after this global reset… what footprints will you place on earth?

  Photo By Carla Sakrison

 

WHEN WE STEP OUT OF OUR HOMES AGAIN, AFTER THIS GLOBAL RESET… WHAT FOOTPRINTS DO YOU WISH TO PLACE ON THIS PLANET?

This question is what I find myself pondering during the quarantine, and I generally come around to two basic ideas:

  • Having gone through this pandemic on a global scale, we will continue down the road of cohesion. We will look to the future with a newfound positivity for both our lives and the planet we all rely on. I can see huge environmental strides, and finding value in human kindness. The story of how we finally marry our actions with higher values.
  • The flip-side inevitably sounds like “back to business”, and everyone will be so focused on the economy that we forget the lessons forced isolation brought to the forefront.

Any initiating moment is found in that first leap… from the known to the unknown, and the only option to take. When one surrenders to the journey, the endpoint is unknown. We can guess about our findings along the way; but if we are lucky, we will simply find ourselves where we were always meant to be.

Not too long ago, the #MeToo movement toppled our mechanisms of misogyny, and we began to care how we treat the women in this world. Almost a nod to our civil liberties, and how we have used and abused the system. This was how business was done, and this was deep and dark. The best part of this is the simplicity of how to fix what went wrong. We simply cannot live by two rules for people, one for the wealthy and one for everyone else. We finally stopped turning a blind eye to all the shenanigans; no longer will the shadows be a hiding place for the shady.

I believe that we have taken the magic and mystery out of our lives and placed them up so high that they are unattainable and out of reach. The heavens, the powers that be, the great magic maker, God, the Universe, up in the ether, somewhere we’ve never seen or known. And what happens when we place pure light and ecstasy far from reach? We are left with despair and lack down here on earth. It becomes OK to treat others unkindly and walk past someone in need without a glance… for lack is everywhere and expected.

The #MeToo movement has spread to other areas as well; it has become time to hold ourselves accountable for right behavior… and I’m not necessarily talking about extreme changes or activities, I’m just asking for real honesty with oneself. With all this time spent at home, we realize we are capable of great change. Now we can just sit with oneself, and ponder the future once it finally arrives. How will we walk back out onto this planet and move forward?

I have moments of great joy and positivity… I see us seeing through the political games we have been playing, and I see us demanding change in this arena. This is a time to overprotect but not overreact; to walk boldly into this new life and clean up this planet. Most of us have been cleaning out our closets, dusting off the cobwebs from the rafters, and have been opening to the vulnerability we have been masking with fear; this cloak of darkness has been lifted, and we must continue to see.

Running so fast as we have been can accomplish much, but we must now look at what is essential, because we have too much ‘unessentialness’ in our lives. It is through this process of forced isolation that I have been able to truly ground into my own earthly body, and allow my soul to come into alignment with my connection to the heart of this earth.

We are not only finding ourselves in this quarantine experience of ours but we are seeing the interconnectedness of everything in this world. We are seeing what our true motivations are, what we truly desire and what we need to maintain an essential life. First and foremost, we must heal the planet we live on. If we finally make our decisions based off of “what is best for this planet?” We will no longer find divides in judgement… it is only when we come at something wanting the most for oneself that we find each other at odds. This is worth repeating to let it soak in:

It is only when we come at something wanting

the most for oneself

that we find each other at odds!

How freeing… take a deep inhale… exhale and repeat… because it is freeing. To not live in odds with each other… I can see this, can you imagine? I get a little too romantic when I dream of this awakening, this new Renaissance; a revival of, or renewed interest in something… we have taken new interest in our environment, and how we can easily change the ethers when we come together. No longer can we simply focus on the fulfillment of expectations, but rather continue this moment of enjoying the simple joys of being.

Although I would love to fall into the love of arts and music that a classic renaissance era would bring us after this ‘plague’… I think what we most need is an ENVIRONMENTAL RENAISSANCE! 

MY HEART ALWAYS WON OVER PROFIT

CAPITOLISM WILL NEVER HEAL THIS WORLD

OUR FEAR, WHATEVER THE GAME

BYE BYE

SMOTHER YOUR FEARS WITH LOVE AND

SHINE THE LIGHT ON YOUR DARKEST SHADOWS

BECAUSE NOW IS OUR TIME

HELLO

“Learning to detach from our possessions allows us to assuage our feelings about the possibility of loss. When we become tight-fisted about our resources, we increase the amount of fear we have about facing potential scarcity. Our efforts go into holding onto something as opposed to appreciating what we have. This idea applies to everything in our lives–no matter what changes in our situation will occur. Understanding this fact makes it easier to see that the ebb and flow of life is simply a natural process, which allows us to enjoy instead of guard the fruits of our labor. By detaching from your idea of permanence today, your concern about loss will gradually disappear and you will find a greater appreciation for all you possess in life. We can cling to this core when things around us are falling apart, knowing that an  inexhaustible light shines from within ourselves.” This last paragraph was written by someone I found on the internet, but cannot find who it was, so sorry.  I also think it should be repeated many times for all to read;-)

These are the times in our lives when we are offered a mirror to self-reflect, to re-connect, and to dream it up a notch (or five). Surfers know the physical reality of riding a wave; something roller coasters, airplane dips, over-amped elevators, and many other activities offer us to enliven and remind us we are very much stable and predictable in most of our controlled lives.

The maverick wave that turned my life upside down came in the form of stage 3C ovarian cancer; something my doctor thoughtfully claimed was my stress that I carried in my gut, after a year of inquiring over odd symptoms. Thank god for the emergency room, a quick sonogram caught my grapefruit sized tumor within five minutes, then the MRI showed the black octopus that has just reached my lower lungs. Thankfully, the two lesions in my lungs resolved themselves, and six months of chemo banished the octopus and tumor; nothing was found when I had my hysterectomy, and now five years later, I celebrate life without fear again.

What my time in the tumble offered me was the time to slow and reflect; I saw my newfound mindfulness to be a gift, a looking glass into the crazy rabbit hole I had existed in for the previous 25 years. I have been deeply reminded of this time during our covid quarantine; staying inside, wearing a mask if I go out to the market, no restaurants or fun outings, it is all very similar. One difference is how I spend my time, I’m no longing seeking to sooth my soul; during quarantine, I create, and I have been creating a lot.

It is difficult to avoid nature’s presence during this isolation. I believe we have been avoiding Mother Nature’s call to both respect and value her resources, and to honor true inner beauty… we have disrespected the very life-force that both houses and sustains us, both feeds and waters us.

I feel the call of the feminine; now more than ever… and I am taking this time to allow for the nourishment we all need, and are being asked to give one another. Let us all honor Mother Earth herself… during this moment of global listening.

 

WHEN WE STEP OUT OF OUR HOMES AGAIN…

WHAT FOOTPRINTS DO YOU WISH TO PLACE ON THIS PLANET?

#LoveWarrior  TahoeBoho.com

 

 

 

a beginner’s guide to essential oils…

 

Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from plants with tremendous healing properties. Using essential oils for healing purposes is often called aromatherapy, which is a holistic treatment seeking to improve physical, mental and emotional health. Dr. Axe goes into detail about their uses for relaxation, beauty care, home cleaning, and most often for natural medicine; his article is fantastic, and the link is below:

https://draxe.com/essential-oils-guide/

I have many reasons for loving essential oils, and am excited to explore this area more after attending a mini-essential oil class recently. Replacing our household chemicals is a big deal for me; it’s a little like quitting smoking, and how the smell is offensive once you’ve quit. That’s the truth once the veil of habit is lifted, you smell the clean, clear truth:-) Here are the most popular household uses for essential oils:

diffusers

all-purpose household sprays/cleaners

laundry

scubbing paste

baths

compresses

body spray

hand sanitizer

facial toner

face & body oil

body scrub

I liken the oils to a highlighter pen, to be used to enhance a certain outcome; drawing it out using the senses, the medicine, and the proper use.  Essential oils are not just another tool in the toolbox, they could be the most well used. Stacey Orr shares her advice below:

BREATHE

“Our sense of smell and olfactory nerves are a direct pathway to the brain and emotional/mood responses. How? Simply inhale directly from the bottle, or use a diffuser to enjoy.”

LOVE

“Essential oils are an awesome aid to your yoga and meditation practice! How? Make your own yoga mat spray: add 20-25 drops of oils in a spray bottle to mist and wipe down your mat. Other tips: start your diffuser in your home yoga/meditation space (frankincense is an excellent oil). Sniff citrus oils just before practicing sun salutations. For a quick centering/pranayama exercise, use peppermint, rosemary, or eucalyptus (diluted in your palms or in a diffuser) to take several mindful breaths. During savasana, apply a few drops of lavender to a folded tissue and place over your eyes, mindful that the essential oil drops are near your nose.”

NOURISH

“Our skin is our largest organ, and anything we apply to our skin is absorbed into the blood stream for health/medicinal benefits. How? Dilute 3-5 drops of essential oils per tablespoon of carrier oil (coconut, jojoba, grapeseed, sweet almond) and apply into your bath or massage on your hands/feet. Aromatherapy rollers are also convenient for topical application to pulse points. For example: peppermint diluted in a carrier oil provides great headache relief.”

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THE ESSENTIAL TEN BREAKDOWN……… by: stinkyyogi.com

Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia): When in doubt, use lavender! In addition to being a natural antiseptic, sedative and antidepressant, it provides calming emotional support and induces sleep.

Lemon (Citrus Limon): Citrus oils are known for their bright aroma and mood uplifting qualities. Lemon is a natural astringent and antiseptic. Use in your household cleaners/diffuser. It also aids in concentration and mental fatigue.

Peppermint (Mentha Piperita): Peppermint is cooling, refreshing and minty. It is a great digestive aid, sore muscle remedy and provides headache relief. It can also aid in mental focus via inhalation, or gargled with salt water as a mouthwash.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Radiata): Eucalyptus is primarily used to support the respiratory system. It has a penetrating aroma that aids in lung health, and is also a sore muscle and joint pain remedy. It mixes well with peppermint & rosemary.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis): Rosemary has a refreshing, herbal and camphorous aroma. It stimulates memory/ mental activity, aids in concentration, and is great for the scalp. It shares similar qualities of peppermint and eucalyptus.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia): Tea tree is known for its medicinal and antibacterial properties. It aids in treating wounds (cuts, blisters, fungus, head lice) and fighting viruses. Mix with lavender for skin treatment or eucalyptus, lemon and rosemary for cold/flu treatment.

Frankincense (Boswellia Frereana): Frankincense provides emotional support, reduces inflammation. and strengths the immune system. It is also an excellent spiritual/meditation aid.

Geranium (Pelagonium Graveolens): Geranium is a great female tonic: it balances hormones, treats PMS/ menopause, and provides positive emotional support. It is also supports liver health and soothes skin issues.

Marjoram (Origanum Majorana): Marjoram is a healing oil and wonderful aid for aches/pains, joint swelling, muscle stiffness and cramps. It is also emotionally calming/relaxing and aids in cardiovascular health.

Ylang Ylang (Canga Odorata): Like geranium, ylang ylang is primarily used to support emotional and hormonal balance. It reduces blood pressure and is a natural antidepressant. It has euphoric qualities, but is a heavy floral and therefore can be mixed with other oils to soften its aroma.

  TahoeBoHo.com

water…

 

If the moon is nature’s cyclical groove…

then the oceans’ waves are her metronome,

setting the beat for nature’s sandbox.

 

Water is amazing, might even come before love… but then I would have to include food, and probably some other worthy items would be remembered. So for now, I’m sticking with LOVE is everything; which then allows for water to be cleansing, hydrating, nourishing, and beautiful.

Water is one of the five elements of the universe: fire, earth, air, space and water. These same elements make up us humans; I AM fire, earth, air, space, and water. As every snowflake, tree, animal, or person… we are all unique in our design. These elements are all equally intriguing, but this week we focus on water… and honor her power to be both forceful, and flowing in her travels around this beautiful world of ours.

BREATHE

We are taking this week to the tub, and with all the rain coming down outside, I think it’s time to surrender to a luxurious bath inside our home. Light some candles, add some salts or bubbles, and soak. Let your muscles warm and relax, allow your body to release toxins, unfurrow your brow, and melt into the water.  When you are ready to take your relaxation to the next level: close your eyes, breathe in for five counts, breathe out for five counts, and repeat five times. Sit in silence to find your center. If you want to breathe for another set of five, go for it! Find center, then repeat this mantra three times – “SAT NAM” — deep breath in, then out, between each repeat. This mantra translates to “I AM.”

LOVE

I am sharing a website quiz that provides your personal Ayurvedic dosha-type. Getting to know and appreciate your dosha is key to knowing yourself. It provides clues for what you should eat, and what things you should address when your energy gets out of whack. The more you know about what may cause certain reactions or tendencies, the easier it will be to balance them. So, here is the link for a free evaluation; don’t forget to click the “get your report here” yellow button on the results (sent to your email). This is super fun for me, and very enlightening… I’m certain you will consider this time well spent:-)             https://www.theayurvedaexperience.com/dosha-test/

NOURISH

Drinking eight cups (64 oz.) of water every day is the best way to clear toxins from your body. I think that’s a fairly easy task with some pretty fabulous results for your health. It is important, however, to be mindful of the quality of your water. I love my Zero Water Filter system (reasonable and the filter lasts a long time); it also comes with a “solid waste detector” that I find fascinating. We once noticed a difference in the taste of our water, tested and found a 20 point increase; called the city and found out the pollen count had tripled that week, and the effects were found in the water (wow). The best drink in the morning (and all day), is warm water with fresh lemon juice; it alkalizes the body. One tbsp. lemon juice/mug, but adjust to your personal taste… this is something to enjoy, not endure!

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three detox bath ideas & a shower detox you will love…

I just started enjoying baths a couple years ago. I suppose previously, I only let myself slow down enough to soak in a hot tub; which is definitely not a detox with a glass of wine, and a load of chemicals in the water (although I have found a safer hot tub cleansing treatment:-) Regardless, I am now a lover of baths of all types. I like bubbles because they are fun to play with, but mostly, I enjoy a really hot soak with some salts and essential oils. I just lay there and fall into deep breathing, not much else happens; I leave the real work for my showers!

Clearing our bodies of toxins is important, but we can’t possibly keep it all clean. No matter how much we try to block what is allowed into our lives, toxins have become too pervasive. So, our next step is to help them escape our bodies with ease, and expediency. I’ve been reading a lot of DIY recipes, trying some out (of course), and I have put together a few for you to try on your own. Keep it simple, use what you have in your kitchen, and/or purchase the basics first, no need to break the bank when all you really need is sea salt.

Check-out this little article on the benefits of SEA SALT:

http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Difference-Between-Sea-Salts-Epsom-Salts-2011-06-24-135543-18001730

The DIY recipes I am sharing are all simple, and all equally fabulous! Adding your own essential oils will only elevate your experience, so play with your favorites (and no fillers in those oils:-). Although Epsom salts are the standard, I prefer sea salts. Celtic is super, but Himalayan is good too; Epsom is great for adding magnesium, but that’s about it. Sea salts contain a whole family of minerals from the sea, including magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride, sodium and bromide.

Since a lot of us have chlorine and fluoride pumped into our drinking water, it is best to have a filter. It can also help to put a few tablespoons of bentonite clay in your bath water. The clay will absorb the chlorine and fluoride, leaving your bath water a bit cleaner.

I like to end my baths with a favorite body oil, but it is super important to me to let the oil soak in before getting dressed. This does not always happen, but I try to stop and do a few sun salutations, or a five minute meditation. All warm and relaxed, taking this relaxing next step in making sure my day goes as planned is never the wrong choice.  HaHa, the simple things as we age… are really the best!!

BREATHE

I like the advice I got somewhere (can’t recall where), but start with your bath water as hot as you can handle. Then just soak until the water cools. The heated water pulls your toxins to the skin, and then the cooling water (with the help of your body trying to stay warm) brings the toxins out. Add some sea salts, your favorite essential oil if you wish, and just breathe for a while… simple enough!

 

LOVE

I found this recipe on www.draxe.com I think it makes a great salt scrub… exfoliate that lovely organ of yours:

2 fat fingers worth of FRESH GINGER

3/4 cup of SEA SALT

2 tbsp LEMON JUICE

combine INGREDIENTS IN A PROCESSOR & blend

SPREAD EVENLY OVER YOUR SKIN (avoiding sensitive areas) – KEEP RUBBING for better exfoliation

ENJOY YOUR HOT-to-COLD SOAK & RINSE

 

NOURISH

I/2 cup BENTONITE CLAY – mix with small amount of water to make paste (Amazon.com)

1/2 cup SEA SALTS – dissolve in water

ESSENTIAL OILS (if desired)

STAND IN TUB FULL OF SALT WATER AND RUB THE CLAY PASTE ALL OVER THE BODY, LET DRY

SOAK IN TUB UNTIL DONE, THEN USE WASH CLOTH TO SCRUB ANY REMAINING CLAY OFF THE SKIN & RINSE

 

Detoxing can happen without a tub, AND maybe even an easier option for some with a tub… try these tips for a “detox shower”:

  • Dry body brush before hopping in the shower (brush towards your heart).
  • Alternate hot and cold temperatures; the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump, and can become stagnant – so the temperature stimulation makes the lymph vessels contract and relax, helping it flow.
  • :30 cold/:30 hot — repeat 4 times (suggested, but do what you want… too many varying opinions).

 

I like to add a couple drops of my favorite essential oil when I want a little extra zing in the shower. You might also consider a shower filter to remove the chlorine and fluoride. I just purchased the Berkey shower head with filter ($40 on Amazon.com), and both my husband and I have noticed the difference on our skin!

 TahoeBoHo.com

nature…

TINY FLOWER

I like to get out in nature; I found her in my youth, and never felt alone when I was wandering the hills around my home. My love for nature has only grown over the years, and honoring her brings clarity to how I live my life. This sense of appreciation is what we will be channeling this week, month and hopefully – for the rest of our lives:-)

A fun example of how nature continually intrigues me can be seen in this hydrangea photo. We have this medium sized hydrangea bush in our yard, but all the leaves and flowers fell off well over a month ago. Except for this one fist-sized bloom that is holding tight to its’ stem, the entire bush is made of twigs. I am truly going to miss this Dr. Seuss flower when it finally drops to the ground, but I will remember its’ triumph!

 “Lose yourself in nature, and find peace.”  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

On some level, all our yearnings and scarcity in life are due to our separation from nature. Consumption is nature’s demise and without proper balance, our ecosystem can collapse and cause the decline of all affected species. We, as consumers have an important role to play, not only for our own bodies, but for our own planet.

Nature has everything to do with good nutrition as it offers all we need to survive. The vegetables, fruit, rice, water, berries, nuts and wildlife we have at the offering is literally all we need… somewhere along the way, a bunch of manufacturing plants and added chemicals came in because us humans thought we could improve on what is already a miracle. It feels good to remember that food is and should be simple; whole foods speak the same language our bodies understand…truly!

It is time to fall in love with nature again, to really appreciate how lucky we are to call this planet our home. Then take just one step further, and bring that same love into your house… and watch that one intention grow over time. I am so happy to be sharing this journey with you guys; please only enjoy your choices, and remember that life should be joyful, not painful.

BREATHE

Make a date to walk or hike a beautiful piece of nature this week, whether the beach, a park or simply your lovely neighborhood. While you are out there, take the time to focus in on your breath periodically, look around and take in your surroundings. There is so much beauty in nature, and it taps into our inner sanctity when we show the respect it deserves.

LOVE

Plant 1-3 herbs in small container(s) you can keep indoors through the winter. The herbs I most use are:  rosemary, basil, mint, cilantro, thyme, and sage. We mostly keep our herbs outside, but the winter months are hard on them; mint and rosemary are the hardy plants, cilantro and basil are the most tender and definitely indoors in the winter.

NOURISH

Visit your local farmer’s market. Although more fun in the warmer months, this could be your one day out in a string of rainy days, so get out there and find inspiration from your local farmers. I often wander with all my senses open, just waiting for that one BAM! I have to have those mustard leaves, or the local honey or the sprouted bean mixture. Then put those ingredients to work for a meal that weekend; you will notice that meal tastes better than the rest! If no local markets, substitute with your favorite produce market and go home with something new to try:-)

PeaceLove&EtnernalGroovinessB&W TahoeBoHo.com