IN THE DARKNESS SHINES YOUR LIGHT!
“There is a crack in everything.That’s how the light gets in.”
Dear ones, here we go again, transiting into the darkest nights of the year! How are you doing? For many of us, this time of the year reveals a myriad of emotions, but since there is a crack in everything, it is surely to allow the light to emerge. In the winter months, but especially during the Winter Solstice, according to the wisdom of many ancient traditions, it has been the time of the year to stop, to reset our energy and build new strength for the next seasons to come. By deepening our roots for strength, we bring the light to our darkest places so that we can see our shadows. This is a call to be quiet, and to listen with curiosity, kindness, love and compassion. These shadows are not there to hurt us. They are simply calling for our help and attention as they are exiled part of our human experience, individually and globally, wanting to come to the light to be seen and heard for healing. By recovering and redeeming them, we can then remember the essence of our being, our innocent nature, the freedom to be, to create, to share, to unite and rejoice!
As the element for winter is water, and as we remember who we are, how appropriate it is to shine our light in unity with those who stand with the water protectors at the Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock, Dakota. Us, human beings, are we not the children of the Earth? Nature is talking to us all over the world. Are we listening? Can we listen? The birds are talking to us, the bears, the wolves, the eagles, the elephants, the lions, the cougars, the rhinoceros, the trees, the plants, the earth, the air, the water…Can we listen? We are presently undergoing a historical episode of our human chapter and where for several months, unprecedented numbers of First Nations and people from all over the world have united to be heard, to be a voice for the water, the earth, for all races, for all sentient beings and for all life. Are we willing to listen?
“Mni Wiconi’’ ’’ Mni Wiconi’’ ’’ Mni Wiconi ” *
“Water is Life”
( *in the Sioux, Lakota language)
” Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness
we discover the infinite power of our light.”
HEALTH TIPS OF THE MONTH
” Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live”.
Water is Life and Water Is The Winter element.
Water is the feminine element. It represents cohesiveness, harmony, nurturing , balance and free flow. For the yogis, it is associated with the second chakra. In Sanskrit the word “chakra” signifies spinning wheels of light. It is energy. Of the many chakras within the human body, seven have been identified as major. In the fall we explored the root chakra and its connection to the gut, where over 80% of our immune system resides ( to read more, refer to my Oct blog). In the winter, we are connecting with the water element which is associated with the kidneys, adrenal gland, bladder, bones. In traditional Chinese medicine, kidneys are thought of as a the root of the body’s energy. The emotion related to the kidneys and to the adrenals is fear. When unbalanced, we may experience emotional instability, fear of change, anxiety, depression etc.. When we live with ongoing stress, we get into survival mode, thereby exhausting our adrenal glands and making it more demanding for our body to heal. This is why it is so important to replenish these organs during the winter months, where the nights are longer, by welcoming nature’s invitation to rest in a meditative state.
- Nurture good feelings.
- Reduce or eliminate time spending with whom or what drains your energy.
- Be kind to yourself and to others.
- Spend at least one hour each day doing something that you love.
- Laughter is the best medicine.
- Slow down, go to bed early, sleep in a completely dark room to recharge your adrenals.
- Practice deep breathing.
- Drink water in profusion. As a guiding tool, drink in ounces half your
weight in pounds. Ex: 80 oz for a 160 lbs person. If the urine is yellow, it is time to drink.
- Discipline yourself to exercise at least 20 minutes five days a week. Do it outside when possible. Walking briskly with walking sticks to get the arms involved, bicycling, dancing, skipping, trampoline etc.. The ongoing remodeling of our bone structure needs us to be physically active to stimulate the electrical charges within the bone matrix .
- Address healthy gut, healthy diet ( To read more in my Oct blog).
- Best to avoid gluten.
- Best to avoid : sugar and all commercial sweeteners, hydrogenated oils, chlorinated water, plastic bottles, GMOs, microwaves. and all chemicals as much as possible.
- Best in medicinal doses: caffeine, and alcohol.
Suggestions of warming, building and strengthening foods for the adrenal, kidneys and bones:
. Roasted root vegetables : yam, squash, beets, turnips, etc..garlic, onions, leeks.
. Cruciferous: kale, broccoli, cabbages, cauliflowers, brussel sprouts.
. Greens: asparagus, celery, dandelion greens, spinach, collards, parsley, rosemary.
. Soups: miso, vegetables, beans, bone broths.
. Seeds and nuts: sesame, pumpkin, chia, flax and hemp, almonds,walnuts, brazil nuts.
. Gluten-free plants and grains: quinoa, millet, amaranth, wild rice, oatmeal, coco flour.
. Healthy fats: avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, organic butter or ghee
. All beans: eg. black-eyed peas, mung beans sprouts.
. Fruits: Apples, bananas, figs, dates, pomegranates, berries from the fall and summer, watermelon.
. Others: kelp, seaweed, garlic, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, black pepper, cayenne, Himalaya and sea salts.
. Warm beverages of: yogi tea (refer to my Recipes), nettle, rose hips, raspberry, fennel seeds, licorice root.
”Health can be practiced as an art, to be in harmony with the law of nature, with the self, others and the surrounding world.”
Punica granatum, is the shrub that produces the red fruit pomegranate revered for several millennia as a symbol of health, fertility and longevity. There is now evidence that a molecule in pomegranates, enables muscle cells to protect themselves against aging, by rebooting the Mitochondria* which is the powerhouse of our cells .
Pomegranate is one of the oldest known fruit on the planet. According to Wikipedia: “The pomegranate originated in the region of modern-day Iran and has been cultivated since ancient times throughout the Mediterranean region and northern India. It was introduced into Spanish America in the late 16th century and California, by Spanish settlers, in 1769″. It is said in the Torah that each pomegranate contains 613 seeds, , inviting us to sow as many good deeds as its fertile seeds
Called arils, its seeds have with the peels, three times more antioxidants as both wine or green tea. Food is medicine! Its fresh juice is packed with nutrients like proteins, fibres, fatty acids, vitamins A,C,E, K as well as folic acid and iron, potassium. This amazing fruit can help boost your immunity and sooth your digestive system, stomach, liver, bladder. Because of its potent anti-inflammatory properties, it has a major role in keeping inflammation at bay, protecting you from high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Making its juice is simple once you know how to cut it by removing the crown. Than put its seeds into a juicer or a blender for a brief moment until all the seeds are crushed. If needed pass through a strainer. Enjoy its vibrancy!
“HOW TO SEED A POMEGRANATE: METHOD
- Make a shallow slit at the top of the pomegranate where the knob/stem is (this part is known as the crown). Cut all the way around the top of the rind, creating a shallow circle. Don’t push the knife in too deep, or you may burst some seeds.
Pull the crown of the pomegranate off to reveal the inner seeds.
Cut three shallow slits through the outer rind, following three of the white pith lines, from the top of the fruit to the bottom. Pull the fruit apart to create three large sections
- Remove any large pieces of pith that are visible.
- Submerge the sections in a large bowl of cold water.
- Break apart the sections underneath the water, separating the seeds from the rind and pith. As you remove the seeds, they will sink to the bottom of the bowl. The pith will rise to the top and float. Discard the large chunks of rind (the peel).
How to Seed a Pomegranate
INSPIRATION OF THE MONTH
To continue to be inspired about the power of the light, here is “Anthem” by Leonard Cohen, loved and renowned Canadian poet and singer- songwriter who recently passed suddenly . I am happy to honor him today, and to express gratitude for his light! (21 Sep 1934 – 7 Nov 2016).
to know the secrets that lie beyond it.” -Rumi
It is with deep gratitude for each one of you, and for my family, friends, and community, that I wish you a Bright Holiday Season and a Wholehearted New year! As nature pauses to take a moment of silence for us to listen…may we find Love, Peace and Happiness within, and let the gratefulness overflow into blessings all around us!
In Health and Joy,
“May the light cracks through our shadows, bringing global healing to our individual, collective and earthly wounds, so that we may become united to cultivate love and peace for all beings on earth!”