Alethiea Breath Work
The first of the Fireside Breath Sessions
Come dive deep within in exploration in this time of short short days and long dark nights. What rests here in your most inner place of soul. What needs to release and let go in the deep heart before we again move towards longer lighter days and plant new seeds of intentions.
These 2 and a half to 3 hour sessions will provide a full breath-work session in addition to introducing you to the technique and its philosophical/theoretical foundation. Breath-work is an opportunity to engage the incredibly clarifying power of your primary life force… breath.
The sessions will be held in our beautiful home in the Highlands in the middle of the woods. Mossy bluffs Arbutus Cedar and Fir all around. Ravens and Hummingbirds too. The fire will be burning in the fireplace.
Aletheia = “the state of not being hidden; the state of being evident.” Through your own breath and willingness, you reveal your Self – a revealing that can have profound impact on your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being.
• Give you more energy
• Help detoxify, restore, balance and oxygenate the cells
• Resolve repressed emotions allowing the release of negativity
• Accelerate spiritual growth through expanded awareness
Investment . $ 35
$ 25 if you have experienced at least two sessions before
Limited spaces available.
Please Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up
A ginger bath is heating , stimulating and detoxifying.
This is for those of you who need and love heat and sweating.
It is considered a sweat therapy and is pretty intense and obviously you need to make sure that you do not over-heat. Stay in touch with how you are and get out of the bath and drink water and get some air if you feel any discomfort. Do take care though to not get chilled as well.
Always listen to and honor your body.
It can be a stand in for sauna if we do not have access to one.
It is a great practice on those days when you got too cold and simply can not get warm, your muscles are tight and overworked, you have sore and achy joints or if you are just about to come down with a cold or a flu.If you do it just as it is coming on you may just be able to flush it right out of your system. If you like it it is a good practice as a general detox.
For the full Sweat experience do this before going to bed.
(On a night you do not intend to snuggle as you will be sweaty ; ) ).
Have a clean bed-sheet a towel and a big glass of room temperature water by the bed ready for when you get out.
Fill the bath with as hot water as you can bear getting into.
Add 1/4 cup dried Ginger or 1-2 cups of fresh grated ginger tied loosely in a cheese cloth.
Optionally ad 1-2 cups of Epsom salt ( to ad to muscle relaxing, detoxing effect)
Stay in the bath for min 20 minutes for the Ginger to really take its affect.
It will be hot .
You will possibly start to sweat already in the bath.
When you feel done get out of the bath.
For maximum effect wrap up in the sheet and get into bed and under the covers.
Here you will continue to sweat for potentially up to an hour.
Enjoy the thought of releasing accumulated toxins through the skin. Let it go.
Use towel to dry of excess.
Drink water as you need it.
As you cool of you will likely be all mush and soft and your muscles heavy and relaxed.
When you are done sweating get out of the sheet as you do not want to reabsorb all the toxins released.
Personally I love this every once in a while and in particular this time a year when I am adjusting to the cold and damp.
Enjoy the heat!
I have had the habit of drinking this mucous cleansing tea every fall for years.
This year it totally slipped my mind until today while I was getting a cupping treatment. It is an adapted recipe from the fantastic book Healing with Whole foods by Paul Pithford. If I was to recommend only one book for nutritional healing this book would be the one … I always return to it as a reference.
The recipe is as follows ;
pr one liter of water simmer
1 tb sp fennel seeds
1 tb sp fennugeek seeds
1 tb sp flax seeds
1 tb sp liquorish root in pieces
for approximately 30 minutes
Then let water come off simmer and ad 2 tb sp nettle leafs and let steep,( not boiling), with a lid on for 10 min.
Drink at least one cup daily preferable on empty stomach for 21 days.
The tea will gently clear intestines and lungs of mucus while replacing it with a healthy mucous membrane.
It is an awesome way to prevent fall-winter colds and generally strengthen our immune system( which is so closely related to the health of our digestive system) and can also be taken at other times when a cold is coming on or going around,
I usually make a bigger batch and keep it in mason jars in the fridge.
Cold the tea is a bit jelly like due to the flax seeds so I prefer to drink it while hot just take care not to boil as you heat it in order to preserve the goodness of the nettles.
It may seem like a bit of a production and it is not always easy to bring in a new habit for a longer stretch like 3 week.
Your body will thank you though and it is worth it!
I got the ingredients today and will be brewing this up in the morning.
For tonight I am sipping a glass of wine in front of the fireplace that I lit for the first time this season .
I promise …it wont make you feel like the Mad Hatter…but I do love this image.
Actually it was my good old friend Camilla who came across it on her travels in Africa now about 15 ago. She met this Swedish man and as I remember it he was then in his seventies walking from Stockholm to Cape Town with the intention to spread peace on his way. He was accepting donations en route and shared a little folder about his mission. This little piece of paper hung on the door of her bathroom in Vesterbro for years to come. If you know these old apartments in Copenhagen you would know that the bathrooms (toilet only) were so small you practically had to back into them and then the door is closed there right in front of your face. So I saw this one out of many inspiring pieces every time I had to use the bathroom there. That is how this man she met far away became part of my story as well. Apparently he had one health rule he lived by and that he swore he owed his good health. This is what in my mind is remembered as the Water-Cure. Somehow it seems to me it is of Tibetan origin and considered a cure all for all kind of maladies including Malaria. Honestly I may have mixed that up in my mind with other stories . All I know is it feels awesome and is super energizing sooo simple and totally safe if only you remember to follow it carefully.
Her it is .
On awakening drink 1 1/2- 2 liters of clean water as fast as you comfortable can . ( In cities with chlorinated water I would consider using purified or spring water but use your common sense). It is a lot of water and at first it may seem like a lot but it will get easier! Watch your body , know your self and if you had enough listen to that. I like to drink it in 1/2 liter jugs as it feels manageable and makes it easy to measure. It also helps me to have it prepared by my bedside to discipline my self to actually getting to do it. (sometimes I am amazed at my lack of motivation in the morning)
Allow for 1 1/2 – 2 hours after drinking to let this flush through you. I tend to get a little bit of a chill and obviously need to pee frequently. Sometimes I will wake up to chug the water half an hour before I have to get up and then the need to pee will make sure I get up on time.
After 1 1/2 -2 hours Eat something solid but make sure NOT to drink any liquid at this time . This is important as it will stop the flushing and prevent that you may deplete yourself of vitamins and minerals.
1/2 hour later go ahead with your day as usual.
That is it!
I love it. It makes me feel so GOOD. Energized and strangely as if my eyeballs had a wash. It also seem to stimulate my sense of thirst so that I am more in touch with my need of liquid
For me it has a little side kick bonus that it will discourage my habit and addiction to drinking coffee first thing in the morning as it merely does not fit in and then later the need is not really there as I naturally have more energy. But then again ..sometimes an afternoon coffee is just the BEST! ( sigh)
I tend to do it in waves and then forget about it but apparently this man used and swore by this as part of his daily health regime.
I have been of the water-wagon for a while so guess what I intend to do tomorrow morning?
Enjoy and may this story now become part of your story…
Solstice , Christmas and New Years was particularly Abundant , Social and Sacred this past year. It is a whole tale in it self. Suffice to say that as usual we had our share of shared meals , treats, sweet and rich foods drinks and all.
Come January I found my self feeling greasy, gassy and kinda gross how ever sacred the times I experienced. I was urging to cleanse. Not quite ready to let go of time to contemplate and mull on ideas plans and visions that seem to swivel around and sometimes hurl towards me in the ether . Wooo! Hold off. Give me a moment . Let me digest! Literally and figuratively.
It felt to cold and damp to go ahead with a cleanse per se. I had been ignoring a chest cold for maybe 4 weeks and all of a sudden I needed to take care of it NOW or I knew it would get really bad. I followed my craving towards bulking up on greens. Lots of greens and vegetable, and grains. Quinoa, Rice , Barley. I discovered Chia seeds! Big salads and warming soups. An aversion to the yummy rich and sweet foods that just days ago were so delicious and nourishing. I needed herbal teas generously spiced with ginger and cayenne. Herbal chai by the pot steeping away for days until gone. My kombucha love got rekindled and a daily regime…ahhhh. An interesting balance of cooling and alkaline foods heated up with warming spices to move the mucous, the stagnancy out of my body.
I realise looking back that I have integrated some of the Ayurvedic attitudes that I learned last year. I have only barely touched the surface of the depth of knowledge that the Ayurvedic tradition have to share. I am deeply intrigued and love the holistic view of health and our connection to the world.
I did not consciously think Ayurveda besides the habitual check of my tongue. At the back of my mind I noticed excess mucous and lethargy and a heavy mood and a dislike of cold , excess Kapha most of all. I needed to lighten up and to move stuff , Vata, and also to warm up and stimulate digestion on all levels, Pitta
I saw my self emerge with violent coughs and mucus exiting my lungs in projectile style and a lighter mood and not to mention a much more active mind. Oh my there is so much to do. Wooo!!! Aces seemed to lift and my body to soften. I felt like a sprout bursting through on a cheat spring day ready to burst forth in too full bloom. I was gravitating towards slow and deep yoga posses, in particular the heart, lung and hip openers and deep shoulder neck work.
I also discovered the miracle balls and used them to aid in the deep opening to the point of feeling like I’ve gotten a killer Tahi-massage the next day. I love them and highly recommend getting them for self massage and deep yet gentle muscle work.
Suddenly I felt very emotional.
Alas I caught sight of my collage in process. Uhhhh! Maybe there is more that need to incubate in the in the fertile depths. Maybe there is something to realise or to let go of before I am really ready to spring forth towards full bloom . I realised this looking at my unfinished collage and the daunting feeling thinking of finishing it. That feeling a hint that I better get to work on that. Complete that image so that the process may be carried through. Real or imagined it is suddenly of great importance to my emotional wellbeing that I finish that project and I am internally cussing at the fact that I have decided to create a fairly large collage made up of little tiny pieces of paper and cuttings.
Following the lightness, elation and physical cleanse not to mention the softening, the emotions arise. Ughhhh . Discomfort. Urge to retreat and eat greasy comfort foods again . …not notice …basically run . Run from my self. Being with this whilst going about my everyday life… letting it rise and fall. Trying to not let it spill on the children, animals or lovely ladies of the household. Succeeding most of the time. Having good cries in the shower. On walks. In bed. Also laughs and giggles and spurts of pure joy. Fear of all the new, of faliure and maybe even of success. Old thought and feeling patterns surfaced and went on repeat. Some called for reassessment and pondering others I caught and had to re-remember that they hold no truth anymore. They are no more but an habitual neuropathway that I have to give my self credit for is getting much less traffic that it used to.
So the month of January passed and the collage is not yet done. The cough is almost gone. I am still enjoying eating much lighter and alkaline most of the time. Lots of herbal teas. I feel lighter as well as more supple on all levels. I’m not done taking advantage of time to nurture and source from deep within. It is going to be a busy year. I may as well savour this in-between time and by the end of February my guess is that the collage is done as well as the ground in the garden prepped for the early seeds and plants to be planted. All in its own time.