Find Your Soul Tribe
I want to take a moment to give a loving shout-out to the amazing women involved in the International Interfaith Women’s Group and Gratitude Meditation Circle. Thank you for your love and open hearts, and for the opportunity to meditate and pray with you weekly. As I start my new journey in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I take your ideals, values, open hearts and minds with me to cultivate new connections in gratitude, love, and community. I’ve had an amazing week here in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This will be my new home and I’m excited to make new connections and friendships, especially in the meditation and wellness arena. There are so many open minded, wonderful people here practicing holistic wellness, helping people heal from pain, anxiety, depression, and stress. And to my friends across the country helping people grow spiritually, I thank you and I love you. I believe we’re all here on this earth to lead a happy and healthy life, however, many of us are on the bridge between sickness and health, frequently retreating back to old unhealthy patterns that cause illness mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. By reaching out to cultivate your tribe, therein lies your release from isolation and hopelessness. I’ve had the honor in my life to meet exceptional loving beings practicing the art of healing, from counselors to yogis, reiki practitioners, spiritual gurus, meditation teachers, vibrational healing, sound meditations, sensory deprivation float tanks, spiritual retreats, time in nature, energy spots, etc. Cultivating a community of healers offers an individual the time, energy, ‘ah-ha’ moments, and safe space needed for a spiritual awakening. When I think of the value of a tribe that’s primary reason for creation is spiritual growth, and when it comes from a place of love, I can’t tell you the invaluable nature of such a group. From my own personal experience, the energy you get back from participating and contributing your unique, personal gifts to a tribe of like-minded, open-minded, loving souls, will bless you abundantly. My amazing tribe of women has been there for me during the most difficult time. I shared in my last blog post about losing my mama, she’s dancing with the angels now, teaching them how to have a good time, dancing, singing, and enjoying her new journey. When my mom passed away, my tribe was an abundant source of support and love – there was an outpouring of love and support. This gave me stability, grounding, and a routine. We met every Wednesday to pray, we shared equally in heartache, in celebration, and in gratitude. We meditated through vibrational healing or sound meditations (crystal bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, and spirit drums). We listened to meditations from thought leaders (Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Oprah, to name a few), and we shared on what spoke to us on a deep, personal level. We prayed our most sacred prayers, from all walks of faith, without judgement, with pure love, empathy, and a deep understanding that we are all one. We also danced, sang songs and celebrated life! I’ve had the honor and pleasure to participate in retreats and travel across the country on with these lovely women, my soul tribe, and I have created memories and friendships that will last forever. If you’re reading this, and your soul is yearning for a tribe, begin to connect with your authentic self, meditate, pray, enjoy quiet time, take care of yourself, listen to your intuition, take chances, say yes, and follow your instincts. Seek out practitioners that will help you to deepen your spiritual practice, and you’ll have a tribe for life! It’s all about you, this is your spiritual journey, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Like any problem, you can through money at it, or you can invest in yourself, by investing your time and energy in cultivating an authentic, happy relationship with yourself. I invite you to reach out – find someone in your area that walks the walk, and if you have questions, give me a call, I’m here for you. I’ll leave you with this thought; a Soul Tribe is a group of spiritually awake, authentic, loving souls, connected by universal truths that create, consistently, a safe space for personal growth and change, without agenda, ego, or monetary gain. This is more than a community; and this is needed in our personal life if we are to experience transformative, spiritual-level growth and change. What would it be like to wake up spiritually? What would it feel like to experience an outpouring of love, abundance, blessings, and enlightenment? The highest level of happiness, abundance and love? I urge you to take the time to do this, to make time for personal growth, to grow your spiritual side, to ignite the spiritual light that resides in all of us. We are one my friends, and we don’t have to go it alone. Sending you loving-kindness today and always, LC
Grief, Love and Loss
My spiritual growth has helped me through the shock of last week…on Monday, March 11th at 1:15am, my beautiful mom’s spirit was ready to leave this world, she passed away peacefully in her sleep. I reached out on Facebook to share this news, and received so much support; my post read: My mom, she’s passed away this morning, they said cardiac arrest, and she passed in her sleep, I know her lovely spirit is with me now and always, her love and her light shines for us in eternity. I love you mom! We’ll have a mass for mom this Friday at 11:00am at St. Collette Catholic Church 330 W 130th St, Brunswick, OH 44212 followed by a Celebrate her Life luncheon at the Fraternal Order of Eagles 349 Pearl Rd, Brunswick, OH 44212. Thank you for your love and prayers and kind words. Mom lives on in our story, my wild and free mama is soaring with the Angels now and I’m sure having a blast in her new spiritual plane! Love you mama! Thank you to our amazing friends and family for helping us today, I’d be lost without you, our family is wrapped in love and help, thank you! If you’d like please post or text me pics I’m gathering memories and photos, stories and happy times, mom loved smiling and dancing and singing and celebrating life - mom you’re with us and we love you!!! I’m in Brunswick all week and can be reached at 216-704-3246 or message me - thank you! I spent the week with family and friends, and received so many texts, pictures, calls, and stories about my mom, Diane Collins. Together with my husband, Chuck, my brother, Christopher, and our dad, Larry, we planned a Catholic Funeral Mass and a Celebration of Life luncheon. The mass at St. Colette’s was so beautiful. Father Bob from St. Ambrose said the mostly lovely words and spoke to mom’s love for life. Deacon Tom helped us plan the mass, my aunts helped choose the readings (my brother Chris read the first reading and I read the second reading – so hard by the way, I was tearful but then felt love and light as I continued, it was a very special moment). Being surrounded by so much love, and by the people who loved her, helped me tremendously. I never felt alone, I always felt loved and supported. In choosing songs and readings for mass, we would read each one aloud until it felt and sounded like mom, we all could hear her and feel her in the words we read aloud. Mom loved music, the organist and the singer at church were fantastic. I was so moved when she sang “In the Garden,” mom was known in the community and among our family and friends for her love of flowers and plants, and her amazing garden and intuitive green thumb. She made everything beautiful. I was moved by the sea of loving faces at mass, and hugs from friends and family I haven’t seen for many years. Life takes us in many directions, and this event brought us together in love and in memory of my amazing mama. Connection and love – that was a resounding theme all week. Our close family friends helped to plan the amazing celebration of life luncheon. I would have been lost without the group texts from friends and family to help organize food, photos, flowers, and all the details that went into this event. I’m grateful to the Eagles club for honoring my mom, and hosting the event; I’m so grateful to Carol and the ladies who cooked the delicious meal. We ate food and shared stories about mom, and it was nice being together again, it had been a while since we’d all been together. I felt mom was with me the whole week, especially at night when it was hard to sleep. She was 67 when she passed; 6 + 7 = 13, one of our special numbers. She would have been 68 on Wednesday. It was hard waking up on her birthday, I would call her and sing her happy birthday, and we’d talk about our day and plan our next mother-daughter get together; we were talking about going to Sedona, I just got back from a girls-trip in Sedona and it was amazing. I’m so glad we had so many memories together, she was so easy to talk to. I loved looking through pictures of her life; grade school, school dances, parties, vacations, all the hair styles and fashion she rocked in her 20’s and 30’s. She lived life fully, and was unapologetically and authentically herself. My beautiful mama, Diane, touched so many lives, we will miss you and we love you. Xoxo,Lauren
Self-Care and Self-Love Resources
I had the pleasure of talking with several people at Alpharetta Wellness Collective’s “Be Your Own Valentine; a self-care, self-love event” this past Saturday. Participants had the opportunity to sit with each practitioner to create their self-love, self-care plan. My area of wellness focused on participants learning about the Wellness Wheel, and how to create a Self-Care check list of their very own. We also practiced a Loving-Kindness Meditation. As promised, here are my resources: Eight Dimensions of Wellness“There are eight dimensions of wellness: occupational, emotional, spiritual, environmental, financial, physical, social, and intellectual. Each dimension of wellness is interrelated with another. Each dimension is equally vital in the pursuit of optimum health. One can reach an optimal level of wellness by understanding how to maintain and optimize each of the dimensions of wellness.” What is Wellness?Wellness Wheel. Self-Care Check List “The Self-Care Plan that you create for yourself should be customized to fit your own needs and personality. Use the time you spend going through the lists below to highlight actions that resonate with you to include in your Self-Care Plan. Assemble a mix of things you can do in the morning, throughout the day, and at night.” Self Care Inventory. Self Care Checklist. Loving-Kindness Meditation“Loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity are rigorous meditation practices, used for the most part to cultivate one-pointed concentrated attention, out of which the powers of these evoked qualities emerge, transfiguring the heart. Just naming these qualities of heart explicitly and making their role explicit in our practice may help us to recognize them when they arise spontaneously during mindfulness practice. As well as to incline the heart and mind in that direction more frequently, especially in difficult times.” This Loving Kindness Meditation is a Radical Act of Love. Loving Kindness Heartscape Meditation from Jon Kabat-Zinn.
TeleMental Health Face-Time Counseling Now Available!
Did you know that TeleMental Health, also known as telephonic or face time counseling, is now available to use in the counselor/client relationship at LC Counseling and Wellness? Well, it is, and that is good news, because distance counseling is becoming more widely used in the counseling field, and allows us counselors to help people who can’t make it in to a counseling office, and would like to maintain a relationship with their primary counselor no matter where they are located! For example, I am able to offer counseling to residents of Ohio and Georgia, because I am licensed in those states. I have a “brick and mortar” office in Alpharetta, Georgia, and can help people in Cumming, Marietta, and so on! No need to face Atlanta traffic when face-time is a ZOOM call away! I used a platform called ZOOM for my face-time counseling sessions. It’s an app, user friendly, and HIPAA compliant. If you’d like to schedule an appointment via ZOOM, click Request Appointment and specify ZOOM. Questions? I can be reached at 216-704-3246, leave me a message via my website on my contact page, or email me directly at email@example.com I am here to serve my clients and be of service to Georgia and Ohio. As always, I look forward to our chats. May you be well, Lauren
HAPPY NYE! Welcome 2019!
This past New Year’s Eve marked some pretty special moments. I’d like to share them with ya’ll. On New Year’s Eve, I had the pleasure of going into the office for a few hours at Centered Recovery Programs (CRP), fresh faced and ready to help some new clients on their journey of recovery. January 2nd marked one year as a therapist at Centered Recovery Programs! Woo-hoo!!! I am blessed to be a part of the CRP team as a therapist and group instructor. I love each day, they are filled with opportunities and blessings. I am grateful to use my clinical skills and passion for helping people in mindful recovery at Centered Recovery. I have a thriving private practice, LC Counseling and Wellness and an amazing office and wellness team at the Alpharetta Wellness Collective. I spend my days helping clients find wellness and balance, and create a meaningful mindfulness and meditation practice. I LOVE being a licensed professional counselor, meditation teacher, and wellness professional!On New Year’s Eve night, I had the pleasure to work alongside Holly Couch to create a meaningful New Year’s experience for our friends at the Alpharetta Wellness Collective. We hosted a Desire Mapping and Crystal Bowl Meditation, it was an amazing experience; we found our words for 2019 and bonded as a group. Before the event, I got dolled up to go out and eat sushi at our favorite place, Kang Nam, with my amazing and loving and funny husband, Chuck. In 2018 we celebrated ten years together! I love my man, his support and love and humor are my greatest gift from God, I thank him every day for you my love. I am grateful for my personal and spiritual growth, the new friends I’ve made, and the people I’ve helped in 2018. I notice that I am more confident and happier and treat each new day like an opportunity vs. feeling heavy, defeated, or down. Hard work pays off and optimism, self-care, love, friends, mindfulness and mediation are worth the time and effort! I feel more connected to my authentic self, thanks to my meditation and prayer life and simply enjoying time in quiet reflection. It’s fun to let go of perfection, too. I like to have make-up-free days and getting sweaty at yoga class then going grocery shopping (or to be honest, going to eat biscuits or beignets with coffee)!! I enjoy glam, too (channeling Blake Lively)! It’s fun playing with make-up, adding to my jewelry collection, trying new hair and body products, and adding essential oils to my world – game changer – all to adorn my lovely goddess self and shine bright like a diamond! My soul lights up from the inside-out and I am truly blessed and happy and filled with loving-kindness. God lights my path in each moment, and I am confident, rested, and ready to begin a prosperous and exciting 2019!!! Feeling beautiful, loved, and limitless y’all! Thank you for inspiring me on my journey, I love you all! Xoxo, LC
““The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” -Aristotle