Detox Smoothie Bowl

Combine in a blender:

2 cups wild blueberries

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 frozen packet of unsweetened acai

1 cup cilantro

1 small handful Atlantic dulse

1 tsp spirulina

1 tsp barley grass juice powder

4 inches of aloe vera

1-2 cups unsweetened coconut water

Mix until smooth. Add less coconut water for a smoothie bowl and more to enjoy this as a smoothie. For a smoothie bowl top with blueberries, rasperies, and or strawberries.

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Brahmacharya: The practice of "right use of energy"

Brahmacharya is the yogic practice of ‘right use of energy’. It is the understanding that the choices we make, the thoughts we have, and the activities we engage in can do one of two things, bring us closer or further away from an enlightened state or as the Hindi’s would say to Brahma or god.

When we tell ourselves hurtful things, when we engage in practices that exhaust the true nature of the self we cause harm, and when we cause harm we disrupt peace, a state I consider the modern day version of enlightenment.

For far too long I’ve had a poor relationship with my belly. Angry with the confusing bloat, annoyed with the way my clothes would fit, curious how I could feel fit and yet “fluffy” at the same time. And then came the health concerns that took my bloat to a whole new level of cartoon like fluff, and it was then when my relationship with my belly began to change.

It was then when I began to see how the concentration of energy, the negative thoughts and beliefs about how my body should or should not be were causing me harm and unnecessary pain. They were robbing me of the peace that me and my body deserve.

I believe that Brahmacharya is a practice more important now than if not ever. In a world of comparison within a culture that glorifies perfection and over production, we must become more familiar with the use of our energy, both outward and inward. Our energy is precious and must be honored as it fuels the lives we seek to live.

Today I’m making a conscious effort to be aware of the thoughts that may have turned into limiting or hurtful beliefs. I’m embracing the beauty of a healthy gut, fluff or no fluff, baring my truth to the world. I commit to making a conscious choice to use my energy to serve my higher and perfectly imperfect self.

Photo Credit: @jodyconesmedia

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Gratitide: An abundance practice

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Super Smoothie Breakfast Bowl

When you can’t decide if it’s gonna be a matcha, smoothie or a yogurt & granola kind of morning and with indecision, decide to combine all three...voila the super smoothie breakfast bowl is born!

Pictured here are some of my very favorite things. The vibrant green is a matcha smoothie bowl base with @vitalproteins beauty greens and spirulina. Scroll on down the page to find the full recipe posted here. The velvety white section is @kitehillfoods dairy free almond yogurt and it is to die for (if you haven’t tried it, it’s a must). And finally, I topped it all off with @kitchfix grain free granola aka the reason I stopped making my own...so good, a staple in my kitchen these days.

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Helping Hands

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Room #1 at the Adobe Inn, the "expensive room" by the maitre d's standards, the longest running Inn and Restaurant in Ridgeway, Colorado.  A gem with a window into my heart.  I've stayed here with a dear friend and on that night our relationship was rocked to it's core, never recovering, never quite the same.  I've stayed here with a lover, an adventurous voyager, his vibrance, his darkness eventually taking him to his grave.  I said goodbye here to a boyfriend who when we reunited he became my fiance, my husband, and my ex. 

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Be Still Experiment: Dis-ease

Dis-ease is a physical sensation that originates from the gut, an unpleasant vibration, a tension, almost twisting, butterfly wings fluttering, the emotion that resonates is shame.  A dull, low-level nausea coincides with the sensation and increases or decreases with intensity in relation to the thoughts that I have come to call the shoulds, the spoasdas, and the coulds; the voices from past experiences, from others, from within, that distort the softer more subtle ones of truth, intuition, the gut, the self.

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The light needs the dark to shine

I find no coincidence in the fact that on this heavy, seemingly dark day, one of Chicago’s Public Schools opened its doors to me, making room, offering space for the establishment of a skill set, the skill set I believe we need.  On a day when my soul needs a hug, I was moved to tears as a team of parents, a loving principal, said yes to investing in social and emotional wellness programming for our children.

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We all need a space for our voice, for an expression of our creativity.  A place to be ourselves, to tap into our truth.  However to make space, we have to make room, clear out, clean out, and separate ourselves from our junk, something we don't often like to do.

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