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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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.