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Kripalu Mindfulness Outdoor Experience Guide & Life Coach – Get Outside. Go Within.


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Spirit of Dragonflies on Business Talk Radio – Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

Very excited to share that I will be interviewed on Business Talk Radio this Friday, 8/28/20 @ 2:36 pm EST. to share information about Spirit of Dragonflies, LLC.

I will be sharing my story and discussing my business. Just click on the link below on Friday afternoon if you are interested in listening.

https://businesstalkradio1.com/sandy-wilson-08-28-20-life-coach-and-nature-healer-chris/

I’m looking forward to sharing my own experience and how Spirit of Dragonflies, LLC will help others through Life Coaching sessions, Mindfulness Outdoor Experiences, Therapeutic Touch sessions, and essential oils.

As most of you who follow me are aware, connecting with nature is a major part of my own life. Finding peace and joy in life through connecting to nature has been a help in times or stress throughout my life. This has been especially important during the pandemic to maintain a sense of peace and joy.

Many people are anxious, fearful, and unsure of what is happening and want to feel safe again. Mindfulness Outdoor Experiences have been very helpful to those who have joined in the experience. Everyone has shared how peaceful they felt as we left the forest, how they felt more connected to nature and had a new sense of inner peace.

For those interested in individual experiences we incorporate Life Coach with the Mindfulness Outdoor Experience. Each individual creates a list of steps to take to continue the focus on maintaining peace and joy in their daily life.

If you are free on Friday I would love if you take a few minutes to join us.

Love and Light!


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Learning to Overcome Obstacles- Preparing for 2021

Today I found an old notebook in my desk that I wrote down a thought in on January 9, 2012. The message was perfect for today as we all face a global pandemic and have more time for some inner reflection.

I was going through a lot of change in my life in 2012. Recently single again, living back in my home town, ready to shift location, career, and life purpose. It was a time of soul searching. During the year I began the Quantum Success Life Coach Academy, continued exploring writing in a on-line Creative Writing program at UCLA, traveled to Alaska with my sister, began meditating and walking daily, joined a meet-up group, spent time reading books, and journaling. Many messages were received and journaling was helpful.

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Here is the entry from January 9, 2012 at the beginning of my journey that year.

Think of a big old tree where a fence (or rock) was located near by when it began to grow. As it grew it touched the fence or rock (obstacle). Did it stop growing? Give up because there was an obstacle – something hindering its growth? No, it grew around the obstacle, sometimes growing over the top, sometimes encapsulating the obstacle within allowing it to be a part of who it was becoming – continuing on with its purpose. To become the strong adult tree, not deterred, it grew over and around the obstacle.

Think of a stream blocked by stones, sand bags, dams in an attempt to control the flow of water. Eventually the water will erode and overcome. If its purpose is to reach land it will move those obstacles out of its way or overcome by patiently and slowly moving forward.

This is the same for you, if you know your purpose and focus on reaching your goals. You too can overcome obstacles placed in front of you whether they be early childhood abuse, neglect, parents/family beliefs, something a teacher said, a bully, current or ex-spouse, employer . . . It is not about them, it is about you and your journey. They are all on their own journey. 

If you are in a relationship, job, family, situation that is blocking your growth isn’t it time to decide on a plan of action to push through those obstacles. Today, as we are faced with a worldwide pandemic we each are facing another obstacle together. Remember to be patient like the tree and water in the stream. Take care of your health, wear a mask, maintain your distance but stay connected. You can begin to make small changes right where you are now. You could read books about your goals, listen to podcasts, reach out to others on line who are successful in where you are heading. Share or teach what you are learning to others – some will listen and others may not want to hear or be with you. That is fine. When one door closes another will open. I have had to unfriend people on FaceBook – family members included as their path is not the one I am following at this time and many have stopped following me. Don’t take it personally we are all on our own path of self discovery. It doesn’t mean you don’t love them, maybe you just need a little break to maintain your own positive energy level.

Sometimes others are afraid of change and will not be open to learning and growing in the same way that you are. That is fine, we are all on our own path. Some people will be with you forever, others for a certain period of time, and some for a very short time. Some will be repelled by you and you may be repelled by others, possibly coming together again later in life after following your own paths and eventually returning to a new path together. In the meantime you will meet many along the path to guide you toward your goals.

During the global pandemic is a perfect time to release old patterns, change direction, learn and grow. Take time daily to review your goals, what is holding you back, and steps to take to move forward. When life throws obstacles your way it may be a sign that it is time to overcome and move forward. Don’t allow the obstacles to block you from reaching your goals, they may be exactly what is needed to allow you to overcome.

Here are some examples of people pursuing their goals during the pandemic:

My granddaughter was laid off from her job during the pandemic. She wasn’t going anywhere in the dead-end position and was feeling blocked. We discussed having her take the time to focus and think about what she really wanted once she was able to return to work. Did she really want to return to that position. When called back to work she decided to make a change and not return. Within two weeks of making the decision another opportunity arose closer to her life purpose in the field of creativity and art while uplifting others.

During this same time a former coaching client was feeling ready to move on to a new position and apartment closer to family. She wasn’t sure if this would happen during the shut down however she continued to search for a new position. We discussed her focusing on what it would feel like to have this new position and new apartment. She created a new Vision Board and continued to see herself loving her new position working with developmentally delayed adults and her new apartment. She was hired locally but didn’t know where she would live. Instead of worrying, she switched to knowing her new apartment was ready and waiting for her within walking distance of her new job and stores. Someone reached out to her and offered her an apartment within a five minute walk of her new job, she will be relocating the end of July. Anything is possible. This the same client that was having health issues as a result of working for 12 years in a position she hated. We worked together with her focusing on attending horticulture classes at the college of her choice. Within six months of meeting her she quit her job, enrolled in the horticulture program at the college of her choice and found an apartment within walking distance of the college and new job. Her health improved quickly after releasing the previous job. She is a true manifestor and sometimes needs a little reminder. 

Say to yourself, “I am willing to release the patterns in my life that are causing this condition. I am ready to take steps needed to release the need for uncomfortable conditions and relationships. I am willing to release the need to be critical of myself and others. I am willing to forgive myself and others. I am now willing to take the steps necessary to live on purpose, to fulfill my dreams, and overcome any obstacles. I am ready to be like a tree, overcoming obstacles as I learn and grow, continuing on my path to living on purpose. And So It Is!”

Take ACTION! Prepare your Vision Board, look at it daily, and feel what it is like to already be living this life. Script it out your life as if it is happening at this moment. Get out in nature and connect with Mother Earth, meditate/pray daily. Connect with others with the same mind-set / goals. Read books, listen to podcasts, send emails/letters, join meet-up groups, volunteer in the direction you are heading and be with people who uplift. Stop participating in things that do not uplift you and take deplete your energy. Be like a tree and plant your roots deep into your goals allowing them to guide you on how to overcome and continue to lead you on your path.

Start a little soul searching during this time of worldwide slowdown and discover your inner voice. Who do you want to be once the world returns into the mad rush of doing, consuming, destroying the planet? Were you happy with the fast pace prior to 2020 or do you wish a slower pace, a little less noise, a little less busy-ness, more thoughtfulness, less material possessions?

Don’t wait – start today! It is never too late to live on purpose.

Love and Light!

 


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Mindfulness Outdoor Experience – Forest Bathing – Joys and Benefits

What can slowing down in nature do for you?
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The benefits have been proven time and time again in research all over the world from Japan – Germany – Australia – Finland – Norway – British Columbia – United States and many other countries. The benefits to our children are countless as well. Here are some of the benefits that I have found:

  • The fresh air feels like it cleans out your lungs and revitalizes the body, mind and soul. I prefer being outside in the cold of the winter because the air is so refreshing.
  • Stopping the chatter releases the mind to be in the present moment and observe all the beauty around you. Leaving the chatter behind brings me into the moment to enjoy my surroundings.
  • Giving gratitude and asking permission before entering carries out into daily life waking with a mindset of gratitude for another day to experience miracles. When inside I am always grateful when I walk into the kitchen and see the light filtering through the crystals forming rainbows around the room.
  • Sitting still in nature allows our ripple effect to dissipate as we become one with nature. Paying attention to our ripple effect in our daily life makes us aware how anger can be almost contagious by paying attention we can stay with love in our hearts and allow that to ripple out around us changing the environment we are in.
  • When we enter the forest, meadow, desert the wildlife will send out warnings – many times this goes unnoticed as people are in their own minds, on the cell phone, running, or not paying attention to their surroundings
    • You will begin to see more birds, deer, chipmunks and squirrels, and other critters go back to their daily activities
    • As you sit in silence you will notice the sounds of the wind, trees crackling, birds communicating to one another
    • Chipmunks chattering back and forth to one another
    • The sounds of leaves gently tapping on the ground as they land
    • Rustle of leaves in the trees
  • I believe that paying attention to the signs in nature brings a heightened awareness of our environment and enhances our intuition – something missing from being inside and on electronic devices too many hours of the day. If our children were in nature more and allowing their natural intuition to return they would be more aware of the dangers of the internet predators. As it is they are removed from intuition and do not have the sense of danger being in nature teaches.
  • Your senses will open to the different scent of trees, fresh and dead leaves, the air of the forest, the soil and more. Being inside has been a detriment to our sense of smell. When in nature we can renew our sense of smell.
  • Your eyes will feel relieved as they take in the greens and blues of the trees and water. My ophthalmologist shared that the muscles in my eyes are very healthy even though I wear glasses and my eyesight has been improving over the last couple of years.
  • Your stress is reduced as your body is allowed to relax and release tension. No matter how much stress I am feeling, when out in nature I return from the experience relaxed and refreshed.
  • It has been proven that blood pressure drops. Luckily my blood pressure has not been an issue and maybe that is because I have always been a lover of nature and have used walking in the woods, on the beach, in the desert as a means of promoting health as long as I can remember. 

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Those are just a few of the benefits of a mindfulness outdoor experience and forest bathing. While sitting at your sit spot – generally on your own – you can experience an open eyed meditation. This allow you to notice your surroundings without judgement, just observing with your senses. You never know when a deer, bird, or squirrel may come along without noticing you.

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Slowing down allows you to observe nature and all living beings within nature. During our walks we may stop to discuss what we are noticing. The Pileated Woodpecker has left its mark on this dead tree.

You may find prints throughout the forest of deer, turkey, coyote, rabbits, squirrel and sometimes bear. In some areas they are very active. Just slowing to touch the back of a tree. Sauntering allows you to look up, around, behind, and in front to take in all that is around you. The paper like bark on the tree, new buds, intricate designs of spider webs, or maybe lie in the snow and allow it to embrace you.

Walking through the woods in silence even when there is a crunching snow underfoot is a remarkable experience. We practiced fox walk at a slow pace so the crunching was at a minimum and sometimes in the soft snow there was no sound coming from our steps.

We should be respectful of the living beings within the environment. Like us they are just trying to live in peace. Being aware of our own effect on them allows us to learn about ripple effect in our daily lives. If we can respect nature we can respect ourselves. Once we respect ourselves we can respect others. When we respect others we show people how to respect us. It is a circle of life and we can all play a part in making this a more harmonious world. We need a healthy environment to survive and we can all take steps to ensure the same for future generations.

Some of the benefits of participating in Mindfulness Outdoor Experience and Forest Bathing over the last two weeks – slowing down and sauntering in silence as a group in nature brought us together as one. No one knew anyone prior to the gatherings and by the end sitting together for counsel we were all one – sharing tea and our experiences without fear or being self-conscious about what we were sharing from our personal observation. It was quite beautiful.

Bringing this experience to your own life or to children – you can walk out your backdoor, to a local park, nursery, to a local tree, sit outside and look at the stars to experience nature.

My goal is to ensure that my grandchildren have the benefit of connecting with nature. Not really a sit spot but this little guy, my grandson, loves to connect with nature anywhere he goes.

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While I was in the garage grabbing his snowboard and sled Colt was out in the snow waiting for me. When I came out he was lying on the dirt path quietly looking up at the clouds enjoying the moment. I believe this comes naturally to children when provided the opportunity. We had just been out looking at animal tracks and sitting quietly by the stream. I showed him deer ears and once we were quiet for a few minutes, on the other side of the stream, a fisher cat ran across the edge. Birds began to sing loudly back and forth from one side to the other. I said they were talking to one another and Colt said, “No, they are singing to each other.” As we sat in silence more birds began to fly from tree to tree. It was a beautiful experience.

Have you participated in a mindfulness outdoor experience or forest bathing?

Many of us remember this from our childhood before anyone gave this a name – it was just hanging outside lying on our backs looking up at the clouds or stars, playing in the mud, rolling down hills, hugging trees, lying on the ground looking at insects, watching butterflies and dragonflies, jumping in mud puddles. It comes naturally to children when given the opportunity.

Being a Kripalu certified Outdoor Mindfulness Guide has brought the ability to share my love of nature with others. Looking forward to many years of sharing experiences with others.

Please share your nature experiences if you like. I would love to hear how you enjoy nature especially for those who live in different environments – desert, seashore, grasslands, tundra or other. Mindfulness Outdoor Experience can be shared in any environment even in the inner city there are ways to enjoy nature. Mine preference is the forest but have enjoyed the desert, seashore, rain forest, and open fields.

Love and Light!


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Finding Beauty in the Light

 “To love beauty is to see light.” ~ Victor Hugo ~

This weekend I walked into the library at Pumpkin Hollow Retreat Center to check out the books, something I do every time I volunteer. There were no lights on so the room was lit with natural light but as I stood there the rainbows of light began to fill the room. The sun had set just enough to reflect into the crystal hanging in the window and it was beautiful. There were rainbows reflected on the carpet, ottoman, couch, tables, everywhere. After enjoying this gift for a little while I decided to take a walk.

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

In the woods, the sun was protected by the tree canopy but once in a while a stream of light would find its way to the ground dotting the mossy path or shining through the back of a leaf appearing as if someone was holding a flashlight behind them.  It looked quite magical. On this walk I was not in a hurry to reach a destination. It was a slow pace, observing all that nature had to offer stopping to touch the bark, leaning down to explore tiny wild flowers, sitting on a fallen tree, feeling the cool moss, listening to the birds and the leaves rustling above. A little forest bathing, taking off my shoes to ground myself in nature. Such a peaceful experience.

When you are walking into a room do you stop and notice how the light filtering in the window decorates the furniture, carpets, and walls? When walking in the forest to you notice the patches of light on the ground before you, or decorating the foliage? Do you take the time to ground yourself, listen to the birds, feel the presence of trees, listen to the rustling leaves, feel the coolness of the air on your skin?

Every morning when the sun shines through my windows I feel blessed when I wake to the rainbows decorating my bedroom walls, waiting for me in the kitchen, and in the afternoon decorating the dining and living room. I have sun catchers, wind chimes, and/or crystals hanging in the windows that give quite a show, one that never fails to amaze me.

When you can appreciate the small things in life you will never miss the big things because the small things are the big things in life. They can uplift and help you find your way through sadness, illness, and other dark times. However you don’t want to wait for those ‘dark’ times to notice the beauty of life happening all around you. If you live mindfully aware of the beauty you are blessed with daily it will be easier to see and light the way during those dark moments. Remember the light is always with us on cloudy days, you just can’t see it at the moment.

For me, my darkness sets in when my heart dances – not a comfortable dance – atrial fibrillation. It is something I am learning to live with, not pleasant but I refuse to let it take over my life. My new normal is starting the day with medication and ending with medication. As someone who didn’t even take Tylenol this is a new experience. I am a nature girl, someone who loves to be active, to hike, snowshoe, kayak, always on the move. My new reality has me slowing down a little more, feeling tired a little more during the day, resting more frequently. There are some days I rather not do too much but as I have a habit of noticing the rainbows, light patterns on the walls, and ceilings I can always see beauty and enjoy the moments.

I lit candles in my office the other night and this beautiful design appeared on the ceiling. It was so colorful that I sat and enjoyed this for a while. Amazingly I had never noticed how beautiful the design was in the past. This I couldn’t understand because I have lit these candles in the past but never noticed – maybe it was the way the candle holders were sitting on the bookshelf that made the difference or maybe I just needed this little lift that night. Either way, it was an amazing gift.

If you are having a problem seeing the light during your dark times feel free to email me and we can talk about techniques to guide you to see the light. spiritofdragonflies@gmail.com.

Love and Light!


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Creating Wind Chimes

Have you ever discovered something that you love creating and never knew?

A year ago my granddaughter and I took a class creating a wind chime. The next week I picked up beads, fishing line, and went out in the back to find a piece of wood. The creative bug took over.

Now I facilitate my own classes – wind chimes, diffuser bracelets, and essential oil roller balls. The bracelets and essential oil roller balls are fairly quick and easy to create. When creating essential oils the longest part of the process is finding blends that provide an uplifting vibration. I love learning of the blends, adding tiny dried flowers, frankincense, myrrh, and small gems. When creating bracelets generally I will lay out the beads, walk away for a while and then return and pull the bracelet together. Wind chimes take much more time and they are the best way to slow down, breathe, and create mindfully.

When creating the wind chimes I may spend time in nature searching for some small branches. Once found I bring them to the basement to dry. They may sit there for a week, month or several months. Sometimes others will find them and bring them to me. last year my son and his wife traveled to Nova Scotia and returned with some finds for me. There has been a box in the basement awaiting my creativity. Recently I pulled out a couple of the pieces and brought them upstairs for some inspiration.

I pulled out the white cloth and began bringing out beads. Last year I created one with a theme of pink and crystals, then one with red and crystals. One hangs in the dining room and the other in the bedroom. In the morning I love waking to the rainbows decorating the walls and ceiling. When I return home the dining room floor and ceiling is decorated in rainbows. I find it quite magical.

This week I have been staying up at night laying out beads and creating two more wind chimes. I find it very relaxing and this experience helps you develop patience.

How you may be wondering?

Well each bead is placed on the fishing line, the line must be tied and a seed bead placed on the knot. This prevents beads with larger holes to slip through. Sometimes when tying the knot it is too far apart and the knot has to be untied and redone. Sometimes you are finishing the last line and while tying it to the top you cut the wrong piece of line. Time to redo the hole line of beads. Although I haven’t stopped to measure for exactness, the last try was pretty close to being even. Who wants perfection  – not me. The imperfection is quite beautiful.

This is what makes it difficult sometimes when facilitating a class. Many participating in the class want perfection. As they begin preparing their design everything must match. Not the case for my granddaughter, she chose different beads, some not matching, and her wind chime came out perfect. We had fun while learning. There were times when we had to redo the whole thing over but each left that first workshop with a completed project.

When facilitating I let the participants begin by picking out their beads knowing they would be back up to the beads to chose others. They forget the seed beads and sometimes try to forego the tiny beads until they begin and the larger beads slip over the knot. Then it is time to choose seed beads. Then the process starts all over again. I love witnessing their experience. They rearrange several times, become frustrated at this new experience. Happens every time. The chatting slows down and quiet sets in as each begins to focus, touching the beads, tying knots, as their brain shifts into mindfulness. Frustration transitions to a sense of calm and peace. The energy in the room shifts and it seems as if all the strangers have become friends sharing a caring, creative energy. It is a wonderful feeling, uplifting everyone at the same time. All tension brought into the workshop at the beginning is released.

When creating at my dining table I sit quietly, no music or television, just the quiet of the house. Sometimes I’ll change out the beads until it feels right. I’ve already drilled the holes – two extra for the line to hold the wind chime. Maybe five rows of beads, maybe four, it depends on the piece of wood chosen. When working on this after work I may stay there until midnight – time passes and I’m not aware.

Do you have a craft that you love so much all senses of time disappears while you are enjoying the moment? How often to you take the time to enjoy this experience.

Even if you take ten minutes a day for yourself, add something that you love into your day. You deserve at least ten minutes a day to create something – singing, playing an instrument, drawing, writing, woodworking . . . Try turning off the television and enjoy your own life – not someone else’s life .

Light and Love

 


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Living A Creative Life

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” – Ray Bradbury

Are you living your creative life?

Or, did you leave it behind when ‘life‘ got in the way.

I hear that quite often. “Oh I used to create jewelry when I was a teenager.” With this remark the person insinuates that creating is something for youth and not those with busy lives, families to care for, careers to focus on. My question is always “How much time do you spend in front of the television, on the computer, FaceBook, playing video games, or complaining about your situation?

What are we teaching our children? That life as an adult is stressful. That we leave behind our creativity as we get older. Creativity helps us maintain an open mind, to look at the world with creative eyes, to step out of our comfort zone. Don’t we want to raise children who are able to think for themselves, to think out of the box, to live a purposeful, interesting life.

 

Before I went to the bead store and picked up some beads and accessories I had no idea how to make a necklace, bracelet or wind chime. I took a class and watched a video then pulled out my items and started to create. The same with photography. I pulled out the camera and started enjoying taking photos of dew on leaves, then I was hooked.

 

Are you living a creative journey or just getting by thinking one day you will pursue your creative desires? I hear people say, “When I retire I’m going to get back into photography – paint – dance – learn how to play an instrument.” Why wait until retirement?

What if you decide that you will carve out an hour a week, or better yet, an hour a day of creativity time.

“Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.” ~ Ken Robinson ~

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Over the last couple of years I have focused on adding more creativity into my life. Whether creating jewelry, experimenting with wire wrapping, creating wind chimes, drawing, using essential oils to create roller balls, using items found in nature with beads, creating book markers, hair clips, photography and writing. Did everything I made get shared with others? No.

The best thing was shifting from not knowing how, enjoying the learning experience and reaching out to learn. One step at a time, one day at a time, taking classes, watching YouTube videos and experimenting. The process was fun. We can’t expect to create a perfect product immediately. With time and practice we develop a new skill.

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Last year I started attending craft fairs to share my creativity – photos in frames, diffuser bracelets, necklaces, essential oils roller balls and other fun items. Just setting up the tables for the craft fair is a wonderful creative experience. Meeting new creative people is always fun and sharing ideas makes the event fun. If you had told me several years ago I would be sharing my craft at the fair I would not have believed you. What can you begin to create today?

Once you start the process it carries on to other areas of your life. For example, as a teenager and young Mom I created birthday cakes for nieces, nephews and my own children. Now that I focus on creativity, I am trying my hand at birthday cakes once again. Below is one that I made for my grandson last year – Monster trucks – his favorite.

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Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw

If you are interested in exploring your creative side and would like some guidance please leave a message below or send an email to spiritofdragonflies@gmail.com. Returning to our creative self allows us to live on purpose and remember what brings happiness, joy, and excitement into our lives. We become the guide and shine our light for others. I look forward to hearing from you.

Love and Light!

 


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Essential Oil – Creating Roller Balls and More

This past year some of my attention has been focused on creating blends of essential oils using roller balls, creating diffuser bracelets and necklaces, and, of course, photography. Participating in craft fairs and facilitating creativity classes has been an uplifting experience for those attending and for myself. Recently I decided to move forward with Spirit of Dragonflies and begin a partnership with others at a location outside of my home. This is a place to hold my own classes and attend other uplifting classes, meet with coaching clients, and practice Therapeutic Touch. Once I made up my mind to move forward I connected with not 1 but 2 different leaders in the integrative therapy field starting businesses at locations within minutes from my home.

When meeting with the leaders one made me feel uplifted while the other was unsure of his success. One was supported by numerous family and friends in the area, the other had some supports including the landlord however his energy going into this was low. As it turned out, I am now only working with the uplifted individual and every time I walk into her location I feel welcomed, supported, and connected.

Saturday was my first class at one the new location. It was her grand opening weekend and many activities were taking place – yoga, music, and other classes. My class was the essential oil roller ball class with a discussion of the level of vibration of health vs illness and the vibration of nature and essential oils. After discussion of vibrations we discussed essential oils, proper uses, and safety precautions. Then everyone in the class prepared a roller ball to take home.

For those of you unsure of what a roller ball is this is the photo of the end product.

We created some Abundance essential oil roller balls. We all had a wonderful time learning about raising our vibration and how each essential oil has a  vibration that resonates with certain vibrations of our body.

During Saturday’s class, we used several doTERRA essential oils to create a unique blend for participants to breathe in while reading abundance affirmations. The roller balls were perfect for this class with the gold tops and small gold clasp. We added a few small Frankincense and Myrhh resins to the gradient color roller ball which were purchased from Esarora. We added a gold string and labeled with Abundance. They smell wonderful.

A week after the class I heard that the class participants were carrying their roller balls and finding that smelling them throughout the day was an uplifting experience. The combination that was chosen due to the properties of each oil and the vibration was perfect. Wish I could share the scent through the blog.

At work I witness the effects of peppermint on a regular basis. In the afternoon of a training many times the participants lose their attention span and interest in the training material. When they place a drop of the peppermint essential oil in the palm of their hand and rub their hands together to warm it up, then place their hands to their nose taking in the scent, it energizes them up. This is better than a cup of afternoon coffee or chocolate.

In the office when people look sluggish I spray a little OnGuard into the air cleaner or on my own hands. The scent slowly spreads throughout the room and there is an immediate response from coworkers. They sit a bit taller and smile a little more. The administrative assistant aways loves the energizing effects.

For me, adding essential oils into my life has been an eye-opening experience. Peppermint to reduce headaches, Melaleuca for healing bruises and sore throats, lavender for restful sleep and so many more have been used. I love using the oils in a diffuser. My home smells lovely and many of the essential oils help cleanse the air. There are so many uses for essential oils that I have not even discovered the tip of possibilities.

Remember, not all essential oils are equal. It is best to use Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essential oils (EO). You will be able to tell the difference in quality. Some of the less expensive, perfume oils, will not float in water. If the essential oil is not a true oil it will not float on water. There are other ways to determine the quality beyond the price. It may appear doTERRA is costly, however when learning of the cost per drop and how one drop is all that is needed you will begin to appreciate the high quality oils and only want the best for yourself and your family.

Essential oils are great for making your own cleaning supplies. I love adding a couple of drops of lemon EO to white vinegar and water for squeaky clean windows. Add white vinegar and lemon to the rinse cycle for nice smelling clothing. Lemon oil will remove marks from a white board or black heel marks from linoleum floors. There are many ways to use the EO so you can eliminate chemicals from your home and personal products. With all of the information on pollutants in our homes from carpets, furnishings, cleaning supplies, and the electromagnetic fields, it feels good to know that we can have a little control over our environment.

Have you used essential oils yourself? If so, which have you used and in what manner?

Love and Light!


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Finding Peace During Stressful Times

My daughter was staying in Ohio with her family when their 12 day old daughter, Lainey,  was taken to the emergency room. She had stopped breathing while my daughter was purchasing diapers. Miraculously when my daughter asked for help, a woman standing behind her in line was a pediatric nurse and someone else immediately called 911. As they were raced to the emergency room in the ambulance, their rental left in the parking lot at the store, her husband and 4-year-old son were in the hotel unaware of what was happening.

I was home two states away with life moving forward as normal and no way to be of support to any of them. Work still called me away during the day and the miles between kept me from jumping in my car – even though it was offered. My daughter thought they would release Lainey the next day, then the next, then the next.

On Friday, day 4 of her hospital stay, I was ready to fly out and rent a vehicle to drive back with my grandson. At lunchtime, my coworker suggested we take a quick walk – even though it was one of those hot muggy September days. Once out, we decided to go a little further so we started over the bridge toward the Amtrak station. On the way a large dragonfly flew around our heads. My coworker laughed and called me the dragonfly queen. The dragonfly flew down and bumped the top of my arm. Then she hovered in front of me so I laid out my arm.
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She landed gently and sat on my arm for the longest time. My coworker said, “You do attract dragonflies.” I laughed because this is the truth and has been for a very long time. Yet, this was the first time I have actually witnessed a green dragonfly, and a first for one to bump me as if wanting to share a message.

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We made eye contact and I said, “What are you telling me? Is Lainey going to be fine? Will they be traveling to stay with me soon?”

She remained on my arm longer without movement. We were conversing without words and I began to feel very confident that all was well with baby Lainey and they would be heading my way soon. I relaxed and felt very comfortable with all of my focus on the dragonfly. It was as if she understood I had received the message because she began to move a little on my arm and then flew off to her next adventure. We stood and watched as she made her way gracefully through the hot and humid air.

Before we turned to walk away I noticed she was returning. My coworker and I stood at the cement rail watching and waiting in silence.

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Then Ms Dragonfly stopped by to share one more goodbye.  My coworker and I felt uplifted and knew deep in our hearts that Lainey was going to be fine.

(Look closely – it wasn’t until after I uploaded the photo that I noticed she had something in her mouth. Maybe a fly or some other insect she caught for lunch.)

On the way back to the office I texted the photos above to my daughter. She responded with a smiley face and shared Lainey was being released. They would spend one more night in the hotel and head my way the next day.

Sometimes we need to get out of our heads and allow nature to speak to us. There are always signs if we just slow down and pay attention. Whatever your beliefs, I think miracles happen everyday and we receive messages from many sources when we quiet our minds.

If you can learn to find your still point in the midst of chaos you will begin to discover the path to a joyful, peaceful life. There will always be bumps in the road, it is how you decide to travel the road that will make all the difference. It took me over thirty minutes to capture this dragonfly in flight a few years back but this photo always reminds me that we can find stillness in chaos. Even though the dragonfly is in flight it appears that the world is in movement and she is still. That is how I want to learn to live my life. Finding a still point within no matter what is happening around me. To be the peace I want to see in my life and share it with others.

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Have you ever been in a low vibration and felt uplifts by an insect, animal,  or something in nature? Do you notice miracles throughout the day?If so, please share your experience. Just think of all the factors that must come together for you to be born – to breath, digest, see, smell – for you to be the person you are, living the life that you live. That is a miracle.

Love and Light!


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We Have a Choice Every Morning – Make It The Right One

We each have a choice every morning when we wake – will this be a wonderful day filled with miracles or this will be a day of sadness, regret, and/or anger at the world. It is your choice.

You may wonder, what can I do to start my day off on the right path? What can I do to share positive energy with others?

This morning I woke up on time and decided this was going to be a day filled with love. I pictured the meeting at work going well, everyone sharing in discussion and being respectful and sent out love to everyone ahead of my leaving home. I ate a nice breakfast, packed a healthy lunch and filled my water bottle with lemon and watermelon.

On the way out the door I grabbed my camera because I wanted to capture the beautiful flowers my landlords mother had planted years ago without knowing who would be enjoying them in the future. As I passed the first bush I noticed a little rabbit who had come to say good morning.

After work I took a walk around the local park and chatted with two women while petting their dogs. Smiled at other walkers and wished them a peaceful evening. As I walked into the yard I was in awe over how welcoming my little old home appears when the flowers are in bloom. I am not even sure what kind of flowers they are but they are magnificent and I wish the scent could be shared as well as the photos.

It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment, trailer, or home – you can plant some flowers and greenery to enjoy. If you have a yard or even a planter, add some colorful flowers to enjoy every morning. Place some flowers in a vase near your bed – dandelions from along the road are a nice morning treat for your eyes as well.

Bringing joy to our morning allows us to start out the day with a higher vibration. This higher vibration can be shared with others throughout the day. Remember, the energy you bring with you is the energy that is shared. If you start out angry, that is what you are sharing. If others seem angry, it is just your own mirror reflecting your own image back to you. Anger is a lower vibration and not one to continue if you wish for health. What can you do to share some sunshine with others? This is important because in return they will shine more sunshine back to you. As you raise others they will in turn raise those they come into contact with. The same is true if you are sharing negative energy. So why not consciously share some high vibrations.

What can we do to continue to share a high vibration with others?

When we plant bushes, perennials, and trees we never know who will be enjoying them in the future after we have moved on – whether to a new location or death. Whenever I plant a tree, bush or perennial flower bulbs deep inside I wish them long life so they continue to bring joy to all who see them in the future.

At my last home I planted 106 white crocuses around the roots of the big tree in the back yard. They rise in the spring and look like snow covering the ground around the tree. It is a beautiful sight up close and especially from the house. The blueberry and raspberry bushes, and strawberries plants provide my ex-husband and his family with delicious fruit every summer. The pear trees are beginning to share their fruit as well. The flowering Dogwood and Magnolia trees brighten the yard in the spring and provide much-needed shade during the hot summer months. The lilac bushes and peonies out by the big tree fill the yard with delicious fragrance while in bloom. The peppermint plants in the front yard near the garage provide enough leaves for fresh mint tea and the bee balm continue to grow as covering for the compost bin placed at the end of the large garden. Even though no longer enjoyed by myself, it gives me pleasure knowing that they will continue to be enjoyed for years to come.

As I have left behind the joys of nature, my landlord’s mother has blessed me with the same. During the spring months different bushes bloom for a short time then as those fade away others will begin to blossom. Every year I add a few more perennials knowing that the next tenant will be able to enjoy them as well.

So, what can you do to change your mindset every day?

  • Wake up and see the beauty in your life
  • Open yourself to the simply pleasures
  • Write in your gratitude journal
  • Spend time in nature
  • Set up your day ahead of leaving home – send love out to everyone you will be in contact with
  • Visualize the kind of day you want to have
  • Be aware of the energy you carry out into the world
  • Look for the beauty in nature and in people you come into contact with
  • Smile and talk to people you meet throughout the day
  • Wish others a blessed day – or a peaceful day
  • Laugh or sing in the morning before walking out the door
  • Place a flower or two near your bed to see first thing in the morning
  • Read something positive – affirmation, prayer, joke, spiritual quote
  • Eat breakfast sitting at the table without the television or news
  • On the way to work listen to a motivational speaker or song
  • Bring your own lunch and pack something healthy to eat
  • Bring a large bottle of fresh water to enjoy and replenish your body
  • Treat your body as the gift that it is and maintaining a high energy is the best gift you can give in return.

Do you have any other ways that you have used to raise your vibration in the morning?  Sharing is caring – we would love to hear them.

Love and Light!
Sandy

 

 


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I’d rather be . . . – WPC

Although I am quite content to be doing exactly what I am doing in the moment, whether that be washing dishes, vacuuming, dusting, mowing the lawn, shoveling snow . . . Each daily task brings a sense of being in the moment, enjoying life. This week we are asked to share what we would rather be doing, which is a bit hard when I sit here doing exactly what pleases me, so I will think about a nice sunny day and what I would rather do given the choice on such a day.

I’d rather be . . . sitting on my front porch with a glass of iced mint tea reading a book or, if the grandchildren were here, playing with the toys on the other end of the porch. There is nothing better than sun, sheer curtains dancing in the breeze on a nice warm, sunny day.

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If I were not home, I’d rather be . . .

Exploring woods and nature with my children and grandchildren . . . Hugging trees . . . meditating at the ocean, lake or stream while listening to the water . . . walking barefoot . . . Earthing . . . anything outside in nature . . .

I’d rather be . . . creating – taking photos, making jewelry, preparing blends of essential oil roller bottles, facilitating Vision Board classes . . .

I’d rather be . . . Sledding with my family at the golf course . . .

I’d rather be . . . Always with camera, book, and notebook maybe enjoying a latte and treat . . .

I’d rather be . . . Anywhere on the water enjoying my kayak, nature, birds singing, quiet of the evening . . .

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Enjoying simple pleasures – feeling very blessed. LIFE IS GOOD!

Now, it’s your turn. What would you rather be doing? If you’ve got more than one hobby, don’t be shy — you’re welcome to share the myriad ways in which you’d prefer to be spending time.

If you would like to view other photos submitted for this week’s photo challenge or would like to submit your own, click on the link below: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/rather/

Love and Light!