Earthwork

Wow, what a frenetic few months! As I’ve transitioned out of the quieter, more reflective solace of winter, spring has embraced me, shaken me (like the bottle of carbonated water I never thought of myself as) and popped me open….with a force I knew existed in me, but that rarely shows itself.

Except when needed.

If ever there were a time that dynamic, forceful and very specific energy is needed, it’s definitely now. Everywhere I look I see change in all directions, energies scrambling for somewhere to focus on and grow, faces passes by that tell me exactly what needs to be happening.

I’m gonna skip past the diatribe so many of you are familiar with at this point (you know the one….we’re all going to hell in a hand-basket, the war can’t be won, and so on) and get straight to the active hope part, which is, how are we going to love today? What are we committing to in this age of madness (literally) so that Earth may possibly continue?

As my education living on this gorgeously, terrifying, awe inspiring in its power planet continues with such fine folks (like those at The Lake Erie Institute and their wonderful Ecopsychology program) aand others, my brain has been surging with ideas, solutions, goals and the like that are thankfully, continuing carry me through each day….even whilst my teenager daughter communicates anguish to me over how short her life very possibly may be given the state our world is in.

As I work through the details of some of the new services I’ll be offering, I can’t help but be reminded of how I got to where I am now. There was much physical and emotional suffering throughout my childhood as a result of ignorance, disconnectedness, and misguided goals for what makes a life worth living and there’s not a day that doesn’t pass that I’m reminded of how a certain degree of suffering can (and did for me) make us stronger in our journeys.

What’s your journey been like? How has it shaped where you’re going or where you’ve been? I’m curious to know.

Let’s keep helping each other ok? No more of this insane divisiveness that’s killing everything and everyone.

Until we meet again, in stewardship and love –

Grace

Ch-ch-changes!

2019 is off to a wonderful start, be it with a lovely intern assisting to share in the many discoveries in the healing arts world that can be utilized or the new space that we’re calling home for now for treatments (think Waterfont), I almost don’t know where to begin with the updating. Tho there really isn’t anywhere to start but at the beginning I suppose!

At some point in 2018 it became clearer to me that ecopsychology was the branch of psychology that was missing from the milieu of the social sciences tree that would’ve been what I’d have pursued in my youth with continuing education (and I did, but in different ways than what’s available now in formal settings!)

Suffice to say, I’ve enrolled in an ecopsychology certificate program that begins next month that will take me through the rest of the year and will help with incorporating more of the various practices found in this field for the offerings at TimeSpaceOne Healing Arts. I’m very excited!

Another regular event that you may have seen or even taken part in is the Bed In Movement (which actually officially started in late 2018), which aims to stop us all in our tracks for a day or two (depending on the month) and help us to have more fun, care for ourselves, and enjoy life in bed. Be on the lookout for the Bed In facebook page so you can “host” your own Bed In’s and share with the rest of the world.

May we all bed in peace until we meet again ❤️

Words to live with

Happy 2019! Some of you may be familiar with the idea of a power word and how to incorporate it into your daily life. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept, it’s really quite simple. Choose a word that symbolizes what’s most needed for you in the coming months, give yourself time to meditate on what resonates with you in your life ahead as a theme of sorts to help guide and keep you focused. Perhaps “focus” or “guide” will even be one of the words that you feel drawn to choose from. Regardless, the idea is that whatever word connects with you and whatever is happening or that you want to happen in this year is your power word. Another idea that’s more recently gaining in popularity are power phrases so if this is more appealing to you than go with that. There’s no right or wrong with this idea.

Once you’ve chosen a word or words, find ways to incorporate it into your day be it by creating a mantra that includes the word (if a mantra isn’t something you’ve already chosen to go with), setting a daily reminder for yourself on your devices that uses the word or words, or adding it in with any goals you’ve made for yourself this year.

Words have power, especially when spoken over and over….so have a power word or words to keep you lifted as we ride the wave of wildness this year will surely bring.

Changing with the seasons

With each change of season differences in the body and mind surface. When we’re aware of these differences occurring we can adjust our daily practices accordingly to maximize how we move through each season.

Autumn is a wonderful time for letting go of the intensity of summer and the frenetic pace that accompanies the heat of the sun. However, it can be challenging transitioning to a slower pace because we live in a time where rarely stopping is rewarded more than admonished.

Our bodies are constantly communicating with us, and often telling us that it’s not happy or healthy, but we have gotten less and less connected with our body and talking with it in the name of advancing our lives or relationships or personal achievements.

I would like to invite you this season to honor what your body is saying to you. Perhaps it needs to stop moving so much, or maybe it needs to move in different ways. It IS communicating with you tho, right now even. So pause from reading this and just turn your attention inward for a few minutes. If you want to get into a more comfortable position to do this go ahead. But just breathe and really tune in to all the parts of your body and see what they may be saying. Make a mental or actual note of anything that comes up and thank your body for telling you what it needs.

Then, after you’ve given yourself this time, honor your bodies request(s) – be it by bathing in the forest (or in your bathtub) or taking a nap. Maybe your body needs to dance or just lie down for a bit and rest. But it WILL tell you, more often than not, what will help it to be healthier and happier. No matter what the season ❤️

On living gracefully

Hi.

You’re just in time and I’m happy you’ve arrived. Let’s keep each other company always, ok? That way we can always have each other’s backs. And fronts and sides.

So what does living gracefully look like? Since officially becoming Grace last November (and before that really but even more so after November) I’ve asked myself that question multiple times a day – it was definitely the impetus for changing my name since I was not always able to be as graceful as I would’ve liked, heck, are any of us ever as graceful as we’d like to be? Well, perhaps not as much as we’d like to be but I imagine, in most cases, we are as graceful as much as we can be given the circumstance.

Graceful is defined as characterized by elegance or beauty of form, manner, movement, or speech; elegant. To live this way, regardless of your circumstance, is perhaps more idealistic than is reasonable for some, maybe many even, but I’m pretty sure it all just comes down to perspective. Also, striving for the ideal is within all of our abilities, regardless of your circumstance.

Of course when we look at elegance as part of gracefulness it’s easy to see where there may be some divide in how what we see ourselves as being defined unfortunately affecting whether we can be indeed graceful. Leaving the superior, dignified, refined aspects of elegant aside, let’s focus on the remarkably good part of elegance for just a moment – so much about us is that we are good, many times, remarkably so and we can hold on to that and work with that for the time being if that’s all we’ve got.

Because then there’s also beauty tucked in there and we all know about that being in the eye of the beholder so what if you don’t feel beautiful, can you still be graceful, live life gracefully? Of course you can. We all can. We would ALL benefit from being graceful and over the coming days, weeks, etc. I’ll be writing and encouraging you, giving examples and sharing my own experiences with you so that we can live gracefully, beautifully, and all the other good ways there are to live.