Where is God Now?

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Last night Juniata College Theatre Department presented their solo acts for the public to see. One monologue was a girl having a mental break down over what faith meant to her.

During it, she raked her hands through her hair in panic and screamed, “Where is God now?” By the end of the performance, I had tears in my eyes, but it wasn’t until that point that I knew I liked it. You see, I had difficulty liking this performance because she started talking about Christians and the bible and their greatness and how she could never live up.

Now, I have nothing against Christians. I have nothing against any religion. I love them all equally. I find them fascinating…honestly, I love when someone has a faith. What I didn’t like was that she was holding up this one religion and those who practice it up on a pedestal – saying she could never live up with them or be worthy of God’s love. That idea…the thought that one wasn’t worthy of that love. God’s love. Divine Love. It angered me.

Where had she gotten that idea? As she talked, I couldn’t help but think about the guilt many religions put on people. The idea of sin has been twisted.

Sin is defined as moving away from the Divine path. People have made a list of what they consider to be sins…it’s a way to guilt people…a way to shame them and make them feel less than others. We are all born with the right to love and be loved. It’s not a question about deserving that love or being worthy of it, but whether or not we are actively choosing it.

Are we choosing to see through lenses of guilt, judgement, and fear and therefore choosing the ego? Or are we acting with acceptance and openness and therefore acting with love? It can be so easy to even blame, shame, or guilt God.

Like the girl who screamed, “Where is God now?” we can look around this world…just turn on the news for a few minutes, and you’ll think this world is headed for hell. Or maybe you think this is hell. There is so much crime, hatred, fear, and violence. Then there are the natural disasters.

So, where is God now? God is inside us. He/She/They is inside every single one of us. We were created in Their likeness and therefore have that same Divine energy flowing within us..shining within us.

So many people look to God to answer their problems and fix everything. Why do you think He made us? We are meant to work for Him. That is the greatest form of Worship! Prayer has Power but following the Divine Path makes Miracles! There is no blame to be given or to be had. We all have the Creator’s love and attention. They are waiting to see our greatness.

The problems we face are all human created, in one way or another. We have been living in fear for too long. We have been letting the ego drive the car. It’s time to wake up and face the music. Really look at yourself and ask, “What have I done and what can I do now?” Do not beat yourself up about past mistakes, but instead learn from what you have experienced. You now know what doesn’t work. It’s time to try something new.

Open your eyes, arms, and heart. See the world as full of beings, not just humans because we were ALL created by the Divine, as beings of Light. We are Light Workers. Miracle Workers. Spirit. Love. We have been waiting for the Divine to come down and show us the way, but They already have. They created us with that knowledge, that connection to Them, already within us. It’s time to find The Strength of Silence and Wake Up! You are the answer to your own questions.

You are the Light this world needs. You are the Love you desperately crave!

Ego will always be there, but the violence doesn’t have to be. We can learn from the past. We can change this world one moment at a time, by choosing Love over Fear.

Choose Love now.

I love you :)

Brightest Blessings,

Stacy XOXO

#MiraclesNow An Interview with Gabrielle Bernstein!

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Today is the release of Gabrielle Bernstein’s new book, Miracles Now! I cannot tell you how excited I am! As many of you know, Gabrielle is one of my gurus. She is such an inspiration. She motivates me every day to take time to be silent, to be true to my authentic voice, and to use my voice to spread the light and love within me.

I had the opportunity last year in May 2013 to meet Gabrielle Bernstein in NYC at the Hay House Writer’s Workshop. She radiates love and happiness. She truly vibrates with the cosmos.

Here is my interview with the wonderful Gabby Bernstein – enjoy her words and wisdom and be sure to buy her new book here: Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Miracles Now interview with New York Times bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein.

Tell us about your new book, Miracles Now.

I love this book and I’m so psyched to share it with you. Miracles Now helps readers lessen stress and find peace—FAST! I handpicked 108 techniques to combat our most common problems—from addiction and anxiety to burnout and resentment. The exercises are inspired by some of my greatest spiritual teachings. Throughout the book, I offer up spirit-based principles, meditations and practical tools to help readers bust through blocks to live with more ease. I break down each technique Spirit Junkie style—with meditations, assessment questions and step-by-step guidance—while incorporating lessons from the metaphysical text A Course in Miracles and Kundalini yoga. This book is meant for the busy, stressed person who simply wants to feel better fast.

How is Miracles Now different from all of your other books?

Each of my books has a unique format but a shared intention, which is to offer readers tools for releasing all the blocks to their true happiness and peace. Miracles Now shares that core intention through 108 short exercises that can be done anywhere, any time. This book is less self-reflective and more action oriented. I want it to put people into practice immediately so they can experience Miracles Now!

What made you write this book.

I write my books based on what I feel my readers need. I realized that so many people have packed schedules and lots to do, but they want to carve out a little time each day to create positive change and find peace in ways that are easy to follow and put into practice. In addition, I continuously witnessed my audience members and social media followers ask me for more practical tools to release their stress and boost their moods. People want to get to work and they want to feel better fast. This book is my response to that call.

The higher purpose of this book is to contribute to a greater global change. I believe that when more and more people begin to feel better, the positive collective energy supports the energy of the world. I believe that it is our collective energy that can save the world. This is the higher purpose for Miracles Now. I reinforce the book’s mission in its introduction, excerpted below:

{Excerpt from the introduction}

Right now we’re in a special and powerful position, because the world is having a spiritual awakening. When energy speeds up there is no space for playing small, and nothing can remain hidden. At some point all lies are brought to the surface and truth comes forth no matter how hard we try to hide it. Cynics are filling the yoga studios and the spiritual choir is growing larger. There is a massive call for more lightworkers, and now is our time to rise up and bring more positivity to the world. When the masses begin to vibrate with an energy of love, the world will no longer be a container for war, violence and lies.

There are great Kundalini meditations throughout the book. Can you tell us more about them?

For this book I chose twelve of the most powerful Kundalini meditations for shifting your mood, changing your energy and reducing stress. I was mindful to include meditations that are easy for newcomers as I expect many of my readers may be new to meditation. A great meditation for beginners is what I’ve nicknamed Peace Is in Your Pulse. It improves your concentration and brings calm to even the most scattered mind.

Sit in Easy Pose (comfortably cross-legged on the floor) with a slight neck lock, which means your chin slightly down and your neck is straight.

Lightly close your eyes and focus on the space between your eyebrows (the third-eye point).

The mantra is Sat Nam (which means “truth identified”).

The hand position (mudra) is simple. Place the four fingers of your right hand on your left wrist and feel your pulse. The fingers are in a straight line, lightly pressed on the wrist so you can feel your pulse in each fingertip.

On each beat of your pulse, mentally hear the sound of Sat Nam.

This meditation is suggested for 11 minutes, but you can experience great benefits in just one minute. Practice it daily to develop your intuition and calm your mind.

Who is this book for?

This book is for anyone who wants to create positive change in their life. If you’re stressed out, anxious, fearful, stuck or simply ready to play bigger in your life, this book is for you.

If you have the slightest willingness to feel better, this book is for you.

It doesn’t matter where you are on your spiritual path. You can be a dedicated yogi with a 20-year practice, a hardcore cynic who thinks this stuff is woo-woo, or anywhere in between: No matter what, you’ll benefit a lot from these teachings. What’s most exciting about the book is that you can simply use one of the exercises on a daily basis and it WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. I say that with conviction.

How should the reader use the book?

This book is fun and interactive. You can read it from start to finish and soak up the concepts, but there are other ways to approach it. I feel that book can also act like a tarot deck. You can set an intention for yourself and then open the book to any page. Mark my words: You will ALWAYS get the guidance you need most in that moment.

I think the best way to use this book is to surrender to the exercises. Let your intuition guide you through each page. When you land on exercise that excites you, DO IT. Practice it for 40 days and master it. Then share it! These tools are meant to be shared. The last lesson in the book is that you are the guru. Miracles Now empowers you with life-changing tools that you can share with the world. When these tools become yours, they are yours to share.

What are the spiritual teachings that influenced the lessons in the book?

As a student and teacher of  A Course in Miracles and Kundalini yoga and meditation, it has become my mission to translate these life-changing spiritual truths for all seekers. A Course in Miracles is a metaphysical self-taught curriculum based on the principle that when we choose love over fear we experience miraculous change. The Course emphasizes the practice of turning our fears over to the care of our inner guide and places strong emphasis on forgiveness. The Course teaches us that through the experience of forgiveness we will know true peace.

Kundalini is the yoga of awareness, which focuses on enhancing one’s intuition and strengthening the energy field. Kundalini aims to draw forth the creative potential of an individual to have strong values, be truthful and focus on compassion and consciousness.

It is a great honor to share the principles of both A Course in Miracles and Kundalinithroughout this book. These tools helps the reader release everything that blocks their connection to their inner power. When you practice these techniques, fear melts away, inspiration springs up, and a sense of peace sets in. Most importantly, you build a relationship to the power within you — and this power connection is essential. The power I speak of is your connection to love. The more we tune into our own frequency of love, the more love will spread. When love is the trend there is no room for violence and war. Trust me when I say: Your practice is crucial in the awakening of the world. Each person’s energy matters.

In the book you use social media in a really cool way. Can you share about this?

I love this part! I boiled down each lesson into a 140-character description — or Miracle Message — which can be tweeted, pinned on Pinterest, posted on Facebook, or shared on Instagram. Each Miracle Message ends with the hashtag #MiraclesNow so readers can connect, share miracles and spread inspiration. And e-book readers can share right from their devices.

If any readers want to share the instagram/Pinterest quotes from the book they can download them here: http://gabbyb.tv/miracles-now-assets

How can we become a Miracle-Worker?

The moment you invite miracles into your own life you become a miracle worker. It’s as though you accept a spiritual invitation to live a life beyond the fear and doubt that you once knew. Stay committed to your desire to live in love and strengthen your faith in miracles. Then share your story with those who are in need. Your miraculous story has the power to save lives.

Share with us your journey and how it led to where you are now

In my early twenties I ran a nightlife PR firm in NYC. On the outside everything looked great, but on the inside I was a mess. I was seeking happiness, security and self-worth outside of myself. I regularly stayed up till 5 or 6 a.m. partying, and thanks to cocaine I weighed about 98 pounds. My friends had tried an intervention, but it didn’t work. Then, one night, I finally let it go. I wrote in my journal, “I need help. God, Universe, whoever is out there … I surrender.” The next morning, October 2, 2005, I woke up to a loud inner voice that said, “Get clean and you’ll have everything you want.” I knew I had no other choice than to listen.

I am happy it happened the way it did. I found God in my own way. I got clean. My conscious surrender was when I asked for help in my journal. I received an answer right away, and I have been sober since that day. I was desperately looking for happiness, and I was seeking everything good—peace and happiness—outside of myself.

For the past eight years I’ve been on a powerful journey inward, expanding my intuition and shifting my perceptions of the world. Through my own personal journey I have been guided to teach others to do the same.

Order Gabby’s new book, Miracles Now TODAY, and get these three gifts from gabby:

-       Her ½ day workshop on Manifesting Miracles

-       Her lecture on Living a Miraculous Life

-       The audiobook intro to the book!

Thank you Gabrielle for the interview and all the good you do for this world. You are a bright light and I am excited for this new book!

Gabrielle really can help you become the happiest person you know. She is real. Genuine. Beautiful. Raw. True. She’s honest and open. I hope you all find her work as enriching as I do.

Have a great day!

XOXO

 

To Eat or Not to Eat – That is the Question

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Last semester, when I was taking a class on nutrition, I learned that there is such a thing as being too conscious about your health and what you eat. It can become an obsession and it can keep you from eating when you’re hungry; when there isn’t anything within reach that you “can” eat.

I identify as a vegetarian and wanna-be vegan, but yesterday I had a tuna fish sandwich for lunch.

Now, it wasn’t because there was no other option. I had other things to choose from, including a salad. but, honestly, sometimes you really do have to listen to your body and tell your mind to shut up. It can become so easy to over think ingredients and food-prep. I know my hunger shuts down completely when I learn there is high fructose corn syrup in the honey salad dressing I got.

It is so easy to get caught up in the “what is healthy” and “what is not” game. Now – believe me, I know that high fructose corn syrup is evil and sugar is the devil. My personal belief is that I should not harm another being so I can eat, when there are ways I can live without doing so.

However, cravings happen for a reason.

I think that our bodies know way more than we could ever give them credit for. And when they tell you that you need something, you should listen. I have absolutely no idea why my body thought it was necessary that I have tuna fish yesterday, but I could not shake that desire. After I tried for a while, I just caved and gave in – because, it was obvious, that it was something my body believed I needed.

So I trusted my body.

When people think of vegetarianism or veganism, they think of deprivation. We are not allowing certain things to be on our plates. We aren’t letting ourselves have ice cream every once in a while. We aren’t allowing ourselves to have chocolate. We can’t have a hot dog (though, at this point, that doesn’t feel like I’m depriving myself. hot dogs are icky lol).

You know what I mean, though.

Vegetarians and vegans are strict and have no fun. Or that’s what a lot of people think.

Now, there are a amazing recipes for vegan ice cream, french toast, chocolate pudding, tacos, etc.

But sometimes, you need to indulge.

Don’t let yourself be put in a cage by the fear of high fructose corn syrup or your knowledge of various food productions.

Be mindful, but don’t be cruel to yourself.

Listen and learn from your body.

Trust that you know what you’re doing.

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Are you vegetarian/vegan? Have you ever had a “cheat” day?

Have a great day!

XOXO

Time to Wake Up

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Yogi Bhajan once said that when we got to the Aquarian age (which we transitioned into in December 2012) 1/3 of the population will commit suicide, 1/3 will go mad, and 1/3 will wake up.

That can sound a little scary, but it really does make sense. We have moved into an entirely new age. An entirely new time. The Age of Aquarius is often called the Age of Communication. Gone are the days of us searching for happiness on the outside. Now it is time for us to express what our hearts are longing to say. Now it is time for us to be honest, be open, be loving of ourselves and others.

If we don’t wake up and allow ourselves to become an expression of the light and love that we want, we’re only going to experience more crazy! Think about crazy land. We’re living in it now, So much stress, rushing around. We’re easily frustrated and angry. We snap at people, we’re especially mean to ourselves.

There is a better way and that way is to wake up.

Wake up tomorrow with a new perspective. Open your eyes to the love around you. It’s not that we need to learn another way to live. It’s that we need to forget all the shit we’ve already lived through!

As babies, we are born into this world knowing love. We are love. But things happen to make us forget that love. We second guess ourselves. We pay too much attention to the media and social expectations. Mom and dad fight. You witness or experience something horrible that makes you question that love is real.

There is so much horribleness in this world. But, that’s not all there is and that’s not all you have to feel or experience.

Wake up tomorrow feeling grateful. Do you have food? A bed? A blanket? So many people don’t even have things like that. Be grateful to be opening your eyes. Be grateful to have this opportunity to live.

Live big, too. Express your gratitude. Be thankful instead of complain-ful (yeah yeah that’s not word haha). Whatever you do, don’t half-ass it. There is no try. There is only doing. And there is ONLY now.

Wake up and live the life you want to live because the moment you’re in right now is all you have to make a statement: a statement of who you are.

So in the morning ask, “Where shall you have me go? What shall you have me do? What shall you have me say? And to whom?” It’s from A Course in Miracles. Start creating miracles: a shift in perspective: a shift from fear to love.

Let me know how it goes!

Sleep well xoxo

The Strength of Silence

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So many people are afraid of silence. I know I used to be. I still am, sometimes, if I have gotten out of the habit of sitting in it. When we are all alone, in a still room with no music or tv show on in the background, we are gripped with a fear? Why? Because we don’t want to be left behind. We don’t want to fall behind in what’s going on in Crimea. We don’t want to miss out on Maureen Johnson’s awesome tweets. We don’t want to miss out on hearing the latest gossip at the lunch table with our friends.

Can I ask you something? I want you to be honest when you answer. Look at the list of things above. Your list might be a little different. Maybe it’s work related. You can change things around…add the things that you’re afraid to not hear about the moment it happens. But…up until now you have always been connected to the news and the gossip…has that made you any happier? What has that really offered to you? How has any of that served your life or your purpose? How has any of that allowed you to serve anyone else?

I am not saying we shouldn’t read the newspaper, but you should always be aware of how things are affecting you. Louise Hay says to NEVER read or watch the news at night before you go to bed. I sometimes catch the teasers before I turn off the tv before the news comes on and OMG the horrors to be discovered there! It’s a very scary thing: the news. You should be aware of the world, but you also need to take care of yourself and your state of mind.

Sometimes, the best thing any of us can ever do is unplug. Turn off the computer. Put the phone away and turn the volume off. Step away from the newspaper.

I dare you to just sit.

Dr. Wayne Dyer has said that he spends two hours in the morning sitting in silence. At the beginning, you might feel uncomfortable. Your mind will probably get busy very quickly, making to-do lists and reminding you of all the things you should be doing. You’re a busy person, I know. You have class, school, meals to make, kids to take care of, a house to clean. I’m sure if I asked you write now, you’d have a list a mile long full of things that need your attention.

But, there is a reason you came to this blog. There is a question you’re asking yourself. How can I be happier? Why do I have what I want, but still feel miserable? Or, why can’t I ever get what I want? Whether it’s a job or relationship or get into a handstand in yoga class.

You’re pushing yourself to fit a mold that was created by the media in order for you to keep buying more things. If buying those new shoes was what really brought you happiness, you wouldn’t be asking those questions. I think we have all come to realize that happiness is something found within, not at the shopping mall. But, knowing that is completely different than living it.

Happiness is a practice, just like yoga. It’s something that takes time and awareness. Conscious effort.

The answers to all of our questions come to us in the quiet. If you sit long enough, your mind will eventually get the message and it will shut up. Then, once you’ve forgotten about the question, the answer will come. Once you release the anxiety and you stop rushing and demanding for an answer at this very second(!), you will find a sense of ease. Tranquility will wash over you, because you’ll be free of your damn calendar.

Give yourself permission to be. To just be. Be self. Be Divine. Be centered. Be connected.

You don’t have to sit in the quiet for 2 hours, though I think that’s something we should all strive for. That’s something I think we all want, on one level or another. But, take a few moments. Take a minute. Maybe 5. Maybe 10 or 15 or a half an hour. And it’s not time that “you can spare” from your busy day! I challenge you to put an alarm on your phone reminding you that it is time to meditate. Do it twice a day if not more – just to close your eyes and take a few breaths. Connect with yourself and see how you’re really feeling. It’s your time to be honest and be real; authentic and genuine. No lies.

Sit with your back straight.

You can breathe in and out quickly through the nose: breath of fire (do not do if menstrating or pregnant)

Or just long deep soothing breathes through the nose or mouth, whichever works for you

Rub your hands together to start, to stimulate energy and warmth in your palms

Maybe bring your palms together and press your thumbs into your heartbeat

There are so many things you can do! Just close your eyes. Go deeper into yourself and hold the energy and wisdom inside.

You are worthy of silence. It’s something you need. It’s something you probably desire, even if you’re not aware that that is what you are craving.

Silence is such a beautiful, powerful thing. Please don’t hide from it anymore.

Much love,

Stacy

XOXO

Open Mind, Open Heart

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Hey Everyone!

People often regard others as being open or closed minded, but what does that really mean? More often than not, being open minded means that you don’t fight change and are not quick to judge when others do change/or go against what we’ve been taught is the norm. Close minded is the opposite…fighting change and hating anyone who dares go against the society definitions of normal and right.

I think it’s more than that, though.

“Have a mind that’s Open to everything and closed to Nothing.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer

Let’s say you’re having a heated discussion with someone about politics or religion or even what the best pizza place is in NYC. Things get really heated and there’s yelling and name-calling. Why? Because the mind was closed to new ideas and new perspectives. There was no love in that discussion. Not even acceptance or respect.

But let’s say you were sitting with someone, expressing your opinion and giving the reasons why and then you listened as the other person did the same. You looked them in the eye and really took in their words, body language, and passion, and you were able to respond in a nice manner that you respected that even if you’re opinion was different. Even better, let’s say your opinion changed, even ever so slightly, because of this new opinion you had the opportunity to hear.

Things are constantly changing. Nothing is static in this world. Once you become static, you no longer exist in this world.

You chose to come here, you know. We all chose to come and live on this earth. We are all spiritual beings having a human experience, so why would be want our experience to be filled with struggle, hate, violence, and pain? Why not open our minds to the voices of others? Why not open our minds and hearts to the words of our peers? Why not love?

“If we taught every 8 year old child to meditate for one hour a week, we would eliminate all the violence in the world in one generation.” – Dalai Lama

Dr. Wayne Dyer also said in his speech that we are all afraid of silence. Mark Twain said that God’s only voice is silence. We are disconnecting ourselves from the Divine energy that created us and that is part of us by rushing around and lashing out instead of sitting back and listening.

I dare you to sit in a quiet space today for 10 minutes. Gradually let that 10 minutes become 15. Then 20. Keep going until you are comfortable to sit in silence for an hour. Close your eyes and go deeper inward. Listen to your inner truth. Meggan Watterson says that if you question whether or not you’re hearing your Soul Voice, then it’s not your Soul Voice. When you hear it, you will know.

Have a great day everyone!

Love and hugs,

Stacy

Feeling Lost

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Have you ever been walking along, completely ignorant but in a blissful way and then suddenly you stop and realize you have know idea where you are or how the hell you got there?

Well, my loves, that’s what I had happen today.

No, I wasn’t lost in the woods. There really isn’t a way to get possible on my campus. It’s a small liberal arts school and I’m pretty sure every pathway that’s on it will eventually meet up with every other path way if you keep walking long enough. Honestly, there are spots where you can stand and see the ENTIRE campus.

I was lost in a more philisophical sense. Even more than that. I was lost in a Divine way.

I had the honor of finding a talk Wayne Dyer gave for the Hay House Writer’s Workshop. It’s available for everyone to watch until April 1st. Even if you’re not a writer, I think you should watch it. Dr. Wayne Dyer is such an amazing person. He is such a light. His stories can honestly touch everyone, I think. He’s such a geniune person.

But, anyway, in this talk he said that to get what you want, whatever that may be, you need to align yourself what that desire. Feel such passion and joy and excitement, that you are driven to do it by your own expectation of yourself. If you expect it from yourself, you can’t just sit and wait. You must get up and do.

He told the story of his start. How he wrote his first book. How he got published. Seriously, when he went to talk about his book to a publisher they talked for 4 hours but not about his book. Yet, that publisher gave him a contract because of the sort of man Wayne Dyer is, saying, “I don’t care what that man writes. I want him with us.”

It made me take a step back and look at myself. Really look in the mirror. It’s not beautiful sight at the moment, because I have come down with the plague (just kidding. I’m actually feeling better. The worst is totally behind me lol). But, really, I wasn’t happy with what I saw because I could see a complete and total difference in who I was in this moment and the path I had been on several months ago when I had the honor of seeing Cheryl Richardson, Nancy Levin, Kate Northrup, Kris Carr, Iyanla Vanzant, Bruce Lipton, Meggan Watterson, and many other lightworkers in D.C. at the I Can Do It Conference.

Somehow I got out of my daily ritual of self-care, self-love, conscious thinking, and devotion to my higher self. I haven’t been writing. I haven’t been saying my affirmations.

I let myself get caught up in the monotomy of boring classes and homework. I stopped eating as many vegetables as I should. I started napping a lot instead of napping little and living a lot.

Part of this has to do with the weather. This really has been a killer winter. There were even flurries spotted today when I went to dinner. Insane! But…I know who I am. I know what my purpose is. I know my strength, my will, my dedication, my love, my Divinity.

But where did it go?

I let it take a back seat while I trudged through the snow, the every day, only looking forward to spring, the better days, instead of making my days better now.

We only have this moment. This day.

How we live this day, is how we live our lives.

So, I’m making a plan. I’m not running Back to my path, but I’m walking forward. Everything happens for a reason. I don’t believe we ever faulter. But instead we learn new lessons and see new things. Everything that happens, we were meant to experience.

Tomorrow, I begin my day with tea and mirror work. What about you?

It’s Officially Spring!

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Happy Ostara, everyone!

It’s the first day of spring and the sun is finally shining! You can tell we all miss the sun. In my acting class, we spend about the first hour or so working on movement and learning to work together, silently, as a group as we move around in space. It was really cloudy this morning. I thought it was going to be a gloomy day – which are my favorite writing days and I love storms and all…but it’s Ostara! I expected sunshine! LOL So as soon as the wind would move the clouds and sunlight broke through the gray – everyone would literally dive onto the floor to catch a little bit of sun. It was fantastic :)

The sun is really shining now, as I’m writing this. I am so excited. I can smell spring in the air. It’s here. We made it. We survived that long-ass winter. We didn’t freeze to death or get buried in snow. Aren’t you so proud? So incredibly happy?

It’s hard celebrating any Sabbat on campus. Candles aren’t allowed, which makes me cry a little bit on the inside, but you don’t need a grand gesture or huge formal ceremony to celebrate with the earth.

My plan is to have a nice cup of tea later, sit in the sun, bask in all the new life and possibilities around me, and share my tea with the Lord and Lady. All very basic, but no less heart felt and beautiful. I also want to start a new journal (Spring is the time to start things – btw, so I think it’s perfect timing!) that will be filled with everything I’m grateful for. Affirmations. Love. The things making me happy. Things like that :)

How are you celebrating our long awaited spring?

I hope everyone has an amazing day! Be sure to go and stand in the sun for a few moments!

Much love and many hugs,

Stacy

XOXO

Knowing Health

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Post-Yoga Headstand :)

People measure health differently. When I was a figure skater I ate fast food every day after practice. I considered myself healthy though, because at the time I was exercising. A lot. And my coach told us we needed to eat pizza and french fries. He really did. It was kinda cool lol

At least, it was until I became a health nut and a follower of the imcomparable Kris Carr. It wasn’t until after I became a vegetarian that I truly understood health, at least what health meant for me. Not everyone is the same and I am in no way telling you that the only way to be healthy is to become a vegetarian. My mom eats meat and I don’t judge her at all. I do recommend knowing where your meat comes from – like, I wouldn’t ever get meat at Walmart. Just my opinion. Shop locally.

But…I know I’m healthy because, in the past year, I have only been sick once. Now, those of you who know me, know how big of a deal that is. It wasn’t like I was on my death bed my whole life, but I always suffered from horrible allergies. I got sinus infections twice a year, every year, since before I can remember. At one point in my life I used to get nose bleeds once or twice EVERY day. To make matters worse, when I was a figure skater I was homeschooled. When I went back to public school for my last two years of high school, I was sick from the second day of school until summer vacation. It was awful.

This year, however, I have only been sick once AND it only lasted for 2 days! 2 days! That is like unheard of for me!

I don’t just credit vegetarianism for my health, though I do think green veggies are awesome! But, I have changed a lot about myself this past year. I started listening to myself. My body. I have a very steady yoga practice where I challenge myself in new ways every day. I hike more (when it’s warm, not going to lie. This polar vortex has kept me inside more than I’d like). I smile A LOT more. I surround myself with the people I love. I hug my friends and tell them I love them and, because I am with those who I have a great relationship with, I get their love in return :)

Remember my post I am… I say the affirmation, “I am a holy vessel of Divine energy and everything I do, think, say, and eat reflects that.”

I honor my body by giving it food I know is good. Real food. Food that comes from the earth, the Great Mother, and not a factory or lab. I move my body. I listen to what it needs and never push myself into a situation (or yoga pose) that could hurt it, even if it’s something I want to do in that moment. I am patient with myself and with those around me. I try harder to be, every day, anyway.

What does health mean to you?

Is it going to the gym so many times a week? Eating specific things? Not doing things?

I recently watched this funny video that was on my FB feed. You can watch it here. And though it’s funny, it’s really isn’t in some ways. Both of the people in the video are pushing themseles; torturing themselves to get through their workout so they can get a taco. Is that really healthy? You hurt yourself and reward yourself for being mean to yourself?

If you’re mean to yourself, what’s stopping you from being mean to others? You are to them as you are to yourself. I know that’s hard to think about, because I know I can be mean to myself and I always thought I was supportive of others. BUT one thing I hope we all know or are coming to know is that you can never love anyone else until you love yourself. Until you are okay with yourself. Otherwise you will be insecure and that leads to bad things. Does that make sense? I hope so.

I want us all to be healthy and happy.

You don’t have to deprive yourself of the things you like to be healthy, but don’t have tacos every day. OR make different kinds of tacos. Make your own – don’t go through the drive-thru. Add veggies. Or make them completely with veggies. Add lentils – great source of nutrients!

Don’t push yourself, but be gateful for where your body is now. Be grateful you can move and support yourself.

Move with ease and it will seem easy and become easy. Breathe deeply, through yoga, as you run, and as you go through your day being with other people.

Eat what makes you feel good. Some foods taste great, but make you feel horrible later. That’s your body telling you something! Start listening and your body will reward you as you take better care of yourself.

What are some of your healthy go-to’s? I’d love to hear them :)

Have a great day!

Happy Monday!

Xoxo

Spring Break

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It’s finally here! I never thought it actually would. It felt like I’ve been counting down minutes and not just days until i could go home!

It’s not that I hate school. I actually like school. But, seriously, like my advisor says, “You either take a break or you break.”

As many of you know, I’m not great at taking breaks. There’s always something to do, isn’t there? Cleaning, writing, blogging, working, travelling, family visiting. The list can go on and on. My dog always misses me when I’m away and demands my attention when I come home.

So, I took a break this weekend.

Now, I’m writing and then in about an hour I’m going out with Mom and Grandma to celebrate Grandma’s birthday. We’re taking her to Bob Evans for breakfast and spending the day together….and that brings me back to you…

I need some stories to tell her.

She seems to think I live an adventurous life. I promise her I don’t, but she never believes me. I tell her my life is ruled by homework and yoga, but she thinks there is some other life I lead when I’m not at home.

So, either we tell her that I’m boring…on her birthday; therefore, breaking her wishes and dreams. Or, you come up with some fantastic tale about…i have no idea. Make something up!

Oh wait! I’ve got it!

I can tell her about my acting class.

See, I knew writing all of that out would lead to me actually having something to tell her.

You have a relative like that too, right?

Of course you do. We all do. Right? Don’t leave me hanging, guys.

Anyway, I’m going back to writing my book. I’m glad we figured this out.

What are you up to for your spring break? It better be something fun! I want stories! ;)

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