Monday, July 6, 2015

Light Prayer

This is an exercise I wrote and began using some time ago - probably 20 years, now.  Once you've experienced it, it's quick and easy and useful in times of anxiety or chaos as well as for centering prior to other work.  It is for centering in the here and now and in one's immediate space while recalling empowerment and reaffirming a connection to the universe.  

Start by taking a few deep, conscious breaths - being aware of the breath moving into and out of your body.  Eyes closed is probably easier than open.

  1. Do Gyan mudra with both hands.  This  is done by touching the thumb to the tip of the forefinger with the palms upright.
  2. Say : "In this moment and in this space, I am whole." Focus on feeling your body and your breath, the weight of your body on the chair or floor, and on bringing your thoughts away from ruminating, worrying, hoping or other reflections of the past or future and instead to hearing the sounds around you and feeling the air on your skin.  Repeat the phrase as needed about once a minute until you have the attention of your selves in the here and now and they have joined 'you' in this earth space. If you need help getting to the hear and now, try reaching out and touching something around you and focusing all of your attention on that sensation, in great detail, until consciousness returns to the here and now.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

CTFO Lavender Chamomile Lemonade Recipe

This recipe will net you a brew that is chemically relaxing.

  1. Brew 12 oz of chamomile tea.  After the water has been heated, while the tea bag is steeping, add one drop of lavender. 
In a separate glass 
  1. Squeeze one lemon. Don't be shy. Use every ounce of stress you have and squeeze every drop out. For extra oomph, mutter 'take that'.
  2. Add a half cup to a cup of ice to the cup
  3. Add a teaspoon or two of honey or agave nectar to taste.
  4. Scoop out 1/4 cup chamomile lavender tea and pour it into the cup of lemon and ice
  5. Fill the rest of the way with water to taste
Seal the lavender chamomile tea and refrigerate to use again.  
Take your cool glass of lemonade and go chill the fuck out somewhere.  Preferably where there are no children, bosses, pets of the annoying variety or have-tos.

Photo : lemonade / Public Domain