Friday, July 29, 2016
Sometimes we work so hard at something, trying and trying with little or no result, that we get frustrated and fall out of love with our dream. This can leave us feeling empty and alone. It can even result in us being angry with the products of our labors. We find that we want little to do with it, whatever it is. And then, the end result is that no one else does either and the whole endeavor becomes a flop. We see it as a failure and it becomes just that. But really what we need to do is to love what we've done, whatever it is that we have worked toward, we just need to love it.
A woman that I know opened up a shop here in town several years ago. It was a fine little store and she carried and sold just the sort of things that I'd like to buy. So I stopped in periodically. One day, while I was there, I could see clearly that she was discouraged. She said that very few customers had been in all week and she was feeling, 'Ah, what's the use?'
We spoke for a while and I mentioned how beautiful and useful her wares were. She knew that already. So, I said, "Visualize people coming in and being thrilled to find what they'd like." She was so discouraged that day that she still wasn't much moved. So, I asked my heart to help and it had me say, "You've got to love what you do. Love it; fall back in love with what you have created." She paused and looked at me and thought about it and we parted company with some hugs and smiles.
Deep discouragement can also happen with a difficult birth. All of that time in pregnancy, hoping and eager for the new. Then the devastating labor leaves it's scars and the pain is hard to forget. It can take some time and possibly even an outside influence to remind us of what we have loved and can love again.
I popped back in to that shop a month or two later and my friend said, "You know, I listened to what you said. I imagined people coming in and loving what I offer. I remembered why I was inspired to create this shop and I practiced those thoughts until I fell back in love with my store again. And now, as you can see, customers are flooding in and I've become so busy I had to hire some help. Isn't that a miracle? I let myself find love again, with my work and my life, and through that I have found meaning"
May you fall in love again with your life despite the troubles and all the hard work. Because as we find love for what we do, we find meaning and then so does the rest of the world too.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Monday, July 18, 2016
Yep! It happened again. I got into the sugar. It started off with helping a friend make a maple syrup sweetened, gluten-free, almond-meal based, lemon wedding cake for her son. The cake was amazing, light and lovely and so was the frosting, a white chocolate ganache. It was also made with very clean and pure ingredients, organic cream with fair trade, white chocolate, organic chips. Ah, but therein lay my downfall. The chips were sweetened with organic, yet still refined sugar.
It took us two days to make the cake, working steadily. And it was a masterpiece with white chocolate peony petals and beautiful pink and white fresh roses. But alas, tastes of the ganache awakened the sleeping sugar monster within me. The days that followed had little bits of sugar here and there, not too much, but soon the cravings reached a crescendo in all three of that day's meals containing sugar. Then the following morning, along came the blues.
When our bodies are healthy and well nourished we handle stress better and roll with the punches when they come. But when we are depleted, which sugar does to most of us, with it's destruction of our gut flora and subsequent inadequate nutrition, along with the emotional swings from high to low, then we really feel the blows.
It is not just our emotional health that suffers, we can loose our physical stability as well. Aches and pains and swellings set in. Flare ups of inflammation attack our joints and pretty soon we hurt all over. Add a little refined wheat flour or alcohol into the mix and you've got a recipe for sleepless nights and dreary days feeling tired, run down and generally awful.
Blessedly, I don't fall into this hole very often anymore. And when I do I can usually pull myself out with the help of probiotics from eating sauerkraut and kimchi. These quickly restore my gut flora and put an end to that sweet tooth. But years ago my sugar downfalls used to happen with every holiday: Christmas and New Years in winter, Valentines and Easter in spring, the 4th in summer and Thanksgiving in fall. Top this off with Birthdays and other personal celebrations and Voila! we've got a series of swings, high and low, from cradle to grave.
For decades I would successfully quit and fall, quit and fall, quit and fall, year in and year out. I always felt fabulous when I quit, full of energy and joy, raring to go. Then I'd fall and get grumpy, sore and tired. You'd think I would have managed a clean break sooner. But we are talking about addiction here. Sugar is every bit as addictive as cocaine, and it similarly erodes our health.
In the U.K. they have begun to implement programs for curtailing sugar addiction and it's subsequent health damaging effects. Diabetes, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, arthritis, virtually all inflammatory diseases, along with depression can be mitigated and even reversed by eliminating the refined sugars from the diet and focusing on quality nutrition, fresh from the garden, instead.
Today, I'm just one day "dry." And my sometimes sore morning feet already feel a little bit better. May your spirits and health rise like mine as celebrate our freedom from junk foods and other addictions together.
Monday, July 11, 2016
Join me now and everyday, twice a day, in creating a life for ourselves that we'd all love to see. As you wake and as you drift into sleep, let yourself strengthen the muscles of creation through imagination. Everything any one of us has ever achieved was first felt in our hearts, visualized in the mind, and then given our energy to it bring forth. So, let's do this, let's create together a world that we'd all love.
Beginning with the microcosm of our own lives and moving out to the macrocosm of our planet in universal flow, let's start with our own center of energy. This is known as the 'dan tien' or 'sea of chi' in Chinese medicine and it is located right near our navels. This was the first source of our physical energy for us when we were in the womb. And it is the place of power and life force energy for creation in our lives today.
Get a sense of this area in your body and begin to fill it with your great love of life, love for your own life and love for all of life. Let yourself see this as a small swirling galaxy of creative energy. You may like to visualize it as thousands of little stars or as a golden swirl or as flowing white light. However you see it, realize that it is full of potential, coalescing there, right in the center of your belly. Know that it is imbued with your love and your best intentions for your self and for all.
Let this energy move and swirl and begin to grow. See it becoming larger, encompassing your whole abdomen, then flowing through and around your whole body. Now, let it grow to include your auric space. See it expanding even more, larger and larger, allowing it to fill the space of your home, then of your neighborhood, your community and your nation. See it continuing to grow, this beautiful, swirling energy, embracing our whole world, our solar system, our galaxy and even the entire, ever-expanding universe that we all share.
Know that this beautiful swirling creative energy holds the totality of everything. It can create and give to us whatever we desire and it can take away and transform whatever we no longer need. It holds and allows the perfect balance of giving and receiving for each and every one of us right where we center ourselves in it's energetic flow.
Here in this swirling flow, we are each nourished, find wholeness and become complete. We are free to select and release whatever it is that we desire or need from this universal source of energy. Here we are actively engaging with creation, in harmony with the highest good for ourselves and for all.
Now we can begin imagining what we would love to see in our lives. Think of whatever that is for you and picture it, clearly, morning and night. Know that the creative energy of the universe will align itself with you and your intention and help you to find your way spontaneously into the choices in your day to day life that will result in the manifestation of your vision. Perhaps you will find yourself eating differently or playing more, maybe you bump into just the right person or take some simple action and all of these, subtly but steadily, begin to create the changes that you'd like to see in your life and in your world. Your most beautiful future reaches out it's hand and gently pulls you right toward the life you'd most like to live.
Monday, July 4, 2016
Please enjoy this eight and a half minute long video on various methods to help speed the healing from burns using Aloe Vera, Golden Seal root powder, homeopathics and other wonderful natural remedies.