Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I am a creature of habit. Anyone who knows me would probably say that that is one of my true "man-isms". I can eat the same thing, at the same time and do the same things for months and be perfectly content. If Chantal asks me what flavor ice cream I want her to make next, I'm most likely to want the exact same one that I just finished. If she "borrows" my keys out of my right front pocket, then I want them put back in my right. front. pocket.
This can be an inconvenience when you move a lot. Had a favorite brand of chocolate? Maybe the stores here don't sell it. Finally made friends with every staff member at your gym? Well now you're a stranger.
So, whereas I approach most moves with a degree of reluctance, our next move holds an exciting change for me, something I've never done before: We're moving back to a city that I spent over fifteen years of my life in, but that I haven't lived in for almost a decade. We're even moving into the exact same neighbourhood. It's like the best of both worlds. I get to go back to many of the aspects of my life that I left behind when I moved to Kingston. At the same time, I have changed enough, and Ottawa has changed enough, that it will be like discovering a whole new city.
I can return to my old martial arts school to study under the one man who is my longest enduring friendship, and yet he teaches a different style now and all his students have changed. Many of my old friends are there, but we will have all new stories to tell each other. Even the city itself has changed, but the Glebe retains it's old world charm.
And, yes: I can even get my favorite brand of chocolate.
The biggest thing for me will be that, although I love DC and will miss it like a dear friend, we have always been the only Raw Foodists that we know of in this whole city. In Ottawa we have already found a wider community of people who are on, or have already taken, the same journey. Best thing is, they're all based right in our neighbourhood. Love to my girl for again finding us the perfect home, in the perfect location.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
To do this, I'll be juicing foods that are best suited to each chakra. Today, I'm starting with the base of it all, the Root Chakra or Muladhara in Sanskrit.
Located at the base of the spine, the Root Chakra serves as the solid foundation of our whole energy system. It links us to the physical world, it keeps us grounded. When it is balanced, it allows us to bring solidarity and support to those around us. It allows us to feel grounded, secure, empowered, centered, and have high self-esteem. In doing so, it gives us physical energy, controls our fears, and maintains our overall health. This chakra stores all our learned or inherited beliefs, our survival instincts, our feelings of security and primal urges.
Any physical activity helps us keep our Root Chakra open. If you're a Yoga practitioner, Hatha Yoga and warrior poses that keep us firmly grounded and balanced are key to opening your Root Chakra. Any other 'grounding' type activity might help, for some it might be something as mundane as cooking or cleaning, for others, going outside and taking a walk.
If you're feeling lost, alienated, lacking energy, insecure, or feel like you don't have purpose, you're root chakra might be out of balance. Physically, imbalance can be noted by lower back pain, anemia. depression, and immune system issues among other symptoms. An overly strong Root Chakra is noted if you are particularly egoistic, domineering, greedy, and/or overly judgmental.
To start off my Root Chakra honoring day, I began it with some Hatha Yoga (from Yoga Download). After that I had, a glass of apple, carrot, ginger juice. I had planned on following this up with lunch and dinner juices based on other ground foods like a beet juice, and more, but my sister called me to check out the Eastern Market in DC and we ended up hopping on a bus straight away and spending the day with her! With only a couple months left in DC, we want to get as much out of this city as possible :)
Also, I have to say this day has gone wonderfully. I don't know if it was an amazing coincidence or a sign that I should keep doing these chakra juice feasts, but within one hour of me starting my grounding day, we found the perfect place to move into once we get to Ottawa (we'd been looking and the perfect place just wasn't coming to us and I was starting to lose faith! I was so excited, I think we spent about 10 minutes jumping around the living room. Not only did we find a perfect house right in the best neighbourhood in Ottawa, it's also right beside a grocery store that has a super organic section (we currently live across the street from a WH, so we are kind of spoiled). And icing on our raw vegan cake: we will also be living within a ten minute walk of my favourite vegan restaurant in the whole world: The Green Door, which is also right next to a small natural health food store, The Wheat Berry. What more could I ask for? It's like it was meant to be!
To finish off my day, Andrew is about to give me one of his super Reiki sessions. I've asked him to concentrate on making sure my Root Chakra is up and running. And helping with grounding, self-confidence, and any Muladhara-related issues.
Finally, here are my positive Root Chakra-based affirmations for the day:
My body supports me fully to live a creative, happy, healthy, and optimal life.
My choices are all based on what I know to be right for me.
I am grateful for the opportunities for growth I am offered every day.
I am also grateful for all the challenges that have taught me who I truly am.
Have an awesome weekend!