TOP IMMUNE BOOSTING Tips (3)

How are you all doing? I hope you are hanging in there with the fast changes, general uncertainty and the vibe of unknowing that is out there.

It is a great time right now to invest some time in my third tip for boosting your immune system (and of course just generally feeling well and robust during this transitional time for us all).

TIME IN NATURE

Once again this tip is probably just a reminder to you all rather than an earth shattering silver bullet type tip (if they even exist).

Time out in nature resets and heals. It really is as simple and as complex as that. Time in nature has been proven to reduce our levels of oxidative stress, improve immune factors, down regulate the nervous system, balance out blood pressure, improve emotional wellbeing, improve cognitive function and much much more.

If you need the science then go google it but I’m pretty confident the ‘science’ is just proving something you already know in your bones to be true. You probably even have an embodied knowing of the feeling time in nature allows within you.

Great news is that NOW is the perfect time for getting out into our wild places. Nature is not cancelled. It is like we have been handed a free pass from our usual work commitments, from our social obligations, from our need to shop, spend and distract. We have no excuses left, well not really.

Plan a hike, camp locally, camp in your back garden, get out to the local green space, jump in a river, just get the dirt under your feet, some trees in your horizon and the sky over head.

There is no protocol. You don’t need me to tell you how to ‘do’ nature. That is not a thing. Do what is right for you but I highly recommend making time for it….today! You can get out and still completely comply with our current physical distance requirements, in fact it is easier and safer outside.

#selfcare #immuneboost #nature #natureconnection #youarenature #wholepersonhealth #holistichealth #wellness #natureheals #rewilding #bodybeing #holistichealthcoaching #canberra #downregulate #forestbathing #shinrinyoku #wilderness #treelungs #trees

Top Immune Boosting Tips (2)

breathingShock…surprise…no way!

This next post will focus on the importance of conscious breathing. That is bringing conscious awareness to your breath (e.g. meditation, breath work, mindfulness).

Some of you will ‘blank’ when I say the words ‘meditation’ or ‘conscious breathing’ and some of you will say, der of course. For those in the middle I would really like to encourage you to find a breath practice.

Conscious breathing benefits so many aspects of our health and wellbeing (body, mind, heart and spirit). In times like these it is a major friend to our ability to stay centred, grounded, calm and make informed decisions. A conscious breath practice will support us:

– to down regulate our nervous systems,
– reduce the negative impacts of stress, worry & confusion,
– improve the capacity of our body to attend to its regular maintenance & repair needs,
– dampen overwhelm & anxiety,
– connect us with our life force,
– boost our immune function directly, &
– give us sweet virtue signaling cred (just joking…..or am I)!

There is so much more but that is a much longer post & my fingers are sore 😜

A breath practice does not need to be complicated or sophisticated. Sometimes the simple ones are the best.

My favourite beginner practice to calm, centre & rebalance the nervous system is just ‘breath watching’. Simply letting ourselves become aware of our inhale & our exhale more & more. Noticing the sensations of breathing, the texture, taste, speed, length, temperature etc.

Yes your mind will wander, you will get distracted. It doesn’t matter. Just notice that too & then come back to awareness of the sensations of breathing in and breathing out. You can even say in your mind ‘breathing in’ on the inhale and ‘breathing out’ on the exhale with each breath.

Do 20mins, 10mins, 2mins. Whatever is right for you. The more often you can reset your awareness & draw it to your breath the greater the benefit.

If you want some support I have created a free 17min guided meditation for all those wanting to start with a little help. PM or email me.

Of course there are a million out there just search or go it alone. Whatever is your jam.

With all that is going on let’s remember we are in this together. This is a shared experience. We have each other’s backs and hearts. We will awaken to this need together but it might be a crunchy time for a bit.

Let’s spaciously connect.

P.S. There will be some online supported conscious breathing circles coming to an online space near you soon so stay tuned if you are interested.

#consciousbreath

Top Immune Boosting Tips (1)

sunlight

Anyone who knows me is not going to be surprised that my first tip for bolstering your immune system is going to be….

Sunlight! 🌞

Sunlight (and with it Vitamin D) is well know to be an incredible immune support. The availability of Vit D in your system is a key indicator of your ability to respond well to viruses, bacteria and other immune attacks.

Yes Vit D supplementation is an option but real sunlight on your skin is much more potent. Sunlight is much more complex than just one vitamin (which is actually a hormone).

Regular sunlight supports us to wake up easier, go to sleep easier, feel more emotionally robust, improve cardiovascular health, improve gut health, restore vibrant skin, reduce autoimmune dysfunction, improve thyroid function, reduce osteoporosis, ground us in our bodies and restore the flow of life force.

If you are local to Australia then now is a great time to get outside, ground your body in the earth and nourish your body with light.

Read my full two part article on my website if you want to dive into this deeper.

Suns out, guns out.

#sunlightheals #thesunisnotcancelled #bodybeing #immunesupport #lifesupport #sunlight #vdrs #vitD #holistichealthcoaching #thesourceofalllife #wholepersonhealth #sun #grandfathersun #communitysupport

An embodied ‘No’

My relationship to my ‘no’

Evolving, deepening, descending into the core of me.

An embodied ‘no’ leaves space for my whole hearted ‘yes’.

An embodied ‘no’ is the way I tell my truth in the world. How I care for myself and respect that my needs matter, that I matter. How I declare my boundaries, saying here and no further.

An embodied ‘no’ is how I declare my right to take up space, be seen, to rest and to love what I love.

An embodied ‘no’ is my safety in a confusing, overwhelming and sometimes violent world.

My ‘no’ is a gift to those around me and gives them permission to also truly inhabit their ‘no’.

My ‘no’ releases my ‘yes’ into the realm of truth and integrity.

Such gratitude to @gigiamazonia and all my huntress sisters for deepening how essential it is that we truly inhabit our ‘no’.

Featured is my ‘loving no’, my ‘fuck off no’ might burn your eyes out 🤣 👀

📷 @gigiamazonia at Heart of Huntress Retreat

 

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Pine Pollen Harvesting – Embracing the gifts of Spring

For a couple years now I have literally been ‘Pine-ing’ for pollen (I know, it’s so good right).

I followed the rabbit hole a few years back and deeply researched the golden pollen from pine trees and it’s incredible multi-nutrient properties as a food supplement but also it’s potent medicinal properties for hormonal balancing and it’s powerful detoxification potential.

I’ve harvested it in the past but keep missing the peak of the season. Not this year!

Why pine pollen?

It has a complex range of minerals, vitamins and trace minerals (over 200 bioactive ingredients). Some include: Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, Vit C, Vit E, Vit D, Beta Carotene, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc, Selenium!!!!

It is a complete protein (rare in the plant world).

It is a strong support for the body’s natural detoxification processes.

It is a live and vital food (unlike so many of our modern day versions of food). I literally feel more awake, alive and joyful from a dose. Think about the purpose of pollen and how prepped for creation it has to be (it is literally the beginning of the life of a tree). It is LOADED with grow factors for the tree, the surrounding ecology it lands on and us! #natureheals

It gives a total shot gun of antioxidants (including Glutathione the master antioxidant in the human body).

But perhaps it’s most interesting component is it’s androgenic properties. Meaning it contains and supports the balancing of testosterone (though it also supports rebalancing of estrogens and progesterone). Remember testosterone is needed in all versions (to various degrees) of masculine and feminine bodies (in women balanced testosterone gives you better organisms!).

It also contains other support hormones and hormone precursors such as DHEA (which has been called the anti-aging hormone).

This is a huge and powerful medicinal quality in a world ripe with hormonal dysregulation and imbalance. In fact it can be so powerful for increasing testosterone in men that in therapeutic qualities (such as a tincture) is not recommended for men under the age of 20 years!

The pollen is mildly sweet and so easy to add to foods, beverages or turn into a tincture.

Good news is it is easy to gather and Canberra has been bursting with pine trees plump for gathering.

This timely gift from nature is here to burst nutrients into our bodies, fill us with vitality and passion. All in time for the season of emerging, growing and dusting off the depths of winter.

Just dust the pollen from the catkins (male tree parts) into a paper bag to collect. Or just go lick a pine tree for fun.

Go rewild your taste buds!

Choices

CHOICES

Expressing our authentic YES or NO?

 

Sometimes getting my movement nourishment needs met means a YES to my family.

Yes to being dynamic and flexible to the needs of the situation. Yes to finding a way to move together. Yes to being playful and sharing this time. Yes to moving and relating. Yes to moving and connecting. Yes I choose this.

Sometimes it is a clear and firm NO.

No to sabotaging my needs to meet theirs. No, I love you but I also love myself. No to being a sacrificial lamb. I have needs and it’s my job to meet them and have healthy boundaries. No to modelling for them (through my actions) that we should always put other people’s needs first.

These types of situations are all about choice. Choosing your YES or your NO!

When we make conscious choices we empower ourselves and our loved ones. When we respond unconsciously or untruthfully we sabotage ourselves but also those in our lives.

So many times we say ‘yes’ but we mean ‘no’. So many times we don’t say anything at all. We imagine we are powerless, stuck, without choice, obligated. Or we make a choice but we get all passive aggressive about it (never helpful) cause it is not what we really want.

But we always have a choice. Choice is power, choice is conscious action, choice is a loving act of self respect and respect of the others involved.

I like to come back to choice, over and over again. To remind myself when I’m feeling trapped, obligated, a victim, used, or unseen, ‘what am I choosing here’. It has a beautiful way of bringing me back into perspective and back into awareness.

It is not always easy but it is helpful.

#choose #youalwayshavechoice #consciouschoice #yes #no#innerauthority #healthyboundaries #consciousrelating #selfrespect#honesty #authenticity #bodybeing #empowerment #innerwilderness#breathwork #breathworkcanberra #breathworkpractitioner#wholepersoncoaching #nutritiousmovement #humanslide#downdogvariation

Continuing to be human

Having a human experience means having MANY moments like this (symbolically as well as actually!).

Don’t be fooled by the images presented to you in social media.

Don’t let the inner critic use those images to tell you lies like you are lesser than, wrong, broken, unworthy, not enough.

Listen to the deeper voice. The one that’s kind, the often quieter one that stands you in your place and declares proudly that you are heartbreakingly fabulous the way you are.

The voice that speaks beyond your wounds, beyond your story and into the depths of you.

Listen to that voice.

And if that voice is hard to hear or so quiet you can only just hear it, then seek out the people who grow that voice inside you. The people, the tribe, the elders, the community who want to see the real you and safely call that part of you out.

We all need those people so let’s surround ourselves and call out the voice inside each other till it is so loud it fills the room.

Also let yourself have a good giggle at my face at the end of the video.