Connect with the ancients right in the city

The Nose Hill Park Medicine Wheel was created to allow people who are walking and enjoying the park to connect with an ancient site to teach about our relationship with the land and being a steward of the earth.

It is well worth the hike up the hill to visit the Medicine Wheel, and to get a panoramic view of the city skyline. The significance of this site, it was used by plains native tribes as a look out for summer and winter camps. There is a view of the valley and people would look out for game or members of other tribes. (read more here)

The easiest way to get to the Medicine Wheel in the park is to use the 14th Street parking lot, and its a short 5 minute walk up the hill to the site. Continue northwest from the parking lot – there is a radio tower that is a good landmark to know you are heading in the right direction.

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Turn into 14 Street Parking lot, follow the road around the bend and park on the upper parking, which overlooks 14th Street

And here is a 360 degree view from the Medicine Wheel.  There are many sacred sites and medicine wheels through Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and south into Montana.

It is recommended that you be respectful, honoring the native tradition, and the ancestors who roamed this area,  perhaps hunted, and scouted on this hill. Enter from the east, go to the centre to make offerings and say your prayers, and leave by the west opening. Be respectful, and never take anything from the site, as it may be a prayer offering left by someone else.

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Nose Hill Park Medicine Wheel

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5 ways to honor the Harvest

I was up early, and ventured outside to greet the dawn in ceremony. I could smell how the air has turned crisp and cool, and the summer is slipping away. It reminds me of my childhood in the country, my memories return to the warm late summer days, and cool evenings of early fall, and the business of harvesting the crops, and getting the garden picked and preserved.

When we live in the city, its easy to forget about the bounty and abundance of the harvest. We just go to the grocery store and buy our meat and produce, and never give it another thought.  Consider if that supply suddenly wasn’t readily available. And consider the benefits of honoring the harvest and its abundance.

The early indigenous tribes, and the early pioneers all lived very closely to the land, to mother earth, and understood our interdependence with plants, animals, the weather and the seasons. They depended on the abundance of the harvest to survive the long, cold winters.

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Many people are becoming more conscious of their diet and health, adopting “clean eating” habits. But are these people considering how they treat their food, and honor where it came from? Those of you who are practicing vegans, or vegetarians, although you don’t eat meat, do you consider the life of the plant, and honor it? Or do you treat your food with total disregard for the plant and people who worked so hard to get it to your table?

The indigenous people understood the interrelationship between plants, animals, people and the environment. They celebrated when the crops came off, and the abundance of the harvest. And many shared their bounty of garden produce with friends and neighbours to enjoy.

I encourage you to put more thought into your food, where it comes from, how it is grown, and how you are treating what is on your table, and the plants around you.

Observe the actions of yourself and others as you are outside in nature.  In what ways do we show a lack of understanding of the importance of plants and treating them with respect, ie: pulling leaves off trees as walking by, or stomping on plants and bushes.  How can we improve the ways in which we take plant life for granted?

It may seem small to pluck a leaf from a tree, but if everyone plucked the leaves, or bent the branches, that tree would struggle to survive, may not produce enough new seeds to grow new trees or the animals that live within the tree may not be able to keep warm.    What would happen if we killed the grass and native plants, if we stepped on the ant hills or if we took a bird’s nest from a tree?

Practice respect and honor for all life, including trees, plants and animals from nature, as well as the meat and produce that is harvested and sold in stores or farmers markets.

Here is a list of 5 ways you can celebrate and honor the harvest and the abundance that is available during the harvest and throughout the year.

  1. Waste less – 30% of food purchased is wasted, and thrown away. All the hard work and effort to get that food to you is thrown out when you buy food and throw it out and don’t eat it. Maybe you buy for convenience and don’t get it cooked in time. Consider how you can preserve any food purchased in quantities larger than you can consume within a few days. Can you freeze, dehydrate, or preserve it? Can you share it with someone else who could use it? Use all parts of the meat or plant, in respect for its life. The plains native tribes used every bit of the buffalo, including the bones and sinew, they wasted nothing.
  2. Eat Simply – consider buying and eating more grains and beans, than meat. Adopt a meatless meal plan once or even a few times per week. Identify foods local to your area, and learn ways of cooking them, and their nutritional value. Also eat with the seasons – cook and eat food in its season to honor the cycle of nature.ceremony calgary, spirituality, mother earth, wind haven, shamanism, shamanic studies
  3. Buy Local – support local growers. Not only does this support the local economy, it is considered healthier to eat foods grown within a 50 mile radius. The food grown in other countries and shipped here may have been treated and handled in ways that the end product is not as healthy for us as the food grown locally. It is easy to find a farmers market where local meat and produce is sold. shamanism, ceremonies calgary, spiritual events calgary, harvest, wind haven
  4. Advocate – talk about the harvest, buying local, and growing your own food. Join a community garden, or grow a few pots of produce on your patio or balcony. You can connect with the seasons, and earth’s bounty from just a small container garden, and enjoying its freshness.
  5. Use your intent – Your gratitude expressed to mother earth, and all plant and animal life is powerful. Imagine if humans connecting to the plants and expressing gratitude would make them flourish and produce more.

If you are interested in learning more, or want to participate in a ceremony and celebration of the harvest, join the Wind Haven Shaman Community monthly meetups, found on meetup.com or contact Deanna at www.wind-haven.com

Our September meetup is going to be a ceremony, celebration and potluck to celebrate the Harvest, Mother Earth and her bounty. Or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Finding Balance in Life through ancient practices

In our everyday modern life, we are so bombarded by the demands on us, such as work, family and home life, and our social activities. We are living in such a fast paced lifestyle that it can be challenging to find balance in life. Many are so overwhelmed, over-stimulated, and just plain exhausted by the hectic pace we try to maintain.

Our human bodies are really not meant to maintain such a frantic pace. I encourage you to change your thinking on modern day life, use technology to your advantage, but do not let it control you, and run you ragged.

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Disconnect from modern fast pace, reconnect with your natural cycles

It is valuable to your well-being to take some time to wind down from your past paced life, reconnect with yourself, with nature, and with ancient wisdom that can sooth your soul.

The ancient practices of the indigenous people shows us how they followed the natural cycles, kept their communities and themselves in balance, and observed nature to show them where they were not in balance.  But you dont have to become a shaman to learn how to use these ancient practices.

There are 3 valuable aspects of shamanism that can be implemented by anyone:

  1. Education
  2. Ritual
  3. Ceremony

Education – This is about taking in information, knowledge. This can be from reading about something, being taught by someone else, or observing through personal experience.

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Education, a process of taking in knowledge through observation, and experience

For example, when learning how to meditate, you might read a book about it, listen to someone describe how they do it, and what process they go through to successfully meditate, and then finally you actually try meditation for yourself, and experience what it feels like for you.

Ritual – this is 2 way communication with spirit. You can ask spirit, your guides, your higher self, asking God in prayer, and you may see your prayers answered. Ritual introduces a process where you can use a series of objects, or practices to invoke your connection with your spiritual self. But in this process, in addition to asking, you can also listen for answers, or direction.

For example, you may develop a morning ritual which includes you sitting in a certain chair, or a place in nature, you might light a candle, have special music playing, and do a short meditation. When you continually repeat this process, it soon creates a message to your higher self, and to spirit that when you set up this ritual, you are ready to communicate with the divine.

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Ritual is two-way communication with the divine

Ceremony – this is honoring the divine. It can be the bridge between your ordinary life and your soul. Ceremony engages us in non-ordinary reality; it is a deeply felt way to honor events in our lives that we want to hold sacred. Ceremony reminds us how connected we are with Spirit and our divine nature, to celebrate the wonder of being alive.  You can hold a ceremony to honor your gifts, what you have been given, and what you have achieved.

If you want to learn more about Ceremony, and connection with ourselves, with nature, and with the ancient indigenous practices, join the Wind Haven Shaman community for one of our monthly meetups.  Connect with us on Social Media, find us on meetup.com or contact Deanna at www.wind-haven.com

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Ceremony is the bridge between your soul and your ordinary life

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Embrace the Wisdomkeepers

Recently, while in beautiful ceremony in the mountains, I was reminded of the powerful energies of Mother Earth resting in the pristine beauty of the mountains. Lantern creek

Legends say that the ancient wisdom resides high in the mountains. Mountains have always been revered as places of power, from Mount Sinai, to Mount Olympus, to our very own Rockies. These are places where we can dance with the divine.

The lineage of Wisdomkeepers are medicine men and women who have stepped out of time. The Wisdomkeepers protect the medicine teachings and share them with others when they are ready.

Visit the mountains, a sacred space where you can step out of time, savor the beauty, commune with your true higher self, and receive any messages for you.

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Communicate with the Wisdomkeepers

We are no longer in a time where we need to search for teachers, each of us can tune in for our own messages, and find our unique song. Are you feeling a stirring, a calling, but you are not sure what you are looking for, what direction to head?

Look to the Wisdomkeepers for wisdom, embrace the messages that are available to you if you only open up to them. And once you have developed that relationship, you can call upon them for strength, support and guidance at any time.

How to develop that relationship? Start by opening sacred space, honoring the four directions, and above and below. The words you say do not matter, its with your open heart that you ask for the divine to visit with you.

Perhaps make an offering, share a blessing. Ask your questions, with pure intent, humility and gratitude, and listen for the answers with no preconceived ideas. Thank the Wisdomkeepers, and ask them if you may visit them again, and how you may develop your unique relationship, and what you may do for them.

We are stepping into a time where humanity has never been before, and we have the ability to cocreate with the collective, with humanity, with our guides and ancestors, and with Mother Earth to move into something beyond our own imaginings.

All of this is available to you, with your own sovereign free will, you just have to say yes, and you will be flooded with unlimited wisdom and higher consciousness. It is within you to create, to be part of a time that will be remembered to infinity.

May you step into the divine blessings readily available to you, and be inspired by them to become your highest self.  Embrace the energies of the Wisdomkeepers. And so it is!

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Conscious Parenting

This post shared below really spoke to me… when we are consciously parenting as extended families of the new crystalline children, we are lovingly nurturing the new “you”, those future selves we will be in the coming generations – in our children and our grandchildren. What a beautiful experience!

And we are the masters who are here to initiate this transition to higher frequencies. How inspiring! Please read link below for inspiration from Joanna L Ross, www.universalunity.ca

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Blessings to all
Deanna, Wind Haven Shaman

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Health Benefits of Nature Walks

I wanted to share this article about the healing benefits of nature. I have often gotten the intuitive message for clients to spend time in nature… this backs up some of the reasons why it is so beneficial.

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A Healing Message from Nature
Spending time in nature offers many health benefits. It reduces your amount of stress hormones, bathes you in sunlight that raises your vitamin D levels, and seems to reduce the risk of developing nearsightedness. Some physicians are even prescribing nature walks for their patients, as a USA Today article points out.

Nature seems to recalibrate us, bringing us back to the rhythm and flow of our bodies’ natural home outdoors. When was the last time you were in nature and felt any anxiety or irritability easily leave your body and your energy field? Just a few minutes spent in nature turns on the parasympathetic nervous system, which counteracts the physical experience of stress. Exercise can do the same, which is why getting out into nature for a walk actually supports your body in recovering from everyday stressors. Intuitively, you may know this, but do you make the time to get outside and exercise? . . . .

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As you head out to a beach, a forest, a park near your home, or perhaps your own backyard, you might want to think about working with some of the expanded-awareness exercises in my book Change the Story of Your Health and discover what messages nature has for you, and whether working with nature can bring in healing energies for you as well. You can use my Healing with the Help of the Earth meditation, available on YouTube, as you lie on the ground, or try one of the exercises in the book that involves working with the wind, water, or fire in the form of a bonfire, firepit, or candle (be careful to fully extinguish the fire afterward).

I continue to hear from people who have worked with the exercises in the book and am very pleased that several have written wonderful reviews posted on Amazon.com, such as these:

“I find the stories and techniques in the book are sticking with me—I catch myself thinking about them while I’m driving and in the middle of chores, and when I take a moment to do one of his exercises, it feels like a little present I’m giving to myself. I can imagine that this book is an ENORMOUS gift to give yourself if you’re living with a health issue.” 5-star review

“ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE BOOKS ON HEALTH I’VE EVER READ. This book opened my eyes to the “health story” I’ve been telling myself for decades.” 5-star review

Unity magazine has just published a review of Change the Story of Your Health in its July/August edition, as has Rewire Me magazine and New Consciousness, and you can read an interview with me in Evolving magazine. I’ve been doing several radio interviews including on Pathways Radio, Beyond 50 radio, the Nancy Ferrari Show on the Spark It Network, and “On the Couch with Dr. Michelle” on LA Talk Radio.

For the next two days, you can access my interview and interviews with other experts on the topic of pain as part of the Pain-Free Living Summit hosted by Alejandra Rodriguez. For those of you who struggle with pain, I invite you to investigate the chapter on pain in the story of your health using the techniques in the book. Perhaps relating to your pain differently and learning what it has to teach you can shift your experience of it.

I wish all the best to you as you work to write a new and more satisfying story.
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Create your own Tea Ritual

Ritual and Ceremony are a lost art in our modern world, but they are so vital to our spiritual wellness.

Ceremony is the bridge between our ordinary life and our spiritual world.

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You can join a few friends for a tea ceremony, and use your own intuitive guidance to make it special and personal for what you need. You can also incorporate a ritual of your own into your daily practice. Here are some tips:

Create a space and time for your personal tea ritual, enjoy the process

Your Personal Tea Ritual

10 – 15 minutes of uninterrupted time is all that is required.  Like all great moments, set the tone for the occasion, include what has meaning for you. Drink your tea slowly and with reverance, with the intent to get in touch with your spiritual side.

Here are some possible suggestions:

  • Select a special cup and saucer, perhaps have a special place
  • Read a poem. Out loud.
  • Say a little prayer.
  • Play a special song or music.
  • Light a candle, or incense. Focus on the light and think on your intentions for this tea time.
  • Just sit quietly. Sometimes, less is more. Sit in nature if you can – out on your patio or garden
  • Do what feels right for you, just do it with intention and meaning

Close the Ritual:

  • Close with a moment of gratitude
  • Thank yourself for giving yourself the space
  • Give thanks for the nourishing ritual that you were able to enjoy

Create a ritual that supports and nourishes you, to make you feel happy and whole

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