Ever since I lived on Vancouver Island, there is just something so comforting about the rain. The sound it makes when it hits the window, the smell that it creates, and everything that it washes away. I look forward to wet, rainy days, more so than sunny, hot days. I'm not talking about sun showers, I'm talking the grey, overcast, gloomy days. Does that make me the weirdest human ever?
So this morning, my alarm was set nice and early, as I had to get up to teach a morning dog class. With the mass amounts of rain, the class was cancelled (it would have been unsafe to do this class in the rain, as it's our hiking class!), so I rolled over, and tried to go back to sleep. I listened to the whoosh of the cars driving by and thought, "man, it must really be pouring". I was tossing and turning, and I didn't want to wake Sean. So I came downstairs. I thought to myself, I'll just catch up on some emails while I have my coffee, then I'll start my day.
I deliberately didn't turn any lights on. Again, there is something so eery and comforting about the gloom of the sky, and the light it brought in to my kitchen. I poured myself a hot cup of coffee, grabbed a blanket and came to the couch. Instead of starting emails, or scrolling Facebook, I literally sat.
The thoughts running through my head, they were weird. How warm did this cup of coffee feel on hands, on my legs. How weird a soft blanket felt against the goosebumps on my legs. Again, the sound of the cars whooshing by. I thought about how nice it would be to just sit on the couch, all day, and do nothing. I thought about how the silence was oddly comforting, and how for the first time in a week or so, I felt uncomfortable. Then I thought, man, I'm moody today.
That's when it hit me. Why do I love this weather so much? Time seems to move slower, my movements, more deliberate, my thoughts, almost more precise. We learn in BodyTalk that every emotion has a purpose in our body, for without emotions we can't achieve certain movements. Sadness, in particular, allows us to feel empathy. Think of it like a comparison: how do we know what happiness feels like, if we've never experienced sadness? There are issues with both extremes, chronic sadness can look like depression, and chronic happiness can be manic.
The last few weeks I'll admit it, I've had lots on my mind, worries that have been consuming my brain, and instead of sitting and mulling through them, to see how to move forward, I've ignored them and just kept myself (extremely) busy. I've worked with clients, written blogs, attended expos, met up with friends, I even binge watched an entire series on Netflix in about two days. (Okay nobody panic it was a mini series...). For the first time in weeks, I woke up, and with a little help from the rain, I was able to listen to my thoughts. With time moving slower, I thought things through. Any little worry that entered my mind, I invited it in, listened to it. Let it say what it needed to, and thought for a moment on why it was there. What was the outcome I needed to achieve?
Instead of repressing any worries or fears I've been experiencing the last few weeks, this morning, I felt them. Why is family health weighing on my mind? What is an outcome that is in my control, or more likely, what am I trying to control that I can't? How can I rectify any credit card debt that worries me? What will this person think if I truly do speak my mind? How can I let go of any control issues I'm having over it?
At the end of all the mulling, stewing, and listening, I focused in on my surroundings, and smiled when I heard the whoosh of the rain outside.
...brain fog? insomnia? this could be the answer!
I hear it so often in my sessions... brain fog, trouble focusing.. doesn't it seem like sometimes we are all "foggy"? I was so surprised when I read about the correlation between brain fog, GI issues, trouble focusing and this little joint in our skull!
The Sphenobasilar Joint (or SB Joint) is a joint between the sphenoid bone and the basilar portion of the occipital bone in the skull. Did you know that the skull isn't one solid bone? It's a number of different flat bones that are held together by connective tissue. Have you ever felt a newborn baby's head? Their skull bones haven't fused yet, making it really easy to feel the soft spots in their skull. The sphenoid bone is a butterfly shaped bone that has contact with all other bones of the skull. This makes it pretty darn important, I'd say. In harmony, the skull bones move with the breathing cycle of the body, as well as something called the cranial pulse (the focus of craniosacral therapy). Even the slightest shift in our cranial bones can have detrimental effects on our health. You can read more about that here.
Have you ever knocked your head, played contact sports, been scared or startled, or had a complicated birth (being born or given birth)? You could have locked up, or knocked your SB Joint out of place!
Some of the symptoms of a locked up SB joint are: headaches, migraines, fatigue, brain fog, insomnia, depression, GI disorders, hormonal imbalance, and a lack of mental clarity. I've experienced first hand, a locked up SB Joint that was effecting my pituitary gland. Not only do I not remember why it started, but I do remember the relief I felt when we "unlocked" it. The pituitary gland is responsible for the majority of our hormone release for critical function of the body. It's also a big part of our intuition!
The funny thing too, is that SB Joint often comes up for our fur babies. Think of how often our animals unintentionally bonk their heads, can you imagine how messed up our little doggie skulls must be!? I know it comes up for Scout quite a bit!
The SB Joint is something that can be addressed in BodyTalk in a non-invasive way, by focusing on the breath and "unlocking" this joint.
If you feel like this joint could be affecting you, or if you have more questions, please send me a message! Such a profound joint, that can really be a game changer!
Until next time!
Seriously one of the biggest themes in my sessions right now, The Five Element Theory that is touched on in Chinese Medicine is one of my favourite areas in BodyTalk, it is seriously all-encompassing!
The easiest way to explain the Five Elements (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood) are that: they are a representation of the frequency of the energetic movement within the body/mind, as well as nature. It's a representation of the microcosm (your internal environment), as well as the macrocosm (your external environment).
Okay maybe that's not clear unless you're a BodyTalker. Basically, there are the frequencies of these elements at all levels, they are a natural flow and cycle, from the breathing cycle, to the life cycle, to the cycle of an idea, or a season. They aren't "things found in the body", they are more a frequency that helps keep cycles in a healthy flow. Too little of something? You could see deficits somewhere in the body/mind complex. Ever heard of too much of a good thing? Too much of any element in the body (or the frequency of) can definitely throw things out of whack.
So... now that we've explained them.. what the heck do I mean when I talk about the Wood Element?
If the Wood Element could have a personality... it would be the shaker. The mover. The changer.
The Wood Element governs the Liver and Gallbladder, as well as their respective meridians. It governs the sense of sight (as well as the eyes themselves), and tears. If you were to compare Wood to a season, it's all about springtime, (what a coinkeedink that I chose to write about this now then!) and what happens in the spring? New growth, changes, blossoms, and the wind; which is the climate that this element is in charge of. Where do you think the term "the winds of change" comes from?
The consciousness of the Wood Element is all about the Soul, the storage of all experiences. Are you SEEing how these are so far all connected? We often say the eyes are the window to the soul! The Wood Element is also in charge of the muscles, the ligaments, and the tendons of the body, as well as the emotion of ANGER. Anger in a healthy amount provokes movement, and in an unhealthy manner provokes explosiveness; so when stimulated by anger, the liver is responsible for the planning, and the gallbladder for execution.
So let me paint you a picture...
An example of this is someone is who is just plans and plans, but never executes. When my Wood Element is out of balance, I often find myself making to-do lists, but never actually going forward. (It wasn't until my Wood Element came up in a session that I actually sat down to write this blog!) It is such an important element to have in balance during those pivotal moments of transformation, shifting from the old to the new.
There really isn't enough room in one blog to talk about this amazing element, but I'll finish with an interesting story. Anger is the emotion right? So when anger is repressed, or not dealt with in a healthy manner, I've talked before about it getting locked up in the connective tissue. But what happens when the emotion is so strong, so repressed, so unhealthy? Have you, or anyone you've known had gallstones? The frequency of energy just builds up, builds up, and forms little stones. Then, what did I say was the unhealthy way? Explosiveness! Boom goes the gallbladder. You can also see this in "Oh man I blew my knee at soccer! or "Oh I tore my muscle!" Explosiveness, people. Deal with your anger.
Interesting stuff hey?
Now that my Wood Element is balanced, I'm off to execute all of those to-do lists of mine!
Until next time,
...It could have to do with the Ear Chakra!
I think one of my favourite little quirks of Scout (I have many...) is that her ears are just way too big for her cute little frame! She's so expressive with them, one is always flopped, and she has these wild little tufts that fly in the wind. Fun little fact, did you know that Scout has a tattoo of a heart in one of her ears? I knew the amazing techs that did her spay really well, and they offered to do a little heart while she was getting her registration tattoo!
Anyway. I'm totally getting sidetracked.
It was actually one of my little furry friends that inspired this blog! I've recently learned more about the other Chakras in our bodies (YES! We have more than just the seven major ones!) and found it interesting that one in particular came up in a session for one of my furry coworkers.
This particular pup that I've been working with has had some, to put it bluntly, issues with listening. She is a rescue pup, and although her mom is one of the most amazing pup trainers, having an unknown past like that does make things more difficult. One of the first things that came up as a priority was... drum roll please... her Ear Chakras!
So, along with the seven major Chakras in our body, we also have twenty-one minor Chakras. Some are little extensions of the major ones (the Chakras in your hands, for example, are an extension of the Heart Chakra!), and some have their own unique, wonderful qualities.
The Chakras that are found in our ears are quite interesting, as they are responsible for the sense of hearing, but also your clairaudient abilities (Clairaudience happens to be my strongest sense- when I'm in session I don't "see" things, I "hear" them!). When your ear Chakras are in balance, they help you perceive messages how they were intended, keep your clairaudient abilities strong, as well as support the physiological function of hearing.
However, in the case for our little furry friend, her Chakras were out of balance, making it difficult for her to hear, cause her to misinterpret information (or selectively hear), and have a poor understanding of what is being said. Having this tapped out took a huge load off her fur-mom as well, knowing that there was a reasonable explanation to the lack of communication with her pup.
From a human perspective, I know you've all heard it. You're in an argument with someone, and it seems like you both hear completely different things. "You said this!" "No I didn't!" and it goes on and on... Sean certainly does NOT know what this is like! (Ha...ha...ha...)
If you feel like your ear Chakras need some love, you can also look in to traits of the Throat Chakra, as the two are connected! (Read more here, I just love her blog!)
Until next time, Happy Hearing!
Okay. Before I say anything. No. The planets do not MAKE you do anything. You can't be a dick and then blame it on Mercury being in retrograde. You are responsible for your own actions.
Okay. Rant over.
So back in the Greek and Roman days, astrologers studied the planets, and their archetypal energies. They believed that those shiny, bright things in the sky were Gods. The planets carry both good qualities, and bad qualities.
In my course over the weekend, we learned all about the planets from an archetypal perspective! Just like anything else, what the planets represent are: a way of picking up information, so that we can use it to our advantage to change. Depending on where the planets fall in your birth chart, and under what Chinese Houses, they can provide a lot of insightful information for you. I am a believer that you can't change your destiny, but you can make the trek a hell of a lot easier by the choices that you make! (That's a story for another day).
In the meantime, I thought it would be cool to write a little bit about the Moon, since I am often intrigued by the qualities that each Full Moon brings every month!
The Moon! The Moon was named after the Goddess Luna, or Selene. With a strong feminine energy, she governs the subconscious femininity of our personalities. She represents fertility, emotions, our mood, and our romantic side. Another aspect of the Moon, is she has a very strong representation of maternal aspects. With the being said, she governs our protective instincts, emotional security, and nourishing behaviour.
The Moon also governs the body parts like female parts: the womb, the breasts, as well as the pituitary gland, the skin, and the stomach. When the moon is working with us, and is in proper balance, it carries properties like: interpretation, protection, balanced feminine energy, healthy emotions, intuition, imagination and healthy fertility. However, if you have any negative attachments, or pathologies associated with the Moon energy, you could find yourself feeling insecure, needy, and have a strong emotional charge to memories.
So what does all of this mean? Depending on what sign your Moon is in, or where the Moon falls in your chart, you may have a harder time with your "Moon properties", or an easier time. The only thing that distinguishes the two, are your emotions around them.
Isn't our world amazing? How wonderful it is to have access to some pretty neat stuff. And like I said at the start, the Moon doesn't make you do anything. It's just another tool to have, to help yourself grow, let go of emotional attachments and belief systems, and learn more about yourself each day!
Just for fun, you can google "free birth charts", and as long as your know the exact time of your birth, you can read up on your Moon properties! According to my birth chart, my Moon falls in to Sagittarius, (not surprisingly as I have a ton of Sag in my chart!). I also have the Moon in my 4th Chinese House (I'll explain Chinese Houses in another post- a story for another day!)
Feel free to share your "Moon traits!" And as always, if you find yourself stuck, or emotionally attached to any aspect of the Moon, give me a shout, and let's chat!
(P.S. Could I say the word Moon any more in one post? Moonmoonmoonmoon...)