My wish for you + an intuition practice

My wish for you + an intuition practice

Most mornings, after pouring myself a cup of coffee, I sit next to my altar and spend time in quiet reflection and journal writing. This ritual sustains my energy and provides direction for my day. I love how this practice helps me tune into my intuition and grounds me.

During a recent practice, I drew the Strength card from one of my tarot decks. Strength is one of the twenty-two major arcana cards found in a traditional tarot. Each major arcana card represents a different archetype or primary pattern of behavior found in mythology. Together the major arcana cards tell the story of a hero’s journey: a story in which the protagonist answers the call for adventure, overcomes adversity, discovers the necessary elixir, and consequently, is transformed.

The Strength card typically is portrayed as…

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A Shakti Nature-Inspired Practice: What shall I grow this year?

A Shakti Nature-Inspired Practice: What shall I grow this year?

The crocuses and daffodils are blooming where I live heralding the coming of spring. Last Sunday the Sun moved into Pisces, marking 30 days until the Equinox, a new beginning. I am so grateful the light lasts longer in the sky and the days are warmer. Spending time outdoors is easier, so of course, my thoughts turn to the garden. What shall I grow this year?

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Sit Spot: A Practice for Cultivating a Connection with Nature

Sit Spot: A Practice for Cultivating a Connection with Nature

Happy Valentine’s Day! On this day which honors love, I invite you to celebrate love of all kinds, including the love of Nature. Because I have had the opportunity to spend more time outside, I have noticed a change in my perspective, and consequently, a change in my behavior. I am happy to report that the more time I spend outdoors the better able I am to care for myself, my family, and my community.

This change in both perspective and behavior is long overdue but not a foreign concept. There have been other times in my life where I felt more in sync with the natural world. During these times, I felt…

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Exploring our resistance to change + a practice

Exploring our resistance to change + a practice

As some of you may know, Shakti in the Mountains offers a Stewardship Program which encourages people to identify and to live into their soul’s purpose. I love teaching Stewardship classes and Going Within, the six-week Stewardship class that I am teaching this winter, is no exception. Gathering with people who yearn for wholeness, who want to align with their soul’s purpose, is fulfilling, inspiring, and joyful work. I receive so much more than I give. I love holding space for and witnessing the personal transformations which naturally unfold when people are committed to change and feel held by their community. I am so grateful to all the folks who agreed to be a part of Going Within. Thank you for showing up and speaking out!

Because our last meeting was so powerful, I thought I would share a practice from our gathering and invite you to respond, if you wish, to how this practice landed with you. The practice which I am sharing comes from…

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January Themes and Practices

January Themes and Practices

I am grateful today is the last day of January. January historically is a challenging month, and this January has been no exception. January embodies the difficult aspects of winter and requires the tenacity of the goat, the Capricorn symbol, to survive the darker, colder days. (Clearly I am writing from a Northern Hemisphere perspective.)

I have noticed two consistent themes emerging over the past 31 days. They are…

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Full Moon Ritual: A Home Practice

Full Moon Ritual: A Home Practice

I invite you to go outside tonight and find the moon. She is full tonight and feeling herself. Allow the moon to illuminate what is normally hidden in the dark. If you are willing to look, then you will receive direction about what or whom in your life no longer serves you and needs to be released.

I am tapping into this full moon energy to support the way that I will guide…

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Practices for reconnecting with nature.

Practices for reconnecting with nature.

Earlier this week, we had our first snowfall where I live: an exciting event since we get so few. I love the way the snow transforms the environment: covering the land like a blanket and inviting us to slow down. I took a walk as the snow fell and felt transported into a magical land where things were softer and gentler. I noticed a hush where sounds were muted save for the crunch of the ground beneath my feet and the laughter of children playing in the snow. After my walk, I felt calmer, more peaceful, but also more alive with all my senses tingling.

The above interaction is just one example of…

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Our connection with nature.

Our connection with nature.

One of my new endeavors this winter is teaching a graduate-level class for ETSU’s Department of Counseling and Human Services. The class, Introduction to Nature Connection, is part of a Nature-Based Therapy graduate certificate program curated by Dr. Bethany Novotny. I am grateful for the opportunity to teach and greatly appreciate Dr. Novotny for sharing her curriculum with me.

As I dive into the curriculum and read Reconnection by Miles Richardson (the textbook), I become more excited about the course. My goals are to learn more about ecotherapy and to integrate what I am learning into my personal and professional lives. I plan on sharing some of my experiences with you and look forward to hearing your reflections.

Even though I have just begun this journey, I already have some information to share. Let’s begin with a reality check…

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My word of the year is spacious.

My word of the year is spacious.

I am happy to announce the new schedule for the 2024 Shakti Winter Season. For your convenience, a link to a one-page calendar is available to share and to print. Please note that we have perennial favorites on the schedule like Sound Bath Meditations, SING, and Reiki Shares as well as new workshops such as New Year Revolution, Come Dance with Me, Basic Mending, and The Soul Letters…

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Many new year blessings.

Many new year blessings.

I am happy to announce the new schedule for the 2024 Shakti Winter Season. For your convenience, a link to a one-page calendar is available to share and to print. Please note that we have perennial favorites on the schedule like Sound Bath Meditations, SING, and Reiki Shares as well as new workshops such as New Year Revolution, Come Dance with Me, Basic Mending, and The Soul Letters…

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