Your Life is a Relefection……..

Your Life is a Reflection…….

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Your Life is a reflection and  extension of your mind – in other words, according to Quantum Physics – your life is a feed back loop showing you what you are thinking, believing and feeling.

Are you in love with your life? How you live, what you do or who you be?

Or not?

You are the creator and have the power to change.

It starts with a knowing of where you are and where you want to be and how you want to feel.

And moving in that direction.

Any state of being unless it’s love, joy and gratitude, that you hold for longer than about two minutes is a lie to who you really are and be………..interesting isn’t it? 🙂

We’ve created habits and patterns that don’t always serve us!

Remember, YOU are worth it!!

Jodi

xo

 

Why We do Yoga

Why We do Yoga

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Why We do Yoga

Why We do Yoga came to me after a Temazcal one night in Mexico – Mexican sweat load ceremony.

After the ceremony and back home, I was sitting out on the patio in a chair hammock slowly moving around, it was dark and the stars were out, there was a gentle warm breeze on my skin and I could hear the  pounding of the waves in the distance.  Out of nowhere this idea came.

As I was in my teacher training I was asking myself it at a deeper level as well.  For me it started off as a personal journey – and it’s incredible how it fit into my life at the perfect time for what I was moving through.

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Why We do Yoga

When I started doing some research on the internet I knew immediately why this came to me.

The Yoga matt is where many people – mostly women but men too, come to further judge, compare, beat themselves up – not good enough, can’t do that pose, I’m not wearing the right clothing, I’m not thin enough etc

We need to stop this insanity.

This is only a glimpse – my persceptive on why I do Yoga – you will hear many other reasons.

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Why We do Yoga

For me now Yoga has become more – since deepening the connection with myself, my mind, body soul and breath.

Since that moment sitting out that night I started sharing this idea – this book – with other Yogi’s and they kept saying Yes to it, to be part of it!

We all have different journey’s, perspectives, lives, stories, beliefs and awareness and that is why I knew it needed to have as many Yogi’s share as possible.

I have had the incredible privilege to meet some of the most beautiful, amazing, heart centred and present Yogi’s / people since embarking on this project.

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Why We do Yoga

I spent the last several days going through the photos that I have been able to shoot and capture some beautiful moments – for that alone I am honoured.  I have photographed over 50 Yogi’s and I then reached out to others who I knew would be a huge contribution to this book as well yet we were miles away.

Why We do Yoga is a book that will be out first in kindle format very soon like as in May!!

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Why We do Yoga

My wish and hope is that through one of these amazing Yogi’s that a seed will be planted, a deeper understanding or awareness of of why you do do Yoga.

Maybe you don’t do Yoga – yet, maybe you do a little, maybe you do a lot – I promise you there will be something in this book for you!

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Why We do Yoga

Stay tuned as it will be out shortly and Please feel free to share this with anyone.

With so much Love, Gratitude and Consciousness

Jodi

 

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Love Light Laughter

Catching Up

Why We Do Yoga

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Why We Do Yoga

Wow what a crazy few weeks!!

Mercury is in Retrograde and I decided to go back to Canada during this time -flying – travelling not always a great idea as I found out on my way back!  Lets just say I would never fly United Airlines again and letting others know it!!  Rude customer agents and over priced baggage fees!

My time is in Canada and USA was busy – gathering things together to come back down to Mexico for a longer stay, packing up things, visiting friends, playing with my dehydrator and making lots of crackers, cereal and a few other goodies and shooting Yogi’s for the book coming out very soon Why We Do Yoga.

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Why We Do Yoga

It’s been an amazing venture to meet and be able to Photograph most of these Yogi’s – words cannot describe it!  I cannot wait to share the photos, the whys and more – it truly has inspired me even deeper – whether you do Yoga or not, or something that moves the body and bring you joy, awareness and a way to connect mind, body and spirit is what is essential.

We have become extremely disconnected and uncaring – I experienced it first hand at the Airport.

Now that I am grounded for a little while in Mexico I will be diving deeper into Yoga, consciousness, awareness, energy, manifesting, real and raw foods and more!.  I have no dehydrator here but I did an amazing deal on a juicer when I got back here and will be experimenting using the sun energy for dehydrating.

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Quiet Time

I’ve already started my sprouts, kombucha and tomorrow will be raw sauerkraut.

Whether it’s food, thoughts, feelings or intentions – it’s all energy and it all matters or will create matter!

I am realizing that people and the world are waking up – we need to – our health and the planet is headed in the wrong direction for many.  It does not have to be hard, boring, confusing or taste bad.

We are powerful creators – we create everything in our lives and we are live beings who need to be eating more live or real foods!

I joke with people now and say – once you take the blue pill and you actually swallow it – life becomes very different!

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Go for Peace as much as possible!

Can’t wait to share.

I hope you are having an amazing day and if not go find something or someone that brings you joy and move more into that vibration!!

Peace, Love & Consciousness

Jodi

PS – More info here on Why We Do Yoga

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Love heals much!

Re-Programming

Re-Programming

What does it mean to re-program?

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Fall in Love with You & Your Life

Being someone that has struggled with an eating disorder when younger and now realizing I need to share my story and bring awareness so others can overcome their struggles with food, body issues or low self esteem. Dr’s don’t know how to work with this situation and the recovery rate is not very high at all. The one thing that separates an eating disorder or emotional eating from other addictions is that food is everywhere!! We create many gatherings around food, celebrations, deaths, parties and it’s even trendy to be a ‘foodie’ now whether that is raw, vegan, gluten free, paleo or whatever else is out there!! There fore overcoming an eating issue is much harder than say drugs – you can quit those all together.

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Healthy Relationship with Food

What is so important to learn or actually in some cases unlearn is how we feel inside – what beliefs or programs are you (was I ) running? With the media today on tv, magazines and the internet we are constantly bombarded and reminded that we are not good enough the way we are and there is something outside of ourselves that is better or will fix our problems or make our life better. We are constantly chasing something or someone……….yet not going within.

It feels so good, so free when we let go, de-program and allow our authentic self emerge!

We need to de-program lack and not good enough and re-program with self love and being good enough.

Maybe it comes with age – when you start realizing some of that crap just isn’t important, maybe it comes with an awakening of some sort, maybe when one decides to finally take the blue pill
I reflect back over my life and look at the times I gave my power away to food, people and places – not feeling good enough or that thing or person had more power over me.

If Everything is Energy – including our states of being – aka not good enough, we can step into realizing that we can change that. If I can feel not good enough – how about feeling good enough – what does that feel like? Try it on. If I hate myself or my body – lets start asking better questions – why would I choose that?
What else could I feel instead? How could I better be myself? Why do I need to follow the crowd or try and fit in? etc
You and I did choose that, we are choosing everything we think and feel. We need to take responsibility for that (waking up) and know we can create something else. How do I want to feel? What would I like to experience?
It has nothing to do with anyone else, judging, comparing, what happened in the past or what might happen in the future. It’s about being fully present in the moment and falling in love with you, your body and your life!!

Quantum Physics is proving that our environment is a reflection or extension of our mind. I will keep repeating that often as our thoughts are electric and our feelings are magnetic. What that means is if I am thinking I am not good enough AND feeling it I am manifesting people and situations that reflect that back to me that I am not good enough. No one has done anything to me that I haven’t been thinking or feeling therefore viberating.
Yes, that may have raised some questions as it did for me many times as I did not understand how I could have created some of the crap I did in my life.

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Get Playful & Colourful in Your Imagination

Get creative with your imagination – it all starts there and is very powerful!

Everything is Energy……..that has been proven.
Are you thinking and feeling Love, Joy, Gratitude, Empowerment, Integrity, Bliss, Compassion or not??

Any fear, doubt, lack, anger, frustration etc will over ride those. That kind of energy is dense and heavy.

We can even take it further as many of the Guru’s say this is a variety of ways – don’t look at reality and use that as your guidance, stay focused on how you do want to feel and what you do want to experience – it’s not avoiding it’s a form of overriding. If everything is energy – where attention goes energy flows.

We are programmed for the negative – just look at the news or television – telling a vision – who’s vision though? It sure ain’t yours or mine so if I may suggest stop watching the tv, reading the paper, and buying those crappy magazines!!

I was in a check out line yesterday and I was looking at the magazines and all the headlines – nothing has changed since I was about 20 yrs old and buying into the programming of lack and not good enough way back then – it’s only gotten worse – if I buy this and read it – then my life and body will be perfect………..

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Love – Self Love

What is perfect? What is true for you?
It requires slowing down, connecting with self, going within and knowing you are awesome!

Yes – it’s true. We have been lead to believe we aren’t good enough the way we are.
We are constantly chasing something.

We are powerful creators, we have just been doing it unconsciously and now we can learn to create consciously and set our intentions on what we truly desire.

Do you know what your truly desire or desire to feel?
You are good enough and you are deserving – now do you feel and believe that?

Lets start there!! Practice embodying feeling good enough and deserving!

Re-progamming starts there!

Much Love & Gratitude
Jodi

Creating Art

Creating Art

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Go Within into the Unknown

 

“It is not art in the professionalized sense about which I care, but that which is created sacredly, as a result of a deep inner experience, with all of oneself, and that becomes ‘art’ in time.”

                                                                              Alfred Stieglitz

Alfred was a Photographer in the late 1800’s early 1900’s – it’s incredible when you think about  what some people knew even back then about energy, meditation truly living.  It always comes back to you and what you are thinking and feeling inside.

Let go of the external reality to go within as they are proving we are living in a Universe which is a feed back loop for our thoughts and feelings – the environment is an extension of our mind.

We are way more love and powerful than we realize and our imagination is way more powerful than knowledge yet it starts from within!!  Awareness leads to Consciousness.

We are creators – we just need to truly embody that!

Set your intention on creating a magical day and being fully present in the moment – if you are not present then who’s life are you living??

Much Love & Gratitude

Jodi

Creative Forces

Creative Forces

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Creative Forces

 

As my sufferings mounted I soon realized

That there are two ways

In which I could respond to my situation

Either to react with bitterness

Or to seek to transform the suffering

Into a creative force

I decided to follow the latter choice

Martin Luther King Jr

The more you let go of low vibing emotions – the more the Soul can be released and that is when more creative forces happen!!

The Soul only knows the vibration of love!!

Love

Jodi

PS – 21 Days – Food & You – has been released, Why We do Yoga and Raw, Naked and Beautiful will be out shortly – change your relationship with food, you and your body!!

The End of a Journey

The End of a Journey

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End of One Journey

 

At 6 am as I was waiting outside for my cab I was enjoying the quiet and warm breeze on my skin as I knew in 12 hours I would be freezing cold.  After spending 4 months in Mexico – my body, mind and soul had been so nurtured in so many ways and I have fallen in love with this country.  I also knew that this journey was coming to an end.

Another chapter was about to start.

I got to the airport early to miss the morning Mexico City traffic – like you could really do that but we did.

As I sat and really realized I was going back to Canada –excited to see my friends, yet also to put endings on a few things too.  I was already getting booked with shoots with Yogi’s and dinner dates and a few interviews with my projects I had started.

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Mexico

I finished off my time in Mexico with a weekend in Mexico City attending Joe Dispenza – everything was clicking for me.  The work one does going within does pay off.  Now I had been learning and doing Joe’s meditations but to hear him live and explain the science behind things, the miracles people were having in their health and lives was incredible not to mention the people I was meeting from Mexico, Columbia, Peru, USA also on the path learning about Quantum Physics, the field, and creating higher consciousness was in itself an amazing experience.

Things clicked even deeper.

Synchronicities all around!!

People are awakening.

People do know we have been lied to and dumbed down – through our foods (GMO’s) our tv and advertising – never enough, good enough, rich enough, fast enough etc and the agendas of our governments and corporations.

This post isn’t about those things though as where you put your attention is where energy goes.

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Love my morning walk on the beach watching the surfers!!

I have had the most amazing journey and it’s still going – just changing form for a little bit.

Life for me got much clearer, simpler, freer and I could truly start embodying more of me.

Sounds silly I know but some of us try to fit into a society where intuitively we know we really don’t belong as so much doesn’t make sense.

Diving deeper into Quantum Physics re-enforces that we do create our lives fully yet usually through glasses with filters of our beliefs, perceptions, lack, fear, doubt, not good enough etc

 

When some shit hit the fan – I had to really look at why I was creating it.  Do you ever stop to recognize any patterns going on in your life?

What usually is the common denominator?

You?

Dam it wasn’t fun for a bit – but moving through that I began to truly create with more awareness through being fully present  in the moment (ok as much as possible after all I am human J), having an attitude of love and gratitude even when during classes early on in my Yoga Teacher Training I just wanted to cry – I knew my body was releasing old memories that no longer served me – not fun while going through it but oh so worth it afterwards.

Looking back over the past 4months I can’t believe how fast the time went, the new friends I have, the many people I met, the amazing experiences I had, the places I visited, the things I saw and did……..words cannot describe it!!

The one thing I have learned is my soul loves some routine but it loves even more adventure – I can not get up each morning doing the same thing each day – no wonder I didn’t stay at many jobs for a long time – it’s just not me.  No wonder I work on line and from wherever I am – I thrive on that.  No wonder I am always creating whether it be in the kitchen, on an adventure, in photography, new programs and books or………..I love creating, it’s part of my being.

This trip has made me realize it even more so and has deepen it so much that now I am embodying it.

Back in Canada for 3 weeks then back down to Mexico for more adventures – in that time my second on line project will be released, my photos will start emerging and my first of two books will be published.

It’s been one amazing start to 2017 and I am falling more in love with my life each day.

Are you in love with your life?

If not remember you are creating it with each choice you make – choose for you!!

Jodi

xo

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Be Present to even the small things

 

 

 

Being Present

Being Present

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Being Present

Nothing is more important than being in the present moment – fully alive, fully aware.’

              Nhat Hanh

Wherever you are Be There – it’s all we have is the present moment – the past is over and the future is not here yet.  Just like in Photography – if I wait even a second I may miss the shot and the moment is gone forever.  What are you missing in your life but not fully being present?

Create a magical day!!

Jodi

xo

Jicama & Beet Salad

Jicama & Beet Salad

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Jicama & Beet Salad

 

It’s been quite awhile since I have done a recipe so thought it might be fun to create something simple, yet fresh, raw and oh so tasty – Jicama & Beet Salad.

Since being down in Mexico I have been eating so well.  For me, I know the warmth, sunlight and fresh foods nurture my soul.  There is an abundance of fresh foods down here besides just Tacos and Quesadillas!! lol

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Fresh Foods

There are also many markets that happen happen several times a week in different locations where an abundance of not only fresh / raw foods, but tasty (from vendors) and organic.  Usually more so where the gringos are yet so much great food.

I’ve been living off much Papaya, Pineapple, Figs, Avocados, Fresh Greens and yes I admit it fresh salsa and chips – locally made and non-gmo.

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Fresh Organic Greens

I truly feel for many people that the environment makes a huge difference.  I know for myself while living in Vancouver and it was damp and raining a lot it was harder for me to eat as much raw foods as I do now – my body wanted and needed some cooked foods like Quinoa and roasted veggies.  Here I never think of that.  In sharing that – when you eat clean, your body will let you know what it truly wants – honour that.  There are too many people out there dictating that it has to be a certain way.  Yes eat healthy but listen to YOUR body!!

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Vegan, Gluten Free, Organic Foods

Energy is everything – if you are hating what you are eating and eating because you think you should or have been told to – you are actually doing more damage!!

The one thing that makes me kind of sad down here is the NA influence like Coca Cola is everywhere, and some other nasty treats yet isn’t it everywhere now unfortunately??  Corporate greed is all I can say on that one as it is not food – only chemical concoctions labelled as food and creates havoc in the body!!

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Lots of Raw Cacao – Good for opening Pineal Gland, Kombucha & this Raw Sauerkraut is sooo good – she makes amazing stuff!

Anyways, off my soap box and on the recipe – which is simple and leaving it up to you to get your creativity flowing a bit!!

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Jicama, Beets & Greens – Colorful Mexico

I love Jicama and Beets especially together.

This is a Raw and Vegan recipe.

The selection of organic greens at the market is incredible – the one table sells about 8 different kinds and you get to mix and match and filler bag.

I chopped them all up to mouth size and grated up the Jicama (which isn’t as sturdy as Beets to do so) and also Beets.

I also did a second dish of just Jicama and Beets chopped up together. I also finely chopped up Tumeric thinking the color would be cool (orange with the white and red but as we know beets take over!)

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Jicama, Beets, Tumeric with Basil & Dill Dressing

I have been on a Basil kick lately as I have been getting it fresh from the market and it is sooo tasty with garlic of course.

So it’s like a Pesto but no nuts – lots of Basil, Garlic, cold pressed Olive Oil, pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt, I also added in a mixture of Sea Veggies (dried that I brought from Canada) and Irish Moss – good for collagen (trying to add it in more in my way of eating) but those two are optional.

Of course since being here once I put it on the salad or just the Jicama & Beet salad I also squeeze fresh Lime juice!

In the Jicama and Beet Salad I added in a bunch of Dill too.  I let that one sit in the fridge for a couple of hours (ok while I went to the beach :)) to let the flavours marinate.  Now you can use any herbs and I always find that fresh is smooch tastier and better.

It was a tasty delight.

The salad feel free to sprinkle on some toasted Sunflower seeds or Pecans or even add in Avocado and a sprinkle of Nutritional Yeast.

Jicama doesn’t get used often enough and is very mild tasting so really takes on flavours of there ingredients.  Jicama is abundant down her in Mexico and has many vital nutrients and lots of fibre and probiotic role in the intestines.

I am so loving being in Mexico!!

Enjoy!!

Jodi

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Live Sprouts – so yummy & good for you!!

Yoga

Yoga

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Yoga

I have done Yoga off and on since my early 20’s but never fully committed – seems to be an issue for me in a few areas but that’s a different post! 🙂

You may or may not know but I just did Yoga Teacher Training and I did so more for personal reasons – intuitively I knew the timing was right and boy was I right!!

On many levels I was ready to take this to a deeper level, yet it helped me move through much in my personal life as well.  Not to mention I met and have been meeting some amazing Yogi’s because of it.  I have started an awesome Photo Yoga project that I will share some of the details soon – these people are truly amazing beings!  They take their Yoga off the mat which I solve and respect!

One of the reasons the timing was awesome is I have been able to slow down in my life.  Now that doesn’t mean you can’t slow down with Yoga but I so realize how much I was speeding through life, living and the things I was doing.  I could have never done a Yin Class a couple of years ago and now it’s one of my favourite and what I will be teaching mostly.

Why?

It helps slow us down, connect us with our bodies, our breath AND our emotions – perfect for people especially women who have a million things to do, look after everyone else, have a hard time being inter bodies or even liking them, emotional eating or dealing with emotions – you can’t run and hide form them when they come up as you hold a pose.

It’s all good as they want to leave anyways – you get lighter, freer and feeling so much dam better about you, yourself, your body and life.

Yoga in general helps to be more present.

Yoga helps one to get out of the head and be more present and in the body which can be hard for some of us.

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I look serious I know but I was concentrating 🙂

I love the movement, the outdoor palapa’s (here in Mexico anyways), how I can focus on me – I close my eyes as much as possible – I am not looking around at who’s able to do what or if they are better than me or what they are wearing – which I am finding out has become part of Yoga – not in my world!!

I also listen each day to my body more – some days I am very flexible, others not so much, some days I can try almost anything and maybe hold the pose and other days not a chance – each time is different, preparing us for living each day!

Yoga has been there many times in my life for me, I just wasn’t always able to really slow down and take it in.  Now I am in even much more deeper way than I ever thought would happen.

It also made me realize I still have much to learn.

Isn’t that what living is truly about??

All I know is my body loves it, my mind needs it and better breathing is essential!!

Why do you do Yoga?

 

Jodi

xo

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Yoga

Consciousness

Consciousness

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Being Present in each moment

Consciousness – what truly is it?  Why have I chosen to include that in my tag line?

For me as I go through life and am waking up, growing, learning, expanding I truly realize how unconscious I am or have been.  How I have been running on auto pilot – which most if not all of us are to some degree or another – it’s not a judgment it is how our minds and body work.

I am sure you have heard the story of the iceberg representing our conscious an unconscious states – the tip of the ice berg is our conscious awareness yet under neath the water lies a much larger iceberg attached – that is a representation of our conscious and unconscious or subconscious minds.

From diving in and learning more from Dr Joe Dispenza – our bodies actually become our minds and run the show due to feelings and emotions – for me it’s become fascinating stuff!!

If we truly want change in our lives we need to break the Habit of Being Ourselves and become someone new – we are creating new thoughts, feelings and emotions i the body – and I will go into more detail about that – as it truly is possible as I have been experiencing it!

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Self Time or Meditations is so great for us!

It’s like having a computer – it doesn’t do a thing until you start downloading programs into it.  Our minds are the same way.

We let our outside world determine how we feel many times  – we are taking cues from outside to determine how we want to feel or are programmed to feel.

We can recall experiences in the past usually by how we feel about them – good, great or not so good.

Feelings and Emotions are chemical records of past experiences.

Do we truly want to keep living in the past?

I know I have been  – you can tell by what you are thinking about over and over – chances are it’s not the future (unless you are worrying about it and that is based on past experiences) or being fully present in the moment.

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Usually Very Busy Running Through Life

I will be diving deeper into energy as well.

We’ve heard many times Everything is Energy – yet what does that truly mean?

We are energy.  Yes everything is energy even things that seem dense like a table – it’s just it’s energetic vibration is a dense one to say green foods as a simple example.

Anger, depression, low self worth are heavier, denser energies compared to joy, love and gratitude which are higher vibrational energies.

You can tell by how you feel by experiencing any of those which I am sure you’ve experienced them all!!

Your mind and also your body do not the know the difference between reality and imagination – even Einstein found this back in the day – your imagination is actually more powerful!

If everything is energy – and we are energy then we are also consciousness.

What is consciousness?

It is being fully present, i the moment, aware of it’s mind and surroundings and choices one makes and also open to not having to control things and let the universe surprise.

I can’t wait to dive deeper into this since I know that many women have been struggling with self esteem issues, emotional eating issues and body issues – it’s time we changed the energy of all of that!!

We create by our thoughts, intentions, and feelings.

It’s time to do so consciously – as we are so worthy of it and powerful!!

Create an amazing day!!

Jodi

xo

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It All Starts Within Us