{embrace} Gratitude | Conduit for Self-Healing

{Affirmation} “I feel an abundance of gratitude for everything I have and receive in my life every day.”   I’d like to take a moment to both express my gratitude to you and to offer you a gift. First my gratitude. I don’t take for granted that you’re here, reading this BLOG, at this moment in time. Every moment you have is precious. And so for me it is truly an honor that you are part of my tribe; that I have been given the gift of the opportunity to share with you, and learn from you. For as we work together, I too grow exponentially! My gift to you is two-fold. First, the above affirmation is an invitation to stop for a moment and find something you can be grateful for, even if because of hardship or illness it means you have to dig really deep to find it. If that’s you, I get it. I’ve been there. We all go through periods where it can be really hard to find something for which to be grateful. Whenever I reach that point I remind myself how lucky I am that I can: Dance to my favorite songs on my own two feet. That I can take deep breaths and smell the salty sea air. That I can feel the soft fur of my dog Harley between my fingertips. Or that I can hear the music that soothes my soul. What one thing can you be grateful for today? Second, make your own “{embrace} Gratitude” Essential Oil Blend Here’s a recipe to make up your own Gratitude blend. Choose...

3 reasons to start your 2016 Vision Board now | Conduit for Self-Healing

3 Reasons to Start Your 2016 Vision Board Now vs. Later (and 3 Easy Steps to Get You Started) Last year I blocked off a whole week between Christmas and New Years to do my vision planning for 2015. I even rendezvoused away from home along the coast in our motorhome. I packed all of my tools: my visioning processes, lots of blank paper, my calendar, and a bunch of creative tools including some colored pens and pencils and some canvas to get my creative juices going. I thought I was being smart! I was getting out of my home environment and blocking time out on my calendar to take care of this most important process. What happened? Getting out my creative tools to do some drawing and painting was easy. But my planning tools on the other hand, stayed in the carrying bag I brought them in. For days. Every day I’d tell myself “Okay, today’s the day. Today I’m going to do my planning.” I’d get out my tools, lay them out on the table and stare at them blankly, my mind a fog. Nothing. Nada. So, I would return to my drawing and painting! Then I’d feel guilty with thoughts running through my head. “I only have a couple of days left.” “I really should be doing my planning.” “I’m losing precious time. It’s almost the first of the year and I have nothing.” Can you relate?! Come on, be honest. I promise not to tell! Three reasons to start your 2016 planning now  1) The holidays turn your brain to mush! I’m serious! Maybe it’s...

A colorful way to meditate

Remember coloring in coloring books when you were a child? Have you ever considered them as a form of meditation? According to the Cambridge Dictionary, meditation is “the act of giving your attention to only one thing, either as a religious activity or as a way of becoming calm and relaxed”. So doesn’t that imply that meditation can come in many forms? In my view, yes. I find in my work with clients that for some, at least initially, the traditional form of meditation is challenging for them at best. Upon exploration I learn that for some gardening, painting, playing the piano, journaling, knitting, virtually any act that allows your mind to focus on something so deeply that the rest of the world, and the thoughts that go along with it release, are in themselves meditative. Imagine my surprise when I read about coloring in an article in Psychologies: ”Concentrating this way replaces negative thoughts and creates a state of peace, and many people who have a difficult time with concentrative meditation can find this easier. This gentle activity where you choose the colours to create your picture and the repetitive action of colouring it in focuses the brain on the present, blocking out any intrusive thoughts.” So I thought, “What the heck! I’ll try it!” Since learning about this I’ve not only been trying it myself, but I’ve recommended it to a few of my clients, several with ADHD or other anxiety-related disorders – with surprising results! All of them so far have reported back that they find the practice not only fun, but have noticed an increase...