I don’t know about all of you, but this holiday season tends to take a hell of a lot out of me, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful, pretty happy and in general celebrating in a fairly peaceful way. I’m just drained.

Since Christmas Day, I have had the good fortune to be able to relax and clean myself out. I’ve come up with a bit of a practice of aruveydic eating and meditation that is helping to keep me balanced during a time of year that normally causes me anxiety: Kitchari, gentle yoga and meditation.

Kitchari is a wonderful kind of pottage of easily digestible foods that relaxes the digestive system after the strenuous eating of the holidays. Here’s my recipe, but feel free to play around:

1 cup of basmati rice

1/2 cup of mung beans (split yellow lentils)

3 tbsp of ghee (clarified butter)

1 tbsp of coriander seeds, 1 tbsp of caraway seeds, 1 tbsp of fennel seeds, 1/2 tbsp of tumeric, good chunk of ginger, 3 cinnamon sticks. Grind them in a food processor.

rock salt to taste

Veggies (Only if you feel like it, I like Kale)

Bring about 4 cups of water to boil add rice and beans to simmer.

Heat ghee and toss ground spices in. Saute slightly.

Mix the ghee spice mixture in with the rice/beans. Add Kale and simmer until full cooked. Add rock salt to taste.

Honest to God, it’s yummy and I feel a hell of a lot better physically than I did after the sugar fiasco of Christmas Day (fun as it was in the moment).

And then…….

Meditate! Even if it’s only for 5 minutes.

I’m always looking for simple solutions to restore, relax and renew.

For what it’s worth……..

Big Namaste!


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Join me as I dive in to the deep end of the pool and challenge myself to live big and love big. What does that mean? In 2012 , I accepted the invitation to push myself beyond my comfort zone, at least once a day, and engaged and responded to my life, or a given situation in my life, in a way that would normally scare the hell out of me. Why did I do it it? Because it was time time to begin, and I was ready! Each day brought a new revelation, lesson, challenge, encounter, a teaching moment, that revealed to me that living big and loving big are uniquely interconnected. Welcome 2013, the year of lovebig 365. Each post was an expression of love experienced, witnessed, inspired, manifested. It didn't always make sense in the moment, and yet its sheer mystery hopefully evoked a beautiful affirmation of life and all of its shimmery brightness; broken up, lovely to behold, tender and full of purpose. 2014, jagged, bumpy, disjointed posts. 2015, silence, and plenty of growth within that silence. Manifesting 2016: The creation of a gathering place for gratitude. Join in the wavering, audacious, unequivocal fun. 2017: Reflection 2018: POWER, MAGIC, TRANSFORMATION
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