my month without meat

This takes some guts to write; I am not going to lie, the past month has been a whirlwind of spiritual awakenings and deep-routed emotions amplified by the fact that I live on a property and grow cows for a living…

[Let’s get clear for a moment, in the month that I had no meat, I did eat fish and eggs. The vegan label did cross my mind to a point but to be honest, for the personal trainer and nutrition coach within me it was too overwhelming to figure out adequate protein sources. Though I did learn a lot about alternatives during this time. This time-out was for clarity and for me to navigate my own belief systems – I needed the space to explore that.]

How about I take you back a bit to where and why this came up… The dry weather, bush fires and overall heartache that sometimes comes from living on the land had eventuated in a situation that meant selling over 100 of our beloved cows… For no fault of their own they had to leave us. I cried soooo hard! For about two weeks I cried in front of anyone and everyone – looking at a cattle trucks, seeing their calves, thinking about meat…

I fully allowed the experience and the emotion to come up. Emotion came up from the last 30 years of living and being in this industry. I have been doing this for my whole life; why now am I having such an emotional response? And so, I cried some more, leaned in and let go of the pressure I have felt to be ‘tough’.

Honoring my emotions, it felt right and fitting to stop eating meat for a time and feel into what it all meant for me and my value system. Coincidentally, right before this time I had been delving into the ancient principles of Ayurveda in terms of body types and nutrition and it just so happens that my ‘dosha’ called for no red meat… Interesting or on purpose…?

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Coming out the other side I have been able to find my peace in knowing that we are all spiritual beings having a human experience. We are on this earth of live, breath and feel; and yet our animal friends are so much better at separating their spirit from their physical bodies. So interesting.

This journey has been mine and a reflection of my spiritual growth and understanding. We are all entitled to explore our own values that sit well within our soul and our life purpose. I can move forward knowing that will love, honor and respect we can grow cows for their knowing purpose. We can give them a happy life and take care of their earthly bodies and find peace with fact that like us, their bodies are mere matter, made up of cells separate to their spirit. All the while giving full gratitude to the gift of meat.

Out of the fire

Wowsers! It has been a hot (pun intended!) minute since I have written, hasn’t it…? I am sure you have had times in your life too when priorities shift and you just have to do what it takes to survive; not particularly thrive…

The last two weeks have been a challenge to say the least; picture roaring fires, raging winds and reckless adrenaline all on minimum sleep, limited family time and feeling like my life and my future was out of control.

There were so many times I questioned, when will this be over? How can we get away from this? However, this is our home, our life, our mission and we had to fight for her.

But the scariest part was the day my husband called on the radio and told me to lock up the house, put the sprinklers on and get the kids out… They were evacuated and that was the day we fort to save our house. Being able to be on the fire front was a relief – feeling helpless isn’t a good feeling… So we battled for several days and eventually, we won.

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On the other side of this is overwhelm, adrenaline fatigue and lots of work. We came down hard – shattered by the devastation of all the local fires, lacking quiet time and connection in our relationship and feeling like our summer was now dictated by the responsibilities that lay ahead.

My nervous system needs some work for sure – and as the Universe would have it I have come into contact with just the right person to help rebuild by inner workings at just the right time. And so begins my journey with Essential Oils… I am so excited by the way we can use oils from our natural environment to heal and nourish. It is a road I am so excited to travel, explore and share… I have signed up with doTERRA. I will endeavor to share what I learn and if you are already thinking it’s the right time for you too, there is a link on my website or you can hit me up on an email: sigrid@sigsfitbits.com

In the mean time, if you haven’t already signed up to my email list, this month I will be sharing a video on OVERWHELM and how to move though it…

Love & Strength,

Sig xx