Serene, Grounded, Relaxed? You Must Practice Self-Care!

Monday, August 26, 2013

This morning I was wise enough to begin the day with Yi Ren Qigong and it really made a difference in my energy levels and sense of groundedness. It helps me that it’s become cooler outside. We even got a little rain here in Seattle to darken the soil, freshen the air and bring that feeling of nourishment after the dry heat of August.

I must say that I feel different today. I have less pain and I am wondering if it has something also to do with this amazing herbal medicine my housemate told me about that has a developed a fast reputation for being an excellent natural painkiller. It’s very expensive (of course) and I officially went in debt to try it today. It’s called Curamin and it’s made by “Terry Naturally.” It’s a new kind of mix and I am very hopeful. You can learn more at

In the coming weeks I will be attending a number of classes at The Noble School of Tai Chi & Qigong Training mostly  in the University District of Seattle. This will give me a great feeling of energy revitalization for my practice. I always feel so amazingly healthy and high after practicing with a group. One of the evening classes is about “self care.”  I believe that this will be an essential reminder to me that I must take full responsibility for my own self-care.

It’s only been a few years now that I have practiced self-care mindfully. And, I have to admit that I still struggle. Before then, I was always pushing myself too hard by working full-time, being a single mother and doing physical work in my garden and yard. All of this, while dealing with increasing pain from degenerative scoliosis. It wasn’t until I had a nine month stretch of incapacitating sciatic nerve pain and later almost a year of trigeminal neuralgia that I was forced to slow down and take care of myself.

Later, I  learned about what it really means to be a woman from First Nation women’s perspective, which gave me a more spiritual perspective of my meaning in life and my responsibilities to myself first of all–then to my family and community.

Thank goodness for opportunities to learn! I feel this is a time of learning for me that is important and meaningful to the rest of my life. I want to to live fully, to be pure love, to practice self-care mindfully and to learn, learn, learn! xo

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