Free Printable Todo List – November Arrows & Foxes!

Happy November! After taking down our Halloween decorations, I got on a fall cleaning kick and decided to make myself some printable todo lists for November and I am sharing them with you.

One has a fall-themed arrow at the bottom and the other has the fox from my printable oracle cards (they will be made available to everyone next week!).

I always associate foxes with this time of year.

Fox energy:

  • Trickster.
  • Swiftly maneuvers around obstacles.
  • Quick thinking.
  • Physical prowess.
  • Great at facing sticky situations.

I feel like a lot of these qualities can be so helpful this time of year as lives get more hectic. Keep an eye out for fox animal guides popping up in your life this month!

Free Printable Todo Lists!

In The Cards: a new article!

The In The Cards E-Zine is a quarterly online publication all about cartomancy, mindfulness, and magick! Gretchen Pearl of Willows East is the editor, a tarot reader, and a creative soul. My first article is in the Fall 2018 issue.

I share about my early journey into becoming a certified tarot card reader and the card that changed my life. I also include a tarot or oracle card spread that will help show you how to use structure to create flow in your life or business. Enjoy!

Click here to check out this issue!

Full Moon in Taurus – a reading for October 2018

On Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 the Full Moon is in Taurus. Taurus is the bull and while people often think of bulls as charging they are also known for grounded and contented energy at times.

This duality shows up in the Medicine Woman Deck as the Peacemaker card and asks you to:

Let go of your need for conflict with certain people in your life.

Did someone just pop into your head?

Over the next few days, think about the people you tend to butt heads with and ask for guidance (possibly from a Bull animal guide) on how you can let go of the need to do so. So often it is our own egos holding us back and putting us into cyclical situations.

Tap into the energy of the Peacemaker and the grounded and contented Bull.

If there are certain practices in your life, such as meditation or waiting before you respond to emails or texts, that help you better embrace these qualities then now is the time make them habits.

For those of you that enjoy fire rituals, consider writing the name of the person or person that you tend to conflict with the most on a piece of paper. Then say:

“I release the need for conflict with this person.” 

and drop it into the fire.

Always be safe when working with fire.

For added support have amethyst and/or fluorite on your altar, workspace, or home.

>>> Take a moment now to take 3 deep breaths. Enjoy the energy of this message!

✨💗🌙 xo, Kerry

Decks Used >>> Animal Guide Deck by me (available in the Animal Guide Meditation & Painting workshop) and Medicine Woman Deck by Carol Bridges

3 breathing techniques that will change your life!

 

You might have noticed that I share breathing techniques a lot on Facebook and Instagram. Years ago I started using these throughout my day instead of just on my yoga mat and my life truly started to change for the better.

There are tons of benefits to these and I will share them below.

My favorite benefits are mental health benefits!

These breathing techniques help me shift from low energy to high energy, from negative to positive, from my workday to family time, from my day to sleep, and so on.

I used to wait to have time to have a full yoga practice to experience these benefits and now I can get them anytime I want in a short amount of time.

Want to consistently release negative energy and shift to a higher vibration?

Then get started with these 3 breaths!

Releasing Breath

Great in the afternoon for shifting from day to night, work to family time, and at the end of the day. Using the arms is optional.

This breath helps clear your mind, feel more in control of your emotions, and releases negative energy.

Sitting tall, you inhale with 4 sniffs, and then take one long exhale. Repeat for 4 cycles or for 1 to 3 minutes.

Breath of Fire

Great in the morning or anytime for energy.

This breath helps strengthen your nervous system to respond to stress with greater ease, increases lung capacity, energy, and endurance, plus it can help with addictive tendencies.

Sitting tall, take quick inhales and exhales of equal length. The area above the navel point naturally comes in on the exhale and releases on the inhale. Try it for 3 rounds or set a timer for 1 to 3 minutes.

Take a break if you feel dizzy.

Not recommended if you are pregnant or menstruating.

Deep Breathing – Grounding Breath

Simple breath perfect for when you are feeling frazzled, worried, up in your head, focused outside of yourself, etc.

Use anytime you want to feel more grounded.

Reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, releases toxins and tensions, and is calming.

Sit tall, inhale for a count of 4, exhale for a count of 4. That is one round.

Try it for 3 rounds or set a timer for longer.

These can all be used as a meditation. You can also try to meditate after doing one of these for a few minutes. It helps to get you out of your head and into your body.

Relax after and notice how you feel.

Animal Guide Meditation and Painting Workshop is HERE!

It’s here!!! If you have even the tiniest desire to connect and work with an animal guide then this is the workshop for you!

Animal Guide Meditation & Painting Workshop

In this workshop, you will tune into the energy of your spirit animal guide, your desires, and your intuition.

It begins by me leading you on a guided meditation while drumming to help you discover or connect with your animal guide.

Then you can journal about your experience, do a little research around the energy of the animal that showed up, and begin to create your artwork.

If you have any worries about your painting skills, Kristen’s gentle guidance will put them to rest. I have been taking her classes for years and I just love what she draws out of me.

Kristen knows how to nurture you and help you put your self-judgment aside so you can paint from your soul and love your creation.

We first offered this as an in-person class here in Arizona. I have started working with a wolf now too and you can see my painting below. It’s howling at the moon, of course!!!

Also, included in the workshop is my new Working with Animal Guides ebook and printable oracle card deck.

Below is a short intro video to help you get a better idea about this workshop.

Over 5 years ago, I started working with a bear animal guide and I have just adored the connection and appreciate how much this work has helped during times of stress and anxiety.

My friend Kristen is always painting the most amazing animals that I just knew combining our skills and passions would be a perfect fit!

I just adore the fact that we are connected and I hope you to take advantage of this opportunity to paint and play with your animal guide. Feel free to reach out to me, Kerry, with any questions at hello@themoonandarrowlodge.com.

How Working With a Bear Animal Guide Helped Me Heal

About 5 years ago, during a guided meditation, a bear showed up. I didn’t think too much of it until the bear showed up again in another meditation a few months later.

Before this, if you had asked me what my “spirit animal” was I would have definitely said, tiger.

So I was unsure about this bear. I did a little research to discover the energy associated with bears.

Bear Animal Guide Characteristics

  • Hibernation.
  • Solitude.
  • Alone time.
  • Protection.
  • Mama bear.
  • Grounded.
  • Earth energy.
  • Strength.
  • Confidence

At this time in my life a lot of change had been going on and I had been struggling a bit. Just reading the words associated with bears soothed me. I knew I needed this energy in my life.

So I began taking more alone time and focused on getting grounded on a regular basis. In the beginning, I would imagine myself in a field and bear coming and putting its arms around me. Protecting me.

It felt good to have this strength and confidence surrounding me.

I decided I was going to call it “Bear” instead of a name. I don’t always associate Bear with being male or female. None of that seemed to matter in this instance.

As time went on, I started to bring “Bear” into my daily life. During my life coaching training when we were doing our first sessions with each other I would imagine Bear right behind me putting its large paw on my back. This gesture reminding me that I was supported. Sometimes I would even lean back into a bit to connect to this energy even more.

Now I imagine Bear supporting me like this on a regular basis.

When I started wearing flower crowns for videos and events, I started to imagine Bear wearing a flower crown too.

When I start worrying, I ask Bear to take my worries away. I again imagine and almost feel the paw on my back. I visualize worries going from me to Bear. I feel lighter and also cared for.

My phone screensaver is a painting of a bear hugging a woman that reminds me of me. I love and appreciate our connection.

Sharing With Others

Everything I just wrote, I used to be nervous to share with others.

Would people think I was crazy?

  • I have learned who to share more with and who to keep my mouth shut around. I have also learned that I don’t care too much about what others think so that helps a ton. It took me about 40 years to get to this point and honestly I feel like I have Bear to thank a bit for this too. Doing this work has benefited me tremendously without hurting anyone. I have always enjoyed taking the path less traveled and here I am.

Would my parents worry that I was replacing God with a bear?

  • I was raised Irish Catholic so the idea of working with an animal guide was more something I had studied but not experienced. My Bachelor’s Degree is in Religious Studies. I do use the word God and it comforts me. However, I did not use it for many years. I felt disconnected when I was younger. The more spiritual work that I have done that is not necessarily Catholic has actually brought me back to using the word God and I am grateful for it. I also say Universe and Spirit. We are all on a journey. My parents support me as I explore my own spirituality and are happy that over the years I have become closer to the divine instead of further away.

Is any of this real?

  • This has been a HUGE sticking point for me when it comes to sharing about working with animal guides. I have ultimately learned that what I have experienced is real. I have felt comforted, healed, and connected. I believe it is a combination of my imagination, intention, and energy. The universe is mysterious. I could spend all of my time worrying instead of allowing these experiences to help heal me. I could worry about what others think or help those who feel drawn to me and this work.

Where I am Now

I now insist on taking alone time daily. I even hibernate sometimes from social media and the world. I have a few solid grounding practices that I used daily too. I know how to connect with Earth energy and how to protect my own energy.

I embrace being a mama bear to my family and have increased my strength and confidence a ton over the years.

When Bear first came into my life, I NEEDED the energy. Now I embody the energy.

Want to connect more deeply with an animal guide in your life? Check out my Animal Guide Meditation & Painting Workshop launching online on Thursday, October 3rd. Be sure to hop on my newsletter for a subscribers-only discount!

Bear Painting by my super talented herbalist friend, Kimberly Kling of Joyful Roots!

Benefits of Deep Breathing

Pausing and taking deep breaths on a regular basis is a beautiful practice and there are a ton of benefits.

Benefits of Deep Breathing:

  • more oxygen to the brain and body
  • more alert
  • increased confidence
  • less stress
  • reduction in blood pressure

Most of you probably do not spend your whole day sitting or standing up tall.

You might be hunched over a computer or a sewing machine, picking up little kids or slouching in line at the grocery store. Because of this, you are not taking deep breaths which lessens the amount of oxygen going to your brain.

By taking short breaks to take deep breaths you can increase your alertness and feel a whole heck of a lot better!

Sit up tall, you can do this lying down at the beginning or end of your day also.

Relax your shoulders.

Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale out of your mouth.

Relax.

Let go of tension.

Let go of your morning.

Let go of your day.

Let go of anything that is not serving you.

Begin to breathe only through your nose.

Allow your inhales to go all the way into your belly. This may be challenging at first. We are used to taking shallow breaths that do not go much deeper than the chest. Begin to notice your ribcage expand with each deep breath. Place one hand on your belly. Feel your belly expand with each inhale. Gently draw your belly back towards your spine as you exhale.

Focus on allowing each inhale becoming deeper than the one before and each exhale longer than the one before.

Continue for 5 breaths, 10 breaths, 1 minute, the length of a song, the length of an article you are reading, a commercial break, the drive to pick your kids up from school.

Notice how good you feel! Notice how deep your breaths are compared to the earlier ones. Enjoy this good feeling.

Pause and take deep breaths any time you need a little pick me up!

I created this video about deep breathing back when I lived in Chicago and taught yoga full-time. It is an oldie but a goodie. Enjoy!

Simple Full Moon Ritual

Ooh! One of my favorite things to do on the Full Moon is to set time aside for ritual.

Sometimes I do this with a group at a Full Moon Yoga class or sometimes by myself under the light of the moon, or sometimes a special moment with my family, or online creating a meditation for others.

It is so easy to get carried away with life and forget to take a moment to slow down, express gratitude, reflect on your New Moon intention, and/or simply enjoy the present moment.

The Full Moon allows you to take this time.

Here is a simple Full Moon Ritual that you can customize and make your own:

Just Me & the Moon (no supplies needed):

  • This can be done outside or inside.
  • Find a place to sit comfortably with a straight spine. If you don’t think you will fall asleep, you can also lie down.
  • Take at least 3 deep breaths in and out of your nose. Or set a timer and breathe deeply for 1 minute. Then allow the breath to relax.
  • If the sky is clear, take some time to gaze at the full moon. If not or the moon has not risen yet, simply close your eyes and imagine a full moon above you.
  • Express thanks for being here right now. Express thanks for anything else you are feeling grateful for.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Imagine the light on the moon coming down into the crown of your head. Imagine that silvery, cool energy moving down your face, over your shoulders, arms, chest, back, belly, hips, and down both legs.
  • As the light moves through your body, imagine tight areas relaxing, dark areas being healed, and blocked areas being opened.
  • Imagine that the light surrounds your body too. Bask in this light.
  • You might like to set a timer, play music, or stay as long as you want.
  • When you are ready, begin to deepen your breath again. Bring your awareness back to your body.
  • Notice how you feel. If any feelings, ideas, or thoughts came up, then take a moment to jot them down.
  • Thank yourself for taking this time. Thank the moon for her healing energy.
  • Know that you can move forward with grace and ease because you took this time for yourself.

If you are Manifesting with the Moon and using my free workbook, then be sure to write Moon Visualization or something else that describes your ritual under the Full Moon Ritual section of your worksheet.

How to customize:
  • You can visualize a specific color coming from the moon or notice if a different one shows up in your visualization. Look up the healing properties of that color. (Join The Dreamcatcher Circle for more Color Magic!)
  • If you need some physical healing, allow yourself to have the moonlight focus on a particular area. Imagine that is bringing healing energy to that area.
  • If you need to release a negative habit or memory, imagine the moonlight going into a dark area and shining a healthy light there. Giving you the feeling that you no longer have to hide behind that habit or hide from that memory.

Any of these customizations can be taken deeper.

You might like to ask out loud or in your head to be shown the next steps to take. Trust that by taking this time for yourself tonight that you have raised your vibration to match the healing or opportunities you desire to come to you.

The first part of this is super simple because I believe it is important for you not to get caught up in supplies, astrological signs, a beautiful Instagram shot. While I enjoy these things myself, the whole point of following the moon is to slow down.

When you slow down, your body and mind have a chance to catch up and blend everything together.

So I hope you take the time to sit under the moon and allow her silvery light to connect you with the real you.

Gentle Yoga for the Waning Moon

Do you remember that Energizing Flow Yoga video I shared in June?

The video I am sharing today is perfect to do after or on the days in between for a complete yoga practice. I also love this sequence during the waning moon phase that we are currently in.

So perfect for lazy summer days or under the moon!

Always check with your doctor before practicing yoga.

The most important thing is to listen to your body. You are your best teacher and I am simply your guide.

BENEFITS OF GENTLE YOGA:

  • Relieves stress
  • Increases flexibility
  • Calms the mind
  • Lubricates joints
  • Keeps organs healthy
  • Develops intuition
  • Helps with mindfulness

There are a ton more benefits too! Practice this and let me know how you feel after!!!!

If you really like this, I would recommend doing it 2 to 3 days a week. It is also gentle enough to be a daily practice.

This is a beautiful way to open up to your intuition and increase your trust in your self.

#themooandandarrowlodge

Bringing Mindfulness to Creatives at Craftcation 2018

I was thrilled to be invited as a presenter at the Craftcation 2018 this last April put on by Nicole Stevenson and Delilah Snell of Dear Handmade Life. This is an extravaganza of crafts, color, fun, and talented and generous people.

The energy of this event is almost indescribable. Also, the effort and vision of its founders blew me away. It was such an impressive event that really brought people together. A lot of the focus was crafting and business but what I picked up on the most was people talking about being around like-minded people, expressing themselves without judgment, and seeing the event as an epic act of self-care.

I was asked to present about Mindfulness for Creatives with my friend Cassie Uhl of Zenned Out Jewelry. We talked about the importance of taking time for yourself and shared a lot of tips similar to what I share on this blog and on social media.

Each day people could sign up for office hours that covered different topics.

I did mini-intuitive business readings and absolutely loved them! Some of the people have continued working with me in my Dreamcatcher Circle program.

I had my tried and true Medicine Woman deck along with these amazing oils from Joyful Roots. The oils help bring people into the present moment and the cards help people think about and view their situations from a more intuitive place.

I also offered Guided Meditations to attendees on the beach. Wow! These were so amazing. I just loved the energy of the people who came and the sounds of the ocean in the background. To be honest, I felt like I could do this all day long!

One of the highlights was listening to Debbie Stoller talk from Bust Magazine. I am a fan of hers and she left me pondering about what to do with my own Kerry Magazine. It was a project of mine before this current space to help show all women as beautiful. It evolved into some pretty interesting issues. You can check it out here: http://www.kerrymagazine.com.

I love connecting with people I knew from being a presenter at previous conferences like Ami from Flutterbye Prints(above).

I was also on a panel about self-care which is one of my fave topics! I showed up in a bright red dress and a huge flower crown because that is one of the ways I show love for myself, by wearing what makes me feel fabulous. Also, on the panel from left to right is designer, Jeanetta Gonzales, business coach, Alisha Roberston, and Holly Marsh of MarshMueller.

Some takeaways for you would be: getting better at saying no, scheduling downtime, learning to know when you are close to burnout, practicing breathing exercises, decluttering, and taking breaks from social media.

The last evening I was there, I was a part of Wanderings. This is a super fun event where guests and presenters alike are given the opportunity to change their room into a theme for the other attendees to wander in and out of all night. Cassie and I created The Zen Den. We offered DIY essential oil blends, coloring pages, crystal kits and, of course, tarot card reading with me.

I went for 4 hours straight and LOVED the connections, and “aha” moments that happened that evening. I hugged and cried and laughed with people I had just met. When asked how I was able to do this, I told them that I simply created the space for them to feel safe to look within and honestly view the situations they were concerned about. I followed up with everyone about their card a few weeks later to help keep them in the groove of the event.

I made sure I crafted too! Of course, I signed up for the clay moon phase mobile class and a mixed-media macrame wall hanging (above).

If you are a creative business owner or simply someone who loves getting crafty, I encourage you to check out Craftcation in 2019. I am very grateful to have been part of it this year. For more info and photos go here: dearhandmadelife.com/craftcation-conference/.

Photo cred: Heather Shane Photography