Simple Ideas for Coping and Balancing

Over the past 10 months since COVID-19 19 came to visit, change has been never ending. Figuring out ways to navigate outside in the world with caution as well as maintaining a safe home is ongoing. I can imagine how other world events like the Great Depression, terrorist activity, wars, and natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes impacted and traumatized people for the rest of their lives.

The stress we are all experiencing now may have an effect on us even after we are able to resume our activities. Yes, I am grateful for all that I have and ways I’ve grown, yet when our world once again feels easier, and I’ll probably keep most of the coping habits that I’ve learned and practice for a long time to come. 

Planting and Gardening 

Calling friends often 

Laughing  

Cleaning and decluttering 

Online chats and meetings and work 

Cleaning the fridge more often 

Learning new things 

Pampering myself 

Making special meals on occasions 

Walking 

Ordering online when possible 

Staying stocked up 

Keeping a cheerful attitude 

Exercising at home (along with YouTube) 

Shopping smarter 

Washing hand often and thoroughly 

Using parks and community resources  

Celebrating in new ways 

Trying new recipes 

Learning to work from home 

Shopping differently; avoiding weekend shopping if possible 

Puzzles and games  

Buying more consciously 

Meditating and reducing stress 

Practicing gratitude, compassion and forgiveness 

Carla Geddes is an educator and certified life coach who partners with women over fifty to help them make desired change. As a result of working together, women enjoy more clarity, balance, control and energy. Carla leads a monthly Meetup group, Life in Balance, Richmond, VA. She also offers private group programs and one-on-one coaching opportunities.  

Contact Carla at ipcoaching_cg@verizon.net 

Check out the video from the SPIRITMINDBODY January Gathering

During these stress-filled times, how do you keep your body in tip top shape. Let’s be proactive to weather this storm. Let’s get creative and discover the silver linings.

If you have trouble viewing the video attached, click here to go to the video on our Facebook page: smb.rva

A Spiritual Look at Pandemic Fatigue

Let’s face it… 2020 has been the weirdest year for many of us and many folks have been stressed out, but is there more about this pandemic that we might not understand yet? As we take the time to “go within,” to communicate with our Higher Self, angels, and spirit guides, what messages do we hear, sense, or know? Are we getting a better idea about what serves our highest good and mankind? Are we discerning where to put our energies and what we need to let go of? Are we “going confidently in the direction of our dreams”?

The SPIRITMINDBODY community explores all of these and more…

Even though this year has been stressful, we have sought to inspire you to find ways to refocus and find creative solutions through our speakers and programs. And even though we will not be able to have our usual “Celebration of Light” for our December Gathering, we will focus on a World Healing Meditation because the power of the group is REAL. And we are delighted to have our Practitioners back this month to offer Private Mini-sessions. Maybe it’s time for you to treat yourself to a session with one or more of our Practitioners: Carla Geddes – Core Energy Coach, Wilma Langeveld – BodyTalk Energy Work, Carole Louie – Medium & Past Life Regression Therapist, Rev. Lisa C. Marks – Energy Healing & Chakra Card Readings, and Dan O’Neal – Sound Healing.

Join us for the  December Gathering in-person at 1007 Peachtree Boulevard (seating is limited and we will follow Covid guidelines) & on Zoom. Here’s how the Private mini-sessions will work. They will be 20 minutes for $20/session and will be at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, and 3:30 P.M. ET. Gift certificates will be available. Sign up for your session(s) ahead of time. Just like our other Gatherings, you can book more than one session.

Monica Metz will host our Karma Café from 1:00 to 4:00. She will walk you through Myiasgarden, a spiritual gift boutique. Monica will also demonstrate Tarot readings and of course there are sure to be lively discussions.

For more information about each practitioner, Follow us on Facebook. To make your reservations & get the Zoom Link, contact Carole Louie at carolelouie5555@gmail.com or 804-481-5555.

Come explore the connection of spirit, mind & body with us.

The Healing Benefits of Laughter

Learning to laugh might sound like an odd lesson, but… we embraced it whole-heartedly at the SPIRITMINDBODY June Gathering. Led by Slash Coleman, Laughter Ambassador and Laughter Yoga Teacher, I faked it until I made it. It wasn’t as easy as it sounds – at least, for me, but soon I was in the swing of things and I laughed so hard that I cried. Then… I released some pent up emotional energies and laughed some more. And who knew laughter could burn calories?

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Slash. Ha ha ha, ho ho ho! Yeah!

If you missed the Gathering, you can watch the video on our Facebook page.

To learn more, go to Laughter Yoga Richmond

Positivity for a Healthy Functioning Immune System

by Carla Geddes

         

Experts are telling us that optimizing our immune system involves more than one factor. The immune system is a complex, integrated system needing generous amounts of sleep, exercise, sunshine, water, social connections, nutrition, and a healthy gut, while we manage our stress, negative thinking, and eliminate toxins. 

If you are like me, you may find some days have been easier than others to handle during this unprecedented, changing world. Sometimes I feel “up” and energized and other times…not so much. It is those “down” times we may want to choose to do extra nice things for ourselves to feel better just as if we were trying to help our best friend. Here are a few simple ideas to give yourself an emotional lift.

1. Listen to happy, hopeful music like, ” Here Comes the Sun”, ” Don’t Stop Believing,” ” I Will Survive,” Any upbeat music you love will work. Dancing helps too!

2. Think of what you are grateful for. In fact, make yourself a list and keep it handy as a reminder when you need it. Perhaps you may want to put each thought individually on an index card then pick one from your deck to think about.

3. Think of times you felt the happiest in life. Pretend that your brain has a room in it like an art gallery where you hang pictures of your happiest scenes. Visit it whenever you want to.

4. Do some fire breathing to get more oxygen into your blood. (Find out how to do it safely so you do not hyperventilate). Get up and move, move, move.

5. Smile for 20 seconds.

6. Laugh out loud. YouTube has samples of Laughter Yoga to join in with.

7. Work on your dreams and goals. Take one step towards realizing it.

8. Be of service to someone. Do something nice for someone. Connect with someone.

9. Gently tap your fingers for 10 minutes up and down your arms and legs, around your face and neck, then on your shoulders, collar bone and upper back to stimulate the acupressure points.

10. Do something you love to do. Schedule an activity into your day. (Perhaps it would be best not to eat that piece of chocolate cake.)

You do not have do all of these at once but keep some of your favorites in your back pocket and use them to nourish yourself.  

P.S.  Let me know of any great tips you might have so I can share them with others. 

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Carla Geddes partners with women over fifty to help them make desired change. As a result of working together, women enjoy more clarity, balance, control, and energy. Look for Carla’s upcoming programs which will be posted here and on the spiritmindbody-rva Facebook page. To work with her one on one, contact Carla at ipcoaching_cg@verizon.net.