Month: April 2022

spring ephemeral pink trillium

A Spring 2022 Smoky Mountain Road Trip

My husband and I are currently on our annual Easter road trip to the Smoky Mountains. It’s such a beautiful time to visit because all of the spring ephemerals are just starting to shine life and light into the beautiful mountain terrain. We’ve seen so many beautiful flowers. It feels like such an honor to hike into these mountains and to take the time to notice the moment. To rest in the lushness of the mountainside. To hear the sound of endless rivers and streams, and seeing columbines bloom from the sides of cliffs from the road. I feel so blessed to be here. We went on a hike called Chestnut Trail and saw so many beautiful flowers as we began the trek up the incline welcoming us on the path. The Smoky Mountain national Park is one of the most bio diverse areas in North America. It has so much to offer and it’s really a safe space for your soul to rest. Coming into nature is always so restful for me and I …

Every day is Earth 🌍 Day

Earth Day is every day. We are a part of earth…me…you…and everyone you have every known are part of life on this “pale blue dot.”   There are so many incredible ways that we can pay reverence to this planet, this 4 billion year old soul that we inhabit. I tend to feel frustrated on Earth Day because I wonder why is it a holiday that exist only one day in April? We should be celebrating the earth every single day of our lives because we are so inextricably linked to her.   Many people have forgotten their connection to the planet.   Each and everyone of us and everything we do, think, say weaves into the great tapestry of life…the web that Sandra Ingerman describes in her books on Shamanism.   Some ways that you can support the Earth… 🌅 Watching a sunset, going for a hike, meeting a friend at a park instead of at a café, be mindful of what you buy, where does your Food come from, do you really need …

Changing with the seasons

I wanted to talk about the idea of using seasons like we have here in Michigan as a means of doing some deep interpersonal work. All winter I had been leaning into the idea of rest and relaxation and just allowing time and space to exist and incubate. To be inside the cave medicine of my heart, of going inward and just settling into the deepness of rest instead of getting caught up in the do do do like our society often commands.   Enter Spring For the season of spring I am working on letting go, some thing that is easy to say but not always easy to do. We can get cues from nature, inspiration and learn grace. I am learning as I’m watching life grow from the death of last year, seeing the brown leaves of last season create fertile ground and watching as new life springs forth. Coming back to the remembering that life is always in flux and is constantly changing. So for me and actually a friend of mine …

Leaning into Ahimsa, “Do no harm”

    Ahimsa means do no harm. I had first learned about the philosophy of ahimsa during my yoga teacher training and knew it was some thing that I wanted to come back to and discuss in Open Hearts Club. As a means of healing and understanding it at a deeper level. I encourage you to consider how you might be “doing” harm in your own life. Sometimes we get boxed into thinking that harm is only hurting someone physically but it could also mean emotionally, from our own selves-how we think, how we talk and more, or how we choose to interact with the natural world. Are we loving or are we hurting? At first I thought this was an easy philosophy to live by as I don’t consider myself a harmful person. But the more I thought about it I realize that I am harming myself nearly every single day. I am harming in the way that I think about myself inside my mind. I wanna acknowledge that I have gotten so much …

Inspiration from the Trail, Why Moving Matters

    I just wanted to share a story quickly about an experience from last fall. My husband and I were hiking through the smoky mountain national park and really excited about our journey, the leaves were just starting to change and the crisp fall air was coming in and everything was just looking so beautiful. We started hiking early in the day and ended up passing a man along the way from the opposite direction. We all stopped and just kind of exchanged information about how we felt in that moment. We were all feeling so high and so happy, just being immersed in nature. It was a beautiful fall day with the sun shining through the canopy of color leaves. This other man was feeling this way as well so it was a really beautiful connection. He was beaming with light. He started sharing a little bit about his life and how he was just wrapping up a 8 mile hike. No big deal. My husband and I were really supporting, he was about …

Grounding with our Great Mother

I wanted to share a little bit about the concept of grounding and connecting with mother Earth. Now that it’s finally getting nice enough outside here in Michigan I am more than excited to put my toes in the dirt and feel all the different textures that the planet has to offer. I spent the whole day barefoot in the garden absorbing all the offerings of the land I live on and wanted to encourage you to find some time to absorb the earth through your feet. We don’t think about it often but we create a barrier between ourselves and the planet in so many different ways, further disconnecting ourselves from nature. We have been conditioned to constantly consume to “fit in,” by culture, society, marketing for big brands, celebrity + beauty culture etc to further distance ourselves from the natural world. Often our shoes are pointed and have thick rubber soles. Which means are toes are crammed, and we are not connecting to the planet the way we evolved to. The mechanics of …

Nourish bowls as my go to meal for health + a little herb love

Nourish bowls…Buddha bowls 🥣…super amazing  bowls filled with nutritious and health filled goodies, with a rainbow of colors, tastes and more ☀️   Your body really is a temple and what we eat matters   I love making nourish bowls, these because they’re easy and help me meal prep. I typically cook a big batch of everything and then put into smaller pyrex containers for the first 3 days of the week. That way I only have a few finishing touches to make sure the meal is aligned with what I my body needs that day.      They’re as simple as… 🍚 base of grains/ seeds, I use organic quinoa like 95% of the time, it’s easy, my body likes it and it tastes great. I usually eat 1/3-1/2 cup. You can bulk prep this on Sunday or Monday to make your life even sweeter.   🥬 greens and beans, I like to cook a batch of beans (kidney, black, black eyed peas, chickpeas, I call this my “bean of the week” with onion and …