2015: Our Year in Review
2015 was very in tune with this new age of enlightenment; of this Awakening, if you will. All over the world, people have been standing up and coming together as one, more this year than ever before.
More and more are opening their eyes to the reality and goodness found within the Light (the Spirit and power of good vibrations) and turning away from this age old darkness of a “man vs. man” attitude.
Tired of ignorantly being led astray by the media through political and corporate propaganda, they are awakening to the realization that less is more and are keeping their minds open to the limitless possibilities found within going beyond the matrix and shifting towards a simpler way of life.
Even on a more personal level, this marked our year of one:
2015 was our first full year as newlyweds;
with our souls bound together as one.
We started the year with the craving for a simple life.
We donated our car, quit our jobs, packed our belongings (and all five pets) and moved 500 miles southwest to the farm.
Farm-life was surreal. To be wholly surrounded by nature, learning her greatest secrets while working along-side her through all wind and weathers to sustain life not only for ourselves but for our family as well. Whether splitting wood; tending to livestock or caring for our garden; every day was spent helping nature take its course just as she helped nurture us right back through bountiful harvests, healthy cattle and an abundance of fresh eggs.
We learned how to be one with nature;
Living in the moment with a true glimpse into the ever-present “now.”
Diving inward on this year of One, 2015 was a year for self-reflection and self-acceptance.
For me, learning that "I am enough just as I am."
Relearning the lessons I have been taught and retaught throughout the years;
All reflections of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and above all, self-control.
Through daily practices of yoga and meditation I learned how to let things be; to stop trying to be in control; to let go of perfectionism and take life as it comes. I learned how to be still enough to listen to the voice within, seeking clarity and inner guidance on this journey of life. From there, learning subtle clues to who I am and why I'm here, softening my heart and opening my mind to the interconnectedness of life and energies throughout the universe; where although we are many, and our journeys unique, deep within the self-centered heart of it all, we are truly one.
On this final day of 2015, this beautiful last day of December, this New Year's Eve;
The Moon and the Stars
This is where learning from your shadow-self comes in. Our “shadow” in regards to spiritual energy, is the darker forces that sometimes try to overtake our souls. Some religions will refer to these dark forces as evil or as demons trying to bring you down. I was raised in a very spiritual family. When I was in my late teens, my church offered a class called Spiritual Authority. At the time I had no idea how the information taught in this class would be necessary to my life as a young adult, but the more I grow and evolve, the more thankful I am that I took that class. It's part of the reason I have been so open to spiritual and energetic attunements. It's also part of the reason why I have, on the other hand, been so open to what some call “psychic attacks” and others, a “mental illness.” Anxiety is one of the many forms these dark forces can take.
I spent way too much time beating myself up trying to find my place in life. A few years back, a life-changing book fell into my hands: The Shadows Gift: Finding Out Who You Really Are by Robin Robertson. (Read the summary here) This book opened my eyes to a whole new way of looking at my life. Another life-changing book on my journey is The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life by Deepak Chopra.
While I was raised in the Christian church, I've also spent many years learning of other religions. I love that Buddhism teaches you to embrace and learn from your shadow. I've always been a sucker for mystic and magic, but there really is something so beautiful about learning from your dark past. One of my many motto's is “Always seek beauty in darkness.” While the world right now may seem dark and cold, we can actively make the choice to seek beauty. To seek goodness. To seek light and to encourage others to do the same. It's about changing our perspective from wanting to overcome “darkness” to wanting to learn from it. We need to find balance.
The shadow in you right now, might be manifesting itself in ways that make you feel lost but I promise you, it's all part of the journey. These dark feelings are our inner-self trying to get our attention, screaming at us that something in our waking life needs to change if we intend on following and discovering our true life's purpose on our journey
I want to share with you some of the sources for good news that I actively follow to keep my good-vibe game strong:
Some random stuff that has also helped me accept where I am on my journey to help ease the feelings of being “lost”:
Astrology in regards to how being a Gemini effects my mood, personality, decisions I make and why. (Not those silly social media quizzes). As well as how the moon and planets influence whats going on in the world. Numerology was interesting to learn as well as finding out my Myer's Briggs Personality Type .
Another big help was finding out my Ayurvedic Dosha. Learning your dosha helps bring awareness to when something in your body is off balance. This method dates back to ancient Chinese medicine. Our doshas are representative of any combination of the five elements; ether, air, earth, fire, and water.
Depending on your dosha, when our body is off-balance it takes the form of our various shadow-attributes. For example, my dosha, Vata, represents air. The characteristics described in books are so ridiculously accurate to me. This has helped me learn WHY some emotions or symptoms happen in my mind and body and help me determine what I need to do to fix them. It could be as simple as doing a breathing exercise or taking a walk in nature but could also signify that something bigger needs attention, like my diet & lifestyle.
For anxiety and chattering minds that are hard to turn off, I recommend yoga poses for grounding and re-aligning your root chakra. Here's a great video with some simple grounding techniques to calm the over-active mind:
Keep a notebook and pen by your side while you meditate. As you're breathing, if you have thoughts that won't go away, write them down. When you write them down you're releasing your mind from their obsessive grasp. Know that when you write them down you are free to do with them as you will. If that same thought pops back into your head, take authority over it. Stop it in its tracks. Change your minds subject if that makes any sense. You can do this by listening to your breath. Every yoga teacher I have ever studied with whether online, in person, or through a dvd will tell you this same thing.
By listening to your breath as it flows in and out of your body, you are bringing yourself and your awareness to the absolute PRESENT moment. Listening to your breath gives no room for voices or annoying negative thoughts.
Finally, what do you know about sound frequencies and how they influence our well-being? As we work on awakening our third-eye and evolving our spiritual selves, we are actually changing are DNA. Sound frequencies also have the ability to enhance or inhibit the growth of our new DNA. Sound frequencies can tear us apart and bring us down OR they can influence us on a more positive level. This is a really great documentary on how we can change our own frequency to change our reality:
All the good vibes and warm wishes to you!
While he may be gone, his spirit surely lives on. <3
From Walden Chapter 2 “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”
Most importantly, I learned how to stop being so anxious for the future.
With the passing of Thanksgiving, our New England holiday season is officially in full swing. For some people, this can be a really stressful time of year. While this is a season for giving and for making others smile, I want to send out a friendly reminder to take care of yourself this season.
Many of us get stressed out trying to balance between this side of the family and that side of the family, seeing friends, staying involved, sending cards and keeping up with the holiday spirit of baking, shopping and giving; that sometimes we end up causing our own stress. Maybe you've already let the stress take hold, or maybe you can foresee it squirming its way into your nervous system. Either way, only YOU have the power to decide on whether you want to spend your holiday season stressed out or care-free.
Our first married Christmas was spent packing and cleaning, in just over a week we would be on our way, 8 hours south and 3 hours inland from the only place either of us had ever had the privilege of calling home. Instead of a Christmas tree with presents stacked underneath, I fashioned my very own tree out of recycled card-board and acrylic paints, tacked up on the wall with lights and various hand-made ornaments made from corks, buttons, acorn tops and beads. Our wall-tree made cleaning and packing our 120 sq ft tiny apartment much more of a breeze while still allowing for joyous festivity. We opted out of gifts for each other, giving hand-made gifts to our family and friends. We just quit our jobs, oh and did I mention were car-less? The previous summer I convinced my husband to donate our only car while we were living in downtown Newport. With everything being within walking distance and the bus station only a block away, our car sat vacant for months so I thought it would be a good idea to donate our car, figuring it would be better off going to a cause that helps others in need. So not only were we newly married, but we were also jobless, car-less, and soon to be homeless; yet still following our hearts on this crazy life-changing adventure of chasing our dreams.
Here it is:
Simple Steps to Sanity for the Holiday Season:
"If I was to have one prescription for relaxation, it would be a breathing exercise," says Janet Messer, Ph.D., a psychologist in Eugene, Oregon. "When you slow down your breathing and focus your attention in your lower belly, it has really profound physiological and psychological effects."
Deep abdominal breathing relaxes tight chest muscles and opens up blood vessels so your heart can pump more efficiently... It also helps you think clearly, so you can stay calmer in a stressful situation. [excerpt from New Choices in Natural Healing].
Check out this Three Part Breath Breakdown video by Emma Nahod Yoga, a RI local yoga instructor. Be sure to subscribe to her YouTube channel for instant access to her most recent uploads!
2. Stay Hydrated
All of our organs, including our heart and brain, require water in order to function properly. Dehydration symptoms can take the form of headaches, tight muscles, cramps, and yes; stress & anxiety.
The easiest way to continually stay hydrated is to keep a water bottle by your side at all times. As soon as its emptied, fill it back up to keep a continuous cycle of hydration readily available throughout the day.
3. Balance good-for-you foods with delicious holiday sweets.
When our stress levels rise, our immune system is also thrown off balance. To even out all the sweets, be sure to add more anti-inflammatory foods into your diet. This includes garlic, ginger, lemon and turmeric, to name a few. Check out the recipe for My Favorite Feel Good Immunity Concoction. This can be taken straight up or mixed in soup!
4. Take Time For Yourself
If you can't seem to find time during the day, spend the last hour before bed taking care of yourself. Some options are to light a candle and draw a bath or hot shower or make use of some aromatherapy oils and a cup of organic herbal tea to help calm your mind.
You can also try this video for bed-time yoga and if you're really into the idea of totally pampering yourself, why not a pedicure? If you want to tie in the theme of "holiday giving," you can give your partner a foot massage and if you're even luckier, they may agree to giving one to you. (I am totally spoiled).
We actually hold a great amount of stress and toxins in our feet. This is why giving yourself a pedicure is great! I like to fill a bin with hot water and healing Epsom salts and follow it up with a soothing foot massage with whatever blend of vitamin E and essential oils I create that night. Click here for a Reflexology Chart of Feet and Hands to refer to during your pedicure.
Don't forget to drink a glass of water before and after your massage to flush the toxins out of your system as they are released through massage!
5. Enjoy the Simple Gifts
Forget the hectic shopping days and late nights of gift-wrapping. Stop worrying if you bought the right gift for the right person or wondering if there's anyone you may offend for not being able to give more. When it comes down to it, to the raw truth of what this season means, none of that matters.
A simple life filled with love is truly all we ever need.
We were put here to take care of our earth;
To make use of the treasures and gifts hidden within.
To be one with nature.
To be nurtured by nature.
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