Sunday, June 14, 2020

Quarantine Food Diaries, Settle Down Bars, Ashwaganda Powder Power!

Settle Down Bars

Settle Down Bars
makes 30 single serving bars

Stone ground peanut butter, oats, oat bran, chia seeds, sesame seeds, ashwaganda, sunflower seeds, coconut, pink Himalayan sea salt and local honey make these protein bars both a satisfying salty sweet snack and calming adaptogenic healing morsel!  Ashwaganda is a widely used Ayurvedic adaptogenic herb used to calm vata energy and soothe the internal anxiety of the body. 

3/4 cup oats
1 cup stone ground peanut butter or almond or cashew
1/4 oat bran
1/4 whole raw almonds
1/2 roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
3 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup coconut, raw, organic no added sugar
3 tsp ashwaganda adaptogenic powder ( I use this one )
1/4 cup or less,  honey
1/4 cup chia seed 
2 tbsp sesame seeds
Himalayan Pink salt to taste, 1/4 tsp or more depending on butter saltiness 

Mix in a bowl with a heavy wooden spoon, it's thick. Make  a paste and adjust salt and honey to your taste. Wrap in parchment paperand roll flat with a rollijg pin to about 1 inch thickness evenly, pat the sides square and chill. after a few hours you can slice into bars and keep wrapped in parchment in the fridge and eat as you please. Just the right amount of salty and sweet!

It was hot and humid this morning when I woke, the perfect opportunity to sweat out impurities of both mind and body. I got on my bike and plugged into a playlist I made called BIG LOVE. Scrolling through the thousands of songs I realized my musical tastes said something about me, I am inclusive, expansive. I pressed shuffle and started my ride, the wind and heat softened my joints, the speed and exertion neutralizing the pent up stuff stuck in my gut from feeling the groan of the world. I don't have the words to speak using historical reference, I don't have statistics on the tip of my tongue, but I am still having conversations about individual consciousness with anyone who would embrace these words as a starting point. I have never had a group mentality, never followed a crowd, particulalry one that shames. I don't see how our social media is encouraging anything other than polarization as usual. I saw this with the me too movement, with our politics and now with black lives matter and I can feel in my gut that we are not raising our consciousness, that we are using thunder instead of rain to try to grow flowers.
I am an empath, these days I feel like everyone's mother, daughter, sister and friend all in one and it hurts and I want all to feel love and acceptance and compassion. Changing thoughts and beliefs comes from within. It may not be my thing to protest in a crowd, but to instead quietly love and accept and give to whomever crosses my path, like creating a safety net for however long you stay in my presence, this is my vow. 
There is a simple but profound Hawaiian prayer that carries me:

Ho' oponopono
The Four Mantras

Ho' oponopono is about taking responsibility for everything that affects your state of being. It's the art of acceptance, forgiveness, and cleansing of the energies that you attract into your life.

I'm Sorry 

When you say "I'm sorry" you are recognizing and accepting responsibility for the actions, thoughts, and emotions that have caused conflict to manifest into your reality.

Please Forgive Me

The words "please forgive me" are said as a request to make amends with your higher self and the universe alike. 

Thank You

"Thank you" is the opportunity to show gratitude to your higher self as well as the universe for allowing your negative thoughts, actions, and emotions to be cleared.

I Love You

"I love you" can be offered out to the universe as a form of gratitude. When you use the words this way you are saying "I love you for allowing me this earth experience"

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