At this moment of typing, I am on break during a 12 hour shift at my night shift job. Yes, I work on top of having my own business. Not only do I work a w2 earning job and run my business, but I’m an avid participant in the “gig economy.”

Why, you ask? Because life is expensive.

Why am I telling you this? Because I want you to realize I am a real person who faces the same challenges as everyone else. So, no, i don’t run my ass off by choice. I’m just pursuing that dream like everyone else. Someday, I won’t have to run to multiple jobs. In the meantime, this is my life.

I have a routine I try to follow. I will say when I am able to stick to it, my days go pretty smooth.

Take time to stretch

I start every day with at least 15 minutes of yoga stretches

Every day, before starting my tasks, I take a minimum of 15 minutes to stretch and breathe. It is too easy to be overwhelmed from the start of each and every day. If you saw my calendar book, you’d never know how I remain calm. Morning yoga to start it all helps to quiet my mind and creates a more empowered frame of mind.

Then I have a drink i mix up. I use Rejuvenaid and add a scoop of Collagen powder. This duo supplies a little zip for my day to get off to a good start.

These two mix together nicely

The two powders mix with a pleasing flavor to provide a base nutrition with functional building blocks needed to get me going.

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2020 has sucked.

And not in a good way.

2020 has been the year of changes…and hardships. Troupe Zephyr has rocked with smaller, in-person events at Vino Bellisimo in Lima, Ohio; and we have reeled with the assorted shutdowns and the changes in our regular “real job” employment situations.

BUT YA KNOW WHAT? We have not faded away into oblivion. No! We have not gone silently into that dark night! HELL NO! That’s just not our style! Instead, we sat back a hot sec. We observed. We found we have what it takes to go the long haul. Enjoy our first venture into online “shows” with the following compilation. No…Troupe Zephyr is NOT GOING ANY DAMN WHERE! We are here…large and in charge…in the corn belt of the i75 corridor…and we are bringing the performing arts to YOU!


The crown chakra

We have covered most of the major energy centers considered by many ancient healing systems to be the “backbone” of the energetic body. It is only fitting that we now talk about Sahasrara

The crown chakra
The seventh chakra is at the crown

The crown Chakra, or energy center is thought to be located directly at the top of the head. Some texts place it in the air slightly above the top of the head. The symbol is the “Om” which is extremely familiar to those who have studied yoga or have delved into any philosophical studies from the east.

This energy center is the one associated with uniting us with the universe, more or less being the bridge between the physical world and the greater spiritual realm. The color associated with this energy center is violet. It is said those who are able to access this energy center are able to transcend his/her ego to tap into the greater consciousness. This is no easy task.

I hesitated for some time to compose this installment on the chakras. Those of you who are regular readers may have noticed. I felt I was not qualified to discuss an idea of such a high order.

However, I have been “working on it” as of late. I have been working on my 200 hour yoga teacher training. Through this endeavor, I have been paying more attention to meditation. I have been paying more attention to quieting my outward focus and bringing it a bit more inward. It has been through this effort, that I have felt more secure in writing about this chakra.

I feel it is important to nourish this center to aid in banishing feelings of exclusion and loneliness. Many emotional issues can arise from this feeling of isolation. Whether it is pure meditation or meditation with prayer recitation, the crown chakra is activated to foster a feeling of connectivity. This connectivity helps us with our feelings of belonging and knowing. This knowing is when we realize that although we are each a separate person, we are a part of the whole of creation. In order for the crown chakra to be open, we must be evolved enough to realize this and be at peace with the concept. This then manifests as joy, serenity, and deep peace about life.

With the election in my country being just a couple short days away, I feel it must be emphasized that we are all one – whether we like it or not; whether we all realize it or not. There are some who are at the level to realize this and accept it, and many who argue to the contrary. This difference in evolutionary levels causes dissonance on a grand scheme and is painful for all. On a personal level each individual who evolves begins to live with trust, gratitude and faith. These are quite the accomplishments.

This energy center is represented by the thousand petal lotus. In this energy center our selves are unleashed to merge with the greater consciousness as well as being firmly grounded in our individual selves, simultaneously.

The pineal is the associated gland. The pineal gland has been greatly misunderstood throughout history. It is just relatively recently that medical science has understood a few of its functions, including the perception of light & dark and then secrete hormones’ like melatonin. The pineal gland tends to harden into adulthood. It was once thought to be useless.

Some research indicates high levels of fluoride and heavy metals lead to the hardening of the pineal. Herbs like Chaga, milk thistle, Gotu kola, algae, ginkgo, moringa, schizandra, aloe, turmeric, reishi, noni, and others are said to help “decalcify” the pineal. Iodine rich herbs like black walnut, Irish moss may help, as well. Cilantro has been shown to help purge heavy metals from the body. Myrrh is the essential oil most often associated with this energy center.

Some affirmations to assist:

-I honor the Divine within me

-I am part of the Divine

-I trust my intuition

-I am one in the Spirit

-I move with Grace

Many of us are aware of the effects of catnip upon felines, but what about its usefulness to humans?

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a common herb throughout Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Asia. It has been naturalized in North America, New Zealand, and northern Europe. It has a history of being used as a relaxant and a stomachic. I have found relief of minor digestive discomfort using catnip tea and glycerin based extracts of this plant.

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