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).
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……..