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Be Metaphysical Time X Wisdom

You may have heard the saying …. your ahead of your time, You seem older than you are. It could be stemming from physical appearance. You may look younger than you appear, adding a more magnetic quality to your wisdom and insight .   GG-2

This makes me question what time is really ….. If someone like myself can pass for 5 + years older even though I look younger makes me wonder if age has anything to do with wisdom or experience.

If you start to complete a loop around a track with the knowledge of how to  walk only, it may take you some time to get around fully. While you are half way around the track someone begins to make their way around the very same  track but the difference is they have started with the knowledge of running.  GG-1

Even though the 1st person was on the track longer, the knowledge of the 2nd person and the ability to run  gave em the appearance as being on the track as long as the 1st person.

I think knowledge is the key, what you know can give you insight into how to appear beyond your years as well as be able to relate from your elder perspectives. I noticed the more generally knowledgeable and logical you are that older people tend to think you are closer to their age if physical appearance doesn’t arouse a second judgement.

Desire also give away your age. When we are younger I think most of us value possessions more than the quality of life. Its like grabbing something or anything to hold on to as your pushed and pulled through a world full of twist and turns. GG-6As we get older I think an exchange happens where you don’t hold on to the material objects or value them is such high regard being you are coming closer to departure and the same objects that validate your existence has no importance when your existence is moving beyond the physical.   This transition of mindset happens at different times for everyone if it even happens at all.

I also think knowledge/wisdom in combination with discipline is the way to completing task efficiently based on time. GG-3When I think of time I think in the terms of past and the future and the constant exchange of the two we label as now.  Usually people are looking to appear younger and not older so I think the key to looking young is feeling young.  How do you feel young … do the same things you did that made you smile when you were once young and be disciplined enough to make it a habit. A healthy diet,  drinking thirst quenching aloe water, eating some happy cashews and splitting a few bananas always helps with the feeling as well!

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It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.

Root Chakra Video Coming Next … Maybe Sacral deciding on which location is good for each! Until next time

Be Metaphysical, Peace

Yogi Selects 29

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@trycja_yoga  Now the Prairie Rock Grill, the building behind me has been a fixture in downtown Elgin since 1921. It has been a movie theater, a soul food restaurant, a dance hall, a microbrewery and a venue for mixed martial arts. Thankfully this intersection was not that busy in the early morning so I could do a quick forearm balance in the street. This is right in the heart of #elginil, like all my pictures for #pasadena5love And this post wraps up this fun challenge, but there is one more big part of the downtown area I would be remiss not to share, so stay tuned for a bonus #elginlove post tomorrow
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The account I have chosen to feature @ameliakyoga. I have spent several nights in tears reading her words and have been inspired myself to be the best mother I can to my two little boys. Inspiration to be a better mother is worth more than I can put a value on. I encourage you to follow her and go through and read her posts. Her story is heart wrenching but her spirit and the light she gives is inspirational. I have been a follower myself of Amelia for a long time. I don’t really remember how I came to follow her but I was enchanted by her images and beautiful asana.
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@Briyr It’s been one of those weeks where I question everything. Doubt. Stress. Judgement. Love & Hate all at the same time. And as I sat waiting for the students to arrive into class I just started crying. Had no idea why, just was. I closed my journal because I didn’t want water to destroy the pages, but before I closed it I wrote: my practice requires tears. My practice requires me to practice on the mat and off. My practice requires truth. My practice doesn’t have to be seen or displayed because it’s mine. My practice is about me. And today at this very moment I am practicing feeling my feelings. #feelingsometypeofway #brogiyoga #curlyyogachick #steadyandjoyful #feeltheyogahigh #bemagic #beopen

 

 

Crystal Select: Onyx

It has a long history of use for hardstone carving and jewellery, where it is usually cut as a cabochon or into beads. It has also been used for intaglio and hardstone cameo engraved gems, where the bands make the image contrast with the ground. Some onyx is natural but much of the material in commerce is produced by the staining of agate.LargeBlackOnyx

Onyx was used in Egypt as early as the Second Dynasty to make bowls and other pottery items.[

Onyx is thought to increase regeneration, happiness, intuition and one’s instincts. Onyx is also told to decrease sexual desire, and to aid in changing bad habits.

The shapes or patterns that onyx holds inside it have led some to suggest that onyx has a picture in it that tells a story or carries a lesson. Lore tells us that an onyx will retain memory of the physical occurrences surrounding a person. A strong stone to use in psychic work as it tells the story of the wearer.

A strength-giving stone, good for athletes or people under extreme mental and emotional stress. Onyx brings balance to mind or body as well as strength of mind.

Onyx is a wonderful  stone for those who are flighty by nature, as it will help ground and focus your attention. A strengthening stone that can help you approach a lesson or task with greater self-confidence.

Onyx is an excellent mineral for initiating the modes of centering and alignment of the total person with the higher powers.Onyx can be used to banish grief, to enhance self-control, increase stamina, stimulate the power of wise decision-making and to encourage happiness and good fortune.

Onyx helps one to absorb, from the universe, those energies which are needed.

Onyx assists with challenges in life, especially those caused by a drain of energy.  It prevents the draining away of personal energy and can be used for protection from such.  It also helps with grounding and controlling or eliminating excess or unwanted energies.

Onyx is highly recommended that Onyx be used in conjunction with pearls and diamonds to increase their own metaphysical qualities.

Legend of the 5 Suns

Sacrifice was a common theme in Mesoamerican cultures. In the Aztec “Legend of the Five Suns”, all the gods sacrificed themselves so that mankind could live. Some years after the Spanish conquest of Mexico, a body of Franciscans confronted the remaining Aztec priesthood and demanded, under threat of death, that they desist from this traditional practice. The Aztec priests defended themselves as follows:

Life is because of the gods; with their sacrifice they gave us life…. They produce our sustenance… which nourishes life.[8]

 

What the Aztec priests were referring to was a central Mesoamerican belief: that a great, on-going sacrifice sustains the Universe. Everything is tonacayotl: the “spiritual flesh-hood” on earth. Everything —earth, crops, moon, stars and people— springs from the severed or buried bodies, fingers, blood or the heads of the sacrificed gods. Humanity itself is macehualli, “those deserved and brought back to life through penance”. A strong sense of indebtedness was connected with this worldview. Indeed, nextlahualli (debt-payment) was a commonly used metaphor for human sacrifice, and, as Bernardino de Sahagún reported, it was said that the victim was someone who “gave his service”.

Human sacrifice was in this sense the highest level of an entire panoply of offerings through which the Aztecs sought to repay their debt to the gods. Both Sahagún and Toribio de Benavente (also called “Motolinía”) observed that the Aztecs gladly parted with everything: burying, smashing, sinking, slaying vast quantities of quail, rabbits, dogs, feathers, flowers, insects, beans, grains, paper, rubber and treasures as sacrifices. Even the “stage” for human sacrifice, the massive temple-pyramids, was an offering mound: crammed with treasures, grains, soil and human and animal sacrifices that were buried as gifts to the deities. Adorned with the land’s finest art, treasure and victims, these temples had become buried offerings under new structures every half a century.

Read more on MesoAmerican culture rituals on WikiPedia 

Mio Liquid Yoga

I was searching the webs for some info and interesting facts and came across some Liquid Yoga … Seems like there is something for everything these days…  I have not given it a try but it sounds like it could be quick fix to the sensation that extra stretch can induce

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Liquid Yoga is your personal masseuse in a bottle; helping with muscle fatigue, relaxing tight, stressed shoulders and soothing tired, achy bodies whilst detoxifying and re-energising. No other bath treatment is as rich in incredible actives. Magnesium-rich Epsom salts and Arnica relieve aches and pains whilst helping muscles recover—and help eliminate toxins that prevent your body from reaching its potential. We also added our heady blend of V-Tonic™, spearmint, cypress, lavender, mandarin and chamomile essential oils to ease your stress and anxiety, plus moisturising, anti-inflammatory Murumuru Butter so your skin feels as good as your mind upon stepping out of the tub. Importantly, it is Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) free.

What the heck are we talking about did we hear you ask? Well these two ingredients are probably in almost anything you have that makes bubbles in your home – go ahead check your shampoo, your bubble bath, your dishwashing liquid, your kitchen floor cleaner and your car shampoo. Weird, eh? We thought so to – so we don’t use it, ever. Plus it’s a well-known skin irritant linked to all kinds of not-so-nice things. We don’t want to bore you with too much detail, but google it.

Read more info on LiquidYoga  from MioSkin Care

13 Plants that Repel Mosquitoes

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)

Mosquitoes hate the lemony scent of this plant. With some patience, you can easily grow this plant in your garden. You just have to buy stalks easily available in the market. Lemongrass prefers good drainage and full sun. However, it’s important to understand that this beautiful tropical plant does not tolerate freezing temperatures.

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

For some gardeners, this is a perennial. For others, it is an annual plant. Catnip is considered about 10 times more effective than DEET for repelling mosquitoes. However, this plant has a tendency to be quite invasive.

If it’s in the garden bed, cats can crush this plant. But you can keep a couple of them in hanging containers to avoid both problems.

Marigold (Tagetes spp.)

This is a sun loving annual plant. Besides mosquitoes, this one can also repel aphids. It can be an exceptional companion plant for the vegetable garden. Marigold plants are very easy to maintain. You don’t need a lot of care to keep them healthy and flourishing.

This is a border plant that offers the simplicity to collect seeds for next year’s planting. Due to this, Marigold is an excellent addition. However, you should never rub this plant on your skin.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary oil is considered heavenly to most humans. This shrub can easily repel mosquitoes, and keep your garden safe. This is one of the most attractive plants for herb and container gardens. It does not require a lot of water. In addition to this, Rosemary is also delicious, and you can use it for cooking soups, egg dishes and meat.

For the Full List of Plants check out PlanetCareToday!

 

Baked Carrot Oatmeal Cake

Came across this delicious Recipe .. check it out!

The beauty of all the recipe testing that went down over the past 2 years is that I have so much inspiration leftover to tweak and share here – such as this baked carrot cake oatmeal.

 

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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups rolled oats, certified gluten-free if necessary
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups lightly packed shredded carrots
  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger (or try ½ tsp ground ginger)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnut halves.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F and lightly grease a 10-cup/2.5 qt. casserole dish. I used an 8″ x 11″ rectangular casserole dish.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the rolled oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: shredded carrot, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and fresh ginger.
  4. Add the wet mixture to dry mixture and stir until combined.
  5. Pour mixture into prepared dish and smooth out with a spoon. Press down on the oatmeal with a spoon (or your hands) so the oats sink into the milk. Sprinkle on the walnuts and raisins and press down lightly again.
  6. Bake, uncovered, for 32-37 minutes (I baked for 35 mins.) until lightly golden along edge. The oatmeal will still look a bit soft or wet in some spots when it comes out of the oven, but it will firm up as it cools.
  7. Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with Coconut Whipped Cream, a drizzle of maple syrup, or some non-dairy yogurt. When the baked oatmeal is fully cool, it will firm up enough to be sliced into squares.
  8. Leftovers should keep for 3 days or so in the fridge or up to 2 weeks in the freezer. This is merely a guess because we tend to demolish all leftovers within a day. Enjoy it warm, at room temp, or chilled straight from the fridge.

Notes: For a nut-free option replace the almond milk with a nut-free non-dairy milk, such as coconut milk. Omit the walnuts (you can try sunflower seeds or pepita seeds for a crunch).

Read more: http://ohsheglows.com/2014/03/19/heavenly-carrot-cake-baked-oatmeal/#ixzz3B8DGROg3

A Glass a day

It is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven its value. We publish below a description of use of water for our readers. For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases:

Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases.

METHOD OF TREATMENT
1. As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth, drink 4 x 160ml glasses of water

2. Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minute

3.. After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.

4. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours

5. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increase it to 4 glasses per day.

6. The above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and others can enjoy a healthy life.

The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to cure/control/reduce main diseases:
1. High Blood Pressure (30 days)
2. Gastric (10 days)
3. Diabetes (30 days)
4. Constipation (10 days)
5. Cancer (180 days)
6. TB (90 days)
7. Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwards – daily..

This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few times.
It is better if we continue this and make this procedure as a routine work in our life. Drink Water and Stay healthy and Active.

This makes sense .. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals not cold water. Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!!! Nothing to lose, everything to gain…

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you.
It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion.

Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine.
Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a mea

Curry Mushroom Soup

This vegan creamy of mushroom soup recipe has the enticing texture of fresh mushrooms and a layer of flavor from a touch of curry.

A couple of years ago, I made Creamy Zucchini & Coconut Milk Soup and Creamy Asparagus Soup with Lemon & Thyme, and11989645255_10b12b56b6_b learned that light coconut milk adds fantastic texture without a lot of extra fat. And it’s vegan, to boot.

Vegan Cream of Curry Mushroom Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Serving Size: 1 1/4 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 16 oz. crimini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 5 1/4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup lite coconut milk

Instructions

  1. Heat the canola oil in a large saucepan set over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, mushrooms, celery and ginger, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender vegetable are tender.
  3. Stir in the curry powder and corn starch and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  4. Add the vegetable broth, pepper and salt. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Let the soup cool for 10 minutes, then transfer half of the mixture to a blender. Puree until smooth, then pour the mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining soup.
  6. Stir in the coconut milk and heat for 5 minutes. Serve.

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Book Select: The Shamanic Way of the Bee

Reveals for the first time the ancient tradition of bee shamanism and its secret practices and teachings

• Examines the healing and ceremonial powers of the honeybee and the hive

• Reveals bee shamanism’s system of acupuncture, which predates the Chinese systems

• Imparts teachings from the female tradition and explores the transformative powers of the magico-sexual elixirs they produce

Bee shamanism may well be the most ancient and enigmatic branch of shamanism. It exists throughout the world–wherever in fact the honeybee exists. Its medicinal tools–sunnybeesuch as honey, pollen, propolis, and royal jelly–are now in common usage, and even the origins of Chinese acupuncture can be traced back to the ancient practice of applying bee stings to the body’s meridians.

In this authoritative ethnography and spiritual memoir, Simon Buxton, an elder of the Path of Pollen, reveals for the first time the richness of this tradition: its subtle intelligence; its sights, sounds, and smells; and its unique ceremonies, which until now have been known only to initiates. Buxton unknowingly took his first steps on the Path of Pollen at age nine, when a neighbor–an Austrian bee shaman–cured him of a near-fatal bout of encephalitis. This early contact prepared him for his later meeting with an elder of the tradition who took him on as an apprentice. Following an intense initiation that opened him to the mysteries of the hive mind, Buxton learned over the next 13 years the practices, rituals, and tools of bee shamanism. He experienced the healing and spiritual powers of honey and other bee products, including the “flying ointment” once used by medieval witches, as well as ritual initiations with the female members of the tradition–the Mellisae–and the application of magico-sexual “nektars” that promote longevity and ecstasy. The Shamanic Way of the Bee is a rare view into the secret wisdom of this age-old tradition.

You can grab a copy at Amazon