Meet vibrant artist, Brenda Robinson!

I had the most energy-filled, vibrant, and nurturing of interviews with artist and soul-connected friend, Brenda Robinson.

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You see, I’d met Brenda a few months ago when we took a class with Michelle Giambra at Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu in Sarasota. And from our initial meeting I had felt a connectedness with her, but I didn’t know why. Before we left that day, she had shown Michelle and I a recent copy of one of her paintings and it literally sent a rush of energy through my body, yes, just holding that piece of paper! I’d never felt, what I term as “God bumps“, just from holding a piece of paper before, so immediately I knew there was something special here–and that I wanted to speak with Brenda more about her art.

When I learned that Brenda was showing her art at a new gallery in Lakewood Ranch, I knew it would be a great time to go see her, and hopefully interview her about her beautiful and colorful artwork.

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I only had to ask Brenda one question and our conversation flowed with so much ease and connectedness that she nearly answered all of my questions without my needing to ask many more.

So, what was that first question?

Well, I asked Brenda what inspires her when she gets up in the morning to create her art, does a muse strike, or does an idea come when she sits down with a blank canvas?

In Brenda’s humble and gracious answer, she said:

To sit down with a blank canvas is the scariest thing, and I fought that for a long, long time.

I used to do workshops creating altered books by taking old, unloved, throw-away books and turning them into beautiful works of art. The ultimate in recycling.

One of the first books I found at Goodwill was called, “Jumping for Joy” and after altering it and turning it into a beautiful art-filled memory, I painted the cover blue.

 

Some books have old, thin pages, or new books with flimsy pages or unstable spines. So, you take these kinds of otherwise unusable books, and glue pages together, or staple or sew on them, and draw or paint on them. You’ll blank out some of the words you don’t need or want, paint on the page, write on the painted page and create a journal, put your own photos inside, rendering a new kind of artwork.

I got a bit caught up in the moment when we talked about drawing though, because I’ve never considered myself as able to draw (as I’m married to a man who can draw, hence, I understand the ability and talent involved in that). So, when I told Brenda that I can’t draw she was quick to say, “Yes, you can”, “Oh, yes, you can draw.” And proceeded to give me all kinds of tips to inspire me to start–even after we concluded our interview.

Brenda really has a way of making you feel that you can do what she does! She told me a face I might draw will be my face, different from the way someone else would draw a face. Just like, God made a leaf, then any leaf I would draw would be my leaf, my interpretation of that leaf. Ahh! What an eye-opening moment for me!

Continuing on, Brenda explained,

I painted a dog for Southeastern Guide Dogs “Heroes on Parade” last year, and by the way, “Doc” came in third place out of over 50 painted dogs. He is now living in the lobby of Doctor’s Hospital, bringing joy to all who come into the front lobby. During that project, I had all this paint so I started slapping the paint on canvases and started making my imaginary flower garden. In this case, the Superhero dogs were my muse. Now, I’m not a landscape or flower type artist, and a purist probably wouldn’t like my flowers because my rose wouldn’t look like their rose.

What style or type of art do you like?

I love Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (the French post-Impressionist artist). If you look at his work, and the colors he uses, he was inspired by the gorgeous colors of Tahiti, it’s people and environment. I like Monet and all the texture of the impressionists. There was movement in their art. I didn’t know that’s why I liked it. But, it spoke to me.

Some of my all time favorite artists are: collagist, Romare Bearden, story teller and installation artist, Whitfield Lovell, and the multicolored art of Louis Delsarte.

I continue to be inspired by other contemporary artists that are too numerous to mention.

My art breathes and tells a story, there’s always a story. There is life in that memory of remembering.

Going back to the altered books.

One of the first things I used was the old time handkerchiefs that we used to iron because they brought me joy, and this book was filled with all of the symbols of what was joyful to me.

I used one with decorative edges. Fun! Also, I love butterflies, so I cut the shape of a butterfly within many of the pasted pages using an X-Acto knife and cut it so the wings would flutter. There were pages that were glued together. Some pages contained Bible verses, and song titles, such as my mother’s favorite song, “In the Garden.” [Author’s note: That was also my mother’s favorite song! Ah, synchronicity!]

There were pages with rocks on them and the words, “If you don’t praise Him the rocks will cry out to Him” and put angels on it too. One of the pages had blood on it, so I added the words, “The debt was paid in full” with a receipt from one of those receipt booklets added to the page.

Another cool thing about creating these altered books was that we’d have a group of seven people and we’d send our book to another and that person would take their turn to add to your book, and so on to another person. When you’d get your book back you’d have seven different people’s art in your book. I still have almost all of those altered books!

Now, some people don’t have patience, or want to be too exact. But not me, I’m free flowing and easy about it. If I thought I did something wrong or didn’t like what I’d created, I would just paint over it!

We looked at several of Brenda’s paintings and discussed what we see in each of them. Everyone sees different things in art, which is why I love it so much, and this is something (among many things) that Brenda and I share in common.

Brenda’s work is always spiritual. In her own words,

Painting is praying with my heart and hands. Using them to help the viewer see the common threads between us all.

God is the ultimate creator, we are made in His image. And He’s given us the glorious task of representing him on earth.

I paint how it feels to me to listen to a beautiful song, what joy feels like, hope, sadness, or grief. Painting is my response to the messy middle of our color-filled world. Color is my way of communicating. I feel most alive when I am being creative and painting! I try to capture the energy of our common humanity, where we can connect our spirits through art and show that we are more alike than different. When I complete a piece of art, I am in awe of what my Creator has allowed me to share.

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This morning, Brenda woke up with Marvin Gaye’s song on her mind, “What’s going on.” And that inspired her this morning. Whatever is going on in the community or the world right now, that’s what inspires her to paint. She writes prayers and verses on the canvas first, before she starts, and she’ll paint over them. It is important for her to have her DNA all over the canvas. And for me, as a writer and energy medicine person, the vibration of the words, they’re still there and they call me in.

I invite you to visit Brenda’s art display and spend some time to visit with her work and look for the aliveness she presents.

Please visit Brenda’s blog at: http://rubysdaughterbrenda.blogspot.com

Brenda’s website is: http://www.brendakrobinson.com

Brenda is currently displaying several pieces of her art at:

J & J Gallery 

8131 Lakewood Main Street

Suite M-106 (It’s on the corner)

Lakewood Ranch, FL

941-444-6056

I must tell you that upon stepping into J & J Gallery, I was warmly greeted (by Judy, the owners mother), and I sensed a lightness. The gallery is very expansive and energetically inviting.

Before I left, I had the opportunity to talk with Judy about the opening of the gallery and several of the artists displaying works there. It is a family gallery, so you will not see nudes there. The gallery also looks for artworks that are of an uplifting and positive nature. Thus, my visit to J & J Gallery left me with a huge amount of heartfelt appreciation for the owners and the artists. I highly recommend you stop in for a visit.

 

 

 

 

 

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Many teachers can show you, yet your vitality and vibrant life depends on what you practice daily

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you’ve come to know that there are many teachers, and many ways of living, that can help you prevent dis-ease and assist you in living a long and vibrant life.

Let’s look at those teachers again. And the practices that go well beyond food.

We all know people who can live to be almost any age, by eating white cake everyday, which as much as that exasperates me, also proves that all the cells of your body are LISTENING to you, your beliefs, your words, and the environment you place them in.

We don’t know if people are happy, think positive and hopeful thoughts, or not, but we can see the effects of their thoughts, happy people who laugh and joke, but eat the worst diets, smoke, drink alcohol, and so on–yet seemingly live fairly well.

Then there are those who fall over with a heart attack while jogging. Maybe they were sad, angry, resentful, or suffering from an aching heart.

Sometimes, it just makes no sense. And there seems to be no rhyme or reason to why some people live long lives and others die young.

There are many different schools of thought about a variety of subjects. And who gets to be the one authority on any one topic anyway?

So, this list includes everyone in my circle who promote exercise, healthy eating habits, and mindful practices (yes, some religious / spiritual, though I realize people who claim to be atheists, can also live long and healthy lives).

Who do you follow? What are your daily practices? Do they make you FEEL good when you do them? If so, I think you’re probably on a pretty good path for yourself. I am not here to judge.

I heard it said that the best exercise is the one you’ll DO! And that has proven to be true in my experience. I love the benefits of walking, Qigong, Pilates, Yamuna, yoga, deep breathing, and singing, so I continue to practice these.

I am here, as my mother was for me (in my younger years), to give you the benefit of helpful people and things that I’ve found. But my way does not have to be your way.

If you saw what I eat on a daily basis, you’d think I’d be thin, or at the very least of a “normal” weight, but I struggle with the extra 60-80 pounds I put on during a traumatic time of my life. 

I lose 20-30 pounds for awhile, then slowly put it back on. I’ve paid thousands of dollars for diet books, classes, enzyme supplements, colonics, cleansing teas, doctor sponsored diet plans, and on and on, but I have not yet (I have hope) found one that really, truly, works for me. I even use EFT, Jin Shin Jyutsu, prayer, acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology, meditation, and so on also, to release the mental struggle in order to try to return to my pre-age 35 weight. But alas, I continue to seek to find a way back to my whole and healthy weight. I’ve even “let go” of the “trying to’s” and that seems to allow more weight to creep back on!

Here’s an example of one of my lunches (that I eat most weekdays, as most weekends I skip lunch in favor of a Greek egg omelet):

  • 4 Romaine lettuce leaves
  • Big slice of raw onion
  • 1/2 raw squash (or zucchini)
  • 2 or 3 slices of roasted turkey breast (optional)

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Dressing:

  • 1 T Garlic
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 t cajun or creole seasoning
  • Walnut and Olive oil
  • Dash of sea salt to taste

So, I am just a regular gal, hoping to connect you with some things, or people, who will assist you to be the person you want to be. I am a Connector. Don’t look to me to be perfect. True art only finds and honors the imperfection anyway. If life were perfect and everyone was the same, it would be boring. Embrace the drama–just a little bit, and use it to make better, consistently joyous choices. That’s about as good as it gets.

Much love, and many blessings to you in ALL ways,

sheila

Meet Dr. Len Bauduin –an incredible man, healer, and holistic chiropractor

This article cites my originally published article of Nov. 16, 2013 on EXAMINER

After going up north–to be with my daughter while she birthed our glorious twin granddaughters–last week, sleeping on a hospital pull-out chair bed for three nights, then the flight home, lugging a suitcase in/out of a car, and so forth, it shouldn’t have, but it did, surprise me that while I was getting into our truck last week–I tweaked my back. Yes. Some little movement that I do every day and ZING! I began experiencing sciatica pain (which I rarely ever feel) down both legs to the knees!!!

Slowly, I was able to eek through a couple days with it (knowing that I needed to work), and I went to Pilates to try and “put it back in place”, but that was excruciating! I rolled around on the floor, utilizing my Yamuna gold ball, but though I got some relief, I knew this was going to need more help. I felt that I needed a chiropractic adjustment.

When I called Carol to ask about an appointment, she explained that Dr. Len had an unexpected death in his family–I was so sorry to hear that and told her that I completely understood and I could go somewhere else. But, because Dr. Len is who he is–he would be available to see me in a couple of days. Yes, he continued working, helping people like me feel better.

As another example of how huge Dr. Len’s heart is, and his truly compassionate nature, he had not raised his office visit fee for 18 years–until recently! How much did he raise it? $5 whole dollars. Can you imagine??? I mean, I was so stunned that I smiled and told Carol, his equally as compassionate administrative assistant, that it should be $150 million dollars!!!

From performing acupuncture on my back to “loosen things up” and get Energy flowing, to Dr. Len’s genuine conversation about “what’s wrong”, muscle testing to find the root cause, and then a quick but amazing chiropractic adjustment, I can’t really describe how much better I feel! I think when a person’s back hurts, teeth, or head, it’s difficult to focus on anything.

It is for all of these reasons, that I give Dr. Len Bauduin my highest recommendation.

I previously wrote the following review for Dr. Bauduin and it still holds true today, with even more love and grace.

I had the blessed experience of having two treatments performed by Dr. Bauduin at Madeira Beach Center for Natural Medicine. And wow, wow, wow!

During an episode at work, while talking on the phone and typing on my laptop keyboard, I did a stupid thing (I say, “stupid” because I honestly knew better than to do this). But, during a teleconference I had needed to type while holding the telephone receiver, so I’d placed the receiver between my shoulder and head! What’s worse, I had held the receiver in this position while typing! Maybe I could have gotten away with this for one or two minutes, but for the length of time I held this weird position it was enough to pull or tweak something in my back. Next morning, ouch! Not so much a pain, but definitely a kink and irritation.

As the week went on, I tried my yoga postures, different exercises, having my husband massage my back, and moves a former chiropractor had told me about, as I had this situation happen years ago.

Before I’d learned how to self-correct, but mostly it was not to perform that action, so as not to get my back into that situation. I’d just forgotten.

So, here I was, in a new town, with a back that continued to irritate me for a week. Finally, I broke down and Googled,“holistic chiropractor.” That’s when I found Madeira Beach Center for Natural Medicine.

I thought I just needed a chiropractic adjustment and I’d be all fixed, especially since I hadn’t even needed to go to a doctor in over a year – other than this twinge in my mid back I felt great! Well, as it turned out, the acupuncture treatment in conjunction with the chiropractic adjustment was exactly what I needed!

Dr. Bauduin is so masterful that when he met me for my initial treatment he laid his hands on my head while I was seated in a chair, and could essentially “read” my issue in a matter of a minute or two. He went on to perform acupuncture on my upper back, then chiropractic. Two procedures in one visit! Wow! In an hour I was in and out of the office (fee for first time patients? $80.) which for me, I found very inexpensive and I felt as though I was walking on a cloud! Fantastic! I considered the fee inexpensive since I had paid a holistic veterinarian $91 for my dogs’ Tui Na acupuncture treatment.

I had never experienced a doctor who could provide both acupuncture and chiropractic before, so I had no expectation or understanding of how the two modalities would work together.

Turns out, the acupuncture releases the muscles so the chiropractic adjustment can be more easily accomplished. I felt so much better it was actually hard to believe, so I went back a week later for a follow up session. Once again Dr. Bauduin performed acupuncture and chiropractic – this time for only a $50 fee!

Obviously, I’m so pleased with these treatments and Dr. Bauduin – this is why I’m singing his praises in the this article.

I wholly recommend Dr. Bauduin if you have any need at all for acupuncture or chiropractic, and if you don’t know whether you have need or not, but have any health issue – give Carol a call at their office and ask. Your body may thank you more than you can imagine!

I am your local wellness activist ready to provide you a list of alternative, holistic, or complimentary medicine doctors located in St. Petersburg / Tampa Florida.

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Are you scared of Yoga?

Yoga isn’t just for thin and fit young women… ohh nooooo!

If you’ve ever walked into a yoga studio and been made to feel anything less than beautiful, no matter your age, weight, skin tone, gender, hair color, or personal style, then honey, that group wasn’t for you anyway.

Or, if you’ve ever thought that you’re just not flexible enough to do yoga, think again! Only with practice does flexibility come. No one has ever became a yoga guru overnight! And no one will expect that perfection from you. It’s all about the progress, not perfection in yoga. No one is born a master.

In a yoga class, each of us are so busy working on getting into a posture and breathing in it, that we aren’t looking at you anyway. Sure, there may be the occasional glance, but our purpose in class is to focus on self, breathe and connect with our own mind and body, all the while feeling the support and building our confidence by feeling supported by a caring teacher who will guide us.

This is why I delightfully invite you, if you’re anywhere near the Tampa Bay area of Florida, to meet Dr. Ronald Porter and come to one of his uplifting classes.

I attended Dr. Porter’s “Yoga FUNdamentals!” class yesterday (one of the series of experiential learning classes he offers on a monthly basis at Miracles Metaphysical bookstore in St. Petersburg, FL) and he did a brilliant joy (er, job) of leading an older group of us (many of whom had never moved their bodies much at all, much less had done yoga before) in yoga. Plus, he taught us how he came to learn and teach yoga, the proper way the positions (asanas) are done, the Sanskrit words for each asana, and how to modify it for our body and ability. We moved very slowly, breathed, and held the asana for 3 to 5 minutes.

I woke up this morning feeling ten years younger, lighter, and with no muscle soreness at all! In fact, yoga can help you live longer, because with a flexible spine you’ll be able to do more, and not hurt when you bend over and pick something up from the floor. With practice, yoga will enable your body to flex, thus allowing  you to feel younger! Yoga is a process. But, it won’t take long, with consistent practice, for you to feel, and then see, a transformation in your body.

In the Fundamentals playshop, Dr. Ronald K. Porter lead us in an exploration of the basic philosophy and fundamental poses of yoga.  We all learned and practiced right along with him. We smiled, and laughed. It was experiential! And it was fun!

During Ronald’s class, we could obviously see Ronald’s mastery of yoga, yet we could also see, hear, and feel that this master has transcended ego. He never made us feel “less than” anything! In fact, because Ronald says, “beautiful” so much during class, he has me saying it more now in my everyday life. Positivity abounds!

The journey of yoga is a lifelong process, and the student who is open to this process can experience an entirely new readjustment and realignment in their life.  We invite you to laugh and have fun learning this wonderful technique for better health! People have diminished or eliminated anxiety, eased stress, calmed nerves, and lessened depression by practicing yoga. Some have even replaced their smoking habit, or other addictive habit with yoga–it’s very beneficial for you since it’s all about the mind-body connection. And if you’re on prescription medication for a chronic health issue, over time, you may find you’ll need less of those meds!*

If you’re taught properly, yoga is simply about connecting your breath to your body.

Yoga means “to yoke with”. The history of yoga indicates it was thought that by practicing yoga you could enter a meditative, contemplative state of mind, and establish right relationship with God, or the Divine. Whether you want to explore yoga for spiritual reasons, or to relieve your body of pain or chronic dis-ease, don’t let anyone judge you into not coming to a yoga class.

If you aren’t local to our area, or for any reason whatsoever still scared to try a public yoga class, you can always go to YouTube or Gaiam TV online and find a beginner video to watch. Begin moving your body in rhythm with your breath. Do five minutes of yoga. Then build to ten minutes, and so on. Until you feel ready to come out and join a group. The energy you’ll feel while in a group experience is so much richer than going it alone, that within a couple sessions, you’ll really enjoy it.

From Dr. Ronald Porter,

Yoga is for everyone!  Whether your tall, short, round, thin, male, female or transgender, yoga has the potential of being very beneficial for your life.  Often, when people think of yoga they imagine lean and slender persons contorting their bodies into positions that look painful, and even disturbing.  Every now and then I am even asked, “Hey, can you demonstrate that pretzel position?”  It’s sad to think that many people miss out on yoga simply because they have been led to believe it is not for them.

However, yoga is for us all!

I have overheard some people say they’re scared of yoga for religious reasons. Well, that is simply misinformation. If you’re thinking that a yoga teacher is going to attempt to convert you into becoming a mystic, read this.

Some of you may feel intimidated at the thought of yoga, but again, everybody has to start somewhere. We’ve all been new. It’s really okay! Just start wherever you are! And if you tried a class somewhere and felt pressured to perform a posture that was too much for you, or worse, you were called out in any way, you have my assurance — you will not feel that way in Ronald’s yoga classes.

Ronald’s soothing voice and calm manner was one of the first things that attracted me to his classes. When Ronald says to, “breathe d-e-e-p”, you will feel the tension melt away, and as you breathe deep, you’ll feel the ease of your body. I am blessed in those moments. And if I didn’t feel like I fit in when I arrived, I feel it then!

Each week, I look forward to the energy and the flow that I feel during our yoga class, the relaxation, and the healing that takes place. No one has to prod me to attend. I even sleep better after attending a yoga class!

Try it, you’ll like it!

You’ll find a group at Ronald’s classes who are kind, supportive, and loving. You may not get to know them all at once, because since yoga is about our “self” you might find more introverts practicing yoga. However, over time, as you come to class and practice next to someone, mat to mat, you will see that we are all each on our own journey. Yet, We Are All Connected.

Along my life’s journey I have learned that if I do not judge others, they do not judge me. And I think that’s a pretty good mind set and way to live, whether on or off the yoga mat.

Amen. Namaste. OM

———– Weekly Yoga Class Invitation ———

When?

Every Tuesday evening from 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Where?

Metro Wellness and Community Center

3251 3rd Ave. N

St. Petersburg, FL

There is a $5 donation requested per class with all proceeds going to Metro.

Also, Ronald offers a yoga class on Thursday evenings at Awakening Wellness Center in St. Pete –> visit the their site’s calendar to view events here.

———– Blessings to you in ALL ways! ———

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Get a great stretch and workout at home once you learn Yamuna Body Rolling with Emily

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Yamuna® Body Rolling (YBR) is an awesome and empowering therapeutic technique, which consists of special 4”-10” inch air-inflatable balls, along with special movements using your own body weight and gravity. You can practice self-care and easily work specific muscles and tendons in detail.

Using YBR routines, you can progress slowly (or at your own pace), to put your body into alignment, and bring suppleness to tight areas. You can optimize your bodily range of motion by relaxing your body weight into one of the balls, during specific exercises that will re-educate your muscles to bring about lasting changes in your body. Wonderful body transformation can be achieved with regular use.

Sleep better, lose weight, and live longer–the possibilities are endless when you do body rolling regularly! And it’s FUN!!!

Anyone can experience a Yamuna® Body Rolling session; no matter your age or fitness level. Even expectant mothers have found YBR techniques enjoyable, smooth, and easy to do. When the body becomes more flexible, all tasks become easier!

In the Tampa Bay Florida area, Emily Stein is a certified Yamuna® Body Rolling Practitioner dedicated to helping her local community become pain free using this non-invasive fun and gentle method. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in 2012, Emily began studying multiple healing methods, and soon found how authentically the Yamuna® Body Rolling aligned with Yoga and stretching to bring her participants and students unparalleled health benefits.

You can feel incredible immediate relief of tight muscles, stiff joints, or aches and pain in the body after just your first session with Emily! The YBR balls, in a variety of sizes, almost replace a massage therapist’s hands! Often, after just a lesson or two, you can reach areas that are not part of a massage, thereby lengthening and toning muscles, as well as releasing stress in ligaments and joints – all on your own in the comfort of your own home. This is just one reason why, after a Yamuna® Body Rolling session, many people say they feel as though they’ve had a deep tissue massage! Think of the money you can save!

Yamuna® Body Rolling is definitely a health spa type of thing that you can do while watching television – you don’t have to be a couch potato! And the YBR balls are super portable and convenient to take along if you travel for work or pleasure.

Speaking of work, you can take one of the balls with you to work and place it behind your back in your office chair to get a quick and personal chair massage for mid back, shoulders, and so on, and no one will know! Of course if someone asks and tries it, they’re going to want the to get the Yamuna® Body Rolling system for themselves (and go for a class in their area) – so, be prepared to joyfully share this article for them to learn more!

The Yamuna® Body Rolling foot wakers (two half balls with nubs on them, perfect to massage all acupressure points on the feet) are also awesome to take to work and place under your feet and get your foot work done while you sit at your desk. This author’s feet have never felt so good–and I’ve never been able to spread my toes apart and hold them that way by themselves, until now!

Previous participants in Emily’s classes reported the soothing of plantar fasciitis, relief of sciatica, shoulder, hip, or back pain. Many people who regularly use the Yamuna® Body Rolling system have experienced a wonderful lasting calm and ease of their central nervous system.

In the Tampa Bay Florida area, Emily Stein is a certified Yamuna® Body Rolling Practitioner and Personal Trainer who specializes in flexibility and mobility training using Yamuna® Body Rolling and Active Isolated Stretching. Emily is dedicated to helping her local community become pain free using this non-invasive fun and gentle method.

Interested in learning more? If you’re near the Tampa Bay (Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater) Florida area, contact Emily at: Roll for Fitness. Emily helps people who want and need to improve their movement.

For information about the history of YBR, see the Yamuna® Body Rolling website.

To our feeling great, better health, and longevity,

Sheila Murrey

Your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Mind-Body-Spirit guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being.

You’ll LOVE these enriching Yoga classes! St. Petersburg, FL

I can’t say enough grand things about Dr. Ronald Porter and the yoga he teaches… I’m thrilled to have connected with Ronald, experienced his teaching methods, and now… introduce you all to him!

Raise your vibration!

Enrich your life. Find balance.

Learn how to do Pranayama breathing!

Experience the freedom of movement and flow of Energy that will calm your mind, yet invigorate your being, all while enjoying the vitality and meditative qualities of Yoga with Ronald.

Metro offers a huge room for us to do our yoga, clean and nice. All that’s missing is you and your yoga mat!

Dr. Porter teaches yoga for everyone!

You will learn the how and why, proper breathing and body form (postures), along with the encouragement to “only do as much as you can do comfortably.” We do not seek pain in order to gain. Yoga is a mindful practice and one that, when practiced often and consistently, will reap the physical rewards you seek. But the calm mind, and the peace, you can feel that after your first class.

There is a $5 donation requested per class with all proceeds going to Metro.

When?

Every Tuesday evening from 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Where?

Metro Wellness and Community Center

3251 3rd Ave. N

St. Petersburg, FL

 

We hope to see you there!

Namaste. OM

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Feeling peace and calm while hanging out around bamboo

Walking in nature always gives me a sense of calm and ease, but depending upon what, or who’s around, the out of doors is not always such a peaceful place. So, I was so pleasantly surprised to find how much I enjoyed hanging out with my friend Terri yesterday at Island Bamboo!awesome bamboo.JPG

As soon as I arrived I was greeted and encouraged to explore the lush grounds. I was able to spend some quiet time soaking in the soothing beauty of different bamboo and other plants there, so enjoyable!Different types of bamboo.JPG

I really enjoyed seeing just how many varieties of bamboo they had. I think the large black bamboo was most impressive!

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Terri joined me a few minutes later and taught me quite a bit about the various bamboo they sell–I knew I loved bamboo, but didn’t know why until I had the time to really focus on it. This twisted kind was intriguing!

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As I walked around, looking and sometimes touching the bamboo leaves (or them brushing up against my face or arm) I sensed incredible peace and gentle strength from just walking around the garden. It’s amazing that when you take time to slow down and breath in some nature, how relaxed you become.

I really enjoyed hanging out at the tiki hut too! Listening to the fountains was relaxing.

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About bamboo

Bamboo is part of the grass family; a type of long living evergreen plant. Some of the largest kinds of bamboo are referred to as Giant bamboo. The insides of the stems are typically hollow and when Terri showed me one that had a cut stem, I was fascinated! It was so smooth and perfect!

The largest diameter bamboo stems can be cut lengthwise and made into beautiful wood flooring. You may have started seeing bamboo flooring recently in homes and businesses. When I’ve seen it, and asked about it, I’ve been told that it’s much more durable than wood flooring–for instance, if it gets flooded, it won’t buckle like other wood flooring.

For all do-it-yourselfers, eco-friendly, and earth caretaker folks, bamboo is sustainable (and “green”), meaning, it grows fast–some types grow a foot a day, with most growing 3 times faster than many trees! It can be used in construction, to make furniture, flooring, clothing, wind and percussion musical instruments, bows for sport and hunting, surfboards, bicycles, and more!

Bamboo doesn’t require much maintenance (unlike hedges and trees that must be pruned or groomed) though, if you’d like to train bamboo into a hedge, I learned that is pretty easy to do!

If you’re concerned about global climate change, bamboo exchanges more carbon dioxide from the air than trees!

Bamboo is strong and flexible. And it can withstand a lot of wind. If you want privacy, it’s definitely what you want! The bamboo comes in different heights and colors. I was amazed and bet you will be too! I’ve included some pictures also, so you can get some ideas:

Why Island Bamboo?

The owners and staff of Island Bamboo, in Pinellas Park Florida offer you plenty of time to explore a lush outdoor, 6 acre showroom of bamboo, plants, and products in a setting that feels off the beaten path, though still easy to get to from most of St Pete (St. Petersburg / Tampa Florida) and is alongside a main road–66th Street North. Their tranquil garden of bamboo and other live plants is quite extensive! And the feeling of calm I got while walking around was incredible.

You’ll learn so much about bamboo–I sure did (as I just explained). The owners and staff of Island Bamboo are super friendly and ready to help.

Island Bamboo also offers a ton of great information about bamboo on their website here about bamboo facts and here about bamboo species.

Island Bamboo offers landscaping services! If you’ve ever been attracted or drawn to bamboo, you owe it to yourself to visit Island Bamboo and learn about the many non-invasive clumping types of bamboo for your yard.

Island Bamboo sells bamboo in 3 to 25 gallon containers for planting. The clumping types of bamboo Island Bamboo specializes in, won’t take over your yard.

Before I left Terri showed me a fun little living mossy frog, and it was the perfect way to display a little bromeliad I had spied when I first started browsing, so I brought him home with me–and he joins another potted plant (aloe) that a friend recently gave me at Awakening Wellness Center. Life is good!Terri and mossy frog.JPG

Mossy frog is probably going to go to my office space with me next week, but for now, he’s enjoying the picnic table next to our RV home:

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I know I’ll go back to Island Bamboo, as I spotted a couple items I’d love to get for gifts for family. My granddaughter would love one of these Circle of Friends.

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A note about outdoor Florida weddings

If you, or someone you know, is planning a wedding soon, check out this page http://www.islandbamboogardens.com/photos.php#landscapes and look for the neat and beautiful wedding arch. I’m sure the fine folks at Island Bamboo can talk with you about how to acquire one of these for your upcoming ceremony. And since I am a Florida notary, you might also be interested in contacting me to perform your ceremony! (Just a little light-hearted self promotion here–haha!)

I truly hope you will visit Island Bamboo soon. Ask for Terri, and tell her I sent you!

Island Bamboo is open Monday through Friday 7am – 4pm and Saturdays until 1pm (but call first to make sure).

Island Bamboo
9945 66th Street North
Pinellas Park, FL 33782

Phone: 727-548-0595

I’m still feeling the energy from our Breakthrough Performance Workshop Concert!

I did it! I sang on stage with a LIVE BAND! And they were a solid group of musicians and backup singers too! Believe it or not, I’m still feeling the energy from performing and from the audience!! Thank you again to all who joined us for that incredible night!

I just had the best rehearsal so far of our own original songs, The Connection and Wonderin‘ — I know it’s due to my having experienced Breakthrough!

The Breakthrough Performance Workshop, facilitated by Mick and Tess Pulver, allowed each willing participant to focus on sharing our authentic selves with each other, and with an audience. We touched aspects of self-exploration (in a mind body spirit way) while participating in their 8-week singing transformation program (find out more here: Breakthrough Performance Workshop).

Though I had sang years ago in church choir (and with a longtime friend as a duet), school choir, karaoke, and alongside my songwriter, guitarist/bassist husband at restaurants and home parties, I didn’t have the experience (until now) to sing on stage with a great live band! And it was an incredible life-enhancing experience!!

Mick and Tess were so supportive, Tess actually prepared me just before going on stage for my solo, by standing behind me, hands on my belly, and breathing WITH me! She was completely calming, enabled me to slow down, get present, and thoroughly enjoy singing my solo! There’s a clip of my solo on YouTube here: Breakthrough Performance 2016 Sheila M

This was abSOULutely a bucket list thing to do! And if you get the chance, DO IT!

I am continuing to experience many benefits from my concert experience, but here are a few:

  1. Being vulnerable on stage in front of a hundred+ people was so empowering! And I still feel the energy of it!
  2. My preconceived fears were NOT real. Remember, FEAR is just false evidence appearing real. You are NOT your fear!
  3. I totally felt integrated, breath, with mindful awareness, and ability to GIVE my authentic self to the audience.
  4. Singing brings me back to my breath, energizes yet soothes me (which I surmise will add more years to my life)!
  5. Has helped me feel even more comfortable when I speak with others at work.
  6. Add more joy and happiness to my day to day life!

Some of us will continue singing, with rehearsals continuing while Mick and Tess travel this summer (offering workshops in San Diego, California in the coming weeks).

I have learned so much through this program!

Building from what I learned from Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith’s program, I had two specific memories during THIS Breakthrough Performance Workshop program:

  1. That an old memory of being shushed for singing too loudly one evening (after something bad had happened earlier in the day) is no reason not to squelch my voice any longer! I can clear that memory, or the negative charge from it at least, and SING loud, NOW!
  2. That just because I wasn’t selected for senior high choir (it had come down to me or another girl–and the other girl was chosen) did not mean that I wasn’t good enough. Yes! I AM good enough, was good enough, and will always be “good enough”. I am me, and I am unique. I CAN do this!

I also learned that even if I’m hurt or sad, singing lifts my mood and improves my attitude. The more you practice getting breath into and through the body, the less tense you are, and the more your authentic voice can express your thoughts and emotions.

I hurt my neck before the concert and was singing through the pain! I chose to move in and through the experience as fully as possible, knowing it was the culmination of eight weeks of joyful work, and that I may never get that exact experience again. I’m so glad I allowed that. I told myself, I’m not bleeding so the show must go on! Ha!

Special thanks to my wonderful chiropractor, Dr. Len Bauduin, who got me readjusted and feeling great! Dr. Len Bauduin of Madeira Beach Center for Natural Medicine

My personal list of Thanks go out to friends and family who came out to support me and this show:

Yes I had a cheering section (what a feeling to hear people call out your name as you come on stage!!! whew!)

My always loving and soul supportive husband, Richard Murrey – you are my rock babeez!!!
Amber DiPietra and her mom (and was the FIRST person to buy her ticket online for this event as soon as they were available online!! Yes!!)
Alison J Kay (so happy you could join us, AND that you GOT the reason why I wore the sacral and solar plexus colors for my song!!! My full on energetic “shifter”, Energy Medicine doctor, ahhh love!!! Yes!!)
Dearest sister Alania StarHawk, your presence–both you and Alison J Kay were the ones I had in mind and attention to while I was singing the line of my song for…”I’ve got to learn from the greats…” wow, so over the moon that you could BE there, AND that you brought another aWEsOMe pal Judith Ann Graham!!
Mary Ann Pickard I loved that you had so much fun and I’m so glad we had a few minutes to talk after!
Karen Peterson my soul sister and earth woman, green living, radical (that the world is naturally FULL of abundance) and powerful healer!

To the most supportive Sea Hut gang… ahhh you know we love YOU ALL: Debbie, Virginia, Amy Roger and Frank (thank you–to the four of you fantastic friends for taking Richard out pre-show for dinner while I was doing technical rehearsal with the band. You are all aWEsOMe!!!)

Patricia Leigh Allen and Edward Marriott (Thanks for aWEsOMe photos! You are a soul sweet guy! So “plugged in” to Source!)

…and new friends via the Breakthrough group: Carol Zerbarini and Maggie Bayliss our fabulous former Breakthrough Performance Workshop participants who came back to assist all of us!!!

Be on the lookout St. Pete (St. Petersburg, Florida), we’ll be singing somewhere live again real soon!

Ever wanted to perform on stage?

Have you ever wanted to sing on stage? It’s possible! Very soon, I’ll be performing a song on stage with a LIVE BAND! And I’m so excited!!

It’s been a fantastic journey of self-exploration and mental, spiritual, and vocal growth while participating in an 8-week singing transformation program with Breakthrough Performance Workshop! And this is something you could do too, because Breakthrough offers 8-week programs on an on-going basis!

As many of my family and friends know, I’ve been singing most of my life, both during my youth and years in church–and I really love karaoke! And in recent years I’ve sang alongside my songwriter, guitarist/bassist husband at restaurants and home parties. But, I’ve never sang on stage with a live band and backup singers!

This transformational program is not just geared for people who have sang for years though, the classes are designed to open you up, and help you find your own authentic voice–even if you aren’t sure you can sing–Mick and Tess are there to coach you! You can do this!

This is abSOULutely a bucket list thing to do! And when concert time rolls around, it’ll be an outrageous show!! Keep reading for my upcoming concert date and how YOU can get tickets! 

There are many reasons I never thought I’d sing with a band on stage:

  1. I didn’t think I wanted to be in the limelight (While it seems empowering, it’s quite a vulnerable position to be in)
  2. I had experienced some different forms of rejection in the past (for singing)
  3. By nature, I’m introverted – more of a writer than a performer
  4. I didn’t feel I was physically or vocally fit enough to perform for an entire evening, so why even bother rehearsing with a band for gigs when I didn’t think I could do it

When I signed up to take part in the Breakthrough Performance Workshop, I wasn’t sure I could sing on stage (without my husband), but I really wanted to challenge myself! And there were subconscious reasons to sign up that I didn’t even realize, until I began the 8-week program!

The Breakthrough Performance Workshop website states that the program is,

A ONCE IN A LIFETIME PEAK EXPERIENCE A FUN, EXCITING, EXTRAORDINARY WAY TO DO PERSONAL GROWTH RELEASE FEARS AND STEP INTO CONFIDENCE UNLEASH, RECHARGE AND EXPAND! A MUSICAL JOURNEY TO BREAKTHROUGH LIMITATIONS AND REALIZE YOUR POTENTIAL.

Certainly, the Breakthrough Performance Workshop has been a huge amount of FUN, and profoundly empowering! I love Mick and Tess’s therapeutic style! I have found such gracious, loving, and supportive beings–and enjoying every moment! And we have such an amazing group of program participants this time; they’re all so open and willing to stretch, feel, change, and grow!

In January 2016, I made a commitment to myself to live this entire year for myself, in joy, and–in a variety of ways–fully express who I am, mind, body, and spirit. This is definitely a highlight! Myself, and the eight others who began this program have been, and are continuing to, breakthrough lifelong fears that limited us.

Won’t you come out and support us? We would love to pack the house FULL on April 16th, 2016!! You can get your tickets here online (buying online allows us to know how many of you will be showing up)! We’ll be singing songs as a group, and each of us will perform a solo–I promise our show is going to kick butt!!

I have learned so much through this program! I’m telling you that singing improves our attitude and health in countless ways–by opening to the energy that sustains all of life, and moving your breath and authentic voice through the body.

Singing has helped me relax, find relief from work stress, and many consider it to be a natural remedy from many ills–and I agree! One night at group, a participant had a toothache, by the time she sang her song though, that tooth had quit hurting completely!

I will continue to sing boldly and powerfully every day for the rest of my life! Come play with us! And–if at all possible–come to our huge show April 16th, 2016 at First Unity church in St. Petersburg, Florida and watch each and every star I am so very proud to know!