I have been a part of this forum since about February of last year. I discovered it while I was fervently researching raw foods during a long cleanse/fast I did prior to beginning the raw foods lifestyle. Since that time, I have been 90-100% raw. A beautiful journey it has been and continues to be, challenges and all. Wouldn't trade it for anything.
While I do have 100+ posts, I have mostly just been a "lurker", as many like to call it. I have gotten a lot of support on my journey from everyone else's posts, whether they were answers to mine or not. For this, THANK YOU. However, most of my posts were just questions/concerns, a few were just simple answers/comments on other's posts. Nothing too deep. Those are the tell-tale words-- Nothing too deep. Most were asking/receiving type posts and very few were giving/supporting type posts. In other words, I have up to this point been very hesitant to give and share of myself on this board and quite frankly, in life. I keep myself at a distance. In my marriage, relationships, etc. In fact, in all honesty, it has been a huge detriment in my marriage of 12 years, especially in the past few years.
As you all know, especially if you have been raw for awhile, that eating living pure raw foods does not only purify the body but the heart and soul as well. In this, many things have come up for me emotionally that I know I need to look at head-on and deal with. Not an easy task. It is so easy to shove all those uncomfortable feelings under the carpet when faced with parts of ourselves/our egos that have been creating obstacles to claiming our highest and greatest most powerful divine selves.
Recenty, I have been hit HARD with the truth in the ways I self-sabotage and limit myself. One of those ways is always remaining in the background on this forum, in life, and believing lies like, "I won't have anything to offer anyway..." Blah, blah, blah... Self limiting, self-defeating thoughts. I have done it with career (or lack of one!)- I recently busted my butt and worked very hard to become a Certified Life Coach but have not pursued it because of FEAR. I intuitively KNOW I have so much to give, yet have stayed stagnant. I have let my thoughts of LACK keep me from pursuing my dreams and greatness, allowed these thoughts to sabotage my raw eating many many times. When the emotions get too intense, I would just eat some cooked comfort food and then feel guilty, bad about myself.
Well, I know that is a huge lie that I refuse to believe a moment longer. I knew that one step I needed to take was to be vulnerable to all of you. I have known this for weeks but it has taken me this long to write! (thanks RP for you NOW post) I want to be able to think of the people on this forum as my "raw family" as many of you have put it. I don't feel like that because I don't GIVE here. Enough is enough. I know I have so much to offer and you will be seeing a lot more of me. No more hiding on this forum-- or in life.
Being raw means being RAW, with food-- and with self.
Have a rawsome day!
Thank you Rawpawgirl!! This is the most inspiring thing I have read in awhile. Your courage to change is phenomenal. Thank you for being you!
I can definitely relate to your story, and I know hundreds of other people who have had similar thoughts and struggles. It is fantastic to see you emerge and break free from the thoughts that have held you back. Please keep sharing. You are truly a gift in this world!
Go you! That is such a great leap to take Rawnpawgirl but now stretch your wings and soar like you are destined to! Thank you so much for giving this to us, it means a lot to me and it brings me courage to face my own limitating thoughts -kicks the limitating thoughts out of my head and closes the door after them- There! But again, thank you and I look forward to hear more from you!
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Thank you for sharing rawnpawgirl!! I think alot of us have the same limiting fears. I KNOW that I do. This self-defeating behavior is one that I know has held me back from staying 100% raw, and being my healthiest best!! Thank you for sharing, you have encouraged me greatly today!!
"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the HOLY SPIRIT who is in you, whom you have from GOD, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price, therefore glorify GOD in your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
You've taken a huge first step
It is, therefore, evident that it is possible to cure by foods, aliments and fruits; but as today the science of medicine is imperfect, this fact is not yet fully grasped. When the science of medicine reaches perfection, treatment will be given by foods, aliments, fragrant fruits and vegetables, and by various waters, hot and cold in temperature.
Formerly lifeAgift aka RAWMamaSutra aka Nettle Rainbowfly when fasting
rawnpawgirl, congratulations on making this declaration and step forward. I have had some of the same challenges.
As long as you move forward you are doing the right thing. Every step you take, big or little, will move you forward. Even standing still will keep you from moving backwards.
You are an inspiration. Thank you for posting. I'm sending well wishes your way.
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A-A-A-men... A-A-A-men... A-A-men, A-men, Amen............
Thanks for sharing that - I can so relate! Welcome to the circle in a HUGE way! And blessings upon U!
Thank all of you who responded to my post for your kind and encouraging words. They made my day! Bless you, bless you, bless you!
thank you for your post, and for sharing with us, i also have similar fears. i thank you for posting and i look forward to hearing more from you.
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