Wednesday, August 16, 2017

On Returning from my Personalized Maui Retreat

How the time continuum does affect my life!  Life seems to complicate itself and time just goes on.  I have entered into a new phase of life, my children are adults, young still, but nonetheless adults.  This change of responsibilities and daily schedules has opened for me the time to look more closely at my life patterns and style.

A few years ago I followed a whim and became an ordained minister.  It was a whim, but as I have considered that choice, I think it was a nudge from my inner self that I actually followed through on.   Nudges come and then reasoning and perceived constraints usually kick in so that many nudges fail to be acted upon.  Of course its not only inner nudges, sometimes its visible choices that are made or invitations not accepted.  In 7th grade I remember reading the poem Two Roads Diverged in a Yellow Wood... it spoke to me then and has come back to my thoughts countless times.

A few years ago I decided that I would look into anything that intrigued me.  That's all, just learn about it and go on with my regular daily life.  After a while a noticed that certain concepts or things would come back around to entice me into a second round of study.  In the last five years there have been a few concepts that have come back a third or fourth time begging or almost insisting I research them.  So with a couple concepts I did and realized that in learning more, they enlightened my living.  Parts of my experience in life began to show me new meanings and pieces began to fit together, providing greater peace.

Having spent time again on a tropical island, I combined my long lost feelings of island living with the ability to be mobile and explore Maui.  I was able to sit or swing on the lovely lanai and absorb the serenity of busy jungle life on my own schedule.  The mountain top excursions, the cultural music, the waves, and coast views, will always be mine.  I reflected on how there is such a different feeling that can be had in a similar location.  Originally I was young and excited for adventure yet had a role to play and the heavy daily responsibility of a school teacher.  Now I was at a retreat of my own, not so young and glad to enjoying slow leisure with no role to play and minimal responsibility.  The island was similar, the ocean the same, culture and living styles had changed over 30 years, but I was still the same, in some ways.   In some ways I was bigger - all the knowledge I have accumulated and life experiences of the intervening 30 years gave me a somewhat expanded feeling that came with being back on a tropical island.

I don't know if Maui inspired my choice or the contemplation I practiced on the lanai every day, but I chose to embrace one of those concepts that has been coming back around and getting my attention to study it more in depth.  I am incorporating the concept of Human Design into my lifestyle and business.  I've included Human Design into my services offered at the Salt Crystal Cottage now.

Signing off for the Saltroom of Spokane & the Salt Crystal Cottage, supporting health and life.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Faith a few Experiences later...

I have long been fascinated by symbols, one of my first young adult purchases was a book called "Dictionary of Symbols".  Somehow I only have met a very few people in my life who are interested in things that really fascinate me.  Why?  Is it something in how I am seen that belies my inclinations, and people with common interests just do not make contact?  Do I not express out loud my interests to enough people so that some one person who shares my interests learns of our common interest?  

This seems to be a pattern in my life, not having friends who share my interests.  For so many years I have adapted to the interests of others, which can be mildly fun and expand my knowledge base, but consequently I feel a tad superficial in the back of my mind.  So I often wonder what it would be like to have friends, friends who really know and share my interests on their own accord.  An autodidact on a number of subjects and especially since completing an MBA course in 1990, I would love to discuss topics I have knowledge in with a person similarly interested in the topics.   Instead I find myself with immediate family who tolerate tiny bits of my discussions, and really few friends to talk to.  A few years back I decided to curtail a good number of my personal courses of study and focus instead on what my immediate family needed from me.  I have a few dear friends that I keep due to longevity and kindness and their tolerance.  I chose to no longer seek friends that make me feel I will have to "walk on eggshells" about any conversations because they might be uncomfortable.

Recently I attended an event, being there provided me a few ideas as to how I can come out of my imposed hermit lifestyle.  None of my friends think that I live like a hermit, only recently has my SO even caught a glimpse of how truly isolated I have become. Anyway one of the ideas that came to me at the event, is that I must continue with my own fascinations and renew my studies deeply into my own interests.  Basically be true to myself and authentic with my inner knowing.  Another idea I will put into action is to open up appointment times in my business for people to chat with me.  That will become my business model going forward.  During the remainder of this year my rates will be low, less than $100 per hour, because I will be on a learning curve to be efficient with my time.

I know I do provide kind support to persons who chat with me about topics I have experience in and knowledge of.  Over the years I have had many off hand remarks about how my "pep talks", "new options" or "amazing ideas" have helped people.  I didn't know how to process those comments or even testimonials that have come into my business that I have been hesitant to post because they talked about me not the saltroom therapy.   Recently I had a referral partner mention that she tells everyone to make sure I am the person running the saltroom when they make their appointments, now that really shocked me.   This week a professional I do business with a couple times a year, told me how they regularly go to my page to read my musings and comments because they gain inspiration from so many of them,  WHAT?    Wow its kind of humbling but also kinda a kick in the pants to get busy to turn my conversations into my career to improve the state of humanity one person at a time. AND I can continue my autodidacticism as part of my career!

Since I haven't written on this blog for a number of years, I doubt anyone is following, so this post will serve myself first to clarify my thoughts.

Signing off, to our improved health!


I will be using my middle name in my new career.  :)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Peterburg - Lenningrad - Saint Petersburg Or Speliotherapy - Halotherapy - Dry Saline Aerosol

My Grandma talked to me of Peterburg a great city that she had only seen pictures of, but some of her friends had visited.  When I searched the map I couldn't find it.  A few years later someone sensed my confusion and showed it to me on the map and explained that its name was Leningrad.  This spring finally I visited the city my Grandma told me about, however its residents called it by yet a new name Saint Petersburg.

Going back a few steps... as a young child I listened to my Grandma tell me about life when she was a little girl.  This topic fascinated me because I so loved my babushka and I couldn't fathom her being a little girl so I placed her stories into the beautiful settings of my beloved folktale/fairytale books.  I loved her stories in my mental theater of wonderful "Long, long ago in a faraway land ..." 3D fairy tales, and begged her incessantly for more details and stories.  My grandma understood me, yet she didn't like to go to the past, and always tried to distract me to the present and some little interesting thing we could do right then.  Only when I became an adult did I begin to realize that it was painful for her to recite her childhood stories, as they were about her family she dearly loved and that had been snatched away from her almost as soon as she became an adult.

Of course in Saint Petersburg I visited the Hermitage Museum.  My favorite part was the palace rooms and their decor'.  To my great surprise I found my living room color scheme the same as one of the palace living rooms and my personal bedding color scheme almost identical to the queen's bedroom color scheme.   My daughter was quite surprised and delighted, whereas my husband just nodded (probably rolled his eyes when I wasn't looking).  Maybe I did inherit the love for Imperial Russian interior decor of my great grandmothers' time period...    

My time was short and the list of amazing touristy things to do in Saint Petersburg was long.  I decided to postpone a visit to the institutions that were the birthplace of “Halotherapy” and the current center of research on Dry Saline Aerosol/Dry Sodium Chloride Aerosol therapies.
Here is a list of the places I would like to visit on a subsequent trip to Saint Petersburg:
  • Scientific Research Institute of Pulmonology,
  • I. Pavlov St. Petersburg State Medical University,
  • Institute of Childhood Infections FMBA of Russia,
  • L. Sokolov FMBA Russian Clinical Hospital №122,
  • S. Kirov Military Medical Academy,
  • St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation

Another place I want to visit is the Wieliczka salt mine not far from Krakow, Poland the birthplace of Speleotherapy and the predecessor to Halotherapy and DSA/DSCA.   Wellness is of utmost importance, and it is in itself fascinating to experience a simple natural remedy that has potential to help so many people.

Signing off for the Saltroom of Spokane - in Support of Healthy therapies even if their names change
-Laura :)

Monday, March 25, 2013

Opportunities Happen - Land Ocean Ice caps Steam

It seems to me that some people manage to do so many interesting and varied activities, yet other people only have a few interesting life experiences.  How is that?
What are the variables that are different for you or me to experience certain activities we consider interesting and not humdrum routine?   Does it boil down to the ability to do an interesting activity that triggers me to do it?   I think yes, it is my Ability to do the activity.

What constitutes ability?   Finances !  of course, wait, what about  Physical Body Condition!  my travel agent friend the other day, told me about something I never knew existed gotta add  Knowlege!  some activities require you have 3 other people  Friends (you can make new friends) so Like Minded People!   

I'm sensing a trend here, the more factors I think about - the more complicated this having the "Ability" to do something interesting becomes.  Pretty quick Priorities pop up followed by Questioning the Reasoning behind the priorities and Considerations of RE-arranging priorities then encountering longstanding Habits and the Belief  or Entire Belief Systems underlying that......  Oh my, oh my, there might be Lions, Tigers, and Bears, Oh My!

This winter, with rather short notice, I decided to say YES and go on a trip to Iceland.  I threw a few of those Ability equations into un-equalibrium, and I Experienced a number of Interesting Activities!   I really enjoyed the days spent in Iceland, and continue to enjoy the Icelandic wool sweater, I purchased there, when temperatures drop here.

High on my list of must go back to Iceland and do again:   Swim in natural hot water pools, Take mud bath treatment in tubs of hot volcanic mud, & Drive the country side.  The visual beauty of perfectly set together elements, that in my previous life experience I had not seen in juxtaposition, was breathtaking and exhilarating!  Another interesting part was that I actually liked the food I ate in Iceland.

Signing off for the Saltroom of Spokane - in support of healthy activities

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Lecturing versus Experiencing Halotherapy

In the past week I presented a workshop on Halotherapy to a natural health discussion group in Oregon. Every month they bring in a speaker to teach them more about a therapy or method that they might be interested in incorporating into their lifestyles.

It was great to be able to present a (new to most) respiratory wellness alternative and answer questions.  My power point presentation was good, but from the questions attendees asked, I realized it needs to be expanded a bit.   I'd brought along our Polar Health personal salt breathing devices so attendees could also experience a halotherapy session.   Several of the people attending the workshop tried a short session(20 min) and found it quite pleasant.

Two days later the workshop organizer contacted me to report that a couple people who taken a short halotherapy session had called her and explained how they still were feeling significantly better the day following the halotherapy workshop.  One gentleman even contacted the Saltroom of Spokane asking where he could find a place in Oregon to regularly take halotherapy sessions, as the short halotherapy session at the workshop had made a huge positive difference to his night time regime.  Unfortunately I had no good news for him because the salt room in Portland had just gone out of business.  I know of a private salt room in the Portland area but I could only refer him to our Saltroom or one in Bellevue WA, (5 hours drive for him).

Well and good that I can tell you about the benefits of Halotherapy, but do you have the chance to experience it for yourself and make your own observations?  Basically if you live in Montana(wishful thinking someone in Montana is reading this blog post) and you want to take a couple Halotherapy sessions, where will you go to find a salt room with a halogenerator?
I am thinking of creating a salt room referral if you know of a salt room of any type in your immediate area please send me their information.  I will work on this project this year.  "This year!" you say, well... lets put that into perspective... I've had a Saltroom for 7 years and this year finally we have full time scheduling available.  So when I say this is a project I will do this year, that is better already  ;)

Signing off for the Saltroom of Spokane - in Support of healthy options available for everyone

Friday, January 11, 2013

Snow and Change in Perspective

2012  is past and now the snows have begun coming on a regular basis.

Its winter 2013, and the lessons to be learned have begun to arrive.  The latest - how to deal with my truck's rear tire embedded in a snow pile(luckily not a snow bank).  I've decided to do a few chores around the house and blog as I figure out what to do about the truck stuck at the bottom of my driveway.

Sometime in the past 3 months or so I have started to see things a bit differently, I think I have experienced an unconscious change in perspective.  These past few months have brought a number of changes in my life, the most significant being my first child leaving home for university, and my starting a new business.  Suddenly, or so it seems, I view the activities I have participated in for 4 to 10 years as a great opportunities for developing new relationships.  Also a few of my former high priority activities no longer seem quite so pressing as my long standing top priorities are being replaced by new, and certain previously less "important" activities.

For example, I have often thought it would be great to meditate. A couple people I really like and admire meditate on a daily basis.  I also have daily access to the Saltroom, and have been told by people that the Saltroom is an ideal place to meditate, indeed one of the best places they have experienced.  Strangely, I have never really meditated there, and that's mainly because I didn't really know how.   Learning to meditate has been lower in priority so it just has never gotten done.  I almost surprised myself by taking action, when I found myself sitting in the first workshop of Meditation Bootcamp!   We were assigned homework and it is proving a bit challenging for me, we'll see how this goes.

Possibly, this shift in my perspective is tied to my practicing to become a certified The Emotion Code practitioner.  Maybe its the planetary shift in consciousness that we heard so much about in relation to December 2012?  I think there could be a great number of reasons why, but I'm choosing not to care about the WHY, I am just moving on and enjoying the experience of my life a bit differently.

I am daily deciding to welcome the shifts as they come because opportunities emerge alongside them.   Now to think about the practicalities of snow work and tires, no not yet, I'm going to have a cup of tea first.

Signing off for the Saltroom of Spokane - in Support of  Embracing New Perspectives.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

at 12 12 '12 12:12 I was talking with several children

So, Is today's date auspicious?   I'm not sure it is, but if you have assigned a lot of importance and energy towards the date's repeating numbers, then probably yes it may be for you.

My neighbors are getting married, so why not on 12 12 12!   The original date was 12 16 12, but since they're having a small family wedding, and most of the family is in town, why not.  A friend of mine was thinking to become an ordained minister today, I will check with her and see if she did.  Today I was teaching coat of arms blazons at the 4-H co-op and didn't even notice the time until 12:30.  We were looking at a couple coat of arms that were created in the 1500's and discussing various regional(country) styles.  Did any of the heralds choose to register new coats of arms on 12 12 1212 or 1 5 1515 for sake of the date?   

What is something that will make today memorable in our lives?  For that matter what makes for a memorable day in life's grand scheme of connected actions and events?   Being very happy and making an especially positive connection with another person or animal I think is one way.
The day I went to Anneli's farm house way out in the central Finnish countryside and first met the Leonberger family of dogs.  I can see it like it was yesterday, and the one little girl puppy came over a few times and decided to hang and play with me.  Very memorable and consequently, I remember so many details of that day.  I was Elli's person as it turned out, even though technically she was my young daughter's dog.    My initial connection with Elli and my emotions made 4 25 02  a very auspicious day in my life.
Emotions create our reality along with our beliefs and experiences.  So what happens when a memorable day is due to a very negative connection or event and elicits strong emotions?  Sometimes we cannot process all of the emotion due to various possible reasons(socially unacceptable, physically unable, not knowing how...).  What happens to that overload of emotion?   For survival and daily functioning we tuck what we can't immediately handle away into the subconscious somewhere and manage to "get on with our lives".     Problem solved, not exactly.  

A number of years ago a former classmate of mine suggested I attend a seminar - he told me it was a parenting seminar.  I did and there I first heard of repressed emotions and emotional "baggage" that affect current daily life in very tangible ways.    So last year when I learned of  The  Emotion Code  method of releasing trapped emotions it intrigued me.   I am now studying to become a certified practitioner of the Emotion Code method, as I find this method is a relatively easy way to make current life more meaningful and less reactive(and less confusing in a -why did I do that, I didn't want to -way).   So watch for me to have the certification this next spring and meanwhile find out a bit more about The Emotion Code by reading the book by author Bradley Nelson ND.

signing off for the Saltroom of Spokane - here's to emotional health and auspicious days
-Laura  :)