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Embodiment & Movement Practices for Growth & Healing

Embodiment & Movement Practices for Growth & Healing

In Western culture, we are basically taught to disconnect from the body at a young age.
We value intellect over feeling and sensing and doing over being.

 

We’re also in a culture that is obsessed with how the body looks over how it feels.  We beat the physical body into submission with grueling workouts, have the “no pain, no gain” mentality, and most of us were taught exercise as a punishment, for a grade, and in conditions that were often times humiliating.

Add on top of that any kind of physical or emotional stress or trauma and we have the perfect conditions for dissociating from the body and retreating into a space of hyper-intellectualism. 

This is how dis-ease breeds.  This is how we forget about pleasure.  This is how we become addicted to quick fixes of pleasure that actually leave us feeling more depleted in the long run.

Practices intentional embodiment and conscious movement is an entry way back into the physical body. The physical body is where truth lives.  The mind contains a version of truth, yes, and it can often lead us astray.

When the physical body, anchored in its beautiful sensorial abilities and engaging fully with the tangible world, isn’t fully online, the poor mind works overdrive and we get swept up in a disembodied, half-truth.

We feel empty, numb, void, and insatiably hungry for life all at the same time.  This can lead us to feeling purposeless, lost, and helpless.  On the physical level, this is where all dis-ease manifests. 

The subtle creates the gross and the subtle dysfunctions and misalignments on the emotional, mental, and spiritual levels, manifest in the physical body and in our tangible lives.  We’ve had cues all along and because we have been priding doing over being and thinking over feeling, we’ve missed them.

The answer?  Intentional embodiment and conscious movement.

Embodiment & Movement

The difference between exercise and movement is subtle, yet profound.  I dislike using the word “exercise” because of the various connotations we have associated with it AND because many of us are exercising for the wrong reasons that are actually putting a wedge farther between us and our bodies.

Movement, intentional movement, is different.  It values feeling and sensing over anything else.  It serves as a bridge among mind, body, and spirit. Movement allows us to become fully embodiment and by fully embodied, I mean noticing your sensorial experience, noticing your bodily needs, feeling your body from the inside out and outside in, observing the subtle interplay between your environment and your physical body, your thoughts and your physical body, and your emotions and your physical body. Using the body as the anchor, translator, and messenger that it is allows us to find more ease and presence.

Emotional Fluidity

Emotions are energy that must keep moving.  However, when we stifle this flow and suppress emotions, the energy becomes stagnant and lives in our bodies. Thighs, hips, stomach, and shoulders are some key places they wind up living. 

Through practicing intentional embodiment and conscious movement and engaging in this physical body dialogue, we inevitably become better observers of our emotions and allow them to flow as they so desire.  We feel more grounded and safe to allow this natural flow because we are anchored in our physical bodies, in our sacred homes.

When that component is missing, we may fear our emotions, feel ashamed of them, and allow them to suppress because we are numbed out of the physical harm they are inflicting.

When we’re more deeply connected to the physical body, we can feel into the dis-ease the stagnation is causing, and we feel more grounded and anchored and less like we’ll get swept up and away in a fit of a strong emotion. This is yet another example of how embodiment serves us as a tool for multilevel healing.

Practices

Here are a few simple practices you can begin today!

Notice Your Body

Check in and notice your physical body.  Close your eyes, breathe, and notice any sensations that arise.  Are you hungry?  Are you thirsty?  Are you aching anywhere?  Are you tired?  What does your physical body need from you right now?

Impulsive Movement & Your Emotions

Again, close your eyes and check in and notice any sensations in the body.  Next, notice any emotions that are present for you.  Without thinking or judging or criticizing, allow your physical body to simply move in response to this emotion.  Allowing yourself to follow the impulse to move.  Stay connected to breath and bodily sensation and feel the emotion arise and move and shift and change.

Communicate With A Body Part

Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and tune into physical sensation.  Scan your body lovingly and slowly and completely from head to toe.  Is there an area of the body that feels particularly exceptional in some way at the moment?  Maybe an area that feels disconnected, in pain, hot, cold, or some other way that has your attention?  Allow your body to come into a posture or a movement that mirrors how this body part feels.  Allow that body part, if possible, to be the primary driver of this posture or movement exploration.

And there are so many others and then ways to add creativity to it by taking these sensations and movement explorations into art creation of some kind. 

Additionally, any movement or exercise you typically engage in (that brings you delight, because there’s no reason to do something you dislike because you think you should or because it’s cool or popular) can be done in a more embodiment and intentional way.

Seek to move your body in ways that are conscious and intentional and in a co-creative fashion that allow your body’s innate wisdom to lead.  What will best serve you?  What does He or She need today?

 


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

What A Lightworker Actually Is

What A Lightworker Actually Is

“Lightworker.”  It’s certainly a title we’ve heard many times that’s increasing in popularity.  But, like, what the heck is it?  How do you know if you’re a lightworker?  What do lightworkers actually do?

Glad you asked; I’ll get into all of that and how, regardless of pretty titles, we all need to step it up now more than ever.

Plainly and simply, a lightworker is someone who works in the light.  They’re fiercely dedicated to their own personal awakening and the upliftment and elevation of all beings.  They care deeply about others and have made it their mission to transmute their life’s challenges into sacred wisdom and purpose and to then walk their talk and guide others in whatever their chosen field may be.

They don’t need to be super mystical, esoteric, glam, shamanic healers… Many are the owners of the local shops, enlightened lawyers, conscious entrepreneurs, school teachers, youth mentors, or farmers.

A true hallmark of a lightworker is a deep dedication to their own path of awakening, healing, and higher consciousness and to then share and spread that with others in their chosen fields.

Are You A Lightworker?

  • Do you feel incredibly pulled and called to serve, guide, and help others?
  • Do you feel a calling to help save the planet?
  • Are you naturally drawn to a particular cause or group? Feel very strongly about environmentalism and animal rights, for example?  We tend to have that one thing or a couple of things that just seriously light a fire inside us, the kind of thing that your loved ones are like oh geez, don’t bring up x again, or she’ll go off!
  • Have you experienced a “Dark Night of the Soul” episode or episodes in your life and are committed to using the wisdom gleaned therein as medicine for others?
  • Are you incredibly sensitive? Are you very tuned into your intuitive, innate knowing?
  • Are you typically the voice of reason with incredible insight and an ability to remain the eye of the storm amidst chaos?
  • Have you experienced a massive transformation in your life? Healed some crazy shit?  Overcome tremendous hardships?  Feel naturally drawn to guiding others on their own paths? 
  • Above all else, do you accept fully and completely take responsibility for your own power, sovereignty, and creatorship and are you fiercely dedicated to growth and awakening even when it’s uncomfortable?

What Lightworkers Do

  • They truly walk their talk and lead by example. They know that the largescale shifts and healing we all desire, begin within.  They truly are the change they wish to see in the world.
  • They fiercely and continuously do their own deep dives, internal alchemy, and personal healing and see it as an offering to not only themselves, but to the collective at large.
  • They show up for themselves on the daily with a gentle discipline. They have daily practices and rituals, they love their shadows and triggers, and they embrace their weaknesses.
  • They take full responsibility for their lives and empower themselves to step out of victim mode and exercise their creatorship. They know, again, that this is in service to the collective at large and through receiving exactly what they want and need, others can see it is possible, as well.
  • They understand their own rhythms and needs and structure their work in a way that serves them AND others.
  • They take ample time for stillness, introspection, and silence.
  • They practice deep and whole embodiment daily and understand their vessels are sacred teachers, translators, and messengers and that all they need is living in these sacred meat suits.
  • They fully love, forgive, and accept themselves, their steps, and those in their lives as acts of radical love through the heart.
  • They honor and speak their truths even when it’s uncomfortable.
  • They create art from pain and create for the sake of creating and share the creations.

Why We All Need to Step It Up & Serve

All of us are connected and as the subtle creates the gross in your 3D, tangible life – your body, health, relationships – the subtle creates the gross on the planet where we’re each the subtle, building blocks on a micro level of the gross, collective macro body of beings that inhabit this Earth.

Each of us creates the collective unconscious and the state of the Earth’s physical, emotional, mental, and energetic levels.  We influence and create each other’s experiences on all levels day in and day out.  The decisions you make right now can and do impact those across the globe whom you’ve never (and may never) meet or lay eyes upon.

Physically, we can see how our choices are impacting the planet and the health of all beings here.  On more subtle levels, our individual emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies can drive and reinforce current paradigms when we choose to not awaken and step into our sovereignty and creatorship through exercising radical self-responsibility.

The harm we inflict upon ourselves is harm inflicted upon the masses.  Each time our boundaries are crossed because we don’t speak up for ourselves, reinforces the broken paradigm where that is OK.  Each time we stifle our truths, deny our desire to express and share and heal and teach, again the current status quo that may not always have the best interest of others in mind is reinforced.

We’re living in interesting times, indeed.  We have so much power and influence and what’s it being used for – is it even being used?  What are you doing with your power?  Are you in right relationship with your power?

We are all so connected it isn’t even funny!  When we change our own subtle levels and shift our own field, we influence change in the collective.  It’s that serious.  Everything you do and don’t do matters.  Everything you resist or embrace influences the collective’s current paradigm. 

Ultimately, it’s not about us and our ego’s fears and stories that keep us small and hidden. 

Share.  Serve.  Repeat.


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.

The Energies of Autumn: Lifestyle, Movement, & Food

The Energies of Autumn: Lifestyle, Movement, & Food

The Dark Half of the Year (autumn and winter) is hands down my favorite.  Autumn, (and spring for my friends in the southern hemisphere) offers an in-between phase of preparation for the more “extreme” seasons – winter and summer, respectively.  If the Wheel of the Year were likened to moon phases, autumn would be the waning phase before winter’s new moon and spring would be the waxing phase before summer’s full expression.  Just as in those lunar phases each month, we are impacted.  And since the Earth is doing the shifting (as opposed to cosmic influences above), the impacts on us are even more palpable.

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Ways to Support Yourself & Receive the Most From This Magical Time

Lifestyle: This is a time for reflection and introspection on all that has come to fruition this year.  Just as the Earth is giving of Her bounty, we too are harvesting what we have sown since the beginning of the year.  This is a time to begin to wind down and focus inward.  This isn’t a time for a jam-packed social calendar. 

It’s no secret that many people find themselves with colds and flus during fall and that doesn’t need to be the case!  The integrity of our nervous systems are the answer to most (if not all) of our health issues. 

How can you support yourself during this time?  Time for some radical self-responsibility and self-inquiry here!  Stress management is key for a healthy nervous system and to provide feelings of grounding during fall’s naturally airy, ethereal energies.

Feeling your feelings and keeping the emotional body fluid prevents stagnation and further taxation of the nervous system.  Journaling, creative expression, talking with close friends and loved ones, crying, dancing, yelling, swaddling yourself, etc. are all excellent ways to support your emotional body

Meditation is key right now (I mean, it really is all year and now especially so) specifically for supporting the harvest from within, finding grounding and calm during the transition from so much outward energy in the summer, and to support the immune system.

Choosing restorative movement over higher intensity sessions preserves the energy that’s needed to cope with the transition

Hands-on self-healing is a fast, effective, and pleasurable way to calm the system.  Check out this guided video I made for you!

Prioritizing adequate rest (notice the desire to sleep a bit more during this time and honor it) is essential

Maintaining regular meal times supports blood sugar balance, energy levels, and digestion, and of course, all of this soothes the nervous system

Syncing with the sun as much as possible (i.e. really winding down at sunset and engaging in relaxing, nourishing activities from then until bedtime and then being up before sunrise) is another way to stay grounded and increase your resiliency

Movement:  Focus on restorative exercises (like trading in the more high-intensity stuff that might have felt freaking amazing a few months ago for some walking and more yoga classes).  Walking is such an underrated form of movement and is truly the kindest and most effective.  It’s been shown to support the body through reducing stress hormones, lowering the risk of osteoporosis, and doing it outdoors has even more amazing benefits!  If you’re lucky enough to live in a place with those gorgeous fall leaves, get outside! 

Yin yoga is also a beautiful practice for this time.  If live classes aren’t convenient for you, this YouTube channel offers some amazing content!

Food: Simply, eat seasonally all the time and you can’t go wrong.  To say Nature is smart is such an understatement that it’s almost disrespectful.  We have all that we need to support our bodies and what they are undergoing as we mirror the Earth at any given moment.  Period.  And, fall foods are simply AMAZING.

Enjoy all the root vegetables like pumpkin, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, parsnips, turnips, carrots, beets, etc.; deep, mineral-rich, life-giving greens like collards, arugula, and kale; Brussels sprouts, apples, pears, cranberries, grapes, pomegranates, cauliflower, and more!  Mmmmm!  To check what’s in season locally for you, this is a great resource.

By focusing on whole foods, you’re already giving your immune system a big boost.  Focus on eating as much color as you can (let the rainbow be your guide) and on choosing foods that feel amazing – yes, that FEEL amazingNot emotionally, but physicallyWhat gives you vibrant, magnetic vitality and nourishment so that your sacred vessel is thoroughly sated and in a state of elevated wellness? 

Herbs such as lemon balm and passionflower can offer relaxation and better sleep for when we’ve pushed it too much and the delicate fall nervous system isn’t happy.  For deeper rejuvenation and restoration, those beautiful adaptogens such as ashwagandha, mucuna, reishi mushrooms, and holy basil are lovely (under the guidance of an expert who’s working directly with you).  Warming spices for cooking such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger are lovely for body and spirit.

And of course, there are so many plant essences and gem elixirs to support you right now.  Tree essences offer exceptional feelings of grounding and rooting to a scattered system.  I especially love red cedar for her deep feelings of safety and rest, magnolia for her ability to open us up to communing with higher realms while staying grounded, and blue spruce for restoring a tired, overworked, overtaxed system.

 

Enjoy this beautiful transition and all it teaches us.  Earth is our mirror and we are all in this spirally dance of life, death, birth, spring, summer, fall, winter.  Embrace the changes and dance the dance.  Honor your needs during this time and all that you are noticing.  Don’t miss a potent opportunity for reflection and growth, restoration and preparation.  I’d love to hear from you!  Please share with me and let me know how I may support you.

 


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.