Lisa Miller, a psychology professor at Columbia University, explains the health benefits of prayer. The Today Show interview also includes young people’s perspectives on what it means to be spiritual and/or religious.
I am always trying.
I don’t necessarily mean that as a bad thing, but it certainly is not wholly good. It, in some sense, is simply what it is. When we want alignment, we try to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together — we ‘figure’ out how it will all work. Since the new year I have been attempting to find alignment through allowance instead. It is a bit harder for my personality type, but I do feel myself more absorbed in what I do (even if it means less marked off the to-do list).
Therefore, for the new moon today I reassert my commitment to allowance with recognition that allowing sometimes results in trying. And so the cycle continues.
What is your power intention?
Today I want to share with you some simple tips for late autumn. Here in NYC the air is crisp and Thanksgiving is this week! As you might have experienced, this time of year our bodies go into storing mode inoder to prepare for the colder months. Ergo, heavier processed foods become appealing (e.g., dairy, packaged food, etc…). Instead of allowing cravings to dictate our plate, we can select seasonally appropriate foods to center our bodies for now and the colder months ahead. Traditional Macrobiotic meals are my favorite go-tos this late in fall. Root vegetables, adzuki beans, brown rice, and greens are all great options. Oatmeal is divine for breakfast, have fun by adding your favorite nuts and fruit.
Umeboshi plums are another great macrobiotic treat when you are feeling a little weak or spacey from the changing season. The yin fruit mixed with yang energies of salt and time allow for a nice, balancing effect (add some to a cup of kukicha tea and zap your hangover).
Most importantly, however, make sure to get outside and enjoy the beauty. Go to the park, appreciate the winds of change, and reap the harvest of all your healthy efforts.
If you live in the NYC area I am accepting new clients at this time. For those who are not near, I also do consulting via phone or Skype. Check my contact information tab to schedule your appointment. I look forward to hearing from you.
With eyes closed
you light up within
you are blind stone
Night after night I carve you
with eyes closed
you are frank stone
We have become enormous
just knowing each other
with eyes closed
– Octavio Paz
It has officially been 2 years since I began this blog. Thank you for all of your support and interest during this time. I got back from Mexico, but squeezed in a quick trip to Texas before summer ends. Stay tuned for some exciting discounts on yoga classes and wellness coaching. In honor of gennileehester.com’s 2 year anniversary, I am reposting the very first blog entry. Enjoy!
Our minds are like hungry ghosts. In Buddhist cosmology there are six realms of rebirth (i.e., humans, gods, warriors, ghosts, hells, animals). The ‘wheel of life’ or bhavacakra provides a visualization of the six realms. Hungry ghosts have huge bellies with tiny throats; therefore, they never feel satisfied.
By looking at your Google history you can gauge where your mind or meditation practice is. Every so often my mind goes into starvation mode. For instance, I will have six tabs open researching anything from graduate schools, vegan blogs, Spinoza’s birthday, and how to get a work visa for Spain. We say we are ‘surfing’ the Internet, but in reality we are drowning in it. The issue here is not with the Web; the issue resides within the mind.
Remaining in Eastern Philosophy, the most practical key I have used to soothe a hungry mind is The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Most specifically Sutra #2: योगश्चित्तवृत्तिनिरोधः ॥२॥.Which is transliterated as YOGAS CITTA VRTTI NIRODHAH (sans accents). This is simply Patanjali’s definition of yoga; the restraint of the modifications of the mind-stuff is yoga. Best news: you don’t need to mat to really practice yoga. Yoga is simply bringing the mind back to its abode.
The mind is similar to food cravings. When you have that cup of coffee or piece of sugar, you often want more the next day. The study of and reflection on Sutra Two has been serviceable tool in my meditation practice. Meditation is simply detoxifying the mind. Try to take time to detox the mind everyday; it is the best abode in the bardo.
How are you?
I am sorry I missed Wellness Wednesday last week; I was finishing up my travels abroad. I hope your summer is still great as well.
Speaking of summer, I want to share with you a receipe that mixes two of my favorite summer loves – raw food and ice cream. yum. yum. yum. This fantastic recipe comes from the one and only Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram over at fullyraw.com (head over there and check out the plethora of tips and recipes).
Recipe for her banana ‘nice’ cream:
*8-9 frozen bananas
If you are traveling or do not own a high speed blender, a little splash of fresh coconut milk or water can help with blending. Put the bananas in the blender and blend. Next the peaches. Place in a serving bowl. Add the berries as sprinkles on top – voila!
Now you have a chemical free, dairy free, gluten free, fully raw dessert with no artificial sweeteners. ENJOY.
I want to hear from you! What are some of your favorite summer health treats?