A powerful and fun way to relieve stress and remove blocked emotions is through dance therapy and body movement. Through motion, we free not only our bodies but also our stuck emotions that often become trapped in our bodies, allowing us to feel lighter and happier in body, mind, and spirit.
Physical exercise is commonly recommended by doctors and counselors, but not everyone likes to walk or hike. But dance is another way of healing that allows the freedom of spirit where your body can express itself in fun and therapeutic ways.
Soul Motion is a wonderful, free form expression of dance, that both an individual and group experience that allows you to release unwanted emotions, physical ailments and uplifts the soul. It is also a spiritual practice that allows you to connect not only to yourself and spirit but to others who are also dancing through the same journey.
At some point in your life, you may find yourself seeking the meaning of your life and questioning your career path or your relationships. Being on a spiritual quest is not only normal, it’s healthy as we continue to grow in life.
What is it that you are seeking? The journey begins with a simple restlessness within the soul, and if ignored, the restlessness grows stronger until life becomes unbearable. The universe will then force you into growth and change in whatever area of life that needs to end. For most of us, making large-scale changes or transitions isn’t easy because we then enter into the unknown, which can be a scary place, but it is in this emptiness, that the universe can open doors to new opportunities or people that are destined to be on our spiritual path.
When you find yourself growing restless, go within, and there you will find the answers that you need to change your life for the better, and if you need help or support through this process, I would be happy to help guide you through life’s transitions in a gentle and supportive way.
Raw Wild Blackberries
Recently I developed an allergy and intolerance to common foods that I have eaten all my life, dairy, sugar, gluten, and caffeine, which ignited my journey into healthy foods and I started using food for mental and emotional health and viewing it as energy.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I often talk to people about the body/mind connection and explain that when we feed our body poorly, it makes a negative impact on our mental and emotional health. Food is nature’s medicine that we can control, which impacts our ability to fight off illness and disease. Not that we choose to get sick, but what we put into our bodies either strengthens us or weaken our immune system.
I am always seeking adventures and often go in search of them on my bicycle. Today I traveled the Green Circle Trail finding miles of wild blackberry bushes along the way! I munched on the trail as cyclists rode by shouting, “Breakfast!.” I also picked a lot of berries to make smoothies, gluten-free scones and to add to my coconut yogurt.
Due to my allergies developed later in life, healthy food has become a passion of mine. I often try to buy organic if possible, but nothing tastes better than eating the berries right off the bush!
Here is a recipe from my friend John in England. I have adapted it a bit to reduce the sugar content.
In John’s words:
“I use a pot full of blackberries and give them a good wash. I then add 1 cooking apple, cut into chunks, remove the skin, add a small spoonful of sugar and cook until simmering. When it starts to smell really good, I remove the pot from heat and let the berries and apples cool so the berries have melted together a bit. It’s delicious!”
Turmeric has many reported health benefits such as being an anti-inflammatory, aids in digestion, helps alleviate asthma symptoms, and promotes sleep, but according to new research trials, Turmeric can also help with mild depression symptoms. A truly amazing food that aids in mental and physical health.
I had this delicious healthy salad at Finca Luna Nueva, an organic echo farm in the Costa Rican Rainforest. Each meal consisted of fresh fruits and vegetables organically grown on the farm. It was one of the healthiest weeks of my life including great people, healthy foods, yoga, and adventure.
The salad’s dressing was also made with Turmeric which was organically grown.
A hot yellow turmeric drink on a cold or gloomy day will lift your spirits!
My recipe for Turmeric Tea:
1 cup coconut or almond milk
1/2-1 teaspoon organic turmeric powder
a sprinkle of cinnamon
Heat milk in microwave or on the stovetop for 1 minute, add 1/2-1 teaspoon organic turmeric, add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top and then enjoy!