Tuesday
Jun192018

Tarot Tuesday - the summer solstice edition

Tarot Tuesday with Daryl...
The Summer Edition!

Happy (almost) Summer Solstice lovely ones...
I love this time of year for all the light, and greenery, and warm weather, and the plentitude of seasonal eating. And I especially love the "quarter days" (solstice days, equinox days) as reminders to pause and check in, revisit with intentions, and ask some inward bound questions. (I am doing a lot of that right now!) This summer solstice on Thursday for me begins early with my annual pilgrimage to Times Square Yoga (calm amidst the chaos)and then I'm officiating two love unions. A beautiful celebration of life and light. How are you celebrating the longest day?

Before I hand you over to Daryl, I want to acknowledge all of you who wrote back to me last week ... clearly this is a subject we need to explore more, and I'm planning on doing just that! Soon. I might need your help.
And now, here's Daryl Kovalich, our resident tarot expert who helps us look at life from a fresh perspective. His column appears in Juicy Tuesday once each season, somewhere close to the quarter days, asking us to pause and reflect. I definitely recommend you take him up on his amazing solstice offer (keep reading for details). Take it away Daryl.

Tarot Tuesday: 
Summer Solstice Vibes-Time to Embrace the Uncomfortable

Welcome back, heart farmers! We last checked in during Mud Season, that slippery time of reaching out and preparing for new growth. Fast forward six weeks and we're almost ready for the Summer Solstice. 

As the longest day of the year (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), Summer Solstice gives us an opportunity to reflect on our relationship with the Sun. Just think about all that gets illuminated on this day - all the nooks and crannies of the Earth, all the heat and radiance, all the potential sunburn! 


In the Tarot, the Sun archetype brings an abundant and intense clarity. When the Sun makes a situation or insight "abundantly clear," it's amazing...but not always comfortable. We all have things about ourselves we'd rather not see. I know I do. And in popular culture, "clarity" and "abundance" are thrown around as though they're as easy to achieve as grabbing a pack of gum at the grocery story checkout counter. If only.

So in honor of the Summer Solstice, I asked the cards to help us gain collective clarity on three abundance-focused questions.


What seeds of growth have we been tending?

Back in the Mud Season reading, Nine of Wands showed up as a reminder of all the work we've already done. Sometimes, when we still have something to learn, cards hang around for a while. This time, Nine of Wands has an amazing message: it's almost time to level-up! 


Each time we follow a flash of inspiration, we place a Wand along the pyramid of growth. It's like creating a ladder of positive energy that - step by step - takes to the summit. Just look at how close we are! 

From the top of this pyramid, we'll have a new perspective on what's possible in life. The wands in this card represent choices we've made that propel us towards becoming who we're meant to be. Picture a seedling pushing up through the soil, seeking the warmth of the Sun. That's you, and me, all of us. 

Now is the time to keep pushing for the goal we've been working towards. The angle of ascent is steep, so be sure to give yourself time to rest. The difference between being in your flow and burning out isn't always easy to see. So be sure you give yourself time to rest, and don't feel like a schlub if you need to ask for help. We're all in this together.

Which insights are we ready to act on?

So what do we do once we break on through to that other side? Nine of Coins reversed tells us to look inward at where we've been resisting growth and evolution. 


The insights we're seeking are rooted in our bodies. Picture yourself centered in the middle of years and years of growth rings, like the figure in this card. All that we know or believe exists because we have bodies, because we are of the Earth. 

That said, at times we all can get caught in negative, ego-driven thought patterns that cut us off from abundance. The pit in your stomach that won't go away. The racing in your heart that freaks you out. Wherever anxiety and fear reside within you, pay close attention this Solstice. 

Make a list of ways you don't give yourself enough credit. Think about how you criticize yourself or cut yourself down. Then decide whether these messages are true and in your best interest. We all deserve to prosper.

What about ourselves are we ready to see clearly?

The Strength card invites us to get acquainted with our animal nature - the urges we hide, the desires that make us uncomfortable, the raw power of our sexuality. Often, our culture teaches us to conquer or repress these important aspects of our humanity. But what if there were another way?

 
Strength asks us to liberate ourselves from these restrictive beliefs. On this Solstice, challenge yourself to accept and embrace what makes you uncomfortable. Think about the gentle courage of the figure in this card. They're embracing a potentially ferocious creature, yet look peaceful and serene. Can you approach your own humanity with the same type of gentleness and respect?

I photographed this card with our dog, Benny, because of a dream I had last night. Benny is a Malinois (aka Belgian Shepherd). While he's an elder and utterly docile, when he came into our lives a few years ago his intensity freaked me out. You see, Malinois are tireless workers and also have the capacity to be ferocious. Just Google "malinois police dog" if you're curious.

But I digress...back to the dream. I was walking through an office where I've freelanced. The setting was part office/part jungle, part mundane/part terrifying. Sound familiar? I came across a young Malinois, and it followed me, snarling and swirling in angry circles. The look on its face was troubled, like the lion in this Strength card. Is it scared? Does it need comfort? Is it about to attack?

Without warning, the dog clamped it's jaws on my shin and wouldn't let go. I screamed in pain. All of a sudden, I was surrounded by people, mostly men, shouting advice and anger towards me and the dog. All of their messages centered around aggression, power over. And yet, because of my experience with Benny, I knew that the dog and I would only be able to communicate if I approached it with respect and gently authority.

I woke up before the scene resolved, but that decision about how to respond to animal nature is exactly what the Strength card teaches us. 

What forces without you are yearning to be understood?
Which voices of our patriarchy do you need to tune out?
Are you ready to set your inner animal free?

Until next time, bask in the glorious Summer Solstice sun. Just don't forget your sunscreen.

In honor of the Summer Solstice, I'm offering 40% off my normal rates for tarot readings and energy work sessions. Through the end of July, a 30-40 minute session is $30 and a 60-70 minute session is $60. I can meet in person in the Catskills and New York City, or can Skype/FaceTime/video chat. If you're interested, message me at see.heal.do@gmail.com. Feel free to pass on to friends who may be interested!


Daryl Kovalich is an intuitive tarot reader and healer, based in New York City and the Western Catskills. His practice focuses on helping you define and actualize your soul's path. Through working with four basic principles - Order, Balance, Harmony, and Flow - Daryl helps you deepen your connection to your potential for healing and embodied health. 
In 2017, Daryl completed a six-month intensive tarot journey with Jeff Hinshaw and Lindsay Mack at Maha Rose in Brooklyn, NY. In addition, he has studied SourcePoint Therapy, a light-touch energy healing modality, with founders Bob Schrei and Donna Thomson, and trained in chakra energetics with Anodea Judith.

Daryl can be reached at see.heal.do@gmail.com and on Instagram @darylkovalich.
Have a glorious summer solstice love doves... allow the light to shine and see what gets accentuated!
xx
Love
Sacha x
Sacha Jones
Holistic Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

Stiggly Holistics
Sacha Jones Ceremonies
 
Nourish Your Body
Nourish Your Soul 
 
Nourish your body, Nourish your soul!

 

Tuesday
Jun192018

Could less really be more? I think so!

Could less really be more?

This morning I was contemplating the oft used statement "less is more". The past few years have shown that we are a culture quite fascinated with decluttering. Marie Kondo got us all folding our clothes beautifully - only keeping that which brings us joy. We have been cleansing our bodies, weeding out our inboxes, and there has even been a trend to "stop-shopping". 
Clearly this is all a response to "too much"!
We go from checking Instagram to Facebook to email to twitter to whatever app winks at us, to some online shopping, and back again... the cycle repeats. The so-called "communication age" has us all plugged in and overwhelmed, but actually not communicating at all.  Stimulus, information, words, pictures, politics, bargains... coming at us. We are on guard, in defense mode. (Or we are blowing off steam with cat videos because everything else is just too much!)

We seem to be a culture too busy to reply to a simple (personal) text or email, or separate our recycling... too busy to cook, or make eye-contact with our neighbours... too busy to send thank you notes, make our beds, eat a meal at a table, notice the small things...
And it's piling up, like a mountain of stress, on everyone!

Two weeks ago I put out the idea of approaching the busy-ness in a different way, by relaxing our facial expressions, breathing, noticing our postures.  By regarding chores as rituals instead of terrible tasks that make us miserable. I made the suggestion that while we may not be in control of what lands on our doorstep, we are in fact in control of our response to it all. 
Some people disagreed with me strongly. Others said they understood it in principle but that it's hard. It is hard, it's also simple. 
Last night I woke in the night with a familiar anxiousness coursing through my body. A couple of toss & turns later I "remembered". Held my hands on my lower belly, deeply breathing into all the feelings, and within minutes I had fallen back asleep. That was my choice to calm myself down. Other days I have gotten up, paced, tried to work, kept furrowing that brow. I don't want to do that anymore. I want more calm in my life. I want less stress. I don't always remember, but when I do, it's like night and day.

This week, I want us to look at the idea of "less is more" beyond just a familiar expression - and see what that really means to us as individual beings. Not following a trend, but sitting with the stuff that feels overwhelming.  Where can you pare back? What do you want to make more room for in your life? What has to go, in order to create that space? How can we go beyond being fascinated with decluttering - or regarding it from an intellectual place, but to really and truly LETTING GO!

I'm contemplating this A LOT right now. From all of the places - social media, my newsletter, my website, my clothes, my stuff, my social life... it is all going to be examined mindfully. Some of it is going to change, and some of it is going to go. (And as a result you might start to see things look a little different over here... to be revealed - even to myself, I really just don't yet).
Contemplate how you personally allow stress and busy-ness into your life and how that shows up. Is it making you tired? Do you feel like you're checking boxes but not really present for anything you are doing? Are you taking good care of yourself, getting enough sleep, connecting with your closest loved ones? 

Let's be part of the new wave of calm, let's do that together, because so far the stress-heads are leading the dance and it's not pretty! 
Please take good care of your sweet, sweet self and have a gorgeous week.
xx
Love
Sacha x
Sacha Jones
Holistic Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

Stiggly Holistics
Sacha Jones Ceremonies
 
Nourish Your Body
Nourish Your Soul 
 
Nourish your body, Nourish your soul!

Sacha Jones
Holistic Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

Stiggly Holistics
Sacha Jones Ceremonies
 
Nourish Your Body
Nourish Your Soul 
 
  
 
 
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Tuesday
Jun192018

and the winners are....

And the winners are...
Happy Juicy Tuesday Gorgeous!
Thank you for the wonderful feed back from last week's postabout approaching "busy-ness" from a new angle. It touched a lot of nerves for sure.... more on that stuff soon!

This week I want to shout out a HUGE thank you to all of you who kindly donated to the 
Luis Rojas Foundation for the raffleIwas another wonderful event and funds were raised to keep the foundation going another year, offering a beautiful after-school soccer program to two New York City public schools - we can't do it without your help, so we really are extremely grateful.

The big raffle prizes were won by those outside of the immediate Stiggly circle, but as promised, if you donated through me, you had your name put in a second hat for no extra cost, for a bonus Stiggly raffle! And then I got a bit excited and was feeling very generous, so instead of choosing just one name, I pulled THREE....

And the winners of the Stiggly raffle are....
drum roll please!

Michael Herron!
Sasha Elias!
Vivian Farmery! 

Woohoo! Congrats you three! Drop me an email and I will let you know what you have won! And thank you.



And THANK YOU ALL.... please remember you are all winners, because you generously donated to a wonderful cause, and YOU made a difference in a bunch of awesome New York City school children. You are wonderful. Thank you!

And if you missed the raffle, but still wish to donate, it's not too late, we accept donations all year round, and very much appreciate you. 

The Rojas Foundation is a a federally-approved, not-for-profit organization which provides funding for 
professionally-run, after-school soccer training-programs in non-privileged NYC public schools. They're currently working with PS345 in East Brooklyn, and JHS13 in Manhattan with a "goal" to expand into more schools should they generate enough revenue. Physical fitness, team camaraderie, and of course somewhere to be, during after-school hours are just the tip of the iceberg of benefits to such programs! Truly holistic education!


Thank you SO so so much!
Please take good care of your lovely self and have a wonderful week.
xx
Love
Sacha x
Sacha Jones
Holistic Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

Stiggly Holistics
Sacha Jones Ceremonies
 
Nourish Your Body
Nourish Your Soul 
 
Nourish your body, Nourish your soul!

 

Tuesday
May292018

busy, busy, busy.... stressed out & exhausted!? (and your last chance to buy raffle tickets)

Busy, busy, stressed out, exhausted!! Familiar?

(And it's your last chance to buy raffle tickets -
Help me fund raise, Bernie Sanders style!) 
Good Morning Beauty,

I hope you had a lovely long weekend. And that you took a moment to pause, breathe, and "catch up with yourself".
 
Pretty much everyone I speak to these days is hustling - working crazy hours, sometimes multiple jobs and then filling up all the other waking moments. I started thinking about all the "mod-cons" we have these days, designed apparently to save us time and labour (washing machines come to mind)... but this has not led to a kick-backed life - we have replaced those busy hours with being plugged in, with multiple social media platforms to connect with, a thousand binge-worthy TV shows to watch, a borage of emails to read, more "cultural-events" invitations than we can ever possibly do... and we never stop.

I grew up in a family of never-stopping, (preceding the internet by many generations)... it's very easy to adopt, and an extremely difficult habit to break. "Busy and stressed" is somehow celebrated & applauded in our culture. I'm really curious as to what makes this the go-to human condition - at least in the part of the world where I live.
As a holistic wellness professional I see "burnt out" clients all the time. Adrenal fatigue is a serious matter, and has health consequences far beyond just being tired. So what can we do about it? If everyone I know is experiencing this, then it's clearly an epidemic. It certainly seems to be contagious!

I believe this is multi-layered (and the subject for far more than one newsletter), but I think layer-one to explore separates "busy-ness" from being "stressed out".  I really believe it is possible to be busy and calm at the same time, at least MOST of the time. It is absolutely a practice.

Since I can remember I've witnessed busy people with furrowed brow and a serious expression on their face - often worn with a bit of a stooped spine. (In the cartoon version there is steam coming out of ears and the desk is a pile of messy papers and chaos, oh and there is always shouting.) My experience also has been to feel stressed out by other people's stress! But what if we approached it differently? 

The common misconception is that we can't get anything done if we are smiling. That we are "far too busy" to enjoy ourselves. That working non-stop without a break is productive. (Eating breakfast, lunch & dinner at our desk, or while running down the road, or commuting is the norm.) 

But it DOESN'T WORK.  When we forget to check in with ourselves - to breathe, stretch, smile, take a walk, get some sunshine and fresh air - sure we might bang out the assignment, but what about the big picture? What about the days spent not being able to work because you got so run down that now you're sick (and I'm not even going to go there with the much bigger picture & longevity of health), and etc.!?

What if we embraced the busy in a new way?
(and still get the jobs done!) 

What if we turned chores into ritual? And got a bit more present with everything we do. For example, instead of angrily washing dishes while resenting the task - to notice the warm water, the suds, and the weight of the crockery in our hands. Take a moment to have gratitude for the meal we just ate that led to the dishes being dirtied. The same amount of time has passed but we've sent gentle messages to each of our cells, in place of stress & anxiety. We are also far less likely to break a plate or cut ourself with a sharp knife (which as we know adds to more work, more stress, more emotional upheaval).  Go a little slower, be a bit more present. 

- What if we softened our bodies and faces, and approached the project at hand with a different attitude? Whether it's making the bed, hanging the laundry, or doing a job at work. Gratitude, presence, and mindfulness don't take extra time - in fact these qualities help us save time by reducing errors and re-dos. Stress just makes more stress!

- What if we stayed present with the task at hand, instead of diving ahead in our mind to the endless to-do list, of what is coming next? This is easier said than done, but I have lost count of the times I have made mistakes because I am three steps ahead.

- What if we took the time to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at a table, away from work and gadgets, with more (some!)awareness of what we're eating, the people we are with, the environment we find ourselves in?  

- What if we took regular stretch breaks, and deep breaths and became more attuned to our physical body throughout the day (rather than exclusively during the hour we spend at the gym)?

- What if we allowed ourselves to be a little bored once in a while, to not feel the need to grab for the busy-gadgets every moment we wait for a train or stand in line? 

Even if we only remember to do some of these things a few times a day (even a few times a week), the health benefits (and the productivity levels) will be noticeable. It is HARD, trust me, but it is also simple. A furrowed brow and raised shoulders are by design, and of our choosing - they are not a natural product of being a busy hardworking person. And it bears repeating that the same amount of time passes regardless - the job still gets done if you wear a gentler expression. And maybe your calm can inspire your work-mates and family members to adopt the same attitude!

Also, please notice that not once have I mentioned taking less on, or quitting your job, or anything like that. I am a realist! Some of us have to hustle and take the jobs when they come way - this is life. But we don't have to "wear it" 24/7 as if it were a badge of honour.  

It's a work in progress. I am working on it myself. And I think it's even harder when we find ourselves surrounded by other stressed people. (Have you ever competed in the "who is busiest contest"!!??)   
But let's try!  

I'd love to hear your experiences. How do you wear your stress, and what are some realistic ways you can add a little more calm?

Before I sign off this is my last shout out about the Rojas Cup raffle - it's not too late to buy a raffle ticket for this wonderful foundation, but the drawing us on Saturday,so I recommend jumping on board now. You can find your tickets here:  The Rojas Foundation

Additionally, there is a little "side contest" going on to see who can sell the most raffle tickets/raise the most money, so I am throwing in a bonus! If you buy raffle tickets through Stiggly, your name is going to be thrown into not just one but TWO separate raffles! My style of raising money for this is more the Bernie Sanders way... lots of people donating $10-$20, compared to one or two folks donating $500.  
So come on Stiggly community! Let's do this! Let's make this the best Rojas Foundation year ever!

The Rojas Foundation is a a federally-approved, not-for-profit organization which provides funding for 
professionally-run, after-school soccer training-programs in non-privileged NYC public schools. 95% of all monies raised pays for coaches and equipment! (The remaining 5% goes to costs to run the program. There are no salaries - only hard working dedicated volunteers!) They're currently working with PS345 in East Brooklyn, and JHS13 in Manhattan with a "goal" to expand into more schools should they generate enough revenue. Physical fitness, team camaraderie, and of course somewhere to be, during after-school hours are just the tip of the iceberg of benefits to such programs! Truly holistic education!
On Saturday June 2nd, The Rojas Cup is hosting it's 15th annual tournament and this is where they make the majority of their money for the schools - through the event itself but most of all through the raffles! 

Just $5 gives you a really good shot at winning an Apple iPad Pro 64GB, or an Alexa Echo, or a $250! American Airlines gift card ...all while helping a bunch of cool city kids! $5 buys one ticket, $20 buys you five chances. Any amount buys you a bonus entrance into the Stiggly raffle! We all love a gamble now and again, especially when the cause is so wonderful. There are no losers here people!  Send me your receipt to let me know you entered and your name is going in a hat - winners of the Stiggly prize announced next Tuesday. Winners of the Rojas raffle will be contacted directly.
 
To buy raffle tickets go here!  Please forward this email far and wide and let's make this the biggest fund-raising year thus far! Do it for the kids!



Thank you SO so so much!
Please take good care of your lovely self and have a wonderful week.
xx
Love
Sacha x

 

Tuesday
May292018

privacy laws, newsletters and YOU

I am quite sure you have read this message lots of times already!
Good Morning Beautiful,

This week my email box has been bursting at the seams with emails from all the companies I subscribe too, letting me know about a change in laws & privacy. I am sure this has been true for you! It was news to me, even though I send a weekly newsletter.

It relates to a European Union law regarding privacy... and many of you who read my Juicy Tuesday are indeed from that neck of the woods, so here goes, my turn...

Stiggly Holistics ensures you that we only send you relevant content about the musings, ponderings, events, activities & recipes related to what we are about - holistic wellness. 
Our newsletters have always provided you with the option to unsubscribe - we hope you won't, but that button exists. We would like to continue to share this content with you (it's hard being a tiny one woman business and already our newsletters get buried in folders you will never open), and we hope you'll choose to remain on our mailing list.
Unless you choose to remove your contact information from our database, we shall continue to send you our newsletters. Of course, you can unsubscribe from this list at any time.
ALSO - we never have, never would (and don't even know how if we wanted to).... sell your data!  All we do is send you a newsletter - or deliver you info on classes and cleanses that you purchased.  Pinky swear!
 
But please, stay!

Thanks and see you Tuesday!
Sacha Jones
Holistic Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

Stiggly Holitics
Sacha Jones Ceremonies
 
Nourish Your Body
Nourish Your Soul 
 
Nourish your body, Nourish your soul!

Sacha Jones
Holistic Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

Stiggly Holitics
Sacha Jones Ceremonies
 
Nourish Your Body
Nourish Your Soul