Your Equinox Spice Oracle has spoken.

Your Equinox Spice Oracle has spoken.

Fall Greetings Beautiful Soul.

 

At 6.30am this morning, I pulled a Spice Oracle Card with a prayer for all beings everywhere. This was the exact time (Pacific Time) of the 2020 Autumnal Equinox. Magic happens at such an hour on such a Celestial occasion and so I suppose, although enchanted,  I was not very surprised when I pulled the Sesame card.

 

SESAME SEED IS YOUR MEDICINE

Ground yourself in meditation.
This is your message and your medicine.
Plant the seeds of deep understanding
by connecting to the cosmic energy,
the giver of all life.

Here you will find true nourishment.

 

Sesame spice-medicine has a very aligned message and some serious magic for us at this auspicious time in our human evolution, and also in the seasonal shift we are experiencing now in the Northern Hemisphere. You see, Autumn or Fall, however you name this season, is when the Vata elements of Air and Ether are presiding and in order to remain grounded, stable, and sane, we need Sesame. And other Vata-pacifying food and lifestyle practices.

 

If you understand the effects of Vata and the Doshas, you will already be noticing the elevated qualities of this ethereal, mobile, light, quick, dry, cold, erratic force of nature. Vata is VAYU which means Wind. The Sanskrit word Vata literally means ‘blown’ and Vayu, ‘blower.’ So we have the blown and the blower, and this is what can knock us off our course, derange our thoughts, unsettle our hearts, and make us feel as if we are flying wildly and without direction, in an uncontrollable vaccuum of fear, anxiety, exhaustion, and confusion, especially during the Fall season.

 

So Sesame Medicine is true nourishment.  The kind that comes from the deep and consistent practice of meditation. What a perfect Spice Oracle for this day, this season, this human life. Rather than being blown about by the winds of change, we can find ever-present, unchangeable peace and serenity by tuning in every day to the Giver of all life through a daily meditation practice. 

 

Sesame tells us to chew our life experiences well, to grind our seeds of practice into a nourishing life habit. When you chew well on the seeds, you can properly absorb the myriad vitamins and minerals it provides. When you patiently grind sesame seeds, you make tahini, a creamy paste that is easy to digest, tastes delicious, and feels nourishing. We also produce a sublime substance with similar qualities, through our meditation practice, it is called SOMA, the nectar of bliss-awakening.

 

Ah, I am on a path of sharing profound wisdom this morning, bestowed on me by my aromatic spice companions. I also realized that pulling the Sesame Oracle Card, was synchronistic with the just-launched Autumn issue of Maple Magazine. My Ayurvedic article in there for the season was all about, ya you guessed it, Sesame!

In the article I talk about how tila or sesame seeds are named in the Vedas, as seeds of immortality. In Ayurveda, this refers to the rich and fortifying nutrition, and life-giving qualities of the food and oil that comes from the seed. They boost our ojas or immunity, and bless us with longevity. They are a rasayana, a sacred restorative food.

Through external oiling of the body with sesame oil, and internal nutrition of the seed as a spice, we gain double-benefits for our healthy state of being, body, mind and soul.

Sesame is loaded with calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and a high level of plant protein. How do you include this in your daily diet? Gently toast and blend the seeds with other spices and sprinkle lavishly on warming grains, soups, stews, and kitchari. Spread the paste on earthy whole-grain bread or make a dressing/sauce for your sweet roasted root veggies.

Thank you Sesame for blessing us all with your message today, and with your grounding nourishment every day. My lovely friends, I wish you the true Nourishment of the season, and steadfast mojo for your Fall meditations.

Fragrant Blessings,
Your Spice Mistress, Glynnis xo

 

Scent-Free Aromatherapy

Scent-Free Aromatherapy

Without any scent at all you can experience the benefits of aromatherapy.

I have been teaching aromatherapy for several years at the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage (VSBM). In each first class, we spend time calling up scent memories before we even smell a thing. I have the students share their favourite scent. What happens every time is that the scent is accompanied by a story of a pleasurable emotional trigger memory. This conjures up feelings of love or joy, or connection to family, home, or to meaningful places and people. They are all scents that have had some kind of positive emotional impact.

The mood in the class becomes relaxed, playful, and open and encourages a welcoming atmosphere for the powerful modality of aromatherapy.

I realized how powerful these scent-memories are.  I understood how they could be used to quickly elevate us to a positive state without the actual presence of any physical essential oils. To call upon a scent-memory for uplifting, energizing, and connecting us at any time in any scent-free environment, could be so transformative. All we need to take us there is the breath and our mind.

The Limbic system is a portal for emotional memory.

This primal part of the brain is directly connected to smells. Scent-memories are stored here as a survival mechanism for our protection or connection. These are linked to people, places, and events that have made an impact on our emotions. They can be called upon with focus at any time by just saying the name or describing the smell.  Memories can even be provoked by looking at images.

Sometimes it can be very difficult to pull ourselves out of a bad mood or depressed state. If we can distract our mind for just a few seconds from the triggers that are evoking our anxiety, fear, sadness, anger, depression, then we can imbue the dark places with fragrant intelligence and light. Of course it is also very powerful to actually use essential oils for aromatic healing practices. The beauty of the ‘scent-free’ meditation technique is that we don’t need those oils with us all the time to create a powerful healing experience.

 Hit play. Close your eyes. Breathe.

AROMAMEDITATION2

 

Enjoy this uplifting scent-free aromatic meditation I created for you to stabilize Vata by relieving anxiety, soothe Pitta by relieving stress, and energize Kapha by removing stagnation.

With Fragrant Blessings,
Glynn (Spice Mistress) and Mel (Cinnamon Girl)
xox

 

Shhhhhhhhhhhhh. BE. STILL.

Shhhhhhhhhhhhh. BE. STILL.

Just for one moment. Be still.

Put down your pens, your phone, your thoughts,
your goals, your hunger, your reaching, your discontent,
your judgements, your pain…

With eyes closed visualize a glowing golden-white light emanating from your heart,
imbued with the scent of jasmine, frankincense, sandalwood…

I have been contemplating how we are constantly manifesting
and how noisy that sometimes gets in our heads.

I remembered that SOMA (the Bliss factor)
is the essence of light, the nectar of silence.
From that comes everything.

CLICK ON THE AUDIO BELOW FOR YOUR MEDITATION.

This auspicious week of the Summer Solstice Full Moon
I wrote and recorded a brief meditation for you.

Find a comfortable seat and be still.

BE STILL.

That is All.

With Fragrant Blessings of peace,
Glynn and Mel
xox

Zen and the Scent of Mint Meditation

Zen and the Scent of Mint Meditation

We are more than the family we come from.
We are the alchemy of our ancestry.
We contain the same medicine, the blueprint of wholeness.
All one yet each unique.

Hello hello! Did you know that more than half of the kitchen herbs we know and love are in the mint family? These beloved aromatic plants are mostly used for aromatherapy, culinary, and medicinal purposes. They all have a beneficial action in calming the mind, soothing the central nervous system and aiding digestion. They are the exquisite and versatile members of the Lamiaceae family which has over 220 genera (genus) and around 7000 species.

Amongst the most commonly known and most used are mint, rosemary, marjoram, thyme, sage, lemon balm, lavender, oregano, and basil.

MINT-FAMILY-CHART

We are going to keep it simple and chat about the uplifting mentha variety. There are dozens of types from spearmint to chocolate mint to lavender mint and of course the well-loved peppermint. Menthol is found in peppermint but not in spearmint. The spearmint varieties are the ones we mostly cook with and the peppermints are used mostly in aromatherapy and for medicinal purposes because of the expansive and penetrating effects of the menthol.

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