Sacredness of Touch

Physical touch is so important to us as human beings, yet we rarely have an opportunity to experience a safe, sacred, non-sexual touch as adults.

While this workshop is primarily aimed to energy healers, anyone interested would benefit.

We will practice guided meditation and a guided approach to touch that will allow you to connect to your own and your recipient’s divine nature.

My hope is that you will leave inspired to offer physical touch to your clients as a healing, supportive tool and that you will feel comfortable doing so.

Saturday, May 21, 1 pm to 3 pm

$30

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Pair this workshop with Reiki Refresher (May 21, 10am to 12pm) and pay $50 for both. Come spend a day with me!

Register for both here.

Reiki Refresher

Sometimes it’s nice to review basics, specially if you have fallen off your Reiki wagon. If you feel like you need an attunement to restart your practice, this class is for you!

This two hour class is open to all Reiki practitioners, at any level.

We will review Reiki principles, precepts, and receive a Reiju. Time to practice on yourself will also be included.

The focus of this class will be recharge and re-invigorate your Reiki practice. You will walk out motivated and inspired to make Reiki a regular part of your day!

Saturday, May 21, 10 am – 12 pm

$30

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Where we are going

WAPFlogosstackedRGBMy relationship with food and my weight has changed greatly over the years until I have arrived to where I am now with my choices.

I’ve gained quite a bit of weight when I was going through my divorce years ago and then used all kind of methods to try and lose it. I exercised religiously and intensely, I followed different diets, took diet pills, counted calories. You name it, and I probably did it. I’d lose weight, I’d gain weight, but overall, I did lose weight and got to a better place weight-wise. But it wasn’t until I started practicing yoga that I became at peace with my body and maintaining my healthy weight stopped being a struggle. I have also discovered Weston Price Foundation through attending an Herbal Conference. A lot of the teachers there emphasized how important good nutrition is and their advice was very different from Standard American Diet guidelines. That new way of eating seemed to make sense though, and so that’s what I’ve been following for the last maybe 5 years. I’m not a strict adherent to this diet, but this is something I always go to when I’m feeling less than good or if my clothes start fitting a little tighter.
So, what is it in a nutshell?
  • No processed foods – if it comes in a box or a can, you probably shouldn’t be eating it.
  • No substitutions, imitations, or fat-free anything – this is a full fat diet where healthy fat is your friend, not your enemy.
  • Dairy is allowed, with preference given to full-fat, raw dairy from grass-fed, pastured cows. Raw milk is available at Artichoke Farm in Newbury. If you are not up to raw milk, non-homogenized (second best) is available at Appleton Farm in Ipswich.
  • All grains, seeds, and nuts should be soaked before cooking. I don’t do this for nuts, but I also don’t eat a lot of them. If it’s a big part of your diet, you should soak and then dry them.
  • Fermented foods are a staple, eaten every day (small amounts).
  • Bone broth is another staple that you have regularly.
  • This is not a raw veggie diet, most vegetables are cooked before eating.
It takes some time to have everything in place and it shouldn’t be an all or nothing approach. Like with any diet, it works best to plan your meals and then it just takes some time to get used to thinking about your meals a bit differently. It doesn’t take a lot of effort for me to put some beans in a bowl with water in the evening and then put them in a crockpot the next day. After they are done, I can add them to my meals much easier. The same with the bone broth – I make it in my crockpot and after it cools, divide into portions and freeze to use later for soup.

[Back to Basics] week 1

honeylemonwaterThis week we are focusing not so much on taking foods out, but on adding certain things in. Think of this week as a transition week that will help you prepare.

Mainly, we are adding two things to your day:
  • Starting the day with some warm honey/lemon water
  • Drinking yogi tea throughout the day
Start the day with warm honey/lemon water

After you get up and brush your teeth, have a small cup of warm, not cold, honey/lemon water. This should be your first drink of the day. I use a small cup and fill it with about 4 oz of hot water, add half a teaspoon of raw, local honey, and then a squeeze of lemon. I cut a lemon in half and just squeeze the half into my cup, but not all of it. I think I end up with about a tea spoon of lemon juice. You want to sip this as you are going about your morning and then have breakfast.

Tips:
You really should get honey at a farm stand. Tendercrop on 1A, formerly Canaan, has local honey. If you are buying at the supermarket, just read all the labels. A lot of supermarket honey is not actually honey. You are looking for raw and local. Local just has more benefits later on in the year as it will help with your seasonal allergies.

I got a big bag of lemons at Costco, which makes it convenient and affordable since I’ll have enough to last me the whole month. If you have one of those squeeze bottles of lemon juice, you can use that in a pinch, just go easy on it. You are looking for a pleasant lemon flavor, not to feel like you stuck a lemon in your mouth 🙂

This little drink helps kick-start your digestion and prepare you to have breakfast. It’s important that water temperature is hot or warm, but not cold. I also find that about 4 oz is enough and you do not need more than that, unless you want more.

Here is a link to an article tooting its benefits: https://www.healthambition.com/many-benefits-of-lemon-water/

Drink yogi tea between meals

You can buy yogi tea at a store, but it’s much nicer to make your own, it just tastes better.

Here is a recipe:

Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil
Add 20 whole cloves
Add 20 whole green cardamom pods
Add 20 whole black peppercorns
Add 5 sticks of cinnamon
Simmer for 15-20 minutes (uncovered is fine, it smells nice!)
Add 1/4 teaspoon of any black tea.
Simmer for 1-2 more minutes and turn off.

In a large cup, pour 8 oz of tea and add 4 oz of milk, enjoy!

Tips: Basically, you add half cup milk to a cup of liquid. I like to pour hot tea and then add a splash of milk, so it’s not exactly the same proportions as the recipe.

You want to avoid heating this up in the microwave, just on the stovetop. But if the only way you’ll drink is by using microwave, go for it.

If you don’t drink milk, do not use milk substitute (almond or soy milk). Instead, you can add a bit of coconut oil, or ghee. If you do drink milk, best is raw, second best is non-hydrogenated. That is available at Appleton Farm in Ipswich on 1A (call ahead, they don’t always have it, it has yellow top).

I find that this is sweet tasting enough, but you can also add a little honey to it.

You can heat up the tea together with milk, instead of adding milk later.

These are two things I’d like you to start doing. You might find that by drinking yogi tea you are not as hungry. Honor that feeling. Try to distinguish when you are truly hungry from when you are eating because it’s time to be eating.

And please share your experiences and ask questions!

Reiki Clinic

reikiclinicPracticing on others is often requested during classes, but there is only that much time we can spend on it in a context of a class. While some students have a supportive environment at home, some do not. Practicing on others is very helpful to developing your intuition and comfort with Reiki and feels different from working on yourself. And so, I want to open up the studio and make myself available to you for practice and learning.

You do not need to be my student to attend. Reiki practitioners from all schools and lineages are welcome.

We will need people to practice on and Reiki volunteers, of course!

If you are a Reiki volunteer, there is no cost for you to attend.

If you’d like to receive Reiki, suggested donation is between $10 and $20, but any amount you can give is OK.

Thursday, March 31 at 5:30pm and 6:30pm
Saturday, April 9 at 10am and 11am
Sunday, May 22 at 11am and 12pm


YL Oils: R.C. and breathe easy!

So… I recently signed up to be a Young Living essential oils distributor. While I don’t care about the distributing part, I did want to have access to high quality oils for myself and for my clients. I got my starter kit just the other day and after excitedly smelling each and every oil that was in the kit, and sharing them with my husband, I wanted to actually diffuse something. Since few of us are sniffly, I thought that the blend with eucalyptus would be a good choice. The blend that was in my starter kit is called R.C. and it includes essential oils of three different types of eucalyptus along with other things. I got the diffuser set up with this oil and within minutes was telling my husband that my sinuses feel open. It was super quick and it smelled good too 🙂

I would recommend this blend for the fall when the sniffles come around. It’s also very economically priced, just $13.49 retail. You can read more about the blend here. And if you’d like to purchase it at some savings, just let me know and I’ll be happy to order it for you.

And, if you check Young Living oils and decide you want to become a distributor, please use this link to sign up or provide my member ID: 3199529 when signing up.

My best allergy tips

allergiesHow are your allergies this time of year? Are you sneezy, snootie, and with watering eyes? I can sympathize, my friend, I really can. I’ve had my ups and downs with all that and August/September used to be the worst! I could not drive with my windows open and had to stay indoor as much as possible.

After going to a specialist for a test, I turned out to be allergic to practically everything. I was allergic to mold, trees, grasses, cats, and most of the other things they test for that I don’t even remember now. I was prescribed medication: spray for the nose, eye drops, and some kind of anti-histamine. The medication worked great! It definitely managed my symptoms. But after using it for a bit, I wasn’t too happy with the side effects. Nose spray was addictive and gave me nosebleeds. Anti-histamine made me foggy, made my hands shake, and gave me heart palpitations. The eye drops were OK, maybe I didn’t use them often enough?

In my search for alternatives, there was a time when I haven’t exactly figured it out, and so had plenty of sneezing and runny nose attacks. While it’s too late to be completely sneeze-free at this point, it’s not too late to get better.

So, what do I do to stay off medications and still get out of the house without being a mess? At least as long as sneezing is concerned?

Do this now:

  • Get yourself some nettle tea. It really helps and has a lot of benefits besides allergies. You can pick it up at Eternal Balance, look for it online, or at health food stores. I sell organic and responsibly harvested tea from Mountain Rose Herbs. You will have to brew it strong – 1 T of plant material to one cup of water. Pour boiling water over it, cover(!), and let steep for at least 10 minutes. Once a day is enough for me at this point, but if you are feeling pretty bad, I’d go for two cups a day.
  • Invest in a neti pot. Mine is just simple plastic that I got at Walgreens, but I’m thinking of investing into this ceramic one. It’s fine if you say, “eww, gross!” in public, but do use it in private. Frankly, it’s way less gross than wiping your nose. It takes a little bit to get the hang of it, but 2-3 days and you’ll feel so much better! I’d just do it before bed, but morning and evening are good if you are really snootie.
  • Get some local honey and start adding a teaspoon into your nettle tea. Wait until after it’s steeped and not as hot to mix honey in. This will take a while to kick in, so it’s best to do it anytime you have tea throughout the year.

Do this during the year:

  • Keep using local honey in your tea. Don’t get store-bought honey, it might not even be honey. Get one at your farmer’s market. There are plenty in our area. Even if the honey is from Vermont, the pollen there is still more alike to ours than one in Florida.
  • Try to figure out what else might be causing inflammation in your body. I really think that allergies are more pronounced when the body is already agitated by dealing with other stressors. So, clean up your diet, your cleaning and personal products, and so on.
  • Lastly, stress makes everything worse. Make yourself laugh everyday! At the end of the day, if you haven’t laughed, force a loud laugh out. You will look so bonkers, it is bound to make you laugh!

I hope these allergy tips will bring some immediate relief and will keep you sneeze-free come next spring and summer!


Disclaimer: No part of this post is intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness. Nothing on this post is to be construed as medical advice; I am not a doctor, I am only relating my personal experience. Please discuss your personal health with your personal, qualified health practitioner before making changes to your diet or adjusting/discontinuing any medication. I am not responsible for any adverse outcomes associated with using or misconstruing advice or information on this site.

Lucy’s Love Bus

Lucy's_Love_Bus_Logo_wTagI am grateful to be able to participate in Lucy’s Love Bus program and provide my services to children that need them. What a great organization! I hope you consider donating to them and also pass the word on that this program exists!

Intro to Spiritual Alchemy: Using Meditation to Transform Consciousness

Amphitheatrum_sapientiae_aeternae_-_Alchemist's_LaboratoryWith Greg Kaminsky – initiate and scholar of several esoteric traditions and producer / host of the Occult of Personality podcast at occultofpersonality.net.

Spiritual Alchemy – a western esoteric tradition that employs the metaphor of laboratory alchemical transmutation in working with meditation, breathing, and ritual techniques to transform one’s consciousness.

This class is designed to introduce the basic philosophy and initial practices to anyone interested in a simple, but powerful traditional technique that has been used to gain spiritual insight and illumination for ages.

It includes:

  • Short talk on the history of alchemy
  • Intro to the philosophy of alchemy and the proper state of mind required to enter the work
  • What makes this practice ‘spiritual’ alchemy
  • Discussion of how intentionally doing this practice has the power to transform consciousness
  • Working with specific techniques of breathing, meditation, and ritual
  • Presentation of a daily practice

Techniques of spiritual alchemy have been used for thousands of years with reproducible results. Clarity of mind, calmness, and increased energy may be side effects, but the goal of this practice is illumination – to transmute the lead of everyday experience into the gold of witnessing the miracle of divine creation.

The methods we’ll be discussing are integral to the esoteric traditions of Hermeticism and Rosicrucianism. We’ll explore the foundations, theory and practice of this royal Art to provide students with the basics required to begin their own daily practice.

Greg Kaminsky is the host and producer of the Occult of Personality podcast, a highly regarded and long-running podcast that explores the occult and esoteric with authors and experts in the field. His desire to create the Occult of Personality podcast in 2006 began with a life-long compulsion to learn more about ancient civilizations, world religions, symbolism, and the underlying hidden wisdom which they contain, but only convey to those with eyes to see and ears to hear. With well over 150 episodes completed and tens of thousands of listeners every month, the podcast continues to grow in popularity and prestige. You can find Occult of Personality podcast at http://occultofpersonality.net/.

As part of the journey in learning about the occult and esoteric while doing the podcast, Greg became an initiate in several traditions including Illuminism and Freemasonry. In 2007, he was consecrated as a Bishop in the Gnostic and Apostolic lines of succession by T Allen Greenfield on Mt. Arabia. Additionally, Greg is a scholar of the Western esoteric tradition currently pursuing a graduate degree in Medieval Studies, focusing on Cabala.

Greg has been practicing meditation regularly for more than 15 years and spiritual alchemy for more than 9 of those. He has led classes, workshops, and individual teachings on the subject since 2010.

Additionally, his understanding and experience continues to evolve to better aid those who wish to learn this method of spiritual practice.

Friday, November 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

$25

Happy Independence Day!

I love July 4th! I love the celebration, the fireworks, the idea of freedom and independence. There are many shades and nuances to freedom, I think. Of course, there are very literal interpretations in the case of a slave or a prisoner. It is unfortunate that even now literal slavery still exists in the world. And the prison population in the US is nothing to be happy about. But if you are reading this, chances are you are well removed from those two instances.

The question then is, “Are you free?” My favorite teacher always closed her yoga classes with the following blessing, that I also use:

May you be happy as I wish to be happy.

May you be healthy as I wish to be healthy.

May you be full of joy as I wish to be joyful.

May you be free from suffering, as I wish to be free.

The last line always made me unsettled. My thoughts would dart to slaves or prisoners and I would feel rather uncomfortable saying that I wish to be free. “I AM free!”, I thought, “What suffering?” Given that I had a comfortable middle-class income at that time and practiced with my all-white middle class colleagues made it all the more silly. But yoga and repeating things over and over have a funny way of sticking with you. Eventually, I had a light bulb moment as I was endlessly going over and over of what to do with my life. Do I leave said comfortable, but numbing job and do what I really feel can help others and be fulfilling, or do I write that dream off and stick with my career. The indecision and going back and forth was just painful. And that’s when I got it, that’s suffering! Yes, different kind, the one that we create ourselves, but suffering nonetheless!

Since then I have begun to view the superfluous mental activity as suffering. The kind where you keep worrying about things that are out of your control, where you think up all the different possible scenarios and not good ones either. And in that light the freedom looks a bit different too. Am I free from other people’s expectations of me? Am I free to do what my heart desires? Are you?

I hope as you are drinking some beer this weekend (make it a local one) and munching on some food (local?), you’ll have a minute to think of both physical and emotional freedom and toast to that.

Some History

I have to admit that life kind of got away from me. Here I was, 6 years ago almost to the day, graduating from my Reiki Master training. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, I was ready to change the world. “Yes, I can!”, was my attitude. I quickly hit my first snag though; no one wanted to take me into their practice. Granted, I didn’t make too many inquiries, but the recurring conversation was this, “Do you have clients?”, “No, I am just starting…”, “We can’t take you on at this time.” It seemed to be like that chicken-and-egg problem that I couldn’t get out of. Not to be discouraged, I finally found someone to take me in (for a ridiculous amount of money) at the Cummings Center. As luck would have it, that wellness practice was going out of business and I ended up taking over the space in couple of months. And Eternal Balance was born, complete with a shiny new 5 year lease.

The lease on my own was not too fun to pay, specially with very few clients. As I started looking to share the space, I found a lovely massage therapist who was doing well and who just ran a coupon deal. Those deals seemed great for bringing people in and I wanted to do one for myself. The coupon site, however, was not interested in running a deal for Reiki (not profitable enough), and we ended up bundling it with a massage. And that’s when things gotten away from me. As massage therapist moved on, I had to find someone else to provide those massages that were part of my Reiki deal. And so we kept going and going with that. Like everything else, this strategy had both pluses and minuses. On the plus side, people found out about Eternal Balance and tried my services. On the minus side, I would get buried in phone calls, scheduling, and running payroll.

A bit of a wake up call came when a client commented how she loved Eternal Balance and that it was so much more than a massage place. What?! Massage place?! My business?! How did this happen?! My goal always was to offer alternatives to mainstream, to question things, to discover what is it that YOU actually want to do with your life. I really wasn’t sure how to get back to that place though. But now, with Plamen off, it feels like a good time to get back to what I want to do. Maria is fully capable of taking care of her own business and I am looking forward to a more collaborative approach where I don’t feel so much like a manager and a secretary.

I am excited about the change. I’m a little apprehensive, but this feels right, and I am going with it. I hope you’ll stay for the ride! There are so many things I’d like to do and offer, I know this will be great.

Thanks!

Thank you for staying with us! Newsletter is the best way to know what’s happening at the studio.

Do you write things down?

Interesting article on Business Insider here. It’s about how writing things down by hand helps you learn better than taking notes electronically. I know that this definitely holds true for me. If I’m using a laptop, I’m focused on taking the information down, not the actual information.

Do you take notes by hand?

Baby is here!

The baby has arrived! It feels like I’ve been pregnant for a year, at least 🙂 Little miss decided to take few extra days and was born on December 31, in the morning. We barely made it to the North Shore Birth Center on time! I was waiting around for contractions to become at regular intervals, but that just didn’t happen. After my water broke, it was quick, quick, let’s get to that birth center! Seraphina was born just 20 minutes after arriving to the birth center.

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Couple of hours after birth
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Hanging out with daddy

Little miss was 20.5″ and 8 lbs 12 oz! She is a little chunk for sure. We are settling in at home. It’s a whole different thing having a toddler and a newborn and I’m still rather sore. Here are some pics of the baby! IMG_5648

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After coming home from birth center

 

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My mom loving on the new baby while Sophia is excited to have mommy back.

 

 

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