Dina Collins is the founder of Soul Walks by Dina and an energetic Soulful Nature Photographer who inspires herself and others with the help of her lens to explore nature.
What is your bedtime ritual?
We all know how important sleep is to our daily routine and if it becomes deficient we pay heavily with our health and everyday living
experiences. Tips for good sleep:
- Don’t eat after 7pm, especially chocolate or caffeine.
- When my head hits the pillow, I immediately recall all the grateful moments from the day. And when days are tough and I have trouble focusing on gratitude I focus on my dogs who are always supplying me with unconditional love.
- If I’m fighting with someone or having a disagreement, I close my eyes, envision the group or person, and flood them with love and light. I focus on gratitude and what I can learn from the situation. Life is a classroom. Full of lessons, quizzes and tests. I am always grateful I have the opportunity to learn.
What do you do during the day that has the biggest impact (positive or negative) on your sleep?
The most important thing I do during the day is eat well and be disciplined in my spiritual practices of meditation, SoulWalks,
psychotherapy sessions and energy work. I am also focused on how I talk to myself and handle the everyday issues that arise throughout the day because being a mother to 4 children, wife, and small business owner can be tricky at times. The minute you have one kid hitting the jackpot another one falls off the train. Finding balance is tricky but it helps to be disciplined with my self-care regimen. Balance can also be disrupted when a situation occurs and I immediately go to fear and allow
my thoughts and actions to go in that direction. Everyday is different and I embrace each one of them… some more tightly than the others.
In the last 5 years, what new belief, behavior or habit has most improved your sleep?
Five years ago I started walking with my Soul in Nature and connecting to Mother Earth. I created a practice for myself that I now call SoulWalks. I set intentions, connect with my breath, pray, do moving meditations, use Reiki and my intuition, take photos and connect with my physical body, Mother Earth and all that Nature has to offer. SoulWalks began as an act of self-care. I choose to take my problems, my belief systems and my happiness to Nature and I began to find my authentic voice. Nature spoke to me and through these magical walks I began to trust and love myself in ways I didn’t know was possible. The wisdom and information I receive gives me new perspectives in a loving and divine way. SoulWalks has become a tremendous support system to me and others. We all need to find that connection whether through Nature or other practices.
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