Just for 21 days

“The Universe forces those who live in it to understand it. Those creatures who find everyday experience a muddled jumble of events with no predictability, no regularity, are in grave peril. The Universe belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out”. Carl Sagan

An order exists in the Universe, a universal intelligence. That guiding force is always present in every physical form, even in every living being.

The earth cleanses itself regularly (rains, snow, winds, etc.). Animals purge their system, getting rid of parasites and disease by eating plants and resins. We, as a part of creation, as Human beings, should be no different.

What is the point in only cleaning our outsides with daily showers but not our insides? We can naturally accept that our computer needs some internal cleaning when the system is overloaded. I ask myself: why is it so hard to understand when our own body needs some cleansing?

Certain toxins that accumulate in our bodies, may cause disease by poisoning. This is the concept of self-intoxication. Ancient Egyptians and Greeks believed in it and were aware of the attempts of the body to stay healthy. Hippocratic medicine was based on “the healing power of nature” and emphasized keeping the patient clean and sterile. Purification rituals are aspects of many religions. Hyssop is mentioned several times in the Bible, mostly in the Old Testament, as a medicinal herb used in ceremonial cleansing of people and houses.

Our Biblical ancestors ate a largely vegetarian diet that relied heavily on grains, Mediterranean vegetables, fruits and legumes. Nowadays with the effect of pollution and the use of chemical products on our everyday life, we must not only be very aware of what we ingest but also of helping our own body in the effort that it has to make to heal itself.

Everything we ingest, even the toxins from the air we breathe enter and pass through the body via the intestines. So, the intestinal tract is our first line of defense. The absorption of the nutrients and oxygen to the blood occurs in the intestine, as does the absorption of toxins. Since our blood needs the impulse of the pumping action to go through the arteries and veins in order to reach the rest of the organs, toxins go directly to our heart.

Holistic medicine considers that unconditional love and support is the most powerful healer (me too!) but also states that we all have innate healing powers. What is especially interesting for me is that it looks at the “whole person” (spiritual aspect included!). Therapies could often embrace the recommendation to clean the liver, gall bladder and colon in order to ride off harmful toxins, heavy metals and parasites.

The liver filters and eliminates toxins from the bloodstream and is therefore the most important organ in the prevention of illnesses. We should cooperate in the process by minimizing the consumption of meats, dairy products, sugars, wheat and low quality oils. If it is easy for you to incorporate healthy habits, you could also try avoiding some of the items altogether.

My proposal is to try to clean your body and home environment just for 21 days:

  • Start your day with the juice of 1 lemon with 2 teaspoons of olive oil, to detox the body and boost immune system at the same time. Wait at least half an hour to have breakfast; I recommend a cup of ginger and mint tea or any other healthy herb tea you like.
  • Practice some physical exercise.
  • Drink at least 2 litres of mineral water a day.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Add raisins and almonds to your diet if you haven’t done so yet.
  • Try to avoid refined foods as much as you can.
  • Use organic food.
  • In addition, take a couple of minutes every day for yourself, relax, enjoy the moment, take a break from routine, use aromatherapy and music which are very useful elements to help soothe and cleanse yourself.
  • End your day with a cup of a herbal detox tea you like.

Recipe: Lemon water

A simply totally delicious recipe to enjoy with kids. Lemon has alkalizing power, which helps restore the pH balance in our bodies, that often becomes acidic. It is important to keep the body slightly alkaline to prevent illnesses and chronic diseases as cancer (although lemons are indeed acidic, the nutrient content found in lemons is alkaline-forming).

  •  Mineral water
  • 1 lemon

Add to 1 l. water thin lemon or lime slices. Keep it in the refrigerator and serve it in every meal.

Note: you can add the combination of grated ginger and mint leaves, both have been used medicinally for ages.

With love from me to you.

La huerta

“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.” Ray Bradbury

 

What I’ve learnt lately:

The word Yoga means union in sanskrit.

Union with ourselves and then with the universe.

We create our circumstances: all is an illusion.

The time for seeding is only once a year.

For each thing there is a time to ripen.

We are what we eat, what we smell and what we think.

We are our senses,

and the uniqueness of how we choose to interpret them.

I become conscious about my own roots,

Where and how far are they growing?

My feet,

where and how far are they going?

Summer thoughts II

“All the world is a stage”
William Shakespeare

It’s still summer

And with the strength of the consciousness

I observe the spirit floating inside me

And suddenly realize, thinking about what I previously wrote

something was missing:

My body will be my temple

My bonds will be my home

And I will make my home my shelter

So the shelter, my shack and my place

My place, the whole world

And all the world, my stage.

Summer thoughts

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Hippocrates, who lived 2384 ago.

“…Consciousness, the great poem of matter, seems so unlikely, so impossible, and yet here we are with our loneliness and our giant dreams. Speaking into the perforations of a telephone receiver as if through the screen of a confessional, we do sometimes share our emotions with a friend, but usually this is too disembodied, too much like yelling into the wind. We prefer to talk in person, as if we could temporarily slide into their feelings. Our friend first offers us food, drink. It is a symbolic act, a gesture that says: This food will nourish your body as I will nourish your soul. In hard times, or in the wild, it also says I will endanger my own life by parting with some of what I must consume to survive. Those desperate times may be ancient history, but the part of us forged in such trials accepts the token drink and piece of cheese and is grateful.”

Extract from A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman

This summer I made an organic vegetable garden, cooked healthy and delicious meals for family and friends, practiced yoga, meditated, lit candles, read, and thought:

My body will be my temple

My bonds will be my home,

And I will make my home my shelter.

Jose Ignacio International Film Festival 2014

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Simply magic. From Mon 6 to Sun 12 we had the fortune to enjoy  films like “Only lovers left alive” by Jim Jarmusch or “The Congress” by Ari Folman surrounded by the wonderful nature of Jose Ignacio, Uruguay. A real invitation to share or to be a part of a community dream. Thanks!

SHAKESPEARE & LOVE

“If you love and get hurt, love more.
If you love more and hurt more, love even more.
If you love even more and get hurt even more, love some more until it hurts no more.”

William Shakespeare