I have just returned from visiting my family in Georgia and I feel as full as the tonight’s moon. I’m lucky to have a family that loves and supports me no matter how different I may be from them. It is comforting to know that I can always count on them to be there for me when I need to laugh, cry or vent! Take the opportunity to call a loved one and tell them how much they mean to you.
With the holidays approaching, emotions can run high as we mourn the loss of those that can’t be with us or stress out over gifts that we may not be able to afford to buy. This season, let’s focus on the gift of our presence instead of the store bought gifts that promote materialism over togetherness. I know I would prefer a walk in the woods with a loved one over another knick knack that ends up being donated to goodwill in a year or two. It’s time we prioritize what is truly sacred to us rather than buy into another holiday that is guided by consumerism rather than spirituality or faith.
The only way we are going to change the world is to have the knowledge and courage to live in a way that is going to actually be sustainable for every living being on our planet. This year, make gifts for your family that are made with love and good vibes. Or donate to a local homeless shelter or food bank instead of buying gifts. If shopping is something you enjoy, buy coats or shoes for families that can’t afford it. Spread joy in little ways like making a warm meal for the homeless people you walk by every day. The spirit of the holiday should be one of caring for all life!
I want to share with you a spicy and sweet Chai recipe that will warm your heart and increase your compassion for yourself and others. While you drink this tea, envision love spreading through your entire body, allow this love to penetrate deep within your soul. Spread that love to every being that crosses your path!
Compassion Chai Latte
2 tbsp dried cinnamon bark
2 tbsp dried fennel seed
2 tbsp dried cardamom pods
2 tbsp dried rose buds
1 tbsp dried clove
1 tbsp dried orange peel
Always use organic ingredients. Mix all ingredients together. Add 1-2 tbsp mixed spices to 4 ounces water and 4 ounces milk of choice (coconut, almond, dairy). Simmer for 20-30 minutes on low. Strain out herbs. Add honey to taste if desired. Sip and feel the warmth spread through your body and soul. Let gratitude and compassion fill you completely.
May your week be filled with gratitude and love.