How to enter the flow state of life

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At many times in my adult life, I have tried to live according to my own desires rather than what I had been taught by society or familiar patterns.

For example, when I graduated from college, I had every intention of owning my own business and freelancing, but without a mentor to help me, I was lost and baffled on how to sign clients, so I decided a steady full time job would suit me better.

There was the time I launched my jewelry business to crickets. There was the time I tried again to freelance when I moved to Seattle and again decided the ease of working full time at an organization would suit me better.

All of these decisions I made were influenced by my beliefs, values, and my emotional state. This is how we humans make decisions.

I believed that I was too young to have my own business; that I was not good with numbers; that there was a scarcity of opportunity.

I valued security, hard work, and predictability.

My emotional state was stressed out, anxious, and doubtful of my own abilities.

All of these conditions created the perfect environment within, for me to lay back and depend on something, an entity, a company, to pay me. To me, this was the safe thing to do.

However, I distinctly felt that I was not in flow or aligned in my life. My time and energy was being spent in ways that did not align with my deeper foundational values of connection, vitality, play and expression, community, and nature.

Instead of being in a state of self authorship and being conscious of what I was creating in my life, I was making decisions by default, on autopilot, based on beliefs, and values that were deeply ingrained in me, and by default emotional states that I went to in times of uncertainty.

What you can do to enter flow state

To enter the flow state and true alignment with our deep core values in our lives requires quite a bit of self reflection and courage. It requires self reflection so that we can see what we’re dealing with in terms of default states, default decision-making, and patterns. After the self reflection comes taking small steps to creating feedback loops that accelerate the process of our stepping into new patterns and therefore potential.

To approach repatterning your life in a passive way is futile. New learning is experiential, so the self reflection and creating new feedback loops requires active engagement. Here are some steps:

  1. Notice when you feel that you are in flow and alignment, and document those times.
  2. Examine your values, beliefs, and default emotional states so that you can make shifts that support expansion. Remember that small shifts can have a big impact on your experience.
  3. Notice when you are not in flow or alignment: this can look like resistance, judgements, doubts, fear, wounds, sabotage or limiting beliefs coming up. As you become more aware of these thoughts coming up, ask yourself, “Why am I having this thought?” so that you can understand yourself.
  4. Shift from using your mind to make decisions to asking for guidance from your guides and your intuition.
  5. Prioritize joy in your life.
  6. Shift your language and be careful to use generative language, excluding phrases like “I want” and “I hope”
  7. Recognize when you are a “fuck yes” to something versus a maybe or a no–in my experience this is felt as an overwhelming desire and can often be a somatic experience of excitement.
  8. Restore your personal power and take 100% responsibility for your life.

What it takes

Over time, I repatterned by values and beliefs, letting go of what does not align with my highest version of myself. Now I hold the beliefs that I have 100% responsibility for my experience, that I have all the tools I need, and that everything I want is available to me.

It took a lot of personal development and deep core commitment to growth to repattern what I have learned throughout my life–which has served me and kept me safe in various ways.

It took a major traditional rite of passage of sitting on the mountain for me to let go of life as I have been taught, and guidance and support from confidantes and mentors.

It has often been painful. The urge to go back to those default emotional states was often strong. Now it’s not.

What will become possible for you when you let go of society’s and familial patterns?

How to honor your moon cycle

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what are your period cramps telling you?
For me, recognizing moon time as sacred is an essential part of being a healthy woman. “Moon time” has this name because menstruation usually lines up with the new moon, and our bodies are heavily influenced by the phases of the moon.
I have suffered from cramps at the beginning of my moon for years, and finally I got the message that my body is signaling me to rest, slow down, and relax.
Here are some ways that I love to honor my cycle with moon time:
  1. I track my cycle and mark when each cycle is so that I can anticipate when it is coming, and to acknowledge, celebrate, and honor this time.
  2. I make sure I have what I need—diva cup, chocolate, and Healthy cycle tea.
  3. When I know it is coming, I start to go to sleep earlier and rest more. I take the escalator at the bus station instead of the stairs, sit whenever I get a chance, I don’t plan travel for that time of the month, and ease up on rigorous exercise. When I worked at an office, I would bring heating pad to work, and drink Healthy Cycle red raspberry leaf tea. I take my Cal-Mag vitamins. I don’t make plans after work—I go home and read or relax.
  4. A few days before moon time begins, I do a yoni steam with lavender, rose petals, red raspberry leaf, and chamomile.
When my moon comes, I make very good use of my heating pad, get cozy, and relax. I light ared candle to honor this time, drink tea, eat warm soups, and of course dark chocolate or cacao nibs (which have no sugar but still quell the craving). My favorite thing to do is lay with the heating pad on my lower back and put massage oil on my womb area.

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How to know it’s time to move to the next level of your career

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Right out of college, I worked at an amazing organization that I believed in deeply. I felt so aligned with my work there, truly feeling I was making a difference by being part of this wonderful organization. I felt an insatiable desire to learn everything about my work and the work of my colleagues, and I learned so many skills during those five years.

Unfortunately, I left with a sour taste in my mouth when the honeymoon ended. The work environment became toxic at the same time as the leadership announced a new project to help a huge company do something really bad for the environment. Not to mention, it was extremely unethical for the organization to take on this work because of its commitments and promises to donors.

Additionally, this was a secret project that employees were not to disclose to donors or to the public.

I recoiled when I heard this at a staff meeting, and for about five months after, I squirmed at meetings and at my desk. I felt nauseous. About three nights a week, I had nightmares that the building was burning down, or that there was conflict on my team. I literally couldn’t sleep at night. My body was telling me, this is not right.

This was so not my people, so not my place, and completely misaligned with my values and my mission on this earth. How could I be part of this? How could I stand by and let this happen?

I felt in my bones I could no longer be a part of this organization. I struggled for months trying to figure out what I would do next. All I knew was that I could not be there any longer. My integrity, my alignment, and my intuition were screaming at me to GTFO of there.

Of course I was scared. I had all kinds of stories about what would happen if I left my job without another one in place: I would not be able to pay my rent; I would have to move in with my parents back on the east coast; I would have to….and on and on and on.

And yet I did it anyway. Soon a new opportunity revealed itself. I turned away from my fear, I stood for my values, I took steps in a new direction, and I made a courageous choice which helped me evolve in my career and in my life adventure.

That experience taught me that sometimes when it is time to move on, life will give you a kick in the butt. In hindsight my career had become stagnant at that organization, and I wouldn’t have continued on a growth trajectory with my skills and development had I stayed there.

I needed a reason to leave, and life gave it to me.

Here are 6 ways to know it’s time to move to the next chapter of your career, or more broadly, your life:

  1. It is more and more challenging for you to reach the “flow state,” where you feel like you are aligned with your purpose and experience effortlessness.
  2. Your growth is stagnant; you aren’t learning.
  3. You are having nightmares about the situation.
  4. You perceive omens and signs that communicate it’s time to leave.
  5. You consistently feel uncomfortable and on-edge in the situation.
  6. You perceive that you are out of alignment with your values.

With self documentation, you can notice when these things are happening, note them, and look back to see how often life is trying to send you a message about your current state of being. Self documentation helps you recognize the pattern much sooner instead of going for months and months with a situation that isn’t serving you.

Sometimes life gives us even more harsh reasons to move on to the next phase; the next chapter. This can mean ending a friendship; a relationship; or a marriage. It can mean getting fired. An illness or death of a loved one. It can mean destruction or an accident. These disastrous endings will eventually morph into a new beginning, a new phase of life for us.

Have you ever had life give you a kick in the butt to make a change and move on?

A new view of jealousy

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how to reframe jealousy and envy

We can know that someone is jealous when someone is making fun of us, demeaning us, it seems like they are trying to bring us down a notch. That is often a sign of jealousy, or wanting something that someone else has.

We can look at it a few ways—it can be a negative thing, or we can look at it with compassion and see that this person may have some insecurities, or in some way is admiring us and wants what we have. When we feel jealousy within, it can indicate to us what our desire is.

In the video I talk about my own experience with this and a supportive way to view it.

For me jealousy comes up as admiration—”I really want what she has.” I’ll check her out from afar, observe how she’s showing up, and wait until I feel secure enough in myself to inquire or find out more about her. 

I love jealousy because it indicates where my desire is, and this is a powerful message, especially for those of us who don’t know what we want.

A lesson from the trees

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Linden

Have you ever noticed how happy the trees look in the spring time? For me it feels like the trees are reaching out, asking to be touched, greeted, they are saying hello, and blooming just for us.

When it’s winter we typically ignore the trees. They are dormant and hibernating, we are cold—maybe walking faster, just trying to get where we’re going and get out of the cold.

Trees are happy in the spring time because this is the time when we pay attention to them. They are giving us their gifts: flowers, berries, shade, aromas. In the spring time we are out and about, sniffing them, touching them, saying hi to them, and it makes them happy. 

Like trees, we are happiest when we’re being seen how we want to be seen and able to give our gifts in life.

Meaningful work that lets us use all of our gifts often lights us up because we feel seen in our talents and abilities. When we get recognition for our work or our gifts, it can often feel nourishing and relieving.

Like trees, how can we reach out more with our metaphorical flowers…saying hello and being noticed in our beauty?

We can show more of ourselves when we prioritize authentic self expression in the present moment. Authentic self expression looks like revealing our desires, our feelings in the moment, our delight, our sadness, our gifts.

Like a tree coming out of dormancy in the winter, blooming into the present moment, revealing the beauty within, and reaching out, extending a branch for connection with others.

How do you want to be seen?

Disconnect to Reconnect

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In the beginning of 2017, my man and I decided that every Sunday would be tech-free. It went great and felt amazing for a couple of months, and slowly it faded away for various reasons: two business owners being tech-free for a full day each week proved some challenges with communicating with our teams and our sometimes unruly schedules.

Some habits are hard to keep—for years, Sunday was the day I caught up with my parents. Still sometimes I miss a Sunday, but breaking that habit for this new tech-free habit left me feeling a bit guilty and partially not excited about the new tradition.

Instead we have started a new tradition which is a monthly camping trip starting this month. The camping trip lasts for three nights and we are able to disconnect from the internet, pitch a tent, and hang out on the earth in the sun for three days with all our food prepared as we connect with each other and with nature.

This is a way for us to slow down, get our circadian rhythms in line with the rhythms of nature, and it happens to be good medicine for adrenal fatigue to go to sleep with the sun and wake up with the sun and no alarm clock. This goes to show how very connected our bodies are to the rhythms of the earth.

This kind of habit seems very necessary in our speedy, technology-obsessed culture, where, for some, putting their bare feet on the earth is a rarity. Instead, how can we make it commonplace?

For me it looks like a daily grounding practice of prayer and connecting with Mother Earth. What does it look like for you?

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The best instagram accounts for wisdom keepers and light bringers

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Instagram is my favorite social media platform, by far. It provides me with inspiration, hope, information, news, and it also helps me stay in connection with my friends and colleagues. I curate my feed very thoughtfully. I wonder if you do this, too? I am not sure exactly what the criteria is, but it looks something like this: truth, softness, femininity, earth medicine.

An Instagram feed is a very personal thing—do you agree? I often wonder what it would be like to scroll through someone else’s Instagram feed.

If you’re thoughtful about how you curate, it probably shows what you care about, and how you want to consume media, and for me it reflects what groups I want to be part of and how I want to show up in the real world.

Here are some of my favorite people on Instagram for the information and inspiration they provide:

Indigenous Rising

Isabel_mariposa_galactica

GirlfriendManifesto

TheGaiaSchoolofHealingCA

TribedeMama

HonorTheEarth

DaughteroftheSun_

PixieLighthorse

My Little Yoni

BeZeroWasteGirl

FreshStartBotanials

HerbalAcademy

DoYouConsiderYourselfFeminist

GoodEarthNatural

BroadCity

Pachamama_Doula

LifeWithoutPlastic

Mindful_Mamas

BirthofaMama

AdinaMills

DoulaBliss

Who are your favorites?

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How to create a soul-aligned brand and business: A new look for The Rise Collective

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When I founded The Rise Collective three-ish years ago, it was a creation that hit me like a ton of bricks and insisted that it needed to be born right away. I didn’t know exactly what it was and struggled to write words on a page. I rushed through branding and slapped up my favorite colors and a heart to represent the frequency of love, 528 Hertz, the most harmonious vibration. I started writing and connecting with women.

Recently we rebranded in a much more thoughtful process in order to honor what we are truly about: Raising the vibration of the planet to 528 Hertz by honoring the cycles of the feminine body and the cycles of the earth.

It’s about creating a new paradigm of what it looks like to be a modern woman: A modern woman who is fully self-expressed, embodied, and connected with the power of her womb and the heartbeat of the earth.

This mood board helped me to identify what we are really about from a visual perspective.

Branding mood board

The logo is inspired by this beautiful image of Shakti, which has been in my consciousness for many moons. A dear sister, Heather Dakota A.K.A. MoonBear did a shamanic journey on my behalf a couple of years ago and told me that the triangle and circle shape came through as my symbol. It didn’t make sense until I realized that the rebrand was on the horizon.

There are so many meanings baked into this little icon. The flower shape represents the feminine and mother earth, the beauty and abundance she gives us every day. It also represents the Beauty Way of leaving beauty behind wherever we go in offerings to the earth and Spirit. The circle represents the hoops and cycles of life; The triangle represents both the earth element and the womb space; The heart needed to be included for high vibrations and healing energies;  Shakti is of course one of the most important goddesses in Hinduism. She is a divine cosmic energy (as we all are!) and she represents the feminine; she is responsible for creation and change (or destruction). She is the mother goddess of fertility, a fierce and strong warrior, and the dark goddess of destruction.

The earthy jewel tones and new color palette communicates the organic and natural connection with the earth.

It feels great to be more aligned with the visuals of the brand and we hope that you like it too.

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Celebrating the ancient Celts

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The Seer, From The Wildwood Tarot Deck

The ancient Celts of Ireland, Wales, and Scotland were pagan people of the earth. The ancient druids were well respected members of society—poet-priests and -priestesses who studied divination, magic, astrology, theology, nature, music, poetry…and much more. The Celts lived by the cycles of the seasons, the movement of the planets.

This explains why celtic poetry is full of the intensity of nature, the colors, feelings of warmth, wonder, and belonging. For example, the prayer “The Deer’s Cry” (Later renamed and known as “Saint Patrick’s Breastplate,” probably appropriated by the church):

I arise today

Through the strength of heaven, light of sun,

Radiance of moon,

Splendor of fire,

Speed of lightning,

Swiftness of wind,

Depth of sea,

Stability of earth,

Firmness of rock

There is a lot of controversy around Saint Patrick (understandably—he lived during the 5th century). It is said that he “drove out the snakes from Ireland”—some say this is a metaphor: Saint Patrick was a missionary who was sent to Ireland to drive out the pagans (who revered the dragon or serpent because it represents fertility, wisdom, and healing).

If all this is true, Saint Patrick’s Day is a lot like Columbus Day—a celebration of the oppressor driving indigenous people from their homeland and forcing them to convert to a “better” religion.

Of course, many people don’t actually know the history of Saint Patrick—the holiday is mostly a celebration of Irish heritage. So let’s celebrate our ancient ancestors, that our elder brothers and sisters may walk with us and help us remember the Old Ways. Let’s celebrate the strength of heaven, light of sun, radiance of moon, splendor of fire, speed of lightning, swiftness of wind, depth of sea, stability of earth, firmness of rock! Sláinte mhaith!

Life without plastic: How to reduce your plastic use

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how to reduce your plastic use: life without plastic

Some of the most-found items that are found on beaches and in the ocean are plastic water bottles, cutlery, and straws. I’ve been carrying these items around in my purse so that I don’t contribute to the plastic waste…when we decide to stop using plastic, we realize how it is in everything. It is hard to get away from. And of course, plastic is made from petroleum and when we buy it we contribute to the takeover of the black snake (big oil).

Not only is it bad for the environment because it takes forever to degrade, but also plastic contains endocrine disruptors which is really bad for our bodies and for animals that accidentally eat plastic and micro trash.

Being thoughtful about repairing old things, using compostable materials such as bamboo, and using long-lasting and chemical-free glass instead of plastic helps us move away from plastic.

Here are some ways that we can reduce our plastic use:

  1. Let go of the idea that things are disposable. Nothing is “disposable” unless it turns into dirt within your lifetime.
  2.  Carry:
    1. A reusable water bottle. I have a small metal one, and I also reused a large glass kombucha bottle/growler for long days so I can make sure I get enough water.
    2. A bamboo spork for when you eat out at a place with plastic cutlery
    3. A reusable shopping bag
    4. A glass straw if you like straws
    5. A little mason jar with a coozie for coffee to go or leftovers from a restaurant
  3. Buy in bulk! This is actually fun. We started bringing our mason jars to the grocery store, we have the tare process written up in our phones and the weights of all the jars. It feels so good to not use plastic bags for nuts, seeds, coffee, and all other bulk things. You can make bags out of remnant cotton fabrics from the fabric store, or you can use jars. In Boulder Alfalfa’s and the big Whole Foods have the best bulk sections.
  4. Refill your shampoo and conditioner bottles in the bulk section. I had to call around to a few different stores to find a place that had shampoo and conditioner in bulk. You can also use shampoo bars. Soap bars are obviously better than buying body wash in a bottle, and lots of local businesses sell delicious-smelling homemade soaps.
  5. When you purchase scrubbers, sponges, and the like see if you can find something with a bamboo handle and a compostable material.
  6. Use a Diva Cup and reusable pads! Stop putting chemical-laden tampons in your vagina and get a Diva Cup. Your life will never be the same!
  7. Make seed crackers instead of buying bars wrapped in plastic. The bar industry has exploded in recent years because we humans love convenience. I see way too many bar wrappers littered in the wilderness. Instead of buying $3 bars wrapped in plastic, Josh and I make these amazing seed crackers: We whip an egg and some maple syrup, combine cashews, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and sometimes coconut shreds or chocolate chips. Then we spoon out the mixture onto a cookie sheet and bake at 115 degrees for 15 minutes. They are the bomb! Also try this cookie recipe and this bar recipe
  8. Buy natural clothing or second hand. Some people aren’t into thrifting, but I love it and get a thrill out of finding $5 leopard print leggings at the Buff Exchange. I also love antique and vintage jewelry. If you’re not into thrifting, choose to buy things that will last a long time and say no to “fast fashion” like H&M and Forever21. Most clothing at regular stores have plastic in them like polyester and acrylics. The average American tosses 82 pounds of textile waste each year, which adds up to 11 million tons of the stuff from our country alone. Natural fibers like wool, silk, hemp, and cotton are good alternatives.
  9. Rethink gift giving. Using creative wrapping, finding lovely plastic-free gifts, and staying away from little plastic knick-knacks.
  10. Get paperless bill pay at your bank and other bill-sending places.
  11. This awesome website has tons of ideas on how to reduce plastic in your life and I highly recommend it.

As stewards of the earth and thoughtful global citizens, it’s our responsibility. What are your plastic-avoidance tips?