Risk Being Seen

In every relationship, whether with lovers, friends, family, professional peers, and strangers alike, we are offered the opportunity to be seen. The risks that are taken and the worthiness that is cultivated every time that we allow ourselves to be vulnerable are writing our story of victory or victim! My thoughts go to many of the books that I have read on the subject of vulnerability and the lack of it that exists in our culture.  My question is do you feel that space within that longs to be felt, and constantly asks to be seen, and do you allow it to come forth? In my humble opinion, I believe that our mental, physical and spiritual health depend on it. The gift is not just our own, but everyone that we come in contact with gets the best that we can be, the truth of who we are, and this will create a life that feels aligned and purposeful. Relationships change, confidence rises, and courage roars!

 

The pressures of this culture and the mass marketing message is that we are not enough, we are too this or not enough that, and this message alone can keep us dimmed and stuck in self doubt. If you look deeply, and spend a few moments on connecting to your inner voice, it is likely that the chatter is less then empowering.  Working with clients over the years to shift their current experiences, we often sit looking at each other as they come to realize that their greatest enemy is themselves.  That inner critic that keeps saying that you are not ______enough, fill in the blank (pretty, skinny, smart, successful, wealthy, deserving, etc.) .  I am here, right now, to tell you that it is not real and that you can begin to show up and heal this issue, with honesty and courage.  As I began to grow my own awareness to my own fears of beings seen, I had many moments of terror! That terror was there to teach me that I was scared of being seen, being criticized and being ridiculed. It taught me that I was being brave and that this new way of expressing my truth was courageous. It was there to show me that my fear was suffocating me. It was there to remind me that no matter what anyone else thought of me, I had to trust myself and show up. My whole life depends on it now, as I could not accept anything less with this understanding. My inner critic will show up, but no longer does it have any power over me.  I have learned that it is an old voice of irrational fear.  The realest fear I have now, which motivates me daily, is that I would ever stop risking being seen.

We can be honest, courageous, and vulnerable with others when we are able to practice this with ourselves. The willingness to accept that vulnerability and being seen is in fact our path to solid, strong, and valuable relationships is one key. The willingness to know that we are worthy and that we matter is the second key awareness in being truly seen.  The willingness to look at our lives and know that if we are feeling exhaustion, anxiety, fear, unworthy, or even feeling physically ill, we do have the capacity to change these experience, one moment at a time.  Every room you walk into, every conversation you enter, every letter you write, every person you encounter, is the perfect space to practice showing up, being authentic, being seen and stepping into the courageous active energy of being loved, or disliked for who you are.  What we choose to do in our moments is what matters the most.  What we choose to express in this world is up to us, and when you look at statistics, the most positive, inspiring influential people are those that have dared to showed up, courageously, and have walked their talk, and shared their journeys, because they knew it mattered!

Take a moment today to look in the mirror and really look at the eyes looking back at you.  This person that is staring at you is dependent on your bravery and your courage.  This person deserves for you to get real about what matters and what doesn’t. This person matters. This person wants you to show up and be seen.  Breathe.

Angela N Jospeh

Wellness & Lifestyle Coach

www.angelanjoseph.com

Nutrition is Number One

Choosing a Healthy Lifestyle does not have to feel extreme. You don’t have to drink green juice and give up tasty foods. You don’t have to move away to an island or run 5 miles a day. You don’t have to follow a full vegan diet or eat all meat to find a healthy life. As a wellness coach, I am often surprised at how many people desire a competitive edge on changing their health. I have seen often that this way of going about it may elicit change, right away, but it ends up in failure. You may lose weight, but the stress and tension of denying yourself indulgences creep in, creating a binge or full on rebuttal of the whole process. Why do we as humans feel the need to tackle things or be aggressive in lifestyle changes? Diets do not work. When I work with clients, I express intensely that we are working on lifestyle changes. I will discuss what I believe lead into a completely make over of body, mind and spirit health. This is the way to health. We must be balanced and aligned. If not, it wont work .

Nutrition will always be number one for me and the way that I guide clients into a lifestyle that is healthy and vibrant. We must return to nature. All chronic disease today is a symptom of the industrialized production of our food. We must return to whole foods, which are vital to a healthy functioning human body. Without going to in depth of the gut brain connection, the health community is becoming very aware of the connection between nutrition and brain functioning. HUGE!! The food we eat becomes the body we live in. If we need to heal, revive or just thrive, we must begin to let go of processed, highly refined and addictive substances placed in food to get you addicted to less that good food. Think of this; our body is an intricate being of cellular communication which literally recreates itself over time, so we can all change our health if we feed it the right foods. I believe this and have observed it change lives.

As we allow the body to let go of old habits and change the landscape of the microbiome (gut lining), I find that clients begin to have their own awareness of the change in energy levels, brain fog, cravings and bowel movements. Lets be frank, if we are not moving our food through our digestive system regularly, we are backed up, sick, and toxins are overloading the body. The changes that come from eating a whole food diet are too numerous to expand on in this short article. Here are a few:

  • More Energy
  • Better Blood Sugar Levels
  • Less Pain And Inflammation
  • Better Digestion
  • Natural Weight Loss & Less Cravings

Whole food is the way to change your body, your mind, and your spirit. You are what you eat, and you are what you eat has been eating. Think about that for a moment.

5 Simple steps to shift from a processed food diet to a whole foods diet:

  • Eat Meals
  • Learn To Cook At Home
  • Do Not Eat Anything From A Convenience Store Or Gas Station
  • Eat Mindfully And Slow
  • No Excuses ( We are full of them)

Use these simple tips to check yourself when you find yourself reaching for the candy bar, or the protein bar, which can be just as sugar loaded and processed as the candy bar. Keep fruit, nuts or cut up veggies with you to curb the cravings that will come. Be patient and know that you can change your health, as you are your body’s and healthy life’s guide. You get to decide what you put in your mouth, the nutrition you will take in, and the affect that these choices will make on your overall well being. There is no other way.

Cheers to Vibrant Health!

~ Angela

The High Vibe Life

Are you Living Your Highest Life?

The past weeks have been lined with tragedy and loss with so many people that I know and work with.  I am becoming more curious:  Could our mental and spiritual wellness be one reason that so many souls are seeking a way out, a way to numb the pain, the feelings that don’t feel well?  I am recently looking at ways to bring back the spiritual values and whole wellness lifestyle in a way that people can adopt and find hope, inspiration, and true contentment.  I truly believe that our ancestors had it right.

Years ago, we will go back 200 years or more, there were no Kardashians to follow as a role model. There was no McDonalds to go to in a rush, where you quickly inhale toxic ingredients to satisfy some hunger within. There was no Facebook or Instagram to compare the next person’s life to.  There was no 50 – 60 hour work weeks that left people feeling exhausted for work that may or may not even be satisfying their purpose.  There was much less turbulence in the political arena (or we didn’t hear about it) and quite honestly, there was a simple, fruitful and worthy work experiences that most contributed to.  People ate whole foods, they prayed to a god greater than them to provide rain and sun to grow harvests to feed themselves and their family.  They birthed children with no medications and they committed to a life of work and purpose that if they did not, they would more than likely perish.  There was meaning.  They took pride in their daily routine, as well as the enjoyment of the fruits of their labor.  It was a much simpler time, a time that I wish we could incorporate into today’s times.

As a wellness entrepreneur, I am constantly seeking to share worthy information and experiences to truly help others to improve and elevate their life experiences.  I am a believer in high vibrational living, as we have come to know through some of the greatest minds that have existed, everything is energy.  You may not think or see this as truth, but it is proven scientifically.  The body, the food you eat, the music you listen to, the bed you sleep in, the nature you walk in, the products your put on your body and people that your surround yourself with daily are affecting your energy, every moment of every day.  When we feel good, we attract more good. It’s a law of Physics – like attracts like.  This is not whimsical thinking, it is real and the effects are tangible, at times, if you become aware and begin to recognize these truths.  You eat an apple and your body lights up with the fresh living flesh you digest through your system. Your body is energetically radiating the live energy you chose to eat and it enters all the cells of your body with juicy goodness.  You have a sweet conversation with a loved one and you light up feeling warm and you emanate an energy of love.  You go for a walk in nature and you feel connected to this environment, this fresh air that enters your lungs carrying oxygen to your entire body,  you may see an eagle which inspires your to fly higher that day. You carry that energy with you as you come back to the routine you carry out.  You read some inspirational quotes that make you smile and you realize that your life is quite lovely.  You listen to uplifting music which sends energy to all your cells, as we have all had these musical experiences.  You see the point. The day we live is the energy we exist in.

I want you to know that I know you desire to feel good.  I want you to know that I have been in spaces that didn’t feel good. I want you to know that I found good and I hold it.  There is no healthy life if you do not take care of yourself.  There is no high vibrational life if you partake in low vibrational activities and experiences.  I want you to know that you can change your life and you begin to experience the world as a happy, vibrant and joyful place.  I want you to consider what you give your attention to daily. What do you eat daily? What do you think daily? How do you feel daily? What do you listen to daily? What do you read daily? What do you do to move the energy inside you around daily?  What are you choosing to experience, daily?  These are the golden questions.  These are the things that matter.  These are the choices that paint all the days of our lives.

We either feel whole wellness or we don’t. We either make choices for our greatest health, or we don’t.  We either know this, or we don’t.  That, my friends, is the intention of this post.  It seems these days that everyone is selling something. There is no one thing that can change your life and give the greatest life.  It is lifestyle.  It is carved into your life through conscious choices. Those that seek it, find it, with the right guidance. It is available to us all.  We have grown way too busy, way too detached, and yet way too attached to things that really don’t matter.  We have to have the personal discernment to really take a good look at what our life is showing up as, and be courageous in stepping into the life we know we want. There is no other way.  You are either living the life of health and happiness or you are living a life that is not your destiny.  The happiest people you have ever met have taken the reigns of their life and they have chosen a lifestyle of alternative options that are a little off the beaten path.  My hope is that you will feel inspired, and you will find the why in your life to choose to walk a different path than the masses.  ‘

Change is happening, and it must.  We are in times that are demanding we take accountability for our own health and happiness.  Looking at statistics we are the sickest nation and the highest rate of depression. We have the ability to live a beautiful life.  Step into it.  Decide that you are worth it.  Decide your family and friends are worth it. Decide that you will begin to choose your highest and happiest life.

“The Part can never be well, unless the whole is well. “

 

 

Movement Matters

When we begin looking at a truly healthy and happy lifestyle, you can not underestimate the effects that movement has on mind, body and spirit.  Moving absolutely effects your entire life. Here are few ways that movement matters:

  1. It helps you to maintain a healthy and attractive weight.
  2. It builds strong skeletal systems.
  3. It releases good “feel good” chemicals (endorphins), to improve mood and combat mental illness.
  4. It increases your overall energy levels.
  5. It increases Longevity.
  6. It reduces inflammation. SO Important!
  7. It promotes sleeping well.
  8. It improves circulation in your body.
  9. It helps to lower cholesterol and the risk of high bloodpressure.
  10. It helps your body to cellularly detox.
  11. It creates a sense of strength and self love.
  12. It creates more focused and sharper thinking.
  13. It will make you feel morebeautiful, inside and out.

Movement Matters!

There is not one person that I know, that can argue that exercise and movement do not help to create a real feeling of well being and self care.  It creates a sense of strength and responsibility to oneself to be their absolute best. Your mind and your body are more connected than we often give thought to, on a daily basis.

Going for a run in nature, a hike in the woods, a yoga class in the park, a swim in the lake, a ride on your bike, or a walk on a nature path is incorporating the fresh air, the visceral enjoyment that nature offers, and the connection to our surroundings that I think is invaluable!  If you go to a gym, or have a space in your home, that is wonderful too, but I certainly love to get outdoors, as I find it stimulating on all levels.  There are no bad forms of movement, in my mind, unless you are lifting weights with no formal knowledge (i have worked with many clients with injuries to their muscular system from such actions). Being in nature gives you so many benefits worthy of the short investment you make to get out and breathe the fresh air and connect with the nature all around you.  We are all connected to the natural world, and I find it deeply therapeutic to get outside and disconnect from computers, tvs, and the stagnant energy that can cramp offices, malls, homes, etc.

Movement helps us to be more creative, more dynamic beings.  We get the juices flowing, we feel our body and we know that we are alive and we are living, breathing and creative beings!

Movement makes us more beautiful.  We flow. We have less bloat.  It clears our skin.  It helps us detox the days stress, rather it’s environmental, physical or mental stress, movements helps to let it go. It creates a feeling of well being and we feel good that we did it for ourselves. What could be better?

Create movement into your daily life.  Intend to work out at least 30 minutes to an hour at least 5 days a week.  Stop making excuses and just do it.  The excuses will still be there for you when you are done and are feeling so much stronger and alive in your being!  Attempt to spend that time outdoors if you can. The fresh air alone is worthy.  Mix it up. Try not to get stuck on one activity or exactly that will happen, you will feel stuck.  If you find that you can not commit to a 30 minute to 1 hour regime, consider doing quick movements during your day, several times.  They add up and I promise that you will feel better! You will feel more alive! You will feel more awake and more grateful. It’s amazing what happens when we get our systems moving.  It can build momentum to greater feats in our world.

Clients that I have worked with that have anxiety, for instance, when movement is incorporated, they ground into their body, no longer stuck in their minds and over whelming repetitive thoughts.  It’s powerful medicine and the best thing is that it is free, it is natural and it’s so rewarding! It is my hope that you find peace in your being.  It is my desire to share ways to help you life your most authentic life and you radiate your wellness outwardly, as well as experiencing indwelling peace. Movement is a part of a healthy intuitive life.  Movement matters.

 

 

 

I am

I am an Intuitive Empath. I feel. I know. I can connect. I am not all knowing. I am not above. I am not below. I am a conduit and I love my life, authentically, to create a clean and empty vessel to let the highest energy come through.

I do coaching, I do guidance, and I do healing work. I talk, I write, I do bodywork. I hold space. I am not into labels. I am not one to be placed in a box and I feel like people really love boxes.

I am not solely focused on your eating. I know that if you want to feel your absolute best, diet has to be considered. I am not solely focused on your body. I know that to feel open and free you have to have a healthy body, inside and out. I am not solely focused on your spirit. I know that to feel connected and purposeful you have to honor your spirit. I am not solely focused on your emotions and feelings. I know that you have to be aware of what you are feeling to find your truth and step into your highest good. I am an Integrative Intuitive Wellness Coach/therapist, or whatever words work well to allow for this understanding. We work on it all!

Find the balance in your world. Find the congruent peace and wellbeing that you are looking for. I have been to the extreme left of health, and then to the extreme right, and I can tell you that there is no right or wrong way. I am grateful for my path and my lessons. I used to smoke, I had dysfunctional relationships, I ate bad food. All of those things made me feel bad. I changed. I have ate too clean, stayed away from relationships, didn’t drink or enjoy any fun. That felt too extreme. I then found my truth. I found what felt right, and since then, life has been incredibly rewarding and full of good vibes and experiences. I eat for energy. I move for energy. I have relationships that feed my energy. I have a career that sustains my purpose and energy. We are all learning. We are all growing. We are constantly evolving. My life has become an intuitive path of incredibly beautiful experiences, both bad and good. This is my truth. It may not be yours, but I love what I do, and I love that I get to share. I want to help you learn to live in your most intuitive and authentic way.

Thank you for being here.

Consciousness & Mass Marketing of Pharmaceuticals

It is not too often that I sit on the couch and watch a national television show, however, I was watching on Sunday. I was vexed by a scene that I watched and the thoughts that came into play after watching this commercial. The thought was, it has become normal for people to watch the pharmaceutical companies market their drugs, on national television. It has become normal for people to allow these ads to glisten hope and desire for something good that may come from taking such drugs. I do realize there are certainly drugs that are life altering and absolutely life enhancing, but not ones that offer you hope of having less intestinal gas, or an erection that lasts but shouldn’t last more than 4 hours, or will let you eat all the horrible food you want and keep your perfect body mechanisms from registering the heartburn and gastrointestinal issues that warn you there is a problem, a drug that promises to make life feel better, while you continue to have rage and anger build up inside. As if that is not alarming enough, as I sat and watched 3, in a half an hour period, I was literally laughing at the side effects that these drugs cause and the fact that they actually tell you.  The upsell at the beginning of the commercial was so masterfully played, that these horrible side effects didn’t seem so bad. At least I am left to assume that, since the pharmaceutical companies pay millions of dollars for each advertisement. Most of the drugs that I am speaking of, that are advertised on tv are ridiculously cunning and absolutely undertaking of the perfection of the human body and the natural healing process. Why as a culture, as humans, do we allow for such thinking and such scrupulous undermining of our intelligence and innate healing process?  We have lost touch with nature, with evolution, and with the indwelling voice that I believe would tell you otherwise, if connected.

The population, presently, seems to be searching for the quick fix and if presented, it will be scooped up and gobbled, without a second thought.  We look to a pill to make us happy, to make us thin, to make us gain, to make us have better sex, to make us able to eat greasy fried food with out pain in organs that are screaming for you to stop, to sleep, to take that edge off, to help us off a drug of addiction and then list goes on and on.  I have personally observed people lose their minds from drug combinations, lose their lives from continuing to eat sugar and processed foods when they are on blood sugar meds to continue, lose their lives when they are searching for opiates on the street that their doctor gave them for years but now withholds, from drugs that gave them erections for hours, and they craved to experience more than their beloved wives, and so forth.  To me, I think this is a clear indication of the mass loss of conscious living that has seemed to wash over so many of our lovely people.  I want to stay on point here, but its a great time to bring up, quickly, the drugs that are in our foods, and the people that eat them are craving to eat it.  It is not nutrition, it is marketing for drugs that make people feel momentary satisfaction, only to be left wanting more. The drugs in conventional livestock farming. Drugs are everywhere, more so than ever in our world.  We look to find the quick fix.

The politics of this epidemic is all about money.  The money that comes from keeping people on the medications, from the sickness that continues to line the hospitals and then even more pharmaceuticals get handed out, treating the illness, and the wheelhouse of disease that is so accepted in our culture today.  They do not care about you when they are telling you that they can help you not feel gas, but you have intestinal bleeding, and may have liver failure. They do not care about you when they find that a chemical creates a sugar like substance, but trials and tests show cancer tumors and genetic distortions to babies from mothers injected with such chemicals.  They do not care about you when they tell you that you can not afford your meds anymore when insurance clams down on the prescription writing.  They do not care about you when you kidneys go into dialysis from a med that you used for 5 years to let you eat the foods that were killing your kidneys in the first place.  They care about how and why the next person will choose to take their products.  The pharmaceutical companies actually write and assist in medical school text books.  This is both alarming and unethical, yet it still happens.  The doctor is not always the bad guy.  They may believe they are doing the right thing, as they were taught and do not get me wrong here, as stated above, there are good things that drugs do.  I believe that, too.  But they are not meant to be the healing hub of our species.  It has become a big business and you’re the customer.  They do not care about you.  Im sorry if you think differently. They care about profit.  They are more invested in your sickness and dependency than your independence and wellness.

The consciousness of our culture is on the edge of complete hypnosis. The commercial only emphasized this awareness to me.  Being who I am, living the life I do, working with people I do, and discussing with peers in my field, has created more passion inside me to help shatter the illusion of the lies and the hypnosis happening.  It is my belief that we must get back to ourselves and learn to listen to our body and learn to eat and care for ourselves, intuitively.  Food is medicine.  Rest is medicine.  Nature is medicine. Water is medicine.  Love is medicine.  Meditation is medicine.  No one is talking about that on national TV.  I am 41 years old, I run every day, I meditate, I eat whole foods, I sleep well, I spend time outdoors, I drink water, and I feel so intuitively connected to my body, to my mind and to my being as a whole.  I do not worry when I feel a pain, I honor it and work to find out the source of what is happening.  I do not overdo life, I rest and make conscious choices about what and who I will invest my energy on.  I am compassionate and empathetic to those that are lost in the culture we live in, running so fast there may be no time to even think for a moment about how you actually feel.  You may be so sick that you have lost connection to the indwelling voice that screams to slow down and take care of yourself.  You may really believe that you are doing all you can do too, and that is where I say, the hypnosis is working.  I can not think of a time that I have been alive that it has been more clear that people no longer think for themselves, know how to help themselves organically, and often just look for someone to tell them what to do.  I could go on and on about the relevance of this and living an authentically happy and vital life, but I am really trying to stay focused on the drug industry and what they are doing to our culture.  We need to raise our awareness that we must fix ourselves from inside.  There is no other way!  The drugs are not the way!!! I can tell you that I can offer you advice on ways to heal your life, and that I will charge you X amount of dollars to teach about choices and lifestyle, and you will say “no, I am going to go to the doctor because my insurance will pay for it”.  This is precisely the point that I am making, that we must wake up and see that we are not being cared for by the medical profession the way we used to. Consciousness has to change.  We have to want more from our life than band aids and quick fixes.  We have to see the marketing that is constantly telling us we should be better, we should look better, we should feel better and if we do this or that, we will.  We will feel better when we learn to love ourselves and take care of ourselves, inside and out.  We must choose to invest in ourselves, our bodies, and our minds.  We must.  You buy the best vehicle because you want to be safe, but you don’t invest in premium quality foods and experiences to keep your body safe of disease and premature aging. You need sleep but you stay up watching tv.  You need hydration, but you won’t drink water because you don’t like the taste.   Our consciousness must be reawakened and is my sincere desire to help that happen.

 

Life is moving fast. Be good to you. Honor yourself and your body.  Know you deserve to feel good, body, mind and spirit. Know that prescriptions are not the answer, long term.  Know that you can change.  Know that you are in control of your life through every single choice, every single action and know that life can and should feel good! Love yourself. Love yourself enough to choose to see the reality of what is happening to our culture. We are being prescribed a truth that is sick, and the greater truth is you do not have to subscribe, or fill the prescription given.  You have control of your life, whether you recognize it or not!  Conscious and critical thinking is invaluable, please hold on to yours.  Dig your self out.  Love yourself and your people enough to show up, whole.

 

 

 

 

 

Cherry Apple Relish

I love this tangy side dish.  I use it with any fowl when I eat it, or I add it to roasted vegetables or a topper for a salad!  Honestly, I could and do eat it with a spoon, raw.

Eating for energy and vibrant health means eating whole foods, and learning to add new dishes that you may not have allowed yourself to enjoy.  Whole foods are the key to a healthy and happy life!  I hope you enjoy!

1 cup, cut from pit, red ripe cherries

2 cups diced apple, I prefer granny smith

1/2 cup orange slices

1/2 teaspoon orange zest

3 – 4 teaspoons coconut sugar

3 mint leaves

 

Place in a food processor and blend.  Let sit for at least 30 minutes before serving.  Delish!

 

Angela