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Leading the Way: Ushering In a New Way of Being

While traveling over the summer with my ten-year-old daughter and husband, I was taken back to the days when I was a young girl traveling with my family — no maps pulled up at the press of a finger, no Siri telling you where to go. In today’s world, one can turn on their maps app, enter where they want to go, and basically slip into autopilot, knowing that the phone will direct you step-by-step along the way.

There is such a tunnel vision that happens here. Not even for a moment do we pause to wonder what sights are along the way, as that would slow us down in achieving our objective. Modern apps can calculate the quickest route and even let you know when your arrival time will be. If something arises along the way, the app speaks to you and asks if you’d like to be rerouted to the next quickest route if there will be a delay. No effort, no thought, and no planning on our end whatsoever. 

This era is all about the quickest and easiest way. We’ve lost our ability to really understand where we are in context of the world. Our ability to create a relationship with our surroundings and live a slower lifestyle is diminished. We have essentially thrown out our very own inner map.  click to continue.....

Inner Alchemy

The other day, I went to a Five-Element Guided Meditation. My friend, Jason Blackman, was facilitating. It was an interactive visualization incorporating colors and breathwork to help move stuck and stagnant energy. And boy, did it move! At different stages of the meditation, I was in tears. I was letting go and releasing trapped emotions within the cells of my being.

I was lying on the ground atop my favorite yoga mat, draped with a special rose-colored blanket adorned with golden roses that I brought. It was, in a sense, my security blanket protecting me; a safe, familiar energy. I brought it to help ground me in whatever emotions lie dormant within me as they were being unleashed in such a gentle, loving manner.

My friend was sharing his wisdom with us, guiding this room full of others I did not know, to bring awareness of different organs within. I was on my own inner journey, even though everyone heard the same words. Our experiences in life are different and held in the body differently too.  click to continue....

 

Radiance

Summer is the most magical time of the year for me. I absolutely LOVE the warmth of the sun and the sunshine it brings. There is an aliveness within me that it sparks like no other season. Radiance is the perfect word to describe this.

What is radiance to you? Shining bright comes to mind. Letting the true you shine forth from the inside out, capturing your unique beauty. When connecting with your truth in such a way, it can increase self-confidence so much that you feel unstoppable. As I’m tapping into this energy, it feels so expansive, creative, powerful, open-hearted, and outgoing. I really want to play in that sandbox, it brings such joy to my heart thinking about it!

I wonder why this is. My curious mind always wants to understand these mysteries. It wasn’t until I started learning about Natural Rhythms™ four years ago with my teacher, Lisa Michaels, that it opened my eyes to a whole new level of understanding with the natural world.  click to continue...

 

Balance

Have you ever felt that your life or the world around you is going too fast and wished you could find a pause button? Perhaps you need a little reprieve to get yourself sorted, to recalibrate, and clear the mental chaos to finally be able to focus? Perhaps you need the time to catch your breath or gain a new perspective, because life has you too boxed-in and feeling uncomfortable?  

Maybe you are experiencing growing pains — the discomfort of the skin of the “old” you, and no room to expand into your full potential? 

What if life could be filled with more ease? No more push-and-pull tug-of-war with your mind, body, emotions, and spirit. A life where you know who you are and where you are going, filled with clarity and feel a sense of peace, joy, wonderment, and awe, and a sense of hope for the world. Being able to connect to yourself, build stronger relationships, and show up in this world rooted in who you are, grounded to feel safe, and be able to see the beauty and love all around you, and not focused on fear.  click to continue....

 

Surrender

Surrender. That word came into my awareness the moment I thought about what to write about next. Soon after, I was looking for something on a bookshelf downstairs and was drawn to a journal. I had not opened it in years and couldn’t remember what that journal was for (as I have accumulated many journals over the years, each having their special purpose).

You know what I found when I opened that journal? A list of ‘Seven Steps of Conscious Change’. Coincidentally, the last step on the list was ‘surrender!’ This word was speaking to me. Now to listen and see what wanted to come through.

I believe this is such an important element to embrace and actively practice. The surrender I am talking about is not one of defeat or giving our power over to another, though. 

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Find Your Inner Compass

My journey is ever-unfolding. I am a deep feeler, and I cherish meaning. At my core, I seek deep dives to explore the mysteries of the universe, the power of the mind-body connection, and the connections between all living things.

Growing up I was quiet, very internal, reflective. Building relationships with nature really spoke to me.

I played in my sandbox connecting with maple seeds and started maple tree seedlings. I went door-to-door with my red wagon gifting these seedlings for any donation.  click to continue...

 

The Importance of Self-Care

Today is a cold winter day. I’m curled up in my favorite blanket drinking herbal tea that my friend Megan lovingly created, letting my mind explore the topic of self-care. Some would say self-care is a form of self-love, where we consciously and intentionally honor ourselves — in a sense, shower ourselves with love. I feel such a tenderness to life after reading the above quote, like the love we would give to a newborn baby. “Do you stop to smell the roses? Are we gentle with life’s delicate balance? Do we honor the present state of being, and adore the beauty?”

“Our Soul is like a soft and gentle flower; it needs to be nourished, cared for, tended to, with sufficient sunlight, fresh air and freedom to bloom into its most precious and beautiful form. This, my friend, is self-love.” — Miya Yamanouchi

Do we treat our lives this way or do we push ourselves to the brink of exhaustion? If the flower did this same thing, its magnificent flowers would never open! Do you think the plant would look healthy, green, and vibrant if it was never watered or didn’t have light? No way! The growth would be stunted, parts of the plant dying off, limp and lifeless. What is self-care anyway? 

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Finding Your Inner Wisdom This Year

With the new year, it’s an open possibility. A blank slate. A mystery to the unknown. A new seed that we get to nurture and grow. If we were diligent in the fall, releasing what no longer was serving us (mental, emotional, physical, or spiritual levels) then the ground this new seed will be planted is rich. No worries though, if one wasn’t diligent in letting go in the fall season, as we can still ‘weed’ anytime to create more viable space. This primed spaciousness allows the seed of our desires to grow and flourish.

I know for me, looking ahead of the next twelve months, there is so much spaciousness I haven’t filled the calendar with. I feel a sense of lightness and can breathe. There is movement and flow. This is a thread I want to continue....  click to continue...

 

Spirituality- Intentional or Fluff?

I’ve always felt comfortable saying I’m spiritual, so it feels normal to me; however, I think it can also be cliche. Many of us are “going through the motions.” when it comes to our spirituality. It’s like feeling anxious or sad, but ignoring it completely or replying with “fine” when someone asks how we are doing. To me, spirituality is about achieving the opposite- it is about being intentional.

I was curious to know what others deemed as spirituality and asked some of my closest friends and family. I quickly found out it was not easily defined. Every single person had their definition of what spirituality meant to them. I also searched on the internet. Here are some things that resonated with me in my findings:  click to continue...