12 Ways I Use Flower Essences

Aromatherapists and herbalists use essential oils, herbs and flower essences. I’m a trained aromatherapist, but I have allergies, so I use flower essences instead of essential oils, which are quite potent. I am also very sensitive to energy modalities, so I respond to the emotional energy of flower essences.

Flower essences are subtle liquid extracts of wildflowers or organic garden flowers, diluted in water and infused in the sun. The extreme dilution produces a vibrational essence that carries the imprint of the flower or plant. The extremely diluted flower water is preserved in brandy.

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Mindbody Pregnancy and Postpartum Care

Pregnancy and birth are major adult transitions filled with joy, but the transition to parenthood can also bring up feelings of insecurity, sadness or fear as you and your partner move into this different phase of self-identity. Parenting an infant is difficult, but if one of you had a complicated early family life, parenting is like navigating rough waters, as flashbacks to unpleasant scenes from childhood intrude upon present reality.

If you’ve experienced a previous depression or anxiety or trauma or went through infertility treatments, have a baby in the NICU, or experienced childhood abuse, you have a higher risk that the physical and emotional changes of childbirth could bring on recurrent symptoms. Because of the hormonal fluctuations experienced at childbirth, 85% of all women experience the baby blues, which is a sadness after childbirth that resolves itself in about 2 weeks.

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Stop wasting vacation days! Vacation is good for self-care and mental health!

 

Billions of dollars in benefits are wasted every year as employees work through paid holidays and swap vacation days for a few more hours at the office. No wonder American workers say they’re stressed out and burnt out. But if work is so tiring and employers are offering a paid break, why is fewer than half the workforce taking advantage of it?

 

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Mindfulness, motherhood, everyday life

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As a practitioner of holistic, or mindbody, psychology, I use an integrative approach to healing.  Integrative means taking the best parts of evidence-based, “traditional” talk therapy and blending it with mindbody (now evidence-based as well!) complementary therapies.

Mindfulness is an intervention that is now so very widely used in mainstream holistic psychology, we all pretty much have at least heard of it or read an article about it. Mindfulness can be viewed as a tool that helps manage stress and helps you live a more peaceful life. Some people love it so much they adopt mindfulness as a way of life….

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Wordless Wednesday – Wildlife break!

An interview with Kathy Morelli

Robin Blakely

Robin Blakely is the co-director of The Creative Center of America, where the scope of work encompasses securing and managing promotional placements at print, broadcast, and live venues that have included: ABC, NBC, CBS, HGTV, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, The National Baseball Hall of Fame, Esalen Institute, Omega Institute, The Golden Door Spa, The Hollywood Reporter, ABC World News, Vanity Fair, and more.

Kathy’s interview with Robin follows.

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Line A Day – Journal and Record Memories with Convenient App!

When we hear the word “journal,” the first thing that often comes to mind is “time consuming” or “habit.”  In many cases, we associate the term “habit” with something negative, however, when it comes to journaling, it is a positive habit that we should all adopt.  Unfortunately, although there are many benefits to journaling, very few people take the time to sit down for just a few minutes every day and reflect on their day.  This is because they think it takes too much time, it is hard to get into the habit of doing so, or because they think it is hard to keep all of their memories in one place.  That is where Line A Day comes in.

Created by a University of Maryland student, Line A Day is a journal-like mobile app with group sharing and media features.  With Line A Day, you have the ability to remember anything and everything from your day in a simple and user-friendly application.  Whether it is a highlight, a memorable quote, a deep thought, a line from a story, or really anything, this unique app enables you to remember and capture that moment.  The best part is that by using the app for only a few minutes a day, your memories will last forever.  With Line A Day, there are endless possibilities.  Each day, users have the ability to capture the moment and reflect on their thoughts and feelings by adding text, pictures, voice recordings and saving a location.  Users even have the opportunity to keep their entries private to themselves, or they can choose to share them in small groups of family and friends.

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5 Delicious Vegan Sources of Protein

For you to be considered healthy, you have to eat 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram of your body weight. Bodybuilders and athletes, on the other hand, require around 2 grams of protein for every kilogram of their body weight. But in the case of vegetarians, they usually have trouble in getting the suggested protein amount that the body needs. Although there are a lot of good substitutes for meat available on the market right now, many of them are highly process, with some containing harmful ingredients. The best protein rich foods for vegetarians are those that are either unprocessed or minimally processed. Protein plays a crucial role in supporting your body for it to function properly. It also stimulates red blood cells productions and promotes the repair and growth of body tissue.

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DBT: Wise Mind -Walk the Middle Way

Cultivate Wise Mind

which is another important DBT foundational skill.

The last post was about the DBT foundational skill of Radical Acceptance, a concept borrowed from Buddhist philosophy and develop to use as a tool in modern psychology to help tolerate the ups and downs of life.

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Wordless Wednesday – Cute Dog Break

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Poodles – Dolly and Sammy

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