“But-uhhh… Why is it called Lichen Livin’?”

“Lichen.. what is it? Where does it come from? Why did you name your business after a fungus?” Well, I will tell you. Let us start with a better understanding of what lichen actually is…

 Definition of lichen

noun  li·chen \ˈlī-kən, British also ˈli-chən\

  1. 1:  any of numerous complex plantlike organisms made up of an alga or a cyanobacterium and a fungus growing in symbiotic association on a solid surface (such as on a rock or the bark of trees)

Key words in this definition being “symbiotic association”. What does Webster have to say about that?…

Definition of symbiosis

plural symbioses\-ˌsēz\

  1. 1:  the living together in more or less intimate association or close union of two dissimilar organisms (as in parasitism or commensalism); especially:mutualism

  2. 2:  a cooperative relationship (as between two persons or groups)

“especially:mutualism”… Are we catching on to why lichen is so cool and how it can serve as an example to us all?? For fun, lets do one more definition….

noun  mu·tu·al·ism \ˈmyü-chə-wə-ˌli-zəm, ˈmyü-chə-ˌli-, ˈmyüch-wə-ˌli-\

  1. 1:  the doctrine or practice of mutual dependence as the condition of individual and social welfare

  2. 2:mutually beneficial association between different kinds of organism

The way I see it, we are all just a bunch of complex plantlike organisms floating around this solid, rock-like surface we call earth. As similar in chemistry as we all may be, it is certain that we all come with varying views, backgrounds, values, ethnicity, beliefs, goals, experience, skill sets… the list goes on. WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT. And that is AWESOME! Our differences is what should bring us together, not separate us.

Have you ever noticed that Lichen is the most vibrant plant life you will come across in nature? Before I admitted to my knowing it’s scientific name was lichen, I would only refer to it as “electric moss” and give the same puzzled face back to whomever questioned the name as if they were the strange ones for not learning about it in science class.

What I mean to get at is that besides lichens vibrant beauty, and convenient play on the word “like”, the way lichen exists in nature is worth admiring.  We all need to give unconditionally and only take what we need. Let’s use our strengths to balance out others weaknesses, less competition, more building each other up. Take on the responsibility to be in-tune with yourself, thus be in-tune with nature and your fellow man. We need to symbiosis the shit out of this place. I mean that so hard. My goal, my purpose, is to help anyone who is struggling to find “symbiosis” or health & balance within themselves and within their lifestyle.

How am I going to do that?

My belief and approach to wellness is holistic. Holistic meaning;”characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease.”  New science research is making it harder and harder to deny the fact that our environment, diet, & daily activities, stresses and pains affect our overall health and well-being. Based on my own education & experience I have created a series of 8 different sessions designed to give you all of the tools, education and direction you need to shift into a lifestyle that is enriching to your soul and will help you alleviate daily aches, pains and anxieties. You can check out all eight sessions on my website Lifestyle & Healing Sessions

If you don’t like something, change it. Let us shamelessly & unapologetically acknowledge where we feel tension, unhappiness, stress, dissatisfaction, and disease in life. We ALL deal with an amount of these things and it is NOTHING to be ashamed of.  I will show you how everything in your body works together to create total body wellness and how it is reflected in your attitudes & behaviors. That pain you have in your neck, shoulders and hips are years of suppressed emotions and traumas begging to be acknowledged. Those food cravings you have are telling you something! I will teach you how to create harmony within yourself and you will witness how once inner harmony or “inner-symbiosis” is created it naturally radiates into your environment and touches and inspires the people around you. It is a ripple effect, and it DOES start with you.

Doesn’t matter where you start, but START! Start being mindful of your choices take care of yourself. It is your own responsibility to feel good and proud of yourself because that energy, for better or worse, omits to the folks around you. DO YOUR PART! If you’re confused, intimidated, or overwhelmed on where to start, give me a call or shoot me an email, I would be more than thrilled to offer a judgment free ear and offer as much or as little guidance as you would like.



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