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6:38 pm

Lisa's Warm December Breakfast

Mix together:

1 cup hulled buckwheat 1 cup raisens ½ cup walnuts ½ cup hazelnuts ½ cup cashews ½ cup pumpkin seeds ½ cup coconut ¼ cup chia seeds 2 tablespoons Cinnamon 1 teaspoon dry ginger ½ teaspoon cardamom ½ teaspoon nutmeg store mixture in a glass jar Bring ½ cup of cereal mix covered with coconut milk to a low boil Add 1 hachiya persimmon or 1 tart apple or 1 comice pear Simmer for 10  minutes Serve with butter or ghee or whipped cream. mmmmmmmmm

5:09 pm

Maitri for Christmas, by Lisa Wells

It’s December. Every store I walk into, I am confronted with huge displays of holiday goods: candy, cookies, ornaments, toys, decorations. Tantalizing, tempting, torturous goods.  All screaming “Buy Me”  “Eat Me” “Consume Me.”  It is the season of overindulgence. It is the season to shop too much. It is the season to overextend my credit card. I steal myself against it. I feel manipulated.   I get resentful and prickly. I don’t want to play this consumer game but I feel like a Scrooge if I don’t participate.  This game that says if I purchase just the right thing I can buy the love my heart desires and my life will be complete and meaningful.   If I don’t play along I feel resistance, fear, jealousy, stinginess, and selfishness. How do I respond yogically? Hmmm, yoga teaches us to embody aparigraha, non-grasping. But my reaction to the grasping quality of the holidays doesn’t feel like aparigraha. Aparigraha feels like freedom. This resistance is not freedom. I search a little more deeply in myself.  What do I want this holiday season?  Who do I want to be?  I sit in meditation and listen. The word Maitri arises within me.  Maitri can be translated: love, kindness, friendliness or generosity of spirit.  I’ve chosen maitri, generosity, as my holiday mantra this year.   It feels like just what I need to counter the scrooge within. My pranayama  Maitri practice is comprised of breathing into my heart center.  I use breath to open up into all the prickly places around my heart.  I use my breath to release the fascial tissue that grasps and pulls at my heart. I receive fully on each inhalation.  I offer completely on each exhalation. My asana Maitri practice is comprised of heart openers.  I practice my back bends supported by a firm foundation: Sthira (strength) in my legs and pelvis; Sukha (ease) in my heart and chest.  I practice Lunges, warrior poses, deeper lunges, boat pose, dog pose, wild thing, bow pose, bridge pose, wheel pose, flying monkey pose.    I receive fully on each inhalation.  I offer completely on each exhalation. My meditation practice is to  rest in the space of the heart.  I open to source.  I receive completely.  I open to the world.  I offer completely.  No resistance.  Freedom. I’m changed.  I walk into stores neither resisting nor grasping.  I see people, not goods. And I practice generosity, with myself and others. It is turning into a wonderful holiday after all.