Finding the courage to be yourself

Finding the courage to be yourself

Stepping out on this journey with another entrepreneurial, free-spirit has been equally terrifying and inspiring. Tonight, I am sitting in the back row of a church sanctuary in the middle of the night.

Casting Spells

Casting Spells

On the verge of a psychotic break, I finally slumped down and sobbed into my hands. "Ok. I'm listening. Tell me what to do."

My oh my, did things get so much kinder and sweeter after that.

EirWeek 6.12.17

EirWeek 6.12.17

Hi, sweetheart,

Life is so cyclical, isn't it? Constantly revisting the same lessons with fresh eyes. Touching previous selves, previous relationships, previous dreams and coming to new conclusions.

Last week reminded me how much I truly adore assisting others with their healing. The coordinators of the Art & Wellness program at the Sawtooth School of Visual Art brought me in for the third year in a row to lead an empowering course called Creative Exploration to Ease Anxiety. Over the span of two days, we use gentle yoga stretches, guided meditation, intuitive drawing, animal medicine cards, creative journaling, and discussion to unveil our anxieties and find the deep healing that happens when we truly feel seen.

Consistently, the shyest participants will open up by the middle of the second day to share the most inspiring and heart-rending stories. To all of you who emerge from your shells during these workshops, you change my life. Every. Time. The bravery and resilience we have as humans... just... thank you. It is an honor to live in the same world with you. 

When starting a new business, it's easy to lose focus on why you began such a roller coaster journey in the first place. Eir Heart was started to offer healing tools that will empower you to live your biggest life -- and energy work has been a pivotal tool in my personal arsenal from the beginning.

I put a pause on all hands-on healing work during my first trimester because it took all the energy I had to just get out of bed. However, now that I am solidly in my second trimester, it is with joy and relief that I feel ready and able to offer energy healing sessions. These new sessions will be an amalgamation of all my experience and services -- rather than just reiki or just thai yoga -- so that I can be more responsive in the sessions to what you need in that moment. This will also ensure that I can continue this work even as my belly grows!

Thank you for your dedication to making your life a powerful and fulfilling one. It's an honor to be on this winding journey with you. Please let me know how I can lend you a hand.

Sending you big snuggles,

Catherine

    EirWeek 6.5.17

    EirWeek 6.5.17

    Hi, beautiful love,

    We've been busy bees honing and honing and honing this little baby business, and we have been thinking about you lots. This whole experience is fabulous and terrifying and exhilarating, and we have been overjoyed by the positive reactions you've been sharing.

    We've got our favorite treats of the week below, and don't miss the special gift following!

    Thank you for your honesty and generosity of spirit. We're all living some pretty intense lives, and we're all in this together. Life is pretty damn awesome that way, isn't it?

    Sending you big snuggles,

    Catherine

      Catherine's favorite creativity-enhancing and sanity-saving resources of the week:

      • Bringing up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman (This book is introducing some critical concepts as T and I talk about parenting styles. Even if you aren't expecting, this is worth the read!)
      • Peanut Butter Pancakes (These are my constant pregnancy craving -- protein and nostalgia all wrapped in one yummy breakfast food.)
      • B-School with Marie Forleo (Without Marie Forleo, I wouldn't have the courage to step out on this journey. If you are wanting to start your own business, please get on her email list and check out this link about B-School.)

      Timothy's favorite things of the week:

      • Selenite (Easy to shape and beautiful, selenite truly shines and is as craft-able as playdough.)
      • Home (There truly is NOTHING quite like it, your safe space, your nest for love and rest... mmmm-hmmm.)
      • Skateboarding (There is something truly liberating about flying over a four foot curved wall going 5-10mph without a shirt on... my personal freedom.)

      Bear Medicine

      I've been traveling for work for nearly two weeks - London and now Italy. I will FINALLY be home tomorrow. I'm exhausted to the bone. At every other time of my life, I have adored traveling, soaking up new places and faces like a sponge.

      However, now, with my pregnancy and being prevented from "nesting," I've felt like an entirely different version of myself - cranky, unmotivated to go exploring, barely willing to try any new food. My body's ecosystem is intensely delicate right now, and this has NOT been what it needed.

      Now that's not to say that I haven't seen beautiful places and met some sincerely wonderful people. This experience has just been a mirror that I am obviously in a VERY different phase of my life right now. (And the fact that my husband wasn't able to go with me has led to even fiercer homesickness.) So, in short, I've been crying. A lot. Every day.

      Practicing with Bear Medicine has been helping keep my sanity. Bear lives in the womb-like cave and rests there. Listening to the answers in the silence. Bear is using the void to find a quiet power. Bear is a fierce mama who doesn't take any shit. Bear is helping me stand up for the needs of my baby AND my self. Bear is helping me be clear on what I want to change and how - and knowing that hibernation comes before spring.

      Sending you love today. Hope you can channel some Bear today too ;). 

      EirWeek 5.11.17 / ... and so it begins!

      EirWeek 5.11.17 / ... and so it begins!

      Hi lovey!

      The long pause on communication over these past few months has been for a good cause, I promise! Timothy and I have been hard at work getting the tenets and tendrils of Eir Heart clarified. We have focused on diving deeper and deeper and deeper to determine exactly what we want to offer to the world -- to offer to you. The clarification process is slow - and at times painful - so having each other for motivation has been critical. (I'm SO grateful for that warm-spirited, beautiful man pictured up there.)

      So what on earth is this Eir Heart thing that T and I have been working on?

      Well, at Eir Heart, we create sacred objects and healing spaces to empower you to live your biggest life. (There is plenty of info over at the website, if you're curious about just what all that means.)

      And today, it is with a big smile and warm fuzzies that we are unleashing our very first EirWeek, a weekly compilation of supportive healing tools straight from us to you. And so, without further ado, here goes!

      Catherine's favorite creativity-enhancing and sanity-saving resources of the week:

      • Animoon Readings by The Fifth Element Life (astrology and animals? yessssss)
      • Re-reading Women Who Run with Wolves (sheer archetypal brilliance -- if you haven't read this yet, gird your loins -- your world is about to shift!)
      • Sandalwood talcum powder (originally prescribed to me by an Ayurvedic doctor, nothing cools me down and makes me feel sexier than the texture and smell of this yumminess)
      • Moon Horoscopes by Chani Nicholas (the best of the best from a LGBTQI2S/POC/feminist perspective)
      • BioGenesis BioTrinity (I wear this around my neck every day -- it reminds me of the deepest essence of who I am)

      Timothy's favorite things of the week (plus he'd love to hear back about some of YOUR favorite things!):

      • Guayusa Tea (Amazonian caffeinated leaves, replaces coffee splendidly!)
      • Shawarma, hummus, kale and pita (mmmmmm.... nuff said am I right?)
      • Fuzzy things (from an animal's warm fur to a warm fuzzy blanket or a great big towel, the fuzzy things in life feel warm, lovey, and can comfort us even in the toughest of times)
      • Family snuggles (includes your humans, your animals, your plants, your crystals/stones, your books, etc! Surround yourself with lovey family! For your health!)
      • Music (you don't have to be a singer or musician for music to nourish you, simply listening to music you like can brighten your life and sooth the soul)

      Below you'll also learn a little bit more about pairing together yoga and medicine cards, as well as how a sacred pendant could support you in living your biggest life.

      Also... if no one has told you yet today, you are truly incredible. Seriously, sweetheart. You are a brave ball of fire. Thank you for being you.

      Sending you big snuggles,

      Catherine

      Also New :: Anispirit Yoga Video Series!

      Honesty time: I've been afraid to film myself practicing because I am afraid of what my body looks like. Exhaustion, illness, and a new pregnancy have left me unsure of what my body even feels like - much less looks like - anymore.

      However, Jessamyn Stanley inspired me to finally set up my phone and film my practice. As she says, "yoga has a visibility problem." And she is so right.

      My yoga practice is where I feel most like myself, where I can finally hear my own thoughts. I have been toeing the line of losing myself in too much work and environments where everyone wants to eat your energy. My reserves have been running low. My body has held on by a thread - but has held on regardless.

      I've been incubating the Anispirit Yoga concept for a while, but I've been keeping it close to my chest. So, inspired by Jessamyn's awesomeness, I've started making a series of short 1 minute videos of me practicing yoga based on each of the medicine cards. 

      Sharing with you all keeps me motivated to get back on my mat, and the writing for the posts is really creatively nourishing. There are 52 medicine cards in the deck, so it looks like I'll be at it for a while!

      I'm posting them to Instagram, if you want to follow along there, but most importantly, I'd love to hear more about how you are practicing!

      What have you been "practicing" lately? 
      How have you been working on loving yourself a little more?
      Where have you been finding your sanity?

      Send me a note with your thoughts via email or tag me on your favorite social media outlet!

      follow along

      Also -- We're Now on Etsy!

      We create sacred pendants that can assist with healing old wounds, releasing self-perceptions that are blocking the way, and blossoming into our biggest selves, and we have now made them available via Etsy!

      Each pendant is created as an individual commission. Every element -- from the crystals to the herbs to the resins to the wire wraps -- are carefully considered, purposefully placed, and created with the highest quality materials. If you are looking for something to support you as you face the world and live your dreams, this is the best thing we could possibly recommend.

      Common elements in each piece:
      - high quality stones (selected to meet your needs for the piece)
      - high quality herbs (selected to meet your needs for the piece)
      - elaborate decorative metal wire wrapping around the edges of the piece
      - 18 inch faux leather cord for the enchantment to be worn around your neck or wrist
      - detailed description of all the components of your personalized piece and what each of them will do for you

      How about some thoughts from other folks about their sacred pendants?

      "The center part of my pendant consists of dozens of types of crystals crushed up and blended with a copper spiral. This energy medicine takes in any negativity thrown my way, churns it up, and spits it back out. This piece also helps me to go with the universal flow rather than fighting it. I don't go anywhere without this necklace anymore. I can't recommend these enchantments highly enough!"

      "I have felt great! I forgot it at home today and I'm noticing some differences. I felt more at ease with it on."

      "These necklaces are amazing. I got one for my wife and I, and it has brought us together in an entirely new way."

      more details here

      Deer Medicine

      Practicing with deer medicine. Working on gentleness and compassion with my body. Days on my feet for multiple trade shows have left my back tight and cramped. Deep forward folds and long downward dog holds helped with releasing that low back constriction. Already breathing more deeply and standing up taller. My belly is growing quickly, so I'm enjoying these forward folds while I still can! Also deeply grateful for the first sunny day in over a week. 

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      Elk Medicine

      Today is Elk medicine. Stamina. Not worrying about getting there fastest but preserving energy so you can outlast it all. Good medicine for today. My heart is crying out for big changes - and they are coming - but I've always tended toward being impatient. I want it all to happen nownownow - so elk is helpful. Stately. Strong. And it does always arrive at its destination. Elk also focuses on camaraderie. Feeling the need for nourishing social time with all the amazing women in my life. We need each other. We can help each other stay patient AND to clarify exactly when firm action needs to be taken.

      Sending hugs to all the amazing folks who are supporting me in this life journey.

      I love you so much.

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      Hawk Medicine

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      Hawk Medicine

      This morning, I practiced with Hawk - the ever-observant watcher of signals, the messenger. Hawk reminds us to hush and listen to the message the universe is sending. To stop being so busy. To stop pushing for our way. To stop and watch to see what the universe wants to share, wants to provide, wants to clarify, wants to cleanse. The answers to our struggles and prayers may be swirling around us all the time, but we have to take time to see and understand them in order for those answers to take root.

      As I ease back into my practice, I can feel my body crackling open with so much excitement. "Oh yesssss... this does feel soooo good..." Just a few days ago, my mind kept wandering during a short 15 minute practice, but today, my mind slipped down into a restful state and my body kept moving and moving. I practiced for 25 minutes but felt like I could have continued for an hour. Our bodies crave time where our hearts and minds are calm. (It's a constant struggle for me to take this quiet time for myself, but I always feel soooo much better after I do.) Hawk inspired lots of shoulder openers for those big wing spans, deep breaths for soaring, and going up onto my hands in Crow to play with "flying".

      If you've seen a hawk today, how about pausing and asking "what is REALLY happening here?" What might you notice? How have you been playing around with your body? Find any cool ways of "flying" lately?

      Sending you so much love today.

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