Embracing Wisdom

Life, food, wellness and love

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Do you have a manifesto? I took an online course three years ago with Berne Brown and one of the last assignments was to write a personal manifesto. This is the condensed version of my basic truth. ✨

I come back to this time and time again, especially if I feel myself being pulled into the mindset of “more” or finding myself veering a bit off my path. It all comes down to faith and doing what my soul is here to do. Remembering that I am a vehicle for goodness, to be of service and to think/speak/act in ways that better humanity and myself.


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Categories of Plants

This makes it so simple. Look below at how each category of plants offers emotional benefit.

Do you have any of the emotional blends? I love how they are blended perfectly to help support a spectrum of emotions.

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After the Distillation Process

Have you ever wondered what happens to rest of the plant material that is left after the distillation process?
This was doterra’s corporate response and I loved it!
“After the essential oil is distilled each farmer determines the best way to reuse the spent plant material. These uses vary depending on the type of plant material, the region where it is grown, and the preference of the farmer. Some of the common ways the spent material are used include:
*as compost for the farmer’s fields
*as a recycled fuel source for the distillation boilers
*as a by-product that is sold as compost to the community
*as animal fodder
*as part of a closed-loop energy cycle where the spent material can even be used to generate enough energy to contribute back to the local energy grid
Every effort is made, where possible, to find ways to replenish the environment in a positive way.”
How amazing is that?29342377_10157280104117995_2706207933422632960_n.jpg

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The Real Teachers

It is the greatest honor to share yoga with people living with traumatic brain injuries.  I believe that so often when an ‘event’ such as those that my people have experienced occurs, the Ego is no longer part of their life.

They no longer battle the things us ‘typical’ people battle; competition, comparison, grasping for material things, future based fears, past regrets….those are all Ego.  Instead, my people show up in WHOLENESS as they are with no agendas and the most open of hearts.

They are indeed present to what is and often in the most joyous of ways.  They have taught me far more than I have taught them.

I believe wholeheartedly that they are truly the most extraordinary of teachers.

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A New Earth Revisted

This book. Weathered, tabbed, highlighted and so worn. I’m returning to it (again).

Spring time 2004 was when I began to shed old patterns and beliefs and emerge into a life of awakening and presence. This book came along a few years later and was paramount in my path. It is always a treasure to re-read and ponder the handwritten notes to see where I’ve been and what resonates in my current life.

I remember exactly where I was on the trail and the sound my feet made as they crunched along the path. With each step, I was walking away from old beliefs and going towards such a vast, open and welcoming new life. I felt free and light as I was no longer weighed down and heavy, both physically and emotionally.

In time, the inner light that was always there began to shine beyond the sadness and the ponderous load I had felt I had to carry for decades.

With light came freedom and a life of deep purpose. Aligned with my soul and now open to allow all that IS into my daily life. In return, I circulate that goodness.

What an incredible wake up.

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Essential Oil Safety

I used to use any essential oil I could find and never even cared about the quality (or safety).

Not any more! I am super careful as to what I put ON and IN my body.

There are countless reasons why I chose dōTERRA but this is one of the biggest reasons—safety!

🌿dōTERRA’s oils are sourced from the region of the world where it is native. For example, frankincense is collected by farmers in Somalia where the Boswellia tree grows in ideal conditions. No greenhouses here!

🌿each batch goes through 8 different rounds of testing and is also subject to third party testing.

🌿here is where it gets even more amazing—because so many emerging EO companies claim to be pure, dōTERRA takes it a step further and provides the consumer with testing reports. Each batch has a lot number that you can locate on the bottom of your bottle. Enter that number into http://www.sourcetoyou.com and you can see the testing results. That is transparency.

If your preferred brand doesn’t have this strict of safety (and honesty) in mind, I encourage you to think twice.