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Negativity and violence seem to be the loudest headlines these days getting all the attention. It’s hard to stay grounded with so much fear and anger energy coming at us all the time. And in this day and age of social media on top of media-media, it really is coming at us all the time. Even when we are vigilant about what we allow into our day to day, somehow, it’s there. Sometimes we can just feel it. Sometimes we hear about it through the grapevine. Sometimes we pay close attention to it. How can we as members of one human family not pay some attention? We care!



So I’m here with a little news-reframing love note for you today (and a little recipe gift below...). A simple pop-in to say I feel your caring and I am caring along with you. I see your concerns and I am concerned along with you. I feel your days of exhaustion and therefore momentary indifference and then your rising up again into positive action. I am right there with you. My hope is that you will take time EVERY day to remember no matter what is going on around you, YOU ARE A LIGHT BRINGER! You can be the change you wish to see in the world. You are PLENTY and you are PERFECTION and you make a difference!!



The messages I got in my yoga practice this morning were these: Be quiet so I can hear the truth that there is so much wonder and magic in our world! Be mindful with my energy and my focus! Remember that all is well and above all, even when I wonder why I would bother: I AM A LIGHT BRINGER. It’s my calling. It’s my sacred contract. It’s my responsibility to seek out the good, the joy, the light. To live with as much good, joy and light as possible, and to share the good, the joy, the light.



I could withdraw and just try to live a happy life, hoping that my happy energy would have some radiant effect (and I’m absolutely certain that our happy energy does have a profound radiant effect!), but I feel this deep intention to take action and remind you of your splendor!



So, if you have — or someone you care about has — been feeling a bit winded by world events lately, I want to offer you a few little tips to continue to live your bright life…
 

  • When all seems glum or overwhelming, seek first to understand. Remain positive and hopeful; TRUST!
  • Trust that you are loved and supported.
  • Trust that good things are coming and good things are happening NOW.
  • When you’re stressed, you’re likely future tripping or dwelling on the past and looping in an eddy of wanting that which is impermanent to be permanent. Try for a moment taking a deep breath through your nose and, if only for the moment it takes to breathe one breath, BE HERE NOW. (be sure to breathe through your nose and not your mouth, this is more centering for your nervous system)
  • Trust in your amazingness — you are such brilliant design, capable of shifting your thoughts from negative ones to positive ones.
  • Trust that the world is healing. Even when we don’t see or grasp the healing, there is healing happening now. When we look for that, we either find it, or we create it, so look for the healing opportunity of every situation.
  • Accept. Acceptance always moves things along a magical path.
  • Trust that we are all in good hands. When it comes time to choose leaders, choose from a place of heart-ness — that place where we are all connected and want what’s best for everyone. Or step into your own light of leadership and lead with your heart.
  • Nourish yourself. My little voice is very wise and usually quite amusing. Today she told me, “Whole foods are soul foods!” (she also said, “Tea time is me time” and I had a good giggle!) Instead of reaching for that bag of chips or tub of ice cream, see what happens when you care enough for yourself to feed your soul byway of your body with natural goodness. When we treat ourselves kindly through food and proper hydration, we view the whole world more positively so don’t skimp on this step! You’re so worth it and you’ll be able to shine your light more freely when you're nourished.



Along the lines of “WHOLE FOODS ARE SOUL FOODS” and “TEA TIME IS ME TIME” I want to share a favorite Fall recipe with you. I made this for myself this morning, not having had it since last Autumn, and I was so pleased. I felt truly nourished by this tea latté treat.

 

I hope you make a little time for yourself to enjoy this! If you don’t get around to making it for yourself, I think I’ll be serving this at the upcoming Autumn Yoga Retreat Day on 11/11 where I intend to brighten retreaters’ lives and inspire them to live their light. If you’d like to sign up and join this lovely group of humans connecting to heart, light and gratitude, here’s a link with info: AUTUMN YOGA RETREAT DAY EVENT PAGE You’ve still got a few days to receive Earliest Bird Pricing and get 20% off!



Pumpkin Spice Cha Cha Chai Blender Latte
by Maggie Verderame


INGREDIENTS:
1 Cup Almond Milk (or milk of your choice)
1 Cup Brewed Magareeshi Cha Cha Chai Tea
2 Tbs Pumpkin Purée (this works with any hearty squash)
1 Tbs Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 Tbs Maca Powder
1 Tbs Chia Seeds
1 Tbs Hemp Seeds
1 Tbs Coconut Sugar
1 Tbs Honey -or- Maple Syrup
5 Ice Cubes (standard size)


METHODS:
Add all ingredients in the order they are listed to a blender. Whizz up until smooth.

For a cool drink, use cold almond milk and tea.

For a smoothie, used cold liquids and add more ice cubes.

For a warm latté, use warmed almond milk and hot tea. Omit ice cubes.

 

CHEERS to your health and happiness!  Namast-YAY!

CHEERS to your health and happiness!

Namast-YAY!

Hibiscus Hydrator Chia Seed Water

Have you noticed?  

CHIA SEED WATERS ARE ALL THE RAGE THESE DAYS!

That’s because they are …

SO tasty.  

SO good for you.  

SO easy.  

I plan to do a series of chia seed waters and the like to brighten all our lives — especially the kiddos.  “Waters” like this one are a great way to introduce kids to tea and to get them to drink that little extra bit to stay hydrated and nourished in a fun way!

My 6.5 year old LOVES this — as you can see from her silly bedhead-ponytails pic.  She was very happy to wake up to this concoction awaiting her in the kitchen!

We are always looking for ways to make hydration fun and interesting.  Not to mention all natural with no sugar-spike, and free of artificial food dyes!

May you and all your favorite people to share bedhead time with enjoy this refreshing treat!!  Let me know in the comments how you all like it … bedhead photos encouraged!  ;P

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High Potency Hibiscus Hydrator

By Maggie Verderame

This keeps nicely in the fridge for a day or so without the chia seeds turning to pudding, so it’s nice to make a big batch and sip away — especially in the warmer months!  In cooler months, this makes a nice alternative to fresh juices and smoothies by simply not icing it very much.

This recipe makes 1, 16oz serving:

1 TBS Chia Seeds
1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2-3 TBS White Grape Juice
¾ Cup Fresh Water
1 tsp Coconut Sugar
½ Cup Strong Hibiscus Tea*


Soak chia seeds in the apple cider vinegar, grape juice and ¼ cup of the water for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the chia seeds from clumping together.

Mix coconut sugar into hot hibiscus tea so it melts.

Add the sweetened hibiscus tea to the chia mixture.  Top with a little ice and enjoy!  It’s like nature’s Boba Tea ... only, in my opinion, MUCH better!

*To make strong hibiscus tea:  steep 1 TBS dried hibiscus flower pieces in 2 cups of boiling water for 15-20 minutes.  Add 1 tsp of coconut sugar for every High Potency Hibiscus Hydrator you plan to make.  This amount of tea will make 3 of the above drinks.

If you live in the US, I recommend getting organic dried hibiscus flower petals from Mountain Rose Herbs.