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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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Femininity

Femininity

Last updated on February 28th, 2021.

What does femininity mean to you? Have you ever been shamed for femininity? Feminine Shame is a real thing; regardless of personal gender identification or physical anatomy. Do you feel confused or embarrassed by the notion of femininity? Despite how femininity in today’s society is still shunned, misunderstood, objectified, and not celebrated, femininity is neither bad nor a weakness.

Feminine Shame

Feminine Shame exists because of shame we carry around the things about ourselves that are transient and cyclical – like our physical bodies and emotions. Shame is a painful emotion. Shame is tricky, insidious, and mysterious, yet it’s at the root of all human suffering and dis-ease. It’s responsible for the “there’s something wrong with me story” and is responsible for creating the things we dislike in our lives, our bodies, our relationships, and our health.

Shame is caused by resisting some part of ourselves and in that resistance, we live in a state of inner conflict and turmoil and are constantly ashamed of the part of ourselves we’ve been programmed to
believe is unworthy or invalid.

How Can We Begin to Unravel Feminine Shame?

• Stop Participating in Feminine Shame
• Stop Shaming Anyone For Their Spiral Principles
• Stop Celebrating Triangular Way Over Spiral Ones
Read more

Feminine Shame comes from resisting the parts of ourselves that are in flux.

Accepting and embracing your femininity can be an ongoing practice. As this more subtle, ever-fluctuating part evolves and strengthens, the ability to receive, surrender, and experience deeper joy and ease increase.

Femininity And Nature

Nature is the epitome of the spiral energy. Through aligning with Nature and seasonal flow, we’re more able to come into right relationship with all parts of ourselves – even ones shunned by popular culture.

The moon and all of her fluctuations impact us on Earth. The waxing and waning of this fluid, dynamic celestial body fill and empty us with emotion, insight, and wisdom. The moon is a direct link to our emotional body and through dancing with her cycle, we’re able to understand our own. Emotions, a signature component of the feminine, are crucial messengers and teachers.

I have always had a deep love affair with the moon.

If you’re curious about how you can embrace your own spiral energies more deeply but you’re not sure where to start, why not let the moon herself be your guide? Read more

Flower Essences, a form of energy healing, provide us with tremendous healing opportunities through working directly with our subtle energies. Through this deep shadow work, we’re able to influence change and healing in all aspects of our lives. Every plant carries a unique signature and offering. Unraveling the ways in which we’re disconnected from our feminine essence, befriending our core wound, and creating a bridge for re-connection is a beautiful journey that can be greatly facilitated with flower essences.

Seasonal Living

Living Seasonally helps us to plug back into the natural way of living; a way of living that our bodies and cellular intelligence understand. By having the external mirror of the flowing of the seasons as our guide, we remember what we’ve known all along. Read more

Flower Essences

Nature’s gifts are waiting to support you.

Flower Essences are one of the safest and most effective ways of getting the root (no pun intended) and subtle building blocks of your experience. So if you’re curious about Flower Essences then I hope you’ll find the answers you’re looking for in this little introduction to Flower Essences I’ve put together. Learn more

This is only the beginning.

There are many more resources available for supporting your spirally reconnection, and I hope you’ll find something useful in each of them.

The Core Wound

We all have that main epicenter of challenge. That thing that is the actual root of our perceived limitations, struggles, and hardships. It’s deep, it’s subtle, it’s insidious, it’s ancestral, and it’s painful. We spend so much of our energy running from it, pacifying it, and bypassing it. We look for “fixes,” seek external validation, numb ourselves with substances, technology, drama, and more. Ultimately, these core wounds are running the show. The truth is, however, this core wound is your liberation. Through it (not around, over, under, or away from it) is your sovereignty, your purpose, and immense wisdom and grace. All the other surface-fixing things are just band aids. For so many women, the core wound is rooted in a deep story of feminine shame they’re carrying from this lifetime and from their lineage. How this uniquely shows up for you is your treasure map.

Shadow Work

The phrase “shadow work” has been used in a wide variety of both esoteric and scientific disciplines ranging from Carl Jung’s approach to psychotherapy, to tantra, kundalini yoga, and Buddhism. As such, it’s no surprise that any time I mention my use of shadow work with my clients I get lots of questions and wide-eyed stares of skepticism and disbelief. I define Shadow Work as a process which allows us to access deep joy, purpose, and healing through our challenges and wounds. Shadow Work enables us to identify and uncover the roots of our shame to transmute it into medicine.

Energy Healing

If you’re at all interested in holistic wellness or alternative medicine then surely you’ve heard of something called energy healing. From Reiki and Qigong in the Far East to Yoga in India and Quantum Healing in the West, the world is full of various methods of working with subtle energies. Even within these disciplines there can be significant differences among practitioners, leaving us to wonder what is energy healing anyway?

Herbal Medicine

The practice of using physical plant matter in herbal medicine to enhance our well being and human experience can be seen in a variety of modalities. From Ayurveda to Chinese Medicine, Native Americans and other indigenous peoples, herbal medicine is the primary resource for healing and physical body support, and these “alternative medicine” practices have been around a lot longer than the allopathic approach of today.

Your Connection to Nature

How connected to Nature do you feel? Do you make time for Nature? Do you spend intentional moments observing and checking in with Nature? These are trick questions. Contrary to popular belief, Nature is not this separate entity that exists outside. You are Nature. Nature is you. There is no distinction. The trees, animals, and that thing you may occasionally go visit or admire is simply another iteration of your physical existence. You ARE Nature!

Holistic Nutrition

Nutrition must be thought of as a holistic concept that includes all we take in through the senses, which is so much more than the food we put into our mouths. Like food, these inputs can be of a high quality, supportive nature, or they can be toxic and poisonous to the system.

Plant Spirits and Plant Medicine

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.

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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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