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Thank those who have caused you pain

I had to seek the physician

Because of the pain this world

Caused me

I could not believe what happened when I got there

I found my teacher.

Before I left, he said,

“Up for a little homework, yet?”

“Okay,” I replied.

“Well then, thank all the people

who have caused

you pain.

They helped you

Come to

Me.”

Kabir
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Category: Relationships

Enemy or NOT

Develop Conscious Relationships

Do you hide out in relationship?  What I mean by that is do you only have relationships with the people who are most like you in that they share your opinions, beliefs, and behaviors.  Do you avoid people who stir up feelings of dislike, trigger you in some way, or simply make your blood boil although you can’t pinpoint exactly why that is?

Most of us use relationship to nurture our egos, thereby hiding from our shadow qualities.  The people who we avoid or dislike or trigger us often contain a shadow quality we have that we would rather never see or admit to.  The danger in avoiding our shadow is that we never fully mature in our spiritual growth, which is the foundation of why any of us are really here.

There is an evolutionary path of relationship called conscious relationship.  It may be between you and another person (intimate partner or friend) or between you and an animal or plant.  It is entered into by both parties through willingness, commitment and awareness.  This path is not often harmonious, nor easy, and therefore it may seem unappealing.  It requires an understanding and a compassion for your humanness and a concurrent embracing of your own divinity, so that you may extend that to your partner in conscious relationship.  This is the path of all inclusiveness, which is the path of the soul.

Whenever we are excluding anything, we are in ego mind.

The path of conscious relationship is the path of agape, unconditional love and acceptance.  It begins between two.  It is the willingness to be fully seen, heard and experienced in all your and another’s contradictions. The reward of this path is exultation of our souls.

The commandment is “Love your enemies as you love your self.”  One may argue how can I love another as such, I don’t even love my self.  Well, we all have a fear of death.  If you don’t believe it, then why does your heart speed up when you have a near miss such as almost getting hit by a car?, In any feeling is at least the seed of its opposite.  The opposite of fear is love.  (One may say the opposite of love is hate, but taken to its root hate arises from fear.)  So even those amongst us who feel they hate themselves, there is at least a seedling of love, an instinctual love is present to work with.

Wishing you evolutionary relating!

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Category: Relationships
A poem for equilibrium in life love and spirit

Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,

May the release of laughter rinse through your soul.

As the wind loves to call things to dance,

May your gravity be lightened by grace.

Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,

May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.

As water takes whatever shape it is in,

So free may you be about who you become.

As silence smiles on the other side of what is said,

May your sense of irony bring perspective.

 

As time remains free of all that it frames,

May your mind stay clear of all that it names.

May your prayer of listening deepened enough

To hear in the depths the laughter of God.

 

– John O’Donohue
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Category: Personal development

Conflict

Receive the gift of conflict

Perhaps we’ve got this conflict or disagreement thing all wrong.  Perhaps it is a way to deepen relationship, and it is offering us a gift instead of a threat that something is going to be lost or taken away.  Perhaps it offers the opportunity of understanding another and ourselves much more deeply.

In order to receive the gift of conflict, curiosity must be cultivated, as well as a desire to understand, and change of our habitual ways of reacting.  If we are honest with ourselves, we attempt to blame and change others or circumstances to avoid changing ourselves.

How is it possible to see with new eyes, to hear with new ears, and to respond from love?  Blessings on your journey!

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Category: Relationships
May the dawn anoint your eyes with wonder

 

As the breath of light awakens color,

May the dawn anoint your eyes with wonder.

As the ocean dreams to the joy of dance,

May the grace of change bring you elegance.

As clay anchors a tree in light and wind,

May your outer life grow from peace within.

As twilight pervades the belief of night,

May beauty sleep lightly within your heart.

– John O’Donohue

 

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Category: Personal development
The Essential Thyroid Cookbook

I am thrilled to share with you The Essential Thyroid Cookbook: Over 100 Nourishing Recipes for Thriving with Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s.  Two amazing nutrition experts have created this long-awaited, groundbreaking, and scientifically supported cookbook containing over 100 “food as medicine” recipes for those with Hashimoto’s (autoimmune hypothyroidism), and beyond that is the book outlines the current functional medicine approach to Hashimoto’s!  This book is brilliant, easy to use and informative.

The authors, Lisa Markley and Jill Grunewald, know first-hand the challenges of Hashimoto’s and have discovered that the most impactful way to reduce symptoms and improve thyroid and immune health – for themselves as well as their clients – is to focus on the sound nutrition and lifestyle strategies outlined in this first-of-its kind cookbook.

Lisa Markley is a registered dietitian nutritionist with over a decade of nutrition and culinary experience.  Jill Grunewald is an integrative nutrition and hormone coach who’s been in practice since 2008 successfully guiding her clients and students with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s to health and vitality.

The Essential Thyroid Cookbook is truly a work of art and science. Jill delivered the science while Lisa turned that science into art through her exquisite recipes.  This is an amazing interweaving of art and science and a must read for anyone with Hashimoto’s.  Yet, anyone can enjoy these artfully crafted recipes, Hashimoto’s or not. Lisa is a master recipe creator.  The recipes are so yummy!

In preparation for the choices of ingredients, Jill and Lisa created an extensively researched “nutritional springboard” that is the foundation for their recipes. They identified the most supportive nutrients for the thyroid and immune system.  Then they identified foods that contain those nutrients in abundance.  Birthed from that foundation, these recipes are intensely thyroid- and immune-supportive.

Be prepared for more unfussy, mouthwatering, artfully crafted recipes and well-studied, reliable, non-dogmatic thyroid- and immune-supportive nutrition information than you’ve ever seen in one cookbook.  You can pre-order The Essential Thyroid Cookbook at www.thyroidcookbook.com/bookbonus.  Lisa and Jill have generously provided the following bonuses for orders placed by September 19, 2017:

  • An exclusive interview with Aviva Romm, MD, author of The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution
  • The Essential Thyroid Kitchen: Shopping Tips and Grocery List
  • Bonus recipes not found in the cookbook (they’re in the same document as the above-mentioned guide)
  • Short cooking demonstration videos featuring new bonus recipes.

Happy reading and cooking!

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Category: Preventative Health
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