What is a SEVA?

“I am honored to be of service for this positive community that stands for so much more this world needs…GIVING! Not taking is an essential, important lesson that brings me joy, commitment and kindness toward the journey within and all around…” Aaron Lyons, Seva at the Tree of Life Center The Art of Selfless Service. … “Seva” is a Sanskrit word meaning “selfless service” or work performed without any thought of reward or repayment. In ancient India it was believed to help one’s spiritual growth and at the same time contribute to the improvement of a community. The program offered at the […]

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Sauerkraut

4 C green cabbage, shredded 2 C Napa cabbage, shredded 2 T ginger, grated 1 T raw white miso 2 t whole caraway seeds Spoon mixture into crock or gallon glass container. Pound mixture to release juices and remove all air. Top off (to cover cabbage) with a little water if mixture is dry. Cover with outer cabbage leaves to create a tight seal with edge of container. Set a plate on top of cabbage leaves and weigh down with suitable-sized rocks (or other object). Leave Sauerkraut in warm (60–70ºF) place for 5 days. Do not uncover during this period. […]

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Understanding the Results

There is wisdom in understanding the results of our actions; and, furthermore, that understanding is vital in life. This understanding is connected to the purpose of why we were incarnated, which is to become liberated. It is as simple as that. When you’re in wisdom it is different than when you are in your mind, thinking about various things, missions to accomplish. Are you being politically correct, etcetera? Ultimately, none of that matters. Wisdom is knowing that what matters is discovering how you can live in a way that takes you to liberation – that is the great wisdom. To […]

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There a CURE for Type 2 Diabetes

“If you have diabetes and you want to lose weight, the Tree of Life Center is the place“, Rey C., who had his type 2 diabetes reversed during the 21-Day Program at the Tree of Life. At some point in time you have probably heard that diabetes has no cure, just the possibilities of a variety of complications. This is an old belief system backed by many medical professionals and pharmaceuticals who band aid this disease. However, Dr. Cousens has developed the knowledge, clinical know-how, and experience to completely reverse Type-2 diabetes naturally at the Tree of Life Center. “All […]

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7-Fold Peace

Peace is mysterious because so few people in the world are able to create inner peace. Inner peace is the pearl of great price. This inner peace is what life is about. The seven-fold peace includes: 1) Peace with the Body: health. 2) A Peaceful Mind is a quiet mind, and is one of the great gifts of spiritual life. 3) Peace with the Family, including all relationships. One of the great teachings is that when there is peace in the family, it spreads throughout the world. There was a very interesting study, called the Pioneer Study conducted from 1930-1940, […]

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Healing Through Self Love

One must love oneself enough to heal oneself. This is very much the foundation of spiritual life and holistic healing. What is it that makes you love yourself in order to heal yourself? First, it’s primarily based on a non-egoic statement articulated by one’s inner experience. A lot of people have lost touch with the full experience of their soul. There are different ways to deal with this, but to connect with your soul there is a path one has to walk in order to reconnect. Not everyone is willing to make the effort to reestablish that connection, so when […]

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Sun Burgers

1 C sunflower seeds, soaked 1 C almonds, soaked 1 C pine nuts, unsoaked 1/2 C olive oil 1/2 C water 2 celery stalks, finely chopped 2 T thyme, chopped 3 T sage, chopped 2 T marjoram, chopped 1 t fresh ginger, chopped 1 t cayenne 2 t Celtic salt Homogenize nuts or blend with olive oil and water until very smooth. Sir in celery, chopped herbs, and remaining ingredients. Cover a counter top with plastic wrap and place dough on it. Cover the dough with another layer of plastic wrap, and with a rolling pin, roll the dough to […]

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Sleep Smarter, Rest Deeper

How much sleep is enough? Individual needs vary but, as a rule of thumb, if you’re tired upon waking, you need more sleep. If you need coffee, caffeinated tea, or cocoa to get you going in the morning, you likely need more sleep. Sleep is essential for the spiritual path, particularly going to bed early and getting up early. The experience of tiredness when adequate hours of sleep are received may be an indication of stressed adrenals or other health concerns. Recent research shows that without sufficient sleep, people have significantly less serotonin in their nervous system. Serotonin creates a […]

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Spicy Southwestern Jerky

Vegetables: 4 Red Bell Peppers 2 Eggplants 1 Medium Butternut Squash 10 Zucchini Marinade: 1/2 C Olive Oil 1/4 C Lemon Juice 1 T Celtic Salt 1 1/2 T Chili Spice Powder 1 t Cayenne Pepper 1 t Paprika Blend marinade in high-power blender until ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Peel and slice vegetables into 1/2″ thick strips. Massage liquid into veggies, ensuring that both sides of each vegetable are covered with liquid. Place into shallow, rectangular dish (a casserole dish works well) and cover with marinade. Store in the refrigerator for 24 hours to allow time for the flavor to […]

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Spiritual Joy

Joy plays a very important role in spiritual life. The Torah teaches that one should serve God with joy. When people serve without joy, they don’t receive the benefits of serving. In fact, they sometimes get the downside. What does it mean to serve God with joy?  There are different levels of this. The highest level (the sixth level) of the mind is called hiranyamaya kosha.  At the level of the hiranyamaya kosha there is a non-causal love.  Here there is a natural non-causal joy, natural non-causal peace, natural compassion, and non-causal contentment.  What ultimately happens when we are serving – […]

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