lots of THANKS …

Guuuuuuys, I had my last workshop yesterday. I can hardly believe that 6 workshops and almost 3 months have passed since my arrival in AZ. Yesterday’s workshop on Gratitude was very light and fun and silly, exactly what the last one needed to be (and what I needed it to be as well). It’s been a lot of work prepping the workshops having to build them from the ground up. I enjoyed doing so, and discovered that it got easier as they went on – easier to prepare for, more trusting of my abilities and much less nervous ;) I am very grateful to have been able to come to AZ and for making the choice to actually DO IT. So much thanks and love to the awesome people in my life who supported me, both near and far. It was nice to see some beautiful faces from the past as well as some new ones. It’s almost time for me to leave here (and right before it gets absurdly hot) … thank you Phoenix for welcoming me back with open arms and for helping this life journey go smoothly and, well, just as it should.

thanks. thanks. thanks.

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the TRUTH comes out …

Mindful hike #5. Take 2. I’m glad to have postponed last weekend’s hike to yesterday as my own body needed rest (something I don’t do for myself often enough, if at all) and more beautiful ladies were able to make it this time – win win! As always, I was honored to guide them and to relate to them and to support them and to learn from them …

We shared stories, old and new. Stories of life and ones that we want to change. Shared what it feels like in our minds, hearts and bodies when we live in our truth, or when we don’t. Meditated on our ideal selves and our ideal lives; values, who we are, and what we want. It was deep. It was healing. It was powerful. It was truth.

So much thanks to these ladies for allowing me to guide them and for their love and support as I live my truth XOXO

One more Phoenix workshop left on Gratitude. Holy cow, where have the 3 months gone!?

(Dreamcatchers made by yours truly. I seriously love making them.)

amazing women UNITE …

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Another amazing workshop with amazing women, check aaaand CHECK. Everything about it was magical and perfect. It started with a coyote siting on our drive into the park. Then, we found a jackrabbit hanging out in our meeting spot, keeping it warm and extra natury until we arrived. Then, at the tail end of our hike, we came over this little hill to a man playing guitar in the desert. And I haven’t even gotten to everything in between and after!!! So let me do that …

Jordan led us through a powerful body awareness walking meditation halfway through the hike. Afterward, we all paused for a moment and reflected on our physical and mental sensations. We all talked and caught up and got to know each other throughout the rest of the hike. Upon returning to our meeting place, we worked on a self love handout created by Jordan and I to dig a bit deeper into how we love ourselves. I was so grateful for everyone’s willingness to be open and to share bits of themselves, and to witness these bad ass ladies support each other. We all held space for one another. They created a safe space for me to guide them and not be scared doing so ;) And everyone created a safe judgement-free space to speak our truths, to be our authentic selves, to connect to something bigger than this physical world …

Jordan and I were so incredibly honored to guide these 4 beautiful, empowered and confident ladies. Wow. Just WOW.

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.

[chain] link HEARTS …

I’ve been here in Phoenix for almost one month already. I KNOOOOOW, I can’t believe it eitheeeeer!

I’m opening up here. I take yoga regularly, and it feels different. It’s emotionally more challenging. In class today, the teacher had us holding poses longer, which helps to open the body and to feel what’s happening in there. And I had to come out of some of them sooner than the teacher guided us to. It was like my heart needed a break. I felt like I couldn’t keep going “there” … this was a beautifully interesting realization. My heart is more open here and therefore, yoga is proving more intense for me. I wanted to embrace this newfound openness, and so I came home and asked my friend, Jordan, for a hug. She’s a great warm and fuzzy hugger with lots of loving energy, so not surprisingly, tears started to well up in my eye balls. As us humans do, she asked what was wrong. “Nothing really.” I just needed some love and support cause being opened up is a tough place to be without love and support. As our hearts linked in that warm and fuzzy embrace, we could feel our hearts beating together (mine overpowering both ๐Ÿ˜‰). Man, hugs are important. They literally link our heart energy and spread loads of love. I need to remember this more …

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 …

โ€œWhat you choose to focus on becomes your reality.โ€

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