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Authentic, True to yourself

Tuesday, November 12, 2013



It is so important to listen to the right voices. Many times, we must tune out almost every voice around us to be able to FOCUS on what is TRUE for our own lives.






Some of the GREATEST PLEASURES in life is learning how to be true to yourself. To take pleasure in the simple things that surround us. Blessings come from enjoying loving where you are planted.






When dearest hubby and I go for walks lately I take pleasure from making it a sensory experience. The gorgeous fall colors are ever evolving, yesterday the tree that was yellow has been gently painted with orange and bold strokes of red like an artist has come and worked more on his art project. The carpet of golden yellow leaves underfoot that crunch as we walk, the whispering of the leaves as a gentle wind shakes more loose leaves free.






As I take walks ordinary stressors leave. In the distance a blue jay squawks harshly announcing humans are approaching. The warmth of the weaker rays of sunlight on my shoulders. Life can be shaped by how we choose to view the world. Even in the busy city, I enjoy the simplicity and beauty of nature.







On my fitness journey I learned it's not about the intensity of the workout, but being able to do it day in and out. Working out is something that needs to jive with your body. I have developed an Awareness that My body feels best when I don't strive to over achieve running long races or being a weekend warrior. My body requires focus where I strive to do my best on a regular basis without unnecessary wear and tear. It enjoys being nurtured with yogas magical peaceful workouts and Qigong's healing energy. It enjoys long nature walks walking next to the bubbling of a creek. Fitness for me comes from moving with nature and having a sense of inner peace and healing. Working out can be for me as simple as spending the day in the garden.







As I sip my richly flavored cup of Chaga tea, I enjoy all the flavors in the simple brew. It has a woody, vanilla, slightly bitter flavor, with a pleasant viscosity that satisfies my palate. Yesterday I dropped a small chunk of raw cacao paste into the cooling tea, enhancing the flavor making it even more enjoyable. Yum. As I roll the flavors on my tongue, I recognize what pleasures one can get from the simple things in life. When I brew my next cup I will add in a couple of dates to the soak water to add some natural sweetness and antioxidents. A little tweak here and there to enrich the flavors of the brew. I brew the chaga in a 2 quart stainless steel pan on the stove, bringing it to a boil and letting it simmer for 20 minutes. I don't have a fancy tea pot, so a few bits of the chaga bark escapes into the mix adding a spongy, pleasant texture to the brew. I don't mind as I am absorbing lots of nutrition from the chaga. It's a wonderful tea that is energizing without the caffeine, but loaded with lots of nutrition. I sip on chaga off and on during the day, enjoying how it makes me feel. Being true to myself is giving my body the best possible nutritious foods and teas, recognizing it's a simple pleasure.

Here are some of the health properties of CHAGA:
ORAC levels near 60,000 (a food’s antioxidant power), Abundance of B Vitamins
215 Phytonutrients, Reduces Fatigue, Strengthens Immune System, Improves Sleep
Supports Immune Function, Anti-Aging, Regulates Function of Muscles and Nerves.
Improves Mental Clarity, Eliminates the Effects of Stress, Aids digestion. http://www.thenatway.com/Rimma
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Eating is another way one can be true to yourself. When I eat, I try to find the most nutrient dense foods that enhance and improve my health. After all what is life if we don't have health. Healthy foods can taste wonderful, better than processed foods. There is something to awakening the taste buds by the sheer simplicity of the flavors.







The other day I signed up for a Raw foods cooking classes online.





I can't wait to try out some new recipes, explore new ways to make nutritious meals. It's something I have wanted to do for a long time, taking raw chef classes. While I don't plan on going fully raw, I enjoy adding in a nice balance of cooked and raw food to the plate. It feels good to be true to whom I am, eating, drinking, and enjoying the foods that nurture my soul.






The more authentic I am to myself the happier I am, the more I enjoy life, the more I bloom.






What are you doing to be true to your authentic self?


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BRENDA_G50 11/13/2013 2:49PM

    emoticon My favorite saying has always been: "To thine own self be true." I have always just tried to be the best me I know how to be and treat others how I would like to be treated. It doesn't always work, but, the only person I can control is me and no one else.

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4KWALK 11/13/2013 1:59PM

    "To thine own self be true." I enjoyed the word pictures of the tree colors and I could hear the noisy blue jay as you described it. To be close to nature is a gift to oneself.

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EILEEN828 11/13/2013 1:50PM

    One of the secrets of life is to simply enjoy it in all its beautiful diversity. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RICKI157 11/13/2013 11:49AM

    emoticon emoticon You are doing GREAT!!!!!

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JANTHEBLONDE 11/13/2013 11:13AM

    I love your blogs!!
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KNYAGENYA 11/13/2013 6:54AM

    Thank you. I needed to read that.

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NYARAMULA 11/13/2013 1:47AM

    Great blog!

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JIBBIE49 11/13/2013 12:38AM

    Fun.

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JANIEWWJD 11/13/2013 12:29AM

    Thank you so much for this blog!!! I loved it!!!!
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SYDLETZIII 11/13/2013 12:05AM

    Your blog has within the elements of poetry which are good enough to write and publish. I enjoyed reading it.

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MICKEYH 11/12/2013 10:47PM

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TEXASFILLY 11/12/2013 9:43PM

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COCK-ROBIN 11/12/2013 9:36PM

    Well said! I'm proud of you.

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NATALIEMICHAELE 11/12/2013 7:32PM

    Lovely blog! I have been wishing to take some raw cooking classes from Jennifer Cornbleet. Maybe after the holidays. Hope you blog about how they are going:)


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TOKIEMOON 11/12/2013 6:23PM

    I love your ability to appreciate what you are doing. Seeing that things are not a race, or an item on a 'To Do' list to be checked off.
Changa sounds awesome in its ORAC value alone! As always, thanks for sharing. Keep on being good to yourself! emoticon

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MJ7DM33 11/12/2013 5:31PM

  Very nice! Thx for sharing!

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YOYONOMORE1 11/12/2013 3:57PM

    Where is the tea you talk about available. A very nice blog, thanks for sharing with us.

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4RASCALS 11/12/2013 3:42PM

    What an awesome blog. Thank you. Let us k now how you like the online class

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4RASCALS 11/12/2013 3:42PM

    What an awesome blog. Thank you. Let us k now how you like the online class

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HAPPYMENOW58 11/12/2013 2:23PM

    Very nice blog! Felt at peace just reading it....Thank you and well done..... emoticon

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MELLY3183 11/12/2013 2:07PM

    love it!! thanks for the words of inspiration!

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NASFKAB 11/12/2013 1:17PM

  loved your blog

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BUNNYCATS 11/12/2013 1:13PM

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-BLESSINGS- 11/12/2013 12:40PM

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MAMISHELI53 11/12/2013 12:33PM

    We are so blessed to have the senses enriching our enjoyment of the simplest things in life!
Don't you also love the smell of the fallen leaves as you swish and crunch through them?

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 11/12/2013 12:29PM

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/12/2013 12:21PM

    Great blog! We are on such similar paths.

My blog today was about journalling which has been so helpful in my path to becoming authentic. It's done a lot to help me get in touch with my true self. The biggest thing that has come out of it for me is to realize the value of nurturing myself.

Your blog about your food and exercise choices is all about self-nurturing.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/12/2013 12:12PM

    That last one is what it's all about! HUGS

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WALLAHALLA 11/12/2013 12:12PM

    I love a nice long walk where every sight, smell, and sound sparks my imagination.

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