Calibrating Ourselves- Changing Old Habits

Hope this message finds you well and in good health- physically, mentally and spiritually.

It has been a while since my last message to you as life keeps happening with great intensity for many of us. As some of you know I have reopened the studio for in-person individual sessions. I am contemplating the possibility of soon reopening for in-person classes and workshops.

Today I will share again a post I wrote 8 years ago and it seems to be very important in today’s world and at every step of the way in our lives:

All of us have heard numerous times the importance of taking care of our bodies and minds so we can live a healthier and longer life.
Why is it so hard to get started?

Maybe because the habits that we have created for so long, sometimes even from childhood, are so ingrained in us and seem incredibly difficult to change. The overwhelming thought of change repeatedly keeps us stuck where we are, added to the excuses for them.

What if…we took baby steps while being loving to ourselves?

Today we can decide to drink one more glass of water, or instead of having a cup of coffee midday, eat a handful of almonds and a piece of fruit for an energy boost. Or take a vow of silence one night a week when all electronics are turned off and put away. How about starting a 10 min walk around the block after dinner? How about mindful breathing?

In truth, the changes we can make to a healthier life will be guided by our internal settings that tell us on a regular basis exactly what we need. If we keep the automatic pilot off and stop accepting to live life like robots, with no sense of where we are, why we are there and where we are aiming to be, we will be able to touch the wise being that lives within us all.

Questioning habits and the role they play in our well-being is a wonderful way to start change for the better in our personal, familial and social lives. Integrating body, mind, and spirit is critical in this quest, especially because we have human bodies that feel to the core the physical and emotional pain as well as the mental tribulation.

A phoenix comes to new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.

The phoenix is a symbol of rebirth, strength, hope, renewal, and progress…all possible to achieve when we look within and decide to transform ourselves into a better version of ourselves.

Art by Gabriel Strafacce (aka my son)

While it is easy for others to tell us what to do, it will be amazingly more powerful to silence all the noise and opinions from the world outside and calibrate our inner compass to this immensely abundant universe that lights up the path to follow…if we open our EYE. ☺

Maria Helena

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Studio Update

 

While massage practice has been authorized to reopen in California, since June 19th, after thoughtful consideration I have decided to keep the studio closed a little longer.  I am not sure how much longer.

Massage practice offers a really great risk of transmission of the Coronavirus and the steps to take to offer a safer environment (not risk-free) for all are many at this moment.

My family was directly impacted by this pandemic. My beloved father passed away 5 weeks ago after contracting the virus at a hospital in Brazil. After suffering a heart attack and while in treatment there, he was contaminated and succumbed to the virus.

The profound pain of those in hospitals fighting for their lives (without having permission to receive visitors for obvious reasons) and family members is beyond anything we could have imagined.

I hope you and your family continue to be safe, healthy, and practicing social distancing and wearing a mask when in public (simple steps that can do wonders to protect the most vulnerable).

I have been working to create an online program on energy healing, relieving stress, and trauma. As soon as I have the proper platform set up to start offering this program, I will let you know.

I miss you all very much and I miss giving massages.

I am riding the waves of change during these big shifts on Earth in a way I feel guided to. I intend to continue to work in the healing arts, to serve our community, and to keep sharing the knowledge and wisdom that were shared with me, by so many masters, over the decades.

 

With much love and saudades (this is a beautiful word from my language, Portuguese, to express the feelings of missing someone or something),

Maria Helena Anderson

Hello From Maria

 

Hope you and your loved ones are doing well during these challenging times.

What a roller coaster of emotions many of us are going through right now! I certainly can speak for myself. So many intense inputs from the world outside that we have no control over. However,  we do have the power to calm our nervous system and plug in to Source.

I apologize for the lack of communication with you in the past weeks. As life happens, sometimes we need a pause–a break to deal with our own grief, so we don’t break.

I wanted to share what is going on around here and to make sure we keep in touch.

  • On the 5th of April we had to say goodbye to one of our dogs, our beloved Ziggy. Ziggy was our beautiful Wheaten Terrier that had been part of the family for 13 1/2 years. He was my loyal (sometimes obsessive)–and loud :)–companion. He greeted me happily when I came home even when he could barely stand up. While we were preparing for the end of his life for a few months, the closeness that the past weeks brought us made it very difficult to say goodbye. Silence, tears, meditation, more tears, hugs, hot yogi tea and Qigong can be very strong allies when we deal with grief. That is what I found out during this past week.

 

 

  • Something my family has been working on for the past few weeks who am I kidding? just the adults!) is we have finally started our organic garden! We started a little audaciously by planting radish, lettuce, kale, parsley, basil and thyme. As first time gardeners, our appreciation for Mother Earth and farmers have multiplied by a thousand after we started caring for our “crop”. How blessed we are to live in California!

Planter right after we planted the seeds
Planter on the day we planted the first seeds

Radish…it starts to grow so fast!

Thyme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • My husband Dave and I have been practicing Qigong every morning and a few evenings as well. Almost every night we have a Sound Bath in our living room (I brought home singing bowls and a gong from the studio). It is our way to cope. After all, having three teenage boys at home during this time it’s not always easy. My oldest son is quarantined with us, so he participates in some of the practices and the sound bath. One of our teenage boys joins us for the sound bath and Qigong practice once in a while. We have high hopes that everybody will join in one of these days (we do dream big 🙂 ).
  • Dave (a professional vegan chef and vegan product developer) and I have been cooking a lot lately. He is an amazing chef and we have been blessed when he “goes to town”, as he says, in the kitchen. He creates new dishes, dips, nutmilks, tofu and lots of delicious and healthy food. While we want to support local businesses and restaurants, using our resources have been incredibly important for our family.  One amazing thing that I have noticed while putting the trash bin out today was that it was less than half full! That’s never happened before, especially with 6 people in the house. Using way fewer packaged foods has had a tremendous impact on our family’s carbon footprint!
  • Because most of my family lives in Brazil—and two nieces and a nephew live in Europe—we all started doing Zoom meetings with each other. It feels good to be able to connect with our loved ones, to know they are doing well and to feel their presence, even if only virtually.
  • I recently finished my training in Brain Education (currently working on the certification). This course will be a great resource for me to teach teens and children about brain integration, and coping with emotions and mindfulness. Some parts of it included in my energy healing training from several years ago, so I will be using new exercises to teach adults in my classes as well.

Please, feel free to send me an email to share how you are doing, how you are coping with this global crisis and how I can help you, even if remotely–with your training, with your spiritual practice, and with your continuous growth.

I miss seeing you, talking to you, growing with you, but know this time is much needed for Humanity and Earth to heal.

Much love to you, stay home (if possible for you). Be safe, be well, be strong!

Maria

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P.S. Because our studio might be closed for a while, I am planning to offer Qigong and meditation classes online (via Zoom) and to offer healthy living info as well. Stay tuned for an official announcement!