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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Mindful Eating: Aligning With Sustenance

blog_mindfulnessI’m fed up.  I’m fed up with all the supplements on my counter and in my cupboards that are half full or have a couple of tablets left in them.  I don’t want to toss them because the damn things cost so much!  I’m actually embarrassed by the amount of supplemental detritus I have.

This angst has brought me to an experiment I am conducting energetically aligning with food.  What would happen if I sat for a couple of breaths before I ate a meal, a snack or drank a cup of tea?  What would happen if I opened up my body and felt the nutritional energy of each bite or sip before I consumed it?  These past couple of days I’ve done just that.  I’ve slowed down and opened my body to the nutrients in the food I’ve been eating.  I’ve noticed how some foods have a faster or higher vibration than others.  Some foods feel “empty” while others feel chock full of nutrients.

Once I start to chew the food I invite my body to absorb the nutrients in it and ask those nutrients to go to all the places that the body needs.  I’m not sure what the result of this experiment will be.  The intention is to get the nutrients my body needs from the food I eat and not from a pill.

I wonder if when I eat unconsciously if that inhibits the body from absorbing nutrients efficiently?  I do know that when I over eat my stomach will ache and my liver will hurt.  I will keep you posted with any observations I make as result of this practice.  I would love to hear about your experiences if you’ve done a similar test yourself.

Disclaimer:  This post is not intended to diagnose or change your mind about taking supplements.  We all need to do what we need to do.  Ask your health care provider or even better your Inner Guidance System before making any changes to your diet or supplementation practice.

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How Self-Pleasure Creates Intimacy

birth-of-aphrodite1In a recent visit to my massage therapist she commented on how I was disconnected from my body.  Lately, I have been in the throes of change both internally (peri-menopause) and externally.  All these changes had caused a disconnection from my body and I had taken up residence in my head.  She suggested self-pleasuring to get me back in touch with myself  Yes, it’s exactly what you think.  Masturbation.

Before peri-menopause you would never have had to suggest masturbation to me.  I had a very high sex drive.  At one point in my life I was concerned with how distracted I was by my desire for sexual release.  Over the past couple years as my hormones have changed so has my sex drive.  What once was a daily ritual became once a week and then too much of a bother at all.

I took up my therapists advice and prescribed myself a daily orgasm.  What started out as a chore became a sensual pleasure.  I began to feel differently in my body.  I am feeling sexy and secure in my skin.  For those of you who know me this is not my norm.  I decided to take this self-pleasure to another level.

Once I connected to the feeling of sensuality and pleasure in my body I incorporated this energy into how I ate and walked and the clothes that I choose to wear.  I decided that I needed to connect more deeply with the Divine Feminine and began using divination tools that directly access the Divine Goddess energies.  Each Goddess from our mythologies carries her own unique characteristics.  She is receptive, creative and nurturing.  She embodies pleasure.  I am using these tools to connect more deeply with the aspects of Her.

Moving my body has become a pleasure as well.  Walking, dancing and yoga have become something more than exercise.  I am delighting in the pure magnificence of my human form.  One morning I slathered myself with coconut oil and then stood under a hot shower and massaged all the tight spots and said thank you for my health and well-being.

Cooking a meal has taken on a whole new meaning.  When I create something in the kitchen I have imagined myself mixing up a sacred potion that I then get to consume with pleasure.

Intimacy means a close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person or group.  Connecting with pleasure has made me feel more whole and more present in my life.  That is what intimacy is – being fully present for another.  In this case the other is me.
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I encourage you to invite more pleasure into your life.  It does not have to look like my way.  It can be as simple as playing with your children on the floor, eating a decadent piece of chocolate or dressing up for a night on the town or a night in the bedroom with your lover.  How ever you express and experience pleasure will connect you with yourself more intimately.  Enjoy!
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Della is a healer, psychic, writer, artist and yogi.  You can find out more about her services here.