The Light In You Is The Light In Me

I thought in this blog post I would share more about and clarify some of the basic points of Reiki. Most of us have heard of the word Reiki by now, some are very familiar with it and some are like” what the heck is this mystical word Reiki?” The Japanese term Rei meaning the divine, natural, or holy spirit, depending on your belief system and Ki translates as vital energy. A translation over time has developed into “The Vital Life Force” It is the understanding that at the basis of all things is the source of higher connectedness through a divine energy field. WE ARE ELECTRICAL BEINGS. Reiki has come to be a very common complementary modality to many of the touch therapies within the spa and holistic industry. But, as we have gained a higher awareness within the western world of medicine it is much more common to see it also offered in hospitals across North America. It is used in operating rooms, with pre and post-surgery, to complement traditional medicine not replace. Reiki is one of many such energy medicine based modalities that are being used every day to empower us to take back some control over our own sense of higher healing. The word “healing” is often misunderstood as taking the place of traditional medicine or to make well. What it actually means is to help make whole. With that understanding, Reiki energy works in harmony with all other forms of healing, including drugs, surgery, psychological care or any other method of alternative care and will improve the results. Reiki has had a positive effect on all forms of illness and negative conditions such as minor things like headaches or colds, stomach aches, flu, tension, and anxiety. In some cases, it can aid in more serious illness like heart disease, and cancer, along with the side effects of regular medical treatments. This includes the negative effects of chemotherapy, post-operative pain, and depression as well as improving the healing rate and reducing the time needed to stay in the hospital. 

Anyone can give Reiki and Reiki themselves and their family members and pets. It is not taught in the usual way something is taught. The ability to do Reiki is simply transferred from the teacher to the student through a process called an attunement that takes place during a Reiki class. As soon as one receives an attunement, they have the ability to do Reiki. Reiki attunements are given by a Reiki Master. The attunement energies will flow through the Reiki Master and into the student. These special energies are guided by the Higher Power and make adjustments in the student's energy pathways and connect the student to the source. All sounds very mystical but in reality, what’s happening is that the energy adjusts itself to be exactly right for each student. Basically opening up energy pathways for the student to be able to pass along energy more effectively. And the greatest part is that it all requires very little understanding only to have the intention to lovingly hold space and act as a conduit or extension cord of the life force energy. The higher intelligence of light knows exactly where to go. Remember we are all connected through this universal energy field. As this knowledge has made it's way further west science has been on board and through Quantum Physics it is now scientifically a fact that this universal field is indeed a real thing, this is the field that connects us to each other and all there is.

Receiving a Reiki treatment involves simply relaxing. Reiki energy flows through the practitioner before leaving the hands and flowing into the client. Because of this, the practitioner receives a treatment also. With a Reiki level 1 attunement you can self Reiki, it’s simply opening up to allow in the light as well as share healing energy with family, pets, plants, the food you eat, etc. 

Reiki, fortunately, today has become much more common and accessible. A simple google search will lead you to practitioners in your area. I encourage you to experience it, allow it, and maybe even learn more about Reiki and making it a part of your self-care for you and your loved ones. 



For more information on Reiki treatments and practicing and 
 how you can acquire your level 1 attunement to make Reiki
a part of your self-care and care for your family, contact Donna at

https://www.mindfullyconnected.org/contact

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Unplugging To Recharge

Recently my family and I traveled to one of our favorite places in Idaho called Priest Lake. Surrounded by big beautiful pine trees, mountains and an 18-mile long freshwater lake, and one of the best parts were that the cabin we stay in doesn’t have internet and cell service…..yippee!! Being off the grid provided a fertile setting for grounding and recharging. In the beginning, Our patterns of picking up our devices to check-in were almost compulsive and, we were challenged as a part of the unplugging process but, man how liberating it was to be free. As you may have guessed in exchange for unplugging there was the gift of letting go. Letting go of the need to respond to daily life. Permitting ourselves to have great conversations, laughter, really being present and soaking in and connecting with the natural beauty that surrounded us. 

If our minds and time are preoccupied with one thing it’s only natural to be unavailable and in the space of something else. The average person spends over four hours a day on their device. That's right, most people spend a full quarter of their waking hours on their mobile device. Let’s face it, our devices are amazing for so many things and are likely to not be going anywhere anytime soon. But, if you’re feeling stressed, anxious, and just generally ungrounded then you may want to consider unplugging to recharge. Most of the clients I see are learning to manage stress and general anxiety which usually stems from the habits and patterns that have been created. To change a habit or pattern requires that we create new ones. Creating new habits starts with making choices and we have to want to. If you’re finding yourself anxious, spacey or lightheaded, stuck, sleeping, even having trouble walking or balancing then we Amy want to give awareness to how plugged in we are and try some grounding activities for recharging. 

What is grounding? An electrical device is “grounded” when it is connected to the ground in a way that allows excess energy to leave the system. We humans also need grounding but, are a bit more complicated. We need to be grounded for the natural exchange between our complex energy system and the earth. Much like trees, we need to send our energetic roots into the earth so they hold us steady. Grounding serves to keep us steady and to essentially recharge us so there is a balance. Just like your cell phone and the computer has to be docked and put to sleep for optimal functioning.

Here are a few simple tips for grounding daily or as needed, remember everything is about making choices and creating new habits toward our healthiest self. 

Tips 

  1. At the bottom of the foot is an energy vortex that pulls energy in from the earth. Our feet can attune us to the natural rhythms of the earth. Sometimes the connection between feet and earth is blocked, especially in a world that is becoming more and more concrete. When you can, go barefoot especially in the grass/dirt. Rubber flip flops and carpeting and wood floors are not conductors of energy, so go back to nature when you can!

  2. Regulate the time spent on your device. Those same devices are electrical and can influence your natural electrical patterns. Not to mention the time spent unplugging can free up time for other healthier activities.

  3. Take a bath or shower, water is cleansing in more than one way. Water itself is pure liquid energy and being in or even around it can reboot.

  4. Quiet yourself if even for a few moments. Maybe going to or coming home from work, take a few moments to breathe in fresh energy-containing oxygen, while placing your hand on your heart bringing your focus to something you have gratitude for today.

  5. Laugh, laugh, and more laughter, even if pretending to laugh makes you start laughing just at yourself and this also generate the flow of those feel-good hormones.

  6. Tapping on K-27 meridian, find your collarbone notches and drop down into the little pockets just below. Massage or tapping apply a fair amount of pressure this “kidney meridian” point goes through all the other meridians and stimulating it on a daily bases or more often as needed can serve to get energy moving through all the meridians.

  7. Do something fun, what brings you joy?? Go do it!

  8. Exercise, walk, yoga, aerobic exercise, get the flow going. I love adding a nature component it especially recharges me.

  9. Stuck on a worrisome thought, tapping on your third eye, “Governing Meridian” this serves as a powerful charge to all meridians. On the area between your two physical eyes, taping while focusing on a word that is the polar opposite from your worrisome thought and repeat silently or out loud 10-12 times and repeat until you feel a shift. Words carry frequency and this will help you to calibrate to a different frequency.

  10. Hug someone or hug a tree! Hugs stimulate the feel-good hormones and hugging a tree can be a fun way to ground with natures energy.

There ya have it, many ways to ground and recharge and you may have some time tested ones of your own as the list could truly go on and on. It’s different for all of us one size doesn’t fit all. Explore, try on for size a few grounding tools for at least three days and see if creating some simple, easy new tools can’t bring some vitality and flow into your world!

For sessions on stress, anxiety relief and finding your best way to unplug and recharge, email me or call. Or visit my website @ www.mindfullyconnected.org

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The Circle Of Life

The Circle Of Life

I don’t know if you’re a Lion King fan or not, but if you’re uncertain then I highly recommend checking it out, and I bet you become one! So, when I reflect over the past two weeks the song “The Circle Of Life” from the Lion King movie kept coming to mind. Partly because the new Lion King is coming out in theaters, but mostly due to an eventful two weeks as I was reminded over and over again of how beautiful the circle of life truly is.

My family hosted a 60th birthday party for a dear cousin who has been struggling with an illness, but there was no illness allowed or even apparent at this gathering! What began as a birthday celebration soon grew into a family and friends reunion. Our continual never-ending connection to each other was demonstrated in the way you feel you have a sense of no time loss at all when brought back together. As family and friends traveled in and through our home over the past two weeks, and absent of any drama, we gathered, laughed, ate, drank, lots of beer, wine, and coffee. We shared stories, spent time making new friends and making up for lost time with old ones. We hugged, took goofy photos, looked at old photos, made messes and talked ALOT, we lived fully present.

As things settle down and my heart feels the sense of sadness in the physical separation with every departure, I bring my thoughts back to the gratitude and joy that was gifted to me as a part of this experience. Although at times physically apart we can carry with us the knowledge that we remain forever connected through DNA, emotion, memories, love, experiences, times well had and a deeper understanding of that circle of life.

The circle of life tells us that we always remain connected, we were, we are, and we will be. Like a tree that drops its leaves they compost into the ground which then supports the next season's stronger and healthier new growth, life is a continual cycle, there is never really a true disconnect, time is linear because man says it’s so, wisdom tells us a different story.

Live happy, live present, live always connected!

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Do Nothing And Be Everything

Do nothing and be everything, what a statement. Some of you will read this and say “what the heck?” How can I do nothing and be everything? It is a pretty provocative thought, but one that is also so profound that it’s worth the contemplation. It’s only when you give the words a chance to settle in that they will truly resonant within your world over and over again. They will mean a little something different to each of us and apply potentially in so many ways while reminding us all to simply just be. 

While in constant doing, solving, worrying, planning, pleasing, multitasker mode, on an autopilot of distraction, we are pulled from the present while placing too much focus either in the past or the future. To just be, is finding that balance with our human doing and our human being. Relinquishing the need to know and have it all figured out frees us from the doing thereby allowing us to live in the awesomeness of just being, existing more naturally in that space of being everything. We all would agree that planning and doing is a necessary part of life and this isn’t intended for you to not apply practical function, but rather to take you deeper into your inner world by opening up to the concept of letting go to being everything allowing in the flow of life and welcoming in the doing as it happens in a very synchronized, pleasing, and effortless way. Letting go of resistance and moving into a place of pure potential creates fertile ground for amazingness. 

I invite you to deposit this phrase into your bank of personal expansion. “Do Nothing And Be Everything”. Remind yourself of what that may mean from time to time for you and allow yourself to live in the space of something bigger and grander inviting in all the magic.

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Creating My Best Day Ever

Our thoughts create our reality, no words could hold more truth! This is true on so many levels, but what if we could start every day off with this understanding? For those of us old enough to remember the movie with Bill Murray “Groundhog Day” Every day he wakes up and the scene is the same over and over and over again. Every day for him is Groundhog Day and he has the chance to recreate or get it right yet once again. Imagine for yourself that every day is a restart and a chance to do over or to experience more joy, ease and flow with whatever your task is for that day. Would you agree that would be a more desirable state? Changing your thoughts does change your reality. When I wake up in the morning, some mornings I am energetic and immediately positive and optimistic and then there are other mornings the reality is that my thoughts are less motivating. This is pretty normal I think for all of us, from maybe we didn’t sleep well or there’s something external going on in our world that's influencing us. We are a very complex intricate machine and highly influenced. Because we are so easily influenced by internal and external processes it’s especially important to be aware of the value of our thoughts and how they most certainly create our reality. Let’s apply this concept to optimizing our opportunity for having the best day possible each and every day.

First, when you open your eyes before flying out of bed give yourself a moment to do a mini assessment. Check in with your self, how am I feeling in this moment? Many mornings maybe we fly out of bed because the alarm blared us into a reality. Even if you awaken to an alarm (maybe a pleasant one) build in a few extra moments giving yourself permission to lay in the stillness to access what you may need for this day.

Next, appreciating the journey, finding the gratitude for the simplest of things and stating gratitude for the things you will manifest today. ( peace, flow, money, health, etc.) Doing this immediately starts you off with the neurological benefits of gratitude and establishes intention within the universe for the day you intend to create.

On to, charting your daily course with acceptance and enthusiasm, we all have tasks to do that aren’t always that exciting, such things are necessary aspects of life, but reframing ( focusing on what the task is as a blessing, rather than daunting ) is simply seeing them with elements of gratitude and can serve to energetically shift you into inspired action. 

Finally, generating the desired state you wish to bring in for this day comes from developing self-awareness. We have to be aware of those sabotaging thoughts and we all have them. As we become aware we then choose a better thought, we always have choices. Choose the thought that aligns with how we intend to manifest our day or any of the great things in life.

“ I can choose, to have a great day or I can choose to allow myself to have a lousy day”. “Today will be a great day, simply because I say it will be”


Knowing you matter and that we all are a work in progress is the goal, no wrongs or rights. When we lay our head back to the pillow at night, we release all and any self-judgment. We acknowledge that today we did our best. Before drifting off we again allow in the gratitude, knowing that tomorrow when I awaken there is yet another chance to do my very best toward living in that place of ease, peace, and flow.



Are You A Renaissance Soul?

Are You A Renaissance Soul? How many of you can relate to the following? Do you find a lot of different things interesting and worthwhile? Do you have a tough time making choices and are passionate about so many things? Do you have your hands in multiple projects at once? Do you start to get antsy after a bit of being locked into one box? If you answered yes to even one of these then you’re likely a Renaissance Soul. Yes, it’s a real thing and you may even see it sometimes called a Multi-Potentialities. The good news is that you’re not broken. Some of the most amazing people throughout history are Renaissance Souls, people like Michelangelo, DaVinci, Ben Franklin and Oprah to mention a few. I know for me there’s no question that I am multi-passionate about many things, contrasted by being married to a man that is just the opposite. ( There's truth in the old saying opposites attract.) He knew from the time he was a little boy what he wanted to do in life and followed his path. For us, Renaissancer’s being multi-passionate creates a life that is certainly anything but boring, but at times can seem to take us off track.
 
Recently, I found myself reevaluating all my many passions, along with the heightened awareness that time is a currency.  When this happens I have to go back to my WHY.  Returning to my WHY helps me stay on track, creating a focus for the weeding out process. Although I would love to have the focus, energy, and time to engage in all my many interests, it’s not always practical and functional and I start to realize that when I feel a lack of harmony, truly feeling it internally. I then ask myself, how joyful and exciting does this project feel to me and is it in alignment with my WHY.  Our WHY may, of course, appear to change with the stages of life. But generally when you really define your WHY you’ll notice that it’s more a thread of values, not your purpose that tends to accompany you throughout life. I can be interested in lots of things and even explore 2 or 3 things at a time,  but what works best for me in determining whether to start a new project or goal I may consider some of the following:

1. Why is this project/goal exciting or important to me?
2. How harmonious does this goal feel when I imagine having it?  
3. How does this goal fit into the kind of world I want to create? Does it relate to my life purpose?
4. Is this something that I still want to explore? If so how much energy/time/resources do I want to give it?
5. How does my future look if I imagine having this goal?
There are many many more factors in the process to consider once I clearly determine if a project or goal is in alignment with my WHY and reaching Self-Actualization. 

Additionally, four Key factors in identifying purpose in the choices that I make with setting larger goals/projects come from what I have learned as the Four Freedoms; It’s imagining the most wonderful life imaginable, without limits.

1. Emotional Freedom - How do I realize my purpose with the greatest possible emotional freedom? 
2. Time -  How would I like to organize my time, for work and the other things that I want to do in life.
 3. Abundance - How much money would allow me  
     to feel abundantly supported by the universe?
4. Geographical Freedom - What type of environment do I want to be/live in? 

Using your Renaissance Soul Self to your advantage is to embrace the diversity, passion, curiosity, and interest and know that contrary to old believes that you don’t always have to finish what you’ve started or find that one thing to settle in to. Figure out what works best for you by simply paying attention to what keeps you in alignment. Personally, I have 2 or 3 projects going at any one time. I’ve learned to pick and choose with the process that I’ve outlined for you amongst other things because that feels right to me. Pay attention to what FEELS right to you. 

One last helpful tip for the brain buzzing is to do what’s called a Brain Dump. Set the timer for about three minutes and dump on paper all the things you think about. Once you have a list prioritize them. If you don’t know where to start, rate them by the level of excitement from 1-10 and from there narrow down to three or four and then maybe which project feels easiest to start with.

Wishing all of my Renaissance brothers and sisters every good thing in this world!


For more guidance in setting goals and breaking through limiting beliefs contact me for a complimentary session to determine how I can help guide you toward your highest potential and dreams!

Taking Off My Blinders

As I set out on a recent trip to Ireland, I gave myself permission to vacate. That for me means letting go of all the threads of consciousness that keeps me tethered to my everyday life. For fourteen days I released the thoughts connected to what needs to be done in my regular daily living. The funniest thing became apparent to me from the minute I said: “Go.” I found myself being extremely present almost hyper-present in noticing all the human subtleties around me. The best of this experience was the immediate awareness of how truly kind and good intentioned most people are. It is delivered in very subtle and common terms and because we humans operate often in autopilot, we may tend to miss those subtle yet ever-present human connections. So, for fun and to really be an alive part of those connections I intentionally made a point of turning off autopilot with a deliberate tuning in.

When I took off my blinders, what great things I saw and how joyful and connected this all made me feel. Ordinarily I may not even catch the name of the van driver among all the hustle, Percy, a very friendly Hilton airport van driver introduced himself and loaded our bags. I had a few dollars out to tip Percy upon our arrival and couldn’t help but, notice how friendly and courteous he was in the short drive to the airport. As he says “bless you” to my sneeze, I discreetly upgraded my tip ready to gratefully express gratitude for his pleasantries. Next, we decided to grab a bite before boarding the plane and settled in on a spot. Seated close by was a female solo traveler. She began by offering advice delivered with a smile and a suggestion for what we might like to eat. This suggestion opened up and hour and a half conversation with 48-year-old, school teacher Tonya and the funniest shared stories of her solo travel. We enjoyed her and her delivery so much and suggested that when she gives up travel to try her hand as a stand-up comedian. It was time to board the airplane and our United Flight attendants all at least in their 50-60’s remained so pleasant throughout the red eye over to Shannon. Don’t know about you, but let’s get real, I would struggle to stay up all night maintaining a smile tending to a full aircraft of passengers. Our arrival into Ireland was early local time and the Irish through customs were in usual style as friendly as can be. Off to pick up our rental car and Jim the rental agent says “good morning ladies” and discovered we were way early for pick up, but Jim quickly says “no worries” he would have a car for us just after our first cup of coffee and to our surprise it turns out it was an upgrade. Settling into our first hotel stop “The Old Grounds” in Ennis (highly recommended) where friendly Clare, greets us with a “welcome” and informs us that our hotel reservation is actually three days off! But she quickly says, “not to worry” and finds new accommodations within the hotel for us. And the great connections continued on and on from there throughout our trip.

In the everyday exchanges of life experience, we can become so accustomed to the busy comings and goings of life around us that so much of what makes life worthwhile can be missed. Truly connecting with others doesn’t have to be a formal process, but it does ask us to be present at least enough to notice what often is missed. Taking off our blinders can be truly magical and doesn’t require a trip to Ireland and I’ll be it, I was fortunate that travel was my permission to vacate, but it quickly became an opportunity to be reminded of how subtle our connections and kindnesses can be to each other and how too often if we’re not tuned in “taking off our blinders” we are missing those beautiful experiences with each other.

An Ounce Of Prevention

An Ounce of Prevention

Awareness on the physical, mental and emotional levels of our daily life and being alert to the ebb and flow of the changing conditions in our environment is key to living in a state of balanced health. Health is not simply the absence of disease but balance among body, mind, and consciousness.  With a healthy body, it is said,” to treat the cause is to treat the effect.” to prevent the disease from coming about we practice awareness of the cause beforehand. When we live more consciously aware of when we are in a state of imbalance and can adjust then we are taking action to modify the cause. More simply stated could be, living proactively so as to put equal awareness into prevention as we do focus on the treatment of symptoms of the disease.

Ayurveda, one of the worlds oldest holistic healing systems it is the art of daily living in harmony with the laws of nature. It aims to maintain the health of a healthy person and heal the disease of an unhealthy person. It encompasses the whole of life and relates the life of an individual with the life of the universe. It brings balancing energies into all living organisms. In Ayurveda, the concept of five elements is fundamental (space, air, fire, water, and earth) as a human is considered a microcosm of nature. These five elements combine into three basic energies “Doshas” which are present in all of us in varying degrees. According to Ayurveda the source of all existence is universal cosmic consciousness which manifests as male and female energy. “Purusha, associated with male energy, it is choice-less, passive, and pure awareness. Prakruti, the female energy is active, choice-full consciousness, both are present in all of us. It is ancient wisdom that recognizes us as a part of the whole and validates the ebb and flow of our nature and encourages us to adjust for life’s imbalances for optimal health and longevity.

As we are a part of “all there is” we have the innate wisdom of the universe to guide us if we are listening and desiring of balanced health. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” Life doesn’t require that we live perfectly, but it does offer us the opportunity to be the keepers of the gate when it comes to our health by simply being aware and adjusting for imbalance. Every minute of every day is a chance to do better than the moment before. When we are consciously aware, paying attention to our being on all levels and something feels out of alignment we adjust for better alignment.  If we over indulged at a party, the next day we adjust, by drinking lots of water to detox and eat better. If we’ve been sitting all day with work, we move our butts. If we are having a tough time in a relationship, we seek out the guidance for healthier relating. If we feel a cold coming on, we slow down and honor the bodies need for gentleness. If we are having self-sabotaging thoughts then we get to the root of why. None of us are perfect and that’s okay, it’s not why we chose to wear this human suit, but we do love wearing it and want to get lots of wear from it.  By choosing to be in touch with our full being, cherishing it, mending it, forgiving it, loving and valuing it, offering it compassion, we are choosing to see it as a part of this big beautiful cosmic consciousness and accepting the gift of knowing how to take action to modify the cause.                                                                                                  

 “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.”

 

 

Let It Flow - Energy Cleansing

         Why is it that we go to the dentist to have our teeth cleaned or medical doctor for our annual examination. We work out at the gym and try to eat well and get enough sleep, but somehow we fall short of the whole-being health by discounting the need for energy wellness. Perhaps it’s because so many in the Western world don’t yet understand energy wellbeing and it’s value and connection to the whole state of being. Energy is the thread that runs through every aspect of our wellness, mentally. emotionally, and physically, so it only makes good sense to find the value in cultivating a practice of strong energy wellness.  Energy is meant to flow and unless blocked it is always moving and without care, it will naturally have a negative impact on our overall state of being. So, it makes good sense to keep it as a vital part of our health consideration.

When we think about energy health and what that means, we should consider first that we are all made of energy. I believe energy to be of divine nature, but whatever your belief system is I encourage you to open up to an understanding that even science is now offering the basic principles of how energy flows and it’s vital role in the overall state of our well being. 

Consider a closet packed full of junk and only the stuff in the front gets used. The discarded stuff in the back and on top of the closet has rested there for years. You can still use the closet, but every time you open it up to get something, you cringe because you know you must go through this closet and do some clearing but, you avoid the task because you’re a little overwhelmed with the thought of it. Our overall health is very similar in that we have all this accumulated junk within the mental, emotional, and physical aspects of ourselves and it’s a good idea to on occasion to get in there and do some cleaning out or cleansing of these spaces. If your closet has junk from many years ago and you’re too overwhelmed, you may enlist the help of someone to dig in deep and help you to start to eliminate bit by bit until the areas are free-flowing.  

If you are extremely sensitive energetically you may have to clear more often but, generally speaking, we all should consider energy cleansing and recalibrate on a regular basis. I like to clear often, but if you’ve experienced something more intense, your body will indicate the need for some flow. To simplify this cleansing concept, I will break in down into some easy to do exercises that will assist you in your own practice of energy health. 

Practices for clearing and creating a better flow of energy for the whole state of well being.

1. Breathing, With breathing, we are breaking up stagnate energy and making room for the better flow of energy. To the count of three inhale, breaking up stagnate energy, making room for the flow of energy. Next, exhaling is the focus here because we are eliminating, exhaling fully, to the count of five. With your next inhale to the count of three, focus on the positive nature of how you would choose to feel and the free movement of energy.


2. Stretching, So simple and feels so good, you bend over at the waist to the count of three, 
    Imagining all the mental junk you’re releasing, just falling off of you, then standing fully 
   erect with spine straight, hands fully extended upright in the air stretching to allow your 
   governing meridian to fully expand, imagining the free flow and movement of revitalizing 
   energy.


3. Walking, Especially in nature, as you walk, trying to maintain an aligned posture for optimal  
energy flow. Imagine with each step the stagnant energy breaking up and moving about. The nature component can be particularly grounding as you imagine yourself connecting to all there is, seeing yourself as the tree with roots firmly planted in the earth.

4. Visualization, There are so many great free apps for guided meditation or visualization
Mindbody * Insight Timer * Smiling Mind, to name a few. Guided meditation is particularly good for clearing out the mental energy accumulated as a by-product of life. 

5. Meditation and Prayer, I am speaking not of a guided meditation (visualization) but rather 
more self-guided. Like, really trying to quiet the busy brain. This type of meditation people sometimes struggle with because we create expectations of what that should be. I find it sometimes helpful to use prayer beads and move them through my fingers as I focus on my breathing and the silence, this gives the physical body something to do. Clearing the mind chatter gives us an amazing opportunity to hear from guidance and our soul self. Thoughts will come in, that’s going to happen, choose to see them passing by like people marching in a parade. Another way to eliminate the thought patterns is to choose an object such as a cloud for when you have a thought, you just return to your cloud over and over again. Prayer, communing with the divine. Whatever your spiritual understanding is, prayer can be on the other hand so simple, quiet and natural. We simply just ask for unwanted energy to be released. 

 6. Taking a shower or bathing, Just using the word cleanse translates here to the ritual of 
bathing or showering. When showering you can imagine the rinsing off of all the junk and it falling off of the body and down the drain. When bathing you can use salts to further eliminate toxins 
and infuse your cleansing with any number of cleansing qualities for your mind and body.
Make sure you don’t have any sensitivities to the following before using them in your bath. Some botanicals that are good for clearing are lavender, lemon, frankincense, and cypress. You can also put into your tub as you’re soaking a black tourmaline crystal, rose quartz, or hematite to mention a few. Understanding how botanicals and crystals work for cleansing will be another blog post.  

7. Clearing the physical clutter, Organizing the space you work and live in can give better flow to mental and emotional energies. Most of you may be familiar with Feng Shui which uses energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment.When a physical environment is disorganized it doesn’t allow for the freeing of our minds and energy and it’s all connected.

8. Turning off the devices, speaking of a clearing, when clearing our minds and emotions, 
consider the fact that the average person is using a personal electronic device 3-4 hours per day. Not to mention the fact that it has become harder and harder to find autonomy by our ever constant over connectedness to each other. You can answer an email or text anytime anywhere. It’s hard to wait in the line at the grocery store without checking in on our messages. All of that overstimulation gives rise to stress and stagnate energy flow which translates big time into dis-ease physically. So as hard as it is sometimes clearing the clutter means deliberately turning off the devices.

9. Music and sound, moving and clearing energy through sound gets the mind and body  
moving which in turn gets the stagnate energy moving while increasing our vibrational frequency. Drumming, chanting, and bells all work well to increase that vibrational frequency. 
and we want our energy vibrating at higher frequencies for optimal well being. Think about how
happy a certain song can make us. Again there is a playlist you can choose from for chanting, bells etc.

10. Burning and smudging, what would this post be without a little woo woo! Although in reality it’s not so woo woo really. Smudging is something that’s been done for centuries by the ancients and native Americans.  Energy follows thought and your intention here is to cleanse. Using a sage bundle or stick, first light it and then blow it out while the tip continues to smolder, do so over a dish to catch the ash. Move the smoke around and over a person, space, or item and the smoke purifies. You can also use incenses as well. Another idea for clearing the mind and emotional stagnant energy would be to write down on a piece of paper something that you are attempting to let go of. Next place the piece of paper in a fire safe container and location and burn it. This process symbolizes the extinction of that thought from your energetic space. 


There are many many ways to create ease and flow of our energy bodies. Without attention to the overall health of our energy system, our health will inevitably be impacted. I like what Alberto Villoldo says in his book One Spirit Medicine, “we want our health span to match our life span”.   
And we want our life span to flow with ease and happiness. After all, it is my belief, that we are here to experience the best possible version of this journey while growing and expanding along the way.   


For more guidance on Energy Wellness contact Donna

A Personal Love Story

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“Who are we but the stories we tell ourselves and believe” I love this quote by Scout Turrow. What is your story? Every single one of us has one.

A story can be imaginary or real it can be a widely circulated rumor. It can be filled with intrigue and drama and sometimes amusing. A story can be an account or incident regarding fact or fiction. Sometimes we invent a story of who we believe we are based on a series of events. A story is a tale that connects a series of happenings and retelling of the same old information. Maybe your self-narrative is composed of pertinent facts or circumstances relating to the evolution of something? We all have a history that helps support our story, sometimes it’s a great story, but what if we accept our story as the truth in a way that no longer serves us in our highest way? You guessed it, we rewrite the story because it’s our story! Change the story-change the belief or the acceptance that something is true. Write the beautiful story that you wish your life to be. Below are a few exploratory questions to help spark some self-dialogue. Be the author of your own beautiful autobiography. 

1. First ask yourself, who do I believe myself to be? 
Write down 6 words that describe you.
2. Next, ask yourself, am I the person that I want to be? 
Write down 6 words that describe the person you aspire to be?
3. What do I want to experience?
4. What feelings do I want to invite into my life?
5. What do I need to let go of?
6. What do I want so much that I am willing to make changes and be brave to accomplish it? 

Finally, write on a beautiful piece of stationery paper and put it front and center, so that you’re reminded every single day that you are……. 

BEAUTIFUL
WORTHY
BRAVE &
CAPABLE OF ANYTHING



Weaving with Energy Threads

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Close your eyes for a moment and imagine an invisible thread that connects you to me and now us to each and every other thing on our planet. Like Spiderman, coming from the tips of his fingers a web that binds him to all things.  Energy, seemingly invisible is what connects us all. Quantum physics, call this quantum entanglement when particles remain connected so that actions performed on one affect the other, even when separated by great distances. We may not see this happening, but we can feel it affects. 

With awareness, we can weave with the threads of love, kindness, tolerance, and compassion. Knowing that the choices we make and words we choose can have such a ripple effect. We all experience this effect every single day in one form or another. You may go out in public and encounter someone not having a great day, using not the kindest of niceties. You then return home, choose some unkind words for your partner and your partner then, exchanges them with the kids and then the kids with your dog and now everybody including the dog is not having a very good day, the ripple effect will move on and on.  Another example of this energy exchange is when we’re all together watching an event like the upcoming Super Bowl. Our team is doing well maybe even wins, everybody body is in a celebratory state. We feed off of each others energy within the context of an event. 

If you are reading this, then you exist here and now and there is no separation, we are woven together with these threads not even by choice, but by design. Now, imagine this awareness on a global scale and the impact we could have in choosing expressions of love and unity over expressions of hate and separation. Initiate a ripple effect with just a subtle shift in awareness the next time you have an energy exchange and if you’re alive, it inevitably is coming very soon, by choosing to consciously engage in a way that perpetuates the qualities of a world in which you would like to live in.

Three steps to living on purpose in 2019

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1. Define what living intentionally means to you.

Ask yourself, am I living on purpose? Consider what your values are. What’s important to me. Take a few minutes out to establish and update somewhat regularly, Ask yourself, how it is it that I want to show up in my world? Who is the person that I want to be in this life?

2. Be brave by doing what it is you ’re afraid of.

Pay attention to your dreams and desires, where does fear reside within your body, feel it and Identify it. When you have identified why you are fearful, work at eliminating that fear, but being brave and setting one baby step or goal at a time toward the bigger picture and one baby step at a time you will arrive.

3. Learn to listen and trust your inner voice.

Often that inner voice appears as a bunch of chatter. Remember that our brain is only a tool and your brain’s function as a tool is to be a radio of sorts and relay guidance. The key to listening to our inner voice is to be open to the chatter while simultaneously becoming in tune with the body and how that chatter feels within the body for the full picture. When you learn to listen more with the body, you’re getting it!

Magic In The New Year

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With another whole year about to wrap, some of us may become a little melancholy while others look forward to a new beginning with anticipated, renewed excitement. I personally experience both. I think as I reflect back through the year with fondness and gratitude for so much, I can’t help to feel some sense of sadness with the passing of time. With the passing of time, we experience change and sometimes change challenges us. I will ask you the same as I ask myself, what is one magical memory from this past year? Honestly, for me to narrow it down to one, is tricky because truly there are so many great memories. But, which memory will I hold on to going into the next year? Which one served me in an expansive way, which memory reminded me of the fragility of life, the value of those dear to us. Which memory presented an awareness of gratitude for every minute, while, teaching grace and bravery. Among all the beautiful memories of 2018, this particular memory was magically for me because, despite the pain involved with this experience, I choose to find magic in the time spent with my dear cousin for a week while in the hospital, as he realized his prognosis of stage four cancer. Not all memories are perfect and of fairytales but, sometimes there can still be magic found. As we move on and into a whole new year, I will continue to find the magic in being available to support, to connect with, in the time shared and to encourage bravery, strength, peace, and love.

Ask yourself, What is one magical memory from this past year? The magic is that part of a memory that is felt somewhere inside when recalled. The magical part that is cherished because it happened. That magical part that you will choose to carry forward into the new year because as part of your experience on some level you're reminded that you're living a human experience.

As you move into your new year, I encourage you to find the magic in all of your experiences, be present, feel them, grow and learn from them. We can’t stop time but we can capture it and along with it, all of the beautiful magical memories yet to be created.

Happiest and Healthiest of New Years XO

Life Desires Living

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Only two weeks until Christmas, do those words evoke stressed or do you hear them and realize a sense of joy and accomplishment knowing that you’re prepared and have begun to live within the spirit of the season? Conscious living or mindful living is being aware of your state of being, with focus on the present moment. After all life is a compilation of moments. Are we creating mindful moments? At the core of each of us is a life desirable of living. As part of the human experience, life will deliver challenge, there’s no doubt, that’s seems to be a part of the human condition. But, a life desirable of living says, despite those challenges, despite the chaos, despite all of the noise, I seek to find the joy and live within the peace. Practicing mindfulness, is calling in awareness, calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, in all moments, this acts as a built in barometer for the art of living. This barometer informs us of when we need to adjust our choices and thoughts within each moment to align with what feels right within the body.

If we’re feeling stressed, sad, overwhelmed or depressed, tune into how that feels within the body. Next, acknowledge what is occurring within this moment, the thoughts and choices, manifesting these emotions? With that awareness, within that very moment, you have an opportunity to adjust those thoughts and choices, creating a more desirable state of living within that moment. A life that is desirable of living, can begin to see this as a practice, a state of consciously living within every moment. As we learn to utilize this mindful gift of awareness, we seek from our life’s tool bag, something that serves to guide us through the stress and into the joy.

One holistic tool that I find extremely helpful for shifting in the moment is Positive EFT or (Emotional Freedom Technique). This for me is an amazingly easy and beneficial go to. You can do it anytime, and as often as you feel necessary. It cost nothing but offers so much in return. I encourage you to step out of your box and give it a try! The idea being that Energy follows thought. The mental focus on the chosen word and the tapping on key energy meridian points, to move the energy within the body, brings in the flow of a healthier energy state to the body, replacing the undesired one.

Steps for Positive EFT

This Holiday Season, if you become aware of a need for shift within any moment, identify the emotional energy state your body is feeling. Let’s use stress for the example.

1. Measure your level of stress on a scale of 1-10. One being good-ten being not good

2. Next, choose a preferred energy state of being, if I am stress, maybe I’d rather feel, relaxed, energized, or peaceful. For our demo, let’s go with relaxed. “I’ choose to feel relaxed”

3. Take a peek at the tapping sequence on the chart below.

4. To start, place your hands on your heart and say the word RELAX, continuing to breath calmly and focus on the chosen word RELAX as you then tap lightly 4 or 5 times on each of the tapping points, repeating the word RELAX at each tapping point and finally returning hands to the heart.

5. Re-evaluate on a scale of 1-10 how do you feel now. If you need to you can go another round.


The Seeds Of Gratitude

It's easy this time of year to realize our abundance, with our turkey dinner, friends and family all flowing into the holiday season. Our sense of giving, graciousness, and generosity are at their peak.  What are the benefits of watering the seeds of gratitude all year long? Heart Math Institute studies suggest that creating a practice of gratitude by doing something they call Heart-Brain Harmony daily, has immune boosting qualities. For me, Heart-Brain Harmony can be a practice similar to meditation. For those that find it hard to meditate, it can be a great place to start. You do so by resting your hands on your heart and quietly focus on things that bring in the feeling of gratitude. Do this for as little as three minutes and the immune response in the body can last for up to 7 hours. Science says that the neurons in the heart are communicating this higher vibrational source to the neurons in the brain thereby generating new connections. "Neurons that fire together wire together" It's an amazingly simple practice and yet can be profound.  We are creating Heart-Brain Harmony when we reflect in a gratitude journal, when we say grace, when we graciously express thank you, anytime we're realizing and truly hold a "FEELING" of appreciation/gratitude.  A fun way to actively water the seeds of gratitude might be to place a gratitude jar in plain sight. You can decorate it, label it perhaps, and then request that your family members on a tiny piece of paper make different entries of gratitude each day into the jar and on New Years Day, together read and share them out loud. Then you start a new jar in the New Year, you can share monthly or as often as you would like, the idea, is to create a practice that assists us in being mindful of all the small ways we are grateful each and every day. Lastly, try starting your day, before rising from the bed, three minutes of Heart-Brain Harmony and finally closing your day, as you drift off to sleep give yourself a boost of Heart Brain Harmony. Much love and gratitude to and for each and every one of you.

Do What You Love and Love What You Do

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DO WHAT YOU LOVE AND LOVE WHAT YOU DO

What did you do today? Did you love what you did today? Did you do what you wanted to do today in the way that you want to do it? If you said YES, then you are getting it. If not, ask yourself WHY? Recently, I was reminded firsthand of

the fragility of life, as I spent last week in the hospital supporting a loved one with a recent serious prognosis. The many hours spent together going through the highs and lows and everything in between with lots of emotion and the realization that all of us, every single one of us will pass from this body and this time around will be complete. I think we’re all familiar with the famous bucket list and those big items as a part of our list but, what about the daily awareness of, what do I love and do I love doing it? So many of us go through the motions of life without the awareness of life. If someone told us that we have a limit number of days left for considering this question, we might be more inclined to pay attention and to start being intentional with the time we have. Being intentional with our time in the big scheme of things can be a small adjustment for some and larger for others. For some it may not matter and for some it matters more. If it matters to you, consider taking a personal inventory, clean out some personal closets, dust off the ole cobwebs of life, open the windows and let in some fresh air. Small adjustments in our daily living can bring in awareness, presence and joy.

A pondering question, am I doing what I love and do I love doing it? I encourage you to be the master of your ship, chart a course in life that takes you to all the places your heart and mind could ever imagine!

A few inventory questions to consider:

1. Am I living intentionally each day? My why before my what.

2. Do I take the time to be a human-being or am I mostly a human-doing?

3. Am I aware of the goodness in my life, taking it in, what am I grateful for?

4. Consider the things that truly matter, my wellbeing, people, surroundings, career, health, do a feel a balance?

5. Finally, am I being truly being present most of the time? Engaging the senses in most situations, like when I eat, when we gather, when I am out in nature. Am I mindful of life’s little pleasures?

Breaking From The Herd-Being your Authentic Self

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Being Your Authentic Self – Breaking From The Herd By: Donna Daacke

Imagine a world where everything was exactly the same as the next. Everyone has the exact same taste in clothing, same hair color and style, same house, car and exactly 1.2 children, I don’t think the last is even possible! Never the less, you see my point. We each are born with such uniqueness, strengths, and gifts. Often times we go through life however, marching to the beat of someone else’s drum. We have lost the connection to our beautiful authentic self. When we look at nature verses nurture, maybe somewhere in the process we learn to conform to society through nurture and our nature is lost to the herd mentality. But what if we broke out of the herd? What if we explored that individual uniqueness and basis for our authentic power? Breaking from the herd requires being aware and being brave. Letting go of the idea of how outside influences think we should act, do, or be. Of course, this doesn’t mean we disregard structure and responsibility.

But what if we could find the joy in being our truest self while being a part of the whole? How do we explore that? It begins with practicing conscious awareness, paying attention. Opening up to your inner voice, that part of you that is a guiding resource. It speaks to you but, in autopilot we silence it. Pay attention to what guides you, what are the basis of your choices. How do those choices feel to you, where are feeling them in your body? Do they align with who and what you really see yourself as, or is it the story that I tell to the world? Finding love and joy in expressing has a trickle down effect. Sort of like the saying “if mom’s happy, everybody’s happy” if your happy, you spread happiness.

As you start to explore this concept, you will become braver in allowing the authenticity to flow because it will feel good. Try opening up to your beautiful best self by practicing stillness and listening. Start with taking 10 minutes of still time no distractions. Explore areas of your life that may feel out of alignment and then ask the questions, how do get in alignment, listen and write it down and then follow your consciously led choices.

When life serves wilted flowers, plant a new seed.

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As we are in the full swing of the Autumn season, one can’t help but notice the changing of colors, smells, temperature, and shorter days. We also can’t help but be reminded that all of life is a continual process and flow, a beginning, ending and beginning again. A tree drops its leaves, those leaves decay and mix into the earth below nourishing the soil and a new cycle of growth starts in spring for an even big stronger tree. Corn is harvested providing a food source to humans and animals that will have the strength to plant new corn crops and the cycle continues. This flow demonstrates to us that we too are in a continual process of growth. The exciting part is with the acknowledgement of this process we can gain a renewed strength. When life serves us a wilted flower, we plant a new one. We’re not flawed, instead we are in a continual process of rebirth, more beautiful and stronger then before. Tomorrow is always a new day and opportunity for something new and exciting. The following few steps may be helpful when exploring change.

1. Be kind to yourself, bring your focus back to yourself and act in alignment with your integrity.

2. Tell the truth to yourself, including the parts that feel scary.

3. See the value in all experience, our greatest challenge become our greatest gift

4. Explore new solutions. Talk to others especially if your stuck in a pattern.

5. Don’t get distracted by others, surround yourself with positivity.

6. Take action by creating one little do-able baby step in a forward direction.


WORDS AS WEAPONS

Imagine that you are driving home from work after the best day ever and the driver next to you honks his horn and yells out …….as$@*le! It can potentially in an instant change your complete disposition. Why is it that one word can have so much power or words in general can have so much power in their content? Positive and negative words and thoughts have a major impact on the surrounding environment. Words and thought-forms comprised of words are energetic and vibrate at various frequencies.

Through the 1990’s Dr. Masaru Emoto performed a series of experiments observing the physical effect of words, prayers, music and environment on the crystal structure of water. He hired photographers to take pictures of water before and after in its frozen crystalline state after being exposed to different variables. The results were astounding. His studies concluded that water was reacting to actual words.

Energy follows thought and water and people are pure conductive energy. The good news is this, “energy in and energy out” You choose the energy form you desire. If that nasty word comes flying your way, you, simply feel it and then choose the energy form of the new word you would rather be feeling. You are the emperor of your temple and at any time you’re feeling in a way that is undesirable, you can breathe out the negative word and breath in the chosen word.

It’s also important to be aware of the words we choose when considering others. When realizing that a few poor choice words can bring down someone’s day and using your weapons long term can further impact someone’s life. To the contrary imagine what effect a few kind words can offer. Positive, diplomatic words are free and abundant and can be just the gift someone needs.

Now go back to the beginning of this piece and imagine instead that you are driving home from a really crummy day and you gesture for another driver to go ahead of you and they gesture kindly back and simple use two highly vibrating words “thank you” that crummy day could end way better than it started out. Consider not using your words as weapons but instead as acts of kindness.

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INSTRUMENTS OF PEACE

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With the events that took place last week within our government, I can’t help but be reminded that we humans have such power to be instruments of love, tolerance, and peace or not. It naturally comes to mind, that how can “I” one person have an effect or impact on such a global scale? The realization that we are but one individual can feel overwhelmingly defeating. The truth of the matter is, that it is a rare occasion for one man alone to have a far reaching impact, and the awareness of that can offer enough discouragement to take away the desire to even participate in change.

I also couldn’t help but to be aware as I sat among thousands in a stadium for one of my favs, Ed Sheeran in concert over the weekend, how all of the individuals intentionally coming together for two hours had a resonance. Resonance does not happen very often and only affects objects close to the vibrating source. Objects vibrating at their natural frequencies will cause resonance. Just like when tuning an instrument, the strings on other instruments will natural start to vibrate at specific frequency.

Each of us, every single itty bitty one of us, has the ability to impact the world. We do that by being aware and intentional with our thoughts and choices that effect the planets resonance.

Our natural vibrating frequency is to be in a frequency of love, understanding, and positivity. Intolerance and hate come from the vibration of fear. In one of Ed’s songs titled “What do I know” he says “LOVE can change the world in a moment but what do I know” In a moment that lasted 120 minutes, we were all in a vibrational frequency of “love, understanding and positivity" and it was palatable. Imagine the trickle down effect to our planet and each other of choosing in most moments intention sourced from love and not fear!

It's a very big task, but we start by being aware that "I" through my thoughts and choices in every moment, of love, understanding, and positivity, effect someone else and so on and so on and Love can change the world in a moment but what do I know.

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