Being in nature is curative, restorative, and unifying for the mind, body & spirit. Recently I have immersed myself in the gift of our great Northern Michigan outdoors with my family. Escaping inland life & upon arriving to the lake, though, it was readily apparent I had been allowing life's chaos to put me into a grid-locked state of overwhelm. Distractibility & anxiety I quickly realized had been holding me hostage. The call to produce, perfect & perform has kept my head filled with noise and heart clouded by confusion & fear. Thank goodness Mother Nature came to my rescue.
Listening to the call of the loon, witnessing the dance of fog on water, and meditation on the diamonds alight upon the waters have been not only a blessing but my renewed daily personal practice. Our Great Mother reminds us all to take time to pause, sit, meditate, observe, & listen... really listen to what She has to say; around and within.
Northern Michigan's greatest gift to me was the call of the loon. It was my soul' s siren, awakening a primal energy & consciousness within. As a spirit totem, the loon's call is a reminder to wake up to what is important in life and to call forth the soul's longing through dreams & imagination. What a beautiful nudge as well as a tragic realization that I had been drowning out the call of my own soul by being "too busy."
Now more than ever, I am reminded how crucial it is to our wellbeing to slow down, be present, be mindful, breathe deeply and reconnect to ourselves. In those quiet moments the peace that passes all understanding washes over us, calms our frayed nerves & offer insights, awarenesses and a sense of wholeness.
Let nature remind us to BE PRESENT to all our moments, for that is all we have. Live your moments now with eyes, ears & heart wide open. Do the work to fight off distractibility, the plague of busyness, the allure of multi-tasking, social media frenzy and all that pulls us out of our center. Eckart Tolle aptly observes, “Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.”
Your whole life is NOW. Wake up to the loon's call to be present for your own life. Get outside, take your shoes off, sit by the water's edge, & listen... really listen. Nature speaks. What is calling you? Please share with me in the comments below.
Your looney one,
***WE ARE IN THE TREEHOUSE!
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
What: EmbodyGR with Dana
When: July 25, 6:30-8:00pm
Where: Fountain Street Church TREEHOUSE
Who: YOU - That is ALL humans & your 18+ peeps
Cost: FREE of charge
Ask: One hour of community service in return for each gathering you attend!
August 16, 2018- GRAM on the Green with May Earlwine- 6-9pm
August 19, 2018- Girls' Rock! Grand Rapids Showcase- Wealthy Theater 3-6:45pm
Keeping this short and sweet during our hot & sunny Fourth of July holiday week.
NO EmbodyGR on Wed, July 4. Enjoy the holiday!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! EmbodyGR Down On The Farm with Kids Food Basket July 11, 6-8:00pm.
RSVP information below.
IMPORTANT!! Note the time & location. ALSO! Bring a yoga mat!!! (**If you need help with a ride/car pool please respond to this email so we can make sure you are able to join us!!)
6:00pm Meet at Kids Food Basket 2055 Oak Industrial Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505- We will be greeted by KFB's most awesome Executive Director, Bridget Clark Whitney. We'll go for get a quick tour, a lil' Q/A & caravan over to the farm (super close to Oak Industrial location).
6:30pm- 8pm Kids Food Basket Farm- Meet Farmer John & get our hands dirty volunteering in the fields. Wrap up the night with yoga led by me :)
FOLLOW STEPS TO RSVP! Only 30 official "reservation" spots for volunteering; however if it's full you can still come join in the fun!
First click: RSVP
Either create a volunteer profile, or login if you already have a volunteer profile with Kids' Food Basket
Once logged in, scroll through the calendar to your specified day and click on the shift -- Wed. July 11th from 6-8pm "Farm Prep A"
Click "Sign Up"
You're all signed up to volunteer!
Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty! It's gonna be great connecting to this important slice of earth which will feed many children in need with healthy, fresh food.
See you down on the farm,
Let's celebrate & DO GOOD!
Ongoing event! UPDATED NEEDS:
We are collecting donated goods for Dégagé! The list will change as the season does, so check in often to see what the new needs are. Please bring the following to a Wednesday gathering if you are able *please note, all items must be new*:
Current needs - Body wash (can be large bottles), rain ponchos, and belts!
NO EmbodyGR July 4- Happy Fourth of July
EmbodyGR Down On The Farm With Kids Food Basket- Meet Dana Bridget Clark Whitney & Dana
When: July 11th @ 6:00pm
Where: KFB 2055 Oak Industrial Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
What/How: Car pool to the farm by 6:30 for free community yoga, music, meet the farmer & honor this land as a sacred gift to our community.
Bring: A yoga mat!
Food is our common ground, a universal experience. ~James Beard
“The EmbodyGR community embraces and supports, says ‘yes you can’ when the noisy inner voice says, ‘no you can’t’ – Kari Wilson, Community Member