NHS Shetland, the health authority in the Scottish islands, recently authorized doctors to PRESCRIBE NATURE as a supplemental treatment 😮😍🙌🏽 Say wahhh? That’s right, Scottish docs are recognizing the incredible benefits nature has on a multitude of health issues. “There is so much evidence that nature is good for us, and this is a simple way to get people outdoors and experiencing nature in a city or a wilder place like Shetland,” states a health manager in Shetland! The health folks over there even created a seasonal calendar to help motivate and inspire people to take advantage of Mother Nature. You can check out the calendar via the link in our profile or in the self care storyline!! ===================================== (Link: https://www.adventure-journal.com/2018/10/scottish-doctors-are-now-issuing-prescriptions-to-go-hiking/)
Holiday sanity saving and well-being. I've had a lot of holiday strategy sessions with clients over the past 2 weeks to navigate this season of joy that can also be very overwhelming - especially those who are highly sensitive!! ⠀
My philosophy to self-care at this time of year is to keep it so simple. Here are 6 of my favourite December ides to practice and recommend: ⠀
✍️. Micro-journaling: my normal 3+ pages practice has had to go out the window but I'm loving the @fiveminutejournal idea. It's based on positive psychology, it's simple, it's sweet and very grounding. In the AM: list 3 things you're grateful for, 3 things that would make today great and an affirmation/mantra. In the PM: list 3 amazing things that happened and what could've made today better. .⠀
🧘 Insight timer app: I've committed to 15-mins a day with @sarahfinds "Coming home to yourself" 10 day course. Her meditations are heart rendering beautiful. $7 well spent! ⠀
🥗 Eat greens. Daily. Amen.⠀
🌿 Herbin' it up: Adaptogenic and nervine herbs such as chamomile, lavender, Melissa, Withania, skullcap and ginseng are all wonderful allies at this time a year. If you have a herbalist in your community, it's a perfect time to have a mix made up for you. Otherwise never underestimate the power of a strong cup of chamomile tea.⠀
🥂 If you're prone to UTIs or thrush take extra care! 'Tis the time of year they most commonly flare up thanks to extra desserts, more alcohol, more intimacy and in Australia it's the beach season (a.k.a living in swimwear). If this is applies, make sure you're taking your daily cranberry + D-mannose and a vaginal specific probiotic (look for Lactobacillus rhamnosus, GR-1 and Lactobacillus reuteri, RC-14). ⠀
🌙 Activate your cycle conscious powers!! How you spend this week leading up to Christmas in alignment with your menstrual cycle can make a huge difference to how you feel on the day and the holiday after. I've got a lot of tips on this one so I'll save them for a post in the next day or two.⠀
Self-care during this time doesn't need to be complex at all and a little can go along way 💗 #calmchristmas
Feeling the stress of the season? Find a quiet nook, breathe in the tropical air and re-energize at #ThunderBay 's Centennial Botanical Conservatory.
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There’s nowhere quite like home is there. I took this today on a freezing cold blustery walk with my husband, sister and brother in law. I was really aware of my thoughts planning Christmas and all the festivities of next week and so after I took this I just spent a few minutes breathing in the fresh air and then with every pit breath let me body just sink with gravity. It was wonderful :)
🌹 WILD ROSE HIPS
I want to say it’s her wild hips
how they move
with the slightest direction
how they hold her flower up—
But really it’s how she tastes the world
how she touches it
at every opportunity
how she stops to smell
Yes, I could talk about her beauty
how she strikes red and warm
against cold blue winter skies...
but really it’s the way she moves
with the wild wind
Yet she isn’t merely floating,
she has feet on the ground,
Vulnerable and bare.
Oh she has her thorns,
you can’t have one without the other
and bit me real good—
the blood’s still flowing.
But how it was worth it,
and I give my blood back to her
as an offering—
for I, too, am in the world
and want to taste its everything.
🌊One of 25 poems in a new collection of love and erotic poetry, WILD BASKET OF HER HEART, due out in MARCH 2019. 🌏For now You can get my book Re-Membering: Poems of Earth & Soul, or High-Cooing Through the Seasons: Haiku From the Forest on Amazon, Link in bio 🙏😀)
“I invite you to wander and notice signs of the season before, and of the season ahead”. My thanks to @naturaledgecoaching for the gift of this beautiful invitation. I took this picture at my sit spot a few weeks ago now. The majority of ferns had already turned a beautiful rust colour, but this cheeky chap popped up to remind me that he was not done just yet! As I returned on my wanderings, this late-comer is starting to show more signs of retreating in to the Earth as he gives way to Winter. All at once he gifts me signs of the season before and of the season ahead, and a reminder to honour the seasonal rhythms within and without. I wonder- what signs have you seen? 💚🌳
Nothing is happening. There’s no message, no story, just the wind blowing the blades of grass. We feel the breeze catch our hair, and the fine strands moving in unison with the grass.
Nothing is happening. We hear the rustle of crisp fallen leaves. On our skin we feel the movement of the early morning breeze that is tossing the leaves as they float down from the tree. Soon they will be on the ground, but for now they are high in the sky valiantly fluttering and soaring.
Nothing is happening. Wind. Emptiness. But this passing moment makes our mind breathe a little easier. The wind is present, yet invisible. Like our breath, present in our body, but invisible.
|| Nature Play 🌿🎄 ||
I LOVE how easy and how beautiful this idea is 🎄, this gorgeous 📸 and tree by @bluebeatnik - (I think) the original idea by @littlepinelearners
We'll be making these at our Storytime and Craft workshop this week! So excited ✨
HER SACRED LABYRINTH
And then I began walking ceremoniously towards her
That which I feared yet wanted
rested silently at the center
past the guardsmen and the hounds
with their illusory barks
I was already there
when the golden maple leaves
adorned her stunning shoulders
green with promise
The exact moment
we were born in each other
no one knows
but it carries the scent of cedar-mud
and the texture of madrone skin
I had heard her beats
well-murmured from afar
like dreams caressing upon a shore
When a well-placed star
from the fog
bled into me
signaling the first footsteps
into her sacred labyrinth
I learned how to step along
her riverine curves
and sea-born mystery
carrying trust in open hands
like a deep autumn release
surrendering to a greater force
My feet following a heart
well-worn with the seasons
(🌊One of 25 poems in a new collection of love and erotic poetry, WILD BASKET OF HER HEART, due out in MARCH 2019. 🌏For now You can get my book Re-Membering: Poems of Earth & Soul, or High-Cooing Through the Seasons: Haiku From the Forest on Amazon, Link in bio 🙏😀)
Hit a new trail today, one I did not know even existed. The Ingersoll Point Preserve is located in South Addison, ME. What a lovely, well planned (and marked trail). The loop is a little over 3 miles and has your typical Maine tree root system and rocks littering everything lay out. The woodland trail is fun with lots of ups and downs. The coastal walk was stunning. Kudos to the @downeastcoastalconservancy for putting together and maintaining this trail. I look forward to getting the family out on it next week. I did see a group of three folks heading out birding as I finished my ramble. I guess they wanted to enjoy the heat wave (42°F). #maine#wanderwell#rambleon#DownEastWalker
ذهن آگاهی صداها
دکتر راس هریس در کتاب خود بنام سیلی واقعیت از دختری بنام لیزا یاد میکند که در اطراف آپارتمان جدیدش تالابی پر از قورباغه وجود دارد و صدای آن همه قورباغه در شب نمی گذارد بخوابد و این موضوع حسابی کلافه اش کرده. راس هریس به او پیشنهاد میدهد بجای اینکه به خود فشار بیاورد بخوابد یا به قورباغه ها لعنت بفرستد، هرشب موقع خواب با دقت بیشتری لحظه به لحظه به ویژگیهای صدای قورباغه ها گوش دهد. مثلا ریتم ها، لرزش ها، نت های بالا و نت های پایین ، تغییر در فراز و فرود و حجم صداها را با دقت زیر نظر بگیرد البته بدون قضاوت. چند روز بعد لیزا با لبخندی حاکی از رضایت به مطب دکتر هریس بازگشت و از خواب راحت تر خود گزارش داد.
به ویدئوی این پست و صداهای آبشار سوله دوکل در آذربایجان غربی خوب دقت کنید. به همه صداها گوش دهید. گوش خود را تیزتر کنید و به لایه های مختلف صدا آگاه شوید. بلندی و کوتاهی ، تداوم یا قطع و وصل شدن ، ریتم ها ، لرزش هاو ضربان صداها را پیدا کنید.حال به کلمات و تصاویری که ذهنتان تلاش میکند به آن صداها نسبت دهد توجه کنید ولی بدون قضاوت!
شاد و ذهن آگاه باشید😊
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💨 LEARN THIS FROM THE WIND
Yesterday morning there was a fierce wind and rain and I went out to savor it. Everything feels so Alive in a storm!
Unchain your own voice
Sing the song of the earth
Be your own authority
Take a breath at your own pace
and give it back
to the Big Circulation
(🌏From ‘The Wind is Its Own Authority’, One of 75 poems in @wildnatureheart Press’s debut book: Re-Membering: Poems of Earth and Soul, by Ryan Van Lenning, available on Amazon. Link in bio 🤠🙏)