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My passion, my purpose

So today I got to do something wonderful and fabulous!

 

I was able to share mindfulness tools with a staff of 30 in Windsor.  I shared my 4 main ways to de-stress, bring the body from sympathetic to parasympathetic response and how those things positively affect body and mind.

 

Mental health is my passion.  After getting sick I knew that I wanted tools that would help me, my children and those I met who were struggling.

When I was presenting today and listening to people I knew that I was absolutely marrying my passion with my purpose.  I floated out of the session and I’m still expressing gratitude for this beautiful opportunity.

“You have such a calming voice”

“Can you live in my classroom?”

“When can you come back?”

 

I’d love to be a mindfulness consultant for the school board!  I would love to work with anyone wanting to feel more calm, peace and joy in their life.

 

Tonight I got to teach an essential oils class with a group of ladies.  We discussed all the ways to use Lemon including some great recipes for cooking with lemon.  One of the ladies there said that this was better than any other evening out.  A group of women, learning together, growing, becoming their best selves.  Again, I feel my passion and purpose aligning perfectly and blessing others.

I am starting a new Mindful Movement for Moms and Kids series soon so keep your eyes open for that event information.

What is your passion? Purpose? Is there a way you can bring the two together?

 

Blessings, xo

Art is how civilizations heal…

A dissolution.

 

When we look inside and we dissolve the hate or frustration or fear (or anything we are struggling with) we then breathe out and our response can be a creation; a piece of art.

 

That’s why we blog. Why we paint. Why we sew and crochet and take photographs. Why we make beautiful oil blends and wooden trays. That’s why we do art.

 

Because we have dissolved and let go and now we can exhale something beautiful and healing.

 

And that dissolution and exhaling doesn’t overpower others who aren’t able to be in that space yet… (here’s the big aha for me)  It welcomes them in. It welcomes them into the dissolution. The sweetness. The surrender. The oneness.

Wow.

 

watch this to see it unfold… I’d love for you to comment below your reactions.

Continuing to feel supported from every direction

This morning we had our 20th session of Wildhood!  Wildhood is the nature immersion program I created for moms and kids to combat Nature Deficit Disorder as described by the amazing Richard Louv who wrote the book Last Child in the Woods.  While we were outside enjoying the changing season I reflected back on how this program has come to be and how I have felt so supported along the way.

My son Sawyer who is 5 loves being outside and I couldn’t help but notice that his emotions and interactions with his 2 year old brother were so much more positive and calm when we were in nature.  Having grown up immersed in nature until I got married and moved to the “city” my heart would sing the minute we stepped into the woods with backpacks on and compasses in hand.  As I started to share about our explorations and my observations of emotions and behaviour more moms were asking if they could join and reap these same benefits for themselves and their children.  Wildhood was born.

Since then we have made branch benches, created shapes with sticks and grass “twine”, decorated our “campsite” with berries and colourful leaves, saved snails, made mini snail rafts, picked berries, identified plant, tree and fungus species, made a plantain salve for a bee sting, practiced our orienteering skills of listening, using the sun, trying out a compass and using our eyes to find the pine stands.  We have climbed rolling hills and tumbled to the ground, we have climbed trees and swung on vines, we have laughed and we have had some tears when children didn’t want to share their best walking stick 🙂 and the captains of the group have helped the younger ones to figure out those big world problems.

It has been AMAZING.

It was never difficult. There was never a struggle.  It was an innocent idea born of need and passion.  And it grew all by its beautiful self.  I realize now because I let it.  I didn’t push or prod. I didn’t force or skirt around gratitude for the present in favour of desperate desire for the future possibilities.  Wow that feels great! Maybe I should do that more and in other areas right?! 😉  Lesson learned lovely universe! I’ve taken note.

I’ve also felt beautifully supported by the great tribe of women that I am learning to reach out to and accept and spend time with. Some in person, some only via blogs like this and Facebook groups.  I’m grateful for these women and the support they provide.

Are you looking to feel supported from every direction?  Reach out to me at lindseyecker@hotmail.com and I would be more than happy to have you join our tribe 🙂

Blessings and love,

Lindsey

“The Healer with the Amazing Gift”

Livin’ on Easy Street (took the long way)

I feel fabulous today!  I have not felt this fabulous at the end of a work day in a long time… A really, really, really long time!  I feel like I’m livin’ on easy street 🙂  But I must admit, I took the long way to get here 🙂

 

February 2015 I returned to work after my maternity leave with my second son and I felt so heavy, dark and negative inside and around me.  I dragged myself to work and scraped by.  In the spring I met with my Dr and things continued to go downhill.  In January of 2016 my husband had watched me struggle for long enough and he took me to the Dr to figure out what was wrong.  I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and the diagnosis and support really helped me to begin seeking the tools I needed to get back to being ME.

I explored so many things, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Meditation, Focusing, PSYCH-K, Exercise, major diet changes and eliminations, Vitamin and Supplement protocols, Nature Immersion Therapy, Healing Prayer, Support Groups and essential oils.

It was through this exploration, curiosity and total openness that I realized I wanted to feel ALIVE again and I wanted to THRIVE.  I wanted to feel passionate about something and that I had PURPOSE and I was making a DIFFERENCE.  Essential oils opened the door for me to find all of those things.  The Wellness Summits and Conferences surrounded me with people who were inspired and inspiring, who encouraged my curiosity and my dreams.

I started meeting with a coach and started keeping an inspiration journal and all of a sudden those ideas that I thought would never be more than dreams started to become realities in the form of Wildhood Nature Immersion Experiences, Mindful Movement programs, Holistic Health and Wellness Expos and amazing breakthrough counselling sessions.

I found my Soul Song.  I had lost it, and I am still in the process of making sure it has a beautiful place in my life so I don’t lose it again, but it’s found!

And THAT is easy like Sunday mornin’ 🙂

Connect with me to learn even more of the nitty gritty details and what else is on the horizon!  Maybe you’d even like to join me on the journey. xo

 

Identity and Humility

I’ve been trying to get back into jogging lately.  I’ve been out running a few times here or there and participated in a 5km on May 1 (the Le Chocolat which you should try if you haven’t).  Last week I needed to get out there because I had a run on Sunday and hadn’t really run at all since my last race…

A great friend offered to run with me.  She’s a ‘runner’!  She encouraged me the whole way as I ran barely faster than the walkers out enjoying the sun.  As I tried to push myself to keep going at my snail’s pace my throat started to close and I felt like I couldn’t keep going.  My friend encouraged me more and when she said the wonderful words, “we’re done, that was 5km,” tears sprang to my eyes and my throat totally cleared.

I realized as we walked back to our starting point that the reason my throat had tightened and I felt my emotions rise up was because I was out of my comfort zone.  I’m usually the helper.  It was a humbling experience to need help and to be so unsatisfactory at something I really wanted to be good at.

I’ve learned that sharing my feelings instead of hiding them is the way to go and so I shared how I was feeling with my friend and it clicked for both of us as she recounted all the ways since my childhood that I’ve been the helper.  My identity was being the helper and in this situation where I needed help my identity was struggling to figure out where to stand.  It felt so freeing to talk it through and feel all the feelings associated with it.

And then the real light bulb moment.  I realized that when my friends or family members or clients ask for help and then hesitate, or get emotional or step back it’s because they are also nervous about their identity changing.  I’m so much more compassionate to that now that I’ve experienced it like I did this past week.

So I’m still the helper but I’m now embracing being the helped and I’m sitting here more ready than ever to use my new aha to walk with all of you as you decide to step into new freedoms in your life!

My next race won’t be until the fall.  I’m going to spend the summer working my legs to cover new distances and also working my mind to open up even more to the unlimited possibilities before me!  If you’d like to join me check out my Facebook page “The Healing Power of Nature”

xo Lindsey

Journey to Self

Well I hiked… And quit…

And a miracle happened.  Instead of me feeling like that equalled failure I was able to be flexible with my expectations and stay committed to self-care and my community of relationships by booking a massage instead of burning out on Day 2.

The hike was crazy amazing.  I took NOT ONE PHOTO.  Not because there weren’t beautiful vistas to see but because I wanted to soak in every minute in real time and not behind a lens.  No more barriers between me and living, breathing LIFE.

Breathe I did!  I tried to yoga breathe for the whole 34 km and in the last 7 km when we had one girl have to go to the hospital and one friend have to bow out because of the pain my breath was the only thing carrying me along.

This journey of 34 km up and down hills and rocks and walking through flowing streams and stilled by the hush of pine stands and amazed at snow’s persistence in the nooks and crannies of the cliffs was a metaphor for my life.  All the beauty that surrounds me but that I might miss if I’m only focussed on getting to the end as fast as possible.  Needing to remember gratitude and a higher power when the going gets tough and everything seems difficult.  Realizing that when the heat turns up it comes with the blessing of detoxing the mind, body and soul as it sweats out all thoughts and things that no longer serve you.

I’m still processing and learning so much from this experience and I’m excited to do it again this October.  I will definitely be bringing the all-natural Bugspray, Sunscreen and Muscle Reliever I made with Doterra essential oils because they worked fabulously!

Here are some pictures of the area (that I did not take).

A Journey Into My Soul

I’m so excited but a little scared too.  May 28th and 29th I’m hiking 64 km of the Bruce Trail that runs in Ontario, Canada from Niagara Falls to Tobermory.  I am hoping it will be a time for me to disconnect from the outside world and to reconnect with my soul.  I want to hear her beautiful voice again and accept all her parts no matter what others may think.  And so into the woods I will go.

I am wanting to surround myself with wonderful women who inspire me as I prepare for this journey.  So as I prepare and figure out what to pack we gathered this past Thursday to make holistic Sunscreen that I will use on the trail.  If you would like some beautiful and healthy sunscreen for the times you’re outside all day here is the recipe. (otherwise it’s best to use light clothing and intermittent direct sun exposure to benefit from the vitamin D)

 

1/4 cup beeswax

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 avocado oil

1 tsp vitamin E oil

2 tbsp. NON nano Zinc Oxide powder

5 drops Lavender essential oil

5 drops Myrrh essential oil

Optional 5 drops Helichrysum essential oil

 

Pour the first 4 ingredients into a large glass jar and place the jar into a pot of water on the stove on medium heat.  As the ingredients warm they will melt and you can stir them together to mix.  Take the jar off the stove and let cool a few minutes before adding the Zinc powder (don’t breathe it in).  Pour into your desired container (I used glass canning jars), add the essential oils and stir once more.  It smells beautiful and without the zinc would be a great body cream!

I already slathered my arms and stomach with the leftovers that I scraped out of the mason jar 🙂

Check out my virtual Store (this is so cool!) where I have added all the products I like to use in my DIY projects and life in general.  You’ll get to see what I’m reading and what else makes me tick (let me tell you it’s quite the menagerie of things that don’t seemingly fit together!)  http://astore.amazon.ca/baldaithehe0a-20

And you can find my essential oils webpage here: http://www.mydoterra.com/lindseyecker

 

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