A few moments at Lettuce Lake Park in the Cypress Dome relaxing and enjoying the trees. Cypress trees are abundant in this park and offer many animals housing, generate oxygen, is a companion plant that helps prevent disease, and offers solace to tired travelers.
Experiencing the relaxation and joy of my local park and inviting you to the Tampa Nature Therapy Meetup. The crows in the background are the symphony that accompanies this talk on grounding in nature. Grounding is a way to connect to the earth and balance with her help. Being in nature helps your reset as you can see I do in this clip. Visit https://www.meetup.com/Tampa-Nature-Therapy-Meetup/ to join my nature healing walks.
This is an excerpt from our November Newsletter to help those that are feeling out of balance from the results of the presidential election. It’s a short talk on grounding and keeping balanced in these and other difficult times.
Relax, balance, and harmonize the hemispheres of your brain with a simple exercise. Brain Balancing will help you focus quickly, and deeply relax.
This “brain balancing workshop” is hands-on and you’ll need a mat to lie on the floor. You’ll have the opportunity to use this energy exercise during class and share it with others.
Many of the benefits of brain balancing are related to those of meditation you feel relaxed yet alert. Your thoughts are clear, and your concentration begins to increase and lengthen as you practice the technique.
Then with three hand positions and the use of a little-sacred geometry, you’ll begin to gently energize your brain and awaken your Primitive Mind to release a tremendous capacity for clear thought and relaxation.
High Rock and the Greenbelt: The Making of New York City’s Largest Park
In 1976, the influential journalist and “National Geographic” editor John G. Mitchell published a book in the hopes of saving a precious part of Staten Island, where he and his family had lived for many years. The book, “High Rock: A Natural and Unnatural History,” helped to save a beloved tract of land a Girl Scout camp known as High Rock from becoming the roadbed for a m…more
The shamans of Tuva in Siberia struggle to save their way of life and dream a new future for their people. This is a news report on how new and old influences come together in an ancient city. Shamans in Tuva a coming together to help their community survive the ups and downs of economics and cultural change in Russia. It’s the roll shamans have played for thousands of years. Bringing communities together and helping them prosper.
The shaman awakens our spirit and calls us to our higher self by storytelling, chanting, painting and praying. It has been like this for over 10,000 years.
Back from a week in the woods learning and growing in the arms of Mother Nature. All ready for a busy fall teaching schedule. Next week an online drum meditation, a new class at OLLI – Nature as Healer, and a series of classes at Mystikal Scents! Life is good.
I talked to the white box with the disembodied voice coming out of it. I told them I needed a coffee, swung around the building, paid for it, went to the next window and grab my cup. When I made that stop I didn’t know it would turn out to be the answer to my morning prayer.
This morning I was asking Spirit, “How do I share my work and my calling with people interested in learning shamanism?” The answer came in the shape of an egret. She flew onto the hood of my car. I was delighted to see this beautiful creature up close and personal in the city. She began to preen herself using her long yellow beak to pull on her feathers straightening them out, fluffing them, poking at them and in general just making herself ready for the day.
At first, I tried not to move too much but I really wanted a sip of coffee. So I took a chance and slowly took the coffee cup and started to drink. She didn’t seem to mind my movements. I even got a call from a friend and talk to her about the bird. I wondered why she had picked me to stand in front of, to spend some time with.
She stayed with me a long time, long enough for me to take a picture long enough for me to be filled with gratitude at her sharing this intimate moment with me. She even stayed while other cars pulled up on the side slammed doors and released screaming children. It doesn’t mean that she wasn’t aware of her surroundings. She looked up and around often but seemed to be satisfied that all was well, and continued her grooming.
This exchange didn’t feel ordinary. I dug deeper. What was Spirit saying to me through this winged messenger? How should I share my teachings? I cleared my mind and waited for an answer to rush in and it did. Just like my new egret friend was modeling, relax and be yourself, share who you are in the way that comes naturally. Prepare yourself each day and be ready for the many wonderful opportunities to come.
I encourage you to take morning walks. It’s a good time to talk to Spirit and ask for guidance. Walk out the door and take a moment to think about what you want for the day. Perhaps come up with a question and allow Spirit to inspire you.
What you see and hear on your walk will depend on your awareness. The thing to look for is context, is this creature that I’ve come across in the morning a nocturnal creature that might not be expected during this time of day? Is this paw print unusual for this area? You’ll have to put your observations together with your intentions and see if you’ve made a spiritual connection. This skill will grow as you exercise this muscle, so give yourself some time.
Usually, I’m interested in having a question answered. So as I walk or sit in nature I ask my question, then wait to see what signs, symbols or omens Spirit sends me. It’s a bit of magic inserted into my life that never gets old.
A small leaf curled up and sealed fell from one of the branches into my lap. I know from experience that it’s an insect nursery. I was startled, and then I noticed how beautiful it was, how complex it was, how interesting it was. And when I put it between my two fingers and began to look at it deeply it dawned on me that my question for the day had been answered.
I was asking about creativity, writing, and nature. This tiny little gift that fell from above was answering my question and Spirit had once again sent me the perfect guidance for the day. Just like the nursery leaf, creativity needs time to develop and when it’s ready, it’ll burst open.
There are times when it’s very clear to me what Spirit is trying to say and other times it might take a few days before I completely understand the answer to my question. It becomes a mini adventure that fills my heart each day.
So give yourself the gift of Spirit’s guidance by visiting nature and learning from her. She is extremely wise and has lots to say, you only need to ask.
It’s that time to say good-bye to our children, nieces, and nephews. They’re leaving for college. I wish them a safe and prosperous journey. I pray for their personal vision to become clear to them. I ask the ancestors to protect them as they test the waters of adulthood.
I know that the adventure is challenging. It’s full of new experiences and learning. Those of us that remain are at once heartbroken and excited for you. How do we balance the two? How do we let you go to explore and watch over you at the same time?
We can no longer hold you so tight that you can’t make your own choices. We must loosen our grip. We must learn a new way of holding you. We must grow in a new direction to allow this journey to take place. I offer this healing prayer to help us both accept the new place we stand.
The College-Healing Prayer
For My Niece
Leave these things behind:
I ask that you leave any fear of failure behind.
I ask that you put down any worries that remain in your heart.
I ask that you leave any hesitation here with me.
I tie these fears in a bundle and send them down the river to be healed.
Take these things with you:
I ask that the waters of the world teach you how to move up and over obstacles.
I ask that you remember we’re here to catch you if you should fall.
I ask that you see clearly with your perfect spirit given vision.
I ask that you find goodness in your travels.
This prayer I send in a puff of smoke from my sacred pipe to the Creator’s ears.