Herbs for Balancing the Doshas

Allspice is pungent, heating, balances K and V, and unbalances P. It relieves gas, promotes peristalsis, and stimulates metabolism. Best for fall, winter, and spring. Anise is pungent, heating, balances K and V, and unbalances P. It relieves gas and promotes digestion. It comes from the tiny seeds of both Anisum vulgare and Anisum officinalis. In India it is known as “foreign fennel.” Best for fall, winter, and spring. Asafoetida (hing) is pungent, heating, balances K and V, and unbalances P. It is a powerful stimulant of the digestive fire and dispeller of intestinal gas, pain, and bloating. It is […]

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Banana Smoothie Masalas- Phase 2

What is Masala? “Masala” is a Hindu word for referring to a seasoning blend that can be any combination of herbs, spices, and vegetables. These already prepared combinations speed up the food preparation process. In India they are often individualized to a particular geographic area or even to a particular food preparer. As you play with these combinations, I encourage making you own mixtures or varying proportions to your dosha needs.  Purchased masalas often have spices processed in several ways, including cooking in oil. Processing the herbs and spices in this way is said to help preserve the masala because it […]

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Kundalini – The Spiritualizing Force of the Cosmos

Patanjali said, “Yogash citta vrtti nirodha”, which means, “Yoga is the cessation of the modifications, or fluctuations, of the mind.” This is a little piece of the truth. Kundalini is the spiritualizing force of the cosmos that everyone has within themselves. When one is ready, with shaktipat or hanihah, it can awaken. On a spiritual fast, 90% of the people experience this purifying awakening. In 1975, I took a spiritual intensive with Swami Muktananda in which he gave shaktipat. His way of doing this was usually to touch someone with a peacock feather. However, with me he blew into my […]

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Zucchini Pancakes and Cranberry Jam- Phase 2

A wonderful breakfast alternative with the gentleness of zucchini and the zing of fresh cranberry! Pancake Ingredients 6 medium zucchinis, grated 2 avocados 3 stalks of celery 4 prunes 1 to 1 1/2 C. ground golden flax seeds 1 C. sunflower seeds, soaked 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp all-spice 1 tsp Celtic salt 1 vanilla bean Directions Part 1 Grate zucchini in a food processor with the grating blade; add salt and set aside for 20 minutes. Process the remaining ingredients (except flax seeds) in a food processor with the “S” blade until smooth.  Part 2 Squeeze the moisture out […]

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A Liberation Lifestyle

There are two levels of dharma. The first is what you do in your life. The second is the ultimate dharma – to know God. If you have the right perspective, everything is pointing that way… but that is the background for the discussion. When we say the prayer, “L’shem yichud”, it is a reminder that we are multi-dimensional beings, living both on the physical plane, the astral plane, the mental plane also on the plane of the Nothing, the plane of chokmah, or wisdom. In the yoga tradition there is a nice way of explaining dharma. It is one […]

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Malai Kofta- Phase 2

Malai Kofta is a wildly popular North Indian dish. Creamy and gently spiced, it makes a lovely side dish or entree. It is a fantastic addition to your favorite homemade Indian dishes or a great start for your new Indian cuisine recipe box! What makes it even more special? It’s raw and vegan. Walnut Balls 1 C. walnuts, soaked (soak in cold water 1-2 hours) 2 C. winter squash, peeled 3 stalks celery, minced 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated 2 tsp. Celtic salt 1 tsp. cumin 1/4 tsp. turmeric 1/8 tsp. coriander 1/8 tsp. mustard […]

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There is Only God

In Hebrew we say, Ayn Zulato. This means, There is only God. That is a worldview. I’m not talking about a religious view, but a worldview. How is that a worldview? It is seeing God in all things, in all actions, in all people, in all animals, and in all plants on the planet. It is seeing the Divine in the dark as well as the light. It is a non-dualistic point of view. It is the oneness. It is a way of seeing your light. Ayn Zulato is a way of seeing the Divine in every interaction, whether it […]

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Presence & Timelessness

When we’re in the Presence, there is no time. The concept of time vanishes, and things happen as they’re supposed to. Time creates a significantly different orientation. When there’s time, there’s a goal. When there is the concept of time, the end justifies the means. This doesn’t happen when you’re in the Presence. In the interest of time, we begin justifying actions. Whether it be Mao, who killed 100 million people, because they were taking too long to understand and follow his agenda; or whether it be Stalin or Hitler, they are all the same. They pushed their ideas of […]

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Green Dragon Broccoli- Phase 2

A sweet and spicy way to ‘get your broccoli’ but much more rich and lush. A perfect compliment to a cooling soup. Ingredients 2 C. broccoli, chopped 1 bunch kale, finely chopped 1/2 bunch dandelion leaves, stems removed SAUCE: 1/2 C. fresh mint, minced 1/4 C. raisins 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped 2 Tbsp. fresh lemongrass, minced 1 Tbsp. lime leaf, minced 1 Tbsp. coconut butter 2 tsp. Celtic salt 1 tsp. tarragon water for consistency Directions In a blender, process all sauce ingredients until smooth. Place broccoli into a glass rectangular dish and pour sauce over broccoli. […]

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101 of Aromatherapy

By Shanti Cousens Essential oils is the essence of living plants on our planet. Essential oils and plants are the vibration of the same living life force energy. With Essential oils being highly concentrated energies, we could say they are the essence of the spirit in the plant kingdom. The frequencies are stronger when grown organic, wildcrafted and with consciousness. With raw foods we eat the plants, with essential oils, we usually distill the plants. Essential oils are about 25 times stronger. This is why the Light force is even more magnified through the synergy of several different oils together. […]

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