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A Journey in Fasting— Love Wins September 23, 2011

Filed under: Spiritual Journies — lovepaintingrainbows @ 4:33 am

So today I had an experience with fasting. I have fasted several times in my life and for up to 3 days at a time (nothing compared to others). Usually it is for health reasons/cleansing and ends up having a little bit of a spiritual experience. However, today was because of a very odd and kind of embarrassing reason… A few days ago I was eating a really REALLY crispy piece of toast. So crispy, if fact, that as it crumbled in my mouth little pieces got under my tongue and cut up the tissue just below my teeth and to the back. It actually hurt really bad, but I thought nothing of it. Then, as each day went by, I noticed my mouth getting more sore until my right gland in my throat was swollen and it hurt to swallow. All because of a piece of toast… lame.

Well, it wasn’t healing and getting better because (amazingly enough) I keep eating! So, I did a short fast to let it heal. 15 hours (8 hours were sleeping). Then, after eating again… it still hurt. So I fasted for a mere 4 more hours. However, both times of fasting were incredibly challenging for me. I kept thinking, “I have a nursing baby! And he woke me up three times last night! [very out-of-the-norm… teething] I DESERVE food!!”. Then my thoughts proceeded as follows:

“I am so hungry. Oh my gosh I just want to eat. Oh, eggs and cheese and leftover pancakes, and milk, and honey and yogurt and bananas, and a smoothie sound SO good. I am so hungry. And tired. My stomach is growling. This sucks. I hate this. I NEED food. But I want my mouth to stop hurting. I’m so hungry.”

Ok, so now you get to see how pathetic I am sometimes. Well, all of a sudden the Spirit within me said, “STOP. You are ok. You are taken care of. Think of those who feel this EVERYDAY.” Whoa. I just read a very sad fact the other day that said every 4 seconds a child dies of hunger. (This story could totally go under my “Humble” post). Instantly my hunger pain was gone and replaced with a sick feeling. I am here having a pity party for myself over barely half  a day without food and plenty of “meat” on my bones and there are sweet little babes all over the world actually dying because they are hungry.

Not to put a damper on things, but this was a great realization for me to be thankful for what I have and even thankful for what I don’t have. Because I do not have starvation. I do not have a hungry, starving baby. I do not have a lack of food. I do not have to fight to live each day.

I also had a friend say to me today, “There is a lack because we say there is a lack.” The more I thought about this the more it makes sense. We are creating our own realities everyday. Fear is driving us. Don’t let it! People, belief is so much more powerful than we realize sometimes. Start living as though there is enough, and there will be. Just try it. What a more peaceful and loving life that would create. Fear is the root of our suffering. Don’t let it win. It can’t win. Because, LOVE WINS. Every time. Period.

Love, Alisha

 

A Journey in Humility September 17, 2011

Filed under: Spiritual Journies — lovepaintingrainbows @ 8:43 pm

Being humbled seems to be a theme for my life right now. I keep finding myself upset or frustrated, or just plain pissed off at someone or something only to soon after be humbled. And humbled HARD. Like knocked down onto my butt humbled. Which is a good thing because the “bruised butt” makes sure that I don’t forget for awhile.

It’s so easy to be consumed by negativity sometimes… I guess because the frustration builds up and it just feels so good to “vent” out those bottled feelings. Cutting down always makes us feel better… (at the time anyways). Thankfully God has placed some really awesome people and circumstances in my life to keep me accountable to good thoughts and words. I had a friend the other day remind me while I was listing off my frustrations about someone that this someone admires my good qualities even though I don’t “feel the love” sometimes. Boom, knocked on my butt. Wow, I can be such a jerk sometimes… (sorry if any of you reading this have experienced my “jerkiness”). This friend said the most simple, honest, and loving thing she knew to be true and my entire spirit changed right then and there.

These instances have happened like five times in the last week. Not that I’m constantly griping… but when I start feeling strong negativity towards some thing/one I soon after am divinely reminded that those thoughts are not my true self. I turn in towards The Spirit and am humbled. Learning to overcome pride is one of the hardest things to learn, but so wonderful. I am so glad that I am learning this right now in my life. It makes life more peaceful and enjoyable.

Here’s one of my favorite verses/songs fitting for this:

He has shown thee, oh man, what is good and what the Lord requires of thee. But to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God. ~Micah 6:8

And a few other quotes that are healing to my mind and spirit:

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. ~Saint Augustine

Humility is not cowardice. Meekness is not weakness. Humility and meekness are indeed spiritual powers. ~Swami Sivananda

Humility is nothing else but a right judgment of ourselves. ~William Law

Humility, that low, sweet root, from which all heavenly virtues shoot. ~Thomas Moore

I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps. ~Gandhi

We all mess up… but lets all fix it when we do and work to not mess up so much. I hope this was water for your spirit today. May we be full of humility enough to love each other through all of our weak spots.

Love, Alisha

 

Tomatoes and Shampoo… but not together September 6, 2011

Filed under: Recipes — lovepaintingrainbows @ 9:54 pm

Two new things are happenin’ for me currently! First, I just ordered a half bushel of tomatoes and thus have canned lots of tomato sauce! Yum! This was my first attempt with doing tomatoes and I’m very excited about it, if you couldn’t tell. I did two different recipes that my lovely friend Tonya gave to me. She gave me a quart of hers last year (along with a TON of other food) after I had Mathias and let me tell you I used it SO sparingly so that it would last as long as possible! Now, I have 9 quarts of it in my pantry! 🙂 yay!

Number 2 for my “current happenin’s” is I started doing a “no poo” shampoo. (FYI: this has nothing to do with poop). I had heard about this before and then another lovely friend of mine, Lezlee, started doing this recently with great success. Essentially, you just use baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Don’t stop reading!!! It’s not weird or stinky, I promise! Quantities vary depending on what your hair and scalp need, but here is a basic recipe to follow:

1T. Baking Soda mixed with just enough water to create a sort of runny paste. Scrub onto your scalp starting with the crown of the head, working out (this technique promotes hair growth). Rinse.

Next take 1T. Apple Cider Vinegar with about 1T. water and pour it over your hair (I dunked my ends in first). Let sit for a couple minutes (while you wash your body or something). Rinse and you’re done! There are a couple of modifications if you so desire. If your hair is too oily you can add lemon juice to the baking soda, or if it is too dry you can add honey!

Just google it and you can read all kinds of stories about it. I have only done it once, but I am happy with the results already! They do say that you might have a couple weeks of adjusting until your scalp learns the right amount of oil to produce.

Next on the list? Apples!! I can’t wait to order my apples this year and make apple sauce and can a bunch for pies and cobblers! YUM. I love this time of year…

Hope you are getting to bask in the beautiful weather!

Love, Alisha