Just for Today…Loving the Day You Are In

Jones Gap State Park, SC

My husband and I just took a short trip South this past weekend.  Usually, I spend a lot of time anticipating a vacation which makes it especially hard when the trip is over and it is time to come back home.  I didn’t have as much time to anticipate this time around (we weren’t 100% sure we were going until the last minute), but I still found myself reluctant when it came time to head back to responsibilities and snowy weather!  

This got me to thinking.  What is the spiritual lesson to be learned here?  What occurred to me is the importance of living in each day, instead of living in tomorrow or yesterday.  Below are a few simple ideas to help you make the most of each moment.  I hope you find them helpful!    

1.  Just for today… This statement came from my Reiki training.  It asks that you do a series of things “Just for Today.”  I find that this serves me well in moments when I feel sad or unsettled.  I ask myself, can I get through this moment I’m in?  Can I get through just this day?   I may not relish the moment, but usually I find that it isn’t the moment or even the day that is causing my sadness.  It’s tomorrow or yesterday.  So step one is to ask yourself to do just the moment you are in…just this particular day…and let the future days be dealt with when they arrive. 

2.  Daydream:  When one thing ends and I can’t see what is coming next, it often helps to let myself dream.  Try asking yourself, What would I like to have as my reality today?  Even if you can’t bring it into being in this moment, you can feel the joy of it through your imagination.  Have you ever felt like you can’t dream?  When that happens to me, I know that I’m not letting myself admit what I truly want.  Ask yourself if you lived in a world without limitation, what would your world look like?  Where would you live?  Who would you be with?  What would you be doing?  Then let yourself daydream.  Feel the joy of it and trust that even if you have no idea how that could ever exist, that somewhere out there, the Angels are working to bring you the feeling you just experienced.  They are guiding you gently towards exactly that which you seek…even if it is something you haven’t thought to seek.  It’s the feeling that matters….the joy…let yourself rest in that in whatever form it comes.  And more will come to you. 

3.  Do the Day:  My dear and wise friend Lori Byrnes (http://www.thehealerstouch.com) often says this very thing to me.  When you don’t feel that things are the way you want them to be and you find yourself frustrated or sad, one thing you can do is just “do the day.”  What needs to be done right now?  What is before you to do?  Do that.  After all, we each get only the moment we are in and it is up to us what type of moment that is.  We can sit and feel miserable, or we can get up and do what is before us to do and look for the joy to be found in that.  The choice of how we respond to our day is always ours, no matter what our outer circumstances. 

4.  Find Simple PleasuresDid you notice the bird sitting outside your window?  How about the tender new wildflower growing up out of the ground?  What about the silly show on tv or the warm cup of tea you are holding?  There is always something to love.  Sometimes we just have to look at the small things to find it.  Love the people around you.  Love the Earth.  Love God.  Love yourself.  Loving is the path to peace and to joy…and it isn’t as hard as it sometimes seems. 

Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC
Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC

So here is to a beautiful day…TODAY! 

Blessings to you and yours!


Nancy Nicholas is an Intuitive Life Coach.  She offers Life Coaching Readings, Divinely Guided Messages by email, Divinely You Readings, coaching clubs, and other products to inspire and empower.  For a free Divine Purpose Survey and to learn more about her services, visit her website: http://www.EmpoweringLightworkers.com.

Divinely Guided Message 3-Security Within

I’ve asked for a Divinely inspired message for you today (on whatever day you happen to read this!) and this is what I was shown.

DIVINELY GUIDED VISION (as shown to Nancy Nicholas)


I am standing in white, silky sand looking out over a beach.  Clumps of wild grass and small dunes flow out from me.  I catch a glimpse of the ocean far off to my right.  My attention shifts to my feet and I see that I have sunk down in the sand so that it now reaches up to the tops of my ankles.  I feel the sand beneath my feet and get the sense of it shifting.  This makes me uncomfortable and I keep trying to push my feet down further so that I come into contact with solid ground again.  I soon realize that solid ground is not going to be found here.  I look up and try to see which way I should walk to find a sturdier place to stand.  Before me are miles of sandy shore.  I feel reluctant to turn and look to my left or behind me (perhaps this is where I’ve come from?), so reluctant that I sit down instead of turning.  I close my eyes and imagine myself where I’d like to be.  I am sitting on a mountain top and the rock is solid and warm beneath me.  I feel the breeze and hear an eagle soaring overhead.  When I open my eyes again, I am on the mountaintop.  The sand is gone.  I stand up and look to my left and a path winds away from me.  I turn and follow it. 


From Nature-Speak: Signs, Omens & Messages in Nature by Ted Andrews:

Beaches and Dunes:  “Keynote: Adaptability to unique challenges; healing; doorways to spirit.  Beach and dune habitats are more challenging than most.  Plants that survive here have unique qualities and adaptability.  This is often a reminder to keep ourselves grounded when opening to new realms and to protect our own roots, while we extend ourselves out into new and challenging areas.  When beaches and dunes show up in our life, it reflects a time in which we need to balance some elements within our life. This environment reminds us to find creative and unique approaches to the challenges in life.”

Mountains:  “Keynote:  Discovering our spiritual powers; overcoming obstacles for spiritual attainment; communion with spirits.  The mountain reminds us of the spiritual attainment that is ours as we overcome our obstacles.  The height of the mountains gives rise to thoughts of being a world axis, linking heaven and Earth.  Mountains are symbols for higher meditation, spiritual elevation, and communion with the blessed spirits. Mountains lift our spirits.  They give us perspective on things both mundane and spiritual.  They open us to hear our own inner spirit and open us to hear the spirits around us.  It is not unusual for people to begin hearing spirit after a visit to the mountains.  Intuition heightenss and creativity flows.” 

From Native American Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson

Eagle:  Keynote: Spirit:  “Eagle medicine is the power of the Great Spirit, the connection to the Divine.  It is the ability to live in the realm of spirit, and yet remain connected and balanced within the realms of Earth.  Eagle soars, and is quick to observe expansiveness within the overall pattern of life.  Eagle is reminding you to take heart and gather your courage, for the universe is presenting you with an opportunity to soar above the mundane levels of your life.  Eagle teaches you to broaden your sense of self beyond the horizon of what is presently visible.”  


“In a world of change, it is easy to feel you are in danger. Remember, though, that each change brings with it a gift…a chance to move beyond the challenges of the moment to an easier more God-centered way of living.  Today, look at your world with new eyes.  Trust that the security you seek is within you.  Step into your own true self.  Feel the strength of who you are.  Rest in the truth that you are Divinely guided and protected at all times.  All will be well.” 


Do you have a morning routine that includes time to reconnect with your deepest self?  If not, this would be a great time to start one.  My routine includes a few moments each morning listening to peaceful music and practicing yoga mudras.  I randomly flip to a page in Power Mudras:  Yoga Hand Postures for Women by Sabrina Mesko.  I also often use the Native American Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson to ask for an animal totem to represent my male and female energies for the day.  Throughout the day, I imagine these two animals with me and I can feel an energetic shift, moving me into a more balanced state of being.  I breathe slowly and deeply, soak in the warm sunshine through the window, and imagine somewhere deeply peaceful.  Sometimes I am shown a vision.  Other times I simply feel deeply loved.  This can be a time to ask for guidance, support or healing.  It is also a wonderful time to feel deeply centered in yourself and in the moment you are in.  What activities, books, or music help you feel connected to your deepest self and the Divine?  I encourage you to look for a way to incorporate them into your daily routine.  


BOOKS:  The books mentioned above are also available in my Amazon store if you’d like your own copy. I highly recommend them! STORE

Have a wonderful day!

For a free Divine Purpose Survey and information on Life Coaching Readings, Divinely You Readings, Divinely Guided Messages by email,  Intuitive Coaching Clubs, and products to empower and inspire you, visit my website: http://www.EmpoweringLightworkers.com.

Divinely Guided Message 2

I’ve asked for a Divinely inspired message for you today (on whatever day you happen to read this!) and this is what I was shown.

DIVINELY GUIDED VISION (as shown to Nancy Nicholas)


Photo by Lori Byrnes

 I see a butterfly landing on my finger.  A ray of sun is shining through the trees and it hits the butterfly’s wings. They glow and shimmer. I can see its head and antennae very clearly. I hold it up to my eyes and we look at each other. The butterfly climbs along my finger and hops on my nose. It tickles! It walks up the bridge of my nose and brushes its wings against my forehead. The butterfly is now facing forward. I close my eyes and see the world before me through the eyes of the butterfly. The first thing that strikes me is how large everything seems. I find myself fascinated with the tiny lines on the leaf hanging in front of us. I watch as the colors of green shift and change as the wind gently lifts the leaf. I can see all its veins and can even see the movement of the sap through them. I am the butterfly and I imagine the touch of the leaf on my feet as I land upon it. I walk along its edge with great delicacy. I taste the sweetness of the leaf’s surface.


From Animal-Speak: The Spiritual and Magical Power of Creatures Great and Small by Ted Andrews:

“Keynote: Transmutation and the Dance of Joy. Butterflies appear to dance as they light upon flowers and such. They remind us not to take things quite so seriously within our lives. They awaken a sense of lightness and joy. They remind us that life is a dance, and dance, though powerful is also a great pleasure. Butterflies can be reminders to get up and move, for if you can move you can dance. Dance brings the sweetness of life back. Transformation is inevitable, but butterfly will help teach you that growth and change does not have to be traumatic. It will teach you that it can occur as gently, as sweetly, and as joyfully as we wish.”

From Native American Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson
“The power that Butterfly brings to us is akin to the air. It is the mind, and the ability to know the mind or to change it. It is the art of transformation. Butterfly can give clarity to your mental process, help you organize the project you are undertaking, and assist you in finding the next step for your personal life or career. The main message to be obtained by drawing this symbol is that you are ready to undergo some type of transformation.”


“The message today is about understanding your perception. Notice how the butterfly’s attention was focused intently on what was right before it, not on the scene far beyond. This is a time for noticing and appreciating the beauty of the small and intricate. This is a time for keeping your focus in the moment you are in. The worries you experience come from the land of “what if” and there is no peace to be found in that space. Notice and enjoy the bits of beauty you encounter in each moment. Rest in the knowledge that you are protected and guided in all that you do.”


Have you been hearing the word “crisis” a lot lately? It seems to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue these days. Today, I encourage you to take stock of your own life. What is going well for you? Do you have a place to live? Are you healthy? Do you have people who love and care about you? Do you have a way to earn a living? Did you see a beautiful sunrise this morning?

It is easy to get in crisis mode when unexpected change comes to our lives. Operating in crisis mode, however, doesn’t help the situation. If you are currently facing a “threatening” situation, resist the temptation to play out the possible outcomes. Our left brain dislikes uncertainty. It creates a story based on whatever facts are available (even if there are only one or two) and it is easy to find yourself living as if the story is true. Pay attention to your thoughts. Refuse to move beyond the day you are in. What is true today? Let tomorrow develop as it needs to and trust that when you get to tomorrow, you will have the resources you need to handle what it brings.


BOOKS:  The books mentioned above are also available in my Amazon store if you’d like your own copy. I highly recommend them! STORE

Have a wonderful day!


PS.  Thanks to Lori Byrnes for the butterfly photo!  Besides being a wonderful photographer she is also an amazing Intuitive healer and massage therapist.  Check out her website to learn more: http://thehealerstouch.com

For a free Divine Purpose Survey and information on Life Coaching Readings, Divinely You Readings, Intuitive Coaching Clubs, and products to empower and inspire you, visit my website: http://www.EmpoweringLightworkers.com.

A Divinely Guided Message To Empower You

Good Morning! 

I’ve asked for a Divinely inspired message for you today (on whatever day you happen to read this!) and this is what I was shown. 

DIVINELY GUIDED VISION (as shown to Nancy Nicholas)…


I am sitting beside an unusual tree. Its bark is soft and reddish in color.  I am reminded of a Cedar tree.  As I lean against the tree I feel a healing energy travel down my shoulder blades and across my back.  I breathe deeply and inhale the aromatic scent.  I look up and see the needles of the tree gently waving in the wind.  The sun is shining between the branches.  On a small branch, I see a bluebird.  It is singing…I can see its throat moving as it raises its beak toward the sky.  The sunlight captures the bright brown/red of its chest and the brilliant blue of its back.  I feel a sense of deep joy. 


From Ted Andrews Nature-Speak: Signs, Omens, and Messages of Nature

Red Cedar: “It is a tough survivor and one of the signs of new growth returning to an area.  Cedar is a tree whose spirit and essence will strengthen and enhance any inner potentials of the individual.  This is a tree tied to strong healing energies.  Its energies cleanse the auric field, especially at night while the individual sleeps.  It helps the individual to balance the emotional and mental bodies and can stimulate dream activity, which brings inspiration and calm.  Do we need ot be more protective of our environment?  Do we need to cleanse some area of our life?  Cedars will help us to do so.”

From Ted Andrews Animal Speak: The Spiritual and Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small:

Bluebird:  “Bluebirds are quite rare.  This often is a reminder that we are born to happiness and fulfillment, but we sometimes get so lost and wrapped up in the everyday events of our lives that our happiness and fulfillment seem rare.  When bluebirds show up as a totem, it should first of all remind you to take time to enjoy yourself.  If a bluebird has come into your life, look for opportunities to touch the joyful and intrinsically native aspects of yourself that you may have lost touch with.”


“Today is a day to remember the joy of being alive!  Joy is found in simple pleasures…the small everyday moments of beauty and wonder.  You have been struggling lately and have lost your sense of wonder.  Do you remember a time when you felt safe and cared for?  Do you remember how it felt to go about your day without worries of tomorrow?  Be ten again today…all is well…you are safe…let simple moments and quiet joys inspire you. ”


Here’s a simple activity you can try to help you stay centered in the present moment. 

S–Step into a snow globe (but fill it with sunshine and wildflowers instead of snow!).  Imagine this is your own sacred space where you are safe and cared for.  Nothing can enter without your permission.  This is your special space. 

A–Allow yourself to breathe deeply.  Can you smell the wildflowers and the fresh spring air?  Take a deep breath, hold it for a moment, and then exhale through the mouth. 

F–Focus on relaxing your muscles.  Let them soften and release.  Feel yourself sink into the warm, fragrant grass.  Relax and let go.

E–Enjoy peaceful thoughts!  Repeat: “Peace dwells within me.  Peace dwells around me.  All is well in my world, and I am safe.”   


MUSIC:  While I wrote this I was listening to Enya’s Caribbean Blue (Shepard Moons CD).   If you’d like to hear a sample or purchase this amazing CD, it is available in my Amazon store:  STORE.

BOOKS:  The books by Ted Andrews mentioned above are also available in my Amazon store if you’d like your own copy.  I highly recommend them!   STORE

Have a wonderful day!


For information on Life Coaching Readings, Divinely You Readings, Intuitive Coaching Clubs, and products to empower and inspire you, visit my website: http://www.EmpoweringLightworkers.com

Hand Turned Bowls and Discovering One’s Unique Self

I’ve been working with a very gifted artist, named Jim Holland from North Carolina.  He makes these amazing hand turned wood bowls, vases and containers.  They are really beautiful and each is so unique.  I am keeping my favorite stones in one.  I purchased one for a friend of mine for Christmas and filled it with tiny stone chips used to balance the chakras (the stone chips are from Corky Larson at Inner Harmony Wellness Center).  I have two other vases holding incense and eucalyptus and I’ve just ordered another one for my desk. 

As you can see, I really love his work!  His website is http://www.HandTurnedBowls.biz if you are interested.

I was thinking about the vases and how each one is so different.   A vase starts off as a block of wood…shapeless and without character, like the one below. 

Uncarved wood block from Jim Holland

And through the belief that there is something more than the surface reveals and through the willingness to be guided by the Divine, the true beauty and character of the wood can be shown.

Hand Turned Vase created by Jim Holland

I received an email from a woman who had purchased several Divinely You Readings from me for her family.  She wrote, “The Divinely You readings gave me such a great new perspective on my family and my one friend!  It showed me that we really sometimes don’t realize all of the great qualities that our family and friends have.”

I think this is often true for all of us…and it is also true about how we view ourselves.  Sometimes it is easy to focus on what is wrong with those around us.  Today, I challenge you to look for what is right…both in your loved ones and in yourself.   What do you love about yourself?  What do you love about the other people in your life? 

Feel free to share what you discover by commenting here and remember to also share it with your loved ones!

Blessings to you and yours!


Nancy Nicholas is an Intuitive Life Coach and owner of Empowering Lightworkers, Crossroads Coaching, and Sanctuary at the Crossroads.  She provides Life Coaching Readings, Intuitive Coaching Clubs, and products to empower her clients to understand their life and experiences from a spiritual perspective and to live their life purpose. 

The Power of Love: Make 2009 a Great Year!

Every year, I complete an exercise that Life Coach and author, Cheryl Richardson, sends out.  It asks you a series of questions in April and then asks you to reflect on them at the end of the year.  One of the questions is “What advice would you give yourself? 

This year, when I started to answer that question I found myself getting very squirmy.  All the “words of wisdom” from the things I’ve learned just felt like something else to remember.  That’s when I realized that my advice to myself is really very simple. 

Just love. 

Now, we’ve all heard this suggestion a million times, but what exactly does it mean?  For me, it comes back to the most important thing I’ve learned in my life.  It is that my happiness and my sense of peace come from loving…not from being loved. 

This sounds like a very trite saying, but I encourage you to try the activity below and then see how you feel.  Ask yourself when you are done the following questions:  Is your body more relaxed?  Do you feel more peaceful?  Are you smiling? Does your heart feel lighter?  

Here is what I wrote in my journal in response to Cheryl’s question, 

“What advice would I give myself this year?”

Breathe.  Relax. Let go.  Breathe. Relax. Let go.  Love yourself.  Love God.  Love your husband.  Love your sons.  Love your family and friends.  Love everyone.  Love the Earth.  Love trees.  Love the mud between your toes.  Love the birds singing in the morning.  Love the candlelight at night.  Love the first star at dusk.  Love your soulfriends.  Love your body.  Love your inner child.  Love sunshine on your face.  Love the warmth of a cozy blanket.  Love the sound of Dylan’s laugh.  Love the feel of Jacob’s head on your shoulder.  Love the feel of a rock in your hand.  Love the smooth feel of jade.  Love the softness of your pillow.  Love the wonderful scent of mint tea.  Love the lavendar in the garden.  Love God’s whispers in your mind.  Love Spirit hugs.  Love your beautiful Soul sisters.  Love simplicity.  Love joyous music.  Love laughter.   Love swimming in a quiet lake.  Love the first wildflower in the spring.  Love watching the sun come up.  Love the ebb and the flow.  Love your innocence.  Love your wisdom.  Love books and stories and stories!  Love your fears.  Love the creative rush of a new idea.  Love the smell of the pages of a book.  Love watching the branches stir in the wind.  Love the feel of the Earth beneath you.  Love the snowflakes melting on your cheeks.  Love starlit nights.  Love songs.  Love simple pleasures.  Love being loved.  Love yourself!

Now it is your turn!  What do you love? 

Feel free to write your response in the comment box below.   Did you notice a difference in how you felt after your list was complete?  Share your thoughts!  We’d love to hear from you!

Save a copy of your list to refer to throughout the year.  I’m going to keep my list posted by my computer to remind me to start each day with loving thoughts.  Where could you keep your list to remind you of all that you love?

Blessings to you and yours!  Best wishes for a joyous, peaceful and loving 2009!   


Nancy Nicholas is an Intuitive Life Coach and the owner of Sanctuary at the Crossroads, Crossroads Coaching, and Empowering Lightworkers.  She offers Life Coaching readings, products, and Intuitive Coaching Clubs which provide Divine guidance with practical coaching tips to empower you to live your life purpose.  To learn more, visit her websites:




Spiritual Ascension and Tough Times

In the last month, I have heard more tales of illness, job loss, and fear than I have heard at any time in my life.  I realize that I’m highly sensitive and therefore feel things more intensely, but I’m guessing everyone is feeling the brunt of this period of transition.  I’ve asked for some guidance on all of this to help me stay centered and balanced as the world goes through birthing pains.  Below are the things that have come to me through others and through my own intuitive ability.  I hope you find it as helpful as I did.

From Notes from the Universe (a free daily email sent to your inbox… go to http://www.tut.com to sign up):

“I can imagine that from your perspective, it must seem like some truly awful things happen in time and space. So if you wouldn’t mind, I’d like to weigh in.   Nancy, you live in a world of illusions. A world that springs from a much deeper and far greater reality. And while at times the illusions are indeed ugly, with your physical senses you only see the tip of the iceberg. If you could see the whole, you’d discover that the unpleasantness was only the tiniest piece of a most spectacular puzzle that was created with order, intelligence, and absolute love. You’d see that contrary to appearances, in the grandest scheme of things, nothing is ever lost, no one becomes less, and setbacks are always temporary. And you’d understand that no matter what has happened, everyone lives again, everyone laughs again, and everyone loves again, even more richly than before.”

From the Ascension Companion by Karen Bishop (http://www.WhatsUpOnPlanetEarth.com):

“In addition to much departing in regard to who we are, or old ways and old energy, and many other lower vibrating non-physical creations, we are also experiencing loss at physical levels.  Friends, relationships, family members, jobs, careers, are leaving our spaces at a rapid and regular pace.  If you have chosen this page, you are being asked to come to terms with loss.  As many things leave our lives, better and more suitable things begin to arrive for us.  As the New most certainly begins to arrive, it is more in alignment with who we now are and fits us so much better!  Know that you are also becoming lighter and lighter and learning that an attachment to Source is your only real and necessary attachment.” 

Note from Nancy on above:  To me attachment to “Source” (God in my vocabulary) comes to us through our love of others.  For those who have lost loved ones recently, Bishop says that some souls are choosing to leave because they have decided not to go through spiritual ascension in a physical body.  While that isn’t much comfort for your own loss, at least it suggests that those who have passed weren’t forced to do so, no matter how it seemed to their Earthly self.  To know they are at peace brings some comfort for me.  I also believe and have experienced that when someone passes, our inner connection with them continues.  After the pain of loss eases, you can feel them again…and know that they are still with you and the love between you continues and always will.  It isn’t the same, but at least there is comfort in knowing they aren’t truly “gone.” 

Finally, here is a vision I was shown about the situation in our world right now:

I walk across the river and climb up on the bank on the opposite side.  I feel the moist dirt and cool touch of the plants growing along the bank.  As I step up onto the ground, the scene changes.  I see upheaval around me.  Trees have fallen, pulled up by their roots, and there are cracks in the ground.  I hear a sound over my shoulder and I look up.  I see a bird flying low and coming to land on a fallen tree in front of me.  It is a peregrine falcon.  The falcon lifts off and I look down at the Earth from its eyes.  I see waves of green and healing rolling across the land moving closer to the place I just left.  The place looks like a smaller circle.  I watch as the green touches each area and see that it is transformed, bringing lush forests, and healthy rivers.  I see the circle where I stood and I see water bubbling up from the ground.  The water spreads, filling in the holes and cracks and life begins anew.  Spirit says come home to your own center.  Be still within, and trust that the world will transform without.  All is well and will be well.  The old must die to give birth to the new.

So, in conclusion, I’m focusing on taking one moment at a time, staying centered in myself, and trusting that what looks like disaster, is only the breaking down before a new period of growth begins.  As you go through this period of change, remember to ask your Angels and spiritual support team to help.  Even if they aren’t able to completely alleviate the pain you are going through, I’ve found that they can and will bring you comfort and help you to transition as gently as possible.

Hang in there everyone!  This too shall pass…

Blessings to you and yours!





Holiday Self Care

Happy Holidays!

This time of year it is easy to wear yourself out.  Below are some simple tips to help you stay healthy and in balance.  Best wishes for a lovely holiday season and a wonderful 2009!

Say No when you need to.  Remember that for you to give to others, you must have time and energy for yourself.  It is not only appropriate, but necessary to say no sometimes, so you can take time to recharge.  Remember to ask for help too (both Earth plane and Angelic)!

Schedule “You Time” for one hour everyday.  Time alone to do those activities that restore your energy and enthusiasm is essential.  Put one hour a day (it can be in two half hour blocks) on your daily to do list and use the time to do activities that help you feel good.  You’ll be amazed at how much more energy you will have to share with others.

Take care of your physical self.  Try thinking of yourself as a child you are taking care of.  You would  be sure the child was eating healthy meals three times a day, getting enough rest and exercise, and having time to play.  You need the same thing!  Include adequate time to eat, drink water, exercise and rest in your daily schedule and don’t compromise those times, especially during this busy season. 

Give yourself a mental break every 90 minutes.  This is an amazing strategy that really works.  The key to this strategy is to not only take a physical break, but to also take a mental break from whatever you are doing.  Often, we are physically “resting” but our minds are still “working” which means we are still using a lot of energy.  Try doing a yoga mudra (see below), stretching, eating an energy bar, listening to peaceful music, saying a positive affirmation (“I am relaxed and peaceful” for example) or going for a quick walk for at least 5 minutes every 90 minutes during the day.  Even five minutes of “mental rest” every 90 minutes will make a huge difference in the amount of energy you will have by the end of the day. 

Reward yourself once a week.  Remember when you were a kid and you’d get a present or a special treat?  Do you remember how fun that was?  Well, now that you are all grown up, it is time to start giving a special treat to yourself.  You deserve it!  Make a list of simple things that make you feel good or that you enjoy.  Keep the list handy and pick one thing a week to buy or do for you.  Maybe pick out a special Christmas gift for yourself and put it under the tree.  Remember this doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming.  Even scheduling time for a half hour nap on a Sunday afternoon can make a big difference in how you feel.  The point is to remind yourself that you are taking good care of you! 

Try this yoga mudra from Sabrina Mesko to help you recharge!  From Sabrina Mesko’s Cards: Yoga for the Hands~ Preventing Burnout:  “Sit with a straight spine.  Bring your forearms up in front of you at your heart level and bend your elbows to the side.  With your palms facing the ground, fold your thumbs across the palms of each hand until they reach the bases of your fingers.  Bend your fingers slightly and touch the backs of your fingertips together, forming a V shape with your hands.  Hold for three minutes and keep the elbows from sinking.  Relax and rest.  Breath:  Long, deep and slow.”

Avoiding Burnout Yoga Mudra
Avoiding Burnout Yoga Mudra

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A Move to Right Brain Thinking?

I’ve been reading a very interesting book by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D called My Stroke of Insight:  A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey.  I discovered the book through an interview with Dr. Taylor that appeared in Science of Mind magazine. 

Dr. Taylor suffered from a massive stroke that resulted in her being unable to access the language centers housed in the left side of the brain.  What she learned through the experience was the difference between the way her left brain saw her world and how her right brain viewed it.  She discovered that without the language processing ability of the left brain, she felt very connected to the Universe and very able to live in the joy of the moment.  Dr. Taylor said of this experience, “My stroke of insight is that at the core of my right hemisphere consciousness is a character that is directly connected to my feeling of deep inner peace.  It is completely committed to the expression of peace, love, joy and compassion in the world.” 

I found this fascinating because as I’ve grown in my own spiritual development I’ve noticed two very distinct parts of myself.  My intuitive self is very willing and able to let God work through me without attaching to the outcome.  That part of me thrives in peaceful, gentle experiences and doesn’t feel the need to strive or accomplish.  My analytical self enjoys deep thought and analyzing my emotions and experiences.  It derives great pleasure out of accomplishment and anything connected with language and communication.  It loves to help things grow.  While I love and appreciate my analytical side, I do realize that it is also the seat of worry and anxiety.  I can become so caught up in what I am creating, that I lose touch with my physical self and the moment I’m in or become too engrossed in the speed with which things are growing.  On the other hand, if I spend too much time in my right brain, I lose a sense of being grounded and connected to my Earthly existence.

My interest in Dr. Taylor’s work was to learn how she has gone about integrating these two parts of herself…her left brain and right brain personality.  I find her advice about “stepping to the right” very meaningful, as I often hear God calling me to come and rest with him when I am becoming wound up in a project or impatient with delay.  At first, it was very challenging to “step to the right” as I felt very emotionally invested in whatever I was working on or worrying about.  I’m finding though that the more I am able to go to a more peaceful space within myself, the easier it is the next time.  I’m learning to recognize when the one way of thinking is becoming out of balance and needs to be “checked” by the other side. 

Dr. Taylor says of working with both sides of our personalities, ” Some of us have nurtured both of our characters and are really good at utilizing the skills and personalities of both sides of our brain, allowing them to support, influence, and temper one another as we live our lives.  Others of us, however, are quite unilateral in our thinking-either exhibiting extremely rigid thinking patterns that are analytically critical (extreme left brain), or we seldom connect to a common reality and spend most of our time “with our head in the clouds” (extreme right brain).  Creating a healthy balance between our two characters enables us the ability to remain cognitively flexible enough to welcome change (right hemisphere), and yet remain concrete enough to stay a path (left hemisphere).”

For awhile, I felt that I needed to “subjugate” my left brain, as it seemed to “take over” and lead me on a high speed race to which there was never any end.  After reading about Dr. Taylor’s experience, I’ve come to a more peaceful view of these two aspects of myself.  I do need both aspects, but I also need them to be in balance.  For me, this means moving to the right more often and learning to let the more “laid back” part of me lead the way. 

Dr. Taylor closes her book with the following passage, “I think Gandhi was right when he said, ‘We must be the change we want to see in the world.’  I find that my right hemisphere consciousness is eager for us to take that next giant leap for mankind and step to the right so we can evolve this planet into the peaceful and loving place we yearn for it to be.”

How about you?  Are you ready to see life from a more balanced perspective?  I encourage you to pay attention to your reactions and actions.  Which part of you is leading?  Is it leading you somewhere you really want to go? If not, remember you can always choose again!  Breathe deeply, remember the peace of a warm summer’s day, and let yourself return to a state of calm.  From there, all things are possible.

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How Roots Become Branches: Tips for Exploring the Gifts of Who You Have Been

Below is an article I had published in the Journey Magazine this year.  Included is an activity to help you integrate who you have been into who you are today.  I hope you find it helpful!  🙂 Nancy

How Roots Become Branches

by Nancy Nicholas

“Only another breath will I breathe in this still air, only another loving look cast backward, and then I shall stand among you, a seafarer among seafarers.  And you, vast sea, sleepless mother, who alone are peace and freedom to the river and the stream, only another winding will this stream make, only another murmur in this glade, and then shall I come to you, a boundless drop to a boundless ocean.”

Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

I was shown a vision as I began writing this article.  It was of a huge oak tree with thick, deep roots reaching into the lakes that surrounded it.  Each of these lakes represented a period of my life and contained a piece of myself.  Thinking of this vision, I realize that coming to terms with the past and discovering how to connect the many lakes of my life is not only about having access to the beautiful memories and the love for those times and people, but also for finding the thread that connects the lakes together…connects me to all the people I have been on my life path.  It is the continuity that I found myself seeking, rather than the peaks and valleys that always seem to stand out most strongly. 

So what is this continuity in my own life?  What are the things I’ve loved in every period?  What are the common experiences that repeat throughout the very different times of my life? 

I realized that as much as the peaks and valleys seem to stand out in my mind’s eye, they are actually only a small portion of my life.  They are the land portages between the lakes, not the lakes themselves.  In truth, the majority of my life has been filled with everyday things, a quiet predictability, moments of simplicity and steadiness.  Ordinary days filled with both clouds and sunshine make up the lakes of my life.  Like a thread that runs through a tapestry to help it stay together, those simple, ordinary things are the threads weaving the pattern of my life and bringing it to a place of wholeness, instead of swatches of cloth forever separated and severed.  Who would have guessed it was something so inconsequential that is truly the most important aspect of the life I have lived? 

And just as the “portages” of my experiences stand out most clearly, so do those aspects of myself that were born during those often difficult transitions.  The challenges of each experience called forth a different aspect of me, a part often exiled once the crisis had passed.  As I look at the experiences, I take time to honor and embrace those parts of me that developed to handle that which was seemed beyond my ability to cope.  I recognize that the pain of the portage became associated with these aspects of my psyche and as a result, they were pushed away.   

Yet, now as I embrace this understanding of my roots, I realize that each of these parts of me is essential to the whole.  Just as the foundation is rooted in simplicity, so too are my branches rooted in the “trunk” of the core aspects that are me.  Letting go of the pain of transition, and embracing the joy of ordinary moments and gentle personal truths, I see how my tree is grown full and bountiful.    

For those of you who are also looking to integrate your past into your present and future and discover the fullness of the tree of your life, I encourage you to try the activity below. 

Exploring Your Roots

  1. Use a timeline to chart your life from birth to now.  Divide the timeline into sections for each of the periods of your life.  Look for places where you moved or had some major change in life (either internally or externally) as you make the divisions.
  2. Draw a series of circles, one for each of the periods of your life, and label it by your age during each section.  Leave space between to draw in the “portages” where you traveled from one period to the next. In each circle, write the key facts from that period in your life.  Where did you live?  What was significant about that time period for you?  Can you describe yourself in a word or two during those years?
  3. Draw lines in between the lakes and write a short sentence describing the move from one lake to the next.  What stands out in your mind as you think of the change from one period to the other?  What part of your psyche helped you get through this transition? How did you feel about the change?
  4. Below each circle, make a list of what experiences stand out in your memory.  Remember to include, simple moments as well as the bigger events.  What were the bulk of your days during that period like?
  5. Take a look at your lakes.  Let yourself imagine that you are living in each of those periods again.  Write a letter from your younger self to who you are now, telling about what you love in yourself and in your world during that time.  Focus only on the positive for this activity.  Let this be a narrative about all that was good for you during that period of your life. 
  6. Read the letters you wrote and imagine yourself embracing your younger self and all the joyous moments from those periods.  Let the love fill your roots and flow up to your branches.  Recognize what an amazing human being you are and have always been. 

 I hope this article inspired you to revisit your roots and to pull the joy and love from the lakes of your life into the whole of you.  May the tree of your life be filled with deep, strong roots and abundant branches!    


Nancy Nicholas is a Life/Career/Spiritual Coach who is also a Medium and Intuitive Healer. She offers a unique approach that provides Divine Guidance from your Guides and Angels with practical coaching strategies and techniques to help you understand your life and relationships from a spiritual perspective.  For free gifts, products, or to schedule a life coaching reading, visit her websites:   www.empoweringlightworkers.com and www.crossroadscoachingonline.com