I must admit I admire plants that grow in unusual locations! When I find a plant thriving
(like this little violet found in a gravel pathway)
it becomes a visual reminder about cultivating
adaptability as resiliency and determination.
Did you know:
Violets are a symbol of faith,
mystical awareness and inspiration?
The colour violet is linked to:
wisdom, creativity, power and ambition.
The flower itself is high in vitamin C
(we see these little flowers in salads).
There are hundreds of different species of violets!
And just to add a little more to the "did you know"....
Violets are known to have
what is described as an "elusive smell".
Violets have a lovely scent that goes away after one sniff!
This is due to the flower having a chemical called ionine,
this desensitizes the nose and sense of smell temporarily!
If you find that you would like to explore how to cultivate your capacity for adaptability, resiliency and self-determination, please reach out to book a session!
Enjoy the flowers of June everyone!
In peace and light ~ Leanne
We are told that it is beneficial for our eyes to have breaks from viewing objects up close, (taking breaks from looking at a computer screen is a good example) and to stretch our vision by looking somewhere off into the distance.
This fresh perspective is also true and useful in our personal and professional relationships. When faced with challenging circumstances it can be helpful to switch how we are viewing the situation. Allowing ourselves the opportunity to have a new perspective creates space for idea generating and solution finding.
Giving a bit of distance, "taking a bird's eye view" doesn't mean that you are running away from the issue at hand, rather that bit of metaphoric distance can actually promote self-care and ensures that you are including yourself in the equation.
If you find yourself struggling with a situation that you would benefit from a fresh perspective and would like support with this process, counselling can be a very supportive approach. You can find my contact information on the contact page of my website or follow the link below!
In kindness and light ~Leanne
Have you ever felt like there isn't enough hours in the day to do everything that you would like to accomplish?
You might be feeling burned out from having too much on your "to do" list (a list that seems to grow by the minute)!
I remember working with students who were struggling with time management and our sitting together and creating an agenda that captured ALL of their daily "to dos" and expanded that to all days in the week. This was a great way for students to quickly see if they had balance in their lives or whether there were some areas requiring more time and energy.
I'm currently taking a course and one of the actions that we are to complete is this very same activity of having a visual accounting of our daily and weekly schedules. And yes, I had an "Ah Ha!" moment and find that I am now very aware of several areas that I need to create more time for and effectively create an even better balance in my life (a pre-emptive burnout measure)!
Even if you feel that you have balance in your life and a good concept of your daily and weekly schedule, I would invite you to try this activity! There are plenty of blank schedule templates to be found online, and/or you can create your own on a blank piece of paper. I would suggest blocking your awake time in hourly increments and be as in depth as you can with your daily activities, (for example if you like to have a leisurely one hour breakfast each day, be sure to block off that time AND include the time for prep and clean up!).... you may be surprised at what you discover about your daily and weekly routine!
The other beautiful part of this is that it truly is a quick eye-opener about whether you are gifting yourself time for the activities (and connections with others) that fill up your cup!
Let me know if you try this activity and if you made a discovery!
I will readily admit that autumn and fall are my favorite seasons of the year! For me the warm days and the cooler nights are a perfect combination mixed in with the bounty of goodies from the garden and farm markets! My energy increases at this time of year as I typically tackle a fall cleaning spree (versus the spring cleaning that many like to do) and I begin to make jams, can fruits and process food for the colder days of winter. (I love to be able to gift a jar of sunshine in the form of canned peaches during the colder days of winter)!
It's interesting though for as jazzed up that I get about autumn and fall, for many this is a season that they truly do not look forward to. The shorter days, gardens that are finishing their growing season are reminders of the colder months ahead. So my question to pose to those who are not fans of Septembers arrival is this: "Are there ways that you can bring elements of what you enjoy from the warm summer months forward into this new season?" I'm curious as to the creative ways that individuals may find to answer this question.
Wishing all of you peace and light ~ Leanne
The weather has been hot this August!
For those who are fortunate to find themselves cooling off at a lake,
a river or down at the seashore.... Enjoy!
We have all listened to news reports of the studies sharing how the impact of
prolonged exposure to extreme heat is dangerous and for many, life threatening.
To those who are working
and to those who do not have the ability to cool off at a local water source,
please feel free to share the ways you are managing to be cool
and protected from the sun!
(Let's share those ideas!)
Most communities have opened cooling centers
for those who are needing this extra support to manage this prolonged heat wave.
To find out if your community has a cooling centre
contact your local radio station or community centre.
We all know that water holds the elixir of life,
it rejuvenates, sustains and nurtures life on our planet.
Did you know that keeping yourself hydrated with water also supports brain health?
By drinking water you can improve brain function, which in turn
supports your mental well being and ability towards mood regulation.
So I would heartily encourage you to drink water throughout the day,
and a big shout out to all who use refillable water bottles!
Considering that we have a finite water source on this planet
we all need to do our part to protect all natural water resources!
Here's a fun fact to end on.... ready?
The water that we have access to for drinking water
is the same water that the dinosaurs had access to for their drinking water!!
Stay cool, stay hydrated, stay safe.
Namaste my beautiful beings!
WOW! It has been one year since I opened up my practice at this location!
Time really does roll by quickly!
I have found that I describe my office/studio as a "work in progress" to honor that I need time to settle into a space! (I still haven't settled on whether to refer to it as an office or as a studio or creative space or healing space......shall let you know when I've decided)!
I've rediscovered my love for indoor plants and sprinkle them throughout the office/studio. With privacy coverings on the windows, the plants serve to bring a bit of the natural world inside the space and serve as gentle metaphors of change and growth!
The attached video is my amateur attempt of providing a bit of a tour of the interior to share what it looks like currently!
Namaste, my friends
This isn't to say or to encourage avoiding the areas of your life that need change ~ rather that there are many ways with which we can evoke change in our lives.
Planting those positive seeds is but one proactive approach.
Sending you light ~ Leanne
To celebrate (and in celebration of) ageing, I offer this thought:
For many years I have lovingly referred to my grey hair as my having artic highlights.
And then recently I read this tiny quote and it made me smile.
The timing was perfect in a synchronistic way.
"Those are not grey hairs, those are strands of your silver lining."
Sometimes we need those subtle reminders that we are so much more
than the sum of our external parts.
This spring it has been a very cloudy mixture of rain, wind and the occasional burst of sunshine! I've made the conscious decision to get out into those moments of sunshine and either enjoy a walk or to just turn my face to the warmth of the sun's rays and breathe.
We all have different ways of managing our Canadian weather patterns and I'm often curious about what others do to find balance during the times where we see more grey sky than blue.
Is it listening to really great upbeat music that makes you want to sing and dance?
Is it cooking delicious savoury foods that awaken your taste buds and is also simultaneously comforting?
Or is it gearing up in clothing that keeps the wind, rain and cold at bay and setting out to explore new paths in the nearby woods?
I would love to hear other suggestions!
In peace and light,
I heard a Raven calling from high up in the tall Fir tree just before this picture was taken. I love the many different vocalizations that Ravens have, these sounds and calls that will literally stop me in my tracks to listen.
How often do we let ourselves listen to the sounds of nature?
The sounds from nature tend to get lost amongst the din of the human landscape of sounds.
Here is where I offer an invitation.
An invitation, an encouragement, an offering, a suggestion.....with hopes that you may find a way to invite a moment each day where you are able to focus and listen to sounds from nature.
Leanne Longeway is an Art Therapist and a Registered Clinical Counsellor who offers counselling services to Adult Individuals and Teens (ages 14+)