How do you know if you are living from your head or your heart?

I don’t know about any of you, but I have spent a considerable amount of time, working out – do I operate out of my head or my heart, in life?

As you know I am all about living a balanced life.

When I worked in the corporate world, I was logical, organized, good at problem solving, finding answers and solutions.  A very head based lifestyle.

Now that I live life as the shaman in the city, I find I live a different life.  I listen to what is right for me, what I need to do and I go with the flow in life.  A heart based lifestyle.

When life goes out of balance, it is because you have gone into your head to work out what was the right thing for you to do.  You weighed up the “should’s”, “musts”,” have to’s” etc.

When a decision needs to be made, it is best to look down, focus into your heart and feel what is right for you.

How do you know that you have done this right?

The trick to knowing is, your voice will be lower and your attention will be at your heart for heart based decisions.

If you have come from the head, your eyes will be up, your voice higher pitched and your awareness will be in your head.

Lets give it a try with a decision about, what do you want to eat for breakfast?

  • Look up, go into your mind and ask the question (what do I want to have for breakfast this morning) and answer it out loud.   Pay attention to the tone of your voice and how it felt.  Then……
  • Look down, go into you heart and ask the question again and answer it out loud. How was your tone of voice this time and how did it feel?

Which one felt right?

I guarantee the heart based answer will be what you really want and need for breakfast.

Enjoy and I am off to eat some eggs this morning.

Tracy x

Managing your energy – see the pictures of your life

I have had quite a busy period and this morning after all the rush and bubble was over, I took stock of how I was feeling.  What was my energy really doing?

I felt like a kettle that had been boiling for days and days.  As we know, a kettle will boil dry and eventually not work anymore if it is on constant boil.  This was not comfortable energy I was in and not useful for me wholistically.   I needed to relax and switch off my kettle and enjoy the cup of tea.

Quite often when we find ourselves in situations that are draining, we will blame our partner, family, work, the busy period of life etc.  No one is to blame.  These are just your reactions to life.

Many tribal people used stories as away of imparting wisdom, seeing the truth and new choices in a situation. Within the stories were archetypes and behaviours we may recognize in ourselves.  There would also be answers on what to do, how to do things differently or to make different choices moving forward.

So as the Shaman in the city, I look for the ‘metaphors in situations’ or the ‘pictures in life’.

I had a friend call and say he was so busy, it was never ending and he was overwhelmed.  The metaphor I saw was: he was running marathon but at a sprinters pace.  So of course he was tired, exhausted and didn’t feel he would make it to the end.  As we chatted I  introduced this story of running the marathon at a sprinters pace,  there was an awareness of why he was feeling this way and an awareness of needing to slow down the pace.   Sometimes just having a new picture of the situation helps release energy in the body that is not useful.

So don’t boil your kettle endlessly.  See the picture, tell the story and let it go.

At times just a very small break out of the energy you have created is enough of a release to manage your energy.

Now off to enjoy that cup of tea on my balcony and breathe.

Tracy xx

Is it exercise or a nature walk?

For years I have been going for a walk in the mornings and afternoons.

Initially before I became the shaman, my focus was, time, pace, length of walk, rate of sweating, burning calories and acknowledging other walkers on the track.

But that all changed.

As the shaman in the city, I now notice the colours, sounds, animals, trees and rocks on my walk.  The walk has now become slower.  I pick up feathers, look at the clouds in the sky, watch the sunrise with its beautiful rays.  Touch the trees, see their bark and their unique characteristics.  I have begun naming areas on my walk such as sacred grove, fairy grass and the forest.

Today I was up early.   Early enough to see the suns rays coming up from the horizon and a song popped into my head.  “Little ray of sunshine, has come into the world” (by Brian Cadd).  I captured the sunrise moment with my Iphone, see the picture at the top of this post.

As I threw 3 frangipani flowers into the river to give thanks for the beautiful day and for my gifts, I also asked for clarity on my journey.  I then proceeded to take my shoes off an walk in the crisp grass as I continued on my morning nature walk, remember I live in an apartment, so I have no grass to stand on.

The wisdom of today’s journey was, I am exercising not only my body but my mind and my spirit.  Whatever captures my attention is my connection to the spirit in everything.  The spirit of sunrise reminded me that each day we are born a new, just like the little ray of sunshine that comes into the world.

Enjoy the day Tracy