Stone Love and Healing


Stones and crystals are of the Earth and emit vibrations that are healing and supportive to health and well-being. Not as a replacement for medical advice and prescribed drugs and treatment, but complimentary and supportive of our easily unbalanced, out-of-whack beings. I am completing a certification course in crystal healing and integrating crystals into my well-being program with new understanding.

For example, I created a little oasis for taking blood pressure readings with a potted plant (Nature) and a grouping of stones:
Ussingite (the big lavender stone) which is for hypertension, processing of carbs, and free radicals; Leucite (the one with something embedded in it) for hypertension; and stitchtite (purple ones) and sodalite (blue ones), both for hypertension. These stones emit a vibration that supports normal blood pressure.

Not only do the stones do their work naturally, but whenever I see the stone set, I am reminded of my intention for full health. We all know, especially the shamans in the audience, that it’s all about intention. What do we want to create? What do we intend for yourself? What we think, we create is the sage, old saying, and whatever we’re thinking is out there in our aura.

Living holistically means that many old and familiar habits, patterns, and commitments melt away. For me, the relationship with Nature fills into the spaces, replacing burden, woe, and stress–and who knows, maybe one day hypertension that came with them.

I’ll be selling my stone book-and-card set, RAIN MAKES THE ROCKS SING, and FEET UPON THE EARTH on November 18, 10 am – 4 pm, with other authors of Blue Ridge Writers at City Space in downtown Charlottesville, VA. Stop by for a stone chat!

Summertime and the Earthing is Easy


Shorebird Wading


My friend texted me, “I am outside in the yard barefoot and there is a full moon over my shoulder!”

Finally! Success in convincing her to test out the practices of earthing!

Summer is a convenient time to test out the theories of earthing (or grounding), such as lying on the ground and walking barefoot on the earth to ground and balance the body’s electrical systems. If done with regularity and intention, improvements to health and well-being and reductions in pain and stress are the expected results. Walking in saltwater like a shorebird is supposed to be ideal. Documented testimonials abound.

We learn in the book Earthing – The most important health discovery ever? that we are part of nature and connected by electrical systems. The book, by Ober, Sinatra, and Zucker published in 2010, just recently came to me as a gift. The authors detail experiments where the health of individuals improved—no matter their individual condition or diagnoses—by grounding themselves. Improved health ranges from sleeping better to lowering blood pressure to finding relief from chronic pain, and more.

Putting the theories to test myself, I am lying on the earth and/or walking barefoot every day and watching for perceptible changes in my disposition, sense of emotional balance, physical strength, and willingness to simply return the sunshine I absorb out to others. Already, I am aware that my anxiousness indoors emanates from my desire and need to be outdoors. In my coaching practice, I start sessions when appropriate by lying on the ground. If you have the time, place, and inclination, I suggest a good earthing session out with the daisies and hummingbirds this summer day. If you’re fortunate to have saltwater nearby, wading on the shore can’t be beat for earthing benefits.

Try it out for a while and let me know the changes in your own state of being. The first step is to get beyond the critical, analytical mind of an adult and be playfully childlike. That alone is transforming.

On the Rocks



Life can get rocky. It did for me recently and the mood would not lift, so I went to the creek. It gurgled where it fell between rocks on its way to the reservoir, and I complained that it wasn’t making much noise. I needed the racket of a real waterfall. Scum formed on the surface where water pooled, and it had an odor. I told the creek it stunk. It matched my mood.

Interesting, I felt guided to sit on the man-made bench rather than on my usual rock formations. ‘Going to the creek’ is synonymous with sitting on the rocks. But, I followed the guidance, and from the perch could look down on the creek bed for a distance upstream and downstream.

Bored with the little gurgles and still in my own stew, the urge to a hike a trail got me up and moving. The bare winter woods was particularly uninteresting, as my experience was tainted by attitude.  The trail brought me back across the creek. I spent a few minutes on the bench again and the stink wafted in the air again.

I decided that coming to the creek just wasn’t going to help me this time. Rounding a bend in the trail I stopped in my tracks as a skunk waddled nonchalantly up the sandy edge of the creek and disappeared into a hole under overhanging tree roots. “Huh! It’s a skunk!”

Ha! It was you, not the scum causing that odor! I laughed and was glad I had not sat on the rocks in the creek.

Is my negative attitude stinking up the woods like you? Thanks for letting me know what’s it like to be around someone with a bad mood. Are you telling me that I can be nonchalant like you? No one messes with you. If they do, they’ll regret it.

Nonchalant. Like a child. Innocent. Carefree. Even if life stinks for the moment, I can be nonchalant, knowing I am protected.

After watching the skunk disappear from sight, I walked up the trail toward the parking lot. With every few steps, I noticed in the ground looking back at me, heart-shaped rocks. One rock after another peppered on my trail. I felt the love again. The Earth holds and heals me. It is good to go to nature to reconnect.


PS   The first time I saw heart-shaped rocks in the Earth was on 911. After my family members made it safely home, we drove to our local park, which was a special place to us, to soothe our nerves and find our balance. As we descended the trail and walked along the creek, I noticed underfoot heart-shaped stones, thus beginning my habit of looking underfoot for what is helpful to regaining equilibrium.