LIVE LIFE IN THE NOW

Living Your Most Authentic Life.

The idea behind The Now With Nat came to me when I decided to shift my mindset from constant mind-chatter + rehashing my future, to making a conscious effort to live more in the present moment. From doing so, I started to notice positive changes and soon became aware of opportunities around me. I knew there was truth in this theory, and I was eager to discover more!

As a society, we are programmed to over think, over indulge, + over exude ourselves in every aspect of our lives. But what if we took a moment to just be content with where we are now, in this very instant? To trust that life was going to work out in our favor?  I knew this challenging concept was essential for self growth. In order to be fully present I had to make changes that shifted my energy. This meant detaching myself from what has happened in the past and from what was “going” to happen in the future.

Easier said than done, right?!

Stress and anxiety are created from a busy mind recycling the same thoughts over and over - from replaying past, perhaps traumatic, experiences, and projecting a false future for ourselves that is simply not real. These forms of thinking create an energy that leaves us feeling “stuck” and confused as to why our lives are not quite moving in the direction we ultimately desire. Constant worry is a form of attachment which leads to living out of alignment. The more we live out of alignment, the more prone we are to ailments, depression and dis-ease.

What does living in the now mean?

To me, living in the now is non-resistance to all circumstances in our lives. It is a sense of trust that we must cultivate. It is a constant learning experience to become in alignment with our purpose. Ironically, by chasing life we start to feel less happy and more depressed, for “chasing” takes us out of the present moment, or living in the now. Our mind, body and soul crave moments to just BE. By BE-coming present, an energy within us changes, opening up a new wave of experiences + opportunities in our current reality. 

So how do we live life in the now?

Living in the now is a lifelong practice, but there are many steps to take to begin the shift. For me, I start my day with a grounding technique. This can be done by practicing yoga, meditating, and/or journaling (to name a few!).  This helps set the tone for the rest of the day.  {Click here to read my previous post on how to ground.}

Living in the now is an awareness that this exact moment is all that exists. It is calming the mind and working every day to reprogram our thoughts. Our thoughts create our inner + outer reality, so it is important that our inner dialogue is as positive as possible. To live more presently, I use positive affirmations to change my outer circumstances. I highly recommend the book: You Can Heal Your Life by, Louise Hay - she has amazing affirmations you can implement in your day to day routine!  {Click here for affirmation ideas to help you step into your ultimate power.}

Living in the now is not always easy, but crucial. By being conscious of our thoughts, and working day to day to make changes, you will start receiving new downloads, insights + ah-ha! moments that will positively steer your life in the direction you desire.

“The art of life is to live in the present moment.” - Emmet Fox

I would love to hear your feedback on any techniques that help you stay more present, and/or any stories on how shifting your perspective has changed your life. <3

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THE POWER OF CHANGE

For many (or most) of us, the word “change” can be scary and/or uncomfortable.  It is a word and a concept that can mistakenly take us by surprise and cause a shift in our daily routine.  As I sit at a cafe in Ubud, Bali, looking back on the past year, it is undoubtedly crazy how much change I went through.  In May 2017 I put in my leave of absence at my corporate job, preparing my move to Chile in June, and not having the slightest clue as to what to expect.  My move to Chile brought immense amounts of change, in some ways more difficult than others.  It brought about the obvious, like language, culture, and living situation changes.  But along with those came others I did not expect - changes with my way of thinking, my beliefs, what I really want out of life.  Not to mention huge changes spiritually - not just within my self but also in my career.  Continuing forward, my move to Chile led to my one month stay in Bali, an enormous change that basically happened overnight, and would not have been possible without my South America venture.

So how do we deal with these changes when they arise?  How to we break out of fear mode to allow the changes to come into fruition?  From someone who likes to control things, we must trust.  Divine timing is always perfect.  When we are presented with a challenging change or perhaps an “out of the blue” seemingly positive change, we must feel what we are going through and use it for personal development to further better our lives.  Change is the catalyst to growth, which is the catalyst to positive transformation, which pushes us to living our highest potential.  We must know the dark to experience the light.  We must believe as we delve into new concepts and ways of living.  Once we accept change, our growth accelerates.  Moving forward, if change is extra scary for you, start small.  Watch how the little day to day changes you make greatly affects your life.  From there, trust builds and even greater miracles will occur. <3

Allow. Trust. Feel. Know. Believe. Accept

 

-The Now With Nat

 

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5 GROUNDING TECHNIQUES

My Top 5 Techniques To Stay Grounded...

We are awakening in this very moment to a global transformation.   Intense energy is coming through at lightning speed, through solar activations, lunar cycles and shifts in consciousness (to name a few).  It is important during this time to protect ourselves and to stay grounded as our DNA is re-wiring and re-activating, dissolving old timelines and programmed thoughts that have been embedded in our soul since the beginning of time.  As the energy shifts, we can feel less balanced, lethargic, experience head aches, and just feel “off”. 

The new year energy started off STRONG (leaving many of us feeling confused and a bit sad) as we dropped old habits, people, situations, and thoughts that no longer serve us.  Below are my top five ways to remain grounded during these intense, yet transformative, times of change. <3

1. SPEND TIME IN NATURE

Spending time in nature simply connecting to the Earth rejuvenates the mind, body, and soul.  Spend time by the beach, go on a hike, or simply dig your bare feet onto the ground.  A mere 20 minutes can do wonders, leaving you with a sense of clarity and peace.

2.  YOGA + MEDITATION

Through yoga, one not only gets a great physical work out, but obtains a healthier mind as well.  Yoga and meditation teaches us the act of breath work as we train our minds to be still by sitting in silence or hold challenging poses.  The practice of yoga also creates balance and detoxification within our body and organs.  Old emotions and dense vibrations are released, creating more space for light energy.

3.  JOURNALING

Journaling is one of my favorite techniques to release old thought patterns and to gain insight about a specific situation or obstacle I might be facing.  Journaling gets our creative juices flowing as we let our emotions out on paper.  I find this technique freeing.  Sometimes a single thought turns into a few pages worth of expression and releasing.  If you are a first timer, I guarantee you will be surprised how much information comes out on paper.

4.  SEA SALT BATH

Sea salt baths purify you on a spiritual level.  The salt draws out and dissolves negative energies that we hold in our bodies, perhaps from our own thoughts and experiences, or interactions with other people.  When we surround ourselves with others who might feel anxious or stressed, we can naturally take on that energy as if our own.  Salt not only grounds you, but clears your aura as well - leaving you feeling lighter and more balanced.

5.  CREATIVITY

What drives your soul? Do you like to paint? Draw? Play an instrument? Plan an event?  Think of something that you LOVE or miss doing.  If this seems impossible, what small step can you take to get closer to feeling creative?  As we embrace our passions and acknowledge our creativity, (without judgement), our vibrations rise, creating a balance between mind+body+spirit.

"With greater understanding comes greater knowing.  With greater knowing comes greater self realization. With greater self realization comes greater wisdom. With greater wisdom comes greater truth. With greater truth comes comes greater self expansion. With greater self expansion comes greater knowledge that we are everything, yet nothing."                   

- The Now With Nat

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FEELING THE SHIFT

With all the new (and rare) moon cycles since the beg of December, which has brought an intense flow of new energy, we have all been feeling the shift - which has been somewhat (or very) difficult for a lot of us.  Personally, the last month has been challenging after not feeling well and very low on energy.  I am just starting to get my groove back!  My life also completely took a new direction and pointed me towards my next path here in Chile.  It is scary, yet exciting, but the goal is to work on staying grounded and present during these intense energetic changes. 

We just had one more new moon this month in Pisces which brought a sense of completion as we wrap the astrological new year (phew!) Now is the time to go deep within and focus on healing sensitive issues and past life events.  Focus on honesty, communication, and truth within yourself - this will bring a greater sense of balance during this time.  Tap into your creative juices and don't hold back - let your imagination run wild. 

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What feeds your soul?  What improves your overall wellbeing?! This is the perfect time for inner reflection.

This was a very psychic new moon so trust your dreams and your intuition.  Dive inside and see where your life takes you...

XO, Nat