Over the last few years, Two-tailed Swallowtails visit me on my back patio during the summer. I was shocked when I first saw one. The vibrancy of the colors: yellow, black and deep blue. The intricacies of the markings are quite stunning. It wasn’t until this summer, I realized the Swallowtail had a message for the world. It’s no coincidence I was drawn to it in this time of continued divide and upheaval in our world. The recent decisions within … More Find Your Peaceful Center »
Historically the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year is a time where lots of old emotions and memories can surface. Old patterns within your family and memories of past Christmas and New Years show up in full force. Looking through the new plant essences I’ve recently added, I realize this would be the perfect time to introduce them. These delicate yet strong plants offer so much in connecting to untapped potential, embracing your current situation, providing support during transitions, and gathering strength during challenging times.
In the past, kindness has been seen as a weakness, but it is quite the opposite. Kindness requires vulnerability. It takes strength to understand the back story of a person to honor different opinions. Vulnerability is one of the great strengths humans possess.
Nature has it all figured out. Plant and animal communities thrive when there is more diversity. Bio-diversity is the marker for health in nature. The more diverse communities/ecosystems have higher productivity, increased chance of survival, and protection against disease and natural disasters. You may remember the idea of “survival of the fittest” from high school science class. New research highlights the fact that there is less competition going on and more of an “ecological niche.” Ecological niche describes how different plants and … More Learn from Nature: Valuing Diversity »
It can feel hard to feel safe with all that is going on in the world. Feeling unsafe can stress your nervous system out causing digestive issues (gas, bloating, constipation/diarrhea), heartburn, high blood pressure, anxiety, headaches, muscle or joint pain, lack of motivation, or hyperactivity. If you feel like your life is being threatened, please seek help. For domestic abuse call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1−800−799−7233. For immediate support, call 911. Steps to Feeling Safe: Recognize that safety does exist … More Feeling Safe »
Gratitude is a powerful emotion. It can transform your life and shift your perspective. When you experience gratitude you are open to opportunities for love, joy, and success. You begin to find the good in each moment. People who practice gratitude are generally happy because they see the positive in most negative situations. Gratitude is easy when things are going well. When we need it the most, it can be difficult to find. Strong emotions such as grief, sadness, anxiety, or anger make it hard to find what is going right in life.
One of the most basic needs of all humans is to feel loved. During this uncertain time and especially with physical distancing, it can be hard to feel loved. Luckily the plant community is here to help. Below is a list of plant essences focusing on feeling loved. Each one addresses a specific pattern of thinking or emotion that blocks you from feeling loved.
Spring has come to Colorado and you can feel the buzz in the air as the plants and trees leave their winter slumber and return to active growth. The pine, ponderosa, and spruce trees began their activation first and now the willows, elms, and cottonwoods are now busy making seeds and leaves. Plant essences are usually made when the plant is actively making flowers and for trees, spring is their most active season. Globe Willow brings its message of integration, fueling your inner fire and becoming your full self.
Today I was thinking about the concept of empathy. It is becoming a popular word and overall concept to help people understand that some people, including myself, can feel what others are feeling or take on the feeling of others intentionally or not. I really like the book The Empath’s Survival Guide by Judith Orloff, MD as it describes exactly what an Empath is and self care strategies to bring balance to your life.
Today in meditation, I heard the phrase “I am Beautiful.” For me, it is not something I readily think of when I look at myself. I don’t consider myself unattractive but somehow owning the phrase “I am Beautiful” did not hit as truth for me. After the meditation, I immediately tried to think of people in my life who had told me that I wasn’t beautiful. I mean, it must have come from someone else, right? Gratefully, I couldn’t think … More “I Am Beautiful”-When You Don’t Really Believe It »