Letting Go vs. Reaching Higher
As life goes on and I continue to grow and evolve, I've been pondering
some of the dynamics of growth and change. One thing is for sure:
for me and most of those dear to me, change has been substantial in
recent months and years. Almost everyone has either bought a house,
had a baby, moved home, state or country, gotten engaged/partnered,
switched job or career or some combination of these!
In almost every circumstance, the change was positive for all involved.
It represented a leap forward and the establishment of a new level of
order and satisfaction. That said, inevitably, there are externalities. As
friendships evolve, and as some of them go dormant, I've sometimes
had the thought that I must "let go" of a person or a way of being.
The emotion that typically accompanies this thought is sadness, and
sometimes, even regret. And, I've realized this is, at heart, a defense
mechanism to avoid feeling sadness or fear. I notice that when I can
re-contextualize the phenomenon (try on: by continuing to stretch for
and achieve my dreams, it's inevitable that my relationships will shift!
), I am present once again to the adventure of life. And, I have access to
something. I can acknowledge the sadness, and take it for what it really
is: a nudge to get in communication with the person I had the illusion
of "letting go of" and let them know how much I care about them. You
see, they were never mine to begin with. How could I ever let them go??
As it is in life, it is with the food we eat. Rather than "letting go" of
food that is "bad" for us, we can reach for new culinary and nutritional
adventures. It's an ongoing process, but one that is fundamentally
oriented toward progress instead of what we "can't have".
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Will Spring Ever Arrive?
Spring is just around the corner! While we wait, one of the easier ways
to begin preparing for the season change is to freshen up what you're
chowing down. Click here for some great spring soup ideas to keep
things warm inside until Mother Nature turns up the temperature
3 Things To Consider:
- Not only does eating in season mean fresher food, it also means
higher nutrient content!
- The number of farmers markets has grown from 1,755 in 1994 to
4,385 in 2006 to 5,274 in 2009!
- Strawberries and spinach are some of the first fruits and veggies
to be ready for early spring eating. Keep an eye out for them
when you're food shopping later this month.
It has been several months that Matthew has been helping me find the
inner me. Much of my self-image was not evident to me and through his
assistance and insights he has led me to find myself. I now realize what I
have internalized and why I feel the way I do about myself, my marriage, and
my actions. I am on my way to being a better me, and healthier me. I look
forward to further sessions. K.S. – Detroit, MI, USA