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The Beginner’s Mind

Remembering the Beginner’s Mind. As I am in learning mode for the next leg of life I am reminded of “feeling dumb” not knowing and the stumbling that happens as I try to grow new legs and stand in something I’m not yet strong in. Also the excitement of a new Journey and new tools! (0 the Fool –> 1 The Magician)

I’ve spent a lot of time in the realms of the familiar and teaching what I know to others and trying to relate to the Beginner’s Mind.. Grateful for the embodiment of that reminder. Oh yeah…. this is what it feels like. Unsteady, uncertain, don’t want to “do it wrong,” perfectionism creeping in. Can’t do it perfect if you’ve never done it before.

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Happy December!

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Have you tried Rosehip tea? Rosehips have an exponential amount of Vitamin C compared to oranges. Making all the things with rosehips has been a lovely experience and I look forward to the next plant relationship.
 
Thinking a lot about Winter recipes to stay healthy and mushrooms are coming in loud and clear. UV exposed mushrooms are full of Vitamin D, the vitamin so many of us miss out on in the winter that can lead to seasonal depression. I always have the thought that I should hit a tanning bed, but yuck, it never feels very good to me. Also read about getting green lights to help the brain remember the green and of course the full spectrum lightbulbs.rose-wreath2
 
Lastly, the herbs have been so beautiful in their assistance in gentle healing. I am savoring the last of the fresh herbs for steaming, bathing, and wreath-making. Some will go in our Winter Solstice Bundles and others will be processed for medicine – tea, infusions, tinctures and vinegars.
 
Our big plan is to start making bread in the coming months, we are excited about fermentation, always. There is kombucha, kiefer water here, kvass brewing and sour kraut, no lack of probiotics in our little kitchen.
 
We are blessed and the countdown to Solstice has begun. Happy December!

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Finding Purpose

What am I doing with my life?
What should I be doing?
Why am I doing what I do… Or not do?

Seems to be a rash of this going around. Hang tight people. Breathe, meditate, don’t stress, let it unfold. She says to herself There’s an energetic difference between the things you do for money and the things you do for the simple pleasure of doing it.
Then there’s Guilt. Which can cause so much havoc if we are motivated from the “shoulds.” Things we do for pay are quite simple, really. Here is my energy & time in exchange for these units so I may accrue more units. It’s the other stuff that gets muddy. Today my solution is to sit still and wait. 20 minutes is my ideal minimum. The other day it was 15, almost 0, and last night was just going to be 15 but you know, I got into it and stayed for another 10 minutes. I read a very inspirational post a couple months ago of a man who committed to meditating 2 hours a day. I am wary of addiction alerts in my own life, places where I might try to go to “check out of reality.” I try to keep close tabs on when am I checking out, or when am I doing “nothing” for the right reasons. Reading about this persons’ experience started a shift in me.

The more consistent I am in my meditation – no matter if it’s 15 – 120 minutes – my life changes rapidly, for the better. I want to encourage you all to be gentle with yourselves and take it one day at a time, sometimes one breath at a time. This moment is all you have right now. Om

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Trust your timing

 

What if everything is exactly as it should be? What if your pacing is correct and there is no need to rush, hurry or worry? Maybe just as things are, your timing is precise for where you are right now.

There is a lot of pressure in our world to do more, be better, have more, go faster, get ahead of yourself. When we live life this way, we aren’t actually living, we are projecting. Our energy gets out of synch with our natural rhythms. We may also be projecting our felt expectations onto others. As we feel the pressure to perform, we may also expect that sense of urgency from others.

When we are in this place the importance of things becomes distorted. We may feel that everything has the same level of weight, when really, some of the things are truly important and the rest will work themselves out.

We may also be on the receiving end of other peoples’ urgencies or expectations, especially in the work place and feel we have no choice. If this is a way of life you want to shift, start within. You may begin by trusting that even though the deadline didn’t get met, that might just be how it is supposed to work out. We can’t know the effect of our presence, energy and attitude on others, but staying centered, grounded and connected will allow others to see and feel what being centered, grounded and connected walks and talks like. Let it begin with you!

“Remind me each day
That the race is not always to the swift;
That there is more to life than increasing its speed.
Let me look upward
Into the branches of the towering oak
And know that it grew great and strong

Because it grew slowly and well.”

Orin L Crain, Slow Me Down, Lord!
full version below

Slow me down, Lord!
Ease the pounding of my heart
By the quieting of my mind.
Steady my hurried pace
With a vision of the eternal reach of time.
Give me,
Amidst the confusion of my day,
The calmness of the everlasting hills.
Break the tensions of my nerves
With the soothing music of the singing streams
That live in my memory.
Help me to know
The magical restoring power of sleep.
Teach me the art
Of taking minute vacations of slowing down
to look at a flower;
to chat with an old friend or make a new one;
to pat a stray dog;
to watch a spider build a web;
to smile at a child;
or to read a few lines from a good book.
Remind me each day
That the race is not always to the swift;
That there is more to life than increasing its speed.
Let me look upward
Into the branches of the towering oak
And know that it grew great and strong
Because it grew slowly and well.
Slow me down, Lord,
And inspire me to send my roots deep
Into the soil of life’s enduring values
That I may grow toward the stars
Of my greater destiny.

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Maintaining Good Energy

When we heal a wound, we recover energy that was directed at coping with that wound. Physically, energetically, emotionally and mentally. When we heal at an energetic level, we touch on all aspects of our bodies. We recover a large amount of energy. What will we do with this “extra” energy that was originally ours to claim? How will we go about living life with a new perspective, what decisions will we make to maintain our better health from this healing work?

We can seek healing help from others, but they can’t live life for us. We must stand strong for ourselves and our families by making conscious decisions to use our energy wisely and treat ourselves well. Preparing good food and setting aside time to rest, do nothing, these are just a couple ways we can maintain “good energy.”

It may seem counter-intuitive in our culture, to “do nothing.” But in that nothing, you are going on “low power mode,” recharging your battery for full use. Even our technology can be a reflection of our needs.

Take the time to recharge, re-consider, and re-invent yourself, a retreat once a year, or seasonally or a “mental health day” once a month for You time. Your relationships will be better for it; personal and professional. It may feel like the wrong thing to do, given our list of things that all seem important.
Putting ourselves at the top of that list has a trickle-down effect; we are able to then give from our cup to everything else in our lives that is connected to us. Another way to think about our time is to shift from doing to being. What is your “to be” list?

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Coping

Coping can take many forms. We ‘cope’ when we are overwhelmed or overcommitted. When we are coping we are compelled to get away from our situation or our feelings by disassociating, We can take the same actions with the intention to be closer to ourselves rather than running away. It just depends on our frame of mind.

How close do you feel to yourself? How can you feel closer?

As a lifestyle, coping will inevitably lead to illness. We cope when we’re stressed, when we’re trying to do too much. Often our coping mechanisms come from childhood or times we were in situations we felt we had no choice and had to survive. As adults, we always have choices. Today, we can choose to make decisions that will positively affect our situation, making sustainable, small goals, choosing simple boundaries or asking for support from others are some ways we can shift from overwhelm to manageability.

If we have been coping for a long time, it may be helpful to seek counseling to get the time and space to formulate a plan for a sustainable life-shift. We may not be able to see the forest for the trees all on our own.

Asking for help from sources that are able to provide it and being prepared to receive “no” as an answer are good ways to begin lightening your load. Turning over your situation to a divine power can help ease your load, learning who a supportive divine power is for you might be a good place to start.

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Our Favorite Finds

There are so many amazing offerings and people out there teaching and making medicine, we wanted to highlight a few of our favorites of the moment. Please enjoy exploring these teachers, medicines and modalities! Julia of The Flying Cat

Bloom Post is a medicine woman of the heart, we met in April 2016 in Asheville during a beautiful weekend with Aldofo Tito Condori who shared his generational knowledge from the Q’ero of Peru. What an honor! Julia of The Flying Cat

Each essence is created with organic ingredients, blended with mountain spring water and brandy (to keep it fresh).  I gather this living water from a spring a few miles from my home and it comes straight out of the mountain.  These essences are lovingly harvested, bottled, and labeled by hand.  I spend time in ceremony with each of these offerings to empower activation and shamanic blessings, providing you with powerful support for your journey that will work deep within your most subtle layers to heal unconscious shadow energies.

MEET BLOOM

It is time to remember who we truly are.  My intention is to empower you to step fully into your personal power, embrace your beautiful divine self, remember your soul purpose and live your calling. Our natural state is loving, healthy, joyful, radiant, abundant, peaceful and balanced.

These energies are alive and you have the power to tap into a deep wealth of healing, guidance and support when working with these offerings.  Please know that each essence is shared with you from my heart.  May they be of the utmost empowerment for your heart and your journey.

I have been a grateful member of the Soulodge Womens’ Community for a couple years now, so glad I found it when I did. I plan to continue to learn from Pixie with Earth Medicine School in 2017! I hope you take advantage of this very last Soulodge offering from Pixie. Julia of The Flying Cat

SOULODGE AUTUMN: HONORING GRIEF WITH OWL

OCTOBER 10-NOVEMBER 4 Central Oregon Womens Retreats

In this restorative 4-week SouLodge session, we leave Summer’s active aspects to honor the inward energy of Autumn: the position of West on the Medicine Wheel, Owl medicine, and the element of Water.

This session will close my six year run with online SouLodge.

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I have been on the path of Healing Touch Certification for many years now, by 2018 I plan to be a Healing Touch Practitioner! I have experienced countless a-ha! moments and miracles occur as a result of this work, for myself and with others.   Julia of The Flying Cat

Spiral Meditation Technique by Brugh Joy

We enjoyed practicing the Spiral Meditation in our Group Energy Healing Meditation 8/21/16. 

Click for more information about the Spiral Meditation!

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Altar Kitty

Suki will often make her place at my altar, between where I sit for meditation and my altar. She is actually part of the altar I realized the other day. She and I spent about 3 years bonding with lots of one on one time. She is my heart and soul and loves receiving energy work. No mistake she chooses that spot to feel cozy and safe. 

Suki