Erin Lanahan Method

Signature method to get fit from the inside out!

The Jumping Off Point? September 29, 2010

I am feeling so much inside of me lately. Change is definitely on the horizon. One blessing I have in my life, is I get to work with clients one on one. They tell me how they are feeling and what they are going through, and I learn so much from them. I also begin to gain a greater awareness of human thought and behavior. It never ceases to fascinate me.

When change is on the horizon, it often times kicks up a lot of intense feelings within us. Those who are unaware of this, may just walk around saying they are feeling “blah” or “tired.” I hear these things from my clients a lot when they are at a crossroads…you know, the point at which we get to choose between doing things the same old way or making a different choice. I can’t help but wonder…is “blah” and “tired” just the best way we know how to describe our current inner state? When change is on the horizon, decisions must be made, and life can feel very awkward and uncertain. This can feel overwhelming, especially if we are unaware that we are experiencing the results of a metamorphosis. When we feel “blah” and “tired”…maybe what we are really feeling is the jumping off point, maybe we are just afraid to jump? If we just take that leap of faith, shift our thoughts, do something bigger…yet gentle and compassionate, something different, we no longer have to waste energy resisting it, and thus our “tired” feelings may subside as we move into acceptance? Maybe our “blah” is really the need for change and inspiration, and if we just shut our eyes and leap, we get to land somewhere completely new, and thus no longer in a “blah” state of mind?

As the days pass, I find myself more and more curious about my clients’ and my readers’ lives. I love hearing how you and they are feeling, what challenges you are each facing, and what tools you are reaching for to walk through each moment. I definitely have my days of  feeling  that which I COULD label as “tired” and “blah.” However, today, instead of giving my power over to that, I choose to see this as time to take a leap of faith, to change my mind and attitude, to make a move toward a new land.

Why Not?

All my love,

Erin

www.ErinLanahanMethod.com

 

Are Your Thoughts Obeying THE LAW? September 28, 2010

I am noticing more and more, that as I stay committed to being in charge of my thoughts, I can change them. However, there are times when I seem to be bombarded with a daunting awareness of my own thoughts…because they are thoughts that make me feel bad, and the ones I must quickly change. Do you ever notice that some days are easy to stay in a very positive place and other days are more difficult? Some days I have no trouble seeing the beauty in everything, and complaining, criticizing, and comparing myself to others is the farthest thing from my set of choices in each moment. Then there are those days, when every time I open my mouth, something that seems a little too harsh or dramatic seems to throw itself up and out of me, and I experience many levels of fear and jealousy.

The feelings we have let us know what thoughts we are thinking. Our thoughts become things, so we must make sure we are having thoughts that make us feel good. If we feel bad, we know we are having thoughts that are creating things that will ultimately make us feel bad. Becoming more aware of this universal law, The Law of Attraction, is a very helpful awareness to have as a tool. If we want to create the life of our dreams, the life that our hearts really desire, then we must make our thoughts obey the Law.

Today, as I became aware of so many yucky feelings, and then the thoughts that were creating them, it was hard for me not to judge myself. We tend to want to get mad at ourselves or beat ourselves up for having “bad” thoughts because we assume we “should” be able to be in better control of them. However, changing our thoughts can change our life, and that takes practice. That’s right…PRACTICE. Just like anything else, we must learn new ways of doing things, by first becoming aware when we are doing what we no longer want to do. Then, every time we notice a less than ideal thought, we can PRACTICE shifting ourselves by replacing it with a better thought or visualization. At the same time, it is important to keep moving through life, doing the best we can at all times, with compassion for, and gentleness with, ourselves. Just like me today, I was in a place of feeling a bit negative, but I was aware that I WANTED to feel good. I wanted to think good thoughts and to continue creating a life that feels good to me. Regardless of what came up in my head, or out of my mouth, I committed to shifting the very minute I was aware of that which will not serve the creation of my vision in the long run. I didn’t want to work out, because I wanted to go home and wallow, however, I WANTED to feel good and to reprogram my brain MORE than anything else. Therefore I kept thinking of things that make me happy, like my dogs, my blog, my readers, the vision I have of myself writing a NEW YORK TIMES Best Selling Book, my vision of being someone who gets to motivate and inspire crowds of people, and minute by minute, hour by hour, I began to feel better. I got an effective workout accomplished, and I am ending my day doing what I love most…Writing and sharing my challenges with you, in hopes to help you walk through your own challenges with more awareness, ease, and grace.

Remember, our THOUGHTS BECOME THINGS. What do you want to create for your life? I suggest getting super clear about this and then allowing that desire to pull you through each day. What thoughts will bring you closer to your goal? The ones that make you feel good will! If you feel bad…change your mind by picturing all the things you want even MORE than you want to be miserable:-) Whenever you are struggling with feelings of anger, jealousy, sadness, loneliness, inadequacy, feeling like your life is small and insignificant…just bust out a BIG laugh. Fake it if you have to. Just change your mind. As long as you stay committed and willing to do what it takes to feel good, and create the life of your dreams, then no matter what…you WILL change your experience one step, one choice, one silly fake-it-till-you -feel-it laugh at a time.

Let me know how I can support you. Here’s To Your Health, Wellness, and Vitality!

“Law of Attraction is Universal, and every person is affected by it. And it is always true that what I think and what I feel and what I get are always a match, and there is not a person on the planet that did not know that when they were born, and there is not a person on the planet that would not benefit by knowing it. But many, many, many are not yet asking and therefore are not yet ready for the answer. And so, we would say that — although everyone wants this information — everyone is not necessarily ready for it. We would not spend any time trying to convince anybody of anything because if they’re not asking, your answers are just irritating.”
— Abraham

 

Moving From Fear and Resistance Into Acceptance and Curiosity September 22, 2010

Well, I am feeling so much better than I was last week. I am integrating my Peru trip at a rapid pace now, and everything is beginning to fall into place…and it’s a WILD  and PROFOUND journey! A few things were made super clear to me as a result of my struggles upon returning to L.A.

1) EVERYTHING that is put in front of us has landed on our path as a tool for us to use to create a better life. Yes, even the “bad” stuff. If we are conscious about this, we can really leverage the most uncomfortable and most painful of times, as the most profound and healing tools for us. Today, I am using everything “in my way” and “the way.” I have moved from fear and resistance, into acceptance and curiosity about each day and what gifts it will bring.

2) We MUST feel our feelings. It is when we want to numb out the most, that it is so important to bring awareness into how we are feeling in our body. I use to struggle with things such as alcohol, drugs, over-eating, etc. I have learned that these things were only my solution and actually, my thinking around my feelings was the problem. I did everything I could to run away from myself, so I didn’t have to experience the discomfort, pain, fear, insecurities, etc. But the TRUTH is …you can only numb it out for so long. Ultimately you have to face it. When I got home from Peru, I was really confronted with so much of my deep fears, doubts, lack and limitations. Some really old stuff came up for me…stuff I thought was in the past, such as my body image issues, binge eating, and some physical stuff. I felt weak, afraid, and lost. I began to experience feelings of anger, hopelessness, resentment, and sadness. However, I now have the consciousness that I did not have a few years ago. I understand that when I begin to overeat, or spin out in my head and feel depression lurking…it means there are feelings on the horizon due to POSITIVE change on the horizon. I MUST feel the feelings on the horizon in order have my breakthrough. These days, I can use my addictive behaviors as a signal, that I need to spend some extra time, turning within, tuning into my body and what I am feeling inside. Is it heavy, is it moving around, is it in my stomach, or maybe my heart? I ask myself these questions to help me tap into it and bring my awareness inward. This “feeling through” process allows me to contact the source of my feelings, and help them energetically move up and out of me.  So, begin to bring awareness into your life. If you begin to notice fluttering in your tummy, feelings of suffocating, or anxious feelings within…be aware of the ways in which you attempt to “handle” them. Instead of numbing out, and trying to run away from something that will ALWAYS find you…try to take a few minutes each day to sit in silence. Breathe, and ask your body to show you where the source of your suffering is, and to help you feel it so you can let it go and release it into the light.

3) Sometimes we just need to be internal. The last couple of weeks I had a lot of judgement come up around the fact that I was not doing all the things I thought I should be doing upon my return from a month in Peru. The ironic part was that I had no say in the matter. I would’ve hit the ground running, but I got sick. It’s as if a power greater than me stepped in and took over. I was FORCED to slow down, and to be in doors, in my house, with me, myself, and I. I caused a lot of suffering for myself at first, as I sat around moping and feeling guilty and inadequate for having to stay home. However, it hit me one day that I WASN’T READY TO GO BACK TO WORK ANYWAY! In fact, I really didn’t feel ready to do anything, see ,or talk to anyone. Therefore, it was obvious that I needed to accept and embrace this time I was being GIVEN to just be internal, to cocoon myself and allow my healing process to really unfold and integrate in my body.  You see, it was my conditioning that was the problem. I was certain that if I didn’t hit the ground running and “MAKE THINGS HAPPEN,” then I would simply loose everything…or my world would surely fall apart. I was afraid of being “forgotten” and “traded in” if you will. These were feelings that were very real to me, but once I embraced my process, and felt these feelings in my body, I found that I was wrong. Nothing fell apart, and everything was right where it was when I left, when I finally got back to work. Therefore, if you are feeling really challenged by the thought of stepping outside your front door…try allowing yourself to stay inside. Instead of “doing something” just use your cocoon time to feel your feelings, rest and heal. Try moving from resistance and fear, into acceptance and curiosity about your current circumstances:-)

 

In the Cocoon… September 14, 2010

…yes, I’m in the Cocoon. Whenever I am going through a major transitional period in my life, I like to think of the analogy of a butterfly. When the caterpillar makes it’s cocoon, it is only a matter of time before a beautiful butterfly emerges. However, if one were to peak inside the cocoon before this process was complete, I have no doubt that things would look incredibly messy. That is how I feel right now…incredibly messy, only I cannot hide away in a cacoon like I wish I could. Instead, I force myself out into the world, to continue moving forward with work, projects, and integration, and although the world cannot see it,  I am wearing my invisible cacoon.

I recently took a journey to Peru. I left August 18th and returned home September 6th. I traveled to the Amazon Jungle, to work with shamanic healers there. It was 12 days of total introspection and inner work, and then I ended my trip in Cusco, Peru, where I visited the magical Machu Picchu. I have definitely chosen the road less traveled for myself and my life. I do feel that my life’s work is about my own healing and expansion, mostly so that I can help facilitate the healing and expansion of others. One thing I know well, is that when we go deep, and journey into the depths of our traumas, pain, fears, shame, hopelessness, and insecurities, it takes a lot of courage and energy. The ending result is always positive, however, it can take a while to actually integrate all the healing and new information one gets after such a journey inward. That’s the experience I am currently having.

Last week was my first week back in LA. I actually got totally sick and was pretty much in bed and out of work the entire week. This was NOT how I’d planned to make my big return home. I had planned to dive right back into work, making headway on all sorts of amazing opportunities that began to sprout before I left, and I was going to hit the gym hard after a month of no working out. However, being sick forced me to slow down, and as a result, I learned a thing or two. As I was faced with all my fear of everything falling apart due to my inoperable condition, an insight came to me about the possibility of letting go of everything I think I know in order to access new awareness and deeper healing. You see, I so often want to make things look and feel a certain way because I am convinced that there is only ONE WAY for me to be o.k. or only ONE THING or ONE TYPE of person that will be good enough. This truth is one of my truths that I have been a subscriber to my entire life. However, this I can no longer support, because I just know too damn much now and there’s no turning back. It feels very scary, to let go of old ways of thinking, but I know it is time, and exactly what must happen for me to take the next step closer to living in alignment with my purpose and power.  It’s like I get powerful intuitions about people, opportunities, and self-healing, and I just ignore them, because I assume they should look differently.  As a result, I’ve been keeping the things that are in alignment with me at a distance, instead of allowing things to unfold naturally. Ugggh, all of these insights are flooding in daily, but I know all of it is just part of my integration and transformation after Peru. I am staying with the process but it can feel so difficult when I am questioning EVERYTHING. It feels like I don’t know what I want anymore, or why I don’t seem to get certain things I’ve been asking for and wanting for so long. I am questioning what feels important, what feels good, and what is really something worth making a priority or not. I feel stuck between my inner and outer worlds, trying to find a way to live in both of them at the same time. I know I am so blessed to have such problems. Anyway, if any of you out there resonate with me, let me know. Meanwhile, I’ll be in my invisible cocoon ;/

 

 
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