I know!!! I been slacking on the blogging. And to forewarn you...more "slacking" to come...
Holy moley I been busy. Besides my usual 4 jobs, 2 kids, romantic relationship, family/friend relationships, permaculture passion, house keeping, body care...blah blah blah...you get the idea....in addition to all that I've also been on this liver cleanse, I shoot my first yoga video with the lovely creators of the Omni Gym Yoga swing. Check this link for more info http://www.yogaswings.com/
In addition to having to get my routine together and put my "cute face" on for the video shoot. I've also been gearing up for more Shaktiveda Ayurveda Yoga teacher training, (http://shaktiveda.com/shakti-yoga/) coming up this weekend, and my birthday is on Sunday too!
Oh and I forgot to mention that I am also studying up for Yogastrology training (http://yogastrology.com/)...not mention my ongoing studies with the lovely Karyn Chabot at Sacred Stone (http://www.thenewportmassageschool.com/).
Did I leave anything out? Crap I don't know! It's almost 10pm, my full moon meditation is calling me as is the peaceful repose of slumber.
Remember if you don't hear from me... It's cause I'm "slacking" ;)
These websites should keep you busy and entertained till I get back on Thursday next week. Till then take care, be well and use the force!
Much love and light,
This recipe is from LIVING CUISINE by Renee Loux Underkoffkler. It is a great recipe for spring and wonderful for balancing pitta and kapha doshas. This is a great appetizer and for vata dosha make sure to eat a warm moist meals with it!
1 1/2 cups cilantro leaves
2 cups petite peas
1/4 cup of lime juice
1 tablespoon lime zest
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1teaspoon sea salt
1 jicama, peeled and sliced
1 pint quartered fresh figs
Process first 5 ingredients, not till smooth, just blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spread 3-4 tablespoons pea mole on each jicama slice. top with three or four fig quarters.
Oh my this is sooo yummy!!
When summer comes I will post another one of my fav recipes from her...Tomato summer stacks.
Stay tuned till tomatoes are in season...or by her book..it's worth it!
Ps, today is earth day. ( everyday is earth day but at least today is recognized).
If you are on this site than you are already interested in living in tune with our Mother Nature.
Keep on doing the blessed good work!!
I recently posted an article to my Facebook account that was really great. It was all about the guru within you. It was kinda long. So in the spirit of petals of peace lets make it simple!
We all have an inner voice that knows what to do, what is right and wrong. We have doubted ourselves for too long. We have been programmed to look outside ourselves for the answers, for guidance, for the truth.
The truth is that only you "know" what is "true" for you. Problems arise in our lives when we take other people's truth as our own. There is no judgement in this statement. Other people truth are just that. They are doing what they need to do for their advancement and you are doing what you need for you. All of our "problems" are opportunities to listen to our inner guru and learn our lessons and move us to the next lesson.
We find trouble when we look outside ourselves an we confuse ourselves by the multitude of others truths and we don't know which one is "THE TRUTH".
And that's because non of them are for you/me!
Some ways to get in touch with your truth are to just be still and ask yourself. Another really big one is to tune in to your feelings. Learn to listen to yourself. Like when you have a cup of water in front of you and you think, "I should move that cup before it gets spilled" and then for whatever reason you don't listen to yourself and it gets spilled. Arrghhh I knew that was gonna happen!! It happens with people also.
Learn to tune in and trust yourself and your lessons will become smoother. Each lesson is a blessing to be viewed with gratitude and intrigue. When we live like this our lives become an orchestra in which we tune the instruments.
Enjoy your blossoming, each phase has its unique beauties and challenges. How exciting. I'm off to bed, stayed up a little late tonight.
Sweet dreams of love and light to us all!
I'm on day 6 of my first liver cleanse. I've tried cleansing before and I sucked (like master cleanse or liquid fasts etc). In the past my attempts have been wimpy, rarely lasting past two days. This time I've done pretty darn good! Granted I still have room for improvement.
Speaking of improvement I've defintly noticed a change and so has my family and students. It's not all been sunshine and rainbows though ;) I have had some emotional releases and have had to have long chats with my honey and my children. I'm glad for these issues to come up and even as strongly as they did...sometimes we gotta make an impression!!!
I've also had some impressive bowel releases, some headaches and body aches within the first few days (prolly caffeine and chocolate withdrawal).
So anyhoo this cleanse entails an Ayurvedic vegan diet; no nightshades, caffeine, stimulants, chocolate (dear Ggod/desS this is the hardest part!!!) and keep it sattvic as possible. I take some herbal formulas and an herbal oil every night before bed. I also have affirmations, journaling, Facebook group support (truly my fav part), yoga poses, meditations and mantras.
And the drumroll please.....
Last night was 9 teaspoons of castor oil in some grapefruit juice. I have to admit I was scared sh*tless (couldn't resist that one!) about how this was gonna go down. When I was two weeks over due with my first child I tried the ole castor oil remedy....among other things (FYI intensive and prolonged nipple stimulation was the only thing that worked for me), well there was no savvy guru then to tell me to drink it in grapefruit juice, I chugged a bunch and then spent the next few hours having a serious and extremely unpleasant "cleanse" from both ends. No labor though. So you can imagine my trepidation...
I blended the oil and juice in the vitamix and then slammed it! Wasn't bad at all! I then went to bed and applied heat to my belly as per instructions.
Nervous for any sign that things were gonna get intense.
And... Nothing really.
So I went to bed with tightly gripped cheeks and fear of explosions on my mind. I awoke early around six feeling the need to go to the potty (yes potty I'm a mom obviously). I had a good cleansing and surprisingly no horrible cramps or misery! It was relativly short and dare I say sweet?
I still have another week to go of this liver cleanse and then I will shift to a toxin(aka ama) removal cleanse which also has the added benefit of releasing excess weight and cellulite! Have to say my ego wouldn't mind that one bit ;)
The cleanse has been great and in addition to having old crap cleaned out emotionally and physically I also feel a freedom from my food obsession. I have had every kind of food problem you can think of..addiction, anorexia, bulimia, obsession, chronic dieting, food security issues. I've been all over the board with food issues. This cleanse has really helped me to not think about food so much, I mean there is really only so much I can actually eat so I KNOW what I'll be having and now I don't have to think about it or give in to my cravings or desires.
I still have one food obsession and that is permaculture and food freedom! I do believe that everyone should grow food or a garden. Speaking of garden check out the awesome videos in the garden section. I know that you will love them as much as I do!
Well it's my meditation time, so I wish us all focus and determination in all that we do and gratitude for each experience that we are given.
Peace, love and light!
Phew that was a mouthful...haha (pun not intended initially but now... totally intended).
I made this right before teaching this mornings Shaktiveda Awaken Your Spine class. It needs at least 45 mins to set up, I prefer longer..much longer. But I needed to eat so I could fulfill the energy requirements of giving three massages and raising children! This was super yummy and one of my favorite recipes so far. And easy..damn it was mega healthy too! What's not to love?!?
On with the recipe already!!!
Strawberry cardamom Coconut Chia seed pudding
~*~1 individual serving coconut yogurt (I think I got mine at trader joes can't remember)
~*~4 ounces of coconut milk (approx.. Hey I don't measure ok!)
~*~ 2 to 3 tbls of chia seeds (wing that shite!)
~*~cardamom to your liking (looks like bout 1/4 teaspoon to me)
~*~ splash O vanilla extract
~*~ big handful of strawberries (bout 6)
~*~ sweeter to taste (I used agave syrup)
So mix everything (except the strawberries and sweetener) together very VERY well!
Let it sit (I left mine out cause I'm working on balancing my Vata and gotta have stuff warm or at least room temp). If you have a fiery personality then you could refrigerate yours.
After its sets up for at least 45 mins (it will stay good in fridge for at least 3 days), then slice your strawberries and put them on top and then add your sweetener...I just drizzled the agave on top!
So yummy, filling and gave me endurance, I wasn't hungry for 5 hours!
Just wanna give a little shout out to my yoga student Vickie for bringing me the strawberries! Totally made the recipe!
Hope you like it and if you want more recipes or what nots let me know.
And even better if you have some recipes to share that healthy I'd love to hear about them!
Keep doing the good work, keep your focus on the light, enjoy each day and sleep each night with a smile of gratitude on your face!
Loving the spring weather and growing my own food. So far I have planted watermelon, cantaloupe, summer squash, sunflowers, wildflowers, FLOWERS galore, nasturtium, Cana Lillie's, tomatoes an chia seeds...oh yeah and some squash. Still have lots to plant but its coming along nicely :)
You can see all the straw I used as mulch, helps keep the weeds down and the moisture in. You can see my chard and peas on the trellis.
I am a passionate humanitarian on a quest to create a beautiful, peaceful life that is available to the whole world!