'Just the thing I needed.'
Reiki at Yoga Farm 🙌
Reiki on Valentine's Day! Give yourself or another the gift of healing and smooth-flowing life force energy; even better, come with your sweetheart ♥️
Starting this month, I will be giving a group Reiki session at Yoga Farm Ithaca every second Wednesday of the months through May 2024.
"Reiki is a Japanese relaxation and healing modality that gently encourages movement of naturally-occurring life force energy or qi/chi through physical and subtle body systems. Reiki helps move any ‘issues that are stuck in the tissues’. To receive group Reiki and a few minutes of individual Reiki, simply show up, relax into a comfortable position, and receive, receive, receive. Kristine does the work:) This is a lovely energy healing session that is gentle, effective, and will help you heal and harmonize for your highest good. Come yourself, with someone, or make a gift of this rich hour of healing to a loved one."
Workshop at Goldenrod Depot
Are you pushing too hard or trying to do too much? Do you want to loosen up and enjoy life in healthy ways but you're not sure how?
Do you want to love life? Love yourself? Kindle a relationship?
In this workshop, we'll cover somatic (body-based) ways to regulate the nervous system so you can focus on what feels good in the body. You'll leave with strategies to move stress, tension, and trauma out of the body so there's space to welcome in enjoyment... and love.
Contact me directly to register and find out more.
Also, I'm happy to offer workshops for your private group in your own space or we can find another place. It could be a friends group, a ladies group, church or craft group, sports or athletics group, music group, etc.!
My first workshop was a big success ❤️
Thursday, December 7, 2023
Last night, I was thrilled to lead my first workshop on somatic mindfulness and somatic inquiry. I also gave everyone a jolt of Reiki to help them through the season and through the many other things many of us face on top of the busy time of year. I had 9 lovely attendees who were so engaged and responsive. My heart melts in reliving the experience... to get to share practices that have helped me heal, that can increase their individual healing, and that increase the healing of our world is such a privilege. I'm feeling so grateful ❤️
We went over a bunch of practices and I realized I wanted to spend more time doing the practices. So I'm already thinking of another workshop that will be more focused on experiencing. As much as I like talking about somatic practices that help us regulate the nervous system, I like guiding people into and through the practices even more.
I'm also stoked to combine Reiki with sound healing, a gong bath, singing bowls. I'm so excited to create more of these healing events so we all can increasingly relax, regulate our nervous systems, heal, grow, and radiate the amazing love that's already within.
Check out my first appearance as a guest on a podcast!
Thursday, May 16, 2023
Excited for my first experience as a guest on a podcast! I had the pleasure of sharing my story with my delightful friend, Shirley Markant. In the podcast, we talk about journeying onward from the world of academics.
Hold your quiet, distant center.
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
I recently found this torn-at-the-edge quarter page in a box I was sorting. I'm pretty sure it first came to me tucked in next to a loaf of bread, part of a share in my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscription. It was at least two years ago. I kept it.
This week, I read these words and tears welled up in my eyes. Maybe emotion was why I kept it years ago too.
'A world that revolves around me' seems self-centered and selfish and through my healing journey, I've come to believe it's healthy to direct love towards ourselves first. Eg, fill your own cup first. And in giving metta or sending lovingkindness, we begin with ourselves. I also think of the Rumi quote, “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” By holding my quiet center, I gently change myself and set that example for my kids and others around me.
It seems I have sought a centering approach subconsciously for a long time, maybe my whole life. I recognize the seeker in me as I look back on all the ages and scenes within me. Maybe my center is what I've always been seeking. If so, indeed it's felt quiet and distant and the yearning has been undeniably persistent.
Just like spring has the dependable ritual of coming back around again and again, so it seems what we are seeking, unconsciously or not, will eventually meet with us.
"What you seek is seeking you." Rumi
Aching for the beach
Sunday, February 26, 2023 – a second inspiration of the day
I have been aching to be at the beach. The waves and sand repeatedly call me. And they came! Without the heat I had imagined…AND it was perfect.
How would you be if you believed you were in exactly the right place at the right time? How would you be if you believed this all the time? Could you soften your shoulders and release your belly? Could you relax your fingers and your toes? Would you be kind to and accepting of yourself and others?
Trust that the aches and calls bring us to softening, believing, and knowing we’re exactly where we need to be.
I’d be impressed if you recognized the beach we visited!
Sunday, February 26, 2023
What if you became aware you were traveling a path that no longer fit with your deepest desires? You know you’re meant for something else and you don’t know what! For many of us, the reflex to make big decisions might be to engage the ‘thinking thinking’ mind. The problem is that if we continue to employ tools we’ve always used, we’re going to get what we’ve always gotten.
If past approaches no longer work, what would happen if we changed out the lens used for making decisions? Now might be the perfect time to switch the primary resource used for decision-making to find the path that aligns with our inner desires.
I’ve learned the mind is a resource and a servant; the heart is the real inner master. Just like a trainer teaching an owner how to be in charge of their pet, we can be in charge of our mind. We can choose to use the mind as a resource. As soon as we notice the mind going in a routine direction, we can say, “I am in charge,” and then go the other way. For example, when you notice the mind ‘thinking thinking,’ redirect that brain-centered activity and energy down into the heart. Act as if you could move the sphere of focus from up in the head down through the throat and neck, and place it securely in the heart. What would it feel like to drive your life from the wisdom of the heart? Could your path bloom ahead?
If you’re not already living and working from your heart and if you don’t already feel aligned, how can you actually shift gears? I’m here riding the difficult waves of trial and error to find out and I’m looking forward to continuing sharing what I learn.
I’m available to consult with you 1:1 and help you shift and strengthen the seat of your decision-making power, so reach out. And please share what has worked for you!
Something’s not working…
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
I had been contemplating whether academia was a good fit for me since my first year. As a questioning graduate student, friends would ask, “well, what else would you do?” and I never had a good response. And decades later, after giving academia my best shot and producing great results, I still don’t know what I want to do.
For years I felt a lot of shame about not knowing what I wanted to be when I grew up. And I felt shame such as, “shouldn’t I be happy with a secure job?” There are still twinges of those sentiments and yet for the most part I’ve developed a sense of peace with my unknowing. I realized I couldn’t force self discovery and what I could do was to keep trying different things. I’m fully intent on discovering my next steps and I can increasingly sense what the work will be through trial and clarification.
So instead of staying in academia and continuing trying to figure out what I wanted to do from within, I tried something different. I took a plunge and left my nice and flexible job as a researcher and instructor at Cornell. I exited peacefully and with a score of skills after having a wide breadth of experiences throughout 15 years in academia. A big resistance to leaving was saying goodbye to the people and the relationships I had developed. I was fortunate to have had positive academic experiences and to have worked with such incredible people. And importantly, deep down I knew academia wasn’t the right fit and leaving was right.
A favorite fall annual: dahlias
Thursday, October 27, 2022
Recently I repeat this, ‘I love’, when emotions rise up. I tell a fresh story of how loving is at the heart of each emotion, each thought too. We hurt BECAUSE we love. Often I can rejoice and relax into this tenderness. Other times it’s too far a leap to go there straightaway, so I do my best to hold myself in discomfort… a glimpse into what might be happening between otherwise joyous scenes.
A teacher told me this week, ‘the only hurt we experience is limiting love’ Try it on!
Arguing with reality.
Thursday, September 29, 2022
Morning rainbow… I love remembering what Byron Katie says, “if you argue with reality, you lose - but only 100% of the time.” We don’t argue with life’s delights, such as this rare morning rainbow… We only argue against reality when we believe it’s supposed to look like something else. Shedding belief after belief over here, unreeling toward truth.