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Alkamye

Gratitude

By Lisa Marchant

When we cultivate a mindset of gratitude, it keeps our focus on the positive things that are happening in life. It may not always seem like it, but good things are happening every day. When we focus on these things it provides inspiration and raises our vibration. I love to start my day by aligning with my intentions and recalling all the things that I am grateful for. You can easily do this with meditation and a gratitude log or by silently expressing what you are grateful for. First thing in the morning, is the ideal time to set your intentions for the day and to appreciate all the good in your life. I like to believe that everything that happens is for my highest good. This changes my perspective a lot.

Part of my morning practice includes sending love to my partner, my friends and family, my dog, to the people on the planet who need it most, and to myself. We are energy and we are all connected by the source that is within us, therefore when we send love to another person or animal, they will recieve it. Recently, I read (Wayne Dyer) that when we hold positive energy within ourselves, that positive energy has the ability to raise the energy of thousands of people around us. How cool is that!

There is no shortage of things that I am grateful for. But this was not always the case. If you have trouble finding things to be grateful for, or if you have a hard time feeling gratitude, you can start with simple things like being grateful for the perfect cup of coffee, a roof over your head, a warm bed to sleep in, and people who love you. From there you can move on to cultivating gratitude for each new day, and for the fact that you get to experience life on earth at this moment and time. We get so caught up that we take this for granted, but there are people among us who will never see tomorrow. Life is a precious gift and should be treasured.

We live in such exciting times and have access to incredible knowledge, technology and human experiences. Plus, the spiritual shift on our planet is happening on a bigger scale than ever before.

Our body is miraculous. It automatically performs thousands of functions at once and supports us every single day, without any effort on our part. Our body is capable of extraordinary measures, whether it be performance, healing, or intuition to guide us. And what about the air we breathe? What about the sun, gravity, clean water and soil. These are things that most people take for granted and never even think about, but without them we would not exist.

By dwelling on the things you are grateful for, you will not only inspire yourself but others. When gratitude is a daily practice, it becomes natural, and pretty soon you will find gratitude in every moment.

What’s Your Excuse? 

 

 

By J. Lazarus 

Have you ever truly taken a look at yourself and asked what you use as excuses in your life. Recently, I injured my ankle exercising and the first thing that went through my head was “I guess I’ll have to take some time off working out”. However, as I thought about it throughout the day, I began to remember other experiences I had throughout my life and I realized I was just forming an excuse and giving myself a reason for it to be okay to fail.

To understand this you would have to know where I am on my journey through life, so first let me share a bit about that. Currently, I have set out on a journey to become a better human, including all that the means to me. I have started a program of yoga, running, weights, meditation and eating healthy in the goal of bettering my physical, mental, spiritual and emotional self. For me this has been a long time coming and while I know all the tools, there was always a reason that it just would not work for me to succeed with these goals. Happy to say that a few months ago, after I first met Lisa, Founder of Alkamye, I had some realizations about myself. With her help I put together a plan to change who I am.

In the last 3 months I have seen amazing changes, firstly in the physical, I have dropped 25 lbs and it has been very easy this time. My energy is through the roof and I always want to get out and do something or see people. On the mental side, I am more driven than I have ever been towards my goals, I’m releasing things about myself I didn’t know, working through a lot in my personal life and having amazing experiences dealing with the universe around me. Things just seem to be happening in my life, leading me on an incredible new journey. Part of that now being asked to be a contributor to Alkamye, which I am very excited about. 

This being said, I have found myself at this point before, having put in enough work to start to see real results in my physical life at least. However, this time it has been different, as I have been working not just on the physical but the mental side of why I had found it so hard to achieve the goals I wanted to see. It wasn’t until I hurt myself that I really understood what my problem had been and why I had not been successful in other attempts. In the past while I knew what I needed to do to reach my goals, I would always get to a point and then I would find an excuse, a reason I had to take a break from a great workout routine. It could have been that after six months staying at home working with a trainer I had to travel and then use the excuse that I couldn’t work out on the road. Or when I was up to running thirteen miles training for the Las Vegas Marathon and tore my hamstring it was always the same thing, I gave myself the okay to fail. I would tell myself it wasn’t my fault, it was completely out of my control.

After the last few months of working on myself and having great success, I injured myself. I immediately fell into my old ways, telling myself it wasn’t my fault and thinking what can I do…. I have to give up, right? Lucky for me I have not only been working on my body, but I have also been working on my mind and how I think. Thanks to that, I quickly discovered something about myself. I have this long standing trail of excuses that I have used throughout my life that has been keeping me from accomplishing my goals. I had to take an honest look at myself and be okay with the fact that I had given up in the past and that it had been a pattern that while I told myself I had no power to fix, I was the only one with the power to do just that. And this time it wasn’t hard at all, I just had to see it and keep on my path. Now that I see there really are no excuses any more, I am applying this to all aspects of my life. Not just getting my physical body in shape, but the mental and emotional stuff too and its changing the way I look at everything. Life may throw obstacles in my path, but as long as I don’t let myself make excuses, I will keep moving towards the goals I set for myself, I will keep moving forward.

So I ask you to take an honest look at yourself and ask… what are your excuses. Why aren’t you reaching the goals you set for yourself? Is it simply that you are sabotaging your own motivation to succeed? Give up your excuses!!

No Limits

 

 

By Lisa Marchant

I’ve been doing a variety of workouts the past few months which keeps my body guessing and keeps me from getting bored. I also find that this method has always helped me to stay in the best physical shape.

Today, instead of taking yoga, which I love and you all know I am obsessed with, I opted for my own workout. Immediately after high school I started working out with free weights, machines, and my body weight, so this is nothing new for me. I’ve just shy’d away from it the last few years, to pursue a variety of other workouts.

It didn’t hurt that I had insane motivation from watching the new Tomb Raider movie last night! Can I just say Alicia Vikander, you are one bad ass Laura Croft! You are the ultimate role model of a strong, courageous, confident women. Yaaaaaaaaasssssss

My workout consisted of a total body workout, because why stop at one or two body parts? I used strength training, free weights, cables, machines, bodyweight, and finished it off with a 3 mile run at my max speed and explosive sprints. Needless to say, I could barely walk or breathe, but that made me oh so happy because I knew I killed it!

We are capable of waaaaaaaaay more than our minds think we are. I know you have heard this a million times, but I prove this to myself over and over again, especially on days where I train this hard. As I was running, my mind kept telling me that my body was exhausted and wanted to stop. Everything is harder, when you train harder. It’s tough to keep your breath steady and your alignment strong. The practice of mindfulness, yes mindfulness, really comes into play. You must keep your mind in check. It takes a sort of mind mastery, to push through extreme challenge and not quit.

I was on the brink of nausea for about a mile, my side started to ache, and my legs felt like jello. I had to mentally tell myself to take deep steady breaths, and affirm that “I am strong and I can do this”. Anyone who runs, knows what I mean. There are all sorts of things that make us want to quit when we are this challenged. You are pushing your body to go beyond what it thinks is possible. But, it can and it will. You just have to tell it what to do, not let your body decide for you. You have to take charge and keep going, even when you think you can’t.

I promise this will bring you incredible satisfaction! It’s an epic display of mind/body strength and determination. You feel unstoppable. And for me, it directly relates to life.

We often deal with challenges, and we are tempted to quit and give up when things get really tough. But the truth is, the very thing we want is just past the point of quitting, just past the point of giving up. So keep going, prove your mind does not have power over you. Get what you want. Finish strong!

To contact Lisa Marchant
Lisa@alkamye.com

 

What Do You Resonate With?

 

 

By Lisa Marchant

You are unique and you are gifted with something no one else has. This is true of every human being, whether they choose to believe it or not. This is not to say that anyone is better than or above anyone else, simply that everyone is different in their own way and each person brings something special to this planet.

With that being said, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what makes a business, brand, or blog unique in my eyes – what is it that distinguishes one from another, especially in the same space or field of work? Most industries are over saturated and competition is fierce. So what then, draws me to one over another?

For me, it is the person or people behind it. The intentions and motivation may not be apparent right away, but it doesn’t take long to sense and feel the truth.

I always focus on energy. It is a person’s energy and soul that I resonate with. Their “voice” comes directly from their energy, so the brand is an extension of their core energy. This is what I sense, see, and feel. This is what matters most to me.

I believe the world of business would be very different if brands were based on high energetic vibes, transparency, positivity, intuition, and holding the intention that serves the highest good of everyone involved. You can have or learn skill — but unless you are living and leading with your heart and making inspired decisions, you will not attract that.

When I resonate with another person it can be for many reasons. Here’s what resonates with me most: When success means happiness. Health and well-being are a priority enabling one to show up as the best version of themselves. Speaking from the heart – understanding vulnerability can be beautiful. We are drawn to someone who has the strength to expose themselves and speak their truth, and it gives us the courage to speak our own. Genuine kindness. High and positive energy. Empathy and understanding. Passion – for life, for your mission, and what you love. Self love and love for others. A generous spirit. Belief in the people around you – encouraging them to live to their fullest potential. The desire to see everyone succeed, there is always enough to go around. Forward thinking and passion for evolving both personally and as a whole. A spirit of humbleness. Limitless gratitude.

What do you resonate with?

In the beginning, when I started writing and started my website, it was not easy at all to expose my deepest thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I felt very vulnerable, and that is still something I have to push past. I am by nature a very private person. I am not a speaker, coach, doctor, or New York Times bestselling author. I am not famous — or even well-known, and it was never my intention to be any of those things. I am just a human being wanting to share my truth in the hopes that it will encourage, empower, and inspire other human beings. That is my intention.

I am aware that some will not resonate with what I have to share, and that is perfectly okay. I realize that my truth is not neccessarily your truth. You are the only one who can know your truth. Knowing and living your truth is the only way you will find the happiness you seek. No matter what you see or read or hear, no matter what anyone tells you, you must review it using your internal wisdom. The most important thing is that you listen to your heart, and if something resonates with you hold onto it, and if it doesn’t toss it out. Remember, you are the director, the supervisor, and the controller of your life. No one can or should have this responsibility except you.

Some of the most profound advice I have ever received is this: “You are what you are looking for.” My interpretation of this is that we were born with everything we need. We were born with all the love, wisdom, courage, skill, strength and ability we need to live a happy, successful and meaningful life. The problem is, many of us have forgotten this. So we start looking and searching for it in sources outside ourselves. This is a common human journey, and not a bad thing, as long as we realize that when we read books, listen to lectures, take educational courses, or get advice from other people, we are really only seeking to find our own truth. In the midst of an endless stream of influence, information, and distraction, we must distinguish what rings true. That is why you will find that you resonate powerfully with some things and not at all with others. Your truth will feel good to you – it will resonate deep within your soul, and it will always call to you.

Even if you don’t feel it, your inner wisdom is always guiding you. One of the powerful ways it guides you, is by the way you feel. At the most basic scientific level, we are energy, and everything around us is energy. Not just the people, animals, and nature, but literally everything we see. If you begin to pay attention, you will notice the energetic frequency everywhere you go. With practice, you will gain the ability to sense what is right for you in every moment and consult with your inner guide on every decision. Some call it intuition or a gut feeling, a compass or guide, but it is all the same thing, and it is always available to assist you. 

May you enjoy the journey.

To contact Lisa Marchant
Lisa@alkamye.com