THE SEEDS OF TOMORROW … YOUR CHILDREN
“Receive the children in reverence, educate them in love, and send them forth in freedom.”
~ Rudolf Steiner
As the Spring Equinox is at our door step with its promises for the life that multiplies, I can’t help but think of the seeds of tomorrow … our children!
Tomorrow? But they are here today! Yes, and today is the day that will create and solidify their future. While caring for them, we can be so wrapped up in a busy schedule that we may lose sight of the connection that our heart desires to have with them. In a time where technology offers highways of instant communication, too often the communication between parents and children is compromised. We may unconsciously take our time with them for granted, as we do our best to meet all our daily tasks. Children are so aware and connected to our emotions and thoughts that they know when we are being emotionally unavailable despite being physically there, and they may suffer as a result. Therefore, we need to consciously make the time to pause and stop, every day, to be fully present for them, to discipline ourselves enough to be fully awake in these particular moments. In the act of mindfulness, we cultivate being fully in the now, instead of entertaining thoughts about what needs to happen next.
Being with our children is the time to cultivate mindfulness, to be rooted in our breath, and to slow down many times a day, to be fully present, to enjoy and to care fully for these fast-growing seeds… the little miracles of our lives: our children.
“Where is the book in which the teacher can read about what teaching is?
The children themselves are this book.
We should not learn to teach out of any book other than the one lying open before us
and consisting of the children themselves.”
~ Rudolf Steiner
HEALTH TIPS OF THE MONTH
Your Child’s Immune System
“The soul is healed by being with children.”
~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Though children’s illnesses are unavoidable and often beneficial for their growth, they can cause so many worries…
No matter the story of our lives, we have to remind ourselves of the resilience that our ancestors have endured, so that we can to be here today. Our bodies are truly magnificent and operate in self-healing modes at all times, as it has been the case since our earliest history. And so, it is the same for our children who need our reassurance in these times of fear and discomfort. In many cultures and traditions, childhood illnesses were seen as a time of transition, and of growth, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
If you recall from previous blogs, I discussed how we are more bacteria than body cells, and how the key beneficial bacteria start colonizing the digestive tract at birth through the birth canal. Theses beneficial bacteria are important in providing shelter against disease, helping to extract nutrients, building healthy intestinal mucosa, enhancing and preserving the child’s immunity and determining lifelong gut flora makeup. In the same way, childhood illnesses are vitally important in enhancing the immune system for adult life. Most often, they are part a normal phase of development that needs to be supported with the right approach, rather than through the suppression of signs and symptoms. It is the time to resort to long proven medicine such as homeopathy and hydrotherapy as well as the appropriate diet. Their little bodies know how to heal themselves. It’s what bodies have been doing for millions of years! When a child gets ill and has a fever, this is the body’s natural inherent defense system at work, building its resilient white blood cells to combat what ever needs to be fought. Fever is the wise healthy response, to the presence of something foreign or toxic, that the body needs to get rid of.
With attentive nurturing and support for our child’s process during illness, we want to allow the time required for the full recovery, to promote the best health outcome possible. It is a special time which your children may remember forever, for the love, nurturing and gentle care they received. To facilitate their healing, use this time of illness as much as you can, as a “Sacred Time”, to be fully available and present. Hold and gently rock your kids, let them sleep, meditate or dream in peace, and when ready… jump into your pyjamas to cuddle with them in bed. Sing songs together , and tell or read them many, many more fairy tales so that they can be inspired to tap into their own resilience!
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.
If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
~ Albert Einstein
Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Bread
For those of you who miss starchy bread, this recipe is a yummy alternative. It is quite light while being substantial, and can be warmed up in a toaster.
- ¼ cup almond butter
- 5 eggs
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup almond flour or 1/2 cup of almond flour plus 1/2 cup of almond pulp from the homemade almond milk
- ¾ cup tapioca flour
- ¼ cup ground flax seeds, plus 2 teaspoons to sprinkle the top
- ½ teaspoon of Himalayan or sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Grease a 8×4-inch loaf pan with coconut oil or line with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, add the almond butter, the honey and the apple cider vinegar; mix very well.
- In a separate large bowl, mix the almond flour and/or pulp, the tapioca flour, the ground flax seeds, the salt and baking soda.
- Gradually mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, then pour the mixture into the loaf pan and sprinkle the top with the ground flax seeds.
- Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until a fork inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- et it cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing it to set on a cooling rack.
Turmeric is one of the most healing roots for the body. It is grown and used mainly in India but it has been used in many countries for thousands of years as a healing food. It is known to be beneficial to the liver, inner organs, the spine, the joints, as well as the immune, nervous and cardiovascular systems. It is an important blood purifier and promotes general health and longevity.
- 1/2 cup organic turmeric powder
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 organic cold pressure virgin coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Directions for the TURMERIC PASTE:
- Combine the turmeric with the water in a sauce pan.
- Heat on low heat for about 7 minutes. If the paste becomes too tick and too dry, you can add up more water, up to one more cup. But make sure that it stays firm enough,not like a sauce.
- Stir in the coconut oil and the black pepper.
- Store in a jar with a lid in the refrigerator. It will last up to 3 weeks.
Directions for the TURMERIC LATTE:
When you are ready to enjoy your Turmeric Latte, put into a cup:
- 1 teaspoon turmeric paste
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamon
- 1/2 teaspoon maca ( optional)
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 1/3 homemade almond milk ( see recipe below)
- 2/3 cup boiling water
Stir and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon raw cacao.
Homemade Almond Milk
Almonds have been one of the most veneered foods on the planet, and were an important part of the diet of many Ancient Cultures such as the Egyptian and Ayurvedic Societies. They were praised for their affinities for pregnant mothers and for the infants they carried. It is now recognized that almonds contain a high quantity of bio-available iron, calcium, and magnesium, as well as Vitamin E which may serve as a great antioxidant and agent in prevention of cataracts and macular degeneration . The list of benefits is too wide to enumerate here, but it is said that a few raw almonds a day will protect your immune system, heart and brain functions.
Almond milk is a healthy and inexpensive* alternative to dairy that you can easily make at home! The flavour is so fruity and the consistency is velvety. It is simple to make and requires very little time. There is no comparison with the bought product that comes in a container with a plastic lining, and like virtually every other food or drink, it is healthier, and taste so much better when you make it yourself!
The other added benefit is that you can save the leftover almond pulp to make flour to use in other recipes ( see below)! I simply keep it as it is after straining the milk, and I keep it in a mason jar in the fridge to use it later in the bread recipe above or to make dehydrated chips and crackers ( recipe coming up next blog).
* Order a large quantity of raw almonds and/or other nuts such as hemp, sesame or sunflower seeds as well, and split it with a family member or with a friend.
- 1 cup raw organic almonds, nuts or seeds soaked overnight in pure filtered water. (This step will reduce the level of phytates and enhance our body’s access to enzymes and nutrients.)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 4 cups pure filtered water
- 1 date
- 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt
- Soak the almonds for 12 hours in pure water with ½ tsp salt. Drain off the water ( except if you use hemp seeds where you would save it and blend everything directly).
- Combine the drained almonds and 4 cups filtered water in a blender.
- Blend several minutes until smooth and creamy. (Warning: mixture will expand some, so make sure your blender is not full before starting it).
- Strain the mixture into a large bowl through a nut bag. (You can make one using organic hemp or cotton cheese cloth).
- Put mixture back into blender with date and 1/8 tsp salt.
- Pour into a glass jar and store in the fridge for up to one week.
As a rule of thumb, soaking nuts for any kind of recipe or to eat later is always a good idea. Soak nuts in salt water for 12 hours; rinse them; then dry them in the oven on lowest heat or in a dehydrator for several hours. Store them in a jar, or a paper bag in a glass or metallic container. Save the pulp of the almonds for all kind of yummy recipes and smoothies. Put on cookie sheet and dehydrate in dehydrator or oven on lowest heat until completely dry, then put through a blender or food processor to make almond flour, which can later be used in recipes in place of flour.
INSPIRATION OF THE MONTH
Continue to be inspired about The Seeds of Tomorrow … Our Children:
“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves,
and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”
Accept my gratitude for the possibility to share, and for the precious and endless teachings that I receive from each and every one.
Thank you for reading my blog, and please, share it freely!
We are truly interconnected!
In Gratitude, Love, Health and Happiness,
“Love children especially, for they too are sinless like the angels;
they live to soften and purify our hearts
and, as it were, to guide us.”