In light of the Drought in California…

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In light of the Drought in California… In 1986 Masanobu Fukuoka (a Respected farmer, philosopher & microbiologist) traveled to America visiting California for the second time in his prosperous life… This is what he wrote about the state of the land:

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“When he first saw the condition of the landscape in California he was shocked by how barren it was. Some of that, he noted, was caused by the climate, which lacks the dependable summer rains of Japan, but much of it was caused by care- less agricultural practices, poor water management, overgrazing, and over-logging.”

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Now in 2015 (and before) California is suffering from a serious drought, one so bad that the land is turning into a barren waste land, in 2013 water rationing was implemented in various counties, jobs have been lost, culture has been changed & soon other states (like Arizona) will suffer drastically from this Ecological tragedy. All may have been salvaged if “We the People” Respected Nature, The Land & our Resources.

biomimicry-is-innovation-inspired-by-nature-in-a-society-accustomed-to-dominating-or-janine-benyus-79-42-08How can we reverse what we have done to this land? What are our options? Why does it take our Culture so long to take action before all is Lost? I would Love to hear your input, feedback & solutions (please comment below!).

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Wild Arizona Passion Flower (Passiflora mexicana)

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I wanted to share this with you all… On my excursion this past weekend to Southern Arizona this was one of my favorite plant finds… I’m excited to be able to share it with you all in the Near Future, along with the rest of my Herbal Remedies created in my Apothecary…

Passion Flower (Passiflora mexicana)

Passion Flower (Passiflora mexicana)

Wildcrafted Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana) found thriving in Southern AZ coming soon to Free Spirit & Mind Product Line…

Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana)

Pink Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana)

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Purple Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana)

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The Beautiful Passion Flower can be found all throughout Southern Arizona, if only you know what to look for…

Passion Flower is such an amazing plant not only is it absolutely beautiful (even though it is some what “smelly”) but it also contains many Medicinal Properties including:

Sedative qualities
Calms the mind from the typical day-day nonsense found/experienced in the “City-Life”
Anti-anxiety
Helps with tachycardia & hypertension
Helps with Insomnia
Soothes ticks from seizures & spastic muscles
Can aid in withdrawal symptoms from substances
Soothes spastic cough
Can help with diarrhea

Herbal baths can be used to help with many ailments including calming the mind, soothing the muscles, helping speed up a sickness, move toxins through & out of the body, exercising demons, baptisms, enlightening your spirit, bonding with plants, meditation & so much more…

Last night I took an Herbal bath using Passion Flower a  magical plant as one of the Herbs… After the bath I was completely relaxed, soothed, peaceful & ready for bed... Used in the bath:

Passion Flower-To sooth the mind, ease the chatter in my mind & to bond with this new plant friend
Pedicularis- To soothe the muscles
Lavendar-For calming
Lemon balm-to relax the nerves, anti-bacterial, anti-viral & to relax the muscles
Eucalyptus-Anti-bacterial, to open up the lungs & soothe the brain
Mint-Refreshing, relaxing & soothing
Sea Salt-To relax the muscles, anti-bacterial, exfoliant & general cleansing 
Have you ever taken an Herbal Bath? When was the last time you took one? If you haven’t taken an Herbal bath I highly recommend that you do. Why… Because you Deserve to have the Experience, you Deserve to be Pampered, you Deserve to enjoy the Heavenly Aroma…
Herbal Baths

Herbal Baths

Until Next time.. Peace be with You

Asian Style Honey Mango Veggies & Quinoa

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This simple recipe was created out of what was in the fridge, a little Inspiration & Sheer Luck and all with a dear friend)! Okay what’s for lunch I asked myself… hmmm okay I throw some Quinoa in the rice cooker & come back later to decide…

time ticks on by...

time ticks on by…

Okay Quinoa is done now what should I add to it… great I’ve got some fresh veggies in the fridge:

Broccoli
Cauliflower
Zucchini
Red Onion
Carrots

Great… what seasonings should I add:

Oregano
Parsley
WildCrafted False Tarragon
Turmeric
Ginger
Salt
Pepper
Cayenne Pepper
Paprika

Hmmm… What else should I add… Oh I know some:

Honey
Organic Soy Sauce
Chardonnay (Why the hell not… it needs to be used soon anyways!)

Hmmm… something is missing… oh I know I will use this Organic mango & see how that turns out…

Organic Mango that needs to be used...

Organic Mango that needs to be used…

And for the Taste Test… Hallelujah This is AMAZING…

Hallelujah This is AMAZING...

Hallelujah This is AMAZING…

So there ya have it… Super simple Healthy Asian Style Honey Mango Veggies & Quinoa…

Method:

I cut up all the veggies into bite sized morsels.
Turned the cast iron skillet onto low (in between low & medium)
Threw in onions, broccoli & cauliflower.
Waited a minute or two & threw in the rest of veggies.
Sprinkled in the spices (not using too much of anyone so as not to over power)
Added the wine, soy sauce & honey
Hmmm… it’s  a little too watery… okay I’ll add some Organic Arrow Root Powder (this acts as a thickener just like corn starch but with out all those Nasty GMO’s)
Asian Style Honey Mango Veggies & Quinoa

Asian Style Honey Mango Veggies

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Cooked Quinoa with coconut oil

Oh yea the Mango, some Raw Cashews & Pumpkin Seeds… topped those on at the last moment, Mixed with the cooked quinoa, added a little Coconut Oil, salted to taste & devoured!
Asian Style Honey Mango Veggies & Quinoa

Asian Style Honey Mango Veggies & Quinoa

Seriously guys this was one of the best tasting meals I’ve had in a very very long time… My hopes are that the next time I try this that it will come out as good (if only… if only…)… Please do yourself a “Flavor”, save this recipe, go to the store, buy the ingredients & make this ASAP… It came out sooo Good… I cannot wait for left overs & there are left over veggies I can use later for a delicious wrap!

Till Next Time… Peace Be with You…

The Devastation of Mankind… An Oil Spill In The White Mountains

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While out on my Solo expedition this last weekend I was Heart Broken to stumble upon an Oil Spill in The White Mountains, right on one of the most Beautiful Creeks I have ever seen… Why would someone do this? How could anyone actually believe this is okay!

Not only is this a horrible devastation the National Forest but I feel as though it being on The Apache County that it is yet another blow to The Apache Nation… First the Mining company takes over Sacred Land at Oaks Flat & now this…

Oil spills

The Sadness of Man Made Toxic Chemicals…

“In the long-term, toxic materials from oil can remain in the water and on the land for many years. They can build up in the food chain to lethal levels, and destroy or disrupt and area’s ecosystem.”

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This is what I saw

I had went to this place to enjoy the beauty, harvest some herbs & fall in Love with Nature… However that was not the case, nor will any herbs be able to harvested in the area for a LONG, long time again… I had made the decision that it was my DUTY to contact the local authorities, The Forest Services & report the Spill… Although the office was closed for the weekend yesterday I managed to leave several voicemails at several agencies & hunted down two Rangers to Personally report the issue… After talking with the Ranger this morning I am filled with sadness, tears & griefNot only has the spill not been reported before my call but I cannot believe anyone would destroy the Beautiful Mountains, especially with Toxic Chemicals!!!

My Hope is that I am completely wrong & that there really was No Oil Spill… but in my Heart I know this is not the case… However I will remain to keep an optimistic outlook (behind the tears & sadness) & look forward to that call & or email from the Rangers that there is No Oil Spill, that Everything is Fine & The Precious Land was not Destroyed… Either way the Rangers will be contacting me to let me know what the out come is, if the EPA needs to get involved & if the spill can be contained. I have never participated with a Natural disaster but in this case (since i’m the one to make the report0 I feel compelled that if given the chance or opportunity to help out with the Clean up… I for one WILL BE THERE!

“studied over decades with the improved techniques of modern chemistry and biology — have allowed scientists to paint a more complex portrait of what happens after a spill.

It is still clear that the bulk of the damage happens quickly, and that nature then begins to recuperate. After a few years, a casual observer visiting a hard-hit location might see nothing amiss. Birds and fish are likely to have rebounded, and the oil will seem to be gone… some of it has merely gone underground, hiding in pockets where it can still do low-level damage to wildlife over many years. And the human response to a spill can mitigate — or intensify — its long-term effects. Oddly enough, some of the worst damage to occur from spills in recent decades has come from people trying too hard to clean them up.”

You can read more by clicking here at this ling about the Long-Term damage an oil spill causes to the once Beautiful, untainted & safe Land…

If you are in Wild or The White Mountains (like I was) & find an issue like this or feel that something needs to be reported Please contact the authorities because the issue may not have been Reported!

The Arizona State Forestry Division:

1110 West Washington St #100
Phoenix, AZ 85007 Ph–(602) 771-1400

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests:

District Phone Numbers:

Alpine Ranger District
(928) 339-5000

Black Mesa Ranger District
(928) 535-7300

Clifton Ranger District
(928) 687-8600

Lakeside Ranger District
(928) 368-2100

Springerville Ranger District
(928) 333-6200

Website:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/asnf/home/?cid=stelprdb5211223

EPA:

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Imports and Exports Hotline

Phone: 202-554-1404
Fax: 202-554-5603
E-mail: tsca-hotline@epa.gov

Website:

http://www.epa.gov/

Super Foods Protein packed Garden Fresh Salad

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After a nice hard workout of practicing my new dance skills out in the Arizona summer heat I felt the need to load up on Proteins & Greens… I looked in the fridge & saw that I needed to use up my freshly made mung bean sprouts & Probiotic packed Sauerkraut. But what else could I add… oh year I have a garden that still has fresh greens that I can use! So I decided to create a Super Foods Protein packed Garden Fresh Salad. 

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Super Foods Protein packed Garden Fresh Salad

As I went out into the garden I decided to choose the following ingredients picked them & chopped them up to add to my soon to be delicious Super Foods Salad:

Amaranth leaves
Basil
Cherry tomatoes
Purslane 
Rosemary
Tai eggplants
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Probiotic packed sauerkraut filled with lactic acid bacteria, including Leuconostoc, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus!

Super foods protein packed Garen Fresh Salad

Okay well now that I’ve got the base of the “Greens” to my salad, now I have to add other Super Foods & create a yummy salad dressing (since I am in the mood for something then than they regular olive oil & balsamic dressing). So I went to the pantry I pulled out the following ingredients:

Almonds 
Avocado Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Cashews
Coconut Oil
Dried Cranberries
Hemp Seeds
Himalayan Salt
Lemon Juice
Nutritional Yeast
Pepper
Pumpkin Seeds

 To make the yummy sauce I place all the following ingredients into my magic bullet & blended up the:


Avocado Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Cashews
Coconut Oil
Himalayan Salt
Lemon Juice
Nutritional Yeast
Pepper
Pumpkin Seeds
 

Now that Ive got my veggies cut up & the sauce made I added them into the wooden bow & topped with pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, dried cranberries, salt & pepper. This salad was so good & filling, I have some left over for later & feel totally refreshed, satisfied & energized! What was the last salad you created…

Super foods protein packed Garden Fresh Salad

Super foods protein packed Garden Fresh Salad

Some Ingredient benefits:

Cashews: Protein, copper, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium & zinc

Mung Bean Sprouts: Folates, Iron, Vitamin B, k & C.

Purslane: Vitamin C, and some B-complex vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine and carotenoids, as well as dietary minerals, such as iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese, Vitamin A, betalain alkaloids, anti-oxidants, anti-mutagenic & omega-3 fatty acids.

Amaranth Leaves: antioxidants, protein, vitamins, calcium, carbohydrates, iron and minerals,

Coconut Oil: Lauric acid, Saturated fatty acids, triglycerides, capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid and palmitic, Polyunsaturated fatty acids, Linoleic acid, monounsaturated fatty acids, Oleic acid, Poly-phenols, gallic acid, betaines, ethanolamide, ethoxylates, fatty esters, fatty polysorbates, monoglycerides, polyol esters, fatty chlorides, Vitamin E, vitamin K & Iron.

Nutritional yeast: Is a complete protein (meaning that among the 18 amino acids), B vitamins, Vitamin B-12, thiamine, folate, B-6 & niacin.

Pumpkin seeds: Anti-Diabetic Effects, zinc, anti-parasitic qualities, Plant-Based Omega-3 Fats, healthy fats, antioxidants and fibers, Tryptophan for Restful Sleep, Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

Cranberries: Phenolic Acids, Proanthocyanidins, Anthocyanins, Flavonoids, Triterpenoids

Probiotic packed sauerkraut: lactic acid bacteria, including Leuconostoc, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus!

The Story of Kombucha…

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Kombucha (Naturally derived Probiotic drink) is the final product of fermenting a Scobie (symbiotic colony of yeast & bacteria) in a sweetened tea drink for a number of days. Kombucha has been noted to help with warding away sickness, major illness, Cancers & even Longevity! Instead of taking probiotics you can simply sip on kombucha through out the week! Kombucha teas can contain up to .05% alcohol (not nearly enough to drunk off of & safe for children in regulated doses).

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Home brewed “Booch” (Kombucha)…

Kombucha

Variety of Flavors!

To give you a little history on Kombuchas the story goes that a small village Doctor who lived in Russia realized that after many many years of birthing generation after generation, he noticed that hardly any of his villagers were ever stricken with disease, cancers, major illnesses & experience great lengthy lives… So the Doctor decided to go around his village & talk to the Villagers to see if there was something he was missing for he knew in his Doctor schooling that humans should be subjected to greater # of illnesses. So the Doctor went out into the village & talked to the villagers. After some research he concluded that the villagers were all making this fermented beverage from these mushrooms they got off the local trees… it was a simple tea & sugar beverage with the mushroom inside. “Could it be this fermented beverage that is causing the lack of Illness in my Village,” the doctor thought…

The Doctor decided that he would travel to more of Russia & even parts of Asia to see if other villages were making this same drink. After years of traveling, traveling from Village to Village, talking to villagers & other village Doctors, the Doctor concluded that it must be the Kombucha that was keeping his Village so Healthy… Because in his travels the Villages that were not making this fermented beverage were high in sickness, disease & cancers & lived normal or short lives… Yet the Villages that were making the tea beverage we lacking these diseases & not to mention that these Villages who were drinking the Kombucha experienced Longevity.

This is just one story about Kombucha, from my research Kombucha has been around for a while (thousands of years) but the health benefits were not discussed until the early 1800’s. Recently Kombucha has been brought to the states & has been a big hype. Finally people are catching onto this great beverage with Amazing Health capabilities.

I am not stating kombucha will help any major illness, sickness or longevity, I am just sharing a piece of my life with you… In my house we drink Kombucha on a regular basis my son has been drinking Kombucha since he was 1 years of age. Both of us have great health, have never gotten sick from Booch & so we decide to continue implementing the regular usage of, “Booch” in our house. Hardly ever will you not find Kombucha in our fridge… You have the choice to hop on the “Booch” Train or not… in the end the Choice is yours…

Peace Be with you…

What’s for Dinner & Toddler Approved!

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After the weekend of my son being gone with his dad & a long day of research, dance class, conference calls & errands I decided to be completely lazy for dinner! Hmmm… what can be yummy, quick, painless & good enough for my toddler to eat?

Quinoa with Steamed Broccoli, Corn, Peas and Chia Seeds…

Simply delicious & easy dinner...

Simply delicious & easy dinner…

Sometimes you have to go back to the basics to make a night time meal tasty enough to be Toddler Approved”, and come on how many of us out there have made meal after meal & the little ones just wouldn’t eat it? If not you then be thankful but in my house hold it’s common, when I make an extravagant meal, that I’m completely proud of & excite to eat, my toddler takes a few bites & say’s:

“I’m not Hungry”

Seriously kiddo I know you are hungry you were just asking, “What’s for Dinner?”, please just eat… well tonight I made a delicious & simple meal out of the few ingredients I have in stock & by total surprise it was Toddler Approved:

Dump the following ingredients into the Rice Cooker, turn on & walk away:

Ingredients: All Organic NO GMO’s or Pesticides!

1 c. Tri-colored quinoa

2 c. Water

1/4 c. Nutritional yeast

1/4 c. Coconut oil

Fresh Garlic

Kosher salt & Pepper to taste

Ten minutes before rice cooker is done place a small amount of water in a saucepan, just enough to cover the bottom, place a steamer in it & fill with the following ingredients:

Fresh baby broccolis (whole)

Frozen corn

Frozen Peas

3 Tbs. Avocado oil

Himalayan salt to taste 

Bring to a boil for 3 minutes, cover with lid, turn burner off, set timer for 7 minutes, walk away… When timer goes off, rice cooker should be about done. Spoon Quinoa in bowl, top with steamed veggies, drizzle with avocado oil & chia seeds & serve…

Why choose chia seeds? Why NOT! They are packed with omega3’s, protein, healthy fat, calcium, magnesium, Magnesium, phosphorous, Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.

There you have it 10 minutes prep, 20 minutes cooking & delicious enough for your toddler to enjoy… Try it at home or share similar Toddler Approved meals down below in the comments I’d Love to hear what you can get the Little One’s to enjoy & eat…

Toddler Proven “Power of Positive Talk” Experiment #1

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Toddler Proven “Power of Positive Talk” Experiment #1 Inspired by Dr. Masaru Emoto Water molecule Experiment on Rice…

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I have been struggling with my son using words as a way to hurt peoples feelings. I did not know what to do about his recent habit, all I knew is that it made me sad. I do not want my child to think it is good to use words as a weapon! I had tried several ways to talk to him about his new form of communication but nothing seemed to get through to him. Then I remembered the experiment by Dr. Masaru Emoto so I decided to give it a try with my 3 year old.

Each day we would wake up and as soon as we went downstairs for breakfast or snack we would speak to the jars we had labeled with either “I HATE You” or “I Love You”. But we would only speak nice, kind, loving and enduring words to the jar labeled “Love”. And we would yell at, tell nasty things to and say ugly words to the jar labeled “Hate”. Dr. Masaru Emoto had 3 jars & he ignored the 3 jars but I thought this concept would not be understood by a 3 year old, so we decided to skip the 3rd jar.

Water molecule

Negative talk damages and alters the make-up of molecules

As the days progressed we started to notice that the jar labeled with “I HATE You” was pretty dirty and cloudy in color. But the “I Love You” jar was barely effected at all. My son pointed this observation out as often as he could, constantly asking, “Mommy why is the “I hate You” jar so yuki? I would explain to him how our words can effect even the smallest of things like a few grains of rice… and rice isn’t even alive so that should tell you something.

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After a couple weeks

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Notice all the “sludge” on the I Hate you jar?

After a couple weeks of this routine the “I Love You” jar was finally starting to get cloudy and milky, so it was time to end the experiment. Here is a video of the final talk my son & I had about the Power of Positive Talk.

The final result of this experiment is profound and the interesting thing about the outcome is my now 4 year old son does not use words to hurt people very often at all. Children pick things up so easily. We adults take children for granted, underestimate them and sometimes believe that they cannot comprehend the world for what it is. But this experiment proves (at least to me) that children can learn to correct their behavior, they are Compassionate beings and when they realize that their actions hurt another being they STOP that behavior. Children are not the little “sociopaths” we can sometimes believe them to be… I challenge you speak to children like they are “real people” that they understand cognitive thought and if you have a little one (or big ones) I challenge you to do this experiment with them and see how they react…

Until Next Time… Peace be with You…

Naturally Harvested Medicine to fight infections… Found Locally!

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Natural Medicine harvested locally! What seriously I DO NOT have to use Pharmaceutical Antibiotics!?!

I am not sure about you but I have never been a fan of antibiotics, in fact it seems as though they hardly ever work for me or for my son who is now 4 years old. He was diagnosed with an allergy to the “cillian” family when he was not even a year old. Penicillin is part of a family of antibiotics known as beta lactams & is used to treat many bacterial infections in your body such as ear infections. Time after time the doctor had put my son on antibiotics for one infection or another & time after time the infection just would not go away. When he was one in a half he got an ear infection four times in a row & the doctor insisted on putting him on antibiotics for about a month straight, and I let them (sad face). During the last round my son ended up in the hospital with pneumonia, because the antibiotics had killed his system. Pneumonia can be fatal for small children and I became very concerned… so at that point in time I made the Conscious decision that I would find an alternative remedy for my sweet child! This was when I had discovered GSE grapefruit seed extract.

I have not harvested GSE locally but I have been using it for quote sometime & have learned that it works so well that my family & I do not have to use Pharmaceutical Antibiotics. At every chance I get I recommend GSE to anyone & everyone! I have learned that you get much better results with GSE in a glass bottle than in the white bottle that only contains about 30% GSE, but it seems as though this kind of GSE is getting harder & harder to find. However I am able to find it if I surf the web long enough & sometimes I can find it at Sprouts grocery store. Anyways I have been using GSE in replace of antibiotics for almost 3 years now & I have never had a bad experience with it. And the overall health of my son & I have been GREAT!

This past weekend I was up at Oak Flats (beautiful land that has been used for ceremonial purposes for years & years that has been sold to an Australian mining company to mine copper) harvesting medicinal herbs.

Oak Flats!

Oak Flats!

While I was boulder hoping I managed to get stabbed or impaled by an agave plant, a member of the Yucca family. The spike broke off below my skin, I had to go to the ER, get in lanced & after about 30 minutes of digging the spike was removed. This type of wound has been known to acquire staph infections. The doctors tried to push antibiotics & a tetanus shot, however I declined & decided to go with natural cures.

Yucca wound

Yucca wound

 

  1. Local Black Willow bark & GSE (GSE not locally harvested) made into a tea, drunken as needed throughout day for pain & to fight infection (at least 2-3 times a day up to hourly if needed).
  2. Locally harvested Nicotine leaves made into a tea & applied to would for pain.
  3. Locally harvested Creosote or Chaparral leaves made into a poultice & applied to infected area to fight bacterial infections.
Natural Medicines Wild-crafted Locally!

Natural Medicines Wild-crafted Locally!

 

That’s it! It may be a little more time consuming than popping a pill but if you are as dedicated to natural cures as I am then you will appreciate the time spent to prepare the naturally harvested herbs that can heal you. Pharmaceutical Antibiotics kill your system, working against your body eventually making you resistant to the medications (as proven in my sons case!) so we choose to find something that actually works, that is natural & that can save our immune systems from attacking itself! Not to mention it gives me & my son a fun activity out in nature for the day… My son loves going out into nature to harvest medicinal herbs & so do I! So next time if you are in need of antibiotics maybe you will remember this article & these alternative remedies that can & will assist you on your journey… And hey if these do not work for you then please feel free to cash in that pharmaceutical prescription that was prescribed by the doctor… But why not try something that works, does not hurt your body & can possibly be found in your backyard!

Until Next time… Peace be with You…

Recipe-Organic Peanut stir fry with Garden Fresh Veggies

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“Let Food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

=Hippocrates

As a single mother of a toddler I have to come up with quick vegetarian meals on the fly for the starving little ones. This recipe turned out pretty well for tossing a few ingredients together from the fridge & garden not to mention utilizing left overs :) My son is a picky eater & it worries me that he is not getting enough nutrition at home but he had no problems scarfing this meal down. Maybe it was the creamy, sweet peanut butter sauce, the fresh green tomatoes from his garden or the Love that was put into it… either way whatever it was that got him to eat every bite was definitely a home run for Mom!

Organic Peanut stir fry with Garden Fresh Veggies

Organic Peanut stir fry with Garden Fresh Veggies

Organic Peanut stir fry with Garden Fresh Veggies:

Ingredients: All Organic NO GMO’s

Stir fry:

Organic rice- Left-overs

Green tomatoes sliced (Garden fresh about 2 handfuls)

¼ Red cabbage sliced-left-overs

½ medium onion

3 Garlic cloves

Corn-2 handfuls

1 ½ c. chopped mixed Kale-Garden fresh winter & Tuscan

Toasted Chic Peas:

16oz Chic peas-marinated & baked at 400degrees for 40 minutes

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp turmeric

Season with salt & pepper

Sauce:

2 tbsp peanut butter

Splash Coconut aminos

Dash red pepper

2-3tbsp coconut oil

Splash lemon vinegar

1tbsp coconut sugar

1-1½ c. almond milk-If you have coconut milk use it, but this is what I hand on hand

Method:

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Mix chi pea marinate together, bake in over for 40 minutes at 375-400degrees. Warm rice on stove. Add salt to taste during cooking process. Cook cabbage & onion for 3-4 minutes over medium heat. Add rest of veggies. Add sauce ingredients and stir gently until thickens. Top w/toasted chic peas (that melt in your mouth), serve & enjoy!

Super simple recipe, you could use whatever veggies you have on hand, substitute with coconut milk and add more spices if desired. Whole cooking time 40 minutes; actual prep/cooking time 15 minutes!

The Journey Continues… Float 10… Time…

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Can you categorize or put a sense of time to the things you do on a daily basis? What are the things, projects or people you dedicate most your time to… These are some of the questions that have been swimming in my brain for quite sometime now… and I have put some serious thought into how I spend my time…

Everything takes time...

Everything takes time…

As I entered the pod today I was unsure of what I was going to focus on, all I knew is that this is my special time & I will get the most out of it. As minutes past by & I got deeper into my meditation the word that popped into my head was, “Time”. Everything takes time & in life all we have is this time here on earth.

The float pods use up an hour of time, the drive here takes about 45 minutes, to get dressed & back into reality takes about 30 or so minutes & the drive home takes about 45 to 75 minutes. That is a lot of time that is dedicated to my float time. But that is okay because I highly value this time. This time in the pods is extremely restorative, helpful & enlightening. We can measure the things we care about or value by measuring the amount time we dedicate to them. Lately this has been on mind a lot, especially in friendships & relationships. See the more we value something the more Time we dedicate to them. To me if something is not worth my time then there is little value or space in my life for whatever that may be.

With this in mind I am easily able to rule out the things that are not serving me for the highest good. If a friendship is not serving me, I tend to step away this is a queue that the relationship is not serving me for the highest good. I must then re-evaluate the relationship & ask myself why I hold onto it & how it serves me. In order for us to live to our fullest potential & to do what serves us best, we must let go of the things that are not serving us for the better. Even our jobs or work are measured by the time we dedicate to them. If we hate our jobs so much, then we must evaluate why we remain there day after day. It cannot be just the paycheck because a paycheck can come from anywhere, so we might as well find a job that serves another or us in one way.

Everything takes time… Creating new life takes time, building a friendship, building a home, learning a new language even finding a true Love takes time… so it’s up to us to dedicate the time to the things that matter to us most… and to let go of the things that do not raise our spirits…

Just as with everything in life we have to keep in mind as recovering addicts that the addict goes through a process of evolution. Newly recovered addicts want to rush the process and see immediate results or feel immediate gratification in the recovery process (much like in their addictions). But this is not the case it usually takes months and even years to start feeling “normal”, whatever “Normal” is anyways. And if you were anything like me than you never knew what “normal” was in the first place because I started using at such a young age that I never got the chance to know what normal was let alone to know who I was or what I wanted, because all I knew is that I wanted to feel different  escape the pain that haunted me inside. Recovering from addiction is a long process and should not be rushed. Patience is one of the most valuable virtues to practice while in recovery. How does that saying go, “Let live & let God” this is a great saying as you have to surrender, let life takes it course & learn how to live in this world if you want to make it to the next stage, whatever that maybe.

“Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.”

=Morticia Addams=

New addicts are no different than new born babies. Instead of learning how to crawl, learning to walk, learning to eat, learning to use the potty addicts have to learn how to live life, how to build healthy relationships. The newly recovered addict has to learn how to socialize without the use of substances, they have to learn to function in a “sober” world without mind altering substances. All of this can be frightening & most likely will be, but the addict has to keep in mind that “Everything takes Time”. I cannot say this enough! Why, because it is the honest to gods truth. So to you my dear friends, if you are in recovery or have a friend who is in recovery the one thing I would like you to keep in mind is that you have to have great patience for the process to work. It’s a long, scary, frightening process but in the end it is all worth it & your life can & will be filled with so much Love, good friends and hope… So do not give up on yourself because you are worth so much more than you give yourself credit for..

Until next time… Peace be with you…

A new appreciation for the Desert…

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Value for all… Hidden in the Desert…

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On Friday on my way up to Sedona to help a Andrew Ecker with Drumming Sounds facilitate a drum circle for The Sedona Yoga Festival I stopped at Montezuma’s Well for a brisk walk, a sip of ancient waters & the beautiful view… I was intrigued by all the knowledge in the signs of the native plants in the area. I have a lot of appreciation for how our Native relatives utilized all every tree, flower, shrub & plant in some form or fashion. Here I took a few pictures of the plants & signs that were displayed…

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montezumas well red barberrymontezumas well desert hollyYou know what the Universe works in mysterious ways; just as I was driving up to Montezuma’s Well I had an epic brainstorm about plant identification, then at the well I saw all the signs identifying plants. Then after my hike at the Well what I find most interesting is that when in Sedona a dear friend & I went for a hike at the Stupa we ran into the beautiful minded Illup the Master behind Kejiwa Creations (the best Kombucha I have ever had in my entire life!) & were invited to join a on one of the most exciting moments of my life…a plant identification walk in the red rocks… If I were reading the signs correctly I’d say the Universe was blatantly showing me that it has something in store for me in regards to plant identification… now it’s my turn to take the reins and figure out just what the Universe is trying to show me..

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Illup from Kejiwa Creations facilitating an herbal plant identification walk in the Red Rocks of Sedona

Never in my life, in the 22 years that I have resided in Arizona have I ever had such an appreciation for the Sonoran desert… as I walked on this 2 hour hike with a group of Yogis, I felt like a kid in a candy store… I learned so much about the every day plants we usually take for granted… As I left the tour and drove back down to the Valley of the Sun I was on a complete high, ecstatic & enthusiastic about what the desert holds in its greatness. Now every where I look hidden in cactus, dried up shrubs and intoxicating aromas cures, tinctures, food and tools are hidden every where… 

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So now I admit to the world & to myself that finally after 22 years I can honestly & whole heartedly admit that I have a Great appreciation, a new love & an open mind to what this land offers to the people who reside in it… What have you allowed yourself to appreciate hidden in your local area lately? Have you been able to find beauty, mysticism or peace within your surroundings? If not why & I ask you to open yourself up to what Mother Nature has to show you because hidden beneath every tree, every flower and every rock a magical world awaits you… Now put a smile on your face & embrace all that surrounds you with loving open arms… The Universe is amazing in all that it has in store for us…

Until next time… Peace be with you…

The Journey Continues… Float 9… Serenity…

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This has been a very challenging week for me. The full moon this month has been very strong and almost over-powering. I have found myself running on overdrive, almost frantic feeling very anxious maybe even feeling a little manic. Today as I enter the float pod I enter with an open mind & no expectations. I have much gratitude for this beautiful, majical place that provides for me a space to pamper myself, reflect on my life & get lost in my own self.

As I write today what comes to mind is Serenity. And in the pods I am in a state of  serenity. Serenity is defined as the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled. source. For me serenity is embracing & accepting with peace, all that has to do within us, throughout us & surrounding us. This includes our soul, our minds, our whole being and what we come in contact with on a daily basis.

Serenity

When dealing with an addiction it is very hard to find serenity. The idea of surrendering to something else baffles, frightens or honestly confuses the addict. Many people who believe that addiction is a disease also believe that addiction is a form of insanity. Insanity is defined as, “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Yep, this sure does sum up the actions of your typical addict. However for me the inability to quiet the mind is what leads one to insanity. The hard reality of being so detached or estranged with life & ourselves. I believe that we unconsciously & sometimes consciously desperately seek out ways to numb ourselves from the pain of this world. This can be from physical pain, emotional pain or from some sort of abuse that was inflicted upon us.

I have learned through trial and error and with battling my own addictions that once we are able to shed our active addictions, we are then able to come to peace with or come to terms with surrendering to the quiet within ourselves. And surrendering to this quiet is Serenity J It just takes time, patience and acceptance but once we get there it feels amazing.

I would like to take a moment to share the serenity prayer with you. For those of you who are familiar with the 12-step programs (especially A.A), then you know this prayer all too well so here is a refresher. And for those of you whom have never heard this, then here you go:

GOD, grant me the serenity

to accept the things
I cannot change,

The courage to change the
things I can, and the
wisdom to know the difference. 

But that is not the whole prayer; the whole prayer goes into a little more depth and is quite beautiful:

GOD, grant me the serenity

to accept the things
I cannot change,

Courage to change the
things I can, and the
wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardship as the
pathway to peace.

Taking, as He did, this
sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it.

Trusting that He will make
all things right if I
surrender to His Will;

That I may be reasonably happy
in this life, and supremely
happy with Him forever in
the next.

Amen

This prayer strikes a chord on so many levels. The wisdom in this poem is profound and if we can take each verse as it is, believe in it & practice it, then we will finally reach a true state of Serenity. This however does not come easy. And I will admit I struggle from time to time to be able to accept all these points all the time. But what helps me, is to keep it close to my heart, fresh in my mind & when I find myself struggling I remember that things will come just as they are. Things will happen as they were meant to happen. And all things are determined by the cosmos (not that we cannot move things or manifest things in our favor) and with my understanding of that, then I can live in a state of serenity. Maybe serenity is easy for you, maybe it is hard to grasp the idea of this but all the same it is something to strive towards.

Until next time Peace be with you…

The Journey Continues… Float 8… Addiction

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The Journey Continues… Float 8… Addiction

The term addiction is described as, “A condition that results when a person ingests a substance or engages in an activity that can be pleasurable but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health.” I am not sure about you, but for me I have battled with many forms of addiction over the span of my life. Addictions come in all forms and for me I have been addicted to drugs, adrenaline rushes, shopping, cigarettes, Greys Anatomy; you know all those deeply seeded, pleasure seeking habits that we just can’t stop even if we try our best at times. Everyone of these and more(that were not named) have disabled me from performing regular daily living activities. My life and wellbeing have been compromised time & time again.

Addiction... A Downside to humanity!

Addiction… A Downside to humanity!

The main reason I wanted to start floating at True Rest and engage in the float pods, was to try and remedy some of my addictions. In the research I have done, I have learned that sensory deprivation tanks have been proven to reset the brain(via our brain waves) and the way the brain thinks all together. I consider this type of process as the cognitive thought process. In case you are unaware or simply need a refresher, “The Cognitive Approach in psychology is a relatively modern approach to human behaviour that focuses on how we think, with the belief that such thought processes affect the way in which we behave (other approaches take other factors into account, such as the biological approach, which acknowledges the influences of genetics and chemical imbalances on our behaviour).”  For me, I believe addiction was built into my physiology & biology, as I come form a long line of addicts. In addiction to biology, I was given drugs by my birth parents from birth until I was removed my home(tent) at age 4. I believe this reinforced addiction, as well as formed addiction into my personality. Then as the years moved on, I sought out drugs as a way to “unfeel” the world, the pains, the trauma and the abuse that had been imposed upon me. So yes, I too am taking accountability for my career in addiction. Over time I learned drugs did not help me “unfeel”, they only numbed me, stunted my personal growth and disabled me from evolving.

However after after 11 floats at True Rest I can honestly say that I have seen the affects of the floats on my addictions. My cognitive thought process has slowed tremendously. Since Thanks Giving, I have not had the desire to smoke cigarettes. I typically like to enjoy a glass of wine 3-4 times a week, as of lately the thought of enjoying a glass of wine has only been a few times a month(and typically in a social situation). As you can see these are hard facts that my addictions are becoming a part of the past. And I relate the diminish in addiction to the float tanks at True Rest!

My advice to you and anyone you may know that is suffering with addition, is to go to at least 4 floats & see if you notice any differences. I have no doubts in my mind that if you partake in floating, honestly do the work while you are in the floats(practice mediation, manifest your desires, shed your addictions) that floating can aid in just about any addiction in any person! This is real stuff. This is real life. And for me I choose a better, healthy quality of life for myself, for my personal evolution and for my future…

Until next time… Peace be with you…

Namaste

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The Journey Continues… Float 6

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The Journey Continues… Float 6

Confidence & self-esteem go hand in hand. They both play a role in our self-talk. Self-talk affects our self-worth & our view on our self-worth affects our confidence. For addicts, I have found that one of the most important things a newly recovering addict must focus on is improving their self-worth.

Confidence!
Confidence!

Many addicts suffer with poor confidence & low self-esteem. I believe this comes from years of the uncertainty of who we are. Trying to figure out our roots, paths and where we should be heading. For me it was very easy to lose my path since I did not grow up in a stable home. Without this foundation and stability I found it very difficult to focus on whom I was, what I wanted and where I wanted to go. Uncertain on how to deal with all the issues that were in front of me (the insecurities of who I was, who I should be & where I belonged), that when I was introduced to drugs, it made it easy to decide to “not make any decisions” while under the influence. And for me at the time seemed like the quickest fix. Now I realize that quick fixes are not what I desire, but long-term solutions and corrections to character defects. For me I define character defects by all the things, little quarks and beliefs that I either find fault in, want to correct or need to remedy by finding another way to look, deal or cope with things.

There are reasons an addict develops an addiction. Some causes are evident like abuse, gender issues etc. While some reasons are not evident, and have deeper roots. I believe the later is one a large factor for how an addiction develops in the first place. I’m not sure about you, but for me not knowing, is always the hardest!

Many addicts internalize insecurities, such as feelings of unworthiness, not fitting in, identity issues and the like. Once these are internalized and the person is not sure how to deal with such issues, it is easy to forget about them with the aid of an outside source, like drugs. Many people are very lucky in that they have no desire or simply do not like the affects of drug induced states, while others, those who are susceptible into becoming addicts are absolutely enthralled by the affects produced with outside influences.

Today I will focus on my self-worth, self-esteem and confidence. I do not need anyone to acknowledge me, to accept me or to judge me. What I need more than anything is to believe I am worthy, to have the confidence to make the right choices for my life.

I will do this by meditating while in the pods. I have chosen a cave system for this exercise, as caves symbolize the unconscious mind, hidden internal feelings & desires. The cave also symbolizes a place where the self and ego unite. I will enter the cave and have to word confidence etched on the ceiling of the cave. That way I have to look up to see the word confidence which to me is a symbolisms’ to how people with good self-esteem look up and how people with poor self-esteem look to the ground, as they unconsciously feel unworthy to meet others gazes. I will consciously look up to the etching throughout the meditation & embody the word confidence. I will do this by using affirmations & reminding myself of all the amazing things I have accomplished and or am good at.

This was a really good exercise & I came out feeling refreshed, feeling strong & feeling on top of the world. I became lost in my cave system, wandering around focusing on the trickle of water flowing form the hidden cracks & crevasses. I felt very connected to this cave. This was a very good grounding meditation. I would recommend for all women to do this mediation, as it really lifted my spirits.

Until next time…Peace be with you…

 

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