Thursday, March 3, 2016

Life After Living Numb

Life After Living Numb
by Regina Ann

For the second morning in a row I was aware, early morning before waking fully, of the song “Numb” playing in my head. Yesterday it cropped up throughout the day as well. Perhaps my soul is asking me to work out something that no longer fits me.

The song is about a guy who goes numb to cope with the conditional love of his parent or parents, how they are continuously disappointed in him and will not accept and love him for who he is. I SO relate and yeah, I did go numb. Numb was safe. Numb kept me from being emotional and vulnerable and it kept me from feeling the pain of my own expectations of what love should be between parent and child. 

All these years I thought I was protecting myself from those emotional and verbal assaults and the consequential fallout. Now, I wonder - if I had let go of my expectations of how they should love me - if I had let go of my judgement of them for not loving me unconditionally - if I had let go of my judgement of myself for not being able to make them love me - would I have felt the need to go numb and how would my acceptance of what is and non-judgment have changed my experiences.

Rather than go back in time to conduct a study I can do my own research here and now because once you numb yourself “for protection” it becomes an automatic response and I am tired of being numb. Part of the reason for coming to this plane is to experience emotions and feelings, they are quite intriguing when you don’t. After numbing them down for so long it feels my soul is saying, “Hey, it’s time to tear down the walls and have the experiences you came here for - all of them. You know I love you, you know you are always protected and always taken care of, so get on with it and start letting yourself feel - emote - be vulnerable. At the same time let go of expectation and judgement. Notice how often the unpleasant emotions and feelings you experience are a result of your own expectations and judgement. Observe how your experiences unfold when you let go of expectation and judgement of yourself and others….it will be a fascinating study.” My soul knows me well ;)

So now that my soul and I have had this little convo, I wonder what song will be playing in my thoughts today and I wonder what it’s going to be like, Life After Living Numb? I’ll keep you posted…it’s going to be a Fun study :)

Love & Peace

~*~ Regina

Regina Ann is the founder of Integrative Holistic Solutions offering Complimentary and Integrative Medicines, Healing Arts, and Lifestyle Coaching to assist you in achieving emotional, mental, physical, spiritual Well Being. Visit to learn more.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Natural Indoor Air Cleaners

by Regina Ann

Although Spring will be here soon in the Northern Hemisphere, we are still experiencing cold weather that makes it tempting to simply stay inside where it’s warm. With the inside of buildings and homes being as polluted, in some cases more polluted, than outdoors I wanted to find some natural options to help purify the air in my home, my home office and my therapy room.

There is much research available on just how wonderfully bringing nature indoors can help clear the air. For me having some nature inside also helps my mental outlook since I would choose to be outside all the time if the weather were more in my comfort zone. Below is the top natural plants for indoor air as listed by

  • The Feston Rose plant, also known as Lantana. Lantana is a beautiful flowering plant that is very low maintenance. The leaves of the lantana offer a pleasant aroma so you get clean air and natural fragrance as a bonus.
  • Devil’s Ivy is a prolific ivy with variegated leaves. It is the most common houseplant available. This is perhaps the hardiest plant I know and it will grow like crazy with little care. You can easily trim this ivy, place the trimmings in water for a few days and replant in soil as soon as you see roots growing and have a whole other plant.
  • Phalaenopsis is a beautiful flowering houseplant with very few leaves but lots of flowers. This is a perfect plant for indoor places with little or no sunlight as it cannot tolerate direct sunlight.
  • English ivy is considered the ideal houseplant for people with pets. It filters indoor pollutants such as fecal particles keeping your indoor air fresh. This is another prolific grower so you will either want to trim it back or give it plenty of space. It is poisonous so be certain to keep it out of reach of children and pets.
  • Parlor Ivy, also known as Philodendron, makes beautiful plants with their heart shaped leaves and delicate flowers of various colors. This is a climbing plant so you should have vertical space to offer it room to climb.
  • African violets are delicate plants requiring moderate light and temperature and grow best with regular feeding of plant food mixed with filtered water. These plants are higher maintenance than the others we have talked about so make sure you have the time to invest in their welfare.
  • The Christmas cactus is commonly seen in stores during the holiday season. With its glossy leaves and beautiful flowers the Christmas cactus is a great gift to enjoy as it cleans the air.
  • Yellow Goddess has beautiful trumpet-like golden flowers. It makes me think of a yellow lily. It needs bright light but not directly from the sun. Its small size makes it ideal for small spaces such as dorms, apartments and small offices with ample sunlight.
  • Garlic Vine has beautiful bell shaped flowers but be warned, the flowers and leaves smell like garlic when they are crushed. The upside is that the leaves, roots and flowers can be used to treat colds, fevers, sore throat and breathing problems much like garlic.
  • The Peace lily certainly lives up to its name. These are the most peaceful plants I know. The atypical flowers are white and look much like one of the leaves decided to turn into a flower. This plant thrives in lots of light and needs to be kept moist but out of direct sunlight.
Himalayan Salt Lamps
For those who really want to boost their air quality indoors you can add the warm glow of a himalayan salt lamp to any room. These lamps are known as mother natures ironizing balancer. They are touted to help with allergies and asthma as well as provide natural protection from electromagnetic frequencies. We love all of ours and the soft amber glow they emit is peaceful, calming and comforting.

These are but a few examples of Natural Indoor Air Cleaners. As you bring nature inside you begin to balance the energy which results in a more harmonic space. The harmony you create for your inner space carries through to your outer space. As a result, creating a more natural indoors may not only improve your air quality but also the energy you experience in your daily life.

Regina Ann is the founder of Integrative Holistic Solutions offering Integrative Medicines, Healing Arts, and Lifestyle Coaching to assist you in achieving emotional, mental, physical, spiritual Well Being. Visit to learn more.

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