I signed up this week to listen to the free interviews that are happening at Rawkathon. I honestly hadn't listened to any. I was looking forward to the talks given by Matthew Monarch and Karen Knowler, but had the day wrong of when they would be interviewed, so I just got to catch the interview with Karen Knowler.
However her words really resonated with my experience right now and seemed to be just the thing I needed to hear. For one thing, she talked a lot about connecting with your life's purpose and how raw foods can actually be a catalyst in this because of their affects. Most people will say that raw foods help them to be more sensitive and deepen their awareness, which naturally will bring you to your core being- the truth of who you are. I have found this to be true in my own life as well.
I think sometimes when all this stuff comes up with raw foods there might be a reaction of whoa!, that's a little too intense, that's a little too true and I am not quite ready to feel that open and maybe your brain will trick you into thinking that maybe a little cooked food might be alright.
These are the points that stood out to me because that is what is relevant in my life right now. I am sure other folks viewing the program had other things that stole the spotlight.
I have been struggling a lot with what exactly is my purpose here on earth. I thought I knew or at least had some sense of direction, but lately it has all been a jumble in my mind. I have been in prayer quite a lot over this lately.
Karen said that a lot of times raw foods will come into your life when you are feeling ready to make big shifts and I feel this happening but I am also feeling resistant too. It is especially a bit overwhelming right now as I focus on finishing up a home study that has been about 3 years in the making and is quite intense for me as it requires me to explore all sorts of boundaries outside of my comfort zone. It has been very enlightening to shedding light on how my brain works and the different thought patterns that have conditioned the person I am. But as these things are challenged and as raw foods brings them into light even further, I really find myself crying out to God, "What is your purpose for me?" But this is a whole other post in itself.
Also, Karen talked about her own journey into raw foods and that it took her about five years to commit to 100% raw. She said she kept banging her head into the wall with the thought "oh, a little cooked food won't really affect me." Yet, it always does. I feel like the same lesson is beating at my door. It's o.k. I accept where I am and I am on a slow path to raw foods, but I think that is where I am traveling to. I know this past week, I have eaten more cooked foods than I have for several months and it is really affecting me. I feel bloated, I have a couple blemishes, I feel tired. And the cooked food I have been eaten would most certainly be dubbed "healthy" but it is just too much.
The good news is that I am reversing my ways almost immediately for one week has certainly been long enough to show me that there is NO WAY that I will slip up into this. I think it is a good lesson for me. When you eat raw foods and you have a cooked meal here and there, I think it is true that you are feeling so good and clear that it doesn't really affect you all that much. It does affect you in the way though that it invites cooked things into your life and they are strangely sneaky and will dominate quickly if you don't watch out!
So, I guess I am going to have to search deep about what a high raw diet over the winter will look like for me. I have some ideas in mind and they are going to be implemented straight away. I will share some of what I come up with on a different day.
I suggest checking out Karen's website though and if you can find her video of her kale avocado salad, check it out. It's one of my favorites!
I found a quote today that I liked while studying...
"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten. If you want something new, do something new, especially when there are so many alternatives." It's from a book with many contributing authors, so I am not sure who to give credit to.