Soul Food…exploring how I nourish myself

 

I received this beautiful bounty of vegetables (Mustard Greens, pepper, onions and carrots. The tomatoes are from my patio garden.) from my In-Laws this week. They came from Robert’s garden which he tends to everyday. Esther had washed and cleaned them up so that they were all ready for me to use in any way I wanted. A few months back Esther gave me a Soul Food cookbook of hers with some recipes marked inside for me to try. One of my favorite things that Esther makes on a regular basis  are “greens” and Robert makes the cornbread. I learned early on that greens and corn bread go together. I would say that most often when we pop over for a visit that there are greens and corn bread on the stove which they always offer some to us to have or take with us. So I decided to try one of the recipes for greens and corn bread in the cookbook and see if it measured up to Esther’s.

Cooking for me has always been a way for me to relax and think through things. I love to cook for others and share what I have made. I get great joy from making people’s bellies happy. I was very excited for Robby to try my greens and hopeful that they would give him a “soul food” happy belly. What I learned about myself as I thought about what soul food means to me was very interesting. First to receive such a beautiful bounty of food was heart warming. It made me feel loved (Robert was thoughtful enough to share a part of his harvest), nurtured (Esther took the time to wash and clean the vegetables) and understood (they both know how I love to cook). What an amazing gift to receive….I had to take a few minutes to really let that settle into my body. I was loved, nurtured and understood by what some may think as a simple gesture but to me it was so much more.

As the greens simmered and the cornbread baked it filled the house with the most amazingly delicious smells of happiness. I was working in my kitchen which Robby always refers to as my “nesting” and I couldn’t be happier. I realized that I was giving and receiving at the same time. Making food to share with my husband (and one of my lucky clients got a “take home” sample) with the bounty we received from his parent’s. It was not lost on me that such simple acts became such beautiful expressions when I took the time to acknowledge how I was feeling.

Living consciously is more about the little things than the big things. Everyone can see the big things that happen or don’t, but do you take time to acknowledge all the little things? I know that I will work at being more aware of the little things because what an amazing feeling being love, nurtured and understood can bring to your day!

 

And I must say it turned out to be a bowl of Robby approved Soul Food!

 

Until next time!  Hugs, Mira

By |2018-08-30T21:10:40+00:00August 30th, 2018|

Courage is not subjective for me!

 

Living daily Courage is such an interesting state of being. For me Courage is definitely a verb that has taken time to become an acceptable descriptor in my daily life. I have had to live it and accept it as being true even when it has felt very uncomfortable seeing myself as being courageous. Part of this was realizing that I was judging myself and making choices based on what others thought of me or what I believed they thought of me. It took time, patience and acceptance of myself just as I am to be able to shift into seeing the courage in my daily life and change it from being subjective to an active objective verb.

I often turn to this definition by google to give myself perspective  –

Definition of Subjective:

Subjective is the opposite of objective, which refers to things that are more clear-cut. That Earth has one moon is objective — it’s a fact. Whether the moon is pretty or not is subjective — not everyone will agree. Facts are objective, but opinions are subjective.

 

I have read a lot about courage, vulnerability, living your truth and daily consciousness. It is hard and rewarding to incorporate these verbs into my daily life. I am in no way perfect in the practice of these principals, who can be? I believe that life is a process of continuous learning and growing through every choice that I make (or don’t make). Let’s be clear, not making a choice is still a choice that I have to own. When I look at my choices as verbs  then I am in continuous motion. It helps me alleviate feeling stuck because I know that choices are continual, if the first choice doesn’t work then I have another choice to make. I also don’t believe that we are practicing at life but living it in every moment. When I am living I own all of my choices. Practicing my life tells me that I am dipping my toe in the water to gauge the choice. How can I fully experience my choice if I don’t jump in the deep end and see where it leads?

My daily mantra as I look in the mirror is ” I will be courageous in every choice I make today to let my inside match my outside”…Sometimes that is easier said than done but thankfully I get to choose that for myself.

Until next time!  Hugs, Mira

#myinsidematchesmyoutside #buffaloismyword #grateful #mychoicemylife

 

By |2018-08-30T19:34:07+00:00August 23rd, 2018|

Letting my Inside match my Outside

Life has so many interesting twists and turns, it is rarely a straight line for very long. If I find myself stuck on a straight line I now challenge myself (sometimes reluctantly) to look inside and see what feelings, desires, fears, passions, questions I am not letting come to the surface. I have found that it is only when I let them come fully to the surface that I have the ability to address them head on with curiosity and truth.

Funny enough curiosity was the hardest place for me to go at first because I was so used to judging what I was feeling. And most often this judgement was based on what I thought others would think of me, want from me or would make me appear as uncomplicated as possible. Believe me I have come to understand and embrace that I am a complicated individual. It is in those complications that I find the deeper connections to those around me and to just purely enjoying my daily life.

I started this inner journey in a more conscious way about nine years ago with my tribe in the picture below. I would never have guessed that I would be writing this in Hawaii, on my honeymoon nine years later. This tribe that has and continues to love, support, challenge, push, shove, hug, laugh, cry and most importantly always accepts me exactly where I am. I am truly beyond grateful for always having a soft landing with them even when I’m coming in hot!

I am starting a new blog series called Living Out Loud – #myinsidematchesmyoutside #buffaloismyword

I hope you follow along, offer your feelings, share what’s happening with you as we are all on this journey together!

Until next time!  Hugs, Mira

By |2018-08-10T10:38:55+00:00August 9th, 2018|
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