Staying healthy this Halloween

Being healthy involves what you put in, on, and around your body.

As Halloween approaches, along with changes in temperatures, you may be reaching more for face paint and moisturizing creams to add to your body. Before you reach just any product take a look at the ingredients. Can you pronounce them? If not, then what in the heck are you putting on your largest organ that then filters into your body?

 

I have to admit being in Nicaragua, Ometepe, is not the best option for my skin due to the water and limited products available. Initially I was using Palmolive soap which left my skin feeling yucky and sticky until I came across a completely natural bar of soap with tea tree oil. The price tag was astronomical, $140 cordobas or $5 for a bar of soap. Yet the feeling I received as my skin felt soft and actually clean was priceless. I had brought my own shampoo and fortunately was able to find this all natural shampoo at a local salon.
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Sadly, we have to now pay a higher price for living healthywith all natural products yet that’s in the short term. In the long term we benefit from staying healthy longer as we are more focused on what we put in and on our bodies.
 
Recently, a client asked what beauty products should be avoided and as the universe would have it, I received an informative email highlighting the top 10 toxic chemicals to avoid. As not to repeat an already beautifully written article, I offer it you by clicking here for the top 10 toxic chemicals to avoid.
Thankfully there are growing companies dedicated to keeping you safe, such as Annmarie, Burt’s Bees, DoTerra, and Pangea to name a few. Here are a few of my favorite resources and tips to staying safe all year long regardless of where you are.
Beauty Tips:
  • You may pay more initially yet the lasting health outcome is well worth it.
  • Avoid items that list “fragrance” and choose essential oils.
  • If you cannot pronounce the ingredients, don’t buy it.
  • Choose organic only if it has the USDA organic symbol.
  • Avoid lead products; Common places to find lead are lipsticks and deodorant.
  • Natural does not always mean safe, always read the ingredients and when in doubt ask.
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Peace and love,
Paty,

La Mariposa
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Making a wish

Wednesday marked another year around the Earth for me. I honestly can’t believe I’m now 38 years old. Yes, I kid you not that is my true age although I still feel (and sometimes act) like I’m in my early 30s. I feel blessed to have the opportunity each year to celebrate my birthday differently as I’m usually in another location with other people. Wherever I am, I give thanks that I’ve made it another year, another day. I cannot help but think every year that my older sister never made it this far, thus reminding me how the present is such a gift.

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This year I celebrated my birthday in Ometepe, Nicaragua. The morning began as I always do with gratitude and a meditation for a beautiful day. I then joined my colleagues at a local community health center to teach a group of pregnant women about the 4 levels of energy that are important to maintain balance. (I’ll be working on a video about this class once I’m back in the states) Then celebrated my birthday with NDI colleagues in the afternoon and then in the evening celebrated with my host family eating local food, ice cream, and cake. They were simple yet joyous celebrations because my heart was overflowing with loving energy. Throughout the day when I was connected to the internet I checked my numerous connections to the world outside (Facebook, text, voicemails, whatsapp, and emails) and happily received love from so many people.

I’m so thankful that I can continue to live a life full of gratitude, service, and joy as I choose to follow a path that has transformed me in ways I often can’t describe in words. I have found my purpose in life and I’m creating a business that fulfills each cell of my body even though many times I am petrified of taking another step. Fears such as “What if I fail and my family was right, I should have stayed in a comfortable and secure job with benefits? What if I succeed and all of my dreams come true, even though I don’t know what they are? What if this path continues to bring me joy yet doesn’t bring me true love because of my inability to stay in one place?” swarm throughout my brain from time to time.

When these doubts come into my mind and heart, I ask for strength from Spirit to please guide and support me. I then remember to take a breath and choose what to do next to keep focused on my goals and path. Failure simply implies that I need to fix the mistakes that I made and success is what I envision it to be. It’s really the journey that I have found to be the most impactful.

So, now that I’m 38 years old my goals are to continue to expand my business and empower myself to be the best that I can be. I continue to step into my big girl shoes as I make mistakes, learn from them, and walk on with a smile on my face. To embrace those around me and give thanks for the support they have shared with me. I will continue to lose people along the journey yet will be filled with their memories and what they have taught me. All I have control over is where I chose to direct my focus and to keep steady with one foot in front of the other. I release the expectations others have for me and create my own reality while surrounded by people who support me.

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Best of all I’m going to continue jamming to the music life has to offer. Speaking of music, here’s an awesome song to inspire you today and rise up. Click here and dance, dance, dance!!

How do you celebrate your birthday? What ways do you make your birthday special?

Please respond and share your favorite birthday!

My mission is to offer you health-related insights, practical tips, inspiration and stories that will support you in living balanced towards a happy and healthy life as you embrace your joy and purpose along your healing journey.

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Peace and love,   Paty, La Mariposa

Creating my own comfort zone

As an international traveler, I constantly push myself out of my comfort zone. Most of the time to save money I either stay in hostels, with friends or even stay with people I don’t know using couchsurfing. I have had the traveling bug since I was a young girl, thanks to my parents who traveled often throughout Latin America. However, my world changed when I opted to study abroad in Spain for 2 months as an exchange student. Before my study abroad I traveled with my sister for 2 weeks throughout the north of Spain. It was amazing. Since then I have found numerous opportunities to pack up my backpack and take off somewhere new with little planning other than a plane ticket and at least 1 main destination. In 2007 I took traveling to another level when I combined it with service work as a volunteer with the Peace Corps. Almost every year I’m off to a new country or state offering my services and learning about a new place and its people. It’s almost an addiction and keeps my gypsy heart happy.

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My newest travels have taken me to Ometepe, Nicaragua and I have now been here a little over a month as an intern at a naturopathic clinic through the non-profit Natural Doctor’s International (NDI). The clinic is based in a primarily agricultural town called Los Angeles and offers free natural health medicine and psychology to the people of Ometepe of over 45,000 people. However, during my time here the naturopathic doctor* (didn’t know what that was until I arrived) had just moved to the capital city, Managua, with his family and so was taking a break from the island. I opted to arrive before my volunteer stint of 3 months to participate in a 10-day global health brigade working with him, 5 naturopathic students, a psychologist, and another naturopathic doctor serving over 100 patients in 4 days. It was an amazing experience to see the collaboration between physical and mental health using natural remedies.

Since the brigade ended, I have been working with Lilliam, the organization’s psychologist in her numerous activities within the Diosa (Goddess) community empowerment program. We have naturally been combining our skills; hers are counseling and Bach Flowers therapy and mine are counseling with energy healing work. Our work includes seeing clients Mondays at the local hospital and Tuesdays the clinic. As part of my commitment to heart centered individuals I’m blessed to also offer energy healing and meditation to the hospital staff individually and in-group sessions. Overall, it’s been super gratifying although the heat has been intense as they don’t have air conditioning and yet I’m grateful for the recent repair of the overhead fan in the office I work in.

 

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Offering energy work to a pregnant nurse helping release insomnia issues.

For patients that rarely receive energy work, although some have received acupuncture and massage when it’s available when the brigades come, all are so open minded and willing to receive a stress release session. I’ve been using color therapy, magnet, aromatherapy, and Reiki. I have seen some amazing transformations after only 1 session. For example, one patient who had never been to a psychologist was sent to me at the hospital for issues with nerves (anxiety attacks). She admitted she was scared of almost everything and caused her family to feel edgy and annoyed with her. After one session she stated that most of her fears had dissipated and she felt so much more relaxed.

Most of the health issues I am seeing are so similar to clients I work with back home; digestive issues; long-term grief, holding on to feelings, issues with loved ones, fears about moving forward in life, etc. However, one of the issues I’m dealing more with are men cheating on their significant others yet they become upset if the women state that they need to choose, them or their infidelities. Some women are well aware of it and says it doesn’t bother them (although their health issues are showing otherwise) and other women are unsure what to do because they are financially dependent on their husbands). The psychological abuse and often childhood trauma of sexual abuse or molestation is also highly prevalent. So many are extremely grateful to have someone they can speak honestly with for many have never spoken to their traumas to anyone. We work on identifying solutions and of course receiving energy healing to assist them in releasing their emotional wounds. These are the cases I most often debrief with Lilliam because it’s so challenging to hear the disrespect these women experience daily.

Each Wednesday we visit a different community health center to meet with their pregnant women’s club along with a dentist, a nutritionist, and the psychologist. In the club we discuss a theme (September) was on the benefits of Moringa, (Marango in Nicaragua) a tree that offers numerous vitamins especially increase in lactating women. After the discussion the women meet individually with each of the above health professionals.

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This is truly community care support at its best as these are services that are all offered for free. Granted the medical equipment and conditions are sparse yet health care is an important virtue of the socialist government of improving the health needs of the people most of which are very poor. The government is focused on increasing maternal health and decreasing infant death. However, one of Nicaragua’s biggest issues is teen pregnancy, which is not going down, and unfortunately many of the teens are not coming to the pregnant women clubs.

Thursdays, I primarily work with my clients in the United States and administration work within my business, especially my upcoming online chakra course. However, sometimes I also lead self-care and meditation groups at the local community centers and the hospital on Thursdays and Fridays. Fridays are office days for the most part if we’re not teaching. Yet we have gone to offer self-care and meditation groups in community organizations to heart-centered individuals.

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Teaching about holistic balance in the local hospital.

Saturdays and Sundays are my fun and adventure days. One weekend I rented a scooter and traveled around the island on my own. Another weekend I went horseback riding and climbing up a non-active volcano. I have also had “beach” days and sightseeing days.

 

Overall, my time in Nicaragua has involved numerous a-ha moments, as I’m more inspired about my work and purpose. I’m finding my work-life balance by ensuring I have fun and adventurous days. Mornings I wake up with the sunrise and focus on me time as I write, meditate, and do core exercises. I also spend time with my host family and community members.

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I’m thankful for this opportunity here as I for me it takes stepping out of my comfort zone (and air conditioning) to reawaken the light flowing through me as I can get back to basics. Being of service in developing countries is such a gift that I truly enjoy. As September ended I had the opportunity to teach 11 community professionals Reiki 1 sponsored by Diosa and my business. For many it was the first time they ever heard of it and for all it is a new tool they can use for their self-care. They are looking forward to Reiki 2 in a couple of months. In December I’ll be returning to Miami to spend the holidays with my family and then celebrate new year’s offering energy healing sessions and classes at a music festival (my fun zone).

Being of service is to focus on one’s feminine traits, which is about giving to others in a loving and compassionate way. Service work is a combination of sacral and heart chakra as it focuses on creativity, passion, and compassion for others.

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Opening heart and brow chakras

What’s your way of being of service? How do you like to give back to communities?

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Blessings and health,

Paty Hernandez, Chakraholic and Gypsy Energy Healer. MSW, MPH, CHC