REST; NOT SO EASY

REST; NOT SO EASY

I find it so interesting how difficult my dance with REST has been as an adult and a mom and a business owner over the years when in fact my SERVICE as a Chiropractor is all about REST and listening to when REST is needed and dealing with the consequences of not listening to when REST is needed. 

 

Chiropractic, more than anything gives the body a chance to REST and assimilate and adapt to stress. It gives the nervous system an opportunity to reorganize patterns that are creating chaos and dis-ease. It gives the brain and the spinal cord an opportunity to REST and repattern and work better. And yet, REST is something that this just does not come naturally for me. So , like a Woman Warrior that I am, I have figured out a way to give REST the time and space it needs in my very busy life. 

 

I am a go getter, a shaker and mover, and REST does not come naturally for me. But what I have found in my dance with success is that I need to take the things that don't come naturally to me and explore them and learn them inside and out so that I can better myself, adding tools to the toolbox I need to move through the world with grace. 

 

REST is like an old friend who knocks on your door when attention is needed. REST has the ability to rejuvenate the most fatigue, and rekindle fire within 

 

So, after taking a close look at the role of rest in my life here is what I've come up with; 

 

I nap everyday. No matter what. Even if I'm not tired, I go upstairs, I get in bed I look out the window, I daydream, and if I fall asleep I fall asleep. Some days my break is for 20 minutes and some days it's for over an hour. I guess it depends on what my body needs that day. I may not necessarily know the awaited rest timing, however everything I do is scheduled around that rest. If I don't get it I feel it and everyone around me feels it. 

 

Once every few days I take a break from working out I let my body chill out.

I notice a lot more emotional waves and a bit more reactivity in my answers with my kids on these days. But I also know how important they are. They give me the chance to feel where my body is sore, how I am pushing it, what I want more of and what I want to decrease. 

 

Rest also shows up in my ritual of meal prepping. When I'm prepping food and organizing food for the week it's the most restful experience ever. It gives me a chance to lay back and take a breath and know that I am cared for, and that the next few days are all set for what I need to be well nourished. 

 

I went to summer camp for 10 years as a kid and every day we would have rest hour between 12 and one after lunch. Nothing was scheduled during that time. It was free time to collect your thoughts and be quiet and turn the lights out. Literally the lights in the cabin had to be out and there was no talking allowed. I think rest hour was one of the many tools that I have taken with me from summer camp and implemented in my life as an adult.

 

Of all of the Pillars of RESET90, REST is definitely the most confusing one for me to write about. I find this very interesting and it's something that I will explore over the next couple of days. I will clean out the cobwebs in the corners of my mind when it comes to rest and look at the patterns that they create in my physical emotional and spiritual well-being. 




Oily Love to Diffuse; REST BLEND
5 drops Lavender
5 drops Valor
Good water. 
Prayer. 
Love. 

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Power 123

POWER 123. 

 

The word empowerment; it's loaded. I think about higher power, I think about personal strength, I think about people who support me, I think about power through nutrition. There are so many moving pieces to my personal empowerment picture and so many ways that I feed it on a daily basis. 

 

POWER 1. 

Power to me means STRONG. Embodying power means being strong in my body. It takes work. Weakness is easy to achieve, but it is not easy to exist in. Power is difficult to achieve but it's easy to exist in. It's easy to exist strong , it's easy to exist unbroken, it's easy to exist so that no gentle wind can push me over, it's easy to exist so that just a tiny little pain doesn't have to turn into a big story, it's something that I can integrate in because I'm strong. So strong. Boom. 

 

It takes energy to get strong. It takes repetition, it takes work, it takes skill. It takes lifting and moving and creating time to create time to create the time . It takes membership and motivation and team building. 

 

Being strong = being in my body power. 

 

POWER 2. 

When I was a child I used to play in the dirt , I would make mud piles deep into the earth and add water and pretend that I was creating a witches brew from which I would gain all of the powers of the universe and cast enchanting spells and create charms for people who I loved. 

 

Not much has changed. I still play in the dirt.  I still like to think that I'm able to borrow powerful from the earth. And I for sure still love to charm the people that are close to my heart. 

 

I guess I knew from an early point in my life that I had a very intimate dance with power. It has always been with me, like a gentle whisper, that I had the ability to create what I wanted to just by setting intention; kind of like fuel to the fire. I just need to listen to that whisper to spark the fire. Shhhhh, Jodi, stillness. Shhhhhh.

The work that I do in my practice has a very strong intention of introducing people to this concept, putting their health in their own hands, taking the health out of people's hands who don't deserve to have it, and giving them permission to explore the power of their body. To listen and know and feel and trust. 

 

To become more intimate with their power than any other love in their life. The power of their innate intelligence. The power of their inborn right to health and freedom and movement and vitality. 

 

POWER 3. 

I started my spiritual journey when I was 19, at least my connection to it. One of the pieces that I was assigned to, by my mentor, was to explore the relationship between myself and my higher power. I still ask myself, to this day, if that even makes sense, a relationship to EVERYTHING. If my Higher Power is in ALL THINGS and is ALL THINGS, is there a relationship to it? Ok, side-tracked. 

 

I was asked to explore the amount of trust I felt, or could find, or what trust felt like to me, in this dance with a power greater than myself. 

 

I had to write out all of the qualities and pieces and feelings and experiences that I could connect to this power greater than myself. I had to really picture this power embodied, as an active part of my everyday life, as a tool through which I could find healing and comfort and solace. 

 

I think that that was one of the best exercises I have ever done to grow my personal path. I still use the pieces that I learned that day in this exercise on a daily basis. And here is what I learned. 

 

There is God in everything, and everything is God. There is nothing that God is not. It is all one and we are all one and the illusion that we are not all one is what makes us sick and separated and lonely and hurt. There is never a time or a moment or a space or a place or an incident where God is not present. Period. There is God in the good, the bad and the ugly. There is God in the dance and the run and the jump and the cry and the overeating and the undereating and the love making and the arguing and the shopping and the reading and the writing and hurting and the healing. 

 

What I know for sure is that God is everywhere and God is everything. There is nothing that God is not. 

 


Oily Love; Power Blend 

5 drops Immunopower

5 drops Deep Relief  

5 drops  Believe

Good water. 

Prayer. 

Love. 




Maybe Never Happens

Maybe Never Happens
I don't know is the only wrong answer.
I know that if asked the right questions, pointed in the right direction, and given the right support, we can accomplish ANYTHING. Those of us that set out to conquer, in a big, badass way, don't say MAYBE when asked if you are going to do it. We usually respond with a HELL YEAH. In my experience, three components are need fo realize accomplishment: We need to know where we are starting. We need to know where we are heading. We need to know that we have what it takes to get there. 

Maybe Never Happens. Maybe I will start, maybe I will go, maybe I will commit. In my experience, the MAYBE'S hang out in the doubters' corner with the could've and the would've and the should've. Not my game, not for this Mama Warrior. I am all in, with everything I do. I don't do a lot, but what I do, I really jump in and grab on and shake and prod and explore until the essence of what I am doing is dripping from my pores. Got it? That is who I am because that is how the world makes sense to me. 

True Humility Drives Deep. Rewind to Dr. Jodi at age 12. I was at a public pool walking by a group of boys who I knew from school. I was in my happy bubble; filled with silliness and quiet thoughts of ice cream cones, stinky towels and wrinkled fingertips. These boys were cocky, arrogant, & insecure little shits, but at the time they were THE crew, the COOL kids. One of them (no names here) pointed at me laughing and said to his following Minions, "She's all odd shaped and what not." They all laughed; time stood still. My face got hot, I started to sweat, I wanted to run, but I was frozen. In that moment my bubble popped. I saw cruelty without warrant. It went so deep it still shakes me when I think about it. The irony; the Minion could have not been more right. 

The Truth in the Message. When someone says something that drives deep, there is a piece of truth to it to dance with and explore. I am odd shaped, in the best of ways. I have been my whole life. I fit in my mold that I carved out in the name of protection and comfort. My mold works for me, and it has taken 46 years to take shape and fit just so. My work supports the Mama Warrior in creating her mold and customizing it to fit her just right, so her path is one of great joy. 

Let's Play. Here's to the joyful journey my friends. Here's to the HELL YEAH's and the ALL IN'S. Here is to the pain points that have marked us; that have brutally and so authentically directed the turns of our paths. Let's play with your vision of the BEST VERSION of you and truly make it happen, now. Let's set out on a journey of betterment for your family, your community, the world you live in, but mostly for you Mama Warrior. It's time, otherwise you would not be here, now, reading these words. 

Oily Love to Support These Concepts



Sacred Space

We need sacred space in our lives. It doesn't matter how big or robust the space, it needs to be home. It needs to be nurturing and hold us in just the right way. Sacred space is a source of support for the Mama Warrior that is undeniably esssential to warrior status. 

Home
I have a few spaces in my life that I come to for unwinding and releasing. Because of how I have set these PHYSICAL spaces up, I feel safe and clear and calm in them. They are NO KID ZONES in my home. 

There are three: 
1. My Bedroom (I will share in a moment, hang tight)
2. My Home Office
3. My Bathroom 

I need three spaces because my cancerian roots need to feel home wherever I land. I will go through the peices that make each of the above work for me. 

My Bedroom 
I have had a pillow since I was three, her name is Maggie. She has been to Europe and Israel and many summer camp seasons. She saw pregnancies and heartbreaks and illnesses and fevers and temper tantrums. She needs the BEST of space to be happy (not kidding ladies). 

My oasis. My happy place. Where I come to cry, rest, recharge, heal, love and sleep. Cool colors, the best comforter, lots of pillows, no mess, the bed is always made. A lovely diffuser with oils that support rest and sleep and dreams. 

Photos of things and people and places that fill my soul and create ease from my nose to my toes when I study them. The nicest TV in the house because this Mama loves bed lovin movies. Clothes that are organized and folded and tucked away just so; and ONLY what I love. Otherwise, out it goes. Immediately. I have NO space for things in my life that I don't love. 

I have an alter in my bedroom that I place, gently, all of the little things that remind me of who I am, what I love and what I choose. A photo here, a stone here, a feather here, a love letter here. It is in front of this small, low, wood table that I sit and stretch and write and create. It is an alter of connection to ME, connection to my base. Nobody in my home touches it or uses it but me. It is SACRED GROUND. I BEG OF YOU MAMA, create an alter space for yourself. Hit me up if you need inspiration. 

Bedroom Oily Diffuser Love: 
5 drops RutVuLa  
5 drops Lavender  
5 drops Valor

My Home Office
Yep, I have a space in my home with all of my creative pieces. A great desk, all of the books that I love, none that I don't love. A lovely display of oils and resources for all things Young Living. A computer that is fast and strong, and protected with an EMF protector. 

Photos of people who inspire me. Snacks (some hidden). A HUGE white board for my mind to play and explore. A file cabinet with only imperative keeps. I keep a yellow legal pad to my right and my Franklin Covey to my left, because if this mama doesn't write it, it doesn't get done. 

Home Office Oily Diffuser Love: 
5 drops Citrus Fresh
5 drops Thieves
5 drops Valor

My Bathroom 
I want to walk in to my bathroom and take it off and TAKE IT OFF. The stress, get that SHIT OFF mama. I want to unwind and let go. 

I am not a make up / fuss with it kind of girl. I love good stuff, good products, things that REALLY support my skin, my GIRLS, my organs, my hair, etc. 

I love choices and I have a lot of them. My shower has a few shampoos and a few conditioners that are non toxic, gluten free and smell like where heaven and lavender feilds meet. I have a few choices of bar soap that I would be willing to eat, its that clean. 

My bathtub has a buffet of bubble options and soaps and nail supplies and shaving options. Great candles with non toxic release. A photo of beautiful, round women relaxing hanging above my tub. 

I only keep makeup I will use. I have a display of oil based perfumes that I have collected over the years, set up like a museum shelf. Lovely. Everything else is neatly tucked away in cabinets and drawers. 

Bathroom Oily Diffuser Love: 
5 drops Lavender
5 drops En R Gee


My Chiropractic Office
I remember being new in practice and visiting an OLD TIMER in my craft and feeling like his office was a dugeon that was going to swallow me up and spit me out. It was stale and musty and literally in a basement. I couldn't wait to leave, it left an impression that will be there forever. I remember committing on that day, when I booked out of there, that I would go home and create the exact opposite SPACE for my tribe. 

I have spent many many years perfecting my space at LightSource. My practice is a living entity; she has emotion and charge and intuition and clarity. She has learned to YEILD TO THE TIMES, especially these days. She has had years of being FULL OF TOYS and SNACKS and MUSIC, and these days she is simple and beautiful and intentional. 

Her sole purpose is to please the senses of her guests, and in some eras her guests need space and others they need hugs and embracing. Right now she is colorful and lovely and spacious. She smells like the pot of gold at the foot of a rainbow of safety and love. She has intentional snacks and mindfully selected sounds and droppings of chocolates in just the right spaces. 

Practice Space Diffuser Love: 
Set intentions with your diffusers. What do you want to create, where? 
At the entrance, if you want to promote relaxation, then diffuse relaxing oils there. 
Where you talk about business, if you want to promote concentration and trust, then diffuse supportive oils there. 
The sky is literally the limit, there are so many combinations that you can use to create the sacred space you need to in your practice space. 

My Tribe 
I am so blessed to get to serve the people who choose me. I take care of the strong, the real, the awakened, the healing. They come to me, to integrate their power, to be better, to be stronger. We have conversations InJOY about being real, never making excuses for your greatness, never dimming your light so that others may be more comfortable in their tight ass skin. 

There is a social acceptance in our neck of the woods; a secret agreement among its members that REAL CONNECTION is not safe. Let's just state right here: REAL CONNECTION = SACRED SPACE. A space that continuous exploration of friendship, listening, and undoubted, unbiased acceptance are all temporary facets of the social season as it sees fit. I don't know how to be in that season, and I don't know how to penetrate its illusion. I am not sure I want to know how. 

So, in spite of the bubble, I have created a safety zone in my little corner of the world. A corner that creates SPACE real, deep, unyielding connection. Anything goes, anything can be processed and there will be no judgement from any one here. 

Leaning In
When I learn a new system, procedure, belief, rule, process.....I go to it. I absorb it. I penetrate it until it becomes part of who I am. Part of my culture of JOY. Then it can come to me, unfold itself and truly be discovered. Creating sacred space took years to learn, to absorb. Now it is everywhere I am, and I am with it everywhere. 

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Dear Mama Warrior,

Dear Mama Warrior,
Dear Mama Warrior, 

I get that you are scared. I get that your bravery is to self soothe the aches and pains that lay under it. I get that you want to be heard, your hand is up, it is waiving to be called on. I see you trying and soothing and using your hands in every-way you know how to respond and love and give. I hold you accountable for being a Warrior, for your greatness. 

I know that your greatness came from a need to be strong and get through it, because at times getting through it was all you could do. There are answers for you, you are so connected and loved and seen, you just have to slow down and find quiet and ask. Stop moving, stop talking, stop looking. Just ask. Just listen. 

I won't tell you to calm down or chill out. I won't say that in time it will come. It is here. You are warm. You are held and seen and loved Mama Warrior. You are everything, right now, and you count.

I know that the food and the booze and the this and the that HIT IT JUST RIGHT, and I also know, that BECAUSE of your wisdom and your connection, you will choose movement and practice and to TRULY do the work. You choose the right path mama and the right path will be RIGHT HERE, every time. 

You CAN stay committed, you CAN see this through, you CAN be a force of good in this world. Your voice IS loud and clear and needed. Any when you SING YOUR SONG to us, I will not leave you. I will not go ANYWHERE to lead you to feel a MOMENT of feeling abandoned. You are NOT too much or too intense or too colorful. You are just right. You are a Mama Warrior. 

Love, 
Whomever or Whatever you need. 
 
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