In this newsletter we will talk about the classes and gatherings offered by ZenSpirit in the coming month, also touching on the burst of creativity at PhotoZen. Sarah is offering some thoughts on asparagus. And we look into the theater boom in Reno and what that may mean to our city.
Are you ready to take decisive action?
You do know that the time is now, don’t you?
In the center of the cards is antelope; and antelope offers wise words calling to swift action. Continue reading Oracle Blessings, May 25
How do you identify yourself?
How does your perceived identity affect the way you live your life?
What is a badge of honor?
Has your loyalty been tested?
Have you seen an example of loyalty to the bitter end?
This morning I am using two Oracle decks and asked the question; what will next week offer? The decks I use are the Medicine Cards and the Tao Oracle.
The question of loyalty comes up in the cards.
How have you been loyal to your friends?
Do you expect loyalty from your friends?
Are you wishing to be seen?
Do you feel the compulsion to connect with another?
This morning I open to the cards to see what this day may be. I am using the Medicine Cards and the Voyager Tarot to bring inside to our our day.
Elk shows us that strength and stamina used wisely can help us to accomplish our goals. Elk also whispers wise counsel that if we are showing ourselves off too loudly we may attract danger instead of pleasure. Today move forward using your power and stamina to reach your end goal, but do this quietly and with intention.
The path ahead shines brightly with many sparkly distractions, do not pause too long to gaze into those distractions.
Allow your heart time and space to be cleansed and purified. Today may offer some healing for the wounds that may be keeping your heart closed.
If the path ahead for you to calls to use your hands to create, as an artist would, be aware that your brilliance may shine brightly. Allow that brilliance to create without restriction even if the end results are not as expected. This is a place today of great transformation and how you think of creativity.
What thoughts have you been saving and nurturing, waiting for the perfect time to share and express?
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
~Henry David Thoreau~
What is hidden is the importance of connecting to your own belief system. This may be something that you have put aside for a while, but perhaps today it may be revisited?
Ultimately what will be revealed today is a place of growth and perhaps even an epiphany or two.
Moving forward I offer this mantra:
Quietly I move forward
Seeing what I create
Let’s talk about you and broccoli, let’s talk about all the good things and the EVEN BETTER things that may be!
While I was conjuring up a subject for this month’s blog, I thought about what’s in season. Broccoli. Then I thought, let’s talk about broccoli. Then I thought about that song by Salt-N-Pepa. You know the one (wink). Then I though about how oddly appropriate that whole train of thought ended up being… broccoli, salt and pepper. Mhmm. And here we are.
Keeping in line with our metaphor, let’s talk about all the good things and the even better things that this perfectly in-season vegetable can do for you!
First of all, I would like to point out that broccoli is green. Oh, you already knew that? Fantastic. Then you’ll also know that green foods are where we get chlorophyll from. “Chlorophyll? More like bore-aphyll,” right? WRONG! Chlorophyll is one of he coolest things I have EVER learned about. Definitely. Porphyrin rings found in chlorophyll molecules, are essential to the production of energy in the mitochondria (also known as the power-house of the cell), giving our bodies the energy to complete tasks from digestion to jumping jacks. The structure of a chlorophyll molecule happens to be extremely similar to that of a heme (oxygen carrying portion of red blood cell) molecule. The main difference is that chlorophyll’s center contains magnesium, while heme’s contains iron. Guess what that means. Chlorophyll-rich foods, like broccoli, are perfect for building healthy, oxygen-rich blood. Yup.
Broccoli is also an amazing source of vitamin C. One of the best vegetable sources, in fact. I know. Every post talks about vitamin C, but that’s because it is integral to pretty much all of the functions of the body. Most importantly, though, it acts as an antioxidant, protecting our cells from free radicals (electrons that are freed from their bonds through oxygen reaction, then bounce around inside our bodies like pinballs, damaging cells willy nilly). An increased amount of free radical damage is thought to be a likely cause of cancer. Therefore, vitamin-C-rich foods, like broccoli may help to fight cancer. ALSO- vitamin C is water soluble, which means we pee it out… so we need to replenish it every day! AND you can really never have enough, so mow down.
Another point for team broccoli is a compound called sulforaphane. It has been shown as a worthy adversary for cancer stem cells, which are thought to initiate and maintain the cancer growth. It also helps to rid the body of carcinogens that could potentially raise the cancer threat.
Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for; the recipe. And yes, it does involve salt and pepper.
Cold Sesame Noodles with Broccoli
serves 3-4 humans
1 package soba noodles
1 broccoli crown, cut into bite-size florets
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 inch ginger, grated
2 tsp. lemon juice
1/3 c. olive oil
2 tbsp. toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp. honey or maple syrup
3 tbsp. tamari
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
sea salt to taste
toasted sesame seeds
Cook noodles, drain, and toss with sesame oil. Blanch broccoli and add to noodles. Refrigerate. Place all other ingredients but sesame seeds in blender. Blend on high until emulsified. Toss noodles with dressing before serving. Garnish with sesame seeds.
Happy spring, readers! I hope that this season is as vibrant and joyful where ever you are as it is here!
Mateljan, George. The World’s Healthiest Foods. Seattle, Washington: George Mateljan Foundation. 2007. Print.
Turcotte, Michele. “Foods That Are High in Sulforaphane”. LIVESTRONG.com. February 7, 2004. Web. March 27, 2015.
Li Y, Zhang T. “Targeting cancer stem cells with sulforaphane, a dietary component from broccoli and broccoli sprouts”. PubMed.gov. August 9, 2013. Web. March 27, 2015.
Do you feel drawn to helping others?
What are the gifts that you possess that can be used to help heal your community?
This morning I open the cards and reflect on what may be offered this weekend. The cards I am using are the Medicine Cards, Oracle of Visions and the Tao Oracle. Often times I find using multiple decks can bring in a much more rich and complex message.
The raccoon tells us that we can help others, and others are looking for the help that we can offer. The path to reaching our full potential as healers begins with breaking out of the dogma and restrictions that we allow to hamper or forward momentum.
There are powers inside of you
which, if you could discover and
use, would make of you everything
you ever dreamed or imagined
you could become.
~Orison Swett Marsden~
Looking at situations from a totally different point of View will open your mind to a different way of being. What will be created from opening your mind up to this foreign point of view will indeed have its risks and potential for deep change, but the rewards may be quite substantial indeed.
With all of this; there is a great potential for furthering your self-discovery, who is it that you are deep in your heart and how is it that you wish to show up in the world. Indeed, this may be quite a busy weekend.
What is hidden though is with this great transformation that is possible; is the letting go of many things. Some of those things may not be easy to let go of. But these sacrifices are necessary for the forward momentum that is calling.
What will ultimately be revealed this weekend; if you can open up to the transformational energy that is offered, is a place of passion. This will be a passion for what you are creating now and being of service, and perhaps even a deeper understanding of your own spirituality.
Inviting self-discovery I offer you today’s mantra:
Breaking free from the cage that I have created
I see my heart expanding
Discovering what it is that I have to offer
I open my gifts to those in need
Are you on your path?
Are you being true to whom you are the center of your core?
Are distractions taking you to a place that you do not wish to be?
This weekend there are distractions, in the form of drama. This drama calls out for you to serve it, giving your energy to this drama will not serve you. Remember, you are at choice and whatever you choose; it is for you to own that choice.
Don’t waste time on what’s not important. Don’t get sucked into the drama. Get on with it: don’t dwell on the past. Be a big person; be generous of spirit; be the person you’d admire.
The good news is that there is a way around the distractions. A walk in the park is what calls letting the full moon energy of this weekend bask upon you, even if you’re not walking in the night the energy of the full moon is shining down upon you. This is not necessarily a time to seek solitude, but to invite a friend with you along this walk to experience the joy of nature and the grounding of the earth. This is also a time to allow that which has been in the back of your mind to come to a place of creation, perhaps as you walk with your friend in nature this is what the conversation will be about?
There is also space this weekend to look deeper into what you perceive that you own. There is a balance in everything that comes into our life, be it love, be it stuff, be it drama, be it abundance or scarcity. This weekend is a great time to look at the hidden message of what you perceive you own and the emotional feelings you get from having those possessions.
There may be a revelation long the way this weekend as well. What is it that has been building? Is there something that has been in the back of your mind wishing to be created wishing to be birthed? Perhaps now is the time to give it just a little push and see what emerges.
As the full moon hides in the red glow I offer you this mantra:
It is for me to choose
Offering my energy
To the story
And to the drama
That distracts me from my path
Need I say anything else?
By Sarah Ann Landau
Here’s a holiday treat for you- and I’d venture to say that it will make you feel a little better about mowing down on all that candy you’ve been gambling for these past eight nights, or that Santa left in your stocking. But I’m not here to hold your hand as you slip dreamily into diabetic shock. Chocolate, or cacao, is way more powerful than you may have imagined and it should be regarded as such. There are many medicinal properties that can be attributed to this luscious delight. In the words of Hippocrates, “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Am I right?
Recently there has been a good deal of research into the memory-enhancing and antioxidant potential of this Aztec (believed to be a gift from the God of Wisdom) wonder food. A study from Columbia University found that a group of older folks dealing with degenerative memory issues benefited greatly from the consumption of cacao as well as other plants that are high in flavanols, or flavanoids. A flavanoid is a type of antioxidant that has the power not only to protect cells against free radical damage, but protect blood vessels, prevent inflammation, and help our bodies to utilise vitamin C as well.
Another study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that eating dark (over 60%, I would imagine) chocolate can actually help to decrease blood pressure AND make the insulin that our bodies produce more effective. This means that we don’t need as much insulin to regulate carbohydrate and fat metabolism. This also means that chocolate could reduce the risk of diabetes in what one may call a “healthy person”. That’s pretty awesome.
Cocoa happens to rank number 8 on the ORAC (Oxygen Reactive Antioxidant Capacity) Value chart and baking chocolate comes in at number 12. Basically, this means that it blows almost every other food out of the water in terms of antioxidant capacity. HOWEVER, antioxidants are sensitive to temperature and processing, so you can only imagine the punch that raw chocolate packs!
Dark chocolate is also an excellent source of both phosphorous and magnesium. One of phosphorous’ claims to fame is being the main component of our cell membranes in the form of phospholipids. Magnesium is responsible for building bones, circulating blood, and relaxing our nerves and muscles. That makes me want to go eat some right now!
So you’ve heard what I have to say about chocolate. It sounds pretty stellar, I will admit, but remember that this is a treat… A very special and healing treat. It was used in ceremony by the MesoAmericans. Perhaps we could bring some of that reverence into our relationships with this powerful food. How about this; every time you eat a piece of chocolate, you have to go outside in your underwear and dance around your house three times while singing “Chocolate City”. But seriously, respect the medicine and it will respect you! More importantly, enjoy it!
Happy New Year, friends. I hope that 2014 has brought a wealth of experience, lessons learned, and goals achieved. It is now time to embrace the possibilities that this new year brings and allow all that does not serve to drift away. Aho!
Mateljan, George. The World’s Healthiest Foods. Seattle Washington, 2007. Print.
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“Cocoa Flavanols Can Reverse Memory Loss in Older Adults”. Sci-news.com, Oct. 27, 2013. Web.
Davide Grassi, Cristina Lippi, Stefano Necozione, Giovambattista Desideri, and Claudio Ferri. “Short-term administration of dark chocolate is followed by a significant increase in insulin sensitivity and a decrease in blood pressure in healthy persons1,2,3”. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2005. Web.
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Are you fully engaged in the lessons offered you?
Today I draw the Hierophant from the Voyager Tarot. And this card begs to ask the question; are you taking the challenges and shadows offered to you to heart, and learning the deeper lessons that will guide you to a deeper transformation and balance?
People are afraid of what’s inside and that’s the only place they’re ever gonna find what they need.
The difficult times are not to be shied away from, but they are to be embraced fully. This is the lesson of the Hierophant this morning.
So as your path this day unfolds be aware of and embrace the shadows, challenges, and difficulties that may bring you to the next step in your evolution. Embrace them and make them the most transformative part of your day.