My Grammie

April is national poetry month! Time to get your pens (or your favorite writing instrument) and paper out and start penning some poems!

My love for poetry began in my ninth grade English class. One of my favorite poets was Emily Dickinson.  I loved reading poetry but even more so I loved to write it. I often used poetry as means to express myself especially in my teenage years when I felt  I had no other way to express my deepest thoughts and emotions without being judged or some type of negative reaction by those closest to me.  My first poetry book containing poems from this time period was just sent off to my editor for the first round of editing! It will be released later this year. You can read more about my published works here

In celebration of National Poetry Month, I would like to share a poem I wrote about my Grammie in 2005. My Grammie was always my best friend, and my protector and nurturer growing up. She was brave, courageous, funny, fun to be around, kind, compassionate, caring and just an overall amazing woman.  I have so many fond memories of Grammie that I keep close in my heart.  She inspired me and still inspires me to be the woman I am today. She will always be a part of me and for her I am very grateful and blessed. 

My Grandmother, Alice is a very special woman.

She perseveres through any travesty.

She never gives up.

She just keeps going with all that she’s got.

 

She’s so caring. So kind.

Someone you can confide in and know your secrets are safe.

She soothes with her words,

the warm embrace of her arms,

the softness of her voice.

 

She is a strong woman that never gives up hope,

that survives anything that comes her way.

My Grammie a woman made of steel.

Copyright Isabella Rose

My Grammie and Me 1999

My Grammie and Me circa 1999

Who is your favorite poet? A special person you would like to pen homage  too? What is your favorite type of poetry? Please leave a comment in the comment section down below.  I would love to hear from you.

5 Simple Tips to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

We are living in some very unsettling and changing times right now.  We are all learning a new way of living, adjusting to the changes and fears brought on by the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 causing high anxiety and stress for many. 

Anxiety is a very unsettling emotion. Sometimes it can feel like a constant low level stress that never seems to go away and other times it can be more acute, overcoming you and  leaving you feeling debilitated, scared and maybe even frustrated. When we find relief it is so welcoming!

Here are 5 simple tips to reduce stress and anxiety and help you feel more balanced, empowered and reconnected to your heart-center.

Deep Breathing

One of the deep breathing techniques that I find very relaxing and calming is the 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise by Dr. Andrew Weil, passed onto to me by Dr. Elson Haas  several years ago in his Spring Cleanse Detox course.  This technique is very simple and can be done absolutely anywhere,any time you feel anxious or stressed.   

Inhale through your nose for a mental count of four.

Hold your breath for a count of seven.

Exhale slowly and completely  through your mouth, making a whooshing sound as you breathe out to the mental count of eight. 

Inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.

4-7-8 Deep Breathing

4-7-8 Deep Breathing Photo by Engin Akyurt.

 

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy can bring tranquil feelings of calm and relaxation as though it was speaking directly to your heart. If you have ever experienced, smelling a scent that brought back a memory then you know how quickly and naturally the effects of scent can have. 

There is a lot of research done on essential oils and aromatherapy and a wealth of studies have shown how some essential oils can calm the nervous system and help one to feel relaxed.

Essential oils with higher percentages of the natural components linalol (also spelled linalool) or linalyl acetate have been found to be very effective in bringing about a calm and relaxed state in acute situations of anxiety such as an anxiety attack as well as in providing continual  ongoing support to your nervous system even when you are not feeling anxious when you use them more often.

Some of my favorite essential oils high in linalol and linalyl acetate are lavender, bergamot mint, and neroli-petitgrain. 

A common way to use essential oils is placing a few drops of essential oils in a diffuser (always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper use)  and letting it diffuse throughout your whole room. 

Other common ways to use essential oils is using an essential oil blend such as a roll on, placing a few drops in your bath water or shower, and placing a few drops on a cotton ball and breathing in the aroma. 

Placing a few drops of lavender on a cotton ball and putting it by your bed before sleep will not only help you relax so you can fall asleep easier, it can also help to boost your immune system. 

Aromatherapy Photo credit to Elly Fairytale

Meditation

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Hundreds of research studies   from around the globe have shown the profound benefits of meditation.  

Meditation is simple, easy to do and can be practiced anywhere, at any time. It can wipe away stress whenever you need it the most bringing you a sense of inner peace and calm, help you gain a new perspective on things, and connect you closer to your heart, soul, spirit and Divinity to name just a few. 

Practicing meditation on a regular basis for even a few minutes a day offers  you continual support in maintaining your overall wellbeing as it affects all aspects of your being; brain, mood, mind performance, body, health, spirit, relationships, and aging and can even help generate peace in society. 

There are many types of meditation. Two of my favorites  are guided mediations and yoga. Guided mediations are a form of mental visualization guiding you through a journey of relaxing imagery with or without soothing music. Yoga uses a series of postures and controlled breathing to promote a flexible body and a calm mind.  Other forms of meditation include silent meditation, mantra meditation (repeating a calming word silently in your mind), mindfulness or consciousness meditation , Qi gong and Tai chi. 

You Tube has many guided meditations to choose from or you can visit Project Noosphere, a global meditation community founded by Dr. Paul Drouin (also the founder and President of Quantum University) to set your intention of healing and practice your daily meditation connecting to the Noosphere and others from around the globe sharing and holding that intent of healing with you. 

For an acute bout of anxiety,  this simple mediation practice can be calming and relaxing and easily remembered.

Start by taking 3 nice deep breaths in through your nose and letting them out through your mouth with a nice big sigh, “ahhhhhh.”

As you inhale, imagine yourself breathing in calm and tranquility and breathing out stress and anxiety on the exhale. 

Then imagine a big beautiful beam of white iridescent light (or color of your choice) shining down on you, washing over you like rain, starting at the crown of your head and flowing in and all around your body and out through feet, washing away all your anxiety and stress.  And as it does you notice, roots growing out of the soles of you, that stretch and grow all the way down to the center of the Earth. You see a big ball of warm, glowing iridescent light shining up through the Earth’s center. You draw this light up through your roots, up through the soles of your feet, through your body (and chakras) and out through the crown of your head, washing back down around you and anchoring you into a sense of peace and tranquility. 

Meditation Photo credit: Leninscape

 

Writing 

Writing is another great way to relieve stress and anxiety. It clears and releases your worries, fears, stress, anxiety and other negative thoughts and emotions from the emotional and mental realms and gives them physical form freeing up precious space in your head. Getting your thoughts and ideas down onto paper also alleviates the stress of losing your thoughts in an overcrowded mind.

Studies have shown that expressive writing is not only therapeutic  but is also linked to happiness. Writing by hand also helps you feel more connected to the present moment. 

Dedicate a  special journal for your writing, creating a sacred space for yourself to record your thoughts, feelings and emotions.  Start by dating the page and then write down what you are feeling.  This is also a  great way to track cycles, patterns and trends. 

Another expressive form of writing, is free flow writing. Just start writing and keep writing without thinking, allowing whatever needs to be expressed flow right onto the paper.  You may want to add a section somewhere in your journal or create another journal to write down at least 3 things your are grateful for each day.  

Journaling helps relief stress and anxiety.

Art

Art  has been existence since the beginning of time and if you think back to Ancient times art was used in the form of hieroglyphics as a way of writing and communicating.  You don’t have to consider yourself to be an artist to create art as long as you are creating you are an artist.  Art is simply using line, shape, color, value, texture, form, and space to express and communicate oneself. 

Art is often used as therapy in a variety of settings such as private and group counseling, hospitals, wellness centers, correctional institutions, senior centers, and other community organizations and has proven to have many therapeutic and healing benefits including relieving stress and anxiety. 

Creating art is not only healing for the mind and spirit but also for the body since all are interconnected. It works on multiple levels to not only relax and calm the mind but also to restore and rejuvenate, bringing joy and increasing your energy and enthusiasm for life. 

A page from my Cosmic Smash Book using art to express and process emotions of my grieving process.

 

I hope these 5 simple tips to reduce stress and anxiety offer you support when you need it and bring you a sense of balance, leaving you truly connected to your heart-center and your own inner peace and strength. 

Trust and Follow Your Inner Guidance

Every day there are soulful messages to be found to guide us along our way. These messages can be found in nature, within our body, conversations with others, the other side and from the Divine.   I am honored to share five soulful messages I have received in 365 Soulful Messages: the Right Guidance at the Right Time, the fifth and final volume in the bestselling 365 Book Series. 

Self-care is so important and often times overlooked for umpteen reasons even when our bodies our screaming out to us to listen.  It is that busy time of year with added holiday hustle and bustle, I thought I would share one of my pieces on the importance of self-care and slowing down.  I was ignoring all the signs my body was giving me but the Universe kept getting my attention in various ways until I finally listened and followed the guidance being given me to me. 

 

Trust and Follow Your Inner Guidance

by Isabella Rose

“God, Goddess, Angels, Matt, Universe, please take everything from me. Please clear my plate. I am exhausted and can’t keep doing everything by myself anymore. It just isn’t humanly possible. I know that my life wasn’t saved in the car accident to live like this…” I prayed one night and continued to surrender my worries and fears. I had finally had enough and knew there had to be a better way.

For two years after a car accident and the tragic loss of my fiancé two months later, I had been trying to do everything by myself. Although I had made improvements in slowing down and listening to my body – remembering the importance of self-care and the reminders of my friend Jodi, “to be gentle with yourself” – I was stuck in the constant cycle of doing and pushing myself forward until I couldn’t anymore. I had a hard time letting go of guilt and thoughts of what I “needed” to do. I also struggled with sticking to my boundaries and saying no to the demands and expectations others placed on me. 

I was hearing my body, mind, and spirit screaming out for rest to rebalance and restore; however, I wasn’t following this wise guidance. I was even aware of the signs the Universe was giving me to rest, but I ignored those, too. I have too much to do, I argued. I don’t have time to rest.

The morning after I prayed, the angels and my higher self continued to get my attention through oracle cards and my daily creativity practice. I had drawn the Rest card and, later in the day, the Retreat card from a different oracle deck. The message became even more loud and clear when I tuned in to the message of my artwork through automatic writing: “TRUST! Trust your inner guidance! REST, rest, rest. Retreat and rejuvenate. All is in order. Everything is the way it is supposed to be. Trust divine order. Trust the process! You are safe. You are loved. All is well. Rest.”

Finally, I got the message – and finally, I listened.

What message(s) is your body telling you? Tune and really listen to what it is telling you and follow your inner guidance, your internal compass, your north star. Do you need to slow down? Do you have a ache or pain somewhere in your body? Are you hungry?  What is your favorite self-care practice? Please share in the comments below. 

Remember to take some time for you each day to practice self-care even if it is just five or ten minutes  for deep breathing, mediation or reading a page in a book. It is essential to our overall health and well-being. 

My dalily art journal entry mentioned in my piece Trust and Follow Your Inner Gudance published in 365 Soulful Messages: the Right Gudiance at the Right Time.

You can read this piece along with 364 other soulful messages (including four more of my pieces) in 365 Soulful Messages: the Right Guidance at the Right TimePurchase your copy on Amazon here.

 

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December Oracle Guidance and Affirmation

December Oracle Guidance and Affirmation

The Healing Angels come to us this December to guide us to pay attention to new thoughts and ideas as they are the seeds of magnificent co-creation with the Universe.  The Universe and your Divine source of higher power and love speak to us through our thoughts, intuition and heart.  

Notice and follow the ideas you have recently received as these thoughts are the answers to your prayers for guidance so please do not discount them as mere imagination.  The Angels seek to give you confidence at this time that you are capable of  receiving and deserving of wonderful things that come forth and manifest with these new ideas and inspirations. All good things originate from  the one Divine mind of Source/God. Since God is omnipresent, like the Angels, meaning everywhere, God is within you.  So these new ideas are divinely given to you through the power of your own mind.

Affirmation

To help you anchor in and remember this month’s oracle message of ideas and inspiration, I created the following affirmation and photo:

I trust and follow my thoughts, ideas and inspiration. 

 

 

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A Day For Giving Thanks

Today, many of us here in the United States are celebrating Thanksgiving, a national day of giving thanks. The Thanksgiving tradition originates from the landing of the Pilgrims in 1620 on the shores of Cape Cod Bay before permentantly establishing a settlement in Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.

William Bradford writes the following account of the first Thanksgiving in 1621, in the book Of Plymouth Plantation (Morison,90), “They began now to gather in the small harvest they had, and to fit up their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well and recovered in health and strength and had all things in good plenty… All the summer there was no want; and now began to come in store of fowl, as winter approached, of which this place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degrees).”  

Over 200 years later,  during the time of the Civil War in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a federal holiday.

Thanksgiving is a time of reflection and a day for giving thanks for all things we have to be grateful for even in the toughest of times but why wait for a federal holiday to give thanks? Give thanks each day.

Gratitude is an amazing and simple concept yet often times get overlooked. There are many benefits to having a “gratitude attitude”. Gratitude makes us feel happier, improves and opens more doors to relationships (and also shows good manners), improves physical and emotional health and helps lifts our spirits even in the toughest times by reminding us of the positive things we have to be grateful for.

Here are 3 simple ways to incorporate gratitude into your daily practices: say a little thank you when you get up in the morning, tell someone how thankful you are for them, write down three things you are grateful for each night before going to sleep.

“Gratitude is expressed as a primary emotion. It is a state of mind translated by the brain into complementary neurochemistry that is secreted into the blood stream. The chemistry of gratitude energizes the body and releases a wave of euphoric sensation, a sense of harmony with all that is.”

Dr. Bruce Lipton

Why not make gratitude your default attitude? What are some of the things you are grateful for today? I would love to hear what you came up with. If you feel like sharing please drop a comment in the comment box below. 

May you find the beauty of gratitude held in each day. 

Work Cited:

Morison, S.E, editor.  Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 William Bradford.  Alfred A. Knopf, 1952. 

 

A Dare to Follow My Heart

It’s hard to believe that Tuesday, 365 Soulful Messages: the Right Guidance at the Right Time, the fifth and final volume of the 365 Book Series was released! It seems just like yesterday, I wrote and submitted my first three pieces to Jodi and Dan for 365 Moments of Grace, the second volume in the 365 Book Series. Now four years later,  I have written and submitted my final five pieces published in 365 Soulful Messages: the Right Guidance at the Right Time

Becoming a contributing author to the 365 Book series has been such a big part of my life and something I looked forward to each year since I accepted a dare to myself to follow my heart, my intuition, and Divine guidance to make one of my childhood dreams true.  It was the beginning of my writing career, creating life-long friendships and so much more!

I am so grateful for Jodi and Dan following their own hearts and soulful messages that led to the creation of the 365 Book Series and all the goodness they have brought to my life through the book series.

I would like to share one of one my pieces with you in the hopes that it will inspire you to follow your own heart towards making your dreams come true too! 

 

A Dare to Follow My Heart

by Isabella Rose

My heart cried out with joy as soon as I saw the Facebook ad to become a contributing author, but my ego mind quickly took over with false belief systems programmed into my mind since early childhood: “You can’t do this. You aren’t good enough. No one is going want to read what you wrote.” But I somehow summoned up enough courage to follow my heart, intuition, and divine guidance and reached out to Jodi about my interest in contributing to the 365 Moments of Grace book. It was a dare to myself, as deep down I truly didn’t believe they would respond, never mind be interested in publishing my writing.

They did respond! I was so surprised when I eagerly checked my email and saw she was interested in my ideas about what I would like to write about and would love to have me join as a contributing author. But then I started to second-guess myself as my self-doubt and self-sabotaging mechanisms began kicking in. “Now what I am going to do?” I thought as I began making up excuses as to why I couldn’t do it: “I can’t afford it, I don’t know how to write, I will never be able to meet the word-count requirement, and no one will like my pieces.”

Despite all these false belief systems, excuses, and doubts, I did it! I accepted that dare to myself and signed up to be a contributing author. I am so glad I did. It was the beginning of my writing career and making many more of my dreams come true. I continued as a contributing author to the 365 Book Series, stepping more and more out of my comfort zone with the love and support of Jodi, Dan, and our 365 author community, growing and expanding with each one.

Now I am about to publish my first two solo books. I didn’t realize at that time just how much that dare to follow my heart would change my life.

 

You can read this piece along with 364 more soulful messages (including my other four pieces) in the book, 365 Soulful Messages: the Right Guidance at the Right Time.  Our book has over 200 authors who have come together to share our hearts and souls in this inspirational and uplifting book created by Jodi Chapman and Dan Teck.  You can purchase your copy on Amazon here.

I invite you to take a few moments to yourself to quiet your mind and connect to your heart and your soul. Tune in and really listen to what they have to say to you. What makes your heart sing out in joy? What dreams do you want to make come true?  What is holding you back from making them come true? What steps can you start taking towards make those dreams come true?  After you have received your message, take an inspired action step today towards making them come true. What are you waiting for? I dare you to make your dreams come true too!

the Healing Power of Love

The Healing Power of Love

Right around Christmas time 2014, I asked my late aunt and the Universe to give me the courage and strength I needed to learn to love myself and take my power back from those whom I had allowed to control or hurt me. A few weeks later, I set that as my full-moon intention; and so began my healing journey of body, mind, and spirit to break the cycle of trauma and abuse that ran throughout my ancestral lines for generations.

Over the next 22 months, I would change the way I viewed myself and the world around me and take the biggest risk I have ever made: to allow love into my heart.

I slowly learned to love, accept, and approve of ALL of me – both the light and dark aspects of myself and my past. As I did, I began shedding the layers of masks I wore, and the fortress of protection I had spent a lifetime building around my heart began to crumble away. I had worn these as shields to prevent myself from feeling the continual hurt, judgment, repeated abandonment, disappointment, and betrayal by loved ones from happening again and again.

With the love, support, encouragement, wisdom, and guidance of my sisterhoods and the man who would break open my heart to allow love in, I replaced the outdated false belief systems – that I am not lovable, good enough, worthy, or deserving of good things – with the knowing that I AM.

I saw that I had the same beauty inside and outside of myself that I saw in others and nature. I was no longer afraid to share my rawness, vulnerabilities, and Truth (my divine and authentic Truth rather than the truth of the false belief systems I once perceived to be true). As I began trusting more in myself, intuition, and divine guidance, I gained confidence and began feeling more comfortable sharing my spiritual gifts and talents, which I had kept locked inside since early childhood. With the healing power of love, I began to make my childhood dreams become a reality.

“The Healing Power of Love” was first published in 365 Life Shifts: Pivotal Moments that Changed Everything (DandiLove, 2017)

The Root Chakra

          The Root Chakra

We began this blog series, with an introduction to The Seven Chakras and Chakra Medicine. Here I will began to go into further depth of each of the seven  main chakras in individual blog posts starting with the Root (Muladhara) Chakra. Muladhara in Sanskrit means “root and basis of existence”.  

The Root Chakra, also known as the Base Chakra, is the first chakra of the seven chakra system located at the base of the spine, between the coccyx and pelvic bone. It is about four inches in diameter and when in good health spirals down between your legs grounding you into the core of the Earth. It spins at the color frequency of red and governs the lower limbs of the body, hips, and the skeleton. 

In her book, the 7 Healing Chakras, Brenda Davies, M.D, writes, “the root chakra is activated immediately after the moment of incarnation, at birth. It’s maximal rate of development is during the first few months of life, though focus on the root chakra continues until the age of three. Though development of the whole system continues throughout life…”

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What is Your Full Moon Message?

 

Take a few moments to quiet your mind and go within. Tune into the images above and ask the Angels to guide you to the card that has the right message for you on this Full Moon. Once you have chosen the image or number you are most drawn to scroll below to reveal the message the Angels have for you. Please don’t second guess yourself, follow your intuition and go with the first card or number that popped into your mind.  

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