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Restorative Practice #5: Do One Thing At A Time

Have you ever tried actually doing one thing at a time? I've found that it takes a tremendous amount of trust - an amount I often don't have - to truly do one thing at a time. Somehow my brain prefers that high-anxiety mode of doing many things at once, having many irons in the fire, keeping many options open, so to speak. But the reality of that mode is nothing ever gets done, and I never feel totally complete. In other words, I set myself up to prove the belief that underlies this kind of behavior: "I am not enough." To turn this behavior around, I first choose a new thought to believe: "I am complete, as I am, in this moment." At first, I repeat it as a mantra that sounds ridiculous because my brain has never practiced focusing attention on all the ways that I am, in fact, complete, as I am, in this moment. I have trained my brain, for many years and quite intensively, to find all the ways that "I am not enough" - all the ways that I "should be" doing more than what I am doing right now. But since I have made the choice to be and do in a different way, to connect with a different energy as the source of my actions, I keep repeating that mantra. I allow myself some stillness and some time to find one example of how I am really complete, as I am, in this moment. I find some gentleness toward myself as I learn a new way. I remember that I am like a toddler, about to take my first steps, and joyfully falling and getting up more times than I will be able to count. I choose something to do, in this moment, which gives me the feeling in my body of being complete as I am. These days, it is a hike. I get to move my body, deepen my breath, and bring my senses in contact with nature - the sky, the cool air, the silence. Yesterday I happened to shoot two videos - one before my hike, and one after. I think you'll see a visible difference in my face, or at least sense a different energy from me, in the two videos. Plus, in the second video I leave you with two questions to ask yourself about your own restorative practices. Enjoy!

BEFORE:

AFTER:

Restorative Practice #3…Treats

Give yourself treats! My treat last week was a hike every day, no matter how much I thought I had to get done. The result? I got more done, had better ideas, and more positive things happened spontaneously! And I felt peaceful every single day. Try it for yourself.

AHA’s “Simple 7″…Not So Simple After All

The other night I read on the back of a friend's T-shirt the following list of guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA)'s latest heart-healthy lifestyle campaign, called "Life's Simple 7":
  • get active
  • control cholesterol
  • eat better
  • manage blood pressure
  • lose weight
  • reduce blood sugar
  • stop smoking
From my medical training, I recognized each of these 7 items as addressing the major risk factors for coronary artery disease and therefore heart attacks and strokes. However, from my journey of learning about the connection between mind and body, and especially the ways in which our mind dictates the feelings, behaviors, and results we see in our lives, I noticed that these "Simple 7" are not so simple at all. Four of the seven guidelines involve behavioral changes. Three of the seven can be addressed with pharmaceutical drugs but are also dependent on these behavioral changes in order to have maximum impact. These areas of behavior change - exercise, diet, weight loss, and smoking cessation - are typically the most challenging and frustrating for both patients and doctors in a preventive setting. Continue reading

Healing Sounds Workshop

Making sound with breath and voice is the ultimate union of mind, body, and spirit. In this 3-week series, we will discuss the use of sound in meditation, self-care, and creativity, and practice the healing sounds of the five warrior seed syllables from the Tibetan Bon tradition. I am excited to explore my deepening understanding of the power of sound healing with you. You will:
  • gain a basic understanding of the use of sound in meditation,
  • experience how making sound can clear and quiet the mind,
  • explore the application of healing sounds in creating balance and harmony in your daily life.
Upon completing the series, you will have the foundational tools to begin your own home practice using healing sounds.

Class format:

The first 30 minutes of each class will be spent discussing the seed syllable and the philosophy as described by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. We will then move into a 15-20 minute sounding practice, and conclude with a 15 minute guided reflection/journaling time where you can consider the application of this practice in your daily life. There will be emphasis on the practice of sound healing in removing blocks and barriers in the mind, deepening your access to the positive qualities already within you, and uncovering your innate creativity and wisdom.

Background:

This series is based on the teachings of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, author of "Tibetan Sound Healing" (available on Amazon, includes CD). It is highly recommended, but not required, that you read Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche's book before and/or during this series. The workshop will be led by Dr. Lisa Chu. Read more about Dr. Lisa Chu here.

Details:

When: Tuesdays at 7:00pm -8:15pm November 2, 9, & 16, 2010 Where: The Cradle of Manifestation, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite 150, Mountain View, CA 94043 Fees: $75 for 3-class series, $30 for single class For more information: (650) 325-2194 or contact me by email Register for Healing Sounds: Study & Practice of Tibetan Sound Healing for Self-Care and Creativity in Mountain View, CA  on Eventbrite

The Art of Self-Care Primer – Online Course

The Art of Self-Care Primer:

5 Principles to Transform Your Relationship With Your Self and Expand Your Capacity To Serve Others

“Only when you have a healthy, honorable, affirming relationship with yourself can you have the same with others. This relationship is the foundation of your ability to demonstrate and practice compassion.” - Iyanla Vanzant

Learn how to practice and apply these 5 principles of Self-Care in your life:

  • Boundaries
  • From Reactive to Creative
  • Your Body Knows
  • What Restores You?
  • Want What You Want

Discover and practice techniques for getting to know your true SELF and develop greater capacity for compassionate care of others, from the inside out.

  • Define where your responsibilities begin...and where they end.
  • Create a morning ritual.
  • Start trusting the messages your body is sending you.
  • Explore and notice what brings you true peace and joy.
  • Start acknowledging yourself and realize that you CAN feel good.
  • ...and more!
This course is created by Dr. Lisa Chu, M.D., Founder of The Music Within Us.
"My experience as a Caring Professional started at the age of twelve, with my first paying job as a violin teacher. I lived a life of ambition and striving, going to Harvard, finishing medical school, and becoming the youngest partner in a venture capital investment firm before I turned 30. I wanted to care deeply about the work I did in the world, and I knew that music was at the heart of my deepest passion and greatest offering. "More than five years after moving to California to follow my dream and start my own violin school in Silicon Valley, I was "successful" by every external measure available. But I learned first-hand about the physical exhaustion, loss of compassion, and burnout that resulted from what I didn't know about Self-Care, even when following my own dream. "The lessons in this course are shared with you from my own study, practice, and personal journey of healing and transformation. I invite you to learn with me, try these practices in your own life, and discover what new possibilities are revealed to you as a Caring Professional." - Dr. Lisa Chu

Features:

  • Learn the 5 Principles of Self-Care and begin practicing them in your own life
  • Create a list of Self-Care Practices based on your learning, and start creating the changes you desire in your life
  • Get introduced to each principle on day one. Then get a small activity each day to put into practice in your real life.
  • Work at your own pace
  • Benefit from online discussion with other learners
  • Receive written, audio, and video materials to guide you in your learning
  • Access online materials even after the course has ended

Who should enroll:

  • Anyone who wants to restore life balance, expand their capacity to serve others, and rediscover the joy of compassionate service
  • Anyone considering a coaching relationship with me and seeking an introduction to the foundation of my work with people
  • Caring Professionals at risk for burnout who want to learn preventive wellness measures
  • You are a Caring Professional if...
    • You care deeply about what you do as a professional (or what you define as work or service)
    • You serve others for a living
  • Caring Professionals have a variety of job descriptions across many industries, such as:
    • Physicians
    • Nurses
    • Teachers
    • Counselors
    • Coaches
    • Therapists
    • Healers
    • Attorneys
    • Musicians
    • Artists
    • Mothers
    • Fathers
    • Entrepreneurs
    • CEOs

What People Are Saying:

"What I loved about Lisa's online course was the ability to connect with her and yet also ask myself hard questions in the privacy of my own space.  As far as content, Lisa gently guided me into rethinking many rules I had set for myself.  She helped change my perspective on the direction of my path and she made me feel comfortable living my life in a more honest way."  DB "Thanks again for your gift of the course that has gotten me to take a fresh look at my life." WJC "I just completed the course. The content was just what I needed during this time of transition.  Finding ways to find my center, taking small steps, and reframing my questions helped alleviate a lot of stress. The format of the online course worked. I enjoyed going at my own pace. I didn't know what to expect from an online course. I'm typically a classroom (in-person) learner or a self-learner (read the book & do the activity). I enjoyed the combination of video, reading, and links. I've fed a lot off your energy of acceptance/awareness of self in order to move through (and be comfortable) with the uncomfortableness of change." - VC

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Why I Created “Self-Care for the Caring Professional”

Register now: Visit the registration page>> 5-week course starts on October 20, 2010. Early Bird pricing ends TODAY, October 13, 2010!

The sun folds in, the waves roll on

How many times have you witnessed the sun setting? Now that I live near the California coast, that number has gone from "zero" to "so many times I've lost count". I never get tired of it, even though it's usually so cold at the ocean that I'm not completely relaxed as I'm watching. I'm usually huddled under blankets, or in a car, woefully underdressed for the plummeting temperatures. Last night, though, we were blessed with "Indian summer" weather and a warm enough evening at the coast that we didn't even need to wear our jackets. I had nowhere to be, nothing to do, except to behold the sun folding in, the waves ever-present in their rolling motion against the smooth sandy beach, and the earth turning away from the sun's reach, notch by notch. I managed to catch the very last 52 seconds of the sunset on video. Watching the playback, I saw a perfect soundtrack and image to accompany this affirmation (which I am practicing to replace one of my habitual thoughts, "There will never be enough."):
"I am complete, as I am, in this very moment."
Saying this out loud, or even reading it silently to yourself for the duration of the video, can be a powerful practice in shifting energy and attention. Notice the rhythm of the waves, and the silent power of the sun as it gradually disappears below the horizon. Enjoy...

Prepare to be surprised by taking a new path

I tried a brand new hike last week, and it reminded me of my path of trying new modes of expression lately. I continue to observe that whenever we test the boundaries in our minds, and take actions that are outside our current comfort zones, there is the excitement of discovery and the strength of learning that come along with it. In this case, I first had to take the new path, not knowing what was in store for me. Would it be sunny or shady? Hilly or flat? How long would I be walking? Whom would I meet along the way? What I discovered later on in the hike was such a gift of rejuvenation and restoration that I felt a much deeper sense of gratitude for having taken the path of Not Knowing. Turns out, what I didn't know was much better than anything I could have planned out myself! Enjoy these two video clips from my hike, and see what I discovered along the way...

We become the best teachers of what we’ve struggled with…

In this video blog, I share some observations of first being with and then transforming my own self-criticism. I'm learning to accept myself in all situations, tuning into not only how I react when I'm accomplishing things, but also how I react when I experience an energy low or less productive moment.