5 Stand Out Senses (5 SOS_004)

OH BABY IT'S A WILD WORLD!  This week has rocked me.  I think everyone -no matter their political leaning- felt a strong hit of surprise, and now we're figuring. it. out.

What I keep going back to is this:  At times of uncertainty I turn to the things I rely on for certain.

KINDNESS, TOLERANCE, HONESTY, CURIOSITY, MOVEMENT, NATURE.

I think if we stick to our own pillars of goodness, and concentrate on being the best possible versions of ourselves, we'll all be alright.  I so deeply hope.

Now, here's some candy for your senses.

 1. Sight

Shameless personal win: I finally went white-blonde, and I'm so pumped about it that I selfied.  I selfied lots.

me platinum.jpg

 

 2. Sound

Thanks to Hannah Bronfman for shouting out this song in one of her latest Instagram stories.  That babe is always on-point with recommendations...and can kick ass, literally.

 

"Shine" by Buddy

 

 

 3. Scent

This weekend I attended the Natural Living Expo, "New England's largest holistic health event."  Per their claim, there were over 9,000 attendees, 250 exhibits, and 90 speakers, but I had three favorite takeaways.  The first is a Scent, the second a Taste (see #4), and the third a Touch (see #5).

First up is the botanical perfumery, THORN & BLOOM (Somerville, Massachusetts).  Jennifer Botto (Certified Natural Perfumer) is the company's founder, artisan, and a total doll in person.  The way her bio describes her inclination towards scent, and the nostalgic power therein, is beautifully evocative.

My favorite was Indigo followed by best-seller/award-winner Birds Of Paradise ($12 - 200).

 
 

 

 4. Taste

CHAGA Plus Super Immune Booster (2oz for $25; 4oz for $47.50)

This is an extremely potent tonic by Taproot Herbals (Williamstown, Vermont), exercising a blend of health-optimizing and synergistic mushrooms and roots (Chaga, Reishi, Cordyceps, and Astragalus).  You can read more about the benefits in the product link, above, and in the photo credit, below.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Taproot's Principal, Marie Frohlich, who is both an herbalist and certified health coach.  Her warm demeanor and authoritative knowledge of the wild-foraged and hand-crafted product prompted my confidence in her company.  It was only after sampling that I assured her my patronage and recommendation.  I felt noticeably lifted and found the taste medicinally delicious.  That's a thing.

 

 5. Touch

Tapping, or EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).

I attended a seminar by Lori Lamont, accredited EFT practitioner, who instructed how to utilize this fool-proof technique to reduce stress, eliminate physical pain, confront and release past trauma, and find an overall state of well-being.

The man who brought this system of healing to the masses is Nick Ortner (speaker, film-maker, and NYT best-selling author of The Tapping Solution).  In this brief video and this longer but better video, he walks you through the simple steps:

  1. Identify a pain that you want to tap on (could be a physical symptom or an outside stressor).
  2. Give the pain a rating of 1-10 (1=minimum perceived pain; 10=max).  Example: "I'd rate my sore glutes from Barre3 at a 7."  Another example: "My coworker's attitude...MEGA 10."
  3. Tapitty tap tap
  4. Check back in with your mind and body to re-assess your number.  Continue with rounds of tapping until your desired relief is found.