Hello, my dear friends:
If you're a sensitive person like me you may have noticed some stress, anxiety, or tension this week. I think the first week back to work after the holidays can be challenging for some. Also the current global environmental and political climate is a bit hard to take in. I'm attending to my nervous system and my heart and would like to remind you that there are plenty of resources (Reconnect to Source) available to you so that you can do the same.
Move your body:
I just finished doing TRE - Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (video) and feel more in my body than I was prior to doing them. And this is why I suggest movement, to stay connected to our bodies and their wisdom, to let the energy move. When we do we center ourselves and make space for hope, a clearer perspective, and compassion. Support your beautiful local Yoga studios and attend a class. There is also a dance studio for adults in Fredericton now! You'll see me there Sunday nights for Ecstatic Dance.
I've created a 5 min. meditation video for you. It's available here.
If you follow me on IG you have access to my 4-part Video Series for Empaths and Sensitives. Check my profile, IGTV, and stories highlights for the Videos.
Loving Kindness Meditations are available on my Soundcloud.
Action is powerful and always available to you!
If you can, donate to the causes you care about. I love Treesisters who have a goal of planting 1 billion trees per year in deforested areas. I have more info about that below.* Donate to local and foreign animal shelters, to conservation and environmental organizations, to Australia (see pic).
There are events being offered by donation and several artists making donations when you purchase their products, all in support of Australia. Locally, Louise Farr has organized a Drumming Circle on January 15th form 7-9 at the Keswick Ridge Community Hall, 86 Route 616. Proceeds go to Australian Red Cross.
Consider your purchases. Can you buy less plastic? Where is your food coming from? Have you thought about consuming less meat, composting, bringing your re-usable bags to stores, shopping local? The new year is great time to get started on these new habits. There is so much we can do to take care of the environment!
Contact your local political representatives. Let them know what you will and will not be a part of it. Let them know what is important to you.
Rest when you need to rest. Take care of yourself, each other, and your part of the earth. Turn off the news. Attend to your heart. Connect with your loved ones and offer them your heart.
* Treesisters is the same wonderful organization who put together Sing for the Trees on International Women's Day last March. They are an amazing symbol of the connection between women and nature, and supporters of feminine-based leadership - all things that I believe in whole-heartedly.
I've joined them as a Grove Tender which means I will be creating a local Grove in support of their mission. It will include a monthly event which I will share here when ready. <3
Womb work is important because of the connection mentioned above - that of women and nature. Working with our wombs helps to re-establish this connection as it grounds us in our bodies; helps us to see how nature is so intricately woven into our existence; magnifies how sacred Mother Earth is, and therefore, how sacred we are; and amplifies how connected we are as we begin to notice the synchronization of the moon to our womb cycles whether we menstruate or not.
Juliane Nowe and I are teaming up to share some of this goodness in a Yoga and V-steaming class happening on Thursday January 30th from 7-8:30. Pre-registration is required so that you can safely experience a V-steam according to your needs.
We are creating a sacred and confidential space for you to be a part of and can't wait to share with you!
I'm sharing lots about the benefits of V-steaming on my social media these days. Contact me if you have any questions!
Sending love beams in all directions.
Did you get to see the full moon last week?
Gosh, she was beautiful!
Do you feel that magnetic draw to her? Your mouth opening in awe, your breath pausing, as she appears from behind the clouds. Or maybe you find yourself a bit more sensitive, a bit more emotional around the full moon time?
It's not just in your head. As women it's so natural to feel that connection. Our menstrual cycle is tied to the same cycle as the moon. And not just our cycles but also our emotions, our creativity, and our healing. Just as the animals in the forest behave differently around the full moon, so do we. Just as the moon pulls the tides, she also pulls at our emotions and our sense of self in this world.
Sounding like you? I've got the perfect course for you to dive into. A 4 week online course, called Moon and Womb Wisdom, that begins when you choose and ends when you choose. The course is set up over 4 weeks to align with the 4 phases of the moon but you can continue to explore with it for as long as you'd like, for as many moon cycles as you'd like.
So picture this...each week you are aware of where you are in your cycle and where the moon is in it's cycle. You get to learn more about that connection. You get to explore and experiment with this material through guided meditations, dance, and journaling prompts. And you get to head outdoors during this beautiful time of year to play with the nature prompts, feel that deep connection to Mama Earth, and let your creativity be ignited. And that creativity moves through you with the creativity prompts and dancing meditations that suit the moon/womb phase you are playing with.
This journey is bound to help you feel more connected to your body and to yourself as a woman, to nature and the creative being that you naturally are. To remind you of how powerful you are and how powerful honouring the feminine can be. To feel more in touch and more in tune with the rhythms of life, creativity, productivity, seasons. And that you are not failing if you're own internal rhythm does not match up with the speedy pace the rest of the world moves at. Not at all. It's an incredible gift to yourself, or to a special woman in your life, to play with this online journey.
Hope you've enjoyed this wintery Spring week. <3
Somewhere along the way I got really used to doing everything on my own. And lately, as Spring invites me to unfold, I'm opening up to changing that.
Many of you probably know that I spent 3 months at a Retreat Centre in Hawaii. Every Sunday morning we gathered for Ecstatic Dance. What an experience! I had never before been witness to or experienced such freedom of expression, love, prayer, community, and moving meditation. It was always full of sweat, release, many different types of humans supporting one another in dance, amazing music, and the wild ocean nearby.
Our Fredericton version of Ecstatic Dance will include all of the goodness above, minus the ocean. :) Funny though, our beautiful ocean mother did show up on our poster. That's a completely unintentional "coincidence" that I'm just noticing now. <3
It's been an amazing experience for me opening up to collaborating with other dancers and friends on this intention. I am learning so much about what dance means to other people, and when to step forward as a leader, as well as when to step back and allow others to lead. Going forward with this as a team is opening up so much more than it has when I've attempted to do it on my own. I'm receiving support, offering support to others, recognizing other people's strengths and mine, as well as offering each other the opportunity to let those strengths shine.
Maybe this is a theme for this Spring? Opening up to others as a way to open up more to ourselves.
I am finding so much love and learning in this experience. I hope you are too.
In 2010 I began teaching Yoga.
I was a committed student of Satori ~ Centre for Well-Being run by Stephanie Calhoun, an amazing teacher and friend. I remember when I finished up my Yoga Teacher Training and Stephanie asked me to teach there my response was "okay, but don't tell anyone". Haha! That was my humble beginning as a teacher, practitioner, and wellness professional.
9 years later I am returning to the same space I began this part of my life (now known as Grow) to offer dance! I am smiling as I reflect on this journey. I've gone from someone who did not want to be seen, known, or heard at all to the current me who is being seen, heard, and known for dancing - something so full of personal expression and freedom.
Yeah, I have had fear along the way. Definitely! Yes, I denied myself the opportunity to dance even when my body was crying out for it. And yes, I was scared to dance in front of other people. I still am sometimes. But I do it. For countless reasons. One of the most important reasons is so that people who feel the itch and that voice inside telling them to dance, have the space to do that. There's likely a really good reason that itch is there and that voice is so loud. Want to explore it?
Dancing Your Moon Cycle (In Person Classes)
Thursday March 14, 21, 28
@ Grow Yoga, Movement & Massage
441 King St. above Savage's Bicycle Center
All questions, registration, and payments can be sent to me - Natalie. :)
I have fun posting and sharing on the FB Event and on Instagram. Feel free to join the conversation over there.
Natalie loves life, people, animals, plants, and trees. She believes in the flow of life and approaches each day with gratitude.