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Finding Your Flow

Finding Your Flow

You know that feeling when you are totally in sync with the world around you?

You trust that the Universe has your back and everything is happening in divine order.
You have an abundance of energy and feel inspired to spread positivity everywhere you go.
You believe with your whole heart that everything you want and need is already flowing to you and that life is amazing!
 
 
Perhaps it’s been a while since you’ve felt this way, especially after the year we’ve had. But it is that very state of flow that I’m aspiring to this year. A flow state, also known as being in the zone, is when a person is performing an activity in which he/she is fully immersed with energized focus, full involvement, and pure enjoyment. To be in the flow means that you are consciously being in harmony with whatever it is you are doing in that moment. Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? But that begs the question…how do we fall out of the flow?
 
 
The culprit is resistance. What we resist, persists. We are all made up of energy and energy is in constant motion… so it makes perfect sense that when we resist something, things will stop flowing naturally. When you start to feel out of the flow, simply ask yourself if you’re forcing something that doesn’t align with your true intentions. Determine what is blocking you from moving forward. Most of our blockages come from lingering limiting beliefs that were shaped in our formative years (between ages 0-7) and reside in our subconscious mind for years to come until we uncover and unblock them.
 
 
The good news is that each new moment provides us the opportunity to shift our mindset and change course. By mindfully bringing awareness to our thoughts and feelings we can significantly modify our behaviors. This shift helps us make the transition to a place of allowing – a state of mind where we trust things to unfold, as they are meant to unfold – and find our way back into balance and harmony. Once you shift your mindset and align with these energy patterns, it can still be challenging to stay in the flow because life happens and we get knocked off balance from time to time. But don’t give up.
 
 
Take a quiet moment to tap into your intuition and listen to your inner guidance. Notice any physical signs from your body that may be showing signs of distress and breathe slowly and mindfully into those areas. Pay attention to your emotions and then consciously choose to take actions that bring you back to center. Finding and staying in the flow is a continual practice. It’s a state of evolution but returning to it time and time again is worthwhile. I look forward to my practice of living in the flow and hope you enjoy the journey of your own personal growth and expansion in the days, weeks and months to come.
 
 
High Vibes and Grateful Heart, XO, Jenn
A New Dawn

A New Dawn

“This is the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius”
 
You may be too young to remember this song by The 5th Dimension but I’m a child of the 60’s and running across these lyrics last week was no accident. Every 2000 years or so we enter into a new Astrological Age. 
 
It takes several hundred years to gradually transition from one age to another and we are currently transitioning from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius. You may have heard the buzz about the Great Conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn which apparently hasn’t been this profound since the 1600’s. 
 
These astrological events, coupled with the Winter Solstice occurring today, are generating some very powerful energy shifts. I’m not here to make predictions, I’ll leave that up to the Astrologers. But what I do know is that 2020 uncovered some not so pleasant truths that have been bubbling beneath the surface for some time now. We’ve stared the darkness in the face and are being called to make big changes. It as though we’re witnessing a breaking down of systems and ways of being that no longer serve us. And through this deconstruction, we’ve been given time to reflect on who we want to be, what is most important to us, and how we want to move forward. 
 
I am being reminded to stay in the present moment, appreciate the simple things, and connect in more meaningful ways in my personal relationships. I’m setting healthier boundaries for myself to better preserve the flow of energy that’s going OUT…and to embrace everything that is coming IN with an open heart. I feel a renewed sense of purposefulness in my mission to offer safe, sacred space and build a community of people who share a common goal of raising the collective frequency and vibration. 
 
As we approach this much anticipated New Year & New Age, I encourage you to ask yourself these questions. What is being illuminated for you? What are you ready to let go of? And how will you turn your insights into actions in 2021?
 
I wish you peace, love, & ease as we step forward together into the light of a brand new year full of endless possibilities. 
 
High Vibes and Grateful Heart, XO, Jenn
Gratitude is Good for You

Gratitude is Good for You

It’s a brand new month and an important one at that! Our high vibe consciousness movement took a hit with the most recent confirmation to the Supreme Court. Please exercise your right as a citizen of the U.S. to vote on Nov 3rd to protect the freedoms that Americans before us fought to secure. Let’s lose the “us vs them” mentality and work together as a “we” to create a kinder, more accepting nation where ALL people can feel safe with who they are and who they love and have access to equal opportunities. I encourage you to read Dalai Lama’s Education of the heart.
 
 
I am genuinely grateful to live in a country where we have so many freedoms. There’s a great deal to be gained from being grateful. Research has linked gratitude with a wide range of benefits such as strengthening your immune system, improving sleep, experiencing more joy, and feeling less lonely and isolated. Counting your blessings and having an attitude of gratitude can even reduce depression and anxiety which is running rampant with the pandemic and upcoming election.
 
 
Even in times of trouble and despair, we can all find things to be grateful for. Most of us spend time and energy pursuing things we currently don’t have which only attracts more lack. But when we consciously practice gratitude and appreciate the people and things we do have, we bring more of what we want into our lives.
 
 
This month, I invite you to start a Gratitude Practice. Spend 15 minutes every day writing down 5 things for which you feel grateful. Don’t just think it, you have to physically write it down! Write why you are grateful for those five things. For example, I am grateful for my Tribe because I’m surrounded by like-minded people who believe in the power of community and have my back. Remember, the goal with this practice is to connect with all the good in your life – experiences, people, circumstances. When you pause and reflect on what is going well in your world, you shift your vibration and elevate your life. I challenge you to write your gratitudes every day for 30 days and watch the abundance unfold.
 
High Vibe + Grateful Heart, XO, Jenn
Vulnerability & Surrender

Vulnerability & Surrender

I can’t help but feel empathy for the year 2020 as it’s going down in history as the worst ever. Let’s be mindful that this year is not over yet. We still have three beautiful months left and we can make them count. Please exercise your privilege and VOTE for change this November.
 
We’ve entered into the Fall Equinox which always puts me in a reflective space. I’ve been thinking a lot about vulnerability and surrender lately. We live in a culture where we are taught to be strong, independent, and “in control” of our destiny. As a parent, I cringe at the number of times I’ve told my daughter how important it is to be self-sufficient and never put herself in a position where she has to rely on anyone else. This is how most of us have been raised and as Mothers we want our daughters to feel confident and strong. And, while it comes from a place of good, I wonder, is this idea that we don’t need help from anyone else actually sending the wrong message?
 
 In her book, Daring Greatly, brilliant Brené Brown, describes vulnerability as “uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.” It’s that unstable feeling we get when we step out of our comfort zone or do something that forces us to loosen control. She reminds us that honoring those feelings is when we find the courage to overcome our own limiting beliefs about ourselves or a situation that is blocking us from moving forward. Vulnerability is the core, the heart, and the center of all meaningful human experiences. 
 
So why are we teaching our children to go it alone? I’m having new conversations with my daughter about the fact that we are humans who have been divinely designed to connect with another, to love, and to give and to receive support. While our children need to learn to be independent, it’s important that they also recognize that we all need help from time to time. When we can shift the paradigm and learn to surrender, ask for and accept that help, we find our way back to a place of power and strength. 
 
When we let go of the crazy misconception that we are supposed to be superhuman…that’s when the magic happens. I encourage you to release and let go of the burdens that weigh so heavily on you right now and make you feel alone it in all. Take a deep breath and reach out for a helping hand from someone you trust. Then stay open to receiving their love and support with appreciation and gratitude. I’m certain you will begin to see things in an entirely new light.
 
High Vibe + Grateful Heart, XO, Jenn
Being Fully Present

Being Fully Present

Mindfulness is the practice of filling our minds with the present, moment by moment.

Author Eckhart Tolle refers to mindfulness as a “choosing to emerge in a given moment.”

Being present simply means having the mind completely engaged and connected with where the body is at that exact point in time.

It’s not trying to think about what you want next or worrying about what happened in the past. It’s about where you are in that exact moment and observing and appreciating that moment as it is.

No matter how much you practice being more present, you never fully arrive. It is an art – a work in progress and something to aspire to each and every day.

There are many benefits of practicing mindfulness. It can help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and improve our overall mental health.

Here are some simple qualities that can help us to be more present.

Self-Awareness. This is the foundation for all mindfulness. As an observer of our own behaviors, we can developing a curiosity and an understanding of ourself. What is it that I do? Why do I do it? How do I do it?

Body Connection. Being fully present requires us to be consciously connected to our physical body. How does my body feel right now and why does it feel that way? It can take some effort to be fully comfortable in our body and to stay connected to it without judgement.

Emotional Intelligence – This is about tapping into why and when we are triggered by another person, event, or circumstance and and learning to shift our feelings from negative emotions to more positive ones. We can practice replacing emotions like fear and anger with higher vibrational emotions like gratitude and hope.

Courage. Being present requires us to have courage in that we need to be willing to tell ourself the truth about our own experiences. This can be challenging when we’re not living in the moment as we get caught up in expectations and illusions of how things should be vs how they really are.

5 Senses. One of the easiest ways to practice mindfulness is to connect with our five senses. Slowly and mindfully focus in on what you see, smell, hear, taste and touch and gently observe what you experience.

As you walk through the senses, look for the joy in the simplest of moments…
-Embrace the many colors in the bright blue sky as you gaze up into it.
-Savor the warm comfort and taste the flavor in a cup of tea.
-Smell the fresh scent of the newly cut grass.
-Listen to your child’s laughter as if it was the first time.
-Walk outside in your bare feet feeling grounded as your toes touch the earth.

With these simple practices, you’ll learn that anything can be an amazing experience, anything can be a miracle, if you consciously pause long enough to notice and appreciate it.

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.
-Thich Nhat Hanh

Jenn Gulbrand is Visionista, Women’s Empowerment Advocate, Wellness Warrior, Intuitive Business & Mindset Coach and Energy Healer. She empowers women, in life’s transitions, to connect with their soul purpose and manifest freedom, flow and transformation to elevate in their personal and professional lives. She believes there are BIG universal energy shifts occurring and that women are being called to step up and serve the world through heart-centered businesses. Three years ago, she created SheBreathes Balance & Wellness Studio, and Empowerment, Education and Advocacy initiative – dedicated to the renewal of women in body, mind and spirit. As the Director of SheBreathes, and now the Founder of WeBreathe Wellness Retreat Center, she holds space for growth & Healing.  Jenn recently left the company she founded 21 years ago to put 100% of her energy into her light work. She is deeply humbled and honored to serve others to help raise the collective vibration.

Leaning in to Life’s Transitions

Leaning in to Life’s Transitions

September is here and we’re preparing to shift into a busier schedule and “back to school routines” even in our new normal. I always find it difficult to wave goodbye to Summer and time at the beach that restores my soul. I feel myself resisting it until I’m reminded that Autumn is a season that teaches us the significance of leaning into life’s transitions and learning to let go.

There is beauty in the seasonal page turn. While the September sun remains warm, the air takes on a crispness that brings with it an energy of inevitable change. Day’s begin to feel shorter, the sky changes its’ hues, and the trees remind us what is coming next by the creative coloring of their leaves.

I can’t help but admire the way trees gracefully let go of their leaves when the time comes to shed them, standing strong in their nakedness and vulnerability. This annual event emphasizes the impermanence of things for me.

Everything has a beginning and an end to it – our jobs, our living situations, our relationships – nothing lasts forever. When trees let go of their leaves every fall, they are not sad because they know they come back more boldly the following spring.

Why can’t we humans learn from the trees? Why do we spend so much energy holding onto things, people, and circumstances that have a past due date? And why are we so afraid to let go?

This fall, I’m focusing on living life in harmony with the cycles of nature so I can marvel in the magnificence of change. Our “here and now” is only possible because we were able to let go of things that had run their course. So, as you enter a season of transition, remember that, just like the trees, you are going to stand taller and bolder next Spring.

 

Jenn Gulbrand is Visionista, Women’s Empowerment Advocate, Wellness Warrior, Intuitive Business & Mindset Coach and Energy Healer. She empowers women, in life’s transitions, to connect with their soul purpose and manifest freedom, flow and transformation to elevate in their personal and professional lives. She believes there are BIG universal energy shifts occurring and that women are being called to step up and serve the world through heart-centered businesses. Three years ago, she created SheBreathes Balance & Wellness Studio, and Empowerment, Education and Advocacy initiative – dedicated to the renewal of women in body, mind and spirit. As the Director of SheBreathes, and now the Founder of WeBreathe Wellness Retreat Center, she holds space for growth & Healing.  Jenn recently left the company she founded 21 years ago to put 100% of her energy into her light work. She is deeply humbled and honored to serve others to help raise the collective vibration.