Sometimes you want to eat something that gives you that joyful sensation that uplifts you from the inside out. For me, this used to be a decadent cupcake from the local cupcake truck. However, since I made a lot of changes to my diet for health reasons, the cupcakes had to go.
I needed something sweet and uplifting to replace this with, and I tried many different things. I finally found something that was both deliciously decadent tasting and good for me at the same time. Eating this always makes me feel better, as if I've just stepped into the sunshine and it's washing all over me.
For this bowl of soul, I put in chunks of fresh mango, dark chocolate, Bulgarian yogurt, chopped walnuts and a sprinkle of lavender blooms. I've been staying away from sugar, but you can add honey to sweeten the yogurt. Greek yogurt also works instead of Bulgarian, but I prefer the taste of Bulgarian. It's less thick, but tastes much fresher to me. Also, watch out for "Greek Style" yogurt. This is not real Greek yogurt, but instead a misleading substitute, usually without the probiotics and with sugar and other things added.
I've been getting my mangoes from a local fruit stand. I'm not sure how much longer they'll be in season, which means I'll be going over there tonight to pick up some fresh, ripe mangoes. A tip on mangoes is you want them to be a bit soft to know they're ripe, like the way a peach feels. If it's hard, like an apple, let it sit on your counter and ripen for a few days.
Mangoes can seem tricky to slice, and here's how I do it: I cut down the middle, length wise, cutting around one side of the giant seed. I then cut this in half. I take one of the halves and cut into it the same way I would make watermelon chunks. I slice across and down without cutting through the skin, until I have rows of squares. I then slice along the skin, cutting them free into my bowl. It's hard to cut a mango without things getting a little messy, because a ripe mango is soft and juicy, but it's so worth it!
"As a longtime practitioner of yoga and a person who's been involved in physical fitness my whole life, I can tell you, yoga helps you achieve altered states of consciousness. It is not just stretching. The only way you can say that it's stretching is if you haven't done it, or that you haven't done it rigorously for a long period of time."
- Joe Rogan
comedian, TV host, mixed martial artist & host of
"The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast
Breathe in the energy of a new day, of the fresh ocean air, and of the healing vibes of Maui. The warm ocean waves wash over your feet. The sounds relax your mind, body and soul.
A new day full of new possibility awaits you. Breathe in all the good it brings with each wave in. And with each wave out, release all that you choose to be done with. Let it go. It was never yours to begin with anyways.
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It's been awhile since I've created a free meditation for this blog. This meditation was partly inspired by a new series of meditations I'm planning to do. They will be short meditations for every day life. Things such as a morning meditation, a meditation for pausing, for inner peace, and so on. They will all be between 5 and 10 minutes.
If you've played any of the meditations in my store, you'll find the new ones to be a different tone and style. My intention is that these daily meditations will compliment the ones I sell now, which are intended to offer deeper experiences of healing and awakening, but are not necessarily ones you'd play every day.
This meditation will be included on the new CD, as will any other free meditations I make before it's done. You can download or stream the Unfoldment Meditation from here as much as you like. It's only available here, in this blog, so if you like it or want to share be sure and bookmark this page!
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Background music "Wandering in the Warmth" by Christopher Lloyd Clarke.
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All things from the lowest to the loftiest, from the smallest to the greatest, exist within you as equals.
In one atom are found all the elements of the Earth.
One drop of water contains all the secrets of the oceans.
In one motion of the mind are found all the motions of all the laws of existence.
- Kahlil Gibran
I remember hearing once that if you frame a desire in the form of "I wonder..." you will take the pressure off of it.
In other words, thinking, "I want a new car. How will I get a new car?" is one kind of energy. It's the kind of energy that asks what you are going to do to get that car.
It doesn't ask what the universe is going to do. It doesn't ask what can be done to align all the stars in your favor. It puts it all... on you.
But when you ask it a different way, "I wonder how I will get a new car?" the energy flows in a completely different way. For one thing, it assumes you will get the new car. Alright! That's a relief already.
And for another, it doesn't ask how you will do it. It just assumes it'll be done, and it will surprise and delight you in how it happens.
Try playing with the "I wonder..." wording today and notice how you feel. It might be just the shift in energy that you needed!
Tonight I was at the beach, enjoying the sunset. Warm water was washing over my feet. I was totally relaxed and at peace. As the sun was going down there were hardly any clouds in the sky. It was nice, but it made me realize how much more spectacular a sunset is when there's clouds around.
I love when the sun goes down and there's just the right amount of clouds to add color, contrast and depth to the sky. It's breathtaking and peaceful all at once. As I watched this sunset, the sun did catch a bit of clouds as it neared the water. As it did so, it made me think of how important it is to have contrast and clouds in our own lives also.
The light in our lives is so important, and it's really what we live for. But to only have light would essentially render the light meaningless. It's feelings like fear, doubt, anger and even resentment that bring meaning and color to the light. As the light breaks through them, making our own inner sunsets, there's no feeling quite like it. It's illuminating and beautiful and shows us something about the light we couldn't see otherwise.
In life, as with sunsets, there will always be clouds that darken the sky. But the clouds are nothing to curse and nothing to wish away. Sometimes, they're the thing that makes the whole view worthwhile, and the thing we get the most out of.
Today I went on a lovely bike ride with one of my parents.
While I was riding, I was thinking of how I hold onto past feelings from people I feel let down or hurt by. I was thinking of a specific person in relation to this - who I was also on the ride with - and the tenuous relationship we've had over the years.
I've worked out a lot of my feelings over this, but sometimes, I can still feel myself holding onto those past experiences and feelings. Even now, after this person has changed and shown considerable growth, I still see them as that overbearing, angry and critical person from my childhood and teenage years.
I realized today, it's almost as if I'm holding this person emotionally hostage.
I'm forcing them to stay in one place, and to always be that person I remember them as. In some ways, this justifies certain things I've done. Things I did because I was either emulating their behavior or projecting my inner pain outwards. I began to wonder why I want this person to stay as that vision in my mind, when I hated them when they were that person.
Wouldn't I rather see them as they are now, or at least try to be more objective in my view, so that I could let in the love? Love is so much easier to carry around than hate.
As I biked, I thought about how much I've changed, and how much it would hurt me if I wasn't allowed to grow and be different. What if someone was insisting on tethering me to my past in the same way?
It of course would not feel good, and as I biked, I realized this hurts me as much as them. I saw it like one person literally holding another hostage.
When you're the person holding another down, it appears as if the person being held hostage is the one being trapped against their will. But isn't the person doing the holding trapped also? How can they be free if they have to make sure this person stays in place?
How can I be free if all my energy is focused on tethering us to the past, just to prove something that only I can see?
By letting this person go, and by not caring who they were, or even who they are now, I allow myself to be free. I no longer have to put all my energy on holding onto something, but instead, can completely let go.
And by letting go, I can embrace and allow all of my own beautiful growth. By stubbornly sticking to only one view of this person I was short changing my own growth. I wasn't allowing myself to grow in a way that saw a bigger perspective. I wasn't even trying to see that this person too had also been wounded, disappointed, and sucker punched by life.
I had locked myself into place while holding the key that would set me free. The key to my freedom was the same as theirs. That day, I set us both free, and I never looked back.
Excerpt from "The Nature of Personal Reality"
Affirmation means acceptance of your own miraculous complexity. It means saying "yes" to your own being.
It means acquiescing to your reality as a spirit in flesh. Within the framework of your own complexity, you have the right to say "no" to certain situations, to express your desires, to communicate your feelings.
If you do so, then in the great flow and sweep of your eternal reality there will be an overall current of love and creativity that carries you. Affirmation is the acceptance of yourself in your present as the person that you are. Within that acceptance you may find qualities that you wish you did not have, or habits that annoy you. You must not expect to be "perfect". As mentioned earlier, your ideas of perfection mean a state of fulfillment beyond which there is no future growth, and no such state exists.
"Love your neighbor as yourself." Turn this around and say, "Love yourself as you love your neighbor," for often you will recognize the goodness is another and ignore it in yourself. Some people believe there is a great merit and holy virtue in what they think of as humility. Therefore to be proud of oneself seems a sin, and in that frame of reference true affirmation of the self is impossible. Genuine self-pride is the loving recognition of your own integrity and value. True humility is based upon this affectionate regard for yourself, plus the recognition that you live in a universe in which all other beings also possess this undeniable individuality and self-worth.
- Seth & Jane Roberts, The Nature of Personal Reality
Have you heard of Reiki and were curious about it, but didn't know where to begin learning more? Or perhaps like me, you've experienced Reiki but never learned the history of it, what we know about it, and what exactly the practitioner does. Or maybe you just keep hearing the phrase, "everything is energy," and you'd like to begin exploring yourself as an energetic being.
If this is you, then perhaps you would like to join the MindBodyGreen Reiki 101 course with me. I've just enrolled, and I can't wait to learn more about this ancient Japanese form of healing. I've put a bit of information about the class below, and you can learn more by clicking the link. I hope to see you in class!
"If you feel physical pain today, if you feel depression, if you feel overwhelmed, this class is intended for you." - Kelsey Patel
Reiki Healing 101
With Kelsey Patel
Decrease stress, balance your body and break through negative energy