Thursday, March 12, 2015

Evolve or Die

Are you evolving or dying?

Plants are studied closely to analyze their stressors and growth abilities.  If a plant receives stress it does not grow; it holds it's current growth status and can even decay completely before it has completed a normal and healthy plant cycle.

Humans and most of the animal kingdom are similar, the main difference being the 'types of stress'.

Stress has been a common 'creator' of disease and illness, especially in recent western medicine, where it is used as the cause of a physical problem when the doctor can't see an obvious one.  I don't believe that stress is an enemy.  Stress is a symptom telling us that whatever mechanisms, or our way of dealing with mental, emotional and physcial influences, is not working.

I remember going to a general practitioner quite awhile ago and his diagnosis was stress and his suggested treatment was to take a break.  A break from what? life?  I wasn't in a position to ignore my finances or other responsible adult-like duties to 'take a break'.  And I don't know many people who are in such a luxurious position.  The best 'break' someone can take is a mini-nap or meditation.  So why is a 'break' helpful?

Stop to listen.  Listen to the pain, the resistance, the stress.  What is pushing against you?  What is keeping you from growing?  It may be just a physical feeling.  It could be an intuitive message.  Or it could be that step back to gain a new perspective.  This 'break' is something taught in most Eastern philosophies for long life and optimal health.  Why don't us Westerners know how to live without stress?  Why don't the public schools teach our children how to breathe?  How to resolve their emotions or live without stress?

We are learning now.  We are learning that the wisdom that has been lost is valuable.  The rituals we can have in our life have a purpose to reduce stress and encourage growth.  Rituals don't have to be any big practice.  They can be a simple affirmation or the practice of mind retraining throughout the day. 

I've been meditating daily for over 6 years.  The benefits are too long to list.  It's not that I have any more 'time' in the day to spend meditating, it's that I remember to do it.  I do it when I am going to bed or if wake up before I have to get out of bed.  Since I've practiced for awhile I can drop right into the part of my psyche where the conscious and subconscious can do their work.  After taking years and a multitude of classes on meditation I've found what works for me.

Do you have a practice to 'take a break' in life?  Do you meditate?  Can you feel your mind be at peace?

If you'd like to learn some techniques that I've discovered or meditate with me, please feel free to contact me.  We can practice a stress-free life that enables us to grow... to evolve!



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Watcher


Who are you?
Your mind? Your body? Your emotions?
What are you talking about when you say 'I'?  Who is 'I'?

How do you identify yourself?

Are you your name? Your occupation? Your position in society? Your age, gender, etc?

Perception is defined on google as: the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses.

How we perceive determines our answers to the above questions.

What if we took a step back from BEING the perception? from BEING the mind.  We would perceive our senses and thoughts subjectively.  We can watch our emotions.  We can experience our senses.  We can let thoughts, feelings and emotions express themselves without DOING anything about it.  We are WATCHING.  We are The Watcher.

Do you recall a time when you have done this?  Have you watched yourself go through an event?  What did you do in that event?  Did you react from what you were experiencing? Did you react from your emotions or feelings that were stimulated from your event?

Try watching yourself in this way.  Are you able to identify with The Watcher within you?

When you have tried this or you know what I am talking about then continue below.  


To master 'The Watcher' one must allow the the experience to happen without judgement.  Watching, witnessing the events play out before you. also aware of the role you are playing on the grand stage of life.

Judgement is a challenging core belief that is molded by our environment, and possibly by soul lessons (past-life).  It effects many aspects of our human existence such as our safety, control, creativity and love.  To master 'The Watcher' one must overcome and heal the judgement aspect.  Find a language that works for you to accept what you perceive.  When you are witnessing a judging thought or an emotion ask yourself to be OK with it.  Allow the thought or emotion to exist without a desire to change it.  The thought or emotion is JUST INFORMATION.  

The information can be seen by 'The Watcher' and you can move on to more information that exists within the experience.  The flow of information is naturally supported to create change and demonstrate love.  When you allow the flow, you express love and acceptance to yourself and to others.  You can then access, discern and make and educated decision as to what action you'd like to take.

Your choice of action determines the outcome of the interaction.  This all happens within yourself, no matter what exists in the experience.  You can be interacting with a person, an object, an animal or just your thoughts!  Anything can ask for your attention and stimulate thoughts and feelings.

When you watch without judgement and enter into a place of choice, you exercise self-empowerment, a mature and humble way of dealing with the world around you.

Next time you feel reactive and out of control, remember WHO you are!  You are 'The Watcher'.  'The Watcher' who experiences life 'AS IT IS' and invites acceptance and love into the present moment.

Once you feel confident in your practice and mastery of this concept please read my article "Compassion"(still in draft at the moment, please check back).



Sunday, May 25, 2014

Drum Journey

Come join me Thursday nights on a journey with the medicine of the drum.  $12 (pay at the door)

Contact me if you have any questions or requests.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

It's popular!  Cacao Ceremony now being held once a month.  Book your ticket online at:

This event is again being held at scheduled times instead of once a month.  See for more info.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring Rejuvenation Cacao Ceremony

Cacao Yoga is back for a Spring Rejuvenation!  Join Jenica Lake, The Chocolate Conspiracy and I for an afternoon workshop focused on detoxifying body, mind and spirit.  Visualizations and drumming, herbally infused chocolate elixir and integrative yoga come together in synergy for the benefit of a healthier you!