Tasting the Niyamas

“Living yoga as a spiritual path is a journey. And it has a definite goal. Some people begin a journey just for the fun of it, like an adventure. Indeed, many yoga students begin with this in mind. You hear that yoga is good for your body. Then you discover that it also has some pleasant mental effects. Finally, you find out that yoga offers you a path to the ultimate goal of life—spiritual enlightenment. Your journey begins when you embrace that goal as your own.” ­ ~ Quiet Karma

This week we begin with the Niyamas to get a better understanding of living yoga.  Yoga is truly more than asanas in my case.  Getting myself into positions my body just won’t allow.  But I realized I was doing the asanas from my head and what others could do.  This journey has brought me to a place where I am realizing old habits and patterns from my childhood carrying them through and becoming reactive rather than responsive.  This is what my intent is for this blog.  To research the topics and principles following a Living Yoga and actualized life that was meant for me.  Learning to trust is easier said than done.  So rather than rewrite what is already perfectly written is not benefitting me (karmically) or the author of the post I am featuring.  Today’s post will focus on an overview of the Niyamas courtesy of  QuietKarma.org, the website that completely resonates with where I am in the present moment.  Please give a LIKE and follow and comment so I know that my journey is helpful.  Namaste.


Every journey needs a map, especially those that we want to complete. How could we reach our goal without a map? For yoga’s journey to enlightenment Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras is such a map. It shows us the way by providing clear and necessary pathways to achieving the goal. Within the 109 aphorisms of the Yoga Sūtras are spiritual practices called the yamas and niyamas. The yamas, practices of self-control, are discussed here.


This post focuses on the principle of niyama. The Sanskrit word niyama means “observance” or “discipline.” Niyamas are daily practices that prepare us for higher learning. These disciplines are meant to help us, and that is exactly what they do. By living a disciplined life, we experience deeper meditation. As our meditation practice deepens, the inner jewels promised by the masters are revealed.


These five practices are powerful tools that help us progress on the spiritual path. It’s important to note that these practices don’t just apply to our actions. Thoughts and words are subtle actions. Mental actions are most important because thoughts manifest into words and actions. And all actions, good or bad, subtle or gross, have their results—karma.

  • Purity shaucha:

The practice of living a pure life is essential. Our bodies are made pure by regular bathing and good health habits. Since our body is the vehicle that we travel in, we must keep it healthy. Exercise, like yoga postures and walking, keep our body toned and strong. Mental purity is also important. Positive thoughts and avoiding the habit of criticism contribute to mental purity. Meditation is our strongest ally to purify the mind.

  • Contentment~santosha:

The practice of contentment is stated nicely in the Shāndilya Upanishad. It says, “Contentment is to be happy with whatever comes, whenever it comes, according to the will of God or the force of destiny.” Another way to explain this is a favorite quote by my Guru’s Guru: “Accept your karma cheerfully.”

  • Self-discipline ~tapas:

The word austerity might also be used to define this term. But it’s meant in the most positive sense. Yogis don’t practice extreme disciplines like self-mortification. We always seek the middle path. Self-discipline is action taken for our highest welfare. Disciplined seekers avoid bad company. They keep a regular schedule of spiritual practices. Discipline helps maintain a healthy body and mind—important tools on the spiritual path.

  • Study ~ svã dhyã ya:

 This practice includes several activities. Studying scriptures and the writings of yoga masters is just a beginning. Internal mantra repetition is also a form of svādhyāya. If you enjoy singing devotional songs, then this practice will appeal to you. Traditional yogic chants help to focus and purify the mind.

  • Devotion to God ~ Ishvara pranidhãra:

This term is often translated as “surrender to God.” As we grow in wisdom, we realize that we’re not the performer of actions. We’re just an actor in the Divine play. We experience peace with this understanding. And inner peace is a boon on the spiritual path.


The Effects Inherent in the Niyamas


Just as he describes the effects of perfection in yama, Patañjali also tells us what to expect as a result of niyama. The references at the end of each point below refer to the chapter and verse in the Yoga Sūtras.

  • Purity: As a result of purity, attachment to the body dissipates, and you’ll find pleasure in solitude. “Moreover, one achieves purification of the heart, cheerfulness of the mind, the power of concentration, control of the passions and fitness for vision of the Ātman.” (2:40-41)
  • Contentment: “As the result of contentment, one gains supreme happiness.” (2:42)
  • Self-discipline: Through perfect discipline, “all mental and physical impurities are destroyed.” Also, special powers related to the senses are attained. These include clairvoyance and clairaudience. (2:43)
  • Study: By perfection in the practice of study, you experience visions of saints, sages, and masters. Such visions help us overcome obstacles on the path. Ultimately, practicing yogis obtain the vision of their chosen form of the Divine. (2:44)
  • Devotion to God: Patañjali promises, “As the result of devotion to God, one achieves samādhi.” Samādhi is the eighth limb of yoga in Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras. It’s a high meditative state. In this state, you experience absorption in the Self, the ultimate Reality. This is the state of perfect peace and bliss. (2:45)


Practicing the Niyamas


“Practice” implies making a habit of something. Habits are formed through repetition. It’s quite natural for us to form habits. In fact, most of our actions, even our thinking, are already made up of habits. The niyamas are a set of habits that help us on the spiritual path. With the right attitude, these practices become our dearest, most generous, friends.

Mastery of the niyamas is necessary on any spiritual path. But it can be overwhelming to incorporate new practices into your life. It’s best to focus on one—the one that appeals to you most, or the one that you think needs the most work. The yamas and niyamas are like a family. When you focus on one family member, you’ll discover that the others easily join in.

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Blessings to all…

In Gratitude,

Jan Marie


Composing A Life ~Eating your Dosha!!


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Brahmacharya ~The Gift of Fidelity

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rahmacharya: Celibacy (also interpreted as fidelity), conservation of energy, or moderation. You can incorporate brahmacharya into your life by resting when you need to. Find ways to relax and recharge so that you have the energy to do things that are really important to you. Child’s pose is a great way tEo feel grounded and supported in rest.

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It is a miracle that this week’s yamma is Brahmacharya – Celibacy and finding ways to trust and relax through these COVID times.  I am now waiting and finding that learning patience which is trusting that things will work out in the end.  I am planning on beginning my Volunteer adventure onboard the Global Mercy ship next week.  Part of the preparation I feel is different about this manifestation is that I am being fully present. 

Changes are happening and like never before, I am learning how to lean into my new life and to create space where it had been filled with outdated beliefs, thoughts, habits which lead to self-sabataging behaviors.  To sit with my fears of October 2 trauma of my flight being cancelled and living temporarily at Bunny Wilburn Home in Seattle.  I came across this place to not only learn to handle challenges and to transform in ways that will manifest and actualize my dream.  My mind reacted into complete fear and overwhelm and on the verge of propelling myself into despair and giving up. 

I decided to use this time to learn to apply the Zazen meditation techniques I learned over the four months of my Kitchen Apprenticeship at Green Gulch Farm, Muir Beach CA.  I learned the power of being still and sitting meditation over different time periods also known as Sesshins that would last from half-day to a week.  Silence permeated the air and I was able to learn to be present in the Kitchen and to learn the Aryurvedic principles of Nutrition.  That is when I fell in love with learning more about myself and the Bodhissatva.  Learning more about my body’s constitution through understanding my Dosha which is Vata lead me to want to learn how nutrition and discovering my Dharma or Archetype would give me a better proscription for living the life I was meant to live. 

On that note, here is a Holiday on the Side favorite – Raw Vegan Spinach Manicotti that is absolutely like Tasting Nirvana.  Let me know what your thoughts are and give a LIKE to let me know how you felt about this post.


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I love raw Italian Food! There are ways to mimic spaghetti, lasagna, ravioli, pizza, you name it, all using veggies, nuts and seeds. This manicotti is an impressive gluten-free and vegan dish that is a great way to introduce newbies to raw food. This makes quite a bit, so share the raw food love with family & friends!

In the Mix

For the Noodles:

  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • For the Spinach & Sunflower Cheese Filling:
  • 2 cups of sunflower seeds (from above)
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 8 cups spinach
  • ½ cup parsley
  • 1½ tablespoons Italian Seasoning

For the Herby Tomato Sauce:

  • 3 cups of sundried tomatoes, measured after soaking (from above)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • ¼ cup cold-pressed olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 2 teaspoons rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • ½-1 teaspoon salt, only if your sun-dried tomatoes are unsalted
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seed, for garnish, if desired

Putting it All Together

  1. Advanced Prep 1. Soak 2 cups of sunflower seeds in pure water for 4-6 hours. Drain and rinse. 2. In a separate bowl, soak 2 cups of sundried tomatoes in pure water for 4 hours or longer. Drain For the Noodles 1. Cut off both ends of each zucchini. Using a mandoline, slice the zucchini the long way so that you have long, wide noodles. If a mandoline is not available, use a knife, cutting as thinly as possible. 2. Place in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and toss very gently. For the Spinach & Sunflower Cheese Filling 1. In a high-speed blender, combine sunflower seeds, water, lemon, garlic and salt. 2. Blend well until smooth. Scrape into a large bowl. 3. In a food processor, process the spinach and parsley in batches until chopped but not puréed. Alternately, chop finely by hand. Pour into the bowl with the sunflower cheese. 4. Add Italian seasoning and mix well. For the Herby Tomato Sauce 1. To assemble, arrange 4 zucchini noodles horizontally on a cutting board, slightly overlapping one over the next by about ½”. 
  2.  Place ¼ cup of the spinach & sunflower cheese filling in the center and spread so that it covers the front to the back and about 1″ in width. 3. Roll the zucchini from left to right to create a filled manicotti. 4. Place two manicotti on a plate and top with ¼ cup of tomato sauce. 5. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of hemp seeds and/or Italian seasoning.


Bon Appetit!


Blessings to all…

In Gratitude,

Jan Marie

Eating your Dosha!!

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Tasting Aparigraha ~ Freedom from Greed

Healing is not about growing into a better version of who you think you are, but rather unravelling all you are not so you remember all you’ve ever been.

~ Vince Gomon
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Today’s post focusses on the 5th Yama ~ Aparigraha ~ freedom from Greed.  It is something that I have always taken for granted.  This post is to highlight this yama and how to include this into our daily life.  The Art of Living website is what I have been following and sets up an awesome template for the these substrates, i.e., Greed or possessiveness or covetousness  by utilizing the enzymes that include: breathing, meditation, and personal exploration of these aspects of our dharmic characteristics as well as functioning in harmony with your physical constitution (dosha) through nutrition and wellbeing.


According to Sejal Shah, Aparigraha is freedom from greed, possessiveness, or covetousness. To define and understand the literal meaning of aparigraha, let’s break down its three components: the first is “graha”, which means to reach for, accept, seek, or crave; the second is “pari”, which means from all sides; and lastly there is “a”, which is used for negation and means “non”. Combining the three, the word aparigraha means not taking more than is needed, practicing non-acceptance (including gifts), and non-accumulation–all of which, when practiced together, can help in developing an attitude of detachment or non-dependence, trust, and self-reliance.


The virtue of aparigraha helps us learn to take only what is truly necessary and no more. One should not try to keep or try to possess anything beyond the very necessities of life, or that which is required immediately.

Benefits of practicing aparigraha

       1.  Access to the higher knowledge of life.

According to Maharishi Patanjali,

“Aparigraha sthairye janmakathamta sambodhaha” (Yoga Sutra II. 39)

Aparigraha = non-accumulation; Sthairye = established; Janmakathamta = of how births happen; Sambhodhaha = knowledge.

“Being established in non-accumulation gives knowledge of how births happen.”

When the yogi no longer desires to have possessions, he frees himself from the material world. This gives him a perspective of the purpose of his birth, both in this life and in past ones. He gains comprehension of the law of Karma and understands what lessons remain to be learned before attaining Realization. Patanjali says that “when aparigraha is established, one gets the awareness of past life events”. – Commentary from Swami Sivananda


He explains further, “Attachment, and the anxiety which accompanies attachment, are obstacles to knowledge. Freedom from attachment will result in knowledge of the whole course of our journey. Who was I? How was I? What is this? What shall I be? How shall I be? In this shape comes to him the knowledge of his own experience in the past, present, and future. He becomes independent and free. His mind becomes pure. Everything becomes quite clear to him. He gets a memory of past life also.”

  1. Self-reliance

Non-accumulation and non-attachment can simply mean that you don’t depend on someone or something external for your own happiness and stability.

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of who I am, I receive what I need.” This insightful quote by Lao Tzu explains the whole essence of aparigraha beautifully.

“The yogi feels that the collection or hoarding of things implies a lack of faith in God and in himself to provide for the future….By the observance of aparigraha, the yogi makes his life as simple as possible and trains his mind not to feel the loss or the lack of anything. Then everything he really needs will come to him by itself at the proper time.” ~ Dr. BKS Iyengar, Light On Yoga.

“Non-accumulating simply means confidence in one’s existence and in one’s abilities. It is knowledge of one’s self. You know how to make bread and know you can earn it. So you will not make bread for a whole year and store it. It will become stale,” explains Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

  1. A greater enjoyment of life

These words of Henry David Thoreau sound the bell of truth and freedom: “It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.”

Paying attention to how much we take and how much we hold on to can inspire a lot of change in our tendency of hoarding. If we can free our space—the outer as well as the inner—allowing energy to move easily and freely, then we create space for whatever the Universe has for us to offer. We then allow free flow of energy and we can live in the flow of the moment.

“What we try to possess, possesses us”, says Deborah Adele, ERYT500. This is so true. Without us even realizing it, our possessions start possessing us and start controlling and dictating our lives, demanding so much of our attention. Storage, repairing, maintenance, anxiety, attachment, all of these can imprison us and rob us of our freedom and the joy of the moment.

  1. An understanding of impermanence

In the words of Lao Tzu, “If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to.” The sooner we allow this idea of impermanence to sink in, the easier, balanced, and happier our lives will be.

  1. Unconditional love

“Love is what is left when you’ve let go of all the things you love”, said Swami Jnaneshvara of Abhyasa Ashram, Florida.

Aparigraha teaches you not to create an attachment with anybody, including your loved ones. This sense of non-attachment helps you to have a sense of belonging to everyone without becoming possessive, jealous, and codependent.

Aparigraha is the art of letting go and living life with open palms, open minds, and an open heart, so that all things, concepts, or people enter, exist, and exit effortlessly without creating any bondage or dependency.

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Aparigraha Meditation


Blessings to all…

In Gratitude,

Jan Marie

Eating your Dosha!!

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On Pure Thoughts

The longer we are able to hold a positive thought, the stronger that energy around us becomes.

~ Daily Om

Spiritual inertia happens when I live reactively to life as though it happens to me.  My thoughts scatter negative energy in a myriad of directions. Cycling between beginning and ending.  Moving chaotically from one moment to the next. When I am still and allow my thoughts to flow freely, I can feel how impermanent and inconsistent they are. Developing a healing practice to create a portal to breath creating space to let go of the things that are not meant for you.  This could be a person, an issue or situation that causes our wellbeing to feel negative emotions and upsets the harmonious balance through our thoughts, habits and ultimate behavior into disease or illness.  For me it was breast cancer.

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Holidays on the Side — Featuring Tofu Summer Rolls by lazycatkitchen.com

Naturally vegetarian and gluten-free, these summer rolls with hoisin tofu are delicious and stylish.  A healthy appetizer, work or kid’s school lunch.

In the Mix:
  • 1 packet Hoisin & Sesame marinated Tofu, sliced (Bean Supreme)
  • 50g Vermicelli noodles
  • 1 cup fresh coriander (we love Superb Herb)
  • 4 baby carrots, julienned (we love Wilcox )
  • 1 cucumber, julienned
  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 8 Rice paper sheets
  • 1 tbsp black sesame seeds
  • Mint (we love Superb Herb)
  • Peanuts – toasted and chopped
  • 1 avocado (we love NZ Avocado)
Putting it all together:
  1. Cook sliced Tofu on a non-stick frypan over medium-high heat. 1-2 minutes each side or until heated through and slightly brown. Pour over the packet marinade last minute. Remove tofu from pan and set aside. Pour the marinade into a pottle as a dipping sauce – set aside.
  2. Prepare the vermicelli according to the packet instructions. Cut into shorter manageable length.
  3. Dampen a clean kitchen towel and put on a clean surface. Prepare the rice paper sheets according to the instructions on the packet. Keep the hydrated rice paper on the damp towel.
  4. Roll the summer rolls. On a rice paper, place vegetables, tofu, peanuts and a small clump of noodles then fold the sides over the filling and roll tightly. Repeat.
  5. Cut rolls in half and enjoy them fresh with a bowl of the dipping sauce and Sprinkle little black sesame seeds over.

Bon Appetit!


Blessings to all…

In Gratitude,

Jan Marie


Eating your Dosha!!


On Spiritual Inertia

Spiritual Awakening

“The inertia of the mind urges it to slide down the easy slope of imagination, rather than to climb the steep slope of introspection.”

― Marcel Proust

For over the past 10 years I have been feeling spiritual inertia with respect to getting a better understanding of who I really am. In 2014 I decided to do a Course in Miracles for the year.  Along with doing the lessons, I also began meditating and finding Yoga Principles of Yama and Niyama along with Human Design to get a better understanding of the Mind~Body~Spirit connection and to find my purpose in life.  I discovered I was riddled with blocks that I never received lessons from Sunday School.   After several months of Inertia I was finally able to still my mind and felt my Spirit clearly.  Inertia comes from the Latin word, iners, meaning idle or sluggish.  

According to MysticGenius.com, “Essentially, mass will stay in the same state or continue on it’s course of direction unless an external force causes a change in state or a shift in direction. Ice stays frozen until it’s introduced to heat. A plane will stay on course until another plane shows up along its flight path, causing one of the planes to divert. You and I will continue on whatever paths we’re journeying on until some external force causes a shift in state or direction.

Spiritual Inertia then, is when life starts talking to you (first softly then loudly), encouraging you to make a change in your state and/or your direction. You know life is talking by the constant roadblocks and dead ends. All the “no” answers and “no answers”.  The inability to get traction on that thing that you are trying to build. The relationship that never advances into something more. The way that life feels bad and things aren’t flowing with relative ease. The blocks, stops and starts are the external forces, Spirit’s way of making you change state or shift direction. I want to note here that Spiritual Inertia is not the same as distraction.  Distraction comes about when you ARE in flow with life, and outside things show up vying for your attention.  Spiritual Inertia happens when you ARE NOT in flow and it’s time for you to change direction.

Resistance plays a large part in Spiritual Inertia as well. Resistance happens when you choose stagnation over motion. This is why being “stuck” feels so bad. That external force is trying to knock you onto a more life affirming path and/or encourage you to do the one thing you are procrastinating on. Instead, you use every bit of your strength, willpower and determination to keep walking a dead-end road. When you resist change you are working against yourself. You are not flowing with life.

When Spiritual Inertia shows up in your life, the key is to surrender the things that no longer serve you AND THEN act on the right-tasks you are procrastinating on. How do you determine the shift? by (1) Being honest about what’s not working (look at the patterns that continuously show up in your life) and (2) Acting on the inspired idea that scares you. That one thing you are resisting may be the key to unlocking your ability to flow with life.

For me?  The one thing is writing + publishing two specific books. One fiction and one non-fiction.  They are my foundation and I have an assured expectation that once I complete them, life will flow seamlessly.

So here’s two questions for you:

  1. If you are currently feeling stuck, ask yourself “Am I stuck, or am I resisting change?”
  2. What’s that one thing you are resisting or procrastinating doing, that if you did it, things in your life would be the way you wanted them to be?

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Blessings to all…

In Gratitude,

Jan Marie

Eating your Dosha!!

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There is Wisdom in Fear

Anything worth doing will always have some fear embedded in it. Examples include:  changing careers; getting married, releasing your creative expression — all of these life changes can bring up fears from past experiences. It helps to remember that this type of fear is a part of your path and is a good thing. It allows questioning whether you really want the new life that these changes need to be addressed in order to manifest. It is also a potent reminder that having a soul driven Intention so you can release and grieve the past in order to move into the life you imagined.

Fear throws us off balance, when you uncertain or insecure.  However, it is not meant to discourage us. Its role is to bring awareness and consciousness you are at the edge of our comfort zone.  Meditating and making space for the old life to transform into the new one. When facing our fear, overcoming inner obstacles to co-creating a new and life-enhancing existence from the inside to outside. Learning to respect and embrace fear you will be able to hear its wisdom.  This is the sign letting us know that it’s time to move forward, or not.  Embracing fear we learn to honor our fear; recognizing its arrival; listening to its intelligence and respecting it as the path of transformation. It awakens and clarifies our Intention enabling us to honor it with the proper reverence.

A conversation with your fear by questioning and exploring its depths to gain a greater understanding of the change you are making. Meditating or visualizing by sitting quietly listening and journaling. Writing down your fears, your traumas, your dreams, your hopes is the best way to learn about yourself through fear, outside opinions acknowledging that fear always comes to clarify your intentions and moving forward in your life.

Espresso Meditation Shot ~ The 7 Fears of the Splenic Center – Manifestor Musings


The spleen represents our physical fears. These are our most ancient, survival-based fears that may have origins even before we became homo sapiens. The Spleen asks – is there enough food, shelter, water, protection? Here is some info about the fears found in each of the Splenic gates:

Gate 18:

  • Fear of authority, and the patterns or flow that governs all of us. This gate speaks to making corrections/adjustments/analyzing to make sure that we’re going in the right direction, and challenging the authority that is telling us all how we should be.
  • Fear of authority as something dangerous – that our leaders, parents, teachers, may not have our best interests at heart.
  • Fear that anyone with influence or power over us will abuse it and harm us.

Gate 28:

  • Fear of purposelessness, that being here on Earth isn’t worth all the struggle.
  • Fear that life is just about survival, not love or prosperity.

Gate 32:

  • Fear that there is not enough resources to support everyone.
  • Lack mentality in the physical world.
  • Fear that creative and entrepreneurial partners of the same caliber as you aren’t out there – that you are alone and unsupported in the physical world.

Gate 50:

  • Fear of taking on dependents, having children, taking responsibility for another in a material sense.
  • Fear of entering a family, staying close to a family, getting married, because it could result in having children and needing to take care of them.
  • Fear of taking responsibility for the environment, the Earth.

There are so many dimensions to moving forward in your life and understanding how your mind-body-spirit is comprised and know the right foods, and lifestyle will only help in understanding yourself and remain fearless when it comes to dreaming and imagining a life that is fulfilling and living your life’s purpose.

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Blessings to all…

In Gratitude,

Jan Marie


Eating your Dosha!!

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Tasting Brahmacharya –  4th Yama of Yoga – Non Excess

Preserve Your Energy, life force, Prana is what is sustaining your life and is the most precious currency that you have in this life.  The fourth Yama in Yoga, Brahmacharya, is all about using, preserving, and saving one’s creative, life sustaining energy in order to live a vital life and to connect deeper with our Higher Self, aligning mind, body and spirit in harmony. – yogaalive.net

Deborah Adele describes Brahmacharya as a reminder that we aren’t embodied in this form to feel dead but to feel alive.  We can’t snuff out our vitality and passion through overindulgence only through expression.  Howard Thurman uinderstood the importance of our passion to the world when he said, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive.  Then just do it.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

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Holidays on the Side ~ Cheezy Creole Shrimp Toast

In the Mix:

Bite-sized SHRIMP TOAST! With the creamiest, cheesiest shrimp topping with Parmesan and mozzarella! You won’t be able to stop at 1!
In the Mix
8 ounces medium shrimp, peeled, deveined
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 French baguette, ends trimmed and cut into 1/3-inch slices
1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Putting it all together:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
Place shrimp in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Add olive oil and garlic; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Gently toss to combine. Place into oven and roast just until pink, firm and cooked through, about 6-8 minutes. Let cool before dicing into bite-size pieces.
In a large bowl, combine shrimp, mayonnaise, sour cream, mozzarella, Parmesan, onion powder, thyme and oregano; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Place baguette slices in a single layer onto the baking sheet. Top with shrimp mixture; sprinkle with cajun seasoning. Place into oven and bake for 6-8 minutes, or until cheeses have melted.
Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.
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Blessings to all…
In Gratitude,
Jan Marie

Eating your Dosha!!

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Tasting Asteya ~ Non Stealing

“A hundred times a day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other people, living and dead, And that I must exert myself in order to give in the full measure I have received and am still receiving.”

~ Albert Einstein

Asteya, or nonstealing, calls us to live with integrity, equanimity and reciprocity. If we are living with fears and lies, our dissatisfaction with ourselves and our lives leads us to look outside and exhibit behaviors such as a tendency to steal what is not rightfully ours. We steal from others, we steal from the earth, we steal from the future, and we steal from ourselves. We steal from our own opportunity to grow ourselves into the person who has a right to have the life they want.  This is rooted in the scarcity mindset believing that ~there is never enough, more, more more and what have you done for me lately.

Asteya is the recognition of the value of life we have received by using all our talents and possibilities for our own good, for our families and communities we live in and the through this process awakening to our life’s deeper meaning. 


  • Hold the hands, slightly cupped, in front of the solar plexus, with the palms facing upward.


  • The forearms are parallel to the earth.


  • The hands pulse slightly away from each other with each inhalation, and rest back toward each other on each exhalation.


  • Relax the shoulders back and down, with the spine naturally aligned.


  • If your comfortable close your eyes or look down at a point in front of you.


  • As you hold the Hastaphula mudra, take several natural breaths to attune to all the feelings and sensation evoked by this gesture.


  • Notice how your breath is gently directed into your solar plexus, allowing you to attune more deeply to your center of personal power and energy.


  • With each inhalation, sense gentle warmth radiating outward from the solar plexus, and with each exhaling breath, allow this area to soften inward and rest.


  • Take several breaths to sense your inhalation and exhalation lengthening evenly, cultivating a sense of balanced giving and receiving at all levels of your being.


  • Begin by reflecting on your balance of giving and receiving within your financial dealings. Ask yourself if there is a natural fairness and integrity between that which you give and that which you receive.


  • With your inhalation, visualize yourself receiving all you need to support your life journey, and as you exhale, sense your natural reciprocity, giving with fairness and generosity.


  • Take several breaths to reflect on your level of balance within your relationships. Ask yourself if there is a natural fairness of giving and receiving in terms of your investment of quality time and emotional energy.


  • With your inhalation, visualize the abundant love and support you receive and as you exhale, affirm your ability to share love and friendship wholeheartedly.


  • Now take several breaths to reflect on the balance of giving and receiving within your community, sensing your level of natural fairness in relation to all those that contribute to your well being.


  • With your inhalation, open to receive the support of your community, and as you exhale, affirm your intention to reach out to serve with an open heart, especially to those that are most in need.


  • Now, sense your level of balance giving and receiving within the natural world, reflect on your level of gratitude for everything you receive in your in relation with your natural surroundings.


  • With your inhalation, recognize nature’s bounty and beauty, and as you exhale envision yourself returning the gift by consciously supporting the natural world’s inherent harmony.


  • Now, take some time to sense the even flow of your breathing and your natural balance of giving and receiving within all your interactions and ativities.


  • Affirm your integrity, repeating the following three times, aloud or silently:


  • Through balanced giving and receiving


  • I live in complete integrity.


  • Slowly release the gesture, taking several breaths to affirm your natural fairness.


  • When you are ready, open your eyes, returning slowly and gently, affirming your ability to balance giving and receiving.

Namaste!   Till next post featuring Curried Tofu Potato Aloo,

Blessings to all…

In Gratitude,

Jan Marie


Eating your Dosha!!

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Tasting Satya ~ Self Healing


“Gastronomy is the rational study of all related to man as he is eating.  Its purpose is to keep humankind alive with the best possible food.” ~ Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)

Currently I am working on my Cookbook  (Tasting Enlightenment).  I have always wanted to include recipes with jazz and mindfulness that were sustainable and fit your body-mind-spirit individual profile.  I have decided to work from the Aryurvedic Yoga lifestyle which takes into consideration your dosha and dharma archetypes please see earlier posts).  It is facinating to feel fully vibrant and I have lost a significant amount of weight by eating according to being a Vata – Aryurvedic Nutrition.  The Yoga lifestyle is helpful in creating a balance as well as incorporated Self care to building a healthy daily practice of mindfulness and self understanding of how to live according to the Yamas and Niyamas, the 1st yama is Non-Violence and the Second yama ~ Truthfulness which is what the focus is this week.  Being honest with ourselves and making space through mindfulness and meditation will allow for your life to flow irrespective of the challenges that arise and giving space enough to process and respond at a better time.  Here is a recipe that I learned during my kitchen apprenticeship at Green Gulch Farm in 2019 that is one of my all time go to favs.

Curry Tofu Potato Aloo

Tofu and Potatoes Prep:
  • 1 lb Extra firm Tofu pressed for 1 hour, cut into same size as potatoes
  • 10 medium sized Yukon cut into medium small cubes
  • ½ c. soy sauce, ¼ c. toasted sesame oil in spray bottle
  • Place tofu and potatoes in bowl.  Spray and mix to evenly coat the tofu and potatoes. Cover with saran wrap and place in refrigerator for minimum 2 hours.  Ideal would be overnight.
  • Spread tofu and potatoes evenly onto parchment paper and bake at 450 degrees rotating every 20 min for total of 45 min.
 Curry Aloo
  • 5 tablespoons EVOO or Sesame oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped small
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 1” knob ginger peeled and grated
  • 4 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon hing,
  • 3 tsp. marsala spice
  • 3 tbls Curry powder
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • Himalayan Salt to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper and 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced and 2-3 tablespoon parsley or cilantro for garnish.
***4 cups Brown or White Basmati Rice cooked with grated ginger and lemon peel slices.
Putting it all together
  • Heat wok with 4-5 tbls of Sesame or EVOO
  • Saute onions for 3 to 5 minutes until translucent
  • Add garlic and ginger and saute until blooms about 3 minutes
  • Add curry powder, marsala, garlic powder stirring consistently add salt then add the roasted tofu and potatoes.
  • Blend till everything is evenly coated.

Serve over hot rice.

Bon Appetit!



Blessings to all…

In Gratitude,

Jan Marie

Eating your Dosha!!

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Tasting Satya ~ Forgiveness ~ Path to Your Truth

Today pay close attention and go slow enough so you “do it right the first time.” You don’t have to backtrack to apologize or correct mistakes and where you don’t run from any hard tasks that present themselves. Face each moment head on with clarity and courage.  Use this time for forgiveness.  This is my process of incorporating and learning the Yoga lifestyle as a way of learning and growing spiritually to live the life that is meant for me.  This is how I am making the necessary modifications that work to gain a better understanding of my truth and will hopefully enable you to thrive and live a mindfulness filled bliss life.

Yoga: A way of life

Satya is one of the Yama. Ashtanga Yoga has eight limbs: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi. Yama is a list of yoga precepts that a Yogi should cultivate for successful mastery of Yoga. Different Yoga scriptures list a different number of precepts of Yama. Yoga Sutra of Patanjali prescribes five precepts: Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacharya, and Aparigraha. In other words, Nonviolence, Truthfulness, Nonstealing, Continence, and Non-receiving are the five-fold Yama.

Satya is the second precept of five-fold Yama Satya Meaning The Sanskrit word Satya means Truth or veracity. The meaning it indicates is more than the meaning the English word Truth indicates. Satya stems from the Sanskrit root Sat which means reality or existence. Sat refers to empirical reality. Rtam In Rig Veda, we come across the triple term: Satyam Rtam Brhat. It is one of the most important religious conceptions of Rig Veda. Sri Aurobindo explains these terms in his book: The Secrets of the Veda. He explains “This psychological conception is that of a truth which is the truth of divine essence, not truth of mortal sensation and appearance. It is Satyam, the truth of being; it is in its action Rtam, right, the truth of divine being regulating right activity both of mind and body; and it is Brhat, the universal truth proceeding direct and undeformed out of the Infinite.

Later, the word Sat has been used to mean the absolute truth and Satya has been used to mean the relative truth or worldly truth the nature of which is changing from time to time; where absolute truth is permanent.

Satya and Yoga In Yoga, Satya is one of the Dharma to be observed. Dharma means the observances of righteous thoughts and behavior. It is one of the five Yamas or Self-restraint prescribed in Yoga. Sathya in Yoga Sutra Patanjali defined Satya as “Satya pratithāya kriyā Phala āśrayatvam. It means by the establishment of truthfulness, the Yogi gets the power of attaining the fruits of works without doing work, for him and other. Swami Vivekananda explains When the power of truth is established with you, then even in a dream you never tell an untruth, in thought, word, or deed; whatever you say will be the truth. You may say a man ‘Be blessed’ and that man will be blessed. If a man is diseased, you say to him ‘Be thou cured,’ he will be cured immediately”.   https://bit.ly/Subscribeyoga.

Expresso Shot Meditation ~ Truthfulness through Forgiveness




Blessings to all…

In Gratitude,

Jan Marie


Eating your Dosha!!


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Tasting Satya ~ Truthfulness

“What is so dangerous in the moment about the truth that you are choosing to lie?

~ Carl Jung

I feel like you can’t really be truthful as an artist and empathize with the human experience, unless you know your truth and you’re not living a lie. So I’m learning through it, and it’s making me a better person, and it’s making me a better artist, I think.  ~ Diane Guerrero

What is Satya?

 The practice of the second yama ~ Satya requires developing a deep understanding of your own truth; mindfulness ~ awareness with a delicate infusion of honesty as the foundation of your practice.    ‘Sat’ literal translates to ‘true essence’ or ‘true nature’. It means something that is pure and unchangeable. ‘Sat’ is interpreted as ‘that which exists’, ‘no distortion’, ‘that which is beyond time, space and person’,  as well as ‘fact’ or ‘reality’.

Being truthful isn’t as simple as being truthful in words. Satya is a total commitment to truth— in being, in words, in actions, in intentions.  Exploration of living with Truthfulness in all aspects; taking time for reflection and journaling will give new insights into your life and the practice of truthfulness.

Just for this week try to frame your exploration into Mahatma Gandhi’s statement I know that in embarking on nonviolence I shall be running what might be termed a mad risk. But the victories of truth have never been won without risks.

Today observe the difference in how you feel when being “nice” and “real.”

Notice situations where you were nice. What feelings were invoked in you? What were the outcomes?

Notice situations where you were real. What did this experience invoke in you? What were the results? From whom or what do you seek approval? Did you act from your “niceness” or your “realness”?

Discovering Your Creative Truth

“The basis of why we create is our creative truth. A creative truth can be one big fat juicy truth, or a bunch of little tiny truths. I’ll be the first to tell you that it isn’t always easy to tell the truth. Sometimes it can be downright scary because these truths can conflict with how our life is now, or our truth can seem so big that it is impossible to accomplish”.  ~  Keila White, Medium, February 10, 2018

Growing up biracial in Los Angeles during the 60’s was a tumultuous time for me.  I wondered how my father could write and arrange beautiful music at 4 am every morning in June of 1965.  Maybe because jazz was his gift and as Picasso says, the meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away.  I was three years old when my mom taught me how to read phonetically.  My parents converted a bedroom into a library where I found my passion for reading, abstract art and writing.  With the Watts riots going up in smoke and the curfews at sundown, all I could worry about was being brown in a Black and White world.  There was no refuge.  My father believed that because he had the gift for jazz that meant that he could identify and proscribe a life he thought was best for me.  So I wrote in secret.  Not trying to fill his shoes but to live my own truth.  The only way to keep the peace was to play by the rules and live outside of myself until I got to my room.  That was my sanctuary. That’s where I could be myself.  Of course, I lived in constant fear of being found out that I was aware of living a lie, but I started to believe that I would never be good enough.  I was so unhappy that I accelerated my education by graduating a year early from high school.  We had moved back to New York in 1967 after my father finished conducting the orchestra at the Newport Jazz Festival with Dizzy Gillespie and the Monterey Jazz Festival Orchestra.  I This topic was covered in my blog Fifty Shades of Jazz)

 In 1971, I graduated from Jamaica High School in Queens when I was sixteen and with the help of my mother, a teacher and my hero intervened and I was accepted by Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey without my diploma.  By that time my father had moved us over to Newark to start his business and there was no chance of my going away from home which my grandparents had set up a college fund to go to Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Radcliffe, Vassar, or Wellesley.  I picked Rutgers to keep the peace.  But I did use the opportunity to take a lot of Humanities courses in philosophy and psychology.  I was able to amass 90 credits in two years so I could qualify for Early Admissions to Medical School.  I was eighteen years old and the Dean of Admissions asked me if I was applying to college and not medical school.  The end result was three weeks later I was accepted into New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark.  My dad thought that I should have waited and insisted upon driving me to Medical School at 9 am and picking me up at 5 pm.  I knew it wasn’t my calling however I did meet my upper-class buddy that I fell in love with.  I withdrew shortly thereafter to reaffirm my commitment to being a doctor.  I decided to go to Fairleigh Dickinson University Dental school to get a master’s in Human Anatomy and Neuroscience.  Neuroplasticity and bone plasticity to be exact.  I was able to do research at the Institute of Animal Behavior at Rutgers in my freshman year studying Psychogalvanic Reflexes in Pain.  The lab was to isolating and sterile but I wanted to understand myself and human behavior better that was my true passion. 

Now that I have left medical school I was left with looking for a job or applying to Georgetown University getting a Ph.D./MD degree in Anatomy.  Cooking became a way for me to express my creativity because mom wasn’t allowed to cook (I imagine it was a 50’s thing) and didn’t mind washing the dishes.  My father bought me the Times International Cookbook series and I learned to make dishes from China, Greece,  Africa well just about everywhere.  Still I struggled with how was I going to make a respectable living as a cook, or a writer or an artist or identify my gift and make money at it.  I realized that the jobs I wound up getting were a continuation of my limiting belief that you had to be starving to be an artist/writer.  And being a cook in my father’s eyes was the same as being a maid.  I had too much education for that. 

My reading books blossomed at seven years old.  I would hold up in my room reading  Jung, and eastern and western philosophy and meditation from Ram Dass.  What differentiates people who continue pursuing their goals?  They have to do it and don’t set it aside and procrastinate once you have a solid grasp of your creative truth. Creative truths can be simple or complex by design to what we need them to be. Some artist want to heal and release by creating  things that reflect their mood while some artists want to change the world with their art. I am somewhere inbetween.

Espresso Meditation Shot ~ Healing the Mind, Body & Soul


Blessings to all…

In Gratitude,

Jan Marie


Eating your Dosha!!


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Holidays on the Side ~  Raw Kale Meets African Black-Eyed Pea Salad (Saladu Ñebbe) to make “Raw Hoppin’ John ~Spade 2 Fork Cookbook

Raw Hoppin’John aka Nigerian Saladu Ñebbe

“Our thoughts and feelings have a chemical effect on our bodies. Stress, repressed emotions, depression, anxiety, lives lived half-assed —  all have profound effects on our wellbeing.

Even our fears, hurts and sufferings need to be digested, along with our last meal.

Being truly nourished has just as much to do with our thoughts, feelings, beliefs and experiences as it does with what we are feeding ourselves on a daily basis..”

                                                                                                                   Corona @nurturepod.com

Saladu Nebbe ~ Raw Hoppin’ John

Serves: 4 to 6

Black-eyed peas are not just for New Years! They are delicious little white beans with a mild taste and smooth texture, and as such can and should be enjoyed year-round. This simple, refreshing  pea salad recipe makes a great summer side or potluck dish. I add cauliflower* and sliced avocado to make it a complete meal.


  • 2 cups cooked black-eyed peas (I used frozen black-eyed peas Cook black-eyed peas and yam in large saucepan of boiling salted water until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain; cool and set aside
  • 10 scallions, roughly chopped
  • 1 red and yellow bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 serrano peppers or 1 habanero or Scotch bonnet chile, stemmed, seeded, and minced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Bunch of raw kale chopped finely


  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice (about 2½ limes, juiced)
  • 1 cup chopped parsley (I like cilantro sometimes to give it a nice kick)
  • ¼ to ½ to  cup olive oil 1 tablespoon smooth Dijon mustard * See note below
  • 1½ teaspoons honey
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

If you want to make it an entrée add:

  • 1 Cauliflower* with 1 tsp. turmeric in food processor blend to the size of  raw rice kernels mix with rest of ingredients
  • Sliced avocado as garnish


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the lime juice and parsley. Continue whisking as you slowly drizzle in the olive oil to make a smooth dressing.
  2. Add the black-eyed peas, scallions, bell pepper, tomato (try not to transfer the tomato juice and seeds to the salad), cucumber, and minced pepper to the bowl. Season the mixture with salt and pepper and use a big spoon to toss the salad. Cover and set aside at room temperature for at least 1 hour, or refrigerate up to overnight to marinate and meld the flavors. Add raw chopped kale. Serve chilled or at room temperature. To make this salad a main dish, serve it on top of cooked brown basmati rice and top with avocado slices.


  • Adapted from Saveur Magazine, May 2012.
  • The original recipe called for one cup canola oil, which seemed like way too much oil. I reduced the oil by half and used olive oil instead. You might be able to get away with just ⅓ cup oil.



Blessings to all…

In Gratitude,



Eating your Dosha!!


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Tasting Ahimsa ~ Self Love

Happy Friday! Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we are gearing up to make the most of this Holiday season despite COVID’s pandemonium. Our lives are blessed with opportunities that we are not conscious of– cancer, autoimmune illnesses and are dismissed because of our limiting beliefs or fears. If you utilize your time in a mindful way you will be present to make harmonious important decisions. Our fears or opinions of others place us in a put off until tomorrow what we need or dream of today. In truth, it is our fear that keeps us from seeking fulfillment in the here and now — because we entertain thoughts of failure as a weakness. So our reasons for delaying our inevitable success seem sound and rational. If we ask ourselves what we are really waiting for, we discover that there is no truly compelling reason why we should put off the pursuit of the dreams that sustain and uplift us.  In my present moment,  I am using this time to finding joy and wellbeing instead of feeling that my plans will never happen soon enough.   For me this is when my mind goes aggro and I wind up eating too many sweets, crave alcohol and don’t drink enough water.  That became a pattern to share my misery and throwing the body~mind~spirit  into a negative balance.  

Creating space and balance in our lives is not an easy thing. We are a hungry, noisy people, bombarded with stimulation and advertisements that promise to grant us our deepest desires. If we are not on purpose when creating balance for ourselves, we easily fall victim to false promises and fill every breathable space with appointments and activities and all the responsibilities that coincide with a full agenda. It is an adapted American proscription that believes that anti-cultural to claim any space that is simply space, or to move with any kind of lingering, or to take time for closure. We are bombarded and we bombard ourselves. And if we have any doubts, our calendars will reveal the truth of our craziness. The repercussions are inescapable, immeasurable violence to ourselves and those around us.

Espresso Meditation ~ Somatic Self Care

Ahimsa for Yourself

Courtesy of connie@awakeningself.com

  • Sit comfortably in a chair or on a couch. You want to be relaxed and at ease in this practice. If it feels right, close your eyes, so you can focus your attention inward.
  • Pay attention to your breath. Gently and deeply inhale, and then relax as you exhale.
  • Now, take one hand and place it on top of the other. Feel the warmth of the hand on top as it touches the bottom hand. Give your full attention to the experience of being touched by the top hand. Take in the warmth and the contact. Breathe into it.
  • Begin to gently and slowly stroke the bottom hand with the top one. Do this with a loving, soft touch. Find a way to touch your bottom hand that feels soothing and pleasurable. As if you were a mother comforting a baby.
  • Can you allow yourself to feel the sensation of being touched, kindly and lovingly, in this manner? Be present with yourself and the experience of touching your hand and being touched by your other hand.
  • Hold the other hand with your top hand. Feel the embrace and stronger connection of being held. Breathe into it.
  • After a few minutes of this, what do you notice? Just the practice of paying attention and becoming present with the sensations can be calming, but the gentle, loving touch is also soothing. You are taking the time to connect with yourself, and connection helps release anxiety.
  • You can touch your arm, belly, or face in a similar manner. Explore how it feels to be very present, compassionate, and loving towards yourself. Notice how you feel.  Savor for as long as you need in this new found space you have created.



Blessings to all…

In Gratitude,



Eating your Dosha!!


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Tasting Ahimsa – Non Violence (1st Yama)

Setting the tone

Practicing the Yamas and Niyamas frees the mind from chatter when feeling guilt, shame, victimhood, revenge or any other fear-based emotion. Ahimsa is the state of being non-violent.  You are emitting harmonious vibrations.  Dharma is our life’s purpose within the universe.  Karma doesn’t affect Dharma.  However Karma does affect the expression of Dharma.  BKS Iyengar says Ahimsa is love that embraces all creation. Denounce the violence but not the person doing the violence understanding freedom from fear and anger.  The female perspective roles are as nurturers and mothers who bring new life.  This dharmic purpose causes us to face our inner demons and to do the Shadow Work to develop self-love and compassion so we will live our own dharmic purpose and realizing bliss.

There are only two states of being:  Love and Fear.  fir cannot share the same couch.  Today I realize that  forgiveness is the substrate that violence we have imposed on ourselves due to materialism or ideology and ego.  Fear is driven by the thought that our boundaries have been violated.  Fear fuels thoughts of scarcity and limitations that block the flow of your life.

So now I am going to get personal and explore how my Dharma Teacher/Vata Dosha has played out according to truly understand about my life and thrive .

The Teacher is here to teach the experiences they undergo. They find the lesson in their human experience and share it with others. They’ll write a social media post revealing their key takeaways and action steps for you to learn too. They’re the type of people who taught themselves how to make vegan desserts or launch successful online businesses, and are now teaching others to do the same. They learn through teaching and everything they experience is understood through sharing it with others.

 The Teacher’s mission is to serve through knowledge. The obstacles they go through are exactly what they’re meant to share with others, which is why most coaches are Teachers. The personal experience fills them with a genuine desire to teach what they’ve overcome. They are the type to see the lesson in an obstacle even as they are dealing with it, and use it as an example as they guide others through it.

Teachers have natural leadership abilities, coupled with a deep empathic sense. They can tell instantly who is having an off day and provide them with the tools they need to lift themselves up. Of course they make incredible teachers and professors, but they could work in any type of career where they are able to pass along their teachings to others.

It’s also important for Teachers to know who wants the teaching, and not run their mouth imparting lessons to people who have no interest. That can come off as preachy, annoying, or aggressive. As a Teacher myself, I’ve had to learn to wait for interest. I can easily meet someone and instantly start fixing all their problems and inspiring them to live a new life—even though they never asked for that. We have to understand that we can screw with other people’s karmas by telling them things they aren’t ready for; part of their journey is to learn it themselves when the time is right and desire is there.

Teachers’ high Vata energy makes us especially tapped into the cosmos, allowing us to channel higher Source consciousness. A good teacher can speak to their students so that the knowledge is received. They know that self-awareness must come from within, and the best way they can educate others is to ask the right questions and remain in a high vibrational state so they can come up with their own answers.

Wow that pretty much sums my life up!   What I discovered is that writing this blog is also a form of my dharmic teacher characteristics.  In my younger years I was heavily influenced by my father and wanting to please him.  It was totally at my own expense.  But you know what?  That is exactly what was suppose to happen.  My father was playing that key role of building this foundation that lead me to become spiritually awakened.  He gave me a name that is Arabic in origin and has nothing to do with my heritage.  So it felt like a massive challenge to my identity and getting banged and victimized because of not fully being conscious of what was going on in my life.    I am working through my limiting beliefs as you may have read in a previous post.  I am working through my traumas, blocks and letting go of most of the things from the past that weren’t meant for me.

Here is an Insight Timer Espresso Meditation Shot

Liza Colpa Using Ahimsa Or Non-Violence to Manifest Total Self Love & Acceptance


Blessings to all…

In Gratitude,



Eating your Dosha!!


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No portion of this site can be reprinted without express permission of author.


My Yogic Journey to Tasting Nirvana

Setting the mood.

Featured Spade 2 Folk Recipe for Holidaze on the Side

I selected this recipe as one of my favorite Vata Comfort foods for the Holidays.  Eating according to my dosha has created space for me to reflect on the Yogic principles of living.  These principles bring understanding to your experiences that will manifest the following experiences.  It allows you to take ownership of your life by knowing your physical constitution (Dosha) and your archetype (Dharma).  Currently I am a Vata/Teacher.  Knowing your dosha and dharma type provides the map informing you where you are and how to look for the next landmark on your path.  But first things first…sustenance.

Awesome “Roasted Winter Vegetable Jambalaya”


1 c diced yellow and red onion

½ c seeded and diced green pepper

1 stalk celery with leaves finely chopped

3-5 clove Garlic minced

¼ tsp. chili powder

¼ tsp. cayenne

Sea Salt 2 taste

3 tbl. EVOO + 1 tbl Coconut oil

¾ c Glenn Muir chopped canned tomatoes w/juice

1 tbl. Tomato Paste

1 c brown rice (my favorite is “Easy Cooking Whole Grain Brown Rice Suoyhaka Genmai” rinsed and soaked overnight and strained for1 hour before cooking.

3 c Homemade Vegetable Broth

Roasted Vegetables

1 c peeled and diced carrots

1 c peeled and diced golden beets

1 c peeled and diced parsnips

1 c peeled and diced Yukon Gold potatoes

1 c peeled and diced white sweet potatoes

½ c baby portabella mushrooms


½ c fresh chopped cilantro

½ c scallions with green tops finely chopped

Sauté onion, paprika, red pepper, chili powder, etc. in I for 5 min add brown rice

and sauté until smell the nutty aroma mix in diced tomatoes and tomato paste and stir for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.

Roast vegetables on foil or parchment paper. Mix all vegetables in a bowl with EVOO, Creole seasoning and spread evenly in a shallow pan. Dust with pepper. Roast for 40 to 45 minutes. 

While veggies are roasting.

  1. Bring rice mixture back onto the burner.
  2. Heat the vegetable broth to light boil and turn on rice mixture and pour broth into Dutch oven.
  3. Add the roasted veggies and mix very well with wooden spoon.
  4. Turn heat to low medium to light simmer, cover and cook for approximately 45 minutes remove from stove leave lid on and let stand and steam for 10 minutes more.
  5. I prefer to use the same pot for that down home feel, you may want to use your favorite serving dish. Now it is time to put the Garnish of cilantro and green onions (scallions). Serve with greens or simple salad, French garlic bread and I like sweet green tea, but wine or beer works. Perfect for football, soccer or even tennis matches. I like to have a light dessert like sorbet and fresh fruit.  sound The above soundtrack creates a nice ambiance. Bon Appétit!


Week 1 November 15, 2021 Monday


The Yamas & Niyamas may be thought of as guidelines, tenets, ethical disciplines, precepts, or restraints and observances. I often think of them as jewels, because they are the rare gems of wisdom that give direction to a well-lived and joyful life. In yogic philosophy, these jewels sit as the first two limbs of the 8-fold path.* The first five jewels are referred to as Yamas, a Sanskrit word which translates literally into the word “restraints” and includes nonviolence, truthfulness, nonstealing, nonexcess, and nonpossessiveness.

The last five jewels are referred to as the Niyamas, or “observances,” and include purity, contentment, self-discipline, self-study, and surrender. Many guides to ethical conduct may leave us feeling overwhelmed with concepts, or boxed in by rule sets. Yoga’s guidelines do not limit us from living life, but rather they begin to open life up to us more and more fully, and they flow easily into one another in ways that are practical and easy to grasp. Nonviolence, the first jewel, sits as the foundation to the other guidelines, which in turn enhance the meaning and flesh out the richness of nonviolence. Nonviolence is a stance of right relationship with others and with self that is neither self-sacrifice nor self-aggrandizement. This tenet guides us to live together, share the goods and do what we want – without causing harm to others or ourselves. Truthfulness, the second jewel, is partnered with nonviolence. The marriage of these two guidelines creates a powerful dance between two seeming opposites. We can appreciate this statement when we begin to practice speaking our truth without causing harm to others. As partners, truthfulness keeps nonviolence from being a wimpy cop-out, while nonviolence keeps truthfulness from being a brutal weapon. When they are dancing perfectly together, they create a spectacular sight. Their union is nothing short of profound love in its fullest expression. And when there is cause for disharmony or confusion between the two, truthfulness bows to nonviolence. First and foremost, do no harm.

Nonstealing, the third jewel, guides our attempts and tendencies to look outward for satisfaction. Often, our dissatisfaction with ourselves and our lives leads us to this outward gaze, with a tendency to steal what is not rightfully ours. We steal from the earth, we steal from others, and we steal from ourselves. We steal from our own opportunity to grow ourselves into the person who has the right to have the life they want.

Nonexcess, the fourth jewel, has been interpreted by many to mean celibacy or abstinence. Although this could certainly be one interpretation of nonexcess, its literal meaning is “walking with God.” Whatever your beliefs about the Divine, this tenet implies an awareness of sacredness in all our actions and an attentiveness to each moment that moves us into a stance of holiness. From this place of sacredness, the boundary is set to leave excess behind and live within the limits of enough. If we have been practicing nonstealing, we will automatically find ourselves primed to practice this guideline.

Nonpossessiveness, the fifth jewel and last of the guidelines known as the Yamas, liberates us from greed. It reminds us that clinging to people and material objects only weighs us down and makes life a heavy and disappointing experience. When we practice letting go, we move ourselves towards freedom and an enjoyment of life that is expansive and fresh. If we have begun to live the first five jewels well, we may notice that our time is freeing up and there is more breathing space in our lives. The days begin to feel a little lighter and easier. Work is more enjoyable and our relationships with others are a little smoother. We like ourselves a little more; there is a lighter gait to our step; we realize that we need less than we previously thought; we are having more fun.

As we begin our study of the final five jewels or Niyamas, we move into a more subtle realm and into an interior resting place, a place that becomes like Sabbath for us. Purity, the sixth jewel, is an invitation to cleanse our bodies, our attitudes, and our actions. It asks us to clean up our act so we can be more available to the qualities in life that we are seeking. This precept also invites us to purify how we relate to what is uppermost in the moment. It is the quality of being aligned in our relationship with others, with the task at hand, and with ourselves. Contentment, the seventh jewel, cannot be sought. All the things we do to bring fulfillment to ourselves actually interfere with our own satisfaction and well-being. Contentment can only be found in acceptance and appreciation of what is in the moment.

The more we learn to leave “what is” alone, the more contentment will quietly and steadily find us. Self-discipline, the eighth jewel, literally means “heat” and can also be translated as catharsis or austerities. It is anything which impacts us to change.

Change makes us spiritual heavyweights in the game of life; it is preparation for our own greatness. We all know how easy it is to be a person of high character when things are going our way, but what about those times life deals us a dark card? Who are you in those moments? This guideline is an invitation to purposefully seek out refining your own strength of character and it asks, “Can you trust the heat? Can you trust the path of change itself?”

Self-study, the ninth jewel, is a pursuit of knowing ourselves, studying what drives us and what shapes us because these things literally are the cause of the lives we are living. Self-study asks us to look at the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves and realize that these stories create the reality of our lives. Ultimately, this tenet invites us to release the false and limiting self-perception our ego has imposed on us and know the truth of our Divine Self. Surrender, the tenth jewel, reminds us that life knows what to do better than we do. Through devotion, trust, and active engagement, we can receive each moment with an open heart. Rather than paddling upstream, surrender is an invitation to go with the underlying current, enjoy the ride, and take in the view.

In this book, each Yama & Niyama has been given its own chapter in which the philosophy of the guideline is woven with practical examples and stories. At the end of the chapter, I’ve included a list of questions as a guide for ref lection. I encourage you to journal and/or form a study group to help deepen your commitment to your learning and to yourself.”

*The 8-fold path, or Astanga Yoga, comes from the Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali. Pantanjali, curious about what held true for all the different kinds of yoga, codified these basic tenets of all yoga in writings called the Yoga Sutras. Our word suture comes from the same word; think of these truths as weaving your life together in much the same way a medical suture would thread your torn body together. The writings of the Yoga Sutras form a basic text for classical yoga. The other six limbs of the 8-fold path are Asana, or postures; Pranayama, or breath control, Pratyahara, or sense withdrawal; Dharana, or concentration; Dhyana or meditation; and Samadhi, a state of unity.”  - The Yamas & Niyamas:  Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice - Deborah Adele

This week will focus on meditation on Yama #1 AHIMSA Non-Violence.  Stay tuned for the next post featuring Week 1 Ahimsa.  The first Yama Nonviolence.  Till then.


Blessings to all…

In Gratitude,



Eating your Dosha!!

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What’s Your Dharma Type?

Song to capture the Spirit

“The only way to shape your future is to discover who you are today. Without knowing your current reality, you can’t create your future reality.”

~  Nitin Namdeo

Let us now discover your dharma type…


In Self Test 1 Choose the answers that describe you best; you can choose up to four for each multiple choice question if you are unable to decide.

Next, read the paragraphs in Self Test 2 ~ Choose two that describe you best. Not all of their qualities have to fit, though they should at least elicit a gut reaction of “yeah, that’s me”—even if you don’t necessarily like them! There are two paragraphs for each type. If it is difficult to decide, you may pick as many paragraphs as you like and narrow the results later. Check the answer key at the bottom of each test to tally your choices. The two that receive the most tallies likely indicate your dharma type and the Life Cycle you are in.*1 It is useful to have friends or relatives help us with the tests and descriptions. Often we see ourselves differently from how the rest of the world perceives us. We may also be in a cycle that makes it difficult to access our essential dharma type. Life cycles can tint our basic expression like different colored lenses—some enhance our light while others sometimes diffuse it—so take your whole life into consideration when reading the following descriptions, and have a friend or relative help you in the process. Looking at yourself from childhood to now will provide a complete portrait that should help determine your type.


Circle the answers that best apply to you. You may choose more than one answer for each question if applicable. Try to think of qualities that are permanent in you, how you have always been, rather than how you are at times or during recent changes in your life. Tally them up at the end to determine your dharma type.

  1. Circle the word that means the most to you or describes you best.
  2. Freedom
  3. Loyalty
  4. Wisdom
  5. Honor
  6. Prosperity
  7. Circle the phrase that means the most to you or describes you best.
  8. Independence and Bliss
  9. Love and Devotion
  10. Worldliness and Knowledge
  11. Discipline and Perfection
  12. Entertainment and Fun
  13. Circle the phrase that means the most to you or describes you best.
  14. I love being alone. Sometimes I hate people, sometimes I like them, but they usually don’t understand me.
  15. I don’t mind being alone as long as I have something constructive and productive to do.
  16. I love being alone. I like people but I need time to spend by myself for quiet contemplation and rejuvenation. d. I don’t mind being alone, as long as I have a goal to accomplish. e. I hate being alone. I prefer the company of people, even if I don’t know them.
  17. Circle the phrase that means the most to you or describes you best.
  18. I like strange, dark, or wild and remote places no one has ever thought of or been to.
  19. I like the plains and wide expanses of earth. I like living close to the ground, on ground floors rather than in high-rise apartments.
  20. I like high and remote places. I like upper floors, high-rise buildings, and living above others looking down. d. I like challenging places, places that are high, but not so high as to be remote. I like fortified and strong places.
  21. From the Beverly Hills to gently rolling slopes, I like places where the action is, places that are easy to get to, but also exclusive. I like living in the middle ground, not too high, not too low, where there is activity and access to the world.
  22. Circle the sentence that describes you best.
  23. I am the rebel or black sheep of my family. As a parent, I give freedom to my kids and let them individualize themselves from others.
  24. I am deeply bonded with my family. As a parent, I nurture my kids by making sure they are well fed, healthy, and content.
  25. I tend to teach my family and urge them to improve themselves. As a parent I make certain my kids learn how to think for themselves, get a good education, and understand the world.
  26. I am the strong one in my family. As a parent I lead by example and earn my kids’ respect with discipline and order. e. I actively support my family with shelter and resources. As a parent I provide for my kids and make sure they understand the value of money, self-effort, and making your way in the world.
  27. In religion I most value the following:
  28. Going my own way.
  29. Faith and devotion.
  30. Study and scripture.
  31. Penance and discipline.
  32. Rituals and observances.
  33. In marriage I most value the following:
  34. An unconventional spouse, one who understands my particular quirks and desires.
  35. A dutiful spouse who is loyal and provides for me: a woman who cooks and cleans/a man who brings home the bacon.
  36. A sensitive, intelligent spouse.
  37. A challenging spouse with whom I can do activities.
  38. A beautiful spouse.
  39. I mainly watch TV for:
  40. Horror, alternative political and spiritual viewpoints, science fiction (like the sci-fi, FX, indie, and alternative channels).
  41. Family, drama, history, and community programs (like soap operas, reality TV, daytime shows, cartoons, entertainment gossip, and reruns).
  42. Educational, thought-provoking, human-interest stories and entertainment (like National Geographic, PBS, Syfy, and documentary channels).
  43. Sports, action, news, and politics; adventure stories and entertainment (ESPN, CNN, etc.).
  44. Fun programs, drama, music, comedy, game shows, financial and motivational stories and entertainment (like HBO, the Comedy Channel, and Spike).
  45. Under stress I tend to:
  46. Bend the rules or lie to get my way; feel invisible and self-deprecate.
  47. Become lazy, close down in my own space, and worry a lot.
  48. Be scatterbrained, feckless, and wishy-washy.
  49. Become anger prone, inattentive, and reckless.
  50. Be moody, depressed, loud, and restless.
  51. At my best I am:
  52. A revolutionary, an inventor, a genius.
  53. A devoted friend, a hard worker, a caregiver.
  54. A counselor, a teacher, a diplomat.
  55. A leader, a hero, a risk taker.
  56. An optimist, a self-starter, a promoter, an adventurer.

Answer Key for Self Test I

  1. _____    _____          C.  _____          D.  _____          E.  _____

Tally your answers now. The most selected letter likely reflects your dharma type.

For confirmation you should now move on to Self Test II.

  1. Outsider
  2. Laborer
  3. Educator
  4. Warrior
  5. Merchant


Select two paragraphs that describe you best. Then refer to the answer key to determine your type.

  1. Sometimes I think no one really understands me, and no one ever will. I love freedom and need to feel independent and free most of all. Although I can fit into many crowds, I never really feel a part of any of them. I wear many hats but none of them defines me. People may see me as secretive or mysterious, but I am just the way I am—different. By fate or choice I am attracted to foreign lands, cultures, religions, and values and have embraced some of these. I have talents and abilities that are not always recognized, and it can be hard to make a living if I do not compromise with my society. My ambitions are somewhat unique, and I have a quirky way of seeing the world. Sometimes I feel lost and don’t know what my true purpose is, but when I look at others I am reminded of what it is not: I can’t conform to somebody else’s lifestyle just for the sake of security, even though I may not have found my own.
  2. I have often dreamt of owning my own business and being financially independent. From an early age I have felt a need to provide and be provided for. I have a strong sense of the value of money and I don’t mind working long hours to generate security for myself and my family. I don’t pay much attention to my body, unless it is part of my business or I have the leisure time. I like giving and the feeling that it creates, but in this competitive world it is most important to secure my own and my family’s needs first. I have a good practical sense and know how to take care of mundane obligations. I believe that anyone can make it in today’s society if they’re willing to apply themselves. I am motivated and self-driven and can’t understand idealistic or so-called spiritual people who deny the importance of financial security.
  3. I like to protect those who cannot protect themselves. I believe in standing up for a good cause whether it is social, environmental, ecological, etc. Money is less important to me than securing justice in the world. I have strong convictions and character, and people often look to me for leadership. I have an inner strength that drives me to achieve. I can usually outperform others by sheer force of will. I have an eye for deception and can tell when someone is lying. I admire wisdom and like to associate with smart and educated people, though I may not have the time or opportunity to cultivate these qualities in myself. I can be highly disciplined and therefore acquire skills quickly. At my best I am courageous, noble, and self-sacrificing, but I can also be distracted, anger prone, and judgmental.
  4. I love the camaraderie of working with others to construct something useful. I am handy, skilled, practical, and not averse to work. I am devoted to friends and family, and though not an intellectual I have a good sense about things, though I can’t always explain it in words. My needs and tastes are simple, and it doesn’t take a lot to make me happy: good food, good company, and a solid roof over my head are the essentials in life. I like being of service and feeling needed. Being useful to someone is more important than how much money I make, though I don’t like to be cheated. I believe in hard work and don’t understand lazy people. I can be superstitious and have deep-seated beliefs about things that often stem from my childhood and cannot be easily rationalized.
  5. I prefer intellectual work to physical labor. I can be idealistic and focus on concepts and philosophies rather than living in the real world. I become disheartened by the ugliness and injustice of life and often lack energy to change it. I have always been smarter and more perceptive than most of my peers, though not inherently practical. I like to counsel others, though I don’t always practice what I preach. I have a knack for encouraging and finding the best in people, and as a result people come to me for advice. I don’t have a killer instinct and that’s a disadvantage if I try to compete in physical or other cutthroat professions. I like to live in a peaceful environment, rather than the hustle and bustle of the busy world. I often know what needs to be done but don’t necessarily have the energy or skills to do it. It is often easier for me to tell others what to do rather than to do it myself.
  6. I set strong standards for myself and expect to live up to them. I love competition, debate, and testing my limits. I even compete with myself when others are not around. I have a huge heart, and my generosity sometimes gets me in trouble. I like to lay down the law in my family and with others. From early on I was blessed with physical and mental strength, though I often abuse these by pushing too much—I play hard and party hard. I like to care for those who cannot fend for themselves: the innocent, the elderly, and the underprivileged.
  7. I hate constrictive social, religious, and moral institutions, and I feel it is my right to speak and act out against them. I also feel justified in flouting an unjust law and not conforming to artificial regulations. I am physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually different from others, and because of this I find it hard to fit in. I can see through people’s bullshit, and that makes me want to run away from society. Sometimes I resent normal people who were born with opportunities that I don’t have. I would rather overthrow the status quo to allow fresh growth than try to patch things up piece by piece. I respect an authority that allows me to be who I am and understands the gifts I have to offer.
  8. I am a devoted, loyal, patriotic person and have a deep connection to the things that are dearest to me: my family, friends, God, and country. I believe it is important to abide by the codes and principles of my country, church, and society. I love to build community. I guess you could say I’m sentimental about the things I value. A dutiful worker, I believe in getting a job done right and am faithful to my word. I am also very good at what I do and specialize in well-developed skills. I secretly admire widely read and cultured people and wish I were a bit more like them, but I just don’t have the time to waste on that and prefer to be better at what I do than to know a lot of trivia. I have to touch, see, hear, or feel something; otherwise it is not real for me.
  9. I love attention and being the life of the party. I am quick and clever and find it easy to get along with others. I can be very likable, though I don’t necessarily like other people and am more attached to the few people I can really trust—myself and my family. I am naturally glib and gregarious, and people tend to believe what I say. I have good taste and appreciation for the finer things in life, things that have beauty and value. However, I sometimes feel an emptiness that I have to fill with outside things, though it is never really filled until I give or do something for others. Sometimes I feel that I am not worth anything, and that if people really knew me they wouldn’t like me. Because of this I respect those who have raised and supported me, and I work hard to pay back their love in return. I am also very emotional and can go to extremes of depression and elation. This volatility may cost me in relationships and in my health, and I sometimes like to numb it with drugs, sex, and entertainment. I enjoy all sorts of fun, from performing for people and being the center of attention to watching others do the same.
  10. I consider myself a rather cultured, mild-mannered person. I don’t tolerate vulgarity or crass behavior. I have special food preferences and daily regimes that require me to be alone for parts of the day so I can tend to my rather delicate constitution. I tend to be solitary in my personal habits and prefer losing myself in a book more than engaging in the hustle and bustle of the world. I like the realm of ideas and concepts, though I am rarely able to embody them in the real world. I don’t have abundant physical energy, though I enjoy sports, games, and being in Nature for their recreational and inspirational value.

Answer Key for Self Test II

1 and 7:            Outsider

2 and 9:            Merchant

3 and 6:            Warrior

4 and 8:            Laborer

5 and 10:          Educator


How to Release Limiting Beliefs (and Create New Beliefs) by www.zannakeithley.com

I selected this post to creatively release limiting beliefs using several powerful practices. These practices will not only help you release limiting beliefs, but they’ll allow you to make space to create new, empowering beliefs that will serve you as you step into a new chapter, filled with limitless possibilities. Acts of Self~Love…

Jan Marie
Setting Intention through Song

What is a Limiting Belief?

A limiting belief is a deep-seated belief that holds you back from realizing your true potential and living the life that you know you’re truly meant to live.

Limiting beliefs can come in many forms. Here are a few examples:

  • There are already thousands of wellness coaches out there. I don’t have anything special to offer to stand out from the crowd. I’ll never be able to compete.
  • I’ll get back on the dating scene someday, but nobody’s going to love me the way I am now. First, I need to lose twenty pounds. My physical self has to be in peak shape to be loved.
  • Only really lucky people get to have that kind of success. I’ll never make it.

Do any of these sound familiar? Or have you experienced similar types of thoughts that have held you back from taking the next step personally or professionally?

Most of the time, you’ll find that your limiting beliefs are rooted in fear: fear of rejection, fear of abandonment, fear of not having what it takes, fear of being seen for your true self, fear of failure, and even fear of success.

But know this: you are not your fears.

And you have the power to rise above your limiting beliefs and fears. What held you back yesterday doesn’t have to continue to hold you back today.

Below, you’ll discover how to release limiting beliefs using several powerful practices. You can use one or two of these practices, or you can try them all and see how they feel for you.

Even more, these practices don’t just help you release limiting beliefs; they allow you to create new, empowering beliefs that will guide you in your journey forward, into a life filled with limitless possibilities.

How to Release Limiting Beliefs

Make a Reframed Beliefs List

One of my favorite ways to release limiting beliefs is to make a list of new, reframed beliefs.

To do this, you can use a sheet of paper or pull up a blank document on your computer. Make a table with two columns.

Title the first column, Old Limiting Beliefs. Title the second column, New Reframed Beliefs. You can also use the titles, Limiting Beliefs I’m Releasing and Empowering Beliefs I’m Embracing.

Under the Limiting Beliefs column, write down all of the limiting beliefs that have held you back. Maybe there’s just one or two really big ones, or there may be several you want to write down.

Now, what’s the opposite of those limiting beliefs you just wrote down?

In the next column, turn every limiting belief into a new, positive, empowering belief. Essentially, you’re writing a powerful affirmation here. If your belief is that you’re not good enough, affirm that you are good enough. Write what feels good to you!

Repeat these new reframed beliefs as often as you need to. You might decide to look at them every morning and recite your empowering beliefs aloud.

Here’s an example of how your list might look:

Old Limiting Beliefs

New Reframed Beliefs

I’m not talented enough to make it. Why even bother?

I have what it takes to succeed and thrive. I’m more than enough!

Nobody will want to date someone like me. I shouldn’t even try.

I have so many amazing qualities to offer. There’s someone out there looking for exactly someone like me.

Burn Your Limiting Beliefs List

One practice that might be cathartic for you is to take the limiting beliefs list you wrote above and burn it. Let this be a representation of you letting go of your limiting beliefs and making space for something new in your life.

If you do this, I do recommend still finding a way to turn those limiting beliefs into empowering beliefs. After you burn your limiting beliefs, you can make a list of positive affirmations that represent your new beliefs. Instead of focusing on the negative energy of your old beliefs, focus on the fresh energy of your new beliefs. Let this new energy carry you forward into your next chapter.

Visualize Releasing Your Limiting Beliefs

Another one of my favorite practices for releasing limiting beliefs is to envision myself throwing my limiting beliefs off a cliff and watching them disappear.

To do this, find a quiet, safe spot where you won’t be interrupted. Close your eyes. Imagine you’re standing at the edge of a cliff. Below is a deep chasm; you can’t see the bottom. Now, invite your limiting beliefs to come forward. See them with non-judgmental awareness. This means not letting the negative energy associated with these limiting beliefs to cause negative feelings within.

You might even send a little love to your limiting beliefs and acknowledge the ways in which they tried to serve you. For instance, you might say, “I recognize that you were trying to protect me from getting my heart broken, but I no longer need your service anymore.”

Then, release these old beliefs into the chasm below. Watch them until they disappear. Feel yourself getting lighter without the weight of these fears pressing down on you.

Now you have space to create new, positive beliefs. Create your new beliefs in love, kindness, and courage, knowing you have the strength to step into the life you were always meant to live.

Journal Your Feelings

Instead of making a list, it might help you to explore your limiting beliefs in journaling.

Journaling allows you the time and space to explore the limiting beliefs that have been holding you back. It also allows you to gently probe these beliefs and ask, “Is it true?”

For instance, you might discover that the belief that you’re not talented enough has been holding you back from pursuing your dreams. But once you start writing about it, you realize that you’ve just been using this fear to stay small. Even more, you realize that it absolutely is not true. You are talented enough. And you have what it takes to succeed.

Explore your limiting beliefs with love and compassion through journaling. And in your writing, you can release these beliefs and create new beliefs that support your mind, body, and spirit.

Here’s a few questions to ask yourself as you journal:

  • What’s stopping me from taking the next step to pursuing my dreams?
  • What fears do I possess?
  • What beliefs am I clinging onto?
  • If these limiting beliefs didn’t exist, what would I do?
  • Are these limiting beliefs actually true?
  • What new, empowering beliefs am I creating today?

Express Gratitude for Your Limiting Beliefs

One way to overcome your limiting beliefs is to make them a little less intimidating. And you do this by recognizing that limiting beliefs aren’t 100% bad, scary things.

You possess these limiting beliefs for a reason. Most likely, they were protecting you from something. Take some time to explore how these limiting beliefs may have been trying to serve you. You can write this in a journal, create a list, or simply think about your answers.

Then, thank these limiting beliefs for the ways in which they served you. Afterwards, you can use any of the practices on this list to release them, or you can simply say, “I’m ready to release you now.” Feel the space around you open up as you prepare to create new beliefs that are more in line with the life you want to live.

Next Steps

So you’ve released your limiting beliefs; what comes next?

In the beginning, you may fall back into old thought patterns that don’t reflect where you want to go with your life. When this happens, don’t judge or criticize yourself. Rather, react with love and a whole lot of self-compassion.

It helps to have positive affirmations on-hand that lift your vibrations and help you to feel confident and empowered. Choose some of your favorite affirmations and save them to your phone (or print them out). Make sure to look at them every day to keep your mindset focused on empowerment and positivity. To help you get started, I’ve linked to some of my favorite positive affirmations below.

If you find yourself falling back into old, limiting beliefs, you can repeat any of the practices on this list. Remember that it took you years to cultivate these beliefs, so it may take some time to release them. And that’s okay! In time, you’ll find that your old beliefs are slipping further and further away from your mindset, until you no longer fall back to them anymore.

Positive Affirmations

Have you tried any of the practices on this list? Do you have any favorite practices for releasing limiting beliefs? Share your stories in the comment box below!

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Looking for more? Here are some more articles that can help you with releasing limiting beliefs today!


Blessings to all…

In Gratitude,

Jan Marie

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Self Care ~ Back to Basics Part 2

To set the mood

Knowledge of Ayurveda enables one to understand how to create this balance of body, mind and consciousness according to one’s own individual constitution and how to make lifestyle changes to bring about and maintain this balance.

by Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc

Tailoring Your Profession to Your Dosha by Kayse Budd, M.D

A dosha is an explanation of your mind-body type in Ayurveda. There are three—Pitta, Kapha, and Vata. You may have one dominant dosha or be a mix. Knowing your dosha can inform your life and decision-making.
An especially intelligent, talented, and hard-working client told me about some difficulty he’s been having at work. He feels a lot of pressure—such as pressure to be productive multiple hours in a day and pressure to execute numerous company goals. This type of sustained focus and achievement doesn’t come naturally to him, which is a source of great anxiety. He thinks he is defective in some way and wonders if he is in the wrong profession.


After a big, compassionate sigh, I remind him, “But you’re a Vata!” I implored him to consider this carefully. Vatas naturally have short attention spans. They think and work in spurts—alternating moments of inspiration and activity with periods of rest and (restorative) distraction. Vatas perform best in roles that highlight creativity, thought, and new or changing directions. Vatas naturally lack structure and appreciate variety.
The Vata personality is enthusiastic and cheerful with amazing mental agility. Vatas are sensitive and perceptive. When stressed, they become anxious. Vatas are born visionaries—excellent at thinking outside the box. This makes them an amazing asset in the right role. As creatives, they have an innate tendency to be disorganized. This lack of order can be a challenge in some environments but can be harnessed for innovation in others.


Pittas, on the other hand, are organized, dedicated, determined, and persistent. They have drive, ambition, efficiency, and a penetrating mind. Most Pittas possess a notable desire to do things “right” (and show others how it’s done). Pittas have passion! They are capable, take-charge people who want to succeed at all they do.
Pittas can lead with warmth and purpose and be an exceptionally productive member of a team. They have excellent focus. Their intensity and expectations can lead to greatness (or occasionally mire them in tension—internally and with colleagues). In a collaborative environment, Pittas can excel by picking up a creative impulse put forward by a Vata and developing it to its fullest potential.


Kapha is the slowest, most steady, and most easy-going dosha. Kaphas are not as driven, responsive, and fiery as Pittas, nor as eager, flexible, and imaginative as Vatas. Kaphas are supportive. They are nurturing. They are finishers.
It is great to have a Kapha on a team because they will usually speak the voice of reason and practicality. They naturally create the structure a business needs to function. Kaphas’ resistance to change, however, can sometimes delay progress or hamper dynamism. Kaphas usually do things the long and sensible way. They have excellent integrity and are consistent and dependable. When the Vatas (first) and then Pittas (much later) become bored with a project, the loyal and responsible Kaphas follow through all the way to the end.

Listen to Your Dosha

Each dosha is dramatically different when it comes to natural abilities, energy level, work style, strengths, and weaknesses. These differences ideally need to be considered when thinking about personal work goals and optimum professional environments. You have a touch of every dosha within you, but usually one or two predominate. More often than not, your dominant dosha influences your work style and preferences, whether you realize it or not.
With so much change happening in the world, many people are rethinking what they want to do, how they want to work, and what their true dharma (soul purpose) might be. This is a perfect time to consider what makes you happy (in life and in work) so you can make sure to incorporate more of that into your world moving forward.
Vatas will likely find this time (and the needed inner conversations) easier than the other doshas because relative “comfort with change” is one of the gifts of Vata. Kaphas generally have a harder time letting go of what is familiar, even if it is no longer serving them. And Pittas fall in the middle. It’s okay wherever you fall. Get to know your unique self as best you can, and try to work toward the goal of evaluating what you really want to do and be in this next stage in your life. Sincere inquiry helps you progress on your soul’s destined path.

Find Your Dharma

What if you don’t know what you want to be doing? How can you figure out your purpose or dharma? Astrology shines with this endeavor, though it’s not the only way. Observing and listening to the feedback from yourself over time is one of the most reliable means of finding your soul’s intended path in life. Learn to feel and follow gentle signs and synchronicities. Observe restlessness as well as engagement. (Are things working out easily or with great difficulty?) Notice feelings of fulfillment or dissatisfaction. What is missing? Continue to make subtle micro-adjustments—adding and subtracting things as you hone in on what is right, now.
Simply orienting toward the good may be over-simplified, however. You are meant to work through challenges in life, as this is how the soul learns. Sometimes a path or person you feel “guided toward” may end up causing pain and hardship. This does not mean the direction or connection was or is “wrong.” It most likely means there was something important to learn on that path or with that person. “Pathfinding” is the journey of life. It is always evolving.
An astrology chart validates intuition because it clearly shows a person’s innate tendencies: gifts, challenges, work themes, family issues, relationship potential, and so on. Some people have much stronger professional dharma in their charts than others. It’s useful to know this, even if you never explore astrology further. If you feel extremely motivated to produce and excel in your career, chances are high that you are one of the people with strong “career purpose.”
If instead, you feel a greater call to be domestic or focus on family or self-development or community/social interaction, then those things are likely part of the learning plan or path of your soul. It’s good to embrace the idea that dharma can be many things—not just financially productive work. Most individuals in this world need to make money, however. So, if your heart’s focus seems to lie more strongly in another area of life, then consider your dosha when trying to figure out what kind of professional environments could be a suitable fit.

3 Exercises for Finding Your Professional Fit

A good place to start with the quest to align with your dharma (after understanding your dosha) is to examine which workplace roles or functions worked well for you in the past. Grab a journal and make a list of your most meaningful professional experiences.

There may be a pattern toward enjoying interactions with a certain type of client or colleague. (Challenges earlier in life often create talent with specific populations, for example.) There may be a natural ability with sales or a preference for behind-the-scenes support and organization. A love of teaching or writing may be evident. There could be an appreciation of a reliable paycheck. The wish for more or less autonomy, creativity, or responsibility could be present. Think about your dosha as you examine the two columns. How do the likes and challenges you’ve written relate to the doshic tendencies described above? This is an excellent exercise for reflecting your values.

The second exercise is to think about past work reviews and feedback from clients, colleagues, and coworkers. Make notes about what people said you did well and also what they identified as your weaknesses. Does any of this feedback meaningfully relate to your dosha? Purpose is a part of you that comes easily. It can literally “light you up” (you become more animated and “brighter” to anyone watching). Soul-aligned work makes you feel better when you are doing it.
Think about whether you’ve ever had a “flow” moment at work—a moment when time seemed to stand still and take on a kind of energetic openness. In these flow moments, you function intuitively, almost as if guided by a mysterious energy or higher power. In flow states, the personality seems to move out of the way a bit, and it’s possible to enter a kind of sacred space with a client or project. Flow is a wonderful experience that causes people to feel energized and inspired. It helps you know when you are on the right track.

This third exercise is very important. Think about what you love (Exercise 1), what you are good at (Exercise 2), and what the world needs (or wants) that you can provide. Many people get a bit stuck thinking their work has to be aligned with their absolute favorite passion. It’s an excellent goal! But, for a professional endeavor to succeed financially, that passion has to translate into something people want or need. This sweet spot exercise is a creative opportunity! Can you think of a way to turn your passion and talent into a business concept, position of employment, or product? Use this exercise to ponder whether you have skills and gifts that people also want and need, even if they aren’t your most favorite-favorite thing.
Again, think about your dosha here. A Vata may be able to turn a passion or talent into a usable idea relatively easily, but they may lack the drive or perseverance to see it through. If they are really committed, the Vata may want to recruit a Pitta and a Kapha whose dreams and abilities also align with the Vata’s inspiration. Ultimately, you have to feel in your heart which way to go in life. Only you can make the crucial decisions. But don’t worry; there is no “wrong way.” If you go down a path and reach many roadblocks, observe that feedback, and consider another way. Your choice provided learning and experience, and that information has now set you on a new course. On you go.

Honor Yourself

Vatas are likely to have paths that are varied. Their norm is to do many jobs and try multiple different things. This is the nature of Vata. And thus, variety most likely plays a role in the dharma of a Vata. Pittas frequently climb quickly to the top of their company’s ladder and/or reach early success. They may move to another company or another line of work after exhausting growth where they are. If they do not move, a Pitta can become bored or depressed. Lack of challenge and reward depletes their vitality. Achievement is likely part of the dharma of a Pitta. Kaphas, in contrast, regularly stay in a single position or with a single employer for a long time. This is due to their inherently stable nature. Kaphas often have difficulty letting go of a position even after it is failing to bring growth or emotional fulfillment. Supporting others likely plays a part in the dharma of a Kapha.

To all the Vatas out there, look for positions that value new ideas and enthusiasm, have potential for fresh projects and collaborations, and offer opportunities to exercise your excellent teaching, speaking, and writing abilities. Make sure to honor your natural need for variety and tendency toward lower efficiency and weaker organizational skills. Some structure may benefit you; too much will be constraining. Think about and discuss this when you say yes to your next position.
Pittas, see and value your incredible work ethic and passion. You will most likely be best suited to professions that have a well-developed structure, with room for growth and achievement. You can be excellent at many things—as your natural warmth enlivens almost any endeavor. Pittas can shine in sales, the corporate world, coaching, owning their own businesses, law, medicine, and much more. Take care not to let the Pitta drive and determination keep you in a less-than-joyful situation long. Pittas can burn out by relentlessly pushing themselves in a position that is no longer creating the growth they crave.

Kaphas, you are the foundational people in any enterprise. You provide the support and structure that can help a business or project succeed. You do well in roles that allow you ample opportunity to exercise your natural sense of nurturing and grounded guidance. You can thrive in environments steeped in tradition or time, where rapid changes (which stress your sense of stability) aren’t likely. University settings, government, hospitals, or other institutions are potentially good fits. But any role where you are providing backbone stability or support would honor your natural doshic gifts and allow you to feel fulfilled by being exactly who you are. A position with occasional variety or surprises (or Vatas on the team) may serve to keep a Kapha from becoming languid.

In Summary

Your work is important. It occupies a huge portion of our time and energy. Finding optimal professional expression is one of the most important tasks in life, really. But remember, dharma evolves! Honoring who you are is key to getting on the true path of your soul. When we’re on the soul’s path, fulfillment is an easy, regular occurrence. Using your dosha to help you know and value your strengths, while making compassionate room for your weaknesses, is a way to honor yourself.

Understanding natural doshic tendencies can help you minimize comparisons, release impossible standards, and stop pushing yourself to squeeze into a role that may never fit. Embracing who you are and expressing this self-knowledge to potential clients and employers is something that will set you and them up for much greater success in the long run. Commit to your own greatness and to the greatness of any company or client that hires you. Aim to exemplify the very best of your doshic potential. And if you really want to shine, add the magic ingredient of love. Endeavor to express love through your words and actions to clients, colleagues, strangers, everyone. Allow the work you do to be a conscious extension of yourself. Let your dosha guide you to your dharma and slowly unlock the beautiful mystery of you!


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Meditation Espresso Shot

Song to set the tone.

A Three Minute Practice to Meditate Anywhere

Meditation can’t always happen in blissful silence. Diana Winston takes us through a 3-minute practice that allows us to find a space where we can rest and settle the mind, even in the midst of noise.
1. Begin this meditation by noticing the posture that you’re in. You may be standing or sitting or lying down.
2. Notice your body exactly as it is. See if you can tune in to any sensations that are present to you in your body in this moment. There might be heaviness or lightness, pressure, weight. There might be vibration, pulsating, movement, warmth, coolness, These sensations can be anywhere in your body, and all you have to do is notice them. Notice what’s happening with curiosity and interest.
3. Take a breath. As you breathe, relax. Not much to do except be fully present and aware.
4. Now let go of the body’s sensations, and turn your attention to the sounds inside or outside the room. There may be all sorts of sounds happening: loud sounds, quiet sounds. You can also notice the silence between the sounds. But the sounds are coming and going. Notice them coming and going.
5. Note the sounds instead of narrating them. One tendency of our mind is to want to think about the sounds, to start to make up a story about the sound, or we have a reaction to it: I like it, I don’t like it. See if instead, you can simply listen to the sound. Notice it with curiosity and interest. The sounds are coming and going.
6. Check in before you check out. Now once again, notice your body standing, present, or seated, or lying down. Notice any body sensations that are obvious to you. Take another breath, soften, and when you’re ready, you can open your eyes.
Listen to the audio version of this practice on http://www.mindful.org.


Blessings to all…

In Gratitude,



Eating the life you were meant to eat!

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Back 2 Basics ~ Self-Care 101

“Our thoughts and feelings have a chemical effect on our bodies. Stress, repressed emotions, depression, anxiety, lives lived half-assed — all have profound effects on our wellbeing. 

Even our fears, hurts and sufferings need to be digested, along with our last meal. 

Being truly nourished has just as much to do with our thoughts, feelings, beliefs and experiences as it does with what we are feeding ourselves on a daily basis.” 

Corona @nurturepod.com 

Song to set the tone

What Is Dharma? Discovering My Life’s Purpose by Mallika Chopra

Your work is important to your Dharma or life purpose.  It consumes most of your time and energy through out your adult life.  Discovering your dosha which is your physical constitution in three main categories – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. 

Dharma is your unique purpose in life. It is the process by which you use your unique skills and passions to serve your community and the world.

As children, my father Deepak Chopra taught my brother and me the concept of dharma through his intentions, choices, and actions. We watched him transition professionally from a traditional doctor with a successful medical practice to an advocate for mind/body integration and consciousness.

This was not easy – he was often attacked by others and in financial distress – yet, he used his unique skills as a scientist, writer, and speaker, guided by his inner knowing to authentically live his purpose. We witnessed his personal transformation through daily meditation practice and self-reflection to live a healthier, happier, and more fulfilled life.

My mother was also a guiding light to us – she found meaning and purpose as the matriarch of our extended family and community. She patiently nurtured my brother’s and my individual interests. Our parents gave us the opportunity and freedom to study our passions, and gave us the practices to integrate purpose into our work and personal lives.

The Power of Intention

Early on, my father taught us about the power of intention – exploring our deepest desires to manifest the life we wanted. After meditation, he would guide us to ask the following questions:

  • Who am I?
  • What do I want?
  • How can I serve?

Listening, honestly and with humility, to the seeds of desire that arose as we asked these questions became the anchors to live with intention. We learned to ask for the qualities in our life that would make us happier, healthier, and connected to others.

There is a phrase in the Upanishads, one of the great Indian texts, that says:

You are what your deepest desire is,
As is your desire, so is your intent,
As is your intent, so is your will,
As is your will, so is your deed,
As is your deed, so is your destiny.

Reflecting on different stages of my life, I realize that my desire for love, connection, and service have remained consistent. My will (what I am willing to do) and deeds (action) have changed as my roles (mom, entrepreneur, author) evolved with the practicalities of education, time, financial security, and the community around me changed.

Fulfilling My Dharma

Despite the support and example set by my parents, I will admit that I often felt pressure to do something important and impactful to fulfill “my dharma”. I realized early on in my professional career that “dharma” for me was not necessarily going to be achieved through a traditional job. It took me decades grappling with this concept before I felt that I could fully embrace it.

I think the first time I knew my purpose – at my core – was when I discovered I was pregnant. My journey became about love in its purest form – hopeful, inspired, in awe of the power that came with nurturing a new soul. I also remember the specific moment – when I was 5 months pregnant on 9/11 – in the blur of sadness, fear and anxiety, that purpose took on a new dimension. As a parent-to-be, instinctively protective on my children who were coming into a suffering world, I knew that my intention to serve had to be combined with action to support others in our community, as well.

now know my dharma plays out in the moments of daily service to my loved ones when I am guided by love and gratitude.

As you think about your purpose, think about the role you play as a frequency holder in your family, community, and the world. Ask – how can I serve? And pay attention to how your purpose manifests itself every day through your actions.

Find guidance as you connect with your higher self in You and Your Dharma, a new four-part series on the Chopra App led by Chopra Global’s Chief Impact Officer, Devi Brown

Holidaze on the Side

Lentil Pastelon

Author: Dani

This Lentil Pastelon recipe has layers of fried plantains, lentils, and lots of cheese. You won’t be able to eat just one bite!

 PREP TIME:  25 mins

COOK TIME:  20 mins


COURSE Main Course

CUISINE American, Caribbean


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped (or 1 medium sweet onion)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium red bell peppers, sliced lengthwise
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 tbsp adobo seasoning
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water (use as needed)
  • 3 cups cooked lentils
  • coarse salt and pepper
  • 6-8 ripe plantains
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 12 slices provolone cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup smoked gouda cheese
  • fresh herbs to garnish (I used thyme and sage)


  1. Heat olive oil in a dutch oven over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic, saute until shallots become translucent. Add bell peppers and jalapeno and cook for 1 minute. Add seasonings, dried herbs, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water (start with half of the water). Stir to combine. Add cooked lentils and simmer covered for 10 minutes. Check lentils. If the sauce is too thick, add remaining water and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove dutch oven from the heat and rest covered for another 10 minutes to allow sauce to thicken further. Set aside.
  2. Peel plantains and cut lengthwise. You should get about 3-4 pieces per plantain. Fry plantain in canola oil until each side is golden brown. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to remove excess oil.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 baking dish. Line dish with a layer of plantains, followed by the lentil mixture, then provolone, mozarella, and gouda. Repeat twice more for 3 total layers. Top with more coarse salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes, until cheese melts and is bubbly. If your cheese is not brown enough, broil for an additional 2-3 minutes. Let the pastelon rest for 10 minutes, then garnish with fresh herbs and spices.

Blessings to all…
In Gratitude,

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Welcome Aboard…

This song starts the journey

Hello my name is Jan short for Jannat. Tasting Nirvana is the backstory of my accepting a post on the Africa Mercy Ship on October 1, 2021. Unfortunately, Spain cancelled all flights on Monday October 1st so I had to find a place to stay until October 18th. It gave me the opportunity to imagine new ways to be resourceful and creative.  I decided to live at The Green Tortoise Hostel instead of a motel (hadn’t planned on any expense for 18 days). I discovered new ways to solve my money problems with a passive income through this blog, working in the galley as well as fundraising for the Africa Mercy Ship. 

Tasting Nirvana blog is my perspectives regarding to the cultural differences between people, places and things.  Posts will focus on recipes, Aryurvedic nutrition, how to become inspired, engaged and interested in cooking foods for your body and wellbeing. The approach is creativity in a relaxed and joyful manner with a new perspective on food, sustainability and cooking out hunger through food banks, community cooking classes, creating a network of restaurants and local grocery stores giving the food the the community. 

While waiting for October 18th, I decided to add more life skills and get a better understanding of living with these challenges through meditating and healing the somatic blocks allowing me to gain a better understanding of myself. body and spirit. Understanding the impermanence in this situation and why I am experiencing this right now.  Here’s what I discovered.

The aspects of my life that aren’t benefitting me and changing them is my first step in this journey.  It turns out that I am having a wonderful time incorporating the Ayurvedic approach into my daily life and seeing how I would like it to play out under any circumstances…Hostel, apartment, farm or aboard a ship.  I would like to experience it all.  Thriving through Wellness makes life worthy for everyone.


Blessings to all…

In Gratitude,


Cooking Out Hunger!

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