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Why taking a deep breath changes everything

You cannot survive without breathing. Not only is our life dependent upon our breathing our breathing patterns affect our chemistry and brain function. When you do not breathe deeply or are in the habit of quick, short, sharp breaths this stimulates the amygdala. When the amygdala is stimulated we are in fight or flight mode looking for danger and on high alert. Some people call this being a type A personality but often it is a learned behaviour in response to stress. You can relearn to breathe deeply and calm your whole system down. Try it. Take a slow luxurious (I'm on vacation) deep breath in imagining there is nothing else to do in this moment but relax and rest with a deep breath and a sigh. Notice if you smile with the pleasure of just stopping to breathe. Taking a deep breath can bring you more fully into the present moment so you can see the beauty around you.

And that changes everything!

January 23, 2019

     I was struck to my core when I saw this beautiful picture. I immediately recognized myself

as both the hero’s wife and the hero. My definition of hero has been a male warrior leading with the mind and disconnected from the beating blood of my own heart. When I am so busy out there in the world that I make no time or space to listen to ‘her’, my own feminine knowing is bereft and abandoned.  When I do not value (or question the value of ) my heart’s truth, that we desperately need beauty and soul expressions to connect to spirit and each other, I devalue ‘her’.  

     Within me is the idea that I need to be facing the dark, pain, chaos and horror of the world on the front lines and at war with it to be a hero and make a difference (win the war against violence against women, poverty, profits at the expense of people......). I want to believe in a different kind of hero that is heart centered and not sacrificing what I love to be an ‘old story’ hero. I want t...

January 7, 2019

           Every day you have the opportunity to choose to start fresh.

To see the sun rise, the beauty of nature, to notice that actually more is working well in your life than is not and focus on that. Beginning anew means seeing things with curiosity and wonder and not assuming you know (what is going to happen, what they are thinking..). When we start anew we open our eyes to the little miracles that are the hidden gems in our everyday lives. We don't take all the many blessings for granted. Being able to heat our homes in the midst of a winter day, drink clean potable water flowing through the spigots, having food to eat, and people we love in our lives. 

           It is human to struggle, we all do. And, you have the choice every day to put attention on the things that are hard or to lift your heart up to something that inspires you. Setting intentions for yourself to smile, to be present, to look other people in the eye with trust...

January 7, 2019

You cannot survive without breathing. Our breathing patterns affect our chemistry and brain function. When you do not breathe deeply or are in the habit of quick, short, sharp breaths there is a direct correlation to the amygdala, the primitive part of our brain. When the amygdala is stimulated we are in fight or flight mode looking for danger and on high alert. Some people call this being a type A personality but often it isa learned behaviour in response to stress. You can relearn to breathe deeply and calm your whole system down. Try it. Take a slow luxurious (I'm on vacation) deep breath in imagining there is nothing else to do in this moment but relax and rest with a deep breath and a sigh.

October 17, 2018

          October and the light is diminishing, the red, yellow and orange leaves are falling and the crisp winds are blowing a cooler season in. The last of the gardens are being harvested, eaten, preserved or composted. It is a time of reflection as we start our first fires and settle in a bit earlier with the shorter days.

          Autumn invites us to celebrate the successes of our year with a colorful hurrah much like the brilliant leaves on the trees. It asks us what we are proud of, what we have taken joy in and what we hold in the highest esteem in ourselves, our work and others ~and honor these things with attention. When we are clear about what we love it is easier to see what no longer serves us.

          Fall encourages an inventory of what is no longer wanted, needed or appreciated in our lives to be effortlessly released back to the universe to be composted. Clutter clearing all aspects of our lives to live more simply attuned to ou...

July 30, 2016

Muscle tension that is held for any length of time gets used to being constricted and can be felt as a knot. Often, muscle tension comes from emotional stress, an overload of responsibilities or physical exertion without stretching out before and or after a workout or challenge. Taking a deep breath reminds the body it's OK to relax. Gently moving the knotted area (rolling the shoulders or folding forward to stretch the back) while breathing right into the tense area can immediately bring some relief. Giving yourself a massage around the knot can help loosen up the muscles and invite the knot to soften. Warm baths and heating pads are great if the area is not hot or inflamed and icepacks if it is. You can also use an essential oil cream like Deep Blue to massage into the skin that acts like an icy hot but is all natural. If the knot is due to an injury rubbing Arnica cream on it can help reduce the trauma.

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