Autumn is Bittersweet and Soothing for the Soul

Autumn is Bittersweet and Soothing for the Soul

Autumn is a bittersweet time for gardeners. We have celebrated the magnificent bounty from our gardens, whether that is flowers or vegetables, but now have to say goodnight to our garden as we prepare it for winter. Working in the garden is very healing for the soul and a great stress reducer. Here are top 15 tips to help you clean up your garden and put it to bed for the winter to make it ready for a prosperous following year.

  1. Do a final good weeding and remove any weeds that are going to seed.
  2. Continue to harvest vegetables such as carrots, garlic, leeks, parsnips, radishes, turnips and squash.
  3. Bring in any annual plants you plan to winter over. Keep an eye on those frost warnings.
  4. Remove any diseased and dead plant material to create healthier plants.  After perennials die back after a hard frost, cut dead material away ready for spring growth.
  5. Remember to tag any necessary plants in case you need to remember what is what.
  6. Remember to leave some plants for winter interest (think about what plants would look great with snow on them) and leave some for the birds to nestle in on a cold day.
  7. Continue to water plants is the season is dry.
  8. Fall is great time to transplant perennials.  Think about how to make your garden even better by dividing larger clumps or adding new plants.
  9. Plant new shrubs and trees. Remember to water them well.
  10. Gently till the soil to expose any insects that planned to over winter.
  11. Add a layer of compost, leaves or manure and gently till into the soil or plan on mixing in when the spring season arrives.
  12. Protect small trees or sensitive plants from drying out by wrapping in burlap or protect them from animals with wire fencing.
  13. Prune any shrubs (ones that need pruning in fall) or roses properly and mulch when necessary.
  14. Wash and store any pots and planters you plan to use next season.
  15. Take care of your tools by cleaning and sharpening them.

Last of all, once all the chores are done, sit back, relax and plan and dream about what your garden will look like next year.

The Woman’s Way

The Woman’s Way

 

As the fall season approaches in the northern hemisphere, the fruits of the season are harvested and often it was the woman that was involved in that harvest as she was responsible for the planting of the crops.  Femininity has always represented fertility, compassion and gentleness.  In days of yore it was the female that bore the children, looked after the family and household and nourished the family with plants grown in the garden.  The woman’s role has changed over the years, but females are still drawn to looking after others with loving kindness.  Females still feel responsible for this role, as it is as much a part of us as our own names.  We feel we need to help grow and nurture things in our lives, whether that is our families, a career or volunteer position, and it can take toil on our health and energy.

 

Today, females need to be aware of ways to accomplish their dreams without sacrificing themselves.  Following these following three ideals will help every woman along the way.  First, every woman needs to honour herself.  This means taking time for herself, whether that is just time alone, doing things for herself and taking the time to remember whom she is.  These things need to be scheduled into our busy days, whether it is time to relax, or do something that you really want to do or go out for a fun evening.  Part of this is accepting help when needed.  Don’t try to do everything by yourself.  Second, every woman needs to learn to do things to empower herself.  She should feel strong and proud of whom she is.  This may mean taking a new course to learn something that will help yourself or others.  Continue to expand your mind and boundaries and be open to new experiences.  Taking courses really allows one to learn about one’s self.  And with this knowledge one is able to understand others on an even deeper level.  Lastly, every female needs to keep room in their lives for joy.  Love life and love yourself.  It is simple to say, but sometimes hard to remember.  Always stay positive, smile, laugh and enjoy the little things rather than be waiting for something you believe is unobtainable.  And with love in your life, miraculous things will happen. 

 

Even if you feel the responsibility to look after everyone and everything, you must look after yourself first.  You may need to work hard, but reward yourself too, not just after the harvest, but before and during those times too.  Everyone will be rewarded with your feelings of love.

 

Wanda Davis, M.Sc., B.Sc., B.Ed.

Reiki Master/Teacher

Shamanic Practitioner

 

Elements of Healing Energy

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What are You Celebrating?

What are you celebrating?

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Everyone likes a celebration and the opportunity to show their pleasure and excitement for an event or accomplishment. Whether it is a birthday, a wedding or a graduation, all events are worth celebrating. How do you celebrate such an event? Usually gatherings with other people help mark celebrations. This week I am grateful to be able to celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary with friends and family. But celebrations don’t have to be just for milestones.

 

 

 

 

 

 “If you think positively

Sound becomes Music

Movement Becomes Dance

Smile Becomes Laughter

Mind Becomes Meditation

And Life Becomes a Celebration….” 

Do you celebrate your life daily? Do you appreciate the small things in your life? Celebrations don’t have to be big events and parties. People are able to think well of themselves, praise themselves and celebrate at any time.

”The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

Oprah Winfrey 

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.”

Thomas J. Peters

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey!”

Barbara Hoffman

I thought this piece was worth considering.  

“People of our time are losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating we seek to be amused or entertained. Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state–it is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle…. Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one’s actions.”
Abraham Joshua Heschel

Are you one to act in the state of celebration or one that waits to receive?

“Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, “Here is an opportunity for you to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary.”

Anthony Robbins

Celebrating your life every day is about creating your own miracles.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

Albert Einstein

“Loving ourselves creates miracles in our lives.”

Louise Hay

“Life is a celebration of awakenings, of new beginnings, and wonderful surprises that enlighten the soul.”

Cielo 

Many times I have been reminded of 4 universal practices for life.  We need to sing, dance, commune with nature and sit in sweet silence. When did we stop? When are we going to start again?

So don’t wait until you’ve reached some big milestone before you take the time to celebrate and rejoice. Create more joy in your life every day.

 

 

What Qualities Help Complete What Needs Doing?

What Qualities Help Complete What Needs Doing?

As the summer drifts by (quite often in a relaxed sort of way as people take vacations) many are still planning things to come into fruition for the fall. Perhaps tasks that were started in the spring have started to blossom, but may not be quite yet ripe for the taking. How do you keep yourself motivated to stay on track? Feel free to share your comments and ideas. Or have you arranged your work and home life so that you can really relax and enjoy the summer weather with your family and friends? Either way, one still needs to maintain a positive attitude and keep one’s goals in mind, whether those goals are personal or work-oriented. 

So what qualities or virtues help you stay focused on your goals? Let’s look at Faith first. Faith is defined as the complete trust or confidence in someone or something. Faith does not have to have a religious or spiritual connotation, but for many it does. It is the belief in something. Most importantly, one must have Faith in him or herself. Each person needs to have the confidence and belief that he or she can accomplish the goals that have been set and that also involves loving him or herself first. Of course plans can change and goals may need to be modified, but having faith in oneself is important for well-being and health. 

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” 

Mother Teresa

“Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.”

Khalil Gibran

Another virtue or quality that is needed is Hope. Hope is the feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. One can anticipate and visualize one’s goal in actuality. Many people may have read The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. This self-help book is based on the Law of Attraction and outlines how positive thinking can bring life changing results. It is often said that the secret to The Secret is having the emotion behind the goal. Hope and desire are the first such emotions needed to be felt followed by imagining how you would feel once the goal is reached such as happiness and joy. With hope one never gives up; the path may change course, but one is always moving forward. Imagine what our world would be like if we did not have hope. 

“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.”

Dalai Lama 

“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”

Joseph Addison

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.”

Emily Dickinson

Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.”

Martin Luther

And here are the inspiring points from Anita Moorjani’s message from when I saw her speak a few months ago. Anita is author of Dying To Be Me, www.anitamoorjani.com.

  • Love yourself unconditionally.
  • Live your life fearlessly.
  • Life is a gift. Find your Joy.
  • Be yourself.

Please share what other qualities you feel are needed to reach your goals with good health. Remember to have Faith and Hope and, above else, love and be yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Book Nook with Sarah

I quite enjoyed being interviewed by Sarah Hilton this morning for her Rogers show,

The Book Nook with Sarah. Stay tuned for the show to be aired this fall.

We discussed my book Getting Well: Mind, Body & Spirit and Healing Your Energy Body.

book Nook with Sarah

Ways to Lead by Example at Home, Work or Play

Top 10: Ways to Lead by Example

At Home, Work or Play

by Wanda Davis

Good leaders must lead by example. Through their actions, which are aligned with what they say, they become a person others want to know and to follow. A leader is a person other people want to associate with, listen to and trust. Do you hope others think of you as a “good person”? One that they would admire, call on for some advice or one they would buy something from? Are you a leader in your family as a parent or as a caregiver for an elderly parent? How about patriotism (it is Canada Day weekend) or environmentalism or citizenship? What values do you hold true to yourself and want to portray to the world?

When leaders say one thing but do another, they erode trust, a critical element of productive leadership. You can even think of it as being a leader in your own life. How do you want to portray yourself to the world?

Here are 10 of the dozens of ways to lead by example. And when I say lead,

1. Take responsibility. Blame costs you your credibility, keeps others on the defensive and ultimately sabotages real growth.

2. Be truthful. Inaccurate representation affects everyone. Show that honesty really IS the best policy.

3. Be courageous. Walk through fire (a crisis) first. Take calculated risks that demonstrate commitment to a larger purpose. This does not have to be done alone, you can ask for help. 

4. Acknowledge failure. It makes it OK for others to do the same and defines failure as part of the process of becoming extraordinary.

5. Be persistent. Try, try again. Go over, under or around any hurdles to show that obstacles don’t define you.

6. Create solutions. Don’t dwell on problems; instead be the first to offer solutions and then ask your family, friends and associates for more.

7. Listen. Ask questions. Seek to understand. You’ll receive valuable insights and set a tone that encourages healthy dialogue.

8. Delegate liberally. Encourage an atmosphere in which people can focus on their core strengths.

9. Take care of yourself. Exercise, don’t overwork, take a break. A balanced group of people, mentally and physically, is a successful team. Model it, encourage it, support it! 

10. Roll up your sleeves. Like Alexander the Great leading his men into battle, you’ll inspire greatness amongst your peers.

“Be the Change You Want to See in the World”. Ghandi

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