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Reflections: Nourishment for the Soul

What you eat is a big part of your health, while your nourished soul and happiness is about equally as important.  How you eat is just as important as what you eat.  If you are tense and angry, any nutrients that make it in your body will not do any good.  The nutrition from the foods cannot be extracted and absorbed if your digestive enzymes are not secreted.  And they will not be active if your body is in stress mode, as the digestive system shuts down, focusing on other body systems to help your body cope with the stress.  Understanding our own feelings and getting to know who we are, help us to live more peacefully in the world around us.    So, the key is balance and feeding our soul and working through the thoughts and feelings that swing the pendulum out of balance, causing stress, anxiety and dis-ease.

fear, surrender, faith

June 24, 2019

"...In hindsight, I was recalling the early moments of first dipping our toes in the water and feeling my body tense up as the waves came forward.  I dug my heels in harder, only challenging the water even more to pull me into the ocean as the waves rolled back.  On the contrary, when I willingly moved in deeper, and lifted my heels from the known of the sea floor, I was able to float without resistance into a bigger experience..."

choices, truth, awareness, society, be yourself

January 29, 2019

"...Mindfulness isn’t just something that the flowery yoga people need; it is for every one of us.  It is the awareness that we bring to our daily lives.  It is the consciousness we bring to our thoughts, our words and our actions.  Being mindful in the moment allows us to be accountable for our decisions in our present that affect our future..."

October 01, 2018

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recovery, strength, vulnerability

August 31, 2018

"...Today is International Overdose Awareness Day*.  It’s not something we talk about in social circles on the playgrounds, or while waiting in line at the grocery store.  It just isn’t.  And yet, here is a day, dedicated to the awareness of this now epidemic.  An overdose is defined by Merriam Webster Online as, “an excessive quantity or amount”.  It doesn’t say anything about your color, your gender, your economic status or your level of education.  The disease of addiction doesn’t discriminate and truly is an equal opportunity seeker.  It will take anyone down, anytime.  The more we keep it hidden, the more power it gets..."

society, judgment, awareness, perfection, decisions

July 17, 2018

"I realized I had an internal agreement with myself that if I was truly a person that believed in real foods, and a good parent, I would make my own sauce.  I felt like a fraud; as if I wasn’t good enough. My brain often operates in all or nothing.  And this absolute thinking meant a store-bought sauce equaled that I was wrong.  There was no grey area for circumstance consideration.  Now, this may sound trivial, yet it signaled a deeper issue.  And this was an incredibly minor and inconsequential comment and look how hard it stuck!  Amazing how these thoughts, rules and judgments can do that to us..."

detachment, authenticity, boundaries, truth

January 20, 2018

"...If we don’t play along, the desired change or outcome doesn’t happen, and it will either get worse and the instigator will up the ante, or the person will move on to someone who will play along.  And this is how we get roped in to someone else’s drama.  We take the bait, we think it is about us.  Their facial expression.  Their comment.  Their judgment.  But in reality, it’s not about us.  We can’t change someone else’s behavior or opinion with any certainty..."

parenting, being present, stress, perfection

December 14, 2017

"...Yet, we can still sit with the simple pleasures.  Seeking a friend to grab a movie if family is not an option.  Helping out a local church or charitable organization not only can keep us grateful of the things and people we do have in our lives, yet also gives a chance to be part of something bigger than ourselves.  And all of this - life – it is bigger than us.  It’s beautiful, it’s messy, it’s confusing, and sometimes everything feels too much..."

boundaries, detachment, choices, resentment

December 08, 2017

"...No matter how hard we try, no matter what we do, we cannot change others.  We need to let them be who they are and to make the choices they choose to make.  Sometimes it can be the hardest thing – to let others be themselves.  Not only can it be frustrating, but it can be scary.  The false sense of safety and security we get from assuming we know how others are going to act creates a comfort in our world..."

community, compassion, judgment, resentment

October 13, 2017

"...We readily join a group packing food for unfed children half way across the world.  We happily compile our unwanted clothes to take to the local donation store.  Even supporting a fundraiser in good faith is an understood obligation.  However, in some ways, there is still a disconnect.  We are feeling good helping the homeless, the unfed, or even those affected by loss or natural disaster, and yet, there is so much anger and resentment within our own circles of friends, families and communities.  How is this possible?..."

surrender, motherhood, endings, pain

September 08, 2017

"...And while it is easier to grasp the concept of letting go of the physical things, I must remember to apply the same principal to more intangible elements in my life.  There are people, relationships, volunteer gigs, that no longer work.  They don’t bring the same energy they once did.  And while it’s important to keep commitments, it’s almost equally if not more important to keep the commitment to ourselves that we will stay fluid. We will accept the flows in life’s river, not resisting new scenery by solely focusing on what is behind us and only what is familiar..."

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