Sometimes the fact of the matter is that you don’t fully trust that things will work out, you have (sometimes major) doubts - but you’re going for it (or are inclined to go for it) anyway. This is the definition of courage. It is way easier for you to courageously go for it if you’re anchored in what’s already going for you in your life. An anchor is a very powerful state of being, allowing you to access the trust that already lives in your being - that which is verifiable, unwavering, and absolutely, fundamentally ride or die true for you. It’s not about visualizing outcomes, affirmations, or striving to achieve ‘the power of positive thinking’ stuff - we’re talking about the now, what is already working, what you can or do already count on.
Get anchored: Your “what I trust” list:
1) focus only on the present; what do you trust now & in the now
2) write it out - one word each or five pages, hand to vision will help you fully inhale the comfort of all that you know to be true, and/or…
3) speak it out - to yourself, however works - very, very kindly
4) stream your consciousness - let it pour out, however it feels true for you; brevity is better than bravado. Your ability to get a job, your mothers/partners/animals love, food being on your plate, your car being there when you need it: —> Start: “I trust that …” 5) be really obvious if you need to be; nothing is too big or too small to put your trust in, especially if you find it difficult to find things to put your trust in. The snow will melt, your next breath will keep coming, the sun will rise, that your animal will greet you when you walk in the door…. Think basic, primal.
Trust now, trust in the now. From this space, your foster your own empowerment & confidence, anything becomes possible, and magic & miracles are allowed to happen.
…to all my ladies: Mother Nature has blessed each of us with infinite power that is available at every turn. Each of us is pure love, the most powerful thing on this planet. In any moment call it to you - choose to accept & step into it; ask it for courage & empowerment, forgiveness & compassion, help & guidance - to be the Super Woman, Firestarter & Trailblazer you are. What would you do with your power if you weren’t ‘held back’ (you aren’t) or fearful? With humility, ask your heart. The world needs your magic now more than ever; it’s time we set our limiting beliefs, roles & longings - our past, plans & path ablaze, brilliantly. Don’t be afraid; with confident compassion, make them afraid.
Plant or/and especially animal — what your food (clothing, entertainment, et al.) has endured, so do you endure by ingesting, wearing, using or participating in it. We all need to do our part to keep our oceans, our lands, our ecosystem (external and internal) — ourselves clean, healthy & harm (cruelty) free. When one suffers, one is harmed (or farmed) — what effects one part of the chain effects every link, and weakens us all. Every choice counts. Those of us who know must consistently do the best we can, not just for our own good, but for the good of all — past, present and future. This is why I am vegan.
An essential piece to my daily routine (participating in the summit now via thetappingsolution.com, too) is EFT, or Emotional Freedom Technique - life’s reset button — No, REALLY. EFT is a technique combining acupressure & self-help; lightly tapping on your body’s energy meridians processes your pent up emotions & reprograms your body’s response to stress, literally changing your mental, emotional & physical response to life. I got into EFT when I began participating in animal activism to combat the overwhelming compassion fatigue & burnout (or, ‘bleeding heart’ syndrome that many of us have); it’s application is infinite, as is its value - I wouldn’t be who, what or where I am without it. EFT truly frees us from limiting emotions & beliefs; it’s in my holistic toolkit to use with clients whenever a habit pops up - one they can’t break, one they want to create. You would be surprised how many people use this, celebrities included - just google it. Money, self/body image, diet, love/relationship, career, past/future, repeating thoughts/feelings … know that you *can* turn your complaints into positive, proactive statements and feelings & change your life. What old, unwelcome beliefs are holding you back from success & living the life you want? What are you really ready to let go of, for good? What if you could be that positive, happy & ________ person you long to be? This is how.
My take on “Tavo Toast”: 1 huge tomato (varietal of your choice), 1 equally sized (if possible) ripe avocado, handful each fresh cilantro & dill, 2+ cloves garlic (adjust to your preference or omit), 1+ tsp turmeric powder, freshly ground Himalayan salt & ground pepper to taste, 2+ tbsp apple cider vinegar (or fresh lemon juice); optional - 1 tsp cayenne powder, ½-1+ jalapeño pepper or a few tbsp of Sky Valley brand sriracha. Toss all in a food processor or blender and blend until desired consistency; spoon mixture into bowl, dress with 3+ tbsp flax oil. Serve with your favourite baked bread; shown here, slices of homemade caraway-flaxseed & buckwheat sourdough mini loaf.
Everything Is Hard Before It Is Easy.
PLANTS: Food That Magically Regrows Itself (…a reason why eating plants isn’t as harmful as eating animals):
Let’s face it, eating well is expensive… or it can be. Buying produce that is either organically (or biodynamically grown) is not cheap. But ingesting pesticide residue is anything but ideal.
Luckily, you can shave a few bucks off your grocery bill by growing a few of those staples from your diet. Best part, it is much easier than you think! You don’t need seeds or anything fancy. You can simply use kitchen scraps from your next meal. How great is that!
…The difference between why vegan is truly the kind diet, and one of many answers to all those who claim “eating vegan means killing plants, too”. Last time I checked — cutting a plant is both necessary (or it will die) and promotes its healthy growth; cutting an animal, it dies.
A few very powerful & poignant full moons; this month numerologically signifying intuitive / emotional connection & communication - all put under the microscope (or in a blender - depending on your stance) by mercury retrograde. If you’re feeling the miscommunication burn and getting emotionally scalded at every try or turn, take heart: it’s almost over. Feb. 28th marks the beginning of a 4-month period of peace & proactivity. Now is a time to take a focused look back on the last 4 months and actually learn the lessons — to stay quiet, make plans — and keep your hope & faith alive. We have work to do.
With #ValentinesDay and #FamilyDay (Ontario) just days apart, this weekend is a serendipitous moment to reflect on what it means for us each to express love & compassion, to and for one another, to closely contemplate our definition and value of family. I can’t think of a better opportunity to choose to act with compassion, to widen our family circle to include all sentient beings, and to begin the joyous transition to veganism, the physical manifestation and true embodiment of love.
www.vegankit.com & www.30dayveganchallenge.com are both excellent beginner iResources — and as a Certified Holistic Vegan Chef, Nutritionist, Life Coach, Consultant & Educator (et al.) - whether you’re vegan or non, nothing would make me more grateful than to be able to support & empower you on your path to better eating, living and optimal wellbeing. Local or global; contact me for info & how to sign-up.
Pictured above (L to R) - Herb, Cromwell & Jax - brothers from other mothers, happily snoozing together @cedarrowfs 2/8/14