Podcast Ep. 82: Meditation to Feel Grounded

If you live in the United States, feeling grounded may be difficult now. Our foundation was rocked and many I speak to are feeling frustrated, angry, and hopeless. If you are trying to achieve something and you are feeling too shaken to focus, settle in for this episode’s guided meditation to reconnect to the Earth so you can feel grounded. Once you do, you can start building again.

Income from my yoga studio used to fund my wildlife rehabilitation work. My yoga studio is now permanently closed, a victim of the COVID pandemic. The turtles and I need your support more than ever. Your monthly sponsorship on Patreon contributes towards needed equipment and supplies for Dancing Turtle Rescue and Rehab, the wildlife rehabilitation clinic in a bus. Thank you for being awesome!

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

Much love and gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music. Blair is also an outstanding webmaster and makes sure I can share these episodes with you. Thank you, Blair!

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.

Why you should learn Shamanic Reiki

Reiki table prepared for Shamanic Reiki session with drum, smudge, shell, candle and feathersI had had fifteen years of Reiki experience already when I discovered Shamanic Reiki. I did not need more Reiki training to continue serving as I had been, but I was drawn to the aspects of shamanism that were incorporated into Shamanic Reiki. My first training weekend experience marked a pivotal point in my work – and my life.

Here are three reasons why:
  1. Shamanic Reiki encourages the development of your own intuition over learning a system. There is a basic structure and well-defined techniques to get you started, but the experiential training invites you to connect with and follow the guidance of helping spirits who you can call on when serving others. There is nothing to memorize and you cannot do the practices incorrectly if you trust your intuition. For me, that meant freedom to leave behind some of what, in Usui Reiki, did not resonate with me and to be more adventurous in a session.
  2. Shamanic journeying is an empowering tool for your personal development as well as helping others. In Shamanic Reiki trainings, journeying is introduced in a way that is immediately accessible for most. Even those who are nervous (as I was) or have felt unsuccessful when trying to learn to journey previously (as I had) almost always have a breakthrough in a training. Once you can access the shamanic realms, there is lots of guidance available to you – guidance for making decisions, moving through loss, visioning, and finding a spiritual direction. I can no longer imagine navigating life without having journeying in my toolbelt.
  3. Shamanic Reiki turns an energy practice into a way of being that feels present and fulfilled daily. With an emphasis on simple but profound practices from a variety of shamanic cultures, Shamanic Reiki invites a deep connection with nature and our fellow humans that shifts the way you interact with them. Within a few months of beginning, I developed a more loving relationship with the land I live on and the creatures that inhabit it, including my family, which has inspired me to offer care and stewardship in new ways.

If you are ready to start your Shamanic Reiki journey, whether as a novice energy healer or a seasoned practitioner looking for new healing tools for yourself and others, visit my training page for upcoming virtual offerings or Shamanic Reiki Worldwide for other training options.

Podcast Ep. 81: See Past the BS to Your Truth

You are being called to see past your ego to your truth, and to find the beauty in this world that is worth fighting for. In this episode’s yoga practice, you will move through some balance asanas to ground, build core strength, and fire up your third eye. I’ll also share what I intend to manifest in 2021 and an upcoming opportunity for you to learn Shamanic Reiki virtually. Get ready to see past the BS in the new year!

Income from my yoga studio used to fund my wildlife rehabilitation work. My yoga studio is now permanently closed, a victim of the COVID pandemic. The turtles and I need your support more than ever. Your monthly sponsorship on Patreon contributes towards needed equipment and supplies for Dancing Turtle Rescue and Rehab, the wildlife rehabilitation clinic in a bus. Thank you for being awesome!

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

Much love and gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music. Blair is also an outstanding webmaster and makes sure I can share these episodes with you. Thank you, Blair!

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. 80: Breathing Through a Pandemic

Happy Holidays! Because there is so much Air element influence happening, I am sharing a quick but powerful breathing practice in this short episode. It is very centering, and I have been practicing often. We are breathing through a pandemic, after all. I am happy to be back recording mostly weekly for you as we figure out how to be in a new age.

Income from my yoga studio used to fund my wildlife rehabilitation work. My yoga studio is now permanently closed, a victim of the COVID pandemic. The turtles and I need your support more than ever. Your monthly sponsorship on Patreon contribute towards needed equipment and supplies for Dancing Turtle Rescue and Rehab, the wildlife rehabilitation clinic in a bus. Thank you for being awesome!

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

Much love and gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music. Blair is also an outstanding webmaster and makes sure I can share these episodes with you. Thank you, Blair!

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. 79: Yoga and Meditation to Hear Your Heart

Last episode I said I had been getting my post-COVID life figured out. I had not. I recorded this episode the following week and never posted it. I felt burnt out, out of alignment, and just generally useless. I considered abandoning the podcast all together, but I let it sit and Spirit gave me time, then nudged me back to it when I was ready to hear the call. I’m here for you and all the emerging advocates, activists, inspirational leaders, and co-creating changemakers out there, to help you see the gifts that are going to rock this world. This episode was inspirited by the Golden Egg from the Wild Unknown Animal Spirit deck, and invites an opening of the heart. I believe I was called to post this episode today, three months after recording it, because I needed to hear it. Maybe you need to as well.

Income from my yoga studio used to fund my wildlife rehabilitation work. My yoga studio is now permanently closed, a victim of the COVID pandemic. The turtles and I need your support more than ever. Your monthly sponsorship on Patreon contributes towards needed equipment and supplies for Dancing Turtle Rescue and Rehab, the wildlife rehabilitation clinic in a bus. Thank you for being awesome!

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

Much love and gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music. Blair is also an outstanding webmaster and makes sure I can share these episodes with you. Thank you, Blair!

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.

Sitting with Squirrels as a Meditation Practice

If your idea of meditation is sitting comfortably on a cushion in a softly lit, quiet room, with an hour-long recording of Tibetan singing bowls streaming on your tablet while incense smoke curls around you, sitting with squirrels is not the practice for you. If you are ready to be fully present to what is true now, even if what is true is that a squirrel has buried his head in your coat pocket to grab the last peanut, than maybe it is time for your meditation practice to get out into nature.

Grey squirrel standing on back feet looking up at cameraWhen I first started on the Shamanic Reiki path, I could not figure out how I was supposed to be standing next to the Reiki table, paying attention to my client, and simultaneously journeying to connect with helping spirits, the elements, or the client’s higher self. There was too much to keep track of at once, and I was often disappointed that I was not able to be “shamanic” enough in my approach.

The instruction I received for developing those shamanic, two places at once skills?

Get out into nature.

Seriously, going outside and spending time in nature, without an agenda or expectations, was part of our Shamanic Reiki Master Teacher practicum. In Llyn Robert’s book, Shamanic Reiki, she talks about connecting with nature repeatedly. After many years, I believe I understand why.

First, nature heals. Yes, it sounds trite, but fresh air, nature sounds, and a brisk walk can reduce the effects of stress without much in the way of an investment. The natural world is available even in the biggest cities, evident in the plants that sprout in sidewalk cracks and the pigeons that perch on high-rise balconies. All you must do is stop paying attention to where nature is not and open to where nature is showing itself.

Second, being in nature is an opportunity to practice being in two worlds at once. If you have ever taken a long hike, you have most likely experienced moments of being lost in thought while following the trail and managing to avoid tripping over at least some of the roots and rocks in the path. You can, in fact, walk and chew gum or, in this case, daydream at the same time.

Third, Spirit speaks through nature. The stone or feather that catches your eye, the appearance of a frog or a snake at your feet, or a hawk overhead, are signs that nature is communicating. I cannot tell you what the signs mean, but your inner wisdom knows.

Sitting with squirrels

This brings me to sitting with squirrels. Behind my house there is an imaginary line drawn somewhere in the woods, but the squirrels do not care if they are in a tree on my land or the 30 undeveloped acres on the other side of that line. This makes my home an ideal place to release the squirrels I have raised as a state-licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Most of the squirrels spread out into the woods or beyond, but a few have stayed close to raid the bird feeders and beg for peanuts.

These squirrels have become my meditation partners. Every morning I plop down a split log and practice becoming grounded and centered, watching my breath, and being mindful of my senses and thoughts, while having a peanut at the ready for a fast-approaching grey squirrel. The squirrels are a delightful distraction that keeps me alert to their antics while also shifting my consciousness to the detached observation of my response to them.

I have heard it said that shamans stand with one foot in each world. By sitting with squirrels, I am learning the art of being here and also not here, in my morning meditation and in my Shamanic Reiki practice.

Podcast Ep. 78: Yoga for Your Activist Muscle

After a brief break to get my post-COVID life somewhat figured out, I am recommitting to weekly episodes for you and all the emerging advocates, activists, inspirational leaders, and co-creating changemakers out there. These podcast episodes are always inspirited by an Animal Spirit, and the appearance of Owl Spirit today was aligned with that commitment, which became especially clear when I linked Owl to the solar plexus energy center. The core-focused practice is yoga for your physical and energetic activist muscle.

Wildlife rehabilitation season is in full swing, and I am still without most of my income. The turtles and I need your support to make it through the rest of this year. Your monthly sponsorship on Patreon contribute towards needed equipment and supplies for Dancing Turtle Rescue and Rehab, the wildlife rehabilitation clinic in a bus. Thank you for being awesome!

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

Much love and gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music. Blair is also an outstanding webmaster and makes sure I can share these episodes with you. Thank you, Blair!

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. 77: Dancing Starfish Yoga Sequence

Inspired by the way living starfish dance on the ocean floor, this episode’s yoga practice is a reimagining of a sequence I created in 2011. Dancing Starfish is challenging due to ever changing focal points, like trying to look from one star to another on a clear night.

Wildlife rehabilitation season is in full swing, and I am still without most of my income. The turtles and I need your support to make it through the rest of this year. Now is the time to sponsor this podcast on Patreon and contribute towards needed equipment and supplies for Dancing Turtle Rescue and Rehab, the wildlife rehabilitation clinic in a bus. Thank you for being awesome!

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

Much love and gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music. Blair is also an outstanding webmaster and makes sure I can share these episodes with you. Thank you, Blair!

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.

Broken Turtles and Spiritual Journeys

“Follow the turtle home,” repeated the box turtle, as he danced across the night sky. Each step sent a cloud of stardust flying, which left a sparkling wake behind him. “Follow the turtle home,” I heard again and again.

When the drumbeat stopped, I came out of my first shamanic journey experience confused. What could that message mean?

In the six years since that journey, I have been following the turtle home. It began slowly, subtly, with small changes. A friend who was with me at that shamanic journeying workshop gifted me a journal with turtles on the cover, then other turtle-related things, to honor the experience. It was the start of my exploration of shamanism and, beginning the following year, my study of Shamanic Reiki. These spiritual pursuits helped me to come home to myself, and I believed I now understood the message.

red eared slider turtle basking

my first read eared slider turtle, Charley, basking, a few days after she came home with me

Then came the turtles.

It was New Year’s Eve, we were getting ready to usher in 2017, and I wanted a turtle. The desire had been building for a few months, and I finally got a “yes” from my spouse. We came home from the pet shop with a small red eared slider and a starter tank. I was now a newbie turtle keeper.

I lost my father suddenly later in 2017, and grief led me down an unexpected path. It is odd, looking back, the way seemingly unrelated events weave together into meaning and purpose. Throughout his life, my dad was committed to service. As I moved through the grieving process, being of service became my mission. My Shamanic Reiki practice had brought me into deeper connection with Earth, and I wanted to serve in a way that honored that connection.

A year and a day after my father’s death, I received my New York State wildlife rehabilitation license in the mail. I was going to help broken turtles – shells cracked by cars running over them – heal.

The journey did not end there, of course, and there is more to tell in future posts. The message to follow the turtle home was not a simple directive. There are layers of meaning in those words from my first helping spirit, but I am sure of one thing:  broken turtles are part of my spiritual journey, and I am indeed following the turtle home.

Podcast Ep 76: Looking Inward With Lizard

This episode offers a short yin-inspired yoga practice to look inward and connect with the energy of lizard. Focus on your third eye and light up your intuition.

Wildlife rehabilitation season is in full swing, and I am still without most of my income. The turtles and I need your support to make it through this season. Now is the time to sponsor this podcast on Patreon and contribute towards needed equipment and supplies for Dancing Turtle Rescue and Rehab, the wildlife rehabilitation clinic in a bus. Thank you for being awesome!

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

Much love and gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music. Blair is also an outstanding webmaster and makes sure I can share these episodes with you. Thank you, Blair!

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.