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That Was When Everything Changed

Be who you want, InspiringGuest WriterComment

When the clouds floated across the sky
passing by the sun,
which bestowed halos of light
around their edges,
showing me that if you move slowly, carefully,
it's possible to be near things that are capable
of inflicting pain

when the trees started their line dance,
swaying a little bit this way,
a little bit that way,
showing me that you can plant yourself in one place
and still move

when the blades of grass in the field
rose, stood, and bent as one
filling the air with a gentle, but persistent sound,
showing me that as a community
we have a voice

that's when the tracks clicked the other way
and I chose family
over money,
short-term happiness
over long-term work,
friends
over colleagues. 
I chose myself.

By Sophia Cannizzaro, Grade 9, West Glover, Vermont

 

Chloë Rain is the Founder of Explore Deeply™ and the Explore Deeply Movement.

She has had the pleasure of mentoring women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to their own guidance, and experience greater love and fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and joy in their lives.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

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What Happens If You Don’t Give Up?

Be who you want, Healing, Learning to Love YourselfChloë RainComment
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May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.
— Nelson Mandela

We have all met those kinds of people, the empty shell people. They seem normal enough, but there is something missing.

You wonder what happened to them? You wonder what made them stop trying? You wonder when they lost that thing, that spark, that drive, but you know somewhere along the line they gave up.

Maybe, they started telling themselves that story about how life doesn’t work out for them. And once they started telling themselves that story, they’ve never been the same ever since. Or maybe they gave up on something important and deep down inside they regret it everyday.

After a few disappointments and regrets, it's natural to start telling ourselves that story. After a lot of disappointments and failures it’s natural to give up on that thing you've been trying to make happen in your life. You begin to fear that you don’t have what it takes and you tell yourself that this is as good as it’s ever going to get.

Maybe you give up on yourself in some small way and you tell yourself its no big deal.

Or maybe you give up on something seemingly too big for you to ever have, maybe you decide to give up on finding real love and you tell yourself relationships are hard and people suck.

Maybe you give up on ever feeling fulfilled or figuring out what it is you really want to do with your life, because so far everything you’ve tried ends up falling short.

It seems that thing you've been wanting for so long will always be just outside your grasp, and it begins to feel like mission impossible to have, achieve, receive, or be content. 

Most of us never bridge the gap between the life we aspire to lead and the life we are currently living.

We get caught up in that story we keep telling ourselves. Most of us get stuck in the gap because there is a huge gravitational pull to the familiar and we don’t realize that giving up, isn't just a one time choice, it's a choice we continue to make over and over again every time we tell ourselves that story.

I’d spent most of my adult life trying make something of myself, and get as far away as possible from my humble beginnings and the small town I had grown up in. And I guess I’d managed to do that considering I was living in about 2,780 miles away from the place I was born and my seemingly perfect urban life was a far cry from my rural roots.

Then one day there was a wake up call and I looked around and everything seemed to be a little less like what I thought, there was a certain energy in my life that was missing. And I wondered what had happened to me?

After seeking myself for so many years, I came to find out that the thing I was seeking had been there all along, buried deep inside, in that place I had locked away after all those disappointments and regrets.

As adults, we learn to protect ourselves, emotionally, by giving up. We keep ourselves safe by denying that impulse within that is urging us to keep going and keep hoping long after we should have given up.

But life has a funny way of bringing us back to our roots and reminding us of where we came from and who we dreamed we’d be some day. Life always seems to come full circle, it’s as much a cliché as it is an evident truth.

The more I have surrendered to the ebb and flow of my life, and let go of the need to know why things happen the way that they do…. the more meaning and purpose has been revealed to me in the unfolding of things.

Perhaps this is the greatest human experience, to learn to trust that by following your heart and remaining open, you will receive everything you need, and become everything you were always meant to be.

The stories that unfold in our lives have such intricate and subtle beauty if we allow ourselves to open to the experience of living, instead of judging ourselves based on where we think we should be, or who we think we should be in our lives.

The experience of fulfillment, of finding yourself, and experiencing your dreams coming true, isn't about getting what you want, it is in learning to love who you are, and what you’ve got and where you are, right here, right now without having to go, do, or be anything else. 

Sometimes your idea of who you should be gets in the way of who you really are.
— Chloë Rain

Chloë Rain is the Founder of Explore Deeply™ and the Explore Deeply Movement.

She has had the pleasure of mentoring women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to their own guidance, and experience greater love and fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and joy in their lives.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose

The Magic Elixir for Good Health and Happiness : Golden Milk

Healing, RitualsChloë Rain1 Comment
Turmeric, a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae.

Turmeric, a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae.

Living in the Arctic Circle is wild and wonderful, and it has surprised me in ways I could not of fathomed before arrival. It is good to be surprised by life, especially your own life. It's good to know you can still be surprised.

The landscape is vast and strange, and I have had to learn the world around me almost like being a child again, learning how to walk and talk and carry myself in this new environment.

With the dark months of no sun ahead, I dive deeper into my inner world and personal spiritual practice. One of the ways I help myself to feel more grounded, bring warmth to the body, and create a heightened sense of light in my life is by preparing a small personal ritual everyday and drinking— Golden Milk— the magic elixir of light.

I share my favorite recipe below and some information on its health benefits.

There are a myriad of variations as to how to make Golden Milk, which is an ancient medicinal drink that has been enjoyed for thousands of years for health and healing, but these are the necessary components you need to have in order to receive the full health benefits of Golden Milk:

Heat
Turmeric
Black Pepper (a small amount)
A bit of fat for absorption (in this case coconut oil— a healthy plant based fat)

You must always combine a small amount of black pepper with turmeric in order to receive the health benefits, because black pepper contains the bioactive compound piperine which helps the with the absorption of curcumin (from turmeric) in the body.

I make Golden Milk fresh as part of my grounding and centering self care ritual, and this is my favorite way to serve it with some extra spices added in...

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups- 2 cups Coconut Milk— unsweetened vanilla flavor (in the carton)

  • 1-2 tsp ground turmeric

  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper (or just a pinch of finely ground black pepper for less spice)

  • Sweetener of choice to taste : honey, or maple syrup, or coconut sugar *please do yourself a favor and only use natural sweeteners in your Golden Milk, stay away from any kind of processed and refined sugar, or even things like Stevia or Agave that are also highly processed*

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1/2- 1 Tbsp coconut oil — adding this extra amount of fat helps with absorption of all the healthy benefits from the spices, plus drinking this in the morning helps to satiate the body's hunger response allowing for proper brain function and helping to curb your appetite first thing upon waking

  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom

  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

  • 1/2- 1 tsp Vanilla extract — important that it is real vanilla extract (Not necessary if you are using Coconut Milk with Vanilla already included!)

  • Non-sweetened Vanilla Hemp Milk other non-dairy vegan milk or nut milks can be substituted for Coconut milk *but coconut milk really is the best*

I purchase organic spices and turmeric in bulk at my local co-op because I eat a lot of it because I'm in love with turmeric's natural grounding properties and the way it makes me feel in my body and at a deeper level, my Spirit. When purchasing turmeric, look for a brand that is organic, non-irradiated, and contains curcumin (the brand will often specify a percentage).

INSTRUCTIONS:

I pour my coconut milk into a clear glass two cup measuring container, then whisk in all my measured spices minus the sweetener, before adding it to the saucepan for heating. I find it helpful in making the right measurements and adjustments for liquid and spices. But this does involve an extra step, so you can go straight to the saucepan.

  • In a small saucepan, add coconut milk, turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, & coconut oil

  • Whisk to combine and warm over medium heat. Heat until hot — but not boiling — I watch for steam to come from the surface of the liquid— less than four minutes. Do not boil the liquid and spices as this will damage the health benefits of the ingredients!

  • Remove from heat

  • Before pouring into cups, whisk swiftly until frothy and fully mixed.

  • After pouring into individual serving cup, add sweetener of choice. (I usually add a teaspoon of honey, and in fall, a tablespoon of maple syrup seems to bring me more enjoyment for the season)... Add more turmeric, cardamom, or ginger for intense spice and flavor.

  • Serve immediately. Best when fresh, though leftovers can be stored covered in the refrigerator for 2—3 days. Reheat on the stovetop *do not microwave*.

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This wonderful beverage actually maximizes the natural antioxidant power of turmeric because it is one hot and two combined with other beneficial spices like ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom, and a little bit of healthy plant based fat.

Turmeric’s health benefits such as anti-inflammatory response and aiding in digestion are due to a special compound called curcumin.

Curcumin is believed to halt an enzyme that may be responsible for turning environmental toxins in to carcinogens in the body. Curcumin also improvse digestion of fats and sugars and help alleviate inflammation in the digestive system.

According to principles of Ayurveda, indigestion leads to production of “ama” – a sticky toxin which blocks microchannels of the body and slows down metabolism adding to weight gain. Cardamom helps to digest “ama” and clears the blockages. Since it possess the quality “laghu” or lightness, it helps to increase the rate of metabolism just like a supply of air increases intensity of fire.

Golden Milk is a magic elixir of spices that not only aids in digestion, but helps with weight loss & metabolism, reduces inflammation in the intestines and tissues, creating more vibrant and healthy skin, and helps with overall health and wellness on many levels.

For me, it makes me feel grounded in Spirit and good in my body on a daily basis, and this makes me happy.

Please share with me in the comments below, how Golden Milk has helped you in body, mind, health and Spirit. I would love to hear from you!


Bayan Botanticals is a wonderful website full of good information on Ayurvedic principles and also a wonderful source for organic Ayurvedic herbs and supplements.

Research has proven that turmeric and curcumin have the abilities to:

  • Help improve the memory of individuals in the early stages of diabetes and those at risk for cognitive damage.

  • Reduce free radical damage to cells and tissues thanks to potent antioxidants.

  • Reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis as well as numerous other inflammatory joint conditions.

  • Support healthy cholesterol levels and prevent low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol oxidation.

  • Positively modulate more than 160 different physiological pathways.

  • Improve liver function.

  • Protect against heavy metal damage.

  • Inhibit and prevent certain types of cancer, including pancreatic, breast, and colon cancer.

  • Reduce the degenerative symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Turmeric is also a source of numerous vitamins and minerals including manganese, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, calcium, B vitamins, and vitamin C, E, and K.

Source: Organic Authority


Chloë Rain is the Founder of Explore Deeply™ and the Explore Deeply Movement.

She has had the pleasure of mentoring women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to their own guidance, and experience greater love and fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and joy in their lives.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose