Lessons from a Mother…

This morning as I walked to my car the calmness and warmth of the air stopped me, as if to say, ‘Stay’. It was zero degrees Celsius, but in mid-winter that can feel ‘warm’. I got in my car anyway and drove to the gym, paused briefly, and answered to a tug that pulled me back home. I decided to park my car and walk straight to a nearby park, where I often go to spend time in nature.

My early morning intention to get my blood and sweat pumping with a good workout was quickly forgotten as I entered a the park; serene, blanketed in snow, awaiting my arrival. To an outsider looking in, my time in the park was just a walk, a lady trying to talk and make friends with the squirrels, a woman leaning against a giant tree for no reason, a girl taking photos on her iPhone to post on Instagram.

To me it was taking time to reconnect with Mother Earth with each step. It was rounding and energizing with my feet rooted as deep as the tree I stood with; feeling a warmth and energy move up my spine. It was saying good morning to the squirrels who ran off as I attempted to approach. It was recognizing later with one playful squirrel that some things shouldn’t be chased; they need the space to find you when ready. By the way, this spunky squirrel ran to me as I stood leaning on the tree and invited me to a game of peek-a-boo,  each of us looking for each other as we moved around the tree. It was basking in solitude, the beauty all around me inspiring me to remember a favourite hobby and capture light through my own filter.

As I rounded back on the path, thanked Mother Nature for our time together, and headed home I reflected on these lessons…from a Mother.

  • In that brief instant, when your spirit connects with the spirit of something bigger, listen.
  • Keep an open heart and pure intentions; connection and love will find you. 
  • Beauty survives and life exists no matter how cold and dark the day may seem.
  • Walk mindfully in each moment, and each moment will greet you with what you need.
  • There is a space within that is grounded, centred, and wise; we crave time in Nature because it reminds us and reflects back to us how to come home. 

Spending time in nature is grounding and centering for the spirit, energizing to the body, relaxing to the nervous system, and calming to the mind. Take some time often, everyday if you can, to spend time in your favourite outdoor environment; a forest, the beach, a local park, barefoot in your backyard or garden, etc.

How does time with nature nourish you? Would love to hear about it!

Share your experience in the comments below.

 

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No Mud, No Lotus

One of my favourite symbols that has spoken to me since the day a teacher spoke of it is the lotus flower. Without the dark and murky swamp in which it roots itself there is no lotus, no beauty, no strength, no deep connection to the shadow as well as the light. Lotus flowers grow out of a muddy pool of dirt. The lotus flower has a deep rooted connection to its journey from darkness to light. Never forgetting the journey from which it comes as it draws sustenance from that very place. Remembering that darkness and impermanence were and are necessary.

Mlotusay you recognize the muddy murky waters that have held you and shaped you, given you strong roots from which to rise up. May you have faith that the flow of your life, whether smooth or choppy, will lead you into a space where you can blossom and flourish.

One of the #1 things you can do for your health! MEDITATE

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Many people have tried to sell me on the idea of meditating. Sometimes I try it, and have an incredible, refreshing experience. But usually, as I close my eyes and focus on my breathing, while I know that I’m supposed to be letting all thoughts go, more and more fly through my mind. Soon I have a laundry-list of “to-dos” in my head … and then my legs fall asleep. It’s all downhill from there.

Today’s TED Talk, however, might actually convince me to give meditation another shot.

“We live in an incredibly busy world. Our pace of life is often frantic, our minds are always busy, and we’re always doing something,” says Andy Puddicombe at the TEDSalon London Fall 2012. “The sad fact is that we’re so distracted that we are no longer present in the world in which we live. We miss out on the things…

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WHO IS IN CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH?

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How To Build Your Personal Healthcare System

As I left my office this morning I was speaking to a dear friend and RN, telling her how excited I was to be meeting with a new doctor in a couple weeks that was like-minded and took the approach I take with my own health. Holistic, integrative, open-minded, prevention focused. He does energy work with his patients for goodness sake! How perfect could this be? She nodded and said, “It’s so important. That’s who’s in charge of your health, right?” As I left and walked to my car that comment had me pondering.  I thought I was in charge.

In my opinion, YOU are in charge of your health. Most modern day practices however, have you in the passenger seat.

Don’t get me wrong; I respect doctors. I have worked with many personally in the last six years; some of the most caring and compassionate individuals I’ve met with best intentions at heart. But when it comes to who should be directing your health it has to be YOU. Why? You are unique and your system of healthcare should be too. You are also the only one who truly knows what you need.

Here are a few ways to start building your personal health squad and healthcare system:

Build a team around you of all types of health professionals and people that can support your vision of and approach to health.

This can include a doctor, naturopath, your best friend, a healer, a spouse, or a friend from your spin class who is like-minded and ‘gets you’. What matters most is that you and your team are on the same page and you feel supported. Negativity and judgment can be toxic in your on going health journey.

Take the knowledge, expertise and evidence out there from various sources, from both sides of the topic. Ultimately you have to decide what works for you.  Listen to those you know you agree with, but try to stay open to those who you think are out of their minds. What remedies one person can be another’s poison. Its naïve to think that we can apply a one size fits all nutrition/exercise regime/health plan on everyone. I’ve experienced this first hand with various health issues that I now know were just symptoms of imbalance. If I was following the Food Guide I’d be bloated, itchy, gassy, and sick.

Keep an OPEN mind. Find out what a dosha is. Investigate your chakras (you definitely have a few). Ask an acupuncturist what your meridians do. Visit a vegan café. Remember that science is one way of studying and viewing the world. ONE. There is an abundance and wealth of knowledge and ancient wisdom all around you if you choose to see it, explore it, open your eyes to it, maybe even just entertain the idea of thinking about it!

Learn to discern for yourself what your body needs by developing self-awareness.

Explore practices that build self and body awareness like yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. Take some time each day to be with yourself and fully experience your body. This cultivates awareness and puts you in touch with your inner wisdom. It’s like going on a daily date with your inner guru.

Finally, make the shift.  Allow your health choices to be inner directed versus outer directed. Consult others as needed and let the final decision be guided by you!

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Regular Grounding Does A Body Good!

Hope you enjoyed your day and are able to spend some time outside this week…
Spending time in nature is relaxing and calming (unless you’ve got seasonal allergies which can be a bummer, I know). Whether you have your feet in the sand or the ocean, you’re camping, or you’re taking a hike in a forest full of trees, most will agree that they feel less stressed and refreshed from a good dose of Mother Nature.

“Regular grounding restores the body’s natural electrical state, calms the nervous system, reduces inflammation, and improves circulation. No pill on Earth can do what Mother Earth does!” Dr. Stephen Sinatra


It also keeps your first energy centre (chakra in Sanskrit) located at the base of your spine nice and healthy. A distorted first chakra can lead to: eating disorders, malnourishment, adrenal insufficiency, problems with feet/legs/coccyx, rectal or colon cancer, spinal problems, immune related disorders, osteoporosis or other bone disorders.

Watch below to hear more physical benefits of grounding.
Easy and cheap. Go on, get grounding! 😉

 
“Grounding” / “Earthing”

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In this video, Dr. Sinatra discusses “grounding,” or “Earthing,” the direct and indirect means of improving health by absorbing the earth’s natural, electrom…

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Be well, 
Jennifer

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My hope and vision is that the blogs and information I post here will inspire, empower, and challenge you to live the life you imagine for yourself. Whether its physical health and well being, healing, personal growth, finding your passion, cultivating meaningful relationships, or whatever else your unique self desires, this blog is intended to support your journey.

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Jennifer