Nia

Kwanzaa is an African American holiday created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966. The week-long holiday is celebrated from December 26th to January 1st. Each day represents a principle that allows community members to reflect on how to improve. Today the principle is Nia, meaning purpose. Nia is the fifth principle of seven. Each year I fancy myself as the “Queen of Kwanzaa”, sending out “Habari Gani?” (What’s the news?  in Swahili) to friends and family alike. They respond with the principle of the day. Some have started to improvise though; and, I have gotten responses that range from thought provoking to comical. The responses highlight this time of year when most people are reflecting on the passing year and planning for the year to come.

2013. I’ve read that the number 13 represents transition. Each new year offers the opportunity to make needed changes in all facets of one’s life. In preparing to write my resolutions I read a variety of motivating books to set my intention for the new year. I’d like to share an affirmation I got from a calendar (I forgot which year) wit you.

“In the new picture of the coming years, I see my life growing and expanding in everything: in health, youth, and unlimited energy at all times and in all circumstances. I see myself in complete freedom. I see unlimited growth in my personal capacity, mental power, and intellectual brilliancy. I see constant improvement in all the elements of my personality and my body. I see daily growth in my wisdom, understanding, insight, and realization. I see myself in peace, harmony, love and joy, and I see my character expanding to be stronger and more beautiful. I see the never-ending betterment of friends, associations, and environments. I see myself in everlasting joy and infinite bliss.”

This affirmation is from The Secret.

I hope this affirmation helps to center you in affirming your life goals for 2013. Happy New Year! May all you hope to be in 2013 happens for you and your family.

Until next Sunday,

lillieth

Numb

I, as probably all of country is, am in a state of shock at the events that took place in Newtown, Conneticut. As a first grade teacher for many years my thoughts go to my students. It’s incomprehensible the way those teachers and students felt as the events of that day unfolded. I know I can’t add any more to this conversation that hasn’t already been said. All I can think of is what the elders say: You better stayed prayed up!

I offer a familiar prayer:

The Serenity Prayer

GOD, grant me the serenity
to accept the things
I cannot change,

Courage to change the
things I can, and the
wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardship as the
pathway to peace.

Taking, as He did, this
sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it.

Trusting that He will make
all things right if I
surrender to His Will;

That I may be reasonably happy
in this life, and supremely
happy with Him forever in
the next.

Amen

NOTE: This is the full prayer attributed to Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) reportedly written in 1926. Niebuhr was a Lutheran pastor and theologian.

Until next Sunday,

lillieth

Top 10 Reasons to Eat Raw

After a marathon conversation with my life coach, we decided that eating raw foods is as much a spiritual experience as a physical one. So, I decided to list my own Top 10 reasons for eating raw foods.

The first 30 days of eating raw foods your body goes through a detox that may feel uncomfortable both physically and emotionally. In my experience, once you’re past that you begin to experience the beauty of eating raw foods. Such as…

1.  Waking up with a sense of euphoria

2. Heightened senses

3. Understanding the rhythm of your body

4. Healing physical ailments

5. Clarity of mind & purpose

6. Trying fruits and vegetables in different forms, i.e. juicing, sprouts

7. Expanding your food palette

8. Persimmons (they look like orange tomatoes to me)

9. Shopping at farmer’s markets and co-ops for local foods

10. Accomplishing a goal I’ve had for a very, very long time 🙂

Until next Sunday,

lillieth

It’s December

It’s December!

The end of 2012 is 30 days away. Most Decembers I take the time to reflect. I, like most people, create vision boards and resolutions at the beginning of each year. Today I find myself reflecting on my progress with eating raw foods. The purpose of this blog was to serve as an accountability tool. Thinking positively, I have eaten raw foods 30 days more in 2012 than in 2011. For that I am grateful. While reflecting, I was assessing why I even started this journey. My gravatar for this blog states, “Purify to unleash your heart’s desires!” So there you have it, that’s why I began this journey. Eating raw foods is less about the physical aspects of food, and more about the spiritual aspects to actualize your heart’s desires. So on that note, happy planning for 2013.

Until next Sunday,

lillieth

P.S. Here’s a link to a video about the SNAP challenge I talked about last Sunday: http://www.waywire.com/v/50aa798b8c43c8792a5718642ccd3140