All posts tagged: self care

Is ceremonial cacao a psychedelic?

Is ceremonial cacao a psychedelic? In short, no, ceremonial cacao is not a psychedelic. If that’s all you wanted to know then you have your answer…but you should keep reading because it’s an interesting inquiry. I wanted to write this article because I noticed a similarity between the two as someone who has experienced both. Cacao to me is pure gentle magic, psychedelics have their magic too but I believe they should be consumed with intention, in a safe container {set + setting} and not taken lightly. Cacao on the other hand…should be consumed with intention, in a safe container {set + setting} and not taken lightly. Wait…didn’t you just say the same thing? Yes but I think cacao can be a spiritual tool for everyone…I personally enjoy magic mushrooms 🍄 on occasion, but I think all conscious altering substances should be consumed with deep reverence, intention and careful consideration, because they might not be right for you. I digress… To me, cacao is a gentle spirit, motherly and nurturing and is not just a …

Join me for Vision Board in Canva Seminar

Let’s make a vision board together in Canva Using my skills as a digital designer, I am here to help guide you along how to make a vision board using the free online creative tool, Canva. Simply have 5-10 images saved representing what you desire to manifest in this next chapter of life. See the prompts below. Here’s your homework: Take some time to journal and reflect on the path of your life. Get honest with yourself. Be gentle with your self. Where are you aiming? What areas of your life are you looking to evolve, expand and grow from? Who do you want to be? What do you desire in this new year? What is truly divinely the most important for you? What words describes your journey? How do you want to show up?   You can source images online from some royalty free websites or screen grabs from your phone. A few sites you can use for image sourcing include the following… Pexels Unsplash Join me for a free 1 hour session on …

Building Love for Oneself

Cultivating love for the longest relationship of our lives I am currently listening to the book, Embrace your Power by Louise Hay and feel inspired to share about the journey of self love. Loving ourselves is radical work that is necessary in our world. When we show up for ourselves, we show up for the world. We are programmed from an early age to believe that we are not good enough until…We have this….we are that…etc. We are hardwired to see lack…when there is so much abundance in our lives. When we learn to jump out of ourselves and sense our true reality, that everything we need we already have, we can feel a sense of peace. ☮️ To really truly let go of of all of the conditioning and to say to yourself, I am not broken Everything is always working out for me The Universe Loves me and no matter what, this will work out to my advantage.   This peace rests in accepting ourselves and loving our selves exactly as we are. …

Wake Up and Hydrate

#hydrochamp Hydration is so important for all the major functions of our beautiful bodies.  Water is life. The first thing we drink waking up can have a great impact on our overall health and wellbeing. So instead of grabbing that cup of joe or even cacao…make sure you hydrate your body first. This will help you have regular elimination which is so important. We should be going #2 at least 1 time per day. If you are not able to go, then you need to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains if you body can handle them. Try to avoid dairy as it can be anti-inflammatory and can cause diarrhea for some people. Instead try to eat dairy as a special treat and at the highest quality you can afford.  Just a reminder…our bodies are 70% water…just like our beautiful planet…70% water…pretty incredible. Water is life   My new approach to hydration 💧 Step 1-Use a tongue scraper (ancient Ayurvedic approach to overall health, cleaning all the bacteria from the tongue) Check out package …

A new spring meditation for you

Hello Open Hearts Club friends, I wanted to take a moment to share my first meditation 🧘‍♀️. As many of you know I just completed my Yoga Teacher Training with Detroit Yoga Lab and I am ripe with ideas on how to serve and lift others. The best thing we can do right now is keep raising our own vibration, trust in our own inner light and lead with love.   I hope you enjoy and please let me know how your experience was sending you all the love you need today! Meditation starts at 1:28 second   In collaboration with my extremely talented and loving husband (video)

Learning to let go, the art of responding and not reacting

It’s easy to get caught up in the storm of reactivity, especially when we’ve done it so many times before. Neurology has show us that when we repeatedly fire and wire the same neurons, it’s easier for us to develop a pattern, in this example, being Reactive. The trick is to act differently than even you expect yourself to. Change the pattern, change the behavior. Dr. Joe Dispenza   Anytime we are with another person, we stand a chance of facing disagreements, irritation or frustration. Sometimes for a good reason, other times because we’re just strange humans trying to navigate our lives. It’s a very human thing to experience. But what makes all the difference is…how we choose to respond.    As one of my favorite songs quotes, “It’s not what happens, it’s how you respond.”     How do we loosen up our grip on reactivity, being right, or just plain clinging to our ego? Simply put…we let go. Allow it all to be. No one is right, no one is wrong. You just …

Meditation pose in colorado

My Journey with Meditation

They say that showing up is the hardest part, especially in our “busy” world. Today I showed up with a candle and fixed my gaze upon the gentle organic shape of the flame. Pure, gentle beauty. My eyes and mind transfixed on the simplicity of it all. My inner mind whispers, Thank you for showing up today. I typically don’t use a candle when I meditate, but I had just received my Michigan made beeswax candle and used them last night for my full moon ceremony. It felt only right to continue to honor that flame. It was warm and inviting, which means a lot in a Michigan winter. I have been contemplating the space that fire holds, as it’s been a constant companion in my Cacao Ceremonies over the past few months. honoring the flame that transmutes, shifts energy, burning away the things that no longer serve. The fire lives with in all of us, and we live in the fire. The eternal flame of light. We are made of the elements.   Nothing …

Winter sunset colors with trees

enjoy winter with ease

Some practical tips for enjoying winter 1. Dress the part When you engage in nature you will often find yourself rewarded by her beauty. Whether it be a sunrise, sunset, spotting a hawk, owl, or eagle. Nature is always blessing us with gifts. We feel whole when we are in nature, we feel happy and we feel the sense of connection. Do your sweet self a favor and find yourself in the cold slumber of winter. And of course the basics… Warm coatHatScarf or wool neck gaiterGloves Sunglasses Dress in layers, you build warmth through the air between layers, pretty cool, right 😀 I like to wear a pair of leggings or my smart wool base layer. Followed by my lined Carhart pants (I have had these for many years and they are really serving their purpose) Work with what you have and make note of what works and what doesn’t. I’ll wear a wool underlayer (synthetic or wool are best if you plan to be active in the winter) On top of my wool …

connecting to the spirit of winter

  Leaning into winter   It has been a process and it’s not always comfortable, but wow is it a beautiful way to pass the time as the sun sets early and we find ourselves spending much more time indoors. Being in the cold makes you feel alive. The cool air permeating your earth suit. You are immediately taken into awareness. You feel the cold in so many different ways and they’re all lovely, making you appreciate your home and it’s levels of “comfort” even more. As an avid nature love, I had always waited in anticipation for the spring…leading into summer and the fall. Three seasons I have always easily loved. Winter has it’s own sense of wonder. As a native Michigander, winter has been part of my life since my first year of life on this wondrous planet. I was born in the spring so I always said spring was my favorite season, the season I was born into, just after the start of spring on March 22.   Bursting with life, just …