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It is up to us to find out who we are, no one else holds that knowledge. Externally we find there are many manners in which to live and learn; There are teachers, religions, books, and ways of living which can serve as a guide. If we are able to use them as such, we can take what practices enable us to live joyfully and leave the rest. But if we look at another’s path as the ultimate path, we eventually find the path lacking in one way or another, not perfectly completing the picture of happiness and wholeness.
I have experienced this personally in my life as a cycle of inner-connection, growth, searching externally, suffering, and a re-connection and homecoming. Let me explain, In the times we feel most connected to the inner voice, the inner knowing of walking within our correct path, there is a deep connection felt, a synchronized movement and flow through life. This spurts growth. Then, we may find an outside source, someone we respect deeply, revere, or has something we want, be it peace, serenity, sobriety, or joy. Instead of sticking to our path and following our inner voice, we try theirs, as if trying on a pair of jeans or test driving a new car. We think, “Well, they seem to enjoy it so I might too”. Soon after we begin to walk this path, we realize this way of going about life didn’t bring us the same joy it did the other person. We tried, it didn’t work, and now we suffer. We suffer from living a life outside of our values, outside of what is most important to us. We are back again, searching diligently for what makes us happy with options of looking yet again to the external or diving deeply into what it is we find important. It is up to you to find out who you are. No one else knows. No one else can tell you.
Questions I recommend asking yourself:
Personally, this has been a long and arduous journey. As I move to a new place and create new habits and ways of living, I am looking seriously at my old, habitual ways of living and reflecting on these questions. I now have the opportunity to rid myself of the old and replace them with something different, something more, or possibly less, in line with my values. I feel drawn to follow the external easy path, which seemingly works for others. But will they work for me? Time and experience has shown that no, these external and contradictory behaviors which make others happy will not bring me the same happiness as they do others. So I must go about replacing these behaviors mindfully instead of at the will or influence of others. In doing this I become more of myself, pursuing my own interests and way of looking at the world while developing inner-strength. This is wonderful and also difficult. This path is unknown. There are no guides to show me what I must do next or what choices I need to make to be happy, healthy and whole. There are only reminders coming from within to continue defining what is right for me. All I have to do is listen and act accordingly.
It is much easier to look externally for answers; To trust others instead of your own inner-voice. Yet we know what is lost when the inner-voice is ignored: discomfort, agony, and suffering.
Keep listening to yourself, learning about yourself, and acting accordingly. This is the only way.
Dear fellow readers,
My goal in writing this blog has always been to inspire and support my readers (YOU!) in living happy, healthy lives. In the past this meant sharing my spiritual journey of becoming mindful by means of meditation, healing my physical body with yoga and plant based recipes, and how to overcome the obstructions, irritation, and frustrations which arise on the Bodhisattva path. Sharing with you what is going on in my life has been a way of creating community, fostering creativity, and defining what I am focused on at any given moment. Currently I am focused on addiction recovery, life and couples coaching, mindfulness, and developing healthy relationships by communicating, setting boundaries, trusting, and being honest.
My upcoming in-person events include a 3 hour Mindfulness and Yoga Workshop December 8th at Pure Body Bliss register @ www.incorporate-wellness.com/workshops/
My final Movement and Meditation class December 10th at The Flourish Foundation from 6-7 PM followed by a going-away (see more about this below) potluck from 7-8 PM.
Coming soon is a project I have been working on for several months, an eBook entitled Getting to Know Yourself Sexually; Explore, Discuss, Experiment. A sneak peek from the introduction:
No matter your age, taking care of and getting to know yourself sexually is as important as finding the right career, group of friends, lifestyle, or committed partner. I encourage you to keep an open mind while reading and working through this process. Who knows? You might just learn something about yourself.
For those of you who couldn’t join Cody and I in September for our Creating and Maintaining Healthy Relationships Workshop, you will have the opportunity January 2019! We are hosting 4 online workshops, each week a different theme. Join live to ask questions and be part of a community seeking to develop peak relationships in all facets of life. You can purchase the entire workshop, four 1.5 hour long classes for $75, or pick and choose by theme, $25 per session. If you can’t make it to the live event, the recording will be sent to your inbox. Register at https://incorporate-wellness.com/workshops/
Working with clients (addiction recovery, life and couples coaching) will also move to an online platform as I transition to living in a new place, Flagstaff, AZ. This move comes after spending 11 years in Idaho, an amazingly beautiful place with wonderful people. I find myself ready to take on new life experiences, get my masters degree in Family Counseling, and engage a broader population. Find out more about coaching at https://incorporate-wellness.com/Coaching-services/
Last but not least, Kelsey Johndrow, beloved friend and yogini, and I have started a podcast, Karma is a Bitch. On this new platform we will discuss our personal struggles, provide resources and share methods for overcoming obstacles. These struggles include addiction, chronic pain, relationships, trust, touch, trauma, abuse, yoga, healing, meditation, mindfulness, eating disorders, self-harm, communication. Click the link to listen to the preview and stay tuned for upcoming episodes: https://anchor.fm/karmaisabitch/episodes/Karma-is-a-Bitch–Preview-e2hq68
These super easy, super fast, and super DELICIOUS brownies are dense and ooey-gooey with just the right amount of sweetness.
10 minute prep 15 minute bake 16 Brownies
Vegan Gluten Free Dairy Free Egg Free
Place in an airtight container when fully cooled. Contents will last 2-3 days at room temperature or 7 days in the refrigerator.
Life is always changing and, in my opinion, this is a good thing. With change brings new opportunities, new people, new places, and new food. Recently I was fortunate enough to buy a little apartment in the mountain town I call home. Having a kitchen, which allows me to be creative, means getting back to making mouth-watering meals to share with family and friends. For my birthday this past May my friend, Mariah Grooms – international raw vegan chef, sent me a book, Will Write for Food by Dianne Jacob. This book has re-sparked the passion I once took in creating and writing about food, motivating me to share this story.
As always, thank you for reading!
As I pulled the 425° cast iron capsule from the oven, my whole body surged with gratitude. Grateful to once again share this comforting sustenance in a new place surrounded by friends and family. This process has taken place in each locale in which I have resided; comforting me, nourishing me, warming my soul.
Now the smell of freshly milled grain, mixed with water and fired to a light golden brown fills each room, as does laughter and conversation. As the loaf begins to cool, pops and cracks like that of a sappy log on a summer’s night campfire, fill my ears. My hands, used to break the freshly baked loaf into palm sized portions, graze the warm rough crust and my eyes follow the steaming middle which rises and moves with the breeze flowing through the open window.
As the bread is passed around the table, the laughter and conversation changes. It become quiet, replaced with muffled sounds of delight.
Recipe from My Bread By Jim Lahey
Yield: One 10 inch loaf Read More