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
2013, 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