Kitchari Recipe

Digestive reset. K I T C H A R I

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Nutritious, tasty, easily digested, blend of lentils and grain. Typically Mung dhal, and basmati rice.


1) Rinse & soak beans or lentils with seaweed and bay if using. I like to let mine soak overnight, or while I am prepping everything else, dancing to music, and general horsing around. Rinse rice separately.
2) Measure and prep all ingredients. Once you get going everything gets added in really fast, if you still have chopping and measuring to do the spices may burn.

⁃ Measure all seeds, and put in a small dish together.
⁃ Mince all fresh spices/herbs and put those in a small dish together
⁃ Measure all spices that you are using in powdered form, and add those together.
⁃ Measure and set aside everything else to make 20171203_132128your Kitchari your own.
3) Warm oil or ghee in a large pot. I like to use my deep sided cast iron for added yummy. Once the oil is warm.. not smoking.. Add seeds and toast, stirring until fragrant 30-60 seconds.
4) Add fresh spices like ginger, garlic, or fresh turmeric if you are lucky enough to 20171203_132421have some on hand. Stir until blended with seeds and it starts to soften, become fragrant, or brighten in color. About 1 minute.
5) Add powdered spices. Stir until everything is coated and fragrant. 10-20 seconds
6) Strain and rinse lentils and rice. Add dhal, rice, dried fruit, some nuts etc. and stir until well mixed and lightly toasted.
7) Add water. Bring to a boil 5 minutes.


8) Lower to a simmer and cover. Stir occassionally. 35-40 minutes or until desired texture is reached. Be sure to make sure it does not burn to the bottom. Add water to adjust consistency. Some prefer a crunchy dhal while others prefer a soft well cooked kitchari. You will also find your desired consistency. Adjust with water for a dryer or soupier style.

9) Garnish and serve.


In India households have their own recipes, there really is no limit to how you can customize. The key is to make sure you have lots of spices, a grain, and a bean.

Mono-fasting is a great way for an otherwise healthy person to support a mild impairment to the Agni. An example of a mono-fast is to eat Kitchari for all of your meals, plus bone broths, herbal teas, and you can even add lightly steamed veggies to your dish one meal a day!

This is a great way to cleanse and rejuvenate the digestive tract after vacation, an illness, or recent food poisoning. This is especially helpful after a period of gratuitous eating such as can occur around the holidays. It is a wonderful practice to cleanse and detox a few times a year. Depending on your constitution it is good to get into the habit of fasting or cleansing around the solstices and equinoxes. Choose what is most appropriate for your body, during the appropriate seasons. A kitchari fast can be observed around both spring and autumn equinoxes, and especially around the winter solstice. It is not well advised during the summer solstice, however there are always exceptions. Ask your Ayurvedic councilor for advice on what is best for you.

One should fast just enough to stimulate Agni, burn ama, and clear the channels. Prolonged fasting is not recommended in Ayurveda and may result in damage to one’s health.


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NOTES:

1 Cup Mung beans, or lentils of choice, red or yellow
2 bay leaves
1 sheet of kumbu, or seaweed of choice.

1/2 – 1 Cup grain. Basmati Rice or Quinoa

2 TBS Ghee or sunflower oil for hot pitta

Spices:
You can use seeds or half the amount in powder. OR about 1 thumbs worth fresh.

* Optional

Multi dosha? Use a blend of the two recipes! Multi-dosha household? Make it plain and personalize with your condiments!

 

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Hot and Cold, the nature of Autumn

AUTUMN

&
TEMPERATURE RESILIENCE

Three months of fluctuating temperatures. Three months of energy drawing in and downward. Three months to dry out, and cool off from the summer. This period is crucial to get the dis-comforts from summer out of the body. If it is not removed and Pitta, the influence of summer, is allowed to sit elevated in the body disease then begins to develop.

How does your body handle the seasonal shift?

Do you feel relief or do your issues become worse as the fall season develops?

This time of year it is important to regulate body temperature. We want to cool down from summer, while simultaneously avoid catching a chill. This may be a challenge for some. This season is all about preparation for winter. What happens now, creates your health for the next season. Very simple things can really make a big impact on your ability to get through this winter unscathed. Personally I secretly love getting the flu. When else as an adult do we get a full week off to play video games, watch tv marathons while drooling on oneself, wearing the same stinky sweat pants for days at the sympathy of your loved ones, friends, and bosses? Sadly the healthier I get the faster I bounce back off the sofa, or never end up there in the first place. Sigh compromises for health and beauty, right.

key gunas of focus
Hot; ushna  vs  Cold; shita

It sounds really basic. Cool down if you are hot, and warm up if you are cold. Most of this holistic balanced living stuff is a little science, a little bit of wisdom, and a lot of duh. Most of our discomforts in life can be completely avoided if we simply learn to pay attention, and take action. This is the language of prevention. Even when you are already dealing with serious health issues, these basic concepts will take the pressure off of the body so that it can focus on healing the bigger issues. Our body works hard to maintain a very narrow degree of temperature. Adding in hot spicy warming foods, adds more heat to the body that it then needs to work to cool down. Vice versa eating raw salad in a cold body, takes away energy simply to warm up. You can help your body while it fights to keep you alive by eating appropriately to your current conditions. Notice the patterns, and set your life up around proactive prevention.

Such as, pack extra layers like hats, scarves, and sweaters this time of year. In fall it is best to dress like a swiss army knife, and over pack your lunches with lots of variety. Be a boy scout, and be prepared. This season is all about variability, and you want to be prepared. Even the weather man has no idea what the conditions will be during this variable Vata season. This next month pay attention to any foods that may bring a chill to your body, vs foods that increase heat. Pack a variety of foods for work or school that could cool you off or warm you up.

Easier said than done, and I am with you, and the struggle is real. HOWEVER it is the little changes that will truly add up and create long lasting change. Incremental steps are the foundations that will create endurance in the body, thus paving the way for the big heavy hitting stuff to actually penetrate the body and allow it to do it’s thing.

First focus on simple easy 1, 2, 3s for this season.. aka big impact juicy stuff that is so simple anyone can do it.

** If your temperature is varying wildly going from sweating to freezing, first contact your holistic health professional to get your HPA axis and Thyroid looked at. If you are freezing and cannot warm up, or sweating in February… call me.

Autumn is the time to let the excess Pitta, or built up heat from the summer, leave the body. While, for some the focus is more on building up heat stores for the winter. The days fluctuate from hot to cold, and our resiliency will be revealed.

Are you over heating in the afternoons and unable to cool?

Or are you freezing in the mornings or at night and unable to get warm?


Cool Down

Reduce Pitta heat:
Acclimatize: exercise outside during cool mornings and evenings, dress lightly to allow the cool wind to move across the skin.
Eat a small nutritious breakfast. Be sure not to skip.
More raw food and sweet fruit as snacks
Look at your plate: 20% raw food per meal. 40% green per meal.
Drink all beverages at room temperature.
Top meals with cilantro, or tzatziki sauce


Warm Up

Increase warmth for Vata & Kapha:
Protect all of your sensory organs. Keep with you something to protect your ears, head, chest, and neck. Wear thick socks.
Spend time outside during the warmest hours of the afternoon, getting lots of sun exposure. About 12-2. Have layers to cover up well in the late afternoons.
Breakfast should be warm porridge or brothy soups.
Drink warm beverages and cooked foods.
Cook with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom
Top meals with sesame oil.


SEASONAL FOODS

Raw cools, Cooked warms
fruit: apples, cranberries, pears, grapes, guava, kiwis, persimmons, pineapple. pomegranate

greens: Belgian Endive, Butter Lettuce, endive, spinach big leaf, pumpkin, radicchio, swiss chard,

Vegetables: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, daikon radish, jerusalem artichoke, kohlrabi, mushrooms, squash, sweet potatoes, turnips

Spice it up: ginger, garlic, cardamom, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, sunflower seeds,

Add Flavor to Winter, 5 tastes

Flavor.

One of my rules, it that we shouldn’t eat anything that does not taste good. Those of you who have sat through my waxing on about the importance of chewing may have heard some of this before. The taste of our meals is a great pleasure in life. The color, texture, smell, and flavor all combine together to create a truly sensual experience.  Close your eyes the next time you bite into a favorite treat. Really give into the sensation.

Some of you may find that your favorite snacks can be a little off putting once you really sit down and pay attention to it. While other food items may blossom into favorites. I have found that when I am paying attention, the horrid taste of food colorings, metals, cleaners, and pesticides become unmistakable. At the tame time the sweetness of carrots, and complexity of an olive transitions into a divine moment in time.

All of this flavor is important. So important that all ancient medicines have quantified them into 5 predominant categories. Sour, Bitter, Sweet, Pungent, and Salty. You see the flavor means something. It is an indication of the nutrients that reside within. If something tastes good to you, your body wants those nutrients. If something tastes bad to you, your body does not want the contents of the food. SImple as that.

The very nature of these 5 Tastes, informs their influence.

  • Sour
    • liver and gall bladder
    • Earth and Fire
    • yin, cooling, contracting, gathering, absorbent
    • dries and firm up tissue
    • Increase Pitta/kapha, decrease vata
  • Bitter
    • heart and small intestine
    • Air and Space
    • yin, cooling, contracting
    • energy descending
    • dry excess fluids, drain dampness
    • Increase Vata, Decrease Pitta/Kapha
  • Sweet
    • Spleen-Pancreas, Stomach
    • Earth and Water
    • Yang, tonify, strengthen,
    • expands upward, and outward.
    • increase tissue and fluids
    • increase kapha, decrease vata/pitta
  • Pungent
    • lungs and large intestine
    • Fire and Air
    • Yang, expansive, warming,
    • moves energy up and out
    • stimulate digestion, and move mucus
    • increase vata/pitta, decrease kapha
  • Salty
    • kidneys and bladder
    • wood and fire
    • yin, cooling, centering
    • moves energy inward, and down.
    • softens, detoxifies
    • increase pitta/kapha, decrease vata

When we look to harmonize with the winter, we actually want to look towards flavors that cool the surface of the body, and draw our energy inward and down. We are also in general looking to reduce Kapha, and increase Pitta. Early winter most of us will be focusing on a decrease of Vata to offset any imbalance picked up over the autumn. However, be careful not to push the see-saw too hard if you life in a home with dry heat. Vata can then take over your mucus membranes leaving your lips chapped, throat dry, and nose sore.

Let us take a brief look at the different flavors and the winter season.

Classically Bitter and Salty are promoted in the winter because these flavors provide a sinking,  and centering quality. Both of these flavors also cool the exterior of the body, and bring our heat deeper and lower. A cooler surface will create a less drastic difference between the skin and the air, resulting in more comfort.

The salty flavor can be emphasized if you have a slight build and require more flesh for insulation. This taste also creates moisture, and can lubricate a body that tends towards dryness.  In winter most people can tolerate a little more salty flavor in the diet. NOTE that we are not talking about salt itself, but more the flavor and taste of saltiness, and should be used with caution by the excessive, over weight, lethargic, person with high blood pressure. Examples include barley, soy sauce, miso, pickles, and sea salt. Seaweed is an exception to the rule and can be used by everyone, especially those with the conditions previously listed.

The bitter flavor is very strong and can have an influence by adding it into the diet in even the smallest amounts.Small regular amounts in the winter will nurture the body deeply, and preserve joy in the heart through out the darkest of winters. Some foods with the bitter flavor include watercress, endive, turnips, celery, asparagus, carrot tops, citrus zest, and cabbage. Most medicinal herbs are bitter, and a display of this flavor’s healing potency. Unlike the salty flavor, bitter has an influence on reducing heat in the heart and liver, clears mucoid plaque, and lowers blood pressure.

I also like to include the Pungent Flavor into my diet in the winter. Pungency has a tendency to increase the digestive fire, and stimulate movement. This stimulation when taken in the morning or at lunch can help relieve the tendency towards stagnation. Plus just enough spicy heat added to a dish can warm the body significantly. Taken in larger amount pungent foods will cool the blood by pulling your inner heat up and out. Just enough will warm cold hands, feet, and nose in winter. My favorite winter pungent tastes include an inch or two of ginger added during cooking, or to offset cooling effects of a green smoothie. And a pinch of cayenne topping every dish. Garlic is another favorite winter pungent taste.  Add minced garlic to the end of cooking to boos the immune system, and as a preventative anti-viral while the flu makes its rounds at work. r

In summation this winter experiment with the Salty, Bitter, and Pungent flavors. Find your favorites and take back your health.

Pungent = for the Cold and Damp, ^PV

Salty = for the Cold and Dry, ^PK

Bitter = for the stagnant, ^V

The power of Choice. 5th chakra power

I have been thinking a lot lately about the 5th chakra as a bridge between the heart and the mind. It is interesting how our neck even resembles the structure of a bridge between the torso and the head. I went back and read the excerpts from the 5th chakra workshop I held last month, and had some new insights about navigating my own struggle in making choices.

“Our mental energy powers the external world, while our heart energy powers our personal domains. For centuries our western culture has thought that emotional energy weakens our ability to make quick and necessary decisions, and that mental energy is virtually useless in the emotional domain…

If mind and heart are not communicating clearly with each other, one will dominate the other. When our minds are in the lead, we suffer emotionally because we turn emotional data into an enemy. We seek to control all situations and relationships and maintain authority over emotions. When our hearts are in the lead, we tend to maintain the illusions that all is well. Whether the mind is in the lead or the heart, the will is motivated by fear and a futile goal of control.

This imbalance of head and heart turns people into addicts.  From a control and energy stand point, any behavior motivated by the fear of internal growth qualifies as an addiction.” Any behavior that we use to hold ourselves back, to hold ourselves down, to slow down change and growth. With that definition I can say that I have even used books as an addiction, to procrastinate, and let time lapse in hopes that time will pass and make the choice for me. She goes on to say, “Any behavior that is usually healthy, even exercise or meditation, can be an addiction if it is used to avoid pain, or hide from personal insight. Any discipline can become a willful block between our conscious and unconscious minds, saying, “I want guidance, but don’t give me any bad news.” We even try to direct the very guidance we are seeking. Our lives end up in a seemingly endless cycle of mentally wanting change but emotionally fearing change at every turn.

The only way to break through this pattern is to make choices. Make choices engaged in the united power of the mind and the heart.”

It may not seem like it sometimes, but there are always many choices. If we combine the chakra theory above, and add in the Chinese concept of yin and yang, there are always 4 choices.

  1. Yin of the Heart
    1. This choice is one of self of love, selfishness, sometimes even lust or desire.
  2. Yang of the Heart
    1. This option is one of love for those close to us. The doing for someone else.
  3. Yin of the Mind
    1. This choice addresses the inner workings of the mind, morals, and conceptual ideals.
  4. Yang of the Mind
    1. This option revolves around external schematics, strategy, and feasibility.

These are very simplistic outlines.

“It is easy to keep oneself in a holding pattern, claiming that one does not know what to do next. But that is rarely true. When we are in a holding pattern, it is because we know exactly what we should do next, but we are terrified to act on it. Breaking through the repetition of cycles in our lives only requires one strong choice that is aimed at tomorrow, and not yesterday.

Yes it is frightening to leave the familiar contents of one’s life, even though one’s life is often desperately sad. Change is frightening, just ask the 1rst and 2nd chakras. Waiting for the feeling of safety to come along before one makes a move only results in more internal torment because the only way to acquire that feeling of security is to enter the whirlwind of change and come out the other end feeling more alive than ever before.”

There is also a 5th choice. That choice lies right in the middle. It contains some heart, some mind, detachment from the outcome, and faith that you will survive. This choice is the Middle Path. The path of least resistance. The path of sustainable growth. The growing edge. Balance. Vishuddha.

 

This post is inspired by and adapted from the writings of Caroline Myss PH.D.

Colds vs Flus ~ What is Ailing You?

Cold and Flu season started early for me this year. It truly kicks off when all of the kids go back to school, and all the germs get passed around like trading cards.

First we need to identify what we are dealing with. Mostly these colds start with a virus (some sort of “itis”). Then if things are slow moving, a secondary infection which is bacterial can develop. The Common Cold and the Influenza have similar symptoms but should be treated differently for faster results.

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STEP 1: put a name on it.

COLDS comes on slow; dominating symptoms are in the chest, neck, and head

  • with a cold, you will be able to get away with going about your regular day with some rest in between. Eat regularly, adding in pineapple, chicken broth, mushrooms. Remove coffee, cheese, milk, pork, eggs, and nuts.

FLUS hit fast and hard; It will dominate your whole body, with tender muscles, and fever 

  • for a flu I clear my schedule and go to bed. Get hot showers and bundle yourself up, drink lots of warm beverages to induce sweating. Your body will create a fever to help cook the virus out. You can assist in the process by inducing a good sweat. If you wake up wet, get another hot shower and change into dry clothes, drink more hot beverages, and bundle back up. If your face is flushed and you feel too hot, then eat some pineapple to cool off.

Bacterial Infection: Hit some all natural antibiotics. Try doubling your probiotic dosage, or add in echinachea (purchase flower, stem, and root ingredients), Blow your nose, spit out stuff, keep the mucus moving.

There will probably be a lot more symptoms unique to you, or one thing really impacting quality of life. I usually get stomach aches from all of the mucus running down my throat into the digestive tract. The key is to pin point the dominating factors. It is easy to figure out what you have, just by paying attention.

If you you are chronically catching a cold or the flu, then it is time for some serious action. This means your immune system is either not supported and worn out, or that it is working very hard on an underlying disease. If this is you, consult a professional.

Sinusitis, Bronchitis, Laryngitis, Rhino-Virus, Pharyngitis, -itis named by the location the virus has made it’s home.

STEP 2: Rest

Step 3: Kill it.

  • Bromelian:
    • The magic of chicken broth. Find the highest quality chicken broth in the store, and drink up. OR find a person that loves you to make some homemade broth from the carcass of a roasted chicken. Here is an article that I wrote about making Turkey Broth from your leftover thanksgiving bird:
    • PINEAPPLE! Bromelain is also in pineapple, If you are hot, or have a cough this stuff is amazing. Plus it is full of Vitamin C, and virus assassin.
    • Dr. Axe has a good article about Bromelain. https://draxe.com/6-unbelievable-health-benefits-bromelain/
  • Vitamin C
    • This vitamin penetrates the cell walls of viruses and neutralizes their ability to replicate. Thus the population can no longer reproduce and the illness ceases when those cells die.
    • Eat foods high in Vitamin C. Here is a comprehensive list of foods in order from high to low. http://nutritiondata.self.com/foods-009101000000000000000-w.html
    • Rose hip tea is also very high in vitamin C.
  • Mushrooms:
    • These guys are truly powerful medicine. Turkey Tail mushrooms show up in every single traditional healing book I open. Now I am seeing how truly powerful Shiitakes are. I prefer to buy the dried mushrooms, as they store much longer. Then when I whip up a stir fry, I freeze the soaking liquid. This then gets added to my chicken broth during my sick days. Last year I caught I terrible flu, and was only in bed for 1 day. Fully recovered in 2 days. Everyone around me was out on average for a full week and a half. Seriously. Mushrooms.
  • Anti-Viral, anti-microbial, and anti-bacterial  Herbs to add to your broth or tea
    • Star Anise, fenugreek, sage, thyme, honey, licorice root,
  • Diffuse essential oils and/or rub those swollen lymphs. Create a blend of these.
    • Eucalyptus, Thyme, Lemon, Pine,

 

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Papaya, it’s not for everyone.

 

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A sweet exotic fruit, now popping up in grocery stores and on health food blogs everywhere. Before jumping into the papaya party here are a few things you should know.

I love this stuff, and use it as a magical tool to assist sluggish digestion. I am a foodie, loving to eat new things and occasionally feasting my way to a stomach ache. Sometimes this leaves me bloated, sluggish, and so uncomfortable. If time, tea, or rest doesn’t fix it, papaya saves the day. I grab smallest, fresh, very ripe papaya I can find. Toss a small scoop in my smoothie and after a day or so my body eliminates the garbage. I am very sensitive, and react very quickly. It usually only takes addition of papaya to my breakfast for one or two days to clean me out. Any more then that and I start to loose the ability to absorb nutrients from my food.

Papaya is a mover and a shaker. It is full of potent digestive enzymes papain, and chymopapain. This runs through the guts, digesting any and all food matter hanging around. It shakes loose whatever unwanted sludge is sticking to the walls of your digestive tract. This will create a lot of poop. Those with sluggish systems can benefit greatly from adding papaya to the diet to get things moving.

For some, there is little to no reaction. For others there will be an increased frequency in the need to poop. Some of these movements may show up a bit urgently. This increase in waste removal is good. This cleaning out is exactly the goal, in moderation of coarse.

This level of cleansing can be disruptive to our lives, and can be hard on the body if done to frequently or for too long. Papaya is best used only for a short time, during a healing protocol. Or infrequently as needed to encourage faster elimination. This is not to be abused as most laxatives and digestive enzymes often are. Using papaya too heavily, especially for rapid weight loss, can be damaging to the digestive tract. Not to mention terrible for your body, increasing weak digestion and nutritional deficiency.

Like I said Papaya is a mover and a shaker. If your body is on the deficient side with already fast elimination, this will only further worsen your condition. Reach out to me for other digestive healing remedies more appropriate for your unique body.

However if your digestion is slow, or if you have a bunch of junk inside, make papaya your best friend.


WHEN PAPAYA IS AWESOME.

This stuff is fantastic to get a stagnant system moving, or to clear unwanted stuff from the digestive tract. It can be very balancing to excess of Vata or Pitta.

For the heavy meat eater. Papain is a digestive enzyme specialized in breaking down flesh. Add it to a marinade for a tough cut, or game meat. If you are a person that eats a lot of animal flesh, papaya will help your body digest and process everything optimally. A high protein diet causes an increase in bodily acid, as well as adding a lot of wear and tear on your system. Add papaya to your diet, then slowly decrease your animal flesh consumption to a lower optimal amount based on your body and lifestyle. Contact me to learn more about what this could look like for you.

Increase lubrication in your intestines. Papaya increases mucus secretions in the stomach and along the small intestine. Mucus protects your flesh at all of your openings and from your throat down to the anus. The consistency is important to act as both protection and as a lubricant. For this very reason it is a wonderful addition to your post-antibiotic recovery plan.

Bloat and Constipation Relief.  After an unusually heavy meal, enjoy some papaya for dessert to assist your natural enzyme production and get things moving. Bloat and gas are often from foods producing a large amount of gas while fermenting in the stomach. Digestive enzymes help to break down the molecular bonds of foods allowing for a smoother process. Bloat is a sign that too much food was taken, or the wrong combination of foods were taken. This results in a struggle, which papaya can help assist.

Those with a heavy toxic load. Papaya breaks the cellular walls of viruses, yeasts, and fungi. It is also very high in vitamin C, which blocks the microbes ability to replicate. Researchers are making a lot of head way in using papaya extracts to combat heaving hitting viruses AIDS, Hepatitis, and Epstein Barre. Tumors are also impeded by papaya, and will even begin to shrink once this fruit is added to the diet.

Other traditional uses include treatment for malaria and dengue fever, infections of the pancreas, flatulence, liver disorders, arthritis, and even as a dewormer.


CONTRAINDICATIONS: Not for use in pregnant or lactating women, nor for men and women trying to conceive. Sadly, I have seen some articles out there promoting this for pregnant women. However I believe in trusting the cultures who have lived with this fruit for millennia. Their traditional doctors use papaya to abort unwanted pregnancies, and to decrease the ability to conceive for both men and women.

Also, papaya is not ok for use by individuals on Blood Thinners, or preparing to have surgery in the next few days. That being said I would also hold off if you are looking to get tattooed in the next week or so.

Those with severe latex allergies should avoid papaya or be especially careful not to eat any of the fruit close to the skin.

Discontinue use immediately if you experience any swelling, an itchy face, lips, tongue, throat, a rash, get dizzy, or experience abdominal pain.


BUY AND STORE:

I get the smaller ones because I don’t really use that much when I do need it. Choose a fruit that is green with a little yellowing and is fairly soft. If you desire a more potent enzyme content, choose a firmer less ripe fruit. The greener papayas have more enzymes.

Slice in half, and scoop out the seeds. The seeds can be dried and used in a tea, re-grown into a tree, or simply composted.

To freeze, peel and cut the whole papaya into chunks. Lay out on a baking sheet, and place in the freezer. Once solid, break up the pile and store in a freezer bag. This will keep your papaya in easy separate chunks. Freezing them in a pile creates a solid unusable mass.


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Life is Happening For You.

“Life is not happening to you. It is happening for you.”

  • Tony Robbins

I was watching the Netflix special “I am not your guru”, when Tony Robins demands this concept into the hearts of the audience. I hit pause. Grabbed a pen and paper and wrote it down. These things in life that feel soooo-ugh-horrible, are actually gifts.

Since I watched the special about a month ago, this statement has been appearing over and over again in spiritual talks and readings. Even last night in a webinar on “Wound and Trauma Healing”. Tim Kelley and Jeffrey Van Dyk talked about the concept of your trauma being the training course for your purpose. It is the place where you learn all of the tools and skills needed to full fill your higher purpose. What a concept! When I was at school for health coaching, we worked on a similar idea. The exercise is to write your story, go deep, and in it you will find the most powerful place to stand from as you go about healing the world. Reach out and help others who are suffering what you have to healed.

To me this all comes full circle, or full karmic spiral. With this one statement, so many esoteric concepts click into place.  I strongly believe that our souls are placed here on earth, to have a human experience, to advance their education. The soul is a being of it’s own right. In fact it sits deep within my body, behind it’s wants and needs. It sits even deeper still within my ego, behind it’s wants and needs. Deep in there, my soul is the only thing that is actually me. The vehicle for this experience is the body, the avatar. My ego is here to protect the avatar. Me and my soul are here to learn, to grow, and to be of service. These things that happen to us, are part of the lesson plan. No matter how horrific or difficult these lessons take form. They are lessons I am meant to learn, so that I may develop the tools to relieve suffering.

This life is not happening to you, it is happening for you.

 

What in life has been your greatest trial? Go to that place, release it’s hold on you. Heal. Serve.

 

With Love,

Rachel