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Do YOU — Meditation Done Differently

Posted by KC Miller on 1/13/22 4:00 PM

Many people think they can’t meditate. Maybe it’s not that they can’t meditate, rather the way they have been instructed to meditate doesn’t resonate with their Soul!

In the past, much of what was taught about meditation came from a restrictive mindset, often couched in needing to be more disciplined or committed to be a good yogi or person.

Restrictive meditation is a form of meditation where concentration is emphasized and epitomized. One is to focus on a singular object to the exclusion of all other thoughts. It can almost be described as the “sit down-shut up-suck up” approach to meditation. Clearing the mind of all thoughts is the guiding edict. And while the goal is to really experience whatever you are focusing on, whether it's your breath, a specific word, or a mantra in order to reach a higher state of being, the result is often a feeling of defeat because total concentration is almost impossible for most of us.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, SWIHA, Mindfulness, Self-care, Guided meditation, Holistic Healing, Meditation, Yoga Teacher Training, yoga, Arizona, YTT, Yogi, Holistic Education, Mindset, Soul-care, Invitational Meditation, Soul

Holiday Truce Making — Consider Silent N.I.G.H.T

Posted by KC Miller on 12/23/21 4:00 PM

Have you seen the holiday meme that says “Deck the Halls” and in a finer font “…just don’t deck your relatives?” As funny as the meme is meant to be, for some families, the holidays can be intense times where conflict and chaos abound. Calling a truce might be exactly what’s needed.

A favorite holiday story is that of Silent Night and the truce it brought. As the legend is told, there were two countries at war during the Christmas season. Both countries celebrated the tradition of Christmas by singing Silent Night in their own native tongues.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, SWIHA, Holistic Healing, Reiki, Holistic wellness, Arizona, Christmas, Holidays, Holistic Education, Holiday Season, Truce, Transform, Silent Night, Peace, Calm, Honor, Grace, War Treaty, Deck The Halls

Bring Your Loved Ones Together This Season with Sweet Holiday Recipes

Posted by Jade Marvin on 12/21/21 4:00 PM

To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” – William Londen

The Holiday season is all about recharging our batteries for the New Year, spending time with friends and family, and eating good food! Making food can be such a great pass time to bond with friends and family. You can work together in the kitchen, make some yummy foods and create lifelong memories while you’re at it too! Chef and SWIHA Online Advisor, Janet Lee, proclaims, “Life is balancing the sweet with the savory. A great recipe for the holiday season is a pinch of patience, a teaspoon of creativity, a tablespoon of joy, a handful of fresh herbs, cups of vegetables, and a pitcher of laughter. Blend them all well and serve with a sense of humor, remembering the reason for the season and sharing it all with those around you. Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season!”

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Holistic Nutrition, SWIHA, Whole Foods, Mindfulness, Arizona, Healthy Eating, health coach, Nutrition Coach, Facebook Live, Wellness Coach, Holistic Education, Holiday Season, Webinars, Holistic Healh and Wellness Coach, Health and Wellness Coach, NBHWC, ZOOM, Dessert Recipes, Mindful Meditation Facilitator, Whole Foods Culinary Specialist, Culinary, Culinary Specialist, Holiday Recipes

A Shower of G.R.A.T.I.T.U.D.E

Posted by KC Miller on 11/25/21 4:00 PM

G-IVE GRATITUDE A TRY

Gratitude has always been familiar to me; basically, I’ve been a pretty happy-go-lucky person my whole life. By nature, I’m an optimist! As a longtime student of A Course in Miracles, I consciously choose to be “miracle ready” which means choosing to be in a state of gratitude and readiness as a daily practice. An “attitude of gratitude” was fully reinforced during my travels to India.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Kamini Desai, Gratitude, SWIHA, Mindfulness, KC Miller, Yoga Teacher Training, yoga nidra, Spirit, Holistic wellness, yoga, Arizona, India, Holistic Education, Amrit Institute, Thanksgiving, Gratitude Journal, Amrit Yoga, Grateful, Blessings, Blessons, Wisdom

SWIHA Student Blog: Finding The Pause

Posted by Johnie Kolzen on 11/23/21 4:00 PM

When I was a little girl, my parents got divorced. I was 6, my brother 9, my little sister just 5. We went to stay with my dad’s parents so he could continue on his job on the railroad. My grandfather was retired and had been in the navy. My grandmother was a rough and tough sort of woman that had been married five times, rodeo trick rider, sharecropper, all-around tough cookie. I share this with you because I had no pause, my family had no pause. The next steps my family took could have been changed or at the least given a pause, we as a family could see the purpose in our actions. When I was 9, I ran away from home. They called my mom (which I had been told was dead) and she flew to see me face to face to tell me, her daughter, she could not take me back to live with her. She got on a plane the next morning.

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Topics: self love, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, spirituality, SWIHA, Mindfulness, Self-care, Guided meditation, Essential Oils, Meditation, Mind, yoga, Breath, Spiritual, mind-body wellness practitioner, Boundaries, Sacred Space, Holistic Education, Mindful Practices, Calmness, Pause, meditate, breathing

11:11 Make a Wish! Angel Numbers, Signs, and More

Posted by Jade Marvin on 11/11/21 11:11 AM

Its 11:11 make a wish! Do you ever catch yourself looking at a clock, a license plate, or receipts and seeing consecutive numbers like 222, 333, or even 555? Ever wonder what it meant that you see these numbers so often? Well, Angel numbers are recurring sequences of numbers that have spiritual significance. The line between our physical world and the spiritual world isn’t as resolute as one may think. Angels and guides often communicate with Angel numbers or various “signs” that hold deep spiritual significance. Think of them as a gentle and loving invitation to build trust in your own spirituality. And when you pay close enough attention, you may begin to notice these patterns show up more often as you become more attune with receiving messages from the universe.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, spirituality, SWIHA, Mindfulness, Intuition, Meditation, Mindful, Symbolism, Spiritual Awakening, Holistic Education, Mindful Practices, Angels and Guides, Signs, Angel Numbers, Symbols, Messages

Take a Sip of Mindfulness with These Holiday Drink Recipes

Posted by Jade Marvin on 11/4/21 4:00 PM

A Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912) named Nan-in welcomed a university professor who came to learn about Zen. The Japanese master began to serve tea. Nan-in poured the professor’s cup full, and then some. As the professor watched the teacup flow, he eventually could no longer restrain himself and blurted out “It is overfull. No more will go in!” Nan-in then replied, “like this cup, you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, western herbalism, Holistic Nutrition, Whole Foods, Mindfulness, Nutrition, habits, spiritual studies, Mindful, Dairy-Free, Holidays, Raw Foods, Herbal Medicine, herbal teas, Holistic Education, herbal remedies, natures herbs, Mindful Practices

How Intuitive Are You? Find Your Strongest Intuitive Skill/Clair

Posted by Jade Marvin on 10/21/21 4:00 PM

With intuition, some refer to it as a gut feeling, instinct, foresight or just a certain knowing that they have within themselves. Regardless, everyone is born with intuition. It can be really easy, and more common than you may realize for people to not trust their intuition or themselves. Especially at the beginning of a spiritual journey or life transition, it can become difficult not to compare how ‘profound’ your experience is to the person next to you.

How do you even become more attuned to your intuition? What does that inner knowing feel like to you? How come I experience intuition differently from the person next to me? All of these questions can be answered by learning what your strongest Intuition skill (or Clair) is. The four Clairs are: Clairvoyance, Clairsentience, Clairaudience, and Claircognizance.

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, spirituality, holistic entrepreneur, Mind Body Wellness, spiritual Studies, SWIHA, Angels, Intuition, Intuitive Guide, intuitive guidance, Sacred Space, Holistic Education, Holistic Modalities, Guides, Intuitive Messenger, Claircognizance, Clairsentience, Intuition Test, Clairvoyance, Claireaudience

How Mercury Retrograde Affects Your Zodiac Sign

Posted by Jade Marvin on 10/7/21 4:00 PM

If you are unfamiliar with Astro-terminology, Mercury in Retrograde, or more commonly known as Mercury Retrograde, is when the planet Mercury seems to be moving backward - from west to east. The areas of life that Mercury tends to rule are disrupted and can affect each of us differently. Mercury is the planet that rules communication, travel, and technology, and when in retrograde - life can seem a bit out of control. Mercury Retrograde is a time for channeling energy inward, reflecting, re-assessing, and rethinking our lives. We’ve already survived two retrogrades in the year 2021, and now- we are right in the middle of one! This final retrograde of 2021 started on September 27 and is lasting through October 18. Here’s what you need to do to make it through the rest of retrograde with ease, based on your zodiac sign (according to AstroTwins from Mindbodygreen).

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, spirituality, holistic entrepreneur, Mind Body Wellness, SWIHA, entrepreneur, Angels, Intuition, spiritual studies, astrology, Intuitive Guide, mercury retrograde, mercury, Relationships, Sacred Space, Holistic Education, Zodiac, Holistic Modalities, communication, retrograde, travel, Guides, Intuitive Messenger, zodiac signs, rituals, technology

Demystifying Healthy Eating

Posted by Diana DeWolfe on 9/16/21 4:00 PM

We've all been there.  We want to eat healthier, so we do a quick Google search to get some tips and suddenly become overwhelmed by the amount of data returned. Results range from diets promising quick and easy results - low carb, low fat, high fat, carnivore, keto, plant-based - to food subscriptions to buy, ads for nutritional and fitness services, and a few websites promising to unlock the secrets to healthy eating but leave you with very little and often conflicting information. It's frustrating, often resulting in giving up and continuing old habits or taking advice from a friend of a friend who happens to know all about the latest diet craze; you hop on board excited about the promised results. Disappointment settles in quickly. Why isn't the diet working?

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Holistic Nutrition, SWIHA, Nutrition, Farmers Market, Holistic wellness, SOUL Food, SAD diet, Diet, Gluten-free, Food Allergies, Holistic Education, Standard American Diet, Self-Healing, continuing education, Holistic Modalities, Wellness Practitioner

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