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Sunday, 20 March 2016

Life is Precious


“Be grateful for every second of every day that you get to spend with the people you love. 
Life is so very precious.” ~ Mandy Hale

Our community has suffered the loss of two souls in the same week, one a loving and kind University student and the other a passionate public health advocate. Though they hailed from different circles and different generations, the memorials held for these loving and generous people have reminded me once again of two very important things. The first being that life is precious and the second that each one of us has no idea of how wide and far we influence, impact and make a difference in the lives of others.

I am sitting here in my favorite spot on the couch, cozy and warm wrapped in soft blankets and shawls. My knees are pulled up under me as I sit cross-legged with a lap desk supporting my computer. I like working here. It feels good to have the sun shining through the window warming my skin, shining light on my thoughts and feelings. There is a cup of tea beside me, steam gently rising from one of my favorite earthenware mugs, a comforting aroma of green leaves and tropical fruit. It is a soothing tea, light and smooth, not at all bitter. I can still taste the hint of dark chocolate on my tongue from a piece enjoyed earlier, a perfect combination with the warm tea. It is an afternoon treat and an opportunity to pause with my thoughts.

Taking the time to savour that which I love is important. Mindfully enjoying each moment as it comes is something that I continually work towards. My thoughts sometimes seem like wild horses running everywhere in my mind. It is when I consciously make the choice to pause and notice what is happening around me, that I am able to enjoy the micro moments, the little things and the quiet whispers that come from within.

During the service today, I found myself thinking about my older son and how it would feel if instead it was he that had passed and it was our family that was grieving. My heart filled with love for him, for my younger son, for my husband and for our lives together. I felt that all familiar lumpy tightness in my throat and an ache in my heart so strong that it hurt for me to breathe. I can only imagine the strength it requires to live with the passing of a loved one, to move through the necessities of sharing the news, arranging memorials and disassembling the paperwork and possessions of their lives. It is something that no one wishes to experience and yet it is something that at some point all of us will be required to.

Today I will share time with my loved ones mindfully, savoring each moment as I do sitting in the sun or holding a steaming mug of tea. Today I will honor myself and those I love most by being mindful and present, by enjoying their unique traits and perspectives and by sharing in the light that shines from within. 

Life is precious. Pause. Take a breath. Savour the moment. 

Love and Light, 
Heather

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Heather Thomas is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) specializing in CranioSacral Therapy and Healing from the Core/Full Body Presence Work. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT500) and the Directing Instructor for the Fort McMurray SOYA Yoga Teacher Training Program. She offers a number of different mentoring programs, classes and wellness opportunities. 



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Thursday, 11 February 2016

"Succulent Wild Love"



“Inviting someone into your boundaries is a privilege you give them. In a Succulent Wild
Love relationship it’s a privilege that never changes into a right someone can use to “tame” or limit you. This is what makes the boundaries beautifull.” Pg. 114


I absolutely love this excerpt from the “Succulent and Wild” Means Self-Lovingly Separate and Beautifull Boundaries chapter of SARK and Dr. John Waddell’s new book; "Succulent Wild Love - Six Powerful Habits for Feeling More Love More Often" (available through Amazon or New World Library: http://bit.ly/1WdRY6c.). I love it because it speaks to me about something that has always been a challenge to define and recognize within myself. Where do I stop and others begin? How big or successful can I allow myself to be and still be safe? What are my rights? What are my responsibilities?

For several years now, I have been consciously learning more about myself and working with boundaries and what they mean to me, where they can be strengthened and where they can be more flexible. A lot of my personal ah-ha’s and self-discovery have occurred through reading and writing (SARK's WINS writers classes). Some of the best insights though have taken place through healing energy and bodywork sessions. Working with my craniosacral and “healing from the core” colleagues, has helped me re-discover and remember pieces of myself that I once felt never existed.

“Inviting someone into your boundaries is a privilege you give them. In a Succulent Wild
Love relationship it’s a privilege that never changes into a right someone can use to “tame” or limit you. This is what makes the boundaries beautifull.” Pg. 114

This passage from SARK & Dr. John Waddell’s book is yet another way of affirming that what is right for me is right for me and that is all that matters. No reasons, rationalizing or excuses. Healthy, strong and flexible boundaries help me to move in and around my world authentically with grace, ease, joy and freedom. Knowing when to say NO to others and having the strength and conviction to do so, is the same as saying a huge YES to myself. My right is to feel safe, full, juicy and strong. My responsibility is to stand up for myself by standing up for my rights.

Often our closest relationships are the most challenging. I know people that can stand tall and firm in their decisions at work and at the same time become a doormat at home. Recognizing that in order to be healthy, happy, joyful and free, it is deeply important to be able to feel your personal limits and to have the strength to step away when the situation requires it.

It is my right to have safe, loving and supportive relationships in all areas of my life (including the relationship I have with myself) and it is my responsibility to keep strong, flexible and healthy boundaries. I respect myself more for doing so and because of this that others reflect that same sentiment back in my direction. Thank you SARK & Dr. John Waddell for this excellent reminder of an essential principle in living a healthy, happy and harmonious life.

Love and Light,

Heather.

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Heather Thomas is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) specializing in CranioSacral Therapy and Healing from the Core/Full Body Presence. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT500) and the Directing Instructor for the Fort McMurray SOYA Yoga Teacher Training Program. She offers a number of different mentoring programs, classes and wellness opportunities. 



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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Grace and Ease



Grace and Ease

What does it mean to move with grace and ease? Where does grace and ease fit in the world of too busy, too much and not enough time to get it all done in?  Well, it doesn’t. Not really. In fact, to move with grace and ease is exactly the opposite.

Grace and ease is in congruence with the real me, the inside me. It is in line with what my heart and soul want. For me, grace and ease are a concept by which to live my life the easiest and truest way I know how. Every time I get anxious or wrapped up about something in my world the best cure is to simplify, to let go of the thought that is keeping me up at night and to feel the sensations in my body. If my body feels tight then I am not at ease, if my body feels soft and relaxed then I am. It is that simple.

Grace and ease is a choice. It is a choice that I make moment to moment and day to day. When I approach moments of my day with an attitude of mindfulness and care, listening into what it is that I want or need and then following those sensations and impulses, then I am living in harmony with myself. When I get wrapped up in mind games, thought patterns and negative thinking I am not living from a state of grace or ease. In this state I am preoccupied, absorbed, distracted and often irritable. I don’t have time for those around me, I am less open to other ideas and I find my tolerance and patience are limited.

To take each moment as it comes and ride it out until it passes makes a difference. It helps me take the good with the bad, the easy with the hard, the joy with the sorrow, and the pain with the pleasure. Taking each moment as it comes helps me stay grounded and present and move more easily in harmony with both myself, and the world around me.

So what does it mean to move with grace and ease? It means that there is more time in my day, that there isn’t any rushing or pushing. To live with grace and ease means that I am open to other’s opinions and ideas and even more open to exploring my own thoughts and beliefs. When I am moving through my life with grace and ease, I am grounded and full in my physical container, I make healthier choices moment to moment and everything in my world becomes simple. There are no choices to make because I can clearly see what is right. It is a simple concept that when I am not in the throes of angst is easily understood. For those times when my feathers are ruffled, grace and ease do not come easily. I do know though that an emotion will pass in about ninety seconds and that with a little physical activity or journaling so will the negative voice in my head.

Want more Grace and Ease? Go back to the basics and KISS (keep it simple, silly)!

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Heather Thomas is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) specializing in CranioSacral Therapy and Healing from the Core/Full Body Presence. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT500) and the Directing Instructor for the Fort McMurray SOYA Yoga Teacher Training Program. She offers a number of different mentoring programs, classes and wellness opportunities. 

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Friday, 1 January 2016

365 New Opportunities


365 New Opportunities

Today is January 1st and with that people are making promises both to themselves and others. Resolutions to live healthier, better lives. Resolutions to move forward in creativity, in abundance, and in all the other things that make hearts thump in joy.

Though I have never liked the concept of a New Year’s Resolutions I have from time to time “resolved” to make shifts of my own. To me, these promises have always seemed to fleeting, like a floating helium balloon that without an anchoring string drifts away into the far blue yonder. I have found that a resolution without action, without commitment to a plan is like a helium balloon without a string. A year feels like such a long time when I am trying to change a pattern, habit or institute something new.

To me the start of a new year is like the start of another day. It is up to me to choose to make the most of what is placed in front of me. It is another opportunity to feel and express my gratitude and another opportunity to really enjoy and experience what shows up. The start of a new year is like the start of another day; it is another opportunity to be kinder to myself and to those around me, another opportunity to trust more deeply and to share my heart more freely.

A new year is about new beginnings. My belief is that a New Year’s goal doesn’t have to be difficult, firm or black and white. It doesn’t have to be about sacrifice or restriction. I offer up the consideration that we can have more than one new beginning, more than one fresh start. Why not start joyfully fresh each day?

Consider this:
365 new beginnings.
365 new days to start fresh helps make this whole concept of change and adjustment easier to handle, it is much more kind and gentle your body and mind.
And with forgiveness for the days that don’t go as planned, each one is anther opportunity to be even better (more loving and authentic) than you are today.

While I know that my immediate goals will shift from day to day, week to week, and month to month, I also know that the core of what I really want will stay the same. At this moment in time I yearn for even more gratitude, the felt sense of deep contentment and the enjoyment of each moment as it comes whether in pain or pleasure. I yearn for the sensation of trust in every cell in my body, the lightness of joy with every step and the continued inspiration to confidently push farther and harder in all my creative pursuits. 

Today has been great. I have taken steps in all the areas of my heart’s desires. This morning I sat to enjoy a cup of tea, spent time in contemplation and shared my gratitude and love with the planet, I took pleasure watching what showed up as I wrote and colored in my journal. This afternoon I enjoyed a winter walk with my beloved and now we are sitting at the kitchen table together, he is working on organizational tasks and I am sharing my heart through this writing. I look forward to even more delicious conscious connection with the people and things I love. I look forward to making a point of it every day and I am absolutely positive that 2016 is going to be a great year!


“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” ~ Jack Kerouac


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Heather Thomas is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) specializing in CranioSacral Therapy and Healing from the Core/Full Body Presence. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT500) and the Directing Instructor for the Fort McMurray SOYA Yoga Teacher Training Program. She offers a number of different mentoring programs, classes and wellness opportunities. 

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Everything I touch is a success


“Everything I touch is a success.”

Where would we be if we all believed and felt the truth of this statement? Where would society be? Where would the world be? What would the larger picture look like? Would we have warring factions getting even stronger because they believed so deeply in their missions? Would social, economic and environmental issues become even worse or would things get better? Would there be more equality, more peace because those who believe in such things would be even stronger, more capable and active?

If we take it down to the local level, what would it look like in our communities?

I can see schools full of exceptional students and teachers, bullying no longer an issue because the bullies feel better about them selves and instead recognize their own special talents.

I can see poverty and homelessness virtually eliminated because those that feel stuck in patterns of abuse, addiction or undesirable circumstance will have the internal conviction that change is not only possible but immanent. They would be able to move forward with their dreams and desires for a healthier more stable life.

I can see scores of people trading in jobs and careers that they dislike and instead following their hearts towards dreams and desires. Why? Because they believe that everything they touch will be a success. They believe that they can. They feel the truth of it inside their hearts.

When we believe and feel truly that we can do something, nothing stands in our way. Our powers of manifestation ramp up, our drive and desire help keep us motivated and the tiny miracles along the way are no longer just consequences, but signs and omens that our dreams are coming true. 

“Everything I touch is a success.”
Where would you be if you believed such a thing?

Know that the moment we start examining our own beliefs, we begin to change for the better. When we begin to change, our communities change with us. When our communities begin to change, so do our nations. This is the way towards peace... believing in yourself, in your own success first. That's how we change the world.

Love and Light,
Heather.



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Heather Thomas is a Registered Massage Therapist specializing in CranioSacral Therapy and Healing from the Core/Full Body Presence. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and the Directing Instructor of the Fort McMurray SOYA Yoga Teacher Training Program. She offers a number of different mentoring programs, classes and wellness opportunities. 



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