Listen

I have a terrible habit of not remembering names and faces the first couple times I see someone.  But, the minute I put my hands on, I can remember even the most minute and inconsequential detail from our last visit. My hands do a better job sometimes than my ears.

A lot of my work is listening. My clients verbalize their needs and goals for our session. The quality of their voice, the way they talk about their body is as important as their physical history and needs. They will hold their body a certain way, make indicative gestures of where there may be tension or trauma without the individual even knowing it was there. Listening, for me, is visual, aural, and sensory. The amount of information can be overwhelming, and I usually preference my hands over my other senses. They map the body physically and energetically in a way that leaves a stronger impression than sight or sound.

When I’m listening through my hands, I have to trust them over my own intellect. When we put our waking mind on a back burner and focus on one truth, trusting in it, we raise our subconscious awareness. It becomes easier to “sense” things. And it fosters an inner confidence that grounds us in our spirit.

Stay with me here. We can all agree that we are subject to the energy around us. We know that all energy and matter have relationships and therefore, when there is an energy shift however small, we can feel it. Listening with other parts of the body will heighten your awareness of these energy shifts.

But why do we care?

Well, I think it helps us to be in harmony with the world and maybe we could all use a little harmony.

We will get into mitigating negative energy in a different post, but for now, try to tune your other senses. It can be as simple as eating your food slower to release all of the flavors and enjoy the different textures. When folding laundry, feel each fabric between your fingertips. Rest your hand on different things and see if you can sense the difference in energy between a  table and a cat, or a plant and a lamp.

Oh yes, and now we’re back to tree hugging. Well, if you need me you’ll know where to find me.

 

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Altar

The law of attraction can be infinitely complex and extremely powerful. We are drawn to certain places and surrounded by certain people, we seem to fall into life patterns. And, this is not random, we attract it all with the energy we create and how we create it. This is why meditation, yoga and other grounding practices can be helpful in leading a positive life. Grounding allows us to fully process our energies and give them direction. Direction and force (passion) will cause the energy to resonate at a higher vibration leading to positivity.

We’re surrounded by so many distractions, however. It can be difficult to find the motivation to begin or continue a practice. Along the same lines of “buy yourself a water bottle that you like carrying/looking at to help remind you to drink more water”, having a designated space can help to focus the attention and settle the mind.

Altars have a long history in humanity and are generally used for worship, prayer or sacrifice. But let’s not get too literal. Contemporary altars can be any shape or size, and can be used to any focused purpose. Whether prayer is your thing or not, creating a small altar to honor your grounding practice is a visual reminder for those days when you “just don’t have the time”. It can be as simple as a dish with some family jewelry, a smooth rock from a special place and a candle.

I am a serial collector of tchotchkes–you know, small figurines, vessels, bones, stones–so my altars tend to get a little cluttered. I like to represent all four elements and I keep mementos of those who have passed to honor their memory. Currently, I have cut down to one altar, and am thinking of rearranging it as some of the items have become obsolete to me. And, that is okay too! Your altar should be a space you enjoy looking at and caring for, something that brings you calm. Place elements of things that are important to you. Create a space that you are drawn to.