Perceptive Beauty

Beauty from the inside out.

November 6, 2016
by Sara Sorensen
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Week 6.2 ~ Time To Stop Multitasking

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Time to stop multitasking.

Multitasking got brought up a couple weeks ago in our MKE tribe weekly meet up. A few of us took on a challenge. For one week as hard as it may be we would stick to a concrete schedule. We quickly realized in our discussion of what maybe hindering us from staying on track is that we constantly multitask. The problem with that is we never really get anything done or even worse we get thrown off course completely.

multitaskingI have always considered myself a multitasking queen. I started to notice how well I could do this art years ago when I began waiting tables. As I would be writing down one table’s order I would simultaneously be thinking about what I had to do next. Some days I would get to the computer to ring in a table’s order and wonder if that was even what they ordered. My hands were automatically writing down the orders, but mind was completely somewhere else! I just had to trust that I wrote down the right dish. 99% of the time I was correct, but being that my brain was multitasking I definitely had a moment of doubt.

I would also take my multitasking skills when I cleaned my house. Jumping from room to room never really completing one while I am on to another. Then I would have to go back and find all the unfinished areas.

The other day I noticed that I have partially started projects, tasks, books, etc.scattered all around my house. Not one of them has been completed! I start something, get distracted or bored then move on to something else. Weeks and even months go by where then I remember that thing that I once started. That is where I also realized a feeling of disorganization comes in. A feeling over being all over the place and overwhelmed.

Here is one great article I found on Scientific Brain of why we should really stop this madness.

Single-tasking and success.

 6-20. The power of attention can be more readily understood by comparing it with a magnifying glass in which the rays of sunlight are focused; they possess no particular strength as long as the glass is moved about and the rays directed from one place to another; but let the glass be held perfectly still and let the rays be focused on one spot for any length of time, the effect will become immediately apparent.

~Charles Haanel
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You have also heard the expression energy flows where attention goes. Your subconscious and the universe cannot possibly assist in attracting what you want in your life if your focus is all over the place. It cannot help reign in your deepest desires if you’re giving a little bit of attention to many things. And the result is a feeling of failure, because in the end nothing is completed or if it is completed it is not your best work.

image_detail2xAll of these years that I thought my multitasking skills were going to aid to my success in life. Now I have realized I could not have been more wrong. My lack of focus towards one major goal has made me feel like I have been constantly spinning in circles. And to be honest I think it really has lowered my self-esteem. So my answer the past couple of weeks has been quite clear. It is time to single-task! It is time to narrow my focus and take one project at a time. I am going to follow these 8 simple steps that I stumbled upon in this post on the Power Of Positivity site.

Step 1: I am going to start with a short list and will only do 3 tasks that are related to my goals.  And I will not move on to anything else until those tasks are complete. Step 2: During the allotted time I give to these tasks I will not check Facebook or emails. It is so easy to get distracted by texts, emails, etc. I cannot even tell you how long it has taken me to write this simple post about multitasking! Oops… I guess it is progress not perfection, right?!? Ha!

Be here now.

That last thing that I really had an epiphany about is that multitasking keeps one out of the moment. And to my surprise many articles I read on this subject say the exact same thing! If we are not performing our best then we definitely are not present in our lives. We keep ourselves so busy doing task after task that we are pulled away from what is going in around us. And if we are concentrating on one single task then we are “in the moment” with that task. The result is simple: Our attention is focused there for our intention is clear. Therefore, we are able to continue to pull in what we want because Subby knows exactly what we want. 52054-ram-dass-quote-be-here-now

Multitasking also increases your cortisol levels, the chemicals the are released in your brain when you are stressed. When you get stressed out you are more in your head trying to solve problems. Which in return, once again, keeps you from living in the now.

So morally of the story… let’s all try to start single-tasking and make all of our dreams a reality. One project at a time! PEACE.

October 31, 2016
by Sara Sorensen
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Week 5.2 ~ The Art of Surrender

Surrender

Swimming Upstream

I have had many periods in life where I feel like I am constantly not in the flow. Where my mind is and where my physical being is feels like poles apart. Going against the current is exhausting both mentally and physically. But we are taught to keep going and not to give up. Because God forbid we are failures! I am my one worst enemy and I constantly have stood in my own way. I push myself to make things work even if they aren’t and I have driven myself into stalemate.

Is it the need to control that keeps us bound to these patterns? Are we unable to ever move forward if we stay stuck in controlling all the pieces?

Interesting at this same week last year I was having a similar experience. The Art of War

 

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The Art of Surrender

This past week I had the guidance to give up. Let go. Let myself flow downstream and stop trying to control all that surrounds me. I’ve been driving myself crazy doing too many things at one time. I overly think about everything that I want, need and desire. It is time to let go of the notion that I am not enough or that there is something in me that I need to fix. I must let go of thinking that there is some other place I should be and that where I am at is not enough.

I have exhausted myself again by fighting a silent fight of internal wills. My energy has felt frantic with no real direction. I have felt busy for the sake a looking busy. And I realized I need to love where I am at in my mind, body and soul. I am right on time for what I needed of me. And maybe all of these external needs that I think my spirit wants is only ran by my ego needed something it thinks is not there. I am not enjoying life the way life was intended. We don’t need wings to fly. We just need to let go.

The art of surrendering is finally realizing you cannot control it all. You cannot control your neighbor. You cannot control every circumstance. It goes against the universal laws. It goes against the flow. Sometimes going against flow is not always the answer. Sometimes you have to surrender in order to move forward. Maybe being the rebel is not always the answer. PEACE.

 

October 28, 2016
by Sara Sorensen
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Week 4.2 ~ Focus On What You Are Wanting

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Focus on what you are wanting.

I had such an epiphany this week about why I was constantly gripping to what I do not want. And why I was constantly reminding the Universe and others of everything I found unacceptable. Despite the fact that every Self-Help, Metaphysical, Self-Discovery, Manifestation… book out there all say the same thing. Focus on what you want. Do not focus on what you do not want. For some reason I still needed to repeat whenever I could what I did not want. Until I figured out WHY!

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Trust is key.

It all boiled down to two simple things Trust and well maybe actually one thing. TRUST. My epiphany was that I have never really trusted the Universe and maybe myself for that matter. For some unknown reason I did not feel the Universe was doing a great enough job listening. And I never wanted it to forget the things that I did not like in my life. I had been too afraid to be thankful for the things that I do not want, because then I thought the Universe would just think that I was ok with it. But defying all laws I continued to let it know of everything that I did not like just so it would not forget. And I bet you can guess what I got in return.

Yes! More and more of what I do not want.

So with this new found information I have been left with one thing: It is time to learn to trust! It is time to trust myself first and in turn I will begin to trust the Universe. In the mean time thanks to all of the MKE exercises I can only but focus on what I want. I will keep you posted. Out with the negative in with the positive. PEACE.

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October 14, 2016
by Sara Sorensen
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Week 3.2 ~ Solar Plexus & Fear

Solar Plexus & Fear

3-14. Non-resistant thought expands the Solar Plexus; resistant thought contracts it. Pleasant thought expands it; unpleasant thought contracts it. Thoughts of courage, power, confidence and hope all produce a corresponding state, but the one arch enemy of the Solar Plexus which must be absolutely destroyed before there is any possibility of letting any light shine is fear. This enemy must be completely destroyed; he must be eliminated; he must be expelled forever; he is the cloud which hides the sun; which causes a perpetual gloom.

3-15. It is this personal devil which makes men fear the past, the present and the future; fear themselves, their friends and their enemies; fear everything and everybody. When fear is effectually and completely destroyed, your light will shine, the clouds will disperse and you will have found the source of power, energy and life.

3-16. When you find that you are really one with the Infinite power, and when you can consciously realize this power by a practical demonstration of your ability to overcome any adverse condition by the power of your thought, you will have nothing to fear; fear will have been destroyed and you will have come into possession of your birthright.

~Charles Haanel

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Time to let your light shine.

Last year during this same week’s lesson I was going through so much internal change. The struggle seemed so real. And my solar plexus was definitely off balance. My Week 3 post was filled with so much fear and lack of trust in my own life process. And then I found a way out once again it was through meditation in the teachings of Haanel. It is so easy to fall into the pits of fear, especially with all that is going on in our country let alone the world. One click on the television or a trip onto Facebook we can be so easily brought into the pools of fear and lack. And until reading Haanel’s lesson 3 this week I don’t think I really understood how much control we really do have over it.

Fear is just a bi-product of an untamed mind. Lack of discipline keeps the mind in these states. Vigorous training, patience and consistency tames the mind therefore tames the fear. Eventually it will be destroyed. With this golden key to your universe will you unlock your true powerful potential? Or will you leave the key on the table? Each week it continues to become more and more clear. All the answers are in the sit and work that you do while you are there.

We have been allowing our light to be dim for far too long. It is time to let our light shine to the world. Fearless and full of Life Force. We will continue to attract positivity and abundance once we let our light shine freely.

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Healing the Solar Plexus Chakra

solar-plexus-affirm“The main challenge for the third chakra is to use your personal power in a balanced manner. What does that mean? It means consciously harnessing the energy of the solar plexus chakra. It means being proactive rather then reactive or inactive. Beings with excessive third chakra energy react to life circumstances, they have emotional outbursts and are often stressed out. Beings with blocked or deficient third chakra are passive and inactive – allowing life to pass by while they do nothing. Strong third chakra reflects the ability to move forward in life with confidence and power. It reflects the ability to make conscious choices to choose and to act. The message of the third chakra is: You have the power to choose. You can choose to achieve your life purpose or you can live out your karma or past experiences.” (Source: Chakra Anatomy )

You can heal your Solar Plexus Charkra through meditation, essential oils, yoga poses, and even crystals! I love meditating with tibetan singing bowls. I will run a warm bath pop on a youtube meditation and clear my mind and chakras. The one I have posted below just focuses on the Solar Plexus (By all means you do not have to listen to it for the full 3 hours).

Essential oils for the Solar Plexus- Bergamot, Lavender, Rosemary, Mandarin, Patchouli, Clary Sage, Spikenard, Roman Chamomile. Visit Shop (You can rub the oil right on your solar plexus.)

Yoga Poses- Warrior 1, Warrior 2, Bow Pose, Boat Pose. See Poses

Crystals- Citrine, Amber, Lemon Quartz, Yellow Jasper, Yellow Tourmaline, Tiger’s Eye. Visit Page (Place the crystal on the solar plexus take deep breathes and imagine a yellow sphere rotating effortlessly.)

 

Let’s Shine! PEACE.

October 13, 2016
by Sara Sorensen
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Week 2.2 ~ Conscious vs. Subconscious

Conscious vs. Subconscious

2-16. The subconscious mind draws just and accurate inferences from premises furnished from outside sources. Where the premise is true, the subconscious mind reaches a faultless conclusion, but, where the premise or suggestion is an error, the whole structure falls. The subconscious mind does not engage in the process of proving. It relies upon the conscious mind, “the watchman at the gate,” to guard it from mistaken impressions.

2-17. Receiving any suggestions as true, the subconscious mind at once proceeds to act thereon in the whole domain of its tremendous field of work. The conscious mind can suggest either truth or error. If the latter, it is at the cost of wide- reaching peril to the whole being.

2-18. The conscious mind ought to be on duty during every waking hour. When the “watchman” is “off guard,” or when its calm judgment is suspended, under a variety of circumstances, then the subconscious mind is unguarded and left open to suggestion from all sources. During the wild excitement of panic, or during the height of anger, or the impulses of the irresponsible mob, or at any other time of unrestrained passion, the conditions are most dangerous. The subconscious mind is then open to the suggestion of fear, hatred, selfishness, greed, self-depreciation and other negative forces, derived from surrounding persons or circumstances. The result is usually unwholesome in the extreme, with effects that may endure to distress it for a long time. Hence, the great importance of guarding the subconscious mind from false impressions.

~Charles Haanel

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The Watcher at the Gate

I am fascinated again with this week’s Haanel reading. I have highlighted paragraphs. It still amazes me to think that we have gone through our lives with these powerful words and tools to help us create what we dream about. Yet no one in school has ever spoke of these things.

George Bernard Shaw says, “Youth is wasted on the young.” But what if the youth had the proper training, the proper tools? What could the youth accomplish? With my energy and ambition in my late teens and most of my 20’s I could have conquered the world. Now I am in my late 30’s going through a course to continue to undo what has been done and let all of these great teachings sink in. So I can actually move forward and accomplish my heart’s desire.

I have become more aware of the words that leave my mouth and the thoughts that linger.  I now choose what and what not to entertain. Focusing and speaking on negativity will only allow the subconscious to give and repeat just that. If we let out conscious mind become lazy and allow the undesired to pass then it is the fault of our own. We cannot blame the subconscious or life for that matter. I intuitively knew the importance of a strong and healthy mind, but now I am really comprehending WHY we must pay attention to our own mental health if we want to create and move forward with anything that we do.

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PPN: True Health

I was also reflecting on the personal pivotal need of True Health. As it is not one of my 2 PPNs I have contemplated this one a lot this year. For a moment considered revising my DMP (Definite Major Purpose) with it as one of my PPNs. I took this contemplation into a sit and was directed to keep mine as they are, but to really allow myself to listen to the guidance this PPN wanted to share with me.

For most of my adolescent life I was a competitive dancer. I was in class 6 days a week and in the spring I was traveling all around Minnesota to compete against other studios. Growing up I was always in front of a mirror in a leotard and weight was a constant topic amongst the teachers of the competition lines. So to stay skinny I always focused on not eating and avoiding fattening foods, etc. Even though I barely had an oz of fat on my body those habits have stuck with me until my “ah ha” moment last week in a sit.

I was always focused so much on the exterior (my “body” world without) that I was not really in tune or focusing on the interior (my “body” world within). For those of us who are always dieting, counting calories, etc. we are completely missing the point and we will never see the results that we are wishing for because what our bodies really want is us to first change the world within! We must change our minds, change our self speak and change what we are feeding our subconscious.

As we become more positive we in return will find ourselves making more positive choices in what our conscious “mouth” wants to take in to feed our subconscious “belly”. And our bodies naturally will start looking healthy, but we first need to feel healthy. Mind, body, and soul really do go hand in hand you cannot achieve True Health with out the balance of the other. PEACE.