Wisdom & Understanding | Applying life’s lessons

Today I felt bad stress for the first time in months.

It was more an annoyance with the way things turned out, but it manifested itself through stressful symptoms/reactions that left me tightly wound and with a headache.

I was very stressed.

Well, very for me anyways.

I guess it’s a result of having a productive stress that I didn’t mind at first.

It helped me to be driven and to get things done.

But today, it felt like…ugh, it just felt awful.

The good news is, after I got home and was able to reflect during my sunset prayer/meditation session, I was able to understand where I went wrong in my day, among other lessons learned today.

It’s times like these when I feel so grateful to still be here experiencing this thing called life.

Being older, something that people in our (Western) culture tend to shun, is something I find great wonder and awe in.

Accumulating all the knowledge of your lifetime up to this point, and applying it to your life – avoiding mishaps because of lessons learned from the past.

Life is such a beautiful thing!

Tomorrow, I know the things that are supposed to happen, will happen!

Que sera, sera

Be easy ✌

Off my game | Finding my way back to peace

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I have got to make some serious changes in my life – discipline.

I have not been working out the way I want to so I want to make a change.

The first 3 weeks of this cleanse I felt alive and brand new – and now I feel a little clouded again.

Perhaps because I have drifted away from eating mostly raw and have slid into the partly raw arena.

I need to make a shift.

No more indulging in popcorn – even if it is air popped lol

I need more leaves, roots & beans!

I want my balance back – and daily yoga is back in full effect!

 

I WROTE THAT WEEKS AGO…

and never posted it.

Thought I’d update it today.

I see now that I was being a little hard on myself, but perhaps I did what I needed to do to keep myself disciplined.

It worked.

I’m now down 27 lbs and have managed to keep my bipolar symptoms in check thus far.

I’ve been doing regular yoga and even made it out for a few runs.

My eating has been superb – although I did indulge a few times, I kept it balanced and upped my fitness during the time.

No more bad habits only occasional treats!

I feel healthier in body, mind and spirit and I’ve only just begun!

Life now has so much promise where before I felt empty and lost.

I have real concrete goals – like to seriously get into my yoga practice,  find a teacher and commit to my practice and decided in a few years if I’d like to,  teach.

Goals!

Yes me!

Business is moving along and I have now added a new feature to my blog (MakeydahsPantry.com) Yogi of the Month where I interview lesser known yogis to give them exposure and show people the real heart of yoga.

I have so much planned for my website it’s incredible!

I’m on cloud nine – but in a realistic way.

Life is good because I am taking part in shaping it into something I feel is good.

Thank God for Yoga, Dharma, Niyamas and Bhakti 🙂

I just wanted to take this opportunity to not only update my blog, but to also share some of this positive good feeling I am experiencing at the moment.

This has to be shared!

Love and light!

Be easy you guyys

 

 

Houston, we have a problem | Did I do that?

This past week I’ve been a magnet for negativity and didn’t realize it until this morning.

Honestly, it was a pebble turned bolder rolling down a long hill that I didn’t notice was increasing in size and force until it was too late.

It took patience and stepping away (that I am currently in the midst of) to really see my part in the madness.

I hadn’t been still at all – only thought I was and until the proverbial shit hit the fan did I realize my mistakes.

I’m no martyr, I am by no means responsible for the situation itself, I’m merely accepting and acknowledging my role in the sorted series of events.

Sometimes there’s an inner voice that you miss because you’re begging so loudly.

Today I’m still.

I jumped back into the routine that I had neglected for four full days (not to mention my hormones – no wonder I’ve been  so wired), and focused on stilling my mind and settling my spirit.

‘Que sera, sera’ is my motto, also, what’s done is done.

The only thing I can do at this point is act correctly.

“Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it”

Thank God for yoga

Be easy

Karmic Law | What’s your karmic FICA score?

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In light of a few things that have been going on in my life lately, I’ve been meditating on Karma for a minute.

I’m curious as some things catch up to some people so quickly and others, they just seem to rack up negative karmic debt and keep on rolling on with  little to no consequence.

I mean, pure evil.

Abusive – to everyone.

Sociopaths.

I digress…

I put conscious effort into not only my karma, but the karma of those I encounter daily.

I do not want to spread any negative vibes.

I try to notice when I am moving into a negative place and I withdraw a little – not anti-social like I used to, but just a little.

I don’t visit people’s homes and stuff like that.

Negative energy lingers and I try to get out of the house and walk around a store, around the park – SOMETHING to difuse the negative energy coursing through me.

You gotta let it out – don’t allow it to get trapped in.

But also, don’t spread it to others!

Negative energy is like a virus.

It needs a host to facilitate it’s ‘thing’.

Quarantine works – but you have to know how to do it,

I guess I was in the mood to jot down some of my current thoughts.

Maybe just to look back and see where my head was at in this moment in my life one day.

Or maybe even feedback?

Who knows.

Be easy

Just sold my truck now I really want a new car | Sellers anxiety

****UPDATED POST****

So I literally just sold my Eddie Bauer Ford Expedition and now I am on the hunt for another car.
I dont want anything spectacular, but I do have a few ‘must haves’ on my list.

✪ I’d prefer a standard transmission, you know, a stick shift or 5-speed.

✪ It must be a 4 – 6 cylinder. I just got rid of a V-8 gas monster and I am looking forward to a cheap gas bill.

✪ A/C is a must! I live in Florida. Nuff said.

✪ I need a clean interior. I don’t do filthy cars.

✪ No major mechanical issues.

A small to midsized economy vehicle is basically what I’m looking for.
I’m not too picky but I do love Jettas…

2000 Volkswagen Jetta 5 Speed w/ Sunroof.

It doesn’t have to be just like this car but something similar, basic and cheap – but cute too.

I’m optimistic.

I feel it.

It’s going to happen for me.

Watch.

On a personal note | 30 days in & lots of yoga

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30 Days of Cleansing

Next Thursday, the 5th of September will mark 30 days of cleansing for me.

Really more than that, but this latest cleanse will be 30 days in by then.

I’m proud of myself for sticking with it.

The only transgression I had was some french fries the other day – and they were disgusting – I don’t know what I thought I was missing but needless to say, I didn’t finish them.

Blech!

Otherwise, it’s been a very clean, very well documented journey thus far.

I don’t want to fail.

I’m being as transparent as I possibly can on this platform, and that’s a challenge for me because I’m very private 🙂

But, I know that unless I’m honest with what I’m sharing, I won’t be successful.

So that’s that.

Yoga

I’m really enjoying yoga this time around.

It’s funny because I couldn’t get into it before.

I guess I’ve grown 😉

Something about it makes me feel in control of my body – like I am slowly molding it to do the things I want it to.

I can feel myself getting more and more flexible each day.

Not to mention spiritually.

I feel such a deep connection with…something.

Something deeper and bigger than I could ever be.

That thing we go home to when we leave this plane – that thing.

Such a light, airy, peaceful feeling despite the chaos that is my life right now.

‘Calm Chaos’ is what I’m calling my yoga practice, lol – because it’s how I really feel about my life at this present moment – not that I would trade it for a thing – I’m thankful for my experience in this life, but it’s just so tough sometimes.

I’m just an earthling.

I’m happy that I’ve found yoga, or that it found me – which ever way it goes.

Personally speaking…

In my personal life, things have come to a head recently & haven’t quite been dealt with completely – though not through lack of effort.

Observation is the best teacher.

Life is to be lived, not calculated.

Self preservation extends to your mental, emotional as well as your physical, my loves.

Don’t forget that.

Be easy,

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Tough Times and Menstrual Cramps? | There’s a tea for that!

It’s been pretty rough in my personal life since last week and to add to things my monthly showed up yesterday and you know what that means…

Cramps!

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Having menstrual pain makes dealing with stressful personal issues even tougher.

Thankfully, the hubs and I concocted a tea for menstrual cramps that really works!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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*(most of these items can be found in your local grocery store but the more exotic ones can be found here in my Amazon aStore.  The linked products lead you to purchase.)

Bring approx. 12 oz of water to a boil and throw in your sliced ginger root and turn down to med-low heat, pour in your olive oil and simmer for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, take your crushed mint leaves, maca powder, bagged chamomile flowers and garcinia powder and place them in your mug.

Once your ginger has simmered for 20 minutes or so, pour the hot ginger tea into the mug with your powders, flowers and leaves and let seep until it’s cool enough to drink without burning your mouth.

You can also add some type of all natural sweetener to your tastes – I usually don’t sweeten my teas.

Give the tea around 15-20 minutes to kick in and start soothing away your cramps.

While you wait you can give yourself a uterine massage to help with the pain or some menstrual cramp friendly yoga moves.

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In regard to my tough week + weekend…

I’ve been fighting hard not to fall into a depression – I don’t feel as if I am, thankfully, but it’s still tough to stay positive and centered in the midst of trials.

I’m thankful that I have been disciplined when it comes to eating right and doing my daily yoga and my daily gratitude prayers at sunrise and sunset as well.

It helps me a lot and I am certain is what is keeping my moods from sinking too low.

There are moments though, that I feel sad and negative about things, but I understand this is just the process I am going through to get past it, make sense of it and learn from it until it passes – because it will pass!

I may not have all the answers, but I know that time heals all things so right now, time is my friend and I am going to try embracing this experience and make decisions on my future with a calm and gentle heart.

I’ll just keep eating good and clinging to my yoga – my refuge.

Not to mention, keep drinking this tea!

My annual 12 week 'Everything Cleanse' starts tomorrow!