A Day of Self Love
Be Your Own Valentine
I am passionate about helping people create lifelong rituals which ensure their success, wellbeing and sustaining ability to thrive. Establishing healthy habits takes practice, persistence, and patience- whether it’s taking on a new diet, exercise regime, or adopting a new mindset.
The process of gaining lasting Self Love is no different. It takes time, practice, and many ups and downs to test if we’re really doing our homework.
Yes, love is work. Sometimes. But what better work could there be?
Honing the ability to love ourselves fully – no matter the external circumstance – is priceless. Self Love breeds contentment, joy, health, ability to be of service, and the ability to love others fully. It is only from offering ourselves love that we can offer it to others.
Remembering the importance (and vitality) of Self Love is especially important in times when society asks us to show our love with boxes of chocolates and flowers. Not that these things aren’t lovely… but they’re not L-O-V-E, Love. To truly experience Love, we must go past the image of love, and dive deep into the embodiment of love.
This state is cultivated from deep within, and only from within. To me, loving self is akin to looking within through eyes of love, a gentle heart, and a nurturing mind.
Below you’ll find some of my favorite Self Love Rituals. These are the practices that help me nurture myself, that give me care when ego says I’m not worth it, that nourish me so that I may nourish my family and students. They are by no means the only way to cultivate Self Love, but they are a few.
Feel free to take a full day going through all of these practices together; or just add in one per day, and feel how even a moment of offering yourself love makes such a world of difference.
1. Loving Kindness Meditation
My go-to, always, everyday. Love of any kind starts with Self Love. This meditation, practiced in three parts starts with self, then extends to an individual of choice, then to all beings. The order is not to create a hierarchy, but to validate the importance of giving within before giving abroad. I like to begin each morning with this meditation.
May my heart be filled with Loving Kindness.
May I be well.
May I be peaceful and at ease.
May I be happy.
(Repeat 2x, replacing “my/I” with “your/you” and then “our/us”)
2. Abhyanga + Hot Bubble Bath
Your body is your temple, and showing it a little love will go a long way. Taking a moment to clean your body and pamper yourself with pleasure is a beautiful act of Self Love. Immerse yourself in a hot bubble bath, with candles, your favorite calming music and essential oils. Then, for a few minutes, slather melted coconut oil over your entire body- don’t miss an inch! Tend to the spaces that normally don’t get looked at. Massage away tension. I promise you’ll feel good… and your skin will love it.
3. Take Time to Do Your Practice
Rid of what is not serving you, and make space for what you love. If you have four appointments scheduled in a day, but aren’t taking 10 minutes to care for your body and mind- rethink how you’re prioritizing your Self Love. Reschedule an appointment, and instead go take a yoga class, call a girlfriend to have lunch, close your eyes and listen to your breath… When we are over scheduled and overwhelmed, we simply can not offer our best selves. Quality over Quantity. Work can wait, but habitually not taking care of your body will eventually mean that you can’t work at all.
4. Nourish Your Body
Eat well. Feed your body beautiful foods. Feed yourself lovingly. Be aware of what you consume. Have a sensual experience with your food by eating slowly, and savoring all the flavors, textures and subtleties of your cuisine. Don’t eat on the go. Eat purposefully, graciously, and with ease. Your body will better assimilate the nutrients of your food, your digestion will improve, and you’re weight will very likely balance out on its own.
Try this little something extra for you sexy food lovers… Beaming Cafe’s Sexy Mayan Smoothie! I was more or less obsessed with this smoothie when it was first launched. It’s perfectly rich, a little spicy, gives a nice boost to your heart health, and invigorates the senses! Blend all ingredients in a blender or Vitamix- Savor and Enjoy!!
Sexy Mayan Smoothie:
1 cup almond milk – homemade sprouted or organic boxed
1 T Beaming superfood plant protein (with or without greens)
2 T cacao powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 cup frozen banana
1/4 tsp sea salt (optional)
1/2-1 cup ice
Ok. There you have it. A few of my all time favorite Self Love Rituals. Now it’s up to you to make space for Self Love in your heart by doing your practice.
Sending you all lots and lots of love.
Sprouted Almond Milk
If you’ve never tried nut milk, you’re in for a treat! It tastes so much better than cow’s milk and is easy to make. The following are 5 easy steps to making the most nutritious and delicious almond milk.
1) Soak 1 cup of raw organic almonds in 2 cups of filtered water with a few spritzes of food-grade 3% H2O2 to kill off any bacteria. Soak for 2 days, changing the water twice per day – once in the morning and once in the evening. (Double the quantity if you want to make a larger batch.)
2) Soak for approximately 48 hours because it allows the almonds to begin sprouting which changes the nutritional composition and maximizes nourishment.
Have you ever eaten shelled sunflower seeds? Then you know that they are slightly oily and contain fat. How about that same sunflower seed 10 days later after it’s sprouted into a sunflower green? Now it’s green crunchy, fresh and plump with water. Where did the fat go? The process of sprouting changed the nutritional composition of the seed.
When you sprout almonds, you will see a tiny bud starting to form at the tip of the almond and a crack down the center where the almond is about to split so the sprout can emerge. This will only happen if the almonds are truly raw, fresh and viable.
3) Place the cup of almonds in a high-speed blender or Vitamix with two cups of water, a pinch of Celtic Sea Salt and an optional sweetener like vanilla bean seeds, or yacon syrup. I prefer just a little yacon syrup since it is sweet,and has an extremely low glycemic index. If you are making a flavored milk like chocolate milk or chai, now is a good time to add the raw cacao or spices. Blend at high speed. Taste test your milk and adjust to desired flavor.
4) Pour the almond milk through a nut milk bag and squeeze to separate the almond pulp from the milk. The almond pulp can be used to make other treats like raw almond cookies, but the pulp will only keep fresh for 1-2 days refrigerated unless you dehydrate it into almond flour.
5) Viola! You’re done and now you can enjoy your almond milk straight or use it to make a creamy smoothie, add to recipes, breakfast cereal,and so much more.
Watch this 3 minute video and view the steps in action. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9UirLp5vtw&feature=c4-overview&list=UUDBizofTVWVUib_JsxwxBWg
Several years ago, Lisa Odenweller was in my Yogi Training when I told a story about paying my kids $1 every morning to drink a shot of home made green juice. Since then she began studying the work of top nutrition experts, nationally renowned holistic chefs and cleansing experts. As a result of her transformative cleansing experience and entrepreneurial experience, Beaming was born. Lisa saw an opportunity to create a program that offered a REALISTIC, COMPREHENSIVE, NUTRITIONALLY RICH, DELICIOUS and EDUCATIONAL lifestyle approach to cleansing. She set out to fill the need for a program that went beyond the current weight-loss fad, deprivation-laden, confusing cleansing regimens on the market. When Lisa shared her vision with me, I was committed to share my resources to help grow Beaming and change people’s lives. I am thrilled to be a part of a program that will help you feel balanced, gain more energy, attain greater mental clarity and create a radiant glow. Beaming’s first bBar, a Superfood, Vitality bar is opening Thursday, December 21st in Del Mar serving organic cold pressed juices, Superfood Smoothies, salads and raw dishes. The menu is exotic, gourmet, delicious with maximum nourishment and you won’t have to pay your kids a $1 to drink a shot of green juice!
Vegan, Organic, Raw, Gluten+Dairy Free, Non-GMO
Let Food Be Thy Medicine, And Medicine Be Thy Food
Here’s a great article from my partners at Beaming Superfood Cafes and what we teach as part of the curriculum at A Day of Namaste.
It’s Time To Alkalize.
Our Standard American Diet (SAD) is highly acidic. Foods such as milk, cheese, red and white meats, eggs, sodas, coffee, alcohol, pasta and flour-based breads, chocolate, fast foods, refined foods, processed and packaged foods, as well as a stressful lifestyle and a toxic environment all contribute to acidosis, a heightened amount of acidity in the body. Yikes.
We all have a delicate pH and our bodies prefer a slightly alkaline environment. When the foods we consume push our pH toward acidity our bodies find alkaline minerals stored internally to cure the imbalance. While our bodies are amazing machines and have the ability to do this and keep us in healthy pH range, the process of repairing this imbalance requires a severe loss of the very minerals you work hard to supplement daily. Even more scary,acidity is a silent killer, causing inflammation in the body which is the root of all disease.
Everyone can benefit from eating more plants in their diet. A food’s acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body is not based on the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so, lemons are alkaline forming in the body. Meat will test alkaline before digestion, but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid forming. In general, most vegetables and fruits are alkaline. Most animal meat, including seafood is acidic forming in the body
Eat these alkaline foods freely! Try to incorporate as many as you can into your daily diet…