Harvest

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I have been thinking a lot about all of the suffering going on in the World. The victims of fires and hurricanes. Mather nature speaks of death and rebirth limits our breath with smoke and we fell tired from it all.

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Fall is the time of year to let go of our golden leaves and go inside; spend more time with our soul. One of the contemplative activities that I turn to is reading poetry.  May it be a salve for your hearts.

HARVEST by Carl Sandburg

When the corn stands yellow in September,

A red flower ripens and shines amongst the stalks

And a red silk creeps among the broad ears

And tall tassels lift over all else

and keep a singing

to the prairies

and the wind.

 

They are the grand lone ones

For they are never saved

along with the corn:

 

They are cut down

and piled high

and burned.

 

Their fire

lights the west in November.

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Campaign for Love

Summer of Love
I went to the see the beautiful conservatory of flowers Summer of Love art installation after visiting a very dear friend in ICU. This exhibition perfectly reflected the civil unrest of our current times although it was an art installation about 1967. I was a baby growing up in the Bay Area during the hippy era, “Make love not War”. I realized at that moment that this is our time to rise together to do the the same thing!!

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This has been a difficult Summer for many of you. I have been seeing firsthand, since the presidential campaign how our American political climate is effecting everyone’s Health.
Anxiety attacks, herpes/ shingles outbreaks, fears, depression, sleeping difficulties, rage, heart palpitations…

I want to help ease your anxieties by reminding you that LOVE always WINS!!!

First, find the love in your hearts again for yourself and then everyone around you. Take responsibility for your own Health and actions. Apologize to the ones you love for not treating them with reverence and have the integrity to move forward in loving kindness.

This is not a time to sit idle but to drive all those feelings towards LOVE and do good in the World. This is our Country, this is our Democracy. We are the change makers.

Remember the POWER of standing together is a daily practice, especially practiced in your mundane routines , i.e. Your Bart train ride to work in the morning.

Stand up, walk tall, reach out a helping hand and ACT to continue creating and being an active part of our civil society.

Love, love, love.

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Summer is the season of the Heart

downloadIt’s the Summer of LOVE.

With this gorgeous weather what have you brought to your table of abundance this season? Are you laden with accomplishments and bounty or are you feeling depleted and under nourished on all levels; physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally? Whatever the case is for you, remember you can always instate new healthy patterns in your life.

With the warmer weather, you too can induce an internal flame of restoration and celebration. Start by getting loads of rest, hydration, moderate daily exercise and love.

Summer is the season of the Heart organ in Chinese medicine, so never neglect your love and happiness for others and always consider your well being first so that you can access what you can offer or not to the rest of the world.

 

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We are blooming

The Spring is just beginning to dry out our dark wet bones. This has been the longest Winter but now finally the Spring is truly emerging. The long, cold and wet Winter has transformed our souls.

We are just beginning to test out the new model of ourselves in the World, remember the soul does not come with driving instructions . Go for walks, have long talks, choose things to do from your bucket list and enjoy the simple pleasure of embodiment.

This is happening to all of us simultaneously. We are finally free from “Cabin fever” and experiencing our new normal.

Emerge fully, now is the time! Just like the blossoms in our hills blooming together creating ultimate beauty.

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Spring is around the corner

Well this has been a tough, wet and depressing Winter for many. With the incredible rainfall and the new administration many of us have been trying to adjust to a new reality.

Luckily the sun and a new Season is upon us!!!  Beautiful Spring is around the corner and you can witness it in the budding trees and your own personal reawakening happening.

You can dust off your exercise gear and resume activities slowly and methodically! Your muscles have to get strong again and it does not happen over night.

Come in for a tune up to help with your renewal!imgres

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Vision Board art class 1/28, 1-4pm

 

Vision Board Art Class

Saturday 1/28/17 from 1-4pm

A Vision Board art class is a collage technique to map your goals and aspirations in a non-verbal way. You will keep this map of visual imagery of your dreams and wants for the New Year in a place you can frequently view, so that your images will guide your daily actions.

Bring old magazines, inspirational quotes, goals and scissors to create your Vision board. Let your heart lead you in your creative process and you may discover more about yourself and your goals and aspirations, for this New Year, than you expect!

Cost:              $30.00 per person (limited space)

Location:       Rockridge Wellness Center, 5329 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618

Sign up: ratka@nectarhealth.net or 510-967-7563 (text or call)

(I will supply a large piece’s of construction paper, magazines and glue sticks.)

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Happy Holy Days and New Year

dapwinterA Message from the Elders, Oraibi, Arizona Hopi Nation:

“You have been telling people that this is the eleventh hour.
Now you must go back and tell people that this is the hour!
And there are things to be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your Garden.
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to yourself.
And not look outside of yourself for a leader.
This could be a good time!
There is a river flowing very fast.
It is so great and fast that there are those who will be afraid.
They will hold on to the shore.
They will feel that they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.
Know that the river has its destination.
The elders say that we must let go of the shore,
push off into the middle of the river,
keep our eyes open,
and our heads above the water.
See who is in there with you and celebrate.
At this time we are to take nothing personally,
least of all, ourselves.
For the moment that we do,
our spiritual growth comes to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over.
Gather yourselves!
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones that we have been waiting for.”

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