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Podcast Ep 48: The Larger Gratitude of Giving

“Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give.” – Edwin Arlington Robinson, American poet

This short episode was recorded in a hotel room while I was visiting family for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Inspired by the upcoming Giving Tuesday, I’m sharing my favorite charitable organizations, most of which are dedicated to wildlife conservation. I make my giving choices based on my values and my dream for the world. What organizations align with your values and vision?

Wildlife rehabilitation and educational outreach:

North Country Wild Care (my regional rehabilitator network)

Adirondack Wildlife Refuge (wildlife rehabilitation and education)

Animal Help Now (connecting the public with wildlife rehabilitators so animals get help fast)

Wildlife and wilderness conservation:

Wolf Conservation Center

Adirondack Council 

Adirondack Land Trust

Wildlands Network (wildlife corridors)

Alongside Wildlife Foundation (research and outreach so we can live alongside wildlife)

Panthera (big cat conservation worldwide)

Rainforest Alliance (preserving rainforest habitat)

World Wildlife Fund

Other changemakers:

Victim’s Voice (giving domestic violence victims a legal voice)

Olympic Mountain EarthWisdom Circle (OMEC) (preserving indigenous wisdom)

If you would like to chat about this episode or learn more about yoga, Shamanic Reiki, wildlife conservation, or other ways we can bring healing to all of the beings on our beautiful planet Earth, join us in the Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook and sign up for the newsletter. Please consider becoming a Patreon sponsor and help me purchase needed equipment and supplies for Dancing Turtle Rescue and Rehab, my wild turtle rehabilitation clinic.

Much gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music.

 

Podcast Ep 44: Bonus – Turtle Rehab Rundown

Bonus episode! A follower asked for an update on my adventures in wildlife rehabilitation, so this episode is a quick rundown of what my first year as a rehabber looked like. I’ll add a bonus episode like this once in awhile for the turtle-curious.

If you would like to chat about this episode or learn more about yoga, Shamanic Reiki, wildlife conservation, or other ways we can bring healing to all of the beings on our beautiful planet Earth, join us in the Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook or leave a comment right here. Please consider becoming a Patreon sponsor and help me purchase needed equipment and supplies for my wild turtle rehabilitation clinic.

Much gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music.

While the yoga and other practices presented are intended to be accessible to most, please be open to practicing in an appropriate and safe way for you. It is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program and that at any time during a practice you feel nausea, dizziness, or pain you stop and seek medical advice. I accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of my podcasts and, while I make all reasonable efforts to share accurate instruction, the podcast may contain unintended errors. Before all else, listen to your body and trust your inner knowing.

Podcast Ep 32: Yoga to Stay Mindfully Centered

Do you have spare time? I prefer to make a conscious choice to use my time in ways that align with the big vision for my life. In this episode I discuss what it means to have a vision, how it keeps me centered, and how all the things I spend time doing come together in a glorious way. Then I’ll guide you through a yoga practice that will challenge you to stay mindfully centered in both strong and releasing asanas.

If you would like to chat about this episode or learn more about yoga, Shamanic Reiki, wildlife conservation, or other ways we can bring healing to all of the beings on our beautiful planet Earth, join us in the Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook or sign up for the newsletter. Please consider becoming a Patreon sponsor and help me purchase needed equipment for my wild turtle clinic.

Gratitude to Mark Piper for the background music.

While the yoga and other practices presented are intended to be accessible to most, please be open to practicing in an appropriate and safe way for you. It is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program and that at any time during a practice you feel nausea, dizziness, or pain you stop and seek medical advice. I accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of my podcasts and, while I make all reasonable efforts to share accurate instruction, the podcast may contain unintended errors. Before all else, listen to your body and trust your inner knowing.

Podcast Ep 31: A Yoga Practice for the Turtles

This episode is all about the turtles. I am excited to announce that the podcast has its first Patreon sponsor to help fund equipment needed for wild turtle rehabilitation. I’ll share about how asking for help was a big step into a new way of being for me, and I’ll guide you through a yoga practice into a long-held turtle pose. If you experience knee or hip strain when sitting with the soles of your feet together, please have two yoga blocks, blankets, pillows, or thick books at hand when you unroll your mat.

Gratitude to Mark Piper for the background music.

If you would like to chat about this episode or learn more about yoga, Shamanic Reiki, wildlife conservation, or other ways we can bring healing to all of the beings on our beautiful planet Earth, join us in the Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook or sign up for the newsletter. Please consider becoming a Patreon sponsor and help me purchase needed equipment for my wild turtle clinic.

While the yoga and other practices presented are intended to be accessible to most, please be open to practicing in an appropriate and safe way for you. It is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program and that at any time during a practice you feel nausea, dizziness, or pain you stop and seek medical advice. I accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of my podcasts and, while I make all reasonable efforts to share accurate instruction, the podcast may contain unintended errors. Before all else, listen to your body and trust your inner knowing.

Yes, the turtle bus is really a bus

When I told my husband about my desire to rehabilitate turtles, he looked around our already crowded house and asked, “Where are you going to put them?” It was a legitimate question, and one that I had been asking myself. Then I looked out the window and remembered the bus.

sealing leaks in an old school bus

The whole family helped me get the bus ready for turtles.

Why is there a bus in my yard?

The bus was parked in my side yard by my then just barely twenty-year-old daughter. She had purchased the stripped-out retired school bus and drove it 600 miles to home with the intention of creating a tiny home on wheels for herself. Life happened, and the bus stayed parked in my side yard with some of the wall framing complete and a pile of materials in our garage. Since everything was on hand, and with my daughter’s permission, my husband and I completed the interior walls, laid some sheet vinyl flooring, and ran a heavy-duty extension cord to power it up. And the turtle bus came to be.

laying sheet vinyl flooring in an old school bus

My husband helped me lay the floor one very dark evening so the bus would be ready for the start of baby animal season.

The first critters in the bus were orphaned squirrels who have since been released into the woods behind my house where I still catch sight of them on occasion. (The food I leave for them disappears daily.) Now, the turtle bus is almost fully occupied by turtles.

Injured turtles need care.

Most of the turtles in my care had been hit by cars, have had their shells mended, and are in the long, slow process of healing. One Eastern Painted Turtle was “retrieved” by a dog whose teeth notched the back edge of his shell. Those small wounds healed over quickly, and he will be returning to his wild home soon. A recent addition has an abscess on his neck that needs to be removed. Two painted turtle hatchlings found their way after “landscaping incidents” – one was the victim of a leaf blower, the other found in a roll of sod. Their growth is being monitored and they will be released once they are a bit more predator-proof.

turtle rehabilitation clinic in an old school bus

The turtle bus filled up quickly once the season started.

All wildlife rehabilitators have the same struggle – we have more love than money. While we are licensed and monitored by our state wildlife agencies, we get no funding, supplies, or equipment from them. We are all volunteers and most, like me, are home based. I am blessed to be part of an organized local network, North Country Wild Care, which fundraises as a group to purchase and supply things like formula and food for the many orphans our members raise, from birds to opossums to deer.

Equipment needed!

Turtles, while relatively easy to feed, have specialized housing requirements. Glass tanks have been easy to come by, as many folks I know have had a fish tank at one time, but each needs a filter system to keep the water clean and moving, a heat lamp for a warm basking spot, and a full spectrum UV light to replace the sunlight they are missing. These are all essential for any turtle’s health, but especially for turtles who have lost blood, are fighting infection, and trying to grow new tissue. Even with the most inexpensive options, each complete tank setup costs around $100. I have already used my full budget for equipment and then some, and simply cannot expand any further this year without help.

Please help me help the turtles.

Can you help me help the turtles? There are two easy ways you can help. I have a wishlist on Amazon for Dancing Turtle Wildlife Rehabilitation. You can purchase any item on the list, and have it sent to me as a gift. (You will get double karma points if you use Amazon Smile and select North Country Wild Care as the beneficiary.) If you like the My Shamanic Life podcast, please consider becoming a sponsor through Patreon. I have always considered my podcast a way to share yoga and Shamanic Reiki with the world (while sneaking in some wildlife conservation advocacy) and never intended to monetize it, so any funds received will go directly to the turtles. Patreon sponsors will have access to exclusive content from inside the turtle bus so you can follow your favorite turtle’s recovery.

I am immensely grateful for everyone who has helped me get this far. Locally, I have received donations of tanks, gently used sheets and towels, heating pads, and even bags of homegrown lettuce for turtles to munch on. Thank you!

Podcast Ep 30: A Meditative Healing Practice to Slow Down

I recorded this episode while on a needed vacation from teaching yoga. I love what I do, but I needed some rest before the busy summer tourist season. This episode is all about slowing down and sacred rest. The practice is a meditative energy practice that asks you to move slowly until you tap into the healing energy in your hands. You only need some place to sit quietly.

If you would like to chat about this episode or learn more about yoga, Shamanic Reiki, wildlife conservation, or other ways we can bring healing to all of the beings on our beautiful planet Earth, join us in the Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook or sign up for the newsletter. Please consider becoming a Patreon sponsor and help me purchase needed equipment for my wild turtle clinic.

Gratitude to Mark Piper for the background music.

While the yoga and other practices presented are intended to be accessible to most, please be open to practicing in an appropriate and safe way for you. It is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program and that at any time during a practice you feel nausea, dizziness, or pain you stop and seek medical advice. I accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of my podcasts and, while I make all reasonable efforts to share accurate instruction, the podcast may contain unintended errors. Before all else, listen to your body and trust your inner knowing.

Podcast Ep 27: Build Up Strength to Open Your Heart

Before I posted this episode, I had to edit out twenty minutes of crying brought on by sharing a heart-opening experience in releasing an orphaned squirrel I had raised as a wildlife rehabilitator. While on the topic of heart opening, the yoga practice builds to a variation of Matsyasana, fish pose, that adds core strengthening to support the emotional vulnerability of the asana. The deck I pulled from this week was Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson.

If you would like to chat about this episode or learn more about yoga, Shamanic Reiki, wildlife conservation, or other ways we can bring healing to all of the beings on our beautiful planet Earth, join us in the Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook or sign up for the newsletter.

Gratitude to Mark Piper for the background music.

While the yoga and other practices presented are intended to be accessible to most, please be open to practicing in an appropriate and safe way for you. It is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program and that at any time during a practice you feel nausea, dizziness, or pain you stop and seek medical advice. I accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of my podcasts and, while I make all reasonable efforts to share accurate instruction, the podcast may contain unintended errors. Before all else, listen to your body and trust your inner knowing.

Podcast Ep 26: Wildlife Rehabilitation, Shamanism and Yoga

The Nightingale card from Kim Krans’ The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit deck inspired this episode. To practice speaking my truth and to share more of how I came to be who I am, I tell the story of how a dancing turtle led me to shamanism, which led me to wildlife rehabilitation. The 30-minute gentle yoga practice explores the poses that have been named for animals, and how we might move more like them.

If you would like to chat about this episode or learn more about yoga, Shamanic Reiki, wildlife conservation, or other ways we can bring healing to all of the beings on our beautiful planet Earth, join us in the Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook or sign up for the newsletter.

Gratitude to Mark Piper for the background music.

While the yoga and other practices presented are intended to be accessible to most, please be open to practicing in an appropriate and safe way for you. It is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program and that at any time during a practice you feel nausea, dizziness, or pain you stop and seek medical advice. I accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of my podcasts and, while I make all reasonable efforts to share accurate instruction, the podcast may contain unintended errors. Before all else, listen to your body and trust your inner knowing.