Embracing Wisdom

Life, food, wellness and love


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A simple reminder of peace. A knowing that there must be an acknowledgment of the mud in order to witness the blossom. 

For myself I am realizing again that life is a balance of  evolving and being still with what is. 

When pain strikes, pausing to feel that I am alive. When joy comes, taking it all in as beautiful light. When worry takes over, coming back to the present breath. 

Ponder the idea of blossoming from the mud in your life, and taking part in being present when life show up. 

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Essential Oils Meet Yoga

There is something so amazing when essential oils and Yoga come together. I have been using oils and yoga for over fourteen years and have always loved the aromatic influence of certain oils. Depending on what oil is used the experience can be filled with a sense of groundedness or uplifting energy.

My experience is that essential oils can help bring the mind, body, and spirit into the present moment.  Our sense of smell is our most powerful sense and by incorporating oils into our yoga practice we are not only adding valuable properties for our physical and emotional body, but we are helping to keep us in the present moment and connected to our experience on the mat. 

The definition of Yoga is union, so as we begin to push out  our past and future thoughts– or ideas of comparison or conception–we peel away the layers of our false self/ego to reveal our True Self, which we can then begin to form a union with.  By using the specially formulated essential oils that doTERRA recently released I am excited to  use oils to assist in this process through the steadying oils of Anchor, the centering oils of Align and the enlightening oils of Arise.

ANCHOR (STEADYING BLEND)

You would start your practice with this by dropping into your hands and inhaling, then apply to heart and back of the neck. Apply this, breathe it in and set the intention for your Yoga practice. With our crazy fast-paced lives with a mile-long to-do list, this blend gives you that grounding, firm trust in yourself so you can approach your practice (and life) with a calming strength.

This blend has Lavender, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Cinnamon, Sandalwood, Black Pepper and a hint of Patchouli. You can smell the spicy in the blend with the Black Pepper and Cinnamon.

  • Promotes feelings of completeness, calmness, and courage
  • Encourages a steady foundation from which to move forward

ALIGN (CENTERING BLEND)

Intention setting, body awareness and warm up stretches, you can begin to incorporate  Align.  I love the fresh and crisp aroma of this blend.  Diffusing Align during the practice will infuse the space with the aromatic benefit.  As you moved through your expansive poses where we elongate our spine, like extended mountain and traditional sun salutations, this blend will help to bring a sense of centered strength in each posture.

The oil blend in this one is Bergamot, Coriander, Marjoram, Peppermint, Geranium, Basil, Rose, and Jasmine. It’s incredible.

  • Promotes feelings of self-acceptance, trust, and fluidity
  • Encourages harmony and calm progress

ARISE (ENLIGHTENING BLEND)

Arise is the enlightening blend. This is very bright, tropical and it almost smells like a less sweet Citrus Bliss. This would be great to assist you with your daily affirmations as you move through your postures while seeing yourself reaching for the highest place you can go.  Allowing a drop or two to fall into your palms and inhaling, then applying to your heart and solar plexus would be a great application of this blend as well as diffusing. Some great postures include warrior series, triangle and revolved lunge and revolved triangle.

The oils in this blend include Lemon, Grapefruit, Siberian Fir, Osmanthus, and Melissa. It is uplifting and very heart opening.  It really is lovely.

  • Promotes feelings of happiness, clarity, and courage
  • Encourages rising to achieve goals and improved performance

I invite you to incorporate essential oils into yoga and meditation practice.

Contact me to set up  your own wholesale account that will  get these oils at wholesale price.  In addition you will  get an exclusive welcome gift and access to my private Facebook group for mentoring and continuing support using the essential oils.

These products become available on Oct. 2. Can’t wait!

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No Shame Oatmeal

I’m not really an oatmeal girl but my body was craving it today. Add in some slivered almonds, unsweetened shaved coconut, fresh blackberries and blueberries, a drop of lemon essential oil and voila! Yumminess in a bowl! 
I used to obsess about eating certain foods especially grains when I changed my way of eating to a more paleo style. However, in my process of listening to myself and my intuition, I have come to realize that my relationship with food shouldn’t be so stressful and really shouldn’t be punishing or shaming.  I learned that it really is okay to eat what my body is craving. Because I eat so clean, I rarely crave anything “bad” like sugar or super carby foods. 

But, today my belly said oatmeal and berries. And that is exactly what it got. And it is okay. 

No Shame Oatmeal: 

  • Steel cut oats cooked as directed
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shaved coconut 
  • 1/4 slivered almonds 
  • Handful of berries 
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk 
  • Drop of lemon essential oil 

Interested in learning more about incorporating essential oils into your lifestyle? Or how to shift out of the shaming around food? 

 I am here to help! 


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Calling 

About 15 years ago, I began to listen to my intuition and to what my soul was calling me to do. I knew I was here to do great things, as we all are. 

It is my belief that we are all here to serve and make a difference in some capacity. Sometimes we get caught up in the thinking that it has to be something grand or famous, but the truth is even the simplest of lives can be the most impactful.  It isn’t about being seen, but rather meek in your actions to create a world that is more peaceful and more full of compassion and unity. 

When I began to get the nudges to look deep inside, I did so without an intention of a return. So often our culture teaches that you give to get. I was certain I was not going to fall into that. Instead, I listen to my gut and lived in a way that served my highest food with zero attachments to an outcome. 

Eventually, I was able to leave my day job (and a dysfunctional relationship) and now I do what I am called to do, and that is share yoga and wellness with people who are living with a disability. I specialize in brain injuries and seniors but I enjoy all types of people and my client base includes a spectrum of abilities and interests. 

My services include adaptive yoga, wellness coaching, essential oil education and level 1 healing touch.  Each day I head off to work I realize that this isn’t work, it is soul. 

Have you found your calling? If  you are still seeking, stop thinking so much and instead try a few of these ideas: 

  • Ask yourself this–“I am best when I am ________”. Be truthful. 
  • Journal about the things that bring you joy. They may be subtle like children laughing, making sure neighbors are taken care of, cooking, nature, laughter, etc. 
  • What are you passionate about and where do you speak up? Sometimes those “triggers” lead you toward something. 
  • Start to identify your everyday actions and interests that could lead you to a life of meaning. Cooking, sharing success with others, natural living, yoga, teaching others a skill, and more. 
  • Practice gratitude.  Just you being you is a worthy adventure. Celebrate who you are by identifying things about yourself you are grateful for. 
  • Stop comparing yourself. Your life journey is yours and yours alone. Remember that when we fall face down, that is often when we come up even stronger. Wipe off your dust and keep at it. 


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Letting Go

Letting Go and Transforming
The Autumn Equinox is a time of letting go, harvesting the good that is abundant in our lives and allowing the stalks and leaves to fall aside and go back to the Earth. With this beautiful and colorful season emerging it is our time to loosen our grip on the focus of growth and prepare to move into a more dormant season. This is also a great time to look at the cycles of life; seasons, months, breath, and even life.

The paradox of understanding cycles exists everywhere and yet the simplest observation is the breath; to inhale you must also exhale. We know that with each ending there is a beginning, in whatever shape that takes—self awareness, growth, wisdom, letting go, etc.  We see this so easily in the changing of leaves–the amazing color that emerges following a season of bounty and then the ease in which the leaf lets go. Watch as leaves effortlessly fall to the ground to be taken into the loving arms of Mother Earth for the new growth that waits for the next season.

As I enter into my third (and final) hip surgery, I reflect on the letting go that has come in my own life.  No longer am I pushing my body but rather I am enjoying the pace that my body wants to go at.  I enjoy slower walks and being at ease more than extreme activity.  Through this past two years, I have certainly learned about letting go.

Take time to look at letting go of what no longer serves you.

Welcome the harvest that is within and always look for opportunities to be grateful.  I know for myself, the practice of gratitude has lead me into a life of awareness that has enhanced my life everyday.

Life is really good, friends.

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Onward

Hip Labrum Reconstruction Surgery is done and after two nights in the hospital I am home and starting my recovery and rehabilitation. 
I am kicking off the morning with controlled passive movement machine+cooling system+brain injury textbook=functional hip surgery recovery. 

The CPM machine slowly bends my knee which causes my hip to have flexion and extension in a passive way, as if I was walking. It keeps joint lubricated and working. The cooling system is like continual ice to my hip and includes leg wraps to help prevent blood clots, which I have had and want to avoid.

Onward! 


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Oils & Gemstones

This morning in my meditation it came to me to create a custom essential oil blend for my surgery and recovery. I included heart opening gratitude oils as I prepare to receive the ultimate–someone’s body part who died so I can be pain-free. I also included cleansing oils for my cells and emotionally healing oils. I chose to set the blend with some healing gemstones outside in the shade for some Mother Earth time.

In the blend there is frankincense, basil, birch, ginger, wild orange, immunity blend, lavender and spikenard.  These combined and layered will offer me cellular support, a calm mind and an incredibly grateful and open heart to receive the talented surgeon’s ability, the care of the staff, the prayers that surround me, and mostly the donor’s part.

The gemstones are rose quartz, malachite, citrine, lapis, hematite, obsidian, and quartz crystal. These beauties will assist me with energy that brings healing and contentment as my body endures this.

Awesome isn’t?

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