Good Morning! Breakfast was originally designed to 'break the fast' - 12 hours without food. So as you start your morning, it's best to eat something that's gentle on the stomach. Ideally, starting your morning with a cup of hot water and lemon to cleanse, and then slowly take in your 'spiritual meal', as Ayurveda refers to it.
how boring would life be if we always had it 'figured out'? what has been revealed to me recently is the realization of psychological patterns through my understanding of food and health. the challenging part of digging deep into your soul through meditation and through a clean diet, is the darkness that rears its ugly head. where there is light, there cannot be darkness, so when we shed light on our truth, there is bound to be some crap to clean up.
this is where the double edged sword of responsibility comes into play.
i have been in full blown self attack mode this past week and have finally just came to terms with why.
here's the thing, i'm obsessed with food.
i'm obsessed with when i'm going to eat, what i'm going to eat, and how full i'm going to get. granted, it's health food that i'm attached to, but nevertheless, it's an attachment and it's not healthy.
the root cause of this need for nourishment comes from a subconscious thought of i'm not enough, or i'm not worthy.
it's a need to 'fill a void' or a fear of being alone/empty.
ultimately it's a fear based thought pattern, operating under the falsehood of my ego--not from a place of love--love for myself, or the lack of self-worth.
what i've come to realize is my stomach has been the lesson for me in this journey of health. first it started out with skin issues (related to the stomach), then it was my digestion process, and now, each time i peel away a layer of the onion, and start to make some headway, something new is exposed to me. now it's becoming a whole new ballgame with the psychology behind it all, coming to play.
it's not about the destination, it's about the journey.
when i start attacking myself with thoughts of, "come on kate, why can't you walk away from that plate of food, or why are you binging on cookies, or you know you shouldn't eat that, you'll break out in zits, etc. etc." i start second guessing my whole life--"who am i to give advice to people about food or wellness, when i'm a mess myself?"
then i go into my defense mode of searching, reaching for the answer--maybe in a book, or in a nutrition consultant, blah blah blah blah blah....i can go on crazy tangents. this is a vicious cycle, and i created it myself.
but the ah ha moment here, is that it's okay, this is part of my journey, putting one foot in front of the next and learning and growing--the awareness is the first step.
shedding light on what does and doesn't work for me in my life allows me to continue to evolve to my highest self, and to get down and dirty with my karmic influences to understand the why behind it all...
what fascinates me about the mind-body connection is that the body is literally the key and the answer to all our challenges.
our job here on earth is to clean up karma so that we can raise our vibration to love--that's it. our body tells us what we need to address. these lessons are stepping stones to the realization of our highest self. our physical body is the manifestation of our subconscious thoughts.
a tough one to swallow is the concept that disease is something we create. but don't beat yourself up about it, you're not alone in the subconscious thought patterns.
we each have 7 karmic influences that make up the essence of who we are.
they are deep rooted and coded in our bones and cells. our spine is like the motherboard of the computer, remembering any and all things ever written. it's connected to our brain and therefore, our thought patterns. it's the seed for what's to come. our bodies are the flower or the rotten fruit of that seed...take your pick.
the seven karmic influences that attribute to our subconscious thought patterns, based on universal kabbalah teachings are:
1. your past lives (believe it or not)
2/3. your mother and father and all their karmic influences...whoa! (here's the genetic/biological element)
4. the environment you experienced in your mother's womb.
5. your planetary influence, based on the day you were born (each day has an energy from a specific planet--the door you came through into this life and the door to your house--you; how you perceive and receive life.)
6. the environment you were born into (the city, the neighborhood, the status of your surroundings--poor, rich, etc.)
7. your childhood upbringing from age 1-11 (all the ways you were taught/guided during this time impact your emotional karma)
you see, there are so many other forces working for or against you each and every day.
we just have to take baby steps and trust that with each day and each step, more will be revealed to you about who you are and what you will become.
as my good friend said to me yesterday, "life is a transition", and "life happens when you're busy making other plans" (an oldie but goodie), we're never going to "get there" its all a process that we must honor and acknowledge.
we are perfect just as we are, where we are, and it's all a beautiful unraveling of your unique self.
much love. <3
i went to see "poopy pam" today (i know, my mom and i can't help that play on alliteration--sorry pam!). she is a source of inspiration to me in so many ways. for one, as you enter her office, you are greeted with a sign that says:"live with intention". i ask you to sit with that one for a minute...just close your eyes, and put your hands in your lap with your palms facing up...go on, i'll wait.
what does that mean to you? for me, it means to let your intuition (spirit) guide you, at every moment of the day. to not be reactive. to look people in the eye and smile at them--the person at the check-out counter in the drugstore, or the cashier at the bank, or the receptionist at your dentist. to take care when you're backing your car out of the driveway. to breathe a little deeper. to hold that cup of tea in your hand a little longer. to make a call to a friend to ask how they are. to hang your clothes with care. to relish in what makes you feel good!!:)
pam mcdermott is a hydrocolonic therapist in cape cod, sandwich, MA.
hydrocolonic therapy is an ancient, alternative health care practice born from the egyptian culture, and used by the romans and the french, many years ago. essentially, it cleans your colon out.
did you know that 80% of your immune system is directly related to how your digestive system operates?
i realize this can be a taboo subject for most, but i invite you to take one week and journal your bowel movements. do you have them everyday? how does your stomach feel while you're eating, or after? write it down.
i know for me, i don't digest nuts or nut butters very well, and often times, i will feel nauseas after i eat something too sweet.
if you don't eliminate the waste in your colon, you're just asking to get sick. you need to get the toxins out!
by the way, colds and flus are a direct result of what's going on in your stomach. ironically, i've been fighting an infection the past few days, so i am so grateful to have washed my colon of the debris and now have a clean slate to build off of.i'm taking 100 billion strength probiotics to allow the healthy intestinal flora (bacteria) to thrive.
support your belly with a daily probiotic of at least 15billion organisms per dose.
when the bad bacteria sits in your stomach, it starts to feed off it, and produces more, which eventually overthrows the good bacteria and creates an imbalance! a gross thing to ponder, but i think significant in keeping you aware of this concept, is that rats/vermon feed off trash, right? if there isn't any trash in the can, we won't have a rat problem, now will we?
that being said, the foods that cause bad bacteria to take hold are, yep, you guessed it--sugar.
which includes anything that breaks down as sugar: flour, alcohol, and even refined sugars (agave, maple syrup, etc.) and some fruits, unfortunately. it's best to limit these foods if possible. there is some hope though--you can also kill these little suckers by taking garlic pills, or oil of oregano pills, or caprylic acid (also in coconut oil--hurray!).
when i'm in pam's care, i feel nourished and supported.
her office is a perfect representation of feng shui. it's a happy place. it's full of loving intention. it inspires me to appreciate the connection to everything in our lives. whatever you do in your profession/vocation, do it with sincere care. even if you think your job is stupid or meaningless or unfulfilling, i ask you to welcome the opportunity to engage in your work. put loving intention behind each moment, each hour, each day, each week and see how the beauty in nature and creation unfolds before you.
take a deep breath before you write an email or a text. none of this instant gratification nonsense. take a moment to be mindful as to how it will be perceived once you exert your energy. remember, we are all energy and to some degree, each of us humans is offering another human a very significant imprint on our lives...yes, even that person who almost ran you off the road today.
welcome that negative energy as a source of what you're projecting...maybe you're not projecting it today, but maybe you did a few years ago...
we are all connected on an energetic playing field in this massive universe, and it is our job to rise to each occasion, each lesson, to do the best we can, given our circumstances. karmically, we learn and grow, if we are open and receiving of the love that connects us all.
please set your intention with me today, for the week to be filled with a life lived with intention. see how your perception in each day changes, and don't forget to check in with yourself. state your intention in the morning, at your lunch break, and before dinner...maybe you need to write it down on post-its and put it on your mirror, in your drawer at work, or in your car.
now go take care of that colon, to take care of you!
in health and happiness,