REMEMBERING WHO WE ARE!
“What is this precious love and laughter budding in our hearts? It is the sound of a soul waking up” ~Hafiz
Series of eight circles starting October 12 2016,
one Wednesday a month until June 21 2017.
This chapter might be the most grueling to write as I may sound like the canary in the coal mine. It has to do with how we seem to have lost our way, as if something went terribly wrong with our health and our happiness this past century. Yes, the volatility in mortality, caused by epidemics and pandemic infectious diseases might have been curtailed, as infectious diseases yielded to improved living conditions from that era. However, we seem to be sicker, more toxic than ever, more agitated, depressed and anxious and the rate of infertility keeps increasing. As a fact, in the beginning of the 20th century, before the ever growing proliferation of the chemical industry in our lands, homes, gardens, food, and seeds, and despite the promise of industrialization, the rate of cancer was quite rare, only one per cent of the population. Breast cancer was practically unheard of. Today, one out of two men , and one out of three woman will develop cancer in their lifetime. It is now the second cause of mortality among children. I could go on with my list of what is going wrong as we see the emergence of more immune and degenerative disorders than ever, more adults, teenagers and now children being medicated for depression, anxiety and stress. We are all being affected somehow, individually or through our respective families. This is not a personal health issue anymore, but it has become a global issue where we are all concerned.
How have we lost our way? How can we come back to health and find happiness?
At this time, we humans, have all the knowledge and technology possible to resolve any single problem on the planet.
What is missing? A shift of consciousness to start living with the earth and in our bodies as souls!
When we wake up to who we are, we can radically change the way we live so that we can experience inner peace, health and happiness.
I felt inspired when I realized from my own growth, the importance of the tribe. We humans need the reflection of each other to evolve. And yes, coming together to understand our own afflictions, challenges and those of our time, is not only profoundly empowering and liberating, but it has exponential effects on our lives and surroundings. This is why I felt called to write, and to open circles and workshops for my own community. Along the way, in the process of finding my own voice, I also discovered the power of vulnerability and how it gives permission to others to share, open up and learn from each other.
This is the magic of coming together to remember who we are.
Inspired by new science and by ancient traditions, some of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems, our experience is that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, spirit and the world at large. During our 8 circles starting in October, we will be exploring each of the seven most important systems of the body and the physical, emotional, and spiritual components related to them as well as ways to listen to our body to nurture, care for, and re-balance toward optimal health and happiness.
My intention is to create a safe and sacred space to share, to experience a deep connection with each other and a sense of clarity in our own process, as well as a sense of Body Mind Spirit empowerment.
Remember Gandhi`s words: ‘‘We have to be the change that we want to see in the world”. It starts with each one of us. As individuals, we are more irresistible and powerful than we might be aware of, just in doing what is best for oneself, in cultivating the intention of RADICAL self-love. When we are ready to fiercely protect our own health and happiness by making conscious choices about our way of being and living, we then not only contribute to our own well-being but we create ripples on our families, communities and the world at large.
“If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if they are ready to do away with the reasons for their illness.
Only then is it possible to help.”
HEALTH TIP OF THE MONTH
Full spectrum light and rainbow food.
I often tell my patients how important it is to eat nature’s food rather than man made food and that we are children of the sun. There would be no life on the planet without light, and we are just starting to understand its incredible role on every cell of our body. Just like the plants, trees and just like our food, we are light bodies!
Every function and rhythm of the body is influenced by light rays. Dr Jacob Liberman in his book Light: Medicine Of The Future, mentions that the entire volume of blood, which transports most of the body’s nutrients, is pumped by the heart and circulates through the eyes every two hours where it is then affected by the direct stimulation of the light. According to him: “For any ingested substance to be fully processed or used by the body, it needs to go through a series of chemical reactions that are catalyzed (ignited) by a specific portion of the electrical spectrum. Without this specific portion of the spectrum ( type of light), the substance would not be fully used, resulting in some aspect of the physiological functioning being left in the dark. Without a balanced spectrum of light in our environment we probably suffer from ” malillumination’‘. This condition, which is probably more common than we like to believe, can lead to a lack of nutritional support for certain portions of our being, resulting in chronic disease.’‘
As in every cell of our body, food itself is like a ”frozen light”. The lower we eat on the food chain ( meaning more of the vegetal world), the better chances we have to receive the full life force that light provides. Foods derived from animal origin especially from those held captive indoors, and of manufactured food with highly processed or chemical items, not only pollute our bodies which are not equipped to neither digest or eliminate them, but rarely have any of light’s nutritional value. In his book, Dr Liberman also mentions another interesting book, Spiritual Nutrition and the Rainbow Diet, by Dr Gabriel Cousens who describes the important psychophysiological functions attributed to the colour of food.
So to nourish and nurture your bodies, mind and spirits, look for local nature’s rainbow food grown in the natural full-spectrum of light, and make sure to expose your body in the sun, everyday of the year!
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
Keep lots of garlic in the cupboards! With the cold season at our door, garlic comes as a rescuer and as a booster of the immune system to combat colds and flu.
Thanks to many of its other powerful chemical constituents like allicin, garlic (Allium sativum) a native of Central Asia, found its way more than 5,000 years ago into the ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Greece, Rome, Northern Europe and China. Garlic has been known from cultures around the world, cherished and celebrated for its illustrious history of medicinal purposes, use and benefits, helping in the prevention of disease and in the promotion of health and well-being.
26 garlic cloves (unpeeled)
4 tbsp of olive oil
1/2 tsp of sea salt
1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper
1/2 cup fresh ginger
21/4 cups sliced onions
1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
26 garlic peeled
1/2 cup coconut milk
3 1/2 cups organic vegetable ( or chicken) broth
optional: fresh parsley, fresh or dried stinging nettles
4 lemon wedges.
Place the 26 unpeeled cloves of garlic in a small glass baking dish. Toss with 2 tbsp of olive oil and the sea salt and cover before placing in a preheated oven at 35oF. Bake until the garlic turns golden brown and tender, about 45 minutes. Cool, squeeze the garlic between your fingertips to release the cloves. Transfer to a small bowl.
In a large pot, warm up the remaining olive oil over medium-heat. Add the onions, thyme, ginger and cayenne powder and cook until the onions are translucent, about 6 minutes. Add the roasted garlic as well as the 26 peeled garlic cloves and cook for 3 minutes. Add vegetable broth and simmer until garlic is very tender, about 20 minutes. Puree until smooth, add the coconut milk and bring to a simmer.
Season with sea salt, black peppercorn. Add fresh parsley and/or stinging nettle.
Squeeze in the juice of one lemon wedge and serve!
“ The school of remedies is not roofed with tiles but with the whole sky.”
** Picture by freedigitalphotos.net
INSPIRATION OF THE MONTH
To continue to be inspired on Remembering Who We Are, here is a 6 minute video using words written by a favorite of mine, Thomas Berry, cultural historian and ecotheologian ( 1914-2009 ).
“The Universe, and in particular the planet earth, is a communion of subjects,
not a collection of objects”
~ Thomas Berry
I want to thank each one and every one of you for your interest and support in reading my newsletter, and to pass it on. I find myself of service in this big picture of life, where to understand our own health, it is often valuable to understand our place in our surroundings, living consciously, with an awareness of our own nature and of the world around us, how it affects us and how we, in turn, affect nature and the world. My goal is to help you in making informed choices for yourselves, your families and loved ones. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as a guide and facilitator toward empowerment, helping you in developing the necessary tools and confidence to take your health into your own hands. Furthermore, I want to express my sincere gratitude for the possibility to share, and for the precious and endless teachings that I receive from each and every one of you. We are truly interconnected!
In Gratitude, Love, Health and Happiness,
“Now is the time to know that all you do is sacred.” ~ Hafiz
*** 2017 Hafiz Calendar. Versions by Daniel Ladinsky. Artwork by Silas Toball.