I Was A Drunken Monk

9d3cb45da35d4cef13ab59d50077a500--modern-paintings-beautiful-paintingsMany years ago, on an Easter Sunday at the Saint Paul Cathedral, I had my first past life memory. I was watching the priest and his altar boys coming down the aisle swinging an incense burner from side to side. In the moment that the scent of the incense reached me everything changed. I was no longer seeing the church or the people sitting around me.

I saw row after row of grapes growing on vines in the Italian Countryside. The day was warm without a cloud to be seen and, the sun was low in the sky. I saw all this as if I was in a theater watching a movie.

In the next scene, I was a big, round and very fat monk who was checking on the grapes to see if they were ready for harvest. I could tell that I was happy in my life as a monk and a master winemaker. I sensed that I indulged a great deal in the wine I made. I was neither old nor young, but my hair was still brown and was cut in a tonsure as the monks wore in the Middle Ages.

All of this information came in just a flash of knowing. It couldn’t have lasted more than a few seconds. This memory happened over 25 years ago, and I still remember it as clearly as if it was today. This experience made me a believer in the theory of past lives. Since that time I have had many other “memories” come to me in many different ways. We will be exploring some of the ways to retrieve memories in the April past lives playshop. I hope you can join me.

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Folding Laundry

Folding-LaundryFolding laundry is my least favorite domestic chore. I usually call a friend while I fold and put everything away or listen to a podcast — anything to distract me from the task at hand.

Today I took a different approach. I decided to be present for the experience. As I lifted each item of laundry out of the basket, I felt the texture and the heat of each piece. I was aware of how jeans hold heat more intensely than a sock. I noticed how washcloths are rough, and napkins are smooth. And the smell of fresh laundry is a delight.

Instead of being a “chore” it was a joy-filled experience. Now, to take that presence into other areas of my life.

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Sweet Potato & Cauliflower Hash

I am continuously looking to make wholesome meals in the quickest way possible. And I especially like it if I can make everything in one pan.  This is an easy one-pan meal that only takes a few minutes to prepare.  You can swap out the sweet potato for frozen hashbrowns to make this even simpler.

I have been adding riced cauliflower to my hashbrowns for awhile now to cut down on the carb load.  I have seen other brands now make different flavored riced cauliflower mixes in the freezer section of your favorite grocer.

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  • 1/2 shredded sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup trader joes cauliflower stir fry
  • Small red onion, sliced
  • 1 tbs of Tuscan herb olive oil
  • Season salt

Sautee red onion in olive oil.  Add sweet potatoes and cauliflower stirfry.  When vegetables are soft and slightly crispy make a well in the middle of the hashbrowns and add an egg. Cover the pan and steam the egg until it is to the desired doneness.  Enjoy!

 

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Are You Living In a Fishbowl?

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Image by:  Ciro Marchetti

Are you living in a fishbowl? Often the walls we have erected around us may feel safe, but there is no room for expansion. When the walls are glass, it is even harder to recognize how limited we have become. We can see out, and others can see in so we think we are out there in the world, but love cannot touch us on either side of the glass.

 
Are you ready to crack the glass and swim out into the vast ocean of life? Know that it is o.k. if you are not. The first step is the willingness to see your bowl. From there the Universe steps in to help. You are never without support.
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Intuition vs. Knowledge

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Image by Ciro Marchetti

I have been struggling with finding the right and perfect diet for my body.  This is not a new struggle.  I’ve been exploring this most of my adult life.  If there is a diet out there, I have tried it. .. and failed.

I get a new book on the latest fad diet and inhale the information.  I go down the youtube rabbit hole and ultimately feel frustrated by all the conflicting information.  

When tuning into Guidance this morning, I got that knowledge leads us to intuition but it is not the end result. 

Being armed with knowledge can actually get in the way of hearing our intuition.  So my answer this morning regarding my diet is to eat more veggies.  That is the one thing all of these diets I’ve been researching have in common. 

Disclaimer:  I am not looking for a weight loss supplement so no solicitations please.  My journey is to find the best way to eat for my body for optimal health.

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What Is The Difference? Intentions vs. Resolutions

Screen-Shot-2015-12-31-at-8.26.14-AMAccording to the dictionary, a resolution is a decision or a determination.  An intention is an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.   That sure cleared things up didn’t it?

We mostly hear of resolutions here in the Western Hemisphere around New Years Day.  According to Wikepedia A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.

But, the tradition has much older roots.

Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts.

The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named.

In the Medieval era, the knights took the “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.

And so on. . .

Over the last several decades making a resolution has gotten a bad rap because the word often reminds us of past resolution failures.  How many of us have made a resolution New Year’s Day only to give it up by February?  Intentions have recently come to the lips of many New Thought leaders as a way to change our mindset from one of failure to one of the possibility of success.

As you can see by the above definition, the words invariably mean the same thing.  I honestly feel that the best word to use for creating new habits in your life is ultimately up to you.  Ask yourself this question, which word brings you in alignment with success?  Once you’ve answered that question go ahead and set your intentions, resolutions, goals, and make your decisions,  declarations to yourself and the Universe.  Just remember one thing.  Make them simple and fun.

I have created a special New Years Day special event to help you set your intentions for the year.  You can find out more here.  I hope you can join me.

 

What Is a Chakra?

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In it’s simplest of terms a chakra is an energy center that reflects what is going on within our physical, mental and emotional self. I like to think of each energy center as a hard drive that stores information about our experiences. Those experiences and how we process them can determine whether or not our hard drive runs efficiently or whether it is so chock-full of old data that it affects the entire system and begins to shut down.

Continuing with the computer metaphor, there are 7 main hard drives located in the physical body. Each hard drive holds information about the particular center it governs. Each chakra or center is associated with a color, an element, organs or structures of the physical body, and emotional aspects of our being.
For example, the center at the base of the spine called with the 1st or root chakra is aligned with the color red, the element of earth, the organs of elimination and the emotions of safety and security. Our childhood experiences are stored in this chakra.
If we had a traumatic childhood and were unable to process those experiences safely and healthily our body may begin to show that trauma by experiencing dis-ease. Dis-ease in this center can include issues with the organs of elimination. That can show up merely as constipation or more dramatically as colon cancer. Emotionally you will have a lot of fear and insecurity and a feeling of not belonging here on Earth or within your own family.
A person who is balanced in this energy center tends to be grounded, confident and emotionally stable and your organs of elimination are functioning efficiently.
How does one bring this energy center back into balance if it is off? Connecting to the Earth, yoga, meditation, and a desire to heal are keys to bringing this hard drive back online.
This example is just one of the 7 chakras we will be exploring during my Kundalini Yoga workshop this Friday. Click on the link to register