Message from Light Beings: This is showing up one year after the initial lock down. We have been in a time of scarcity in one form or another for one year now. This card points to abundance and wealth. This may mean a windfall, a change in job, a new opportunity, expanded social circumstances, travel, or anything that really adds value to your life. Given that we have been in a time period of lack it is important that we move beyond this mentality as a collective and trust that this is a new beginning and by sharing this new wealth and abundance with others we will spark the beginning of a wellspring of treasures. This will be an important month to remember to write out your gratitude list and remember that love and abundance flow when they are given freely.
This pose stretches the hip adductors (inner thigh muscles). These muscles are primarily for balance and alignment. They pull the hip in toward the midline of the body. Strengthening and toning these muscles promotes balance and alignment and also prevents injuries.
To get into this pose, place your feet wider than shoulder width apart with your feet at a 45 degree angle out from the body. If you have your feet pointing straight infront of you, this will put too much stress on the knee. You want to have the knees in a comfortable position and be able to keep your entire foot on the floor. Lower into a deep squat position.
Next, bring your hands into a prayer position and place your elbows inside your knees. Keep your torso straight and use your elbows to push your knees outward.
I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to create a musical composition for the RVA Environmental Film Festival. This year’s film festival is being showcased entirely online. Check out their website and the various titles to sign up for your spot today!
The Richmond Virginia Environmental film festival has been an annual event since 2008. It is funded by many environmental organizations and because of this sponsorship it is able to remain free. The festival’s goal is to offer entertaining and educational films that leave attendees with increased awareness of environmental issues that we face locally and globally.
If you are looking for inspiration for your next environmental project, this is a great place to get started. This year Ananda was asked to compose some music for the festival. Sign up to learn more and hear the awesome music.
Message from Light Beings: Now that you have worked out your purpose, the creative forces will come through you and be available for you to explore and start to paint a more detailed picture of what that will look like. Ideas and creative energy will free flow. We are still in winter at this time so this card still calls us to work with ourselves in bringing our ideas and vision to life. This month the energies will feel very light and infinitely abundant. During this time you may find yourself having great revelations and insights into your own journey that will add to the positive forward momentum. Things from the past that may not have made sense or stuck energy that wasn’t processed all the way may suddenly be transformed into some creative insight. The vision here is of the beautiful swan on the water, ruffling its feathers majestically, recognizing it’s ability to fly but gliding gracefully on the water’s surface, reflecting on life with new eyes.
This week’s menu is going to be easy on the stomach to help soothe the digestive system. The menu is always made dairy free and gluten free. You can always substitute a meat alternative if you are vegetarian or vegan.
1 bunch bananas
2 containers of berries
1 jar peanut butter
1 container of coconut/soy/almond milk
Directions: Freeze the berries so you don’t have to use ice in the smoothie. When you are ready to have your smoothie, throw everything (1 banana, 1/2 cup of berries, 2tbs peanut butter, 2 scoops protein powder, 1 tsp of chia seeds, milk as needed) in a blender and blend until smooth.
Popcorn: 106 Calories/Serving
Humus & Red Pepper: about 55 calories per serving of 2 tbsp hummus with red pepper slices.
Make the bone broth. Remove all the meat from the rotisserie chicken. Put the bones in a large crock pot. Slice up the onion, carrot, and celery for the soup above and set aside the amounts needed for the soup. Take what’s left of the above veggies and put it in with the crock pot. For reference, you should have a handful of onion, carrot, and celery in the mix. Add a heap of salt & pepper to the pot as well as a dash of apple cider vinegar (about 2 tbs). The vinegar will help pull all the good stuff from the bones. Fill the crock pot with water to the brim. Set this on low for 24 hours. (If you are vegetarian/vegan substitute for a veggie broth)
The next day, strain out the bones and veggies from the crock pot. You now have a delicious bone broth for your soup. You can measure 6 cups or eyeball that amount for the soup. Save the rest in the freezer for future soups or a nice treat on a cold winter day.
Sautee onion, celery, and carrot in a large soup pot with slap of coconut oil until the onions are clear, then add in the mushrooms. Sautee for a few more minutes until everything looks delicious.
Put the ½ cup of coconut oil in the pot and slowly add in the flour to the mix, stirring continuously. In this step we are making a roux. The flour is used to thicken the soup and the end result of this step should look like a gravy with veggies. If you don’t know how to make a roux, I would suggest quickly watching a tutorial online to get the idea. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTf0n1HoC1w
Slowly add in the bone broth, making sure the mixture stays even as you are adding the broth. Stir continuously.
Cut up the chicken and throw it in the pot. Add the rice to masterpiece, set the heat to low and simmer. The recipe says 1-2 hours, but it may finish early. Just keep an eye on it and taste it periodically to see when it’s ready (and the rice is cooked).
Add in spices to taste. It may be a good idea to add a smaller amount of spices when you first start simmering and then come back later to do a taste test and see how you want to blend the flavors. As the ingredients are simmering in the bone broth with each other, certain flavors will move to the front or the back of the soup. As they say in Thailand, season with emotion!
The postal service is amazing for all the wonderful things it brings us, but what happens to all that extra paper? In this challenge we will apply the Zero Waste Hierarchy Model from “Zero Waste Europe” to snail mail. We challenge you to follow these steps over the next month to achieve Sustainable Snail Mail.
REFUSE / RETHINK / REDESIGN
Move all of your bills to electronic statements with email notifications.
Collect all of your junk mail for a month and then go through each individual piece of mail to figure out how to unsubscribe from snail mail. If you do this and find more information than what is offered below, please write what you discovered in the comments so we can all benefit!
Take the time to cancel any subscriptions that you’re no longer interested in, or opt for the digital version of the publication.
In your Amazon account you can opt for no plastic packaging for all future orders. To do this, log in to your account, go to help > contact us > more help/chat. It may take a few minutes to complete this process.
Opt out of Insurance and Credit Card Offers: OptOutPreScreen.com (or call 888-567-8688). (You do not have to enter your ssn to complete this process).
Remove your address from Valpak https://www.valpak.com by clicking on “Address Removal” at the bottom of the page.
To unsubscribe from political mail, you will need to send in a note that politely says you no longer wish to receive their publications.
You may be able to use the app PaperKarma https://www.paperkarma.com to take pictures of junk mail and then they try to stop the junk mail for you.
Save your snail mail paper in a bin for fire starter.
Make your own paper with your mail scraps. For instructions on how to make your own paper please check out my youtube videos on how to make a deckle: [ insert link ] and how to make your own paper: [ insert link]
RECYCLE / COMPOST
Recycle your paper by placing it in your recycle bin.
Compost your mail. Check out my video on composting to learn more about how to compost your paper at home.
Compost happens naturally as organic matter decomposes. It is sometimes referred to as “black gold” because it contains many nutrients for plant growth. This dirt is great for gardens or for improving the soil structure.
Composting is the active intervention and expediting of this process. Composting is what happens when we intervene and monitor this process. By doing this we can ensure that we have a regular supply of this nutrient dense earth.
The primary reason is the environmental benefits. When you compost, less of your waste ends up in a landfill. Compost can suppress some soil-borne diseases. Increasing the population of microbes and cause them to out-compete pathogens. Compost is a great substitute for topsoil or fertilizer supplement when gardening. It can also be really fun and educational for the whole family.
It is cost effective and you’re more in control of knowing what exactly is going into your soil. Different plants require different nutrients and you can craft your compost ingredients accordingly.
There are a lot of different ways to Compost.
You can do hot or cold compost, add worms or let nature provide critters, in a bin, in the ground, above ground, in a wire cage, the options are endless. For more information on the types of bins you can use or design check out the references in the comments below.
For this video we are going to show three different types of cold compost. We have a large black rotating bin, a cat litter bin, and a boxed in area in the yard. The rotating bit and cat litter bin can be considered hot compost because the containers will keep the heat in. These will be ready in 3-6 months. The open box is considered cold compost and will be ready in 6-12 months.
The essential elements for creating good compost are:
Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen, and Water
No matter what your bin looks like, you want to make sure it is well ventilated. You can see with the boxed area it is exposed to the air, the black bin has holes along the side and near the cover. When using the cat litter bin for compost, what we want to do is drill some holes in one end of the bin.
You want to make sure your compost remains damp to the touch. You can achieve this easily by adding water to your bin. Be mindful not to overwater your compost.
Now for the fun part, the carbon and nitrogen! Here are a couple different charts on the kinds of nitrogen and carbon sources you can use for your compost:
It’s also helpful to know what kinds of things cannot be composted. As a general rule of thumb, you don’t want to compost cooked food or meat at home. These require a much higher temperature to process.
Things not to compost: Bones, Cheese, Cooking oil, Dairy Products, Lard, Mayonnaise, Meat products, Milk, Peanut butter, animal feces, plastic, petroleum, solvents, Salad dressing.
Knowing what to put in your compost is just one step in the process. It’s also important to pay attention to the nitrogen to carbon ratio. Good compost falls in the range of 25:1 – 40:1 with the ideal being 30:1.
Here’s a list of common compostable items and their ratios:
Let’s use the calculator online to see how we can combine food scraps with newspaper and leaves to create the perfect mix of compost.
As you can see in the screen shot here, for every 1 part of food waste you would need 4 parts of newsprint and 4 parts of dry loose leaves to create a ration of 27:1.
You can play around with the calculator online to see what different things you can add to get the perfect compost ratio. The important thing to remember is to include sources of nitrogen, carbon, oxygen, and water.
Another thing that is important in creating great compost is rotating your ingredients. The black bin is probably the easiest to rotate, you just give it a spin like on the price is right. With the cat litter bin, you can just flip it over, and in the boxed in set-up you will need to use a shovel to rotate the mixture. Compost should be rotated every 3 to 4 days or twice a week.
Now let’s talk about hot and cold composting. Cold compost is less labor intensive and the temperature will range from 40-110 degrees. Hot compost will range from 130-170. The boxed area is an example of cold compost. The black bin and kitty litter container can be considered hot compost. You can construct a hot compost pile outside by placing a tarp over the ingredients to trap the heat in. To keep the pile warm, before the temperature drops to 100 you want to turn the pile to aerate the soil. The heat comes from the bacteria and microbes working on breaking down the pile. By turning the pile, you give them some new material to snack on and keep the temperature high.
How do you know when your compost is finished? When the material is an even texture and has no strange odors and the pile is the same temperature as the air.
Do you have a composting story you’d like to share? Or have a burning question about composting? Write it in the comments below!!
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. The information below is based on research of the metaphysical, direct personal experience, and experience working with clients. It is always advised to see the opinion of a medical professional before engaging in any at home self-care activities.
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Happens when too much fat is stored in the liver. Can cause liver inflammation, and eventually cirrhosis.
Could be due to excessive alcohol consumption.
Could be genetic.
Could be triggered by other diseases.
Pain in the upper right abdomen
Loss of Appetite
Unstable Blood Sugar Levels
As always with any kind of health issue, you want to start shifting your diet toward foods that are what they say they are. Fruit, Vegetables, Nuts, Grains, Meat (or no meat). Also be sure to drink enough water and take appropriate vitamins as directed by your health care provider.
Avoid things like: Diary, Caffeine, Alcohol, Sugar, and other addictive substances.
Be sure to have some kind of regular exercise routine. This will help to move toxins out of your system and help the liver to do its job.
Could be an indication of some kind of conflict within the family. Or a conflict within the self regarding the family.
Could be caused by repressed anger or continually thinking “anger thoughts”.
Also can be caused by a resistance to change.
Self Healing Methods:
Meditate to clear your mind first. When you mind is clear, focus your attention on your liver. You can put a hand over your liver to help focus your attention there. Wait and listen for any messages. You may experience different emotions, allow them to come up, feel them and ask them what they want to tell you. Ask when this liver issue started and what was going on in life that triggered the beginning of the physical symptoms. This will help you to understand the root cause. Next, send loving kindness and compassion energy to that situation in the past. Send compassion to yourself in the present moment. Ask what lessons you may learn from the experience and imagine that you are integrating this lesson into every cell of your body. Now, forgive yourself for holding onto any anger. Do this by recognizing that the anger served you in some way in your life and now that you understand the lesson, you no longer need to hold onto the anger.
I am at peaceful
I release all deep-rooted blame
I joyously release the past.
Every day my liver is healthier.
I have a healthy liver.
I let go of frustration effortlessly and easily.
I forgive myself.
I release all blaming attitudes.
Raw Apple Juice
Cold Pressed Olive Oil
Stop taking all supplements because they are taxing to the liver. Eat a large breakfast and reduce your diet for the rest of the day to simple soup broth and protein shakes. Drink the apple juice all day long.
6:00 pm mix 1 Tbsp Epsom salt with water and drink. This will get the bowels moving and help to move everything through once you take the olive oil mixture.
8:00 pm Have one more mixture of the Epsom Salt.
10:00pm mix ½ cup cold pressed olive oil with ½ cup of diet coke (optional) and lemon juice. Drink this (try not to breath because it doesn’t taste good) then for 30 minutes lay on your right side. This will cause the oil to stay on the liver and cause the liver to throw off stones.
Go to bed as usual. Your liver will be working on processing the oil while you sleep.
When you wake up, have another Epsom salt and water drink. Soon your body will start to clear out the liver stones. You may wish to stay close to the toilet today.
You will notice that there are different kinds of stones that are eliminated. There are gold, green, and black, with black being the oldest. These stones will be easily visible to the naked eye and you will see them floating in the toilet.
You can do this cleanse once every 2 to 3 weeks. The rest time in-between allows the liver to heal. This cleanse is best done in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. It’s not recommended in the winter because the body is already working hard in the cold weather.
You will probably notice an improvement in your overall mood immediately!
Of the times I’ve done this cleanse, I have noticed that I was really sluggish on day 2 and was running to the bathroom every 30 minutes. There was some discomfort and bloating all day. A couple of times after completing this cleanse I noticed that I had an experience of being a bit combative, but that went away in a day’s time. In general I experienced an immediate improvement in my mood.
Just like the stages of grief, there are stages to happiness. The reason why I decided to write about this is because I notice so many people who really miss out of some of these stages. They do something special for someone in their life and it provides some momentary happiness or joy and then it fades into the background…and I can see there’s so much more enjoyment that can be squeezed out of those experiences. I think being happy is a choice akin to riding on a particular wavelength. You can choose happiness in this very moment!
Here’s some ways that you can jump on this wave:
1. Anticipation/Planning. You already start to feel happy knowing that you will have some kind of experience, event, gift, celebration, or something like that happening in the future. Planning out the details is another way to build the anticipation. If it’s traveling maybe the details are about where you’ll stay or what kinds of activities you’d be interested in doing. If it’s a gift you’re giving to someone maybe you’re planning the perfect presentation or a fun new way to decorate the gift.
2. The Experience/Thing itself. The moment the thing has arrived! You are now in the present moment experience of the thing that makes you happy! This could be one of the things mentioned above, or it could be something as simple as listening to your favorite band with headphones, cooking a meal, going for a walk, smelling the roses, or chilling with friends & pets.
3. Capturing the Moment. Taking photos or videos is a great way to capture the essence of the moment. You might also build or make something together with someone. Examples of things I’ve made with others that conjure fond memories are: paintings, a hydroponic system, dance choreography, picking items for interior design, and collage art. This allows you to look back on the experience and remember the feeling from that time. It also allows you to share your happiness with others.
4. Reviewing. Looking back on fond times either in your mind or by viewing the stuff you made when you were capturing the moment. One thing I like to do is make a new playlist for each season of a year. This way, whenever I listen back to that playlist, I’m able to remember all the feelings and experiences I had during that time.
5. Gratitude! You can do this step at any time for things past, present, or future. I personally like to write out my gratitude list every evening so I can go to sleep feeling blessed by the abundance in my life. I am grateful for you and the opportunity to share ways to get on the happiness vibe.
If you have additional tips or additional stages of happiness you want to share, write them in the comments below!