January 2017: the YEAR of Starting ANEW

Here we are in 2017 after a whirlwind year of closure and completion. Now we begin a new cycle of growth. This is a beautiful start to a year of much change and plenty of opportunities to develop a sense of flexibility with a neutral mind.
This year requires that we look straight at the previous year events and forgive all the hurts with open heart. That is very important in order for us to reap the benefits of seeing life through the lens of higher consciousness.
It is a time of continuing to forgive while not attaching to the perceptions that 'we know best'. This is a divinely inspired time whether we want to believe that or not and if we are open, we will learn the best lessons regarding the need to see and experience polarity in order to advance.
For us to have a peaceful, sustainable and global community of higher consciousness, we need to achieve a neutral mind, teaching ourselves to not attach to the outcomes but instead bless all our attachments as curiosities. Only then can we act with heart and compassion for the changes that represent the highest good as we envision.
This requires that we still our minds and breathe deeply from the diaphragm every day.
And then stand up in faith, trust, and a commanding courage to shine with radiance. From there we can begin empowering everyone we are in contact with to expect and intend the very best for all inhabitants (inanimate and animate) on our marvelous and precious planet.
Many warm blessings on this journey,

December: Creative and Intentional completion of 2016

Here we are at the end of 2016. A year to stir, clean, donate, observe, heal, forgive, contemplate, plan, consider and in all ways prepare for the new beginnings of 2017. It has been a heavy year for most with lots of turmoil, lots of attachments, lots of areas of feeling stuck. If this month feels scattered and overwhelming, you are NOT alone.
SO: this is the month of December to back up, let go, lighten the load emotionally, have some fun, believe in magic, discuss plans, develop ideas, begin to manifest, nurture community.
This is the time to surround yourself with those who share higher consciousness, higher thinking for good, take the higher ground, and all with gratitude.
What can you imagine for the sake of joy?
How can your make it happen for 2017?
What does it take to start fresh?
The answer begins now with slowing yourself down and adding creative fun in this month. Add curiousity too.
Get out in nature, see the unique in every walk you take.
Serve others, donate time to causes that you are passionate about and that fill you with joy.
Focus on what you do want, and begin looking for that in every word, every breath, every coincidence in your life.
Begin now to manifest thoughts of what you really do want for your world so that those plans can develop in the coming year.
My intention for next year is to begin presenting again, to write again, to begin anew with fresh passion for new beginnings in 2017.
I wish you great blessings for a easy flowing, fun holiday, and a magnificent New Year.

November: The Divine Month Within a Completion Year 2016

So here we are along this journey of life, deeply set into the month of divine inspiration and intervention (November). During this month of miracles we are shown another opportunity to pray and meditate for the highest good of all.

Prayer is asking for what you believe to be the most important insights and wisdom.
Meditation is the process for being still long enough to hear the answer to the prayer.

Now is the time, in this very volatile, emotional completion year of 2016, to sit back, be still, pray and meditate. Then let go long enough to realize the divine plan that is for the highest good of all concerned: man, woman, child, plant, animal, water, air, sky, earth. Imagine that there is a much bigger agenda awaiting our future than that which is caught up in so many unproductive words and deeds that distract us.
Be the steward, the steady adaptive self, the light worker for the best we can be or become.

Hold to what you believe is the very best and then be curious and grateful to receive even better than that.
Remember in the end, we are not in control of much more than our breath and our word, so let go and let God.
Take care with your words: you DO get what you ask for....

During this miraculous month, find family, friends, and community to give thanks. Move flexibly, tap into your higher selves, be kind, experience peace, and feel gratitude for a plan that is divinely determined with your prayerful input.
Happy and blessed Thanks-Giving.

October and the Color of Completion

Welcome to October with all the mystery of completion within a completion year of 2016. If you haven't already had the urge to clean up your home and any emotional baggage that weighs you down, now is a great time.
August was a good month for me to take a break and September was a very challenging month for so many as we wove and dodged miscommunications, frustrating attempts to move forward, volatile and violent behaviors all around. It was a great month to remain still, go within and contemplate places to find gratitude.
NOW OCTOBER: This is the month for clarifying and completing the intentions you laid out for this year. Carry integrity, pray for the highest good in all ways and for all. With that in mind, it is time to set your intention for what you do want moving forward.
Take care of the vibrations and moods you attract, and take care to surround yourself with those that are harmonious with the intentions you sent.
Given this month of active completion, I set my intention to revisit and forgive relationships of my past. I wanted this so that I can release old patterns and begin to prepare for new beginnings with new thoughts and beliefs.
In answer to my prayers, I have had an enormously profound representation of what I asked for.
With some trepidation, I decided to join in on the celebrations of my 40th class reunion from high school. I continued to carry some scared feelings of rejection and the like from so many years ago, so this idea was complex and stressful.
Well, with intention, I asked that I could see, address, and release as many layers of emotion that held me back. Sooooooooo I was gifted with so many symbols that I have been overwhelmed a bit. I had the opportunity to address my childhood, grade school, high school, undergraduate studies, my time in the ER, all in the span of one week.
The serendipity began when I got a call in the middle of a week from a woman who I have not heard from for more than 20 years that represented my undergraduate studies. (So Freya, if you see this, please call back because I was so shocked that I forgot to get your number)...
At the reunion: so many memories, fears, anxieties which all became dissolved among such amazing and beautiful people I spoke to during this weekend event. As well as high school memories, I had a flood of grade school memories at that reunion to relive ad release.
Then I visited the chapel where I got married: lots more emotion. Memories of my dad: even more. If that weren't enough, the universe provided one more view of my life. One of the most kind and caring physicians I have ever had the privilege to work with, came up to me at the chapel to talk and remind me of my E.R. days which were so important to my life. Thank you Dr. Reinhart.
My take home? Absolute gratitude and thankfulness for all the beautiful and generous souls I have had the privilege to work with and play with over my life thus far. I feel so blessed, so full of hope.
May the highest and most noble good be a part of your life now as you intend, reflect, close, and prepare for an amazing 2017.

End of June: End of yoga... for now

Welcome to the official half way mark of 2016. It has been quite a ride so far eh? I say eh because that seems to be what one does when one first returns from Canada.

The purpose of that trip was to attend a retreat with the Cree nation, spearheaded by Bruce Lipton. This was an opportunity to look deeply at a tradition that honored life of all creatures and the balance of all aspects of the natural world for true and sustainable healing of mind, body, emotion, spirit. This event was called the Sundance Ceremony.

I am very grateful for this amazing opportunity, and come away with, among many things, a true appreciation that what I learned there also relates well to the yoga concepts of healing the whole self.

This Wednesday, the 29th of June is the last day for me to teach yoga at the wonderful studio of Elizabeth Keith.
I will take a break from teaching yoga for the summer at least.
So join in this Wednesday, the 29th at 6 pm for a soothing and relaxing stretch, breath, and gong...

​I will continue to sen​d out thoughts or upcoming presentations once a month. Please reply cancel if you no longer wish to be on this site.

Thank you all very much for all your support for the last year and one half...

June 15, 2016: father's day, polarity, solstice

As so many others, I am struck with the seemingly random tragedy of meaningless loss of life recently. For me to wrap my feelings around any event like this, I look for the root and the context. What of the fear, the anger, hate, and particularly the polarity of right vs wrong, my view vs your view???
And also what do we make of the magnificent compassion, love, and caring that has poured out from this.

I have also chosen to look at this Sunday's Father's day as a microcosm of the outside world view. Fathers have historically been the protectors, providers, breadwinners, decision makers of the family community...
Now fathers, thankfully, have been in the process of redefinition to represent themselves as nurturers, healers, caregivers, and cooperative contributors to the wellbeing of the family unit.
Embracing this gentler paradigm in the family unit demands that we open our hearts to that belief outside of our homes. Those that can not adapt to this new time become fearful and insecure.

Somehow, in the deep sadness, I must find compassion for all involved.
I see this polarity of ideals as a significant cross road to our future.
Do we want to be a community of isolationists, intolerant of others' truth?
Are we going to choose to stand by voices that encourage this behavior and outdated thought?
If we can imagine that what we feed grows, then what energy do we want to feed?
Where do we want our collective emotional energy to go?

Join this Wednesday, the 15th of June at 6pm for a moment of peaceful yoga including the vibration of the gong. See www.healgracefully.com for location
cost $15.00

June: the month of play

Welcome to June, 2016.

This certainly seems like year for changes and inconsistencies.
What does this month offer?

What if this is the month to step back and support some real breaks in the day or weeks rather than putting our bodies under so much stress that it screams out in an unhealthy way to slow down?

Could that be the root of dis-ease? The body forcing action when our minds won't choose to take a break?

This is the month of kindness in word and deed.
Consider a good detox, build the immune system, jump in the water to ground, speak kindly with the highest values and integrity always in mind, give a hug.

Like the deer I found in Sedona just watching, observing me, find peace and stillness, comfort, and protection with your surroundings.

This Wednesday only, the first day of June is free yoga at 6pm. No fee, just show up for a peaceful breathing, yoga, and gong experience..

The Month of May, 2016

Here we are in May with hints of summer weather alternating with reminders of the cooler months.
This is the month to finish clearing the unused or not needed goods around the home. Last minute weeding? I know that is my nemesis.
This is the month for being emotionally and especially physically active, flexible, and agile.
While planning the summer events, begin now to implement some of the physical and mental changes while the weather is more tolerable.
Get out now while the environment is warming up as this allows the body to acclimate to the inevitable summer temperatures later.
Ready yourself for tentative plans for the summer knowing that this is the year that plans will certainly change. That suspension of attaching to the outcome allows for an increase in your overall agility and flexiblity to face the summer with gusto!
Join in on a soft yogic breathing technique, stretching and the vibration of the symphony of the gong.

April: The Month of Changeablility

April is a month full of new and fresh ideas as well as deadlines. All around you: see changes in decisions; changes in weather from gardening to snow and back again; changes in work with great projects that suddenly take a back burner to old projects needing completion; changes in travel plans, once going, then not, then a different time.

What does it look like to have strong intentions for this month while not caring or attaching to the outcomes of those intentions??? If that mindset can be accomplished, the adventures will prove very important and the outcomes generally better than the original idea.

This is the month to get outdoors to ground in nature and away from the city.
It doesn't matter as much how the adventure looks on the surface as the plans change and morph.
What matters is how we adapt to the changing landscape figuratively and literally.

Balance your breath and soul with yoga and the grounding sounds of the gong.
Wednesdays at 6pm...

March: Creative or Burnout

Well here we are in the month of March: The month of clearing the junk around you with flexibility.

That means dump the clothes and knick knacks that don't serve, pull those weeds stuck in the yard and in the mind.

And all the time realize that all plans right now are merely suggestions....
Everything can change on a moment's notice: flexibility and no attaching to outcomes are the key terms....

This is a potentially fun month, or you could be feeling overwhelmed pretty easily.

Join in on one way to calm the nerves through stretch, sound, gong.

February the month of endings and new beginnings

Isn't it amazing that we are half way through February already? This has been a huge transition month so far.

If you work with numbers: This is the year of completion called a nine year. So get cleaning those closets and also the cobwebs of your mind.

At the same time, the Fire Monkey chinese year begins by asking for flexibility in finances and in life and reflection on self.

This is also the beginning of Lent which has a very similar theme of reflection, sacrifice, fresh starts and oh, clean the closets???

Adar is a jewish celebration of joy and completion as it ends the jewish calendar year preparing for new beginnings.

Oh, and Mars retrograde? always meant for a time to reflect, gather information, think before acting????

The culmination of such diverse paradigms have a common thread: Don't attach to outcomes, remain flexible, move forward with agility, forgiveness, gratitude, intuition, trust....

Join in for light Yoga with the sound of the soothing gong Wednesday night at 6pm. ($15.00) See www.healgracefully.com for the location at 40th st. and south of Bell.

Kathleen Benjamin Rickard, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Doctor of Nursing Practice / Family Nurse Practitioner

Very Best 2016 and a fresh start in becoming more flexible

Welcome to 2016!!!!
This is a good year to contemplate on all the strong opinions and actions of 2015.
What do we want for our future, of what do we need to let go???
Remember to remain flexible in thoughts and in actions this year.

Join us in a stretch and relaxation for increased flexibility of body and mind...

Although I have moved my place of employment as a nurse practitioner,
I am still at the same location for yoga class on Wednesdays at 6pm

See Locations tab on the website for directions to Yoga location.



Welcome to my New office for a New Year: 2016

Essential Family Health and Wellness
with Susan Del Sordi, DO and Sara Huschke Emery, ANP.

Location: 7425 East Shea, Suite 100 in Scottsdale
Phone: 480-285-2180

No Yoga for December 23rd and 30th

I am going through some work related changes in the next couple weeks, so no Yoga and gong for Wednesday 12-23-15, and 12-30-15 to give me time to regroup.
Please check in at the beginning of the month of January for exciting changes and of course a reminder to return to your mid week Yoga and gong on Wednesday January 6th, 2016
Also, "like" healgracefully on Facebook for updates as well.
Have a truly blessed and peaceful Holiday time full of gratitude and joy.
I will see you in the new year.

December: Holiday Yoga

December is the time to re-view the year, re-connect with community, re-member family, re-set values, and to re-mind ourselves about areas of self care too.
Please join us for an experience in re-juvinating your spirit with stretching, breathing, and the sound of the gong.
Begins at 6 pm and bring a mat.
Fee is $15.00
See location: on the home page
See you soon


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