Real love

Real love means sticking together even when things get hard. To bail ship on turbulent waters is to toss yourself into even more dangerous terrain. Think of the difference between idealistic love and real love. The world is full of movies, articles, and other media full of ideas and stories of exponential and unending bliss. While these fancies may tickle the pleasure centers of your brain, ultimately you cannot change who or what you are. You can change how and what you think, which directly impacts the quality of the life you create. Do yourself and your life a favor and dig into the real love that flows from you, to you, in all kinds of ways that may not always feel delightful, but in the end keep your heart beating and feeding your soul.

Epsom ease

Epsom SaltSimple does it best, again. Epsom salts are an effective way to rebalance your body from the outside. They are not for internal consumption. Create a simple paste of epsom salt and warm water and use as a face or body mask. Let the mixture dry and gently, key word GENTLY, massage the salt from your skin. Pat dry and revel in the softness of your skin.

Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate, an inorganic salt which contains healing elements of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen. When you use epsom salt, the pH of your skin rebalances back to its original, healthy state. No special creams or potions needed.

The practice of undoing human doings

Websites, social media, business cards, conversations. In these spaces and sites are commonly recited titles for the activities we do. To give others a picture, a snapshot, of “who we are” by what we do. Such a curious activity to participate in. The tricky part of sharing a picture, which implies we are attempting to define a cohesive beginning and ending to what constitutes an indentity, an articulation or description of ourselves as different from an other, is that it works reflexively. This picture we give to others also prescribes the picture we are to ourselves. And this picture follows some notions about what our expectations about what constitutes a human. The funny bit about this situation creates a sharp boundary by confining our selves to identities which are doing things in the world, we exercise an inhumane practice of creating ideals with which to fill our time with. What if we were then to practice softer boundaries? Boundaries that are more fluid. By empolying the strides technology and infrastructure provide human life to dedicate themselves to purusits less material and more fulfilling from the inside. Redefining work and leisure. Try putting acitivies in the perspective of the position of being at the end of your life and looking back upon what you thought was important to you. Will you have wished your days looked or felt a little different? What can you do or not do today that might place a vote toward making an enjoyable journey to that viewpoint which you will inevitably embody. While some employ invitations such as these as an excuse to live recklessly, abandoning responsibility, the opportunity to drive in deeper, to sink into your body, to reconnect with the life force beating right within your chest, awaits your efforts to bring that life and dream within you, into the world, in the most responsible, humane, gentle and soft way you are able to practice today, tomorrow, and every breath you create with your body and the world around you.

Pain and Paying Attention

Pain. Probably not the most favorite of topics. A sensation people often seek to avoid. Yet at some point crosses your path, invades or strikes your body. The key point in addressing pain is in developing a relationship with it. Not as a way to attach and identify with the pain, but to process the signal as an invitation to come to know something about your body or yourself that you hadn’t before.

As new life emerges into existence, pain is part of that process. The realities about pain are far more generative and serving toward development and learning when they are accepted, worked through and released than with a quick patch or attempt to fix.

There are times where softening pain can be of service to working through pain. There are times when numbing pain can be of service to addressing the root. The point is not about what is the right or wrong way to manage or work through pain, but to rather consider there is a message pain is attempting to signal-shining a bright pointer towards an awareness.

Tears often accompany pain. Tears may signal a passing of an ideal when confronted with reality. Think about going along during your day and then something happens that hurts- internally, physically, or psychologically- and this kind of disruption in the stream of reality may bring something to your attention that causes discomfort. In the passing of tears, a refresh. A salt bath, as something that heals and cleanses the body- tears can heal and cleanse the mind and imagination.

Addressing pain is not an invitation to be afraid, though fear may accompany pain, but rather requests great courage. For it takes courage to seek support, request assistance, find guidance in some way. Treating pain with directness is often more compassionate than attempting to pretend its not there or will it away. Yet excessive focus on pain itself can detract from gaining from the experience something that can be useful.

Developing a relationship to understanding pain are articulating the different ways the sensation arrives and passes through the body. Immediate pain, localized pain, the severity of the pain-these are all considerations worth noting. No pain, however small or large ought to be ignored-yet neither belaboured or blamed. And for those living with chronic pain-the experience of pain develops into something entirely different. With support and guidance, many hands of help may facilitate a learning of a way towards ease in experience, balance within the body. Pain can be a signal toward guiding choices towards healthy balance and being aware in your body, and interested in your life.

And your life, as one of a kind as it is, in all of the myriads of expression, offers an opportunity to make choices to navigate all kinds of experiences- guiding through pain, free from pain, and able to manage whatever pain that may or may not transpire in the future. By reaching out for guidance, taking active responsibility towards choosing support that helps in facing what life brings up for us-are actions of choosing to live towards health, balance and enjoyment. Pain becomes another shade of experience. One of the many waves of experience. And that kind of shift can produce all kinds of radical change.

Kransekake

A little yummy Norwegian treat, naturally gluten-free.

 

kransekake

Shopping list

Almonds or ground almonds

Powdered sugar (or powdered coconut sugar, recipe below)

Eggs

Butter or coconut oil

Optional: vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa powder or zest of citrus

 

Combine

250g ground almonds  (1/2c)

250g powdered sugar (1/2c) (sugar alternative recipe below)

Simply add your choice the optional dry ingredients to make the recipe your own.

To create infusions with essence oils such as rose, lavender, use food grade ingredients and simply use a bit more dry ingredients to balance the moisture out.

 

Mix in 

1.5 whipped egg whites, they must be whipped until having stiff peaks

 

Next Steps

Pour batter into greased kransekake forms and bake for time listed below

or store batter in the fridge for a bit to make the dough easier to handle for hand forming bite size pieces

Line a tray with parchment paper, grease with butter or coconut oil

Roll into neat `logs` and cut to desired length

Bake for 10min 178C (350F)

 

Low GI powdered sugar

250g coconut sugar

1Tblsp rice or corn starch

Blend until well mixed

Viola!

Hello Yoto!

You may have felt it or experienced it before and never known what to call it. You know, that feeling of losing track of time. Maybe you have deja vu. Or perhaps you felt like you were doing magic and not sure where it was coming from. Well that it, that thing you were feeling is Yoto. Yoto is the flow of creative energy. Yoto is around us, within us, and our very bodies are made of this material. When you learn about Yoto,  you gain the ability to reveal the form of yourself, situations in your life, the perceptions and sensations you experience and are open to. Yoto is always available, like an old friend, a dear parent, teacher, or those best memories from childhood. Welcome to the creative process and say hello to Yoto.