This winter, I deepened my relationship with my body + my spirit big time. It really didn’t feel like I had an option. Early fall, I knew some things had gotten out of control; anxiety + [even anger sometimes] + exhaustion + fogginess + dry skin + stubborn “baby weight” + quite a bit of fear… I went into the whole thing trying to be open to new perspectives. I take an ayurvedic approach in life + healing [I will share some of my favorite references soon]. Because I believe food is our medicine, that’s where I started my healing journey. I don’t think it’s for everyone, but I feel best off of dairy + gluten. I began making concoctions [+ still do] each morning + noon + night along with altering my diet for the healing I needed. I also focused on raising my vibration in every way I could [through all kinds of hippie shit].
My reiki [lithotherapy] healers referred to my winter as the dark night of my soul. My naturopath reminds me that our body [+ therefore our spirit] goes through seven-year-cycles, so as I approach my 35th birthday, this deepening isn’t surprising. It’s been a long trek for me, obviously I had a lot of work to do. It felt like my body was guiding me toward the emotional + spiritual work I needed to do. I began receiving clarity in so many areas I so badly needed. And what was weird is I started opening up to spirituality [again]. I have been so closed off to spirituality the past decade + pretty judgmental toward those that believe in the magic. But the past 6+ months, I’ve kept telling myself to remain open to the new
coincidences [alignment] I was noticing + it’s been such a mind-blowing, potent journey.
A good friend suggested I get my hormones scanned, so I did. My scan came back pre-menopausal- while this was heartbreaking to realize my little body was truly struggling [not just my mind], I loved finally getting some answers to go with my assumptions. In my [ayurvedic] research, I moved toward hormonal imbalance + how to fix it. I soon realized all of the [bad] things that can occur within our bodies + minds when our hormones are imbalanced.
I continued my typical acupuncture + lithotherapy regularly + was experiencing healing + insight, but needed that next level of insight. I finally found an amazing naturopath [the doctor I have been dreaming about my whole life] + was officially diagnosed with adrenal fatigue. Immediately, so much made sense to me as she explained more about adrenal fatigue! Because of the cultural norms [amount of stress] most women agree to, I think many struggle with adrenal fatigue + adrenal exhaustion without even knowing it. That is the reason I am sharing my story. I followed all of my naturopath’s suggestions + started taking her supplements. Being a holistic doctor, she also reminded me of how much my inner dialogue plays a role in my state of health. With my background/experience in yoga + ayurvedic medicine, it made sense to make a conscious effort to start tapping into my parasympathetic nervous system as often as possible. So I’ve continued consuming my healing concoctions + have committed to the following additions:
YOGA NIDRA + MEDITATION
STORIES OF STRENGTH + RESILIENCE
MORE SLEEP // This has been the hardest one for me, because Leo Wolfe still nurses like a newborn. It’s also been the biggest problem in all of this! We need sleep! Leo is getting a little better the older he gets + I go to bed by 9:00 pm every night, but I am looking forward to even more sleep.
LESS SCREEN-TIME // I scanned positive for heavy radiation at my naturopath. She hooked me up with some gia chips for my phone + computer + I have cut back on screen time. This is hard for me with my job, but I have noticed a difference in my fogginess.
ESSENTIAL OILS // I made a roller of the adrenal support recipe from our Blissful Oils EBook+ put it on my throat 3 times a day.
NO COFFEE // I slept better immediately + experience waaaaay less anxiety.
GROUNDING PRACTICES // I take looooooooong walks daily. This is where I listen to my podcasts! Death + Sex + Money + Being Boss are my favorite podcasts. I take off my shoes outside to root down as often as possible. I take off my glasses + let the sunlight enter my eyes.
BATHS // have incredible healing power + I simply make time for them as often as possible.
YOGA NIDRA + MEDITATION // I have gone in + out of my consistent meditation practice the past two decades. But when I lost the time for it when I had babies, I realized I needed it more than ever. I make time for it every day! Guided meditations are easiest for me. If my mind is given the freedom to roam, I’m doomed! Solara’s guided meditations are my favorite + I love this Yoga Nidra app.
STORIES OF STRENGTH + RESILIENCE // through my job [+ my travels] + podcasts + documentaries + books. I was in a funk + needed to be reminded of my own resilience. Through other people’s stories, I have realized my own strength + resilience.
MOON MEDICINE // I started living my life according to the moon phases in January when I started working with Achintya + Ameya [at Goddess Rising]. Part of the beautiful alignment I’ve been experiencing was my inclination to sign up for my first Goddess Rising program, which was Sisters of the Moon. Through my mentorship with these amazing ladies, I have learned to love myself + body + spirit in a way that has transformed my life. Patterns + fears that used to enslave me now feel so distant. [Achintya is @goddess_rising + Ameya is @woman.rising on IG]
COSMIC CONCOCTIONS // I make elixers + teas + concoctions all day long. These have been a major part of my healing journey + will forever remain a part of my daily routine.
It’s been the most romantic Spring of my life. As the Earth wakes from it’s winter slumber, I also feel an incredible resurrection occurring within my own body + spirit. My work + my relationships + my inner dialogue have never been better. Life is still chaotic as we try to sell our house + pack up + move back to our hometown, but my peace has remained greater than the chaos. I feel old lately, but it actually feels good. I feel strong + calm + clear-headed. I’m getting more used to it, but the alignment I experience on the daily is still so exciting! Gratitude is what fills me.
REBELLION GENE // he got it from his mama! I have it bad! When being told “no,” it jumbles up in my head + is translated into “Someone brave hasn’t attempted that yet. You should try it!” As hard as I fight it, I have a tendency to chase certain challenges. Typically driven by curiosity + a passion for experiencing life to the fullest. No doubt, I got this gene from my dad’s side. This dude has it bad too! Understanding this about myself + seeing it in him already, it definitely affects my parenting. Sometimes, I worry in a “bad” way. For example, I am very careful with what information to share with him because he will be like a moth to a flame; curiosity will magnetically draw him in. But my mom says it’s good that I understand him so well + that she would have given anything to understand me better [she’s cautious + is glad to follow the rules].