For the next 3 days, here in California we’re expecting a heavy rain storm. So, I went outside to get a little sunshine before it shifts into clouds of rain this afternoon. When I looked at the sky I saw so much beauty of blue, sunlight and clouds that I took this photo.

As the seasons begin to shift, I know for many the holidays can be a time of great joy, but also a time of stress and even deep sadness.

Today’s sky was a reminder for me to look into beauty as often as possible and that only I can choose to take the time to look for it.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a recent photo of me holding a rose quartz heart in my hand. It was a recent gift from a dear friend of mine.

I’ve always appreciated tools that help me ground into my physical well-being, and I’ve been holding this heart daily while using it to create a “pause break” for myself during my day.

I hold the heart in my hand and take a moment to close my eyes and sense into the stone. Then I breath more deeply and sense into my own heart.

My “pause breaks” are sometimes as short as 2 min., or as long as 45 minutes if I choose to move into a meditation, take a walk, stretch, do a short set of Qigong, or even take a little nap.

Of course we don’t need to use a physical tool to help us reconnect and align, but if you have special objects that bring you joy, I say use them!

Especially as we move into a change of seasons, I encourage you to explore what your own “pause break(s)” will be.

The energy of the fall and moving into winter, is one of moving within and taking time to restore more deeply.

There’s nothing better than taking a few moments to reconnect with your own spirit.

No one can do it for us. And we can make it as simple, or as elegant as we wish. But the most important thing is to find what works for you and enjoy it.

Pausing for just moments throughout your day can make a HUGE difference in how our nervous system reset’s itself and how our brain gets to restore and refocus. It’s truly a valuable use of your time.

Do you have things you love to do to reset your nerves and mind during your day? If you do, I would love to read about them!


And if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed this holiday season, perhaps this episode “Your Internal Guidance System” will be of service to you.

Happy Thanksgiving

Tomorrow, here in the U.S. we celebrate Thanksgiving. If you’re celebrating too, I wish you, your loved ones and friends a most excellent day of gratitude.

I consider you an extended part of my family and I’m grateful for you being here with me and for all you give to the world.

And if you know someone who would benefit from today’s topic, please reach out and share it with them.

In Joy,
Dr. Maria