A Brief Pause…

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Huzzah to Me!

Hello there readers!

It has been quite the past week or two. Between studying so hard everyday that I couldn’t sleep, to some serious personal changes going on, to a serious work shift, I have just been hanging on by a thread. But the good news is that I have graduated my program!!!

our graduating class, with me looking super cheesy front + center

The weekend was so wonderful, filled with journeying, hiking, meditating and of course final test taking. After our projects and exams, we got to learn more Ayurvedic cooking recipes and tips from the wonderful Dr. Jay Apte, who filled the classroom with incredible aromas and lots of laughter.

meditating behind a waterfall cave

my sister from another mister and i on an afternoon hike

my dear hearts, so happy to have them on my journey

Wow, what a year! This experience has been so earth-shatteringly, mind-blowingly, rock-my-world-y transformative and I am so happy and joyful that I was led to this path.

Hopefully I will discuss more about what I have been learning and what it means for my future soon, but until then, I just wanted to share my gratitude πŸ™‚

“We attend in silence and in joy. 
This is the day when healing comes to us. 
This is the day when separation ends, 
and we remember Who we really are.”

-A Course in Miracles

 

 

 

Ramadan Mubarak!

Hi there friends,

Things have been super quiet around here, no? Life right now is kinda overwhelming, to say the least. This weekend is the end of the first part of my program (!) and so there have been days this week where I was too busy to even eat lunch (how un-Ayurvedic of me! I swear I just forgot!)

Today is also the first day of Ramadan and so I would love to shout out a “Ramadan Mubarak” to my Muslim (and non-Muslim) readers! May this month bring you love, transformation and deep connection with the Divine.

And just a friendly reminder, please make sure that you aren’t buying Israeli dates when you stock up for this month (or any other time). Dates that are labeled from Israel, Jordan Valley or the West Bank are from illegal Israeli settlements that are making a profit on occupied land, while abusing their Palestinian workers. The total income from Israel’s date business is almost $100 million a year, so let’s not support human rights abuses, occupation and murder, yeah?

Ok, I am done with my annual Ramadan date rant and would love to wish everyone the most amazing weekend. I will be studying my eyeballs out today and tomorrow I leave for the mountain at 6am!

[beautiful picture of the call to prayer from Albert Moldvay]

 

 

 

A Celebration…

Hello! Thank you so much for the emails and happy wishes for my birthday. I really appreciated it and it added even more joy to my day!

Just a few highlights of my birthday time:

I saw this sign on the way to breakfast and thought it was a great way to start the day. We went to the famous Tartine Bakery and pretended we were in France for the morning (minus the Islamophobia please!) and guess what? Out of the blue, a wonderful man sitting next to us told us about how tasty the morning bun was. I guess it is their go-to item and before he left, he brought one over to our table to enjoy! He didn’t even know it was my birthday…pretty magical, huh?

We spent a beautiful morning at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park! So relaxing and peaceful, walking over stone bridges, watching the koi in the ponds and smelling the flowers.

Our tea garden time included a delicious jasmine tea and rice soup, with seaweed, crunchy and fermented fixins. Outside while looking at the garden and watching the butterflies.

My highlight of the day was soaking in the sacred energy of the redwoods. So much good medicine from our elders.

And what birthday would be complete without some treats? I had been wanting to check out the adorable ice cream bar that opened here recently and oh boy, was it fantastic. Old fashioned soda jerks, homemade tinctures (!) and complex drinks. Kinda like our version of a celebratory cocktail πŸ™‚

And that was our day! It was a simple but super special day that made me really happy to live in San Francisco and to be here on this planet. And what more can you ask for from your birthday?

Happy Birthday to Me!

Hello! Well I had hoped I would have time to write a (late) motivational Monday post but things have been busy today getting ready for…my birthday!

Tomorrow is my birthday so I will be out and about! Taking a day trip, eating lots of yummy food, being in nature and hopefully blowing out 27 candles on something that is as delicious as this banana split ice cream pie from The First Mess πŸ™‚

Have a great one and “see” you soon!

And Off I Go!

Hello there friends!

Well I am off on an adventure! Last month, I received an email from a friend about a call meant for healers and how to transform their practices. I listened to the call on my lunch break, was SUPER inspired and it just so happened that there was an awesome live event happening a few weeks later in Los Angeles. So do you know what I did? I listened to my intuition, bought my ticket and dove right in! I had no idea how we would pay for it, but I knew that it would all work out…

Now we are on our way to L.A., and my husband is even coming with me! He will just lounge around the pool, read Love and Capital (a really interesting biography on the relationship between Karl Marx and his wife Jenny) and have lots of treats (the hotel is right next to The Cheesecake Factory hehe).

I will let you know how it all goes down, but the blog will be quiet for the next week, since we get back Thursday night and I leave for my Ayurvedic intensive early Friday morning! Trying to remember to breathe!

Have a wonderful week πŸ™‚

[illustration from We Are Yawn]

And off I go…

Hello there friends! Well I am off to the mountain for my Ayruveda program and although I am still struggling with a cold, I am looking forward to spending time in the forest, chanting kirtan at sunrise and being with some really wonderful people.

I hope you have the most fantastic weekend (bay area folks – please go to Carnaval and dance for me, ok?) I will leave you with a beautiful quote:

Inside this new love, die.
Your way begins on the other side.
Become the sky,
Take an axe to the prison wall.
Escape.
Walk out like someone suddenly born into color.
Do it now.

~Rumi

 

[magical photo from Jeff Hutton]

The (Early) Weekend Revue!

Hello there friends! So sorry for the prolonged absence, I can’t believe it has been two weeks! I just got home a few days ago and it has taken a while to get back into the groove of things (not to mention dragging my butt back to school and work. woof).

My trip to Albuquerque was fantastic. The Ayurvedic Herbology workshop was packed with tons of info that even an herbalist such as myself didn’t know. We were tasting, cooking and administering herbs all weekend, which made it a lot more fun than just talking about them. I was surprised (and impressed) at the amount of great vegan restaurants in the area – including the first all-Ayurvedic restaurant (that I’ve seen) in the country! Annapurna’s is AMAZING. Veg*n, gluten-free friendly and all the desserts are refined-sugar-free! It was so yummy, and I even took some Kapha-reducing tea and cinnamon cacao ladus for the road trip πŸ™‚

The road trip was wonderful, special and quite a relaxing time. Here are some highlights:

Only a few hours out of Santa Fe and it began to snow! It was the first snow I have seen all year, so I was happy.

After a few hours of blizzard mountain driving, it cleared and we enjoyed the scenery of the Rockies.

We drove through Salt Lake City (which included a tour of the LDS church, but that is a whole ‘nother story) and stopped at the Salt Lake.

Driving through Nevada, we soaked up the desert sun and found unique flora and fauna.

And to put in a picture of me for good measure, here I am a few days later in Chicago for Mother’s Day! We visited the Baha’i temple in Wilmette and boy, was it beautiful.

There are so many more to share with you but your time is precious so I will stop here. Hope everyone has been well and I can’t wait to get back into the blogging schedule asap!

Time for a Trip…

Hi there readers! Hope your week has been going along swimmingly. These past few days have been a HUGE jumble of things, and things are about to get even more strange.

Tomorrow, I am heading to Albuquerque, New Mexico for an intensive weekend workshop on Ayurvedic Herbology with Dr. Vasant Lad! Herbal medicine is my passion and to be learning advanced wisdom from the incredible Dr. Lad is such a dream come true.

After that, I will be driving back my new car! (which is not new, but an old thing that hopefully will have no problems on the trip). We will be going through the Rockies, stopping by Salt Lake City to sea the salt flats and spending time in many forests and small towns along the way. It has been waaay too long since I have been on a road trip so I can’t wait! And, having a car (even if I only use it to drive down to Santa Cruz for school once a month) will be really helpful and comforting.

I have a few posts in draft status but with picking up our kitty today, packing and getting work done, I will be lucky to make it to the airport on time tomorrow. Until next week, take care and stay happy and healthy πŸ™‚

[forest image from Walkabout Wolf]

The Radiant Goddess Program…starting May 1!

Hello there readers!

I wanted to take a few minutes today and talk about one of my favorite e-courses: the Radiant Goddess Program from Goddess Guidebook. Leonie Dawson is a sparkly, bright and shiny woman that is out in the virtual world helping women heal, grow and claim their dreams. I have been a part of the Goddess Circle for the past year (check out the fun icon on the sidebar for more info), and I am inspired each week by the wonderful women who come together to share their challenges, goals and life journeys.

The Radiant Goddess Program was the first e-course I signed up for as part of the circle and it was FANTASTIC! No dogma, no shame about eating the “wrong” foods, no stress about pushing your body and mind too far. It is just about healthy eating, clean living and making baby steps each and every day of the program so that by the end of it, you feel like a shinier, more radiant person.

Not to mention the amazing videos you receive each day in your inbox, filled with sunshine, discussions about health and wellness, tips for the cleanse and all around good energy. There are also daily “assignments”, journal prompts and other goodies. Each morning starts with a Radiant Goddess meditation (only if you want, of course) and the content is super inspiring and insightful.

Ok, so what about the food? I know that is what most folks want to hear all about when thinking about doing a cleanse or health program. And I will tell you this: the food was AMAZING! All clean, healthy, gluten-free, vegan and high-raw (although Ayurvedis such as myself switched that up a bit!) The recipes are anti-inflammatory, delicious and nutritious and you are given enough recipes to make your own radiant goddess cookbook! I found new ideas for healthy desserts, smoothies and snacks and even some main dishes my (meat-eating) partner enjoyed.

On top of all this goodness, the illustrations, affirmations and energy that comes from this program is beautiful. You will feel supported one hundred percent of the way and I found the spiritual and emotional piece of this program super healing and unique.

Alright, this e-course starts Monday! And so here are the details:

You will receive all of the above for only $89! Seriously, as someone who doesn’t have a lot of extra money to spend, it is such an incredible investment. The radiant recipes alone are worth it, and to be supported and cared for by such a beautiful team of women is the icing on the (sugar-free, vegan and gluten-free) cake!

 

Ok, that’s all for today. Will you be joining me on Tuesday? I sure hope so πŸ™‚

 

[as many of you know, i am a very proud affiliate of goddess guidebook and all of the amazing work that leonie does. i only support and promote things in the world that i truly believe in. so there!]