3/27/2015

Conscious Pregnancy // Healing Your Second Chakra

Conscious Pregnancy // Healing Your Second Chakra

Hello ladies! I am thrilled to be sharing the next post in the Conscious Pregnancy series. Today we are diving into energy work, the importance of saying yes to our uterus and healing our second chakra.

Last year I spoke with a friend from culinary school about her pregnancy journey. I had been working with a few pregnant mamas at that point and was reaching out to women to learn as much as I could about how and why they got pregnant. My friend and her husband had been trying to get pregnant for a while and it wasn’t happening. They both ate well, took all the best supplements, and she tracked her cycles with the Fertility Awareness Method.

Still no baby.

Everything opened up for my friend when she met a Naturopath who told her that she need to make peace with her uterus. At first she was like, what? Are you for real? The Naturopath explained to her that she had been telling her uterus ‘no, do not have a baby’ for so long that she needed to shift the energy focus and affirm ‘yes, I want to have a baby’.

When I heard this it struck me instantly.

Of course she needed to say YES to her uterus! How obvious!

We both laughed about how hilarious and clear this instruction was. I am so grateful for my friend and her willingness to share her experiences with me. That conversation sparked a revolution in the ways I talk to and address my body.

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At 15 I popped my first birth control pill. None of my friends or I wanted kids when we were teenagers and at the time the logical step was to take the pill to prevent it. Back then there was no education about the effects of synthetic hormones, how to chart your cycle using the Fertility Awareness Method (yes I’ve mentioned it twice and highly recommend it!), or how a woman’s body and energy works. I wish I had known back then what I know now about all of this. Having the knowledge that I have today is one of the reasons I created this series, to share information and create community with other women.

I went off and on the pill for the next 14 years and got pregnant twice from being careless in my late teens. Up until a a few years ago I was terrified of getting pregnant because I knew in my heart I wasn’t ready to have kids. Since learning how to chart my cycle and observe how energy flows, my life has changed in incredible ways. Now that I am having baby talks with my partner and am embarking on a journey of Conscious Pregnancy, paying attention to how I talk to and treat my body has taken on a much greater meaning.

As you might imagine, my past experiences created a ton of stagnant energy in my body. Thankfully, I have many years of meditation and yoga under my belt which has opened me up to the practices that I am cultivating today, practices that I never would have been able to consider had I not laid the groundwork. The good news is you don’t need to practice yoga for 10 years to understand the practice I will share. The fact that you are reading this makes you ready to receive it.

When I started studying energy work a few years ago I was drawn to the idea that we can heal ourselves completely. This concept was something that was never in my realm of understanding as I was convinced I would need fixing my entire life. I was sure my darkness rendered me incapable of experiencing true healing. It always fascinates me how we are drawn to what we need most in life.

My intuition guided me to energy work in the form of Reiki, a loving Japanese energy technique of laying hands. I had this sense that there was something more out there to learn, to experience, and to share. I had a sense that I could heal on a deeper level but at every turn my mind told me it was impossible. A friend turned me on to the works of Caroline Myss and pretty quickly my life started changing in dramatic ways. Because I was so open from being a devoted yoga student, looking back it makes sense that the next step in my evolution was to go deeper into my own energy.

Years ago I had a boyfriend who said I healed his broken ribs with the touch of my hands. I didn’t give it a second thought until I walked into my first Reiki training. Listening to the teacher share the practice of Reiki with us made everything click. People told me my entire life I was a healer in one form or another and my hands have always carried a noticeable amount of energy. Last year one of my teachers shared that my hands glowed from across the room. When I dove heart first into studying Reiki, my ability to heal myself and hold space for others to heal amplified in ways that shook me to the core. Suddenly, those old beliefs that I was always going to need fixing began cracking open and were exposed for what they really were, empty lies.

Practicing Reiki on myself was the first step in understanding how the healing worked and where I most needed healing at that time. I was immediately drawn to my second chakra, between the naval and pubic bone. This chakra (or energy center) governs our reproductive organs and is our creative center. For the first year that I practiced Reiki on myself I put my hands on my second chakra before everyday.

As my Reiki practice advanced and I started taking on clients, I came to understand in a very real way how we can promote harmony in our bodies. Reiki works by tuning into our own energy and clearing our mind to allow energy from the cosmos to enter and support our healing as well.

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Saying yes to our uterus is key in promoting a loving environment for conceiving our babies. Early on in my Reiki practice I was intuitively guided to heal my second chakra. During the healing process I affirmed my desire for carrying a child in my body and acknowledged that I am ready to fully open to becoming pregnant.

This is a very simple practice that has profound effects on our entire energy system and life. I like to use the Yoni mudra on my second chakra when giving myself Reiki. Mudras are hand positions that stimulate different subtle energies in the body. The Yoni mudra (an upside down triangle) is a symbol of female fertility in Hindu religion and helps us get in touch with our divine feminine energy. The word Yoni means womb or source making it an ideal mudra for conception, or anytime you want to connect to your feminine creativity in a deep way.

When we practice the Yoni mudra and connect with our creative center,  we move towards healing our relationship to our body. The more peace we can cultivate within before we get pregnant, the more peaceful our baby’s first home will be. When I imagine creating a healthy and sacred space for my child, I always come back to this nourishing practice. I place my hands on the future home of my unborn child in the Yoni mudra and smile. This is they way I want to bring a child into this world.

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To make this practice part of your life simply form your hands into Yoni mudra and place them between your naval and public bone. You can sit up or lie down. I love to fall asleep like this at night.

When your hands are on your body take steady, full breaths into your abdomen and let them go slowly. Create a smooth breath that has no beginning and no end. After several rounds of breath   start to meditate on saying yes to creating a home for your future child. Allow your self to be healed by the warmth of your hands. As you continue breathing, smile and enjoy the present moment.

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This seemingly simple practice is very powerful. Healing our energy centers effects our entire life. In the beginning you might experience loads of emotions, especially if you have past trauma. You might also feel grief and sadness for all the times that you dimmed your creative light for another person. Many of us women are used to putting our needs last and this practice is about putting our healing at the forefront. In order to be the brilliant, courageous, and strong mothers we want to be, we must begin the process of saying yes not only to our uterus but to ourselves.

Take your time with this. There is no rush to heal. Commit to making this practice part of your life and then just show up and practice with an open heart. The rest will follow as it is supposed to. It always does.

xoa

 

// Photo by Sera Lindsey

3/26/2015

Medicine Cabinet // Ayurvedic Allergy Remedies

Ayurvedic Allergy Remedies by Ashley Neese

Now that Spring is officially here so are seasonal allergies! Growing up in Atlanta, I always had seasonal allergies. I remember my Dads car covered in yellow pollen this time of year. We all had runny noses, itchy eyes, and the occasional sore throat. Today I’m going to share two of my favorite Ayurvedic allergy remedies, the neti pot and Nasaya oil.

Since moving out west years ago my allergies changed because the pollen count was so much lower in the cities I have lived in. Another reason my allergy symptoms improved is from using a neti pot. I actually learned about the neti pot from watching one of my favorite shows of all the Six Feet Under. Ruth’s second husband, George gifts her son David a neti pot during his birthday dinner. After seeing this  I hopped online to learn about them and started using it.

Neti pots are an ancient Ayurvedic tool for sinus irrigation. Neti is sanskrit for ‘nasal cleansing’. Neti pots work by flooding the nostrils with slightly warm, salted water. To use the neti pot fill it with salt water  and place the spout in one nostril. See it in action here. I just couldn’t bring myself to get a photo taken of me using it for the blog, seemed too weird even for me ;)

When you live in a place that has a high pollen count or in a polluted city like Los Angeles, there are loads of particles floating around in the air. These tiny particles get stuck in your sinuses and irritate the tissue. Flushing out the sinuses helps remove the debris that can cause an allergic reaction and provide incredible allergy symptom relief. For results that last it is suggested to use the neti pot everyday during allergy season.

You can also use a neti pot when you have a cold. The warm saline can help loosen, flush out, and thin mucous. This also helps to relieve symptoms of post nasal drip. If your sinuses are super clogged the water might not drain through but it can still help to thin the mucous. When sick use the neti pot when you can. I find it works best as a preventative measure.

Here are the major benefits of using a neti pot, source, Everyday Health:

  • Clears the nostrils to allow free breathing
  • Removes excess mucous
  • Reduces pollen or allergens in nasal passages
  • Relieves nasal dryness
  • Reduces cold and flu symptoms
  • Alleviates sinus headaches
  • Improves sense of smell and taste
  • Reduces snoring

Neti pots have been widely researched for their effectiveness and it is conclusive that keeping the neti pot clean and using distilled water in the pot are key factors. Clean your neti pot well after each use and give it a good rinse before using. Whenever I am sterilizing jars for fermenting or running a load of dishes in the washer I add my neti pot. Store your neti pot in a place where it won’t collect a bunch of dust – you don’t want that going into your nose when you are trying to flush it out!

Ayurvedic Allergy Remedies by Ashley Neese

Next up I want to share about Nasaya oil. This herbally infused Ayurvedic oil saved my sinuses living in such a dry and polluted city. When an excess of bodily fluids accumulates in the sinus, throat, nose or head areas, it is best eliminated through the nose. Using Nasya oil helps facilitate this cleansing process. Nasya oil soothes and protects the nasal passages and helps relieve sinus congestion.

Nasaya oil also works to combat anxiety, fear, and stress. In Ayurveda, the nose is the passage way to higher consciousness (the brain) and breathing in herbs like  brahmi, calamus, skullcap, and eucalyptus help to promote clarity, a sense of calm, and restores balance. Nasaya is especially helpful to Vata types who are more prone to living in their heads.

My favorite way to use this healing oil is to put a couple of drops on my finger and massage the inside of each nostril. Some folks like to lie down and drop the oil up their nose but this never felt good to me. The massage method is much more nurturing and really helps to ground you in the moment.

There is conflicting testimony on whether you should use Nasaya oil after cleansing your nasal passages with the neti pot. Deepak Chopara says yes, Banyan Botanicals says no. The theory behind the no stance is that you should wait until your sinuses have completely drained before using Nasaya oil. If you have ever used a neti pot you might be familiar with some water coming out of your nostrils up to an hour after you used the pot. This has happened to me on more than one occasion and it always makes me laugh. It’s nothing to be alarmed about!

I like to use Nasaya oil before I go to bed because I live in such a dry climate. Applying it before bed helps me wind down, soothes my nose, and promotes a more restful sleep. I also like to use a little Nasaya oil before meditation, it is a wonderful way to open your senses and connect deeply to the present moment.

Experiment with the neti pot and Nasaya oil and see what works best for you. Plesae note Nasaya oil is contraindicated during pregnancy, menstruation, immediately before or after eating, while intoxicated, or with an acute fever.

Neti Pot Rinse

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Mix the salt with the water in a glass until dissolved. Pour half of the water into your neti pot. Stand over the sink and lean forward. Tilt your head to one side and carefully insert the spout of the neti pot into one nostril. Raise the handle of the neti pot to allow the water to flow through and out the opposite nostril. Repeat on the other side.

To see what it looks like watch this video.

Exhale several times over the sink to clear your nose and wash up with warm water.

To clear excess water (and if you don’t have a head cold) bend over at the waist and let your head hang down, return to standing. Repeat this simple forward bend a few times and wipe up any remaining drainage with a tissue.

Finish up with a little Nasaya oil or wait a couple of hours before using it.

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There you have it my friends! Two of my favorite Ayurvedic allergy remedies! Have you tried these methods? I’d love to hear your experiences. Wishing you an allergy free Spring.

xoa

 

// Photos by Asami Zenri

3/23/2015

Saying No Is A Spiritual Practice

Saying No Is A Spiritual Practice by Ashley Neese

When you say no to something you are saying YES to something else. This last week has proven that to be once again. Dear universe, I hear you loud and clear!

I’ve had to ramp up my ‘no’ muscle lately and to be honest it has been a little uncomfortable. But the slight discomfort I’ve felt saying no can’t even touch the freedom and joy I have felt afterwards. Saying no for me is about trusting my intuition. It’s about accepting that not everyone is going to be happy with my decisions all of the time. Saying no is also about standing in my truth and living in alignment with my path.

Last week I caught a cold and decided to slow down and rest instead of trying to push through it. It’s these little victories that remind me of how far I have come and how much work there still is to do! A cold is not a big deal in the scheme of things and because I took off work and rested I am on the mend. The bigger lesson here is that I was doing too much and needed to say no to a few things. My body was speaking to me and I got the message. It was time for a self care overhaul. I was 100% in.

During my few days off work I rested. And by rest I mean drank gallons of broth, read, napped, journaled, and watched countless hours of The Voice. Can we PLEASE talk about Pharrell Williams for a second? Um, what?! He’s blowing my heart open on that show with his humble approach and sincerity. I like his track Happy just as much as the next person, but seeing him as a mentor like this has totally changed my view of him. Pharrell is just awesome.

Okay, I’m back from my digression. This is what happens when I spend too many hours at home….!

So yeah. Saying no. It’s a spiritual practice that I am learning (the hard way more often than I care to admit) to get into. Yes, you read that correctly, saying no is a spiritual practice. And a super potent one at that.

Most of us take on way too much. We’re over extended, busy all the time, tired, and for what? How can we be of maximum service to ourselves, each other, and our communities if we are constantly running on fumes?

We need to slow down.

We need to conserve our energy.

We need to say no.

Trust me. Saying no is spiritual and it will rock your world.

Get into it.

Who cares what people think. You don’t have to do it all.

And while you’re at it drop the explanations. You don’t need to explain a thing. You are enough and so is your no.

But do be polite. A little kindness goes really far, especially when declining. Perhaps a no thank you?

Because the beauty is, when we say no to one thing, we say yes to something else.

Saying no to an event is saying yes to a night of much needed relaxation and rest. Saying no to a book deal (just did that a few weeks ago!) is saying yes to even more exciting writing opportunities that come your way (more soon I promise!). Saying no to teaching a workshop is saying yes to nurturing your relationships because let’s face, it none of us seem to have enough time for the people we care about the most.

Listen, I am turning into the No Lady over here and I can’t even count how many amazing things have happened since I declared this my new spiritual practice. The universe hears you. It might not give you what you want when you want it, but it has your back. Take a risk. Let go.

Saying no is also saying yes.

And when you contemplate that profound teaching and decide to take action on it, your entire life opens up in beautiful unexpected ways.

If saying no is challenging for you I get it. It is not my strongest area either. All that is required is that we show up and practice. Building a new muscle takes work. There might be some soreness in the beginning. It might feel weird. But over time we get stronger and saying no becomes an integrated practice and we enjoy it! And that’s when things get really good.

Is there something you want to say no to but haven’t yet? Do you feel like you are doing too much and need to pull back and say no to some of it? Are you an expert no-sayer?

Please chime in and share your experiences. This topic is really coming up for me right now and I have a feeling I’m not the only one :)

Also, Spring is THE time for clearing the slate and working out your ‘no’ muscle!

Lots of love and happy Monday!

xoa

3/18/2015

Acceptance Is The Answer

Acceptance Is The Answer by Ashley Neese

It would be impossible for me to tell you how many times I have doubted myself, told myself something wasn’t possible, and felt at my core I am totally unworthy of pretty much everything including oxygen. Okay. That was dramatic! Truth be told I haven’t felt THAT badly about myself since I was drinking and obliterating my body with drugs years ago, but, I’d be dishonest if I said that I feel feel worthy of love 100% of the time.

I’ve been considering lately where I got the idea that I needed to feel anything ALL of the time. It’s such an old idea, like from my youth. It’s got that childlike quality of black and white, all or nothing. Learning to grow up emotionally has often been about making friends with the grey areas, seeking out the nuances, and understanding that life is actually a spectrum of feelings that change with the seasons, the moon, my environment, and even what I ate for lunch. In essence, feelings are fluctuating constantly.

I never learned how to make real space for and accept my deep sensitivities as a child. This is one of the reasons I sought comfort in numbing myself as often as possible. Though I was quite self-destructive in my youth I also became a creator. I danced, I painted, and played piano. I wrote for countless hours in my diary. In many ways my art became a container for the intense feelings of confusion, loneliness, and sadness I experienced so often. Art was how I kept breathing and numbing myself was how I turned off my racing mind.

I was a super sensitive child as some of you know. I would cry when other kids would cry which looking back was never something that was truly celebrated. The lack of real space to feel all of my feelings and positive reinforcement that being super sensitive wasn’t a bad way to be, gave me a clear message to not accept myself and feel unworthy. I had to make up my own world to survive emotionally and in that world I wrote epic poetry, became a ballerina, and painted deeply moving pictures. In that cocoon I built for myself I  also checked out with drugs when the emotions rose to the surface became too much to process.

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As I navigate this world as a grown woman I have learned to give myself an expanded container for all of my intense feelings. I have created space for myself to fully express the full spectrum of my emotions in ways that honor my artistry instead of my tendency to self destruct. I have sought out teachers and resources to support my sensitivity and have come to really like that aspect of myself.

How cool is to to be able to read people’s energy and feel their feelings?! It’s the coolest and I am grateful that this sensitivity, or as I like to refer to it as my magic powers (which btw we all have), no longer feels like a burden or like something is wrong with me. It feels like a huge present from the universe and from my family.

By accepting my sensitivity I have been able to feel worthy of love. Do I feel worthy of it all of the time? No, but I believe that I am much more than how I might feel at one point or another. Even though I have an incredible capacity to feel, I am not my feelings. None of us are. We are so much more.

Today I want to live in those grey areas. Through my practice of meditation, yoga, and working with others, I can totally get down with the idea that I don’t even need to be a ball of mushy love and light 100% of the time. Like most of us that are involved in this amazing foundation-shaking spiritual existence, I’ve got not only my stuff to sort out but stuff that was passed down to me from generations. Sometimes it’s a lot of work being conscious, you know?

When I come back to that place of remembering hey, it’s not ALL your work here, some of this is from your lineage, I can lighten up a bit. Grounding myself in that truth, that it’s not all mine to heal, I walk back towards love because at the end of the day, love is our true nature. I believe that is true 100% of the time, even if I don’t feel it in a given moment.

And I wouldn’t change it for anything. Not one little (or giant) thing. Truth be told I cringe a little bit at the thought of giving credit to all those 12-steppers that told me ‘acceptance is the answer’, but damn if there isn’t a really fucking giant morsel of truth to those very words.

Acceptance is the answer.

With acceptance comes allowing myself to feeling all the feelings no matter what, understanding that sometimes pains from the past need to be felt again in order to fully heal.

With acceptance comes excitement about being an emotional human who has a laser focused sense of intuition. 

With acceptance comes letting myself off the hook for having moments or days when I feel off or sad. 

With acceptance comes learning to manage my energy, getting clear on what is mine to work through and what is mine to let go of.

With acceptance comes focusing on myself versus comparing my insides to someone else’s outsides. 

With acceptance comes true freedom and many moments joy. 

With acceptance comes complete transformation.

By accepting who I am completely, fully, and without judgement, my heart opens and with that opening comes the sweetest peace of mind anyone could ask for.

How are you practicing acceptance in your life? Where could you infuse a little more attention and love?

Sending love to you all right now.

xoa

3/16/2015

Inspired Living // Erin Telford

Inspired Living // Erin Telford

Last fall I met Erin Telford at a healer training in Los Angeles and was immediately drawn to her calming energy and sense of humor. I always love it when I meet a woman who is not afraid to be herself, especially in a group setting. After talking with Erin and getting to know her a little bit, I dove right into her gorgeous website and knew I found a kindred spirit. Her business is called Radiant Heart Acupuncture and it pretty much says it all: she is amazing.

Erin is a healer in every sense of the word. She is an acupuncturist, herbalist and Reiki practitioner and leads individual and group Breathwork sessions in NYC. Erin is also an incredible writer and I am grateful we have become friends over these last months. She is one of the most encouraging and supportive women I know in the wellness field.

Today Erin shares how she nourishes herself, the devastating loss of her little sister, and why she keeps seeking to know herself on deeper levels. Erin gets super real with us and her life is a wonderful reminder of how we can all inspire each other by staying curious and by leading with our radiant hearts.

Inspired Living // Erin Telford

Share your self-care musts.
My morning routine is essential to my well being for the rest of the day.  I take a full two hours of moving slowly to get ready and let my whole self catch up with the idea of entering the world. I always cook myself breakfast, usually two eggs and a half bunch of kale cooked in ghee or coconut oil. I do some type of meditative practice whether it’s a mantra that I’m working with or a breath practice. I receive acupuncture or massage a couple of times a month to balance my giving. I practice yoga three times a week to keep my body strong but mostly to keep my mind right. I’m an outgoing introvert so I need a lot of down time by myself to recalibrate my energy.

What does your body need to feel nourished?
Loads of delicious whole foods-all organic, grass fed, free-range stuff.  I feel it right away when I’m eating artificial foods. I need deep rest. Movement and stretching. I need time to daydream and let my mind wander. I need quiet to let my feelings percolate up to the surface. I need peace. I need fresh air and to connect with the trees, the moon, the Earth. I need love, definitely lots of hugs.

Inspired Living // Erin Telford

How to you continue to evolve and grow as a person?
I feel like I’ve managed to maintain some amount of innocence throughout my life. It’s always been extremely important to me to maintain that childlike wonder with the world and not slip over into being jaded. It’s helped me to stay curious and open hearted which feeds the evolution.

I know that I can only take my clients as far as I am willing to go with myself and that really fuels my personal investigation. If I am afraid of something or have a block or a limiting belief, it’s a disservice to the people that I work with and the people in my life if I’m not taking a look at that thing.

I’m an inspiration junkie and eternal seeker. I love reading and always have a couple of personal development books going at a time. I have gotten very comfortable looking within and not judging myself so it’s become a fun adventure to dig deeper into those inner realms. There is endless material in there to help you grow!

Is connecting to nature important to you? 
Absolutely. More so than ever before. I love the city because of the energy but as I’ve gotten older I seek peace more and more. The ocean is my jam. The rhythm, the power, the consistency, the negative ions. I go to the beach almost every weekend during the summer and try to really acknowledge and be with the elements as much as I can year round.

Inspired Living // Erin Telford

What are you currently reading?
I just finished North of Normal: A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family, and How I Survived Both by Cea Sunrise Person. I’m in the middle of reading Thirty Girls by Susan Minot, a novel about a group of girls who were abducted in Uganda by rebels. It’s heart breaking. I had to skip a couple of pages because it hurt too much to read. I’m also in the middle of reading The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard.

Name one of your biggest challenges and how you moved through it.
I’ve never really written about this before but it is one of the largest defining moments of my life. About six years ago my little sister died. It was a violent death and it was really hard to talk about because of the circumstances. It was like you dropped a huge awful bomb on people whenever it was brought up.  Most people don’t know how to speak about death and dying in our culture. If you do it’s because you learned the hard way. I was very angry and bitter for a long time and felt very isolated.  My heart was just blasted.  I also broke up with a long time boyfriend in the middle of all the grieving.  I was going through it HARD.

I got a ton of bodywork, talked about it when I needed to and cried all the time.  I was in acupuncture school when it happened so it was a really supportive environment for what I was going through. Over time the wound turned into a heart that was broken open instead of just broken. My sister was wild and free and did whatever she wanted no matter what. Her death reminded me of how to live.

There was a line drawn in the sand of before and after for my whole family. We learned to love each other more and be more honest and we got closer. Her death ultimately healed me, allowing me to reframe my life, leave behind low grade depression and anxiety and truly believe that the world I live in is a good place. I decided that if this was the one life that I had that I was going to live it in the most juicy, full-on way I possibly could.

Inspired Living // Erin Telford

Sister wisdom.
Be kind to each other. Be honest with each other. Give each other lots of hugs.  Remember each other. Reach out. Share your healing gifts with each other. Do ceremony together. Share your hurts and dreams and fears. Don’t hold back.  We are meant to band together in support.

Best advice you’ve ever taken.
Don’t take advice from people who aren’t living the life that you want! There will never be any shortage of people who will tell you it’s too risky or it can’t work.  Ignore them and talk to the people who are making it happen.

How do you process your feelings?
I think them through on my own first. If there is a conflict I try to see how much of my feelings are me being triggered by something that was already painful. I try to see where I can take responsibility for my side of the street. I try to see where I might be pushing my needs aside to avoid confrontation. It’s a pretty massive internal dialogue.

I don’t judge myself for feeling feelings though. That just adds another layer of muck on top of everything. I let myself be mad or anxious or scared or sad all the way. Then I talk to other people that know me and run it through that filter to see if there are things I’m not seeing. I write about how I feel. Dance it out. Breathe it out. I’m really into growling and big vocalizations for processing right now. That really helps me.

Inspired Living // Erin Telford

What do you like most about yourself?
I like that I can find the light and the humor in the darkest places. I can laugh at the ridiculousness of some of the really gnarly things that life throws our way. I also love being sensitive. It used to feel like a curse but I have learned how to be a healthily boundaried empath. Being able to really really get what someone is feeling and having deep compassion for another human is something that I really value about myself.

Tell us one thing you haven’t done yet that you really want to do.
I want to get married! I could sound really cool and way more modern and pick another thing I’d love to do…but I really want to experience a deep and abiding love that lasts a lifetime. I have had some world rocking, fantastic loves in my life but I would like to meet my soulmate for this part of my lifetime and see if we can take it all the way to the end. I feel very connected to my path and that my next level of growth will happen in the container of a sacred partnership. That’s what I really want to do.

What are you most grateful for?
I’m most grateful that I am alive and healthy! Truly I could name a billion things because I am grateful for so many but every extra day that I get to do good work in the world, enjoy my loved ones and this planet is a lucky day.

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Erin on Instagram: @radianthearthealing

Photo credit: Sasithon Photography

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