Navigating the Seasons…inside and out!

It’s summer — a time of even more sun and more activity — if we’ve connected in with the energies of the winter and spring and rested and restored our bodies, moving into summer feels naturally expansive and energizing. Due to the nature of how most of us live, very active, and not necessarily in tune with the rhythms of the seasons, if we jump too fast into summer without having restored, we might hit some snags along the way. I talk a lot about slowing down and resting and one might wonder, well, how do you get anything done if you’re always moving slowly and resting?? Slowing down and resting is part of healing and resting an overactive nervous system.   And everyone is so different, we likely need different amounts of rest. It’s healing for your body and mind to find it’s own rhythm instead of trying to keep up with the pace of others around you or what you think you are supposed to be doing. It can feel like a huge exhale when you say ‘no’ and create some space just for yourself. Saying yes out of guilt or obligation and running around contributes to decreased immunity and energy. And when you are experiencing something particularly challenging emotionally, it can feel incredibly draining, and you may be more susceptible to sickness. Over time, this can also show up as more serious issues such as anxiety, depression and autoimmune issues. There are often so many layers to what is presenting itself on the surface. This may sound like it’s taking it a bit far… yet these...

Feeling saturated?

Feeling overwhelmed with the amount of information that is out there for consumption? Our brains can easily get overloaded with the pace and content of what we are hearing, seeing, and feeling. We barely have time to digest one thing before the next thing is calling our attention. There is a lot of chaos happening in the world, and simultaneously, we have much to navigate in our own personal daily lives.     When I’m feeling over saturated these days, my first stop is to head into nature. click here to read more.. It doesn’t have to be the wilderness. It can be a local park or even a patch of grass if that’s what you have available to you. Nature has a way of helping us to SLOW DOWN, to sync with a natural rhythm, to connect with something much larger than us. How can you stay informed about what is going on around you, take action in way that supports your values, AND at the same time, take care of yourself? When we sit on the ground, we remember that the earth has weathered many storms and through change and often destruction, there is not only survival, but the growth and beauty that we see every spring. SLOWING DOWN also helps us to connect in with what is truly bothering us underneath the surface. Yes, there are countless things that are disturbing these days though you may notice that certain things feel more challenging to you than others or elicit more of a reaction than something else. This is information. Anytime we experience a reactive thought or a feeling of wanting to push something away —  it gives us...

Grounding Tips For Travel

This is the season for heavy travel — you may already be on the road or packing at this very moment to take off for the holidays. Long periods of time in cars, planes, and trains can be taxing on the hips and the back. With potential delays and traffic, it’s not always easy on the nerves either.   Below are a few tips to help you ground and stay present while navigating all the randomness that can come with travel! BREATHE — Simple, I know… it’s amazing how often we forget how this simple act can shift our nervous system in miraculous ways. Take three long deep breaths with your feet firmly planted on the ground. Notice how far the breath is going. We don’t realize how often we hold our breath when stressed or we don’t allow the breath to move through our system. Let the belly expand. Let the breath move down to your root. Try it for a few minutes and notice what happens in your body and mind. YOGA – Once you’ve landed or arrived at your destination, try a simple yin pose like butterfly for 3-5 minutes or a restorative pose like legs up the wall. For butterfly, sit on the ground or at the edge of a blanket, place the soles of the feet together, and let the upper back round. If you have a back injury or pain, keep the back straight and don’t fold forward as much. Opening the hips can help your energy move downward. For legs up the wall, lay down with your buttocks close to the wall....

Taking Time for Self-Care

Earlier this year, I facilitated an online 28-day self-care journey. I was inspired to develop it while I lay on the acupuncture table receiving a treatment, which seems pretty fitting. In coming up with daily messages around self-care for 28 days, I realized how vast this topic is and the implication it can have on our well-being. It may seem self-indulgent to some — like there are so many things going on in the world, how or why is this important? Or to parents of young children, it may feel impossible to find the time. How can I possibly make time to do something for myself when I have an infant crying or children to feed, or make sure homework is done, and the list goes on and on… The truth is, we can’t really be fully present for life, relationships, work, or fun when we are feeling exhausted, depleted, stressed or worried. We can say things like, ‘it’s easier for someone else because they have help or they don’t have all the same responsibilities that I do.’ We then fall into the trap of comparing who has it better, worse, or easier.  And, that doesn’t really help or change anything. And, we are left still feeling exhausted, depleted, or unsatisfied in some way. Giving to, caring for, and attending to ourselves allow us to draw in the energy of receiving…when we can do this for ourselves, we more easily can receive from others. And of course, have more energy and desire to give! SO… I invite you to think of just ONE thing that you can do for...