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Dear September 2021,
I hope this letter finds you well. It's lovely to see you again with all your glorious colors, delicious apples, and cool brisk days. I've gone ahead and rearranged my closet for Fall, bringing forward my sweaters, flannels, and long pants, even though it's still 90 degrees here in California. It's hard to break a Midwest girl of her habits, you know? Look, I'm gonna be honest...I was hoping after the summer we just had around here that I could bury my head in a pile of your autumnal leaves this month, but it seems that won't be an option. You've started off with a real bang in the US, haven't you? In only 3 days you've brought us catastrophic weather and flooding, unrelenting forest fires, a new law which sets women's rights back 50 years, and no end in sight for the COVID Delta variant. The headlines are grim my friend. What gives? I know, I know, it's not all on you. You're caught up in everything just like the rest of us. I can't blame you entirely. In fact, maybe I shouldn't be blaming anyone at all. That's not really helping anything, is it? You're right, you're right, my energy is better spent living my best life despite all the doom and gloom. My attitude is a choice I make each day. I can either choose misery or happiness. And since the world already has enough misery, why not choose to be happy? I can wake up each morning grateful for a new day, optimistic that things WILL get better, and filled with trust that the Universe is unfolding exactly as it should. I can remember that my soul chose to be here, in this lifetime, for a reason. I'm here to learn, love, and leave the world a better place than I found it. I can be the light that shines through all this darkness. I have that power within me. We all do. Whew! I feel better already. Thank you September...I needed this pep talk. Now back to my pumpkin latte. With gratitude, Kristen New & Notable
This month I'm highlighting my Emotional Balance energy spray, created with the intention of opening your Sacral Chakra and bringing your emotions back into balance. I recommend this particular formula to ease suffering from feelings of guilt, emotional instability, fear of what others think, body shame, childhood wounds, stagnant creativity, and repressed desire. May also be used for reproductive issues, such as infertility, post partum depression, and menstrual cramps. This original recipe Emotional Balance spray was created after much reading, researching, and testing different scent combinations. I craft each spray with only the highest quality therapeutic grade essential oils. (Because the cheap stuff is watered down and smells 'fake'.) Like all the sprays I make, the ingredients are chosen with intention, care, and integrity. Every bottle includes authentic crystal chips specifically selected by me for their healing properties. You'll hear the crystals jingle each time you shake the bottle, activating their powers. And the water I use in each spray isn't just 'regular' water. I only use purified water which I have personally blessed with Reiki energy and ancient healing symbols. Additionally, the water sets overnight under the light of the full moon, adding moon magic to each bottle. Orders may be placed online for this spay, plus the 9 other varieties of energy sprays I have developed on my website. SHOP
Recipe of the Month Cooking has always felt magical to me. You take a bunch of stuff, that on its own isn't very interesting, and mix it together to create something new and divine. That's alchemy. That's energy. That's magic :) Apple Oat Muffins
Ingredients: 2 cups tart apples, peeled and shredded 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup quick-cooking oats
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 cup milk (dairy or non dairy) 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup (8 oz.) plain yogurt 1 large egg
Pre heat oven to 400 degrees F.
Place shredded apple on paper towels and squeeze out excess water, until barely moist.
In a large bowl, combine flour and next 6 ingredients (thru cinnamon). Stir with a whisk. Make a well in center of mixture.
In a medium bowl whisk together milk, oil, vanilla, yogurt, and egg until well blended.
Pour egg mixture into well of flour mixture. Stir until just moist. (Do not over mix or muffins will be tough.)
Fold in shredded apple.
Spray a 12 cup muffin pan with cooking spray.
Evenly spoon batter into prepared muffin tin.
Bake 20 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center.
Cool in pans 5 minutes, then remove to wire rack and cool completely.
DID YOU KNOW?
Over 800 hospitals in the United States currently offer Reiki to patients, including Memorial Sloan Kettering, Cleveland Clinic, New York Presbyterian, Yale Cancer Center, Stanford Hospital, and the Mayo Clinic. Reiki is in the top three complementary in-patient therapies in U.S. hospitals, according to an AHA survey. Massage therapy is first, followed by music/art therapy, and a close third is “healing touch therapies”, which includes Reiki.
Nourishing My Soul This Month
What I'm Reading
People We Meet on Vacation: A Novel
The Silent Patient: A Novel
The Thursday Murder Club: A Novel
My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts
What I'm Shuffling
Light Seer's Tarot Cards
What I'm Up To
September 1, Past Life Regression with Susan Lyons, exploring my soul agreements, life's purpose, and karmic patterns.
September 4, Wake Up with your Inner Goddess and Create Magic Mini-Retreat with Denise Elizabeth Byron
September 7, New Moon Magic Meditation with Denise Elizabeth Byron
September 11, participating in the National Day of Service with Youth Community Service (YCS) in Palo Alto
Each Monday morning, Cosmic Compass Conversations with Denise Elizabeth Byron
In Your Own Words "I've truly enjoyed my weekly virtual meditation sessions with Palo Alto Reiki. Kristen is incredibly skilled at focusing on what is most important at the time and guiding the group through a calming and relaxing meditation practice. I always end my session with more clarity and joy. I have also enjoyed the one-on-one virtual reiki sessions. Kristen is a bright light in our current pandemic riddled world. I highly recommend her services." ~Christine J., Palo Alto, CA Add Your Review
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