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The Blessings of Solitude

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In a world that seems to move ever faster in this always on, always connected lifestyle we’ve grown accustomed to, It is no wonder we are more stressed and anxious. We feel lonely but are never alone. Maybe that is part of the problem. We need more alone time. When was the last time you were alone with yourself doing something you enjoy, for yourself? Not by yourself on your phone or on the computer but alone in quiet solitude.

Now a days it seems people are afraid of being alone. Perhaps they are afraid of what thoughts or feelings might arise that they’ve been avoiding, even denying. Maybe others view spending time alone as selfish or taking away from their loved ones.

It is perfectly healthy and normal to desire, to claim time for you.

Maybe your loved ones won’t understand why you need to be alone, they might become upset by it if you haven’t done it before. Stand your ground and do it anyway. They’ll soon see the happier you and will be encouraging you to do it more often.

Time alone is actually a gift to yourself.

What would happen if people spent more time alone?
For me, spending time alone allows me to re-charge and gain clarity into my life.
1. Spending time alone allows you to enjoy your own hobbies for the joy it brings. You don’t have to be an expert.
2. When alone, your mind wanders away from thoughts allowing creativity to flourish.
3. There’s no demands or deadlines so you can detach and destress.
4. you get to know yourself better and begin to enjoy your own company.
5. Spending time alone gives you the opportunity to nurture your soul and explore your inner world.  Alone time is nourishing and empowering sending the message: “I am important.”
How do you spend alone time? if it’s been awhile since you’ve given yourself some quality time, here’s some suggestions.
Take a walk, especially in nature – Scientific studies found walking in a woodland setting lowers blood pressure, heart rate, stress hormone levels and boosts immune function.
Write in a journal, garden, The possibilities are endless!
Receiving bodywork is another positive way to give yourself time to nourish body, mind and spirit. Although, in a massage you are with the therapist you can still be alone. Instead of conversing, stay quiet and be with yourself.
Visit our website to read about our upcoming retreats. They are the perfect way to claim time for nurturing yourself.  www.fullcirclewellnessllc.com

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Who Do you Love?

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February, the month of LOVE. We celebrate by giving our love to others. Often in the form of roses and chocolates. Red roses are a symbol and expression of love and passion. In Greek and Roman lore Aphrodite and Venus were the Goddesses of LOVE, beauty, pleasure and procreation which were identified by a Red Rose. 

Chocolate was used widely by the Mayan and Aztecs. They produced a luxurious chocolate drink, served on special occasions and at sacrifices to their Gods. They also believed it had powerful effects on arousal. Christopher Columbus introduced this delectable treat to Queen Isabella of Spain. The popularity of chocolate spread rapidly across Europe beyond artistocracy. Now, everyone enjoys chocolate! Thanks Christopher!

Throughout history gifts were given as tokens of friendship or love. This year, we may be considering what we could give our loved ones as expressions of our love to them.

 There is one person that often gets left out and that is YOU! When was the last time you gave yourself a gift? Or, expressed love for yourself? It doesn’t have to be a box of chocolate or a dozen red roses. Think about it. What have you done for yourself lately to show yourself some LOVE?  One might think it is selfish to give to yourself. On the contrary, giving self love in some form is taking responsibility of your needs. It is essential to our own emotional and mental health.love4

If you feel fulfilled then you will less likely need to seek LOVE outside of yourself.  Being loved by others is certainly a wonderful thing but you won’t need it to feel fulfilled and happy when you know how to make yourself happy.

“In case of emergency, put on your oxygen mask first before assisting others” is the message you hear when flying 35,000 feet above the earth. You can give of yourself more fully when your own “cup” is full.

How many times have you put off doing something for yourself only to fill that time with other not so satisfying obligations?

Or, Have you ever felt anger, even resentment at having to do something for someone else when you were exhausted or unfulfilled? That’s a clue you need to take care of yourself FIRST!

Not everyone has an easy time showing themselves love. But here are some suggestions and tips that could help you get started.

Do something you enjoy, give yourself permission to have fun and pursue your hobbies. The hardest part is actually giving yourself the okay to set aside all of your obligations for a time to fill your heart with joy by doing something you love. The obligations and work will always be there. If you can learn to step away from it for some FUN and R&R then when you come back to the work, you feel more relaxed and get more done in a positive frame of mind.

Meditate or spend time in quiet solitude – This quiet time calms the body and mind nourishing your soul making you feel more relaxed and at peace. Take a walk in nature; the sights, scents and sounds get you out of your head and into the moment. Also, the quality of air in a wooded setting is beneficial for your immune system.

Okay, If you have a harder time giving yourself permission to relax and enjoy on your own, then getting a little help from us can give you a boost. 

  1. Get a massage – Receiving a massage for yourself sends a clear message to you, your body and mind that your health is important, your needs are important. It’ll help rid the body of toxins in the way of negative energy as well as relieve tension, creating feelings of well being.

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  1. Receive a Watsu? –Imagine floating in a warm pool, weightless, no sound but your own breathing, feeling your heart beating. You become present in the moment with yourself, body and mind connected. Supported by the therapist, you are gently moved and stretched through the water.  There is no pain, only relaxation. A sense of timeless peace overcomes you in the watery world of Watsu.   Muscles relax, tension falls away. You let go. It becomes a floating meditation that nourishes and heals.

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  1. Reiki – Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing technique of “laying on of hands”. The practitioner works in your energy field which is about 1-2” away from your body. Your physical and energetic bodies are connected. If there is an issue in one it will show up in the other. Reiki is gentle, non invasive, leaving you feeling peaceful. It can even be given over a distance. You and the therapist do not have to be in the same room.reiki healing hands
  2. Take your vitamins! Food has changed over the years and is less nutrient dense than it once was due to additives, soil depletion and pesticides. A weakened system breaks down much more quickly. Quality supplements boost your immune, repair cell damage and remove toxins while giving you more energy. Just another way to say “Self, I love you! My body and health are important.”

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When you give yourself love, you feel happy and healthy. Your confidence grows and the clarity of who you truly are, begins to shine through.

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This Valentine’s day don’t leave yourself out of the LOVE. 

Not sure which is best for you? Contact us for a 20 minute complementary consultation and we’ll help direct you to the services and products to ensure you are giving yourself the best support possible so you shine from the inside out! Email us at: full.circle@comcast.net

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A New Year, A New Opportunity

“The Sun doesn’t wait for anyone to notice it before it shines. Don’t hide your shine!”

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We’ve been hearing the New Year, New You slogan a great deal. While it is a New Year, you are still the same person you were a week ago. Only now you have the opportunity to do things differently, to learn from the past year. You can’t change anything that happened or mistakes made but you can learn from them, let them go, forgive yourself and look ahead.

 

What do you want this year? Decide what you want to change or to create. Then, most importantly take ACTION, however small the steps. Nothing will change if you don’t ACT.

 

At the start of a new year we feel charged and committed but oftentimes as the months progress old habits creep back. If we are not paying attention we find ourselves back in our comfort zone doing the same things we’ve always done. Now that’s not a bad thing, it just won’t help to get us where you want to go. 

It is certain that doing something different will feel awkward, scary and uncomfortable.  Just like when you were learning to drive, or learning a new skill. But, the more you did it the easier it became.

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It takes at least 21 days to make a new habit permanent. In my younger years when faced with a decision to make positive changes my dad would always say: “A day is going to go by anyway.”

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If you are looking to make changes in your life, you have to start somewhere and sometime. That sometime might as well be NOW!  NO more procrastinating or dwelling on the fear. Instead, focus on the outcome and how amazing you’ll feel when you see the results of your efforts.

Making changes in one area of your life will most definitely create positive change in other areas also.

So where do you start?

  1. Decide what it is you’d like to change or create. Keep it simple and achievable.
  2. What are the necessary steps to take to begin?
  3. Get someone to help you. They can act as an accountability partner or give you support when struggling.

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Try not to make your resolutions “shoulds” instead, make certain it is a true desire. While you are at it remember to include nourishing your mind and spirit along with your body.  Now that’s a FUN resolution! Nourishing yourself!

If you feel you need support to get started we offer a 20 minute FREE consultation. Tell us what you want to change or create and we’ll help you get there. Email us, full.circle@comcast.net.

Let this year be your year to LET YOUR  LIGHT SHINE!!inner light 2

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Mother Nature Says Hello

As a business owner of a Holistic wellness business I spend countless hours in front of the computer planning, organizing, and delivering services.
Being an outdoorsy person, I easily become restless, sitting inside while the sun is shining and birds are chirping. Nature calls to me. What is an entrepreneur supposed to do? Okay, maybe I have ADD too.
Last year sitting in the office of my mentor I expressed my frustration at the “work” I had to do when what I really wanted was to get outside and go hiking or kayaking.
She questioned why and what it was about hiking and kayaking I enjoyed. I pondered for a moment to consider the question. I responded: “I love feeling the sun, smelling the air and listening to the wind and birds. I love how relaxed I feel and the connection to something Divine. It becomes very meditative. Life makes sense in the quiet stillness”
Smiling as I spoke, my mentor replied, “Audrey, perhaps that is where your work is.” With a puzzled look on my face she continued. “Sitting in front of the computer is the busy-ness and yes those things need to get done. But if you find Joy being in nature then that is where your work is. Why not offer to take people hiking and kayaking allowing them to experience what you feel out there.”
My body buzzed with excitement. I could hardly wait for her to finish before blurting out; “Oh my God! Of course. I love that idea! Why didn’t I think of that?”
She answered sweetly, “Because you believed “work” had to look and feel a certain way. The next time you go for a hike take a pen and notepad and write down ideas for your business or whatever comes to you.”
So that’s what I did! A couple of months later I hosted our first mindful nature retreat.
The air was still and heavy with humidity one late summer evening in September. It looked like it was going to pour at any moment but we continued. Ten participants arrived for our Yoga in the Pines event. As we spread our yoga mats over the lush carpet of moss, it seemed the rain was holding out for us. We breathed deeply, stood in triangle pose then gazed up at the dark sky in warrior 2. Stood in mountain pose then bent into downward dog. Bringing the session to a close we sat with legs crossed as our yogi instructed us to chant OHM. Under the tree canopy, a low vibration of our voices in unison sounded OHHHHMMM. As soon as our OHM ended, a low rumble of thunder trailed. It was as though nature responded to us with its own OHM. We looked at one another in amazement feeling this response from nature. As we gathered our mats to cool off in the pool the torrent of rain descended.
Nature had held itself giving us the time and space to commune with Her. Since that first retreat we have had others and nature almost always responds to our presence.
I invite you to join us on any or all of our upcoming mindful nature retreats. Mother Nature always has something to say!
Here are the links for more info and sign up to our upcoming retreats. We look forward to sharing nature’s wonders with you!053                                    066

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Silence Please!!

Have you ever noticed how little time people spend in silence? I mean actually being quiet, without their phone attached to their ears or thumbs and no radio blaring or TV droning? Look around, folks everywhere and I mean everywhere are obsessively attached to a device. In the stores, in their cars. I’ve heard ladies on the phone in the bathroom stalls and in the changing rooms of a department store. And have you seen the couples at a restaurant sitting across from each other, heads down, on their phones texting or web surfing? No words pass between the couple.

My theory is; as convenient as cell phones have become, people have become more afraid of silence. To the point they almost feel they cease to exist if there is no connection on the other end. Or, perhaps they are avoiding silence because they don’t want to have to look at their perceived misfortunes or problems. And people wonder why they are so stressed, why bad things happen to them. It’s because they are not paying attention to what is going on, on the inside of their head and hearts. Yes, People have become disconnected from themselves and keep seeking on finding the answers in the next phone call or on the internet. Really people need to stop talking and start listening, to themselves, to their heart. It is speaking loudly but they can’t hear it above all the other noise.

Silence seems scary, as it implies being alone or isolated. However, it is quite the contrary. In silence we find answers to our life’s questions and dilemmas. Try it sometime. The best way to experience silence is to take a walk in nature. Your mouth is quiet as you pay closer attention with your ears, eyes, nose, and touch. Listen to the birds and watch them fly, feel the bark on a tree, smell the changing scents in the air. In silence, we come to truly know ourselves and that makes us feel more confident, less insecure.

Another effective means to try on silence is in an aquatic bodywork called WATSU. You float in warm water with the assistance of the therapist. As she moves you slowly through the water, you become keenly aware of your own body as it relaxes. The weightlessness and sensory reduction of being in the water transports you to an almost meditative state. In the water the world is quiet but you can hear your own breathing and safely go within yourself without getting lost.

Monks take a vow of silence in order to become enlightened, not only about themselves but about the world around them. They learn to communicate without speaking. They learn love and compassion by listening.

In silence, we can go within ourselves to find our own enlightenment of who we truly are. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATo schedule a watsu session and experience the depth of silence and peace felt. Visit my website at http://www.fullcirclewellnessllc.com, or visit me on Facebook at fullcirclewellnessllc. These sessions are given at the AtlantiCare LifeCenter in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.

Nature as Healer

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vast oceans to majestic mountains touch us in a place deep within. However, the healing properties of nature have the potential to penetrate deeper on a cellular level. Native Americans and Indigenous tribes throughout the world have understood and used the resins, oils and plant parts of a myriad of herbs, plants and trees for healing and ceremony.
Before the industrial revolution our society utilized herbal and folk remedies for most ailments and conditions. Then, synthetic drugs and penicillin were claimed to be the drugs of the future. We turned our backs, scoffing at natural remedies derived from nature. We didn’t realize just how powerfully healing Mother Nature was. Only now are we finding most of these drugs that were meant to heal are hurting, even killing us as they help with one issue but create several others as a result of their toxic side effects. Now, we are finally recognizing that Mother Nature knows how to heal best.
The practice of aromatherapy is ever increasing in popularity. In aromatherapy, essential oils derived from a variety of herbs and plants are used in massage, diffused in the air, used in cooking, skin care and alternatives to medication.
For instance, Lavender essential oil is one of the more commonly used oils and is known to promote relaxation and ease headaches to name just a few.
Peppermint essential oil helps ease breathing and acts as a digestive aid.
Melaleuca, from the melaleuca tree is commonly called Tea Tree oil and is a potent antibacterial, antiviral, antibiotic and regenerative for the skin. The list of oils and their benefits goes on and on.
For any essential oil to be effective it must be therapeutic grade oil not synthetic oil.
Therapeutic grade essential oils are not the only plant derived compound found to have healing benefits to the human body. Many natural complexes are used in supplements.
Pycnogenol is derived from the bark of the French maritime pine tree and numerous studies have demonstrated its anti-inflammatory properties.
White Willow bark is referred to as nature’s aspirin. It is a safer alternative to aspirin, aleve or ibuprofen. It is a natural antiseptic, reduces fever, swelling and inflammation.
Resveratrol is better known as red wine extract. They weren’t kidding when they said red wine was good for you! Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant which scavenges free radicals and protects cardiovascular health. Though, I wouldn’t recommend trying to drink enough red wine for therapeutic purposes because you’d have to consume the equivalent of 3 bottles of red wine each day to get the benefit of one daily dose of resveratrol.
So before you reach for the aspirin or ask your Doctor for a prescription, look to Mother Nature first. She’s been around a lot longer and you know the saying; “Mother knows best.”
Not sure where to start? Contact me for a complementary 20 minute phone consultation.
The picture above is the wintergreen plant. Its oils are used in gum, toothpaste, breath fresheners and muscle relief lotions.

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Spiritual Journey’s into nature

Full Circle Wellness, Located in Sweetwater, NJ is nestled near Wharton State Forest. Home of the historical town of Batsto where they mined bog iron from the rivers to forge them into cannonballs for Washington’s army. Now overgrown and serene the rivers are only navigable by canoe or kayak, hiking trails follow the rivers. It is here in nature that we connect back to our true selves, leaving behind the external and internal noise to focus on the NOW and experience peace.
These journey’s are mindful and meditative. Leave feeling renewed and joyful.