If ego is the reason, rethink your battle.

Retreat and surrender is sometimes best
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on July 18, 2017

There is nothing shameful in retreat.

Life is full of wars.  We fight for custody of our children. We fight for lovers. We fight for jobs. We fight for justice.

We all must ask, “What is my motivation?  What is my intention?” Most importantly, we must be honest.  Are we battling out of love and service, for the best for everyone involved?  Or is this a quest to fulfill our desires and cater to our egos?

Ego is always the wrong reason. Continue reading

Make the move physically and spiritually

Dealing with the spiritual move
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on July 11, 2017

Nancy Loughlin’s meditation space

Changing and moving your stuff is the same thing as changing your life.

Therefore, be aware of energy, not only your energy, but the energy of the new home, said Zachari VanDyne, director of the Fort Myers mediation center CasaShanti.

This awareness is most important because moving is considered to be one of the major life stressors, along with death of a loved one, job loss or change, and illness.

Moving throws us out of whack because we are yanking our roots from familiar soil, and no one knows what new terrain can bring.  The move sparks earthquakes through the first chakra’s energy centers, guaranteeing shock waves of fear, insecurity and worry.

Therefore, ritualize the move-in process to enhance your mindfulness of this profound energetic shift, VanDyne urges. Continue reading

Accept the 30-day spiritual fitness challenge

Accept the spiritual fitness challenge
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on June 20, 2017

 You can be spiritually sick, or you can be spiritually fit.

It’s your choice.

You are spiritually sick if you feel isolated, like an oddity in this world.  You are resentful and bitter due to your life experiences and current circumstances. You are a stranger to yourself. Continue reading

Check your big brother; people need to be free to speak their minds

Check your inner Big Brother
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on June 27, 2017
 

We need to be free to say what’s on our minds.

That isn’t always the case.

In the United States, as long as we aren’t threatening people, our comments generally do not result in jail time.

Yet, when The Powers That Be can’t suppress, often, the mob will raise its pitchforks and detonate a dose of playground justice.

The oppressor can be either the government or the public. To the victim, the distinction between the two is trivial.  Both oppressors have chilling effects.  Both oppressors can inflict hardship: emotional, professional, physical and financial.

Both are powerful jailers regardless if the imprisonment is behind bars or via social ostracism.

We live, indeed, under the tyranny of the majority. Continue reading

Create your own sacred space

Creating your own sacred spaces
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on June 13, 2017

Altars aren’t just for churches.

We all create sacred spaces, and we do it instinctively.

Whenever we set our tables for a meal with friends and family; when we make our beds daily with mindfully chosen linens; when we light candles around a bathtub, rose petals floating on the water; when we tend our gardens, these are all sacred spaces.

The only element necessary for creating a sacred space is intention, according to reiki master Pam Bzoch.  Pam recently hosted a workshop for creating sacred spaces at Mystical Moon, Bonita Springs.

“Whenever we cluster photographs, bring together crystals and candles, or sit around the fire, on some level we are inviting that sacred energy into our space,” she said.

The purposes for a sacred space are almost limitless:  commune with the divine, heal relationships, create health, celebrate yourself, celebrate transitions or open your life to love. Continue reading

Life throwing you curveballs? Try Side Stretch Meditation

Side-stretch meditation: when life throws you a curveball
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on June 6, 2017
 

Meghan Pullaro and Heather Holland of Yoga Tribe, Fort Myers, demonstrate the Side Stretch Meditation. Yoga Tribe will be offering teacher training soon!

You know what they say about the best-laid plans.  They often go awry.

You can collapse in a heap of despair since your perfect strategies blew up in your face.  You had aspirations for career advancement (you got fired) or personal growth (you picked the wrong teachers) or romantic happiness (you got dumped).

Or, not.  Just because life tipped you over doesn’t mean you have to go back to the drawing board.  Know where you stand, affirm your goal and your intention, and stay grounded. All you have to do is accommodate and explore the plot twist. Continue reading

Staying focused: knowing the difference between jobs and purpose

Staying focused on the path of purpose
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on May 30, 2017

Jobs drain energy.  “Your work” fuels passion.

Whether dictated by ancient wisdom or mainstream psychology, the highest state of consciousness is self-actualization.  That’s when you realize your golden spiritual purpose.

If your work is not guided by higher intentions, you will be led by your impulses to gratify your senses.  Even worse, your toil will bite you in the ass with burnout, resentment and bitterness.

You’ll know when you arrive at your work.  All unnecessary activity, all the leaking of energy, dissipates, and you are hyper focused. Every day becomes an adventure on the path of purpose. Your life steps to a new plateau of balance and knowing, a connection to all that is.  Why?  Because you know how you serve, how you are a wave in the ocean as well as the ocean. You exist in your flow. Continue reading

Intuitive eating may be weight loss key

Three steps to intuitive eating
By Nancy B. Loughlin

Published in News Press on May 24, 2017 

Tracy Brown

Eating is one of those primal urges.

It’s why dieting for weight loss is a flop.

According to Naples registered dietician Tracy Brown, we can’t live without five things: air, water, shelter, sleep, and, of course, food.

“With any of those five, once the relationship is disturbed or withheld for a prolonged period of time, there are going to be physical, mental and emotional consequences,” Brown said.

As a dietician, she is dismayed by the dieting culture because people think they can “white knuckle” through food deprivation and not expect a negative outcome.

The inevitable binge cycle is likely.

“People blame themselves when these are biological certainties,” she said. Continue reading

Riding the #PeaceRocks train

Riding the #PeaceRocks train
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on May 16, 2017

Alex Wilkins spreads PeaceRocks on the beach…

PeaceRocks are everywhere.

They dot the beaches, grocery store parking lots, and they are tucked into park shrubbery.

It’s a trend.  People locally and around the world are painting rocks with messages of peace and love and stashing them in public places so strangers can find them.

Zachari VanDyne, director of CasaShanti, recently hosted about 50 people for a rock painting gathering at the Fort Myers meditation center.

He explained the PeaceRocks movement is way to engage everyone in the practice of basic spiritual mindfulness.  As people search for the rocks, the signs of peace, they become more mindful and gentle with their footsteps. Continue reading

Rethinking television’s energy….

Rethinking television’s energy
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on May 9, 2017

During a recent sleepless night, I lunged for my drug of choice: Netflix.

At 2 a.m., I perused the streaming choices and clicked on Jurassic Park.  I saw it when it first opened in 1993, and it was undemanding.

This time, I didn’t sleep for the rest of the night because I was horrified.

To a yogi, the phrase “It’s just a movie” is a lie. Continue reading