Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Avoid Being a Slave to Our (even good) Habits

Im a big advocate for Self Love. In fact I am a firm believer that without Self Love we can't truly love
others. There isn't one blueprint for it, generally it is moving away from habits that are detrimental to ourselves, and moving into loving, nurturing habits. In our minds moving away from a place of shame, and into an experience of innocence.
My sister Robin and I after our first half marathon

For me Self Love looks like eating an organic, plant powered, whole foods diet. Making and using the most natural, luxurious, personal care items such as lip balms, deodorant, body butters, etc. Drinking an abundance of clean water on the daily. Meditating (Wayne Dyer's "Ahh" meditation is amazing). Expressing my creative nature via art, knitting, music. Exercising, nourishing my body and spirit.

Though these things are all wonderful and great, it is also important to not make a God out of them. To still be able to be centered and connected to that light that is within each of us even if we can't go through the motions of these activities.

For example, about a month ago I hurt my back. An old injury I received years ago got tweaked just the right way so that I was unable to run, or even walk for that matter. I LOVE to run. It is my go to happy place. It helps me free my mind and get clarity. It is meditation in motion. It keeps my booty firm. Keeps the endorphins bumpin. Its a fun challenge, and a joy.

No mas.

In the past this would have been material for major bumming out. Anxiety even.

Instead I made a choice. Yes, I love to run, and yes I feel happy when I run. I remembered that though this is true, running isn't my sole connection to that light source within me. It is a helpful tool, but not a necessity. That life is about ebbing and flowing and this is just going to be my time to ebb with running. Have patience and know that this is a time for rest.

Life is all about change, and being able to stay connected to that light, happy place through these changes is freedom. Its a balance of taking the best care of ourselves possible in each moment we find ourselves; sometimes Self Love is chilling out on those (even good) habits.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Why Consider Using a Menstrual Cup?

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When I was a teenager I used pads and tampons just like every other girl in middle school. Hiding tampons in my pocket, or up my sleeve, while slipping into the girls room. Somewhere around age 13 I learned that they use CHLORINE to bleach feminine products, along with other harsh chemicals. I was in shock. I knew even as a young girl that one day I would want to have kids, and in no way was I going to gamble with my fertility by letting the most vulnerable part of my body be regularly bombarded with chemicals. So, I switched to organic tampons and pads.

Fast forward years later, after switching to a whole foods organic diet and getting connected with the natural minded crowd, I started hearing about this thing called a "menstrual cup." It is a rubber like cup that you insert while menstruating, empty out as needed, then clean, store and reuse for years.

This is one of those things I danced around for years. Intrigued, but also a little weirded out.

I learned more. About menstrual products and applicators ending up in landfills. How for a woman .5% of her personal landfill use is from feminine products. That over the 38 years a woman menstruates, 62,415 pounds of landfill trash is generated. I started to like the idea of doing my part in my little corner of the world to decrease this number, and help preserve the environment.

Then, being in my starving college years, I looked at cost. I figured out that within a few months I would break even with the investment, and be saving money. That was also an appealing prospect.

In 2012 I watched the video below, and she explained it so simply that I finally went out and got my own- and never looked back. It took a couple of cycles to really get used to it. It is so convenient, easy, comfortable, cost effective, environmentally sound and natural. Plus, no toxic shock syndrome risk! Who knew that one little change could make such a big difference?

I cannot express how much I love it. Not only that, every woman I have encountered who has made the switch loves it too. These aren't exclusively women from the deodorant making, oil pulling, organic eating crowd. Just everyday chicks reaping the menstrual cup benefits.

So for your health, the environment, and your wallet, take the time to consider making the switch yourself.

<3 Kelly

Monday, September 14, 2015

Mind Watching - A Family Affair

Reverend Lee Catalano

The most powerful thing I have ever learned in my life is that there are two very distinct realities happening in the mind.  You can call them light/dark...ego/christ….negative/positive...whatever you call it ...the single most important thing you can learn is to recognize it inside yourself.
At 28 I opened up A Course in Miracles and what a relief to discover life was coming from me and not happening to me.  Everything I was and am experiencing is coming from my thoughts.

My kids now 30, 26 and 12 would agree that the single most important thing that I have passed on to them is “mind watching.”  My daughter Robin says “When I am feeling down the most important thing that I can do is extend myself to others.”  This is a very powerful statement if you look at it more closely.  I have observed Robin watch her mind and offer only words that are filled with innocence and acceptance to others.  In turn she is one of the most consistently happy people I have ever known.

When our thoughts are filled with resentment...self abasement and negativity...it is important to learn to do or say NOTHING.

My little son Cavan understood the concept of “pain body” and changing his mind at 3 years old.  He was able to spend 3 minutes in his room and turn himself around.  According to Eckhart Tolle pain body is an energy force inside each of us that is fed by negative thinking and emotion.  We can learn with focus and determination to dissolve it within ourselves.  Acting from a mindset of pain body leads to an experience of more pain body.  This is right in step with Jesus telling us to choose from a  place of innocence with the Holy Spirit.  We also see it written in Abraham’s words telling us not to do or say anything when out of the Vortex.

Mind watching means that you keep to yourself...don’t tell sad stories for the sake of telling them and wait for it to pass.  Jesus teaches us “this too shall pass.” He was speaking of a low state of mind.  He doesn’t need for us to do or say anything...we just need to be kind to ourselves and allow it to pass.  

When we are feeling out of the Vortex of happiness and innocence around here some of the things we do to remember are ...this too shall pass, meditate, listen to inspiration, take a nap, take a hot bath, exercise, make healthy food, watch an uplifting movie, do something for someone else. 

Most of all don’t do anything self destructive...like speak harsh words...or indulge in addictions and NEVER get down on yourself for needing some self LOVE….Self Love is the Love of God and it is your inheritance from Heaven!

Love The Revie xo

AKA Lee Catalano

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Whole Food Meal Ideas!

I genuinely feel like there is nothing I can't eat. Which is ironic, because I do happen to have things that I don't eat, I just never feel deprived. Personally I do not eat white sugar, am gluten free, vegetarian and lean away from dairy and eggs.

When we learn about eating whole foods, or staying away from processed foods, often we can initially feel overwhelmed. I literally have people ask me "what do you eat?!" It really isn't hard, its just a matter of starting the habit. Every now and then I like to post a day of eating to give simple meal ideas.

<3 Kelly

Organic Bananas 
gluten free toast with coconut oil and raw honey

organic salad, organic garden tomatoes,
organic ground flax (for omega-3's!) and dressing
Organic Baked Beans

Treat (not a whole food!)
Gluten free waffles, coconut butter,
 organic coconut sugar and organic agave maple syrup