Maggie, a mover, shaker, and maker.
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"I walk in stride with people
much taller than me
and partly it's the boots but
mostly it's my chi
and I'm becoming transfixed
with nature and my part in it
which I believe just signifies
I'm finally waking up."
-ani d. (evolve)
O look again within yourself,
For I know you were once the elegant host
To all the marvels in creation.
The actual feeling of being beautiful is the feeling that nothing is out of place with regard to yourself in this moment. You feel whole, radiant, and accepted.
If this feeling is tied to the body, then you are setting yourself up to suffer at some point in time.
When you start to suspect that you are not your body, what meaning does beauty then have? Your beauty is too infinite for the body or mind to reflect.
The beauty that surpasses the body, the peace that surpasses the mind, both are that eternal Self that knows the mind-body yet cannot be known by the mind-body.
You are that Self and never were you that mind-body appearance.
Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms (from his lecture at UC Berkeley as a part of their Edible Education course)
So I intend to wear rainbow on my wedding day.
This seems like it may be shocking to you….
Phew, glad I got that off my chest.
Coworker 1 : You're into hipster stuff, right?
Coworker 2 : I guess so, yeah.
Coworker 1: Then, do you know what "namaste" means?
And this might make some of y’all angry. But here’s the thing..
Until a month ago, I was vegetarian for 7 years. For the first 4 of those I was kind of a junk food vegetarian - didn’t think much about eating “healthily,” just ate a lot of pizza, potatoes, and tofu.
For the past 3 years I had been tweaking my diet and attempting to find something that worked for me. I tried being vegan. I tried raw vegan. I tried detoxes and cleanses. My digestion was never regular, I had a super low sex drive, I didn’t have much energy, and I had horrible anxiety and recurring depression in spite of my really wonderful life.
I ate all the things that healthy, whole-foods eating vegetarians were supposed to eat : kale and quinoa, avocado and almonds, chia and flax seeds, tofu and beans galore. I thought the only reason why I was having trouble was because I wasn’t doing it “good enough” and perhaps because I ate too many eggs (even though when I did go 100% vegan I never felt ANY better).
Here’s the thing: I stopped, and now I feel better. I went back to being an “evil” meat eater, and my body seems a whole lot happier as a result.
Hear me out. Before your “All meat eaters hate the environment and animals" alarms go off (I know I had those alarms in my head when talking to meat-eater friends), listen to my story. A little over a month ago, I started eating a paleo/primal diet. I eat a small portion of meat with every meal with a whole lot of vegetables. All of the meat that I eat comes from the farmers market from local, super friendly farmers who respect and take care of their animals and DON’T cram them into tiny cells eating GMO feed. I eliminated grains from my diet(rice, oats, wheat, etc.), eating fruit and yogurt for snacks if I need them, and use a lot of oil and fats, but no dairy (for some reason yogurt works for me and all other dairy doesn’t).
Now I wake up in the morning and I feel energized. When I go for runs or work out, I don’t feel exhausted for the rest of the day - I feel fantastic. Sorry for those who are grossed out by natural digestive processes, but I poop *every* *single* *day.* That has NEVER happened for me in my entire life. Ever. Even during my months of attempting raw veganism, a diet lauded by its proponents as being great for healing the digestive tract. My life-long struggle with Irritable Bowel Syndrome is gone with this new lifestyle change.
And here’s a huge one : I have a sex drive. When I kiss my amazing boyfriend of 4 years, I get that fire in my loins that is so beautiful and natural. That didn’t happen to me for the longest time and I thought it was because there was something wrong with him, or worse, me.
I also don’t really get menstrual cramps anymore and my period stopped being so unusually heavy. I used to be a girl who could barely stand up without taking two extra-strength Midol on the first few days of my cycle.
I just hate feeling so guilty telling my vegetarian and vegan friends about this. I hate that I feel like I’m not allowed to shout from the rooftops that "I FINALLY FOUND SOMETHING THAT WORKS FOR ME!!!!" without being told that I’m part of the problem.
I just needed to say this somewhere because I felt so horrible keeping it inside. And honestly I feel like now I eat more locally and sustainably than I ever have before because I don’t rely on rice, quinoa, beans, tons of produce imported from all over the world, etc. for the bulk of my diet. I do my shopping at the farmers market and, in most cases, I talk directly to the people who harvest and butcher my food. That feels really, really good. It feels good to know that I buy my food from good people and that I am supporting people with great businesses.
I can’t say I felt that great when I used to shop solely at Whole Foods and Trader Joes.
There are a whole myriad of other great improvements that I have felt in my life over the past month, but for brevity’s sake I’ll leave it at this. Any questions or comments are appreciated because I think this is an important conversation to have.
Every thing you do has a ripple effect. Your smile, your laughter and your joy create waves of light all around you. Your love, your compassion and your care emanate warmth to all those who come into contact with you. Your vision, your persistence, your courage and your inspired action are manifesting your dreams into reality as we speak.
Maya Angelou (via lazyyogi)