The Reconnection Challenge: Week 1 Eating Better

So, here I am in the lovely St. Maur des fosses reconnecting with Nature.

Challenge 1: Eat better.

Since moving, my diet has been crap. I mean, my American diet was crap. Sadly, I’ve not shown too much improvement since arriving here ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are my dietary goals for the week:

  1. Cut out the whiskey. I love whiskey. It makes me feel good, but if I’m hitting it every night I need to honor whatever I’m stifling rather than continuing to drink every night. It’s not good for me. It’s tasty though ๐Ÿ˜‰
  2. Cut out the cheese. It feels so cruel to be in France and not indulge in cheese, but it’s messing me up.

For bonus points, I’ll cut my bread in take back to 1 serving a day.

Why am I messing with my diet?

I’m eating better because too much cheese fucks me up; all the way up. Not to mention, my intuition is much sharper when my diet is mainly fruits, veggies, rice and eggs. If I can’t hear Nature, I cannot build a harmonious connection with Her.

We’ll see how this comes together and what the trees have to say next week <3

 

Reconnection Challenge: The French Edition

Now, that we’re kinda settled, it’s time to reconnect with French Mother Nature <3. Feel free to follow me as I spend the next couple of weeks building a harmonious relationship with Local Green.

Wait, what does a harmonious relationship with the Green mean?ย 

When I talk about The Green, I speak of the entirety of Nature that surrounds includes me: the lovely trees that whisper advice while I play with the boys, the beautiful flowers that giggle at me, the Marne (the local river) who reminds me to keep flowing. I’m also including the helpful hidden folk who take care of our living space and remind me to pick up trash. I’m also speaking of the local kitty committee, the birds and many other beings surrounding us.

Why seek a harmonious relationship with the green?ย 

I feel disconnected from it. Honestly, I don’t think I can function without drawing closer to Nature. It soothes me and brings balance that I can’t seem to find any other way. Plus, Nature seems to have things pretty much figured out.

What do I expect this relationship to look like?

Unity, harmony and lots of shit talking. But seriously, I want to make choices that support Nature and myself in thriving. I’ve felt a space in the green where everything is in harmony. I want to expand that space so humanity knows it has a choice and that it can recognize itself as part of a larger intelligent being.

Okay, so how do you start?

Haha! Wherever the trees tell me to <3

See you next week!

 

 

Hyacinth: creation through attraction

Or rather, manifestation through attraction; being instead of doing.

Lately, I’ve been having with the the Magic of Flowers oracle deck. It’s amazing. I usually pull a card in the morning and within the next day or so, the flower featured on the card pops up around me <3

Hyacinth popped up this morning. She reminded me that creation through vibration is possible. Don’t work hard to do shit. Focus on being instead. Hyacinth then pointed me to Ochun who is the essence of the Divine reeling itself in to love itself. I am asked to be honest with myself; attract what I want by feeling as if it were already here.ย If I am honest about what I really want, holding the vibration of what I am creating should not be too challenging.

I love how the flowers work. They often remind me that my life could be more light, fluid and joyful. I don’t even have to work for it. I just need to be it.

Let’s see what unfolds next.

Bon Weekend

Welcome to Saint Maur Des Fosses, Ile de France

Lot’s has happened since the last time I posted anything. Let’s see:

  1. Gave birth to a healthy baby boy
  2. I finally found some mouse poop
  3. A headless mouse appeared in the garden
  4. We moved back to France.

It feels odd, yet good, to be here. The boys are thriving, my husband is happy and we are supported as a family. Minor adjustments aside, things are good and magical.

My French intuitive self functions a bit differently than my American intuitive self. I’m all green here—which is a change for me. I receive advice from trees. Flowers take care of me while teaching me how to take care of them. Crows openly laugh at me and rodents remind me that they are around for support if I need it.

Feeling interconnected with nature is different than connecting with ancestors, ghosts, angels, or anything else. I feel loving wisdom around me that does not require work to access. I really have no need to suffer because there is continual access to a blissful green space that transmutes my pain and transcends my understanding. I find myself in awe by the love, beauty and wisdom that surrounds me every day.

As life continues to unfold in amazing ways, my gifts are changing. Let’s see what happens next.

Connection Challenge: Week 4

I’ll be honest. This week really kicked my ass. Grounding into Mother Earth through my feet wasn’t too hard. At least once a day, I’d check in with my feet. Then, I’d inhale down into Mother Earth and exhale back into my feet. This practice was great for bringing me back to the present moment and connecting me to my body.

Now that I’m in my body, I’m challenged by a few things:

  1. I really need to relax. The more I continued to breathe into Mother Earth, the more I realized how tightly wound I am. I love the idea of going to relax somewhere, but that ain’t happening. Returning to a more vigorous yoga practice and laying off the caffeine is a good start.
  2. I need to be more receptive. Even my breath is a bit aggressive. It leads me back to the fact that I really need to calm down.
  3. It’s time to move back to France. I felt in my bones that something big was coming. It no longer feels right here. I didn’t expect France to call us in. France is wonderful, but I love living here. I don’t want to go. However, I know it’s for the best.

Since deciding to move back to France, my eating has gotten a little out of control. I am eating my resistance. I’d rather not gain all my postpartum weight back. Next week I will focus on a grounding and calming yoga practice while challenging myself to connect to Mother Earth through mindful eating. Once a day, I’ll check in with how I am feeling before I decide what to eat. Then, I choose what to eat based on my emotions. I’ll match my moods to healthy foods. It’ll be entertaining <3

Until next week, Take Precious Care!

J

 

 

Connection Challenge: Week 3

This challenge has been a bit harder than I expected. It’s easy to carry an intention for a day. The real challenge is staying laser focused on my intention through out the week when there is so much to do.

For this week, I’d like to do something more subtle. This week, I want to focus on my feet. My feet keep the rest of my body grounded and connected to Mother Earth. Finding little ways to care for them and ensure that I am engaging them properly feels like a gentle way to deepen my connection with Mother Earth. Not to mention, since my feet are always with me it’s easier to check in with them—even when I am with the boys.

So, for this week, my goal is to ensure that my weight is evenly spread between both feet and that I am engaging them mindfully. I want to continuously feel the flow of energy down into the Earth when I exhale and into my feet when I inhale. My intuition often spreads out around me like a cape, but I can feel things though my feet. It’d be nice to sharpen this skill a bit. I also intend to do something nice for my feet; like a foot bath.

Last week’s focus on yard work was helpful. I trimmed an overgrown tree in the yard and realized that I was very much like that tree. In my own eagerness to find light, I occasionally confuse and stunt my growth. The tree reminded me the importance of letting go what no longer works and being flexible.

I also ended up finding some plants knows for attracting fairies ๐Ÿ™‚ Foxglove was just planted yesterday and I hope to get snapdragon in the ground this week.

I’m curious to see what comes up next.

Until next time.. take precious care.

What’s My Magic For….

I often ponder what the hell I am here to do. I’ve always felt like I needed to be of some type of service. My challenge in life has been figuring out what service really is. I’ve got all this magic, what is it really for? What am supposed to be doing with it?

When I was younger, my magic seemed to be for making my dreams come true. This worked until I realized that the dreams I was living weren’t really my dreams at all. They belonged to someone else. I wasn’t being honest with myself. So my magic became about self discovery and reclaiming myself. I practiced lots of yoga, did lots of energy work and played with herbs. All this resulted in finding a place where I could be of service to the community and to friends. I understood what I brought to the table and relished sharing it. Unfortunately, life shifted and I lost myself. It was hard to let go of who I was because I didn’t know who I was becoming…. until I became pregnant. Suddenly, my magic wasn’t just for me anymore. It was a gift to those share; which brings me to the present moment.

My magic, Mama magic, is love. It’s love that protects, nurtures, comforts, harmonizes, cares for those in need.

 

Until the next time, be good to you

J

 

Connection Challenge: Week 2

For this week’s challenge, I am going to focus on something simple: yard work.

I really love yard work. It’s a great way to connect with Mother Earth. There is nothing more exciting than offering plants all they need to flourish in harmony. Although yard work can be challenging with a toddler, I’ve had quite a few magic moments. The most important thing seems to be preparation. When I calm, focused and have plan things go well.

So, with the intention of reconnecting to Mother Earth, I will mindfully prepare the yard for fall. I will trim the bushes, herbs and the tree according to their desires and not my own. I will be patient in planting the new snapdragons and foxgloves, so that they can find the best spot in the yard. And I will be careful in how I include the children in this work.

Last week I didn’t get to spend too much time in nature ๐Ÿ™ But since school is back in, I’m sure I can get some yard work done ๐Ÿ˜€

Hope all is being good to you

J

 

Connection Challenge Week 1

Welcome to the Back to the Earth Connection Challenge!ย My intention is to enjoy a number of simple, sweet actions that will strengthen my connection to Mother Earth. I’ll give myself extra bonus points for things that are kid friendly ๐Ÿ™‚

As inspired by Hedgewitch Book of Days, the focus for this week is offerings of gratitude. Mother Earth supports us in a myriad of ways; seen and unseen. This week I’d like to focus on making simple offerings of gratitude.

Today, I’ve put out little treats for the helpful hidden folks. Tomorrow I’ll share my breakfast with the ancestors on my altar. Other ideas that have bubbled up are: picking up trash where I see it, pouring water out in gratitude to the Earth, verbally thanking Mother Earth every morning, and offering gratitude energetically.ย Offering gratitude is a great way to reconnect with Mother Earth. When life spins too fast it’s easy to forget our connection to Mother Earth. When you take a minute to thank Mother Earth, you reaffirm your connection to Mother Earth.

Happy Reconnecting! Enjoy the Full Moon! See you next week!

J

 

Back to the Earth: Connection Challenge

In playing with Green and Hedge witchery, I’ve started reading Hedgewitch book of days. So far it’s quite interesting. This book reminds me of how disconnected from Mother Earth I feel, as of late. In hopes of remedying this, I’m doing a back to the Earth challenge.

This month, I’m focusing on simple actions that will reconnect me to Mother Earth and her Magic. When I say simple, I mean simple. I’m a Stay at home Mom with a 3 year old and a 8 month old. When I do ritual, it’s short, sweet and discrete ๐Ÿ™‚ Feel free to join me.

Until next time.. Take Precious Care

J