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Re-entry Is As Important As Retreat

Retreat/Re-entry
Both are important facets
Of your healing path

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When I lead a retreat, it’s not simply a vacation. It’s a powerful healing experience. Last week I co-facilitated a super-powered healing retreat at Mt. Shasta. It was a dream come true to be on that sacred land and in those holy waters. We danced, hiked, meditated, chanted, prayed, learned energy healing techniques, ate prana-filled food, drank pure spring water, purified our bodies in wood-burning saunas followed by icy cold plunges, laughed, cried, played, unwound and rested.

Here’s a mini experience of the retreat for you:

As powerful as a retreat is, re-entry is just as important. click to tweet

Everyone who attends a retreat leaves and returns to a full life. It’s kind of like stepping off a treadmill that’s going 10 mph and then returning. My advice? Slow that treadmill way down before jumping back on.

But it’s not always easy.

Luckily, I’ve been leading retreats and re-entering life as a working mom for years and I’ve discovered a few re-entry strategies that might be helpful to you.

Before you get home:

  1. Write down what the retreat has helped you release and what you desire to call in. (You’ll use this information later)
  2. If you are coming home to loved ones (friends, spouse, children, parents…) write 1–3 bullet points to express how the retreat benefited you, how it will benefit them and how it will benefit your relationship. What I’ve discovered is that loved ones really want to hear about your retreat, but they often don’t have the bandwidth to hear a complete download all at once. So it’s nice to be able to distill a few things for your first re-entry conversations.
  3. Create a grocery list! This one is so important because while on retreat you have been fed delicious, nutritious, TIMELY meals. And since you’ve been gone, your fridge and cupboards are probably empty. So in order to continue feeling great, you’ll need to make an immediate trip to the grocery store – and since your brain has been so relaxed, you cannot depend on wandering the aisles and coming home with everything you need. Trust me. I’ve tried.

When you get home:

  1. Create your new daily routine based on the things you committed to during your retreat. If you committed to morning meditation and a morning workout – start before checking emails and doing laundry. This is such a key moment that will determine how you will integrate and continue to expand the healing you received from the retreat.
  2. Give yourself at least 2 days before fully jumping into your life if at all possible. If this isn’t possible (like my current situation where I literally jumped back into life as a traveling swim mom) then stay focused on one or two things you decided to call in (from #1 above.)
    For example, I committed to add a specific meditation to my daily practice and to take the same good care of myself as I do of my son (this is huge.) So here I am, in an AirBnB house shuttling 2 swimmers back and forth to warm-ups and events, feeding them meals and snacks and coordinating with coaches…and I’m starting each day with that meditation and making sure I have my morning smoothie and timely, prana-filled meals.
  3. Stay in touch with at least one person who was on the retreat with you. This is a great way to share creative solutions for re-entry conundrums.
  4. Remember…. healing happens when you slow down and connect with nature. You can bring yourself back into the feeling of the retreat by taking a few moments to walk barefoot in grass. It can be that easy.

Wishing you moments of healing throughout your day,

Deb

PS- My next women’s retreat is in Costa Rica. Do you want to join us? There are 8 spots remaining, maybe one is for you! Learn more, HERE.

Simple, Delicious Summertime Yumminess

One hundred degrees
Makes me want to slow way down
Enjoy simple things

Here are two of my favorite summertime treats.  Super delicious and super simple to make.  Oh…and bonus: super nutritious.

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8 ounces unsweetened Hemp (or almond, coconut or cashew milk)
¼ cup chia seeds
A squirt (or 2) of liquid stevia (or agave, honey, xylitol to taste)
Mix with whisk.
Let sit at least an hour in the fridge. (I let mine sit overnight)
Top with your choice of fresh, summertime fruit.

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Sparking water (I use Topo Chico or LaCroix)
Squeeze ½ lime
Sweeten with Lemon Flavored Stevia to taste

Here’s to simple, summertime pleasures,

Deb

Bring It On!

Earth moves around sun
Moon pulling tides in and out
Changes? Bring it on!
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I am not an astrologer. I don’t believe the movement of the planets determines my life. But I do believe that the movement of the planets affects the energy in and around me. Just like the movement of the sun can make it too hot to work outside and the movement of the moon affects the tides. So when I’m planning for my PranaShakti dance class, I take into account what’s going on in the heavens.

One of my go-to astrologers for this information is Anne Ortelee. She publishes a weekly ‘weather forecast’ that helps me understand what kind of planetary influences may be affecting us. Then I weave that information into the theme of the class.

Here are just a couple of snippets from her most recent report:

Venus has three unions with Jupiter (July 1, August 4, and October 25) and three squares with Saturn (July 14, August 5, October 10).  As Venus dances back and forth with Jupiter and Saturn, she’s figuring out what the future holds for her (and you). She’s in Leo the first two times ~ encouraging the heart to choose the path it needs to take.  You are starting a new 12 year abundance cycle with Jupiter and a new 8 year heart cycle with Venus.  Think back to the Augusts of 2007, 1999, 1991, 1983, 1975, and 1967 to see your heart path of Venus unfolding in your life!

Mars is in Cancer until August 8.  Every 2 ½ days, we are going to change our work and emotional focus as Mars shifts our activities according to the Moon’s changes.  MARS OUT OF BOUNDS DOES NOT FOLLOW THE RULES!!  Family matters move front and center and are absolutely CRAZY!  Your Cancer house is CRAZY.  Mars whipping through the Cancer house of your chart, with no constraints from the ego, kicks butt and takes no prisoners.  It also gets TONS of stuff done! 

When I read that, my immediate response was “BRING IT ON!”

So I created a class with that theme.

If you’d like to dance with us from wherever you are, here’s the playlist I put together.playlist

Bring it on!

Deb

Some of My Favorite Things

I enjoy sharing
Things that support my body
To be radiant.

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You may wonder why I write so much about food, digestion, detoxification and supplementation.  Well, it’s not something I dwell on, but in 2000 I was diagnosed with a severe case of Epstein Barr Virus. (EBV)  Many people carry EBV without any symptoms, but when the immune system is under duress, that nasty virus takes over and makes you feel awful.  In my case, I was so fatigued that my bones ached.  So fatigued that I would literally fall asleep at the dinner table.

Luckily, I met Dr. Christiane Northrup who introduced me to Sanoviv – the only functional medicine hospital in the world – and the wonderful practitioners at Sanoviv put me on a food and supplement protocol that helped me knock that EBV down. As long as I keep my immune system strong I don’t have any symptoms.

So…I pay a lot of attention to what I eat and drink and am always on the lookout for new foods and recipes to keep things interesting. This summer I met chef Gail Blair who, after decades of preparing healthy cuisine, has developed a gift she calls “food intuition.”  She is very accurate at helping people discover which foods are most compatible to their bodies.

Gail introduced me to several new foods that I’ve now incorporated into my daily plan.  I thought you might like to see some of the new and some of the tried-and-true items in my collection of foods and supplements that support my digestion and immune system:

Some of My Favorite Things

Some of My Favorite Things

From left to right:

USANA MyHealthPak – these are customized AM and PM packs of pharmaceutical grade vitamins and minerals that keep my immune system strong.

Xyla – birch xylitol.  Most xylitol is derived from corn – and almost all corn is genetically modified.  But xylitol can also be made from birch.  And since there are no genetically modified birch trees (yet!),  it is a healthier source for a low carb, low calorie sweetener.

USANA digestive enzymes – has all the enzymes needed to help digest proteins, fats and carbs plus artichoke extract which helps prevent bloating.

USANA Fibergy – pulls toxins and binds them for elimination, removes excess estrogen (so important in perimenopause) and has prebiotics which feed the probiotics and help them flourish

USANA Probiotics – verified 12 billion colony forming bacteria (it doesn’t matter how many a label says are in the product – what matters is how many survive the transit through your digestive system and actually colonize.)

Garden of Life Organic Plant Protein – I’m always looking for tasty protein powders to keep variety in my diet.  I LOVE this one!  15 grams of protein per serving.

Hemp Hearts – awesome to sprinkle on soup (as in my photo above) and salads.  Great source of protein and healthy fats

USANA Hepasil DX – Promotes the liver’s natural detoxification process and helps the liver metabolize fats and cholesterol and move them out.  It also helps the liver produce glutathione – a powerful detoxifying agent.

Dr. McDougall’s Organic Lentil Vegetable soup – there’s nothing but wholesome ingredients in this little box of soup.  I love how convenient it is when I’m in a hurry.  (it’s the base of the soup in the photo above.  I simply added kale as I heated it and then topped it with cilantro and hemp hearts.  YUM!)

Hemp Milk – what I learned from the food intuitive, Gail, is that it’s important to vary your diet – including the type of milk you drink.  I had been drinking almond milk exclusively and had created a slight intolerance to it.  So she has me switching from almond to coconut to hemp milk each week.  I’d never tried hemp milk before and was hesitant – but this milk is super creamy and super delicious!

Chia Seeds – easiest dessert ever:  1 cup coconut/almond/or hemp milk + 4 TBSP chia sees + stevia and almond extract to taste.  Let it sit in your fridge for a couple of hours and voila!   Healthy tapioca pudding.

I hope this encourages you to try something new this summer!

To your vibrant health,

Deb

P.S.  Since my health was so improved with USANA supplements, I became an affiliate for their products 10 years ago.  You can order through my website, but I prefer to customize people’s supplements for them.  So if you’d like my support, please simply reply to this email.

P.P.S.  I am not an affiliate for any of the other products or for Gail’s services, but you can find the other products at Whole Foods or Thrive Market – and you can find Gail’s services here.

Set Your Loved Ones Free

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On Children
 Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

Last week as I was helping my son pack for a 2 week trip to California with his swim team, I found myself feeling the same kind of ‘not wanting to let him go’ feelings I had on the first day of preschool.  After he left for his big adventure I found myself feeling a sort of dull ache in my heart.  Sort of a homesick kind of feeling.   I have those feelings often.  Not just for my son, but for people I love deeply.   Over the years I’ve learned that I tend to over-nurture and hold on in co-dependent ways – and having worked with hundreds of clients, I realize I’m not alone in those tendencies!  So I’ve developed a practice that helps me and my clients let go of people we love so that they – and we – are free.

When I first began this practice, I was very hesitant.  I thought letting someone go was synonymous with not loving them.   I thought cutting energy cords was synonymous with cutting someone out of my life.  But after using this technique (and tweaking it over the years) I have discovered that letting someone go in this way is a most loving and caring action – for them and for me.  It allows them to connect to the real source of life energy rather than mistakenly believing that I am the source of their life energy.  It allows them to be free to expand into their fullness without any limitations that I might unwittingly be placing on them.  And it allows me to do the same.

You can do this with your children, parents, siblings, pets, friends, spouse, co-workers…anyone you love and wish to set free. 

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Here’s how I do it:

  1. I create a small altar with items that represent the person I am setting free and items that represent Divine Love. (I always have a representation of earth, air, fire and water on my altars. In this photo you’ll see crystals (earth), a vase of flowers (water and air – flowers represent air), a candle (fire)  You’ll also see other items that represent my son and Divine Love.)
  2. I light a candle
  3. I offer gratitude for the person.
  4. I close my eyes and ask to be filled with Divine Love.
  5. I take a deep breath.
  6. Then I imagine the person standing in front of me. I imagine all the energetic cords connecting the two of us.  (Relax.  If you are someone who doesn’t easily ‘see’ things in your imagination, just have the thought.)
  7. With my heart, I call forth Archangel Michael and ask him to cut all the cords of energy connecting me to this person.
  8. As the cords of energy are cut, I imagine the person’s energy returning to them and my energy returning to me. I feel my energy fill up and I see their energy fill up and get bigger.
  9. Then I say (out loud or silently): “I love you and I release you to your experience of life.  You are connected to the source of life and you are free to expand.  And I am connected to the source of life, and I am free to expand.”
  10. As I say that I imagine them being held in the palm of God’s hand, surrounded by angels and I imagine myself the same way.
  11. Then I say “thank you, thank you, thank you.” (as the Christian mystic, Meister Eckhart said “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is ‘thank you,’ it will be enough.”)

I hope this practice helps you as much as it has helped me.

In love and freedom,

Deb

PS- There are only 11 Divine Your Life sessions available this summer.

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