The Tao Te Ching written by Lao Tsu is over 2,500 years old. It’s wisdom speaks through the centuries to us today. Enjoy the rest of your weekend but keep in mind Number 9 of Lao Tsu’s essential Tao. “Better stop short than fill to the brim. Over sharpen the blade, and the edge will soon blunt. Amass a store of gold and jade, and no one can protect it. Claim wealth and titles and disaster will follow. Retire when the work is done. That is the way to heaven.”

The next meditation is the “Scudder Technique.” This is one to begin your work week with. Practice before Monday and it will allow you to de-stress when your normal pressures are back in full swing.

Scudder Technique- This technique was first coined by Janet Menken, the founder of Healing Touch. It is a gentle technique that can be done on oneself or another. It can reduce stress and promote relaxation.
1. Brush both your hands across your head three times, visualizing you are pulling off troubling or stressful thoughts.
2. Next, brush across your forehead three times
3. Let your hands come down your face then reach around to your shoulders. Rub your shoulders and your neck.
4. Rake your fingers up the back of your head and visualize pulling out negative energy. Repeat 2 more times
5. Take both hands and bring them down the center of your body beginning at your heart, down to your lap and upward off of you. Repeat 2 more times. Let your hands rest at your heart and breathe in.
6. 6. Take the right hand and start at the left shoulder, moving down to the elbow and then to the hands. Give yourself a hand massage. Repeat 2 more times.
7. Take the left hand and repeat the same movement, massaging your right hand. Repeat 2 more times
8. Put both the right hand and the left hand on the left hip and let the right hand move down the front of your leg as the left hand moves down the back left leg.
9. Give yourself a short foot massge. Repeat twice
10. Change legs and hands. Left hand moves down the front of the right leg, right hand moves down the back. Massage the right foot.
11. Breathe, close your eyes and check in with yourself.

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Happy New Year! In letting go of the mind we begin the path of becoming. For those of you who have never had any success with meditation, I hope you will give this practice another chance. Fifteen minutes of your day is all that is required. These gentle tools and exercises can help you find the inner peace you’ve been searching for. To begin decide on a time and a place you can commit to as your practice. A journal is a handy tool for you to watch your progress, note your insights, and discover new ways of seeing yourself.

The easiest way to be still is to sit in a comfortable chair with your feet flat on the floor. Barefoot is best so you can feel the subtle sensations in your feet. Check in with yourself. Note any aches and pains and your emotional state. Let your shoulders relax and place your hands gently on your thighs. When you are ready, exhale, and as you exhale let the sound “Huh” push the breath from your lungs until you expel as much air as you can.

As you take in your next breath, rest your hands on your lower abdomen and breathe, feeling the air moving through your nostrils. Expand the front of your lungs, hold your breath for a few seconds, and then exhale using the sound “Huh”. Take in another breath, bring your attention to the back of your lungs, purposely filling them with air as well as the front of your lungs. Hold your breath again for a second or two and exhale pursing your lips as if blowing up a balloon. In the third breath, breathe into your belly again, feeling the front of your lungs expand, the back of your lungs, and this time feel the sides of your lungs expand. Hold your breath for a few seconds and gently exhale letting the air be expelled through your mouth. Sit for a few moments and breathe normally. Circle your head to the right three times, and then to the left. Circle your shoulders back three times and then front three times. Sit for a few moments more. Note in your journal any differences in the way you feel. Namaste.

There is always great anticipation as we get closer to the new year. First there is revelry and then resolutions. Yet finding peace within is usually given the last seat at the table. I invite you to sit with me and meditate. I’ll provide the tools for you to discover how to de-stress and find inner peace using guided meditation, short texts from the writings of spiritual masters, sound healing, energy healing and guided movement. On Jan. 1st I’ll begin. In the meantime, find a place you would be comfortable sitting for at least 15 minutes. A comfortable chair or on the floor sitting on a cushion would be preferable. Block 15 minutes for your practice at the same time each day. If this is not possible then work out what is best for you. I would love your comments as we embark together on a more peaceful new year. Happy New Year!

The message of love, hope and peace are the true gifts of Christmas. As you move through the day dealing with loved ones who might be disagreeable, past situations still causing pain and suffering, know the Divine is always present. Breathe into the space of inner peace, open your heart to Love. Let your spirit soar with the hope for a better year, filled with balance, health and prosperity. L’Chaim! To Life!

I hope your Thanksgiving is nourished by peace and sustained by love.

You’ll never get indigestion from either one.

At the Yurt Garden not far from Huntsville, AL.

Remember to block out some time on Sunday Dec.6th from 1-4 for a relaxing experience at the Yurt Garden Open House.

Savor some hot spiced tea and a vegetarian ziti.

You could win a drawing for an HOUR of any of my services, plus honey and holiday gift certificates for sale.

Explore the grounds, walk the labyrinth, meditate in the Peace garden, rake the sand in the Japanese sand garden.

The Open House is perfect for actually taking some personal time to slow down before the holiday season gets in full swing.

I’ll be doing free 15 minute energy sessions for anyone who would like to experience my work (you will really like it).

Cheers!