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Path (āyana) of essence (rasa)
walking the path of sacred wisdom.
an Ayurvedic concoction for longevity, radiance and health.
Herein are a couple of my current favourite Rasayana recipes for you today - inspired by the Autumn here in Switzerland, her sweeping cedar hues and green to golden change - these nourishing preparations are made with sustaining Ojas (longevity) in mind.
Autumn especially is a fabulous time of the year to embrace the potent potion making potential of yummy nourishing drinks.
But first, a little about Ojas; what is it and how to strengthen yours.
Contrary to common assumption, the Doshas that we know as Kapha, Pitta and Vata, are actually not seen in such positive light Ayurvedically so. Their tendancy to excess, implies the potential of disease. However each has a subtle counterpart known as Ojas, Tejas and Prana.
Ojas is the beneficial role of Kapha dosha and means strength.
Tejas is from Pitta dosha and the means radiance.
Prana is of Vata and eludes to the vital essence of life.
Together they work to encompass health within.
Back to Ojas
Ojas is heartiness, deep tissue health and resilience. It is the biological water humor, immunity and our mental emotional harmony and strength.
The equivalent of Ojas in Traditional Chinese Medicine is called Jing and both TCM and Ayurveda imply that we are born with a certain amount and it declines with the natural process of aging, yet can be preserved with appropriate life-stlye choices.
In a nutshell, Ojas is important and to Nourish your Strength (check out my upcoming workshop) is an important factor in bolstering mind-body-spirit health.
5 quick tips to Strengthen Ojas
Rest; take it easy. Don’t overdo yourself and make time to pause.
Nutrition; not to much, not too little. Ayurvedic, vegetarian preference. Fresh is best.
Devotion; have faith, practice forgiveness and patience. Handle pleasure and pain with equanimity.
Meditate; let the mind be witnessed for a bit and hang out with the witness. Bliss.
Time communing with nature; get out an be an Earthling, the other 4 tips will take care of themselves ;)
Now time for your Rasayana drink recipes !
The following Rasayana recipe is very good as a grounding pre-bedtime treat. Substitute the milk as you desire and the dates for honey if you are following a Kapha reducing program. As you gain familiarity with the spices, play around with the measures according to your taste.
SLEEPY TIME RASAYANA
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp Ghee
1/8 tsp Nutmeg (fresh ground is more effective in sleep supporting benefits)
1 tsp cinnamon
1.5 medjoule dates (optional for extra grounding) or honey if watching Kapha
pinch saffron (optional)
Warm your ingredients on the stove.
Transfer to a blender to blitz into a warm creamy whip.
Sip by candlelight and slip into a serene night time sleep.
Enjoy this mojo building pre-bedtime treat that will melt cravings and stress into deep restful dreams.
STRESS BUSTING AFTERNOON TEA
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup water (or a pre brewed tea of choice - I like liquorice root at the moment)
1/4 teaspoon of your rejuvenating tonic herb of choice (*Ashwaganda or *Shatavari powder)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
Crack of black pepper
1 crushed Cardamom pod (OR dip a toothpick into your doTERRA Cardamom essential oil and stir it into the finished drink)
Cook your ingredients on the stove
Strain and sweeten to taste
Enjoy as a warm, calming Autumn afternoon treat
*Although typically safe, please check with your local Ayurvedic practitioner for your own personal indication of use.
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There is no more a more beautiful time for light than in the Autumn, the way she plays on the ever-changing greens, splays a peachy hue throughout the crisp clear blue and seems to be making gold crested jewels of all the fallen.
I appreciate the majesty of such change with full awareness that soon the stripped bare trees sleep naked, nourished only at the roots under the deepening winter grey.
What is Shakti ?
Derived from the root 'shak,' which means the potential to produce – the assertion of the word is a direct nod to the inherent creative prowess of the feminine; Shakti is the earliest term applied to the divine feminine and is used in a multitude of ways all eluding to the one common parameter which is ‘power, force and feminine energy.’
From the Vedas, with the key focus of living light - Yoga & Ayurveda - the guide books for here and beyond, provide sensible and sustainable pathways, simple reminders to honour the forces that shift day to night, in and through all seasonal change.
From where we create
The Tantric teachings of energy, that communicate the complete interconnectedness of all of life, have some darkness, of course. The very meaning of Hatha yoga implies polarity and gives us a direct access point, via body and breath relationship, to find the balance existing between the marriage of the two. Such a practice need not be difficult and unbearably physically contorting, rather it’s a simple embodied exchange between the inhalation, exhalation (strength and receiving) aspect of ourself and possibly extremely healing to all who wish to partake.
Have you ever had the experience of darkness ? Of being overcome ?
Depression, anxiety, fearfulness, abandonment are some.
The shoulders arch like a bow over the heart and our arrow of tender awareness fails to meet its mark. Its a tough place to be and we’ve all had our moment there.
Sit tall. Stand tall. Dandasana. Tadasana.
Carry the arms over head on a steady in-breath and circle them back on the exhale. Pause to feel into the softness of your belly. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
And then there comes the light.
Perhaps the first time, the pain of not seeing your eternal sunshine lasted a long time - a year, more.
And then the next the suffering was less, the light shone a little sooner and when it happened again, the darkened cave was just as deep yet a somewhat easier retreat. There was a beam of sunlight piercing the void, almost as though it was a rope you had placed there before. And that was exactly what you had done. You had garnered tools.
Have you ever experienced your one precious life in these ways ?
Born from the same stuff as Stars, we were made from light and the revelation of that as a living reality is each and every one of our birthrights. But when the darkness is rife, at some point a learning Must arise that there is choice; we can bring in the light and move through that darkness at any time. The darkness need only be a passing lesson and when living light, this is a daily choice.
Be with the body
At a time when myself and my allies were experimenting with varied tapas of the consciousness expansion kind - often misguided at best - I'm talking, rapid ‘kundalini shakti’ rise that couples with taking one to the very edge of the mind; One of the most outstanding pieces of advice I was given was this -
“We have a body to live within. We are here to live. Don’t forsake the body. When there is any mental anguish, splitting-off, anxiety or strain; attend to the body. Learn how to care for, bring routine too and ground the body. And so you will learn about the nature of mind.”
Little did I know it at the time, this was pure Ayurvedic advice - Life Science in its most simple form. Your body is the temple of your soul. Care for it well and you will be rewarded with health that paves the way for deeper dimensions of human-divine contentment.
Caring for the body is a practice of compassionate care. Caring for the body is a practice of showing up daily to experience what is there.
As above so below
At this time of year, in this season of My own life; as I move upon the yoga mat in a daily expression of embodied prayer, I notice the elements of Autumn that make up the cold air, the roughened and dry leaves, also find their way into my body. My joints clack a little more than they did a month ago and it seems like there is less stretch available immediately in my side-body. And yet, as a witness to this micro-cosmic phenomena, I practice to offer the warm awareness of my breath, to melt and smooth out any compiled strain or stress.
It seems as though during the Autumn months (and possibly winter too) this observation can some days be a little uncomfortable to bare.
But I commit to Go there and resurface, each time, like new.
It’s not news
We live in a world that is filled with tension and this tension effects everyone of us on some level of body, mind and soul and it is now more than ever that the guidebooks of the Yogas and Ayurveda, for here and beyond, are given to help. The shared core teachings of which, are to honour each other, the mother - the earth - the five elements, the energies that shift and transform our external and internal worlds, so seemingly too rapidly.
Such processes are easier for some and for this very reason, a tender piece this was for me to write. And perhaps an even more tender piece for you to read. There is much suffering in our communities and the greater world at large, it is so easy to see.
Look then as a start, to the beauty within your neighbouring tree and witness the majesty of her transformations annually. Notice the small plants and animals and then find someone to share your miraculous insight with, joyfully. Be the change.
Start with the breath.
Follow with kindness, in anyway you may.
And continue with deep faith, every single day.
Every word written here is from my own direct experience and I deeply honour the embodied, kind, mutually respectful, accessible, authentic and enlivened teachers that have given me guidance along the way - to live fully and centred within expanded capacity.
I offer these writings to you from my heart. There is no dogma, no religious connotations, no suggesting that you ‘should’ be any other way that you already blessedly are - You are perfect exactly how you are and that’s the point ! - Rather a language is given, one that eludes to a pathway that you might enjoy walking for the miracle of You.
Upon the Yoga mat, we practice to bring strength and flexibility to not only the body, also to witness the nature of the mind. It's enjoyable and it's beautiful. Similarly within the Embody Happy coaching program and the propagation of plant medicine for all. If I can be of service in anyway, please reach out.
Lead photos at The Federal Palace of Switzerland; Bundeshaus Bern
photographer credit - Nicolas Ipina
CONSOLE Essential Love, the next best thing to a big hug
Frankincense, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Labdanum, Amyris, Sandalwood, Rose, Osmanthus
Console diffused has a resinous sweetness that lands in the lungs like a kindly grandmotherly hug.
I think I love it but maybe more so, I think it loves me.
And that's a wonderful feeling, to be loved, held and seen.
That’s the effect of Console, diffused and topically.
In times of deep grief, release and despondency - when you are ready to be held and willing to settle into the spaciousness of tender peace.
Mix a *3% dilution of Console into a warm Abhyanga (self massage) blend.
After you are bathed, dressed and warm;
Diffuse 3-4 drops and directly inhale the mist.
Sit with a hot tea and be with the grandmotherly presence of Console.
If you can, go to sleep.
Continue to apply Console to pulse points daily until the intensity has abated.
*dilution recommended for a healthy adult
Console is a blend that is good to have on hand.
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The beginning of Autumn is a great time to harvest bunches of yummy bitter Dandelion greens. You would regularily find me and the boys, in our yard plucking juicy Dandelion leaves to prepare for good eats.
I’m often intrigued by fellow lookers-on who comment with shock that Dandelion leaves are something we eat. Commonly referred to as weeds and overlooked by many, these generous plants give their whole body to nourish ours. The strong bitter taste in the leaves stimulates the secretion of bile in the liver and gall bladder which in turn cleanses and cools the blood to flush out excess Pitta heat.
The following Pesto recipe is a really handy to have at the ready and can bring an otherwise simple meal together by making up all 6 tastes. It can be stirred into almost anything - rice, pasta, potatoes or used as a dip with vegetables and a spread for bread. The possibilities are endless.
I make a full batch of this pesto recipe and freeze what I know I cant use within a few days; which packs a wonderful burst of nutrition to winter meals in a pinch.
FYI -> Ayurveda teaches us that the prana in food is diminished when the food is not eaten fresh. Use your discernment in this regard. It always good to know the ‘rules’ yet even better to use them for ones own encouragement rather than discouragement.
In my opinion, its a far more sattvic choice to consume a little home made pesto from the freezer rather than a glass of rum and a defrosted factory farm steak !
Small steps to thriving health must be enjoyable. Sustainable transformation is a journey of love, kindness, patience and time.
DANDELION GREENS PESTO
1/2 cup pinenuts
3 cloves of garlic (diced)
2 cups of fresh dandelion greens (chopped)
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon lemon zest
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
process all the ingredients (except the parmesan cheese) in a food processor until smooth. Add more oil if required
Add the parmesan and blend until smooth
Refrigerate in a jar covering the top with a little more olive oil
Enjoy within a few days.
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