Finally Healed After One Year of Repurposement

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It’s been exactly one year since I repurposed AKA retired.  I have to say that I recently had the honor and privilege to go on a much needed retreat with Blissful Massage.  It was such a beautiful experience.  Almost 3 days back home and I am still dwelling in the blissful experience.

We went to Stewart Mineral Springs Retreat in Weed, CA which is right outside Mt. Shasta.  I can only say, Wow.  It was so beautiful and peaceful.  It had a Creek running through the middle of the grounds.

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It was such a healing experience.  Jody Davis of Blissful Massage and Amber Nicole, The Daily Healing, put together a very conscious uplifting retreat.  They are both Reiki Masters and there was burning sage, singing bowls, tuning forks and lots of love and nourishment.

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Our meals were consciously prepared with love and nourishment.  Healthy juices, grains, fruit, vegetables, hummus and a magical ceremonial tea.  Did I say chocolate? Everything was ooey gooey dripping with love.  And there were 6 other beautiful women.  I have to admit, I was a little concerned about being with women that I did not know.  I was hoping they would keep their claws in.  I had fear about the women and hoping they were kind to me.

Well was I just so blessed.  I met some of the kindest most beautiful women.  I forgot my socks and Amber (a different Amber)  let me borrow a pair.  I didn’t have a hair tie and Linda gave me one.  They were so nurturing and kind.  I really appreciated their kindness.

Stewart Mineral  has these amazing mineral springs that is super healing.  Then we went in a sauna that was heated with firewood to be followed up a dip in the 45 degree creek.  It was so rejuvenating.  Wow I absolutely loved it.  There were beautiful trees and rocks and stars, birds.  I know my ancestors used to do this.  You see I am Native American.

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The first night it rained and I really felt like it was God’s way of making sure there were no fires.  He wanted to protect us.  Think of Glinda in the Wizard of Oz making it snow.

We did some amazing yummy yoga nidra and I slept so good.  Also we did some amazing journaling.  OMG Jody came up with the most healing journal practice that brought us to our labels that we were given as children.  It was super healing and we did a ritual of releasing these false labels.  We also were roaring which was so fun!!

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We went to a beautiful Labyrinth and it was just so healing.  There were healing trees and prayers galore.  You can write a prayer and tie it to a tree.  Lots of crystals and malas, crosses and statues.  We walked around there barefoot and could feel the grounding energy of our dear sweet Mother Earth.

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These are real rose quartz crystals that are here to make this alter.  Nobody takes them because that would be really bad luck.

So I can now say one year later that I am feeling so nourished, supported and loved.  I honestly owe it to this retreat full of beautiful women that were so kind and supporting and loving.  I want to thank each one of them for their beauty.  I made some great friends and we are staying in touch.

I left out the part where we went to downtown Mt. Shasta and I admit I went a little insane in this crystal shop.  I couldn’t resist all of the beautiful crystals.  Just so beautiful.  Crystals just brighten up my day.  They are completely natural and I just want their beautiful healing energy around me.  I’d buy a crystal any day over something plastic.  Also when I’m no longer here, my family will have these beautiful rocks to remember me.

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I am so thankful and blessed for the opportunity to go on this retreat.  My hope and prayer is that you will be able to carve out a little time and go on a retreat to reset, recharge and get back to who you really are.  You little Rock Star you.  You’ve forgotten your greatness.  Your job is to find your greatness.  If you need help, just ask.  May you have a long life and peace, joy and love in your heart for all eternity.

Valerie is a health and Wellness Coach.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her daughter and puppy, Amber.  Valerie hopes to share her messages of healing with the world.  Know that you can shift to positivity always. It’s like changing the channel.  Please follow and share her blog to encourage World Peace and also a Clean Healthy Planet. To learn about the New Climate Economy, click here.  $900 trillion investment by 2030.

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Is it Possible for you to Shut Up?

What I learned at a Silent Stay Retreat

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Recently I went to Silent Stay Retreat Center. It was very beautiful, peaceful and relaxing. It’s in the hills of Solano County in Pleasant Valley. Once you get here they encourage silence and it was quite refreshing to not feel pressured to talk to the other participants. I found it quite interesting that all of the participants were women except for one of the facilitators.  You do a couple of meditations per day in a group but the rest of the time you can do whatever you like. They recommend you leave your phone in the car so that you can really unplug. I did notice I wasn’t the only person who didn’t abide by this recommendation.  My excuse was because I needed to be available in case of an emergency with my family.  Needless to say it made me aware that I have a real addiction with my phone.

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One of the things we discussed is that with all of the busyness of life, we become so work oriented that we don’t know how to get our balance. The silence is what helps us to get our balance again. It helps your soul to come home and give itself a rest. It’s a beautiful concept.

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There is a concept of Yin and Yang.  Yang being work, education, doing, achieving, making money, pursuing.  Yin is about being, accepting, allowing, receiving, silence, inner being and soul work. It’s about getting in touch with that little kid inside of you and realizing what your inner child needs. Maybe it needs to play for a bit or get some rest. It also could need to get rid of stuff that is holding you back. Such as holding on to too much stuff.  It’s difficult to listen to your needs without silence.  Your inner child gets drowned out with all of the other noises and sounds.

The thing that was nice about having silence at the retreat, is that I didn’t have to feel that pressure to speak to talk to others. They have notes of paper around so you can communicate with someone if you need to.  It is perfectly fine to be in the same room and not feel responsible to talk to them. That felt very freeing and made me realize how such a simple thing as silence can have a real benefit to our lives.

Western culture is very much goal oriented, analytical, results driven and forces one to “go, go,go.” When really what our soul needs is just some time to sit back under a tree, and enjoy the cool breeze and enjoy the moment. What would happen if we gave ourselves a bit of time?

There was silence but the birds weren’t silent.  In the quiet of the hills, I could hear the beautiful songs of the birds.  There were many wind chimes and other wild life.  Hearing all of the wonderful nature sounds was very peaceful.  There was a beautiful family of turkeys.  The baby turkeys with their mom and dad.  I took the worst picture humanly possible.

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Of course I was reading an Awesome book when I was there that just completely enhanced the experience.  I took the book by Michelle Paisley Reed, called Manifesting Miracles and for the first time I was actually able to meet my soul.  It was such an amazing experience.  My soul is just so happy.  I mead ridiculously happy.  Kind of reminded me of my puppy when she gets so excited.   I was surprised because there are times when I am feeling stressed, sad and feel rushed.  When I saw my soul was happy, it just made me feel happy and want to spend more time with my happy little soul.  I feel so blessed that I was able to have this experience.

I’ve meditated for years but I’ve never really been silent for days on end and I no longer fear silence.  I wonder what would happen if we would all take the time to just shut up for a couple of days.  And of course my ego wants to judge people and tell them, “You really need to shut up.”  But not only is that not nice, but that’s their choice and we all have choices now don’t we?

Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach and Yoga Instructor.  She’s recuperating from a 26 year career in law enforcement.  After 9 months retired or repurposed she’s finally allowing herself a chance to truly rest.  She’s learning to listen to that voice inside of her and listening to what it wants.  You can read more about Valerie here.

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