I don’t typically blog about products but a couple musician friends of mine suggested this website so I ordered a t-shirt. It’s super comfy and the message is strong, artistic and loving. We need more love in the world right now. Maybe this mode of expression appeals to you, too! ❤️
Since returning to work this last month as a Licensed (Medical) Massage Therapist one of the most common issues presenting since this pandemic began is lack of deep breathing. In fact these days my experience is that most people are, energetically speaking, only about 50% in their physical bodies. Why would this be? Stress and over-worrying. Understandably so, all things considered. But the long term health affects of this situation will only spiral into numerous other physical, emotional, and mental health issues if not addressed sooner than later.
While I can work one-on-one to help people get back into their breath, back in touch with their physical body and their peaceful place, the challenge is how to reach greater numbers of people? Perhaps you will find this blog useful and pass it on to your friends and people in need, especially those with asthma and/or PTSD.
Pranayama is a gentle breathing exercise that balances the body overall. Daily practice has shown it can increase lung capacity, immunity, sleep, digestion, elimination, and reduce pain, all through the breath!
In practicing this method you may find that one sinus is easier to breathe through than the other at different times of day. Aside from any impinging sinus issues this difference is sinus capacity is perfectly normal.
I really like Kavita Maharaj’s introductory video on how and why to perform Pranayama. She careful addresses the details so you practice safely and comfortably:
In the science article linked below you can read about why nasal breathing is actually very beneficial for increasing Nitric Oxide (NO). What is it and why should you care? Nitric Oxide is a naturally occurring, colorless gas in the body that increases blood flow and vasodilation which, in turn, improves cardiovascular health, reduces risks of blood clots, and improves cognitive function. It’s also derived from certain foods, namely:
red beets leafy greens: arugula (best nitric oxide booster of leafy greens), chard, spinach and lettuce endive leeks radishes celery broccoli fennel Chinese cabbage turnips cucumbers carrots cauliflower herbs, like parsley and dill pomegranate juice oranges bananas
Just returned from a lovely pre-sunset walk in the nearby park where protected wetlands are blooming with abundant cattails. As a kid on family road trips I remember times my mom would randomly pull the car to the shoulder, pop out with scissors in hand and collect cattails, pussywillows, and any other variety of natural plants that she would later convert into artwork. What she didn’t know, and I am only now learning, is how edible her collections were!
This awareness came to me after reading a blog by Nicole Apelian, PhD. She is an herbalist, survival skills instructor, anthropologist and research biologist. She survived in the remote wilderness for 57 days straight with only a hunting knife and the wild foods and medicines Nature generously provided. I ordered her book (image below) and found a plethora of edible and medicinal information about the most common plants and weeds so often seen growing in sidewalk cracks, fields, and roadsides – the very ones that are so often destroyed by herbicides. It’s a handy, informative guide which I highly recommend.
Cattails, as one small example, are edible, nutritious, and medicinal! According to Nicole’s book, they are useful for addressing: * skin conditions * pain * insect bites * toothaches * bleeding issues
She also provides contraindications in her book about which wild foods would not be advised for people with certain health conditions or who are pregnant.
After my walk I took a quick glance online and found another lovely “wise woman” offering cooking advice with wild foraged plants, Alexis Nikole. She packs a lot of information in one little video, and she’s very entertaining to watch and learn from. Below are a couple of her links for your enjoyment and plant education:
There are many wonderful food-foraging resources out there to choose from and I have only presented a couple here to get you started on your journey.
My long-time dream has been that someone(s) would find a way to make this information easily accessible to the homeless, and folks struggling to make ends meet who are trying to feed their family nutritious food. Nature is abundant with food and medicine, everything we need is just outside our door or a short distance away, especially here in the states.
Medicine doesn’t just come from a pharmacy. Plants ARE the sources of most modern medicine that have then been rearranged in a lab, genetically altered and patented in order to make money. However, our medicine wo/men and shaman ancestors knew how to synthesize and make available the endless, abundant gifts this planet provides. We have only to become respectfully reaquainted with our plant family once again and reclaim our indigenous (Earthling) heritage.
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Why should we care about the upcoming solar eclipse/new moon/Summer Solstice? What possible difference could it make in our personal lives when the moon nestles itself between the sun and Earth?
Much as humans seem to thrive on “us vs. them” mentality in sports or daily politics there is actually nothing more inclusive and uniting than being a human on Earth, especially now when global population is at its highest point in history – far as we know. We share the same home planet, we bathe in the same pool of planetary energies, and we receive the same solar, galactic and universal downloads on a 24 hour basis. Our DNA molecules are being greatly affected by these seen and unseen forces of the cosmos. They are fundamentally changing our very structure to help us adapt to the rapidly mutating on and off planet environments.
While this may sound like we’re always on the receiving end of forces greater than ourselves, we must also keep in mind we are built like antennae, receiving and transmitting signals within our cells, amongst each other, within our local and global weather environment, and as a collective beyond the planet, even into the ‘tween spaces of unseen dimensions. Hence, what we do on Earth affects Earth but does not stay on Earth, and that is a huge burden of power for better or for worse.
Through the built-in wisdom of our heartbeat we are synched with the rhythm of the Earth’s “heartbeat”, also known as the Schumann Resonance. The planet, with its own unique consciousness truly knows us, more intimately than we may realize. Our indigenous ancestors understood this and honored the relationship between human and Earth since time immemorial. The disconnect with Nature has only been a fairly recent phenomenon, spurred initially by early church doctrines that deemed the material world (including the human body) as less-than its spiritual counterpart, to the more recent birth of the new religion: science.
The separation was probably a required part of the human evolutionary process to see just how far we would push the limits of internal division and what that experience had to teach us. However, we have divided ourselves from our environment for so long and to such extremes we are reaching the point of detriment to our species’ survival. The planet is not so much at risk because the inherent wisdom and unwavering force to birth new life is its primary function. It will always resurrect itself. One need only look at the unrelenting force to survive that every form of life, right down to the plant seedling, shows against all odds. Whether from man-made destruction or catastrophic damage from asteroids, volcanos, fires and floods, life on Earth persists.
Because of an innate ability to see the signs in the stars and commune with the earthly and heavenly realms our ancestors sought to unify these forces within themselves and their environment. They erected stone structures to increase their crop yield and tap into the life informing, multi-dimensional energies of nature and cosmos. They built monuments that would stand the test of time and environmental wear & tear, embedded with the sacred mathematics that mirrored the heavens to help us – their offspring, so when the time came we might regain the wisdom they knew would be lost in great upheavals. Their essence is embedded in our very genetics. Built-in biotools, if you will, passed down through the generations enabling us to foretell coming weather changes, migration patterns, and communicate with animals, plants and the unseen realms. Ancient people knew the elementals of fire, water, air, earth and aether to be our family, our ancient mentors from Earth’s inception. For those who would listen they reach out, offering help and whispering to us in our dreams.
The ancient people respected and watched for cues from wildlife and the plants that chose to grow in and around them as medicine on-offer for whatever ailed them at that time. Even now, in the teachings of plant spirit medicine it is understood that whatever “weeds” we find growing outside our immediate home environment were called in through resonate frequency emitted by the home dwellers. For example, one may find numerous dandelions popping up in sidewalk cracks and lawn where the occupant is in dire need of a liver detox, stronger bones, or lowering of blood pressure. They may find plantain growing nearby when they need to reduce cholesterol, resolve bronchitis, constipation, or heal wounds.
Some of the most ancient teachers, however, are planetary movements – rhythms of such vast perfection and proportion they astonish human reason. The cyclical dance of our sun, moon and earth opens necessary portals that drastically change the Earth’s ionosphere, magnetic field, and alters our body/mind. The light, or rather lack of it during an eclipse also affects our internal systems:
“Biorhythms are particularly sensitive to the coming and going of the light emitted from the primary day and night luminaries. These quite subtle ‘cyclically recurring pattern of physiological states in an organism or organ, such as alpha rhythm or circadian rhythm, are believed by some to affect physical and mental states and behavior’.” The Free Dictionary – Biorhythm
Changes in light from an eclipse also changes our digestion:
“…When even animals know not to eat, especially not large, heavy meals during aneclipse, it would seem that homo sapiens would understand the same. From a scientific perspective, it is now well understood that the strength of the human digestive fire (also known collectively as digestive enzymes and process) is directly related to the path of the sun in the sky. The higher the sun is, the more brightly the digestive fire burns. Hence, it is better to eat the main meal of the day close to noontime when the sun is at its zenith.
“Because the digestive power is greatly diminished during an eclipse, it is highly recommended not to eat, or eat very little (and food that is very easy to digest) if one must. Conversely, it is good to engage in spiritual practices which counteract any adverse effects of an eclipse. All religious traditions and many indigenous peoples had their various customs around eclipse events; however, most of them have been gradually discarded or little observed over the last few centuries.”
— The Millennium Report, 2015
While we may not fully understand all the repercussions of these powerful solar system events we can expand our understanding and connection to these grand movements by staying curious and respectfully listening to older, often wiser bodies of ancient wisdom. We are intertwined in this cosmic dance, and the forces at work have no interest in our race, color, gender, age, or religion. They affect us all equally, though perhaps in varying degrees depending on our current state of physical and mental health, and where we are on the planet. We can join the dance or stay in our egos and pretend we are separate from our environment. While we may fool ourselves into believing we are masters and controllers of Nature our behavior and beliefs only reveal our immaturity. We are a very young species and still have much to learn, or perhaps re-learn. If we wish to consciously relax into this upcoming grand solar eclipse/ new moon/ summer solstice event we just might get a taste of the Love permeating all of creation. It’s always our choice.
Note: June 20, 2020, solar eclipse occurs at 0 degrees of the sign Cancer, 8:45 pm and new moon at 11:41 pm pacific nw time (northern hemisphere).
“Thinking about how and the why of it just befuddles the mind… but there’s peace and happiness in the just being a part of a greater mystery…for what would life be without it?”
— Rory Duff, Geologist, GeoBiologist
Be well and stand in your center.
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Some years ago when car headlights and street lights were swiftly changing out to halogen and LED it felt like the peace of quiet time after sunset had been stolen. Driving at night, one of my favorite times to get behind the wheel with a cooling breeze, twinkling night skies and clear roads had become painfully dominated by piercing blue headlights. The LEDs in the overhead street lights were installed to save energy so the city told us, but at what price? The ability to sit out and look at the stars was swiftly destroyed. The local astronomy group was publishing non-stop about light pollution. Nature articles increasingly warned how these new lights were messing with wildlife’s natural sleep cycle. Sea turtles, confused by the coastline dotted with bright hotel lights were laying their eggs out of season making them vulnerable to predators.
More recently a client told me how his chronic jaw pain and headaches nearly vanished after he started wearing amber tinted glasses while working long hours on his computer. I’d never heard of that correlation, but remembered that I also resorted to wearing amber “gamer shades” to drive at night. The article linked below explains the value of wearing such tinted lenses for prolonged viewing of screens (tv, phone, game systems) especially after the natural light of day has passed.
Excerpt: “What are the effects of blue light exposure at night? When we become chrono-misaligned, or out of sync with our biology, we can experience symptoms such as: * insomnia and/or chronic sleep deprivation * hormonal imbalances * adrenal fatigue * anxiety and depression * a sense of being chronically tired or overwhelmed * weight gain * decreased REM sleep and overall reduced sleep quality (this study was done specifically on iPads, but applies to all blue-light emitting devices). Even the American Medical Association has warned that high-intensity lights ‘emit unseen blue light that can disturb sleep rhythms and possibly increase the risk of serious health conditions, including cancer and cardiovascular disease,’ writes The Washington Post. They’re talking about street light specifically in that warning, but the same principle applies to all blue-light emitting devices used at night.” https://mommypotamus.com/blue-light-blocking-glasses-benefits/?fbclid=IwAR0qwaG3SeW0qIfJJjMZz1DFMDV9Ehank-HrOK6Vi9IqvLiY2Jhpvw8Mxu8
Please take this article to heart and consider buying a pair of amber shades if you do a lot of gaming, night reading on your phone, iPad and such. Eat plenty of colorful, organic plant foods to strengthen your day and night vision. That includes but not limited to broccoli, carrots, blueberries, bilberries, dandelion flowers (eaten raw, fried in batter, or make into dandelion jam or wine), dandelion greens (nice salad addition, pick the leaves when their young), spinach, kale, lettuce, and peas.
I am a huge fan of practicing qigong for its ability to calm, balance and heal the mind, heart, spirit. It can be very helpful for grounding as well. Daisy offers many YT videos but here’s one you might like for the simplicity and ease of movement. Plus it’s relaxing to watch. 😊
Went to the grocery store after work today. An African-American man in line in front of me had a beaauuuutiful bouquet of oranges roses in his grocery basket. I asked if he bought them there, as I’d never seen flowers sold at that store. He didn’t hear me but the cashier did, and she replied “He bought them elsewhere and brought them in with him.” Then she said to him, “You have a very lucky friend to get such pretty roses from you.” His voiced picked up in volume and he said, “I bought them for me because being an African-American man right now I feel such grief and I need to show myself some love.” An African-American woman was standing behind me, but she was elderly and maybe didn’t hear him. My eyes teared up a bit. I stepped forward to get his attention and said, “You need to know we love you.❤️“ He dipped his head a bit and softly replied, “Thank you.” When he walked away the cashier said, “ He’s a lovely man.”
If only they knew the love so many of us feel, if only the media would pay more attention to those who are doing acts of kindness between races, if only people wouldn’t be so shy and just shared the truth of their hearts as he did today, and as we did in return. I’ve been having such intimate encounters like this lately and they feel like golden opportunities to give Love a voice.
The photo of the roses are from my garden. They pale in comparison to one’s he chose for himself, but I share them here in his honor, and in honor of all who are oppressed and needing to know how truly loved they are.
If you take anything away from this, please express yourself. Don’t wait. The time is now to speak, share, express and represent Love more than ever before.🌷❤️
Not a wordy blog today. Just a little snapshot of the lovely faces in my backyard. The world needs more of Nature’s beauty, color and sacred geometry right now. ❤️ Thank you for taking time to enjoy. ❤️
This creative recipe credit goes to my hubby who has contemplated a savory pizza blend of India and Italy for some while. Depending on how you make it this could be one giant pizza or, as in this case, four smaller ones served on pre-made naan bread.
The photo shows the brand of naan he used – for easy reference, but you may choose to substitute your own favorite. As always, the ingredients can be adjusted to fit any dietary preference!
Making this on a grill was touch-n-go for him. Initially the naan pizza was placed in the grill at the required temperature for just a few minutes but the bottom burned. Next, he put it on a grill stone surface thinking it would prevent overcooking, yet it burned again! Obviously, our grill runs much hotter than the temp gauge shows. The recipe instructions here suggest you bake it in a regular oven, middle shelf, but check on it after every few minutes. Burned slightly or not, it was DEEELISH! Happy cooking, and if you make it let us know how it went! 🙂
Tomato Sauce: 8 oz. tomato Sauce 4 TBS Plain Yogurt 4 TBS heavy Cream 2-3 tsp sugar – to taste
Heat small pan and melt the butter. Saute minced garlic until aromatic. Pour in the spice mix and sauté until fragrant (1-2min) on med. heat.
Add tomato sauce and stir well to mix. Sprinkle salt to taste and simmer until sauce thickens (about 2min). Turn off heat
Either pre heat oven at 450 degrees, or use a grill with a grill stone. Brush dough or pre made Naan with Olive oil. Spread sauce on Pizza crust. Add other toppings of your choice. Add mozzarella cheese to cover and sprinkle pizza with fresh chopped cilantro.
In oven, bake for 8-10 min for fresh pizza dough, or 5-7min until cheese melted and bubbly with pre-made naan. On grill, check the bottom at 3min to make sure not burnt, and cook until cheese melted and bubbly.
Another fabulous book I highly recommend: The New Human, Awakening to Our Cosmic Heritage, by Mary Rodwell; forward by Dr. Leo Sprinkle.
So many wonderful children are coming on board these days that have been designated the “letter kids” as they often are diagnosed with A.D.D., A.D.H.D., Asbergers, Savant Autistic, and many are prone to hyper-sensitivity to environmental stimuli, have multiple allergies, and are rich with gifts that require special cultivation. They are largely misunderstood and often forced into chemical oppression via meds, and boxed/labeled by a society that does not understand their needs and abilities. This book is the ultimate go-to for understanding what their role may be on Earth at this time, their dietary requirements, their genetic differences, and how we as parents, educators, physicians can meet them where they’re at rather than forcing them to conform to a broken system.
Author Mary Rodwell is a former nurse/midwife, counselor, clinical hypnotherapist, author, and Reiki Master. She is Principle of A.C.E.R.N., Co-Founder of Dr. Edgar Mitchell Foundation for Research Into Extraterrestrial Encounters (F.R.E.E.).