Monthly Archives: April 2009

Voices from the Earth

bluebell-woodsThe wide arms of the Life-Mother hold me.

I rest into the splendid depths of Her body.

I feel the beauty and bounty of this communion.

I am embodied within the nurturing Mother of all Life.

The Mother of the the World illumines my heart.

My pain of separation is mended through her Mothering Mercy.

I embrace the wide circle of human family as my family.

The Matrix of the World Mother grows spacious in my Soul.

I celebrate the joy and juice of bodily life.

I am succulent with possibility.b-w-girl-with-flower-wreath-on-her-head

I take risks to manifest my magnificence.

I will share this rich radiance with others.

I open my Self to include the needs of others.

I allow my heart to share freely with others.

I grow through Giving of my Self.

I am the only one who can be me in the world.

Everything is waiting for my gift.

I will shine with the Holy Spirit of inspiration.

I will ignite my creative flame of Love for the World.

Flowers in order of appearance:  Madrone, Splendid Mariposa Lily, California Peony, Star Thistle, and Columbine.

Affirmations by Patricia Kaminski, Flower Essence Society.

red-blooming-columbineDeep gratitude for my artful tour guide through the wise world of the blessed conscious flowers:  Jane Ellen Blossom of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Check out her and her wonderful services at Transitional Integration.

Spring Planting for Your Kitchen: 12 Things Everyone Can Thrive With

Farmer's Market - Organic VegetablesFocus and tune in every day to what foods make you feel vibrant, radiant and healthy. These will also be the foods that will create and maintain your perfect healthy body at its ideal weight and shape. Release diet mentality and the need for periodic detoxing so you can splurge in between. When you create a healthy kitchen that encourages and inspires healthy eating every day, there is nothing to “fall off of.”

Here are 12 things that everyone can truly thrive with:

1) Commit whole-heartedly to eating only whole real healthy food.

2) Drink pure filtered water throughout your day, flavored with real lemon if desired.

3) Nourish and detoxify daily through eating plenty of these veggies, ideally fresh, raw, and organically grown:  artichokes, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, chorella (a nourishing sea vegetable that is great for detoxifying the brain) cilantro, garlic, green tea, kale, parsley, and watercress. You can eat great volumes of these healthy veggies and not gain a pound!

4) One teaspoon of any of these spices will boost your antioxidant power:  cinnamon, ginger, oregano, red peppers, rosemary, thyme, turmeric, and yellow curry.

5) Eat enough plant-based fiber and protein throughout the day to keep your blood sugar stabilized, including some low-fat protein with breakfast every day.

6) Use extra virgin olive oil as your main oil and boost your metabolism at the same time.

7) Take whole food supplements and consider working with someone who is trained in Nutritional Response Testing to find out what supplements your body really needs. (Contact me for a recommendation.)

8)  Eat early and often. Eat something healthy every three to four hours. Avoid eating two to three hours before bedtime.

9) Don’t eat much when you aren’t truly hungry. Eat just enough to avoid swings in blood sugar. Eat only until you are gently satisfied, not full. Wait 20 minutes before taking seconds. Check inside:  are you still hungry?

10) Reduce anxiety and stress with walks, naps, baths, movement, dance, meditation, music, play with your kids or pet, or enjoyable conversations. Keep a ready mental list of whatever makes you feel good and nourished without unconsciously grabbing food for comfort.

11) Intend to move 15 to 45 minutes per day to keep your blood circulating and help to shrink your fat cells. Search for movement and exercise that feels fun to you.

12) Plan to get seven to eight hours of essential sleep every night. Don’t plan on “making up” sleep on the weekends or on your vacation. It’s not possible. Your body will keep struggling to “make do” and will put on a happy face but sooner or later your body will force you to rest and restore through an accident, illness, or disease. That is not the preferred path!

A good way to enjoy the food you eat and to avoid overeating is to pay attention to the present moment. Take a moment for gratitude and life-enhancing conscious breathing before eating or drinking anything. Eat and digest consciously. Choose to eat food that you enjoy and that will provide true and lasting nourishment for your body. Honor your body today for all it does for you moment by moment, often without encouragement or support!

Aligning Your Heart with Your Home

Reconnecting to your heart’s desires and honoring the heart of your home are complementary. Both hearts nourish a deep inner need for connection and balance. Ancient homes were built around a central hearth to provide a focal point for family life. Still today, your heart and your home serve as an interconnected energetic core, around which all life revolves. Optimum physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health lies within aligning your home with your heart.

Create a Home Altar

The physical center of your home is the perfect place for a home altar, or you may wish to create sacred space in a more intimate private area. We create altars often unconsciously as we intuitively arrange photographs, flowers, candles, books, art objects and mementos on coffee tables, fireplace mantles, dresser tops, window sills, desks, and even next to our computers.  This practice of deliberately grouping valued objects is an outer manifestation of whom and what your heart holds dear.

Each holy space created at home or work can serve as oasis of gratitude where the important aspects of your life come into focus. It is a place where you can pause in stillness to sort through your values and desires, and get to the heart of what you really want in your life. Allow yourself to reflect on your deepest dreams every time you pass by these sacred spots. When you gratefully honor and align your inner and outer heart centers, you unify and balance all things within you, your home or workplace, and your life. This alignment creates a serene, peaceful field of energy that nurtures all residents to feel less stressed, more balanced and be blessed with infinite healthy energy.

Create an Atmosphere of Gratitude

Gratitude is the highest vibration that we can live within. To live in a state of gratitude, despite what your world currently looks like, will indeed start to rearrange all that is around you. The loving energy of gratitude will clear and purify all that is within you and surrounding you. Anything less will not find you. Feel gratitude for even the hardest of life lessons or the most challenging person in your life right now. Every experience comes in the service of soul learning and clearing all that no longer serves you. Stubbornly holding onto feelings of loss or deprivation will prevent the flowering of all new life that is continually being offered. Your mind may argue with who or what is knocking at your door, but your heart will recognize its teachers and graciously invite them in. Practice noticing all that is infused with healthy energy within yourself, family, friends, animals, plants, flowers, trees, nature, and the earth?even the spring winds that are gracefully bringing life and love towards you.

Honor Your Heart and Your Home

Our hearts beat in unison with those we love and your home is the container for this love and gratitude. Honor your home and all those you love as you honor yourself. All that is of love and light will flourish and all that is no longer needed will not be sustained. Unlike humans, nature does not judge what is being offered nor do flowers hesitate to bloom in the world. Your heart is your ever-loyal guide towards creating a healthy home and life. Allow yourself to open fully to the rewarding richness of loving energy that surrounds you. Drink deeply and often from all that life desires to give and to receive…to your heart’s delight.

Published in Stressfree Living, April 2009, as “Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Align Your Heart with Your Home.”

Spring Cleaning for Your Kitchen: 10 Things You Can Live Without

hands-planting-a-pansySpring is the perfect time to release all within and around you that is not supporting life. What do you no longer need to carry into spring? How about all those outdated stories and beliefs that you tell about yourself, and to anyone else who will listen? Or how about releasing a long-standing reluctance to forgive someone in your life, past or present? Budding and flowering nature encourages and inspires us to consider new potential within our bodies and our lives.

Get curious about everything and everyone that makes you feel alive and nourished. Your life force is not only supported with generosity and love but also by true healthy foods. Your body intuitively knows what it desires for nourishment. Practice whole-heartedly listening to what your body wants this spring, whether it is real food, nurturance from another human or animal, gardening, or just soaking in all the beauty and flowering abundance all around you.

You have most likely heard ”You are what you eat.” Can you also believe “You are as healthy as your kitchen?” If all within your kitchen is alive with life force, you will embody and be a reflection of that empowering energy. All that is not created from the earth can not ultimately fuel your body, your health, or sustain the planet. As you nurture and honor your body, you also nurture and care for the earth.

As you enjoy the enlivening earth this spring, consider what might be in your kitchen that is not supporting your own flowering towards optimum radiant health. Consider these 10 things that you and your family can truly live and flourish without, creating space in your cupboards and refrigerator, room to breath in your clothes, and save some cash in the process. You may choose to make a clean sweep of your kitchen, replenish your pantry with healthier alternatives with each trip to the grocery store, or commit to one new healthy step each week.

1) Consider not buying foods that trigger you to unconsciously overeat. These are most often processed foods that are easy to grab and quickly eat when you are stressed, anxious, bored, frustrated, fearful, etc. You most likely already know what foods, what situations, and what times of day trigger you to overeat and bring on guilt or shame later on. A simple truth is that you can’t unconsciously eat what is not in your cupboard or refrigerator. Get curious about what your body and soul are really asking for and practice checking in to all your body knows and wants, minute by minute.

2) Ditto on not buying and eating overly-processed “junk” foods that are easy to eat “on the go,” in your car, in front of the television, over the sink, or while multi-tasking.

3) Intend to eliminate over time all foods containing high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners or laden with sugar (including sucrose, glucose, dextrose, maltose, and lactose on food labels). Get curious about reading labels and checking ingredients. In most cases, ingredients are listed in descending order by weight. The first few ingredients make up the “bulk” of the food.

4) Eliminate all foods containing hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, i.e. “trans fats” and all refined or non-whole grain flour products.

5) Consider reducing or eliminating “foods” that you have no idea what is in it or where it comes from. Get suspicious of food producers and vendors that might not be putting your health first on their list of priorities. Ask questions while eating out.

6) Be suspicious of any ingredient that you can’t pronounce, have no idea what it is or what it does to your body, including potentially unsafe artificial additives, preservatives and coloring.

7) Consider eliminating any packaged foods with more than 10 ingredients… the more the ingredients, the more the processing, the further from the earth.

8) Try removing common food “allergies” from your diet, such as dairy, eggs, gluten, wheat, white sugar, soy, peanuts, and any thing that doesn’t seem to “agree” with you, for two to three weeks. Take note when you feel more energetic, sleep better, diminish or clear chronic sinus and digestive problems and headaches, and lose weight.

9) If this applies, reduce and limit stimulants and depressants, including caffeine (coffee, tea, sodas, and chocolate) and alcohol. Ponder all the ways you might increase energy or relax without resorting to food or beverages.

10) Try taking a free spring holiday from all foods, beverages and unhealthy habits that may instantly “pick you up.” while depleting you in a deeper way.

Give yourself the opportunity to tune in to your own wise body’s signals for hunger, nourishment, relaxation, and sleep. Get curious about your routines, habits, and all within and around that no longer supports a radiant healthy you. Use the new energy of spring to support you. What do you, body and soul, really need moment to moment?  I offer coaching to co-create a healthy kitchen that inspires and encourages you and your family towards intuitive healthy eating.