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How We Heal (A Lesson From Sourdough Starter)

How We Heal (A Lesson From Sourdough Starter)

No matter where you are today, you have the potential to heal and thrive. If you’ve been pushing yourself and ignoring your self care, you may feel very out of balance right now. Maybe you’re stressed, tired or have uncomfortable symptoms.

Here’s the thing, your body is miraculous. With small steps toward loving and caring for yourself, your body will respond. I’ve seen miracles over the past 10 years as a health coach – incredible transformations in people’s minds, bodies and spirits. Life always moves towards healing, when we give it love and we give it a chance.

Here’s a Simple Example

3 Days ago, I got my sourdough rye starter out of the refrigerator. Now, those of you who make sourdough bread know that it’s a living food. You start by adding a starter full of living healthy microorganisms (probiotics) to flour and water. Then you “feed” it everyday with more flour and water – this is food for the probiotics. These probiotics help us heal and thrive. First we give them fuel and life, then they pay off in big rewards in our bodies. As you add flour and water, the mixture bubbles with life, sometimes bursting out of the top of the jar. When this happens, it is active and ready to make bread. No yeast needed – the probiotics are so full of life that they do the work to help the bread rise.

The general rule is, once you make the bread with this active, probiotic-rich flour and water “starter,” you store it in the fridge and take it out once per week to “feed” it more flour and water. This keeps it strong and healthy.

Well, in the last 5 months, after moving and starting a new book, I got busy and there it sat, ignored, in the back of my fridge. I got it out a few days ago and it had a brown liquid on the top. The liquid is referred to as “hooch” and it is a symptom that you’ve neglected your starter. For a few moments, I felt very bad that I had neglected this living thing that I had once taken care of; which had made many probiotic-rich loaves of bread, beloved by family and friends.

But here’s the thing, I believe in life and life’s ability to heal. So I opened the jar and apologized to the starter for neglecting it. I said, “You’re going to be OK, baby, I love you.” I then let it get warm on the counter and fed it with organic sprouted rye flour and water for a couple days. Each day, I encouraged it and told it how much I loved it. Told it how great it was doing. The first day was not so great. The second day, things improved. Then last night, on Mother’s day, I came into the kitchen. It was late. I had just fed the starter a few hours before and all the tops were coming off. It was bursting with life. Like a proud mother, I told it how much I loved it and took the time to move it into new jars so that it could thrive overnight. My 1 small jar of hooch-covered, unwell starter is now 7 large jars of healthy starter, bursting with life. It’s ready to make bread to nourish myself and my loved ones.

Life once again, proves that when nurtured, we heal and thrive.

If you’ve been neglecting yourself for a while, all is never lost! Simple things, like kissing your hand, a kind word, a look in the mirror with a whispered “I love you,” a few minutes of deep breathing, some gentle encouragement, “I’m sorry I’ve neglected you. I’m here now, ready to love and care for you.”

This is the beginning of health. Then, taking the time to do little, loving things can bring you back to a place where your joy can burst through. These things are so simple that it’s easy to forget how powerful they are.

Today, let’s all affirm:

No matter where I am right now, Life helps me to heal. I love myself. All is well. And so it is.

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As a coach, writer and recovered former executive, I understand the challenges of creating a balanced, healthy lifestyle when over-scheduled. In my journey to radiant health, I created a whole health system of eating, exercise, renewal and recharging -- a roadmap toward health & vitality. I empower clients to create their own whole health systems, in their own unique ways. I have seen amazing results in working with my clients!

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