Genni Lee Hester


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MeditationMoment36: invincible

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
— Albert Camus

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hot chocolate oatmeal

Brrrrrr… it is cold here in NYC.

I have been craving something rich and satisfying for breakfast. Oats are especially yummy this time of year, but if you do not mix-up the toppings you might get a lil bored! The other morning I was rummaging through my cabinets to find some perfect ingredient to create a new buzz to my morning routine. Chocolate is always the right answer. Throwing a spoon or two of cocoa into the oats creates a whole rich and satisfying breakfast. Try it out…. oh, and coffee doesn’t hurt either ;).

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Ingredients:

– 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
– 1/2 cup of fresh H20 

– 1/2 cup of oats
Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 11.21.05 AM– sprinkle of salt

– 1-2 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
– 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)

– fruit of your choice 
– handful of pecans

Directions:

  • bring milk & water to boil
  • add oats (regular or quick cook)
  • add sprinkle of salt
  • last minute of cooking throw in: cocoa, vanilla, and fruit (I love to warm berries up but prefer bananas on top).
  • put into bowl and add remaining toppings.

 

 

 

 


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This Polluted Mind

It is the illusion that causes the pollution in our mind
Making us blind to who we are.

Very unkind, unrefined, this illusion of the mind.

Perception is a part of the design living in our material world.
Being a part of this lie.

– Metaphysics of the mind –
The lack of capability seems like an innocent crime.

The signs multiply, yet they are ignored. Tell me child,
Who is your lord?

Your perception is what it is: correct to you. What must you do?

Don’t change your thoughts or ideas. Burn them.

Burn it all and see what is left, but you can’t. Not even your vision will reappear.

You are no longer blind to the design; your mind is free
To imagine each and every single possibility.


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El Greco in New York closes this weekend

Hello,

Today I had a wonderful opportunity to swing by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see its commemoration of El Greco’s 400th death anniversary. The exhibit, El Greco in New York, displays a mixture of the artist’s religious works as well as portraits and landscapes. In fact, the famous View of Toledo is on presentation. El Greco created during the Spanish Renaissance, yet has had an obvious influence on modern artists. Most notably Picasso; there are parallels seen in both his his blue plus cubism periods.

If in the New York area over the next few days, please take the time to see this fantastic exhibit!

Warmly,

Genni.

 

(Images courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website: metmuseum.org)

View of Toledo

View of Toledo

 

Portrait of an Old Man (thought to be El Greco himself)

Portrait of an Old Man (thought to be El Greco himself)

 

The Vision of Saint John

The Vision of Saint John


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Tilt into 2015

Well hello there,

How are you? Is 2015 going well?

This year has been a bit unique for me. Usually I have all of my goals, ideas, and dreams in order before the year even takes off. An especially hectic holiday season mixed with travel left me supposedly behind. I say supposedly because I have felt so much joy and fun from playing hooky! No blog posts, no 2015 goals, no intentions for January. Do not get me wrong, I love setting goals and having a clear vision of all the possibilities my life has to offer…

However, a significant insight over the years has been the ability
to allow not only the experience yet the goal itself.

When we force goals to come, they may carry with them the energy of duty. That energy does not make me want to execute the goal! I utilize goals because they set my passion on fire – not because it is what I ‘ought’ to do. I use them to have even more fun! If we take the time to have fun and let go, the ideas that flow are much juicier. Just like ya have to let fruit ripen before biting in, respecting your goal’s gestation period is essential.

The best part of all this is if you did not quite make your New Year’s resolution (or have already fallen off the wagon) you can begin now or whenever it feels good.

Here are 3 awesome ways to nourish your goals while they blossom:

(1) Tilt – Do you remember the feeling of being on a slide as a little kid?? That fast, free flow ride came from simply tilting your body weight forward. The fun just occurred naturally – you did not have to do much. Approach goals the same way… Tilt into them and trust the ride.

(2) To flow, let go – Do not wait for Spring to do a deep cleaning. Let go of physical things right now that no longer serve you. When you create space, you have space to hold new experiences.

(3) Do not listen to me – Well, now don’t ya feel like ya just wasted a few minutes reading this post? lol. What I really mean is: simply take what resonates, whether it’s from me or anyone else. Trusting your own instinct is the fastest way to manifest any goal. If you have a great system keep it going! Write those goals and go get ‘em. Have fun in the process (that’s really what it all comes down to).

If you would like more specific guidance, contact me for a introductory coaching session. We will talk through your current vision and see how we can create an epic tilt for the best ride of your life.

Thank you for reading!

Sincerely,

Genni.


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MeditationMoment35: study

“Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity
to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the |spirit| for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.” — Albert Einstein

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weight-loss, body image, and holiday expectations

Several of us struggle with body image; for some it is a chronic issue. Both societal and familial pressure is exacerbated during the holidays. Moreover, holiday gatherings centered around food may lead to intense frustration. As a yoga guide I work with students to bring awareness back to the physical body and appreciation for everything it can do rather than what expectations it may not perfectly fit. As a young female poet I have reflected on my own body image. Having the lived experience of being bombarded by all of the above has shaped both my personal and professional life. Today I share a poem from my book memoirs of the am. May it inspire you and help you find comfort during the holiday chaos. If you feel out-of-conrol regarding this topic, stop struggling and try a new approach. You can contact me for my online coaching sessions where we develop strategies together to overcome anxiety. Also, try the wonderful Gabrielle Bernstein’s Finally Full workshop (Click HERE for details).  Know that you have the power to change anything you are unhappy with. It is a choice, luckily there is help along the path.

Wait, Weight, Wait

Just wait, before you finish you day,
The thought of pounds, your weight, 
Will most likely come to mind. 

Don’t worry; it’s part of the design.
I want to prosecute the crime of this confusion. 

Showing size zeros;
Those with eating disorders.
Yet, providing innutritious food,
To those waiting to lose weight.

This constant debate in our society has us
Waiting to weigh in. With our money, time, and health.

Waiting for truth to weight-loss cannot be bought.
Just STOP eating what they tell you is good,
And follow your heart – set yourself apart. 

Don’t weight.