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As a highly sensitive person, I tend to have intense emotional reactions to media stimuli and world events. I have never been able to watch horror movies, read scary books, or even watch TV shows/movies that depict realistic violence. I stopped watching/reading the news (both passively and actively), and often have to tell my husband NOT to share horribly disturbing current events with me, because I just cannot hold that energy in my psyche. 
Knowing this about myself, I am very intentional about the media I consume, which now includes the Facebook newsfeed. I have found over the past year that not having control over what will pop up in my feed leaves me very open and vulnerable to unnecessary emotional upheaval, and that even with being as selective as I possibly can about the people and organizations I follow or hide, things still slip in that are just too evocative for me to integrate. 
But don't get me wrong; I don't live my life with my head buried in the sand. I am well-informed about local and world events and am an avid reader, particularly in terms of issues that I feel passionate about, but have learned to be incredibly selective as to *when* I open that channel and allow the intense and potentially disturbing information into my energetic bubble. In this way, I am practicing an essential act of self-care and making intentional choices about my emotional and energetic well-being.
And something amazing has happened in the process: as I have continued to learn to actively close some channels, I have also learned that I can actively *open* others. 
It is such a beautiful balance, when we step back and see the big picture . . . releasing what no longer serves me, I create space to invite more well-being and self-care in.
In doing so, I have noticed a shift within myself - a shift toward even more sensitivity to the energy of the unseen, such as my intuition, my connection with my Inner Wise Woman, my ability to connect in compassion to others, my wellspring of creativity, and my calling as a midwife of the spirit. I consciously and regularly tune into my channels of gratitude and abundance, and to the healing energy of Mother Gaia. 
In awareness of my own short-comings, I call in the energy of radical acceptance, patience, and non-judgment. 
Just like choosing a station on the radio dial, I consciously select the frequency of the energetic vibration that will resonate with the energy of my continued growth and evolution. 
And sometimes, yes, this is MUCH easier said than done. I *so* get that. But our first step is simply awareness - what channels are our "pre-sets"? At what vibration do we spend most of our time and energy? 
Awareness also means becoming aware of what other options there are. What does it feel like to open the channel to abundance? Or forgiveness? What does the energy feel like in our spirit and body when we open the channel to the power of Self-Love? 
The next step is the intentional selection of a channel whose energy we would like to invite and cultivate. In your quiet moments, can you open the channel of compassion? Of gratitude?
As we work with these energies, we are practicing a skill, that -- like any other -- becomes more and more natural over time, until it is simply second-nature. Like a tuning fork, we naturally resonate with the vibrations of healing and growth, and raise our own vibration in the process.
This week, Sisters, I invite you to guide your awareness to your channels. What energies do you allow in? What are your pre-sets? What channels will you notice, and open with intention? What channels will most support your own healing and growth?

 
 
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As wise, empowered, and embodied women, we are reconnecting to the lost art of honoring the rhythm of our cycle -- in so many ways. And as we practice anticipating and surfing our monthly ebb and flow, ever more gracefully and intuitively, we begin to observe and integrate important energetic patterns. During certain times of the month, we feel vibrant and open and ready to connect with others; at other times, however, we feel depleted and closed-off and unable to muster the energy to connect to the outside world. 
As we honor ourselves by attending to these patterns, we not only look at our past rhythms, but begin to anticipate the weeks ahead as well. An invitation for an upcoming event that sounds perfectly wonderful during our spring (week two of our cycle) may in fact be more than we can manage if the event falls during our summer (pre-menstrual) or autumn (menstruation) weeks. 
Knowing that our energetic resources will shift in this way, we practice Self-Care by thoughtfully considering our rhythm before committing to upcoming obligations or events that may fall during weeks when we crave (and *need*!) quiet and resting time. 
This week, I invite you to consider the idea of holding sacred space for yourself during the days/weeks when you most need down-time. I invite you to resist the temptation to immediately say yes to every invitation or favor or school event, and instead give yourself permission to check in with your monthly rhythm before committing to anything beyond your typical routine. 
(And yes, my non-menstruating Sisters, this goes for you as well. Though you may not be bleeding, your hormonal/energetic cycle is still very real.)
I know that it can be very difficult to say no and to confidently and gracefully create and uphold this boundary for ourselves, Sisters, but it is the cornerstone of our well-being; setting this example of *how we treat ourselves* shows others in our lives how to treat us. 
And as Audre Lorde says, "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation."