Rising Spring Energy

I love this time of year! Spring has finally arrived. My woods are full of green leaves and wild flowers. People are coming out of the winter doldrums to work on projects with new vigor.

What is waiting to burst forth in your life this spring? This is the time to balance the Wood element with a few simple acupressure points at the ribs and the feet. As you hold these points gently for two minutes, think about the things you wish to accomplish and devise a plan to take action and complete your goals.

I’ve been making lots of To Do lists to accomplish my goals. There are many projects and events happening this year. I discovered some creative bullet journal prompts to motivate me to keep on track.

Spring also brings fresh  foods back to the market. I’m buying local when I can.  I’m also focusing on eating as many healing foods as possible. Here are some great cucumber rolls to try.  Or try some healing cardamom in your chai tea!

Spring brings new routines. How about trying these tips for 30 days to a healthier you?  Many of the tips are consistent with the Be Well Decks (Balance Resource Cards) that I created to help my Breast Cancer patients make healthy lifestyle changes and prevent  the return of their cancer. What are the things you do to be well?

Spring can also bring stress to our lives with all the projects and opportunities available. What are you doing to keep your stress levels  in balance? This interesting article suggests showing compassion to others through service is a great way to feel good and reduce stress. Daily meditation is also a great way to slow down the pace.  Create space to breathe in your day.  Take a breath. Be present in the moment.

I’d love to year what new possibilities are waiting to blossom in your life this year?

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May you be well!

 

 

 

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Viriditas (Greening)

It’s time to choose my word for the year. This yearly ritual helps to focus my time and energy. I like to see the ways my word shows up in my life.

The word viriditas chose me this year. This word means “greening”, as in the waiting-for-the-lush-spring-growth-to-erupt kind of green. It is full of potential and vitality. Mystic Hildegard de Bingin associated this word with spiritual and physical health.

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On this first day of a new year, I sense the greening within me. I sense spiritual greening within my church community, within the country and the world. Despite our disagreements and differences, I have hope that is growing stronger than the fears that seem to bubble up with the possibility of change. I am looking for the leading growth shoots of spiritual awakening that I can nurture around me this year. I sense something big is waiting to burst forth and erupt with a refreshing surprise.

This anticipation of a global spiritual renewal is something that many of us have been yearning for. This holy greening, waiting to give birth to all sorts of new opportunities has been lying there dormant in our collective unconscious, waiting for the right moment to emerge. Can you sense this life-force energy bubbling up to the surface, ready to send out tender young shoots of new life?

What is “greening” within you? I invite you to notice what springs up to life within you in the coming months. Here are some questions for reflection:

  • What is waiting to burst forth within me physically and spiritually this year?
  • What new possibilities for my future can I nurture today?
  • What gives me a sense of vitality and zest for living?
  • How am I using my creativity to co-create with the Divine?
  • How am I creating viriditas within my body, mind and spirit?
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Letting go and embracing ease

As the days begin to get longer and the hot muggy weather is replaced with cooler days, it’s time to look at our routines. I’m focusing on embracing ease as I move in the next few months.

Take a moment and PAUSE. Does your routine flow smoothly, with ease?  Are you ready to let go of something so that you can slow down?

Perhaps there is one more burst of energy for a task or project, just like those leaves give one last burst of color. Maybe you are ready to hand over a responsibility to another person, so you are free to focus on a project you are passionate about. I have a project on the back burner that is calling my name.

Just like those fall leaves, I’m ready to let go and move into a slower pace. What about you?

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Part of my focus on embracing ease this year is to consolidate websites and blogs, so DW Healing Arts will now be located at www.dwhealingarts.com. I hope you enjoy the new website and newsletter. You can sign up for this monthly newsletter in the bottom right hand corner of my website.

May you be well!

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Weekend Percolations: 17July2016

 

It’s been a tough month in the western world, but let’s not forget this is the norm for many people around the world. To those who have been touched by violence, our hearts go out to you.

Let’s learn to be more caring on social media.

Happiness leads to success, according to this fun study.

Here is a great resource for daily self care.

Krista Tippett talks about Becoming Wise.

I want to Work Less, Play More.

What are People For? by Wendell Berry

Be thankful for the gift of life.

We are all connected.

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Weekend Percolations 17June2016

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This is a great time of year for a photo walk as self care. Walking with a camera is a great practice for slowing down and being present in the moment.

Try this brain-boosting blueberry smoothie for breakfast. Get ready for a productive day at work!

Another way to boost your brain health is to use the Cortices Tapping. This simple effective technique helps improve concentration and keep your body healthy when used daily.

The mind, body and spirit are connected. Here’s a technique to release old wounds. We have the power to heal our body and reprogram our brain with new thought patterns.

I love my new Moyo Drum from Vision Hawk Music. The sounds are relaxing and any combination of notes sound great together. No previous musical experience needed!

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Summer is a great time to get into a new self care routine with your BeWell Decks. Try to choose something for your body, mind and spirit every day.

Balance your Chakras with exercises to boost the energy flow in your body. Yoga also a great way to boost your energy levels, but don’t try to do yoga poses like Chris and JL.

Here’s an important Father’s Day message from Kid President on SoulPancake. For those who don’t have warm fuzzy feelings about Dad, here are some thoughts on healing that Father Wound.

Here is a great practice on letting go from the Fetzer Institute.

Happy Summer Solstice!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listening Prayer

While deleting old files from my laptop, I discovered a children’s story I did a few years ago. It was part of a series on teaching children different ways to pray. My task was to teach the children how to be silent and listen for God to speak to them. This is not an easy concept for adults to understand, so how do you teach children ways to listen to God?

When a person prays, they often say things to God but don’t take time to listen for a response. In this situation, prayer happens when a person does the talking (or thinking) and God listens. There is only conversation happening one direction, from us to God. True friends have a mutual give and take in a relationship, so they take turns speaking and listening. An important part of praying is learning to listen to God instead of always talking and expecting God to listen.  How can we listen to God when God doesn’t have a body and doesn’t speak with a voice the way people do?

One way people learn to listen to what God is saying is by becoming very quiet on the inside (internally within our hearts) and the outside (externally with our bodies). When a person reaches this point of stillness, they stay quiet for a period of time in awareness of their connection with God. It is like two people sitting quietly on a beach watching a sunset and enjoying the companionship with each other without the need for words.

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People are so accustomed to being busy and active that stillness is really difficult. You notice your thirst or hunger or the itchy spot on your arm. New thoughts pop into your mind almost as fast as you let go of the previous one. The body becomes restless and the chair feels uncomfortable. If you practice being still often enough, it becomes easier to listen without these distractions. You realize that God does speak to people with ideas or feelings or words to a song or mind-pictures. Each person experiences this listening time in different ways. It is hard to know how God will speak to you until you actually listen.

Sometimes when people first start to listen for God’s response, it seems like God isn’t there. You can’t tell if it is really God who’s speaking to you, or if you are just making it up in your imagination. This is a normal response. God loves that you are trying to listen and will surprise you in many different ways if you keep paying attention. God uses your thoughts and imagination and other sensory experiences to communicate with you.

Take a moment right now to try a listening prayer. This is one way to get quiet on the inside and outside. Make sure you are comfortable in your chair. Wiggle around until your body feels comfortable and relaxed. Allow your arms to rest in your lap. You can close your eyes if you wish to remove visual distractions or you can focus on an object in the distance. Instead of looking intently at the object, try to stare at it with “soft eyes.” This means your face is relaxed and soft while your eyes stare through the object, which allows the object to become slightly out of focus. If your body becomes uncomfortable, take a few deep breaths in and out.

Imagine sending love to God and feeling God’s love return back to you. This may make you feel really happy. You might imagine a stream of light like a flashlight shining from your body up to heaven and God’s love coming back down to you like a sunbeam shining on your body. You may wish to cross your arms over your chest as if giving yourself a hug to give a bodily sensation of being loved and held by God.

Once you are in this time of stillness, you can ask God a specific question or tell God something on your mind, then sit back and wait for a response. You can approach this time with a sense of curiosity and openness. You might receive a response which may show up as an idea, words to a song or a visual image. Sometimes you will become aware of a signal in the environment around you, such as a warning siren in the distance or your pet snuggling up to you. You might wonder what message God might be trying to tell you with these signals you noticed. When you feel that it is time to end the prayer, take a moment and express thanks to God for the time of listening and companionship. People often end their time of prayer with “Amen” or “Let it be so” or with a bow.

Listening prayer takes practice. Try to do this prayer first thing in the morning before you get out of bed or right before you go to sleep at night. God wants to have a conversation with us every day and is very happy when you take time to listen.

What things do you notice when you listen to God?

How do you release stress?

I recently experienced some stress-related symptoms which forced me to slow down and pause. I had an opportunity to practice several different stress management techniques that I usually teach my clients. It was nice to have multiple tools to use. I wonder what stress management tools are most popular and which tools tend to be used less often by my friends and readers.

I need your help. Would you take a moment to respond to the survey below? What technique do you prefer to release stress in your life?

Stress Release Survey

Are there stress management techniques that you prefer to use at work or at home? Are there tools that you use that are not listed in the survey? My interest is to see which techniques are most popular and which techniques may need more education when I introduce these tools with my clients.

Happy Spring! May you be well!

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From the BeWell Decks at BalanceResourceCards.com