In a couple weeks, here in the U.S., it will we will be time for the Fall Harvest Feast. A holiday that brings people together to share a meal, laugh, and reconnect with loved ones. It’s also a time to recognize and be grateful for all the gifts we have in our lives. While it can be a joyous day, it can also be one of overindulgence. A day in which we tend to please our emotions and often tune out the needs of our body. Transforming active, joyous energy to lethargy. How do we walk away from the table feeling mentally and emotionally happy while our body still feels energetic? With room to digest the nourishment it just received. One practice is connecting the mind and the emotions with the body through actively engaging the five senses. Using our senses to direct our mind and emotions towards love and appreciation. If we do this prior to taking the first bite, it can help bring us into the moment. Focusing our attention towards the gift of a meal and helping to prevent mindless eating. The practice also helps prepares …
Imagine living with less fear, regrets, anxiety, jealousy, greed, and anger. Imagine instead living with more compassion, self-acceptance, understanding, selflessness, and peace. Does it sound like a dream? Does it sound like an impossibility that sounds great in theory, but can never become a reality? I am here to tell you that it is absolutely possible. In fact, many people now, in the past, and in the future, have lived and will live this way. All of our problems start in the mind. We cannot always control what happens to us. We know that all too well from our life experiences. Over the years we all create default settings in ourselves. So, when our ego feels attacked or we feel judged, our go-to responses are defensiveness and self-protection. You can change your default settings to something else, something more nourishing and evolving. How? Meditation.
Whether it’s a tangible gift or a kind gesture, there’s nothing like giving a little token of appreciation to the ones we love and appreciate. Here are some ideas to inspire wellness, self-care, seva and experiences from the moon to the kitchen! Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness–Richard Bach
A complete, holistic, seasonal food list for the summer season, rooted in the wisdom of Ayurveda
Seasonal Love Letters: Summer professes love to Okra Hi Summer! Hi Okra! So nice to see that you are becoming more popular and available in an array of markets! Looks like your lubricating slime is less of an issue. People are seeing you for who you really are. A cool, sweet tasting, moisturizing softy. You are all about providing friendly bacteria, coating the digestive track and relieving constipation (which I know is one of my side effects)—yay! I love how I harmonize with your astringent taste. The earth and air elements of this taste make you heavy, yet light—filling and yet, energizing. It’s more fun to frolic under the sunlight and enjoy my warm nights without the hangry.
I just finished reading Enchanting Beauty: Ancient Secrets to Inner, Outer & Lasting Beauty written by my former teacher, Dr. Manisha Kshirasagar, BAMS. I’ve been looking forward to reading this book after speaking with Dr. Manisha over a year ago. At that time, she shared, that the inspiration for the book came from the shift she saw in beauty standards, when she moved her Ayurveda practice to the United States from India. The conversations with her female patients, here in the States, shed light on their definition of beauty compared to her own. After teaching and practicing Ayurveda for over twenty years, she decided to write a book that shared her personal experiences as a woman, mother, doctor, teacher and wife combined with her expertise in skincare, and women’s and children’s health, to talk about beauty holistically.
Spring is here! Time to focus on pungent, astringent & bitter tastes. It’s the season to detoxify, cleanse and utilize the energy we accumulated from Autumn and Winter while prepping ourselves for Summer, Summer, Summer time. This means increasing the veggies and reducing the grains. It’s all about lighter foods in the Spring. This doesn’t mean denying yourself of rice or bread, rather it’s about reducing grains, to help bring lightness and balance the heavy, wet’ish air that comes with Spring. With this in mind, I thought I would try making “rice” with cauliflower. Cauliflower, or gobi is a light, slightly drying vegetable that is considered to have an astringent taste according to Ayurveda. Making it perfect for Spring and all people who are kapha or pitta dominant. Cauliflower is one of the vegetables that I ate way too much of as a child, so I am always looking for new ways to cook with it. I prefer it mashed, creamed and now riced! There’s something about changing the texture that transforms my frame of mind—cauliflower is new again. A new texture, …