Take care of yourself during these times

When I find myself reading the news, listening to the news, going on social media, I find myself irritable, hyper, overwhelmed and sad. When I decide to slow down and get quiet, tears are released and the pain is felt. During these times, I remember that I need to get back to basics, it’s survival mode.

So I remove the news from my life because frankly, miracles happen every single day but we rarely hear about them! So I go back to living my life, appreciating all that I have, filling myself up with things that bring me joy and, as some would say, I put my head right back into the sand. But I don’t feel my head is REALLY in the sand. Because for me, I sit back, get quiet and I imagine the earth in my hands and I send the earth and all its creatures love.

That’s how I contribute, keep sane and shift my focus. When things get too overwhelming we always have the choice of where we want to direct our energy. That’s what works for me. Do what you feel called to do but do take good care of yourself and remember love is the greatest mover of all.

About the author

Kim Hiles (Dancing Feather) was born in Pennsylvania in the 1960s. Her mother was from Germany and met her father while stationed there. The family moved several times before settling in a town called Millis, Massachusetts.

Kim developed severe anxiety and depression as a child and struggled to find her way. Growing up, Kim was told by her grandmother that she wrote beautiful letters and had a way with words. Later in life, this memory would be a catalyst for sitting down and writing her memoir.

Continuing to say yes to life, Kim talks about her struggles of addiction, anxiety, depression and relationship issues, to name a few. She considers it her life mission to help empower others and uses her memoir as a way to offer guidance in living a more authentic life, following your dreams.

She has overcome much adversity and enjoys walking with others as they find their way. Kim has also co-written a young adult fantasy with her husband Will, called Little Wonders. Their pen name is K.W. Hiles.

Kim is a successful Educator, Social and Emotional Learning Specialist, Behavior Specialist, Mediator (Restorative Practices), 3rd degree Reiki Practitioner, and blogs regularly. In addition Kim offers online classes at Shamanic Passages Institute

Kim is considered highly sensitive and intuitive. Utilizing her gifts, her mission is to channel inspiration and healing and help spread some light. Empowering others to create the life of their dreams is the ultimate goal.

Kim is happily married (21+ years) and lives with her husband, son and their animal companions.

"I had a teacher who told us to go out that week and see how many Mercedes cars we noticed. When I came back I told her I had seen a lot! She asked me if I had seen any junk cars. I told her I didn’t remember seeing any. The next week she reversed it and asked us to go out and see how many junk cars we noticed. Of course we noticed a lot but didn’t remember seeing any Mercedes cars. Where is your focus? Is it on the problem or on the solution and more importantly, where would you like it to be?" -- Kim Hiles

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