Holistic Approaches to Mental Illness and Finding Empowerment

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Teri

Author, herbalist, Holistic Coach at BeingHerd
Teri is the author of Dancing in Your Bubble (practical spirituality), and Holistic Support for Alzheimers. She is also a practicing herbalist and holistic coach herbalist and holistic coach.She specialises in Holistic Alzheimer coaching and group training, as well as working with non-traditional youth. She uses a wide range of skills and information to support people in creating happier, fuller, healthier lives.she is a life-long equestrian, with rehab racehorses and a small farm of dairy goats.
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meditating childrenThere are so many contributing factors to how we feel, and how well we function, both emotionally and mentally– including the physical. Some of the top holistic practitioners are beginning to understand the intrinsic connection between the mind and the body– as being more than just a hokey crunchy metaphor. The vagus nerve making a link between the GUT and the brain/ mind. SO, if the GUT- where 80% of the immune system exists– is in distress, from poor diet, bad nutrition, chemicals, toxins and artificial garbage ( btw- artificial sweeteners are the biggest contributor to mental and emotional distress often literally ‘inducing’ mental dysfunction at neurological levels).. but.. by healing the body, physically.. often,we can remove a good portion of the mental and emotional burden.  Wouldn’t that be amazing, to realise you can feel better and be happy- JUST by changing what you put into your body as food?

Additionally- honouring where people are, at the emotional and mental journey, is crucial. modern culture does not honour sadness,grief, or any type of unhappiness. When something goes wrong, people say, take your mind off of it, it’s for the best, you’ll get over it etc.. all sorts of cliches and platitudes that do not allow a person permission to spend time in their “dark places”  HOW is this helping?  Continue reading

Who are most Business Gurus and Coaches REALLY Trying to Help?

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Author, herbalist, Holistic Coach at BeingHerd
Teri is the author of Dancing in Your Bubble (practical spirituality), and Holistic Support for Alzheimers. She is also a practicing herbalist and holistic coach herbalist and holistic coach.She specialises in Holistic Alzheimer coaching and group training, as well as working with non-traditional youth. She uses a wide range of skills and information to support people in creating happier, fuller, healthier lives.she is a life-long equestrian, with rehab racehorses and a small farm of dairy goats.
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new millenia business coachI know this post is off on a slightly different topic.. but actually, in a lot of ways– it isn’t. 

We all know that all the old paradigms, patterns and ways of doing things is changing– very fast.   this is also true for business.  Often we see a greater integration of the words business, and spirituality– which appear to be such complete opposites.  But they aren’t– and more and more  the new business model is drawing on holistic and spiritual concepts. 

They talk about the importance of connecting, creating relationships, building trust, and offering solid and genuine value.  Sounds like really good all around advice.  This isn’t just business advice.. it is also solid, sound practical “life advice.” Who wouldn’t want to live by these guidelines?

These concepts resonate deeply with me- as my work for many years, has been grounded in the very concept of “building relationship.”  It is the core of my equestrian program, and is even the underlying core for the site name, “Being Herd.”  because we ARE social animals- but we have LOST the importance and value of genuine connection from our authentic selves. How do we reconnect with these basic core concepts that we strive for? Continue reading

Mindful Education: teaching kids to be real leaders, who support and encourage their peers

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Author, herbalist, Holistic Coach at BeingHerd
Teri is the author of Dancing in Your Bubble (practical spirituality), and Holistic Support for Alzheimers. She is also a practicing herbalist and holistic coach herbalist and holistic coach.She specialises in Holistic Alzheimer coaching and group training, as well as working with non-traditional youth. She uses a wide range of skills and information to support people in creating happier, fuller, healthier lives.she is a life-long equestrian, with rehab racehorses and a small farm of dairy goats.
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smart womenI just saw this interesting image and caption.  It notes that real women lift other women up, instead of tearing them down.  I couldn’t agree more!  Especially in today’s catty cut-throat petty gossipy and bickering culture!  What IF women were raised with a genetic or social mandate, to improve the lives of their peers and gender? I think the world would be a very different place…..

although I would extend this to ALL people.  Guys are just as bad at ripping other people apart- they just approach it differently.  listening to ellen page’s speech the other day- about how crappy we are to each other… and it’s true.  And the worst part is, all too often, parents and educators are blind to something, because it is the same crap they lived through.  but did it make ANY of them better people?  Continue reading

Today’s kids: anti-psychotics, medicating behaviour and social issues

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Author, herbalist, Holistic Coach at BeingHerd
Teri is the author of Dancing in Your Bubble (practical spirituality), and Holistic Support for Alzheimers. She is also a practicing herbalist and holistic coach herbalist and holistic coach.She specialises in Holistic Alzheimer coaching and group training, as well as working with non-traditional youth. She uses a wide range of skills and information to support people in creating happier, fuller, healthier lives.she is a life-long equestrian, with rehab racehorses and a small farm of dairy goats.
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I was just having this conversation online, and decided it was a good topic to address in an actual Post.  I was responding to a book, that looks at how our society and doctors and schools are using heavy drugs, like anti-psychotics on our CHILDREN!

This bothered me on SO MANY levels! Why is our system continually throwing quick BAD solutions at complex problems?

There are so many contributing factors to our kids behaviour!  It SUCKS that educators and doctors just want to drug them, and doctors are profiting from it as well! Continue reading

Our Relationship with our Emotions- Empowerment versus Controlling

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Author, herbalist, Holistic Coach at BeingHerd
Teri is the author of Dancing in Your Bubble (practical spirituality), and Holistic Support for Alzheimers. She is also a practicing herbalist and holistic coach herbalist and holistic coach.She specialises in Holistic Alzheimer coaching and group training, as well as working with non-traditional youth. She uses a wide range of skills and information to support people in creating happier, fuller, healthier lives.she is a life-long equestrian, with rehab racehorses and a small farm of dairy goats.
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100_3507I was following a discussion thread the other day.  I forget now, what the original topic was about- that happens, when discussion threads take on a life and energy of their own.  But there was one point, one response in this exchange that caught my attention, and I felt drawn to elaborate on it.  Someone said it was about learning to love the unlovable.

 

On first read, it sounds great, its catchy it’s profound..It probably ties into the core teachings in the Andean cosmology that caused the term, the phrase and concept to stand out.  In the Andean teachings.., there aren’t “good” and “bad.”  in this same vein then… there isn’t that distinction between lovable, and unlovable.  It is all about our relationship to something.  Continue reading

Partnership, and partners, finding boundaries and respect

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Author, herbalist, Holistic Coach at BeingHerd
Teri is the author of Dancing in Your Bubble (practical spirituality), and Holistic Support for Alzheimers. She is also a practicing herbalist and holistic coach herbalist and holistic coach.She specialises in Holistic Alzheimer coaching and group training, as well as working with non-traditional youth. She uses a wide range of skills and information to support people in creating happier, fuller, healthier lives.she is a life-long equestrian, with rehab racehorses and a small farm of dairy goats.
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100_3441I was just following another blog post that was about how people receive advice from their partners.. and how well that works out…. what an awesome and interesting topic to delve into.. As a spiritual-medicine person, I think my way of addressing the topic is a little different than most “coaches” … and that’s great! It helps soo much when we look at things differently, consider an object from a different vantage point. in fact, during my training, i remember being taught to stand on something very tall/high distant…and examine my nature meditation.. I was also taught to get down on my hands and knees and look at the same thing right up close… You only have to do that a few times to see how much we can change, by changing the lens…

but back to advice and partnerships… Continue reading

Remembering War, but Learning Peace, Acceptance and Identity through Animals

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Author, herbalist, Holistic Coach at BeingHerd
Teri is the author of Dancing in Your Bubble (practical spirituality), and Holistic Support for Alzheimers. She is also a practicing herbalist and holistic coach herbalist and holistic coach.She specialises in Holistic Alzheimer coaching and group training, as well as working with non-traditional youth. She uses a wide range of skills and information to support people in creating happier, fuller, healthier lives.she is a life-long equestrian, with rehab racehorses and a small farm of dairy goats.
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gentle trust and delicacy. curiosity and wonder

I just read a post- what is the one thing, moment.. that you will never forget. Do you remember any life-altering points you can look back to, either momentous, or maybe seemingly tiny ( at the time)? I probably have a few, but the one that came to mind is the time when I was about 17, in boarding-school/camp. I always wanted to work with horses, loved horses, related better to horses and animals than I ever had to people. It was my niche, where I felt understood, accepted and belonging. But I struggled with my parents refusal to support who I was, and what i wanted to do with my life. My then mentor and hero,  Ehren, whispered words that would change my life, or at least if not change it… changed my perspective. She said, with compassion and not any sense of goading: You don’t need your parent’s permission to do what you want with your life.” That was a novel, and freeing, concept.

I had spent so much of my life, in pain and sadness and frustration. I hoped every day, that my parents would wake up and see me for who I was. NOT the champion swimmer, or the merit-scholar/ honour student. BE like someone else, was the daily chanted mantra. Along with that, was the echo of disappointment and rejection that reverberated through my life. My life was the daily war of attrition between hope and despair. Hope that the world would just stop pummeling me with expectations, and despair that I could ever BE what that upscale preppy world of affluence and ambition dictated as karma/destiny. Continue reading

Real-life Learning, Living “Connection” and Environmental Balance

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Author, herbalist, Holistic Coach at BeingHerd
Teri is the author of Dancing in Your Bubble (practical spirituality), and Holistic Support for Alzheimers. She is also a practicing herbalist and holistic coach herbalist and holistic coach.She specialises in Holistic Alzheimer coaching and group training, as well as working with non-traditional youth. She uses a wide range of skills and information to support people in creating happier, fuller, healthier lives.she is a life-long equestrian, with rehab racehorses and a small farm of dairy goats.
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a gorgeous double-rainbow that demonstrates parallel levels reflecting the same light

I’ve been coming across a lot of things lately about connected-ness. A lot of spiritual based “messages” to remind us how much we are intricately connected, to our higher Selves, to our angels, to God.. to the Universe around us.  All of these messages, from different denominational directions:  all worded slightly different, as befits the paradigm in which it rests.  But all sharing a very identical message.  Everything is connected.  That means each of us.  No one is, nor can be.. ever be… alone or dis-connected.

 

I was just discussing the other day.. seeing and understanding the bigger picture.. the web, the connections of interplay.. I would take the process one step further — as with quantum physics and string theory/ M theory etc… All levels are reflections of shared dynamics. SO, as much as it is important for us to understand the heirarchy of connection.. i think it is also essential to understand the role of connection across space.  Literally.  Physical actions, choices and awarenesses that play out every day.  It is all but pointless to grasp a spiritual truth, if we cannot embody and “translate” that into daily action and activity. Continue reading

Hemp, Stress, Disease and healing

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Teri is the author of Dancing in Your Bubble (practical spirituality), and Holistic Support for Alzheimers. She is also a practicing herbalist and holistic coach herbalist and holistic coach.She specialises in Holistic Alzheimer coaching and group training, as well as working with non-traditional youth. She uses a wide range of skills and information to support people in creating happier, fuller, healthier lives.she is a life-long equestrian, with rehab racehorses and a small farm of dairy goats.
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hempthcI was just having a chat, online, with a colleague about hemp, regarding a post about hemp being used to cure cancer… This was my response to a comment.  I thought it was worth sharing: .. I think “cancer”  is a mufti-faceted issue.. that can be “cured”… but also, the body needs to be treated, for toxins, for imbalances etc.. even mainstream medicine understands cancer as a “failure ( or breakdown) of the immune system” to recognise and remove cancerous cells, before they can establish themselves and get out of control.

also the original posting was about treating autism– and, from what I understand ( and I do not have an autistic child, so I do not have the direct, first-hand experiences of someone who lives with this), you don’t-can’t cure autism.. and you DEF can’t treat autism without addressing the underlying issues of GUT imbalance and body-systems, CNS etc.

One thing hemp/ hemp oil probably contributes, one mechanism, is that when the body is in stress-mode.. it cannot, will not go into healing mode.  The body is very capable of healing itself. it is more effective than any doctor, any pharmacologist etc, at producing what it needs.

The question that needs to be asked.. Continue reading

Still here? Apocalpyse, Anyone?

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Teri is the author of Dancing in Your Bubble (practical spirituality), and Holistic Support for Alzheimers. She is also a practicing herbalist and holistic coach herbalist and holistic coach.She specialises in Holistic Alzheimer coaching and group training, as well as working with non-traditional youth. She uses a wide range of skills and information to support people in creating happier, fuller, healthier lives.she is a life-long equestrian, with rehab racehorses and a small farm of dairy goats.
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Still here? No Kaboom? Disappointed? No worries- there are still 7 hours before the technical “end of the world.” And, at least in this corner, in Vermont, some creepy weird wind, power-outages, and a stunning Rainbow that went, unusually… directly from east to west- rather than the more typical north-south directions. Granted, it was right around noon, on the shortest day of the year.. for which a rainbow.. a double-rainbow, no less… is a little unusual, to say the least:) In ancient times, people would have taken these things as dire omens, portents of things to come.. which rarely boded well for the people:)

 

Ironically, it is Western cultures that are more caught up by the notion of “end of the world.” The galaxy is millions of years old, and the solar system has crossed through its galactic center, thousands of times. And nothing dire has come to pass. What is this moment we are passing through? The solar system is lining up with and “crossing” the galactic center. This happens every 26,000 years (or so). It has happened countless times in the past, and we are all still here. Well, not literally. But the planet is still here, alive and kicking. Continue reading