Smoothie Recipe, updated!

Every morning for over 2 years now, Zelie and I have started our day with a delicious smoothie that gives us an amazingly nutritious way to start our day.  I know that no matter what else I eat that day, I’ve already received a huge amount of raw greens, fresh fruit and superfoods!  I feel energized, satisfied and well nourished as I begin my day. Our recipe continues to evolve, as we learn more and our tastes change, so here’s the latest incarnation:

Place in a good blender (ideally VitaMix or Blendtec, but don’t let it stop you if you don’t have one of them, just add ingredients slowly and blend til it’s really smooth):

2 cups unsweetened almond milk or “coconut milk drink” (from Trader Joe’s)
Add Superfood Powders:
4 tablespoons raw organic hemp protein powder (great for Omega’s and lots of fiber)
1-2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 teaspoon spirulina powder (can be very energizing!)
1 teaspoon chlorella powder (cracked cell wall – and best to start with very small amounts of this, as it really pulls toxins from the body, so start with a pinch and work your way up)
1 teaspoon Maca powder (gelatinized has better nutritional qualities)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (for flavor and also for blood sugar lowering qualities)

~ 1/2 – 1cup frozen fruit: blueberries, strawberries, mango, raspberries – adjust to your taste
~ 2 – 3 cups (couple of big handfuls) raw greens: kale, collards, chard, spinach, etc… mostly you don’t taste them once blended! can be one or several types.
~ cut up carrots, and/or beets, red cabbage – bringing more color and nutrients to the mix!
1 or 2 pieces of fresh fruit: apple or pear (cut into eighths) for less sweet, or 1 banana if you like it really sweet.  If you like citrus, add an orange (Clementine is my favorite) or some lemon, cut up, with the peel

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Heart-Centered Energy Healing

Heart-Centered Energy Healing

heart centered meditation

My daily practice for over ten years is heart-centering.  I use this as a daily ritual, which helps me to center and open, connecting with the Divine, with my inner guidance and with the heart center – where all is welcome, where the energy of the upper and lower chakras meet and there is no judgment.  I also use it when I’m in a situation where I feel off-balance, or fearful,  or where my ego/emotional self is in control, in a way that is not serving me. It always brings me back to the heart center, to a place of calm, compassionate, grace.

I love this practice because it is simple, anyone can do it, and it is very powerful and effective.

Begin by placing your right hand over your heart chakra and place your left hand over your right, with your thumbs meeting above.  See and feel your crown chakra open, at the top of your head, connecting with the divine energies of the sky, the heavens, the cosmos, the masculine…and now see and feel your root chakra open, at the base of your spine, connecting with the divine energies of the earth, the feminine/nurturing aspects.  Bring these divine energies up from the earth and down from the heavens into your body, meeting at the heart and then flowing down your arms and out your hands.  It then flows back into your heart in a beautiful circle…You can also visualize this energy flowing out your hands to others around the world, or place your hands on another person’s body to send them this healing energy.

The mantra to focus on while doing this are the four qualities of the heart center, as taught to me, and countless others by Dr. Brugh Joy:  Supernal Compassion, Innate Harmony, Healing Presence, Unconditional Love and Selfless Service.  Simply repeating these words, contemplating their truth, and bringing their essence into your being will change your experience of life.

 

presence and awareness

this is from Kip Mazuy from New Zealand…..he writes on presence and awareness.

I find it very helpful, as this process is not always an easy one, or all joyful… but if you are reading this, you are on your soul’s journey, and even if we wanted to, once we become more conscious, we can’t stop! So these words of wisdom have been soothing to my soul. enjoy.

“It is often said
that if you are present
then you are blissful.

But that is not the full truth.

If you are present
yes, most likely at first
there will be bliss,
there will be peace.

But if you remain present,
if you remain surrendered to
this moment and aware,
then awareness expands,
the Shakti expands.

It starts to push out
everything that is incongruent
with bliss.

It widens your energy channels
so that even more energy
can move through.

And the experience
cannot really be called bliss.

It is excruciating.

Not in a sense of pain
but intensity.

The ego wants it to stop
because it is pushing your awareness
beyond the boundaries of ego,
beyond what is comfortable.

And so the conflict between the ego
and the shakti creates intensity.

Like trying to stick your head
out of the window of a jet
going the speed of sound.

Many people learn
that if they surrender a little,
then they get blissful
and then they can contract back into ego.

A little expansion
a little contraction.

Nothing wrong with this.

But the longer you can
remain in the expansion,
the more expansion increases.

And this expansion
burns away the separateness.

Burns away
that which separates you
from unconditional peace and bliss.

The action of identification,
the core stress of
‘me’ and ‘mine’
that separates you from life
gets burned away in this shakti
until you realize
that this fiery consciousness
is what you are.

And that is freedom.

I say this because many people
reach a certain intensity of awareness
and then back off.

Because they heard a teacher
say that if they are present
they will be blissful.

And so they were present
but instead of bliss
there was this intensity
so they think something must be wrong.

But there is nothing wrong.
That is the process.

What is happening
here and now
is exactly as it is supposed to be.

Being present
does not guarantee
a certain experience.

But it is the doorway
to unconditional peace and bliss.
And you feel that opening immediately.

Blessings,

Kip”