Putting Down Roots

Putting Down Roots


A few weeks ago, before the rains, I had a gardening bonanza! I never thought of myself as much of a green thumb. In fact I still don’t, but since my pre-school years, I’ve always loved seeing the first peek of green peering up from the soil and tendril upward into the world.

I’ve long graduated from Dixie cups and sunflower seeds and now have a 4×4 veggie garden patch. It’s not much, but something which fits perfectly into the sun-soaked spot just beneath our kitchen window. This year I planted two 6-packs of rainbow chard of which the jackrabbits have made their personal salad bar (note to self: chicken wire ASAP). Still standing are the zucchini, squash, japanese eggplant, jalapenos, red cabbage, dino kale and a trailblazing effort of asparagus. Every morning I go outside to coo over them like they’re all my little babies. My 9yo daughter and my cat, Pablo stare out the window at me like I’ve lost my mind.

In Ayurveda, spring is Vata (air/wind) season. It’s the Mover & Shaker of all seasons. It’s the season for birthing new ideas, meeting new people, taking action on those new year intentions. With it can come unexplained feelings of overwhelm, anxiety, irritability.That 3rd chakra, the energy center of our will and moving forward in the world, gets super activated and if we’re not careful can completely quake our foundation.

Getting grounded: Just like that little pea shoot is striving to break through the soil, it also needs to be rooted in order to survive. It’s important to practice grounding this time of year in order for us to move from a true place, rather than falling over ourselves to get to the next project. Think about that picture for a moment…we end up getting in our own way!

Being in nature, getting my hands in dirt, cultivating and nurturing seedlings into the earth, planting a stack of clay pots with jasmine, lavender, hydrangeas and herbs…this grounds me. After working in the ethereal realms of Reiki, kneeling and bringing my focus downward to soil is something my body craves.

So if you’re feeling unmoored in this early bit of spring, we can get you grounded. And be sure to back it up with getting your feet and hands on a patch of mother earth.


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Relief for the Common Cold: 8-Tip Survival Guide


At midnight New Year’s Eve, the Balinese sky around us was lit to indigo from twinkling palm trees and candle-lit luminaries. We wore the balmy air like a second skin along with our sarongs as Kruder & Dorfmeister resurrected Bob Marley in their downtempo beats. The music slowed to take a break from dancing on the beach to raise our glasses and ring in 2014.

That’s how I celebrated 2014 in my ‘happy place’… Continue reading Relief for the Common Cold: 8-Tip Survival Guide

Holiday Stress: The 4 Ways We Feel Depleted


If Flatline were a pro-wrestling term, it would be what happens when the stressors of life throw us against the ropes, ‘clothesline’ us and drop us to the ground as we bottom out in our physical, emotional, mental and even spiritual energy. As mentioned in last week’s post, How to Rebound from Holiday Flatline, I use the term ‘Flatline’ to describe the state of utter depletion. This week’s post offers two parts. Part One describes the 4 Ways We Feel Depleted, particularly during the holidays. Part Two offers a 7-Step Prevention Guide to prevent holiday depletion.

Emotional Flatline:
Emotional Flatline occurs when we feel overrun by the stressors in our lives. It compromises the parasympathetic nervous system which aids the body to rest amongst our constant regulation of ‘fight or flight’ responses. We become more irritable, frustrated and anxious.  We’re more reactive to our stressors, meaning that situations which normally wouldn’t get under our skin, suddenly trigger us and we act without rationally thinking of more appropriate ways to respond. This is called being more reactive than responsive. In Emotional Flatline there’s more opportunity for depression if we don’t find outlets for emotional release. As these emotional states take hold, our healthier habits fall prey to the unhealthy. Our sleep becomes fitful, we eat comfort foods full of fat and sugar and we begin to crave depressants and stimulants to decompress our nervous system or boost our moods. Continue reading Holiday Stress: The 4 Ways We Feel Depleted