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Meditation: Whispering Waves

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Sit in your chair or lay down on a couch or the bed and get comfortable. If you are sitting in a chair, bring your legs up and cross them in the lotus pose, rest your hands on your lap, and close your eyes. If you are laying down, lay in the corpse pose with your palms facing upwards, and your head relaxed on a pillow with your eyes closed. Take a deep breath in, and breathe out. Focus on your breathing. As you are doing this, your body is getting light weight and your heart chakra is opening up. Take a few more deep breaths, in and out. Now your soul has traveled out of your body and into the astral plane, you can see it in your mind. Let your soul journey to the ocean, watch as it flies through the winds and listen to the whispers of the wind as you fly high.

You have now come upon the ocean, below you see the deep green water and the millions of fish that swim about. Dive into the ocean and submerge yourself. As your soul does this, take a deep breath in and out. Take another deep breath, this time as you do this the water will bring you gently up to the surface and place you on a rock in the middle of the ocean. Your soul sits there, you are aware of your surroundings. You see the green waves tumble towards you with its frothy bubbles surfacing, you see the dolphins swimming about, and you see the gray clouds hovering above you.

As you sit on the rock, your soul fashions itself into a lotus pose. Take a deep breath in and out, suddenly the green waves get bigger than before. They tumble at you and suddenly envelope you in its sweet embrace. Let the waves continue to fall onto you, let the waves cleanse your soul and your chakras. The waves pull back slowly, creating a serene look around you, then they raise up once again and tumble down onto your soul, wiping away all of the toxins, all of the negative thoughts and feelings you harbor. The waves replace those toxic thoughts and feelings with positivity, love, life, and a new answer you’ve been looking for. As the waves pull back for the final time, your soul stays on the rock for a moment and then takes off back into the sky.

Your soul journeys back to you through the sky, finally coming back within seconds and placing itself back inside of you. Slowly open your eyes, and lay or sit there for a few minutes. Don’t move yet. Let the reminder of the waves rush through the rest of your body and listen to what it had said to you. After a few minutes of listening to the whispering waves, you may sit up or even stand. Write down what you saw, what you felt, and what you have now learned of yourself and of what the waves have told you.

 

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The Journey Inside Our Soul

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These days we are all caught up in working the 9 to 5 jobs and trying to pay off the bills and other miscellaneous things that seem to pile up in our daily lives. With our heads focused on the screens before us, focused on what is going at work and taking care of others, we seem to forget the one person that we need to focus on as well…ourselves. In past posts I’ve talked about how everyone needs to slow down and learn how to take care of themselves so that they are able to have a long adventure filled life, and this time is no exception. However, this post has to do with finding ourselves instead of healing ourselves. Yes, healing is a major thing that we must all partake in, and I am constantly trying to heal myself on a daily basis with the help of Doreen Virtue and my amazing cousin Chris. But to find yourself and to figure out who you am, you have to venture down the path that was created for you from the day you were born.

Twenty five years ago in the last month of Autumn I was born. For the first few months of my life, I lived with my mum and my granny in a small house in a Podunk town called Picher. Those two women had begun to instill the knowledge that has been residing in my mind since I was born. My granny being the wisest and the most sassiest woman in the world taught me a few things that has stayed with me while I was growing up. She taught me the ways of my ancestral cooking, herbs, and how to take care of the earth and of myself. She began to instill the magic that she wished to pass onto me, I was the first born of the fifth generation and she wished to leave some of her old magic with me. Which I’m truly grateful for. My mum, that woman has done so much for me it is hard to even make a list of all the things she has done for not only me but for my younger brother and our friends. My mum went through the heartache of losing my twin brother but she knows that he is spending time with our granny and others who have passed on. My mum has passed on her wisdom and knowledge of our Druid ancestry. Now it is 2016, and in November I will be turning 25 years old. Each day and each year I learn more and more about myself. My style of love is soul, the soul of a person is what intrigues me and I fall for that person’s soul more than I do with the body. And thanks to my cousin Chris, my ways of thinking have changed and matured in the ways of not only love but everything in life. The home is where I can be truly myself. Frolicking through the gardens as I prepare my herbs, vegetables and fruits for harvest is one of the places I love to be. In the kitchen where I can bake gluten-free (allergic) breads, desserts, and meals is where I can throw my own magic into. Herbal remedies that I have accumulated over the years reside in my box along side the family recipes. A healer and creator, for the words on a paper I turn into a poem, a novel, or a song; a healer for I wish to help others achieve a healthy relationship with themselves, others, and with food. I know that my own ultimate goal on this path of mine is to achieve spiritual enlightenment and find one true love, I can feel it in my heart, soul and mind.

If you don’t take the time to get to know yourself, you will never realize that there are things you are doing that are jeopardizing yourself in the present time that will have repercussions in the future. What is it that your heart aches for? What is it that your soul earns for? What is your type of love; is it mind, body, soul? Where do you feel at home? Do you wish to follow your passions and dreams? What is the path that you are on? Do you have any idea as to where it will take you, or do you know the ultimate goal? Can you sit there looking at the screen reading this answer all of these questions that I have asked you and truly answer them without any hesitations or fears of seeing what you harbor deep inside of you? To know yourself and know what exactly it is that you want, then congratulations you have taken the next step on this path of yours. For the next couple of months, I want each and every one of you to sit down for at least twenty to thirty minutes every night, write down what it is you seek and what it is that you wish to achieve. If you do this, you will find out more about yourself and you will suddenly start to see things come together and you will see another step in your path has been taken and you will soon be able to take another step.

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Book Club: September

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Twenty five years ago, Diana Gabaldon released the famous novel Outlander in the United Kingdom for the world to read. This novel set in motion that is now a successful book series and a wonderful television series. The first time I read this novel, it wasn’t until I was in high school because twenty five years ago I was just being born.

Outlander is about a young lady named Claire from the 1940’s (WWII) who is working as a British Army nurse. She is married to a history professor named Frank Randall and they live a great life for the most part. The two of them decided to go on another second honeymoon up in Scotland so Frank can gather more information about his family’s history. While Frank is digging around for information, Claire goes plant picking around the hill of Craigh na Dun. While there, she comes into contact with the standing stones on top of the hill. She gets dizzy and faints, then she is awaken by the ancestor of her husband, Captain Jack Randall. Captain Jack attempts to take Claire back with him after he has decided that she is a threat. Before he could take her back with him, he is knocked unconscious by a Scotsman. The scots have declared that she is Sassenach, an outlander that is unfamiliar with the Scottish Highland culture. She heals a Scottish lad name Jamie Fraser by fixing his arm, and then ends up marrying him. The adventures they have throughout the book will keep you hooked.

This novel is filled with romance, history (takes place during the Jacobite uprising), adventure; it’s no wonder why thousands of men and women have been drawn to this novel and the rest of the series. Although it has been turned into a television series, and I must say that it is fantastic, reading the book will make it even more fun because it will seem like you are able to see everything through all of the characters eyes.

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Stepping Into the Kitchen

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Fast foods, boxed dinners, frozen dinners; the list goes on and on of all the types of available meals that are already precooked and ready for us to devour without a second thought. Sadly, these so called meals are not meals at all, they are over processed, contain high preservatives and other chemicals.

What makes this whole situation even worse is that more than 75% of the United States population does not know how to cook a meal from scratch and does not even know how to boil water properly without burning it (I’ve seen people burn water, it’s not pretty). A few months ago, a guy tried to hit on me at the local grocery store while he was holding a frozen tray dinner. My first question to him was, “Can you cook at all?” and his reply was, “Only frozen tray dinners.” This man was 32 years old and didn’t know how to cook at all. This was revolting to me. I’ve also met some 20-something year olds who didn’t even know how to make a simple macaroni and cheese dish. This got me thinking about how bad our society has gotten. It had got me thinking that it is pretty obvious that everyone that is being thrown out into the world probably never learned how to cook a proper meal, even from scratch.

People from other countries around the world in the Middle East, India, Japan, Australia, Russia, Africa (just to name a few) know how to cook a proper meal without adding horrible additives and without using boxed or frozen products. If everyone else in the world can do it, then why can’t our country as a whole do it as well?

As a kid, I stepped inside the kitchen with my mom and granny at a very young age and learned how to make homemade dishes such as apple pie, chicken fried steak, pasta, and breads. As I got older, I learned from other relatives including my dad, paternal grandma, cousins and even learned some more in home economics classes in middle school. Before I graduated (and before my younger brother graduated), my parents made sure that I knew how to cook a proper meal. They even had me cook a couple of meals for them at different times and they would see if I would do good, which they knew I was already a good cook and baker to begin with, they just wanted to see if I had improved. When I moved out of the house, I had accumulated recipes from my parents and other relatives from all over Europe and the Middle East to take with me so I could make delicious and healthy meals. I can make bread from scratch, ravioli from scratch (including the dough), among many other delicious meals; and get extremely ecstatic when I find a new bread recipe (I love to bake).

Personally, I believe that if you have children who still live with you and have not yet graduated from high school, take them into the kitchen and teach them how to cook. Because it is a very important ability to have. Because I can guarantee you that boxed meals and frozen meals will not be around forever, and fast food places will not be around forever either. Boy or girl, they need to be in the kitchen learning how to cook proper foods, that way they can take care of themselves in the future and if they are to have a family then they will be able take care of them as well. Cooking and baking is a million times better than going to some fast food establishment or even relying on over processed boxed foods that shouldn’t even be on the shelves. Parents, please teach your children how to cook, it will not only give them a very good ability but it will be very beneficial and help save money (fast food isn’t cheap nor is going out in general).

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Simply Delicious

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With the amount of fast food places across the world, most of the modern population has ran to them in search of something quick to eat on their way to work, during lunch or for dinner. What they don’t know is that all of that fast food that you are putting into your body is harming you in more ways than one. All of the food at each fast food place has high trace amounts of chemicals and additives to their products, this in turn can destroy the stomach, liver, and every other organ out there; on top of that, it packs on the unwanted weight that most people do not want. Instead of driving to the nearest fast food place to get your morning fix, there are numerous types of foods that will help you get full and keep you healthy.

Right now, I am eating my breakfast and going through things for work. My breakfast this morning consists of a small bowl of oatmeal with syrup drizzled, homemade hashbrowns and assorted fruit. Then for lunch I’m having leftovers from yesterday which consists of a lamb chop on a bed of salad with a sweet homemade dressing; for dinner it will be very light with a some cheese, crackers, sliced vegetables and some dark chocolate (I love dark chocolate). Eating healthy and simply doesn’t mean that I have to give up on the foods that I enjoy, it just means that I use fresh ingredients and less preservatives.

Getting rid of the fast food, sodas, and the hormone additives; you’ll be able to eat healthier and develop a better relationship with food. There are many recipes out there that you can find and go wild with. But there are a few things you should keep in your pantry and freezer at all times (in no specific order):

– Oatmeal
-Strawberries (any other type of berry)
– Grapes
– Rice (Basmati, Wild Grain, Jasmine)
-Tuna and any other fish (Salmon, Tilapia, shrimp)
– Poultry (Turkey bacon is a fantastic substitute for those who do not eat pork)
– All natural organic syrup
– Tea (all types: green, jasmine, lady earl grey, earl grey, chai spice)
– Jams (if you know how to make your own, then do that= less preservatives)
– Flour (preferably without chemicals and other additives)

Having all of these products in your pantry and freezer will help you in the long run, not only are they healthy, they are easy to store and there are many ways to store fruit in the freezer. If you have family recipes, you can use those or you can use the recipes from Pinterest.

Introducing fresh produce and meats and seafood is a million times better than using boxed foods that contain preservatives and harmful chemicals that we shouldn’t be introducing to our body systems.

 

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Creators of Me (Poem)

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The moondust created me,
Giving me the form I take.
The wisdom of Athena has filled thy mind,
Giving me the ability to help those who have awaken.
The songs from the woodchimes create my voice and soul,
Making me sound like a tiny tadpole.
Each of these are the creators of me,
They rule over my physical form,
They rule over my soul,
They rule over my mind,
They are without a doubt me.

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Art in the Dark

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(To the End – Me)

The way I see it, is that the heart, the soul and the mind constantly fight each other. This in turn makes everything more difficult. The brain wishes to overrun everything, though when this happens a war begins. When the heart wishes to run the entire system, then heartbreaks occur more than average. When the soul wishes to be the front force and be the leader and forget everything else, then the human being is confused and has no clue as to what is occurring. Sometimes, when all of this happens, it means there are a lot of wars happening inside the person. These wars bring about pain, they bring about sorrow and they bring about the misery inside. When this happens, depression sets in. Depression has never been a friend to anyone, even to me. Depression is one of the mental illnesses that is not to be tossed aside due to the fact that depression can easily destroy a person in a instant.
When the depression has set in, there is a feeling of emptiness that surrounds the person, internally and externally. Then there is a motion of feeling heavy. This heaviness sits on the chest, making you feel like you are caring the weight of the world on your chest. Your eyes begin to get heavy, you want to fight it but no matter what your eyelids will close and all you will see is darkness. The darkness takes over and everything will become surreal. So surreal to the point that you think that you are high on acid or you are drunk from hard liquor. All the pain you feel externally, invades you internally and then you have been taken over by the depression.
Pain is inevitable, everyone feels it from time to time. Especially when you lose a loved one, when your heart breaks, or when you break a bone. But the pain that comes along with depression is a different type of pain. I’m not saying that is trumps over all of the other pain, but the pain that comes along with depression makes you feel worthless, makes you feel like you are unable to do something. But inside that pain, there is a light. That light helps you crawl through the pain in the dark deprecating world that depression swallows you in. The light helps a person create art in a whole new way, in ways that most would never have thought of.
Depression has been an ally and an enemy my entire life. Medication that the physicians try to prescribe me do not work, on top of that, they make it worse. Therapy is not a source that I enjoy using because I feel like I am a burden and feel like I am wasting the therapists time by divulging my pain, my fears, and anger upon them. Instead I run to art. Writing and abstract-minimalism painting art are my ways to take aggression and pain out on. Most of my paintings and also my poems hold how I feel inside, they are the places where I can finally let myself go and try to heal myself for the most part. If you do suffer from depression just as I do, then go see your physician, therapist or someone who can help you. Medication may not be for you, but in the end, there are other ways to help you through the pain, it might even be through art.