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Body Screaming at You? What You Need To Know Now

body screamingIs your body screaming at you? Out beyond the altar of doing more, faster, there is a space of awareness, wisdom and compassion. I’ll meet you there. May these true confessions of an alchemist guide your way.

Ever look at yourself with a sense of humor?
I had a bumper crop of that recently, three days post-abdominal surgery.
I was under general anesthesia, complete with a breathing tube. Since I was released from the hospital the same day, I expected I would feel fine and have a great excuse to take a few days off and bond with my kids.

Check out my weekend to-do list:

Make fresh yogurt from scratch,
Teach my kids how to make natural facial sprays and masques,to do list Watch a thought-provoking movie w my daughters followed by a life-enhancing discussion,
Re-cover the antique footstools from my office,
Complete my personal tax prep,
Write an article on “The Mystic” for a new online magazine

Want to guess what actually happened?

None of the above.

Bet you saw that coming.

Surgery went well, but nausea threw me to the floor.
Great news: I guarantee I’ll never become addicted to codeine, torodal, or whatever the hell else they gave me.
(Cue hysterical laughter.)

My kids got the super-fun throw-up mommy to play all weekend.
(This is definitely not one that you want to buy for your kids during holiday season.)
I got exactly no nourishment, as everything that went down, came right back up, including the anti-nausea medication.

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Going somewhere? I don’t think so.

Monday was better, but better is a relative term.
I concluded that if I wasn’t well enough to drive my kids a mile and a half to the bus, seeing clients would have to wait.

After gritting my teeth and rescheduling, I had a good talk with myself.
I asked myself the same tough but loving questions I ask my clients.
And I realized something important.

I was treating my recovery process as an inconvenient interruption of daily life.

That is some really screwy logic that deserved to be flipped on its head.

So I re-decided. My priority was to fully and completely heal at all levels….even though his meant taking more time off than I wished.

To be clear, by “time off” I mean being still instead of pushing against the necessary boundaries my body screaming alerted me to   when I ignored the whispers.

Which meant there was no freshly prepared yogurt, no eco-friendly skin care line and the tattered (but beloved) foot stools will be here a bit longer.
Tax prep was delayed and that article may or may not get written in a timely fashion.

But it also means I listened to my body, rest when I needed to, recovered as quickly as possible, and walked my talk about self-care.

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love yourself

What good are pretty words if the the tongue they’re rolling off of isn’t true to their message?

So I ask you today, what will help you move into alignment with your healthiest self? Peek behind the fear of not being good enough, fast enough, strong enough, and inquire with love: “What do I need most in this moment?”  With love and persistence, you will find yourself beginning to listen and respond to the subtle whispers instead of your body screaming. These blissful mind-body wellness strategies can help immeasurably, as can this tip on reconnecting with your body to find your joy!

Give yourself permission to take a step (or two) back and tend your deep needs right now.  You are an amazingly bright being and I guarantee the world needs you WHOLE! And if you’re willing to join my true confessions, please share – where are YOU being guided to walk with more gentleness and compassion?

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Release Limitations and Embrace Your Amazing Growth

celebrate growthDarling, it’s time to release limitations and celebrate your growth. Chances are high that your old boundaries no longer fit. Have you ever had a moment like this?

My daughter burst into tears on the way out the door this morning. When I asked what was wrong, she exclaimed “Everything!

I bent down to hug my normally happy 11 year old with a mixture of feelings.

Compassion, remembering moments when I’ve thought exactly the same thing.
Amusement because she was so darn cute trying to shove her feet into shoes that were easily two sizes too small. Which I have also done.

She’s sprouted up rapidly – gaining on her older sister (and me)!
She’s requested this of the Universe during years of being the smallest kid in class….but it has brought some unanticipated challenges.

With growth comes change – like outgrowing some of our VERY favorite things.

Which got me to thinking….we’ve ALL done this at some point in our lives. So I asked myself these questions, and offer them to you:

What is your equivalent of the trusty sneakers that no longer fit?

Gift yourself with room to grow

Where have you grown mentally, emotionally and spiritually – but haven’t yet created space in your life to accommodate your beautiful growth?

Because as comfortable as those old boundaries may have been, they no longer fit.

It’s time to release limitations, as familiar and “comfortable as they may seem.” Give yourself some room and celebrate your growth!

I’d love to hear your answers – I’m right here with you!

With Love and Alchemy,
Christy❤

P.S. I’ll be presenting a Soulfire Session workshop at Fairy Congress this year at the Skalitude Retreat Center in Winthrop, Washington. This is a marvelous gathering from June 22nd – 26th – you can come for one or all of the days. Take a peek and let me know if I’ll get to embrace you in person!

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Health and Wellness The Alchemist's Heart

How To Give Yourself A Powerful Gift

Can you believe it? The turn of the seasons has arrived, bringing new possibilities into our lives right now!

It’s been a rough few months for so many amazing souls. Somewhere between the exceptionally long winter and the head-spinning news cycle, we almost forgot Spring was coming. But here it is! With a beautiful opportunity to see and feel the energy shifting.

I’ve learned a lot that I can’t wait to share with you.
For now, I offer you one very specific gift.
Throughout the turmoil of winter, this is the gift that has kept me steady.
Consider this a blessing from the Goddess.

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Lost Your Joy? How To Find Your Happy!

find your joy It’s time to reconnect with joy!
Sweetheart, listen up:
YOU belong. YOU are important. YOU touch the lives of people around you in ways you can’t begin to imagine.  YOU are a force for good, a node of Divine connectivity enriching our greater experience, and I LOVE YOU.

 

You and I are among the amazing souls showing up and caring deeply about ways to create alchemy in your lives…but we aren’t necessarily embodying this knowledge. Too many bright spirits are sharing a feeling of being profoundly isolated…like they just don’t belong anywhere in this world.

Today I’m taking a stand to help you reclaim your joy by connecting with your greatest physical ally:

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Want to Reclaim Your Health? Speak Your Truth Now!

reclaim your truthThis is the truth I never thought I’d tell.

I offer it to you as inspiration and encouragement to reclaim your health.

A winter child born with a propensity for Seasonal Affective Disorder, I used to DREAD this time of year. The 30-day window between Solstice and my birthday has been fraught with challenges.

Lest you think it can’t be that bad, here’s a sampling:

My grandfather’s suicide right before Christmas. The death of my only true childhood friend on my 12th birthday. Severe postpartum depression. Repeated bouts of suicidal ideation. Biochemical storms and precious little outer light in my favored northwestern climes left me exhausted before the season began.

This time was known only as THE GAUNTLET.

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Health and Wellness The Alchemist's Heart

How To Heal Your Heart By Making Love To The Sun

 

heal your heartReady to heal your heart by making love to the sun?  (or….Why I sunbathed topless in 55 degree weather on Election Day )I have a confession to make today.

I voted by mail on November 3rd, and had a last minute client reschedule, so I was unexpectedly FREE during the afternoon of our U.S. Election Day.

I had an hour and a half before picking up the kids from the bus, and I felt the urge to DO SOMETHING with a chance of helping our country – and our world.

Watching the craziness mass media was showcasing was clearly not an option.
So I asked myself (as I’ve learned to do daily), “Honey, what do you want?”

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I Surrender My Heart To Tears Of Gratitude

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Gratitude fills my heart and mind today. May this intimate peek into my life bring nourishment for your soul.

I want to remember this moment.

There are tubes everywhere – attached to his hands, leg, face…and more. Bringing life giving fluids and oxygen, helping to circulate blood, carrying toxins away.
I have been strong.

I did not wring my hands while he was in surgery.
I sat in the wide, sunlit windowsill.
I breathed. In…and out…and in again.
I prayed. I meditated. I felt the love of our invisible energetic allies.
I talked to the fairies in the garden outside my window.

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Health and Wellness The Alchemist's Heart

Be Seen and Held in a Space of Love

space of loveExperience the healing of being seen and held in a space of love.

I’ve been making people cry this week.

Not that I WANT to…but it keeps happening.
I share a gem of truth with a beautiful human….and the tears begin to flow.

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Honor your healing intuitions

It’s not just with clients, it’s everywhere I go.

Last weekend I met with a group of amazing women.
I received a vision to share with one I’d never met, so I braved up after class and asked if I could speak with her.
It was all good, but sure enough, she began to cry.

A few days earlier, I woke up from a vivid dream with information I KNEW needed to be given to someone I hadn’t actually met.

You have healing intuitions, too (whether you realize it or not), so you can imagine how I felt!

My soul was urging me to contact the new spouse of a teacher I much admire….while my insecurities were trying to talk me out of speaking the truth.
After all, what if this new person thought I was crazy?
Worse yet, what if my mentor was offended and never wanted to work with me again?

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21: Discover How To Love Your Amazing Body

love your bodyLove your body today!  You’re guaranteed to gain powerful ideas from our podcast that can transform your life.  Join this alchemical conversation with Board-certified Nutrition & Lifestyle coach and former professional ballerina, Stephanie Burg.  You know you’re ready to make changes in your life.  Here is your chance to be showered with actionable advice on movement, holistic nutrition and emotional well-being!

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How to Embody Your Courageous Spirit Now

embody your courageous spirit

Want to know how to embody your courageous spirit? I challenge you to connect with your bravest self with this simple step:

I’ve been BUSTED – by my 10 year old! Which feels uncomfortable and weird and fills me with pride all at the same time.

My daughters are officially out of school for summer and have lovely swaths of time to themselves. Some of that time was spent raiding the “super secret goodies” my husband and I keep downstairs for our “grown up snacks” – you know, organic bean chips, 77% dark chocolate and the like.

Upon discovering a half bag of chips was missing, we asked the girls to fess up.

To which our youngest stated “….I might have had one – but only one….” (Like that’s actually possible.)

The oldest said “I got into the upstairs bag, but I didn’t even know there were snacks down here!”

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You can’t take only one…

So we asked again and our youngest looked us in the eyes and said firmly “Two. I took two chips. That is all.” Which we knew was totally impossible.