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A Multilevel Approach to Healing the Adrenal Glands

A Multilevel Approach to Healing the Adrenal Glands

The subtle creates the gross. 

Challenges we experience in our physical existence (our bodies, health, lives, relationships) are simply mirroring an imbalance, dysfunction, or state of dis-ease in our subtler bodies (the emotional, mental, and spiritual layers). 

Struggles with the adrenal glands and the hormones responsible for proper energy and circadian rhythms have their roots in stress – physiologically impacting the delicate hormonal dance between our brain and adrenals and energetically impacting our root chakra and all it metaphorically encompasses. 

How does this happen?  Unprocessed trauma that makes us more susceptible to the ill-effects of daily stress.  Stress and trauma are compounding.  Undigested blockages stack on top of each other and the system’s vital energetic flow goes towards trying to manage the mountain of “foreign invaders” (the energetic and physiological residue of the compounding stress). 

This means that daily maintenance required by the system on all levels is maintained only halfheartedly, or depending upon the stage of the undigested blockage, completely neglected.  Additionally, the traumas in question don’t necessarily have to happen to you in your lifetime; they can also be ancestral and handed down through the lineage.

This is how dis-ease manifests on the physical body. 

The subtle bodies send their messages and warnings and we fail to pay attention, identify and honor the needs.  The subtle creates the gross, remember?  The subtle, and now dysfunctional, building blocks of our system on all levels create an undesired gross experience.

The most interesting part of the dis-ease process is how it manifests and in which area of our physical experience and how our physical body produces its signs and symptoms of dis-ease.

In cases of adrenal insufficiency (or “adrenal fatigue” as it’s more commonly known), there’s a chronic state of nervous system activation – hyper-vigilance, fear, survival-based operating, and doing anything to remain “safe.”  This is why many sufferers are also perfectionists with type-A personalities and relentless inner critics.  They may also be in the habit of engaging in “victim mode” and viewing the world as unsafe and predatory. 

While dietary, lifestyle (proper exercise and stress management resources, for example), herbal and nutrient interventions can work wonders, they aren’t the panacea. 

True healing must begin within and on the subtle levels so they can then create the desired gross experience. 

You can’t heal anything while continuing to operate from the same paradigm that bred the current dysfunction.    

Flower Essences and other energetic interventions used in conjunction with practices like Personal Alchemy, yield lasting and profound results.  For addressing issues in the root chakra (the space at the base of our spine and perineum that includes all basic human needs and survival and safety), tree medicine is typically the most potent. 

a very brief guide to essences for healing the adrenal challenges:

  • Finding Stability & Safety: Red Cedar, Pecan, Magnolia, St. John’s Wort, Angelica, Potato
  • Issues with Perfectionism: Skullcap, Blue Vervain, Blue Spruce, Pine
  • Enhancing Self-Trust & Divine Connection: Prickly Pear, Passionflower, Magnolia
  • Releasing General Anger & Resentment: Thistles, Nettles

This is a very, very brief introduction into the many flower essences available to peel the layers of subtle wounds and create a more balanced physical experience.  It is always best to turn to an experienced, compassionate Flower Essence Therapist to guide your healing journey.

Additional Considerations:

  • Herbs & Botanicals. Mother Earth has provided all the medicine we need and while flower essences support the subtle bodies in creating the desired gross experience, herbs and botanicals offer more direct support to the physical while it is “catching up” and the subtle blocks are rebuilding it. 
    • Adaptogens and nervines soothe a fried nervous system and support hormonal balance
      • Ashwagandha, licorice, reishi, holy basil, rhodiola, astralagus, chamomile, skullcap, lavender
  • Root Chakra Clearing & Healing practices. Practices such as Kundalini yoga, breath work, expressive arts therapy, somatic movement, journey and shadow work, and more can be very beneficial in healing and identifying the core story that is creating the physical imbalance.
  • Release what no longer serves you – but like, for real this time.
    • What outdated grudges or beliefs are you holding onto that no longer serve?
    • How do you view yourself?
    • Does your life, for the most part, bring you joy, contentment, and a sense of purpose?
    • Do you fully love and accept yourself, just as you are right now?
  • A thriving spiritual life and daily practice strengthens your connection to the divine within.  It is our divinity that sustains us and sparks our ability and desire to successfully heal our bodies and our lives. 
    • How do you connect to the divine within? 
    • Do you have a daily practice for feeding your spiritual body? 
  • Your vessel is a sacred temple
    • Is your current lifestyle conducive to feelings of safety and stability?
    • Are you properly feeding your physical body?  “Properly” is different for everyone and fluctuates in any given season and life stage.  
    • How do you deeply honor and care for yourself?   

The physical body is a mirror.  What is yours telling you?  What needs to be addressed on the subtle level?  The physical body is slower than your subtle bodies as it’s created by these tiny, energetic building blocks over time.   Compassion, patience, and disciplined self-love are crucial during any healing process.

Working with an experienced plant medicine practitioner and intuitive mentor who can also guide in nutrition and appropriate lifestyle and supplementation will have your subtle and gross experiences regenerating in your desired frequency.

Curious about learning more on healing with the chakra system, plant medicines, herbal elixirs, and Personal Alchemy?  Click here to receive my complimentary guide. 


I’m Devon Battaglia, MS, NC, RYT and I am a Holistic Life, Relationship, & Wellness Mentor + Earth Medicine Intuitive + Alchemist + Spiritual Guide helping people to heal their four bodies and create sustainable lifestyle and health transformation through plant spirit medicine and gem elixirs, holistic nutrition counsel, lifestyle coaching, vibrational healing, virtual workshops and courses, and other mystical goodness.  Through my unique approach, my clients fall madly in love with themselves and their bodies, awaken their inner healers, recognize self-care as a sacred duty, and enjoy more ease through identifying the roots of their perceived challenges and transmuting them into gold!  I blend the best of both worlds with Western science and ancient metaphysical wisdom for the ultimate experience.  Sign up for 5 Days to Ignite Your Metamorphosis to experience shifts right away.  If you feel called to work together, please schedule a complimentary, magical Discovery Session.

The Importance of Staying Connected to Self

The Importance of Staying Connected to Self

Last week was really busy for me and my partner. We’ve been working hard to improve our offerings through InnerSpark (like our new podcast; please subscribe here).  There were extra things around the house that have needed to be planned and researched, going to and from appointments, and worst of all was an injury suffered by our canine companion, Winslow (who’s probably had the hardest time of all, though he’s getting better now). It’s been a hell of a week and it has highlighted the importance of something that gets ignored or forgotten far too often these days: staying connected to Self.

I’m using Self with a capital S but that doesn’t mean that you have to think of this in any esoteric sense. When you are in right relationship with yourself, you will naturally come into right relationship with your Higher Power. The two are inseparable, so it really doesn’t matter if you want to reconnect with self or with Self, because they are always hand in hand.

I see this progression in my clients a lot: between working or running a business and running a household, it can feel like taking care of ourselves is a “luxury” and not a necessity.  After each task, the question becomes, “What’s next so I can be ‘productive’?” and there’s a very narrow definition of what it means to be productive. We look for things with measurable results and dedicate ourselves to those things in every moment, giving them our precious time and energy.

Moments become days and days become weeks, and at the end of it there’s just exhaustion.

Work that was once loved is now dreaded and everything just feels too heavy to lift. Our own bodies can seem like cumbersome things to be dragged through the day. Our minds become unfocused while even our eyelids start to feel like steel doors that we struggle to keep from closing.  The tragedy is that while we’re operating in this mode of “productivity,” we’re actually delivering less and less quality where we need it most.

When we push ourselves to work harder than we should, we are making a choice to ignore our own voice and that is the very act of turning away from our Self.

Our connection to Self is the source of our creativity and all authentic expression. How can we be connected when we’re turning away?

I cannot over emphasize how important it is to keep coming back to Self. When you take the time to reconnect with your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels, you are bringing those four bodies into harmony and the resulting energy and potential can be incredible.

Re-establish Your Integrative Connection

The way we achieve this harmony is going to be different for each of us and can change over time. One important thing to remember is that self-care doesn’t just mean that you break your back all week and then go to a spa on the weekend. Self-care is a constant process that has to happen every single day.

Treat yourself with enough kindness to check in with your body and do some stretching. Notice where there is tension or looseness. Don’t try to change it, just move with it and acknowledge it. If you can lie down on your back with your legs and feet up a wall for a few minutes you’ll find that such a dramatic shift in perspective can cause immediate changes in your circulation and thought patterns.

(If you’re having a hard time slowing down and settling in then try the mindfulness meditations here.  You could also try this guided meditation or this guided video for some hands on self-healing.)

Your Physical Body

Whether lying, sitting, or standing, take a few deep breaths and observe your physical body. Bring your focus from the bottoms of your feet all the way up to the top of your head, slowly, thanking each part for its existence and thinking about how each part has served you. Think also about how you want to use them in the future. Do your hands want to craft something, do your legs want to run? If you can have a conversation with your body and appreciate the wants and needs of your various interconnected parts, then you’re sure to have a strong, healthy, and loving connection.

(Learn more about the Four Bodies and Whole Being Nourishment approach to the physical body here.)

Your Emotional Body

Check in with your feelings and respect them as parts of your emotional anatomy. How is your anxiety doing? How is your joy doing? Do not judge or dismiss your emotions any more than you would a part of your physical body. The analogy to the physical body is very simple, there are parts we show off and parts that we keep to ourselves, both physically and emotionally, but that doesn’t mean that any part is less worthy of our love.  Again, get the conversation going and the connection will be there.

(Learn more about the emotional body here.)

Your Mental Body

Are your creative and analytical sides being under-used or over-stimulated? Are you allowing distractions to derail or put extra miles on your trains of thought? Are you learning and growing, engaging your mind in challenges? Discover, discuss, and connect.

(Learn more about the mental body here.)

Your Spiritual Body

The way you approach spiritual matters is going to determine how you connect with your spiritual body. If “spiritual” isn’t resonating, think of this subtle realm of your existence as your “energetic body” or even “subtle body.”  You may just ask yourself how you feel spiritually/energetically and then see what answers come up, or you may have a more systematic approach. Some people understand the spiritual or energetic body as layers of aura, while others may rely more heavily on the chakra system. Whichever feels resonant, do not neglect this most important layer of your being as the subtle dictates the creation of the gross in every way imaginable. 

(Learn more about the spiritual body here, and if you want to take a more in depth look at the chakras and how we use them then click here to sign up for our free eBook: Your Guide To Personal Alchemy!)

  • As you have these conversations, it’s important to ask each part what they need. Maybe your mental body could benefit from picking up an old hobby like playing a musical instrument from time to time. Maybe for you it’s puzzles or poetry or scripture.
  • Also, you may notice that whatever is being held in one area will be echoed in others. A spiritual concern can weigh on us mentally and make us emotionally raw. Mental and emotional dis-harmony will manifest itself as physical dis-ease.

Being exhausted and dis-jointed is like having four people trying to push a stalled car when they’re all pushing in different directions. Bringing these bodies into harmony is like getting those four people to work together.

Keep checking in with yourself several times each day and try to turn these many conversations into one flowing relationship where the connections between physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness are solid and supported.

Our four bodies have served us well and it’s only right to serve them in return.


I’m Devon Battaglia, MS, NC, RYT and I am a Holistic Life, Relationship, & Wellness Mentor + Earth Medicine Intuitive + Alchemist + Spiritual Guide helping people to heal their four bodies and create sustainable lifestyle and health transformation through plant spirit medicine and gem elixirs, holistic nutrition counsel, lifestyle coaching, vibrational healing, virtual workshops and courses, and other mystical goodness.  Through my unique approach, my clients fall madly in love with themselves and their bodies, awaken their inner healers, recognize self-care as a sacred duty, and enjoy more ease through identifying the roots of their perceived challenges and transmuting them into gold!  I blend the best of both worlds with Western science and ancient metaphysical wisdom for the ultimate experience.  Sign up for 5 Days to Ignite Your Metamorphosis to experience shifts right away.  If you feel called to work together, please schedule a complimentary, magical Discovery Session.

The Root of Experience: One Gift and Two Meditations

The Root of Experience: One Gift and Two Meditations

I want to share with you something that is very sacred to me. You’ve probably heard of it before, “mindfulness”, and it saddens me that you’ve also probably heard it misused, so I beg you to have an open mind and receive this gift as if it were something totally new.

Mindfulness and meditation have become trendy lately and the essence has become trivialized and diluted by popular culture.  I’d like to invite you back to the heart of this ancient practice.

It is a practice that has helped me to become who I am more fully. Without it, I wouldn’t be here. I wouldn’t have this beautiful partnership in my marriage. I wouldn’t be doing this meaningful and fulfilling work. I wouldn’t know myself. I hope that you will join me in a discussion on mindfulness with a hope as deep as my love for my life and everyone in it, because that’s what mindfulness has meant to me.

Mindfulness, put very simply, is the state of maintaining conscious awareness of your present experience.

It sounds so simple that one has to wonder why it’s even worth mentioning, but an appreciation of mindfulness can be felt as soon as we admit that we spend most of our lives unmindfully. The truth and importance of this is like a thread as thin as a spider’s silk, it can be missed in the space between breaths.

Why is it so important to maintain present awareness?

At our core we are good people, but our inherent goodness gets distracted by impulsive and unmindful behavior. These episodes of unmindfullness can manifest as one-off mistakes or bad habits. All of these mistakes and bad habits add up to poor health, neglected emotional bodies, failed relationships, bypassing our Soul’s calling, and wasted years.

One example that goes from the subtle to the gross in a very quick and obvious way is mindful consumption. Mindfully selecting our food means that we are more likely to make dietary decisions that benefit us in the long run instead of giving in to impulses that we regret later. When we eat mindfully we notice how the food makes us feel, and we also notice when we’ve had enough. If we’re not mindful we can over eat, and we all know what a habit of over eating can do to the physical body’s vitality.

Mindful consumption doesn’t stop with just our bodies. With mindfulness we can see where the parts of our meal came from. If my meal contains animal products, where did those come from? What conditions did the animal live and die under? How does that affect me? How does it affect the world, and is it something that I want to support?

Where did my vegetables come from? (Growing our own is not only healing, but incredibly sustainable.)  Were the farmer’s methods kind and sustainable and co-creative with Mother Earth? How does this affect me? How does it affect the world, and is it something that I want to support?

Keep in mind that consumption is not just what we eat or drink. It’s everything that we take in with our senses. This includes entertainment and even simple conversations. Mindfully observing our sources of entertainment, we might find that some of these things are harmfully exploitative. Conversations about people who are not present, words meant to divide people, words sharpened to hurt people, gossip, these things all have their negative effects on us and the people around us. All of this is consumption for our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies, so what is this doing to our health as individuals and as a collective society?

I cannot list here all the ways that mindfulness can be applied in our daily lives, in the way we communicate with people, how we take care of ourselves, the list is endless, but I can share with you some mindfulness practices that have helped me along the way. And yes, it is a practice.

Being mindful is a skill that we can use to regain control of our lives and live up to our highest values, so please, practice with me.

Mindful Breathing

I recommend this as a daily practice of at least 10 minutes. You can break that up into smaller blocks throughout the day, if you wish. Increase your time or the number of smaller blocks as you grow more comfortable with the practice. Personally, I like to practice for 15 minutes, take a mindful walk outside (more on Walking Meditation in a moment), then sit for another 15 minutes. It’s wise to do this as a regular practice because your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies will develop the ability to come into mindfulness more easily throughout the day. It’s a good habit that will follow you wherever you go.

To start, pick a comfortable place where you can sit for a few minutes without distraction. I have a meditation cushion and I find that a good seated posture helps me to get a deeper meditation for longer periods of time, but the really important thing in the beginning is to be comfortable and free from distraction. You can even do this lying down if you’d prefer.

Once you have a place picked out you might want to set some sort of timer. A traditional way to time meditation is by burning short sticks of incense. You can also use a timer, but I find the alerting sound is too jarring. You could also play a recording of chanting or music that has a duration which fits your meditation goals. The point is that you should be able to decide that you’re going to sit for a certain amount of time and not worry about it. Mindfulness is about presence, and if you’re fretting over a wrist watch or a clock on the wall then you’re not being present.

To start, having already set your timer, go ahead and get really comfortable. Ancient texts have described the best meditation posture as being “like a harp string, not too tight and not too loose.” You will be comfortable longer if your head is supported by your spine, your spine is supported by your hips, and your hips are supported by a good cushion. As one teacher put it, imagine the sky is balanced upon your head like a stack of books.

For the sake of brevity, I’ll let you know that there’s nothing special that you need to do with your hands, but if you want to learn more about how to engage your hands in meditation then feel free to look up “mudras.” For now, just do whatever is comfortable, which may just mean your hands are resting in your lap, palms up like you’re carrying a bowl, right hand under left.

Now take a full, deep breath and hold it for a couple heartbeats then let it out slowly, pausing for a couple beats at the bottom of the exhale. You can do this with your eyes closed or open, but if they are open then you must do one of two things: either pick something to be your focus, like spot on a wall, carpet, or a picture, or let your focus go soft and relaxed, focusing on nothing at all. I recommend closed for beginners so that blinking does not become a distraction.

This is where the discipline starts. You are either focused on something intentionally, or you are intentionally focused on nothing at all, either way you have control of your eyes and are making a mindful choice about what to do with them, not just letting them wander aimlessly.

After you’ve established your posture and taken a few deep breaths you can allow yourself to breath normally. Just watch the breath as it comes and goes, observing the body doing its work. When you have thoughts come up in your mind in the form of words or figures, don’t fight them back or anything, just return your attention to the present, to your breath. If your breath is long, be aware of its length. If your breath is short, be aware of its shortness. That’s it.

You may have the urge to fidget, to itch your nose or something like that. Just observe the sensation and return to your breath. It’s okay; you don’t have to respond to every itch, rise to every provocation, or indulge in every impulse, because you have a choice.

Now if you feel like you really must scratch that itch, or move your leg because it’s fallen asleep, or fix your posture, then do so mindfully. Make the conscious choice to do so and observe your movements as you do it. Make the distraction part of the practice. Every movement is a choice, just like every word you speak is a choice. If you can’t manage to do something as simple as mindfully sitting still and breathing, then how can you mindfully navigate the complexities of love and life?

Just keep coming back to the breath.

Walking Meditation

If you have a nice quiet area to walk, then you might try Walking Meditation. You could do this in a park or in your back yard. I like walking around the outside of my house. Either way, if you have an area that allows you to walk for about 10 minutes or so without being interrupted then you’re good.

Start off standing comfortably, balanced on your feet and taking a few deep breaths just like in seated meditation. Feel your connection with Earth and know that She is supporting you.

When you’re ready, lift your left heel off the ground, breathing in slowly as you do so. Notice the shift in your balance as you feel your left foot separate from the ground, heel to toe. Lifting the left foot, take a step forward, keeping the right foot planted the whole time. Feel the left heel touch the ground and roll your foot down to Earth as you finish your inhale.

Only once the inhale is complete and the left foot is firmly planted should you then lift the right foot and begin your exhale. Lifting and placing it just like you did before. It’s very important to keep the step and the breath in time with each other. Move one foot as you’re breathing in. Move the other foot as you’re breathing out.

Just like with seated meditation, your gaze should be deliberate, watching the path in front of you and not flitting around at every impulse. If you need to look around, then come to a stop and do so with intention. It’s even okay to stop and look at a pretty flower so long as you do it mindfully and intentionally, always coming back to the breath.

Now you have two simple practices to help you develop the mindfulness required for authentic and embodied living and hopefully a firmer understanding of its importance and overall implications in your life. Remember that every step you take is a choice: every step on this path, every step in your journey, it’s all the same. This is a sacred part of my practice and I offer it to you as freely as it was given to me, a gift that I pray serves you well and enables you to keep your dedication to your Highest Self intact and as easy as breathing.

 


I’m Devon Battaglia, MS, NC, RYT and I am a Holistic Life, Relationship, & Wellness Mentor + Earth Medicine Intuitive + Alchemist + Spiritual Guide helping people to heal their four bodies and create sustainable lifestyle and health transformation through plant spirit medicine and gem elixirs, holistic nutrition counsel, lifestyle coaching, vibrational healing, virtual workshops and courses, and other mystical goodness.  Through my unique approach, my clients fall madly in love with themselves and their bodies, awaken their inner healers, recognize self-care as a sacred duty, and enjoy more ease through identifying the roots of their perceived challenges and transmuting them into gold!  I blend the best of both worlds with Western science and ancient metaphysical wisdom for the ultimate experience.  Sign up for 5 Days to Ignite Your Metamorphosis to experience shifts right away.  If you feel called to work together, please schedule a complimentary, magical Discovery Session.

Working With the Energies of the Moon Phases

Working With the Energies of the Moon Phases

I have always had a deep love affair with the moon.  Her cycles and phases and changes have delighted and excited me for as long as I can remember.  I was born literally hours before a new moon and feel it’s no coincidence that I’ve always been especially partial to her when she’s in her dark phase.  I speak of the moon and metaphors and symbols associated with her and Earth wisdom frequently in my work.  Working with the energies of the moon phases can seriously change your life. 

Recently, I had a client confess to me that they neither had any idea of what a “waxing or waning moon” was nor how to use the different implications in their lives.

I imagine she’s not alone.  As we move farther away from living in a co-creative dance with Nature and continue to pin “it” as something outside ourselves, many are simply lost and confused.

The moon is our subtler, emotional, energetic aspect.  She’s the place of our wisdom and primal Shakti or feminine power – regardless of your sex.  Each of the four phases corresponds metaphorically with a season and with one of the four parts of our breath cycle.  The moon orbits around the Earth in an unending, spiral way.  It takes roughly 29.5 days for a full cycle – new moon to new moon.

New Moon

Energetically corresponds with winter and the complete exhale or space between exhale and next inhale.

This is the darkest time in the night sky and we can’t actually see her, but we can feel her deeply.  There’s an old saying, “The darker it is, the better you can see.”  This is how a new moon feels to me.  It’s a time for deep introspection and reflection, for gaining insight and clarity, for feeling into our energetic and literal fertility, for resting.  This is an ideal time to set intentions and FEEL (not think) into what’s next for you.  Allow yourself to be receptive to the bigger primal force that animates you and surrender to your impulses to create your life.  Your outward energy may be lower and you may feel more tired because of the heightened awareness of your senses and intuition.  The energy is going within to allow you to be the conduit.

Waxing Moon

Energetically corresponds with spring and the inhale.

After seeming to disappear into the great expansive void above, she beings to increase in size once more.  You may notice your energy is also increasing, manifestation is becoming easier, things are being actualized, there’s a greater desire for expansion and playfulness.  Creativity continues to wax, as well.  Let yourself experience new things – new classes, new foods, new places, new people, etc.  Channel that rebirth, maiden energy and naivety and childlike wonder and innocence.

Full Moon

Energetically corresponds with summer and is the fullest inhale or space right before the exhale.

The energy is super potent right now!  Some full moons may leave you feeling like you’re charged and electrified!  She’s at her biggest, brightest, and fullest expression and so are you.  There’s a lot of outward energy at this time.  A stronger desire for socializing and being seen may also be present.  The deep insights and clarity that surfaced at the new moon may also come into clearer focus right now for how they relate to your 3D existence.  The new moon is our liminal space and the full moon is more of the 3D experience.  Pay attention to the themes that emerge through the cycles and how the dots end up connecting.  Don’t forget to recharge and cleanse crystals and other implements under the light of the full moon, too!

Waning Moon

Energetically corresponds with fall and the exhale.

Just as fall brings the bittersweet and melancholy reminder of endings, deaths, and release, the waning moon begins her emptying once again.  This is a time for harvesting, endings, banishing, and ultimately alchemizing experience into wisdom.  This wisdom is the fertilizer for the seeds you’ll plant once more at the following new moon.  The challenges, the victories, the lessons are all part of the experience and this time serves to reiterate this fact.  Nothing stays the same and all is impermanent, every new endeavor and new being will eventually cease to exist in the form it does now, which is the sacredness of this living experience.  What worked?  What didn’t?  What feels yummy?  What feels challenging?

Click here to download my guide to learn how to use rituals, self-care practices, crystals, journal prompts, and more to heal with the moon and deepen into your own essential power. 

Bonus Up-Level Ways to Work with the Moon & Honor the Universal Spiral Principle:

  • Journal practice daily for a moon cycle and check in with the four levels to see what changes over the cycle
  • Daily dedication to your own rhythms and cycles; you are a micro of the macro, after all
  • Plant and harvest by the moon
  • Notice the different feels of different astrological signs – a new moon in Aries feels very differently than a full moon in Aries
  • Host moon circles with beloveds for ritual, fun, healthy potlucks, witnessing, and whatever else feels poignant to you
  • Get outside under the full moon and soak in her velvety light; this is called moon bathing
  • Sleep in total blackness (you shouldn’t be able to see your hand in front of your face) and the night before, of, and after the full moon, open your curtains to allow moonlight to flood your space.  This is balancing to the energy and hormonal systems.

Above all, what I have shared is simply my own embodied experience and yours will differ slightly.  Welcome your own experiences, allow yourself to be very curious, and observe the miraculous flow of primal life force moving through and around you.  Share your insights with me!  I’d love to hear them!

 


I’m Devon Battaglia, MS, NC, RYT and I am a Holistic Life, Relationship, & Wellness Mentor + Earth Medicine Intuitive + Alchemist + Spiritual Guide helping people to heal their four bodies and create sustainable lifestyle and health transformation through plant spirit medicine and gem elixirs, holistic nutrition counsel, lifestyle coaching, vibrational healing, virtual workshops and courses, and other mystical goodness.  Through my unique approach, my clients fall madly in love with themselves and their bodies, awaken their inner healers, recognize self-care as a sacred duty, and enjoy more ease through identifying the roots of their perceived challenges and transmuting them into gold!  I blend the best of both worlds with Western science and ancient metaphysical wisdom for the ultimate experience.  Sign up for 5 Days to Ignite Your Metamorphosis to experience shifts right away.  If you feel called to work together, please schedule a complimentary, magical Discovery Session.

Detoxify On All Levels

Detoxify On All Levels

I have a bit of a problem with buzzwords and trends that don’t offer the entire picture, but instead use fear-based tactics to sell products or services by getting you to believe there’s something “wrong” with you and that they (not you) have the cure.  I see this a lot with “detoxes” and the various “detox programs.”  The act of detoxing is a necessary and vital one and in fact, your physical body is the most comprehensive, brilliant detoxify machine ever – without the need for smoothies and juices or fasting or colonics for days on end. 

However, yes, these modern-day, trendy detoxes do have a time and place and I have seen them serve as catalysts for people’s continued self-care and health-supportive lifestyles.  “I feel better on this detox!”  Why, of course you do!  Your typical diet of processed food-like-stuff has been suspended and you’re eating Earth-made substances that your body recognizes and craves!  However, all of this aside, no matter how well-intentioned a detox facilitator or detox participant may be, more times than not, it seems that a few crucial elements missing.

As I’ve said time and again (I swear, it’ll be put on my tombstone), you CANNOT jog and kale and smoothie your way to true, joyful, nourishing, ecstatic living.  Simply addressing this very superficial layer of ourselves (our physical bodies and physical environment) is only one piece of the human experience.

So, what’s missing?  Peeling the layers away and diagnosing the state of you entire being and your life on all levels – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual – and honestly assessing where you’re feeling malnourished, stuck, and unhappy.

It’s easier said than done, of course, which is why many get caught at the physical, surface level and can handle the green juice for a day or two before succumbing to their “old ways.”  It’s just enough to “feed” our ego and make ourselves feel as though we’ve “done good” and “changed” and then just enough to scare the same ego back into maintaining the status quo by not continuing with the layer-peeling (or the increased vegetable consumption) on a daily, dedicated basis.

Your allegiance to the status quo, although an outdated and possibly dysfunctional one, is strong.  We fear and resist change, yet we come to realize that eventually the current way is dangerous to us.  This leaves us in an awkward purgatory-like situation wherein we’ve come too far to go back and are still too chicken shit to go all the way through the newly opened door of possibilities that we’ve opened. 

However, now, at this pivotal time in our existence, it’s time to confront what we resist so that we can shift our relationship with it and find the transformation and release that’s desperately needed.  We’re being called to release addictions – addictions surface on all levels as the result of unmet needs.  The needs aren’t being met because we either don’t know we have them (because we’re blinded by the addiction), we’re bypassing them with the addiction, we’ve convinced ourselves the needs are unable to be met and so we numb out continually.  Viscous cycle, anyone?

Your feelings are the answer.  The innate intelligence that exists in your body is your guidance system and the way through that door and out of purgatory, is through this body intelligence and feelings. 

Ways to Detoxify the Poisons From ALL Levels:

Physically: cut the boozing, drugging, consumption of processed food-stuff, the porn, the internet, the television

Emotionally: resist holding grudges; be mindful of times that yield anger, isolating, frustration, sadness, etc. and dig deeper – especially when the reaction may not seem to necessarily fit the triggering situation

Mentally: watch for the addiction to the old stories, which shows itself through hurting all levels; what tracks are on your Mental Body’s “greatest hits” album that you hear daily?

Spiritually: make a daily practice of grounding and shielding exercises, nourishing and supporting the energetic system with modalities like flower essences, and engage in spiritual practices that align with you

Find a way to shift your relationship to the thing from which you’re numbing.  Notice how it sabotages your life and your desires. 

Where do you find yourself feeling frozen in this process?  What are your old go-to’s?  Where can you call bullshit on yourself and release yourself from your own self-imposed prison?  Once you see that you are simultaneously captor, guard, warden, key master, judge, jury – all of it – never again will you feel powerless.  Tune into bodily sensation, notice emotions as they arise, listen to the stories in your mental body, and above all and through it all, stay grounded in the energetic/spiritual for guidance.

 

 


I’m Devon Battaglia, MS, NC, RYT and I am a Nourishment Guide + Earth Medicine Intuitive + Empowerment Mentor helping people to heal their four bodies and create sustainable lifestyle and health transformation through plant spirit medicine and gem elixirs, holistic nutrition counsel, lifestyle coaching, vibrational healing, virtual workshops and courses, and other mystical goodness.  Through my unique approach, my clients fall madly in love with themselves and their bodies, awaken their inner healers, recognize self-care as a sacred duty, and enjoy more ease through identifying the roots of their perceived challenges and transmuting them into gold!  I blend the best of both worlds with Western science and ancient metaphysical wisdom for the ultimate experience.  Sign up for 5 Days to Ignite Your Metamorphosis to experience shifts right away.  If you feel called to work together, please schedule a complimentary, magical Discovery Session.

10 Ways to Reconnect to the Earth

10 Ways to Reconnect to the Earth

So, that radical “new” thing that everyone’s talking about these days called, “Earthing” isn’t actually new and isn’t actually radical.

Placing one’s bare feet on the Earth is one of the most natural things we can do.  Keeping our feet bound up in human-made materials all day and night is unnatural.  Many things that we think of as “normal” and “natural” are the product of industrialized civilizations and are new concepts to our kind.  These ways of being have severed our connection to the Earth and ultimately the connection to ourselves and our very innate nature. Things like living off processed and fast foods, sitting in a chair all day, staring at screens from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to sleep, living in climate controlled environments, ignoring our circadian rhythms, pushing past our limits, glorifying exhaustion, and going against seasonal needs and flows, etc. have all contributed to the state of our planet, our rapidly declining physical and mental health, and I’d even go so far as to say crime rates, the objectification of women, and more.  It’s all connected.

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So, how do we reconnect and reclaim an authentic, nourishing way of living in a modern world?  It must start with us and it must begin with shifting our mindsets and objectively analyzing the beliefs we’ve been programmed with and the habitual ways we live our lives.

Here are 10 things to consider and ways to get started:

  1. Earthing

I already mentioned this above, so I won’t repeat myself.

Mindset Shift: Commit to walking outside barefoot daily or at least several days a week.  Savor this time, breathe deeply, feel the sun and air on your skin and the Earth below your feet and imagine releasing your burdens down through the soles of your feet and into the Earth.  Mmmm…

  1. Reduce Screen Time

This ties in with number 8 below on a macro-level, however, for your individual health, reducing your exposure to the blue light emissions and electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) from screens can be hugely beneficial!  The blue light has been shown to impact our circadian rhythms by reducing the secretion of melatonin (the sleep hormone) from our pineal glands.  In simpler terms, it’s screwing with your sleep and smooth hormone function.  EMFs have been shown to be responsible for everything from increased anxiety, trouble sleeping, nausea, and more.  Walk into a Best Buy and you’ll feel exactly what I am talking about; it’s a highly sensitive person’s nightmare!

Mindset Shift: For many, the screen time is unavoidable due to work (I get it!), however, there are ways that our technology consumption has become addictive and a way to avoid our lives.  Challenge yourself to a few days of either a total digital detox OR being very disciplined and using it for work ONLY.  Notice what arises for you.  Is it anxiety, loneliness, or a feeling of missing something?  Get clear on what the actual need is so that you can meet it in more nourishing ways – like perhaps partaking in some Earthing.

  1. Plant Your Own Food

There’s truly nothing like planting a seed in the soil with your own hands and watching as it goes from a sprout to something you’re able to harvest and eat.  This simple act is profound.  It’s life sustaining and life affirming.  We are dependent on this giant spinning rock in the Universe and She always delivers and nourishes us selflessly.  Reconnecting to this most basic act is my favorite way to remind myself of the interconnections of all beings and the dependence I have upon my Earthly home.

Mindset Shift: Plant something!  You don’t need a giant plot of land or even to have access to your own land if you live in an apartment, for example.  A simple pot with your favorite herb will do.  By the way, plants are living, intelligent beings and respond best with lots of love and mindful attention.

  1. Follow the Sun

With light pollution out the wazoo, a 24/7 news cycle, a society that applauds constant action and encourages wearing exhaustion as a badge of honor, it’s no wonder that many clients come to me suffering from major burnout.  What does your sleep/wake schedule look like?  Is it different daily?  Do you consider yourself a “night owl”?  Do you watch screens after sunset and rely on artificial light late into the evening?  Do you wake feeling rested?  As I explained in number 2, screens and artificial light mess with our hormones and with our sleep.  Without healthy melatonin secretion, you’re not going to get that deep, restorative sleep and won’t feel very rested upon waking.  Everything in Nature exists in cycles and we are part of Nature – not separate.  Honor your body’s needs for rhythms and routines and the fact that we’re designed to slow way down and retreat into restful ease around sunset. 

Mindset Shift: No screens after dark.  Yes.  What?!  If you’re like many of my clients, they think this sounds ridiculous.  Try it for a few days this week and see how you feel.  At least 30 minutes before bed, ideally an hour, shut it all down.  Take it further by ensuring a consistent sleep/wake schedule for yourself aiming to gift yourself around eight hours every night.  You’ll be amazed how easy this is and how rested you are when you implement the no screens rule!

  1. Live Seasonally

As I mentioned, Nature exists in cycles and rhythms.  The moon waxes and wanes, day turns to night, and winter into spring into summer into fall.  Each cycle has its own flavor, energy, and invitation for us and our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health can thrive if we follow along.  In a nutshell, the Light Half of the Year can be likened to the waxing moon and runs from the Winter Solstice to the Summer Solstice.  From Summer Solstice to Winter Solstice is the Dark Half of the Year or the waning portion.  The end of summer and into fall and winter see us reflecting, retreating, harvesting, preparing, slumbering, down shifting, and reaping what we’ve sown since the Winter Solstice (or, if the Celtic Wheel of the Year isn’t jiving with you, think back to those New Year’s Resolutions).  From Winter Solstice into Summer Solstice we have the waxing portion of the year where the days grow longer until the longest day at the solstice.  These energies are expansive, expressive, playful, social, rebellious, adventurous, etc.  In addition, each season has its own foods, colors, and activities for honoring.

Mindset Shift: How can you honor the seasonal rhythms more in your life?  Endeavor to eat as seasonally as possible.  Checking websites like Sustainable Table can be helpful and shopping at Farmer’s Markets whenever you’re able is the best.  In addition to food, how can you reconnect to the primal energies of the seasons and recognize the rhythms in your own being?

  1. Follow the Moon

The moon’s cycles impact us even if you are the most anti-astrological, anti-woo person of them all, there’s no denying this fact.  It makes me truly sad to hear people ask what a “waning” or “waxing” moon is and which corresponds to which cycle.  Many people aren’t even aware of the moon’s current phase.   Generally, from the New Moon to the Full Moon (the waxing phase, by the way), there’s more energy available, more clarity, more enthusiasm, more zest.  From the Full Moon to the New Moon (the waning phase), energy is lower and there’s more of an introspective, docile, and planning energy.

Mindset Shift: Pay attention to the moon and its impact on your energies and emotions.  Dedicate yourself to at least one full moon cycle, from New Moon to New Moon, and keep a journal to jot down any observations.

  1. Use Reusable Bags

Seriously, people, just buy those lovely reusable grocery bags and freaking use them.  The amount of paper and plastic bags used daily is truly sickening and many people don’t seem to give it a second thought.  I watch baggers at stores place one measly item in a big ol’ bag and just keep on going, as though the goal were to use more bags, not pack each one efficiently.

Mindset Shift: Buy reusable bags and use them.  That simple.  A simple Amazon search yields options galore for your purchasing pleasure.

  1. Reduce Your Usage

The average household has a shit ton of electronics and many are on 24/7.  Not only does this produce a ridiculously high amount of electromagnetic frequencies whizzing around your space, but it adds major bucks onto your electricity bill and increases your carbon footprint.  Does that television REALLY need to be on 16 hours a day?  Does it really take that much effort or would it cause that much discomfort to shut off the wireless router, turn the thermostat up, or unplug other random gadgets when not in use?

Mindset Shift: Do an electronics audit of your home and experiment with using way less with methods like switching all the way off or unplugging.  Watch your bill decrease! Woohoo!  Even bigger bonus challenge?  Consider solar panels!  I know that’s our next big endeavor over here!

  1. Reduce Your Exposure to Chemicals

Chemicals.  They’re bad for Earth, which makes them bad for us.  We are one in the same, after all.  Nature isn’t this abstract concept outside of us.  From cosmetics to cleaners to vehicle fluids to pesticides, we’re constantly inundated.  So, if much of this is outside of our control, why wouldn’t we reduce what’s in our immediate environments?  I find with many clients that this is an area of straight habit.  Whatever they had as a child still reigns in their households today.  I’m all for family loyalty, however, there are some areas where we should really think for ourselves and break a cycle.  Exposing ourselves to endocrine disruptors that are honestly worse than that blue light I talked about earlier sounds like a pretty good cycle to break to me.  Nowadays there are many natural options and there are also easy recipes available online to learn to make your own products.  I began making my own self care products and many cleaning products years ago and haven’t looked back since.

Mindset Shift: Where can you reduce your exposure to chemicals in your immediate environment?  Use air fresheners?  Make your own with essential oils.  Still using conventional deodorants?  Switch to a natural one.  Think you need those harsh chemicals to really get surfaces clean and “kill bacteria?”  Think again.  The plant properties of essential oils are Nature’s ultimate antimicrobials.  Experiment with new cleaning products and research natural product substitutes.  Dr. Bronner’s, Mrs. Meyer’s and Seventh Generation are all excellent brands.  

  1. Exercise Your Purchasing Power

How you spend your money is your choice and your right.  That’s freaking empowering.  So, how do you spend it?  Do you know where your dollars are going when you buy certain foods, clothing brands, etc.?  Do you even stop to think about these things or do you habitually buy the same things all the time on a whim and without a second thought?  You worked for that money and it’s important to have it mean something when you are exchanging it for goods and services. 

Mindset Shift: Spend your money on things you TRULY need, not want, AND on companies that align with your values.  Aren’t clear on your values?  Spend some time on that first.  Sucker for a “bargain” find at a Target and think you need another five dollar tee-shirt?  Buying generic brands of foods, “conventionally grown” produce, meats, and eggs?  Spend some time educating yourself on the true cost of these things, like the health impact on the Earth and Her inhabitants,  and I bet you’ll find some areas for adjustments.  

Visit this list frequently and aim to implement even something small at least once a week.  These suggestions and others can quickly become new habits and the benefits in your life will speak for themselves.  Want some suggestions on making new habits stick?  Read this.  Having difficulty incorporating these into your life or desire additional information?  Just reach out to me!


 

 

I’m Devon Battaglia, MS, NC, RYT and I am a Nourishment Guide + Earth Medicine Intuitive + Empowerment Mentor helping people to heal their four bodies and create sustainable lifestyle and health transformation through plant spirit medicine and gem elixirs, holistic nutrition counsel, lifestyle coaching, vibrational healing, virtual workshops and courses, and other mystical goodness.  Through my unique approach, my clients fall madly in love with themselves and their bodies, awaken their inner healers, recognize self-care as a sacred duty, and enjoy more ease through identifying the roots of their perceived challenges and transmuting them into gold!  I blend the best of both worlds with Western science and ancient metaphysical wisdom for the ultimate experience.  Sign up for 5 Days to Ignite Your Metamorphosis to experience shifts right away.  If you feel called to work together, please schedule a complimentary, magical Discovery Session.