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Life is Ritual

Life is a Beautiful Ceremony unfolding.
There are so many ways to honor and be
present within our day to day happenings,
nurturing ourselves through the ritual of life…
keeping our bodies:
physical, mental, emotional, spiritual,
tuned in, in balance.  Happy and free.
Here I will share a few of my own self-care rituals.
I work with this magic everyday.
Take the time to nurture, slow down,
be present and grounded within your own being.
Within the presence of a simple moment,
just to notice is such a beautiful gift.
~ Bless yourself  ~

 Drink Tea

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I drink a lot of tea.  So, so much tea.
Many of the herbs I work with are plants I wildcraft myself,
and this of course is a part of the ritual for me.
Nettles, Wild Mint, Horsetail, the list goes on an on.
For years I stayed away from teas with caffeine,
but since meeting some beautiful friends who are deep into Tea,
I have begun to explore the world of fine Pu-erhs and Matchas,
White teas…there are so many to discover.
I brew a pot for myself first thing in the morning,
sit quietly, watch the sunrise, and enjoy the silence.
Taking in the beauteous expanse that lies before me.

Touch the Sun

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This is one of the most important Rituals of my day.
Standing on the Earth, bare feet, hands to the Sun.
Feeling the light radiate my entire being,
magnifying every cell, merging into One.

Eat Beauty

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I make food magic everyday.
Beautiful, bountiful, deeply nourishing foods.
Deep Earth food.  Rainbow food.
Organic, farm grown, vitalized food.
Every sense enchanted.
Blessing the food makers.
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10254009_10202362238433179_1321423431642455277_nRaw Rainbow Thai Soup
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1454742_10202300914940130_1935392962_nFarm fresh neighbor eggs, Homemade seed toast, Grandpa’s backyard honey, yummy kale salad
My food magic ritual is simple.
Tune into what my body needs.
Create in a meditative love state.
Make beauty.  Enjoy every bite.
Try to eat slowly and with presence.
Give thanks.

 Neti

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I use my neti pot almost everyday.  I actually really love to use it.
Neti is an ancient yogic cleansing technique used to purify the mind, body, & spirit.
Some even say it brings clairvoyance…I say, I agree.
I always feel much more clear and awake when I neti first thing in the morning.
It’s easy to do.  Simply mix approximately 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. of
fine ground high quality sea salt with pure, warm water and
run this solution in one nostril and out the other.
(I like to switch nostrils half-way through the pot, and take 10 deep breaths when I’m done.)
Feels good to clear the sinuses, washing away the old, making way for the new.
Making way for Deep, deep breaths.

Meditate

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 I had been practicing Yoga asana for years before I realized the importance of Meditation in my life.
Fortunately, a dear friend and practitioner encouraged me to sit in a 7-day silent Vipassana retreat years ago.
I soaked it up like a S P O N G E.
So happy to be quiet and go in.  After I left that particular retreat, things were different.
Very different…instaneously.  Magic took its course, swallowing me completely.
After that, I was hooked.  I remember the moment I realized that this practice was a key for me.
A doorway to the Natural state.
I would love to hear some of your own rituals : )
Always something new and inspiring to learn 
With Love,  Holly Jean
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1 Comment

  • Reply
    Jasmine
    May 28, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    I love your artistic vision! All of this is so good!

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