Hearth, Herbals & Sound Feb 2020 Hello Kind Hearts, Sound begins with the breath. The Breath is perhaps the most humble and intimate part of ourselves that we continually share with the Divine, others and ourselves. We do not yet understand all that we gather-in on a single breath, however, what we do know, is that the healing we can offer to ourselves and to others is truly profound. Our being and our lives are utterly dependent on something we cannot see. We breath in all the is circulated around us, and we add to it much that we carry. As our blood enters the first chamber of our heart it's depleted of oxygen. We take something from our body that is depleted right into our heart as the first step. From there, it's pushed into the branches of our lungs to connect with the outside world, and from the life in the air, we take that nourishment....that oxygen, back into our heart to be given to the rest of our body. Our hearts have this tremendous capacity to take something depleted, to offer it to the Divine to be rejuvenated, and to bring this back into our bodies for our needs, and so that we can be of service to others. With each breath, we have that opportunity to connect with others, deepen our awareness of ourselves and to sit in the stillness of the Divine. There are trees and plants that connect us with the breath and with our own self-worth. Plants and flowers that grow in North America are so important to our respiratory & immune system, other organs in our bodies, as well are our spiritual selves. It's so important to connect with the plants where we live, because they breathe in the same air that we do. They are the ones who soak up the sun and the rain, and who give of themselves, who share a very personal relationship with us as we are both dependent on the breath of each other. My son once told me that the wind came from the earth. It does. It rises up from the earth's relationship with the sun. The breath of the wind, the breath of our planet. Our personal songs begin with this shared breath. May we share it well.
Pine- Pinus sylvestris Pine was native to Russia and Europe, but now grows abundantly in North America. Ancient Egyptians ate the kernels in bread while American Natives ate the young tops to prevent scurvy. Pine was added with Cedar and Juniper for ritual smudging in sweat lodges. The trees were once considered a favourite among ship builders for their masts because of the straight and true trunks. I was recently reminded that, 'Quiet waters never made good sailors'. We are encouraged to strengthen the truth, or in other words, our alignment of our mast. With a True alignment we can be confident in weathering life's storms. Pine essential oil is incredibly useful for pulmonary concerns and considered one of the best oils to fight respiratory tract infections and to clear phlegm. Pine is considered an analgesic, anti-rheumatic, neurotonic, anti-inflammatory, decongestant, expectorant and fortifying in body & in spirit.Robbi Zeck suggests that Pine is moving away from the energy of feeling inadequate to that of feeling worthy. She also offers that Pine validates and strengthens our own unique talents and gifts, encouraging a simple knowing of our own self worth. Affirmation: I am aware of my own significance. Suggested use: Pine is one of my first choices for colds and coughs. I dilute in Jojoba or Apricot Kernel and blend with Clary Sage and Thyme Linalool (for a nighttime blend). You could use Pine essential oil with a blend in the bath or for massage to support the lymphatic system and adrenal fatigue.To Blend: 1 Tbsp unscented lotion or apricot oil with 3 drops of Pine essential oil. Blends well with: Rosemary, Spruce, Sweet Thyme (linalool CT), lavender, sweet orangePrecautions: Raises blood pressure. Do not use in large amounts. Do not use while pregnant. Do not take internally. Not recommend for small children or babies. Reflection: What are values, skills or gifts that are ever-true (ever-green) in your life, acting as your mast and reserve? How do you celebrate what you love most about yourself?What qualities of refreshment can you add to your life daily?
Sounding into Our Heart This month I am sharing a new flute I was gifted. It is in the key of F, resonating with the Heart Chakra. This is the space in ourselves that supports; compassion, empathy, tenderness, joy, connection, harmony, forgiveness, fun, acceptance, and the breath. This is the space that can take-in something that is depleted, and then offer it up to become something that is greater. When are chests are tight or our heart is racing, we can change this with the breath. When we make the conscious effort to slow down our breathing, our body will begin to attune itself to our breath. I invite you to set an intent of the heart. Something you'd like to heal. A feeling or memory you'd like to soften. Gently pick something with an open mind, and hum a tune to it for a few days. The vibration of humming has been researched and supported by those in the sound community, and humming is incredibly therapeutic for our heart center. Hum on it for three days, and be open to subtle shifts.
Community Sound Circles Sun Mar 22nd 7:00-8:30pm Donations to Margaret Bahen Hospice
Sun May 24th 7:00-8:30pm Donations to Yellow Brick House
*I have a separate notification I send for these dates as it fills up quickly. If you want to be included, please let me know.
Classes and Events For more information and REGISTRATION ~The Gift of Self Love: Restorative Yoga with Therapeutic Sound at Modo Yoga Newmarket co-facilitated with Theresa Wicks Feb 13th 8:00-9:15pm
~Our Healing Habits: Utilizing Yoga, Sound, Meditation, and Hypnotherapy for Shifting Personal Patterns at Modo Yoga Newmarket co-facilitated with Theresa Wicks Healing Patterns of Nourishment and Movement Sunday March 1st 6:00-9:00pm Healing Patterns of Relationship to Self and Others Sunday March 8th 6:00-9:00pm
~Sound Bath and Restorative Yoga Theresa Gagnon studio in River Drive Park co-facilitated with Theresa Gagnon Fri March 13th 7:00-9:30pm
~Celebrating Spring through Movement and Sound at Two Feathers Yoga Studio in Keswick co-facilitated with Theresa Wicks Fri March 20th 6:30-8:30pm.
~Cultivating a Habit Of Joy Two Feathers Yoga Studio in Keswick co-facilitated with Aimee Marples Two evenings using homeopathics and aromatherapy for healing our hearts. Softening Our Hearts for Healing Friday March 27th 7:30-9:30pm Cultivating a Habit of Joy Friday April 3rd 7:30-9:30pm
~Studying Tibetan Bowls with Lisa Wilvert Each day is 10:00-3:00pm Level 1 Day 1 March 28th Level 1 Day 2 March 29th Level 1 Day 3 April 4th *Both levels are taught by Lisa Wilvert *I'll be hosting.
~Peace within the Chaosfacilitated mindfulness and sound at Red Tent Natures Emporium (upstairs) Newmarket co-facilitated with Denise Martin Wed April 8th 10:00 am - 11:30