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Kathleen Shares Her Spring Adventures

Well, I’ve been sitting in my meditation chair most of the day . . . watching the soft, heavy spring snow float past the window. Our Monday, Girl’s Hike was cancelled, and this afternoon’s Irish dance is cancelled, while God thoroughly waters all the gardens, and all the seeds I planted yesterday. I’m feeling grateful to Spirit, and thoroughly bored as I finish my online Spanish class, make some phone calls, and attempt this letter. Yet, as many of your faces float before me, my heart lifts.
 
It has been a busy spring beginning. First, I went on a week-long adventure to Arizona in mid April, to visit some old friends there. I was nervous at the beginning of the trip. Robert and I had planned it together, but, two days before our takeoff, he realized his back was still quite sore from surgery he’d had a couple of months earlier and there was no way he could be in the car for the hours it would take to get there. It had been quite awhile since I had traveled by car, a long distance, alone. But Robert, in his usual kind generosity insisted I go . . . and, he would pay all my gas and food. How could I not do it! And, oh, it was wonderful!
 
Traveling for two days there and, again back, I crossed several Native American reservations and had the good luck to connect with the people there. A strong young Navajo woman was hitchhiking through the desert to visit her mother and sister fifty miles away in another town. Of course I picked her up, gave her a fresh mask, which she put on immediately, and we had a great conversation about her life on “the Res”. She shared so much about her people and the life they had there. It brought tears to my eyes remembering the sad story of “The Trail of Tears” when our government took all the northern lands of the Natives and marched them down, through the blazing desert, to the Four Corners area . . . leaving them there to figure out how to stay alive in desert country.
Then, on the way home a week later, I stayed at a campsite on the Ute Reservation, where I was welcomed by the manager of a large Ute Casino in southern Colorado. I have always wanted to know more about the Ute people, as I have studied their history as a mountain, horseback riding Nation. The manager introduced me to Mel, who knew the Ute history well, and was willing to answer my questions. I felt very accepted among these people.
 
But before this, heading south, I arrived in Sedona to reconnect and spend time with my old friends, Peter and Yvonne, who took me for a hike into their amazing red rock mountains there. It was a WOW! to peer through the valleys at the shapes and formations of those rocks! We have in Colorado, The Garden of the Gods, with similar formations, but Sedona is much more grandiose and stunning.
 
But then it was time to head on south to Prescott, Arizona to see my dear old friend and long time secretary, Judi. Ah, it was good to see her and the life she’s made for herself in Arizona. She put me up in her comfortable Air B & B
apartment for several days.
Then, for a fun adventure we traveled up to Sedona again to explore, eat, and ended up taking a wild Pink Jeep Tour into the mountains. It was a “HOLD ON!” as we bounced over three and four foot rocks through the canyons and forests learning the names of the huge rock formations around us, which plants and cactus were edible, and how the Natives blessed this land and considered it sacred . . . (the same as in Garden of Gods).
Later on, back in Prescott, Judi and I had a great Thai dinner with her nephew and his wife who were the reason she moved to Prescott in the first place. They were good people, like Judi herself.
So, it was onward, back north to Colorado and a short blissful stop at Pagosa Hot Springs for a relaxing soak.
 
Soon after I got home, Robert and I got the exciting news from his son, Paul, and lovely wife, Yahuei, that she had just gone into labor with their FIRST BORN CHILD, MILA!
Paul kept us in touch through each step of the experience, along with his sister, Jenny, and, together, we all spent several days closely watching and supporting the birth of this special baby. I really felt like I was there. Now Mila has safely entered our world. Mom and dad are safe, relieved, tired, and ecstatically happy as they settle into their lives.
 
 
Now spring is exploding (except for the snow today). The hummingbirds are back. The irises, crocuses, and sand lilies are peeking out of the ground. It’s time to prep the soil, weed the garden, and shop for tomatoes and flowers.
My hiker buddies are exploring new territory. It is time to take evening walks with Robert, connect again with the Spokes bike riding pals, and “Porch Songs” and drumming with Judy Piazza has started up again. Whew! It’s exciting and a bit overwhelming. On top of all this, I’m getting my Honda Element ready for it’s next car camping trip with Judy, to Utah. All this with the support of my sweet husband, Robert.
 
The best news of all; Robert is recovering, finally, after a series of health problems! He’s even talking about wanting to go to Hawaii. My favorite Adventure Buddy is coming back into Health and Life. Oh thank God!
 
So our country (and the world) COVID pandemic, and the fear and depression so many have been suffering from for a year now, seems to be easing just a bit, as millions have received their vaccinations. I feel safer after my shots. 
Are we?? We don’t know. Once again the research has not been done. There are those that are loudly preaching that he vaccine is dangerous and will cause severe health problems down the road. Because of these fears, many are refusing the shots.
Of course this makes them more vulnerable to getting COVID. (Some doctors are saying: “Don’t call it a “vaccination” because it doesn’t work, biologically, like a vaccine. Call it “an injection”.)
And so fear and confusion continue . . . though to a lesser extent . . . until the research is done, and the truth is known once and for all.
Robert and I feel safer, thank God . . . especially since I’ve recently been exposed through a close friend who was diagnosed with COVID shortly after I’d been with her.  Robert and I got tested immediately and we’re both clear.
 
My spiritual teacher of many years, who we call Baba Ji, was asked a few days ago: “Why is this terrible disease affecting the whole world?” He responded from the huge perspective of how humans, worldwide, have been destroying our planet for centuries. “Do you think that this might be slowing us down . . . making us think?” he asked with a wise smile.
 
Well, that’s it for now. Yes, I’m still doing my therapy work out of our downstairs apartment one day a week; Friday, and people have been loving the soothing experience of Green Mountain Falls along with their treatment.
 
I wish for all of you: Health, Safety, and simple Joy in your lives. And I do hope all of you are breathing deeply and finding ways to stay positive during this time.
 
GETTING OUTSIDE INTO NATURE REALLY,
REALLY HELPS!
 
Love and Warm Hugs,
   Kathleen

An Unforgettable Time of Growth

Dear, Dear Friends and Family,
 
As we go continue through this emotional, unforgettable time in our lives . . . in our country . . . in our world, I find myself going up and down and up and down emotionally. When I look at my comfortable life and warm home I wonder “why?”
Well, remember, we are a “herd species”. This means that, whether we recognize it or not, we are sensitive to those around us. I know the left brain folks (intellectuals), don’t want to hear “whoowhoo” stuff, but, as a species we are intuitive to the feelings/emotions of those around us, whether we are aware of it or not. This human (and most mammals) quality has allowed our species to survive and grow. Think about it.
 
Now, in this time, astrologer, David Pond, says: “The cosmic weather is charged with electrifying energy, with a sudden release of built up tension . . . like the energy of earthquakes and lightning storms. At the personal level, for those who can skillfully handle this intense energy, it can lead to breakthroughs, innovative discoveries, and rapid evolution and growth.” 
WHEW! That’s a mouthful!
        So how do we skillfully handle all the energy and emotion we feel around us?
WE KNOW WHAT TO DO!
 
Yes . . . STOP . . . BREATHE DEEPLY.
GROUND OURSELVES INTO THE EARTH. 
GET OURSELVES OUTSIDE AND LET NATURE SOOTHE US . . . and WEAR OUR MASK WHEN WE’RE AROUND OTHERS.
 
Singer, and friend, Shawn Gallaway, wrote a song about this time (even though he wrote it in the 1980’s). Here’s the chorus:
           “For the winter’s storm will soon be over
           The season of fear . . . gone with the night
           As the new day begins we’ll discover
           The light in our heart
           Blooming into love . . . the sign of spring
           The Awakening!”
 
  Go to YouTube to watch the video and listen to Shawn Gallaway singing “The Great Awakening” at:
 
Joe Biden says: “LET’S DO IT . . . TOGETHER!”
 
 
       So it’s an exciting and life changing time . . . sometimes scary . . . as people die of COVID 19. And sometimes it’s soul touching as we watch the inauguration ceremony for Joe and Kamala. I had tears in my eyes and hope in my heart as I watched Lady GaGa, and Jennifer Lopez, sing our beloved national songs.
And then, tears again, watching the twenty two year old Amanda Gorman reciting her poem of hope and resolve for the country.
I had a deep sense that Joe and Kamala were really speaking from a place of resolve, and truth, and heart about how they plan to grow our country to a new place of balance and protection for all beings and the land.
 
Yes, I know I’ve been a democrat forever, but no matter what our political leanings, we all agree that we’ve been quite out of balance for the last years, and I strongly feel that now we have an opportunity to come together and rebuild our country to the truth and inspiration, that the whole rest of the world is waiting for, and that we have been in the past. And I intuitively feel that we now have leaders that will strive for this . . . for the good of all.
 
So there’s my honest heart. And I so hope I don’t offend anyone with my openness. 
 
On the personal level, I know how sensitive I am to others. That’s what makes me a good therapist for the last forty five years. So it’s a time to really pay attention to the emotions that pass through me. Are they mine? Or do they belong to the woman behind me at the grocery store, with three school-age children, trying to figure out how to get them through online schooling! Or maybe they are the churning in the heart of my client/friend who just came from hours and hours of surgery at the hospital for the polyps found in his colon . . . or maybe feeling the favorite neighbor who just found out he had throat cancer?
 
Sometimes ten or fifteen times in a day, I suddenly find myself fast or shallow breathing for, seemingly no reason at all. And then I remember:
 
BREATHE . . . . . ANCHOR MYSELF
. . . . . KEEP MY HEART OPEN
 
 THIS IS PROBABLY NOT MINE!
 
 IS THERE ANY WAY I CAN HELP? . . .
A SMILE . . . A HUG (ELBOW BUMP)
 
 DO I NEED A WALK?
 
Let’s all stay together. Mask-up when playing together. Lets hold “virtual” hands . . . open our hearts.  Allow the learning, the growth, and the regeneration to build inside us.
Sometimes we can be quiet . . . contemplating. If tears come . . . welcome them . . . let the release happen.
THIS, THEN, IS GROWTH.
 
Sending Deep Warmth to you all,
     Kathleen
 
PS: Yes, I am still doing treatments; Cranial, Lymphatic, Essential Oils, Massage, Polarity Therapies one day a week, Fridays, out of our home in beautiful Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. Give me a call if you’d like some nurturing, pain release, brain balancing, or would just like to take a walk around the lake . . . Donation only.
 
 
 

Learning to Take Care of Ourselves

WELL . . . this year is almost complete. Hooray!   Astrologer, David Pond, says: “Keep heart, the end of this heavy energy is close upon us. Put up some holiday lights to lift your spirit, and in general, this is a good week to get your woo-woo on!”
           So it’s definitely been a year of learning, right? I feel close to many of you as we have supported each other through the surprise challenges of the COVID pandemic, ie; loss of jobs, loss of money, separation, loneliness, shutdown schools, concerts, performances, all group gatherings, closing of favorite shops, and sometimes, whole towns . . . and on and on.
 
It’s not over yet, but thank goodness we humans are an adaptable species. I’ve never been a computer person, but I’m learning! I can now do several meet-ups and classes on Zoom and Facebook, and now, thanks to my computer mentor, Jason Kovach, I’m learning Skype, What’s App, and more communication skills to come.  
Robert and I had a great “Virtual Thanksgiving” meal with his family in San Francisco, and Elizabeth, CO. The computers with Zoom were on all of our tables as we ate, talked, laughed, and played “Thanksgiving Jeopardy”.
Try it for Christmas. It was great fun.
The biggest challenge that has come up for me is the mental/emotional: “Who am I when I’m not doing the work of my life for 45 years??” I’ve developed what my Docs call: “an essential tremor” that has been getting worse and making it hard to write. So I’ve been exploring it recently with my favorite doctors and practitioners to get to the “root cause”. Three practitioners of various modalities have now given me the same feedback. The original cause is a lifelong mental/emotional pattern of: BUSY-NESS!
Does anyone else recognize this in themselves?
I know I’m not alone. Whenever I am challenged by life, I get BUSY with projects, errands, people, or just gallivanting, I feel USEFUL when I’m occupied, doing and accomplishing whatever. As one therapist put it: I fill my mind, which then overflows into emotions (Sympathetic Nervous System), and scamper around trying to ACCOMPLISH. The result is a constant, internal unrest. It’s very difficult for me to sit still . . . breathe . . . still my mind. OK, I get it.
The anecdote is: SLOW DOWN!
Ha! Easier said than done! But I’m practicing. Heck, if I can climb Pike’s Peak with practicing, surely I can learn to do this. 
 
Here I’d like to offer a fun and effective little treatment to boost our Immune System. It’s called NeuroLymphatic Treatment. 
These bodies of ours have a beautiful way of cleansing toxins through what’s called the Lymphatic System. The lymph fluid also carries proteins, fats, hormones to all the cells, and is a major drainage system of the body. There are twice as many lymph vessels and lymph as there are blood vessels and blood. Plus, swimming around through the lymph are tiny, microscopic cells called Lymphocytes . . . T Cells, and B Cells who’s job it is to attack and destroy any cell or toxin they find does not belong to “their” body.
The energy to the Lymphatic System is regulated by what we call NeuroLymphatic reflexes, located mainly on the chest and back. These reflex points act like circuit breakers or switches that turn off when the system is overloaded with toxins. The reflexes that are the most sore seem to be the ones in greatest need of stimulation.
It just takes about 5 to 7 minutes to open/stimulate the reflexes all over the body, so I’ve joined the treatment to a little song to make it fun: “Every little cell in my body is happy, Every little cell in my body is well. I’m so glad, every little cell, in my body is happy and well.” Sound interesting . . . easy?? 
Friends, Mitzi and Julia, have helped me video the procedure and put it on YouTube. Try it. It’s a fun and easy way to clean and boost your Immune System so we can be safe in our crazy environment right now. Click this link to see the video.
Onward . . . my Birthday 2 days ago and was a perfect Slow Down practice! Robert took me to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs in the beautiful Colorado Rocky mountains. It was so perfect . . . warm, outdoor mineral pools, fun classes in the water, hiking into the mountains to see a waterfall, indulging in great food, snuggling in our cozy room. The staff nurtured us in so many ways to make sure we were happy and comfortable. They even sang Happy Birthday to me, with the other guests in the restaurant and in the morning water classes, they and other guests sang to me in three different languages . . . Gaelic, Italian, and Spanish (when they learned I’m studying Spanish). Oh how fun!! The whole trip was perfect and . . . I BREATHED AND SLOWED DOWN! 
SO HERE COMES CHRISTMAS! 
What kind of celebration do we want? Can we connect with loved ones(and Santa Claus) in safety? Can we be easy on ourselves? Maybe presents don’t have to be such a big deal this year?
Maybe it’s more about SLOWING DOWN TOGETHER/CONNECTION. 
 
Try a virtual meal . . . get outside . . . do some quiet MEDITATION? . . . maybe a 2020 Christmas is about
GENTLE LOVE/DEEPENING INTO OURSELVES.
 I’m sending you a huge basket full of gentle love!
Warmly, Kathleen

Listen and Connect

Dear Friends and Family All,
 
 Here we are, one month since last letter and . . . IT SNOWED AGAIN! Whoohoo! Remember, a poet has described it as “a warm blanket of love on the earth”. We humans struggle a bit when the temperature drops to 1 DEGREE ABOVE ZERO. No wonder the birds have been so frantic at the feeders for the last several days. They ate everything. I’ve learned over years of watching birds that they will always give me the most correct weather report . . . no matter what the Weatherman is saying. Every time they get frantic about eating, within about 24 hours, the sky will turn dark and precipitation of some kind arrives. I always know when to prepare for a storm. Thank you, my smart Birdie Friends. I’m listening to you.
 
There’s an amazing and touching movie on Netflicks these days, called “Octopus, My Teacher”. In his underwater, snorkeling adventures, a man met and started listening to an octopus, who slowly accepted him, would sometimes swim onto his chest and snuggle, and taught him the importance of connection and contact with other beings, especially the man with his family. I had tears in my eyes through much of the movie and feel it’s importance is huge in this time of crazy politics, and fires, and COVID, with “social distancing” and only “virtual hugs and elbow bumping”. Oh how important it is to stay connected . . . to listen to each other! We are a Herd Animal” after all. But how do we do it??
 
Well, there’s the old fashioned way of phone calls. I just had a wonderful connection with my sister in California while on a two and a half hour drive from Arvada, CO . . . ear phones on, traffic not bad, we connected! And she helped me stay awake and alert all the way home.
And then there’s Zoom. For me, nice reconnect with colleagues and Craniosacral teachers across the U.S. while we share different teaching skills like (for my students of old) . . . remember the days when we were just plain tired or overwhelmed with all the anatomy, and we did some LAUGH YOGA? Oh, how fun and a great connector! Lean forward during a Zoom session. Look deeply into the people’s eyes, and laugh. It works.
 When there’s no other option, a simple text to start the conversation can work. Plan a meet up time. Even taking a walk with masks and social distancing works. Watch “Octopus, My Teacher” and you’ll really get the importance of CONNECTION and LISTENING.
Talk about connection . . . Robert and I had an awesome connection on our honeymoon/one year anniversary two weeks ago! We stayed again at our favorite place; Dao Lodge, had breakfast by the fire and a great reconnection with Master Chen, the Dao owner. We walked all over Lily Lake, and along the river behind town, and, finally, we dressed up in fancy clothes and had an Indian meal by the river.
 
 A week after we got home the fires started and Estes Park was evacuated! Shock! The elk, I’m sure got away, and when people found there were not enough trailers to get all the horses away, they painted their phone number on the horse’s flank and pushed them out of their corrals so they could escape. Since then, there have been some sweet pictures in the paper, of reconnections of horses (and donkeys) with their owners. So now I understand Estes is safe again, thanks to the snow. Whew!
 
On a different note . . . how I appreciate all of you who have been coming to my home and new office in Green Mountain Falls for your treatments! Everyone who’s come has had appreciation for the beautiful mountain environment here, and usually plan to take a walk around our little lake or a hike up a mountain trail.
 
Well, now it’s WINTER! That “warm blanket of love” is feeding the earth, but we human’s tend to avoid this kind of weather conditions, preferring a warm blanket of WOOL in front of a fire. But it’s still a beautiful adventure to come here.
Coming up the Ute Pass has never been a problem in all the years I’ve lived up here, as the highway crews are out at 5am on every stormy day, making sure the road is plowed, sanded, and safe so people can get to work. And our wonderful town maintenance guys do the same thing here in Green Mtn. Falls. I take them some homemade brownies as a thank you, several times a season, when they’ve had to work long days to make sure we can all get around. So, no worries. Drive carefully and you’ll get here just fine. I’ll be sanding our driveway, but if there’s too much snow to get up the hill, I’ll arrange for you to park at our neighbor’s cabin.
  Then, once here, if you get here early, stay warm in your car until the person before is leaving, and I’ll come find you and guide you into my warm office space. I might even get a fire going in the wood stove for a little extra atmosphere on a cold day. How bout that! Do you feel a bit interested in a nice treatment in a warm room, on a cold day?
 
SO COME ON WINTER! WE’RE READY FOR YOU! I look forward to CONNECTING, and having some fun times with you all.
 
           Warm Hugs and Happy Halloween, Kathleen

Support Our Species

September 15, 2020
Support Our Species

Dear Friends and Family,
    
Once again, I’m sitting in my favorite meditation chair, watching the birds outside hopping around on t  he porch, and . . . WATCHING OUR FIRST FALL SNOW!
    
Has summer really passed already? Well, it took a snowfall to stop my “gallivanting”, stay home, get on my computer, and see what else is happening in the world.


     Are we living in a wild time or what! And the learning curve for us 70+ year olds is huge. For the last 30 years I’ve watched technology grow and young folks take to it like “ducks to water.” . . . but not us elders. I confess I was/am a bit scared by it. I struggled to learn the many new programs on my computer, but, oh, I would always rather take a hike than answer emails . . . and I didn’t  know how to text. Then I received an iPhone in the mail with a note from my daughter, Shawna: “Mom, I’m getting too busy to talk on the phone much. You need to learn to text. Here’s a phone to do it on.” And so I learned. (Don’t we owe much to our “techie” children!)
I’m good at it now, but, hey, look at technology now!
       Everything is VIRTUAL!


 
    
    I just got off an amazing, incredible, international Biodynamic Craniosacral Conference on ZOOM! Oh my God! The teachers and attendees were from all over the world. And the healing was powerful. The connections were deep. Who ever would have thought I/we could do it? Zooming, chatting, having deep Breakout Room discussions . . . while the birds and squirrels hopped around just outside my screen door.

     The most powerful experience for me in the conference was a Breakout Session with three of us from different countries, “virtually” holding and supporting each other’s births. My re-birthing experiences have always been a feeling of huge physical pressure  on my body, feeling a sadness and fear in my parents, culminating in a blasting out through the birth canal with right fist overhead and a powerful mental pattern of: “I have to save my parents!” Birth expert, Ray Castillino called it: “Joan of Arc”. This time it was so different. I clearly felt the two practitioners holding and loving me. They morphed into representing mom and dad. At one point I felt them looking at me with love and pride in their eyes, then look up at each other with a deep gaze of love, and I knew that I no longer needed to blast out to help them. I relaxed and flowed with mom’s body. Then I was out and being softly held by both of them. Joan of Arc was no longer needed! Each time I remember this in my consistently busy life, I slow down, breathe, and feel my heart open.

    
    Could this be a lesson for us all at this time? Can we use COVID-19 to open our hearts to each other, and
in that HEALTH expression feel ourselves SLOW DOWN, so we can FEEL/SUPPORT those around us? Can we be an instrument in creating a “WE”? in our world . . . i.e.: ATTUNEMENT, PRESENCE, WARMTH?
    A New Zealand bulletin board we were shown, announces: “BE CALM. BE KIND”.
   Darwin says: “The species that is most cooperative is the species that survives.”
 
    One of our final speakers, Ellen Grosser, in Spain, suggested a global attitude: “My truth does not have to be your truth. We can exchange opinions, and CONSTANTLY CHOOSE LOVE.”
    Thank you, Shawn Gallaway, for your beautiful, award winning song: “I Choose Love”. I play and sing it constantly. (https://youtu.be/R74yx4ConVc)

     And thank you to the Biodynamic Craniosacral conference committee who worked hard to put together and present to the world, a potentially world-changing meeting and conference. It has changed me.
     If you’re interested in more, visit: www.craniosacraltherapy.org . . . then choose: BCTA/NA.
  
I am still working out of my home office. And I would like to remind you that I am working for donation only, especially for pregnant women.
    
     So we expand and explode into our changing world with open hearts and eyes and have an opportunity to grow as a species. Will you take the challenge? I am.

     Let’s FEEL, LOVE, and SUPPORT TOGETHER. I OPEN MY HEART TO YOU ALL.
                                                Love and warmth, Kathleen