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|Posted on May 31, 2019 at 8:20 AM||comments (190)|
How Can You Connect with Your Higher Self?
The number one question my clients ask is “How can I connect to my Higher Self?”
We all are searching for the feeling of being whole, of expanding those moments when we feel connected. Peace, contentment and acceptance flows through us and it feels good, but the next moment, we are back in the hustle and bustle of “reality,” housing a sense of being scattered and imbalanced. We end up silently screaming, “Where did the peace go?! How do I get it back???”
The fluctuation of moving in and out is actually great!
When I am in session with someone, I explain it this way: This movement in and out of connection is how we learn to hold that space longer. It is like exercise. Have you ever had an experience where you are going somewhere or doing something, then an inner voice screamed and shifted your direction? Flash forward- you look back and are incredibly grateful for that change; you see how it saved you or pushed you onto a better path.
I have many of those experiences.
Some people may call them coincidences or luck.
I have learned that this is our guidance, our higher selves, our intuition.
When we seek connection- we are becoming intentional.
AWAKE. AWARE. ALIVE.
After hundreds of opportunities of holding space for my clients to connect and receive, I have learned many things.
I would like to share with you an easy way to build your muscles to connect longer and stronger. Because connection is like a muscle. The interesting thing is that it is the opposite of what most think. Strength in this application is not literal; the strength comes from allowing the flow, the openness to receive. “Receive what?” I hear you say...
The answer is WHATEVER COMES. The strength you are building stems from the practice of to letting go the need to control and understand everything about the moment. Dropping this need creates the space, the room, for the flow to be experienced.
Guidance comes in all shapes, forms, and sizes. Our task in the connection is to open our minds to the flow of information that our Higher Selves are ALWAYS sharing.
I am passionate about helping others connect with their Higher Selves.
We all crave it and long for the knowing and love we ultimately receive. By building the strength of letting go, we allow the flow to us, from within us.
Written with Love From My Heart To Yours.
Mae Fox RN BSN HCC
Mae Fox RN, BSN, CCH Mae Fox is a published Author, Registered Nurse and the founder of A-Mae-Zing Mind Body Soul Center. She uncovered her passion for healing while finding her way back to wholeness. Mae guides and supports her clients by using many skills she found successful for herself--integrating her medical expertise with energy healing and hypnosis to bring a true holistic approach. She specializes in quickly releasing blocks which prevent her clients from living the life they desire and deserve. Mae holds a Bachelors degree in nursing, certification as a consulting hypnotist, energy healer. She co-authored an Amazon best selling book. She is a wife and a mother. Mae sits on several boards and committees within her community and was just named “Woman of the Year 2019” by the Professional Women of the Flinger Lakes.
|Posted on May 19, 2019 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
Getting emotions back in motion.
Have you ever noticed the word motion is in emotion? Motion implies there is movement. I believe our emotions are energy. This energy creates feelings. Many clients come to me asking to feel. They report a space deep inside where pain exists…but it is untouchable. The heaviness is noticed, and they’re tired of carrying it around. When the awareness of deep seated pain is uncomfortable, I get excited. This means a person is in a place I call “shifting”. Shifting is when an old perspective ( belief/pattern) is no longer serving us and we are ready to Deal-Feel-Heal.
There a many ways to get the energy moving. Each of us will find our own path. Later, I will share 3 useful tips to help you Navigate the “DHF” zone. Remember, the journey itself is the healing. I am fully aware of this when I navigate my clients on their unique paths. Not one is the same. However, there are similarities. First, let discuss emotions a bit.
It is common to create patterns where emotions get repressed so frequently that it becomes automatic, a subconscious habit to not feel resulting in what may be called blocks or numbness. Every time it happens automatically, the behavior is reinforcing the pattern more deeply.
Imagine you are a child whose parents are unpredictable. You grow up being hyper-aware of how they are feeling. Are they calm or over-reactive? Do you need to clam up, or can you relax? Perhaps when you express an emotion of sadness or anger, you are immediately told, “Don’t be so sensitive," or, “ Stop crying or I will give you something to cry about.”
A response may be to push those feelings down believing that feelings are not to be shared. When the urge to cry arises, the mind stops the movement and shoves in deep into the body so it is not expressed. Seeding a thought-it is safer to hide emotions then to let it be released. Spending years repeating this, it becomes more than a behavior; it grows into a belief, and is automatic, so much so that you may not cry at all.
Have you ever felt stuck, or caught in a way of thinking which creates a feeling that you can’t shake?
Maybe you haven't cried for years.
I spent many years in a space of numbness, not allowing my tears to flow.
Actually, this was a belief and pattern of mine.
Eventually a sense of confinement was overwhelming. Life was gray. I did not want to live like that. Life seemed as if it was passing me by. A nudge or desire for change came from a knowing that it was time, time to grow, but I felt held back. Even though I was ready to relearn how to allow the movement of my emotions. A realization revealed itself- I completely lost confidence in myself to handle the flow of them. It had been so many years I forced pain, sadness and fear down now I knew they needed to be seen. This was scarry. However the need for movement/healing was stronger then the fear of feeling.
I say this often, but it is certainly true for me:
When I became uncomfortable in the numbness of feeling little to nothing- I knew it was time for change.
Change is MOVEMENT! Changing my thoughts, beliefs, behaviors and habits- this is what created the space to move into the DEAL-FEEL-HEAL (DFH) zone.
I have learned many things along my 47 year journey. Here are 3 things that would been been helpful as I was walking toward DFH zone:
Here we go, 3 Tips to shift from holding emotion into the freedom of releasing it.
1-Uncomfortable asking for help…. do it anyway.
Working with someone else can create clarity, helping you to understand what patterns you are ready to change. When we look at our own selves, we see everything, the past experiences, the present fears and situations, our future dreams and concerns. It can be so entwined that there is little ability to separate and compartmentalize patterns.
I explain to my clients that I am excellent at what I do because I don't know every fiber of your tapestry of life-I can clearly see those patterns. Asking for help is a great way to begin to shine light on areas of opportunity or growth, ultimately releasing stagnant emotions.
2-Patience- You are healing.
It didn't take a week to get you here, and won’t take a mere week to get you out.
When you are in the mode of Dealing-Feeling-Healing, it takes time. Explore different avenues.
Hypnosis, Reiki, regression, wellness/spiritual coaching and many other techniques are all in my tool box. Different approaches help my clients engage and release along each step of their processes. I know how to combine or select the most effective tools to keep movement forward. What works for your friend, may not work for you. Be patient with your journey; it is a path you will cherish in the future.
3- Celebrate- Look at how far you have come.
When you are moving into the Deal-Feel-Heal zone, understand it is because you have transitioned through difficult times and are opening to the healing that piece. This is a space to celebrate!!! I am so excited for each and every client as they learn and explore parts of who they are. Perhaps parts which have been forgotten or maybe some that are newly discovered. It is always wonderful! Celebrate your strength, courage and growth.
Healing is a journey of movement. Getting emotions moving is healing. We are built for this. Otherwise, we would have no emotions. It would not be uncomfortable holding and stuffing them down deep inside our bodies. There would be no yearning for feeling good, safe and comfortable. WE DESIRE HEALING.
Quick way to remember- (A B C)
Ask for help.
Become patient with yourself. After all you were doing your best at the time.
Celebrate your journey-past present and future!
Written from my heart,
Mae Fox RN, BSN, CCH
Mae Fox is a published Author, Registered Nurse and the founder of A-Mae-Zing Mind Body Soul. She uncovered her passion for healing while finding her way back to wholeness. Mae guides and supports her clients by using many skills she found successful for herself. Integrating her medical expertise with energy healing and hypnosis to bring a true holistic approach. She specializes in quickly releasing blocks which prevent her clients from living the life they desire and deserve. Mae holds a Bachelor's degree in nursing, certifications as a consulting hypnotist, wellness coach, and energy healer. She co-authored an Amazon Best Selling book ( Heart & Soul Living a Love-Filled, Spirit-Guided, Consciously-Created Life). She is wife and a mother. Mae sits on several boards and committees within her community.
|Posted on March 11, 2018 at 10:55 AM||comments (7)|
Quantum Healing Hypnosis Techniques is helpful for many reasons. My clients feel healing begin as soon as they register for the package. Most choose the "Heart Healing Package."
What many are searching for is a greater understanding of life. Some want answers to life's questions. Physical healing and understanding of illness is another reason people work with me.Why go through life with questions if you can get them answered?
Why does finding your answers matter? When there is something going on in your life that doesn't make sense - we feel that life is happening to us. In order to remember we are all here for a reason, we need our questions answered. My clients get that. They learn things about their life that help them to move forward with a greater sense of purpose.This awareness allows life to makes more sense.
Often, they will say " I feel lighter". Life tends to bring forward emotions of being stuck. That heaviness can bring our vibration down and create weight. The human emotional, mental, physical and energetic bodies are all effected by this. In our session this weight gets lifted and released.
There is a noticeable change. I call it a shift. As I mentioned before, this can begin at the moment the registration takes place. Those who are coming for anxiety report they felt better even before the session. This healing grows as we continue to work to integrate the information.
What questions are asked? The topics are endless. Here are some examples;
Death-Why did I get into that accident and not die? What happens after we die? Is my loved one ok?
Illness- What is this stomach pain about and how can I heal it? What food should I eat?
Relationship- Why do I feel so different from everyone in my family? Will I get married?
Career- What will I do in the future? What is the best career path for me?
Education- What college should I go to? Should I take a certification course for Yoga?
Paranormal- Why do I see shapes at night? What is the dream about Fox's for? How can I grow my intuition?
Life- What is my purpose? Am a volunteer? How does the universe work?
Any question that will help you move forward in life. No question is too small or too big.
To learn more and set up your free discovery call - send an email-through the contact tab.
Love and light!
|Posted on January 21, 2018 at 3:25 PM||comments (0)|
Quantum Healing After Loss
The power of the mind is something that has fascinated me for years. Each and everyday I am growing more firm in my belief of its power. When I work with my clients using Quantum Healing Hypnosis the information blows me away. Every session is different and special. My heart is filled with gratitude and honor to learn and get to know my clients so well. This process of healing allows very deep work to be done. Most clients I work with have lost a loved one. The pain of the experience has held them back from living the life they want and deserve.
Why does this work to ease the pain? The process touches many levels of human and energetic body. In doing so, it creates lasting shifts in the mind,body, and spirit. When this healing happens people feel a sense of belonging, lightness and love.
The human mind gets very comfortable in repetitive thinking. When a thought gets focused on over and over the thought shifts in to a belief. So if we say to ourselves “I can never heal from this.” Your mind, body and the universe will obey that belief until you decide it no longer serves you. At that point things will get uncomfortable. There will be a feeling to change. Maybe work or a relationship will become a reflection of this movement. But something starts to itch. Maybe you become tire of feeling that life is meaningless.
This is when I get involved.
My client will bring in a list of questions that they would like to find out about. Maybe some have been bothering them for years.
“Why did I get into that car accident and live?”
“ What is the meaning of the butterflies I see everywhere?”
“ Is Jan in heaven and ok?”
Each question brings them closer to finding their purpose and why they are having this life experience. When the answers flow or we begin peeling off they layers of pain, everyone feels lighter.
The ability to release and relax brings in such deep healing and peace.
Some clients have moments with their loved ones who have passed. Others gain a new awareness about our true state of energy and what it feel like to just be. When I work with this process it shines a light on the darkness of pain and grief. Then leaves an undeniable imprint of hope and relief. That is what begins the healing.
Quantum healing Hypnosis is a life changer.
|Posted on December 21, 2016 at 6:00 AM||comments (0)|
Spiritual Journey: What is Spiritual Journey? A Spiritual Journey is undertaken for various reasons including a rite of passage ceremony known as a Vision Quest, help and guidance from the spirit world, Spiritual Healing, inner exploration, personal growth and direction along the path of life. A spiritual journey, or Spirit Journey is often undertaken by a Medicine Man or Shaman in order to communicate with the spirit world. The shaman will undertake a spiritual journey or guide others to do so. They provided a safe space for this process. Part of the preparation the shaman does is for the purpose of protecting the journeyer. Every spiritual journey is a quest, a search for help and answers. The shaman can guide a group of people through a journey with the intention of receiving guidance and connection with spirit, spirit guides, and loved ones.
I was honored to have the opportunity to spend a weekend learning how to journey. I had no idea what to expect. After the introductions, the Shaman (Cecile Carson) told us about her path and how she became a shaman. Each participant was then asked to share their reason for attending. I explained, I was there to explore other ways of healing and to learn about myself. I also stated my interest in learning more about the native american culture. After everyone shared we smudged (this topic was discussed in the November newsletter) and began the journey.
The group was directed to get comfortable on the floor with a blanket and pillow. Cecile guided us through a meditation. We continued to go in and out of mediations throughout the 2 day workshop. Each time, I went into a state of relaxation and focus. I was surprised at what I discovered.
The process helped me to create paths to places referred to as the “upper world and “lower world”. Much to my relief neither realm was what I expected. For me, the term “lower” world created a fear that I was going to be guided to hell or something like that. As I am sure some of you readers are thinking! Nope…that’s not what I experienced. The paths allowed my awareness to gather guidance from many places and things.
This concept may seem very odd, to say least, but here is my take on that thought:
We are only limited by our perception. When I allow myself to be open-to believe in the possibility that life is much more then what I see. Then I find the magic in every day living. Things are more meaningful. I am more tolerant.
|Posted on November 13, 2016 at 4:20 PM||comments (2)|
Have you ever walked into a room and felt a sense of heaviness? Has a house or an area made you feel uncomfortable? I believe we are programed to feel and sense the energy of what surrounds us. This is one of the main ways we decide if we are safe. These feelings help us choose to either enter or to turn around and walk away. Often we call this feeling our gut or intuition. It is a built-in security alarm if you will. When it begins to alert us our senses become more aware. Pay attention to your self the next time this happens. The process is quite a-mae-zing ( I can’t help my self).
I have always been very sensitive to houses, the energy of rooms and people. Most of us are. When I moved into my first house I was afraid to be alone. I mean petrified, to the point where I would leave until my husband came home.
20 years ago, I was introduced to sage. Smudging/Saging was part of the routine in a women’s group I became a part of . This is when I began to learn about energy, how to cleanse my aura as well as my envirnment with sage. I felt the energy shift in many areas of my life.
Let me get you familiar with what sage is. By sharing some history and how to use it.
Sage is an herb. Dried and bound into small ,medium ,or large bundles. Usually held together with string. Dried white sage has a distinct scent when burned. And if you're new to this practice, know this is the smell of thousands of years of spiritual communion and ritual.
Smudging your sacred space, your home or office, or even your body with sage is like taking an energetic shower, or doing a deep metaphysical cleansing. The smoke from dried sage changes the ionic composition of the air. And the benefits are steeped in science—when burned, sage and other herbs release negative ions, which has been linked to a more positive mood. Directly effecting our stress response.
Smudging is ritual alchemy — changing and shifting the air element, and transforming our experience in to a mystical one.
The use of incense and other smoke and vapor to connect humans to the spirit world, can be traced throughout Asia and dating as far back as being used in Ancient Greece.
The use of dried white sage however, is a 2,000 year old Indigenous American practice. The shamans used dried sage on their fires as a ritual of calling upon ancestral spirits. By burning, the sage smoke was used to collect conflict, anger, illness or evil helping to cleanse the energy field of a person.
Next, sweet grass would be burned to call forth the energy of peace and love. This ancient shamanic mystical ritual is a simple one to incorporate into your daily or weekly routine, or any time you feel like you might need a little aura care. You can not smudge too much!
Some ideal (or necessary) times to sage smudge your aura and/or space would be:
• When you move into a new living space
• When you begin a new job or start your own business
• Before and after a guest enters your home
• Before and after a yoga or healing session
• Before meditation
• After an argument or any illness
• Upon returning home from crowded situations
And here is a simple 3-step sage smudging ritual to try:
1. Use loose dried white sage or a white ceremonial sage bundle (aka wand), which is usually bound together by a thin string. You can find sage bundles at your local herb shop or health store, Wiccan/pagan bookstore, metaphysical store, and even some yoga and healing arts centers. Or, if you have a sage plant, you can make your own — just bundle and tie it, and then hang upside down in cool dark space until it is completely dried out.
2. Next, place it on any heat-proof burning surface like an Abolone Shell — a traditional vessel used by Indigenous American people that represents the element of water. Light the bundle by holding a flame to it until it begins to smoke. If a true flame appears, shake the bundle gently or blow until it is just embers and smoke. I often find that I have to re-light my sage bundle a few times during the ritual process. If you are burning loose leaf sage, the best method is to use a charcoal burning disk inside of a censor or small cauldron.
3. Once you have a nice smoke going, use you hand or a feather to direct the smoke over your body from your feet up to your head, then back down again. As you do this, visualize the smoke taking away with it any negative energy from your life, any darkness or malady.
If you feel comfortable with this incantation, repeat the following:
"Air, fire, water, earth. Cleanse, dismiss, dispel."
The sage ceremony lifts the veil between the everyday and the sacred. As you say your incantation, you are shifting energy at will.
Once you have smudged your body, begin to move through your space. Wave the smoke into all corners, across doorways and into shadow spaces. To maintain the atmosphere of ritual, keep repeating the incantation in your mind as you diffuse the smoke.
Once the space is cleared, allow the sage bundle to either burn out or gently press it out in your heat-proof shell or container. You can even bury the remaining smudge in your garden to really feel the completeness of the cleansing ritual. Once buried, the sage has done its work in completing the elemental cycle. Ideally, you should try to use a new smudge for each cleansing.
Information from -http://spiritualityhealth.com/articles/ancient-art-smudging
|Posted on September 11, 2016 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
Many of my followers are asking- What the heck is Feng Shui and why should I use it?
This answers the what
It is an Eastern theory on the ways of placement. Properly placing objects in certain locations promotes healthy energy in your home. Feng Shui, literally meaning “wind and water,” is a traditional Chinese concept linking the destiny of man to his environment. It aims to ensure that people live in harmony with their surroundings. The Chinese have a deep belief in Chi, and it is incorporated into many aspects of their life. A-Mae-Zing Mind Body Soul Center is located in an old firehouse built in 1800s. I believe in order to create the proper setting and healing energies within the space, it needs to be cleansed, reenrgized and tended to, which I do in many ways ( I will blog on more in the future).
Here is the why
Life is crazy. Why not use all the tools we have available to make it easier. Enough said.....My answer is Why Not????
A quick introduction to the 3 Power Principals.
Chi is energy. That is constantly moving and changing the life force-making us feel either good or bad in a certain spaces. Chi can accumulate in objects in your home or office. The chi flows in through the doors and out through the windows. The goal of Feng Shui is to make improvements (or "cures") to keep the chi flowing smoothly. Guiding the energy gently throughout your environment rather than running straight through it. Chi can have a negative effect on your surroundings when it gets stuck or blocked.
2) The Five Elements
The Five Elements is the collective name (also used in Native American tradition and healing) to describe the colors, shapes, and textures around you. Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood are the names of each element. Each is distinguished by it"s shape, colors, and set of attributes. Feng Shui improvements for homes and offices balance all of these Elements in your environment.
ELEMENT SHAPE COLORS ATTRIBUTES
Fire- shape is triangle- color association Red, Orange and Purple, promotes Passion and Emotion
Earth -shape is square- color association Brown and Yellow, promotes Grounding and Stability
Metal- shape is Circle - color association White and Metallic, promotes Strength and Independence
Water -shape is Curvy -color association Black and Blue, promotes Relaxation and Inspiration
Wood -shape is Rectangle -color association Green and Teal, promotes Growth and Expansion
3) The Bagua
The Bagua is the chart used to map the areas of a home or office and determine placement of objects and colors that represent the Five Elements. A more modern approach to Feng Shui uses a grid-shaped chart to map 9 areas of your life :
- Compassion/Travel/Helpful People
That is my quick and easy intro to Feng Shui. You can read more at www.fengshuiforreallife.com.
******This past spring I was fortunate enough to meet Bryce Kennedy Master Feng Shui Pracitioner during a workshop I attended in NYC. He agreed to come and evauate the building and help me make changes according to the feng shui tradition. We are creating a 2-day work shop for the new year. Very exciting.
|Posted on February 11, 2016 at 2:05 PM||comments (1)|
We arrived at New Delhi airport after a 13 hour flight from New York. Much to my surprise it was very nice. The heat hugged me as soon as I exited the air conditioned building. The cars and vans were abundant but I noticed right away the perfumed air. A blend of spice, diesel, and flowers. Our guide Heriome greeted us and presented each of the five of us with a necklace made of fresh marigolds,jasmine, and roses. An age-old tradition called “Atithi Devobvava”. The cool flowers and the fragrances made it quite clear that I was no longer in America. Heriome, explained that it is custom to gift the Indian "lay" to visitors in heart felt way. From his heart to ours. LOVE it.
After a short sleep at Kempinski Ambience Hotel we woke and where introduced to our translator and permanent guide Anu. She was very regal looking. Dressed in a beautiful sari. Just as I would expect an Indian woman to look.Our group was taken to a near by temple. The Seik temple was incredible. It was required to take our shoes off and the nurse in me cringed at thought of what I was walking on! I got over it quickly. My eyes absorbed all of the beautiful colors the visitors wore. The clothes I packed and wore were all respectful of the of the culture. My head was covered with a scarf and I had long sleeves and pants on as well. There was no doubt about it though… I was not from India. The light skin and hair was a definite giveaway.
The opportunity was presented to receive a blessing. Of course I was going! The lines were long and crowded. Personal space was non existent. The experience was slightly uncomfortable as I was trying not to offend anyone by bumping or shoving. But I soon realized that was the last thing these devotees were thinking about. After the blessing was given I had to navigate my way back through the people packed lines again successfully reunited with my small group.
My group decided to sit in the temple for a few minutes. There were areas for prayer and many people were on mats doing so. I chose to go to room in the back where I could watch others be blessed. The large quiet room had long wooden benches. At first it appeared only the elderly were sitting there. I did not want to take anyone's seat so I stood for a moment. An old man waved me over and patted the seat next him. I was hesitant but slowly moved that way. I noticed further down the bench a middle age woman shooing a man next her to move. Then she looked at me and patted the recently vacated seat next to her. I felt that after seeing her intentionally make room for me and the manner in which she did so I must accept her generosity. She and I exchanged pleasantries. There was a language barrier but she did speak a little english.
In a few moments I found my self sitting there in amazement. I was really in INDIA!!!! The colors were bold and bright. The men's wear was as dazzling as the women's. The golds and reds.... and the shoes! It was truly a feast for the eyes. But not only the clothes. The feeling in that space was a palpable gift. I could feel their love for their beliefs.
It was hard to remove myself but I moved on with my group. Next I was able to go and work in the kitchen. I attempted to roll out naan bread. Hopefully the effort made up for lack of skill. It was a bit embarrassing at how poorly I did.I am sure it tasted fine… or maybe it got pulled and tossed into the garbage. I will never know. My group departed and explored some more of the city and drove to Agra.
This was quite a bustling city. We arrived at night. The drive was a bit longer than expected due to traffic. TRAFFIC is an understatement. The vehicles are smaller than I am used to but there are many more on the road. Which may be why my nerves ran a bit high during this trip. You see we were driven around in a very nice mini-bus. The size of our vehicle was quit large for the some of the road we drove on, but more on that later. The first night we were taken to see the Taj Maul during a full moon. This was beautiful. The monument is made out of marble which has a translucent quality to it. The the moon light shines through the building and it changes color in a subtle way. There is limited viewing and I felt very honored to have this opportunity. At night the Taj Maul was pinkish in color and when we returned the next day it was incredibly white. Again the dress of the visitors was impressive. The bold gem colors stood out against the white stone like a field of wild flowers. So beautiful. I was as amazed with the Indian people as they were with me.
It was obvious by the stares. Apparently caucasian people are a rarity. Eventually some people asked to have a picture. Of course, we agreed and then it was game over. I felt bit like a star but in an uncomfortable way. Many pictures were taken by the time we finished our day. Unfortunately, the heat was very intense and all of us were showing its wear.So my photos most likely would have been in STAR not VOGE!
The amount of water I drank everyday in an effort to stay hydrated was great. The challenge with that was my fear of getting sick. The water is not processed as well as in USA and can be contaminated with pathogens that could cause illness. The solution was to drink bottled water. There was water for sale everywhere. In addition, I brought a water bottle with a very good filter to use. I poured all water that I was going to drink through this bottle - even purchased bottled water. Better safe than sorry.
I have not mentioned the food. In New Delhi through to Jaipur the food was great. We ate at many buffet style restaurants. This allowed us to sample many different dishes. The NAAN was so good. My favorite was a broth corn soup. I pretty much lived on this my entire visit after Jaipur. The Double Tree by Hilton was the hotel we stayed at in Agra. It was very nice. The breakfast staff brought us a smorgasbord of traditional foods try. The was a pleasant surprise as they did this special for me and my roommate. Bobbie and I shared a room during this trip. She is a friend of mine who eagerly agreed to come when I asked.
We were introduced to local crafts men and shown how the detail of stone work on the Taj Maul was skillfully created. The Agra Fort was also a destination of ours. This is city where the royalty lived. It is a must if you ever visit Agra. I was also able to walk to a local food market. I learned that local vendor deliver fresh produce to homes. I took quite a few pictures at the market mostly of the people. There were cows and mules wondering through. Many dogs roamed as well. The animals eat the wasted produce from the market. It was very interesting to have skirt around a huge cow laying in the middle of walk way. This was something I eventually got used to. Crazy!
On to Jaipur!
Jaipur was shopping mania! Street lined with shops and vendors. Products galore! I saw men sitting behind a truck getting their faces shaved and their ears cleaned. Not a sterilized package in sight. Dickering with the sellers on price was learned skill. After a few purchases I picked it up. I found my self walking away from a sale only to be chased down by the vender.( Quick Note… vendor is the typical spelling, vender spelling is noted to only be used in NY…no wonder I had both spellings in this!!) He and I went back and forth on the street but I was firm on my offer and he finally came down to my price. He walked away looking unhappy, but thats part of the process. He would not have sold it for a loss. However I did learn that for the first sale of the day venders will take a loss. This was not his first sale and I knew it.
On to see The Wind Palace. That was amazing. I could picture myself living there with all of the beautiful gardens and the elephants for transportation. It was a sprawling compound. Many buildings built next the river. The architecture was ornate and well thought out. The planning of the build created airways that would funnel the wind and force it in and out of areas cooling those who lived inside. The drains and rain channels still function today without issue where modern builds struggle during the monsoon season.
The Hotel Shahpura House was where we stayed. I was able to get an oil massage treatment called Shirodhara. This is vedic based massage treatment and helps to calm the nerves. The process involves warm oil being continuously poured on your forehead which desensitizes the nerve bundles and cause a relaxation to occur. At least thats how I describe its function. The oils are determined based on the state of the receivers dosha at that time.I will offer a class on Doshas at the Center. Our next stop was Pushkar.
This dessert city was a four hour car ride from Jaipur. It is said that the god Brahma dropped his lotus leaf here and thus the world was born. The city was built around a small lake. Many kings built homes around the lake which now have been renovated into hotels.This is a holy lake. People pilgrimage from all over the world to be blessed by the water.
The streets were dirt and lined with vendors. The items here seemed more unique. Most of the items I brought home came from Pushkar. Cows, dogs,mules,and monkeys were part of every day life here. With as many animals around - one would wonder about the poop. The animal dung is used as fuel. I saw young men with wheel barrels collecting the excrement off the roads for their families to use for cooking and heating. Recycling !
Bobbie and I went off on our own to explore the city. Within the first half hour we found ourselves at the Ghats (ghats are stairs that lead into water or the lake in this case) getting a blessing. Beware the blessing are not kind gestures. The Sadhu priest or priest in training expect “donations” afterward-as we both learned.
Our hotel was Hotel Pushkar Palace and it was right on the lake. Each night I sat on the balcony and watched worshipers bath in the waters. Occasionally a monkey would run by. The fencing around the hotel kept the monkeys at a distance which was nice because we were warned the monkeys like to snag personal property and run away with it. It’s funny as long as its not your stuff.
A camel ride through the dessert was on the agenda. This was a 2 hour tour through the dessert. Every year in Pushkar the have a Camel festival. It is quite the to-do. It is on my bucket list. We were shown local homes and lots of dunes. I would ride a camel every day. I loved it. The camels give two rides a day due to the temperature. Also they get and 1/2 hour break in the middle of the trek. During this down time they lay down on their sides and nap. It was quite a site to see. The terrain was beautiful and fortunately I didn't find out that cobras live there until we returned safely. Unfortunately, I did not sleep very well that night knowing that we were in area where cobras live.
Every day at 5:30 am and 6:30 pm they held a prayer service. A Sadhu Priest who perform the rituals and it would be blasted across the lake. Bells were rung. People were chanting it was something I never would have understood unless I experienced it. The peace and unity was incredible. I really enjoyed this place.The food was good I chose to eat in the hotel.
A private blessing was arranged for our group by a Sadhu Priest. Our second day there in the afternoon walked to his home for the ceremony. The alter was stone with many statues, flowers,oils, and incense. The ceremony took 3 hours and was very interesting. We massaged honey and rose oils on the statues, repeated verses, chants, and ate nuts and fruits that were blessed. At the end of the blessing we were all in a line and the Sadhu mixed up a cup of lake water,rose water, honey, curdled yogurt and we all drank some. He smeared our foreheads with holy colors ( looked like ketchup and mustard). After sharing a cup of Chia we went on our way.
The next stop was Dharmsala. We took a 16 hour overnight train ride from Puskar to Dharmsala. I won’t do that again. Don't get me wrong its a good way of transportation and I am glad to have experienced it. Air fare is very reasonable in India- so that is how I will travel next time.
I can not wait to go back! I really loved it there. This was what I was looking for when I went to India. The Dali Llama lives there. Meditation class, yoga, energy healing, singing bowl therapy, cooking classes were all available. Tibetan monks strolled the streets. There was an annual nun convention in town while we were there. It was incredible.
On the main street was a tibetan trained doctor who I was able to schedule a consult with. The town also had a wellness center. Bobbie and I each had medicine baths and tibetan massages. The best massage I have ever had. It was performed by two trained priest who chanted the whole time. AMAZING.
Dharmsala is located in foot hills of the Himalayas. The roads we navigated to get to our hotel were very scary. The locals are the experts when comes to driving on the steep twisty turning roads of this mountain town. It is not for the faint of heart. I finally gave in to the fear and said if I am going to die on these roads I may as well enjoy the views.The scenery was outstanding and Obviously, I survived!
The locals were kind and friendly.We stayed at 8 Auspicious Him View Hotel. It was nice and small. We walked everywhere from there. On one of our walks Bobbi saw an advertisement to volunteer and help people work on their english. Bobbie, Beth and I decided to spend an hour of our time volunteering. The location of the building was in the middle of town. After walking through narrow paths and stairs ways we arrived at a crowded room with 6 circles of people sitting on the floor. Each circle had 3-5 paying students and a volunteer. We each picked a circle and joined in. The intention was to speak conversational english. It was more challenging then I had expected. I would recommend this to any one who travels there.
Then I was headed home!!!!
The time went by incredibly fast. I did get quite home sick. “Delhi Belly” got the best of me. I rode a roller coaster of emotions the entire 15 days. But I can’t wait to go back. India is so different and so much the same. After a few days it hit me hard… that we are just people. The culture we grow up in, the country live in, the amount of money in the bank, and the things we have or don't have none of this changes the fact that we all have feelings. Each one of us is living the best way we know how.
Live your life the best way you know how. Always make time to learn and grow!
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The purpose of this blog is to create discussion on monthly topics related to
- Complementary Medicine
- Health and Wellness
- Soul Tending
The first two categories are self explanatory, but Soul Tending? What is Soul Tending you ask? My interpretation of what "Soul Tending" means is that moment which make us feel alive. To some people it may be sitting in a beautiful cathedral with the sun gleaming through the colors of the stained glass windows lighting up the room. For others it might be a walk on a well worn dirt trail in mid-fall with the smell of Autumn in the air and crunching sound under foot. We all have those moments when we have lost track of time and space. Do you still have those moments? I do!!! They make me feel alive and grateful for all that I have and honestly- what I don’t have as well. When we discover what makes us tick ,we can infuse more of it into our everyday lives.
- Meeting new people
- Seeing how others live and find happiness
- Learning new ways of healing.
These are some of the ways I Tend to my SOUL