Seasonal affective disorder

Do you find yourself impacted by seasonal affective (SAD) disorder? This is definitely something that affects me every winter.  The cold makes me want to stay indoors and cuddle up under a blanket.  I really don't do well with the cold weather.  Also, the fewer hours of sunlight frustrate me, as I just want to... Continue Reading →

Imbolc

This pagan holiday is often celebrated around February 2nd.  It kind of corresponds with Groundhog's Day and Candlemas.  This holiday is halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. People often celebrate the fact that the days are beginning to get noticeably longer and in some areas, the weather is warming too.  In Colorado... Continue Reading →

Other realms

What is your sense of the difference between higher realms, the underworld, and the earthly plain? I think that while we live in this realm, we have access to the other realms.  I think some people have to work at that access, but others come by it naturally. I don't believe that either realm is... Continue Reading →

Intuition

What is your sense of your instinctual side? I've always struggled with my instinctual or intuitive side and my logical side.  There are often things that I sense or know, but can't explain.  My logical side always wants to find that explanation. This has caused me to question my own beliefs often.  Difficulties in life... Continue Reading →

Animal connections

With what animal do you have a particular connection? I've always loved elephants, ever since I was a little girl.  I'm not sure I have a strong connection to Elephant, though. My friend told me that she had dreams that Owl is my spirit animal.  While I've never really seen Owl in my dreams or... Continue Reading →

Guidance and intuitive reflection

This week's topic in The Great Work is about animal spirits or totems and the runes. Animal guides Many different cultures have used animals to guide their work and practices.  The Egyptians had many Gods and Goddesses that had animal heads, representing their animal spirit.  Many people are also familiar with animal spirits and totems... Continue Reading →

Balance

Reflect on whether your eating and sleeping habits feel healthy and balanced. I have spent most of my life struggling with my weight.  Pretty much ever since puberty, I've been overweight.  So reflecting on my eating habits is difficult.  I definitely try to eat healthy, but I have a pretty strong sweet tooth.  Consequently, I... Continue Reading →

Fear

What situations would prompt a feeling of fear in you? Mostly, fear comes up when I think I might lose my job or I might get in trouble for a mistake. I've had some not so great managers in my past, which I'm sure many other people have too, and I now fear losing my... Continue Reading →

Job or home changes

Reflect on how many home or job changes you have experienced in your life. I've really only had one home change.  My parents had a home before the one they currently live in, but I don't remember it.  The one they currently live in is all I remember and they have been there for 30+... Continue Reading →

Root chakra

Chakras are energy centers found in the body, and correspond to different emotions, beliefs, and even parts of the body.  This knowledge is found in eastern philosophy. The root chakra is found at the base of the spine, connecting our energy with the earth.  The bones of our body, including the teeth, are associated with... Continue Reading →

Greatest strength

What do you consider your greatest strength? I have a couple.  It's my ability to learn new things and my tenacity.  I've always known that I can pick up new things rather quickly, when I put my mind to it.  I'm able to retain a lot of knowledge and can recall it rather well when... Continue Reading →

Comfort

What gives you comfort in troubled times? Mostly my husband gives me comfort when I'm struggling.  When I don't have faith in myself, he does.  He is my biggest cheerleader. Also, one thing that gives me comfort when I'm struggling is realizing that we humans are pretty darn resilient and tenacious.  We have lived thousands... Continue Reading →

Feeling lost

Have you had times of feeling you don't know who you are? I've been experiencing this feeling ever since I graduated college.  I knew in high school I wanted to become a chemist and work for the coroner's office in my area.  I went to college and got my BS in chemistry.  It took a... Continue Reading →

Calcination

Calcination is a term pulled from alchemy where the material to be transmuted is subjected to intense heat to drive off any waters and impurities in the material.  The result is a fine, dry powder. In life this can be seen as times where major events happen, often breaking us down, such as a death... Continue Reading →

Risks and exploration

How comfortable are you in taking risks? I'm not very comfortable at all.  I don't like change much.  I like things to stay the same, as much as possible. How encouraged were you to explore new things in childhood? I don't remember much about my early childhood, but I remember not being able to go... Continue Reading →

Trust

The first few years of a child's life are important.  All needs must be met for the child to thrive.  If a child experiences trauma during this time, typically they begin to mistrust others. How trusting do you feel yourself to be? I personally feel very trusting.  Often my friends and coworkers tell me I'm... Continue Reading →

Origin and developmental reflection

From The Great Work, the last week was about reflecting on my origin and development. There can be imbalance in the family and it can manifest in two polar extremes: the Controlling System and the Chaotic System. In the Controlling System there are rigid rules and little to now acknowledgement of differing needs. There is... Continue Reading →

My body

What aspects about your body do you like, and which do you dislike? I love the fact that my body is so strong.  Not only am I able to hold many yoga poses, but my body keeps on ticking without much help from me.  I love the way my feet look.  I love the muscle... Continue Reading →

Feeling secure

In what circumstances do you feel safe and supported? I feel safe and supported whenever I'm with my husband.  He pushes me to do better every day, and supports me and encourages me when I feel like I'm not enough. I also feel safe at home.  I know this is something that seems pretty normal,... Continue Reading →

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