Having been overweight for a good portion of my life, I discovered that carrying the weight, burdens, and crosses of others was what was adding the pounds to my otherwise beautiful body. No longer taking on this role of weight bearer for so many people, the weight has simply dropped off. Of course, changing my relationship with food and what and how much I ate was a must, but I found the journey life changing, fun, and one marvelous adventure. I have a body now that I love and cherish along with a soul that is filled with compassion and love for the burdens that others carry.
Books and food, two all time favorites but as of late, a good book, unlike food, has been hard to find. Where have all the good ones gone? I don’t want dark, death, and destruction. I want a light filled, emotional, page turning book. I want a little history, some fun and adventure, something that makes me laugh a little and cry a little and feel good, leaving me wanting to recommend it highly. Is that too much to ask or to even hope for, I wonder. Tomorrow is going to be a snow day, here’s to me finding a fabulous book to stay in and read!
Energy, it is alive and well, constantly in motion. When positive energy is flowing, we react simply and assuredly. We enjoy, we laugh, we do something fun. When negative energy is flowing, we react simply as well, but with fear. We become paralyzed, unable to move. The secret to ridding ourselves of the negative energy is to go into the positive energy. Get moving! Get moving that energy in a different direction. Do something kind, get mad and say no way are you going to be in charge, take a walk, think of something wonderful or just be thankful for something. Moving the energy is a game changer and a necessity when facing life’s challenges. What is the old saying “you get more with honey”.
I wish that I had discovered this simple exercise earlier in life. It really would have come in very handy! But, as the old saying goes, better late than never. What is releasing with gratitude and love? It is the conscious effort to learn and grow from the most painful periods and circumstances in our lives. I find that the written word is key. When it is time to let a period or circumstances go, write it a thank you note. When you receive a gift, it is customary to do so, and life lessons learned are no exception. It is such a wonderful way to let yourself find something good in an otherwise bad situation. It is truly amazing when you allow yourself the permission to say thank you! I keep all of the thank you notes that I have written safely tucked away and sometimes the urge to read them hits and I am reminded of how far I have come. Plus, I always treat myself to an ice cream whenever I write one or reread one! Lots of Love!
From My Kitchen………A Simple Lemon Cake to let go of summer and open ourselves up to the fall.
Letting go, a subject I spend a lot of time talking about and referring to when working with people, both young and old. It is such a beautiful concept! We are now in the process of letting go of summer, but look what we are opening ourselves up to. The cooler weather, beautiful foliage, cinnamon, apples, pies, and cakes. The list could go on and on. Apply that thought process to your life. What would you be left with if you just decided to let go of the things that cause you worry, stress, sadness, and anger. An open space for wonderful things is what you would be left with. Imagine the fun that you could have, if just for a little bit. It is something that I practice every single day! Remember, you are never alone! Sending lots of love….Karen
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Believe it or not, at times, I have to remind myself to take a spiritual moment. Often people call it regrouping, refocusing, taking a break. A spiritual moment for me means to stop, be thankful, and ask for guidance as to my next steps. That moment almost always involves food in some way shape or form. Whether it be working in the garden, cooking, or simply eating, food is a key factor in taking a spiritual moment for me. Making sure that what I am putting into my body at those moments is just as important as the moment itself. As an intuitive, how I look at the need for a spiritual moment is simple, it is my body, mind, and soul telling me that it is in need of some kind of nourishment! For me, I know intuitively what that nourishment is. We all do, we just have to pay attention to our body, mind, and soul. A daily practice of being aware of what we eat can give us clues as to where we are and how on or off course that we are. Taking a spiritual moment is sometimes all that it takes to get us back on the right path.
From My Kitchen Or Should I Say Garden……..A Never Ending Supply Of Cucumbers!
Some say that being intuitive does not allow you to believe in God or in Jesus. I am here to tell you that that is unfounded. I believe in God and Jesus Christ with all of my heart and soul, yet I am intuitive. I love, respect, and accept anyone’s religious beliefs. The God that I know is loving and merciful, always at the ready to take us under his wing and shelter us. All we have to do is ask. There is this funny little thing called free will that He gave us, something that we always seem to forget. He created us and God makes no mistakes! Remembering that at the low points should make our faith stronger, our resolve that much more clear, and the high points that much more satisfying. Make God relevant in your life again and see what happens! Sending lots of blessings, Karen
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Life is lessons! Keeping your light shining is one of the most important and hardest to learn. What the dark fears the most is light, yet it craves it. There are always those who are close around you and even strangers that you pass on the street who see your light and yet do not bask in it or shine their own, but try their very best to diminish what they don’t understand, what they don’t feel is available to them. To be a bright light is to be kind, generous, and forgiving. But make no mistake in thinking that it means weakness. Light is strength, courage, and resolve along with kind, generous, and forgiving. Do not let anyone diminish your light or take it from you. For those I tell you to shine it more brightly! In turn, do not diminish the light of others or the progress that they are making on their journey. Sending lots of love, Karen
Food is essential to living. That, along with our spiritual awareness, is an indication of our state of well being or not. I combine the two for healing on two levels, the body and soul. It is what I do, it is what I love, it is who I am. All food has energetic healing properties. It is my gift to recognize these properties and to use them for the nourishment of ones body and soul. A great job, one that I relish and care deeply for. Great food and ingredients, grown with care, respect, and love of the land, can make such a huge difference in our lives physically, mentally, and spiritually. To take the challenge of living according to these laws of nature and of God is quite a statement of one’s spiritual awareness and one’s willingness to transcend to the next level. An amazing thought to let awaken within ourselves.
From My Kitchen……Mussels Steamed In A Saffron Cream Sauce!
Finding your voice and flexing your spiritual muscle is an amazing challenge. I find my spiritual strength and voice through food. The writing about, the gathering, the planting, the preparing, the cooking, and finally the eating provide an outlet for me, an arena, so to speak, where the Higher Powers can have my full attention and speak directly to me. Finding an outlet is an essential part of being intuitive. All people are innately intuitive, whether that intuitiveness is brought to the surface or not is up to the individual, but the capacity is there. That being said, all of us need an outlet to practice flexing our spiritual muscle. The old school advice applies, practice, practice, practice, you’re bond to get better. Find your outlet and start flexing!
PS The mussels in the picture were gathered by yours truly and what a fabulous treat it was to gather, prepare and eat them for dinner.
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