05 May 2014


Here we are again at the Annual City Wide Cleanse - a week dedicated to cutting out the toxins from our food supply and participating in activities that support our whole well-being organized by Dr N - one of our cities great naturopaths.  As I go through vegan recipes and prepare shopping lists and meal plans, I think it's important to recognize that which nourishes us is not only the food that we consume but also our relationships and the energy we put into the universe. 

We so often get caught up in our every day life and the chaos of tasks & errands that sometimes the simplest things, and the things that require our greatest attention, pass us by.  One of the hardest tasks in life is to recognize when something no longer serves us or nourishes us.  There is a time we look at the people in our life whom we love so dearly and conciously have to decide if they continue to belong there.  A spring cleaning of our hearts for lack of a better analogy.

My philosophy has always been quite simple - to put positivity into the universe because "like attracts like".  That we have the opportunity every day to choose happiness or to choose to wallow.  We can pity ourselves for the hand we've been dealt or we can figure out the best way to play the hand.  Sometimes the biggest obstacle is not only having the courage to make changes in our life, but the wisdom to know when it's a lost cause.  There will be the toxic people in our lives that take advantage of our generosity and who will continue to look at the negative side of things no matter what.  There comes a point where for our own well-being, we have to decide to let go and stop trying to change them.  Our job is not to make anyone else "better" but to simply strive for our own betterment.  The hardest part is when we can see the good in those we care about who, for some reason or another, can't see it for themselves.  When all we want to do is reach out to them - to find the magic words we can say to help them see that light deep down.  

It's hard to love a narcissist (a blog post for another day) and it's hard to love someone who sees life as half-empty when you're a half-full kinda gal.  It's  hard to be friends with someone who continually puts themselves down and chooses anger & hatred over working through their issues.  I know people take advantage of the fact that I love too freely and forgive easily.  There have been times over the past few months where I have been struggling with letting these people go from my life because I DO love them but perhaps I need to love me more. These are all things I am asking the courage for to try to change as I take some time this month to retreat and reflect.  My goal at the end of this is to have found my way back to me - that me that I worked really hard to heal after T and my life exploded.  I need to nourish my body, my heart and my soul and to rid my world of toxins.  I need to trust that there is a reason for everything and that there is a plan and those meant to be in my heart will always remain there.  I need to get back in touch with my self and what I want and hope that those I see the best in, will one day see it for themselves. Sometimes you just have to let go and see what comes back to you.  Sometimes you have to ask for courage, strength and wisdom.  So with the spring days finally upon us I challenge you whomever is reading this, to take a few moments to yourself and look at your life and the people who love you.  Cut back on what no longer serves you or makes you smile - stop chasing things that may never be and look at who and what is already directly in front of you.  Choose happiness.  Feed your soul.        

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