I believe that one of our primary reasons for being on this planet is to align with our potential, our life’s purpose, and sense of freedom. I see that more and more people are awakening to this potential. If we’re motivated to want to awaken to ease the suffering of the world and we’re consciously working towards this awakening, we need a solid foundation; our body should be strong, as well as our mind and spirit. We need to to cleanse our body so that we can have a pure vessel to channel the Divine life-force that comes through us and allows us to focus on the sacred work that needs to be done while we are here. Our true potential stems from our ability to be free within ourselves, and in the choices we make.
When we learn to have a harmonious relationship to food it no longer consumes our energy (like it does when we struggle with food and weight), and in fact it frees up our energy (because we let go and drop the struggle altogether). It no longer depletes us, but energizes us. In this capacity, because the fundamental nature of our relationship to food has changed – to one that we enjoy, we can then turn to more important things in our lives, like waking up to our highest potential and doing the things that we love.
This is one very important reason our understanding is paramount to know where our food is sourced. If you eat meat, or dairy, where does it come from? How are those animals raised and treated? What methods were used to make that product salable on the market?
When we eat the flesh of an animal who has been raised in pain and misery that energy becomes part of our own. Perhaps her baby was taken from her (dairy/veal cows) or perhaps they have not been able to move or even see the light of day! The extent of animal cruelty that is out in our world is shameful, and needs to be exposed.
The food we eat, and the energy that is attached to that food BECOMES A PART OF US. It's howour cells are created. The energy that is in that food becomes enmeshed with our energy, and we take on the energy of that plant, or animal, or egg, or brownie, or french fries. So we must be cautious and careful about what is on our fork, because that food will be instrumental in shaping who we become. We, ourselves alone are responsible for the energy that we emit to the world.
All of what we call our world is a shadow of the stuff that creates who we are. The constant creation that unfolds due to our thoughts, and ideas creates our circumstances. This is the power we hold which takes very special care and time to understand and execute. Once this new state of being becomes a habitual state, the power becomes us. The sails are set for the wind to carry us forth to where we are needed.
Wholeness comes from our ability to learn and grow in understanding that the world and its beings are not separate from us. This acknowledgment and understanding changes everything.
There is a natural quality to the pace to our own individual development, just as there is for a tree or a forest. Our path is a process of freeing limitations so it can engage in the process more fully.
How are you engaging the path before you? How can you develop a brighter level of understanding for your own unique growth?
Trying to achieve something out of our comfort zone can be a daunting task. Every excuse in the book comes up. But if we rise above, we can see the next step quite clearly. Often we need to pull out a whole new level of intensity from the depths of our being. And we need to let go of what pulls us downward or away from it. Working towards it without attachment to results. Being ok with rejection or failure is a great practice. Keep trying. Success of any kind may take some time, but it's well with the realm of possibility. But only if we immerse ourselves in it.
One step at a time ... arise. As Buddha said "Drop by drop the pot is filled".
The world around me is turning rapidly. So rapidly in fact that I'm having a tough time keeping up with all of the change and growth in my friends and family - never mind in myself. I'd like to take this opportunity to reach out to you ..who is going through difficult times, changing times, and let you know that you are not alone. Ever. Being alone is a choice you make.
Your life is a testament to what is important for you. No judgement on anyone's part can ever take that away from you. So go. Do it. Move with the mighty flow (the things we can't control), but guide yourself with your good choices - healthy choices. Healthy for your body, and healthy for your spirit. Life is brief. It passes quickly. Finding your balance is a challenge, but it can be done with patience and persistence. Find a practice that you enjoy that is a release of stuck energy - yoga, meditation, tai chi, dance, garden, run, sports, whatever...but keep it up regularly! Don't let anyone take that away from you. Adjust your sails as you age. That practice is your rock - your constant feed from the universal tap of energy and connectedness to your source.
I support women, especially. I support all. Forget about competition. This human experience is not an easy one. What makes it scary is the feeling of aloneness. Fear of the unknown. Fear of failure. Fear of success. Crazy fears hold us back. But it's just a facade .. this thing we call fear. It is a veil of perception that can be removed with right practice, with trust, and with the support of those who truly care.
In buddhist tradition it is called Sangha, aka supportive community. The idea of sangha is something I feel our community needs more of. A few weeks back I attended a festival that I have attended for years - Harvest festival. At this event, for a weekend the festival goers share food, gifts, smiles, dances, and special moments together. People write in forums for weeks after an event like this about the incredible moments they had. They post pictures. They cherish them and look forward to planning the next one. People are hungry for community. And at the same time they run from it. Sometimes being a member in community means you must face your fears. This isn't easy. It brings up pain and hardship from the past. It forces us to grow. Sometimes we're not ready, and as a result instead of growing we throw insults to protect our wounds.
In the Hawaiian tradition there is a practice called ho'oponopono which includes atonement, forgiveness, sending love, and gratitude. The meditation operates on the main principle that you are responsible for everything that happens in your life, even when you are just a witness to it. Ho'ponopono is a mental cleansing to "put right" what is wrong. Taking yourself out of "blame" and simply taking accountability for all hardship. To correct, or make amends.
You reading this: I am truly sorry for all of the pain, hardship, and suffering you have endured.
I care, and I will support you every step of the way. I am not the only one. Are you ready to join this army of support? Male or female. We are One.
The practice of yoga postures is not about being able to "master" a pose, or movement. It's more about using the theory and postures in a way that aids in a far deeper understanding of ourselves, and our true nature. Yoga helps us to connect to our source, to ourself, and to all living things. <3
This coming fall Kim Vidya will be offering an 8-week journey into the deeper aspects of classical yoga, "The 8 Limbs of yoga."
Book your classes online: www.yoga-wellness.ca
I truly value a good attitude. It's always the productive attitudes that endure, and create a positive ripple effect on others. The right attitude can make or break our day!
Aversion allows for diversion. When we divert attention, we can never be whole. Being whole in each moment helps us to connect to our true nature, and to what truly matters.
The best way to cultivate a good attitude is to practice! Smile when you don't feel like smiling, give someone a compliment when you're feeling down. We can heal ourselves by uplifting others. Dig into the beauty that is this life!
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"Truly the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own transformation."
- Lao Tzu
May your health be guarded Faithfully, as you would your Character.
May your thoughts, words, and actions reflect the Beauty of your True Nature.
May you uncover, and hone the talent that has been Entrusted to you.
May the Stars Light your way with the clarity of Foresight.
May your Moral Compass be your Guide.
May the Knowledge of Truth in Wisdom reign over moments of haste.
May you summon Great Power in that Wisdom in your loneliest moments.
May you find Peace in the Acceptance of what can not be changed.
May you know your Connection with Nature.
May you know the value of Quietude.
May you know the Magic of a waking Dream.
With Love and Friendship, Kim Vidya
To look, and feel healthier, and feel more energetic in 6 weeks (or less).
"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now." -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
I would like to preface this list with what I consider to be the most important aspect of health, and that is WATER. If you simply increase your water intake to 8 glasses of QUALITY spring water (preferably from the source) you will see health improvements rapidly. Wake up with 1/2-1 litre of water beside the bed, sip more all through the day, That's my trick. Enjoy this list, and let me know how it goes!
1. NO ADDED SUGAR
If it causes you to feel bad, gain weight, and lack mental clarity, is it really a treat?
2 teaspoons of added sugar will suppress the immune system for up to 4 hours. Strive to cut out all added sugars. Read labels carefully. Use Stevia as an alternative. They have some delicious flavours. My personal favourite is the “Sweet Leaf” Brand in Vanilla. Stevia is safe for dabetics, and does not spike the blood sugar. It tastes great, and can be used in hot drinks, smoothies, or baking. Avoid products such as “Vitamin Water”, and others with high sugar content. As a general rule you should not have more than 8-12g of sugar per serving. Many of these products claim to be healthy(er) and it just isn’t so.
- Cow, Goat and sheep's milk, cheese, and yoghurt are proving not to be the healthy foods that the government preaches. The latest studies (i.e. The China Study) proclaim that the protein in dairy, especially cow dairy feeds cancer cells, causes a plethora of health problems such as arthritis and inflammation, asthma, ear infections, ADD, digestive issues such as colitis and IBS, and many others. For more great info on the dangers dairy go to: www.notmilk.com
3. DAILY SUPERFOODS
The reason we need to eat is to fuel our body so that it can create energy for us to live with vitality. With this in mind, what we choose to eat should be only nutritionally dense foods. Superfoods are both healthy, delicious, and fuel the body perfectly. The most valuable superfoods on my list include: Bee Pollen (sprinkle on cereal, in smoothies, etc), Goji Berries, Hemp Seeds, Chlorella (i.e. Boku), Coconut and Coconut butters, raw Pumpkin and Chia seeds, raw olives, raw cacao, Avocado, medicinal Mushrooms i.e. Shiitake, Maitake, Reishi, sprouts of all kinds - learn to make your own - these are powerhouses of quality nutrients. Eat foods in their natural form. A high raw food diet is the perfect diet for optimal health. Cooking, and denaturing foods will lower your quality of health, and life, just as it does to the plant/vegetable.
- Avoid fried foods, potato chips, french fries, pastries, muffins, and any oils that have been cooked at high heat. The only safe oil at high heat is coconut oil (try unflavoured for best results). High fat diets clog the digestive system, cause cardiovascular disease, proliferate cancer cells, raise cholesterol, and lower energy levels. Eating foods in their natural form such as avocado, and olives, also high in fat are encouraged. Avoid Canola, It is toxic.
- Eat 1/3 of your meal in green veggies such as: Kale, mustard greens, broccoli, chard, dandelion greens, high quality lettuces such as romaine, and baby greens, bok choy, chinese cabbage, rapini, etc. sneak these also into your smoothies for high quality nutrient value in each blended drink.
6. QUALITY SLEEP
- If you are not sleeping a minimum of 6-7 solid hours of sleep per night this is something that needs to be corrected asap. This means your hormones, and all mandatory systems in the body are fighting to find balance. If you are sleeping more than 9 hours and wake up feeling unrested, this is also a warning sign.
If you don't know where to find some of these great superfoods, try your local health food store, or your local grocery store's organic section. You may say that it is expensive, or difficult to find, but which is more expensive, and time consuming .... spending more on the prevention, or correcting your health when it's too late? Prioritizing your health will save you time on doctor's visits, medication, and most importantly - quality of life. It's well worth the time and effort to build healthy cells, and healthy habits with each meal.