The Theme of December is always of Gratitude…..
“If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”–Meister Eckhart
This past year has been a rough ride for many of us in Alberta and all over Canada. We’ve been hit hard financially with my husband working in the pipeline industry and I know so many others who have experienced financial and many other difficulties as well.
Every day that I have a house to live in, groceries in the fridge to eat and gas in my car, I am thankful, daily and especially to get through the lean tough times, I practice Gratitude ~ more and more the past year and wanted to share with you….Gratitude and I extend a personal Invite you to join me in 21 Days of Goddess Gratitude. It’s wonderful to share.
Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given.
Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. In addition, behavioral and psychological research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude.
Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.
I invite you to join me for 21 Days of Goddess Gratitude, where I have opened a safe, supportive space to express our gratitude on Facebook here:
There will be daily journal prompts and mantras that I will be sharing. I Would love to see you there! Please note that this is a Private FB Group!
The holiday season is upon us. And for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, nature has already gone into its dormant phase. Mother Earth is hibernating. The trees have shed their leaves, snow covers the ground here in most of Alberta.
This should be a time when we too seek solitude, go within, and take a little time off. It’s what our bodies want, it’s what our minds crave; yet, most of us ignore the signs, putting in ever longer hours as the days grow increasingly shorter. For most people, it’s CRAZY BUSY. Stores are blaring holiday music and telling you there’s just a few shopping days left ’till Xmas. Companies are cranking away to make their end-of year financial goals. Families and friends are making plans to visit and celebrate. Social calendars have booked up. And while our human ways can feel productive and even celebratory at holiday time, it’s also quite exhausting for most people.
Not to mention that we are running COUNTER to the slower rhythms of nature at this time of year. Winter is meant of be a time of REST!
Yes, I said REST.
This is a word we seem to have forgotten in our fast-paced Western Culture. We are moving and lightning speed and multi-tasking like mad. We are doing MORE with LESS support. And most of us are really pretty tired.
In nature, we celebrate the changing of the seasons. And every farmer knows that a recipe for getting an healthy abundant crop is to leave the fields fallow for a period of time. But it’s not that nothing is happening during these fallow periods. The soil is regenerating. The nutrients are building back up. The plants are building their internal infrastructure and their root system is expanding beneath the ground. Without this fallow time, nature could not come out in her full splendor next Spring-with bountiful crops and glorious flowers.
We humans aren’t so different. We also need deep periods of stillness, rest, and “down time.” But our culture doesn’t really celebrate these things. With only 2 weeks of vacation a year at most jobs, there’s time for little more than a few family visits or a quick vacation.
So we keep pushing and pushing. And many of us, including me, have ended-up burnt out, unhealthy and generally not taking very good care of US. I was reading an article recently where it stated that approximately 80% of people today will experience adrenal fatigue in their lifetime. Wow.
So if you want to keep up your big, bright life. If you want to fully show-up for your family and your friends; if you want to make a big difference, you have really got to REST my friends. And nurture yourselves! This is not selfish behavior, but totally REQUIRED for folks who are going to be putting out a lot into the world. And I know a bit about all of you-you GIVE a lot. And you’ll burnout FOR REAL if you don’t charge up those batteries.
So here’s my suggestions of key holiday gifts to YOURSELF. If you fill up your own cup so that you are radiant and abundant, this will be nothing but FABULOUS for you, your family, and your work.
Ten Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress
1. Get enough sleep. You may wonder how this fits especially when you have a long list of things to do for the holidays. However, this truly is a simple step to a stress-free holiday. The lack of sleep leads to fatigue, which in turn reduces your ability to cope with the holiday demands.
2. Find time to exercise, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Exercise helps to increase your energy level and reduce stress.
3. Nourish yourself. In other words, take time to eat properly. In the rush to accomplish all the things planned for the holidays, you may tend to skip meals in order to get more done. You need fuel to continue on with holiday cheer.
4. Plan ahead so that you are prepared for what’s coming up. The last thing you need is unscheduled interruptions to your day. If something unplanned comes up that can wait until later, do not be ashamed to politely refuse or reschedule.
5. Set and stick to a holiday budget for things that are on your lists to do and buy. It’s easy to overspend over the holidays which can lead to stress. Once you set your budget, your decision making will be easy and less stressful when it comes time to make your holiday purchases.
6. Shop early to avoid the holiday crowd. Try shopping over the Internet and skip the hassle of crowded shopping malls, parking and the frustration of standing in line.
7. Prioritize what you want to accomplish over the holidays. Stick with the most important first, and you’ll get those things done that are most important to you.
8. Simplify your life. If you can make things easier for yourself, do so. It saves you from stress, and it works. A lot of things don’t have to be elaborate, especially with decorations and food preparation.
9. Reduce your expectations. High expectations usually equate to higher probability of stress when things don’t work out. Don’t try to do too many things or expect too much from others; take the holiday time to relax. Find little self soothers to pamper yourself throughout your day.
10. Plan to give service, and think of someone’s needs other than your own. This charitable spirit will help you be more appreciative of what you already have and remember what the holiday is really about. Having compassion for others softens our Spirit and lends its way to awakening your heart within.
Expectations are the biggest stress: those that others have placed on us and those we impose on ourselves. Our schedules fill up, and our pocketbooks become empty. Expectations of how the holidays should be keep us from enjoying a time of simpler, more meaningful joys. There is such a simple solution to the holiday stress blues, just say “no “and give yourself the gift of compassion. Let someone else do a project, let the bakery do the cookies, have someone wrap your gifts and have a party when decorating the tree, the more the merrier. Plan now and kick back and enjoy some eggnog! Create your magical holiday….
I would like to invite you to join me for a Winter Solstice Celebration on Thursday, December 22nd at 7pm MST. Please join me here: https://zoom.us/j/4633834541
I always love to share me knowledge with those beautiful souls wishing to support themselves on their Healing Journey! It has been amazing, thank you to all of you who have made this possible, as I, the teacher learn just as much from those who bless me in coming to my classes as they learn from me. What a wonderful exchange of energy.
Reiki Level II Certification Class – Saturday, December 3, 2016 – We have 1 space open for this class
LATE WINTER 2017 – I will be offering another Reclaim Your Warrior Goddess Class
SPRING 2017- Warrior Goddess – Embracing the Four Elements of Change
Keep an eye out for my 2017 schedule of events here: Smudging Workshop, Dreamcatcher Creations and Smudge Fan Workshop coming this winter and Spring
Why do I do what I do?
I love to serve women who are ready to discover greater self- awareness, a deeper spiritual connection, emotional healing, authentic creative expression and to live a meaningful and passionate life as they age with grace, wisdom and vibrancy.
My practice is grounded in the pursuit of balance between mind, body, and soul, as I fully believe in the power of self-healing.
I work with women who are ready to commit to doing the sometimes difficult, always rewarding work of creating the life they desire. Whether it’s navigating transition (divorce; career change; getting older); personal development (including emotional, mental, and spiritual growth); and stress management, I will whole heartedly walk with you every step of the way until you have achieved that which you desire.
The reason why I do what I do is that I come from a place of transition myself… high anxiety,anger, and two Auto-Immune di-eases (Lupus and Celiac). I learned that you had to work hard for everything, that life was a struggle and that you had to earn your worth at every turn. But that it not Truth! Life does not have to be a daily struggle and through balancing the mind, body and soul with self-healing, self-care and knowledge you can stand in your power!
Sending you love and light
Breathe…Be Healthy, Be Happy…
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