This cold has been making me want to curl up and eat chocolate under the covers and swim in pools of miso soup! It also makes me crave vitamin D in the form of sunshine! So grateful to have some higher temps these next coming days. Needless to say throughout this bitter cold month I have managed to stay quite peaceful. I am 25 days no alcohol, caffeine, dairy, or meat! I have been cleansing my friends. I have also been going to bed at 10pm and waking at 7 am for the past 25 days. I feel great. Thanks to Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India. This 28 day cleanse is called the Elemental Cleanse. It was created by Pamela Quinn. Are you wanting a serious detox without drinking strange concoctions or fasting? I truly encourage you to do this… to rid the bad habits out of your life and to see what love is.
During the cleanse you also integrate a Kundalini meditation, message, yoga, reading spiritual books, and daily journaling. The Kundalini meditation is called the Sat Nam meditation. I would love to share it with you all! First week of meditation was 15 min, 2nd week 20 min, 3rd week 30 min, and 4th week is twice a day for 20 min each. Here is how you do it…
Download this meditation timer app. https://itunes.apple.com/app/zen-timer-meditation-timer/id337472899?mt=8
Put your timer on intervals of 2 minutes. The first interval you SING the mantra. The second interval you WHISPER. The third you say the mantra in your head…and continue the cycle.
Mantras are powerful tools for clearing and restructuring the subconscious mind. SAT NAM and its derivative SA TA NA MA are the two basic mantras taught by Yogi Bhajan to reorient the mind and thus open us up to the possibility of transformational change.
SAT NAM seeds the truth in our consciousness by waking us up to our divine identity. SAT NAM is the seed or bij mantra.
SA TA NA MA incorporates the nuclear sounds of SAT NAM. SA TA NA MA uses the primal sounds to connect us to the evolutionary nature of existence itself. It is referred to as the panch shabd, which means a mantra with five sound currents. The fifth sound is “A.” When we chant SA TA NA MA we imprint the evolutionary code of the universe into our human psyche.
SA is the beginning, infinity, the totality of everything that ever was, is or will be.
TA is life, existence and creativity that manifests from infinity.
NA is death, change and the transformation of consciousness.
MA is rebirth, regeneration and resurrection which allows us to consciously experience the joy of the infinite.
This meditation has led me to great heights! I strongly recommend it! It led me to decide to go forth with a dream of mine that I always wanted but had but have never pursued… move to San Diego so I can be closer to my father, apply for school again, possibly 500 hour yoga teacher training, and teach yoga…who knows…the possibilities are endless. Are you wanting to move forward but are stuck!? Try this out.
This recipe is so nurturing and grounding! Eat this to humble and heal you during these cold months.
MUNG BEAN SOUP w/ BASMATI RICE
adapted from Lindsay at http://www.pinchofyum.com
Mung beans are native to the indian subcontinent… India, Thailand, China, etc. They are a great form of protein and no soaking required!
- 2 cups dry monggo beans, mung beans, or green lentils
- 6 cups chicken broth, or vegetable broth
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- 1 onion, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 bunch of spinach
- Boil: Bring the broth to a boil in a large pot. Add the rinsed mung beans and cook, uncovered, for about 40 minutes. I checked on mine every 10 minutes and added more water as needed. You want the consistency to be like a very thick soup.
- Saute: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the onion, garlic, and ginger in the oil in a large nonstick skillet until soft and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add to the mung pot and allow the mixture to simmer together for a few minutes.
- Mix: Stir in the coconut milk and spinach leaves. Remove the mung pot from the heat. It just needs to be hot enough to very slightly wilt the leaves. Serve over rice or plain, like a soup.
This is so cheap too! Make a huge pot of this stuff and it will last you a week. yum in my tum. So hum.
TTYL and peace in the middle east.