Walking In Grace

When we realize that every thing on Earth is Sacred, we will walk in grace with the web of life. The Earth will heal.

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My love of Plant Medicine is a gift to me, to others, and to the Earth. When one sees the deep energy in plants, we naturally have a reverence for the plants and the home of these amazing healing plants. Keeping the Earth whole, clean, and safe for healing plant growth keeps the Earth whole for all of us. When we honor plant-based medicine, we live differently on this planet.

I use the Earth Pathways Diary to keep track of my year, appointments, etc. It is a beautiful calendar diary with Earth based art work, poetry, readings, etc. Every week there is something new art, creativity, poetry, etc.

I decided to submit a poem for the 2020 Edition and this is what came out of my head:

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I wish I knew who created this beautiful art work. I would credit them.

 

 

Walk with Grace upon this Beautiful Planet.

 

 

 

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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.

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.

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.

Cozying Up to the Collective Soul

 

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Over the couse of my lifetime I had been taught to look to a higher power for strength; pray to God for needs. This cultural teaching puts some unknown power at the center of everything: this all knowing, all powerful, male figure.

Intuitively, I always knew there was something that just was not right with this. As a kid, we trust and believe the adults around us know more than we do.

I have always been enamoured with the natural world and could feel its amazing power and energy. Everything living and things we think of as inanimate (soil, rocks, water, mountains)  are infused with amazing, vibrational energy.  There is universal wisdom, waiting to teach and share with you, in everything.

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As I grew over the years and decades of my life, I have come back to what we intuitively know as humans: the divine lies within each of us and within everything. Spirit, life force energy, the Collective Soul is a part of every being and every thing on this planet including the planet as a whole.

When we honor the divine in everyone and everything, Namaste-Blessed Be-Mitakuye Oyasin, we live life from a space of gentle peacefulness, wonder, and gratitude for everything.

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I invite you to see and feel this divine energy within yourself. You are part of the divine energy of the universe: the Collective Soul, the Cosmic Spirit.  Embrace this, truly and deeply embrace this, and feel the transfomation in how you just Be.

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Weaving My Way Into Menopause

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Everywhere I look there are posts and article enticing me to take back my sexy, regain my libido, bring back the magic even in the midst of my moving into my menopausal years. I giggle at this constant urging to maintain the juiciness of my 20’s, 30’s, hell even my 40’s.

What if I don’t want to?!?!   wink

I think of my grandmothers at 52 (OK, I am almost 52). My Grams were not sporting around in lycra enhanced-legging style jeans, high heels, and low cut tops showing off cleavage (and one of my Grams had quite the cleavage to show off had she been so inclined).       They were being wise women, Grammas, women in the fall and winter seasons of their lives, crones with a twinkle! No pressure to have perky breasts and saunter out into the world looking and acting sexy.

I am not saying I am getting old. Hell, not even close my friends! I have many decades to indulge in the the pleasures and challenges of life:

  • yoga
  • mountain climbing
  • my kids & pets
  • hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and swimming about the ADK Mountains
  • hell, swimming in my backyard woods
  • diving deeper into my healer skills
  • hanging with my partner
  • music
  • friends
  • good food
  • gardening
  • making my community a better place for all
  • fun, fun, fun   (and not necessarily in this order)

As humans we only have a certain amount of energy to expend in a day’s time or over a lifetime. Some of us are more energetic than others… never the less, there is a finite amount of energy. When we no longer ovulate, creating that hormonal drive to procreate and pursue the best sperm donor (the innate drive to have sex!), our energies shift elsewhere. We focus on other things. This is a natural phenomena.

When a female dog (or any mammal) no longer ovulates and “goes into heat” said dog is not out looking for a hot male to stand for. Have a dog spayed, surgical menopause, and the lack of interest in standing for a male is immediate. No one expects that female dog to keep strutting her stuff.

I am told, when one moves through the initial years of menopausal happenings and a lack of desire (most of the time) that this desire thing returns. Returns in a different way… not the hormonal driven desire but as a gentler sort of desire. Hmm, thoughts ladies? If only we still lived in community sharing our wisdom from generation to generation…

Thoughts are always welcome, in fact, encouraged!

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