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Out of Balance?

Does Harmony Resonate with You?


How many of you think your life is “out of balance?”  For many people, life consists of getting the kids ready for school while they are checking their email, texting while driving, going to work, picking up fast food for dinner because they are exhausted and then collapsing into bed at the end of the day.

Too much work, too much stress, not enough play time…sound familiar? 

When you are out of balance, you experience stress. Stress is the result of resistance.  Resisting your life as it is.  Kids and adults all experience stress.  I’m shocked at the number of kids I see in my practice who have been diagnosed with anxiety.

So what do we do??  Is there a way to live a life of peace and happiness? To be happy is the primary mission of a person.  According to Gandhi, creating harmony is the way to be happy.  As he says,
 

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

 

Harmony

Harmony is a flowing process. It is about integrating all of life’s challenges, as opposed to resisting things in your life. Welcome and accept the good and the bad days. Allow yourself to be present without judgment. Living in harmony allows you to flow through experiences, with less anger or frustration. 

When you live in harmony, your work, thoughts, relationships, and actions are in alignment.  When you are not in harmony, you experience fear, doubt, poor self-esteem, etc. Over time, this can impact your health, relationships, work, schooling and keeps you from achieving your full potential.

Living in harmony is a conscious choice of how you want to live. You could spend your life studying mind-body-spirit literature, as I frequently do; attending workshops, listening to meditations, practicing yoga. However, where to start might seem overwhelming.
 

How to create the life you want.

Let’s start with the basics. One of the easiest ways to start your creating is through visualization. Create and use the image that leads to the thoughts and actions that will bring you what you want.  It could be getting a promotion, going on a special vacation, earning a good grade, or gaining self-confidence, happiness and peace.
 

What is visualization?

“The ability to imagine, sense, become aware of, move, manipulate and expand the pictures in your “mind’s eye” and the feelings or senses in your body, thereby developing new perspectives and creativity”.

- Dr. Lynn Hellerstein, See It. Say It. Do It!


Notice that visualization is defined in a very multi-sensory way. It is not just about pictures in your mind. It includes other body senses, including smells, sounds, tastes, and feelings. Sometimes, people just have a “knowing” or a “sense” without noticing an image. Everyone is different. There is no right or wrong. Just be aware of your own process.
 

Who uses visualization?

People of all ages.  Kids use it for relaxation, test anxiety and learning. Adults use it for career goals, sports and relaxation.
 

How do you start?

To visualize, there are several strategies which help you succeed.  Specific activities and strategies (Take a Balloon Trip or Call Your Shot for Sports Prep) are demonstrated here:

Relax

  1. Breathe
  2. Build Awareness
  3. Have Fun
  4. Relate the activities to specific goals
  5. Be consistent in doing the activities
  6. Journal

Learn more about visualization

Attend the FREE Workshop on Sept. 30 and check out See It. Say It. Do It! which includes activities for both kids and adults.

This month, I invite you to relax, breathe and open your “mind’s eye” to the possibilities of your goals and intentions. There is no right way to visualize, so just enjoy your personal process. Remember to journal after your visualizations.
 

“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe”.

-Marcus Aurelius

With love and gratitude,

Lynn Fishman Hellerstein, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO

Upcoming Events

 

Experience the Power of Visualization

Tuesday,
Sept. 30, 2014
6:30 - 7:30 P.M.

Speaker: Lynn F. Hellerstein, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO
 

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Experience Vision Therapy

Tuesday,
Oct. 28, 2014
6:30 - 7:30 P.M.

Speakers: Lynn F. Hellerstein, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO & Staff

These events are FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. Please call 303-850-9499 to reserve your place.

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