Erin Lanahan Method

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Be an Explorer of Your Own Life! March 17, 2010

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What’s In Your Bigger Picture!

Well it’s another week and I’m still in Colorado dealing on my mom’s health issues. We’ve been staying in Beaver Creek since Saturday, but today we are back in Denver seeing the surgeons here. I thought we might get to head back to L.A. today, but it’s looking like mom needs surgery. At this time, we are still awaiting answers as to how the next few days will unfold. However, I must say, this trip has been a real journey for me. It has been anything BUT easy, and things change every day, yet I’ve remained in a good place overall. I really believe I have kept my good health and sanity through all of the adversity because I CHOOSE to be an explorer of my own life.

Often times, we are called on a journey, it is not always the journey we expected to be embarking upon at the time. However, what I have learned more than anything over this last week and a half, is that when I am an explorer in my own life, I GET to discover the beauty with and within me at all times.

For example, yesterday I woke up completely exhausted and totally resistant to facing ANOTHER day of phone calls, research, and all the things I knew that HAD to be done before the day’s end. I felt claustrophobic, angry, frustrated, and just plain emotional. I really didn’t feel like running or doing anything for that matter, however, something in me knew that a good run would be the only thing that would truly make me feel better. I tend to forget that exercise serves a lot more than just my physical health and body. IT keeps me mentally, emotionally, and spiritually fit as well. I got myself some running shoes on Saturday and had already found a good route on a run I went on Sunday, so I really had no excuses not to go yesterday (Tuesday). Knowing this, I suited up and hit the trails!

As I started out on the running path, I  widened my gaze and took in my surroundings. It was SO BEAUTIFUL! The Rocky Mountains and snow and the rushing water in the river beside me, really helped me begin to put my life and this journey into perspective again. I decided I would be an explorer in that moment and for the rest of my run and the day. I ran and ran until I found a little side path that dead-ended at a rocky cliff that overlooked the rushing white water river. I decided to place my hands down on a couple big rocks and I just started doing push-ups and planks and core exercises. Then I stood up and did jump squats, split squats, and hamstring stretches. I even threw in a little bit of yoga and meditation. During my workout  it hit me…I have everything I need to be well, and to be happy, NO MATTER WHERE I AM OR WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES ARE, as long as I am WILLING to be an explorer of my own life.

Yesterday, I had many obstacles to overcome, but even so, I had a great experience and it was an amazing day. Yes, I had to pack up my moms entire apartment alone, and then clean it entirely with my brothers help. Yes, I had to call doctors and health insurance agencies. Yes, I had to talk to friends and family and tell the same details to them over and over again. However, by starting my day out with such a great run and outside exercise routine, I was able to connect with something bigger than myself and everything began to make sense and fall into place again. Being an explorer of my own life, allowed me to stay open to all that I was experiencing in each moment, and I was open enough to know that I had a choice to feel good or bad, to grow or get stuck.  Exploring myself and the world around me as I ran down the running path, allowed new ideas to enter my mind. The courage shift and to try new things began to flow from my innermost self that loves and appreciates movement and connection with nature. I was determined to feel good and to be well no matter what, and when we CHOOSE to be an explorer of our own lives, we GET to have a new experience of our circumstances and the way in which we experience the world and ourselves in it. 

Have you ever been called on a journey you didn’t expect? What happens to your habits and routines when you are faced with a list of tasks you must complete whether you like it or not or want to or not? Are you an explorer of your own life? Do you take what’s in front of you and make a conscious choice to have the best experience possible with what you have been given? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Please leave them for me here on the blog. Afterall, we are all on this life journey together and can always learn from one another:) Here’s To Your Health, Wellness, and Vitality!!!

Are You Moving Against The Flow Or With It???

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Staying Healthy in the Face of Adversity March 12, 2010

Wow, it has been a long week for me so far. I got some bad news about my mother’s health on Monday and took a last-minute flight out of LAX at 715am Tuesday morning. It’s never easy when we are taken out of our routine and thrown into the face of adversity. How do we stay healthy? It is so important that we do because there is already enough to cope with when we are facing hard times. Why should we make it even harder by putting our bodies under unnecessary stress that comes as a result of eating foods that do not serve us. We tend to let our health and well-being fall by the wayside because “it isn’t convenient” to go out of our way to eat healthily and exercise when other things are the “priority.”  However, doing this is exactly why my mom is in the hospital right now. Bottom line is, if you don’t have a well-functioning body and mind, what are you capable of?? The answer is…not much!!!

How many of you let adversity and obstacles get in the way of making healthy choices for yourselves? I know it’s not necessarily easy to stay nourished, and to commit to this way of life, but I promise you, there is a way! I’ve been in a small town on the outskirts of Denver. There are fast food restaurants on every corner, it’s almost impossible to find a normal restaurant, and even when we do, there is nothing all that healthy on the menu. I feel so lucky to have located a Whole Foods. I have to drive out of my way a bit to get there, but I eat all my meals there because I know it’s important to maintain and sustain my wellness and healthy state of mind. Eating fast food and junk food for “convenience purposes” would have me much more of a mess than I already am and my mind would not be functioning optimally. I don’t think I could handle feeling any worse right now, so eating lots of fruits and veggies, and food that nourishes me and keeps me feeling alive and connected and energized, are what I need to get me through all of this.

I was going to run this morning, but last night realized I forgot to pack my running shoes. I NEVER forget my running shoes! Right there tells me that I’m highly stressed and not thinking straight as it is, however there was nothing I could do about getting running shoes at 10 pm last night, in order to hit the treadmill this morning. I had to just accept it. Exercise would be a great form of relief for me right now, but since I cannot get to a gym, and don’t have running shoes, I must eat even cleaner to make up for the fact that I am not detoxifying through exercise or producing any extra endorphins. Also, I know it’s extra important that I take at least 10 minutes a day, to myself, to meditate and breathe. Otherwise I will go CRAZY!!! When in the face of adversity, we MUST take care of ourselves. It’s the only way to get some relief!

Do these things sound impossible for you? Have you ever been in my situation, facing hard times that made life much more difficult and took you out of your normal routines that keep you sane? What did you do? How do you cope in these situations? How do you stay healthy in the face of adversity? Do you make your health a priority or do you pretend it’s not important while you tend to “bigger issues.” I am curious to know what you do and why. Please leave all your questions and comments here for me on the blog. Here’s To Your Health, Wellness, and Vitality!

 

Movement Feeds the Soul!!! March 6, 2010

What’s Up guys! I am feeling pretty good after a very productive week. I actually got off to such a great start after last weekend, because last Saturday and Sunday I got my butt back into dance classes! I took a Hip-Hop class and an African Brazilian class at Crunch. They were amazing!!! It felt amazing to move my body like that again. Wow! Dancing is such great exercise and it’s food for my Soul! How about you? What types of movement feed your soul?

I am such a believer in exercise that strengthens the mind, body, soul connection. I definitely feel more connected in my life no matter what kind of exercise I’m doing, as long as I’m exercising. However, for me, dance really is the language of my soul and it allows me to express myself in a way that words cannot. This is so important. We must find ways in which we can feel fully expressed in our own lives. This allows us to have a positive experience of ourselves in the world. That is what dance does for me. It helps me feel fully expressed, free, happy, and full of empowerment.

What does this for you? I guarantee you if you can find some form of movement that makes your soul sing and your body feel free, and your heart fill up  with love and appreciation for it, you will feel so empowered in your day-to-day life. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave all questions and comments here for me on the blog 🙂 Here’s To your Health, Wellness, and Vitality!!!

 

 
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