Spirituality, Journeys, Purposes and Visions

Hello all my lovely blog readers, once again I apologize for being so long between blog postings. As I mentioned in a previous blog I’ve been undergoing a lot of personal growth and change on many levels. I think I also mentioned that this work can become all encompassing for me when it’s happening.

I did a lot of work in this similar way last year at this time and it took up a good (and I mean good in all ways here) 4-6 months of my life. I gave myself- my mind, body and spirit- the time to adjust and incorporate all of that before being ready for more work this Feb. Now I’ve been having a spiritual journey that has been creating big changes deep inside me on the subconscious level. I’ve been working with my Hypnotherapist, my Naturopath and taking some courses with a Teacher/Mentor of mine.

The work is mentally and emotionally hard, which of course affects my body. They are all connected. My stress levels (cortisol and adrenalin) are higher. Sleep, diet and exercise habits have also been impacted. Add in “normal” life, having braces put on my teeth in mid March, and the exciting planning of a trip to Scotland with my bestie- we’re going in October, oh and I can’t forget hormones! I am 50 after all; so you can imagine how it’s been!

Let’s see if I can summarize and share some of what I’ve been doing. Working with my Hypnotherapist, we’ve been working on connecting with my inner selves at the various ages and stages of my life that they represent. Bringing them all together for the greater good. So I can move forward in my growth and be who I am. Also on connecting with my soul and what represents my soul. There’s more at work here, that I’ve been doing here, but it seems to be the hardest to articulate.

Working with my Teacher/Mentor, we’ve been discovering what my purpose is in being here and what my vision is for me and the world. It’s been a totally amazing discovery. Surprising and yet not as it has tied in with the work I’m doing with my Hypnotherapist. There has been a lot of emotion brought forth from all of it. Overwhelming at times, powerful  and empowering! I’ve started the second level of my Teacher/Mentor’s Vision courses last week, and in this level we’re working on developing our mission statements. So simple sounding but so profound in the impact it has on a personal level. It’s awesome that all but one of us from the first level class have returned for the second level. It’s nice to have that connection as we’ve each gone through and continue with our personal journeys.

My Naturopath is awesome! He helps look after ALL of me- the physical, emotional/mental and spiritual. He is supportive in his suggestions, his use of/recommendations for supplements and tinctures. He uses acupuncture to help support my body and mind through all of it. My body and mind respond very well to acupuncture. When he uses the needles on those spots for stress, I am so relaxed and mellow afterwards- all spacey and you’d think I was high ;). We are working with my Hypnotherapist to make the effects last longer as I can’t always see my Naturopath as often as I’d like to. He also reminds me to be gentle with myself and to “Trust that you are on the right path! Try not to focus on the “what’s next” now that you have discovered your vision/purpose. Instead focus on staying connected and in tune with that purpose, and I think you’ll find that the “what’s next” will happen organically.”  A wise man, yes? 🙂

All of the above work has also resulted in working on some other specific things like managing expectations, ‘what are expectations?’, managing the feelings around wants and hopes, changing how I react to situations, knowing on a deeper level that that is the only thing I truly have any control over, and more.

I’ve even experienced a panic attack and a huge epiphany within a week of each other with all this work! *Whew*, it’s scary and difficult and amazing and worth it and wow…

Don’t ever think that change and growth are not worth it. Don’t ever let the fear stop you. A quote from my Naturopath that resonates with me as I’m doing all of this work:

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” ~Jack Canfield~



Walking do’s and don’ts!

Exercise is just as important a part of a healthy lifestyle as nutrition and mental health are. As I’m always repeating, the 3- physical, emotional and mental health– are all related and always connected, no ifs and’s or buts about it!

I have done all kinds of exercise throughout my life. Ran track and cross country in grade and middle school, played competitive volleyball in middle and high school. As an adult I turned to walking, running and biking, but developed exercise induced asthma and was very prone to injury with running. So I’ve now made the decision to not run (unless being chased by a bear, lol) and I stick to the biking which I prefer to do with someone, and walking which I do alone or with friends. Walking has been my main and most enjoyable form of exercise as an adult and the one that is the easiest to be consistent with.

Walking is the one you can do all your life, you need no special equipment except for quality shoes. You can do it in the city or in the country, on flat ground or hike a mountain. In any weather if you dress appropriately, during the day or night.

Some walking don’ts:

* Don’t wear ankle weights– they throw off your hip and knee alignment and can cause injury, while studies show the extra calories you may burn are miniscule.

* Don’t walk slowly thinking you will burn more fat. The more calories you burn, the more fat you lose. Therefore, pick up the pace. Brisk walking at 3 to 4 mph gets you into a moderate intensity workout zone, which is the minimum for a decent workout not only to lose weight but to increase cardiovascular fitness. Walking at 4.7 mph burns as many calories as jogging.

Some walking do’s: 

* Do use walking poles. Walking poles are a nice addition and helpful tool for rough and hilly ground, and support with injuries or weakened joints.  You work your upper body, improve balance, and burn approximately 25-40% more calories. I definitely use mine when I’m walking/hiking the local trails.

* Do ditch the city concrete and smog whenever possible. It will challenge your balance to be on hiking trails, improve your cardiovascular system, relieve stress, and the views can be awe inspiring! Trail walking also burns almost double the calories of walking on pavement.

So get out there and walk as much as you can. Be careful, safe and responsible. Don’t overdue it, but challenge yourself! Go with friends or alone (although I don’t recommend hiking alone), and most of all…enjoy it!! 🙂

Sunny Spring Saturday!

I don’t know where all of you live, but right now here in beautiful Vancouver BC, it is one fine sunny spring day! Totally lifts my energy and spirit. 🙂  Had a great workout at the gym with my personal trainer and then a glorious walk home in the sunshine and fresh air.

Part of being an RHN (Registered Holistic Nutritionist) is recommendations for the lifestyle and body-mind-spirit connections to health and wellness. I know what regular exercise does for the body, does for the mind, and yes even for the spirit. I’m sure you do too. Getting out in nature to connect with Mother Earth by walking and hiking is my favourite way of exercising. A gift I’m giving myself right now is working with a personal trainer to strengthen and stabilize muscles around my knees and other joints, then I can enjoy those hikes even more.  I plan on being active until I die… how about you?

Exercise-to-be-fit dead last  Words to live by!!