Used to be a regular utterance. It hasn’t gotten much use since I shifted to a mostly whole food, plant based diet… but this phrase has been creeping up in my vocabulary recently. It is winter. It is cold. I am bundled under bulky sweaters rather than slinky bikinis – but yet I find myself judging my body as if it should fit in a bikini. Why?
I am learning to eat with the seasons, with what the earth provides. I am learning to listen to my body & what it wants. I didn’t run during this insanely frigid week in New York. This morning I ate Ezekial Cinnamon Raisin Bread with melted dark chocolate topped with olive oil & a side of banana and peanut butter, it was incredibly delicious.
Winter is a time where fat is necessary. I need it, and I have gained it. Not much – but I feel it. What can you do – but continue to take the next right steps for a glowing, radiant existence.
I am ending my day with a Tumeric Tea and enjoying this next right step.Post a comment
How you do anything is how you do everything.
After a weekend on the slopes I realized many of the things I was learning as a snowboarder could be transferred to life. These little points I will keep close to me whether I am in my snow pants or in my jeans.
2. Commit – fully, to whatever is present in the moment.
3. Breath – makes everything complete.
4. Take breaks – know when enough is enough and when a rest is in order. Honor your efforts with what you need to recover. Celebrate the quiet, so you can be ready for what is to come next.
5. Pep talks are welcome and encouraged – flood your thoughts with: I am a confident beast, an outrageous & courageous being – ready to commit to & trust in anything that comes my way.
6. When you fall get back up – Get up! As easy as it is to stay down and call it quits. Cry if you need to, but you get to have the last say. Then, let it go so you are able to fully be in the present rather than lingering in the past.Post a comment
In your week ahead carve out some slivers or even slabs of time to dote and take care of yourself. Often, we give, give, give to everyone around us and we forget about ourselves, what we need in order to stay in balance. We then loose steam, get sick, and have no other choice but to slow down and nurture ourselves.
So be proactive. Go inward. Schedule a massage, take a hot bath, drink a cup of tea in silence, cuddle up on the couch with a book that has been on your list, make yourself a delicious and nutritious breakfast, write in your journal, try out acupuncture, go on a walk, a run, dress up one day, take a movement class, have a dance party in your kitchen, you get to choose. Choose something that makes you feel glorious & rejuvenated so that energy can seep into your days and your life.
Have a beautiful week ahead.Post a comment
I have started off the new year in a beautiful way: mindfully tuning into the root of what it is I want. It seems like something that should be so easy, but I am discovering there are layers to peel before I can get to the root of it all. Luckily I have The Desire Map, written by Danielle LaPorte, to sink into and discover what it is I really WANT to feel during this new year, not what I think I should do, or would be good for my image- but what I really want to experience, what my soul craves.
The best part of it all, is I am getting to dive with one of my beloved friends who is visiting from Mexico. It is so special doing this work with a friend to reflect with while drinking tea or spiced cider, and I can’t wait for future collaborative mapping sessions.
I am taking my time as I move through this book, as LaPorte gives you freedom to do – soaking it in. I love how she writes, I am eating it up, and I love uncovering the feelings that I will allow to guide me in the choices and actions I make this new year.
On growing happiness rather than smushing it:
‘Happiness is carbonated consciousness. It wants to spill out and radiate and be articulated.’ – Danielle LaPortePost a comment
The New Year is a real gift. A structured part of our lives where we are encouraged to reflect back at what was and look ahead thoughtfully at what could be. I love it. A clean slate where we can create what we crave. A way to start new. Whether our desired outcomes last the whole year or not… well that is a different story.
I have been slowing down a bit, doing yoga, meditating, reflecting, reading, and journaling – all in the name of getting clear of what I want 2013 to be, how I want to feel, what opportunities I want to find. I have been thinking about what essence I want to embody, words came up like: spaciousness, creative, and beautiful.
With that in mind I’d like to offer you this 37 minute vinyasa flow yoga class that you can use to create a clear intention for the days ahead. Expect to move, build heat, ground down, and open up. So go ahead and sneak a little practice in today, or schedule it into your days ahead.
‘Immerse yourself in the energy of what you desire.’ – Hiro BoguPost a comment
A beautiful video with insightful words:
‘You think this is just another day in your life. It’s not just another day. It’s the one day that is given to you today…. It’s the only gift that you have right now. And the only appropriate response is gratefulness.’
For all that was, and all that is – I am brimming with gratitude.Post a comment
I am in the thick of family time and I am loving it, but I am very aware of old patterns that begin to show up. All of a sudden I turn into a 16 year old with a messy room, bouncy energy, and little focus. It is this weird transformation, and I don’t like it. I feel ungrounded, uncentered, and not in control of my energy. So the first step to change anything is to notice it, and once I did I started changing some of my actions.
I cleaned up my room, I made time for my yoga and meditation, I went to the grocery store, and I asked what I can do to help? These mindful choices led to a shift, I felt grounded and more like the 27 year old that I am. (Ah, I am 27!) I am honoring my family and the roles that are constantly changing in big & small ways, helping to keep harmony & happiness on all fronts. I am getting outside, breathing, journaling, & planning to do some yoga – so I can be present and open to more family interactions tomorrow.
I’m looking forward to taking this class on Yogaglo tomorrow, led by the wonderful Kathryn Budig, and fully enjoying everything tomorrow has to offer. Merry Christmas all.
Thankfully yoga continues to be there for me as I create new patterns and ways of being, and for concrete information about why yoga is so great : this article spells it all out.Post a comment
2012 was the year I took ownership of my health, and it all started with having a health coach. After three months of working with my dear friend, Alaina Muckell, I transformed the way I view food. Alaina is an incredible inspiration, she may be slight in stature but she is a powerhouse.
I asked her to share a little about who she is in her rawest form, what she is up to, and some things she loves.
Here is what she had to say:
I’m here to move people in a positive direction… to help create a vibrant community of educated women who realize they have a say in the future of their bodies. I’m here to help women take control of their lives by education. I’m here to shout from the rooftops that disease doesn’t just happen, as a lightning bolt would strike only the unlucky. I’m here to inspire and to educate. I’m here to help women discover that there’s no ceiling for helping themselves.
Right now, I’m really loving homemade dance parties as a form of exercise. I’m really focused on the thought of living an authentic life, where you shed the things that hold you back, and create new paths that make sense to your heart and intuition. I’m embracing the fact that you must listen to your body and forgive yourself. Also, I love December because it’s pomegranate season. I’m devouring those little red jewels by the fistful!
Find more about what she is up to: www.believerinfood.com
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I can now see the allure of a juice cleanse. I was expecting to feel hangry (hungry + angry) but instead I felt clear, well fed, and my actions were direct. I had a graceful day.
By only drinking juice I was able to look at the food choices I habitually make, and think if they were the most powerful choices I could make. The day of juice also was like a space holder, a clearing, a way to think mindfully about what I wanted to put in my body the next day after this work. Just like when you clean your house… you want to keep it that way as long as possible.
Probably the best part about the experience was how I woke up the next day: refreshed & alert. The difference was this: Instead of coming home eating dinner and then a little bout of random snacking until close to bedtime. I came home, drink cashew milk and that was it. My body had time to digest before I went to sleep, so there wasn’t this extra energy spent digesting while I was resting.Post a comment
I am doing a juice cleanse tomorrow, for just one day… taking it slow. I love food too much. I never thought I would drink only juice between my waking and sleeping hours. I figured if you have a healthy diet, that should be good enough. And I still believe that, but I am realizing there is always another level of health for me to explore. Something shifted, so I must be ready and in the right place to have 6 juices to sustain me throughout my Monday. I’m a little concerned about my energy level, so I will be munching on carrots & apples if the juice isn’t enough.
After being a part of a month long detox tele-class I began to understand the vast benefits of giving your digestive system a rest so your body can clear up the gunk and arrive in a balanced state. My intention is to create space in the internal workings of my body so I can enter this holiday season of parties galore grounded and centered. I’ll let you know how it goes.Post a comment