March 15th, 2015
The sun was shining, the trees were swaying with a gentle breeze, and the birds were singing their hearts out. What a beautiful beginning to a fabulous day. Each one of us on the Arise & Be team were beyond excited to meet each of the women who signed up for our ‘live your journey’ retreat. Our hearts are so connected with what we get to offer, and we couldn’t wait to meet the beautiful souls who bravely stepped out of their comfort zone to spend the day with us. A day, not only relaxing, but a day filled with growth and vulnerability, intentionality and purpose.
We learnt all about honoring the whole self. We got to listen to Heather talk about intuition and Left and Right brained activities. We created masterpieces with oil pastels (use that right side of the brain, ladies!), discovered new terms like: space within and space between. We explored the words: Clarity, Kindness, Confidence, Growth, Receptivity, Vulnerability, Faith and Abundance…. and then used those words to create our ‘Life Map Cards’ for our journey. Deep conversations, sharing in our groups, beautiful questions being asked. Playing with putty as Heather read us a story. One of my favorite things was seeing all the blankets spread out under the trees as we all took time to rest after lunch. Oh, what a glorious day.
Thank you Michelle F, Shelley S, Rebecca, Shelley W, Cristal, Paige, Marjorie, Erika, Raley, Jennifer, Darlene, Amy, Jill, Jaime, Kacee, Michelle H, Lexi, Lisa W, Liana and Lisa H.
Each one of you inspired us. We are so FOR you and we can’t wait to see each of you soar.
Live deeply and with freedom, dear friends.
One of the core values of Arise&Be is “living fully: mind, body, heart and spirit.” In order to live a full life, we need to be intentional about something that is a struggle for many women, SELF CARE. So this week, we’re thrilled to have guest blogger, Tami Hackbarth, share her thoughts on why self care is essential
Over the years I have worked as both a massage therapist, and as a chaplain. Can I just say: I love my jobs!!! Both fields are so sacred and fill my heart with a deep sense of purpose.
Massage focuses more on the physical body. The releasing of tension in the muscles. But I have come to understand how intrinsically connected the physical body and the heart are. How the mind and spirit are also involved. As my clients open up and share their stories, their struggles and their pain, something shifts in their body. Their muscles slowly begin to release and let go. Its a process. A beautiful process and it involves every part of who they are. With a little help from my fingers, they leave with less pain and more freedom to go about their everyday living.
In my chaplaincy work, I am honored to support people in very vulnerable moments of their lives. Some days its when a new baby is born into the world. Other days its through grief support. Sometimes decisions need to be made. Hard decisions. Heartbreaking decisions. My work is all about providing a safe place for people to express their pain or fears… their thoughts or expectations. They get to talk. I get to listen & hold their hand. In those sacred moments I am once again reminded of the fact that the heart, mind, body and spirit all play a part in the journey they are on. Whether they are aware of it or not, all four quotients are involved.
This is what I have come to understand through my work: To LIVE FULLY means to focus on all four aspects of what makes the WHOLE person. The emotional, mental, physical and spiritual aspects. Its being intentional about caring for each of those parts that make up the whole.
My friends often ask me: Are you well? They are not just asking about my physical body. They are asking something much deeper. Hows your heart? Hows your mind and spirit? Are you in a good place? They ask because they care about me as a whole. Not just about a part of me, but the WHOLE me!
So shouldn’t I be intentional about nurturing the whole me? Life is to short to live any other way but FULLY! Living fully means living to the deepest extent possible. Living with my whole soul. Honoring my mind, my heart, my body and my spirit. Growing those areas in my life.
Today I invite you to join me in doing something for the neglected part of your whole self. What makes your heart sing? What engages your mind? How do you care for your body? What inspires you?Find something on this list, or create your own list.
Talk a walk at sunset.
Do something you love.
Read an inspirational book.
Do a crossword puzzle.
Have coffee with a friend.
Pet your dog.
Listen to a Ted Talk.
Create something artistic.
Read the comics.
Call someone that makes you laugh.
Listen to music.
Its the little things. Those intentional moments when we take time to fill our hearts, be kind to our bodies, grow our minds, and feed our spirits that will begin to transform everyday living into extraordinary living.