As we enter into the holiday season, it can be easy to have a list a mile long of all of the things that you have to do…. buy gifts, wrap presents, visit family, clean the house, go here and there for special events~~ but do you have a space on your to-do list, for taking care of you?With the extra stress of the holidays, it’s important that you take some time out for yourself, to focus on what it is your body needs. Think you don’t have time? Think again! Here’s 7 strategies so you can enhance your self-care regimen at home!
No one is expecting you to do everything. (Except you!) Hand out tasks to others for them to complete, so that you have that bit of extra time on your hands. Get your husband to wrap the gifts, older kids to do baking, younger kids to fill out Christmas cards. You don’t have to do everything. Make a list of everything that needs to be done, and then assign tasks to those in your family that feel capable (note I didn’t say, that you feel are capable) of getting the task done. And don’t stress that it’s not the way you want it to be done!
Even 5 minutes a day can be enough to bring some peaceful calm into the hectic-ness of the season. Give yourself that 5 minute break to center your mind and heart, and release that which is no longer serving you. Can’t get your mind to quieten down? Try a guided meditation instead. There are tons available on youtube for free!
Honour your emotions. The holidays can be tough. They bring up memories of loved ones who are no longer with us, they bring up old family issues and dysfunctions, they bring up loneliness of holiday seasons past. Don’t get pulled into the notion that you need to be a cheery elf; rather take some time to sit with your emotions, honour them and then move forward. When we try to repress them, they can grow bigger and bigger. By honouring them, you are giving yourself a way to release them.
4. Get a treatment.
De-stress by booking a healing treatment with an energy practitioner in your area. Massage, Reiki, reflexology, Access Bars, and IET are all great ways to relax and de-stress over the holiday. Click here to book a session with Catherine.
5. Have a break.
Book some time off to grab coffee with a friend, schedule in a lunch, or simply just be together. Friends can help to bring laughter into your life, when it feels like everything else is too much.
6. Protect yourself.
All too often, we pick up on the energies of people around us. If others are feeling holiday stress, it can be easy to pick up on that energy, and feel as though it is our own. Protect yourself from picking up this energy by putting a shield around you (imagine a giant disco ball that reflects the energy back to the person, use the image of a filter around you that filters out any negativity). You can also ask yourself, ‘Does this belong to me?’ If your immediate thought is no, simply ask that it be returned to sender.
7. Do Something You Love
I am a bath lover. When I am feeling stressed, there is nothing like a long soak in the tub to get me back to feeling like myself. Find one thing you love and do that, whether it be reading, baking, painting, singing, dancing or relaxing in the tub. By giving yourself a ‘joy moment’ you are filling up your energy reserves, so that you have more to give.
Waking up this morning, I am bombarded by fear, anger, and sadness about the results of the U.S election. I am not an American citizen, and yet, as an energy worker, an empath, and a citizen of this world, I am feeling the emotions of the collective.
Yesterday, we all sat, in front of our computers, our tv’s, and thought, it can’t possibly be, that someone who is so openly hateful to so many people will be President. It didn’t work for Hitler… why would we choose that again??
And yet, it happened.
And what I can say is that even though we are different, we are being united by a common bond. It doesn’t matter your religion, your beliefs, your gender, your sexuality, your status, all of these things that have separated us in the past, there are millions around the world that are all coming together to say that we don’t like this. That this shadow that has presented itself must be turned into one of light. That we must stand up for our fellow humanity, that we must protect each other from the hate, that we must love one another, and stand together as one.
And for that, I can thank you, Mr. Trump. Your Soul’s energy must be quite a strong one, to be able to bring forth such a shadow, to spew so much hate, and to be the one, who is allowing the rest of us to see that a change must be made. You have brought voice to the many hateful thoughts that so many have had whirling in their heads, and you have given them an open door to get their own shadows out there in the open. For this, I can thank you.
For you have given myself, and all other lightworkers, an open door to step through, to allow our lights to begin to shine in the darkest of places. This is an opportunity for us to see what we can do to help our fellow brothers and sisters, to shine light on our own shadows, so that we can become beacons of light everywhere across the world.
I believe in love. I believe in peace. I believe in hope. I believe in a better future for our children. This will happen.
For all of you reading this, I ask you to find within yourself, a way to bring love to each situation you’re in, from this day forward. I ask you to show compassion to the teenager at the drivethru who got your order wrong; the mom who you believe isn’t doing a good enough job; the one who’s sexuality you don’t understand; the one who is too lazy at work; the one who gets on your nerves; the one who hates so openly…. find love in your heart… spread kindness, show compassion. This is how we will change the world; one act of forgiveness, of kindness, of compassion and understanding at a time.
Let’s unite together to raise the vibrations that are being shook to their core right now.
I really wasn’t sure what I was in for when I signed up for a Sacred Bean Cacao Ceremony. All I knew was that it made me feel excited, it was connected to the Mayans, and I would be drinking a cacao drink~~ it sounded like a great evening for me.
And let me say, it went beyond my expectations, even though I had none to begin with, for how the evening would play out.
Peter, our shaman for the evening has been working with the cacao bean for years, and was told, prior to even knowing what these ceremonies were all about, that he would be doing them. And I can see why. His energy is calm, and knowledgeable and he holds a wisdom in his aura about what each person will experience.
The evening started off with some scientific backing as to why this stuff works. Basically, it enlarges your heart; it opens you up to feeling your heart center, and removing any blockages. This strain of cacao bean is the only one that is able to do that, as it is not processed, or heated past a certain point that takes it’s properties.
Peter let us all choose our own cacao bean. As soon as I had mine in my hand, I felt my energy begin to shift. I rubbed it, I held it, and I wanted to taste a bit of it. We had been told that they can be quite bitter (especially compared to what we are used to) and so I hesitated in tasting mine. The bean looks no different than I would expect it to~~ small, smooth, very little smell, however it was much smoother and lighter than I would have thought.
As our ceremony began, we called in the energies from the West, North, East and South. As we activated the West, I fingered my bean, and thought how I would like to taste it. A piece literally crumbled into my fingers, and so I put it in my mouth, and was pleasantly surprised at the taste. I found it to be almost tasteless but enough sweetness to make it enjoyable… and that’s where my journey began.
As we went from each direction, I had animal spirits coming forward…
a lion (As such, lions symbolizes emotions that are difficult to manage, such a anger or fear.)
a wolf (Wolves are wild animals that are not easily domesticated and when they appear as spirit guides, they could be an invitation to look at what supports your authentic self and the true expression of yourself. The wolf totem is a reminder to keep your spirit alive and trust your instincts to find the way that will best suit you.)
and a bear (The spirit of the bear is a strong source of support in times of difficulty. It provides courage and a stable foundation to face challenges. When the bear shows up as a spirit guide in your life, it’s perhaps time to stand for your beliefs or your truth. This power animal will provide for support and strength. The bear is also a guide to take leadership in your life or in other people’s lives. This animal is feared and admired for its strength. Its presence inspires respect. Its strength and powerful stature will inspire you to step into a leadership role in your life and take action without fear. Interestingly, in Siberia, the name used to designate women shaman is the same as the word “bear”. In Northern America, in the Inuit tradition, the bear spirit animal is also connected to the shamanic tradition and women.
As we went to the higher world, I had a woman’s face in a star show up and smile at me, and as we invited in our ancestors, another woman, this one much older, wiser, and familiar came forward. She smiled at me and her eyes crinkled…. she was so joyful. At this point I was overcome with emotion… pure gratitude for those who were coming forward for me.
At the beginning of the session, we were invited to play in whatever way Spirit led us to do. We were given markers, pencil crayons, oil pastels and paper. There were instruments of all different kinds to make music with, crystals to hold onto, and smudging materials to cleanse ourselves with if we chose.
I drew and wrote a lot. Spirit continued to come forward with many messages for me. I started off with my hands tied behind my back, my heart closed to anything and everything that the Universe had to offer me. The song, ‘Sweet Caroline’ started humming in my head, and I keep thinking of the ‘Bon, bon, bon!’ that everyone loves to join in on. What I realized in my journey into my heart, was that this closed off heart, the one that is afraid to love fully, to connect deeply with others, simply needed to reach out, to connect with others, to break the chains that have been binding me (the chains being there because I created them) It seems I have spent many lifetimes alone, as connecting with others would only bring hurt. This time around I have filled my life with so many, and yet, don’t always feel the connection…. because I won’t allow it to happen (with myself either)
As we continued to journey forward, I found myself being transformed like a butterfly, stepping into my power, and embracing my full feminine divine. I was reminded of the wisdom that I carry within me, and the wisdom that the feminine divine within me carries as well. I (like all of us) am a Creator in my world. I am able to create that which I am wanting to see, into my life. The only thing that will stop me, is myself, if I allow it.
As my journey came to an end, I was greeted with an Owl, sitting at a desk. He had a book for me, that was locked, and then handed me the key, and told me that the book was now mine to use and implement whenever I was guided to. The book was a Book of Wisdom. As I came home and read what the animal message for Own is, it only makes sense that Owl showed up.
( The owl spirit animal is emblematic of a deep connection with wisdom and intuitive knowledge. If you have the owl as totem or power animal, you’re likely to have the ability to see what’s usually hidden to most. When the spirit of this animal guides you, you can see the true reality, beyond illusion and deceit. The owl also offers for those who have it a personal totem the inspiration and guidance necessary to deeply explore the unknown and the magic of life.)
This was the perfect gift to end the ceremony and I felt as though my journey was completed. I received answers that I needed to hear, while also shedding layers of fears, hurts, angers and disappointments that I no longer wished to carry with me.
Every person that attended, had a unique experience… some drawing, some dancing, some chanting and singing, some playing music~~ but one thing that remained the same was the childlike joy and wonderment that we all felt at the end.
If you haven’t had a chance to do a Sacred Bean Ceremony yet, I highly suggest you do~~ you won’t be disappointed with the love you receive.