Picture taken by Cléa Rochon August 12th, 2012
In The Heart of The Summer…
‘”Take your heart out into vast fields of light and let it breath!“
Summer time is here with its heat, sunshine, opportunities for joy, celebration and connectedness.
We can finally have our body free to move in and out with only light clothing, walk bare feet on mother Earth, lie somewhere on a beach or on the grass under the sun.
It is the time to soften to the experience of gratitude for life, and to welcome the deep sense of joy that follows!
We can chose to deliberately experience joy, and the summer is here for us to lean into it.
Happiness has a powerful influence on our whole body. It has been demonstrated that happy people have a stronger immune system than average, as well as less nervous conditions, cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, diabetes, hypertension, colds and upper-respiratory infections.
There is one quote from Gabrielle Roth* that I like to use. She says: ”In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence? Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experience the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves”.
It is always what we feel inside that is most important, not what comes from the outside.
So lets create new moments of joy and happiness in our lives and lets remember all of those moments of joy that we have experienced in our past. This way all of those times when we can perceive the beauty and meaning of life, are accessible, when we most need them!
* Gabrielle Roth (February 4, 1941 – October 22, 2012): American dancer and musician, she created the 5Rhythms approach to movement
“…Find out where joy resides, and give it a voice far beyond singing. For to miss the joy is to miss all”.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson
HEALTH TIP OF THE MONTH
Picture by Denise Rochon August 12th, 2012
Inflammation is a natural response of the body to protect itself from different challenges such as in injuries, traumas, infections, allergens, stress and toxicity. Too much inflammation however can be harmful.
According to *Ayurvedic medicine, the summer element is the fire and the main organs and tissues associated with it, are the nervous system, heart, small intestines, gums, blood vessels, and blood. When fire is excessive in the body, there can be an excess of heat creating inflammation and leading to irritability, nervousness, memory loss, digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, skin disorders, hypertension or heart disturbances.
The five physical hallmark signs of acute inflammation are redness, swelling, heat, pain and loss of function.
If you experience any of these symptoms above, it is the time to pause and listen to your body. What are the factors aggravating you in your life? Look at what is happening internally for you. Is it time to make small ongoing changes in your life style and relationships to calm and soothe your whole you?
*Ayurvedic medicine evolved in India, and is considered to be the world’s oldest healthcare system. It is named for the Sanskrit word Ayurveda, meaning the “science of life.” It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit.
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: it is only with the heart that one can see rightly,what is essential is invisible to the eye”
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
RECIPES Of THE MONTH
Roses are the symbol of the alchemy of the self, and are the pure expression of grace and love ( see previous blog:http://drdeniserochon.com/spirit-alchemy-homeopathy/). They are also delectable as a tea or essence. Here below are two recipes, easy to make and impressive to taste. Both recipes have cooling properties as Pitta Dosha*-Pacifier.
ROSE PETAL SPREAD
Also known as Gulkand, rose petal spread has cooling properties and is therefore beneficial in alleviating heat and inflammation related problems. It is a powerful antioxidant and a very good rejuvenatour, as well as producing a calming effect for the nervous system, balancing the emotions.
- 4 cups of fragrant rose petals, gently rinsed in pure, non-chlorinated water and drained.
- 2 Tablespoons organic sugar powder.
- 2 Tablespoons raw organic honey.
- 1 cardamom pod, crushed and contents ground in a morter and pestle.
- drop of rose water (optional but favorable).
- a very tinny dash of cinnamon( optional).
In a glass bowl, mix all ingredients together and massage the petals gently with your hands. Cover and allow to sit in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, simmer for 30 minutes, then jar and refrigerate. To make the texture thicker like jam, increase the sugar to 1/2 cup and add 1/4 cup water.
AYURVEDIC ROSE-COCONUT SALAD DRESSING
This recipe has been used in India, Middle East and Asia for milleneum to flavour foods such as rice dishes, puddings and sweets. It is also used in French glazes, pastries and puddings. Coconut adds to its cooling properties.
- 1/3 cup fresh organic yogurt.
- 2 tablespoons organic extra virgin olive oil.
- 2 tablespoons Organic Rose Petal Spread.
- 1 teaspoon organic dried, shredded coconut.
*In Ayurvedic medicine, the doshas derive from the Five Elements and their related properties. Vata is composed of Space and Air, Pitta of Fire and Water, and Kapha of Earth and Water.The doshas are biological energies found throughout the human body and mind. They govern all physical and mental processes and provide every living being with an individual blueprint for health and fulfillment. ”The three bioelements are always fluctuating in the body. They are highly unstable and changes with day and night, and with food. The central concept of Ayurvedic medicine is the theory that health exists when there is a balance between these three fundamental bodily bio-elements or doshas called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. ( REf: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dosha)”.
“When you give yourself, you receive more than you give.“
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
INSPIRATION OF THE MONTH
In the Spirit of the the Joy that the summer brings to us and to continue to be inspired on our relationship to health, our earth and universe, here is a beautiful film created by Madeleine aka Bachan Kaur and friends. She is an artist, musician and teacher from Victoria, B.C.. She is currently working on her 6th album and going to school to further her path as an art educator – empowering the creative spirit within. Madeleine, thank you for your kindred playful creativity! It makes my heart rejoice!
in this labyrinth of space and time
that we find ourselves, can feel like such a bind
sometimes the illusion and confusion passing by
just remember it’s a moment, just a blink of an eye
but that moment lasts forever so we got to treat it fine
like a diamond in the rough, we’re gonna make it shine
find the curtains to your windows, open up them blinds
cause the world outside’s a waiting and it’s full of surprise
and a brand new wind that will help you realize
all the beauty and the lovin, that you’ve got inside”
And again…Please, accept my gratitude for the possibility to share, and for the precious and endless teachings that I receive from each and every one!
In Gratitude, Love, Health and Happiness,
Several of you over the years have known our gentle and loving Lulu. I wanted to share with those of you, that she has passed away three days ago. We are missing her dearly!
Dogs are our virtual connection to the heart. Since she left, I deeply realized that she will keep teaching me how to navigate the relationship I have to myself. She gave us way more than I can ever imagine giving to anyone or even to myself, in term of quality of unconditional love and presence. She was constantly reminding us of the importance to play, experience joy and to live in the moment. A little Buddha, a real inspiration…and also a teacher.
So many good memories and much gratitude for the time we had with her!
“ The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see i!.”
-Thich Nhät Hanh