How to Heal Yourself

Theta Healing is a meditational process that creates physical, psychological and spiritual healing. Using a combination of psychotherapy and energy work, change can occur quickly in many areas of life including, health and wellness, relationships, career, recovery and spiritual direction.

Not everyone desires to work through a lengthy therapy process, or has the time. Theta healing works on changing negative or limiting beliefs that prevent you from being successful or from making the necessary changes that you want to make that prevent you from living your best life possible. Theta healing can create change quickly at a subconscious level.

Everyone’s path to healing is uniquely different and individual.  As a Certified Theta Healer and Licensed Professional Counselor, my passion is helping people to heal in the areas of health and wellness, relationship conflict, career change, grief and loss, and addictions and recovery.

 

 

Art: The Soul of Life

Thanks to a great friend, I started painting again.  Over the years I focused on my career and followed a different path, but life can sometimes lead us away from our passions and into new territories.  For me, the unfolding of a series of events, led me back to my first love, painting.

In the past, I would paint on huge canvases that I would build and stretch myself, but this time, I decided to work on a tiny scale and made a series of small paintings that measured 4×4 inches.  I thought about what to paint and made the decision to paint a series of trees.  As a nature lover, trees are earthy and grounding, just what I needed during a time of universal chaos, a bit of earthiness and stability, painted in a colorful and whimsical way.

Is there an old passion or love calling out to you to be explored?  I encourage you to go back to a lost love in the areas of art, writing, poetry, ceramics, pottery, knitting, weaving, photography, printing, jewelry making, stained glass or whatever it is that touches your soul.  Maybe there is something new that you have always wanted to try doing?

I had forgotten how much my artwork had created an inner sanctuary away from the chaos of the world.  Painting is a meditative practice, that I had long lost or been separated from.  So grateful that I have returned to what brings me home and touches my soul.

 

My Zendo

A few years ago, in Naples, Florida, I had the opportunity to do something that I had always wanted to do.  I found a local zendo, (Japanese meditation hall) and began the practice of zazen, a practice of letting go through sitting and walking.

It may sound simple enough, but the practice is powerful in that when we enter into a state of zazen, we let go of all thoughts and mental clutter.  In today’s society, we can become stuck in our heads thinking about today, tomorrow, or the past.  Zazen allows our minds to be still.  We enter into a peaceful place of just being.

I was in Naples for only a short time, but I fell in love with my new zendo and found the practice brought me immense peace.  Because I love movement so much, I especially enjoyed, kinhin, a type of movement or walking meditation.  I found the mix of sitting and moving especially beneficial to me, allowing me to be still, yet to also move.

After practicing for a short period of time, I relocated.  I still miss the zendo and my zazen practice, although I can continue on my own, I find it difficult in my home, compared to when I entered the empty space of the zendo.

The photo included on this post was taken on my last day of practice.  It was with regrets and sadness that I knew I would not return, but was grateful that I had the opportunity to practice zazen.  I hope to find another zendo in the future and resume my practice.  Until then my yard has become my outdoor zendo.

 

 

 

Happy Happy Happy

Almost everyone’s life has changed over the past several months due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t meant we can’t be happy.  Like many others, my life has changed dramatically, not in ways that I would ever choose, but I realized one day that through loss, I was able to focus on other things that make me happy.

When the big picture of your life is made smaller, the details of what makes your life happier come into focus.  What I have discovered is that although I love my work, happiness for me is laughing with my husband, cooking healthy organic foods, and being in nature.  It’s so easy to think of happiness as only in terms of one thing in our lives, but I have found that happiness comes in many ways.  What was taken for granted for or seemed insignificant before, now has huge significance.  Happiness is a state of mind and when life changes, look closely at what or who around you makes you truly happy.  You may be surprised at what you find.

Living Green House

The natural environment has always been a place of healing for me.  Starting in childhood, I spent my days roaming and exploring open fields, small forests and the world around me.  Nature has always been healing for me and a natural place of stress management as I have grown older.

I spend hours in nature each day, taking walks and cycling through the nature reserve. I also take many trips a year to distant lands that are dramatically geographically different than the place I live in.  I love the energy that mountains bring, the serenity and peace that the ocean gives me, and can never get enough of the solitude of the desert.

I currently live in a cold climate and due to the restriction on travel at this time or possibly in the near future, I am seeking a local natural retreat that I can go to when the weather outside is dead and frozen.   I have never been a fan of snow and struggle in the fall when everything starts to die and begins the long transformation to dormancy.  I miss my beautiful flowers, bees and dragonflies and come alive when I travel to a new and warmer environments.

So this summer’s search has resulted in an unexpected find.  At my local university, I discovered a new building with an atrium.  As I was biking past, I stopped to look in the window and saw a waterfall, a royal palm tree, beautiful tropical flowers and plants.  I was so excited to find my winter retreat at a nearby local spot!  Although I still plan on traveling nationally, things are not yet what they used to be and my travel will be limited this year, but at least now I have a tropical sanctuary to help me feel alive when everything around me this winter appears to be dead and lifeless.

If you also struggle with winter blues or miss the great outdoors but can’t get out because of extreme weather or piles of snow, check your local community for a green house, a planetarium, an atrium , art gallery or museum.  So many ways to feel alive when dark winter days set in!

COVID Kindness

We all struggle differently during times of stress.  The pandemic has pushed many of us past our coping abilities.  It is during this time that we are faced with making decisions as to how to deal with everyday environmental stressors that are out of our control.

In my city and across the country, people are doing random acts of kindness.  When the pandemic first began, a neighbor who lived at the end of the block, yelled at me to say that he made clocks, and had made one especially for me.  I was surprised since we had never talked although I walked past his house daily.  I was touched by his kindness.  He was outside playing horseshoes in his yard and told me the clock was near the front door. He continued to play his game as I found the clock and was surprised to find that it was really cool in a modern industrial deisgn.  I thanked him and again he said, I thought you would like it.  I was touched by this random stranger’s act of kindness.  It inspired me to want to do random acts of kindness myself.

In our small city people are painting inspiration messages on rocks and hiding them around town.  I have found several, some make me laugh, some make me smile and some touch my heart.  Yesterday I found a small plastic bag with a sticky note on it, saying, “From me to you!  Exactly what you need right now”. Inside the bag was a beautiful crystal rock that promotes the feeling of calm.

I don’t know any of the people that are leaving random gifts across town, but it makes me happy to know that there are people out there doing random acts of kindness at a time when it is most needed.

Thank you!

Grilled Watermelon Burgers? Hell Yeah!

Wait before you stop reading, yes watermelon can not only be grilled, but it turns into a delicious tasty burger.

Recently we saw some hype about the watermelon burger in a trendy New York restaurant and thought we would try it, so yesterday we bought a sugar baby watermelon, fired up the grill and prepared a tasty sauce of grilled orange juice, fennel and crushed garlic.

We expected the watermelon burger to be soggy and gross, but it was grilled and delicious.  It’s amazing how the texture changes when the watermelon is grilled. Watermelon can be made into steaks, mock tuna and baked ham.

If you enjoy adventures in cuisine, give this one a try, you won’t be disappointed!

Grilled Watermelon Burger with Fennel and Goat Cheese

Ingredients

4 watermelon steaks, approx. 1 inch thick
4 ciabatta buns (or your favorite)

1 fennel, fronds diced
1 medium orange
2 large cloves garlic, diced

2 tbsp white vinegar
¼ tsp salt

olive oil
goat cheese
cracked pepper to taste

Preparation

Cut watermelon steaks to roughly the size of the bun, sprinkle lightly with salt and set aside.

In a bowl, combine finely diced fennel, zest from orange, garlic, vinegar and salt.

Cut orange in half, and rub orange flesh with a paper towel and olive oil. Grill face down for about 2 minutes, until grilled. Squeeze juice into bowl with fennel and other ingredients.

Wipe grill down with olive oil and grill watermelon steaks, approximately 4-5 minutes per side. Watermelon should have grill marks, dry out and caramelize.

Top with goat cheese, and grill for another minute to melt cheese.

 

Rub buns with olive oil and grill oil side down for a minute.

Serve with fennel mix on top and cracked pepper, to taste.

 

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Adventure Rocks

COVID 19 has changed a lot of lives in many ways over the past year.  It has also cancelled, delayed and changed many travel adventures and trips that I had planned, one being a hiking trip in the Grand Canyon.

With little to do, other than to explore the great outdoors locally, I find myself getting bored with the same routine and the same scenery.  I dream about safe travel again and exploring new places.

In my community, Point Rocks has made painting and hiding rocks a community adventure that is fun for kids, families and adults.  Now going out can be a fun scavenger hunt searching for treasures that are hidden at the university, nature reserve, and on city streets.  Rocks are painted with inspirational messages, humor, and beautiful designs.  You never know what you are going to find.  Half the fun is finding the rocks and then re-hiding them so others can play too.

Wherever you are, you can either join in the fun or start your own rocking community.  People post the rocks on their local Facebook page to show which rocks they find and then send them out into the community again.  Great fun for all!

We are never too old to play!

 

Tadasana

Yoga isn’t for everyone but for those who have tried it, find it a wonderful way to relax and quiet the mind and body.  It is a gentle form of exercise that strengthens, tones and renews the body, mind and spirit.

Tadasana, or mountain pose is something that most people can do.  It may seem deceptive because this is pose is so simple, yet it has a lot of health benefits and also makes you feel grounded, balanced and strong.  Some of the benefits include:

  • Improved Body Posture: Our body is affected by the way we sit or stand.  Misalignment can affect our mind and ability to think clearly.
  • Helps with Depression: People with rounded back and drooping shoulders are more prone to depression. Their energy flow is misaligned and leaves them feeling sluggish and low.

Tadasana is a simple and easy yoga practice to begin. I would start with 5 minutes a day.  Find a place that makes you feel good such as facing a window or being outside.

Mountain Pose

  • Stand straight, arms alongside your body
  • Spread your toes
  • Balance the crown of your head directly over the center of your pelvis
  • Soften your eyes and focus on being strong like a mountain
  • Focus on slow gentle breaths as you tune into your body and reflect on mountain strength

This short intro to yoga can be a mini session into creating a healthier more balanced you!  Give it try for at least a week and see if it changes your posture or the way you feel.