Natural Healing with Nature Gratitude

Nature opens us to the possibilities of healing.                                                                                       Gratitude shifts that magic into action.

I am reminding you that You are Nature. Just as that tree, rooted deeply into the Earth, is a dynamic part of the flow of Nature, natural energy, so are you.

When we connect to this energy, deeply like the roots of the trees, deep self-healing begins. With this Earth connection comes a profound sense of gratitude that changes the way you function, right down to the way your individual cells function.

Take a Mighty Tree for example. Go outside, barefoot, and hug a Tree closely.  Let go of all other thoughts, yup, Tree Meditation begins now. Allow yourself to experience how the roots run deeply into the Earth, how the branches reach high into the Sky, and how every leaf on the Tree is engaged in photosynthesis and breath to benefit every being on this planet.

The Gratitude We Can Express to the Trees:

  • Deep roots pulling up minerals and nutrients from deep in the Earth’s soil. Those nutrients will eventually decay into the top soil enriching it. No instant gratification here, Nature requires us to be patient and think of and for long haul. Maybe the Wisdom of the Native Americans has value:
      “The Peacemaker taught us about the Seven Generations. He said, when you sit in council for the welfare of the people, you must not think of yourself or of your family, not even of your generation. He said, make your decisions on behalf of the seven generations coming, so that they may enjoy what you have today.”

    Oren Lyons (Seneca)
    Faithkeeper, Onondaga Nation

  • The breath of all Trees on this Earth are the Breaths gifted back to you. Oxygen is created by the Green Beings on this planet. Next time you hug a Tree, thank that Tree and every Tree on this Earth, for the breath of your life.
  • Shade: oh the cool Magic of shade on a hot summer day. Need I say more?

When we walk the Earth, literally, with gratitude for every gift She gives us daily (food, medicine, shelter, water, air, light…) we begin to interact differently with ourselves, others, and the Earth as a whole.

This very energy is a gift of Self Healing.

Homework: Hug a Tree, barefoot. Now turn around and hug a tree backwards, spine to spine with the tree. Every day, find at least one being in your natural environment to thank for being there. Deeply think about that beings purpose in the web of life as you are thinking of reasons to thank it. Payoff of this homework: your life will be ripe with the Magic of Gratitude.

 

“If you ask me what is the most important thing that I have learned about being a Haudenosaunee, it’s the idea that we are connected to a community, but a community that transcends time.

We’re connected to the first Indians (people)* who walked on this earth, the very first ones, however long ago that was. But we’re also connected to those Indians (people)* who aren’t even born yet, who are going to walk this earth. And our job in the middle is to bridge that gap. You take the inheritance from the past, you add to it, your ideas and your thinking, and you bundle it up and shoot it to the future. And there is a different kind of responsibility. That is not just about me, my pride and my ego, it’s about all that other stuff. We inherit a duty, we inherit a responsibility. And that’s pretty well drummed into our heads. Don’t just come here expecting to benefit. You come here to work hard so that the future can enjoy that benefit.”

Rick Hill Sr. (Tuscarora)
Chair, Haudenosaunee Stabding Committee on NAGPRA

*(people) The word people is my addition because we are all one with all other beings on this Earth.

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Are You a Lifter or a Dragger?

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We are spirits having a human experience.

We are part of the Collective Soul… the Spirit of the Earth, the Spirit of the Universe.

As humans, we tend to see ourselves as separate; separate from other humans, separate from all other forms of life, including separate from the life of the Earth as a whole.

We see ourselves in the container of our bodies. The edges of our bodies are where we end and the rest of the world begins.

When we realize we are a pulsating light, a spirit without a container, and that the whole Earth (whole Universe…) is our container, we begin to sense – see – feel our oneness with everything. We are everything.

We are all related. We are all connected. We are all one.  *Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ

How you walk through your day, the world, does not impact just your life. It impacts everyone and everything, the Earth as a Whole.

Your ripple in the world impacts us all.

Your attitude, the energy you give off, either lifts up the Collective Soul or drags it down.

Are you a Lifter or a Dragger?

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*Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ (All Are Related) is a phrase from the Lakota language. It reflects the world view of interconnectedness held by the Lakota people of North America.

Life Can Be Fragile

Life Can Be Fragile. Life Can be Fleeting. Embrace every moment for its Sacred & Magical (are they not the same?) Energy.

On June 12th, 2018 I filmed this very young Fawn, still slightly wobbly on its legs, as it walked along the opposite side of my swim quarry.

 

Yesterday, July 3rd, I lifted this same beautiful being’s body from the side of the road. I carried her into the woods to lay her to rest under a Great White Pine, a Tree of Life. As I walked; fawn in my arms, tears running down my face, and my heart broken, Momma Deer was right close by in the woods. My heart broke open even bigger knowing there she still was, close by her baby’s body.

I share this with much positivity as bizarre as that sounds. I am listening to the messages of the Universe. The past month has held much wisdom in lessons for me as I have been immersed in some Earth shattering wake up calls.

  • Truly live and breathe in every moment’s bliss or sorrow.
  • Live the life I want. Start celebrating my bucket list now.
  • Who knows what tomorrow will bring or if I will even have a tomorrow.
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Last night, as I sat next to the campfire with my two sons and their rowdy teen friends – time was closing in on midnight and I wanted to be in bed 2 hours ago so I could be up to witness the beauty of the Sunrise – I took several deep breaths {in pink, out blue, surround myself in yellow  wink  }.  I am ecstatically grateful my boys, 16 & 19, want to hang with their Mom, Dad, and Nancy by the campfire AND so do their friends. We tell stories, ask questions of the newcomers to get to know them, and laugh until we go to bed exhausted and reeking of campfire. Did I mention the S’mores and endless roasted marshmallows? I will catch the Sunrise another day… maybe on those mornings when I am wishing my kids were still here to sit around the campfire with me/us.

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Embrace life. Live fully in every moment. Sit by the campfire until the embers and playful communications cease.

You can’t make this shit up…

Snow Plowing just got FUN.

So, after 7 years of plowing (and hating it 95.79% of the time) I discover the missing link: blueberry beer!  Thank you Chip’s Store for always having a handy dandy, cold supply.
All those years I bitched about the DickHead who plowed at my former home… WHILE he was drinking beer. Turns out he was right all along.
2 blueberry beers into it and it took me 3 attempts to back a wide farm tractor into a narrow garage (usually I get it right the first time). But hey, I did not swear once while plowing even while trying to:
  • hold my beer,
  • shift,
  • steer, and
  • work the plow hydraulic lever.

Well, that is until I finished plowing, moved my car out of the tractor’s side of the garage (with the 2×4 propped overhead door), and got back on my tractor to put it away… yup, the damned snow plow goes by and plugs the end of my driveway again.

Hey, one F bomb is a whole lot less than normal.
Beer is now part of the process…
BTW Mom: please tell Dad I need a bottle holder installed on my tractor.
Don’t worry Mom… you did not fail as a parent.
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BACKSTORY:
This day has been a friggin’ snowy fiasco.
  1. Garage door broken.
  2. Can’t get tractor out to plow.
  3. Have to fight with said door for an hour and then prop it open with a 2 x 4.
  4. Tractor runs out of gas because this piss poor X Girl Scout isn’t prepared with gas. AND… she knew a winter storm was coming.
  5. Finally I am coming home with the gas to finish plowing.
Funny enough, I have picked up a six pack of blueberry beer too.
On we go…
So the story gets better. Eli, my 15 year old, is giving me shit because I have beer:
“what did you buy beer for mom?”
I say: “if I have to plow the driveway on a No. Co., redneck, old farm tractor I’m going to do it like a proper, happy, No. Co. redneck.”
So then I spill my beer on top of the clothes washer. Eli quickly grabs a towel to wipe it up. I flip out and yell at him to stop. Which, I have to give him credit: quick thinking & action but…
I run to the kitchen, pull apart a tincture bottle, and use the dropper, like a straw, to suck the beer up off the top of the washer. To which Eli says, “nothing says crazy, drunk bitch like this! “
How have I NOT ruined my awesome kids?
Did I mention my 15 year old never made it to school, which had been delayed 2 hours, but the above snow, garage door, plowing, gas, and beer fiasco trumped school for the day.   Shhh, don’t tell his Dad…
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Say No To EVERY Form of Hormonal Birth Control

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From the time I was old enough to know what hormonal birth control was (in my younger days only the “pill” was available. Now hormonal birth control is invading females’ bodies in many forms.) I always had this gut feeling: “there is just something wrong with hormones being used to tamper with female’s bodies. This is not normal, natural, and cannot be good for the body in any way, shape, or form.”

For years I worked in OB/GYN nursing watching hormonal birth control pills getting shoved down the throats of teens, sometimes as soon as they started their periods. BC pills were prescribed to young teen girls for various reasons:

  • to regulate the cycle (what teen, just starting to have periods, has a regular cycle. menstruation doesn’t just start one day and immediately it’s the perfect 28 day cycle anymore than a woman goes through menopause having perfect 28 day cycles and then they just stop. Ok, we are finished now.)
  • for acne (seriously people… teach the kid how to eat whole foods as nature intended)
  • to control bleeding (again… change eating & lifestyle habits)
  • to control headaches

I phased into teaching junior & senior high health ed classes in public school, private schools, colleges, and community based non-profits. Over 20+ years, the percentage of young girls I saw who were on the pill* rose steadily. The beginning age that many girls are put on hormonal birth control kept dropping.

Hormonal birth control is an area where much education is needed. Moms, in desperation to help their daughters, listen to the medical explanation about how helpful hormonal birth control is for their daughter’s “menstrual” issues. Mothers and daughters are told how it is actually healthier for the daughters to be on the pill than not on the pill.

I can see how this early prescription for hormonal BC happens.   Mothers just wants what is seemingly best for her daughter.  The doctor does know best… correct?

When I was a teen, there was a deep space of common sense inside me that made me realize there was nothing good or natural about hormonal birth control. Three plus decades later, we know the horrible side and long-term effects that women have experienced with menopausal hormone replacement therapies. We are now starting to learn the horrors of hormonal birth control.

As a Natural & Functional Medicine Health Educator, I work with clients one on one. I have seen the ravages of hormonal birth control on womens’ lives.

  • mood disorders
  • chronic depression
  • low or no libido
  • digestive tract ills
  • nutritional deficiencies
  • brain fog
  • headaches
  • and more

I have worked with women to wean off the pill, repair the damage and deficiencies, heal the gut, end the depressive cycles, and get their lives back after sometimes years on hormonal birth control.

Educate yourself. Educate your daughters and granddaughters. Educate your husbands and your sons so they are advocates for their daughters & partners to not be using any form of hormonal birth control.

Learn more.

A medical doctors thoughts on hormonal birth control:

5 Reasons To Rethink Your Birth Control Method

published in mindbodygreen

A very insightful book to raise questions about the wisdom in avoiding all hormonal methods of birth control.

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When it comes to caring for your body… nature knows best.

*on the pill can now be many forms of hormonal BC: on the oral BC pill, hormonal shots of birth control, implants, cervical rings, IUDs with hormones… and the list grows of ways we can alter a womans menstrual cycle with synthetic hormones.

Dancing with Menopause’s Magic

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It has been a bit of time since I posted here! Take a seat dear female friends… I have much to tell you and good Menopausal Magic to share with your feminine spirits.

My Natural Health Education / Functional Medicine Consultation practice is a busy space for me to be in!  And… I have been up to other stuff as well: new book released co-authored with a dearly loved, local healer friend, Jenny Morrill.

And…Keep reading for a peak into the new Vaginal Love herbal product I am releasing, soon, with another local healer and dear soul sister: Acupuncturist Shelby Connelly of Five Elements Living Retreat Center in Colton, NY.

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Our New Book To Inspire Your Self Healing

I am here today to share a bit of Menopausal Magical Wisdom. I confess, I do not have many symptoms of menopause. Once in a while a skipped period… but that is to be expected at 52.

Keeping the body healthy and avoiding symptoms of any dis – ease is an easy path to walk when you commit to self-care, self healing:

  1. Whole Food Eating 100% of the time
  2. Whole Health Lifestyle Choices

If interested in healing self… the resources on my Natural Health Education website can get you there for Free if you are committed to you!

So, what if I do have some symptoms of menopause, Paula?

Hot flashes, gushing periods leaking all over the place, moodiness, heart palpitations, etc., etc., etc?

Following the above whole food & whole health choices will self heal these menopausal change challenges.

Using herbs to nourish the body back to health is another great choice to assist the above whole health living habits. Herbs are plants. Plants are food. Food nourishes body cells.

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Red Raspberry Leaves tone the uterus. Who doesn’t want a fit, muscular, sexy uterus at any age? This helps to prevent all the “medical reasons” we get advised to cut it out of our bodies. Keep your beautiful uterus… it was meant to be in your pelvis: the bowl of your feminine wisdom!

Red Clover Flowers balance hormones and help to clean the blood.

Stinging Nettle Leaves are an awesome, amazing, whole body cell nourisher. If you took the time to read the Whole Food link back there… you now know that nourishing your body cells is key to vibrant health!

Motherwort: Hot flashes, heart palpitations, and moodiness anyone? Feel like you are about to snap? Let your Mother love you up.

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Sarsaparilla Root: a healthy liver breaks down hormones to be excreted through the colon. Sarsaparilla root helps to keep the liver healthy and doing its job of detoxing and breaking down hormones. Dandelion root, burdock root, and milk thistle seeds are other liver nourishing herbs to assist in healthy liver menopausal magic. (Shhhh, I did not make this tincture!)

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Flooding periods leaving a mess in your life (and clothes? Not to mention car seat, bed…) Wild Yam to the rescue! Years ago I used wild yam for birth control but that is another topic.   ; )     I came home to wild yam after I had my first, and only I might add, flooding period. I take 3 of these capsules every AM & every PM. No floods ever again for me. I suspect Wild Yam also nourishes my body cells to create a peaceful & magical menopausal transition for me (along with my whole food & living habits.)  So many women suffer from flooding and are told to get ablation (I would never, ever, recommend this procedure to anyone… find the root cause of your struggles and heal them!) and/or a hysterectomy (another procedure I would not recommend save for the very extreme reasons). Wild Yam also helps to keep our bones strong well into our Medicine Woman / Crone Wisdom Years! (This Link will take you to several post I have written on the magical nourishing effects of Wild Yam.)

Stay with me here good Women… I have a lot to say after so long a hiatus!

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OK, another HUGE issue with the menopausal years in what the medical field calls vaginal atrophy. Let me just say, creating such negative terms around the female body is just wrong. It keeps us in the mentality that there is something wrong with our bodies, that our feminine organs are innately weak and malfunctioning. This my friends is pure and unadulterated bullshit. We are strong; we have powerful and wise feminine organs!

If we follow Wise Woman Nourishing Healing Ways… see all my whole food / whole health suggestions above… our vaginas can remain strong even as we age.

Will they not age?

No, we can’t be silly, aging happens.

But, we can age with grace, strength, and divine dignity!

Eat well, play well, whole food – whole health yourself up, use herbs to nourish that which needs nourishing, have sex, do kegels… AND… here’s the biggy I have been waiting to share:

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A while back in my Wise Woman blogging career, I wrote a post on Voluptuous Vagina™’s.  At that point, I had been making a vaginal cream / ointment for a couple of years. I had friends and clients who complained of the vaginal dryness and issues that accompany aging in our amazing female bodies. I, of course, recommended all of the whole health lifestyle changes but I also whipped up this above Luxe Feminine Emollient pictured as I had a 60 year old gal friend who wanted relief and comfortable sex with her new man. It is now several years later and I have shared the formula with a handful (or two) of friends and clients who just love it!

I was telling my acupunturist friend & soul sister, Shelby Connelly, of this magic elixir I make for friends and she said…

  • Let’s perfect it and go into business together. I said,
  • You are kidding, right?  To which she replied…
  • Hell No!

And so the story goes… we have started our self care, self healing business together.

Voluptuous V™ is available now, click here.

Sending healing, feminine love, Paula

 

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New Book: Lucy Pearce, Full Circle Health

From Lucy Pearce, Cork, Ireland… powerful female writer!

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“So… Full Circle Health… the book I wrote when I couldn’t write Medicine Woman in the first part of this year… is available to pre-order! I’m very proud of it – it’s not just a book… but a charting system!

http://shop.womancraftpublishing.com/Full-Circle-Health-integrated-health-charting-for-p/fch.htm

For most of my adult life I have been trying to explore and express what it means to inhabit my cyclical female body. I have picked up many tools and tried many approaches to charting my inner and outer life. I have charted my menstrual cycles, my moods, energy, habits, food intake, dreams… This was done in various written journals, sketchbooks, Excel spreadsheets, Leonie Dawson’s Life and Business Planners… not to mention my dream journal and cycle-tracking diary. So many books and scraps of paper piled beside my bed, with my computer balanced precariously on top. Keeping track of my health and life was almost a full-time job… but guaranteed I could never lay my hands on the right book at the right time.”