Hello and welcome! My name is Mercedi and I am passionate about healthy vegetarian food, living an awakened life and helping others find joy. I am a Kundalini yogi, astrology enthusiast, and Law of Attraction devotee. I am also a Certified Usui Reiki practitioner, Certified Deeksha/Oneness Blessing Giver, non-practicing massage therapist, and ordained Dudeist Priest (spirituality does not have to be stuffy!). I believe that we are here on Earth so that the Divine may experience life through us, and that our main purpose is to be happy.
What do I mean by Eat, Breathe and Do Yoga?
Nourish your body with healthy, plant-based recipes. Quality input = quality output. I don’t mean that you have to be austere and deprive yourself of foods you love. I aim for roughly an 80/20 balance of eating mostly whole foods while still giving myself some wiggle room. Moderation is key when you do indulge in things like sweets or margaritas. 🙂
Live each moment mindfully and joyfully. It is very important to never to take ourselves too seriously! Stress is not worth the toll it takes on our bodies. Often when things start to spin out of control, we can begin to reign them in simply by taking a deep breath and then examining our thoughts and where they might be leading us. Our thoughts create our reality so they may as well be good ones! Life is an adventure and it’s meant to be a fun ride.
Do Yoga –
Yoga comes from the Sanskrit root word “Yuj” which means “to yoke” or “union.” Depending on who you ask, it is a union of the individual consciousness with the universal, of the spirit and the physical, of the body with the mind. Or, as I believe, all of the above. Yoga is far more than the postures; it is an ancient spiritual science that connects us to our inner Divinity. When we tap into this, we have an all-knowing, ever-loving teacher that is with us always to guide our path and to never lead us astray. For the purposes of this blog, I will focus more on this aspect of yoga, and less on the postures. For a deeper understanding of the physical aspects of yoga, I invite you to try a yoga class or try one of the many yoga videos available online.
What’s my story, you ask?
For years I suffered from crippling depression. At times it was so bad that I couldn’t leave the house, and could barely get out of bed. I would cry endlessly. I found very little, if any, enjoyment in anything. Everything seemed helpless and hopeless, especially the future – thinking that my life would be like this forever. I would be lying if I said I hadn’t thought of ending it all, but deep down I just knew life was not meant to be like this.
Since high school I have tried all kinds of anti-depressants, most of which came with side effects that were just as bad as (and sometimes worse than) the depression. In the late 1990s I heard about the success many people found by taking the herb St. John’s Wort and I became very interested in natural medicine. I set out on a journey to heal myself and now, almost twenty years later, people tell me all the time that I am a ball of energy and enthusiasm, radiating happiness and good vibes.
I found that supplements alone, whether natural or chemical will not save you. It takes being good to yourself, mentally, physically and spiritually. I do not believe it is possible to be healthy mentally when we put too much junk into our bodies, weigh down our consciousness with with stressful or pessimistic thoughts, or when we fail to move our bodies and deprive them of being out in nature, of fresh air and sunlight. Being good to yourself is not hard to do, I promise! It’s much easier than laying around crying all the time and being oppressed by that gray cloud of doom. It’s mostly a matter of re-training our brain to look for what’s right in life instead of what’s wrong, and celebrating those things no matter how small they might be.
How can this blog help you?
This is my space to share with you all that I have learned (and am still learning) about what it means to live authentically and be the very best “me” (read: happiest, funniest, smartest, most-loving, magical…well, you get the idea) that I can be. It took me almost two decades to collect all the tools I needed to build a joyful life that I love, and for which I feel deep and heartfelt gratitude every single day. When I feel down I can go to my “toolbox” and find something to help me over the hump so that I will never again fall into that dark place of clinical depression. This blog will give you those same tools that you can use to raise your own mind-set, to turn yourself into a magnet for joy and laughter, and to grow into the most amazing “you” that you can be.