Slowing Down + Filling Up

I'm back from my second time at the New England Women's Herbal Conference.

It was such a joy. Seeing friends I made last year and deepening our connection. Meeting new friends. Learning about the healing way of plants from incredible teachers including Rocio Alacron, Caroline Gagnon, and Tammi Sweet. Swimming in crystal clear Newfound Lake. Taking guided meditation journeys with plaintain -- a plant that grows in the cracks of the sidewalks. Sharing what I know about flower essences (and there's a 25% sale going on right now -- see details below). 

Most importantly, it was a time to slow down and fill up.

Healers need this more than ever. It's a challenging time to be alive on planet Earth, and we hold the space for growing through these challenges.

The space I hold is for smart and sensitive women going through times of life transitions. I call these transitions Gate Passages.  

These transitions bring many things up to the surface.

Sometimes it brings up old wounds that are ready to be healed.

Sometimes it brings up ways of thinking about your life that are ready to be upgraded.

Sometimes it brings forward new ways of being in the world, that can be both scary and exciting.

Always, though, these times of transition bring you into better balance of who you are. 

It's not easy to go through them.

New tools and new support can ease a Gate Passage.

I'm delighted to offer this support -- both one-to-one and in groups. In a few weeks, I'll once again be opening the fall season of Gate Passages -- a small group gathering of support. Stay tuned for details. 

What's doing for you?

How are you slowing down and filling up? 

Hit reply and tell me. I'd really love to hear about it

I just got back from a week on Cape Cod.

What a beautiful spot! Have you ever been? 

It was my first time, and here's what I loved: 

1. NO CELL SIGNAL on the beach. Cell service was spotty everywhere on the Cape, but I'm talking zero signal on the beach and the roads leading up to it. Not one person was on her or his cell phone. People were talking to each other and looking at each other. I loved this.

2. Whale Watching. Something happens to me when I see a whale up close. This is my third time seeing humpback whales, and the same thing happened the first two. When I saw the whale close up, I connected with it energetically. Something shifted big-time in my body, and I felt incredibly peaceful.  

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3. Learning Something New. This was a workplaycation. Is that a word? I went to the Cape Cod Institute and learned new therapy skills. I've been at this for almost 20 years, and I'm always trying to be the best therapist that I can. I care deeply about my clients and want them to feel better. Learning new things helps me do that.

Tell me what's it like for you. Leave a comment below.

Oh and after taking a 2 month hiatus, I'm back doing New Moon Oracles. We have a new moon in Leo Saturday morning, plus a solar eclipse, plus 6 planets in retrograde. It's a doozy of a time! Click here to get yours.

I was a writer.

I do something different now, but, from the time I could put thoughts on paper, it's all I wanted. So off I went to college for English, graduated, and set my sights on it.

After knocking on many doors, I scored a meeting with the metro editor at the now defunct Rochester Times Union. He was a kind man with warm brown eyes behind thick black plastic frames. I wore him down by calling him every 2 weeks for a few months and landed a spot on the features desk.

It was a glorified editorial assistant job. I was mostly responsible for weekly movie times, the recipe exchange, and writing wedding announcements (yawn), but I wrote the occasional features articles whenever they let me.

I was over the moon -- dream come true, and all that. After the excitement wore off, I realized it wasn't a good fit. I didn't want to write on command under constant deadline pressure. It was so not sexy.

Deep down, though, I began feeling like reporting on people's stories was a poor excuse for really listening to people's stories. 

Listening, witnessing and honoring what people go through in their Gate Passages is what I do now. It's a much better fit. 

I still love writing. I recently wrote this for Medium. Grab a mug of steaming coffee and have a read. I'd love to hear what you think.