|My "Balance" ecoBowl|
I spent two weekends in August in New England working on ideas related to energy healing. First was a series of workshops led by Dr. Miriam Wolf in Putney, Vermont. Two days of learning and working on healing techniques on many levels - it was eye-opening, challenging, very positive, and centering. After that great experience, the next weekend, the whole family (it was our anniversary too!) traveled to Exeter, New Hampshire for a little R&R and for me to work with Hilary Crowley, to catch me up in my Reiki master level training.
Both these weekends got me thinking much more about balance and the need to reestablish balance in my life. I tend to go 110 miles an hour on everything, rather than balancing. So now I am going to start making a conscious effort toward more balance. That may mean letting go of some of my preconceived notions of how and when things need to get done, figuring out what it is important to focus on at any given time and what can wait. I am hoping that this new outlook will be liberating but it will definitely be work for me to let go of some of the old paradigms. I also have to recognize that it won't happen overnight - it will take time to recalibrate and, in a first step in that direction, I recognize that this is okay.
While in New Hampshire, we stayed at the lovely Exeter Inn - our stay was terrific, the only downside was that our shower, while beautiful, was not designed for tall people (the building is older and space constraints dictated what they could do). While I worked with Hilary, the boys explored Exeter and then we met up to check out Portsmouth, New Hampshire - which was completely charming. While there, I happened upon a great shop that had opened up only days earlier called Presence of Nature. This shop sells beeswax bowls (ecoBowls), the creation of which helps beekeepers (who sell their scrap beeswax to create the bowls). You use the bowl as a vessel into which you can place all sorts of materials, including air plants, to create a very personal environment (you can buy pre-made versions or create your own with their huge selection of items). The shop's (and website's) tag line is "No matter what you choose, it's right." You cannot make a mistake - I love that! When I walked in one of the first things I saw was a small flat stone with the word "Balance" engraved on it - there's a message for you! I used that as a centerpiece to create my own bowl, which is now in our dining room (see the photo above).
Both weekends inspired me to continue to learn more about different energy healing modalities and to challenge myself to open up my mind to new ways of thinking. One thing I am now very excited to learn more about is Matrix Energetics, a powerful healing modality developed by Richard Bartlett, DC. But there are so many other things to learn about as well. Dr. Wolf introduced me to some amazing books a variety of aspects of energy medicine that I cannot wait to dig into. Of course, I have to balance all this new learning with the rest of my life!