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Coming Home…

 

 

Coming Home::: Upon completing the Camino de Santiago I recall a time with a fellow pilgrim whom I ran into on and off throughout my journey. He was a gentle 60 year old soul, from Italy. We saw one another many times throughout the Camino, although we never really spoke until the end, in Finisterre. It was then he disclosed why he was doing the Camino. He shared he had been adopted as a boy, and as a child he never knew his birth name. A life perhaps been lived with a void that may not have been spoken, although a walk to uncover something he did not have to put words too. Before walking, he discovered his birth name and found his parents had passed. Upon entering Santiago, the place your walk is commemorated. It was here he acknowledged his name, and placed his adopted name along with his birth name on his placard. He shared his birth name aloud with me, as we teared up it was as if he made his way home to the truth of his roots, his souls coming home for the first time.

A moment etched in my heart, a poignant marking, each of us so very different, unique in our life and seeing himself as my own mirror at that moment in time. I have been blessed to share many a moments with many a soul during my walk, although this an ending or shall I say beginning of finding the truth of what being home with oneself truly means. It was and is A Perfect reflection of my own Truth in fully coming home.

Finisterre may have a literal meaning, of In Roman times it was believed to be the end of the known world. The name Finisterre, like that of Finistère in France, derives from the Latin finis terrae, meaning “end of the earth”. “The Earth, no matter where or when we stand upon her, she always finds a way of dying and birthing itself over and over. She is never stagnant, never still, always in fluid motion; just as are we. I know now here back landing upon an amazing spot on this beautiful earth. I am so very grateful for my home, my spot in the natural world that was provided to me before my pilgrimage, not knowing until now that in fact it is truly my home.

The Earth, the place you ground into, the place we call home is like being connected into our electrical system within our literal and figurative house. When we are walking upon the earth, we ground more into the support and nurturance of dear Gaia along with all who have walked before us and all who will come after. When you stand with our feet on this earth you tend to ground automatically, when walking for days at a time you are then re- aligning into your electrical system, like bringing yourself closer and closer to home.

In the days before rubber-soled shoes, we were walking barefoot among the trees, always deeply connected to thy self, and to the earth. Earth has an energy, a vibration that has an amazing healing property, just as our energy system brings us life affirming aliveness into our systems if treated with love and compassion. Bringing in the flow of healthy negative ions in and any buildup of positive ions and its accompanying toxins flowing out is how we naturally take care. As for our health, grounding needs to be part of our daily life, as the Earth’s healing energy awaits your arrival as when ill either physically or emotionally, staying grounded as much as possible is a good tincture in your medicine cabinet.

We are making our way toward our 3 Day Retreat right here in Northern California and we still have a few spots left for our time on the land. We would love to have you take part in finding your way home!

Blessings, Regina

www.soljourneys.com                 regina.soljourneys@gmail.com

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The web of connection

Spirit in the sky

 

~ Nature has a great deal of influence on our lives. As we are but the tree we stand in front of, all seeking harmony with the branches we connect too. We realize that it is not until we gain the respect and understanding of that truth that we will be able to tap into our own truth. It is with the lighting of our own FIRE, that we can begin to connect with others, then form branches to grow and nurture in harmony within the Universe. I believe to be in contact with self in the presence of such beauty is truly being in contact with our own divine nature. Nature provides the Soul with a nurturance that goes beyond our mind, bringing us a sense of comfort and compassion that only an EARTH mother so pure and beautiful could provide.

Until our next Sol Journey~ 

                          Regina

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The Road Less Traveled……

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After marking the calendar of yet another year I realize the many blessings I have been connected and witnessed too on our amazing planet. A place that continually brings up so many lessons that seem to keep everything right on track for this crazy adventure called life! I seem to find myself with so much less resistance these days, and at far greater peace both inside and out. That internal compass that knows just how to navigate and at the same time bringing to places within that can easily move me to tears and or that roar of laughter in an instant, as the everyday “stuff” continues to keep on keeping on.

We all know life has its many ups and downs and also leaves us to contemplate the beautiful magic and wonder.  Sometimes leaving us to ask the question; What if I continue to take that easy path that has been traveled by the masses? What if I don’t? As I write this, I think I have never been that person. I feel as if it’s never been in my cards. So I have to ask; Do you ever find yourself asking where your directional is pointing you at this time in life? Do you ever have that moment when you just Stop and ask; Where is it that I want to put forth my next step, where do I want to plant myself here now? Perhaps just sitting in the place of the unknown is just what I need.  If and when we start the process of moving forward, its as if we mark the time and place of change to come forward, which in fact may bring us so much less discomfort in the long run. It sometimes takes the road less traveled to find the less turbulent ebb and flow of life, to create that  Joie de vivre ~ The French ‘joy of living’, that excitement of life in place of that path well marked and worn of the “just so” life.

If you are ready to Re-discover that place in yourself , that place to Re-Ignite that Joy of Life, or you are READY to let go of what continues to keep holding you back. Then perhaps its time to make the choice to plant yourself on the Earth with us for a Sol Journeys Adventure, as it may be just what you need!

Sol Journeys is making its way to The Center at Westwood, in Mass on Sept 17th for a Day Long Adventure and would love to have you join us. If you are interested in this journey or attending another- Send me an email at regina.soljourneys@gmail.com for more information.

I look forward to your next Sol Journeys Adventure, Regina

 

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The gift of Presence!

Opening gate from separation to union

The Gift of Presence

I had a client ask me about my take on something that occurred during a recent family celebration. It was her husband’s birthday. Her husband took the day off from work, and she, his wife could sense an underlying feeling of sadness coming from him that was palpable on and off throughout the day.

The youngest child wrapped up a fun top of a container, with a note that read- “Happy Birthday Daddy”. The other child was off playing with a friend most of the day, and when arrived home drew him a beautiful piece of artwork along with a homemade birthday card. That evening they celebrated as a family, with the children baking a B~day cake and cooking dinner for daddy. The sadness again became evident as he spoke with tears in his eyes at the start of dinner as he gave thanks for having spent the day at home with his family. Read More →

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Our Precious Heart

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“This FIRE that we call Loving is too strong for human minds. But just right for human souls.”
Aberjhani, Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love

 

As we move into the month of February may we become more aware of our precious HEART. The Element of FIRE– which when ignited in all its fullness it can assist our entire system. As our HEART touches all parts of us, each organ functions with more precision when open, or when we truly feel nourished, our emotions less labile when our HEART and spirit is free and JOY filled. May this Valentine’s season allow your HEART to OPEN by providing your~ SELF that gift of LOVE by creating more harmony and balance within your system with a special offering to thy self, in whatever form you LOVE by way of your NATURE filled self!

As when our FIRE is out of balance we can feel it, we may get palpitations, or bouts of rapid speech and or headaches or have high blood pressure when our FIRE runs too hot! If our energy feels depleted we may experience heart pains or a feeling of sadness perhaps as if something feels broken when our FLAME is not burning as bright as when in divine flow. Read More →

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Why the 5 Elements?

Why the 5 ELEMENTS?

“The five Skandas, which may be translated into English as the five heaps, or five aggregates, are the Five Elements of that comprise the human being….. In fact, these are really five rivers flowing together in us:

The river of form, which means our body, the river of mental formations, the river of feelings, the river of perceptions and the river of consciousness.

They are always flowing within us… Arvalokit looked deeply into the five Skhandas… and discovered none of them can be by itself alone….Form is empty of a separate self, but it is full of everything else in the cosmos. The same is true with feelings, perceptions, mental formations, and consciousness.”

Thich Nat Hanh “The Heart of Understanding”

 Now when asked, Why the 5 Elements? Things become a bit clearer. We are not made to go it alone! We are not made to live in separation, as an island unto ourselves. If we choose this way of being, it would leave our riverbeds dry or our Hearts without connections to all parts of our being. Our FIRE without a flame! Our Arterial beds searching to find places to bring blood and nutrients to our vital organs!

What is it then to take part in this dance of being in relationship with thy self? How can we find that inner balance and harmony? If we begin to look within our own 5 Element structure, we can then find ways to bring more ENERGY to parts of our bodies that may not be in harmony with the FLOW of life.

The element of EARTH, the place we begin and end, the Center of our being. The place of understanding how to nurture ones self, that place we can find compassion for ourselves. The EARTH is also a place where healthy boundaries can be fully understood. The Elements also bring us to the male and female parts of thy self. The Yin/Yang of the organs, which have a place of harmonic resonance deep within and without which is “Full of everything else in the cosmos”!

Our Physical, emotional, and mental/spirit bodies is our internal compass, our guide of how we are doing in the natural world. This is how nature reflects back to us, how we are handling life.

How are you weathering those storms? Are you allowing the light and the dark within you to help you navigate down those rocky riverbeds? Life can become a whole lot easier if we choose to seek guidance from the places that have lost their footing, a place where our riverbeds may have flooded, or find them still seeking moisture from things that leave us thirsty.

May you find a balanced flow with more ease and grace as you go through this Holiday Season!

Looking forward to your next Sol Journey’s Adventure.

Blessings,

Regina

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Ancestors- Are they here to help?

~A beautiful middle age Vietnamese gentleman called Mr. V came into clinic for a blood pressure (BP) check. It had been running high on his previous visit, so I let him know we may have to consider starting him on a blood pressure medication next visit if it remained elevated. Mr. V had recently added in a daily blend of celery juice to his morning routine, 4 stocks daily. Low and behold his BP readings were in normal range when taking his daily juice but elevated when he missed taking it.

Mr. V. was also getting ready to journey back to Vietnam for a month to visit relatives.   We spoke about his growing up in Vietnam and ended up speaking about the spiritual practices within his culture. They have a direct correlation to their ancestors and the natural world. This is where they or he find “God”. He explained you pray to those whom have passed, and look to the natural world, the Elements sun/moon/sky/water and earth in Gratitude. Read More →

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