For what it’s worth, and in case it helps....
I want to share a few thoughts on how. This year has thrown so much at all of us. And it keeps bringing in the question 𝘏𝘖𝘞:
❔How do we deal with this?
❔How will I live with this?
❔How do I get through this?
❔How can I accomplish this?
❔How do I heal from this?
I wrote a cue card message to myself (swipe ➡️) at the start of 2020, one of my new year's mantras still posted above my desk. Little did I know the extent to which I would turn to it.
And now today’s thoughts on 𝘩𝘰𝘸, for what it’s worth, in case it helps...
𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝗻
It's a lot to take in sometimes.
I hear you.
(And now, the snow ❆)
What lies ahead.. we don't know.
We never have.
But especially now...
When I can't see the way through
I look within ↓
And I look up ↑
Guidance from both directions.
is the how.
The way = the how.
And the how is the heart.
The how = the heart.
And the breath
That links one moment to the next.
How we move
How we breath
into the unknown.
How we show up
For each other.
How we care
How we love
So we don't feel alone.
When we know so little else
This is the how
This is way.
Take care of your heart.
Take care of each other’s.
And if you're feeling alone, please reach out.
#thedao #thehow #theway #theheart
Just a li’l Sunday tea.
𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘵𝘦𝘢.
𝗟𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗻 𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗺 - 𝗮𝗸𝗮 𝗫𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗴 𝗙𝗲𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗮𝗼.
Why it’s good for hot summer days 🥵:
In Eastern Herbal Medicine this herb is used to 'drain 𝘥𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴’ (aka an antimicrobial diuretic for the 𝗱𝗶𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘀𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗺), and is also cooling (anti-inflammatory) for the 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁. The heat & humidity this month can increase bloating and digestive issues, as well as anxiety. Lemon balm can help keep our heart from over-heating and support digestion at the same time. ✌🏽💗
Keep cool & carry on 😎
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Through messages from my body this weekend, I was told to 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳. My impatience was made to bow down to the higher forces that told me to eat my own advice 🤣 𝗦𝗲𝗹𝗳 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲. Not always easy. I am a natural do-er, with a tendency towards people pleasing (working on it!). There were things I was excited to do, appointments to be had, patients to see...
Once I let go of trying to force things, to hold things in place, 2020 gave me the lesson (again 🙃) of not being afraid to let things fall, to pause, and to pick things up again later. In the meantime, I was asked to reflect on…
2020 has shaken my vision. Perhaps yours, too. But life isn’t supposed to always go to according to plan. Though the path ahead still isn’t clear to me, that's ok. What became clear to me this weekend was a reminder of what I do have: 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯. Without leaving my house, I had phone calls and laughs and cries with people I love, and was able to appreciate 𝘴𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴.
Staying reminded of that, some of the rest doesn’t matter as much.
When you surrender, it’s easier to see the gifts of the present.
What are you grateful for? What are your 𝙨𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙥𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙚𝙨? 💝
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It’s been a H E A V Y couple of weeks. For many.
I don’t always have the right words. But I see you. I see you. I see the pain. I see the grief. I see the frustration. I see how hard you are working to try to heal. How you’re doing all the right things. Going to appointment after appointment. Getting all the tests. Doing all the exercises. Craving sugar but eating “all the [bleepin’] hummus!”. That your body is behaving in ways you don’t understand. That people you love are dying. That old traumas are coming to light. That there is a part of you that will never be as it was. I see that there’s more responsibility on you than you feel you can handle. That Toronto’s rents are out of control. That you’re afraid. That a family member is struggling. I see that you are in a toxic workplace and each day you take your big brave hurting heart to work again and try to focus. I see how hard you’re being on yourself in the process. I see how far you’ve come on the days where you feel lost. I see how much you’re learning. I see the beauty in the spirit of your emotion. I see your kindness. I see your values. Your integrity. Your dedication to showing up for yourself, and for others.
I don’t always know what to say. But I see you. That’s something you can say to someone, too. When they need it. When it feels like no one sees how hard they’re work they’re doing. Or recognizes their talents. Or understands that they’re struggling. If you see them, that’s something you can offer.
I’m privileged to hold space when this kind of stuff comes up in a session. I’m grateful to have something to offer, through body work, through Chinese medicine, and at the very least a listening heart. To support the body & mind through all that you are carrying. To help change a moment. However small or big of a difference it makes in a day. Week. Year. Life.
I’m going to go do some self care now. I’ll be ready again tomorrow.
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