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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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.


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Two bodies

Two bodies face to face
are at times two waves 
and night is an ocean.

Two bodies face to face
are at times two stones 
and night a desert.

Two bodies face to face
are at times two roots
laced into night.

Two bodies face to face
are at times two knives
and night strikes sparks.

Two bodies face to face
are two stars falling
in an empty sky.

– Octavio Paz