Monthly Archives: December 2011

Creating Healthy Soulful Spaces & Heaven on Earth

“The potential of each moment awaits as you choose according to your abilities and knowing.  See each moment as a doorway that invites you to experience your divinity and as you embrace new potentials, an opportunity to move farther into your own heaven on earth…Make a list of everything that you do in your life. For each thing you write, ask whether it brings you joy. If the answer is ‘yes’, continue with it. If not, what level of transformation will bring you to a state of joy for that thing? Be honest with yourself because when you are willing to allow joy into your life, you will create the transformation that brings you to a state of perfect alignment and wholeness” Jennifer Hoffman & Uriel, www.urielheals.com

CREATING HEALTHY SOULFUL SPACES is BEAUTIFUL NECESSITY for birthing all your heart’s desires. I have attached my special December rates for any sessions scheduled this week and I look forward to collaborating with you. I always offer complimentary 30-minute coaching calls when you are ready to clarify and consider your next healthy steps. Here are some tips for creating healthy soulful spaces within and all around you. Consider what might be YOUR BEST STEPS to co-creating and enjoying our new heaven on earth.

ARRANGE each day so that you have a nourishing mix of intentional creation and free-form play and relaxation. One isn’t more important than the other.  Being and doing are both BEAUTIFUL NECESSITY for creating a healthy life you love and can sustain.

ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE. With unlimited talents, skills and resources among us, we are all here to collaboratively create radiantly healthy lives, communities and planet.

BLESS all the stuff, unhealthy habits, relationships, etc. that you have been holding on to. Everything and everyone has served a divine purpose in your life.

CLARIFY and PRIORITIZE the life you want to claim. Keep the daily steps and your vision in sight, referring to them often. When something is accomplished, spark and embrace the next steps, always witnessing and reflecting just how much amazing you are.

CLEAR all that you have not used, worn or cared for in the past year. Time and life are great teachers and mirrors. Begin releasing things that you feel no emotional attachment to.  If you don’t love it, let it go. Freeing up energy around you also deep cleans and reenergizes your body.

COMPLETE any wobbly communications and unfinished business. If it simply isn’t possible to take immediate care of it, create a plan and steps to do so.

CREATE A PLAN that’s manageable.  You can’t recreate your spaces and your life in one day. What can you do each day? What steps can you hold yourself accountable to today or this week?

EMPTY out your bag of regrets and know that this now moment is the beginning of creating whatever life you desire.  What you choose to focus on today colors and creates your tomorrows.

FIND A HOME for everything in your home. Gather all that has no place to “be” and consider if you really need these items crowding your spaces and your life.

GATHER up your friends and family and let them know how much you appreciate them.  Praise their goals, their dreams and their lives. Don’t forget to continually bath yourself in appreciation and love.

GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION to release all that is no longer supporting the person you desire to be and the life you wish to live, whether it is objects, unhealthy food, unworn clothes, toxic relationships or draining situations. Whatever is not supporting your most beautiful vision for yourself is doing you harm.

INHABIT your days with acts of unconditional love.  Make it your intention to cherish and champion yourself and the best in others without expecting anything in return.

LET GO OF GUILT about “wasting” good stuff or leaving relationships that no longer serve you or the other person. The more you release, the lighter you will feel, the clearer you will think, the more energized and healthier you will be.

LIGHTEN up and stop taking yourself and your situation so seriously.  If joy is our birthright, then allow that quality of being to lead you down the path of rediscovering sustaining happiness.

MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF. Consider a moratorium on buying new things until you have created spaces that can properly receive and nourish all around you. This also applies to unhealthy food or foods that are emotional triggers and that you tend to grab when stressed or uncomfortable. A healthy inspiring kitchen creates a healthy inspiring life.

MAKE IT FUN. Create an ongoing list of playful nourishing experiences, places, friends, things and healthy foods that can easily serve as rewards as you accomplish all you desire. It’s usually the simplest acts that are priceless experiences.

PUT YOURSELF FIRST. My favorite tool to declutter and to consciously create my life is my computer calendar.  I use it for “work” and play, including deadlines, housekeeping, random things to remember, as well as weekly times for exercise and relationships. I schedule ample time for healthy meals and travel between commitments. My calendar also holds the details of all events that sound like fun and I evaluate if it still seems appealing when that day rolls around. My calendar reflects commitments to myself and others each day, weeks, and months ahead—some negotiable, some not. I plan and commit wholeheartedly and modify as I decide. I’ve found that just making an appointment with yourself or another starts to clear and release what has been dormant for years. My calendar allows me to continually see whether I am creating the healthy, energizing life I desire. I even schedule nature walks. After all, if you don’t make yourself a priority, who will?

BOUNTIFUL BLESSINGS for creating and enjoying the fabulous life you were born to live, each and every day!

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. Begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with old nonsense.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Published in Stressfree Living, April 2009

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.

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.

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.

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.

As a holistic health coach and energy healer, I am passionate about creating healthy soulful spaces for personal, community and planetary sustainability. I artfully reconnect you with your intuitive wisdom and your heart’s desires to align you and your home with your own brilliant radiance. Together we explore visionary ideas, processes, tools, and resources to reclaim a healthy body, mind, home, and life – one empowering step at a time.

What’s FRESH & LOCAL in December?

Written for “Healthy Updates from Valley Natural Foods” (Burnsville, MN)

Nature and local producers collaborate to bring us fresh succulent green and red gifts this month. Even after we have been gifted with a moisturizing blanket of pure white snow, local producers still deliver FRESH & LOCAL, including lush deep green upland cress, crisp bright green and white bok choy, crinkly red bib lettuce and juicy rich red vine-on tomatoes.

Look closer at the bunches of upland cress (the hydroponic version of native watercress and also called winter cress) in the produce department and you’ll notice long white roots have grown in water rather than soil. Hydroponics is the official name and it’s a splendid way for us to be gifted with fresh local produce through our winter. Michele Keller, owner of LaBore Farms of Faribault, Minnesota, has been growing chemical-free hydroponic greens since 2004. Her co-op and restaurant customers are amazed and satisfied, proclaiming these water-loving winter veggies, including her upland cress and red bib lettuce, to be crisper, fresher, tender and sweeter. 

A dark green member of nutrient-dense Brassica family along with broccoli, cabbage, kale, mustard and turnip greens, upland cress offers a spicy bold flavor. A bouquet of this winter cress will cheer up your kitchen counter for about a week, if the roots are supplied with fresh water. Upland cress will give a healthy peppery punch to your sandwiches or wraps, mixes well with other salad or smoothie greens, can be chopped or pureed into soups and offer a lively raw, steamed or sautéed compliment to fish or meat.  A holiday salad idea from a local chef who uses LaBore Farms upland cress is to toss it with red Craisins, chopped walnuts or pecans and a light balsamic vinaigrette. Sprinkle goat or other favorite crumbly cheese on top, as desired. The red bib lettuce delivered from LaBore Farms also offers an excellent FRESH & LOCAL accompaniment to healthy holiday salads and sandwiches.

Throughout December, Harmony Valley Farm gifts us with fresh organic bok choy, grown in an isolated southwestern Wisconsin valley near Viroqua. Bright green bok choy has a mild crunchy taste with thick juicy sweet white stalks and an even-sweeter “choy sum” heart. A Chinese member of the Brassica family and the healthiest type of cabbage, one cup of bok choy has roughly the same amount of calcium as ½ cup of milk, as well as rich in fiber, Vitamins A and C and potassium, with only about 20 calories. Great eaten raw, lightly steamed or stir fried, be sure to slice off and discard about ¼ inch at the base and thoroughly rinse off any collected dirt within the stem. Harmony Valley is a family-owned farm that has been growing high quality vegetables and berries while nourishing their family, soil, nature and customers for over 30 years.

Don’t forget to consider the healthy holiday possibilities for the fresh and cheery red vine-on tomatoes, delivered from the hydroponic greenhouses of Living Water Gardens, 100 miles southwest on the outskirts of Wells, Minnesota. With each juicy bite, envision an acre of greenhouses “full of life, full of water and full of healthy nutrients” tended through Minnesota winters by producer Steve Klingbeil, his wife Miriam and their daughters.  The Klingbeils have grown nearly 7,000 hydroponic tomato plants for the past 17 years, from seed to maturity, without pesticides or contaniments. Now that’s FRESH & LOCAL!

Want more inspiration for eating FRESH & LOCAL?

1) Stop by my FRESH & LOCAL demo at Valley Natural Foods on the second Tuesday of each month from 11 to 2, including December 13 and January 10. Enjoy tasty samples and recipes, receive free coaching to create a FRESH & LOCAL healthy kitchen, and pick up a colorful catalog of all our healthy classes and educational opportunities. December Recipe: Red Quinoa with Apples,  Pomegranate Seeds and Cress

2) Sign up at least one week ahead for my FRESH & LOCAL class on the third Tuesday of each month, including December 20 and January 17. Call Customer Service at 952.891.1212, Ext. 221. Only $15 for members and $18 for non-members per class. Ask about a discount coupon.

3) Keep reading my FRESH & LOCAL blog each month.

FRESH & LOCAL health coach Loris Sofia Gregory is based in Apple Valley. Explore more at www.lorissofiagregory.com. Contact her directly at 952.431.5586 or lorissofia@frontiernet.net. Loris would love to hear your ideas and needs for eating FRESH & LOCAL, and request to be on her email list if you want to receive her monthly healthy FRESH & LOCAL recipes.