Gratitude Experience begins November 21st!

November Gratitude Experience Starts Soon!

Join us as we practice expressing gratitude!

Would you like improved sleep, healthier skin, lowered blood pressure, and stronger relationships? All these are proven benefits of a consistent gratitude practice!

When times are tough, it’s easy to get stuck in a loop of self pity. When you fill your brain and your heart with gratitude, when you truly appreciate all the things, small and large, that you have to be thankful for, something magical happens!

Don’t believe me? Try this experiment with us for 5 days, then let me know how you feel.

  • What: Gratitude Experience
  • When: Five days – Sunday November 21st through Thursday November 25th (that’s Thanksgiving)
  • Where: Online
  • Why: Improve your outlook to improve your experience
  • Who: YOU!
  • How: Email me at Anne@FluidPortland.com and I will add you to our list. You receive one video prompt from me each day (like this short video below).

We kick off our challenge with a guided meditation Saturday November 20th at 11:30 am Portland Oregon time.

Here’s the zoom link:

Topic: LIVE Gratitude Meditation
Time: Nov 20, 2021 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88132230829?pwd=cTNBUWMwSnJwTENpWVpFTVZGd0ZUUT09

Meeting ID: 881 3223 0829
Passcode: 202070

On Saturday we will outline what you can expect over the next five days. Each day, Sunday through Thursday, you will receive an email with a short guided meditation video from me with a theme (people, pets, nature…).

You decide how you want to express your gratitude. You may sit and meditate, journal privately, write actual paper thank you notes and mail them (yes – like in an envelope with a stamp), send a text or email, or call your special people on the phone. You get to decide what is best for you.

My hope is that on turkey day you will express gratitude to some of your favorite people in person (and if you’re not doing in person Thanksgiving this year, you can always call me and tell me how much you appreciate me!).

That’s it!

  • Watch a short video
  • Sit with me for 5 minutes each day
  • Express your gratitude in the way you chose

Money back guarantee if you don’t feel better by the end of this! (I’m kidding, the challenge is free).

Fill out the form below and I’ll add you to our gratitude list!

Gratitude Experience

Anne@FluidPortland.com

Listening To Understand Workshop

Do you avoid conflict?

Would you like to feel more connected in your relationships?

Do you have trouble expressing yourself during difficult conversations?

Often during an argument, we are planning what we are going to say next, instead of truly listening to the other person.

If you would like to develop the skill of listening to understand, join us Saturday June 19th for a 60 minute Zoom workshop.

I’m teaming up with Relationship Coach Kristen Mira to offer tools that will help you to navigate communication and conflict better. This one hour online workshop will set you on the right path to experience greater understanding and feeling more understood in your relationships. This workshop will help you to feel more confident, grounded and connected while navigating conflict, whether that’s in your most intimate relationships or with your boss, or coworker.

We will sit for a moment to get centered, then Kristin will offer tips on how to listen to understand. You will have an opportunity to practice these tips in a low stakes environment (with your Fluid friends).

Leave with a new understanding of why truly listening to understand is important, and know how to stay calm and centered in real world, stressful situations.

Click here to sign up today!

September Gratitude Challenge Starts On The 19th!

To join this challenge send an email saying “I’m in!” to Anne@FluidPortland.com

What is it:

  1. Sit with us live Saturday the 19th at 11 am PDT (or catch up later with the audio recording).
  2. Receive an email prompt from me, once each day, for 7 days.
  3. Write down one thing you are grateful for.
  4. Respond to my email, or post your daily gratitude on Fluid’s facebook page (if social media is your thing).
  5. Notice your feelings.

I am thankful for you!

This year we are changing up our September Challenge. In years past we have focused on nutritious food, healthy movement, basically using this time of year as a fresh start to get back on track, or back into a routine. This year feels so very different. Rather than a list of assignments, we are focusing on one thing – gratitude!

Studies show that expressing gratitude can improve your sleep, reduce cellular inflammation, and strengthen your relationships. While it may not feel like it right now, we have many things, and people to be thankful for.

How do you express gratitude? You can send your special person a quick text, or an email, you can write out an actual handwritten thank you card (yes, like with a stamp, thru the mail!), you can call your person and tell them what they mean to you. This could also be a more personal thing, maybe you keep a gratitude journal, that only you read.

So how do we get going? Join us live for a Zoom group meditation Saturday September 19th at 11 am. We will set our goals for the week, talk about possible stumbling blocks and how to address them, then sit for 30 – 45 minutes. you may join us for part or all of this, and I will record an audio file of our meditation that you can re-listen to anytime.

Each day I will email you one short prompt. I challenge you to spend one minute each day reflecting on gratitude. Start small, literally one minute, write down one thing, and see where this goes. Notice how this process makes you feel. Do it every day, first thing in the morning, creating a habit.

To join this challenge send an email saying “I’m in!” to Anne@FluidPortland.com

To recap our plan:

  1. Sit with us Saturday the 19th at 11 am.
  2. Read your daily email prompt from me.
  3. Write down one thing you are grateful for.
  4. Respond to my email, or post your daily gratitude on Fluid’s facebook page.
  5. Notice how this daily gratitude habit makes you feel.

Help me spread the word! Who do you know who would benefit from this? Can you send your special person this post, inviting them to join the September Gratitude Challenge?

Thanks, I appreciate you!

~Anne

Gentle Yoga, Mindfulness And Meditation Workshop Saturday May 3rd

Had a long week? Join Anne for an afternoon of mindfulness.

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We start with gentle seated yoga to warm up our bodies and calm our minds, then explore your five senses with a mindfulness exercise, and finish with a guided meditation.

  • Who: You! And your Fluid family
  • What: 90 minutes total, the class includes gentle movement and sitting quietly with short rest breaks
  • When: Saturday May 3rd at 2 pm
  • Where: Fluid World headquarters 1626 S.E. Sherrett Street, Portland, Or 97202
  • Why: reduce stress, improve your mood, increase your awareness and strengthen your relationships

New to yoga or meditation? This is the perfect introduction. If you are not able to sit on the floor (like Anne in the above photo) please bring a pillow, blanket or towel. Anne will also have props to make you comfortable.

Click here and here for more info about the benefits of meditation.

Questions? Call Anne (503) 705-4762. R.S.V.P. to anne@fluidportland.com by Friday May 2nd to reserve your spot.

Anne McCranie is a Portland Oregon based Licensed Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer. She offers one on one training, weekly classes and monthly workshops. A list maker and go getter she is working on getting comfortable with stillness, silence and moving s-l-o-w-l-y and invites you to join her on this journey.

Living a Balanced Life

Last weekend I attended a YogaFit teacher training in Hood River.   The weather was perfect, sunny and warm, and our hotel overlooked the gorge!  I ate yummy food, did lots of yoga, meditated and met some cool people.  The focus of the weekend was meditation, and chakra balancing.

We discussed learning styles especially right brain vs. left brain.  Ideally we want a balance of left brain (where are my keys) and right brain (imagination, visualization, creativity etc).  This allows us to seamlessly move through our daily activities while feeling connected to those around us, having a sense of community.  Our instructor, Kristy Manuel showed us this video of Jill Bolte Taylor, a brain scientist who while having a stroke watches her brain functions shut down one by one – motion, speech, etc…   Hers is a fascinating story.  I love her ideas about how to connect more with our right brain, or creative side.  As she says our right brain thinks “We are perfect, whole and beautiful”

Also during the weekend we did several chakra meditations visualizing the colors, shapes, and qualities of the energy throughout our body.  We also incorporated the colors and characteristics of each chakra into our vinyasa yoga flow.

For the uninitiated, chakras are energy centers that connect to major organs and glands which govern certain parts of your body.  There are seven major chakras and their locations correspond to nerve bundles branching out from the spinal column.  They can be visualized as spinning wheels or vortexes, and each one has a separate color and sound associated with it.  Ideally all seven chakras should be balanced.  If our surroundings are healthy and positive, we receive positive energy and feel good.

Sometimes of course we may become out of balance, having an excess of energy in one area, or a deficiency in another.  How do we solve this problem?  One way is to meditate and visualize your energy flowing evenly throughout your body, There are specific chakra meditations available (we were using a “Chakra Balancing Workbook” by Anodea Judith) but a good start could be sitting quietly for five minutes and just listening to your body.

Try resting your hand on your lower belly and see how it feels.  Rest your hand on your heart or on the top of your head.  Do any of these areas feel more vibrant, louder, softer, bigger, more fluid?  Imagine light or warmth spreading up from your feet all the way out the top of your head, then back down out the bottoms of your feet grounding you into the earth.

I have done a chakra meditation several times in the last few weeks – last night at a bachelorette party for instance (it’s Portland – go figure) and see different things each time.   Sometimes one color is more vibrant or feels stronger, some times I can barely sense energy moving.  Experiment with tuning into your body and see if you can start to pick up the messages it is sending you.