This isn't going to be a fancy post.
I won't be making sure this one is linked to my products ( there are so many coming!! Yeah) or to my social media. I just want to talk to you for a minute.
Since the pandemic started, I was ( at first) forced to be alone, then chose it. In this time, I have been finding myself, unwinding from a false idea of who I am . Learning and letting go. In that scary way. Like, if I have no labels or definitions, who was I kind of way.
And I have been learning. Lots of learning. Through my hands and heart. Taking formal classes and a ton of smaller courses. Thirsty to find me.
So here is what you will be seeing from me. I have been quietly ( and now loudly) stepping into the role of Elder. It took a while to be comfortable with that label. Not " old woman", not trying to recapture my youth. But as teacher and respected Elder. One who has given my life to honing my crafts and will now share until I am empty.
I have been studying home arts, animal care, loving people, healing arts and sciences, and womens issues. You will be seeing more of that from me.
And to be truthful, I have been having a 2 ish year writer's block on this site. I didn't announce my writer's block, I just got lost in it. And now I know why. It wasn't my time to talk.
And now it is. I am a teacher and I hope to be able to say something to you that will help you through to your sense of self.
That is my dream.
After so many years to thinking and taking classes about how to launch online classes, here is my first one! I think you are going to like this online course/workbook. Since there is no time limit for you on this course, you can take the time that you need to create sanctuary in every room in your home.
In this course I have included information about Chakra balancing in every room of the house and invite you be be creative with what you already have! The idea sheets that I have created for you will give you a wonderful blueprint to play with , dream with and create your intention with each room.
And you know me, there are no hard and fast rules. There are ideas and using what you already have !
I hope that you will enjoy this course and will be looking forward to the courses that I am working on for this year!
You can preorder the course now, I will send you the information to join the membership group. That way you will have access to this course and little tidbits and upcoming information in the future.
This is work that I have been wanting to share for a long time, how I create balance in my life by living with Chakra balancing as a daily lifestyle practice. I have been shy about sharing my sacred practices with people due to fear of judgement. Yet, every time I do, the practice seems to help one person. So, with your support, I will be sharing more often. ( If something that I share resonates with you, will you let me know? I will need the support to keep sharing!)
In my book' Building Blocks of Recovery" , I break down my Chakra practice and one of those important ingredients ( no pun intended) is what I put into my body. Not in a diet way, more like an intentional sacred way.
I have been learning more about sacred and intentional eating and am getting braver to share it with you!
Here is a veggie stew recipe that I made up to help me work on my Sacral Chakra ( it's all about the orange color! :) )
Butternut Squash Stew
2 containers of 32 ounce Vegetable stock
one bay leaf
1 orange Peeled and sectioned
1 Medium red onion
Diced sweet potatoes
salt to taste
Place these ingredients in a crockpot on high and let the onion cook. There is no time limit on this, I just let it cook until the squash came out of the oven!
Preheat oven to 425
1 Medium to large Butternut squash
2 small Honeynut squash
Peel and cut into small chunks, place on a lined baking sheet, sprinkle with olive oil and salt, mix and sprinkle with the olive oil again. Allow the squash to roast for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes , turn the oven down to 300 and bake for one hour. Take the pan out of the oven, squash should be easily able to be mashed. Sprinkle 1/2 to 3/4 cup of honey and balsamic vinegar ( to your taste) on the squash while it is hot, stir and mix thoroughly. Place the squash in the crock pot and allow to cook for at least 2 more hours.
When everything is tender, either use a potato masher or a stick blender and blend to smooth.
Place into bowl with fresh , grated ginger on top and a little sprinkle of fresh Parmesan cheese. Place your favorite cracker or toast along side and enjoy!
I actually don't have much new to share...heheh.....at least on here yet!
I felt in 2019 that 2020 would be my year. I had visited my father and came away from the whole experience inspired in a new way to just be myself. Not only to be myself, but that I had value as me. When I visited the land to which I belong ( where I was born), it was like my soul came back into my body and I felt prepared to grow.
Ahh, then 2020. I froze and scrambled like many of us. Then the murder of George Floyd pushed me to my knees. I couldn't even do singing bowl sessions, it was just too painful. Facing the things in my heart that needed to change while learning how to navigate a pandemic alone was more than challenging. It was soul cleansing.
I spent a great deal of time figuring out who I am. I think that the gift of going home was the beginning of a year long process of cleaning up and out.
One to the best times that helped me through this time was my yoga students, seriously. They needed me as much as I needed them. We clung together on ZOOM like we were on a sinking ship and learning how to swim. We cried, yelled, laughed and clung to each other.
Through all of this, one over arching message was simplify and step in. Simplify my life, every part of it. I moved out of the state capital and into a tiny town that seriously has one stop light and I live on a dirt road. I work out 6 days a week along with teaching. I have stopped the mass marketing and started creating content.
And now I am stepping in. At my work, they have seen the change in me. I have delighted and stepped into my role as a mentor and elder. It feels good to help and share my knowledge with application that those younger than me can use. Now it is time to step in as that elder to my other communities. I am thinking of my legacy and I don't want any of this knowledge to be lost when my time is over. My legacy is that I want to leave it all here, for you to use.
While I am leaving it all here for you, I will keep hanging around the young people and listening to their stories, learning more, sharing more. An elder is not one who sits in a chair spouting wisdom, but one who moves with the flow of life, pointing out the joy and calming the rough patches.
I look forward to hearing from you and your words of encouragement will be welcome as I journey forward , taking you with me always!
After spending decades of research with somatic expression, emotional and mental health , recovery, I realized it is time for me to begin to put it all together, in one place.