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Jessica Chapman Found Her Path as a Healer, One Mindful Step at a Time

Posted by Jessica Chapman on 1/6/23 8:00 AM

Jessica Chapman is a recent graduate from Southwest Institute of Healing Arts’ Massage Therapy program, with a focus in Polarity and Cranial therapy. Prior to that, she completed the Reiki Master Teacher program. Today, she tells us about her journey, and offers inspiration to those seeking to step fully into their purpose!

What was your life like before SWIHA? What led you to SWIHA and to your particular program of study? Why are you passionate about this modality?

I'm aware, it's the on-going giggle: "SWIHA finds you".

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Topics: Great Graduates, Massage Therapy, Mindfulness, Reiki, energy work, Inspiration, Intention, National Be on Purpose Month 2023

Healing Addiction: Heather Vanek’s Journey to Health & Happiness

Posted by Heather Vanek on 1/4/23 8:00 AM

Addiction is a neuropsychological disorder characterized by a persistent and intense urge to use a drug or engage in certain behaviors, despite substantial harm and other negative consequences. Repetitive drug use often alters brain functions in ways that perpetuate cravings and weakens self-control. According to hhs.gov, in 2017, the US department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency calling it the US opioid Epidemic. As American Addiction Center states “according to the national survey on drug use and health (NSDUH), 19.7 million American adults (12 and older) battle a substance use disorder in 2017.” Addiction touches so many lives directly, or indirectly through loved ones. My hope is to share my strength and the tools I have found to combat addiction.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Life Coaching, SWIHA, Hypnotherapy, Arizona, Recovery, Tempe, Addiction, Inspiration, National Be on Purpose Month 2023

‘Living on Purpose’: Inspiration from Nicole Cooper

Posted by Nicole Cooper on 1/2/23 8:00 AM

“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.” - Oprah Winfrey

The way that I have learned, and continue to practice, living on purpose is by doing what is in alignment with my core values and beliefs. This has always come from a passionate place within myself and trusting that space. It’s a true place of awareness deep within. You may think that you have to find your purpose, but from my experience, your path finds you when you start focusing inward and trusting the process. My challenges, fears, hardships, and un-comfort zones have all been a huge part of discovering and developing my purpose.

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Topics: wellness, Self-care, Yoga Teacher Training, entrepreneurship, National Be on Purpose Month 2023

5 Ways to Spark Your Intentions for the New Year

Posted by Jade Marvin on 12/29/22 4:00 PM

With January 2023 right around the corner, it is almost time to celebrate National Be On-Purpose Month! This holiday is intended to encourage us to start the New Year by putting our good intentions into action, personally and professionally! It’s time to say goodbye to confusion and hello to clarity as we integrate more purpose, meaning, and intentionality into our lives. It can be easy to be caught up in the monotony of everyday life. We can oftentimes forget to live life with intention. The excuses come rolling in and before we know it, it’s been a whole year and you haven’t achieved anything you wrote down on your New Years' Resolutions list. With January 2023 being National Be On-Purpose Month, let’s set the intention right now to live life with purpose and to put our dreams into action!

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, SWIHA, Arizona, Tempe, New Year, Intention, Purpose, National Be On-Purpose Month, New Years' Eve

The Legend of Santa

Posted by KC Miller on 12/22/22 4:00 PM

 

In this age of transparency and vulnerability, when questioned as to whether you believe in Santa or not, you might experience some consternation or dissidence.  What do you say without lying or compromising the trust little ones place in you? 

 

Recently my youngest granddaughter confessed she was very concerned that “the Bigs” (meaning the older kids) were telling “the Littles” (the younger kids) that Santa wasn’t real. 

 

Me, the Granny, “Oh, tell me what you believe?”

 

Granddaughter, “Granny, I don’t have it all figured out yet …. I just think if we keep believin’ then Santa will keep showing up!” 

 

My heart melted. She went on to plead, Let’s let the Littles believe a little longer!”

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, SWIHA, KC Miller, Christmas, Holistic Education, Holiday Season, Blessings, Christmas 2022, Santa

Holidays Are Not Always Merry & Bright

Posted by KC Miller on 12/15/22 8:00 AM

This time of year, it’s easy to begin to recite unconscious, redundant holiday greetings such as Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, or Happy New Year. While a sincere sentiment might be your intention, could we just stop a minute and acknowledge those who aren’t feeling so merry and bright this season?

Holidays can be an emotional time of year for some, especially those who mark the holidays with anniversaries such as This is the first holiday without (insert loved one’s name)! Or, I cannot believe it’s been so many years that (loved one) hasn’t been here for the holidays.” Remembering and reminiscing are part of the grieving process.

Rather than skirt around the grief or try to act as if it’s not there, consider these thoughtful and compassionate HAPPY options:

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, SWIHA, Mindfulness, Holistic Healing, KC Miller, Arizona, Tempe, integrative healing arts practitioner, Holding Space, Christmas, Holidays, IHAP, winter solstice, Connection, Solstice, Healing Procress, Healing Process, Space Holder, Grief Stages, Grief

Being a Highly Sensitive Person

Posted by Sherrie Perret on 12/8/22 4:00 PM

Have you ever been told that you are too sensitive, too touchy, that you take things too personally, or even that you are too nice to people? I hear these things on a daily basis and if you have been told these things, chances are you could be a Highly Sensitive Person too. We are all sensitive to some degree; however, some of us are HSP (Highly Sensitive Persons). I am HSP. What is HSP and how do you get it? This is what I have learned about HSP. First, let me clarify that HSP is not a disorder, condition, or diagnosis, it’s a personality trait also known as sensory processing sensitivity (SPS) and approximately 15% to 20% of the population are HSP. Highly Sensitive People process all information more deeply including all types of stimuli such as emotions, what they see, hear, feel, and touch and are aware of subtleties that other people miss.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, holistic entrepreneur, SWIHA, eft, Mindfulness, journaling, Self-care, Spiritual Coaching, Meditation, Hypnotherapy, aromatherapy, Arizona, Tempe, Empath, integrative healing arts practitioner, highly sensitive person, Online Education, SWIHA Student Blog Series, Introvert, Breath Work

The Pathway to Forgiveness: SWIHA Student Blog Series

Posted by Brooke DeBault on 12/1/22 4:00 PM

Forgiveness

For centuries this word has been touted as a nonnegotiable for the betterment of society and the individual. The problem is, although most of us know that forgiveness is a necessity if we want to live a life free from anger and resentment, many of us struggle with understanding exactly what forgiveness means or how to achieve it. After all, forgiveness is merely a blanket term… Used to describe what people should do when faced with the pain of hurt or betrayal. Unfortunately, religious texts and enlightened spiritual leaders frequently fail to describe precisely what forgiveness is, why we should do it, or how it can be attained. With the aim of bridging these gaps, I’ll attempt to answer these questions throughout the course of this blog. Before we get to those answers, let’s first talk a little bit about what forgiveness is not and what it does not do.

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Topics: self love, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Great Graduate, SWIHA, Self-care, Forgiveness, Meditation, Holistic wellness, Holistic health, Arizona, Tempe, Grace, Holistic Health and Wellness Coach, SWIHA Student Blog Series, Student Blog Submission, Higher Self

Thanksgiving Every Day in Someway

Posted by KC Miller on 11/24/22 8:00 AM

“If you give thanks every day, every day is then Thanksgiving!”

Many scientific studies have been done documenting the benefits of gratitude and the practice of giving thanks including a study conducted by the Association of Psychological Science. Their findings showed those who had deeper, vulnerable conversations and made the effort to socialize more frequently with others were significantly and statistically happier and healthier.

Let’s look at six easy steps to ensure your health and happiness using the acronym THANKS.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Gratitude, SWIHA, Self-care, Psychology, Arizona, Tempe, Brene Brown, chakras, Holistic Education, Thanksgiving, Holiday Season, Honor, Giving Thanks, Chakra System

2 Vegan Soup Recipes to Keep You Warm & Cozy This Fall

Posted by Jade Marvin on 11/17/22 4:00 PM

The best and only way to celebrate Fall is with a bowl of soup, right? During this season of the year, all we want to do is cozy up in a nice blanket and eat some soup. With the weather cooling down, it only feels right to try some new soup recipes! Chef and Coach, Janet Lee, states, “The holidays can often be a time of overeating, high stress, and expectations. If that has not worked well in the past; I invite you to lean into self-care, eat colorful foods, and look for the joy in it all!” To follow what Janet said, this is the perfect time to really take care of yourself and your body before the craziness of the holiday season. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts invites you to add these two delectable soups to your collection of fall soup recipes this year!

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Holistic Nutrition, SWIHA, Whole Foods, Recipe, Nutrition, Arizona, Tempe, Vegan Recipe, Holistic Health and Wellness Coaching, Holistic Health and Wellness Coach, Thanksgiving Recipes, Fall Soup, Fall Soup Recipes, Coaching Skills, Business Development

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