Quite a Month

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A very sad goodbye to loyal Hummer. He passed quickly from lymphoma cancer.

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A major event – the Eclipse. (You can see it in the colored sun spots on the right.)

It’s looking like fall already! The Indian corn is beautiful, ready to harvest. The tomatoes have been dismal this year … just too cool this summer. (I’m not complaining, I don’t miss 100 degrees + Michigan humidity.)

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When there’s an ending, there’s also another beginning. Welcome Sweet Merci! It’s been quite a month.

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Messages in Dreams

My Wall

I made a quick sketch of a dream I had last night.

There is a huge plow shaped wall 20-30 stories high. It is so high and so daunting and difficult to climb that many people just stand at the bottom looking up to the top, yearning to reach it and a small number try to climb the wall. They aren’t always successful and the fall is treacherous. I feel compelled to climb the wall and know, to survive, I MUST make it to the top. There is a fence at the top of the wall and there are a few people walking around at the top appearing very carefree. I am on the left and have about 20 feet more to climb but I am exhausted and there is no further way up. Somehow I have binder twine (used on hay bales) and I tie pieces together and form a loop around myself, I think I have enough energy to throw it up but I would need someone up there to catch it and help to pull me up. I yell for “help.” An older lady looks over the top and nods and then disappears. I’m downcast and feel hope draining away. As my head hangs I notice the older lady at the bottom of the wall looking up at me. She had just come out of buildings at the bottom of the wall. The door behind her was closing and I yelled for her to catch the door and save herself. I hurried down to try and prevent the door from closing but was too late. I despaired for her and myself. Now we were both trapped down at the bottom. But the lady simply walked to the door and opened it and held it for me. I was dumbfounded. I followed her a short distance, an easy walk and we were suddenly at the top looking down at the others. I was free. There was another path to the top but I only knew the difficult path, the easy path had to be pointed out to me.

Then I awoke.

Slightly foggy.

Slightly amazed.

The message?

I’m not experienced at analyzing dreams but it seems like I’ve been in an unnecessary struggle and that’s about to change. An easier way is right there, it’s behind me in a place that doesn’t seem like a possible solution. Whatever ends up becoming of this, and I do believe dreams have deep meaning, I’ll be sure and share the easy path with you!

Detox Plan Month Eight

Here’s a review of past seven months of the 2017 detox plan.

January, Month One, Living the Natural Life – Switch to a Natural Deodorant without Aluminum (doTerra, Schmidts)

February, Month Two, Living the Natural Life – Switch to a Natural Shampoo, Soap, and Lotion without endocrine disruptors (doTerra, Arbonne, POSH, etc.)

March, Month Three, Living the Natural Life – Switch to Natural Pain Relief with Essential Oils (doTerra’s Deep Blue Rub, a natural capsaicin cream, Peppermint for Headaches, or a Blend of Juniper Berry and Black Pepper for nerve pain)

April, Month Four, Living the Natural Life – Switch to a Natural Toothpaste and avoid the dangers of toxic fluoride

May, Month Five, Living the Natural Life – Check your cleaning products for toxins with the EWG guide and switch to all natural products and using lemon essential oil for cleaning

June, Month Six, Living the Natural Life – Decrease sugar consumption and use natural sweeteners

July, Month Seven, Living the Natural Life – Switch to essential oils as a natural insect repellent

Just a quick reminder of “why” we detox:

  • The body will naturally detox harmful chemicals
  • The body can become so overloaded with synthetic chemicals that it can’t keep up with detoxing
  • When the body becomes overloaded with toxins you experience more sickness, more body pain, an increase risk for cancer, an increase risk for auto-immune diseases, an increased rate of aging, skin issues and more
  • By lightening the load of incoming synthetic chemicals and toxins, you give your body a chance to heal itself

Have you implemented the 2017 detox plan yet? If not, why not? If so, a big congratulations … change can be hard, even simple changes like using a different toothpaste. We get so stuck in our habits and routines, I’m proud of you for taking a step in a new direction, the right step for your health. Your future you will be so thankful for the small sacrifices you are doing now.

It’s August, the middle of the summer, a time when we are in the heat, on vacations, or simply doing work around the yard and are looking for quick and simple refreshment. If you’re drinking those individualized bottled waters, stop and research the cost. First, do a google search of the “health risks of drinking bottled water.”

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If that isn’t eye opening, then consider the problems of the plastics leaching into the water (that’s a whole other detox health concern), and also the environmental impact of all those plastic bottles.

Am I saying to give up the convenience of using bottled water? Nope, but I am encouraging you this month to buy your own water filtration bottle or buy a glass water bottle and fill it with your own water. The highlighted links go to amazon where you can find an example of these items. This month is a fun switch, go shopping for your own personal new water bottle, save money (over buying bottled water), and help improve your health!

If you like flavored waters or those with electrolytes, make your own using natural ingredients and natural sugars (if you like them sweetened. Just do a google search for “make your own gatorade” and there you go!

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Awareness

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So much was going on four years ago. Everything felt chaotic. In 2012 I lost the barns I had been running my therapy practice out of. My business was my life and it felt like it was collapsing. That’s the problem when you get too wrapped up in something, losing yourself in it. Not two months later my business computer crashed and my therapy horse died. Within a week after that I was in the hospital with severe pain.

I ran across this Facebook message I sent to a friend not long before the computer/horse/hospital thing happened … “You know the breath of life – expand and then contract – well, I’m in the contracted bit of that – contemplating and still deciding what to do… I love your thoughtfulness and will get back with you – just not sure when?!”

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I was amazed at the awareness – I was in a very painfully contracted state at that time of my life.  So much so that I received a chronic pain diagnosis and just felt defeated.

But it’s now four years later. Four years of slow healing. Four years of searching for a way out. And I’m pretty much pain free. Yes, I still have to lose the weight that came on during that period and I still have to monitor my blood pressure and I still have those regular aging aches … but the draining chronic, difficulty to breathe, nauseating, always there pain is gone.

So much has contributed to the healing … time, separating myself from my business, working through emotions, de-stressing with essential oils, tapping, bodywork, acupuncture, and even simple walks in nature with my dog. But it’s just recently that I really became aware that the chronic pain is just not there anymore. All the little things added up. Thank God.

One of the last things I did that seemed to really make a difference was to release old trapped emotions using a process called the Emotion Code. The Emotion Code is an energy healing technique that helps us to identify and literally release trapped emotions- which are harmful emotional energies from negative past events. Trapped emotions can cause depression, anxiety, they can block people from love and happiness and make them feel disconnected from others. And because trapped emotions are made of energy, just like the rest of the body, they exert an influence on the physical tissues, and can cause acute pain and even cancer. Releasing trapped emotions makes conditions right for the body to heal- so physical and emotional difficulties often disappear or become much more manageable.

If you have any pain issues and are curious if releasing trapped emotions might help you too, I’m working towards being certified in the Emotion Code and am offering 10 Free Sessions Available for People and 10 Free Sessions Available for Pets (Horse, Dog, Cat). First come, first serve. The sessions can be done via email, so it’s convenient but you can’t volunteer your spouse or friend … it would have to be for you or your pet. The Emotion Code is a great tool for awareness, is totally safe and gentle, and we don’t need to discuss anything that you want to keep private. Let me know! Here’s to all of our healing journeys!

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Fear and Stress

What are you doing September 21, 2017 in the evening?

On that Thursday I’ll be teaching a class on how to live life with the confidence and freedom to face fear. You know the fears that need to be faced … those that sabotage your dreams, your happiness, your peace. I have a number of research based strategies to share with you plus you’ll learn the basic physiology of fear … what happens in your body when you experience a stressful situation that your body perceives as a threat to your safety.

I’ve found that sometimes people need more than information and tools they can use for themselves, sometimes they need their own fear releasing session … and for the first time I’ll be offering that during a teleclass; I’ll include a distance healing session to help remove trapped fear from your body.

Whenever I commit to teaching a class, my mind goes into overtime exploring new ideas. And I’ve had some new insights into fear. Imagine a situation coming up in your future (maybe it’s a singing recital or a riding lesson or whatever) something that you perceive with an overlying anxiousness or fear and that you can’t back out of it even though perhaps you’d like to. You’re worried about performance, safety, success, whether you’ll be perceived as a fraud, if you’re good enough, or even if you’re worthy to do whatever it is you are doing. These are some of potential “costs” of stress based fear …

  1. The fearful thoughts are in your mind, taking up tons of your time and the thoughts bleed over into your other activities.
  2. Or, you escape stressful emotions by going inward into daydreams or diving into other unrelated thoughts as a way of “avoiding” the fear.
  3. Or, maybe you continue to push through your time, like a tired plow horse, simply going through the motions of life without joy.
  4. And/or perhaps your mind tries to escape like a bird flitting around and barely registers attention to any one thing for any length of time.

The costs of fear can impact your time, your ability to be fully present in the moment, your joy, and your attention span. And the costs of fear and stress are much greater on the body … the immune system, blood pressure, fatigue, and so much more … and that’s exactly what the class in September will be helping you with. Join me if you can. And let me know (in the comments below) the ways fear and stress affect you and what you do about it … we can all support each other as we face our fear!

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Garden in July

 

Annuals, perennials, fruit, flowers, and vegetables. The garden is full of delights. I’m the type of person who spontaneously spends a lot of time in their head … thinking, planning, problem-solving, daydreaming; I need something to ground me.  Nature, the plants and flowers, do just that and it’s like a sigh of relief for a moment … until another thought tantalizes a flight imagination. But the garden is just outside the door and I force myself to take breaks throughout the day … to stand in the stillness of the moment surrounded with the beauty, color, and texture of growing things. Thank you God for bringing me back down to earth with the garden in July.

Dents and Tears

The sun was just right in the morning to capture nature photos. I’m drawn to the different shapes, colors and textures of the flowers in bloom. They were beautiful. I came back in the house and noticed some other shapes and textures that weren’t so beautiful. I  moved some furniture a couple of years ago and the dent in the carpet from the bookcase has never recovered. And in the laundry room during a deep cleaning session, I pulled the washer out to sweep and accidentally tore the linoleum.

It occurred to me that emotional and physical trauma in the body can bear scars of dents and tears too. A heavy burden has left it’s mark and a person may never be the same afterwards … an accident created an injury that holds chronic aches and even disfigurement.

But I still live in my house (the brick and mortar structure and the bones and muscles structure). I found it’s difficult to notice those annoying dents and tears when the focus is on natures beauty surrounding me. Someday I may get new flooring for the house and I still have hope and am constantly searching for new therapeutic applications that give my body a “facelift” too. In the meantime, I live with dents and tears but focus with gratitude on something else, something beautiful.  I’m learning I can be imperfect AND be happy too!