• CatherineBraxton

Release & Refill: Some Simple Ways to Be Gentle with Yourself & Remember Your Wholeness

I originally wrote this post on my initial blog and lately as I sort through more posts as I write a book, I found this one and remembered it's depth of importance, especially now. (yes, I'm writing a book) For my fellow folks constantly working through lessons of some kind. We are a group aren't we? As always, I put complete honesty in my work and I hope that it helps, even if only just a bit.

I feel that in my personal truth is the larger truth that we all feel and that is that we haven't really been doing too "much". Although I've been doing very "much" because I always seem to be busy. But really, what is "much"? I'm trying to find a way to reach out to my support system and while I seem to be floundering most of the time, I don't know that patience within my process is my strong point. A part of me says that I must get up and fight and continue. Another part of me is simply exhausted and wants to sleep. Sleep forever. Would that be so bad? The most important thing that we can do is to be gentle with ourselves, wherever we are and here's how I'm coping and welcoming the energy of the New Moon to Release and Refill my cup..

Take a Bath.

Wash it Away. I've always held strong faith in the powers of detox baths. Maybe because that was a "get rid of cold" staple in my house growing up. But seriously, take a long and nice bath, pray over the water, pray in the water, add baking soda, epsom salts, a few drops of essential oils and apple cider vinegar. Relax.


Smudging always brings me a sense of peace. Maybe it's because when I smudge I feel tied to my ancestors, to ceremony, to ancient practices and ways of being. Smudging is burning herbs for the cleansing smoke. When I do this, I pray, I sing, I cry, I give myself space and time to just be.

Yoga/Body Movement

Moving my body is what brings me back to center and reminds me that I am still here, still present and able to move forward with my life, with myself in tact. Whether that is my personal yoga practice or taking class, I always make time to move my body and sweat. Sweating is healing. I teach weekly Saturday Classes and also offer privates if this interests you! Sign up is in my bio Xx

Do Something Just For You

Whether that is sitting in your favorite comfy chair or just drinking a cup of herbal tea, do something solely for you. Ground yourself in that act. "This makes me happy, fuck the rest of anything that does not in this moment." It's alright to put you first. It's about you and your comfort for right now.

Speak..Let Yourself Be Loved

So many of us isolate ourselves in our little burrows and while solitude is precious, too much alone can lead to a rabbit hole of a depressive state. Let yourself be loved. Ask folks to check up on you. Set your boundaries. Affirm what is is that you need. Speak up. Don't stay silent. Allow yourself the air and time to be whole and hurt at the same time.

I hope this helps. I hope that you feel seen if only just a bit. I pray for you and your healing. I see you, even if I've never met you. Continue to be gentle. You are doing SO well.

Until next time Xo