You know those conversations - the ones where you realize it's not just you and you find perspective and clarity. They're the ones that leave you wondering why you don't reach out more often, because doing it together is so much easier than separate and alone.
Here are some of the topics I want to talk about with you - connect with me through comments & share your insights in your community.
Closer to your truth
It's common human behaviour to try and solve stress by looking for more relaxation in your life. Seems logical, right? Rather than looking at ways to reduce stress, I'll actually challenge you to look at where you need stress in your life. It's only from looking at that relationship that we can truly feel relaxation and ease.
When I started my journey of self inquiry and I learned that boundaries is a form of self defence, I questioned what part it played in a functioning relationship when relationships were based on deep connection, and connection necessitated allowing myself to be vulnerable and have my walls down.
Putting others first is actually about me, underneath it all. And it took me a long time to uncover that, and it's been an even longer practice of unravelling it.
When we feel shame about who we are as a person, such as not being enough, being a failure, or not being lovable, confiding in those we love allows us to be seen and heard. Vulnerability creates the space for acceptance, and in those conditions, shame doesn't survive.
Inside of me there was a lion, and what was coming out was a mouse.
It's tempting to think that our sense of loneliness is related to not having others that we are close to, but more often than not our sense of connection is directly related to how much we allow ourselves to share our thoughts and inner selves with others.
Lessening social media still avoids addressing the depth of the issue which is exactly what the social media is a strategy for in the first place. There's a much deeper, root issue of what is actually in the way, and we are all wired for it.
I was in the bedroom post-shower putting on my cozy pyjamas and feeling so fresh and clean when the cat came in with something in his mouth. I looked at him wide-eyed and quickly told him to go back outside. He must have thought I said "drop it" and set the very much alive mouse down on the ground. It ran and hid under a bag.
We lack the deep meaningful relationships to turn to when we experience stress. Instead, we get impatient and turn to social media.
I wish I could say it's perfectly clear and I'm two feet in and skipping down the street loving my life 100% of the time, but that would be a lie and just further perpetuate these impossible ideals many of us set up for ourselves based on comparing ourselves to others.
I believe that ending the stigma of mental health also includes reimagining the way we look at and treat ourselves, including what we feed our bodies and the thoughts we tell ourselves. Read my recent interview with Stigma Magazine!
The speed at which we can live and consume our lives has radically increased, and self care is the reaction to it to cultivate the presence, slowing down and rest in to our lives that technological advancement took away.
I was recently interviewed for a Weight Watchers article titled "Zen Your Den" on how to create physical spaces around ourselves that were nourishing.
Well, I have a confession to make: I've had a long-standing self-limiting belief that cooking is stressful, hard, and that I'm no good at it.
Starting February 1, 2017, we’ll be sharing our own personal stories about what food and connection means to us on Instagram @consciousfoodmovement. You'll also find stories from other people who have taken on this movement and opened up their hearts about why they do what they do.
THE THIRD PLATE by Dan Barber
Dan Barber, an award-winning chef, moves beyond “farm-to-table” to offer a revolutionary new way of eating. Drawing on the wisdom and experience of chefs, farmers and seed breeders around the world, Barber proposes a new definition for ethical and delicious eating.
If you're looking for a new paradigm of our food future, this is it. Bring your mind outside of the box with refreshing ideas and true innovation in what we can do for our health and environment. You'll be inspired by the simplicity of food.
These are some of my favourite personal development, #realhealth and cookbooks for your reading enjoyment. Click on the item to find out why I enjoy it and the link to purchase from my Amazon Affiliate account.