Here we are at this special time of Giving Thanks and approaching the holiday season. I am reflecting on how fortunate I feel for so many things in my life. I am blessed with a loving family, amazing friends, good health, beautiful home and a wonderful business chock full of clients who I also consider great friends. I am fortunate that I get to spend my days experiencing the world through my hands. As one little girl said to me, “when I grow up, I want your job where I can just pet horses all day long”.
I try to keep those words as my mantra when I am exhausted and body sore having just worked a week of 12-18 hour days and logged over 1400 miles on my car. “And yet, I get to pet horses and dogs all day long. I get to listen to the interesting and touching life stories of so many lovely and inspirational people who come to my office for massage and bodywork.” Through it all, I give thanks for the gift I was bestowed and inspired to follow, to be of assistance in easing pain, discomfort and dis-ease and passing on a little joy and solace in an amazing world that can also be awfully harsh at times for everyone and every species.
For the past 35 years, I have searched and traveled and studied and practiced and worked in the attempt to understand and feel what it is to be truly healthy, happy and whole for all life on this planet. What I have learned remains small in comparison to what I have yet to understand. The more I know, the more I realize I don’t know. I may always have more questions than answers but my discoveries have been considerable and vast. I am at a juncture in this journey where I feel sharing what I have learned and compiled is where I can be of the utmost service. The core of my work has been in bodywork for people and animals but there is no wholeness without an integrative approach and I can say without a doubt that I have gone down so many amazing and sometimes some not so great roads to find answers. My thirst for knowledge and understanding will never end but it’s time for me to share what I have accumulated so far. Thanks to so many willing souls, wise and motivating teachers and inspiring colleagues, I have accumulated a lot for the sharing!
Although I have been teaching some hands on courses for the past 10 years, I’ve been promising I will be developing some on-line and certified courses. Now that I am in my slower winter season – I am in the beginning stages of putting together a compilation of materials and courses to share with you. There will be something for everyone whether you just want to learn a little more to help yourself, your family and animals or if you want to delve deeper toward making or adding to a career. I’ll be sharing tips, ideas, E-books, videos and interviews as well as offering short and full blown courses.
Happy Holidays! I am excited to begin sharing with you all and looking forward to learning and growing together! Keep an eye out for further emails and feel free to share!
Side Note: The Soul In My Hand
name came to me in a meditation almost 4 years ago. The name was supossed to be for a Memoir I’m working on but has been on the back burner for years. I couldn’t let go of the name. It stuck with me almost hauntingly; like the name had a message for me about something I should be doing that I wasn’t. Later in another meditation, the name returned and with it I saw the hand symbol now in my logo. My talented daughter, Nahani Wood, took my little sketch from my vision and turned it into something professional for me. And so….The Soul In My Hand has been rather creating itself. Now, I just have to put in the work on my end! With this new avenue, I hope to inspire, educate and share all that I know, learn and experience about wholeness and wellbeing in and of this world. Peace…..