Wellness Wednesday: Healing begins within…๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ

Happy Wellness Wednesday ๐Ÿ˜

Picture this:
Walking into the retreat, set in a quaint & beautiful home, the sweet scent of sage greets you. Taking in the Peace(ful) vibes, you look around & see other guests, smiling & ready to welcome you with warmth & hugs while prepapring organic teas & spreading organic honeys & jams on bread for an evening snack. In another room, a marvelous spread of crystals, sage, & candles await the meditation circle that is set to take place later in the evening. The whole mood of serenity, Peace, & learning, is set perfectly. I am so humbled & inspired that this scene was the start to my weekend at the Medicine Women Workshop Retreat (@fabuphut). No word of a lie, the mintue I walked through the front door of the Retreat, I immediately knew that something powerful would be taking place under the Full Moon vibes, manifesting good intetnions into a positive reality…..

The retreat began with a Healing Meditation Circle, as facilitated by the lovely Natoya Hall (@n.hminyma). Learning about the chakras & energies, we explored each chakra & their role in our over health. It brough me back to the nursing theory that I resonate deeply with: Watson’s Theory is that your Mind-Body-Spirit connection is important to your overall heatlh (I am a Registered Nurse by trade, & love what I do). In the healing circle, deep breathing & focusing on the present moment, brought me into a deeper sense of peace, while exploring all the elements of my chakras & vibrations. After that, we ate some good snacks & had Girls’ Time! Something about women coming together enjoying the gifts of Spirit & just having good fun, it’s very empowering.

The next morning after getting a Peace(ful) sleep, we woke up to a nutritious breakfast & participated in a moring Yoga session led by a lovley instructor from Brown Girl Yoga. It was such a perfect stretch & more breath focus to give a great start to the day (I love the way the instructor leads Yoga, so much so that I made my way to her evening that class that same Saturday after the retreat ended; check out Muses for the next Yoga class for women of color!).

*me at the Yoga class via Muses (the morning sessions really touchtd my Spirit, I had to come for the evening group session!)*

Yoga was then followed by a homemade lunch made with all fresh & local grown ingredients, then onto jam-making (yum!). I was so humbled & thankful to be in the presence of fellow amazing women, coming together to learn about the healing properties of healthy food & herbs, & the knowledge that we have to to offer each other, the support of each other in this retreat space was beautiful! It was nothing but love & encouragement, to follow our hearts & dreams, to manifest our best lives into reality. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend my weekend, full of Peace(ful) vibes & more than enough inspiration to go around.

P*blackberry/elderberry jam

*salmon & sauteed veggies & pineapple ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

What stood out for me the most in the healing circle was how I tapped into my Root Chakra, the survival port. I made the connection that this chakra is attached to my recovering condition of excessive worry (yes, I have named it a condition because worry & stress can rob you of good physical health). On an Inner Peace level, excessive worry can make it harder to feel the fullness of Joy & Peace, in knowing that whatever the circumstance you are facing, that you will be okay. The Root Chakra is tied so closely to this, that when we are off balance with worry about our bills or situations that may not be our ideal, we lose sight on what we have within that has sustained us all along. When we lose sight of this, when we lose faith in our Almighty-given abilities to pick ourselves up & keep movong forward, in the knowiing that abundance is all around us & is here for us to have what we need & enjoy what we want, we get stuck in the worries & stress & have a hard time seeing the next option that is usually right within our grasp.

I can attest to this, where excessive worrying caused me to lose sight of my own power within myself to do what I needed & wanted. I had slowed down so much of myself without realizing it. I was beginning to lack inspiration to write, to do my daily yoga, to take time to meditate regularly, & sadly I admit, practice Gratitude. I was doing these things but not regularly & when I would be in the midst of doing it, I was worrying. Life happens, it’s true, but we do have the power to make some imprtant things happen the way we want to.

The saying, “It’s not the hand that you’re dealt, it’s how you’re playing the cards,” speaks so much to the role of the Root Chakra. We are here & will face challenges, but we will survive. We can make it, & maintain our Inner Peace along the way. How? By being patient with yourself, loving yourself, & giving yourself the space & time to grow, make mistakes, get messy, & become your best self. It is all a process, one that we have to remember will not always be perfect or the way we think it should be. Rather, it’s exactly what we need it to be so we can be who we need to be. Survivors. Thrivers. Folks who stick it through & don’t give up on themselves. That is who we are. Face it courageously & operate in your greatness & the Peace(ful) vibrations will flow, to you & everyone around you.

The Medicine Women Workshop Retreat is what my Peace looked like this weekend. Having the opportunity to not only relearn things that are important for me along my journey of regaining & maintaining my Inner Peace, but also learning new things to assist me along the way. Stay tuned for more Medicine Women workshops! They are a stellar way to get to cultivating that deep Inner Peace. I can hardly for the next one! I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend my weekend, full of Peace(ful) vibes & more than enough inspiration to go around. Stay tuned for more Medicine Women workshops! They are a stellar way to get to cultivating that deep Inner Peace. I can hardly for the next one!

Have a great rest of the week my loves๐Ÿ˜˜

Love yourself & be yourself. Peace & Love โค๐Ÿ’ซ

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Wellness Wednesday! โš˜โš˜โš˜ Spring is coming!

Happy Wellness Wednesday! โš˜โš˜โš˜

Spring is coming!

Getting my lil one off to school this morning, I had to take time to stop & smell the roses (tulips in this case). So much morning hustle & bustle, we don’t always have the chance to take in the beauty that’s around us.

Following my morning yoga session & getting ready for school & work, I stopped in my rush to get my daughter off to school to take this photo. While capturing the shot, I realized that it is such a contrast between the slow & steady growth of the tulips next to the school bus ready & waiting to take kids to school & the public transit bus stop where passengers hustle off to start their work day. How many of us would walk right by this scene of beauty & not feel the message of Mother Nature all around us?

What’s the message you ask? That all things have a season. Whether it is now or later on, everything you are going through or went through is preparation for what’s to come. Your experiences are to lead you to your destination, & not in finality but rather to each level along your journey. Take time to stop & smell the roses & be in your Now.

This week I’ve been working on getting up earlier so I can have more time to start my day right, clear minded after some prayer, yoga, & meditation with journalling, & pumped after a nice workout to keep my body strong. This morning, I rose up 5:22am, ready to hit my elliptical when a back spasm hit me right back down. My body said, “Nah girl, not today; let’s slow it down, get your stretching in.” And indeeed I did. I did some well overdue Yoga stretches & my body is feeling better. We may have our own plans, but we also have to listen & observe what’s happening around us & especially to what’s going within. While I want to have this routine down perfectly now, I also understand that growth takes time & I’m okay with that. Plus, I get to take tine to really notice the beauty all around me & within as I grow & blossom into the Peace(ful) Woman that I am. There is a season for everything while we grow.

So on that note, take time to read yourself & surroundings, & do what brings you Peace & joy along your journey. Blooming flowers are so beautiful, don’t you think? Your season to bloom is comong if not already here!

Have a great Spring day my loves๐Ÿ˜ Love yourself & be yourself. Peace & Love โค๐Ÿ’ซ

Motivational Monday: Fresh Starts

Blessed risings my loves๐Ÿ˜

Simply put, today is a Fresh Start. Give it your best foot forward & let the sunrise represent the hope in the newness of the day.

What happened yesterday maybe wasn’t in your plan, but guess what: today was in the plan as you’ve woken up to see it. Give yourself love, cultivate that inner peace by being gentle with yourself, especially if you’re facing tough times. That negative self talk only keeps you in a negative space. You’re here now. Look towards the things, people, & experiences that have brought you the lessons you’ve needed to make it to today so you can move forward as your better self.

Today, you get to start fresh so let’s do it fresh! With Gratitude in our hearts, let’s put that best foot forward & make today a good day๐Ÿ˜ŠWe have the power to do it!๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸพHave an amazing new day! Love yourself & be yourself. Peace & love โค๐Ÿ’ซ

Wellness Wednesday: The time to live is Now!

Happy Wellness Wednesday ๐Ÿ˜Š

While it rains outside reminding us that Spring is actually here despite the chilly temps, let it also inspire us like the Lotus flower does. Blooming beautifully despite the not so gracious circumstances, the Lotus flower uses the dark & damp conditions of the pond to its advantage. It draws on the nourishment from the soil in the mud to give it what it needs to push through & flourish into its true & beautiful nature.

Life can throw us lemons๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ‹. Let’s make lemonade ๐Ÿฅ‚(yes, lemonade in champagne glasses ๐Ÿ˜…). You have everything you need to succeed right there within you. The time to live is right now, in this moment. Make the best of it!

Have a great day my loves! Be well๐Ÿ˜˜ Love yourself & be yourself. Peace & Love โค๐Ÿ’ซ

P.S. The New Moon appears this weekend! What goals do you have that you’re working on that you want to give an extra boost to? Now is the time to set those intentions๐ŸŒŒ

Tuesday Peace tips: Press Reset

Blessed risings my loves๐Ÿ˜Š

A quick tip for your self-care this Tuesday: know when you need to re-evaluate & do so accordingly. There’s no shame in re-visiting your goals, & your present stance & the path you’re on.

With the pressures of life that we can often feel, sometimes it get us stuck in a rut with a heavy case of woes. Press reset. Take a moment for a deep breath. Breathe in Gratitude. Breathe out anxiety, depressed feelings, & any other weighted feelings that can make you feel stuck. Feel the present moment & make a concious choice to reset your thoughts, refocusing them on what’s important for you right now.

Not sure what’s important right now? Take this moment to reevaluate what is. Redo your starting point without shaming yourself & maintain your lane. We aren’t in a race against anyone else or even yourself, contrary to common belief. All we need to do is what we need to, for ourselves. In doing this we operate from the best point of ourselves, so we can be at our best for others as well.

I recently learned the definition of an Ambivert, someone who likes to be social & meet new people, but alone time is also just as important to this type of person. The need to recharge & reset is crucial to the well being of an Ambivert. I totally identify with this definition, as well as that of an Introvert. I love being with friends, spending time with loved ones, having quality time with my little girl. I also love my alone time too, where I can gather my thoughts, put the day’s happenings into persepctive, journal out any pent-up feelings, & meditate & reason with myself & the Almighty. It helps me sleep easier & prepares me for a new day. I like being around others but I also recognize my need to recharge on my own time, unapologetically. It does wonders for my Inner Peace๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜Š

At any point today or any other day, you feel overwhelmed or unsure of your next step, take a moment to take a deep breath & reset yourself, your mind, your body, & your spirit. It’s all part of the process of regaining & maintaining your Inner Peace. Below are some meditation tips on that help stya focused that you may also find useful. Have a lovely day๐Ÿ˜Š

Love yourself & be yourself. Peace & Love โค๐Ÿ’ซ

Motivation Monday: Let it rain๐ŸŒง

Blessed risings & Happy Mondayโค

Another rainy day, but who else is like me & loves a good night time rain to lull you to sleep? And what a lightning show it was last night too, right? Mother Nature sure knows how to amaze us with the sinple things. That being said, while rain may slow us a down a bit, make us feel gloomy & like things are not going our way, let it also remind us that it washes away what is no longer needed & makes way for what is needed, allowing very rich conditions for nourishment & growth to prevail๐ŸŒง๐ŸŒฑ

When we are working towards our goals, they may seem far away & unreachable. You may feel small in comparison to the obstacles you face when working towards reaching your dreams. Don’t give up! Send up the prayers, positive vibes, visuaize yourself already there, & be gentle to yourself along the journey. You will get there, just keep pressing forward. Have a lovley day๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š Love yourself & be yourself. Peace & Love โค๐Ÿ’ซ

“Some people feel the rain; others just get wet.” – Bob Marley

Feel Free Friday: New Moon inspirations๐ŸŒŒ

Happy Friday my loves๐Ÿ˜

Tonight is the New Moon, a perfect time to set your intentions & list the goals you want to focus on. What are you striving to accomplish? What does your Spirit need right now?

Reshaping my fitness & wellness journey, I am presently working on losing a few pounds & gettting in better shape. Now, when I say “better shape” I’ve come to the realization that this not only in regards to my phyiscal body, but also my mental & spiritual bodies as well. So often we get caught in the looking at one particular thing/action that we feel the need to change & forget that we have a whole self to include in the process as well. In the case of losing weight & creating a lifestyle change, I started out focusing only on diet & exercise. The task of doing this definitely caused me some anxiety because as much as I know daily exercise is important, see the way my life is set up right now….lol….it often feels like I don’t have enough time to get all my adulting done, while being a mom, working full time, participating in my community groups, and all the other things I have on my plate (& food, oh how i love some good food!) I also know that time management & setting realistic goals is key, along with looking at the whole picture & not just snippets. While focussing on one thing at a time is a healthy approach as well, it can stifle you when working on lifeatyle changes if we dont include our full selves in the picture. When we see the glass as half full, we can visiualize our whole self as complete with room for growth at every level, giving attention to what we need to to make that visual more effective & even realistic. That being said, I am formulating my self care plan inclusive of not only regular exercise & healthy eating, but also developing a stronger spiritual routine with morning & evening prayer & meditation, creating a better sleep & waking schedule that can help me accomplish these goals (i.e. one of my goals is to wake up at 5am, sopresently, I am.working on waking up 10-20mins earlier each day until I reach my 5am goal). This can help me think more clearly about what steps I have to take each day to acheive my goals & put the steps into action, understanding it’s a journey that has to begin somewhere, which is right here, in the Now. This New Moon is a great opportunity to give focus to these attainable & realistic goals, putting our positive intentions out to the Universe to be brought back to us in our day to day & help us get closer to acheieving our goals. I am so grateful for coming to this realization again & having the ambition to take the steps needed to create my Life the way I want it๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ.

So, while being mindfull today, let’s pay more attention to what’s in the present moment, remembering our whole selves, & give life & more power to the thoughts & actions that can assist us in reaching our goals & setting new ones to look forward to in the future. It’s all in the works. We just have to create & focus on the full (& realistic) vision.

Have a Peace(ful) & amazing weekend๐Ÿ˜Š Love yourself & be yourself. Peace & Love โค๐Ÿ’ซ

Wellness Wednesday: Be in the Now!

It’s a new day! If you felt down yesterday, today is a perfect time to change that. What we felt in the past doesn’t mean we have to feel it in the now. We have the power to change our reality with just a simple thought. When we focus on what we are looking to achieve, we give it life & room to grow. We give it the attention that is needed to thrive & flourish.

There is so much that we miss when we worry about things we can’t change, living in anxiety about the past & worry about the future….I know that stuggle all too well & still struggle with it from time to time. Being human means accepting that we are not perfect but that we strive daily to love in our greatness, to live & love as our best selves.

Today I encourage you as encourage myself to do the same, to live in the present moment & give thanks for the gifts it has to offer. If you find yourself struggling with practicing living in the moment, the easiest & quickest way to get back to the here & now is Gratitude. My favourite way to get rid of anxiety & feel better about things that may not be going as I hoped in my life is to make a Gratitude list. You can make the list in your head or on your phone or in a notebook, or even on a sticky note that you can post somewhere visible, reminding you to always give thanks for what it is that you do have, knowing that you are taking the steps you need to reach your goals & maintain your inner Peace.

Have a blessed day my loves & always remember to love yourself & be yourself. Peace & Love โค๐Ÿ’ซ

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