Full Moon in Gemini Nov 2020

I’ve been looking around for information on the upcoming full moon and the energies it will bring in for everyone. Because every post was pretty sparse on information, I decided to bring it all together into one post and throw in some insights from my guides.

The general vibe I’ve been feeling the last few days is of “wanting to do my own thing” and also “letting go of old patterns”. If you saw my channeling on YouTube, you’ll notice these themes are carrying through the end of the year in a kind of phoenix rising energy. The energy itself is not exactly a burned in the fire feel but more of a swept up in a wind tunnel energy. So imagine you are in one of those wind-box-money-machine things (except it’s a tunnel with no top or bottom), and the dollar bills represent old patterns from your life. You grab the pattern, have a look and decide to let it go and the winds just sweep it away. It’s a time where you will be able to easily see and then easily let go o the patterns.

Now, as this is happening, your higher self has an opportunity to come more into your body and being. Let this happen. It will feel very weird for the ego set to be relaxing into the higher self. It’s not something we have done before, but trust the process and understand that this “new you” is the “real you”. We’re moving into a 5-D consciousness at this time and everything is going to be new.

So with the gemini full moon, what does this mean? As we know gemini is very communicative and vocal. So we will likely want to express the new truths or energy to those around us. Conversely, they will want to do the same. The point of this moment is to hold that non-judgmental space for the people around you. Recognize that what they are expressing is a momentary thought. It may even be an unraveling process. Don’t attach yourself or expectations to what they are saying. Do the same for yourself. So, to make this analogy clearer, imagine that you are looking at the clouds with a friend and you see a rabbit but they see an old lady. Both perspectives are equally valid and correct. Allow these two truths to exist side-by-side. When the wind changes, both of those truths have now been swept away and changed into something else.

Gemini also has a kind of frantic mental energy. You might be getting mentally overwhelmed with information, feeling anxious or a bit short fused. Have compassion with yourself. You can either lean into the energy and take extra time for yourself to write or express your ideas, or you can do something more grounding and be sparing with your words….essentially just feel the energy.

Regardless of how you process, I encourage you to follow your intuition and your own guidance to carry you through this evening. Let yourself be taken on a journey that may be frantic, mutable, and open-minded, you may be surprised by what you learn about yourself when you come back after the full moon and integrate the new information into your life.

The full moons are all about things coming to completion, so have a look around at your manifestation board or to do list and take a moment to celebrate the things that have come to completion in your life.

References

https://virginiarosenberg.com/media-full/2020/11/30/full-moon-in-gemini
https://www.womenshealthmag.com/life/a34704197/full-moon-in-gemini-november-astrology/

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 8°of Gemini – November 30th, 2020 1:30am PST

Motivation

A key ingredient to achieving your dreams is understanding how motivation works, how to get yourself motivated and what style of motivation drives you.

Motivation is the umph! we need to keep moving toward our goals and dreams. The etymology of the word means to literally to stimulate toward action, or a cause for action.

These sources of motivation can be:

1.Intrinsic – meaning you had an idea to do something like get fit, so you started a work out plan. Or you wanted to learn a foreign language, so you signed up for a course.

2. Extrinsic – meaning someone around you pressured you into doing something. An extreme form of this could be an intervention orchestrated by a friend group or family. Extrinsic motivation happens any time there’s outside pressure to change.

3. Fear-based – this happens when you’re motivated to do something because of a fear of failure. This kicks in when you’ve told someone about your goals and you’re afraid of disappointing that person. Fear-based motivation could also help you to overcome your fears. Let’s say you have a fear of flying but you want to travel. You are then motivated to overcome that fear to achieve another goal.

4. Achievement-based – this is where you are motivated to achieve a certain status, complete a task, recognition for work done, or doing certain things in life purely for the “experience points”. I tend to fall into this category and will take on challenging projects or conversations just for the experience of having completed the task.

5. Incentive-based – this is a another version of achievement-based motivation where you can incentivize yourself with smaller rewards. An example could be rewarding yourself with a new “toy” for completing a fitness goal.

6. Attitude Motivation – this is a new form of motivation I just learned about. It’s based on the idea of changing the way you see the world and your belief systems to enhance the quality of your life. I would probably associate this with refining and practicing spiritual beliefs. It can also be related to being motivated to work for a non-profit with a specific cause in an effort to change other’s ideas and beliefs.

7. Family Motivated – this is for people who are motivated to take care of their family or the people they love.

8. Creativity Motivated – applies to people who are motivated by the desire for creative expression. This may also mean that you feel you have a message or something to say that you want to get out into the world.

9. Learning/Competence Motivated – this is a desire to learn and continue to learn. This would be the motivation for a professional student. Someone who just loves learning and being in a learning environment.

10. Psychological Motivation – In this context this means being motivated to fulfill a need from Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. These would be the needs for food, shelter, and self-fulfillment.

These motivations are the driving factors behind behaviors. You can utilize different types of motivation in different situations of life to better serve you. Having an understanding of these different types and applying their uses can help you to achieve your goals.

Conversely, you can look at your behaviors and determine which type of motivation is in play that is causing that behavior. This can help you to break out of negative habits to develop a better life. An example I can think of is quitting smoking. For me smoking was a way to take a break from a situation and calm some anxiety. By learning some simple breathing techniques and applying certain phrases, I was able to learn more healthy coping mechanisms that allow me to stay more connected to others while giving myself what I need in the moment.

That’s a lot to take in and consider. Let’s break the idea of motivation down into some tips and tricks you can use to get yourself moving!

TIPS!

  • Exercise
  • Build A Support System
  • Declare Your Goals
  • Look at Your Goals Daily
  • Find Inspiration
  • One Goal at A Time
  • Smile
  • Go For a Walk (get moving)
  • Recognize the Ebb and Flow of Motivation
  • Take Smaller Steps
  • Celebrate Your Success
  • Call for Help
  • Focus on the Benefits
  • Positive Affirmations
  • Research Others Who Have Achieved Your Dream
  • Talk About Your Dreams with A Friend

Do you have any additional tips for motivation? Are there any particular motivation styles you gravitate towards? Mention them below in the comments!

Time Management

Work smart, not hard…is my approach to time management. For me it’s all about making life’s activities daily activities more efficient so I can spend time on the things that really matter.

In life there are things that must be done and things you want to do. To get them all completed in a timely fashion, you will want to implement some kind of time management system.

Step 1: Prioritize

This means differentiating between those things that must be done today and things that you would like to do. Some examples of things that must be done today are: appointments, school, work, morning routine, taking out the trash, daily exercise, laundry, grocery shopping, and other errands. An example of things you would like to do could be: researching a topic you’re interested in, taking a course online, listening to podcasts, painting, hobbies, watching a tv show, or other enrichment activities.

For me the things that must be done today take precedence over the things I want to do so I will tackle those first and use the other activities as a reward for completing tasks.

Step 2: Pick 3 goals per day. Work with your SMARTER goals, but only give yourself 3 main goals for the day.

As part of my end of day review, I set up my three main tasks for the next day. First, I look at my schedule and see if there’s any important appointments or activities, then I look at my long term goals and pick tasks from there. An example of three main tasks for a day for me could be:

  • Chiropractor
  • Work on the garden
  • Write a blog

Having only three goals doesn’t mean that you’re limited to doing only three things. I pick only three main things to build confidence and to monitor daily progress toward the larger goals. As a high-functioning anxious person, this will put my mind at ease knowing that I have completed enough to be satisfied for today. I also believe that we live in a culture that celebrates being “busy”. What I’ve noticed in my own life is that when I am “busy” either realistically or artificially, I miss the flavor and depth of day-to-day happenings.

Step 3: Set a Time Limit/Window

If you have a lot going on in life like working full-time, going to school, raising a family, or some other time consuming life events, you can still achieve your other goals by carving out a window of time each day. For example, if you want to learn how to play an instrument, start a business, or begin a meditation practice, you can set a specific amount of time each day that you will dedicate to this activity.

An example from my life is setting up a two hour window in the morning for my morning routine. I make it a point to wake up 2 hours before the first thing on my schedule. This allows me enough time to get ready for the day, get in a good mindset, take care of any at home tasks, stretch, etc. without being rushed. This time is super important for me because it sets the tone for the day.

Step 4: Take Breaks Between Tasks

A good rule of thumb for work or longer projects is to work for 50 minutes followed by 10 minutes off. This helps to keep your brain fresh for endurance tasks.

With multiple different tasks, you can try breaking up the tasks with a water break or a snack. If the task is something like research or a meeting I like to take a few moments to journal any thoughts, feelings, or questions that may have come up. This helps determine the next step on a project.

Step 5: Remove Non-essential Tasks

Every now and then, its a good idea to have a look at the grand to do list and cross some things off that are not essential for completing your long-term goals. For me this often ends up being things like watching a certain movie, reading a particular book, or something that’s no longer relevant because I shifted the long-term goal along the way.

This process is similar to getting rid of old clothing. The trick is to put everything on a hangar, and every time you do laundry, you hang up the clean clothes on the right side. After so many months, the clothes you never wear will be on the other side and you can donate them.

With your to do list, this would be the stuff at the bottom. If it hasn’t been done in three months, you probably won’t get to it. Take a load off and delete those items. If they are important enough to you, you’ll remember to do them at some point in the future.

Step 6: Re-evaluate

Time management is a continuous re-evaluation process. Your life goals or situation may change drastically and you will need to reprioritize different aspects. You may discover a new work-out routine or method of completing tasks which can cause a shift by making you more efficient with your time. Either way, as you work with time management, you’ll get to know yourself better and how to use your time wisely.

Do you have tips or tricks for time management? Write them in the comments below!

End of the Day Reflection

It’s the end of the day and things are winding down. Time to take stock of what happened and review. This is a great moment to reflect on the good things in your life, recognize areas where you have improved, and notice other things that came up to work toward.

The act of writing down your review of the day will help to solidify in your mind the direction of your life. It is a great way to track your physical, spiritual, and emotional progress. I encourage you to build your own end of day reflection routine. Remember to keep the routine simple and achievable so you know that you will do it every night. Here are some sample questions to get you started:

What went well today?

How often did I feel happy? What was I doing when I was happy?

Did today matter?

If today was my last day, would I be happy with it?

List 5-10 things I’m grateful for.

How can I make tomorrow better?

Who can I forgive?

What can I let go of?

What was today’s lesson?

How would I describe today in one word?

What didn’t go well today?

What did I learn about myself today?

Where can I send some healing energy out into the world?

What did I do that was nice today?

Here are some activities that you could add to your end of day reflection time:

  • Journaling
  • Meditation
  • Day Dreaming
  • Drinking Tea

Here’s a sample of my end of day reflection prompts:

What does your end of day reflection look like? Do you have any additional questions to suggest? Write me below in the comments!

Morning Mindset

You are a tiger coming out of your lair, getting ready to devour the day! In order to shake off dream land and get in the zone you need the perfect blend of “get-up-and-go”. Utilizing the first 20 minutes of the day to get pumped can set your day up for success.

There are many ways to get into your ideal morning mindset. I encourage you to craft your own set of daily prompts. Here’s a list of different ways to get into the flow:

Activities

  • Drink Coffee
  • Meditate
  • Yoga
  • Play with Pets
  • Journal
  • Listen to Music
  • Write down your dreams
  • Sing
  • Write out your long term goals
  • Look at inspirational quotes

Questions

  • What are my top 3 goals for today?
  • What things must be done today?
  • What can I get excited about?
  • What is one thing I could do to strengthen a relationship today?
  • What are my long term goals?
  • If I was a coach, what would I say to inspire myself?
  • What 5 things am I grateful for?
  • What is my intention for today?
  • What is something I could do today that is outside my comfort zone?
  • What kind of person do I want to be today?
  • What are my affirmations for today?
  • How can I brighten someone’s day?
  • How can I bring more consciousness to my day?

You only want to spend 20-30 minutes getting into your morning mindset. An example of a morning mindset routine could be:

Do push-ups and sit-ups for 10 minutes while listening to music that gets you in the zone. Write out your top three goals for the day. Set your intention for the day. Write out three affirmations and five things you are grateful for, check your schedule for the day, and have a hot cup of coffee.

Do you have any suggestions? What is your morning mindset routine? Write in the comments below!

How I got into Thai Yoga Bodywork

I was supposed to be a rockstar. Doing bodywork was never on my radar growing up. If you told me that I would be working in close proximity with people like this when I was younger, I would have called you crazy.

In my spare time when I wasn’t working toward being a rockstar, I studied. I started with the first philosophers and worked through them up until present time, then I read about psychology, metaphysics, quantum physics, and eventually intuitive medicine.

I have been studying intuitive medicine from different perspectives since 2006. I started with sound, voice, and music healing. Then I worked with the Tomatis Method, Thetahealing, Chakra healing, Vapassana Meditation, Guided Meditations, Affirmations, the metaphysical connection between the mind and body, understanding the beliefs and patterns that are associated with different diseases, and Reiki.

I wasn’t a big fan of talk therapies at that time. I kept on searching for something that resonated with me. It was when I studied Reiki that I finally found something I could work with. Hint, hint….it wasn’t Reiki.

I was studying at a place in downtown Milwaukee and I loved the space so much that I emailed the owners and told them I had to work with them (not, could you hire me? do you have any openings? no, I HAD to work for them). I offered the services I had at the time of cleaning or answering phones. They said they needed more Thai Massage people and I replied, “Where do I get training?”

I started my training in Milwaukee and then started working. At first I was terrified to work on other people’s bodies. I felt it was such a huge responsibility and I didn’t want to hurt anyone, but I continued. As I worked through that first year and a half I noticed the healing benefits of the work. I wanted to learn more.

A client of mine recommended the Thai Massage Circus which is taught in Laos every year during the month of February. I wanted to learn from the source and signed up for the training in 2016.

It was a life-changing experience. I felt that in Milwaukee I learned the A-B-C’s of Thai Massage and in Laos I learned how to write paragraphs and tell stories.

When I came back home, I opened Firewalker Arts and started practicing at my own space. Since then I have been back to Thailand to for additional training and learned foot reflexology.

And again, with foot reflexology, I was a non-believer when I started, but after several years of practice and hearing stories from my clients, I realized that the similarities were not just a coincidence.

I love this work and hope to continue to do bodywork for as long as I can. I have had countless clients come in and enjoy the transformative experience of Thai Massage.

SMARTER Goals!

You may have heard of SMART goals, which can help you to reach great heights, but did you know that SMARTER goals takes this concept to a whole new level? The last two letters stand for “Evaluate” and “Revise” and I believe they are an essential part of the process.

When you take the time to evaluate our progress, it gives you time to reflect on questions like:

Is this goal still something I want to go for or did new information present itself that is inspiring me to shift my course?

Do I need to break down my goal into a smaller step because I am missing some information or a specific skill?

After evaluating you can Revise your goals to reflect the shifts that you want to make.

SMART goals were first mentioned in an article by George T. Duran. If you haven’t heard of SMART goals before, let’s review the process briefly.

S – Specific

First you need to choose a specific area of improvement. This could be in the area of relationships, career, finance, hobbies, learning a skill, fitness, and so on. Let’s say for the sake of this article we focus on the area of fitness. Some great questions for setting a specific goal are:

What do I want to achieve?

Why is this goal important?

M – Measurable

Now we select a bench mark. Some fitness goal examples are: 1. Cardio three times a week 2. Play sports twice a week 3. 100 sit-ups a day –and so on. The goal needs to be measurable so you can know when you have achieved success.

How much?

How many?

How will I know when the goal is accomplished?

A – Achievable

Now we want to make sure that this goal is achievable. If it’s not achievable at this time, maybe the goal needs to be broken down into a smaller step first to get to a point where it’s achievable. For the fitness example, do you have all the equipment you would need? Do you need a gym membership?

Do I have all the resources I need to achieve this?

How realistic is it based on my constraints?

R – Relevant

In the fitness example, you may have a broader goal of becoming fit or being healthy. If that’s the case, your fitness goal aligns with your values of being fit and healthy.

Does this goal align with your long-term goals and values?

Is it the right time to work toward this goal (seasonal, political, financial, or other restrictions)?

Is it the right time in your life to work toward this goal?

T – Time Specific

Setting a time frame can really help you to become motivated to achieve your goals. In the fitness example this could mean engaging in cardio 3 times a week for 30 minutes.

When will you see results?

How long will you engage in the activity for? Minutes? Weeks? Months?

Do you want to complete this goal by a specific date?

E – Evaluate

As mentioned above, this step can be important in determining if you need to correct your course. You might be struggling with achieving your original goal, or find that you don’t like a particular exercise and need to switch to something else. This phase of evaluation will help you to recognize a change is needed.

Is this goal still relevant?

Is this goal still achievable?

Did I learn new information that inspired me to change course?

R – Readjust

Now that you’ve evaluated your progress you have the opportunity to adjust your original goal. You might also change your approach to achieving the goal. Let’s say you started your fitness program at home, but found yourself unmotivated. Maybe attending a class at a gym would help to keep you accountable to your goal.

Readjust may also apply to your mindset. Take a moment to consider the thoughts you have that arise when you are engaged in activities. If you find that there’s a lot of negative chatter, try using some positive affirmations to make your work easier. Say to yourself “I can achieve anything I put my mind to” or “In it to Win it” before your activity.


Let me know how your SMARTER goals are coming along! Write me below in the comments.

References:

https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/career-development/smart-goals

https://www.projectsmart.co.uk/brief-history-of-smart-goals.php

https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/smart-goals.htm

How to Handle Mars Retrograde 2020

September 9th – November 13th

2020 has been a year for the books. We have seen a lot of things come to light in 2020 vision and the ride is not over yet. While each of us have been clearing out the dense energies and emotions, the next couple of months will be like a highlight reel of the year so far.

Things you have already cleared will come up one last time to “say good-bye” and that’s exactly what you should do. Just wave and let it pass you by. If you find that these are bringing up deeper emotions try and just sit with them and watch them until they pass. What you don’t want to do is grab on and develop an attachment. Simply let it flow through you by focusing on your breath and recognize that this pattern presenting itself is an old version of you.

Mars is the planet of action and when it’s in retrograde your plans may feel like they are not moving forward. There’s a possibility to see people more frustrated during this time period because they are trying to push through this mud. To work with the Mars retrograde energy, it’s better to wait until the energy moves you forward. Sit in contemplation and re-evaluate your goals one more time. This year has been a major course correct for many people and even if you have already “Mari condoed” your life path or your home three times, it may be time to take one last sweep through to really focus and clean up. Come November, the train will start moving forward again at full speed ahead. You want to make sure that you are ready for this energetic shift.

Mars retrograde will also be bringing up anger issues. You may throw tantrums or see others throw tantrums. The best advice when you are witnessing this is to just hold this person in a compassionate way and wait until this is over. They are just letting go of anger and it’s important that you also don’t hold on to this release.

This is really good advice for the whole year and life in general. Humans are like a flickering flame, constantly in motion and never the same from one moment to the next. When someone is having an emotional reaction, hold them in compassion and when it is over, let it go with them. Holding on to emotions keeps us trapped in the past. We want to be continually showing up in the present moment and to do that we need to let go of our old selves.

This time will feel like the energy of the phoenix rising. The old will be burned off and the new you will rise up from the ashes. This will just happen due to the alignments at this time, just allow the energy to work on you and let go of your old self.

Much Love & Light!

-Ananda

Chakra Meditation Workshop

Location: Hot Heads Salon 6100 W Viet St. Milwaukee, WI

Fridays:
10/30    Root
11/06    Sacral
11/13    Solar Plexus
11/20    Heart
12/4      Throat
12/11    Third Eye
12/18    Crown  

The chakra system is a series of energy centers associated with different areas of the body. This system is an in-depth map of the full range of human possibilities. Awareness of this ancient system is a guiding compass on the journey of life. Dedicated practice with the chakra system is a formula for wholeness.

We have limited space for 5 participants only to maintain social distancing and proper Covid-19 precautions. You must register in advance of the course to reserve your space.


$140 for the entire course.

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Thai Yoga Bodywork Workshop – Thursday November 12th 7pm

6100 W Vliet St. Milwaukee

Learn Thai Yoga Bodywork techniques! This workshop will focus on loosening up your hips! The hips are the power house of the body, responsible for proper locomotion and carrying you forward in balance. Learn these techniques with a friend or family member so you can practice at home later. These techniques are great for sciatica, low back pain, hip pain, getting grounded, increasing mobility, increasing circulation, and more.

We are able to accommodate 4 pairs and maintain social distancing. Sign up today with your quaranteam partner to secure your spot. 
$60/per pair.​

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