Do you like to plan ahead? Many of life’s transitions can be made more smoothly with planning. When I had my babies, knowing that there is a part of labor and delivery called “transition” that is particularly intense helped me be prepared. Expecting what was coming, and having a plan to deal with it, made it less scary and more possible to ride it through.
There are transitions, however that come unbidden and unexpected. How do you ride through those times? In much the same way that the relaxation and breathing skills I practiced while I was pregnant helped me through transition during childbirth, practicing when it’s easy helps you get prepared for what’s ahead, no matter what surprises life delivers.
Practice when it’s easy! How do you stay centered, well-fed in body, mind, and heart? For me, I practice when it’s easy with regular time for meditation, time in nature, and frequent pauses during my day to take a few deep breaths and remember that aspect of myself that is connected to source. It doesn’t keep some life events from rocking my world and driving me to my knees, but it does provide a well of strength I can draw on in rough times.
At Twirl, we make gifts that carry a message, a reminder that we are connected. My Twirl throw is a calming weight on my lap as I sit in meditation in the morning, or a warm wrap around my shoulders if the morning is cool. Yesterday, my little bracelet with the Twirl logo on it reminded me multiple times each hour to breathe in and breathe out, returning again and again to an experience of balance and ease. We could all use a little reminder to practice when it’s easy. Whether you want a daily reminder for yourself, or you are looking for a special gift for someone else, visit www.twirlconnect.com.
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.
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.
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 inspireactions 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!
Have you heard the joke about the farmer who won an award? He was always out standing in his field! Do you feel like you are outstanding in your field? Like the farmer, when we allow ourselves to simply be, to stand with the earth under our feet and the sky above us, we find a prize awaiting us. That award-winning farmer teaches us that when we participate in an ever-present flow of energy, allowing cycles of growth and decay without judging one or the other to be “bad” or “less than”, we rise toward excellence. The farmer reminds us we are participants in something greater than ourselves.
We are all part of a field of energy. Do you have pets? Have you observed their sensitivity? Dogs are frequently observed anticipating the arrival of their owners, even when that arrival time is random. Dogs are "out standing” in the field. They can’t help themselves. They exist in a connected world. It seems that humans alone have the ability to experience ourselves as separate.
The amazing intellect we possess as humans is a double edged sword. We are fantastic creators. Looking around the world, I marvel at the seemingly endless array of creative expression! But we also can create a sense of separation that may leave us feeling alone, scared, and adrift without a sense of meaning and purpose. The idea behind our products at Twirl is to remember that we are connected. Not only are we connected to loved ones who may be far away, we are also connected to inspiration. The field that connects us allows us to send strength and love to others and to experience the fortification that comes from others’ love flowing to us. And, much as a pinwheel is powered by the wind, we have access to inspiration and insight when we open up our minds and hearts and allow ourselves to notice that we are a part of something vast and powerful.
I use our Twirl symbol to remind me throughout my day to breathe, and through my breath return again and again to awareness in present time. It is ONLY in present time we can experience our connection to a greater whole. It is in present time we feel the support, inspiration, and strength available to us always. When I allow an inflow of inspiration to fortify and uplift my mind and heart, I feel outstanding in my field. In my work as a teacher, as a mother/grandmother, or as a partner, I am connected. My work is relevant and impactful. Treat yourself to agift from Twirl, and remember you are connected! You are important. You can be outstanding in your field today!
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.
Do you feel the changing season? Do you feel the spin of the turning of the planet? How do YOU maintain stability in the midst of inevitable change? The natural world holds clues that sustain and uplift me. October’s remarkably blue sky painted with exquisite cloud formations, magical fall days with multi-colored leaves swirling in winds, and night skies deep with stars, all tell a story of a vast and connected universe. Noticing this invites me to both focus my awareness more deeply within and expand my attention to our interconnections. As we say in yoga: namaste. The Light within me greets the Light within you. Or, as we say here at Twirl: Twirl…Connect.
As change sweeps around me, I use our motto, “wrap yourself in the power of words” to create a stable focus for myself. “Love and Appreciation”, the message we share in our premiere collection, establishes our foundation. I’ve written briefly about the choice of those words in an earlier blog that you can read here.
This month, we’re bringing out a new design, created in partnership with Turning Point, a Kansas City organization that provides “Hope and Healing”. These are powerful words! Use the message of hope and healing to create more joy and peace in your world. How do you ride through the changing seasons in your life? Are you buffeted by media barrage? Dealing with illness or loss? Busy with the ever-changing demands of a young family? Making a mindful choice to keep a feeling of hope alive within yourself is one possibility! Holding the vibrations of hope and healing create more joy and peace not only in your own life but, through your presence and practice, in the world at large.
What does hope feel like to you? A flickering flame within your heart? A light shining in the darkness? A willingness to believe that our path twists and turns in ways unexpected? And where do you find hope? In the sunrise? In the eyes of a child? In the warmth of a stranger’s smile? Sit for a moment and find a feeling of hope. Bookmark it for yourself! Add it to your favorites! Revisit it often. Imagine hope is a precious seedling that you will water, provide light for, and foster through the coming winter.
Last week I wrote about the power of allowing. For me, healing is tied to allowing. The systems within our body and on our planet are self-renewing. Regeneration is built into the design. Transformation, change, and the passing of old to allow new are also parts of the process of living. For me, healing is intricately interwoven into the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of my life. Healing on any of these levels is reflected across my entire experience. Recently, I’ve been using a mantra my sister taught me. As she walks every day, she says to herself “Happy cells! Healthy cells!” Cooperating consciously in this way with the body’s programming to renew and heal optimizes the brain’s capacity to release its healing power.
Use your ability to focus your intention and your attention to 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. If you want a reminder to stay focused on hope and healing, order one of our healing wraps here. A portion of each purchase will benefit the programs at Turning Point, a center for hope and healing. Remember you are a beautiful and important part of a magnificent and interconnected universe. The world is blessed by having you in it!
Do you ever struggle with the pace of change in your life? Sometimes things slip away all too quickly. Other times it feels like things will NEVER change!
Pam and I have a mixed relationship with what we call “Divine Time”. This is a concept that reflects our belief that when we live from a connected, heart-centered experience, events unfold in ways that are mysterious and surprising. Often in a way we would not have consciously chosen, but always in a way that seems just right in hind sight. What may appear to be a wrong turn, or a process that takes months instead of weeks, turns out to be exactly right. It places us at the right time and place for finding the next step of our adventure. As we have worked to develop new products for our Twirl™ line, we find this happening again and again. What an adventure! In our process right now, we are heading to production on a Twirl™ journal for recording all the things you love and appreciate. (The more you focus on what you love and appreciate, the more you notice all that you love and appreciate!) We experienced a hiccup along the way, but now have a local source and a lovely product!
Why a mixed relationship, if “Divine Time” proves again and again to be a real thing? We are part of a great fabric, woven with grace and beauty! But from my admittedly limited perspective, the dips in the weave, the spaces between the threads, can feel like dead ends, cliffs overhanging a great chasm. A need for discernment challenges me to evaluate those moments – what am I supposed to learn here? What am I supposed to hear? Sometimes the answer is “persevere”. Sometimes the answer is “walk away”! But each time, if I am in a space that is filled with trust and a willingness to allow “Divine Time”, I ride through to the other side of whatever barrier seems to be in my way. If, however, I allow fear to be my response, I block my ability to move. I’d like to share a meditation with you that may help you experience how “fight, flight, or freeze” can be trumped by “trust and allow”. Fight, flight, freeze is restrictive and contractive in nature. Trust and allow is open and expansive. Listen here if you would like to enjoy an experience of expansion.
When you want a reminder to stay focused on Love and Appreciation, please visit us a twirlconnect.com. You can shop for yourself and loved ones, watch as we grow our new business and offer new products, and see the archived blog posts on mindfulness and meditation. Also, we would love to hear from you. How have you noticed “Divine Time” working in your life? Where would you like to feel more support from our Twirl community? Our threads are woven together for many reasons; we’d like to think one of those reasons is to bring more love and joy into our world!
Change is in the air. You feel it. Everywhere you look, things are twirling. Today, my message is one of hope, love, and joy. The winds of October are blowing, and headlines aren’t telling you everything. The mirror is not reflecting all of who you are. Each day I’m waking up more and more to the story beyond the story, and I want you to join me.
You are more than what you see in the mirror! You are part of the fabric of energy that both holds you and IS you. Sometimes it is easier to see this with your eyes closed. When you close your eyes, a large percentage of your brain function that is normally used up by visual processing becomes available. This allows you to sense in other ways. Someone said to me last week, “Math is. Mathematics is just our attempt to describe what is.” As an old yoga student who studies subtle energy and also loves science, I’ve always thought, “Metaphysics is. Physics is our attempt to describe what is.” The energy and vibrations that compose us and connect us can be experienced, and we can share that experience with each other - that is a fundamental part of our message here at Twirl.
Last week, my partner Pam and I had a chance to slip our Twirl™ eyepillows into the goodie bags of the 1,500 people attending the Living in Vitality conference. I led some of them in a breakout session on mindfulness, where they took a few minutes to relax and, with the lightweight eyepillow gently soothing their nervous system, experience being fully present. When we unplug from distractions, we actually find that we are plugged in and connected; we are plugged into a shared flow of life energy, most obvious in the simple flow of breath into and from our body. As we feel that flow more fully, we may notice the web of love and support woven into the world around us.
So whatever your days and nights hold, I encourage you to give yourself time to recharge and refocus. When you take time to practice with your eyes closed, it becomes easier to hold this focus when your eyes are open. By choosing to take time to unplug from news and negativity and instead plug into feelings of love and connection, you strengthen your immune system and bring healthier function to your internal systems such as digestion and heart function. Scientists are beginning to observe and describe what spiritual teachers have told us for ages! While you might experience yourself as isolated and alone, you are part of a complex circle and cycle of life. The more deeply you settle your attention on the present, the more deeply you feel the support of the Love inherent in your connectedness as part of the fabric of creation.
When you want a physical reminder for yourself or to send a loved one, something that reminds you that you are part of something infinite and powerful and amazing, I hope you’ll visit us at Twirlconnect.com.