Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
like this amazing yoga breakdancer, stay Focused! Keep practicing.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
a lovely wednesday here, at the beach; and though it's spring, it feels like summer already. as is customary, i'm getting rowdy outside in the sun with some neighbors and friends. look at the nifty crayon melting i've been up to!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Spring is peeking her head out of the wintry covers! Currently working for myself and expanding on my many interests, besides being addicted to Pinterest, here is what I'm digging up these days:
Monday, February 20, 2012
So we'll go no more a roving
So late into the night
Though the heart be still as loving
And the moon be still as bright.
For the sword outwears its sheath
And the soul wears out the breast
And the heart must pause to breathe
And love itself have rest.
Though the night was made for loving
And the day returns too soon
Yet we'll no more go a roving
By the light of the moon.
- Lord Byron
Monday, January 2, 2012
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Friday, April 22, 2011
i hope to find you well; it's been awhile since i've blogged and i figure Earth day is the perfect day to jump back in the game, it being my fAvorite holiday and all... : )
remember to hug some trees, turn off your lights when you leave a room, and unplug your chargers and other electronics from outlets when not in use to also cut down on energy-wasting and give a little love back to our planet.
otherwise, enjoy this beautiful video followed with an earth day prayer shared by Selena Fox and remember to love your mother!
The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.
Posted by rachaelH at 5:26 PM
Saturday, October 23, 2010
I try to utilize that mindfulness now, making conscious consumer choices and showing gratitude towards those who have aided me along my journey (in a most Jedi-like fashion ;)
And so, in enjoying and appreciating this fall season, I reflect upon the many blessings that have gotten me to this point and now turn my focus inward to be thankful of each passing moment.
Some of the books I am reading with similar themes are:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I've been toying with the idea of vegetarianism for 3+ years, for a number of reasons, and only this last year actually gave up meat and embarked on a vegetarian diet. The change in energy I had was not just noticeable, but almost drastic! At first it was kind of difficult to figure out what to eat, but I have always been a vegetable lover so I kept my palate sharp with various legumes and crudites. It was somewhat easy to slip into the junk food and cheese pizza trap and I continue to make a conscious effort to avoid that as often as possible and get experimental with different plants.While I quit drinking cow's milk for the most part, I still LOOOVVVE cheese and just can't work with any vegan replacement (I mean, compressed soy, tofu, and water? gheuhh. no thank you)
Fortunately, I believe in moderation and I shop consciously for fish, cheese and eggs, avoiding hormones and unhealthy animals : ) After a short while I stopped having a yearning for meat altogether and was strictly ova-lacto-pescatarian... haha... for about 6 consecutive months. Then I would try a bite of chicken or turkey once in awhile but kept returning to vegetarian habits that were seeming more and more normal to me. Now it has been about 1.5 years since I've eaten red meat and only recently did I have pork again since that time. While temporarily tasty, I regretted this decision later. : /
While researching recipes and fall workouts this morning, I realized it is Vegetarian Awareness month. This doesn't mean I believe vegetarianism is right for everyone, but there are a lot of people who ask me about my diet or have misconceptions about the benefits and healthiness of eating vegetarian and so I think this is probably a good time to share some older and wiser resources with whomever cares to read them.
This is a great site about the many aspects of vegetarianism.
Self magazine discusses the benefits of the habits.
Here's another comprehensive and helpful website, whose picture looked so luscious i had to steal and repost : )
Hope your veggicuriousness is somewhat sated; I'm going to make lunch : )
Happy and healthy living to you, whatever your diet may be~
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
So here's the thing: nothing is permanent....everything is subjective.
And while I'm grappling with the whole, "get a hold of your emotions, you have too much sentiment," sort of thing, I think nonattachment is one of life's greatest lessons.
Cuz let's face it, everything is circumstantial and temporary and blahdie-blah; I'm not the first to say this and I certainly won't be the last, but learning to let go can be a harsh and difficult lesson. And even if you learn it for one THING doesn't necessarily mean it will apply to another.
Case in point, I am somewhat particular about the few objects I "own" in this lifetime, let alone the space that I rent temporarily... but I still feel that everything is borrowed because what you take with you (ultimately) cannot be measure in weight or size, but in intellect and choice; in what you can endure, not what you have to show.
Things are merely objects moving from hand to hand to hand, possibly connecting us as isolated individuals, but stunting us in a social life devoid of real union due to attachment to inanimate items.
Could be a late-night rant, but as I get ready to move my stuff out of this home that I now love/resent and into another, it's important to realize this stuff and these buildings are not what I take with me, but the experience, and the lessons.
Hunter S. Thompson said, " Buy the ticket, take the ride," and maybe I still don't fully understand that statement, but now I appreciate the fact that the end result never renders as much as the experience of the journey itself.
Ups and Downs. Ebbs and Flows. We cannot be good without being tempted by bad... the lesson of the experience is key. You can't really be attached to the object, but the experience and memories will always tag along with you...urging you to be better...
Learning and progessing without attachment... this is my practice of late.
Posted by rachaelH at 4:46 AM
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Haven't blogged in awhile; I've been traveling and working on a few projects as this sultry summer wanes.
I FINALLY started writing my book, and I mean aside from the gazillion post-its and notebook pages of ideas and outlines and storylines that litter my bungalow.
I've also been reading like crazy, nothing new there, but my material these days has not only moved my soul, but has been quite inspirational in situating my heroine in the fictitious web i've begun to spin.
One book in particular, written by a professor who taught a class on Harry Potter at the University at Edinburgh, really pinpointed key moments and attributes in the Harry Potter saga (which I believe to be a timeless, literary Hero's journey post-Lucas/Campbell/Jung) that distiguish the hero from living a mundane life.
You may or may not know I'm a bit of a nerdy Harry Potter nut, but I just love the story JK Rowling constructs, which as a kid whisked me away to a beautiful fantasy, and as an adult speaks to my code of ethics, notions of morality, feelings of polarity and the knowledge of being special and powerful (not without fault, might I add!)
That being said, the Harry Potter saga is representative of the human condition and the individual in society, creating and recreating his own experience and consciously choosing how his life will be after events occur that are out of his control.
This also the theme of another lovely book I just finished, Conversations with God, in which Neale Donald Walsch speaks to God through himself (which, let's face it, is how we all talk to God) by asking different questions and upon placing pencil on paper, receives the answers. Though I felt there was a lot of fluff, there were very important messages tucked into the conversations that spoke of love and the divine that comprises each of us. Gods and Goddesses we were born, nothing to be "saved" or "damned," and as powerful and limitless as we think we are and seek to be.
This idea resonates strong with me; as an eclectic pagan, I somewhat avoid organized Religion and the organizational structures that accompany them because it's hard for me to learn something conceptually rather than experientially.
Of course it's fine to live your truth through someone elses viewpoint, but as myself and a wizened minority of people have opened our eyes to find, truth is interpretational and union is reached everyday, if you choose.
This book really drives that home.
"If I do not go within, I go without."
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Do you remember waking up on a sunny 4th of July to the sound of lawnmowers buzzing, relinquishing that sweet and tangy smell of fresh-cut grass?
Did you spend hours that day, setting up the sprinkler just right, so that you could make it all the way to the splash-pool at the end and accumulate as little grass as possible?
How many daughters helped their moms and aunts and grandmas cut up watermelon and spread red, checkered tablecloths over picnic benches?
How many sparklers could you hold in your hands while twirling them around in the twilight, just as the fireflies came out to dance with leftover burgers and sugar-rushed children?
Even though you polished off a pound of potato salad, did your mom's friend make you a container to take home with you?
Were you late to the game across the street, in the park? or did you make it to the outfield just in time for the ump to shout, "play ball!"
Were your neighbors upset when your little brother and his best friend decided to unleash the Pyromaniac Pack at the end of your driveway? ; ) How long did it take you to clean up the next day?
Do you still feel like a kid, sprawled out on the grass with her family and friends, silenced into awe and wonder as fireworks burst and boom in the sky above, a symbol of victory and unity?
Do you tear up when you think of the thousands of people who have stood up for our Country and our freedom to think, our freedom to choose, and our freedom to act?
When the frolick is done and night is back to dark, are you proudly satisfied to have participated in such community camaraderie, touched by the atmosphere of the yearly ritual?