Folding 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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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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Whenever I have a question that my logical mind can’t answer I practice a technique called shamanic journeying. Steven Farmer has a beautiful guided shamanic meditation on Hay House Meditations (free on their podcast app). This particular journey invites an animal guide in to help you gain insight into your question.
I have been struggling with how and what to eat that will best support my body in being it’s healthiest expression. My question was what should I be eating to accomplish this.
As I have done this meditation many times, it was easy for me to drop into my sacred place in my imagination an allow Guidance to pop in. Guidance showed up in the form of a tiny little hummingbird flying around. At first, I was confused because hummingbirds eat all. of. The. Time. And mostly nectar (sugar). I’m like, that can’t be right! And, then, I let go and was able to discern the deeper meaning of hummingbird. Hummingbirds in many spiritual circles represent joy. It isn’t what I eat that matters so much as how I eat. I rarely eat with joy.
I often have a lot of angst attached to what I eat, when I eat, how I eat, what I am doing while I eat, etc. that eating becomes a stressor instead of a pleasure. As joy only exists in the present moment, it reminds me to savor and deeply experience the food when I do eat. It’s an excellent place to start. I think the rest will fall into place if I allow joy to be my guide. Before I eat something I can start by asking myself will this bring me joy? It’s an interesting experiment that I am looking forward to exploring.
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Last night I dreamed my friend, Maureen and I were witches. Our mission was to annihilate those witches who were evil. We would pop into a place where a bad witch was and dispose of her. Energy would shoot from our finger tips, and the job would get done. We would pop, always riding on our broomstick, to the next bad witches location and do the deed all over again.
The very last witch in the dream was different though. When Maureen and I shot energy from our fingertips, she just stood there calmly taking it all in. She was quite beautiful and serene looking. I shouted at Maureen that we needed more power and this time flames flew from our fingertips, and the witch was consumed with flames. I was aware that we had not killed her though. I began to have doubts about our mission for the first time. How could someone so calm and serene be bad? She didn’t look bad, though I know looks can be deceiving. Most importantly, to a good witch like me, is that she didn’t “feel” bad.
Up until this moment I trusted that the Powers That Be who sent us on each mission knew what they were doing. Could they be wrong? It was at this point that I woke up. I was actually pretty excited at first realizing that I could fly and that I had so much power literally at my fingertips. Then I began to look for the deeper meaning in the dream.
Of course, I called Maureen right away and told her about the dream. Between the two of us we were able to see that the meaning of the dream had many different layers:
- With great power comes great responsibility? Ben Parker, Spiderman’s Uncle – Always use discernment when using your power.
- Just because someone tells you another person is bad or wrong doesn’t mean they are. Use discernment.
- What is my mission here on planet Earth? Is it something I think I “should” be doing because of my spiritual programming or is it time to “discern” a deeper meaning into my life’s work?
I think more of this dreams meaning will reveal itself to me over time. I would love to hear any interpretations you may have as well.
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As 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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It 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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Definition: taking part, a sharing
Today’s Guidance asks how are we participating in the world around us? Most of us are so busy we are not noticing the birds in the trees or the clouds in the sky. We have become very self-absorbed. I sense that it has a lot to do with just how busy we all are these days. We keep our heads down and plow ahead to get everything done that we need to in a day. We think if we stop and say hi to the neighbor on the street that we will get sidetracked from getting our to do’s done. The question then becomes what are we missing when we don’t participate in life when it comes calling? The answer is connection.
When I tuned into the word more deeply, Guidance showed me that participation has a lot to do with awareness. When I notice the birds singing in the tree my energy automatically connects with those birds and I am no longer separate from those birds. By participating in life around me, it connects me to the birds and to my neighbor on the street and to the people reading this post. Are you up for participating in life today?
Definition: the state or condition of being aware; having knowledge; consciousness:
Today is a good day to pull in your scattered energies and listen to your intuition. What are the messages being offered that you may not be aware of?
One of the ways to achieve going inward is by placing your fingertips and thumb tips together as if you are holding a ball. Now rest this mudra in front of your solar plexus and begin to breathe long, slow and deep. Notice how when your breath slows down your mind slows down. The quieter the mind can become the more you are able to tap into awareness. Now ask Spirit what message does It have for you today? Listen in the stillness for your answers.
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Black Panther came to me in a vision this morning. I was asking for Guidance around a particular issue around romance. I saw myself in a dark forest sitting by a fire. I was covered in furs and very much alone. She walked up to me and I began to weep. I didn’t want her as my guide. Black Panther has been with me before when I was living my life as a single parent. Panthers are very solitary and tend to raise their young alone. I am tired of being alone.
She invited me to join her up in a tree where I could look down upon myself from a higher level. I could see that I was lonely and my body felt like an empty shell. I didn’t know if this was how others see me or how I see myself. As the vision was closing she gave me a small stone made of hematite.
Afterwards, I looked up the symbolism in the vision. Black Panther represents the darker feminine energy of the moon. She is very grounding and protective. She teaches one to be alone but not lonely. She is very strong, graceful and independent. She reminds me to climb my symbolic tree and look at things from a higher perspective.
Hematite is a very protective and grounding stone much like the panther herself. It brings a sense of calm and deflects negative energy as its stone has a mirror-like quality. I bought myself a Christmas present after reading this. I knew I wanted a bracelet to wear to remind me of my Panther Medicine. Here is another message I received today:
You love so much that you don’t need anyone else’s love to make you happy.
~ Don Miguel Ruiz~
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