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

Understanding Creative Empowerment

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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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snowflakeWhat is Creative empowerment, and how does it work?  I talk about the three ( 3.5 technically:) essential questions that will empower your life, anyone’s life- in any situation:

 

  • Is it authentic?
  • Is this from my highest self/ for my highest good ( similar but not the same- both should be addressed)
  • What do I want to DO with this  information? How do I use this information/insight to affect change in my life?

These are the tenets that I use re creative empowerment.

Is this authentic ( is it true?).. so your parent/friend/boss/partner   does says something.. whatever they contribute. It might annoy you, or outright piss you off..  Continue reading

What Question Best Assesses the Success of Your Life?

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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_3747Autumn is one of those times of the year that seems to bring on deep reflection. Maybe it’s the leaf-musty slightly damp weather that holds something of both warmth and sadness. A wistfulness intrinsically woven through the mist that loops its magic fingers into the sleepy world.

 

 

I’m not sure why how this question came to me… I think it was a combination of a song lyric that I had just heard… something about being near the end… I think the lyric went; this is where we start again. But my wandering thoughts, following the random nature of the autumn mist- took their own turn. If this is the end… or near the end… was it worth it? That was a thought-stopping question, for me. I don’t know.  while Recovering from bubonic-flu plague, is probably not the best time to contemplate deep-meaning questions…. but there it was…. Continue reading

Goats, Wind, and Drugs: natural survival instincts and decision making

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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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100_3460  I was just out grazing my goats- which I do on an almost daily basis.  This gives them some  free-range time.  I notice during the summer, they are very inclined to hang out in an area, or tend toward the shady areas as soon as they have eaten enough to be moderately full.  I say moderately, because anyone who owns goats will agree– completely full is a rarity for a goat:)

Anyway- it is getting cooler now…. and they tend to move around more.  Goats, like deer have a rutting season.  I only have 5 does ( girls) right now– so I don’t think the change can be attributed to the friskiness of social interaction and the boys “bad influence.”

What I have noticed the last few days, is that they keep ending up on the wrong-neighbors side of the fence.  I have one neighbor who is completely open and inviting as to letting the goats graze on their field.  The other neighbor, I term the black hole of hell and death… despises the goats and has been excessively ( and not grammatically correct) in threats and displeasure.   So, what does this have to do with us, and how we make decisions…? 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

Empowering the Lower Chakras: Abundance, Manifesting and Grounding

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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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100_3306In talking about the importance of the lower chakras, the discussions delved into both cultural stereotypes of language and perception, as well as encompassing the whole re holistic and energetic. I heard from a lot of healers who were surprised at their own Aha’s. Many people commented that they thought they were incorporating the whole-body approach. Many others also noted their own realizations regarding their own previously unconscious biases toward “upper”.. . Often the biases are not outright articulated…. But bias can take the form of where we put our attention, our energy… our focus.

 

In the discussions, I noted that maybe it was time to take the 30 day challenge. I asked who else was interested in joining this. Several people responded enthusiastically.

 

In the writing of that article and the week-long discussions that fo0llowed, I have been giving a lot more thought an consideration of bringing the energy down into the physical. I actually want to elaborate on that. By thought, I do not mean reflection or meditation or intellectual-thought. This past week, I have been more aware of things I do, and bringing conscious attention to accessing, working with and utilizing the lower three chakras- the physical-level/oriented centers.

 

So here are a few exercises I have been doing…feel free to try them and see if they work-help-etc.. Continue reading

Higher Vibrations and Healers need the lower chakras MORE

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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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100_2342I was just out grazing my goats… a neighbor is very generous in saying its fine for the goats to graze in his open field. The dual benefit-drawback.. is that I need to stay somewhat in attendance while they are grazing. I can usually work a horse or teach a riding lesson, and keep them in sight. But there are times when the benefit aspect is just sitting out or laying out in the grass– constructively doing nothing. Pretty sweet deal:)

 

This morning while I was out in the field, stretched out in that perfect spot between sun and flickering shade… I spent a while grounding and meditating– by which I mean a relaxed flow of thoughts, that were coherent and interesting. I had a few mini aha’s and insights… Continue reading

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

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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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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