Yearly Archives: 2015
The Energetic Roots Grounding Meditation is a quick way to shift your energy or re-ground yourself during the holiday season and throughout the year. The guided meditation is 4 1/2 minutes in length and packs a calming wallop. It is perfect to listen to just before exiting the car for family Thanksgiving or for the day after you have entertained a lot of folks. You will feel calm, centered, and full of renewed energy.
“We are all stories in the end.”
This is the story of the Blue Kong, and how it changed my life.
Half a dozen years ago, I was found by an American Pit Bull Terrier. As I arrived back at my truck after walking one of my Siberian Huskies along a local rail trail, I found what appeared to be an old, ravaged and wounded, pit bull, laying up against my wheel. The invisible sign was on, “Come here, and you will be helped.”
This dog, who came to be known as Gar, took close to a year to fix through the dedicated and combined efforts of my veterinarian and myself. He was only a year old but had the worst mange she had ever seen, was covered with scabs and scars and had multiple infections. Although subjected to constant foot soaks, injections, pills, Gar never resisted, never growled, and remained gentle, loving and kind.
Initially, we gave him a rubber toy shaped like a bowling pin, which he carried non-stop in his massive jaws for close to a year. The second pin never left his mouth and only lasted a few weeks due to the … Read the rest
“What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal
On what you bring to the New Year.”
A “Year End Review” is typically thought of as a business tool. However, I’ve adopted this as a personal practice after being assigned with this task several years ago by life coach, Nancy Carlstrom. It’s become a really enlightening annual practice as I make note of practical achievements, healing shifts, personal growth and health milestones.
In the process, it has also helped me identify areas of my life that I’ve avoided or neglected and guided me in re-focusing and re-prioritizing. For example, the fun bucket grew cobwebs this year and so I’ve recognized it as an area that needs attention.
But mostly, what I’ve taken away from this practice is a sense of awe around the areas in my life where I’ve grown and the accomplishments I’ve achieved. It’s so easy to remain focused on what’s missing, what’s not working, and what I didn’t get done on a daily basis. It was a good day if I got a lot done; it was a bad day if I didn’t.
I’ve found a new appreciation for myself by … Read the rest
It’s here already! We’re at the very time of year when we begin to steep ourselves in old traditions that matter and create new ones that add to our joy.
So much of what we do at this time of year seems more meaningful and has lightness to it. Whether we attribute it to the bright lights, colorful decorations, sounds of the season, or our beliefs and customs, we can say that the spirit of the holiday season puts a spring in our emotional step as we put others at the top of our mind and giving lists.
It’s so interesting to see that the culmination of the busy season ahead usually comes down to a couple of days of merry-making when we are gathered around the table in celebration of the season and each other. So after all the shopping, planning and preparing is done, do you know what each and every one at your holiday table really wants?
In this rapid-fire, sound-bite world that tests our … Read the rest
My mother passed away in September. The last few months, in fact the last few years, had been emotionally grueling because she was suffering from a number of illnesses. Yet, I’m so grateful for those last few years. Mom almost passed two years ago, and I believe she chose to hang-on to give us all a chance to come to terms with her leaving. She was the beloved matriarch of the family.
Three days before Mom passed, she was unconscious for 10 hours. After a number of attempts, my father finally shook her awake. Upon awakening she told everyone that she had been to the Other Side, and was ready to go back again—thank you very much! This was very out of character for her, as she never gave much credence to spiritual matters or realms. Everyone was a bit shocked, and blamed it on a near death brain/chemical/delusion. But I knew otherwise.
In talking with Mom about her experience, she told me the Other Side was peaceful and lovely. She added that she now wondered why people are so scared of death … after all she was wasn’t going anywhere, she’d just be in a difference place. This felt … Read the rest
Jackie Foskett gently leads you to your inner sanctuary with this guided meditation that is geared specifically to the Holiday season.
Allow your wise mind to reveal new ways of managing your time, emotions and expectations. The solutions are within you. Meditation can help you experience the holidays mindfully.
For More Information Visit: www.healinghypnotherapy.com
The holidays can be a wonderful time marked by gatherings with family and friends, great food and the spirit of giving. But who hasn’t experienced an overload of such good cheer?
If you find yourself feeling more stressed than celebratory, don’t despair. IT IS POSSIBLE to feel calm, joyous, in control and in balance, while still making merry!
Here are 5 Powerful “tools” to help you “De-Stress and Love Your Holidays.”
- Break the habit of stress during the Holidays
- Use a calming breath to break the stress pattern and help change your focus while allowing increased oxygen to expand your blood vessels
- The calm that follows is the perfect opportunity to observe any negative self-talk
- Vision a STOP sign or delete button halting negative thoughts and say “Change” to yourself as you move from negative to positive thoughts and feelings
- Replace negative conversations in your head-with positive self-talk
Try these on or come up with your own words to counter monkey mind and stressful thinking:
- “It will all work out”
- “I do have enough time”
- “I have accomplished so much already”
- “It’s ok to let go of…(fill in the blank)”
- “I’m focused on having more inner
If you’re ready to create the life you have always dreamed of, come join me as I offer you the profoundly simple steps to consciously creating your dream life—the operating manual is so close—it’s right there within your very reach! So excited to share this with you!
“On the other side of darkness, I met the light.”
Nothing Ever Goes On Here
As we begin to come to a close for 2015, I am so grateful that I was invited by the universe last winter to step my game up. If you had told me then that I would be grateful for my long and arduous 4 month long passage into the underworld known so well known by the Greek maiden, Kore, who later becomes Queen Persephone, I would have told you, you were flat out crazy!
Learning to surf such turbulent waters, fraught with fear, has now brought me to this time of great joy filled with abundant creativity, wonder and magic. The magic that I speak of is when we finally dare to recognize our true selves and stop playing according to old worn out beliefs or familial opinions about who we are or are supposed to be. When we realize that we are truly in charge of our lives and destiny, magic ensues everywhere!
Regardless of where you are right now, know that you indeed have the power to decide who you want to be and how you want your … Read the rest
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk to let it blossom.”
As I worked on writing my first memoir, I realized I was beginning a process to open myself to being vulnerable once again.
It certainly wasn’t the first time I’d felt vulnerable. I especially felt that way after my Dachshund, Frankie became paralyzed, eventually needing a wheelchair for mobility. I recalled how I lived in fear that others would judge me for putting her in a wheelchair perceiving it as mean or cruel. And now here I was sharing my life experience with her in this book I was writing.
As I wrote my story, I found myself crying at times as I let the words spill across the page. I also found myself worrying once again what others may think of me when they read my book. Would they disagree? Would they be mad? What would they think?
Each day I’d show up to do the work— and continue the writing. Each day that I did, I felt a small piece of myself heal. I also felt myself beginning to bloom in unimaginable ways… Read the rest
“One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach.
One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.”
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Listening to Seashells …
December 22, 2014, I woke up early ready to attack the day, the week, my to-do list. I stepped out of bed, and my foot landed on something that crunched. I turned on the lamp next to my bed to examine what was now a pool of crumbs. A seashell. On my bedroom floor. In Wisconsin. On December 22. This was clearly a message. It was the latest in a series of them. It is said that sea shells symbolize the quality of life that purifies and sustains. I let out an appreciative chuckle.
You see, a year earlier on the last day of December, 2013 as I sat feeling frustrated, stressed and depressed, I vowed that it would not happen again. I had spent the month rushing, panicking, stressing, trying to create the perfect Christmas experience for my family when in fact, it was there all the time. I just needed to stop. I simply needed to be present for it. In the pursuit of perfection, I … Read the rest
Like many of my volunteer experiences, my time here in Zanzibar is nearly impossible to condense into a few paragraphs. There’s just so much to share… So I’ll just try to cobble together a few stories and see where that takes us.
The first day “on project” started early as the other four volunteers and our project coordinator and I crammed into the van to get to Kizimkaze – a small fishing village where our “headquarters” are located. We hurtled down the road at breakneck speed (as one does in Tanzania … fast driving seems to be a thing), with some hip hop tunes by local African artists blaring from the speakers. When we arrived, we tumbled out and headed to the “office” … a portion of an open-air restaurant with the most amazing view where the volunteer team completes our data entry and hangs out between trips out into the ocean and over to the fish market.
After we arrived around 6:45am, we all piled into a medium-sized, fiber boat with a small motor and headed out looking for dolphins … and tourists. Part of the project I’m working on is dedicated to assessing how the local tourist boat … Read the rest
One of the great things about Sound Healing is that you can easily do it for yourself! To begin to enhance your overall health, your mind, body & spirit with Sound Healing:
1. Finding peacefulness and calm
Notice without judgment if your mind wants to wander. Then bring your attention back to that area below your navel.
Take a deep breath in and on the exhale tone/sing the sound OM, inhale again and exhale with OM. Repeat for several minutes keeping your attention on your second chakra
After a few minutes, you’ll notice that you’re considerably calmer. This sense of peace will help you as you move through your day.
2. Changing traffic
Here’s a fun game you play with when stuck in traffic. Pick a lane and envision the traffic in front of you moving as you sing an ‘AH’ I love this practice and do it all the time. As I get focused and sing the traffic begins to move. Then just for fun, … Read the rest
“Sound is the medicine of the future.”
Sound has been utilized in various cultures for thousands of years as a tool for healing. Whether through the use of mantras as with the Hindis, the Icaros (medicine melodies) of various Indigenous peoples from Central and South America, or Pythagoras’ use of interval and frequency, these various techniques all have the same intention: to move us from a place of imbalance to a place of balance.
The World is Sound!
The Ancient Mystery Schools of Greece, Rome, Egypt, Tibet and India as well as the First People’s shamans all had great knowledge of the power of sound. Sound was understood as the primary creative force in the universe. The ancients knew what modern physicists are now finally understanding; that everything is in a state of vibration, and everything is energy. “The world is Sound!” proclaimed the ancient mystics and indeed it seems to be so.
I first came to Sound Healing as a young, reluctant healer 26 years ago. One day as I was working with a patient, my spirit guides insisted that I put an “O” sound into my patient. To say I was shocked is putting it mildly.… Read the rest
“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”
Just think back to the last few people you greeted.
When you asked them how they were. Was their response, “I’ve been so busy!”?
It seems to be the most common answer. We have become a culture that despises having any space or free time. We tend not to admire those who have time on their hands, because instead we value productivity.
Do you find yourself doing that? Do you measure your day by how “productive” you were? What if you weren’t living with every moment of every day planned out?
What if every single day contained some breathing room?
How about taking some baby steps this week to increase the “space” in your life?
Here are three simple ideas:
- Drive with the radio off the next time you’re in the car. Welcome the quiet.
- Take a walk with a loved one. It clears the mind and provides the space to really connect with each other.
- Cut out one hour of TV, and spend that time thinking about how you can create more space and free time in your life. What can you live without?
You may initially find it uncomfortable to … Read the rest
“Whether or not we hear it, everything has a sound, a vibration all its own”
~Joshua Leeds, ‘The Power of Sound’
I know a woman who is intensely connected with nature. An avid hiker, she can actually see and feel the vibration of trees and rocks and all the elements of nature. I would love to see the world through her eyes – even for just a few moments. We all have that capacity, but for most of us, our belief that trees and rocks are a solid mass outweighs the law of physics that states that everything is energy and therefore has a specific vibration that generates its own sound.
The frequency at which everything vibrates is referred to as resonance. So it is that the natural state of resonance of the human body hums along in perfect pitch unless it is short circuited by illness, environmental factors or S T R E S S. If it remains out of sync for long enough, the result is a state of dis-ease.
The good news is that as vibrational beings, we are also connected to the vibration of universal energy or God, or whatever your choice of beliefs is. … Read the rest
“Home is Where Your Rescue Dogs Are.”
Twenty four Siberian Huskies reside at the Stargazer Siberian Husky Sanctuary. This journey began over fifteen years ago, when my son picked out a Siberian Husky puppy, who came to be called Sparky. What happened next, is the stuff of legend.
My life revolved on that hinge that shifts us into a brand new world. That little blue eyed puppy turned my life toward a horizon I never imagined. In so doing, eventually he saved the lives of many Siberian Huskies that came to live with me, temporarily as a foster or permanently as a Stargazer.
I discovered dog mushing via bike, scooter, cart, sled, or ski. An extreme sport, is dog mushing, but the joy of running dogs is not to be equaled by any other activity. Most of all, I discovered the Siberian Husky. I was the ignorant beginner, knowing nothing of the breed.
Siberians are a special type of dog, with special needs. They need the Ft. Knox of security as they are the escape artists of the canine world. Up, over, under or through, they will try to get out and run, run, run. While running, if they … Read the rest
Intro By Rita Graving
Dan Harris, an ABC News correspondent gives an entertaining testimonial for the benefits of a daily meditation practice. After suffering what most people fear more than death itself – a humbling, live on-air panic attack on national television, Harris turned to meditation and ultimately wrote a book about the experience titled “10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in my Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works-A True Story.”
One thing I’ve come to know to be true – if you can only do one thing to help yourself thrive in our complicated world, pick meditation. It can very literally change in a positive way, your state of mind as well as your emotional and physiological state of being.
Meditation requires commitment and practice, practice, practice. It requires letting go of your perfectionism and invites you to give yourself a little love along with a healthy dose of gratitude.
And without even noticing, you find yourself giving into the silence, connecting with the in-the-moment experience of limitlessness, creating new connections in your body and your mind.
Meditation is transformational. So if everything is clicking for you exactly as … Read the rest
Intro By Rita Graving
In my opinion, meditation is to the personal toolbox what the hammer is to a carpenter’s toolbox. It is the go-to piece, the one you rely on, the practice that, in and of itself, can change your life experience more than anything else.
In this video, we hear from Dr. Joe Dispenza, a leading edge thinker if the field of Quantum Physics and the study of the brain, the body, our habits and beliefs and our connection with the Quantum field. This is fascinating, ground breaking information that has the potential to truly, permanently, change your life.
This compelling video spells it out in layman’s terms, dispelling any scientific mystery that sometimes turns people off to marginally mainstream practices like meditation. It lays a solid foundation for Dr. Joe’s more recent, best-selling books, videos and workshops on the exciting new information being revealed in the scientific community about the absolute wonder of how we, mere mortals, can access the quantum field to manifest massive healing and change in our lives.
For more information visit www.drjoedispenza.com
No Cost Meditation Sources
There are many, many sources offering free, guided meditations online. Here is one source with lots of … Read the rest