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Subtleties

Thinking this morning about the importance of discipline in the practice self care, and going back into old journals to reflect on my progression with it.

My body has been buzzing the past few days with a sense of overwhelm and the desire to do more ‘working in’ than out, i.e. gentle movement, writing, resting. I transformed this energy by going for an early walk, collecting some plants that appealed to me, breathing deeply and embracing the cool front that yesterday’s storms brought in. I feel infinitely more grounded when I am able to pause in the space of morning hours to be still, and take one task at a time. Drink water, get dressed, brew coffee. Eat slowly.

P.S. Happy full moon!
Subtleties of the human body. Influence of the less tangible. Do not discount the power of your proximity to water, exposure to sun or the night air. The aroma of green growth or closeness to those things and faces you love.

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Healing

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Healing is a hands on adventure.

It expands from an up and down tumultuous nature to a deep pulling of self, turning you inside out, a wave curling over the shore over, and over again. Always returning to its source.

Through our experiences and the people me meet, we are prompted to change, to shed our layers-over and over again.

In the specific realm of Connected Kitchen, speaking of body and food-to love one’s body, to hear its messages, you must embody your body. Allowing your breath to literally pull you back into your self. To experience the raw format of your experiences, emotions, without the man-made complexities.

To do this we can do many things: vocalize/sing/communicate with our speech via our tongues and vocal chords and teeth or with hands to write or type. Mastering something, moving things/our bodies/, creating and making or crafting. Working with plants, gardening, enjoying eating or preparing a meal. All of this is expressing the power of what it is to be in a human body, which means to be able to learn and apply and educate ourselves, constantly.

To reach the root of our healing, its helpful to detach from our mental chatter and the pelting messages of our reflections of self and who we think we are in relation to other people and how this and that looks and where we’ll be tomorrow in relation to what we did today-

It goes on and on and it exhausts us-if we sink into now, all the possibilities of the chance of the present  without all these attachments, much more opportunity to access our pure being exists. We can better listen to the messages of who we are individually and how we have been expressed into this world.

Nutrition and access to simple food is part of what heals us. Sometimes it can be the first step. A diet of food that is full of vitality and directly accessed from earth gets us there. Simple fruits and vegetables as they are picked oxygenate and move blood, our digestion, our lympathic system. We can clear the pathways for messages to be better received by our bodies-the main centers being heart, mind, and gut (intuition), in choosing this kind of food. This allows clearer thought, and greater capacity to give and receive.

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breakfast meditation

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“There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.”

– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

 

This applies to all forms of nourishment, our connections to whoever and whatever. Your relationship with all your interpretations of your surroundings.

Our food or time alone, as given in this example, has the potential to translate in our bodies in a variety of ways- dependent on a state of being.

This meal filled me first most with reassurance that I am taking care of myself, allowing space and time to give attention to my needs and intentions.

Grateful for this black coffee, oats with banana and raisin and peanut butter that gave me all the good stuff. Energy and inspiration.

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This is Enough

At the end of the weekend I’m often faced with a mixed bag of thoughts.

Sunday night, I’m reminiscing on all that felt good from Friday til then. Even still, I ask myself if I did enough, or I think about what else I could have fit into my time. Then I break down all the beautiful people and events I encountered. I take stock in my insights from days spent lingering outside, conversing with friends, or in the quiet of my own company in the kitchen on the rainy moody day that Saturday was. My time truly was saturated with good things…from drives to jump into a fresh body of water, to taking time with coffee and breakfast.

I’m always seeking to squeeze as much possible from my experiences. I think being this way is fundamentally a good thing, but at times comes with the loss of being present.

Here’s to the intention to not be thinking of the next thing, or what Sunday night will feel like.

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Friday night I was craving Rose. Made it happen with some olive oil, sea salt & black pepper popcorn appetizer.

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This salad followed the wine. All produce from the farm: a salad dressing of apple cider vinegar, olive oil, sea salt, maple syrup mixed at the bottom of the bowl. Thinly sliced harukei turnip, chopped apple, snow peas, and garlic scapes. Foraged lamb’s quarters. Tossed with romaine. We had the turnip tops sauteed with kale and red onion on the side, with fish and rice.

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Watching the rain at the door with Joey. It was a good summer storm, and I was impressed with Joey’s calm.IMG_3891

The gray day of rain felt so gentle and still. The quiet of the kitchen called me to play. Developed a thumb print cookie for luke, made from my stock of random bags of gluten free flours that I’m trying to use up:

Sugar cookie base: 1/2 cup oat flour (ground oats in a coffee grinder), 1/4 cup potato starch, 1/4 cup white sorghum flour, 1 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/4 salt (DRY). 1 tbs vanilla, 1 egg, 1/2 cup coconut oil at room temp, 3/4 cup organic sugar (WET). Mix together, form into balls, press that thumb in and fill with jam. 15 minutes at 365F (about…)IMG_3895

Garden progress. I can’t get over how tall and unruly the tomatoes are! They are flowering and lovely. Little green fruits are happening. I’ve had a few cucumbers thus far and pluck from the kale, collards, and herbs daily. I just planted motherwort, lemon balm, lemon verbena, cat mint, and chocolate mint that I received from Joan (TIOSN instructor, but I prefer to think of her as my mentor and friend. Thrilled to have some plants from her beautifully tended to gardens now in mine).

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let body be 

  You do not have to be good. / You do not have to walk on your knees / for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. / You only have to let the soft animal of your body / love what it loves. / Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. / Meanwhile the world goes on. / Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain / are moving across the landscapes, / over the prairies and the deep trees, / the mountains and the rivers. / Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, / are heading home again. / Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, / the world offers itself to your imagination, / calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting— / over and over announcing your place / in the family of things.

-Mary Oliver


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