Defining a Vision Quest and the bottom line about Manifesting

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As I dive in to the space to be open to receive what C2E’s upcoming Vision Quest 2.0 has for us, I’m filled with gratitude to be in a reality where I can share with you what I gather as the MOST important process in my life.

I will never claim I know the way, cause I don’t, nobody does, in reality, the closest we can get to absolute truth is death. All I do is share my life with others, the life that has given me the most regenerative power. I am the consummate explorer of my self, and all the bodies that construct it: the physical body, mental body, emotional body, energetic body, spiritual body, and as my 12 year old camp student stated brilliantly last week, the body of experiences we accumulate in this lifetime and as many lifetimes we believe we have.

Since I left my corporate job 5 years ago, and dove into my trainer-evolution to become a Body Integration Specialist, my life has become a playground of movement, intuition, and art that doesn’t ever stop showing me the purpose and meaning of EVERY event I experience: including the good, the bad and the ugly.

Every program I get inspired to express through C2E is designed to assist you to connect all the dots of the sacred geometry of your complex selves. It’s sacred  because the only way to dedicate the time we need to keep ourselves whole (as opposed to broken) is if we regard it with great respect and reverence. It’s geometry because it concerns the properties and relations of points, lines, surfaces, solids, and higher dimensional analogs of our being, which can be extremely complex, but yet, once you know them, extremely simple and profound. When you find your own sacred geometry you tap to the properties of natural intelligence and it’s uncanny ability to self-sooth, self-heal, and self organize. And that’s exactly where we need to be to live life abundantly.

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So you might be asking…

How do I integrate all my bodies to become this sacred geometry self?

By being your best playmate and setting out to discover with child-like curiosity your own Vision Quest, your personal system of self-discovery, growth and development.  It’s a lifestyle of being aware of where you’re at, and letting life speak to you, guide you, show you the way. Life becomes like a treasure hunt of challenges, explorations, and solutions that are inspired by YOU and YOUR connection to your LIFE experience and your sources of strength.

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I have pushed buttons of people I highly admire and respect in regards to how freely I use certain terms in my C2E Vocabulary. The origin of the term Vision Quest comes from native American tradition and ceremony, and I would like to quote my dear Dr. Janice Kalec, C2E’s Multi-dimensional chiropractor, who is a sage of Native American traditions, among others, in a passage at the end of this article where I have included various resources about the Vision Quest topic.

I would like to acknowledge the source of this tradition and request the pardon of any ancestors, ceremonialists, and guides for whom this has caused any confusion. I believe that our habits of transformation shall be contained as sacred and unique for every single person it helps, independently from dogma, conditioning or generational expectations. I have also included a section below to include resources for another coined term Sacred Geometry.

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My first Vision Quest was with Soul Art Shaman Laura Hollick, (picture above) whose definition of a Vision Quest is her own as well, through self-expression and art. It was through her creative guidance where I began to discover the most authentic version of myself, which allowed me to master my own process through what I connect the most, movement. My personal Vision Quests are highly connected to movement, and the work done in my Self Optimization Sanctuary (S.O.S.) which is the space I create to check in with ALL of my bodies DAILY, at HOME, FOREVER. That’s what I assist people in creating for themselves, a sanctuary of all who YOU are, a check in point to RESET, CALIBRATE, RELEASE, BREATH, MOVE, and literally work it all OUT!

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May this article inspire you to create your own definition of a Vision Quest. I’m just holding a container through all I’m drawn to share for you to explore ALL of YOU, and become intimate with who you truly are from all vantage points, lenses, and perspectives. If you feel you need a little guidance in creating your own path of self-discovery, growth, and expansion, dive in to C2E’s collective, virtual, and self-lead Vision Quest 2.0 starting this Sunday, July 31st @ 7pm.

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I’ve been blessed to hear others say I’m a Manifestor, one who sees a vision, and puff! it happens! To my detriment at times, I run with a vision (and get ahead of myself at times) and bring it to pass. I’m obsessed with keeping my word and if I say it, I feel compelled to have to make it a reality. Outside of the trouble this can bring when you jump into a vision before it’s due time, I must say I recognize this as one of my POWERS. As I see it, manifesting is but one main thing….getting it done! Doing the work, diving courageously into your self,  DAILY, AT HOME, FOREVER. That’s how I’ve experienced my Supernatural Production life, feeling miraculously supported from every angle, that never ceases to amaze me with magic left and right. A life on the edge of the known and the unknown, where the only option is to stay in the Zen of your Equator, regardless of the light or dark dancing around you.

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My intention in sharing a Vision Quest structure and template is to equip you with processes, prompts, and questions that bring you to your SELF, your center, your Equator in the most intimate, direct, and authentic way. When we learn to access this healing channel, a new world of possibilities open up. A place where you can only experience if you step into the unknown.

C2E’s Vision Quest 2.0 will start this Sunday, July 31st at 7pm. For more information go the the event page (here) and to register e-mail mayra@coach2edify.org.

Learning Resources for the topic: Vision Quest

By Dr. Janice Kalec

The most accurate description of the Vision Quest that I am aware of is the description in the book:  The Sacred Pipe: Black Elk’s Account of the seven Rites of the Oglala Sioux by Joseph Epes Brown. In any case the meaning that I associate with Vision Quest is consistent with the description in this book and with the way it was carried out by the Native elders with whom I studied.

In a kind of nutshell – One who is called to Quest traditionally did so with an elder as a mentor.  After studying with this mentor for a period of time – perhaps a year or longer – at some point along this path one would be called to become a pipe carrier as the pipe becomes one of the items carried with one on the quest.  As the time grows closer to the quest one is usually involved in regular sweat lodges either with one’s mentor or with other elders.  The general site of the quest is typically selected by the elder.  Either before leaving for the quest – or in some cases one arrives at the site a few days before the quest – the one questing makes 104 prayer ties and 6 prayer flags.  What goes on these varies somewhat from elder to elder.

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The night before the quest there is a sweat lodge after this point the one questing has no more food or water until their return. Very early the next morning there is another sweat lodge before ascending the mountain so that one begins the quest at sunrise.  The one questing is usually accompanied by an assistant to the elder – a guide – to a location on the mountain where the questing one sets up their quest circle of prayer ties and flags and other sacred items then they are left alone to be on the mountain with no other person in site for the duration of the quest without food or water.  The length of the quest may vary from 24 hours to 4 days.  The conditions that most accurately describe the Vision Quest is that it is something one does alone typically on a mountain after having been purified in the lodge and one is fasting without food or water.  When one returns still no food or water until after another sweat lodge.  After that lodge the elder will often meet with the questing person one on one to hear what happened on the mountain and to help the person interpret the experiences.  After that one has food and water.

Other Resources:

http://www.schooloflostborders.org/content/huffington-post-what-vision-quest-and-why-do-one

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vision_quest

The article above provides a section for Misappropiation, which is the point of differentiation between creative practitioners like myself who like attaching their own meaning to words such as Vision Quest and Sacred Geometry, and those who embrace the history of each coined term with reverence and respect to it’s place of orogin. I see the cultural borrowing and cross-fertilization of concepts as our freedom and right as individuals to attach to things the meaning that serves us to understand our reality. Nevertheless I respect, understand and honor those who like attaching unchageable meanings to words, concepts, and ideas. Here is an interesting article about Cultural Appropiation:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_appropriation

Learning Resources for the topic: Sacred Geometry

http://sacredgeometryinternational.com/the-meaning-of-sacred-geometryhttp://sacredgeometryinternational.com/the-meaning-of-sacred-geometry

http://www.schoolofsacredgeometry.org/index.php?p=whatissg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacred_geometry


Extramental Exposure by Easy Living Productions, young adults creating their Living School

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Ben Gottlieb & Yalan McCullough prepping for their 3rd Outdoor Gallery show at C2E, Extramental Exposure, this Saturday & Sunday (7/30 & 7/31). Featuring art by Chris Brodbeck, Yeltsin Penado, Ben Gottlieb, and Yalan McCullough

On August last year, my 21 year old son Yalan McCullough and his childhood friend Ben Gottlieb, both passionate artists with a common vision to offer young artists in The Valley a platform to expose their art as well as test the limits of their capacities, launched their first collaborative venture, Easy Living Productions. Easy Living has produced 3 outdoor/garden gallery shows to date, in C2E’s Villa, featuring local young artists paintings, installations, DJing skills and the newly introduced sculptures for this weekends show.

Featured artists have been…

Yalan McCullough, Ben Gottlieb, Yelstin Penado, Chris Brodbeck, Jessica Valice, Claudio Renyer, and Camille Eastin

They’ve also had performances by…

Tyree Williams, Jayson Legacy, Terra Vee, DJKring

I’ve witnessed how they take their lessons from each show and apply them to the next event, becoming more familiar with pre-production timing, installations effect on the property, cover charge process, strike schedule, weather impact, documenting the event, and our favorite…marketing! They have created a Living School for themselves and I have not enough words to say how proud I am of every single artist.

I’ve heard feedback about their choice of name for their company, Easy Living Productions: “Oh yeah right! They wish.” or “They’re young!” or “Don’t we all wish!,” but the truth is that this is one of the boldest, most conscious and progressive titles I’ve heard a company have. I’ve seen these young men grow with a fresh vision for their lives, much different than we ever had. They’ve learned from our mistakes and are very clear of what they DON’T want their lives to be like: They refuse to be slaves in any way shape or form, they want to take Liberty and Freedom to a whole new level that none of us have been able to experience yet. They experience adults constant obsession to have more, to spend more, to waste more, to loose more, to stress more, and work more, to pay more bills as total insanity.

1st Show in Easy Living Productions roster, Tones

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They battle day and night with a broken record that has told them they’re lazy, that they don’t know better, that they need to wake up and smell the coffee, and honestly, I think is the other way around. They have a vision and a hope for a world that sets them free to live the life they truly desire, and releases the attachment to currency as the only exchange that exists. Yes it might be a lofty dream, but no one can deny that is a GOOD IDEA!! And if we preach that dreams come true, to follow our passions, and never give up, then I say, be my guest at pursuing Heaven On Planet Earth (H.O.P.E.), after all, we’re all on the same boat!

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These young men and women are not lazy, they are tired, the weight of the world is literally on their shoulders, but they plow through day by day like champions. Doing college, working jobs to pay their bills as they can, honoring their parents as best as they can within family communities who haven’t mastered the high skill of communication, having to face the fact that they are mostly misunderstood and viewed in some negative light. On top of that when you add the fact that they don’t have enough experience yet to maneuver the chaos of the paradox they live in, to manage dealing with adults that tell them literally to do as they say and not as they do, and to release the rage of not being SEEN, we must acknowledge they are truly super heroes of change, Time Shifters.

2nd Easy Living ProductionLost In Life.

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I’ve seen these kids at work since our first Camp Work-N-Fun when they were 8-12. When we give them room to express themselves creatively, we empower them to be in charge. When we talk to them as the bright beings they are, they are as industrious as any CEO in corporate America, with the ability to hyperfocus with keen ability. There’s only one catch: they must be interested, and as adults, our endeavor is to hold space for them as they Live their Edication through projects of the heart.

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They see time as wasted when what is demanding their attention is not something they care about. I know most adults don’t resonate with this concept. I know that true freedom is deemed as unrealistic, irresponsible, selfish, and immature; but I’m here to tell you that in my planet that is far from the truth. I see their care, their struggle, their willingness to be in both paradigms for now, but with a goal to untie the bind to an unfulfilled life.

May every step they make to create bring them closer to H.O.P.E.

Written by Mayra McCullough


Traditional, Authentic and Handmade Heaven!

 

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 I was invited to a wonderful tasting event last Friday by my dear soul sister, actor, host, reporter and producer Julia Ho, founder of Body Mind Spirit Living, a company dedicated to tapping to the power of our wonderful Conscious community in Los Angeles. I’m always grateful for Julia’s leads, recommendations, and networking magic and encourage you to friend her on Facebook if you have a special conscious development and keep her posted of the latest creations in Conscious Community education, entertainment and all in between. I see her as sort of a Guardian Angel in this Industry my soul draw me to 5 years ago, when I decided to leave Equinox Fitness to start Coach2Edify. Thank you Julia for all your love, leadership, sharing, invitations, and for being a pioneering soul co-creating with me!

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 I was drawn to attend a Chef Gilberto Cetina’s Yucatan Tasting in his restaurant in L.A., https://www.chichenitzarestaurant.com/home for a festival of rich flavors that reminded me of what is purely traditional, authentic and handmade, exactly how they describe it.

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 A beautifully organized event by Chef Cetina’s colleague, Brian “Chef Turok” Menendez, shined with the parade of flavors that started with a pumpkin and kobucha sqaush bean soup, tomato and pipits dip, then pork tacos that were to die for, followed by amazing mini steak sandwiches, a Guanabana drink that took me right back to Puerto Rico, and a fish that was pure butter in your mouth.

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 Chef Cetina was a dear host who took his time to go through each dish in creator perspective detail as well as spend some time with us taking endless photos of course! One of my favorite parts of going out with Julia to an event is that we will ALWAYS get the picture!!!

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If you find yourselves in Downtown Los Angeles, please consider this beautiful community complex of ‘down-home boutique’ restaurants in the Mercado La Paloma where parking is available!! (sweet!). The drive from Woodland Hills was absolutely worth it!!

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Thank you Julia, Chef Gilberto and Brian for your warm hospitality. I love to play cheerleader, and you will be part of my song for some time.

 

 

 

 

 


A New Dawn of Fitness is Here!!!

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SOS(Abbrev)YellowThe 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.

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Click here to visit one of Laura Hollick’s (my muse) Beautiful Galleries 

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
Full list of dial in Numbers:
http://InstantTeleseminar.com/Local/?eventid=79696479 

Event Page:
http://iTeleseminar.com/79696479

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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!

 

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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!

 


Art Journaling, my heart in technicolor!

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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!!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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 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.

Written by:

Mayra McCullough, C2E Founder & Body Integration Specialist

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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:

 


Garbanzo Beans, Walnuts and Radiant Energies!

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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

Enjoy!

~Mayra

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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: maureen@rubberpi.com

Please note that while I strive to keep my pricing fair my costs have risen and therefore this menu reflects a small price increase.

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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.

PRICING:

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 


Chef Mo’s Food Angel and her angelic food wisdom!

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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

Enjoy!~Mayra

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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.

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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 maureen@rubberpi.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.


Embracing our youth and their visions with TONES: The Art of Night & Music

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

Mayra