Dream Symbols: What They Mean to You: Baskets

 

Baskets

Ethnobotany, as Dr. Manuel Lizarralde, one of my podcast guests, so beautifully explained, is about more than just plants. It’s about our cultural uses and dependence on the plant world for shelter, housing, food, medicine, clothing, tools for living, and the lore that comes with them. They contribute to the richness, mystery, and magic of our lives.

Baskets are beautifully woven, priceless art, and time-tested vessels that help us carry, store, fill, and empty the gifts of daily life and the gifts of our metaphysical one. The weaving is often passed down through generations. The patterns hold memory and meaning. Basket weaving can be traced back to our origins. Often woven from reeds and grasses, they are useful.

Each culture weaves symbols and meaning into its baskets, making some priceless.
“In a world where there were no cupboards, plates, or bowls to hold your belongings, baskets served as indispensable items that had multiple purposes. They allowed people to carry water, clothing, food, and much more.”

In my travels with Native American elders, I learned to see more deeply into some of the symbols they shared. Many seemed simple or mundane, but I wanted to know more. The Burden Basket is one such example. Jamie Sands in Sacred Path Cards reminds me that this basket encourages self-reliance. To honor the process path of others and to refrain from gossiping about another whose back story we may never know. To enter another’s home respectfully and maybe leave our troubles by the door, in the burden basket, rather than dump them on another’s doorstep.

In dream work, we often go back into a dream if we find it disturbing or want to be in the energy of the dream for a brief while longer. Dreams dance in and out of our awareness like fog dissipating in the morning sun. I recommend using the basket in your meditations for dreamwork and personal awareness. One common example is to get settled into a quiet place and in a comfortable posture. Imagine finding a basket at a doorway that beckons you to leave the day’s troubles inside it and behind. Then, enjoy the meditation. Your thoughts and concerns will be waiting for you when you return.

Another suggestion is to place a basket by your bedside or at your favorite work area. Use it as a gratitude container for the day. Or write down a small miracle, a synchronicity, on paper and again place it in this container. At the end of a month or year, take them out and recall with gratitude what you have received that might be forgotten.

Both suggestions work really well and remind us of the power of the basket. When seen in our dreams, it can lead to unknown discoveries. And remind us to listen to inner guidance for solutions.

Sweet Dreaming. Judith

 

 

 

 

MediMindful Moment Podcast: Meet Lynne Hartwell

In this episode of Cloud 9 Online’s MediMindful Moment Podcast, co-hosts Judith Dreyer, Jeff Nelder, and Henry Edinger interview Lynne Hartwell, the Founder of L’Unique Realm. Lynne shares the benefits of several energetic healing techniques, including sound vibrational therapy, crystals, gemstones, and natural essences.

Episode Highlights:

  • Lynne shares her background. (00:53)
  • Lynne leads the mindful moment exercise. (2:36)
  • From Lynne’s perspective, what do people need to focus on in terms of their mindfulness? (5:51)
  • Lynne mentions something significant about uncertainty. (6:03)
  • Lynne shares several energetic healing techniques including sound vibrational therapy (7:43)
  • Lynne mentions the benefits of using crystals and gemstones for healing. (10:01)
  • What are a few gemstones that Lynne recommends using? (12:15)
  • Is it more effective to be in physical contact with the stones? (17:18)
  • Lynne shares how essences work with our bodies. (26:23)
  • Lynne explains the best way to transition between essences for a different vibe. (40:26)

Key Quotes:

  • “When we elevate our energy levels, when we allow ourselves to collect and calm ourselves and allow ourselves to rebalance, we’re better able to move forward and to face those challenges and to move forward past those challenges.” – Lynne Hartwell
  • “Everybody listens to music, except for those that have some hearing impairments, they can still feel the vibrations and the vibrations are felt within the body, which is a therapeutic effect in itself.” – Lynne Hartwell
  • “When you allow yourself to take the moment and allow this chemical, this plant into your body, it is not only working on you on the nervous system level, it is also slowing down your circulatory system, which then allows the promotion the release of certain chemicals that are beneficial for your body.” – Lynne Hartwell

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MediMindful Moment: Meet Nigel Palmer

In this episode of Cloud 9 Online’s MediMindful Moment Podcast, co-hosts Judith Dreyer, Jeff Nelder, and Henry Edinger interview Nigel Palmer, the Director, and Curriculum Developer for Sustainable Regenerative Gardening at The Institute Of Sustainable Nutrition. Nigel talks about his expertise in traditional gardening and why the garden is a quintessential mindfulness place.

Episode Highlights:

  • Nigel shares a little background about his work and his career, as an author. (1:18)
  • Nigel mentions his book entitled, The Regenerative Growers Guide To Garden Amendments. (2:03)
  • Nigel leads the mindful moment exercise. (3:53)
  • Nigel shares some of his practices when feeding his plants. (4:04)
  • Does Nigel see himself with purposeful energy into the present moment while gardening? (7:12)
  • How does the whole notion of impermanence play a role in traditional gardening? (9:09)
  • Nigel mentions one of the most amazing things about nature. (12:53)
  • Nigel shares his gardening program at The Institute Of Sustainable Nutrition. (20:52)
  • Nigel shares a couple of mindfulness tips in the garden and mindfulness tips in life. (24:59)

Key Quotes:

  • “It’s a lovely time to watch the clouds go by, to see the rustle of the wind in the trees. Or notice some birds that are going through their antics on the side of the lawn. Gardening is a quintessential mindless mindfulness exercise.” – Nigel Palmer
  • “We’re all in the flow of the universe, you can either participate or not. And we all make decisions as to how we spend our time, and what we do with our time. And we can either ignore the flow of the universe, we can go against the flow of the universe, or we could be part of it.” – Nigel Palmer
  • “You don’t need an amazing skill set. You don’t need all this infrastructure or these ideas, but what you need to do is go out into the garden and put your toes in there and put a seed in, it won’t grow unless you plant it, right? So, once you start planting these things, all of these things unravel.” – Nigel Palmer

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MediMindful Moment Podcast: Meet Hector Torrens

In this episode of Cloud 9 Online’s MediMindful Moment Podcast, co-hosts Judith Dreyer, Jeff Nelder, and Henry Edinger interview Hector Torrens, the Chief Digital Officer at WellSpark Health. Hector shares how he was introduced to the power of mindfulness and how we can still maintain connection and community in the digital world.

Episode Highlights:

  • Jeff leads the mindfulness exercise. (3:24)
  • Hector shares how his journey to mindfulness began. (6:42)
  • How was Hector introduced to meditation? (10:31)
  • In what ways is WellSpark continuing to improve their mindfulness and resiliency skills? (13:11)
  • Hector shares how WellSpark is connecting with people digitally instead of in-person due to COVID. (16:59)
  • What are the implications of the acceleration towards digital technology in healthcare? (27:39)
  • What is WellSpark’s approach to mobilizing resources internally for the good of those externally? (31:13)
  • Key Quotes:
  • “One of the constants that I noticed throughout dealing with technology is that you’re always at the forefront of change, right? And, with change comes stress. So nothing is ever static, things are always changing and moving, and that there is someone, something, some group of people that are feeling stressed because of it.” – Hector Torrens
  • “As human beings in the world have realized we can maintain connection and community using digital tools, unlike we thought that we could in the past.” – Hector Torrens
  • “I think we’re evolving, and this is an opportunity for us to evolve very quickly, because of the circumstances that happened right around this having to depend upon digital.” – Hector Torrens

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MediMindful Moment Podcast: Meet Adam Latin

In this episode of Cloud 9 Online’s MediMindful Moment Podcast, co-hosts Judith Dreyer, Jeff Nelder, and Henry Edinger interview Adam Latin, Empowerment Counselor and the Owner of The Clearest U. Adam talks about the significance of connection, teaching people how to nurture one another, and the value of being cherished.

Episode Highlights:

  • Judith introduces Adam Latin. (00:35)
  • Adam believes that every individual has unique strengths and weaknesses, and he has developed tools and techniques to help people in different walks of life. (1:00)
  • Adam leads the mindfulness exercise. (3:34)
  • Adam thinks that remembering and realizing the significance of the connection is important because having deeper conversations with people is vital. (9:03)
  • Adam mentions one of the biggest factors for him is the energy of cherishing. (9:38)
  • Adam shares that honesty is about being able to work hard and formulate the most accurate response possible. (11:47)
  • Adam believes that learning to use words in a very specific format can be very helpful. (12:15)
  • Adam shares that putting energy into convincing someone is draining to your energy and draining to your focus, then it’s much more likely that you will have emotions that are not under your power. (14:05)
  • In Adam’s opinion, sometimes we need to have an active exit strategy before moving on to our next activity. (15:13)
  • Adam believes that we’re originally presented with different types of love and people almost demand that we accept love the way they want to present it. (16:53)
  • Adam shares that acceptance is difficult for some people. But, everyone is neurologically brilliant in their unique way. (19:39)
  • Adam mentions that being engaged with awareness or perceptiveness is very powerful. (27:06)

Key Quotes:

  • “I help people reframe and refocus or, in some cases, I help them celebrate what they felt because sometimes they’ve done such a wonderful job but they haven’t stepped back and looked at what they’ve created.” – Adam Latin
  • “I always tell people when they are starting, it’s about bringing a sense of discovery and following a sense of inspiration. It’s not about having the right answer the first time. It’s really about experiencing and deepening.” – Adam Latin
  • “I feel that safety is a foundational issue and it’s being disrupted at this point. People meditating simply on the ways that they’ve previously made themselves safe, or ways that they’re inspired to make themselves safe, really helps reduce some of this anxiety.” – Adam Latin
  • It’s better for us to change how we present information than expecting someone to change how they receive it.” – Adam Latin

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MediMindful Moment Podcast: Meet Dr. Romie Mushtaq

In this episode of Cloud 9 Online’s MediMindful Moment Podcast, co-hosts Judith Dreyer, Jeff Nelder, and Henry Edinger interview Dr. Romie Mushtaq, MD, ABIHM, Chief Wellness Officer at Evolution Hospitality, and the Founder of BrainSHIFT Protocol. Dr. Romie talks about utilizing mindfulness in the workplace and how the MediMind App has been helpful in training employees in the workforce.

Episode Highlights:

  • Judith introduces Dr. Romie Mushtaq. (00:38)
  • Romie shares that she’s a traditionally trained neurologist and found her path to mindfulness 10 years ago when her stress manifested as an illness and she had life-saving surgery. (1:08)
  • Romie mentions that she’s the founder of the BrainSHIFT Protocol, and mindfulness is a core part of what they do for corporations and global associations. (1:51)
  • Romie leads the mindful moment exercise. (3:35)
  • Romie shares that skills such as emotional intelligence, being mindful, and emotional regulation were considered soft skills in the workplace. (8:51)
  • Romie mentions that the definition of mindfulness in her workplace wellness programs is seen as a brain training program. (9:32)
  • Romie mentions that you can’t manage your business situation until you train your brain, on how to manage it. (11:38)
  • Romie explains what the stress success cycle is all about. (13:59)
  • Romie shares that clinical data shows that it takes four to six weeks for the positive changes to start happening, and change in the structure and the function of the brain. (15:57)
  • Romie mentions that you can change the way your brain cells are functioning by meditating every day. (16:07)
  • Romie shares that guided meditations are helpful, and the MediMind App has a variety of meditations. (16:51)
  • Romie shares that leadership and adaptation are the two aspects that she learned from being a chief wellness officer. (19:28)
  • Romie mentions that bringing in an app is helpful as a tool, but it takes leaders to help implement that. (21:40)
  • Romie explains the 21-day study that they do at Evolution Hospitality. (22:14)
  • Romie thinks that what mindfulness has taught us is self-awareness. (28:06)
  • Romie mentions that they have a group of 55 technology executives that are finishing up her brain shift protocol, and they use the MediMind app and are doing well. (31:37)

Key Quotes:

  • “I went on a journey around the world to learn about mindfulness and integrative medicine. I came back, became certified and now I’m a woman on a mission to transform the brain and mental health in the workplace.” – Dr. Romie Mushtaq
  • “Soft skills are actually essential for leaders and for a workforce to feel engaged, happy, and productive in the workplace. And mindfulness is a core component to creating a happy workplace.” – Dr. Romie Mushtaq
  • “Mindfulness is that brain training, to say, Hey, I don’t want my brain to be hijacked by stress and negativity. I want to be able to be focused, and now be able to control my emotions. And that’s why mindfulness is so important in the workplace.” – Dr. Romie Mushtaq
  • “When we meditate, something that’s known as the relaxation responses elicited in that airport traffic control center and within about five minutes, boom! That stress response is turned off, your airport traffic control center of the brain is no longer hijacked.” – Dr. Romie Mushtaq

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