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5 Ways to Cultivate Seasonal Self-Care

Cultivate Seasonal Self-Care

Last updated on January 3rd, 2022.

What is Seasonal Self-Care?

The importance of authentic, tailored-to-you (as opposed to doing what your BFF does) self-care is still vastly understated. As a highly sensitive person, your self-care practices can be the difference between barely getting by and thriving!

Many of us will fall into one of these categories:

  1. Our self-care is seriously lacking and has fallen by the wayside
  2. Self-care generally feels like a chore and something to cross off of our lists in a never-ending quest to “fix” or “heal” ourselves
  3. Our self-care practices have become stale and on autopilot as we mindlessly engage in the same ones day after day, season after season

Our practices must be ours, fluid, and ready to meet us where we are in any given moment. Rather than focusing on particulars, I and my clients have found that having “sacred space containers” each day rather than rigid schedules of self-care-type things is the most supportive. In that space, we assess what we need and meet that need with one of the tools in our toolbox. Cultivating a robust toolbox and having it be adaptable to the seasons of life, our bodies, and the Earth is the highest practice of self-care.

Living in Alignment With Seasonal + Cosmic Flow

Living in alignment with seasonal and cosmic flow is to surrender to the inevitable changes within and around us and to meet them with a state of openness, non-attachment, and equanimity – especially those “seasons” we may not particularly enjoy. Our current culture praises a continual kind outward, producing energy (which corresponds with summer or The Blacksmith). However, this has warped into a demented flavor of summer: permanently artificially lit, afraid of aging and change, ever-producing and consuming, shaming rest and rejuvenation, and more.

As highly sensitive souls, we’re simply more attuned to the fluxes within and around us and respond.

However, the shame felt when we may need rest or to, *gasp,* live in a fluid, dynamic state that honors our current state, energy levels, and needs, can sometimes prevent us from actually taking the actions necessary to meet those needs.

Seasons Within, Seasons Around

In my work, I’ve developed the 8 Cosmic Frequencies, which represent the eight archetypal energies associated with the eight seasons. These seasons/archetypes exist within and around us on a daily basis, in any given moment, regardless of our gender, age, the external season, etc. We’re influenced by the moon, the seasons of the Earth, our lifecycle and life stages, our menstrual cycle, and more. Learning to honor and flow with these archetypal energies, as literally mirrored to us through the seasons of the Earth is a profound, life-long, and fulfilling endeavor.

So, while this article and the following suggestions are based on the Earth’s seasons, I also invite you to connect them to other cycles, as well. For example, the bleeding part of your phase would be winter, while the ovulation phase would be summer; two very different energies and different physiological happenings!

5 Ways to Cultivate Seasonal Self-Care

Change Your Movement Practices (Exercise) Seasonally

Many of us fall into movement/exercise patters where we’ll stick to the same routine forever! Notice when your body naturally calls for more or less movement; more intense or milder. Maybe during autumn and winter you notice those runs wish to be more brisk walks, that vinyasa practice wants to be more yin. Can you feel the changes and honor them?

Change up the Plants You Use

In their four main forms, plants offer us an array of support! Change them up seasonally to receive the support that’s needed in that particular season. Things are in season for a reason! Whether it’s the immune boosting roots we gather in autumn to help us through winter, or the melons that are in season in summer to cool and hydrate us, plants are brilliant support allies! What are your favorite ways of using plants?

Change Your Diet

Continuing with the point above, endeavor to eat whole foods seasonally in accordance with the external seasons, and honor your internal ones, as well. The peak heat of summer weakens our digestive fire, while the long, dark days of winter stoke the fires and increase appetite. Raw salads in January may not have the same appeal they have in July. Notice where you may be in a diet rut and feel into changing some of the staples you enjoy, the cooking methods used, etc. to better reflect the current season. Do you change your diet seasonally? Do you notice the change in your cravings?

Honor Your Range of Abilities

Honoring your range of abilities looks like realizing you have a whole scale, let’s say 0-10, of energy that may be available to you in a given day. Some days are more of a 3, while others are a 10 and you’re ready to take on the world, baby! Now, feel into what each of these numbers is like for you uniquely. Notice what activities feel good at each of these spots – what are some supportive level 3 activities, for example? My 0 is lying in bed in silence and stillness and just being. My 10 is cleaning the whole house – I’m talking baseboards, rearranging and reorganizing, and all! Now, feel into how your winter 10 may be like your summer 2, how your ovulation 5 may be your menstruation 1! There’s nothing “wrong” with you for not being able to perform at any given level at all times and there’s nothing wrong for having fluctuating levels, either. Where can you bring more allowance and compassion?

Plan Tasks + Life Changes

Yes, sometimes this is literally impossible as “life happens,” however, to the best of our ability, we can plan accordingly with the internal and external seasons. If I know I will be bleeding, I am not going to schedule a live group workshop where I am actively coaching and teaching. Similarly, if I am ovulating (in my summer energy), I am not going to be drawn to mundane, administrative tasks.

We can be mental about it, sure, like, this is what “should” be done or felt in this season, and your body and own energy system are your greatest teacher! Let them guide you.


How do you respond when life happens? Can you find the stillness within or does the chaos of the outside rob you of your peace? Watching it happen and let yourself slow it down and respond, rather than react, which is stemming from egoic attachments to false illusions of safety. How will you be more mindful of your internal and the external seasons moving forward? Do any of these practices sound supportive to you?

December 21, 2021 – February 2, 2022 (The Void Archetype): The Void is a place of formlessness that is in-between worlds. It’s a cocoon, a chrysalis for becoming and potentiality. It is the womb of The Mother. It’s a place of total rest for repairing, healing, restoration, and rejuvenation, before our re-animation. Is it time for you to rest deeply, Dear One? Are you feeling burnt out and unclear? Partner with The Void and re-establish your sacred spiral flow.

Dear One, of this I know for certain: living in alignment with Nature’s wisdom is essential for us all – especially a highly sensitive soul.

Ready to ground into something real, wild, and magical, reclaim your Truest Self, heal your body and life, have clarity around your next steps, and more? You’re in the right place.


This monthly membership is your resource for living a life of greater wholeness, ease, simplicity, magic, clarity, health, and joy – all in alignment with Nature’s wisdom. Our unique, holistic approach to healing and Seasonal Living supports you in re-establishing your innate alignment with Nature’s wisdom and spiral.

Through tending your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies with:

  • seasonal food and lifestyle practices
  • specific personal tools practiced at different times of the year when their potential is amplified
  • observing the archetypes of The Mother as outlined on InnerSpark’s Wheel of Frequencies
  • bringing awareness to our emotional and mental tendencies during the year
  • and more…

you’ll find greater ease and permission to flow (and not feel like you must be an automaton).

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Crash Course: Plant Spirits & Different Forms of Plant Medicines

Plant Medicine

Last updated on February 28th, 2021.

The first thing people tend to assume when they hear me bring up Flower Essences is that they are essential oils.  The second most common thing I hear is that they are made of actual plant materials.  Both assumptions are false.

I wanted to lay out the main three forms of plant medicines, their differences, and their uses in this very basic outline.

Flower Essences & Plant Spirit Medicine

Flower Essences are made from living plants (although that isn’t always necessary) and the vibrational signature or code of the plant is stored in water and a preservative of brandy or apple cider vinegar. Flower Essences are an energetic healing modality, meaning that there is no plant matter in formulas, making them safe for everyone with no side effects or contraindications.  In the way that ingesting a plant works on your physical body, the essence of the plant works on your energetic, emotional, and mental levels.

You are energy and everything that has ever happened to you in your life is also stored in your body.  When this energy is flowing smoothly, all your systems, from the subtle and intangible to the physical, flow smoothly and with ease. When this energy is stagnant or blocked, dis-ease on some level sets in, whether its physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual. Introducing my clients to the magic and healing power of Flower Essences is one of my favorite parts of being a Holistic Healer.

This is where Plant Spirit Medicine can come in to assist you in healing.  Flower Essences are a form of Plant Spirit Medicine and are taken internally.  There are many ways to work with the intangible energies of the plant world such as channeling them and sending them to a person in need or simply being in the presence of a living, thriving plant.

Essential Oils

Essential Oils are made from a lot of plant material.  Seriously.  It takes a lot of plant matter to create those tiny bottles of oil you most likely have in your home.  I’ve heard the oils of plants likened to our cerebral spinal fluid and I love that analogy!  The raw, pure, intelligence of the physical plant is captured and stored and these oils tend to be extremely aromatic!  Aromatherapy is a powerful medicine and scent can invoke many different physiological effects from relaxation to excitation and more.  They are made mostly through steam distillation, although there are other ways a home gardener could extract oils from their plants, although it certainly wouldn’t be the same.

Herbal Preparations

Herbal medicine is the co-creation between humans and plants. There are a variety of ways to enjoy the beautiful benefits of herbs!  From sprinkling dried oregano on your spaghetti to enjoying chamomile tea before bed to taking a tincture or herbal tablets or capsules and even herbal suppositories, enemas, or douches.

Herbal medicine is the people’s medicine.

These plants are given to us by our Mother and are here to assist us in thriving.  Roots, leaves, stems, pollens, petals – there is medicine galore!  Consider inquiring with local herbalists to see if anyone is holding foraging walks.  It can feel empowering to know your local plants and awaken your cellular memory as you already innately understand these concepts!  *Please don’t go eating random plants and always work with an expert and/or do your own research!

With so many options to benefit from the plant world, I invite you to eat and use these powerful allies on a daily basis to your nourishment and vitality on all levels.

Want to deepen your relationship with the natural world and reawaken your ability to communicate with Nature?  Click here to receive my complimentary guide on practicing plant attunements.  This practice is truly life-changing and can be healing on many levels. 

Your connection to Nature is your connection to Self

Whether it’s through flower essences, essential oils, herbalism, or any combination of the three, the aim is to come into alignment with Nature and strengthen your connection to the magic, wisdom, and power of our Mother’s gifts.

December 21, 2021 – February 2, 2022 (The Void Archetype): The Void is a place of formlessness that is in-between worlds. It’s a cocoon, a chrysalis for becoming and potentiality. It is the womb of The Mother. It’s a place of total rest for repairing, healing, restoration, and rejuvenation, before our re-animation. Is it time for you to rest deeply, Dear One? Are you feeling burnt out and unclear? Partner with The Void and re-establish your sacred spiral flow.

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Plant Spirits & Ancestral Lineage Disease Patterns

Lineage

Last updated on February 28th, 2021.

Sure, many of the diseases we have today are “lifestyle-related” or “genetic.” My question is why is a person predisposed to something in the first place? What .wounds are running their lives that prevent the full embodiment of their Spirit and thus a healthy, vital physical body?

Sometimes these wounds aren’t even ours but are the result of our ancestral lineage. What does this mean? If there was severe trauma a few generations back, the parents who raised that child will have passed along certain traits that were passed on and and on and finally to you.

What’s more, there’s now evidence to suggest that these traumas may also lodge themselves into your genes meaning that not only are you gifted the personality/emotional traits, you may very well have these things living in your cells – and they never even happened to you, let alone happened in your lifetime!

“(Insert disease) runs in my family.” Heard that before either from your family or the family of another? Does anyone ever stop and wonder WHY!? When did this start, what started it, what traits are being passed down, what emotional wounding, and who is going to break the cycle and not simply accept things as they are? How about YOU, right now, in this lifetime?

Along with lifestyle shifts and ritual, Plant Spirit Medicine has the capacity to help you rewire the old crud to heal yourself and your past and future lineage.

December 21, 2021 – February 2, 2022 (The Void Archetype): The Void is a place of formlessness that is in-between worlds. It’s a cocoon, a chrysalis for becoming and potentiality. It is the womb of The Mother. It’s a place of total rest for repairing, healing, restoration, and rejuvenation, before our re-animation. Is it time for you to rest deeply, Dear One? Are you feeling burnt out and unclear? Partner with The Void and re-establish your sacred spiral flow.

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