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Watching This Movie Will Change the Course of Your Life

December 20th, 2018 | no comments

“Finding Joe”

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If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that I am passionate about so many things (i.e. guilt-free eating, gut health, meditation, Peace of Health shakes, high quality chocolate, almond butter, Jack Frost Donuts, cats, and…cats).

And in case you couldn’t tell, I absolutely LOVE sharing this passion with you.

 

Meet Joseph Campbell

 

Not long ago, I stumbled upon the works of a brilliant gentleman named Joseph Campbell, a life-long student and teacher of the human spirit and mythology. He coined the statement “Follow Your Bliss”, which, according to The Campbell Foundation:

 

Isn’t merely a matter of doing whatever you like, and certainly not doing simply as you are told. It is a matter of identifying that pursuit which you are truly passionate about and attempting to give yourself absolutely to it. In so doing, you will find your fullest potential and serve your community to the greatest possible extent.”

 

According to Campbell:

 

“If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are — if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.”

 

Finding your bliss

 

My personal bliss is helping individuals cultivate their mind and heal their relationship with food and the deeper part of themselves, so that they can step into the health that is waiting for them. I hope this comes through clearly in my weekly posts.

How do I know this is my bliss? Because when I’m engaged in any aspect of it, I feel alive, on fire, positively electric, and full of possibility. Hours can go by in the blink of an eye!

Part of living this bliss was writing my book, Missing Peace: Eleven Secrets to Restore Inner Harmony with your Food, Body and Health. This book was begging to be written and I simply couldn’t rest until it was. To accomplish this, I rearranged my bedtime so that I could wake up at 3:00 every morning and write before going to work, until my manuscript was complete. In other words…I found a way to get it done because it meant fulfilling that burning desire within.

 

What is your personal bliss?

 

Are you living your personal bliss?

Or perhaps you aren’t even sure where to look.

Keep in mind, your bliss doesn’t have to be an earth-rocking thing. It could be as simple as tutoring a child in math. If that rocks your personal world…that’s your bliss. If you would do it even if you weren’t paid…that’s another sign.

It’s my belief that we all have our own personal bliss; we’re just too busy listening to everyone but ourselves and wondering/worrying what “they” will think. If you ask me, life is too damn short not to find and follow your bliss. So get quiet and listen…I promise it’s there, just waiting for you to tap in.

 

I don’t ask much of you, do I? Well, I am pretty insistent on one thing this holiday season…

 

I insist that you take 80 minutes out of your day sometime BEFORE January 1st, to watch the documentary Finding Joe.  Watch it with your family…or alone. Just watch it!

Access it HERE for free.

In the early 20th century, while studying world mythology, Joseph Campbell discovered a pattern hidden in every story ever told and he called it “the hero’s journey”. A truly inspirational film, Finding Joe takes you on the ultimate hero’s journey: the journey of self-discovery. As you slay dragons and uncover treasures, you just may find that the Holy Grail you seek is closer than you think.

The bedrock of this movie is one of Campbell’s most famous quotes:

 

“Follow your bliss and the Universe will open doors where there were only walls”

 

This explains why, when I am truly following my bliss, things just seem to work out for me (and it can for you too!):

  • I meet the right people.
  • I get the best ideas.
  • People react differently towards me (in a good way…really!)

 

 I suppose what really happens when we follow our bliss, is we make a connection with that deeper part of ourselves. The part that is bliss…and peace.

 

The most important question you can ask yourself is…

 

At this moment, do I have any regrets?

When you meet with your final day on this earthly plane, don’t you want to be free from regret? Of course! At the risk of sounding bold—you could meet with death this evening. Yes, you could.

 

The time to banish regret is now.

 

Bronnie Ware, author of The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, was a palliative care nurse who spent many hours with patients in their final days of life.

As you can imagine, she had some pretty heartfelt conversations with these individuals, and out of them came her book. According to Ware, the number one regret of those on their deathbed was: “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”

 

Think about that for a minute. Then follow that “thing” that lights you up…without any regard for what “they” will think. It won’t matter in the end.

 

Merry Christmas.

 

I love you!

 

Mel’s weekly food pick:
Cayenne Pepper

 

When you think of cayenne pepper, images of red hot fire may come to mind. 

The extreme spiciness of cayenne is due to its high concentration of capsaicin, the active component of chili peppers. But cayenne is so much more than just a zesty flavor-enhancer. Thanks to the anti-inflammatory effects of capsaicin, there are some serious health benefits baked inside of this red bombshell, including:

  • Heart health promotion
  • Relief from nasal congestion
  • Ulcer prevention
  • Increased fat burning potential (called thermogenesis)
  • Sore throat relief

To make your own Homemade Sore Throat Syrup, combine: 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper + 1 tablespoon Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar + 2 tablespoons water + 1 tablespoon raw honey. 

Cayenne pepper can be used dried or fresh. I like the convenience of dried cayenne myself, especially when added to my hot cocoa. See this week’s recipe pick below for Blissed Out Hot-Hot Cocoa!

Mel’s weekly recipe pick:
Blissed Out Hot-Hot Cocoa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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