What Everyone Should Know About Energy Healing

June 11, 2017

Over the past few months I’ve received an influx of questions from family, friends, and blog readers regarding my self-care practices, crystal healing, and all things spirituality. For a little over a year now I’ve been seeing a healer named Jodi who has helped me exponentially with coping with anxiety and depression. Like many twenty-somethings, I’ve experienced a deep sense of feeling lost and untethered post graduation. I would go as far as to say that this same feeling applies to so many of us in all stages of life; to anyone who has experienced any sense of loss or major life change. With that being said. I wanted to introduce Jodi to you and have her explain what it is she does. I may be a little biased by saying this, but I think if we all practiced a bit more self-love and found healthy ways to manage our anxiety there would be so much more happiness in this world. -Hannah

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Jodi Puleo

I am a spiritual teacher, counselor, life coach, energy healer and a medium. When I work with others I am guided to help them on their journey to love and truly enjoy their life by helping them to identify and remove external and/or internal barriers that prevent love and life fulfillment.

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Mediumship

It can be hard to see at times, but each and every life has an important purpose and intricate plan that is fully supported by a spiritual support team that comprises of guardian angels, loved ones who have passed on, and other divine spirits that are dedicated to helping you on your life journey. During a healing session, I access this team and provide each client with information and guidance that can help to release old thoughts and beliefs and change patterns that are no longer helpful. Each session is very purposeful and strong by nature to provide clients with as much relief and progress as possible. It is possible to experience profound healing in just one session.

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Reiki Healing

I also provide energy healing using Reiki. A Reiki healing session calls upon the healing energy that surrounds us and resides within us to remove energetic blockages that may be preventing healing. These blockages may look like depression, trauma anxiety, explosive anger, ADHD, cancer, high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, or common illnesses such as pink eye, flu, the common cold, etc.

Is Reiki Safe

Reiki is in alignment with divine purpose so an individual will experience exactly what they need during a Reiki healing session to help them to be successful on their life path. Reiki can’t change or interfere with a person’s life path which makes it extremely safe and effective.

Reiki and Other Treatments

Since Reiki is safe and holistic in nature, it works very well when combined with our medical system and other holistic approaches to healing. For example, Reiki energy can help to remove any blockages that interfere with the effectiveness of prescribed medications, help to remove blockages that prevent the body from staying in physical alignment after an adjustment from a chiropractor and improve recovery time after surgery.

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I think one of the most important things to understand about Reiki is that it is a healing system based on unconditional love and acceptance. There are no right and wrongs in Reiki and each and every life decision and path is fully supported and accepted.

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Healing Blockages

Blockages are due to a trauma, emotion, or stressful life experiences that have affected a person’s perception of themselves and the world. During a Reiki session, the energy that is “stuck or trapped” and causing the blockage is plucked out and replaced with positive healing energy which allows your body, mind, and soul to heal.  I have found that a single Reiki session can heal or greatly improve any ailment. In other cases, certain conditions require more Reiki treatments if the blockage(s) have been buried under many layers or if an individual inadvertently blocks healing due to fear or beliefs or unworthiness. Reiki will gently remove each fear, belief, and layer so that healing can occur.

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Self-Care

There are many ways to take care of your mind, body, and soul. For instance, eating organic foods, meditation, mindfulness, exercise, and yoga are all amazing ways to maintain and build health. I believe the best self-care is based on self- love and following your heart and inner guidance. It is easy to dismiss those strong urges and feelings or messages that are instructing you and guiding you; however, these messages are so important. Often, we can become disconnected from love by stress, pressure, obligations or expectations, and/or trauma. Remember that every ailment is connected to a trauma or emotional cause. When you commit to love yourself and move to a place of harmony with your heart, mind, body, and soul you will be able to recognize the trauma and will be guided to know how to heal any ailment.

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Want to learn more about energy healing? Contact Jodi here

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Photography by Centered Images

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Blog-Signature-Hannah

How to Learn to Love Yourself & Stop Seeking Validation from Others

April 19, 2017

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I want to let you in on a little secret… I worry a lot about whether or not people value or like me.

It’s something we all struggle with, but only more recently have I identified this exhausting cycle of looking to others to validate my worth. For so long I craved to get good grades so that my teachers and parents would be proud of me and therefore I would be a “good little girl.” Then it became career successes and acquiring as many internships + jobs as possible within my field so as to impress future employers. The end result? A not so minor set of panic attacks when life didn’t go as planned, as well as a crushing blow to my self-confidence and sense of self.

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Where does one go from here you may ask. Well, there’s only one way to end the cycle: Learn to validate yourself. Learn to give yourself the attention, approval, love, and acceptance you seek from others.

I have to tell you it’s not easy. Validating yourself is not just a matter of looking in the mirror and telling yourself that you are a wonderful, beautiful child of God. It’s not just a matter of telling yourself throughout the day that you are enough. It takes great practice and also more than anything else, a changed mindset.

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To begin with, the first step to self-validation is learning to access the truth of who you are from your higher minded, spiritual self. The term spiritual may make some uneasy, but by this, I mean feeling connected to an energy far greater than yourself and working with the Universe to understand it’s meaning.

It’s only when the truth of who you are comes through you that you’ll begin to believe it. Hearing the truth from your higher self isn’t as hard as you may think. When your sincere intention is to learn the truth, you will begin to feel it. Ask the Universe to reveal to you your soul’s essence and so long as you are open to the possibility of a miracle, the Universe will present you with one.

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The second step to self-validation is in the way you treat yourself. For it is your thoughts that become your reality, and negative thoughts can make for a negative reality. It doesn’t matter how many lovely things your higher self tells you about who you are. You have to stop judging yourself and abandoning yourself in numerous other ways to internalize that truth. Ignoring your feelings, numbing your feelings with addictions, and making others responsible for your worth will trap you in feelings of unworthiness.

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I know for me one of my greatest struggles has been my addiction to being busy/productive. For me, I often look to career success and financial security to feel worthy. I have felt like I’m nothing without my career. For instance, these past couple months not having a solid 9 to 5 with a lofty title (and pay) made me really anxious. I kept thinking about how after getting my graduate degree I was failing by not being a marketing coordinator at some fashion company. I kept seeing myself as being derailed from my dreams, rather than see that a detour happened to show me many unforeseen life lessons.

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Together we need to practice treating ourselves as cherished beings worthy of all the love the Universe has to offer. The more we learn to love, see, and validate ourselves, the more validation we’ll ultimately find in others. When you treat yourself in unloving ways, you invite others to do the same. When you learn to love and validate yourself, the energy you project tells others you are worthy of being loved and validated.

Life will only change for the better when you learn to love and validate yourself. Why not choose to begin the journey of finding love from within starting right now? Close your eyes. Ask the Universe, God, or whatever you want to call it to help you. Remember that true happiness can never be found in another person, or what it is you do for work, or how many friends you have, but rather your connection to it all. Whatever you do, choose love.

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Photography by Lauren Hebert

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Blog-Signature-Hannah

Hiking with L.L. Bean

April 16, 2017

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As cliché as it is to say, I don’t think I truly appreciated my home state of Maine until I was gone. Growing up I despised that I did not live in a city and that it felt like nothing exciting ever happened. I so badly craved to be somewhere with more hustle and bustle. Now after living in three cities, I’ve come to appreciate how laid-back Maine is. Also beyond anything else, I value the many opportunities there are to venture into nature.

The other weekend when we were staying at Northern Outdoors we hiked to the scenic Moxie Falls. The three of us girls had woke up early, dressed warmly, and made our way to the woods. It had snowed first thing that morning so the trees were covered with flecks of white. The sun shined bright in the sky and the air was crisp, yet not too chilly. It was a perfect day to be outside.

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“I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all. The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost, like the face of a long-dead relative, like an old dream, like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water, most of all like golden eternities of past childhood or past manhood and all the living and the dying and the heartbreak that went on a million years ago and the clouds as they pass overhead seem to testify (by their own lonesome familiarity) to this feeling.”

—Jack Kerouac

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There’s something innately beautiful about being in nature. Perhaps it’s that you feel a connectedness to something much greater than yourself, or that there is absolutely no pressure to be anything other than who you are. Whatever it is, we sure need a lot more of it in our daily lives.

How beautiful it is to feel so at peace in your very soul.

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What I love about Maine is that even after growing up here and living here most of my life, there is still so much left to discover. For instance, I had never been to The Forks area and had I not been offered a stay with Northern Outdoors, I would never have found this overlooked treasure. Moxie Falls is one of the highest falls in New England and seeing it in the early spring with the snow still on the ground was absolutely breathtaking.

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For our hike, we opted for a Maine staple: L.L. Bean. Designed and manufactured almost entirely in Maine, L.L. Bean is meant to inspire, motivate, and keep you cool and comfortable. Perhaps this is my Maine roots talking, but what I’m most drawn to is their timeless style and practicality. Our L.L. Bean boots were not only fashionable but kept our feet dry through the copious amount of snow we walked through.

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When we returned to the car from our hike each of us was quiet for a few minutes. The walk in the woods had done us all well. Our souls were at peace and our minds were at ease. Taking time to reflect and unplug is one of life’s simplest gifts. After our trip, each of us vowed to prioritize time spent in nature.

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Photography by Lauren Hebert and Centered Images

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Blog-Signature-Hannah

 

Girls Weekend at Northern Outdoors

April 12, 2017

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More often than not life has a knack of getting in the way. Between the demands of work and family life, it can often feel like you do not have enough time for yourself let alone cultivating valuable relationships. In our society, we tend to put a greater focus on the importance of romantic relationships and lose sight of all the wonderful other relationships life has to offer- like your relationship with oneself, or how loved and appreciated we can feel in the context of a friendship.

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A few weekends ago I had the opportunity to partake in a girls getaway weekend with my bestie Chelsea, and our new friend Lauren. We ventured up to Northern Maine to stay at Northern Outdoors, an all-season resort in The Forks that is home to snowmobiling, rafting, hiking, hunting, fishing, as well as a microbrewery and pub. We arrived mid morning on a Friday and upon unpacking we instantly found ourselves seated by the fireplace playing cards, chatting, and listening to good music.

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What was incredible was how within just a minute or two after meeting Lauren (Chelsea’s friend and fellow lifestyle photographer) I felt instantly close and felt an emotional connection to her. This is what is awesome about forming friendships! Great friends are basically soul mates- the connection runs deep and unlike romantic relationships, they are not fleeting. Instead, these kinds of relationships immediately allow you to feel supported and cared for without the pressure to complete the other person. They also allow you feel known, seen, heard and understood on a really profound level.

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Unlike romantic relationships, friendships aren’t typically dynamics where we “lose ourselves,” but rather where we find ourselves — through introspection, vulnerability, and emotional generosity. Friendships help you to become your best self. For me, friendships — especially with other women — have allowed me to explore who I am and where I want to go in life. This is why a weekend spent with two other extraordinary women was so good for our souls. It allowed for us each to not only regroup and recharge from the stress of daily life but also to grow on a spiritual level by challenging one another and supporting each other through our unique gifts and perspectives.

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What was especially wonderful was watching Chelsea and Lauren take turns taking photos over the weekend. As photographers they each have their own unique eye and vision, however, they both were open to learning from one another when it came to shooting this blog content. Lauren having had her photography business for longer constantly provided Chelsea with words of encouragement and offered her feedback into taking her dreams & passions into a viable career.

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This whole experience reminded me of how very important it is to surround yourself with friends who encourage you to succeed, rather than feel insecure and challenged by you rising ahead. It is so important to be friends with people who are deeply committed to not only their own personal evolution but who are also committed to seeing you thrive and want to be apart of your journey. Remember: you have control over who makes up your tribe- why not surround yourself powerful, accomplished, thoughtful individuals whom your greatly admire?

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That evening we went to the Kennebec River Brewery and Restaurant inside the main lodge for a delicious dinner of mouthwatering burgers, home-cut fries, and pasta. Lauren ordered the flight of their most popular beers and Chelsea made sure to try their “Netflix & Chill” mixed drink (definitely 10/10 would suggest). We ended up sitting in the restaurant for hours talking and laughing.

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When we got back to our cabin we were able to relax and laugh some more while watching Modern Family since the cabin we were staying in had a TV with DISH network. Speaking of amenities, I just have to take a moment and point out how incredible our cabin was. We stayed in Black Bear, which was fully furnished with a fully equipped kitchen. We packed premade meals from our favorite Tripp’s Farmhouse Café that we were able to heat up and enjoy all weekend long. Also, did we mention there was a Jacuzzi in the Master bedroom? This weekend was the definition of relaxation!

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Close to the resort is the well-known Moxie falls scenic area, which we were able to hike to. Even if it’s technically the spring season in Maine, the snow on the ground makes for a prolonged sense of winter. Instead of curse the copious amounts of snow that remained, we embraced the opportunity to snowmobile and see Moxie falls covered in a white frozen splendor. Also, the three of us girls found hiking in the snow to be a welcome challenge and throughout our walk through the woods enjoyed the sound of our L.L. Bean boots crunch through the snow.

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Weekend getaways don’t have to be a luxury. If you plan ahead, budget, and prioritize you can easily plan a weekend away. More and more I’m seeing how life has to be about balance. There is something to be said about the phrase “work hard, play hard.” As much as your career is important so are your relationships. Without proper nourishment, they will not blossom and grow. What better way to spend time with loved ones than during a weekend spent in nature? I’m of the belief that life is meant to be enjoyed to the fullest and I’m blessed that my home state of Maine makes for the perfect playground. You better believe I’m already planning a getaway weekend to Northern Outdoors again for this summer. Plus then the outdoor pool will be open and I can plan on crossing off whitewater rafting from my bucket list!

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Photography by Lauren Hebert and Centered Images


Thank you, Northern Outdoors for collaborating with us on this post!


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