Virtually every tradition in the world recommends fasting at least once or twice a year for therapeutic and spiritual awakenings. Fasting has been shown to slow down the aging process. One may fast by not eating, eating a single food only, or by eliminating one or more foods from the diet. The fast can last a day, a week or several days.
Complete fasting for a short period of time, or following a Whole Foods Regime for an extended period of time, encourages our mind and body to shift out of our unhealthy patterns, in the way we think about, act upon, and eat food. While many of us eat consciously it is more often, an unconscious response, as in, I am hungry, or, it is time, and we eat out of habit, and too fast, with repetitive menus with food that no longer nourish us. We feel tired and empty most of the time.
According to a recent study in 2016, babies are born with more than 200 chemicals in their blood stream. These chemicals are found in our environment in the form of heavy metals, in our food chain with pesticides, and on our bodies, with the chemical detergents we use to wash clothes, and with the chemically based body products we use to make ourselves smell nice. These chemicals are bombarding our system and are creating weak links in our DNA, which may invariably account for the growing number of harmful micro-organisms found in our bloodstream-with bacteria, fungus, parasites and viruses, running rampant. These pathogens along with too much stress in our lives, are contributing to the break down of mankind's physiological and mental health and are contributing to the increase of many chronic conditions and diseases.
Following a whole foods regime over a period of weeks yields numerous benefits. Not only do we derive the pleasure of eating whole foods, we begin to notice how much more nourished we feel, and how much better we digest, poop and the sleep. Psychologically we calm down, and physiologically we deeply benefit, our endocrine glands, the hormones and neuro-transmitters such as serotonin, respond positively which makes us feel happier, our adrenal glands (the fight or flight mechanism) moves to a para-sympathetic state of relaxation, which allows our nervous system to unravel. We eliminate harmful toxins. We purify. We give our entire system a dearly needed rest. This is the secret to longevity.
A common misconception is that fasting without ANY food is better. Although fasting on liquids can be beneficial over a shorter period, fasting on liquids for more than a few days is not advised. Without calories, our body begins to breaks down fat, where the toxins hide out. When we are not able to accommodate this sudden shift in metabolism and eliminate properly, the toxins end up in our tissues and in our bloodstream where they become harmful. This is potentially dangerous and why many people experience unpleasant side symptoms when following a more rigorous heroic regime.
Eating whole foods while fasting encourages a deeper and gentler elimination; the method is nourishing overall. The Dharani Healing Arts Whole Food Regime is based on The Wise Traditions to nourish, verses to cleanse, and to heal gently and deeply, verses too quickly and too fast. We address our constitutions based on Traditional Chinese Medicine assessment and a herbal remedy is selected for your constitution.
We initially begin the regime to reduce damp and cold conditions that affect digestion, with spleen deficiency and tiredness. In week One, we eat from an array of warming root and vegetable dishes with sweet grains and soups, and pungent spices that encourage our systems to warm up and dry out. Our digestive chi improves, our energy increases and our joints relax. Gradually, after a few days to a week when you begin to feel warmer and more vibrant, one focuses on the liver, with Week two foods; with foods and herbs that cool and invigorate good liver Chi and ease the mind. Nervous tension subsides. We eat from a variety of fresh, blanched and whole raw foods and vegetables. The condiments are cooler and encourage relaxation. After at least two weeks, one has the option in Week three to blend whole food soups and smoothies, with organic juices and super foods and salads galore for a few days up to a week! This is the ultimate way to restore one’s vibrancy. There are plenty of recipes.
The Twenty-One Days to Vibrant Health offers you a chance to reinvent the way you feel, think, act upon and eat food. We reconnect with the bounty within ourselves, with the mother earth, and of our respect for all living things. The regime has been developed through years of eating whole foods mindfully, of living a life of moderation and contemplation, centered on the Buddhist three pillars of health; to nurture a peace of mind, to cultivate a contented heart and to practice and eat with gratitude daily. The Whole Foods Regime is structured to mentor and to empower you, and for you to live and sustain yourselves entirely on a whole foods regime, and as a way of life over time. I can promise you, you will feel much, much better after completing the Twenty-One Days to Vibrant Health, Whole Foods Regime.
Join us. Live a vibrant life!
Ten Reasons to Follow a Whole Foods Regime
1. Our Entire system has a chance to rest; we digest, assimilate and eliminate better.
2. Our body Rediscovers its Natural Affinity to heal and be well.
3. Our Energy increases.
4. We Become more Resilient.
5. Inflammation, Allergies, and other Chronic conditions subside.
6. We Experience a heightened sense of Mental and Emotional Well being, while concentration, focus & memory improve.
7. We Reduce body fat, we feel Lighter and Slimmer.
8. Our Skin, hair and our Eyes glow.
9. We feel Happier and more Confident, and more Vibrant.
10. We Sleep better**** which is critical to good health. So many activities occur throughout the night to replenish our mind, body and being. A good night’s sleep is essential.
Twenty-One Days to Vibrant Health
May 1st -21st
Workshop to Prepare
Cécile Wehrell of the
Friday, April 21st, 2017
The 2017 Regime includes the Workshop with Cécile, (yeah!) the Manual-with amazing recipes and rich info, as well as E-news Support, a Facebook group page, and mentor ship with Andrée. We will gather for an optional weekly meditation, and Chi-gong movement series. The Spring Tonic and an Herbal remedy is also selected to support you, on your path to whole health and holiness. All Dharani services, while following the regime are offered to you for 20% off.
This regime is vegan friendly!
Super Foods & Super Herbs & Spice Blends will be available for purchase.
The Beauty of Tilia
Linden Blossoms~ Tilia Cordata
Linden, linden heal my heart
that i may know a brand new start.
Birds a tweet and bee’s a buzz
Linden blossoms sure smell sweet..
I hear fairies at my door
sitting under the linden tree….
The Europeans drink the linden blossoms winter long to prevent colds and flues. Susun Weed and Robin Rose Bennett shared Herbs for Resiliency last evening in a wonderful webinar. Susan’s first choice for an herb with resiliency was Linden- for its anti inflammatory properties. Inflammation creates rigidity. Linden blossoms when drunk as a herbal infusion create flexibility. Linden improves blood flow and supply to the brain, increases circulation, lowers blood pressure, reduces arteriosclerosis, and soothes one with Acid reflux. Linden blossoms is said to mend a broken heart.
Can you not smell how sweet the blossoms are, right now brewing on the stove.
Take 30 gms of linden blossoms to a liter of boiled water.
Let this sit a minimum of four hours (left overnight best) Strain and drink the linden blossom infusion day long to keep you warm & nourished & resilient. Linden can be infused twice. Available through the Dharani Healing Arts Herbal Dispensary.
has left for University. After 18
years of being rooted raising Misia, I feel as though i have lost my anchor, without my daughter to hold, and be held by in times of loving kindness & vulnerability. This feels both extraordinary and scary. I began reaching,
looking for something to ground me. Resiliency announced itself, as i hugged my favorite oak, cultivate resiliency, as a tool to be held and support by, in these times of change and uncertainty.
Resiliency requires being able to bounce back, to adapt, to go with the flow and cope with challenging times or adversity, while all the while being calm and focused and grounded. What can we do, to become more resilient in times like these?
Strengthen our resiliency muscle. Building resiliency is like building a muscle that can be strengthened at every opportunity. Children and adults alike, can strengthen this muscle by working with, and handling stress. Healthy stress builds our capacity for resiliency.
During times of stress, the body goes through a number of changes utilizing the sympathetic nervous response to make us faster, stronger and more alert. Our heart rate increases, our blood pressure increases, and our adrenaline and cortisol surge. Over a shorter period of time this works well, however over the long stretch too much stress leaves cortisol running rampant, emotions riding high, impulses unregulated, and inflammation ongoing.
When the sympathetic nervous system is left on, our immune system weakens, our energy levels plummet, and the feelings of anxiety and depression rise. Science has now proven 80% of illnesses are caused by stress. What can we do to prevent this?
Our executive functions are controlled by the pre-frontal cortex and involve attention, problem solving, impulse control, and the regulation of emotions. Resilience is related to the capacity to activate the pre-frontal cortex and to calm the amygdala, (the part of the brain that initiates the stress in the first place.) When the amygdala is calmed, through mindfulness, the physiological changes reverse, expanding the capacity to recover from and adapt to, or find a solution for, the present challenge or adversity.
Here are 10 ways to strengthen your resiliency
1. Build loving and respectful relationships. People really just want to be loved and feel loved. People build resiliency when, there are a number of strong and caring role models to encourage us, which also include mentors, teachers, coaches and friends.
2. Practice Optimism. There is no better way to strengthen a sense of resiliency than to practice being positive. Utilize a strong witness to notice negativity and change our attitude for something more optimistic.
3. Studies show that people who are capable of accepting their reality and who can take responsibility for their situation are far more likely to overcome their difficulties, and succeed than those who cannot. This includes a capacity to make realistic plans and carry them out.
4. Develop tools to take decisive actions during times of stress to help us through them.
5. Understand our strengths and abilities. Develop skills in communication and problem solving and learn to manage strong feelings and impulses as they arise.
6. Reframe our perceptions to find positive changes out of adversity. Avoid blowing things out of proportion to better ride the waves of difficulty.
7. Practice self care, with mindfulness training, daily movement, optimal nutrition and forms of relaxation, meditation and play time.
8. Creative play. Learn to Improvise. Improvisation has been shown to support strong resiliency muscles during times of adversity.
9. Studies amongst a group of military commanders show, those who demonstrate high levels of gratitude, thrive.
10. Cultivating a deeper sense of resiliency, requires having strongly held values, with beliefs that our lives are meaningful, and that we have a sense of purpose in life.
Matzu-kazi is a kata,(a set of self defense techniques against an imaginary opponent) that I continuously practiced in preparation for my black belt test, and means "wind in the pines." I also look to the support of trees when I seek resiliency. Healthy trees are both rooted and flexible and capable of bouncing back during all kinds of conditions. Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a medical botanist and passionate about trees. Diana shares In her film, The Call of the Forest ~A Forgotten Wisdom of Trees, that trees emit chemical aerosols, like pinenes and limonenes, that trigger our relaxation response. Hug a tree today to support your deepest sense of resiliency. Hug yourself. Hug another. Hug humanity. OM.