Let us not forget how important the role food plays in our transformational journey. What we put into our bodies effect us on many levels. I have found that when I eat most any packaged goods or foods that are high is preservatives my body's energy is greatly reduce.
Generally, I can tell immediately when I have eaten something that I should not have. My mouth starts to water, or my throat gets tighter or I get this covering over my energy. This kind of connection has taken me years to development, but I has strengthen through having been exposed to Vegan, Vegetarian and Raw Foods.
While my diet doesn't adhere strictly in any of those categories, I do not eat foods that have preservatives in them. Due to the immediate and long term effects they have on our bodies, I try to steer clear of them. However, I do try where possible to buy and prepare foods that are organic, free range, grass feed, non-GMO, live (raw), wild caught and drink loads of filtered water.
Having taken these steps, I am experiencing my body functioning at higher levels of energy and my mind being more focused and uncluttered. However I must add that I also include aromatherapy in my daily regimen as well. This gives an added boost of energy in the body and clarity of the mind.
Being a perfumer, I have long recommended these five essential oils for optimal results. They should certainly be an intricate part of any travelers essentials. Lemon eo (organic or bio-dynamic) for revitalization, its like having Beethovens' Symphony #5 in a bottle. Then their is Rosemary, it awakens the mind for concentration and gives a general spa feeling to any atmosphere.
Lavender being the "Mother" of all essential oils is very good for calming and it has anti-Bacterial qualities. When traveling it can help keep bed bugs at bay. A few drops on and around the bed works very well. Geranium eo is particularly good to have on hand. This eo helps to balance hormonal levels in women and its a very refreshing and uplifting essential oil. In the past, I have used it often in corporate environments, especially when large groups of people gather to make decisions.
Finally, I would advise at least one wood or root essential oil to keep things grounded. East Indian Sandalwood is my pick, only because I just love what this oil does to my overall for my being. This is a great scent for grounding and for meditation; It's also has a very sedative quality as well.
Most of these oils can be used sparingly to flavor our foods, organic lemon eo can be used in place of fresh squeezed lemon as you will see in the recipe I have provided above. Rosemary can be used to flavor potatoes, chicken and any number of foods. Lavender is often used to flavor, honey, preserves and even baked goods.
I have used lavender to flavor and scent my recipe for ancient olive oil cookies, which I will provide in another installment of B/M/S series. For the purpose of this installment, I have included recipes for a typical dinner. It illustrates how to combine raw or live foods with cooked foods. I chose wild caught Atlantic Salmon for this instance.
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"America had produced a King (enlightened being) but were not able to sustain this idea."
On the eve of our national holiday, I ponder this thought so eloquently put by probably one of the world's greatest hearts when it comes to non-violent change.
Thich Nhat Hanh and Martin Luther King, Jr. met during the Civil Rights movement. He came to American to meet with Martin during those turbulent times. While many of our parents and grand-parents were fighting for the right to be acknowledged.
The Vietnam War was waging, Buddhist monks were setting themselves ablaze to be heard. They were against the Vietcong idea of "fighting to the death" sacrificing everything to in order to win. The Spiritual leaders of Vietnam believed non-violence and reconciliation was the way to proceed. They too found common ground and a hero in Martin Luther King, Jr.
So when Thich Nhat Hanh came to America he explained to Martin that when the monks in Vietnam were sacrificing themselves it was an act of love, not suicide. This completely fueled Martin's desire to expand his territory.
It was after this monumental meeting of the hearts of enlightened men, that propelled Martin to denounce the Vietnam War in American. This along with the his vision of bringing all suffering Americans together were probably two of the three acts that took him to the mountain top.
"America had produced a King (enlighten being), but were not able to sustain this idea."
Perhaps our memory of the cycles of life has not allowed us enough resonance (collective energy) yet to maintain such an idea as a modern day Bodhisattva.
However, I am always hopeful and filled with faith and believe we have begun to hold this idea to be self evident. Like tiny grains of salt, we are gathering the wisdom needed to transform our collective conscience as a nation among nations.
When we remember Martin Luther King, Jr. it should call to order the responsibility each of us have in the world's community to bring about small expansions in our compassion towards one another. When we pray and meditate start right where you are and envision the Sacred Heart of Christ. This sacred heart represents the sacrifice and suffering endured so that the world may still exist.
Many enlightened beings have bore this enormous suffering to keep in balance the human condition. Martin is one among them. In honoring our American Saint, Thich Nhat Hanh says, "look to the clouds for understanding the divine in each of us. We are present in spirit even when we can not be seen by the eye."
"Our force of life is always here, their, even after we seem to no longer be present among the living."
In this spirit, we say Namaste! Martin, enlightened being, Bodhisattva.
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"In a crystal we have the clear evidence of the existence of a formative life principle, and though we cannot understand the life of a crystal, it is nonetheless a living being."
~ Nicola Tesla
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Yes, we are human, but I am often reminded of how our beings are expansive beyond the body. Embracing this concept, I see my dreams as a huge source of spiritual insight.
They remind me that there are many dimensions to be explored. Each time I am allowed to take a journey to other levels. It reminds me of the depth of my connection to the force of light.
The idea of this life force is a recurring theme in the insights I am shown. I see it largely as the source of our beings. This source speaks to us in many ways. For me the message of being a light within and light, within a light are the insights gained.
The potential of such an insight proves very big for those of us on the path to wholeness. This understanding of the body experience and its marriage to the light force is of constant investigation for those building a spiritually holistic life.
I woke up this morning as I walked down my neighborhood street and many different people passed me by. This song came to mind and it served as an inspiration for me as I began to awaken. It lifted me, so I decided to share it with you. Maybe it will be of some use to you in your walk of spiritual enlightenment.
Shine, shine, shine
Where ever we go Lord
We're Gonna shine, shine, shine
We are gonna be a light in darkness
We gonna shine, shine, shine, Lord
Where ever we go, Lord
We gonna shine, shine, shine
We gonna be a light in darkness
Where ever we go Lord,
We gotta shine, shine, shine
We gotta be a light in darkness
Where ever we go lord
We gonna SHINE, SHINE, SHINE
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