The Law of Surrender

The Law of Surrender

To surrender does not mean putting your hands in the air and flying a white flag, it is not defeat, giving up or failing. To surrender is to be wise. It is wise to accept the flow of life’s energy rather than resist it. To surrender is to accept “What is now” unconditionally and to give up, without any reservations whatsoever, any inner resistance to “What is now”.

By making a conscious choice at this moment, and in every present moment of now, to fully accept that the present moment is as it should be, then by surrendering to this knowledge you are more powerful than you could possibly believe. By not judging the present moment of now but by accepting it and offering no resistance to what is now, you show tremendous faith in God and other Unseen Entities. This allows you to be in a state of grace, easy flow and enlightenment. Whether things are perceived “good” or “bad” is not material in this state of grace. Things are what they are and, eventually everything happens for the best. You can truly let go and let God – but make sure you row away from the rocks! By surrendering to “what is now”, in this state of graceful surrender, you can see clearly what action needs to take place and by doing one thing at a time, step by step, inch by inch, moment by moment, as illustrated in the Law of Process, you accomplish what needs to be done, in your surrendered state.

The energy released in a surrendered state is a powerful, healing energy. This energy propells your healing, growth and evolvement. Surrender to discover how powerful You Really Are.

Laws From: Guide Speak

How To Make Your Own Almond Milk

Almond Milk. Do you drink it or have you tried it? It is delicious. To me, it taste much better than regular milk of an kind. Of course, I’ve never particularly enjoyed the taste of milk, unless it was laced with some kind of sweet sugar like chocolate. In which case, I still could not drink much of it. Almond milk brought a whole new flavor and style to my diet. I suddenly started putting it in coffee, blending it in smoothies, drinking it plain, making ice cream with it, and more. Regular milk no longer did anything for me and I upgraded to buying almond milk. For a while I tasted different kind of boxes found at the grocery store; non refrigerated, refrigerated, different brands, flavors, it was all good and all so easy. Then I heard it was easy to make and I suddenly became curious.

Could I, a somewhat lazy shopping consumer possibly take time to make almond milk? I did not think so. I had to be told a dozen times I could do it and it was easy. One day I had some time and thought I’d try it. I had found the perfect nut bag to use to drain and finally ventured to the store for almonds. Then I experimented with making my own almond milk. To my surprise, it really was easy. So so easy. best of all, it took little to none ingredients: raw almonds, water, and option to add vanilla, a date, or anything else I want…. If you have a high speed blender, like a Vitamix, I encourage you to just try to make your own almond milk.

You just may be surprised at how easy it is… and if you don’t drink almond milk I dare you to try it, even the boxed version. You will be amazed at how much better it tastes and how much better YOU FEEL (and it’s a whole lot healthier for you than anything supporting the dairy industry).

Homemade Almond Milk

What you need: A high speed powerful blender, like a Vitamix. One nut bag (My friend has used a paint strainer bag too). Raw almonds. Purified water. A large bowl. A container to put milk in after it is made. Optional: vanilla, cinnamon, dates, nutmeg, etc.

Step 1: Soak your almonds overnight (or at least 6 hours) in a sealed container with fresh water. I recommend about 1.5 cups raw almonds per blender of water, or so.

Step 2: After almonds have soaked, rinse/drain them and either put them in an air right container in the fridge or in blender to use right away to blend

Step 3: Fill blender with purified water. I typically fill almost to the top, but experiment with your own proportions.IMG_3151

Step 4: Add raw almonds to blender. Blend well! It may get a little foamy, that is okay.

Step 5: Get a bowl and nut milk bag and strain almond mixture from blender through bag into bowl.

Step 6: Squeeze bag to fullest so all liquid is out in bowl. There will be a dense mixture left in bag, please throw this almond pulp out. You can always save the pulp and cook something with it too. Wash nut bag for reuse

Step 7: Pour almond milk into container and use as it. Or, and recommended, place almond milk back in blender.

IMG_2818Step 8: Add anything you want to milk. I personally love to put vanilla flavoring in, at least 1-2 dates, some cinnamon, and nutmeg.

It’s your creation so blend, add, subtract, and try new things! Place it in the fridge also and enjoy whenever you want.

Typically the homemade milk lasts about 3-4 days. It’s so tasty though, I’m sure you will drink it faster than that!

Yes! That Easy…. For me the trouble is usually making it to the store for the almonds, or remembering to soak 😉

IMG_3111            homemade almond milk

Buy Organic~

The 15 Top Foods to Buy Organic

Written by Stephanie DeWysockie [of Elephant Journal]

Is paying for that “organic” label really worth it?

Let’s face it, with how high food prices are today and the fact that they continue to rise is hard enough to digest without going organic. Buying organic can almost double or triple your bill at check out. So is it worth it?

It is.

Certain foods should be bought organic to protect you and your loved ones. Only through buying certified organic can you be sure you aren’t consuming products that have been irradiated, genetically modified, cloned or that contain, chemicals, preservatives, hormones and antibiotics.

Studies have shown that growth hormones given to animals can cause early puberty in girls as well as an increased risk of breast and prostate cancer, while antibiotics can lower your immune system making you more susceptible to microorganisms, potentially causing you to get sick more easily.

A recent study conducted by Stanford University reports that buying organic food is no healthier than buying conventional and that organic products have still been found to have a small amount of pesticide in them. But there are many other reasons to go organic aside from pesticides such as those listed above. If you can cut down on your pesticide intake—which is what buying certified organic does—rather than buying conventional and ingesting larger amounts, why wouldn’t you?

To cut down on the grocery bill and the potential harmful effects choose organic with these 15 foods:

1.) Lettuce and leafy greens

2.) All berries

3.) Apples

4.) Pears

5.) Peaches

6.) Nectarines

7.) Tomatoes

8.) Potatoes

9.) Celery

10.) Grapes

11.) Peppers

12.) Meat

13.) Milk

14.) Eggs

15.) Yogurt and cultured smoothies

The most important things to buy organic are lettuce and leafy greens, vegetables, fruits and berries that have a thin membrane where chemicals and pesticides can easily enter. Also milk, meat, eggs, yogurt and cultured smoothies because of hormones and antibiotics.

Feel More. Heal More.

“In order to heal, sometimes you need to feel…”

This past week has been interesting. The full moon in Virgo last Sunday really took a lot out of me. As I’ve deepened my yoga practice I’ve become so much more in tune with astrology and various spiritual connections with myself and what’s happening. It’s fascinating to me. This past full moon in Virgo was felt deep for me. Most full moons are often energetically draining and emotional, depending on your sign and astrology chart.

Right before the full moon I had some unexpected and disappointing news come to me. I cried a lot and did my best to elevate my spirits to a better place. As I tried to overcome all the emotions I was feeling, I realized that sometimes you just need to sit still, to feel the emotions, let them pour out, and feel more, so you can help heal.  Once I was able to get the tears out and grief, I was able to begin a new emotional journey back to that content place I strive to be at. I realized sometimes you need to take the lessons, the things that happen, and accept them for what they are.  This full moon for me was a giant test… but isn’t everything? In the midst of my natural flow, and right when I thought everything was aligning as planned, a shift happened and suddenly it felt as if things were falling apart. But truthfully, they were not, obstacles are often enlightening tools. Despite the grief, tears, confusion, anger, and uncertainty, there was a bigger lesson to be learned. It comes back to trust. Trusting that as I connect more to who I am, what I want, and what I seek, I’m able to confidently watch the contrast unfold, as I know that things will work out exactly as they should.

 

The full moon continued to be felt deep for me days before and three days after. I even had physical symptoms manifest its way into my body as allergies, stomach sensitive’s, no hunger, emotional, and very tired. After purging my emotions during those few days, I am now able to sit back and reflect. Miraculously enough, all my symptoms were gone once the moon passed (Wednesday). Yoga teaches us to connect from a new place, a place of ease, peace, and stillness so we can go more inward. To breath easy in the asanas and challenges, and to overcome any other suffering by focusing on the cadence of your breathe. With this full moon I was able to purge. I took the challenges and unexpected news as a test. I was able to feel who I am, a reality check in trusting myself, and I was able to cry and feel deeps parts with in me that perhaps are no longer me. I felt more and allowed my emotions to creep up and be expressed, and in doing so, I was able to heal myself more fully. I realized my fears, my patterns of being, and saw what needs to shift and dissolve. I realized the contrast in what happened and that sometimes what I think I really want, may just be an illusion to what is really best. Because when I’m able to connect more to me and my intentions, I’m able to realize what things I truly want for me, and trust the universe to align and provide. I’m able to tune back in and trust that what I really seek and want, will naturally manifest. Sometimes the universe throws us curveballs and unexpected outcomes. That’s part of the journey of life. By checking back in with yourself, feeling what you need, and listening to the signs, you can bring yourself back to true reality and fill yourself with abundance, as let the flow connect more to you.

Last week I did not feel like myself. Something was off, my mind was in a fog, and I did not feel like me. And that is okay. Rather than reacting or sharing with everyone that I was sick and ill and under the weather, I paused. I felt what I needed, I accepted what happened, I eventually laughed at the news, and was able to commit more to who I am and what I really want. There are always tests and obstacles that come around. It’s how we react to them that dictate how we grow. As we all evolve more on our mat, we help deepen out practice off the mat as well. To teach ourselves how to breathe easy, how to tune in, how to feel more, and most importantly, how we are able to heal ourselves my simply connecting from a deeper place. Yoga, the union of mind, body, and spirit. As I deepen my yoga practice I am able to explore different sides of myself. I’ve learned to connect and unite all that we are with everything and everyone around. Winter is ending, the end of a season that promotes deep peace and inward reflection. These last few weeks, and this full moon in Virgo are a time to purge, to experience what the last cycle has brought, what signs and illusions have become evident, so we can clear ourselves for the new spring season with a solid foundation. Purge yourself, and past behaviors, and things that are not aligned with your truth, and heal yourself. Recognize that sometimes the mind and the body, need to react and feel various sensations to help inspire your spirit to cleanse and elevate to a new place.

Why Not Enjoy the Journey?

 

It’s so easy to forget….

 

 

Remember this: You can’t Fuck up your life.

You are living it. Embrace each moment, capture each inspiration, and learn from every obstacle. Take the lessons, grow, and enjoy the process. Recognize where you are, where you’ve been, and keep raising your standards for the bright future ahead. No one ever said it would be easy, but it is the bumps and peaks that make it an epic and memorable ride. You are where you are, and that is perfect. Take you steps to shift and mold yourself closer to what you seek. The time is now. Change is present everywhere. It takes appreciation for for each person, turn, path, and road you’ve crossed to help lead and carve out the perfect road to continue on…

Sweet Life, Sweet Potatoes

My new obsession: Sweet potatoes! Since November when the weather began getting colder, I sought out ways to delve into cooking more and exploring more in season food and recipes. Sweet potato was the perfect answer. I love sweet potato french fries, but I hate fried food. So I decided to create my own magnificence in my kitchen. I use to think it was tricky to cook sweet potatoes. Wrong. So easy! Especially the way I cook them. No need to fear or thing it’s a hard process. Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, magnesium, a nourish carb great for the colder weather to fill up your belly, also has some vitamin B, and is in season for most of Fall and Winter. Well, most potatoes are for winter. I also enjoy how I can buy them and they wont go bad super fast. This recipe takes about half an hour. It’s easy, and they taste so delicious. You are welcome. Enjoy!

1. Gather sweet potato or potatoes and peel off the skin

2. Slice sweet potatoes into wedges/ shapes of your choice and set on a baking pan

3. lightly brush each piece and side in olive oil

4. Set oven to 360 degrees, higher toward 400 for more crisp. I like to turn up the heat after 20 minutes

5. Sprinkle cinnamon and some nutmeg on the sweet potatoes slices

6. Slide pan into oven and allow them to cook. I usually leave in for about 20 minutes then I check on them and usually tune oven up hotter and leave in for another 10ish minutes. Gage them on your own, you will probably begin to smell them. You may prefer more crisp, more brown, or more tender on the inside. Either way they are scrumptious.

7. Take out of oven, and allow to cool before eating. Option to dip in ketchup, BBQ, ranch, or any sauce you choose.

Flu Season

There is something in the air. Do you feel it? Ever since the full moon last Monday, and since Halloween has passed something mystical has been circulating. Or at least I feel something magical.  I felt the full moon energies tremendously and so much happened leading up to it and after it, I’m still a bit in ah. It’s November. One of my least favorite months of the year. I just don’t like it. Never really have. The weather gets colder, but it’s not cold enough to snow. We edge closer to family and holiday celebrations, which usually resonates to family drama. Don’t even get me started about Thanksgiving, a holiday I personally thing is really dumb and way to commercial. Not to mention, all the food just puts us more stuck. I just think November and have a natural tendency to want to curl up in my bed all day long with a book and blanket. Is that weird? Probably.

It’s the time of year when we are well into the Fall and practically navigating into the Winter. Halloween is symbolic in many religions and countries and the mid mark foe the year. A time when there is more darkness all around, and less lightness. I agree.  This is also the time of year where my body acts up, it gets uncomfortable with all the changes, my allergies get loose with the weather patterns, and I consciously really have to focus to try to keep my body in balance to avoid getting (if I dare to say it) — sick.

It’s flu season. So how do you cope? I will not be rushing to the doctor to get one of those magical flu shots that will cure me of the common cold. No, not this year. I’ve noticed so so so many people getting ‘sick’ in the last week. Even super healthy people, yogis,  who have come down with something. What is in the air? Energetically I believe we are at a pivotal shifting point. A time when we are reaching closer to what the Mayans believe to be the end of the year (Dec 21, 2012)….it’s 2012 afterall! I’ve been talking about change as the theme for the Fall season, but this year it’s even more significant. I believe it’s time to shift out of old ways of being. To start with this season, to plant your own seeds of passion and inspiration and start to feel rooted to who you are and your own being now. To shed off those layers, to detach from what was, be thankful for what is, and focus on what is coming. It’s time to stepback and evaluate your life. Keep people around who have meaning, who bring you joy, and who you enjoy talking to and being around. And let those other relationships dwindle away as they need to. People are changing, lives are shifting, the planet as we know it I believe is transforming.  If the people are uninspiring, toxic, negative, mean, it’s time to cut those ties. Or maybe you’re in a relationship with someone where you feel no passion or lust, and you sometimes wonder why you’re together. Maybe it’s time to free yourself and move on. It’s liberating and you’ll have more time to focus on the people you value and truly care about. By creating room, for more genuine people like that to flow in. Some may be more in tune with you, others may not understand it. That is fine, that is life. Begin your journey with confidence though. Use this month of November and December to come to terms with who you are and what you want. It’s not easy, but begin to find some clarity and allow your feelings to guide you, then you will know what feels nice.

Do you during this month: Relax. Sleep more, go to bed at a reasonable hour before 10pm, maybe try less rigorous exercise and try slowing it down instead. Eat smaller, lighter, warmer meals. Keep you tea cup filled. Wear socks. Wear scarves. Speak your truth, don’t hold anything back. Sleep more. Breathe deeply. Try yin yoga. Avoid heavy, fried, meaty foods. Add cinnamon for warming. Drink water. Close your eyes breathe. Wash your hands with soap. Clean your body. Get a massage. Stay hydrated. Get moving to move your your bowels. Vitamin D to make up for lost sunshine. Sleep. Drink clean water. Do what feels right for you. Relax.

This time of year is when we get stuck. Physically in the body, mentally in the mind, and confused in the heart. As we try to keep up with our routine, go about our quick paced days, and fill our calendar with holiday events, we forget to take time for ourselves. It’s time to pause, look into your life at the things you value, and begin to appreciate the good things and people you have. When you notice people, jobs, events, circumstances that don’t serve you, decide to let them pass, allow them to go in their direction, and be okay when people stop asking about what you’re doing. You’re on your own path for your own success, and when you follow what feels right, you can never turn down the wrong road. Emotionally this time of year we feel scattered, all over the place, maybe a bit overwhelmed with the new changes and decisions coming upon us all. Our bodies have trouble adapting to the changes in season, the transition into cooler weather and less heat, and out immunity starts to take a downward spiral. Nature shifts, our own mental chatter starts to bog us down, we get fogged in the mind, unstable, insecure, and then it shows up in the body. Take a deep breathe, there is health and vitality available to us all.

The first step to feeling good and keeping your immune system strong is digestion. Yes, that. It may uncomfortable, you may not want to think about it, I’ve been there, but it’s important. You need to rid you’d body of waste and not let the toxins accumulate. If you’re not going once a day you have problems, especially if you’re eating a lot of large meals.

Tips for Digestion:

–       Start your day off with lemon tea: hot water and lemon

–       Maybe drink some natural laxative tea before bed like Smooth Move

–       Eat more veggies, a natural source of fiber

–       Drink more tea….all kinds. Ginger and peppermint are especially beneficial for the tummy

Digestion is different for everyone, so notice what works for you. Notice what foods you are more sensitive to. It’s important to stay consistent around this time of year with how you eat. Take time to slow down, turn off the noise of cell phones, TVs, and instead take a half hour to sit and fully enjoy your meals without distractions. Be present, chew each bite, savor it, and enjoy.

Choose: garlic to warm the body, ginger, peppermint, dates to help the bowels, lemons (in water, tea, everything), more warm veggies, etc

Feeling off? About to catch the cold? Try these first~~~

If you begin to start to feel imbalance, probably in your throat, head, nasal area, and lungs, you can also pick up a natural wellness formula and Echinacea support. Start with your belly though, be conscious of what you’re feeling when you’re eating, what you’re eating, and how you are eating. Notice if you feel stuck or uncomfortable in your gut. And try to eliminate those negativities out of your system completely. Deep breathing, relaxation, tummy massages, yoga, and mediation are fabulous for that. As always, stay hydrated. As things shift internally and externally we need to keep the water flowing through to help flush.