Hiking without intention is like walking with the aforementioned notion; that being outdoors is healing in itself. That’s true and important for sure, AND I’m claiming my unique gift of being able to guide others through a healing process that is unapologetic about going inwards for personal growth. I’m focused on my connection to support you in living your their best life and to walk through the trenches and climb up the mountains. In a sense, I’m taking hiking from a recreational activity into a deep healing process. And that requires and demands intentionality.
In this post, I’d like to focus more on the physical affects of doing your transformative work, or healing. For instance, the after care piece of a healing hike, can be overlooked. I wanted to be transparent about the possibilities and encourage you to trust that if something physical and out of the ordinary does come up, this is a good sign of change or release!
…violence in every form; whether between people or in the extreme violence of Mother Nature onto this planet. The pains and hurts caused by humans onto each other are not separate from the Earthly destructions happening on our planet right now. That the more we continue on the way we have been with each other, the more vicious our environment will respond with its own destruction. It's all connected, I believe.
Over the years I’ve discovered more of the complexities that played a role in this self-deprecating language. There’s so much ongoing work I do in self-reflection, healing, reframing simple sentences in email responses, the list goes on and...it’s FOR REAL challenging sometimes. But if I can offer you three simple ways to reflect on your own story language, we can add so much more to this world by telling a more empowering story of ourselves!
Here are some reflections I offer you...
When I first started working in juvenile justice facilities I knew what I was good at. And that was to reach and teach environmental education to "high risk" youth populations. What I didn't know was that I was experiencing compounded trauma by placing myself in these situations. Let me be more explicit about what I mean by compounded trauma.
Lately the folks reaching out to me for support have a general need to understand how to "not hold onto" someone else's issues. So, I thought it be fitting to write a little bit about a strategy I use everyday that helps me be present with clients (and people in general) without bringing on my "stuff"
Back in 2014 I published what would be a key blog post of my career; taking a stand against what I felt were problematic practices of “diversity and inclusion” panels and discussions. My Shapeshifting the Panel piece was me taking a stand against...