WHAT IS A HIMALAYAN SALT LAMP?

Himalayan salt lamps lift the chi in a room and balance the atmosphere. Great article here. Must share.

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You may have heard of Himalayan salt lamps before or maybe you even own one. Either way, you have probably already seen one because they have become immensely popular these days.

They don’t just provide soothing low lighting, they also offer several health benefits. They can help clean the air we breathe, hence overall improving our health and well-being most especially our sense of peace and happiness.

Although anyone and everyone can benefit from it, a Himalayan salt lamp is especially beneficial for people suffering from certain respiratory issues or allergies. It’s definitely a great add-on for one’s overall personal well-being and worth having around the house, clinic, lounge, and even in the office.

WHAT IS A HIMALAYAN SALT LAMP?

The Himalayan salt lamp is a type of lamp that is made mainly from a chunk of Himalayan salt (the sizes of which vary). The inside of the salt chunk…

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Ten Magical Plants In Your Own Backyard. #folkmagic

A wealth of information here for working with the natural world the plant spirits and ancient tradition. Thank you witch and walnut!

The Witch & Walnut

aHere is a list of wild plants and weeds you can forage to keep your witches cabinet stocked and for free! These are all easily found, you cant miss them. And yes, you may even have a few of these in your backyard. I know I do! It may be easy to just pop over to amazon and order what you need and already dried and prepared for you. But why not try and get some of your own and save yourself the money. There is satisfaction in knowing you foraged your plants and dried them yourself. You put your love and energy in them and they will treat you well. Just don’t forget to give an offering back for what you have taken.

I’m going to try to keep this short as possible. We all come from different traditions, so I won’t go to deeply into the description of…

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Spending Time Alone ~

Greta Garbo, the American-Swedish film actress was famous for saying ” I ‘Vant’ to be alone” when in actuality she said ” I want to be left alone”.

This quote made headlines back in the day.

She was made to appear aloof and unfriendly by the media.

What is it about being alone that as a culture we are so afraid of?

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I’ve been so looking forward to my time in Hawaii that I would be spending alone.

My family doesn’t see it that way.

They call and ask if I’m okay.  ( It is sweet, I know), and I’m not complaining.

They tell me to arrange some visitors while I’m here.

They send me on errands to get me out of the house and send party invitations for me to attend with people I barely know.

I think they are concerned that I will feel lonely.

And those are all very thoughtful gestures, but I really do want to be alone.

I love getting up in the morning to have my coffee in silence, with birdsong and the wind rustling in the trees, breathing in the fresh morning air.

I like being free to watch my thoughts drift in and out, and kind of check in with myself to see if my thoughts are flowing positive, or if there are any worries or concerns that need to be addressed.

Well, what do you do all day?  they wonder.

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’m on a path of transformation.

This week I’m doing a cleanse.  I’m working with Daily Om for the next 8 weeks on the body challenge.

I’m on a path of study, doing an online course with Christy Whitman, learning to visualize my future self.

I’m also studying Crystal Healing with Katrina Rafael, Color theory with Dougal Frazer, How to get a whole year accomplished in 12 weeks, practicing letting go with Hale Dwoskin, Holosync with Bill Harris, writing this blog and learning how to take it to the next level with Ruth Soukup.

So, basically I’m not alone, as I’ve surrounded myself with all of the above teachers and mentors.

Yesterday I taught myself how to make jam and I’m developing a recipe for flax seed crackers.  I posted the recipe here.

I’m learning to wire-wrap gemstones and coming up with my own designs.

I’m very productive with my alone time but still have plenty of time for rest and play.

Yesterday, I danced like no one was watching, and it felt so good – No one was watching by-the-way.

Sometimes, I play music.  Sometimes, I just listen to the sounds around me.

Last week, I took myself to the movies to see “Paris Can Wait” with Diane Lane.

Beautiful scenery, great cast, lovely story line.  Definitely recommend it.

In the movie, she ( an American) was so used to running on schedules, and the French man that she was travelling with, was actually showing her how to slow down and enjoy the journey.  The destination (Paris) was a goal to be met.

How often do we find ourselves, over scheduled, our lives filled up with friends and family, and going to and fro, that we lose touch with who we are, why we are here, and what life is really all about?

How often do we take time from our busy lives to turn off the TV, put the social media down

smell the plumeria

sip the tea

enjoy the journey

share our lives with those we love

and spend time alone for quiet reflection?

After the movie, I took myself out to dinner to California Pizza Kitchen, ordered the Kendall Jackson Reserve chardonnay,( I usually just order the “house” chardonnay), the Caprese Chicken, and had a date, with myself.

It felt a little weird at first, going into a restaurant alone, but I really don’t think anyone noticed, and the waiter was so sweet and very attentive.

I took my time, enjoying every sip, every morsel, and thought about the movie, and how much I like to be wined and dined, the way the Frenchman wined and dined Diane Lane in the movie,, and how I might just fall in love with myself all over again.

How do you like to spend time alone?

When’s the last time you did?

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Chopped Salad ~

This is not a recipe, but an open plan for you to unleash your own creativity with food that is alive, that is full of cell regenerating, living enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and organic goodness.

 

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chopped salad

Not everyone likes the same vegetables.

By chopping everything into very small pieces, you will be blending your flavors to create your own masterpiece.

It’s important to have color, so be sure to include something in the yellow, orange, or red family, as well as the green, the purple….

You are not limited to vegetables, and can add fruits, nuts, cheese, meat ( cooked), herbs and spices.

Your items can be fresh ( preferred), canned, fermented, dehydrated.

You can start with what you have in your kitchen right now.

So, let’s get started ~

 

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Green leafy beginning

Base ~

 

Start with greens ~ a variety or choose one ~

Spinach

Lettuce

Cabbage

Arugula

Do you have a favorite?

Add some Color ~

Tomatoes, apples, oranges , peppers, zucchini, corn cornichons, purple onions carrots, radishes, celery, cucumbers

Spice it Up ~ Fresh garlic, olives, pickles, sauerkraut, capers, hot peppers

Herbs ~ Fresh basil, mint, dill, sage, thyme

Dairy ~( optional)   goat cheese, grated cheese, parmesan cheese

Sweet ~ raisins, grapes, strawberries, apples, oranges

Nuts and Seeds ~ Hemp seed, chia, sunflower, pumpkin, sliced almonds, peanuts, cashews, pine nuts, walnuts

Oils~ olive oil, flax seed oil

Vinegars ~ apple cider vinegar with the “mother”, wine vinegar, lemon or lime juice ( fresh squeezed, of course)

salt and pepper

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Pick one or two from each category

Try to use homemade dressings, not store bought

A surprise favorite is flax oil and lemon ~ This combination is unbeatable

Chop large items before placing in the bowl

Chop in bowl with a pizza wheel, dough separator, or hand held chopper

Add dressing and toss and serve

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Best if eaten immediately.

Eat as much as you want.

Change it up for variety.  I know you will discover some favorite ingredients on your own.

This will leave you feeling full, satisfied, not stuffed.  It will feel light, and you will be energized from eating living food that goes to work in your blood stream to cleanse and tone all of your vital cells and organs in your body.

This is a great way to eat during a full body detox and cleanse, or just every day.

 

My family loves chopped salad.  I hope yours does too.

Thanks for visiting.  Please sign up so you don’t miss a post. Leave a comment below and tell me some of your favorite ingredients that you’ve tried.

 

Pan Roasted Vegetables

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There’s nothing that makes your home smell more like “home” than pan roasted vegetables.

Now you know I’m all for home cooking pure, organic, unadulterated vegetables, the salt of the earth, and God’s own living creation.

And if you read my blog, and have tried my recipes, you will also know that when it comes to cooking, simplicity is key, especially if you’ve been working all day, and have to muster up enough energy to prepare a meal.

There’s nothing simpler and more satisfying than Pan Roasted Vegetables.

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Preheat oven 375 degrees f.

Line roasting pan with parchment paper

Assorted fresh vegetables

olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

fresh herbs – I used sage here.

Slice, dice, and cut up your vegetables.

Drizzle with Olive oil

bake until brown and glazed

Turn half way through the baking process or after 15 – 20 minutes

Serve as a side dish, as the main course, or cut up and tossed in your favorite greens while still warm.

Delicious

Light

Savory

Soul Food

Seasonal Vegetables work best.

and don’t forget the fresh garlic and onions!

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A dollop of sour cream adds an extra element of flavor.

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Enjoy!  And please sign up so you don’t miss a post.  Thanks for visiting.  Until next time.

 

Chia Pudding in a Mason Jar

When doing a cleanse it’s always a great idea to keep some healthy sweet alternatives at the ready so you don’t fall back on old habits.

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Here are some of my favorites –

I like to have the maple flavored or honey flavored yogurts instead of ice cream.

Unsweetened applesauce

sliced apples with chunky peanut butter

You can make ahead this recipe and get creative with it.  I like to store it in a mason jar because it takes up less room in the fridge.

Chia Seed Pudding in a Mason Jar

2 1/2 cups almond or Coconut milk

3/4 cups chia seeds

2-3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey

1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

Blend in a blender or stir all ingredients into a Mason jar and refrigerate overnight.  If you make it directly into the mason jar, you will want to check it to make sure it is stirred  about a half hour after you first make it.

I like to layer it with one of the yogurts mentioned above and some fresh fruit, like mango, shown in the picture.

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For an extra treat, enjoy it outside on the patio or by the poolside.

 

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Most of the above satisfies the “no dairy” protocol during your cleanse or anytime.  Reducing dairy in your diet can reduce inflammation in your joints.

Even though there is some sugar and dairy in the yogurt choices, you cannot beat the healthy probiotics you’ll be getting.

Please share in the comments if you’ve found some healthy alternatives for your sweet tooth.

I’d love to hear from you.  Mahalo

This post does not intend to offer medical advice. Only suggestions for  healthier lifestyle choices based on my own personal experiences.

Suggested Meals for Full Body Detox and Cleanse

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Whether you are wanting to lose weight, improve your chances of fighting off illness, shift to a higher vibration, and just “feel” better, this meal plan can be followed for one week, one month, one year, or a lifetime.  It may just change your life!  Please join me in this beautiful, healthful way of enjoying food.  You may find that cravings that you once had may start to slip away.  And as always, be gentle on yourself.  This in not a diet, but a way of life.

Week One

water 16 oz.

one cup coffee ( no sugar) black or full fat half and half ( why full fat? see below)

 

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low fat half and half ngredients

Low fat has all kinds of extra ingredients.  Would you rather put this in your body? IMG_3926

 

or this?  Check out the ingredients.  As close to pure with out being organic, which would be even better. Full fat also is more satisfying, and without all of the added chemicals and stabilizers, your chance of craving something more will be reduced.

If you haven’t already, start reading your ingredients.  I was shocked to make this discovery.  Weren’t you?

Breakfast – Green Smoothie

1 cup water

1 cup orange juice

1 banana

1 mango or strawberries, blueberries, etc.

1 tbsp. fiber ( psyllium husk- dry blended and kept in an airtight container)

1 scoop green powder

1 tbsp. E-3 Live (optional) or local Bee pollen

( if you need to reduce the sugar, you can leave out the o.j., and if you don’t have green powder, you can add one handful of raw spinach leaves)

Make up your own recipes!

water 16oz.

Lunch – Chopped salad – everything chopped up very small and mixed together . A variety of vegetables and fruits, and eat as much as you want!

For your dressing use the following:

Fresh minced garlic

olive or flax oil

fresh squeezed lemon juice

Add some fresh or dried herbs like sweet basil, one of my favorites.

Best to use fresh, organic, seasonal vegetables.

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Dinner

Pan Roasted Vegetables tossed in olive oil with salt and pepper

lean meat if desired.

16oz. water at the end of your meal

Dessert – Sweeet tooth alternatives  in a future post

Glass of wine if desired ( but not every day)

Repeat for 7 days

For a snack try some freshly juiced carrot with a nub of fresh ginger.

Schedule a massage and a colonic for this week.

Do some gentle exercise like walking stretching, yoga or swimming every day. (As you detox, you will find that your body wants to move more).

Try detoxing from TV for one week.

Listen to music and spend some quiet time in Nature.

Take a nap if you feel like it.

Write down any changes in your appetite, body, mood, or sleeping habits.

If you are having trouble sleeping you might want to try one of these.

Drink 1 teaspoon of Celtic Sea salt dissolved in water before bed for a deep sleep

Try some ice water with some Tart Cherry Concentrate and a little Agave nectar to sweeten it.  The melatonin in the cherry will give you a deep slumber.

Golden Milk recipe:

Prepare organic Turmeric paste by cooking the powder ( 1 jar) in filtered water until it forms a paste.  Add 1/2 tsp. black pepper as it is cooking.  Store in fridge.

Mix 1 teaspoon of Turmeric paste into a cup of coconut milk or almond milk and add cinnamon or nutmeg to taste.

Drink before bedtime and you’ll sleep like a baby.

Here are some before and after photos of me to give you some proof of what I am saying.

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I know!  I couldn’t believe it was me either!  This picture was a big wake up call for me.  Taken about 2 years ago.

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This is what I look like today.  Still a work in progress, but I feel soooo much better.  A change in lifestyle is what it took.

Things I’ve noticed so far:

My mind is heightened and alert

My vision is clear

I feel great

I’m waking up earlier requiring less sleep., but still sleeping through the night.

My waistline is restructuring itself.

I’m not having cravings or strong hunger urges.

I feel happier and keep getting rushes of kundalini energy and tingling in my head, like my body is waking up and t he cells are regenerating themselves.

Update:  This week I started doing 200 sit ups and 100 arm curls with a 10 lb. weight. Focusing on the waistline, and hoping the sit ups will firm my chin area.  Still swimming almost every day.

 

 

 

 

A special message for those who are lost

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Dear Ones,

Please talk to me.

We are here lovely lady.  We are always present with you.

We hear your call –

We will provide a stepping stone for you each day as you walk the earth.

You are our beloved and we feel much joy in your progression.

Take time to heal yourself as this is part of your journey to wellness.

Do not neglect every day matters that you feel you have no control over.

  1.  Pray for a beneficial outcome

  2. Trust that your prayers are heard

  3. Expect a good outcome, in fact, more than you could ever imagine.

    When we feel we need to intervene, we will. No matter is too small for you are loved and nothing can take that love from your heart. It is securely planted there just for you, for the wonderful being that you are.

Be Love

Be Peace

Be Thankful

Your blessings are great and they will multiply with these daily practices.

And So It Is!  The Universe, God, Source hears you and is waiting for you to become partners with the Beingness of Love.

Mango Jam and Growing Trees (recipes)

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This would be my first attempt at making jam, something I’ve always wanted to try.

My grandma did a lot of canning when I was growing up.

She even had grand- dad build her a “dumb-waiter” that she could use to lift all of her canning down to the basement from the kitchen.

I’m not sure why the thought intimidated me though.  I guess it just looked so complicated to me as a child.

It’s been three days since I had scheduled myself to do this, ( why was I procrastinating?) so today just had to be the day.

This is my Brown-Sugar Mango Jam recipe.  ( I can never leave well enough alone and just make something the “normal” way, so I have added some interesting flavors to this very light and delicious jam recipe!  I hope you will try it. )

Brown Sugar Mango Jam

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Ingredients:

8-10 ripe mangos – chopped and peeled

juice of 1-2 lemons

1/2 cup of Grade A maple syrup

1/2 cup light brown sugar – not packed

1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

Mix ingredients in a big pot and bring to a rolling boil.

( optional – leave 2 seeds in during cooking process to enhance the flavor. )

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Reduce heat to simmer for approximately 1 – 2 hours

Stirring occasionally.  don’t let it stick.  Break up big chunks.

Remove seeds with your spoon and discard

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To check your jam for done-ness:

Put a plate in the freezer for 5 minutes.

Drop a bit of jam onto the cold plate ( this is called a “strike”) and put back in the freezer for 2 minutes.

If its thick and wrinkly, when you take it out, it’s ready to decant into the jars.

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Pour the hot jam mixture into hot jars leaving 1/4″ of space on top.  Place seal and lid ring screwed on loosely.

Put filled jars back into hot water making sure they are covered in water.

Boil for 10 minutes.

Take jars out of water to cool and allow seal to “pop” in place.

Congratulate yourself for a job well done!

Cottage Mavens,

There’s something soulful about taking the time to make your own jam.  Hard to describe, but I felt something inside me shift, as I went through this process of preparation, cooking, and canning this beautiful fruit. Perhaps, I was connecting to Grandma’s spirit, or a long ago memory.  All I know is that doing some of these things, that could be considered a “Cottage Necessity” is all about getting in touch with a part of ourselves that we don’t see every day.  I hope you will try it and let me know how you did.

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Bonus Flax seed cracker recipe ( by the way, the combination of the jam and cracker are amazing!  Salty, Sweet, and Spicy )

Flax Seed Crackers – Preheat oven to 200 degrees.  If you have a convection oven, use that setting.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup filtered water

1 cup of flax seeds

3 tablespoons chia seeds

2 tablespoons of ground Psyllium powder ( Hawaiian Power Rinse)

Soak all of the above for at least one hour.  Can be left overnight.

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Add 3 tablespoons of parmesan cheese

3 tablespoons of sunflower seeds

3 tablespoons of raw hemp seeds

1 1/2 teaspoons celtic sea salt

Mixing all ingredients together with oiled hands. I use olive oil.

Line a cookie sheet or pan with parchment paper.

Spread mixture into pan, pressing down to flatten to a thin layer.

Score lightly with a knife before putting into oven.  I like to make squares

Put in oven for one hour, then flip the whole thing over and cook for one more hour.

I left mine in the oven overnight, because I fell asleep, and it was fine.

If any of your crackers are not crispy when you break them apart, you can put them back into the oven to crisp them up more after breaking them up.

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These are delicious, healthy, and easy to make.  A nice way to add some extra fiber into your diet while doing a cleanse and having something healthy to replace chips.

Try it with the Mango Jam!

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Occasionally I find a seed that has started to sprout, and want to become a tree.  So, I like to try and oblige it and help it succeed.

 

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Mango seed with root started

This mango seed has shown some signs of life.  See the root sticking out?

The easiest way, that I’ve found to get the tree started, is to wrap the seed in a wet paper towel, and put it into a baggy so it can germinate.

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Once it has had some time to let it’s roots get stronger, I plant it into a pot, and keep it watered until it reached at least a foot tall. At that time, it can be put into a larger pot, or planted into the ground.  Just remember to keep it watered.

I have also had a lot of success starting avocado seed this way.  The old toothpick in a jar method has never really worked for me.

How wonderful to be able to support life in this way, plant a tree, and reap a beautiful harvest one day.  It really makes you feel as though you are a part of God’s grand plan.

 

The Practice of Being

 

Have you ever wondered what it means to be called a Human Being?

Not a Human doing…

A Human Being…

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I decided to ask the Higher Ups this question~

Dear Ones,

What does  it mean to be called a Human Being and how can we best accomplish the act of Being in Human form?

You were given a birth right as you came into this plane of existence to have the expansion of consciousness that is God Source.

You accomplish this in many ways ~ being creative, mass thinking and consciousness, having relationships, making love.

These are all acts of creations set forth by the Creator of all.

Do you not see that?

When you are living up to the fact that you are a Human Being,  you are connected to Source.

Establishing and maintaining your connection is vital to your well-being on the Earth plane of existence.

Trees are your brothers as are the Sun, The Moon, and the Stars.  Do you see the connection?

They are all regulating the flow of being into existence for you as Humans, just for you as Humans, just to “Be” in the sovereignty over this planet.

How are you doing so far?

(I decided to ask for clarification. )

Dear Ones,

What is the best way for us to maintain our connection to Source and “be” in sovereignty over this planet?

You make us smile, for we hear you.

Many have lost their way of being through a loss of consciousness about what is real.

Didn’t Jesus teach that God is Love?  How much more simple an explanation can there be? Ask yourself this question.

Are you being in Love?

Are you connecting to love?                                                                                                               Love of self

Love of others

Love of this planet

Love of other Nations and Nationalities.

That is where you begin.

First you must love and respect yourself ~

“To thine own self be true (Love)

And as the night shall follow the day,

Thou cans’t not be false (full of hatred) to any man” Wm. Shakespeare

We leave you with these words to ponder. 

And so my friends, the key to just being starts with loving self, and then extending that beautiful, beloved, and amazing self out into the world.

With much gratitude. until next time.