30 Days of “Going Out” ~Send Your Internal Joy Outward!
I was reading an article about Irma Rombauer, the author of ‘Joy of Cooking’. Her humble beginnings that led to a publication in 1931 which is still in print today was certainly spirit-driven. She relied on her particular talents and faith-based-expression to create her own brand of Irma in the world. Doors opened to her because she stayed true to who she was uniquely made to be and what she believed in deeply. What makes you one of a kind? What is at the heart of your “Irma” experience? The joy of you can be expressed in countless ways. Take some time this season to consider what infuses you with joy so profoundly that you must share it with those around you. What does that style look like in your world? Irma started a cooking class at her local church and used it as a means to benefit the community. How can your joy be used this season to benefit others. I pose a 30-day challenge of “going out” for the holidays! Send your joy out through any means possible.
Consider getting a journal and daily reflect on how you can improve on your “self-joy”. This may require learning how to do small bouts of meditation or simply being still, or adopting basic sun salutations to your morning, afternoon, and/or evening routine. Whatever it is that allows you to slow down the pace and take stock of what your body is telling you it needs will be distinct to you-this is called bio-individuality. Next, chart out some ideas for how you can take that internal joy and send it outward. Your local area will have ideas for volunteering your time and resources to causes that appeal to you. Try a search such as http://www.americantowns.com/oh/kent-make-a-difference. This will guide you to multiple opportunities. Mix it up and let your joy bless the lives of others, and by all means, find a balance between your self joy and giving to others. If the scale tips either way, your body will be sending you private messages to readjust.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
― Mother Teresa
The Music & Food of the Season
I can’t imagine the Christmas season without the great music that accompanies it. Starting on Thanksgiving day, albeit over and over again, the holiday music roots you firmly in the spirit the second you hear a verse such as “Oh tidings of comfort and joy”. It warms my heart and gives me a sense that everything is right with the world.
Amazingly, the need to “go inward ” personally aligns well with the seasonal weather change. In the winter months, our bodies tend to crave foods that are earthy and higher in fat content than the lighter fare that coincides with the spring and summer months. Looking to our roots, we can gather some interesting information to shed some light on why this cyclical change occurs. It was necessary for our ancestors to “train” their bodies for the springtime hunting and gathering season. They ate higher fats in the winter to prepare for the long runs that went hand-in-hand with the hunt. Today, we are still compelled to train for the spring; however, we should focus on those healthy fats that have been all but eliminated by our low fat culture. See upcoming issues on the importance of healthy fats for thriving brain and body systems. Also, take stock of what’s in your pantry so that you are prepped for my healthy and hearty soups of the season recipes!
The joy of the season would not be complete without family and friend gatherings. With a good brew of calm plus just enough crazy to keep the blood pumping, these get-togethers are what make the season bright, rich and full.
Finally, don’t forget to stay active within your home and outside as the tendency is to slow down too much due to the change in time giving us more dark than light in a day. Blend in some exercises that allow for dynamic stretching and strengthening and cardio at a nice, even pace. See exercises for every room in your house to get some ideas and tools to stay motivated!
Have a wonderful holiday season filled with good tidings of comfort and joy!