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A quick update & can blogging be meditative?

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Hello everyone!

Remember me? After a period of rest on the blog, I decided that I do want to continue blogging/writing in some fashion, just not sure the frequency or form yet. Thanks to those who are still with me 🙂 Unfortunately my time away from here was not equal to me working on my personal story writing offline…like I hoped for. However, I did start a business venture, so my need to create took another shape!

Moon River Wellness is up and running (sort of – I am still without a website, business cards, logo, good-working internet, etc.) BUT hey, it’s a work in progress, and it makes me feel proud and slightly insane depending on the day. My biggest challenge at this time is the whole self-promotion deal/putting myself out there. As much as I don’t mind tooting my own horn on occasion, being your biggest cheerleader gets tiring! I admit, I love PR, and I love selling stuff I believe in, but let’s just say doing it for yourself gets old and seems odd – it’s a tough balance but its something all business owners face. In any case, it’s a good learning practice to say and think good things about yourself to others. Hopefully as I gain momentum and clients, they can do the talking for me. But until then, it’s my voice that will have to ring through the valley!

Lucky for me I was at least born an entrepreneur so I’m not totally going against nature.  In middle school I sold beaded lanyards to the teachers at the schools where my parents worked. In high school and college I graduated from lanyards and started selling my jewelry on consignment in 3 shops in 2 different states – KJBEADS, anyone? (This was after my parents told me I had to find a place to sell my stuff because my beading was getting out of control). And by out of control,  what I mean is I was developing early signs of carpal tunnel syndrome from all the beading – doctors told me so, which led me to take a break from the jewelry-making adventures of KJBEADS. Fast-forward to now.

Similar to when I sold jewelry, the way my business of today took shape is simple. I am just turning what I already do on a daily basis into a business. While of course there is new creation happening and the red tape in between, really I am doing the work I already do – which makes it easier.  The difference between the days of KJBEADS versus Moon River Wellness is how I spend and value my time. When you get old(er), suddenly responsibilities happen and choices have to be made. How do you do it keep your head above water, reach your goals AND thrive?

My garden

Gardening as a meditative practice

One thing that has helped me through it all is yoga and meditation. What people don’t always realize is that yoga and meditation can occur in many ways. I’m taking an 8 week meditation class series this summer, and I find the most beneficial mindfulness practice for me lately is working in the garden. Another meditative practice I enjoy is writing. That is what I’m missing lately from not being here. That is why I love blogging. It is my way to meditate, organize my thoughts and then let them go…

Do you meditate? What does your practice look like? Interested in meditation or yoga? Please I’m all ears, send your questions/comments to kali[dot]j[dot]higgins[at]gmail.[dot]com. Also stay tuned for a mindfulness & movement series coming to the Valley hosted by yours truly. There will be a workshop on meditation and then subsequent mindfulness & movement classes this winter! Location to be announced. Meditation, tea & community, folks. Stay tuned. It will be fun, I promise!

In peace, love & well-being,

Kali

Taking a break…

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My dear friends and family,

I hope this note meets you well. I feel I owe it to you to mention that I am taking a mini-vacation from the blog these upcoming months. I don’t usually post as much during the summer anyway, but on a more deliberate note, I am attempting to reduce the time I spend online in general. After writing the setting goals post, I now realize a thing or two about my blogging habits and what my priorities are in life at this time. Below are my top three priorities that are crowding out my time for blogging.

Yoga

Photo from yoga teacher training, courtesy of A. Williamson

Work

One part of my choice to take a break has to do with current life satisfaction. In the past I used this blog as a way to channel creative energy that had no where to go in my “real life” so to speak. When I wasn’t working in wellness I needed something to help me organize my thoughts around health. However, I feel blessed to say I have found plenty of avenues to put my creative side to work both at my job at the hospital as a wellness coach, as a doula for private clients, and now as a yoga teacher (I graduated on Sunday!) Thank you to all of you who have raised me up along the way. I couldn’t have done it without your support and encouragement. I feel my vocation is finally coming together 🙂 What that means is that now I feel less motivated to blog and more motivated to get out there and put all my thinking and hard work over the past 5 years into practice hopefully into a business model. I will keep you posted on the progress.

Story-telling

At the same time, I do recognize I have an underlying need to write. I graduated with an English major, and I have been a long time journal junkie – so there is a personal need that the blog does fulfill.  However, recently I recognize that I have another story within me that I need to write. This story is not so much about health and wellness or spirituality specifically, but more so is my own life story, which of course includes health, wellness, and spirituality but it is more raw and vulnerable; it’s more about beauty than meaning and its more about feelings than information sharing. Recently I wrote a few posts for the blog and by the time I finished I felt like they could be a good chapter in a book. So I am considering what that would look like – what shape would this story take? I did not delete the stories but instead saved these “posts” for a future compilation of some sort. Synchronicity might also play a role in all of this as I recently befriended a lovely writer, who is a great mentor, and I won a workshop on writer’s block that will likely align with and reinforce my latest decision to take a hiatus from online writing. I am excited to explore what my new writing practice will look like.

Relationships

The last and most important thing I found is that at the bottom of it all, I love people. I love stories. I love community. And while online can be a wonderful avenue to create community and connect with people, at this time, I feel drawn to do the relationship building work in “real life”. A couple weeks ago I attended a conference where James Fowler spoke, and his message hit home. He mentioned that as much as social media and networking impacts the world and ourselves, that it really is the people who are near and dear to us that influence us the most and vice versa. Well this really resonated with me and it made me realize that as much as I like sharing with people afar, that I first need to spend some time on the ground with my family and then my friends.

Some things that excite me around this work is that I am developing a yoga sequence to teach my mom and dad, and I plan to teach them until they can do the sequence on their own. After years of having my dad walk by me in high school when I was practicing yoga, saying (mocking), “AAAAOooooommmm”, I am proud to say 13 years later, I am being asked as the expert to share that experience with him. How amazing to see how you can influence your loved ones over time? I feel more than honored.

Another piece I am working toward is a trip to Korea in November. It has been 6 years since I’ve been there to visit family. In that time both of my older sisters have been married, two nephews and a niece have been born, the family cow gave birth to twins, and they got a new family dog!

This past weekend in my frenzy of worrying about my test out for yoga teacher training I received 5 videos of my Korean family members wishing me luck. Immediately I relaxed and realized what is important in life – not the outcome of my teaching but the supportive relationships and family that I have. With that said, I already made plans for the visit, so these upcoming months I will need to emotionally prepare and ponder any questions I have about my family’s past, of my past. The last time my sisters came to visit I learned my birth story. It was powerful. I am excited to take some time to be with family and learn more about my roots.

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I have to leave you with this – when I told my youngest sister we were coming to Korea yesterday, she wrote, “My heart bounce bounce.”

I love that image and her words. It inspires me to do more of what makes my heart bounce bounce; I hope we all can find time to do more of that in our lives.

In the interim,  if you want to keep up with me in the real world, feel free to send me an email at mandalareflections[at]gmail[dot]com. I look forward to connecting!

Take care and talk soon.

Blessings, Kali

Blog updates + Be my guest!

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Mandala Reflections aims to create community that supports holistic lifestyle, wellness, and spirituality topics that connect you to you and to others. One of my original goals was to get more voices on this blog. I envisioned this blog to not be a singular adventure but one where many people can share their thoughts and opinions on interesting subject matter as it relates to our lives and health. I’m not there yet nor has it been decided if that is where the blog is heading, but as a small step, I chose March as a month to feature a variety of topics and people in the community to share some of their thoughts on life, wellness, and spirituality through their personal lenses. So thank you to those of you who agreed to share some of your time and your personal reflection with us! We are so lucky to have you as part of this wellness community 🙂

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With that said, I am proud to announce that we are already a week into March, and I will be posting a variety of guest blogs to give you a little Spring break from my usual blogging. If you missed out on last week’s guest blog, scroll down to see Alanna Gibbs’s offering on what it means to listen.

Just as a heads up, this coming Wednesday we’ll have a guest blog from writer, Kate Robertson. On Friday we will do a spotlight on Thai Body Work and the lovely Thai yoga bodyworker, Siri Garnaas. Please be sure to leave comments or send me your feedback on how you are liking these posts. It’s helpful to know if it’s helpful to you so we can have more of what you like on the blog.

Other things to note:

  • Be sure to check back to see what else we have cooking this month. March is National Nutrition Month, so we will feature some fun recipes and info on some different superfoods. If you missed it, there was already one post on chia seeds.
  • With all of the snow and slush around it’s been a fun month to shake things up on the blog. More changes will be coming soon over the next few months, so stay tuned!
  • Also, if you are someone who wants to be a guest writer in the future, please email your idea to mandalareflections@gmail.com. I’m actually checking the blog’s email now so please do send me some mail love 🙂

Happy Sunday to all!