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  • The Spice Life

    “There is no life without a seed and there is no seed without a life”

    Venerable Bhante Buddharakkhita

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    A Shake-It-Up Ecstatic Weekend Getaway

    Hello beautiful movers and shakers. When last did you really take off your constraints and let yourself move, dance, shake, groove, engage, relish, share, commune, transform, belly-laugh? Getting into the incredible feeling of freedom in your body is something to put on your wish list. Nothing my gorgeous, makes you feel quite so alive, liberated,…

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    Greedy at the Banquet of Life?

    I openly declare that I am indisputably greedy at the banquet of life. This is an expression that I use often. Over the years I have inhaled learning everything I can around the healing arts of Ayurveda, aromatherapy, and aromanutrition. I relish all the life-giving, health-supporting foods, herbs, spices, aromatic essences and super-foods. I have…

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    The Divine Nut of Power

    I was just recently reminded while exploring one of my favourite nuts about the Bible’s ‘Book of Numbers.’ Just before the great Exodus and the liberation of the slaves in Egypt, Aaron, the brother of Moses was chosen as the prophet who would translate the words of Moses channeling the Divine word to the people. God chose…

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    Sugar blues? Cinnamon to the rescue.

    “…You touched your belly to my hands in the dry air and said I am the cinnamon peelers wife. Smell me…”   My favourite excerpt from Michael Ondaatje’s poem The Cinnamon Peelers Wife speaks of the lingering sensual essence of cinnamon. I love this poem, it is so full of subtle sensuality and the desire…

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    Don’t Give Up on Your Beauty

    It is so painful to lament lost beauty and feel like there is nothing to be done. Beauty is individual and personal and has nothing to do with societal preferences or cultural impositions. It has to do with you. It is how you feel and how you feel about yourself that reflects your beauty. Beauty…

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    Medicine Buddha and the Three Poisons

    This week while teaching Aromatherapy at The Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage (VSBM), we had the opportunity to listen during an aromatic compress treatment to the Medicine Buddha Chant. A student commented how profoundly healing and soothing that felt while receiving her treatment (we were working with a blend of ginger, fennel, lemon, and…

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    For The Love of Roses!

    The morning path I walk along is a fragrant half mile-long wild rose garden. This morning my walk had me in rosy raptures. As I nuzzled my nose into the heart of the flowers the petals softly fell around my face and then into my hands. The pink perfume filled my lungs with a fragrant…

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    Chai and the Seduction of a Star

    If I were born a spice I would know my worth. Reincarnated as cinnamon, cardamom, saffron, the beautiful star anise. Sacred and divinely seductive. Layers of volatile mysteries unfolding over fire. A flower polished by time. And then. A chai. Drunk with spicy devotion.   Have you looked closely at a whole star anise? Usually…

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    To Cleanse or Not to Cleanse?

    TO CLEANSE OR NOT TO CLEANSE? THAT IS NOT THE QUESTION! Because cleansing my darlings is not even in question. Imagine your car that runs every day up and down, fetching, schlepping, letting off steam, absorbing shocks, dealing with other crazy hot-headed cars, getting gassed up, parked at night in the cold, or all day…

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    Memory Herbs to Remember!

    Green gems of nature let me remember you as you remember me.  Everything about you says miracle and then I forget. I forget I can call on you when I lose my mind, lose my peace, lose my memory. And then there you are. Brahmi, you are Than Kuni – Divine Creative Energy. Shakti of…

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