Love or Fear?

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It’s cold.  It’s winter and it’s Wisconsin, so what is it that I expected?  Surely not 70 degrees and warm sunshine!  So if it’s cold, it’s winter and it’s Wisconsin, wouldn’t it be a likely choice that I would wear clothes that would keep me warm? Sure it would.  It’s just common sense.  It wouldn’t be healthy wearing shorts, a tank top and flip flops in the snow.

Why is it that some folks make choices that are opposite of creating healthy situations?  There’s the obvious ones like continuing to smoke even though there is so much research out there to prove that it’s bad for your health…or driving intoxicated — and in both of those choices, by the way, others are involved.  Second hand smoke or becoming increasingly incapable of remaining healthy for any period of time, or potentially involving other drivers on the road.  Then there’s the little choices.  I’m going to eat that chocolate cake because I want it.  I’m going to drink that third cup of coffee because I want to.  Doesn’t matter that it’s not healthy for me (for whatever reasons).  I want to do it,  and I’m going to.  So there.

Choices.  We all make them.  Some made blindly, some more consciously than others and always we get to handle the results and/or consequences of our choices.  Some make choices based on the authority we have bestowed on another — like the pseudo-authority of doctors, lawyers, politicians.  Back in the early 80’s, I used to drive an old beater of a car — a old heap of a Dodge Charger.  It would’ve fallen apart if it weren’t for the “Question Authority” bumper stickers I had all over it.  I still question authority when it comes from outside myself.  I do heed the wise words of those I trust (good friends, my husband).   I don’t trust doctors.  I’ll listen to them on occasion but then I’ll wait for my own internal authority figure to suggest what choice I should make based on all the information.  For instance, the flu shot.  If the mass consciousness believes it to be the thing to do, I can usually bet that it’s not for me.  I don’t do something “just because.”  Vaccinations.  Don’t do them either.  Cold medicine, cholesterol medicine, arthritis medicine…pretty soon our bodies aren’t even our bodies anymore — they are a conglomeration of pharmaceuticals and synthetics — and the effects go far beyond just the body (although without a body, the rest of it doesn’t matter, eh?).

And then on other occasions, I make a decision based on impulse.  Sometimes it works out in my favor, most times those impulsive decisions (like eating that chocolate cake) prove to have some pretty interesting consequences.  Choices are normally made out of Love or out of Fear.  What’s the motive behind your choice?  Often life will find a way for us to hear that wee, small but oh so powerful voice of our own inner authority.  You have to be ready to hear it.  You might be driving somewhere looking to the heavens for an answer to a current uncomfortable life circumstance and you hear a voice that says something powerful.  WHO WAS THAT???  The inner authority speaks.  The person who is ready to hear it will listen and adjust accordingly.

I have a choice for you — and it’s the Mother of all Choices.  Are you ready?  

CHOOSE LOVE.  It’s the only choice.  One of the ways to choose LOVE is to love your body and love your life.  If you’re unfamiliar with how to do that, I can help you.  Find a Nia class near you (www.nianow.com).  Go.  Dance.  Be.  Laugh.  Transform your life.  Love your Body.  Celebrate.  Change.  

 

Clarity

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As mentioned in my blog from New Year’s Day, Crow Woman is the Guardian of Sacred Law.  I did some reading this morning (after getting 8 hours of sleep — FINALLY!) regarding the significance of Crow Woman from a Native American standpoint.  I have Native American heritage (Ottawa/Ojibwe).  The Ottawa considered the Crow to be messengers.  In Cree lore, Crow Woman lived between two worlds, bringing messages through dreams to her tribe.  

“Her messages are not always welcome or immediately understood but their impact is clear.”

The relationship between Crow Woman, my Sun Sign Capricorn and my 13 Moon Signature White Planetary Mirror holds significance for me.  Crow Woman and the goat of Capricorn both draw forth images of living between two worlds while White Planetary Mirror’s responsibility is to be a reflection of death.  Death, in my humble opinion, is not to be feared.  It is ultimately a letting go of what no longer serves our purpose.  When the physical body can no longer contain our immense spirit, it passes away.

Death is not something I find talked about regularly in a conversation with friends, yet every moment of every day we find ourselves in the process of letting go or needing to let go of something that is detrimental to our overall survival.  It always comes down to choices.  We choose to eat what we want to, whether it’s deemed “good” or “bad” for us.  We choose to get involved emotionally and mentally with the ways of the world which then affect us physically.  Becoming consciously aware of what we think, say and do — every moment of every day — is not just important, but paramount to our personal health and healing.

When I talk to friends about their choices — what they put in their bodies:  food, smoking, pharmaceuticals, alcohol; and what thoughts, words and actions come forth from them) the message is not often not welcomed or understood. Yet one of my purposes on earth is to create opportunities for people to look more deeply inward, to let go of those things that keep them from their true identity — and it is also to allow them to be who they are without judgement.   So, Crow Woman I am — walking between two worlds.

Clarity — mental, emotional and physical — is my focus for 2013.  Clarity around boundaries.  Clarity with absolute awareness (realization) — there’s no sense in focusing on clarity if I’m unwilling to act with integrity on the visions that appear, holding sacred my responsibility of bringing balance to my world while being unattached to the things of the world.  Indeed the world’s way are not my ways, but I do live IN the world — I have a body, a mind, a heart and an immense spirit which contribute to how the quality of my life unfolds.  I am Crow Woman, Guardian of Sacred Law.  Sacred Law:  What one expresses into the world creates the world.  

I hold the power to transform.  I am not afraid to use it.

The dance of life.  Come…come and dance with me.  Create, let love radiate, be the truth of who you are.

The Odd Duck

I’m not sure how many Nia students, or Nia teachers for that matter, view Nia as a lifestyle practice.  For me, Nia runs so fluidly parallel with my own spirituality and way of living that it just IS a lifestyle practice.   I never questioned it.

Along with Nia inviting me to be more aware of my physical health…muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones, the way my body moves, etc.,  I’ve also become more aware of my eating habits.  I’m a choco-holic.  I love a good glass of cab.  I like my red meat on occasion.  My husband and I follow the Weston A. Price Foundation nutritional guideline and since doing so (we started about 7 years ago), my energy has remarkably increased.  We don’t eat out alot since many of the restaurants do not have gluten- or dairy-free options.  However, we ate at a restaurant last night that is unparalleled, IMHO, in food preparation and in customer service.  The Odd Duck is located in Milwaukee on Kinnikinnic Avenue, not far from the Lake.  Many of the items on their very unusual menu can be prepared gluten free.   We had ourselves a feast, ending with GOAT CHEESE cheesecake AND french press coffee (my favorite).  My husband is lactose intolerant, so cheese (which he dearly loves) is taboo.  However, goat and sheep cheese — not being dairy — he can have.  We have never been to a restaurant that actually offers a goat cheese cheesecake dessert.  This was a first for us.  And it was divine — the whole experience actually.  From the moment we walked in the door, being greeted by the owner, Melissa, to being served graciously and attentively by the ultimate server, India, we were impressed.  Being impressed didn’t stop for the entire time we were there.  I don’t know that we’ve ever said that about any other restaurant experience.  Sublime it was.

So, for all of you gourmet foodies out there in Milwaukee and surrounding areas, please give the Odd Duck a whirl.  I doubt seriously that you will be disappointed.

And now, the day after such a sublime dining experience, it’s time for me to prepare for my Nia class tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m.   I absolutely believe that I imbue my Nia classes with the same care and love that Melissa, India and the entire staff at the Odd Duck imbue into their restaurant experience.   I want my students to leave feeling not only satisfied with their experience, but truly feeling loved.

Thanks Odd Duck for being one of a kind.  It’s my experience that Nia is one of a kind, too.

Give your body the love it desires … through the sacred essence of life itself — wholesome, delicious food for the body, mind, emotions and spirit.  Nia…and the Odd Duck!  Quite a pair!!!l