Create your tool bag for change

Create a personal “tool bag for change” to remain centered, grounded and balanced.

by Tina Sacchi — 

Many of us are experiencing great changes in our lives. As we navigate through our days, many emotions come to the surface for clearing and releasing. The world is shifting, and while we are seeing great changes in our political and financial systems, in particular, we are also experiencing profound transformation of mind, body, emotion and spirit.

How do you get through such life shifts with grace and ease? I recommend to clients that they create a personal “tool bag for change” to help them remain centered, grounded and balanced.

Below is a list of what to include in your tool bag.

Laughter: Go online and search for jokes, and have a few chuckles. Laughter is known to strengthen the immune system, boost energy, diminish pain and alleviate stress. It is fun and free.

Meditation and self-hypnosis: A few minutes to quiet your mind is a great way to de-stress and unwind.

Breathing: Oxygen is truly the gift of life. Breathe in, hold, then exhale. Spend time breathing with conscious effort. It has a very soothing and relaxing effect on mind, body and spirit.

Music: Soothing music really does “soothe the savage beast.” It can bring down anxiety from a 10 to zero in just a few minutes.

Chanting: A wonderful way to focus on something other than your problems and the stress is through chanting. Just say, “Ah” or “Om,” repeatedly.

Sleep: Sometimes the only way to recover from traumatic change is to sleep, so the body can enter into a deep healing state when cells are restored. Often, we see sleep as a negative, but a cat nap can be the best strategy for easing unruly emotions.

Movement: Some people call it exercise. Shake your body by dancing. Move your legs and stretch your arms as you sit. Movement can be quick and easy, and will restore your senses.

Nature outings: When you are overwhelmed, nature may be the best remedy. Go on a hike or take a road trip to “get away from it all.” Connect with the animals, stars, sun, moon and plants, and listen to the messages they can offer you.

Purified water: Often we forget to drink water. We are 70 percent water; it is a conduit for life.  A glass of water may relieve many physical and emotional symptoms.

Herbal tea: Take a break and drink a cup of warm tea. This is one of the best strategies for restoring balance.

Technology-free moments: Yes, you can do it. Turn off the cell phone and the computer. Reduce the over-stimulation caused by too much information.

Organic, raw, whole foods: A raw snack will do wonders to ease your spirit — even organic dark chocolate.

Claim your space: Sometimes the only way to achieve balance and harmony is to remove yourself from an environment. Let everyone know you are going out and will be back in a bit. Set up an altar where you can retreat, meditate and relax. Take a lunch or outdoor break to rebalance; go wherever you need to go to reduce over-stimulation and catch your breath — literally.

Prayers: Put the power of prayer in your tool bag. Start a journal and write down powerful prayers you can refer to whenever you feel unbalanced in mind, body, emotion or spirit.

Guides, angels and light beings: Include these important entities in your tool bag, so that you may call upon them at a moment’s notice for help and guidance.

Other items: Add whatever you desire to your tool bag that will relieve your stress and keep you grounded, protected, centered and relaxed, despite the world’s unpredictability.

Keep your tool bag handy, and refer to it when necessary. It will help you navigate your days with grace and ease.


Tina G. Sacchi is a holistic and spiritual practitioner, speaker and teacherwho uses hypnotherapy, shamanic practices, dowsing, Reiki, ear coning, meditation, life coaching, spiritual/angel readings, crystal and sound healing., 623-261-6167 or

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 30, Number 1, Feb/Mar 2011.

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