One quick and easy tool to help you develop your psychic skills is a deck of playing cards. They are inexpensive, easy to carry, and there are tons of things you can do with them.
1) Using the old Zener method. Take each card one at at time from the shuffled deck and intuit the color, number, face, suit, etc. You can be as expansive with this as you want, but it will help pass the time and be of more use that playing angry birds.
2) Take one card at random out of the deck. Don’t look at it, and seal it in an envelope. Sometime during the day, intuit what card is in the envelope. When you get home, validate and record your experience.
These are just a couple quick ideas. You can work with a friend or group using the above method. There are some that use playing cards to do full on spreads that are similar to the ones used by tarot readers. As always be sure to journal your experience. Just like anything our psychic ability is a muscle that needs to be worked from time to time.
Michael A. Brazell CFT CSN MAT PAT
Most of us have tried dieting at some point. We have gone through the ups and downs, and the “in-between” seems to remain the only constant. For many, dieting it the final ditch effort to reach an end result.
“Its beach time, and now I have to lose 10lbs”
“I have a part to go to and I need to fit into that outfit”
These types of connections to the way we eat and the way we engage the body in fitness only lock us into places of limitation. When we truly take our practice of bettering the body to both our physical and energetic core we begin to make lasting changes.
They body’s physical core is made up of the muscles of the Latimus Dorsi, hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes, and abdominal region. These area also the body’s largest muscle groups and when the core is worked in unison you are facilitating a full body workout. The larger muscles also burn more calories due to their size. So the more you work the core, the deeper and more effective your workouts will be.
So, how do I work the core–do a plank.
I know it sounds simple. One single exercise engages all of the above mentioned muscle groups and also helps to create balance and alignment.
In many spiritual traditions the energetic core is located in the solar plexus. Doing meditations to also help strengthen our connection to this deep center will resonate to our physical center.
The foods we put into our body are also able to help us facilitate alignment. When we eat things that are in our highest good. When we avoid polluting the body with toxins we are able to create both physical and energetic balance.
Take your practice to the core. In the coming weeks I’ll be posting videos and guides to show you how to structure workouts to engage the core.
Love and Light!
Mike Brazell CFT CSN MAT PAT
Here are your Tuesday Spiritual Fitness and Nutrition Tips!
Fitness: Start small. Like anything, if we make the fitness process complicated or overwhelming, we are going to be less likely to do it. Start small and easy. As soon as your feet hit the floor do 1 lunge, 1 push up, or one 10 second plank. If then you feel like adding a little extra you can, even if you only do the one, you at least showed up to your fitness practice. Sometimes getting the energy going can be the hardest part, and showing up is essential. Just being present and fully conscious in that first push up of the day can make a big difference in how the rest of your day will go. Start today!
Nutrition: Plan ahead. My theory on planning is simple: If you have time to tweet, email, or Facebook–you have time to schedule your meals for the week. Many of us live busy lives, and being busy causes us to reach out in convenience. If you did not plan ahead and forgot to bring your healthy snacks, then that bag of chips becomes that much more attractive. It only takes a few moments to pack some veggies, nuts or even to decide where you will go. Busy lives also do not always sneak up on us. We know when we can expect things to typically go haywire. If Tuesdays are always crazy for you, then especially plan to be more mindful on that day. Stress also causes us to reach out in convenience. Knowing you have a healthy option at arm’s length can also help to reduce guilt, stress, and anxiety associated with not taking care of yourself.
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Michael Brazell CFT CSN MAT PAT
Here are your Tuesday spiritual fitness and nutrition tips!
Fitness: Breathe. It might sound easy, but I see many people in a state of waking apnea. Breath is motion, it is essential to life. When we take control of the breath and breathe with intention we can move stagnation out of the body. When we hold our breath it is hard to move. As a fitness trainer I see many people huffing and puffing through workouts, some even turning bright shades of red by holding the breath. If you do not breathe during a workout: The blood pressure rises, your core weakens, and you can’t give 100% to the exercise since you will tire out quickly. Try running while holding your breath. It’s almost impossible. We we become conscious of the breath not only in working out, but in our daily lives we see where stagnation is present, and we take responsibility for moving through it. When the breath controls us, we end up hyperventilating. Take a moment today and see where you might be holding your breath. Exhale through the experience, inhale in new experiences.
Nutrition: Balance. Sometime in our desire to be mega healthy we forget about balancing out our nutrition. When we want to build muscle we may focus on trying to get as much protein as possible, but forget it is carbohydrates that fuel the body through those strenuous workouts. Certain levels of fats must also be taken into the body for vitamin uptake and energy. I’ve said it before, and I can’t stress enough the use of a diet journal. It does not need to be complex, but a place where you can scan your intake and see where you might be lacking. A simple dietary intake for those living an active lifestyle is: 60% of calories from carbohydrates, 30% from protein, and 10% from fats. You take the amount of calories you are planning to intake and multiply that number by the percentage (or use a calculator) and this will give you the amount of C/P/F you are supposed to intake for the day. Don’t get too hung up on exact numbers, but this is a simple guideline for creating balance in your diet. I’ve never been a big fan of math, but we can make our high school math teachers proud by using simple numbers to create balance in our diets.
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Mahayogi Das CFT CSN MAT PAT
Here is your spiritual fitness and nutrition tip! Enjoy, get moving, and create the best you possible!
Fitness: The fitness world can be an overwhelming place to step into. Just like any new addition to your life you’ll want to take some time to educate yourself on what fitness is and how you can best apply it to your life. Reading books about fitness, other people’s journey into fitness, blogs, and even watching you tube videos on fitness can be a great way to get the ball rolling. This is a time you want to really activate your discernment. Trust your intuition when it comes to the things you are reading. The one true axiom in fitness is: “If it is too good to be true, it probably is.” Do not trust quick fixes and promises. Skip over advertisements and read about processes, workouts, and application of techniques. Even reading a few books on anatomy to learn about how the body works can help you understand the process your body goes through when moving into a greater state of health. Often we go running into new things without arming ourselves with the information necessary to be effective in our pursuits. Take a few moments to read and grow. I’ll post some resources in the next few days, so stay tuned!
Nutrition: Sugar. Most of us have a love hate relationship with it. It creeps in to areas of our lives, and in some ways can be addictive. We also need to take caution with the fruits we are eating. Many of us give up cakes and cookies and make a transition to heavy fruits. This is a good thing, but if you are eating too many fruits that are high in sugar you can also create the same overload effect. This is especially important if you have sugar issues like diabetes or high blood sugar. You’ll want to supplement your diet with fruits that are low in sugar. You can check this on the glycemic index. Even healthy foods have limitations as to quantity you want to consume. Having a good mixture of low glycemic foods in the body keeps the insulin levels balanced out, which will also keep you feeling satiated.
Mahayogi Das CFT CSN MAT PAT
Here is your Tuesday Tips for living a life of fitness on all levels!
Fitness: Rest. It’s a word that I typically do not personally invoke enough when it comes to my workouts. Rest days allow us to reconnect into our bodies, and it also allows us to give the body a break from a structured workout routine. During your rest days take time to meditate, or if you MUST do something active let it be something that is less impact than your usual workout. It also allows the body to heal. The act of working out is breaking down the physical to rebuild it brand new. Days off, and rotating the body parts you are working is an important way to avoid injury. Meditation is a workout for the mind, it allows us to be present, but it gives the physical body a bit of a break. Take time to allow yourself moments to rest, and pencil them into your workout schedule.
Nutrition: Keep a food journal! No, not one of those little online applications. The electronic versions are great and personally use one, but there are other things that you should also log when you are connecting to your food for greater health. We of course look at calories, fats, carbohydrates, proteins. You’ll also want to log how you feel when you eat. If you are reaching out for unhealthy foods due to an emotional upset, this will give you a few moments to detach from the action of reaching for food in a negative way. It allows you to also see where your emotions are during the day. You can also write positive affirmations for yourself that are more personalized than something you’d get online. The action of taking time to physically write something out in itself is an act of spiritual connection. We are holding something tangible, and its a more “real” connection. It slows us down. Which is very important when looking at how we are connecting to not only our food but to the world around us.
Much love and light, and happy Valentine’s Day!!!
Mahayogi Das CFT CSN MAT PAT