Monday, December 22, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Emo. I am.
Maybe it's because I'm a girl. Maybe not. Maybe it goes along with my empathic, sensitive, anxious nature.
Whatever it be, I am an emotional person. And I've learned to hone in on the deep connection I have to my emotions and feelings... to see them as guides.
A few years back, I got on a raw vegan kick. I decided to get "healthy." Like most people out there, I had this idea that it was all or nothing. Only raw food, sweaty workouts every day, etc. And like most people out there, I did not succeed within that template. And that is a good thing ;) It was fun and empowering at first, but keeping a strict regimen wasn't keeping me happy. <--the key ingredient.
One of the bits I love most about the integrative nutrition school I attend is that we are taught that the holistic approach is imperative. Meaning ... that we can eat all the raw whole foods we possibly can, but if our marriage (or our career, or mental health, etc) is in shambles, we will still experience physical symptoms of poor health.
The way this unfolded for me was when I decided to do away with maintaining the perfect diet and exercise program, and decided instead to follow my bliss. I eat more vegan junk food these days and exercise less (but play more!), and my true health is soaring.
Why? Because my emotional health is in balance. I've made a habit of looking inward when negative emotions flare up and listening to what the sweet-little-me-inside is asking for.
This is where we discover the paradox in health. The basics are simple, but when we balance and individualize, "health" as a concept and a plan can seem quite complex: Everyone knows what it takes to be healthy, right? ... more water, fruits, veggies, and whole foods in general; less processed foods, alcohol, coffee ... better sleep, rest, stress-management ... and exercise. I think most people understand these points as part of a healthy lifestyle. But some of the things we often forget, that are just as vital, are relationships and community, career, finances, spirituality, mental and emotional health, creative expression. These are the pieces that make up the "grey area" of health. There is no black and white when it comes to individual health. Not even one diet (even though I love to believe that plant-based living will save the world), because we each have our own little emotional attachments to food. And that's okay. The journey is in finding a way that is pleasing and nutritious to each of us, individually. And the journey never ends =) Good luck!
Sunday, October 12, 2014
For tonight's post I'm sharing about the Instagram "series" I began nearly a week ago...
I'm keeping my tribe updated with posts on all the little things I'm putting special intention into as I prepare for my teeny beach wedding in just-shy-of a month.
The theme is holistic health tips, and in my mind as I was posting the first photo, I was searching for a clever hashtag to umbrella what I was doing. I imagined workout ideas, recipes, and the like and #onemonthtosexy was one of the first phrases that popped up. Simple and clear, albeit silly. So that's where you can find the series on instagram. And you can find me... @mollyolivetree.
Monday, September 22, 2014
The days are growing shorter. I've been saying my goodbyes to smoothies as cooler weather invites me to drink more tea and sip hot soup. I'm starting to plan out my seasonal cleanse. The news of late for me is that I'm in a time of change. My recent card readings agree. I'm enduring deep transformation on the inside, in my career, and in my relationships. One in particular is indeed transforming on a very exciting level, which has me all giddy and wide-eyed: I'm getting married. Fall will forever have an even deeper, sweeter meaning to me from here on out.
So with all of that in mind, I'm thinking to begin a mental cleanse. As someone who gets easily overwhelmed, I think it would be a kind-to-me idea to re-establish a bit of a meditation practice.
Meditation can be used to calm the mind and body, and to tap into the still peacefulness of our Inner Knowing. To allow feelings and thoughts to come forth, to pass through. It's not something I consider myself particularly practiced at. But the effort will be in giving myself the time to reset and relax for a few moments every day. To simply sit and be with myself.
There are Kriyas, grounding and guided meditations that are often helpful too. If you try anything out for yourself, will you share your experiences with me? How does meditating make you feel? Do you meditate regularly? What kind of meditation do you practice? Is it challenging for you? Easy?
Bliss*ings on your journey,
Monday, September 8, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
I'm here in my brother Mick's apartment, thinking about new intentions to be set for the New Moon...
What came up for me yesterday, while my sister and I were walking through a beautiful cemetery in the trees on a very green hillside, was Reverence. I was looking around us, in awe. I had decided that the day would be devoted to finding my new intention, and Reverence kept coming up.
It's easy for me to feel gratitude and appreciation, deep respect and love when I'm out in Nature like we were yesterday in the cemetery. Nature is my 'church.' But I started recalling feelings of reverence while thinking of our travels here. The plane ride, airports, shuttles, buses, food, luggage, different languages. The complexity of it all. The people here... the flight attendants, the train station workers, the shop owners and employees, cooks, servers. The way they smile and bow to one another, and to us. Respect. Kindness. In the way the graveyard memorials are maintained. Brooms, flowers, gifts. I feel it for the trees and the rain, the park we're going back to today to enjoy a picnic lunch. I can see it in everything.
And something else came up for me this morning. I was on the apartment balcony, looking out toward the cemetery we visited (behind Mick's home). A small, white cat slinking through the maze of stone aisles and stairways. There are lots of cats here, wandering around. Meg and I often wonder whether they're street cats or have families to go home to. So when I saw this kitty, initially a smile crept up on my face (I love kitties). And then a bit of sadness. Why? I imagined this little cat sad, alone, traipsing along, with only the resting souls to keep her company. But then, inspired by a movie playing in the other room (The Labyrinth. Jennifer Connelly plays a dramatic young lady who dreams up fairytails of goblins and princesses in her spare time), I imagined a new scenario. An adventurer of a free young kitty, whose favorite place is the mysterious cemetery near her home. Chasing butterflies, napping in the shade, leisurely conversing with the cicadas and the wise spirits of the old place. This version felt better. And that's when it came to me. I clarified my intention. I choose to see Reverence paired with Magic, in everything. Better for my Soul. Better for this world...