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Transformation

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Finding joy in the fact that the last time I wrote in this space, I was pushed by the full moon. Here I am again, on the other side of it and more than a year later, no longer ignoring the little tug that pulls at my heart whenever I receive a ping of inspiration. My absence from writing was the result of throwing water on my own fire. This mechanism felt trite, not good enough or polished to my standards, too full of a past self. Now I recognize, encouraged by the transformative shove that is time of year, that moving forward with typos and ragged edges is how it gets done, and it’s the best medicine. You can always edit life along the way, and I believe society benefits as a whole when we express and reflect on one another.
It’s time to push beyond your notion of preparedness, and to demonstrate skills in action.
2017 has been a bitter tea, steeped too long in monumental events-political, environmental, societal, pulling threads left and right and I think we all feel a bit unraveled and raw. No doubt that I find it fascinating to see these times parallel the symbolic significance derived from astrological events.
Awareness of this and the rhetoric surrounding spiritual awareness, manifestation and personal growth is a double edged sword. In times of unrest it’s tempting and trending to create means to cope, often taking shape in commodities that promise change and transformation. In my corner of the internet, buried in holistic wellness media, I see this in widespread guarantees of a “this for that” mentality, a crystal to bring you clarity and calm, sage to clear your space, an herb to heal your heart etc. I love the direction of self empowerment that these types of external tools create, and participate with it all my self, but it is my hope to encourage individuals to release reliance on objects to call in what you need. At any moment, full or new moon or not, you have the power to cast your hopes for a plan of change, be it a shift in work or relationship or environment.
Tangible objects are enhancements, nice but not necessary. Spiritual materialism can make us feel like there’s more oomph to our penny thrown to the wishing well. It might feel like an austere approach, but I feel self reliance should be cultivated before anything else. Similar to building a strong, balanced body with body weight exercises before hitting the Olympic lifts.
Know your heart, start to feel where your intuition sits in your body. These are times where we can rest and settle into these experiences, but not to be passive. Nothing outside of you is needed to connect and have the universe receive your intention.

 

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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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