Poems always give me a deep and rich sense of connection to all things. They have a wonderful way of helping us to become present and stop for a moment........I always try to share a poem I love with another...they feel too precious to keep for oneself...here are a few of my favourites.....enjoy.
Let us fall in love again....
Let us fall in love again
and scatter gold dust all over the world.
Let us become a new spring
and feel the breeze drift in the heavens’ scent.
Let us dress the earth in green,
and like the sap of a young tree
let the grace from within sustain us.
Let us carve gems out of our stony hearts
and let them light our path to Love.
and we are blessed by its light.
The glance of Love is crystal clear
Raw Chocolate Recipe
Another inspiring practise that I very much enjoy is making my own chocolate..... I gave up refined sugar a few years ago, as I was finding that the 'highs and lows' of blood sugars was not supporting my well being. Since giving it up I have found that I am more emmotionally balanced, have more consistent energy thoughout the day and the part of the mind that always desires something is much quieter, as the 'sugar cravings' have dropped away.
So having a very sweet tooth I have become much more creative with making my own chocolates, cakes etc without sugar.
Raw cocao is very high in magnesium which helps to decrease tension in muscles...so is therefore a perfect support to your yoga practice.....
So here is a basic recipe for raw chocolate, there are many different variations but I like this one. I include carob as I find the cocao powder on its own is too stimulating, like caffeine.
Half a cup/3 heaped tablespoons of raw cocao powder
Half a cup of/3 heaped tablespoons of carob powder (try to use the organic one as its sweeter than the non organic)
2 tablespoons of agave nectar
2 tablespoons of coconut butter or cocao butter
Mix, carob and cocao powder,
Heat coconut/cocao butter; either directly in a saucepan on a very low heat or putting butter in a glass bowl and heating it over a saucepan of boiling water.
Mix in melted butter and agave.
Taste...add more agave if you like it sweeter or more butter if it feels a little dry.
Either press into ice cube moulds (the soft rubbery ones are ideal) or roll into small balls, or line a small tuperware with clingfilm and then press mixture into the bottom.
Put in fridge for at least an hour for hardening and enjoy.
I often add variations such as vanilla essence, a few drops of orange essential oil, or grated orange zest, ground almonds, maca, lucuma or other super foods. If you are putting more dry ingredients in you will need to add more melted butter and agave.
There are many different websites to get ingredients from. I use Tree Harvest who seem to have a very ethical policy. Tel: 01531 650764