Feeling Light Depleted?

Light-up Your Life

Share | Light | Heal | Feel Great

Story

By 4:30 pm here in Toronto all that’s left of the sun is barely peering above neighbouring buildings, my home looking dim as I walk towards the living area. Click, click, press, push, push and bursts of light and colour begin to fill every corner and wall.

photo 9

Our psychedelic mushroom patch,   brightening our nights and mood

Thanks to my partner’s passion for lights, we have an impressive collection of ambient lights, including a projector, mushroom, teardrop and ghost-shaped lights, a UFO, even something called a JellyFish to brighten our space.

I’m grateful for this special mood enhancing set-up, especially when the earth tilts us northward this time each year, around holidays like Diwali (the Hindu ‘festival of lights’, which took place earlier this month) and even at times we feel somber about the state of the world following attacks like those in Paris, Beirut and elsewhere over the past couple of weeks.

Lesson

While our lightshow is a passion and hobby that adds beautiful edge to our home, it is also in fact my partner’s intuitive manifestation of light and colour therapy; As the lights gently release one colour to the next, coolly nodding yes-yes-yes, almost like a slow gentle dance on the walls, they sooth, calm, uplift, balance as well as quickly deliver the individual benefits of each colour in an engaging way. Wow! Just what we need to encourage us to remain balanced, level headed and on the up in an easily accessible way, without negative side effects; bringing light into our life both physically and spiritually.

What is “Light”?

LIGHT = LOVE + JOY + PEACE – (NEGATIVITY + DESPONDENCY)

Diptic

How To Light-Up Your Life

Bringing light into your life can relax, calm and comfort, uplift, inspire and stimulate, balance, release and heal; it really depends on you and your needs, associations and experiences. So while there are some shared sources of light, like enjoying a party with friends or your favourite meal, it’s very individual – so explore and enjoy. What is light to you? Where do you find light? Please comment below.

How To Light-Up Your Life, Read More …

 

 

<<<<<<<< Read our previous blog post, The Living Dead

The Living Dead

Loss | Celebrate | Heal

Living on after death is easier than you think.

When I was seven years old, someone very dear to me died. Her name was Nina and she was someone I had always known; someone whose arms I ran to with ramped childhood joy, someone who held me warm and close when I was hurt and crying, someone whose almond cookies brightened my day (and increased my already high energy), someone whose aroma comforted me – she was someone my little heart cherished.

Her death came suddenly, and as the first loss I had ever experienced, brought with it many questions. I saw her body, but she was not there. Little me knew we all die someday, and had a concept of the afterlife, where everyone’s souls lived on into infinity, where I would go one day, but it hurt.

Weeks passed and I seemingly got on with things. That is until my grandmother, Nina’s sister, made my favourite almond cookies.

After a day of playing, I entered our house, smelled the familiar aroma and was hit by a wall. Little me, stopped, smelled, relived and started sobbing – my face in my hands. My grandmother, a strongly intuitive woman, came running to me and knew exactly why I was crying. “It’s the cookies,” she said as tears streamed down my face and I hiccupped repeatedly. “She is always with us, through our memories, traditions and there, right now beside you, with her arms open.” I cried even more.

Loving family

Loving family

From that day on, almond cookies mean Nina to me. Whether it be a familiar smell, dish, keepsake, song on the radio or dimes you constantly find on the ground, confirmations that our loved ones are with us need only be limited by your love for the person.

Aromas are very powerfully linked to our memories, acting as keys to past experiences, places, events and people. A specific aroma and as such Aromatherapy, can trigger an emotional or mental response, giving us access to deep seeded memories and emotions, allowing us to heal.

By remembering, incorporating and celebrating our deceased loved ones in our everyday, we learn to ease the pain, look for confirmations of their ongoing presence and encourage those around us (especially children) to view death as a natural process, not to be feared, but to be included, as a part of life.

Whether it is All Souls’ Day, the Chinese Ghost Festival or Japanese Bon Festival, many cultures and religions commemorate the departed on given days of the year. In many parts of the world this day of commemoration follows Halloween, on November 2. Did you know? Halloween has it’s roots in Samhain, an ancient Gaelic end of harvest festival celebrated with big feasts, music and bonfires to light the night.

Whether on November 2, the anniversary of your loved one’s death, on their birthday or everyday, I encourage you to commemorate your departed loved one and allow their light and soul to live on through you. Do this by lighting a candle, playing a song, saying a prayer or poem, looking at old photos and telling stories (noticing similar physical or persaonlity traits), doing something you associate with them like cooking a special dish or going for a walk in their old neighbourhood. It seems easy to forget, discount and get caught up in our busy lives, but commemorating only takes a moment of your day, is very enriching and improves your connection with your loved one’s soul.

I am grateful to have had Nina in my life. October 18th was the anniversary of her death. I made almond cookies, connected with her energy through meditation and made a Special Blend of essential oils to mimic her aroma for her daughter-in-law to wear, in loving memory.

Mountain_Top_SunsetFor those of us who remain, the light can seem dim, as only a few rays peak through, but I find great comfort in knowing that my loved ones are near, not just in my heart, memories and traditions, but in my blood, the colour of my eyes, shape of my fingers, walking with me everyday. I will not forget those who helped shape me.

Being aware, living in the present with a fond and learned eye on our past and keen sharp eye on the future we are better placed to live wholly.

Aromatherapy & Reiki for Grief & Loss

I’ve used Aromatherapy and Reiki to release, bring light and encouragement when faced with life’s challenges for 20 years now and I am truly grateful. Trying to see the light at times of loss isn’t always easy, but by using my holistic toolkit, I bring the light back.

I cried as I wrote this. Not because I have yet to release related emotions, but because I still miss Nina. She is someone my big heart still thinks about, fondly brings forward in my everyday life and cherishes. ❤

Read our next blog post, Light-Up Your Life   >>>>>>>

<<<<<<<   Read our previous blog post, Inspiring Messages are Everywhere

 

Inspiring Messages are Everywhere

Openness | Gratitude | Stay Warm | Happy

Autumn is my favourite time of the year.

Wearing *shorts and a sweater, while enjoying the brisk breeze on sunny warmish days; the vibrant hues of the trees and smell of fallen leaves that blossom on fire; the birthday’s of my beloved Libras, who help to balance and bring joy into my life; a relaxing end of day soak in an Aromatic Salt Bath which helps ease me out of the day and into bed; sipping a cup of freshly steeped Honey and Sage Tea under a blanket on my terrace; sharing and connecting with family and friends during Thanksgiving… make me very happy and grateful.

Monday, October 12th, 2015 really resonated with me since it was a Canadian Thanksgiving (the 2nd Monday of October, for those of you who didn’t know), with its eve falling on the 11th.

[Number Nerd Alert] Many of us connect with the number 11 – noting it as a confirmation around us, as we go about our day. This being said, and noting the 11th before Thanksgiving on the 12th, I took this as a message and opportunity to stop, look, reflect and give thanks for that which will come – Thanksgiving on the 12th; a reminder to be grateful for that which we had, have and will have.

Gratitude allows us to see the good along with the bad. Gratitude brings awareness and appreciation to what we had, have and will have. Gratitude brings with it light and makes us happier.

Autumn_Trees_High_ParkTo be grateful for what is to come, openness and being focused forward in the positive are important. Being grateful for what is to come provides a runway for hopes, dreams, goals and many wonderful possibilities to manifest, and a platform for a balanced perspective when faced with the negatives.

I’ve made being grateful for the future a daily exercise since October 11th, 2015, and I feel GREAT! I feel more balanced, am receiving positive results and confirmations and am even sleeping better. Today one of the things I’m grateful for is Pizza Friday – yum ❤

Gratitude How To 

There are ways to explore and express gratitude to suit everyone. Being generous with your thank yous, grace before meals, journaling, … . Two particular exercises I enjoy are explained below. What is your interaction with gratitude? How do you show you’re grateful? Please comment at the bottom of this page.

Walking High

I’m very big on walks and often practice being grateful for things while I walk; Noticing things around me that I am grateful for on my regular walk to work, in a neighbourhood I never visited, … anytime. A sunny day and fresh breeze, pastries in a bakery window, an encounter with a friendly dog; there are many things to be grateful for that we walk by each day that simply require a bit of awareness and openness to note. It’s interesting to pay attention to when and for what we are grateful.

Frown Upside-Down

I often speak with my clients about the importance of a balanced perspective when faced with glitches and obstacles on their paths. Looking at a frown as an opportunity to smile or turning the negative to a positive is not always easy, but gratefulness helps. What is good about this? In which ways can I be grateful for it? What can I take from this? These are a few good questions to worth through.

*Yes, I’m one of the few people who wear shorts well into the autumn. Hairy legs and cozy woollen socks help.

Read our next blog post, The Living Dead →→

←← Read our previous blog post, Read My Face

Read My 14 Year Old Face: Acne, Anxiety, Despair, Hope

Anxiety | Skin Care | Hope | Heal

When I look at myself in this photo, I see my top lip nervously inverted as I attempted to smile, my right ear on fire from anxiously yanking at it as I waited in line and my emotions downward feeling, but full of hope. It was school picture day, a day I dreaded.

Acne, Anxiety

My acne hit quick and at times covered my entire face. Along with my early, and I thought, excessive body hair, the acne caused me a great deal of anxiety during my teens. So much anxiety that coupled with regular teenage angst, I sometimes refused to leave my house. Doctors said I would grow out of the acne, but later prescribed Accutane, daily use of skin killing peroxide creams and told me that I could eat whatever I liked – including chocolate, chips, pop – whatever. Today we know a more holistic approach to healthy skin works best.

Despair, Hope

My confidence was low. Lower than low from the acne, anxiety and years of teasing and doubt I felt. I didn’t feel like myself. Who was I and how did I fit in? But even while I felt so low, I felt hope. Hope that everything would work out and be ok.

To me, hope is largely a result of openness. Openness that allows us to sit in the dark, but feel the light inside. Openness that through awareness and action, allows us to manifest what we feel, think, need and want. Open enough to see our world (or a given person or situation) from a balanced perspective, to contribute what we have to, to share the inside, with the outside. The first step to hope is simply – being open.

Solution

After a few years of trial and error, some painful dry ice burning of pimples and little change to my skin or anxiety, I decided that I needed to make a change. By this time I was 17, had started working for The Body Shop, the then mecca of natural skin care, and was inspired by the pure lavender oil we sold. I knew it was a skin balancer and healer, so I intuitively cleansed, conditioned (moisturized) and spot treated my face, only using the lavender oil, morning and night. My intuition was guiding me to do a “purging cleanse” – something I later found out is a suggested holistic treatment for those with severe acne.

Two weeks later, the redness had been reduced, there were fewer new eruptions and any old eruptions were drying out. By using this one oil, I was healing my skin, soothing and balancing my anxiety and changing my outlook. Within a couple of months my skin and mood were transformed so I switched to a gentile cleanser and light moisturizer and only used lavender oil as a spot treatment.

Essential oils are a natural, affordable and effective treatment for children, adolescents and adults with skin issues and unbalanced mental and emotional states. Learn more about our powerful 100% organic vegan Aromatherapy Services and Products.

PS My hair and that background!?

Read our next blog post, Inspiring Messages →→

←← Read our previous blog post, Pizza Fridays

%d bloggers like this: