Happy Solstice! (Winter in the Northern Hemisphere & Summer in the Southern)
Here in the Northern Hemisphere it feels like a bit of a paradox. Today marks the day of the longest night and start of Winter, which is a time of hibernation. Yet this time of the year there can be so much extra hustle and bustle. It can be challenging to reconcile this natural rhythm of rest with the activities of the holidays.
I personally like to take some time during Winter Solstice to reflect. I like to cozy up under my favorite blanket with a good cup of tea and put pen to paper. One of my favorite things to journal is what I would like to let go of and what I would like to welcome in. This time of reflection and vision building continues from Solstice until New Year's Eve and is my sacred solitary time in the midst of connecting with family and friends throughout the holidays.
Some questions I ponder: What was supportive to me this year, what was not? What deserves acknowledgement and celebration this year? What would I like to let go of and leave behind in 2017? What would I like to welcome in or experience more of in the year to come?
This year I would like to let go of self-doubt and unnecessary structure and I would like to welcome in more self-confidence, ease and joy.
How do you like to celebrate Winter Solstice and find balance this time of the year? In a few words, what would you like to let go of and welcome in?
I recently made two desserts for our Invigorate the Holidays Workshop. These two recipes were an exciting find: gluten free, quick and yummy (my 6 year old even gave them two thumbs up). Plus they each are super powered by DoTerra essential oils*.
I'm planning on playing with these recipes some more over the holidays to see how much I can reduce the amount of honey. I often find that I can reduce the amount of sugar/sweeteners by 1/3-2/3. For now here are the original recipes. Enjoy!
One of my favorite holiday treats growing up was Andes chocolates, so chocolate & mint is often a comfort food. Super excited to find this surprising recipe, for when the craving strikes, although I personally wouldn't call them brownies ;)
Peppermint Black Bean Brownies
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 large eggs
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup honey
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
4 drops DoTerra Peppermint essential oil*
3/4 cup chocolate chips, divided
1 cup finely shredded coconut, divided
1 cup almond butter
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chia seeds
3 drops doTERRA Wild Orange essential oil*
Learn more about DoTerra essential oils at: www.doterra.com/US/en/site/heatherrizzo
*Not all essential oils are approved for internal use. These two oils from DoTerra are approved for internal use.
Original recipes & ingredient health benefits:
The other day as I thought about the changing of the seasons I suddenly found myself in deep reflection. My thoughts wandered to the trees shedding their leaves and how this is a beautiful demonstration of the natural and important process of letting go of that which you no longer need. I also thought about the shift to nighttime taking over daytime and the contrast of light and dark.
A lot of energy can be spent on revealing one’s “good” qualities/sides, shining your light, putting your best foot forward, etc. and on hiding those parts of you that may seem unacceptable or unloveable. Do not be afraid of the deepest, darkest parts of you. The light and dark are both important– stars cannot shine without darkness.
I have become increasingly grateful for the process of releasing the old and making room for the new. For the opportunity to feel the deepest, darkest parts of me, embrace and dance with them. This process transforms my life not only personally but also professionally. The more I allow myself to connect to the depths of me the more deeply I can feel others.
The phrase “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” often resonates in my brain during these times of shedding and letting go. As different parts of me surface and reveal old limiting beliefs, I am often struck by a variety of emotions such as: resistance, grief, anger, and finally acceptance.
I’m happy to say that each time I experience these “healing crises” my movement from resistance to acceptance goes more smoothly, quickly and often with a stronger rebound. I’m also able to hear those various parts of me and limiting beliefs that tell me I should be someone different, than who I am in that moment, more clearly.
Focusing on the rebound and break through instead of the break down can help to ease this process of letting go. Take in the lessons and wisdom from the circumstances, celebrate that you are releasing that which no longer serves you and trust that you are creating space for something better to come into your life.
As we come into the time of the year when the darkness of night takes over the light of day, I invite you to dare to connect to those parts of you that you deem unacceptable or perhaps even unloveable and take this time to reflect:
(From the archives: originally featured article in Return to Balance Ezine: September 25, 2014. Edited for 2017 release.)
Thank you to everyone who showed up to support Joyful Healing Playground's first community outreach event, at Goodman Community Center on Saturday. We were very pleased by the turn out and had a great time. A special thank you to Goodman Community Center for the use of your beautiful facility.
The JHP Team is already discussing future community events so stay tuned!
Contact me to schedule your Access Bars session...so you can be blissfully relaxed like these folks ;)
Today I celebrate becoming a year wiser. Each year I discover more about what is supportive and not supportive in me having a vibrant life. In honor of my birthday I share personal insight with you regarding a limiting belief that was keeping me from thriving. I hope this helps you on your journey as well. Enjoy the video!
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who joined in the fun at the public launch of the Joyful Healing Playground. It was such a beautiful evening of celebrating with friends, family and making new connections.
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