The moment I left Equinox 4 years ago, I owned the fact that my journey as a business owner was there to help me express myself fully in this world. My vision was there for my own growth, and since expansion is one of my favorite hobbies, I took on the journey with my typical excitement, curiosity, and eagerness to stand in my evolutionary edge and see me expand to the most authentic version of my personal trainer self. The past 4 years have been a true discovery road to what I experience as almost complete wholeness! Finding my signature training system, and philosophy has allowed me the opportunity to integrate all of who I AM into how I serve the world. With the help of Soul Art Shaman, Laura Hollick, and her epic annual Nü Icon Movie event, which I’ve attended for the past 3 years, I’ve obtained more and more clarity as to how to bring all of ME into my practice. Dancer, model, filmmaker, art journalist, celebration queen, social architect, conscious evolutionary, prayer warrior, meditation guide, and even parenting coach. In her Nü Icon Movie events Laura leads a magical vision quest where annually I would unearth more of my treasures that needed to be expressed.
As you can probably tell (or realized already) ALL these aspects of myself created for some time a big mushy mess that not many could see the east from the west. My comfort zone in complexity began to be a detriment in my marketing. Nobody really understood what I was doing. It was a season of discovery and I gave myself permission to let it be, trusting the impulse of my creation, just how my other Visionary mother, Barbara Marx Hubbard, encouraged me to do that one day I was convicted to leave my corporate job. Seeing the negative effects of my muddy planet, I dove in to a search for answers in October 2015, after purchasing Laura Hollick’s Creativity Cleanse. This process that Laura has packaged so beautifully was the catalyst to my new found C2E CLARITY and STRATEGY for 2016. Giving myself the time to receive the answers from my heart, which is ONE with divine guidance, has been the most precious gift I have received from putting myself through these rich practices of soul searching. It has been through this undertaking, where I realized that what I bring to the fitness world is a New Dawn of Fitness! A new dawn that is about finding our essence (our true selves), instead of our ego; finding a deep love for ourselves, instead of beating ourselves up with critical putdowns about our physique; and doing our self-care practices as an urgent responsible act DAILY, AT HOME, FOREVER, instead of ‘when I have time some day.’
DAILY, AT HOME, FOREVER will bring a New Dawn of Fitness to our lives.
DAILY, AT HOME, FOREVER, has become my life saver, my connection point where I can maintain sanity, stay connected to my truth and actually feel amazing MOST of the TIME!
DAILY, AT HOME, FOREVER, has been the ultimate way to activate a regenerative process in my body, mind and spirit, where I honestly feel I get younger every day as I find myself more agile, with more endurance, more strength, and a more effective immune system!
DAILY, AT HOME, FOREVER, solves the two greatest obstacles to our fitness: time and money.
DAILY, AT HOME, FOREVER, is the mission of what I have coined as the Self Optimization Sanctuary™, which is the vortex I help others create at home so that we are pulled effortlessly to take care of ourselves just like we brush our teeth every morning and we feed ourselves at least 3 times a day with unfailing discipline!
January 2016 marks a new season of clarity, unbroken focus, and openness to share with the world all the beautiful discoveries through 10 years of tenacious work. Birthing a system of full body integration that has been tested to be a bridge builder between our vision of wholeness and the practical application of actually BEING WHOLE, has been the greatest reward.
I will begin the conclusion of this post here with my deffiniton of Body Integration Specialist, my new vocation that I hold as a Master Trainer who has evolved her practice to contain all of the gifts I have to offer as a human being. No longer compartmentalizing myself, but allowing a WHOLE me lead others by example to the state of full expression and well-being that is our birthright!
Body Integration Specialist: A holistic fitness professional involved in exercise prescription and instruction with the intention of assisting individuals integrate all the components within themselves, in order to become whole and intrinsic to the world around them.
I invite you to join me on Monday, February 1st @ 7pm in a FREE ONLINE WEBINAR where I will show the greatest pitfalls to loving ourselves to wholeness, and how to overcome them with practical, DIY tips that, when applied, will bring great shifts that are designed to not only get you to your potential, but will also teach you how to EXPAND your potential. I’m thrilled be using the Teleseminar/Webinar technology which facilitate great educational opportunities in the comfort of your home. Expect a nice audio/visual arrangent!;) Below is all the information you need to join the FREE event:
Title: YOUR NEW DAWN OF FITNESS
Date & Time: Monday, February 1st at 7:00pm Pacific
Attend by Phone:
Guest pin code: 415871#
Primary dial in number: (425) 440-5100
Secondary dial in number: (818) 922-0801
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In this uncertain times, personal transformation of body, mind, and spirit is crucial to live abundantly.
There’s no short cut, or happy pill, or lotto ticket that will bring this personal transformation other than getting our hands actively, seriously, and responsibly involved in the process. Transformation is not, as many like to call it, a new-agy term, it is an urgent call to all of us inhabiting this planet if we want rise above the turmoil that exists.
Self Optimization Sanctuary’s ™ acronym S.O.S. is there to remind us of the urgency it currently exists for all of us to take serious care of our most important piece of real estate: our body, which is made up of physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional energy. Saying ‘I’m not a spiritual person.’ these days is simply denying who we ARE.
I challenged myself to create a series of 12 videos this year, one monthly, where I will do my best to communicate the meaning of Body Integration. Here is video #1, which I titled Essence, as a tribute to finding the treasure of my self-expression.
With music by Badmarsh & Shri from the Album Signs, Tribal was a song that was part of C2E’s inception music collection. It’s a style that Mayra resonates with and inspired her in many levels. “Essence” will take you to a very intimate space for me, my S.O.S. at home that embodies my own living altar of well-being. It is in this space that I find strength, comfort, inspiration, release, witty ideas, great joy, piercing screams and all the jungle of life wants to express through my inner homo-luminous beast, Master Trainer & Body Integration Specialist. The video is my first shot at filmmaking about 20 years and it has been a true joy to embrace this craft that I was so passionate about and brought me to California to study in UCLA’s Film School in 1985. When we see our lives going through these kind of full circles, it is usually that moment when, as Buddha has been quoted to say: “When you realize how perfect everything is, and then you tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.”
I would like to thank Deborah Kolb, my photography angel who has been integral in this journey of self-discovery. She has been there to encapsulate my transformation from day one and we are now teaming up to offer my clients the amazing opportunity to have Deborah photograph their new found selves! You can find out more about that on the FREE Webinar on February 1st (details above). She shot all the still photography of this video and once again captured my zone!
Mayra is the Founder and President of Coach2Edify, a residence based boutique gym, spa, and urban retreat in Woodland Hills, California. Mayra offers Premier Lifestyle Coaching Programs to those ready to turn their lives into their greatest masterpiece!
One of the most rewarding gifts through my season of being a full-time Mom, was tapping to my artist deep within. As a little girl, I would love to paint sunsets, little long hair monsters, and whatever I found in my doodles that needed to come out. My dear best friend was an art prodigy. Her skill, ability to illustrate with full precision, and just impeccable sense of design kept pulling me to that place of comparison. I was so in awe with her work that I humbly accepted that fine art was not part of my calling. Even though I truly enjoyed the process, I just chose to let it go, not for me. Film became my form of creative expression from high school, college and 8 post-graduate years. Now fast forward to my next phase with paints and brushes, during my 30’s, which was my discovery of children books’ illustrators as I took my sons to the library like twice a week. When I saw Eric Carles’ Hungry Caterpillar, I was so excited because I heard myself say: you can do that!!!! From that point on I gave myself permission to paint half of the house. The front side of the Villa was literally a Caribbean Shack, with white corrugated ceilings over the kitchen area, red beams, turquoise walls, my kids were surrounded by hand painted furniture with stories, and so much color!!
Then I dove into digital editing, learning photoshop elements to make all the kids birthday party invitations and annual christmas cards that were masterpieces for our family. They were a multimedia collage I would do by hand on a big format, and then I would scan them and print them for Christmas Cards. Each piece intended to translate the story of the year to a watercolor poster size piece.
Ok now very fast forward…..I end up (please don’t ask me how) with a greeting card bilingual company….very very fast forward again….even though it became my creative expression for a year or two, very quickly the burn out of the pressure to design high quantities crept in and the decision to release it all was a no-brainer!
Which lead me to another paint & brush hiatus, until I found my art savior, JoAnn Stevens-Flores. My dear friend, client, and teacher. About 8 years ago, JoAnn was my client at Total Woman. She was one of my first clients ever!!! Wow! I was doing my greeting card business, she was in the film industry (more in the financial side of things), with an art degree, and we would always talk of developing our businesses (cute detail: Fitness Industry saved me from greeting card industry!!)….blah, blah, blah….fast forward again….5 years later I leave Equinox to focus on Coach2Edify and somehow, after not seeing each other for about 4 years, JoAnn and I end up doing art in the Villa!! She was with me from the very beginning of C2E, always ready to take the lead on doing art workshops. Everything I do at C2E is for my own groth, and this is what I share with others. I’m so grateful for JoAnn coming back into my life to take me by the hand and lead me to that joy of painting, playing with colors, and words, designing my feelings with sacred geometry! Now I have been doing monthly art classes with her for more than a year, and I honor and protect that sacred space of my visual expression, which brings me so much joy. I love seeing the story of my own transformation. I love playing with my intuition, and giggle at the amazing results at times. I love seeing my courage to step out and embrace my artist within. When we do what inspires love, the activity becomes medicine for the body, mind and soul.
I see any type of art now as healing. I’m learning more and more that is absolutely necessary for my self expression. Being surrounded daily by these pieces around my home, feeds my soul, as well as my mind. They are reminders of who I am today, my truth, my shadows, my growth, and my chaos. There is not one I do not like, for they all bring me more compassion, admiration, understanding, reminders, and love towards myself and ultimately others.
Mayra McCullough, C2E Founder & Body Integration Specialist
C2E Does a Creative Expression Field Trip every month with JoAnn Stevens-Flores to her studio in Woodland Hills. It’s the first Saturday of the month, so next one is this coming Saturday, September 5th 4-7. For more info got to:
This blog is brought to you by C2E’s Nutrition Arts Counselor, Maureen Cox, aka Chef Mo. She includes very rich information about key ingredients in her weekly menu, which for this week are garbanzo beans and walnuts. Her weekly menu is released on Thursdays and people can order by no later than Friday pm (more info below with this week’s menu!).
Here I leave you with one of her adorable Food Angels and more of her nutrition wisdom. She’s giving C2E’s quarterly Nutrition Intelligence Workshop at C2E’s Villa this coming Saturday, August 22 at 11:30am. For more information, please got here: Nutrition Intelligence w/ Chef Mo
Good Thursday morning on this lovely grey day on our cooling down slide. YAAY Garden has struggled a bit in the heat, probably will make it thru with some still producing tomatoes and a couple of cucumber plants, some collards and chard so we are grateful for that. I am longing to do something with corn but it just hasn’t come into our farmers market as of yet but the moment it does I will be doing something corny. In the meantime this week just the herbs from the garden on the menu. This week’s health tips about garbanzo beans, walnuts and another energy exercise to help radiate more joy and love .
Garbanzo beans contain phytochemicals called saponins, which can act as antioxidants. It could lower the risk of breast cancer, protect against osteoporosis and minimizes hot flushes in post-menopausal women.
Weight Loss: Due to high fiber content and low glycemic index, chickpeas are excellent for weight loss diets. Garbanzos can also boost your energy because of their high iron content.
Did you know that walnuts are good for your brain? They contain a number of neuroprotective compounds, including vitamin E, folate, melatonin, omega-3 fats, and antioxidants. Research shows walnut consumption may support brain health.One medical study found that consuming high-antioxidant foods like walnuts “can decrease the enhanced vulnerability to oxidative stress that occurs in aging,” “increase health span,” and also “enhance cognitive and motor function in aging.” If you need an afternoon snack eating a handful of walnuts could be just the boost you need.
Simple Radiant Circuit activating exercise by YogaMeli
1. Use your imagination to activate your Radiant Energies. Remember a time when you felt wonderful. Using as many of your senses as possible – see the scene, hear the sounds, fully feel the pleasant body sensations, possibly a sense of openness and warmth in your chest and belly, or a gentle breeze caressing your face. Breathe in and fully enjoy these sensations and notice what happens in your body and with your mood and level of energy.
2. Place your hands at your temples and smooth behind your ears and down your neck 3 or 4 times then let your hands rest on your shoulders. Take a nice big inhale. As you exhale pull your hands down off your shoulders and place them over your heart.
3. Breathe gratitude through your heart – for something that is good in your life, even if it is so very simple like having this moment of peace and breath. This simple exercise can do so much to shift our energies and help us feel better and more connected and alive!
All items on the menu are always Vegan, Organic and Gluten and Dairy free unless otherwise indicated. If you have any special health concerns or questions please don’t hesitate to call (818-486-4672) or email me. Order deadline is Friday evening Aug 21 at 9 pm. I cook on Monday August 24 , and food will be available for pick up on Tuesday August 25from 3:30 – 6 :30pm. Happy to arrange an alternative time if you need one just contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that while I strive to keep my pricing fair my costs have risen and therefore this menu reflects a small price increase.
CHEF MO TO GO MENU August 24, 2015
Curried sweet potato soup with crushed walnuts
Sprouted cooked garbanzo bean salad with zucchini & red onions and a cilantro lime dressing
Quinoa salad with oven roasted beets, kale, celery , parsley & olives and a savory lemon dressing
Raw bok choy, carrot and apple slaw with sesame & ginger
LiMITED SPECIAL OFFERING: Vegan gluten free mushroom & veggie pot pie 6” individual size
Savory Organic Millet & non gmo pecan flour flatbread with herbs
Organic Millet and non gmo almond flour chocolate flatbread
Raw energy truffles walnuts , dates, raw cacao, banana, ginger and hemp seeds rolled in sesame seeds.
Curried sweet potato soup $11.00 qt
Sprouted garbanzo salad $11.00 qt
Quinoa salad $11.00 qt
Raw bok choy, carrot salad $11.00 qt
Vegan gluten free mushroom & veggie pot pie $11.00 ea
Flatbreads ( 4 3”x 3” pcs per order) $5.00 pkg
Raw energy truffles $3.00 ea or 2 for $5.00
This blog is brought to you by C2E’s Nutrition Arts Counselor, Maureen Cox, aka Chef Mo. Here at C2E Chef Mo saves those who are kitchen challenged (like me!). She facilitates weekly an organic/vegetarian menu that we can order from via e-mail and go pick up every Tuesday with our recycled Mason Jars! She grows a great part of her menu’s ingredients with the help of genius gardener husband Thomas Cox. She also practices Mindful Cooking, which ensures our Mason Jars are not only filled with the most wholesome ingredients but all the love from Chef Mo’s heart, a heart filled with compassion for all people, and that is aligned with the science of how our thoughts and emotional states affect all matter around us.
Here I leave you with her weekly Food Angel and rich nutrition wisdom. She’s giving C2E’s quarterly Nutrition Intelligence Workshop at C2E’s Villa this coming Saturday, August 22 at 11:30am. For more information, please got here: Nutrition Intelligence w/ Chef Mo
This weeks Food Angel was late and says Good evening to you all on this lovely day. The heat flared up again this weekend wouldn’t it be nice to have a chill pill?? Not to worry though we are in for a bit of a cool down this week and so far today is proving it to be so.
Lots of salads these days and a request from one of you for dressings so 2 choices on the menu for next for you to play around with. Garden has slowed down even more with the highs over 10 in our little corner of the world. This weeks health tips about broccoli and millet and some staying cool tips.
Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane. This compound rids the body of H. pylori, a bacterium found to highly increase the risk of gastric cancer. Of all the cruciferous vegetables, broccoli stands out as the most concentrated source of vitamin C, plus the flavonoids necessary for vitamin C to recycle effectively. Also concentrated in broccoli are the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene, other powerful antioxidants.
Recent research has indicated that the regular consumption of millet is associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus. This is mainly due to the fact that whole grains like millet are a rich source of magnesium, which helps regulate the secretion of glucose and insulin. In addition an essential phytonutrient present in millet,lignans, are very beneficial to the human body as they have been known to help reduce the risk of heart disease and hormone dependent cancers.
To stay cool Just Add Water the relief is almost immediate, and will last for up to one hour or more.
Drink water frequently. Your body will feel cooler if you are hydrated. Adding mint leaves, or orange, lemon or cucumber slices to your water makes it more refreshing and encourages us to drink more.
Get a spray bottle – fill it with water, adjust it to fine mist and spray it on your exposed skin for an instant chill-zing cooling effect. Run cold water over your wrists for 10 seconds on each hand. This will reduce your temperature for roughly an hour.
Fill your bathtub with cool water and get in. Once you are used to the temperature, let some water out and refill with cold water. Keep doing this until you are sufficiently cold. Your body will stay cool for a long time after you get out. For a fast cool-down, add ice. So some of these suggestions you can do at work others like the bathtub are probably best suited to your home environment and these are just a few suggestions to get you started. So keep it cool.
All items on the menu are always Vegan, Organic and Gluten and Dairy free unless otherwise indicated for Woodland HIlls Local pickup.
Chef Mo to Go August 17, 2015 (This menu already expired to order this week, but if you like what you see and would like to be included in Chef Mo’s e-mail list, please e-mail email@example.com and let her know you learned about her through C2E’s website.)
Mixed Squash soup with honey and sage
Millet salad greek style with olives & cabbage
Rice & kale salad with a tomato ginger dressing
Raw broccoli and apple slaw with a honey mustard dressing
Savory Organic Lentil & millet flour flatbread with herbs
Organic Millet and chestnut flour chocolate flatbread
Tomato Ginger vinaigrette Dressing
Lemon Honey Mustard Dressing
Raw energy truffles no nuts, sunflower seeds, dates, raw cacao, banana, ginger and hemp seeds rolled in sesame seeds.
My 20 year old son, Yalan McCullough, had a mission when landing on planet earth. This old soul landed in my arms with eyes wide open looking at me straight in the eyes, illuminating me with love. My life has been enriched by his immense capacity to love, care, and create ever since.
We have been collaborating and co-creating together since my first home based/heart centered business venture, Camp Work-N-Fun in 2004. He was always my star camper, so willing to help out, invite his friends and take on every aspect of my wild ideas (this one was a Financial Stewardship camp designed to have campers earn beads through their active participation in various roles, such as Art Teacher, Basketball Coach, Documentary Director, etc..). Yalan’s favorite job was Art Teacher and his enthusiasm always made my day.
Then I took a little detour to the greeting card industry back in 2006 and Yalan would do art work that I would use for some of my greeting cards!
Fast forward to me in the fitness industry, inspired to start C2E’s first Pilot Program in 2012 to explore some concepts in the wellness field. Yalan, then a sophomore in High School, was ready to participate, and take in all that I was sharing about body-mind-spirit integration. All his friends were my first group of participants taking it all in and taking a very defined path of creative expression.
As he gets ready to start his higher education path in a couple of weeks at Moorpark College while working part time, he has taken on a wonderful initiative. Along some of the same kids that I know since elementary, such as Bryan Gelfound, Claudio Renyer, and Ben Gottlieb, Easy Living Productions was born to feature events dedicated to promote our community’s youth art and music. The first one of these events, Tones, is happening at C2E’s Villa this coming Saturday, August 15th at 6pm. I felt compelled to step back and appreciate, celebrate, and share the beautiful journey this has been for me as a Mom, but most importantly to encourage all who read this to support your youth in their art and passions, to get creative in propelling them into opportunities where they feel safe to take the courage, the leap, to actually LIVE the DREAM, which these days is more of an urgent calling than the luxury it used to be when I was growing up.
My life and career are all enmeshed together. When I became a widow in 2002 and became a single mother when my two boys where 4 and 6, I felt I had to get very creative on how to develop career paths that would enhance ALL of our lives. Working from home has allowed me to do that, but most importantly, it has given my children the chance to have me available in their lives and give them the opportunity to explore their interests through different aspects of my entrepreneurial path.
I’m so proud of all these young men claiming Easy Living for their lives and doing so in such a creative and productive way. Easy Living Productions is not about being lazy, it’s about joyful, peaceful, healthy living. They are intentionally creating the life they desire by DOING it NOW, learning Supernatural Production, and flowing to the beat of their own drum.
When we release control of our young adults, let them BE, and support them whole heartedly along the way, we are giving them wings to fly!
Looking forward to this Saturday with great anticipation. For more information about TONES please click here.
Much love to all!
This week I had the honor and privilege of collaborating with Dr. Marc Spencer, CEO of the rapidly growing, youth empowerment social enterprise known as Juma Ventures, in teaching a group of international students at SOKA University through the University’s Changemaker Program. Headed by Director Mary Patrick Kavanaugh, the Changemaker Program connects students with Purpose Economy leaders who provide them with hands-on tools to shape students’ passions with tangible processes in order to help make their dreams a reality. The two day workshop run by Dr. Spencer titled Conscious Commerce Bootcamp, was literally a bootcamp of sound business practices that concluded with a Shark Tank type of Pitch to possible funders and investors (played by the students themselves). I was invited by Ms. Patrick and Dr. Spencer to demonstrate how embracing a daily practice of well-being that integrates body, mind and spirit is the first building block to any change-the-world endeavor.
IT’S ALL ABOUT BALANCE
My role at the workshop was to balance Dr. Spencer’s intense left-brain curriculum with tools that helped students connect with their inner wisdom, knowledge, creativity and source of strength. Holistic fitness requires discipline, patience, persistence, endurance, strength, confidence, intuition, and LOVE. Once we learn to effectively manage our body – the first thing that was entrusted to us in order to walk in this life and planet – learning how more complex systems are developed and taken to optimum performance become second nature, joyful and effortless. We practiced guided meditations before each business development exercise, during which students experienced the power of working from their truth, their essence, and their peaceful place. We also went through assessing their current holistic fitness levels using C2E’s Wheel of Well-Being and were able to connect the dots between the skills they need to pursue their dream and the skills they need to live a lifestyle where they feel completely expressed in every area of their lives.
IT WAS SUPERNATURAL PRODUCTION!
Both the students and teaching team were awed by the results of their required presentations with just a couple of hours to prepare. The amount of work students produced taking their passions and developing them into actionable changes they wanted to make in the world was truly what I call Supernatural Production. Also supernatural is this young international community of Social Architects in the making! Student goals included helping humanity overcome sex trafficking, ending financial inequality, reinventing the education system, setting people free from financial dependency, building community resources through community-made fashions, making organic foods accessible to all, stopping once and for all the ever so toxic plastic, providing sound opportunities to eradicate homelessness and transforming shark corporations to green friendly entities. Can you tell why this was soooo H.O.P.E. (Heaven On Planet Earth) for me?!! Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, New Delhi, Check Republic, Vietnam, and Southern California became ONE through these superstar students with great vision for a better world.
FOR YOU CHANGEMAKERS!
This article is dedicated to those who embraced this workshop and were open enough to tap to their personal power and their truth:
Elissa – May your resourcefulness continue to ground you with conviction…SAFI is a solid vision of solutions for disseminating organic foods and assisting the homeless.
Kiki – Your voice resonates with illuminating wisdom…1plusN has the potential to be a sound cure to poverty…please keep singing your song!
Paresh – Your heart connection to your vision is so beautifully grounded, creative, and authentic…you brought me to the beauty of Bali’s sustainable fashion rainbow!!
Albert – You are set up to be a historic knight in conscious shining armor, UNAFRAID is an answer to many prayers…trust your gut!
Ted – Your vision of reinventing future children’s education is so close to the heart of so many who feel trapped in a school system where they feel stagnant and misunderstood. Thank you for tackling that one ASAP!!;)
Yaro – Your process was as beautiful as the story of creation! You gave shape and form to the intangible, the invisible…you pressed through like a champion…keep practicing your power…we NEED you to SPREAD IT for sure!!!
Natalie – WE GREEN BUSINESS was brilliant expression of your gifts of diplomacy, hard work, and marketing genius…may your light shine on!
Julie – Mother Earth is really rooting for you and SANO RESOLUTION…your drive and excellent spirit will bring this home all the way!
I want to thank Dr. Marc Spencer for giving me this amazing opportunity to bridge the gap between monumental undertakings and the absolutely necessary skills of being self-sufficient in connecting to source and taking care of ourselves. Thank you for dedicating your life to youth empowerment, and being such a catalyst of change in our world. Juma Ventures is a true and excellent model of Social Entrepreneurship that blends the benefits and strengths of corporate America with the humanitarian efforts and commitment of non-profit America. I would also like to complete this journaling exercise by thanking SOKA University. To me, SOKA University is higher education evolved, with a conscious approach to edification. SOKA University is to post high school studies what Coach2Edify is to gyms in America. Both take a holistic approach to educating humanity in a way that embraces our birthright to happiness as well as our fulfillment of purpose in a way that promotes financial success. Thank you Mary Patrick Kavanaugh for spearheading the Changemaker Program at SOKA University and facilitating pure conscious commerce co-creative genius!!
Nature in all of Her wisdom arranges Herself in ever repeating cycles. All life on our planet has access to communication from Nature. In the season of WINTER seeds and bulbs of plants lie still and quiet, harboring great potential. Winged ones and other animals have migrated to warmer climates or have found safe places to hibernate. All of the plant and animal kingdoms listen intently to the messages of the cycles of Nature. Urban humans are perhaps the most disconnected with Nature of all the species on earth. Humans who do choose to hear the messages of Nature and live their lives accordingly find it easier to establish and maintain a higher level of health and wellbeing with greater ease.
In several health related systems each season is associated with an element. The element related to WINTER is water. We humans are essentially water beings. The average weight of a human body is approximately 70 % water. We start out life as a fetus being 99 % water and we float in amniotic fluid. When we are born we are about 90 % water. By the time we reach adulthood we are down to 70 %. In old age the percentage of water in our bodies decreases. Throughout our life we exist mostly as water.
Water is the most receptive element. Water has the capacity to reflect and is considered a mirror of the soul. All things vibrate each at a unique frequency. Everything is creating sound as it vibrates. Water, the MASTER LISTENER, receives the sounds as it is so sensitive to each unique frequency being emitted and it efficiently mirrors the outside world.
As YOU ponder this, YOU who are approximately 70 % water, now in the apex of the season associated with water, is your interest peaked to learn more about how to consciously and beneficially work with this element?
Make it easier for yourself to stay healthier in WINTER by learning simple practices and meditations for this season. Experience gentle practices to help you consciously work with the emotion associated with this season, FEAR. Learn how to better support your body with nutrition and helpful herbs. Enjoy guided visualizations which you can repeat on your own. Sleep is even more important to health in this season of longer nights. Take home tips to implement deeper more restorative sleep.
Save the date: January 31, 2015. Attend a workshop at C2E 10:30 am – 1:00 pm to learn more and enjoy a higher level of health with greater ease.
C2E’s Dream Maker Project (DMP) is an initiative to inspire, and engage people in the act of actually taking leaps of faith to carry out their dreams. We believe that it is in our dreams and visions for ourselves that we hold the solutions for a sustainable planet. We kicked off our first DMP with a wonderful field trip to Cal-Earth Institute yesterday and I must say that we filled our inspiration tanks to start Dr. Kalec’s Dream: The Peace Dome with fantastic momentum!!
Dr. Kalec and her amazing enthusiasm gathered a group of architects and sustainability enthusiasts to go check out what was once Nader Khalili’s dream, to build and test earth architecture prototypes that will educate people globally on how to empower themselves to be able to build with their own hands sustainable housing. I was drawn to this kind of architecture at first because it has the same look and feel as C2E’s Villa, and I’ve been trying to figure out how to build a little cottage for my Mom in our property, but the more I learn about the amazing benefits of building with earth, the more understanding I get about why I’ve been so drawn to it. It comes down to the three principles of Cal-Earth’s Mission:
1. shelter is a basic human right
2. every human being should be able to build a house for themselves and their family
3. the best way to provide shelter for the exponentially increasing human population is by building with earth
How is health and fitness related to all this?
Physiological needs are the physical requirements for human survival. If these requirements are not met, the human body cannot function properly and will ultimately fail. Physiological needs are thought to be the most important; they should be met first. Air, water, and food are metabolic requirements for survival in all animals, including humans. Clothing and shelter provide necessary protection from the elements. It is almost impossible to reach self-optimization and actualization without these basic needs met, and in the economic state that we have been in during the last few years, is very obvious that housing has become a critical concern for ALL, regardless of socio-economic backgrounds.
It is empowering to KNOW that there are other options that are not only safer and way more durable than traditional architecture, but also completely affordable. These options also bring a lot of peace of mind, and we intend to continue exploring this path.
We will be doing another field trip to Cal-Earth soon, so if you feel drawn, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org in order to keep you posted!
In so much gratitude,
Dr. Kalec, fearless leader of the Peace Dome project!