Michelle Alva Blog / 03.11.2012

  What Does It Mean To Be Spiritual? Have you ever thought about what it means and looks like to "be spiritual"? Have you ever thought about how spiritual YOU are, or if your significant other is ‚Äúspiritual‚Äù enough for you? I hear friends say things like ‚Äúit‚Äôs so hard to meet a spiritual guy‚Äù, or ‚ÄúI met this great guy, but he‚Äôs just not that spiritual.‚Äù What does ‚Äúbeing spiritual‚Äù really mean? For the sake of simplicity, I will not address religion today, just pure spirituality. Definition of Spirituality Spirituality is the concept of an alleged immaterial reality; an inner path enabling a person to discover the soul or essence of his/her being. We get to discover the Divine being that we are beyond space, time, our mind, thoughts, emotions and body when we engage in spiritual practices. Thanks to the science of quantum physics, we now know what the sages knew...

Michelle Alva Blog / 23.10.2012

  Did you know that more than 8o% of all diseases are attributed to chronic stress? Add relaxing activities into your daily life, such as in the video above, to counteract the negative side effects of chronic stress and tension. Most of the reasons why we need to calm is because we overuse our minds to think thousands of thoughts which more often than not lead our bodies into fear and flight or fight mode. Too often we allow our thoughts to lead us into states of chronic stress, anxiety or depression. We all know today based on current scientific research that integrating the practice of daily forms of meditation alleviates the negative side effects of chronic stress, anxiety, depression and a host of other conditions. Link here for the researched benefits of meditation. Did you know that the way you live your life can actually BE a form of...

Michelle Alva Blog / 21.09.2012

Men and women both possess qualities that are masculine and feminine. When you balance the feminine and masculine aspects within yourself, regardless if you are male or female, you get to experience the complete and powerful human being you were designed to be. We feel our wholeness and healthiest when we are able to bring out these aspects of ourselves. Being balanced means that we are in touch with all the parts of who we are, and express the whole spectrum of our being. This means that we allow ourselves to be action oriented, firm and logical, but we also allow ourselves to be vulnerable, nurturing and emotional. It is our nature to embody both masculine and feminine qualities, however in our past history and culture, we have witnessed an over-emphasis on the masculine energies which have dominated and brought us off-balance. Some believe that today...

Michelle Alva Blog / 15.08.2012

Do you make decisions with ease and clarity or do you frequently feel confused and unsure on what are the right choices for you to make in your life? Too often we spend time going back and forth in our heads and postpone making any decision because of insecurity, resentment, fear, doubt or anxiety. Sometimes not making any decision at all feels right for us, yet this decision makes us feel drained and stressed out. Gain mental clarity, clear the confusion and discover a more focused you with the following 3 exercises: 1. Cultivate Awareness and Intuition. We spend a large portion of our day in our thoughts rather than allowing ourselves to feel our inner state that truly knows what is aligned with our soul's purpose and heart's desire. A great way to get in touch with the part of us that knows what is best is by...

Michelle Alva Blog / 10.08.2012

LET GO AND GROW Have you ever thought - What if a tree were to keep all of it's dried up leaves every fall season? Can you imagine what that would look like during the winter time? It would take a lot of extra energy from that tree for it to hold on to all of it's dead leaves, for it's nature is to shed, it's nature is to allow those dried up leaves to detach and fall as the wind is so perfectly designed to assist in it's shedding process. Nature is so perfect. The weather, the magnetic pulls, the birds that fly onto it's branches to excite those leaves and help them along their shedding process. Nature supports the death process just as it support the re-birth process. Dead leaves are a sign of transition, new life is about to take place. How possible could...

Michelle Alva Blog / 20.06.2012

Many of us experience pain, distress, and sickness throughout our lives.  How we cope with our suffering affects how much pain we perceive and our overall health.  Sometimes we get upset with what happens to us and we feel angry that we are sick or experiencing pain, this only makes things worse. How we look at pain, distress and suffering is our choice. We can see everything as a blessing and accept it without judgement.  We can also learn to activate our innate self-healing abilities to assist the suffering in flowing and releasing as it wants to.  We give our pain and distress more power when we become frustrated and judge or label our suffering. 3 Ways that Suffering Helps Us To Grow, Heal and Learn:
 1. Suffering makes us feel more and align with our true purpose or heart's desire. Some of us live our daily lives in...

Michelle Alva Blog / 13.06.2012

The human brain produces approximately 70,000 thoughts on an average day. Too often the thoughts we select lead us to experience stress, pain or fear. Singing the Hebrew prayer "Hayotzeir" as played in this video by the music of Rabbi Marc Labowitz and The TAO Orchestra is a way to experience the present moment and focus the mind on the direct experience of Divine Love. Create an intention before you sing and dedicate your prayer to someone or something.  In this video, we sing with the intention of opening our hearts so we all may open ourselves to the love that is flowing through us when we simply allow ourselves to BE present. Sing with us as you watch this video and experience the benefits of this sacred song and hold the intention of unconditional love flowing through you. Notice the benefits. When you sing with the...

Michelle Alva Blog / 15.05.2012

If you hold tension, pain and stress in your shoulders, neck or jaw you might be stressed out or in need of improving your posture throughout the day. Some of us accept tension and chronic stress as normal. Many of us walk around carrying a lot of physical and emotional stress with no idea how to let it go. Your body is so powerful, it can clear tension, it just takes practice and the right techniques. Your body is actually very capable of releasing tension and stress. Here are 4 tips to begin the process: 1. Align your spine.           When your spine is in a neutral posture, you avoid strain and tension. Your muscles feel the most ease when you are with an erect spinal posture. Make sure your ears stack on top of your shoulders, and over your hips. Maintain the natural curves of your spine. Too often we...