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Grinz

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I had an amazingly wonderful weekend. Good things are blooming!



Okay, so like not literally because we still have a foot of snow on the ground and we're getting sleet and freezing rain this morning.

But Things in my life are manifesting and oh how wonderful it is.

Latest Mantra

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In the last few days, I've developed a new manta. Oh, don't worry - "let go of the attachments that no longer serve you" hasn't gone very far. It's one of my favorites, if I do say so myself. Good for any and all occasions.

The new one came to me after really thinking about what I could do to bring "nurture" back into my massages. Of course, self-nurture is key. After all, you have to put the oxygen mask on yourself before helping someone else put their on.


Or something.

Anyway.

The new mantra is "I honor the Divinity in you." It is sort of one half of the Namaste translation: The divine in me recognizes and honors the divine in you. Or something to that effect.

It is meant to be intentionally humbling to me. I use it to remind myself that each and every person I come in contact with (or could potentially come in contact with) has the Divine in them. As such, if I wish to honor the Divine, then I must honor them. I also use it to remind my…

Fizzle

All month long, there has been something "off" about my massages. I couldn't put my finger on what, though. Nobody's complained and the tips have still been good, but I just have not felt that connection with almost any of my clients.

It didn't dawn on me until nearly the end of my shift on Saturday that I had lost my "nurture." It was gone. That was the reason I wasn't connecting with any of my clients; I had nothing to give them. I've used my nurture all up. I'm spent. I need to do some serious self-nurturing (or better yet, find someone to nurture me!) in order to get my mojo back.

Part of the problem is that I have taken NO time off since I started work there in July. Plus, I only got one day off last week as I covered for a coworker with an emergency. Plus, I'm only getting one day off this week as I'm covering for a coworker on vacation. I'm burned out. Which would certainly explain why I took a four-hour nap today instead …

Book Review: The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies

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I will be the first to admit that I've had my eye on this book for a while. I'd flipped through it before in Borders but neither had the money nor the inclination to actually purchase it.

However, after the cleanse I went through back in January I decided to purchase the book. The facilitator of the cleanse was actually a student of the author and referenced him many times during the three workshops.

The book itself is divided into three parts. The first details what Ayurveda is, the philosophy behind it, how to determine your dosha, characteristics of the doshas, and why people get sick. The second part is titled "Putting Ayurveda to Work" and goes into detail regarding how this ancient form of medicine can benefit you. The third part gives home remedies for a slew of maladies, from acne to yeast infections.

The book does an excellent job of explaining the basics of Ayurveda and how it can be applied to your every day life. While the book does not go into detail reg…

Percolatin' Positivities

So, I have a couple things I'm working on right now. One is intensely private and won't be posted here. But I just thought you should know I'm working on it. ;-) The other could end up as something or as nothing. I'm not sure yet.

I've started writing again.

I'm not sure what this will turn into. If it will turn into anything. But Inspiration smashed me over the head a couple days ago and I felt compelled to actually give it some time. There was a lot more there than I expected and I enjoyed the time I spent with it.

My usual habit in writing is to get three or four pages in and then just stop. This has the potential to keep going, so I'm going to do so. I'm not going to try to force it to be anything it isn't or force myself to work on it when I'm not up to it.

It's a take-it-as-it-comes kind of deal right now. But I will admit that this is the first time I've felt excited about anything I've written in a long, long time.

I'll k…

Baby Me

I am at my weekend. YAY!

I survived Valentine's Day. This is always difficult for me. I have never had a valentine. In all my years, whenever I was in a relationship, it always ended before or started after this fateful day. So, it's a hard day for me. I won't go into it here, but suffice it to say that for several days after I'm usually pretty down. Chocolate can only take you so far, and pretty flowers you buy for yourself are still bought by you and not someone who cherishes you.

So, I'm going home to my Mamma. I haven't seen her since Christmas so I'm over-due. But really, I just need to be taken care of for a couple days. I need someone to feed me comfort food I didn't make myself and to have it be okay if all I want to do is watch reruns of Law and Order: SVU or bad SyFy shows.

Sometimes, what you need is a good wallow.

Obsess much?

Last year, one of my unofficial goals (ie, one not set down at the beginning of the year but one that developed) was to "let go of that which no longer served me."

I started using this mantra - ironically enough - for someone I was dating. Well, dating would be a loose term for what we were doing. Very loose. Actually it's probably not even the right word, but I'm going with it. Anyway. That "relationship" was doing me more emotional harm* than good and I needed to let go of it. As the year progressed, the mantra started applying to other things as well.

The idea of letting go of what isn't working for me very much applies to this year's goal of developing healthy relationships. Because, really, what I need to do is let go of the idea that those unhealthy habits are in some way helping me.

Take, for example, the Great Wind Experiment. Which I have concluded without testing everything I wanted to test. Mainly because I ended up trading one kind of ob…

Restless

Happy Saturday, Everyone!

Oh wait. Okay, so it's Tuesday. But it's my Saturday. We got another six inches (give or take) of snow last night, and I am avoiding going outside to clean off my car yet again. I will need to at some point. But at the moment it is warm in here and I don't wanna.

The thing is, I'm feeling really restless this morning. Like I need to be out DOING something. In every season but winter, this is usually when I go out and take a nice long walk and I feel great after. Unfortunately, there really isn't anyplace to walk right now. The bike trail is covered with snow, which would get my heart rate right up there, but not fun to walk in. Same goes with sidewalks. Sigh. There is a yoga class I may get to at noon and a belly dancing class this evening, but I'm twitchy NOW!

In regards to the continuing saga of the Great Wind Experiment, I'm getting a little frustrated and confused. I am fairly certain the chickpeas are off the list, at least in…

Nom nom nom nom

It all started with that damned bagel.

Then I made chickpea cutlets last night. Yeah, they're all gone.

Then I made pizza for dinner tonight. Ate the whole thing.

They all tasted so damned good. And I could. not. STOP.

Ugh.

But, I did it. It's done. It certainly can't be undone. So, I need to pick myself back up and just move on forward. Every day is a new day, every minute a new minute. I can choose to make that next minute healthier and happier than the last.

Moving forward, moving on, and letting it go.

No, really.

Starting now.

Now.

Right now.

Now?

Gah!

White Blanket

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The snow has stopped and the sun is trying to come out. We have about two feet of the white powdery stuff right now. Which means all the skiiers are calling in sick today and heading for the mountains. Can't say as I blame them. If I went in for outdoor sports I'd be doing the same. I however, prefer to sit by the fire drinking something warm. I am a creature of comfort, what can I say?

I managed to get up and dig my car out before the city plow came and buried me under. I am enjoying some coffee now and listening for the plow guy. When he gets here I'm going to move my car so he can get the parking lot properly cleared. It may be a while before he gets here.

I called work today. Sometime between 2:30 yesterday (they closed at 3:30) and 8:30 this morning someone put in an appointment for me at 10am. Crazy! Luckily someone who was already there was able to take it. My first appointment isn't until 1pm now, although I will probably go in earlier. At this point, I am just…

Winter Wonderland

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Snow! Snow! Snow!

I'd post a picture, but it's not done snowing yet and odds are pretty good you can look out your window and get a close approximation of what I'm seeing anyway. I went out at 11am and cleaned close to a foot of snow off of my car. Did some shoveling, too. It is still snowing very hard outside, and in the two hours since I completed my task my car had regained about two inches. If it keeps up like this, I'll have another foot and a half to clean off my car in the morning. Frowny face.

I was supposed to work a 3-8:30 shift today, as I agreed to cover for a friend who is in Arizona of all places this week. I take solace in the fact that it is apparently awful there too. Ha! But by the grace of all that is holy both of my appointments cancelled and work will be closing early today. Tomorrow is up for grabs; apparently my first appointment isn't until 1pm, near the end of my usual shift. They've been getting a lot of cancellations for tomorrow too,…

Article and Petition for You

I try very hard to stay out of politics. I try not to take sides or get too deep into the debate because, frankly, it harshes my mellow. Our system is a dysfunctional system, but better than most of the other choices currently available. So I try to keep my mouth shut and let those who can, do.

However, one of my friends posted this article about Monsanto and the deregulation of where genetically altered alfalfa can be planted. Ie, now basically everywhere. Which means that cross-contamination is all but ensured. Which means no more organic meat, dairy or produce. I urge you to read the article.

If you feel moved to do so, there is a petition that you can find here to sign. Once again, it will be the little guy that suffers here, regardless if they are organic or conventional.

Here ends my politicking. Thank you for your time, and please remember to support your local, small farms.