Two Roads Diverged In A Wood. . .

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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
~Robert Frost~

I have lived in the Twin Cities for the past 30 odd years.  In a few days I will be moving to Ashland, WI which is on the southern most shore of Lake Superior.  I will go from living alone for the last 3 years to having housemates, from big city to small town, from sirens blaring all hours of the night and day to relative silence.  I’ve been thinking a lot about what changes I want to make in my life once I move.  There are some practical things I know I want to accomplish like getting my debts paid and being in nature more.  But there will be other changes that will occur much more organically.

As I said, I will be living with other people. These wonderful visionaries truly want to make the world a better place.  Living with people is a bit frightening for an introverted sensitive soul like me.  It means playing well with others and not hiding in my cave as I am want to do.  At the same time it is incredibly exciting.  I know without a shadow of a doubt that I will be forced to grow.  It is hard to have mirrors when you live alone.  We can only truly see ourselves by our reflections.  These beautiful souls that I will be living and working with will be my mirrors.  This is an opportunity, albeit a scary one, to see myself in new light.  When you live alone you get used to the mirror being foggy.  It is easy to disregard what you see as imagination.  There will be no more escaping myself as I will be with people every day.

Most of all, I want my heart to heal.  It has been broken for a very long time now.  I recently sent out a newsletter informing my friends and clients of my move.  The response I’ve received has been incredible.  So many of you have expressed how happy you are for me and how it feels like this move is the “right” thing for me to do.  I’ve had several people even mention the sadness they’ve seen me carrying.  I thought I was hiding it better. . . see what I mean about the mirror being foggy?

I also sense a slowing down of my entire being once I get settled in my new home.  I am the master of the “busy”.  Every thing I do is quick.  I rush doing the dishes, brushing my teeth, eating, walking, etc.  You get the idea.  Being busy and rushing to and fro is how I have traditionally dealt with anxiety.

This anxiety has increased tremendously over the past two years.  It is partly due to my precarious financial situation, partly due to living right in the center of a busy city and being energetically sensitive, and partly due to not getting out into nature as much as I had in the past.  Nature has always been the balm that heals me body, mind and soul.  And, to be moving next to one the greatest lakes in the world will feed me in so many ways.

I intend to find my light again.  It has dimmed with the grief that I have let consume me this past year.  I saw a glimmer of that light co-teaching  a Body & Soul Art Workshop this past weekend.   My friend Elizabeth and I combined art & yoga for a whole day workshop.  It was truly fantastic.  Two of my great passions combined in one day.  It reminded me that it is possible that your work can also be your play.

All in all, I am looking on this move as a grand adventure and as an opportunity to heal in ways I hadn’t allow myself before.  I plan on sharing my new adventure here on this blog.  I know it will be extraordinary.   And, I will be returning to the Cities regularly to teach workshops and see private clients.  Stay tuned!

How Decording Can Help You Let Go

letting-go-1Has a relationship ended yet you are still haunted by it?

Do you have thoughts that don’t feel like they belong to you?

Has a friendship outlasted its time but you don’t know how to gracefully let go?

Do you fall into the same roles in your family dynamics over and over again no matter how old you are and how much you’ve grown?

These are symptoms of negative energetic attachments (cords).

I first heard about decording when I was in my twenties.  I was stuck on a guy who wasn’t stuck on me.  You could say I was obsessed with this man.  I knew intuitively that traditional therapy wasn’t the route I was supposed to take.  I went to a psychic instead.  This wonderful woman taught me the process of decording.  Once I decorded from this man I was not bothered with the obsession again.

It was during the decording process that my psychic gifts appeared.  They were buried deep within myself waiting for an opportunity to come forth.  Decording is what awakened them.  Not everyone will have a dramatic response like I did.  You may feel a sense of freedom and relief after you decord though.

Each of us connects with one another on an energetic basis every time we interact.  When we smile at someone on the street we energetically connect.  Those connections are loving and do not affect us in a negative way.

When we are in deeper relationships those connections (cords) become stronger.  When the relationship dissolves those connections can stay intact and then start to drain us, energetically and physically.  Sometimes the relationship is with a child who keeps taking and taking.  You may not want to end the relationship but you may want to change how you relate to one another.  Decording can help you do that.

Benefits of Decording:

  • find relief from haunting thoughts
  • reclaim you sense of self
  • re-establish healthy energetic boundaries with the people in your life

Please consider coming to Della’s Decording Workshop on Sunday, April 30th.  Email me at della@innerpeacemovementstudio.com to register.  I have one on one decording sessions and telephone sessions available as well.  Find out more here.

For a full picture of Della’s healing services visit her website at www.innerpeacemovementstudio.com

I am Woman

I wrote this a few years ago. . .

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Scan 17I stand
on my feet
grounded

centered
in my be-ing

Gathering Strength
and Breath
and Life
in my
breast

Heart beating
with wild
abandon

Never forsaking
myself
for another

Never forgetting
I am Woman

About this painting:  I am currently using acrylics on canvas to explore the chakra system through my painting.  This painting reflects our first chakra.  I’ve entitled it “standing in her power”.  Please email me at della@innerpeacemovementstudio.com if you are interested in purchasing the original painting for yourself.  To find out more about my services please visit me here.

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Kale Salad

photo-11 – bunch Kale
2 – shallots
1/4 c. – pumpkin seeds
1 tbs. – honey & ginger salad girl salad dressing
1/4 c. – golden raisins
Braggs Aminos (an use coconut aminos for paleo)

Chop kale into bite sized pieces.  Massage 1 tablespoon honey & ginger dressing into the kale and let sit.  While the kale is resting chop shallots and sautee in a bit of olive oil.  Once the shallots are caramelized add pumpkin seeds to the pan.  Let the seeds brown.  Add some Braggs Aminos to taste.  Add the shallot and seed mix to the kale.  Stir in raisins.  Serve.

My favorite past time is creating new recipes.  My other talents include intuitive readings, hands on healing and hypnosis for health and wealth.  You can find out more about me here.

Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie

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photo by Della

When I was a kid I loved orange flavored Creamsicles.  As an adult I still like the flavors of my childhood but want to add the benefit of health and wellness to the equation.  As a single person I am fond of the cuties oranges.  Unfortunately, I can not eat a whole bag by myself.  I came up with this smoothie recipe to help use up my Cuties before they go bad.

Another way to salvage your Cuties is to peel them and throw them into the freezer to make into smoothies later.

Ingredients:

3 cuties or 1 small orange
1/2 frozen banana
1 serving protein powder of choice
a few drops of orange or tangerine essential oil (I used 7)
handful of greens of choice
1/2 avocado
milk (I used cashew milk)
vanilla stevia to taste

Find out more about Della here.

 

Bear Medicine

This morning while meditating I had a vision.  This is what I saw.

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Out of the mist,
she came for me
this lumbering beast
the giant she-bear,
Ursa

on her back
I rode
up to her home
of Ursa Minor
where the
star elders
live

they whispered
love into my heart
and healed me
body
mind
and
soul

awakened in me
was the
memory of
why I was put
here so long ago. . .

to help others
find their
hearts
so they
can be made
whole

The rest of the day was spent in quiet contemplation . . . like a bear in a cave.  To find out more about Della and her services click here.

Eat More Veggies With These Simple Life Hacks

salad-bowlFor as long as I can remember I have tried to get more vegetables into my diet but I just hadn’t been able to. . . until recently that is.  By adding a few simple steps into my routine 75% of the food I eat per day is now vegetables.

The only way I could achieve this ratio is by making eating vegetables as simple as possible.

I cheat.  A lot.  Try these basic ideas to see if they work for you:

  • Chop all the veggies you’ll need for the week at one time.  That way when it comes to tossing a salad or sauteing for veggie hash you are already done.  There are many veggies I don’t peel just wash really well like carrots.  All the good for you minerals are in the peel.  Don’t believe me?  Google it!
  • If you don’t like to chop (like me) buy the already chopped veggies at your grocery store.  They cost a a bit more but is worth it to me as I find myself eating more veggies this way.  The thought of having to chop vegetables will keep me from eating them.  Nuf said!
  • Vegetable hash is my go to side or main dish for almost every meal.  I make this by sauteing some onions or shallots then adding what ever veggies I want.  I’ll add some garlic and ginger and Bragg’s Aminos to taste.  I will then throw this over some greens with some dressing.  I add a protein on top and I’ve got a complete meal in a bowl (see photo).  Sometimes I’ll add some gluten free noodles or quinoa into the mix too.
  • Juicing:  Chopping your veggies and cleaning your juicer every day is a pain. in. the. you guessed it!  What I do to reduce chopping and cleaning is I make a big batch of juice that will last me a couple of days.  The nay sayers will tell you that by not drinking your juice right away it will lose some of its nutrient value.  Though this is true I say better some day old juice than no juice at all.
  • Roasted veggies:  One of my favorite foods is roasted veggies.  I buy bags of frozen sweet potatoes and roast them in a 425 degree preheated oven, toss in olive oil and add some smoked salt.  Roast for about 30 minutes and you have a delicious side veggie or toss them on to a salad.  I have also added roasted veggies to stews and it is delish!

I hope you find these ideas helpful.  To find out more about me click here.

Raspberry Chia Pudding w/Cashew Cream

raspberry-chia-puddingRaspberry Chia Pudding
Ingredients:

1 bag frozen raspberries
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup of water

Directions:

Place ingredients in a sauce pan and heat on low until raspberries are soft and stew like.  Transfer to glass container and refrigerate.

Cashew Cream
Ingredients:

1 cup raw cashews (soaked 4 hours*)
1 tsp vanilla
maple syrup to taste
nut or seed milk of choice

Directions:

*Soak the cashews for a minimum of 4 hours.  Be patient as this is an important step.  If you jump the gun and blend them before 4 hours your cashew cream will turn out grainy.  Place ingredients in blender and slowly begin adding nut milk until you get to a smooth and creamy consistency.  Feel free to use stevia in place of maple syrup.  I have done both in the past and either is yummy.  More vanilla is also an option.  Refrigerate after blending.

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Easy Peasy Stir Fry

image-1Hello My Darlings!

Here is one of my go to recipes when I just don’t want to chop veggies.

Ingredients:

1 tbs. olive oil
1-2 sliced shallots
1/8 tsp chopped garlic (I used the frozen kind)
basil to taste (I used the frozen kind)
1/2 bag of pre-packaged rainbow salad
Bragg’s Amino Acids to taste

Sautee the shallots in the olive oil.  When the shallots become translucent add in the other ingredients.  Sautee until al dente.  This makes an easy side dish (see photo) or add riced cauliflower or regular rice for a delicious stir fry.  Enjoy!

The First Snow

mouse-trail-1The first snow
lies heavy
on the earth

silencing . . .
everything

illuminating
paths
once
hidden

deer
squirrel
rabbits
and
mice

those tiny
trails lead
back to
homes
buried
deep. . .

I will not
bother
you this
day

I simply
acknowledge
your presence
within the forest
of my heart