Me too

I’m sure most of you have seen the #metoo trend growing on social media. I really hate to call it a “trend” as it is about so much more than doing what everyone else is doing. It is about recognizing and accepting how many women, men, girls, and boys have been sexually harassed or assaulted.

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If you are a regular reader of this blog, you are probably familiar with what my very first boyfriend Vader did to me. Unfortunately, it wasn’t just him. Continue reading “Me too”

The Women’s Retreat, Part 4

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Our day in the woods was almost over. But not quite yet. We still had a meditation session to do.

This was yet another part in the day that I was unsure of. I’d never meditated before. I’ve done deep breathing exercises at the end of a yoga session, but I didn’t have any idea if that’s how it was going to be at the retreat.

The meditation leader, another mental health professional, encouraged us to get comfortable in our chairs and close our eyes. She then began talking us through our breathing. As each thought or distraction came to us, we were told to Continue reading “The Women’s Retreat, Part 4”

The Women’s Retreat, Part 3

 

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I have been telling you all about a women’s retreat St. Brigid and I recently attended, one which was aptly named “Time to Breathe.” The retreat took place in a gorgeous “cabin” in the woods.

By this point in the day, we’d already learned mandala art therapy and tapping as a source of stress relief. From there, we moved on to essential oils. Now, if you are like me, you have heard or seen a lot of people talking about essential oils. But what are they and how do you use them? Continue reading “The Women’s Retreat, Part 3”

The Women’s Retreat, Part 2

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So yesterday, I told you all about my first venture to a women’s retreat in my area. It was a chilly, rainy day that was spent from morning to late afternoon in a gorgeous cabin-type venue in the quiet middle of nowhere. We had already finished breakfast, introductions, and art therapy.

After a healthy (and delicious!) lunch, we were taught the art of tapping.

No, I don’t mean tap dancing or even the perfect way to tap a keg but “tapping” as part of the Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT. Tapping is essentially an acupressure technique designed to relieve and reduce stress and remove negative thoughts. What it does is interrupt the brain’s panic during stress to shift its focus back from emotional to rational.

I have to say, I had never heard of tapping before. I was fighting my urge to Continue reading “The Women’s Retreat, Part 2”

The Women’s Retreat, Part 1

Something happened this past weekend. I had an experience like never before.

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A while ago, a dear relative (you know her as St. Brigid) invited me to join her at a women’s retreat, aptly named “Time to Breathe.” I agreed, of course. Mostly for her but also partly for me.

I had never been to a retreat or workshop before and wasn’t sure what to expect. Was I going to be nervous or feel uncomfortable? Were my fears going to get me, bringing out my shyness and anxiety? Was the day going to end (or start) with tears?

Finally, the Saturday of the retreat was here. Continue reading “The Women’s Retreat, Part 1”

Late night revelation

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My bed is calling to me right now. Choo-choo kept me up for two and a half hours in the middle of the night. No matter how many times I rocked him, sang to him, cuddled with him, and gave him hugs and kisses, he just wouldn’t lie in his bed for longer than ten or so minutes without yelling for me again.

I was angry and frustrated about it. I mean, come on. He deprived me of nearly three hours of desperately needed sleep.

Then I started to think. Continue reading “Late night revelation”