Hey, fear!

One of the major causes of fear is that we do not want to face ourselves as we are. Fear happens when we remove ourselves from the moment, bringing our attention from certainty to uncertainty. It’s an usual, yet normally primitive, tricky emotion that often disguises itself in many ways: suffering, egoism, samsara, greed, anger, envy, fright, worry, apprehension, cognitive paralysis, anxiety, etc.

While the fear from our beloved ego navigates life by trying to keep us safe (thank you for doing your intrinsic job) and in a familiar place, it has a limited perception and blocks our creative and spiritual progress. We must remember that fear is not who we innately are; it is one of the many ways we are able to respond to life’s moments.

Can we trust the inner orchestras of the mind, heart, intuition and allow fear to flow through us rather than cage us in? Can we watch fear without any conclusions? Without any interference of the knowledge we have accumulated about it? Can we feel the fear, genuinely acknowledge its presence, while not allowing it to lead ourselves?

“I see what you’re doing, fear. Thank you for sending your signal. But it’s okay and you’ll have to take a seat in the back. I am the driver in charge here.”

It isn’t a matter of being fearless or kicking it to the curb, but rather bringing insight to what’s going on and using benevolence and goodwill in the face of what oppresses you. COURAGE, my friend. Good FAITH, my friend. These are the partners that direct you to the life you’re worthy of living. Because you and I are so much more than our fears. We have a right to be here, to do what we love, to try new things outside of our comfort zone. We’re all deserving of love. And, we are part of something greater than ourselves. The things that we feel in our hearts, the depths of hearts, are far more vital than the some of the things we believe in our minds.

What lies within us are direct antidotes to fear: the armour of loving-kindness, gratitude and the richness of our spiritual cultivation.

The Skin I Love

Hydrating skin courtesy of Pai Skincare. Natural glow courtesy of True Botanicals. Clean make up by The Organic Skin Co. 
 

Skin is always in. If your skin isn’t at its best sometimes – that’s OK too! However, there are basic steps that we can mindfully take that help improve and create healthy achievements.

Our skin, being so complex and industrious, is the largest organ on our body so it’s only fair we take good care of it. After countless experiments and long eye-twitching nights of research, I concluded this: a regimen can be made simple, guileless and efficient.

The key is consistency and daily protection.

Keeping things as ‘natural’ as possible is the catalyst to a nourishing relationship with the physical and the essence of simplicity. Like fruitful soil is to a thriving plant, what we put into/on our bodies count. I advocate reading labels thoroughly and staying away from ingredients that suck (chemicals, synthetics, unpronounceable shit) as our skin is wickedly consuming and holds everything in. The absorption rates on our scalp, underarms and face are 7-10 times higher than a lot of parts. Its extraordinary day to day functions are colossal. Unlike other vital body systems, our skin is exposed to the environment, which includes weird germs, heat and harmful substances yet provides an airtight, watertight and flexible barrier between one another.

Feeding the skin naturally by being mindful of consumption is another way we’re able take control of our habits. It all begins from the inside out so eat all the fresh, leafy greens, my friend! Hydrating is important as well – with lots of water and sorry, alcohol doesn’t do the same thing.

What we put on our skin is a crucial variable too. A guiding principle: Choose safe, sustainable products that contain fewer ingredients. This equals less chance for irritations/reactions, higher potency and a smaller, overall ecological impact. You don’t need to go nuts on trendy, luxury botanicals and ornate fillers. However, when you can, invest in good quality products that help optimize skin. Cause, hey, we’ll be wearing it for the rest of our lives.

Below are my favourite vegan, cruelty-free, natural go-to daily products that do the job like no other.

 

True Botanicals (Pure Radiance Oil & Vitamin C Booster)
Anti-inflammatory, balancing, healthy glow/dewy look breadwinner, gentle formulas, clean/safe ingredients, ethical and wonderfully effective!
The Organic Skin Co (Primp N’ Prime & Hide and Seek Concealer in Cinnamon)
Lightweight, oh-so silky, all natural, easy to apply, luxury made affordable, blends beautifully, sustainably packaged and all around multi faceted.
Pai Skincare (Calming Body Cream & Perfect Balance Serum)
Soothing, calming, ideal for sensitive skin, transparent brand, preservative-free, proven remedial, consistent soft results and hydrating 2.0.
Heritage Store (Rose Petals Rosewater)
Refreshing anytime mist, divine smelling, restorative, energy-giving and alleviates tired skin.

Today’s Reflection

In light of the earth’s current chaos, I invite you to practice loving those around you today. To willingly take care of those closest to you, those at home. To meet everyone you come across with a smile. To make time for more laughter and tears. To not feign affection but embrace the nurturing strength of your spirit’s warmth. To speak up and say your truth with passion, clarity, and grace. To promote integrity, justice, and collective togetherness despite the conditionings. To enthusiastically participate in creative altruism and think beyond yourself. To consistently believe that there is good and beauty to be found in everything. To focus on raising your energetic vibration instead of fighting immorality. To not misplace your faith in humanity and enrich an infinite amount of hope amidst its struggles. To put your love in the cracks of people’s souls rather than shaming them for their faults. To give more than you think you can give especially to those who need it the most. To be thankful for every single moment and experience, favorable and unfavorable, the Universe has entrusted upon you. To lead a compassionate life of virtue, wisdom, and selfless kindness. To let there be room for grief and misery to heal in order to feel the pleasures of joy and relief. To not punish ourselves for not loving correctly. To not to push each other way when we love too hard or love too little. To hug those you love just a little bit tighter. To stay resilient in times of discomfort, challenge and oppositions. To show up and relentlessly try in place of waiting for perfection. To not let fear cripple you but recognize it as a significant sign of what you should do next. To not take for granted those who love you and those you love. To love until it hurts until there is only more love left. To seek the barriers within yourself that you have built against love and surrender your ego. To mean well, commit and take responsibility. To tell your magical stories and listen to others as they speak their own. To really listen, with expansion and empathy. To welcome vulnerability with sheer abundance. To strive for authenticity and devotion more than success and prosperity. To have enough courage to love one more time. To earnestly trust once more. To brave it out. To do small things with great love. To be of service in this life and to dedicate yourself to others. To care enough to understand that there is no better day than today to be the change. To be there for life sincerely and unconditionally. To fully give because giving is receiving and there is nothing as powerful as spilling your heart every day. Because in this life, this is what it means to be completely human.

Underneath the fear, dubieties and circumstances, we can still create a better world. Here’s to you and us.

Model Eats: Sexy Veg Burgers, Cape Town

#WHATHEALTHYMODELSEAT (In Cape Town)

What is sexier than a meat burger? A great gluten free veggie burger! While living in Cape Town, there were very few restaurants and grocery stores that offered a soy free veggie burger. South Africa is a big meat-eating country! One of my favourite health stores in Sea Point had these bad boys: SEXY FOOD Sexy Veg Burger. First off, I was already sold by the name. Second, it’s hard to find a soy free, gluten free veggie burger that’s not only good for you but tastey. Most veggie burgers are bound with wheat flour but these are made with coconut flour. I think the key ingredient to any great veggie burger are beans, beans, beans!

These burgers are gluten free, soy free, sugar free, preservative free and dairy free. (PERFECT!) Just a clean healthy burger made with real ingredients such as chickpeas, brown rice, lentils and my favourite, chia seeds. Chickpeas are high in protein and chia seeds are high in omega and fiber that you can eat these as your source of protein. The most recent flavor I’ve tried was the Thai-Licious patty (as seen in my photo above). It has loads of flavor and the spices compliment the chickpeas deliciously. For clean eating, try eating these bunless with a side of green veggies topped with alfalfa sprouts. There is nothing sexier than these burgers. Only thing is that these are only available in Cape Town. I wish could pack some with me on the plane ride back home!! Maybe I’ll start a petition to make these internationally available. 😉

For more info on SEXY FOOD, check out their website: www.sexyfood.co.za

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