ayurveda, Inspiring Quotes, Meditation, Moon, Ritual, Uncategorized

Solar Eclipse

There has been a frenzy on the internet about the solar eclipse. People driving long distances, camping, eclipse parties, the desire to pick up eclipse glasses to watch the event, makes me think of the acronym FOMO or fear of missing out. 😂 It”s been fascinating to watch.

What we perceive and what we understand depends upon what we are.

~Aldous Huxley ☀️ 

The Sun (Surya) that illuminates our world, its our source of light and cosmic power. It is often a symbol of the universal Father, of rebirth, strength, health, passion, vision and even the light of our soul. The Moon (Chandra) is often a symbol of the universal Mother,  immortality,  eternity, enlightenment, the dark side of nature or the soul. When the moon shadows the sun, it is occluded from our vision and the Sun’s normal functions are suspended.  This is energetically powerful. Historically eclipses bring about sudden, unexpected and often times of undesirable events. When I think about our current political unrest, the rise of terror and hate, natural disasters, threats of war. It seems to be intensifying daily and these types of events are magnified near eclipses.

In Vedic astrology, the Sun represents our soul. Our soul is what travels from lifetime to lifetime. Metaphorically, during the time of the eclipse our soul is hidden from ourselves. I will take the time during powerful eclipse energy to go inward to focus my energy on my spiritual practice, chant a mantra, pray, play the singing bowls, visualize peace from within and then out. I will journal and pay special attention to my own professional status, personal ambitions, self-realization, will, optimism and relations with my father.

Wisdom of the Native cultures such as the Navajo believe that the moon and the sun are sacred the way they were created, and you are not supposed to watch the moon or look at, stare at it for a long time. It affects your mind and your body. Especially for women who are carrying a baby. It is said that if a pregnant woman sees an eclipse of any kind, be it solar or lunar, it might affect the mind of the woman or also in the future it will affect the health of the baby. An eclipse either lunar or solar, is a sacred time where the sun, the moon and the earth is kind of like in an intimate position when they line up, it’s such a profoundly sacred event that it is inauspicious to view….. out of respect and reverence for every man, woman and child. Its also of common practice to abstain from eating and even drinking water, its a time to just go into the house until it passes.

Ignorance is the night of the mind. A night without a moon by which clearly to see. ~Confucius 🌙

The Maya found eclipses to be disturbing. Although many representations of eclipses appear in Mayan art, such events were generally understood to portend bad tidings. Solar eclipses, known as chi’ ibal kin, or ‘to eat the sun,’ were a particular cause for distress among the Maya people. Mayan priests went to great lengths to predict eclipses and calculate all manner of astronomical phenomena. The stars are powerful forces, the sun and the moon in particular are the most powerful luminaries in the heavens in relation to planet earth.

We can never tell how these once in a lifetime events can affect us, until later on. Whatever you choose to do during the eclipse, may it not only affect your life in a positive way, but also, create more awareness globally.

Peace and love to you, now and always!

Michelle

Anti-Aging, Anti-Cancer, Anti-Inflammatory, Fasting, Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Heart Health, Juice, Skin Support, Uncategorized

How Fasting Heals Your Brain

Fasting is wonderful for the body, mind and soul. Some of the other benefits of fasting are improved metabolic health, increased longevity, creativity, enhanced relationships, and better heart health. Throughout history we find intelligent beings like Plato, Socrates and Hippocrates as well as ancient civilizations throughout history practicing fasting to achieve longevity and higher states of consciousness. Modern research also shows it also is good for your brain.

Scientists at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging have shown, how fasting benefits the brain on a neurological level. There are many different techniques and schools of thought on fasting, but the practice usually involves abstaining from food or following a calorie-restricted diet for anything from 24 hours to a few days or even weeks.

Fasting can be a preventative measure for overactive synaptic activity and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease. Research shows that fasting significantly improves congnitive function, stimulating faster learning, better memory, reduced inflammation and increased stress resistance.

Fasting is a challenge to your brain, and your brain responds to that challenge by adapting stress response pathways which help your brain cope with stress and risk for disease. The same changes that occur in the brain during fasting mimic the changes that occur with regular exercise. They both increase (neurotrophic factors), which in turn promotes the growth of neurons, and strength of synapses. This is truly incredible.

Click here to view a 5 minute segment on how fasting significantly lowers the risk of developing cognitive diseases.

A study published in the June 5th issue of Cell Stem Cell by researchers from the University of Southern California showed that cycles of prolonged fasting protect against immune system damage and, moreover, induce immune system regeneration. They concluded that fasting shifts stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self-renewal. It triggers stem cell based regeneration of an organ or system. Amazing.

Please research different types of fasting as there are many kinds of patterning you can introduce to your system. Juice fasting is a multidimensional experience in which total body transformation occurs. As you can see there are a wide range of metabolic changes and experiences physically, mentally and emotionally. Click the juice cleansing link in the toolbar above to find info on my latest offerings for a juice fasting adventure!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions on fasting as I would be happy to help you inviestigate a fasting routine that is of the highest good for you!

I fast for greater physical and mental efficiency. ~Plato

Blessings,

Michelle

Main Dish, Recipes, Side Dish, Uncategorized

Lettuce Tacos

Here is a family favorite for Taco Tuesday!!!!

  • 1 Head Romaine Lettuce
  • Sunflower Seed Pate
  • Cashew Sour Cream
  • Guacamole
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cilantro

Sunflower Seed Pate

1 cup Sun-Dried Tomatoes (soaked)
2 cups Sunflower Seeds (soaked)
1/2 Jalapeno (seeded)
1 handful Cilantro
1-2 Green Onions
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 teaspoons Chili Powder
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Salt
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 clove Garlic
Juice of 1 Lemon

In the bowl of the food processor fitted with the “S” blade, puree the drained seeds, tomatoes and chili powder into a refried-bean like consistency. Now place the rest of the ingredients into the bowl of the food processor and mix until well incorporated.

Taste your pate and adjust the flavor if necessary. Ready to serve!

Cashew Sour Cream

1 cup Cashews (soaked)
Juice of 1 Lemon
Purified Water (enough to cover cashews in blender and make creamy)
Salt to taste
Pinch of Nutmeg

Drain cashews and rinse. Place all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.

Guacamole

2 Avocados
1 teaspoon Garlic powder
Juice of 1 Lime
Salt to taste

Place all ingredients in bowl and smash together with fork till desired consistency. Serve! This dip wont last long!

Now you have all of your parts, put your tacos together! Wash and cut bottom off romaine to make a taco shell. Next place sunflower seed pate, cashew sour cream and guacamole in lettuce shells. Top with tomatoes, cilantro and fresh lime!

Many Blessings,

Michelle

Balance Hormones, Blood Sugar, Boost Energy, Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Inspiring Quotes, Meditation, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Food Is Power

Food provides us with more than just nutrients – carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. Food is a condensed form of energy. This energy is very powerful because it gives the human body life sustaining energy from the food we take into our body. When you eat, you process and absorb the forces of nature that is contained within the food. Plants are amazing because they store light through photosynthesis. Eating plant food  releases energy and nutrients from the plant and absorbs to the body. Taking in fresh, whole, live, organic foods creates a physical and energetic force that interacts with the body on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. Now thats powerful!

Rawsta

Compare this to feeding the body processed foods that contain chemicals of artificial colors, flavors, preservative, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), this can undermine the health and quality of your life. Add the problem that when we eat these sorts of foods we experience an extreme that includes cravings, because our body is not getting the sustenance it needs to be in balance.

Some people use food as a way to control negative emotions and weight. Fad diets and strict calorie control is horribly restrictive and destructive to our body, mind and soul. These sorts of habits lead to food cravings, mental and emotional imbalances as well as sustenance abuse and other extremes like dieting, fasting, gorging,  starving, bingeing/purging. Another way people use to control or hide emotions is by other addictive tendencies, like using drugs or alcohol.

Sustenance is a way to nurture and support the body for balance, vitality and health.  If we are abusing our body by becoming obsessed with restricting our body through conscious control or dieting or using drugs and alcohol, this can lead to mental and emotional imbalances like irritation or explosive temper, weight fluctuations and digestive issues all related to stress.

One way to create balance and soothe the digestive system without imposing calorie restriction or hiding by using drugs and alcohol is to focus on easily digestible foods like soups and pureed foods. Choosing these foods that are easily digestible instead of restricting the body tends to be kinder to your body and helps balance your mood, blood sugar and weight more easily.

Some great food choices are:

  • soups
  • pureed foods
  • fresh organic fruits
  • fresh organic vegetables
  • sprouted seeds
  • soaked nuts
  • pinto beans
  • bananas
  • lemons
  • squash
  • carrots
  • golden beets

It is important to note that our liver and kidneys must work harder to process chemicals from non-organic foods and therefore eating pure, clean, organic food is critical. It is also important to note that when you eat meat, you take on the animal’s energy, including the energy of how it was raised and the fear and trauma of the animal being slaughtered. This is very powerful.

Sugar and caffeine and stress contribute to hypoglycemia and adrenal exhaustion that affects 70-90% of individuals in the United States. This is because sugar and caffeine create temporary bursts followed by crashes that lead to low energy and has hard core effects on your blood sugar, pancreas and adrenal glands. White flour and white sugar are so devoid in essential minerals, vitamins, fiber and water that this further depletes the body.

Stress creates more of a deficiency in the body. Inviting stress reducing practices into your life will help restore and maintain balance within the body for optimum health and vitality.

Create balance through non-food practices:

  • meditation
  • self care
  • self love
  • martial arts
  • vigorous exercise
  • walking in nature
  • sit ups

Making small steps in changing your diet and lifestyle is important to creating a balanced body, mind and spirit.

To regain your personal power think about this: 

I am receptive to Divine energy moving into every cell of my body. I am committed to expressing my creativity, to accepting my responsibilities, and to making decisions that are balanced and supportive to my spiritual growth. I am guided and receptive to Divine will at all times. 

You have the power to transform your life, to live in complete harmony with nature and to create the life you have always wanted! You can start by trying this three day raw food cleanse!

Create balance within, then without!

Love,

Michelle

Healthy Mind, Uncategorized

Brene Brown interviewed by Oprah in a two-part episode of “Super Soul Sunday”

There is no joy without gratitude.

TED Blog

On Sunday, Oprah Winfrey revealed that she and TED speaker Brené Brown are “soul mates.”

[ted_talkteaser id=1042]As the pair sat down for an in-depth discussion on Super Soul Sunday — part one of which aired last Sunday, with part two to air next Sunday — they excitedly talked about many of the concepts which Brown raised in her classic TED Talk, “The power of vulnerability.” One interesting moment came when Brown shared a counterintuitive thought on what scares us the most.

“As someone who studies shame and scarcity and fear, if you asked me, ‘What is the most terrifying, difficult emotion we experience as humans?,’ I would say joy,” says Brown. “When we lose our tolerance for vulnerability, joy becomes foreboding. [ted_talkteaser id=1391]So what we do in moments of joyfulness is we try to beat vulnerability to the punch … We try to dress-rehearse tragedy.”

In fact, says…

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Healthy Mind, Inspiring Quotes, Uncategorized

2013 Inspiration Board

For the New Year, my daughter and I made creative and inspiring collages to help us stay focused and reach our goals. Its so easy, anyone can make one!

First what we did is get a piece of poster board. Morgan chose red because colors really inspire her to get things done! I chose black because its simple and I wasn’t sure what I was going to put on my board!

Second you are going to need supplies to decorate your board with. Magazine cut outs, photos, ribbons, stamps, glue, tape, scissors, ect. Start putting things on your board! Have fun with it! There are no rules!

In my last post about a pineapple basil smoothie we talked briefly about Inspiration boards. They are wonderfully helpful for wedding planning, party planning, nursery planning, trip planning, new years goals and resolution planning & just plain inspiration!

What’s on my inspiration board?

Michelle's Inspiration Board

Ideas that help me to find my voice, follow my heart and love unconditionally.

  • Places: Manchu Picchu, Hawaii, Alaska, Israel, Greece, Big Sur, Italy, Costa Rica, Australia, Bali & Spain
  • Yoga and Fitness: You cannot “do” yoga, yoga is a natural state.
  • Beautiful Living Food For Life: Let food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food. ~Hippocrates. Im not on a diet, Im eating & living healthy.
  • Think Abundantly. Energy Follows Intention.
  • To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest. ~Mahatma Gandhi
  • Dream Home Ideas: For one day when my husband and I build a house.
  • Writing: To write and create to share with the world!
  • My Family: My husband who believes in me and allows me to be myself. My daughters, anyone who is a parent knows that when your heart is walking on the outside of you, wonderment follows pushing us to be our very best in ways that we could never imagine on our own.
  • Meditation and Opening to Miracles.

Inspiring Morgan

Gratitude is the open door to abundance.

Enjoy the little things in life… for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the  big things.

Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.

Pause for a few seconds to observe the flow of your breath. Become aware of a silent but powerful sense of presence.

Love me when I lease deserve it because that is when I really need it. ~Swedish Proverb

Life is only a reflection of what we allow ourselves to see.

The divine light in me sees the divine light in you.

Eat more vegetables. Be present. Help others. Hike often. Recycle. Pay it forward.

We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are. ~Anais Nin

A great relationship should be based on two main principals: First, appreciate your similarities, and second, respect your differences.

A miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love.

Whether you realize it or not, your entire life is spiritual. ~Shalvah

You are divinely beautiful like strawberries and butterflies.

When you let go of your desire to control the situation, you open yourself up to miracles. ~Shalvah

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

Meditate.

You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream. ~C.S. Lewis

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul. ~Swami Vivekananda

Wow. That is a lot of quotes! Dare to listen to your inner voice! Visualize and make it happen! One thing that I did not put on my board that I would like to share with you is my cat Chester. I love this fuzzy guy. Chester Copperpot has lung cancer. Once upon a time, before we knew him, he was a stray kitty, wandering around Whitefish Lake trying to catch bluejays to eat. He was skinny and a little skittish at the time. My daughters found him and he became part of the family. Chester has always been a heavy breather and snorer but he seemed fine. This last fall after our other kitty passed away of old age, Chester started coughing. It seemed very uncomfortable for him, so I took him to the vet. He had a high white blood cell count which indicated infection. He was given medicine and was fine for a few months when the coughing started again. I took him in again thinking he might have allergies. This time he had an X-ray. The X-ray showed that Chester had a BB in his lung. We can only conclude that this happened to him before he come to our family, as we have never seen this sort of wound on him. The constant toxicity in his body has lead to the formation of cancer in his lungs. Chester inspires me because he is very receptive and he responds to the energy around him and he responds accordingly much like a shock absorber as he helps transmute and balance human energies on an emotional level. Anyone who has ever been upset and had a cat come and sit on their lap, know what I am talking about here. Chester has been an amazing addition to our family, if anyone has any experience with Kitty lung cancer, I would love to hear about it.

Chester Copperpot

Whether is traveling, food, family, juice fasting, exercise, people, art, what inspires you?

What would you put on your Inspiration Board?

May many blessings fall upon your in this exciting new year!

Love,

Michelle

Anti-Aging, Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant Power, Cardiovascular Health, Eye Health, Heart Health, Immune Boosters, Juice, Recipes, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Happy New Year Pineapple Basil Smoothie

Happy New Year!

A new year often comes with resolutions and commitments in hope of success and joy. Many people want to improve different spheres of life, like our career, finances, health, love life, ect… it is often difficult to know where to begin. We often get overwhelmed and within a few weeks we are back to our old habits, which can be very frustrating.

To start the New Year off on the right foot and move us through this powerful time in our lives I propose instead of making New Years Resolutions, take time to make an inspiration board.

What is an Inspiration Board? Its anything you want it to be! Ha! It is a photo collage that inspires you and drives you to help you reach your goals, to stay focused, organized and makes you happy. It’s a two dimensional art project that YOU create to inspire you to live the best life possible! There are no rules, guidelines or limits. Dream BIG and see what you can do!

I am working on my inspiration board today, will post more about it later!

basil

In the mean time, I offer this recipe for you to protect you from the negative tendencies of the past, to push through to a new level of health and wellbeing. Power packed with enzymes and anti-oxidants its the perfect smoothie to start 2013 off right.

Pineapple Basil

  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1Tbs green powder
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups almond milk or tea

Place all ingredients in blender and blend! Enjoy your delicious and pleasantly power packed smoothie!

pineapple plant

Basil is an amazing herb that protects cell structures as well as our chromosomes from radiation and oxygen damage. Basil also helps the body get rid of unwanted bacterial growth and has many other positive benefits for the body.

  • Anti-Inflammatory – helps relieve inflammatory health problems related to rheumatoid arthritis & inflammatory bowel conditions.
  • Anti-Bacterial – helps to provide protection against unwanted bacterial growth.
  • Nutrients Essential for Cardiovascular Health – Basil is a very good source of vitamin A that helps protect cells from free radical damage and helps prevent free radicals from oxidizing cholesterol in the bloodstream. (Only after it has been oxidized does cholesterol build up on the walls of the blood vessels, initiating the development of atherosclerosis, whose end result can be heart attack or stroke.)
  • Basil is a Good Source of Magnesium – which promotes cardiovascular health by prompting muscles and blood vessels to relax, and therefore improving blood flow and lessening the risk of irregular heart rhythms.
  • Good Source of Vitamin C, Iron, Potassium and Calcium.

Pineapple has many amazing benefits as well:

  • Anti-Inflammatory – Bromelain is a proteolitic enzyme (an enzyme that digests proteins) found in fresh pineapple. It is often used to treat muscle injuries and when applied topically it helps speed up wound healing.
  • Digestive Benefits – Bromelain enhances the effects of the digestive enzymes and helps prevent heartburn and ease diarrhea that may be caused by a deficiency of digestive enzymes.
  • Anti-Aging – Bromelain is a natural anticoagulant that works by breaking down the blood-clotting protein fibrin.
  • Improve Immune Function – Bromelain triggers beneficial changes in white blood cells, thinning mucus and is therefore effective in treating chronic bronchitis and asthma. Bromelain also enhances the effect of antibiotics (see basil above).
  • Protects Against Macular Degeneration – Everyone has heard that carrots are good for your eyes? Well, pineapple is even better!

Here is to a healthy and happy New Year!

In love and light,

Michelle

Anti-Aging, Anti-Cancer, Antioxidant Power, Healthy Body, Immune Boosters, Recipes, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Raw Pasta with Tapenade

Raw Pasta with Tapenade

Rawsta with Tapenade & Rawmesan is the best! Its so delicious most people don’t even realize they are eating raw and nourishing their bodies with optimum nutrition!

To make Rawsta:
Spiralize or julienne 3 or 4 medium zucchini.
If you would like you could make it the consistency of cooked pasta by adding a touch of olive oil and salt.

Rawsta

Marinara:
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 2 cups tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic
  • 1 tsp. jalapeno pepper
  • 1/3 cup basil
  • 1/3 cup red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup oregano, fresh chopped
  • 1/4 cup nama shoyu
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 green olives
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup shallots
  • 2-4 dates, soaked
Place in food processor, blend until you reach desired consistency.
Tapenade: Chop up Olives, Red peppers & Mushrooms. Marinate in tamari & olive brine… serve on Rawsta or crackers…. its such a good savory topping!
Rawmesan: Nutritional yeast, ground up sunflower seeds, and herbs and salt to taste.
Garnish Rawsata with oregano or parsley and serve!
Rawsta with Tapenade Enjoy this day & this recipe!
Love,
Michelle
Anti-Inflammatory, Cardiovascular Health, Heart Health, Recipes, Uncategorized

White Balsamic – Pear Dressing

Here is a great salad dressing recipe for the holidays…..
The gentle, smooth and well-balanced flavor of the white balsamic vinegar is perfect to be used with the light sweetness of the pear.

In ancient Greece, pears were used to treat nausea.

Today, pears can be useful in treating inflammation and lowering high blood pressure.

Pears are a good source of fiber and a good source of vitamin C.
White Balsamic-Pear Dressing
1/2 Pear — seeds removed — skin left on
1/2 cup white balsamic dressing
1/3 cup Hemp oil or Flax oil (or any oil that can go into the fridge without hardening)
1/4 cup organic apple juice
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1 tsp sole or a dash himalayan or celtic salt to taste
Blend together and enjoy on to of your favorite bed of greens! I like to add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg for some extra warmth.
Remember, there are no mistakes, only lessons. Love yourself, trust your choices, and everything is possible.
~Cherie-Carter Scotts
Have a beautiful day!
Love,
Michelle