Take pleasure in the sweet mundane!

I want to share some tools of finding psychological and spiritual balance during these trying and uncertain times.

Take splendor in the sweet mundane! Linger and embody the moments that bring you joy, do not let these moments be fleeting. but give them the truly wondrous, spaciousness, and attention they deserve, meaning stay in the feeling longer than you usually allot yourself.

 What you will find is that it feels good to allow yourself more time to enjoy simple pleasures,  enjoy all of your life, especially the incredible nuances that are truly magical every day.

These are some examples of my daily bliss states to help guide you to yours.

  1. The smell of freshly made coffee enlivening my senses.
  2.  The incredible song of a bird welcoming the morning.
  3. The subtle howl of the wind as it passes by my office windows.
  4. The golden light of Fall that graces my sight and perception.
  5. My vegetable and herbs that give back in harvest and seed.
  6. The Crows that dance and paint the sky with frolic and community.

Feel free to write me back with your SPLENDORS! I would love to hear about them!

HARVEST BLESS SINGS!

Apple cider vinegar making

It is super easy to make!!!!

Making apple cider vinegar has got to be one of the easiest things I have made in my kitchen.

RECIPE

Apples

Sugar

Water

Optional (Apple cider vinegar with mother in it.)

Quart Ball jars or any size jars you want! Sterilized.

Muslin cloth, kitchen towels, or coffee filters

rubber bands or string

PROCESS

  1. Apples-Cut out cores and slice into wedges like making apple pie.
  2. Place in the jar and fill it 2/3’s full with apples.
  3. Fill with water to the top of jar.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar to 1 Quart jar (or 2 tbspns to 4 cups of water-measure accordingly depending on size of jars.).
  5. It you want to a a splash of apple cider vinegar with the mother in it to the jar you can-or not!
  6. Cover with muslin and use jar lid or rubber band (string) to secure closed.
  7. Place in a dark place from light and agitate the jar daily for 2 weeks.
  8. Strain apples out and then again put the vinegar fluid back the jars with the coverings for another 4 weeks.
  9. VOILA you have vinegar!!!!!

We were made for these times

[Excerpt by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD]:

“I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.

I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able vessels in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind.

Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers composing your prow and rudder come from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand storms, to hold together, to hold its own, and to advance, regardless.

In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. There is a tendency, too, to fall into being weakened by dwelling on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails.

We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn’t you say you were a believer? Didn’t you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn’t you ask for grace? Don’t you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the voice greater?

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.

What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these — to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.

Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.

The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.” –– Clarissa Pinkola Estes

You are the secret

“When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety; if I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without pain. From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret here for anyone who can grasp it.”

Rumi

Welcome back!

This Spring we are emerging from this past year of trauma and deep soul awakenings, as if we are all the Disney movies main character of, “Sleeping Beauty”, all reawakening from a one hundred year-long slumber and experiencing the world for the first time. We have been kissed by life itself and it is a lot to absorb, causing a multitude of stimuli overload for the senses, causing easy exhaustion.

Emerge slowly and enjoy the psychedelic technicolor of the Spring season, with your masks on, but then retreat back to restore your body, when you feel it’s necessary. Treat yourself with care and pay attention to your health needs.

We are all nubile beings in this brave new world. We are different now after all that has transpired and need to realize we must pay heed to who we have become.

30 years as a Healer

Thank you to all of my patients, students and teachers for giving me a magical career as a Healer for the past thirty years and in helping me to usher in what will be my next decade in service, to you.

You have entrusted me with the precious health of your body and soul. I have seen you through your injuries, emotions, memories, rites of passage, stories, pains, rehabilitations, visions, personal growth and, awakenings. You’ve trusted in my work and inspired me to strive higher and journey around the world for both further study and to receive my own healings. My teachers have been Masters from various traditions from the Dao, Paganism, Mysticism, Yoruba, Curanderismo, Shamanism, Yogic, and the natural world.

I thank you.

Here are some memories of our work together:

  1. As your Doula when you labored to bring forth your daughter, after the OB-GYN said you needed a C-section because your pelvis was not wide enough, and you looked at me and had the life force to crack your pelvis open to birth vaginally.

2. As your wedding rite Officiate overlooking Bolinas Bay while your intimate circle of family and friends witnessed your ceremony of love.

3. As your Healer after your double knee surgery while you lay in the hospital rehabilitation facility, I worked on you, and then while you rested, I read you poetry.

4. As your Confidante when you shared that you were extremely stressed and excited to propose marriage to your partner after you picked up the commissioned ring.

5. As your Diagnostician detecting a Chinese Medicine pattern that indicated colon cancer and advising you to immediately address the malady at a hospital which gave you three additional years of life and the opportunity to meet your first grand-daughter.

6. As your Oracle visualizing you as a great warrior marching up a mountainside while working on your wheelchair-bound body, and learning during the session, that we were experiencing the same vision.

My work brings me intimately into your lives, and I help you through your most vulnerable and joyous hours. For all of this magic, I thank you and I am here.

To serve in love and kindness.

A Cozy Holiday Season!!!

This year has been extremely challenging on many fronts and it’s caused a deep level of fatigue, depression and angst.

So, I want to introduce you to a Danish term “Hygge” (pronounced, “HUE-geh”), which encompasses a way of life by being cozy. You might have already begun instilling this cozy ethos, by chance during sheltering, but here are ways to make this practice a conscious choice instead of a default response.

“Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things”.

According to the author, Meik Wiking, who wrote The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living, “Hygge is about creating a cozy, comfortable, physical environment: lighting candles, snuggling up with soft blankets, and consuming soothing drinks. But it’s also a mindset and philosophy. It’s about who you choose to surround yourself with and what you choose to spend your time doing. It’s about being with people we love; a feeling that we are safe, that we are shielded from the world and allowing ourselves to let our guard down.”

When you are intentional about your cozy choices it has direct physiological, scientifically proven, health benefits:

  1. Reduces heart rate.
  2. Increases oxytocin response, a “feel good/ love” hormone.
  3. Reduces stress and increases a sense of well-being.
  4. Improves cognition, emotional and physical experiences.
  5. Makes you more creative and socially responsive.

So, go ahead and intentionally embrace the philosophy of COZY this Holiday Season and into the New Year. Be mindful of your negative self-talk and change it into positive affirmations. You can find an easier path in 2021 and this concept and lifestyle might just be the answer.

Top of the Season to you!!!!!!!!

NEW-Walk and Talk-Sessions

A way to be supported, while masked and distanced.

Bring a question, health concern or stressor that you want to walk and talk out of your body.

Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays 12-5pm.

45-minute Walk & Talk $45.00

30-minute Walk & Talk $30.00

Payments can be made with a credit or debit card and venmo.

Text/ e-mail/ call, to set up a Walk and Talk appointment, 510-967-7563.

Return to the Light

Today is Diwali an Indian festival that is a celebration of the return to the light. It is also new moon in Scorpio, this moon is about clearing old shadows and wounds to free the soul to finally move forward.

This combination is very hopeful to me personally and I wanted to share it with all of you.

Life is precious and vulnerable. Let us be humbled and remember to be the light in this time.

It has been an arduous year; Covid fatigue and losses, economic instability, grief, social injustices, depression, isolation, etc.

But it has also shed light on what is fundamentally essential in our lives; family, community, love, breathing, good health, civic engagement while socially distanced, staying informed, and not taking anything for granted.

We have been striped down to the basics (often in our pajamas) to recognize our own true ever-changing nature.

Allow the light to shine from within this weekend. See the light in others and in our amazing Planet.

Keep the torchlight of hope stoked in your soul, and let it shine bright my friends to guide us all into a brighter future.