BREATH feels better in nature …

The workshop on Breath actually happened over a week ago, however, I left town for a primal skills gathering (blog post to come soon, cause that was AWESOME as well) the following day and didn’t get a chance to post about this workshop.

We had a longer than expected desert adventure at Piestewa Peak, as we got sucked into some sort of mountain vortex. A small part of me was freaking out as I had led these ladies astray. But they were unphased and quite content with being together and catching up on life and soaking in the sunshine and breathing in nature. Yay!!

It truly was a beautiful hike as we found ourselves in the center of the mountains. It is rare to hike in the middle of Phoenix and not be looking out across the urban sprawl as you climb. Here, for a pretty lengthy stretch, it was different. No city in sight, no traffic sounds (probably planes flying overhead but I was too focused on getting us back to our cars safely to even notice!). It was pretty freaking gorgeous and a lovely retreat from the busyness. Just don’t ask me how we got in there ;)

We all worked together to balance and support each other through breath and love. It was so amazing to facilitate this workshop and to be a part of it as well. These ladies help me to learn and grow and remember to BREATHE. Thank you.

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self love for SELF …

Last Sunday’s workshop on Self Love was all about Jordan and myself self loving ourselves (Austin Powers anyone). We guided each other through an amazingly powerful and heart-opening adventure. It was exactly as the Universe intended it to be, and I’m extremely (like really extremely) grateful. We meditated; breathed together; shared a piece of ourselves; hiked a fairly gentle mountain; learned from each other; brainstormed; explored our deepest selves with the support of one another … and then decided to change the workshop on “Change” (25 February 2018) to another “Self Love” workshop. I feel guided to make this change. And, well, change happens. All. The. Time.

So please join us as we connect through the power of loving ourselves and sending that love out to the world!

SELF LOVE | 25 February 2018 | Piestewa Peak Phoenix AZ | 9-11am | moderate difficulty | www.firstlightwellness.com

 

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  • Interested in reducing stress and finding balance in your life?
  • Connecting with yourself and others?
  • Getting a great morning workout in nature?

Please join us as we focus our attention on our BREATH … our connection between the conscious and the subconscious. Our life force. Yet so many of us forget that we are even doing it and how very important it is to our existence. So, let’s breathe deep together!!!

Comment with any questions and/or check out First Light Wellness for all the details!

And remember to breathe ;)

from a higher PERSPECTIVE …

“What you choose to focus on becomes your reality.”

My first desert mindfulness hike was a wonderful success … I mean, look at these smiles :) The day was perfect. The people were perfect. I am so grateful to Jordan and Cathie and the universe and the earth and the sunshine and … OK, I could go on forever as there is a lot that got me to this place …

There are a few more workshops left on my snow-birding adventure here in Arizona. Visit First Light Wellness for all the fun details!

XO Dawn

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HAPPY NEW YEAR to all!!!! What better way to start the New Year than with some Self-Lovin’! Please join me for workshop #2 in 3 weeks…

I definitely had to remind myself, and be reminded, to take care of ME during the past month. Working in retail during the holidays is crazy; moving to AZ for 3 months requires a slight bit of preparation; making time to see everyone I love before I leave … all while feeling exhausted and under the weather.

Taking more time to care for ourselves will make all of our seemingly stressful lives soooo much easier and more enjoyable. So, how about you care for YOU and come meditate and hike with me on the 21st?!?!?! XO

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I’m so excited to be facilitating mindful hiking workshops in the desert of Phoenix, AZ in the oh-so-near future! Please join us for the 1st workshop on Saturday January 13th at South Mountain.

Check out the other workshop dates and themes – you are welcome for one or all ;) And all include a complimentary handmade gift!!!

Please shoot me a message with any questions or comments. XO Dawn
www.firstlightwellness.com

lines of LOVE …

Today’s creation: heart art (heART, bahaha).  So fun to make and pretty dang cool! Funny that when I was younger, I did NOT like hearts. Heart jewelry – eww. Hearts on stuff – bleh. Heart-shaped anything – ick. Now, I’m spending an hour drawing hearts with the word LOVE in them, and with a freakin’ heart pencil no less. Yeah, times have changed. I have changed. So, if you keep working on loving yourself, don’t be surprised if you start drawing hearts everywhere. All the time. Embrace that open heart, even in those scary vulnerable times (yeah, this is a reminder to myself as well). Love it. Love you. Love all. Love hearts and heart-shaped things ;)

XO <3

MINDFUL hiking workshops …

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Figured I’d share this on my blog as well cause you never know what other Arizonans follow my blog or will find this post, riiiiight!?!? I’m looking forward to guiding desert dwellers through a healing meditation and small group hike. And looking forward to being a desert dweller myself … again ;)

My website has a brief explanation of each theme and a shop for you to sign up. If you have any individual questions, please reach out as I’d love to hear from you!

See you on the trails! XO

my first CUPPING …

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I’m guessing some dirty minds are chuckling right now. However, I’m referring to the Eastern medicine technique of cupping. I have been going to acupuncture for a few weeks now and today, she asked me if she could do cupping on my back following my acupuncture treatment. I have never had this done before, so SURE! I had absolutely no idea what I had just agreed to other than my minimal knowledge of what cupping is.

She removes the needles from my back, then walks out of the room and returns with a cute little basket of cute little round jars. Oooo, I love jars! I asked her what it was going to feel like, and she didn’t respond. She just got right to it. Lighting up those jars and suctioning them to my back flesh … holy shit, WHAT. IS. HAPPENING. ?. Suddenly there was nothing cute about those jars and that fucking basket. And at that moment, I realized why she hadn’t responded to my question … because you can’t describe what it feels like to have your entire back sucked off of your skeleton. The tightness. The pulling. WTF?

And then she left me in the room with jars stuck to my back. I was like what the hell is going to happen to me in here. All by myself. With jars stuck to my back. Thankfully, it was only around 5 minutes. And in that 5 minutes, I thought how can she possibly remove these super-powered suction-cups from my skin?!? And I also thought, I’m definitely going to have those round marks like the Olympic swimmers have. Yeah, I’m cool like that. Don’t let me fool you, I did not feel cool in that moment.

Removing them wasn’t a big deal and they made silly popping sounds. And then the magic happened. My back never (at least what I can remember) felt so light and relaxed and open then in that moment. And it took only 5 minutes of cupping. This is the truth behind the power of traditional medicine practices. I realized how much weight I carry in my back, because I now know how light and airy it CAN feel. Now that shit is magic. And it is real. All at the same time.

I am pretty open to all types of holistic healing, which is why I was gung ho to try cupping. And honestly, I would do it again. In the moment, it was really intense. Like INTENSE intense. And because of that, I had a tough time laying there with it even for a short 5 minutes. But, experiencing that feeling of lightness in my back was mind-blowing. Like, WOW, I hold soooooo much in there, and now I am fully aware of it because the weight has been lifted, or at least sucked into some jars. I now truly understand what it feels like to be weighed down and to be lightened up. How cool is that?!? OK, now, I feel cool.

We all need to experience opposition to understand our feelings. We can’t understand happiness without feeling sadness; lightness without darkness; love without hate. So, although I had a tough time with those not-so-cute-anymore jars, they helped me to remember this fact of life. And brought me here to write about it and remind all of you.

In those moments of pain or sadness or other seemingly negative feelings, remember that you need them all to be able to relate to and fully embrace the amazingly positive yummy feelings. This helps to change our perspective in life. To trust that everything, and I mean everything, that happens in your life is meant for you.

Happy Cupping!

LOOK who has emerged …

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Have y’all been wondering where I went? Yeah, me too.

I love blogging … sharing my truth, inspiring others, writing about what I’m feeling or doing or seeing … it’s a beautiful thing. So, seriously, why the hell haven’t I been doing it? Good question. Well, honestly, I am still finding it hard to schedule my life without someone else telling me where I need to be and at what time, so I let some shit go. I am learning to be more patient with myself and accept that this is a learning process. And, at times, I also feel frozen / stuck, not knowing what to do or how to move forward. I want to continue down the path I started down 2 years – doing what I love, making my own schedule, and BLOGGING! Blogging is a creative outlet for me as well, and as I’m writing this, I’m realizing that I have lessened my creative endeavors of all types (although, I will share some creative things soon!). I haven’t been lettering as much, or doodling, or writing, or or or. This seems like a great place to insert a reminder to be patient and accepting with myself. My creativity didn’t just dissolve … a few months not doing it and POOF! GONE! Not so much. I took a break. Not a big deal. Really.

I have also done loads of amazing other things, which I will share in the coming weeks. One being that I turned 40 and had the most amazing celebration. Just had to share that now, cause damn, it was AMAZING.

Catch y’all later. I swear I’ll be back soon …