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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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.

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Heart Chakra

The fourth chakra, the heart chakra,rests in the center of the chakra system, at the core of our spirit. Its physical location is the heart, upper chest, and upper back. The fourth is the balance point, integrating the world of matter (the lower three chakras) with the world of spirit (the upper three chakras). The element of this chakra is air, which is why we feel breathless when we are consumed with love and when we have heartache. The health of our heart center registers the quality and power of love in our life.


In Sanskrit, the heart chakra is called Anahata, which means “unstruck” or “unhurt.” Its name implies that deep beneath our personal stories of brokenness and the pain in our heart, wholeness, boundless love, and a wellspring of compassion reside.


Being an even-numbered, feminine chakra, the heart center naturally yearns to release and let go. When we feel fearful, there is no room for love, and our bodies show contraction.


Some signs that the heart chakra is overpowering your life can include co-dependency, possessiveness, jealousy, heart disease, and high blood pressure.


Helping others, being of service, random acts of kindness are all heart chakra work. The most powerful way to open, energize, and balance not just the heart chakra but all of our chakras is to love ourselves and others. Give and receive love.

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The definition of yoga is essentially ‘union’. At the foundation it is to be in union with yourself, and then others through kindness and compassion.

I know that for many yoga is a form of gymnastic-like contortions with their very flexible body. It is also another place to compete and to improve. I get it.

My practice used to consist of every inversion I could achieve and I strived for “perfection” in my pose. I sought out yoga to get more flexible physically and to perfect something that at that time I felt needed perfecting. What I did not realize was that I could achieve all of that physical/external stuff in the gym or in a fitness class.

Over time though I realized that while I can stretch, build strength, achieve amazing results and impress myself I was no where near union with my Self. I was destroying my body. I was seeking the wow factor impressing others ego based external affirmations. But mostly I was lost.

And then I found the true essence of yoga.



And this had nothing to do with how deep my back could bend.

This gentleman has been practicing yoga with me for two years. He could care less about a handstand because his yoga is union. It is allowing me to move his mostly paralyzed body. To look into his beautiful green eyes and wonder what he would like to say if his mouth would just speak the words.

True union.

Despite his limitation from a traumatic brain injury, this man shows up. He is present.

After our session, he insists on “walking” me to the door to lift his hand for a handshake.

That is yoga at its core.