Did you know that trees talk to each other? Tree roots in a forest are connected in an underground network. Not only can trees share water and nutrients, but they can communicate with each other about drought, disease, or insect attacks. Amazing! They’re a family. A social network. They take care of each other. LikeContinue reading “Just Like Trees”
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Have you heard?
Have you heard the birds? It’s spring migration time for most birds and also mating time (hey baby!). Listen to them! Science tells us that birdsong can reduces stress, promote positivity, and improve our observational skills. It can also be good for our productivity. Who knew? My sound therapist friend, Michael Reiley, shared this excerpt with me: “Human earsContinue reading “Have you heard?”
It’s Mindful March!
What would a mindful month look like for you? Maybe you practice washing dishes without thinking about anything, just feeling warm soapy water and the shape of the bowl. Maybe you listen to your partner with your whole body, not thinking a bunch of thoughts about what they’re saying. Just listening completely, being fully present. Maybe it’s pausingContinue reading “It’s Mindful March!”
Every breath you take comes from a tree (sorry if I just planted an earworm in your head). Think about that.It’s easy to forget, isn’t it? Every breath you take is oxygen that was released from a tree. We have a symbiotic relationship with trees. Our every exhale is an offering to them. It’s like a constant gift exchange! It’s easy to forget that ourContinue reading “Your Cousins”
Post Traumatic Growth
A cancer diagnosis can be traumatic and scary! It can make you want to run and hide under the covers or put your boxing gloves on. Or both. Yoga can help. The word Yoga means union. It means to bring all parts of yourself – your body, mind, emotions, and spirit – into union, intoContinue reading “Post Traumatic Growth”
Take a Peek Inside Your Mind
I’ve been so excited about neuroscience lately! I’m learning about things like neuroplasticity which is our ability to change our habits no matter how old we are. I’m learning that we all have negative bias which means we’re hard-wired to dwell on our negative experiences instead of the positive ones (it’s a problem-solving mechanism for us humans). And then there’sContinue reading “Take a Peek Inside Your Mind”
A simple way to connect to your body is to move it in any easy way and really feel what’s happening. Develop mindful awareness of sensations like joint range of motion, breath rhythm and a sense of circulation. If you raise one arm, how high does it go without pain? Take that arm into aContinue reading “Movement Awareness”
The Gift of a Quiet Mind
I’ve been writing about gifts to give yourself as a way of approaching different aspects of healing and developing awareness. This month I’m diving deeper into this idea of giving yourself the gift of a quiet mind. Have you tried to meditate and find that your mind just insists on chattering away? Maybe you’re tryingContinue reading “The Gift of a Quiet Mind”
How’s Your Heart?
Back in December I wrote about gifts to give yourself and the first one was a peaceful heart. What were your thoughts on that? Did you pause and wonder what I was talking about? I’m using the word ‘heart’ for convenience, but I don’t mean the organ that pumps your blood. I mean your emotionsContinue reading “How’s Your Heart?”
5 Best Things to Give Yourself
Here are the 5 best things to give yourself this holiday season! (And they don’t cost a penny) A Peaceful Heart Sounds kind of silly doesn’t it, giving yourself a peaceful heart? What is that anyway? With so much agitation in the world–whether its politics, wildfires, or your own personal storms–it’s so important to takeContinue reading “5 Best Things to Give Yourself”