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The stressed out teen – tips for destressing your high school student

By Rebecca Pall Chances are, if one were to ask a high schooler how they were feeling, the number one answer would be that dreaded, eight letter word: stressed.  With stress comes anxiety and nervousness as well.  In today’s day and age, school and social issues aren't the only things that can add to the stress load of students.   One of the things that can lead to stress for high school teenagers is, on the non-academic side, social standing.  At the age of 14-19, children feel that they have to be superior by fitting into a crowd.  If they don’t do what a certain group of people are doing, then they could be seen as unfit, or unqualified to be with a certain group of people....

Harvesting Weeds For Fall Health

I never used to like autumn.  I’ve always been more of a spring girl. Watching the world come alive, and singing with the energy of the earth… I’m in my glory! Lately though, I’m learning how beneficial reaping the harvest can be, both physically and spiritually.  Whether I’m watching the October rains turn our August-faded lawns green again, walking a mountain path, or sitting on the beach in my hoodie, debating a swim, there’s so much life waiting for us to share in the bounty and I’m learning to sit quietly and reflect in the cooling days and appreciate all I’ve done in the warmer seasons so that I can reap their benefit all winter long. What grows is often what we need, so I’d like...

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NanoWrimo – Letting Your Vision Grow

October is a month of traditions, whether it’s celebrating a harvest festival or Halloween activities.  But Harvesting is also another way to reap the seeds we sow in our own journey, honing the talents and skills that make us who we are.  Writers all over the world look at November, also known in the noveling world as National Novel Writing Month (or the otherwise cryptic, NaNoWriMo) with anticipation, using October as a chance to gear up for one of the greatest writing challenges of all. NaNoWriMo.org writes: National November Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun and creative writing challenge starting on November 1st and ending November 30th.  The goal is to write 50,000 words in just one month.  Sounds fun, crazy, intensive, and highly rewarding?  Well, it is....

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Harvest: A Human Connection

By Tamara Rockiki Harvest festivals are representative of our own personal growth, and the need to share our successes. They center around abundance and community, and in this day and age of limited face-to-face connection, they remind us of the importance of celebrating that which we’ve done to get us where we are. This week, as an inspiration to share and grow from our personal harvests, we will be sharing stories of harvest traditions around the world, such as the olive harvest festival which has been celebrated in the township of Magione, Italy, since 2001.   Stephanie Spavento of the The Perpetual Explorer writes that this festival takes place on November 23rd, in conjunction with the feast of St. Clement, the patron saint of metalworkers and blacksmiths.  It celebrates the...

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Harvesting Wisdom From People We’ve Lost

Recently, my husband’s great aunt passed away after a long bout with a painful cancer. Kim was a wonderful woman and her wry wit and comforting presence will be missed at every family gathering.  Her love and pride in our family was something that I cherished.  Kim had been part of my life for almost thirty years and her presence in our lives taught me many things. Kim devoted her life to supporting the mental and emotional health of troubled teens across the nation.  A spiritual person from a young age, Kim gravitated toward spiritual people from all faiths. She eventually settled in southern Colorado, cultivating a close connection to the Native American community. While working with teenagers on the reservation there, Kim’s faith was deepened to...

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Working With Intuition, Not Fear

By Carlie Currier   October is a time for harvesting. Nourished by the warmth of the sun, summer was a time for growth within. While sowing the seeds of our goals, we thought deeply about what we wanted to manifest within our lives. Now the season of fall calls for a new phase in our growth--the fruition of our dreams into reality. However, we need to be aware of exactly what we’re harvesting. Ghosts and demons also come out in October. Are  we allowing our higher selves to shine through so we can reach our full potential, or, are we letting the superstitions and phobias of our past dictate us? Maybe some of us are still allowing skeletons to hide inside the closets of our comfort zones. Is...

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Find Your Untapped Potential

Do you ever wonder about your true calling?  Do you yearn for something more but just don’t know what? Each of us is equipped with unique talents and skills.  Finding our true calling is a journey. It’s not always easy to realize what we’re meant to do in life.  In her blog post, “Untapped Potential: Finding Your Talent”, Mind Key member, Tamara Rokicki, shares her journey in pursuing her passion.  It doesn't have to be as complicated as we make it.  Life presents our talents in many ways, whether it’s a simple hobby that rescues us from the mundane or in the way we inspire others. As the warmer weather winds down, and the days grow shorter, we naturally begin to harvest our skills and lessons from the experiences of the past...

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Why Child-Driven Learning Works

Imagine a school where children choose their own lessons, and are motivated and enthusiastic to learn. Sounds like a parent’s fantastical utopia, doesn’t it? Sugata Mitra, founder of the Hole-in-the-Wall experiment and Minimally Invasive Education, doesn’t think so.  He discovered that through the use of learning centers, children were able to learn and thrive on their own, without the input of teachers. Many untraditional schools such as some Montessori and Waldorf schools utilize this concept of child-driven learning, as do many homeschooling families.  Child-driven education is also the defining characteristic of unschooling. Photo Credit: Shelby Sheene Shelby Sheene, mother of three unschooled children in Tampa Bay, Florida, says, “Unschooling is a method that embraces the idea that children want to learn. It is basically learning through life and...

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What Is Aquarian Sadhana

What is Aquarian Sadhana? By Shantprem Kaur “Wait, five A M?”  I clarify as the beautiful woman all in white nods. “Uh, are you sure it’s not five PM?” I question hopefully. She smiles her angelic smile “Yes, I’m sure.” Yeah right, I think to myself. You’ll never find me doing that. But, at 5 am the next morning I find myself awake and motivated by curiosity. I wander down the hall of the retreat center beckoned by a quiet murmuring.  I crack the door, slide through the dimly lit room, and settle into the quiet chanting. A peace envelopes me and I know I am onboard for the next two and a half hours....

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The Many Benefits Of Yoga

Yoga is a worldwide practice that helps people connect with their body and mind.  Statistic Brain reports that over 15 million Americans practice yoga regularly. Malia Bradshaw is one of them.  A certified yoga instructor, writer, and mental health advocate, she is one of the many people relying on the benefits of yoga.  When she started experiencing anxiety attacks she found that yoga not only helped her body, but also her mind. She says, “I needed a way in which I could move my body, but also calm my anxiety.  Yoga was the perfect combination of a very physically challenging practice, but also a spiritual practice.”   Yoga improves stress and anxiety by slowing down the breathing and heart rates, while also being a significant GABA booster.  Emily Deans, MD,...

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You’re Important

You’re important.   You’re important to your family, to your co-workers and to your circle of friends.  The most important person who should know your importance, however,  is you. If you don’t know that you’re important, and treat yourself that way, it can create mental and emotional stress and age you prematurely. Do you treat yourself like you’re important?  I didn’t for a long time.   For what seems like forever, I put myself second.  Second to my children, to my husband, to the rest of my family’s needs.  I didn’t speak up, I deferred to them.  Not that I didn’t have an opinion and talk about it, but I never gave my opinions, my emotions, my health the same weight as I gave everyone else’s.  Here’s an example. Years...

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Urgent Message About Watering From Glenwild Water Center

With the Autumnal Equinox last week, we need to switch our gardening mindset to winter preparation.  With these tips from Glenwild Garden Center about watering your new trees and shrubs, your lawn and garden should be in good shape for the coming seasons. Issue No. 163 September 16, 2016 URGENT MESSAGE ABOUT WATERING!   This is most critical for anyone who has planted any shrub, tree or perennial any time recently (This year especially)!   The soil dryness is at critical levels for established plants as well, but if you have planted anything this year, (or for a tree, the last 3 years) you need to deeply water your plants.  That means: Use a soaker hose, or put the nozzle or end of the hose on the ground next to the trunk...

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Emotion Freedom Technique (Tapping) Can Be A RoadMap For Success

As a spiritual counselor or healer, you are continually faced with clients who will not or cannot change the patterns that are making themselves sick physically, emotionally or spiritually. I am reminded of a client who always verbally says how sick she is.  I have told her, as others have, that changing the pattern of negative speak to positive affirmations of good health would better serve her.  Saying “my” illness puts that notion of ownership into the ether that, once out there, is hard to dispel...

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Connect The Dots – Old Habits & New Patterns

September has been all about change.  The change of seasons, back to school time changes, making changes in our lives and recognizing changes that need to be made.  We've had so much great content this month, its hard to choose which blog posts to highlight here. At the beginning of the month we focused on National Yoga Month with a great series of introduction snapshots to Mind Key Affiliate Thames Street Yoga, staring with a profile of the owner, Kyla Rose Maher.  Check out what Kyla had to say about her wonderful instructors.  Each "snapshot" provides bios for two of the great and varied yoga instructors at Thames Street Yoga. Gentle Instructors for a Creative Workout, Holding Space for Growth, Devotion and Energy as a Spiritual Path and Running with Instructors. We also heard from Lisa...

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Communication: More Than Just You And Me

Since before the time we learn to talk, we are taught that in order for life to flow easy you must talk to people, communicate. All relationships depend on communication. Every relationship is different and requires different means of communication, but communication nonetheless. Good communication is essential for the healthy relationships we crave. Herbalist and author of “The Gift of Healing Herbs,” Robin Rose Bennett agrees. "Communication is the essential key to healthy relationships,” she said. “And healthy relationships are the key to a truly good, joyful life.” Spiritual Healer, Vera Ann Remes says she “depend[s] on spiritual and energetic interactions with [her] clients to tell [her] their needs and how to help them. When [she] scan a client’s body [she] feel the cold spots and vibrations that denote pain or...

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You Are A Star In An Otherwise Bleak World

Taraleigh embodies exactly what we believe in here at Mind Key.  She has made music her life, and has made the leap to allowing that life to fully support her in every way. She's done this by allowing her personal energy to work for her, rather than against her.  When we do what we love, and live authentically, we are asking the energy of the universe to bring more of that into our life. As humans, we hide behind masks and allow those masks define us...

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The Energy of Peace & Manifestation

Manifestation is the process of manipulating energy in such a way that we first create and surround ourselves in the vibration what we want and then allow the universe to bring the physical manifestation of that vibration to us. That’s why visualization is such a powerful tool.  Visualization allows us to see what we want--the clearer we see it, feel it, sense it, the stronger the vibration we create.  That created vibration then has the ability to draw that which we desire to us in a very real way.   Visualization works best when it’s directed solely at oneself. In other words, a visualization board made to achieve a promotion or new home is inevitably more likely to come to pass than one made for world peace,...

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Connecting The Energetic Dots

This month we discussed the energy of the things we do to our body and how it can change us as well as so-called coincidences that led to life-changing events. Energy is everywhere and there seemed to be so much energy of change in August, we wanted to share it all with you.  There were so many events in each of our areas, Rhode Island, NY/NJ Highlands area, Denver Metro area in Colorado and our newest location, Mind Key Florida.  Events, whether they specifically mention energy or not, can connect with energy because, like I said, its everywhere and everything. Creative energy, be it  photo manipulation by Elisabeth Ladwig in The Making of Time Capsule or Marisa Goudy's The Energy between writer and reader talking about the bond between writer and reader....

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Forest bathing as a way to heal

Using the energy of the forest to heal

 by Vera Remes We are well aware that the rain forests, often referred to as Nature’s Medicine Cabinet, contain plants from which medicines are derived.  Some 120 prescription drugs sold worldwide today are known to contain ingredients derived directly from rain forest plants. According to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, more than two-thirds of all medicines found to have cancer-fighting properties come from rain forest plants. Examples abound. Ingredients obtained and synthesized from a now-extinct periwinkle plant found only in Madagascar (until deforestation wiped it out) have increased the chances of survival for children with leukemia from 20 percent to 80 percent. Even the air and smells of the forest have been known to have healing properties, as proven by the popularity and efficacy of a Japanese...

Vertical Gardening with the Rodale Institute – Snapshot

  Grow up, not out Vertical Garden! Build your growspace   Vertical Gardening in Urban Environments     Many urban centers across the U.S. have been labeled as "food deserts" where city residents do not have access to local, fresh produce. Food is transported to city centers by the truckloads from miles away, oftentimes arriving close to or past their expiration and in questionable condition. As a result, city residents, who account for 81% of the U.S. population, are provided with low quality produce. Urban gardening and farming has risen in the last decade. However, increasing green spaces and food production in urban environments is not without challenges and risks.  Rodale Institute has designed a number of prototypes for vertical gardening called "Growing Towers." Advantages of using growing towers include creating space vertically...

Parenting – the ultimate adventure in paying it forward

  When you become a parent, either by nature or nurture, you wipe its butt just like your parent wiped yours.  We feed the child, clothe them and teach them by our actions, watching as the milestones pass.  We kiss boo boos, worry about them, lose sleep and hope for their future. We follow in the footsteps of every parent, not just our own.  The actions we remember as perceived parenting missteps from our own childhood, we're sure to do differently if we can resist the pull of history and genetics which, at times, might be too strong. No handbooks come with a new baby.  They should.  Every piece of advice ever given should come with each new child as downloadable content, straight to your brain.  Kind of like Neo learned Kung...

Giving Back through Taboo Words – Guest Blog by Jessica McWhirt

Today, guest Blogger Jessica McWhirt, shares how it feels to give back to the community through the empowering performance of this collection of risqué monologues. *************************************As the word “vagina” broke from my lips, the audience’s eyes widened a little, mouths opened slightly, and wine-filled glasses hung midair awaiting my next words. Even though my words make my audience recoil in their chairs, I know we’re creating awareness. It’s not easy to hear taboo subjects, let alone repeat forbidden words in front of 600 eyes. My Vagina Monologues cast and the hundreds of casts throughout the world swallow uncomfortable topics and silences to raise awareness of violence against women. The money we raise from these performances goes directly to an organization that works to end violence against women within...

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Moments with Dad

Dads give so much for their families.  This Father's Day, we're giving back by sharing our favorite Dad moments and the best Dad advice. What are your favorite fathering moments? Here are some fond memories from our Mind Key Community via Facebook. "One of my favorite things - sitting in the backyard on a summer afternoon, listening to the Yankees on the radio with my dad...

The tragedy in Orlando

  Photo credit to Yahoo.com (here) We at Mind Key grieve for all of the lives touched by the mass shooting at Pulse, an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, FL over the weekend.  Fifty lives, including the shooter's, were lost and fifty-three people remain wounded and hospitalized, some fighting for their lives.  Living in the Denver metro area in Colorado, I have borne witness to several local mass tragedies, starting with the shooting at Columbine High School (about 6 miles from my home), and most recently with the Aurora Theater shooting, which is near where our oldest son lives.  I know the sheer panic of wondering if someone you know has been affected, hurt, or even killed by acts of terror like this.  Photo thanks to Kara Bedard (via Facebook here) As...

Global Event – Kylan Fischer Yoga Retreat

  “Sun-Kissed Yoga Bliss” Retreat   to be Offered at CostaBaja™ Resort and Spa Experience Blindfolded Yoga, SUP Yoga and More with Kylan Fischer Chicago, IL -  One of the nation’s most popular yoga instructors, Kylan Fischer, will host a five-day wellness retreat for those seeking to unwind from everyday stresses and find their bliss.  The retreat will be offered July 25-29, 2016, at the spectacular CostaBaja Resort and Spa, an all-inclusive property just 10 minutes south of downtown La Paz, the capital of Mexico’s Baja California. “Treat yourself to this opportunity to sweat it out, let it go and relax,” offered Kylan. “This tropical getaway enables you to detox from deadlines and dreary daily routines. You’ll feel the exhilaration and pride of gently pushing your yoga practice to new...

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Putting together your healing puzzle pieces

            When I was initially diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease about thirty years ago at age twenty-two, I had no idea this was the start of my life’s purpose. Although, it would take me some time, many years in fact, to realize this.  Had I known from the beginning, I would have kept a detailed diary so I could share more of the specifics of what I was going through, the ups and downs, all the things I tried that worked and didn’t work, etc., but I was so ill and just wanting to survive that I didn’t have the energy or where with all to keep a written record.             However, I remember enough to share the top strategies I used physically, mentally/emotionally & spiritually that...

Mind Key: Giving back to the community at large

In June's Mind Key Issue we will be sharing stories of giving back and paying it forward. Sometimes this is referred to as karma, but we prefer to look at it simply as energy.  We receive what we put out, which is why the best way to change the world is by changing your personal world.  This creates an incredible ripple effect that touches the lives of others, who then pay the good energy forward.  Not only that, but it raises your individual vibration so that you attract more of what you give into the world back to yourself. I like to compare this to the phenomenon of love.  No matter how much love you give, it never diminishes, only grows.  Giving back works the same way. We feel fulfilled and...

Connect the Dots – Release and Detox

  May’s Mind Key Issue was Release and Detox   Release verb re·lease ri-ˈlēs   : to stop holding (someone or something) : to allow (a substance) to enter the air, water, soil, etc. Detox noun, often attributive de·tox ˈdē-ˌtäks, di-ˈtäks   : special treatment that helps a person to stop using drugs or alcohol : to remove a poisonous or harmful substance from (something) There are so many types of and ways to detox or release.  You can go literal with it and physically release clutter in your home or office or toxins from your body.  Or you can go figurative with frustration, stress, anger, preconceived notions, and societal expectations.    Detox is a word and a concept that is bandied around a lot on the internet as a way to “clean out” your system and...

5 Products that could save you from a hangover – Tips and Tricks

Good timing with Memorial weekend at hand, here are some hangover remedies we found to help you though that AM slump. ******************** Hangovers are nature’s not-so-friendly reminder that too much of a good thing isn’t always all that grand. Even so, we’re not ones to let that deter us from enjoying our glasses of Sauvignon Blanc, or imbibing an Old Fashioned. And while there may be a ton of do-it-yourself remedies out there to help you beat the aftermath of a night out, sometimes you’re in need of something a little stronger, and more formulaic, than some greasy food and a Gatorade. When that’s the case, here are the products that will let you have your wine and drink it, too. Prime There’s no reason that a (really) fun...

Letting Go with Oracle and the written word

Professionally, I am a teacher. That is how I pay my rent. How much teaching is done by my own volition? I am not sure sometimes. However, I am sure that leading others to writing as a primary source of detox is the best kind of teaching I can do. As a writer, artist, educator, and participant of the Mind Key project, my purpose has leaned more toward helping others find the stories they need to tell. As resistant as some may be, every single person has a story in words, pictures, or song. Once the creative outlet is found, we can let go of everything else which feels the need to hold us back. Creativity is an integral part of connectedness and restructuring, and some...

The things our body holds

The things we hold onto—emotions, hatred, old patterns—they hold onto us in very physical ways. A sample photo of a somatoemotional release session About six years ago I began to understand this truth while experiencing Somatoemotional Release, a type of body work (like massage or chiropractic work) based on the inherent memory of body tissue.  In other words, you may have physically healed from a trauma (such as a fall or impact) but the tissue retains the memory of the injury.  This can cause muscles around the traumatized area to tense as if they still needed to protect the injured tissue.  Since the body has essentially healed from the actual injury, Somatoemotional Release allows the body to release that trauma so everything else can relax and realign. Much...

Listen to your elders

In talking about release and surrender of thoughts and things that don't serve you this month, I'm reminded of a conversation I had with my grandma a few months ago.  We were talking about my frustration concerning my "weight loss journey".  I put it in quotations because...

Meditation for Release and Forgiveness

    I will release all the negative thoughts and moments that I have experienced in my life Making way to my path of light before me I ask my soul Only to hold the love And walk forward in love only Forget what you are walking from But remember what you are walking to Forgiveness   *************************** Thoughts to Awaken the Spirit Kathleen Santora teaches meditations and self-healing through the understanding of one’s own personal energy. A spiritual healer for the past 30 years, Kathleen began trance healing later when she became aware that angels were working with her during healings. She has since learned to step back and allow her angels to come forward and work through her. ...

Being your own best friend

  I consider myself a team player.  But what do you do when you don't have a team? The people I was friendly with years ago all rode horses and were volunteers in sheriff’s department mounted unit. The depended upon one another, sometimes for their very existence.  Until the advent of a new regime in that department, we were like brothers and sisters who could fight among ourselves, but provide a unified front against the onslaught of others.   After the new regime, we were torn apart.  I’ve been looking for that same team feeling for years now.   Maybe the world has changed, but finding a team to play on isn’t easy.  As we all know, true friends are hard to find, maybe impossible. As good a friend as...

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Let it in–Acceptance of Opportunities

The above meme might seem cliche, but this month's theme of release can come in many forms.  One thing that you can release are preconceived notions of who you are and what you can or can't do.  Until you're faced with a situation, there's no way to know.  I say this because recently, my husband and I had the unthinkable happen. Danielle and me in NYC.  I was on the phone with the travel company. We planned our 20th anniversary dream trip to Europe.  We were going to visit Budapest, Hungary and Prague, Czech Republic.  It was going to be incredibly romantic, walking and biking everywhere together, hand in hand (not on the bikes). We were going to go on planned tours and explore on our own and...

Simple steps for avoiding a detox

In today's culture, detox seems to be the go-to for almost any health concern.  And why not?  We are often overwhelmed and so overloaded, that the idea of "letting go" of it all seems incredibly appealing. However, sometimes a detox isn't the answer.  Oftentimes, there are simple solutions that require a more gentle letting go--such as releasing old paradigms and emotional patterns. Lack of sleep For those who are tired and have trouble falling asleep, I recommend leaving computers, cellphones and televisions out of the bedroom. When you get into bed at night and you are ready for sleep, do nothing except relax and settle your body down;  the stimulation to the pituitary and pineal gland from the screen lights is not one that is conducive to a state of relaxation. For those...

Rhinebeck, NY Event- Collaborating with Nature Workshop June 3-5

Sometimes letting go means letting go of our old ways of healing. This fabulous workshop, happens only once a year.  In it, you will learn how to let go of your old ways of thinking, recognizing that you CAN heal the environment, and at the same time heal yourself. WORKSHOP  Collaborating with Nature: Experience Mutual Healing Between Trees and You! June 3rd to 5th, 2016 Click HERE for more info and to register.   Collaborating with Nature: Mutual Healing Between Trees and People The Two-Way Street for All to Flourish on Earth  ·     Exchange mutual healing: Give Tree Whispers - Receive trees' life-force-based transmissions.  ·     Enjoy profound intuitive and sensory encounters with Trees and other Nature Beings. ·     Experience Earth, Air, Fire, and Water as interactive forces or elemental Beings.   ·     Move from "me" to "we" with 5 steps...

Deep breathing for detox and release

When I was in college in the early 1980’s, I learned one of the most valuable life lessons in one of my Physical Therapy classes. The professor taught us about how to breathe in deeply by expanding our diaphragms at the lower part of our chest areas. I believe we were studying about pulmonary (lung) conditions at the time. Our professor told us how many people, especially women, breathe shallowly from their upper chest. More women he said because of them being self-conscious about not wanting their belly’s to expand making them look heavier. In response to his urging, I placed my hand on my lower chest about my belly-button area to assist me in feeling my diaphragm expand allowing me to breathe more deeply. By deep...

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The release of motherhood

I suppose life is always a pattern of gaining and releasing.  But there's something special about the release of a mother.  As a mother we are always releasing something of ourselves, of our children.  We are always letting go. Motherhood changes everything! First we let go of the experiences of youth in order to become and nurture a pregnancy.  We let go of our office or workout room, of the clothes in our closet, of the foods we once loved, of our ideas of exercise.  This is even before the baby arrives. Then the baby does arrive, and we are filled and blessed and joyous at this change.  We let go of our work, Friday nights out, our relationships as we knew them, healthy habits, sleep.  We release...

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Coloring for stress relief

Have you seen the coloring books for sale touting "Stress Relief," "Coloring for Adults" or "Zen Feeling?"  I have.  I asked for one for Christmas last year and I love it. There are times when I have come home from work stressed out. After dinner I give myself permission to block out my family and focus instead on creation.  I can't say that what I create is life changing, because it's not.  But just the power over creativity, the choice of colors and mediums (pencils or pens or markers) gives me a feeling of contentment.  There is so much swirling in my world, so many pieces for which I grasp, but this one, I can embrace and conquer.  This one thing is mine and mine only. And I...

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The Impossibility of Letting Go

The Mind Key Theme this month is letting go, and as I sit here contemplating what to say on the subject, I realize that I’m totally clueless. I tend to focus, you see. OK, not focus. Obsess. If something has my attention, I will dissect the subject thoroughly. I will twist it this way and that, hold it under a microscope, analyze it, catalog it, rip it apart, put it back together again. On the other hand, if it doesn’t have my attention, it zips right over my head before I realize it’s there. So, if I can harness my laser-like focus only on things beneficial to me, then the poisonous would just slip away, right?  The thing is, I don’t get to choose what attracts...

What it means to hold on/let go

What are you holding on to? We all hold onto something: Physically, emotionally, physically, it's human nature to hold-on. I used to hold onto things.  I held onto every little thing I could.  Wrapping paper, old dishes, screws, wires, toys, scraps of wood.  Everything can be reused.  Everything had sentimentality. There was energy in everything I owned. This was as a child.  As I grew, so did my collections of things. I realized I couldn't hold onto everything anymore.  We accumulate so much.  Then there's nothing to do but let go of it or let it consume you. The first things I remember struggling with letting go of was gifts.  I remembered every single gift given to me, and couldn't bear to let go of them.  I held...

Connecting the Dots – Finding your Medicine

This month our bloggers wrote about "Finding Your Medicine" -- and the many different types of medicine available, and how they each connect physically, spiritually and emotionally. Danielle kicked off the month by talking about what it means to Find your Medicine. From there Vera talked about how Shamanic Extraction Healing can release and remove negative energy, and how we all have the keys to bring our physical, spiritual and emotional/mental aspects into balance in When you have the right pieces you can heal yourself. During Spirituality week, Tara discussed how Finding Green Tara, and her own spiritual path, became her medicine, while Kathleen talks about love as medicine in her meditation from Thoughts to Awaken the Spirit, and Danielle shared a snapshot of a simple moving meditation...

Personal medicines change over time

Dogs are awesome My husband saw a meme on Facebook recently.  I couldn't find it to post here, but it said that "Cyclists are the only people who understand why dogs stick their heads out windows of cars".  I don't know if I agree that we're the ONLY people who understand this phenomenon, but we certainly do understand it. I realize that technically, while riding, I actually feel very little "wind in my hair" since I have it in a pony tail and stuffed under a helmet, but the meme is still true.  I love to feel the air on my face, the speed of it, the smells that go by so quickly that I'd call them fleeting.  I love to feel the power of the bike...

Writing as medicine

For many years I struggled with endocrine and hormone imbalances. The process by which I found healing included a long path of different modalities… modalities which eventually became the beginning of The Mind Key Project almost six years ago. The most powerful modality, however, has been writing. Writing, in fact, is how the Mind Key Project began.  Perhaps writing has helped because it provided emotional perspective, processing and release.  But there's more to it than that.  Writing has also offered a real, physical healing as well. The body is an amazing machine.  From the moment of conception, it is creating, maintaining, regulating and regenerating.  Mind Key began under the premise that the body contains all the answers an individual needs to attain perfect health. The question is how...

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The Subtleties of Listening

Listening is quite an art form when practiced properly. By "properly", I mean in such a way where one hears all of what is being expressed, between the lines of what is directly communicated and what is not. While in my office with those I care for, listening becomes a wonderful dance of both active and passive participation. I listen to what is being said, as well as to what is not said, what is being communicated through the quieter aspects of facial expression and diagnosis, tone of voice and choice of words, posture and body language. I listen to my intuition as well, because sometimes I clearly understand that there is more to know than what is being said. When this understanding occurs, it's time...

Natural Medicine – A short story

She ran from the house, her skin cold against the balmy summer air. It could have been late afternoon, the full weight of sun and humidity pressing down against her, and it wouldn’t have mattered.  Nothing could warm her now. Her hurried steps brought her to the small patch of woods not far from the apartment. Gnarled limbs, heavy with Spanish Moss, provided sanctuary as she wove her way around the trees. Most of her friends were leery of this place, leery of the creatures that called this swampy spot home. She was far more concerned with the human creatures she left behind her, specifically the so-called friend that climbed on top of her while she was passed out. She woke up to find his hands...

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When you have the right pieces, you can heal yourself

              Whatever created us – some call it God, some call it universal creative energy – either way we are pretty miraculous beings and I believe we were created to be basically healthy in mind, emotions, body and spirit. However, our human experience gets us off track and misshapes us. Then we start believing the illusions that we are flawed, not worthy or deserving, etc. to have health, happiness, joy, love and prosperous to name a few things. Maybe we allow ourselves success in one area, but usually never all of them. To quote a Seinfeld episode, we don’t think we can have the this, the that and the other.                 However, if we choose to do so, we have the opportunity...

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What is medicine, really?

I was up to my elbows in dirty water, dingy sponge in hand. I'd been at it two days and the empty apartment was still only half cleaned—my apartment—my new life in a new town, a new state.  And I was alone. The sun was setting on a Wednesday night.  I'd had no dinner, I had no furniture, no friends, no bed other than a half-deflated air mattress.  My kids were three states away and my marriage in shambles. My entire life was crumbling around me. If not for an album I'd already over-listened to a god-zillion times, I might have gone completely over the edge.  But there was comfort in Nahko's words, words that offered hope… the hope I'd come to this new place to find. Still,...

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Have you ever had an Extraction Healing?

As the founder of and practitioner with Raven Reiki, Vera Remes offers Usui Reiki with nuances of Shamanism and psychic intuition.  She also offers Shaman Oracle and Angel Card readings and is a certified H3 Energy Healing Therapist.  Vera's column (Vera's Rave'n) will focus on the many aspects of Shamanism.   *************************** Extraction Healing, always trying to learn something new to help my clients.  As you know, I am attracted to the Shamanic way of life. The concept of getting rid of stuff that's weighing me down is appealing. So when a “soul extraction healing” workshop was to be given by Michael Harner’s Institute for Shamanic Studies, I jumped at the chance to really learn about this fascinating concept.  I have taken internet courses that touched upon this subject but...

A Yin/Yang Herbal

Yin and yang represent different aspects of everything that exists. Within us we have a measure of each, and that measure changes in any given moment or situation.  It's the melding and balance of the two that is important. In Yin and Yang, as in the ocean, the balance is ever changing In herbalism, there is little difference.  As Charla wrote in her blog on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture, and yin and yang energy, part of healing comes from balancing these two energies inside us.  We do this often without thinking.  When we are dry, we drink water and moisturize.  When we are overwhelmed with moisture (think runny nose, bloating, etc.), we take antihistamines, diuretics, or force perspiration with exercise or using a sauna or similar treatment. In herbalism,...

From all or nothing – to finding balance

Barbara Steingas Barbara Steingas is an award winning author, inspirational speaker and radiant life coach, helping people to optimize their health and vitality.  She can be found at Steingasbooks.  Barbara is joining Mind Key as a resident columnist, sharing her 21 Tips for Healing. ***********************              It used to be all or nothing for me. That was due to the need for perfectionism that made me a person of extremes. Either I would have to do something 100% right or not at all. I didn’t know how to be balanced or allow myself any slack for mistakes or learning curves. It was all black and white so to speak, no gray areas. This is best illustrated when I went to college and I gained the freshman twenty pounds. To...

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Yin and Yang in Acupuncture

  Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uses Yin and Yang (pronounce yang rhyming with gong) and the body's meridians as the primary foundations for diagnosis and treatment.  According to this article on SacredLotus.com, all phenomena can be reduced to Yin-Yang and the earliest mention of it was in the I Ching in 700 BCE. Yin and Yang relate to specific parts of the human body and every treatment modality aims to either Tonify the Yin or Yang and/or Disperse excess Yin or Yang. In TCM, there are six pathogenic factors.    Yin                          Yang ----                         Wind   Cold                       Heat   Dampness           Dryness   ----                         Summerheat   I visit an acupuncturist and he is a great believer in TCM, using the flow of Qi along the meridians of the body and specially mixed herbal remedies to increase and/or decrease the...

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Dissonance

dis·so·nance ˈdisənəns/ noun Music noun: dissonance; plural noun: dissonances lack of harmony among musical notes. "an unusual degree of dissonance for such choral styles" a tension or clash resulting from the combination of two disharmonious or unsuitable elements. "dissonance between campaign rhetoric and personal behavior" There's the version of the world and of ourselves that we each want to be true. Then there's the real world and our actions within it. Dissonance is the story of one man's journey from fantasy to acceptance of reality. Written and directed by Tino Godina, Dissonance is the fifth short produced by Wretched Children Productions. According to Tino, the inspiration for the story came from mostly practical concerns. With limited time and manpower, Tino wanted a story that could be shot in a single day and with...

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Relationship wrap up

Over the last month, the blog here at Mind Key has focused on relationships.  Relationships with yourself, your family, your significant other and relationships with your higher self.  Each type is drastically different.  How you relate to yourself is not the same as how you relate to your family, your partner or your spiritual connection, but each type is connected by the basics; honesty, love, kindness and work.  Relationships don’t just spring into being (except for the relationship with self…  That one’s kind of a given...

Managing Difficult Family Members – Family Relationships

Over the course of time that I have been in private practice, which will be 16 years this April, I have been asked many questions related to managing the triggers of internal stress that are immovable in life. Among these questions, the one that is asked most often is how to navigate difficult family relationships. There are always 2 choices: first, to write the offending family member(s) off completely, with no further contact, thus eliminating the stressor entirely (and perhaps substituting another in its place, but that might be another blog post...

Lent and Mindfulness in relationships

“In a time where no one seems to have enough time, our devices allow us to be many places at once — but at the cost of being unable to fully inhabit the place where we actually want to be.  Mindfulness says we can do better.”  — Time Magazine cover article on mindfulness, February 3, 2014. Oh Catholic Lent! Self-denial for 40 days. First begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter Sunday. This year that is February 10th until March 24th. Then we can commence back to the sinning!!! ( Just a little humor) I am not Catholic. I have though, participated in Lent for a few years now. It's mindfulness. Give up harm, replace with good. Mediate for the 40 days and send peace to the...

I love you. But we can’t be together…. today

Sarah Loukos Sarah Loukos is a tarot reader and a valued Mind Key member and contributor. Today I will not think That we could not spend it together I will instead think Of all the days we did have together And hope that you can feel me Reliving every moment S.L. Gray Love is a funny lil bugger, ain't it? It dives you into a world of joy and anger, dizziness, bliss and oh the fantasy that lives in your mind about how it will be when you both are in each others arms. One day. Guess what, it's not today. You're married or he's married, one can, one can't. Life or jobs. KIDS?! All of these things are the things that get in the way of you and your soul mate's love. As a tarot reader, I see...

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