Monthly Archives: May 2017

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

Let curiosity flow: six steps to embrace the rut

Let curiosity flow: six steps to embrace the rut
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on May 2, 2017
 

Are you in a rut?

Are you stuck?  Are you running on the Hamster Wheel to Nowhere? Is your tire sinking in the mud-covered road?

Stay there.

A rut, or what I prefer to call “A Necessary Retreat from Activity,” is a perfect place to sit, protected and isolated, and to enrich yourself in preparation for your next move.  And you never know what that move could be.

For now, just go with the flow.

Begin a basic Sankalpa meditation.

A life full of activity is not a life filled with purpose. The rut indicates your actions haven’t been in alignment with your true nature and your dharma, so you need to drop out and tune in. Continue reading