5 Foods to Elevate Your Spiritual Practice | with Free + Native

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It's a true honor today to be featured on the journal of a woman I admire so greatly, Lacy Phillips of Free + Native. Based in L.A., Lacy is my manifestation advisor, serving as the go-to consult for anyone looking for guidance in this realm. Having developed her own genius method around manifestation, Lacy has become the leading force in the industry of intuitive guidance + coaching. She is wise, sweet, and generous beyond measure, and a total queen when it comes to holistic living. Today, I am honored to share with Lacy, her F+N community, and all of you the science behind eating for an elevated spiritual + intuition practice. 

What we eat is so intimately connected to how we feel - on every level and in every realm. Though modern medicine denotes otherwise, what we put into our bodies affects far more than just our physical health + appearance. Because the gut is constantly in contact with our nervous + endocrine systems, what ends up in our digestive system fuels not just the body, but also the mind (and beyond). Each time we sit down (or more realistically, stand/walk/drive/work) and eat something, we are contributing to how we will feel in the coming minutes, hours, and days on yes, a physical level, but also just as directly + powerfully in our emotional, cognitive, hormonal, and spiritual realms. 

Chances are, if you’re reading this beautifully modern yet cosmic + esoteric Journal, you have a firm grasp on the whole mind-body connection as it relates to diet. Yet so many of us fall short in our understanding and implementation of this connection as it relates to our spirituality. Because spirituality is viewed as intangible, conceptual, and beyond the physical realm, it can appear to “function” independently of the body + mind. And while I agree with that to a degree, we have to understand that our souls are currently housed in these physical forms and how we feel in our mind + body when we sit down to meditate, practice yoga, pray, breathe, and/or manifest will affect our ability to tap into our Higher Selves and connect with our spiritual practice. 

To read the rest of this article, head over to the dreamy Free + Native Journal! xx


Everything You Need to Know: The Pineal Gland

I'm all about the intersection of mind and body, science and spiritually, the physical and the metaphysical. So today, we're exploring the tiny yet powerful piece of our biological bodies that connects us to all things otherworldly - the pineal gland

Biologically speaking, the pineal gland is part of our endocrine system and is located deep inside the center of our brains, directly between the two hemispheres. It’s about the size of a grain of rice, and resembles the shape of a pinecone (hence the name). The pineal gland is responsible for producing melatonin, the serotonin-derived hormone that regulates our sleep and wake cycles. And as we can all attest to, the duration and quality of our sleep largely (if not entirely) affects how we feel on a daily basis, making this tiny organ of upmost importance to our sense of wellbeing. But surprisingly enough, this gland has long been a mysterious piece of our biological puzzle for scientists and researchers, and until recently very little was known about it in the Western medical community.

On a spiritual and metaphysical level, the pineal gland is synonymous with our third eye chakra. Logistically this makes sense, as the pineal gland is located right between the eyebrows, as is our sixth chakra (the third eye). As we already learned during the chakra series, the third eye energy center houses our sense of intuition and spiritual connection. It has long been believed by spiritual communities that the pineal gland functions similarly, and is the point of contact between our minds and bodies, and beyond. Now it’s obviously hard to objectively back up such a claim, but I’m guessing it’s no coincidence that unlike most of the brain, the pineal gland is not separated from the body by the blood-brain barrier.

Looking back at history, the pineal gland has been revered as a symbol of personal enlightenment by ancient civilizations for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians and Romans depicted the pineal gland as an eye in much of their artwork, and in Roman Catholicism this organ is symbolized as a pinecone. The 17th century French philosopher, scientist, and mathematician René Descartes described the pineal gland as the “principal seat of the soul”. Seems like a lot of attention for what Western scientists consider to be just another endocrine gland, no? 

For the full article, head over to the Sakara S-Life Mag!