AWE, The Stories of Women!

Yesterday, I spoke of Mercury Retrograde and Stories…and the one thing I have learned about women’s stories is compassion. Three of my favorite authors in my teens and young adult years were Sylvia Plath, Anne Frank, and Ayn Rand. Very different women, very different stories: one lived in the prison of mental illness, one lived in the prison of the Nazi rule in World War II, and one lived in her own prison rejecting the norms of her day. And yesterday, I witnessed Eugene O’Neill’s LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT sharing the issues of a mother’s longstanding drug addiction, it’s own prison. All about women, all about their stories.

Moving into more current years, Oprah has been an advocate of women’s stories for years. Her current book THE PATH MADE CLEAR is different and is subtitled “Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose”. It is a treasure telling short blurbs about many women and men. I say “About” because they are in the words of the players and talk of purpose and more. That truly is written from the heart; they are their stories in very short form. Elizabeth Gilbert, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Carolyn Myss, Deepak Chopra, Ellen Degeneres, Pema Chodron, Cheryl Strayed, Thomas Moore, Iyanla Vanzant, Joel Osteen, Mitch Albom, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Debbie Ford, Michael Singer, Gary Zukav, Brne Brown, Marianne Williamson, Mindy Kaling, Shonda Rhimes, Eckhart Tolle, Father Richard Rohr, Jon Bon Jovi, Gloria Steinem, Thich Nhat Hahn, Lynne Twist, President Jimmy Carter, Jack Canfield, and more, but all that I have learned their stories through their books and their music. Most are labeled “New Age”, “New Thought”, and “Whoo Whoo”.

And it is new thought, new age…the past several decades have brought some very positive change, but we are now into year three of some very dark times including potential Constitutional challenges. The top percentage of the wealthy are ruling directly or indirectly. The authors I have named above are not Constitution writers, they are writers of life, of optimism, of hope, of kindness, of freedom of the most basic kind. They seek to free many from their own personal prisons. These are the folks who have been capturing the hearts of America for many years–quietly and effectively. They have not been seeking to necessarily capture the hearts of corporate America although many have touched the hearts of corporate America. Be cautious in discounting their reach in Election 2020. Many of us discounted the speaker of MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN in 2016, and it is time to open the “prison” doors of traditional thinking. MAKE AMERICA KIND AGAIN. Start with you, start with your story, each and every person, especially each and every woman. Hate is not working, Love can work! AWE

Money, Health, and Life…Longevity!

For me, it is natural, as it is for many, that we keep looking for improvement in our abundant life including health and money.  If we take care of our health, and it may be expensive at times, then it may be less expensive as we continue to age.  But taking care of us is the main concern whether it be health or money…

As a fan of The Voice, one of the few television shows I really like to watch, you learn contestants’ stories and really learn in the process.  Kelly Clarkson was a new coach this year, and I guess I always thought that with such talent her health could not be ideal which was apparent.  She reminds me in many ways of Adele.  When she appeared in the final weeks of The Voice, there was a major change in her appearance…a phenomenal change.  As The Voice ended, her story was being shared in the media.  Because of health concerns, she began following a program called The Plant Paradox by Dr. Steven R. Gundry.  In recent weeks, local television programs, as well as national programs, have begun to cover, and,  in many cases present negativity with dietitians’ opinions that it cannot be good if it eliminates so much.  

Well, today I am beginning the three-day cleanse.  It is not radical, it includes real food, and so far it has not been difficult.  For breakfast, it was a romaine/spinach, avocado and mint (all fresh) smoothie.  The only exceptional thing is that I have not been used to having my smoothie smell like a salad.  It was totally easy to prepare and to drink.  No gagging, no aftertaste, and it was simple enough that, while I drank it, I prepared the other half of the avocado to become a simple guacamole to be stuffed into romaine boats for two of my snacks for the day.  Lunch will be pastured organic chicken stir fry with organic mushrooms and organic celery on cauliflower rice (prepared non GMO frozen Hanover product.  Dinner will be pastured PRE steak (2 oz.) with organic bok choy and organic broccoli over cauliflower rice.  Lots of vegetables!  In the TV coverage, folks have shared that because of the quality of food that it is expensive.  

I do want to address this in my blog today because it is all about money now or money later.  Your body is your temple, and you do not get a replacement body.  I am fairly healthy.  Because of a 40 year love affair with Pepsi (full strength sugar) that ended with a costly hypnosis about 6 years ago, I am Type II diabetic under control with medication and diet and exercise .  I have three fingers that are arthritic.  Other than that, my concerns are flexibility and joint aches that are natural, or are they, with age.  A lot of things are caused by gut issues and inflammation, and this program anecdotedly helps in this.  

But more than that, in the last year, I have read about the downside of dairy, cheeses, grains, breads, conventional fruits and vegetables.  I am also an advocate of less animal protein.  When a restaurant or a cooking show demonstrates an individual serving of meat that is 6-8-10-16 ounces or more, it makes me think “are they crazy”  I am an advocate of eating foods in season that you can find fresh in your local grocery.  I like to know that my foods have been grown locally.  I do not eat anything that is GMO.  I buy maybe 1-5% of my total groceries that may be processed.  And even that is too much.  I have experienced over 10 years ago, a reaction to naturally occurring glucose after having a love affair with fresh-squeezed orange juice daily which lasted about 3 months until I became so ill that even the Cleveland Clinic could not figure out what was wrong–severe sore throat mimicking strep, congestion, coughing, and sneezing that lasted from May until October when I had my introduction to alternative medicine.  I was taken off of all fruits and meats and poultry.  In 2 weeks all of the symptoms were gone.  The alternative medicine became a permanent part of my life.  The point of this was fruit is not all that healthy for you because of the sugar content.  I really was careful with fruit but Dr. Gundry refers to fruit as “candy”.  I agree.  Fruits are selectively and slowly brought back in after the cleanse and beginning weeks.

I already eat organic whenever possible, so I am used to the increased cost, and I would not choose to do differently since I know what the food is sprayed with to make it market ready!  The increased cost is obvious–the pastured meat and poultry and wild seafood.  But all this is important to me because my health is important.  I already believed what Dr. Gundry talks of in this book; it just brought it all together for me.  Yes, there is a cookbook as well; but I doubt that I will buy it as I prefer clean, simple foods, and the internet already is including whole sites with cooking methods for this type of eating.  I do not want to make it “fake” regular food.  I just want pure, good nutrition.  I want longevity.  I want health.  

Oh, by the way, when I enter Phase 2 on Tuesday, the 86% cocoa chocolate is waiting for me as a 1 oz. snack recommended every day…there is a sweet side to The Plant Paradox…I think I can do this.

I will spend a little more conscious money know to make me healthier for the future…why?  Because as Michael Bernard Beckwith puts it I love my life, every minute of it, and I am worth it!

 

Spending Time with Gratitude!

Enlightened Gratitude

So many folks think that Personal Sustainability is all about the Power of Attraction or Abundance.  While that is a part of Personal Sustainability, it is not what I am focusing on with my Personal Sustainability work.  In fact, the focus is on our relationship with money and how that affects our Personal Sustainability.  The main areas begin with the money relationship and spread out to the energy and the power of the mind, body, and spirit.  But to get there, the money relationship needs to be explored and eventually understood before any significant change in any part of our lives can occur.  

The fundamentals of money — saving and spending– are a part of the money relationship; but, once again, that is not my focus.  My focus with a Personal Sustainability slant is being comfortable with making decisions about money, no matter how much or how little you have.  There could be volumes written about this, but most people only want to get more and how to do that.  Not my thing.  My thing is the energy and the power of money.  And money does have energy, just as you do; and money has power inasmuch as it allows you to become Personally Sustainable in your mind, your body, and your spirit.  

I am often asked how do I decide what to write about daily, and that is an interesting question.  Today, and on many days when I am experiencing positive energy and power from meditation and nature–I have already walked 1.5 miles in nature this morning, I allow the words to flow.  There may be an inspiration as today’s is from a favorite spiritual leader, Michael Bernard Beckwith.  There may be an emotion or feeling that is yelling to be shared.  But the most powerful are when I am hearing the main idea in my head over and over.  That is what I am writing about today:  Gratitude.

Without defining “enlightened” which could be a whole book by itself, I want to talk about “gratitude”.  And gratitude is personal.  I can just wake up feeling grateful.  I can feel grateful when I get home safe at night with a dashboard indicator light popping on during my freeway drive.  I can be thankful seeing a whole yard of the most beautiful golden yellow leaves that have fallen with the windy days we have had .  I can be thankful when Trader Joe’s has the couscous I need for a special dish.  It does not have to be big, and it does not have to be major.  It is the little things that warm my heart and my soul and sometimes bring me to tears.Liam's Candle 10 31 2017

The above photo is of  simple candle given to me by my 3+year old grandson, Liam, after giving me a piece of chocolate cake with this candle lit in it and singing happy birthday to me on my recent birthday!  He told me to take my candle home…Yes, that gives me goosebumps I am so grateful not only for the candle but for the thoughtfulness and love this small child has!  These are small things that are oh so big and so heartwarming.  That candle is on my desk where I work, and I cannot look at it without the feeling of thankfulness for small blessings.

As we continue on the Personal Sustainability path, gratitude and thankfulness will appear frequently.  This is an energizing attitude, emotion, and feeling that is necessary to become Sustainable, Personal and Universally.  

Be Courageous With Your Money Beliefs!

I Believe in Courage

Michael Bernard Beckwith has been a favorite of mine in many things spiritual for many years.  But what I really like is that he is a teacher.  Many years ago on a program dealing with prosperity Michael advocated that when bills arrive, be happy.  Be grateful because the issuer of the bill was good enough to allow you to use the service for which the bill has been sent before you paid for it.  Interesting take on it, I thought.  But since that day, I welcome bills and am grateful for them.  

I am not always happy to have to pay them, but I am grateful for what they represent.  This is a shift in my beliefs and is one of the courageous beliefs I have with money…that I should be thankful for bills.  But courage goes much further than that inasmuch as they always get paid one way or another.  The bill is a piece of paper for something someone allowed you to have whether it be a piece of merchandise, a medical service or a utility.  

A bill upon arrival can strike fear or love into your heart!  Replace the fear with courage.  Open the bill, remember what it is for, be grateful for whatever it is for, and put it in its paper place to pay it at the appropriate time.  In the case that you do not have the resources to pay it at the moment of its arrival, practice courage in another way.  You know in your heart that the resources will available or they will not be available.  If there is no chance that they will be available, then gather up your courage and advise your creditor when it is appropriate to do so; that is, before the actual payment due date.  Many times, your courage will pay off and they will work out a plan with you.  Then breathe and believe that it will all work out.  Small steps of courage lead you to do the right thing at the right time.  Begin now.