November 14, 2010

Connecting with inner wisdom…

Posted in Between Us column, Health, Relationships, Spirituality at 10:07 pm by dinaheng

The winter sunshine in Sedona makes you want to throw off your jacket, even though the temperature hasn’t hit 60 degrees yet. After a day of pampering at the spa, I’m ready to venture out to one of the area’s famous vortexes.

In Sedona, there are several locaitons called vortexes, believed to be places where spiritual energy exists on multiple dimensions to facilitate meditation and healing.

My guide this morning is Johanna Mosca, Ph.D., director of Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking ( A transplanted New Yorker, Mosca was formerly a teacher specialist for the United Federation of Teachers for alternative high schools in New York.

“Someone took me to a yoga weekend in the late 1980s, and in the 1990s, I took teacher training in yoga and went to India for course work,” Mosca says. “I came to Sedona on vacation, and climbed to the top of Bell Rock every day. I had this knowing that I was going to live here, even though I’d just passed the exams to be a principal. So I left New York, and did my first yoga and hiking retreat in Sedona in 1994.”

Today, she and other guides offer various kinds of yoga, hiking and energy work in Sedona. She says many people have turned to the practice of yoga and meditation, especially in the years after 9/11.

“Our feeling of safety was ripped away by terrorism, and now, with the economy, it’s all changing financially,” Mosca says. “It’s making people realize they need something to help them cope, other than Valium. Sedona’s known for its vortex energy, which helps you to go into your higher consciousness and discover your inner balance.”

She takes me to Airport Mesa, one of the area’s vortexes, which gives a panoramic view of some of Sedona’s best-known red rock formations. The hike up the trail is not strenuous, but because I have depth perception problems, we move slowly.

Airport Mesa/Photo provided by Sedona Chamber of Commerce

Mosca gives a running commentary about the plants along the way, and when we reach a flat rock, we sit and begin to meditate. She talks about how to deal with upsets in life using her four D’s — distinguish the feeling (in other words, figure out what you’re feeling); detach from the feeling, dip the feeling in FGH (forgiveness, gratitude and humor), and design what you’d rather have.

We sit in the silence, savoring the sunshine on our faces. I breathe in the peace, which seems to linger in the air, and feel content. After a few minutes, we close with personal prayers, and head back down the mountain.

It’s amazing how a change of scenery always changes your perspective. You can sit and meditate in the quiet of your living room, but there’s something special about doing it on a moutain in Sedona. Somehow, connecting to the wisdom within seems much easier.

After lunch at Picazzo’s, which has fabulous organic salads, pizza and more, I head to the Spa at Sedona Rouge ( This spa facility is smaller than Mii amo at Enchantment, but has similarr massage and body treatments. An hour massage starts at $120, and wellness and intuitive services can go upwards of $200.

The intuitive woman I am to work with calls herself Divyo ( Trained in massage therapy, myofascial release, and psychology, she talks with me about what treatment would be most beneficial to try.

We agree to do a Family Constellation consultation, which looks at the hidden and visible dynamics in family relationships, with an eye toward understanding conflicts and tensions in a new way. Using a combination of psychology and intuitive understanding, Divyo guides me through an exercise that examines my relationship with my parents and people in their past.

I went through psychotherapy for two and half years in my late 20s, unraveling many of the things that Divyo and I discuss, so it’s not new territory. Listening to her insights, however, opens up a new channel of energy that I can only describe as a lightness of being. I feel less burdened somehow, and my inner wisdom says that something I’ve been longing for will soon be mine.

Family constellation therapy is very different from family therapy. It’s more than talking through issues. It involves tapping into the energetic field that ties families together, and releasing negative feelings to heal your spirit.

Divyo was an excellent guide through the process, which is not to be taken lightly. Opening up the energetic field, for me, involved exploring my relationship with my parents, and a deciision my father had made years before I was born.

Two days after I left Sedona, one of my sisters called, asking me to talk to my father about his health. He’d had poor circulation problems for some time, and was resisting going to a doctor. I called him on Friday, and he assured me that he’d already made an appointment to see a doctor on Monday.

The next morning, I almost couldn’t get out of bed. My body felt exhausted, and it was all I could do to get up by 10 a.m. That evening, a sister called to tell me that our father had had a heart attack that morning.

Thankfully, Dad is okay. The doctor put in a stent, and he’s out of the hospital.  Was it a coincidence that I felt wiped out at the same time he had his heart attack? I doubt it. I’m grateful that he’s recovering. And I am grateful for the understanding that I’ve been given about our family on the unseen side of life.

All of us are connected in ways we do not see. The more we accept each other, and ourselves, the happier we will be. The more we forgive each other, and ourselves, the more we will heal.

My trip to Sedona was indeed an adventure in relaxation, rejuvenation… and healing.

Cathedral Rock in Sedona/Photo provided by Sedona Chamber of Commerce


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