I've never been a big fan of meat and have always been a big animal lover so it never really made sense to me to consume animals.
But the last 30 days I committed to going 100% vegan to see how my body reacted and encourage myself to learn more about the almost taboo topic.
It's been fun to try new foods that I wouldnt usually try, but its also been eye opening to learn more and more about the meat and dairy industry. I have always been aware of what is going on but it is so much easier to be ignorent than to make a change. The biggest confusion for me was how to stay fit and strong while consuming only a plant based diet, but that was only because I had no idea we can get the same amout of protein from tempeh, lentils, chickpeas and even rice as we can from grilled chicken breast, steak and egg whites. I realised there was no excuse for killing or torturing another living thing for my benefit, because there is so many other choices to live a compassionate and healthy life. Now I am committed to doing this for the animals 💗
Tempeh Curry from @nook_bali
Parallel with the 🌞 setting, a long car ride to a small town I’d only passed through two times before. Each occasion, being there just long enough to take care of business. The town left such an imprint on me that I could still recall where one of the many spots was, I wanted to discover upon my return.
Everyone is in a playful spirit by the warm temperatures; I don’t know which was louder; the ducks, their buoyant jungle gym or the squirrels. 🐿
In many ways and of late, I have been showing up daily for myself. My time spent outside teaches me that mindfulness of being present; today, the ducks provide me a simple lesson. Gathered together as the current of the Cannon River jostles them every which way in the frigid water, they do not recoil and withdraw waiting for spring and the ice patch to melt to dive into warmer and more calm water. Rather, they go for it! I see them horse play with each other, call out to another, encourage and huddle together and dunk their heads. When it’s time, the wind surrounds them they lift and sore to what their soul is leading them to next.
I am grateful to have spent time in this charming, college town. As I drove away on Highway 19 Blvd. with George Strait in the background singing Silent Night, the sun lowering along the horizon, casts a pink hue on the country fields.
I recognize that my heart is full of love and appreciation for each of my ‘wilderness’ jaunts and what I’ve discovered and unearthed within myself.
I’m going for it!! 💯💯💯💯
#gratitude #loveyourself #mindfulness #selflove #goodlife #writerscommunity #womenwhowrite #writersofinstagram #neverstopexploring #northfieldmn #minnesota
Today was the last workshop at @continuumwellness
for 2018. And what better way to end the year then to share how to use #aromatherapy
techniques to activate ones inner #wisdom
to facilitate healing to the mind and body.
touched on the importance of three key steps which are:
💡 Acceptance and
During the workshop everyone choose a word and an #essentialoil
that reflected what was felt during the #awareness
exercise. It was really wonderful seeing what everyone picked out and the drastic shift in energy and mood as all the oils were opened and tested.
Everyone definitely left feeling happy 😃 and more grounded 🌲
I absolutely love doing these workshops and look forward to planning for 2019. What are you interested in learning more about? Interested in collaborating? Or having me teach at your home or workplace? DM me 😊👍
Signos de una autoestima saludable son:
Creo que soy digno, digna, de felicidad y de respeto: Me merezco que me pasen cosas buenas.
Soy capaz de pedir respeto a los otros de forma asertiva. No dejo que pasen sobre mis deseos o decisiones.
Reconozco mis emociones, y puedo trasmitirlas sin temor; pero también sé ser empático/a con las emociones de otros.
Creo en mí mismo, en mí misma.
Si me equivoco, suelo perdonar mis faltas y continuar la vida sin resentimientos.
No me comparo con los demás, acepto que hay otros mejores que yo, o no, pero nadie es como yo.
Siento que mi vida tiene sentido y dirección. Tengo en mis manos el control de mi existencia.
No dependo de la opinión o voluntad de otros para tomar decisiones.
Soy capaz de asumir la responsabilidad de mis actos y las consecuencias de ellos.
Me atrevo a tomar nuevos desafíos, me aventuro a hacer nuevas cosas.
Si alguien me critica, busco aprender; pero no me siento herido, herida.
Me doy un tiempo para mí mismo, para mí misma; cuido de mi físico, mis pensamientos y mi vida emocional.
Evito a las personas tóxicas y no dejo que siembren en mi vida su toxicidad.
Nunca utilizo palabras hirientes o negativas para describirme, ni las utilizo para los demás.
No generalizo con frases como a mí “nunca”, a mí “siempre”, a mí “todos”, a mi “nadie”… Asumo quien soy y hago planes para el futuro sin temor.
#autoestima #mindfulness #autosuperacion #positivemind #mentepositiva #mentefuerte
Now at first thought this may seem silly. I am me? I am myself, so where is the courage needed?
If this is you, stop, take a breath, and read it again.
Have you ever told anyone of your seemingly silly and impossible dreams for your life? Have you ever told anyone of the weird conversations you have with yourself when no one is looking? Do you speak up when your with your 'mates' and you don't want to do what they are?
No, because that's not normal right..With the compulsive need to fit in, somewhere along the line we became scared to express what we really feel or believe. We might join in when someone is picked on by the group even though we know it's wrong, we keep silent in class when asked about issues we are passionate about, we act like we don't care or try because I'm not a 'try hard', and we say I want to be a lawyer, engineer, accountant, builder, or a doctor instead of an actor because of the fear that if I am myself, if I tell the truth, then I will no longer fit in. That I will no longer be apart of the group that makes me feel like I have a place in the world.
Or....does this group I conform to and surround myself with, make me feel lonlier then ever before? Do you have so many 'friends' yet know you're a soul outcast in what seems to be a world that is not for you.. There will come a point where this quote will mean something to you.
Maybe there will be a moment where you don't pick up the bottle or have that smoke you feel you must have to escape from reality and fit in. You will finally look at yourself and say enough is enough..
Maybe you will continue to escape from the voice inside of you that suffers everyday when you wake up and put on the mask of someone you're not. Escaping and surviving trough compulsive activity that society tells you is normal, well because, it is easier to hate yourself then not fit in, right... It takes COURAGE
To stand up for what you believe in
To be vunerable
To be yourself.... I promise you. Within this courage you will find people who really care for you. Who will really make feel like you fit in. Who will make you grow and prosper towards your dreams.
Santa gave me an amazing gift one year. A battery operated table-top pinball machine! Playing it alone or with friends was a blast, especially because we could move it to different locations.
Eventually the excitement waned and the beloved pinball machine moved to the basement only to be brought up when, on a whim, I wanted to fool around with it.
One day that whim brought my best friend and I to the basement to resurrect it. We searched everywhere. My mother couldn’t find it. She asked my dad, “Larry, where is Lisa’s pinball machine?” “I gave it away,” he matter-of-factly responded. We all sighed. Then complained. It was not unusual for him to give ‘things’ away. It was also not unusual for him to share his expertise at fixing and repairing things for family and friends. On a moments notice, he was off to help someone.
I inherited a bit of my father’s keen generosity. In my younger years, I was a giver of my time and things. Sometimes it was pointed out I went overboard. I was asked, “Why do you do so much?” I just felt compelled to...without really knowing why.
Years later I began to look at my motives in all the choices I made, including my ‘generosity’. I began to see the almost automatic tendency to give. I felt like I had to give yet...and I never really felt satisfied or that what I was giving was enough. So I gave more.
Examining this over the years coincided with my desire to simplify my life. As I purged my household items - clothing, mementoes, and the like - I also began to ‘give’ less. Not out of unkindness or a lack of generosity but from a place of deepening mindfulness.
Now when I consciously choose to gift someone my time or things, it is with greater intention and love. It is simple and sincere... creating an energy of calm and peace within me, and an offering of this energy to the receiver. ❤️
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