Embracing Wisdom

Life, food, wellness and love


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Joy 

I’m not sure about you all but my weekend was packed full of joy. Sushi, hikes, nap time, rib eyes, more nap time, reading, lotsa love and time grooming the pooch. She loves the spa time and I must say it’s a nice change from my typical weekend chores. 

Self care is soooo important and making the time to nurture your mind, body and spirit is what it’s all about.  Even Zuni the dog is for it! 


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Whipped Body Butter

I have been making my own homemade body butter for about two years and cannot imagine using store bought lotion ever again.  It is super easy, cheap and all natural which makes it amazing for the skin!  Check it out:

  • 1 cup organic shea butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons beeswax
  • 1/2 cup almond or grapeseed oil
  • vegetable glycerin (optional and only need 2 tsp or so)
  • 20 drops your favorite essential oils (I love frankincense, cypress, geranium, myrrh, lavender, patchouli,–all great for skin and cypress helps with pain!)

Place shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax in a pint size mason jar with a lid and submerge the jar into a simmering pot of water.  Once it is melted pour the contents into a medium size mixing bowl (handle the jar carefully as it will be very hot). Add the almond oil and vegetable glycerin.  Once it is hard, add the essential oils and use a basic kitchen hadn’t mixed to whip into an amazing fluffy butter.  Scoop into glass jars and enjoy!

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Labyrinth

It has been over a year since I have blogged on this site (I have a more personal blog that has gotten more attention recently) and as I read through my last post dated May 2016, I realized again just how fast a year goes, and how much living can happen in a year!

Much like a labyrinth, my year has taken me in and out, and in and out.  I had another hip surgery late last year, and yet another one scheduled for early September.  During this year long walk through the twists and turns of life, I have leaned into and against the many parts of the path.

Despite all the turns, I have remained centered and for the most part calm.  I have walked with a different pace to my life and have learned to appreciate so much more the little gifts of life.  I am more aware, more mindful and with that, more intense at times.

I hope to be back on this blog offering some goodness and I would love to hear from you all about your own walks this past year! When we grow together some of life’s biggest mysteries are easier understood!

Peace and Blessings!

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(photo taken at Adobe Inn and Pines in Taos New Mexico)

 

 

 

 


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Getting Grounded

Being outside is one of the greatest and fastest ways for me to get grounded.  Stepping outside and feeling life around me immediately brings me into the present moment.

I recently had major hip surgery and I noticed that as the days got closer, I opted for more and more time in nature.  My soul knows what she needs to stay calm and connected.

A jaunt through heaven on Earth–the Garden of the Gods–which is nearly in my backyard the day before surgery was just what I needed to move into the weeks ahead of no hiking and finding news ways to get grounded (which I have learned is simply sitting in my garden and observing with all my senses).

Deliciously beautiful isn’t it? And the mutts are kinda cute, too.

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You Are What You Think

We have all heard the old adage you are what you think. If you are one of those who does believe this, then your life may be an outward indication of your internal thoughts. Certainly it could be suggested that the healthier the thoughts, the healthier the life. Where things get dicey for us is within the challenge to take our thoughts and then create an action that is in alignment with those thoughts.

Choosing our thoughts and our words carefully is key in developing an external manifestation of our internal thoughts.
The word affirmation comes from the Latin affirmare, originally meaning “to make steady, strengthen.” Affirmations help to clean out our somewhat less than useful thoughts that create internal clutter. In practicing this sort of housekeeping we soon being to realize that anything may indeed be possible. Affirmations strengthen our mindset by helping us to believe in the potential of an action we desire in our life. When we have the thought (seed), and when the thoughts becomes spoken or written down (planting), we instantly become empowered into action (reality).
Consider this practice: for one week repeat a positive affirmation daily or even better multiple times a day. Then observe. Notice your mood, your interactions with others and your general well-being. You just might notice that things appear better than they had before you started being aware of your inner dialogue.

Need some ideas to begin your new way of thinking? Try these:

  • I am filled positive energy.
  • I am courageous in my choices.
  • I am worth it.
  • I radiate joy.
  • I have plenty of time for tasks and plenty of time for me.
  • I am balanced in my ability to give and to receive.
  • My body is healthy and I am strong.
  • I choose happiness.


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Integrity

Someone said to me once that I am all about integrity.  At first I was not sure what he meant, but as I began to look at my choices and actions I realized that this is a thread that is deeply woven into who I am.  I am not one to lie or be dishonest even in those little white-lie situations that will not harm anything or anyone.  When I say I am going to do something, I do it, which can sometimes make myself and those in my life crazy.

Keeping my word is the foundation of integrity. Integrity is defined as the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness; the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished. 

Three reasons integrity should be a value in yourself that you cultivate:
1. Honor

For me, doing what I say I will do is a matter of honor. I wouldn’t feel good about myself if I didn’t keep my word. It would not support my intention for integrity. My word means something to me — I do not take it lightly and I expect the same from those in my life.  Perhaps I hold this standard too high at times and learning to trust others is part of my own path to honor. Do you easily say you will do something and then fail to follow through?  Do you allow others in your life to not keep their word?

2. Trust and Reliability

Demonstrating integrity builds trust and reliability. Without these values the relationship will struggle to be deeply rooted and flourish.  Continually being let down by others who do not keep their word leads to feelings that they are not reliable which leads to doubt and for me, ultimately where sadness enters. When there is doubt in a person or relationship the uphill battle to nurture the relationship can be exhausting. Friendships and deeply connected relationships thrive on trust.  How do you build trust in your relationships?

3. Respect

Do you respect for people who do not keep their word or who live without the value of integrity?  I end up feeling skeptical when someone says they are going to do something and who repeatedly show that they do not follow through. I try to give them grace and understanding but over time the reasons become excuses. Giving the benefit of the doubt helps in the beginning but over time their actions will be their truth. In return, if you want to feel respected by others, then you need to say yes when you mean yes and no when you mean no, and not allow your fear of rejection or your fear of being controlled to get in the way.  If you want to live with integrity then you must seek out friends and a partner who will honor this value and give you what you need. Do you give and receive respect?