Have you ever had moments where you were so fully present in the moment—so engaged in the “now”—all thought and mental chatter just seemed to disappear?
Perhaps you were floating in the ocean. Or you lost yourself in the middle of a dance. Or felt the presence of the divine while sitting someplace beautiful, such as in the forest or mountains. Even the split second your heart felt like it was going to burst while hugging a child.
Try to remember how complete and at peace you felt during a moment of total silence or stillness. Close your eyes if necessary. If you can breathe in and let your mind be without thought or judgment, even for one moment, you quickly get a glimpse into who you really are.
It’s at these times we learn that we are much more than our past, our image, or our perceived outer identity (ego).
Whatever name for higher consciousness or God or spirit you wish to use, whatever your religious beliefs—these rare moments of perfection reveal there is a “self” inside us that cannot be explained by mere words. This higher “self” is within us always, and through the right understanding, it can come forth and be realized.
Going Beyond Physical Health
Health and the physical body are excellent places to start, and a very important early focus. After all, if you are sick or low in energy, it’s hard to give proper attention or care to areas beyond what you’re physically feeling.
Everything is interconnected, and thus obtaining the right nutrients—whether it’s minerals from seaweed and kale, B vitamins from nutritional yeast, antioxidants from fruit, or any others—will always be important.
Especially because, through the process of healthy eating, detoxification and proper nutrition—you experience far more energy, clarity and vitality. This fills your body with new passion and vigor that can then be channeled into other areas of life, including the journey inward.
I’ve seen this occur in myself and so many others. Of course, I LOVE food and health and all the empowering nutrition information I uncover and share. I will always do so, especially here on this blog. I just also understand that food and diet is just the first step in the greater journey of self-realization.
And I feel drawn to devote more and more time to that, both here and on the new community forum we’ve created, which we’ll happily be announcing soon (along with an exciting contest!) More on this in just a moment.
Understanding This Profound Process
As I’ve worked with so many different private clients over the years—I’ve come to understand that the mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of health are every bit as important as the physical. And yet, because they are less concrete, they often don’t receive nearly the same level of attention.
For that reason and more, I’ve spent extensive time working to understand and communicate the process by which you or anyone can go deeper and access levels of wellness and fulfillment beyond mere food and diet. The process is depicted in the image below:
Now, let me explain each phase in more detail:
1) Align with your true self. This is about feeling and becoming aware of the “YOU” beyond all the noise, beyond your past, beyond your thoughts. It’s about how you feel—on a much deeper level—right now. What are your thinking about from moment to moment? What are the feelings and emotions underlying those thoughts? What sensations arise in your body as you connect and become more self-aware?
There are many techniques for better connecting to yourself in this way, from meditation to yoga, and much more. They are all valuable. And yet connecting with yourself in this way is also as simple as being mindful or present, watching and feeling what’s happening inside without judgment or labels.
2) Evolve on your unique journey. This is where you choose to move forward and explore new dimensions of yourself. It’s where you seek to grow and flower. It’s about getting started and taking positive action—ANY ACTION—that moves you forward.
For some, it might mean making a Glowing Green Smoothie each day. Or drinking hot water with lemon in the morning. Others may choose to begin a yoga practice, or take their existing yoga practice more seriously. For you, it may even be journaling or meditation or another positive activity.
Everyone can take the path forward, and yet no two people have exactly the same journey. We are all unique in this regard and there is beauty in how each of our paths evolve and unfold.
3) Realize your inner power. The more you connect to your true self, the more authentically powerful you become. You are less distracted or limited by outside things or people that aren’t aligned with your growth, and more drawn to those with whom you can serve and share the movement upward.
As you embrace this stage, you feel less of the urge or need to “force” yourself to do anything—and more empowered to just be. Eating healthy becomes much more natural, it will require less effort because you’ll be more in tune with your true needs. Exercise (whichever form you choose) becomes a deeper, more profound expression of your body’s energy. Everything just flows.
I’m Here to Support You on this Path
While I will certainly share much more about this process and movement here on the blog and elsewhere, I want to wrap up this post by further discussing a new upcoming site and support tool we’ve created to help you flourish.
As I mentioned, the new Realize Yourself site will feature a special support forum where you can interact with other members of the community, assisting each other on this journey.
Whether you have questions about your health, emotions, mind or spirit—once it’s live, I highly encourage you to check in as much as possible, as you’ll be able to use this new, upcoming site and forum as a free daily resource. It’s meant to be a flexible, adaptable tool that helps you grow and evolve in all aspects of your being, the whole you, in whatever ways you need most.
The Next Level of Your Journey
Let me conclude by letting you know how awesome you truly are. I mean that! The fact that you’re reading this post—indeed this sentence, right now—means that you’re willing to do what it takes to transform your health, and at the same time, go beyond great health into beautiful new areas of life. It means you also care about connecting to the deep, unseen truth of who you are—as mystical as that sounds.
You are already perfect and whole. And as a community we can work to discover and further awaken the limitless health, beauty and joy that are already inside you now. I feel so blessed that I can connect with you here—and in many beautiful new ways and channels as the “realize yourself” message and mission unfolds.
While I will always share and communicate the importance of nutrition, my role is also evolving into new areas and I consider myself a “heart warrior”—someone who fiercely stands for the growth and inner evolution of you and everyone in this community.
Just as I share nutritional information, so will I also share insights from other areas that I’ve discovered along my path, in my work, my journeys, working with clients and serving this community over the years.
Thank you for taking this journey with me—please know we have so many adventures yet in store.
Your humble heart warrior,