Hello out there fabulous peoples! Just before my morning meditation, I decided to practice my breathing in and out with a silly attitude. I focused on breathing in a big deep breath while looking in the mirror with the most goofy ridiculous looking face I could make. While breathing out, I gave one of those big ahhhhhhhhh sounds with a my jaw hanging low and some crazy eyes popping out of my face. I did this over and over again laughing my arse off all the way.
I love mindfulness practices; meditation, yoga, mindful walking, etc. Putting a big ole piece of humor into these practices at times can create such a deep sense of joy and release!
I invite you to add some ridiculous silliness into each day. Humor really is the best medicine and one of my absolute favorite spices of life. Go on and get your silly on!
~ Liz Myers, Rooted Living Wellness Coach
Professional Clinical Counselor Intern
How do we love our bodies? The loving comes from accepting and embracing your body as it is now. Embracing an attitude of gratitude for all your body has given you and continues to offer to you will show it love. But, how can you do this if your body does not feel, look or operate the way you want it to and/or the way it used to? Bringing in unconditional love and acceptance at these times is essential for establishing a healthy relationship with your body. One thing that is certain is that your body will continue to change and evolve in new ways each day. When your body aches, it is calling for more love and tender care. It can be a challenge at times to send love and acceptance to those painful places. It can be all too easy to slip into a state where you want to tell the pain to shut off, stop, move away. However, it is in the greeting of this pain, the honoring of this pain that you can listen to what it is communicating to you. You can stop and take some time to give it the tender love and care it needs. When this is received, the pain can feel more free to release as it has been honored and listened to.
It has been proven that we hold traumas and pains in our body. PTSD- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is something that we may ruminate with in our minds, but it is something that is actually held in the body. When your body aches, its root is often coming from a trapped trauma in the body. If you can be with this pain and allow its roots to be revealed, you can then begin to release and let this pain out. It's not a pretty process but it's essential for moving through these pains into a more peaceful released state of being. What we know is that love, care, release and a state of being in the NOW can soothe and release the traumas in the body.
There are many ways to love and accept your body as the body holds many different meanings and roles within our culture. It is an amazing beautiful complexity of operating systems that can support our ability to thrive and survive. The body is linked to image, health, movement and stillness. It can be seen as a physical temple that houses our soul. It can be a vain symbol of strength, sexuality, and weakness.
The body requires many vital components to support a healthy sustainable state of being. How you care for and feed your body will have an effect on your emotional well-being and the longevity of your health. How are you caring for your body today? Are you feeding it healthy nourishing foods and drink? Do you know what types of foods support your unique body? Is your body getting rest and relaxation? Is it getting enough movement? Is it receiving enough loving statements and attitudes from you?
Take some time today to bring awareness to what your body is receiving from you. Take some time to bring awareness to what your body is asking from you. Dive into your relationship with your body and see what it needs and what you bring to the table. When your body feels and looks "good", it can be easy to love and care for it. It's at those times when you may find yourself comparing your body to other images of the ideal, that it needs unconditional love and acceptance the most. It's at those times when it may not do what you want it to that it will need this love as well.
I invite you to give your body a big ole bunch of loooooooove and acceptance today.
~ Rooted Living Wellness Coach Liz Myers, MA, PCCI
Moving into silence can be one of the most powerful places for transformation. We often fill spaces with words, to do's, consumption, and things. If we can sit with silence and non-doing, we allow for our light to be fueled and relaxed by the breath.
Many people have a slight fear of the silence......Fear of what thoughts may arise....Fear of letting go of the external happenings.....Fear of what others may say or do when nothing is happening.....Fear we will lose control over the moment.
We often fill moments with unnecessary chatter and tasks due to a certain discomfort with silence with the self and/or with others. Take some time to allow silence to have its space. Honor the silence, breathing into it while knowing that all that comes up and occurs in that moment is what is really leading the way. The space and openness is what allows for creativity and blooming to arise. It gives our light a chance to breath in the air it needs to be lit up brightly. It allows for the universe to take over and lead the way.
Inviting silence into your life with a safe and loving embrace can allow for a powerful trust and faith to arise within you. It's within these moments that we can let the non-striving occur, which allows for the unexpected beauty to arise. Its a certain laid back attitude we can invite for a more easeful unfolding of our path. It's trusting in the breath to keep us alive. It's a trusting that our path will continue to unfold in the way it is meant to be. When we can sit with others in silence, we allow for a solid trust to take over. We can rest into the fact that there really is nothing to say or do except breath and receive. It's a transformative moment when we can trust in the safety and security of each moment as a gift that will arise for us just as it is meant to be.
~ Rooted Living Wellness Coach, Liz Myers, MA, PCCI
Mindfulness refers to being in complete awareness of the present moment. It involves a certain observance of what is happening now. It allows for acceptance of the moment as it arises without control. As we move through our day we have many opportunities to be present and observant of the moment. A key time of day to cultivate this mindfulness state of being is when you are about to eat something.
It can be all too easy to rush through a meal, chew without tasting, consuming without feeling. I invite you to try out a fun mindful eating activity for the next meal or snack you come upon.
Take the time to really observe the food you are about to eat. Use all of your senses for this activity. Observe the foods with your eyes- notice its shape, colors, patterns. Observe the food with your touch- textures, grooves, surfaces. Observe the smell of the food- breathe it in deeply. Observe the food with your ears- does it make a sound? Incorporate your sense of touch here as well and see if you can make a sound with it. When you are ready, involve your sense of taste. Bring the food slowly to your lips and let it rest softly for a moment allowing your sense of taste to observe this food. Then place the food into your mouth and allow it to sit upon your tongue giving your sense of taste more time to observe all the intricate flavors in this gift of food. Let this small piece of food sit upon your tongue while you continue to observe the many sensations you may witness with this food. When you feel ready, chew the food slowly and observe how it feels in your mouth. Notice if your attention wanders during this activity. Notice if any feelings come up for you during this slow observation process.
Being present and observing allows for a deeper awareness of the present moment and all the gifts and activities happening in that moment. When we slow down, it allows for a greater attunement with what is happening now. Eating mindfully brings many flavors to your awareness that you may never have noticed before. It allows you to be more present with your food instead of thinking of all the others things on your "to-do" list, etc. It also allows your body the chance to slow down and fully absorb and digest all the nutrients you are ingesting.
Take a moment today to slow down with your next item of food. Start with the first bite. Simply observe and enjoy. Your body and taste buds will thank you! :-)
~ Liz Myers, MA. PCCI, Rooted Living Wellness Coach
As the season changes, we embrace a time of transition. A certain letting go occurs as we step into new beginnings of the brisk autumn air. One of the general guidelines for eating with the seasons rests upon the need for balancing the temperature within our bodies as it relates to the temperature outside of our bodies. During the summer, what do we crave the most? Cold foods of course! We want soothing foods that contain cold and hydration, such as watermelon or cucumber.
Similarly, fall is a time to balance the colder transition by embracing warming foods and drinks, such as a cozy cup of chicken noodle soup or immune boosting green tea. These warming foods help to balance your body while they also provide a solid defense against the looming germ season.
Moving towards hot liquids as your main source of nutrition during this season has many benefits. These hot liquids have the ability to keep you hydrated while it also raises the temperature of your airways, both of which are important for loosening secretions. This is a key to raising your immune system defense, since nasal secretions help rid the body of pathogenic viruses and bacteria.
You can feel good about embracing wellness as you enjoy a soothing cup of tea or cozy hot soup recipe!
Check out one of my favorite healthy and delicious soup creations:
Veggie Bean Soup:
I like to use a variety of beans- navy, adzuki, pinto, red kidney beans. However, you can stick to one type if that is what you prefer. You can use fresh or canned. I prefer fresh, however you have to soak the beans overnight to soften them up enough for cooking (soak beans for at least 12 hours in water- the beans will grow larger as they soak, so be sure to put an extra layer of water over the top of the beans).
The basic ratio of liquid needed for cooking beans is 3 to 1. Essentially, 1 cup of beans requires about 3 cups of liquid.
Cook the beans for about 1 hour or so in the miso and water mixture. Add in 1/2 of the spices and herbs while the beans cook. Add in veggies and rest of herbs and allow to simmer for another hour or so. Each type of bean requires different cooking times, so you may have to do a little research to get the cooking just right! The amount of veggies and beans may vary greatly. I tend to eyeball it and throw in the amount that looks good! If you like measurements, here's a basic breakdown.
Cooking is about nourishment and fun, so enjoy the process :-)
1 cup of beans
Organic Miso broth and water
Tumeric (1 tablespoon) - has anti-inflammatory properties.
Cilantro or fresh parsley (big ole bunch)- both are natural cleansers for the body.
1 cup chinese broccoli
1 cup Kale or Collards
1 garlic clove
3/4 cup carrots
1 sweet potato or yam
This soup is a weekly staple in my household. It is easy on the digestive system and it provides all the vitamins and nutrients needed for a strong immune system. It's such an enjoyable cozy warming food for those chilly fall evenings. Enjoy!
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~ Liz Rooted Living Wellness
What appears to be a problem is actually a blessing in disguise. When we are faced with disappointments, unexpected changes in our path or direction, it can throw us off, spinning us down a dark tunnel of despair.
It is at these very times that we can pause and consider that this door's closing is simply lighting the way for a brighter pathway. As you walk through these unexpected circumstances and changes, have faith in the fact that these moments are serving your highest good.
One of the most amazing certainties about life is that we live in uncertainty. We can be sure that the future is always unknown and it's in the predicting that can get us caught up and led into a place of disappointment when the plans we made do not appear as we painted.
Take this time to go inward and trust the process. Take faith in understanding that the reasons behind this present situation will be revealed as transitions occur and the situation resolves.
As they say, when one door closes, another one opens. Be willing to walk away from the closed door, take a moment to mourn if it feels right. Take grace as you embrace gratitude for the opening door that is slowly and surely occurring for you now.
~ By Rooted Living Liz
As always, each photo in this blog were taken by me, Liz Myers. If you are interested in my photography, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a personalized photo shoot or to receive a print.
Liz Myers, MA, RYT200
Spiritual Life Coach, Yoga and Meditation Teacher.
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