Spacious Fullness

IMG_5276Namaste,

I hope that this newsletter finds you all well, and at peace wherever you may be in this moment.  What a wonderful spring it has been, there is so much life bursting forth, so much energy building, and so much space to grow in.  We were blessed here in BC with an abnormally beautiful and warm early spring. It was such a gift to get out in the garden, and to plant the seeds for summer.  At around the same time of this warm spell many spirit inspiring gifts also arrived.  I was blessed to spend a weekend in Seattle with Adyashanti, while at the same time receiving the gifts of ancient healing through an intentional Yagya.  This weekend inspired powerful movement and release, much of which I am still integrating.  There has also been more work on the documentary that was filmed last year, still no word on the release date, I will keep you posted.  Above all there has been a beautiful sense of connectedness, of peace, and of acceptance.  There is no hurry to do, there is no need to push or force, there is almost a sense of waiting to see what comes next, all the while living very comfortably in the present moment.   More recently the rains and cooler weather have come again, perfect for watering the seeds planted in fertile awareness, perfect for the quiet time that is reflecting through my being.  Perfect for nurturing the earth, and cleansing its essence so that when the sun appears again life can just bloom fully and completely.

This month’s  Monthly Meditation Morning  will be held Sunday June, 16.  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 silent mediation type, no experience necessary.  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, soon to be outside by the seaside. It is a lovely class, great for all levels, and a beautiful community to practice with.

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.  ConsultationsAyurvedic CounselingTarot Readings, and Jyotish Astrology are also available.

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Spacious Fullness

paper peopleLife lately has been a bit different.   This may mean something unique to each and every one of us, as we all experience the universe in our own way, but often times there are key threads that weave our experiences together.  To me it almost seems like these last few months have been a bit of a waiting period, a time of gestation where there is no knowledge of what comes next, nor any expectation of what needs too.  This doesn’t mean that life isn’t full of its normal challenges, or day to day practical matters, but that within that, expanding throughout and around it, there is a great sense of space and acceptance.  There is a sensation and a feeling of the unknown, of the needing to be quiet, to take self care, and of total trust of it all.  Its an interesting feeling, this trust, because its not knowing you have to trust, or should trust, its just innately there.  Fear seems to be melting away, motivation at times may be lacking, but thats ok.  It isn’t the right time to force, it isn’t necessary to be in control of the next move, we never are anyways.  Its almost as if my entire being is just in this place of awareness, and that’s all that there is to do at this time.   The mind has actually stepped into balance with this energetic flow of the past few months, it does still chatter about, but the words, the thoughts aren’t addictive, there is no attachment to them.  There is almost an emptiness to the qualities of the thoughts, and a peacefulness in the  awareness of it all.   There is no thinking about what I “need” to be doing, I just do it if its needed.  There is no worry about the work week ahead, there just is what there is.  Its very strange, but very comfortable, and very supportive in its own way.  My body is also stepping in line with this awareness.  I hear it speak, I take the time for practice, for healthy eating, and for balance, and it responds.  I am sleeping better, dreaming beautiful dreams, feeling light in the vessel that I inhabit, and noticing a glowing vitality to my skin, and best of all I have more energy!  Again,  there is no control over this, no forcing, it just feels natural to take the time to do my daily routine, to nourish my physical which in turn supports my emotional and spiritual.

Sounds wonderful doesn’t it:) It is, but for some of us this may be an uncomfortable time of the unknown, of not experiencing a large flow of movement or of  creative energy.  There are still the desires infused in every aspect of life.  The knowledge that there is movement to come, the magic wants to expand and flow, the flow of consciousness that needs to express itself in more tangible ways.  It will happen.  Remember that even when we are still, we are flowing, that even when spacious there is fullness.  Just as in the garden, the seeds need to rest in the earth before they can pop up towards the light.  But even in the soil they are always expanding, and when the time is right they move, always growing until they share with us their beautiful blossoms and fruit.  Enjoy this rest, take care of yourself,  and listen.

Some daily practices I have been enjoying that reflect peace and health back to me are:

  • Daily Meditation- Always worth the time
  • Warm Spice Water- 1 tsp fennel, 1/4 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp coriander- sipped throughout the day
  • Abhyanga- Self Oil Massage
  • Oil Pulling- With Sesame Oil
  • Nasya or Neti
  • Green Juice
  • Early Bed Time- 10 pm

For more info on any of these practices feel free to email me, or book an appointment to see what practices may be right for balance and peace for your being.

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Ayurvedic Massage Oils

c403266ac7bf11e2b04622000a1f9be0_7Ayurvedic Massage OilsIf you have ever experienced an Ayurvedic Massage then you know what a nurturing, luxurious and OILY experience it is.  I have been making and using medicinal herbal oils in my treatments for the past 5 years.  Most of the herbs that I use have been western herbs that I have grown myself, and offer similar properties to some of the herbs used in India.  This spring I received the message that it was time to make some more traditional Ayurvedic Oils, created in the tradition of the ancient pandits.  Unfortunately many of these medicinals are not grown here in Canada, but thanks to Harmonic Arts, I am able to order Organic and sustainably grown herbs from other places.  So with a big smile on my face, and excitement  in my heart I made an order and got to work.

Work may not be the best word for the practice of making the oils, as a light heart and deep intention made the time spent peaceful and enjoyable, but it definitely is quite a process.  When I make my western oils I always sun soak them, stirring them daily, and letting them infuse over a long period of time, sometimes for up to 6 months. I was led to work with these oils in a different way, respecting the ancient manner in the way they are transformed into medicine.  Instead of mixing the plant essences directly into the oil, I began by making strong infusions of the powdered herbs, simmering them in water for 3-4 hours, until they had reduced to 1/6th their size.  I then strained the plant matter out leaving me with a beautiful dark and fragrant tea.  I mixed this tea with a paste made out of powdered herbs and water, and then an equal amount of Organic Sesame Oil.  I then brought these concoctions to a very low simmer and let them cook, stirring regularly until the texture of the paste shifted its consistency from powder, to sticky goo, to a fine sand like texture.  What a beautiful practice it was to watch the changes that occurred.  Each herb had different energy, some were mucuousy and heavy, while others were light and dry, and they all had to experience a period of sticky tightness before releasing their essence fully to the oil…. sounds a bit reflective of our human experience doesn’t it?  After they were done, I strained the oil one more time and left them to cool.  This entire process took anywhere from 4-8 hours, and during that time I was infusing them with love and presence.  I was also listening to the herbs, connecting with their energy and spirits, very beautiful and inspiring.

I am now excited to offer these oils as part of my practice, as well as for sale if you are interested.  They are very potent, and very powerful.  Cooking the herbs in the oil creates a silky texture, and a beautiful natural scent.

100% Organic Vata Oil– Ashwaghanda, Shatavari, Shankhapushpi, Passionflower, Bhringaraj, Licorice, Sesame Oil

100% Organic Pitta Oil– Amla, Brahmi, Guduchi, Shatavari, Neem, Licorice, Rose, Lavender, Sunflower Oil, Sesame Oil

100% Organic Kapha Oil– Purnanarva, Calamus, Manjistha, Neem, Rosemary, Sesame Oil, Sunflower Oil

100% Organic Shirodhara Oil– Bhringaraj, Brahmi, Shankhapushpi, Passionflower, Sesame Oil, Olive Oil

I believe in the magic of growing and nurturing a plant from seed, to its place on our table, in our vision, or in our medicines, but there are also benefits to using plants that grow in other areas.  They bring with them an exotic magic, that can sometimes offer greater benefits and they can mix with the local herbs to give an even stronger effect.  These Ayurvedic Herbal Combinations have been used for thousands of years, and I am very pleased and honored to share them in my practice.

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Recipe Of The Month

Easy Bright Green Juice

Its that time of year when greens are in abundance.  So full of color, of life and of nutrients.  Fresh juice is a wonderful way to add in leafy greens to your diet, to many salads can dampen our agni (digestive fire).  You can mix and match greens, add herbs and spices, and make this recipe your own.  Think of this as a creative template, one that can be transformed from day to day, always full of vitamins, detoxifying, and so deliciously refreshing:)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 green apple 
  • 1-2 stalks celery
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger, turmeric, or both
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 tsp green powder (we use a chloryphyl, spirulina blend)
  • fresh herbs (mint, dill, basil, fennel leaves)
  • big bunch of leafy greens (kale, spinach, lettuce, dandelion greens, beet greens, etc.)
  • 1/2 lemon

 

Blend until mixed in your blender and then strain through a cheesecloth or nut milk bag. Enjoy.  I highly recommend a Blendtech blender, or Vitamix, but a normal one will do.  If you are using a normal blender, then check in with it, and make sure you don’t overheat the juice, let it rest and then blend further.

Get creative, add some radishes, or broccoli~ anything you like:)

You can always add fresh greens into your smoothies as well:)

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India Trip 2 247I am continuing to embrace the idea of expanding my perception on how to share Ayurveda and my services with others.  I would love any feedback or ideas that you may have.  Would you be interested in a yoga or Ayurveda retreat sometime?  How about a web seminar or class?  Perhaps there is another way that you see my energy flowing?  I would love to hear your thoughts:)  There is a retreat in the making, I will keep you updated:)

Wishing you all a beautiful month of June filled with peace, abundance, and acceptance of all that may be~ and some sunshine of course:)

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this~

Much Love and Peace

Asrael

 

 

 

 

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