People 30 August 2018
Everyone needs a little guidance in their lives sometimes. What the majority of society doesn't know is that we all do have an extra guide. Actually a few of them. Natalie Miles knows they're there though. As a physic and spiritual advisor, she has the ability to connect any of us with our spirit guides. Leaving a career in film production, Miles knows a lot more about our own spirit guides than we do.
Some might be asking, 'well, what is a spirit guide?' We had the same initial reaction. We asked our favorite spirit advisor a little more about her practice to get us all the understanding we need.
1.When did you discover you had the gift of connecting to and connecting others to spirit guides?
It's always such an honor to connect people to their Guides as they are the gateway to accessing our own intuition. I grew up psychic as a child and had my first interaction with my Spirit Guide at the age of 5. My main Guide appeared at the end of my bed one night to let me know she was here to guide and protect me. But it wasn't until my early 30s that my Guides pushed me to do this work full time. I received the message loud and clear that my soul purpose is to connect people to working with their Guides and their intuition. It was my job to make this work relevant and grounded in the world we live in. We're at a time where we're really looking for the connection with ourselves and the world around us.
2. How does the process work?
When I'm working one on one with a client or at a live event, before they arrive I always set the intention for their Guides to step forward to share messages and insight. I then work with the Guides so they can share all the wisdom, insights and knowledge to the client. I like to say it's like my Guides and their Guides having a chat and I'm just the door opener to make it happen. I then receive what they want to share by hearing them talk, seeing visuals and feeling their energy. Depending on the session, and if the Guide gives me permission, I also share what they look like and who they are.
We have many different Guides, but we all have one main Guide that is with us from when we are born until we die.
3. How do you find your spirit guide?
Anyone can connect to their Guides. It's all about being open, creating space and trust. The first step is to ask them to step forward. Our Spirit Guides need encouragement and need to know that we'd like to connect with them and discover who they are.
Most are very happy to work quietly in the background, only making themselves known to you when they feel you need it the most. But if you'd like them to give you more messages, signs and guidance you just need to ask. The best way to ask them is when you're relaxed and in a quiet space.
Take 5 minutes in meditation or just sitting somewhere quiet and say in your head or out loud, "Spirit Guide I would like to work with you more. Please step forward into the light to share with me messages and guidance." You will feel their energy and presence and for some, you may see them or begin to hear them.
4. What's everyday life like for you, are you constantly bombarded with spirits, interruptions etc?
Great question! So I've learned through the years the art of turning it off and turning it on. The spirits now know when I'm not working. It's like I have a “ Do Not disturb sign" in my energy field so they know not to bombard me.
But when I'm working with Spirit I'm always in wonder and awe of the messages and wisdom they provide. This work is all about healing and empowering others to truly connect to who they are.
5. How do you hone your gift, do you think anyone can, or a very specific type of person?
We are all intuitive. We are all born gifted. That's why children are highly intuitive and see the world with open eyes. It's as we get older that the blocks form around our intuition. Fear, worry and judgement about what others will think set in and we forget this universal gift.
We're in a time right now where intuition is becoming mainstream. It's exciting as it's not an awakening people are having but a reactivation of the gifts that we already have.
6. Do you have any anecdotes of note, something that was particularly interesting/moving?
When I connect people to their Guides it can be a very emotional experience. It's like meeting someone who's your best friend, who knows you better than anyone else and has infinite love for you. To witness, facilitate and be part of that journey is always so humbling. When you meet your Guide it's like accessing a love that you didn't know existed.
7. What does a spirit guide do?
I like to call them our cheerleader team in Spirit. They guide you, help you, send you signs, messages and healing. It's important for us to realize that we're not alone on our life journey.
8. What are the benefits to uncovering yours?
Our Guides are the gateway to our own intuition. They leave you feeling empowered, connected to who you are and what your soul purpose is. By working with them you will have greater confidence in your own internal guidance system and will trust your own intuition more.
9. For people who aren't psychic, do you have any advice for listening to your inner voice?
Our inner voice or intuitive guidance system is so important and we all have the gift to connect and listen. My main piece of advice is to create the space to listen. So often we're on the go, cramming our diaries full, or are overloading our brain with social media and screen time. We're setting ourselves up to fail rather than succeed and tune into our inner voice.
One simple ritual you can do is to create space to listen in the shower. In the morning have a shower and use the water to reset your energy by imagining the water creating a beautiful white light around your body. Next call in your Guides and ask, “What do I need to know today?" See where you mind goes and create the space to listen.
10. What's a philosophy you live by/motto?
“If it's not a HELL YES, it's a NO". I use this when making any decision. If it doesn't feel good or aligned in my body I'm not doing it. It's saved me from a lot of pain and wrong paths.
11. What are the different kinds of spirit guides?
We have many different Guides, but we all have one main Guide that is with us from when we are born until we die. They have lived many lifetimes here on earth and just like us have gifts, talents, personalities and passions. They like to use these talents to help us and connect with us.
The rest of our Spirit Guide team is made up of protection guides, healing guides & messenger guides. They come in at specific times in our life when we need their assistance.
12. How do you balance such an unusual career, do you find people don't you seriously/judge you?
People are always intrigued by the work I do. When I first started this as a career, I was worried people would think I was weird or strange. I previously was a Producer and had a 10-year career in film production. But now I don't worry what people will think. 99% of the time people have so many questions, they really want to know more. There will always be the 1% who will judge or don't believe and that's all good.
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With a lack of certainty surrounding the future, being and feeling healthy may help bring the security that you need during these unpredictable times.
When it comes to your health, there is a direct relationship between nutrition and physical activity that play an enormous part in physical, mental, and social well-being. As COVID-19 continues to impact almost every aspect of our lives, the uncertainty of the future may seem looming. Sometimes improvisation is necessary, and understanding how to stay healthy and fit can significantly help you manage your well-being during these times.
Tip 1: Communicate with your current wellness providers and set a plan
Gyms, group fitness studios, trainers, and professionals can help you to lay out a plan that will either keep you on track through all of the changes and restrictions or help you to get back on the ball so that all of your health objectives are met.
Most facilities and providers are setting plans to provide for their clients and customers to accommodate the unpredictable future. The key to remaining consistent is to have solid plans in place. This means setting a plan A, plan B, and perhaps even a plan C. An enormous amount is on the table for this coming fall and winter; if your gym closes again, what is your plan? If outdoor exercising is not an option due to the weather, what is your plan? Leaving things to chance will significantly increase your chances of falling off of your regimen and will make consistency a big problem.
The key to remaining consistent is to have solid plans in place. This means setting a plan A, plan B, and perhaps even a plan C.
Tip 2: Stay active for both mental and physical health benefits
The rise of stress and anxiety as a result of the uncertainty around COVID-19 has affected everyone in some way. Staying active by exercising helps alleviate stress by releasing chemicals like serotonin and endorphins in your brain. In turn, these released chemicals can help improve your mood and even reduce risk of depression and cognitive decline. Additionally, physical activity can help boost your immune system and provide long term health benefits.
With the new work-from-home norm, it can be easy to bypass how much time you are spending sedentary. Be aware of your sitting time and balance it with activity. Struggling to find ways to stay active? Start simple with activities like going for a walk outside, doing a few reps in exchange for extra Netflix time, or even setting an alarm to move during your workday.
Tip 3: Start slow and strong
If you, like many others during the pandemic shift, have taken some time off of your normal fitness routine, don't push yourself to dive in head first, as this may lead to burnout, injury, and soreness. Plan to start at 50 percent of the volume and intensity of prior workouts when you return to the gym. Inactivity eats away at muscle mass, so rather than focusing on cardio, head to the weights or resistance bands and work on rebuilding your strength.
Be aware of your sitting time and balance it with activity.
Tip 4: If your gym is open, prepare to sanitize
In a study published earlier this year, researchers found drug-resistant bacteria, the flu virus, and other pathogens on about 25 percent of the surfaces they tested in multiple athletic training facilities. Even with heightened gym cleaning procedures in place for many facilities, if you are returning to the gym, ensuring that you disinfect any surfaces before and after using them is key.
When spraying disinfectant, wait a few minutes to kill the germs before wiping down the equipment. Also, don't forget to wash your hands frequently. In an enclosed space where many people are breathing heavier than usual, this can allow for a possible increase in virus droplets, so make sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Staying in the know and preparing for new gym policies will make it easy to return to these types of facilities as protocols and mutual respect can be agreed upon.
Tip 5: Have a good routine that extends outside of just your fitness
From work to working out, many routines have faltered during the COVID pandemic. If getting back into the routine seems daunting, investing in a new exercise machine, trainer, or small gadget can help to motivate you. Whether it's a larger investment such as a Peloton, a smaller device such as a Fitbit, or simply a great trainer, something new and fresh is always a great stimulus and motivator.
Make sure that when you do wake up well-rested, you are getting out of your pajamas and starting your day with a morning routine.
Just because you are working from home with a computer available 24/7 doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your entire day to work. Setting work hours, just as you would in the office, can help you to stay focused and productive.
A good night's sleep is also integral to obtaining and maintaining a healthy and effective routine. Adults need seven or more hours of sleep per night for their best health and wellbeing, so prioritizing your sleep schedule can drastically improve your day and is an important factor to staying healthy. Make sure that when you do wake up well-rested, you are getting out of your pajamas and starting your day with a morning routine. This can help the rest of your day feel normal while the uncertainty of working from home continues.
Tip 6: Focus on food and nutrition
In addition to having a well-rounded daily routine, eating at scheduled times throughout the day can help decrease poor food choices and unhealthy cravings. Understanding the nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy can help you stay more alert, but they do vary from person to person. If you are unsure of your suggested nutritional intake, check out a nutrition calculator.
If you are someone that prefers smaller meals and more snacks throughout the day, make sure you have plenty of healthy options, like fruits, vegetables and lean proteins available (an apple a day keeps the hospital away). While you may spend most of your time from home, meal prepping and planning can make your day flow easier without having to take a break to make an entire meal in the middle of your work day. Most importantly, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Tip 7: Don't forget about your mental health
While focusing on daily habits and routines to improve your physical health is important, it is also a great time to turn inward and check in with yourself. Perhaps your anxiety has increased and it's impacting your work or day-to-day life. Determining the cause and taking proactive steps toward mitigating these occurrences are important.
For example, with the increase in handwashing, this can also be a great time to practice mini meditation sessions by focusing on taking deep breaths. This can reduce anxiety and even lower your blood pressure. Keeping a journal and writing out your daily thoughts or worries can also help manage stress during unpredictable times, too.
While the future of COVI9-19 and our lives may be unpredictable, you can manage your personal uncertainties by focusing on improving the lifestyle factors you can control—from staying active to having a routine and focusing on your mental health—to make sure that you emerge from this pandemic as your same old self or maybe even better.