Dear Sensitive Soul,

Happy April! How are you? I'm ready for the rain to stop here. But I have to admit that I was really enjoying the view of the Campanile tower on the UC Berkeley campus, enshrouded in mist this past Monday afternoon. I returned last Saturday from a journey to the Midwest, where I got to experience a dramatic Kansas-style lightning and thunderstorm. It was powerful! My Lomi Lomi massage therapy experience there with Cuky Choquette Harvey was a profound and energetic clearing that has left me with renewed energy, spirit, and peace of mind. I didn't get to see Sonia Choquette after all, which was a disappointment, but I'm excited to be back home and ready for new adventures.

Speaking of adventures, we had a wonderful Energy Skills TeleClass last month. What a terrific group of people! I hope you have the chance to join us for one soon. Coming up is my Advanced Energy Skills TeleClass on April 13. This is the one to take if you're doing energy, healing, intuitive, or coaching work yourself. I'd love to have you join me.

I see my clients (and myself) struggling with a self-care item that ranks high on the lists of ways we can best support ourselves: exercise. Sonia Choquette and Dr. Elaine Aron, albeit from different professional walks of life, both highly recommend making time for exercise as a way to strengthen our resilience. However, many of us struggle with actually making it a regular part of our lives. This month's article, "Conquering the Exercise Demon," looks at simple ways to get this self-care power tool into action.



p.s. -- I'm also pleased to announce that I now have a new virtual assistant, Linda. She'll be helping me with all sorts of tasks, including: answering e-mail, scheduling sessions, and coordinating TeleClasses. Welcome, Linda!

Feature Article
Conquering the Exercise Demon

We all know we "should" exercise. Most of us mean to do it. But more often than not, it's a real struggle to fit the activity into your already overly busy life. That's why I call it the Exercise Demon. It's constantly nagging at you, making you feel guilty. Or at least, that's one way to look at it.

I want to encourage you to look at exercise in a new way. Since coaching is a "should-free zone," I encourage you to look for ways to create inspiration, motivation, and desire for exercise.

An important thing to know about being highly sensitive is that you process energy differently from the rest of the population. It affects you more and you are sensitive to it; you are aware of the unseen energies and forces around you. You've probably heard that exercise strengthens your body, improves your physical health, and enhances your mental and emotional state as well. But exercise also supports you on a deep energetic and spiritual level, by allowing you to process and release much of the energy that you experience. In fact, exercising is a fundamental cornerstone to successful sensitive living. This self-care power tool will ground you, center you, help you clear away stagnant energy, keep your intuitive radio receivers functioning optimally, and help you strengthen your energetic boundaries.

Here are a few thoughts about ways to make exercise work for you:

1. Make It Spiritual
Tune into your spirit. As much as you may wrestle with getting yourself to exercise, I suspect that deep down you long for it. My own spirit CALLS me to it. I'm constantly getting inner urges to get outside, go dancing, or go horseback riding. My habit has been to ignore that inner guidance, with "I'm too busy right now," or "I'll do it later." The new choice now is to listen to that guidance, and to trust and follow it as the divine wisdom that it is.

Try this: Each morning upon waking up, say: "Divine Spirit, move me." I have found that it is a quite literal prayer. Each day I find myself drawn to movement that inspires my spirit. Let your spirit be your guide.

Sensitives also seem most satisfied and motivated by exercise with a spiritual aspect. For example, exercise activities that I find to be spiritual include yoga, walking in nature, martial arts, and Qigong, among others.

How is your spirit calling you?


2. Make It Joyful
From another perspective, ANY kind of exercise that lights up your spirit and brings you joy is spiritual. Sonia Choquette says, "Don't live a spiritual life, but a spirited one." I believe that when you find exercise joyful it is much easier to feel inspired and motivated to do it. For me, right now, what's inspiring is reformer pilates and horseback riding. In the past it was fitness boxing. In these activities, my mind, heart, body, and soul are all engaged -- and that makes it joyful for me.

Another way to create joyful exercise is to engage with others. I love walking with my sweetie or a close friend and having time to talk. That also fills my spirit with joy.

My recent favorite trick is to download podcasts of my favorite online radio shows from Hay House Radio onto my little mp3 player and listen while I walk. It's a great excuse to listen to uplifting guidance while getting my body in motion.

What brings you joy?


3. Make It Easy
If you're like many sensitives, you have to find ways to make exercising so easy that it's hard NOT to do it. For me, that looks like taking classes where I have to pay for the class whether I show up or not, or where I'm so involved with learning new material that I wouldn't miss it for the world.

For some sensitives, finding ways to exercise at home with DVDs or videos is the ticket. One of my clients recently purchased a portable DVD player so she can work out at her office during lunch in a back room. Some people leave their work clothes at the gym so they have to work out on their way to the office. Build it into your schedule; make it a part of your life so that you don't even have to think about it.

What would make it easy for you?


4. Make It Creative
Don't forget that there are lots of ways to move our bodies besides going to a gym. As a sensitive soul, you have a creative spirit. Let it be your guide in creating an exercise plan that is unusual and interesting. For instance, do you love to tango? That counts! Gardening is another way to be physical.

My spirit LOVES variety. So do lots of HSPs. Many of us are INFPs or ENFPs in the Myers-Briggs temperament typology; variety is our middle name. Right now I am working up my exercise approaches to include a variety of activities to keep my mind and spirit engaged. In addition to horseback riding and pilates, I'm also walking. I've just started exploring my "Budokon for Beginners" DVD and love it. Cajun dancing and yoga are next on my add-back-in list. I'm just out of practice.

Others prefer grounded, stable, consistent routines. That's OK, too! But if you're feeling uninspired by routine, look for creative ways to bring exercise into your life.

What unusual exercise methods might inspire you?


Don't Forget
In conquering your Exercise Demon, remember to let your spirit guide you and light you up inside. Be creative. Find new ways to get your body moving. And remember: Doing anything physical is a whole lot more than zero. Don't let that perfectionistic streak stop you. Get out there and play!

Here are some favorite resources that I use:

"AM and PM Yoga" -- Two 20-minute yoga workouts that are simple, easy, and doable for beginners.
"Budokon for Beginners" -- A great workout that combines yoga, martial arts, and meditation.
Creative Zen Nano mp3 player -- A great little mp3 player. Take a look at the different options for storage capacity. Mine is 1 GB and holds about 40 Hay House podcasts at one time. This one is 512 MB.
Hay House Radio -- Radio shows "for your soul."
iTunes -- Has free software to help you download online radio podcasts.

Advanced Energy Skills TeleClass

Would you like to learn more about how to care for your sensitive nervous system by using energy skills, so you don't have to process other people's energy for them? In this class, you'll learn ways to raise your own vibration and learn to consciously connect and disconnect your energy from the people around you. This is a particularly powerful class for coaches, counselors, energy healers, body workers, and intuitives. Please join me.

Sign up here for my Advanced Energy Skills for Sensitive Souls TeleClass on April 13, from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. PDT. This class is part of the Sensitive Souls TeleClass Series. The basic Energy Skills class is recommended, but is not required.

A TeleClass is a class conducted like a conference call over a "bridge-line" that we all phone into at the same time. You can read more about how it works here.

If you'd like to be notified regularly about upcoming TeleClasses, please sign up here.


The Art of
Sensitive Living
April 2006 Contents

feature article

energy skills teleclass

upcoming events

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Upcoming Events


Advanced Energy Skills
for Sensitive Souls

Thursday, April 13
4:30 p.m. PDT

Sensitive Souls
TeleClass Series

for Sensitive Souls

Thursday, April 20
4:30 p.m. PDT
TeleClass, F.r.e.e.

Are You Highly Sensitive?
Monday, April 24
2 p.m. PDT
Elephant Pharmacy
1607 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, California
Introductory In-Person Class, F.r.e.e.


Space Clearing For Sensitive Souls
Monday, May 8
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. PDT

Elephant Pharmacy
1607 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, California
Introductory In-Person Class, F.r.e.e.

Energy Skills
for Sensitive Souls

Thursday, May 18
4:30 p.m. PDT

Sensitive Souls
TeleClass Series

More upcoming classes and events on my website here.




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