Handle thoughts carefully

The mind comes to rest through different techniques: transcendental meditation, mantras or a meaningless sequence of syllables. Our thoughts form us. Therefore, it is best to handle them carefully.

In the transcendental meditation everyone gets his individual meditation word from his teacher and should recite it twice a day for 20 minutes each. The effect is scientifically proven: mind and body experience deep rest and relaxation. stress and tension are neutralized. Thinking becomes clearer, more creative and more powerful. Action becomes more effective and successful. Recognition and satisfaction increase.

Mantras is a spiritual discipline with a long history in Indian Sanskrit. The mantra is said to stabilize the mind and create a kind of trail, tot he finely tuned, the subtle layer. The path taken with it shows its effect on other levels. The fact that a mantra is associated with a certain mental attitude, its recitation is used to bring you closer to this mental attitude. Our mind becomes more receptive to the silence.

I try it with the meaningless syllable sequence, which I recently learned in a course of mental healing. The juxtaposed letters are melodic with a harmonization in between. It puts me in a state of peace with the universe. It is particularly effective when I lie awake between 3 and 5 o’clock at night and can not fall asleep again. In the “hour of the wolf” the dark thoughts come. The body releases the hormone melatonin that is said to be mildly depressive, hence the tendency to anxiety. The meaningless syllable sequence is a way to distract yourself. I say quietly in thought: neromolingu, rimarolengo, marimorago, neromolingu rimarolengo marimorago, ….  and it works.

Longing for the exotic experience

Exotic fruits bring much color and taste to our nutrition and to our soul in this cold winter days. Especially intensive colors of fruits and vegetable are a hint for health-relevant ingredients.

Lets look closer to the pomegranate for example.

Symbolically, the pomegranate stands for sensuality and fertility, but also for seduction and blood. The ancient Egyptians put the fruit in the tombs. Even the Bible, the Koran and Greek mythology mention the pomegranate: so there must be something on the pomegranate. In fact, this fruit is special in many ways. It gets imported mainly from the Mediterranean and Orient between September and February. The red color is very intense and similar to berries. It needs knowledge to open and prepare (see links at the bottom).

Pomegranates contain a host of protective molecules. It was used for decades as a cure for diseases like diarrhea, ulcer, diabetes or worm infections. They have an ability to improve arterial health and to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Some components of pomegranate affect our sex hormones and thus dependent tumors such as breast or prostate cancer. Although certain tumor parameters have improved, they are now also being explored for their ability to help prevent cancer. Pomegranate’s various ingredients develop an antioxidant capacity that far exceeds that of red wine, black chocolate and green tea. This is mainly due to tannins, so-called ellagitannins.

Because cancer is a multifactorial disease, any compound aimed at preventing it should have multitargeted effects. This is a virtue of the active constituents of pomegranate fruit, skin and even leaves. What’s more, it’s absorbed into the bloodstream far more efficiently than other fruit extracts.

Numerous studies show that pomegranate is one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. For now, it is best to consume polyphenols in their natural form of plant foods.

Taking tamoxifen daily I have to care about my blood pressure and sugar level. Eating the pomegranate helps to control both.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGYpk395PUA

https://migusto.migros.ch/de/schulkueche/tipps-tricks/granatapfel-entkernen

https://www.granatapfel-ratgeber.info/

 

Healing: physical activity to connect with nature

We are here on earth to be happy and to enjoy life. The faster we heal ourself the more time we have to do things we love and things that make us happy. That sounds so easy and simple. You probably have a lot of skeptical remarks to this point of view. If we would be alone on earth this could work. Most things in life are complicated and complex, we spend the whole day to fulfill what we have to do, to satisfy our clients, to please our boss and to motivate our collegues.  There is nearly no time left to look for our personal needs. In our daily job to whom can I bring my love? Who gives me love? How can I connect deeply to the person that surrounds me during the day? Which client is accepting a 15 minutes silent meditation session during a workshop?

Go out of the rush, be more focussed and work hard. Follow your need to be in harmony, feel yourself and clear your mind. What is better than going out into nature and experience by your body the physical exertion.

Collect experiences rather than objects.

When you have an experience that experience is experienced with your body. The memory becomes a pattern (even if it is a mental experience) it becomes a pattern of muscle movement. Neuroscientist doesn’t like this at all. Let’s look at it as a thesis.

So therefore if you want to change something you need to change the way you move. A wisdom I learned from the ancient Hawaiian shamanism, the so called Huna philosophy.

So even if you search for a word you can scan your body and look for where the memory is placed. Bring yourself in the present moment. Breathe in through the 7th chakra and breathe out through the navel. Several times. You start with the head, and go slowly through the body, continue to breathe through all parts of your body. This relaxes your muscles. In all parts of the body where that experience was mostly felt, if those parts of your body can’t move or the movement is restricted to that degree the memory that is associated with that part of the body is not available or would have to be relaxed before it come available.

 

One method to get relaxed and centered is very easy and you can do during your working day in a short break.

Bring yourself in the present moment, repeat to yourself 3-5 words, it should be something you belief without any doubts. It could be something as: “God loves me.” “I am here.” “I love flowers.” “The sky is blue.”

Keep that to yourself.

This technique you can practise as often as you want. And you will notice that you are more centered and more relaxed overall.

Being home

On my last day in Kaua’i I found this cap: Hawai’i will always be home. This serendipity is more than a sign to me. Hawai’i was a picture I have seen for several years without paying to much attention to it. It took me 3 years to react to the call: listen thoughtful, take it serious, become active and finally the doing.

Let’s look at Hawai’i as a symbol. It is a symbol standing for following your inner voice. Everybody has this inner voice but very often we are not able to hear it or the voice is not loud enough. May be we have lost the contact to our inner self, may be we don’t trust ourselves, may be we are geared by trained patterns or parental education and there is no place and significance to it. There is a huge difference in only thinking of and living an experience even in our digital days. The real doing is an experience in the NOW. It creates a deeper connection between you and the field around you. Feelings get saved in your heard, body and thoughts. This inner freedom you carry with you wherever you go. What’s so special on Hawai’i you can ask? From my point of view it’s the whole offering of the powerful and energetic islands. You live so close to nature that your body, mind and soul react intuitively.  There is rich nature and beauty everywhere, it smells exotic, the waves create humid air, dolphins swim beside you. You are in harmony with your surrounding and you are centered in yourself. Once you had experienced such an intense connection to your inner voice, you can call it easily during your meditation to stay in harmony with yourself.

Feeling home is defined by simple, blissful moments.

Food therapy

No doubt there were those who thought Hippocrates was behind the time back in 400 B.C., when the so-called father of modern medicine said “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” And more than a few probably considered lightbulb-interventiong visionary Thomas Edison to be a tad dim for his claim that “the doctor of the future will give no medicines but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the causes of disease.” <

Today I found this note in the book “New choices in natural healing” of Bill Gottlieb. May be we forgot about to think of our food in that way. We are mainly occupied with work and get our life organized, so there is no time left to cure a garden and get the real good stuff. Here in Hawaii it is so easy to have a garden around you. Fruits and vegetable are growing well, your life is in balance, you ressonate with nature.

Another part of the book mention that the phytochemicals, carotenoids and the micronutrients may be the real secret to staying healthy.

The National Cancer Institure (NCI) launched the Designer Foods Research Project (1989) with one aim in mind: to hunt down nutrients known as phytochemicals locked inside common fruits, vegetables and other edible plants (like herbs, grains and spices), and find some way to concentrate these natural cancer preventers into new foods: superfoods . It’s not new but I want to mention broccoli contains sulforaphane and it appears to protect against breast cancer, while watercress appears to protect against lung cancer according to the study of the university of Baltimore in person Dr Herbert Pierson.

But consider the closer the nutrition is to the natural state in foods, the better it is.

 

OurPlace – an outstanding experience

In Kapa’a opened „Our place“ a few weeks ago. And the restaurant is absolutely my taste. With plenty of passion and hard work Michael and Kimmy run an organic, locally sourced farm to table fare restaurant. Everything they serve is grown on the island and supports the future of the island. They are very conscious about food and health. Even for take away they offer nice metall boxes that you bring back next time. As a matter of fact the water for cooking and drinking is filtered by a 5 stage Ever Pure filter system. Each detail is thought through and Michael tells you enthusiasticly the story about it, how they prepair the food and from which local farmer the single items get sourced. You learn about a vegan and plant based lifestyle. They put their heart and soul into the meal. The food is full of flavor, fresh and creative. Both came from SanFrancisco three years ago and Kimmy experimented with the hawaiian vegetable, flavors and fruits to find her own style. The energy of the restaurant is so welcoming and makes you instantly feel at home.

OurPlace is an outstanding local vegan restaurant that you have to visit, even if you’re not vegan.

 

Here some examples of eating food that nourishes both your body and soul:

Dinner II (picture):

OP Salad: wootens lettuce, kale & bok choy salad with avocado dressing, alohalani cucumber, Moloa’a Organics’a Watermelon radish

Ulu BBQ Nugget Lettuce Wrap: baked ulu nuggets with housemade bbq sauce, alohalani cucumber, wootens lettuce, cilantro&avocado, ken’s carrot pickles, coco queso fresco.

Purple sweet potato & coconut butter thumbprint

 

Dinner I (have a look at experiences):

Green banana rice (never heared before, but very good and easy to digest) wootens eggplant, bok choy & red pepper

Java Plum Papaya Frozen yoghurt

Wootens Tulsi Tea + coconut milk

And several trys as Kimmy was testing some dishes for the new menue.

 

 

As view words to the OurPlace Mission:

They approach every decision with a permaculture lens: Is it good for the planet? is it good for the people? Is it going to create more peace?

Earth Care – People Care – Fair Share

OurPlace works on implementing clever and innovative ways to help spread awareness of OurFavorite two Permaculture Principles;

“Turning Problems into Solutions” is a mindset of looking at things in a new way.

“Stacking Functions” is the idea of getting as many uses out of 1 resource as possible.This could be using something as many times as possible before it becomes a “waste”. This could also be finding as many different functions for a single item as possible.

 

 

 

Rainbow – a symbol of magical blessings

Today I went to see the Waillua Waterfall. The way down was an adventure itself, arriving in front of the water, there was the best reward ever: a huge rainbow beside the waterfall. What an awe moment!

I had a swim and in the water there were even 5 rainbows all around me in the pouring water. Thank you that I can be here in this beautiful natural garden!

Rainbows have a lot of significance. Biblically speaking, the rainbow is the sign of a covenant that God made with the whole earth: He will never destroy the earth again with a flood. It is seen as the symbol of hope and the bright emblem of mercy and love.

In Hawai’i due to the damp weather there are rainbows to see: caused by the reflection of the sun rays on falling rain. They say that the rainbow primarily represents transformation. Rainbow bring the promise that the trouble of today will surely come to pass, hold strong in your faith and vision and the rainbow will bring fresh beginnings, and new prosperity. It is a powerful sign and it can be seen as a message from the Universe or Spirit that you are headed in the right direction. Much like the biblical meaning or symbolism, it signifies and end to difficulty and despair.

What a lucky rainbow day.

Recipe: The Golden Eggfruit Smoothie

Mix ingredients together + love

1 entire Eggfruit

½ Orange fresh squizzed

200ml milk (I took oat milk)

Tea spoon Sita’s turmeric past

Prize of Vanille powder

Moringa Seems

ENJOY!

Some words to the ingredients

Eggfruit: Unfortunately it is growing only in Tropical zones! One reason more to come to Hawaii often! The flavor is rich with a mellow sweetness like that of roasted pumpkin or sweet potato. Nutritional value: contains a lot of  niacin, iron, calcium, beta-carotene and ascorbic acid. Perfect for the vegan kitchen.

Sita’s turmeric past: Fantastic product, comes from the Big Island and is absolutely natural. Easy to use and always ready! Add small quantities 3-4 times a day rather than one single large one once a day. Optimal anti-inflammatory. www.fromhawaiiwithlove.net

Moringa seeds: Moringa is known as the Tree of life and that says everthing about the tree. It is a superfood and has much higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals than other fruits. The seeds are great for improve libido and maintaining the reproductive cells.

 

FOR THE HARD CORE GUYS ADD A NONI SHOT:

as Noni is so potential and healthy I had to try it once. The girl asked me 3 times if I really want to have it in the smoothie, so I trusted her and had an extra portion beside. Noni is called the vomid fruit. It is not at all pleasant, the taste is bitter like an overripe stinky cheese and the smell, I found worse. A drinking straw solved it.

 

 

The Hawaiian LomiLomi

The Hawaiian LomiLomi is a very profound form of massage. Some call it „Loving hands“. In the shamanic old knowledge LomiLomi is not just a physical experience, it facilitates healing on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels as well. The tender movements and the flowing strokes combined with lots of love, assists in the letting go of old patterns and behaviours that cause limitations and which are stored in the cells of our body. So the LomiLomi enables to release blockages at the same time giving the energy new direction.

My Kahuna Malie (healer in hawaiian) practise an ancient traditional LomiLomi for more than 20 years. She learned from Aunty Margaret, the first woman who teached to non Hawaiian. In Malie’s understanding LomiLomi is about the past and the future and getting in touch with death, death is seen as something ends and something new is starting. The Hawaiians view all aspects of the body as one and believe that the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual are all part of the “whole” self – when healing is effected on one level, all levels are affected. The practitioner does not heal but is the facilitator for the healing. The Huna philosophie assumps that everything seeks harmony and love. Her whole message in massage is to love the body and just working with the heart.

I choose the therapeutical oil essence of Lily Koi, the passionfruit flower (picture). A complex blossom that made this mindblowing experience for all senses unforgettable.