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I ♥ lemon-cayenne water

(photo source here

Every morning one of my rituals is to drink a glass of lemon-cayenne water before I take my shower.  No, this isn’t the cockamamie (just an excuse to use this word) maple-syrup-lemon-juice-cayenne cleanse concoction (oye, another excuse to use the symbolism of a rooster). 

I first began drinking this lemon-cayenne water after I stumbled upon Meghan Telpner’s holistic nutrition blog called Making Love in the Kitchen.  You see, I was looking to go on a green smoothie cleanse, and was researching my butt off when I settled on Meghan’s 3-Day Green Smoothe Cleanse.  One of the things she recommends is drink a glass of lemon-cayenne water to jump start your day – something a little spicy, hot, and tart-sweet to fire up your belly. 

FIX SOME UP

It’s easy peasy to fix up some lemon-cayenne water, if you cut up some organic fresh lemon wedges and leave them in a container in the fridge for easy access in the morning.  I squeeze a fat wedge of organic lemon into a clear glass (try not to use plastic); add a dash of cayenne (I double my dash)…and fill ‘er up with some WARM or room-temp filtered water…swirl with a spoon…and drink! (For sweetness, add stevia). 

Personally I drink my lemon-cayenne water with a straw.  See, my dentist asked me if I often drank hot lemon drinks, and when I answered yes (in a way), he said that I might want to lay off the sours since my teeth enamel was wearing away from the acidity.  Yikes!  So instead of laying off my energy drink, I drink it through a straw, careful to avoid my teeth.

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ORACLE [awr-uh-kuhl] (noun):  1.an utterance given by a priest or priestess at a shrine as the response of a god to an inquire;  2. the agency or medium giving such responses;  3. a shrine or place at which such responses were given: the oracle of Apollo at Delphi;  4. a person who delivers authoritative, wise, or highly regarded and influential pronouncements;  5. a divine communication or revelation;  6. any person or thing serving as an agency of divine communication;  7. any utterance made or received as authoritative, extremely wise, or infallible. ORIGIN: “to plead”

Lookit, I’m a Capricorn.  A December-born Capricorn to be clear.  Caps are known as the practical, disciplined ones.  A bit serious. Well, we’ve also got tons of wonderful, positive traits too, such as ambition, patience, humour, to name a few.   But back to the practical, serious bit.  You’d think with personality traits such as these, that the world of spiritual mindfulness and wellness to me would be…oh, woo woo, hokey pokey nonsense.  Erm, yeah, that was my first impression once upon a time. 

But now, thankfully, I’ve learned (admittedly with initial trepidation) to embrace the wonder of what cannot be seen with the naked eye nor explained with any immediate tangible evidence.   The first step began with a purchase of my first set of Angel Cards (Oracle Cards). 

I first learned about Oracle Cards at a girls-night get-together–where us gals would be imbued with good wine, great conversation, and lots of girly bonding.  Looking back, it’s no surprise that it was at the house of one of my most spirited, happiest, joyful friends that I would be introduced to the angels.  I was listening to another friend explain how at her deepest depths of loneliness and depression, she got through it with the aid of her Oracle Cards. Well, she had Fairy Cards.  My interest was peaked, and I asked how they worked, what they were, where I could find some of my own.  She directed me to a hidden gem of a bookshop in the city called Banyen Books – described as “a watering hole for the spirit”.  Hot damn, I branded the bookshop’s name onto my brain! 

THE QUEST FOR FINDING MY ORACLE CARDS

A couple days later I made a trip to the bookstore to find my own set of Oracle Cards.  I was surprised and, quite frankly, overwhelmed by the selection.   There were Angel Cards, Fairy Cards, Guardian Angel Cards,  Osho Zen Animal Cards, Animal Spirits Cards, Goddesses Cards, Druid Animal Cards, Unicorn Cards, Flower Spirit Cards, Celtic Totem Animal Cards, Archangel Cards, Tibetan Medicine Cards, Magical Mermaids & Dolphin Cards, Saints & Angel Cards, and on and on.

My friend had warned me that there were many types of Oracle cards…and thank goodness, I had the foresight to ask how I would know which set to choose.  She answered that I’d just simply know inside which one is right for me.  The shop had a test-pack opened for each set so I could look through all the cards in each set.  So I began to pick up each set, one at a time.  Soon enough, I had narrowed down my selection to two sets; both angel sets.  I took a deep breath, stood up as if to go, I made a decision at the moment, and bent down again to pick up the one I knew was right for me–Doreen Virtue’s Daily Guidance from your Angels Oracle Cards.

You’ll just know which one’s for you.  It’s true!  

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♡ Your existence gives me hope

 

(Your existence gives me hope @ 24th and Mission, San Francisco, CA by The Jof @ Flickr)


The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for.  And the most you can do is live inside that hope.  Not admire it from a distance, but live right in it, under its roof.


Barbara Kingsolver, author of The Poisonwood Bible & (from) Animal Dreams 

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So fresh & pretty!  I so love the SusyJack* delux wall calendar.  Yes, wall calendar (17.25″x5.5″).  Instant art (just cut off the calendar bit…c’est voila!).  The bare walls in my hallway would definitely perk up with these luscious colours and joyful motifs! Hey, it’s still January….there’s still 11 months to put into good use.

Bonus for the feel good vibes:  the calendar is printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper using soy ink.  Purchase this beaut of calendar here (US$34.00). 

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♡ Happiness and a lucky penny

(photo credit @ Kathryn Riechert’s Etsy Shop)  

Today I played hooky…well, I was waiting for my car to be fixed so I just took the day off. Some electrical issue. Anyways, it was pissing ass raining…torrential downpour…as in the weather people put out a warning about the rain yesterday. I enjoyed the sound of it as it came down, against the roof, against the window, hitting the panes. Then lo and behold, like a miracle, the clouds stopped crying and the sun came out. It was warm and so pretty out, so I took a walk which was good because I needed to be grounded.

I walked along the waterfront near where I live, the sun shining with its beams bouncing off the water. The water was seriously sparkling with sunsparks. And I noticed some truely lovely things…

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♡ The many paths we may take


(From here)

Every morning I manage to take care of a few ritualistic things to gear me up for the day.  Well, of course, those include the basic rituals such as taking a shower, brushing my teeth, getting dressed, putting on makeup, styling the hair, drinking coffee (my only cup of the day…I’ll try to wean off of it one day), and slurp up a yummy green smoothie full of superfoods.  

One of my not-so-typical favorite rituals is to psych myself up for a great day with some short and sweet affirmations.  One of my favorite sources is the DailyOm (I also like Dr. Wayne Dyer‘s affirmations).  Yes,  I hustle in the morning because I always want to get that last bit of sleep before the snooze button is pressed for the umpteenth time, while still managing the goal of always being on time at work…yet these affirmations honestly take a few seconds perusal each!   It’s totally doable. 

One of the “oldies but goodies” is this one — it’s about those days when you wake up with a tinge of fear tickling at the back of your head because your impatience gets the best of you, and you panic about which road you should travel down.  It reminds us to be present, grounded…and as the old British wartime saying goes: “Keep Calm & Carry On“: 

…when we are lost, we typically look at a map to figure out where we are and how to get to our chosen destination. This works well, assuming that there is a map of the territory in which we find ourselves, and assuming that we know our destination.   However, this is not always the case…Not knowing exactly where we are, we find ourselves unsure of which way to go, and eventually the uneasy feeling that we are lost presents itself….

…The beauty of being lost is the same thing that makes it scary—it asks us to look within ourselves to find the way. If we have no map, we must go on instinct, relying on our inner compass to show us which way to go.  This can be scary because so much seems to be riding on it.  We fear we might go too far in the wrong direction, or become paralyzed and make no progress at all.  

And yet, this is the very challenge we need to develop our ability to trust ourselves.  We are also learning to trust that the universe will support and guide us.  We may believe this intellectually, but it is only through experience that it becomes knowledge of the heart.  

Learning to be okay with being lost and trusting that we will be guided, we begin our journey….

 

(For the complete post, go to DailyOm’s “Unchartered Territory – Feeling Lost”)

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Happy New Year…New Decade! 

May you travel more both near and far
May you be healthy and care for your body with love and attention (exercise and rest!)
May you take care of your head (no harm, no shame in counselling, therapy, psychoed, meditation, etc – seriously!)
May you eat tons of delicious, fantabulous, flavourful, seasonal, local, colourful foods
May you learn something new and challenge your brain (new language perhaps?)
May you learn to be comfortable with yourself (who cares what others say, dammit!), maybe even take risks. Oh la.
May you revel in simple, silly pleasures (hello, gossip sites!)
May you work up a sweat … any way you wish
May you breathe in nature and enjoy it without destroying it (hikes, walks around the block, frolick on the beach, trip on nature trails) – apparently the trees absorb your negative energy – thank you trees, I’m sorry we like to cut you down to make chopsticks.
May you look real good….
real good, dammit. Be a sexy beast.
May you watch Glee with glee…Sigh, not until April.
May you recycle, reuse, reduce…100 things only? Okay, okay. Let’s start with the basics.
May you give with no expectation of receiving, and be kind (it’s easy being “nice” but kindness is genuine)…karma doesn’t kid around.
May you listen, really listen, stop talking and interrupting and annoying other people so much. Relax.
May you find a really good non-dairy vegan cheese out there that actually tastes good. Then tell me! I miss nachos.
May you play with babies and kids more. Teach them. If they annoy you, then teach them and model manners, courtesy, kindness and confidence. They in turn will teach to you, remind you to have fun, to let go, to explore, laugh (you’ll remember why saying poo is so funny) and to discover.
May you eat the good stuff. Not that cheap, waxy, filler-filled chocolate, but that creamy, decadent, high cocoabutter content, phenylethylamine (that feel good property) rich, tiny bit of chocolate goodness that lingers on your palate and doesn’t give you that sticky, chemical aftertaste. Mmmm! Although, hey, a reese peanutbutter cup once in a while ain’t so bad. Yum.
May you get into green smoothies full of good-for-you superfoods to jump start your day.
May you love your profession, your job, your situation. And if you don’t, at least love what it provides for you (security is grand).
May you get more bendy – exercise, yoga…
May you fill your iPod with happy music.
May you continue to educate yourself. Learn about the world. Read The Guardian for the news. Check out different opinions. Read, analyze.
May you vote for the other guy – let’s avoid letting the Conservatives get a majority this year, please.
May you appreciate the glory of the Canadian healthcare system. Faults and all.
May you drive safely.
May you sleep soundly. Get a good mattress. Flip it over once a year. Invest in some luxurious high thread-count sheets (don’t worry, after 300 it doesn’t make a dent so it’s all good) and good pillows. Personally love tempurpedic, but also have those downy ones too.
May you love your home, make it cozy. Unclutter for goodness sakes. Let the energy move about in there and not get stuck in all that junk in your trunks and corners. Or cheat and stuff it all under your bed and in your closets and make it out of sight. Heh.
May you forgive yourself, forgive others. It’s friggin’ effin’ hard, but you don’t need that nonsense. But you might need help to do it (re: take care of your head).
May you appreciate your parents and hang out with them, if they are awesome. Like mine.

Hang on, 2010 is a great year. I’m promising myself it will be, and so it will. You too. Go on. Nudge, nudge.

(photo credit: From Shineology)

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