I’ve been thinking a bit about how life is still so different and stressful for so many of us. With a pandemic still in full swing and cases on the rise in our area, going back to ‘normal’ doesn’t feel like it will be happening soon. But, this has made me think a lot about how we can create a sense of consistency and calm by creating habits that we do ourselves. These habits can help combat our stressful environments and keep our energy in check. This month I’m providing some resources here that will hopefully help you create some consistency in your life and bring more joy into your days. First are some energy routines that I do regularly.
I’ve done lots of reading about Energy Medicine. One of my favorite books by Donna Eden, “Energy Medicine” talks a lot about how to keep our meridians moving in the right direction. What are meridians? Meridians are energy pathways, or transportation systems, within the body. Our meridians interact with every organ and physiological system within the body, including the immune, nervous, endocrine, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, skeletal, muscular, and lymphatic systems. With all the stresses of modern life, these energy pathways can get disrupted and move in the wrong directions. Disturbances in meridian energies correlate with ill health. The good news is, exercises like the video and write-up below, can help weave your energies back together to become stabilized, strengthened and harmonized
Beyond the exercises, I’m also including an essential oil combinations for keeping your meridians in line. And, as usual, a healthful recipe chock full of summer vegetables. Hopefully these resources will be useful in keeping your health during these stressful modern times.
Cheers to your Radiant Health!
Daily Energy Exercise
By Barb at New Moon Energetics
I love this energy routine and challenge you to do this on a daily basis and see how you feel after a week or so. Barb is so knowledgable and provides many resources on her site.
By Donna Eden
This is a useful exercise that targets your central meridian which is strongly affected by your (and others’) thoughts and feelings. This would be great to do before entering a conversation that may be conflictual. It helps stabilize your energies so that other person does not drag you down. Before beginning this exercise, briskly tap for about 20 seconds on K-27 to make sure your meridians are moving in the forward direction. To locate the K-27 points, place the pointer finger of each hand on the collarbone and move your hands toward each other until you reach the two inside corners of your collarbone. Drop straight down from these points to about an inch below your collarbone. For most people, there is a soft spot or indentation there.
1. Place your hands at the bottom end of the central meridian, which is at you pubic bone.
2. Inhale deeply as you simultaneously move your hands, slowly and with deliberation, straight up the center of your body to your lower lop, where the meridian ends.
3. By continuing upward, however, bringing your hands past your lips and exuberantly raising them into the sky, you connect your central meridian with you aura and with forces that are beyond you.
4. Circle your. arms back down to your pelvis.
5. Repeat three times.
Energy Essential Oil Combination
Essential oils are powerful in keeping our energy meridians in line. They can help keep you out of “Reversal” which is when your meridians are running backwards. Essential oils also help keep your heart rate healthy. Heart rates have a natural variability and essential oils can help keep that variability in check. A favorite combo is a mixture of Rose, Lavender, and Lemon Balm. Make sure you’re using a quality essential oil. Eden Botanicals is a good resource if you are looking for quality.
Creamy Vegan Broccoli Salad
By Feasting at Home
This salad from Feasting at Home looks so good and so nutritious. As our gardens fill up, hopefully you’ll be able to find an ingredient or two from your own garden or from a local Farmer’s Market. Here’s the recipe direct from the blog.
Herby Creamy Hemp Dressing:
1 cup hemp seeds
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons lemon juice ( 2 lemons)
2 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar (or other pale vinegar)
4 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional but tasty!)
1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley ( or dill or basil, or a combo- and chives are nice too)
8 ounces chopped broccoli
1 cup shredded purple cabbage
1/4 cup finely sliced or diced red onion
1/2 cup sliced and quartered radishes (watermelon radishes are pretty)
1 cup sliced (or matchstick) salad turnips ( or sub sliced Turkish cucumber)
Garnishes: sunflower seeds or hemp seeds, avocado, sprouts, fresh Italian parsley leavesinstructions
Make the dressing:
Place dressing ingredients (except parsly) in a blender and blend until very smooth. If you need a tablespoon more of water to get the blender going- so be it. Add the Parsley. Blend until chopped. Place in the fridge -this is best chilled. You can make this ahead, will last 3-4 days refrigerated.
Make the salad: Finely chop the broccoli and place in a large bowl -you should have about 4 cups. (Broccoli stems are ok, as long as they are finely chopped.) Add the cabbage, radishes, onion, turnips.Add most of the dressing (you will not need all- BUT at the same time, you want this really creamy and coated very generously!)
Season the salad with more salt and pepper to taste. Before serving sprinkle with hemp or sunflower seeds, add sprouts, parsley leaves and avocado if you like.