Fear! - Take it On!

Fear! Just seeing or hearing this 4-letter word I instantly feel angst, hesitation and my body contract, throughout the years it has been my number 1 enemy! I have spent much of my life running from its dark sticky claws, it has been the cause of so many hours of grief, self-loathing and depression - so much so that I cannot believe I am actually about to write this...I see Fear as my greatest teacher! Not just mine but all of ours.

All those years I would run and hide from every situation that evoked this feeling having no idea it was there to propel me into something better, I never received the rewards that were on offer because I was too busy running for the hills trying to get back to my comfort zone.

The whole purpose of Fears existence is to teach me to wake the f up, take on the challenge and come through the other side bigger and brighter. I wish I knew this back in the day when I would have to scull 5 wines to move from the bar to the dance floor or getting ready to go on a date then literally sweating and having a panic attack, so texting can’t make it I am sick was no excuse it was the truth!

Just recently I have come to see this dark force as an emotion that wants to teach me something more about myself, an opportunity to go deeper. There is no need to run and hide but walk straight into the fear with confidence and open arms no matter how scary it feels, I am doing it right now expressing my vulnerability with this post and this business!

 What is the point of having a physical body on earth if we don’t grow and experience as much as possible, the thing we resist the most is the exact thing we need to expand. There is a story of a man who saw a caterpillar struggling to get out of a cocoon, he felt bad seeing him struggle so helped out by cutting the cocoon with a pair of scissors, the caterpillar turned into a butterfly got out and died instantly without ever flying.  The man unknowingly interfered with the process - the struggle, resistance and pressure the caterpillar had to endure was absolutely necessary for him to evolve and emerge into an amazing butterfly!

So, remember that butterfly next time you are faced with something you resist, walk straight in and take it on…feel the fear and the uneasiness and know it is part of the process, part of your transformation into something better.

AM xx

Anne-Marie HowellComment
welcome
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Hello friend thanks for taking the time visit this page I hope it makes you feel like a powerful creator – because that’s exactly what you are! Its hard to remember this when we fall into the limiting trap of comparing ourselves to others whether its jobs, houses or if their kid walked at 9 months and ours is still crawling at 18 months (true story).

What a waste of time!

There is only one of you in the whole universe, you are unique and that must be celebrated and explored…that’s the whole point of having the privilege of walking on earth! In the beginning it takes time and effort to put yourself first, to love yourself enough to wake up that extra 10 minutes to write down a few things you are grateful for, to rub some oils into your hands and breathe them in or whatever it is you need to do to feel connected.

We live in a world that is full of distractions, I remember coming home turning the T.V on, volume down, sitting in front of my computer with a C.D playing in the background I had all areas covered just in case there was a chance I had to feel what was going on internally. We don’t even take the time to understand why our tummy is upset or why we get anxious at the most insignificant thing, we either ignore it or take a pill.

Blocking is mocking!

It is ridiculously uncomfortable to explore those ugly human feelings like jealously, unworthiness, fear - but eventually when you to start work out what the hell is going inside, you will experience mini breakthroughs and move closer to your true authentic self – which is the goal because when you can sit comfortably with yourself the whole world falls into place.

If you could love yourself just that little bit to set you alarm and wake up 10 min earlier say thanks for whatever you like your warm bed, a job, living in Australia, the partner next to you or the beautiful rising sun.

Taking this small step changes your energy as well as your biochemistry – what better way to start the day!

Meirav Dulberg
Universe
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The Universe is ALWAYS loving and guiding us at every moment but we don’t pay attention or acknowledge this precious life force surrounding and within us, external distractions take our attention and we lose our connection to ourselves and the Cosmos.

We are walking around with blinkers on trying to control every aspect of our lives and when things don’t go the way we planned we become caught up in anxiety and fear and start to believe we are victims and have no choice but to deal with the cards we have been handed – the truth is you are Perfect and Powerful.

These are not just words to make you feel good this is the TRUTH, we have forgotten where we come from and who we are at the very core, think of the Sun, Moon, Ocean and all the magic and wonder they encompass – we are part of them, we have the same attributes, the universe is One and the same powerful love runs through it all. Open up to it – 5 minutes is all it takes, breathe in for five seconds, hold your breath five and release for five, allow that streaming flow of love enter through your head and surround you, concentrate on your breath and just feel.

Love Yourself Enough to do this……AM x

Meirav Dulberg
Waves
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Waves are commonly used as a metaphor to explain how although we are separate in form we are one in the same. When the ocean is rough and wild the waves take on a very definitive, separate shape and you can clearly see each wave from the other, when the sea is calm the waves are quite small and flow in a soft rhythm as they glide into the shore and gently fall back to merge with the sea of water - their separate shape dissolves.

The large waves come into the shore being pushed with great force making a huge crash to then again dissolve into the whole, their shape disappears and forms one sea of water.

This is US!

We think we are separate because we take on separate form but we are part of the whole just like the ocean, each one of us is similar to a wave, we take on our own identity that we fiercely believe in but in the reality of the Cosmos we are all connected, we are all One big ocean of Light! Eventually this lesson of connection is for us to learn, are we going to remember our true selves through a gentle, gliding rhythm or through a heavy smash and crash? – the choice is always ours.

AM x

Meirav Dulberg
Healthy Food Healthy Mood

Our bodies need FAT and lots of it! Although this statement will send shock waves through people it is absolutely true. A healthy body needs healthy fat! Just the word fat makes us want to cringe and look away we have been conditioned for decades on how dangerous this macronutrient is, it causes heart disease and makes us gain weight.  ‘Take the skin off your chicken’ ‘have margarine not butter, use canola oil’, for so long the health authorities have sent these messages out loud and clear – and we have listened, but yet we have become fatter and even more unhealthy and then we are told it is because we are lazy and don’t exercise. The situation is beyond frustrating watching people diet with low-fat proteins and low-fat dairy products starving their bodies of what it needs to thrive and all the while feeling depressed, angry and frustrated at themselves for not having enough will power when the sugar craving strikes. Its cruel and it needs to end!

It is a scientific fact that our brains are shrinking, new diseases are being found and diagnosed and our children are suffering from ADHD to Type 2 diabetes, we feel powerless. Although it may not be presented in the main stream media we need to be aware of the real reasons we are sick and fat - stress is a major contributing factor as well as environmental toxins but ultimately what we put on the end of our fork controls how we feel mentally, how our immune system protects us and if our bodies are going to thrive or decline.  

The human brain is about 60% fat, every membrane of every cell and every organelle inside of cells are made of fats. All cells have a membrane made primarily of fat, but myelin is a special, thicker fat layer that is essential for your brain to function, without this the signals between neurons would be lost.  A healthy thriving body needs grass-fed animal fats, wild caught fatty fish, pastured egg yolks, coconut oil, avocados, nuts and seeds these fats contain mainly saturated and monounsaturated fats. If we look at the most natural food on the planet breast milk it is 48% saturated, 33% monounsaturated and 16% polyunsaturated – it’s a perfect food for a baby and as our human physiology does not change as we grow we need approximately the same amounts. 

If we focus on a diet that is approximately 80% saturated fat our body begins to use ketones as its primary source of fuel and this is when we are no longer controlled by food cravings and that ‘hangry’ feeling. Healthy fats keep us satiated – a diet burning glucose for fuel has been compared to using kindling to keep a fire going, you need to constantly keep topping it up to keep the fire burning but when we switch to healthy fat for fuel we are satiated and it is similar to putting a huge log on a fire that continues to burn without adding anything. Our brains need fat, a diet high in healthy fats helps to lower inflammation throughout our body and speed up energy production in the brain, the more healthy fats you eat the more efficient your brain becomes at converting them to energy. Compared to other macronutrients such as protein and carbohydrates, fat also has the lowest impact on insulin and cortisol levels.

The problem so many people are faced with is replacing high fat foods with low-fat sugar filled foods that actually makes them gain weight, have concentration issues and battle the never-ending cravings. The body uses oxygen to burn fat, glucose or amino acids to make energy, if you eat too much sugar you will not be producing energy from fat but rather from glucose, so fat is not being used for fuel instead gets stored in your fat cells and you’ll quickly gain weight. During this time your brain will burn through glucose quickly so you get a blood sugar crash while you brain is screaming for more sugar making it impossible to concentrate on anything other than the fact you are hungry and if you don’t eat you feel like you are going to die!!! When our diet is low in healthy fats we experience frequent blood sugar dips during the day, strong desire to eat something sweet after a meal and an inability to go more than 2-3 hours between meals. A meal that is high in carbohydrates will generate a rapid rise in blood glucose, to compensate for this, your pancreas secretes insulin into your bloodstream, which in turn lowers your blood sugar to keep it in normal ranges because excess glucose is toxic to your cells. If you consistently consume a diet high in sugar and grains, your blood glucose levels will be correspondingly high, and over time your insulin receptors become ‘desensitized’ to insulin, requiring more and more insulin, this is known as insulin resistance.

If we focus on our children and their diets it is no wonder many of them are diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, if they are consuming a diet high in glucose and low in healthy fats their concentration and ability to focus will be negatively affected. If we send these children off to school after a healthy meal of pastured eggs, vegetables, grass-fed butter and bacon they wouldn’t need that 10 am sugar filled snack and could possibly go 5-6 hours without any food and no drop in their concentration levels. Their blood sugar levels would remain low and steady and their immune system would be strong and robust.

We need to change the way we perceive fat and start to realise just how crucial it is to our bodies, we should all be consuming diets high in healthy fat. A change from burning glucose to burning fat would keep our blood glucose levels steady as well as supporting our hormones and overall health. Fat does not make us fat but a diet in low-fat, high sugar has numerous heath implications as well as keeping us perpetually hungry.

 

Anne-Marie Howell