With all that’s happening in the news and in our communities, I know (at least for me) it can feel uneasy and scary. I can feel the fear in the air and in the tone of some of the voices around – as people search for staple items like toilet paper and stock up on canned food – worried about their loved ones.
For us, we’re doing our best to stay informed and ease into our new norm with supportive tools and routines. I’m writing to you from the comfort of our home with Miles Davis playing in the background and the scent of a delicious lemongrass stew on the stove (recipe to follow). Having taken time for a yoga nidra (sleep meditation nap) I felt ready to share what’s on my heart.
To stay grounded and hopeful, this week I’ve made more time for Spiritual practices like meditation, breath work, chakra healing, journaling, time in nature and yoga nidra sleep meditation (including a link below to a free YN meditation by an incredible woman who happens to also be my step-sister)!
Doing our best to stay in the present moment also helps. That can be as simple as tuning back into your breath, feeling your feet on the ground, or noticing your fingers as they type.
Our focus has been to stay healthy and with this in mind I’ve added fresh ginger and turmeric to our morning shakes (click here for recipe) and drinking lot’s of water throughout the day. Plus eating healthy as much as possible.
Also, I’ve been looking around for more reasons to be thankful. Truly thankful that is. After all, gratitude calms the soul, it brings forth a lighter, happier, easeful energy and a feeling of being taken care of.
As Nikola Tesla said “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration”.
We are made of matter and energy – so when we make time to ease into gratitude and calming practices (like yoga nidra, breath work, present moment living, gratitude and time in nature) we can better support a hopeful state of being, despite what’s happening around us.
Here is a link to a free Yoga Nidra meditation, please do try it out and let me know your thoughts. Click here for your free Daring to Rest yoga nidra meditation.
Lemongrass and Vegetable Stew
*preferably all organic
Heat and brown the following ingredients into a large stock pot:
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
4 cloves of garlic
1 Leek – chopped
1 bunch of celery diced
1 bunch of carrots diced
1 package of fresh cut herbs “Beef Blend” https://thatstasty.com/product-lines/herbs/
ADD about 4 – 5 cups of water and stir. Bring to a boil.
Stir and let it simmer on low heat on the stove for two hours and then add the following:
If you want to add a spicy kick add a whole habanero pepper to simmer.
Red potatoes – cut into quarters – I added the entire 3lb bag.
- I watched this video to prepare the lemongrass for soup: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=58rSRxb_BMU
1 can of coconut milk
1 tablespoon of pink Himalayan salt
2 tablespoons of Instant Gourmet, Caribbean Jerk seasoning
For a smoky flavor add: Applewood Smoked Sea Salt.
This recipe can cook for days. I put the whole pot in the fridge at night and then back on the stovetop early in the AM. Letting it simmer all day.
I’d love to hear from you so please do let me know how your stew comes out, what you thought of the yoga nidra practice, if you’d like to connect about some helpful breath work or if you just want to catch up!
Sending so much love and positive energy your way.