The pain of Fall

Wow! I can’t believe Summer went by so fast and Fall is approaching so quickly!! The leaves are turning, the animals preparing for Winter, we have had our first frost warning out here on the acreage and last night we had a beautiful fire to warm up the house.

I have a love hate relationship with Fall. I love the beauty that unfolds before me; I love the harvest of all the organic veggies from our garden; I love the coziness of warmer clothes; I love Pumpkin Spice Lattes; I love soup;  I love the opportunity to withdraw a bit to read a book, do some personal development or watch a movie under the blanket with a cup of tea; There are so many things I love and am grateful for them all!

The one thing I dislike a lot, is the cooler weather and the pressure changes that makes my body hurt so bad; My Fibromyalgia always act up as the days begin to cool off and the knowing that Winter comes after Fall creates a shift in me that wants to hide under my heated blanket and wait it out until Spring. But that is not practical nor a positive action and I don’t think Don would appreciate it at all. I have to remind myself that I am a Fibro Warrior and I have many ways to support my body, mind and soul to support me through the dark, cold days. I have learned to embrace my limitations and shift my focus to positive thinking instead. I have figured out how to effectively grow my heart centred business by being there and supporting others to the best of my ability, while still practicing deep self care and self love.

This, however, is a work in progress as it is so easy to beat ourselves up, or to listen to other peoples words of how their bodies hurt more than mine (really…how can pain be compared?? It is so relative to the person experiencing it!!!), so I should be able to do what they do and more. This breaks my heart and chips away at my mental health which I work so hard at maintaining. (Depression in chronic pain suffers is extremely high.) Pain comparison is bullshit! It makes me so angry when people do it. Pain is so personal, and when we compare pain, someone is not being heard, seen or loved for their experience. Just because one pain is different from another pain, doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt. We may not be able to feel each others pain, but we can offer our help, support, compassion and empathy. My goal is that all Fibro Warriors, other Chronic Pain suffers and anyone experiencing pain of any kind find ways to practice self care and build up the mental muscles to not take on other people’s opinions. If you are someone who needs any kind of support, please reach out! You are not alone, you are loved and I am here to help you! ❤️

Over the next 2 months, I have stacked my schedule with a variety of classes, workshops and retreats to support your journey on the physical, mental and emotional levels. I hope you can take advantage of some of the offerings. You are so important to your family, friends and to the world! You deserve to be happy, loved, supported and living your best life. If I can support you in any way, please let me know!

Have a happy and blessed September!

Love & Light
Michelle

The Alchemist: Book Review

Photo Credits to Tonya & Shauna at YFT

Photo Credits to Tonya & Shauna at YFT

I was asked to write a book review for the Yoga For Today newsletter. The last book I actually finished ( I usually have 2 or 3 on the go) was The Alchemist. Rarely does a book take me on such a journey that I actually shift things in my own life because of it. Now don’t get me wrong, if I could have a flying broom, be able to flick a wand and be magical or have a Warewolf or Vampire as a friend, I certainly would…who wouldn’t…right?

So without further ado, here is my brief review as posted in the newslette:

Santiago, the Shepherd Boy, embarks on a treasure hunt that takes him from the hillsides of Spain to a port in Africa, then into the desert towards the great pyramids of Egypt. Who he meets along the way and what he learns will change his life forever.

What began as a dream and was encouraged by a gypsy woman and a king, turned into an epic adventure for young Santiago. Leaving everything he knew behind, he takes a giant leap of faith and goes where no one in his family has gone before…in search of a treasure that he is not even sure exists. He experiences setbacks, one by the hands of a thief that gets away with everything he owns, but he also gains knowledge and self respect as he learns new skills and grows into someone he can be very proud of. The characters he meets, especially the Alchemist, give him wisdom and the guidance he needs to keep moving forward to succeed. He receives countless lifelong lessons, that readers can also learn from, and soon he discovers that by listening to his heart, following his dreams and not giving up, the treasure he seeks is closer than he ever imagined.

imageThis novel puts into words the journey many of us go on as we dive deep into our soul to the quest of self discovery and awareness. We all have a treasure we seek and by observing Santiago’s strength and courage, it may invoke a new passion to continue to dig deep within ourselves.

Happy reading and let me know what you think!
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Love &Light
Michelle

Inner Fire Luminary

imageI am very excited to announce that I have been welcomed into the Inner Fire Luminary Program! Inner Fire is a Canadian Company that creates lifestyle clothing that fosters connection and honors Mother Earth. Their core values are: Respect for the planet, Nurturing of global community, helping one find their inner passion and promoting peace through positivity, laughter and mindfulness…the same values I hold dear! Visit their website at http://www.myinnerfire.com and use my personal 15% discount code (michelled) should you decide to make a purchase. Let’s support these companies who are making a difference!