Celebrating the masculine.

Today I’m sitting with awe and love for the man that’s not only fathered my son but also taken the responsibility to help care for and raise my daughter.  A man who may not always do the right thing but always strives to make it right.  A man I’m grateful to have built the last decade of my life with.

Today is giving me pause, and cause, to reflect on all the men who’ve guided me, supported me, abandoned me, and given me tough life lessons.
As I listen to the chatter of my son and his uncle, I realize how lucky he is to have such a full life.  The supports he will need are around, available, and willing to hear him when he speaks.

My favorite male relationship was with my Uncle Mike.  In fact, I’ve named my son after him hoping to instill the character of Mike in Grayson’s future.  

The same uncle that told me as a teenager that the beauty in my eyes is more important than the shape of my body.  The same uncle that told me that when I needed to cry – it was OK, and he never forgot a single birthday.  He always made me feel loved – even at my worst.  He taught me to honor myself, enjoy myself, follow my intuition, and not fear for what others think.  This is the man I bid a happy father’s day to if only he was still around to receive it.  I think if him often.

There have been many men who’ve influenced my growth.  Employers, absent father, abusive stepfather, supportive male friends, cousins, uncles, both my babies daddies, and now my son.  I’m so lucky for all the trials I’ve had the opportunity to over come and I am sending genuine love to all of those who have shown me how to be the best version of myself yet.  Happy father’s dayโœŒ.

What have the masculine energies filled your life with?  What lessons have you learned?  Have you forgiven or thanked them today?

Happy father’s day to all the men that have graced my life.  You are appreciated more than I can express.

In health and wellness 

Amanda ZentnerโœŒ

How much you are you?

This meme may seem true-r than most recent statements about myself.  In regards to my random thirst for adventure, my hip-hopping from one fun thing to another, and my burst of inspirations.

Much like a hang over for most – my dissappointment takes a lot more time to shrug off than it did when I was young.  

Back then I had it in me to try and try again.   I believe success has been found through my failures and broken plans.  But as an “adult” there’s so much more at stake……so much more to lose.

I could sit here and air my grievances but if you know me….you’ve probably already heard it and it’s honestly not helping me overcome.

The most recent unfulfilled plan has taken an incredible toll on me this time.  I’m recovering the way I do.  Through yoga, meditation, and quiet time alone to reflect and revise.

I am, however, left wondering if my zest for adventure and newness has been  stripped from my being.  If I’ll ever have the strength and supports to build the absolute highest dream for my life or if I am in fact doing that right now.

This amount of quiet time is unfamiliar to me.  I feel like keeping low and reserving my passion for the next big thing is crucial —- but what if it never comes — what if this phase is over?  And who am I if I can’t claim to be my same old self?

These are open ended questions, I rationally understand that this is good it’s the opening for something new to come in but unlike the many changes before I can’t predict the outcome.

I’ve come so far in my evolution.  These next steps are unfamiliar, a wee bit scary, and unpredictable – just the way I’d always hoped they’d be.

So much muchness is coming……

Where are you at in your health and wellness?

In health and wellness,

Amanda Zentner

Moving on…to the Heart!

At this late hour on day 9 of the 21 days of chakra balancing, cleansing, exploring, and/or focusing it’s occurred to me that it’s time to open that heart.  To make space for all the self-care, intimacy, and compassion you can handle. 

Again, what you intend, what you put into this program is what you’ll receive.  Is the daily effort worth your time?  Are you worth your time?  Absolutely. 

As soon as I begin to consider the heart chakra my mind wanders to Quan Yin the goddess of great compassion for self and for others.  Accepting everyone where they’re at knowing it’s the perfect space for them.  The timing is always perfect. No need to rush, feel guilty, shame, or criticize.  It’s all perfect ๐Ÿ’š.  She is the embodiment of what it means to be open hearted, well for me anyways.  

That being said let’s move on to the exploration of our hearts center.

  What are our ideal foods?  How can we feed our body to nourishing this chakra and it’s dynamic needs?  Leafy greens!  The leafier the better!  Opening kindly and gently just the way we want our hearts to mirror.

Balance!  Do you have it in this chakra?  If yes you’ll find yourself to be mostly caring, compassionate, empathetic, accepting, self-loving, peaceful, centered, and content. ๐Ÿ’š

The excesses.  Maybe you’re finding codependant relationships, excersizing poor boundaries, jealous, or being a martyr or a pleaser to often.

The deficiencies.  You’ve become anti-social or withdrawn, critical or intolerant, lonely, isolated, have a lack of empathy or a fear of intimacy.  

Balancing chakras can be something we spend the rest of our lives doing depending on situations and life changes.  

If the excesses and deficiencies discourage you know there is help.

๐Ÿ’š in health and wellness

Amanda