Fresh from the soil

This is in Xireni, Sicily. In the Madonie. It is a family who offers a b&b and a lot more as you can see in the video. Sicily is a sacred land. It is rich, fertile and magical. It is where I originate and where my soul is connected too. I created a blog called unadonnasiciliana.wordpress.com where you can find more information about this sacred space.

the power of homeschooling

A homeschooled human being who expresses the power of learning through unschooling! The topic ‘homeschooling’ is still tabu in most modern and civilized societies where it is thought that learning occurs at school. Before we express our inclinations versus or against homeschooling, we need to ask the questions ‘what is learning?’ and ‘how does it happen?’ One of the reasons why my husband and I decided to homeschool our kids is because we believe that kids need to FEEL FREE. Schools do not offer freedom. Hence, we need to ask ourselves whether what they call ‘learning’ connotes learning or whether it puts kids into a box according to which their minds get shaped and their creativity annulled. This video puts it into simple words and I thought I would share it as it gives the whole picture of what homeschooling actualy is: learning to learn and a constant search for the truth, or in other words learning from the soul, expanding meaning and connecting to your inner knowledge and spirit.Kids who are homeschooled become creators of meaning. They change the world. Their learning space is not the classroo. It is the whole world with its energy, trees,greens, mountains, animals, seas, oceans, lakes, rivers, flowers, colours,…

The Problem With Vaccines

This speech explains the reasons why we do not need vaccinations, why they were created, what they cause and how vaccinating goes against our divine power and destabilizes our immune system which has been created flawlessly by nature.

aspartame and sucralose

These are some interesting facts which I think are worth sharing with as many people as possible. This is the main reason I decided to publish this youtube clip here as well. The fact that aspartame and sucralose is contained in all soft drinks and most mass-produced processed food is not new to me. What really pushed me to publish it here is the shock I lived when I visited Egypt, a “Mulsim Country” where most “Muslim families” avoid alcohol and other haram things which harm their bodies (I totally agree) and at the same time are unaware of the danger they put their kids in when feeding them any kind of food from the super market. After every meal 7up is offered to everyone and there is not one day during which I have not seen a kid drinking a soft drink. Globalization has highly damaged these “third world countries” by sucking them inside a vicious cycle called “free trade”. What we once considered “developed” countries, such as Egypt ( a country where civilization started and a country rich in all possible resources), is now considered a “third world” country because 1. it lacks its natural resources, which are taken away from them by big multinationals in order to produce medicine and other products needed in order to boost “our progress” and 2. because there is a lack of education which leads to severe economical, social and political consequences which I will talk about in my next post.

This post has its focus on the consequences of putting in our body aspartame and sucralose.

 

 

 

 

asthanga – vinyasana yoga: detox body, mind and spirit from the inside out

ImageI am an active ashtanga – vinyasana yoga practisioner. Yoga is another gift which has been given to me by God. Yoga is part of my life. It is part of my day – like sleeping, eating and brushing my teeth. Of course, there are days when I do not practise. On those days my body tells me: stop stretching me. And yoga teaches me to listen to my body. Yoga teaches me many things which are all inside of me and which I myself need to discover through my practice. My practice is different every day. Sometimes I am more flexible. Sometimes I am more balanced. Sometimes I can’t be bothered and I totally lose focus and start gazing around instead of listening to my breath. And here is the most significant aspect of yoga: THE BREATH! It is not about the poses. it is not about how flexible you are. It is not about how strong you are. It is only about how good you are at focusing on the breath. When you focus on the breath, everything else follows: movements and focus. That is when you are balanced and flexible. Even though, the level of flexibility in certain areas does not really depend on your focus or type of body. It depends on your emotions: fear, trust, self-esteem etc. I myself am less flexible in my hips and I know it is connected to trust issues. i need to let go and surrender. It comes from the inside out. Once I acknowledge the matter, I need to loosen up and let go of my fear…that is when my hips will automatically open up. Everything is so connected.

The breath is our focus, as stated before. It sounds easy, but it is an art. Simply because we are made of body, mind and spirit and yoga is not only a body practice, or a mind practice, or a spirit practice. NO! It is a body, mind, spirit practice. It is a holistic practice. You tone your muscles, you strengthen your body, you become more flexible, you cleanse your body and you clear your mind FROM THE INSIDE OUT – through the breath. Not through a pole which you are lifting yourself up to “get strong muscles” at the gym, not from sit-ups or push-ups which ONLY strengthen your muscles. Nothing of all that. It all starts from the breath which is inside of you. The breath is your tool. Your pole. It is pretty amazing what you can do with your breath. In ashtanga yoga we use a special way of breathing which consists of contracting the throat muscles and therefore breathing through the nose from the back of your throat (ujjai breath). The louder the breath, the more you can focus on it. And the more you are able to still your mind. The slower and longer both inhalation and exhalation, the deeper you get into the pose. It is almost like a trance. You totally disappear from the world and you enter your soul. Your inside. The only existing world for us human beings. The world where all our secrets lie. The world which we tend to escape daily by keeping us busy with work, people, material things. When you enter your soul, you become mindful, conscious, aware and connected to your heart. When Bruce Lee says: “Empty your mind”, he does not literally mean to stop thinking. He means to become mindful and by becoming mindful, we become aware. By becoming aware, we start watching our thoughts and just be observers. So, meditation does not mean to stop thinking. We cannot stop thinking. It is a natural way of our being. It is part of us. Mediation teaches us to watch our thoughts and to stop judging them. So, when people say: “I cannot meditate because everytime I close my eyes, I start thinking about all the stuff. So, I can’t meditate”, it does not mean that they are not able to meditate. Everyone is able to meditate as long as you are able to breathe.  And once you start meditating, you improve day by day until you get to the point where you become one with your breath. That is when you are able to still the mind, to silence the mind – to stop judging yourself and to just let go and observe what the hell is going on in there. And ashtanga yoga is a moving meditation. Every move is an inhalation or exhalation. Every inhalation has the same length as the inhalation. Every movement is significant. It connects you to the earth, to the sun and to yourself. Every drishti (the direction of your gaze in every pose) is significant and determinant for your focus during your practice. Ashtanga – vinyasana yoga: body (movement), mind (breath) and spirit (drishti). Throughout the whole practice you maintain the flow of your breath and you put the bandhas on (please look it up online as i don’t want to get to technical here).

I find it pretty amazing that through the art of breathing you move your body and you get flexible, strong, focused and cleansed.

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dying consciously

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While I was reading “Anatomy of the Spirit” I came across a beautiful part of the book – when the author Caroline Myss tells us about her meeting with Sogyal Rinpoche, noted teacher and author of the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
Caroline had read that whenever a Tibetan master is asked directly about his “power”, he will always “deflect” any interest in himself, preferring to talk about some other evolved master.

This is the conversation between Caroline and the Tibetan master.

Caroline: ” Is it true that you can levitate?” He laughed hysterically and then said “Oh no, not me. But my master, he could.” Then Caroline asked: “Is it true that because of your meditative practices, you can run at unusually fast speeds?” Again, her question was met with laughter and he responded: ” Oh no, not me. But my master, he could.” His responses matched just what Caroline had read: that a Tibetan master being interviewed deflects any attention from his own power to that of someone else. Finally she said: “I do not have any more questions. Is there anything you would like to tell me?” “I would like to tell you about the way my master came to die”, he said. “He called his astrologers together and told them to cast a chart for him, noting the perfect time for him to withdraw his spirit from the energies of the earth. His spirit was extremely powerful, and he wanted to leave without causing any type of energy consequence. You may not be aware of such things, but when any spirit leaves the earth, the entire energy filed is influenced. And when a very powerful spirit leaves, the influence upon the earth is even more dramatic. So his astrologers came up with a day and time that was the perfect moment for his physical death. He then told his students that on that day, and at that time, he would leave. And that’s just what he did. he meditated with his students on the day, blessed them, and then shut his eyes and released his spirit from his body.”
Caroline asked: ” Did you master choose to die because he was ill?” Again he laughed and said: “Ill? What’s illness got to do with this? Just as we are all born at the perfect moment for our energy to enter this earth, there is a perfect moment for us to leave this earth. My master wasn’t ill. He was complete. We are not meant to die in pain and in disease. The conscious mind is able to release the spirit from the boy without having to endure the pain of physical decay. This choice is available to everyone” (Myss 1996, pp. 250-252).
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Reference

Myss C. (1996), Anatomy of the Spirit. The seven stages of power and healing, New York: Harmony Books.

 

 

poetic eating

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After having had a delicious dinner by candlelight I thought I’d post some beautiful lines by Deanna M. Minich from the book I am currently reading entitled “Chakra Foods for Optimum Health”.

Every day of my life is special.
Dedication and passion are the spices of my days.
Those are the spices I flavour my food every day.

I came home after I had practised yoga and meditated. After I had a shower I fully dedicated myself to the beautiful moment of creation: my dinner.
I lightened up candles and incense all over the house.
The atmosphere was PERFECT.
I started interacting with all the colourful veggies and slowly created a beautiful salad with lots of nuts and LOVE. I was moving so slowly and touching every ingredient with my hands. I smelled everything and appreciated it so much. Each veggie was talking to me and expressing her love. It felt so nice and peaceful.
I was really in a moving meditation. Of course, background noise such as TV or radio are simply out of my life and energy field, because they disrupt the whole energy and vibrational frequency of the moment.
When I finished preparing my salad I set the table beautifully and had dinner by candlelight.
I felt filled with love and my immense presence.

Giving yourself love is not something that needs to be programmed. I mean, you do not just tell yourself ” I need to take care of myself” because that’s just a programme you have chosen to impose upon you. It’s set in your mind and not in your heart.
The love I am talking about is natural, spontaneous, inside your soul and alive.
It is infinite energy. Immortal.
Spending time and communicating with the food that is going to nourish you is fundamental in your diet and for your life.
It’s like making love to the food you are eating.
YES, you can be intimate with food too.:) It’s all about love.
Please do not take my last comment literal:)

Here is the extract which I mentioned earlier….
The author calls it “mindful eating exercise” while I call it poetic eating which is a natural and spontaneous way of relating to food for those who love themselves.D

“Hold in your hands a raisin.Close your eyes and feel its texture. Feel the power locked within its wrinkled structure. The goodness of the sun’s rays embedded into every ridge. Now open your eyes and look at it carefully not in a mode of observation, but with a loving gaze held by eyes of understanding. See the poetry in this dynamic raisin. Think back to when it was a supple grape and now how fragile it has become. How has it travelled to you and where has it travelled from? How did it connect to the larger whole of the plant it was a part of? Feel the interconnectedness it embodies and take this in through your eyes. Now put it in your mouth and before starting to chew, feel the sensation on your tongue. Does it impart any sweetness right away? What are the messages it unlocks with every bite? What does it tell you? See how many times you can chew the single raisin, being mindful of each bite. Before swallowing, think of something you want more of in your life, like “balance” and infuse the energy of “balance” into the dissolved matrix of raisin. Swallow and imagine taking in all the nutritional and spiritual goodness of the raisin, including its origins, and use it as a bridge to connect you with all of creation.”

Reference

Deanna M. Minich (2009), Chakra Foods for Optimum Health, Conari Press, San Francisco (p.109-110).

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“organic” – the new label

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It is funny how FOOD is labelled ORGANIC nowadays. What is meant by organic is nothing but what once used to be known as just FOOD. Real food. Today, we have the label “organic” which makes our natural food sophisticated and pricey. When do our organic shopping, it feels like our apples and pears are wearing Gucci.
Today only few people can afford to eat well. Organic food (or FOOD for me) is part of the life style of an upper social class only. The rest is compelled to eat conventionally produced food from the super market – the one that is far away from being considered food because filled with pesticides, fertilizers and other horrible and damaging chemicals.
Moreover, not everyone is aware of the fact that the food from the supermarket is actually not food.
In certain countries, for example, people do not know about organic food. They believe that it is very healthy to eat fruit (from the super market) and they are not aware of the fact that fruit is actually not fruit but poison. It is like the apple swallowed by snow white. It’s the illusion of an apple! You are holding an apple, but it is not actually an apple even though it looks like one. It is full of pesticides and fertilizers and what you are putting into your body is nothing but chemicals.
As a result, as soon as the label says “organic” it is overpriced both because it is not subsidised by the government and because it has become “a fashion” to eat real food. That’s really insane!

Despite the price, I highly recommend going organic because of infinite reasons.
The main reason is: Food ought to be food and is only food when it is natural, the way it is, and not modified. Other wise it is not food anymore. We need to nourish our body with the right food. It is like filling your car with the right petrol or the engine will break down. The same applies to the relationship between your body and the food. However, even organic food today is not what food used to be in the past because the soil our organic vegetables and fruit grow is polluted.

The food you put into your body determines the state of your well being.
Select it wisely and with awareness (see where it comes form, who produces it and how it is made) and when savouring it be united with it with your whole self: mind, body and spirit.

I am studying development and I always ask myself this question: What is there to develop if Mother Nature has already provided for everything? The system is destroying our natural development and “underdeveloping” it for then promoting a policy focused on development and sustainability.
Are we really that numb to get away with all of that?
This is the time of revolution. We need to obtain and get back what is our NATURAL RIGHT of BEING HUMAN on this love planet.

As Michael Jackson says in his song “Man in the mirror”: If you wanna make the world a better place, have a look at yourself and MAKE THE CHANGE!”

Here are the TOP 10 REASONS TO CHOOSE ORGANIC inspired by Kris Abbey

1. To protect future generations
The incidence of childhood brain cancer has increased 30 % in the last 20 years. these children with brain cancer are twice as likely as healthy children to have been exposed to pesticides exposure and childhood leukemia, brain tumours, Wilm’s tumours, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, sarcomas and other cancers.

2. To keep chemicals off your plate
Many toxic pesticides ad herbicides are designed to kill living organisms, so their toxicity also has the potential to harm humans. Common sense dictates that these chemicals can t be good for us. Over 170 pesticides are sprayed on the food we eat or on our gardens and these have been linked to major diseases such as cancer, allergies, infertility and birth defects.

3. To prevent soil erosion
The smell of freshly turned soil is intoxicating.
In one handful of healthy soil, there are over 10,000 species of living organisms, or microbes. These microbes (mostly bacteria and fungi) break down nutrients in the soil so they can be readily available to plants, thus improving crop vitality, soil structure and resistance to disease and pests. Beneficial micro-organisms and worms are the main ingredients for healthy, vital soil. The ecosystem made up by the soil, its microbes and the plants, is easily damaged by the use of artificial pesticides and fertilizers. The more the ecosystem is damaged by these chemicals, the more chemicals our farmers must use to compensate for the depleted soil quality – a very vicious and costly cycle.
Worldwide, 75 billion tonnes of soil are lost each year due to soil erosion. The rate of loss is unsustainable in the long-term as it takes nearly 500 years to develop a topsoil depth of 2.5 cm.

4. To protect the water quality
Water is the drop of life.
One tablespoon of herbicide can pollute the drinking water of 200,000 people. Choosing chemical-free food and products will lead to less chemicals being used and, ultimately, less chemicals infiltrating our waterways.
5. To save energy
More energy is used in making synthetic fertilisers than in cultivating and harvesting crops.

6. To support our farmers
By supporting organic farmers and being prepared to pay more food, we are supporting our farming industry as a whole, an industry that has a limited future unless something changes.

7. To support a true economy
As I mentioned before, organic food is generally more expensive that conventionally grown food. But it’s about time we open our eyes to look at the real cost of food production and, as they say, compared apples with apples. When you buy a non-organic apple, the price tag does not include the health cost or the environmental cost (incl. taxes spent cleaning up water and land pollution). If those costs were included, you may find you are really paying close to double that of an organic apple. Cheap food always comes at a very high price! If more of us supported the organic industry, more farmers would convert to organic farming, the supply for organic would increase and ultimately the price of good quality, sustainable food would come down.

8. To nurture nature
Organic farms work in harmony with nature.
Organic farms have five times more wild plants, including rare and threatened species, than conventional farms. When you visit an organic farm you will notice the harmony. The noise. A constant hirp and tweet of wildlife. The stillness and quietness of most farms is tranquil, but the buzzing of natural life on an organic farm is surreal.

9. To promote biodiversity
Biodiversity is under real threat, with many plant and animal species facing extinction. Different from conventional farmers who promote monoculture (rotation of one crop), organic farmers promote biodiversity by growing and rotating a large variety of crops and by rearing a selection of livestock. Organic farmers plant indigenous flora to attract native animals and encourage continuing diversity. The natural predators of pests are able to flourish in the absence of artificial pesticides, so pests and diseases are generally less of a problem on organic farms.

10. For a better taste
Organic farming starts with the nourishment of the soil, followed by the growing of the plant and finally arriving at a taste you can’t beat. Of course the tomatoes you buy from the supermarkets do not taste the same they once used to. Since when has Mother Nature allowed you to grow tomatoes all year around?

Reference

Kris Abbey (2002), Going Organic, Holland Publishers, Australia, pp.12-18.

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touching – the language of love

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I was reading “From Medication to Meditation” by Osho the other day and I came across a passage which touched my heart again. It is about the healing power of our hands through massage. I’d like to quote a part of this passage:

“Massage is something that you can start learning but you never finish. It goes on and on, and the experience becomes continuously deeper and deeper, and higher and higher. Massage is one of the most subtle arts – and it is not only a question of expertise. It is more a question of love. Learn the technique – then forget it. Then just feel, and move by feeling. When you learn deeply, ninety per cent of the work is done by love, ten percent by the technique. By just the very touch, a loving touch, something relaxes in the body. If you love and feel compassion for the other person, and feel the ultimate value of him; if you don’t treat him as if he is a mechanism to be put right, but an energy of tremendous value; if you are grateful that he trusts you and allows you to play with his energy – then by and by you will feel as if you are playing on an organ. The whole body becomes the keys of the organ and you can feel that a harmony is created inside the body. Not only will the person be helped, but you also. Massage is needed in the world because love has disappeared. Once the very touch of lovers was enough. A mother touched the child, played with his body, and it was enough, more than enough. It was deep relaxation and part of love. But that has disappeared from the world. By and by we have forgotten where to touch, how to touch, how deep to touch. In fact touch is one of the most forgotten languages. We have become almost awkward in touching, because the very word has bee corrupted by so-called religious people. They have given it a sexual colour. The word has become sexual and people have become afraid. Everybody is on guard not to be touched unless he allows it. Now in the West the other extreme has come. Touch and massage have become sexual. Now massage is just a cover, a blanket, for sexuality. In fact neither touch or massage are sexual. They are foundation of love. When love falls from its height it becomes sex, and then it becomes ugly. So be prayerful. When you touch the body of a person be prayerful – as if God himself is there, and you are just serving him. Flow with total energy. And whenever you see the body flowing and the energy creating a new pattern of harmony, you will feel a delight that you have never felt before. You will fall into deep meditation. While massaging, just massage. Don’t think of other things because those are distractions. Be in your fingers and your hands as if your whole being, your whole soul is there. Don’t let it be just a touch of the body. Your whole soul enters into the body of the other, penetrates it, relaxes the deepest complexes. And make it a play, don’t do it as a job; make it a game and take it as fun. Laugh and let the other laugh too. Massage is to come to a rapport with the energy of somebody else’s body and to feel where it is missing, to feel where the body is fragmentary and to make it whole…to help the energy of the body so it is no longer fragmentary, no longer contradictory. When the energies of the body are falling into line and becoming as orchestra, then you succeed. So be very respectful of a human’s body. It is the very shrine of God, the temple of god. So, with deep reverence, learn your art. It is one of the greatest things to learn.”

Reference

Osho 1994, From Medication to Meditation, Great Britain, C.W. Daniel Company Limited, pp.179-180

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