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BY ELIZABETH BLAKE • MARCH 27, 2014
Inspired by Millana Snow’s Get THANKFUL Challenge, I’ve been cultivating more and more gratitude for all the little things in life. My daily (often multiple times daily) gratitude practice is turning into magic! During any moment of tension, anxiety or worry, gratitude brings me to my center, into my heart and back to the truth of my soul. Consciously cultivating gratitude for something simple, sometimes something really small and “mundane,” always brings me back to myself, back to love.
Today, I was in the steam room at the gym after a quick and vigorous workout. As the seasons change, it is a great time to incorporate simple detoxing practices, so I did a series of immersing my body under cold water in the steam. The hot cold hot cold extremes move blood and lymph throughout the body, which supports cleansing and detoxing. As I emerged from the stream of freezing cold water, a woman in the steam room looked at me and said “wow, you are really brave!” and then she left the steam. I stood there, body still shuttering from the shock of the cold water, surprised and deeply touched by her comment.
A yoga teacher of mine once told me that whenever he received a compliment, he would repeat it to himself 3 times in his head. He did this so his body could fully feel the vibrations of the compliment, so he could integrate it into his entire being, and begin to fully identify with the truth of the compliment. So, today in the steam room I did just as he taught me. Her compliment came at the perfect moment because recently I’ve been breaking through barriers of courage within myself, and lately been feeling not-so-brave. So when she said this, I smiled, and repeated it to myself, reminding every single cell in my body that I am in fact brave, and that I have all the courage I need to transcend any fears and fulfill my potential.
I felt a deep sense of gratitude for this woman. Her comment had touched the depths of my soul, at the perfect moment, a beautiful synchronicity of sorts. When I stepped out of the steam room, she passed right by me, and without thinking twice, I said “thank you for your comment, you have no idea how much that means to me right now, it is about so much more than braving the extremely cold water.” She smiled and I knew she could feel my gratitude for her words. Our exchange was beautiful and empowering. Actually sharing and expressing my gratitude for her compliment made the entire experience become so much more than a few simple words, it became magic.
Gratitude is powerful. Practicing gratitude daily is transformational. And expressing your gratitude to others is one of the keys to living a magical life.
To join other women in practicing, supporting and sharing the power of gratitude, check out Millana’s GetTHANKFUL Challenge!
And join me and the SERENE community in cultivating gratitude by tweeting your daily gratitudes and tag #GetTHANKFUL and @SERENESocial. Because trust me, life really is so much better when you end your day by feeling grateful and expressing it to the world!
Following The Magic’s daily work, I will lead the online course with weekly group calls for four Sundays in a row, all to help keep the group accountable, motivated and inspired by seeing how the work works! Each hour and half long call includes sharing time, teachings on gratitude and affirmation work that falls under each week’s themes of money, love, success and health. To amp up the challenge, everyone is asked to fast something or to add something to their lives, track their manifestations and are encouraged to pair off for peer calls. With two already successful challenge the word about the #GetTHANKFUL Challenge is already spreading! When speaking about her #GetTHANKFUL Challenge experience, Lindsay Wagner said, “OMG magic is pouring in and I’m literally floored! Such a powerful experience, best thing I have ever done for myself. Thank you.”
Join me, live and in person every Sunday for some life changing work!!! Starting April 13th 8-9:30 for 4 Sundays!
I had a great two months in LA, but I am now back home in NYC for a few weeks before it will be time to leave again! I really love traveling and am working on some very exciting projects that wil keep me traveling and meeting amazing people! Until then… here are a few updates!
My best-friend, international model, DJ and humanitarian Mari Malek aka Dj Stiletto is competing for a HUGE Dj contest… Would you all be so kind to vote for her to support her!? The winners win some BIG prizes! One of which will include a summer long residency in one of Ibiza’s hottest clubs (who wants to go?!) Besides her being an amazing DJ, she is one of few women who are out doing their thing like she is! SUPPORT here! (FYI not avail on mobile devices!) She has great mix that you can listen to as well! 🙂
Also, did you hear? SERENE is officially launching in LONDON May 17th!! I am sooo proud of my team of amazing women, this really is a dream come true. Its fitting that SERENE is going international just after our 1 year anniversary and I hope you all can be apart of it as much as you have in NY! Will any of you be in London mid May? If so, would love to link while there and have you attend our kick off experience/events! If not, I know all you fabulous folks have fabulous Londoner female friends, so please share this link with them? I also encourage anyone interested in holistic wellness, women’s empowerment and purposeful and conscious living to sign up for our newsletter as well! In big cities like London and NY, it can be VERY difficult to find open, conscious and supportive women doing their thing, but SERENE is helping to bring this community of women together for amazing synergy in every area of their lives and society at large
Have you seen The Vagabond Project? Check out the trailer and be sure to visit TheVagabondproject.tv to see more! If traveling to Hong Kong, Beijing or Macau this season is a must see!! Enjoy!!!
Part 2 – Checking in to Skin Rehab
I’m not going to lie, looking at these photos and sharing them publicly is tough. I mean wow! My skin and my body were crying out for help in a very direct way and as the pictures prove my skin really was worse than it had ever been. And well, it wasn’t pretty. Sandra Lanshin, my trusted skin wonder woman of Brooklyn’s Treatment by LANSHIN, and I decided to share both of our perspectives throughout this process. From the very beginning it was clear that my struggle to clear my skin was more than just skin deep- it was emotional as much as it was biological. I know that my struggle with acne, stress, balancing wellness in a hectic city setting and breaking a codependency on quick-fix Rx is a struggle that so many women can relate to. As much as I would like to pretend, I’m not perfect and my skin wouldn’t let me hide it any more so I figure, why should I?!
July 19th, 2013
Although I was in distress over the state of my skin, I felt super optimistic about treatment. I was clear on my decision to go holistic for my skin but I’d only done acupuncture once before so I was a bit nervous. But truth be told my skin was so out of whack I was willing to go for anything Sandra had in store for me.
What I really like about Sandra and her treatment studio is the air of relaxation and warmth when you walk in. My only other acupuncture experience was in this cold, fluorescent-lit clinic where the Doctor just popped needles in me and left. But here the space has this understated warm luxury, and is beautifully designed and clean. The surroundings alone made me feel I was being taken care of in a beautiful way.
During my treatment, Sandra asked questions I’ve never been asked before – like about my diet. “What have you been eating? How have you been feeling emotionally? How’s your sleep cycle?” I never even considered these things were important in treating my skin.
I shared with Sandra my history of skin treatment, including the years of taking antibiotics. She carefully explained to me her belief that the antibiotics had most likely damaged my gut lining. I started to understand the connection between the state of my inner health and my skin. Apparently, if your gut is damaged it can affect the quality of your skin. This made me aware that I needed to eat better, and be more careful about what I put in my body – not just of what I put on top of my skin.
Sandra asked me what was going on in my life and if there was anything I felt anxious about. I knew that I needed to be open and honest about how stressed and anxious I really was. It was hard to admit even to myself, and the truth is, I felt and still do feel embarrassed about it. At first I didn’t understand what this had to do with my skin, but to her this was very connected. Stress can totally aggravate skin issues. And of course logically I knew this but like a lot of women, I felt that my stress and anxiety wasn’t a choice, but a bi-product of being a busy woman in a crazy city balancing a million things at once. I knew I wasn’t the only one stressed in NYC, but felt like I was the only one who’s skin was showing it. I was out of balance trying to balance being a model, actress, TV host and the co-founder of SERENE (not to mention the roles I have as a young women dating, spending time with friends and family). It was just too much and I didn’t want anyone to know, but my skin was saying it loud and clear and I started to see even in the first treatment that all of this was tied together and couldn’t be ignored any longer.
Once I went into the treatment room, Sandra told me that according to Chinese medicine my body was too “hot” and that we needed to release this heat. So she did something called “bleeding cups” on me. She pricked the nape of my neck and then put a suction cup over it to draw blood. As scary as it sounds it felt kind of cool! And it really didn’t hurt.
After cupping, Sandra needled my body to balance and level out my hormones, regulate my digestive function and calm my nervous system. While I rested with needles, she gave my face a reset with facial acupuncture. I remember her telling me that this would “help your skin move out the wastes and toxins that get trapped trying to get out at the surface.”
The treatment was an overall a calming experience that really was not painful. I just want to note that if you have never had acupuncture, don’t worry. The tiny prick lasts only for a split second and is gone! Once the needles were in, I actually didn’t feel it and forgot about it altogether!
As I got up from the treatment I felt so different. Not to sound dramatic, but I actually thought to myself, “I think my life has been changed.” I walked out of the treatment room as if on a cloud, not caring about anything. Whereas I had walked in tense and anxious without even really knowing it!
Sandra sent me home with a bottle of Chinese herbal pills to calm the acne, and her favorite probiotics to help bring back a more healthy gut lining that may have been damaged by the antibiotics. She also had me try an Evan Healy Blemish kit because of the brand’s insistence on high purity and quality ingredients. I couldn’t wait to get home and try it all and see where this new journey would take me!
Want to know how my skin responded? Stay tuned for Part 3
I had a fun shoot with my friend the famous Mike Schreiber at my old East Village apt… in the bathtub in my KITCHEN!! Yes, so many good memories in that wacky apt! I had so much fun with friend that day that we got all kind of shots! So I thought I would turn to you all to help me pick the faves! I have a few more sheets, but for now, wont you let me know which ones you like most??!