Consciously Unplug

Surrendering to what is… frees the answer to what’s next.
— Sambo Reigns

The last couple of weeks I found myself feeling assaulted and then defensive.

It’s my response to the disrespectful and negative energies being perpetuated onto our humanity and to our precious Mother Earth. 

Lives slaughtered, anger, resentment, and fear viciously demonstrated, is both senseless and incomprehensible. With each new account I began to feel more powerless and depleted. It was difficult to breathe.

In my every day activities I found an endless stream of fresh trash and garbage every where I went.  Whether at the Rec Center, the bike park, the grocery store parking lot, or Evergreen lake, there was a total disregard for personal responsibility and preservation.

I found myself disheartened by the dog poop and cigarette butts bordering all my favorite and familiar trails. The excess of it all snatched my attention and forced me to disconnect from the beauty that was still there, peaking through. 

I continued to pick up trash while making condescending remarks about the dog owners and the health of the nicotine addicts. At one point I found myself laughing at how awful this all was and then really “needing to do something” about it!

Finally I recognized what was happening. I saw that my focus on all this dark energy had distracted and derailed me. I saw that I was now resisting doing my own part and had joined the ranks of “feeling resentful and angry.”

Awareness is such a powerful ally! In this instance it stopped me in my tracks and demanded to be acknowledged. I took a long deep breath, regrouped and listened. Like a bolt of lightening, the next right steps were revealed to me. They immediately helped me realign with my serenity, gratitude and acceptance.

Try these 3 life-saving steps for yourself:

  1. Unplug from the hype. Whether it is the news, FB, email, criticism, or someone else’s drama ~ if it is unsettling, move away. Let go of being a captive audience. Unplug yourself from the connection! A client shared with me recently about her experience with listening to NPR. She said she had always enjoyed listening in until now. She found every time she tuned in these days, she felt anxious and frustrated. Rather than accompanying her while she worked, she found it to be distracting and uncomfortable.  She made a decision to just unplug for a few days. Good idea.
  2. Give Yourself a time out. Give yourself permission to sit this one out for a bit. What if you gave yourself an extra 5 minutes in the shower to luxuriate in the soothing water and your gratitude?  What if you just didn’t go to that event or party? How would it feel to stay home in your lounge wear? You could read, watch a movie, or even have a meaningful conversation with a loved one. What if you gave yourself permission to saunter rather than rush, just for now?
  3. Nurture in Nature. Mother Earth always has a way of comforting and healing us when we allow it. Walk out your door and head to the closest gathering of trees, water, or meadow that you can find. No iPod, headphones, or conversation. Look. Listen. Smell. Feel. Be one with nature and allow her grace to fill you up and bring you home. BREATHE in Life and remember who you are and what is true.

Whatever we are thinking and feeling in the moment are our predominant points of attraction. When we consciously shift our focus back to ourselves and our role in any situation, we can see the seduction of evil and release from it. We are free to choose how we contribute our loving, positive energy to the world.



What one action could you take to remove something in your environment that doesn’t contribute to your wellbeing?

If you choose, please share your action in the comments below.

Empowered Alignment

Nicoles Lake Reflections

"Once you remember who you are and once you deliberately reach for thoughts that hold you in vibrational alignment with who you are, your world will also fall into alignment ~ and Well-Being will show itself to you in all areas of your Life experience."

~ Abraham / Hicks

Remembering who you are can be as simple as letting go of who you are not.  Hmm, now what does that mean exactly? 

It is a matter of focus. We deliberately choose to focus within, engage in internal dialogue, listen for clarity and guidance from our inner voice, and then take action that “feels right” organically.

When we slow down to focus on being present we can hear our unique Spiritual voice. We are directed to take new right action and to trust ourselves in the process.

Every time we make a discovery about ourselves we are empowered. Each time we accept, rather than resist, we experience freedom.  There's nothing more fascinating than reconnecting with who you really are and manifesting from this source of truth ~ a Life of love and purpose.  

One thing I know from my own experience is this:  Whenever I turn my attention, thoughts, and actions away from myself and on to others and the external world, I lose my connection to self. I then stop making choices that nurture and love ME!  

When I experience feeling lonely, sad, or overwhelmed, I know I have moved away from the present - drowning in the woes of my past or frantically trying to control the future.

It is an old, familiar, deceptive technique of my Ego that creeps up on me and pounces ferociously on my psyche. Luckily, I have tools to help me realign my healthy focus of loving and accepting myself. 

The most effective and simple tool that helps me is deep,  Conscious Breathing. This allows the Ego energy to dissipate, opening us up to mend our connection to Soul. 

Stop right now! Take 3 slow, deep, and exaggerated breaths.

Think of your Conscious Breath as the” breezeway" between your head and heart. Breathing always fuels the heart, our highest self, and the truth of who we are.

As you re-engage in your inner dialogue, you become free to make choices and take action that are in alignment with your true nature. Next time you feel lost within yourself, take 3 Conscious Breaths to reconnect with your Soul.

In seeking a centered Self, you find alignment in your world!


What is one trigger you experience where stopping to consciously breathe could support you to feel empowered?

Share your trigger in the comment section below.

Honor Your Freedom

Jani McCarty Honor Your Freedom

“For to be free is not merely casting off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” 
~ Nelson Mandela

Last week, I had the privilege of experiencing the inspiring and courageous, Malala Yousafzai. In a packed house at Denver’s Bellco Theatre, I sat mesmerized as she spoke passionately for the right of every child to go to school and for women everywhere to free their voices.

Malala was shot by the Taliban just 2.5 years ago as she travelled home from school. Rather than silence her, it fueled her unwavering dedication and brought a new world view to this oppression.

Malala began her crusade for the rights of girls to receive an education at age 10.  Her bravery, exceptional clarity and focus to the Freedom of others stirs awake something special within each of us. 

Every time we express our truth or take a stand for our belief, we send a ripple of Freedom out into the world.  When we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, to show up authentically, we claim our own Freedom.  With each personal courageous and impassioned act, we honor and acknowledge the service and sacrifice of others. We cast off self-bondage and move forward in truth and Freedom.

Just as Malala, we can lead by our example, elevating our own experience while enhancing the lives of others!

Ponder This:

Where in your Life have you taken a stand that has made all the difference for another?

Please share your own personal experience in the comment section below!