that fear into a positive energy that will remind us to stay alert if engaged into combat during the darkness (looking forward to survive until dawn) by taking unfamiliar routes in order to succeed until the sun rises.

In summary do not be afraid to take an unfamiliar path. Sometimes they are the ones that take you to the best places. Allow yourself to embrace your inner Hero’s Journey.

Joseph Campbell developed a narratology to guide us into this journey, named “The Hero’s Journey” which is the common template of stories that involve a hero who goes on an adventure, is victorious in a decisive crisis and comes home changed or transformed.

Campbell who was influenced by Carl Jung’s analytical psychology, used the monomyth to deconstruct and compare religions. In his famous book The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), he describes the narrative pattern as follows:

“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”

Below is an illustration of this template and a breakdown of the steps.

1. Ordinary World:

This is where our Hero’s exists before our present story begins, oblivious of the adventures to come. It’s our comfort zone. Our everyday life where we learn crucial details about our true nature, capabilities and outlook on life. This anchors our Hero as a human, just like you and me, and makes it easier for us to identify with him and hence later, empathize with his plight.

2. Call To Adventure

Our adventure begins when we receive a call to action, such as a direct threat to our safety, our family, our way of life or to the peace of the community in which we live. It may not be as dramatic as a gunshot, but simply a phone call or conversation but whatever the call is, and however it manifests itself, it ultimately disrupts the comfort of our Ordinary World and presents a challenge or quest that must be undertaken.

3. Refusal Of The Call

Although we may be eager to accept the quest, at this stage we will have fears that need overcoming. Second thoughts or even deep personal doubts as to whether or not our Hero is up to the challenge. When this happens, we will refuse the call and as a result may suffer somehow. The problem we face may seem to much to handle and the comfort of home far more attractive than the perilous road ahead. This would also be our own response and once again helps us bond further with our reluctant Hero.

4. Meeting The Mentor “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”

At this crucial turning point we desperately need guidance and in serendipity the Universe (God) bring us a mentor figure who gives us something we need. Therefore we could be given an object of great importance, insight into the dilemma we face, wise advice, practical training or even self-confidence. Whatever the mentor provides us with it serves to dispel our doubts and fears encouraging the strength and courage we need to begin our quest. This is when our fears begin to transmute into personal courage, as I mentioned during my introduction.

5. Crossing The Threshold (the doorway)

Our Hero is now ready to act upon the call to adventure and truly begin the quest, whether it be physical, spiritual or emotional. We may go willingly or may be pushed, but either way we finally cross the threshold between the comfort zone and the challenge we are not familiar with, but represents the light or fulfillment into this quest. It may be leaving home for the first time in our life or just doing something we have always been scared to do. However the threshold presents itself, this action signifies our commitment to this journey.

6. Tests, Allies, Enemies

Now finally out of our comfort zone our Hero is confronted with an ever more difficult series of challenges that test us in a variety of ways. Obstacles are thrown across our path; whether they be physical hurdles or people sabotaging our progress, our Hero must overcome each challenge is presented along the journey towards the ultimate goal.

We need to find out who can be trusted and who can’t. Our Hero may earn allies and meet enemies who will, each in their own way, help prepare us for the greater ordeals yet to come. They will become our teachers as well. This is the stage where our skills and/or powers are tested and every obstacle that we face helps us gain a deeper insight into our character and ultimately identify with our Hero even more.

7. Approach To The Inmost Cave

The inmost cave may represent many things in our story such as an actual location in which lies a terrible danger or an inner conflict which up until now we have not had to face. As our Hero approaches the cave (solitude) we must make final preparations before taking that final leap into the great unknown.

At the threshold to the inmost cave we may once again face some of the doubts and fears that first surfaced upon the call to adventure. This means that we may need some time to reflect upon our journey and the treacherous road ahead in order to find the courage to continue. This brief respite helps the people around us to understand the magnitude of the ordeal that awaits us and escalates the tension in anticipation of our ultimate test.

8. Ordeal

The Supreme Ordeal may be a dangerous physical test or a deep inner crisis that we must face in order to survive or for the world in which we live to continue to exist. Whether it be facing our greatest fear or most deadly foe, we must draw upon all of our skills and experiences gathered upon the path to the inmost cave in order to overcome our most difficult challenge.

Only through some form of “death” we can be reborn, experiencing a metaphorical resurrection that somehow grants us greater power or insight necessary in order to fulfill our destiny. This is the high-point of our story and where everything we hold dear (emotional baggage) is put on the line. If our Hero fails, he will either die or live as he knows it will never be the same again.

9. Reward (Seizing The Sword)

After defeating the enemy, surviving death and finally overcoming our greatest personal challenge, we are ultimately transformed into a new state, emerging from battle as a stronger person and often with a prize.

The Reward may come in many forms:

An object of great importance or power, a secret, greater knowledge or insight, or even reconciliation with a loved one or ally.

Whatever the treasure, which may well facilitate our return to the Ordinary World, that when we must quickly put celebrations aside and prepare for the last leg of his journey.

10. The Road Back

This stage represents a reverse echo of the Call to Adventure in which we had to cross the first threshold. Now we must return home with our reward but this time the anticipation of danger is replaced with that of acclaim and perhaps vindication, absolution or even exoneration.

But our Hero’s journey is not yet over and we may still need one last push back into the Ordinary World. The moment before we finally commit to the last stage of our journey may be a moment in which we must choose between our own personal objective and that of a Higher Cause.

11. Resurrection

This is the climax in which our Hero must have the final and most dangerous encounter with the metaphorical death. The final battle also represents something far greater than our own existence with its outcome having far-reaching consequences to our Ordinary World and the lives of those we left behind.

If we fail, others will suffer and this not only places more weight upon our shoulders but in a movie, grips the audience so that they too feel part of the conflict and share our Hero’s hopes, fears and trepidation. Ultimately our Hero will succeed, destroy the (inner) enemy and emerge from battle cleansed and reborn.

12. Return With The Elixir

This is the final stage of our journey in which we return home to our Ordinary World a changed human being. We will have grown as a person, learned many things, faced many terrible dangers and even death but now looks forward to the start of a new life.

Our return may bring fresh hope to those we left behind, a direct solution to their problems or perhaps a new perspective for everyone to consider.

The final reward that we obtains may be literal or metaphoric.

It could be a cause for celebration, self-realization or an end to strife, but whatever it is it represents three things:

• Change

• Success

• Proof of our journey.

The return home also signals the need for resolution for the story’s other key players.

Our doubters or enemies will be ostracized, and our allies rewarded.

Ultimately we will return to where we started with a better version of ourselves and things will clearly never be the same again.

Last but not least;

“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is when the “hero” within us is revealed.”

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; RYT-200 hrs; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.

References;

1. https://innerpeaceouterjoy.com/the-heros-journey-an-archetypal-blueprint-for-our-lives/

2. Owning Your Shadow ( Robert A. Johnson) First edition.

To heal a wound, you need to stop touching it.

The best thing you can do today is to enjoy what is here in your life. Bringing yourself to the present is one of the best gifts you can do to yourself, if you want to love yourself embracing a journey to heal a wound from your past… Focus on your blessings and if there is a thought that is not in alignment to your blessings, visualize that you are holding a helium ballon with that uncomfortable thought that will erode your cells tissue (if you keep holding on to it) and allow yourself to let it go inside the helium ballon to the Universe in order to transmute into something positive.

Gently close your eyes and repite:

“I have so many blessings in front of me that are waiting to be enjoyed. I am free from everything that used to weigh me down and cause me stress. This chapter of my life is the greatest one yet.”

When a past event or trauma affects our lives to a point that it makes it hard to bring us back to the present moment with enough resilience to empower us to keep hunting for the good stuff out of our past experiences and it affects our physical health we might consider to approach a professional mental health or even a Life coach as complementary support.

Remember if God sent a woman to partner the first person he created, the message is that there are moments in life when we will need help from someone. The military calls that “The Buddy System”.

Keep in mind that when we nurture and keep a grateful heart we attract more to be grateful for.

You can monitor yourself with the following signs in order to see your progress when you decide to heal from a past experience and begin to feel ready to move on:

1. You become more observing even to the existence of birds hovering around when you are walking, because you inner peace will allow you to do so.

2. You become less judging.

3. You become more responding positively and less reacting.

4. You develop more self love.

5. You learn progressively how to stop self sabotage.

6. You learn how to set healthy boundaries.

7. You learn to forgive yourself another without resentments.

8. You develop progressively inner peace.

9. You become careful and protect yourself from inner and outer chaos caused by negative or toxic people.

10. You develop more clarity and less confusion.

11. You develop more faith and less fear.

Last but not least;

“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” ― Caroline Myss

Author:

Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; Criminal Justice, BA; RYT-200 hrs; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda; Reiki Master; Spirit Guide Coach; Master Resilience Trainer.