Circles and Seasons Guided Meditation + Listener Q&A

Let’s do an 8 minute guided meditation to experience the circles and seasons occurring internally as well as externally. We’ll converge that energy through our meditation. Then, tune in to an answer to a listener question: “how do I acknowledge and give myself credit for? And How do I let things go?

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Vegan chocolate chip granola bars

Since we’ve been talking about the cyclical, seasonal nature of life, it seemed fitting to share a recipe from my past today that I’ve recently resurrected.

 

My mother started making her famous granola bars when I was probably 8 or 9. Every single week, these gooey, delicious granola bars were prepped on the weekend and then lovingly packed for a week’s worth of lunches. They started to show up for parties, special occasions, and anytime we needed a snack. The liquid for the granola bars was a combination of butter and maple syrup heated up on the stove top, and the smell was intoxicating.

 

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Circles and Seasons : the most important perspective to bring happiness

Let’s talk about circles, cycles, and seasons. From a global scale all the way down to the breath – our life is ruled by circles, cycles, and seasons. It’s amazing how much of our sadness or anger is due to a desire to stop this change – we either want to hold on to what is here or to push away what we don’t want anymore. Let’s talk about how to view the circles and seasons PLUS why Ayurveda says we need to adjust our routines based on these external seasons.

In Today’s Episode:
-What cycles and seasons are at play in the world around us.
-How these external cycles relate to our internal cycles.
-Bending time with our perspective.
-How to adjust daily routines to the cycles around you.

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Vegan Pumpkin Bread for Grounding

In honor of our conversation about Muladhara Chakra, I wanted to share a recipe that is grounding, hearty, and nourishing. This pumpkin bread fits the bill.

According to Ayurveda, this pumpkin bread would be decidedly Vata balancing. It’s sweet, a little heavy, and full of nourishing vitamins and minerals. It’s something to keep you warm during cool winter days.

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Balancing Muladhara Chakra – First Chakra

As I’ve explained in previous blog posts, I LOVE exploring the chakra system. I find the chakras are a powerful tool for helping to explain the mind-body connection, and put context to the things we feel and experience in our bodies and minds every day.

 

Today, I want to take a deep dive into Muladhara chakra, which is the root chakra.

 

Like Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the order of the chakras is important. In chakra theory, you can’t truly balance a higher chakra until you’ve found balance in a lower chakra. We need to be aware of the lower chakras whenever we seek to balance a specific chakra, which means that the first, lowest chakra – Muladhara – comes up in every balancing conversation.

(Want to listen to this blog post? Check out the podcast version below!)

 

 

What is Muladhara Chakra?

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Meditation: Interdependence and Labels

Today’s episode is a guided meditation to help you experience interdependence and to start letting go of the labels that can rule our life. We’ll use a meditation on our breath, plus a guided meditation into our own roles and values. We’ll explore the qualities you find difficult to accept in others, and then practice letting go of our own labels and self-perception. This is a beautiful guided meditation that will leave you feeling expansive, grounded, and connected.

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Labels, Interdependence, and Harry Potter

“And the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have powers the Dark Lord knows not…neither can live while the other survives…”
-Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“The table’s existence is possible due to the existence of things which we might call ‘the non-table world’: the forest where the wood grew and was cut, the carpenter, the iron ore which became the nails and screws, and countless other things which have relation to the table, the parents and ancestors of the carpenter, the sun and rain which made it possible for the trees to grow” – Thich Nhat Hahn

How do you define yoursellf?

Perhaps you define yourself by the roles you play – sister, brother, employee, partner, teacher, painter. Or perhaps you define yourself by your values – you’re dedicated to honesty, or play, or authenticity.

But then think of that label you’ve made for yourself. Ask yourself – is it true 100% of the time? Are you always 100% honest, or always playing the role of an employee?
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