Scouring – Cleansing Inside & Out

Scouring – cleansing from the inside out!

I attended a Fascial Stretch Therapy training the end of September.  Part of the focus of this level was to get deep into the joint capsules and scour it to loosen and break up adhesions – to mobilize places that are stuck or rigid.  Little did I know that as an extension of that physical practice, there would be psychological and emotional cleansing to balance out the whole!  How did I miss that?

This year, and particularly the last couple of months – my life and my journey has pushed, pulled, challenged, uplifted, flipped upside down and righted itself many times.  What a wild ride it has been and continues to be.

I work to continually to ride the waves – to find calm in the storms – and to consciously return to what my intentions are & what my heart feels.  I look compassionately (most days) as I go deep to excavate what is limiting me in stepping forward fearlessly and authentically for my soul’s journey.

The scouring of my old ways is both incredibly empowering and it brings me to my knees.  Working with old patterns – old beliefs, & moving through all the built up energy, expectations and rigidity that I’ve lived with surrounding who I am and what is expected of me is humbling.

The adhesions have created a lock down in my ability to flow with life – to let go and trust.  This is seriously challenging work for me and yet I persist.  I know I must in order to be free and live the potential of a more expansive and joyful.

How about you?  Have the shifts in energy this year brought up old ways of being and thinking that limit your life experience?  Are you recognizing some patterns and common outcomes over and over?  Are you ready to scour the inner landscape to find what is holding you back?

Here are some steps to help navigate this terrain that I’ve found helpful:

a) When you feel the rigidity and tightness locking you down, ask yourself what is this? What has triggered you?

b) Where do you feel it in your body?  What’s the sensation

c) Can you be with the discomfort/sensations/pain and let it move through you without stopping the emotion or judging it’s validity?

d) Chat with those you trust.  Ask for honest feedback.  Sit with the revelations to see what stirs.

e) Allow yourself to yell, cry, stomp, move the energy (no harm to yourself or others)

f) Journal, write, draw to continue to process the energy and the excavation

g) Let go of thinking that it is all sunshine & roses or that you’ve done something wrong …. life is messy –get your hands dirty

h) Allow yourself freedom to explore the potential that it can be different – that an alternate possibility can unfold.  (“If you always do what you’ve always done, You will get what you’ve always gotten” Jessie Potter)

i) In this whole process – be kind and loving to yourself as you navigate new territory.

To live authentically, honouring who we are and what we need and want – we need to know ourselves and our patterns (physical and emotional).  We must be willing to work from the inside out to heal the wounds that prevent us from living full out.

We are in this beautiful expansive journey together – is it time to scour the next layer.

Much love & light



You have nothing to fear except fear itself…

Very true words in my opinion but extremely challenging to put into practice in everyday life. Is the object of our fear truly what scares us or is it something deeper?

So often in my life, I’ve been afraid to do something, to say something, to just be myself in a situation. I’ve been afraid of failing, afraid of succeeding, afraid to rock the boat and upset someone and simply afraid of the unknown.

Fear is interesting. It can keep you safe or it can paralyze you in life. It can keep you humble or it can slowly kill that wild, wide-eyed curiosity and sense of adventure for all things new within you. Your relationship with this emotion will have a huge impact on your life and on the quality of your life.

This year my summer has had a lot of travel and I’m very grateful. Yet, I was surprised that the thought of traveling solo through the mountains of Alberta and BC really scared me – without a reason. Wow. I’ve always loved adventures and traveling but something was different this time and I didn’t know what.

As I faced each day, I decided to get really curious – wondering about how amazing and adventurous this day could be and what I could see, feel and learn. I breathed into the trepidation to see if it was my intuitive sense warning me or my mind trying to keep me and my life small. As time went on, I trusted myself more and realized it was imagined fear and scenarios that were never real (although they felt real in my body at the time until I sat with them and truly felt them). I came to realize that I was working with old patterns and thoughts that did not serve my life now.

It was a powerful experience to go through. I visited new places both within myself and within our beautiful country. It was amazing, thrilling and challenging all at the same time.

I’m not saying I don’t or won’t still get fearful about some things in life, but now I feel internally stronger to take a step despite being scared and trust myself to know. I also have an amazing community of family and friends that hold my hand as I run, walk, leap and stumble.

Here are some tactics I use to face my fears (real & imagined):
1. Acknowledge that I am scared (to myself & sometimes to others that I trust)
2. Breathe & Be Still
3. Feel the Fear in my body (Where is it? What sensations are present there?)
4. Ask from my Heart – Is this a real threat or am I imagining a scenario that might happen?
5. What is the next little step I can take right now to live as I choose and lessen my fears? Breathe and Believe.

What scares you in your life and is it time to sit with it and ask?

Love & Light,

A Poem



Here is a poem I have written and want to share.  I hope you enjoy.

Create a foundation & learn to ride waves
Clarity & compassion to see into the caves

Learning to surf and not just get by
Takes patience, perseverence & a willingess to try

Aligning your actions and words with your heart
Gives you strength and confidence for a fresh start

When you slip – & know that you will
Embrace the darkness and just be still

Open your Heart and Open your Mind
Be Curious, Discerning, Accepting and Kind

A light from within will begin to shine
Move into your heart and feel it –  align

The choices you have are truly vast
Embrace it all – the die is not cast

The challenges give you opportunity to grow
Sit with it all – & you will soon know

No matter what comes – any shape or size
Your inner strength & courage makes you more wise

Heal the past and let it go
Move into the Essence, the Divine Flow

Life is a journey and not something to get through
Live it full out, no regrets for you

Connect with others, Build a community to embrace
Take time alone – understand your base

Speak your Truth and Explore your Fears
Experience the Laughter, Joy and the Tears

Follow your Passion, Be True to Yourself
Who you become is your incredible Wealth

Love Brenda






Anxious – no, not me – not at all!

I never considered myself an anxious person – I’d get butterflies & have nervous excitement, but if someone asked me if I was prone to anxiety – I’d say no, not at all.  Anxiety was something I noticed in others and felt compassion towards them for or I’d read about it in a book while doing some research for my courses.  It wasn’t me.

As I transverse this path of living more consciously, I’m learning more and more about myself and my patterns.  I’m learning that I would not label myself as anxious or any other emotion that would make me look vulnerable or weak.  I’d put on my mask and harden my exterior to move forward with confidence.

Do you think I’m weak because I have anxiety?

For me, the realization that I cannot get rid of it like an unwanted sweater is both a relief and source of anxiety.

My ‘go to’ behaviour when I’m anxious is control.  I try to micro-manage the little things or other people and situations when I’m anxious.  I try to control every detail of my life that I can to give myself some feeling of being in control. Lately, the knowing that I have absolutely no control in any way as my mom ages and gets confused or dizzy frightens & saddens me.  When I don’t want to face these emotions & suppress them, it creates anxiety and I move into ‘control’ mode to avoid the reality of what is in front of me.

Navigating this area of my life is definitely teaching me about being fully present and letting go of expectations while offering me opportunities to face my anger, sadness, upset and frustration instead of burying it and producing more anxiety.

When controlling behaviours arise & I recognize them, I have a chance to reflect upon why or what is making me anxious.  Once I grasp that the underlying emotion is anxiety, I can then ask for what I need to calm me or diffuse the grip that limits me.  What a joyful and challenging dance & I’m working to hold both without pushing away what I don’t want.

Do you have anxiety?  How do you deal with yours?  What’s your ‘go to’?

Opening up – being vulnerable – living more and more wholeheartedly requires a commitment to dive inside and excavate all the hidden ‘gems’.  As these jewels emerge – they hold the key to expansive, limitless living through the heart.  I’m IN – and yes, that stirs a bit of anxiety for me.