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Navigating the Vortex

Navigating the Vortex: Communicating with kindness

By Gina M. Barrett The loss of a long-standing and active community member Paul Shippee inspired me to write this wellness column.  Paul played a major role in resolving conflict in Crestone. He consistently offered Nonviolent Communication (NVC) training to the community and was usually the one who was called upon to help resolve conflict when it arose at public meetings and in community groups.  Navigating the vortex and off-grid lifestyle of Crestone is no joke, especially during the challenging season of extended periods of high winds and the unbearable mosquitos in the summer. When we are stressed with basic survival and...

Navigating the Vortex: The Wind Element

By Gina M. Barrett. I find that the windy season of spring adds to the challenges we already experience as we navigate the energy vortex here in Crestone. Since I have lived here, the windy season can last about two months. We have been fortunate so far this March. We haven’t had back-to-back days and days of wind. Phew! I’m grateful.   Wind happens when the cold air of winter and the warmer air of spring collide. Wind is necessary to keep the air fresh and clean. However, in an agricultural area like SLV, the wind disrupts and distributes the agricultural...

Navigating the Vortex: Self-care isn’t selfish

By Gina M. Barrett. Why is it that when someone you know goes on vacation or declines a request of your time, you sometimes feel they are being selfish? Can we, instead, shift our perception toward admiring that person for taking such good care of themselves? This is shadow work, originally uncovered by therapist Carl Jung. Look at the positive things that upset you and embody them for yourself. Be inspired by others who know their limits and the level of self-care they need in order to be happy and able to function in their daily life. To have peaceful interactions...

Navigating the Vortex: Healthy pacing

By Gina M. Barrett. What I discovered, immediately after moving to Crestone, was that I needed to adopt a slower way of being. The excitement of creating my dream ranch and the work involved often led to feeling dizzy when I moved too fast. During this entry period, I also took a six-month woman’s qigong (pronounced “chi gong”) certification training. The practice made me very dizzy and I had insomnia. I had qi dysfunction and had to adopt qi balancing practices.  Moving fast is my nature. Many of us came from a faster-paced lifestyle. My understanding of the energy vortex here...

Navigating the Vortex: Hydrate for the Holidays

By Gina M. Barrett. I can’t say enough about the importance of hydration while living in the high mountain desert of Crestone, Colorado. Hydration is notably necessary for optimal physical health, but dehydration will also effect our moods.   According to the National Library of Medicine, “Data consistently show a reduction of >2 percent in body mass due to dehydration results in effect on mood, fatigue, and alertness.” (2019, Narrative Review of Hydration and Selected Health Outcomes in General Population). “The National Academy of Medicine suggests an adequate intake of daily fluids of about 13 cups and 9 cups for healthy (person),...

Navigating the Vortex: The Wind Element

By Gina M. Barrett. I find that the windy season of spring adds to the...

Navigating the Vortex: Self-care isn’t selfish

By Gina M. Barrett. Why is it that when someone you know goes on vacation...

Navigating the Vortex: Healthy pacing

By Gina M. Barrett. What I discovered, immediately after moving to Crestone, was that I...

Navigating the Vortex: Hydrate for the Holidays

By Gina M. Barrett. I can’t say enough about the importance of hydration while living...
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