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Posts Tagged ‘healing’

Conscious, Ink

Posted by terrepruitt on June 6, 2013

A few months ago I was finding myself with a sense of anxiety.  I was feeling STRESSED.  I was just really out of sorts.  I was worrying about things some of which I could do nothing about.  I was just feeling frantic.  Finally one day I said, “What is up with this anxiety?  Why am I on edge?!”  I was just tired of that on-the-edge feeling.  I stopped and examined what I was allowing to cause me anxiety.  I decided to take a few steps to relieve that anxiety, but I also realized that I was not trusting.  I felt that I had the faith, but I was not allowing myself to TRUST in order to let my faith that things would be ok, actually carry me through.  Now, I know they might sound the same, or you might think it was faith I was lacking and we could argue the semantics and the difference, but in my opinion it was trust that I needed to have.  So I started looking for “Trust” symbols. I was hoping to find a piece of jewelery I could wear or a temporary tattoo.  I found this beautiful bracelet that I found myself wanting, but while I was lacking in trust I was not lacking in intelligence.  Spending $150.00, when having enough money was one of the things I was worried about, would not be smart.  I kept the webpage as a tab on my iPad, and would look at it.  I felt that was a good enough reminder.  Then a friend of mine posted a link to Jennifer Pastiloff’s website on Facebook that led me to Conscious, Ink.

Conscious, Ink is temporary tattoos of sayings or things you might want to remind yourself of or manifest.  And they have “Trust”.  A beautiful slightly green Trust.  Trust on top of each other and inverted so you can read it from either side/angle.  And one long T R U S T.  They also have packages where you can buy 30 days worth of one tattoo.  So you can just keep the tattoo ongoing for 30 days.  I bought all the different versions of “Trust”.  I bought 1 of the long one, 2 of the double one, and a month’s worth of the “fancy” greenish one.

So far I am wearing them on my forearm so that I can actually SEE them and be reminded.  I mean that was really the whole point for me.  But you, of course can do whatever you want.

They have packs of series of tattoos, for example a “Healing Series” which contains different color tattoos stating:

SOURCE Nourishes & Loves ME I AM Light
I TRUST Myself I AM Peace & Joy
I LIVE In Joy & Unity I AM Alive

The “Be Present Series” contains “Just Breathe”, “Be Present”, “Let Go” and three more tattoos all in fancy script.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaThey have a large assortment of different types of tattoos all made to help “solidify intentions and affirmations” and help you manifest your own destiny.  For me personally it is perfect.  I need a reminder.  Things around here are cause for questions and since there are no clear answers the only thing I can do is TRUST.  I think with tattoos reminding us of things; Appreciation, Believe, Forgive, Gratitude, Listen, Be Bold, Acknowledge, Expect Miracles, Let GO Let God, I am the source of my abundance, Do it now, Follow Your Bliss, quotes from Rumi, and many more — we can actually make things happen and manifest them.  Conscious, Ink even has a few pregnancy tattoos.

I also have to say that I am a sucker for free gifts.  I love when businesses include free things with an order.  Silly as it may sound it always makes me feel special . . . even though I know I am not the only one that they do that for!  And my free gift was a “Gratitude” tattoo.  A free gift and THAT particular tattoo made me very happy.  There was even a little hand written note from the owner.  AWESOME!  I think all of that is a great job of manifesting a returning customer!

Tattoo anyone?  What would you like to manifest?

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Sound Healing and Labyrinth Walk

Posted by terrepruitt on April 23, 2013

Wow.  This past weekend I went to an event a friend of mine invited me too.  It was very cool.  I had learned about walking the labyrinth not too long ago (about four years).  I found it very fascinating.  I love that you just walk the path and it is yours.  You walk, you experience whatever it is you want to/need to experience.  There are many different types of labyrinth.  The first one I experienced was at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment in San Jose, CA.  The labyrinth was in their garden.  Their garden is an oasis in the middle of a noisy city.  Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaThe labyrinth I walked on Saturday was at a church, First Congregational Church.  It is a stone labyrinth. Walking the labyrinth alone is a special thing in itself, but this event was sound healing while you walked the labyrinth.  I had heard of sound healing before but didn’t really have an idea of what it was.  I really had no idea what this event would be like, I just wanted to go because the one time I walked the labyrinth I really enjoyed it.  The event was planned two months ago and in those two months . . . .wow!  At this time I am just going to say that I felt this was the PERFECT time for me to be attending this event!  There were four women that played their Crystal Singing bowls, drums, rattles and other sound healing instruments while we walked the labyrinth.  It was a wonderful experience.  Their intention is to hold this type of event every other month.  I will be posting the information as I learn of it so anyone who wants to join can do so.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaCrystal Singing bowls are very beautiful LOOKING and I was attracted to one so I went over to talk to one of the women about it.  Since I didn’t know anything about the bowls I wanted to learn more.  She shared with me the vibration of the bowl called “The Divine Mother”.  She told me what it was made of and shared the sound with me.  While she made it sing I was holding it.  It was very warm.  Then she had me hold it in one hand and strike it with the mallet.  Then she took the bowl and held it in her hand and struck it while I held my hands close to the bowl but not touching.  That was amazing.  I felt the energy, the vibration from the bowl push against my hands.  I had to give a little resistance so my hands did not move away from the bowl.  The sound is very beautiful, but I was very intrigued by the energy coming from the bowl.  She was very kind and she allowed me to experience this for a while.  Then she had me turn in a circle while she moved the bowl up my body and down my body.  It is kind of surprising the force I felt from the bowl as she did that.  It was not strong as if to move me, but there was something and that really surprised me.  I felt the vibration from the bowl.

At this time with what is going on in my life and what is going on in the world, I am open heartedly accepting it as healing sound and vibration.  What is really is and what you want to believe is up in the air and up to you.  I am just sharing that I knew nothing of this type of “healing” and was really just surprised and amazed by the sense and the feeling I got.  I was just WOWED!  Really.  And I felt really good and relaxed after.  The morning was emotional and a bit stressful and after that little session I was back to relaxation and joy.

So, a portion of my walk in the labyrinth was that of thankfulness and pure gratitude.  But it was a — to me — a big labyrinth so I was also able to concentrate on some healing thoughts for someone else.  Then while I walked I began so sense my feet and I took a little time to focus on self-healing.  I walked the labyrinth both ways so I was able to do what I felt necessary.

Whew!  It was an awesome experience.  I look forward to attending more walks with sound healings.  I will put the information regarding the next event up somewhere (here, my website, Twitter or Facebook) when they have the details worked out and have let me know.  So check back if you are interested.  I honestly can’t wait.  I really felt some healing from the lovely sound and enjoyed the walk and the support of all those that gathered.

What do you think?  Interesting?  Interested?


If you are interested, there is a walk on Saturday, August 17, 2013, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Click here to go to Facebook Event!


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It’s Out There

Posted by terrepruitt on February 5, 2011

I teach Nia.  I found Nia while looking on the internet for a workout that was exercise as well as dance.  Dance is exercise and with so many people enjoying dancing I was hoping to find a combination of both that I could teach.   Nia is a non-impact cardio dance.  The “non-impact” often causes people to think that it is low intensity, but with Nia you regulate your own intensity.  Nia was created using The Body’s Way, and designed so that you can practice is in Your Body’s Way.  So participants receive the workout their body needs at that moment.

I believe that is one of the great things about Nia, but it is also one of the things that greatly challenge people.  Some people do not know how to listen to their own bodies and give them what they need.  They are accustomed to being told what they need and what to do.  So Nia might not be for everyone.  But there is something out there that is.

In the Fall 2010 issue of Conscious Dancer, they shared 100 modes of movement.  They highlighted movements from A-Z.  They pointed out AcroYoga, AlivEmotion, BeachDance, Bellyfit, Biodanza, Chakradance, Dancing with Pain, DolphinDance, 5Rhythms, Gyrotonic Expansion System, Hoop Dance, InterPlay, Jazzercise, Laughter Yoga, Nia, Pilates, Shake Your Soul, Soul Motion, SpritisDancing, Trance Dance, Wowzacise, Yoga Booty Ballet, YogaFit, Zumba, and more.

From yoga to yoga dancing, spiritual exercise, water workouts, healing, structured, non-structured, standing, sitting, rolling, running, jumping, bouncing, everything from here to there and anything you can thing of and more.  So what is your excuse?  Maybe there isn’t a Nia class in your area or that is convenient to you or your schedule.  What about a Zumba class?  Get some of your Latin on.  Zumba not your thing?  What about BellyFit?  Maybe there is a class near you and a form of fitness that has a bit of yoga, meditation, and Pilates in it is something you would like?  Laughter Yoga (who doesn’t like to laugh?) is in 60 countries.  Maybe you would like the group type of moving mediation that is 5Rhytms.  Or you wanna take it back to your childhood circling your hips and other body parts in a Hoop Dance.  Have you tried Jazzercise lately?  Even though it has been around since the 60’s it has kept up with the times.  Like Nia, you learn that the joy of dance that is Shake Your Soul can be a healing experience.  What about Wowzacise?  Created by Wowza it is a form of fitness done on different size stability balls. Yoga Booty Ballet is a set of workouts that is yoga, cardio, and ballet and there are DVDs so you don’t even have to go out to do that one.

See?  So as I am often saying there is soooooo much out there.  If you don’t like one thing try another.  Take into consideration your goals and what you really like to do, then go out there and find it.  It has to be there.  Even though Nia is for everyBODY, it really is not for everyone, but please find something that is for you and do it and stick to it!

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Santa Cruz, California

Posted by terrepruitt on September 24, 2009

My husband and I live in San Jose. We are pretty close to Santa Cruz, I think. It is about 45 minutes away. But usually it takes longer than that to get there due to traffic. We don’t go there often.

Yesterday I went “over the hill”, we call it because we have to go over the hills to get out of the Santa Clara Valley/Silicon Valley to the ocean side.

While there, I thought, I don’t come here enough. This is beautiful. And I took a few shots, thinking I would share Dance Exercies, Nia, Nia Campbell, Campbell Nia, Nia classes in Campbell, evening Nia, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Niathem with you. Then I was thinking I should write something to post. But then I was invited to coffee today, when I “should have” been writing my blog, I was having coffee. When I accepted the invitation I had a feeling that going to coffee was where I needed to be and posting the pictures of Santa Cruz was what I would end up doing.

Well, it turned out that I was at coffee for three hours. I had been correct. I needed to be on that coffee date making a connection with someone. And these pictures are beautiful and they really should be shared. Because California is beautiful. Santa Cruz is awesome. Yesterday was the most gorgeous day there.

The pictures are beautiful not because of the skill of the photographer, but because of the skill of the maker—-no one could have taken a bad picture of yesterday’s masterpiece. It has worked out as it should. I have been studying the Nia 5 Stages, it is a “self-healing” movement practice. I took a break from it with friends and wow—the break was another way of self healing. Friends, the ocean, coffee, conversation, an exercise in listening, it is all very healing!

Is there something you do for you that is self-healing?

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Zheng Gu Shui

Posted by terrepruitt on March 28, 2009

My husband took Jujitsu for a little while.  Martial Arts are amazing because from what I have heard most of them are not just an exercise class or a practice, a lot of them involve other “things” and in the case of my husband and his Jujitsu class, it involved potions and lotions.

Since in Jujitsu you use your body a lot and it can sustain damage, part of what he was taught was how to heal that damage or at least minimize the time frame of healing.  One thing he brought home was Zheng Gu Shui.  Oh how I love my Zheng Gu Shui.  If I even THINK I hurt myself, I put this stuff on and —BAM!—it is gone sooner than not. 

Ok, I have to admit sometimes I forget about it, but here is what had me wanting to blog about it.  I recently strained something in my neck changing the sheets.  Oh yeah, BTW, I usually don’t injure myself working out or exercising it is usually  while I am doing normal everyday stuff.  So I flicked the sheets like you do when you are putting them on the bed.  And –twang!—I hurt something.  That night I woke up four or five times because when I went to change sides I couldn’t turn my head without pain.  In the morning I tore my closet apart looking for my bottle of Zheng Gu Shui.  I put it on from my shoulder all the way into my hair because that’s where it really hurt.  Then I went about my day.  After one application I was able to move my head, but I still felt a twang.  So every once in while I would remember that I had hurt my neck so I would put more on.  I applied it maybe four times.  By the evening if I really put my mind to it I could still feel the pain, but I was able to completely move my head.   The next day, I was asking my husband if I could blog about Zheng Gu Shui and it dawned on me, it was 7:00 pm (I ran to the clock to check) and I had not THOUGHT about my neck ALL day because it was better.

According to many websites Zheng Gu Shui means rectify bones liquid.  I use it when I think I am going to bruise or feel that I have strained a muscle or something.   What it does is promote circulation.  This seems to allow the issue to resolve itself faster than it would on its own.  It is very strong smelling and it will tingle to the point of burning on tender spots (didn’t feel good on the back of my knees) and it might stain clothing, so use it with caution.  Always follow a products instructions.  It is awesome.  And it is VERY affordable.

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