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Manifesting as if things already exist

IMG_1354We have all heard about manifesting I’m sure but if not it can be defined as “displaying or showing (a quality or feeling) by one’s acts or appearance; to demonstrate”. Essentially creating something that you would like to exist in your world. We all chose to be embodied in this world to create. The chakra located right below our naval is connected with our sense of creation is called the Sacral chakra – why because it is our entire purpose to create here. We are always creating something whether it is through our thoughts or actions.

One of the key components of meditation is to become aware of our thoughts so that we don’t get caught up in them. Our thoughts are either connected to our Higher Self or our ego. The original thought (gut reaction) is our Higher Self or intuition speaking and then any thoughts following that is our ego. Have you ever noticed that your ego is constantly complaining or creating drama in your life? The purpose of meditation is to become aware of your ego doing this and pull yourself out of it.

You might be asking why I brought up mediation… and that is because it has a lot to do with manifesting. Whatever we think – becomes. Here is an example: Someone may be so worried (thinking about it all the time) that their significant other will cheat on them. Guess what eventually happens.. the significant other cheats! NOW – if we practice meditation and gain awareness, meaning we can catch the worrisome thinking and flip it to a positive like “My significant other is so attracted to me and always wants to be with me.” What do you think is going to happen? Just that!!

Now there are some other important factors in manifesting that we often forget…

  1. We say the desired state as if it already exists. Notice I didn’t say “My significant other will be so attracted to me and will always wants to be with me.” I said “My significant other is so attracted to me and always wants to be with me.” If we don’t state it as if it already exist then the Universe doesn’t always know when we want it. So maybe this might be some other significant other down the road… or later after they cheat they change their mind. Here’s another example. Say you really want to move to San Francisco… you wouldn’t say, “I want to move to San Francisco.” You would say  “I am moving to San Francisco.”
  2. Now, let’s take deeper look at this move to San Francisco… we need to help the Universe out even more… so we have the statement  “I am moving to San Francisco.” Great! But when??? You haven’t told the Universe when you would like to go. You might be moving there when you’re 80. Let’s get more specific!  “I am moving to San Francisco January 1, 2018.”

love-your-selfOk so let’s review:

  • Become aware of the thoughts you don’t want and flip them into desired states.
  • State the desired state as if it already exists.
  • Be time specific.

Now start creating the life you have always dreamed of! AND always show gratitude.

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Life’s Patterns

Have you ever noticed that the universe provides you with the same experience over and over again? Do you ever have moments where you feel like you are dating/in a relationship with someone who is similar that the person you just broke up with, and maybe the one before, and maybe who is like your dad or mom?

Before we are incarnated into this life, we sit down and make choices of whatLife's Lessons lessons we want to learn during this
lifetime and until we learn them the universe will keep providing us with opportunities to learn our lessons. You will literally be given the same situation over and over again until you learn how to deal with it differently. Find a new tool to add to our toolbox of skills.

Let me give you two examples that might help you understand what I am saying better.

 

First example:

I have always been a girl who loves to live without drama in her life, but for a long time I just kept having to deal with drama mostly with other girls, one relationship after another. The typical response (looking back I can of course see what I would do over and over again). I would get upset with someone because they didn’t meet my expectations (I am not sure I even expressed to them what my expectations were!!) and I would speak my truth or try and set boundaries (people don’t like it when we do this!!). Then in return they would get defensive and say mean things. I would
reach out to 3 people.. my husband and 2 best friends to get vindicated and to see if they thought I was being an ass. A few of these experiences and then the girl and I would no longer be friends. Rinse, wash and repeat – it would happen again.

HMMM… Finally! I became aware of this pattern one day. I was presented with an email from a girl friend and I watched myself start my pattern. BUT something different happened this time. I had been practicing Ho’ponopono, it is the act of I'm sorry,Please forgive me,Thank you,I love youHo'oponoponosaying “I’m sorry, Please forgive me, thank you, I love you.” So I started practicing it and don’t you know things shifted for me. I began to understand and feel love and compassion for my friend who could not let this go, wasn’t I too doing the same thing by reaching out to my 3 people to complain. I also then felt a great sense of love and gratitude that I had these wonderful people in my life to reach out to. I then just felt so grateful for the entire experience and all the experiences that brought this drama in my life so I could learn this lesson and move forward. I sat and cried with so much love and joy!  BUT, the universe doesn’t stop there, she makes sure you really get the lesson – so of course one more! AND don’t you know this person apologized via email. Funny the coincidence I was reading the book Zero Limits by Joe Vitale and he had the same experience emails and all!

Another great example would be with my love life. I have dated and married very similar personalities to my father. They kept finding me and I kept seeking approval from them. I also didn’t know how to stand up for myself or set healthy boundaries. After getting my divorce I found one of my teachers and she helped me learn to fall in love with myself and truly love ME! Again, the person that had to change was me. Now I am able to have a healthy loving relationship with my husband. BUT I had to change myself in order to have this. I also had to love myself in order to find him! Otherwise guess what? The pattern would repeat itself.

The beautiful thing about these patterns is once you work through them it not only helps you, but it helps the other person who is connected to this pattern. You see we seek out each other to play out these lessons – in yogi terms it is called our Lila. <3

These lessons were very simple – yet profound. I have learned that I cannot create expectations and not share them and get upset with others when they are not met, I need to set healthy boundaries with others and I cannot seek approval from other people – I must find that within myself.

What patterns have you found happening in your life? What are some of the great lessons you are seeking in this lifetime?

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Super Soul Sunday: Thoughts on Standing Rock

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BHNY is hosting a special community Kirtan and Spiritual Discourse today and all the proceeds will be donated to Standing Rock in North Dakota. I offer you some thoughts on why I feel this movement is important.

In graduate school, I took a class called The Future of Environmentalism. My professor created the class so together we could explore the environmental movement’s trajectory as we move deeper into the climate crisis. We read folks like David Abram and Johanna Macy (both highly recommended), Gandhi and writings from the Deep Green Resistance, a radical and violent group of environmentalists; and of course we read Bill McKibben, our modern day “every man” steward of the land and a self proclaimed “unlikely activist.” He started 350.org and created the campaign around the Keystone Pipeline, a massive pipeline would transport oil from Tar Sands up north through the middle of the country. Keystone was the centerpiece of the movement a few years ago, and now it’s Standing Rock.

Environmental issues and social justice are deeply intertwined. Those who have been marginalized and left out of society’s “advances” are generally groups that are most affected by environmental degradation and exploited for their resources. Folks from the Indian reservation, Standing Rock (and several other tribes have joined in, some of which have reconciled deep historical differences with Standing Rock), from across the nation and overseas have come together to stand up to the government and the oil industry to protect their sacred land and water. The 1,172 mile North Dakota Access Pipeline encroaches on indigenous lands and will contaminate the water source for the people on the reservation and millions of others in towns downstream, not to mention, contribute to carbon emissions and corporate greed of an arcane oil industry. We have been at the mercy of capitalism, corporations, Big Oil. Water has been contaminated by the coal and oil industry most recently in Charleston, West Virginia and Flint, Michigan, and countless other communities across the globe for centuries.

In the aftermath of a historically unique election, many are trying to make sense of it, the future feels uncertain, and resting in the present seems more difficult than usual. The collective mind has changed since the shift in political landscape. I’ve been talking to friends about how this (traumatic) change has brought a clarity of purpose and a reason to step up and be our best selves. As it relates to Standing Rock, now is the time to organize socially and go be a part of the movements you hold dear in your heart. I stand for Standing Rock.

In the abstract, beyond the oppression of indigenous people specifically and marginalized groups in general that has persisted since time immemorable, beyond Big Oil, the coal industry and corporate greed, beyond climate change and it’s urgent message to take better care of the planet, beyond politics, economics, environmentalism, social justice, etc., there is a fundamental need to unite, support and see each other in a way that moves beyond otherness. To me, climate change seemed like the appropriate issue to come together around, simply because if we don’t, we are only causing more harm (potentially irreparable) to ourselves, our families, and all of life. If we continue to extract resources from our beloved Mother Earth, we will dry her up and she will spit us out. Where will we go then? This beautiful Earth supports and holds us always. Our bodies are made of her body. When we weep for her and ask how we can help her heal, she hears us. Culturally, this knowing runs deep in the Native American reverence for Nature, for the Great Mother – this movement is about protecting her sacredness. Water is the blood of the Great Mother. Water is life.

Election got you feeling all the emotions? Here’s a nice reminder.

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There are many of you who are distraught, anxious and fearful of what may come and there some of you who are excited through the moon, but please know that everything always works out! There has never been a time that this hasn’t been the case. What happened today is just a reflection, a projection of truth. It is a mirror image of where society really is and to deny that is just compressing it. We are all racists, all sexists, and all judgmental. A lot of these thoughts are kept within ourselves because we are judging them to be terrible things. I admit to those qualities within myself and I have seen them in reactions towards his behaviors. Here is a person who is just able to state his thoughts out loud – to be really vulnerable. The true question you need to ask yourself is what is it about him that really upsets you because it is a reflection of what you don’t like within yourself. How can you take that knowledge then and do something different?  

Then I want to you ask yourself what is the worst thing that could happen out of all of this? Really get down there in the worst situation and then just keep going. Then ask yourself what is the best thing that could happen from all of this and then keep going to the best thing ever!  After you have done this find somewhere in the middle to sit because this will most likely be our reality and then you can find that sense of peace in balance, find the space of neutrality. Have feelings about it, but continue to remind yourself that it will all work out!

Hopefully through all of this it will just allow more space for love and compassion instead of hate. All these things are coming up because we have been pushing them down. Now it’s time to be passionate about something – passionate about changing yourself first! We can only make a difference that way. We can only love fully and be compassionate towards others when we have mastered that within ourselves. So instead of weeping about today, think of what a great opportunity you have been given to do some work within yourself to get to that space of complete love and acceptance for yourself first and then for others.

At the end of the day we know that in our society one man/woman doesn’t have all the power – there is a whole group of people who have to make the decisions. BUT the power you do have is within yourself – how you decide to move forward with how you love and take care of yourself.

 

Wellness Mama Wednesday

Nourish yourself with postpartum practices and foods! Read on…

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In honor of our first monthly mama’s playdate at the studio (and Sherri’s approaching due date), I want to call attention to some ways to support mothers postpartum. In my experience as a new mother, for some reason it was difficult to overtly ask for help, although when help was freely given, I desperately drank it up and wailed tears of gratitude. The later stages of pregnancy and early stages postpartum have been in my experience a time of high emotion, general fogginess and the fierce softness that comes with labor, delivery and the precious time with a fresh new baby. My mom describes this time as existing “between two worlds” and I have not yet found a better way to describe it. Becoming a mother is to be the vessel of the incarnation of spirit. The veil between the two worlds is sheer, leaving the mother feeling both otherworldly and animalistic, both spirit and entirely human in all its rawness. This kind of sensitivity may be new, or not, but either way, there is nothing quite like it.

I can not speak to every woman’s experience of pregnancy but the second time around for me was settling, a call to slow down. After the baby was born, it was a time to do less and take rest, to be present with new baby, and to allow the healing process (and rest and relaxation is an absolutely necessary state for healing). There have been so many blogs written about ways to support new mothers postpartum. Do the laundry, bring meals, don’t stay too long (if at all), come by and hold the baby while mama showers, etc. All of this advice is very helpful. I want to delve a little deeper into who to invite as a supportive caretaker after the baby is born and the most nourishing foods to eat for the optimal digestion and healing.

Here’s the thing: Whether you’ve had a textbook birth, a long labor with emergency c-section, an epidural, a natural homebirth in the tub, etc., birth is traumatic for the body! And you are still between two worlds months after the baby is born, so you may feel like you’re floating (free floating emotions are very real at this time – LOVE in a way you’ve never felt before, worry, anxiety, exhaustion, sadness, etc. all in the same minute). So here’s the message I want to convey through this post – ASK FOR HELP and NOURISH YOURSELF with healthy, healing, womb-friendly foods. Your digestive system will be delicate and in need of restorative and balancing foods (see recipe list below!). You will want to be surrounded by those you love and feel supported by. Your mother and/or mother-in-law may be lovely women, but depending on the nature of those relationships, you may want to put limitations on those visitations. You can have your partner gently direct visitors to protect you and your space. In my experience, women friends who prepare delicious foods are my favorite. They come by and kiss your forehead, ask if you need any help, and leave the food. An idea I borrowed from a friend, I sent out an email before the baby came to all the women I love and feel supported by to ask for their help – a beautiful exercise for me in opening up and acceptance. (Pictured below is Christine lovely delivering fresh juice and nut milk to a postpartum friend!)

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Postpartum doulas and caretakers are available for hire! It is worth the money to spend this precious and glorious time in peace and wellbeing.

You may find that you are more hungry breastfeeding than you were during pregnancy. Postpartum, I craved warm soupy protein-laden foods (my baby was born in March so it was cold outside) like oatmeal and rice/lentil dishes with lots of Indian spices. Kitarchi is an Ayurvedic dish made with mung beans and rice that pacifies all the body types and is very healing and restorative. Fennel tea, molasses, and sunflower seed butter helps to bring in the breastmilk. A cup of tea with sunflower butter and hemp seeds (and maybe some honey or maple syrup) on toast is a nice snack. Fresh juices made with beets and greens are really also really nice. Here are some links to recipes that I really enjoyed. I also recommend the book, The Whole Pregnancy Handbook for pregnancy and breastfeeding nutrition information.

Healing Ayurvedic Kitchari by Natureal Mom

Nepali Rice Pudding Recipe by Real Foods Witch

Here’s a nice resource from Seed to Health – my favorite recipe is the Lentil Rice Casserole.

I ate a lot of oatmeal with coconut butter and dressed it up with goji berries and hemp seeds (PROTEIN!), bananas, cinnamon, or whatever flavors you are feeling.

Feeling supported and nourished allows us to heal, grow and learn. It is so very important.

xoxo

Wellness Wednesday: We Need to RELAX!

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My mind has been overactive these past few months. Shifting into fall from summer play, outdoor activities, packing lunches, toddler nap times, nursing baby, etc. seems a bit jarring, especially since my 4 year old started full day preschool, my 7 month old is becoming more awake everyday and I started working part-time. I haven’t worked since February when I was biking around the city teaching yoga classes. Here’s the thing – when you’re with children and babies most of the day, they require your presence; and the same is true for teaching yoga classes. If you’re not grounded and present in the classroom, most likely your class will suck. So I am currently moving through a brain shift – working at a computer from home while simultaneously trying to manage the household, drop off/pick up Nico from school, take care of my perfect little baby (and of course practice yoga because I don’t know how to live without it). All of this has my mind reeling. I am mentally stimulated, inspired and learning, but I’m having a hard time TURNING OFF.

The reality is that we are really busy. The yoga practices are reminders to slow down and travel from the mind, and all it’s mental heavy lifting, to the heart – to remember that the body is finite, the Self is infinite and everything we experience is for growth and learning. These practices are the most precious gifts, especially as we learn to tune in and use them to support immediate needs. I tend to make time and space for asana, pranayama, and meditation, but I rarely prioritize relaxation unless I absolutely need it. Lately, I’ve even been skimping on savasana because I am so desperate for time to move my body that the window closes (i.e. Sascha wakes up from his nap) before I am able to practice a long savasana. THIS IS NOT GOOD FOR ME. My body suffers and I don’t get the recharge that I so desperately need. Most days, I would most benefit more from a 20-40 minute Yoga Nidra than 1+ hour of asana. So, let me tell you about the magic that is Yoga Nidra…

Yoga Nidra, or psychic sleep, is a guided meditation while laying in savasana, releasing one body part at a time until the entire body is relaxed. My teacher Sri Dharma uses the example that the body is like a computer – from time to time you must close the apps to clear away the clutter so that the computer can function at it’s highest capacity. There are many different styles of Yoga Nidra meditation – some are more wordy and some will take you far out. I prefer a simpler version. Sri Dharma leads a very simple Yoga Nidra that results in total relaxation so that deep healing may occur. He also guides you through beautiful visualizations that stimulate the higher chakras. With regular practice of Yoga Nidra, you may lose body consciousness which allows for an expansive experience.

Yoga Nidra is a technique that not only facilitates the deepest relaxation for the nervous system and all of the muscular and connective tissues, but it also integrates all of the techniques that prepare you for the higher practices and limbs of yoga. The seemingly mystical experiences that may occur during Yoga Nidra aside, the practice will most likely leave you feeling recharged and refreshed in body and mind.

Because we are so busy and our minds constantly turned on, finding time to find deeeeeeep relaxation is essential. Sri Dharma says, 1 hour of Yoga Nidra is comparable to 4 hours of sleep. Totally worth it.

Here’s how!

(1) Go to a class! We offer Yoga Nidra classes! Wednesdays @ 7:30-8:30 pm, Thursdays @ 1:00-2:00 pm (this is a cOmmunity by donation class!) and on Saturdays @ 6:10-7:00 pm.

(2) There is no shortage of free guided Yoga Nidra audio on the internet, but I recommend spending a few dollars on a quality recording that you will use over and over again. I, of course, recommend Sri Dharma’s Yoga Nidra. And here’s a good iPhone app!

Deep relaxation reminds us that we are supported. By the Earth, by our loved ones, and by our highest Self. I highly recommend taking time from your busy life to slow down and go deep. I promise to continue to remind myself that I, too, need to relax. Give it a try!

Meatless Monday: Red Lentil, Yam and Ginger FALL SOUP

meatlessmondayyyEating seasonally is best for the body and the planet (and Lord knows, she needs some love right about now). Michael Pollen, longtime advocate for local, slow, seasonal food, is also a huge proponent of cooking at home primarily because we as consumers make better health choices by planning in advance and home-cooking is proven to be better for the environment.

That all being said, FALL IS MY FAVORITE FOOD SEASON. Most every season I participate in a yogi seasonal cleanse with one of my fabulous teachers. She is trained in Ayurveda, the sister science to Yoga, the Dharma Yoga diet and raw food cuisine – she has combined these principles to create a compassionate and updated diet that will bring radiant health to the body and mind. I have learned SO MUCH from these cleanses; it’s unreal. What we choose to eat is loaded – politically, emotionally, socially – so we all must do our best to make personal upgrades. Another message that has seeped into my heart-mind: we all deserve the best ingredients to support the best health possible. This notion is especially potent when coupled with mindful buying, paying attention to labels, fair trade products, etc. I think it’s also important to note (I can’t write this blog post with this left unsaid), you can eat well within your price range! Make a few updates at a time – for example, smoothies for breakfast – using fruits and vegetables, even if you can’t afford the organic variety (check out the dirty dozen list to help you decide what to buy conventional or organic).

Okay, so what’s on the menu for fall? During this windy, dry season, it’s good to bring balance and grounding with nourishing soups and stews, seasonal root vegetables and squashes, and as always, LOTS of greens. I want to share a recipe that was shared with me via the cleanse group. This soup is perfect in every way (especially with the fresh ginger and turmeric root) and sooooo easy/inexpensive.  Check it::

1 cup red lentils

5 small garnet yams, peeled and chopped

2 Tbsp fresh turmeric, grated or finely diced (if you don’t have fresh, 1-2 tsp powder will do it)

4 Tbsp ginger, grated or finely diced

1 Tbsp coconut oil

6 cups vegetable broth

¼ cup coconut milk

1 tsp salt

Black pepper to taste

Garnish with A TON of chopped cilantro

Add coconut oil to soup pot at medium heat. Get the pan nice and hot, then add grated turmeric, ginger and lentils. Saute for 3-5 minutes until fragrant and then add yams. Toss until coated and slightly caramelized. Add stock and bring to gentle boil, then simmer until yams and lentils are soft. Turn off the heat and add coconut milk and cilantro. (When I made this soup, I also added chopped kale for extra greeeeens).

A tip from a friend: when you reheat this soup, add a ton more fresh cilantro!!!

Wellness Wednesday “A Little Everyday”

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Yoga is spreading like wildfire across the country and the world, and with good reason! The sacred science is just that, a science – meaning with consistent practice, Yoga will systematically take you as deep as you are willing to go. Once you get a taste of the bliss, or “yoga high,” it will leave you wanting more, which is why you see so many folks walking around with yoga mats on their backs and yoga studios filling up daily classes. Culturally, we tend to binge on entertainment to stimulate and satisfy the senses, but bingeing on Yoga will only lead you deeper into infinite knowledge and union with your higher Self (!!). Bingeing on asana, or postural yoga (the exercise), can surely create exercise junkies and enable more activity in the mind and body. Eventually you may notice that it is not working anymore. So you have to go deeper, more subtle. Here’s what I’ve learned in my many years of practice and from my Yoga teacher, Sri Dharma – with constant practice, you will reap the benefits. To practice a little everyday is better than practicing A LOT OF YOGA two or three days a week. This makes sense for me now more than ever as a mother to a 4 year old and 6 month old. Gone are the days when I could practice 2 hours everyday! I mean, binge all you want! But don’t neglect the practice on the days you don’t get to a class.

What does “practice a little everyday” look like? For me, it means 20 minutes of meditation in the morning and 30 minutes of asana with a baby rolling around next to me. Sometimes it looks like 10 minutes of pranayama and reading a Yogic text or article to fan the flames inside my heart. I practice asana in the grass while my boys play outside! It looks different everyday according to my needs. Sometimes I make it to a 90 minute yoga class! That being said, taking classes and connecting with community through your local studio or practice space has been so nurturing to me. In my experience, the safe learning space, a haven if you will, of a trusted studio will provide you with the Yogic techniques and support to integrate the practices in your life, and to do a little everyday.

The concept integration always comes up for me. We are constantly integrating new teachings, processes, information. After my second son was born, we went through a process of integrating a new member into our family. More and more integrating. So seek out the highest knowledge and teachings available to you and integrate your own personal lessons into your daily life.

It’s also nice to share tricks and experiences – it helps us support and share with each other. How do you practice a little everyday? Post below in the comments!

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LeRoy’s FREE Workshop is Tomorrow! An Overview of EWBP

imgres Do you desire to find healing and live a more balanced, harmonious, peaceful, purposeful life? Are you a curious student? A seasoned healer? A seeker? Come check out LeRoy’s free workshop at Be Here Now THIS WEDNESDAY from 7:30-9:30. ALL ARE WELCOME! I read his book, Knowing and Living your Purpose: A Practical Guide to Being the Real You, and he is truly a masterful energy worker. I will attempt to provide you with an overview of his work, but I highly suggest you come see the magic for yourself.

What is the Energetic Well Being Process?

LeRoy developed the Energetic Well Being Process (EWBP) later in his life drawing from the many sources of energy work he has both trained in and discovered through his spirit seeking. The language surrounding his method is simple, to the point, accessible – and the practical application is also very notable. Three concepts vital to the EWBP are: weak energy drains away your life purpose, the positive power of being neutral, and clearing away our symptoms by identifying root causes. Let’s break it down.

Weak Energy Drains Away Your Life Purpose:

We continually block ourselves with thoughts and emotions, beliefs and assumptions. A lot of this programming is “inherited” from our ancestors, parents and relatives, social groups, society, environment, etc. As the blocks, or weak energy, accumulate overtime, they create patterns and play in the background of our minds and bodies and eventually becomes symptoms. The symptoms are communicating to us and if we don’t respond, they turn up the volume! Understanding how our energy goes weak will help us notice patterns and eventually reduce or eliminate symptoms.

The Positive Power of Being Neutral:

It’s easier to understand the practice of neutrality by exploring its opposite. We are NOT neutral when we are reactive, creating drama, worried, anxious, depressed, judging, blaming, frustrated, fearful, angry. When we are neutral, there is less bias and more understanding, open-mindedness and balance. Being neutral does not mean a lack of connection, rather it a way to clear negative emotions as they arise and act from a place of calm (instead of RE-ACT). He has developed a protocol to practice neutrality that is very detailed and helpful which he lays out in his book.

Clearing Away our Symptoms by Identifying Root Causes:

Working through our symptoms seems simple, and it is to some extent, but there is some priming involved; for example, having a strong desire to heal and practicing neutrality. He uses the analogy of symptoms as waves – one end of the wave can be thought of as the symptom/reaction and the other end is described as the truth. When you observe/find/identify the wave it “collapses.” To find the root cause, the question arises “where (in your entire universe) is the weakest point in relation to the symptom?” Again, he maps out a lengthy protocol that is clear and easy to use.

The purpose, or ultimate goal, of healing is to remember who you really are, which is in harmony with all of nature, centered in the heart, being and only seeing unity and wholeness, becoming stronger and more fit as you age!

Who is LeRoy Malouf?

Something I love about this book is that LeRoy shares his life story. In his eighties, he is full of life and vitality. He and his beloved wife raised 5 children. Over the course of his life, he’s had several careers shifts on the path to finding purposeful, satisfying work. Come meet him for yourself tomorrow from 7:30-9:30 for a free demonstration at Be Here Now Yoga, Healing and Wellness.

Meatless Mondays: Hemp Seeds 5 Ways!

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Hemp seeds are a staple in my diet. Why, you ask? Because they are a delicious, nutrient-dense, affordable superfood packed with protein (which I need a good amount of as I am a breastfeeding vegan diva). They are nutty, earthy and magnesium-rich – which is important because, from what I’ve heard, most of us are magnesium deficient (magnesium is a mineral that is responsible for a ton of chemical reactions in the body, for relaxation, and for best of all, facilitating regular bowel movement). I’d like to present you with 5 ways to incorporate hemp seeds in your diet. Check it out –

  1. You’ve probably already guessed … SMOOTHIES! Here’s a few recipes I make regularly (I learned this one on a women’s retreat from some lovely ladies):
    orange juice
    1 banana
    1/4 avocado
    bunch of spinach
    hemp seeds (as much as you’d like – 3 TBSP is the serving size)
  2. Hemp seeds also pair well with cacao, which is also an amazing superfood that happens to be chocolate. Sweetened with banana and dates, this is a winner:almond milk
    1 banana (try freezing your bananas to make your smoothies taste like ice cream 😉
    1 TBSP cacao
    a few dates
    hemp seeds
    you can also add a dash of cinnamon and/or a splash of vanilla
  3. Energy bite balls:These actually taste like no bake cookies, so you can’t go wrong. Here’s the link from Further Food.
  4. One of my favorite easy lunch/dinner go-to’s is kale salad with hemp seeds:Thinly slice kale (think ribbons!), massage with dressing (see below), add hemp seeds, avocado, shredded carrots (obviously you can make this your own by mixing up the toppings. I like to add chickpeas or vegan fake chicken for a heartier meal).
    Easy Tahini Dressing
    1/3 cup tahini
    1/2-1 TBSP maple syrup
    pinch of salt
    warm water to thin
  5. Adding hemp seeds to your morning oatmeal (or your raw oats soaked overnight) is another easy favorite. Super charge your oatmeal with goji berries (soak for 10ish minutes in water or almond milk first), banana, coconut flakes and hemp seeds. Or go for more earthy tones with a nut butter, apples, hemp seeds and walnuts.