Breathe... Inhale (for 4 counts)... Exhale (for 4 counts).
Find yourself a comfortable position.
Close your eyes and begin to feel your body relaxing.
Feel your eyes closing softly and your head getting heavy.
Notice your neck falling slightly as you breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
As you're breathing deeply, feel you shoulders relaxing and your elbows drooping.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth... in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Feel your stomach muscles letting go of any tension it may be carrying within.
Notice your hips sinking further and further into your seat.
Focus on your breath, in through your nose and out through your mouth... and again... and again.
Feel your knees weaken and you ankles become over relaxed.
Allow your feet and toes to root themselves into the earth below you.
Breathing deeply, sit in this state of silence and relaxation, allowing the quiet to flow through your mind.
Now Imagine that you are holding all of your stress and your worries in the palm of your hands, directly in front of your eyes. These emotions are embodied inside little clear bubbles, surrounded and secure.
With each breath that you inhale, you breath in positive thoughts of warmth and love.
Filling your body and soul with light.
When you exhale you release the bubbles and let go of your negative thoughts and emotions.
You continue doing this until you can no longer see the bubbles, because they have floated away indefinitely.
You feel light and renewed. You accept that you no longer feel this hard emotions and that your are happy and free. You are grateful for this time you had in peace and serenity.
When you are ready, notice each and every body part that I mentioned, wiggle your toes and your ankles.
Notice your hips sitting in your chair.
Feel your stomach and notice your breathing.
Awaken your muscles as you sense them in your presence.
When ready, open your eyes and take in a deep breath of refreshment.
Mo, there is no handbook on parenting, there is no true system of discipline and there is not really even a guideline that we can follow as parents. Why, because every child is different, every parent is different, no one person is the exact same, so as parents we have to "go with the flow" and learn what works best with our child or children. Sometimes I wish that I could be given the answers. Sometimes I wish someone could just tell me what is the best way to raise my child. Then I remember, I AM doing the best for my child, because no one knows my child more than me (and her father). We are her parents, and we work hard to keep her safe, happy and healthy. I believe that that is what matters most, for her, my baby girl.
So mom, dads, and caregivers... you ARE doing the best you can. You got this!
I can remember growing up that I always wanted to be a younger mom. I didn't want to wait too long to have children because I wanted to be able to enjoy life with them, be able to travel, and just simply be their best friend. At least I thought that's what I wanted. I thought I had everything under control and in order. I had a good job, I had been in a long-term relationship for years, and I knew that I was ready to start a family. But what I didn't know was that having a child was going to change everything that I thought I knew.
About six months into my pregnancy, the relationship that I thought was solid, was starting to spiral downward. I could not figure out why, I tried everything to fix what was broken. But the question was, "what was broken?". At some point along the way the relationship that I had been in for years had turned sour. I believe that the stress of bringing a baby into our world played a large part in the tension between the two of us. We both changed. It didn't make either one of us right or wrong, but the change we were experiencing only made the relationship unhealthy and even toxic. I was focusing on nothing but work, eating right, trying to sleep, trying to fix my relationship, and grow a tiny little human in my very large belly. And as a result, I was overly drained and exhausted. I had completely lost myself.
Fast forward a few months, it was time we meet or beautiful little girl. Of what was supposed to be the most wonderful time of our life, was nothing more than frustration because of the strain we had between the two of us. Don't get me wrong, once she was born and we had her in our arms, all of those emotions melted away and turned into love and joy as we welcomed her to our family. But even so, nothing changed between the two of us when it came to the relationship. Actually, it only got worse.
About a year and a half went by, trying to fix "us", but nothing would budge. I felt more alone than I ever had in my entire life. I wasn't the mother I wanted to be or even the woman, or partner, I knew I could be. I knew at that point, that a drastic change had to be made. Of course I loved him, and I wanted to be together as a family more than anything, but I couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I had to make a move, for me.
I took a leap of faith, and trusted my instincts, began to study different healing modalities, and became the woman and mother that I knew I could be. It was all very "Eat Pray Love" minus the travel.
I had always used essential oils as a part of my everyday and throughout my entire pregnancy. And near the end of my relationship, I had taken a Reiki Level 1 class. From that point on, I knew somehow Reiki would become a part of my life. Throughout my healing process, I finished my Reiki lessons, became a Reiki Master, ordained as a Minister Practitioner, and got certified in Spiritual Counseling.
I always knew that I wanted my child to grow up in a holistic environment, healthy for mind, body, spirit and soul with no toxic chemicals or negative energy when it could be helped. When I collaborated all of my studies with this, it all simply made since. I finally knew what my passions and purpose was.
Today, I run a successful holistic center where I help women and spiritual women entrepreneurs, regain their confidence and live out their soul purpose. I provide several healing services, mentoring and even branding design for fellow healers, worldwide.
I know what it's like to feel lost, and nearly hopeless. But I also know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, sometimes you just need a reason to open your eyes... And to that, I am forever blessed for a beautiful baby girl.
Much love and light,