Spirals

On Sundays I watch Super Soul Sunday on OWN network. The guest this Sunday was Karen Armstrong. She is a former nun and a leading authority on religion and spirituality. Armstrong has a memoir entitled The Spiral Staircase. Spiral is used as a metaphor for life. Often we think we’re not progressing in life, but actually we’re spiralling upwards.

In Wake Up World’s “Ancient Spirals – What do they mean?” The Spiral is a sacred symbol that reminds us of our evolving journey in life. When used as a personal talisman, the Spiral helps consciousness to accept the turnings and changes of life as it evolves. The acceptance of change is one of the greatest freedoms a human can experience, putting consciousness in the present moment where the power of creation is condensed. On a larger scale, using this symbol assures all beings are reminded of their inward and outward evolution, a balanced and centred state of mind. On water, it carries the power to flow and change.

Essentially this week’s post is just a reminder that even when we think we’re going in circles or worse yet just standing still we’re steadily moving towards or hopes and dreams.

Until next Sunday,

lillieth

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Growing Pains

Here lately I’ve been fixated on changes needed to live my best life ever. In the Follow Your Bliss post, I wrote about the challenges some Generation Xers are having coping with the economic demands of today. My remedy was for us to follow our bliss. In the 20th century there was an ongoing battle to expand and redefine who was allowed to have the best of life, i.e. the women’s rights movement, the Civil Rights’ movement. People tired of narrow definitions of who was allowed to have the American Dream. Throughout the 20th century there have been people who championed for everyday people realizing their dreams. Self-help gurus such as Napoleon Hill, Stephen Covey, Norman Vincent Peale, Iyanla Vanzant, Deepak Chopra, and Dennis Kimbro are examples of people who worked/ and are still working to help us redefine what is possible in our lives. In the 90s I believe the spiritual transition to believe you can have your heart’s desire culminated with Oprah’s Change Your Life series.

The growing pain some of us Generation Xers have is making the transition from what I perceive as the 20th century way of thinking in which once we reach adulthood we are a finished product; to the 21st century way of thinking in which we are all works in progress. We have to realize we can’t allow our skill set to become outdated assuming that what we learned in college is all we ever need to know. We have to approach our lives as if it’s a science experiment in which we are constantly researching ways to improve our lives. We, Generation Xers, can successfully navigate these changes if we accept the inevitability of change and stay current.

I hope my thoughts in this post are not too “all over the place”. These are just streams of thought I’ve been mulling over for the past few months. Thanks for reading.

Until next Sunday,

lillieth

Finding My Life’s Rhythm

I just celebrated a birthday this past week. I’m at an age when stereotypically a woman starts worrying about aging. Funny thing happened though, instead of feeling old I felt/feel empowered! These past six months I have been focusing on launching Organic Soul Foods and it has ordered my life in indescribable ways. This weekend I came up with a name for this feeling. It’s my life’s rhythm! My life steps are ordered. With each step on this journey, what I need comes to me. Experiences just flow. There’s something about being blessed with a life work that gives my life substantive meaning. It’s the honor of my life to be endowed with this calling to bring SOUL (sustainable, organic, unrefined, and local) foods to my community.

Until next Sunday,

lillieth

Invictus

For several weeks, much of my spiritual reading has been on the power of the subconscious mind and our ability to control it.  I thought today my post would serve as an exemplar of what it means to control your subconscious mind. What greater example than Nelson Mandela! A man who walked out of 27 years in prison with no bitterness, anger or vengeance. His only aim was to continue his steadfast goal to free South Africa from apartheid. Here is the poem Invictus that Nelson Mandela would recite daily.

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley
 
I think we would all do well to memorize these powerful words to empower our daily lives.
 
until next Sunday,
lillieth

Finding Your Voice

Intuition is the spiritual faculty that does not explain, it simply points the way. – Florence Scoval Schinn

Eating raw foods, Organic Soul Foods, vegetarianism, Christianity, Baptist, teacher, knitting, etc: my lifestyle choices! Lifestyle choices represent what we want our biography to encompass when we become “dust to dust”! It also represents our voice in the world. Follow a script or create our own script for our life is the question that we answer subconsciously or consciously by our lifework. “Scripts” have been written for humanity through cultural expectations, things humans are expected to do as we age, i.e. go to college, get married, have children… The scripts change depending on nationality, religion, race, or gender.  

This week I have had a stream of thoughts about what is significant about creating my own path in life. Why go against the grain? Why not do what society expects? For me the only conclusion I can come too is that creating my own script in life makes my life feel more authentic. I feel as if God created me for a definite purpose, uniquely designed just for me. I feel as if I am listening to the voice of God, and  guided by the will of God. It requires me to have faith in my choices, even when others say differently. Truthfully I find it to be a more interesting, engaging way to live.

Thanks for reading my ramblings this week! 🙂

Until next Sunday,

lillieth

Eat your veggies!

Technically it’s still the New Year since we’re still in the month of January, so it’s still befitting to discuss ways to live healthier. My initial purpose in eating raw foods was to transition back into the healthier lifestyle I established in 2009 through 2011. I had finally found a rhythm on how to live a whole, healthy lifestyle. I was eating whole balanced meals and exercising regularly. I’ve been a vegetarian close to 20 years now, and it was not until 2009 that I started focusing more on eating vegetables than on not eating meat. It’s a slightly different perspective. Eating more vegetables focuses more on what I can have to eat, the later focuses on what I can’t. As I was better nourishing my body, I simultaneously had a spiritual and mental regimen. A healthy lifestyle is not simply about eating healthy foods and exercise. It’s about the mind- body- spirit continuum. Feeding our bodies healthy food, nourishes the mind and spirit as well. Some tips I’ve found to be helpful with the mind- body- spirit balance are:

1)      Start each morning in prayer and devotion.

2)      Commit to cook/ prepare your meals at home at least one day out of the week.

3)      Try a recipe with a vegetable you’ve never tried before.

4)      Try a Bikram yoga class (prepare to sweat).

5)      Exercise regularly.

6)      When possible, shop at the farmer’s market  (support the local food economy).

7)      Drink plenty, plenty water.

8)      Get as much sleep as your schedule allows (7 to 8 hours is ideal).

9)      Love more!

Each of us has our own ideal way of living a healthy lifestyle. What I know for sure is that there is no one way to attain a healthy lifestyle. It’s just what’s ideal for you.

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

Positive Affirmations (Part 1)

Don’t Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,

When the funds are low, and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When  care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As everyone of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure turns about,

When he might have won had he  stuck it out,

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,

You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out,

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far,

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,

It’s when things seem worse,

That you must not quit.

-Anonymous

This poem has been my saving grace, when I’m having a rough time staying focused on my larger goals. It helps me remember that what I see isn’t all there is. Please share any inspirational poems you may use to encourage yourself.

Until next Sunday,

lillieth