Rider of the Wild Wind
23 October 2017 @ 10:32 am
The weather has finally turned here in the Ozarks. Autumn is finally here! And with the change in temperatures, I've gotten a hankering for baking.

A bit about myself... I'm what you may call a "foodie". I love food! Most of all, I love nice, long, leisurely meals spent with loved ones, engaged in wonderful conversation over good food and drink.

Food is an important part of our family culture.

I have learned over the years, though, if not done "properly", it can have negative consequences on the health and shape of one's body, which is exactly where I found myself not too long ago.

Almost a month and a half ago, DH and I embarked on a new food journey (as I may have mentioned previously), a new way of eating.

One thing I've struggled with is my old "diet" mentality.

While it's my desire to gain a healthier, stronger and more pleasing shaped body, I know the "diet" mentality doesn't work for me. If it did, I would not be where I am today.

This is a new way of being.

It's something I have to remind myself of quite often.

Years of learning has taught me "that which I resist does persist." And while I am done having an unhealthy body, I know, if I'm to be successful, I need to focus on the positive aspects of what I desire while making changes in my way of eating and be-ing with food.

The Ketogenic way of eating is assisting me with this.

Now, this is not a post to convince you that "my way is the right way". It is, however, right for myself and DH. I love that food that tends to be demonized (ie butter, eggs, cream, etc) are among the staples.

One thing that I have been having difficulty with, though, is baked goods.

I love baked goods! But, traditionally, they're quite full of carbs (and not all 'good'/fiber filled carbs). The sugar filled carbs are the things we avoid with the Keto way of eating.

Fast forward to the past few days here in the Ozarks. With the turn in weather, my mind and heart have turned to... You got it! Baking!

Add to that, one of the members of a group to which I belong on Facebook mentioned blueberry scones. (LOVE!)

Blueberries... Not so bad on the carb scale where fruits are concerned. Doable. Just have to go easy on them. Scones, though... Could be dicey.

I did, however, find a recipe for Low Carb Blueberry Coconut Flour Scones this morning, and they came out looking and smelling so good!

I'm learning...

Sometimes, even when working to gain our "ideal" bodies, we have to take the time to be creative and find ways that we can "splurge" and enjoy the good things in life. That is what life is about. Not deprivation or suffering.

A life filled with those things - especially when they are self-inflicted - is not sustainable. Or, if it is, what's the point in it?

We are meant to be our own best friend. After all, we are the only person that is with us from the moment we take our first breath until our very last. We are the one person in this whole world that we should be able to count on.

A scone and tea (with cream) is just a little way that I can be kind to myself later today.

What will you do to be kind to yourself?
 
 
Rider of the Wild Wind
19 October 2017 @ 08:33 am
Un-BecomingI awoke rather suddenly at 4 am this morning after having been in a deep sleep. It was then that a notion that popped into my mind, upon which I proceeded to muse.

Purpose.

When I first consciously embarked on my own spiritual journey, I received the idea that I had some great Purpose I needed to fulfill in this lifetime. Needless to say, Ego was quite thrilled by the notion and set out to discover what it was. At the time, though, I have to admit that there was a part of me that desired to figure it out, "get it done and go".

I wasn't happy. Not really. I felt so unfulfilled having all that I had imagined I could desire as an almost 30-something. Still, happiness. True happiness seemed to elude me, and - at that point in time - I wasn't quite certain how it was going to get any better than it was.

It did, though. In time I had learned that happiness does not reside outside myself, that no one else was responsible for my happiness or even could make me happy. But, that's a musing for another time.

Purpose.

A couple of years ago (while still searching for my Purpose), I finally received the message from Spirit that "Purpose is in the living." It was an idea that definitely caused me to stop and take notice. Something to ponder heavily upon.

Purpose is in the living?

You mean I don't have to accomplish anything??

I'd been so busy trying to discover what it is that I'm supposed to do. It never even occurred to me that life itself, the actual act of living was my "great Purpose". The situations, the actions, the people. Within those, the Purpose lay.

Even then, though, I believe I was missing the point. Because, of course, Spirit - at least in my experience - wouldn't give me all the pieces to the puzzle at the same time. That would kill the thrill of discovery, right?

Which brings me to this week...

By following a series of "breadcrumbs"*, I believe I came to better understand this whole notion of "Purpose". At least as it relates to me at this point in time and on this leg of my own Journey.

Life isn't meant to be struggled through. The Universe doesn't exist for the purpose of our suffering.

Granted, each of our spirits has a reason, or even multiple reasons for being here and at this point in time. Mine? I've finally realized that I'm here to enjoy life, to discover and live in my own strength and personal power.

I'm here to Be-come all and anything I desire, all that I can imagine myself to BE.

Becoming is my Purpose, and it IS in the living of this life I have been gifted.

Where do I go from here after discovering this tidbit of knowledge? Anywhere I desire! The sky isn't even my limit, and my oyster is oh-so-much bigger than this world.

Where I'll end up is anyone's guess!




* How I lovingly refer to those "signs" that Spirit/God/Goddess/the Universe gifts us with to show us the way to our next great adventure or epiphany.