Positive 2014 !

Happy New YearLike most years, the past 12 months have certainly been ones of change, struggle and blessing for all, with many people saying that the world and it’s changes seem to be pushing us along at a breakneck speed….I certainly did find that to be true this year!

There were 2 big events in my life last year that pushed me to grow, change and love more! I met the beautiful woman whom my son has chosen to share his life with and fell in love with her quickly. The sparkle in her eyes, the warmth in her smile and the joy I see in my son’s face…  what more could a mum want?
The 2nd being the opening of my new clinic space in Abbotsford, which isn’t as big an event as were the changes it forced me to make from within.

I’ve found this past year that in allowing myself to go with the flow of events and opportunities that life presented me with, (which by no means is an easy task) and giving up the need to know all details in advance, that’s right….just trust …life and its many gifts have flowed more easily and effortlessly. That’s not to say that it isn’t a struggle to just let go and move with the flow, it really is, but I’m finding it easier and easier as I see results coming quickly and in much better ways than I even imagined. Sounds like something out of a self-help manual, I know…I’ve read so many of them and have finally, after many years, come to the experience of just allowing the flow of good and allowing myself to be surprised by results.

In that allowing I’ve also experienced drawing new and different people into my life. People who match more closely that new path that my life appears to be flowing along. It’s been fascinating to share with and learn from them and to have made some amazing new friends.

Things surfaced this past year that forced me to look at what was working in my life and equally, what was holding me back. What was I struggling to “make” work, what experiences were sucking away at my energy…and what I had to take the difficult steps to just let go of. I’m not sure. but I think that letting go of things/people/problems/events is harder than trusting the flow, to trust that if it is meant to be then it will stay or flow back into your life and if not…well, the white flag of surrender goes up.

This past week I’ve seen quite a few articles, pictures and conversations happening around New Years Resolutions and promises…I don’t tend to make them and after the year I’ve just had I think life brings you greater blessings when you resolve to be the wonderful person that you currently are and grow from there, when you trust that things will get better and then allow life to lead you down that path of wonder (even though it may not be the path you had chosen), when you trust, when you let go, when you open yourself to receive.

Wishing you a wonderful and healthy 2014 filled with energy, peace, joy, surprises, openings and blessings!

At a soon to be announced upcoming Open House, many will have the opportunity to see what wonderful holistically healthy life choices are going to be coming available at the Abbotsford clinic!

Self Celebration

Celebrate You- Celebrate Life!

Do you take the time to really celebrate YOU?

So often when I hear others speak of their birthdays there are comments about it being “just another day” or “I’d rather forget it” or “birthdays are for kids”… and I have to say that I completely disagree.

YOU are a unique individual that came into this world on a certain day and since that day have had an amazing impact on the people and the world around you, regardless of how old you are. If you’re not sure of what effect you’ve had upon the lives of others ask them, ask your friends and your family what it means to them to have YOU be a part of their life. I am guessing that you will learn a lot about how others see you and in a good way.

But much more important than how others see you or celebrate your existence, is how you see yourself and how you acknowledge and celebrate the person that you are. I found the following quote on Facebook and I think that it says so much about each of YOU (I would love to give credit to the author, however it wasn’t with the quote…if you know, please share)

You may not think the world needs you,
But it does….
For you are unique
Like no one that has ever been before
Or will come after
No one can speak with your voice
Say your peace
Smile your Smile
Or shine your light
No one can take your place
For it is yours alone to fill
If you are not there to shine your light
Who knows how many strangers
Will lose their way
As they try to pass by your empty space
In the darkness

And while birthdays are a wonderful way to celebrate the day you came to this world I think celebrating YOU each and every day is more empowering.

Ways to celebrate YOU … how do you do it? or how would you like to do it? Come over to my Facebook page and join the discussion or post your ideas here!

Holistically Healthy Activity?

Definition of Holistic: Taking into account a person’s physical, mental and social condition. Relating to or concerned with the whole or the complete system. Emphasizing the whole person.
Definition of Holistic Health: the concept that all aspects of people’s needs, psychological, physical and social should be taken into account and seen as a whole.

Is Belly Dance Holistically Healthy? hmmm…let’s see

I know that any belly dancer reading this is answering with a nodding of their head in a definite YES! And absolutely, I am prejudiced in my view as a belly dancer and a holistic health practitioner. But what about those that haven’t experienced this ancient art form.

Probably, for those individuals, the first impression of Belly Dance is as it has commonly been portrayed in the media…a lithe, slim, young woman shimmying in serpentine-like motion across the screen or shaking and shimmying everything she’s got with dazzling effect. Often the media portrays belly dance as “sexy” and that limited view can be pretty intimidating for most women.

So let’s take a look at why and how Belly Dance fit’s the definition of holistically healthy.

Often we associate health with fitness and yes, belly dance will bring you that. You will move muscles you didn’t know you had in ways that you thought impossible…and you will move your entire body through the moves. Toning muscle, increasing stamina and flexibility along with strengthening and stretching will all be found in most belly dance classes. You will be forced to breathe and in that way bring nourishing oxygen to all parts of your body. The thing about it is, you don’t tend to notice this fitness aspect during class, it’s almost like a side benefit.

An advantage of learning from a health practitioner is the sharing of training and knowledge of the body and how it works, that is brought to the experience….if you have a bad knee there are other muscles you can use to lift your hip and shift your weight, and there are many ways to work with most injuries.

Why don’t you notice the fitness benefits? Likely because, along with the other women in your class, you are laughing and enjoying yourself too much to focus on the muscles that are toning. Really!

There is a special kind of atmosphere that runs through a belly dance class. There is a celebration of femininity in all of its shapes, sizes, ages and beauty…an exuberance in sharing the moves and dances with others that brings a joy that comes from some place deep within. Any judgement or comparison of what the media portrays as a woman’s must haves to “be sexy” or  “beautiful” or “the right size” or “too old” are dropped at the door.

Odd and strange as it sounds, this is an environment where you are accepted as the person that you are and where you have the opportunity to develop a positive and healthy relationship with that person. Something our ancestors and the ancient cultures in which this art form originated knew deep within, they didn’t need to be taught this. Hmmm…it would appear here that we are hitting upon the mental AND the social aspects of holistically healthy!

So let’s see…you’re participating in something that has the physical fitness component to holistic health AND it’s filled with joy and laughter so we’ve covered the mental component AND you are spending time out in a social setting with other adult woman which takes care of the social component…what’s left?

Probably the deep psychological and spiritual benefits, but I think we covered that too. When you are engaged in an activity or more aptly, an ancient art form, that encourages you to leave the stress at the door and be “in the moment” and that moment involves physical movement, laughter and joy along with an ever increasing sense of self acceptance there is no option but to let it affect you, and deeply.

It seems the whole person has benefited!

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Do you experience the holistic effects of activities you participate in? Share with us….

 

Teresa is a member of Raks Almeh Tribal Fusion Dance Troupe and along with her troupe sister Lori, offers Belly Dance Classes for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Levels in Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack & Fort Langley.
For more information about Raks Almeh visit www.raksalmeh.com
For more information about classes in your area visit the site:
www.langleybellydance.com
www.abbotsfordbellydance.com
www.chilliwackbellydance.com
and www.missionbellydance.com

Celebrating the Nurturing Goddesses

To nurture, guide, teach, learn from and care for …
to be there, to listen and
to love, unconditionally …
to have the courage, wisdom and love to let go and allow the shining of that individual soul to express itself.

Probably the most rewarding journey life gives us is to be given the gift of nurturing another.

Mother’s Day is a celebration honouring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society.  Many of the celebrations can be traced back to ancient festivals that honoured the goddess as Mother Earth.

A figure often interpreted as a depiction of a...Many of the  ancient Goddesses and their stories represent the birth of humanity and the fertility of the earth, the earth being the mother from whom all life becomes.

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
~ Honore de Balzac, author

I was curious to see how the “mother figure” is honoured around the world today…here is what I discovered….

ARGENTINA celebrates the third Sunday of October, a liturgical date for the celebration of the Virgin Mary

In AUSTRALIA the tradition of gift giving to mothers on Mother’s Day was begun by Janet Heyden in 1924. During a visit to a State home she met many lonely and forgotten mothers and in a bid to cheer them she encouraged local school children and businesses to give gifts to the women.

BULGARIA’S celebration on March 8th is linked to International Women’s Day and honours the Woman as an equal human being.

FRANCE & GERMANY had different reasons…alarmed by low birthrates in the early 1900’s national celebrations began to honour the mothers of large families.

INDONESIAN Mother’s day takes place on December 22nd celebrating the spirit of Indonesian women to improve the conditions of their country, the day was introduced by the Indonesian Women’s Congress.

ISRAEL’S celebration was begun by Henrietta Szold who had no children of her own but rescued and cared for  many Jewish children from Nazi Germany. The celebration has evolved to be called Family day and celebrates the mutual love inside the family.

INDIA celebrates Durga ashtami or, the feminine consciousness of the cosmos.Durga slaying Mahisasur - golden statue. The p...

In the PHILLIPINES the mother is the “light of the household” and the one around which all the families activities revolve. This day for her is one of spending time with her family and having a day off from household chores.

In TAIWAN the celebration of mother’s day is a unified celebration and religious observance with Buddha Day and Tzu Chi Day. In Buddhist culture the recognition of mother’s day is one of the three fields necessary for cultivating wisdom…Mother’s Day for Gratitude and Thankfulness, Buddha Day for Reverence and Tzu Chi Day representing Compassion.

Having a child has been the greatest gift that life has given me, and being that child’s mom, the most amazing journey.

Making a decision to have a child – its momentous.
It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
~Elizabeth Stone


This Sunday and through out the year I wish a
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all of the NURTURING GODDESSES throughout the world!

What special ways do you celebrate the day?