Bliss Diary – July 15, 2015

All problems have only spiritual solutions.
Michael Bernard Beckwith

Intention/Affirmation: Love myself + Practice loving the task in front of me throughout the day

Nutrition:
6:45 tea w/ coconut milk, mct, vanilla, cinnamon, cacao butter, stevia
10:45 kelp noodles w/ basil pasta sauce, kale, collards, and ground beef
1:00 16 oz green juice + kevita
3:30 big goddess green salad + coconut wrapshealth-quote-4
5:30 berry chia pudding w/chlorellla tablets

Movement:
* 35 minute of rebounding
* 30 minute stroll (toddler pace)

Meditation: 15 minutes + 30 minute acupuncture appointment with a mini nap

Cleaning Tip: When I notice resistance with the simple tasks like laundry, putting the dishes away, picking up toys, etc. I count how many seconds it actually takes me to do it. I did this with my lunch dishes. It took me all of 20 seconds to wash them. There are a lot of things I can focus my attention on all the way to completion, makes it easier in the end. Here’s a little inspiration from Byron Katie:

What I call “doing the dishes” is the practice of loving the task in front of you. Your inner voice guides you all day long to do simple things such as brush your teeth, drive to work, call your friend, or do the dishes. Even though it’s just another story, it’s a very short story, and when you follow the direction of the voice, the story ends. We are really alive when we live as simply as that—open, waiting, trusting, and loving to do what appears in front of us now…What we need to do unfolds before us, always—doing the dishes, paying the bills, picking up the children’s socks, brushing our teeth. We never receive more than we can handle, and there is always just one thing to do. Whether you have ten dollars or ten million dollars, life never gets more difficult than that.

Body Goodness: I did some re-evaluating today on the way I am eating. There are so many different theories on how to eat and I have to remind myself to keep coming back to how I feel in my body. Does this FEEL good in my body? Not do I THINK this is the right thing…but, how do I feel? What’s my energy like? Is this food increasing my vitality and radiance?

It’s such an exploratory journey. Today I got clear that I want to see how it feels  to increase my raw + cooked vegetable intake, and eat moderate fat and lower protein. That is what I am going to experiment with this week.

Serendipitous Moment: I went to a local cafe and drank a juice and did some writing/journaling. I was writing about my health + nutrition and what I want to do to prepare for our second child…then, the owner came by and said Hi and then, turned around and said: Are you pregnant? I laughed and said, No. He said: You seem to have that glow. I said: Well, that’s funny you should say that because I’m writing about that right now. He said: Well, maybe you are pregnant and just don’t know it yet. I’m 99.9% sure I’m not pregnant but I thought the connection was pretty sweet and serendipitous. 🙂

Mind/Heart/Spirit Goodness: I just saw my post on the Oasis about the “I Love Myself” Project we did last year. It reminded me to continue to practice self-love as I grow and expand. The compassion, joy, and connection easily flow from my being when I feel genuine love for myself. There are already plenty of thoughts running around in our heads and a lot of them are about our limitations…why not have our mantra be: I love myself.  And, then asking ourselves throughout he day: What would I do if I deeply and truly loved myself?

Here’s a little video I created for the 30 day project:

I’m in! Gonna give this practice a bit more lovin’. 🙂

Gratitude & Appreciation: I am grateful for my acupuncture treatment today. I am grateful that I got my thyroid test today and my TSH was 1.7. So, it went from 2.7 to 1.7 in the last 6 months. I am grateful for my computer. I am grateful for my new standing desk. I am grateful for my body. I am grateful for my family. I am grateful that I’m a Momma. I am grateful that I have the money to buy the supplements and testing that I want to do. I am grateful for all the people that help me optimize my body, mind and spirit. I am grateful for all the farmers who are committed to growing organic produce. I am grateful for the pioneers out there paving the way for a healthy country and world. I am grateful for my passion to learn. #thankyou

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P.S. I’m on Day 2 of keeping kitchen completely clean at the end of the day.  Thanks to the hubby for his participation and support. ❤

Bliss Diary – July 10, 2015

In every person there is royalty. Address the royalty and royalty will respond. — Scandinavian Proverb

Intention/affirmation: I am passionately present + I choose to see beauty.

Nutrition:
8:00 3 carrot ginger muffins
1:00 16 green juice
2:00 bowl of ground beef, spinach, cut up olives
5:00 raspberry leaf + nettle tea w/ scoop of collagen and a drop of stevia
5:45 handful of olives then acupuncture treatment then at 7:15 had bowl of broccoli, half an avocado with a splash of olive oil and sea salt + handful of flax crackers.

Movement:
50 minute walk and tennis with the little guy
10 minute Goddess dance

Meditation: 15 minutes + 40 minute napitation listening to I am chillaxed guided blissitation. + 30 minute meditation/prayer during acupuncture treatment.

Magical Moments: My son reaching up to hold my hand on our morning walk. Melts me every time. ❤ In my acupuncture treatment we worked on the liver channel and spontaneously people and situations started coming to my mind as I said: I forgive you. I release any and all resentment I may be holding. I am grateful for you and the lessons I’ve learned. I send you love. It was a really beautiful experience, brought tears to my eyes numerous times. I’ve never done this before, it was really powerful so I might incorporate it into more meditations. ❤

Body Goodness: I’ve always had an athletic and fit legs and today I noticed some cellulite which is something new. After years of practicing body love I wasn’t that triggered. I actually said out loud: Hmmm, that’s interesting as I looked in the mirror.

Cultural conditioning would have me dislike my body and be upset about my body and not want to get in a bathing suit and hide and get rid the cellulite at all costs. I used to believe those things and spent a lot of time, money and energy trying to do everything “right” to be so called beautiful.

Now, I just feel a sweetness and a tenderness to myself and to all the women who are so hard on their bodies. It’s not necessary. Yes, there are things we can do body/health wise to be healthier and more radiant but it must come from love not fear of not measuring up to the images we’ve seen over and over. We can address the royalty of our bodies and the royalty will respond.

I watched this video today too:

I would have walked through the beautiful door. Not because I feel beautiful all the time but because it would be a declaration to myself to own my unique beauty. It would be a reminder that we are all beautiful and to shed the cultural BS (belief system) that has us believing we are less than we truly are.

What door would you walk through?

Mind/Body/Spirit Goodness: Practicing presence. I’ve done two 10 day silent Vipassana meditation retreats. One of the biggest things I noticed was my rush to get to the next thing. There is no talking, no reading, no writing, no technology. All you do is meditate (10 hours a day), sleep, walk, and eat and your day starts at 4 am. I hated it. I thought the whole thing was a stupid idea. I cried. I wanted to give up. Then, something magical happened after 3 days. I settled into the routine, and even began to like it. I slowed way down in my body and mind. I started feeling and enjoying the meditation sessions more. I felt so much joy, connection and ease.

It’s take commitment, presence and practice to not think about what’s next. What are we going to do after this? What about after that, and next month and next year. I noticed this habit today while I was feeding my son his moonberry starberry pudding (he named it that :)). I was thinking about what we would do when he was done eating. I was in my head, thinking about my to do list for the day. Then, I paused and thought about Vipassana which means to see things as they really are.

So I practice observing the moment. I noticed how I was sitting on the floor. I noticed my feet. I noticed the blueberries and chia in the pudding. I noticed my son’s bright eyes. I noticed the green stripes on his shirt. I noticed the spoon. I noticed his little hands. I became aware of my breathing. Affirming I am seeing things as they are right now. I am here, fully present with my son joyfully feeding him his moonberry starberry pudding. There is no stress in the simplicity of presence.

Gratitude & Appreciation: I am grateful for my acupuncture treatment and herbs. I am grateful for the time I spent with my Momma Goddess friend and her son. I am grateful for deliciously healthy food. I am grateful for whoever invented a washing machine and dishwasher. #genius I am grateful for the Internet. #amazing! I am grateful for all the health/healing practitioners I’ve worked with over the years. I am grateful for all that I’ve learned on my journey so far. I feel so blessed. #thankyou

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P.S. If you’re a momma goddess trying to keep your home clean this might give you a little giggle. 😉 I Just Can’t Clean This Place – “All About That Bass” Parody.

Bliss Diary – July 5, 2015

Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy. — Sai Baba

Intention/Affirmation: I intend to heal, rest and love up my body.

Nutrition:
morning delight
fresh ginger tea, lemon, stevia
16 oz green juice + bowl of strawberries

I did a semi-liquid fast today to help with the healing and because I wasn’t hungry.

Movement:
* 10 minute walk
* 30 minute rebounding
* 15 minute family walk
* 10 minute myofascial release

Meditation: 20 minutes in the bath today + 90 minute napitation – mostly a nap because I was up for a few hours in the middle of the night because my face/eye was hurting.

Body Goodness: Well, yeah I totally have a sty. I’ve had a few of these in the last 10 years. My eye (and underneath) are pretty swollen. It looks pretty sweet. 😉 I’ve been doing lots of healing remedies like: epsom salt bath, using essential oils externally and internally, using warm compresses and doing clay masks along with taking lots of vitamin c, oregano, essential oils, curcumin, goldenseal,  etc. throughout the day to heal. My plan has been to kick out the infection and ensure it doesn’t continue to swell.

Mind/Heart Goodness: I noticed I felt frustrated about my eye and was having negative thoughts come up around my health. This is why I love mindfulness training, we can witness what we are telling ourselves and choose a different story/perspective and bring our attention to other areas that are working well.

I don’t have to let this so called “problem” take up space in my mind. I will do all of my remedies and rest and know I will figure it and it will eventually heal. Not a big deal. Life goes on. Yes, my eye + face hurts and yes, it is swollen, and yes, life is still awesome and this too shall pass. Not gonna let a puffy face get me down. Singing this now:
Ain’t nothing gonna break my stride
Nobody gonna slow me down, oh no
I got to keep on moving 🙂

Gratitude & Appreciation: I am so grateful for my hubby. He totally supported me in a big way so that I could rest and heal. So so so blessed. I am grateful for all my herbs, oils and concoctions. I am grateful for the amazing bath I took. I am grateful for green juice. I am grateful for my epic nap today. I am grateful for my inner medicine woman. I am grateful for my body and especially my eye and immune system. Thank you!

Praying I wake up tomorrow with less swelling and redness! 🙂

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Bliss Diary – July 2, 2015

Some people have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy. — Abraham Maslow

Intention/Affirmation: I celebrate my self-expression, creativity + beauty. I tenderly care for my body, mind and heart. ❤

Nutrition:
morning delight
16 oz green juice
big green goddess salad w/coconut wraps + chocolita moon time
coconut chips (cinnamon, sea salt, lard)
greeeeen soup (from yesterday) chicken + bone broth (we made a big batch to freeze)

Movement:
* 40 minute toddler paced exploration around town
* 10 minute rebounding
* 3 song dance (I Like To Move It + All About That Bass + Uptown Funk + Sugar (I ❤ this video!!)
* 10 minute family stroll (toddler pace)

Meditation: 20 minutes + 30 minute napitation

Body Goodness: I’m really appreciating and feeling a desire for more self-care. I shared an interview with Renee Trudeau on this topic. It’s really powerful, especially for women. I know I need a lot of self-care. I flourish when I go at a slower pace and care for my body in a variety of different ways. I’ve accepted (most of the time) that I have a sensitive system and to see this as a strength not a weakness.

Mind/Heart/Spirit Goodness: Beauty is in my space today. What does it mean to be beautiful? I have been appreciating my body more. I used to be so critical of the way my body looked, especially in my 20’s. Now, I am doing my best to look at it with the eyes of love. Looking in the mirror and saying, “I love you,” even if it feels awkward at times. I am beautiful, not for how much I weigh, what I look like, what I wear…I am beautiful because I am a glorious woman and I’m alive. That’s enough. Just the way I am. Even on the days that I don’t feel like it, there is still beauty shining through.

Gratitude & Appreciation: I am grateful for music and dance. I am grateful for my rebounder. I am grateful that my husband cleaned up the kitchen today. I am grateful for FaceTime. I am grateful for my step-dad (it’s his birthday today). He’s always been so supportive. I am grateful for my momma goddess friend, Audra. I am grateful for my son’s sweetness. I am grateful for my Goddess body. I am grateful for my unique expression of my divine essence.

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Nurturing Your Soul – Interview with Renee Trudeau

This is an interview with the lovely Renee Trudeau. She is an internationally-recognizedRenee Headshot coach and consultant, speaker and author. She’s also the founder of Renée Trudeau & Associates and sister company, award-winning Career Strategists.

Her coaching team has helped professionals and entrepreneurs create passion-filled careers and come into greater work/life alignment through integrating who they are with what they do.

We explore these topics in this interview:
   *  Why self-care is a spiritual practice
   *  How to connect to your Wise Self for guidance
   *  Why energy management is more important than time management
   *  The importance of creating a support network
   *  How we can create more joy and get more done by slowing down

It’s been a process to give myself permission to do what helps my mind, body and spirit thrive. I’ve noticed that in order for me to feel deeply nourished I need a lot of self-care.

A practice that I’m adding to my morning wake up routine is doing a quick body scan and then asking these 3 questions:

  1. How do I feel?
  2. What’s the biggest thing I need today?
  3. What’s the biggest thing I want today?

How can you give yourself the self-care you need? What do you most need right now in your life to flourish? What are some practices that help you connect to your Highest Self?

I actually have an eye mask on while typing this and I will be taking a nap (while my son’s napping) as soon as I post this. Yay, for naps! 🙂Photo on 7-2-15 at 12.40 PM #3

Big Love,

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Bliss Diary – June 23, 2015

“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.” — Brene Brown

Nutrition:
morning delight tea (herbs/supplements)
bilberry kombucha + salad from salad bar  with some lulu’s chocolate maca love (herbs/supplements)
broccoli pureed soup + chicken + olives + raw wrap (herbs/supplements)

Movement:
*30 min toddler pace stroll
*5 min walk

Intention/Affirmation: See the good in everything. Get clear about what I want.

Body Goodness: I drove an hour to see one of my spiritual mentors today. She’s a colon therapist but actually a healer on all levels. Her presence and love have been a big part of my healing and growth. I’ve been seeing her for the last 12+ years. She is one of those people that makes you feel really good. Every time I walk out of her office I feel lighter, brighter and happier!

Without going into the details…she said that yes, the herbs are working. I am cleansing and got rid of some toxicity today. YAY! I get excited about these things. She also reminded me that as my body is removing toxins which can impact my mental and emotional state. So, now’s a good time to release negativity I might still be holding on to. Release and let it go, baby! 🙂

Mind/Heart Goodness: After I saw Eloise I went and got a yummy salad and went to a park where I used to go when I lived there. It’s been years since I’ve been. It was one of my favorite spots to read and journal in my early twenties. I remember dreaming about what I wanted for my life. I even remember looking at the playground dreaming of someday being a mother.

I sat there today and had tears in my eyes. In so many ways I am living the life I envisioned. I had so much inspiration and enthusiasm with probably a good amount of doubt/fear back then. It felt really powerful with my feet on the earth feeling into how my journey has unfolded. So many invisible hands and doors opening along the path. Reminded me of this:

BILL MOYERS: Do you ever have the sense of… being helped by hidden hands?

JOSEPH CAMPBELL: All the time. It is miraculous. I even have a superstition that has grown on me as a result of invisible hands coming all the time – namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.

I ate my lunch and journaled on the question…If I had it all my way…what would I create? What would I do? I got this question from Alison ArmstronIMG_3276g from PAX. (Love her!). It was a dream jam session. I have so much more fun when I dream and expand and bring more magical and miraculous thinking to my days. 🙂

Gratitude & Appreciation: I am grateful for all of Eloise’s healing, love and wisdom. I am grateful for my husband’s extra support today. I am grateful for functional doctors. I am grateful for all the pioneers leading the way in nutrition and health. I am grateful for my journal. I am grateful for Alison Armstrong. I will share more on her work soon. I am grateful for the bed I’m about to crawl into in! Yum!

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End the War with Food – Interview with Geneen Roth

This is an interview with Geneen Roth. She has been a huge inspiration for me throughout the years. In this conversation we focused on ending the war with food and satisfying our spiritual hunger.

Topics explored:
* How food can be one of our greatest teachers
* How to stop dieting and shaming/punishing yourself with food
* How to learn to be kind and respect your body and what you need to eat to feel your best
* How to experience being enough and dealing with your critical voice
* How to use learn to be and sit with discomfort and pain

My journey with food has been a big part of rockin’ my Goddess life. I’ve read almost all of Geneen’s books so it was an absolute delight to interview her! 🙂 I hope you enjoy!

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