Category Archives: Self-Care

Why Is It…{Finding Joy In The Journey}

“Give yourself permission to say NO without feeling guilt, mean, or selfish…be at peach with your decisions.”

~Stephanie Lahart


Why is it always the same people that…

  • complain but offer no solutions?
  • make excuses and blame others?
  • create drama and expect others to solve their problems for them?
  • make themselves feel superior by making others feel inferior?

Why do you keep them around?
Maybe it’s time to just say NO!


With Love and Gratitude,

Robin Rosenstiel
I create space for you to listen to your heart and take your next inspired step!


FUTURE EVENTS


When: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: Kent Emporium, 741 N Kent Road, Kent IL 61044

Price: $25

New Moons are the perfect time to plant seeds and set your intentions. The power of sound will be used to unwind, relax, and replenish your mind, body, and spirit with a sound bath and guided crystal spirit journey. Upon arrival you will select a unique crystal for the journey. We partake in a Reiki Infused cleansing ceremony, a grounding meditation, and indulge in a sound bath journey, learning and receiving the numerous mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits your crystal has to offer you.

Participants will be able to lie down and receive vibrational healing from a sound bath journey. The sound bath journey will consist of crystals harps, Tibetan bowls, drums, rattles, chimes and gongs.

For more details and to register…click here

The Road Map To Meeting You Where You Are {Finding Joy In The Journey}


“There comes a time in life when you just need to throw out the conventional roadmap and create your own!”

~Robin Rosenstiel


I postponed my blog this past week, not because I didn’t have anything to say, but just the opposite…I had a creative push (thanks to the full moon).

My creative push started with my business trip last week. I spent last week in Minneapolis leading an Value Stream Mapping event at a customer. For those who do not know what a Value Stream Map is – it is basically a picture that represents the current state of the business and where the pain points are. I love doing Value Stream Mapping exercises as I get to play detective. I get to work with the business and ask intuitive questions, dive into the data, speak to people, follow through on hunches, and peel back the layers in order to piece the puzzle together.

The result…an identified actual root cause which is often totally different than what the business thought.

With the root cause identified, the next logical step it to work with the customer to layout a future state Value Stream Map (based on the imagination). But in this case the customer was so stuck on the problem they could not focus on a future state vision – only short term actions to reduce the pain. By Wednesday my colleague started to push forward with creating a future state map which irritated and angered me – as it felt like pushing a boulder up the hill. Why was my colleague pushing for the future state map? Because it’s part of the “rule” book that states this is what you are “suppose to do” next – create a future state map. No where in the “rule” book does it state that as VSM Trainers, we are suppose to meet the customer where they are. So the future state map exercise became a useless check the box activity. Why did it irritated me so much?

Because we weren’t meeting the customer where the customer is! The customer needed Root Cause Correction Action and not a Future State Map!

The customer was stuck and wanted to focus on whatever short-term activities that would resolve the pain point vs. sitting around hypothesizing about a future that might never exist.
So what does this have to do with my creative push. This friction of events inspired me to layout a roadmap for people who are a bit confused in regards to how I can assist meeting you were you are at.

Need a minute to breathe and reconnect to yourself:

Feel stressed out and overwhelmed and need some self-care:

Want to create a soul practice to connect to spirit, your intuition, and creativity:

Stuck and don’t know what your next step is:

Have an idea of what you would like to do next, but are struggling with clarity, confidence, and courage:

Ready to connect to your own magic and claim your unique gifts:

And remember from last weeks’ blog

I don’t do cookie cutter….hahahaha!

Where are you today and how can I assist you on your journey?


 

With Love and Gratitude,

Robin Rosenstiel
I create space for you to listen to your heart and take your next inspired step!

 


FUTURE EVENTS


SOUL’S CALLING CIRCLE

When: 1:00 – 4:00pm (6 week program – dates below)

Location: Kent Emporium, 741 N Kent Road, Kent IL 61044

Price: $150.00

Are you ready to connect to your own magic and claim your unique gifts and SHINE!

Week 1 – Nov 02 | Start Where You Are

Week 2 – Nov 09 | Heading North

Week 3 – Nov 16 | Inspired Action

Week 4 – Nov 23 | Navigating Uncharted Territory

Week 5 – Dec 07 | Embracing Your Awesomeness

Week 6 – Dec 14 | ! (Exclamation Point)

For more details and to register...click here.


When: October 27th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: Kent Emporium, 741 N Kent Road, Kent IL 61044

Price: $25

New Moons are the perfect time to plant seeds and set your intentions. The power of sound will be used to unwind, relax, and replenish your mind, body, and spirit with a sound bath and guided crystal spirit journey. Upon arrival you will select a unique crystal for the journey. We partake in a Reiki Infused cleansing ceremony, a grounding meditation, and indulge in a sound bath journey, learning and receiving the numerous mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits your crystal has to offer you.

Participants will be able to lie down and receive vibrational healing from a sound bath journey. The sound bath journey will consist of crystals harps, Tibetan bowls, drums, rattles, chimes and gongs.

For more details and to register…click here.

Living in a Week of Should {Finding Joy in the Journey}

“There are two paths in life: should and must. We arrive at this crossroads over and over again. And every day, we get to choose.”

~Elle Luna


Monday AM as I drove to Rockford in the fog, I was stopped by a red stop light at Route 20 and Pecatonica Road. As I waited for the light to change from red to green, I watched a small field mouse dance across 4 lanes of highway unhurt. I was fascinated with how the mouse moved so I googled Mouse Spirit Animal and though…

WOW…I think I might need some mouse power this week!

I posted the Mouse Spirit Animal picture and link on Facebook and my dear friend Sue responded…

It’s all in your dance moves! I learned this back in the 70s watching Soul Train!

I laughed and responded…

Wonder when I will need to slip into dancing mode this week?

So here I am Friday morning, reflecting back on…

A Week Filled With Should!

A week filled with people telling me where I “should” be living, what I “should” be doing with my life, and why I “should” be doing it. In the past I would have gotten angry and defensive, but this time around I stopped and took in each “should” with curiosity. I leaned into each “should” and tested it out with body sensations and the shackles on/shackles off approach.

Should I be living in a different town? So I had coffee at the local coffee shop and checked it out. The coffee shop was filled with some interesting people and it’s walkable from potential houses that are for sale. I always wanted to be able to walk to a coffee shop vs. having to drive every where. My body felt relaxed and happy and it felt shackles off.

Should I buy a house in a different town? I scheduled a walk through of a house. By the end of the walk through, I felt like I had just walked in a complete circle as every room had 2 doors (plus there were 2 staircases). I left feeling dizzy and overwhelmed as thoughts of should vs must filled my head. I couldn’t even tell you if it felt shackles on or shackles off as my body was on sensory overload.

The “what I should be doing” and “why I should be doing it” conversations throughout the week gave me indigestion, heartburn, and a major headache. Every one of these conversations felt totally shackles on, or better yet, like a noose around my neck!

And the most fascinating observation about the Week of Filled with Should? Not once was I asked…

  • Does this make my heart happy?
  • How do I feel about this?
  • How would I like to proceed?

Instead the week was filled with one-sided conversations around other people’s expectations of how they want me to live my life. Isn’t that interesting? I didn’t realize it was my job to live my life based on others’ expectations.

Today as I typed this blog post, I reflected back on the mouse that danced across 4 lanes of highway on Monday and realized that I have also learned to dance in the world of “should”.

Are you ready to start living outside of the world of “should”?
Schedule a free 30 minute Infinite Possibilities call and together we can discover your next step outside of the world of “should.”

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With Love and Gratitude,

Robin Rosenstiel
I create space for you to listen to your heart and take your next inspired step!

 


THROAT CHAKRA SOUND RESTORATION

Sunday August , 18 2019 ​

$25.00 (pre-registration)

$30.00 (walk-in) 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Door opens at 1:30pm)

Kent Emporium – 741 N Kent Road, Kent IL 61044​

Click To Register

Do you have a lot of shoulder and neck stress? Are you struggling to figure out your purpose? Learn about the magic of the 5th chakra and the power of sound. Learn how you can use intention and frequency to give your body a sonic massage in order to get grounded, reduce stress, and gain clarity around what is holding your back from discovering your purpose.
Please bring a personal journal and pen. If you prefer to lay on the floor during the sound meditation, please bring a yoga mat.

Please bring a personal journal and pen. If you prefer to lay on the floor during the sound meditation, please bring a yoga mat.

A general note about Chakra Health
You are constantly interacting with and responding to the world around you. So are your chakras. Practices that help clear and rebalance the chakras are never a “once and done” activity. Just as you would not expect your body to remain clean forever after one shower, your chakras are not going stay clear forever after one meditation, one yoga, or one Reiki session. On-going energetic self-care plays is essential for overall chakra health and well-being.

It’s Been One of Those Weeks…

“I’m currently under construction. Thanks for your patience.”

~Unknown


It’s been one of those weeks…


Sign, Sign, everywhere a sign!


This week I had plans. I was going to get back into writing and write an awesome blog (I have a list of things to write about). I was going to start assembling my online and in-person workshops for the Fall/Winter. I was going to start re-vamping my web-site.


Instead my week consisted of life throwing me interesting curve balls. The week started with no phone service – unless you count “2 cans and a string” a phone system. And then I continued to have technology issues, followed by a walk on Thursday that was filled with so much symbolism that my head felt like it was
ready to explode. Thank goodness for my dear friend Sue who coached me through the messages. So if you would like to read a good blog this week. I would recommend reading her blog called…


Decisions Decisions


So needless to say, as of this AM, I’m still contemplating the messages and I can’t write anything to save my life. So, I’m just going to take some down time this afternoon and go to a winery and paint.


How was your week?


With Love and Gratitude,

Robin Rosenstiel
I create space for you to listen to your heart and take your next inspired step!

 


THROAT CHAKRA SOUND RESTORATION

Sunday August , 18 2019 ​

$25.00 (pre-registration)

$30.00 (walk-in) 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Door opens at 1:30pm)

Kent Emporium – 741 N Kent Road, Kent IL 61044​

Click To Register

Do you have a lot of shoulder and neck stress? Are you struggling to figure out your purpose? Learn about the magic of the 5th chakra and the power of sound. Learn how you can use intention and frequency to give your body a sonic massage in order to get grounded, reduce stress, and gain clarity around what is holding your back from discovering your purpose.
Please bring a personal journal and pen. If you prefer to lay on the floor during the sound meditation, please bring a yoga mat.

Please bring a personal journal and pen. If you prefer to lay on the floor during the sound meditation, please bring a yoga mat.

A general note about Chakra Health
You are constantly interacting with and responding to the world around you. So are your chakras. Practices that help clear and rebalance the chakras are never a “once and done” activity. Just as you would not expect your body to remain clean forever after one shower, your chakras are not going stay clear forever after one meditation, one yoga, or one Reiki session. On-going energetic self-care plays is essential for overall chakra health and well-being.

What was I thinking?

“Some days you just need to write your own “Take a Time Out” permission slip.”

~Robin Rosenstiel


I didn’t even realize that a month had passed since I wrote my last blog until I logged into the Mad Mini software yesterday. June started with an over booked travel schedule (I have no one to blame but myself for this big oops) and all I could keep telling myself was….


What was I thinking?


Once I returned home, I found myself needing some extensive down time to reset and reflect on why I push myself so hard some times. Funny that during this reflection period, I had a lot to say and wanted to write about it in my blog but for what ever reason, the words got all jumbled up in my head every time I sat down to type. So I decided that I truly needed to just stop and let the blog go for a while.

During this time out, I made time every morning to play my crystal harp (often referred to as a soul connection practice – creating a daily practice that connects you to your soul). While playing my harp one day, a thought popped into my head…


Wouldn’t it be great if everyone gave themselves permission to stop, breathe, and reconnect to their soul for a minute.


From that thought, I decided to put out weekly 1 minute sound restoration videos on Thursdays. I call them “Thoughtful Thursday” videos. Because…lets face it we all need to be reminded to give ourselves permission to take a time out. If you haven’t see the videos on Facebook or Instagram, check them out by clicking on the Facebook or Instagram buttons below.


When was the last time you wrote yourself a permission slip and gave yourself a time out?


With Love and Gratitude,

Robin Rosenstiel
I create space for you to listen to your heart and take your next inspired step!

 


HEART CHAKRA SOUND RESTORATION

Sunday July 21, 2019 ​

$25.00 (pre-registration)

$30.00 (walk-in) 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Door opens at 1:30pm)

Kent Emporium – 741 N Kent Road, Kent IL 61044​

Click To Register

Are you ready to re-connect to your heart, your passions, and your dreams? If so, then this workshop is for you. During this workshop, we will be focusing on rebalancing the 4th Chakra – also called the Heart Chakra – which is associated with love, balance, and connection. In this workshop, we will focus on reconnecting to heart based action through a series of grounding exercises, intuitive drawing, and sound meditation. By the end of the workshop you will feel calm, relaxed, and focused.


Please bring a personal journal and pen. If you prefer to lay on the floor during the sound meditation, please bring a yoga mat.


A general note about Chakra Health
You are constantly interacting with and responding to the world around you. So are your chakras. Practices that help clear and rebalance the chakras are never a “once and done” activity. Just as you would not expect your body to remain clean forever after one shower, your chakras are not going stay clear forever after one meditation, one yoga, or one Reiki session. On-going energetic self-care plays is essential for overall chakra health and well-being.

Today I Choose…

“Today, I choose to not let my self-doubt take over.  I am capable.  I am confident.  I am enough.”

~Good Gefe


What is your first reaction when you read the sentence….

TODAY, I CHOOSE ME!

Do you find yourself cringing and thinking “How self-absorbed and selfish?”

Do you find yourself smiling and thinking “YES!”

Do you find yourself not reacting and thinking “Let me check my schedule?”

There is no wrong or right answer here, as everyday gives you a new option to choose.


What is your “I CHOOSE” statement today?


With Love and Gratitude,

Robin Rosenstiel
I create space for you to listen to your heart and take your next inspired step!

 

 



Chakra Sound Restoration

Sunday June 23rd, 2019

Do you feel like you are constantly doing?  Do you feel like there are not enough hours in the day to get everything completed on your to-do list?  Do you end up feeling frustrated, angry, and exhausted?

If so, then this workshop is for you.  During this workshop, we will be focusing on re-balancing the 3rd Chakra – also called the Solar Chakra – which is associated with action.  In this workshop, we will focus on reconnecting to heart based action through a series of grounding exercises, intuitive drawing, and sound meditation.  By the end of the workshop you will fell calm, relaxed, and focused.

Please bring a personal journal and pen.  If you prefer to lay on the floor during the sound meditation, please bring a yoga mat.

$25.00 (pre-registration)
$30.00 (walk-in)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Door opens at 1:30pm)
Kent Emporium – 741 N Kent Road, Kent IL 61044

To purchase tickets in advance or see a short video follow the links:
http://robinrosenstiel.com/chakra-sound-restoration/
http://www.kentemporium.com/upcoming-events.html

Are You Ready For Creative Self Care?

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it, including yourself.”

~Anne Lamott


Creative self-care is not just about regular exercise, eating right, and making time to relax.

Creative self-care is about feeding your soul.

It’s making sure that you have something to be excited about when you get up in the morning. For me, that’s journaling, art, and walking in nature. For you it might be something else. Or, perhaps you aren’t even sure what gets you going anymore.

If you are feeling, low, anxious, or generally “blah,” passion is an excellent way to combat these feelings. How do you find your passion?

  • Schedule a creative play date,
  • Surround yourself with other creative people,
  • Have fun,
  • Play like a kid,
  • Daydream, and most of all….

Get out of our comfort zone and do something different!

What are fun activity are you going to do this weekend to get out of your comfort zone? I would love to hear about it.


Are you looking for some creative self-care this weekend?

Check out the events next weekend at the Kent Emporium. Both are guaranteed to kick start your creativity and your intuition.


With Love and Gratitude,

Robin Rosenstiel
I create space for you to listen to your heart and take your next inspired step!

 


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AT THE KENT EMPORIUM



CAT YOGA

Saturday May 18th, 2019

You heard us correct, if you can do yoga with goats why not kitty cats.

Join us Saturday May 18th for our first ever Cat Yoga at the Kent Emporium at 10:30.

We’ll be doing some light yoga with kitties, lead by Jill La Ballister.

Followed by Cat Totems lead by Robin Rosenstiel.

Find a cat that you love? I’ve got good news for you most of the cats are available for adoption! They are current on their shots and have been spayed/neutered.

This is sure to be the cats Meow! Join us for fun and play, and to bring out the inner kitty in you.

Suggested donation $10 to our local shelter.



Chakra Sound Restoration

Sunday May 19th, 2019

Are you ready to jump start your creativity?  In this workshop, we will focus on re-balancing the 2nd Chakra – also called the Sacral Chakra.  A balanced 2nd Chakra will awaken your creative energy by connecting you to your joy and passion.  Through a combination of grounding exercises, chakradance, intuitive drawing, and crystal sound meditation, you will leave the workshop feeling inspired and empowered.

Please bring a personal journal and pen.  If you prefer to lay on the floor during the sound meditation, please bring a yoga mat.

$25.00 (pre-registration)
$30.00 (walk-in)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Door opens at 1:30pm)
Kent Emporium – 741 N Kent Road, Kent IL 61044

To purchase tickets in advance or see a short video follow the links:
http://robinrosenstiel.com/chakra-sound-restoration/
http://www.kentemporium.com/upcoming-events.html

The Universe Is Sending You Messages – Are You Listening?

“If you are waiting for a sign from the universe, THIS IS IT. NOW GO DO IT!”

~The Universe


Last week, I had a series of meaningful coincidences (synchronicity in action).
While traveling for business, I stayed in a hotel room that symbolically showed me what happens after I say “I’M DONE“.

“I’m Done” has represented many things in my life – from working for unethical businesses, to bully bosses, to outdated relationships and patterns.

As I checked into the hotel, I was informed that my room had been upgraded. The upgraded room would be located on a floor where there is construction activity going on (hotel remodeling). I was informed that there would be no noise as the construction had completed for the day and would not start again until 9AM the next day. I really didn’t think much about it, as I have lived in multiple construction zones with my 93 year old building over the years, so I took the hotel room key and proceeded to the elevator.

When I got off of the elevator, to my left there was a tarp closing off the left hallway and to my right there was a glass door stating “Do Not Enter”. Of course I entered the Glass door, as I could see the hall of rooms (besides I tend to not follow instructions very well). As I walked down the hallway corridor, I started to realized that there were no door numbers and some rooms were cracked open as refurbishing activities were still being completed. So I turned around and headed back to the elevator and thought to myself…

“There is some mistake here as there are NO rooms on this floor!”

However just as I was getting back on the elevator, I turned around and noticed 1 door next to the exit staircase door (across from the elevator). That 1 door had an assigned room number – my room #220. At this point I was feeling a bit skeptical (as this was the ONLY available room on the entire floor), so I unlocked the door and to my surprise…

I felt like I just walked into a Harry Potter movie!

I walked into a full suite with a large living room area, a bar area, a bedroom with a king bed, and a bathroom with a giant Jacuzzi hot tub. All I could do is laugh and say…

I got the message!

I laughed because there I was in an awesome safe space in the middle of a construction zone. I took a few pictures and sent them to a friend who immediately responded with the comment “That space is larger than my old apartment in New York City!”

So what is the message…

Transformation is like a remodeling project.
Except instead of remodeling your house, you are remodeling your life.

Symbolically, the construction zone represents how my life is currently being “remodeled”. And as the remodeling is taking place, there is nothing to fear as I will still be comfortable with the items I feel are a necessity in my life – a big soaking tub, a king size bed, a large living room, and a bar.

Based on having an entire hotel floor to myself, my “remodeling” project might be a little larger than I expected (I wonder what is behind the curtain?!?). But as anyone knows when it comes to remodeling projects, you can always start small and focus on one room at a time.

What is even more interesting is that after I settled into my room, I received an email from a friend mentioning that she received a message from her spirit guides but was struggling to interpret it and asked me for my opinion. So I quickly created a sound meditation for her and sent it to her.

2 days later, I told another friend about the synchronicity of events and she mentioned to me that she struggles to see any signs from the universe and asked me for my advice.
So what did I do? This week, I created a sound restoration meditation video to assist people with seeing and interpreting the signs from the universe. If you are curious, please check out the video and email me what you discovered. As I would love to see if there are any common themes. The link is below:

Receiving and Following Signs From The Universe



With Love and Gratitude,

Robin Rosenstiel
I create space for you to listen to your heart and take your next inspired step!


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Are you ready to start transforming your life?

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2. Select your offering.

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Life Lessons From a 93 Year Old Building


“If this building could talk, there would be a lot of swearing involved!”
~Robin Rosenstiel


2 weeks ago during my 2nd floor Spring Cleaning frenzy I mentioned to a friend (who is a contractor) how I hated my staircase (93 years of dirt, grim, glue, various finishes, etc.) and regretted not having Lenny (my contractor 9 years ago) restore it when he offered. There is a story behind my decision 9 years ago – lets just say that after a summer of remodeling the 2nd floor apartment of my 1926 hardware store, I simply got tired of Lenny’s lack of vision.
So Tuesday night when I returned home at 11pm from a 7 day business trip to Montreal and Quebec City (leading business Continuous Improvement/Lean Assessments), imagine my surprise when I saw my large staircase (which separates the workshop space from my apartment space) stripped down to the original wood.

My 1st thought…WOW that looks amazing!

My 2nd thought …WOW – only someone really frustrated and angry would take the time to do strip this staircase!

Wednesday I got the rest of the story that confirmed my 2nd thought. As a Transformational Coach and Mentor for Businesses and Individuals, I was fascinated by the story and the reaction it created. What was the story?

It’s the first step on the staircase to transformation (how poetic).

It’s the same story I’ve repeated in my own life, time and time again. It’s the story behind why I purchased a 1926 hardware store. It’s the story behind why I moved to Toronto. It’s the story behind why I moved back to Kent. It’s the story behind why I became a Transformational Coach and Mentor.

It’s the story where you stop ignoring the red flags, stop denying the situation, and instead accept the facts. It’s the story where you re-evaluate/determine your values and draw a line in the sand and say…

I’M DONE!!!”

Needless to say, the building is coming out of “hibernation mode” and it’s dragging me along kicking and screaming. I had other plans this past weekend. I was going to focus on developing an on-line workshop for Restore.Rebalance.Refocus. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to put it on the back burner. Nothing like 93 years of dust and dirt messing havoc with your sinuses. Let’s be serious – no one is going to want to watch a video series of someone, coughing, wheezing and sneezing. Instead I had to refocus my efforts on picking out paint colors for my staircase walls and cleaning up the Kent Emporium web site. So stay tune for more information about the on-line experience!

And for those in the area, join me on Sunday March 31st for a workshop at the Kent Emporium as we prepare for Spring. Details below.


Where in your life are you “Done”?
Are you ready to discover your next step?

Schedule a quick 15 minute discussion and we can discuss the next best step for you.


With Love and Gratitude,

Robin Rosenstiel
I create space for you to listen to your heart and take your next inspired step!

Meeting Plant Spirit Medicine

“Every healer has their favorite home remedy. Mine is Pina Coladas!”

~Robin Rosenstiel


On my last blog I mentioned that I did not have the opportunity to learn about plant medicine while I was in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is known for Cacao – a heart opening plant medicine. I was looking forward to learning more about the plant and the transformational ceremonies around the plant. But due to unforeseen events, this did not happen while at the Permaculture Resort. It was OK – life happens. But a funny thing that did happen while I was at the Permaculture

I suddenly had this urge to have Pina Coladas.

Anyone that knows me well, knows I don’t drink these types of drinks. I think that last time I had a Pina Colada was in college and if was made from a processed mix full of sugar…yuck!!! So I thought it was rather odd that I found myself tthinking about Pina Cola’s constantly while at the Permaculture Resort. So when we left the Permaculture Resort and moved to the next resort, several cohorts and myself immediately went to the bar and ordered Pina Coladas. The Pina Coladas tasted so refreshing and awesome. This was no “processed” mix, but instead fresh pineapples and coconuts. Nothing like the taste of fresh homemade cocktails…yummy! It became my drink of choice for the rest of the trip.

When I returned home to Northern Illinois and went grocery shopping guess what was the first item I saw when I walked through the store doors….Pineapples. I got the message loud and clear. I laughed, googled, and then picked up the fresh pineapples, coconuts, and coconut water in order to make my own Pina Coladas. I didn’t see that one coming…making my own Pina Coladas during ice and snow storms…hahaha. With each Pina Colada I drank (some with rum and some w/o rum), I noticed how happy and joyful the drink made me feel. I did some research and discovered…

Pineapple + Coconut = Finding the Joy In Your Own Inner Strength

For those who are unaware, food can be used to balance your chakras. Pineapple is associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra and Coconut is associated with the Crown Chakra.

A week later I got sick and while I laid in bed coughing I googled natural remedies for coughs (as I was iced/snowed in and couldn’t get to town). Guess what the first remedy that appeared on my google search? Yes – you got it…

  • Pineapple contains an anti-inflammatory compound called bromelain.
  • Coconut is know for its high concentration of electrolytes and strong antioxidant properties.

Last week while I was at O’Hare Airport waiting for my flight to Toronto for Gong Yoga Training I stopped at the Teavana Tea Shop. I ordered a Green Tea with Ginger (highly recommended it if you have a cold). When I went to pick up my drink I spotted the various loose tea blends on the wall available for sale. Are you ready….yup..

Pina Cola Tea

Of course I purchased the tea and the smell makes me giggle with delight. This is getting to be too crazy as you know I just can’t make this stuff up. I’m not a fortune teller, but I’m envisioning Pina Coladas at the Paint and Pour in April.

Why am I telling you this story? This is Plant Spirit Medicine in action. How plants can communicate with and aid all of us in the power of healing —not merely their
physical medicinal properties, but the deeper wisdom and gifts that they offer. So the next time you have an urge to eat a specific plant…pay attention…that plant might just be talking to you.

So thanks Daniel…I did learn plant medicine in Costa Rica! I didn’t get what I wanted…I got what I needed.

Are you interested in learning more about Plant Spirit Medicine? If so email me and we can talk about assembling an in-person or on-line workshop.


Are you ready to turn your dreams into reality?
Are you ready to SHINE?

Schedule a quick 15 minute discussion and we can discuss the next best step for you.


With Love and Gratitude,

Robin Rosenstiel
I create space for you to listen to your heart and take your next inspired step!