Waking up in the morning is a blissful event. Another day, another opportunity to live our lives as the sacred beings that we are. I can honestly say that I am a sacred being. Can you or the real question is will you? People have a hard time with this. I know it took me many years, but today, I stand in my truth and there is no going back. Acknowledging that you are sacred actually makes life a lot simpler. Everyday decisions become automatic, days become more blissful and life affirming. Are your eyebrows raised, are you wondering what I am talking about or are you feeling my words resonate within you? Believe me, I know. The act of acknowledging being sacred is a fearful exercise, but easy to adjust to. The act of acknowledging being sacred is having the ability to put yourself first. Your needs, your wants, and your desires. It allows you to ask the simple question, what is best for me? I equate everything with food so this is one of the questions that I ask myself everyday, if I am a sacred being, why would I not only put the very best into my body? My sacred journey began in my kitchen and there it lives, but it has had a ripple effect in all areas of my life. In these posts I hope to inspire and teach those willing to acknowledge, accept, and become the sacred beings that they truly are. Welcome to the sacred kitchen of the Intuitive Cook!
Have you ever read a book or been part of a conversation, or met someone who truly touched a deep cord within your soul? A sentence read, a song heard, a word spoken, quite by accident, but one that doesn’t leave you, like a sigh of relief, a deep smile and great knowing that you are not alone. I have been blessed with these types of occurrences throughout my whole life, but the one that stands out the most for me was a quick glance at a little cookbook, carried by a customer in the natural food market where I shop. It was such a brief moment, an insignificant gesture, though it had the power to align my life to my soul’s purpose. If you allow yourself to be open to the possibilities of the universe, that is when miracles happen. If you have asked for guidance or prayed for a solution to a problem, or asked what is my soul purpose, remember to first give thanks and then take joy in your life and look with a new perspective at the little things that happen every moment of everyday. It is within these that the answers and solutions will reveal themselves to you. I sometimes have to laugh at the time that I have often wasted looking for a dynamic, dramatic answer when all that I needed was really right in front of me, had I just opened my eyes and paid attention. The universe does work in mysterious ways and it does have a unique sense of humor.
All work and no play make this intuitive girl long to blow off some intuitive steam. It is at these times that I flip that intuitive switch to off, turn up the music, open a fabulous bottle of wine and head straight into my kitchen and in the process I find a little peace and release. Being intuitive is a blessing, but it can become all encompassing at times. It is so important to release, reboot, and treat yourself kindly. The kitchen is my sacred place, the music provides a physical release and the wine, well, that is just an added bonus! Intuitives are no different than anyone else, and everyone needs to blow off some steam every now and then. It is often after these times that important lessons are learned and wisdom gained. The life of an intuitive ought to be fun, not restricting and regulated. Sometimes, you just need to bust out of the box that we always seem to put ourselves in. Give yourself permission to let go and live! Cheers to blowing off some intuitive steam!
I loved having chickens and I look forward to having them again, but in the meantime, there was a need to find a new source for my weekly egg fix. The grocery store became that source, having a wide variety of organic and local eggs, but my ever growing need to ask questions about my food has sent me outside of the local grocery store to find a purveyor of backyard eggs that I can actually talk to. A great source was found within a day of searching, a co-worker, how wonderful and easy. In chit chatting about her chickens, I realized how much she loved them and cared for them so the situation was going to be perfect. Then came the tough question, what do you feed your chickens? The topic was discussed and I placed my order. Simple, but not the end. I started to ask myself why was it so hard to ask about what she feeds her chickens. If I am going to buy her eggs and consume them, isn’t it logical to want to know where those eggs came from and what those beautiful hens ate? We all really need to stop feeling guilty about asking and just ask. Someone once said to me that there is never a stupid question, it is only stupid when you don’t ask. You are going to find that people love to answer questions and those who don’t, well maybe, you don’t want to know the answer.
I get this question a lot! The simple answer, I love food, cooking and eating. But on a more serious note, every healer and intuitive guide needs an outlet for the energy that is constantly swirling around them. My most profound outlet is food. It is an essential to living! It brings people together no matter what their circumstance, where they are from, or the language that they speak. It is the language that I use in my daily life to connect to myself, my family, my friends, and to those that I have the privilege of serving. In describing myself, I will always tell people that I am all about the food. I hope that this helps and explains why I am The Intuitive Cook! Ciao, Karen
Achieving balance is easier said than done. Everyone truly knows when they are out of balance, whether it be physically, spiritually, or mentally. The question then becomes what to do about it. My answer, go slow, reconnect, and try yoga. I don’t mean to run out and join a class, I mean to try it at home. With every phase of my life as an intuitive, there comes a need to balance and refocus the energy. I use 5 minutes of yoga, most everyday, to help me with the reconnecting. Life is always in motion and the mindfulness of a few yoga poses allows me to turn inward and check my balance. Plus, it just makes me laugh and puts me in a great mood, especially since I am usually doing it with 3 dogs. So how do you start? You just do. I have spent years trying to find the right book, teacher, or chart that will provide me with the simple basic poses and a method that works for me. Well, I have finally found it in the pages of a children’s book called, Yoga Bunny, by Brian Russo. It is a wonderful story, capturing how I feel about yoga and how I practice yoga! The best part, it gives you all the basic yoga poses. No woman doing yoga in high heels, or some young perfectly outfitted girl or guy showing you, it’s a bunny! I have to tell you that for me, it just makes yoga fun, inviting, and easy to do everyday! Ciao, Karen
Energetic space, we all need it, we ask it from others, but do we give it freely without being asked or do we ever simply claim it for ourselves? I define energetic space as being able to stay within yourself for a period of time. Whether good, bad, or indifferent, being able to remain within that space no matter what. As an intuitive healer being able to stay in my own energetic space is vital to my daily life and well being. I get bombarded with so much energy, just simply walking down the street, that it is essential for me to give others their own space and time. I can’t just jump in and heal without being asked, there is a protocal to my work. Some people don’t want to be healed and I need to respect that. Giving others their energetic space is simply letting them own what their own actions and feelings are at a particular time and place, and taking no personal responsibility for it. Patience, love, cooperation, and kindness are essential for growing this part of our spiritual lives. When you give others their own energetic space, you in turn are actually giving yourself a greater energetic space to grow and learn. Ciao, Karen
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.
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!