Making the Most of Uncertainty

Uncertainty is a prevalent theme right now. Many people are experiencing a sense of impending shifts or surprising changes. This can be an uncomfortable state of anticipation, often for something that is unclear. If this situation describes where you are, know you’re not alone. Call on your best techniques for staying peaceful and connected. Here are some quick fixes:

  • Step outside and be in nature, breathe the air (yes even if it is humid), watch the birds, find a flower to smell. The cycles of nature continue even when our lives feel shaky. This is grounding.
  • Move away from your devices and move your body. Stretch, run, dance, jump up and down, whatever helps you dislodge some of the stagnant energy that accumulates uncomfortably.
  • Break your situation down into smaller pieces and only deal with one at a time, revisit others at a later date that you decide on.
  • Do something distracting that you love. Visit a friend, see a movie, read, paint, play with the dog. Get out of your head space and mulling over your situation for the umpteenth time.
  • Take care of someone else (if this is not already your job) and really sink into it. If care-taking is a big part of your day already, take some time to tend to yourself.

If you need some more specific guidance for your situation, let me know.

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Join me for 365 Journeys: Shamanism for Every Day – Starts June 21st!

I created this program to be simple. A journey is delivered to you each morning. What you do with it is up to you. Use the journey idea in meditation, skip as many days as you like, use the year as it suits you. It is not meant to add to your “to do” list, but to be a gentle support in connecting to your sources of wisdom and healing. I’m interested to hear from you about how the year unfolds!

People are:

  • writing that the journeys help them stay mindful and present each day
  • waking each day and talking about them with their partners
  • finding that the journeys are surprisingly synchronous with what’s happening in their own lives
  • saying that the journeys stay with them for the whole day.

and simply,

“I love reading your 365 Journeys each morning!”

Starts June 21st.

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Are You Taking Care of Your Energetic “Skin”?

A lack of energetic skin care can contribute to anxiety and depression. There are simple things you can do to take better care of this important part of your energetic body, just like you care for your physical skin. READ MORE in my article from this month’s Health and Healing Magazine.

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Shamanic Journeying Class in April

What is shamanic journeying? It’s actually a specific method and what distinguishes core shamanic practices from other spiritual and healing practices. It’s a way to connect with your own sources of guidance, power and healing. This method is available to anyone with a sincere interest and an open mind. You don’t have to believe anything coming in, just see what you experience for yourself.

My next scheduled introductory group is a two-part class, Mondays April 17th  & 24th from 6:30 – 9:00.

For more details and to register, visit WholeSpirit.com Events. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

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Two Mouse Morning…updated!

Sometimes the most delightful gifts are unexpected and um…not exactly what you would have asked for. Our sweet cat Luna will periodically bestow her highest honor upon us by delivering one of her favorite stuffed mice. She announces the arrival of her gift with a distinctive fanfare meow, which we now recognize. As I sat at my desk this morning, she brought not one, but two mice in quick succession! Unheard of. But wait! As I type, she has come back with a third. This is an outstanding show of love (or concern?) Really these are remnants of her hunting instincts and she is taking care of me as part of her family, and maybe trying to teach me how to hunt for my own food. I accept this as a message of love, support and abundance. There will always be enough mice for me. I sit with the gift, especially the gift of a delightfully silky Luna curled on my lap.

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Healing Movement: When, Where and How

Here’s a link to my latest article in Health & Healing in the Triangle. Healing Movement: When, Where and How. I talk about several very different kinds of movement, including some of the research that supports the value of keeping setting in mind.

I also have a very simple formula to apply when deciding whether to “move” or stay still. Baby animals are often better at deciding this on the fly then adult humans, but we’ll get there. 🙂

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Distance Healing: What is it? Does it Work? Give it a Try?

Distance healing has a long history, and has been the subject of scientific study with a range of results. Whether described as prayer, energy medicine, shamanic healing or other forms of spiritual or energetic practice, it involves using intention to affect another person who does not physically share the same space at the same time. Many people have reported significant positive changes after doing remote healing with me, including reduced migraines adn chronic pain, improved emotional states and increased creativity.

Dr. Larry Dossey talks about this kind of healing as Era III, or non-local, medicine. Era III medicine recognizes that our physical and energetic bodies are connected, but are not bound together, allowing the conscious intention of one person to affect another person across distance and time.”The Science of Distance Healing” from the Huffington Post describes one study that measured skin conductivity to determine the effects of distance healing. The changes were highest in the group receiving the healing, with the odds that the measurements were the result of chance being 0.09%. The Institute of Noetic Sciences produced the following articles (first articlesecond article) which document many experiments with positive, mixed and neutral results for distance healing. 

lf you would like to experience it yourself, please join me (remotely) this Monday February 6th at 6:00 pm EST and/or Wednesday February 15th at 12:00. I periodically run a 2 for 1 special on the sessions, which I will extend through February. Buy 2 for yourself or give one to someone you care about. More information about the sessions is available at WholeSpirit.com. Simply click here to register and then by Monday morning, please send me a name, photo and intention on which you’d like me to focus.

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Meaning of Life?

I was asked the meaning of life by an interviewer a while back. Periodically I check to see if I still agree with myself. What do you think?

The meaning of life is what we bring to it. Meaning can be made from anything at anytime. The intersection between the external and internal worlds, the physical and the spiritual, is the fertile place where we determine individually how we will interpret the meaning of our own lives. This may change for us over time.

I won’t presume to declare what the meaning of life is for you. For me, at this moment, it is about being as present and expansive in the love for the people who rely on me as possible. It is meaningful to me to watch patterns unfolding in the lives of the people who seek me out and to try and help them find peace and balance. Life is deeply meaningful to me when I can add comfort rather than pain to someone else’s day.

The warbling of the wrens in the morning is also meaningful to me because it is liquid joy which transports me from the heaviness that is also part of existence.

“Meaning” is not necessarily about cognition but about something more ephemeral and profound. I saw the most fantastic rainbow yesterday in the parking lot at Target. For me, it was a reminder of how power can be found in the intersection of our necessary everyday activities, like running errands, the radiance of nature, and the divine.

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Day of Remembrance

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is a day to consider the unfathomable loss of over 6 million Jewish lives. As we are reminded of the horrific suffering so many endured, may we also be reminded of our individual and collective responsibility to assure that we do not repeat our mistakes.

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You are not alone

These are intense times, regardless of how things are going in your personal life or how you feel about the state of the world. But remember, you are not alone. I wrote the paragraph below some time ago to sum up what I hoped to provide for people. It feels particularly applicable right now. I’m sharing it in case it speaks to you, or perhaps for you to share with someone you know who could benefit from some support.

“You may feel like the world is shifting under your feet and it’s hard to stay balanced. You may have friends and family, a doctor or a minister, a therapist, or all of the above. However, now may be the time to try something new, because what you are experiencing doesn’t fit neatly into any category from your past. Maybe you feel something welling up inside and sense change is coming whether you like it or not. You’d like to figure out how to respond to this sense of urgency (or gentle voice, or feeling that something is not quite right in your life) proactively rather than reactively. You need a place that is safe and sacred, welcoming whatever your beliefs are, wherever you are on your journey. My goal is to provide that sacred space, to be a catalyst for you to connect to your internal and external sources of spiritual support, guidance and healing.”

Wherever and however you find it, I encourage you to seek others who buoy you, ideas that nourish you, activities that help you stay healthy. And remember, you are not alone.

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Mara

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