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I Would Walk 15,000 steps. . .

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Dear Source, Mother Gaia (Earth) . . .  and any and all Entities of Light — those for the good of all concerned — thank you for another day and for being a part of it.

It was between 50 and 60 degrees even very early this morning, so I made sure to strap up my hiking boots and get out the door.  I walked for 2 hours and probably about 5 miles or 11,000 steps (will be 15,000 total after walking the dogs another mile this afternoon and walking around the house and work tonight).  My legs are a little sore. (“What the heck are we doing here, Teri?”)  But otherwise I’m feeling great.  I have my pace, my route, and my time frame, and I’m ready to get back to walking.

It was about this time last year that I got the inspiration to walk the Camino in 2017.  Just about this time I started training, taking the steps I’m taking now.  I’ve started getting flashbacks to the walk.  I’ve started missing it.  I’d really like to walk another one.  Not this year, but 2019.  I’d really like to “take a hike” in the summer of 2019.  The Kumano Kodo would be great, but I would settle for something local or Canada, too.

What brings you joy?  Much love and many blessings. ❤

Another Walking Journey . . . The Kumano Kodo

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I’ve been wandering a bit, looking for a direction for this blog.  I think I’ve found it.  I’m a Lightworker and Adventurer, and here is my journey.  I hope you may find some benefit for you.

Adventuring: The Kumano Kodo (Japan)

Last Fall I was inspired by the documentary: Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago to walk the Camino de Santiago, 500 miles through northern Spain.  I got a few minor and major kicks from the universe to get going on that journey, sooner rather than later, so in spring of 2017 I set the date and gave myself 2 months to prepare. I left for St. Jean Pied de Porte, France on July 26th and embarked on my 31-day journey.

When you are working on a dream, you must have one ready in the wings, and I received my next inspiration while still walking the Camino.  Some travelers spoke of another long walk — the Kumano Kodo — in Japan, also ancient, also spiritual, and another long trek.   I was hooked.  Some weeks after completing the Camino in Spain, I declared my intention to walk the Kumano Kodo.  I set the date for the summer of 2019.

While driving to a Mastermind Retreat this past Friday I reflected on my goals and fixed on the Kumano Kodo.  I thought about the Camino and the manifestation process I’d experienced.  Yes, I had gone, I had made it until the end, and it had been a fantastic trip — and yet it set me back a bit in my finances.  And the Camino is a fairly economical walk.  From the research I’d done so far on the Kumano Kodo, the expenses would be higher this time, and this time I would not be walking solo — my fiancee was determined to join me on this trip.

So, I decided it’s time to push myself to the next level on this one.  New goal: going sponsored on the Kumano Kodo, including: travel to-and-from Japan for me and my fiancee, food and accommodations, updated hiking equipment, possible pet care expenses back at home, expenses for documentation of the journey, and work stipends.

My next thought is that I might approach Japan.  I read an article that the Japanese reached out to Spain to learn more about the Camino, wanting Japan’s Kumano Kodo to experience the same popularity.  I could help market for them by documenting my journey!

My next thoughts were:

  1. I know 2 people from Japan.
  2. I’m reading Tools of the Titans by Tim Ferriss, and I just got to the section entitled:  “Hacking Kickstarter.”  I could copy those pages and start from there.

And that’s as far as I’ve gotten so far. . .  If you have any other ideas, please share the love! But before I go, I also have some news in the Lightworker arena.

Lightworking: A Little “Healing Touch”

I was inspired over the past few weeks to pick up my Healing Touch manual again.  I was certified in Level 1 Healing Touch a few years ago.  A therapist at work just received Level 3 certification in Healing Touch, and I received a wonderful healing from her.  And just this past week I received a sound healing/Reiki/massage that was also just what I’d needed.

I’ve been certified in Level 1 Reiki and Level 1 Healing Touch, and I’ve attended the Hands of Light weekend workshop.  I’ve also been told in multiple intuitive reports that I have the “healing touch”, and that it would be beneficial to use it.  It finally feels like it’s time.

Saturday I practiced the Self-Chakra Clearing and felt a difference.  I then practiced the Chakra healing on two family members who also felt a difference.  (My goal is to do the clearing on myself every day and to do it for others at least once a week and possibly my pets.)  I’ve also been reading The Healing Energy of Your Hands by Michael Bradford and am really enjoying it (half-way done).

Conclusion

I feel I have more direction now.  I am a lightworker and adventurer: manifesting adventures, spreading the word of self as creator, and embracing my abilities as a healer.  I thank the Great Spirit, angels and all entities of light for their continued guidance, love, and protection. And thank you for another day.

Much love and many blessings. ❤

Good Decision/ Bad Decision

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“Deer From Forest” courtesy of anankkml / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Today’s Mistake: Going on Facebook

I told myself I wasn’t going on Facebook today.  And then sometime later I sat down on my couch, laptop in my lap, and I said “Just 5 minutes.”  Then, “Just til 2:30,” and then 40 minutes later I finally got off.

And it brought me down.

Conspiracies surrounding the events of the Boston Marathon, criticism of Fox News network and some of their newscasters’ wishy-washyness on the Bill of Rights, and negative comments on one of my posts.  Plus, I felt the guilt and disappointment of my broken commitment not to go on today.  The frustration, the anger, the overall negativity. . .I became upset and depressed..

And then came —

Today’s Good Choice: Going Outside

First I went for one of my backwards walks with Bowser (to build up my hamstrings).  It was gorgeous outside, and I took in the view, hugged my favorite tree, and saw an egret!

Then Brian got home and we went for a bike ride.  We’ve saved some time by starting out from the house and making our way to any paths along the way.  The wind was tough, but we had a beautiful ride (6 deer near the path!) and made good time.  We got home at 18 miles, and then Brian had us bike our nearby walk path and a couple times around our court so that I got my full 20 miles. in 🙂

So, I got back on track with exercise since the flooding. and the endorphins restored my emotional balance.  There were a few moments today — right after yoga and at times when I was outside — when I realized — “Wow!  I’m truly happy.”  And: “No matter what happens in the future, I am happy right here, right now.”

Day 9.5 up to 10: Final Day/s to Happiness

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“Girl Showing Thumbs Up” courtesy of photostock / FreeDigitalPhotos.net 

Of course this is not the last day I intend to be happy.  But this is the sort of end of my “spring break”, and tomorrow I will move on to other topics, with the occasional updates throughout.

Random semi-related thought: I’m really intrigued by the variety of “like”s from this week (because yes, I do sometimes obsess about these things):

Intro: 5 Pieces of Happiness:15       Days 1 & 2: 10     Day 3: 10     Day 4: 9     Day 5: 10     Days 6 & 7: 13     Days 8 and 8.5: 2

So. . . naturally I’m curious about the most recent day.  I think it’s likely that it was too long to read or that people are ready for me to move on.  Or people have places to go, people to see, other blogs to read etc.

Moving on. . .

1. My health took a hit with the two parties I had this week.  I overindulged in many delicious sweets, and I paid for it, especially today.  The overeating and sugar explosion resulted in a very cranky, depressed Teri who still has not completely recovered, though faring much better.  Sleep has still been fine, and exercise has been great.  Yesterday I took Bowser for a walk.  Today I biked 14 miles, and after the party I took Bowser for a mile walk.

2. I am having a lot of technological drama this weekend.  I’m trying not to dwell on it too much because I know I’m only attracting more to myself that way.  I finally completed my first vlog, but I’m still struggling to upload it to letsvlog.com.  Brian helped me with conversion — first getting it to be the right size, and then the right file format — and now I’m still trying to get the site to accept it.  As of this moment, I have just deleted the video (that the site was still “converting”), and am attempting to upload again.  I must admit these difficulties have lessened my excitement with this new venture.  But I do think I’m video-genic, so worse comes to worse, I may try youtube next.  I’d really like to start with the smaller vlog community, though, before I open myself up to the whole world.

3. People.  Ah, people.  I was completely awkward at the party last night.  Full blown introvertedness, though I tried to fight it/hide it.  It was a great party with a lot of people, but I was feeling extremely self-conscious and unsure of myself with all the new people, and my uncomfortablesness came to an unpleasant climax when I lived out one of my most awkward/drawn out goodbye — Brian confirmed it even made him uncomfortable.  Maybe I need to just give a blunt “Bye” and spin right around from now on because I think I’ve gone way out to the opposite extreme now.  The party today was fine.  It was family.  I was a little uneasy with the one new person there, but I got over it fairly quickly until the ladies began talking about engagement rings.  I think I masked my uneasiness well, but I didn’t even know what I was supposed to think and feel.  The thing is, though a part of me wants the traditional things, like a ring, another part of me thinks it goes against everything I am.  I don’t wear a lot of jewelry and would never want to spend that much money on any one item, and I certainly wouldn’t want to insist that Brian shell out so much for me.  Finally, I abhor the notion that my future decisions and happiness depend entirely on my partner.  (Why should deciding to get married be just the guy’s job?)   But I could go on and on about that sort of thing.  So, I’m moving on again.

4. This is still good.  Being present.  No, I’m not in a perfect state of awareness all the time, but I’m a lot more aware than I used to be.  And I have moments of meditative bliss.  Today I found the perfect tree to hug on my walk — the tree was actually leaning in as if about to give a hug! — and wrapping my arms around the massive trunk felt fantastic.  Bowser was really patient about the whole thing, too, even when I went to hug a second tree.  The trees are still more alive; the birds are alive.  I’m more in touch with myself.  Unfortunately, that means I’m also in touch with my inner unpleasant feelings, like the dread of going back to work, and my nervous emotional reactions to people and situations.  And speaking of touch, I’ve become much more observant of how often I touch my skin, especially my face.  I think it’s mainly a nervous thing, and I’ve noticed that I’m doing it a lot more now, as my break comes to an end.  I’m wondering if my skin issues are correlated to the amount of contact I have with my skin.  I still think stress is a factor, too.

5.  I don’t have much to say for this last one.  Just that I’m ready for a change and want a simpler life.  I’m willing to work hard; I just want to be able to play hard, too.  I admit that I miss my regular work routine, and I’m ready to return to work, if only for that part.  I keep trying to calm my nervous stomach and tell it that from now on I will not be as stressed, but my body doesn’t want to believe me yet.  It may take time.

Dancin’ in My Underwear

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“Legs Of Woman” courtesy of luigi diamanti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I’ve been trying to exercise every day, and it has led me to get at least 4 days in a week, so that’s a good thing!  My exercises of choice have been yoga, Zumba, the elliptical, walking, and my latest – domestic interpretive dance; i.e. — dancin’ in my underwear.

That’s right. I like to boogie in my undergarments.  On some days when I don’t have early morning teaching, I lower the shades, shimmy down to my comfies, and turn up the “workout” itunes playlist.  Sometimes I really have no idea what I’m doing; sometimes I go with what feels right; sometimes I incorporate some Zumba; other times I use white-woman’s-club-dancing (overbite may be included).

It’s not usually as good a workout at Zumba and the elliptical; it’s not as bendy as yoga; and it’s not as outdoorsy as walking, but I think it incorporates a bit of all of those exercises, and it is definitely the most fun – and the most convenient!  No attire required, no leaving the house required, minimal set-up required (hit play), and no dog accompaniment required.

So, if you’ve been hit by a blizzard, your Xbox is malfunctioning, and you don’t have any exercise equipment, consider creating your own workout.  I think you’ll enjoy it. 🙂

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