I suggest you make this a written exercise. If it is at the beginning of a New Year or a new season, you may even want to begin a new journal with this exercise. Writing things down gives you clarity and accountability. It is a written record of your thoughts, desires, emotions and the commitments you have made to yourself and the outcomes you want to achieve.
Use the questions for “Reflect, Release and Restore” as journal prompts. This is a fantasic year-end exercise, and it is also a great exercise to do periodically, or when you are going through a transitional time in your life.
Reflect on the past year. Ask yourself the following questions:
What were my successes?
What made me the happiest?
What were my greatest challenges?
What might I have done better or where would I like to improve?
What things or experiences am I grateful for?
Are you ready to release the things that are holding you back or that are no longer serving you? What things do you choose not to carry forward with you into a new year? (This can be on an emotional, a physical, a material or a spiritual level).
What things in my life are no longer serving me? Am I truly ready to release them, and if not, why not?
What material things in my life do I no longer need? Could I pass them along to someone else or do they need to be thrown away?
Am I holding onto things in my physical body, such as weight, stress, anxiety, or unprocessed emotions or experiences that I need to release?
What thoughts or emotions am I having that are not serving me? Is there anyone I need to forgive? Am I ready to let go of toxic thoughts, emotions and old stories?
Are there any people, situations or circumstances in your life that are not serving your highest and best interests, or may even be toxic. Are you ready to release them and possibly even surrender to the wisdom of uncertainty?
Practice Self-Care. Ask yourself, “What things am I ready to commit to doing that will nourish my mind, body and spirit and help me to show up as my best self each day?
What things am I willing to commit to doing on a day-to-day basis to nourish my mind-body and spirit?
What will I commit to doing on a monthly or seasonal basis to nurture and restore myself on all levels? How will I plan for that and make it happen?
Do I need support? If so, can I ask for support and from whom?
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Cumin, Coriander & fennel are ancient digestive spices and when brewed together make athe perfect addition to an Ayurvedic lifestyle or cleanse. The tea directly stimulates the digestive system, supporting the body’s natural ability to breakdown ama, or natural toxins in the GI tract. *
Water, 32 ounces
Fennel, 1 teaspoon*
Coriander, seeds, 1 teaspoon*
Cumin seed, 1 teaspoon*
Ginger, fresh, 1/2 teaspoon, chopped
Lemon, juice from 1/2 lemon
Green tea bag
Put first five ingredients in a pot and bring to a slow boil for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add the green tea bag and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Add the juice from 1/2 lemon. Strain the tea into a thermos & drink warm throughout the day up until around 4:00 pm.
This Ayurvedic digestive tea blend takes advantage of the properties of fennel, coriander & cumin, long known to stimulate digestion and support full assimilation of nutrients from food. The green tea has anti-oxident properties. You can energize with regular (caffeinated) tea or opt for the decaffeinated variety. Drink hot or warm throughout the day to support subtle detoxification and cleansing.
CCF Tea by Banyan Botanicals has Fennel, Coriander and Cumin seeds and can be purchased together in one package, rather than purchasing in individual bulk packages. I’m including a links below to both the CCF Combination tea as well as bulk Organic Fennel, Coriander & Cumin Seeds. Options for both caffeinated and decaffeinate teas are included, as well as a kitchen tool I use daily for squeezing lemons & limes. I have had a tool like this for several years. Mine is yellow, and the acid from the lemons has made the paint begin to peel. Therefore, I recommend the stainless steel version.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Another popular Ayurvedic Tea is Ginger tea.Ginger is known as the universal medicine and can be found in cuisines worldwide. Ginger tea has a strong cleansing effect on the body, helping to mobilize toxins and restore balance. Ginger tea benefits the digestive system and can help reduce cravinga for sweet and salty items. Ginger helps sooth and cleanse the respiratory tract, making it a valuable tea during cold and flu season. Try sweetining your tea with raqw organic honey and chopped mint or lemon slices.
To make One Quart of Ginger Tea
Coarsely chop an unpeeled two-inch piece of whole ginger. Place the pieces into a 2 quart pot with one quart of water. Bring the water just to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Let the tea simmer for 15 minutes. You can strain the ginger pieces and put the tea into a thermos bottle or stor it in a glass jar. Reheat the tea as needed.
To make 1 Cup of Ginger Tea
Grate 1 heaping teaspoon of unpeeled ginger root into a cup of hot water. Let the tea steep for 2 minutes. Strain or let the ginger settle to the bottom of the cup. Add fresh lemon slices, chopped mint, raw organic honey &/or a dash of black pepper.
As part of my 90-Day Turn-Around I drink a Monster Super Green Smoothie every morning. This recipe is very alkalizing, encourages the body to detoxify, and also contains anti-inflammatory properties.
Ingredients: (Use Organic if available)
Celery, 5 stalks
Cilantro, 3-4 stems
Parsley, 3-4 stems
Kale, handful or about 1/2 cup
Avocado, 1/3 to 1/2 (depending on size)
juice of 1/2 lemon
juice of 1/2 lime
Protein Powder, 1 Scoop (I used organic plant based)
Organic Super Greens, Fruits & Vegetables, 1 scoop
Triphala Powder, 1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric Powder, 1/4 teaspoon
dash of cayenne or black pepper
Chop the celery, cucumber, parsley & cilantro. Put all the ingredients in a blender (I use my Ninja) and blend. This will create a pretty thick shake so I pour about half of it in a jar & add more water to what is in the blender, pour that into a glass or mason jar. Return the remaining smoothie to the blender and add more water and blend again.
I sip on this throughout the morning … along with my Ayurvedic Tea Blend. I make a quart of the Tea and let it boil while I’m chopping and making my Monster Green Smoothie! I sip on both of them during the morning.
Just in case you don’t know where to find some of the ingredients I have posted links to Amazon below for Organic Plant Based Protein Powder, Triphala Powder, Bulk Organic Turmeric and the Super Greens Powder.