The Medicine of Less vs. More

The Medicine of Less vs. More

About a week ago I retreated for a much-needed girls weekend to a spa resort just outside of Santa Fe. Lovingly called "Adult Day Care" by one of the friendly staff we met along the way, the resort provides a whole menu of included classes during your stay. I did everything from hold chickens and throw hatchets...not at the same time of course ;)...to make superfood smoothies and participate in a sweat lodge ceremony, among other things. 

The sweat lodge was by far the most profound experience of all that I was able to do, and I wanted to share a bit of what Spirit whispered to me in that pitch black room surrounded by strangers and smothering heat. 

Back to Basics: 4 Ways to Nurture Yourself Today

Back to Basics: 4 Ways to Nurture Yourself Today

Do you know when Spirit is calling you? I'm talking about those deep, calm nudges that push you toward a certain decision or a new realization. Those gentle tugs on your heart that help you soften, align, expand. 

In my most recent love letter to this tribe I mentioned the deep call I've been feeling from Spirit to get back to the basics. The message has been decisive and clear, and it's been pulling me way, way back to when I first started really learning what it means to spiritually care for myself. 

Practices like daily affirmations, simple meditations, whole foods, and deep stretches. Connecting with my truth not just daily but moment-by-moment. Inviting awareness to the thoughts just behind my emotions and then leaning bravely into the actions that support me first. 

The Energy Cloud Around Your Body: Why Everything You Seek is Literally Within Your Reach

The Energy Cloud Around Your Body: Why Everything You Seek is Literally Within Your Reach

I go into meditation the same way I have done hundreds of times before. Legs crossed with my bottom propped up on pillows. Earbuds dangling from my ears with my phone laying beside me cued to one of my favorite tracks. 

My heart always feels a little fluttery with anticipation before meditation. I try to breathe through it, reminding myself that expecting nothing is the best way to go into the stillness, but my body knows the truth. It remembers the multitude of times we've been thrown into ecstasy while floating in the abyss. It remembers the delicious calm that overtakes it. And it remembers how good it feels to sit here doing nothing. 

And so it tingles with excitement.

We Set Our Hearts on Fire!

We Set Our Hearts on Fire!

heart is full. For eight days, my sister Lacy and I led a group of fearless women deep into their hearts and witnessed them light fires of magic, power and joy. It was awe-inspiring to watch. 

This retreat marked a special occasion for Lacy and me, as we were called to teach material we had never before taught. We were told clearly by Spirit to pull back the curtain on our own mystical lives and to share intimately what we know about the magic of this existence.

And so in divine obedience, we answered that call. 

Justine Ruszczyk Damond: What Her Death Is Teaching Me About Living

Justine Ruszczyk Damond: What Her Death Is Teaching Me About Living

The first time I met Justine Ruszczyk Damond I was in the process of falling madly in love with meditation and uncovering the magic in this 3D human life.

It was the summer of 2013, and I was attending my first Dr. Joe Dispenza advanced meditation workshop in Englewood, Colorado. I was new to the practice and completely starry-eyed about being at the retreat. It had only been weeks since I attended my first introductory workshop, but meditation had come naturally and easily to me using Joe's methods, and I felt like my life was healing at warp speed. 

5 Reasons Your Soul is Calling for a Retreat

5 Reasons Your Soul is Calling for a Retreat

I am home from a month in the jungles of Costa Rica where I was vacationing with my sweet family and teaching back-to-back transformational meditation retreats with my older sister Lacy Young. For two weeks we watched beautiful souls soften and transform on meditation cushions right across from us, their lives utterly and totally changed. I left the experience completely renewed and deeply grateful for this incredible work she and I get to do together. 

Retreating is near and dear to my heart, and it's something I prioritize in my own life. In the last five years I've attended at least one week-long meditation retreat a year (some years more than one) with many other workshop weekends peppered in for good measure.

I lead retreats because I believe in it. Fiercely. And because I've seen the powerful ripples faithfully attending them has created in my own life. In fact, if it weren't for that first meditation retreat all those years ago, I wouldn't be doing the work I'm doing now. 

4 Healing Practices to Find Inner Silence

4 Healing Practices to Find Inner Silence

There is a thickness to my breath that wasn’t there two weeks ago. 

Thick with power. Like it’s taking up space in this confident, sure-of-itself sort of way. 

It rushes into my body in mighty waves and then flows out with ease and achievement, knowing where it’s been and proud of the work it’s done. 

I’ve been cultivating this space for my breath. For a string of 10 or 12 days I have abandoned the booming music and guided voices of my many trusted meditation tracks, and I’ve been sitting in the sweet silence peppered by only my breath. 

It was time for a stripping back. 

Confessions of a Mystic

Confessions of a Mystic

The road to discovering, unlocking and refining my mystical abilities has been a radical experiment in following my curiosity and wildly trusting myself. Ask anyone who actively flexes their clairsenses for a living about their experience with understanding and managing those gifts, and they'll undoubtedly tell you it's a mine field of high highs and low lows.

The work I do isn't taught in schoolrooms growing up. There isn't an accredited manual to reference when things get weird. And there isn't an alumni group waiting to pat you on the back and validate your woes.