Looking on the Bright Side

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Posted by Sallie Justice | Posted in Newsletter | Posted on 06-05-2021

3 to 1…Apparently, that’s the magic ratio that will lead you to flourishing in life, rather than languishing.

Many studies have shown that if you want to be truly and deeply joyful, creative, and open, you have to have at least three positive thoughts or feelings for every one negative thought or feeling.

It sounds easy, doesn’t it? Sure, if the Mocha Gold Power of Optimism is flowing freely through your being. But…what if it doesn’t seem to be?

  • What if you’ve succumbed to all the fear in the news?
  • Or what if life has just knocked you around one too many times recently, especially this past year?
  • Maybe you’ve soaked up the negative thought patterns of those around you who focus on all the things that have gone wrong, are horrible now, and/or will be disastrous in the future?

Any one of these scenarios (and more!) can make it hard for you to easily access this inner voice of resilience and positivity. But there is hope! Fill your cells with Mocha Gold energy, and you too can think like an optimist!

 

Bring more of the Power of Optimism

into your life this week

with the following exercise!

 

1) First, saturate your thoughts with these affirmations:

I help myself.

I think positively.

I’m self reliant and resourceful.

I transform by being optimistic.

2) Next, consider one area of your life that you feel cornered by ~ some situation, person, or event that weighs you down in some big or small way.

3) Ask yourself these four simple questions (from Byron Katie’s The Work) about the thought or feeling you have about that topic that causes you to suffer, writing down your responses :

  1. Is it true?
  2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true?
  3. How do you react (what happens) when you believe that thought?
  4. Who would you be without the thought?

Then turn the thought around so you can experience the opposite of what you’ve been believing. Write it down. Read it frequently and let it seep into your system.

4) And keep this in mind in the days to follow:

Walk on the bright side!

Blue Green

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Posted by Sallie Justice | Posted in Newsletter | Posted on 22-04-2021

Spring has sprung (here in Virginia anyway!), and so has that energy that is ready to wake you up out of any leftover winter slumber. Plants… animals…people – all seem to be popping into bloom. How about you? Do you feel the enthusiasm of the season? The sense of wanting to jump up? bust out? and rev into action?

 

…or… maybe not so  much…?

If you’re slumping more than springing,

 

call on the Power of Enthusiasm!

 

This is the Power that, simply put, wants to motivate you. It wants to see that bounce in your stride. It wants to zest up your life, and fill you with a passion for feeling great in body, mind and spirit. It’s not about getting through the day with your internal setting on “mediocre.” Nope, it wants you to feel alive and full of the energy to sink your teeth into what enthuses you the most.

Would you like a little extra taste of that flowing through your cells right about now?

Bring more Blue Green energy

 

into your body this week

 

with the following exercise!

 

The one key factor in connecting with the Power of Enthusiasm is that the healthier your body, the more Blue Green juice will flow through it.

So this week, choose one of the following body-loving steps toward a healthier lifestyle. And once you get one down, feel free to choose another. Or just get a boost from the one. Like building blocks, each step adds another layer of wellbeing into your system. And the healthier you feel, the more motivated you will be to take another metaphorical lap around the “block” of your choice:

1) Drink purified water. Plenty of it to lubricate your cells. About an ounce for every 20 lbs of your body weight. Start where you are and add a little more each day until you get to the suggested level. Squeeze in some lemon juice for extra cleansing, and keep hydrated!

2) Eat more healthfully today than you did yesterday. Again, start where you are and add in an extra dose of fresh vegetables, fruit, green smoothies, anything that for you is a notch up the scale. A meal at a time, a day at a time.

Learn all that you can about what healthy bodies love most and gradually add into your repertoire. Bodies crave good food and will thank you in the form of an increased level of feel-good energy that stays with you longer.

Chaya, the Blue Green Enthusiastic healthy-eating cheerleader in our family, loves to make this juice for our afternoon snack a couple times a week: Pineapple, apple, cucumber, celery, parsley, and dandelion greens (fresh this time of year!). You can practically feel your cells singing!

            

3) Move your body. Another must if you want to feel excited about life. Again, move a little more today than you did yesterday. Research the suggested levels for your gender, age and physical capacity or circumstance. But generally, find ways to include a combination of activities that will strengthen your muscles, get your heartrate up, and stretch you out a little more and in the right direction…and go with activities that are easier for you to like.

Start where you are and add on as you adjust to a more healthful pattern. One step always becomes two…as long as you take the first.

Have you heard that sitting is the new smoking? Jamie recently got an activity tracker to keep him honest about how much he’s moving throughout the day. On weekends he practically short-circuits the thing he does so much movement in the garden and with the dogs! But long client days is the other end of the spectrum, so….

Another great purchase has been a desktop apparatus that, with the push of a button, raises his computer screen up to a level so he can stand! And in between clients, sometimes he jumps on the rebounder for a few minutes.

4) Do things that lift your spirit. Add in an activity or practice that helps you connect with what you are genuinely enthusiastic about. Depending on your Vibrancy Signature, it could be anything from meditation in the morning, to hang gliding off a cliff, to designing a lovely woodland garden. You get to pick. The point is that doing things that make your heart happy will translate to ever more energy and ever more reasons to enjoy being alive.

And let this become a dominant thought in your day:

May the bubbling energy fill your cells!

Being True Blue

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Posted by Sallie Justice | Posted in Newsletter | Posted on 06-04-2021

Should I? or Shouldn’t I?

Do I want to stay? or do I want to go?

Would it be better to do this? or to do that?

Does this sound familiar? Indecision often happens when you have conflicting feelings about the options available to you.

  • You love your partner…but…you keep fantasizing about a fresh start.
  • You have a great job, but keep dreaming of something “better”.
  • You want to plant a garden this year…but wonder if you should just opt for a lot more free time by shopping at the farmer’s market.
  • You contribute to one cause you believe in, but keep wondering if you should shift to a different one with a different focus.
  • Or maybe you have your own scenario that tugs at you on a daily basis…hoping the “right decision” will just materialize…but it never really seems to.

If you’re not 100% sure you want to get out,

 

then jump 100% in with both feet!

 

Allow the Power of Commitment to carry you!

 

Blue is the energy that supports you in giving yourself fully to who and what you love. It fills you with with a sense of devotion, loyalty and dedication. There’s no match for the emotional depth of feeling that this energy pours into your cells, carrying the message of commitment into your chosen relationships.

With both feet in one camp, you can pour all of that love and devotion and caring into one place, rather than a half baked approximation that leaves you splintered, weary and confused. Both you and the recipient of your care, whether person, animal, or hobby, will thrive with that level of dedication.

Imagine if your daily life was completely infused with the affirmation below. How would that feel?

 Bring more Blue energy

 

into your world this week

 

with the following exercise!

 

Step 1) Choose one area of your life where you feel “on the fence.” Maybe you notice yourself waffling about whether to be in or out of a particular relationship. Or you constantly debate with yourself regarding your chosen career path. Or it could be something less weighty, like whether or not you want to put in a veggie garden this spring.

Step 2) Now, if deep down inside, you know you need to move on, then please show yourself some love and devotion and do that. Otherwise…

Step 3) Give yourself a window of time to explore what it might feel like to get off on one side of the fence, to make a move and make a choice…just not forever. Decide on a time frame that you will try on this choice: a week, a month, 6 months, a year…whatever will give you enough time to experience what it would really be like to live in that choice with both feet planted.

Sometimes, it’s the sense of “this decision is forever” that keeps us immobilized. Forever is a long time. And if you can’t “try on” your decision long enough to know if it feels right, then fence sitting keeps you close to what you want, but not too close.

Step 4) Once you’ve bitten off a chunk of time you can commit to, dive in and give yourself to it fully. Allow it to move you, to fill you, and for you to fill it with your love and true blue devotion…for that period of time. Do your best not to waffle or second guess during this phase!

Step 5) At the end that time frame, re-evaluate. Having devoted yourself 100% to being on this side of the fence, you’ll be better able to to choose to stay there or to move on to greener pastures.

Be true blue!

Your own “green tips” of new growth!

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Posted by Jamie and Chaya | Posted in Newsletter | Posted on 23-03-2021

What’s been the benefit of the current pandemic? (You’re likely quite familiar with the downsides!) Many are saying it’s been the unanticipated opportunity for inner growth. Though it may not have been intentional, you likely have had a little, or maybe a LOT, of extra time to confront some of your own edges.

That’s something that doesn’t readily happen when you’re super busy and preoccupied with living life “in the world.” You’re less likely to take on the challenge of clearing out old, worn-out behaviors and patterns when you’re distracted or always on the go.

Maybe some of these scenarios are familiar? (All offered with great compassion, if you have found yourself in these uncomfortable situations.)

  • Rather than address your relationship challenges, you used to avoid interacting in a deep, authentic way. But lately you can’t, because it’s been harder to get away, literally.
  • You used to be able to ignore any dissatisfaction with your work life, because you were stuck in that feedback loop of showing up every day to collect a paycheck. With this recent slow down, how you really feel about it has resurfaced. You have visions of something more suited to your gifts and needs, but aren’t sure how to make any changes.
  • You’ve seen and read about others who practice, and even teach, novel ways to evolve themselves into new ways of being in the world. That seems so fulfilling…but it all sounds overwhelming and scary!
  • Maybe you have your own story? That story you tell yourself that keeps you stuck and unsatisfied.

Why not maximize the time you still have now to transform?

It’s Spring, and you can call on the Red Gold Power of Growing to help you out! Red Gold energy is what gives you the strength to tell the truth about what’s going on with yourself, the stamina to do the hard work of doing things differently, and the willingness to let your own worn out ways burn up, making way for those “green tips” of new growth. Internal gardening, anyone?!

 Bring more Red Gold energy

 

into your world this week

 

with the following exercise!

 

Choose one area of your life where you feel stuck. Depending on your temperament, it may be a small but do-able challenge, a big boulder that’s been in your way forever, or something in between. It might be a destructive behavior, or an annoying pattern in how you relate. Maybe it’s a belief etched in your consciousness that was passed down to you, but that no longer serves your goals for yourself.

Here’s some Red Gold Affirmations to help you get warmed up for what’s next:

I grow each day.

I embrace personal growth.

I am a paradigm-shifter.

I transform by acknowledging the truth.

Now, dig up some vehicle to help you transform whatever your challenge is into a newer better version of you:

  • a therapist who specializes in this type of issue
  • a workshop focused on that topic
  • a one-off seminar that in some laser-like way, helps free up people with this concern
  • a process that has helped others you trust in shifting this pattern
  • or, if you feel drawn to it, a Vibrancy Healing session with Jamie!

Whatever your source for support, choose something that resonates and commit yourself to following through with it until you see yourself step free of what no longer serves you! And remind yourself…

Happy Soul Gardening!

What Inner Adventure is Calling You?

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Posted by Sallie Justice | Posted in Newsletter | Posted on 26-02-2021

Do you love a little excitement in your life? A step to the edge? An adventure to get your pulse racing? Although everyone’s definition of adventure is different, we all need a little Mango Power of Courage in our lives to feel engaged, whole and healthy.

When you think of adventures, you likely think of the physical, “outer world” kind – traveling to new places, meeting new people, exploring new places, trying something different and daring. Those types of adventures have been harder to come by these days with limits to our movement, proximity, and well, you know.

But there’s another path of adventure

that can be taken at any time!

And that one is on the inner level.

If you want to explore your edges, you don’t have to jump off a cliff.

You just have to look inside.

Surely there is an area of your life where you are afraid to go, isn’t there? One with a personal reward that just might be worth the risk? The Mango Power of Courage is right there for you to tap into and take that risk! 

Would you like to:

  • drum up the courage to embark on a more rewarding line of work?
  • be bold and share something vulnerable with your partner that you’ve never been able to before?
  • challenge yourself to engage with that project you’ve let slide because you doubted you could really complete it successfully?
  • risk your comfort and make a much needed change in your life that your heart knows is needed, but that you’ve always kept in the future?
  • step up and learn something new that you are passionate about, but the thought of actually doing it makes you shake in your boots?

You may have something else in mind, but small steps or large, when you have the courage to take them, to keep on going and venture into seemingly scary territory, you’ll keep on growing, and discover passions and capacities you have that you never knew before.

This week…

 

Choose one scary step in your life that you really, really would rather not take, but that you really, really wish you could. C’mon, just one. You can do it.

If you need a little help, here are some good Power of Courage affirmations:

I am brave and courageous.

I choose my own exciting adventures.

I respond to emergencies quickly.

I’m a calulated risk-taker.

If your first thought is really adventuresome, but it freaks you out, then break it down into smaller do-able steps.

Ok, maybe another few rounds of affirmations if you need it, and then, let’s take that first step. Who knows. It may lead to two! And each one after may lead to you doing the very thing you thought was impossible.

You are brave and courageous!

Keeping Your Connections Strong

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Posted by Sallie Justice | Posted in Newsletter | Posted on 08-12-2020

Though you’re probably celebrating the holidays a bit differently this year, you still may have need for a little back up support from the Indigo Topaz Power of Connecting.

When this energy is alive and well in you, it’s joyful and easy to connect with family and friends and feel that community spirit.

Even in the midst of this pandemic, Indigo Topaz energy will tug at your sleeve to jump on a Zoom call, share holiday inspirations on social media, or simply pick up the phone to “feel the love”.

But if this energy is low or imbalanced, you might find yourself….

  • Having a hard time coming up with fun and safe ways to be together with special people in your life.
  • Find yourself dreading another zoom call, or at the very least just needing more oomph to want to get on one.
  • Still feeling a little alienated from, or judgmental of, friends or family members in your life due to political differences.

If ‘connection is why we’re here’ as Brene Brown tells us, then isn’t it worth strengthening and balancing your Power of Connecting? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have the resistance melt away, and be replaced by desire to connect in a loving way?

Do you need an extra boost of the Power of Connecting? Here are some practices you might want to try in the coming weeks (and year!) to help you bring more warmth into your life, and build more bridges with others in your world.

  • For a week, lay aside your struggle with the little differences, annoyance and impatience you my typically have with others. In their place, keep your attention on what you appreciate them, on what they bring to your life. The other “stuff” will always be there if you want to go back to it.
  • Have fun. Enjoy yourself! These times are great for dreaming up novel ways to be together without making anyone uncomfortable or unsafe. Online game night, writing real letters to loved ones, sending gifts that help you bridge any gaps that may have crept between you. Come up with your own unique way to stay in touch.
  • Know your needs and your limits in connecting…and honor them. Notice how long to stay on the phone without getting glassy-eyed. Decide how many people you want to be on a zoom call with before it gets too chaotic. And be aware of how often you need to connect to feel human, to feel alive, to feel all cozy inside. Find your sweet spot of not too much and not too little…you want just the right level of connection time to keep your Indigo Topaz tank full while still honoring your temperament.

A Call for Compassion

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Posted by Sallie Justice | Posted in Newsletter | Posted on 03-12-2020

Something dramatically healing and transformative happens when compassion is brought into your circle of responses. And given the incredible uptick in challenging circumstances around the world, it’s a good one to have in your repertoire, both for yourself and others!

The amazing thing about compassion is that when you get good at self-compassion, it seems to fill up a bucket that easily overflows and it becomes so much easier to offer it to others.

So, let’s focus on that for the moment. How do you treat yourself when you are suffering or struggling? What is your inner dialogue like when you are in pain, or facing the challenging emotions like anger, fear, panic, anxiety, frustration, overwhelm?

Do you berate yourself for being petty or weak?

Do you shame yourself for not being stronger, more resilent, less affected?

Do you push yourself, or even bully yourself, to stop whining and just get on with things?

Do you stay stoically calm, cool and collected? Unnerved, untouched, (but possibly with a lump of feelings stuck in your throat)?

If you’re like most people, you’ve grown up in a culture that has elevated strength, power and accomplishment above all else, while overriding and often dismissing the less manageable, less controllable world of feelings, human rawness, tenderness, sensitivity, and softness.

Such things as your fear, your heartache, your sadness, your concern are driven underground until the next time something triggers you and they rumble back to the surface.

This is where the Power of Compassion can change your life.

Embodying this energy, (which is the color White), will be like gifting yourself with the inner voice of the most loving, kind, compassionate parent the world has ever known.

This voice won’t let your emotions be ignored or dismissed, which, let’s face it, doesn’t work in the long run, does it?

Your pain and your uncomfortable feelings are part of your life’s journey, and you deserve to be able to breathe through them, not be overrun by them, or have to push them down.

As unnerving as they may seem, and although you might not yet even have words for them, these experiences are authentic to you, and they just want to be seen, acknowledged, and yes, loved. This is the healing opportunity.

The Power of Compassion, as self-compassion, acknowledges your suffering and gives it some space to just be, without judgment.

Being healthy and balanced with the Power of Compassion, gives you the ability to self-soothe with a loving inner voice that says things like:

I see you.

I hear you.

I know you’re struggling right now.

I accept you exactly as you are in this moment.

I’m here. I’ve got you.

I love you.

I’m not going anywhere.

What would it feel like to hear that when you are hurting?

True compassion doesn’t concern itself with answers and strategies and solutions. It doesn’t need you to be fixed or happy or better.

It knows only to offer itself as a healing balm, helping you to reconnect with your own essence and your own heart.

Let the healing begin!

Bring a little more Compassion

into the world this week.

Our message today was inspired by a powerful talk by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic, and Eat, Pray, Love. She also shares a beautiful exercise of writing yourself love letters with this compassionate inner voice. We can’t think of a better Power of Compassion exercise to offer you than that! Click HERE to listen.

Power of Love

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Posted by Sallie Justice | Posted in Newsletter | Posted on 11-11-2020

With everything going on in this country and in the world, we thought maybe you could use a little time out, an opportunity to slow down, soften, and get back in touch with your heart.

With all the political tension, did you find yourself putting a shell around your heart to protect it from the intensity? Maybe you’re even feeling numb.

Do you feel like you might have momentarily forgotten how to just love other people, for no other reason than that they are fellow humans?

What would it feel like to invite your heart to open up to anyone in your world that is on “the other side” politically? Yummy? Scary?

Or maybe you have felt alone and isolated due to all the focus on protecting yourself during the pandemic.

If you are bumping up against any of these painful edges, the Power of Love is the antidote you want. It’s Pink vibration will soothe, heal, and strengthen your heart.

Here is a 15-minute guided meditation with Chaya, helping you reconnect with your heart, and allow the Power of Love to saturate your body and guide your day.

Please treat yourself by carving out a quiet space and time so you can settle in to:

The Power of Love Meditation


Bring more Pink energy into the world


this week with the following exercise!



Let this affirmation be with you as you go through your day. Think it, sing it, hum it, whisper it. Allow the feeling of it to sink into your cells, much like the feeling of soft kitty fur on your cheek.

However you do it, let it permeate your consciousness just for a little while. Notice how it affects your experience, and and the quality of your connection with others, during these challenging times.

From our hearts to yours, with love.

Taming the Chaos

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Posted by Sallie Justice | Posted in Newsletter | Posted on 27-10-2020

Is there a bit too much chaos, confusion and discord in your life? In your home?  Your community?  The country?  Around the world?

Maybe a LOT too much?

 

If yes, then this is a moment for the


Green Gold Power of Discernment

 

One sure way to tame these wild beasts is to get the facts straight so you know exactly what you’re dealing with. Sometimes that means being very discerning…even when you’d rather not.

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But getting the facts is only the first step. The next and more tricky one is to decide how you want to respond to them.

  • Do you wobble when you realize that what you thought was going on really isn’t?
  • Do you try to argue with those facts?
  • Do you hesitate to change your stance or course of action, because it’s just what you’ve always done, or you can’t bear to have not been right in the first place?

Or, are you willing to make a new choice or take a different action based on the new information… a choice or action that will resolve conflict, clarify confusions, or bring more understanding and happiness to all involved?

If you are, then that’s the Green Gold energy moving through you, giving you the strength to discern and transform!

Raise your hand if you think the world could use a little more of this right now!

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This week take time to:

  • get the details
  • examine the details in light of your highest values and goals and
  • make the wisest decisions with the greatest benefit

…decisions that will bring resolution, peace and clarity back into your life, your home, your community, the country, and, yes, eventually the world.

Here’s to peaceful resolutions!


The Power of Your Intuition

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Posted by Sallie Justice | Posted in Newsletter | Posted on 13-10-2020

Are you over-saturated with mental noise? Confused by the 24/7 chatter in your head? Overwhelmed with decisions and choices and all the information coming at you?

If so, you are not alone! We’ve all become quite accustomed living from our heads.

But there is another way to know, understand and relate to life besides just solely relying on your sharp intellect.

And it’s the language that Nature speaks.

  • You can hear it every time you walk silently on the Earth in your bare feet. (Has it been a while?)
  • You hear it every time you immerse yourself in a quiet forest. We’ve all been there, either in our past or in our imagination, breathing in the soft air, feeling the wind on our cheek, smelling the moss and the damp leaves…
  • You hear it every time you get an unexpected voiceless message from your intuitive self about where to go, what to do, what is true and more. No special location is needed for this! Intuitive hits abound, once you rediscover how to listen for them.

The Indigo Power of Intuition is the energy that connects you instantly with this thoughtless, timeless sensing and knowing that is no less real than what we access with our brains. It almost seems other-worldly, and speaks volumes of wisdom in no time at all, enlivening and healing us as we go.

If you are tired of the mental gymnastics,

how about some fresh air and a

fresh view of life?

Sharpen your attunement to the

Power of Intuition this week with one of these:

1. Take a “forest bath” under a canopy of trees or a barefooted stroll through the fall leaves. No running this time. Just quiet attentive time to drink in the healing energy that Nature always seems to guarantee.

2. Listen deeply for any “intuitive hit” or “gut instinct” that comes your way out of seeming nowhere, or in a dream. In the busyness of life, they are often missed, and more often ignored. Let whatever shows up guide your next step.

3.Watch My Octopus Teacher, a Netflix documentary about a scuba diver’s year-long relationship with a little tiny creature, and the Indigo lessons learned from the depths of the sea.