“Your conflicts, all the difficult things, the problematic situations in your life are not chance or haphazard. They are actually yours. They are specifically yours, designed specifically for you by a part of you that loves you more than anything else. The part of you that loves you more than anything else has created roadblocks to lead you to yourself. You are not going in the right direction unless there is something pricking you in the side, telling you, “Look here! This way!” That part of you loves you so much that it doesn’t want you to lose the chance. It will go to extreme measures to wake you up, it will make you suffer greatly if you don’t listen. What else can it do? That is its purpose.”
Healing is rarely abrupt more a slow unfolding, a shedding layer by layer in gratitude for the collection of sacred spaces of deep rest, gentle intentional movements and reflection. A collection of ordinary moments where we are fully present.
We pray that support comes to us, not to add things into our life, but to support us in letting go of the layered protections that are no longer necessary. The support of reminders of our connection, reminders of source, reminders of our blessed birthright to be fully human. The support of an old friend or the kind eyes of a stranger. Support from the presence of a sentient fury one, a tree, the sounds of the river, the call of one with wings, the sun, her warmth on our cheeks.
Root down, head to heart, heart to belly, belly to sacrum, sacrum to feet, feet to soil. Feeling free to move, to dance and explore the great mysteries of soul, of our divine uniqueness, the teachings in our pain. The strength to do the work needed due to trauma.
May we be grateful for this very moment.
Come to your breath. The inhalation through the nose, the soft belly rises, the spine is neutral, shoulders resting on the rib cage, feel the lower ribs in their excursion horizontally. The slow exhalation through our nose or mouth, the belly falls, the lower ribs coming back toward the spine.
When in doubt come back to the body, come back to the breath. Just breathe, walk, see with a holy present gaze, a newness, a unique vantage point. Feel gratitude, feel your wholeness, your connection. We are all beloved sons and daughters of the Creator. Fear not the other. The other is an illusion, yet it is a great teacher to listen to and learn from.
And when we are present, there are no ordinary moments…(thank you Dan Millman)
I recall in my medical residency, while on a pediatric rotation, the pediatrician was encouraging me to invest in defense stocks. He stated, “I made a killing off of the Iraq war.”
We feed on ourselves
For 7 years I worked for the Benton County Health System, their 401(k) invests in Kraft Foods, a company responsible for the creation of so much disease.
Look at our food system, you walk into the grocery store and what do you see first? Sugar and flour, the foods of kings and queens that only the wealthy could afford in the 1700s at the advent of our industrial food system. “Let them eat cake” Mary Antoinnette said at the time of the French Revolution. Now that refined food, that white flower, that sugar, oils and high fructose corn syrup, that industrialized animal agriculture industry is killing us. A gradual steady slow death, a fast rate of degeneration, stealing our anatomy day by day. The system kill us & kills our shared home.
A food system that creates disease so that a medical & pharmaceutical system can profit off of this disease. Managing disease, prolonging life, yes but a clear quantity over quality reality for most.
We feed on ourselves
We are asleep to our shared heart space. There is a deep chasm between our soul, our True Self/True Health and the false self. Can we look inward and practice deep listening? Can we feel one another? Or do we falsely continue to fear one another. Separation is an allusion. We are governed by fear and greed, primal survival behavior with a false narrative that perpetuates the corporate machine of death.
We feed on ourselves
We are asleep living, a slow death propped up by pharmaceutical Band-Aids, symptom Aids and digital distractions causing daytime apnea, further chasms in genuine connection, abandoned souls, our flesh and depressed reactive consumerism is the fuel for this predatory system.
A intention for repair, for healing, for justice, for forgiveness, for breath, for grounding, for dance and song.
May all beings be happy and free.
May we awaken to our shared heart space.
Awaken to our connections as perfectly imperfect holy beings, one human family.
May we heal our shared collective, individual & ancestral trauma.
May we repair our relationships.
May we repair & restore our shared home, this planet earth.
May we stop investing in stocks that capitalize on suffering, disease and war.
May we return to our roots where we grow our food locally.
May we gaze into the eyes of our brothers and sisters.
May we help one another.
May we love one another.
I am committed to grow more awake and to see and feel more deeply. To not succumb to the numbing forces available under this culture that is out of balance.
I am committed to forgive, to listen, to eye gaze and smile. To feel & see others as they are, children of our Creator.
I am grateful.
This is my prayer today.
New NIH Study Published Jan 2021:
“Effect of a plant-based, low-fat diet versus an animal-based, ketogenic diet on ad libitum energy intake”
The plant based diet group lost more body fat and the keto group lost mostly water weight.
Even though the LFPB diet had higher insulin levels than the Keto diet, the Keto diet had greater glucose intolerance.
Note: this is one of the best controlled studies on diet I have ever seen,
“Further, all meals were prepared and provided for participants in an inpatient setting, which may make results difficult to repeat outside the lab, where factors such as food costs, food availability, and meal preparation constraints can make adherence to diets challenging. The tightly controlled clinical environment, however, ensured objective measurement of food intake and accuracy of data.”
Yup, locked in a building for the entire study. LOL!
NIH Study: (abstract only)