In This Issue
• Vibrant Living Yoga Workshops in Jakarta •
• Anatomy of Peace •
• Astrological Tidbits•
• Upcoming Events•
• Raw recipe: Valentine's Dessert •
Vibrant Living Yoga Weekly Classes
The Yoga Shala Kerobokan, Bali
Vibrant Living Yoga
The Yoga Barn
• May 10 – June 7, 2009 •
Vibrant Living Yoga Teacher Training,
Ubud - Bali
• Oct 18 – Nov 15, 2009
Vibrant Living Yoga Teacher Training,
Ubud - Bali
• Nov 18 – Dec 3, 2009 •
Vibrant Living Yoga Intermediate Module,
Ubud - Bali
| Recipe Corner:
Courtesy of Elaina Love
3 C peeled and chopped zucchini (about 3 squash)
1 1/2 tsp. Celtic sea salt
1/2 C olive oil
1 C ground flax seeds
1 C soaked almonds
Blend the zucchini, salt and oil until smooth. Add the almonds and continue to blend until the entire mixture is smooth. You may need to use a spatula or celery stick to get the mixture to blend. Pour the blended mixture into a bowl and add the flax meal. Let the batter sit for a few minutes to let the mixture thicken. Shape into 4 small or 2 large pizza crusts on 16x16 inch dehydrator trays covered with Teflex sheets. Dehydrate the crusts at 105 degrees for four hours. Remove the Teflex sheets and continue to dehydrate until the crusts are firm. It may take eight or more hours altogether. Be sure to dry the crust upright after flipping or they will bow in the wrong direction.
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, covered in water and soaked 2+ hours
1/2 medium tomato or red bell pepper, chopped
1 large pitted date or 2 tsp. agave 1 medium clove garlic (optional)
4 large basil leaves
1 Tbs. chopped onion (optional)
1/2 tsp. Celtic sea salt
1/4 tsp. oregano
½ tsp. Italian seasoning
Blend everything together including the tomato soak water until smooth. Let the excess water rise to the top for 30 minutes and drain it off.
2 cups pine nuts, cashews or macadamia nuts
½ cup water
2 probiotic capsules
After the cheese ferments, add:
1 Tbs. unpasturized light miso paste
1/4 tsp. Celtic sea salt
1 tsp. lemon juice
Blend nuts with the water adding just enough water to make a thick paste. When nuts are creamy add the powder from the capsules and blend lightly. Pour the mixture into a glass bowl and put a lid on it. Let sit in a semi warm place (80 degrees or higher) for 8 to 12 hours. Test the cheese. When it tastes a little sour, add the seasonings and serve on pizza or put it in a glass container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
TOPPINGS FOR 2 LARGE PIZZAS
1 red bell pepper, diced
15 mushrooms, sliced and marinated in a little olive oil and salt
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced and halved
10 black olives, pitted and sliced Nut Cheese (if using avocado, you may want to skip this step)
2 avocados, sliced (if using cheese, you may want to skip this step)
Assembly for Pizza:
Spread the sauce on the crust. Spread the cheese on the sauce (if using avocado, you may want to skip cheese) Layer avocado on the sauce or the cheese (if using cheese you may skip avo) Add additional toppings in any order. Warm in a dehydrator at 115° for ½-1 hour before serving.Top with sprouts if desired.
|Radiantly Alive March 2009 Newsletter
“We shall find peace. We shall hear angels. We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.” –Anton Chekov
“Our fate is shaped from within ourselves outward, never from without inward.” –Jacques Lusseyran.
We all want peace. I’ve never heard of someone saying they are opposed to peace. Still we imagine that the continuous stream of wars and conflict that we take for granted as part of our world have nothing to do with us. Yet, for most of us, the truth is we live with (and create) conflict on a daily basis.
The good news is we can do something about it. I’m not talking about spiritual platitudes (i.e.: it’s all good, when we judge someone we’re really judging ourselves, etc) – we’ve all heard them before, and though they may indeed be true, for most of us they offer little help. We’re so conditioned to conflict, it takes some desire, effort, commitment and perhaps even help, to create peace in ourselves, which is the only way we’ll create peace in the world.
Part of what I love about the age we live in is that although there may be more conflict, disaster and negativity than ever before, there’s also an unprecedented abundance of wisdom. We have access to information that was never before available. People like Byron Katie and Eckart Tolle share with millions on the Oprah show.
And – as we all know – knowing without doing is like not knowing at all.
For more on creating peace, continue reading below.
|Vibrant Living Yoga Workshop in Jakarta - March 7-9, 2009
|Radiantly Alive arrives in Jakarta during the first weekend of March to lead a weekend workshop - Freedom to Fly: Breathe, Sweat and Enlighten Up - hosted by Carin's Studio.
The challenge of yoga takes us beyond what we thought was possible. Whether flying into handstand of a stress-free life, vinyasa (breath with movement) can empower us to conquer fear, overcome gravity and find peace in the midst of urban life.
Sat, March 7
9am – 11:30am Arm balances and hip openers.
2pm – 4:30pm Forward bends, twists, inversions and partner yoga.
Sun, March 8
9am – 11:30am Back bending
2pm – 4:30pm Balance - right side up and upside down.
Mon, March 9
9am – 11:30am Seat of the yogi, seat of gratitude, seat of vibrant living
Pricing for the weekend workshop (Rp 1.450.000) includes five yoga sessions, T-shirts (for the first 30 participants) and certificate. For more information or to register, see Carin's website or contact her at (62) 21-5370558 or email@example.com.
|Creating Peace - In the World and in our Lives (continued)
I just read a book that I loved: The Anatomy of Peace, by the Arbinger Institute. I’m struck by the synchronicity of this book being released now as the battles between Israel and Palestine again heat up – you’ll see why in a moment.
It’s an easy read about a way of thinking and seeing the world that can – in their words create hearts at peace instead of hearts at war. It’s particularly relevant now as conflict is so widespread, in the Middle East and beyond, and affects so many of us in our daily lives (home, work, family). It’s a story about some parents who are struggling with their children’s’ problematic behaviors. They take their kids to a wilderness survival program, and then find out a lot about themselves. Two men direct the camp – one an Arab, one a Jew - each of whom lost their fathers at the hands of the other’s ethnic family.
These two men found a way to get ‘out of the box’, out of the filtered thinking sees the world as conflictual, and now they teach the families that come to them how to get out of their own boxes, how to create peace in their hearts and in their families. The method is simple, and they explain it in easy to understand ways. We don’t have space here to go into detail – and I encourage you to pick up the book (you won’t put it down until you’re finished) – yet I will give a glimpse as to how it works.
The title of the Arbinger Institute’s first book, Leadership and Self-Deception, gives a clue as to how we ‘get out of the box.’ The first and most essential step is to realize we’re in one. Most of us are so conditioned toward hearts at war we don’t realize when we’re in the box.
A heart at war sounds extreme, yet it can be as subtle as being annoyed, treating other people as objects (to help us get what we want), thinking ourselves better – or worse – than others. An alarming truth, though, is that these, and many other, subtle ways of having a heart at war, invites conflict into our lives. It increases.
When I drive my motorbike around Ubud, it’s easy for me to become annoyed with how people drive. This one’s going to slow, this one’s parked in an inconsiderate way, this one didn’t look before he turned in front of me… While all those observations may be true, my annoyance is an indication to me that I’m seeing them as objects rather than people – in those moments I am seeing them as obstructions, things in my way. My annoyance is an alarm bell that I’m in the box.
We all want peace. We all want to be happy. Most of us, though, not only haven’t learned how to be peaceful, we’ve been taught quite the opposite. Yet the revolution is alive.
You might like to pick up The Anatomy of Peace. And you can get started on its teachings now by simply noticing when you’re in the box. Because our lives are made up of many different experiences, most likely we’re in the box in some of them and out of the box in some of them. That helps us notice when we’re in. We might be seeing one person or situation differently than others.
When we realize some aspect of our heart is at war, we can begin getting out of the box by tuning into what it’s like being out of the box. A memory, another current situation where our heart is at peace, a place or activity that helps us feel at peace. Then - from that perspective - we can reconsider the in-the-box scenario and see new possibilities.
The final key – and the key to staying out of the box – is to act upon what we discover. Do what we feel inside is right. Often times we get into the box by not following our own feeling of what we should do, what our intuition tells us to do, which then leads us to justify situations (more on this in the book).
Driving has become an insightful and liberating practice for me lately. I’m amazed at how many opportunities I find to realize I’m in the box, and then to shift my perspective, upgrading annoyance to acceptance and understanding. May we all (I start with myself) – in the words Gandhi – be the change we want to see in the world. May we see the sky sparkling with diamonds.
|Astrological Tidbits - Mystical Possibilities Coming Up
| While the month in front of us doesn’t have any dramatic astrological events, this is a great opportunity to introduce the ongoing and growing dynamic of Neptune and Chiron, whose conjunction has been already building for more than a year. These two astrological bodies – Neptune a planet, Chiron an asteroid – will continue getting closer to each other in the sky until they are exactly joined in early 2010. Their influence, mixed with some other strong planetary influences, will be key through 2010 and beyond.
These are two of the most difficult energies to explain, as they are both complex and defy linear, logical thinking, yet an attempt is worthwhile – their union is already active, and the possibilities symbolized by it are notable.
Neptune, the mystic, rules spirituality, vision, the higher octaves of love, art, compassion. Yet at the same time, because we live in a 3D world and often have challenges understanding the unseen world that Neptune represents, he also rules over madness, confusion and even deception.
Combine that panoply of energies with Chiron – who ranges from symbolizing our deepest wounds to our most powerful healing – and a broad spectrum of possibilities arises. My favorite interpretation, the one that would require the most positive intention and effort, is that we are now creating a world healing based on the spiritual understanding of our interconnectedness. Certainly it’s a time of imagination, of vision. And often a time when what seems to be the case probably isn’t. It could be a time when art and philanthropy flourish like never before. It could be a time when those who work with trickery and illusion have unprecedented success. Most likely it’ll be all of these things – and many others – in different ways.
One thing that’s clear amidst this energy that’s guaranteed to be other than clear, is that the results we get depend largely on the outcome we want, and the energy and vision we put in. This is true from how we govern our world to how we manage our lives and intimate relationships. These two powerful, mystical astrological bodies are already encouraging us to look within, and to imagine what we’d like to see without. As other and more powerful astrological dynamics come into play in 2010 on into 2012 this vision may make all the difference.
Remember, the movement of the planets indicates energies that affect all of us. Far more powerful is how that particular (and other) symbolism is operating through our individual charts. Learning more about your chart – on your own or with a qualified astrologer – pays rich dividends in self-awareness.
“The person who understands themselves can accomplish anything.”
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