Caregiver Fatigue Posted on 25 Mar 09:13 , 1 comment
Do you know someone who is giving so much you wonder how they continue to sustain the giving? Maybe you have been that person. Maybe you are that person now.
The human spirit is able to endure incredible challenges and continue to shine. I have seen career and family caregivers sustained by their faith, hope, love and joy. Faith that they will have the strength to do what they need to do. Faith that there is a bigger picture than they can see right now. Faith, and hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel, a better day ahead. And love, the energy and motivation that allows selfless service. Love allows people to go beyond themselves. When that love is flowing out more than in, selfless service quickly results in caregiver fatigue. The work depletes the giver, and loss of joy is often the cost for this depletion.
Do you know a person who is tireless, joyful, gentle, and kind? A person that makes everyone around them feel better. They have a special glow. Yes, they are human and have low moments, but most days they light up a room with their presence. These people are balm that heals body, mind and heart of those around them. These special people live in flow, and they work with joy. Joy is one feeling that springs up from feeling love flowing in, coming from a source beyond the individual self. They know the secret of participating in receiving a stream that flows through them, not from them. They move through their days feeling blessed. They look around their world and see things to appreciate everywhere.
If you or a loved one is giving to the point of fatigue, there is good news! By shifting focus from giving to receiving, we tap into something much bigger than ourselves. We remember we are not alone. It may be something as simple as remembering a friend cares about us. That seemingly small act of focus is like an in-breath. I am loved. Suddenly my fatigue seems lighter. Do this experiment to see how you respond when you feel “I am loved”. Take quick stock of how you are feeling – body, mind and heart. Then spend a minute or two imagining a feeling of being loved. Feel it with as much detail and intensity as you are able to bring to the experiment. Then do another quick inventory and see how you feel in your body, mind and heart. Did you move the dial up a notch on your overall sense of well-being? As simple as an in-breath, remembering we are loved feeds us. We have more energy, move vitality, and come into better balance as caregivers.
At Twirl, we remember the comfort received from a casserole lovingly delivered, or cookies taken to a new neighbor to welcome them. These gestures carry value greater than the physical gift offered. Involved in the exchange is a heartfelt giving that lets the recipient know they are cared for and thought about. When you send someone a gift from Twirl, send them a reminder of this little secret: the love you send with the gift flows through you, to them. The love (or well-wishes) nourishes you as you feel it, and them as they receive it. Then each moment spent in mindful focus increases the value of the gift received! The more we participate in the flow – both in and out - the more strength and ease we experience.
Take time each day to feel the flow of love and grace that is present each moment. It awaits your attention. Open your eyes to the beauty in nature. Open your heart to the energy that flows in when you remember that you are loved. As a caregiver, nourish first yourself. It is a simple as breathing in.
Pinwheels Posted on 5 Mar 14:30 , 6 comments
I’m twirling today. Spring is coming. Can you feel it?
A pinwheel turns in my garden. Today is gusty. A good day to be a pinwheel! It stands, doing nothing. It allows. The wind flows. The pinwheel twirls. We can be like pinwheels, simply standing in the present NOW, sourced by the wind that comes from someplace greater and more vast than this garden in which we stand.
The pinwheel takes in and gives out evenly. The energy of the exchange makes the pinwheel twirl. When we participate in a balanced receiving and sending out of energy, we can use that power of flow to create anything of our choosing. How? Think of something that makes you smile… then… dream big! Expand your vision until you smile bigger! Next, bring that dream into the center of your chest and allow that idea to settle at the front of the spine, behind the sternum. Breathe into this heart space. Allow your smile to find a home in your heart space. Your smile is a sign of the wind at your back. Breathe into the space between your shoulder blades. Breathing in, you receive energy. Life is flowing into you! By noticing this you awaken to the power of flow. Consciously choose to fuel that which makes you feel more Light and more Joy (capitals used because choice is so important and today, I choose Light and I choose Joy). Then Light and Joy are amplified within you. They flow from you into the world in ways unique and precious because you are unique and precious.
Twirl’s tag line, wrap yourself in the power of words, is an invitation to choose for yourself what you create in this moment. What makes your heart twirl? What makes you smile? And how do you feel as you send energy out into the world? Is it drudgery or joy? Does the quality you send out into the world day in and day out match the energy flowing in that makes your heart sing? If not, maybe your pinwheel is laying on the ground, unable to access the flow of the breeze. I had to pick mine up and resettle it today before it would spin in my garden. Remembering to stand tall in this powerfully present NOW aligns us with an easy flow of energy that can become balanced and fluid.At Twirl, our line of gifts for you and those dear to you are designed to support living in balanced flow. We want to inspire you to stand, powerful and tall, present in present time. We are connected, part of a network of energy that works with elegance and ease when we stand in its flow. It connects us as surely as does the air we breathe. We want to celebrate spring together in this garden in which each of us finds our smile and our joy. Today, I am taking inspiration from the pinwheel. I am sending you a smile.
Twirling into the Month of Love Posted on 8 Feb 21:55 , 1 comment
It is the month of love. Here at Twirl, we are sending love out into the world and hope you are feeling it! We see the world spinning a little brighter and a little better as we uplift ourselves and uplift each other. Our plan is simple and we’d like you to be a part of it. Twirl wants to direct actions of love, kindness and compassion; we want to facilitate actions of love, kindness and compassion; and we want to inspire actions of love, kindness and compassion.
The direction is this: wrap yourself in the power of words. What words do you choose as you go through your day? Do you wake up and say, “It’s going to be a great day!”? Do you give yourself the praise, encouragement and love you want from others? In yoga we say “Namaste” – the Light in Me greets the Light in You. (Notice the order – the Light in Me comes first.) Do you honor and love and appreciate the beautiful and unique Light that you are in the world? We want to direct you to pause. Notice. Appreciate the Love and Light within you. You are a blessing to the world.
Our gift line at Twirl is our way to facilitate spreading Love and Light into the world. When you choose a gift from Twirl, it’s more than just a reminder to someone that you are thinking of them. We make our gifts with care and embellish them with words of support. We create gifts that have a tactile feel that invokes feelings of wellness, ease, comfort. The message you send with a gift from Twirl carries a vibration that can be experienced in each moment the gift is used. When I enjoy a gift from Twirl, I remember to pause and feel the love of the sender. The world feels a little brighter. The Light in Me greets the Light in You and, in a truly amazing way, we are connected across the miles.
And hey, we’ll be supper happy to hear we inspire acts of love, kindness and compassion! Maybe the story of feeling the wind at your back makes your day a little easier. (If you missed it, you can read it here.) Perhaps hearing the word “Twirl” you decide to spin around, open your arms, and smile. Twirling makes us young again. Twirling opens our heart. Let the Love flow!
Winter Solstice Posted on 20 Dec 16:52 , 0 comments
Do you feel the changing season? Twirling requires us to be balanced within our center point, and to maintain equilibrium while spinning. How do YOU maintain stability in the midst of inevitable change? I use our motto, “wrap yourself in the power of words” to create a stable focus for myself. Try it and let me know what you experience:
Take a few deep breaths. Allow yourself to settle in to a quiet space within your heart center. Now choose a feeling you want to embody. (Today, I choose peace.) Give yourself a minute to really feel that feeling. Claim it as if it were a garment you can put on. As you breathe, let yourself weave that feeling throughout your physical, mental and emotional bodies. Now do this process again with another word. (Today, I choose joy.) Now, a third. (Today, I choose love.) Visualize these 3 words as if they were the 3 corners of a magic carpet that carries you safely through wild and beautiful landscapes.
Focus your intention and your attention and choose with awareness how you will hold yourself stable in times of change. Keep hope in your heart! Invite healing within yourself, for your loved ones, and for our planet. The natural world holds inspiration that sustains and uplifts me, and night skies deep with stars tell a story of a vast and connected universe. Remember you are a beautiful and important part of this magnificent and interconnected universe. The world is blessed by having you in it!
Snuggling in for a Long Winter's Nap Posted on 5 Dec 19:50 , 1 comment
DIY Twirling Posted on 27 Nov 20:13 , 0 comments
Do you want to send your holiday gifts with a little something extra?
A gift from Twirl is a lovely, soft and thoughtful way to tell someone you are thinking of him or her.
Each gift is ready to be shipped today.
No further assembly is required.
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A gift from Twirl creates a portal that connects you with your loved ones.
A gift from Twirl is an invitation to practice mindful connection.
A gift from Twirl carries potential of dynamic support, synergy and shared momentum.
When we are able to feel the love and good wishes people hold for us, we receive a rich and valuable gift. To twirl, the recipient needs to be open to receiving! Receiving is something we can all practice, because the balanced flow of giving and receiving is what makes twirling easy and effortless. That is the lesson Pam’s mother taught Pam with casserole etiquette. Graciously and generously supporting others in times of need or celebration is the warp of our tapestry, and willingness to receive love and care from others in our own times of hardship or joy is the weft. Both are essential for a strong and beautiful weave.
DIYers: If you want to tackle the Do It Yourself part of the gift, the next section is for you.
A gift from twirl reminds you to harness joined power by being present and open in the Present Presence, mindfully NOW. In this present moment, are you able to feel the threads you send out and those that reach toward you from others? Every day the tapestry of life is being woven by thoughts, words and interactions. A gift from Twirl reminds you to wrap yourself in the power of words, and choose for yourself what kind of day you’re weaving on your loom of life.
Every thought and every word exists as vibration. What words will you send your loved ones with your gift from Twirl today? Choose your words with intention and create a stable platform with 3 words in 3 simple steps.
Here’s how to Twirl:
- Think of the person you are gifting.
- Imagine sending 3 one-word blessings or wishes to them. (Choosing 3 words creates a stable, focused pedestal for your gift, i.e., courage/strength/hope or love/appreciation/joy.)
- Write these words on a card and send it with your gift. Tell your loved one, “I have wrapped this gift in the power of words”
You have just twirled. Your energy, and the energy of another are together in a way that weaves you together and makes you stronger. Each time you think of each other, the texture gets richer and deeper.
Twirling is fun.
Twirl, rest, repeat.
Cleaning Your Space Posted on 18 Sep 11:20 , 2 commentsToday, I'm sharing with you a simple exercise I use to maintain an open, clear and positive space around me. Listen here.
TwirlConnect Namaste Posted on 2 Apr 09:30 , 0 comments
Namaste, a salutation often used in the yoga world, may be roughly translated as “the light within me greets the light within you”, or “when I am Light and you are Light, we are One”. I begin by centering my attention in my own heart space. I fill my heart with appreciation for each breath and each heartbeat. I feel light within me intensify and expand.
In yoga, the word “chakra” means “wheel” because our energy centers may be experienced as wheels of light. As I focus my attention on my heart, and draw a positive feeling into that area, I amp up the vibration of that chakra (much like twirling!). It is like turning up the volume, or dialing the light from dim to bright. The light within is the beginning point. Now dial it up a notch!
From a place of centered Presence, I look out into the world, and see Light in others. The light in me greets the light in you. First Twirl, then Connect.