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5 tips for making it through the holiday season

The holiday season can bring up many stresses as well as conflicted emotions.  Follow these tips to help keep you present and less stressed this holiday.

For some people this is the favourite time of the year, for others, it is a time of stress and pressure with extra busy-ness.  While it can be a time of great celebration and merry making there can also be some deep grieving, or the unearthing of childhood wounds and patterns triggered by family gatherings.  

Here are some suggestions to help navigate the next few weeks:

1.  Do things in moderation.

Plan what parties and functions that you really want to go to.  You do not need to show up at them all.  It is very easy to drink and eat too much at special events – so everything in moderation.   If you know you are going for office drinks after work, order a healthy appetizer as well.  As much as possible choose foods that are nourishing.  If it is a late night gathering, eat your normal supper before going so that you can moderately eat the hors d’oeuvres.  Also you do not need to be the last one to leave the party.  Your body and spirit will thank you. 

2.  Keep to a regular routine.

While this may seem odd to suggest when there are so many commitments and functions out there (work or family), it is very important to remember that routine is very grounding.  If your routine includes a spiritual practice every morning, do not skip it.  It will help set the tone for your day.  If you have a regular workout time, honour it.  It is very important to look after your self care.  If you have a regular volunteer day, keep your schedule with it.  Stick to your normal diet as much as you can.  Go to sleep and wake at the same time as much as possible.  Bodies like rhythm, honour your body.

3.  Stay connected with the people who lift you up.

You do not need to be alone nor do you need to be around people who are toxic to you.  Make sure that you take the time to connect with the people who value you.  These are earth angels. They will ground you.  Remember to ask for support if you need it.

4.  Eliminate the “should of”  “need to”phrases.

Also on the list to eliminate:  I have to. This leads to unnecessary guilt.   Remove those phrases from your vocabulary.  You are a person with free will and choice.  Do not place unrealistic expectations on yourself. A lot of our extra stresses are actually self imposed. If you feel obligated about doing certain things, ask yourself why? Then empower yourself to make a different choice and to take a different action.  Try not to over analyze things, perhaps it is something as simple as having a date with yourself to do something that you really want to do, or something completely different.

5.  Be with people if you tend to find yourself alone. (and don’t want to be)

If you find that you are usually alone for the holiday, try to volunteer somewhere.  There are many people who are alone – some because they want to be, but some because they are truly feeling alone  and unable to change their situation.  Volunteer in a facility for the elderly, or check out your local community centre or library for holiday programs.  Sometimes you need to be outside of yourself in order to feel better about yourself.  But more importantly, the opportunity to make a new friend or bring a smile to a neighbour is rewarding in itself and will do much to lift your spirits and self worth. You may discover a gift within yourself that you never knew that you had.

Generally speaking take the time to be good to yourself.  Do what feels good .  Take the time for self care. Set your boundaries, you are allowed to say no when asked to do more than you can.  Remember to ask for and accept help when you need it.  Stay in the present moment.  It is easier to see the beauty and gift of the experience if you are looking after yourself first.  

Try these suggestions and let me know how they work for you! If you have other ideas to share on what helps you please comment below.

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Change of Season – Stay in Balance

Change of season, change of being. The sun is dipping lower on the horizon in this part of the world and with the change of summer flowing into the fall, our bodies naturally flow and prepare with the tune of nature to become more introspective in preparation for the transition from the summer sun and fiery activity to the winter tranquility and coldness.

Autumn becomes the time of in between, a parenthesis filled with warm days and cool evenings, sweet scents of abundant harvests and the earthy smells of the decay regenerating the soil. A season filled with activity of a different nature. In Classical Chinese Medicine, the season of autumn is associated with the lungs and large intestine. It is through the lungs that one connects with the concept of Ch’i.

What is Ch’i? Ch’i is the breath of heaven. The ancient Chinese believed that heaven initiated life.  Ch’i is energy, an energy underlying life. It is the awareness of this energy that forms the basis of Classical Chinese medicine. It is this basis in partnership with sound vibration and music theory that has evolved Soundtouch therapy. When the flow of Ch’i is disturbed, there can be imbalances in the body leading to dis-ease. This autumn take the time to nurture your Ch’i by bringing awareness to your lungs and large intestine. The lungs receive inspiration, connect with spirit and discover what inspires you.

The large intestine allows you to let go the inessential. What is it that you need to let go of in order to act upon your inspirations? Practice breathing. Pay attention to the process of breathing without judging it, just be aware of it. The purpose is to clue into the state of our well-being through the breath. Are we calm? agitated? distracted? focused? Continue this awareness, feeling the rhythmic flow, notice that the heart centre and the mind become steady and more calm. Finding balance in the midst of a transitional season.

 

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Love mom – Mother’s Day gifts

Treat mom to a special gift this Mother’s Day – use coupon code lovemom and receive 15% off your total purchase.  Coupon expires May 12, 2017.  Mother’s day is a time to reflect upon the gift of life.  New mothers, expectant mothers and older mothers all appreciate a time of nurture and self care.  We provide handmade, organic products  – made with love, that mothers will love.

 

Please note that orders placed on May 12 will be sent on May 13th.

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Chakras

The word Chakra is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning “wheel,” “circle” and “cycle”. It is described by many as a spinning wheel of light. Although many people are familiar with the word Chakra, ancient cultures worldwide have similar conceptions of energy wheels or vortices. The “Circle” is used in a variety of senses, symbolizing the endless rotation of primordial source energy. The chakra therefore is an energy centre, a cosmic self generating and regenerating battery. In the yogic tradition, seven chakras (of the 88,000) are considered the major chakras and are embodied within our physical bodies and are connected to different nerve plexuses within the body. All of the acupuncture points (Energy Release Points) also act as chakras.

Chakras as invisible, rechargeable batteries

Chakras have the ability to recharge and regenerate through their spin, and work together through their connection to your centre channel. The centre channel is a shaft of energy that runs vertically from the top of your head to the base of your spine. This energy is both masculine and feminine. Masculine energy spins in a counter-clockwise direction, feminine energy spins in a clockwise direction. When these two energies are in perfect balance, they create the flower of life.

Chakras connect your spiritual bodies to your physical one.

Chakras regulate the flow of subtle energy throughout the network that runs through the physical body which in turn influence our physical, emotional and mental states. Their health and integrity are maintained through grounded and balanced lifestyles as well as positive thoughts toward the self and others. Sometimes chakras become blocked because of stress, emotional or physical problems. If the body’s ‘energy system’ can not flow freely it is likely that problems will occur. The consequence of irregular energy flow may result in physical illness and discomfort or a sense of being mentally and emotionally out of balance.

Essential oil blends such as those found in our chakra healing mists help activate subtle energy, serving to regenerate and balance the chakra system. For whole body balancing choose Balance Vibrational Healing Mist.

 

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Metatron

Metatron means: ‘One who occupies the Throne next to the Throne of the Divine”. Within the spiritual hierarchy, Metatron is seen as a heavenly scribe who oversees the Akashic and Karmic records. Described as the ‘King of all the Angels’, in this capacity he oversees the recording angels.  In Metatron’s exalted position as one who occupies the Throne next to the Throne of the Divine, Metatron is responsible for the Metatronic Cube and as such holds the blueprint of all creation. He is charged with sustaining human life and acts as the Bridge between the Divine and mankind. The position held by Metatron at the top of the Tree of Life also means he is attributed with being involved in Divine creation: passing the Divine blueprint for creation at all levels down to all the angels beneath him to put into place. Metatron is in charge of and actuates the sacred geometry patterns of the Universe. He holds the Metatronic Cube – a structure composed of all the sacred shapes of the Universe. He places this structure over anything to be created, forming the blueprint of its construction. The major Earth’s ley lines follow the same pattern as the Metatronic Cube.

Metatron as Enoch

As the prophet Enoch he was a great ruler of his people, governing with justice and peace. he is accredited with bringing writing and books to humanity and is supposed to have written 366 books during his lifetime, including books on the Sacred Knowledge of Creation – creation stories based upon patterns of sacred geometry. He is also supposed to have taught the ‘Sons of God’ how to construct cities and brought through knowledge of the Zodiac and planets. Much of the time he lived a pious life in seclusion when not teaching. He was given the position of Heavenly scribe and asked to maintain the eternal archives of God, recording every event that occurs.

Metatron is the protecting angel of children for it was Metatron who stopped Abraham from sacrificing his son Isaac to God.  In vibrational healing, we use the vibrational healing mist of Clarity to connect with Metatron.

 

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Spring Equinox, renewal and rebirth

Enter the time of Spring Equinox.  The time of renewal and rebirth.  It is for most a fiery energy of action, of movement,  as well as the fruition of seeds planted during the last few weeks.  Equinox is not the beginning of the spring season, it is the height of spring.  It is the energy necessary to propel us towards the energy of an active summer culminating with solstice.  So how does one effectively use this energy to help manifest and co-create life? Equinoxes always signal a chance for change and for renewal, taking the nourishment from the previous cycle. Equinoxes also are a powerful time to connect to the grounding qualities of Earth to anchor in your new visions and dreams.  The anchoring of the energy allows you to firmly plant yourself into the ground and draw into your body the vitality and freshness of the Spring growth.  Grounding into the Earth allows your to firmly walk towards the new goals that you have set for yourself. Connecting to the energy of Spring is like connecting to a seed thought and giving yourself permission to feel freedom, and to express your idea and weave it into a new picture, or  a new expression, ultimately creating a new and joyful reality.

Take advantage of what we find in nature.  Spring is characterized by wind, use wind to release discordant and stressful energy.  Open your windows, allow breezes to flow into and through your home.  Spend time outdoors and visualize worries being carried away on the wind.  The light of the sun will transform the stress and discord, much the same way that the ancients used fire in a ceremony or ritual to surrender something that needed to be unloaded.  Celebrate this newness, observe new life, hatching of dreams, celebrate the rebirth of nature.  All is in expansion. What part of you is being reborn? Honor it!

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Sound Healing – Resonance, Frequency, Rhythm and you

How does sound in sound healing work? This article explores qualities and energetics of sound.
SOUND HAS RESONANCE. Resonance is a phenomenon in which a vibrating system or external force drives another system to oscillate (move or swing) Some objects have two or more resonant frequencies. Resonance occurs when an object’s movements (oscillations) are increased by the matching vibrations of another object. Everything in the universe vibrates, which means everything has a resonant frequency whether we can audibly perceive it or not, such as dog whistles, wi-fi, radio towers. When taken in alignment with the concept of sound, every organ, bone and tissue in our body has a resonant frequency. When taken to another level, understand that a conscious being is more than a combination of organs, bone and tissues. A conscious being has thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Therefore the resonant frequency of an individual in combination with the resonance of a physical body and consciousness create a compositional frequency and harmonic resonance that has the ability to attract others, as well as affect others in a positive or negative way.
SOUND HAS FREQUENCY. Frequency is the number oscillations (vibrations or waves) per unit of time. It is measured in cycles per second called Hertz. The slower the vibration the lower the frequency. The faster the vibration, the higher the frequency. (we can see this physically manifest on the length of a pendulum chain – the shorter the chain the faster the pendulum response) The speed at which sound travels depends on the media through which the sound is traveling. Sound travels 4x faster in water than in the air, so the body, made mostly of water is an excellent sound resonator.
SOUND HAS RHYTHM, this is to say that there is a regular pattern of beats and regular recurring patterns of activity. (such as a heartbeat) These patterns are formed from stress and unstressed actions. This is another reason why sounds can calm and stabilize the body.
SOUND HAS ENTRAINMENT. Entrainment is an action that causes something to happen, it draws something in and moves it along in the flow. Solid particles, air bubbles, or liquids dropped into a moving fluid are carried along. With entrainment, the body cells have the ability to communicate. Healthy cells can transform unhealthy cells.
SOUND HAS VIBRATION. Vibration is the process of movement, which in effect can communicate feelings and thoughts from one to another as well as creates the atmosphere of a place or a situation. We observe this when we enter certain buildings, a church or temple feels much differently than a busy office.
SOUND HAS TONE/TIMBRE. Tone is a measure of the quality of a sound wave. Timbre is the perceived quality of any sounds’ multiple frequencies changing through time. This explains why some sounds stimulate positive or negative memories, as well as the importance of soundtracks in the movies for example.

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Sound Healing- Celebration of Spirit, Return to Health

Sound has always been considered a direct link between humanity and the Divine. Every ancient culture has used sound in ceremonies of healing or celebration of spirit. Evidence of sound healing in early cultures is found in writings, drawings, sculpture and other architectural remnants and artifacts of the pasts of the Ancient Greeks, Chinese, East Indians, Tibetans, Egyptians, American Indians, Mayans, Aztecs, Polynesians and Aborigines to name a few.

Music and sound as an art form was well developed by the Egyptians, Hindus, Chinese and the Japanese in their ancient cultures. In fact it has been discovered that by the time the Ancient Egyptians built the pyramids, it had organized choruses with as many as 12,000 voices and orchestras of 600 pieces. From the early greeks come some of the earliest scientific observations on sound and its true nature and effects. Sound and music was an intricate part of life and culture – it was impossible to separate it from scholarly subjects.

All art, including music was an essential part of life and business, there was no separation of art from the sciences, from medicine. Medicine was considered an art. The belief of the Ancient Greeks was that Orpheus (the poet, musician, theologian and interpreter of the Gods) was the son of the Greek God Apollo who was not just the God of the Sun, put the God of music and Healing.

Today most people are either unaware or simply ignore the significance and preponderance of sound within their lives. However this knowledge is important now more than ever as we become more and more a technological society in which we are constantly bombarded by extraneous sound and vibrations that affect our resonance without our even hearing the sound. In the Sound for Self Healing classes, the goal is to learn how to direct sound so that you can reharmonize your full body system and create states of health and wholeness which reverse and neutralize the disharmony and disease in the body.

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What is Self Healing

What is self healing? It is generally considered that self healing is a phrase applied to the process of recovery that is motivated, initiated and directed by the self. The value of self healing lies in the ability of the individual to access health giving forces within the body as well as to make choices that lead to wellness and wholeness. It takes inner responsibility and motivation as well as information and knowledge.

It takes a willingness to learn and grow. It takes a belief that one has the capacity to be well. The process of self healing can be accelerated with techniques of introspection such as meditation, journaling and art as well as active application of vibrational healing and sound.
Through active application of sound, the following effects have been noticed:

  1. Stress reduction
  2. Reduction in muscle tension, which usually compliments stress reduction.
  3. Improved sleep, which allows the body to regenerate.
  4. Improvements in emotional conditions such as depression, anger or anxiety – leading to feelings of     being more centred, grounded and balanced.
  5. Improvement in mental clarity

Generally speaking, sound has a way of harmonizing the body to wholeness through the qualities of resonance and vibration. As with all techniques, trust is a key factor. Trust that the body knows how to heal itself and is constantly working on balancing itself. (sneezing, yawning are just a few examples) Trust that the body is communicating with you and telling you what it needs. (More rest? more movement? more water? more/less food?) Honour the body’s wisdom when it is communicating with you. Embrace gratitude as a way of life.

Everyday thanking the body for it’s vitality. Focus on what it can do instead of lamenting what it can no longer do. Thank your body for growing stronger and stronger each day.
Learn how to incorporate healing sounds for your body and participate in our wellness programs.

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Soundtouch – Explore the Deeper Meaning of Acupuncture Points

Music making, whether it is singing, chanting, dancing, playing an instrument or attending musical events is a powerful transformative energy capable of healing the soul. Scientific research confirms that our body, brain, organs and cells vibrate in measurable frequencies. Music is a healing art. So how does one make music physical? In the search to answer this question, as well as looking at ways to improve bodily health and well being, the fascinating journey into Chinese Medicine became the medium for the application of sound via the acupuncture point system. Hence Soundtouch therapy was born.

Acupuncture points are little vortices of energy that when blocked restrict the flow of energy through our physical being. Blocked energy creates disharmony which can lead to disease. It is appropriate to call acupuncture points, Energy Release Points. A Soundtouch therapy session is very experiential. Initial consultation and medical history determine the treatment plan. Specific sound frequencies are then applied to the body on the appropriate Energy Release Points and vibration begins to flow into the meridian pathway allowing the body to relax into a receptive healing state. In this state, healing begins as the whole body system communicates within itself.

Sound has the ability to build bridges within our emotional, mental, spiritual and physical body that brings to our conscious selves the awareness necessary to walk the path to wholeness and health. Writing the book Spiritual Portraits of the Energy Release Points, became a natural extension of this healing modality. The purpose of this book is to bring forward the messages of each acupuncture point (Energy Release Point).

In Classical Chinese Medicine, the power of healing is drawn not only from unblocking the energy of the point, but also in understanding the spirit of the point found within the name itself. Reading the message consciously connects one to the root of the issue. Isn’t it wonderful to know that our body holds the key to our own ability to become healthy? Spiritual Portraits of the Energy Release Points is a valuable resource for any bookshelf, not just an acupuncturist or for a patient of acupuncture. It can be used as an oracle, with random opening for the message that you need to start your day, or to deal with a problem that you have been wrestling with in your mind. Reading the message can bring balance and help reclaim your centre for a more joy filled life.

 

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