Thursday, July 2, 2015
Through various means, lots of research, trial and error, I've been working to improve my situation. Dietary changes (no dairy, gluten, minimal grains, probiotic foods as well as high potency multi-flora probiotics, herbs), sinus flushes, and on and on. I've noted that stress causes symptoms to linger, and anxiety is my Achilles Heel.
I've been more focused about improving my sinus health, doing things like removing congesting foods (dairy being the obvious one, but there are others), and the like. I think that healing my gut is another big player--and I'm working on that, too. In any case, though I don't feel that great and my energy level isn't amazing (sinus drainage, some congestion in my lungs, sinus headaches, fatigue, blah, blah), I'm focused on healing myself. I'm more dedicated to feeling better.
The cards I pulled on this topic look pretty good overall. You have the 4 of Swords, recommending rest and recovery, always an important piece for wellbeing. You have the Page of Pentacles, indicating new beginnings in the area of health. The 10 of Cups invites positive emotional and family connections to help one feel loved, supported and healthy. And the Wheel of Fortune promises that things can change for the better, even when we fear they can't.
See you all next week. My hubby will be home for a few days so I want to concentrate on spending time with him!
Lots of Love,
Saturday, June 27, 2015
|Here are two salves I made today using shea butter, coconut, palm, red palm, extra virgin avocado oils, beeswax and essential oils.|
You know how sometimes we know ourselves, and we basically get what we like and what we aren't as fond of? Sometimes I don't know exactly why I like something, but I just do. Usually that happens when I'm just caught up in the enjoyment of something and I'm not grasping to analyze why. I think the trouble comes in when I attempt to dissect a situation or activity. In my experience.
So, this knowing but not quite knowing applies to my interesting in DIY projects. I've always loved making things, especially practical things like laundry soap, deodorant, household cleaner, candles, food/recipes, etc. There is something so satisfyingly homesteadish about the whole endeavor.
But, beyond any practical benefits, making things is great therapy. That's what I'm finding now. I always feel more relaxed, but at the same time, more productive, during and after making something. Sometimes, however, if I get caught up in my head I panic about the fact that I just made a bunch of salve or deodorant or glycerin soaps or whatnot. But as long as I don't go too overboard with it, it can be very calming.
The only thing I wish when I was doing it was that I could have someone pay me to make things, or at least I could have someone just give me money to make things so I didn't have to worry about the cost of materials and I could simply enjoy making them. But high quality goods require purchasing materials. Which is why I can't do this as often as I'd like. But, that's ok. That's why it's good to rotate interests and keep things fresh.
So, I'm finding that I often feel guilty for doing things I like to do, such as making salve even though I should be saving that avocado, coconut or palm oil for cooking. I have to remind myself that it's totally OK not to be perfectly practical all the time. In fact, it's necessary.
Wishing you all a dash of self-serving impracticality,
Friday, June 26, 2015
Here's a card draw from a few days ago. I whipped out my Motherpeace Tarot recently, as I chose it using Random.org and wanted to honor my choice. Hehe. Anyway. I had not been feeling well at all due to a bad sinus pain flare which left me feeling rather icky and off balance, which goes well with this card's meaning.
I like the feature of this deck where each orientation (upright, reversed, left-tilted, right-tilted) all have certain meanings. Left-tilted implies a weakened influence, or a problem engaging the energy of the card. Right-tilted has a kind of 'trying too hard' feel to it--a very strong push or forceful energy--an extreme.
So, I received the left-tilted Temperance. To me, this shows feeling weak and off balance. Out-of-touch, if you will. I certainly have felt that way in recent days, having physical pain as well as a lack of money, and dealing with entertaining my often moody daughter. However, there are always bright sides, and things have lifted somewhat. I've found some activities my daughter wants to do (some of the time!) and our finances are a bit better now, largely due to my husband's increased work load (not so good!) because of his co-worker's illness. Six weeks out of work has my husband on call and working late.
My pain has let up to some extent, or at least it has lessened for now. I am working on strategies to figure out the triggers for my sinuses, bladder, and other weak areas. I know there are probably multiple factors. I know when my stress level is up I do tend to have more physical problems. So, adequate sleep and other simple things are as big a consideration as anything more complicated (example: testing my thyroid, hormones, eliminating foods, etc). I am considering everything.
So, as I work on the proper balance I hope to see the resulting improvement in more than one area of my life.
Friday, June 19, 2015
I hope everyone had a decent week. I have mostly been trying to stay present with my daughter and do things with her in the summer, while also allowing her space to be bored at times. A balance between structure, free time, time with Pele, time without her, time to myself (when I can get that), and so forth. I admit I've never been a big summer person. I don't really like overly warm weather and, of course, my daughter being home for the summer presents challenges. But...it could be a lot worse. I've put my daughter in some classes and workshops, and I'm trying to set up beneficial systems, but only to an extent. I know she's old enough now to provide some of this structure herself. I just have to reign her in when it comes to certain things.
As for myself, I have not really spent much time defining a focus for myself, though I find my priority to be about connection with my daughter and husband during the summer. But, I'm always on the lookout for a creative focus, too. I believe we still plan to do some room painting in the house this summer, as soon as we free up enough money to do so, and we have a weekend where my husband isn't on call (unfortunately he has two consecutive weekends on call due to a co-worker being sick with clots and collapsed veins), which includes both Father's Day and the weekend before our anniversary. Again, it's not my favorite time of year when it comes to my husband's job, because there's always some new chaos, and his co-workers always take time off, making things extra busy for him, and his presence at home understandably scarce as a result.
Even so, I'm working on staying primarily positive and focused on the good aspects of connection and relationships. Sometimes I'd just rather say, 'to hell with all this' and go hide in a cave by myself. I would rather not navigate play dates, relationships, and other stuff, but I do what I must.
I will see y'all later. I'll blog again sometime in a week or so.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
I don't have much to say about this. I know I should, but I think it'll suffice to say that service is important to everyone in one way or another. Most of us do derive great satisfaction from doing things for others. But, something struck me that someone said in a blog post: anything you do, even for others, is ultimately for yourself. Whether it's global or personal, it's resonating somewhere within you, it's connected to you in some deep, personal way. Microcosm and macrocosm.
I've always thought that even the smallest things are important. That's why I try not to take the word service so seriously and strictly. Service as a concept is huge and encompassing, inclusive. There are so many tiny acts of goodness and courage, and service, going on all the time that we scarcely recognize them. Often, we don't honor anything or speak well of it unless it's some grandiose campaign. Most of the time, we dismiss and deride anything that's not over-the-top ambitious. Life is very competitive in that way. I'm realizing that, most of the time, I'm not one for global, grandiose gestures.
I find my power and focus in the day-to-day.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
I know I am not supposed to post until July. Hehe! But, that's ok. I got this deck and wanted to post with it a bit. This deck is very simple, with key words and phrases. The book is really unnecessary, I think. The cards are pretty straight-forward. They're great focus cards for an altar or just to look at passing by on your dresser.
And what a better focus than health and happiness? These are definitely two very important foci for me at this time. I'm just trying to do my best to manage my summer and not have intense pain flare-ups in my bladder and sinuses, my two main areas of issue. I know there are many other areas (like my thyroid/adrenals/etc), but I think good stress management, and special attention paid to these areas may help. In health, everything is connected, and that includes your emotions and stress levels.
I hope you all are well and I send out goodness for your day and night,
Friday, May 29, 2015
Here is my final pull for May, and my last pull for a month, since I'm taking my June divination hiatus. What a great last pull to post with this deck. I wanted a focus for the month of June, and here we have Wisdom, Clarity and Strength. Seems like a nice combination. I'll have to see how I can apply them to June.
Wishing you all a positive and productive month of June. Be back later!