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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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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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