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.

New Office, New Hours, New Direction

I will begin seeing patients at my new office location on Thursdays, 10-6pm, 9/17/20. I am excited for this next new chapter of my career.

I am joining the Manzanita Wellness Clinic at 2818 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702. It is an amazing Clinic with herbal gardens, Community Acupuncture, parking in the back of the building, etc.

There is room to grow my private practice and offer all of my abilities; Massage/ Bodywork, Priestess work, and workshops/ classes.

My new moon, 4-class series starts, 9/17/20, see details, https://nectarhealth.net/workshop-lecture-class-schedule/

I am also offering chair massage on the deck for specific issues or injuries of shoulders and back, https://nectarhealth.net/offerings/special-offers/

Stay tuned!

I am missing parts of my old, pre-pandemic life.

The regularity of a schedule, the ability to socialize without a mask, enjoying the multicultural mecca we reside in, and my work as a Healer/ Doctor and Educator.

I want to offer you something tangible that can help you feel grounded and enlivened. The Governor does not allow me to practice my medicine in an office, face-to-face setting, any longer. Who knows when this will happen again?

So stay tuned, I will launch a regular Zoom class. To hopefully bring some ease, tools and remembering of the great change we are in globally. I hope you will join me in making it fun, engaging and personal.

Blessing!

Strawberry Rose Full Moon Eclipse

It is a strawberry rose full moon eclipse in Sagittarius today. Look up and see the large reddish moon tonight if it is not too foggy.

It’s officially eclipse season and it all begins with a life-changing rose moon in Sagittarius on June 5 at 3:12 p.m. ET. This is when transformation happens so fast that it makes your head spin. The universe is stepping in to evoke abrupt endings and sharp new beginnings when you least expect it. Even though you may feel dizzy by all these changes happening all at once, it’s all part of your destiny, so let the moonlight guide you forward.

Taking place in expansive, worldly, cultural, and open-minded Sagittarius, this lunar eclipse (also known as the Strawberry Moon) is about bringing down barriers and inhibiting mentalities. Sagittarius is an adventurer at heart, a sign that disobeys rules if they find them unjust and considers the big picture instead of the fine details. What in your life is holding you back from experiencing all the beautiful things you could experience? What is preventing you from taking a leap of faith and opening your heart to something that contradicts everything you thought you knew? Extend your hand, listen to voices who are unheard, and see everything from a fresh perspective. This lunar eclipse may take you somewhere you never expected to go, but it’s so important you go there. Trust in what the cosmos have in store for you, because it’s all part of your destiny.

Whatever happens under a lunar eclipse is meant to happen. Whether the news it brings is devastating or empowering, it’s encouraging you to go in a direction you may have been avoiding; a direction you know, deep within your heart, you’re meant to move toward.

In Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius, this eclipse will challenge you to release the mindset, lifestyle, and philosophies you’ve outgrown, so you can welcome in the new. Themes revolving around expansion, growth, and your soul’s truth will be top of mind during this time. Sagittarius’ mutable fire thrives when it’s able to experience life to the fullest, and this is an opportunity for you to expand your conscious awareness. Full moons are about creating a healthy balance between your emotional reality and physical reality. (thanks to elitedaily.com).

Thoughts in these times of sheltering

The Bay Area’s response to the Covid-19 threat resulted with the shelter in place order. All of us in Alameda and neighboring counties are suffering from this mandate. We are all patiently waiting for the authorities (president, governor and public health officials) to provide further directive and give us the green light to resume business as usual in the weeks or months ahead.

If you find yourself idled then it’s time to take stock of your health. By the time the order is lifted will you want to resume business as usual? I hope not.

According to the Center for Disease Control an average of 35% of Americans get less than the recommended seven hours of sleep per night with negative impacts to their health across all demographics (sex, race and age). Lack of sleep leads to poor cognition, inflammatory responses, suppressed immunity and a plethora of increased health risks. It isn’t just the amount of sleep that you get but the quality of sleep that can put you at risk for health issues. https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/data_statistics.html

Our American culture is not about resting but about producing. Our indoctrination is so strong that we are hard-pressed to recognize this trait within ourselves or others. Rest is the primary way to support your immunity even if you have pre-existing health concerns. This time-out can be a chance to address personal challenges that we have been avoiding and possibly losing sleep over.

As a healthcare professional, I wholeheartedly recommend proper rest. Sleep as long as you want and nap frequently. Do activities in and around your home that you find relaxing. Pull that book off of the shelf and start reading. Get your hands dirty gardening. Watch a YouTube to learn a new stretch. Head to the hills for a hike with your pet. Try that time-consuming recipe. Run to the hardware store and make some home repairs. Watch a funny movie. Go ahead, you have full permission for self-care during this stressful period and beyond.

While you are hanging around the house try instilling these health tips:

  • Reduce your intake of foods and beverages that cause inflammatory responses in your body. Most of you know what these are for yourselves including alcohol and sugar intake.
  • Drink up! The body needs a constant influx of fresh water to dilute and flush toxins. If you are not good at drinking water prepare herb tea or flavor your water with chopped fruit.
  • Try singing the happy birthday song, slowly, while you wash your hands scrubbing up to the wrists to make sure that you wash long enough.
  • Avoid touching your face especially your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Use salt water gargles to soothe a sore throat and further reduce pathogens from entering your lungs. Recipe: ¼ to ½ tsp salt added to 8 ounces of water stirred until salt is dissolved then gargle.
  • Eat ginger, garlic, onion, chili pepper and turmeric to keep your immunity strong.
  • Look up a recipe for ‘fire cider’ and make a batch.
  • Get sunlight on your skin by sitting on your balconies or in your front-or-backyards. Remember to breathe deeply.

We are fortunate and have to count our blessings as we take this time to keep ourselves and our souls healthy. We are all working together to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and quelling our own fears by instating healthier habits. So go ahead and enjoy your rest while you stay flexible in mind, body and spirit.

Offering-In lieu of an office visit, a video chat

The COVID-19 virus can be stress/ anxiety inducing, due to change of schedules, social isolation, fear, etc.

I am offering 30 or 45 minute Video chat sessions if you are immune compromised, home-bound, or simply want a “check in” in the safety of your own home.

30 minute $65.00

45 minute $85.00

I can give you tools for your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health, and a compassionate, non-judgmental ear to listen.

App formats are, Facebook messenger, Whats App, Skype, etc.

Text/ e-mail me to set up video appointment and payment! 510-967-7563.

2020 YEAR OF THE RAT

This year will move swiftly and everyone will want to be anywhere else but home base. A few pointers!

THIS IS A NEW TURNING OF THE WHEEL, RESTARTING WITH RAT FOR THE NEXT 12 YEAR CYCLE

Travel and changes are prevalent this year, so hang onto your hat! And pick wisely where you want to gallop to?

The Rat years are historically notorious, as years of transformation and new beginnings. What is it you are letting go of? and what is it you are wanting give your hearts attention and action to, for the next 12 year cycle?

The Rat year requires continuous action and movement but noticing everything clearly simultaneously.

Enjoy good Health with plenty of exercise and vitality, but pay special attention to joints; knees and hips.

Enjoy lots of social time with loved ones, and business associates; or with new friends and associates.

The Rat is seen as the protector and bringer of prosperity in all of its forms; health, love, community, financial, emotional, mental and spiritual. What would you like to grow and prosper in yourself and for the World?

A year of being detail oriented and letting go of excesses- Excess weight, stuff, falsities, old self identities…

GONG HEI FAT CHOY!

Dreaming of butterflies

A woman went to bed and dreamt she was a butterfly.

When she awoke she was not sure if she was a woman dreaming she was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming she was a woman.

Daoist pondering thanks to my lawn bowls friend, Peter.

Oaxaca City, Day of the Dead, UC Davis public altar, 2019 (I created the food offerings) .