Yes, it's that time of the year again.... Hallowe'en! Aka, All Hallows' Eve, All Saint's Eve, Samhain, and Day of the Dead, amongst many other names according to different traditions.
Although each tradition has it's own roots and meaning, I recognize this time of the year as a time when "the veil grows thinner". Samhain traditionally is a time for us to review our year and to let go of what no longer serves us in order for us to move forward. And of course, due to the special energy of the season, it's a time to celebrate our ancestors because the veil between this 3D physical world, and the other side is thinner.
One way in which we might experience this thinning and connection with ancestors on the other side is though dreams. For example, last night I had a very special dream in which I had heartwarming visit with a precious loved one who has crossed over. The love, the hug, their very distinctive energetic presence will warm me for a long time to come. Journalling is a great way to mark this kind of visitation, so that you can remember it in times to come. We often think that we'll remember our dreams, but because our brain waves are in a different state than when we are in our normal waking hours we often tend to forget the details. Writing down your dreams will help you to recall the special visit later on...especially valuable when you might be feeling low or really missing them.
How can we honour our ancestors?? In any way that feels right for you. Lighting a candle in thier honour, placing a photo or photos in a special location, doing a meditation where you can call on them for a visit. Or perhaps before going to sleep ask them to visit you in your dreams. Be sure to have a journal and pen beside you so that you can write down your dreams first thing upon waking.
Wishing you a very Happy Hallowe'en! Lets celebrate the ancestors that came before us, and take joy in the fact that love never dies and that your loved ones are only a thought away.
Much Love and Light,
All throughout history people have been using plants to help heal and bring pleasure to our lives, and never has it been so easy and simple to access Mother Nature's gift of essential oils.
Essential oils are volatile liquids distilled from different parts of plants. These potent essences of the plants can heal on a cellular level and will impact mood by affecting certain areas of the brain. The healing powers of these oils can be accessed in many ways, depending on the oil itself.
Although I have quite a number of different oils that I'll use for specific purposes, my personal go to favourites are the following:
Lavender: This scent boosts my mood every time! It has the wonderful ability to both invigorate and calm the mind and body at the same time. Put a few drops in your bath, on the shower floor letting it steam up, or on your sheets for a good night's sleep (not too close to the face mind you), or in a diffuser to bring aroma therapy into your living space.
Tea Tree: I absolutely love this oil! It is great as a topical anti-fungal and antiseptic treatment. I also feel relaxed by the scent and will use it the same way as with the lavender. It has a very clean and even medicinal scent.
Peppermint: This oil is really invigorates the senses, bringing renewed vigor to your life.
Rosemary: Here is another of my favourites. Rosemary is great to use if your mind is foggy as it brightens your thinking. I've been known to dab some drops on a cotton pad and have it nearby when studying or writing, to help with clarity and memory.
Rose: Ah, the beautiful Rose! Did you know that the scent from this flower has the highest vibration of flowers on the planet? The scent of the Rose instills calm, peace and opens the heart chakra, helping us to give and receive love. (PS: this is just one of the reasons why I named my business "White Rose Wellness"!)
Eucalyptus: A #1 go to if you are stuffed up from a cold or flu. I love putting a couple of drops in a hot salt bath, and then soak for 15 minutes. Soaking in a salt bath, by the way, is a fantastic way to clear your bodymind and your aura after a long or trying day. Do it before you go to bed for a relaxing night of rest.
Of course there are many more ways that you can use essential oils....
Put a few drops of your favourite oil(s) in a water spray bottle and use as a natural air freshener! Spritz some in gym bags, runners, doggie beds and such to clean up the fragrance.
Yoga mat cleaner! - my fave. In a water spray bottle add a few drops tea tree, lavender and peppermint with a couple teaspoons of witch hazel into the water for a fabulous yoga mat cleaner. Just remember to give the bottle a shake each time before you use it. If you're doing hot yoga, you can do as I do, spray some in the air above your head for an aromatherapy cool down!
Vacuum cleaner air freshener. Put a couple of drops of eucalyptus EO on a cotton pad and vacuum it up. As you vacuum your home the air will be filled with a clean fresh scent!
Please do keep in mind, however, that these oils are very potent and should not be ingested nor used undiluted (aka neat) on the skin without proper knowledge of the effects of the oil. Although some oils are generally safe to use on the skin, such as with tea tree oil for example, others can actually burn you, such as with cinnamon. Also, please use with caution with children under the age of 12, and with people who suffer from allergies. Please do your homework or speak to a trained aromatherapist to have your best aromatherapy experience! And remember the adage: "Sometimes less is more!" Especially with these powerful oils!!!
Essential oils can be a fabulous addition to our lives, helping us to brighten our moods, balance our spirits, and even heal our body. Do you have a favourite essential oil or way to use them? Please feel free to post a comment below!
Check out the chart below and see what parts of your body tend to hold specific emotions and patterns of belief.
Most of us can easily relate to how too much stress and responsibility gives us sore shoulders, but look more closely and see what else your body might be signalling to you. Ring any bells?
The first step to wellness is awareness. Being aware means that you're not ignoring your body's signals until the pain becomes so loud it's impossible to ignore. (Been there, done that?)
The next step can be choosing to release the patterns creating the issue. This can be as simple as consciously affirming to release the held emotions, or it may require acceptance of past or present issues, it may include forgiveness of others and/or self, and it will usually always require establishing new patterns of thoughts and behaviours. For example, saying to yourself, "I am enough. I love and accept myself exactly as I am!"
If this feels weird or difficult don't worry, it gets easier with practice!! Put reminders in your home as a cue to remind yourself of your new direction and thought patterns.
Another terrific way to let go of limiting beliefs and emotions can be through yoga, meditation, and body mind therapies, such as Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure®. You don't have to do it alone!!!
Start by trying this, "Every day and in every way I feel stronger and more balanced in my body, mind and spirit!!"
If you would like to book a session or are interesting in checking out my yoga or meditation classes contact me irene@whiterosewellness or 250-720/6516.
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Are you wanting to increase your health, happiness, and overall fitness level? Tired of feeling tired? Want to feel more connected with your body, mind and spirit?
The practice of Yoga is an ancient and time honoured practice that is now enjoying a new popularity due to its numerous and documented health and wellness benefits.
And the great news is that yoga is for everybody .... not just for people who can twist themselves into a pretzel! That can mean that no matter what your fitness level is, where you are right NOW is the exact perfect place to start!!!
If you're new to yoga, you might want to start with a beginners yoga class, or even chair yoga if you have mobility issues. Or, if you're more of a type A personality, there are more intense styles to suit your taste as well. And of course, many of us are somewhere in the middle. Today there are so many styles to choose from. (After all, yoga has been evolving for 5,000 years!)
Did you know that even specific breathing practices, known as pranayama ("extension of life-force/breath"), is just one component of yoga that has dynamic and medically documented health benefits?
Here are just some of the improvements and great benefits you will see from practicing yoga:
If you still are not convinced that yoga might just be the ticket you're looking for to help improve your life, think of the amazing and relaxed like-minded people you'll meet at yoga class.
Hope to see you soon!
"The Light in me greets and honours the Light in you."
Chakras are vital energy centers in the body that influence the our physical, mental and the spiritual self. Although there are many chakras in the body, there are 7 main energy centers that are of special importance.
Chakras, meaning "Wheels of Light", can be described as spinning wheels through which vital energy flows throughout our body.
Blocked energy in any of our chakras can lead to physical or emotional imbalance, which can in turn can lead to illness and disease. Therefore, it's important to keep our chakras balanced and charged, to maintain a free and healthy flow of energy throughout our body on all levels.
Check out what each of the 7 chakras correspond to:
1. Root Chakra - Corresponds to our foundation and feeling of being safe and grounded.
2. Sacral Chakra - Relates to our capacity to accept others, and influences our sense of belonging. Ability to accept new experiences and to create.
4. Heart Chakra - Influences our ability to love.
5. Throat Chakra - Our ability to communicate.
6. Third Eye Chakra -Relates to our intelligence, our ability ability to imagine and to visualize and to our intuition.
7. Crown Chakra- Also known as the "Thousand Petal Lotus", it relates to our ability to be spiritually connected to Source.
Want to learn more about the significance of chakras in your life? Sign up now for upcoming my Chakra 101 Workshop.
We will delve more deeply into what each of the chakras are, and learn various ways that you can clear, recharge and balance your own chakras all while having fun with a group of like minded people. Please contact me for more information regarding dates, times and cost.
Return home with tools and techniques to help maintain balance in your body, mind, and spirit, all in an atmosphere of fun and peace.
Are you feeling a little sluggish from all the holiday goodies? Then try this simple technique:
Press into the webbing between your big toe and 2nd toe, and you will likely feel a tender or downright painful spot. With your finger, press or gently massage this spot for about 2 minutes, and repeat this 2-3 times per day. The point is called Liver 3 and is a major detoxification point on the body. It helps with clearing the body of congestion, relieves allergic reactions, soothes red tired eyes and can even help with irritability.
And to help clear that sluggish feeling, energize your body, and get yourself back on track on a much deeper level, give yourself a full acupressure session – feels cozy and relaxing, while heals at the same time. To book a session now click here.
Irene Bilton specializes in Body/Mind/Spirit wellness, blending her knowledge, skills and training with her gifts of Intuition.