Greetings!
Happy New Year! I hope this email finds you doing well!

I hope you'll begin this year by considering your routines. Start the year off by identifying the threads that weave throughout your life. There are routines that serve you, and those that do not. What do you do repeatedly, and why? What do you want to do repeatedly that you just can't seem to make happen?

Many of us will choose to adopt a new year's resolution for 2013.  We will either quit or start something important on January 1st. This year though, I'd like to encourage you to do things a little differently, so that you can feel good about yourself and make sure your resolutions stick. This year, perhaps instead of deciding to start immediately - all or nothing - you can use this new window of opportunity i.e. this "new year" to prepare to make changes - lasting changes that will inspire and motivate you and result in the outcomes you want to achieve.

Our brains are hard-wired to implement routines, it's about maintaining "homeostasis" and not changing too abruptly.  While routine is helpful for the 'good stuff', it can also hinder us with the bad. Additionally, because we are so routine oriented, making changes can be difficult, especially if they are radical departures from what we are familiar with. In their article "Change Your Brain, Change Your Routine, Change Your Life" Dr. Kelly Traver and Betty Kelly Sargent discuss the importance of easing our brains into making large changes, by first making small changes:


"Although your brain can change, it is generally set up to resist change, especially sudden change. People who are ultimately successful in initiating and maintaining major behavioral changes usually make the changes gradually, one step at a time."

 

This year, give yourself the gift of small, incremental changes. Explore your routines, and modify them. Overtime, you will achieve lasting results. Below you'll find information about my new blog and classes that can support your new year's objectives.

 

Wishing you a fabulous 2013!
Chantel
a blog that illuminates your brilliance 
 
In partnership with Karen Paquin, founder of the  Jera Institute, I've launched a new blog called "Engaging Inner Wisdom" a resource to support you in hearing and listening to your own personal guidance system.

We launched on the winter solstice, and explain why here. Expect to see entries twice monthly that will provide you with insight, meaningful resources, opportunities to share your wisdom, and motivation to help you move forward with your wildest wishes, dreams and desires. Make a point of becoming a "EIW fan" so that you'll stay up to date.
 
 
Explore 5 Valuable Meditation Techniques
6 Wednesdays, January 16 - February 20, 2013 

 

This six-week course introduces 5 different relaxation and meditation techniques. Each week you will learn and practice a new technique.

By the end of the session you can decide which technique works best for you. You will be meditating for up to 20 minutes everyday on your own.
Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Road
Newbury Park, CA  91320
(805) 381-2791
Cost: $37.00
Register Here enter course ID number 5161

 

 

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"Meditating with the Labyrinth"
Embracing the new year ahead
Saturday, January 19, 2013  

 

Let the labyrinth guide your new year. By meditatively walking this sacred path you will turn inward, and find the stillness, and opportunity to listen to what you desire this year. Let this contemplative experience provide you with insight and awareness.

In this 3-hour course you will learn about the labyrinth, its history, how to use it, and take a walk on the labyrinth with the practice of identifying options and setting intentions.

Time: 9am - 12noon
Location: Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Road
Newbury Park, CA  91320
(805) 381-2791
Cost: $27.00
Register Here enter course ID number 5160

 

 

 

Thank you for taking time to read this newsletter, and for being magnificent! I am very grateful for you! Happy 2013!