by Susan Kapatoes, MHA, CPC
In my previous blog, Determining the Real, we talked about the importance of staying true to yourself by listening to your gut feelings and intuitive hunches. It is crucial to pay attention to these inner cues and act upon this guidance if it is going to fulfill its purpose and propel your life forward.
Luckily, I was given the golden opportunity to practice my own advice during May of 2018. As some of you know, I recently decided to rent my own office space in order to promote my business, Inspire Your Journey LLC – a company that is 100% dedicated to helping people transform their wellness goals into action.
Inspire Your Journey offers Holistic Health Coaching, Reiki Energy Balancing, Guided Meditations, and Educational Seminars to individuals, groups or small businesses looking to bring the benefits of holistic wellness into their workplace: a decrease in stress and anxiety, improved morale, consistency, and stability.
Listening to My Heart
I enjoyed having my own practice space but, even better, I LOVE being surrounded by a community of like-minded people. Over time, I realized that I could only obtain this type of support system by being affiliated with an organization that was firmly established in the community.
I was excited to start my new business venture, but I hadn’t considered all the moving pieces that are required to grow the business most efficiently. Inspire Your Journey has much to offer, not only to clients, but to the community at large. After much contemplation, I decided to connect with a local wellness center and work in collaboration with other people who have the same goals and aspirations as the mission of my business.
The mission of Inspire Your Journey is to help people transform their wellness goals into action and achieve total health of their mind and body with ease and grace.
The result? When you are able to achieve total health of your mind and body with ease and grace, you are able to experience more happiness, inner calmness, and balance in your life.
SheBreathes Balance & Wellness Studio
When I first stepped into the SheBreathes Balance & Wellness Studio, I was WOWED by the positive energy imbued throughout the physical space. As soon as I walked through the door, I was greeted by an atmosphere of joy. As I perused the studio, I allowed myself to soak in the healing vibrations which felt wonderful.
Yes, within this space, there was something special that I couldn’t quite articulate into words, but it felt enlivened with a beautiful energy. It was almost like being transported into another world – one where I felt buoyed by the enchanting ambiance as I breathed the scent of lavender essential oil being diffused throughout the air.
And then I met Jennifer Gulbrand, the owner of SheBreathes, and it was easy to see why this place was humming with such an incredibly uplifting vibe. Jennifer is excited about her mission which is reflected in her words, mannerisms, and the dedication she shows to the SheBreathes Balance & Wellness Studio.
If you complement Jennifer about the great atmosphere of her studio, she will humbly say that it is not about her – it is about WE – it is a combination of the members and the guests co-creating this nourishing energy of support:
“The physical space is wonderful but it’s the positive energy in the studio that makes it most unique. Our members and guests are making meaningful connections with like-minded people in a warm and inviting sanctuary. When guests walk in, they breathe in the essential oils, listen to relaxing music, and almost immediately their shoulders drop and they feel at home. The vibe we’ve created is positively influencing the way people feel about themselves.”
The SheBreathes Mission
SheBreathes Balance & Wellness Studio is a women’s community and collaborative dedicated to the education, empowerment, and advocacy for the renewal of women’s mind, body and soul. Men are welcome to join this community too, although the main focus is empowering women to reach their full potential.
In Jennifer’s words:
“SheBreathes is my way of supporting a modern evolution of the women’s movement. We hold space for women and to practice self-care and experience sisterhood and support. It’s no secret that women need strong connections with other women to feel whole. Studies suggest that powerful female friendships can have a measurable impact on overall health. When women bond together, they can make a meaningful difference in their own lives and in the lives of others.”
The mission of SheBreathes substantiates the mission of Inspire Your Journey which is why I chose to work with Jennifer. In order to get a clear picture of where our life is headed, sometimes we need to pause and slow down. The process of being self-aware begins with knowing what we want and what holds value for us.
I honor heart-centered friendships and strong community relationships which is why I decided to corroborate with SheBreathes Balance & Wellness Studio.
What makes your heart sing? What brings you joy? It is imperative that you know the answers to these questions so you can create the life that you desire. Otherwise you will be searching for the answers outside yourself when they can only be found within.
If you are going through a transition in your own life and need clarity, you can begin the process of self-awareness right now by practicing my “Looking Within” meditation that I’ve shared below.
Your intention creates the spark that moves your life forward. This intention cannot be found in a video game, a TV show, or your iPhone. It is a part of your core being and the reason why you are here. If you get lost in the loudness of life’s distractions, you can use this meditation to gain more insight into the direction of your life.
I encourage you to give it a try.
- Find a quiet place where you can relax and not worry about being distracted. Even if you only have 5 minutes, this is adequate.
- Take a few deep breathes – in and out – in and out – Focus on your breathe moving freely in and out of your body.
- As you continue to inhale and exhale, imagine the air that you are breathing is infusing your entire being with calmness. If you can’t feel the sensation of being relaxed, then state out loud: I am Calm. Keep repeating this mantra until you feel the link to your inner peace.
- Project your intention from this state of calm power. If you are unsure of what to intend, then ask yourself: what makes my heart sing? what brings me joy? These questions can be your intention.
- Allow the answers to manifest. You may get insights right away, or they may manifest in the future. Trust that divine timing is the right time.
A few notes about this meditation – focusing on your breathing gives your mind something to do and helps you to stay present in the moment. Intuitive insights are able to come forth much more easily when we are in a state of calmness. This is why it is important to connect with your inner tranquility.
If you find it difficult to completely relax, then a Reiki energy balancing session can help you to access your inner calm. You can read my blog, Reiki Goes Mainstream, to gain a better understanding of Reiki’s powerful healing benefits.
There will always be challenges during our life’s evolving journey, but there are solutions to overcome them. The key to navigating through the changing landscapes with ease and grace is being aware of your perspective – are you viewing these changes as obstacles to your personal growth or opportunities to heighten your development.
Obstacles can be viewed as opportunities when we use them as stepping stones towards our progress and transformation. I used my business situation as an opportunity to grow rather than allowing it to become an obstacle to my evolvement. And you can do the same!
For questions regarding Inspire Your Journey’s holistic wellness program, you may contact Sue directly at 508-282-7877 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to supporting you on your wellness journey!