Personal Share: 2018 Reflections & Pictures
Here we are again. The year is coming to a close as we enter this final month of 2018. I’ve made it a ritual the past several years to carve out time to sit and reflect on what’s happened the past year and share a few highlights with you. So let's get to it. In no particular order, some highlights and reflections from the year…
New Digs:I’ve engaged in some business self-care, having moved offices out of a collective shared office space I’d been a part of for 5 years into my own office once again. Within the first month of moving I noticed an increase in energy and overall contentment with the change.
Teaching:After a year or two of cutting back on community teaching, I re-entered the scene this year taking on projects and collaborations that have been meaningful or interesting to me. I accepted an invitation to guest teach at West Michigan’s Better Body Image conference alongside some other inspiring women. I collaborated with a friend and colleague of mine for a Kundalini workshop series teaching students diet and body-based practices to to take good care of organs of detoxification. I’ve also continued to lead a few training modules for yoga teacher trainings in West Michigan. (Namely, Ayurvedic Nutrition intensives and a training on the psychological shadow – both favorites to teach) There's now a small library of 20-30 minute Facebook Live classes covering a variety of topics that relate to eating, nutrition, psychology, and healing. If you’d like a look at the mini-lessons, you can access them HERE. It could be a helpful place to direct people who are looking for support. And a beautiful push forward: I co-led a 5-day intensive at my home with Michael, my partner, over the summer on Healing Traumatized Soul Parts – deep healing work. This workshop had a strong Shamanic and depth psychological bent, acknowledging the shamanic multiplicity of mind, the Jungian model of the polycentric psyche, and the IFS model developed by Richard Schwartz. Our friend Nick led live percussion journeys and our group joined together for a community favorite, Dream Theatre, led by our friend Susan.
Behind the scenes:I continue ongoing training in inner parts work, studying the ways that the personality organizes itself, pre-empting and reacting to personal, collective, and even ancestral wounding. I've mentioned this work before. Wonderfully supportive and healing for eating and health concerns and relationship. I am 4 years into apprenticeship in psycho-shamanism. It's plugged me into a powerful lineage of teaching. I feel I've got a ladder up the right wall here :) Both these have really worked on me personally - lots of inner work.
The Blog:I’m still writing these regularly. If you’re curious, these have been the most read or shared: #1 Reflections at 35 #2 Eating to the point of energy #3 Butter for Breakfast (ha)
A bit outside of Real Food Wellness:As you may have guessed, I’ve continued to indulge my fascination around what the body and mind have the potential to be with different nutrition and body-based practices. I can't even begin to express how much my eating and body have healed and changed over the years. I have faith this is possible for anyone. So much so, that I was willing to craft a career based on my convictions long ago. A few other highlights include travel to visit with family and friends, continuing to pursue my love of dance, and those meaningful conversations with precious close ones. I continue deepening my spiritual life and the most resonant practices for Self-renewal. As a sensitive and intuitive type this is a real anchor in my life. Though none of us, sensitive or not, are without need for periodic renewal. The old people of the earth knew that without regular renewal and return to The Center, for both individuals and communities, things would start to disintegrate and move toward chaos. (Though breakdown and renewal were also considered necessary as part of the great cycles of life). Seems we're all sorting this out right now... (digital art collage by artist Rhonda Skinner)
To close:I am grateful for another year of good work. When I'm working with someone and see there's healing, or insight, or progress occurring, I still feel a deep level of satisfaction in my heart and in life. Something about this keeps moving me forward. And wow, I've found when you study one thing closely and long enough, you'll see how deeply it's connected to everything else... Okay, that's it for now. I've cut this thing down a few times so it wouldn't be a novel :) Thank you for reading and a big thank you for our ongoing relationship! I hope you eat well and rest well these final weeks of the year.
Sugar: External vs Internal considerations
A week or two ago, I was walking through the grocery store and slowed to eyeball some of the adult Halloween costumes on display.
My eyes scanned and slowed to focus on one particular costume...
A ketchup packet costume.
(Yes, like a packet you might get at a fast food restaurant)
Is this a good next step for you?
This past Sunday, I gathered with a group of about 17 women (and one brave guy) to teach and explore the architecture of the psychological shadow.
While it's impossible for me to cover much about the class here, I will share a quote from the class (one that I often share), because it's so relevant for any woman with an interest in her own self development.
Butter for breakfast & Fall fat
Heating a small saucepan covered with several small dollops of clarified butter, I reached for my favorite hand-painted seafoam green tea mug that one of my interns gifted me with a few years ago, and gently placed it beside the collection of sweet and warming spices gathered.
Cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom..
An insiders look at what your eating reveals
Last Thursday around 7:30pm Ava* stood in her kitchen and, using the edge of her thumb nail to cut open the adhesive labeling on the packaging, pulled one gluten-free oatmeal cookie out of it's neatly arranged row of six, tore off a bit-sized piece, popped it in her mouth, and enjoyed a few blissful chews.
5 Must-have Eating Traits
Well last month, the real thick of the extraverted summer season was just that.
Much in my personal life and also projects for Real Food Wellness.
One of the projects I took on was scheduling a photo shoot with fine arts photographer and dear friend, Teri, to update some pictures on my website.