Greta Garbo, the American-Swedish film actress was famous for saying ” I ‘Vant’ to be alone” when in actuality she said ” I want to be left alone”.
This quote made headlines back in the day.
She was made to appear aloof and unfriendly by the media.
What is it about being alone that as a culture we are so afraid of?
I’ve been so looking forward to my time in Hawaii that I would be spending alone.
My family doesn’t see it that way.
They call and ask if I’m okay. ( It is sweet, I know), and I’m not complaining.
They tell me to arrange some visitors while I’m here.
They send me on errands to get me out of the house and send party invitations for me to attend with people I barely know.
I think they are concerned that I will feel lonely.
And those are all very thoughtful gestures, but I really do want to be alone.
I love getting up in the morning to have my coffee in silence, with birdsong and the wind rustling in the trees, breathing in the fresh morning air.
I like being free to watch my thoughts drift in and out, and kind of check in with myself to see if my thoughts are flowing positive, or if there are any worries or concerns that need to be addressed.
Well, what do you do all day? they wonder.
If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’m on a path of transformation.
This week I’m doing a cleanse. I’m working with Daily Om for the next 8 weeks on the body challenge.
I’m on a path of study, doing an online course with Christy Whitman, learning to visualize my future self.
I’m also studying Crystal Healing with Katrina Rafael, Color theory with Dougal Frazer, How to get a whole year accomplished in 12 weeks, practicing letting go with Hale Dwoskin, Holosync with Bill Harris, writing this blog and learning how to take it to the next level with Ruth Soukup.
So, basically I’m not alone, as I’ve surrounded myself with all of the above teachers and mentors.
Yesterday I taught myself how to make jam and I’m developing a recipe for flax seed crackers. I posted the recipe here.
I’m learning to wire-wrap gemstones and coming up with my own designs.
I’m very productive with my alone time but still have plenty of time for rest and play.
Yesterday, I danced like no one was watching, and it felt so good – No one was watching by-the-way.
Sometimes, I play music. Sometimes, I just listen to the sounds around me.
Last week, I took myself to the movies to see “Paris Can Wait” with Diane Lane.
Beautiful scenery, great cast, lovely story line. Definitely recommend it.
In the movie, she ( an American) was so used to running on schedules, and the French man that she was travelling with, was actually showing her how to slow down and enjoy the journey. The destination (Paris) was a goal to be met.
How often do we find ourselves, over scheduled, our lives filled up with friends and family, and going to and fro, that we lose touch with who we are, why we are here, and what life is really all about?
How often do we take time from our busy lives to turn off the TV, put the social media down
smell the plumeria
sip the tea
enjoy the journey
share our lives with those we love
and spend time alone for quiet reflection?
After the movie, I took myself out to dinner to California Pizza Kitchen, ordered the Kendall Jackson Reserve chardonnay,( I usually just order the “house” chardonnay), the Caprese Chicken, and had a date, with myself.
It felt a little weird at first, going into a restaurant alone, but I really don’t think anyone noticed, and the waiter was so sweet and very attentive.
I took my time, enjoying every sip, every morsel, and thought about the movie, and how much I like to be wined and dined, the way the Frenchman wined and dined Diane Lane in the movie,, and how I might just fall in love with myself all over again.
Whether you are wanting to lose weight, improve your chances of fighting off illness, shift to a higher vibration, and just “feel” better, this meal plan can be followed for one week, one month, one year, or a lifetime. It may just change your life! Please join me in this beautiful, healthful way of enjoying food. You may find that cravings that you once had may start to slip away. And as always, be gentle on yourself. This in not a diet, but a way of life.
water 16 oz.
one cup coffee ( no sugar) black or full fat half and half ( why full fat? see below)
Low fat has all kinds of extra ingredients. Would you rather put this in your body?
or this? Check out the ingredients. As close to pure with out being organic, which would be even better. Full fat also is more satisfying, and without all of the added chemicals and stabilizers, your chance of craving something more will be reduced.
If you haven’t already, start reading your ingredients. I was shocked to make this discovery. Weren’t you?
Breakfast – Green Smoothie
1 cup water
1 cup orange juice
1 mango or strawberries, blueberries, etc.
1 tbsp. fiber ( psyllium husk- dry blended and kept in an airtight container)
1 scoop green powder
1 tbsp. E-3 Live (optional) or local Bee pollen
( if you need to reduce the sugar, you can leave out the o.j., and if you don’t have green powder, you can add one handful of raw spinach leaves)
Make up your own recipes!
Lunch – Chopped salad – everything chopped up very small and mixed together . A variety of vegetables and fruits, and eat as much as you want!
For your dressing use the following:
Fresh minced garlic
olive or flax oil
fresh squeezed lemon juice
Add some fresh or dried herbs like sweet basil, one of my favorites.
Best to use fresh, organic, seasonal vegetables.
water 16 oz.
Pan Roasted Vegetables tossed in olive oil with salt and pepper
lean meat if desired.
16oz. water at the end of your meal
Dessert – Sweeet tooth alternatives in a future post
Glass of wine if desired ( but not every day)
Repeat for 7 days
For a snack try some freshly juiced carrot with a nub of fresh ginger.
Schedule a massage and a colonic for this week.
Do some gentle exercise like walking stretching, yoga or swimming every day. (As you detox, you will find that your body wants to move more).
Try detoxing from TV for one week.
Listen to music and spend some quiet time in Nature.
Take a nap if you feel like it.
Write down any changes in your appetite, body, mood, or sleeping habits.
If you are having trouble sleeping you might want to try one of these.
Drink 1 teaspoon of Celtic Sea salt dissolved in water before bed for a deep sleep
Try some ice water with some Tart Cherry Concentrate and a little Agave nectar to sweeten it. The melatonin in the cherry will give you a deep slumber.
Golden Milk recipe:
Prepare organic Turmeric paste by cooking the powder ( 1 jar) in filtered water until it forms a paste. Add 1/2 tsp. black pepper as it is cooking. Store in fridge.
Mix 1 teaspoon of Turmeric paste into a cup of coconut milk or almond milk and add cinnamon or nutmeg to taste.
Drink before bedtime and you’ll sleep like a baby.
Here are some before and after photos of me to give you some proof of what I am saying.
I know! I couldn’t believe it was me either! This picture was a big wake up call for me. Taken about 2 years ago.
This is what I look like today. Still a work in progress, but I feel soooo much better. A change in lifestyle is what it took.
Things I’ve noticed so far:
My mind is heightened and alert
My vision is clear
I feel great
I’m waking up earlier requiring less sleep., but still sleeping through the night.
My waistline is restructuring itself.
I’m not having cravings or strong hunger urges.
I feel happier and keep getting rushes of kundalini energy and tingling in my head, like my body is waking up and t he cells are regenerating themselves.
Update: This week I started doing 200 sit ups and 100 arm curls with a 10 lb. weight. Focusing on the waistline, and hoping the sit ups will firm my chin area. Still swimming almost every day.
Without even trying, her skin began to turn brown from the topical sun.
She didn’t plan for it or sit outside to catch it at it’s highest peak. It just happened.
Perhaps it was carried across through the Tradewinds every afternoon when she took her swim. Or maybe it lived in the cells of the waters waiting to caress her.
She would purposely wait until the light of the great sun was resting behind the trees, casting it’s gentle shadow on the water in the 40 ft. swimming pool.
She was definitely living a life of grace and ease she thought, as she did her laps across the pool.
Finding affirmations of gratitude came easy to her now, as she rested in the confidence that all was well for now with her family.
She wanted to “make hay while the sun was shining” and use this special time to work on herself, to tone her muscles, shed a few pounds, and catch up on some fitness rituals that had been put on the back burner while she strived to make a living. There just had been no time or energy to work on herself, or so she felt. Or maybe she had given up at some point, after losing her love in a tragic car accident, being laid off from her dream job, and then being fired from one that she had hated anyway.
Her prayers had made their way to the Great Unknown, and she had been released from her self-made prison of lethargy, discontent, sorrow, rejection, and loss of Spirit.
She had given in to eating the wrong foods, until one day she had woken up with severe pains in her stomach as though she had been poisoned.
Was it the bread she had so lovingly made from white, bromated flour the day before?
Anyway, that was all behind her now.
She had started to blog about some of her experiences.
Always one who enjoyed new paths of study in the esoteric, she began working with her intuition, strengthening her connection with the Infinite through meditation, visioning, and through writing.
These things came easy to her.
The group of people at work had made vision boards and posted them in the break room. So many had pictures of a tropical getaway, and she wondered if staring at these images had prompted her own trip to the islands.
After 6 months of unemployment, she was requested to come house-sit in Oahu.
Well, how could she say no?
This is where her journey began back to well-ness, weight loss, and getting back in touch with her authentic self.
She had reached retirement age, but not quite ready to retire financially or mentally, she thought this could be a time to reconnect with a part of her who had been lost for a long time.
For the past year, she had been seeing visions of a male companion.
He was always dressed in white and there was a natural contentment that she felt deep in her soul each time she had a new vision, and usually a bit of surprise that it was “him”.
It was someone that she knew, who seemed the farthest thing away from what she would have expected. But isn’t that how love is? And doesn’t it show up when you least expect it?
She returned home to California for six months as the Universe was doing some shuffling of her home circumstances. ‘She began paring back on her possessions, selling some of her treasured pieces that had been in storage.
Her grandson had decided to return to Southern California, her sister would be moving on, and her son was busy making a new life for himself.
She was actively pursuing a new position working as an interior designer when the Universe stepped in during a huge rainstorm, bursting a pipe that flooded the store that she would be working in, causing a delay in plans. The owner called to apologize for the delay, but still no offer of employment.
Then came another offer to come to Oahu. So, what did she have to lose? There must be a reason for all of this, she thought. So, she packed her suitcase for one month, with two pair of jeans, some sleeveless shirts, and underwear. When she was finally approached for employment in May, she told them that she had taken a temporary job, and would come in to see them when she returned.
She decided to stay in Hawaii until August as that was how long she was needed.
Nothing had materialized on the surface of her life yet, in the love department anyway.
Well, maybe a sprinkle of hope. But nothing tangible.
All she knew was that she needed to use this special time of benevolence to take care of herself, carry on with her life, create her art, and let her life unfold naturally, as the workings of Nature always knows the best course.
She trusted that things would unfold at the right time, in the right way.
Her guidance was ” Do nothing. No need to push or strive, but let Nature carry you forward”. and so she was willing to wait, as there was still more work for her to do in her journey of self-healing.
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To begin a proper detox you must first get in touch with your body.
If you’ve been using your body like a dumping ground, putting a lot of the wrong foods into it, like I was, then it may take some time.
I will not tell you to stop doing things, but will guide you to start doing things that honor and respect your body temple.
If you follow the guidelines, you will find that your desire for certain food and drink will disappear of their own accord.
This is not a strict diet, or a regimented plan of action, but if you use your intuition, move at your own pace, and put forth the effort you will see many profound changes start to happen.
You will regain hope that it is possible to live in a healthy body at any age.
I will take you through seven days to get you started.
Please join me on this journey.
Even though I have only laid out seven days for you, I think you’ll find that this is much easier than it may look at the moment, and will bring much joy to your heart if you choose to continue for a lifetime.
Doing a full-body detox and cleanse takes a bit of planning.
What I offer here for you is the step-by-step plan that was laid out for me when I first arrived in Hawaii, by my guides, or “the higher ups” as I like to call them. You can read about that here.
I will be doing this with you and recommend doing one of these every six months for the rest of your life for full-body maintenance.
With all of the advertising influences and other daily distractions, it can be easy to “fall back” to doing things the old way.
As you progress, all of your senses will be heightened and you will experience more joy bubbling up from within .
You will feel lighter and your inner light will shine brighter and you will begin to experience the world from a whole new perspective.
Do a mental “scan” of your body. Get into a quiet place, lying or sitting. Close your eyes and “scan” your body, getting in touch with any aches or pains. If you are experiencing any maladies in certain areas, send white healing light to that area and ask your body what it needs.
Depression and fatigue are your body’s way of letting you know it’s running on overload – so are aches and pains.
Write down any thoughts or ideas that come to the surface of your mind. This is how your body communicates with you. “Flax seed crackers” came up for me, so I’m working on a recipe that I will be sharing with you.
2. Prepare your shopping list.
Fresh organic fruits and vegetables of your choice
Lean meats, I only use chicken and occasionally wild caught salmon.
Psyllium fiber – you can “dry” blend it for a finer powder. It’s gentler on the body. I mix it in my smoothies.
Green powder – for smoothies.
Plain Greek yogurt – full fat ( non-fat dairy usually has added chemicals and sugar) full fats are more satisfying and will reduce hunger cravings.
For sweet tooth craving – Plain unsweetened apple sauce, Honey or Maple flavored yogurt.
3. Set up a journal to track yourself. Now’s a good time to set your intention. Write out your affirmations. ( I used some extra pages in my planner to set it up. If you have a planner, this is what I recommend. )
4. Weigh in and take your measurements.
5. Before you begin, get in touch with your body.
Get a full body massage.
Go swimming – my fave! Take a slow walk in Nature. Walk barefoot on some grass or dirt, and soak in some sunlight. Do some stretches out doors if possible.
Tune into your beautiful body and thank it for knowing how to take care of you.
6. Now’s a good time to assess your beauty routine.
Look for body products and shampoos that don’t have a lot of cancer causing chemicals in them. What you put “on” your body goes into your blood stream.
Dr. Bronner’s castile soap
Shikai hair products
Virgin coconut oil for moisturizer
Boom Cosmetics for the face and body
Get a natural bristle brush for a dry brush massage.
Stop the use of synthetic perfumes.
Now’s a good time to try some essential oils –
You can make our own blends by adding a few drops to rubbing alcohol or vodka.
I also love the orange blossom and rose petal waters from the Mediterranean market. They are distillations of the blossoms and make a nice base to your essential oils. ( never use an essential oil directly on the body as it could cause a reaction. )
7. Consider doing your laundry with Borax and Arm and Hammer washing soda – you can add some castile soap to this for sudsing action ( grate it first)
8. Eliminate all polyester clothing and bedding from your life.
Polyester has been found through energy testing to lower the auric field.
Switch to natural cottons, linens, and wool and let your aura shine at it’s brightest.
9. Eliminate all hand sanitizers, harsh cleaning chemicals, and artificial room deodorizers from your home.
10. Reduce your use of prescription drugs by adopting a healthy lifestyle.
Your body is a natural healer – but too much toxicity in the body prevents it from doing it’s work.
11. On the second or third day after starting a detox – go in for a colon hydro therapy session or give yourself a few enemas to help your elimination processes evacuate the toxins that your body will be releasing.
If you have had a lifestyle of fast foods, a lot of meat, or processed foods, it would be a good idea to set up a series of regular visits to a colon hydro-therapist.
There could be a build up of plaque along your intestinal walls that’s preventing proper absorption of nutrients and keeping toxins from poor eating habits and prescription drugs in your system.
You will also experience more youthful vitality by keeping your colon clean.
Even coffee can create a tar-like substance in the colon.
12. Probiotics – naturally fermented kombucha sauerkraut, kefir, yogurt should be taken daily.
It’s so easy to make your own – visit Cultured Food Life to learn more about this.
13. Find ways to get more exercise and move that body.
Play some music and dance like nobody’s watching
Put on your favorite tunes and walk
I like Leslie Sansone’s walking videos when it’s too hot or cold to go outside.
I always park at the farthest spot when shopping and running errands
Whether you do better in group exercise or on your own, I find yoga to be one of the best and most gentle of ways to really get in touch with my body.
There are classes you can sign up for online for pennies a day. Daily Om, and anytime yoga for example.
And you just may find it easier to incorporate a meditation practice into your lifestyle which is essential to living your best life.
Always, always have music that uplifts you, and helps your spirit soar.
No more criticizing your body wishing you had this or that.
It’s time to love your body, be thankful for the miracle that it is, hold your head high, keep your posture straight, shoulders back ( you can align your posture by standing against a wall), stepping out with grace and ease. Step into your light body.
Make a vision board. Visualize yourself in your perfect body. Notice how it feels! Carry that feeling with you the entire day!.
Make your vision board on one of your planner pages. Keep it simple.
You are a gift to the Universe, and by showing up as your best self every day, you will see what a gift you are to yourself.
Go at your own pace, Be gentle on yourself.
Drink 6 – 8 glasses of pure water each day.
Namaste ( the goddess in me bows to the goddess in you)
Sources of inspiration – check them out!
Donna Schwenk – Cultured food life\Yoga anytime
Rosemary Gladstar – homemade creams
Donna Eden – Energy Body exercises
Leslie Sansone – Walk away the pounds
The above information does not attempt to offer any medical advise. All of the opinions expressed are my own from my own personal experiences. I am not working with any affiliate programs for any one mentioned.
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By practicing the 27 days of Feng Shui challenge here, and 30 days of Gratitude here at the beginning of the year, I think of the story about Hansel and Gretel leaving bread crumbs along their trail in the forest so they could find their way home upon returning.
We’ve made the clearing by eliminating all of those things that no longer spark joy.
Hansel and Gretel were left in the forest because their parents couldn’t afford to feed them. They expected them to become lost.
The forest is your home. By clearing your clutter you will see your way more clearly.
The bread crumbs
We’ve laid a path of gratitude and love, taking time to appreciate the people, circumstances, and blessing that are present in our lives.
Hansel and Gretel dropped bread crumbs along the path, thinking this would lead them back home. Little did they know, that the critters in the forest were hungry and would eat all of the bread crumbs. (The bread crumbs symbolize insincere prayers that are not heart felt. )
The ginger bread house
There may be distractions along the way. ( When Hansel and Gretel saw the house made of ginger bread, their hunger got the best of them, and all they could think of was devouring that house!)
Habits, moods, circumstances can draw us in and cause us to lose our focus.
We’ve faced head-on some of the less than pleasant things in our lives and hopefully pushed pass them.
Or maybe they found a way to move on.
It seems that everyone is hungry in this story, even the witch! She was planning to eat the children for dinner!
Perhaps, their hunger was a Spiritual Hunger, that could only be satisfied by a Connection to Spirit. ( Everything else can wait, but your search for God cannot wait. Once the connection to your God Source is established, all of your needs are satisfied. )
You may have escaped from “the oven” of uncertainty and witnessed a miracle, or been given more clarity. ( The oven is the Fire of Spirit directing your life and burning up the dross of a matter based existence. )
After the children pushed the witch into the oven, they were free.
Now, it’s time to turn and face the path home and hope the birds haven’t made a meal of your bread crumbs.
Practicing gratitude should be an everyday occurrence by now.
Gratitude promotes prosperity and healing in our lives.
Even if the birds have devoured some of your carefully laid bread crumbs, you can look for other signs to find your way home.
The signs that the Universe brings are sometimes subtle and easy to overlook, to miss all together, or to discount their validity.
And you may not get reminders if you ignore them.
Have you ever regretted not doing something when the signs were all around you?
What kinds of signs can you expect?
You could receive a hunch or an idea.
You might see something that reminds you of someone.
Nature often sends signs.
You could get a strong feeling that every thing’s going to be okay. That could be an Angel whispering in your ear.
You could feel a strong urge to take an action.
You could see a message on a license plate while driving.
Whatever it is, take notice, jot it down in a journal or a notebook, or take action.
Start collecting those bread crumbs or signs that you see along your path.
This is how the Universe guides us.
When we are doing “inner work” there’s a time for sewing the seeds and reaping the harvest.
It takes time.
It’s important to do the work of decluttering, training our minds to expect the best, pushing through adversity, and practicing patience through trust and faith.
Watch for the signs and be ready to act when an opportunity presents itself.
“It’s time to connect with kindred Spirits – contact those who genuinely know you, love you, and deeply appreciate your Spirit.” Sonia Choquette
As we go through life there are certain people who we resonate with more than others.
They make us feel like we’ve come home, when we can spend time together.
Some stay with us our entire life and some may only stay a short while, but long enough to make a lasting impression.
We can pick up where we left off as though there has been no time or space in between.
It’s akin to having a pair of shoes that fit so well, and feel so good when you wear them, and you wish they could last forever.
There will come a time when we must let go.
But there are invisible cords that keep us connected forever, so that we can find each other again.
Just a fleeting thought of someone, may be enough to remind you to call, send a prayer, or a card, write a poem.
Whatever it is, it’s important to give in to the feeling, and contact them. They may need to talk, or just give you a message, a word that you needed to hear, a different perspective on something you’ve been thinking about.
Maybe someone needs a good listener to help them process their own thoughts.
Or they might appear in a dream to let you know they’re with you in Spirit, even though you may not even know where they are.
The support, encouragement, love, and sharing, our sense of humor, or different take on a subject, is what we can give each other.
Your soul tribe can be a spiritual family, your own clan, or friends who “get” you. It can be different for everyone.
You may have a lot in common, or nothing, yet the connection and love that is felt when you are together raises your vibration to another level and makes your life richer, brighter, and more meaningful.
As I appreciate the youthful vitality, sense of adventure, and pure joy in laughter, that my grandson brings to my life, I understand how much we need each other.
I calm him, offer my wisdom to help him understand things, and just hang out with him.
When I was raising my own children, I was so busy working that there were areas where my mom and sisters often “filled in” for me.
Even today, we are lucky to have mom, age 89 for her joe-de-vivre and spunk.
She adds another dimension to our lives, and helps us appreciate the fact that we all grow old, and that all of us have something to contribute to our family, friends, and our world.
Life is fragile.
But as human beings as we experience the changing passages of living and dying, of youth and old age, we can realize and have gratitude for each contribution our loved ones make to help us grow into who we are.
I recently committed to stay in Hawaii through August which will be approximately four months here.
One month down, I’ve been busy with grandson and daughter most of the time, with various responsibilities.
I do still find time for working on blog, etc. but have not been consistent.
I’ve had some time to reflect on which way my life should go, what’s pulling me, and what my next move will be.
The job I was hoping for was only a promise, and with many delays during the last Mercury Retrograde, I was offered this chance to be in Hawaii again.
The one thing that I’ve done consistently is swim almost every day.
Swimming in the salt water pool after the sun has rested behind the trees, has been my time for reflecting on what my focus should be.
As I swim, I enjoy the velvety smooth water caressing my skin, cooling, relaxing and energizing at the same time.
I feel my muscles contracting, my back and stomach strengthening ever so gently.
And it dawned on me, with such clarity, that I’m here, again, in Hawaii, to focus on improving my physical condition.
In the seven steps to ascension that I wrote about here, being physically fit is the one area that I’ve neglected, or haven’t put my focus on.
What better place than Hawaii?
I need to make physical fitness my way of life.
As I move through my 60’s, I realize how important it is to eat organic and mostly raw, to avoid doctors if at all possible, stay chemical free ( except for a cup of coffee in the morning, a glass of wine occasionally) and water as my go-to beverage.
Along with meditation as a daily practice, the next piece is a weekly practice of moving the body. ( I’m not too structured here and purposely do not say “diet” or “routine”, or regimen.
The Universe has done it again! Plopped my in Hawaii for a long stretch so I’m “forced” to face myself head-on and do the work that I’ve been sent here to do, improve my physical appearance, which in turn will improve my life in so many ways.
I’ve got the pool in my back yard, I’m signed up for yoga classes and I have this whole island to explore for the next three months.
The final ingredient that I need will be to set my intention, write my affirmations, express gratitude for this opportunity, and settle in with the same strong will and determination that I used to lose the first 25 lbs. You can read about it here.
I hope you will join me, no matter what your age, to take this fitness thing to the next level.
I’m moving into my senior years on a high note.
It’s important to take the time out of your day to reflect on what your life is calling you to do. All we have to do is listen.
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