Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Tending your home fire

Ahhhh. I take in a long, slow, deep breath. You know the kind, where a low thunder echoes between your ears. We are here together in this moment for one another. We will help one another keep the home fires burning, whatever that may be to you. The time of the feminine has arrived.

From Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0

I've lived on this particular chunk of planet Earth for seventeen years. At times I have tended every blade of grass and weed. Some years the weed trees encroach on the openness of my yard and grow tall. Many, many, many have helped me learn how to care for this land. Some by doing the work for me, others by telling me how they do, and still others work with me. Over time, I've become quite in tune with this property. Through it all, the fire pit remained. It ate a lot of those trees and weeds. It kept us warm as we laughed and told stories. She entertained with her dance. Fire transforms: burning the old, cleaning and cleansing, and clearing space for new.
It is fall and the weather is becoming crisp, so I have been tending to my fire pit. Around around around around, in a clockwise direction; I am aware of the four directions. I clean the pit, then burn. I clear a larger circle around the pit, making sure not to leave behind any flammable leaves, then burn. I rake a long path leading to the sacred fire, then burn. I clear the yard of fallen sticks and larger limbs, thrown to the earth by summer winds, then burn. Around around and around. Many hours, many days. November 16th at 7:30 I light yet another fire; this time I beat the drum in solidarity with others… a prayer for mother earth.
Good morning. Time to tend to the fire pit. Around again. (What a surprise!) My neighbor compliments me on my yard, on my hard work, and she blesses me. She asks me to come and help her with her fire pit. She doesn't own tools and wants help cutting up some big branches to burn. Two strong women tending to the fires. This feels like a powerful message from the universe. We have been neighbors for all these years. We have been cordial, but didn't get into each other's business. You know, good neighbors, but not friends. Here we were, laughing and working and KNOWING without saying.
Taking another long, deep breath, I ask if you have tended to your fire. Hold your space. Allow your feminine power create our new world. Will you be ready to help your sister when she asks?

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Home gardening

Seriously! I just watched a TV commercial for the Koch brothers. "We will need to grow twice the food on the same amount of land." Why? I ask, and you should too.

Food is, if you ask me, the most important thing that we can do for our health. Quality food is part of health maintenance; just look at how our health has steadily declined since the introduction of modern farming. Cancer, arthritis and other immune system/unhealthy gut symptoms are just the tip of the iceberg of disastrous disorders and diseases.

Why aren't we all growing something? A small garden, even one plant in a container or a windowsill herb garden would be a good start.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016

I said breathe

Breathe breathe breathe: I say it a lot and I usually mean one of two main things. I suppose there are dozens of ways to go about it, but I mean to shift away from our normal, unconscious, shallow breathing to either to a de-stressing or an empowering breath. Another way to say that is belly breathing and chest breathing.

Buddha sitting in in lotus pose

Monday, October 17, 2016

Surprise massage

Massage is good for physical and emotional health—and it feels wonderful. Studies tell us to get a massage a minimum of once a month, especially if you want to reap the collective benefits for the immune system.

The best massage seems to be the last one I've gotten. But this one, let me tell you, this one was the absolute best ever. A fellow massage therapist called me with a neck issue. After her session, we enjoyed a salad, and then, much to my surprise, it was my turn! Wow! I have not been at my best, it's been a few weeks since my last massage, and a friend had told me that I needed to think of some way to treat myself today. I didn't have to "think": I just went into my studio and got on the table. A-mazing, sang the voice inside my head, when she first began. "Financial issues?" I imagined Louise Hay whispering in my ear, as my low back and hips got their attention. Feet, hands, face, and head…"No wonder our clients love massage," I giggled to my friend. We then come up with a brilliant plan to spread the love. (I'm sure that I'll blog on that when the details have been ironed out).
Me giving a massage

Friday, October 14, 2016

Getting started

A few years ago, I didn't have or use a computer, but my friends and clients pestered me until finally I agreed to accept one as a Christmas gift. Without one, who could I ask all my crazy questions? But now, I have Google. I am really glad that I joined the computer world. I have fun and stay in touch through Facebook; I ask Google something or other on most days; my clients are glad to be able to PM me at any time of day or night. Now, it's time for something new: I've been introduced to blogging. I have progressed from checking my email once a month to once a day, and this should get better with time too.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Aromatherapy / Not the flu

Keeping your immune system strong with essential oils smells good to me! I prefer staying well over getting well. Pine, eucalyptus, tea tree, and lemon are all essential oils that aid the immune system. Using them to clean your home is a great idea. Just add 5-10 drops into a surface cleaner, whether homemade or store bought (that one popular cleaner has long used pine). I've heard that pine trees were brought inside homes during cold months to stave off even the plague!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Breathing and cortisol

We all have times where our cortisol (stress hormone) levels are increased. Higher levels of this hormone contributes to feeling stressed, tight muscles (including that clenched jaw), weight gain, and sleep disturbances, among others. Breathing helps reduce it.