Araminta Freedom Initiative is a Baltimore based, non-profit organization dedicated to awakening, equipping, and mobilizing the Church and community in Maryland to end human trafficking through education, prevention strategies, and restorative survivor services. Our vision is to see every child free from human trafficking.
On February 15th Nourishing Journey is hosting a fundraiser to support Araminta – all proceeds from the event are going to Araminta to help meet critical needs.
You can participate by purchasing one (20 minute) service for $20, OR three (20 mine services) for $50. There will also be informative discussions and workshops throughout the event.
Please join us – and share this with others.
If you cannot attend this event, but would still like to donate, you can do so here.
I began my daily practice of gratitude years ago when I went through a rough time in life and I hit my bottom. I wasn’t suicidal per se, but I was ready to accept death if it happened.
Beginning my daily practice of finding something that made me smile (which is actually very hard to do when you’re as depressed and hopeless as I was), and a gratitude list is what showed me my courage – and that led me to my strength.
What and who I was grateful for just a few years ago were very different than what I express now. Looking back I wrote things like: my dog made a funny look on her face today when she pooped in the neighbors tree box – that made me smile. … Because of those silly things, in time I started to laugh.
I do have to be an active participant in my journey. And having someone, or a group of people, helping me is even better, sometimes even a blessing. I was on my healing journey and at a point where I wanted my body to be strong again – I needed my body to feel strong again – so that emotionally I could feel strong and find courage to keep trying for what I wanted. Around this time I met a personal trainer that I could not afford, but I managed to squeek out a few sessions with him – enough to take some notes, to feel some inspiration, and I created a plan and routine for myself. This also helped me realize that I once had the ability to do this for myself, only I had forgotten.
Forgetting how to take care of yourself is very humbling. It only takes one small gesture, and then your whole world begins to change. Sometimes people see, and so they help. Others, like GB the personal trainer probably never knew what was driving me those few times we met. But I was with myself 100% of the time. I cannot even begin to sit here and write out the many ways I have grown since then. Hell, I probably don’t even know them all myself – these are the sorts of things that trickle out over time. Making the connections is the importance of the lesson, and then doing something with what you learned.
I still need to actively seek gratitude and courage. I have to remember. I still need to be conscious of when I’m not smiling. I still need to find my patterns. These things truly keep my head on straight. It’s about priority and it’s about choice. Because I want life experience. A better one. I want happiness. I want to feel joy. I don’t want to feel hurt. I don’t want to feel wounded. So I practice – daily. And now when you look at my list, you will find entries like: I am grateful for meeting RB – she is such an inspiration, and because of her I can see things in a new way, and I feel better.
Isn’t it remarkable how you find what you need when you need it, not even yet fully realizing what it will ultimately give you?! Sometimes it may take years and many cycles of something working itself out to realize what a gift it truly is. You do have to be an active participant in your journey, all the time.
So many people are looking for ways to heal themselves, to overcome, and move past the things in their lives that bring them down. People are ready for change. People are ready for better. And everyone likes feeling healthy.
I invite you to think back to your first day of school, your first job interview, that big fight with a loved one, being cut off in traffic. Remember the last time you had a really big day, the kind that requires celebrating, like your wedding day.
Why? Because any event or experience (good, or not so good) that causes you to react on a psycho-emotional level has a direct and immediate affect at a neuro-physiolocal level for short or extended periods of time. Let me explain …
These intenseand highly emotional events and experiences created charged energy – that is now stored in your body.
Why do we want to care about and acknowledge our charged moments?
Because the continued behavior of failing to acknowledge their effects risks creating stress related diseases, especially when suppressing the not so good ones. I tell my students all the time how simple things – even just stubbing your toe – is traumatic. But I encourage everyone to come up with their own definitions for 1)stress, 2)tension, and 3)trauma.
I am so passionate about helping people be experts for their own health and wellness plan that I created a 4 week series to deepen their healing experience. TRE® (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises) is a series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma (physical and emotional). Created by Dr. David Berceli TRE® safely activates your natural reflexive mechanism by way of neurophysiological rebalancing. And the most commonly reported benefits are decreased anxiety, the release of chronic tension, the discharge of emotional and physical trauma, improved sleep, mood and digestion, decreased aches and pains, improved flexibility, and the decrease in symptoms for sciatica, fibromyalgia, and other chronic conditions.
Individuals and communities around the world feel the benefits of this modality for healing.
In this series, you will deeply explore your personal trauma time-line; determine your level of traumatic imprint; learn about the importance for properly discharging stored energy to create new emotional pathways and speeding up your recovery time; and how this modality for healing restores your Mind Body Spirit to wholeness – and more. Each class is a combination of education, self discovery, group discussion, and a group TRE® experience.
I am currently offering this course in 3 locations:
Pre-registration is required because seats are limited. Click on the locations link above to register. For more information, or to bring this series to your community – please email me directly. Cost is $150 per person. Please bring your personal journals, mats, blankets, and wear comfortable clothing you can stretch in.
4 week immersion experience by Lisa Karasek, TRE® Certified Facilitator
Lisa Karasek is a Quantum Healer and Intuitive Practitioner able to powerfully transform your state of being by guiding you to a healthier, happier, and more purposeful life using ancient, multi-dimentional healing modalities, angelic energies, and consciousness based practices. Lisa is passionate and dedicated to helping you work with the dynamics of your Authentic Self Relationship.
I have way more creative sparks and wants than I could ever keep up with – you should see my To-Do List, it’s fucking ridiculous!
Partial amounts of what I want reaches you. And to boot – call me ethereal. I fall into the stereotype of being flighty, flaky, not organized, not – whatever you want to call it. I will admit it – I do come across that way. But it’s really not my truth.
The real story is I’m too intelligent, too organized, too caring, too thoughtful, too jazzed, and too damn busy. It’s not that I’m incapable of accomplishing anything I start, shit, I hardly get to start enough of what I want to.
The LISTS!! OMG the lists I have! Ideas. Ideas. Ideas! … and then more ideas!
I use a scheduling application for my email because Im one of those people who schedule when I want emails to be sent: 1) to stay on top of things I write them while I’m inspired and it’s fresh, and schedule them to send later, when they’re supposed go & 2) because often I’m replying to emails at an ungodly hour and I don’t want you to know it.
But I do sleep, I promise. I just don’t sleep in a fashion to others.
Mostly I manage – I jump. From list to idea to priority to what I want personally, and I circle back, start again. I try. I do my best, and some days I get more done than other days. And you know what – that’s ok. Because there’s always tomorrow.
The good news is that with all these ideas, and thank god I keep the lists – every once in a while I reorganize and restructure them – and turn them into something else, and then that becomes ready.
Then they are the magic that reaches you. They are exactly what needs to be heard -now.
I love how this works.
I’ve been this way all my life. It used to frustrate me, thinking I was deficient. But now I embrace my process, and I see the beauty of the creation that it is. Things need to churn in my world.
It’s when things (ideas, moments, desires) don’t become fruitful that I address them. I ask – what’s really going on here? What is the hangup, really?
Some times I realize that it wasn’t a good idea, or, and I can let it go.
Most of the time it turns out to be something that I had an energetic block for. Yes – when I say Energetic – I mean ENERGETIC – Spiritual – it involves my soul, who I really am, and what my soul really is all about. I have something to uncover at this point.
Call me weird, but This is when I really get excited. I Love doing the work on myself. I love knowing that I am working towards being authentically me. AND Because who I am is someone who loves to help you. And the more I learn, the more steps I take, the more I understand – the better I can help you in discovering what’s truly yours.
If there’s something that you want to accomplish, and are having trouble achieving it – take a moment and remind yourself that you are worth the investment.