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BLOOM: Intuitive Life & Painting Mini Day Retreat

Are you craving a little oasis of calm in the midst of life’s hustle and bustle? Yearning for a space where you can tune into your inner wisdom and let your creative spirit soar?

Well, guess what? I’ve got just the thing for you!

Join Kristen Fagan and me for BLOOM: Intuitive Life & Painting Mini Day Retreat at a private location nestled in the heart of Scottsdale on Saturday, May 4th, from 10am to 2pm.

Picture this: gentle movements to melt away stress, guided visualizations to connect you with the radiant energy of flowers, and the joy of expressing yourself through painting. Yep, it’s all happening!

First up, we’ll kick things off with some oh-so-soothing movement to help you unwind and let go of any tension.

Then, get ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery as you dive deep into a guided visualization to uncover the flower energy that’s just waiting to bloom within you. Kristen and I will be there every step of the way to help you explore the significance of your chosen flower, set intentions for the upcoming New Moon on May 8th, and guide you through the creation of a beautiful flower-focused self-portrait.

And hey, we’ve got your taste buds covered too! Indulge in a scrumptious light lunch catered by the fabulous folks at Postinos, complete with refreshing cocktails and mocktails adorned with edible flowers. Talk about a feast for the senses!

But wait, there’s more! As a special treat, you’ll leave our retreat with a personalized ritual to honor the enchanting Flower Moon on May 23rd, ensuring that the magic of our day together continues to blossom and grow.

Ready to join us? Snag your spot now at our Early Bird price of just $122 (because who doesn’t love a sweet deal?). After April 28th, tickets will be $144, so don’t wait too long to reserve your spot in this magical journey of self-exploration and creativity. (Limited to 8 spots)

Come on, let’s bloom together – sign up here!

Guided Meditation For Relaxation (My Super Relaxation Meditation)

2022 will feel a lot different if you begin to do this on a regular basis!

I shared this guided meditation for a vision board workshop that I recently hosted and everyone loved it and told me that it helped them shift their energy and their mood. They said that it helped them feel more positive and able to welcome what they wanted to put on their vision boards.

It is also perfect for when you are feeling lost or overwhelmed.

It really helps you relax and chill out and release stress which we all really need right now.

It is a great way to get into your body. We spend so much time looking outside of ourselves. Me included, I have a very hard time getting off my phone. So often we are looking and comparing ourselves to what other people are doing.

That is why I like to share ways that we can come from a calmer, happier, more peaceful place.

In this meditation, you will be guided to focus on different points of your body. The body always gravitates towards a state of equilibrium so without any effort on your part if there is any tension in these areas they will relax just by bringing your awareness to them. Just holding these areas in your awareness allows constrictions to fall away.

You may start to notice a new vibrancy.

At the end, notice how your body is feeling physically. Notice your emotions or just your general state.

If you are in a place where it is comfortable you might want to lay down on your back for a few moments like savasana in yoga. This can allow the benefits of what you have been doing to permeate and register there.

When you do decide to get up, I suggest that you get up slowly.

Notice the vibrancy of the colors and the light. Just come back slowly into your environment.

Enjoy how you feel!

How to Create an Ancestor Altar

Mother’s Day is next Sunday and I know that this means a lot of different things to different people. My mom is alive and I will be celebrating with her in the morning with brunch.

My mom’s mom (shown above) passed away long before I was born. Her name was Madeline. During my tarot training, she showed up in some of my meditations and visualizations. Because of this, I decided to create a closer relationship with her.

I talked to my mom about this a bit and she told me that I would have called her Nana. I now ask her for guidance on a regular basis.

Now when I tune in and pray, I ask God, Angels, Guides, Bear, Gloria (my name for my higher self), Nana Madeline, Wolf, and Owl to help me. (This has evolved. About 5 years ago, I started simply with Universe.)

I imagine her standing behind my right shoulder. I feel supportive and comforting energy coming from her.

On Mother’s Day, I plan on making a point to spend some time with her by creating an altar and I thought you might like to do the same with a mother or mother-figure from your life.

Here are some ways you can create an ancestor altar and spend some intentional time with a loved one this weekend.

Create an Ancestor Altar 

Ahead of time:
  1. Get a photo or photos to display.
  2. If you do not have a photo, find something that reminds you of this person.
  3. Gather candles – possibly in the colors and scents that the person loved.
  4. Pick or find out something that they loved eating or drinking and make sure you have it on hand. ie. Chamomile Tea, Lemon Cookies, Sangria.
  5. Designate a space for your altar.
Day of:
  1. Put the photos or items on your altar.
  2. Light your candles.
  3. Ask the person or persons you are honoring to be with you.
  4. Close your eyes and imagine them there.
  5. Enjoy the food and/or drink that they loved. (If for any reason, you do not like or cannot consume what they loved then simply offer it to them.)
  6. Enjoy this time and this connection.
  7. You can ask if they have any messages for you. Listen and possibly write down any guidance you receive.
  8. Allow any part of the experience to become a sign or symbol of their presence in your life. i.e. The color pink, the scent of Gardenia, the food or drink that they loved.
  9. Thank them for their love and support.
Tips:
  • You can keep this altar up or create it again when needed.
  • Either let the candles burn all the way down or save them for when you want to connect with this person again.
  • If there is drink left over it might be nice to empty it outside on a plant or tree. If there is food leftover, then save it for later, share with someone else, or possibly compost, give to the family dog, or throw away with loving intention.
  • You can do this on birthdays, anniversaries and holidays.
  • Feel free to make it simpler or more elaborate depending on the amount of time, your mood, and desires.

If you create an ancestor altar, feel free to tag me @kerry_burki or use the hashtag #kerryburki so I can check it out.

Happy Mothers Day!!!

xo,

Kerry

Spread Love – A Heart Chakra Meditation

When I feel like the world needs a bit more love and I wish I could help, I try to end my days with a special meditation in which I envision that I am sending love and compassion from my heart to the whole world.

When there are special people on my mind, I pause and focus on them for a bit during this meditation.

Guided Heart Chakra Meditation

  • Close your eyes.
  • Take some deep breaths through your nose.
  • Then let your breath relax.
  • Picture your heart center.
  • Imagine love and compassion in and around your heart as light.
  • Pick a color for the light.
  • Let that light grow to encompass your whole body.
  • Let it grow to encompass your house or apartment building and all of the people in it.
  • Visualize it expanding to your neighborhood and city.
  • Then your state and country.
  • Then neighboring countries.
  • Then the whole world.
  • Visualize the whole world in your loving and compassionate light.
  • You are sending your positive and loving energy to every person, place, and creature.
  • Breathe.
  • Relax.
  • Open your eyes and continue on with your day or keep them closed and go to sleep.

Repeat often.

It is so healing.

There is scientific research confirming the heart is sending out light and electromagnetic wave fields. I love this excerpt from the book Playing in the Unified Field by Carla Hannaford, PhD:

“All the neurotransmitters found in the brain are also found in the heart. The heart actually appears to have its own sensitivity to the world, and exhibits that with intelligence, to the extent that the brain energetically revolves around the heart, and not the other way around.

The heart generates an electromagnetic energy field (EMF) that is 60 times greater than the field of the brain (as measured externally by a SQUID). It is the largest EMF within the body system, extending 8–16 feet around the body. People’s hearts are powerful transmitters, constantly sending out light and electromagnetic wave fields. The physical “antennae” able to pick up these waves is the entire body with its sensory apparatus and huge heart field.”

*** I talk about thinking of a color of the light of love that you send from your heart and I want to share some ideas:

  • go with the first color that pops into your mind
  • use green because it is the color associated with the heart (Anahata) chakra
  • go traditional with pink or red
  • use white light for healing

Eventually, you will do this without listening to a recording. You can lie in bed and just use your imagination. You can also use it to send love to a specific person too. I LOVE doing that!

You are a compassionate and loving person.

Your heart can heal the world!

xo, Kerry

The Secret to Less Fatigue & a Calm Mind

Ahh…doesn’t less fatigue and a calm mind sound like heaven?

You probably already have some tips and tricks that you like to use and I am adding one more to your toolbox. Or possibly just a longer version.

Drumroll, please….

It’s SAVASANA!!!

“The stresses of modern civilization are a strain on the nerves for which Savasana is the best antidote.” – B.K.S. Iyengar

For those of you that are not yogis, this is the relaxation practice traditionally done a the end of a yoga class.

It is also great to do at the end of the day, after a run or gym class, or simply when you are feeling stressed.

I created a Savasana video so you can experience the full 9 to 10 minutes of relaxation anytime.

The first one is a bit of an introduction about what I am writing here and the second one is the full relaxation. So go get your blankets!

Remember, it is harder to calm the mind than it is to relax the body so this is considered one of the most challenging poses in yoga.

The reason it is worth doing is that “this conscious relaxation invigorates and refreshes both the body and the mind.”

I have been teaching yoga for about 14 years and have seen the length of time spent in savasana decline over the years.

In the famous yoga text by B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Yoga, it is suggested to do 10 to 15 minutes after asana (physical poses) and 5 to 10 minutes after pranayama (breathing exercises).

Intrigued? Go relax your way into the weekend!

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