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Life Recipes for Wholeness, Presence, Connection and Harmony

Life Recipes for Wholeness, Presence, Connection and Harmony

Author: Lindsay Ambrose

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Life recipes are practical methods and meditations to guide us into being more present, connected and in harmony at home, at work, and in our relationships.

Wholeness in our body + presence of our mind + connection of our soul + and harmony of our spirit helps us flow through life with greater love, peace, and joy.
33 Episodes
We have to actually design our life for health if we want to be healthy. It just takes a little planning, making a commitment.  We live in a world where everything we need or want is at our fingertips - and we can use that for us or against us.  Yes, there are unhealthy choices lurking everywhere. But there are healthy ones too. We have to seek them out. We are traveling and the food being served is really unhealthy. The easy choice is to just eat it and then feel bad in your body. The other choice is to plan ahead. To have some mixes for shakes to look into some food delivery options nearby of healthy choices. It comes down to what our plan is. We have to plan because if we leave it to indecision and will power. It won’t work.  If we’re relying on willpower, that means we haven’t fully determined what you want. We haven’t made the commitment.  And in that case we will easily be swayed toward the shiny object, the oooey gooey delicious that is right in front of us. Yet, we know there is far greater fulfillment in achieving the big vision of what we want and we desire. Saying no in the moment when a temptation comes up is easier when we have our vision in mind and we can see that saying no means we are saying yes to something much better, something in alignment. The reward is far greater than the instant gratification of what looks good right now.  You have to make the commitment and and design your life for it.  Are you really serious about this? Or are you just talking? If you are still on the fence and going to rely on will power, it’s probably not going to work. Research shows that will power is actually a finite resource within us. It won’t last.  However, when we make a decision, there are infinite resources that come back to us. The internal debate is over.  We have to choose to stick to your decision. Listen for the steps to do it. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
Understanding and getting in touch with the five elements of nature that correspond with the seasons - wood (Spring) , fire (Summer), earth (Late Summer), metal (Fall), and water (winter) can improve your health. These lie at the heart of Chinese philosophy and are within each of us. There are simple things we can do each day restore and harmonize these elements so we can feel more centered and healthy in body mind and spirit. I write this as on a cold winter day in Chicago. I look out and see snow all around me. Its cold and its helpful for me to allow this season (the element of water) to allow me to slow down. To rest and restore and reflect. I love this truth that our body needs this restoration and so does the earth. I see how nature thrives following these patterns and we can too as humans if we begin to understand it, trust it, and incorporate practices in our day to begin to feel this harmony and wholeness. Making time for each of these things are important and will help us feel better.  Fire (summer) - warmth, joy and happiness - take time to laugh. Fire is about warmth, transformation and dynamic, sparkling movement. Summer brings fire through the heat of the sun, long days and energized bodies.  Ask the question, how do we make this fun? It’s so important to laugh everyday. Earth (late summer) - nurture yourself - self-care is so important. Represented by those last warm, light-filled days in September and October - just before the cool weather sets in.  Take care of yourself. Feel nourished in the meals that you eat. Enjoy and take in whatever you are being nourished by. Nourish your soul and tell yourself you deserve this right now. Metal (Fall) - Take time to breathe. Process of refinement and its resulting products. In this season, it’s time to make sure everything is pure and that anything unnecessary or wasteful is eliminated (especially in our thoughts). What is no longer serving us? We reminded to practice Meditation and mindfulness. If you can’t take ten minutes to meditate, just breathe.  Find some inspiration and stillness everyday. Listen to song you love, feel inspired. Water (Winter) - Cold and dark season that is associated with water - the element of tranquility and flow. It's a time of inward reflection, rest and restoration. We are reminded that need water everyday.  It’s so important for our bodies as well as getting clear, turning in, and resting. Wood (Spring) - Motivation, drive, and movement. A time of birth and new beginnings. Exercise that wood element. Even if you can’t get to gym, move around, move your body. Allow the energy to flow through you. Making little efforts to find a little more balance with all the elements in our body can go a long way toward better health and vitality. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
Gratitude is a practice. What we focus on grows. We have to affirm, say thank you, and appreciate what we have now and visualize and say thanks for what we desire to see more of. Even if what we’re experiencing now is small portion of what we want to see more of, say thank you. This practice helps us feel more gratitude and creates greater abundance. Finding joy is in the journey. We never get there fully because it’s always expanding. Practicing gratitude is the gateway to joy. Here are are affirmations across different life areas for you to listen to so you may turn on gratitude and abundance in your own life. Practice at night before you sleep on the morning and throughout the day, pause, breathe, and affirm all that your thankful for and visualize and say thanks for what you desire to see more of.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
Brene Brown says “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” We are called to step out of our comfort zone and to do those things are heart desires even if it makes us scared or nervous. Even if we fail, its not really a failure at all, we stepped out and we tried and that is how we grow and evolve. This is the work we are here to do, to keep challenging and growing ourselves into who we are meant to be. To live with more meaning and love and harmony, we have to step out and do something different.  We have to choose courage over comfort. There will be critics, the one in our own head, and those outside of us. It's not the critic who counts as Theodore Roosevelt says "Theodore Roosevelt "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." So take the first step. Do the thing that scares you. See how new pathways open up and you are on the path to more meaning, love, wholeness, and harmony.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
 Our feelings and emotions are our measuring tools. They are energy in motion. We want to become aware of them and let them flow. The way we show up - our energy is important. We can always pause, breathe, and recenter, which allows energy to flow through us in a calm way. The source of energy is attention. What are we paying attention to? Flowing is abundance, creativity, love, peace, joy. This is our essence and what we are meant to feel. When we become more emotionally aware, we can move through our experiences and feelings with greater acceptance and calm. An emotionally only lasts 90 seconds. Whatever it is, feel it, and move through it. Technique to move through tough emotion: RAIN by Tara Brach Recognize whatever it is you are feeling.  Allow and accept the experience without judgment.  Investigate the feeling with kindness and curiosity as an observer.  Nurture and nourish yourself for whatever you felt. Give yourself kind words and love.  (More on this at Every Day Every moment we can start fresh. The more we practice the more aware, present, and in the moment we can become. When we are present we are in our essence -we flow with love, peace, joy, creativity - all the good stuff. The more we practice the more we feel it. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
Be Present Being present is the most natural thing we can do but also one of the hardest. It’s so easy to get lost in feelings and thoughts that don’t serve us; thoughts that do nothing disconnect us from others and the experiences in front of us. The present is where all the good stuff is, but we can’t experience the present when we’re consumed with negative, fear-based thoughts. There’s always some goodness around for us to see and feel. Being present helps us recognize the goodness and appreciate more. HOW DO WE GET PRESENT? Awareness is the first step. Becoming aware that we’re feeling things that don’t make us feel good — like fear, doubt, worry — is the first step to changing them. Next, give yourself one moment of mindfulness, one breath. Focusing on your breath brings you back to this moment. Once you do this, you can choose to think differently. You can choose to think a loving thought instead. ZOOM OUT. When you zoom further out in your mind from your own experience, you can start to see how unimportant the thing you’re worrying about is. Zoom out 10 years from now, will this really be important? Zoom out to see how small this situation is in the footprint of the whole world. How small is the issue when you think about the vastness of oceans, mountains, and space? Zoom out to your life goals. How do you want to live and what you want to accomplish? Is the way you are feeling in alignment with your core values and goals for yourself? Once we are aware and mindful again, we can really feel what you are experiencing again. Be Positive One positive thought leads to countless other positive thoughts, just as negative thoughts lead to countless more negative thoughts. And thoughts do become things. We experience life as we tell ourselves we will.  Listen to this and learn more tools to get present. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
Mindfulness helps us be here now in body + mind + spirit. When we are fully present, we connect with ourselves, others, and the universal power of love and peace. It's within all of us, yet we have to practice in the stillness, returning to our breath, being fully engaged in our activities in order to bring this awareness into our lives. It's easy to be caught up in thoughts in our head about past or future instead of being here now. As we practice stillness, focusing on our breath, reconnecting,  we strengthen our attention skills so we bring more awareness to the thoughts and beliefs in our mind that fuel our reactions and behavior. Once you know how to harness and focus your attention—you can get out of your head and into this moment. You awaken your innate ability for happiness, no matter what life throws your way. We create space between our thoughts and our reaction.  Mindfulness is one way to achieve greater fulfillment— it’s a set of attention skills that you can learn and grow Mindfulness is like a gym for your mind and it can radically transform your life—leading to better health, more connected relationships, greater productivity, performance, purpose, and creativity. On this episode learn about mindfulness and how you can practice it and begin seeing the positive effects of it in your life and your feeling of wholeness and harmony. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
Life recipes help us live above the clouds. What does above the clouds mean? Imagine your thoughts and the experiences you face each day as clouds. You can let them clog you, overwhelm you or you can allow them to happen and move through and above them with grace back to clarity, peace, and bright blue sky above.  Within all of us is the ability to feel peace and love and harmony. Life recipes help us move through life with more wholeness and harmony and fulfillment. Life recipes are practical methods and affirmations to feel more centered, calm, and connected to ourselves and world around us.  Listening to life recipes helps us break down big ideas and execute them in a practical, quick way. Just like a food recipes make cooking delicious foods easy, life recipes make living wholeheartedly easy. By following life recipes—in as little as 5 min a day—we tap into stillness and our essence that guides us into finding meaning in our everyday and wholeness and harmony in our mind, body, spirit, and soul.   --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
Marianne Williamson said in her book A Return To Love “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be?” Within each of us is love. Our essence is love, goodness, curiosity, courage. It’s showing up as our unique living self allows us to feel the joy that is all around us and manifest what we desire in our life. Check out these four steps for tuning into your essence, that part of you that is like no one else. There is a gift inside you that our world needs. As you tune in and be your true, authentic self, you feel that life-giving energy. Listen and begin appreciating more and showing up as your highest self, and see how that inspires those around you to show up differently too- with more love, peace, understanding, joy- all the good stuff.
Gratitude is the gateway to all the good stuff that we desire more of in our life - joy, peace, abundance, love. We often think of being thankful for when we are experiencing the good. Yet, we can use this practice to help us when we are facing a big challenge. A roadblock. A problem that feels like it has no solution. Taking a moment to get into a solution mindset. We can never solve a problem when we are in the energy of the problem. Gratitude helps us manifest what we desire by shifting our energy. As we visualize how we would feel if we attained the wealth, health, work, connection—whatever roadblock we are facing. What it would feel like within us, how we would show up, what we would do, what would it be like if this was solved? Enjoy this visualization exercise to move through a challenge you are facing with gratitude and uncovering your solution from inside out. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
Awareness is the first step toward becoming more present, mindful, and connected. When we become aware of our thoughts and the meaning we are giving our thoughts that may be causing suffering, we can begin to make a shift. We have the power to create a new story for ourselves, one that is for us, instead of against us. As we bring awareness and openness in to that voice that is causing suffering, telling us ‘I’m not good enough’ or ‘I'm not wanted’ or ‘I’m a failure’ we can practice noticing it with kindness instead of criticism. What we focus on grows. Meditation is a tool to become more aware. Sometimes we don't even recognize that we are in a negative, judgmental, or fearful state. And that when we are in that mindset we attract more of that into our life. We can have awareness and make a shift. We can choose to pause, breathe, and get back to present where we tune into our inner peace, truth, and love. We know this is our truth because we feel it. Allow this life recipe and meditation to help you become more still, more aware, and feel more presence and peace. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
Allow this guided body scan meditation to help you get into a calm. peaceful state. This is a wonderful guided practice that will be beneficial to those who are new or old to meditation. As you focus on your body from head to toe and connect within you feel greater peace, presence, and wholeness that can help you rest into sleep, find focus, or start your day in a grounded, centered way.
30: Connecting to your soul. Spiritual practice to connect. Beginning a practice of being still allows us to reconnect with the parts of us that bring us greater meaning fulfillment and love. Our soul is like no other and when we tap in and listen, we feel grace we feel a whisper that lights us up, ignites our work and service, and spreads out onto others. We’ve all felt it at times in our life but in the hurry of life to do more and achieve more, we may have lost sight of our inner soulful self. All of our achievements are greater and have deeper meaning when we’ve connected to this essence within. We have to take time in the stillness to listen and connect within. Caroline Myss wisely says “The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind”. We have to quiet our mind and connect to our body and feel our soul. Stillness gets us there. • sponsored by Carma project --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
26: The work: not believing the thoughts that make us suffer. Buddha says it’s not the hurt that causes our suffering, it’s the meaning we give our suffering. How often do we get caught up on a thought about something that happened. So much that it causes us to feel suffering. We can pause and take a moment to go back to what caused the feelings of negativity sadness or hurt. The act that spurred it is not usually what’s causing the suffering. It’s the meaning behind it. It’s the thoughts we have about it. The story we are telling ourselves. The work by Byron Katie helps us move through the sadness and see it in a different way. Not believing the thoughts we have that our hurting us. It’s a powerful exercise and one we can continually do and this brings greater awareness, compassion, and empathy. She says “he Work is meditation. It is a method of inquiry born directly out of Byron Katie’s experience. This practice allows you to access the wisdom that always exists within you.” --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
27: Choosing courage over comfort is not always easy but it is where joy, meaning, love is- all the good stuff. We want to be present, connected, and showing up as our highest self. Seeing the good in ourselves, our experiences and in our relationships. That means we have to be aware of the story we are telling ourselves. The thoughts we are thinking. When we bring awareness we can make a shift if what is showing up in our life and our relationships is not serving us. If we’re not stepping out, if we’re telling ourselves we can’t or won’t or aren’t worthy. It’s time to lean into something else- to courage to a new story of us capable, powerful, living, and connected- because we are. It’s within all of us. Today listen and remember to lean in, take the step, create a new story and be who your soul calls you to be. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
Today is a wonderful day. Just as we fuel our bodies, we need to fuel our mind. We are whole and complete and can move forward wholeheartedly. Allow these positive words to guide you into your day. The words we use are powerful- having the power to change the way we show up and what shows up in our life. The way we think about and respond to what comes up is more important than what happens. We can’t control what happens, but positively affirming our good our essence as energetic whole and living beings helps us take steps toward living the life you truly want, while deeply appreciating the life you already have. Enjoy and have a wonderful day. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
Gratitude. We are learning how important the simple practice of gratitude is in improving our wellbeing. It’s like a lubricant for our brains. For beginning to see things from a new perspective. Our brains are made for survival. We have to train our brains for success and happiness. Gratitude is the most simple practice toward training our brains. We begin to see the challenges, the people, the experiences that are causing us struggle in a new way. We begin to ask the question, what am I meant to learn? What is this teaching me? These things are coming up in our lives to help us grow. Gratitude helps us get out of the fog of fear and ‘why me’ and back into seeing what’s going right. An any moment throughout our day, we can practice gratitude. What is lifting you up? What little thing is making you smile? It’s there. You have to focus on it and it grows. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
“Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking” - H. Jackson Brown Jr. It’s important to think about our core values. Our values are what drive the choices we make moment by moment which determines how we show up in our life, how we work, we we connect with those around us. Our character is felt and goes deeper than anything external. When we think about our values and begin to move forward in alignment to them we show up in a new way. We can feel good about ourself at the end of the day knowing we did the best we can. We make choices for ourself not meeting goals set by others. Instead, it’s a fulfillment of our own heart. Allow this life recipe to inspire you to think about your own values that make up your character and how you show up in the world. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
What if we could allow our thoughts to be. Be the observer knowing our thoughts are not who we are at our soul level. Mindfulness allows us to bring awareness to our thoughts with equanimity- allowing them to come and go without push or pull. How often have the the thoughts in our head, the storyline, taken us away from the experiences in front of us the connection and joy that is ours. How often have we allowed the thought or story of not being worthy, lovable, wanted take us away from experiencing the joy and life and love that is within us and all around. Allow this life recipe to bring awareness to thoughts and know we can be the observer and know our essence, our soul is so much more than the thoughts that come and go. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
We can use our breath at any time to tune into this moment, the present and feel the peace and calm that is within us. The more we practice meditation and body awareness and being still the more easily we can see when we’re not in this place. We recognize when we’re in a reactive agitated and stressed place and we have the tool we need to get back to presence. Allow this meditation to calm you, create stillness and calm, and become present. So you may show up with the love kindness and peace that you are at your core. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
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