Monday, December 29, 2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014
- sthula (Physical) — In which taste and weight of food is realized.
- sukshma (Subtle) — In which properties and impact of food are felt.
- kaaran (Causal) — In which samskaras of food are preserved. Roots of many physical deformities lie in annamaya kosha.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
It goes without saying that oils can be of amazing, flavorful use to a cook, and some cooks will definitely tap into the power of the herb. Knowing that a drop of essential oil enhances the flavor and healing potential of the dish is empowering. DoTerra makes sure that their oils are certified pure and therapeutic, which means they are clean enough to eat. This is the reason Dr. Hill has developed oil supplements to assist in the deeper transport of plant phytochemicals that support cellular processes. Yes again, doterra leads the way.
Back to food. Check out the oils I use in cooking.
Now just take a moment and imagine the number of dishes you can make and the types of flavors you can get to come alive. This can happen by just adding a drop as a finishing touch for both flavor and nutrition.
Oils: I made an herbal oil with lavender, chamomile and rosemary, a lemon oil, and an orange oil, steeping the herbs and peels in the oil until the oil picked up its naturally glorious fragrance and color. I have steeped my herbal oil the longest, it being two months at this point. I will squeeze the oil out of the herbs and rub the oils through my hair. I use my lemon oil for the same effect, and the orange. Both citrus oils are great post-workout rubs, as they brighten, refresh and soothe the skin, assuaging sore muscles, empowering them to rise another day. I enjoyed nurturing my oils, looking after them as they sat under the summer sun, basking and collecting sunbeams. When I opened one of the warm oils naturally heated by the sun, I thought about being so amazingly close to the earth in this practice.
I have to say how much I've enjoyed my shelf-stable lemon and orange oils. I used a drop of DoTerra grapefruit essential oil to all of my oils, to keep them fresh. Grapefruit, in larger degree than other citrus selections, is an antibacterial and will act as a preservative in a product.
whipped body butters: Now I've attempted body butters several times, and while the natural quality diminishes some of its shelf life, these formulas are heavenly. I've used my oils as their base, and they have been absolutely amazing, beyond measure. One oil that can be rather costly, that is a celebrated oil for cellulite, coffee oil. I made my own and steeped in that beautiful sun. Thinking of this reminds me that my next adventure in oil steeping may very well be green tea. And then I can make a lemongrass green tea body butter. That sounds like such a perfect idea.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
I'm one who adds value to every job I choose, because in this I see the ultimate self worth shining forth, and also to add life purpose to my profile and resumes. I see being a health coach as a valuable job, and I think it is important that all people who are here to serve in a variety of services, understand the pathways a health coach can facilitate. It's the latest term for organizing your life and transforming for sustainable, progressive change, kind of like our farmlands, to see results that positively impact future events. In my case I also have the writing, cooking, organizational, fitness and energetic body skills that can assist the goal that might be otherwise hard to pursue. Food is at the heart of all of these goals.
Have you ever heard the phrase "art imitates life?" The food we choose, the body we have, showing all its structural integrity or lack thereof, and food, with all of its subtleties (and grossnesses, okay not a word, albeit a fun one) has its place in the design of "integrity imitates integrity" across the board. Am I wrong to say that if the physical body has questionable integrity in certain places of the body, there may be an emotional, mental or spiritual element in question as well? Using this concept is so perfect because of its complexity. We can uncover and discover layers upon layers with this concept, and have so many more levels of satisfaction in our life after digging deep to the roots to heal the whole plant, not just its leaves.
As a health coach, I start out with the basics. I find out what the client's history is, and what the client wants and needs for that sustainable outcome. Then we begin goal setting (S.M.A.R.T. goals=sound, measureable, attainable, realistic, timely) to make the "Project Transformation" come alive. Then comes the action plan. I teach basic food principles and positive habits like keeping a food journal and reading, keeping up-to-date with the latest findings on nutrition and wellness-related news events. As an intermediate participant, we start talking about the political advocacy behind the food industry Next, I assess and program the schedule to meet the model of the koshas. I give product, exercise and tool recommendations for each: body layer, the energy body, the mind and emotions sheath, intuition and wisdom sheath, and the bliss body. Next, we implement and document progress throughout, finally doing assessments and check-ins, special workshops and additional consultations to keep progress fresh.
As an added, optional bonus, the intuitive and bliss sheaths must be treated differently, with less exercise and more spiritual tools as the needs arise. So I will lay cards and help guide spiritual focus and wisdom teachings from a variety of traditions, using the tool as a Divine benefit to you, while I facilitate. There are two forms of energy healing I offer, from Huna and Access Bars traditions. We can explore this layer further with a private session.
So really, everyone could use a health coach. As Certified Health coaches, we take personal stock and investment in your life, and how you want it to look, sound like, taste and feel, and we see you through with each step.
Monday, June 23, 2014
In the physical layer of the body, there is a ton of information embedded in the tissues, that wreak of your life experiences, thoughts, beliefs and values, in addition to your genetic coding and ancestry. When you are in alignment with your body, you shift on a cellular level in such a deep way, that it begins to rock your experience of yourself.
For example, maybe you begin to have dreams of being a famous warrior, or you imagine yourself in front of the camera as an actress or model. Maybe you begin to change the way you look at food, or begin to help others.
Possibly, you change the status of your relationships or give up a food group or pattern. Case in point: I, for one, became a vegetarian after eating meat since I was born. After 14 years I decided to become pescetarian for a year before returning to meat. Newly omnivorous, I feel I've come "home," full circle, and can see my journey and path of progress, painted clearly and in view. Suddenly I picked up running again. This to me, signals that my cells have become born again, newly realized entities, that are ready to tell a new story.
Would you like to explore you and know yourself to this depth? Contact me for your free 50 minute consultation, and let's get started on a journey that will change the way you think and feel about you...
It's never just you alone, going into your goals. So many other pieces and players are a part of your manifestation that once you begin the process, all these pieces keep coming up that make you want to quit, give up and throw in the towel. Sometimes words can't even describe what the Spirit hopes to assist with.
Remembering that manifestation is an intricate, involved process, is what is mostly required to get you through anything. As you manifest your desires, and the images of all parts come into play, make sure to write them down as if you are investigating something, trying to solve a puzzle, and you begin elaborating more and more on the theme until it becomes a living, breathing entity.
The goal is to try one's very best to always be promoting the quality and value of foods which contain the most healthful components necessary for the proper care and feeding of the whole person. There must be a better way than just to say, "hey, how many servings of fruit and vegetables have you had today?" Teaching people to eat fruit and vegetables is surely a worthwhile, veritable and necessary function of our job, but it is not by far the only option. The most important element of today's food is, what is your food saying to you?" If you were to ask a room filled with people if they talked to their food today, how many would raise their hands? If they were asked, "Can you feel your food? Hear it? Sense it? Know its origin by feel? Tell if it just came off the truck or had been in the store for weeks? Is being kept alive in a petrie dish? Is the food low on vibrational energy and you can tell when you hold it?"
Sunday, June 8, 2014
- the constancy of the Earth's rotation
- <the mistaken notion that there is constancy in language—words do indeed change their meanings over time>
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Sunday, March 9, 2014
I have been deeply enjoying the simple life by cooking at home and enjoying beef, nutribullet drinks and really, whatever I choose. The biggest problem is knowing what to cook in each stewing pot of goodness in my 3 pot slow cooker set. You see? Breaking my last slow cooker did have a metaphysical reference to the expansion of greatness in the hearth, and maybe the addition of a body with the looking into a larger space, as my heart has been thinking about purchasing a home. I keep in mind that this would not be the time to get involved in an actual purchase, but the investment must be investigated. It seems that everytime I put a request out to the universe, it responds to me in kind.
Part of my primal luxury is having natural ingredients recreate my beauty cabinet. A few days ago I made lotion bars repurposed from another bar, and tonight, a baking soda paste with Dr. bronner's soap mixed in. Made an excellent facial rub down.
What really caught my soul was how my beauty and domestic ritual in that moment made me one of the happiest people on the planet.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Venus is in her once every 1.5 yearly retrograde phase, and she means business quite literally when traipsing languidly and luxuriously through Capricorn, one such sign obsessed with image and reputation. Capricorn also stands for entrepreneurial feats of magnificence, and debuts. It has been quite the enlightening year, with its snake-like brother, 2013. 2013 brought out the witches, ghosts, goblins and the skeletons in this girl's closet. And now in the ever-loving year of the horse, Venus comes galloping in on this horse, a time-honored symbol of freedom, to not so much as change the luck of a few, but to at least count your blessings...and value them.
However you must be warned, that those eager to make big, lavish and luxurious purchases as depicted by the symbol of love and beauty, one must be cautious to hold tight to their pocketbooks, as Venus cares not about ripping your purse and wallet open and throwing money to the wind in a most haphazard way. The good news is, if your chart is not affected so heavily by such matters, then it would quite frankly, matter not...
And now, a personal soliloquy on that above mentioned problem. I am one such participant of the unlucky realm whose chart is befuddled by such astrological tomfoolery! I am bewitched by five planets in libra, and to top it off, two asteroids whose influence is of a marriage nature. So basically everyone ignores my relationship status, loves me and wants to marry me. Immediately. Lucky for me, this harmonious sign allows me to see the greater nature of each of these cads and sends them away with a loving message that does not crush their very soul...though natal scorpio will do as much, if the suitor creates occasion to strike.
The suitor must make the terrible mistake of being loud and vengeful. This is a most magnificent breeding ground for Scorpio's ire. Suitor beware.
Additionally beware the ides of January, as January 14 and 15 is when lovely Venus squares Mars. If I don't speak nor see Michael my love on that day, I will probably be okay...his Venus Virgo would square his Mars Libra in a fiery yet uneventful way, the way earth and air affect each other...hm...maybe it won't do a thing...
Now, the real reason I began this post had to do with many people coming to me with questions of their deeper nature, or their partner. This moment lasting from December 21 until January's end on the 31st, is a great reveal of our inner selves and our mirrors showing us who we are and what we value. The capricorn influence brings a gust of earthbound wisdom and practicality to our whims, in the sense that, if you have something to build, and you stand to make money from doing it, do it now. I'm not saying that the window of opportunity won't pass, but it often does, and it is important to see this distinction, especially in horse year. Even though this would not be an incredible time for purchases and big investments, it's a great time to plan them.
So let's put these influences together. Who am I? Who do I serve? What do I value? Who do I emulate who is like myself? Who do I favor least and how do I mirror them when it may lead to less self love, momentarily? How do I make the best of these reflections work for me in my life? How much luxury and traveling fun can I afford? How much temptation can I resist? How can I see and feel my Blessings?
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Looking from the standpoint of the chakras, we search through our mini spindles of energy and we check in to see if all is in alignment with its next. If we are standing firmly rooted in our first chakra, and we feel the waters of living life and receiving love into our 2nd chakra, as we discipline and focus ourselves into our 3rd, we will feel our heart, the 4th chakra, resonate from the solidarity of what came before. If we feel secure, we can feel that joy of expression emanate from our 5th chakra, our truth center, using the vision of our 6th chakra and the vibration of our 7th to disentangle, realign and reintegrate into the world.
And on a much simpler note, aligning heart to truth is when you believe in something that you also live in, everyday. You practice what you preach. You attend to revisions on the original theme. You pay attention to moments of awakening. You challenge yourself to feel something and share it. You aren't afraid to be wrong and are a willing participant of correction. You are both a student and a teacher of earth school, and it suits you well...because it does.