Happy Wellness Wednesday 😍
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.
*salmon & sauteed veggies & pineapple 😋😋😋😋😋
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 loves😘
Love yourself & be yourself. Peace & Love ❤💫