BLISS & GRIEF
Last night I went to bed dreaming of creating a joyful celebratory PranaShakti class and woke up at 5 feeling uneasiness in the pit of my stomach.
After lighting candles and saying prayers I opened my computer to begin preparing for class and discovered the horrors of chemical attacks in Syria.
Immediately back at my altar, praying, I heard “Dance your grief to clear your heart. Then send bliss energy to all who are in pain.”
It seems impossible to feel bliss (deep joy and the ecstasy of being alive) when so many are suffering. But it’s a discipline I’m practicing because I’ve learned that I cannot suffer enough to ease a person’s suffering. In fact, my mind cannot create solutions from a place of suffering.
So we danced bliss AND grief to recalibrate our bodies, minds and emotions in order to then step back into the world to be of service – each in our own way.
I recorded the opening song “Be the Light” by Paul Luftenegger and wanted to share it with you so you can move to the beautiful melody and lyrics to open your heart and move emotions through and out of your body.
May all beings be well,
Last weekend I was at a swim meet where the chlorine was so strong that some of the swimmers had allergic-type asthmatic reactions and almost all of them complained of burning skin and cracking lips.
As I spoke to other parents I realized none of them knew how to make dechorinating lotion and spray for their kids, so I shared the recipes I’ve been using for my son – and I decided to share them with you, too, because they’re so simple to make – and so effective. I love making things to help take care of people!
Here are the recipes for you to try at home.
Recipe (from http://www.WellnessMama.com)
- 1/2 cup almond or olive oil
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup beeswax
- 2 tablespoons warm water
- 2 teaspoons vitamin C powder
- 2 tablespoons Shea Butter Cocoa Butter
- Optional: Essential Oils to suit your preference
- Combine oils and beeswax in a pint sized or larger glass jar. I have a mason jar that I keep just for making lotions and lotion bars, or you can even reuse a glass jar from pickles, olives or other foods.
In another small jar or bowl, add the vitamin c powder to the warm water and stir until dissolved.
Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place the jar with the oils inside the saucepan and turn on medium heat.
As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, pour into a small blender or food processor. (Keep in the jar if using an immersion blender that will fit in the top of the jar.)
With blender or food processor on, slowly add the water/vitamin C mixture until blended and emulsified.
Store in an air-tight glass jar.
Use before swimming (preferably after rinsing skin) to minimize chlorine exposure. This is purposefully a small batch since no preservatives are used.
Enjoy and be chlorine free!
Homemade Dechlorinating Spray
Recipe (from http://www.WholeNewMom.com )
- 1 cup Filtered Water
- 5 grams (1 tsp) Vitamin C powder (ascorbic acid)
- A spray bottle
- Using a funnel, add water to a glass, metal or stable plastic spray bottle.
- Add the ascorbic acid.
- Put lid on bottle and shake to combine.
- After swimming, spray the solution all over, including on hair.
- Rub the solution in, making sure to cover all of your skin. If the Vitamin C doesn’t cover your skin, it won’t protect it.
- Shower as usual.
You should notice that your hair and skin smell much better after using this spray than if you only showered using shampoo and soap.
** Please note that you should only make a very small batch of this at a time and preferably store in the refrigerator and use within 24 hours as there is no broad-spectrum preservative in it.
We all know that green smoothies are a nutrient-dense, fiber-filled way to pack in the prana. But when it’s cold outside or I’ve got a sore throat, a cold smoothie just isn’t appealing. That’s when I want something warm and soothing like Dr. John Douillard’s Green Tonic Soup (from his Colorado Cleanse recipe book.)
This bright green yumminess is super delicious and nutritious – and when you add a chunk of ginger, it soothes a sore throat an opens up the sinuses. That’s why I call it a “soothie.
I love this recipe so much I wanted to share it with you:
1-2 cups filtered water for steaming
2 medium organic celery stalks, chopped
1 whole organic zucchini, chopped
1 cup organic strong beans, chopped
1/2 cup organic parsley
1. Lightly steam veggies (except parsley) until bright green and tender
2. Blend all the veggies + parsley along with the water used for steaming in a powerful blender (adjust amount of water to create the consistency you desire)
3. Add ginger root and salt to taste (I used a thumb sized ginger)
And voilà!! A nutritious and delicious soothie.
It is time for the Divine Feminine to rise, be honored, celebrated and embraced so we can bring greater peace, compassion, magic, intuition, sacred rhythms and connection into this world.
It is our sacred duty to shift competition, comparison, jealousy and judgment into connection, support and trust through personal accountability and self-love.
~ The Global Sisterhood Movement
The feminine is rising – transforming judgment and division into sacred sisterhood so we can birth a new world! As you know, I’m devoted to this healing and transformation– because as we heal and transform ourselves, we heal and transform the world.
That’s why I immediately said “YES!” when I was asked to participate in the Global Sisterhood video.
I’m so happy to share this powerful sisterhood and these priceless resources with you. The organizers have made it so easy (and free) for all women to participate – and to form their own sister circles.
* You can sign the pledge
* You can join our global synchronized meditation live in Austin, Texas or through live stream on your computer on March 8th.
* You can become a Global Sisterhood Facilitator and facilitate your own Sister Circles using all the wonderful materials provided for free athttp://www.women.unify.org (they will provide you with a detailed facilitator’s guidebook and much more!!)
We are ALL worthy of love.
Do you sleep with your cellphone nearby? Are you scrolling through social media up until the moment you fall asleep? Do you check for new messages when you get up to go to the bathroom at 3 a.m.? Do you check your phone first thing when you wake up?
If so, it’s gotta stop!
I’m not sure exactly how or when I stopped using an alarm clock and began using my cell phone to wake me up, but like many of you I’ve been sleeping with my iPhone within arm’s reach. I thought that since my phone was on Airplane Mode it wouldn’t harm my health. But I was wrong! [TWEET IT]
Studies have shown that being exposed to the blue-and-white light given off by phones, laptops, and other electronic gadgets at night prevents our brains from releasing melatonin, a hormone that tells our bodies it’s nighttime. Yikes! I’ve been looking at that little screen up until the moment I turn the phone off and roll over to go to sleep!
And it’s not just the light that’s harmful. A 2008 study funded by major mobile phone makers showed that people exposed to mobile radiation took longer to fall asleep and spent less time in deep sleep.
“The study indicates that during laboratory exposure to 884 MHz wireless signals components of sleep believed to be important for recovery from daily wear and tear are adversely affected,” the study concluded.
An old-fashioned alarm clock.
Choose one that only lights up when you press a button or has an amber, orange or red light (those colors are best for restful sleep)
Also, choose one that wakes you up with a sound that isn’t shocking to your nervous system.
A good night’s sleep can enhance:
And much more…
So do yourself a favor. Use an alarm clock and leave your cell phone in another room (or at least 6 feet away from your bed on airplane mode).
Here’s to your healthy sleep!