Just some thoughts I'm thinking today

Just some thoughts I'm thinking today

Over the last several days, and even hours, really, I've been curious about unraveling my own self. Really looking at the disconnect. For the longest time, I have been reconciling that I had not accepted, that I had been unwelcome to certain aspects of my self. Not compassionate, not kind. Last night, Nate said to me, "It's all part of your story."

So if it's all part of my story, then I can re-write it so that what didn't make sense can make more sense. I can change where it's going. 

I can write my own life. 

Or, maybe I can't, but I can design my own life. I can choose what to focus on. 

I don't pretend to believe that I'm in control of everything, but isn't it true that I can choose my choices? It's it true that I can feel my feelings? Isn't it true that I can have faith? I can listen. I can observe and I can engage; be engaged with the wonderous experience of being Human. With all of it's intracatices, intertwining, and interconnectedness. I can witness that magic unfolding.

I am curious.

Living Soup

Living Soup

Ok, this a super quick blog post, but I don't want to throw out ideas like "Living Soup" without a little bit about what it is. It's basically a warm, savory smoothie. You can use almost anything, blend it up with hot water and you are good to go, but you may not get a really good flavor - I find, no matter what, I can get them down because I know how good they are for my body, but try this .. It's tried a true. An important thing to remember, let your base be either green or red, but don't mix the two. Unless its chocolate, brown food never tastes that good. So ..

Base - Use your intuition, these are not exact measures
Zucchini 2 - chopped up
Avocado 1/2-1 - skinned and chopped
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Greens - 1 big handful: arugula and dandelion greens are great, but they are bitter, spinach is milder, kale is great but chunky, broccoli is great and broccoli stems are mildly sweet
Spices - I love thai curry paste to keep it easy
1 Rapenzel veggie bullion cube (ads great flavor, but feel free to omit)
4 cups of boiling water (pour slowly so you don't crack your blender)
Blend

Squeeze some flax seeds oil, salt and pepper to taste
Enjoy with a spoon or straw.

Drink right away and make it fresh. If you must, it heats up beautifully, but heat is slow so you don't kill it! Warm up until it's hot to the touch. 

Spring Skin Cleanse

Spring Skin Cleanse

Right now, I am reading Eat Beautiful by Wendy Rowe, a make-up artist. This book is beautiful and quick with great reference and a seasonal focus, everything I love in a book about what to eat. Lately, with all the sad feelings about my dog, my birthday, and the state of the world, my skin is not so subtlety telling me that something is off. My job is to bring more awareness and consciousness to the world - in my own small ways and I am constantly encouraging listening as a practice - one, that for me, has a steep learning curve. Though I consider my listening skills to underdeveloped within relationship, they are more developed in body and mind practices. I have learned to listen to and trust my body. My follow through once I receive the messages will be a lifelong practice. One that I am prepared to stay conscious of through out my life. 

One way I can practice that follow through is by what I put into my body. Food, water - what I taste and smell (on somedays), but also what I see, hear, and feel. 

Just as I clear my mind daily with meditation, I can clear my body so that my skin reflects that clarity; and love. 

I want my skin to reflect all that I have going on inside - that which is nourishing, radiant, healthy, connected, and lovely. But for now, I see dryness, irritation, and depletion. Call it vanity if you will, but for me, its about a deeper way of being that enables and empowers me to live my life fully.

As we head into Spring know that ...

"your body will tell you what you need, but it doesn't scream, it whisper, try to listen." 

Here a some things to consider that resonated with me from this book and that I am putting (and do put) into practice:

Digestion + Detox: our skin reflects the internal organ health of namely the digestive system (liver, colon, small intestines), when our skin is off, we can work to cleanse and restore balance via pre and probiotics and what we put into our mouths and bodies. 

Stress + Food/Skin Saviors: Eat the rainbow and healthy fat, hydrate, eat an earlier lighter diner, getting outside, oil massage, daily routines .. all these things can have great benefit to our skin.

Seasonal Eating + Intermittent Fasting: our bodies are designed to be in harmony with Nature and the seasons. Eating in season is not only beneficial for our bodies and our planet, it also tastes better. Eating at specific times of day - like at noon, when our bodies produce the most bile (the alkaline substance in your body that makes digestion possible) and allowing the body to digest and rest like between meals and at night is hugely beneficial. When our bodies aren't working hard to digest what we consume, that energy can be converted to repair and healing. Bringing satiation through water between meals instead of little snacks here and there gives our bodies the opportunity to work they way they are intended to work.

Next week, I'm doing a Spring Skin Cleanse - for my face! Please do it with me. Look for me on Instagram - I'll be documenting here and there with recipes, diy treatments, and practices, etc. #springskincleanse2017

 

Anointing of the Body with Oil

Anointing of the Body with Oil

 

This article will give EVERYTHING you will want to know about Abyanga or Ayurvedic Self-Massage. Read it, skim it, keep is as reference. Download this reference guide to post in your bathroom.

Go there now.

This practice has slowly over time worked its way into my daily routine. I have set myself up with a trigger so that after every bath or shower I do this practice. I get myself a teacup of hot water and plunge a small squeeze bottle of Vata Massage Oil so it's warm by the time I'm done bathing.  Most days it's a pretty quick practice, 5 minutes or so. Once a week or when I'm feeling depleted or dehydrated or any of those those types of qualities, I spend longer, maybe as much as 20min after a long salty bath and mask.

(Side note: if you have been following along, you know my deep love for Angelina's Organic Skin Care form my former home of Bend, Oregon - I love it all so much and with no chemicals or preservatives I feel so good using them - I'd rather buy these then new clothes!)

At night, I like to wash my feet - it makes me sleep so much better and since I spend a lot of time barefoot its nice to go to bed with clean feet. After, I rub some oil into my feet with a few drops of Frankincense essential oil. These small practices make such a difference in how I feel mentally and emotionally. When I feed and nourish myself in this way, I feel far less needy and instead full to give. To be able to take my own care into my own hands is an empowered act and it's a welcome and ever increasing change from past feelings of scarcity and lack of worthiness. It is an investment in my own wholeness, longevity and expanding consciousness. It is a sacred practice of self-love which feeds the love I have for others.

Love is sweet.

#banyanbotanicals #angelinasorganicskincare #selfcare

 

Kitchari

Kitchari

I love this meal. I make it several times a week, sometimes daily, for lunch. Each day it's a little different, based on what I need or want, but the basic structure is the same. When making this meal, allow it to be a nourishing and spiritual practice; utilize trust and draw upon your intuitive wisdom and your body's innate intelligence. 

Ingredients
1 tbs ghee 
1/2-1 tsp each: ground cardamon, coriander, cumin, fennel seed, mustard seed, turmeric
1/2 cup mung beans (you can also use lentils or chickpeas or any dry legume of your choice)
1/2 cup basmati rice (white or brown)
2 cups water
1 bay leaf
salt and black pepper to taste
or get a Kitchari Kit

Additions
I often add saffron and star anise, sometimes cloves and cinnamon.

I use an Instapot because ... Instapot! But you can also use the stove top. Make sure you soak the legumes and rice first (overnight if you can).

Instructions
Sautee ghee and spices for just a few minutes. Add beans and rice. Add water. Mix. Add bay leaf. Both the rice setting and beans/chili setting work - I'm still experimenting to get it just right. Both take about 30min total. 

I serve it with avocado, flax seed oil, greens, a squeeze of lemon or lime juice, sometimes with some yogurt or white sauce (2 tbs vegenaise + lime juice)

Prep time: active prep time 5min, total time 35min
Serves 2 hungry people. I use 1/3 cup when I'm making it for just me.

More info on Kitchari
Nourishing Kitchari from Kripalu
Ayurveda Kitchari from Banyan Botanicals
 

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