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Monday, August 5, 2019

The Goddess Experience


Good Morning!

The Goddess Experience

Every woman deserves to experience all the joys which bring self-fulfillment, self-love, and self-respect. This "experience of the Goddess" must be something you "choose" to manifest every day.  I believe the greatest gift we've been given, is the ability to make choices. The honorable goddess should feel her fire rising, with irresistible desire and allure.
She should want to wake each morning, embodying her lust for life, her intoxicating passion for "that which makes her heart wealthy" and to recognize the overwhelming sense of magic she wields. The honorable goddess IS the sacred feminine and embellishes all the fertile traits of mother earth. She is rich in nurturing milk and honey and holds the key to life and the lifeblood of the family. Her sovereignty is the source of power and respect.
May, in particular, is the month most associated with the Goddess. Honored by the most fragrant and colorful burst of nature's blessings, flowers explode into full bloom, while trees willingly extend their branches with green offerings to share. The shift from a stifling winter's perpetual sleep awakens the desire of Spring to unfold.
The 7 Day Goddess Experience
Now is the time to honor who you are, accept where you are in your life right now, and take steps each day to honor what you've been given, as you make haste for what you still desire.
Day 1: Today, give thanks in a morning meditation, prayer or positive affirmation.  Like a new moon, today you can set an intention or wish to come true. Fill your day with objects or ideas that are beautiful and bright. Buy yourself flowers, a special treat or something to make your home look pretty and comforting. Seek balance through self-care today. End your day with humble thanks for what you have received and look forward to the possibility of tomorrow.
Eostre or Ostara of Spring is a goddess in Germanic and Celtic tradition who is the namesake of the festival of Easter. In her various forms, she is a spring-like fertility goddess associated with the dawn. Also associated with Eostre is the Norse Goddess, Freyja. Her focus is on balance and the equilibrium between night and day at the Spring Equinox. With this period of the Maiden, it is a time for new beginnings, for planting seeds that will bear much fruit, and for celebrating the rebirth of the soil, the land, and oneself. On the eve of May 1st, the Celtic holiday of Beltane is recognized.  Halfway between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice, it symbolizes the start of summer or the "light half of the year."  This time was recognized by the Festival of Flora, the Roman Goddess of Flowers.
Day 2: Upon waking, move, stretch or exercise to get the blood circulating and the creative juices flowing.  Today is the day of letting go and letting things flow.  Whatever difficulties come your way, allow them to roll off you. Be as fluid as the waters that represent your emotions. Recognize them, then let them pass. You have the incredible ability to choose how to deal with things. Choose to detach from those situations that worry, aggravate or irritate your sense of well-being. End your day with a soothing bath. Light a few candles, add some crystals to your bath water or incorporate some soothing essential oils such as lavender, clary sage, or rose.
Ganga Dussehra, is a Hindu festival celebrating the descent of the Ganges. It is believed by Hindus that the Holy river Ganges descended from heaven to earth on this day. Ganga Dussehra takes place on Dashami (the 10th day) of the waxing moon of the Hindu calendar month. Devotees gather at the banks of the Ganges and perform a ritual in which they offer up a floating lamp to the river. Taking a dip in the river on this day is believed to bring one to a state of purification.
Day 3: Upon waking, remind yourself "who you are" today. Remember how you kept your household together, built a life that's been admired, and appreciate the little things you've done for yourself and others. Those things that we often take for granted, others are praying for. Honor these accomplishments.  At the end of the day, light a candle or say a prayer for your mother. If you are a mother, please know how much you have been appreciated over the years, even though you may not hear about it as much as you'd like. You are the personification of the greatest archetype in this world or any other!
Appropriately, Mother's Day is celebrated in the second week of May. This is the turn of the season that transitions from the days of the Maiden archetype to the months of the Mother archetype. Mother is one of the most significant "archetypes" in history. The "Great Mother" is the personification of the feminine and represents the fertile womb out of which all life comes and eventually returns (as with Mother Nature). Its fundamental attribute is the capacity to nourish, as we cannot survive without a nurturer. If we do not have a nurturing mother, we seek one and project this archetype upon another..
Day 4: Upon waking, choose to make your day about growth. Expand your thought processes. Take aim at a self-improvement task today. Work on your money management. Get a healthy walk, cardio run or weight training in today. Be generous, invite luck in, and use the power of music to motivate you.  At the end of the day, eat a fulfilling meal, do a stress-reducing meditation or do something you enjoy, such as reading a book or dancing to your favorite song.
May is the Greek celebration of the twins, Apollo, God of sun, light, oracles, knowledge, healing, music, poetry, song, and dance and his twin sister, Artemis the goddess of the hunt, the wilderness, wild animals, the moon, and chastity. To the Romans, she was the goddess, Diana. This is the pairing of the Yin and Yang qualities in all of us. The duality of male/female, sun/moon, god/goddess within our psyche. It is a reminder of how we can look at a situation from two sides when we are in tune and conscious of our ability to do so..
Day 5: Upon waking, try doing some deep belly breathing. Expand your lungs after a long night's sleep and greet the day by taking in long breaths of promise (inhale) and sustained releases of letting go (exhale).  Make today a favorable day for any activities that stimulate your creative genius, empowers your artistry and embrace companionship. Today is a day of sensitive female energy. Enjoy a day trip, take in the theater, and/or have a romantic date or enjoy the companionship of friends. At the end of the day, reflect upon your adventures. Perhaps you would like to journal about them or record them in your diary.
Inanna, Ishtar, and Aphrodite are the same name for the Roman goddess, Venus. Her functions encompassed love, beauty, desire, sex, fertility, prosperity and victory. She was the epitome of desire and love.. The Romans saw their goddess as the yielding, watery female on a half shell, essential to the balance of life. Her male counterparts were the active and fiery Mars and Vulcan. Venus could absorb and temper the male essence, uniting the opposites of male and female in mutual affection.
Day 6: Upon waking, make a list of your essential tasks. Today is for tying up loose ends. It is a day to get things done. What have you left on the back burner?  Did you not forgive someone you should? Did you leave a relationship untidy or in shambles?  How about your obligations to others? These are promises you have made, yet have not completed. Learning to follow your intuition is essential to understanding what is at the root of all action.  Find three ideas, when interpreting your insight, that can become stepping stones to the next level!  What are they?
The month of May was named for the Greek Goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman goddess of fertility, Bona Dea..  In ancient Greek, Maia was one of the oldest of the seven Pleiades. Her name was related to the crone, a term for older women, which honors the wisdom and sage-like qualities she has gained. Maia also means "midwife" in Greek. In ancient Roman lore, Maia embodied the concept of growth, as her name was thought to be related to the comparative adjective, "maius", meaning "larger, or greater."
Day 7: Upon waking this day, consider a day of peace, quiet and reflection. We do not often take the time for introspection. This can be a wonderful experience when choosing joyful memories that you have been given throughout your life. Take a little time to write about your own perceptions and insights. Consider writing a paragraph or so about how you feel emotionally key thoughts or phrases, or anything unusual or unique that might have happened to you during this time. At the end of the day, rest peacefully, knowing the transition through your "goddess experience" will be a journey of ups and downs and roads you'd never thought you would find yourself on.
The Virgin Mary (the ultimate mother), is celebrated as The Queen of Heaven in the month of May. This event commemorates with the Feast of the Visitation on May 31, at the end of the Marian month. The Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May) is a month-long festival to the Virgin Mary in the Philippines. The Feast of Our Lady of Fatima is celebrated May 13th. Floral imagery from scripture and nature provide the tradition for the subsequent naming of hundreds of flowers for Mary's life, mysteries, virtues, excellence, and divine prerogatives. The practice of honoring Mary with flowers originated among monasteries and convents in medieval Europe.
With your 7 day Goddess experience at hand along with some inspiration from world-renowned icons throughout history, I hope you realize how special you are!  The secret to a successful journey starts by staying in your present moment. Follow the path, making adjustments along the way. You will find your overall experience to be the one you've ultimately wished for.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Recipe: Prepare Dandelion Root Tea


Good Morning!

Recipe: Prepare Dandelion Root Tea

Here is how you prepare dandelion root tea:

Boil a quart of water in a pot Reduce the heat.

Add 2 tbsp. of cleaned and chopped fresh dandelion roots to the water.

Let the water simmer for thirty minutes, keeping it covered during this time. Then, remove the pot from the heat source.

Following this, add two tbsp. of freshly picked and chopped dandelion leaves. Let the leaves steep into the liquid for twenty
minutes. After which, the liquid can be strained.

You will benefit by drinking two cups of the herbal dandelion tea every day.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Summer and Traditional Chinese Medicine


Good Morning, 

Summer and Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), we have a healing methodology called the 5 Phases (Elements). Summer is ruled by the Fire element and is expressed in nature as well as in the body. Growth, joy and spiritual awareness between the heart and mind are the focus during this season. Summer-heat belongs to the element of fire and is predominant during the summer season. Symptoms of summer heat are excess body heat, profuse sweating, parched mouth and throat, constipation, and heart palpitations. Overactive functioning of an organ system can result in symptoms of thirst, aversion to heat and craving for cold, infection, inflammation, dryness, red face, sweating, irritability, dark yellow urine, restlessness, constipation and "hyper" conditions such as hypertension.

Strengthening the immune system should be a part of any seasonal ritual! Any tonic formula that strengthens the essence, nourishes the Qi and regulates the heart is appropriate. Remember, the best form of medicine is preventative. Learning how to heal with the seasons is one of the greatest strengths in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Heart and Small Intestine

In summer, our energy dominates the Heart and the Small Intestine meridians. There is a secondary relationship to the Pericardium and San Jiao or Triple (Burner) Warmer. The heart dominates the blood and vessels, pumping lifeblood through them. The function of the heart is to circulate blood to the body. As long as the heart is in motion, blood circulates through the vessels maintaining life. The power of the heart manifests on the face. When our face is well supplied with life circulating blood, the fine capillaries in the face will present on the face with a rosy and lustrous complexion.. Chinese medicine traditionally regards the face as a mirror of the condition of our heart.

It is said that the heart houses the mind or our Shen. The Shen is described as the Spirit. In the Huang di Neijing (Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon), the ancient Chinese medical text that has been treated as the fundamental doctrinal source for Chinese medicine for more than two millennia, the Shen refers to the mechanism of change or the mystery of sudden and profound transformation, and the expression in a person's face, particularly the eyes. When applied to our body, the Shen describes what would be called our physical vitality, mental activity, and spirit.

Sweat is considered the humour or fluid of the heart. A humour is a liquid or fluent part of the body. For example, The vitreous humor is the clear gel that fills the space between the lens and the retina of the eyeball Sweating is a natural cooling process for the body. Because sweat is the humor of the heart and blood along with fluids are the same source, there is a direct correspondence. Someone who has lost a large quantity of blood does not sweat, and someone that has excessive sweat tends to have poor blood circulation, anemia or excessive heat signs.

The heart also opens to the tongue. The color of the body of the tongue reflects the condition of heart blood. Chinese medicine practitioners often discover information about the heart's condition from the tip of the tongue where imbalances of the upper (burner) organs, lung, and heart, may express themselves. The important signs in heart syndromes are palpitations, a tendency to be frightened, chest oppression, pain in the cardiac region, insomnia, nightmares, poor memory, and delirium.

The Small Intestine transforms food particles, separating the pure from the turbid. The small intestine receives partially digested food from the stomach and processes it for further digestion by separating it into what the body needs and waste providing its function to transfer what is needed to the spleen, which is in charge of transporting it to the five organ networks. Fluids reabsorbed and is passed on to the bladder. Solid waste is transferred to and expelled through the large intestine. The relation between the Heart and the Small Intestine is best shown in the mental activities of the two. The heart meridian communicates with the small intestine as they have an exterior and interior relationship and influence each other closely.. It is of great importance to our spirit to be of clear mind and make wise decisions. Therefore, when the small intestine is out of balance, it can express as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea or indigestion. All of these disorders appear to have a huge emotional connection to their manifestation. Some cases of burning urination (particularly if accompanied by symptoms of dark or red urine) are treated by clearing heat in the heart. This heat, transferred from heart to small intestine is then carried to the bladder with the fluid wastes. Other symptoms may cause thirst, bitter taste in the mouth, tongue ulcers and blood in the urine.

The Pericardium takes care of protecting the heart. The pericardium is a double-walled sac that contains the heart and the roots of the great vessels. The pericardium's outer coat (the parietal pericardium) is tough and thickened, loosely cloaks the heart, and is attached to the central part of the diaphragm and the back of the breastbone. Its inner coat (the visceral pericardium or epicardium) is double, with one layer closely adherent to the heart and the other lining the inner surface of the outer coat. The intervening space between these layers is filled with pericardial fluid.. This small amount of fluid acts as a lubricant to allow normal heart movement within the chest.

The San Jiao is a term found in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), as part of modeling the workings of the human body attempted by early Chinese medical writers. References to it can be found in the oldest Chinese medical texts the triple warmer balances various forms of energy (qi), including the harmony of hormonal function. The San Jiao has been translated as the triple heater, triple warmer, three warmers or triple burner. The Shang Jiao (upper burner) – corresponding to the thoracic cavity. This space includes the lungs and heart and is associated with respiration. The Zhong Jiao (middle burner) – corresponding to the upper part of the dorsal cavity. This space includes the stomach and spleen and includes the Hepatic Portal System, various secretory pancreatic cells, perhaps the duodenum, portions of the lymphatic system carrying chyle, as well as catabolic and functions of liver cells and is associated with digestion. The Xia Jiao (lower burner) – corresponding to the lower part of the dorsal cavity.. This space includes the small intestine, the large intestine, the kidneys, the bladder and is associated with elimination.

Together these four meridians are in charge of the processing, storage, and distribution of vital energy and therefore the maintenance of life.

The Fire Element

The element, Fire is associated with the Summer season and with heat.

In the Chinese Medicine paradigm, the element is associated with the heart, pericardium, small intestines and related to the tongue.

Fire represents physical strength, force, courage, desire, initiative, fertility, passion, purification, and rejuvenation. It represents both light and heat. A positive fire person is strong, courageous and bold, dramatic and passionate in all areas within himself.

Emotionally, this element is associated with the mind and its stability. The heart is the "seat" of the mind and therefore, its highest expression is love. Enthusiasm, warmth in human relationships and conscious awareness.

Finding Balance in Joy
Finding joy in things we do can give great pleasure, satisfaction and the ability to appreciate all that we are given in life! The greatness of finding JOY in anything we do is an art, which encompasses other feelings of appreciation, happiness, and self-contentment. These wonderful emotions have a balancing counterpart and are found with every emotion we feel. On one end of the spectrum is Joy, on the other sadness. On one end of the spectrum, there is anger, on the other there is pensiveness. This balancing act we experience all the time.

From a Western Science point of view, emotions arise from complex chemical reactions deep inside our brain. We actually have different classes of emotions that arise from different brain areas. We have ancient, primitive emotions that we share with all animals that have brains. These emotions are very powerful and drive what we think of as instinctual behavior.

Traditional Chinese Medical Theory recognizes control of our body by Five Elements: Earth, Wood, Fire, Water, and Metal. Each of the Five Elements is associated with a particular organ. The Ancients related a variety of different characteristics with each element and therefore with each organ. Traditional Chinese Medical practitioners use such characteristics to help diagnose patients and to understand the etiology of the symptoms. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, joy is most prevalent in the Summer. It is considered the emotion of Summer. Although we can and do experience joy at any time or season, it is Summer when this emotion is most in excess. This is believed to be due to the changes of light and great heat which vary the balance within us.

For example:
Joy (Over-excitement or Manic behavior)
Affects the Heart and Fire Element
Slows the flow of Qi
then Fear controls Joy (Water controls Fire)

Common signs and symptoms include:
Unclear Thinking
Mania, Disturbed Shen (possibly manic, risk-taking)
Heart Attack

An example of this is:
Migraine headache caused by sudden joy from receiving good news.

Joy, as the energy of love, is one of the highest vibrations on this planet. According to the Universal Law of Attraction, as we think and feel we vibrate. And as we vibrate, we attract. When we vibrate with joy and love, we attract what is for our greater good..

Bring the joy, love, and happiness that's already inside you to life! Sages tell us that joy is realized when the personality and soul are in harmony. Experience ways to go beyond conditional happiness to the blissful state of joy and love. As you resonate with joy, love, and happiness you automatically draw to you a more meaningful, healthy, loving life.

The experience of joy can:
*strengthen your immune system.
*regenerate your whole physical system.
*burn away the impurities in your emotional system.
*disperse worries, anxieties, grief, greed, irritation and other negative emotions.
*sharpen your intellect and strengthen your memory.
*clarify and balance your mind.
*expand your consciousness and understanding.
*open you to receive higher impressions, inspirations, and transforming energies.