The Trees Remember

 

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Photo Credit:  Della McGee

I took a walk alone in the woods.

The trees remembered me.  I could tell by the way the wind rustled their leaves in just a certain way. I didn’t know if they would since it had been so long since I had been this way.

The path was overgrown, and a bit dark as the canopy overhead blocked out the sun. I was afraid as only a woman walking alone in the woods can be.  Too many horror stories real and make-believe.  I refused to turn back as I had come too far like the story of my life.

The deeper I traveled, the richer the sounds of the forest, and the smells of decaying earth filled my lungs. You know the smell that only comes in the fall as the trees lose their leaves.

The crows scared me with there cawing and the unearthly swish of their wings taking flight as they shook the acorns from the trees to rain down upon me. Trying to unbalance me like marbles strewn about. The sound of the crunching beneath my feet.  I was careful though. I called upon my spirit animals to walk by my side, and the fear slowly melted away.

The path opened up as the trees thinned and the water lay before me and the river welcomed me home.  It too remembered.

Chia Breakfast Pudding

Breakfast Pudding 1 (1 of 1)I am always looking for easy breakfast ideas.  Here is a protein-packed chia pudding to start your day off right!

Ingredients:

2 Tbs. Chia Seeds
3/4 c. vegan milk ( I used flax)
1 scoop flavored protein powder

Coconut Cream:

Coconut Cream
Vanilla Flavored stevia

Add chia seeds and nut milk to blender and soak for 5 minutes.  You may want to blend for a few seconds to get all the chia seeds submerged.  Add the protein powder and blend.  Place the pudding in 2 separate bowls and refrigerate overnight.

In a bowl mix the coconut cream and vanilla flavored stevia (to taste) and refrigerate.  In the morning top the chia pudding with the coconut cream and you have yourself a yummy breakfast!

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Not Your Momma’s Grilled Cheese

grilled cheese 2 (1 of 1)Many years ago my niece was working at a restaurant, and she told me they made grilled cheese with cinnamon raisin bread.  That percolated in the back of my mind until I could bring my own version to fruition.

Ingredients:

  • Two slices Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin Bread
  • Sliced mild cheddar goat cheese
  • Pesto (I used Trader Joe’s Vegan Pesto)
  • Butter

Place cheese on one slice of bread and pesto on the other.  Butter outsides of bread and fry until cheese is melted.  Enjoy!

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Cukes: A Recipe

Cukes 2 (1 of 1)I love me some cucumbers!  This isn’t so much a recipe as a suggested guideline.

  • 1 English cucumber (chopped)
  • 1 tsp capers
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp of dried dill
  • 2 tsp or more of Olive Grove’s Sicilian Lemon Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tsp or more of Olive Grove’s Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and let sit for 20 minutes for the flavors to meet and mingle and get to know one another more intimately.  🙂

 

RuneSpeak – Uruz

phoenix 2As I consult the runes for wisdom this day, I hear Uruz inviting me to descend into darkness. This is not the dark night of the soul as in times past. I am called into the Womb of the Divine Mother. In this space, I am restored before the moment of rebirth.

I can rest here for a while as I wait on the will of heaven.

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Maiden Mother Crone

womb (1 of 1)Entering the void

You welcome us

Into the Womb of Creation and Mystery

We remember our bodies are the Earth Herself

We remember our blood is sacred

We remember our breath is the Breath of Life

Only when we are ready and willing do you

Birth us back into the world

Born again to You

Maiden

Mother

Crone

My Vegan Experiment

TELEMMGLPICT000138591023-xlarge_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqaHd6X3lW3lGv45Ug3tlONf_OGHOsQ32iExBHnajUJiwIt all began with pain in my liver/gallbladder area.  I went to my medical and my naturopathic doctors, and they didn’t find anything amiss.   Since I had my gallbladder removed 20 years ago, I knew that it wasn’t gallbladder disease.  I suspected that I wasn’t processing fat efficiently in my body as a result of that lost gallbladder.  I also felt I  wasn’t absorbing the nutrients in the food I was eating.

My intuition first guided me to start drinking celery juice every morning and to cut animal fat out of my diet.  I thought, all right.  I’ll experiment with this new way of eating and see how things go.  At first, I was eating a ton of raw foods, and even though I felt energetically lighter, I became incredibly bloated because my body could not process that many raw veggies.  So I started to research and eat an ayurvedic diet according to my body type, and I began to feel better.

Here we are a month later, and the pain in my liver has reduced by about 90%, and I am happier than I have ever been.  I have dropped a few pounds and am feeling better in my body.  I am not as stiff and sore as I once was either.  My skin looks better, and my hair isn’t as oily.  I find I am having a great deal of fun eating this way because I have to think beyond my usual go-to foods like meat, dairy, and eggs.

As long as I keep feeling better, I am going to keep eating this way.  If my intuition guides me otherwise then I may, once again, include animal proteins back in.  But, for now, I like this new me.

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How To Know It’s Time To Forgive

forgiveness While meditating on the word forgiveness, I was shown that forgiveness begins with self.

In looking up the definition of the word, two things stood out.  One of the meanings is to pardon, and another is to cease to feel resentment.  I framed it for myself this way.  I need to let myself off the hook.  This doesn’t say that I am not responsible for my actions.  It means that once I clean up my side of the street, I no longer hold myself hostage for the wrongs that I’ve done to myself or others.

From an energetic standpoint, when we hold on to unforgiveness, we bind ourselves to the person who hurt us.  When we cease to feel resentment not only do we free the other person we free ourselves as well.

How do we know we are ready to forgive?  When our pain threshold is reached.  We get tired of feeling angry or hurt all of the time and peace becomes more inviting than suffering.  Another way to be ready to forgive is to recognize that our pain is no longer working.  For example, “He done me wrong,” will often garner us sympathy from others.  For awhile we are getting something in return for our pain.  Before long though those people get tired of hearing the same ole, same ole and they distance themselves because they don’t want to listen to it anymore.  If you are really aware, you get tired of hearing it yourself.

How to forgive?

Be willing.  A mantra that I use is this.  I am willing to be willing to be willing.  Maybe that is all we can do at first is to say these words.  These words open us to GOD (Good – Orderly – Direction).  Once we allow ourselves to be directed by GUS (God – Universe – Spirit), we don’t really need to know how it will unfold.  Say the words and see what happens.  And, if you are still not ready?  Fake it ’til you make it!

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Why You May Be Gaining Weight

bigstock-Overweight-Woman-Getting-Dress-152920883-710x250Have you gained weight like I have over the last few months?  Are you doing everything right as far as diet and exercise but the weight won’t budge?  During an Intuitive Reading with a client recently I was gifted with the reason why so many of us have gained weight lately.

Those of us who are empaths (energetically sensitive) are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, ungrounded, scattered and downright crazy at times.  We live in challenging age which makes us want to disconnect from the chaos by energetically leaving our body.  As a result of this disconnect, our bodies are putting on extra pounds to try and keep us in them.  We are not being betrayed by our bodies we are being helped in a very primal way.  You are a physical being and an energetic one as well.  The physical is the home for the energetic.  The physical body speaks to us through pain and pleasure and weight loss and weight gain.

I believe that staying present in the body can bring us back into balance.   Here are some suggestions on how to accomplish this:

  • an intentional movement like yoga or dance
  • being in nature.  Put your bare feet on the Earth and your back up against a tree
  • playing with children and animals
  • apply root lock.  Squeeze the sphincter muscle, sex organs, and lower abdominals and hold as up to 30 sec.  Release and repeat until you feel back in your body.  (do not apply root lock if pregnant or menstruating)
  • visualize roots growing from the bottoms of your feet and plunging into the Earth and grounding you there.
  • carry your favorite stones in your pockets.  Hematite, tiger’s eye, apache tear, etc. are all excellent stones to help you ground.
  • place a few drops of essential oil on the bottom of your feet.  Clary sage, cypress, lavender are just a couple you can try.

Let me know if you have been experiencing this too.  It helps to know that we are not alone.  Find out more about me here.

Selfie #1

 

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Watercolor by Della

I have been working on self-love lately, and I came upon this idea to paint how I felt about me.  The first thing I placed on the paper was a big heart.  From there I just let my creative spirit guide me.

I feel as if the heart is a seed and that I have planted myself on rocky soil.  I am firmly planted though.  Even I can see that.  My puny arms are raised in the air letting the light in as much as I am able to.

I started exploring this because I have a life long habit of falling for unavailable men (rocky soil).  It has been two years since my last relationship, and I am getting closer to wanting to go down that road again.  I feel the inner work is necessary before I proceed any further.  My thin arms and legs tell me I am not yet strong in this self-love I am developing.  But the light that surrounds me gives me courage to continue the journey.

I’d like to create a painting once a month to see how I am progressing over time.  I’ll share those paintings with you here.

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