Making Peace with the Fear of Being Judged

by Maria Koropecky, Spiritual Wellness Coach

Many people like to sit on their high horses and look down their noses at everyone else and judge, judge, judge. It’s like a favourite pass-time or maybe even a sport!

man makes judging face.

Judging each other is nothing new. It’s part of our human nature. I think it’s like a survival skill. We need to know who is a friend and who is a foe and even 3-month old babies can read someone’s energy.

Quickly judging someone, rightly or wrongly, tells us if we can like and trust them, if we can feel safe with them, or if they’ll harm us or maybe even kill us. And with that assessment, we slap a big label on them and put them in a shoe box for future reference and treat them accordingly.

Often, the person being judged can suffer some consequences. Ultimately, I think that we fear being judged because it can literally mean a death sentence. Some people believe in a Judgement Day so that can tie into a fear of death. Also, if someone judges you, they can take away your livelihood and freedom.

When I was in high school, I read a book called, The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne — talk about judging! Set in Puritan Massachusetts in the 1640’s, poor Hester Prynne had to walk around with a big red A on her chest after she had an affair with a married man and became pregnant with her daughter, Pearl.

Can you imagine having to sew a red A for adultery on all of your clothes and say, “Hide your husbands everyone, Big A is coming down the street!” Thank goodness we’re not so strict anymore. Still, the judginess continues 400 years later…

As a highly sensitive person myself, I feel like I’ve been judged and criticized harshly all of my life. When I was growing up in the 1970’s, it seemed like the adults in my life (like my grandparents and teachers) only spoke to me when they needed to correct me about something — this time with big red X’s — and those criticisms were never sandwiched between compliments as they might be today.

Consequently, I interpreted their “well-meaning” words as “I’m not enough,” or “I’m not good enough,” or “they don’t like me,” or “there must be something wrong with me.” Not easy beliefs to live with to say the least.

By the way, did you know there’s a word for that?
Atelophobia is about the fear of imperfection and the fear of never being good enough, and by extension, the fear of being judged.

Who knew? Anyway, I also thought, well, “that’s how you treat people,” so I also became very critical of everyone I knew in my life, too. Needless to say, my opinions stated as facts didn’t go over well and I lost a lot of friends over the years. Not so much fun to be around. I’ve since worked on becoming less judgemental and not letting my ego run the show and I feel like I’m making good progress in that area.

But my fear of being judged still comes up every now and then.

In the last few weeks, I’ve been reminded of my beliefs about worthiness again. There’s an acquaintance in my life right now who is criticizing my every move and is bluntly and without care or sensitivity or warmth, pointing out all of my mistakes, making herself right and me wrong. She’s treating me like the adults did in my childhood! If only she could say something nice first, then I’d receive her “suggestions” better. Instead, I become defensive and I end up saying things that come out wrong and we clash and it’s not pleasant.

So I know what it’s like to be judged and criticized and it hurts. It’s hard not to fall into that trap of believing someone else’s opinion of you over your own.

I’m trying to remind myself, “Don’t let someone’s low opinion of you, lower your own opinion of you” and “Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth,” and

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent,” Eleanor Roosevelt.

I can’t blame this acquaintance for how she’s making me feel. It doesn’t have anything to do with her. She’s just holding up a mirror. It’s all me which means I can change what I do next.

The good news is, the recent events in my life have inspired me to write this blog post and this situation is giving me the opportunity to challenge my outdated beliefs and clear them away once and for all!

woman kicking.

Spiritual Ideas to Make Peace with the Fear of Being Judged

  1. Practice Self-Care — If someone is giving you a hard time and is trying to push your buttons, do something nice for yourself (like get a massage or get your haircut or go for a long walk outside) and show yourself you care.
  2. Acceptance — The sooner you accept yourself as you are, accept others as they are, and accept the situation as it is, the sooner you’ll feel better.
  3. Forgiveness — Forgive everyone everything, especially yourself and anyone you feel is judging you. Let go of your past grievances because otherwise they may negatively affect your work (which would in turn create more judgment).
  4. Perfect is Boring — If you think being perfect will keep the judgers at bay, you’re not entirely off the hook. Some people are threatened by perfect people and other people will keep digging till they find some dirt. And striving for perfection is exhausting and if you do happen to be perfect, there’s nothing else left to do or learn anymore — no more room to grow — so what’s the point?
  5. Let Yourself Be Seen Anyway — Some people try to avoid being judged by hiding under the covers and staying home all day because it’s just too risky and dangerous to put themselves out there. But not going out into the world doesn’t work either because it’s a waste of our gifts and we’re here to share and help each other and shine our light.
  6. Lighten Up On Judging Others — Somehow, by not being so judgemental of others, others will not be so judgemental of you. When you find yourself making a mean comment about someone, ask yourself, “What’s that about?” We tend to judge people on what we think is important (like fashion or good driving) and if you catch yourself judging someone and ask yourself about it, you’ll gain some valuable self-awareness in the process.
  7. Relax Your Grip — Part of judging is trying to control other people. Don’t be so rigid about how people should behave or how things should be done. Everybody brings something different to the table and your way is not the only way. Give people a break and let them be who they are.
  8. Send Compassion Instead — The next time you see someone who doesn’t seem to be measuring up to your standards, send them compassion. They’re doing their best.
  9. Remember Your Sense of Humour — So what if you have spinach in between your teeth or if you’ve worn your shirt inside out in public — on the same day! 🙂 Turn your misadventures into funny stories that everyone can relate to and don’t take yourself so seriously.
  10. It’s All Just Feedback — I find if I look at comments as feedback and not criticism, it takes the edge off them. Also, if someone is judging you and telling you something you don’t want to hear, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re being mean. Next time that happens, remember it’s just feedback. You have the choice to accept their notes or not. But maybe, if you apply their observations to your life, it just might help you up your game and be a better version of yourself.
  11. It’s Not The Truth of Who You Are — Someone’s snap judgement about you is not the Truth (it’s an opinion at best) so don’t consume it like food and put it in your body and carry it around with you and give it meaning, especially if it feels bad.
  12. Labels Are Meaningless — We are not superficial labels of things. We are not our hair colour, we are not the cars we drive, we are not our jobs or our marital status, or the mistakes we make, or our accomplishments. The essence of who we are is so much more than packaging and appearances. We are human beings with tremendous potential!

Here’s a quote from Bob Marley about Perfection in a Relationship:

you're not perfect, he isn't either.

I hope this blog post helps but if you’re still struggling with the fear of being judged and you’re bouncing between perfectionism and avoiding being seen like I have, this is a topic we can work on in our wellness coaching conversations. Please contact me, Maria, if you’d like to talk about your options. I promise I’ll create a safe space for our meeting.

Wellness Coach Maria Koropecky.

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Gratitude is the Secret Sauce of Life!

by Maria Koropecky, Spiritual Wellness Coach

I’m going to start off by saying Thank You and Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you’re enjoying this time with your family and friends and you’re tasting all of your favourite treats like turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy and pumpkin pie and all of the fixins’ that come with this special holiday.

I’m sharing this day with family-friends and I’m counting my blessings. I have so much to be grateful for in my life! It’s always nice when people invite me over and serve delicious food made with love.

Two men are shaking hands in front of a photocopier to say thank you.

Most of us (especially polite Canadians! 🙂 ) are taught to say “thank you” after we receive something and that’s great. It’s an acknowledgement of an energy exchange.

Usually, the order is:

  1. Someone gives something to you or does something nice for you; and
  2. You receive it; and
  3. You say, “Thanks!”

But today I want to turn that order on it’s head and suggest saying “thank you” first!

Whaaattt???

When we say thank you and are grateful for what we have, it means our needs are being met and therefore, there’s no need to fill anymore. Everything is taken care of and it’s a wonderful position to be in.

Sometimes, though, the things we most need and want seem to be missing. So, the question is: How do we create what we want to have and bring the good things in?

The answer is gratitude! Gratitude is the secret sauce when it comes to having what we want in life!

I’ve been studying the work of Dr. Joe Dispenza and he says, “Gratitude is the ultimate state of receivorship.”

The idea is, be grateful first, as if you already have what you’re asking for, and then you’ll receive it.

I know at first glance that what I’m talking about seems to put the cart in front of the horse and it may even sound like a downright lie. But I promise, once you get the balance right, it’s quite elegant!

Gratitude Spectrum

There’s a sweet spot on the gratitude spectrum that will make asking for what you want and receiving all kinds of gifts and blessings way easier.

On the one end of the spectrum, when you’re asking someone for something (like your parents, spouse, boss, or the Universe) you may be crossing your fingers and hoping and praying and saying, “please, please, please!”

Unfortunately, pleading is not a sustainable or optimal method of manifestation. Sure it works sometimes because people may feel sorry for you, but pulling at people’s strings comes across as really desperate and needy and weak and will more than likely turn people off. It’s also quite manipulative.

As Dr. Joe said in one of his interviews, “hope is a beggar.”

And then on the other end of the spectrum, declaring what you want in no uncertain terms is also a misguided approach. It’s a “Give this to me or else!” expectation. It brings to mind robbing someone at gunpoint and making a demand and scaring the daylights out of people in the process.

Using force comes from a place of fear and hostility and never ends well. And ultimately, being overly demanding never includes gratitude.

Gratitude is the sweet spot

As it turns out, gratitude is the sweet spot between begging and demanding! Gratitude is the secret sauce when it comes to allowing and receiving the good things in life!

Do you know why? Because gratitude is a giving energy! It’s generous and it creates a space for things to happen.

Gratitude is giving thanks that we already have what we’re asking for. Gratitude is coming from a place of faith and trust that what we want and need are already in our magnetic field and are on their way to us and it’s just a matter of time before they show up in physical form.

I know that when I finally receive something I’ve needed, I feel a sense of relief on top of the gratitude. When I feel relief and gratitude, I can relax and know that things are going to work out and I’m OK. Isn’t that way better than worrying and doubting and feeling fear?

Try this next time:

  1. Say thank you and be grateful for what you want to have, do, be, or give;
  2. In your imagination, see yourself having what you want and feel what it would be like to have what you want; and
  3. Receive and have and enjoy what you want!

So the next time you’d like to create something in your life, say over and over again, “I’m so happy and grateful and relieved now that I have….” (especially before you start seeing any evidence that what you’re doing is working) and really feel deep in your heart what it would be like to have what it is you’re asking for and really honestly, sincerely, and authentically, feel grateful in the present moment for everyone and everything that you can think of, including what you want to create.

It’s an amazing feeling!

As you can see, there’s no need to beg, borrow, or steal in our abundant Universe. There’s more than enough for everybody and it all starts with gratitude!

Thank you!

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#savethebees

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

There were some lovely Peonies growing in my garden recently so I decided to grab my camera and take some photos. Within a moment, I big Bumble Bee flew into my shot as if to pose just for me.

bumble bee on pink peony.

So I took a number of pictures and after a couple of minutes, the bee took off, headed a couple of feet to my left, turned around on a dime, and flew past me again. To me, this fly-by felt like she was telling me she did that on purpose! It was a beautiful moment and I really felt connected to my bee friend.

A couple of days later, I went for a wellness walk in my neighbourhood and sadly, on my short street, I found three dead Bumble Bees on the ground. It saddened me and I wondered if this was an anomaly. One maybe… but three in early June?

So, I contacted the Royal BC Museum by email. From a behind-scenes-tour I had been on in May, I knew that if I had ever come across anything like this, to let them know because it may be useful for their collections.

Claudia Copley, the Curator of the Entomology department at the Royal BC Museum replied promptly. She said,

“I would add them to the museum collection. I find them on my bike ride in to and from work and do the same thing. Please put where and when you found them (written in pencil) on a piece of paper and into a jar/container with them and pop that into the freezer to keep the specimens as fresh as possible. I’ll be at the museum again on Friday and next week, if there is a time that suits you to drop them by.”

So, I followed Claudia’s instructions and let her know that I would be coming on Friday to deliver the bees to her.

When we met, she looked at the bees and figured they were Bumble Bee Queen Bees. I asked about their lifespans and she said Queen Bees can live for a year or so while they build their colonies. Sometimes they get hit by cars, but more likely, these bees had ingested poisons from recently planted Bedding Plants in the neighbourhood.

Heartbreaking!

Claudia said I wasn’t the only person to contact her about bees that day and to look up “Neonicotinoids” specifically. These are a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine which were initially developed by Shell and Bayer Corporations in the 1980s and 1990s.

Controversial studies have shown that Neonicotinoid use has been linked to adverse ecological effects, including honey-bee colony collapse disorder (CCD). Claudia said the Western Bees are already on the verge on extinction and the Bumble Bees are close behind.

This is alarming news!

The relationship between bees and flowers and the rest of the planet is profound and we need bees for our food supply! It’s time to make bees a priority!

Ironically, I live in Elizabeth May’s Riding in Victoria, British Columbia, the Greenest riding in all of Canada. We love our gardens and we boast about our year-round growing season to everyone back East.

However, we need to be especially vigilant about our gardening practices and be mindful about where the plants we purchase for our gardens come from.

Instructions for Green Leaders!

From now on, please ask your nurseries if the grower used Neonicotinoids on their plants. If they did, or if they don’t know the answer, don’t buy them or plant them.

As a conscious, green consumer, you have a say! You can choose where to spend your dollars and therefore influence the global market and the future. Please do your part and help #savethebees!

Don’t Lose Your Heart!

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach & Spiritual Teacher

On February 13th, I had the joy of attending “The Power of Your Words” presented by Caroline Myss at the University of Victoria.

When I woke up that morning, I had no idea I was going to be at UVic by the end of the day. It was a completely unexpected and welcomed surprise. To me, it was a little miracle how everything came together and interestingly enough, Caroline lightly touched on that idea in her talk.

In essence, she said each day is a new day, a new start, a blank slate, and we get to choose our reality, and what we experience, and it starts with the words we use. We have no idea what the day will bring so why not nudge it in a good direction with our words.

I love that Caroline Myss said, “Words are our Magic Carpet!” I must be choosing some pretty good words these days!

I’m grateful to my best client and friend Linda for gifting me the ticket!

It was a big deal for me to go and I actually wore a dress, heels, and make-up to the event. I also decided to wear my rose quartz heart Christmas tree ornament necklace and rose quartz bracelet because it was the day before Valentine’s Day. More on that later…

Rose Quartz & Rainbows.
“Don’t Lose Your Heart!”

Seeing Caroline Myss in person (from the balcony) was significant for me. Her book, Sacred Contracts, which I read around 2002-2004, explained so much to me spiritually and I even made my own set of Archetype cards from her list.

But more than that, I feel like I’ve been on a deep and profound spiritual journey of awakening and for the last year or so, it has been intense. Lots of crying, lots of letting go, lots of shedding my old ways. To help me through this process, I’ve been studying the work of Eckhart Tolle.

I’ve been searching for answers to the big questions of life and it’s been very emotional and some people told me that I was depressed and that I needed to talk to a therapist. Caroline Myss explained that people often confuse depression with spiritual crisis but we don’t have the language to express and articulate what’s going on with us, so the depression gets the attention, but not the spirit or soul. Both depression and spiritual crisis can show up similarly, but if you sense you need to find the meaning and purpose to your life, then that’s a clue that you might be having a spiritual crisis this time.

I thought, yes, that’s what I’ve been going through this past year: a spiritual crisis.

That’s good news!

Here’s my opportunity to push through into a whole new dimension of living life and I’m really excited about this breakthrough!

Instead of letting this spiritual heartbreak be my excuse to keep me unconscious, I’m going to use it to help me awaken into consciousness.

That’s the message that I keep hearing from spiritual teachers. Eckhart Tolle says the most important thing we can do for humanity is to be conscious and present.

And Caroline Myss explained that back in the 1960’s, with the introduction of nuclear weapons that can potentially destroy us, “we unleashed a darkness into the world.” However, around the same time, the world religions were also stepping up their presence. The East and the West were talking to each other and big changes were taking place. There was a counter force to the darkness that was also emerging. It’s like two sides of the same coin, one balances the other. In the midst of this darkness, there is also light.

At this point of the talk, this is where Caroline Myss really lit up! I don’t know if it was the stage lighting or something else, but I saw violet light surrounding her. It was like a purple, misty shadow trailing behind her movements. Violet is the most spiritual colour. It’s associated with the Crown chakra, our connection to the Divine, so I knew she was speaking Spiritual Truth.

That’s what we’re called to do. As generations living in a dark, nuclear age, we’re called to be the light!

This reminds me of Bruce Cockburn’s song, “Lovers in a Dangerous Time,” where he says, “You’ve got to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight.” We are lovers in a dangerous time — lovers in the sense of bigger picture lovers of humanity, not necessarily romantic couples, as I once thought.

But how do you fight the good fight and shine your light when you’re living in fear and pain?

Caroline says there’s no archetype for people who have been wounded but have somehow moved forward, yet still have remained vulnerable. It’s an interesting mix — wounded, vulnerable, and strong. We’ve all been wounded one way or another, on a personal level and on a global level, and we’re really good at re-telling our victim stories over and over again.

But we can’t wallow in the victim role anymore!

Caroline said “Coddling doesn’t serve anybody.” We’re past the point of coddling each other through the pain. I’ve decided I’m not going to entertain those victim stories, either from myself, or my coaching clients, or my friends, anymore.

The better question is, “what strength is emerging” or “what is the gift?” It’s not about the adversity, or our history, it’s about how we respond from here that counts.

And this is what I got from Caroline’s talk: It’s time to retire those victim stories and poor word choices and step up in this critical time in history. Crazy world leaders, missile warnings, and natural disasters are the wake up calls!

It’s time we take our head out of the sand, or put down those distracting devices, or resist those numbing addictions, and instead, be present!

If you feel like you’ve been going through a spiritual crises, as I have, and you’ve been called to shine your light in this world and do something really amazing, then do it! The only one who is stopping you is you. You are in charge of your reality and it’s up to you! The words you say to yourself and out loud will create your path. Choose them thoughtfully!

And that’s exactly what I’m doing starting today. Hearing Caroline Myss speak affirmed in my heart that I’d like to join her and Eckhart Tolle and many others and be a spiritual teacher as well. I’m open to working with a mentor, if you know anybody!

And I’d like to put forth a new archetype, that I like to call Green Leaders, that represents people who have been through the trenches but have also emerged as conscious and awakened leaders with heart. Just because you’ve been through it, doesn’t give you the excuse to be miserable, and mean, or to fall back into unconsciousness. Let the adversity be your doorway to enlightenment.

Let’s define the Green Leader archetype together so we can enjoy Mother Earth for many, many thousands more generations to come! What do you think, Caroline Myss?

The title of this post is, “Don’t lose your heart.” That’s my message for today. Although things may seem bleak, remember, we’re still in the game. Don’t lose faith. Prayers are always heard and answered and miracles happen every day. Caroline finished her talk by praying, “May God hover over us.”

As I was leaving the auditorium, I grazed over something with my shoe. I looked behind me and it was my pink quartz heart necklace on the floor. I quickly retrieved it and as I was picking it up, a woman who saw me said, “Don’t lose your heart!” and she was stunned a little by what she said, so she said it again, “Don’t lose your heart!” and I said, “Noooooo!”

Talk about the “power of words!”

I believe this anonymous woman was speaking on behalf of the Universe in that moment. “Don’t lose your heart, Green Leaders!”

Thank you anonymous woman in the auditorium, and thank you Linda for the ticket, and thank you Caroline Myss for coming to Victoria! Come back anytime!

4 Curious Traits of Leaders

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Happy New Year!

Because it’s January, the first month of the calendar year, I’m inspired to write about leaders and more specifically, four curious traits of leaders that may surprise you.

As a wellness coach, healer, and facilitator, I work with Green Leaders as they grow into their potential and I recently wrote a blog post, “25 Signs You’re an Up and Coming Green Leader.” Hopefully, you can relate to many of the 25 signs.

To further inspire you to be the leader you were born to be, here are four more traits to add to the list.

1. Many leaders are born in the month of January.

2. Many leaders are the first born in their sibling birth order.

3. Many leaders are above average in height and/or are considered tall when standing next to others.

4. Many leaders are left-handed.

Olympic Torch 2010 near Victoria, BC.
Four Curious Traits of Leaders.

Let’s talk more about these traits.

1. Many leaders are born in the month of January.

Because of how the school year is set up, kids born in January are often more mature and athletic than their younger classmates. Being the oldest in your class by up to 11 months in your early years can make a big difference in terms of development and can translate into lifelong leadership abilities down the road. One study suggests that even the NHL favours players who are born in the earliest months of the year – most notably, Wayne Gretzky, born on January 26th.

2. Many leaders are the first born in their sibling birth order.

First born children are more likely than their siblings to become leaders because they already have many years’ of practice on their belts. They’re also used to being looked up to by their younger siblings, both literally and figuratively, and they’re the first to go out into the world and report back to the others what they’ve learned. They also tend to be more responsible and protective in nature. They’re also known for being bossy.

3. Many leaders are above average in height and/or are considered tall when standing next to others.

Have you ever noticed that many leaders are quite tall? Being “head and shoulders above the rest” allows visionary leaders to see above the crowds and to focus ahead into the distance. Also, being tall allows the group to see the leader in the crowd from afar, as well.

Oddly, it has been observed that in 67% of ALL U.S. presidential elections, the taller candidate has won the popular vote, even before the days of televised debates.

If you look at evolutionary psychology, this makes sense. We may prefer taller leaders because our ancestors used height as one of the cues of physical formidability and when our ancestors had a big, tall, resourceful, strong, and formidable friend on their team to help them with their survival (like procuring food, shelter, and territory), they had a relative advantage against the elements and a better chance of living another day.

4. Many leaders are left-handed.

Although lefties make up 10% of the world’s population and have been historically shunned, being left-handed can have its advantages. Left-handed people tend to be more “right-brained” and therefore more creative. Growing up left-handed in a world that has been designed for the logical, right-handed among us, can be quite frustrating and challenging – just try using the wrong scissors – but this lefty trait can also make you more likely to think outside-the-box, to see things from a different perspective, to be more intuitive, and become a visionary leader.

What do you think of this list? Which of these traits do you have? As for me, I’m slightly taller than average for women and I’m left-handed.

Olympic Torch 2010 near Victoria, BC.
4 Curious Traits of Leaders.

These four curious traits of leaders come from my own observations and research and aren’t carved in stone. Most likely, you won’t have all four – though that’s possible – and if you do, please tell me, I’d love to meet you and ask if you consider yourself a leader as well.

I’m just offering this list to help you recognize your inherent leadership abilities and to see yourself as a natural-born leader (in case you don’t – yet).

If you by chance don’t have any of these particular leadership traits, don’t worry, leaders come in all shapes and sizes. Good leadership skills can be learned. These four traits just give you a bit of a head start.

Regardless of where you’re starting from now, whether you have zero, one, two, three, or all four of these curious leadership traits, and if you’d like to be a better leader in general, please contact me. I’d love to be your wellness coach and mentor.

What Eckhart Tolle Says About Crystals in A New Earth

By Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Did you know Eckhart Tolle mentions crystals in his best-selling book, “A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose,” (2005)?

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.
Join me in a conversation about A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.

If you had asked me before I started re-reading this ground-breaking gem, I would have answered, “no, I didn’t know” but I was delighted to read about his appreciation for the mineral kingdom in the opening pages.

There’s more to crystals and flowers and people than meets the eye and I’m inviting you to dig a little deeper and tune into the essence of all beings. By becoming present to the here and now, a whole new world will unfold and new possibilities will emerge — which is super amazing! — and crystals, among all natural treasures, can help open those doors!

The old me would have skimmed over these particular paragraphs but the new me, the more present and conscious me, gets the beautiful connection.

Of course!

In Chapter 1, “The Flowering of Human Consciousness,” Eckhart introduces us to the heart of his book as he describes a moment of transcendent transformation, the day flowers first blossomed on Earth,

“One day, however, a critical threshold was reached, and suddenly there would have been an explosion of color and scent all over the planet.”A New Earth, page 1

That “critical threshold” is related to the “evolutionary leap” that people experience when they finally let go of their ego and pain body and live from their essence, their true and authentic self.

Remember the expression, “Stop and smell the roses?”

Stopping to smell the roses at Butchart Gardens.
Stopping to smell the roses at Butchart Gardens.

Flowers have always been inviting us to relax, be present, and appreciate the beauty of life, and when we actually take a moment to pause, be still, and focus on the wonder of the present moment, peace emerges.

“Once there is a certain degree of Presence, of still and alert attention in human beings’ perceptions, they can sense the divine life essence, the one indwelling consciousness or spirit in every creature, every life-form, recognize it as one with their own essence and so love it as themselves.”A New Earth, page 4

Loving the essence. That was the clincher for me. That’s why I recently started re-reading a New Earth. I heard Eckhart explain this concept of divine life essence to Oprah on a recent SuperSoul Sunday. When Jesus said “Love your neighbour as yourself,” He wasn’t talking about loving people’s egos. Jesus was talking about seeing past the ego (which is just a costume), and loving someone’s essence, and loving your own essence, and recognizing how the essence of our beings are all connected as One in this great, big, living sea.

Oh, to live from my essence!

Crystal Clear Coaching.When I think of essence, I like to picture a pilot light, if that helps. From what I understand, when someone says, “Namaste” they are saying, “The divine in me bows to the divine in you.” In other words, the essence in me recognizes the essence in you. Essence is what you see when you look deep into someone’s eyes.

Isn’t that much better than dealing with someone’s ego? 🙂 Just remember that the next time someone annoys you.

The ethereal nature of flowers remind us about our true essence.

“…flowers would become for us an expression in form of that which is most high, most sacred, and ultimately formless within ourselves. Flowers, more fleeting, more ethereal, and more delicate than the plants out of which they emerged, would become like messengers from another realm, like a bridge between the world of physical forms and the formless…”A New Earth, pages 2-3

By the way, this way of being, is available to us humans and we can be like messengers as well.

What Eckhart Tolle says about Crystals in a New Earth.
Community garden in James Bay.

 

Eckhart continues to say, the flowers

“not only had a scent that was delicate and pleasing to humans, but also brought a fragrance from the realm of spirit. Using the word “enlightenment” in a wider sense than the conventionally accepted one, we could look upon flowers as the enlightenment of plants.”A New Earth, page 3

And flowers are just the beginning! Crystals are here, too!

“Since time immemorial, flowers, crystals, precious stones, and birds have held special significance for the human spirit.”A New Earth, pages 3-4

We as humans have been fascinated with crystals since pre-historic times. When the Greeks travelled and found dazzling quartz crystals in the Alps, they believed these beauties were actually a form of frozen water that would never thaw. They named them, “krystallos,” which means “ice.”

Hubbard Glacier 2012.
Hubbard Glacier, June 2012.

“The haunting beauty of the mineral kingdom is irresistible, so it’s no wonder that the human race has a long history of wearing and working with crystals. Historians and archaeologists have traced the use of crystals in healing and beauty rituals back to the earliest civilizations. And no wonder: They magnify personal and planetary vibrational energy. Our ancestors used crystals as mystical tools, energy generators, communication enhancers, and medical instruments. Archaeological digs show their use as talismans of good fortune and protection; as well as amulets, jewelry, and magnificent home showpieces.” ~ Excerpt from Crystal Therapy, by Doreen Virtue, Ph.D., & Judith Lukomski.

Perhaps you also have a fascination for rocks and minerals:

* Do you collect rocks and seashells whenever you go to the beach?

* Do you have fond memories of rocks and stones from your childhood?

* Do you have a piece of jewelry that has a special meaning for you?

* Do you by chance have a Himalayan Salt Lamp?

The Art of Contemplation

The next time you come across a crystal, sit with it and contemplate. Appreciate the stone without trying to own it. See past its outer form and tune into its inner essence. Let the crystal help you expand your awareness. Like a flower, it just might be a bridge on your journey of spiritual awakening and enlightenment.

“So when you are alert and contemplate a flower, crystal, or bird without naming it mentally, it becomes a window for you into the formless. There is an inner opening, however slight, into the realm of spirit.”A New Earth, page 5

What Eckhart Tolle says about crystals in a New Earth.
What Eckhart Tolle says about crystals in a New Earth.

Tuning into a crystal is not a crystal reading in the sense of fortune-telling. Once your ego is out of the way, it’s more about how the crystals reveal wisdom and a sense of calmness, through timeless intuition.

“In the case of a flower, a crystal, precious stone, or bird, however, even someone with little or no Presence can occasionally sense that there is more there than the mere physical existence of that form, without knowing that this is the reason why he or she is drawn toward it, feels an affinity with it.”A New Earth, page 4

Is Enlightenment Possible?

“Any life-form in any realm – mineral, vegetable, animal, or human – can be said to undergo “enlightenment.””A New Earth, page 3

But Eckhart asks,

“What could be heavier and more impenetrable than a rock, the densest of all forms?”A New Earth, page 3

What Eckhart Tolle says about crystals in a New Earth.
I love collecting rocks on the beach.

Yet, even rocks can lighten up and transcend their nature!

“And yet some rocks undergo a change in their molecular structure, turn into crystals, and so become transparent to the light. Some carbons, under inconceivable heat and pressure, turn into diamonds, and some heavy minerals into other precious stones.”A New Earth, page 3

In each case, enlightenment requires,

“a discontinuity in its development, a leap to an entirely different level of being and, most important, a lessening of materiality.”A New Earth, page 3

Enlightenment is just a matter of shedding the dark and heavy density (the materiality, including the ego) and moving towards lightness.

What Eckhart Tolle says about Crystals in a New Earth.
Red leaves in the sunlight remind me of Enlightenment.

Ultimately, that’s how the Universe works!

We live in a dynamic universe and everything is always moving from formless to form to formless and from slow to fast, density to space, heavy to light, and from dark to light, through the ever expanding cycle of:

1) Creation * Birth * Beginning -> …

2) Maintenance * Middle * Preservation -> …

3) Destruction * Expiration * Ending -> …

4) Transformation * Resurrection * Transcendence * Critical Threshold * Evolutionary Leap -> …

1) Rebirth * New Beginning (on a whole new level) * A New Earth! -> …

And on and on it goes from one age to the next. You can see this spiraling cycle of life as it’s constantly moving toward enlightenment, playing out everywhere! There are no beginnings and no endings and because everything is always moving and changing, there’s no sense in identifying with or being attached to any of it. The ego has nothing to cling to and so it dissolves, creating space for the present moment to arise. This is true, happy-go-lucky freedom.

So, yes, enlightenment is within reach and as we’ve seen with flowers and rocks, it’s part of the natural progression of the Universe!

Are you ready?

“Can human beings lose the density of their conditioned mind structures and become like crystals or precious stones, so to speak, transparent to the light of consciousness?” ~ A New Earth, page 5

We seem to have reached a time where more and more people are starting to awaken.

“What can you do, if anything, to bring about or accelerate this inner shift?”A New Earth, page 6

Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, at the beginning, somewhere in the middle, or at your tipping point, and if you’re reading, have read, or would like to read, A New Earth, and want to talk about your insights and ideas with someone who is open and present and a good listener, please feel free to contact me, Maria. I’d love to connect with your essence.

And if there’s enough interest, maybe we can start a book club!

25 Signs You’re an Up & Coming Green Leader

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

I coach Green Leaders on living the life that lights them up!

You may be wondering what I mean by Green Leaders. Well, to me Green Leaders have heart and interestingly enough, the colour associated with the Heart Chakra, is Emerald Green!

Our Green Intelligence is about our compassion and heart-felt feelings. Green balances our spirit world with our physical world so we can relate to others with unconditional love and kindness. Green is also the colour of nature, healing, and new beginnings.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to do work that allows you to share from your heart, to be of joyful service, to contribute in a meaningful way, to make the world an even better place, and to inspire others to do the same?

To me, that’s what being a Green Leader is all about and I invite you to give yourself a chance and to throw your hat into the ring!

25 Signs You're an Up and Coming Green Leader.
Green Leaders have heart!

Here are 25 signs you’re an up & coming Green Leader:

  1. You have a big heart and you care about people, animals, and our planet.
  2. You have a creative and nurturing spirit.
  3. You’ve been asking yourself questions like, “What’s my life’s purpose?” and you feel like there’s something really big out there waiting for you but you can’t seem to claim it just yet.
  4. Your new ideas for change have not always been well-received or understood and people have bullied, criticized, and harassed you for being different, but you’re still determined to keep going.
  5. You want to take on more leadership responsibilities at work but you don’t know how to communicate your intentions to the higher ups.
  6. You care about environmental stewardship, and you’ve volunteered on a clean up crew like the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup with the intention of doing that kind of work more often, or even starting your own similar group.
  7. You’ve been on a Green Committee at work or school and enjoyed discussing ideas on how to improve your organization’s Reduce, Reuse, and Recycling efforts.
  8. You’re what they call a “Green Consumer” and are mindful of the environment when you make your purchases, taking into consideration things like how the products are made, what the products are made from, and how far they’ve travelled to get to you.
  9. You’ve thought about voting Green in past elections but there weren’t any Green candidates on the ballot or you were afraid you’d split the vote.
  10. You look for ways to save money and stick to your budget and it bothers you when you notice things like money and resources being wasted.
  11. You can’t stand watching incompetent leaders be in charge and feel like you can do a better job.
  12. You’re opening your own business.
  13. You’ve been the first in your family, neighbourhood, class, or office to do something new and positive, paving the way for others to follow suit.
  14. You’d prefer your personal space to be neat, tidy, and organized but you’re still surrounded by clutter because it’s hard for you to throw things out.
  15. Although you have access to a car, you’re starting to choose to walk, ride a bike, take the bus, or join a carpool more often.
  16. You’re looking to optimize your health and wellness, and practice self-care, but you find yourself over-indulging in unhealthy behaviours from time to time.
  17. You’re interested in eating fresh, healthy, and organic food every day but you still order highly-packaged take-out dinners a few times a week for the convenience.
  18. Spirituality is becoming more important to you and you may be drawn to yoga classes, learning how to meditate, the personal growth movement, reading self-help, leadership, and spiritual books, attending workshops and seminars, distance running in charity events, going to church, praying, etc.
  19. You’re noticing moments of synchronicity, the interconnectedness of events that aren’t planned or repeatable, and it’s really cool!
  20. You’re an advocate for social justice and believe that all humans have a fundamental right to health, wellbeing, education, clean water, nourishing food, safe shelter, and freedom.
  21. You’ve been known to speak for those who have no voice.
  22. You’re grateful for the diversity in the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms of the world.
  23. You marvel at nature’s beauty and enjoy camping, and nature hikes, and spending time outside in all kinds of weather.
  24. You’ve witnessed an environmental disaster first hand and are now motivated more than ever to find solutions and create changes that will lead to a healthy future on a global scale.
  25. Deep down, you’re optimistic about the future.

As you can see after reading this list, I’ve not painted the portrait of a perfect person or somebody who is better than everyone else even though they’re a leader because perfect is boring and more than that, perfect doesn’t exist, other than as a mathematical absolute. We’re all a work in progress and there’s always room to grow.

So, if you resonate with many of these qualities and you’d like to grow into your potential as a Green Leader and help make the world an even better place, please contact me, Maria. As a Wellness Coach, I can help!

Wellness Coaching Can Help You:

  • discover what lights you up so you can do more of it;
  • get clear about your life purpose and what you want to do as a Green Leader;
  • remind yourself about what’s already working;
  • uncover the hidden obstacles in your path;
  • figure out ways to blast through the obstacles as they come up;
  • make incremental changes that add up over time;
  • tap your motivation to keep going; and
  • be the Green Leader you were born to be!

I’m looking forward to hearing from you, Maria

Green leader.
Are you a Green Leader who’d like to be a better leader? Contact Wellness Coach Maria today.

Health Awareness Days for July, 2017

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Here’s a list of Health & Wellness Days for July, 2017.

Here’s the Intro for this blog post series, a.k.a the #BeTheChange Almanac.

Here’s a link to JanuaryFebruary,  March,  AprilMay, and June.

Also, click here to join our Health Awareness Days LinkedIn group and never miss a day!

Hopefully, these Awareness Days will inspire you to discover your life’s purpose and pitch in where you can.

Spread the awareness and share!

July is the Awareness Month For…

  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Delphinium, Larkspur, Water Lily
    • #birthflower, #flower, #flowers, #delphinium, #Larkspur, #waterlily, #lily, #inmygarden, #nature
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Ruby
    • #birthstones, #crystals, #gemstone, #jewelry, #ruby
  • National Blueberry Month (U.S.)
    • #NationalBlueberryMonth, #blueberries
  • Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Experience from July 17th to August 6th
    • #21DayMeditation, #meditation, #meditate, #oprahdeepak #mantra

Special Days in July:

  • Canada Day on July 1st (Saturday)
    • #CanadaDay, #Canada, #fireworks, #HappyCanadaDay, #Canadian, #mapleleaf
  • Independence Day (U.S.) on July 4th (Tuesday)
    • #IndependenceDay, #4thofJuly, #America, #GodBlessAmerica, #FourthofJuly, #July4th, #USA
  • International Kissing Day on July 6th (Thursday)
    • #InternationalKissingDay
  • World Chocolate Day on July 7th (Friday)
    • #WorldChocolateDay, #chocolate, #ChocolateDay
  • World Population Day on July 11th (Tuesday)
    • #WorldPopulationDay, #YearsAhead, #population, #Earth
  • National Nude Day on July 14th (Friday)
    • #NationalNudeDay, #WhoComesUpWithTheseHolidays
  • Colour Days!!! Blue Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on July 17th (Monday)
    • #colordays, #colors, #colorful, #blue
  • Parents Day on July 23rd (Sunday)
    • #ParentsDay, #ParentingStyle, #parents, #Parenthood, #HappyParentsDay, #family, #love
  • Cousins Day on July 24th (Monday)
    • #CousinsDay, #memorylane, #family, #love, #cousin
  • International Self-Care Day (ISF) on July 24th (Monday)
    • #selfcareday, #stressrelief, #stress, #spaday, #selfcare, #mental health
  • Aunt and Uncle Day on July 26th (Wednesday)
    • #AuntandUncleDay, #aunt, #uncle, #family, #love, #niece, #nephew
  • World Hepatitis Day on July 28th (Friday)
    • #WorldHepatitisDay, #hepatitis, #NOhep, #HepC, #ThinkHepatitis, #HepatitisC
  • National Dance Day on July 29th (Saturday)
    • #NationalDanceDay, #dance, #CannotStopDancing, #confident, #DanceToGlory
  • National Lipstick Day (U.S.) on July 29th (Saturday)
    • #NationalLipstickDay, #LipstickIsMyVice, #lipstick, #LipstickEnvy, #makeup, #lipsticks
  • International Day of Friendship on July 30th (Sunday)
    • #InternationalDayOfFriendship, #TellAFriend, #friendship, #love, #friends, #friend, #fun, #instagood, #happy, #party, #funny

Health Awareness Days for June 2017

by Maria Koropecky, Life Coach

Here’s a list of Health & Wellness Days for June, 2017.

Intro for this blog post series, a.k.a the #BeTheChange Almanac.

Here’s a link to JanuaryFebruary,  March,  April and May.

Also, clear here to join our Health Awareness Days LinkedIn group and never miss a day!

Hopefully, these Awareness Days will inspire you to discover your life’s purpose and pitch in where you can.

Spread the awareness and share!

 June is the Awareness Month For:

  • ALS Awareness Month (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
    • #ALSmonth, #ALS, #ENDALS, #LouGehrigsDisease, #makeadifference
  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Honeysuckle, Rose
    • #birthflower, #flower, #honeysuckle, #rose, #summer, #garden, #love, #pink, #red
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Alexandrite, Moonstone, Opal, Parel, Pearl
    • #birthstones, #crystals, #gemstone, #jewelry, #Alexandrite, #Moonstone, #opal, #Parel, #Pearl
  • Brain Injury Awareness Month
    • #BrainInjuryAwarenessMonth, #concussion, #BLUEforBraininjury, #TraumaticBraininjury. #TraumaServicesBC, #ThinkAhead, #TheMoreYouKnow
  • Camping Month
    • #CampingMonth, #camping, #riversmonth, #GreatOutdoorsMonth
  • Great Outdoors Month
    • #GreatOutdoorsMonth, #camping, #riversmonth, #GetOutdoorsDay, #geocaching, #outside, #KeepitWild, #ForestChat, #fishing
  • LGBT Pride Month
    • #LGBTPrideMonth, #LGBT, #LGBTRights, #LGBTQ, #pride, #LoveWins, #LoveisLove, #gay
  • Midnight Sun
    • #MidnightSun, #landofthemidnightsun, #Yukon, #exploreyukon, #Alaska, #Whitehorse, #Norway, #Finland, #visitfinland, #Canada, #sunset, #tourism, #travel, #bucketlist
  • National Adopt a Cat Month (U.S.)
    • #NationalAdoptACatMonth, #AdoptDontBuy, #save, #purrfect, #HugYourCatDay, #cats, #Adopt, #kitty, #kittens, #pets, #cute, #animallover, #meow, #TheSecretLifeOfPets, #furbaby
  • National Dairy Month
    • #WorldMilkDay, #farm365, #JuneIsDairyMonth, #teamdairy, #iHeartDairy, #JuneDairyMonth, #happycows, #NationalDairyMonth, #dairy
  • National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month (U.S.)
    • #freshfruit, #vegetables, #food, #soup, #healthy, #OneSimpleChange, #yummy, #fruit, #healthyliving, #bonapetit, #gardening, #recipes
  • Ramadan from May 27th (Saturday) to June 25th (Sunday)
    • #Ramadan, #Quran
  • Recreation and Parks Month
    • #recreationandparks
  • Rivers Month
    • #riversmonth, #fishing, #geocaching, #outside, #KeepitWild, #ForestChat
  • Rose Month (U.S.)
    • #RoseMonth, #rose, #summer, #garden, #love, #pink, #red, #funfact
  • Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Month (Canada)
    • #SpinaBifida, #hydrocephalus, #BeyondAllLimits, #awareness, #charity
  • Stroke Awareness Month (Canada)
    • #StrokeAwarenessMonth, #stroke, #StrokeMonth, #StrokeChat, #strokeprevention, #Healthcare, #health

Special Weeks in June:

  • Bike to Work & School Week BC from May 29th to June 4th
    • #BikeToWorkWeek, #BikeMonth, #BTWW, #BiketoWorkDay, #cycling, #smartTRIPS
  • Pet Appreciation Week from June 4th to June 10th
    • #PetAppreciationWeek, #pet, #pets, #animallover, #TheSecretLifeOfPets, #furbaby
  • Canadian Environment Week from June 5th to June 11th
    • #EnviroWeek, #CANClimateAction, #climate change
  • Sun Awareness Week (Canada) from June 5th to June 11th
    • #SunAwarenessWeek, #Skin, #Cancer, #sunsafety, #skincancer, #sunscreen, #SunSafetyWeek, #sunsafe
  • Garden Days, Canada’s Celebrations of Gardens from June 9th to June 18th
    • #GardenDays, #butchartgardens, #Canada
  • Aromatherapy Awareness Week from June 12th to June 16th
    • #AromatherapyWeek, #aromatherapy, #essentialoils, #spa

Special Days in June:

  • International Children’s Day on June 1st (Thursday)
    • #InternationalChildrensDay, #ChildrensDay, #childrensrights, #SmallVoices, #childrights, #children
  • World Milk Day on June 1st (Thursday)
    • #WorldMilkDay, #farm365, #JuneIsDairyMonth, #teamdairy, #iHeartDairy, #JuneDairyMonth, #happycows, #NationalDairyMonth, #dairy
  • National Health and Fitness Day (ParticipAction) (Canada) on June 3rd (Saturday)
    • #NationalHealthandFitnessDay, #healthandfitness, #fitness, #participaction, #GetFit, #diet, #workout, #health, #gym, #fitnessjourney, #wellness, #UnplugAndPlay
  • Hug Your Cat Day on June 4th (Sunday)
    • #HugYourCatDay, #cats, #cat, #Caturday, #meow, #cats, #kitty, #kittens, #pets, #cute, #animallover, #meow, #TheSecretLifeOfPets, #furbaby, #purrfect
  • National Cancer Survivors’ Day (30th Annual) on June 4th (Sunday)
    • #NationalCancerSurvivorsDay, #Cancer, #Survivor, #cancersurvivors, #endcancer, #CelebrateLife, #notalone, #CancerSurvivorsDay
  • Victoria Goddess Run on June 4th (Sunday)
    • #VictoriaGoddessRun
  • World Environment Day on June 5th (Monday)
    • #WorldEnvironmentDay, #GoGreen, #environment, #wildforlife, #climatechange, #TweetASapling, #WithNature
  • National Running Day (U.S.) on June 7th (Wednesday)
    • #NationalRunningDay, #running, #runchat, #RunningDay, #WellnessWednesday
  • World Oceans Day on June 8th (Thursday)
    • #WorldOceansDay, #oceans, #ocean, #OceanOptimism
  • Global Wellness Day on June 10th (Saturday)
    • #GlobalWellnessDay, #wellness, #yoga, #livewell
  • National Get Outdoors Day (U.S.) on June 10th (Saturday)
    • #GetOutdoorsDay, #geocaching, #outside, #KeepitWild, #ForestChat, #fishing, #camping, #riversmonth, #GreatOutdoorsMonth
  • The Great Knaresborough Bed Race (U.K.) on June 10th (Saturday)
    • #KnaresboroughBedRace, #Knaresborough, #bedrace
  • Canadian Rivers Day on June 11th (Sunday)
    • #greatcanadianshorelinecleanup, #ShorelineCleanup, #cleanbeaches, #beachcleanup, #CoastalCleanupDay, #EarthDay, #WorldRiversDay, #SaveTheBay, #giveback, #volunteer, #riversmonth, #GreatOutdoorsMonth
  • International Music Day on June 11th (Sunday)
    • #InternationalMusicDay, #music, #musicday, #concert, #WinwithMusic, #DiaDeLaMusica
  • World Blood Donor Day on June 14th (Wednesday)
    • #WorldBloodDonorDay, #giveblood, #RedCross, #BloodConnectsUsAll
  • National Clean Air Day (Canada) on June 15th (Thursday)
    • #CleanAirDay, #GreenAction, #EnviroWeek, #CANClimateAction, #climate change
  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15th (Thursday)
    • #WorldElderAbuseAwarenessDay, #seniors, #SayNoToElderAbuse, #respectelders, #olderpeople, #SeniorSafetyTipsoftheDay
  • CDKL5 Awareness Day (disorder in the cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5 gene located on the X chromosome) on June 17th (Saturday)
    • #CDKL5, #seizures, #cdkl5unitedinhope, #cdklinsiemeversolacura, #treatment, #relief
  • Colour Days!!! Peach Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on June 17th (Saturday)
    • #colordays, #colors, #colorful, #peach
  • Father’s Day on June 18th (Sunday)
    • #FathersDay, #dad
  • Car Free YYJ Day on June 18th (Sunday)
    • #CarFreeDay, #CFD, #yyj, #yyjevents, #VictoriaBC, #Victoria, #yyjtraffic, #yyjarts, #yyjfood
  • International Sushi Day on June 18th (Sunday)
    • #InternationalSushiDay, #sushi, #sake, #GFSUMMER, #lunch, #foodie
  • World Sickle Cell Awareness Day on June 19th (Monday)
    • #WorldSickleCellAwarenessDay, #GoSickle, #SickleCellAwarenessCOUNTS, #TeamSickleCell, #SpreadTheAwareness, #SickleStrong, #SickleCellAwareness, #findacure
  • World Refugee Day on June 20th (Tuesday)
    • #WorldRefugeeDay, #refugee, #WithRefugees, #refugee, #refugeeswelcome, #RefugeeWeek
  • Summer Solstice on June 21st (Wednesday)
    • #SummerSolstice, #summer, #firstdayofsummer, #makingthemostofthesun
  • International Surfing Day on June 21st (Wednesday)
    • #InternationalSurfingDay, #surf, #surfing
  • International Yoga Day on June 21st (Wednesday)
    • #InternationalYogaDay, #yoga, #YogaDay, #health, #ArtofLiving
  • Music Day (UK) on June 21st (Wednesday)
    • #musicday, #music, #concert, #WinwithMusic, #DiaDeLaMusica
  • National Aboriginal Day on June 21st (Wednesday)
    • #NationalAboriginalDay, #NADCanada, #Indigenous, #FirstNations, #Canada, #Aboriginal, #SummerSolstice
  • National Selfie Day on June 21st (Wednesday)
    • #NationalSelfieDay, #selfie, #SelfieDay
  • Take Your Dog and/or Cat to Work Day on June 23rd (Friday)
    • #TakeYourDogToWorkDay, #TakeYourCatToWorkDay, #PetsAtWork, #dogs, #dog, #cats, #kitty, #kittens, #pets, #cute, #animallover, #meow, #TheSecretLifeOfPets, #furbaby, #purrfect
  • Beauticians Day on June 26th (Monday)
    • #BeauticiansDay
  • International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26th (Monday)
    • #InternationalDayAgainstDrugAbuseAndillicitTrafficking
  • International Mud Day on June 29th (Thursday)
    • #InternationalMudDay, #outdoorplay, #muddy, #MudDay
  • National Handshake Day on June 29th (Thursday)
    • #NationalHandshakeDay, #secrethandshakes, #HandshakeDay, #handshake
  • World Scleroderma Day on June 29th (Thursday)
    • #worldsclerodermaday, #scleroderma, #unveilscleroderma, #diamundialesclerodermia

Health Awareness Days for May, 2017

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Here’s a list of Health & Wellness Days for May, 2017.

Here’s a link to the Intro for this blog post series, a.k.a the #BeTheChange Almanac.

Here’s a link to JanuaryFebruary,  March and April.

Also, clear here to join our Health Awareness Days LinkedIn group and never miss a day!

Hopefully, these Awareness Days will inspire you to discover your life’s purpose and pitch in where you can.

Spread the awareness and share!

May is the Awareness Month For:

  • Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month (MedicAlert Canada)
    • #AsthmaandAllergyAwarenessMonth, #asthma, #allergies, #MedicAlert, #health, #May, #cure, #awareness
  • Birthflowers of the Month include: Hawthorne, Lily of the Valley
    • #birthflower, #flower, #Hawthorne, #lilyofthevalley, #spring, #May
  • Birthstones of the Month include: Agate, Beryl, Chrysoprase, Emerald, Saffire
    • #birthstones, #crystals, #gemstone, #jewelry, #Agate, #beryl, #YELLOWBERYL, #Chrysoprase, #emerald, #saffire, #saphire
  • Celiac Awareness Month
    • #CeliacAwarenessMonth, #glutenfree, #celiac, #gluten, #celiacdisease, #gf
  • Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month
    • #CysticFibrosisAwarenessMonth, #CureCF, #cysticfibrosis
  • Food Allergy Awareness Month
    • #FoodAllergyAwarenessMonth, #foodallergy, #peanuts, #glutenfree, #anaphylaxis, #allergy, #foodallergies, #peanutallergy, #celiac
  • Foot Health Awareness Month
    • #FootHealthAwarenessMonth, #Podiatrists, #heelrelief, #plantarfascitiis, (sic) #pedicure, #nails, #pedi, #feet, #prettyfeet, #nailcare, #spa, #massage, #toes
  • Hepatitis Awareness Month
    • #HepatitisAwarenessMonth, #HepAware, #hepatitis, #KnowUrStatus, #KnowHepatitis, #HepTestingDay, #HepC, #GetTested
  • Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month
    • #HuntingtonsDiseaseAwarenessMonth, #HuntingtonsDisease, #hdawareness, #HD, #CureHD, #huntingtondisease, #awareness
  • Lyme Disease Awareness Month
    • #LymeDiseaseAwarenessMonth, #LymeDisease, #lymediseasechallenge, #Lyme, #lymeawareness, #lymediseaseawareness, #compoundpharmacy, #awareness, #WeMustFindACure, #TickTalk
  • Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month (Canada)
    • #MultipleSclerosis, #MS, #health
  • National Hemochromatosis Awareness Month (Iron Overload) (Canada)
    • #Hemochromatosis, #awareness, #iron, #toomuchiron
  • National Pet Month (U.S.)
    • #NationalPetMonth, #PawItForward, #pet, #pets
  • National Physiotherapy Month (Canada)
    • #physiotherapy, #physio, #massage, #physicaltherapy, #health, #Physiotherapist, #physiotherapyblog
  • National Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Month (U.S.)
    • #NationalSkinCancerAwarenessMonth, #skincancer, #melanoma, #Cancer, #sunscreen, #Skin, #health, #skincare, #sunsafety, #tanning, #dermatology, #wellness
  • Ramadan from May 27th (Saturday) to June 25th (Sunday)
    • #Ramadan, #Quran
  • Speech and Hearing Awareness Month (Canada)
    • #speechandhearing
  • Vision Health Month (Canada)
    • #VisionHealthMonth, #optometry, #visionhealth, #eyehealth, #vision, #eyes, #eyecare, #visionimprovement, #visionhealing, #visioncorrection, #ThinAboutYourEyes, #Healthcare, #eyes4life, #awareness

Special Weeks in May:

  • Mental Health Week from May 1st to May 7th
    • #MentalHealthWeek, #GETLOUD, #mentalhealth, #SwitchOnTheLight, #mentalillness, #depression, #BreakTheSilence, #stigma
  • National Nursing Week from May 6th to May 12th
    • #NationalNursingWeek, #thanknurse, #Nurse, #Registered, #Nursing, #RN, #medical, #Healthcare
  • National Hospice Palliative Care Week from May 7th to May 13th
    • #hospice, #palliative, #Care, #palliativecare, #Nursing, #Healthcare, #charity
  • National Postcard Week (U.S.) from May 7th to May 13th
    • #postcard, #art, #vintage, #travel
  • National Pet Week (U.S.) from May 7th to May 13th
    • #NationalPetWeek, #pet, #pets, #Adopt, #TheSecretLifeOfPets, #animallover, #furbaby
  • North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week from May 7th to May 13th
    • #occupationalhealth, #safety, #NAOSH, #workplacesafety, #workforce, #MakeSafetyAHabit
  • Naturopathic Medicine Week (British Columbia Naturopathic Association) from May 8th to May 14th
    • #NatMedWeek, #naturopathicmedicine, #health, #naturopathic, #wellness, #naturopathy, #medicine, #prevention, #nutrition
  • International Coaching Week (ICW) (International Coaching Federation) from May 15th to May 21st
    • #InternationalCoachingWeek, #ICF, #coaches, #coachescafe, #coachingworks, #coaching, #mentoring, #digdeep, #leadership, #lifecoaching, #executivecoaching, #businesscoaching
  • National Police Week (U.S.) from May 17th to May 20th
    • #NationalPoliceWeek, #EMS, #Thankyouforhelpingothers, #thankful, #BlueLivesMatter, #PoliceLivesMatter, #police, #PoliceWeek, #ThinBlueLine, #NeverForget, #law enforcement
  • ChorFest (BC Choral Federation) in Victoria, BC from May 19th to May 21st
    • #choral, #music, #choir, #singing, #composers, #concert
  • National EMS Week (Emergency Medical Services) from May 21st to May 27th
    • #NationalEMSWeek, #EMS, #volunteers, #Thankyouforhelpingothers, #thankful, #Paramedic, #NationalPoliceWeek
  • Bike to Work Week BC from May 29th to June 4th
    • #BikeToWorkWeek, #BikeMonth, #BTWW, #BiketoWorkDay, #cycling, #smartTRIPS

Special Days in May:

  • Executive Coaching Day on May 1st (Monday)
    • #executivecoaching, #InternationalCoachingWeek, #ICF, #coaches, #coachescafe, #coachingworks, #coaching, #mentoring, #digdeep, #leadership, #lifecoaching, #businesscoaching
  • Melanoma Monday on May 1st (Monday)
    • #MelanomaMonday, #skincancer, #melanoma, #HealthTalk, #ChooseSkinHealth, #sunscreen, #skincare, #Skin, #melanomaawareness, #Cancer
  • World Asthma Day on May 2nd (Tuesday)
    • #WorldAsthmaDay, #asthma, #breathtakingmoments, #AsthmaAwareness, #TakeItSeriously, #BreatheForACause, #Right2Breathe, #WAD
  • World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd (Wednesday)
    • #WorldPressFreedomDay, #media, #pressfreedom, #WPFD2017
  • May the Fourth Be With You Day (National Star Wars Day) on May 4th (Thursday)
    • #MayThe4thBeWithYou, #StarWarsDay, #StarWars, #HappyStarWarsDay, #MayThe4th
  • National Day of Prayer (U.S.) on May 4th (Thursday)
    • #NationalDayofPrayer, #Prayer, #pray
  • National Orange Juice Day on May 4th (Thursday)
    • #NationalOrangeJuiceDay, #orangejuice, #OJ, #breakfast, #healthy
  • Cinco de Mayo on May 5th (Friday)
    • #CincoDeMayo, #Mexico
  • Space Day on May 5th (Friday)
    • #SpaceDay, #CosmicAddress
  • STOP! Clean Your Hands Day (WHO’s global annual call to action for health workers) on May 5th (Friday)
    • #pledgecleanhands, #handhygiene, #cleanhands, #safehands
  • World Pulmonary Hypertension Day on May 5th (Friday)
    • #WorldPHDay, #WPHD #sometimesitsph, #PulmonaryHypertension, #PHAware, #Pulmonary, #PHAssociation
  • International No Diet Day on May 6th (Saturday)
    • #InternationalNoDietDay, #NoDietDay, #nodiet, #losehatenotweight, #treatyoself, #INDD, #wellness
  • National Nurses Day on May 6th (Saturday)
    • #InternationalNursesDay, #nurses, #thankanurse, #NursesDay, #FlorenceNightingale
  • Join Hands Day (dedicated to bringing a union between the older & younger generations) on May 6th (Saturday)
    • #JoinHandsDay, #Oldandyoung
  • National Tourist Appreciation Day (U.S.) on May 6th (Saturday)
    • #tourist, #travel, #tourism, #vacation, #holiday, #trip, #traveling, #wanderlust
  • World Labyrinth Day on May 6th (Saturday)
    • #WorldLabyrinthDay, #meditate, #Labyrinths, #healing, #breatheringoldlight
  • Walk So Kids Can Talk (event for Kids Help Phone) on May 7th (Sunday)
    • #WalkSoKidsCanTalk, #KidsHelpPhone, #BeAHero, #KidsHelpPhoneWalk
  • White Lotus Day (encouraging meditation) on May 8th (Monday)
    • #WhiteLotus, #Lotus, #flower, #meditation, #yoga, #esotericism, #healing, #SpiritualWellness, #spirit, #enlightenment, #spirituality, #love, #spiritual, #peace, #awakening, #happiness, #zen, #mindfulness
  • World Red Cross Day on May 8th (Monday)
    • #WorldRedCrossDay, #RedCross, #thanks
  • World Lupus Day on May 10th (Wednesday)
    • #WorldLupusDay, #LupusAwarenessMonth, #lupus, #LupusAwareness, #HighFive4Lupus, #KnowLupus, #giveback, #imalupussufferer
  • Mother’s Day on May 14th (Sunday)
    • #MothersDay, #mothers, #gift, #women, #handmade
  • International Awareness Day for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity on May 12th (Friday)
    • #awareness, #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis, #MECFS, #MyalgicE, #me, #MyE, #fibromyalgia, #chronicpain, #fibro, #chronicillness, #health, #multiplechemicalsensitivity, #allergies, #Perfume, #scentfree, #MCS
  • International Hummus Day on May 13th (Saturday)
    • #InternationalHummusDay, #hummus, #hummusday, #yum, #vegetarian, #vegan, #recipesoftheday, #recipe
  • International Migratory Bird Day on May 13th (Saturday)
    • #InternationalMigratoryBirdDay, #WhyBirdsMatter, #IMBD, #BirdDay, #stripygoose
  • National Babysitters’ Day (U.S.) on May 13th (Saturday)
    • #babysitters, #babysitting, #babysitter
  • Peace Officers Memorial Day (U.S.) on May 15th (Monday)
    • #PeaceOfficersMemorialDay, #PoliceWeek, #ultimatesacrafice, #PoliceHeroes
  • Colour Days!!! Turquoise/Teal Day (let this colour inspire you throughout the day) (public Facebook Group) on May 17th (Wednesday)
    • #colordays, #colors, #colorful, #Turquoise, #blue, #teal
  • International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, & Biphobia on May 17th (Wednesday)
    • #InternationalDayAgainstHomophobia, #LGBTQ, #LGBT, #AllLivesMatter, #love, #WeAreOne, #education
  • World Hypertension Day on May 17th (Wednesday)
    • #WorldHypertensionDay, #KnowYourNumbers, #bloodpressure, #hypertension, #highbloodpressure, #stroke, #WellnessWednesday
  • International Museum Day on May 18th (Thursday)
    • #InternationalMuseumDay, #MuseumDay, #museum, #ArtMuseumDay, #art, #history, #free
  • Vyshyvanka Day or Ukrainian Embroidery Day (Ukraine) on May 18th (Thursday)
    • #VyshyvankkaDay, #Ukraine, #Vyshyvanka, #Kyiv, #Ukrainian
  • National Learn to Swim Day on May 20th (Saturday)
    • #LearnToSwimDay, #swimislife, #learntoswim, #swimming, #watersafety, #safety, #swimminglessons, #swim, #lifeskills
  • World Autoimmune Arthritis Day on May 20th (Saturday)
    • #WorldAutoimmuneArthritisDay, #arthritis
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on May 21st (Sunday)
    • #WorldDayforCulturalDiversity, #culturaldiversity, #dialogue, #culture, #language, #appreciate
  • Victoria Day on May 22nd (Monday)
    • #VictoriaDay, #longweekend, #fireworks, #Canada, #BBQ, #QueenVictoria
  • Towel Day on May 25th (Thursday), a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001)
    • #towelday, #TowelDay, #DouglasAdams
  • Geek Pride Day on May 25th (Thursday)
    • #GeekPrideDay
  • Sun Screen Day on May 27th (Saturday)
    • #SunscreenDay, #sunscreen, #summer, #spf30, #skincancer
  • Amnesty International Day on May 28th (Sunday)
    • #AmnestyInternationalDay, #AmnestyInternational, #news, #humanrights, #URGENT, #UN
  • National Multiple Births Awareness Day on May 28th (Sunday)
    • #multiplebirths, #twins, #pregnant, #OBGYN, #DueTime
  • Memorial Day (U.S.) May 29th (Monday)
    • #MemorialDayWeekend, #longweekend
  • World No-Tobacco Day on May 31st (Wednesday)
    • #WorldNoTobaccoDay, #smoking, #tobacco, #SayNoToTobacco, #NoTobacco, #quitsmoking, #BreakTheStick