The Shift

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Seeing the world as open and full of possibility is the fundamental shift of mind that opens the door to connecting to the Source. Each of us has a capacity for awe, wonder and reverence. The human species has an inbuilt passion to serve life, to learn, to know, and to experience the thrill of discovery. At the heart of the path Polanyi describes there is the ‘passionate pursuit of hidden meaning’- the act of creating something of significance that has never existed before. Each of us can choose to let go of the obstacles that impede our development and to release the possibilities that lie latent within each of us.

—Joseph Jaworski from his book “Source: The Inner Path of Knowledge Creation.”

As I was reading the book “Source” the other day I found the quote above and just loved it. I have experienced this shift of the mind recently and I sincerely wish for everyone to experience it. It is the feeling in your heart that you can create beauty in the world in many different ways and that there is no reason to hold back your creativity. It is the powerful feeling that you get when you feel the impulse to create something; maybe it is an article, blog post, book, painting, science experiment, speech- it can be anything that you feel a deep desire to bring into the world. All of us have the power to create something amazing.

I have recently felt drawn to create meringue sculptures and I am especially thrilled with the above picture of one that I just created that is sugar free. I collaborated with an amazing friend of mine who was able to confirm that the sweetener I used was a great natural substitute for sugar and not only does it look beautiful, it tastes amazing and everyone can enjoy it. This gives me such joy in my heart and I am so grateful for my friend’s help as well.

Lately I have felt so many impulses to create certain food art pieces and they just pop into my head at different times of the day. At that time I work on holding on to the image in my mind and I build upon it until I am able to work on it in the kitchen.

Have you ever felt a deep desire to create something? It is so amazingly thrilling! You are bringing your creation out of your mind and into the physical world and it really is such a beautiful experience. I have learned that you may not have immediate results from creating things, but with each creation you are lead down the path towards more and more creations that will cause conversations, meetings with people, other thoughts about more creations and so much more. Do not doubt images that come into your mind that you know you need to work on. Give yourself the chance to create them. Even just the pure joy in beholding your creation is a reward in itself!

What have you been creating lately? What ideas have popped into your head at random times? I would love to hear from you!

Feel free to comment below, or send me an email at: info@thecheerychef.com

With lots of love,

Trista

Enjoy

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It is our tendency in daily life to become goal oriented. We know where we want to go, and we are very focused on getting there. At times, this may be useful, but often we forget to enjoy ourselves along the way. Thich Nhat Hanh “Making Space: Creating a Home Meditation Practice.”

While reading this book on creating a space and time in your home for meditation, I ran across this quote which really sums up what I go through on a daily basis. I have always been a very goal oriented, go-getter, list-maker type of person. There are many wonderful benefits to that, however, I feel that there is a great wisdom to enjoying the journey along the way to our goals.

Daily Life & Our Destination:

Part of feeling like we can stop to enjoy ourselves is organizing ourselves in our days and weeks so that we can build in time off, take time to rest, take time with family and friends. Here is an example of a recent overwhelm I was feeling because of so many events coming up and how I organized myself around it.

Recently because the holiday season is upon me and I am participating in a gluten free fest with a booth for a whole weekend, hosting a holiday bake sale, working at the farm and helping them with holiday specials, doing client work and more I became a bit overwhelmed by all that I needed to accomplish in the coming weeks. What did I do about this overwhelm? First, I listed every task that I needed to complete in the coming weeks including phone calls, emails, things to order, things to bake, things to freeze and dates to put on the calendar. Then, I did 4-5 items that took 5 minutes or less to accomplish and just got those done including ordering some things that I needed for the gluten free fest.

Next, I wrote down schedules for the weeks to come, wrote down the dates on the calendars, communicated with people through email and social media and created my holiday bake sale event including my offerings list. This left me feeling much more on top of and in control of the events to come up.

Enjoying Ourselves Along the Path:

I truly believe that once we are able to come up with a plan to deal with our overwhelm, then our brains are able to make room for enjoyment along our path. It is important to remind ourselves on a daily basis that the reason that we do all of these activities is the joy and satisfaction that they bring us along the way. Often, planning something is part of the fun. Imagining how your event will turn out, or what your book will be like when you finish writing it. Those are moments to savor and celebrate along the way.

Another way I love to enjoy myself along the path is to have events on my calendar like lunch or tea with friends, set up birthday celebrations and go to events around town. If there are events to look forward to, you are stepping down the path with glee.

You can also enjoy yourself daily along the path, not just looking forward to events on the weekend, but take breaks during the day to read a great book, have a cup of tea, take a walk outside, or simply close your eyes and imagine you are on a tropical island. There is so much joy to be had at every moment if we can stop to let ourselves enjoy it.

I would love to hear how you cure your overwhelm, and ways that you enjoy yourself along your path in life. Comment below or write to me at: info@thecheerychef.com

With lots of love,

Trista

Freedom

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“Every time I give something away, what comes back to me is freedom.” Byron Katie with Stephen Mitchell from her book “ A Mind At Home with Itself.”

As I was reading this Byron Katie book this morning the quote above really caught my attention. It rings true in so many aspects of life it is astonishing when you delve into it. In the book Katie talked about giving things away and not being attached to them. At one point she even gave her house away! Reading about this and the conclusions that she has come to in her own life was really eye-opening for me this morning. I began to think about that quote very deeply and the examples I could find in my own life where it is so true. Can you find examples in your life where it is true too?

Giving away physical clutter:

I know that the physical clearing of objects from your environment at home and at work can be very powerful. I have experienced that with every shift and change in my life my step #1 is to clear away the clutter. Not only does it clear away extra things, help others in need and clean up the house and work-spaces, it also clears away mental clutter. Even if I put away extra things that I do not need and they are out of sight, I have found that my mind will wander to those extra things and that mess every time I want to start on a meaningful project. When I clear away those things and really take responsibility for my space I find that I gain freedom not only in physical space but in mental space too. Clearing away extra things = freedom of space and freedom of mind.

Giving away thoughts:

The concept of giving away thoughts and clearing them from your mind when they do not serve you just popped into my head this morning as I was pondering this quote. Many times I have had thoughts about things I need to do, people in my life and so much more that are not helpful. It seems that the mind often goes to the negative place first. For example, some mornings a dreaded boring task will be on my to-do list like “spreadsheets/accounting.” If I hold on to the thought “This is work that I don’t like doing.” I will procrastinate and it will get worse. If I decide to throw away that thought and find something better I can get on with my work and my day. Our work is to clear away and give away those thoughts to the universe so that we have the freedom to do our life’s work and to be at harmony and peace with others. If we wrestle with the worries and the what ifs all day, we will not be doing our best work. I have found myself catching thoughts mid-way a lot of times and working on turning them around to more positive and productive ones. I give away the old ones, or better yet- put them in the trash! That gives me the freedom to be creative, to live in harmony with others and to be my best self so that I can give the best of myself. That is true freedom!

Giving away perceptions of others:

There are perceptions that we often have of others that we need to give away or throw away as well to gain the freedom of harmony with people. For example, we sometimes think we are very separate from others, we think “They are so different from me, they don’t think like me and we won’t be able to agree on anything.” However, if you get to the root of it, we can find things in common that we enjoy. I know someone who has a very dear friend who thinks very differently about politics than they do. But, they have found so many activities that they enjoy together that they have given away those perceptions to find the freedom of enjoying each others company. Often we will look at the surface of a person’s behavior, or something that they did in the past and hold onto it tightly. There is no freedom in holding on to those perceptions. They cause us to bump up against those people in our lives and we cause ourselves mental stress and burden ourselves with negative emotions about them that are not serving us and also can damage relationships. Many times if we get quiet and really observe someone we will find out that they are at peace as they are, and we don’t need to hang on to those perceptions of them. We can give away or throw away those old perceptions and find happy relationships with everyone around us. That gives us the freedom to be at peace with others.

How can you find freedom in giving away things, thoughts or perceptions that do not serve you? I’d love to hear from you! Comment below on the blog, or email me at: info@thecheerychef.com

With lots of love,

Trista

Let the Magic Happen

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The title for this blog post came to me as I was drifting to sleep last night. It occurred to me because some of the events that have been happening in my life as of late seem purely magical, like everything that I have been wishing and hoping for, putting energy, work and action towards are coming right to me.

A Place Made in my Dreams:

Tomorrow I will be going to a working interview at a local cooperative worker owned farm.This farm is called Our Table in Sherwood, Oregon and they host farm dinners, brunches and other events throughout the year. A dear friend of mine found the ad for a job opening there for a baker that comes in part-time, 2-3 days a week. As I read the job posting, I realized that this job was exactly what I was looking for and everything that they mentioned I had experience in, every single thing! It was as if they wrote the job ad just for me. Last week I went in for an interview with them and was taken by the beauty of the farm, the farm shop, the lovely kitchen and the wonderful people that worked there and how much they care about their community and workers. This feels like a place that is truly aligned with my heart. I will keep you all posted on my work here and hope that you all will visit one day to taste the local bounty of the farm and what we as a kitchen team dream up!

I then realized that I had written exact descriptions of a place very similar to this one that I wanted to start and own. I mentioned growing a kitchen garden, having people to tend to it, having community meetings there and much more. I was awestruck by the similarities. Here is a quote from the notebook about an employee-owned place:

“I want to explore this idea (employee-owned/profit sharing) because I believe that it’s important for ALL employees to have a real sense of ownership and a stake in the cafe. People are important and I believe in treating everyone as owners.”

At Our Table all of the workers, members or producer partners are owners in their beautiful organic farm! It truly is a dream come true! I realize that a place that I once dreamed of and thought that I needed to create from scratch actually already exists and I was finally in alignment to be in the right place at the right time to join in the community. I am so thrilled!

Let the Magic Happen:

The lesson from this experience that I want to share with you is that you need to put your dreams out there. I used to think that the only important parts of the equation were action and hard work. Those are still part of the puzzle, but they are not ALL of it. I truly believe the process involves many moving pieces along your path that lead you to your dream. Here are all of the pieces of that puzzle that I have observed:

Visuals of your Dream:

For around a year I have had a vision board that is labeled: The Cheery Cafe Community. It includes pictures of fruits, veggies, a lady on a farm with a milk bucket, people working together farming and working with herbs, a farmhouse style building, coffee, pastries, lunch dishes and people smiling and enjoying meals together. That powerful visual greets me each day in my office here where I do my writing and business work.

Writing about your dream:

I have also written about my dream in my notebook that I now call my “magical notebook” where I have listed my plans and ideals. This very detailed vision for the cafe has really shown me that the farm is a match for all that I have written there. Allow yourself to write down all of your dreams, projects, money goals and more in great detail in a notebook. The key work is “allowing.” Allow yourself to write exactly what you want, in great detail and allow yourself to dream about those things. Allowing does not mean obsessing however. It is important to write it down, think of action steps to take towards it, but not reading it every day or obsessing over it when it hasn’t happened yet.

Putting your intentions and needs out there:

In my blog post “Dear Universe” I really put my intention out there to the public, family and friends to let them know what kind of job, clients and work I was looking for. I believe that this is key. Let others know what you are looking for. You can’t get help towards your dreams if you don’t ask and you don’t make your desires known. If what is want is truly a win-win situation for yourself and others involved, they will be more than happy to help you find what you need. I used to be more afraid to ask for help, but now I am getting braver and I am happy to let others know what I am looking for. I believe that is why my dear friend brought the job ad to my attention. I would have never known about that opportunity if I hadn’t put my exact intentions out there.

Matching up action steps towards your dream:

Just putting up visuals and writing about your dreams is not quite enough. You will need to match actions to those dreams. You will find that the writing, visuals and asking for help will fuel you to take action though. Think about things that you need to practice to make those dreams a reality, ways that you can master certain skills you might need or ways you can share your passions through a blog, photography, meet-up groups or more. The possibilities are endless, but you need to be practicing many times a week.

Matching up your attitude on a daily basis:

I find that this step is the most important one of all. If you are complaining and blaming others every single day, stepping into victim mode and having constant pity parties for yourself, you are not going to have your dreams leap off the page for you. Of course you are going to have difficult days, you are going to complain here and there and sometimes things may not go your way. That is completely fine. As you all know, I went through a month of not feeling optimal after the coffee shop closed, I just had to go through a bit of a low period before I was able to bounce back into action. However, once you are able to get back on track after life deals you some difficult circumstances you can focus on the things that are going right, be grateful for the abundance and the goodness in your life and find as many happy and fun things to do and say every day as possible. The better you feel, the more opportunities will come your way.

To close, all dreams are possible, your never know what is already being created for you in this magical world. Be patient, be kind to yourself, dream, put it out there and never give up!

What dreams are you going to put out there today? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or you can email me at: info@thecheerychef.com

UPDATE: As of today, I got the job at the farm! I am so very excited! Thank you all for following along on my journey and let me know if I can help you with anything!

With love,

Trista