ONSET: Guest Speaker and Spiritual Medium

I am honored to have been asked to return as guest speaker and spiritual medium at the First Spiritualist Church of Onset. One of my favorite things to do is to give back to the community and serve Spirit/Source. I look forward to this evening of inspiration, healing, and messages.

Open to the Public.

Service: 6:30-8pm

For more information about services and events, please visit their website at www.church1.org

2018 Holiday Specials and Shop Small Business Saturday OPEN HOUSE

Are you looking to make an impact while looking for that special unique gift for your loved one this year?

Scroll below for:

  • Why celebrate with holidays with us and support small business
  • Our mission this season
  • Details for Open House, Saturday, Nov 24th
  • Various holiday specials

Small businesses often are overlooked by customers who are enticed by larger companies, and this can adversely affect the local economy in more negative ways than might appear on the surface level. The rise of shopping malls and large chain stores such as Walmart and other retailers has caused irreversible damage to Main Street in the last half-century or so, and it’s paramount to remember the importance of supporting local small businesses.

 

Why Celebrate The Holidays With Healing With Spirit and Shop Small…

This year, why not give the gift of self care that keeps on giving while also calling to attention the importance of shopping at the small businesses that serve as the backbone of the American economy and our local communities?

As a consumer, you can choose to also be a game changer and a wellness ambassador. You can accomplish this by choosing to support your local small business rather than the big box stores.


Join Us Saturday For Our Open House

Not only are you supporting small businesses this holiday season, you are bringing wellness to those you love by supporting my mission here at Healing With Spirit.

Please join us this Saturday.

Step away from your daily stresses.

Warm yourself and sip on some herbal tea.

Browse, shop, register for a class, and meet Laura …

OPEN HOUSE
THIS Saturday, November 24th
10am-12pm

Scroll below for a sampling of specials being offered. 

Plus:

  • Take 10% off ALL items for sale.
  • FREE Gift with purchase of gift certificates (see below)
  • FREE Gift with registration of an upcoming select class
  • Ask about our holiday shipping & gift wrapping services

Items for sale: 

  • NEW Healing With Spirit mugs – see pic below
  • Limited therapeutic skin care products (40% off Sat only)
  • RELAX your soul has your back T-shirts – Pic below

  • RELAX your soul has your back mugs –  purple ceramic mugs. Pic below
  • 11″ x 17″ spiritual art prints – See pic below
  • Reiki gifts
  • fair trade items
  • Tibetan jewelry
  • Local artisan creations
  • Spiritual holiday ornaments
  • and MORE arriving daily

PLUS:

  • gift certificates
  • classes
  • events
  • available for holiday parties too

We are located inside Cohasset Medical, 256 Hull St, Hingham, MA 02043 next to the 7-Eleven strip plaza on Rte 228 before Nantasket Beach. *Restrictions apply. While supplies last.

 

Holiday Specials*

Purchase any gift certificate w/ a value of $140 or more & receive this fabulous 11oz Purple Healing With Spirit ceramic mug FREE.

*Offer can not be combined with any other offer. While supplies last.

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Be sure to grab one of our signature …

RELAX Your Soul Has Your Back

Mugs and T-shirts 

Message Channeled and Created by Laura

A perfect unique gift with a perfect reminder to give a loved one this holiday season with a fabulous message and reminder.

T-shirts: 
Colors: Dark Heather Grey, Vintage Purple and Black
Unisex t-shirts in Dark grey & vintage purple
Women’s “Bella” brand black
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL
T-shirts fit true to size and no worries for shrinkage.
    Orders also available.

MUGS*:  10oz purple ceramic mug.
Perfect grip and size for tea, ice cream, fruit, broth
*Available while supplies last.

 

Purchase any gift certificate with a value of $70 or more and receive a FREE 11″ x 17″ spiritual art print photographed and written (with channeled messages) by Laura Joseph.
*Offer can not be combined with any other offer. While supplies last.

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Can’t make it Saturday?

Contact Laura 857-880-0365 or email her TODAY for your gifts.

We also offer shipping and gift wrapping services as well.

 

 

Our Mission This Season

Mission #1:  One of my missions is to help others step into their power, facilitate their own healing, and reduce medical waste that is one of our greatest polluters including the unnecessary need for medications that lead to addictions. Not all illnesses can be improved by the traditionally as many are starting to understand. Let me help be a bridge for you.

Mission #2: I have a passion to be a catalyst for healing the epidemic of the underlying current of trauma deeply seeded in our subconscious minds and in our culture that negatively affects every aspect of our lives and steals our joy and well-being. In my opinion, unhealed or repressed trauma is the greatest economic toll and human health crisis in our modern society linked to poverty, violence, mass shootings, injustice, abuse, job loss, poor health, and more.

Mission #3:  I also want to be able to use my voice and advocate for change using my story, my spiritual practices and disciplines, and my training to help others heal when they have been told to “just live with it”. I created a Facebook page this year and an Instagram account called “Healing Trauma Through Spirit”. Please support these pages and share with loved ones.

Mission #4: I want to create a scholarship fund targeting 2 demographics:  for those faced with end of life and the other healing from trauma associated with abuse like domestic violence so these individuals do not have to go without healing services when it matters most and can change a life. I need the help and support of the community to make this happen. I will need volunteers to help make this vision become a reality – lawyers, accountants, business, etc.

 

 

Surrender To Self Care and Nurture Your Soul RETREAT

Feeling depleted? Overwhelmed? Stressed? It is time to press pause. Let go of your obligations and responsibilities just for one day to replenish and tickle your soul. You ready to take some “you time”?

Women hold the medicine our world needs. Join us for a full day surrendering into self-care, journeying into self-discovery, nurturing your soul, and community.  Spend the day with us pampering the soul and lifting your spirit. This is about YOU.

This retreat is designed to help you create a deeper awareness and connection to the inner wisdom in a very nurturing environment.

Get back to you … Your authentic you.

Here is a small taste of your day:

  • A deeper discovery into self through an enrichment circle
  • Self-care and soul-fillment experientials
  • Renewal and reflection with Journaling and Creative Arts
  • Spiritual journeys of self-discovery and exploration in nature (earth, wind, fire, water)
  • Reiki vibrational healing meditationwith the Tibetan Singing Bowls
  • Quiet time in nature
  • Connect with like-minded community
  • Get out of your mind and into your body and heart through conscious movement, music, dance, and energetic explorations of a Journey Dance* guided by Deneen McQueen
  • Healthy lunch, light snacks, and water provided.

Empower yourself and your soul. This will be a powerful interactive day with built in quiet time to go within. You will no doubt leave more empowered and living more in vibrational alignment with your authentic truth. 

What previous attendees had to say:

“Highly recommend”
“Love it. An Awesome day! Thank you.”
“I loved the bowls (OMG)”

“This was the best retreat I have been to and I go to a lot.”

“Others should know how relaxed and calm you will feel.”

“This retreat exceeded my expectations”.

“I loved it all – enough movement & contemplation – nicely balanced!”

“I thoroughly enjoyed Laura’s ability to guide me back to my inner self and appreciate me for all that I am.”

“Laura has a unique ability to guide attendees and help them become more in tune with themselves. She helps all see the beauty within and gives the tools to continue the work on your your own and carry it forward.”

“The journey dance experience was extraordinary”

What To Bring:

  • Dress comfortable with wear loose, easy to move in clothing for movement, but be mindful  and suitable of weather
  • Yoga mat
  • Comfortable shoes for movement and nature
  • Wear/Bring socks or bare feet for journey dance
  • A pen or colored pencils
  • Something for our sacred space (sage, flowers, herbs, crystals, etc)
  • Optional: Something to share with others for goodie bag (samples, biz coupons, etc)
  • An open mind
  • A smile

Retreat time:

Doors Open: 8:00 am

Social Gathering, Creative Time: 8am

Retreat:  8:30 am-5pm (with breaks for snack and lunch)

*About This Event’s Journey Dance Portion:

Get out of your mind and into your body and heart through conscious movement, music, dance, and the energetic explorations of JourneyDance.

Through a combination of dance, expressive arts, sacred drama, supportive mentoring, and contemplative process guided by Deneen McQueen, discover how to live your life with enthusiasm, passion, and purpose.

All are welcome to become part of this vibrant community and share this journey of self-exploration and self-acceptance.  Absolutely no dance experience necessary!

LOOKING FOR A WHOLE WEEKEND? 

Local accommodations at Nantasket Beach Resort located approximately 1-2mi from the retreat. On the beach with swimming pool and spa. Private units complete with fireplaces.

 

To Register:

Option 1:  Please mail a check made payable to “Laura Joseph” and mail to Cohasset Medical, Att: Laura, 256 Hull St, Hingham, MA 02043. Put in subject line Oct Retreat with email address.  

Option 2: Pay online via eventbrite. Click here to pay with credit card.

INVESTMENT:

$175    –  Healthy lunch, coffee, tea, water and snacks included

Plus, goodie bag for each attendee, raffle, custom notebook, and more.

For latest updates, please check out our Facebook Event by clicking here.

Spiritfest – Cohasset

Spiritfest is sponsored by Healthy Living Magazine. We are a Community of Mind/Body Individuals providing tools to transform your personal lives and help make the world a better place. Stop in to meet your community health and wellness experts.

Featuring 40+ Vendors, Experts in the Health & Wellness Field, Expert Readers & Healers.

Booking Info With Laura

Laura will be one of the readers at Spiritfest this year.  You can pre-book your reading with Laura, but it is not required. Click here to book with Laura now

For more information about this event, click here or call Candita 508-615-980

Spring Equinox Tarot Card For The Day 3/20/18

#CardForTheDay: THE HIEROPHANT

Well howdy doozy time with these energies.  Holy cow. How are you doing over the last few weeks?  Please share your experiences. I am sure you are not alone.  By sharing your experience, you may can actually bring some relief to another.

Have you ever heard the saying, “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear”? Today’s card is reminding us of this sentiment.

Today’s card is asking us to pay attention to the “unseen”, the divine that is all around us. We are divinely supported and loved unconditionally whether we realize this/believe this or not.  Just because we can not see what lies in the unknown yet, does not mean it does not exist.

Remember we know the air we breathe that keeps us alive exists. However, the air is not tangible to the touch or visible sight.

 The number five in today’s card is reminding us that we are in the midst of some great change ahead. This is compounded with the energies of today’s  vernal equinox aka spring equinox.

If you are feeling these changes, and/or struggling with them, this card is reminding us to seek a spiritual advisor, teacher, or counselor to help guide us. This spiritual teacher could be our soul, a group, or someone else who can help us make sense of what is happening in the spiritual realms while integrating this knowledge into the physical plane during these challenging times.

We are much more that what we see in this physical world. We are SOUL with unlimited potential.

Remember all teachers were at one point a student. So, this may also mean that while you seek support, others may also seek you out as well. OR … it is time for the teacher to become the student once again.

Either way, as the energies continue to intensify ahead, it is important to stay true to you (in the sense of what your soul came here to learn not what our egos perceive as truth)

There is something greater that lies ahead than what is seen. Remember, we are all one consciousness at the end of the day … star dust.

As always I am here to help. I have a few openings this week for private sessions. Please reach out and schedule a time if you feel I can be of assistance to you and your path.

With lots of love and appreciation,

Laura
Healing With Spirit 
Spiritual Medium, Speaker, Healer

To schedule a private reading in person or via phone, to book a private party, or speaking engagement, please private message me

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Self Care For The Empath Intentive (2 of 2)

Happy New Year. Kick off 2018 with a resolution of more self-care.

Learn how to not only be an energy empath survivor but an energy empath thriver.

Are you considered overly-sensitive? Are you frustrated because you haven’t yet healed? Do any of these resonate with you?

– Overweight/Underweight

– Unexplanable lethargy

– Unfocused, or feeling lost

– Anxious or depressed, or

– Do you have digestion/elimination difficulties?

You may be empathic. Our sensitivities to the energy in and around us may be the cause for you to take on the pain, unhappiness, and other dis-ease of the people around you.

This class, self care for the empath may provide the answers you seek. The Universe has spoken and we have all been called to listen. Many of us have decided to choose the path of soul and spiritual living which has placed us on a path of self-realization.

In this class:

♡ Learn what about the traits of the empath.

♡ How to recognize when the “stuff” you are feeling is your own or someone else’s and what to do.

♡ Learn the tools of self discovery and see the gifts you have as a not a curse, but as a gift.

♡ Learn techniques that teach you how to effectively protect yourself from surrounding energies.

♡ Learn how to powerfully release the energies that no longer serve you.

♡ Learn how to honor and empower yourself.

♡ Learn how to trust your gut instincts aka your intiution aka the voice of your soul

♡ Also exercises given to be done at home in between classes.

Also:

• receive customized notebook

• access to a private self care for the empath support group.

This will be a powerful interactive class. You will no doubt leave more empowered with many tools for self care.

Join us for this special 4 week intensive of healing and empowerment. You owe it to yourself to invest in YOU

There will be a 45 min break for lunch

Dates: Sat March 3rd AND Sat March 10th

Investment: $133 until January 15th

$150

To Register: private message us or call/text 857-880-0365

For latest updates and information: Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/534678483574391/” target=”_blank”>https://www.facebook.com/events/534678483574391/

What others had to say:

“I highly recommend it for anyone being told they’re “too sensitive”, weighed down by their emotions or their environment or feel as though they don’t fit in. Laura is excellent at what she does and she has knowledge, compassion, insight and understanding that is truly unmatched.” – Debbie

For more, visit http://www.laurahealingwithspirit.com/spiritual-dev-testamonials

Self Care For The Empath Intentive (1 of 2)

Learn how to not only be an energy empath survivor but an energy empath thriver.

Are you considered overly-sensitive? Are you frustrated because you haven’t yet healed? Do any of these resonate with you?

– Overweight/Underweight

– Unexplanable lethargy

– Unfocused, or feeling lost

– Anxious or depressed, or

– Do you have digestion/elimination difficulties?

You may be empathic. Our sensitivities to the energy in and around us may be the cause for you to take on the pain, unhappiness, and other dis-ease of the people around you.

This class, self care for the empath may provide the answers you seek. The Universe has spoken and we have all been called to listen. Many of us have decided to choose the path of soul and spiritual living which has placed us on a path of self-realization.

In this class:

♡ Learn what about the traits of the empath.

♡ How to recognize when the “stuff” you are feeling is your own or someone else’s and what to do.

♡ Learn the tools of self discovery and see the gifts you have as a not a curse, but as a gift.

♡ Learn techniques that teach you how to effectively protect yourself from surrounding energies.

♡ Learn how to powerfully release the energies that no longer serve you.

♡ Learn how to honor and empower yourself.

♡ Learn how to trust your gut instincts aka your intiution aka the voice of your soul

♡ Also exercises given to be done at home in between classes.

Also:

• receive customized notebook

• access to a private self care for the empath support group.

This will be a powerful interactive class. You will no doubt leave more empowered with many tools for self care.

Join us for this special 4 week intensive of healing and empowerment. You owe it to yourself to invest in YOU

There will be a 45 min break for lunch

Dates: Two Sundays back to back in order to give you exercises to work on in between classes.

Investment:  $150

To Register:

Class Registration

 or call/text 857-880-0365

For latest updates and information:

Visit our Facebook events page

What others had to say:

“I highly recommend it for anyone being told they’re “too sensitive”, weighed down by their emotions or their environment or feel as though they don’t fit in. Laura is excellent at what she does and she has knowledge, compassion, insight and understanding that is truly unmatched.” – Debbie

For more feedback, click here

5 Reasons Why You Need To Bless Your Junk

This series “Today I Bless My Junk” has been quite the challenge for me. However, I feel if I am to convey a certain message, I choose to be raw, real and authentic seeing all of me with an unaltered video.

Here is part four in the series of “Today I Bless My Junk”. In this video I go into the “WHY” we need to bless our junk  especially during these intense energetic times as part of the today I bless my junk series.

We all have junk … Do we not?

We all have junk lurking in our shadows … in our closets … in the depths of our minds. We don’t know what to do with something and what do we do? We put it in the closet? Right? Then when our closet gets full, we gasp and avoid dealing with the closet. Sound familiar?

Why the #metoo and #timesup movements are important

 

Survivors of abuse who have once been silenced are now being heard in ways unprecedented. This is BIGGER than we know and could ever imagine and goes far beyond what has happened with abuse survivors. It transcends into race, culture, economics, religion, and more.

 

What does it mean to bless your junk?

To bless your junk means to take all the pain, hurt, trauma, betrayals, etc and transform it for wholeness, happiness, prosperity, and success.

According to the Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, a blessing is “a thing conducive to happiness or welfare”. A blessing endowed power for prosperity and success.

Foreword- Tigger Alert – Triggers can happened in sometimes the most unpredictable ways.  Be aware of what triggers you. If by any reason you find this video triggering. I encourage you to stop and pause a moment before you continue. 

In this video:

  • What is the junk?
  • The paradigm shift
  • Importance of the #metoo movement
  • What does it mean to bless your junk
  • 5 reasons why to bless your junk

Take a Class

Please join us March 31st for our next class on “Learn How To Bless Your Junk and Take Back Your Power Now” at a great low introductory rate. Please visit our calender event for details.

 

 

 


  Other Videos in the Video Series

For my other videos in the series of “Today I Bless My Junk #metoo

Question To Ponder

I ask for you to consider one question

Are you part of the solution to systemic abuse or are you part of the problem? The choice is yours and only yours to make.

Please go to my Vlog on Youtube for the following videos.

How Can You Help?

As always, please support my healing journey and my desire to help break the cycle of abuse through healing. There many ways you can do this.

Take action on the things I mention in this video series

  1. Share these videos
  2. Leave supportive comments and let me know what pearl you took away with you
  3. Let me know what you would like to see the next video to be on
  4. Book me for a speaking engagement. I speak on many topics. One of the most common is on healing trauma through holistic and spiritually based practices.
  5. As always, thank you for your support and being a part of my spiritual journey.
  6. Become an ally – Help me become a better speaker, communicator and video producer. Want to volunteer your services to help make that happen? Email me and let’s collaborate.

With love and appreciation,
Laura

 

Are Your Old Traumas Making You Sick?

Introduction

Are you still carrying around old traumas and don’t even realize it? Do you know how trauma affects your quality of life, health, and soul in the long term?

Do you suffer from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, adrenal stress, anxiety, addictions, cancer, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and musculoskeletal disorders? This is just a few illnesses and chronic health issues linked to trauma.

Here are just some of staggering statistics:

  • 7.7 million are diagnosed with PTSD in USA. Many who have PTSD are not diagnosed and treated symptomatically.
  • 40 million are diagnosed with anxiety. Only 33% seek help.

In light of recent cumulative events over the last couple of years and the stigma associated with trauma, I believe these numbers are higher.

Please … join me Wed Nov 1st for a presentation and some experientials on Healing Trauma. (Please scroll for complete event details.)

I will also be sharing my own story including healing and how to heal from trauma which can manifest symptoms emotionally, physically, and spiritually and can show up years and decades after a traumatic incident.

The information I will share is backed by scientific and/or medical research and my own personal and professional experiences.

What you will learn, will enlighten you no matter what form of trauma may be lurking in your past here in this life, generationally, or karmicly.

Please join me as I would really LOVE your support on a topic I’m very passionate about.

Together we CAN make change for a better world beginning with US.

In the meantime, don’t forget to pause, breathe and take a moment for yourself.

With love and appreciation,

Laura

 

 

 

 

Healing Trauma Through Spiritually Based Practices

THIS Wednesday, Nov 1st 
 12pm- 2pm 
Hingham Public Library, Hingham, MA

Are you still carrying around old traumas and don’t even realize it? Do you know some of the symptoms of trauma? Can you recognize some of the symptoms of abuse?

The topic of abuse … domestic abuse, child abuse. sex abuse … is never an easy one to discuss never mind heal from in a way it does not control your life. It can even be very dis-empowering and even energy draining.

Many victims of abuse struggle with moving forward. Many times we are judged harshly for choosing to love someone who ultimately would hurt us. Many times we are left with devastating scars. Many times we feel we’ve done everything in our power to heal, but somehow the traumatic experiences still haunt us. Just because we were hurt by another, doesn’t have to mean a life sentence. Many times the traditional therapies we have sought out doesn’t seem to be working no matter what we seem to try.

Join us for a deep conversation and how to heal those traumatic wounds as Laura shares her healing journey from abuse, her struggles, her triumphs, and why spiritually based practices saved her life. She will discuss how she overcame the dark days and how she reclaimed her power.

What you will learn

  • The many faces of trauma
  • Trauma defined
  • Effects of trauma
  • Emotional, physical, and spiritual symptoms of trauma
  • Gaslighting
  • Causes of PTSD
  • Trauma and the effects on the brain
  • ACE Study
  • Trauma and abuse
  • The “Three-legged stool”
  • Understanding the human existance
  • The holistic process theory of healing
  • Stages to healing
  • Healing trauma
  • Medical research and studies to various holistic and spiritually based therapies shown to heal trauma
  • Experience various exercises
  • and more …

Please join us supporting a topic I have been so passionate about since 2006. My goal is to help survivors empower themselves while finding long term healthy solutions to healing from abuse. With these techniques, I hope to break the cycle of abuse through power of healing.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

• This event is for survivors of abuse,

• loved ones of survivors of abuse,

• as well as anyone who works with abuse victims such as LCSW, and advocates.

There will also be time for Q&A.

This event is FREE. RSVP Requested but not required. Call/text your RSVP to 857-880-0365

Come experience the healing and sample various methods of healing techniques and leave feeling inspired. Spend this time with us and explore methods of self-care and healing that will empower you beyond your story and past and break free from the chains of abuse or traumatic event/s.

Discover the power that lies within us all.

When we address trauma (sometimes hidden), we are less likely to get sidetracked by projecting – in this political age that’s very valuable.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:

Laura Joseph, RMA, RMT is a survivor of repeated abuses, but most notably domestic abuse and systemic abuse. Experiencing many difficult life lessons resulting and complex PTSD and Trauma, Laura had a feeling there was something wrong with her until she rediscovered her gifts, learned spiritually and holistic based therapies, and learned to embrace her sensitivities.

She has a background as a college educator, domestic abuse advocate, Reiki and Meditation Instructor, and allied health professional with a focus on trauma informed holistic care where she has been a frequent guest speaker throughout New England discussing her experiences healing trauma associated with abuse through spiritually based modalities. She has over 15 cumulative years in the holistic and allopathic health fields and has incorporated spiritually based practices and healing since 2006.

Laura believes our body is designed to heal itself. We sometimes need to be reminded how. She is very compassionate and passionate and teaches from the heart what she feels will help humanity heal and break the cycles of abuse through healing.

Laura brings her 12 year journey of acceptance into self discovery, self care, and self love.

She has published many articles on the topics of Holistic Health, Spirituality, Healing Trauma, and Reiki. She is also a frequent guest speaker, writer, and artist.

Laura has a private practice near the ocean on the Weir River in Hingham, MA, where she provides spiritually based holistic health enrichment services and classes. She is also a founding member of Massachusetts Survivors Outreach.

Laura brings her passion, compassion, and wit to assist in bringing out the best in you.

For more information about services and classes, visit Healing With Spirit

Reflections from a Morning of Mindfulness at Webb State Memorial Park


“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Buddha

Journey with us into the miracle of mindfulness in nature.  Experience life through a different lens. We hope this post inspires you to bring more mindfulness into your life.

Morning here this morning in New England at Webb Park in Weymouth Massachusetts was a brisk and damp 63° upon arrival for the Morning of Mindfulness Project.

Those who were mindful of the current weather conditions dressed appropriately and accordingly for today.

When we do these groups part of the lessons is to embrace what “is” regardless of a cards we are dealt with at the moment.

We began the morning was pulling an oracle card to help set the tone and guide us on today’s journey.

The card for the day was “Surrender Obsessive Thinking” which seems to be quite relevant under the current energies that we are experiencing right now heading into the eclipse season.

Today’s morning of mindfulness began with a simple guided meditation and sensory exercise before we headed out on our journey. If you’ve never joined us for one of these, you will know that every week we do something different and focus on something different even though we incorporate basic teachings weekly.

This week we focused our mastery of presence through our breath and awareness listening to the wisdom given to us through nature and our bodies.


“The mind in its natural state can be compared to the sky, covered by layers of cloud which hide its true nature.”
– Kalu Rinpoche

Here are some observations we made today. (Pictures taken after the event as to not disrupt the exercises and experiences. Pictures taken in areas revisited.)

It is hard not to notice the wet grounds with the recent rains yesterday and into early this morning.

In Shintoism, a native religion of Japan (to many Japanese it is not a religion but a way of being and is cultural), the clouds represent where the Gods reside and the rains represents one way for the Gods to come from the heavens.

“An essential point of Shinto is the idea that wa (kind, benign and harmless harmony) is inherent in nature and social relationships.”[i]

“The Japanese descriptive term for Shinto is Kami no Michi. Kami means the “deities,” or “gods,” no is the possessive, and Michi means the “way” or “road.” There­fore it signifies as a whole, the “way of the gods.”‘[ii]

The rain drops on the leaves remind us that water is life and that life is all around us. Just like the water serves as nourishment for these leaves and plants it serves as nourishment for our souls.

 

Secondly we observed and experienced roots from these trees reminding us to ground but also sucking up the vital nutrients from the earth gifted by the rains.

As we continued on our journey, we allowed more to flow through the ebbs and flows of life.

Come back to square one, just the minimum bare bones. Relaxing with the present moment, relaxing with hopelessness, relaxing with death, not resisting the fact that things end, that things pass, that things have no lasting substance, that everything is changing all the time—that is the basic message.” 

– Pema Chodron.

The purpose of this project is to help us with mindfulness tools to adapt in our everyday way of life. When we can train ourselves to stop from time to time throughout the day, we can come back to the present and let go of our worries and preoccupations. When our minds and bodies are calm, we can see our situations more clearly and we know better what to do and what not to do.

At first, “stopping” may seem like a kind of resistance to modern life, but it isn’t that. Here, we are using the elements found in nature to help us with presence.


For instance, there is magic in mindfulness with nature. Today, the flowers that bloom covered in the rain dew are guiding us to all that is reminding us of what it is needed for us to blossom.

The yellow connects us to our own inner guidance system allowing “thought” to step aside as we through the awareness process just allow.

The white shows us the purity and how delicate, intricate, and beautiful life can be when many times we are so distracted in a way where we are unable to see the magic and beauty.
The idea of “stopping” is the first aspect of meditation. The second aspect is looking deeply. Once we have brought calm, peace, and joy into our bodies and minds, we can look into our difficulties to see their roots, bringing understanding and making transformation possible.

Stopping gives us space to observe our negative thinking without getting caught up in it; we call this mirror recognition. Stopping also allows us to be in touch with what is positive and healing. The purpose of our practice is not to avoid life, but to experience and demonstrate that happiness in life as possible now and also in the future.
“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.”
– Jon Kabat-Zinn

Sometimes we just have to become one. When we do, all thought process vacated and presence takes over. The past and future become irrelevant, a state of relaxation commences, and a new sense of awareness is heightened as we maintain the practice of mindfulness in our journey. 
We are so used to running around, even at home, that stopping is a hard habit to develop. Visual cues can serve as a gentle reminder that now is the perfect time to stop and be aware of the present moment.
Connecting in nature as we did today can serve as a perfect way to stop and just BE.
Sometimes we are given signs, the glimpses of divine presence. Without awareness or mindfulness, we miss out and wonder why our prayers go unanswered. 

“It’s only a small step from the word ‘being’ to the experience of ‘being’.”
-Eckhart Tolle

Sometimes when we are stuck in our own chaos unable to see through the trees, we a given a glimpse of a forest with a clear vision through them guiding us to shift perspective a bit. 

“When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves.”
– Jack Kornfield

Sometimes we stumble upon what was originally erected as a memorial and suddenly you see it from a different perspective as a very sacred spiritual mandala heightening the sensations of our mindfulness journey throughout the morning. 


“Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

Then suddenly after the amazing profound spiritual experience at the Circle, the chatty birds, the invigorating ocean breezes, and the nearby crashing waves begin to take over our awareness.
We slowly walked to this area. A stop we must and again to just BE taking in the wild flowers, grasses, trees, rocks, nearby islands, and the crashing ocean waves.
Also, noticing we were on a trail classified as a “healthy trail”
Listening and just BE-ing in nature using mindfulness techniques revealed much pleasing ripples and vibrations in our core. Thanks to the assistance of Mother Naure. Buddhists call this anicca or “impermanence.”
We continue to move forward in our morning of mindfulness walking with no thought in mind except forward letting nature be our guide. 

At one point no realizing where we were as we got pretty deep into today’s practice but quickly regained our sense of location and carried on.  
We were greeted with more flowers along the path outreached as if they were arms just waiting for us to take notice.

“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.”
– Jon Kabat-Zinn


These blue star shaped flowers are everywhere here. So simple yet so intricate. We found this flower to be exceptionally healing for us.  

It was quite easy for us to get lost in a timeless warp of presence surrounded by simple miracles of life. 

Today’s journey was magical and the rains early on amplified today’s experiences.

There are days where mindfulness training and experiences come easy and other days where more awareness to surrendering to awareness is needed. 

Today, our ability to remain present in full embodiment of mindfulness easily flowed like the recent rains running off the branches and onto the grounds either soaking into the ground or running like a river downstream.

We soaked in all that was and grateful for all that is.
Mourning dove as we prepared to conclude for the day
Finally, as we approached the conclusion of our Morning, we were greeted with a mourning dove. As soon as we acknowledged the presence and honored the gift, the mourning dove flew away.
(This we were able to capture during our morning since we were concluding for the day)

Mourning dove once acknowledged,  she flew off. 
I hope you enjoyed this brief pictorial of our experience this morning.

“Life is fragile, like the dew hanging delicately on the grass, crystal drops that will be carried away on the first morning breeze.” 
– Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Remember, learning mindfulness does not mean to you have to quit something. It just means you find ways to incorporate mindfulness based practices into your daily life and routines like mindful driving or mindful eating or mindful cleaning or mindful breathing.  The list of applications can go on and on.
Each week we will investigate a new way to incorporate mindfulness into our daily lives that you can take with you.
If you would like to join us, please visit our website at www.laurahealingwithspirit.com for complete list of dates as this is seasonal and still in its pilot phase.

With love and appreciation, 
Laura