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The Conscious Gardener

Today has been a time to reflect, rewind and recharge, a Happy Sunday.
The conscious gardener has been a message arising to look closely at what is growing. To discern the things coming together and building the future. It has been a time to reflect on what is growing, what is needed, what was planted and what has out grown. To tend to the weeds not required and focus, align and streamline the things I wish to grow and nurture. How does your garden grow?
#guidance #intuitive #spiritualcoaching #bluebells #meditation #mindfulness #gardening #meadowflowers #mayfield #wildflowers


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Let’s Talk About Stress

APR 7, 2021 AT 4:00 PMLet’s Talk About Stress

Cycle awareness has given me personal insights into my body, my emotions, my functionality as a woman. For example, as I ovulate on day 10 not the stated day 13.  I have a menstrual cycle of 30 days. Day 2 of my period is heavy and the days after this are noticeably lighter. I do have premenstrual stress and I would say I have had PME (Pre-menstrual Exhaustion) and PMDD (pre-menstrual Dysphoric Disorder) in some cycles, but not all.
Feeling tired and sensitive is also a chemical response to the peak in progesterone which is an outward sign of the inner necessity for my space. The holistic practitioner in me brings forwards the tools for self-reflection, morning pages, self-reflexology, self-massage, aromatherapy and meditation. Failing my self-care has me recognising these signs,
· Neck tension
· Aversions
· Needing solitude
· Hypersensitivity
· Tiredness
· Sleeping in the day and napping (although, essential)
· Lower backache
· Painful thumbs
· Hot and cold and both together
How the brain sees stress
I think of the womb as the brain. It remembers, it also needs to clear trauma, negative situations and dramas that have occurred. When we consider the corpus luteum and its development, it has been maturing as a dominant follicle and has been in development for the cycle. The womb (and by the womb I mean all our female structures, ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus or womb, the cervix, vagina and vulva), our female anatomy transforms and configures in a cycle.  It rises and it releases, it needs time to release, process just as much as the stress in our heads. The body has a way of storing dates, anniversaries and even if we do not remember an event from the past, sometimes the body will. Regular releasing as a ritual at the menstrual phase helps us along in life. The ancestors of our past knew the importance of such rites of passage. Rituals do not have to be elaborate or ancient, but by all means go ahead, they can also be as modern and easy as you like. From a ceremonial old jumper for your days of comfort when you get home to lighting a candle for your time on the sofa with a cup of tea. As long as you recognise the significance, that it is all about you and your time.
I am aware that cumulative stress is a factor in stress responses as well as hereditary and childhood circumstances. We all can cope with stress as a response, but repeated episodes can develop into anxiety.  I had several episodes of stressful events in a short period of time. This led to panic attacks and trauma responses effecting my day to day. I did seek help from professionals as well as private practitioners, a hypnotherapist for EMDR, reiki practitioners and mediation groups. I found that the most affective approaches where ones that allowed me to express by responses and not the ones where I needed to consider the re-enactment of the events. Trigger responses are real, and the anxiety the body remembers is a reaction. Listening and witnessing are great stress reducers I find, a group of great active listeners, and self-care all are very conducive to a reduction in the stress responses.
It was when I entered perimenopause, I found the stress returned on a sliding scale from PMS (pre-menstrual stress) to premenstrual exhaustion to premenstrual dysphoric disorder. I needed to take another look at trauma responses and how this was isolated to my autumn phase. My thoughts needed to be addressed as I could identify negative thought through my mind. I began a practice called morning pages. This is where I sit and write all the thoughts onto paper. All those thoughts at a rapid rate get marked down so they do not continue to circle around in my head. This could be shopping lists, negative self-talk to past and reoccurring thoughts. Writing it all down allowed me to witness the thoughts, see them and then stop the recurring cycling of them. I was able to then quiet the mind and settle into some relaxation. All this was occurring within an hour of waking up.
Throughout the day I had alerts on my phone with positive affirmations, I would eat more frequently, and supplement my body with healthy foods, lots of water and herbal teas. I was basically putting my needs first not last. I need to have reminders throughout this phase that I was a sovereign state and no one or no-thing could pass without permission. Some months my needs and territory are more amplified that others.
For me groups support, along with self-care are long term practices. Sometimes a breathing meditation works better than a yoga class due to how tired I feel. Other days I like the get outside in nature and do some physical exercise. Having a range of useful practices means I can vary them according to how I feel. Considering we are extremely sensitive at this time in all ways it is worth addressing individual needs relating to our senses. Both as a way of nurturing and how we sense all things around us at this time.

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Favourite Things

#myfavouritethings
This is #larvikite. It is a Norwegian Felspar crystal that I have used for years in my meditations. It connects to the earth energies as perceived through the third eye. So the energy of earth is seen as part of the greater Cosmos. It is said to aid in  meditation with the  astral realm, promote a deep sense of calm and detox in the nervous system. Like other black crystals it dispels negativity and has a protective quality. For me it is a good crystal alley for root and third eye meditations. Enjoy the ride!
#guidance #intuitive #spiritualcoaching #crystal #crystalloversofinstagram


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Blade of Light

Lemurian Blade of Light

This is my new Blade of Light Lemurian Quartz Crystal. At this angle you can see the coding lines, the horizontal lines in the quartz. It is also a pure clear crystal. It clears brain fog, lethergy and in meditation can bring clear solutions and decisions. Physically it aids in removing blockages. On days when it is all a bit too much it re-energizes and motivates me.
#bladeoflightlemurian #crystalhealer #crystalloversofinstagram #Lemurians #lovemyrocks❤


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Women of Change

Blessings

I pray to the Grandmothers, the Mothers
The Sisters and Daughters
I pray to the Changemakers, the Songmakers,
And the Homemakers
I pray to the Winds of Movement
The Rivers of Guardians
The Earth Lovers
And the Fire Warriors
I pray for Change


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Path Awareness

You know you are on the right path when the woman on the checkout in the supermarket suddenly ask you about menopause!
Then the woman behind at checkout joins in!!!! Talking Menopause mouth and vag mucous membranes at the checkout!


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Pilgrimage to Woman

Don’t be fooled, women have carved paths around the earth

Women’s feet have paved many torrents upon the ground

And many women have lost their lives in sacred pilgrimage

Of blessing the Isle and the Mountain top

In the name of the woman

The nature of the septum and the womb

Ancient women have placed their feet upon your paths

And by their unsung names

I remember them

For, wherever they have gone

I go

My feet are not the first to walk these paths

And they won’t be

The Last


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Happy New Year

I thank you all for a spirited year of connection, joy, laughter, grief, tears and sounding our voices in release and keening.

I pray for love, more connection to you all in joy and heart blooming inspiration.

I pray that next year I will be gatherings with you, to sing, voice, touch your hand in mine as your spirit has touched my heart this year.

I thank the Grandmothers and the Grandfathers, our ancestors, the ancient ones the wise and the well for pulling us together. I thank the great mysteries of the those that guide me, my angel guardians, my spirit guides for bringing me into circle and session with beautiful souls and those that have pure hearts. I thank the greatness for new friendships, for long held loving relationships, for family and community that have held us as we have experienced challenges and expressed our emotions in safe communion.

I am grateful for All this and so much more. I am grateful to the All and the Only, to the consciousness of oneness and my grateful heart sends out so much love to yours for now in this present moment, I am Truly Blessed.


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The Edge

For as long as I can remember I have always been connected to water. I have lived by the sea I have needed water to stabilise and return to my inner self as well as to clear my energy. It is more than just a ritual to hydrate and cleanse. As women we carry water, birth through water, sing to the water.

We are going through an energy clearing and water is appearing as an element of change. The cellular memory tells me that throughout the ages water has been sacred.

We flow we move we change,

We flow we move we change.

As we allow the energy of flow at this time we find a deeper connection from the chaos around us. The water is a reminder of surrender, withdraw if needed, and return when pulled. As we move through another energetic new moon phase and an eclipse we are thrown up to face the change of us all. The movement is happening, change is here, like the sea there are waves causing us to question our values. The mirror, or her reflection is prominent. The mirror has been up against our view to see our shadow, our collective shadow and now the mirror is changing to be the window into the soul. We are that soul, and we are that which is now looking.

Going to the edge is a courageous journey. It is part of a deeper existence to be seen, witnesses and maybe, to be experience…. you decide. On the winter solstice there are many women in the UK going to their local water ways. The intention is to let go of what once was and allow what is to come. If you feel the call, venture to your own edge and sing freely your own song of surrender.


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Everything….

There is time for everything and everything has its time…..

Into this place I send my soul song streaming and the elements return the sound into my own. I am here without time and in no place. I have space between the particles of my being and my bones.