Be Your Own YES!
Holistic, Complementary Anxiety Support
I recently saw a video in my Instagram feed where Sonya Renee Taylor was sharing this message: “Be your own yes.” It hit me. Hard.
As a woman, I’ve been taught my whole life to not make people uncomfortable with my presence. I’ve tried to ignore this messaging, but it’s insidious.
Meditation for Beginners
I work with a lot of clients who struggle with anxiety, and I have battled it myself since I was a kid. For the last 10+ years, I have tried many different ways to manage my anxiety, but a few have worked so well that I recommend them to my clients. All of these can work wonderfully to complement any medications you are currently taking for your anxiety as well as on their own if you do not currently use any prescriptions.
Quartz Crystal: Nature’s Most Powerful and Versatile Tool
Meditation has shifted from being an esoteric, Eastern practice to a commonly recommended way to manage stress and anxiety, to relax, to heal, and to connect with oneself. Beginning a meditation practice can be very challenging, though, and it is very common for those new to meditating to question whether they are doing it right and, in general, to over-think their practice. Here are some basics that may help you continue to sit even when you get frustrated.
Clear quartz is probably the easiest stone to identify for the amateur enthusiast, or even for someone utterly disinterested: its clarity and shape make it distinctive among common stones. For those who are drawn to using crystals for healing, clear quartz is often where they start, but most don’t understand the powerful support quartz can offer for healing, seeking, and protection.
It's Time to Love Yourself
Most of my clients are a little nervous when they step into their first Reiki session. They are curious and excited but unsure of what to expect. I try to set them at ease by explaining the logistics of the session, but harder to predict are their individual experiences on the table. Everyone has a different intention for coming, and every session is different for every client. So, without a prescribed, linear process and predictable outcome, why do people choose Reiki as a way to heal themselves?
Learning to Be
Let me add my voice to your tiny internal choir of one: you are enough. You are worthy of your love. You deserve your love. In fact, you need that love in order to survive, and you’ll never thrive without it.
From Agitation to Meditation: How Mindfulness Helped Me (Start to) Conquer My Anxiety
We put so much pressure on ourselves to be perfect. I have built my practice around trying to deprogram this idea, helping my clients and students to honor their imperfections, to release the learned narratives that lie to us about how we are "supposed" to be, and to hold space for their own healing for however long their wounds need to heal. I realized last week that I have not been listening to my own advice.
How Can We Quiet Our Incessant Seeking?
I think I was born anxious. My family likes to tell stories about how I was too scared to sleep during the annual fire prevention week when I was in elementary school. Every year, as I learned about new hazards and survival strategies, I begged my parents to cooperate with my plans and assuage my fears.
How I Stopped Fighting and Learned to Love My Body
I was listening to a meditation by Sarah Blondin on Insight Timer earlier this week, and she asked a question that hit me so deeply that I've not been able to get it out of my head since: How can we quiet our incessant seeking?
Happy New Year! It's Time to Set Your Intention
For 30 years, I've been at war with my body. In the last month, I’ve finally figured out how to make peace with my sworn enemy, and even to offer it some love.
New Opportunities for Healing
At the end of each year, we are bombarded with posts on social media and advertisements everywhere that talk about new year's resolutions. We see images at every turn of people eating healthy (but mostly just salads and yogurt) and working out like their lives depend on it. When we go back to work after the holidays, people ask what our new year's resolutions are. All of the messaging around the new year is that we should lose weight and improve our bodies...
If You Are New to Reiki, Here's What You Can Expect!
This month, I offered my Reiki services to acupuncture clients during their sessions at Woodberry Wellness to augment their healing. I wasn't sure how it would go, if people would like the idea, but people have been reaching out and requesting more times than I am able to offer. Because of this, I've decided to open new hours going forward for Reiki "add-on" treatments: if you book an appointment on Tuesday afternoons...
HOW A TREATMENT IS GIVEN
In a standard treatment, Reiki energy flows from the practitioner's hands into the client. The client is usually lying on a massage table, but treatments can also be given while the client is seated or even standing. The client remains fully clothed. The practitioner places her or his hands on or near the client's body in a series of hand positions...