First of all, if you are feeling stuck emotions, depression, a sense of helplessness, it’s important to honor those feelings, spend time with them, feel them through and you may find yourself coming out of the tunnel on the other side with some new insights, refreshed energy levels, and some inspiration of what to do next.
Find out what’s blocking you. Dive deep into your feelings to see if you can “see” what’s holding you back. Do you need to let go of something, forgive yourself or someone else, speak your feeling to someone? Or are you just trying to control something that is not yours to control? Practice Self-Reflection. Step out of yourself, and take a serious look at yourself from an objective point-of-view. What do you see?
Sometimes the only thing that will help at the moment is to just take a nap.
Sleep as much as you need to.
Start a journal ~ If you can write every day before you even get out of bed or while you have your morning coffee, just dump all of your thoughts and feelings onto the pages.
I like to do a ‘stream of consciousness” writing where I write down every thing that I am hearing ( like the fan), feeling in my body, any thoughts that come up , random things that I think about. This can give you some insight into what it is that’s bothering you.
It’s also a way of getting in touch with your intuition.
After journaling each day, just say a simple prayer ” Heavenly Father, Divine Mother, Friend, Beloved God, Angels and guides, I surrender these feelings and thoughts to you. show me what I need most today on my journey to self-healing. guide me by your loving hand to make the right choices for my life. If I cannot handle my feelings today, send me an angel to lift me out of despair. Help me to recognize that I am not alone in this life. show me a way to rise above my sorrow and reach out to others. I put my trust in you. Wrap me in your loving arms as I go about my day. Help me to have a deeper understanding of myself and others so that I can feel your Divine presence in every thing. Om _ Peace _ Amen.
Whether it’s a corner of a room or ideally a whole room, decorate it, paint it your favorite color. add uplifting words and pictures, or things from Nature.
Bring in some soothing music or even music that you enjoyed at your happiest times.
Make this your go-to place of retreat where you can work through your feelings and pour your heart out to God or your chosen source of comfort.
Wear your favorite colors. What colors are you drawn to? think about this for a minute. There’s a reason you are drawn to certain colors. They can help heal you! Honor the impulse. buy some new underwear. Go shopping and try on some clothes that are totally out-of-the-box from you usual. Your fantasy self. You may discover that you like some aspects and incorporate them into your wardrobe.
Try wearing natural gemstone jewelry.
Visit a crystal shop and discover which ones you are drawn to. Keep your favorite crystal next to your bed. or on your mini-altar.
Citrine for Joy!
Amethyst for peace.
Rose Quartz for love and connecting to your heart center.
Walk through your home.
Is there any clutter?
Images that don’t uplift?
Old tired or broken furniture?
If so, they are depleting your energy every time you pass by them.
If you can’t muster up the energy to do it yourself, then call someone to come and help you.
a cheerful house cleaner could be just what you need.
Sit down and draw a picture of your home.
Or start with one room.
Put your drawing in a chair and sit across from it.
Have a conversation with this room or with your house drawing.
Ask it what it needs.
Write down what ever comes up.
You may be surprised.
Be sure to take action on whatever it tells you.
This is a fun exercise.
I hope you try it.
Try planting a garden.
Working with plants can be very uplifting.
Bring some fresh greenery indoors. Or a big fresh bouquet of flowers!
Plan an herb garden in your kitchen window.
Open the windows and let the fresh air come in. Bring more light in.
Is there enough lighting in each room? Add some lamps for ambient lighting.
Clean the windows so the natural light can fill your space. This will help you “see” what’s blocking you.
Have you smudged yourself lately?
Sage wand – dispels negative energy and clears the air of heavy dross. It also carries your prayers on the smoke!
Sweet Grass – Brings in the beautiful, positive energies.
Nag Champa insense is used in temples. I always burn this after cleaning a room. It brings a calming influence, and my family loves it!
Palo Santo is my new favorite insense! It brings in a soft intimate feel to the room, enhances intuition, and opens your mind to see more clearly.
This is where I feel most connected to Source. Spend some time hanging out with trees. They are known as the “tall ones standing, praying” in the Native American culture.
They will help you on your journey and lift some of your burdens.
Do you have a pet?
Animals are very prescient of what’s going on with us.
They have been some of my greatest healers.
I used to cry to my cat, Monkey. He would stay with me , purring, comforting me.
I also had the opportunity to care for a boston terrier named Lucy. She would come into my room every morning and get me out for a walk. We would hang out at the park and commune with the trees. I received so much healing during that time.
Hobbies – Do you have a hobby? Now’s the time to dive right in to that hobby. It will help you shift your mind to something creative. Try something new. And remember all art is perfect! and so are you, just the way you are!
Try this prayer, or wish wall hanging made from old magazines, a tree branch, wooden clothespins, some bakers twine, and your positive intentions or affirmations!
When Auntie Deelee comes to town ~ it’s never a dull moment! You can read about her beach cottage tour here.
Not only is she a fantastic cook, engaging conversationalist, and all around positive person, she’s into a lot of the same things that I’m into, like healthy food, meditation, always learning about new things, and viewing life as an on-going adventure. ( I’m trying to talk her into starting her own blog!)
Auntie Deelee’s sage advice :
The practice of yoga postures takes you closer to meditation.
What is life without meditation?
In other words, if you are having trouble getting into meditation, get started with a yoga practice.
Then you will naturally move with ease into meditation, by stilling the body, the breath, and the mental chatter first.
Meditation is the key to happiness no matter where you are in your life’s journey ~ Cottage Necessities
Don’t wait! Start Now.
Now here’s the delicious Summer juice that she made one day ~ I got so excited just by the beautiful coral color that I immediately staged a photo shoot.
Here’s that recipe that I promised. I hope you like them as much as we did!
These cookies are dehydrated in a 200 degree Fahrenheit oven for several hours.
It can be considered to be in the raw or living food category for maximum nutrition and life force.
I made this recipe based on the traditional recipe for ginger snaps, while using whole foods that can be dehydrated and superfoods that can all be consumed in raw form. ( So, it’s okay to eat the raw cookie dough!)
I hope that you will give this recipe a try and let me know how you like it.
there is a small amount of raw cane sugar used in this recipe which carmelizes during the heating process and adds a nice finishing glaze.
These cookies will aid in your digestion, promote healthy elimination, while leaving a sweet aftertaste of ginger.
When you bring superfoods into your body, your energy changes, and as a result your focus of attention will shift as well…it becomes easier to live in a state of appreciation, ( or gratitude). David Wolfe
I had a dream the other night, half in and out of sleep.
I’ve heard about getting “down loads” from the Universe.
As I was seeing clips of superfoods scroll across my mind, I realized the next morning, that I was getting what I thought must have been a download.
With only a general knowledge of “superfoods”, I started to notice more of them.
I was being urged or guided to eat more of them
…and to find ways to incorporate them into my diet.
I had already discovered the benefits of eating a more raw diet of living, whole foods, such as organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
I had also been weaning myself away from breads, flour, grains, and dairy, and was noticing a difference in my body like ~
less bloating and inflammation
a feeling of inner stability
a brighter outlook
deeper sleep patterns
my skin is getting smoother, silkier
I was also noticing that I no longer had cravings for candy or chips, or anything unnatural like foods with preservatives.
And the best thing, was that my body knew when it had had enough and when to stop.
Rather than eating a whole bag of chips, a few flax crackers would satisfy me.
Ice cream tasted good at first, but then I noticed I felt heavy afterward and it made a pain in my back flair up.
Whereas, yogurt was half the calories ad made me feel calm and nurtured.
I was gently being guided through food to choose the higher vibration foods and my body was responding and I was able to hear what my body was saying to me.
So, I started listening.
The Life Force in the food had started bringing me home.
It may have cost a little more to buy organic fresh foods, but the dividends were paying off by the way that I felt.
I realized that this is what our Creator had intended for us, and how far we had gotten away from our true nourishment, and been seduced by advertising, beautiful packaging, and false labels of promises that weren’t being met, like non-fat, sugar free, natural, and cage free.
Why had I felt depressed after eating a steak, or sensed an ammonia after taste in the store bought eggs or noticed bruises on the chicken legs? Was I picking up on their distress?
I was beginning to think so…..
The big looming question in your mind at this point is probably….
How do I eat this stuff?
Where do I start?
I sincerely hope you will join me on this journey as I create new Superfood recipes to share with you.
Here are some facts about superfoods.
What is so special about a superfood?
Superfoods have over a dozen or more special properties in them like, more vitamins, minerals, enzymes, detoxifiers, and life force.
Think: Foods as medicine ` they increase your body’s immune system from the inside out. It’s like building your cells from the inside, to fight and protect you from illness and disease. *
“Get more nutrition with less eating”, superfoods are both a food and a medicine ~ David Wolfe
Here are a few examples:
deep red goji berries ~ ( moist berries) increase eye health and are considered the “Fountain of Youth“.
cacao ~ chocolate,” the food of the gods “, highest anti-oxidant, magnesium
Maca root ~ fertility, strength, stamina
Honey ~ Bee pollen
Coconuts ~ the tree that supplies all that is needed to live.
Just to name a few…..
Superfoods have the ability to tremendously increase the vital force and energy of one’s body, and are the optimal choice for improving overall health, boosting the immune system, elevating serotonin production, enhancing sexuality, and cleansing and alkalizing the body. ~ David Wolfe
Well, who wouldn’t want that????
Consuming superfoods makes it dramatically easier to achieve your ideal weight, diet, and food habits.” ~David Wolfe
This just keeps getting better all the time!!!!
Superfoods will ease you into detoxification and the transition to more healthy foods ~ all without willpower! ~ David Wolfe
There’s nothing that makes your home smell more like “home” than pan roasted vegetables.
Now you know I’m all for home cooking pure, organic, unadulterated vegetables, the salt of the earth, and God’s own living creation.
And if you read my blog, and have tried my recipes, you will also know that when it comes to cooking, simplicity is key, especially if you’ve been working all day, and have to muster up enough energy to prepare a meal.
There’s nothing simpler and more satisfying than Pan Roasted Vegetables.
When doing a cleanse it’s always a great idea to keep some healthy sweet alternatives at the ready so you don’t fall back on old habits.
Here are some of my favorites –
I like to have the maple flavored or honey flavored yogurts instead of ice cream.
sliced apples with chunky peanut butter
You can make ahead this recipe and get creative with it. I like to store it in a mason jar because it takes up less room in the fridge.
Chia Seed Pudding in a Mason Jar
2 1/2 cups almond or Coconut milk
3/4 cups chia seeds
2-3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
Blend in a blender or stir all ingredients into a Mason jar and refrigerate overnight. If you make it directly into the mason jar, you will want to check it to make sure it is stirred about a half hour after you first make it.
I like to layer it with one of the yogurts mentioned above and some fresh fruit, like mango, shown in the picture.
For an extra treat, enjoy it outside on the patio or by the poolside.
Most of the above satisfies the “no dairy” protocol during your cleanse or anytime. Reducing dairy in your diet can reduce inflammation in your joints.
Even though there is some sugar and dairy in the yogurt choices, you cannot beat the healthy probiotics you’ll be getting.
Please share in the comments if you’ve found some healthy alternatives for your sweet tooth.
I’d love to hear from you. Mahalo
This post does not intend to offer medical advice. Only suggestions for healthier lifestyle choices based on my own personal experiences.
This would be my first attempt at making jam, something I’ve always wanted to try.
My grandma did a lot of canning when I was growing up.
She even had grand- dad build her a “dumb-waiter” that she could use to lift all of her canning down to the basement from the kitchen.
I’m not sure why the thought intimidated me though. I guess it just looked so complicated to me as a child.
It’s been three days since I had scheduled myself to do this, ( why was I procrastinating?) so today just had to be the day.
This is my Brown-Sugar Mango Jam recipe. ( I can never leave well enough alone and just make something the “normal” way, so I have added some interesting flavors to this very light and delicious jam recipe! I hope you will try it. )
Brown Sugar Mango Jam
8-10 ripe mangos – chopped and peeled
juice of 1-2 lemons
1/2 cup of Grade A maple syrup
1/2 cup light brown sugar – not packed
1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
Mix ingredients in a big pot and bring to a rolling boil.
( optional – leave 2 seeds in during cooking process to enhance the flavor. )
Reduce heat to simmer for approximately 1 – 2 hours
Stirring occasionally. don’t let it stick. Break up big chunks.
Remove seeds with your spoon and discard
Prepare jars and lids by immersing in water to boil.+++++++++++++++===================
To check your jam for done-ness:
Put a plate in the freezer for 5 minutes.
Drop a bit of jam onto the cold plate ( this is called a “strike”) and put back in the freezer for 2 minutes.
If its thick and wrinkly, when you take it out, it’s ready to decant into the jars.
Pour the hot jam mixture into hot jars leaving 1/4″ of space on top. Place seal and lid ring screwed on loosely.
Put filled jars back into hot water making sure they are covered in water.
Boil for 10 minutes.
Take jars out of water to cool and allow seal to “pop” in place.
Congratulate yourself for a job well done!
There’s something soulful about taking the time to make your own jam. Hard to describe, but I felt something inside me shift, as I went through this process of preparation, cooking, and canning this beautiful fruit. Perhaps, I was connecting to Grandma’s spirit, or a long ago memory. All I know is that doing some of these things, that could be considered a “Cottage Necessity” is all about getting in touch with a part of ourselves that we don’t see every day. I hope you will try it and let me know how you did.
Occasionally I find a seed that has started to sprout, and want to become a tree. So, I like to try and oblige it and help it succeed.
This mango seed has shown some signs of life. See the root sticking out?
The easiest way, that I’ve found to get the tree started, is to wrap the seed in a wet paper towel, and put it into a baggy so it can germinate.
Once it has had some time to let it’s roots get stronger, I plant it into a pot, and keep it watered until it reached at least a foot tall. At that time, it can be put into a larger pot, or planted into the ground. Just remember to keep it watered.
I have also had a lot of success starting avocado seed this way. The old toothpick in a jar method has never really worked for me.
How wonderful to be able to support life in this way, plant a tree, and reap a beautiful harvest one day. It really makes you feel as though you are a part of God’s grand plan.
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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