Contributing Writers: Lisa Bozeman, Vicky Mitchell, Carolan Dickinson, Sudha Balagopal, Lena Stevens and Pat Liles
“I’m supposed to be running my own life but lately my life has been running me.”
Do you ever feel this way? My sense is that universally, we are being asked to live our lives in a different way. We are moving into a period of cutting the wheat from the chaff and realizing what is most important and to simplify our lives in whatever way we can.
Realizing finally, that we can’t do it all or more accurately we can’t do it all and stay, sane, healthy, happy, and balanced. So why put that kind of pressure on ourselves and instead treat ourselves with kindness and compassion in the choices that we make.
As we move into the Holiday season I am reminded of all of the things that I am grateful for and one of the many amazing and wonderful thing is that I get to share this magazine with you. It gives me joy to receive the stories from the contributing writers as well as see what they’ve been up to. I really enjoy reading their pieces and seeing things from a different perspective.
Universal law of attraction states that, “like attracts like” so the more you are acknowledge the things in your life to be grateful for, the more things in your life you will have to be grateful for. Here is my Holiday wish and affirmation for you, “My life is an ever flowing stream of gratitude and abundance. I am open to receive.” Happy Holidays!
by Lisa Bozeman
Recently I was asked to cover a Saturday morning yoga class at a local resort. On occasion I’m invited to teach private yoga classes for conferences or special events there.
This particular day it was at a Historic Hotel, very Arizonan in style with private Casitas with walking paths leading you through the gardens to the pool, tennis or golf. I enjoy the opportunities to teach there because I feel as though I’ve slipped through a vacation portalwhen I enter the Hotel Gate as well.
Classes are offered weekdays to begin at 9 and the Saturday morning class is for the early risers at 8am. There were no early risers on the Saturday I was asked to be there, a no show class. I waited dutifully just in case someone was running late but it ended up just being me. I turned in the attendance slip & headed to my car but I had no intention of leaving. I knew I had time.
I’d made myself available to cover another class as well but it wasn’t until 10am. Even though this isn’t my usual Saturday routine, I’ve had this schedule before so I came prepared. My notebook, a little something to eat and a destination in mind.
Across the street from the resort is a church with a lovely garden, its name on the wall read, a “Garden of Memories.” The Iron Gate was slightly parted in a welcoming sign as if I were expected. The wall around the garden is short; it isn’t designed for privacy, more so for inclusion as it gives the garden definition and a space for remembrance. Plaques on the walls are marked in memory of loved ones who have passed. There are several stone benches and a tiered running fountain in the center. The garden is set just outside the church so the stained glass windows become part of the garden scenery as well.
I placed my mat on the sidewalk, facing east for a couple rounds of Sun Salutations. I know I will sound like a yoga egomaniac but using the marvels of our modern technology I also pulled out my smart phone, leaned it again the bench and set it to video my practice. I enjoyed a few rounds of the sequence, ate my sandwich peacefully and enjoyed the garden with all my senses.
The sounds of the community were all around me. The fall weather we have longed for arrived with morning temperatures that were just right, the smell of fresh cut grass, the clear blue-sky overhead, and warm sunbeams upon my face. I could hear voices from the crowd gathered nearby watching soccer and referee whistles. There was the sound of an occasional car and of course the trickle of the fountain in the garden. Somewhere in the distance I swear I even heard bagpipes playing.
Then I watched the video I’d made of myself, the sunbeams washing over me had actually created a halo outline of my body in some parts of the sequence. Angel energies or sunspots were present and my own shadow cast on the sidewalk showed I was not alone in my practice.
It was not a no show class after all.
As a former military spouse Lisa has had the opportunity to travel within the United States as well as overseas. She still describes herself as a small town girl from Stillwater, OK. She has called Goodyear, AZ home since 2012. Lisa’s has one daughter who is attending ASU and two sons living at home.
Lisa earned her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certificate at LifePower Yoga in 2013. In 2014 she continued her studies with an additional 300 hour certificate under Eva Shaw of Ignite Yoga Studios. In March 2015, Lisa received her Reiki I and II Certification from Heyde Class of Sedona Arizona and in August 2015, received her Reiki Master/Teacher certification from Carol Dickinson.
You can practice Yoga with Lisa at Ignite Yoga in Goodyear, LA Fitness and EOS Fitness of Avondale. She also subs and teaches special events at the Wigwam Resort. On occasion, the Angel’s Baseball Corporation has invited her to teach classes for the Fall Pitcher’s Camp in Tempe.
Strike Gold with This Yellow Spice
I grew up in India listening to radio jingles and watching television commercials for a product called Vicco Turmeric Vanishing Cream, a beauty product. At the time, the catchy tune made more of an impact than the contents of the skin cream.
So what does this product have to do with an article about spices? As it turns out, a lot.
The beauty cream contains turmeric, a spice that has gained much popularity in the US in recent times. Turmeric (yes, there are two ‘r’s in the spelling) has been used elsewhere in the world for centuries: in cooking, as medicine, as a beauty aid, as a pesticide and as a preservative.
Turmeric is a root: a finger-sized, orange colored edible rhizome of the Curcuma longa plant. The same root when dried and pulverized makes turmeric powder. I consider turmeric a cousin to ginger, with stronger benefits.
Turmeric is a power-house of anti-oxidants. This root is characterized by the color it transfers to everything it touches – a bright yellow. When you cook with turmeric, your dish turns golden in more ways than one. The spice is surprisingly versatile, and can be used to add rich color and mild flavor to a broad range of menu items including smoothies, soups, curries and rice dishes.
Turmeric is fat-soluble. Which means, to get the best benefits of this magnificent spice, use it with some fat. Pepper is another spice that works well with turmeric. Turmeric contains the magical ingredient curcumin, which is better absorbed by the body when used with black pepper.
I’ve seen turmeric in root form in grocery stores, usually placed near ginger. It looks like ginger, only more orange in color. The powder form is also available in the spice section and is easier to store.
For those that don’t want to bother with the real thing, turmeric is available in pill form as well. But where’s the joy in that?
Benefits of turmeric
Turmeric offers huge therapeutic benefits. The benefits come from its main ingredient, curcumin.
This widely-researched component of turmeric has significant immunity boosting and anti-oxidant properties. Curcumin can also help maintain normal cholesterol levels and slow down aging. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and can help with cancer, atherosclerosis, and neurodegenerative diseases. Another study found that turmeric helps prevent liver damage. It has been found effective in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Treating sprains and swellings with a pinch of turmeric powder, lime and salt is an age-old home remedy.
Turmeric powder is also a used as a home remedy for chronic cough, cold and throat irritations. Turmeric added to warm milk sweetened with honey is a common remedy for throat infections or coughs. And if all these benefits are not enough, studies have shown that turmeric may have the potential to treat Alzheimer’s patients according to a study published in the Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology.
It is also used as a beauty aid and as an antiseptic to treats minor cuts.
Turmeric has been used as a spice to flavor and lend rich color to curries for centuries. (Incidentally, when I mention curry, I mean a dish and not a spice. The British named a specific blend of spices curry powder, something that flavors curries, and that’s how the name stuck. Every family has its own version of curry powder). Overall, turmeric is safe. However, those with turmeric sensitivity can suffer mild stomach upset or diarrhea. Use turmeric with caution if you are pregnant. Turmeric can make gall bladder problems and Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD) worse.
One final note. Curious, I searched for Vicco Turmeric Vanishing Cream on the web and amazingly, I found it on Amazon!
A recipe using turmeric
Here is a recipe for daal, a staple in every Indian household. As with many Indian dishes this is also flavored with turmeric.
Orange lentils 1½ cups (available in the bin section at Sprouts.)
Water four to five cups (adjust dilution to personal preference)
Oil of choice (coconut oil works well) 1 tablespoon
Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon
Asafoetida ½ teaspoon (optional; available in Asian or Indian stores)
Cumin powder ½ teaspoon
Coriander powder ½ teaspoon
Turmeric ½ teaspoon powdered or ½ teaspoon grated
Garlic 3 cloves chopped fine
Ginger half inch piece, finely chopped or grated
Jalapeno ½ teaspoon finely chopped
Juice of half a lemon
Bring the lentils and water to a boil in a large pot. When the mixture reaches a rolling boil, turn heat down to medium. Add salt, turmeric, ginger, jalapeno, coriander and cumin powder, stirring frequently.
The lentils, called masoor daal in India, take about a half hour to forty minutes to cook. When the orange lentils turn soft – they will also become a golden yellow – use a strong ladle or a potato masher to create a homogeneous soup.
In a separate, small skillet heat oil, and when warm add cumin seeds. Sprinkle the (optional) asafoetida. When the cumin starts sizzling, add the chopped garlic and wait for the garlic to turn golden brown. Remove from heat.
Pour the contents of the small skillet, the seasoning, on to the daal.
Allow the daal to cool a little, then top with cilantro and add lemon juice. Serve on a bed of brown rice or quinoa with stir- fried vegetables.
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Don’t miss the opportunity to take one of Sudha’s yoga classes. Not only is she a wonderful and inspiring Yoga Teacher she is also a very gifted storyteller. (She is currently teaching at Lifetime Fitness, Palm Valley). It is her gift of storytelling that comes in handy especially in those long, long and long holding asanas.
By Lena St evens and Pat Liles
This month we enter the labor that will birth our own transformation and change. And just as in actual childbirth, once the process begins, there is no going back. The pressure we feel is that of being in a container that has grown too small. It is time to face the unknown, our own fears and resistance, and move ourselves to the next level.
Everything this month will be pressurized. You will feel pressure from the outside as well as pressure from the inside. The image is that of a large balloon being inflated until the pressure of the hot air forces it to rise. We have been filling ourselves up with new dreams, new intentions and a commitment to balance, personal growth and change and now we are at that point where the pressure of our own needs and desires is pushing our container to a higher level of vibration. It is an exciting time but can also carry much anxiety and fear as we move into a place of the unknown. It is a big new world out there and we will be like chicks just having broken through their shells to emerge into a new environment.
This new environment is one of many dimensions that will provide for a much richer experience of life. There will be a more conscious connection to the astral world, the quantum field, frequencies of light and sound, and a fuller more multidimensional experience of the senses. This is the culmination of the artisan energy we have been working with this year, creating the next step in our evolution.
November 1-7: You are feeling the pressure of what is on your plate and it may feel like too much. Practice seeing this pressure as made much worse by your own worry and mental judgment. Observe that when you let go and trust that it will all work out, how the feeling of pressure diminishes. Practice being very present and doing what is in front of you instead of worrying about what you may have to do tomorrow. Often the pressure felt is about something that has not happened yet and the mind’s definition of how difficult it is going to be or how you won’t have time, energy or support.
When you feel the burden of pressure taking you down into negativity or worry, refocus on beauty, gratitude and love and anything else that inspires you.
November 8-15: The theme for this time frame is discernment. You have an idea and lots of intuition about what pressure is appropriate and what pressure is not. This is the time to sort through the different pressures in your life and prioritize what is truly important. If you are feeling a pressure being imposed on you by someone else’s fear or projection, don’t take it personally. You have the opportunity to forgive it and neutralize its influence on you.
Sift through the demands of others and set new boundaries and rules about where you are willing to engage and where you need to cut ties. This may be a cranky time for relationships as everyone is vying for being heard and being supported. Dependency and dysfunction may surface as aspects of relationships that spur necessary changes.
November 11: The New Moon is Wednesday November 11, at 10:48 AM MST, Mountain Standard Time. Watch for cranky irritation around any pressure you feel from others, yourself or your environment. Take a moment around this new moon for yourself and focus on something that needs completion. Cranky energy can always be transformed into a fiery inspiration that fuels action. Be physically active today and do something physical that expands your space, clears something out and provides you with an opportunity to take action towards something you desire.
November 16-22: This time frame is marked by pressure coming from the inside. You will be tested as to your priorities and your true intentions. If something is not authentic it will be mirrored back to you in a way that you will not able to ignore. You will feel pressured by yourself to make sure you are on the right track. There is a feeling of urgency about making sure you are doing what you want to be doing, being with those you wish to be with, and in an environment that is compatible and supportive to that. If you have been in a container of a relationship, work, home, career or otherwise, that is too small, you will definitely feel pressure to do something about breaking through beyond those limitations.
This is also a time when your spiritual evolution is demanding some attention. If you are not doing your practices you will feel irritated and pressured. It is important to have something of a daily practice for putting the pressure into perspective as well as to support the expansion of your container.
November 23-30: We have arrived at the time when the labor is in full swing and there is nowhere to go but through the birth canal. The other side is a new landscape and potential. It is a higher centered time frame, a bit challenging for the personality but with its own gifts of heightened perceptions, deeper essence connections, and greater intuition. You may experience feeling alien in your own world and that is a good thing. Acknowledge anything that feels different and remember to stay in gratitude, to focus on beauty and to embrace all that is new or potentially new in your life.
November 25: The Full Moon is Wednesday, November 25 at 3:45 PM MST, Mountain Standard Time. This is a time for quiet celebration, acceptance of change, and making choices. If you have been ambivalent or in resistance around certain issues that require a choice, this would be a good time to finally make that choice. If you have been afraid to take the step out of your limited container, you feel the pressure to do so and now would be the time.
Have a great month,
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Do you have the behavioral pattern of trying to control?
The Webster’s Pocket Dictionary defines control as: “To have the authority or ability to regulate, direct, or dominate a situation.” You may say, that sounds good and what is wrong with it? To answer that, we need to look at three more questions.
Question one: Why do you do it?
What is your reason or purpose of controlling? Are you doing it because you don’t trust that you or a loved one will be safe enough, heard or seen?
These are basic human needs. I know that I control out of the desire for safety. I want to believe that if I plan enough, schedule and direct enough, that everything and everyone will fall into place, including me. As a result everything and everyone will be okay. Sounds good but it is not realistic. You cannot control many things including people or events. I am learning to relax and accept life as it comes. You may say without planning, life would be a mess.
Question Two: How much do you plan?
Yes, some things such as making sure there is gas in your car or food in the house to eat are important. But do you try to plan out everything from what you say to how you move through the day? Are you so busy planning that you don’t live your life? Do you trust your own judgement as well as others, and believe that you will be okay?
Question Three: How does it make you feel?
Does it help you to be in the moment and enjoy, and thus raise your vibration? Or does it stress you out and lower your vibration?
Your vibration attracts more of what you are feeling and doing. If you don’t over control, then that’s wonderful. If you realize you are controlling and want to change, that is great too.
The first step of altering any pattern is being aware of it. The second step is being kind to yourself, for you are a human being on this life journey to learn.
By improving your self-care, trusting will become more natural. Start small and build your trust along with your self-care. Pick one item you would like to change and then slow down, breathe and journal. Small steps will add up to amazing differences. Focus on your improvements, and you will grow more of them. If you catch yourself in old patterns, just stop breathe and refocus.
When you believe something is possible then it is. You have the power to create the life of your dreams by letting go of over controlling and trusting.
Wishing you love, light, and laughter,
Vicky Mitchell Intuitive Holistic Health Coach
Vicky Mitchell accelerated her journey of self-discovery after traditional medicine failed to diagnose her son’s allergies. In the process, she earned certifications at The Institute for the Psychology of Eating, and at The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and has been guided by Sunny Dawn Johnston and others to increase her self-love and intuition.
Her son is now healthy, and Vicky’s persistent positive outlook reflects her own mental, physical, and spiritual health.
Her challenges included eczema, allergies, weight fluctuations, and cataracts. Using the right food, attitude, and energy as medicine, Vicky has found a passion for health and helping others and coaches you to identify, achieve and maintain your wellness goals. She would be honored to guide you in reaching your wellness goals.
Vicky recently published her book, “Affirm Love,” the Kindle Edition and can be found on Amazon.com.