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I will also help you understand the effects of the body burden of toxins and hormonal disrupters. Feel the rising and falling of the chest and abdomen. Allow your attention to settle where you feel the breath most clearly. Focus there. Follow the breath. Allow the breath to be as it is without controlling it. See the space or pause between breaths. Thinking will start. It is a habit. See each thought like a railroad car of a train going by. See it, acknowledge it, let it go, and come back to the breath. There are a variety of ways that your intuition tells you what to do, say, ask, try, and so forth. It is possible that your intuition is linked to your self-confidence and that when you follow your gut and trust your innate wisdom to choose a course in life, you are gaining self-confidence and willpower. All you need to do to allow for your intuition to play a part in your empathic experiences is to honor when it arrives to help you out. Here is an example of what I mean. You walk into your friend's house, and you immediately sense something is off. The air feels thick, sad, and uncomfortable. Your immediate thought is that she has just had a fight with her partner, but you avoid making that assumption. You think this could be true because she has opened up to you in the past about some of their recent relationship issues. She invites you in and acts like everything is great, so you don't ask about the feeling you are getting.

As you get settled in to spend time together, you are able to sense that she is hiding something from you and your head returns to your initial feeling you had when you arrived. This burden includes poor diet, lack of exercise, insufficient sleep, and psychological stress, but it also includes environmental toxins. These are pollutants that can be found in our food, water, and air. They are also present in many household cleaning products and such beauty care products as shampoo, moisturizer, and cosmetics. I'll show you how to relieve yourself of as much of that body burden as possible, which could make a huge difference in your hormonal health. Finally, I'll help you restore your sensuality and sexuality so you can reclaim this important aspect of your identity and take pleasure in your body. Sex is such a wonderful part of life! Yet many of us face hormonal and psychological obstacles that keep us from fully enjoying our sexuality, our sensuality, and our intimate relationships. I'll show you how to rediscover your own vitality and sensuality and offer some suggestions for how to communicate more effectively with your partner. Then, at the end of this article, you'll find a complete 28-day plan for rebalancing your hormones so you can once again enjoy the full experience of your life--every day of the month. I'll talk you through a hormone-healthy diet and lifestyle, with 28 days' worth of meal plans and recipes. It does not matter how many times you get caught up in a thought or for how long. Begin again and bring awareness back to the breath. This is your practice. You are strengthening mindfulness. Awareness of one whole in-breath and one whole out-breath is a big accomplishment. If a physical sensation or pain arises, do the same. See it, acknowledge it without getting caught up by it, let it go, and come back to the breath. When your mind wanders, stop and come back to the breath. As you gently open your eyes, try to carry the momentum of your mindfulness into whatever your next activity may be.

Wake-up call: acceptance She isn't saying anything about it, and you don't want to pry, however, as her friend, you feel compelled to check on her. You might ask her how her partner is and if she will be joining you. She offers that her partner left just before you arrived and wasn't sure when he would be back. Your intuition speaks up again, wanting to confirm your initial feeling. Here, you are ready to ask your friend if things are going okay between them while your friend begins to open up about the fight they had in the living room, right before you arrived. In this scenario, your intuition is calling something out right away, and then two more times during your initial experience with your friend. Many people gloss over these feelings and assume that they are just making things, up, but as you pay closer attention to these signals, you become better equipped to honor and accept what you are picking up on. Your intuition is helping you as a means of survival and safety. From the perspective of the primitive brain, your intuition is what keeps you out of potential danger. Obviously, having a cup of coffee with a gal pal isn't dangerous, but the emotional energy of the room you are sitting in could be, and so your internal guidance system is checking in with you to help you stay balanced, secure and safe, no matter what the circumstances are. So welcome to your wonderful new world of hormonal health! No matter what your age, your weight, your medical condition, or your history, you can reclaim your body, your emotions, your energy, and your sex life. All you need is the right information and the willingness to begin. And how exciting is that? During the week before her period she could always expect severe depression, food cravings, weight gain, and a general sense of feeling out of control. I've literally been to ten doctors, she told me. I'm a mess for one week every month--some months the symptoms last for two whole weeks. I'm hungry all the time. I have these weird cravings.

I'm snapping at everybody. Your aim is to notice the action of your thoughts and to encourage yourself to accept your wandering mind and return to your breathing as peacefully as you can. Breath counting is a commonly used practice that harmonizes mind and body. The goal is to keep a mental tally of your breaths without losing count or getting caught up in thoughts. Sit on a cushion or in a chair, whichever is more comfortable for you, and close your eyes gently. With your in- and out-breaths, start counting. This is a wonderful way to practice these important qualities. Find a comfortable place to lie down on your back, but not so comfortable that you will likely fall asleep. Your arms lie slightly out from your sides, palms up. Your legs should be separate and fall open relaxed. Your eyes should be closed. Developing this skill is so important for the empath because it allows you to understand people and situations better, as well as offering you ways to decide whether or not something is good or safe for you to be around. For example, you may need your intuition to help you stay out of a conversation with an energy vampire or a narcissist so that you are not taking on all of their toxic energy. You might also find your intuition helpful when you are determining the best way to be empathic towards someone. You will be able to discern better if that person wants your advice, or if they just need some to listen while they talk. Intuition is powerful, and everyone has one. Developing this ability is part of your Empath's tool chest and the more you listen and trust your intuition, the better able you will be to have confidence in your abilities and maintain mastery over your emotions. All of the tools and steps in this article are excellent ways to help you begin to develop your empathic skills. All of these concepts, when put together and practiced regularly, will help you feel secure, grounded, balanced and fully capable of helping and supporting others, as much as you are helping and supporting yourself. Developing your empath skills is a wonderful opportunity for you to understand the quality of your gift and how beneficial it can be to a variety of life circumstances.

You may not always want to be the shoulder to cry on, but because of your gift, people may be drawn to you because of how empathic you are. My mood swings are like something out of a bad TV show. The last doctor I saw wanted to put me on antidepressants, but I don't think I'm depressed. Well, okay, maybe right before my period, but the rest of the time I'm fine. I just don't get why no one can find out what's wrong! After graduating college, Celeste landed an internship with a public relations company. She was thrilled by this exciting opportunity--but worried about how her difficult periods would affect her work life. My bleeding has always been heavy, but lately it's gotten just ridiculous--and my cramps are so painful I can't concentrate on anything else. I've been to a couple of gynecologists, but all my tests came back normal. One of them offered to put me on the pill, but I don't like the side effects. If I have to tough it out, I guess I can--but I really want to figure out what the problem is. Sense your whole body, especially the points where it touches the surface you are laying on. Follow your breath at its most noticeable place, perhaps at your nostrils. Then bring your awareness to your feet. Wiggle your toes, flex and relax the feet, letting go of any tension there. Bring your awareness to your lower legs, slightly tensing the muscles and then relaxing them. Do this for your thighs. Then do this for your hips. Bring your awareness to your abdomen. Think of the tension draining away, your abdomen opening and softening.