Genni Lee Hester


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the science of faith

Lisa Miller, a psychology professor at Columbia University, explains the health benefits of prayer. The Today Show interview also includes young people’s perspectives on what it means to be spiritual and/or religious.

http://www.today.com/video/today/57183476#57183476

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power intention for new moon

I am always trying. 

I don’t necessarily mean that as a bad thing, but it certainly is not wholly good. It, in some sense, is simply what it is. When we want alignment, we try to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together — we ‘figure’ out how it will all work. Since the new year I have been attempting to find alignment through allowance instead. It is a bit harder for my personality type, but I do feel myself more absorbed in what I do (even if it means less marked off the to-do list).

Therefore, for the new moon today I reassert my commitment to allowance with recognition that allowing sometimes results in trying. And so the cycle continues.

What is your power intention?

Warmly,

Genni.

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healthful valentine’s day meal #tbt

Hello,

I am sharing a simple Valentine’s Day meal from last year because it is so darn yummy.  Combine cooked quinoa, garbanzo beans, and baby beets to make a festive dish. A kale salad with a zesty ginger (aphrodisiac:)) dressing compliments the baby beets’ sweetness. Round everything out with a lovely (yet cost efficient) red wine from the Languedoc-Roussillon region in France. Whatever your plans may be, have fun and be well!

With love,

Genni.

happy valentine's day

happy valentine’s day

zesty ginger dressing: 1 inch ginger, 1/4 apple, 1 lemon

zesty ginger dressing: 1 inch ginger, 1/4 apple, 1 lemon

add a little olive oil and water to help it blend down in food processor

add a little olive oil and water to help it blend down in food processor

fresh kale

fresh kale

p'tit piaf vin rouge

p’tit piaf vin rouge

festive tools

festive tools

menage a trois: quinoa, baby beets, & garbanzo beans.

menage a trois: quinoa, baby beets, & garbanzo beans.

spooning

spooning

heart attack

heart attack

heart cleavage

heart cleavage

up close & green

up close & green

all together now

all together now


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M.C. Yogi’s Only Love is Real

Hi there!

I must share with you my love for M.C. Yogi’s new album, Only Love is Real. It was released on January 6th (my birthday!). The past couple of weeks I have been listening to the words and letting the energy of it marinate. I thought: “What better week than Valentine’s to write about it?” Only love is real, but to truly feel that with someone else, we first need to align our own energy.

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If you need inspiration or if you are ready to take your vibes to a whole new level, you should definitely check out Only Love is Real. It is easy to find high vibe playlists, yet a full album is a rare gift. Add this energy to your sadhana or daily commute; you will feel a difference.

 

My 3 favorite songs:

Track 6 Light House – This soft yet upbeat song is mesmerizing.

Track 9 Dancing in the sun – Are you having the winter blues? This song will get you over it fast! Turn it on during sun salutations and feel the heat.

Track 11 Heaven is Here – Listen to this track during the first couple of minutes of meditation or while you are on an especially hectic commute. Simply beautiful.

 

Thank you for reading! Enjoy your week.

Warmly,

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. 


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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.