Bodywork. Movement. Awareness. Breath.

Nurture

June offer!

♡Pay What You Can for the rest of June♡

●My regular fees are slidingscale $ 80-120 an hour but for the rest of the month I want to offer my mobile sessions at Pay What You Can.

● Regular availability Wednesday ,Thursday and Friday 10 -3.

●Friday afternoon and Weekend on request.

●Email colibricare@gmail.com to book your session.

Ps. I am away the last weekend of the month so if you need me on the weekend call on me sooner than later.

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Karma Yoga-Broom pulling in the Highlands

Postponed to Sunday May 1. Same time Same Place . Please remember to email to confirm attendance!

~Combining mindfulness and action. Meditation with physical honoring of the land we live on. Prayer in doing. Love lived! ♥
~Come connect to nature and your self in community! Come and honor the wild woods that nourish our souls so freely and deeply by giving back to nature by caring for it?

Sunday April 24 2-5pm

1201 Millstream rd.

~Every week I walk in these beautiful woods by my home and end up at sunset on the bluff in Hazlit Creek Park. It is a beautiful wild and varied forest and in spring we see many rare and precious flowers and it is teeming with wildlife. Here and there invasive species budge their way in threatening to take over in place of the variety of the wild flora and fauna.

~Here on the bluffs it is Scotch Broom that, though I and others pull them on our regular walks, persistently grow and grow and grow.


~I love these bluffs with the arbutus, the firs, the pine, the many kinds of rare and wild flowers, oregon grape and nootka rose etc etc etc. Raven. Deer. Hummingbird. And the illusive predators. It really is a sacred place!


~With the love that I feel for the woods I want to honor the native ecology and the land by removing as much as possible of the Scotch Broom. The more we are the easier it will be.
Right now is a perfect time as they are pre-bloom and many of them are small and so relatively easy to pull out by their roots.
I believe that Arbutus will be in bloom at this time too and we will be working enveloped in the sweet honey scent off their flowers.


~We will gather and do a walking meditation form our home up to the Arbutus bluff in Hazlit Creek park. After a meditation on the bluff we will spend some time clearing the bluffs of the invasive scotch broom to begin restoring the area to its natural ecosystem.
~We will end with breaking the silence and a potluck style picnic and tea savoring this little amazing place on earth.
~Bring walking shoes and layered clothing. Water and perhaps a snack. Please bring your own cup for tea. Gardening gloves and if you have, gardening shears, for the big and stubborn plants.
A treat or a finger snack for the picnic if inspired.
A blanket to sit on.


~The walk is fairly easy and no more than 10 minutes but does go up hill and on forest trails. The pulling of the broom is fairly easy as long as one uses two hands and mindfulness of body and posture and/or tools when the plant is too big. Much of the time will be spent in silence to facilitate meditation , mindfulness and connection.
♡ Please email Pernille to let her know you want to attend and so she can give more detailed directions closer to the event
colibricare@gmail.com
No charge

ps. We will be ending with plenty of time for further hikes or even a climb up Lone Tree Hill for sunset.

http://bcinvasives.ca/invasive-species/identify/invasive-species/invasive-plants/scotch-broom/


Self love and self care is an revolutionary act.

I actually think our number one task in this life is to learn just this.

To learn to love nurture and connect to our core self.

Really loving our selves its truly a revolutionary act that will ripple far and wide . When we act from any other place than from this self caring and loving place all we do will be somewhat confused and misguided and inauthentic. Actions may look to be the same but energetically the “umpfh” is different. You know it. Every one else know it. Even when is accepted as normal.

So make this commitment!

Take full responsibility for your self and choose to learn how to nurture, love and connect to that core self that is you. This soo unique magnificent beautiful expression of life that you are.

What do you love?

What is it that deeply nourish your soul and reminds you of who you are. What connects you to knowing how you are really doing, what you are feeling right now? What stands in your way? What beliefs? What connects you to spirit? What people and animals in your life support this? What activities are you yearning to do? What places brings you home? What attitude? What kind of movement? What kind of Breath? What sounds, what music?

What are your yes’s?

What are your no’s?

Do you not know. Seek seek and seek . Be curious. Be gentle. Try things on. Do something different if what you are doing does not feed you on this level.

If you do know. Do This! Chose to do this. If even just a little every day. A little every day will create momentous change over time. Trust this. Feel this. What do you have to loose from trying this? Feed, nourish, replenish and love who you are.

Never stop doing this.

If you forget. Simply return. Do not judge. Explore . Inquire . Reconnect.

This is  something you can do! This is something we can all do.

Where ever we are . What ever we do.

Whatever our life looks like right now.

Learn to Love and care for your self as if your life depends on it.

 Because it does!

Love !

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To be your self.

This little note was posted on an acupuncturist board and as my tense shoulders relaxed I could very much relate.
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Sips of tea nourish my Soul

In the midst of our busy lives our daily and ordinary rituals can add richness depth  joy and be an opportunity to connecting deeply to ourselves  and life.

You can  choose to take your time just for this one cup of tea. (or anything that you want for that matter…). For now let go of all should’s  and oughts. Start as you are making the tea. Consciously paying detailed attention to all the sensations. The pot getting heavier as you fill it and put it on the stove. The space of time while the water is heating. The sound of the water coming to a boil. The breaths that come and go.The fluidity of the water as you pour it over  the tea. The scent that arises as the ingredients release into the water and becomes tea. The breath you are breathing while holding the cup. The weight of your footsteps walking over to you chosen place to savor this cup. The heat on your hands .  The texture of the cups shape and the material it is made of. Awareness.  The sensation the flavor and the texture of the liquid. The sensation of ahhh coursing through your body and every cell as you ingest the liquid. Presence. Where are the herbs from . Where is the water from . Herbs of the earth. Water in  the ground. Fire that heats. Air and water mixed as the steam you can inhale and infuse into you own being. All the elements of creation right then and there. All the senses involved.As you mind wanders  merely gently return to the moment here  where you are having a cup of tea. Go deeply into your experience and let it be all that you do.You are here and now. Sipping tea. It is a blessed moment. It is always here available to you. In this moment doing  what you are doing . Simply . With awareness.

By paying detailed attention we have an opportunity in every moment to  find the sacred in the ordinary and everyday life and make the ordinary moments extraordinary.  It makes life feel sooooo rich!

Ahhhhhhh!


A thought about sleep.

The theme of sleep has been on my mind lately. What is “normal”, what is “needed” and how to combine these with life as is with its many needs. This article  has been going around on Facebook lately and I found it an interesting informative read and honestly a bit of a relief.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16964783

Before having children my sleep pattern was jumbled due to freedom of choise. In my travels I was ever so exited to discover siesta as a norm. In Spain everything  literally shut down the hottest hours of the day, the shutters shut and later the streets and cafe’s are bustling tills late as people break up their needed rest into a few hearty chunks and now have energy these late hours. So much fun.

After having children it was the night feeding that woke me  on a regular basis. Then I have chosen to have night work a few times a week. When the kids at last slept through the night I sometimes had the need to just shake things up and stay up all night in creative pursuits or to gather with friends or to dance. To feed the soul at this soulful time.  Latest it is the 6 puppies that wake me with various needs at least once a night.  Broken night sleep seem to just be part of my life.  Naps are some of the most nurturing times for me and I adore when I am able to give myself this gift of time to quiet down in the middle of the day. Ahhhhh.

I know that  lack of sleep can make me ill, not to mention make me feel crazy. Too much sleep makes me feel sluggish and depressed (but it is a rare “luxury”). That said I realised with the little ones that the expectation of so and so many hours of uninterrupted sleep is the biggest issue for me. Then I resist the awakening  and get agitated and irritated when I am “needed”  at random hours. Argh!!  The irritation only adds to the stress and then I have a hard time falling back to sleep. If I am able to awake with acceptance, assured I will be able to go back to bed I am relaxed and then I actually do fall back to sleep much easier sometimes with the bonus of some great thoughts or realisations that I carry with me into the next sleep ( and if I am really lucky into the next morning) or the privilege of a moment noticing the sky or the scent at a time of the day that I otherwise would not have experienced. Adding to life , making it richer  for me.

I am a very light sleeper and in sharing life and home with other families and animals I get woken up on random times for random reasons all the time .  Obviously am not always thrilled about the interruption but I do my best to use it as an opportunity for awareness practice. To take note more than having a judgement around the awakening .  Sometimes I have to tend to the situation ( my children , my animals, someone checking in, emergencies etc).  Just as  often it is not my responsibility and I can merely notice … footsteps ( human, cat  or dog) , someone flushing the toilet, door opened and then closed, children laughing, child screaming, cat playing with toy, dog  jumping of the sofa, laundry started and so on. I attempt to relax in to taking note and letting it go rather than forming an opinion.

This is  a practice with which I attempt to meet life in general and obviously … I forget,get caught up in judging , opinions, expectations all the time often even without noticing.  Hence it is truly a practice. When I do let go though the reward is  much softening, continued rest and less stress and not to mention toxic moods and an expanding sense of freedom.

Night-time dreams , visions and thoughts tell me much about my self and life that I otherwise may have  missed.

What is you sleeping patterns and your thoughts around it?  Do you sleep enough , too much ? Do you worry about waking up  not able to get back to sleep and then experience just this. Could you se this awaking time as a blessing to tap into in place of a curse to cure? What practices could you do at this extra  time you are given that are beneficial to you. Do you allow your self the freedom to follow your natural impulse of rest when it come upon you? Does your lifestyle permit this? Is your diet ( includinc liquids ) and habits supportive or destructive to you resting patterns? Is there any minor adjustments that can be made if only even in attitude that may bring you closer to your natural resting needs?

I am curious to hear your thoughts …

Sleep as so many aspects of our life is not a one size fits all. We all have individual needs and these change with circumstances and seasons like everything else.  They may go unnoticed if we do not take a moment to reflect.  Can we become friends with sleep and rest and listen to our selves and our bodies and as much as possible take heed to what we hear and see what emerge as we do so.

Could it be that the  power available to us is proportional to our ability to rest and let go?

( I read something along these lines somewhere but can not remember who the quote is from..let me know if you know).

I think it may have some truth to it.


The interconnectedness of giving and recieving

At last my treatment space in the Highlands is ready to receive clients.

The past few days have been absorbed with tending to puppies and not least mama . The miracle of life right at the foot of my bed. In the form of 6 little wiggely noisy either suckling or sleeping puppies . Most of the care goes to the new mama who is incredible patient  and also a little overwhelmed,  tired and very protective.  Nourishing foods , much water, gentle massage and much love makes her calm down, nourishes her and makes it able for her to be there for these little helpless creatures.

Oh my goodness they are the cutest thing.  Blind and with closed ears, vigorously and noisily nursing.  Joyfully waging their tails. A mere 2 days old.

So much life!

It has reminded  me ( again) of how important it is for us who cares for others to make sure to also get the nurture and nourishment we need in order to be able to do what we need for us and everyone in our lives .  There are times in our lives when we will have people in our lives to receive from (often we will have to ask) and there are times when we need to resource (and prioritize and  take time for this) from within and give this to ourselves.

I love giving and receiving nurture in its many forms and I can not wait to get back into giving bodywork after a few months of a pause.

Somehow giving treatments on a regular basis keeps me in check and in the discipline of doing what I need to do to be balanced and at optimal health.

So the giving of treatments becomes equally a giving and a receiving of healing and nurture and I am honored and grateful for this.

May you today source the nurture you need to be the most you, you can today and everyday.