Spring 2018 Percolations

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Spring is slowly arriving. My forsythia bush is almost ready to bud. Seeds that have been dormant all winter are poking up from under the earth. The crocus are blooming.

I’m excited to see Spring arrive. I’m like a seed, beautifully depicted in this painting by Pawel Jonca, ready to sprout with new projects and possibilities. I feel the energy rising in the world as well. I’m ready to Be the Change!

My most exciting “seed” that finally sprouted this Spring is a book of case studies that went to the publisher last week! I’ve collected 89 case studies and stories showcasing the work of 40 practitioners trained in Soul Lightening Clinical Acupressure and Process Acupressure. Thanks to Cathy Miller, president of Soul Lightening International, for collaborating with me on this project! I’m hoping those who read the book will discover the amazing benefits of our Seva Stress Release acupressure protocol as an effective tool for stress management. I love teaching this protocol to my clients and others in the community and hope to do more local workshops in the coming year.

Spring energy gives rise to dreams. Have you kept a dream journal to track what is happening in your internal landscape? I gain lots of insight into my inner world when I pay attention to dreams. I’m enjoying a monthly dream group with some friends and find it fascinating how our dreams give hidden insights, even the tiniest snippets of dreams we remember.

Spring is also the time when the earth gets lots of rain. Water bring vitality to living things. Are you keeping your body hydrated this spring? Check out these great ideas for flavor-infused water.  Here’s a Balance tip: Remember to drink room temperature water, which is better for your body than ice cold water.

Having trouble sleeping at night? Here is a great explanation of the Chinese Meridian Clock. The Horary Points are used at the time of day that you are having trouble sleeping (or staying awake) to reset the body’s circadian rhythms.  Waking up between 1 – 3 am? Gently hold the Liver 1 point on the inside nail bed of the big toe. Awake from 3 – 5 am?  Try holding the Lung 8 point on the thumb side of the wrist. You get the idea. Use the Horary points to reset your body’s internal clock.

Hint: If you are traveling a distance, set your watch for the timezone you are arriving at before you leave, then hold the Horary acupressure point for two minutes every hour for that time period on your watch until you arrive. You will reset your body’s clock and experience less problems with Jet Lag!

What new things are sprouting within you this Spring?

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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!

 

 

 

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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February Self Love

Dear Friends,

I’ve talked to several people recently who are feeling overwhelmed by stressful life situations. They want to know how to regain balance in their life. I often share a wellness tip like breathing techniques, simple stretches or a spiritual practice such as gratitude or creativity. This mini break in their routine can help reset a sense of balance in life.

Does this sound like someone you know? Have you been feeling tired, weary or overwhelmed with life? Maybe it’s time to practice self love with self care! You can find resources like these in my monthly DW Healing Arts newsletter. Check out some of the free “downLOVEables” on my website or purchase a set of Wellness Cards for yourself or a friend. Give yourself permission for self care!

I have a new shipment of Balance Resource Cards ready for my family, friends and colleagues who are seeking wellness and self care ideas. The decks contain a total of 72 cards featuring self care tips to bring balance to your body, mind and spirit. People who already have a set of cards like the daily tangible reminders for self care.

My Balance Resource Cards are now available for $12 a set online.

Why so many cards divided into two unique decks?

  •  Use one deck for home and one deck for work
  •  Find cards to challenge you or cards that are quick/easy to do
  •  Avoid boredom with your routine with abundant options
  •  Keep one deck for you and one to share with a friend
  •  Place a deck on your bedside stand and one for your desk

Continue reading February Self Love

Creating Hygge

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Creating Hygge can be a form of self care for the dark winter months. Hygge creates a sense of well-being. Here are some of my favorite ways to create hygge:

  • Lighting: Use rope lights, salt lamps and candles.
  • Music: Listen to light jazz or other mood music.
  • Textures: Nestle in a soft fuzzy blanket.
  • Drink: Savor a steaming mug of hot tea or hot chocolate.
  • Seating: Sit by the fireplace on a cold winter evening.
  • Community: Invite friends over for an evening of games.
  • Cooking: Prepare a simple meal together.
  • Spa: Soak in the bathtub by candlelight.
  • Install: Use a dimmer switch to create mood lighting.
  • Conversation: Linger over a meal or at a coffee shop.

What do you do to create this experience of hygge?

To find out more tips for self care during the winter months, follow DW Healing Art’s wellness newsletter. May you be well.