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"Who could be so lucky? Who comes to a lake for water and sees the reflection of the moon." Rumi


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Healing from the flu?

I’ve got a lot going on. I have an aunt with terminal cancer who I’ve been healing with Reiki. I also have two friend’s who are ill, and this weekend, coincidentally, they both got very sick. One has sickle cell and the other has an undisclosed illness.

I went to see them both on tuesday to give them Reiki. My friend with the undisclosed illness also caught the flu or some kind of virus. She warned me not to come by since everyone in her home was catching it as well. But I thought I was different. I thought if I brought a mask for her to wear and gave myself Reiki before and after seeing her I would be ok. While being at her house, a close friend of hers was very sick with a fever and barely standing. I gave him Reiki and aromatherapy with Peppermint since I didn’t have Eucalyptus oil. He immediately felt better.

Afterward, I went to my other friend, the one with sickle cell. There was a clear difference in the way he was walking before and after treatment. He was feeling significantly better.

The next morning, on Wednesday, I woke up with a sinus pressure, neck and shoulders aching and a pressure on my glands around my throat/neck. That caught me quick, I thought.  But I went to work.

HEALING DAY ONE

Gave myself Reiki throughout the day. Inhaled 100% pure peppermint oil and massaged it on my neck and shoulders and upper back. Stimulated pressure points on my face neck and hands. Drank plenty of tea and water, ate tangerines, watermelon, currants w/ hemp seeds and a banana. During lunch, I went to the park close by. Tis the only picture I was able to capture. While at the park, i laid out my yoga mat, meditated, prayed, did reiki and even chanted a bit. Nature is sooooo good!

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Went back to work. Only one of my bosses was in the office and he was leaving early. He said I could go too. Went home and took a long nap. Got ready for yoga class (my first in a VERY long time). It was Vinyasa Yoga. I nearly passed out a few times of how weak I felt. Took two breaks but I finished the class. I needed to sweat it out.

Then I went to the Kava Bar to pick up some CamuCamu Supplements from my friend, and I took two or three kava shots while there. CamuCamu is a fruit found only in the amazon regions of South America. Its “extraordinarily high Vitamin C content (in the order of 2–3% of fresh weight) is the most important property of the fruit.” – Wikipedia – Camu Camu

Camu Camu Seeds

Camu Camu Seeds

Kava is a root from the pacific islands. It “is sedating and is primarily consumed to relax without disrupting mental clarity… Kava is chewed by some to relieve symptoms of throat pain, as it produces a “numbing” effect on the tongue and throat”. – Wikipedia – Kava

Kava Plant

Kava Plant

Went home and slept.

HEALING DAY TWO

I woke up feeling significantly worse. Called in sick. Immediately, I looked up some juices for the cold/flu. Missing a few ingredients, I drove to my brother’s house, 5 minutes away, and grabbed some things I needed.

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When I reached my house, there was a package in front of my door. CamuCamu Powder. I decided to add it to all my juices.

My friend gave me the CamuCamu pills.

My friend gave me the CamuCamu pills.

I juiced all afternoon. Took me a while because I felt weak. Made two types of juices.

Citrus Juice:

Grapefruit, Oranges, Limes, Blackberries. This recipe made two 8 oz jars. The original recipe was cranberries instead but I didn’t have any. Honestly, I wouldn’t make this juice again unless I substituted the grapefruit. It was a struggle drinking that.

Green Juice:

Kale, Broccoli, Celery, Ginger, Apple. This one made me one jar. Since I ran out of apples, I made one more jar with pear instead. These two have been my favorite juices in a long time. I will definitely make over and over when I buy more veggies.afternoon.jpg

Then I decided to eat a clove of garlic. But since I’m a punk, I had no idea how I was going to manage that. So I decided to cut up the clove in tiny pieces and take like a pill. It took me about half an hour to eat it. Here’s what I did: Took a piece, swallowed with green juice and then took a bite of banana. I used up my two green juices and a full banana.

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I also made myself orange tea.

Orange Tea:

Put water to boil. Cut up orange in four quarters with peel still on. Boil the oranges. Let simmer. Squeeze the orange juice into water. Drink up! (No picture for this one)

A took a very long nap. I awoke at night. Drank warm water. Decided to keep juicing. I made a variety of juices. I’d make something different every 8 oz.

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The green ones are my favorite!

As it was getting time for bed again, I drank some ginger tea by one of my favorite brands, Yogi.

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This morning I felt refreshed. Sinus pressure gone. My body was sore from yoga though. I decided to come back to work, hoping I will leave early to catch more sleep.

MORAL OF THE STORY:

I don’t like conventional medicine. Had I opted for over-the-counter drugs, I may have been sick all weekend long. A natural approach will really benefit your mind, soul and body. Your body needs these natural remedies because they aren’t chemicals that your organs are trying to figure out what to do with. My spirit was high all day yesterday despite feeling really sick. My mind was sharp. I did not feel nauseated nor sick to my stomach as some drugs tend to cause me to be. I’m happy I am able to heal myself with what Earth has to offer. No doctor needed!

I will leave you with the ginger tea quote:

“Your heartbeat is the rhythm of your soul.”


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Massive Juicing

Well, with so many fruits and veggies in my fridge that I feared would rot in vain, I decided to make a massive juice. Luckily, my mother has been wanting to start a juice cleanse and bought a dozen 8oz mason jars. What I thought would take me but an hour, ended up dragging to three! I didn’t even want to drink any of it by the time I was done. I just wanted to sip on my new white jasmin tea and relax.

So, here’s what I found:

  • tangerines
  • apples (green and red)
  • pears
  • kale
  • broccoli
  • cucumber
  • beet root
  • carrots
  • tiny piece of ginger (i found it by surprise)

As I’m nearing the end of such a long and tedious juicing process, I think I may have forced too many carrot chunks at once. The juicer stopped functioning. Noooo, I only had a bit left to finish!

So I took the juicer apart, cleaned everything out, washed it, disconnected and reconnected. Nothing worked. Then I noticed a smokey smell. Great, just what I needed! I broke my juicer, I thought.

So I decided to let it cool and take a short break. I go back to the kitchen to play handywoman, and nothing worked. How absent minded! I realized that the lever to secure the juicer wasn’t lifted, otherwise the machine will just not work.

Woohoo! Finally, I can finish juicing the rest of the stuff.

I’ve never made this much juice all at once before.

I thought maybe it would fit in several jars.

To my surprise, I had to use all 12 jars plus an extra 12oz i had in the dishwasher. I love the color that the beet root gives the juice.

And lastly, i wrapped the mason jars in foil to prevent oxidation. Ideally, I would have dark amber jars, but I cant seem to find them. Oh well, foil works!

Here’s to a delicious and nutritious juice, CHEERS!


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Adding to “How Standardization Screws You Over”

The illustration in the reblogged post below reminds me of Albert Einstein’s quote that says, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

With that being said, I looked up the meaning of standardization on Wikipedia.

Standardization: the process of developing and implementing technical standards.

What does that even mean? Do kids really know why they take all these standardized tests? All they’ve been brainwashed to believe is that passing those tests is the only way to secure a future. Now, what does that mean? If you asked me, our children are being set up for failure. Sure there are exceptions, but aren’t there exceptions to everything else in life? Kids are programmed to think a certain way, and after they’ve reached adulthood and begin to experience what life outside of school can be, they realize that it was all BS. And then there are others who feel like failures because they couldn’t comply with what was expected of them.

All these new technologies and gadgets and things are great, I guess. But what do they really prove? Changing the education paradigm right now would be the real innovation in the recent history of man. There are so many things that aren’t flowing in our education system, and as a consequence, kids grow into adulthood with a conditioned state of mind, lacking the proper skills and inner knowledge necessary that allows a person to just be.

While I can agree with almost everything stated in Inspiration Avenue’s post, I have a slightly different opinion on the things our children should be learning. For example, connecting with nature, in my opinion, is such a crucial part of life, period.  We ARE nature. We, like everything else on this Earth, are made up of energy, and if we saw the correlation between us and all other living things, we’d have a more conscious outlook on life. Why not have more nature field-trips, have class outdoors more often, experience nature at its core?

Nutrition is also important.  Unfortunately, we have forgotten what it’s like to eat real foods. I speak from the western world because that’s where I reside. If we taught proper nutrition in school, as opposed to the watered-down , ever-changing food pyramids and lobbied versions of what we should be eating, the health problems that are now exponentially worsening in our society wouldn’t be a major issue.

Also, the arts shouldn’t be a privilege. Charter schools and magnet schools offer great arts programs. Regular public schools offer an hour, maybe, and I’m not sure if it’s only by election. When cutting back on school programs, the arts or physical education are the ones that should least be considered for removal. Being creative and physically active has more benefits for a child than math, science and history combined. Kids love to express themselves, and sitting in a classroom for 8 hours a day with their little eyes stuck on a chalk/marker board, book, or computer screen represses all other healthy functions. It is said that creativity is enhanced by an increased use of the whole brain. Music, writing, drawing, sculpting, acting, singing, dancing… all these creative activities enhance every part of the brain. It allows children to tap into their inner selves and experiment, learn, create and be.

While learning other subjects like the ones mentioned in the reblogged article could be of great use, I firmly believe that those having to do more with our nature will make more sense and be more beneficial to every individual. These natural skills, when enhanced, can make such a difference in a person’s overall self; and in turn, would be of greater collective value.

**I know this post is already long, but I highly recommend reading my previous post of the reblogged article and watching the video at the end of this post. you won’t be disappointed. Blessings – Moon**

“This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award.”

I found out about the video through Ideastheisia’s blog some months ago. His blog is also worthy of following.


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More ENERGY!

Most of you are not aware, but I started fasting last Friday, 7-20-2012, for the month of Ramadan. What can I say? It is better than I expected and not as hard as I assumed

I have never fasted. So I guess that makes me a fast-virgin. haha! Is that inappropriate? Anyhow, my intentions were to complete three to five days of fasting, even though Ramadan’s done for a month. But after the first three days went by, I knew I had to keep going. I wasn’t going to limit myself. I’m not Muslim, but I really want/need to experience this. I went to a Mosque for the first time that Friday to break fast with my soul brothers. One of my closest ones told me I had to wear a head scarf. (I won’t deny that I felt inclined to reject the idea of attending because I felt like I shouldn’t have to.) But I put my pride and ignorance aside and agreed. I must say I look rather charming in a hijab! 🙂

How do they wrap these things nicely and make it stay?

At that Mosque, the food was DELICIOUS. The first night we had brown rice, roti and some sweet mango thing, salad, and some kind of meat. I didn’t eat the meat, although it looked quite appetizing. The second night there was a curry rice with veggies, noodles with veggies, salad and chicken. Again, I didn’t have the chicken.

My overall diet after breaking fast has consisted of natural veggie and fruit juices, cereal with nuts and fruits and hemp powder with almond milk, grilled veggie pizza, freshly ground peanut butter and raspberry jam sandwiches on french mini baguettes or multi-grain ciabatta rolls, wheat crackers and tomato basil hummus, fruits and salads. Oh, and of course WATER and tea!

Made my salads and juices from here

One of the breads

They grounded the butter in front of me.. that’s what i call FRESH

Granola & fruit cereal. Ants proof!

I trust you WON’T report me

The other one was grilled

Just a small fraction of my tea collection

So, back to the title of my post. I have been constantly flowing with energy since I began Ramadan. And I know we are made of energy, so of course its only natural. But I mean, I am very well aware of it. I feel it in my veins, through my chest, under my skin. It’s such a great, satisfying and healing feeling. I’d say it’s indescribable, but AMAZING! I feel refreshed, light, happy, ecstatic, lively, more positive… I could go on.

I wondered, what has been sustaining me during the fifteen hours of absolutely no consumption, and I only have one answer: GOD. I pray and meditate every chance I get. I’ve disconnected from every social site (except you guys), I have not watched TV, listened to music, socialized (unless I’m at the Mosque or other healing group gathering (Reiki circles, for example), nor have I felt the need for these things.

I feel stupendous, fantastically amazing and overall filled with peace.

So, last night I decided to treat myself because I am truly proud at how much I am achieving and how disciplined I have been. I don’t have a sweet tooth, but every now and then I crave for a scrumptious delicacy of some sort. This is the Ultimate Pecan Cinnamon Roll from The Fresh Market, about 18 miles from home.

the photo does it NO justice

But I only had this much!

I shared the rest

Overall, I feel like I have more clarity, more energy, more joy and peace. I will definitely be doing this every year. It’s been the best decision I’ve made in 2012 so far. I truly and wholeheartedly recommend this to any and every one, religious or not, spiritual or not.
Ain’t it ironic how in a post about fasting there seems to be so much food? I do get thirsty, but honestly, I have not been starving. I truly feel great, and God alone has been sustaining me.


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Confucius once said…

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Photo Credit: Yftaheco

I never realized how much that single line is helping me in my personal life at the moment. A friend of mine recently advised me to stop trying to be “a jack of all trades” because i will be “a master of none”. I love many things, many, many things… i’m just so intrigued. I’d love to learn how to do all those things i am intrigued by. The problem lies here: I WANT TO LEARN HOW TO DO ALL THINGS SIMULTANEOUSLY. Almost too simultaneously that it makes me feel indecisive.

So, in avoiding to learn many things in a half-ass way, I will approach 2 things that resonate with me the most at the moment and learn, adapt, improve, create and become a master. Then as my interest may change, i will choose 2 more things and do the same. I may change my mind in the process and it will be ok. I’m confident this approach will serve me better as i learn, practice and perfect.

Speaking of master… I like tea very much! Me encanta!

Chamomile & Lavender tea with ginger peach cookies

And I have been wanting to become a Tea Master. In becoming a Tea Master, one learns about the cultivation of tea and its processing, its characteristics in flavor, tea rituals and history. Also, with more certification, one will have the ability to distinguish the quality of different teas as well as tea ware and learn advanced brewing techniques.

 

I recently looked up the information for certification, and umm… let’s just say, I will stick to drinking and sharing with loved ones and taking my time to learn on my own through research and tasting as much tea as i possibly can, at least for now.

Is that me going about it in a half-ass way? I jus’t dont have that kind of money, and I refuse to get a loan. Either way, taking time to do the research and tasting all kinds of teas will give me an excuse to throw tea parties all the time, and who doesn’t love and enjoy tea parties?


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It lingers…

This insatiable appetite.

Stop, says the mind.

I can’t.

I need.

Texture, warmth, coolness.

Salty, sweet, pungent.

Every bite penetrates

The buds of taste

And creates orgasms.

Closing my eyes

I enjoy, I live.

I savor with a smile.

I swallow with satisfaction.

It travels through a vortex

As it feeds my blood.

Nutrient-obsessed-

It comforts my belly

Like jelly on bread.

I. Cant. Stop.

I hunger.

I crave.

I sigh from relief.

Another round, maybe?


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Breakfast for a Goddess

I have to admit that lately I’ve been naughty with my eating habits. So this morning I awoke at an earlier time to go to the market. 

I’ve been feeling a little sluggish lately; the endless rain makes me want to stay indoors and cozy-up. (Luckily it has stopped). ORANGES are a great immunity and energy booster with their high percentage of Vitamin C. This is a must for me right now!

Last night I went out with a good friend to watch The Heat game at a sports bar. Needless to say, I consumed an alcoholic beverage, Cognac to be exact. Because alcohol tends to be very acidic, I needed to find a fruit that is very alkeline in nature. What better choice than the WATERMELON? It’s alkalinity is 8 on the scale. Plus, I remember some years ago my nutrition professor mentioned something about alcohol depleting any existing Zinc in our bodies, and I know for a fact that the white seeds in watermelon provide much Zinc… see where I’m going with this?

While it is great to nourish my body with antioxidants and zinc and everything else that fruits provide, I felt i needed to add something else to my breakfast. Ah, yes… NUTS. This organic harvest will provide me with the necessary fiber and protein for my morning. Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios, Sunflower Seeds, Cranberries…

 

And of course I will wash this down with water (I would prefer tea), but regular water will do! 🙂

Bon appétit to me!