Be All That You Dream

Heart treeNamaste

Spring is making its way to the west coast early this year.  It is so wonderful to experience the magic of the earth awakening.  Snowdrops are in full bloom, the buds on the trees are starting to plump up, and the nettles are in beautiful abundance already.  It is such a welcome and refreshing feeling to know that the light is growing stronger once more,  to know that once again its time to plant seeds and to allow the magic of nature to support the growth of all things.  A wonderful time for setting new intentions, and to clear out any cobwebs that we have been collecting over the past few months.

Things are wonderful here at the Hawthorn, we are starting to seed our garden, and Pete has been creating a beautiful new fence and space for us to enjoy the wonderful vegetables that the seeds will transform into.   He is also starting a small permaculture/organic gardening business, so if you, or someone that you know are looking for any ideas or extra help this year, please call him at 250 597 3973.  His work is abundant and beautiful, creativity shines through in everything that he does.

This month’s  Monthly Meditation Morning  will be held Sunday, March,  10.  There will 3 separate sitting periods: 9:00- 9:50, 10:00-10:50 and 11:00-11:50.  Drop in for any one, or stay for them all.   This is daylights savings day, so set your clocks forward an hour.  This space is for any mediation type, no experience necessary.  Last month’s was very well attended, and I had many people calling and asking for more.  Its a beautiful opportunity to sit in silence and just be, with all and anything that is.

Yoga Classes are ongoing at Oceanfront Suites in Cowichan Bay,  Mondays, and Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00.  As always I am offering beautiful and wonderful Bodywork Therapies, so soothing and nurturing, conscious healing, on such deep levels- in a very gentle heart opening space.  Consultations, Ayurvedic Counseling, Tarot Readings, and Jyotish Astrology are also available.

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Be All That You Dream

dreamstime_m_23752911I was blessed to experience a wonderful few weeks in Hawaii this winter.  This was a short but powerful time away, magical in so many ways.  I had amazing adventures snorkeling in the sea, walking on the lava fields, seeing the active volcano, and I even swam with beautiful wild dolphins.

The energy on The Big Island is so powerful, yet so gentle.  I experienced huge shifts in consciousness that illuminated the misconceptions of my mind, and allowed me to witness the deeper connections of the universe.  This time away was a wonderful reminder of the importance of surrender in my life.  I clearly saw the restrictions that reside in my mind.  These restrictions are tricks of my belief system; mainly the thoughts, the patterns, and the ideas that hold me back from reaching my highest potential.  It became clear to me how important it is to let go of this old “world” invented by my mind.  How each moment is an opportunity to dissolve the restraints of what could be,  and to instead embrace all that is.  We often talk about “going with the flow”,  and at times feel like we are doing that, but so often we get caught up in the routine of our daily lives we just stay strictly on a certain “known”  path.  Even as things fall away within us,  and as the shifts in our life and our universe continue, it seems that we hold ourselves in by certain boundaries of what is, or what can be possible.

Everything and anything is possible.  To know this is one thing, but to believe it and to live it is another.  Do you notice that there are things you would like to do in your life, but that seem impossible?  Or maybe you are feeling stuck on your path and not seeing a clear way to further growth.  Perhaps part of the challenge is the linear thinking we are so accustomed to.  As we relate our movement through life with the metaphor of  a path, or as we experience ourselves as a structured and set being, we limit our true potential.  We are energy, and the boxes, the restrictions that we create in our mind are illusions, we make them true because we believe.  Reality is nothing more than an idea, and if we can create the idea of a “path”, why can’t we embrace the idea of a universe?  Instead of a straight line forward, imagine a spacious place that allows us to grow in all directions.   Visualize the path becoming a shooting star, or an ocean filled with open flow.  Look at your thoughts and your feelings, take a moment to realize that is all that they are.  Thoughts and ideas-we give them power with our belief. Now is the time for change, and perhaps the biggest change can come as we let go of the structure in our minds, and instead believe in our creative, flowing potential.

How do we do this?  Good question, one I am sitting with and being with on a daily basis right now.  The key image that keeps coming to me is “surrender” and to let go of the safety of all that you think is real.  Another word that chimes in is “awareness”; to pay attention to the traps we set in our thought patterns.  By changing the structure of our thoughts, by opening to a world so much greater than the one we have created in our mind since birth, we can experience the fullness in everything.  Believe that jumping off our straight, set path is supported, that there are other ways that we haven’t even dreamed of yet.  We are energy, and energy moves in all directions.  We need to flow.  Without flow there are blocks, there are restrictions.   Always remember that we are life, and life lives, it moves, it breathes, and it is free to explore everywhere and everything.

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Recipe Of The Month

I thought I would share 2 recipes with you this month.  A beautiful greens dish to honor those new spring greens that are starting to appear in the Valley, and a sweetly spiced millet, to warm our souls on the chilly days that still appear now and then.  Enjoy:)

Saag

As local fresh greens are starting to come into season (nettles, kale, spinach, chinese greens, and soon dandelion leaves) I thought it would be a wonderful time to share a simple Saag recipe. Traditionally made with spinach it can be made with any kind of leafy green vegetable.   Greens are a wonderful addition to any diet, whether steamed, sauteed, or juiced, they offer abundant nutrients and cleansing support to our liver.  We are blessed here on the west coast to have an abundance of nettles, which are a superfood, filled with so many vitamins, minerals and even protein.  Great in the springtime after eating foods that are stored, or grown further away, harvesting local greens are a great gift to ourselves.  In Ayurveda bitter greens are very balancing to Pitta, and are also great for Kapha, because of their abundant nutrients they are also fine for Vata to eat, but better cooked then cold.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs Fresh Ghee or Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbs minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp whole fenugreek seeds
  • 4 cups greens chopped (a mix of them is fine)
  • 6 cups spinach chopped (if you have it, otherwise just add more spring greens:))
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt
  • pepper

Directions

Heat the ghee or oil in a large pan.  Add the ginger and the spices and saute until fragrant (about 1 minute).  Add the greens, cover and cook, stirring frequently, until tender (about 10 minutes) Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Blend if you would like it a creamier texture.

 

Spiced Millet With Dried Cherries

Millet is a grain that doesn’t get a lot of use, but it is a wonderful option for a breakfast cereal or for an alternative to rice and quinoa.  Gluten free, it is very high in protein and easy for most people to digest.  A beautiful yellow color, it is a pleasure to look at as well as to eat.  This dish can also be prepared with a basmati rice if you don’t have millet on hand.  The ghee, the millet and the maple syrup add some sweetness,  with a bit of cinnamon spice.  A wonderful healthy treat as we begin our transition into spring.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup ghee or coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery or fennel
  • 3/4 cup millet
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp saffron
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup pistachio halves
  • Coconut milk

Directions

1.  Heat the ghee or oil in a suacepan, saute over low heat for 30 seconds until it melts.  Add the celery or fennel and cook until it begins to soften (2 minutes)

2.  Add the millet and saute, stirring constantly for 5 minutes, until the millet darkens slightly.  Add the water the salt and the saffron.  Bring to a boil, cover and reduce the heat, and simmer until the millet is tender and the water is absorbed.  Stir a few times and be careful that it doesn’t stick to the bottom.  Remove from heat and allow to sit covered for 5 minutes.

3.  While the millet is cooking, combine the cherries, the water, the maple syrup and the cinnamon in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat.  Simmer for about 5 minutes until most of the water is absorbed and the cherries are tender.  Fold the cherry mixture and the pistachios into the millet.

4.  Add fresh almond or coconut milk for a little extra creaminess if you like

If making basmati rice instead of millet, follow the correct water ratio for the rice.

Enjoy

These recipes are adapted from Heaven’s Banquet, by Miriam Hospodar

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IMG_0605Once again, thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I look forward to sharing more with you soon, and wish you all a beautiful, bountiful and warm sunshiny spring.

Much Peace

Asrael

 

 

January Newsletter-Flowing With The Vibrations

fior di lotoNamaste

Happy New Year to you all.  I hope that your holiday season was warm, wonderful and in whatever way, exactly what you needed.  It’s hard to believe that 2013 is already here and in full swing.  Life is wonderful here at The Hawthorn, we had a very quiet holiday season, filled with peaceful transfomration.    I am feeling blessed with the longer days, and the warmth of the sun- also for the connections of community, friends and family that I feel around me always.

My practice has been so supported these past 2 years in the Valley, I am so grateful to all of the support from the community, from my clients, and from my Yoga Students.  It has been a powerful reminder that when you follow your dreams, and your heart, the universe will support you.  I feel blessed to be able to live in such a beautiful spot, and to be able to share these practices with so many.

Life continues, as always in its magical and wonderful ways.  I am happy to finally announce a Monthly Mediation Morning starting here at the Hawthorn.  The first one will be Sunday, February 10.  There will 3 separate sitting periods: 9:00- 9:50, 10:00-10:50 and 11:00-11:50.  Drop in for any one, or stay for them all.   This space is for any mediation type, no experience necessary.

I also want to let you all know that this year I am introducing new rates on my Bodywork Therapies.  I haven’t raised my rates in over 4 years.  I now create my own organic infused oils, use higher quality organic essential oils, and have deepened my knowledge and practice of the treatments.  Not to mention rising energy costs, and the comparable rates of local practitioners (which are still higher).  If you mention this newsletter before March 1st, I will be happy to book you in for a treatment (during the month of February) at the old prices.

Yoga Classes are ongoing at Oceanfront Suites in Cowichan Bay,  Mondays, and Wednesdays, 4-5:30.  As always I am offering beautiful and wonderful Bodywork Therapies, so soothing and nurturing, conscious healing, on such deep levels- in a very gentle heart opening space.  Consultations, Ayurvedic Counseling, Tarot Readings, and Jyotish Astrology are also available.

 

Flowing With The Vibrations

Step Waterfalls2013, promises to be a magical time, full of continuing expansion and growth.  Can you feel the vibrations? They are so strong, it can be hard not to notice them sometimes.   As the energy on the earth and in the universe increases it can often feel a bit uncomfortable.  Huge bursts of energy,  at times creating feelings of anxiety, frustration, and panic, or maybe it feels more like excitement.  This is very normal, and is nothing to be worried about, its just the nervous system rebalancing itself as it restructures. Letting go of the old unneeded rigidness, reflecting instead the open flow of  heart energy.  Perhaps you notice these feelings coming up, stress releasing through the form of emotion or tension, and realize that is all it is, there is no connection to the mind.  I see these experiences as a beautiful indication of the layers of the old ways peeling off, almost like the skins of an onion.

This time is not only filled with the discomforts of  growth, there is great beauty in the expanding awareness.  The glimpses of pure connection that used to seem so rare, or intermittent are now appearing more often.  The heart centre glows with the bliss of being recognized, and the mind is finding it easier to let go of the story.  Some of the things that clients of mine are noticing include: greater feelings of intuition, and “knowing”,  powerful dreams that are filled with vivid colors, and a sense of greater connection with the whole.

It is important, as things continue to shift all around us, to take care of your physical body and to nurture the nervous system.  These growth spurts that are occurring can be unsettling at times, so make sure you allow things to flow, eat healthy & grounding foods, and enjoy the routine of your daily practices.  It’s a great time to be with a deeper meditation practice, to enjoy bodywork, and to allow yourself time in the day for extra rest.   It is also a beautiful practice to connect with others, whether they be friends and family, or energies on the spirit plane (guides, archangels, ascended masters, animal totems, plant spirits, etc.).  Remember that you can always ask for help and the universe will support you.  Try it, and see what happens.  Put your faith in the knowledge that you are not on your own, pay attention to the intuitive guidance within, and always ask for what you need. As you let go of your control over the outcome, or the journey, you will be amazed in every moment.

Recipe Of The Month

With all of the energy flowing through us and the universe right now it is a wonderful time to enjoy the sweet, and comforting foods.   Soothing to the nerves, balancing to the cold, dry Vata energy of winter, and so full of joy to eat.  The delicate flavour of saffron, is wonderful for creating ojas (essential energy, consciousness).  The ghee, basmati rice, and milk, are wonderful for calming our mind, and the ginger and cardamom add a beautiful taste of spice as well as aid digestion.  Enjoy this beautiful recipe, it’s fun and easy to make, and perfect for a winter’s day.

Sweet Saffron Pilaf

  • 1 1/4 cups white basmati rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1 tablespoon milk or cream (or nut, seed or coconut milk)
  • 1/4 cup ghee
  • 2 –inch piece of cinnamon stick
  • 10 green cardamom pods, pounded in a mortar and pestle to break open the shells
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1/4 cup dried currants
  • 1/4 cup soaked, chopped almonds with skins removed
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios, chopped
  • 2/3 cup jaggery, coconut palm sugar or maple syurp

1.  Combine the rice and water in a medium bowl and soak 20 minutes.  Drain and reserve the water.  Set the rice and water aside separately.

2.  Meanwhile, toast the saffron in a small frying pan over medium heat, stirring and pulling the pan off the heat occasionally to keep the saffron from burning, until the saffron darkens to a maroon color and is fragrant, 15 to 20 seconds.  Crush to a coarse powder in a mortar and pestle, or in a bowl with the back of a spoon.  Stir in the milk or cream, and set aside.

3.  Combine the ghee or oil, the cinnamon stick, cardamom, and ginger in a medium heavy-bottomed casserole over medium-high heat.  Cook, stirring, until the cinnamon unfurls, 1 to 2 minutes.

4.  Add the currants and nuts and cook, stirring, 1 minute.

5.  Add the drained rice and cook, stirring, 1 minute.  Add the reserved water, turn down the heat, cover and simmer very gently over low heat for 15 minutes.

6.  Now uncover and sprinkle the rice evenly with the sugar.  Drizzle the saffron mixture over the top.  Put the pan over very low heat, cover and continue cooking 5 more minutes.  Serve hot.

This recipe is courtesy of Suvir Saran’s cookbook Indian Home Cooking.

 

It being a new year, there are lots of new intentions in the air, and one of mine is to invite the experience of playfulness into my life.  Opening already to the greater flow,  I feel the energy swirling in currents of great liberation, and it no longer feels like it is such a challenge to jump in.   Did you make an intention?  How does this year feel so far to you?

Always remember that you are not alone, we are all connected, trust this and feel the love and support in the universe, and know that it is just a reflection of all that is inside of you.

Much Peace and Love

Asrael

Solstice Blessings

Wishing you all a wonderful and amazing winter holiday season.  Know that the light in increasing, in more ways then one.  Embrace the beauty in your heart, and allow your love to flow freely and fully to all those around you.

Much Love, Peace and Wishes for a Beautiful New Year!

Asrael

December 2012- Heart Centered Awareness

Heart.Namaste

Happy December 2012.  A time for great celebration, connections and opening.  Not only is it a seasonal time of many holidays, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza.  It is also the time to welcome the light back to the earth on Solstice, December 21, and the end of the Mayan Calendar.  12/12/12 is also a very auspicious day, one filled with great possibility of inner expansion and transformation.

Life is wonderful here at The Hawthorn, it has been a moody winter-grey and cloudy, but also full of warmth and energy.  I am so blessed to share community in this beautiful Valley, and with those outside of it via skype:) The gratitude I feel for all of you that I am in contact with, whether it be in person, voice, or energy is amazing. Thank you so much for being in my life.

It is  the holiday season and a great time to share our love with those close to us.  I have beautiful gift certificates available- for all of my services, local and distance.

Yoga Classes are ongoing at Oceanfront Suites in Cowichan Bay,  Mondays, and Wednesdays, 4-5:30.  As always I am offering beautiful and wonderful Bodywork Therapies, so soothing and nurturing, conscious healing, on such deep levels- in a very gentle heart opening space.  Consultations, Ayurvedic Counseling, Tarot Readings, and Jyotish Astrology are also available.

 

A Very Special Solstice

YuleThis year, as most of you know is an extra special solstice.  A day that transcends all others, offering opportunities for planetary enlightenment, and the awakening of all.  The end of the Mayan Calendar.  For many there is the fear of doom, and destruction, but I believe it is the turning of cycle, an opening into a new way of being, one that may not take place all at once, but that will continue for the days and months to come.  We are blessed to be alive at this amazing, and wonderful time.  Trust that the magic that has been unfolding will be sparked to life in these coming weeks.  Listen to your heart, and know its power.  Share with community.  Let go of fear and division.  Welcome unity.  Open your eyes to the light in each one of us, and notice that the separateness is no longer so clear.  We are all transforming, none of us are alone, and life is bursting forth with light, love and beauty.  Take time for yourself this month, to go inward and to pay attention to the shifts occurring.   12/12/12 also offers to be a powerful day for inner illumination.  If possible on that day, gift yourself with some extra time for meditation, or silent reflection.  Take it easy, and don’t force anything, let everything unfold in exactly its own time, and enjoy.  Listen, look, and enjoy whatever happens, it is for the greater good, new beginnings are possible, and new beginnings ARE taking place right now.

 

Heart Centered Awareness

As things shift all around us, and within us, its a great time to bring our awareness and our attention to our heart center.  We have been programmed since birth to think with our minds, and to allow our mind to control our everyday interactions, to run the story of our emotions and our lives. We have been programmed since birth to think with our minds, and to allow our mind to control our everyday interactions, to run the story of our emotions and our lives.  What would happen if we let our heart lead instead?

You may have your own practice already to connect you with that higher heart awareness, a few ways that I like to connect are:

  • Heart Marma Massage:  Place your hands on your heart center (center of the chest).  Take a moment or two to close your eyes, and pay attention to what you feel.  Perhaps there is a warm, tingly feeling, lots of energy flowing through the heart.  Maybe there is a tightness, or no feeling.  Let go of judgement and just experience whatever is there.  Then gently start to massage the heart center, in a circular direction.  Let your palms be relaxed and your body comfortable.  Practice this for a minute or two, and then let the hands settle, taking time to notice if the energy has shifted.
  • Heart Breathing:  Great to do anytime, but especially nice during yoga, or before meditation.  Take a few deep breaths to settle your body and your mind.   When you feel relaxed, breathe deeply into your heart and as you exhale imagine light flowing out from the heart into the universe.  If you like you can even imagine the breath filling in the entire heart chakra before it moves outward.  As you breathe imagine the breath flowing up from the earth into your heart, then down from the sky to your heart, maybe even from your back body into your heart.  Notice which way feels most natural to you,  and most of all enjoy.
  • Bliss Technique:  Perhaps the simplest practice of them all.  This can be done as often as you like, for as long as you like.  It is key in learning to “think with the heart and love with the mind” .  All you have to do is turn your attention to the heart and let go of the thoughts in the mind.   Experience the love that is already present.  This attention allows the heart to open and brings divine bliss to the mind.  Don’t worry if you don’t notice any difference in your heart in the first few days of practice, over time, the light will grow stronger, and the mind will relax to open to experiencing the natural beauty that is there.

 

I wish you all a wonderful holidays.  Enjoy your loved ones and enjoy your self.  Trust that all is well, safe, and divinely inspired.  Open to the magic of the times, and allow the light to shine brightly, through you, within you, and all around you.

Much Peace and Love

Asrael

 

 

Awareness Shifting Beneath Our Feet

sunset in heart hands

Welcome to November~ Time is such a mysterious thing, passing by at times in the blink of an eye.  I hope that this beautiful autumn season has you all filled with a sense of peace and presence in your lives.  Darker days, cooler temperatures, and the magnificent colors of the leaves on the trees.  Things shifting into the inward season, a wonderful time for reflection, and of course a time of great transition and shifts for us all.

A few people have asked me about my newsletters being missed, and I want to apologize for not being more regular with them, life has been very full, and honoring my downtime has been key for balance to my being.   Life is very beautiful right now, heart awareness is flowing strongly through me, and I am enjoying all of the openings that the universe is bringing.

I am excited to announce a few new offerings from Ananda Ayurveda.  As many of you know I had been taking part in an Ayurvedic Counseling Course.  I finished in July and have been working with clients steadily since.  It has been a beautiful journey of deepening self discovery, and powerful inner healing for both myself and my clients.  For more information visit the section on it down below.  I am also happy to announce that I have a few new products to offer, I will be carrying beautiful Therapeutic Essential Oils from YoungLiving, as well as Planetary Oils from Enlightened Living Enterprises, both extremely powerful, soothing and healing for our bodies and spirits, for more information feel free to email, or to call me.

 

This November 3, I will be giving a free talk, and meditation on Ayurveda and the Energy Body, at Harmony Yoga in Downtown Duncan, from 1-1:30.  The following week I will be sharing a workshop on Integrating Ayurveda Into Your Life, also at Harmony Yoga in downtown Duncan, from 1-3:30, $30. For more information or to reserve space please call: 250 597 3973

 

Yoga Classes are ongoing at Oceanfront Suites in Cowichan Bay, its such a beautiful place to practice.  The sea lions are back and the ocean view is as lovely as ever.

As always I am offering beautiful and wonderful Bodywork Therapies, so soothing and nurturing, conscious healing, on such deep levels~ in a very gentle heart opening space.  Consultations, Ayurvedic Counseling, Tarot Readings, and Jyotish Astrology are also ongoing.

 

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Awareness Shifting Beneath Our Feet

dramatic suset landscape in desertDoes the earth feel like it is rumbling beneath your feet?  Earthquakes in October, on both the east and west coasts of North America reflect the shakiness of our stance on the earth today.  Over the past few months, even the past year, I am noticing the steady increase of strong vibrations of change.  There is great movement and growth happening in our beings,  as we cleanse out the old to open for the new.  Life is happening, moving and shaking us to our core, bringing up bright feelings of blissful hearts at times, and at others there may be waves of anxiety or stress.  As the energy expands life often brings to us “big” moments whether they manifest in an illness, an emotional release, or just in lots of things coming our way at once.  All of this energy is very important for our growth, what can seem unmanageable, is in fact exactly what we need to move forward onto the path of our true dharma.  Remember we are never given more than we can handle, and even the huge struggles of life, are our biggest opportunities for us to expand.  I know that it is not always easy to embody this, especially if we are in the midst of a very difficult time. Trust that life is full of valleys, and the darkest, deepest ones lead the way to the highest peaks.  Just like earthquakes these shaky times are actually important for releasing stress.  If we can let go of our judgement on what is happening, the uncomfortable buzzing, the busy minds, the stress in our bodies and even feelings of fear, can all be healthy indications of energy moving, as the nervous system refreshes and replenishes itself.

So what can we do to ease any feelings of discomfort we may have.  How can we move with the flow, instead of feeling like we are constantly swimming against the current?
There are a many ways, and we are all different, so what works for one, may not for the other, but in general here are a few ideas, that have been powerful helpers in my journey, as in those of many clients and friends:

  • Emotional Flow– Notice if you are restricting or pushing back any of your emotions. As things rise up in these tumultuous times it is important to let the energy flow.  We are not our emotions, they are energy, and just like all energy they need to move, to be experienced, and as that happens in turn it can be released and transformed.  Embrace the tears,  accept the anger, and don’t run away from the fear~ welcome them and notice what happens when you do.
  • Meditation– A daily meditation practice is wonderful for shedding the skins of the story, and realizing that truly, what is happening, is not the “real” you,  instead just an opportunity for you to play, to grow and to learn.  Meditation is also a great way to release stress from the nervous system, to tone and massage it, as well as to open the door to greater consciousness, and the realization of what we already are.  20 minutes once or twice a day is a huge boost towards our acceptance, our healing and our growth.  I am teaching free mantra based meditation if you are interested in learning, and also happy to help with a zen based practice.
  • Rest– Make sure that you are getting enough rest.  In Ayurveda it is recommended to be in bed before ten pm, this  can be difficult for many of us.  If you stay up late regularly  and find yourself tired the next day, try going to bed a half an hour earlier.  On the days you don’t have to work let go of your alarm and notice if you sleep in.  Often once we allow ourselves to start to rest, then the our body will really show us how tired we are and sleep will come easily and fully.   If you are getting enough sleep, but still tired, nurture yourself with some gentle walks outside, a yoga class or two during the week, or weekly self massages followed by a bath~ a ritual for relaxation and peace.  As we rest, we create the firm ground for stability and peace through the changes that are occurring

There are many more practices that help with the transformations, these are just a few.  I believe what supports us most of all is listening to our heart, and trusting that we are not just ok, but that we are in the perfect place.

 

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Ayurvedic Counseling

Old keys and a red heart.As many of us are experiencing great shifts and changes in our perception, and our consciousness there is a large desire to shed the patterns of the past, and to jump into the perfection of the spirit and the present.  Often for us to embrace the magic of the “moment” we have to release our old conception of ourselves and of the world, enabling us to greet our daily lives with peaceful acceptance and joy.  Much of today’s counseling happens in a very literal sense, working with the  perception of our “story”, and learning to work through it all on the mental and emotional layers.  In Ayurvedic Counseling we move deeper, getting to the core issues at hand with intuition, awareness and consciousness.  As an Ayurvedic Counselor, I help to facilitate these shifts, but the client is the magician, learning the tools to connect deeply with their own being ,to experience powerful connection, and release.  In essence remembering their true selves, before the patterns that served them once became stuck in place after their usefulness was over.  Profound shifts are occurring in the universe today, and magic is happening. As I work with clients in this way, I see great support for the transformations of the soul, and huge shifts in just a few sessions that allow for the shedding of the old, and the blossoming of the new.

In Ayurvedic Counseling, you can learn:

  • Natural Meditation (an effortless, mantra-based meditation)
  • Intuition – How to access your inner knowing to aid in change and transformation
  • The Energetic Flow of Emotions
  • Chakra Needs and Chakra Healing
  • Planetary Influences on your life and relationships through Vedic Astrology

All of this in a beautiful sacred space, safe and comforting~ whether it be in person in Duncan, BC or by skype from anywhere around the world.
For more information see Ayurvedic Counseling or call 250 597 3973.

 

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Recipe Of The Month

Speaking of rest, one of the best ways to nurture our physical body, and to create ojas (essential energy of the body) is to have a cup of warm spiced milk before bed.  Now I know that many people are lactose intolerant or vegan, and raw organic local cows milk can easily be substituted with a nut milk of your choice, or even a creamy coconut milk.   If you do choose to drink milk from a cow, it is extremely important that it is as close to the source as possible, and that the cow it comes from is happy and fed well (non GMO organic grains), and that the milk is non homogenized.  Its very hard to find milk like this in the west these days, but if you do, it can be nutritious, nurturing food.  Another important thing to remember is that the milk is simmered for 10 minutes or so on a low heat, and always spiced, so that it doesn’t ferment in your body.  If you are feeling very vata (airy, spacey, or perhaps anxious), you can always add a ¼ tsp of ghee to the milk for extra grounding.

Spiced Bedtime Milk
Serves 1
1 cup Milk (Cows, Goat, Nut, Rice or Coconut)
¼ tsp Ghee (optional)
pinch cardamom
pinch cinnamon
pinch nutmeg
honey, maple syrup or stevia to taste

Place all of the ingredients into a small pot, bring to a boil, and then let simmer for 10 minutes.
Sweeten and sleep well

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this~  I look forward to connecting more soon.
Enjoy Your Selves
Asrael

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