Who Inspires You?
Red Mountain offers our guests Inspiration Cards, a way to jot a few words to reflect and express who has inspired them while they are surrounded in our magical red rocks. I’ve seen countless expressions of how the team at Red Mountain have helped our guests live a healthier life, challenge themselves to hike a little higher, and conquer the fears that hold them back from change.
However, this week, one especially made me smile from ear to ear. A guest wrote his wife’s name and shared that she inspired him today by being the woman today and every day that he has loved for 35 years.
Doesn’t it make you just say “awwwwwwwwh”? It does me. And as I contemplate this Inspiration Card on my desk, I realize what a gift it is to be inspired, and to be inspiring, to my family and loved ones. Today, it makes me truly realize that while we often wait for the big epiphanies in our lives to help guide us, it’s more likely the little things that we share with each other out of love and respect that are truly inspiring. Indeed, it is a responsibility to be an inspiration, especially when it comes to our loved ones health and happiness. 35 years of inspiration! This is one lucky couple, and today, they have inspired me too!Add a comment
An Interview with Life Coach Cindy Clemens
Why do you think life coaching is growing in popularity?
As a profession, life coaching is gaining popularity because so many people are tired of being stressed, strained and exhausted from their out of control lives. They know there is a better way to live, but they need a guide to help them set priorities, say no to the energy drains in their lives, and overcome the fears and doubts that keep them stuck. A life coach is that guide. Since so many guests visit spas to get a break from their overwhelming lives, it makes sense they would enjoy connecting with a life coach to learn ways to reduce the overwhelm when they return home.
What are people looking for when you start working with them?
Guests have usually heard the term "life coach" but most are not sure what it means. So their first interest is to find out more about what a life coach does. That is why Red Mountain provides the guests with a chance to have Lunch with a Professional or attend the Fire Ceremony to ask questions and find out more. Many of them do decide to attend the life strategy workshops or have a private session. They are looking for concrete tools to take back home to make more room for themselves and a plan for implementing their heartfelt dreams and goals. I am able to really listen to them, provide feedback and probing questions and motivate them to take action – that’s what they want to happen.
2012 The Ultimate New Beginning!
By Andrea Hanson, CEHP,KRYTA, E-RYT 500
Certified Energy Health Practitioner
According to the sages and the scientists, 2012 is purported to be the end year of a 26,000 year cycle — “The end of the world as we know it.” It is pretty difficult to deny the intensity and depth of change occurring personally, culturally and globally on all levels. And frankly, it is my experience that in many ways the world is already unrecognizable…especially if you have been around for a while. But in every ending there is an overlapping new beginning. In this multi-level, multi-dimensional, evolution revolution, I would say our New Year’s resolutions need to be exceptional and sweeping. And so, as we find ourselves engaged in our hopes and dreams and plan for this the New Year, what can we do to deepen and expand our resolutions to match this extraordinarily challenging time?
The holistic yogic traditions advise that we engage the “sage” and “warrior” within us and that our attention be on the resolution of duality such as joy and sorrow, desire and regret, fullness and emptiness, peace and chaos, calm and anxiety, ecstasy and depression, satisfaction and disappointment, judgment and compassion, love and fear. Most of us walk the thin line among these seemingly conflicting states of being. We may have developed strategies to deal with the wave of relentless stress, emotions and heightened desires. Sometimes our only strategy is to make it through and remain relatively sane. However, these times are demanding a higher standard of acceptance, compassion and devotion guiding our thinking, feeling, choice and action. New perspectives are necessary to avoid another year of forgotten resolutions.
New perspectives include reframing “automatic meaning.” For example, the phrase “New Year’s resolutions” has come to mean “things we are going to do or not do,” when actually resolution conveys a meaning of inclusive (holistic) action to resolve and balance conflicts or opposites. If we simply commit to “doing or not doing something” we remain in duality/conflict. If we commit to inclusive thinking, feeling, choice and action of resolution of conflict, we command a new way of being. The trick is…we cannot “think” our way through this process. We must consult our hearts and souls for the correctness of our decisions and actions and co-create our lives with our higher power.
The ability to regularly consult a deeper level or our own hearts is enabled by new approaches and habits. We can avoid another cycle of making the same failed resolutions every year, by engaging in the practices that open and allow more conscious awareness and creativity such as yoga, meditation, prayer, creative visualization, journaling, dance, service and similar healing practices. The value of these endeavors cannot be overrated in the commitment to a more purposeful and fulfilling life.
This year, like no other, is an opportunity to evolve and implement our ability for constant conscious awareness of our thoughts, feelings, choices and actions. For we are not just people seeking success and braving the challenges of life, but Souls with the ability to choose with specific purpose, express our deepest truth and express our unique talents and values to re-energize and re-invent ourselves. True Free Will is the ability to focus, balance and choose how we use our energy; to put our attention on the aspects of life we wish to enliven and create for ourselves and others.
In being consciously aware of perspectives and points of view, resolution is ours...In each moment we can choose the correctness we know at a deep level and allow the co-created joyous life we desire with grace and ease. In this way, rather than being a ship aimlessly afloat on the ocean of uncertainty and conflict, we can resolve the forces with a captained ship, true headings, steady rudder and full sails. On your journey, use the four buoys below to help you stay on course and enter calm waters that allow the true resolution of the duality and conflict in your life. This will give you the experience of knowing that there is truly no longer any need to suffer or struggle, only to live in the inclusive joy that begins within you.
1. Care with Compassion
and understand that we all want the same thing
2. Accept and Allow
the truth of the moment and relationships as they are
3. Love and Let Love
with your Heart and Soul
4. Make Joy
by celebrating the perfection of the moment
C. A. L. M. ...a function of resolution.Add a comment
By Mryna Beardshear, Director of Spa, Fitness & Health
- A steady daily amount of exercise in the morning or afternoon deepens sleep.
- Insulate your room against sound and light.
- Keep your room temperature moderate. Excessively warm or cold temperatures can disturb sleep.
- Both hunger and excessive fullness can disturb sleep. A light snack at bedtime may help you sleep. Tryptophan, found in warm milk or bananas, assist somnolence.
- I keep a journal next to my bed. Before going to sleep at night, I write in my journal all the things I have on my mind. It might be a conflict, a job left undone or a concern for health or business. After writing everything negative down, I take time to write three things that happened in my day about which I feel good – my daily blessings. Most times they are very ordinary things that I have may have missed thinking about if I wasn’t taking this special time to end my day. In closing my journal I do so consciously, symbolically closing my day, with the thought of the last blessing written still on my mind. My journal is placed in a drawer where I cannot be tempted to re-open it.
- I then close my eyes, breathe deeply and contemplating blessings. I make my commitment to let go of all my concerns and give thanks for the blessings of the day. At this stage I am ready to focus my thoughts inward using visualization and breathing to relax and go to my own very special place before falling asleep.
How to Nudge Your Loved Ones Toward Healthier Lifestyle Habits
It is nearly impossible to “help” close friends and family members with their health and fitness issues. The best way to help loved ones is 1.) Be a positive power of example and 2.) Detach with love from their bad habits (and really mean it). In other words, you can’t change them. What you can do is take care of your own health and express your love and concern. In other words, if your spouse is overweight with subsequent health problems, tell them about your desire to have a long and happy, active life with them well into the future. Then, put on your exercise clothes and go out and take care of yourself!
If you notice attempts at positive changes, you might want to reinforce the changes without seeming condescending. If you usually go for a long run, and your spouse has finally started going for walks, be careful not to overshadow their accomplishment. Pay attention and pick up on cues for how you can support them.
In any case, while taking care of yourself you can ask for their support. This may involve certain considerations and adjustments to support your health choices. For example, if you are working hard at weight management, you may ask that your loved ones support your efforts by not bringing junk food into the house. Or you may need to ask for understanding when you take time away from the family to do your exercise. In being transparent about the real effort that is required to make difficult changes you are showing your loved ones how they might make changes as well.
Love Your Body – Now!
By Cindy Clemens, Life Coach
A few days ago I was looking through some old photographs and I saw a picture of myself in a – gasp – bathing suit from about ten years ago. I remember looking at that picture shortly after it was taken, focusing on the flaws in my body. The not-so-flat stomach, a waist that was not very svelte, and a small piece of back fat were all that I could see or think about at that time.
But now, looking at that same photograph ten years later, I was stunned by how good my body did look. I did not have my current face wrinkles, arm flappers, or general lowering of everything. How I would love to have that body now. It made me seriously ponder why ten years ago I had been so ready to let the perceived flaws prevent me from enjoying my beautiful, strong, healthy body.
Of course this led me to wonder how much I was still doing this. Was I enjoying my body right now? Because I am sure that in ten years I would be very happy to have this body. And a further question was how much I was able to allow my husband to enjoy my body right now. He honestly did seem to enjoy looking at and touching my body, but I often discounted his compliments with my negative thoughts about how my body appeared to me.
Certainly my body has changed over the years. So has my husband's, and since we have been together for over 30 years, I have witnessed his changes. Yet I still love the feel, the warmth and the sensuality of his body. Perhaps I should assume he feels the same about me and move on with fully loving, caring for and pampering my body just as it is.
Weight Loss Tips
By Dr. Brad Crump, Health Services Manager
Contrary to most thinking, small changes we make in our lifestyle choices such as nutrition and exercise make significant improvements in our overall health and wellness. Experience shows that individuals who gravitate to an "all or nothing" attitude tend to experience the most failure and tend to be the most discouraged. This usually leads to a return of unhealthy habits. Building a solid foundation through small progressive and consistent steps usually leads to more realistic and long term changes. Enjoy the journey!
Red Mountain Resort & Spa focuses on personal evaluations so that specific and individualized action plans can be put into place. We are then able to design a nutrition program or an exercise program that is tailor made for that individual. Red Mountain also offers a wide variety of programs and services that help each individual identify areas of need as well as find activities that they are passionate about. This tends to increase their sense of purpose, motivates them and provides them a network of professionals to help encourage and follow up with their progress.
The most important steps for weight loss and healthy eating habits really revolve around understanding personal needs. It is also important to help an individual determine what their specific goals are and to establish a time frame that is realistic to achieving those goals. In addition, scheduling those activities becomes important. Just as we schedule work related activities, we need to schedule exercise time and eating times and be consistent and true to those “appointments.”
To become a habit, an activity must be performed consistently over a period of time. The reason most people stop exercising or eating right is that they do not see results, the find it too challenging (feels like too much work), they feel they do not have the time or they lack family or social support.
Here are some ways to take small steps and implement the spa experience at home:
- Schedule exercise and eating times. Make sure that these times are realistic and obtainable. Rome was not built in day. Enjoy the small changes and the experience of change.
- Involve the family. Find activities that the family can do together and that everyone enjoys. Join a walking group or get friends together a few times a week for group exercise. There tends to be strength in numbers as well as accountability and support.
- Think positive. The surest way to fail is negative “self talk.” Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are probably right. The universe tends to give us what we ask for.
- Choose a healthy recipe to prepare each week. This will get you into a more healthy way of eating and will help see how healthy eating can be delicious as well.
There are a number of books and resources available. Here are a few that can be of great benefit:
- “Organizing from the Inside Out” by Julie Morgenstern
- “Life is a Do-Over” by Cindy Clemens
- “Grocery Shopping Made Easy” by Chris Mohr and Kara Mohr (DVD)
- “Ultra prevention” and “The Ultra Simple Diet” by Mark Hyman
What Do You Reflect?
By Dr. Brad Crump, Health Services Manager
Once again, we find ourselves asking “Where did the year go? What happened to all of the goals I set, the ones I said would transform my life once and for all?”
When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Not just what is reflected in the mirror, but beneath the surface? Like an iceberg, only a third of that iceberg is seen above water. In addition, all icebergs are different in shape and size. Now is the time to see that we are uniquely different and, therefore, need a more unique approach.
Let’s reflect on one of the most common goals people set. If you are like the majority of Americans, one of those unachieved goals was changing your diet and losing weight. Given the fact that you had found success with earlier popular diets, along with the expected return of the lost weight, you felt it wise to do it again. Unfortunately, you may have been through this scenario numerous times with the accompanying feelings of guilt and despair, throwing your arms up in the air and proclaiming, “What’s the use?”
This reminds me of the popular definition of insanity, which is “doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” Maybe it is time to start adopting the old counsel “If it sounds too good to be true….”
Let’s make a goal to return back to the healthful dietary habits that are proven and sound and, unlike many “flash in the pan” programs, actually lead to long lasting weight loss and health. Let’s revisit some healthy nutrition principles that if followed, will lead to healthy weight loss.
- Jumpstart your day with a nutritious breakfast. One should never skip this meal.
- Always have protein and good fats with all your meals.
- Increase fiber intake to 30 to 50 grams daily.
- Eat detoxifying foods like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussel sprouts.
- Eat small meals and snacks throughout the day.
- Go “wild” with salmon.
- Eat more nuts, seeds and legumes.
- Avoid artificial sweeteners.
- Make sure that you eat enough calories to meet your Resting Metabolic Rate.
- Refrain from eating at least two hours before going to bed.
- Eat a colorful diversity of low-glycemic fruits and vegetables.
- Minimize or eliminate refined and processed flours and sugars.
Reflecting back on our successes as well as failures helps us to identify those approaches that will most benefit us. Start looking beneath the surface and you will find answers leading to health and happiness.
Here’s looking at you kid!