Sweet Depression

I grew up on sugar.  The best part of our family meals were desserts.  Everyone looked forward to cakes, cookies, and pies.  Then as children we would go to the dentist and get our cavities filled and be rewarded with candy.  Life has changed since then.  It now has become known that sugar is toxic and highly addictive.

Research indicates that sugar is linked to diabetes, heart disease and even Alzheimer.  What appears to be safe and a treat, is actually dangerous to our health if consumed in large quantities.

Office parties, kids birthday’s and holidays are often filled with sugar.  Our lives seems to revolve around the tempting sweet stuff.  Like caffeine our bodies crave the fix, but the fix is temporary and often times makes us feel worse.  In my private practice as a counselor, I have heard personal stories of sugar causing depression, low energy and poor sleep which results in a higher sugar intake to feel energized.  Then the cycle is repeated and can last years or even a lifetime.

Low sugar intake is recommended for any diet and there are lots of natural sugars to use as a replacement including honey, molasses, coconut sugar, maple syrup and stevia.

The next time you reach for a candy bar or piece of cake, pay attention to how you feel physically, emotionally and mentally both before and after you it it.  If your body is intolerant of sugar you will notice low energy, depression and brain fog among other symptoms. If you are struggling with any of these symptoms take steps to reduce or eliminate sugar from your daily intake.  This may be difficult at first, but your body and mind will thank you.  Also ask yourself why you are eating sugar.

Life is meant to be sweet, but not too sweet…

 

 

Mountain Solid

Being forced into isolation, I was reminded of powerful and peaceful meditations by one of my favorite spiritual teachers, Thich Nhat Hanh, and thought it would helpful to share.

Mountain Solid

Breathing in, I see myself as a mountain

breathing out, I feel solid

Mountain, Solid

Remember that mountains can be dug into, blown up, or roads paved through them, but they remain strong and powerful.  Find strength peace in the moment.

The Sun Will Shine Again

At first the pandemic didn’t seem real.  I didn’t think that life was going to change to the level that it has.  A week or so later, I see anxiety on people’s faces and hear fear in their voices.  They are not alone as I find myself scared for myself, my family, my community, the country and the planet.

Never has there been a time when the entire entire world has experienced such global impact.  We cannot drive away from it, nor can we fly to another country to escape.  We are limited to being together at the time when we need being together the most.  We struggle to find food and supplies.

For me, as my world becomes smaller and smaller, I have been forced to go within, something I am often to busy to do, or simply avoid.  Now I find going within an essential part of my daily routine as my previous life no longer exists.  I no longer go out for coffee or lunch and running errands has come to a bare minim as I am restricted to my home.  Although keeping busy has always been a good distraction, now I am forced to find peace and solace in prayer and meditation.

I also know that like everything in life, this too will pass and the sun will continue to shine.  In the meantime, we need to dance through the storm, whether it is with others or alone.

You, me, us, we will all get through together.  The storm clouds will pass and the sun will shine again, just dance through the storm, dance through the storm, dance through the storm….

Killer Cabbage

Today I wanted to make some homemade cabbage soup and got in the car to go to the local grocery store, but then paused.  I sat in the car thinking, was it worth getting a cabbage to possibly get coronavirus and die?  The answer wasn’t as easy as you would think.  At first I thought, yes, I’m fine, I’m not going to catch anything, then I thought about, what if?

What if I came into contact with someone who was ill and I picked up the potentially deadly virus?  I struggled with the decision and then got upset.  I only wanted to make soup, nothing out of the ordinary, not go ski-diving or jump off a bridge, things that are considered risky.  I just wanted to make some healthy tasty soup, yet now the message I was hearing on the news was that a trip to the grocery store to get a cabbage could possibly kill me….

How to live life in uncertain and unpredictable times?  Not an easy thing to do.  I am following the CDC’s guidelines and trying to avoid large groups of people and staying at home for the most part, but sometime’s it’s not easy.  I turned the engine off and got out of my car.  I did not get the cabbage and sulked into my house, without a cabbage, feeling disappointed.

I also talked to my son down south yesterday.  He informed me that he didn’t have any toilet paper.  I finished our phone call and later thought, I didn’t ask him if he needed any toilet paper.  So I called back and asked him a question I thought I would never ask.  “Can I send you some toilet paper?”

As we all continue to adjust to the shortages and to isolation, we need to be responsible and take care of ourselves the best we can.  Life is not easy, but somehow we will all get through this together and rebuild our lives, our countries, and our economies.  Life will go on.

In the meantime, I go without cabbage soup and my son goes without toilet paper, yet we survive!

ISOLATION

How is isolating good for us?  For those of us who like to be social, isolation may be a welcome change in the beginning, but after a few days it may become difficult.

As our world continues to shut down over the days and weeks following the coronavirus, we all have to adjust to what is.

I work remotely, and find getting out during my days a necessary part of feeling healthy and connected, yet life is presenting with limitations as I try to adjust to a smaller world.  At first I found the changes uncomfortable, especially when I walked into my favorite cafe to write and found most of the tables had disappeared.  I then heard how limiting people into the cafe would help reduce the spread of germs.  After my initial disappointment, I realized I would have to resign to being at home more.

I now focus on how I can be productive and happy being isolated to such a small home and community.  Luckily for me, I love being creative.  I will make the most out of my time by writing, painting, cooking and doing all those things that I often complain I don’t have time for.

For me, its the initial adjustment of being alone more and being restricted from some of my favorite places, but I know this won’t last forever.  I also know that using this time to make long needed personal changes is what I need to do at this time.  Although I am blessed to have a wonderful husband to share my shrinking world with, those of you who don’t have a spouse or partner and find yourself alone, try to use this time to do what you have put off or have wanted to do for years.  Clean the house, take a hike, play with your pet, read a book, play drums, cook a favorite meal, learn to knit or dance like crazy!

Being alone and going within is a healthy and necessary part of personal growth.  Keeping everyone safe is necessary in a changing world, but it doesn’t mean isolation has to be bad.  Make the most out of it!  It won’t last forever.

 

Raw Good Vibes

On a recent trip to Florida for a Drum Circle Facilitation Workshop, I fell in love with Good Vibes Juice Co.  Each morning I would wake up and head to the juice bar where I would pick out one or two raw organic juices and sit in the sunshine outside the shop, and soak up both nutrients and sun-rays.

One of my favorite juices is, “Shark Bite”, a combination of carrot, beet, pineapple and ginger, an earthy grounding blend.  Another favorite was  “Riptide”, a mix of coconut water, lime juice and blue majik (freshwater algae).  One of the most potent shots I had was, “Ginger XL”, a powerful double dose of ginger and cayenne pepper.  Strong enough to blow your head off!

Sadly after a few days, I had to leave the sunshine state and head back to the dreary midwest winter.  I decided that juicing was going to be a part of my new life, along with drumming.  I knew that the raw juices were good for my body, and that drumming was good for my soul.  A perfect blend of health and happiness.

I brought back a couple of empty Good Vibes juice bottles and now I am making my own mixes.  The first juice I made was a combination of turmeric, apple cider vinegar, orange juice and chia seeds.  Although not the same as Good Vibes Juice Co., it was satisfying, and fulfilled my need to keep up with a healthy daily routine and reminding me of my mornings in the sun.

A little bit of juicing and a little bit of drumming, a perfect start to any day.

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Drum Circle Power

I recently attended and completed a Drum Circle Facilitators Training that required 20 hours of extensive drum circle facilitation. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I witnessed the power of healing, the joy and energy that drumming creates ,and heard powerful stories of healing.

Drumming creates powerful energy that vibrationallly lifts your spirit, makes you happy and takes you on a journey.

I’m in the process of creating a drum circle in my local community, as well as in my work as a Consultant.  Healing is often considered a painful process, but it can also be a fun, creative, and magical experience!

 

Pooped Out?

Winter can be a difficult time for many.  The long dark days, cold nights, frigid air and lack of sunshine can be draining.

Here are some helpful tips to get yourself through the seasonal change:

  • Get a happy light
  • Take vitamin D
  • Wear colorful clothes
  • Buy flowers
  • Go to a salt spa
  • Take a cat nap
  • Paint a room yellow
  • Cuddle with your cat or dog
  • Eat colorful root vegetables