For me, there is not a more meaningful season. With its beautifully colorful foliage and crisply charged breezes that give way to winds of change, Autumn provides an enormous amount of opportunity for transition, reflection, and therefore, growth. It only seems natural to welcome and encourage the instinct to reflect, cleanse and meditate, and mindfully move your body, all to nourish the spirit that you will be hunkering down with intimately when the snows fall. I, for one, want a happy, humble and peaceful abode to reside within until the thaws reveal green, burgeoning buds. How about you?
This year I have had divine privilege in releasing some hurtful and toxic habits, and this has since helped to lift the filthy gauze from my insightful mind. It is amazing to me that we will continue to go back to the same feed lot, watering hole, (crappy Chinese restaurant that gave us extreme dyspepsia and nasty gut!) – what- have – you, time and time again, because it is easy, routine, familiar… We don’t even realize that we are harming ourselves and actually partaking in behaviors that are toxic to our sweet selves until we Stop… Really STOP, and breathe. think. Feel.
The older I get, and the busier that life becomes, as I weave my time with the 5 other creatures in our family that I share our home with (and yes, pets do count, as any squawky cat or 90 pound German Shepard will inform you!), the more I determine that if I/ we continue at break neck speed, what will happen is Just That. I’m gonna break. Snap. Fall apart. And I’m done with the punk rock beautiful corpse dream. It’s what’s on the inside that will nourish you, and you are what you eat. Simple as that.
I find it tragic that mongo-companies still have the audacity to assume that they can continually improve upon the bounty of mother nature by adding chemicals, stripping nutrients or packaging products into “diet” preparations, gluten free “foods”, or “low fat” options. I have been a RN for 12 years, and an APRN for 6.5 years, and it’s been an interesting road full of turns in technology and pharmacology. Sadly, I see many people in my clinical capacities that are left resorting to polypharmacy, multiple surgeries, and specialists up the wazoo to contend with their diabetes, depression, sleep apnea, asthma, reflux and irritable bowel disease, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, thyroid dysfunction, obesity… etc, etc, and are still sick. Unwell. Managing Dis- ease.
What if we all took a vacation into wellness? What if we all took some additional time to record what we eat, when we eat, and how we feel after doing so? What if we simplified by preparing meals at home that left us nourished, supported and well? Satiated and satisfied, from the inside out? What kind of surroundings are you in when feeding yourself? Who is your company? Are you being flogged with so much stimulation that your belly doesn’t know whether to panic or digest? Are you able to note when the sensation of satiety is imminent, or is the connection of the mind, body and spirit so remote that the lines of communication only fire up when the body protests with discomfort? Or perhaps are you sharing the space and meal with those that you love and cherish (including your sweet self!), and create warm, mindful sensations of community and connection?
Imagine … a warm, roasted pear with cinnamon sprinkled atop, glistening with the syrup created by the fruit’s own fructose- rich juices. Maybe some raisins or pomegranate seeds dappling the dish.
And now, imagine a Hot Pocket.
What are you thoughts? If we are what we eat, what are you?
Until next time,
sending you love and light-