Genni Lee Hester


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late autumn, preparing the body for winter

Today I want to share with you some simple tips for late autumn. Here in NYC the air is crisp and Thanksgiving is this week! As you might have experienced, this time of year our bodies go into storing mode inoder to prepare for the colder months. Ergo, heavier processed foods become appealing (e.g., dairy, packaged food, etc…). Instead of allowing cravings to dictate our plate, we can select seasonally appropriate foods to center our bodies for now and the colder months ahead. Traditional Macrobiotic meals are my favorite go-tos this late in fall. Root vegetables, adzuki beans, brown rice, and greens are all great options. Oatmeal is divine for breakfast, have fun by adding your favorite nuts and fruit.

fig, pecan oatmeal

fig, pecan oatmeal

Umeboshi plums are another great macrobiotic treat when you are feeling a little weak or spacey from the changing season. The yin fruit mixed with yang energies of salt and time allow for a nice, balancing effect (add some to a cup of kukicha tea and zap your hangover).

umeboshi

umeboshi

Most importantly, however, make sure to get outside and enjoy the beauty. Go to the park, appreciate the winds of change, and reap the harvest of all your healthy efforts.

If you live in the NYC area I am accepting new clients at this time. For those who are not near, I also do consulting via phone or Skype. Check my contact information tab to schedule your appointment. I look forward to hearing from you.

With love,

Genni.

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Octavio Paz

Today I am wrapping up poetry month with a beautiful poem by Mexican poet-diplomat Octavio Paz. A special someone gifted me a collection of his work recently; I adore the way he is able to interlink nature, mind, and heart.

Fable
(translated by Eliot Weinberger)

Ages of fire and of air
Youth of water
From green to yellow
From yellow to red
From dream to watching
From desire to act
It was only one step and you took it so lightly
Insects were living jewels
The heat rested by the side of the pond
Rain was a willow with unpinned hair
A tree grew in the palm of your hand
And that tree laughed sang prophesied
Its divinations filled the air with wings
There were simple miracles called birds
Everything was for everyone
Everyone was everything
There was only one huge word with no back to it
A word like a sun
One day it broke into tiny pieces
They were the words of the language we now speak
Pieces that will never come together
Broken mirrors where the world sees itself shattered


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take flight

Give me a bicycle, give me Central Park.
As if I were one of the child’s kites,
I will begin to talk flight.

Just a little speed is all we need,
To feel the lightness in our knees.

It is in our heart from the start.

Do a cartwheel, one back handspring.
Remembering that youthful feeling.

Imagine through all of this cynicism,
Exists this optimistic simplicity.

The idea just to be.


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late autumn, preparing the body for winter

Happy Wellness Wednesday!

I am so excited to have the opportunity to write and share this post with you today. Life as a graduate student and yogini has been both fun and busy.

Today I want to share with you some simple tips for late autumn. Here in NYC the air is crisp and Thanksgiving is a week away. As you might have experienced, this time of year our bodies go into storing mode inoder to prepare for the colder months. Ergo, heavier processed foods become appealing (e.g., dairy, packaged food, etc…). Instead of allowing cravings to dictate our plate, we can select seasonally appropriate foods to center our bodies for now and the colder months ahead. Traditional Macrobiotic meals are my favorite go-tos this late in fall. Root vegetables, adzuki beans, brown rice, and greens are all great options. Oatmeal is divine for breakfast, have fun by adding your favorite nuts and fruit.

fig, pecan oatmeal

fig, pecan oatmeal

Umeboshi plums are another great macrobiotic treat when you are feeling a little weak or spacey from the changing season. The yin fruit mixed with yang energies of salt and time allow for a nice, balancing effect (add some to a cup of kukicha tea and zap your hangover).

umeboshi

umeboshi

Most importantly, however, make sure to get outside and enjoy the beauty. Go to the park, appreciate the winds of change, and reap the harvest of all your healthy efforts.

If you live in the NYC area I am accepting new clients at this time. For those who are not near, I also do consulting via phone or Skype. Check my contact information tab to schedule your appointment. I look forward to hearing from you.

With love,

Genni.