Off the Mat: Kale for the Body & Joy for the Soul

Winter is the time of year when all beings need comfort and warmth. We need to turn inward, focusing on our personal care, our personal light. Shining that light becomes much more easeful when both body and mind are well-nourished.

Feed your body. Feed it what? Good, wholesome food. For a meal that cultivates a greater warmth and satisfied stomach, try this recipe based on the ayurvedic foundation of soothing a Pitta dosha. Pitta, one of the three body types, brings with it excess fire. Too much fire and busyness create a disconnect, while during the colder months we need to tone down our excessive tendancies, expanding into the bodies that support our every move.
Kale & Butternut Squash Stew
  • Pecans, finely chopped
  • Kale, stems removed and cut into 1″ strips
  • Butternut squash, cubed
  • Coconut water
  • Quinoa, cooked according to directions
Add all ingredients except quinoa and pecans to a big pot, adding an inch of cocunut water to the bottom. Start on medium heat and replenish water as it steams the vegetables. When squash is tender, add pecans and bring pot to a simmer for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently. Serve stew atop of quinoa and enjoy!
Feed your mind. Feed your intellectual body by allowing space for your intuitive body. One way to create space is to linger on the breath. Come into a posture that allows you to fully relax. Shavasana, or Corpse Pose, asks only that we surrender. Melt into the earth, wherever you can – the living room, the kitchen, your office. Focus your attention on the feeling of each breath as it flows in or out your nostrils. Become the conscious observer of your thoughts, but do not become involved with them. As your mind becomes calm, bear witness to the feelings that arise. What emotions are here? What message is coming with them?
Feed your soul. Embrace any healthy practice that brings you joy. We give and give, extending and overextending, until we end up in a backbend. Hands tied up and unable to tend to our own needs. Cultivate that which brings you joy. Pray, read, meditate, paint, write, walk. Find your space and place of peace, and go there. No questions asked. Enjoy peace, presence, love, light, and laughter.

Abundant Peace,

Jennifer

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