I Speak My Truth

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I was not always consciously aware of the fully expressed life that I was seeking. Looking back in retrospect, I can see how I was subconsciously attracted to everything and anything that brought me closer to the flame. Exploring the depth of my individuality while honoring the divine connection that unites us all has been a sometimes painful but absolutely beautiful journey.

I have arrived at this strangely peaceful place inside of myself, where I no longer care what anyone thinks, and I finally believe in the magic that is me. Comparing myself to others only keeps me from the level of self-possession that is required of me now. I must stand fully in the light of my own unique gifts if I’m going to share them the way they are intended to be shared. I must honor and speak my truth as often as possible in order to be free in the ways that I need to be.  This is not always easy, and it takes practice, but I’m getting there.

The painting above is another from my Chakra/Goddess series. She is a physical expression of the throat chakra–our ability to not only speak the truth with confidence and grace, but to honor it, every step of the way.

Original art by Lauren Suzanne, 2012

Original content, Lauren Suzanne, 2013

You Are So Beautiful!

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Forget looking for earthly role models, because there aren’t many; and even when we find them, they live their own lives and not ours. We must look instead inside ourselves. The Goddess doesn’t enter us from outside; she emerges from deep within. She is conceived in consciousness, born in love, and nurtured by higher thinking. She is integrity and value, created and sustained by the hard work of personal growth and the discipline of a life lived actively in hope.

~Marianne Williamson, A Woman’s Worth

This painting is from my Chakra/Goddess series. She represents the Crown Chakra- our connection to the divine within.

Most of us are constantly looking for something outside of ourselves to make us feel this level of beauty, connection, and peace. How many rude awakening does it take before we finally realize that it has been there all along; patiently waiting for us to simply create space for her. This is a personal journey and no two are the same; you arrive when you arrive, and once you have arrived, you long to get closer and closer–and you will!

Original art by Lauren Suzanne, 2012

Lady Monster Remedies~ Part 2

”Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.” ~Hippocrates

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In my last post I told you about the essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need to treat, and in most cases avoid PMS symptoms altogether. Hippocrates said it best in the quote above.  I would like to share the food sources of these vitamins and minerals with you so that you can start developing a closer relationship with the foods that you eat by understanding how they are assisting your body.

Calcium~ Spinach, kale, collard greens, garbonzo beans, figs, tofu, sesame seeds, quinoa, oranges, chia seeds, broccoli, almonds, almond butter, tahini, bok choy, blackstrap mollases, brazil nuts, sea vegetables, sardines, arugula.

Vitamin D~ Salmon, free-range eggs, shrimp, tuna, shitake and button mushroom, steelhead trout, fortified orange juice, cod liver oil, sunshine.

Magnesium~ Pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, tahini, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, black beans, kidney beans, lentils, oatmeal, bananas, quinoa, spinach, swiss chard, soybeans, almonds.

B-6~ Sunflower seeds, venison, chicken, tuna, turkey, potatoes, cod, halibut, spinach, bananas, green beans, carrots, whole grains.

I highly recommend keeping a food journal. This will allow you the opportunity to truly see how your food effects your body and mind.

After living as a strict vegetarian for 5 years, my relationship with food has changed completely. 2 years ago I decided to re-introduce meat back into my diet, but very slowly. It went from once a month to once a week, and currently 3 times a week on average. I have learned so much over the last few years about sustainability and prefer local everything as often as possible. If I can’t get my hands on a local product I typically choose organic.

I took a creative approach to protein replacement during my vegetarian days; making sure that my body was getting the proper nutrients became a top priority- eventually it simply became a lifestyle. I  love to cook and thoroughly enjoy keeping things exciting and interesting in the kitchen. I draw inspiration from everything I see, taste, smell and experience. I am equally passionate about mouth-watering, heavenly food and holistic healing. My kitchen is a sacred space- magic happens in there!

I plan on sharing tons of healthy and delicious recipes with you as often as possible, so stay tuned!

Sources: WHfoods.com and globalhealthcenter.com

Lady Monster Remedies~ Part 1

Could PMS symptoms be your bodies way of telling you that it needs something that it is not getting?

Based on everything that I have read and several of my own experiments, this is the conclusion that I have come to. You always know when it’s time to change up your habits; whether you listen to your body or not is a whole other story. I have put together a list of the major changes that have made a huge difference for me.

1. Exercise~ This is number one on my list for various reasons. The ways that exercise can help you to clear out the crazies during your cycle, is priceless. As if releasing endorphins, reducing body fat, lowering stress, and increasing energy levels are not enough to get you moving; a regular workout program simply boosts your self-esteem and fights off anxiety and depression.

2. Clean up your diet~ Caffeine, alcohol, salt and refined sugars trigger PMS symptoms. Omitting these from your diet or at least being mindful of the amount you consume will make a huge difference in your cycle. Choosing organic as often as possible is another big one for me. Toxic chemicals and pesticides do not create harmony in your body or your mind. Increasing the amount of leafy greens, whole grains, and fruits while decreasing your meat and dairy intake is another MUST!

3.  Water~ Drinking water flushes out toxins, speeds up your metabolism, helps organs to absorb nutrients much better, and assists in digestion. I try to drink 2.5-3 liters a day. It’s not always fun but as soon as it becomes a priority, it will become second nature.

4.  Vitamins and Minerals~ Calcium . Vitamin D. Magnesium. B-6

Research is showing that there is a connection between PMS and calcium deficiency symptoms. Our bodies cannot absorb calcium without the assistance of vitamin D and magnesium. Studies have also shown that women who struggle with PMS  have lower levels of magnesium when compared to women who do not struggle with PMS. Magnesium and calcium work together but have to be balanced correctly; a ratio of 1:1 is recommended. Magnesium aids in the absorption of and helps the body to metabolize calcium. These two minerals truly are partners in crime. All calcium and no magnesium weakens, if not negates the effectiveness of calcium. This essential mineral also will help with the reduction of water retention, mood swings, sugar cravings and breast tenderness. B-6 is essential for manufacturing dopamine, a mood neurotransmitter that your body cannot make on its own. Exceeding 100 milligrams per day can cause nerve toxicity, so I would advise eating foods rich in B-6 rather than taking a supplement.

5.  Yoga~This ancient spiritual practice simply is the cat’s meow as far as I’m concerned. If you’re looking for relief with your psychological and/or physical PMS symptoms, yoga must become a priority. Through deep breathing and yoga asanas, you are stretching and strengthening your body, mind and spirit. Yoga increases circulation, reduces stress, and will  help you to develop the level of self awareness that you will need to take incredible care of yourself on every level.

Happy Year of The Snake, Y’all!

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1. A thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance.

2. A metamorphosis during the life cycle of an animal.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not surprised at all that this is the year of the snake. I have never been so ready to shed my skin; to step up and into my full potential.

Once the veil has been lifted, there’s no turning back. You can’t undo this heightened sense of awareness. You can attempt to forget; deny the deeper truth that you have been gifted…but you will suffer.

If you dig down deep enough, you will find the courage to push through the fear. And once you get a clear picture of what your future self looks like, you have to become her.

The Sacred Ache

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It’s been there for as long as I can remember; calling, begging me to let go, to believe, to surrender….

Sometimes it hurts and sometimes it takes my breath away.

Sometimes it feels like I’m trapped inside of the coldest winter and sometimes it feels like the sun warming my skin.

I didn’t ask for it, yet it follows me like a shadow into every single day and night.

My sacred ache reminds me every day that we have only just begun.

There is something higher, I can feel it in my blood.

Original content copyright, Lauren Suzanne 2013

Photo: Tomaas